Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Whether you have a friend, sister or mum who deserves a much-needed dose of ‘me’ time, make sure to spoil her with a pampering treat this Christmas. Give her the gift of a spa-like experience in her own home, encouraging her to take time out from her busy schedule to unwind and de-stress.

The Holidays are a time to relax, spend quality time with friends and family, eat, drink and be merry, but there’s always so much to do and organise leading up to Christmas that in the end we all need a little pamper and time to relax. So today I will be sharing with you a selection of fabulous pamper gifts from some of my favourite beauty brands.

– Sanctuary Spa ‘Sweet On You’ jar gift set £10 here

– Sanctuary Spa ‘Ultimate Dressing Gown’ gift set £30 here

– Being by Sanctuary ‘Shake it up’ Drink Up Cup £14 here

– Being by Sanctuary ‘Head in The Clouds’ Wash Bag gift set £16 here

– Nails Inc. – ‘Wishes & Kisses’ nail polish gift set £29

– Nails Inc. – ‘The Fairytale Of Good Skin’ gift set £19

– Nails Inc. – ‘Sparkle All Way’ nail polish bauble £12

– Nails Inc. – ‘Joyful Skin’ wreath gift set £18

– Nails Inc. – ‘Sparkle Like A Unicorn’ gift set £19

All available at Debenhams here

– The Body Shop Frosted Plum Festive Tin £20 here

– Masque Bar Pretty Animalz Polar Bear Nourishing Sheet Mask £4 here

– Philosophy 5 Piece ‘Amazing Grace’ Luxurious Fragrance & Shower Collection £75 here

– Soap and Glory ‘Winter Wonder Glam’ gift set £50

– Soap and Glory ‘Hello Super Spa’ gift set £20

– Soap and Glory ‘Wash Upon a Star’ gift set £8.50

All available here

– L’Occitane en Provence – ‘Cherry Blossom’ bauble body care gift set £12 available at Debenhams

 

Thanks so much for reading loves, let me know which gift is your favourite and I hope you are having a fab day!

Victoria xo

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I love a good pamper evening, especially if it’s Halloween themed 🙂 I’ve felt a little under the weather lately, so I’ve been looking forward to a cozy night in with some hot chocolate and Netflix. I’m loving Stranger Things at the moment – the perfect Halloween series to get you in the mood and I’m gonna go through all the products I’m currently loving for the perfect pamper sesh.

Any bath-time experience is not complete without candles, and as this is an autumn routine, I’ve gone for the most appropriate candle in my stash – ‘Pumpkin Cupcake’ from Bath and Body Works. I get lots of questions on where to buy them in the UK, I get mine from Ebay, they have so many amazing scents.
And how pretty is my bath water, I’ve recently discovered BOD (Body on Demand) and I instantly fell in love with their products! They’ve recently launched ‘Be a Mermaid’ 20 min Bath Prep Bath Salts which don’t just look amazing but do amazing things to your body too! It’s a bloat bursting formula that eliminates up to 3lbs of water retention from your body, driving out sweat and toxins to reveal a smoother, more sculpted finish! They’re super easy to use, just pop the content into your hot bath water and enjoy. The pink shimmer gives a gorgeous iridescent glow to your skin and makes it super soft too, these salts are also 100% Vegan which is amazing.
Whilst in the bath I also like to have a good scrub to get rid of any dead skin (and old fake tan 🙂 and I’ve been loving the BOD Coconut and Pink Salt Scrub. It leaves your skin super soft and smooth with a lovely healthy glow. I really like this scrub because it doesn’t irritate my skin, as I do suffer from sensitive skin especially on my legs. The coconut also helps to nourish your skin and leave it feeling nicely moisturised.
For body lotion I’ve been using the BOD Mermaid Shimmer Sorbet, which is a lovely hydrating lotion that gives that beautiful glow. I’ve also been enjoying The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Body Butter, it smells yummy and it’s really thick and creamy, perfect for giving you super soft skin. The scent is also very Autumn/Halloween which I love.
My final pamper treat is to wash and deep condition my hair and I have been loving OGX. Their products are Sulphate free and very natural and they have many different ranges to choose from, for all the hair types. I’m currently using the Fade Defying Orchid Oil range, which is for colour treated hair. It contains Orchid Extract and Grape Seed Oil to help slow premature fading and lock in your colour.
I would normally double wash my hair and then apply conditioner and leave on for about 20 mins, it really helps moisturise and replenish my dry ends and makes my hair super soft and silky.
What pamper products are you currently loving?
Thanks so much for reading and Happy Halloween!
Victoria xo
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As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking of the all-important essentials you’ll need for your travels and today I want to share with you some of my top picks including beauty and fashion.

I’ve been loving Sunkissed Gradual Tan* to build up my colour and give me that beautiful healthy looking glow. It’s very creamy and hydrating it contains Shea Butter and Vitamin E which leaves my skin soft, smooth and smelling lovely. I also like their Self-Tan Mousse* which gives a gorgeous instant bronze tan and I love its delicious coconut scent. It’s easy and quick to apply I always use a tanning mitt for an even coverage, it absorbs quickly and it’s non-drying as it contains Aloe Vera which helps hydrate the skin.

Finish off your holiday glow with Sunkissed Glimmer Compact* It comes with five shimmery shades which are perfect to create a soft, warm highlight when applied to the apples of your cheeks and forehead. Also you can use each individual shade as an eyeshadow and even apply on your chest/decolletage for that bronzed glow. It’s a multipurpose products which makes it perfect for holiday.

SPF is another holiday essential and I really love Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sun Lotion spf 30* It not only smells delicious but feels amazing on the skin without being greasy or sticky. I’ve tried so many sun creams but this one is definitely a favourite that I always go back to. I have also been using their Exotic Breeze Fragrance Mist* – Juicy Mango and Golden Amber scent it smells so good it’s like a holiday in a bottle!

I like to wear bright lippies in summer and I always gravitate towards coral/orange shades for holiday. This Mavala Orange Smoothie Lipstick* is so so pretty and perfect for summer. It’s a smooth, creamy formula that doesn’t dry out your lips and feels very comfortable on.

Mavala also do the cutest little nail polishes perfect to take on holiday with you and top up your mani/pedi. There are so many gorgeous shades in the new Summer collection, my top picks are Pink City, Blue Mountains and Purple Beach. They’re glossy and long wearing which makes them perfect for holiday.

And lastly a couple of fashion favourites I have this gorgeous swimsuit from Freya, I absolutely love the cool geometric print (Tropicool*) it features a bandeau bikini top and lightly padded foam cups for a rounded shape and additional support, C to FF cup which makes it perfect for the curvy girls. It’s such a flattering fit, it’s very pretty and comfortable.

You can’t go on holiday without a pair of sunnies and I have this super cool aviator style ones from Iolla – The Lennox Sun* the glasses feature a chrome silver frame with blue mirror lenses, they also include polarised UV tint & back surface anti-glare coating. They’re such a great quality and lovely design.

What are your top picks for holiday? Any recommendations?

 

Thanks so much for reading and Happy Monday,

Victoria xo

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Happy Friday loves,

If you follow me on social media you may already know but I also wanted to share it on here as I think this is a deal not to be missed! QVC Beauty and Elemis are launching an exclusive Day to Night Luminous Skin Collection* including some of my all time favourite products!

This six-piece collection features the brand new Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil which I’m so exited to try, also Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in your choice of Original or Ultra-Rich and the iconic Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, as well as three gorgeous body products all infused with the scent of frangipani flowers and Tahitian monoi oil. I love a bit of a pamper at the weekend so I’m really looking forward to using some of these products, they feel and smell absolutely divine.

And here’s what is included in the collection:

  • 1 x Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (105g; full size) – developed with a signature blend of geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange, menthol and clove, blended into the highest-quality wheat germ and oat, starflower and elderberry oils, perfectly fused with mimosa and rose wax.
  • 1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml; special size) in a choice of Original or Ultra-Rich – both offer lightweight gel-cream textures and are infused with a cocktail of seaweed extracts, offering a great base for make-up. Original Marine Cream has been developed to suit all skin types, while Ultra-Rich Marine Cream. will suit a drier or more dehydrated complexion
  • 1 x NEW Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (30ml; full size) – this luscious cream-oil treatment combines the hydration of a moisturising cream with the protection of an oil. Developed to help promote a dewy glow when you wake up.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Nectar (300ml; full size) – this luxurious nectar features an infusion of Tahitian monoi oil fragranced with frangipani flowers, to help leave your senses invigorated and your skin feeling soft, supple and delicately scented.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Cream (100ml; special size) – a rich, luxurious cream infused with the scent of monoi and frangipani to help comfort, hydrate and soften the look and feel of your skin.
  • 1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (35ml; travel size) – a silky body oil infused with the rich fragrance of frangipani. Designed to help deeply moisturise and soothe your dry skin.
  • 1 x large white cosmetic bag

You can get this fabulous set for the special price of £59.96 saving over £113 which is amazing. It’s available from today but you need to hurry as it’s selling out fast!

Available here 

Thanks so much for reading, have a fab weekend!
Victoria xo
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Hello guys and Happy Sunday to you all!

Today I have a very highly requested post all about my current tanning routine and the products I like to use to achieve the perfect tan at home. Being a beauty blogger I get to test a lot of different products and share my thoughts with you, so keep on reading if you want to know what I’m currently using and loving.

I used to be a St.Tropez girl and always rave and swear by their products but I have recently been converted 🙂 So in todays post I will be sharing with you my new obsession, which is the luxury Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 week Tan Mousse. What you first need to know is that, in order to achieve long lasting results, the instructions recommend that you apply one coat, then rinse off thoroughly with warm water after 6 to 24 hours and repeat the process, 3 applications are required for a tan which lasts up to 3 weeks. So don’t be tricked into thinking that one coat will give you that long lasting tan, and always make sure you read the instructions. They also recommend that you exfoliate your skin thoroughly, but do not moisturise within 24 hours of applying the product as this could affect tan development. You’re also supposed to avoid any shower products that contain oils as these will strip the tan from your skin.

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I use the Vita Liberata own mitt to apply my tan but any decent quality tanning mitt will do fine, I normally use St.Tropez or St.Moritz. I start off by applying a very thin layer of moisturiser carefully onto my knees, ankles, wrists and elbows about 5 or 10 minutes before applying the tan. I always do this to prevent any dark patches which can so often accumulate there if you’re not careful, as the skin is normally quite dry. A quick wipe with the remaining residue on the mitt is sufficient for the backs of the hands. You can also use a towel or a big fluffy bronzer brush to lightly buff over problem areas (such as the knees) after applications which really helps to blend in the tan more naturally.

The product has a tint to it, which does help with ensuring an even application but also shows on light coloured clothing, this is why I always self-tan before bed. I would normally wait around 15 minutes for the product to dry and then wear some loose-fitting dark clothing for sleeping and make sure I have dark bedding on my bed, although if it does transfer it would come out in the wash.
When I wake up the next morning, I follow the instructions and thoroughly wash off any residue with warm water (not hot and no shower gel) I’m left with a medium, very natural-looking tan, such a nice shade or brown, not orange or fake looking whatsoever.
Next, I apply a second layer the next evening. This gives me more of a medium-dark tan, a lot more noticeable, but still very natural. I wouldn’t normally do a 3rd application as I do not want to get too dark. The colour after 2 applications lasts about 10 days on me before starting to gradually fade.

It mostly fades evenly, although I did notice a little patchiness on my chest (where my bra rubs) and also on my wrists but it scrubbed away easily with a flannel and reverted to looking natural again.

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So overall I absolutely love this tan, the only negative thing would probably be the price £37 (here) but I think I can justify it as it did last for good couple of weeks, was very easy to apply and gave me such a natural looking tan. Other benefits include the fact that this tan does not have any horrible, giveaway fake tan smell and it’s also very natural and actually good for your skin, full of organic and anti-ageing ingredients as opposed to other tans that are full of chemicals.

I have also been using a couple of other products from Vita Liberata to prep my skin ready for tanning application and also maintain a long lasting tan. The day before tanning I’d exfoliate my body using the Super Fine Skin Polish Moisturising Exfoliator* which is really gentle but still great for prepping your skin ready for application. This scrub contains some lovely natural ingredients including Beeswax and Sweet Almond to soothe, condition and nourish your skin. I love how soft my skin is after using this polish.

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I have also been using the Moisture Boost Body Treatment Luxury Hydration* lotion I would apply it every single day to maintain my tan and help it last longer. It’s such a nice moisturiser it makes my skin soft, it doesn’t irritate it contains anti-ageing ingredients and a moisture locking system which basically means it will keep you hydrated for up to 72 hours, although I like to moisturise daily.

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So that’s my current tanning routine and I hope you find it helpful and informative. I would love to know what are your favourite tanning products/scrubs/moisturisers so feel free to share in the comments below. I’m always looking to try new products so any recommendations from you guys would be amazing.

Have an awesome Bank Holiday Weekend and Happy Sunday!  Victoria xo

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