Looking for a Last-minute Gift?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

When it comes to Christmas shopping, it doesn't matter how early I start; I still always find myself rushing around at the last-minute. But this year, I've vowed to try and stay away from the chaos of the high street. After all, there's absolutely nothing festive about getting pushed and shoved in too-hot shops when all you need is a couple of Christmas cards and a handful of stocking fillers.

So, with just a week until the big day, I'm bringing you a handy last-minute gift guide. It features some of my favourite online retailers (a couple of them are local businesses or friends of mine - so I thought why not give them a festive plug here on the blog, eh?), and they're all delivering in time for Crimbo. Yee-ha.


Top left: David Bowie's Diamond Dogs vinyl picture disc clock, via Vinyl Clocks, top right: Esprit sequinned clutch bag Bottom left: Greenwood Organics' Frankincense bath salts, via Not on the High Street, and Anthropologie's gold letter mug

1. Vinyl Clocks - Stuck for a last-minute Secret Santa gift? Maybe you don't know what to buy your hard-to-buy-for brother-in-law? Easy! Get him a vinyl clock. Simply search via the Vinyl Clocks site for his favourite record, and have it immortalised in clock form. Delivery is available before Christmas and you can pick up a clock from little more than a tenner, depending on what you're looking for. I love this (slightly pricier) David Bowie Diamond Dogs one, do you?

2. Esprit - I remember Esprit from my youth - and the brand still offers stunning clothing at really great prices. I've got my eye on one or two things over on the site, but I've earmarked the Esprit sequinned clutch bag you see pictured above. It's a perfect size for everything from Christmas nights out, to storing your toiletries for a winter holiday (exactly what I plan to do in January). Pop over to the site and see if there's owt that takes your fancy, too. And don't forget to enter the brand's Christmas competition while you're there!


3. Greenwood Organics - Zoe Greenwood of Greenwood Organica is a pal of mine. I first tried her lovely products a few years ago while working for a natural health site - and the brand has been a favourite of mine since. Combining natural ingredients and beautifully aromatic essential oils, Zoe's products are perfect for a spot of pre-Christmas pampering. Don't forget to check out her gorgeous Frankincense bath salts and fill your home with the scent of Christmas!

4.Anthropologie - Hooray for Twitter! Someone tipped me off about Anthropologie's sale this morning and a quick browse over on the site revealed there was more than a few things I'd like to get my hands on. These letter mugs are great for the home or office and at just £5 in the sale they're a perfect little stocking filler, to. I expect these will sell out fast, so get in there before it's too late!

Looking forward to Christmas? Don't forget, there's still two chances to win in my A Lauren to Herself annual Advent bonanza giveaways; just head here for your chance to bag one of two Korres skincare gift sets. And don't forget to keep your eye on the blog next week for the last Advent giveaway of 2014.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

x

ALTH Advent Bonanza, Week 3: Win One of Two Korres Gift Sets

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

We're absolutely roly poly-ing our way to Christmas now, aren't we? I can't believe it's less than a fortnight away. Without further ado, then, here's my third and penultimate giveaway in the ALTH Advent Bonanza you all know and love.

There's a brand new prize up for grabs this week - so you have another chance of bagging something before December 25. Good luck, folks!

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom of this post, too, to see who's taken home the beautiful Natural Empathy candle I featured in last week's bonanza.

Up for grabs in the bonanza this week is this gorgeous Korres Blooming Beautiful gift set. Guess what? There's two chances to win, as well - as those kind people over at the brand have agreed to give a prize to two folks this year.

Contained in the gift set, which is available to buy via LookFantastic is a Korres Jasmine Shower Gel, a Jasmine Body Milk, Rose Mandarin Lip Butter Stick, and a Wild Rose 24-hour cream.

This is a really stunning gift set which anyone would be delighted to receive this year; don't forget to pop over to Look Fantastic for all the details.





How to Enter

* Subscribe to my blog by finding me on Bloglovin; you'll find the Bloglovin icon over on the right hand side of the blog - simply click it and subscribe. Or let me know if you subscribe via any other method - it really doesn't matter which.

* Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Christmas song is

* Enter by December 19 at noon

* For five extra entries, simply tweet the following: I want to win a Korres gift set  in the @lauren2herself Advent Giveaway Week 3: www.alaurentoherself.com

Don't forget to keep an eye on my blog next week for the final prize in this year's bonanza - watch this space!

Pssst! So who's won the Natural Empathy candle featured in last week's giveaway, then? Why, it's Vicki from Let's Talk Beauty. Congrats Vicky, simply email me to claim your prize - you'll find my address in the Contact section here on the blog.


ALTH Advent Bonanza, Week 2: Win a Luxurious, Organic Candle from Natural Empathy

Monday, 8 December 2014

If you didn't bag a prize in my week one Advent giveaway, don't panic! There's a brand new prize up for grabs this week in my ALTH Advent Bonanza - and it's a good 'un!


For me, I just wouldn't feel like Christmas without this prize: the stunningly luxurious Fig & Patchouli candle from home fragrance brand Natural Empathy. I think I'm given one of these little beauties away each and every year I've done these fun Advent giveaways, and I've always had one burning in my house in the run up to December 25.

Trust me when I say that they smell absolutely divine - pretty much like Christmas in a glass jar, with a warm, heady scent that lingers beautifully through the house.

If you only enter one of my four Advent giveaways, make it this one - you won't be disappointed.


With a burn time of 60 hours, this 100% organic candle usually costs £25, but it's currently on offer over here for just £12.50. Don't miss out if you love home fragrances - this is a real treat.

Want to win one? Below are all the details you'll need to try and get your hands on this gorgeous candle.

How to Enter

* Subscribe to my blog by finding me on Bloglovin; you'll find the Bloglovin icon over on the right hand side of the blog - simply click it and subscribe. Or let me know if you subscribe via any other method - it really doesn't matter which.

* Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite thing about Christmas is

* For five extra entries, simply tweet the following: I want to win a luxury Natural Empathy candle  in the @lauren2herself Advent Giveaway Week 2: www.alaurentoherself.com

Don't forget to keep an eye on my blog over the next couple of weeks for more fantastic prizes - watch this space!

ALTH Advent Bonanza Week One: And the Burt's Bees Winners Are...

So this is coming to you a little later than expected (it's just bonkers in the run up to Christmas, isn't it? Forgive me?!)

But without further ado, I'm here to announce the two winners of my ALTH Advent Bonanza week one giveaway.

Up for grabs were these two Burt's Bees gift sets you see below. But who bagged them?



Congratulations to Rebecca and Amy, who've won the Honey Pot set (left) and the Tint and Shine set (right), respectively.

Well done! Please get in touch by emailing me via the contact page here on the site, and I'll arrange for delivery of your prize asap.

If you entered and didn't win, never fear - they'll be a new giveaway going live later on today. Stay tuned!

ALTH Advent Bonanza, Week One: Win Beauty Treats from Burt's Bees!

Monday, 1 December 2014

So, it's here! If you're a long-time reader of A Lauren to Herself, you'll know that for the past few years I've been hosting a very special Advent giveaway in the run up to the big day: December 25. This year, I've gathered together some gorgeous beauty prizes from some top brands and I'll be bringing you a prize (or two!) each week of Advent, starting today: December 1.

Without further ado, then, what's up for grabs in the very first week of my ALTH Advent Bonanza? Let's see shall we....


Ta-dah!

Win either Burt's Bees Honey Pot or Burt's Bees Tint 'N Shine Lip Kit

I've teamed up with natural skincare company Burt's Bees to bring you not one, but two great gift sets from the brand. It's super duper easy to enter too; all you have to do is leave a comment (see below for the full list of rules) here on my blog to be counted. Don't forget to let me know which of the two gift sets takes your fancy.

Up for grabs is:

Burt's Bees Honey Pot Collection Gift Set

Containing a range of pretty products to ensure you look and feel fab in the run up to Christmas, this gift set features a honey lip balm and beeswax lip balm in decorative honey pot packaging. A beautiful gift for a lover of lip balm, this can be popped under the tree or in a special someone's stocking.

Burt's Bees Tint 'N' Shine gift set

At £9.99 each, these Burt's Bees gift sets make gorgeous stocking fillers. The perfect lip care duo, the set provides all you need for soft, supple lips. Containing a red dahlia tinted lip balm for a pop of colour over the festive season, and the brand's Pucker Lip Shine, to nourish and hydrate the lips, this is a must-have gift for anyone who can't live without lip balm.

Fancy bagging one of these cute Burt's Bees sets? Simply have a peek at the rules of entry below and take your chances - good luck, folks!

The first of these four giveaways is open internationally and the closing date is December 3 at 12pm

How to Enter

* Subscribe to my blog by finding me on Bloglovin; you'll find the Bloglovin icon over on the right hand side of the blog - simply click it and subscribe. Or let me know if you subscribe via any other method - it really doesn't matter which.

* Leave a comment below telling me what's on your Christmas wishlist this year

* For five extra entries, simply tweet the following: I want to win Burt's Bees treats in the @lauren2herself Advent Giveaway Week 1: www.alaurentoherself.com

Don't forget to keep an eye on my blog over the coming weeks for more fantastic prizes - watch this space!

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