The last of my Christmas Stocking Filler specials! These are my favourite picks of products sent as ideas for Christmas Stocking Fillers under £20. There are some really great gifts in this category.
Area H20 Hair Care
First up this Shampoo/conditioner duo from hair care range Area H20. This hair care range after six years of extensive research has been developed to work with the water type in your area.It basically combats the effects of mineral deposits from different water types and promises cleaner, smoother, shinier and less flyaway hair after use. You can use their online guide www.AreaH20.co.uk to find out the type of water in your area.
They offer Hard, Medium and Soft Water shampoos for Normal to Fine hair and the matching conditioner. They also offer a shampoo/conditioner for coloured hair again for Hard, Medium or Soft Water areas. I tried the soft water shampoo and conditioner for Normal/Fine hair. It lather’s up really well and it does leave hair feeling really clean afterwards. I have only used a couple of times so far but my hair does feel as though the build up of product you normally get, has gone. The only thing I found was I have quite dry hair so I think the conditioner wasn’t as moisturising as my normal brand. However, I do think this duo are great for using 1-2 times a week to give hair a really deep clean. They make a fab gift together too.
Area H20 duo Retails at £17.50 for the duo and is available at Debenhams and online at http://www.lookfantastic.com. The shampoos and conditioners can also be bought separately and retail at £9.95 each.
Goo.ey Smartphone and Tablet Accessory
Although not technically beauty related, they are a definite beauty aid!! These gel like covers attach to smartphones/ipads to give them a smooth non slip surface. They allow you to be hands free, enabling you to apply your makeup and talk on the phone simultaneously. They are really slim and easily removable and come in some cool bright colours. They also enable you to get a better grip when trying to take ‘selfies’ (if you do!) and videos. They also make a perfect stocking filler for almost anyone!
Goo.ey is compatible with the iPhone 4 & 5, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 & S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, iPad Mini and iPad (all generations). Priced at £15 for the smartphones, £16 for the iPad Mini and Note 2 and £18 for the iPad. Available at www.gooeyskins.com
VIOlife Slim Sonic Toothbrush
This is a brand new range of portable electric toothbrushes perfect for those parties straight from work. They deliver 22,000 brush strokes per minute to give a really deep clean. The case is slim so they fit easily in to your bag and they have a cap on to ensure the head stays clean. I love the bright colours they come in too. I have used mine loads and its great for cleaning teeth whilst at work if I am going out after. Technically they shouldn’t be included in this post as they normally retail at £29.99 in Boots but they are currently on offer for £19.99 and I liked it so much I had to include it in this post!
Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush – £19.99 available from most Boots stores and online at www.boots.com
Seven Seas Ilumina Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins
I have included these vitamins as more of a festive skin saver for the busy month of December. They contain Aloe Vera and Avocado Oil to nourish the skin, hair and nails from the inside out. They promise to keep you healthy and looking radiant with one capsule a day, ideally taken before bed. I will be using these myself to try to keep my skin looking somewhat decent!
Seven Seas Illumina – £14.95 available at most Boots stores and online at www.boots.com
Repair, Renew, Protect Drink
Another nutraceutical drink, this time to help with the bodies cell renewal process. This drink claims to help the body repair quicker by supporting the natural renewal process of adult stem cells, allowing them to proliferate quicker and be protected from free radicals. By enhancing this process, it can help speed up recovery time from training or injury and slow down ageing in all parts of the body (now you’re talking!) They contain natural ingredients including green tea, wild blueberry extract, vitamin D, Amino acids and organice blue-green micro algae. Another festive beauty aid!
They come in two flavours, Citrus and Super Berry. My favourite is the super berry, which tastes like cranberry juice. They are perfect to help you avoid feeling run down at this time of year.
FTN Repair Renew and Protect Nutraceutical Drink – £20 per box of 12 available from www.ftnbelieve.com
Laqa and Co Lil’ Lip Duo
Laqa and Co is a brand new range of colourful and quirky lip and nail products. The lip duo below contains 2 lip pencils in shades Pinkman and Lambchop. The lip pencils give a deeply pigmented but glossy lip colour and last really well. I love the ‘Pinkman’ shade, a bright pink, perfect for a night out. The packaging is great too, every single product is a piece of unique art designed by up and coming artists, all of whom get a cut of the profit from each product purchased. They make a great gift.
Shade Lambchop (left) and Pinkman (right) Laqa & Co Lil Lip Duo – £16.45 available from www.laqaandco.co.uk
Makeup Works Makeup Brushes
I love these makeup brushes below from beauty brand Makeup Works. Good makeup brushes are essential for achieving a flawless finish. Many people would buy makeup over buying the brushes, so these make a great gift. These brushes are good quality and affordable too. I have been using the bronzer/powder brush below. It is a good size, not too long and distributes powder evenly, they can also be used with mineral foundations too.
Makeup Works – Bronzer/Powder Makeup Brush – £12.95 online at www.makeupworks.co.uk
Ginvera Green Tea Products
This brand is new to the UK but has been a best-seller in the Asia and the Far East for years and I can see why, the Marvel Gel especially has an amazing effect on skin.
The Green Tea Marvel Gel is perfect for preparing skin prior to make up application, ensuring that any products used after just glide on effortlessly helping to produce that flawless sleek finish. It is like an exfoliating gel and you dab a few dots across the face area and then massage in for a minute, then rinse. It is like a mini skin peel without any downtime afterwards! It leaves skin incredibly smooth and brighter looking.
The Nude Cover BB Cream provides perfect light coverage to even out skin tone. It also nourishes, hydrates and refines the skin whilst working to improve tone and scarring. The colour suits all skin tones and once applied it gives skin a natural look perfect for every day. It softens fine lines and is very moisturising too,
Both products would make excellent gifts and would be perfect bought together too! They would also make a rather nice gift to yourself too!
Toni & Guy Slim Definer
These straighteners are the perfect unisex styling tool. They have ultra Slim 15mm plates to help create definition were needed. They can straighten short fringes, pixie crops and shorter hairstyles. I have shoulder length hair, so have been using to straighten the front of my hair but I think they are perfect for more layered hairstyles and good for men who straighten shorter hairstyles. The Ceramic Tourmaline plates ensure they glide through hair smoothly and they don’t drag at all and reach 200c which is great for a straighter look. They are a really good price too at under £20 and make a perfect stocking filler for both men and women.
Toni & Guy Slim Definer Straighteners £19.99 available at most Boots stores and online at www.boots.com
Front Cover Makeup – Midnight Collection
Of all the stocking fillers, this is my favourite. I love these metallic colours for a strong party look. The kit contains 3 domed baked eyeshadows, 2 mini lipsticks, 1 springy cream blush, 1 nail polish, 1 blue/black kohl pencil, 1 cheek brush and 1 double ended eye applicator. There are also instructions if you need them on how to apply, but I think the fun is in playing around with the colours yourself.
My picks from this box include the Midnight eye pencil (see swatch below), the cream blusher in Pink Light perfect for achieving dewy rosy cheeks and the lip colour in satellite a really bright matte pink (I’m a sucker for pink!)
Cream Blusher in Pink Light
Lipsticks in Moonstone and Satellite
Eye Pencil and Smudger in Midnight
Nail polish in Lunar Flare.
I’ve come to the end of my Christmas Stocking Filler Special, but there is still time to enter my Christmas Giveaway at http://mybeautyjournal.co.uk/prize-give-away/ and loads of time left to finish (or maybe start) your Christmas Shopping… Happy Shopping!!