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Christmas: L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar Review

Posted on November 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

Fabulous luxury French skincare brand L’Occitane have treated us this year with not one but two beauty advent calendars – and I have the luxury version to share with you today.

Compared to the ‘standard’ advent calendar, the luxury calendar is of course more expensive, at £89.00 compared to £49.00, but for that price L’Occitane are treating you to a vast selection of generous sized mini products, which are both larger and of higher value than those in the standard advent calendar.

The calendar itself is a sturdy chest, with drawers which open to reveal each individually wrapped product. Expect to find the best of the best from L’Occitane inside, there’s skincare, bath products, makeup remover, lip balm, fragrance – if it’s a besterseller at L’Occitane you’ll find it in here! Also, you can turn the drawers around each day to reveal some cute festive Christmas illustrations on the back, which is a nice little addition. Let’s see what’s inside…

  • Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum (5ml)
  • Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette (7.5ml)
  • Verbena Eau de Toilette (10ml)
  • Arlésienne Eau de Toilette (7.5ml)
  • Shea Butter Hand Cream (30ml)
  • Ultra Rich Lip Balm (12ml)
  • Divine Youth Oil (4ml)
  • Divine Cream (4ml)
  • Precious Cream (8ml)
  • Shea Light Comforting Face Cream (8ml)
  • Almond Supple Skin Oil (15ml)
  • Almond Shower Oil (35ml)
  • Almond Milk Concentrate (20ml)
  • Almond Delicious Hands (10ml)
  • Immortelle Oil Make Up Remover (30ml)
  • Shea Cleansing Oil (30ml)
  • Immortelle Essential Water (30ml)
  • Repairing Shampoo (35ml)
  • Repairing Conditioner (35ml)
  • Relaxing Shower Gel (35ml)
  • Ultra Rich Shower Cream (30ml)
  • Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion (35ml)
  • Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (10ml)
  • Roses et Reines Hand Cream (10ml)

I’m so impressed with this advent calendar – yes it is on the pricey side at £89.00, but the size and selection of products, as well as the quality of the calendar itself really make it worth purchasing. The products included are valued at £129.00 in total, so you’re definitely getting good value for money! This is a must have for fans of L’Occitane – will you be treating yourself?

The L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar is £89.00 and available now at L’Occitane.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Soap & Glory Advent Calendar 2017

Posted on November 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the fabulous Soap & Glory It’s A Calendar, Girls! Advent Calendar to share with you today! As I’m sure you can guess, this calendar is packed full with 24 days of Soap & Glory treats, including some of their most famous and well loved skincare products, as well as makeup items and a couple of newer launches too. Here’s what you’ll find inside…

  • Clean on Me Creamy Shower Gel Pod (8ml x2)
  • Sugar Crush Fresh and Foamy Body Wash Pod (8ml x2)
  • Rich & Foamous Showed and Bath Body Wash pod (8ml x2)
  • The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer (50ml)
  • The Righteous Butter Body Moisturiser (50ml)
  • Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream (50ml)
  • Heel Genuis Foot Cream (50ml)
  • One Heck of a Blot Instant Perfecting Power Primer (15ml)
  • Thick & Fast High-Definition Collagen-Coat Mascara in Black. (10ml)
  • Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks in shades Nudist and Pink-a-Boo (1.5g x2)
  • Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Stick in shade Choco-Berry (1.4g x2)
  • Crazy Sexy Kohl Twist-up eyeliner in shades Smoulder, What A Night, Foil In Love, Grapevine and Cocoa Bean (0.35g x5)
  • Pillow Plump Lip gloss in shades Clearvoyant, Nude In Town and Pinkwell (4ml x3)
  • Mini Tweezers

So you’ve got a few very generous 50ml size treats here, as well as a full size mascara which on it’s own is worth £10.50. I’m also really pleased to find not one, but five eyeliners included – these really are excellent! And the lippies are a great addition too. These products work out at a very reasonable £1.66 per item, so I think this is great value for money – what do you think?

The Soap and Glory It’s a Calendar, Girls! Advent Calendar is £40.00 and available now at Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Nejma Le Sublime EDP

Posted on November 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back again today with a gorgeous brand new niche fragrance to share with you – Nejma Le Sublime, which is a beautifully delicate floral scent, perfect for treating yourself to, or a loved one for Christmas 😉

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Nejma (which means the good star or lucky star) was created by Lise Bischoff. During a journey to the Far East, Bischoff attended a reading of an Oriental fairy tale and fell under the spell of Nejma, who would then become her muse and inspire her to create a new line of perfumes.

Nejma is a charming and radiant with amazing beauty, and one day The Vizire visits her city and they totally fell in love. But she isn’t a Princess, so after a lot of fights between both families, they finally get married. From their love story, seven girls were born, and this is the story of how the original seven Nejma fragrances were created; a mix of different spices that each have in common the precious and warm scent of Aoud, giving Nejma its signature charm.

Nejma fragrances are created with diverse ingredients from distant countries, each mixed with Aoud, and Bischoff describes her fragrances as being very rich, exclusive, modern, sensual and powerful… giving you the opportunity to create your own fragrance signature, recreate a memory or to just feel desirable…

I have Le Sublime from the Nejma Private Collection – Le Sublime is a beautifully delicate fragrance, with a comforting, warming aroma that feels like a close embrace with a loved one. I think this is just the perfect scent to wear this time of year, it’s sweet and feminine, but not overly so, and lingers on the skin for hours.

Le Sublime opens with notes of fresh, juicy fruits, including Bergamot, Grapefruit and Passionfruit, leading to a bouquet of precious flowers – Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Rose blend together beautifully to give this scent a soft floral heart. The base of sweet Brown Sugar, Caramel and Dark Chocolate mixed with woody Patchouli and Cedar round the scent off in a warming and sophisticated trail.

  • Top Notes : Yellow Mandarin Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit and Passion Fruit.
  • Heart Notes : Orange Blossom Absolute, Grandiflorum Jasmine, Damascena Rose and Magnolia.
  • Base Notes : Virginia Cedar, Brown Sugar, Patchouli and Dark Chocolate.

Nejma Le Sublime is available now now at Harvey Nichols and Jovoy Paris.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: Must Try Candles feat Fornasetti, Cire Trudon & More.

Posted on November 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s only in recent years that I’ve become a big fan of scented candles. I love how they can transform a room into a welcoming space, evoking feelings of warmth and calm on a chilly day, or how fruity citrus scents can energise and liven up an atmosphere – anyway, I have a few candles to share with you today that I’ve gathered together over the last couple of months. This is quite an eclectic selection both in terms of price and scents so I hope there’s something for everyone here –

Starting with the stunning Fornasetti Fior Di Lina Scented Candle (£140.00 at Amara) – Fornasetti really is the height of luxury when it comes to candles, and one of their latest releases, the Fior Di Lina Scented Candle is a must have for fans of the brand.

Housed in a typical Fornasetti designed casing, the Fior Di Lina candle looks as good as it smells. It features the beautiful enigmatic face of Lina Cavalieri surrounded by flowers and butterflies, and once you’ve finished burning the candle, you can keep the container as a decorative planter that would look stunning in any home. The fragrance is gorgeous as expected, it has a lovely fresh floral scent, with notes of lily, jasmine, and tuberose, and a base of warm sandalwood, and the generously sized 300g candle will burn for up to 60 hours.

Another find from Amara is their own brand A by Amara Sicilian Lemon & Sea Salt Candle (£50.00 at Amara) – still on the pricey side, this luxury scented candle has a beautiful fresh and sparkling citrus scent with a woody base, including notes of Sicilian lemon and sea salt with a base of blonde wood. This A By Amara candle is made from natural wax, with a high 10% perfume content, and it’s housed in a beautiful grey marble finish ceramic vessel, with a gold printed A for Amara Collection on the lid. If you’re a fan of bright citrus scented candles, this is definitely worth a try.

I also have the beautiful Cire Trudon Reggio Candle (£78.00 at John Lewis and Amara) – This is my first ever candle from Cire Trudon, and Reggio truly is a stunning scent. With notes of grapefruit, mandarin and mimosa, this fragrance is inspired by the iconic city of Southern Italy. Reggio embodies the easy-going Italian way of life – citrus trees and thousand-year old olive trees grow, facing its Reggio’s legendary bay, whilst Calabrese mandarin fills the orchards with its perfume. The idyllic scent of this city is captured within this striking looking candle which is housed in a midnight blue vessel with golden Cire Trudon label – I definitely can’t wait to try more candles from this brand now!

Moving on to slightly more affordable options now, another first for me is the Arum London Coconut & Lime Candle (£34.00 at Arum London) – this candle just smells gorgeous, this scent is the perfect combination of juicy lime, balanced with notes of creamy coconut. Their candles are all hand poured and made from 100% natural paraffin-free wax, including a blend of perfumes and essential oils, and will burn for approximately 40 hours.

Arum have also just launched their new Autumn / Winter collection, containing some beautiful sounding scents such as Tea Rose & Clove, and Oats & Honey, which would be perfect for Christmas time.

I also have the Boy Smells Petal Candle (£32.00 at Osmology) – firstly, I love the name of this brand! Boy Smells is a Los Angeles based brand, where their hand poured candles contain a blend of beeswax and coconut oil, with a braided cotton wick. The Petal Candle has a modern floral scent, balancing high notes of magnolia, tuberose and purple geranium, with the depth and warmth of golden amber and exotic musk. Not overly sweet, this is the perfect daytime candle that will work in any room of your house. In terms of packaging, I love the contrast of the black glass tumbler with the matte pink label and carton. If you like your candles to be chic, modern and minimal, this is definitely a brand to try.

I also wanted to mention Osmology, the site this candle came from. This store is basically heaven for candle fans as they stock a vast range of niche brands from across the world – take a look and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

And lastly I have a couple of large tumbler candles from the Isle of Skye Candle Company. (£18.00 at Skye Candles) – again, this is another brand that creates hand made candles, using only natural soya wax – and they promise their unique combination of wax and oils gives some of the longest and cleanest burn times around, and their wicks have been specially developed to optimise the burn so that no wax is left in your glass when it has burnt all the way to the bottom.

I have the Lemongrass candle, which is made of pure lemongrass distilled straight from the plant. This scent is perfect if you’re in need of re-energising. And Pomegranate & Plum – this is a fantastically juicy fruity fragrance that’s just right for livening up your space on a daily basis.

If you’re looking for more wintery scents, Skye Candles also have plenty of options available – the Cinnamon and Ginger & Nutmeg candles sound gorgeous!

Are you a fan of scented candles? I’d love to hear what your favourites are! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The You Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on November 2, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have another amazing beauty advent calendar to share with you today – the You Beauty Advent Calendar contains 24 days of premium beauty products with a total value of over £230 for only £60.00…

Would you believe it if I said this was the 6th You Beauty Advent Calendar? I can’t believe they’ve been making them that long! Anyway, this year is better than ever, and the 2017 calendar is packed with a selection of the very best beauty and skincare products chosen by the experts at You Magazine. There’s treats to be found across makeup, skincare, nails, haircare and accessories, from some fantastic brands such as Ciate, Nip & Fab, REN, Rodial, ESPA, bareMineranls and many more. Let’s take a look inside…

Just look at all the beauty goodies! Here’s a complete run down of everything that’s included, including product sizes and individual values –

  • Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Palette in Stripped & Bare (Full size worth £6.00)
  • Ciate Wonderwand Gel Kohl Liner (Travel size 0.8g worth £7.50)
  • bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY® Vital Power Infusion (7.5ml worth £8.50)
  • Gatineau Gentle Silk Cleanser (50ml worth £5.00)
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (37ml worth £10.00)
  • Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Vixen (Full size 12ml worth £12.00)
  • Kitsch Teardrop Bobby Pins (Full size including 3x pins worth £6.77)
  • Lipcote Browcote Waterproof Brow Sealer (Full size 4ml worth £6.99)
  • Look Good Feel Better Angled Blending Brush (Full size worth £7.00)
  • Sport FX Time Out Face Mist (Full size 30ml worth £5.99)
  • Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Takeaway Shampoo & Conditioner (2x75ml worth £5.00)
  • Nip + Fab Travel Palette Light/Medium (Full size worth £9.95)
  • REN Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml worth £12.00)
  • Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask (Single mask worth £6.00)
  • This Works deep sleep pillow spray (5ml worth £2.00)
  • ESPA Restorative Body Oil & £15 Gift Card (15ml worth £5.10 + £15)
  • Janina Ultra White Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste (75ml worth £11.50)
  • The White Company Cassis Mini Home Spray (15ml worth £2.40)
  • Monuskin Illuminating Primer (30ml worth £17.97)
  • The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream (Full size 10ml worth £26.95)
  • Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask (75ml worth £7.64)
  • Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner Spray (50ml worth £3.24)
  • Dr Organic Snail Gel Eye Serum (Full size 15ml worth £13.99)
  • Skinfix Hand Repair Cream (30ml worth £4.33)

I make the total to be £218.82, which isn’t quite the £230 that You Beauty have advised, but it’s not far off, and for £60.00, this is still amazing value. I’m really impressed by the varied selection of brands they’ve included, as well as the generous sizes of many of the products. If you’re looking for a beauty advent calendar this year then you should definitely consider this!

The You Beauty Advent Calendar is £60.00 and available now at Latest In Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

The latest must-have releases from YSL have recently landed at TSNC HQ – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks. These brand new liquid lip stains really are quite innovative, offering an ultra-luxe formula promising to deliver intense colour payoff, with a naked lip feel…

So is this a lip stain, or a liquid lipstick? Well actually the answer is both. Traditionally, liquid lipsticks have quite a thick, heavy formula, that feels fairly weighty and noticeable on the lips, and of course we all know liquid lipsticks are usually really drying too. So YSL have come up with a kind of hybrid product – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks offer the best of both worlds –

Like a stain, the formula is amazingly lightweight and inky, and when you apply it, it really does feel like there’s nothing on your lips, maybe just the hint of a balm and that’s it. And also like a stain, these products do leave a stain behind after you’ve wiped them off (of course the brighter and deeper colours leave more intense stains)

But, like a liquid lipstick, they also have really good pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not completely 100% opaque, but considering the weightless formula, I think YSL have done an excellent job of giving a remarkable amount of colour, without the heavy, drying feeling of a traditional liquid lipstick. I’d actually go so far as to say these are slightly moisturising too – who’d have thought we’d ever see this in a matte finish liquid lipstick!

The applicator is also like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s wide, flat and slanted, with a hollowed out section in the centre to pool the product ready for spreading on the lips. The pointed end really helps you apply with precision as the sharp edge is perfect for defining the lip line – you can really tell this product has been carefully thought out right to the finer details.

There are 18 shades available, and the ones I have above are –

  • 01 Rouge Tatouage – a true bright red.
  • 03 Rose Ink – an intense fuchsia pink
  • 08 Black Red Code – a deep burgundy red.
  • 09 Grenat No Rule – a blue toned red.
  • 11 Rose Illicite – a light baby pink.
  • 13 True Orange – a true intense orange.
  • 17 Unconventional Orange – a bright tangerine orange.

You can see that the only swatch that looked quite sheer was Rose Illicite, the baby pink shade. But this actually applied just as well as the others on the lips, giving great colour payoff.

If you’re a fan of matte finish liquid lipsticks, but not that heavy, drying feel on the lips, then I highly recommend you check these out.

The YSL Tatouage Lip Stains are £29.00 each and available now at YSL, Boots and John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Home & Interiors: Choosing a Sofa with Sofology

Posted on October 30, 2017

Hi Guys!

As a blogger based near Norwich, it’s always incredibly exciting to hear about blogger events and opportunities that pop up in my local area – as these are very few and far between. So when I was invited to the opening of the new Sofology store in Norwich, and given the opportunity to choose my favourite sofa set, you can imagine how excited I was! I couldn’t wait to go along and check out their gorgeous bespoke ranges.

This amazing opportunity also came along at the perfect time for me – I’m currently panning room makeovers throughout my house, where some will be given a lick of paint and a bit of a sprucing up, and others will be given a full on decoration overhaul. Keep an eye out in the coming months for my room makeover posts 😉

So back to Sofology – a bit about the brand… Their sofas are all handmade, and promise to use only the very best materials available. They offer hundreds of different finishes in different colours and textures, as well as fine natural Italian leathers, and hand finished details such as studding, stitching and solid turned feet, so you can have your sofa made exactly how you want it.

Sofology currently offer over 200 exclusive sofa ranges that you won’t find anywhere else, and each range includes up to 30 different items, including sofas, sofa beds, corner sofas, chairs, footstools and more, making it super easy to find the right combination to fit your needs. Everything is of course safety and quality tested, allowing them to give you a generous 20 year guarantee on every range.

What makes Sofology different from other stores though, is there are no ridiculous sales and promotions – you know what I mean, the stores where the products are constantly half price (and nobody has ever seen them at ‘full’ price) – but there’s not messing around here. Sofology offer high quality sofas and fantastic service (which I personally experienced) all at a decent, fair price – permanently. Their sales people are very knowledgeable and helpful and it’s also nice to know that they don’t work on commission, so there’s no pressure for them to sell, or for you to purchase.

So we initially had a few different ranges in mind – firstly I should mention that we needed a three seater and a two seater, to replace the current old ones we have, and one of them needed to be a sofa bed, as ours is used frequently when we have people stay over.

The fact that we needed a sofa bed was helpful in a way as it narrowed down the available options. I quite liked the look of the Illusion range, and the Monarch range, but after a lot of deliberation, we decided to go for the Coco range above. The sofas on display were a light cream colour, and they were just SO soft and comfy, as well as having really deep seats that you can sink into. Ollie and I both love to lay on our sofas to watch TV in the evenings, so these were the perfect choice for us.

We chose this silver grey colour, called Medusa Silver, and I’m now waiting for confirmation of the delivery date, I’m so excited! When the sofas arrive, I’ll be sure to let you know, and when I get round to fully decorating the living room, I’ll also be blogging all about what I’m up to in terms of decoration and picking up new home accessories, so keep an eye out for these posts coming up very soon.

If you’re on the hunt for a new sofa, I highly recommend you check out Sofology’s extensive range online here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is in collaboration with Sofology.