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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Make Your Own Beauty Box | A Unique Gift Idea


I know what you're thinking - gift ideas?! Get with the times, Beth, Christmas has been and gone!  However, this year, I got a bit creative with some of my Christmas gifts and I really wanted to share one of them with you all.  My favourite idea has to be this little beauty box I put together as a stocking filler for my best friend, Sarah. She's a good'un, and always has been ever since we first met at the school gates over 10 years ago where she told me all about her pet rabbits and love for Steps. She got me through a bit of a cruddy break up earlier in 2013 and sat and ate chocolate and ice cream with me in true Bridget Jones' style whilst I harped on about all of my 'i'll forever be single' woes.  She's listened to me grumble on about uni work and deadlines and came to watch me walk across a stage for all of 10 seconds at my Graduation in November - she's just been an all round good egg. As an avid reader of my blog (hello there, bird!) I thought I'd pick up a few beauty bits I've really enjoyed using over the past couple of years and put together a little selection of things I know she'd use.  She's maybe not as completely obsessed with beauty products as I am, so I tried to pick things I know she'd get a lot of use out of and listened to things she'd mentioned she'd wanted to try in the past.

The star of the show was MUA's 'Heaven and Earth' palette.  Sarah is much more daring than me when it comes to colour on the eyelids, but I thought I'd include a neutral palette as they're so amazingly handy to have.  Neutral colours are a staple in my daily makeup routine and the MUA palettes are really good quality.  I also included an Eyes Lips Face 'Eyeshadow Brush' - its' always good to have a brush handy instead of the fiddly sponge applicators that tend to come with drugstore palettes and the ELF ones are actually pretty good quality.  I also popped in a Barry M Eyeliner in 'White' - I tend to smudge this into the corners of my eyes to brighten them and she'd recently mentioned she wanted to try one.  Sarah's also really into her nail art at the minute so I popped in a H&M Gold Glitter and a Sinful Colours polish in 'Purple Diamond' - I love the Sinful Colours range and she's always loved lilacs and purples so I thought this shade would go down a storm!

As well as this, I also popped in a Charles Worthington Volume Mousse and a little handbag sized Elnett Spray.  One of her other presents was a curling tong so I thought they would make a lovely little addition and travel sized minis are so handy to have! It's no secret that I love a dollop or two of mousse, and Sarah has always wanted to try one - so I figured this would be a great way for her to experiment with some volume and texture without buying a full sized bottle. To finish off my beauty box, I filled it with some iridescent shredded paper and made a little 'what's in the box' card similar to what you'd find in 'proper' beauty boxes.  I found the little black and white box in the Card Factory and thought it was the perfect size to hold all of the beauty bits. I was going to personalise it with photos and lettering but decided against in the end - how could I smudge glue all over that pretty, glittery lid?! A few photographs added in there made the perfect finishing touch and my box was complete.

So there we have it - a lovely little gift idea if you have a birthday coming up soon and are stuck for ideas.  If you have a friend who reads your blog, it's a fabulous personalised idea and they don't even have to be beauty obsessed - a few bits and bobs you know they'd love will make up a lovely beauty package! Boots and Superdrug do a great selection of minis too - so if they travel a lot or you know they're jetting away on holiday soon, it's a great place to start looking for ideas! Of course, I woud have loved to have posted this up on my blog before Christmas - but since madam reads my blog - I thought it best to wait until afterwards. I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year! I'm thinking of doing a 'What I Got for Christmas' post soon as I know a lot of you like reading them (as do i - nosey so and so!).  If I don't manage to post again before New Year's Eve - *raises imaginary champagne glass* - here's to 2014 and another year of blogging goodness! 

Did you put together a little beauty package for someone this year?

33 comments:

  1. This is such a good idea, I might do something like this for birthdays :) what lovely treats you had inside too. xxx

    SparklySJ
    http://sparklysj.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thankyouu :)! It's a nice idea for birthdays or just for little pick-me-ups :)
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  2. Aww this is such a lovely idea :) I never thought of doing something like this. Thanks for the idea! x

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  3. Aw this is so lovely! Definitely something i may do for friends birthdays or next christmas! Hope you had a lovely christmas Beth! :)
    Natalie xx
    Youralmostalice

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  4. That's such a cute idea! I love your name by the way haha.

    Beth | BeautyBubbles♡

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  6. That's such a cute and thoughtful gift! I'm going to do this for my best friend for her birthday as I'm sure she will love it and I'd really enjoy picking out some lovely bits to put into the box!

    MissBeautyObsession

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  7. This is such a thoughtful and cute gift idea! I would absolutely love it if a friend did this for me :) definitely going to do something like this for my best friend. xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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  8. Such a great idea! Sorted my friends birthday present now :) xx

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  9. What a unique and lovely idea! Wish I had thought of that for my best friend :) x.

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  10. Ive always wanted to try this! http://berrie-blogs.blogspot.co.uk/ xxx

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  11. So cute, this is a really personal and lovely idea! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  12. Aww so this is the beauty box you were talking about in your email :) such a lovely idea Beth :D I'll be keeping this in mind for all the girls in my family & best friend :) xxx

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  13. This is a lovely idea! I made something similar for my best friend's 18th a few years ago, but I wish it was as thoughtful and pretty as this one, love it :)
    x

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  14. What a very thoughtful gift idea Beth. If I were Sarah, I'd be so thrilled to have a best friend like you. Nice selection of goodies too. I wish I can be as creative. But there's always next Christmas. I'm going to treat my sister to something similar. Thanks for the idea. xx

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  15. What a very unique idea, Beth! The box and the ribbon are very pretty as well. Hope that she liked it-I know I would have! :)

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  16. That is such a lovely idea and I would love to make one for a friends birthday. Thanks for the idea!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  17. Great idea! I might use this for the couple friends I haven't seen yet for the holidays!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Such a great gift idea! Just wish i'd thought of this BEFORE Christmas; will have to keep it in mind for the upcoming birthdays! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Heather
    b3autyjournal.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  19. Such a lovely idea! I made crackers filled with mini beauty items this year for my friends and they went down a storm!

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  20. this is an amazing idea! may go for this for my best friend's 21st in march!

    lillies and lipbalm

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  21. Come Acrross this and its such a good idea as little presents with thought. :)
    Will Definitely be using this idea. :)
    Lovely blog!
    Joannagracebeddows.wordpress.com

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  22. Lovely idea and it's more personal as you can pick what products suit the person you're giving the gift too !!

    xx

    CandyxCosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. What a lovely idea! I did a similar thing for one of my friends too. I love personal presents :)

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  24. I love this idea I might have to do this for my friend as her birthday is coming up and this would be fab!

    Emily xx
    http://www.beautybyemily.co.uk

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  25. This is a lovely idea, it's so fun putting beauty boxes together!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  26. Aw Beth this is such a lovely idea, it's so sweet and looks like so much care and effort went into it. I love how you even made the little card with the images and annotations on it - Sarah's lucky to have a friend like you :)
    I made up a hamper basket of gifts for my boyfriends parents with chocolates, soaps, etc - that counts, right? ;)

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! xxx

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  27. What a great idea Beth :) I'll definitely be doing this for some birthdays this year!

    Catriona xo

    Lifestyle: http://undertheappletree18.blogspot.co.uk/
    Fashion: http://girlcallednina.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Such a lovely idea and one I know a lot of my friends would love! I think I'm gonna start to make all my gifts more personal to the person this year!

    daisy//daisydaisyxxo

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