Friday 29 November 2019

10 of the Best Skincare Gifts for Christmas 2019

There's less than a month to go until Christmas (what!? Wait, where did 2019 go?...) and the Christmas shoppers are already off the starting blocks and leaping the hurdles of shopping frenzy! Today is 'Black Friday' and set to be a massive shopping extravaganza as most of us make our first proper inroads into gift gathering for our loved ones.

Today, I am sharing my '10 of the Best' gift guide exclusively in relation to skincare. A staple when it comes to purchasing for the ladies in your life, some luxury, all-natural and highly potent skincare is always going to be a Christmas shopping success story. It's something that we use everyday and night, and having a selection of skin supporting products is a wonderful thing, as the twist on the classic saying goes: skincare variety is the spice of life. So go grab yourself a nice hot cup of tea and open the tin of Christmas biscuits (you can bet I already have!), as I am about to take you on a voyage of skincare discovery. Who knows, you may even find a few things along the way that you feel so inclined to treat yourself to as well!...

1. Lumity 4-in-1 Cleanse
Lumity is a brand which I hadn't tried before but had always heard such wonderful things about. They are leaders when it comes to skincare that is specifically to combat the signs of ageing. They are the creators of skincare as well as beauty supplements which harness the combined power of nature and science together to bring us simple to use and highly effective products to support us in our daily lives; as we work hard, so does our skincare and this is what I would call a helping hand!

Meet Lumity's Creator

Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD is a Cambridge University graduate. After years of research, fascinated by the human body and the role nutrition plays in health, Sara created products that carefully support existing body functions using the most effective ingredients that nature has to offer. I love how as a brand Lumity have created both supplements and skincare to care for you from the inside out, as well as the outside in.

This amazing limited edition (that's right, it won't be here forever so if this looks like the kind of thing you or a loved one would use in your skincare routine, go go go!) cleansing balm can be left on as a nourishing masque treatment, as well as be used to effectively remove makeup and gently exfoliate too.  

"Harnessing the benefits of 31 powerful botanical ingredients, including activated bamboo, charcoal, biodegradable jojoba beads, green tea extract, camellia seed oil and a delightful aromatherapy blend of essential oils, this unique formula dissolves impurities, pollutants and make-up, to leave your skin feeling radiantly clear and deeply hydrated whilst balancing the senses." - Lumity Life

Shop Lumity Life online here and check out the Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour on their website - £55.00

2. Fushi Wellbeing Discovery Set
Fushi create some wonderful natural products that are specially designed to nourish and positively enrich your skin and hair alike. Their organic nature means that they are suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. By taking a holistic approach to your skincare, you can cut out all of the unnecessary harsh chemicals that you may otherwise be subjecting yourself to, and can see great results quickly. The wonderful Discovery Set by Fushi is a collection of six different oils which have been carefully selected for their unparalleled benefits to skin and hair. They are Argan, Rosehip, Camellia, Avocado, Sweet Almond and Jojoba, all of which are natural, pure and unrefined.

A Bit About Each Oil's Benefits
Argan - Vitamin rich and good for deep revitalisation of both hair and skin (often found in haircare).

Rosehip - Great for hydrating and moisturising, as well as good for protecting the skin from sun damage, boosting collagen, fighting inflamation and helping hyperpigmentation.
Camellia - A rich source of Palmitic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids, as well as numerous anti-aging polyphenol antioxidants. It is non-greasy and an excellent all-around moisturizer for the skin as well as for hair. Camellia oil is an excellent emollient for keeping skin and hair moist and supple.

Avocado - A superfood in its own right, avocado is known for it's nourishing properties and skin and hair supporting fatty acids., specifically Oleic acid.

Sweet Almond - Protects sin from UV radiation damage. It is wonderful to mix your essential oils with as well. (I do this sometimes and it creates the most wonderfully pure and effective body oil.)

Jojoba - Known for its skin supporting properties, especially good if you suffer from any blemishes, jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory and great for easing anything from eczema to rosacea.  

I love how their oils in this set can be used in both the skin and hair. As they're such perfect travel sizes too, they would be perfect to take away on your next mini-break or holiday too.

3. Norvell Tanning Ultra Vivid Spay Tan 
If you have read my blog before or seen my YouTube channel, you'll have seen that when I choose to tan, I always reach for Norvell and specifically love the Ultra Vivid Collection that they have. With such a natural and flawless finish everytime, I absolutely love how glowing and bronzed I am after using Norvell. The tone perfectly matches my skin and it gives me the look of three weeks on holiday, minus any of the UVA damage to my skin. For Christmas I would highly recommend the Ultra Vivid Hi-Res Colour Creator for even application. It applies effortlessly and gives you beautiful results in just a few hours. If you have Christmas and New Year's Eve plans, this is what you need on your party legs!

Shop Norvell's Ultra Vivid Hi-Res Colour Creator here

4. Evolve Organic Beauty - Skin Icons Collection
Evolve Organic Beauty have long been one of my absolute favourite beauty and skincare brands and their Christmas collection is simply wonderful. The Skin Icons Collection is a fabulous set for those who are looking to overhaul their skincare regime or know somebody who is.

With a strategic mixture of products ranging from Evolve's Hyaluronic Serum 200, Daily Renew Facial Cream with natural peptides and hyaluronic acid and Argan oil, as well as their innovative Hyaluronic Eye Complex with active botanical cells and hyaluronic acid, this super trio is a must-have for the festive season. Also, all of Evolve Beauty's products smell divine, so if you also love skincare that makes you feel like you've just had a spa treatment, this is 100% for you!

The set comes in a beautiful gold guild box which makes the gift feel super glamorous and high-end as well. Anyone who is lucky enough to receive this set for Christmas will be over the moon!

This set is £62.00

Who is this set good for?
If you have a complexion that would benefit from a hydration boost, to improve your skin's texture and moisture level (important for having a  radiant and youthful look) then this will be perfect for you. It is naturally geared to protect and nourish, as well as target the areas around the eye that can be prone to dehydration as this part of the skin doesn't create its own moisture. A perfectly balanced selection, perfect for daily use.

5. Evolve Organic Beauty - African Orange Aromatic Infusions
If you are looking to treat somebody to some luxury bath and body products, your search is over because I am about to tell you about a skincare duo that is truly wonderful. The Evolve Organic Beauty African Orange Aromatic Infusions duo includes a 'scentsational' wash and lotion, which are both dreamily scented with uplifting zingy orange that will make you instantly feel uplifted and invigorated. It has blood orange and cedar wood in it, and the organic shea butter (great for helping to aid the skin's collagen production) and aloe vera makes it the most wonderfully nourishing and skin caring product. If you want your body and hands to look and feel supple and smooth, this lotion will do that for you! The addition of spicy black peppercorn oil has a mood enhancing perfect as well, and is perfect for banishing chills during the winter months.

I absolutely love this duo as the scent is unlike anything I have come across before, as it harmoniously balances the fresh, zesty-ness of African orange with an irresistible vanilla sweetness that is truly delicious. It's a wonderful combination that will make the wearer feel feminine, fresh and truly pampered from head to toe! *adds to shopping basket and squeals*. 

6. Kiss The Moon - Beautiful Sleep Gift Set
Kiss The Moon are the luxury skincare and beauty company with a difference and I adore everything which they bring out as their products are always scented beautifully. Their products are all made with a specific aim in mind, and that is to give you the gift of a wonderful night's sleep. Their wonderful range promises this by using only the finest blend of essential oils and nourishing natural extracts to create everything from their hand creams, bath oils, face scrub and pillow mist.

Kiss The Moon have a wonderful selection of Christmas gifts available which you can shop in their entirety here. I was kindly sent their Beautiful Sleep Gift Set which comes with a simply stunning trio of products, including their Lavender and Bergamot infused DREAM Pillow Mist and Sleep Balm, as well as their LOVE Night Cream for Hands which has aromatic rose extract as well as skin superfood Shea butter. This anti-ageing hand care wonder is an overnight miracle worker. If you need some deep skin nourishment on your hands, then this is perfect for you. It also has Frankincense, a traditionally festive aroma and rosehip seed oils in it to rejuvenate and heal your hands whilst you are sleeping. For extra bliss, it is advised that once you have massaged the cream into your hands and cuticles, you take a deep inhalation through cupped hands to maximise the relaxing benefits of the essential oils which are present in the cream.

The DREAM After Dark Pillow Mist is one of the most beautiful products. Delivering in sleep inducing calm as well as beautiful bedroom aesthetics, the perfume bottle is so glamourous and comes with one of those 1950s style spritzers (Honestly, I have always wanted to have a fragrance which has one of these as it's such a romantic and Hollywood 'movie-esque' vibe!). The pillow mist will help you to sleep beautifully, thanks to the aromatic mix of calming lavender, bergamot, ceadarwood and roman chamomile.

Magic In The Air
To use, you simply puff a few spritzs of the pillow mist in the air of your bedroom, focusing around your pillows and then you have set the scene for the most luxurious and harmonious nights sleep.

The set also has a beautifully packaged DREAM After Dark Sleep Balm which is perfect for placing on to your pulse points prior to bed. Perfect for when you need a little something extra to help soothe your soul, and send you off to sleep. Using their signature essential oils and 100% natural shea butter, along with white tea seed oil to give you a little touch of relaxation, it's perfect for when you need that added 'ahh' moment. 

7. Eco Warrior Eco Friendly Cleansing Soap
If you are banishing plastic from your bathroom, then you're going to love Eco Warrior, curators of a wonderful rage of soap bars and shampoo bars too! Eco Warrior is created by the Little Soap Company and they are a brand with a heart and soul. With sustainability at their very heart, for a environmentally concious beauty love, this is what they are dreaming their bathroom cupboard is filled with. I received their complete collection of bar products and I have got to say each and every single one of them smells wonderful and delicious! What's even better is they are also affordable and free from any detergents. Natural is key when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.

Winter travel friendly
As they are so compact, they are great to take away with you on your travels too.  

Their collection includes their Sensitive Facial Bar which is a blend of chamomile and calendula oils, amking it ultra-nourishing. It is kind to the skin and is multi-purpose too, so can be used all over the body.

The Exfoliating Bar is made using a beautiful blend of citrus essential oils and oatmeal, which is a superfood in its own right. It also helps to gently exfoliate the skin on the face and body as well and reduce the production of excess oils. Dry skin is banished and you're left with silky smooth skin all over. Shower perfection!

The Hand and Body bar is bade using a delightful coconut blend, and oh wow, this smells like a tropical wonder. (Think Bounty Bar for the shower!). It lathers up to a creamy rich consistency to leave you feeling cleansed and nourished.

The Charcoal Bar is clarifying so if you have an oily skin type or are occasionally hit with pesky breakouts, this bar is calling your name. With tea tree essential oil and charcoal, this powerful combination helps to reduce excessive sebum from oily skin. The addition of grapeseed oil in this bar also helps to nourish dry skin and soothe irritation.

Smoothly does it with the Eco Warrior Shave Bar. This unisex wonder is gently fragranced and with added coconut oil for a luxurious natural lather, this bar is intended for use all over the body. It is designed to make shaving super easy!

Away with the plastic! Never was this more poignant than when it comes to shampoo bottles! The Eco Warrior shampoo bar has orange and ginger essential oils in it and is not only wonderfully scented with citrusy warming notes, but it is also deeply nourishing. With added pink clay, this solid bar cleanses, conditions and moisturises the hair, all in one for maximum efficiency! As Eco Warrior says, 'Why take two bottles into the shower when one bar will do?'. I couldn't agree more!

8. Bramley Products - Calm Balm
I love brands who have a kind ethos and Bramley Products is exactly that kind of brand! They are a company whose philosophy is one of natural wellbeing and restoring balance and harmony to your life and have bottled the feeling of time spent in the countryside so that you can nurture your inner peace. They are named Bramley Products as their wonderful products include apple seed oil and organic apple extract along with 100% natural botanicals. These splendid ingredients all combine harmoniously together, to create products which not only smell wonderful, they also deliver fantastic results. They also have so many fantastic offers running each day throughout December so definitely worth checking them out! You can take a peak at their website here.

Additionally, all of their ingredients are biodegradable, they are 100% ethical and their packaging is recyclable as well. If you are an ec0-friendly beauty lover, this is certainly a brand you need to try!

Bramley Products have a luxurious Calm Balm in their range, and it is made using rosehip, chamomile and yarrow. This balm is perfectly used by massaging into the wrists and temples for a restful night's sleep. You can rub it into your hands and cup over your nose to take a few breaths to comfort yourself in times of need as well.

The Calm Balm is £22.00

9. Bramley Products - Body Lotion
The Bramley Products Body Lotion is scented with juniper and sweet orange and bergamot and it's such a beautifully balanced aroma, I love it! It has a really nourishing formula and it is perfect for a pamper evening when you want to unwind with the help of some delicate aromatherapy! You can shop it here. Not only this, the juniper seed oils and bergamot oil help with blood circulation, vital for toned looking skin, so this is truly a beautifying lotion to make you look and feel your best!

Shop the Bramley Products Calm Balm online here

10. Myroo Skincare - Super Boost Drops
If you are someone who loves their face oils, them wow do I have a treat for you! Myroo Skincare have a wonderful selection of face oils in the form of their Super Boost Drops. Their products are always vegan and always cruelty-free, so whichever booster you go for, it's guaranteed that you will be investing  a skincare brand which is good for you and good for the planet too. Their Super Boost Drops come in the following varieties:

Brightening Blackberry
Calming Marula
Protective Buriti

The Brightening Blackberry drops have standout levels of Vitamin C, and Omega 3, 6. This formula effectively tackles blotchy, uneven skin tone and also deeply nourishes to leave skin glowing. It is non-irritating and gentle, as well as fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. Shop the Brightening Booster here.

The Calming Marula oil drops are also rich in Omega 6 and 9, as well as vitamins C and E. Perfect for soothing and nourishing troubled skin, it supports and rejuvenates the damaged skin barrier and helps skin retain moisture. It is also fragrance free and works well for all skin types. Shop the Calming Marula Booster here.

For those who need to protect their skin from environmental damage, the Protective Buriti plant based serum is the perfect choice. With high levels of vitamin A, fatty acids and beta carotene, this oil provides powerful antioxidant properties to shield your complexion from harmful elements. It easily supports skin and defends it against environmental challenges, so it is perfect for skin which is exposed to pollution (city girls and guys, this one is for you!), blue light and harsh weather. as with all of the boosters, it is also free from fragrance and suitable for all skin types. Shop the Protective Buriti Super Boost here.

So there's my super comprehensive guide to 10 of the very best skincare gifts to purchase this Christmas! With the Black Friday sales on now and for the coming days as the shopping stretches out until Cyber Monday and beyond, it's the perfect chance to max out and get your Christmas gifts all sorted! Let me know which of these beautiful skincare treats you loved the sound of and if you will be treating somebody lucky to a few! Wishing you all the most wonderful and merriest of Christmases! Festive love, Bilgi   x

This post contains PR samples from each brand featured. All views remain honest and my own.

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