It's now just 4 days 'til Christmas so here's my final part of my festive gift guide. I realise it's probably getting a bit late to be ordering things online, but hopefully you'll get a few good gift ideas for upcoming birthdays or New Year treats.
First up, skincare....
I've been a big fan of Karin Herzog since having a facial by the brand at Huddersfield's Alexandra House spa last Christmas. Since then, I've been back for 4 more facials - one with my Mum - and we've both enjoyed the products and their many benefits.
The Swiss brand has almost a cult following, having not had as much UK-based press as it so clearly deserves. But just recently, the brand got a thoroughly deserved plug, thanks to the revelation that Kate Middleton uses the brand's products.
KH products are designed to treat multiple skin issues, from acne, scarring, rosacea, cellulite and more.
But while products from KH aren't the cheapest on the beauty market, I believe you get what you pay for. I've seen pretty astonishing results after having the KH glyco rose facial (£25 from Alexandra House, Huddersfield), which is designed to combat marks and scars, as well as refresh and revive the skin.
But these two products (pictured below) are also among my most used beauty products.
Oxygen Face Cream (£35 for 50ml) and Vita-A-Kombi Oil (£23 for 14ml)
Stay tuned to A Lauren to Herself in the New Year too, as I'll be giving my subscribers the chance to put their skin care questions to Karin Herzog's Julie Cichocki. Julie is MD of Karin Herzog UK, Eire and USA and Global Treatment developer for the brand. You'll get the chance to ask Julie all your skin care queries and questions - and the girl who puts the best question to Julie will win a Karin Herzog product suited to them. And they don't come cheap! Watch this space.
Next up, a welly great gift idea.....(boom, boom).
These Wedge Wellies, as featured on TV's Dragons' Den earlier in the year have been sitting in my wardrobe for some months! I got them a little too late for the festival season but there's no better time to get these bad boys on than right now. Anyone who's in the UK will now that we've had a fair bit of snow in good old Blighty. Getting to work has become a real struggle, but I'm sure if I slip on my nifty pair of dog tooth style heeled wellies (wayhey!) it'll be an absolute doddle. Finally, wellies that are stylish too. This snazzy little pair (below) cost around £35 from this site.
When it comes to presents, giving and/or receiving, I love a thoughtful, personal one. The gift doesn't have to be an expensive one, just something that's taken a little bit of thought. That's why I've been making some of my friends and
family Christmas hampers this year.
And despite working for a company that sells hampers (sorry, boss!) this year I've made mine from scratch - carefully selecting goodies I know the recipient will love. This one (below) is for my boyfriend's Mum. I've filled it with her favourite treats; Turkish Delight, Thornton's chocolate, jam, M&S chutneys and Earl Grey, stuffed it with sparkly red strands and wrapped it with cellophane. I'm tres impressed with my effort. This cost me little more than £30 but you can fill yours with as many treats as you like.
What do you think?
A friend of mine always visits her parents for Christmas (who live a few hours' drive away) so we always make sure we go out for a spot of food and open our presents from one another early.
I know it's probably bad luck to open your gifts before December 25, but there's nothing better than seeing someone open a pressie you've bought them.
And what a thoughtful gift she got me this year. Despite us being well into our 20s, she made me a cute little party bag (the old skool kind you used to get at kids' parties) and stuffed it with quirky little treats. I was well chuffed! What do you think?
Check out this lovely little lot: Make your own Panda set, Jelly Belly Bubblegum lip balm, Cup Cake wet wipes, Cute retro purse and Mario Kart-esque mini rubbers in a giant rubber mushroom!
What have you treated your friends and family to this Christmas? And what are your beauty recommendations for Christmas gifts?
FTC Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored to do this blog post. Some of these products have been provided with this Gift Guide in mind, while some are genuine gifts purchased for friends and family.