Molton Brown’s festive box of jewels

Few brands offer the kind of bathroom eye candy that Molton Brown does. Their superb shower gels are the Quality Street of skincare: brightly coloured jewels of deliciousness. Nowhere is this more apparent when they’re brought together, as they are in this 10-piece, limited edition Christmas Gift Collection. The dinky 50ml bottles are perfect for gym and travel bags, as stocking fillers or for crackers, if you’re brave enough to make your own, and come in a gift box that makes wrapping a cinch – or obsolete, given that it comes with a gift ribbon. They’ll last longer than Quality Street too.

Molton Brown’s Limited Edition 10-Piece Shower Gel Stocking Fillers Gift Set is available now priced £30.

Crème de la Mer launches crème de la crème for men

How’s that for a blogpost title mouthful? But, hey, it’s the truth because after years of men swiping their wives’ and girlfriends’ luxury skin products, Crème de la Mer have finally put together a dinky little skincare set for men, housed in a cool carry case and featuring the best of their product range.

The Men’s Skin Essentials kit contains five signature products – The Moisturising Gel Cream, The Eye Balm Intense, The Lip Balm, The Cleansing Gel and The Tonic, providing you with pretty much everything you need for a good skincare regime.

Crème de la Mer itself is legendary, of course. Expensive, yes, but for those who swear by it, the best skincare range out there (I had once had a friend with bad acne scars who used nothing else and who swore it had greatly improved his skin). For others it’s just a feel-good indulgence and if it makes you feel good that’s money well spent.

I myself have always been a fan of the Lip Balm, while the Moisturizing Gel Cream, which is much lighter than the original Moisturizing Cream and is included in this kit, is a great option for men because it’s quickly absorbed and doesn’t leave a shine. Certainly, if you’re new to Crème de la Mer this kit is a great way to discover for yourself what all the hype is about and if you’re already a fan it’s definitely one for your Christmas wish list.

The Crème de la Mer Men’s Skin Essential kit costs £175 and will be available from November. For stockists call 0870 034 2566 or go to www.cremedelamer.co.uk

something for the ladies…

We all know gift-buying for girls is a make or break situation; the last thing you need to present to your girlfriend/wife/mother-in-law on Christmas Morning is a pot of anti-ageing cream, nasty scented drawer liners or the incredibly cool gadget you found that improves Hoover efficiency. So, with no further ado, in a special festive blogswap my pal BritishBeautyBlogger leads you straight to the beauty inspired lady pleasers…

1. Estee Lauder Crystal Roulette Compact

It’s well known that the ladies love to disappear to ‘powder their noses’ so this bejewelled compact is an instant winner. Filled with translucent powder, it’s the perfect thing for patting away shine. The major plus is that it counts as a handbag show-off item – expect her to be powdering at the table – as long as her friends are looking. £130, http://www.harrods.com.

2. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Black Fawn Collection

Handily, the entire premise of covetable Bobbi Brown make up is that it is based on neutrals that suit everyone, making it virtually impossible to go wrong. This limited edition collection is all wrapped up in a chrome faux leather case and contains two eye shades, as well as lip and cheek colours. Three mini-brushes ensure she can get glammed up straight away. £70, www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

3. Dior Little Luxuries Gift Set

Containing four iconic Dior fragrances in miniature (or as they’re known in the industry, ‘handbag size’), this is the perfect set to let her know she’s definitely luxury. Small sizes of J’Adore, Midnight Poison, Miss Dior Cherie and Dior Addict will hit the spot with the added bonus of being in such a pretty box you may be able to avoid the Sellotape and gift wrap wrangle altogether. £25.00, nationwide.

PS. You can check out my top three festive picks for boys here.


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