intu invited me along to their fab shopping centre and challenged me to find some amazing Christmas gift ideas for those fashion and beauty loving people in our lives. You can also read about the last challenge I took part in for intu *here*.
Challenge accepted! Here is the task sheet I was handed…
First stop was Karen Millen…..oh wow! I completely fell in love with every. single. thing. The store itself is a breath of fresh air – clean, tidy, fresh, spacious, pleasant, it’s a perfect haven away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers walking around. The clothing and accessories are all beautifully hung in colour stories, making it super easy for you to find your favourites. I especially fell in love with their accessories, I genuinely don’t think there was anything I didn’t like!
Here are my fabulous fashion discoveries – perfect for all those fashionistas this Christmas!
I discovered this beautiful bag and matching purse in store, it’s the perfect size to take you from the working day, through to drinks, dinner (or shopping at intu!) in the evening. I’ve been on the hunt for a Black bag just like this, so maybe this could be the perfect Christmas “treat to self”!? (Saffiano Large Tote £200, Saffiano Foldover Purse £60).
Isn’t this collection of nude accessories just so pretty!? I think my mum would love this shade, so I’d definitely love to gift this to her for Christmas this year. A beautiful colour to take you through from the Christmas season onto the lighter shades of Spring in the coming year – an investment well made! (Quilted bag £135, quilted purse £60, platform sandal £145).
Oh hey there perfect Winter jumper dress! This is the most luxurious fuzzy gorgeous jumper dress ever. It skims beautifully over your hips to create a nice shape, whilst staying slouchy in all the right places to hide a multitude of festive eating and drinking sins. Perfect for finishing off those last bits of Christmas shopping or enjoying lovely drinks at home when you want to feel warm, cosy yet still stylish. (Bouclette Knit Dress £130).
Next up, I chose this fun little ensemble from New Look, because, well, I wanted to feel a bit like a princess in this mesh swooshy skirt! I love it! It comes with an underskirt and a longer length pleated mesh layer on the top. With an elasticated waist band, you definitely don’t have to worry about dining out whilst wearing this – win! I paired up the skirt with a comfy black cropped top with frilled detailing. Totally in love with this combo! :) (Black Frill Trim Tank Top £8.99, Grey Mesh Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99).
…can I just apologise for the state of my hair? I had literally just been indoor skydiving just before taking some of these selfies!
Anyways, let’s talk about this absolute beauty of a dress from TopShop, with it’s super flattering wrap style and fab star print. The dress is textured in a plissé style making it feel super luxe. Isn’t this star print just perfect for the twinkly light loveliness of the festive season!?
Next up I uncovered a few festive beauty gems…
Bare Minerals is definitely a range I want to discover, I’m yet to try it but I’ve heard many a good thing about their collection of products. I loved the look of this “Let It Glow” gift collection, which consists of Illuminating Mineral Veil® Finishing Powder, Florest Blush in Pink Bloom Shimmer, Mini Well Rested® Face & Eye Brightener and Marvelous Moxie® Lipgloss in Leading Lady. The contents are worth over £62, so this is such a great value gift and a great way to introduce someone who is new to Bare Minerals. (Bare Minerals Let It Glow gift set, Debenhams, £29).
Doesn’t this palette just look amazing!? Imagine this sitting pretty on your dressing table this festive season! This is the new Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette. I think this palette would be a great gift for all our beauty loving family and friends, simply because of the range of shades available. Whether you need a nude colour for the day time or a full on smokey eye look for the evening – this palette has totally got you covered! (Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette, Debenhams, £38.50).
Now this one is for all the fun loving and creative friends (or family members!) we have out there. This is the Full Spectrum palette by Urban Decay, a beautiful array of stunning colours. This is perfect for creating a wealth of looks, the creations will be endless with this. Do you know someone who would absolutely love the brightness of this palette? (Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette, Debenhams, £43).
After chatting to the Urban Decay team in Debenhams Milton Keynes, I just had to let you know about this service. If you’re picking up a few bits and pieces from the Urban Decay stand in Debenhams this Christmas, definitely speak to the team about getting your gifts wrapped up in these fab gift boxes! It’s the perfect finish which would light up the face of any Urban Decay fan on Christmas day I’m sure!
If you read my recent post about the Too Faced Makeup Masterclass I went to in Debenhams (intu Milton Keynes), you’ll know how much I’ve fallen in love with their collection of makeup products. You can read that post *here*. Whilst in the masterclass, I tried out their Melted Matte Lipstick. I was so impressed with the consistency of this lipstick and loved the Cool Girl shade (Child Star looks fab too!). There’s a shade for everyone in the range and I think they’re something a little different from your usual stick style lipstick. A great gift for those lippy loving friends! (Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick, Debenhams, £19).
Also from the Too Faced collection is the Cocoa Powder Foundation, now, this would definitely be a good “gift to self” in my eyes. I’m after a new powder foundation and I love that this one contains cocoa butter to help hydrate your skin – it even has cocoa powder giving it a lovely light chocolate scent, yummy! (Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, Debenhams, £28).
Do make sure you take in all that intu has to offer. Not only are there some amazing places to buy fashion and beauty gifts like the fab items above. There’s also a lovely Christmas market with fantastic gift ideas and festive foodie treats. Here I am by the Christmas Market (photo as requested by my challenge sheet!) …although I do look a bit windswept and tired (no makeup!) after doing a round of Indoor Skydiving! You can still just about make out the goggle marks on my face, hence a B&W photo…ha! :)
There’s also a “Generosity Tree”, where you can take a moment to gift a little something to someone less fortunate than yourself, which I think is such a wonderful idea and I’m so pleased that intu have given us the opportunity to do so.
I hope my post has given you the inspiration you need to get your Christmas gift shopping well under way! Do tweet me @Amanda_Alston and let me know what you find at intu Milton Keynes – I’d love to see your festive finds!
To find out more about intu Milton Keynes, including all the need-to-know information about opening times, how to get there & much more, head over to: http://intu.co.uk/miltonkeynes.
*Just want to say a big thank you to intu for the fun festive challenge and to the great brands that contributed to the wonderful goodie bag we were gifted too. (Brands that contributed: intu, Karen Millen, Debenhams, Waterstones, Pret and Clinique.)
Merry Christmas all! :)