Ten Beauty Items To Add To A Christmas Wish Or Gift List


There. It’s been said. The C-word! But it’s actually not that far away, is it? A blink of the eye and Christmas will be here. I’m wondering if I’m even going to get a tree up this year in my new very unorganised home. With the awful weather and no chance of doing any photos, I decided to write about ten items that I love to use constantly in my skincare and makeup routine.



There’s something for everyone here and I’ve divided the ten items in price range too. a couple of high-end right down to what I would love to find or be given as a stocking filler. Let me know if you use or have used any of these products before and what you think of them.

The top I’m wearing Co/ Peacocks


The new item In my make-up bag I’m loving right now


You may have seen in the post a couple of weeks ago where I mentioned the newly re-launched Revolution Pro team sent to me a plethora of goodies from this well-priced range.


There's something for everyone here and I've divided the ten items in price range too. a couple of high-end right down to what I would love to find or be given as a stocking filler.


There’s a make-up video on its way showing how I’m using all the goodies. Maybe you could take a look at my Youtube Channel ? I love the high-end packaging and I’m really pleased with the lipsticks and the Sculpt And Glow duo are brilliant. I’m using the highlighter as eye shadow though! At under ten pounds for nearly every product and vegan-friendly, I think this brand is worth a look for stocking fillers.


ten out of ten, I haven’t lived without this for over twenty years!



This is the product that I’ve kept in my bathroom cabinet for as long as I can remember. It’s been in constant use for at least thirty of my years! I use it mainly on my lips, morning and night and it’s great for dry cuticles. It’s actually great for a lot of things, even used to treat burns.

I couldn’t find which box this Eight Hour Cream was in when I moved and within a couple of days, my lips started to dry. I really think that this has helped keep the lip lines at bay. If I had to recommend one product it would be this. Ten out of ten for marks!


The game-changer




After using Estee Lauder DayWear for many years, I have finally been swayed to another brand. Earlier in the year, I started trialling the Pro Biome range by Espa.

This has changed my mind completely regarding my moisturising regime. The serum, eye cream and moisturiser (I’ve used all three together) will be replaced as soon as they have run out. I can’t tell you whether the moisturiser or serum is best out of the two but they pair together brilliantly and I have noticed quite a difference in the firmness and the deeper lines are a lot less noticeable /better.

It’s pricey but it works. All I can say Is I noticed a big difference. I’ve reviewed lots of creams that I’ve been pleased with but I always went back to my old faithful but after using this there is no going back. I still have a lot of eye cream and moisturiser. So after weighing up the pro’s and cons of swapping, there isn’t really a lot of difference in price because this lasts so much longer. Read the full review here


tanning with dove visible glow



I can’t tell you how many of my friends and family I’ve talked into trying this easy to use tan. For me, it’s the smaller tube that works the best and the results are still amazing. The Dove tanning system makes a great stocking filler and if you want to read how I apply for a good finish click here.


I've been looking forward to sharing these new items from Trinny London with you. I've trialled them for a couple of weeks to get the feel of how well they work


I’m into my second year of using the Trinny London BFF Skin Perfector. You can use it on its own for a nice glowy finish, a light foundation that just makes your skin look better. Or like me, I mix one pump of this with whatever foundation I’m using and it just transforms it into the best foundation finish I’ve ever had.

I think what I like about it the most is how it doesn’t let any of my heavier foundation sink into those lines I’m trying to hide and my skin feels hydrated all the time.

Another item that wowed me this year was the Trinny Miricle Blur. Brilliant for hiding fine lines and that large (dent I call it) line between my eyes. Great for hiding lip lines too but I’m torn between brands on the results between Miricle Blur and The very good Prai Ageless Lip Line Filler

I think a good gifting idea would be a girls day out into London after booking a makeover at the Trinny London studios where you can give all the products a try. There’s lots of different consultations available here


Look Fabulous Forever – Gift yourself or someone, a good base




Take a look around the Look Fabulous Forever make-up or skincare range. Aimed at the mature woman, I feel it’s good for all ages and this brand has some great well-priced items for sorting out mak-up dilemmas. You may already know that I’m a huge fan and I use each of the three items above and two of them on a daily basis. You can read all about the collection I use here

The green Colour Balance Neutraliser is amazing not just for Rosacea but any redness such as broken veins or blemishes. I have a broken vein on my nose and I use it for that. Let it set and then apply some concealer. It covers it perfectly.

The Bring Back Brow is brilliant for painting on the finest of eyebrow hairs if they are sparse but I use it to paint on the finest line just above my lash line for more definition.

TheInstant Bright Highlighter Pen is great for under the eyes and really adds a pop of brightness. A great value product that’s a great Dupe for some of the high-end brands out there.

Look Fabulous Forever now has a pop-up shop in Wimbledon if you would like to go and try out all of the products.


A great stocking filler



I’ve been using Rimmel Gel Polish for a few years now. It’s cheap, shiny like a good salon gel and most importantly it lasts. There are actually three stages to this Gel at home manicure but I’ve always just used step 2 polish and step 2 gel. It’s always worked well for me that way so I’ve never bothered with step 3 or 1! It lasts on my nails for around six days.



The Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliant is the best I’ve ever tried. I prefer this to the new type of liquid exfoliators out there. It’s not sharp and it really does a good job. This is the second one that I’ve emptied and I will be re-stocking the bathroom cabinet. My skin always feels really good after using this which I do once a week to rid of any dead skin cells and encourage new.

The Caudalie Des Vignes Body and hair nourishing oil is just the best smell! I use it as my regular perfume now since I trialled it some time ago. I moisturise and smell good all in one go! It’s not a sticky oil and I find it great for the chest area. I’ve even used it on dried Peony leaves for a room fragrance.


Phew! I went over my ten limit! But I feel very passionate about all that is listed above and I just wanted to share them! Let me know if I’m missing out on something you feel passionate about. What can’t you be without? I’d love to hear.


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  1. October 12, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    Ohhh I have my eye on so many of these items! Espa is a beautiful range, I agree with you, but I havent tried that moisturiser product. I also love the sound of the Trinny product. I have never tried anything from that range so you may have tempted me too! Love this list Laurie, but it now makes me want to spend!

    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:27 pm

      Go right ahead and treat yourself Kerry! xx

  2. October 11, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    All the goodies you got look so pretty and the colors are right up my ally. Isn’t it great to have a favorite product with staying power. That’s really saying something. Thanks for linking up with us!!!

    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:28 pm

      Getting good results at such a mature age is always a bonus! I’m passionate to share anything that works! xx

  3. October 9, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    I think you can most definitely be excused for using the C-word, it really is very close now and I do have two teenage daughters to think about. Because they still love a stocking! x


    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      Hi Lisa! My daughter is thirty with three kids and yet I still do her stocking too. I couldn’t imagine not xx

  4. October 9, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I have always thought that Elizabeth Arden products were over priced, but you made them sound worth it and it is coming up to Christmas #bloggerclubuk@_karendennis

    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:31 pm

      The Eight-hour cream lasts nearly a year for me, Karen. It used to be higher priced than it can be found for today too. I’ve found tubes of this at £14.00 sometimes and trust me it’s worth every penny xx

  5. October 8, 2019 / 6:58 pm

    I love the shades in the Revolution Pro eyeshadow palette! I’ve already started on my Christmas shopping because after half term it’ll fly by! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      Oh Emma, the blink of an eye it will be here! I need to get my skates on too! xx

  6. October 8, 2019 / 5:25 am

    The eyeshadow palette has such lovely colors. Thank you for sharing this post with My Red Carpet.


    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Anna. I’m really pleased and pleasantly surprised by the Revolution makeup

  7. October 5, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Very pretty palettes and I love the fact that you discussed skin care as well as glamour. I am a skincare fanatic. Glamour is secondary to me and it seems as if you think skin care is very important as well.

    • laurie
      October 16, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Oh yes, Clearissa! Skincare was drummed into me from an early age. My mother was fanatical about it too.

  8. October 4, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    Yes, I love great pampering products and not just for the colder months, all year round! I may check out a few when my current health and beauty products stock runs low, thanks for sharing.

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:28 am

      I love discovering new beauty items too Antionette. I’m glad you like the look of these xx

  9. October 4, 2019 / 7:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your fave products! I am the worst at moisturizing my skin and my legs and arms get so dry in the winter, it’s terrible. I need to become more diligent with all over body hydration! Thanks for linking up!


    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:29 am

      I hope you find some of this helpful Shelbee. Do exfoliate your body before adding a moisturiser. You will be amazed at the difference! xx

  10. October 3, 2019 / 2:08 am

    I am one of those that isn’t offended by the C-word! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite products with us on the Style Six Linkup!

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:31 am

      That’s good to hear Laura! We will count down together! xx

  11. October 2, 2019 / 4:42 am

    Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 5.

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:32 am

      Thanks Dee xx

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:34 am

      Isn’t it just the best! xx

  12. Erica McNaughton
    October 1, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Hello there,
    After watching your trinny make up video.
    The bff doesnt calm down my rosy cheeks and broken veins. But i used one pump and some este lauder and wow, the results are just staggering. Thank you so much for your advice. I now have a perfect glowy base.
    Thank you x

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:34 am

      This is what I love to hear Erica! I’m so pleased that this has helped xx

  13. October 1, 2019 / 9:26 pm

    Love reading about the lines you enjoy. The EL creme sounds lovely and since you have been using it for so long, i may have a look! I like the sound of those ESPY products and dont mind paying a bit more if they do work! Less than procedures thats for sure!
    thanks for sharing Laurie!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:36 am

      I’m all for paying a little extra for good results Jess. Glad you enjoyed reading xx

  14. Mother of 3
    October 1, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    I just love stuffing my stocking with nail polish!

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:36 am

      Stuffing your own is the best way! xx

  15. October 1, 2019 / 5:25 am

    The tones in that palette are so pretty! The colors are great fall shades!

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:44 am

      Thanks Ruth, I really like them too xx

  16. September 30, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    Aah!! Yes, the Christmas thing!! These products sound interesting and it’s always good to hear about new ones!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:44 am

      Thanks Donna xx

  17. September 30, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Beautiful products, although I don’t know them all. But they sound and look good. Except for the tanning product, never been a fan of that. Thanks for sharing.

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:45 am

      Thanks Nancy. I’d love to try and find a tanning product you would love. I couldn’t be without mine xx

  18. September 30, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    Thanks Laurie for the recommendations. There are a few new to me that I must look out for. I love the Revolution palette.

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:46 am

      Thanks Ruth. The Revolution products are pleasantly surprising. xx

  19. September 30, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one starting to think about Christmas! The Trinny makeover idea sounds great – love to do that with a friend. Interesting about Espa, have never tried their products.

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:47 am

      You would love Espa Gail I’m sure of it. This is a brilliant product xx

  20. September 30, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    Love the color palette of the revolution pro. Such great picks here! Thanks for sharing!

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:48 am

      Thank you. I’m really pleased with the quality of the Revolution palette Ellibele. Thanks for stopping by xx

  21. September 30, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    That’s a good list Laurie, and some are new to me, love the sculpt and glow! Thanks for sharing, I’ve not even thought about Christmas yet!! Hope your house is becoming a home. xx Jacqui

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:51 am

      The house is slowly getting there Jacqui. Glad you like the products xx

  22. September 30, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    I love that punk rock colour nail polish! I think you should join my nail polish challenge!
    Happy Days!

    • laurie
      October 27, 2019 / 1:52 am

      I might just have to look into that! xx

  23. September 30, 2019 / 8:59 am

    Great list. I don’t use make-up or beauty products but may need to change that if only for a bit of fun #AnythingGoes

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