Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2020

With Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to share some gift ideas with you. No matter who you are buying for, whether it is your partner, future love interest or a friend(for those that celebrate Galentine’s), I have you covered!

Food & Drink

Bumble and Goose – Personalised biscuits

£16.50 a box

A box of eight biscuits that can be delivered straight through a letterbox.. What an amazing idea! You can personalise two of them to say who they are to and who they are from also. The biscuits are packaged well and are stuck to the bottom sheet with a small amount of icing to hold them in place during transit to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. They look so beautiful and they taste amazing!

Prezzybox – Personalised sweet hamper

£39.95

This beautiful basket contains an amazing selection of retro sweets and you can personalise the outer label with anything you want to say. What I like about this gift is that after all the sweets are eaten, you are left with something you can keep and the basket is really great quality too. The hamper includes:

Candy Necklace
Candy Whistle x 2
Cola Bottles – 100g
Double Lollies x 4
Drumstick Lollies x 4
Fizzers x 5
Fizzy Blue Bottles – 100g
Fizzy Strawberries – 100g
Flumps x 4
Flying Saucers – 25g
Foam Bananas – 100g
Foam Shrimps – 100g
Friendship Rings – 100g
Fun Gums x 2
Giant Refresher Chews x 2
Jelly Babies – 100g
Jelly Beans – 100g
Jelly Bean Hearts – 100g
Love Hearts Dip
Love Hearts Rolls x 5
Parma Violets x 5
Popping Candy
Rainbow drops x 2
Rose Flavoured Chocolate Hearts – 100g
Strawberry Hearts – 100g
Teddy Bears – 100g

Saltire Coffee

£7.49

The saltire blend is a mix of arabica and robusta coffee beans which has been freshly ground. I am not a massive coffee fan but my husband is so I picked this up for him to try as he always loves trying new coffees. It’s easy to use and you can buy it ground or in bean form depending on if you have a coffee machine or not. It comes packaged well and you can smell it as soon as it arrives. Saltire coffees are made to order so you can guarantee only the freshest coffee is delivered to your door!

Il Gusto – Passion Heart Bottle

Turkish Delight Gin

From £7.50

Il Gusto are an amazing brand that can create custom liquor bottles. You can pick everything from the shape of the bottle to the message on the front and what alcohol you want, as well as what bottle stopper you want! I think this is such a great gift idea as you can gift someone a unique drink, you can pick from there massive range of flavours and you can write whatever you want on the bottle. I think the turkish delight gin is ideal for Valentines as its pink!

Jewellery

Solace Jewellery – 1.5cm silver hoop earrings

£8

Solace have created a massive range of earrings and other jewellery that is hypoallergenic. Often cheaper jewellery can tarnish or turn green from a reaction with your skin but this company has created specific products to help prevent these issues. These earrings can be bought in silver, gold or rose gold and they are beautiful in all colours. They have been made really well and I am so impressed with the price! 

Trendhim – Grey bracelet duo

£14

This is a set of two adjustable bracelets that would make a great gift for someone that doesnt like bulky jewellery but likes to wear something on their wrists. They can be adjusted to fit most wrists, they fit myself and my husband. I like the simple design of them and I like the colours as black is always my go to and I think grey is very stylish. You can get them in lots of different colours if you wanted a set a bit more colourful!

Trendhim – Black bead bracelet combo

£12

Black wooden beaded bracelets are a classic. These are designed for men so are on the larger size and can’t be adjusted. I think more and more men are wearing jewellery nowadays so this would be a great addition to anyone’s everyday jewellery. Black goes with everything too, or you can buy them in different colours. They come in a cute pouch too.

Accessories

Trendhim – Black leather card holder

£18

A card holder is a must have for anyone. My husband and myself both like using one when we don’t want to carry about a massive purse or wallet. Again, I will recommend this in black but you can get it in different colours. I find sometimes all you want to take with you may be your bank card and ID so this is ideal. You can actually fit quite a lot in this and you can fold up a couple of notes in it too as it has 6 compartments. It comes in a gift box and I think this is a great price.

Funky Pigeon – Unicorn odd socks

£12.99

I love the brand Oddsocks. I always try to wear matching socks but most of the time I can’t find a pair so end up wearing an odd pair. With Oddsocks, they are intentionally an odd pair! This pack has 6 odd socks but all along the same theme (unicorns) so you can mix and match them to make 15 different sock combinations! Ideal for any unicorn lover and I mean, who doesn’t love getting new socks as a gift?!

Funky Pigeon – Cat lady tote bag

£9.99

This bag would make the purrfect gift(see what I did there?! Haha) for any cat lady! Tote bags are really great to either use instead of a handbag if you want to carry about just a few items or to fold up in your handbag and use it when shopping as a reusable carrier bag. You can personalise it to say whatever you want on top of the cat face. It is really well made and I am always impressed with the price and quality of things from Funky Pigeon.

Stationery

Funky Pigeon – Initials engraved notebook

£9.99

I think a personalised notebook also makes a great gift. This one from Funky Pigeon is a cute lined notebook with a monthly planner and goals at the front of it and on the cover you can pick to have any initials added. There are quite a few colours to pick from. I really like how colourful this one is. The small one is the perfect size to carry around in your bag.

Toad diaries – Personalised notebooks

Owls family A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
No personalisation

Dusk ombré A5 notebook
Lined pages (medium spacing)
With my name on the front :
Sarah Trademark

£8.95 each

Can you tell I like notebooks?! Toad Diaries have an amazing range of notebooks you can personalise. You can pick whether you want them lined, plain, dotted or grids. Each cover you can also personalise. The owl cover I chose not to have any text added but the ombre cover I wanted my name on. They arrived really quickly and the website is easy to use to design them. It shows you a preview before you order them too.

Angelic meaning cards

£15

This set has 33 cards to help give you daily guidance and each card had been photographed at the beach with a meaningful word on the front and then some words on the back to give you guidance for the day. You can gift them all to someone at once or give them one at a time to a loved one to help them if they are struggling at the moment. An example of one of the cards is: “Nature – Go out in the fresh air and nature. This will make you feel much better, it helps to both blow the cobwebs away & re-vitalise. Just do it.” Some us us need that push and need to be told things like this so I think this is a thoughtful gift to show someone you care.

Homeware

Newshome Candle – Lavender

£20

A candle is one of the best gifts many of us love to recieve. Newshome have created a fab range of 100% natural, vegan friendly soy candles. They have so many beautiful fragrances to pick from but lavender is always my go to. The candles can burn up to 45 hours which is amazing if you only use them for a short amount at a time. The scent of the candle is quite strong and you can smell it immediately once you take it out the box which I love as you will be able to smell it even when its not burning. Candles are also very romantic!

Sassy Shop Wax – Strawberry lily scented wax melt segment pot

£4

Sassy Shop Wax – La vie est bon scented wax melt bar

£2.75

If they prefer wax melts to candles then Sassy Shop Wax have got you covered! They have an amazing range of wax melts which not only look so beautiful, then smell incredible! You can pick from so many different fragrances and also styles. The segment pots are massive and can be broken up into 6pcs and the bars can be broken easily into 10 smaller pieces so depending on how long you want it to burn for you could use one or two pieces at a time. Both the scents I picked are really nice. The strawberry lily is very sweet and smells good enough to eat! The la vie est bon smells sweet but at the same time very relaxing and this would be great for a romantic evening! They also do room sprays so I might have to get one to try.

The Healing Hut – Gold Noir candle

£6

This is a beautiful smelling candle with the scent of frankincense and myrrh so is ideal if you don’t like fruity or floral scents. I really love the logo and colouring for the healing hut(purple is my fave after black!) so I think this would look beautiful next to the bed. I love lighting candles in the evening and this one smells really good! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan.

Skincare

Bubu skincare – #youpucker lip mask

£5

Make your lips more kissable with a lip plumping mask. In 10-15 minutes your lips can be plumped and soft. I love using face masks but had never heard of a lip one before! It is easy to use and leaves your lips so moisturised and ready for a Valentines kiss!

Trendhim – Shave cut healing gel

£6

This is a great practical gift as it can help with shaving. We all suffer with razor bumps and cuts whether its on your face or your legs or anywhere else. This gel can stop the bleeding and help protect the cut and enable it to heal better. My husband always shaves his face in a rush and cuts himself so this is an ideal present for him!

LipQ – Liquorice balm

£7.95

This lip balm is 100% natural and as its main ingredient is liquorice it is great for anyone that gets cold sores too. It can be used as an everyday lip balm to help keep your lips hydrated and can be used by anyone, not just cold sore sufferers, it’s just a bonus that it helps if you do suffer with them. I think lip balms in general make a good gift, especially this time of year when your lips get dry from the cold weather.

The Healing Hut- Relax bath salts

£10

Another product from the healing hut that I wanted to share with you is the relax bath salts. Again, the packaging is beautiful with the brand logo and these are also cruelty free and vegan. I am a massive fan of bath salts so the fact you get a massive 500ml of them is already a big hit with me. I suffer a lot with migraines so find products aimed at relaxing always seem to help me feel a little better if I am suffering and I always like to take a relaxing bath if I have a headache or migraine. These smell sop good and you only need a small handful in the bath. Really impressed with the scent of these.

The Healing Hut – Relax massage oil

£12.50

In the signature packaging and also cruelty free and vegan, this massage oil smells the same as the bath salts as it is also the relaxing calming blend. Massage oils can be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! I quite often will rub a small amount on my wrists, chest and neck if I need to relax. It is in a pump bottle so not messy to use and you only need a small amount. It leaves you really soft and relaxed, ready for a good night sleep!

Shower In A Can

£9.99

This is something I had never heard of before. We all know some people that are obsessed with dry shampoo(myself included!) on days when its not practical to wash your hair, but what if there was something you could use on your body?! Maybe you go to the gym on the way to work and don’t have time to shower or get hot and bothered travelling on the train. What do you do at a music festival when you can’t shower? This is the answer and would make such a quirky gift! It is so easy to use and great to put in your bag. 

Sensationail – Express gel one step polish kit

£34.99

This is the perfect starter kit for anyone wanting to do gel nails at home. The set includes:

1 x 10ml Express Gel Polish – Red Your Profile (True Red)

LED nail lamp (USB & mains charger)

Double-sided nail buffer

Manicure stick

How-to Booklet

It really is so easy to use and you don’t even need to use a base coat or top coat like you do with most other gel kits so this is really quick to use. You can then buy additional colours for £10 which I think is a great price considering what it costs if you were to go to a nail salon. Whenever I do gel nails at home they usually last about a week and a half which is a massive improvement on the 1-2 days normal nail polish lasts without chipping!

Blomma Beauty – Palm of Feronia Clarifying Charcoal & Clay Mask

£22

This mask is great for a pamper. Anyone that appreciates good skincare or doing masks should give this ago. It is a powder that you activate by mixing with water and can really help to detoxify your face and leave it smooth and clean. I think this is different to a normal mask on a jar as it won’t dry out and to an extent you can make it to whatever consistency you want.

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

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Red Cameo London

Red Cameo create nail wraps but with a difference. These nail wraps are hard wearing and long lasting as you actually use a top coat with them and cure it under a LED lamp. Previously nail wraps you just stuck them straight on to your nails but I never really got on with them as they would start coming off in a couple of days. I love how you seal these on with the top coat. Not only does it prolong the wraps but it adds a layer of strength and a clear shine. They can last up to 2 weeks and there is a choice of 60 different designs.

I am really impressed with these, I have only tried the one set but I have another set to wear another time. They were easy to apply following these steps:

1. Choose a suitable size for each nail, remove the top clear protective film, rip the
selected instant nail art cover from the strip and gently peel off the back paper.

2. Position the instant nail art on the finger close to the cuticle. Press down over the nail and smooth out.

3. Cut off the excess part, and with the nail file, gently file along nail edge, ensure a good fit and the nail is covered. Make sure the instant nail art is pressed flat on the nail.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for other fingers.

5. If there are nail art accessories, you can apply them now to the appropriate locations on the chosen nails.

6. Red Cameo Instant Nail Arts come with a strong adhesive, which won’t damage your nail, but will stay on for a good while. However, you may prefer to apply a top coat to ensure longer lasting.

Apply the top coat CLEAR GUARD gel over the instant nail art, then dry under the LED lamp for approximately 2 minutes (press down twice) or until dry.

My favorite thing about these is how easy they are to cut to size so they are suitable for everyone.

Have you tried anything like this before?

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 – Beauty/Skincare

BEAUTY/SKINCARE

I have put together some beauty/skincare ideas for Christmas gifts this year:

Ingenious beauty ultimate collagen

£75

These capsules are clinically proven to reduce fine lines by 26% and can be used for:

Smoother and firmer skin

Stronger nails

Thicker hair

Improvement in your body’s overall vitality

I think these are great for anyone that wants to look better as we all know your hair and skin is affected by what you put in your body as much as what you put on it. Collagen is great for your skin as well as your hair and nails. I think it is great you can buy something to help you from within. I know a lot of people that would love to try something like this!

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DHC gift set

£19.95

You will have seen me mention DHC before on my blog and I love their skincare. This set contains: deep cleansing oil and mild soap

I am a big fan of the iconic deep cleansing oil and I think this set is great to try this and the soap. Cleansing oils are so on trend right now and I am starting to prefer to use them rather than my usual cleansers.

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Ooharr dead sea cooler face mask

£1.20

Male or female, everyone loves a good face mask. It has so many great ingredients that are kind to the skin like argan oil, tea tree, sea salt. It would be great if you wanted to put together a few small items to create a “pamper pack” kind of thing. They also do a few other masks that are worth checking out.

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Lab2 green tea make up brushes

£17.99

I have always been impressed with this brand for make up brushes. I have tried them out before and really loved them. They are cruelty free and the bristles are infused with green tea so the brushes stay fresher for longer. The kit includes: crescent brush, flat contour brush and angled kabuki brush so is a great staple set and it is the brushes you will need to create that flawless base for your make up. I like the handles on these as they are quite big and easy to use.

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Sensational express gel

£10

I recently tried the new peel off base coat here, so I got myself a couple more products from the brand to try. With the express gel you don’t need to use a base coat or top coat or anything it is just the one polish which you need to cure under an LED lamp so I used the lamp from my it. They are so easy to use and it is quick, with no drying time. I only needed two coats for a good coverage and I am really impressed with this brand. These would be great if you know someone that already has a kit/the lamp.

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Design me power dry me

From £9 depending on size and where purchased from.

This fab spray is designed to be used on damp hair to reduce blow dry time. If you spray it on to damp hair it can reduce your hair drying time by 50%. It conditions your hair too and can be used as a heat protector so all in all a hair lovers must have.

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Amphora Aromatics Sage & Ylang Ylang liquid soap

£5.94

I love Amphora Aromatics products. I have always been a massive fan of their candles and now I am trying a couple of other things from them. I love the smell of this hand soap, apart from lavender, I think ylang ylang is one of my favorites. It reminds me a bit of Molton Brown but a lot cheaper! This hand wash lasts ages and is a really great price. I love the simple packaging on their products too, so it will look great next to any sink!

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Ren Love gift set

£38

This set includes:

Moroccan Rose Body Wash, 200ml
Moroccan Rose Body Lotion, 200ml

This body wash is an all time favourite for me. Teamed with the body lotion it leaves you so clean and soft and smelling amazing. This is such a luxurious gift and it works out cheaper to buy this than to get them both seperatly and it comes in the beautifully kikki K designed box! What I like most about the Ren body range is that a little goes a long way and their products last ages.

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Ren Moroccan Rose handbalm

£15

This is the perfect stocking filler or tree present with the little ribbon to hang it up by. This is Rens iconic scent and everyone loves a good hand cream so you can’t go wrong with this! It is a non greasy formula and soaks in quickly and leaves your hands smelling so good. I love the kikki K designed packaging too.

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£11.99

Bomb cosmetics always have a great range of bath products and it is really nice to see this set specifically designed for men. It contains five products so is great value:

  • 1 x The Distinguished Gentleman Body Lotion (200ml)
  • 1 x Man Grenage Bath Blaster (200g)
  • 1 x Dapper Chap Soap (100g)
  • 1 x Wave Hello Shower Gel (200ml)
  • 1 x The Big Blue Soap (100g)

You can smell how lovely it is before even opening it. I came across this when scrolling through www.findmeagift.co.uk, they really do have something for everyone!

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Benecos beard oil

£8.95

This a good idea for any beard lovers, a little less expensive than other beard products I have seen and something more simple to buy. The oil is naturally formulated to absorb quickly and wont leave your face oily or greasy. It also will prevent the beard from itching and calm down any skin issues underneath.

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Soap & Glory – Glitz the girl

£8.50 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

This cute little make up set contains:

Spectaculips Matte-Allic – Metallic Matte Lip Cream In Pink Charming
Crazy Sexy Kohl – In Smoulder
Goldy-Luxe – Golden Face Glitter Gel

This is great for any S&G or any make up lover. The gold gel is so pigmented and I mean, who doesn’t love glitter on their face, especially around Christmas time? The is great for any age and their make up is always such good quality and well priced. It is always worth checking out the 3 for 2 offers on at Boots.

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Soap & Glory – Merry kiss-much

£6 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

I love the little ribbon so you could hang this on your tree! It contains:

Sexy Mother Pucker – Lip Gloss In Plums Up
Crazy Sexy Kohl  – In Smoulder

These are two of S&Gs most famous make up products. Their black eyeliner is a staple for any make up lover and their lip plumping lip glosses are always popular and come in a variety of shades. Plums up is a lovely shade and will suit anyone.

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Soap & Glory – Wash come true

£16 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

The set contains:

1 X Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel
1 X Sugar Crush™ Fresh & Foamy Body Wash
1 X Rich & Foamous™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Foam Call™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Clean, Girls™ Body Wash
1 X Calm One Calm All™ Bubbling Bath Soak
1 X Best Washes™ Limited Edition Spiced Body Wash

I love S&G body washes, I think they are my favourite of their body products and they have so many great scents. Something like this is a great way to sample all of their scents or if you are not sure what someone likes then this is a great option. My favourite is the sugar crush one.

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Sensationail Peeloff StripGel starter kit

I LOVE having gel nails and doing them at home is so easy and cheap compared to salons. I first tried doing my own gels a few years back but the only downside I found was it did damage my nails slightly when removing them. You need to soak in acetone to remove them or if you are inpatient like me you would end up picking them off and removing the top few layers of your nail with it!

I was so excited to hear that Sensationail had bought out a new product which is their Peel off strip gel base coat, meaning you can gel your nails and when you have had enough of them you can literally just peel it off without damaging your nails.

The base coat will work with any of their colours so if you already have a kit you can simply buy the new base coat to try. You can peel it off after 48hours and it can last up to 2 weeks like the previous base coat.

I haven’t done my nails in ages, so was excited to try the new product. I got the starter kit which includes:

  • LED lamp with USB lead & mains adaptor
  • StripGel Peel Off Base Coat
  • Buffer
  • Cleanser & Wipes
  • Raspberry Wine Gel Polish
  • Mystery Bonus Gel Polish colour
  • Non Wipe Top Coat

I think for £59.99 it is such a good price. I remember years ago when you pay that just for a lamp! If you get your nails done regularly you could save so much money. I think that is maybe the price of two trips to the salon?! I think you could easily do your nails twice a month for a whole year with one kit. When you run out you can just buy the product individually and you can pick up additional colours from £10.

The kit is easy to use whether you have used gel kits before or not, the instructions are easy to follow. It took me about 30-45mins to do a whole set, but I was really taking my time. The great thing about gels is once they are done you don’t have to sit there helpless for an hour afterwards like you do with regular nail polish!

I kept my gel set on for about 10 days and then I ended up catching one of them in the corner so I decided to remove them. It was so easy to peel them off and my nails looked absolutely fine underneath. I am so impressed with this as I was a little worried as it was peel off that maybe it wouldn’t last as long as the usual top coat but it didn’t make a difference to the wear time.

Do you get your nails done professionally or do you do them at home?

Sarah x

Organii

A brand that is new to me is Organii. All Organii products are free from SLS, Parabens, Phthaltes, Silicone, Mineral Oils and have not been tested on animals and are Vegan.

The products I have tried are:

Natural care hand cream

£2.95

It smells nice, is non greasy and soaks in quickly and makes your hands super soft. I find if I apply this in the morning I don’t need to re apply any creams to my hands during the day as it keeps them soft and hydrated all day.

It is quite a big tube as well which is great value, but not too big if you wanted to carry it about in your bag 🙂

High Protection sun cream

£21.95

I am quite fussy with sun creams as I suffer regularly from heat rash a lot of sun creams just aggravate my skin, so the more organic and less chemicals the better!

Not only does it work great as a sun cream it also moisturised my skin at the same time and didn’t leave me as sticky as most do. It came with a free after sun but I haven’t trued that yet.

I always think it is worth spending a bit more on sun protection to ensure you find one that your skin reacts well with and one that will protect you the best. I never wear anything less than a 30 either as I have such sensitive and delicate skin I don’t want to burn.

Shower gel

£5.95

This shower gel smells so so good and is so refreshing. I prefer to use shower gels, even in the bath rather than a bar of soap. This one leaves you feeling invigorated and clean and you don’t need to use much. I have to hide it away so Nick won’t use it all up!

I really like the simply packaging for all of the products. I love how they use multicolours on the plain white background and the shapes they use are associated with the products. The hand cream has hands on, the sun cream has suns on etc.

Really impressed with all the products I have tried 🙂

Sarah x