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Last week I was thrilled to have been invited along to the Space NK store opening in Winchester. If you follow my YouTube channel I am sure you will know I am a total beauty & skincare addict so this was my idea of heaven!

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The closest Space NK store to us is about an hour away so I am so pleased they have opened their stunning new store in Winchester, Hampshire. The building, once used for tea dances (cute), has been renovated to a beautiful standard and it lends itself perfectly to the luxury brands it houses. The original beams, low ceilings and period features really give it an authentic apothecary feel.

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The store was full to the brim with my absolute favourite skincare and beauty brands. From NARS to Becca and Rodial through to Zelens. All brands which aren’t readily available on the high street.

As you may know, I love Sephora and have filmed a few hauls over on my channel. However being an overseas store, it’s not exactly easy to get my hands on things. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I now have these amazing brands on my doorstep, and what’s more I can go in, talk through my needs, wants & wishes with expertly trained staff who will be able to personally help me find the right products. The staff don’t get sales based commission which really makes me feel like the advice and service they are giving me is what’s right for me and not because they have to push particular products out the door!

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What’s more, if you want to try that super expensive serum, but you have really sensitive skin (like me) then you can take away a generous sized sample and test it out for a couple of weeks to make sure you’re not going to waste your money on something you skin doesn’t like or isn’t suitable for your needs.

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I didn’t quite count how many ladies there were, but there were expert make up artists on hand to do full make overs if you so wish, or touch ups, test colours/specific looks out on you which would be amazing if you had no idea what you were doing when it came to make up, wanted to try out a new look, or even if you had a night out to get ready for!

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I spent over an hour just browsing everything, I was oohing and ahhing at each shelf, one after the other. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. The store was so hotly anticipated that they had a queue of almost 100 people waiting patiently before they even managed to open the doors first thing! I’m glad I’m not the only totally obsessed skincare addict!

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At the back of the store, beyond the skincare and make up, was a treasure trove of beautiful smelling goodies like luxury candles and Himalayan bath salts. Plus hair styling products and organic hand and body treatments from many brands I am yet to try. My wish list was already far too long and I have definitely increased my Christmas list 5 fold since my visit.

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Have you visited the newly opened Space NK in Winchester? What did you think? What’s on your beauty wish list? I’d love to know!

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Take a look at my latest video featuring some of the bits I picked up at Space NK!

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Ok, so it’s Father’s Day this weekend, nobody panic…I’ve just been lucky enough to go away with the girls for the weekend and now I’m home I have a last minute panic to find Father’s Day gifts for Stu! I thought I would put together a little gift guide for anyone else who has left it to the last minute!


I absolutely love Amara for their vast selection of luxury gifts and collections which are perfect for that special person in your life (or just yourself!) They have a fab selection of Father’s Day gifts too, from Beard grooming to Barista kits & luxury bath robes to classic watches. Why not step up your partner’s indoor shoe game with these luxury suede Ugg slippers.

Amara offer next day delivery if ordered by 3pm AND they offer Sunday delivery – it couldn’t be more perfect for that last minute panic purchase!!

Men’s Ascot Slippers* £90

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My lovely friend Lucie and I were invited to a Lush event a couple of weeks ago to take a look at their new Father’s Day gift selection and we were super impressed. The range is really varied, and includes some really handsome smelling fragrances and products. You may think of girlie Sunday night pamper sessions when you think of Lush, but they are so much more and I was pleasantly surprised at the choice for chaps. From shampoos to shaving, gift sets and of course their iconic bath bombs there is something for all the special Dad’s in your life, and they are so bright and vibrant your little ones will love picking them out for him.

Lush Gifts*, from £3.95

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These personalised Football themed prints are perfect for the football mad Dad in your life. I think they are really cute and any man who loves footie has probably dreamt about playing football with their child since before they were born!

Personalised Football Shirt Print £10

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Stuart has been a big fan of the Fitbit for a few years and he’s upgraded a few times to the latest version at the time. They leap in price from the Flex at £60 up to around £160 for the Blaze, all with varying features for different needs. Top of his wish list is the Surge, as below.

Don’t forget your Boots advantage points, ladies, then you can spend them on beauty goodies for yourself afterwards!

Fitbit, From £60

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Sometimes we just have men in our lives who are SO tricky to buy for; they have everything they need or they just don’t want anything. These quirky biscuits are just perfect for such a man. Plus it gets you out of cooking the full english in the morning, right?? Next day delivery available and last order for Sunday delivery is Friday…go go go…

Biscuiteers Biscuits, from £6

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I’d love to hear what you’re thinking of going with!

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I just couldn’t resist typing up a quick outfit blog post for you guys as I am so in love with my new blush pink coat and total bargain shoes I thought they deserved a blog piece! If you watch my Youtube channel you’ll know that I recently bought a blush pink waterfall coat which was sadly just too big and I’ve not been able to find another one since.

Luckily for me I stumbled upon this one for the super affordable price of £29.99, it’s slightly oversized so I got it in a 6 although the arms are quite snug. It’s just the perfect coat for this season where it’s still too cold in the UK on some days to go out without one but when the sun is shining you don’t want anything too heavy weighing you down.

I kept it simple with these amazing jeans from Topshop, high waisted & perfect for hiding the “mum tum” and, essentially, avoiding the inevitable “mum bum” when crawling around after toddlers (thank you Hannah for the tip!!) They are an investment purchase, coming in at around £40, but they are the best jeans I own. The cropped white top was £6 and could be switched up with a little t-shirt if you felt more comfortable.

My latest favourite shoe purchase comes from Primark, I think these were around £14. (14 pounds?!!?) The versatile cream colour and comfortable thick straps and heel will definitely keep them as my go-to summer shoe.

This whole outfit came in at £90, and almost half of that is on the jeans, but it made me feel like I was head to toe in designer labels. There’s just something about that coat…

 

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Ok, so the Men’s was definitely the hardest gift guide I’ve put together – I find buying for men sometimes the hardest to do, because whenever I go out to buy for them I basically get totally sidelined and end up accidentally buying lots of shiny pretties for myself; damn you make up counters. Sometimes socks and pants just don’t cut it, and if you’re thinking that the latest craze of hover boards are not quite right for Grandad hopefully these men’s Christmas gifts will give you some ideas;

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Converse T Shirt £20

Give effortless cool with this timeless Converse T shirt.

Triwa Ocean Nevil Chronograph Watch £230

Perfect if you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one.

Men’s body care set – £19.95 

I love the idea of this gift, perfect for Dads, hubby’s and Grandad’s alike as not only do they smell totally yummy as well as being organic, but they also support the Woodland Trust.

Braun Beard Trimmer £34.99

Looks like beards are slowly fading out and designer stubble is back. This trimmer will keep facial hair nice and neat and Christmas photo ready.

8 Out Of 10 Cats game – £15.99

If you know someone who loves this popular quiz show, or just who loves to be right about a lot of boring facts, then this is for them!

Master & Dynamic Over ear Leather headphones £285

These cult headphones are super cool and will make a really special gift for any man who’s into his gadgets or music.

 

I’ve shared lots of ideas for Christmas gifts over on the blog which you can find below, I hope you’ve found the perfect gift for your love ones, and hopefully you’re all done and wrapped and sitting back with a glass of wine relaxing into Christmas – unlike me!!

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Foodie

Luxury Beauty & Skincare

Secret Santa

Children’s Books

And even Christmas Eve Box ideas

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This is my most favourite gift guide so far. Luxury skincare and beauty are right up my street and most of my own Christmas list is made up of similar present ideas. These are all fairly high end, and some of the prices are pretty eye watering, but luxury don’t come cheap and all that.

I have had a great time bringing you all my other present and gift guides over the last month which you can find here; Ladies, Men’s£5 Secret Santa, Foodie, Children’s Books and there are more to come, I hope they’ve given you some good ideas for anyone struggling to find the perfect Christmas presents.

Here we go…

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Emma Hardie Amazing Face £55

Pixi Glow tonic £18

Charlotte Tilbury Skin Transformation Duo £105

Neon Christmas Wish candle £49.95

Oskia Restoration Oil £60

Hourglass Ambient Lighting £65

Sunday Riley Good Genes £85

Tom Ford Lip Colour – Pink Tease £38

Zoeva Rose Golden Vol. 1 Complete Brush Set £110

Too Faced Chocolate bar pallette £35.90

Laura Mercier gift set £44.10

Chanel Eyeshadow Pallette £40

May Lindstrom Delicate Complexions set £240

I would absolutely love to hear what’s on your beauty and skincare wish lists!

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