Valentine’s Day: The Single Girl’s Gift Guide (to herself)

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 9 - 2012

So, I’m an old married… and my husband doesn’t buy me Valentine’s gifts.  Instead, he makes me a minimum of three cups of tea a day, fills the car with petrol when I can’t be arsed, sounds semi-enthusiastic when I regale him with tales of my shopping bargains, and always knows my current favourite chocolate bar.

But it wasn’t always this way and back when we were all shiny and new, falling out because he laughed at a pair of BIG girl’s pants in M&S that looked scarily like a pair of mine, Valentine’s Day was kind of a big deal.

In all honesty Valentine’s Day is about as much for married people as it is for single people, i.e. it’s not.  It’s for sickeningly saccharine types enjoying the first, what — maybe two years of a new relationship?  Which ultimately means that the rest of us should treat V-day as nothing but a big excuse to buy ourselves a present of LOVE.  Because afterall, no one understands how much love (read ” new stuff”) we need better than we do.

01: Jo Malone Red Roses Travel Candle* – The problem with fresh roses is that nine times out of ten, the other half has bought them from the Esso garage.  Go for something a little longer lasting with Jo Malone’s Red Roses Travel Candle.  Burn, enjoy, extinguish – repeat ad. infinitum until you’ve surrounded yourself with the luxurious atmosphere afforded by a blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses.  Priced at £22.00 and packaged in the inimitable “Jo Malone way”, it’ll be considerably more affordable and better-presented to boot!

02: Wahanda Valentine Treats – Treat yourself to a Wahanda treat in time for Valentine’s Day.  From £11 mini manicures (and a glass of wine!) at Coco Nail Bar to a £200 overnighter at the chinese-inspired Chuan Spa at The Langham – there’s something to suit every taste and every budget.  Just be ready to bat away the incoming offers from those potential suitors who’ve heard about your bargain!

03: Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria – Unashamedly pink and most definitely girly, this new release from Calvin Klein ticks all the right boxes for those who like their fragrances on the fruity side.  Dedicated to the ‘independent woman’, there’s no better way to announce your fabulous presence than with a blend of forbidden fruit including mandarin, passion fruit and touches of iced raspberry.  Priced from £32.50.

04: Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil – Smell delicious from top to toe with this nourishing body oil from Elemis.  This multi-tasker can be drizzled in a hot bath for a relaxing scent-sensation, smoothed onto dry skin to replenish and moisturise, rubbed into cuticles to nourish, and even massaged into your hair to scent and soften.  Worthy of its cult-status, the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil makes for a great Valentine’s night treat – just keep it to yourself eh?

05: Philosophy Sweet Talk Set – This latest body-pampering set from Philosophy combines the brand’s three-in-one shower gel, body lotion and pink-tinted lip shine in the Candy Hearts flavour: a sweet (with a hint of tart) scent which will capture the hearts of girls across the nation.  Limited edition and priced at £22.00

06: Samsung MultiView MV800 Camera – For girls that have been very good this year comes the latest compact camera offering from Samsung.  Small enough to slip in your handbag with a 3.0″ wide (every inch counts right?) touch-screen which flips a full 180 degrees to ensure you capture spot-on self-portraits every time without getting a crick in your neck.  16.1 megapixels, HD video recording and 5x optical zoom will ensure your Facebook photos are the best on the block.  Just leave out the duck-face yes?  Comes in a range of snazzy colours (it’s gotta be red though right?) and is priced at £249. Unless you’re clever and go to Amazon!

07: Clinique Limited Edition Kiss it Better Kissable Lip Set -  Spread the love with a purchase of Clinique’s charity lip set and help raise money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.  In collaboration with the Great Ormond Street Hospital, 50% of the RRP price will be going directly to the KISS IT BETTER appeal. The set of covetable minis includes: a Vitamin C Lip Smoothie, Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, and a mini Long Last Glosswear.  Available instore at House of Fraser, priced at £25.

Love yourselves.  The end.

* press sample


The Art of Christmas Gifting 009: Philosophy Christmas Ornaments

Posted by Lipglossiping On December - 17 - 2011

How magnificently cute are these?

Not only cute, but pretty darn affordable too at £7-a-piece.  Keep the packaging as a tree decoration whilst bubbling up the contents (a 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath) in your bathroom.

Choose between: Gingerbread Girl, Snow Angel and Peppermint Bark – but be quick because Philosophy Christmas sets are always in high demand and usually sell out pretty quickly.

Available to buy instore at Boots who are also currently offering 1000 points when you buy 3 or more selected Philosophy

The Art of Christmas Gifting 001: Philosophy Jolly Jubilee

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 18 - 2011

Whenever I look at a Philosopy Christmas Gift Set, it reminds me of exactly how I want my Christmases to look.  Sure, it’s a little bit (a lot) twee and there’s enough glitter involved to get your local drag queen banging down your door, but c’mon.  It’s CHRISTMAS!!!!! (nearly).

The Philosophy Jolly Jubilee set comprises two items:

Holly Jolly Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath (120ml)
Crisp Berry Lip Shine (15ml)

This would make a perfect Secret Santa gift with the wrapping already done for you courtesy of a cute red velvet bow and beautifully designed tin in which the products sit.  Priced at £16 and available instore and online from John Lewis & Selfridges.

Do you like Philosophy gift sets or are their idealized Christmas scenes a little too much cuteness for you to bear?!

 

Philosophy Christmas 2010 Gifts

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 24 - 2010

Philosophy have some rather adorable Christmas gift sets out this year though I’ll confess they’re not a brand that I can claim to be hugely familiar with.

Occasionally I’ll go on a TK Maxx Philosophy spree and I’ve been pleased with the things I’ve picked up.  In particular, their Purity facial cleanser which I’ve currently got stashed away in my overnight bag.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings… here’s what they’ve got on the shelves for Christmas 2010.

Peppermint Bark (£14.75) – Mint Chocolate Candy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath 8oz and High-gloss, high-flavour lip shine 0.5oz.

Share the joy of delicious mint chocolate candy with this peppermint bark gift set. this giftable tin includes mint chocolate candy shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz. and high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine .5 oz. these moisturizing formulas are designed to give you clean, soft skin and irresistibly kissable lips, as you indulge in the joyful combination of rich chocolate and peppermint candy scents.

The Gingerbread Girl (£13) – Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel 16oz.

Our gingerbread girl is sparkle, spice and everything nice. this foaming bubble bath & shower gel features a refreshing, ginger spice scent and gold sparkles to light up your holiday season with joy. this moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft.

The Gingerbread Man (£13) – Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel 16oz.

He cleans, he soothes, he’s back and ready to draw you a relaxing bath. the gingerbread man foaming bubble bath & shower gel pampers you with a refreshing, ginger spice scent and an ultra-rich, moisturizing lather that gently cleanses and conditions skin, leaving it feeling super soft.

Holiday Greetings (£18) – Brown Butter Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath 4oz; Coconut Macaroon Body Butter 2oz; and Pink Frosted Cookie High-Gloss, High-Flavour Lip Shine 0.5oz

Exclusive to John Lewis.

Holiday Hostess (£16.50) – Sugary Cinnamon Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath and Body Lotion 8oz.

Glow and Behold (£13) -  Celestial Citrus Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath 16oz

Rekindle your childhood glow as you lather with this miraculous shower gel. glow and behold is our celestial citrus shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath created to lift your holiday spirit to joyful new heights. behold a sense of wonder as the sparkling, moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair.

Candy Cane (£17) – Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel 16oz and High-Gloss, High-Flavour Lip Shine 0.5oz.

Experience pure joy during your shower or bath with candy cane foaming bubble bath and shower gel. invigorate your senses with a crisp peppermint scent as you enjoy a rich, foaming lather from head to toe that leaves skin feeling ultra clean, hydrated and soft.

Exclusive to QVC UK (lip product not pictured above)

Warm & Toasty (£20.50) – Double Rich Hot Cocoa, Hot Buttered Rum and Hazlenut Espresso Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath 6oz

May you feel warm and toasty with this holiday hot toddy inspired shower gel set. this gift includes double rich hot cocoa, hot buttered rum and hazelnut espresso shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 6 oz. these moisturizing formulas gently cleanse and condition skin and hair, as the delicious scents inspire the warm, cozy feeling of sipping hot toddies by a toasty fire.

Under The Mistletoe (£16.50) – Peppermint Bark, Candy Cane, Pink Frosted Cookie and Have A Cherry Christmas High-Gloss, High-Flavour Lip Shines 0.5oz

Kisses under the mistletoe will seem sweeter than ever with these tasty lip treats. under the mistletoe includes peppermint bark, candy cane, pink frosted cookie and cherry christmas high-gloss, high-flavor lip shines. lips will be irresistibly sweet with a smooth, sheer shine.

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One thing’s for certain… they all look adorable.  Do you find Philosophy products live up to expectations?  I’m really tempted to pick up the big Have A Cherry Christmas Bubble Bath next time I’m in Selfridges.  Anything you particularly recommend?  Anything I should steer clear of?

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