Sunday, 17 December 2017

Beauty Sale Alert - New Products Added Today!

Finding premium beauty products on sale, particularly at this time of year, can be extremely difficult.  Originally I wrote about Eve Lom Makeup, which has now been discontinued, but once that had all gone – as it unsurprisingly has, I decided to hunt around for some other great offers on brands such as GHD, Benefit, Laura Geller and Bliss.
Anna Sui Lip Colour PaletteDiva Professional StylerElemental Herbology Hand and Body DuoBobbi Brown Instant Glam SetLancer Glowing Skin Perfector

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine CreamTrevor Sorbie Blow Dry KitBenefit Cheek ParadeBurts Bees Nature Wrapped Up Gift SetEau de Lacoste Sensuelle Shower Gel
Benefit Shy Beam Highlighter - 3 for 2Anna Sui Colour Palette for EyesLaura Geller Brush Artist CollectionBenefit Concealer and Highlighter Duo 3 for 2Stila Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation
From pretty eye shadow sets to brush collections to serums there’s a wide selection of beauty gifts and treats on sale if you know where to look.  Don’t miss out on my favourite, Clarins excellent body lotion, here in a jumbo size, or Lierac’s Hygenist Moisturiser – if you don’t know the brand then now’s the time to get acquainted.
Lierac Paris Moisturising Cream GelEve Lom Brightening Serum Advanced WhiteGlamGlow Gravity Mud MaskBliss Complexion RefresherThis Works Energy Bank Skin GlowMust de Cartier Satin Body CremeClarins Body Lotion Large SizeCartier Perfumed Shower GelGHD IV StylerAromatherapy Skin and Body Gift Set
The best place to find beauty products on sale and beauty offers, is undoubtedly online – so much less hassle, and you’ll be surprised what turns up.  My post here is going to be regularly updated from now on so keep checking back, you never know what you might find.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sheepskin Gloves and Mittens for the Warmest of Hands–and where you can still find them right now.

KJ Beckett Dents Toscana Trim Mittens
There appears to have been a run on sheepskin gloves and mittens, it’s not surprising when you think of it, they’re the the ultimate gloves for keeping your hands warm throughout winter. 

Having looked at most of the places you would expect to find them they’re mostly sold out so if you’re looking for a pair of sheepskin gloves or mittens for yourself right now or for a gift – in which case you want them quickly, here are the places to shop.  Preferably today, as there’s no guarantee they’ll be there in a day or so.

Nordvek Sheepskin GlovesPure Sheepskin Sheepskin GlovesThe Fabulous Fleece Company Sheepskin Gloves with Turnback Cuffs
KJ Beckett have gorgeous Toscana cuff mittens in dark brown – totally luxurious in small, medium and large, they also have men’s sheepskin mittens in black.

Pure Sheepskin have a variety of sheepskin and lambskin gloves for men and women, both of which will keep your hands superbly warm.  There’s quite a wide choice here.

Nordvek (via Amazon) have extremely reasonably priced sheepskin gloves.  I have bought these in the past and they’ve been excellent so have a look and see what’s available colourwise and in the size you want.

The Fabulous Fleece Company actually have their sheepskin gloves on Sale and have both black and brown in most sizes – go there at speed if you want them in time for Christmas.

Tommy Tou Sheepskin Gloves – again via Amazon – come in various colours including a gorgeous grey.  Most sizes are available.

Snugrugs Sheepskin GlovesTommy Tou Sheepskin Gloves in Gift BoxDents Men's Sheepskin Gloves at KJ Beckett
Simons Leather have gorgeous sheepskin mittens in brown which are sized small, medium and large. These are very good value.

You’ll find sheepskin mittens also at Tommy Tou in a selection of colours.

Snugrugs have deep brown sheepskin gloves with a fold back cuff.

Mens Sheepskin Mittens by DentsTommy Tou Sheepskin MittensSimons Leather Sheepskin Mittens
I never think it’s worth spending a small fortune on a ‘designer’ pair of sheepskin gloves.  Gloves, to me, should be hard wearing, keep my hands totally warm, and hopefully last a good few years although if you’re anything like me you won’t be able to find them when you need them most. 

You can still order these now in time for Christmas although make sure you ask for next day delivery, this is not a time of year to be taking chances.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The wine lover’s gift guide 2017

Who doesn’t love wine, or knows someone who loves wine, or is sitting right now next to someone who loves wine?

There are, of course, different types of wine lover.  There’s the ‘I love what I like’ wine lover – like me – who doesn’t know a huge amount but recognises something good when it appears.
There’s the ‘I know what I like’ wine lover, who knows quite a lot and frequently manages to lay their hands on something superb which cost less than you’d think, and a few bottles of something really special.

And finally there’s the ‘I know exactly what I like and I’m going to tell you all about it’, wine lover, otherwise known as the wine bore.  I wouldn’t try gift buying for this one – you are totally bound to get it wrong.
Dog au Vin Cushion - different versionsLe Creuset Sparkling Wine StopperLe Creuset AeratorHugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Guide 2018Joseph Joseph One Pull Waiters CorkscrewLe Creuset Black Nikel Lever CorkscrewCoravin MK 8Wooden Wine LadderRoot 7 Corkcicle Air Chiller Aerator PourerHammered Copper Wine Cooler
Buying gifts for wine lovers is the same as every other type of person, find something clever, decorative and useful that they’re going to want to use immediately.  On the whole don’t spend a fortune, you may be trying to be too clever, but who can have too many – good – corkscrews?  Who doesn’t need a copy of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book each year? Who doesn’t love a beautiful decanter – be slightly careful here, you can spend a fortune.
The Wine Dine DictionaryAlessi Parrot CorkscrewRiedel Black Tie Bliss DecanterAntler Drinks Bucket - different sizesJancis Robinson The 24 Hour Wine ExpertLeather Cocktail ShakerWine Bottle ThermometerHugh Johnson on WineGeorg Jensen Wine CorkscrewRiedel Cabernet Decanter
I know many wine lover – and drinkers – as you almost certainly do too.  One thing I wouldn’t buy them is wine.  They usually know what they like, read all the experts such as Victoria Moore and Jancis Robinson each week and buy by specially picked wines. 
Wine Tools Gift SetRiedel Set of Four Vinum Bordeaux GlassesJoseph Joseph Winding CorkscrewRed Wine Tilted Glass CarafeRechargeable Electric Corkscrew
If you bring a wine lover a bottle of wine, unless it’s very very special, they’ll put it aside and probably forget about it.  I have seen this happen so many times. 
If you do bring a bottle that is very special make sure they know what it is and who it’s from.  Don’t go giving a bottle of your Chateau Latour to anyone who won’t know what they’ve been given.  Preferably someone who’ll share it with you. 

Scratch that – only someone who’ll share it with you…..