Halloween and Christmas Fun at Lush Milton Keynes

Lush Milton Keynes

eeek! It’s beginning to look a lot like… yeap! It’s that time of year again and I am SO excited! I absolutely love any opportunity to party and have a little bit of fun.

I popped down to Lush in Milton Keynes the other day and found out all about their amazing Halloween and Christmas collections. I think you’re going to love them!

As always, everything is cruelty free and they said all the Christmas items this year are Vegan too! How fab is that! (Okay…that’s enough exclamation marks for the time being…)

I’ve always sung Lush’s praises, as not only are they proudly cruelty free (which EVERY beauty product should be!), they are one of the only companies out there to shout out about and stand up for various animal and human issues, whether that’s protesting, petitioning or selling products in aid of them. Go Lush! More companies should follow their path.

So, without further ado, say hello to Lush Halloween and Christmas 2017…

Lush Halloween 2017

Lush Halloween 2017

How fun do these Halloween goodies look!? If you’re heading off to a Halloween party this year or simply celebrating at home and waiting for those trick or treaters, I think it would be so fun to Halloween-up your bath time as you get ready!

Everything just looks so fun! I love the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb, which turns the water a beautiful purpley colour thanks to the lovely marshmallow pink and blue that fizzes out of this little monster. The scent of this little monster is lime and neroli, so yummy.

The cute little orange pumpkin is right up my street with cinnamon and vanilla scents, which are definitely faves of mine! This little guy turns your bath water bright orange too, how fun is that..!

To keep you “feline” fine on Halloween…ha, sorry. The Bewitched cat face bubble bar is probably the most fun of all…as it turns your bath black! I mean, if you can’t have a black bubble bath on Halloween, when can you? This little fella smells like blackberry and contains olibanum oil (sweet and woody smelling) and bergamot.

Glitter lover? Lush have you covered too! If you’re a glitter lover through and through, then you will love the full-on glittery pumpkin bubble bars available in both orange and pink. The orange one features juniperberry oil, lime oil and grapefruit oil. Whereas the cute little pink pumpkin contains geranium oil, bergamot oil and jasmine absolute. You can’t deny that these little pumpkins look so glitzy and fun!Lush Halloween 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

I am 100% Christmas crazy! I love it! I’ve already bought presents and planned a whole load more. I’m getting super prepped for it this year so I can enjoy the festivities later this year stress free and organised.

Every year for as long as I remember, I have always bought myself a lush bath bomb to use on Christmas morning. It’s one of my favourite Christmas Day traditions! And at this Lush Milton Keynes blogger event I bought a few little lovelies, so I will have plenty to choose from and enjoy…I’m sure I’ll pop back for more too!

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

Of course, it’s no surprise to hear that Snow Fairy is back once again, ready to make your festive months pink and sweet smelling! However, there’s something very cool and new for Snow Fairy this year …she’s got naked!

Yeap. Lush being the fab eco-friendly people they are, have come up with a clever little thing called “naked”. Created with ingredients very close to those that are used to create the shower gel, these little naked shower gels don’t need the plastic bottle! They lather up just as well and you simply pop them down and let them dry out ready for next time. Naked shower gels don’t contain a soap base, so you needn’t worry about that side of things – they’re just simply super duperly clever and eco-friendly. Love it!

If you’re intrigued and have further questions about how it all works, they’ve written a handy guide to their naked shower gels here: https://uk.lush.com/article/naked-shower-gel-dont-you-mean-soap …you can find out who else has gone naked on their website too!

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Milton Keynes

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Lush Christmas 2017

Doesn’t it all just look so …Lush!? It’s all so gorgeous, beautiful smelling and cruelty free – nothing can get better than that surely?

As mentioned earlier, Christmas at Lush is Vegan this year! So that’s a big plus. And, as always, they have spoiled us with a plethora of stunning products, there really is something for everyone!

This gal recommends…

The Berry Berry Christmas shower gel (this one is also available naked!) …this gel smells so divine and features cranberry, olive leaf absolute and sweet wild orange oil. What struck me about this shower gel before I even smelt it was the colour! It’s a beautiful glittery green colour, looking dark green in the bottle and a brighter green once you apply it to your skin. It’s stunning.

One of my favourite Lush bath bombs is the Butterball. If you love it like me, then the little Butterbear you can see just above here is for you! Filled with fair trade cocoa butter, ylang ylang oil and cocoa powder, this little guy will leave your skin smelling and feeling pretty damn delightful. I can’t wait to use mine this Christmas!

I’d also recommend giving the Luxury Lush Pud a sniff when you next pop in. I grabbed one of these as it looks and smells so lovely! This little pud contains lavender oil, benzoin resinoid (which is anti-inflammatory and protective), Tonka absolute and ylang ylang oil.

I popped the Christmas Sweater bath bomb into my basket too, as the scent of this is just so lovely, spicy and warming. With ginger powder, clove bud oil and coriander seed oil…this is a must-smell! I dare you not to walk away with this one!

So there you have it, a little taster of what is instore right now at Lush in Milton Keynes (found in the intu Milton Keynes shopping centre).

Thank you to the Lush team for inviting me down to check it all out, the evening was so fun!

You can see everything available at Lush for Halloween and Christmas 2017 on the website here: https://uk.lush.com/

What will you pick up? I’d love to know your favourites! :)

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Celebrating AW17 Fashion with intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

New season! New styles!

Tell me I’m not the only one who’s super excited to get their credit card out and go shopping for fresh new everything?

The other week a few of us local bloggers were invited to the latest intu blogging event all about AW17 fashion and all the beauty products you need to know about this season. The evening kicked off with Prosecco and macaroons…..and don’t the best of evenings start off that way!?

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

We were joined by the fab fashion brands of Karen Millen, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and New Look, and each of them talked us through their trends for the new season and some of their great key pieces. Karen Millen showed us a beautiful collection of classy monochrome with added burnt orange coloured statement items to add that touch of Autumn. I also loved everything New Look, Topshop and Miss Selfridge had on display. This season, expect reds, amazing sleeves, embroidery, blingy jeans, the most gorgeous snuggly knitwear and a little bit of leather too!

intu Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

intu Milton Keynes Shopping

intu Milton Keynes

What have you got your eye on this season? I’m thinking of adding a few more mustard coloured items into my wardrobe this season, alongside some new jeans and a million pairs of boots in a variety of colours! My bank account won’t know what’s hit it.

Not only were we graced by the presence of some of our favourite fashion brands from intu Milton Keynes, the beauty teams from Debenhams were there in force, alongside the lovely team from RUSH salon.

I was super pleased to see Bare Minerals there giving mini makeovers and telling us all about their new BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. This is one brand I’ve really been meaning to delve into a little deeper as I heard they are cruelty free! I love their brand as it’s all about being the best version of you, whether you like wearing liquid or powder foundations, the products are created to take care of your skin. They have the most gorgeous makeup range and I was so impressed to hear that they offer free …yes FREE! makeup lessons at their stand in the beauty section of Debenhams Milton Keynes. I for one will definitely be getting my name down for those very soon.

I also fell in love with the Laura Geller collection of Christmas gifts, they’re so beautifully packaged! I’ve never tried Laura Geller products before, but after hearing they’re cruelty free too, I’m looking forward to giving them a whirl.

intu Milton Keynes blogger

intu Milton Keynes

intu Milton Keynes

I have to say a huge thank you to the following brands for popping some lovely little goodies in our goodie bags for the evening: Lush, Karen Millen, Laura Geller, Clinique, Molton Brown, MAC, RUSH, Glam Glow, Topshop, Lancôme and Wrapchic.

RUSH hair salon (based in intu Milton Keynes) gave us a voucher for a free blow dry, so who was I to say no to a little pampering after work? If you’ve never visited their salon before, I really recommend booking in v. soon and checking out their absolutely stunning salon. It’s a mirrored beauty of a place, with gorgeous design all over. The team are so knowledgeable and really tailor the products they use to your type of hair. For my blow dry we went for a little wavy number, blow drying my hair straight and then adding curly waves using a beautiful GHD classic wave wand which has an oval shaped barrel. RUSH also sell the GHDs instore if you fancy trying the style out at home!

RUSH Salon Milton Keynes

Ahh, I’m so excited for AW17 shopping! Who’s with me!? :)

Don’t forget to pop over to the intu Milton Keynes website to plan your next trip, and I’ll see you there!

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Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil ReviewIsn’t it lovely how the sun keeps trying to shine lately? I only hope it continues to do so even more as we step ever closer to Summer! With Summer comes thoughts of fresh sunny days, dreams of tropical holidays, visiting the seaside, snacking on the most delicious fruit and enjoying lovely drinks on those brighter lighter evenings!

New season, new skincare! It’s time for me to change up my skincare with the season and use something lovely. So in stepped this wonderful brand I have only just recently discovered, Tropika! Tropika uses a blend of premium virgin coconut oil, alongside plant-based, aromatherapy extracts. They have 3 different collections available – Tropika Little Spa, Tropika Mums Spa and Tropika Skin.

Tropika Little Spa consists of a lovely herbal cream and massage oils in choice of either Lavender and Rose. All are perfectly gentle for your little one’s skin and the massage oils are a great natural choice for dry skin, nappy rash and cradle cap. The Tropika Mums Spa collection comprises of a massage oil, massage cream (which has the added benefit of helping to ease morning sickness!) and a tummy butter – so if you’re expecting or you’re a new mum, these could be perfect treats for you! Or, if you’re not, I think these would be perfect gifts to give to friends and family who are!

We then move on to the Tropika Skin range, which features this lovely cleansing oil I’m reviewing, alongside a gently blended coconut and tea tree moisturiser – and we all know how great both those ingredients are for our skin!

Now, let’s talk about this fab coconut cleansing oil. It arrived in a beautiful little Tropika bag, wrapped in tissue, tied with ribbon and a personalised tag with a little “A” embellishment. It was gorgeous! The team had placed a handwritten note inside wishing me a happy belated birthday and wrote how they hope I enjoy their product. How lovely of them! Well, I’m pleased to say, yes! Yes I really do love this product!

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

I’ve been trying out the Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil for the past few days and I’ve been really impressed with it. You only have to use the smallest amount of the oil (3-4 drops) with a little water to create a beautiful milky texture and gently massage this into your skin. As soon as you bring the cleanser up towards your face, suddenly you are awakened by the stunning scent of this product. Coconutty, even a little fruity in a way, this cleanser has a wonderful tropical-like scent to whisk you away to a foreign land. It’s *SO* lovely! The scent is not too in your face, it’s a perfectly balanced scent, but oh my! I love it!

I have combination skin, and I found this left my skin feeling fab, clean, smooth, moisturised from the natural oils and of course smelling equally as fab! This cleanser will also gently remove your makeup at the end of the day for you too.

Tropika Coconut Cleansing Oil Review

Now what if I was to tell you that this bottle of amazingness is also vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced!? Tick! Tick! Tick! What more could you ask for?

I think the bottle will look lovely on the side in your bathroom too, as the packaging looks great!

So if you’re after a cleanser that works, smells great, is ethical and looks pretty. Look no further than Tropika’s Coconut Cleansing Oil!

You can find out more about the brand over on their website here: http://www.tropika.co.uk/

*I received this product free of charge from Tropika, but my thoughts on this fabulous little cruelty free and amazingly scented cleanser are most definitely my own!

My Second Floating Experience at floatation.life Milton Keynes

A little while ago I was invited along to floatation.life in Milton Keynes to try out this completely new way of relaxing….floating!!! You can read all about my first experience at floatation.life (based in Crownhill, Milton Keynes) *HERE*

floatation.life Milton Keynes

If you missed my first write up about floatation.life, here’s the low down on what it’s all about and how you float your way to total relaxation. So, floatation.life is a hidden gem in Milton Keynes, and once you walk through their door, you leave your stressful, busy, hectic world behind and enter a completely new one. One where you are warmly welcomed by the friendly team, symbolically hand over your phone once you arrive and start your experience by sitting in a lovely chair whilst listening to the most chilled spa-like music ever. It’s time to 100% switch off!

Once you’ve had a few moments to ease yourself into relaxation mode, the team will lead you through to your own personal floatation room. Inside you will find a very space age looking tank, filled with beautifully warm water with added Epsom salts – which of course, is key to your float! The room also has an area for you to get ready, have a shower and be fully prepped for your experience. There’s a mirror, wipes provided and even a little sachet of petroleum jelly to cover any parts of sore skin – after all you don’t want to sting in the salty water! (I’d recommend shaving your legs the day before!).

Once you’re prepped and ready to experience your float, you can dip your toes into the warm water, close the doors of the tank behind you and switch off the internal tank light if you wish. It’s time to get comfortable, zone out, and float your way to freedom and relaxation.

The great thing about your second experience is that you know all of the above! No longer are you apprehensive about what to expect from this unusual new experience. No longer are you freaking out about whether you’ll feel odd lying in this tank in complete darkness (you can leave the light on in the tank if you wish!). No longer are you wondering how to complete the experience. You know the room, you know the drill, you know the tank… You’re already a pro!

This is when the magic happens…

With your new found expertise in how to float your way to relaxation, comes a whole new level of relaxing altogether! You’re so accustomed to it now, that you can feel each and every muscle in your body relax just that little bit more than last time. You can feel as if you are completely relaxed, but believe me, as you chill more and more whilst floating you’ll feel little muscles in your body letting go just a tad more as the time passes. And oh my did that happen to me! It happened so much that (especially in the last half of the experience) I drifted off to sleep for a few moments on more than one occasion. Yes, I was lying there in the beautiful warm water and air, relaxed enough to sleep whilst floating! A very surreal thing, but don’t worry, it’s completely safe to do so and a lot of people do end up falling asleep in this experience whilst every muscle is catered for by the ever-supportive Epsom salt-filled water.

So it’s true what they say. Your second float is truly where this experience comes to life and surely it can only get better from then on!? I’d really recommend giving floatation.life a whirl. Treat yourself, your body and your mind. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and so much more at ease with life in general. It’s bloomin’ lovely!

Don’t forget, as I mentioned in my original post, once you have completed your float, floatation.life has a room where you can dry your hair, apply your moisturiser/makeup etc. Plus, there’s a wonderful post-float relaxation room, where you can relax with beautiful music and images on a screen, partake in a little soothing colouring in and chill out in their lovely massage chairs. Perfect!

To find out more about floatation.life in Milton Keynes, do pop over to their website here: https://floatation.life/

*I received my float free of charge from floatation.life but my thoughts on this beautifully relaxing experience are most definitely my own. I mean. I can’t lie about being so relaxed I fell asleep! Ha!

Glo&Ray Makeup for Palmer//Harding at London Fashion Week

Glo Ray London Fashion Week

A couple of weekends ago I was invited along to an experience I’ll never forget. The fabulous Glo&Ray makeup team invited me and a few fellow bloggers down to London to the Palmer//Harding show at London Fashion Week.

Now I know some people get invited to these things all the time and some just aren’t interested but personally, I was so excited! It’s not every day that you get to watch all the “behind the scenes” hustle and bustle of a show, let alone at LFW – so I loved it!

Back at uni I actually studied Fashion Marketing and was always aware of the fashion weeks around the world, but never thought I’d attend any shows! So I must say a big thank you to Glo&Ray for inviting me – it was a fab way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Naturally, all the models were wearing Glo&Ray makeup. The theme of the show was “Glam Goth Rebellion”, so think edgy, think mysterious, with a touch of glam for good measure. The models looked amazing and rocked a streak of black eyeliner at the top of the eyelid, with a dot of gold on the inner eye for that added glam!

It was so fun to watch the craziness of backstage, with makeup being done one side and hair on the other. Down the middle of the room it was a rush of photographers, bloggers, helpers and so many more! Amazing!

Glo Ray London Fashion Week

The stage itself was amazing, so mysterious and pretty damn cool. The floor looked like bark chippings but was actually a load of recycled rubber pieces. There were dividers dotted along the runway, with chicken wire-like panels and aged-looking plaster which was falling away. Smoke filled the air to ensure the mysterious atmosphere was automatically portrayed, whilst tree branches hung from the pitched roof ceiling – it was stunning!

The models paraded around weaving in and out of the dividers on the runway. The Palmer//Harding clothing designs looked so lovely, so effortlessly chic. They’re known as “the shirt boys” – and wow! They definitely had some awesomely cut shirt style designs on these ladies!

Palmer Harding London Fashion Week

What an amazing show! Again, thank you so much Glo&Ray for the opportunity to come down and see the show!

Do go and check out the fabulous range of makeup that Glo&Ray provide. Their products are both stylish whilst being totally affordable – http://glo-ray.co.uk/

You can also view the Palmer//Harding collection here – www.palmerharding.com

Switching Off Feat. floatation.life Milton Keynes

When was the last time you completely switched off? I mean, had a real “me, myself and I” moment? Completely zoned out. No mobile, no laptop, not even Netflix with a glass of wine in the bath kinda moment? I know it’s been wayyy too long since I last did!

With the pressures of a modern life, trying to be here there and everywhere, working a busy job, trying to fit everything into your evenings, see everyone, say yes to every opportunity, please as many people as we can, trying to be, you know, perfect. It’s very easy to forget to take time out for ourselves to completely and totally chill out. But recently I was given the opportunity to completely, and I mean 100% COMPLETELY relax.

I was invited to go along and check out the brand new floatation.life centre in Crownhill, Milton Keynes. And ohhh em geee, I am so glad I did! It left me feeling totally and utterly refreshed and ready to take on the world.

But what is floatation.life I hear you shouting at your screen!? floatation.life is where you step into another world and leave this hectic one behind for just a little while. You float your worries away in your own personal floatation tank filled with Epsom salts, within your own room. No one else. Just you.

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

As you arrive at the centre you’re greeted by the lovely team, who welcome you in, help to put you at ease and forget the outside world. At reception they even ask you to hand over your mobile phone as a symbolic way to signify that you’re truly leaving the ever busy and connected world behind.

Before heading on through, they provide you with lovely chill out music to listen to whilst sitting in a wonderfully relaxing massage chair. These 10 mins of “wind down” time are the perfect bridge between the busy world you just left and the soothing one you’re about to enter.

Once the 10 minutes have passed, it’s your time to head on through to your very own relaxation space. Everyone has their own room, complete with a shower (body wash, shampoo and conditioner are all provided!) and a little area with a mirror to ensure you’re prepped and ready for your float! The team provide you with ear plugs (ones that just cover your outer ear/they don’t go all the way in like usual ones), face wipes, cotton pads and buds and a little bit of Vaseline to ensure any cuts/graises are covered up to prevent them stinging – that water is filled with Epsom salts after all!

Before taking a dip, you have a shower and wipe your face with the wipes provided to ensure your body is stripped of any oils etc. Then that’s it! You’re ready for your floating experience!

Then you step into your float tank and close the side door behind you. There’s a little light on in your tank, so if you feel comfortable you can close the roof of the tank too, to ensure you have complete darkness once you switch the light off inside the tank.

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

If you’re worried you may end up with salt water in your eyes…don’t! They provide you with a water spray and flannel for your face should you need it at all.

Once the light is off and the doors of the float tank are closed, it’s time for you to enter a world of pure tranquillity. Get comfortable and float on your back with your head back, just like you would in a swimming pool. (If you don’t feel happy putting your head right back there is a blow up neck cushion provided in the room should you wish to use that instead).

The salt in the water will comfortably take the weight of your body and as the water temperature is carefully matched to that of the air, once you have 100% relaxed in there a completely surreal but beautiful floating feeling is created. You lay there listening to the lovely chilled music playing lightly in the tank for the first few minutes as you feel your body relax more and more with each moment that passes. I can’t even begin to give the feeling justice with my words, I simply can’t compare this pure relaxation to anything else I’ve ever experienced. Nothing else in the world matters, you can simply and honestly just get back to being you. As cliché as that sounds, right there nothing else matters, it’s like hitting your body’s reset button.

As your hour in the tank passes by, don’t worry if you even fall asleep as it’s perfectly safe to do so – I think I did for a few seconds! They have a brilliant FAQ section on their website, should you have any further queries about the experience.

Once your hour is coming to end, the music will quietly start to play once again. After you step out of your tank, you can have a quick shower once again to rinse your body. Get dressed and pop round to their dedicated area where you can go and blow dry your hair and use the face wipes, face moisturiser, hand cream and bottles of water as provided – how lovely! Now you’re feeling refreshed, you can head on down to their relaxation room where you can sit in a fab massage chair once again, whilst listening to chilled music, watching beautiful scenes on the screen in the room or even sit there and do a spot of colouring in to further relax. Water is provided in this room too and it’s filled with lovely candlelight and plants, perfect!

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

Floatation Life Milton Keynes

When you’re ready for the real world once again, head back to reception, retrieve your phone from the team and that’s it. You’ll be ready to face anything the outside world throws at you! “Hello world! Hello refreshed new me!” …you’ll be saying!

I honestly can’t recommend this experience enough. As I said earlier, there’s nothing I can compare it to. Total, pure, wholesome relaxation. Our physical and mental wellbeing is so important and we need to take time out to ensure we truly relax and I genuinely personally feel that floatation.life can really help a whole host of people to do exactly that. It’s really worth having a read through their site here: https://floatation.life/ and reading through the benefits of both the experience and the Epsom salts themselves.

The business is family run, and after speaking to the owner I can totally feel how passionate they are about the experience they provide. Why not give their experience a go?

Head on over to the floatation.life website to find out more and book your experience: https://floatation.life/

(This experience was provided to me free of charge, but the views as written above are most definitely my own!)

Festive Finds at intu Milton Keynes

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…

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Chirstmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping


Here are my fabulous fashion discoveries – perfect for all those fashionistas this Christmas!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).
intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

…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…

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).
intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Mitlon Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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!

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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).

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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! :)

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

intu Milton Keynes Christmas Shopping

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.

You can also find intu on Twitter here: @intuMK and on Facebook here: intu Milton Keynes – they’re always posting some really fun inspirational ideas.

*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! :)