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Christmas Gift Guide Series: Gifts for Her, under €200

Last part for the girls, this one is for those with a bigger budget. Here you will find gifts from €62 to €199.

1. The Body Shop Advent Calander

What’s better than a chocolate Advent Calander??? An Advent Calendar full of beauty products from The Body Shop that’s what. This one is a sort of early xmas present but could be used to give on Christmas day as it is just soooooo fab. You get €126.30 for €99 all in this cute packaging with 24 doors to open. I love it, I think any woman would be VERY happy to receive this and best of all this year The Body Shop are giving a whopping £200,000 of their gift sales to build 5 new schools in Community Fair Trade areas across the world! See here for your nearest store

2. Babyliss Curl Secret

I can’t even explain how this works, but it’s cool, quick and works so you get gorgeous curls in little time with little effort. Have a look at Lovely Girlie Bits video to here see how easy it really is. It’s pricey but the cheapest place I found it was at Harvey Norman for €139.99 here

3. Lush WOW box

This is an amazing box and has tons of bath bombs, soaps, shower gels, hand and body lotion, lip scrub and tint and just soooo much stuff. This one is €169.99 but they have other fantastic boxes for a range of prices! The WOW box could even be given to a group of girls who maybe live together to share because there is so much in it.

4. Acer Iconia B1 Tablet

I won this tablet a few weeks ago from Harvey Norman (thank guys!!) and love it. It’s my first ever tablet so I can’t compare it to any others but I’ve found it great for reading blogs, facebooking, twittering, emailing and general browsing. It saves me having to bring the laptop up to bed. It runs on Android and the battery lasts ages you can insert an SD card too for extra memory. It’s also great for keeping the kids entertained when out and about 😉 This is just €129.99 from Harvey Norman (can’t find it on their site right now but they should do it instore)

5. Nima Makeup Brush Set

Guarantee if a woman loves makeup she loves good makeup brushes. Nima Brushes are an Irish business created by makeup artist Niamh Martin so you know her brushes are good quality and will be perfect for the job! This set contains 12 brushes from the Elite Collection and you can choose a cylinder to hold them in lots of different colours.

This is €105 and can be bought online here.

6. Image Skincare Christmas Gift Box

Image Skincare is an exceptional skin care brand, it really works and their products smell lovely and apply beautifully! I truly love this brand see my review of their Ormedic range here.
This Christmas gift set contains their Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex (full size) and four 30ml trial size products including Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, Vital C Anti-ageing Serum, Prvention+ Matte Moisturiser SPF 32 (Daytime) & MAX Creme Moisturiser (Night-time). This is pricey at €99 but good skin care is so important and their products last ages and you will see result immediately in how skin looks and feels.

Find your nearest stockist here

7. Neals Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Organic Spa Collection

Most of us have sleep problems, it’s hard to wind down in today’s busy world so I thought this was a lovely set from Neals Yard Remedies. It contains everything you need to help wind down at night, Aromatic Foaming Bath, Calming Aromatherapy Candle, Beauty Sleep Concentrate & Beauty Sleep body butter (you can see my review on these two products here) This costs €62.10 and can be bought here from Jenny who is an Irish independent distributor.

8. HerClutterBox Makeup Storage

Us women love to have our makeup handy to reach in our view so we don’t forget what we have (well I do anyway haha) These boxes are a great way to keep everything neat and tidy yet easy to find. I think a lot of other half’s would be happy to see less makeup everywhere by their partner haha!

The ”Candy” range is on sale now for €160 here and can be bought in lots of different colours.

9. Michael Kors watch from Tower Jewellers Blanchardstown S.C

Ooooh I love this little gem, it’s so sparkly! A watch is always a necessity too 😉 This is €199 from Tower Jewellers in Blanch who do lots of other pieces for every woman’s style. Find them on Facebook here.

Chicco Urban Stroller – Review

As a Chicco Tested for Happiness blogger we will be trying out some Chicco products here at GlitterMama HQ. We were sent the Chicco Urban Stroller to give our honest thoughts a couple of months ago so here is how we got on.

Chicco Urban Stroller

Glitterbaba and I have been using the Chicco Urban Stroller for walks to the school and back etc. You get the base and the seat which can be foward or rear facing but we’ve so far only used it as a bassinet. See, the main part can be switched from bassinet to rear facing seat very easily all while still attached. You just press the two buttons at the side to bring it forward. Then you can adjust how far your child is laid back with the strap underneath and adjust the leg rest with another two buttons. Easy peasy!

As a bassinet it’s great but although you get a cover to line the seat with to make baby more comfortable I find you still need a thick blanket to make it more soft for their little bodies and head. I love though that I can adjust how flat she is laying especially if I want her head to be slightly raised so she can see more on our walks, some babies hate lying completely flat so this is great to be able to do with a bassinet. Some days when in t eh house I put the back rest a good bit up and put a cushion under her bum and legs and she loves sitting there watching me make dinner etc.

There is a huge basket underneath which is great for when we pop to the shops but it can be a squeeze to get shopping in and and out of the basket while the seat is a bassinet but I imagine it will be easier when glitterbaba is old enough to have the seat converted as tehre will be more space over the top of the basket.

Other pros are the wheels can be locked, removable bumper bar, the handle bar is adjustable and you can buy colour packs for it which contain a hood, seat liner= and a foot muff. I got a cream coloured one, would have loved to see what it would look like with a pop of pink though! 🙂

Cons are that it is quite bulky, I don’t mind that for walks but it’s quite big for a boot, well bigger than what I’m used to.

I was also given the travel system ie the car seat to go with it but being very honest guys it has a lot of flaws as a travel system. Unlike a lot of buggys that you can attach the car seat straight into, with the Chicco one you need to attach another attachment before you can pop the seat in which lets face takes up more space in the boot and is just a hassle and if you forget that extra part (which has happend) you can’t use the buggy at all with the seat. A

Also the auto fix base I found strange as I thought the point was that you just pop the seat in and out. With the Chicco one it does pop in easily but you also have to bring the shoulder belt around the back of the car seat which is fine…except that it clicks back meaning next time I have to unbuckle the whole auto fix base so I can pull the shoulder strap around. So it just made no sense to me and seemed to defeat the purpose of it being auto fix. The base also made the car seat very forward facing which for a newborn baby is not good.

Overall as travel system I would not recommend it to anyone but I do really like it as stroller by itself for it’s convenience of being able to switch between a bassinet and toddler seat all from the one attachment and make adjustments to the beck and foot rest even as a bassinet. It’s also wide and roomy so your baby/toddler will have lots of space to stretch and move 🙂 The colour packs are handy too so you can change the colour if you decide to have another baby 😉 I’m really looking forward to using this seat as a forward/rear facing seat when glitterbaba is a bit older.

I hope this review helps, and if you have any questions for me about the product please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d also love to hear your thoughts esp if you have this stroller? Yaz x