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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Handmade Sweet Jar Gift

This is a simple handmade gift idea that will go down a treat!  You don’t need to be a crafts expert or have any special skills to make these quick, cute gifts.... ideal as these were made by myself and my 6 year old son.  The intention is to give them to family members this Christmas (If we don't eat the sweets ourselves first!). 
 
It really is the thought that counts and it only needs to be as expensive as you want to make it.  I have listed what we used, but you can always shop around to find a bargin or a particular brand. 
 
What we used:

1L Kilner Clip Top Square Jars - £3.50 each from Sainsbury's
Pick Me Food Markers -  £4.00 from Marks and Spencer
 
Craft Ribbon - I brought mine a few years ago from Paperchase

Multi Mini Glass Baubles 2cm - Pack of 100 for £10, now £5.00 in the sale from Paperchase
Pick 'n' Mix style sweets.  You can buy any sweets, but I chose Sainsbury's own, with 75g bags for 40p each
 
The final products: 
All lined up ready for the taking:
It's the gift that keeps giving, as once the sweets are gone, you are left with a beautiful Kilner jar that can been used to preserve food, used as a money jar, to store cotton wool balls or even as an alternative vase for a cute little centre piece.

Have you ever handmade a gift for someone special before?

Lx














Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The LA Effect's guide to Beauty Advent Calendar's of 2016

 

It's nearly Christmas!  More and more companies seem to be cottoning on to the fact that adult advent calendars are big business.  The beauty themed advent calendar's tend to sell best as there are big bargains to be had.  With so many companies now offering a beauty advent calendars, some even offering more than one calendar, you are sure to find one that suits you and your budget.  Who needs chocolate on this countdown to Christmas when you have these 73, yes 73 advent calendar's to choose from.
 

1. Aldi - £14.99

Cuvée Royal Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from Aldi

2. Arran Aromatics - £45.00

A Sense of Christmas Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Exclusive to John Lewis

3. ASOS - Was £50.00, Now £40.00 

The Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Worth £175
Available from ASOS

4. bareMinerals - £75.00  

Number of products - 24
Available from bareMinerals and House of Fraser

5. Beauty Junkie - Was £10, Now £8


Number of products - 7
Available from Superdrug

6. Benefit - £34.50

Girl o'clock Rock Beauty Advent Calendar

Number of products - 12
Worth £68.46
Available from Benefit

7. The Body Shop - £60.00

24 Happy Days Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Some all-time favourites worth £106
Available from The Body Shop

8. The Body Shop - £80.00

24 Happy Days Deluxe Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Seriously good surprises worth £127.00
Available from The Body Shop

9. The Body Shop - £99.00

24 Happy Days Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Wildly luxurious pampering treats worth £187.00
Available from The Body Shop

10. & 11. Bomb Cosmetics - £19.99 each

Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar & Bomb Cosmetic Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24 per calendar
Available from Bomb Cosmetics

12. Charlotte Tilbury - £150.00

World of Legendary Parties Beauty Advent Calendar
 
Number of products - 12
Available from Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges

13. Cheeky Beauty - £50.00

Number of products - 24
Worth £80
Available from Cheeky

14. Ciate - £49.00

Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Number of products - 24
Worth £120.00
Available from Ciate

15. Clarins - £95.00

 

Number of products - 24
Available from Clarins

16. Clarins Men - £65.00

Number of products - 12
Available from Clarins and Selfridges

17. Clinique - $74.00 

24 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from Selfridges

18. Clinique - $39.50

10 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 10
Worth $79.00
Available from Sephora

19. Cowshed - £85.00

Deluxe Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available at John Lewis

20. Decléor - £60.00


Number of products - 25
Worth £182.99
Available from Look Fantastic and House of Fraser

21. Diptyque - £250.00

 

Number of products - 25
Exclusive to Selfridges

22. Dirty Works - £15.00

Dirty Works Advent Calendar

Number of products - 24
Available from Sainsbury's

23. Dr Hauschka - £75.00

Number of products - 24
Available from Dr Hauschka

24. Estee Lauder - £205.00

 

 
Number of products - 24
Available from Boots and Selfridges

25. FeelUnique - Was £82.00, Now £30.00

Number of products - 12
Worth £82.00
Available from FeelUnique

26. Flutter Beauty - Was £12.00, Now £8.00


Number of products - 24
Available from Superdrug

27. Ghost - £25.00



12 days of Christmas Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available at Superdrug

28. House of Fraser - Was £25.00, Now £20.00


Number of products - 24
Exclusive to House of Fraser

29. Jack Wills - £35.00

Number of products - 25
Available from Boots

30. Jo Malone - £280.00


Number of products - 24
Exclusive to Harrods

31. Kiehls - £95.00


Number of products - 24
Available at Keihls and Selfridges

32. Liberty London - £165.00

Number of products - 25
Worth over £500
Exclusive to Liberty of London

33. Liz Earle - £35.00

Botanist Cabinet
Number of products - 8
Exclusive to Boots

34. L'Occitane - £42.00

Number of products - 24
Worth £80.00
Available from L'Occitane

35. Look Fantastic - £70.00 10% off using the code ‘GIFT’ and you’ll get a free NUXE Huile Oil for spending over £55.

The Beauty Secret Volume 2 Advent Calendar
Number of products - 25Worth over £300
Available from Look Fantastic

36. Lush - £49.95

Number of products -12
Available from Lush

37. Luxury Beauty by Lancôme - £85.00

Your Beauty Fairytale Come True Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Exclusive to Boots

38. MAD Beauty - £20.00

MAD Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from MAD Beauty

39. MAD Beauty - £19.99

Bright Lights Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from MAD Beauty

40. MAD Beauty - £10.99

12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available from MAD Beauty and ASOS

41. Makeup Revolution - Was £40.00, Now £25.00 10% off in store at Superdrug with your NUS Extra card.

Number of products - 25
Available from Superdrug

42. M&S - £35.00 when you spend £35.00 on clothing or home products (excluding furniture). 

Countdown to Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Worth over £250.00
Exclusive to Marks & Spencer, available from 10th November

43. Molton Brown - £150.00

 

Number of products - 24
Worth £192.00
Exclusive to Molton Brown and Selfridges

44. No. 7 - £39.00

Bright Lights Big City Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Worth £151.95
Available from Boots

45. NPW - £18.00

oh K!
Number of products - 12
Available from John Lewis

46. Nude by Nature - Was £60.00, Now £54.00  

Splendour 12 Days of Christmas
Number of products - 12
Worth £107.00
Available at FeelUnique

47. Nuxe - £49.00 Worth £66.00

Number of products - 10
Available from Nuxe, Marks and Spencer and FeelUnique

48. NYX - £60.00

 
Professional Makeup Advent Calendar Wanderlust
Number of products - 24
Worth over £80
Available from Boots

49. OPI - £59.95

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Number of products - 25
Available from OPI and QVC

50. Paul & Joe - £56.00


Number of products - 12
Available at ASOS

51. QVC - $77.00

Christmas Advent Calendar
Number of products - 25
Available from QVC

52. Rituals - £49.50

The Ritural of Advent
Number of products - 24
Available from Riturals

53. River Island - $24.00

12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available from River Island

54. Rodial - £100.00

12 Days of Agic Advent Calendar

Number of products - 12
Available from Rodial

55. Sanctuary Spa - £25.00

The Let Go Days of Christmas
Number of products - 24
Available from Sanctuary and Boots

56. Selfridges - £65.00

Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from Selfridges

57. Selfridge L'Oreal - £95.00 

Eclectic Little Luxuries
Number of products - 24
Exclusive to Selfridges

58. Sephora - $45.00 (£35.00)

Collection Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from Sephora

59. Space NK - The calendar itself is free, although you will have to spend £250.00 on their website and on the condition you enter voucher code BEAUTY25 at the point of checkout

25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 25
Worth over £380.00
Available from Space NK

60. Studio London - Was £16.00, Now £8.00

12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available from Superdrug

61. Sweet Snuggles - Was £16.00, Now £8.00

12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available from Superdrug

62. Tanya Burr - Was £25.00, Now £15.00


Number of products - 12
Available from Superdrug

63. Target - $24.99

12 Days of Beauty Faves
Number of products - 12
Available from Target

64. Technic - Was £16.00, Now £8.00

12 Days of Xmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 12
Available from Superdrug

65. Technic - Was £20.00, Now £10.00

Cube Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Available from Superdrug

66. The Vintage Cosmetic Company - £99.00


Number of products - 24
Available from QVC

67. The Vintage Cosmetic Company - Was £65.00, Now £58.50 

12 Days to a Beautiful Christmas Gift Calendar
Number of products - 12
Worth £93.35
Available from The Vintage Cosmetic Company

68. Ulta - $18.00

12 Days of Beauty
Number of products - 12
Available from Ulta

69. W7 - £17.95 from Beauty n Style or £29.95 from W7


Number of products - 24
Available from W7 and Beauty n Style

70. Wilko - £5.00

Kiss Cosmetic Calendar

Number of products - 25
Available from Wilko

71. YOU Beauty - £69.95 (Get £10 off by using Voucher Code GET10AC)

Beauty Advent Calendar
Number of products - 24
Worth £270.00
Available from YOU

Which Advent Calendar is your favourite and why?

Lx