The Ultimate Beauty Destination: Surprise That Special Someone With The Perfect Gift From Boots

It’s been a tough year. A tough couple of years to be exact. With the world still in a spin, and the lack of certainty causing even the most stable of us to lose our footing, it’s more important than ever to take a moment to reflect back on how far we’ve come. If you’ve made it this far in one piece, with your health and wellbeing still pretty much in tact, you deserve a medal! If you’ve not, then you still deserve a medal (or a very nice gift from Boots *wink*) for trying your best during unprecedented circumstances.

There are so many people to celebrate this festive season – from the NHS workers who have pushed forward so selflessly, to the key workers who have kept the world moving, to the parents who have juggled home schooling with a full time job, and the friends who have kept reminding us that it’s ok to have a wobble and feel like you’re losing yourself. I for one am grateful to my network of amazing people who have listened to me moan, been there when I’ve cried and reminded me that things will get better; what would we all do without a shoulder to cry on eh?

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This Christmas Boots want to celebrate those special people who deserve an extra sprinkling of joy… And we all know more than one who has experienced a bit of a cr*ppier-than-most twelve months. Their incredible selection of Christmas gifts will undoubtedly include the perfect treat that’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face and show them how much you care, with price points that start at only a few pounds up to extravagant gifts that will certainly surprise and delight.

MY SPECIAL SOMEONE

2021 has been especially hard for my family, as my 91 year old Grandad succumbed to dementia and moved into a full time care home earlier this year. Despite my Nan believing she could cope, it became increasingly apparent that he required more care than she was now able to give. Sleepless nights, panic attacks and anxiety ridden days have left their toll – and worried the rest of us no end. But six months on and she’s found herself (and her freedom) once again, despite being separated from the love of her life for the first time since they were married over sixty years ago.

When Boots asked me to choose someone to surprise with some of their beauty gifts (that make the best Christmas presents,) there was no question of who that special someone would be. My Nan is so deserving of a treat, and picking out some pretty gifts was an absolute pleasure; the little squeal she made when I delivered them melted my heart!

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THREE MAGICAL GIFTS

With the iconic ‘Boots 3 for 2’ there’s always a great deal to be had and amazing savings to be made – with the cheapest of your choices coming absolutely free. (Bonus!) Here’s what I chose for my Nan…

1. Liz Earle Superskin Beauty Sleep Ritual (£45.50)


For the last year she’s struggled with anxiety, especially at night, so anything that will encourage self-care and relaxation is gratefully received. This gift set includes some of Liz Earle’s iconic products (including Cleanse & Polish) alongside a little terrarium she’s already got plans for in the bathroom.

2. Laura Ashley Fragrance Diffuser (£18.00)


My Nan loves scent as much as I do; I’ve definitely inherited my love of candles and room diffusers from her! This home fragrance is enriched with notes of Daisy and White Aloe to provide a delicately floral experience, while the glass bottle is a statement in itself. The perfect gift for any home decor or fragrance connoisseur alike.

3. Laura Ashley Luxury Hand & Nail Cream (£5.00)


One of the things my Nan has kept up for decades is her regular manicures and pedicures, and her hands continue to defy her age. Some of my earliest memories include her applying a fragrant hand cream and me thinking it was the most grown up thing ever, so suffice to say I was unsurprised when this was ripped open and applied in an instant!

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So if you’ve got a special someone you’d love to treat this festive season, there’s guaranteed to be that last minute solution they’re sure to adore. It’s the season to show how much you care, and the joy really is in the giving…

Who in your life deserves to be surprised Secret Santa style this Christmas?

Check out all the Christmas gifts for her and Christmas gifts for him on offer on www.boots.com

AD: sponsored feature in partnership with Boots.com; all opinions my own.

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Jo Malone London ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection

With the summer months come an excuse to embrace all that the world of scent has to offer; it’s an opportunity to hang up those rich and moody fragrances in favour of something lighter, more energising and reminiscent of time in the sunshine – whether that’s in the UK or abroad. Although we’ve become accostomed to a summertime scent including citrus or tropical notes that remind us of beach days and lazy afternoons in European destinations, with the pandemic forcing us to look closer to home for a getaway it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace notes that are a little more homegrown. And Jo Malone’s ‘Great British Summer Fete’ collection is the antidote we all need this year.

Inspired by the country fetes that we all experienced in childhood (and more so in adulthood as they’re making a comeback!) the collection nods beautifully to the gingham tablecloths and freshly baked goods often found on offer. Orange Peel, Tangy Rhubarb, Elderflower Cordial, Rose Blush and one of my favourites from the permenant line Blackberry & Bay (I wore this on my wedding day,) make up the five piece collection – and it’s one of my favourite limited edition ranges of all time.

Not only do the bottles feel incredibly special and totally different from what you’d expect from Jo Malone London, but the scents within are so smile-inducing that it’s going to be tough to stop using them when we hit the colder months. Elderflower is one of my favourite scents (and flavours) so it’s no surprise I utterly adore the concoction that’s just the right amount of sweetness; it’s not sickly sweet, but instead more of a comforting and uplifting scent that wafts for hours to the enjoyment of everyone around me.

Over the weekend I walked in the woods with my Nan, who pointed out a huge elderflower tree and told me stories of using the flowers to make award-winning wine in her youth. Moments later she asked what ‘beautiful perfume’ I was wearing as she kepy catching a delicate hint as we wandered through the overgrowth; the fact it was Jo Malone Elderflower Cordial was the best kind of coincidence and an even better endorsement for the spritz I’d applied that morning.

The Rose Blush scent is also a beautifully delicate embodiment of the roses that adorn a typical British countryside garden; a slightly sweet modern interpretation, it’s a great way to wear floral without it being heavy or ‘old fashioned’. Rose has been given a hard time in recent years, but this is a whisper of a fragrance that makes an ideal daily scent that would work beautifully when layered as much as it stands out when worn alone.

Although I’ve yet to try the Orange Peel or Tangy Rhubarb, they sound just as divine – and I’m sure I’d wear either in a heartbeat. And I’m already a huge fan of the Blackberry & Bay, as I wore it over English Pear and Freesia on my wedding day; it still reminds me of the early Autumn day we said our vows and the countryside barn we spent our reception in, so will forever have a special place in my heart.

This is a collection I fell in love with from the very first spritz, and one that will sure to find itself in the Jo Malone hall of fame for years to come.

Discover the Jo Malone ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection HERE

Each 30ml scent is priced £55.00 – build your own duo or trio in a collectable tin for free!

AD: press samples sent with no obligation to feature

Jo Malone London ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection

With the summer months come an excuse to embrace all that the world of scent has to offer; it’s an opportunity to hang up those rich and moody fragrances in favour of something lighter, more energising and reminiscent of time in the sunshine – whether that’s in the UK or abroad. Although we’ve become accostomed to a summertime scent including citrus or tropical notes that remind us of beach days and lazy afternoons in European destinations, with the pandemic forcing us to look closer to home for a getaway it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace notes that are a little more homegrown. And Jo Malone’s ‘Great British Summer Fete’ collection is the antidote we all need this year.

Inspired by the country fetes that we all experienced in childhood (and more so in adulthood as they’re making a comeback!) the collection nods beautifully to the gingham tablecloths and freshly baked goods often found on offer. Orange Peel, Tangy Rhubarb, Elderflower Cordial, Rose Blush and one of my favourites from the permenant line Blackberry & Bay (I wore this on my wedding day,) make up the five piece collection – and it’s one of my favourite limited edition ranges of all time.

Not only do the bottles feel incredibly special and totally different from what you’d expect from Jo Malone London, but the scents within are so smile-inducing that it’s going to be tough to stop using them when we hit the colder months. Elderflower is one of my favourite scents (and flavours) so it’s no surprise I utterly adore the concoction that’s just the right amount of sweetness; it’s not sickly sweet, but instead more of a comforting and uplifting scent that wafts for hours to the enjoyment of everyone around me.

Over the weekend I walked in the woods with my Nan, who pointed out a huge elderflower tree and told me stories of using the flowers to make award-winning wine in her youth. Moments later she asked what ‘beautiful perfume’ I was wearing as she kepy catching a delicate hint as we wandered through the overgrowth; the fact it was Jo Malone Elderflower Cordial was the best kind of coincidence and an even better endorsement for the spritz I’d applied that morning.

The Rose Blush scent is also a beautifully delicate embodiment of the roses that adorn a typical British countryside garden; a slightly sweet modern interpretation, it’s a great way to wear floral without it being heavy or ‘old fashioned’. Rose has been given a hard time in recent years, but this is a whisper of a fragrance that makes an ideal daily scent that would work beautifully when layered as much as it stands out when worn alone.

Although I’ve yet to try the Orange Peel or Tangy Rhubarb, they sound just as divine – and I’m sure I’d wear either in a heartbeat. And I’m already a huge fan of the Blackberry & Bay, as I wore it over English Pear and Freesia on my wedding day; it still reminds me of the early Autumn day we said our vows and the countryside barn we spent our reception in, so will forever have a special place in my heart.

This is a collection I fell in love with from the very first spritz, and one that will sure to find itself in the Jo Malone hall of fame for years to come.

Discover the Jo Malone ‘Great British Summer Fete’ Collection HERE

Each 30ml scent is priced £55.00 – build your own duo or trio in a collectable tin for free!

AD: press samples sent with no obligation to feature

The Secret To Beautiful Looking Skin? Evening Primrose Oil Is The Supplement You Never Knew You Could Benefit From

In the quest for smooth, supple and radiant skin it’s safe to say I’ve probably tried everything going; if there’s a new serum I’ll apply it, if there’s a new device I’ll try it, and if there’s a new breakthrough ingredient I’ll embrace it. Although I’ve been blessed (thanks mum!) with clear and relatively unproblematic skin, I’m still always looking for ways I can retain my glow and keep those telltale signs of ageing at bay for as long as possible. As I speed towards my forth decade those fine lines become more visible, my complexion starts to lack the plumpness it once had and a night of interrupted sleep is more visible than ever under my eyes – so I’m increasingly looking for solutions that can support my body’s needs. Once such area I’m particularly passionate about is boosting my diet with targeted and proven supplements, and the latest addition to my morning routine is Efamol Evening Primrose Oil capsules that have been that have been shown to support beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin.

WHAT IS EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of Evening Primrose Oil, but you’ve also quite possibly dismissed it as something not dissimilar to an old wives remedy. I recall my mum dragging me round health food shops as a child to stock up on those little yellow capsules and popping them daily. So what is this age-old ingredient and why is it still so relevant to women of today?

Extracted from the seeds of the yellow wildflower, Evening Primrose Oil is a rich source of Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids which are essential for the normal functioning of every cell in our body.

HOW CAN EVENING PRIMROSE OIL BOOST MY BEAUTY REGIME?

I’ve been taking three capsules of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for over three months and have definitely noticed a subtle overall improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. As I reach less and less for my makeup bag and embrace my natural skin on a daily basis, those noticeable signs of fatigue have become less visible and the overall feeling is that my skin is softer than it once was.

Despite being in the middle of winter, I haven’t been reaching for the deeply nourishing treatments or night time moisturisers like I would’ve expected; instead my skin is happy enough with a little lightweight cream or a quick spritz of a hydrating spray. In recent years the constant movement from brisk wind to central heating has played havoc with my complexion, but over the last few months I’ve not experienced a single moment of dryness.

Although it’s hard to pinpoint Evening Primrose Oil being the sole reason for this positive change, it’s the only real ongoing difference or addition I’ve made to my routine. I believe it’s such a simple way to boost your beauty regime and ensure your skin gets the helping hand it needs, no matter your age or skin type.

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

WHY EFAMOL EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

The oil used in each capsule is carefully extracted from a specially cultivated Rigel Evening Primrose, the seeds of which contain up to 33% more GLA than other Evening Primrose Oils; this makes Efamol’s oil unique. Efamol also carefully manages each step of the extraction process to ensure that the oil stays in the same form as in the seed, retaining its natural properties once again.

Quality and purity are of high importance, which is why their unique Rigel Evening Primrose is grown in the Netherlands and New Zealand by the same growers they’ve relied on for the last 40 years. Efamol Evening Primrose Oil also has a long history in scientific research, with four decades of studies – and you know I’m all about being able to read up on the science!

THE CONSUMER TRIALS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

In a recent consumer trial, 77 participants were asked to complete a skin perception survey after taking Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for a three month period. The results illustrated the beauty benefits that such a simple addition to a daily routine could make…

** 82% agreed that Efamol Evening Primrose Oil supports beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin. **

** 85% felt happier and 82% more confident with their skin after three months. **

** 87% felt their skin looked and felt less dry and 72% agreed that their skin looked firmer. **

** 85% said their skin felt softer and 84% felt their skin was smoother. **

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

I take so many supplements that I practically rattle, but the addition of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil is definitely something I plan to keep up with.

Even better is that it’s super affordable: £9.99 for 30 capsules or £12.99 for 90 capsules.


(GET 20% OFF USING CODE ‘EFAMOL20’ WHEN PURCHASED FROM www.efamol.com)

Why not add Efamol Evening Primrose Oil into your daily routine and see what it can do for you!

Find out more about Efamol Evening Primrose Oil and the consumer research conducted HERE.

AD: sponsored feature in partnership with Efamol Evening Primrose Oil; all opinions and insights my own.

The research was conducted between 18th September and 26th November with 77 consumers (women) aged between 18 and 65. The study was conducted by Cue Consumer Research in the UK and the study group took 6x 500mg capsules a day for 12 weeks.

Food supplements must not replace a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Discover all my other skincare posts, tips and advice here.

The Secret To Beautiful Looking Skin? Evening Primrose Oil Is The Supplement You Never Knew You Could Benefit From

In the quest for smooth, supple and radiant skin it’s safe to say I’ve probably tried everything going; if there’s a new serum I’ll apply it, if there’s a new device I’ll try it, and if there’s a new breakthrough ingredient I’ll embrace it. Although I’ve been blessed (thanks mum!) with clear and relatively unproblematic skin, I’m still always looking for ways I can retain my glow and keep those telltale signs of ageing at bay for as long as possible. As I speed towards my forth decade those fine lines become more visible, my complexion starts to lack the plumpness it once had and a night of interrupted sleep is more visible than ever under my eyes – so I’m increasingly looking for solutions that can support my body’s needs. Once such area I’m particularly passionate about is boosting my diet with targeted and proven supplements, and the latest addition to my morning routine is Efamol Evening Primrose Oil capsules that have been that have been shown to support beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin.

WHAT IS EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

I’ve no doubt you’ve heard of Evening Primrose Oil, but you’ve also quite possibly dismissed it as something not dissimilar to an old wives remedy. I recall my mum dragging me round health food shops as a child to stock up on those little yellow capsules and popping them daily. So what is this age-old ingredient and why is it still so relevant to women of today?

Extracted from the seeds of the yellow wildflower, Evening Primrose Oil is a rich source of Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids which are essential for the normal functioning of every cell in our body.

HOW CAN EVENING PRIMROSE OIL BOOST MY BEAUTY REGIME?

I’ve been taking three capsules of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for over three months and have definitely noticed a subtle overall improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. As I reach less and less for my makeup bag and embrace my natural skin on a daily basis, those noticeable signs of fatigue have become less visible and the overall feeling is that my skin is softer than it once was.

Despite being in the middle of winter, I haven’t been reaching for the deeply nourishing treatments or night time moisturisers like I would’ve expected; instead my skin is happy enough with a little lightweight cream or a quick spritz of a hydrating spray. In recent years the constant movement from brisk wind to central heating has played havoc with my complexion, but over the last few months I’ve not experienced a single moment of dryness.

Although it’s hard to pinpoint Evening Primrose Oil being the sole reason for this positive change, it’s the only real ongoing difference or addition I’ve made to my routine. I believe it’s such a simple way to boost your beauty regime and ensure your skin gets the helping hand it needs, no matter your age or skin type.

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

WHY EFAMOL EVENING PRIMROSE OIL?

The oil used in each capsule is carefully extracted from a specially cultivated Rigel Evening Primrose, the seeds of which contain up to 33% more GLA than other Evening Primrose Oils; this makes Efamol’s oil unique. Efamol also carefully manages each step of the extraction process to ensure that the oil stays in the same form as in the seed, retaining its natural properties once again.

Quality and purity are of high importance, which is why their unique Rigel Evening Primrose is grown in the Netherlands and New Zealand by the same growers they’ve relied on for the last 40 years. Efamol Evening Primrose Oil also has a long history in scientific research, with four decades of studies – and you know I’m all about being able to read up on the science!

THE CONSUMER TRIALS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

In a recent consumer trial, 77 participants were asked to complete a skin perception survey after taking Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for a three month period. The results illustrated the beauty benefits that such a simple addition to a daily routine could make…

** 82% agreed that Efamol Evening Primrose Oil supports beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin. **

** 85% felt happier and 82% more confident with their skin after three months. **

** 87% felt their skin looked and felt less dry and 72% agreed that their skin looked firmer. **

** 85% said their skin felt softer and 84% felt their skin was smoother. **

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil: Skincare Benefits You Never Knew About

I take so many supplements that I practically rattle, but the addition of Efamol Evening Primrose Oil is definitely something I plan to keep up with.

Even better is that it’s super affordable: £9.99 for 30 capsules or £12.99 for 90 capsules.


(GET 20% OFF USING CODE ‘EFAMOL20’ WHEN PURCHASED FROM www.efamol.com)

Why not add Efamol Evening Primrose Oil into your daily routine and see what it can do for you!

Find out more about Efamol Evening Primrose Oil and the consumer research conducted HERE.

AD: sponsored feature in partnership with Efamol Evening Primrose Oil; all opinions and insights my own.

The research was conducted between 18th September and 26th November with 77 consumers (women) aged between 18 and 65. The study was conducted by Cue Consumer Research in the UK and the study group took 6x 500mg capsules a day for 12 weeks.

Food supplements must not replace a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Discover all my other skincare posts, tips and advice here.