Christmas gift guide by fenfrances featuring Diptyque
Here we are, Christmas Eve, and my annual gift guide has turned into something very last minute. At any rate, here I am; a quiet moment - at last - in which to sit down and share my favourite products of 2015, and some extras I'm wishing for in my stocking!
Charlotte Tilbury blusher
After being invited for a makeover at the new Charlotte Tilbury counter in Fenwick Newcastle, I've been obsessed with the brand. The blusher, in particular, is amazing. I would never have chosen this particular colour for myself, but it totally works. And the packaging is just wow - like something you'd expect to see on a film star's dressing table.
Liz Earle 'Superskin' duo
I've been using Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish every day for as long as I can remember. It's the best makeup remover ever - nothing compares! I recently added the Superskin tonic into my routine, and I just love it.
Blackberry & Bay by Jo Malone
My bottle of Blackberry & Bay has just run out, so I'm wishing for a new one under my tree this year. The scent is fresh and clean, yet spicy and complex. My small bottle (which cost about £40) lasted a year with almost daily use, so although it seems extravagant, it's very good value.
ACNE 'Canada' scarf
I've been lusting after this for the longest time. If Santa doesn't bring me one, I think it's time to take matters into my own hands!
I really want to cook better food for myself this year, as I've really been letting things slide recently (especially at the weekends). This book looks like it's filled with my kind of recipes - simple, wholesome and comforting. Plus, the design is beautiful.
Grey cashmere beanie
I just really need a new hat.
Vivienne Westwood acorn pendant
Spotted this on someone's Instagram feed a few weeks ago and have been thinking about it ever since. Such a cute classic design, yet totally unexpected, just like Vivienne.
After owning a series of reusable water bottles which all leaked in my bag, I finally took the plunge and bought a Klean Kanteen. Yes, they're expensive (mine was £23) but the quality is incredible: a great looking, functional item that I'm confident will last.
Muji double strap watch
I hope Santa knows that my watch broke recently, and that I'd like this one from Muji to replace it ;)
Keep Cup Brew
After watching Lauren Singer's incredible Ted Talk and subsequently discovering her blog, Trash is for Tossers, I've been very conscious about the waste I create on a daily basis. One thing I'm determined to do in 2016 is to reduce my use of packaged food and drink - i.e. takeaway coffees, cereal bars, crisps. My boyfriend bought me a Keep Cup Brew for Christmas and it's simply stunning
The quintessential blogger Christmas gift - no explanation needed.
I have a great backpack from Kanken, so I'm not in the market for a new one just yet. If I was, I'd buy this one from Uniqlo in a heartbeat. A great gift for guys or gals.
Meditation mat & cushion
Another wish for 2016 - more time to meditate and reflect. My boyfriend says I don't need "a posh little cushion" to do that, but I want a posh little cushion, okay!?
And that's it, short and sweet, and very late. I hope you're having a lovely festive season, whatever and however you celebrate. Warm wishes! x
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but I have received products for review purposes from Charlittle Tilbury and Liz Earle. I will only ever recommend products that I truly love and enjoy using.