One of our fave products to hit the shelves this week is W7′s new In The Buff Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette.
Another fantastic product from W7, this palette contains 12 gorgeous natural shades with a mix of shimmers and mattes – perfect to take you from day to night. It’s all presented in a gorgeous bag-friendly tin with a handy brush applicator.
If you’re a fan of Urban Decay’s Naked Palette or “Undressed” from MUA you’re sure to love it. What’s even better is the price – just £5.49 with free UK delivery. What are you waiting for?
We just can’t help treating our lovely Xtras customers! With party season in full swing what better way to share the love than with a whopping 20% off all our hair extensions?
That’s right – whether you wear Double-Wefted Extensions, Full-Head Extensions or even our Premium Extensions, you can get 20% off the RRP with the code PARTYHAIR.
Don’t forget, all orders get free UK delivery too so there are no hidden costs!
Enter our Facebook Competition
Fancy a little extra treat? If you head over to Facebook and like and share our party hair post, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury beauty hamper worth over £100. Packed with luxury skincare and high-end makeup essentials, you can keep it for yourself or give some pieces away as gifts. It’s up to you! It’s so simple to enter – just like and share the post and you could wake up to an extra special gift this Xmas!
It’s the Xtras Xmas party tonight, and we’ve been pooling our tips for creating a quick and easy party look for when you don’t have time to run home and start afresh!
Our makeup can get flat and tired after a day at work and Xmas parties can be enough of a minefield without having to lug around your entire makeup collection all day as well – so here’s a few looks we love that’ll spice up your workday look in just a few easy steps!
After a hectic Black Friday and Cyber Monday we’ve got our Xmas shopping well underway here at Xtras headquarters! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift idea, for a loved one or maybe a Secret Santa, we’ve got plenty of fabulous gift sets from cosmetics to skincare and of course designer fragrance. Here are our top gift set picks this week:
Makeup Gift Sets
This beauty compact from Manhattan is absolutely adorable and a great stocking filler for any girly girls. Perfect to go in your handbag, it contains concealer, blusher and lipgloss for just £2.99.
For a larger pressie try this Endless Colour Compact from Active. With 36 eyeshadow shades, 4 lip creams, 2 bronzers, 2 blushers and more applicators than you can shake a stick at, it’s the perfect addition to any dressing table. What’s even better is that it comes in under a tenner at just £8.49.
The label-conscious lady will love this Model Co Gift Set. With an RRP of £15.00 you can snap it up for just £6.99.
Gift Sets for Mum
Mums will love this Back to Nature Spa Gift Set – it’s a whole lot of luxury in gorgeous packaging! This set contains everything you need to indulge yourself at home, for just £9.49.
Elizabeth Arden’s Pretty Gift Set is one of our office favourites. With an RRP of £50.00 you can give this gift for just £24.99.
Fragrance Gift Sets
Our designer fragrances don’t break the bank, and Beyonce’s Pulse is one of our faves this year. This set comes with 50ml EDP, 75ml body milk and shower cream for just £15.99.
We love the packaging of Britney Spears Circus Fantasy, and with 30ml EDP and 100ml body souffle for just £21.49 it’s a little bargain this Xmas.
We haven’t forgotten the fellas – our fave aftershave gift set is this Beckham Instinct Set with 30ml EDT and 150ml hair and body wash, all for just £11.99.
Take a look at our Christmas Gifts category to see all our amazing pressies, from high-end luxury to stocking fillers for under a fiver. We’ve got Xmas all wrapped up!
Good morning Xtras fans! We’ve got another fabulous competition lined up for you this week – to WIN a £50 Xtras gift card!
Our brand new gift cards can be spent online on our whole range of hair and beauty goodies, so if you win you could do a little Xmas shopping or even give it as a gift to someone else!
How to Enter
We’re running the competition across Twitter and Facebook, so you can enter on one or both! On Twitter, just re-tweet our competition message, and on Facebook, just Like our competition post. It really is that simple!
The competition is open now and runs until 5pm on Thursday 5th December. A winner will be chosen on Friday the 6th and notified on Twitter or Facebook!
Hello! I’m Rebecca-Louise from Autumn Leaves – UK Beauty Blog. I’ve been asked to show you some of my make up picks from Xtras that would make great stocking fillers, all coming in at under £3 each! I’ve tried to go for products that are quite safe shade wise as it can be really difficult to pick out individual products unless the person you’re buying for has a signature make up style. I don’t tend to use the brushes that come with palettes, but below you’ll find some tips for application without the need for any brushes! All of these products would be perfect for someone who’s fairly new to beauty or would like to experiment more.
The first up is the Manhattan The Gorgeous Quad Eyeshadow Palette* (£2.99) which I actually picked as it doubles up as a blush palette. There’s four powder shades – three matte and one shimmer, a double ended applicator and handy compact mirror. Personally, I wouldn’t wear any of these shades on my lids but would be more than happy wearing them on my cheeks. They are more suited to the Spring and Summer months, but it’s always good to plan ahead. I like to apply using my thumb as it’s the perfect size for a flush of colour across the cheeks. For the black shade, I’d recommend dampening the brush to apply it as an eyeliner on the upper lash line, or blending it out with your finger for a smokey eye effect.
Next up is the W7 Camouflage Kit* (£2.99). Concealer can sometimes be a difficult one finding a shade suited to yourself, let alone someone else. It’s not the first make up product you’d think of when buying a gift for someone, but I think this palette is a great idea. Made up of five cream concealers, a double ended applicator and mirror, it’s also very compact and gives the person the chance to use individual shades or blend to make one right for them. I like that there’s a mix of warm, neutral and cool tones so there should be something for most. For these, I like to use my finger to make them a little easier to work with, then blend mostly under the eyes and a little over any imperfections.
Lastly is the NYC Individual Eyes Palette for Brown Eyes* (£2.99). It contains four shimmery eyeshadows perfect for a smoked eye effect (a light grey, a taupe, a mauve and a black), a cream illuminator and a skin coloured cream primer as well as a double ended applicator. The palette also has an extra plastic covering that tells you which shade goes where, along with a diagram on the back in case you’re new to eyeshadow application. For both the primer and illuminator, I like to warm them up slightly with my fingers for application before pulling out various brushes to apply the shadow. It’s also available for different coloured eyes too, so look out for those!
I hope you liked my stocking fillers!
We’ve got a fab range of Xmas gifts on our site, but if you’re not sure what to get for someone, why not get them a gift voucher?
With our online gift vouchers, you can let that special someone choose their own presents from our huge range of beauty and hair products. If you know someone is into cosmetics it’s the perfect gift!
How to buy
It’s really easy to buy a gift voucher!
Step 1: Choose the amount you’d like to spend from the handy drop-down menu.
Step 2: Customise your gift voucher with the name of the recipient and a personal message.
Step 3: Choose whether to have the gift voucher emailed to them, or print it off at home. If you want us to email the voucher to the recipient, just put their email address in the box provided. If you’d rather get the voucher to print at home, use your own email address or leave the box blank.
Step 4: Checkout! We’ll send you a copy of the gift voucher for reference, and email your friend their copy on the date you’ve selected.
Printing at home
Check the email you receive with your gift voucher – there’ll be a PDF attachment that you can print off at home to pop in a card or envelope.
Spending your gift voucher
Xtras gift vouchers are online only, so you can only redeem them on our website. Just input your unique gift code at checkout. If you’ve got more credit than the order value, the extra amount will be applied to your account to use in future.
Click here to pick up your Xtras gift voucher!
It’s an exciting week here at Xtras Headquarters – cult beauty brand Becca has just hit our shelves and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Founded by makeup artist Rebecca Morrice Williams and taking 6 years to develop, Becca is renowned for having one of the most diverse range of foundation and concealer shades to choose from. Women of all skin tones and skin colours can find a perfect match – sounds pretty good to us!
Here are some of our favourites from the range:
Becca Luminous Skin Foundation – RRP £34.00, our price £11.99.
Compact Concealer with two blendable shades – RRP £30.00, our price £9.99.
Becca Mineral Powder Foundation – RRP £30.00, our price £9.50.
Soft Touch Blusher in wearable shades – RRP £25.00, our price £9.50.
The classic Becca Stick Foundation, RRP £42.00, our price £9.99.
Becca Brow Shaping Gel – RRP £24.99, our price £14.99.
Finally these fabulous Becca Makeup Brushes including the angled eyeshadow brush above. You can get your hands on these beauties for as little as £9.99.
Take a look at the full range of Becca Cosmetics and shop your favourites soon – we have a feeling they won’t stick around for long!
A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Xmas Wishlist Giveaway! We’ve been inundated with entries from lovely ladies and gents all sharing their fabulous Xmas wishlists with our team. The competition closed at 5pm yesterday, so it’s time we picked a winner!
Congratulations to Tina Holmes!! Your wishlist will be winging its way to you shortly – we hope you enjoy!!
Two gorgeous OPI nail polishes in I’m All Ears and Don’t Touch my Tutu
A paddle hair brush by Zazie
Hot Pink Zebra straightening irons from Ionika
One of our fave perfumes – Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One.
What a fab wishlist and a brilliant early Xmas pressie! For everyone who entered but didn’t win never fear – we’ve got a little surprise coming up just for you!
It’s well and truly Xmas shopping period now but we all know how difficult some people can be to buy for! If you need some inspiration for the man in your life never fear – we’ve put together our top gifts for him so you can treat him to something he’ll love!
Who doesn’t love a good Xmas jumper? We’ve got some beauties this year, in sizes from small to extra large. At just £16.99 this is a brilliant gift he can wear on the day and amuse the whole family!
We have a whole host of designer aftershaves for men, including:
David Beckham Homme Gift Set, containing 50ml of fabulous fragrance and a 200ml hair and body wash, all for just £14.99.
The ever-popular David Beckham Instinct Gift Set, containing 30ml EDT and 150ml hair and body wash, a snip at just £12.50.
This Ferrari Gift Set is perfect for any petrolheads out there – 75ml EDT and 150ml shower gel for £16.99, saving over £10 on the RRP.
One of our fabulous designer aftershaves is sure to go down a treat. From Paco Rabanne to Hugo Boss.
If you know he likes a certain fragrance but don’t want to break the bank, why not try an alternative from Milton LLoyd? These smell-a-like scents are a big hit with bloggers and perfect for wearing every day. At just £4.50 each you could even treat him to a few!
We’re super excited about cult American brand Hard Candy hitting our shelves this week. Known for its intense colour and dramatic packaging, these are cosmetics with attitude.
We’ve picked out a few of our faves from the range, including these amazing eye tattoos. Believe it or not, these little beauties contain full eye makeup in one handy applique, for the ultimate in no-fuss glamour.
If glitter’s your thing there’s plenty to choose from, including glitter eye gel, loose glitter and glitter sticks, all in a range of colours.
We’ve got eyeshadow sticks and eyeshadow duos with a touch of shimmer, and for the end of the day the ultimate makeup remover to take it all off.
Buy for yourself or as a gift this Xmas, but be quick because Hard Candy is sure to fly off the shelves!
Happy Monday Xtras fans! It’s not long to go until Xmas is upon us, so we thought we’d treat you to a little competition! How would you like to win your Xmas Xtras wishlist?
We’re giving one lucky winner their whole Xtras wishlist up to the value of £100. That’s a whole lot of makeup and skincare, or a few of your favourite fragrances! Why not add something for him to your list and take care of his Xmas pressie too?
It’s easy to enter, just follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1) Register on our website at https://www.xtras.co.uk/customer/account/create/
Step 2) Add products to your wishlist. Just click the “add to wishlist” button on the product page!
Step 3) Share your wishlist with firstname.lastname@example.org
The Small Print:
Competition is open to UK residents only. Closing date for all entries is 5pm on Wednesday 20th November, and we’ll notify the winner by email on Thursday 21st November. The winner will receive items from their wishlist up to a value of £100.
Entrants wishlists may be used by Xtras in social media and other marketing materials.
We all love to treat our mums at Xmas, and what better way than with some totally indulgent skincare? Now’s your chance to pick up some luxury goods from a top brand at just a fraction of the RRP, and your mum need never know how much it really cost! Take a look at our top Xmas skincare picks below.
Skincare Gifts for Mum
Who wouldn’t love to get some Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for Xmas? This cult skincare hit revives the complexion – perfect to help her recover from Xmas excess and look gorgeous all through the winter! It’s an absolute snip at just £22.99.
Another top beauty brand you can’t afford to miss is Decleor, and we’ve got some amazing deals on this skincare range. Take the Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum for example – packed with Manuka honey, lemongrass, geranium, rose concentrate, and essential oils, it’s sheer indulgence in a bottle and an extra special gift. At £38.50 you’re saving over £16 on the RRP.
Up next is one of our most amazing deals to date – Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum Pen for just £12.99. That’s right, this cult product renowned for minimising fine lines and wrinkles is a tiny fraction of its £79.00 RRP. What are you waiting for?
Up next are our top picks from Elizabeth Arden – we’ve got so many fabulous products in this range it was hard to pick just a few! Our favourite has to be the classic Eight Hour Cream. Renowned for being a multi-use product, you can give this as a gift for just £16.99. With £8 left over from the normal RRP, why not treat your mum to some Eight Hour Hand Cream too? This handbag-friendly classic is just £6.49 and a fab treatment for winter skin.
It’s not all about skincare this Xmas – take a look at Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara or this Maximum Volume Mascara (both £8.49). They’re two top hits in the Xtras office and there isn’t a mum in the land who wouldn’t want one of these!
We hope this has given you a little Xmas inspiration, but if you’d like even more ideas for mum take a look at our Gifts For Mum category for the best pressies from across our entire range.
Hello Xtras fans and welcome to our new Featured Blogger series! Each month we’re putting one of our fave makeup and fashion bloggers under the spotlight to ask what inspires them, and what tips they have for us beauty-lovers!
Our very first featured blogger is the lovely Rebecca-Louise from Autumn Leaves, a UK beauty blog with lots of lifestyle goodness thrown in.
When did you start beauty blogging?
I started blogging back in October 2011, but didn’t really know where I was going with it. I have always loved make up but my first posts were fashion based, using press images and nothing like my blog is now. I started to feature my own beauty posts mid-December of that year and have stuck to that ever since. The past few months I’ve included a few more home decor and lifestyle posts but beauty will always be the main aspect of my blog. I love the community that comes with blogging and sharing my passion with likeminded people is the best!
How would you describe your makeup style?
My make up is very neutral, yet radiant and always simple. I like products that save time yet still look great. My eye make up is usually made up of a bronze/copper, shimmery cream eyeshadow and volumous black mascara; base is almost always a BB cream with a liquid illuminator blended in; cheeks have a little peachy-pink pop; but lips vary from day to day – a bold, a vampy or a ‘my lips but better’ look.
What beauty essentials can you not live without?
I need a good moisturiser (Origins Ginzing is my favourite) and a great make up remover (Garnier Simply Essentials).
If you could only use one makeup product, what would it be?
It would have to be mascara as it’s the only thing I can’t leave the house without wearing! I’ve got blonde eyelashes and I just don’t look awake unless I’ve got a deep brown or black mascara on. I’m a bit scared of getting my eyelashes tinted but I guess I will eventually! Seventeen Doll’d Up or Benefit They’re Real are my favourite mascaras.
What beauty trends should we keep an eye on?
I love the Thin Black Line trend – I very rarely wear eyeliner because usually all of the trends are much thicker or cat eye flicks which don’t suit me because my lids are very hooded, but the concept of having a really thin line suits me so much better and really defines! Also look out for matte/satin skin, no blush and glossy, done lips.
What’s your favourite product on our site?
It’s too hard to choose! I love OPI and Essie polishes and want to get my hands on them all!
If you’d like to be an Xtras Featured Blogger, take a look at our info page and get in touch!
If you have an upcoming work Secret Santa or you just want to spoil that special someone, our Xmas Stocking Filler range will give you loads of inspiration! With over 100 gifts for under £5 you’re sure to find the perfect pressie, or two, or three! We’ve picked our very favourites to make things easy, but don’t forget to check out our full range of sub-£5 gifts.
How gorgeous are these eyeshadow palettes?! Our makeup brands have really outdone themselves this year, with fabulous palettes from the likes of W7, Manhattan and NYC. From left to right we have:
Manhattan Only Eyeshadow Quads, handbag-sized beauties containing four gorgeous complimentary shades and an eyeshadow applicator. A steal at just £2.99.
Manhattan Gorgeous, Glamorous, Fabulous and Brave Quads. Also just £2.99, these palettes contain 3 matte and one shimmer shade, an applicator and a mirror for makeup on the go.
W7′s 10 Out of 10M palette does exactly what it says on the tin. 10 fabulous eyeshadows and an applicator for just £3.50. We’ve tested this product and it’s a good rival for some far more expensive brands!
NYC Individual Eyes palettes have everything you need for a long-lasting look. With primer, illuminator and four eyeshadow shades this set is another bargain at just £2.99.
The gorgeous glittery palette up front is W7′s Party Time Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss Palette. With 6 eyeshadows and 4 lipglosses it has everything you need for a night on the town and what’s more, it looks seriously gorgeous in your handbag! Not bad for just £2.49.
W7 Mega Matte Lips are a big hit this year, and for £1.99 what’s not to love? With a creamy, moisture-rich consistency and lovely buildable colour, Mega Matte Lips come in a range of colours to suit almost everyone.
For something a bit more unusual, try Astor’s Perfect Stay Lip Tint. Colour goes on with felt-tip-like applicator, and there’s a built in moisturiser to keep lips looking luscious all day. With loads of colours to choose from and at just £1.99, why not treat someone to two?
W7 Magic Matte Lipstick is another blogger favourite and we love it too. Moisturising colour for just £2.99, this is the perfect gift for lipstick mavens.
Finally, for the less daring makeup lover we’ve picked this Miss Sporty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss. Fabulous moisture with just a hint of colour, it comes in a handbag-friendly jar and looks a lot more exclusive than it’s £1.99 price tag.
Hold onto your hats, we’ve got a whole host of nail products for less than £5!
First up is Sally Hansen’s fab Sugar Coat range of nail polish. Extremely cute and a snip at £2.49, this nail polish builds to a 3D finish in just two coats – any nail art fans out there will love to try it!
W7′s Cosmic Nail Dust Glitter is a firm favourite here. With 18 shades to choose from we love it for parties or just to vamp up a nail art look. At just £2.50 why not get a few?
These Pretty Nail Art Confetti sets are super cute and amazing value at £1.99. Full of teeny tiny nail gems, they’re the perfect gift for anyone who’s creative with their nails.
£3.95 will make you the proud giver of a W7 Nail Bling Set. With a fabulous polish and two glitter pots, these sets come in gorgeous packaging and there are several colours to choose from.
Finally, Royal’s Glue-On Nails are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to get their nails done. You wouldn’t believe these are just £2.99 – the quality is top-notch and the designs are truly gorgeous. With dozens of designs to choose, from leopard print to baroque, there’s something to suit all tastes.
We hope this gift guide has helped you out, but don’t forget to take a look at our full range of stocking fillers for gift inspiration this Xmas!
Xtras shoppers in Leeds may be familiar with our White Rose barrow. Well, we’re excited to announce we’ve expanded our retail space in the White Rose Centre so we can stock even more makeup and hair extension goodies! We’ve got the full range of Crazy for Hair extensions including our new Deluxe Double Wefted sets, and all your makeup favourites including a huge range of W7 cosmetics.
Take a look at some of our piccies below and stop by soon
We love all the gorgeous makeup inspiration on show at London Fashion Week! Some of the looks these designers come up with can be a bit ‘out there’ to say the least- so, we’re proud to bring to your our selection of the best (not to mention, most wearable) looks from the catwalks!
Which ones do you rate & hate?
Perfume is an everyday essential, most of us spritz a little on just to run to the shop for some milk or to take out the bins (OK, maybe not for taking out the bins!). It’s definitely a luxury but at the same time it’s hard to treat it like one when you want to wear it all the time and reapply throughout the day. We all splurge on an expensive perfume every couple of months which seems to magically evaporate in what feels like moments. Instead of spending a small fortune on designer perfume every few weeks why not try a Milton Lloyd fragrance, they’re designed to smell just like your favourite scents but at a fraction of the price you won’t feel guilty for using this cheap perfume a couple of times a day and you can save your special one for special occasions!
Each Milton Lloyd fragrance is original but familiar, designed to smell just like it’s designer equivalent. I’m currently loving Milton Lloyd Stars which is perfect for fans of Thierry Mugler’s cult scent Alien. Floral and woody with notes of orange, jasmin and violet heart this sweet fragrance is a spectacular summer scent and a steal at £3.99.
Poker Jean Yves by Milton Lloyd is perfect for lovers of Chanel Chance. Refreshing citron combined with pink pepper and amber patchouli creates a musky unique fragrance, sophisticated and attractive.
Have a browse through our collection of Milton Lloyd scents, priced between £3.99-£8.99. This range of cheap perfume is the perfect everyday alternative to your designer fragrance, bag yours today!
Us girls here at Xtras HQ love to test out all our latest products so that we’re always prepared to let you, our gorgeous customers, know what brilliant bargains are available.
Here’s the low down on our top three products for August to keep you guys updated on our favourite items currently in stock!
At just £4.49 the Sun Kissed Gradual Tanning Lotion in Medium Bronze is an absolute steal and a great alternative to the more pricey brands. The shea butter and vitamin E packed formula absorbs evenly leaving skin hydrated and moisturised as a natural golden tan develops. This brand is fast becoming a celebrity favourite tanning lotion, you saw it here first!
Miss Eylure Alice Eyelashes are the perfect pre-glued false eyelashes for nights out and festivals. Ready to wear these thick, long lashes are applied by simply pressing down meaning you can apply them easily anywhere, whether you’re in front of your mirror at home or hunched over a compact mirror in a tent! Super dramatic and eye-catching, the lashes contain an extra glue strip so can be worn more than once!
Usually retailing at £14.00, Calvin Klein Delicious Pout Flavoured Lipgloss in Cupid is a fun and flirty shade, containing vitamin E and C for extra lip protection and hydration. Extremely pigmented with a hint of shimmer this sheer red is the perfect summer shade which will leave you looking bright and feeling kissable!