Christmas Gifting with Wolf + Gypsy

Thursday, November 26, 2020
December is nearly here and with it comes chocolate joy every morning, festive music and a rush to find the right present for friends and family. There are a few gift ideas that are easy and safe options such as pampering products, food gifts and fragrance but I think jewellery is another fantastic option, especially when it looks as beautiful and luxe as the wonderful pieces from Wolf & Gypsy. You may have already had a sneak peek of this beautiful necklace on my Instagram stories (@ofbeautyand) so make sure you're following for more unboxings, PR mail and sneak peeks. 
*Wolf & Gypsy Sixpence Necklace (£114)
I don't think you can go wrong with a piece of beautiful jewellery, especially when it is unique and packaged well so I think Wolf & Gypsy is a great place to look for jewellery gifting ideas. I was very kindly sent the stunning sixpence necklace which is also available in silver as well as numerous chain lengths but I opted for 18" - a great mid-length necklace. 

The necklace is inspired by a 1914 sixpence, a British coin in circulation for hundreds of years, which has traditionally been a symbol of good luck. The sixpence was thought to bring good luck to a bride on her wedding day and it remains a good luck charm even today. The coin within the necklace is enclosed in an arc which makes it look minimal and effortless but also very luxe. 
I think the necklace looks very beautiful, especially the gorgeous gold option I was kindly sent - it is composed of sterling silver plated with gold vermeil. It catches the light beautifully and looks perfect worn alone or layered with other necklaces. I've been wearing it constantly as it is such an easy, goes-with-everything necklace. As well as being a gorgeous piece of jewellery, it is also a more ethical option as Wolf & Gypsy use recycled precious metals, conflict-free gemstones, eco-friendly packaging and they donate for every sale. 

I'm very happy with my beautiful necklace but I think that any of the gorgeous pieces of jewellery, from necklaces and earrings to rings, bangles and vintage items, would make luxe and special gifts this Christmas. But it gets even better as you can use the code: BLACK-FRIDAY-BABY to get 25% off your order! 

What do you think of the sixpence necklace from Wolf + Gypsy? Will you be taking advantage of their 25% off discount code? 

Latest In Beauty - November 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
It's time for my monthly review of the wonderful Latest In Beauty Box; this months box was themed around pampering products which I think is ideal for not only this time of the year but for lockdown pampering too - which is something we all need more of! I receive the boxes to review but I genuinely cannot recommend them enough and I've purchased a couple of the limited edition (and amazing value) boxes previously. 

*Latest In Beauty - November 2020 (£12.95 per month)
As always you can choose up to six products for only £12.95 per month and the selection is added to each day so there's always a new item to add to your box. The range of items is fantastic, as it is every month on Latest In Beauty; from high end makeup, skincare and beauty tools to supplements, body care, toiletries, haircare and more. As well as a treat for yourself, the box would make a fantastic Christmas gift for beauty lovers. 
*KVD Go Big or Go Home Mascara 
I'll start with the two high end makeup products from the November selection that I immediately added to my box! I have tried both of these products already from previous Latest In Beauty boxes and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a couple of backups as I love both! It is a very black, volumising mascara that makes my lashes look fuller, thicker and curled instantly. 

*Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby 
If I could only wear one lip product for the rest of my life, it would have to be the Nars velvet matte lip pencils as not only are they easy and quick to apply but they are also comfortable, lightweight, pigmented and the longevity is amazing. I cannot recommend both makeup minis enough especially if you are looking for long lasting and long wearing products. 

*Umberto Giannini Flowerology Coco + Rose Hair Mask 
Moving onto a couple of hair treatments, the first has to be the most beautifully packaged hair mask I've ever seen! It also has an absolutely heavenly scent of soft powdered roses which is a scent I'll always enjoy. The mask claims to be an intensely moisturise boosting treatment for those with dry and dehydrated hair which definitely describes mine so I cannot wait to try this mask soon. 

*Aveda Damage Remedy Hair Repair
The 'hall of fame' product for the month of November is the Aveda Damage Remedy Hair Repair which is a hair treatment featuring 98% natural ingredients and a well loved reputation. I typically tend to add the monthly hall of fame products to my box as they're always higher end product(s) or from a brand that I've wanted to try for a while. I've tried a few Aveda products but I definitely want to try more so I'm very interested to give this product a go. 
*So Eco Angled Eyeliner Brush
You can't have too many makeup brushes, right? I have so many that it might have become a minor problem but I can't resist adding another to my collection especially when it is is vegan friendly and has  copper details. I've tried many brushes from this brand and I've been very happy with all of them, particularly the longevity and how well they stand up to use over the years as well as washing. 

*Nilaqua Oatmilk and Honey Hand Sanitiser 
Last but not least for my selection is a very useful product to have in 2020 - hand sanitiser. I've never used so many hand sanitiser than I have since March! The Nilaqua sanitiser comes in two scents: fresh watermelon and oat milk and honey. It is vegan friendly, alcohol free and it is approved by the NHS so I had to add it to my box as an everyday essential in 2020. 
Finally, I wanted to mention the upcoming Black Friday markdowns that will be live on Latest In Beauty from midnight tomorrow. The Black Friday offers will include up to 40% off, a plethora of beauty products on offer and two boxes that will be exclusive to their Black Friday offers - you don't want to miss out! 

Have you tried any of the products I've reviewed? Will you be checking out the Latest In Beauty Black Friday offers on Thursday? 

Autumn Wellbeing with Lighthouse Clothing

Monday, November 23, 2020
Autumn is my favourite season for so many reasons; the beautiful changing colours, cosy clothing, comforting hot drinks and a wonderful chill in the air but the autumn and winter months can also be a time of the year that includes SAD or seasonal affective disorder as well as a general gloomy feeling. However, there are lots of wonderful aspects of autumn and seasonal activities that can boost your wellbeing such as shinrin-yoku - the Japanese concept of 'forest bathing'. 
The idea of forest bathing was created in Japan in the 1980s and has become an integral aspect of the Japanese approach to healthcare and wellbeing ever since (Japan has one of the highest life expectancies in the world). Various studies, conducted in Korea and Japan, have found that spending time in nature has a calming effect on the nervous system, can reduce stress and anger, help to manage anxiety and also lower blood pressure - even after only a short time spend surrounded by nature. I love spending time on autumnal walks and it is definitely something I've missed during lockdown so I will be taking up the forest bathing as often as I can. 
*Lighthouse Iona Coat - Khaki (£59.95) 
We mustn't let the gloomy and constantly rainy English weather prevent us from forest bathing and it's many benefits! A durable, waterproof coat is all that is needed, well perhaps a pair of boots and a cosy jumper too. I was very kindly sent the very warm and toasty 'Iona' coat from the lovely people over at Lighthouse Clothing which is ideal for the damp autumn weather we've been having recently in Manchester, although to be honest, it is like this for most of the year! 

The Iona coat features a cute striped lining which is insulated, super soft and padded to keep you warm on your forest bathing adventures. It is also waterproof (essential year round in Manchester), windproof and breathable. If the coat wasn't practical enough already, it has two large pockets and a secure internal pocket with a zip for your valuables. 

I adore the colour of this coat, it is an autumnal dusky moss green that is perfect when paired with a tshirt, black jeans and boots. I also love the cut which is much more flattering than most waterproof coats! I opted for a UK 8 and it fits me perfectly; additionally the coat length and sleeve length are fantastic too, even though I'm very petite. 

It is a perfect practical and cosy waterproof coat that is also flattering in its shape, unique in its colour and ideal for autumnal walks in the forest. I have many coats and jackets (it's one of those things I can never have enough of) and this one is by far my favourite practical coat. I couldn't be happier with my new and cosy coat and I'd highly recommend it - it would also make a great practical gift this Christmas. Check out Lighthouse for more gorgeous coats as well as a range of womens, mens and childrens clothing. 

What do you think of the Iona coat from Lighthouse? Will you be taking part in any forest bathing this autumn? 

Black Friday with Gaston Luga

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Black Friday is just around the corner although many deals have started early online this year. Gaston Luga have a fantastic site-wide offer of 20% off everything for Black Friday which is an amazing deal. Their fantastic Black Friday discount will run from the 13th to the 30th of November so you have plenty of time to browse either for yourself or for Christmas gifts. However, in addition to the 20% site-wide discount, with the code beauty10 you can get an extra 10% off your order - 30% off in total
*Gaston Luga Classy Backpack (RRP £95 - sale price £76)
One of their gorgeous backpacks I wanted to recommend is the 'classy' backpack in black which I was very kindly sent. The backpack features adjustable shoulder straps, a hidden back pocket and padded interior that fits most 11" to 13" laptops or tablets. It also has a very classic Scandinavian minimalist design which I adore and it is very comfortable to wear unlike almost every other backpack I've worn. The size is fantastic as it fits everything I need including my iPad, books and essentials so I think it would be ideal for commuting, students or for travelling (when it is safe to do so). 

I cannot recommend the Gaston Luga Classy Backpack enough; however there are so many others to choose from including numerous colour variations of the classy backpack and a mini version too. There are also a range of larger backpacks, toiletry bags, tote bags and more so you are bound to find gifts for friends and family this Christmas (or treats for yourself!) on Gaston Luga. 

As well as the 20% off discount and my extra 10% off discount code (beauty10), you will also receive a a free cardholder with every purchase and free delivery!

What do you think of this amazing Black Friday offer? 

Shay + Blue QVC TSV: November 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The festive season is right around the corner and so are a plethora of deals this November! Today's post is all about an amazing value deal with Shay and Blue and QVC which will be revealed this evening at 9pm on QVC; click the link to watch it live later today. Within the live event the incredible TSV (or today's special value) deal will be revealed which features three beautiful fragrance sets that I think would make lovely Christmas gifts this year! Head over to Shay and Blue as well as QVC to sign up for early access and to have a look at the other wonderful gift sets on available. 

The TSV deal features three incredible sets to choose from, including English Cherry Blossom which is the set I was very generously sent - I can't resist anything cherry blossom scented, especially when the set look as beautiful as this one does! Each set contains a full sized fragrance as well as the accompanying shower oil and lotion. The collection has an additional surprise, a 10ml preview of the latest fragrance launch, Tallulah's Camellia, which is their new fragrance for 2021. 

I was very kindly sent the *Shay and Blue English Cherry Blossom Collection (£48.96), the individual components of the collection can be purchased separately or as part of the incredible QVC TSV deal. The collection has a whole looks utterly beautiful, I adored the packaging and the scent itself is heavenly. As much as I love the set I received (and that I've been using non-stop), I think the other two collection sound amazing too. 
The Shay & Blue English cherry blossom fragrance contains notes of: bergamot, green mandarin, fig, cassis, honeysuckle, black cherries, iris and woody notes, all of which combine to create a wonderful blend of musky florals and rich fruity notes that is ideal for autumn. I think it is a very timeless and classic fragrance while still feeling vibrant and youthful yet sophisticated. 

Along with the fragrance, the collection includes the corresponding hand and body lotion as well as the rich almond shower oil. I've been using the beautiful and luxe hand lotion everyday while at my desk and it has been a miracle for my hands. As you may know if you've been following my blog for a while, I used to have awful eczema flareups on my face and hands; unfortunately it has reappeared on my hands which are now perpetually dry and sore so a rich hand lotion is always needed. The hand and body lotion smells divine, it doesn't irritate my eczema at all and it leaves my skin feeling comfortable, moisturised and super smooth! 

Last but definitely not least might actually be my favourite product from the collection, although I do love all of the items and I cannot recommend them enough. The new and upcoming Tallulah's Camellia fragrance, which is included as a 10ml spray in the collection, is such a unique and uplifting fragrance which has managed to steal the show from a range of fantastic products. The fragrance is very difficult to describe and I don't have anything quite like it in my fragrance collection; it is sweet and floral but crisp, refreshing and unexpectedly comforting. It is definitely on my wish list for 2021. 

With the value of the collection at over £100, it is a deal you can't miss! Don't forget to head over to QVC at 9pm for the reveal. Also, you can now order the collection from tomorrow and you can then select the collection (or one of the other scents) to be delivered again three months later - a top up delivered straight to your door! 

The English Cherry Blossom collection is now sold out! However, the beautiful Black Tulip and Blackberry Woods are both still available on QVC.

Have you tried any fragrance from Shay and Blue? Will you be checking out the amazing TSV on QVC? 

Current Wish List ft. Goddiva

Monday, November 16, 2020
Images from Goddiva, Temple Spa and Neom
Collaborative post (gifted)

Black Friday is just around the corner, with a variety of stores starting their sales early this year which has been tempting me to spend! Thankfully during the first lockdown I didn't spend very much (apart from reduced e-books and a few essentials) so now that Black Friday and Christmas are fast approaching, my wish list has started to increase and my resolve to reduce my spending is crumbling!

Christmas Clothing 
As well as a range of soft and cosy knitwear that is always on my wish list at this time of the year, I also have my eye on a few sparkly tops and shiny tops that I think would be a great festive options for Christmas Day. Goddiva is a fantastic site for all of your festive and New Years celebrations as they offer a range of beautiful dresses, sequinned tops and accessories as well as a selection of beauty items, gift ideas and occasion wear. 

Beauty & Wellness 
My wish list for all things beauty, skincare and wellness is a little ridiculous this year as there are so many amazing Christmas gift sets on sale currently. One bundle deal that I've been interested in for quite a while is the Neom Wellbeing Pod Collection which is an essential oil diffuser accompanied by their blend of essential oils. Additionally, there are a couple of items from Temple Spa on my list including cream foundation base, along with the 'stoke of genius' mascara, the latter I've tried before and loved.

Which products, clothes or gift sets are on your current wish list?