Mother’s Day gift ideas

Frosted Cupcake with pink fondant flowers and roses

Cue the cheesy cards and ‘I ❤ Mom’ mugs bought in a hurry at a petrol station.

Or if you’re slightly more prepared, a box of chocs and a bouquet of flowers.

But if you’re feeling that maybe your mom already knows what she’ll be getting this year because she gets the same thing every single year, it’s time to have a look at my very special gift guide for your mumsy:

Hummingbird feeder

 If your mom likes gardening like mine does, why not get her a cute bird feeder? I know it’s strange, but my mom would love a gift like this. She also enjoys those little wooden houses for woodpeckers so there’s another brilliant idea for you right there. 😉

A scarf

The weather is getting chilly now so get your mom a beautiful scarf. There are beautiful ones that are mom appropriate at Poetry.

Orchids

Instead of getting her the usual bouquet of flowers, why not get an orchid? They might be slightly more expensive but they’re going to last a lot longer than the bouquet and they’re very elegant. Also, they come in a huge arrangement of colours.

Jewellery

What woman doesn’t like a beautiful necklace or ring?

Handbag

For my mom’s birthday, we got her a stunning navy blue leather handbag from Accessorize. She’s been using the bag every single day since and her birthday was in February. Grab your mom some arm candy this Mother’s Day!

Perfume

Perfume is a gift that might be a tad on the pricey side but it’ll last a long time and every time your mom wears it she’ll think of you. Guess who’ll get the best daughter award?

A book

If your mom likes reading get her a book, but make sure it’s a book on one of her interests.

Cupcakes

If all else fails, bake (or buy) her some cupcakes. Who doesn’t like cupcakes?!

There’s still a bit of time left to go get your mom the perfect gift so go go go!

XO Carina

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Stocking stuffer ideas: For her

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A few days ago I did a stocking stuffer ideas for him post, which you guys seemed to really like so here we have exhibit B, stocking stuffer ideas for her!

Personally, I find it much easier to buy gifts for girls, because something like strawberry and vanilla cinnamon scented Bath and Body Works shower gel might be completely lost on a guy, but a girl friend will love it and that is why this post is crammed full of more ideas.

Let’s begin!

Travel size perfume

You can go for a standard size perfume bottle as well, but if you’re planning on stuffing a stocking to the brim, rather go with mini bottles. They’re adorable!

Eos lipbalms

Yes I’m obsessed, but for good reason. How sweet will a couple of those in fun colours be in a stocking?

Jewelry

Unless it’s an engagement ring, you can never go wrong with giving a girl jewelry for Christmas. Personally, I really love those infinity rings. Mr. S gave me one for our anniversary and I wear it every single day. See? It’s a win!

Too Faced Melted lipstick

I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. I’ve heard great things about it and if the girl you’re giving a gift to is a make up junkie, she’s sure to love getting make up.

Phone covers

I love phone covers. I only own one, because to be honest, you don’t really need more, but the covers that come in cute shapes are very hard to resist. I mean if I saw that popcorn one, I would definitely buy it. No questions asked.

Hair accessories

With it being the festive season and all, you can’t go wrong with a sparkly hair accessory.

Chocolate

‘Tis the season to be jolly and eat a lot of chocolate so give in to temptation…

Nail polish

Easy to find, easy to purchase and easy to fit in a stocking. ‘Nuff said.

Lush Santa lip scrub

This lasts forever and is a bit of Christmas in a jar for the rest of the year.

Scarves

If you’re celebrating Christmas in a cold part of the world, scarves make perfect gifts. Where I live it’s hot as hell this time of year, but when it does start getting nippy (basically April or May) a scarf will come in handy.

Snow globes

You get huge ones, but a smaller one will be perfect. If it’s Christmas or Disney themed? Even better. Just make sure you wrap it in a bit of bubble wrap so that it doesn’t break easily and make a mess.

Cute Christmas ornaments

It’s Christmas after all, why not get a cute extra ornament to hang on your tree?

XO Carina

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Autumn/Winter perfumes

Leafs are changing colour and falling, temperatures are dropping, and hot chocolate is making its annual appearance on my grocery shopping list. Autumn is in the air.

With the change in season, your summer perfume might be too light for the new weather. Here are some perfumes to consider using during autumn and winter:

Chanel No 5

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This amber coloured perfume is one of those scents that you’ll either love or just hate and had celebs like Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt representing it. Whenever I smell it, it reminds me of my mom. She absolutely adores it. This perfume is quite heavy and strong so either go slow with it or try an alternative that smells lighter and is more appropriate for a younger person like Elizabeth Arden’s Fifth Avenue. We got my mom a bottle of Fifth Avenue for her birthday this year. Chanel No 5’s bottom notes are amber, sandalwood and musk, which gives it that distinct smell.

Dolce and Gabbana The One

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I’m in love with this perfume’s packaging. It’s just so simple yet so gorgeous. The One’s bottom notes are vanilla, amber and musk. Even though some of the base notes are amber, the actual liquid isn’t nearly as dark as Chanel No 5’s. This perfume is also much lighter and can definitely be worn on a daily basis.

Dior Addict

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With main cords of vanilla, tonka bean and sandalwood, this perfume is extremely fragrant and very distinctive. A girl in my office wears it and I know when she’s been in a room or not, because of the traces of the fragrance she leaves behind. I don’t know why that suddenly sounds so creepy…

Diesel Loverdose

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Again, I love the packaging of this perfume. The rich purple is perfect for winter and again the vanilla and amber base notes are powerful yet gentle enough for every day wear. I just have one problem with this perfume and that’s actually the heart shaped bottle. It’s beautiful, but not very practical to keep on a nightstand or wherever you keep your perfume. It takes up more space than your average perfume bottle, but even though that’s the case, I love the bottle.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door

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With traces of honey and orange blossom, you’d think that this perfume is more of a summery scent, but it’s perfect for autumn with deeper notes of benzoin and cedar. The packaging is also very cute with the top of the bottle looking like a red door.

Will you be trying any of these?

Xoxo Carina

Autumn Beauty Wishlist

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As mentioned in my previous post, it is definitely autumn this side of the world and winter is rapidly approaching, which is why I have a winter/autumn wishlist. I’ve chucked out quite a lot of my old clothing from last winter and I’m going to do the same with my beauty products, *sob*, so the time has come to keep an eye out for some replacements.

Zoya nail polish – Miranda

I went for a Zoya manicure last week and I’m extremely impressed with it. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I’d rather pay a teensy bit extra than have my nails chipping every second day. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that! I’m in love with the Pixie Dust range. My favourite shade is Miranda.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen

I know I’m a bit late with getting on this bandwagon, but I honestly love how this makes your skin look. I’ve been too afraid to approach any YSL cosmetics counters, because I know I’ll just want everything, but I saw a girl getting her make up done at the counter a week or so ago and the make up artist used this pen on her and my heart just melted.

The Body Shop Grapefruit Shower Gel

Grapefruit is one of my favourite fruits so having it in liquid shower gel form? Win!

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter

Winter is around the corner so therefore a good, thick, moisturising body butter will come in handy for when your skin rebels against the cold weather.

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara

Maybelline mascaras are the bomb. Seriously, they make your lashes look so much thicker and longer. Who can say no to that?

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur

This is more of a spring/summery perfume, but I have to fight to restrain myself from taking all the samples whenever I see it somewhere. It’s so fresh and florally, and the bottle is gorgeous.

Marc Jacobs Bunny Make up Bag

I know this is not entirely a beauty staple, but come on, it has bunnies on and it’s Marc Jacobs!!! Love at first sight.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm

I can’t get over the packaging! It creates a gorgeous shimmery shine on your lips and is perfect for just wearing it on its own or over a lipstick for a more glossy finish.

MAC Cosmetics Snapdragon Lipstick

This lipstick is part of MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers Collection, and it is beautiful. It reminds me quite a lot of Pink Nouveau, but is more purpley. Plus, I really love the name.

Xoxo Carina

My Perfume Collection

I love perfume. It makes me smile and I feel incomplete if I haven’t sprayed a spritz of something on. Scents remind me of specific times or situations that I’ve found myself in. Also, am I the only person who matches the perfume bottle to the outfit I’m wearing for the day? My mom thinks that’s weird.

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I don’t have an incredibly extensive collection of perfumes, because there is no way I’ll finish everything if I have too much and I don’t use the same perfume every single day, but I digress. Let’s get started!

Puma Animagical – 40ml

This is one of my every day perfumes. I’m not a sporty, athletic girl at all and that’s what I associate with Puma as a brand. I smelt the perfume in a shop when the perfume counter girl was unpacking a box of these and I loved it. I was quite surprised to learn that Puma fragrances are actually quite amazing and affordable. Thumbs up for this floral fruity wonder, Puma!

Top notes: Grapefruit and lime

Middle notes: Water lily, freesia and papaya

Base notes: Wood and chocolate

The Body Shop’s Dreams Unlimited – 50ml

I’ve gone through several of these droplet shaped bottles. The smell is incredibly fresh. The Body Shop’s perfumes are also really affordable and heavenly, but this one is my personal favourite.

Top notes: Orange and black current

Middle notes: Iris, green pepper and red chilly pepper

Base note: Virginia cedar

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom – 30ml and 50ml

I have two bottles of this particular fragrance. One I got two years ago for Valentine’s Day and the larger bottle I got from my best friend who’s currently living and working in South Korea.

This perfume embodies spring. It reminds me of a crisp spring morning with cute fluffy clouds in the sky, dewy green grass and flowers just starting to bloom. The trademark apple shaped bottle is light pink and just plain adorable.

Top notes: Citrus, black current and apricot

Middle notes: Lily of the valley, rose and jasmine

Base notes: Wood and red apple

Versace Versace – 30ml

This was my first bottle of perfume and I LOVE this. I’ve had it for almost six years now and I use it so sparingly that I still have half a bottle left, which is really surprising since it’s a 30ml bottle.

The packaging is just gorgeous. It gives a very high end, luxurious feel.

Top notes: Guava, black current, wisteria and lilac

Middle notes: Orchid, jasmine and lotus

Base notes: Bourbon vetiver, musk, Atlas cedar and cashmere wood

Versace Versus – 100ml

Funny story surrounding this perfume. I won this in a competition run in a magazine! The magazine did not even let me know that I won the lucky draw. I went to the post office one day and found a little note in the PO box that a package arrived and voila! A box with the perfume inside was waiting for me. I was stoked!!!

I really like the packaging, because it’s different from the other bottles of perfume I have. It’s a rich purple and gold. It also smells different to the other perfumes.

Top notes: Amalfi lemon, kumquat and star apple

Middle notes: African orange flower, rosewater, Stephanotis

Base notes: Musk, patchouli and ambrette

Gucci Envy Me – 50ml

I got this perfume for my birthday a couple of years ago. I’m also very careful with this perfume, because apparently it has been discontinued which makes me terribly sad. Of all my perfume, I would say that you need to love this scent if you want to wear it, because if it ain’t your thang you will get told that it smells like toilet spray by morons who don’t appreciate the scent the way you do. I speak from experience here. And yes, some idiot did tell me that my perfume smells like toilet spray, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it, lol! 😀

The packaging is a bit unusual since the bottle is tall, square and thin, but I love the pink G pattern all over it.

Top notes: Peony, rose, jasmine, black current and pink pepper

Middle notes: Musk, litchi and pomegranate

Base notes: Tobacco, sandalwood and Tonka bean.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Of your perfume, which is your favourite?

Xoxo

Carina