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Gorgeous Keepsake Gift

We love Heathcote & Ivory. They offer understated class and elegance, great value for money and products you won't find anywhere else. They don't get enough credit for their fabulous bargains, so if you're looking for extra special gifts that won't cost the earth, or something lovely for your bathroom shelf, check out some of their collections. This lovely Vintage & Co Patterns and Petals Bath Fizzer Caddy is £10 (heathcote-ivory.com) and contains 15 bath fizzers, and a keep-fo...

Sell-Out Festive Lip Balm

This fabulous Prosecco Lip Balm from Waitrose, £2.99, has - unsurprisingly - been the store's best-selling lip balm, and sold out three weeks before Christmas. Thankfully, more stock should now be in store, so we can all get our hands on one. The flavour and scent is based closely on the real thing, so you can a real hint of bubbles when you open the tin, and it tastes amazing on the lips! The only drawback may be that you lick it off throughout the day and go through a whole tin in a ...

Perfect Festive Make-Up

It's always about shimmer at Christmas, but this festive season we're going for gold. There are gold cosmetics everywhere, and we're loving it. This Metallic Eyeshadow from 3INA in 500, £6.95 (3ina.com) is highly pigmented, so the colour can be layered to get fabulous sparkly eyes. But we've also found another few uses for it. Dust a little along the tops of cheekbones to highlight and illuminate skin, use an eyeshadow brush or cotton bud to dab a little on lips and seal with lipgloss for ...

Advent Calendar Worth £151

One of the best parts of Christmas is the build-up, and what better way to count down to the big day than a fab calendar packed full of beauty goodies? A lot of beauty calendars are expensive and you're paying for the prettiness and the packaging. But this lovely No7 Bright Lights Big City Beauty Calendar is a brilliant bargain. With 24 minis from the No7 range, products are worth £151 - for a price of £39. The gold and black design is inspired by city glamour and winter nights and ...

Amazing £650 Free Gift From Harvey Nichols

As you know, we love a free gift here - and we're absolutely blown away by this incredible freebie from Harvey Nichols. This exclusively illustrated bag is crammed with 35 products all from different brands, and there really is enough here to last you all year. The gift with purchase - yes, there is a little catch - is to celebrate 15 years of Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty, their brilliant one-stop beauty shop. To get the gift, you must by three items or more from Beyond Beauty - either ...

Bargain Hair Oil Is A Winter Must-Have

If you're someone who's not keen on putting oil on their hair - and really we can't blame you, it seems somehow wrong, but oh-so-right - the new Dove Regenerate Serum-In-Oil, £6.99 (Boots) is a good place to start. It nourishes, protects and hydrates hair, so it's more silky, less frizzy and much more swishy. But importantly, it doesn't weigh hair down or leave it looking lank and greasy. The secret is in the formula, which is serum-based, but with all the good stuff that's in an oil, so ...

A Chocolate Treat That Makes You Look Healthy!

Just look at these gorgeous blushers. The new Kiko Blush Cocoa Shock, £10.90 each, kikocosmetics.co.uk) are designed to look like delicious squares of chocolate. Better than that, they smell of sweet vanilla, so it really does bring some sweetness into your early morning make-up routine. They're also great value. In four colour choices, each palette contains two shades that can be used together or alone, so essentially you have the choice of three different colours. They give cheeks a ...

Clever Sponges …

We love anything that makes life easier, saves time and is great value for money. Which is why we're quite taken with the Wash Wizard, a nifty little sponge that can solve all sorts of issues. The compact sponge opens out to a fair-sized washing sponge, add a little water and hey presto! You have an instant shower, all from a tiny package that fits into any handbag. It's hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, so also good for sensitive skin. We think it's great for travelling, so you don't ...

Channel Your Inner Rebel …

If you've ever had one of those days - or weeks - when you fancy trying something different but don't quite have the courage, we have the answer. A change of hair colour can be a drastic way of making a statement, but with a wash-out colour, you can quickly reverse any mistakes. Pixie Lott Wash Out Hair Colour, £5.99 (Superdrug) is a brilliant collection of funky colours that washes out easily without leaving any traces of rebellion or damaging hair. It's been around for a while, but ...

The Ultimate In Lip Service

We've just found a brand that specialises solely in lipsticks. That has to be one of the best ideas we've heard in a while. Saturated Colour Cosmetics is also great value, with bargain products to be had from £3.50 to £9 (saturatedcolour.com). There's everything on this website including Locked Lips, £3.50, a lipstick sealer, Lip Vinyl, £7, liquid lipsticks in lots of great colours, and Colour Switch, £9, a pure white lipstick that lightens lipsticks when used as a base. It's a ...

Super Summer Spongy Soaps

Who doesn't love a novelty soap? It just makes bath or showertime more interesting. If you're that way inclined, we've got a treat for you. These Shower Soaps from Bomb Cosmetics, from £3.99(bombcosmetics.co.uk) have a sponge-like texture so skin feels brilliantly clean and a little exfoliated after using it. They're packed full of essential oils, so they smell amazing and don't dry skin, and foam up like a sponge soaked in soap. Choose from scents such as Berrylicious, Flower Shower and ...

Nails To Go!

Nail products can be a pain to take on holiday - and that's exactly when you may have the time to pamper your nails. Finding a little kit that contains everything is ideal, and we love this Essential Manicure Kit from Leighton Denny, £25 (marksandspencer.com) It contains four products, including Leighton's best-selling Crystal Nail File - which comes with a 25-year guarantee! - Intensive Nail Repair Cream, a double-sided buffer and the brilliant Marvel Balm, a multi-purpose moisturising ...

Free Gift With Bagsy Cosmetics

Let us introduce you to a lovely range of cosmetics you may not have heard about. Bagsy is a pretty collection with everything from eye, lip and concealing make-up to hand cream and shampoo. And it's also great value for money. The Lip Cocoon Tinted Balm, pictured, is just £7 (Debenhams) and is one of those great beauty staples that lasts for ages and quickly becomes a favourite. Debenhams are currently giving away a handy magnifying compact mirror when you spend £25 or more on Bagsy ...

Luminous Skin In An Instant

If you want natural-looking make-up without too much fuss, go for a big, chunky pencil or make-up stick. They're so easy to apply, and if they have a creamy formula, they can be blended in an instant, so there's no faffing with a brush or sponge. The new Strobe Stix from Lottie London, £6 (Boots) have a soft crème consistency so they smooth on to the skin and can be blended with fingertips - it takes literally 15 seconds to apply them. They're designed for strobing, but if that seems a ...

Cheaper Than … A Hat

It's that time of year ... weddings, christenings and all sorts of fancy get-togethers when you may need a hat, a fascinator or just something to jazz up your hair. If you've never thought of hair jewellery, you should give it a go. It's a great alternative to a hat that you can't take off all day because it's left you with hat hair. These hair chains from Kitsch, £12.32 (mykitsch.com) are easy to use - just pin up a messy bun or plait and slip the hair combs on each end to the back of ...