If you’re buying for somebody who loves a pampering session, or maybe someone that deserves a bit of relaxation time, then this gift guide is for you. I absolutely love receiving pamper treats as gifts, and I always think it would be a really nice idea one year to make up a really nice pamper hamper full of bath bombs, lotions, and lots of lovely bits as a gift! I’ve never got round to it, but I think it would make a really thoughtful and unique gift as it could be customised to their preferences. 
I think all ladies can do with a bit of ‘me time’, and nothing says that better than a nice hot bath with some gorgeous body products, scented candles, wine, and nice cosy lounge wear. It sounds like bliss to me! So here’s some gift ideas for those that need a bit of extra self indulgence.
That’s right, I’m starting off with the big ‘un! In the past I have bought three of the big S&G Boots bumper gift boxes, and I couldn’t resist again this year. This years is called the Soap and Glory Next Big Thing and is currently reduced until Friday from £60 to £29. I was a bit upset that I missed it online as it sold out the morning it was released, but I went into my local big Boots store and they had hundreds left! 
I’m a massive S&G fan and I’ve loved the brand ever since it was launched in Boots and I received their Clean on Me shower gel as a teen. My collection has grown year on year and although I get through it pretty quickly I always like to buy it when it’s on 3 for 2. So this special offer is the highlight of my year! I’ve already tried most of the products but I can’t wait to give them all a go and have a nice pampering session! The gift set includes:
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter 300ml
  • HAND DREAM™ Super Cream 100ml
  • ORANGEASM™ Body Wash 500ml
  • BUTTER YOURSELF™ Moisture Lotion 500ml
  • HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream 125ml
  • SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Scrub 300ml
  • WHIPPED CLEAN™ Shower Butter 250ml
  • SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Lacquer in Charm Offensive 7ml
  • THICK & FAST™ Super Volume Mascara 10ml
  • OFF YOUR FACE™ 3 in 1 Daily Purifying Cloths (25 cloths)
  • A bonus drawstring bag
This Balance Me super toning body polish makes the perfect stocking filler at Christmas time as it has a festive feel to the packaging. It is designed give your skin a detoxing workout which you use by massaging into wet skin. It claims to improve skin tone, smoothness and good circulation as well as firm, deeply detoxed and dimple free.
Mini hamper products can make up a perfect treat, especially if they include wine! These goodies are from Just Miniatures and they also sell a range of mini fragrances. You could make up a mini afternoon tea hamper including scones, strawberry preserve, macaroons and champers for a relaxing treat!  
A mini gift set like this one from Crabtree and Evelyn would make the perfect gift for someone you’re not sure what to buy for. This is the Somerset Meadow hand and body set which includes miniatures such as the shower gel, body lotion, hand therapy cream, and a nail polish. 

 Luxury towels and scented candles make for the perfect bath time experience. This mulberry purple bath towel set is from the Royal Turkish range at Christy’s and is made from premium Turkish cotton. To add an extra touch of relaxation, this candle is fragranced with a blend of soothing chamomile, lemon blossom and violet. This candle comes beautifully gift boxed with an embossed lid making it a perfect gift for a loved one.
This Queen of Curls hair care set by John Frieda is a bargain at only £5 (and is also on 3 for 2 at Wilkos!). It’s packaged really nicely in a metallic purple clutch bag deign box. It includes minis of the Frizz Ease Dream Curls Shampoo, Dream Curls Conditioner, Miraculous Recovery Strengthening Intensive Masque, and the Original 6 Effects Serum. The products work together to  define natural curls for a soft smooth look without the frizz. They also do a set for Big Hair too!

Avon’s Anew clinical e-defence deep recovery cream makes a nice stocking filler for someone who cares about their skin. This product uses cellular technology and has been developed by Avon to help repair the look of damage caused by round-the-clock lifestyles, city living and environmental factors such as urban pollution, smoke and sun exposure. You use the cream at night and it works to help reverse the look of years of age damage, with all the nourishment of a moisturiser. What can beat the gift of youth?

My personal favourite gift; luxury nightwear. I love nothing more than putting on nice new pyjamas and relaxing in bed, and I love the style of this set from Jockey. The top has long sleeves to keep me warm and a lovely deer print on the front. The checked print bottoms are very comfortable with an elasticated waistband. 

 And to go with my new PJ’s, I treated myself to a soft new dressing gown this Christmas from Laura Ashley. The rose and spot print dressing gown was reduced to £29 and it’s very fluffy and cosy. It has a waist belt and also a dreamy big hood which I could just hide away inside!
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So here’s the second half of my product favourites from 2012 post. This one is more focusing on hair, body, and skincare products, rather than cosmetics. I discovered some new amazing products in 2012, but I also still stuck to a few firm favourites from the years before. But here are my favourites and most used products from the whole year.

Body Butter/Moisturiser
couldn’t pick between these three amazing body butters from Soap and
Glory! The Righteous Butter tub and lotion with the pump are the same
fragrance, but the tub one is thicker. But I think that I maybe like the
Daily Smooth body butter best because it’s fragranced with Mist You
Madly which I love! This is just a tiny portion of my S&G
collection.. take a peek here to see the rest!

Face Wipes

These face wipes from Wilko are my all time favourite. I’ve been using them for years now, and a pack of 25 wipes is only about 50p. I use them every night to remove my make up and I find them really moist and soft. I will continue to use these for years to come!
Hair Styling Product
This is a new product for me which I reviewed in June. The ghd curl hold spray is excellent for using either before or after using hair curling tongs to help the curls and volume stay in longer. It’s practically invisible once on the hair, and it doesn’t make hair crispy or dry. I find it’s great for making my hairstyle last longer!
In August I posted about my perfume collection, and that my favourite perfume I had was the one I received for my birthday, Jimmy Choo. I have both the eau du toilette and the eau du parfum and I love them both. It has a very feminine scent, fruity with warm, rich, woody depths. It also contains base notes of sweet toffee, and orange mandarin. And I love the pretty bottle!
Self Tan
Surprisingly, one of my most popular ever product reviews was the Fake Bake Flawless fake tan review I did back in January. It’s a bit on the pricey side for me, but after receiving another bottle of it at the Selfridges event, I can still call it my overall favourite fake tanning product!

Body Scrub
Another cult S&G product that I adore, Flake Away! The first S&G product I ever tried about 6 years ago, this body/leg scrub smells just devine and I use it weekly to keep my skin fresh and smooth! And it makes me smell so yummy before bed time 🙂 The tub lasts a really long time and it’s the perfect combination of rough but soothing. Also, Righteous Butter Body Butter won a blind user trial
test on ‘How to Look Good Naked’ as Britain’s best Body Butter!
Facial Skincare
I’ve been using this fabulous little  Benefit b.right Radiant Skincare 6 Piece Intro Kit on and off for a few months now, but I do really like each of these miniature products. I did a review on this a while ago, the whole set cost me £10, and it included these 6 little products which are wonderful for a skin pampering. I especially love the toning lotion and facial emulsion. This is my favourite skincare set because all the products work so well together and keep my skin smooth and clear!
Natural Brand
Although I’ve put Benefit as my favourite skincare brand of the year, I also wanted to included Good Things as my favourite natural brand! All of their products are made with properly sourced, natural ingredients, including lovely smelling fruits! I reviewed their products back in April and I love alternating between these products and the Benefit, although these ones definitely smell nicer and are better value for money!
Hair Care Product
Back in August I reviewed the Beever Recovery Hair Oil, which I won a bottle of, and I love it so much! I would definitely repurchase this and 100% recommend it. I use it on my damp hair and it keeps the ends from becoming dry and damaged, and it keeps my hair looking as healthy as possible, even though it’s in pretty bad condition!
Nail Polish
Last month I reviewed this Miss Sporty Sparkle Touch nail polish to give my nails a festive touch when it was snowy and icy outdoors. I was so impressed with it! And I received many compliments on the silvery bluey glitter polish, with mixed sized particles, and it’s a bargain at less than £2.
Shower Gel
Without a doubt, my favourite showed gel is the Soap and Glory Clean on Me. This has come top of my list of products that I must have, and I refuse to use any other shower gel. I’ve been using this for years now, and I even use it when I’m on my travels in little mini bottles. It’s so thick and creamy, and I feel like it really keeps my skin moisturised. Mostly though, it just smells lush!
Shampoo and Conditioner
My favourite everday hair products to use to wash my hair come from Aussie! I find that as well as smelling really nice, the shampoo lathers up fantastically well, and the 3 minute miricle deep conditioner does wonders for my damaged hair. I first discovered it when I spent the summer working in Florida, my hair was so dry and ruined, but this stuff literally rescued it! I’ve been using it for well over a year now and I’m very happy to have finally found a shampoo and conditioner that work well together without leaving my hair greasy!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my top 2012 products! What are yours? Have you tried any of these?