It’s usual for us to feel a little bit mopey during this time of year. The nights are getting colder and the chill of winter is setting in. It also seems far easier to become stressed, and why wouldn’t it? Christmas is fast approaching and nothing is prepared, car doors are frozen shut and the heating bills have started to creep up…
Well, winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; the colder months are great for so many things! Wrapping up in soft jumpers, buying Christmas presents for friends and family and taking long, hot, relaxing baths are some of our favourite perks of winter. And just in time for all that loveliness, we bring you the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing and rejuvenating bath – scented candles.
The right scented candle isn’t only perfect for relaxation, it can make your entire home smell wonderful and provide you with the perfect finishing touch to your décor. What’s more, they make great presents! Obviously, we recommend buying them for yourself first so you can trial them and figure out which brands and scents you love (gift-giving is better the more relaxed you are).
We’ve put together a list of the best candles that will keep you relaxed and feeling good all winter:
WoodWick candles are famous for the soothing sound of crackling log fire that they make when burning, so this spicy number is a great way to create a cosy, wintry mood in your home. With three exotic scents in the mix, Cinnamon Chai, Ground Cinnamon and Spiced Rum, this candle will transport you to exotic climates for as long as it burns – hopefully all winter.
Heart & Home Votive Candle Pink Blossom Your favourite flowers may not be in bloom this season, but that doesn’t mean you should be without the smell of beautiful bouquets in your home. This pink blossom candle layers dahlia and cherry blossom with deep but subtle hints of molten amber, and burns for a full 15 hours. It also looks very pretty, which makes it a great addition to any room.
Shearer Candles Triple Wick Neroli Jar Candle If minimalism is your style, the Shearer Neroli candle will make a great addition to your home. Not only does it emit a sweet, relaxing citrus scent, but it comes in a beautifully minimalistic Molton silver glass. It looks good, it smells good, and it will definitely help you to de-stress after a long day.
Village Candle Coffee Bean Jar Is there any smell that’s quite so universally loved as freshly brewed coffee? Well, now you don’t have to walk to your local coffee-shop to get your morning hit. Light this Village Coffee Bean Jar, sit back and breathe in the empowering aromas from your own home. With its mix of roasted espresso beans, nutty pecans and the vanilla undertone of rich Tonka beans, this sweet candle is sure to impress anyone who’s lucky enough to catch a whiff.
Llewelyn Bowen Dusk Candle This candle is a fantastic room decoration – its gorgeous violet tones and elegant patterns come from top designer Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, evoking luxury and glamour. With its captivating scent mix of light, subtle spices, underlaid with a deep base of Cedarwood, Amber and Musk, this scented sensation transforms any room into a relaxing and sensual haven. What’s even better about this candle is that it’s the perfect gift for a loved one, even the box is decadently designed. If you’re all about the me-time, don’t worry! Nobody can blame you for wanting to spoil yourself with this luxurious treat after a hard day.
While the highlight of December used to be waking up to a sweet treat every morning, now we’re more interested in all the beauty treats on offer from our Advent Calendars. With lots of top beauty brands offering Advent Calendars this year with cute little skincare or makeup treats, you can get your beauty fix daily in the run up to Christmas! Now you just need to decide which one to go for…
1. Baylis & Harding Signature Assorted Advent Calendar £9.95 At a bargain £9.95 you can’t go wrong with this calendar on offer from the gorgeous bath and body brand Baylis & Harding. With a range of bath fizzers, soaps, shower cremes and lotions hidden behind each door it will definitely impress. This Advent Calendar is limited edition so make sure you snap it up before it’s gone!
2. Q-KI New Your Cosmetics Advent Calendar £9.99 This gorgeous Cosmetics Advent Calendar has 24 windows of makeup goodies. Containing a mixture of deluxe samples as well as full sized products you can expect to find a range of eyeshadows, blushers, mascaras and lip products.
3. Style & Grace Home Countdown Calendar with Candles £7.99 If you love candles as much as us, then this is the Advent Calendar for you! Each day you can reveal a new candle to fragrance your home through the Christmas period. At £7.99 for the whole calendar you can be sure to keep your home nice and cosy at a bargain!
4. Technic Spa Advent Calendar £11.99 Technic have a few different Advent Calendars on offer with a range of products including makeup, toiletries and this one – which is spa products! The Spa calendar is definitely our favourite, with it including a gorgeous luxury range of skincare and bath and body products to keep you feeling stress free throughout the festive period.
5. Decleor Advent Calendar £70.95 The Decleor Advent Calendar is the slightly pricier option on our list but it’s not difficult to see why… With a huge range of products including deluxe samples and full-sized products you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! Be quick though as this gorgeous calendar sold out super quickly last year!
6. Nuxe Beauty Countdown £48.95 Unveil all of Nuxe’s beauty treasures with this gorgeous Advent Calendar. Countdown with 24 days of Nuxe treats including bestselling products Huile prodigieuse, Reve de Miel range and the gorgeous Rose Petal toning lotion. The perfect way to test out all the gorgeous products from this French brand!
7. Technic Christmas Bauble Wreath Advent Calendar £12.00 You can guarantee you’ll always look your best throughout the festive season with this gorgeous Technic Bauble Wreath Calendar. At a bargain £12.00 you’ll reveal a range of makeup products every day through December including lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail varnishes and a range of beauty tools!
8. Style & Grace Bubble Boutique Advent Calendar £9.95 This gorgeous, colourful Advent Calendar from Style & Grace is perfect for people who love to relax and pamper themselves. Especially through the cold winter months you can find a selection of different treats to sit back and relax in a long bath with. The calendar contains a range of bath salts, soaps and fizzes.
Moving onto the eyes we’re going to be using the gorgeous eyeshadow palette by Daniel Sandler, called Beyond Sunset. Blending the brown tones through the eye socket to create a soft and smokey look with a pop of gold in the centre. You can then add a glitter into the centre of the eye to really make it stand out, we love the Prima Diamond Metallic Copper Eyeshadow.
Fragrance is one of the most popular gifts as Christmas time and it’s easy to see why, a special scent is super personal and a real treat. But I can be tricky, finding the scent you know they’ll love is no mean feat. Just like buying someone clothes you need to know the basics, what types of fragrances do they love? Something fresh and fruity? Or maybe they prefer a fragrance that’s spicy and oriental? Keep reading to find some of the great new fragrance launches from this year and exactly who they’ll be perfect for…
For your dad
Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Private Accord Private Accord is the newest addition to the BOSS The Scent family and is a strong, unique and masculine scent perfect for your dad. With top notes of ginger moving through to middle and base notes of Maninka fruit, mocha and cacao absolut, it is definitely a spicy fragrance with a deep oriental feel. It comes in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml so you can decide based on your budget.
Coach Platinum For Men Coach Platinum is a bold yet enticing fragrance that is perfect for your dad. With complex and masculine notes you can be sure this will be his next signature scent. Opening with spicy notes of black pepper mixed with sweet pineapple which gives way to a warm burst of sage and geranium before drying down with an earthy base of sandalwood with hints of leather and vanilla.
For your mum
Ralph Lauren Woman Ralph Lauren Woman is the newest fragrance from Ralph Lauren that is set to be a true classic. A magnetic contrast between bold florals and rich woods, it is feminine and powerful. The iconic tuberose flower conveys opulence with bright and luminous inflections. Rich sandalwood adds an alluring and enveloping creaminess and a depth with juicy blackcurrant notes. This is definitely a perfume your mum will be thanking you for way into the new year.
Cartier Carat Make your mum feel like the true diamond she is with the newest fragrance from Cartier. Carat brings together the seven colours of the rainbow in a single, clear and pure white scent. Carat is described as a flower full of life, an explosion of pleasure and freshness with molecules of joy loaded with crystalline energy. The notes reflect the colours of the rainbow with violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle and tulips.
For your boyfriend
YSL Y Eau de Parfum YSL Y embodies the creative, the doer, the accomplished. It’s the fragrance for those who dare to dream, dare to live and dare to be accomplished. With a white and dark masculine fougere, the scent is strong and signature. The perfect Christmas present for your boyfriend, it has an addictive freshness of white aldehydes and geranium contrasting with the intensity of incense.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS If you’re looking for a fragrance that is truly magnetic then Pure XS is the perfect gift for your boyfriend. With explosive freshness and burning sensuality, it’s a robust, manly and irresistible aftershave. Pure XS is a vibrant, magnetic and fresh oriental scent with a permanent in and out between hot and cold, gentle and intense.
For your girlfriend
Givenchy L’Interdit If you’re looking to treat your girlfriend this Christmas then Givenchy L’Interdit is the perfect choice! The newest addition to the Givenchy family, L’Interdit is a tribute to bold femininity, an invitation to defy convention. A white floral cut through with dark notes unleashing a bold luminosity that flirts with obscurity. With beautiful notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, vetiver and patchouli you can sure she’ll love it.
For you brother
Diesel Only The Brave Street Creative, urban and vibrant. Diesel Only The Brave Street takes its inspiration from the raw and playful energy of the street. The new Eau de Toilette has a fresh crunch with basil, apple and bergamot notes and a new masculine addiction with vetiver, cedar and liquorice notes.
For your sister Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Marc Jacobs fragrances are a guaranteed winner with all girls. Daisy Love is addictive, irresistible and the newest scent for the Marc Jacobs collection. A gourmand radiant perfume with vibrant top notes of sweet cloudberries, mingling with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable twist. Plus she will love the bottle, a giant daisy!
The morning rush means a race against time to catch your bus, train or tram. Planning your skincare routine ahead of time makes for one less thing to worry about as you scramble to find your keys, phone and bag.
To help you cut down your time as much as possible, we’ve put together this quick and easy guide to streamlining your morning beauty routine so you can beat the rush while looking and feeling your best.
1. Get Your Bathroom Organised
As the cheesy motivational posters warn us, ‘if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’, and your morning beauty routing is no exception. When we first wake up we can be groggy and forgetful (especially if it’s a Monday!) so it’s important to line up all your essential products within reach in your bathroom to save you any needless anxiety.
2. Cleanse and Wash Your Skin
We all know how important it is to take your makeup off before bed, but it’s also really important to cleanse and wash your face each and every morning to freshen and purify your skin. Using Simple’s Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes is a quick and easy way to cleanse your skin, whilst also giving you a refreshing and moisturising boost of multi-vitamins and cleansers.
Next, why not give your face a gentle scrub with the Witch Oil Control Foaming Face Wash? The deep cleansing action will wash away any leftover oil and impurities and leave your skin feeling tingly clean and smooth to the touch.
Applying morning serum is an important step in any morning routine. Morning serum has some amazing benefits which include helping with cell regeneration, as well as leaving your skin refreshed and restored. L’Ocean Caviar Collagen Boosting Facial Serum will leave your skin looking soft and smooth until it’s time for your night time routine!
5. Moisturise Your Face
The last step in your routine should always be to moisturise. We have a range of moisturisers to help your skin stay soft and smooth, no matter what skin type you have. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil, L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Anti Fatigue Daily Moisturiser is packed with vitamins that’ll revive your skin, whilst the SPF 20 will help you face the day without worrying about damaging UV rays.
If you don’t have time for breakfast your skin can still have some superfood! Elemis’ Superfood Day Cream is rich in anti-oxidant oils and superfoods that nourish and replenish your skin. The combination of ginger, matcha tea and goji berry will leave you with a healthy-looking complexion, so even if you’ve skipped breakfast, you don’t have to skip out on great looking skin.
And there we have it, five simple steps to amazing skin every morning.
Even if you’re in a rush, you should always try to stick to your skincare routine each morning. By simply washing, cleansing, toning and moisturising your face, you’ll minimise impurities, clear your pores and be left with soft, smooth, clear skin throughout the day.