18 December 2014

Glossybox December 2014

It's the one we've all been waiting for! The December edition of Glossybox has always been one of their best so when it landed on my doorstep I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us this Christmas. Housed in a festive star gift box December's Glossybox features five items, four of which are full sized and the fifth being a generous travel sample:

 Glossybox December 2014:
Tresemme renewal hair and scalp 60 second treatment shots
So susan concealer quad
BellaPierre cheek and lip stain
Anatomicals day and night spot stick
SkinPrep hydra boost pure hyaluronic acid serum

 Glossybox December 2014 - So Susan concealer quad and BellaPierre cheek

On opening the box I wasn't initially wowed like in previous years. It's still a good value Glossybox and I'll happily use up all five samples but it would have been nice to see a red lipgloss or a glittery nail varnish for that extra festive touch. Of the five I'm most looking forward to trying Bellapierre cheek and lip stain which looks like the perfect winter flush shade and Skinprep hydra boost serum which sounds like a good alternative to Hydraluron. The Tresemme hair shots will also come in handy, especially now as my long hair is starting to get damaged again.

Looking back through the last 12 months I feel like beauty boxes have all stepped up their game and although there's not always a standout item, generally the boxes are more consistent and the samples more exciting. It'll be interesting to see what's in store for 2015 but I'm hoping beauty boxes will showcase some newer brands and hopefully include more cult classics too. 
Did you like this this month's Glossybox? What are you hoping to find in beauty boxes next year?

13 December 2014

Soap and Glory the next big thing - Boots star offer of the week

It's become almost a pre-Christmas tradition to wait for the big Boots Soap and Glory star offer of the week and this year they've not disappointed with a limited edition The next big thing gift set in collaboration with illustrator Hattie Stewart:

 Soap and Glory Boots star offer of the week

Soap and Glory The next big thing gift set features a whopping 10 items, all of which are full sized and bestsellers. Inside you'll find The righteous butter, Hand dream super cream, Orangeasm body wash, Butter yourself moisture lotion, Heel genius foot cream, Sugar crush body scrub, Whipped clean shower butter, Sexy mother pucker lip gloss, Thick & fast super volume mascara and Off your face daily purifying cloths.

Thanks to it's sugary sweet scent and cute quirky packaging Soap and Glory have become a firm favourite of mine and in particular I'm looking forward to trying the new Organeasm body wash and Sugar crush body scrub, as well as stocking up on old favourites such as The righteous butter. 

Illustrator Hattie Stewart has designed 2 boxes, one for online and another for instore purchases. Retailing for just £29 Soap and Glory the next big thing has to be one of the best value gift sets I've seen this year and will no doubt be incredibly popular this Christmas - I'd recommend getting your hands on one as soon as possible as they tend to sell out very quickly!

Did you manage to buy one this weekend? What's your favourite Soap and Glory product?

12 December 2014

Christmas gift guide - £30 and under

Every year I promise myself I'll be more organized and yet every year I always seem to leave my Christmas shopping till the very last minute. Luckily there are so many great gift sets these days and online shopping has made things so much easier. This week I've put together a selection of my top picks and if like myself you've yet to complete your shopping then I hope you'll find this £30 and under Christmas gift guide useful: 

 Christmas gift guide: New Look scarf

Notice the tartan print in the background? It's actually a super cozy New look scarf which is the first item on my Christmas gift guide. As I've gotten older I've really come to appreciate winter warmers and think this would be perfect for a girlfriend or sister. It looks and feels far more expensive than it's £12.99 pricetag, the pink and blue adds a fun twist to a traditional print and it's big enough to double up as a blanket or shawl in the evenings.  

For someone who's into her technology what about these wireless Jam headphones? I always find over the ear headphones more comfortable to wear and these ones come pre-charged so can be used straight out of the box. The sound quality is clear and precise and the wireless function means they're great for wandering around the house. If you're thinking of treating yourself to one they're also great for lazy days when you just want stay in bed watching Youtube videos and movies without being disturbed.

It wouldn't be a Christmas gift guide without some scented candles and this year I'm loving these tins from Sensichic. The brainchild of a former beauty PR Sensichic candles are free from paraffin and other toxins, lovingly hand poured in batches of 10 and come in fun scents such as fashion fiend and beauty junkie. In fact with notes of spearmint and grapefruit I may just have to treat myself to one as an early Christmas present!

 Christmas gift guide - Clinique, Marks & Spencers and Paul & Joe

For beauty lovers you can't go wrong with a selection of her favourite cosmetics. Clinique chubby sticks and cheek pops will always go down well, Paul and Joe do some of the prettiest make up around and for teenagers you can always rely on the limited edition collection from M&S. Alternatively this Disaster designs make up bag would make a lovely present and you could even fill it with her favourites for a fun personalized gift.

Finally for some luxurious haircare take a look at this Art of classic gift set from Paul Mitchell. Packaged in a beautiful printed wash bag, you'll find a full sized bottle of their original shampoo, conditioner and fast drying sculpting spray.  It comes in 8 other varieties but if you're not sure of her hair type then this would be the most universal. Perfect for the girl who likes a touch of everyday luxury.

How are you getting on with your Christmas shopping? Did any of the gift ideas catch your eye?

8 December 2014

JewelCandle review and giveaway

It's safe to say that my love for scented candles is well documented here on Peonies and lilies and come Winter time there's bound to be at least one lit up every single night. Recently I came across JewelCandle, a brand which incorporates scented candles and jewellery with an element of surprise:

JewelCandle review and giveaway

JewelCandle fruity watermelon
JewelCandle fruity watermelon review

JewelCandle fruity watermelon review
JewelCandle fruity watermelon review

Each candle burns up to 150 hours and hidden near the top is a 925 sterling silver earring or ring (depending on the flavour you choose). The surprise lies in the fact that until you open up the packet you've no idea what the jewellery will be like, although JewelCandle guarantees that all items will retail between £10-£250.

As I have quite small fingers and find rings difficult to fit, I went for Fruity watermelon, a fresh summery scent with a pair of earrings hidden inside. When lit the scent throw was a little too subtle for my liking but the novelty of these candles lies in the surprise jewellery hidden underneath. After a couple of evenings (I may have been impatient and given it a little helping hand!) I dug out my little package. Each piece of jewellery is wrapped in a plastic bag and silver foil to protect it from the hot wax and after unwrapping I was treated to a pair of ruby red earrings.

Now onto the giveaway - the lovely people at JewelCandle have agreed to give away a Pink cherry ring candle for one lucky winner. For your chance to win simply be a Bloglovin and GFC follower of Peonies and lilies, then leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Winter scent is. Don't forget to also leave an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch if you are the lucky winner. This giveaway will be open to all UK residents and will close at 11:59pm on 21st December 2014.

Good luck!

3 December 2014

Boots Christmas 2014 - My top picks

Although December has a habit of sneaking up on me, for as long as I can remember the arrival of Boots Christmas catalogue has always signalled the start of the festive season. As a teenager I used to spend hours making wishlists and taking advantage of their 3 for 2 deal (2 for them, 1 for me)! This year I was given a little sneak preview and as there are now only 3 weeks left I thought what better time then to start my Christmas gift guide with a selection of their top gifts for 2014:

One of the best things about Christmas gifts is the chance to try something new and this set from Benefit features 10 of their best sellers. Amongst others there's a mini They're real mascara, Poreprofessional primer and Dandelion blush. Alternatively if you're already a fan then this would be a good chance to stock up on travel minis. 

Nail polishes are a safe bet at Christmas and for girlfriends and sisters I'd recommend this beautifully packaged gift set from Ted Baker. With 3 colours, a nail art pen and stickers it's a fun opportunity to experiment and will be perfect for any upcoming Christmas and New year parties. 

This last year both me and my friends have gotten a lot more into homeware and if you're in the same situation then take a look at their festive foodie and home gift sets. There are some lovely scented candles from Florence Anne but for tea lovers I'd recommend this gift set from Twinings. Perfect for sharing there's a pack of English breakfast tea, 2 floral mugs and a white tray which I'm planning on using as beauty storage afterwards. 

Finally for the girl who has everything you can't go wrong with this beauty advent calendar - the only problem being it would have to be an early Christmas present. With deluxe samples of make up, skincare and body care there's a new treat to try out everyday and will be sure to be popular with friends and mums alike. 

How are you getting on with Christmas shopping? What are your favourite gift sets this year? 
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