Monday, 17 December 2012

Beauty Stocking Fillers and Christmas Gifts (£5 and Under)

Quick suggestions for anyone who needs ideas for cheaper presents or stocking fillers. Most of these would suit teenage to young adult females or for anyone who loves beauty products. Of course these would all make great treats for you if you feel like you need one!

All these are bits and bobs that you should be able to pick up in-store which is great if you've left it to the last minute like I have.

Next and M&S Perfumes - From £3.50

Both of these stores do a great range of perfumes, which if you have a sniff may smell familiar to popular ones. I have two from M&S, Azure Breeze which smells similar to D&G Light Blue and Butterfly which smells somewhere inbetween Daisy and Be Delicious.

I haven't treated myself to a Next scent yet but again their prices are reasonable and they have other products like bubble bath, lotions and even candles in the same fragrances. I've been eyeing up Just Pink, which reminds me of Ralph Lauren Romance and Diamonds, which smells familiar and similar to Miss Dior Cherie. Both shops do a range of sizes and M&S even do some of theirs in tiny bottles for £3.50 so they're great to pop in a handbag and don't have the feeling of commitment when buying an expensive fragrance for somebody else.

Impulse Body Sprays in Very Pink, Very Very Pink and Loving Words - £1.99 each (Currently £1 at Boots)

I love these because they smell a lot like popular perfumes e.g. Very Pink smells similar to CKin2U and Loving Words smells really fresh. Very Very Pink is more masculine, warm with sandalwood and musk. They're great to throw in your bag for school, uni, work, gym etc but also for going out because they're not in fragile bottles like most perfumes. A cheap little stocking filler.

Soap and Glory Indulgent Minis - £2.50 to £3.50

Soap and Glory has become a Christmas staple in the UK. Hopefully Santa may bring me some of their newest delights, but for stocking fillers you can't go wrong with their travel sized products. I know it takes me a while to go through most body products so smaller sizes are great, especially to try out before investing in the larger size.

Of course their staple products like Flake Away Body Scrub and The Righteous Butter Body Butter are available but I really like the Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em Body Buff. It contain little beads to buff away dead skin and the smell is similar to their Mist You Madly spray. Mist You Madly Body Spray is also available in a smaller size too and contains notes of 'notes of bergamot and blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk'. I love their body sprays, as they're strong and smell as good as more expensive perfumes.

Balmi - £4.99*

These may look a little gimmicky but I really love to use mine. They come in a range of flavours and are the cutest spherical lipbalms, which mean that you can apply them without touching the balm itself. I've done a review on these here, if you're intrigued and would like to find out more.

Boots Body Butter Collection - £10 for 5

Although technically not under £5, for £10 you get 5 small tubs of body butter (50ml each and a quarter of the full sized tubs) in a selection of scents, which would be perfect to split up and give separately. I have the Brazil Nut scent and it's gorgeous, applies really smoothly and smells like warm cookies so I have high hopes for the other scents.

Barry M/Models Own Polishes - £2.95/£5 each

Both brands have a large range of colours, creams to metallics to glitters to special effects. There's simple, classic colours to crazy, unique shades for the nail polish lover. I always find nail polish is easier to choose for someone else rather than a make up type product.

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss and Gingerbread Sparkle Shower Gels - £4 each

I sniffed these when I was on a solo Christmas shopping mission and thought it would make a great stocking filler. The price is really reasonable and the packaging is rather festive. A vanilla scented product can be quite fail safe for a present but if you're looking for something a bit spicier, their Gingerbread Sparkle might be worth a try.

Ardell False Lashes - £3.98 - £5.50

A pack of false lashes are a cute stocking filler because it can be a pain to have to go out and spend money on a fresh pair so it's great to have them their especially with Christmas parties and New Year coming up shortly afterwards. If your buying for an inexperienced user, go for a simpler design with a thinner band as they're easier to apply and hide. I like the Ardell Demi Wispies the best as they don't look as fake and obvious as some other lashes.

I've found Ardell lashes a little cheaper in Sallys Express stores and online where you can get for under £4. They don't come with the glue like the ones in the larger packaging from Boots but if your buying them for an regular lash user they probably already have some or prefer to buy it separately. Eyelure and Ardell packs with the glue included are around £5.50 so get those if you think they'll need glue and also those packs usually come with instructions on how to use them. Ardell are also available on eBay for really reasonable prices.

Love Georgia xxx

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