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The Seasonal Savvy Shopper Guide

The seasonal savvy shopper needs a plan of action. We present (pun intended!) our tips on how to approach Christmas shopping, avoid stress and get the best deals.

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The seasonal savvy shopper should always be prepared. So get a proper piece of paper and a pen and make a list (if you prefer something hi-tech, we like ToDoist).To help you out, we’ve put together a list of people who sometimes get forgotten. Of course you don’t have to include everyone (unless you’re a millionaire), but is someone special included here?

  1. School: teachers, classroom assistants, dinner ladies, lollipop men/women, school mums, kids best friends, brownie/dance class leaders, bus driver
  2. Work: secret santa, watercooler best friend, boss, supplier
  3. Home: neighbours (especially elderly or anyone alone)
    Keep a sticky note on your desk and jot down anyone who comes to mind. 


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Don’t be afraid to split up a gift set *gasp*. We know, lovely packaging etc. etc. But sometimes it just makes sense to buy a set then split it up. Gift sets are always good value and individual items are cheaper than if you bought them alone. Plus you often find exclusives that aren’t available elsewhere. Then there’s Secret Santa – getting something nice on a tiny budget can be hard, so look out for sets you can split.

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How about this Penhaligon’s scent library, where you can get 10 stocking filler fragrances from a bespoke Parfumier, for under £2 each! Or this Sarah Jessica Parker set that can be split into (gift one) the 100ml fragrance + (gift two) body lotion & rollerball, at a cost of just £11 for each gift (and a gorgeous storage box for you!). Consider it, that’s all we’re saying.

 

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Know you’ll be buying fragrance, but don’t know their scent?
There are a few ways round this, so eyes down:

Espionage – the easy option, you rope in a spouse or take a detour past their bedroom and see what’s on the dresser
Subterfuge – next time you’re together say “wow what’s that fragrance you’re wearing? It’s lovely”. They’ll usually respond with “Oh it’s XYZ” or else tell you they don’t wear fragrance. If it’s the latter, pay attention to why (maybe they’re allergic) or what they think you’re smelling eg their soap (that’s a clue they like clean, fresh scents)
The Blatant Option – ask them! The earlier you do it, the less they’ll associate you asking with Christmas
Get Clever – encourage people to use our Christmas printables to hint/downright tell you what they want
If you’re really stuck but you don’t want to give a voucher, our advice is to buy a gentle fragrance then have it gift wrapped and dispatched direct by our team. That way the recipient can always exchange without you needing to know…
We suggest Ghost The Fragrance for her or Davidoff Cool Water For Men


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It’s easy to get carried away – this is where the seasonal savy shopper’s trusty list comes in! Next to each name write a fragrance or gift idea and a rough amount you want to spend. Use our Christmas shop to shop by price or category and you’ll easily stay on-budget.

We hope you enjoyed our seasonal savvy shopper tips – have some of your own? Comment below or leave us a message on our social accounts, we’d love to hear from you!

Please note: prices correct at time of publication.

Thank You For The Music – and the fragrance!

No self-respecting celebrity would forget to launch a fragrance, but what may surprise you is this: there are some corkers out there! Here’s our pick of bestselling perfume from the world of music.

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Beyonce
At the time of writing Beyoncé has no less than 9 fragrances to her name but Heat is her first and most iconic. It’s a sweet and musky scent, with top notes of peach and neroli. In spite of its name it’s actually a well loved winter scent so don’t be afraid to gift it at any time of year.
(As an added bonus watch her behind the scenes video below of the official Heat commercial)

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Jessica Simpson 
This may surprise you: Jessica has FIFTEEN perfumes under her belt! One of our favourites and a bestseller is Jessica Simpson Fancy. Top notes of pear apricot and red berries combine with warm, caramel undertones. Great if you also like Viva La Juicy Noir or Diesel Loverdose Tattoo.

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Katy Perry
Katy’s fragrances now include the iconic Purr, Meow and Royal Revolution, but we love Killer Queen. Inspired by the Queen song and in a bottle shaped like a ruby, it’s fruity with strong scents of patchouli.
See the extended commercial here (yes it does feature The Song):

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Rihanna 
A no brainer for us, Rihanna’s scents are all amazing and best of all (in our opinion) is Reb’l Fleur. Think coconut with florals, it’s the scent of the summer and utterly delicious. Very affordable and matters not one jot if you aren’t even a Rihanna fan – we say buy it!!

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Lady GaGa 
Lady G’s first perfume was launched in 2012 on an unusual premise – instead of the usual pyramid structure, all ingredients were created equal to make an overall push-pull effect. The result is a mix of belladonna, orchid and honey and remains a runaway bestseller to this day.

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Madonna 
It would be a travesty if a pop icon like Madonna didn’t her her own fragrance, happily she has 2 signature lines – Truth or Dare and Truth or Dare Naked, both massive favourites with allbeauty.com fans. Truth or Dare is aimed at women aged 35 – 45 and has top notes of neroli, gardenia and tuberose, a white floral bouquet.

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Britney Spears
We’re completely serious when we describe Britney Spears as a Perfume Powerhouse. Britney’s scent catalogue is now vast, with many fans collecting them for their fabulous bottles as much as for their fragrance. It was very hard to choose just one but Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy is such a favourite with allbeauty.com customers it had to be this. Top notes of plum and black cherry and with a strapline of “what happens to you when the clock strikes twelve” make the combination irresistible!

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Taylor Swift 
She may be young but Taylor Swift is regularly top of the charts when it comes to fragrance. Her latest and fourth offering, Incredible Things, is currently out of stock due to massive demand (don’t worry, it’s due back soon!). It’s not hard to see why: pink pepper and grapefruit with orchid and vanilla make this a fun, flirty combination that’s clean and floral. See Taylor talking about Incredible Things in her behind the scenes video. If you’d like an alert as soon as it comes back into stock, just email info@allbeauty.com

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Cheryl 
Still fairly new to the perfume world, Cheryl currently has Storm Flower and Storm Flower Noir to her name. Storm Flower is a beautiful mix of mandarin, nectarine, freesia and peach blossom making it oh-so-feminine. We’ll confess: this one’s on our desk right now, it’s ideal for work and gets the thumbs up every time we spray!

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Jennifer Lopez
Another powerhouse of the perfume world, J-Lo continues to outsell her younger pretenders year on year. Glow is probably her signature scent and although it’s nearly 14 years old (!) it’s our top pick: fresh, sexy and clean with top notes of orange, grapefruit and citrus. It’s subtle and sophisticated and makes a fabulous gift or surprise stocking filler.

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Justin Bieber 
The first fragrance by the pop icon was Someday and is a very creditable fruity scent that wouldn’t be out of place on Mum’s dressing table. A stunning bottle with a cute heart-and-key clip which can be taken off and re-used, this is a very worthy scent in a collection by the Canadian star.

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Pharrell Williams
He’s relatively new to fragrance but with a design like this, you just have to love Pharrell’s fragrance ‘GIRL’. Actually for men and women (despite the name) it’s a fresh woody scent with neroli and lavender.

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Sean John
Undoubtedly a name you wouldn’t associate with fragrance, Sean ‘Diddy’ John Combs actually has a range of scents for men and women, that continue to delight new and old fans. Well worth a look, they may very well surprise you…

 


Free 48 UK Tracked Delivery available at allbeauty.com when you spend £20.
Prices correct at the time of publish.

The Top 10 Fragrances For Tweens

Girls love fragrance at any age, but pre-teens will love to open their very own perfume; make them feel special with a scent just for them. We at allbeauty have picked out the 10 best fragrances for Tweens and Pre-Teens.


Justin Bieber Someday

imageThe first fragrance by the pop icon, this is a very creditable fruity scent that wouldn’t be out of place on Mum’s dressing table (confession: your writer owns a bottle!). A stunning bottle with a cute heart-and-key clip which can be taken off and re-used. Actually a shame if she doesn’t like Bieber, this is rather lovely. As fragrances for tweens go, this is one of the best.


Katy Perry Purr Eau de Parfum

imagePeach with a hint of coconut and in a bottle that manages to be fun and glam at the same time, Katy’s first fragrance is adorable with a slightly grown up edge that an older tween will love. The box features Katy dressed in a catsuit in a sultry pose – perfectly tame but may not feel suitable for younger girls, we think age 11+.


One Direction That Moment 

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That Moment is the second fragrance from 1D (’Our Moment’ was the first, with ‘You and I’ third and the latest release being ‘Between Us’. Yes, 1D have 4 fragrances…) It’s a fresh, apple scent, in a bottle that’s pure glam – not that she’s that bothered, Harry et al know how it smells and that’s the important bit. It also has the boys on the box (of course).


Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette

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Considered a fragrance for any age, Aquolina is a sugary, sweet, very girly scent plus it’s also a bestseller. Very suitable for pre-teens or teenagers, but if the sugary scent doesn’t appeal then try Pink Sugar Simply Pink, a fruitier option.


Shawn Mendes Signature Eau de Parfum

The first fragrance by Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes is designed for both men and women. The fragrance is inspired by his Canadian roots and his passion for music. With top notes of Lemon and pineapple and base notes of White Cedar.


Ariana Grande Cloud Eau de Parfum


Cloud by Ariana Grande is a vibrant and floral fragrance. The box shows the face our your young teens idol and like the scent is vibrant and out there! Any little fashionista will love it, especially the link to Ariane Grande.


Moschino Chic Petals Eau de Toilette

Elegant and fun floral explosion (and in a gorgeous matching box), Chic Petals is for the cool, edgy, fashionista tween. Moschino Chic Petals is a fragrance for an ‘interesting’ teen, who moves in the flowery and luxuriant fields of her imagination with style and authority.


So there you have our top 10 fragrances for Tweens. If you have any suggestions of your own we’d love to hear them – just comment down below.


Details correct as of Jan 2020. Free UK 48hr Tracked Delivery available, see allbeauty.com for details.

Secret Santa Christmas Printables & Wishlist

Print our cute allbeauty.com Secret Santa hint card & Christmas wishlist – our printables are perfect for the office or use our wishlist & wallet slip to drop a few hints!

Secret Santa Christmas printables hint card – right click to save or view on Pinterest HERE

Secret Santa Christmas Printables - download this cute card
Secret Santa Christmas Printables

Look how cute this is on a desk – now there’s no excuse!!

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Santa wishlist and wallet card – right click to save or see it on Pinterest HERE

Use our Christmas beauty wishlist to ask for exactly what you’d like – or fill out the wallet slip and hide it amongst the notes for a subtle hint in the right direction!

Secret Santa Christmas Wishlist & Wallet Card Printable
Secret Santa Christmas Wishlist Printable