THE FESTIVE EDITION: A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING BEAUTY GIFT GUIDES

I'm sure by now most of you are sick of gift guides but here I am churning out another one so if this irks you then I sincerely apologize. I promise there are more normal posts coming soon but for now, you're stuck with me on this.

I find writing gift guides to be really tricky because I don't feel comfortable suggesting something that I personally have never tried. What if I am suggesting products that are actually shite? I remembered getting two products that so many bloggers raved about and both went tits up on me after 2 months. Oh, and the quality was shite too.

Today's suggestions are products that I actually have tried and seriously love. These not only make me feel extra fancy while using them, they are also loved and vouched for by my friends. So fingers crossed that you or someone in your life might love them too.

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THE HAIR GLAM SQUAD
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I have gone through multiple hair tools over the years but these are the two that impressed me the most. Conair is a brand that needs no introduction but it knocked the ball out of the park with these.

I first spoke about Conair INFINITIPRO The Ultimate Brush* (read here) 4 months ago and I still reach for it 3-4 times a day. It's one of the first things I use when I wake up and one of the last when I go to bed. I recommended it to my family members, friends and even customers because I love it that much.

The new Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret 2.0* is quite new to me but it's love at first use. Unlike other similar curlers that I have tried, my hair doesn't get snagged and I don't lose 10 strands of hair each use. It comes with two barrel sizes and the choice in which direction to curl the hair. See it in action here.

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Grow Gorgeous is another brand that doesn't need any introduction, if you're on Instagram then chances are you've seen the brand in your feed. Unlike many overhyped social media brands, Grow Gorgeous is worth the hype. My thin, fine and flat as a pancake hair is absolutely loving the Full Bodied Volumising* range! I will have an in-depth review coming up soon so watch out for it.

THE FACE & BODY GLAM SQUAD
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I will forever have a soft spot for Shiseido as I grew up seeing my mum loyally using the brand for many years. My dad used to work for a Japanese company and he was in Tokyo a lot and he used to buy Shiseido skincare for my mum. Thus my love for the brand is born.

There are many Shiseido products that I swear by, the Ibuki Eye Cream is one of the best illuminating eye cream that I have ever used (not in picture as I just ran out of it 😭), Benefiance Extra Creamy Foaming Cleanser is one of my holy grail hydrating cleansers and ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate* is amazing in improving skin immunity and seems to boost all other skincare that I layer on top of it.

Want to make a skincare enthusiast happy? You can't go wrong with any of these.

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My undying love for Rodial is a well known fact and while I wasn't sure how I felt with these body products when I first used them, I have since fallen madly in love with both. Cheeky names aside, both products are absolutely amazing! The body lotion leaves my skin moisturized throughout the day and I swear Super Fit Tummy Tuck* leaves my stomach area looking smoother with 5 times a week application. Yes, they are pricey but they last a very long time and I will be repurchasing both soon. You can read my thoughts on them here.

THE NAILS GLAM SQUAD
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This is the perfect kit for anyone who loves doing their nails at home! SensatioNail Gel Nail Kit* is everything you need for at-home gel mani/pedi and the best part, it's fool proof and there is no wait time for your nails to dry. I managed to finish my pedicure within 10 minutes on my first try and the subsequent uses were much faster as I got used to it. I also declared my love for it here.

THE MAKEUP TOOLS GLAM SQUAD
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It's Wayne Goss, enough said. Hands down the best makeup brushes that I have ever used, tried and my original set from 2013 is still going strong and just as soft until today. Almost no shedding after so many years and blends like a dream. If you are interested in trying Japanese handcrafted makeup brushes then these are the perfect gift for you...or for the makeup enthusiasts in your life.

THE GLAM BOOK
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When Lisa Eldridge released her first book, The Face Paint the whole beauty world went bonkers. Hell, I squealed like a little girl and told (yes, told) hubby that I wanted it as my Christmas present. This book takes us on a journey that shows how beauty evolved throughout the decades. The Face Paint is a beautifully crafted book with stunning images and it makes an amazing gift.

That rounds up this episode of gift suggestions and I hope you enjoy and found some inspirations! Do share if you have tried any of these and your thoughts on them.

*Products marked with * were received for free but my thoughts and opinions are 100% unbiased, honest and my own.  There is no place for any sort of BS here.

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