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The Big Ol’ Annual Gift Guide


Honestly, I thought I had ages before the end of November approached. In fact I have no idea where the year has gone and since September hit, it feels like barely a week has passed. And so, in a slight manic panic, I realised it was time to dust off the old Santa’s hat and get my gift guide together for this year. I’ve tried to divide each section into budget friendly and blowout buys so hopefully you like it. As you’re reading this, it’s 2am the night before I post it and I’m knackered, so for the love of god pretend to me it was helpful! Also, before you start, you’ll notice almost everything is on sale, a sign of the Black Friday times. Regardless of a good deal, always try to do a bit of research so you don’t waste money on bargains you didn’t need in the first place. And for full disclosure, there are affiliate links in this post which are added automatically by Skimlinks, a service myself and a lot of bloggers use. You can see more info on Skimlinks in my ‘about page’ but it means for certain online stores, if you click-through and purchase anything on the site, I can get a teeny, tiny earning. It’s seriously tiny but of course it helps trickle some money towards my blogging costs. Just to be clear though, it in no way influenced what I linked to in this post. Hope that’s clear. Now enjoy!

Advent Calenders

Blowout Buys (€50 +) : Whoever first decided to release a beauty advent was exceptionally clever and every brand worth their salt seems to have a festive box filled with mini numbered delights this time of year. As with anything, research is key and there are a lot out there which are mightily pricey (hello €185 Charlotte Tilbury Advent) which aren’t worth the money (well to me anyway) and also ones which don’t offer much in the way of quality (sorry Zoella). The L’Occitane advent (there’s also a more expensive, even more luxurious one) always seems to give the best bang for your buck and is filled with 24 days of beautifully scented goodies. I had it last year and it was gorgeous and fun, so if you’re going to splurge, it’s one of the best value advents out there. The NYX advent is undeniably gorgeous, with a mix of their best-selling lip products. While it’s pricey enough, if you’re obsessed with the brand or your lip products in general, it’s a stunner. The Feel Unique Calender was sent to me this year (so I’m counting down the days until I can start ripping into it) and is a great option if you don’t want to stick faithfully to one brand. For €42, you get 12 days of minis from Rimmel, Jurlique, Roger & Gallet, NYX and loads more. I’ll be opening this every day on Insta Stories so I can give it a proper trial in a couple of weeks. Another advent I have stashed is ‘It’s a Calendar Girls’ from the one and only Soap & Glory. It’s a very pink festive affair filled with puns and has an impressive looking mix of beauty and skincare spread over 24 days for €50. I’ll be testing it out to see if it’s worth the price tag but it seems to be very popular already and Boots are awaiting more stock. Not to neglect the fabulous men in our lives who appreciate a bit of decent pampering, Clarins cleverly haven’t forgotten them and have a 12 day advent full of skincare. It’s pricey but they’re a very good brand and everything inside looks well-chosen. I also need to give a shout out to The Body Shop because they’re always at the top of their game come Christmas and have two advent calendars out this year. The cheaper of the two is still a big chunk of change at €70 but it comes with 24 days of treats and everything looks like it’ll smell amazing and be beautiful to use. Finally, for the pricey picks I’m ending with a little Essie because I kind of adore the brand. This was an eye watering €90 but thankfully Feel Unique have a sale on. This means it’s still a hefty €62.34, but keep in mind you’d only buy 6 full size polishes for that and with this you’re getting a mix of 7 full size polishes, 13 mini (some of which are exclusive to the advent), a nail polish remover and 3 mini mani ‘surprises’. Very fancy indeed.

Blowout Buys : NYX Advent (€52-€65 and on sale on Feel Unique here/ L’Occitane Advent (€59 or currently €53.10 from Debenhams) online from Debenhams here or the L’Occitane website here /  Soap & Glory It’s a Calendar Girls (€50 from Boots here/ Clarins Men 12 Days of Christmas Advent (€72 but currently €64 on Debenhams here/ Essie 24 Day Advent (was €89, currently €62.34 on Feel Unique here)

Budget Buys (€14.85 – €45) : In terms of budget buys, it’s a bit harder to find anything hugely cheap but there are some more budget conscious options out there if you don’t fancy a standard choccy filled advent (I will be getting one of those too). My first choice is Sleek which has a very nice looking advent that isn’t particularly cheap at €45 but looks like it has a fun selection of products. Tanya Burr has been releasing some really cute beauty products and although I haven’t seen much about it, she has a very cute 12 day advent filled with nail polishes, lip glosses and some other nice looking bits. It was €30 but is currently on sale for €22.79 making it a nice budget option. Even cheaper again is the MAD Beauty Advent from ASOS which is only €14.85 but is the right price for younger girls who want to buy themselves a beauty advent (or will nag their parents to). It’s only 12 days but it’s cute as a button and is filled with adorable little bath and lip products. If you want to slightly sidestep beauty and head for some pretty candles, Yankee have a very pretty tealight calender with 24 tealights in 6 scents (it’s a pity they’re not all unique but hey) and a little tealight holder. It’s normally €30 but at the moment it’s down to €21 on Debenhams. Finally, Superdrug have a very nice looking Makeup Revolution 24 day Calender which is normally £50 but is currently down to £25 with free delivery to Ireland. It has a great mix of eyeshadows, lipsticks and even brushes and looks like a good ‘un.

Budget Buys: Sleek Advent Calender (€45 from Boots here) / Yankee Candle Tealight Advent (€30 but €21 on Debenhams here) / Tanya Burr 12 Days of Beauty Advent (normally €30, on sale for €22.79 on Feel Unique here) / MAD Beauty ASOS Exclusive Calendar (€14.85 here) / Makeup Revolution Christmas Tree Advent (down from £50 to £25 on Superdrug here)


Blowout Buys (€50+): I’m VERY partial to a good perfume at any time of year but for some reason they always seem to make a perfect Christmas pressie and I always have a wishlist as long as my arm by the time December rolls around. I’m a die-hard lover of pretty much every Michael Kors scent so top of my wishlist is the new Sexy Ruby scent (‘Sexy’ in product names always feels lazy and obvious but I’ll ignore that) which I’ve sniffed instore, only to instantly realise it’s bloody amazing. With a mix of apricot, raspberry, rose petals and Indian jasmine sambac, it does smell sexy so they’re not wrong. The fact it also looks exceedingly Christmassy in its ruby bottle is an added bonus. Next up is another perfume on my wishlist after loving the previous two incarnations. Basically, if you haven’t tried Black Opium from YSL it’s one of the nicest, vampiest perfumes you could try. The newest version is Pure Illusion (sweet black coffee,  creamy-white musk, orange blossom, cedar wood and patchouli) which comes in an extra sparkly bottle and has been quietly calling to me for a while now. Luckily with all the Black Friday sales, it’s currently on sale on Boots, down from €84 to €56 for the 50ml.  One I have tried and recently fallen back in love with is the original Daisy perfume from Marc Jacobs which is now in a very pretty revamped bottle to celebrate the fact it’s 10 years old. Seriously though, I remember this coming out, when did I get so auld? Anyway, it’s been lovely to use it again and I’ve been happily reminded that it’s a stunner – light and pretty while still being sophisticated. Another beauty that I’ve just sniffed on a wander through town is the newest Chanel perfume Gabrielle, which is unsurprisingly, hugely beautiful (with a mix of Orange Blossom, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine and Grasse Tuberose) and equally expensive. 50ml is a whopping €94.50 but it would make a stellar pressie for someone. My last two choices are firstly the rather fantastically beautiful Gucci Bloom which has a really unusual scent which is very feminine and floral with a base of heady tuberose and woody orris root. I have nothing else like it and it would be a standout scent as a present. Finally, I was sent Mugler Aura a few months back and it’s the most unusual scent (tiger liana, rhubard leaf, orange blossom and bourbon vanilla amongst others) I’ve tried this year in the most fantastically gorgeous bottle.

Blowout Buys: Michael Kors Sexy Ruby (€53-102 on sale on Debenhams here/ YSL Black Opium Pure Illusion (was €84, currently €56 on Boots here/ Daisy by Marc Jacobs Anniversary Edition (normally €66, now €59.40 on Feel Unique here/ Chanel Gabrielle Perfume (€94.50 from Feel Unique hereGucci Bloom (normally €65, currently €58.50 on Debenhams here) / Mugler Aura Gift Set (normally €85 now €76.50 on Debenhams here)

Budget Buys (€11.45 – €35): It’s hard to resist the plethora of budget perfumes when you innocently hit the chemist for some tampons and a pack of painkillers but every celebrity seems to have a scent these days. I was sent Beyonce’s latest fragrance last week, Shimmering Heat, which is actually a very nice little scent, with a floral, woody musk mix. It’s cheap enough on its own at €23 but with ALL the deals on lately, you can get it in a gift set for just €13 at the moment from Boots. Score. Roger & Gallet are also ALWAYS one of the top choices for well priced scents and there’s a big enough range to suit most tastes. My absolute favourite of the bunch is Fleur de Figuier which if you haven’t tried, you absolutely must. At the moment it’s on sale for just €16.83 so there has never been a better time to try it. My absolute favourite budget scent this year has to be Babe Power from Missguided which, despite the rather tweeny name, is a belter of a scent, with a deep sexy vibe and good lasting power. You get a very generous 80ml for €38 although it’s on sale for €30 at the moment and therefore an even bigger steal. Another steal which would make a very cute small pressie for someone is Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely perfume which you can get in a wee little bauble that looks adorable and only costs €11.65. Kat von D also has a very cool little set which is €27 but makes a nice full pressie as it has a mini perfume and a mini liquid lipstick. There’s a Saint or a Sinner version and I think most people would love either! Finally, it’s lovely to include a little Armani in the budget friendly section! You can get this 4 piece set for €31.49 (normally €34.99) and it has a miniature Si toilette, Si parfum, Acqua Di Gioia and Armani Code.

Budget Buys: Beyonce Shimmering Heat set (normally €32, now €13 from Boots here) / Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier (€16.85 from Sam McCauleys here) / Missguided Babe Power (€30 from the Missguided website here) / Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely Bauble (€11.45 on Debenhams here) / Kat Von D Sinner gift set (€27 from Debenhams here) / Armani Luxury Miniature Set (€34.99 from Debenhams here

Beauty Sets

Blowout Buys: And now we get serious. With luxury beauty, it’s incredibly easy to blow huge money on just a few bits so I’ve tried to pick a good mix of sets here that give you the full on thrill you expect when you drop a ton of money on makeup. Strangely though, I actually struggled to find sets that were really expensive this time round and there are loads of gifts here that are still hovering around the €30 mark! First up, is the Benefit Christmas range which I’ve been happily trialling and frankly, loving. Benefit know their way around a good-looking festive range and the tin packaging is adorable. All the sets are worth more than their contents and I couldn’t see many makeup lovers not being seriously impressed if they found one under the three. They will be a pain in the arse to wrap though. Also I can’t leave out MAC who have a (unsurprisingly) fabulous looking collection this year. My vote goes to the Snowball Lip Kit which has 4 full-sized lipsticks that all look lovely and won’t bankrupt you. I have to include the rather intriguing Kat Von D/Too Faced mashup set just because the damn packaging is so cute. The girly Too Faced side has a highlighter and blush while the Kat Von D side has a kick ass lipstick and gloss. For €36 I could see younger girls going mad for something like this and I’d love to give it a try myself to see if it’s worth the price tag. For the fellow palette addicts out there, it’s hard not to throw in a bit of Huda. I just tried one of her new mini palettes for myself and now I’m eyeing up the mama palette which is the rather glorious Desert Dusk. I’m also in love with the look of the Contour and Strobe Lip Set and I think it’s a pretty decent price considering. Bare Minerals have some nice Christmas goodies and I love this lipstick set which seems like an absolute steal for €31.50. If you feel like something smaller but fancier, you can grab three of Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks in this very cute Hot Lips set which is a relatively pricey €40 for three little bullets of colour but the quality and fun factor make up for it! Finally, I had to include some nice nail stuff and I love the look of this Nails Inc Wishes and Kisses set which again, would be wicked to wrap but would look gorgeous under the tree.

Blowout Buys: Benefit Christmas Range (skincare giftsets example here for €53.48 on ASOS or makeup set here for €35 / MAC Snowball Lip Kit (€49 here) / Kat Von D Too Faced Better Together Set (€36 here) / Huda Desert Dusk (€65 here) / Nails Inc Wishes and Kisses Set (€31 here) / Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips charms (€40 here ) / Bare Minerals Go Nude or Make a Statement (€31.50 here) / Huda Contour and Strobe Lip Set (€32 here)

Budget Buys (€6.66 – €30): I thought I’d struggle to get decent brands into the budget friendly bracket but I was (very happily) completely wrong. In fact there was so many things I struggled to choose. If you have someone in your life who loves their makeup (and that person may be you, there’s nothing wrong with a Christmas pressie for yourself) you’d be hard pushed to go wrong with any of these. First up is a little slice of Makeup Forever who have a very pretty little cracker containing their Smoky Lash Mascara and a cute little pouch which will only set you back €13.50. Clinique also have a very dainty Party Pop lipstick set which comes in a little paper bauble and has miniature Plum Pop and Cherry Pop lip colours. If you haven’t tried this range before, the lipsticks are fantastic and it’s a lovely way to get two shades for so cheap. I also have to give a mention to one of my top products ever, the Beauty Blender, which totally changed my makeup game and has never been equalled with other blenders I’ve tried (honestly, not all sponges are the same). This comes in a dinky bauble so it does look Christmassy and I’ll be picking up one myself. If you fancy a slice of Urban Decay, they have a couple of lovely sets that won’t break the bank. My first pick is ‘The Ultimate Pair in 1993 (which you can also get in two different shades) which I’ve tried as a liner and it’s a glorious 90’s throwback. You can have the liner and lipstick duo on sale for €26.90 and I can’t see anyone who loves this kind of shade not being over the moon with this on Christmas morning. If you want to go even cheaper, you can get the All Day, All Night duo which is on sale for €16.20 and comes with a mini All Nighter Spray (aka one of my other essential products) as well as a mini prep spray which I haven’t tried yet but would like to give a go. I couldn’t do a gift guide without including one of my favourite discoveries ever, Skin79 BB Cream. For a very long time, it was only available on EBay but now it’s worked its way into the ever-growing Cloud10Beauty and you can get a mini set of 3 of their different BB creams for just €14. With Skin79, each formulation is different and only comes in one shade so this is the best way to try a few out and get a feel for them. Also spotted on their website is the rather fabulous Stila Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow Set which I’ve seen a fair few bloggers raving above. It just about scrapes into the budget section at €30 but looks seriously fun and festive. I also love the look of the L’Oreal Read my Lips cracker which comes with two lippies in a very cute (you guessed it) cracker that would make a great pressie for a mate. If you’re utterly broke, Maybelline have a Paint the Town Red set that’s a teeny tiny €6.66 and comes with a kick ass red lippie and nail polish. Clarins are also getting into the paper bauble game with their Festive Treats Eyes and Lips sets that contains one of my favourite products of theirs ever, the Instant Lip Perfector. If you haven’t tried it yet the set is a very nicely priced €13.99. Also, a shoutout has to be given to e.l.f which only recently came back to Ireland and are once again proving to be a big hit. I love the look of this duo highlighter kit which would be a good shout for highlighter obsessives. Finally, I’m ending on a cheap as chips little number from Isadora that will keep you looking bronzed and healthy even when you neck-deep in a selection box in the freezings of winter as it’ll only set you back €9.

Budget Buys: Makeup Forever Smokey Lash Cracker (normally €15, €13.50 here)/ Beauty Blender Mida Touch (was €22, now €19.80 here) / Clinique Party Pops Gift (was €18, now €16.20 here) / Urban Decay The Ultimate Pair (was €29, now €26.10 here) / Urban Decay All Day All Night (was €18, now €16.20 here) / Skin79 BB Cream Set (€14 on Cloud10Beauty here) / Stila Written in the Stars Liquid Eyeshadow Set (€3o on Cloud10Beauty here) / L’Oreal Read my Lips Cracker (€11.99 on Feel Unique here) / Maybelline Paint the town red (€6.66 here) / Clarins Festive Treats Eyes and Lips Set (€13.99 here) /  Isadora Bronzing Kit (€9 from pharmacies and Shaws nationwide) / e.l.f Highlight and Glow Kit (€25 from e.l.f stands nationwide) /

Bath and Body

Blowout bath and body buys: So I’m lumping in all the pampering stuff, from baths and showers and then I have facial skincare products and haircare in their own section below! Starting with the luxury buys, Molten Brown have loads of beautiful gifts. If you want to splurge, their divine looking (and aptly named) Divine Moments Set contains three bath and shower gels in Lily of the Valley, Rose and Pink Pepperpod. L’Occitane has some incredible gifts on sale at the moment and this ‘best of’ gift set is a great introduction to the brand for someone, with an almond milk shower oil, shea soap, shower gel and body lotion and a verbana shower gel. Clarins also naturally have some beautiful bath and body products and I love the look of this Pampering Gift set with a tonic bath concentrate, balm and matching candle. I have been swooning over pretty much the entire Body Shop Christmas collection but I have a soft spot for this exceptionally fun and awesome clock containing a round of exquisite body butters. Remember there’s 30% off The Body Shop today so boy is it the right time to treat yourself! I’m also a lover of Korres, not only for their divine lip balms (honestly you need to try them) but also for their fine skincare range. Their sets are really well priced and I’m including a €25 here that comes with three of their best-selling shower gels in Fig, Santorini Vine and Japanese Rose. Finally, where would we be without a little Kiehls! This set has a nice mix with a body lotion, hand cream, cleanser and moisturiser.

Blowout Buys: Molten Brown Divine Moments Set (€49 here) / Best of L’Occitane Gift Set (€35.28 here) / Clarins Pampering Gift Set (€53 here) / Clarins Pampering Gift Set (€53 here) / King of Korres gift set (€25 here) / The Body Shop Dial a Flavour Body Butter Set (€45 instore and more info here) / Kiehls Body Gift Set (€36.90 here)

Budget Buys: It’s very easy to feature the same great brands in both luxury and budget options here which is great news. First though, I need to give a mention to the lovely Burt’s Bees who have some really nice sets out. Their Bag of Treats is lovely and has a mix of balms and body lotion for just €18. Kiehl’s have an absolute beaut of a set for €18 too with three of their divine hand creams in Lavender, Grapefruit and the slightly intriguing Coriander. You may notice from my gift guide I like baubles and hands down the nicest one I’ve encountered in real life is the tin Cherry Blossom bauble from L’Occitane as it feels like a real full gift rather than an add on but it also only has a price tag of €15. Korres also have an extremely budget friendly milk and shower gel set with four minis for a paltry €12.60. Baylis and Harding are coming up trumps with the very cute packaging and thanks to the great sales, you can get the Carnival House set that was €42 for just €21 and the equally lovely looking Wreath Tin for the exact same price (with the same discount). Finally, a shoutout to Garnier who have their very pretty Honey Treasures set with a body lotion, body butter and body cream, all in a good size for a nicely priced €16.45.

Budget Buys:  Baylis & Harding Carnival House (was €42, now €21 here) / Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Wreath Tin (was €42, now €21 here) / L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Bauble (€15 here) / Kiehls Mini Hand Cream Set (€18 here) / Korres Oh Little Stars Gift Set (€12.60 here) / Burt’s Bees Bag of  Treats (€18 here) / Garnier Honey Treasures Set (€16.45 here)

Skincare and Haircare

Blowout Buys (€33 – €399): Ok I have to include the hair product I want the most this year, the L’Oreal Steampod. I haven’t tried it but everything I’ve seen about it looks so damn amazing. It’s a whopping €159 but that’s actually down from €216 on Look Fantastic so it’s a pretty great discount. My absolute favourite luxury haircare brand at the moment is Pureology so I have to stick in one of their giftsets. I wasn’t sold on pricey haircare until I tried it and honestly lads, I’m converted. The trick is to alternate it with the cheap stuff to make it last longer. My pick is the Hydrate range which I’ve used and loved. A set is gonna cost you just over €50 here although you can get cheaper deals on the shampoo and conditioners on their own so shop around! I’ve also been busy trying Redken for the first time at home and their Colour Extend Magnetic Gift Set. The box is massive, it looks gorgeous and I’ve been getting on very well with the shampoo and conditioner. Once I’ve finished the lot I’ll do a full review but so far so good. This set (which also includes a megamask) is down from €60 to €42.50 so if you like your luxury hair goodies, it’s not a bad deal at all. If I can’t include the most pricey hairdryer known to man in the luxury section here, sure where can I? Arguably my most jammy blogging moment ever was being sent the Dyson Supersonic which retails at just shy of €400. It is monumentally expensive. I sweated and panicked reviewing it. But I also love it. The easiest way to sum up the Supersonic is that no hairdryer is ever worth that kind of money. Hands down. But it’s also hands down the best hairdryer I’ve ever used by a country mile and unlike anything else I’ve encountered. And I still use and love it all the bleedin’ time. Finally, something most people (including myself) forget is that you can get hair vouchers for salons people love and even if it isn’t the full amount, anyone worth their salt is going to appreciate a few quid off their next visit. My vote goes to my hairdresser on Dame St, PREEN (you can see their work on me here) who have a load of new vouchers out and today they’re actually adding an extra 20% on to the value if you purchase online on Black Friday. Ok so onto skincare. There are piles of incredible skincare sets so here’s a selection of my picks. Firstly, you can’t ignore Clarins cause they know their skincare gift sets too damn well. There are tons to pick from but I love the look of the Clarins Double Serum Set because I have the Double Serum myself and it’s absolutely lovely. This is a proper luxury gift (that also has a price tag to match at €82. It’s far from Decleor I was raised on but by god it’s a lovely luxury brand. I spied this rather lovely set bursting with goodies which is normally €160 but is currently on sale for €80. Still pricey but a whopper of a skincare gift. Finally, I need to give a big mention to Alpha H and in particular their new Liquid Rose Gold because it’s aimed at more sensitive skin like mine and it’s absolutely gorgeous. This trio set is exclusive to ASOS, has a really reasonable price and comes with a cleanser and hydrating cream (which I’ve also tried and liked). Finally, I adore the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and only treated myself to a new one in Boots a couple of weeks ago. This means I can’t go without mentioning at least one of their gift sets. My choice is Supercharge Your Glow which comes with the mighty cleanser, a skin tonic, a face serum and two cloths for €33. Honestly though, all their sets look fantastic.

Blowout Buys: L’oreal Steampod (was €216 now €159 here) / Pureology Hydrate Set (€52.80 here) / Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Kit (down from €60 to €42.50 on here) / Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (€399 on Currys here) / Decleor Black Friday deal (€80 down from €160 on here) / PREEN Gift Vouchers here / Alpha H Holiday Collection (€39.86 on ASOS here) / Clarins Double Serum Gift Set (€82.90 here) / liz Earle Supercharge your Glow (€33 here) / 

Budget Buys (€7.45-€35): I figured I’d struggle finding budget buys for all the categories but brands have made it a hell of a lot easier to access even the most luxurious of brands with mini versions of things. First up is a set I’d love myself from Ouai which are a relatively new brand and seem to have a fab range of products. I haven’t tried them so I think this mini kit is a great way to get a taster and the fact this falls under €30 is a definite bonus. I also spotted this absolute stone cold bargain of a Remington hairdryer plus straighteners on Debenhams that’s down from €70 to just €35, so if you ever wanted to bowl your mate or a family member over with a pressie, this is the way to do it. Skincare wise, I’ve been obsessed with the Vichy Slow Age range for months and plan on repurchasing it very soon. This set doesn’t have everything in the range (the eye cream is great) but it’s a lovely introduction to a seriously good range. Another set I have and which I think makes a fab pressie is the Trilogy Sampler Set (celebrating their 15th anniversary) which contains mini’s of their 3 best selling oils plus their new Sensitive Very Gentle Restoring Oil and an oil exclusive to the set, all for only €26.95. Finally, yet another set I have is the Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Set which contains a mini cleansing balm and a cleansing cloth. For €20, it’s a great way to introduce someone new to a brilliant brand without breaking the bank in the process. I have my eye on a bit of Pixi for Christmas and they have loads of beautiful sets covering makeup and skincare so it’ll be hard to choose just one. The Best of Brights Set looks like a good choice as its under €30 but has Glow Tonic, Mud Cleanser and Mud Mask. I absolutely love the look of the mini Bioderma Mini H20 Set which contains 100ml travel sizes of their Sensiblo, Hydrablo and Seblum micellar waters for a very palatable €12. If €12 is still too much, Garnier are ready to sweep in with their gift set containing their micellar water and their BB Cream, all for a budget busting €7.45.

 Budget buys: Ouai on the go kit (€29.80 on ASOS here) / Vichy Slow Age Set (€29.95 here) / Pixi Best of Brights (€27.03 here) / Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa (€20.27 on ASOS here) / Trilogy Sampler Set (€26.95 on Cloud10Beauty here) / Bioderma Mini H20 set (€12 from Cloud10Beauty here) / Garnier Micellar Set (€7.45 on Look Fantastic here) / Remington Straighteners and Hairdryer set (down from €70 to €35 here

So that’s the lot! Is anything catching your eye?


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  • Catherine Lynch

    Oh my gosh, this must have been a monster post to write…so much research and writing! The summary after each section is really helpful :-). Having spend years buying/filling advent calendars with chocolate treats, I hadn’t thought of buying a make-up one…but I’ll have to check out the Makeup Revolution one for my daughter…it sounds like great value, and she’d love it! Reading through the perfume section reminds me how much I miss my Daisy perfume…will have to splurge on myself for Christmas! Really informative post…thank you 🙂

  • Lady Writes

    OMG I’ll take one of every single thing please! Such a fantastic and comprehensive gift guide x

  • Dorota Gornicka

    Loved how many bits you included hun! It must have taken a day to write up! I’d like to be treated to a little Skin79 skincare x

  • Woah what a gift guide! I’m so tempted by the hide beauty tins and the advent calendars look so good this year too x

  • Wowsers! That is some gift guide! I’d love a steampod! x


  • I have so many sets in my list to buy for myself but I don’t think my wallet allows it. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • thesundaygirluk

    Can I put myself down for one of each? Please and thank you!