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5 Luxury Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s sometimes hard to know what to get the beauty fanatic in your life. Sometimes you just want to get that more unusual gift that’s going to carry an extra element of surprise come Christmas morning.

I’ve put together a list of 5 Luxury Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas that are a little different to the usual gift sets to give you a little inspiration on beauty gifting.

Glossybox | February LOVE Edition | Rachael Divers

1. Beauty Box Subscription
Beauty Box Subscriptions are a brilliant option for the beauty obsessive in your life. Not only is it a great present to open on Christmas morning, but the recipient can also look forward to a beautiful new box each month too! It’s a great gift choice for those who love variety and experimenting with their beauty. My favourite beauty box subscriptions are the Lookfantastic Beauty Box and the Glossybox. Both provide five gorgeous beauty products each month ranging from anything from skincare and haircare to makeup and even the occasional food treat too!

Beauty in Wonderland: The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar | Image by Lookfantastic

2. Beauty Advent Calendar
Okay, so these aren’t technically gifts that are great to be opened on Christmas day. But if you’re feeling particularly generous or indulgent, they make excellent gifts to give for the Christmas countdown! Last year I had the Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar and let me tell you, it was glorious! Extremely indulgent but so luxurious and a real treat. My top three favourites for this year are the Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box, the Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar and the Molton Brown Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar (which contains gorgeous products scented with me my absolute favourite Molton Brown fragrance, Pink Pepperpod!)

Christmas 2017 Gift Vouchers at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry | Rachael Divers

3. A Beauty Gift Experience 
Beauty gift experiences are gorgeous gifts to give as they have that lovely pamper element too. Personally, I love buying gift experiences for people as I find them to have a greater impact than a material gift. Giving Makeup Gift Vouchers is a fabulous idea as it allows the recipient to be pampered with a professional makeover for their special event. I provide gift vouchers myself for clients that start from £35 and can be used for makeovers, makeup lessons and even put towards bridal makeup artistry. A beautiful gift to give if you value experience more than material pressies!

Fragrance Consultations at Jo Malone make a beautifully decadent gift | Image by Jo Malone

4. Bespoke Fragrance Consultations
What’s more extravagant than designing your own fragrance to either wear or to scent your home? This is a really decadent gift but something that’s so luxurious and indulgent in all the best ways. Companies like Jo Malone will allow you to make custom colognes and even help to consult you on picking the perfect fragrance to scent your wedding day. If your daughter or best friend is getting married, I think that this could make an absolutely gorgeous albeit unusual gift choice.

Cowshed Spa at Soho Farmhouse | Image by Soho Farmhouse

5. Spa Weekend
A spa weekend away after Christmas is just the most gorgeous luxury gift. Having a break away for a couple of days combined with the prospect of luxurious beauty and wellbeing treatments along with a little rest might be just what the doctor ordered. Start 2018 fresh as a daisy and ready to hit the new year running. Beautiful getaways like the exclusive Soho Farmhouse are beauty blogger favourites and offer the perfect surroundings for cosy winter days and plenty of spa and grooming options from Cowshed for both men and women.

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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November 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing & First Impressions

My Lookfantastic Beauty Box finally arrived at my door after weeks of anticipation and awaiting its arrival. I’d seen lots of unboxings go live since the start of November so I wasn’t so sure anybody would be bothered about seeing another. However, plenty of my lovely YouTube subscribers began to question where my unboxing was so I made the decision to go ahead and film it anyway despite it arriving so late in the month.

November 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing & First Impressions | Rachael Divers

This months box is definitely a winner for me. A lovely mix of makeup and luxury skincare along with a little beauty rest essential. This month the box has introduced me to the perfect vampy winter lip shade that I just cannot wait to keep wearing!

Snuggle down and enjoy my new video below!

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Filorga Time-Filling Crème
Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Crème in 40’s Red
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 
Teeez Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow in Indigo Dare
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 
Pixi Glow Booster Skin Illuminator in White Pearl

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My Accutane Journey | Month 7: Increasing my dose and the last leg

Month 7 on Accutane already. Where has the time been going to? Some people find taking Accutane a really hard slog for the duration of the treatment, but for the most part, I feel like I’ve been plodding along quite nicely. So far.

You might remember from my last post that I was struggling to recover from some sort of viral infection, so my dose was lowered for a short time to give my body a break and help me to recover a little quicker. I reverted back to 40mg per day rather than my usual 60mg just until I got myself back up and firmly on my feet again. By the time month 7 rolled around, I was back to my 60mg dose once again.

I visited the nurse for my monthly check up and she checked my blood results and got me to take a pregnancy test which is part of the monthly routine. My blood results showed slightly raised levels again but I was assured it was nothing to worry about. We discussed my dosage and side effects and I was so happy to learn that I’m almost at the end of my treatment and might even be finished in time for Christmas! With that in mind, we decided to up my dose to 80mg for the last stretch but I was told that I could lower my dose at anytime I wanted if I found the side effects too much to handle.

From month 1 to month 7 | My Accutane Journey | Month 7: Increasing my dose and the last leg | Rachael Divers

So, side effects for month 7? Absolutely nothing aside from dry lips and a dry nose but that’s nothing that I can’t manage easily from home. I definitely found month 7 to be a rough month simply for the fact that I was poorly and my body just didn’t recover as it normally would. But as far as side effects go, it was a good month.

As for my skin, I can’t believe how clear it is! I’ve had the very occasional little raised bump that I thought was a new spot, but I think they might have actually been hives or an allergy seen as they all disappeared before the day was out. The only thing that’s worrying me now is the fact that the horrible acne might come back once I finish my treatment and that thought really upsets me. My nurse told me that in most cases where the patient takes their maximum dose and completes their treatment fully, their acne never returns. That did help to put my mind at rest in some way!

I’m looking forward to seeing what month 8 brings in the respect of it hopefully being my last month. Fingers crossed!

© Rachael Divers 2017.

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