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• Christmas Gift Guide 2016: Beauty and Fashion •

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To help you find perfect gifts for the entire family, here's a must-have collection of Entertainment, Beauty, Fashion, Toys and merch that should be on everyone's Christmas lists this year!


AA Skincare : Face Rejuvenating Kit


Bristol-based Amphora Aromatics specialises in aromatherapy and pure essential oils. With a wide range of creams, gels, balms, fragrances, bath bombs and more, I decided to try out their Face Rejuvenating Kit. Promising to tone and rejuvenate the skin, it comes with: Rejuvenating Rose Hydrating Daily Face Gel (50ml) to help combat the first signs of ageing, Frankincense & Rose Moisturising Face Cream (50ml) to reduce fine lines, Frankincense & Rose Cleansing Face Gel (100ml) to cleanse and nourish dry skin, and Frankincense & Rose Moisturising Face Lotion (100ml) to hydrate tired skin. Each is suitable for all skin types and a little goes a long way.  As you might expect, the rose fragrance is quite strong, so I’d recommend applying at night as to not distract from any perfume you may wish to wear.


Charnos, Couture, Miss Naughty, Oroblu and Giulia Tights


UK Tights features the world's largest collection of tights, with fabulous, flattering hosiery for every occasion. A few highlights include Charnos Sparkle Spot Tights, which add festive sparkle with either gold or silver dots on black opaques. Couture Ultimates Anne 60 denier Tights are seamless and ladder proof, for when you want a flawless silhouette that lasts. Miss Naughty Over The Knee Tights feature a 60 denier mock hold-ups look with a 20 denier sheer top. Perfect for a night out or in with someone special. To liven up any outfit, I love Oroblu's Danielle Tights, which feature a diamond pattern up the 50 denier leg. Giulia's Spa 20 Tights feature a soft shine finish and shaping top for extra confidence.


SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore and Rosalieve Face Lotion is run by a Dermatology specialist and offers a wide range of advanced skin care products. From the SkinCeuticals range; Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is an anti-aging treatment with ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. Clinically proven to reduce fine lines, the lightweight cream also goes a long way. After only a few days use, I noticed my skin looked more radiant and hydrated. If you struggle with rosacea, then JanMarini’s Rosalieve may be the answer for you. Instead of caking your face in green concealers, this redness reducing complex is designed to visibly calm the skin with azelaic acid and various extracts. Applied morning and evening, the skin becomes more balanced to minimise flare-ups.


No7 Highshine Lipgloss


No7 have launched 10 gorgeous new shades of Highshine Lipgloss. Retailing at £9 each, they come in a generous 8ml size. Each feels luxuriously silky on the lips. they're not at all sticky either, which is a must for lip gloss. I couldn’t get over how much volume the Pink Latte shade added, making my lips seem much plumper. Up close, you’ll also notice a beautiful sparkle that adds additional magic to the formulation.  In the bottle, the shade looks like a metallic nude, and gives a subtle peachy tint on the lips. The formulation includes Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, so it nourishes as well as dazzles. I also sampled the Roaring Red lipgloss. Once applied, I was very impressed at how incredibly rich and vibrant the colour was. A deep letterbox red, it’s perfect if you want to quickly apply and go, without the need to put on lipstick or liner first. Other shades include Glazed Plum, Pink Hydrangea, Naturally Nude, Translucent, Grapefruit Shine, Just Peachy, Pink Slip and Sparkling Rose.



I hope you've enjoyed my festive Gift Guide. Thanks for your continued support this year and be sure to join me in 2017 for another blockbuster year of entertainment, beauty, fashion, interviews and fun. Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


Lots of love, Sarah O'Connell xxx






By Sarah O'Connell 

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