Thursday 19 November 2015

November Lust List & Christmas Gift Guide

So I have eyes bigger than my stomach when it comes to beauty products (actually food too), i.e. I want EVERYTHING, regardless of whether I have the money for it or not. *Crying face*

In an attempt to stop spending I'm going to make a beauty/fashion wishlist every month on my blog, of all the things I'm lusting after. (Mind you, I'll probably end up giving into a fair few of them but at least I'm trying.)

This month's lust list is also a Christmas gift guide for any makeup lover, like myself, so hopefully a few of you might find it useful when doing your Christmas shopping for friends, even if you do end up keeping the presents for yourself... (We've all done it, I'm not judging).

Some of the items are more general, but I'll give a couple of examples in those cases.

1. Skandinavisk 'Skog' Candle - £25 
2. Nanshy Masterful Collection Brush Set - £49.95
3. Oxblood Suede Boots - £33 
4. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick - £23
5. Beauty Advent Calendars - Range from £30-250!
6. Cute little Copper Ornaments

Firstly, candles in general I think are a great present, as often they are a luxury that a girl wouldn't necessarily buy for herself. I found the Skandinavisk brand as I was wandering through the Home section of John Lewis with my friend Lucy and we both fell in love with some of the scents they had to offer. Apparently, Scandinavians as a nation go through more candles than any other country, which means (I'm hoping) that they've got the quality of the products down to a tee. 

 Any makeup enthusiast like myself needs a good set of brushes - A craftsman is only as good as his tools after all! I've bought some Real Techniques brushes over the years which have personally served me well, but I have several friends that have found them to be a little flimsy and not very long lasting. The set from Nanshy is one I've had my eye on for a while, especially as the brand is completely cruelty free, and all brush hairs are synthetic, which I am definitely for. But if you're buying for someone who's ok with natural-haired brushes, then Spectrum and Zoeva both offer beautiful sets in mermaid hues and rose gold's at around £30-£50 also!

With the weather being as gloomy and weird as ever, boots are a must to avoid the dreaded wet toe epidemic. Oxblood/burgundy/maroon - whatever you want to call it - is a great colour for these colder months, and makes the shoes a bit more of a statement, instead of the usual black. The boots in the above photo are from Simmi Shoes as an example, but similar styles are stocked in all shoe retailers at the moment. There's actually a beautiful pair in Aldo I have my eye on, especially with my employee discount

I'm really interested in trying out one of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks. The colour range on offer is beautiful, and a lot of bloggers and Youtubers are loving the texture of these, so I'm looking forward to seeing if these are a game changer for the matte lipstick scene! The packaging and branding all have a very luxurious feel to them and at £23 per lipstick, it's not something I would necessarily buy for myself unless I was already in love with the stuff. Also FYI literally anything from Charlotte Tilbury will be graciously accepted by me or ANY beauty-loving girl. 
*Hint Hint mum if you're reading this*

Ok so who doesn't want to open a tiny present every day up until Christmas? Exactly. Beauty Advent Calendars have been featured in every magazine this year and range in price from around £32 for the Benefit Party Poppers Advent Calendar, all the way up to a whopping £260 for the Jo Malone Calendar. I've had a good look at what each brand has to offer and the best of the more affordable calendars in my opinion can be found at The Body Shop (£60), You Beauty (£60), 
Ciate (£50) and Marks and Spencers (£25 when you spend £25 on beauty). 
Now these things are selling like hotcakes and I'm desperately searching for the L'occitane Calendar for my mother (shh don't tell her) but it is sold out everywhere! So if you have managed to get your hands on one of those, then I take my metaphorical hat off to you.

The final thing I'm lusting after is a couple of cute little copper or bronze ornaments/brush holders for my room, as I'm currently decorating it and want to find some finishing pieces to make it look all pretty! The pictured one is a tea-light holder from H&M but it's sold out. So if anyone is aware of anywhere that has cute metal bits and bobs at reasonable prices then please let me know!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading your Dose of Lust


1 comment

  1. Thanks lizzy for sharing this gift guide suggestion now I have a clue what to get my mum and my wife for Christmas considering the obsession they have for makeup.


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