‘Tis The Season To … Buy Baubles
Christmas baubles are so much better when they contain a little surprise. Of course, they have to look lovely, like this Bronnley Bauble Tin, £6.50 (House of Fraser). It's all Christmassy and sparkly, and looks fab on the tree. But when the festivities are over and everything feels a bit flat, you can crack open the bauble and steal the gorgeous triple-milled soap inside.
The whole thing is gently scented with cinnamon and apple, and the soap is bursting with goodness such as shea butter ...
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 ...
Save On Gift Sets
Gift sets are generally seen as well, gifts, really. However, you can make great savings on skincare for yourself by keeping an eye out for holiday collections from big brands.
Dermalogica is one brand that has great offers when it puts best-selling products together in a gift box.
The Brightening Duo contains Pre Cleanse and Daily Microfoliant, and is a saving of £22.85 (dermalogica.co.uk) when you buy them together. They'd usually cost £76.10 but cost £53.25 in the set.
Some of ...
Fab Chunky Crackers
Beauty Christmas crackers are definitely the best part of decorating the tree. And we were very impressed when we came across these big, product-filled crackers from L'Oréal Professionnel.
For just £6.99 (lorealprofessionnel.co.uk) there is a choice of four crackers for different hair needs. There is Colour, Strengthen, Style and Nourish, and each cracker contains two decent-sized products.
Most crackers of this size are at least double the price, so these are a big bargain - and a ...
3 For 2 On Pretty Gifts
The Laura Ashley beauty range at Boots is one of the prettiest gift collections around this Christmas.
It's one of those ranges that works for any age, which is good news as until December 24, the products are on a 3 for 2 offer. And with many of the products all priced under £10, you could get lots of gorgeous gifts for not a huge amount of money.
This Royal Bloom Mini Indulgence Gift Set, £10, is one of our favourites in the range, with four products. And we love the Royal Bloom ...
Treasure Chest For Half-Price!
Boots has a couple of great offers on this week. This Ted Baker Treasure Chest is a bargain at £25, reduced from £50 - and it's a very generous-looking gift.
A big, handy box contains x 250 ml Pink Body Lotion Pink Body Wash, Mint Body Lotion, Mint Bubble Bath, Mint Body Wash, Pink Hand Cream and Pink Bubble Bath.
Boots is also offering a half-price Real Techniques Bold Metals Ultimate Set, reduced from £120 to £50, which is better than half-price. It contains seven top-quality ...
Personalise Your Foundation
If you've ever counted your foundations, you may have got a shock. One for summer, a different shade for autumn, a darker one for winter, one for nights out, one for bad skin days ... the list is endless. And expensive.
That could all change with these magic potions from Autograph. Custom Colour, £10 each (marksandspencer.com) is a collection of tints that just need a tiny amount to customise any foundations. It's a cheap and easy way of getting a bespoke shade to suit your skin at the ...
Big Bargains At Boots
Boots is currently offering this big box of goodies at a knockdown price. The No7 Summer Collection - which is worth £120 - is currently on offer at £30 when you spend £25 on No7 products. That's a saving of £80, and it's well worth it.
The box contains Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator, Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes, Protect & Perfect Intense Facial Sun Protection SPF15, Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Anti-Ageing Sun Protection Spray SPF15, Extravagant Volume ...
Chill Out And Soothe Tired Eyes
We all know the old kitchen beauty trick of popping cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce puffiness, and while it can be effective, Dirty Works have come up with a better alternative.
Cucumber Eye Pads, £4 for 10 pairs (Sainsbury's) are pre-moistened, so you just pop them on eyes and sit back and relax for 10 minutes. They're so soothing you can almost feel the puffiness and dark shadows disappearing.
And to really make the most of the relaxing time, get out that face mask you've been ...
Cute Minis On Offer
If you're thinking about packing for a trip soon you'll be trying to cram as much as possible into your toiletries bag. We've found some lovely mini products at M&S, such as this pack of four shower gels - in coconut, aloe vera, shea butter and lemon - for £3.99, and they're currently on offer, at buy one get one half-price.
The Nature's Ingredients collection is very pretty, and with this offer on, there are some great bargains. The last thing you want is a big, heavy case weighed down ...
Bargain Tanning Products
It's definitely self-tanning season, and if you choose the right tan, you'll find it won't cost a fortune. A bottle of St Tropez can last around six weeks if applied regularly. Every three days is a good benchmark for reapplying tan, that way you don't have to use as much as you're topping up the colour, and it also looks more natural.
TJ Hughes is a great place to look for bargains - in stores right now, St Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Bronzing Lotion starts at £9.99 - half the price of the ...
Cheaper Than … Lip Fillers
Gone are the days when lip plumpers felt like a constant electric shock through your lips. These days, although you can generally feel the plumping agents working, they're comfortable enough to use daily.
We've come across an amazing new lip-plumping product - and if you're think of getting filler injections around your lip area, it would be a good idea to try this first.
From American brand Fusion Beauty, LipFusion XXL Advanced Priming Plumping pencil, £19.50, is a chunky crayon that is ...
Beauty Box of Goodies For £10
There's something about buying a beauty box that makes it feel like a really indulgent treat. Even if you throw the box away, just the act of having some goodies all packed together feels like a present from yourself.
We love this new bargain Beauty Box from Accessorize, £10 (heathcote-ivory.com) which contains three products - a Body Scrub, Hydrating Body Butter and a Cucumber and Aloe Face Mist. It comes in either Lychee Sorbet or Sweet Lotus scents, and as well as looking lovely, the ...
Save Up To 50 Per Cent At Debenhams
Remember the days when January sales started in January ...? Or maybe not quite, but they certainly started after Christmas.
Nowadays, it's quite usual for stores to cut prices on Christmas Eve. Take Debenhams - this Marc Jacobs Daisy gift set has one-third off, reduced from £56 to £37.34.
There is also 50 per cent off Jimmy Choo Flash scent, reduced from £62 to £31, and £25 off Tommy Hilfiger Citrus Brights for Men and Women, down from £51 to £25.50.
These are just some of the ...
Our Favourite Xmas Candle
Tis the season to light a candle ... there's something festive and cosy about having a scented candle flickering as you go about your Christmas business.
And this delightful Snow Globe Piped Candle from Bomb Cosmetics, £8.99 (bombcosmetics.co.uk) is perfect. It's scented with crisp apples and spicy ginger and fills the room with festive fragrance.
Bomb have a fabulous selection of these well-priced candles which burn for 30-35 hours - that's a few days of lovely smells for less than a ...