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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Blogger Challenge ~ Fantastic Fashion Gifts for £35 or less are currently running a blogger challenge asking you to find some of the best fashionable and affordable presents available on the web this christmas season. there's only one rule - each gift must be less than £35. i've picked out 8 items that i think slot perfectly into this category - some are pieces i would love to recieve myself so i'm hoping that they're also things my followers would also love! it's more based on things i think the blogger world would really appreciate!

i'm so sorry - the pictures come out tiny once uploaded - i've added all the links below though!
oo1. Boots Soap and Glory Glow Business - £30
i know that by the time the Christmas holidays kick in from uni, i will have had about 6 deadlines to meet and my skin will be suffering from the late nights and walks in the cold to early morning hand-ins, so the Glow Business kit is something I could really do with! it's designed for lifting 'over-tired over-indulged' skin, and i know a lot of us are guilty for slapping all kinds of product on our face in winter to keep is hydrated and keep the dry skin at bay. it comes with Bright Here Bright Now (Instant Radiance Moisture Balm), You Won't Believe Your Eyes (Tired Eye Moisture Serum), The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser (Concentrated Cleansing Cream) and a Deep Clean Facecloth. i wish i'd put this on my christmas list - my skin is in need of some pampering!
oo2. H&M Lingerie - Bra £7.99 and Briefs £4.99
i'm a sucker for some nice underwear! i just liked the simplicity of these pieces, and the prices are irresistible too! 
oo3. ASOS Tortoiseshell Watch with Brown Dial - £30 (£27 with NUS discount)
personally, i've been lusting over a Michael Kors watch for what feels like forever now, but know that i will never be getting my hands on one in the near future. i've been looking for similar, budget pieces for a while, and this one from ASOS has caught my attention. the tortoiseshell strap goes with almost any outfit and i just love the simplicity of the design. i think it's perfectly affordable aswell!
oo4. Topman Doodle Case for iPhone 4 - £15 (£13.50 with NUS discount)
originally, i was going to add this to the end of the post as something you could gift your dad/brother/boyfriend, but my mind was suddenly full of cute, girly designs you could add to it! i personally love infinity symbols which have a word integrated into them, and think that something like this is an iPhone case i would personally purchase. once you get fed up of a design, just start over - a perfect unisex present!
okay, £30 is a little steep for a nail polish. but the O.P.I range is on the expensive side as it is, so for it to contain real gold leaf, i think this is an absolute steal. James Bond themed products are everywhere right now, and are mainly based at the male audience, so i think this is great for all you secret James Bond fans out there - you can technically be wearing/buying merchandise that you can actually use! The polish is clear base with specks of the gold leaf, so this is a perfect glitter alternative!
oo6. Cath Kidston Spring Bouquet Wash Carry Case - £28
i adore any Cath Kidston print, and this is one of my favourites. as i study a fashion degree, i am always lugging all kinds of junk to campus with me, so i'd use this as more of a sewing kit storage than wash case, but i think that's one of the things that drew me to it for this post - it's so versatile! it's perfect for beauty products, make-up, jewellery storage - anything! i think i might be saving up for this beauty!
Real Technique brushes are something i read and hear a lot about in the beauty blogging world and something i really want to try out. i'm on a student budget and follow a lot of people who are in the same boat as me - we don't have a lot of money to spend on luxuries like this, so if you know anyone who is beauty/make-up mad, then this is the gift for them! Real Techniques do 2 Core Collections and this particular one is based on coverage brushes - the other is eye brush based - and contains a detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush and contour brush. the perfect brushes to apply your make-up base!
oo8. Topshop Fashionary Women A5 Book - £17.50 (£15.25 with NUS discount)
this isn't something i expected to find on the Topshop website at all, but now i am determined to get my hands on it somehow. i've found that a lot of the fashion bloggers out there don't just take an interest in what's on the high street and enjoy buying clothes - they also have a lot of interest in designing and the more productive/creative side of it. i study a fashion buying with design course so am always on the look-out for things that will help me with this. this little book contains everything you need for designing with 400 figure templates - i for one, cannot draw figures to save my life! it also has a few pages on all the technical and construction aspects of the design world aswell with details on seams, patterns, spec sheets etc. this gift should be on any fashion students christmas list, and i wish i'd come across it sooner! 

so there we go, my blogger challenge entry! this has kind of ended up as a second christmas wishlist, oops (you can see my personal wishlist here). this was actually a really fun challenge and has got me feeling all festive browsing through the gift sections! 
you can enter the challenge here if you'd also like to take part - it closes on November 9th, so there's only a few days left to enter!


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