Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christmas: The Men’s Christmas Gift Guide

Posted on December 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

The next instalment of my Christmas Gift Guide series is now here, and this time it’s one for the fellas! Wether you’re looking to pick up a gift for your significant other, dad or brother (ooh I rhymed there!) there’ll be something suitable in today’s guide for you – enjoy!

The first product I have is the gorgeous Molton Brown Russian Leather EDT (£45.00 at John Lewis) – Personally, I think this fragrance would suit an older gent, I know my Dad would adore this scent. Russian Leather is an intense, woody, masculine fragrance, with notes of Siberian Pine Oil, Tobacco and Leather.

  • Top notes: Elemi, Black Tea and Purple Basil.
  • Heart notes: Siberian Pine, Tobacco and Birch.
  • Base notes: Vetiver, Leather and Cade.

I also have this lovely Coach For Men Gift Set (£45.00 at House of Fraser) – Coach For Men is described as energetic, confident and cool. This fresh and aromatic fragrance opens with an energetic top note of crisp and effervescent Green Nashi Pear. A spicy burst of Cardamom adds warmth at the heart, complexity and a subtle touch of sweetness, and the scent ends with a textured base of Vetiver with hints of Suede and Ambergris.

  • Top Notes: Green Nashi Pear, Bergamot and Kumquat
  • Heart Notes: Cardamom, Coriander and Geranium
  • Base Notes: Haitian Vertiver, Suede and Ambergris

And finally for fragrances I have Kenneth Cole Black Bold (£40.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) – Black Bold is described a daring fragrance that pushes the boundaries with notes of strength, power, and confidence. The scent opens with a chilled blast of cool notes, leading to Ancient Cedar Leaf blended with Ground Nutmeg, warmed with hints of Lotus Flower and Incense Smoke. At the base, Black and Blonde Woods balance with Suede, Violet Leaves and Ambergris, and soft, leathery Musks.

  • Top Notes: Zesty Mandarin, Frozen Ginger, Chilled Watermint, and Tonic
  • Heart Notes: Ancient Cedarleaf, Ground Nutmeg, Lotus Flower, and Incense Smoke
  • Base Notes: Black & Blonde Woods, Suede, Violet Leaves, Soft Musks, and Ambergris

Next up is the Filofax Finsbury A5 Organiser (£78.00 at Pen Heaven) – Perfect for the man that likes to be organised, the Filofax Finsbury A5 Organiser is an elegant organiser with a classic and hardwearing grained leather finish. It’s jam packed with useful features including a double page spread for each week, note pages, zip pocket, card slots and more.

I also have this lovely Hand Stitched Engraved Belt (£60.00 at Get Etchd) – A personalised gift is always well received at Christmas, and Get Etched offer a massive range of products that you can have personalised however you want. This Hand Stitched Belt is made of high quality leather, and is available in a range of sizes and colours, with a British made solid brass buckle that’s available in a brass or nickel finish. I’ve had this one engraved ready to gift for Christmas!

The Jessica Gentleman’s Club Set (£39.50 at Jessica Cosmetics) – Perfect for the man that likes to keep his hands and nails in tip top condition, the Jessica Gentleman’s Club Set contains everything he could need for well groomed hands. Included is a Smoothe Moves Hand Conditioner, a Scrub Away Hand and Nail Exfoliator, a Matte for Men Conditioner and Treatment and a Buff Cuticle Gel.

And lastly, how about the Spongelle Men’s Super Buffer (£13.50 at Look Fantastic) – described as a multi-use, multi-function sponge that cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates all-in-one, this buffer would make a fantastic stocking filler. Basically this sponge includes a built-in body wash, allowing the innovative buffer to deliver a time-released lather to sweep away dirt and impurities while gently polishing the skin for long lasting freshness.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: 10 Fragrances Perfect for Giving

Posted on December 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

I really think that fragrance is one of the best Christmas gifts you can give – especially if you choose well! I’ve gathered together today ten stunning scents that any fragrance fan would be thrilled to open on Christmas morning – enjoy!

Starting with Elie Saab Girl of Now EDP (£62.00 for 90ml at Feel Unique) – I absolutely love Elie Saab fragrances, and Girl of Now has just shot to the top of my favourites list! It’s a gourmand floral scent designed to celebrate women, opening with notes of Roasted Pistachio and juicy sparkling Pear, leading to a heart of Bitter Almond and Orange Blossom Absolute, and Tonka Bean and Patchouli are blended together at the base. The bottle is gorgeous too, inspired by Elie Saab’s jewellery line.

  • Top Notes: Roasted Pistachio and Pear
  • Heart Notes: Bitter Almond and Orange Blossom Absolute
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean and Patchouli

Feel Unique are also offering a fab engraving service this Christmas, so you can get your loved one’s initial engraved on the bottle as an added personal touch.

Next I have Tory Burch Love Relentlessly EDP (£56.70 for 50ml at Debenhams) – This fragrance has been designed to capture the euphoric feeling of falling in love. Opening with top notes of fiery Pink Pepper and juicy Pink Grapefruit, leading to a floral heart and a warm base of Sandalwood and Tonka Bean – this scent is a must try!

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Pink grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon, Sparkling Pear, Raspberry and Lychee
  • Heart Notes: Rose Essential, Orris, Jasmine Sambac, Patchouli and Amber
  • Base Notes: Australian Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Tonka Bean Absolute

And Mont Blanc Lady Emblem Elixir (£54.00 for 50ml at The Perfume Shop) – The latest offering from Mont Blanc is Lady Emblem Elixir, a floral, woody, oriental fragrance created for the unique, sophisticated and strong woman. This is a wonderfully sophisticated scent that’s both striking yet easy to wear.

  • Top Notes: Black pepper, Mandarin and Lychee
  • Heart Notes: Iris accord, Rose Absolu and Orange blossom
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood and Patchouli

Next the stunning Moschino Gold Fresh Couture EDP (£60.00 for 50ml at Feel Unique) – Gold Fresh Couture is the third edition in Moschino’s Fresh Couture line. This time, the scent is presented in a solid gold coloured bottle, keeping the same spray cleaner shape as its predecessors. The scent opens with bright and playful notes of Yellow Mandarine Orpur, Pear and Rhubarb Granita and exquisite White Vine Peach. A floral heart of Jasmine, Mahonial and Golden Chain Orchid leads to a sensual dry-down of Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla and Akigalawood which rounds out this beautiful fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Yellow Mandarine Orpur, Pear and Rhubarb Granita and White Vine Peach
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Mahonial and Golden Chain Orchid
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla and Akigalawood

And I had to include Jimmy Choo Rose Gold Edition (£53.00 for 60ml at Feel Unique) – Jimmy Choo fragrances are just so wearable, they’re perfect for gifting. The new limited edition Rose Gold Edition is an opulent chypre gourmand scent that celebrates the sophisticated and sparkling aspect of the Jimmy Choo woman. With its top notes of Candied Orange and Tiger Orchid, a heart of Toffee and base notes of Sandalwood and Indonesian Patchouli, Jimmy Choo Rose Gold Edition envelopes the wearer with sensuality and elegance.

  • Top Notes: Candied Orange and Tiger Orchid
  • Heart Notes: Toffee
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Indonesian Patchouli

Next I have Bvlgari Goldea The Roman Night EDP (£68.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) – this is a contemporary chypre fragrance inspired by instinct, feminity and dominance, opening with Luscious Berries and dark Black Peony leaves, leading to a floral heart of Tuberose and Jasmine, and mysterious base of Black Musk and Patchouli.

  • Top Notes: Luscious Berries and Black Peony
  • Heart Notes: Night Blooming Jasmine and Tuberose Absolute
  • Base Notes: Haitian Vetiver, Patchouli Heart and Black Musks

I also wanted to include the latest from Marc Jacobs – Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent EDT (£63.00 for 50ml at Feel Unique) – This gorgeous floral scent is basically a lighter version of the original Decadance fragrance (which I also love). This perfume opens with top notes of Nashi Pear, Blackcurrant and Green Ivy, with a floral heart of Pink Lily of the Valley, Magnolia and Jasmine. The dry down is sweet and elegant, with notes of White Amber, Cashmere Woods, Raspberry Gloss. 

  • Top Notes: Nashi Pear, Blackcurrant, Green Ivy
  • Heart Notes: Pink Lily of the Valley, Magnolia, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: White Amber, Cashmere Woods, Raspberry Gloss

I also have the gorgeous Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal EDP (£63.50 for 50ml at Boots) – the first ever JPG fragrance without a bust for a bottle – Scandal is all about the legs! I simply love this scent, and personally, I think of Scandal as Classique’s sibling, and I guarantee fans of Classique will love this. It has a distinct femininity, with top notes of juicy Blood Orange and Gardenia, balanced by Honey at the heart and a base of Patchouli.

  • Top Notes: Blood Orange and Gardenia
  • Heart Notes: Honey
  • Base Notes: Patchouli

I also have Michael Kors Sexy Ruby (£59.40 for 50ml at Debenhams) – Though I’m not really a fan of the name, Sexy Ruby is a gorgeous sensual fragrance that’s perfect for evening wear. Michael Kors Sexy Ruby is a modern chypre scent opening with juicy Raspberry, Apricot, Davana and Pepper, leading to a heart of luscious Rose Petals and intoxicating Indian Jasmine Sambac. And the base is rounded off by the sensual warmth of Cashmere Woods and Vanilla Bean.

  • Top Notes: Raspberry, Apricot, Davana and Pepper.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom Absolute, Indian Jasmine Sambac and Rose Petals.
  • Base Notes: Moss Crystal, Cashmere Woods and Vanilla Bean.

And last but not least Marc Jacobs Daisy Anniversary Edition (£46.25 for 50ml at Feel Unique) – Daisy is a classic scent that many people will recognise, and Marc Jacobs has created a special limited edition Anniversary Edition for fans of the brand, with the same Daisy scent that we all know and love, but this time house in a beautiful jewel encrusted bottle. This is a must have for Daisy fans!

  • Top notes: Apple and Citrus Fruits
  • Heart notes: Geranium, Cinnamon and Cloves
  • Base notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Olivewood, Amber and Musk

I’d love to hear which fragrances you’re enjoying at the moment?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Beauty Stocking Fillers for All Budgets

Posted on December 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back! I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a little while as I’ve been pretty ill. Well I’m now on the mend and I’m finally bringing you the first of my Christmas Gift Guides! (At last!) So my first guide is all about beauty stocking fillers – I’ve tried to include a range of products at differing price points so there should be something for everyone. Enjoy!

Starting with the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette (£49.00) – This is one of the latest releases from one of my favourite makeup brands – the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette is in fact a full-sized version of their previous mini White Chocolate Chip palette. It includes 16 pastel shades with both matte and shimmery finishes, and the palette also smells just like white chocolate!

For those that love a luxurious bubble bath, the Philosophy Shimmering Snowlace Shower Gel (£15.00) could be just perfect. Philosophy’s award-winning multi-tasking shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath conditions as it cleanses, leaving skin and hair silky soft and lightly perfumed with an ethereal floral fragrance.

Or how about the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Polly EDT 30ml Fragrance (£13.00) – I love Ted Baker gifts, they’re always beautifully packaged and just gorgeous inside and out, and The Sweet Treats Polly Fragrance is a complete steal at only £13.00 for 30ml. Polly is described as a grown-up yet girly addition to any night out, with fruity top notes of mandarin, red berries and peach, a floral heart of white jasmine, honeysuckle and peony, and a warm base of amber and vanilla topped off with white musk.

I also have the gorgeous Mii Cosmetics Supernova Glitter Glam Duo (£20.00) – This handy little set is the perfect size for a beauty-lover’s stocking. It contains a Luxurious Liquid Liner, to deliver a line of smooth, rich colour that lasts all day, as well as a Supernova Glitter Glam Liner, which is infused with the finest iridescent sparkle, making it the perfect glitter liner for Christmas nights out.

For the liquid lipstick fan, the Stila Warm & Fuzzy Mini Liquid Lipstick Set (£20.00) would just be perfect. This cute little set contains a trio of mini Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in three must have shades. There’s Beso, a beautiful true red, Caramello, a light nude beige, and Splendore Shimmer, which is a light mauve with a shimmer finish – this one is a special treat as Stila’s Shimmer Liquid Lipsticks won’t be launching individually until the Spring, so definitely keep an eye out for these!

I also have the very affordable Barry M Illuminate & Glow Set (£12.00) – Another fab beauty trio, this time perfect for highlighting the face. This set includes Barry M’s Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Liquid Fortune, an Illuminating Strobe Cream Stick in Galactic, and a Fine Glitter Dust in 28.

On to another favourite brand of mine now. The Sleek Makeup Birthday Suit Pout & Polish Gift Set (£8.50) is definitely worth considering. Sleek have got some really great products out at the moment, and this super cute Pout & Polish Set would make a fantastic stocking filler. It contains a Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit, with a matching matte finish Nail Polish.

And the Rahua The Jetsetter Voluminous Duo Set (£15.50) – Rahua isn’t the most well know brand, but they do offer some fantastic haircare products, and I thought this dinky little hair duo would be a welcome find in any beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. Ideal for those seeking a full, lustrous mane, Rahua’s The Jet Setter Voluminous Duo combines their Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner in a handy travel sized set.

Another bargain now, the Maybelline Santa Baby Christmas Baby Lips Set (£7.99) is definitely worth picking up. This sweet little set would make the perfect budget friendly stocking filler, containing three of Maybelline’s famous Baby Lips Lip Balms, in Hydrate, Pink Punch, and Cherry Me, this ticks all the boxes for a top beauty gift.

Or how about the Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette (£22.00) – Pixi is another favourite brand of mine, and this gorgeous Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette contains a gorgeous selection of 18 tones, from light creamy nudes to intense orange and smokey charcoal, there’s enough shades here to take you easily from day to night.

Going a bit more high end now, how about the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio (£46.00) – Fenty Beauty should need no introduction by now, and I really think any beauty fan would be thrilled to find one of Rhianna’s beauty products in their stocking on Christmas morning. The Match Stix Trio contains three long-wear makeup sticks, with two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and one Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick to highlight.

Ok so I absolutely had to include the Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (£20.00) – As soon as I saw the new Kat Von D Glimmer Veils I knew I had to try them – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! These are honestly the most vivid, sparkly and just amazing liquid lipsticks that I’ve ever seen. I’ll be sharing full reviews on the blog soon, but in the meantime just google swatches and you’ll see what I mean!

I thought I’d also include the fab Lime Crime Mermaid Highlighter Palette (£32.00) – This fabulously fun palette contains three colourful highlighters, in shades Seashell: a sparkling lavender, Pearl: a sparkling ivory, and Seafoam: a sparkling blue/green. This is a must have for mermaid fans!

Another brand that alway brings out fun and innovative collections is Kiko. The Kiko Milano Arctic Holiday All In One Palette (£19.90) is definitely wort checking out. You’ll probably know by know that I’m a massive fan of Kiko Cosmetics, and their latest limited edition collection is just perfect for Christmas time. I have a few products from the Arctic Holiday collection, but I wanted to include the All In One Palette here, as it’s a fab, reasonably priced full face and eye palette. It contains two face-sculpting powders, a blush, a highlighter, and 9 eyeshadows.

For nail fans, how about the Jessica Nails Phenomenal Indulgence Set in Nude Thrills (£14.50) – This lovely little set contains Jessica’s best-selling intensive cuticle moisturiser Phenomen Oil, which is the perfect treat for dry nails during the winter months, as well as a Custom Colour Nail Polish in Nude Thrills, which is a pretty nude beige with a touch of sparkle.

And lastly, I have the Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette and Blush Palette (£18.00 each) – Zoeva always manage to bring out the most gorgeous palettes, and the Opulence collection is no exception. The eyeshadow palette contains ten vibrant shades in a mixture of polished neutrals and vibrant statement colours, in both matte and metallic finishes. The Blush Palette has also been carefully curated to include everything you need for an uplifting, subtly sculpted cheek look, containing two floral-inspired blushers and a shimmering champagne highlighter.

I hope this has given you some inspiration! I’ll have more gift guides coming up very soon 😀 I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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We Wish You a Merry Kitschmas!

Posted on December 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

So Christmas is finally upon us! I’ve put together a nice little tabletop scene today so I can show you some of my favourite fun and colourful Christmassy decorations and festive bits and bobs.

If you know me, you’ll know I love anything fun, colourful, silly and kitsch, and I love that more and more fun Christmas decorations pop up every year. Read on to find out where all my festive goodies came from…

Ok so to start with, my Champagne Sequinned Tablecloth was very reasonably priced at £13.99 from Amazon – apparently it was reduced from £188 which I find pretty unbelievable! Anyway, I’ve actually picked up quite a few Christmas decorations from Amazon this year, and managed to snag some great bargains. Another one is the Iridescent Metallic Shimmer Curtain (showing hanging in the background) – this was only £3.99 from Amazon and well worth it to add a bit of colour and flair to a wall or doorway.

I’m also in love with this luxury Flower Lady Candle which I’ve recently received from Chase & Wonder. It very much reminds me of my favourite candle brand, Fornasetti, with its pretty face design. The Flower Lady Candle, however is very reasonably priced at £28.00, and has a lovely scent of fresh flowers including notes of red rose petals, cassis, wild berries and galbanum.

I absolutely adore festive floral arrangements, and the selection of Christmas stems, artificial flowers, garlands and wreaths available at Amara this year are just stunning. Wether you’re looking for a more traditional look, or tend to lean toward the eclectic, there’s plenty of choice, and you know that Amara will never let you down in terms of quality.

I have a beautiful Metallic Maple Leaf Stem in champagne silver and a gorgeous Blue Poinsettia – both are pretty large and are perfect for making a grand floral statement!

While I’m talking about Amara, the gorgeous blue and pink gradient Candlestick in the background also came from them –  it’s just so fun and unusual, and of course not forgetting the absolutely bonkers Glittery Cactus – what could be more festive!? 😀

Another great place for decorations is H&M – have you seen their home section? They have loads of home accessories at reasonable prices. I recently picked up this cute little Rabbit Candlestick (you can just see this in front of the cactus) as well as a couple of cute silver and gold Star Tree Decorations.

I also have this fantastic Geo Glass (£14.99 at Root7) – taking inspiration from modern terrariums with a unique angular shape, this gorgeous drinking glass is made from thick hand blown glass, and can also be used to beautifully display your favourite mini plants!

When it comes to kitsch Christmas decorations, Paperchase is definitely where it’s at. If you love anything fun and colourful and just a bit mad you NEED to get on their site. They currently have a 3 for 2 offer on selected Christmas Ornaments, as well as quite a few other offers on. Go on and take a look – trust me you won’t be disappointed!

Also, don’t forget your local supermarket! I think they’re really upping their game this year in terms of Christmas decor. I picked this Glittery Reindeer up from my local Morrisons for only a couple of pounds, and they also had lots of other fun decorations on offer other than the bog standard tinsel and baubles, which was great to see.

And last but not least – I’ve actually been both busy and unwell of late, and I completely forgot I had this gorgeous giant advent calendar rom Niederegger to tuck into, which takes you right through to the 1st January with an assortment of 40 mini marzipan bites, pralines and truffles! If you haven’t heard of Niederegger, they’re a world famous German brand since 1806 who sell luxury marzipan based confectionary and have a famous café in the city of Lubeck. If you’re a fan of marzipan you should check out some of their other offerings at Chocolates Direct and various stockists nationwide.

So what do you think? Do you love fun crazy decor like me, or are you more traditional? I’d love to hear what your Christmas Decor style is, and where you pick your decorations up from?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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30% off Urban Decay Palettes at Debenhams FOR 24 HOURS ONLY!

Posted on December 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

Fans of Urban Decay rejoice! Debenhams have the most amazing offer on today – you can pick up any of the below listed Urban Decay palettes, and get a massive 30% off!

This really is a fantastic deal – it’s VERY rare that you come across offers on Urban Decay anyway, but 30% off is pretty much unheard of! This offer is only available for one day only, December 7th, so grab them while you can!

The palettes on sale are as follows:

  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette 2
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette 3
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette
  • Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

You can view all the palettes on offer here. Be sure to snap them up quickly, this offer will only last for 24 hours!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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