22 November 2013

Luxury Christmas Gifts

At this time of year we all start to begin our Christmas shopping, yay! I'm aware there are some early birds that start way before November; however I could only dream of being that organised. Christmas shopping can be at times stressful if you have an awkward person to buy for; my dad suddenly springs to mind. I have to say I tend to find females so much easier when it comes to buying gifts, maybe that's because I know what I would like to receive so I guess maybe we're all on a similar wavelength somewhere down the line when it comes to shopping for our female friends and family. Today I've picked out some gorgeous luxurious items that I think would make wonderful gifts for a female friend, loved one or family member...or maybe even as a treat for yourself.

Diptyque Pine Bark Candle £45, Laura Mercier Bold Brights Mini Lip Glace Collection £31, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm £34, OPI A-Z-urich £11.50, Nars Voyeur Larger Than Life Eye Liner Coffret £30, GHD White Eclipse on sale at £145, RRP £195.


Diptyque are a bit of a blogger favourite at the moment and although I haven't yet had the pleasure of trying one I would like to at some point as they really do sound wonderful. This Christmas Diptyque has released some limited edition scents for the festive holidays, choose from Chai Orange, Indian Incense and Pine Bark. I opted for Pine Bark as each year me and my family go to our local forest area where pine trees are sold for Christmas, they all smell lovely! This scent would be so nice as it would remind me of this household tradition, plus the candle itself is so pretty and sparkly!

Laura Mercier is a brand that to me symbolises luxury beauty products, every time I see the products in stores I swoon just a little. This Christmas there are some nice little gift sets to choose from with my favourite being the Bold Brights Mini Lip Glace Collection. This set contains five different shades of various pinks and reds which can be used alone or on top of your favourite lipstick to add a bit of shine; it also comes in a nude set too if that tickles your fancy.

You've probably all seen this next product spoken about over the last year and yes, I'm still yet to get my paws on it. The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has been a huge cult product over the last year with people claiming it has totally changed their cleansing routine; all I know is that I need to try it as soon as possible. 

OPI  A to Z-urich looks to me the perfect shade of crimson red for the Christmas holidays. This would look absolutely gorgeous I'm sure, just don't spoil the manicure by washing up after Christmas dinner! 

The Guy Bourdin Collection by Nars this year has been hugely popular amongst make up enthusiasts, including myself. One of the latest releases has been the Voyeur Larger Than Life Eye Coffret which contains five travel size Long Wear Eye Liners in black, brown, violet, white and blue. These look absolutely stunning and if I hadn't already made a promise with myself to not buy anything else before Christmas this would have already made it to the checkout.

My last luxury gift for this Christmas is a pair of GHD White Eclipse hair straighteners. GHD have a huge following and although I personally have never tried them I sure would like to just to see how good they are. I included them as this year they have re-released their popular Eclipse styler in a winter white finish which I think sounds lovely as opposed to the original black ones you can buy.

All of these products can be found at the Urban Retreat Beautique; happy shopping!

*Sponsored Post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  1. I love OPI and wouldn't be without my GHDs these days - they're definitely an investment piece!! I'd love to try a Diptyque candle too but can't justify the cost for something I'd burn out in days ;)

    Keep in touch!
    Andrea
    www.lanouvellenoire.com xxx

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    1. I have never tried GHD's, I definitely would like to :) xx

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  2. Would love that Nars set! *Adds to christmas list*
    Great post!
    x
    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Love the O.P.I nail polish! :*

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    1. It is a gorgeous colour for this season isn't it :) xx

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  4. Lovely post! I love the nail polish!

    Emma x
    http://www.beautyandrags.co.uk

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    1. NARS is so popular at the moment xx

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  6. I love all the Nars sets and palettes I'm seeing at the moment, I'd love the little lip crayon set! xo

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    1. Me too Catherine, they are so nice xx

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  7. The OPI Nail polish looks absolutely adorable haha! Red is definitely a colour for Christmas....it's gorgeous, especially those deep reds!!

    I will probably be doing my Christmas shopping a few days before Christmas....I always leave it till the last minute!!!!

    Layla xx

    www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Nooo there is still time to do it without being too behind! :) xx

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  8. great picks! I definitely want NARS sets and a Diptyque candle!

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    1. The candles look really pretty, I'd use it as an ornament or something afterwards xx

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  9. Oh my god, those white straighteners are amazing! They look so sleek and unique <3 xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. They do don't they! I quite like the idea of white ones xx

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  10. That Nars set looks stunning.. Stop tempting me like this! ;P

    Jess xo

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  11. the nail varnishs are amazing!!
    collette xx

    www.mini-ellee.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree, I really want to try OPI one day xx

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  12. Ohh that candle sounds wonderful, the packaging is super pretty too <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. Isn't it just, all of them are :) xx

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  13. I am craving a Diptyque candle so bad. I've never had one either and I might have to have a treat myself moment and buy one after christmas.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

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    1. You should definitely treat yourself, you never know you may get one in a sale somewhere :) xx

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  14. I agree, girls are way easier to buy for than boys! I usually give someone the gift of OPI at Christmas, their polishes are great quality. I've been using Cloud 9 irons for years now but my second pair broke after 12 months, I think I'm going to go back to GHD!

    Tara xo

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    1. I use Remmington at the moment and I have to say they have been so good! xx

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  15. So many good things!

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. There are even more on the website :) Xx

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  16. I've been loving diptyque candles lately but they are incredibly pricey - a very expensive habit to develop! I think that Christmas one retails for $100 here which is simply ridiculous. I fell for the Emma Hardie hype and while it is lovely, I can't use it to remove eye makeup because it clouds my vision.

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    1. They are so expensive! I need to smell them before hand I think to justify it. Oh, that's a shame about Emma Hardie :( I tend to use something separate for my eye make up luckily xx

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  17. The Laura Mercier lip glosses look lovely! :)

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    1. They really do, I wouldn't mind trying those at all xx

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