Are you struggling for present ideas for the women in your life? Whether you’re shopping for your mum, sister, girlfriend or a friend, I have saved you the hassle of scouring the internet for the ultimate beauty gifts.  Here is a collection of  the best beauty buys guaranteed to put a smile on the face of whoever you give them to, AND they’re all under £20. You can thank me later… Happy shopping!

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 Beauty Lovers £20 and under

  1. Makeup Revolution, Fortune Favours The Brave Palette – £9.99 – Makeup Revolution have had a fantastic year and their palettes are the perfect combination of quality and variety, whilst not breaking the bank. This palette contains 30 shadows with matte and shimmery options – you can’t go wrong!
  2. Boots, Wink Wink Makeup Bag£6.00 – This is a perfect accompaniment present; it’s cute, functional and travel-friendly. Boots have a few designs in this price range so it’s worth taking a look online if this one isn’t quite for you.
  3. Real Techniques, Your Picks Collection £20.00 – I’ve been following Pixiwoo on YouTube for as long as I can remember and adore their makeup brush brand, Real Techniques – they are the best affordable brushes on the market. This set has been put together to include their best selling brushes so it’s an absolute must-have!
  4. Face, by Pixiwoo£9.99 – I promise this whole list isn’t Pixiwoo related but it wouldn’t be right to not include Pixiwoo’s brand new makeup manual, Face. The book comes with a complimentary app with tutorials to back up all the good advice in the book, the photography is insane and the content is perfect whether you’re just starting out with makeup or are a professional. This is firmly on my Christmas list and is the ideal present for any beauty lover.
  5. Essie, Crack a Colour Christmas Gift Set£20.00 – This gift set has the right mix between novelty and actually being a good gift. Essie is a solid brand with good, long lasting nail polishes and the colour selection in this cracker is fab. The glittery colour would be great for new year celebrations.
  6. Tangle Teazer, Lulu Guinness 2016 Compact Styler £13.50 – The Tangle Teazer isn’t anything new but this cute collection with Lulu Guinness is right in time for Christmas and any beauty lover will welcome a limited edition one to their collection. As a main present, a stocking filler or an accompaniment this is a fab option.
  7. Zoeva Coral Spectrum Blush Palette£15.00 – I actually can’t believe this beautiful palette is just £15! Zoeva are another brand that have gone from strength to strength this year and these four blush colours are absolutely gorgeous. The colours are fab on their own and are even prettier when layered – it’s a great gift for beauty addicts to experiment with.
  8. Nip + Fab, Dragons Blood Fix Set £19.95 – I really love Nip + Fab products and this set is a great introduction to the brand for people who haven’t yet used their range. The set contains a plumping mask and cleansing pads and both individually are awesome but together they are just incredible. For the brand, the price is uber reasonable so yet another reason to pop this in your online basket.
  9. Tony Moly, I’m Real Sheet Masks, Pack of 11 £11.85 – Korean beauty trends have a lot to answer for and the introduction and mass popularity of sheet masks is one of them. Tony Moly are a reputable, yet affordable brand and this collection of sheet masks covers all skin types and they really are AWESOME. They’d make great little stocking fillers if you can bring yourself to wrap them individually.
  10. The Body Shop, Vanilla Chai Softening Body Butter£14.00 – I adore the Body Shop body butters and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the varieties but this vanilla chai smells ah-mazing. For a full review on the moisturiser, have a read here and it’s worth pointing out that the varieties outside of the Christmas collection are £6.00 so are even more affordable.
  11. Rosie for Autograph, Eyeshadow Palette in ‘I Feel Like A Million Dollars’£18.00 – Rosie’s M&S makeup collection has made waves in the beauty world, and for good reason – the products are not to be missed. This palette is the most versatile of the collection and will suit most. It’s perfect for a warm smokey eye right the way through to natural everyday looks. The packaging is luxe and would be beautiful to unwrap on Christmas morning.

I hope these fab picks have helped you get your Christmas shopping underway, or at the very least given you ideas to work with. Let me know which gifts you love in the comments below, and whether any of these will be perfect for your loved ones.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Bourjois Foundation Best of Bourjois Healthymix Air Mat

Bourjois is a brand I’ve always heard amazing things about. For the past few months I’ve been trying out all of their complexion range and I’ve whittled down a list of my three favourite products. If you’re looking for a new base product at an affordable price, these are my Bourjois complexion favourites.

1. Bourjois, Health Mix Foundation (£9.99)

This is the all rounder of all Bourjois foundations. It is super hydrating and leaves your skin luminous and flawless. The formulation is breathable on the skin, looks incredibly natural and whilst it offers a medium coverage, it’s buildable to a full coverage without ever looking cakey.

The beautifully fruity smell is impossible to ignore, and it’s refreshing to know the foundation is actually doing a good job for your skin instead of just masking it. The formulation includes apple as an anti-oxidant, apricot for radiance, melon for hydration and ginger for energy.

I really can’t rave about this foundation enough. This is now firmly in my top 5 favourite foundations across all brands, drugstore and high end.

2. Bourjois, Air Mat Foundation (£9.99)

If you prefer a foundation with a fuller coverage, you need to try Air Mat. It promises a 24 hour hold that feels ‘as light as air’ and I totally agree to it’s light, creamy texture and high coverage. Unlike the Healthy Mix that leaves a glowing radiance, the Air Mat goes on and stays matte throughout the day – this is a foundation that definitely controls oil!

If you’ve got dry skin I would steer clear unless you only plan to wear this for a few hours, as it clings to any dry patches after a while. My biggest bug bear with matte foundations is the feeling of wearing a mask of heavy makeup but Air Mat bucks that trend completely.

3. Bourjois, Radiance Reveal Concealer (£7.99)

To go with your new swanky Bourjois foundation, you really shouldn’t miss picking up your own Radiance Reveal concealer – it’s one of the best drugstore concealers I’ve ever used. The creamy texture, illuminating finish and excellent coverage makes this a total dream. The addition of hyaluronic acid in the formula means the concealer is hydrating and perfect for the under eye area as it doesn’t crease or sit in any fine lines.

The longevity of the concealer is a delight too. I loathe having to top up concealers throughout the day – there’s nothing worse than a cakey and flaking coverage over a spot – so this is another huge plus for this affordable, must-have.

Bourjois Swatches Healthymix Air Mat Radiance Reveal

Shades from left to right: Light Vanilla, Rose Ivory, Beige

Let me know which Bourjois products are your favourites – have you tried any of my top picks? If you go and try any of these, let me know what you make of them too.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Italian Haul Sephora Kiko

Makeup shopping in a different country is a highlight of visiting a new place. We don’t (yet) have a Sephora in the UK so whilst the European shops aren’t anyway near as good as the US ones, I still had to make the most of the opportunity. Now my blog is by no means a political space but this round of beauty shopping was a tad underwhelming thanks to an absolutely dire exchange rate – good work, Brexiters! (Rant over.)

Currencies and exchange rates aside, here are the goodies I bought from Kiko and Sephora…

Sephora Face Masks – I’m in a real sheet mask phase at the moment, so I couldn’t help myself when it came to the Sephora own brand face masks. I picked up a green tea mask for mattifying, a rose mask for brightening and lots of moisturise, a pomegranate mask for energising tired skin and a lotus one for moisturising and soothing the skin. Each mask cost €3.90 and there was such an incredible range – I had to stop myself from picking up one of each.

Sephora Eye Masks – I couldn’t leave with just face masks, so I picked up some under eye masks too. I’m less experienced with these so I just picked them randomly rather than for specific skin benefits. I ended up with an algae eye mask for toning and detoxifying, a pomegranate one for energising tired skin, a rose one for brightening dark eyes and a pearl one for brightening too. I’ve already used the pearl one and LOVED how refreshing it was. I’ll do a full review of them all soon but so far so good.

Sephora Express Dry Shampoo – I can’t rave about this stuff enough; in fact it was the first product review I knew I had to write because it’s just that good. You can check out my full review here but let’s just say that if you’re stopping by a Sephora and don’t pop one in your basket, you’ve lost your mind. Simples.

Sephora Charcoal Nose Strips – You can never too many of these strips either and anything charcoal based works well for removing black heads and purifying acne-prone skin. These type of nose pads are always rather inexpensive so I stocked up on a few.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick – An eyeshadow stick that blends easily and is a gorgeous coppery, golden brown colour (shade 06). These are £4.90 in the UK and really do last all day – I’ll definitely be going back for more shades.

Kiko Smart Eye Pencil – I opted for shade 800, Golden Silk, and it’s so beautiful; a lovely metallic golden liner that’s surprisingly subtle. For only £1.90 these are great to add to any makeup bag, and again Kiko have such a large collection of colours. I would say if you’re looking for a dramatic colour payoff you need to work heavily with these pencils, but otherwise these are fab.

Kiko Eyeshadows – I went a little OTT with these shadows but at under £2 each it’s totally justifiable. I picked up quite a few shades, mostly browns and burnt red shades for smokey eye looks and the pigmentation of the colours is really impressive considering the cost. I would recommend doing your concealer after using these as there’s a little bit of fall down, but it’s definitely not enough to stop me using them.

Right, there you have all my Italian beauty purchases. What do you think of them? Also let me know if you too make a point of going makeup shopping on holiday? And, do you like all Sephora shops or do you save your excitement for the US shops?

Sincerely, Sarah xx