Yearly Archives: 2018

A Few Ideas For A Christmas Tipple…

Posted on December 18, 2018

I do love to treat myself to a few beverages at Christmas time, Bailey’s and Archers have always my go-to favourites, but I’ve recently been trying out a few new drinks from brands I’d never heard of – read on to hear my thoughts on a few fabulous drinks that are prefect for the festive season!

Let’s start with Gin Ting Premium Dry Gin. How gorgeous is this bottle though!? Gin has really been having a moment lately, and there have been countless new brands and flavours popping up over the last couple of years. Gin Ting is definitely one to add to your ‘To Try’ list – it’s hand crafted & produced in small batches to ensure quality, using the finest botanicals & natural flavours. Gin Ting’s mission is to create a clear, fresh, fruity Gin – and they have definitely succeeded!

This wonderfully unique gin is distilled with the finest Juniper Berries along with Cassia Bark, Coriander Seeds, Orange & Lemon Peel, plus a few other secret botanicals. It’s also infused with Passionfruit, Mango and Elderflower, anda subtle hint of Grapefruit, to give a very different take on gin as you know it. This is a must have for gin fanatics!

On the theme of gin, for something a little different, how about this lovely set of flavoured liqueurs? This Carthy & Black Gift Set includes 3x 50cl bottles of award-winning Yorkshire Cream Liqueurs – included you’ll find their Original Cream Liqueur, Gin Cream Liqueur and Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur.  Each is created using the freshest cream, and either the finest Irish whiskey or award-winning Slingsby Gin

My husband and I sat down the other night to try these out. First up was the Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur – on initial sniff I said to my husband, OMG this smells EXACTLY like cheesecake, and he said the same! It also tastes exactly like cheesecake. If you’re a fan of super sweet desserts you’ll love this. The Gin Cream Liqueur was probably my second favourite, not as sweet or lemony as the previous drink, yet still very good. And lastly the Original Cream Liqueur, this is whisky based, and it’s basically a fancy, sweeter Bailey’s, with a strong toffee / caramel flavour.

On to wine now, I have a bottle of The Owl & The Dust Devil Red Wine – this handcrafted environmentally-friendly red wine is just superb! It’s fermented in 620 litre French oak barrels to add layers of complexity and structure to the wine. Violet aromatics of the Malbec compliment the darker notes and structural backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon whilst the abundant Petit Verdot and Tannat in this wine provide considerable richness and tannins. The wine has been matured for 18 months in smaller French oak barrels prior to release. The Owl & The Dust Devil is smooth, silky and rich, definitely a must try this Christmas!

Or how about Cadello? Inspired by what the Venetian nobles would have served at their masked balls during the Venetian Empire, Cadello is a very unique, nuanced, smooth liqueur. It’s made from eight Italian ingredients, and produced by a 150 year-old, family owned distillery. There are plenty of tempting flavours to be found in this drink, including coffee, chocolate, cocoa, star anise and vanilla, as well as hints of hazelnut, mint, caramel and toffee. If you fancy trying something a little different, I’d highly recommend this.

And lastly, a fantastic treat for yourself as well as the perfect gift idea for whisky fans – The Summerton Club. Offering a simple way to try rare and unique spirits that you definitely won’t find in your local supermarket – the Summerton Club is a subscription service where you can discover a world of fantastic drinks without leaving the comfort of your home.

I have their October bottle of the month, Mackmyra Gruvguld Swedish Single Malt WhiskyGruvguld is a Swedish whisky created with local ingredients, that isn’t currently available in the UK. Meaning ‘Gold from the Mine’, Gruvguld is a wonderfully smooth Swedish Single Malt Whisky – it’s perfect for a luxurious treat this Christmas!

I’d love to hear which festive drinks are your favourite? xx

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Everything You Need for the Man in your Life!

Posted on December 17, 2018

I have a whole host of Gift Guides coming up over the next couple of days, and I’m kicking things off this morning with one just for the guys. Whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or BFF, I’ve got you covered with today’s Gift Guide for Men – I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start with one of the more high end items. The multi-award winning Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam would definitely make for the ultimate gift this Christmas! It features a 3” LED colour screen, QUAD HD 1440p footage delivering stunning video clarity, inbuilt Wi-Fi and much much more. This dash cam is easy to set up and use, it’s effective, reliable and endorsed by the AA.

Here are some more in depth specs to tempt you –

  • Quad HD 1440p recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps
  • Powered Click & Go mount for simple, instant connection
  • Night vision provides optimised footage in poor light
  • Super slimline design – dimensions 10.9 x 5 x 1.8
  • 6-element glass lens provides 140-degree wide angle
  • 12-24Vdc compatible for use in all vehicles
  • Inbuilt battery provides 30 minutes of backup in the event of an incident
  • Intelligent Parking Mode activated by movement
  • Smartphone App & Wi-Fi connectivity (Android & iOS)
  • Nextbase Replay 3 video playback software supplied (Windows & Mac)
  • GPS Logging: view your journey on Google Maps
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light
  • Supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards
  • Magnetic Click & Go mount
  • Auto recording and file protection

Next the Feelunique Men’s Little Beauty Parcel – this just perfect for the guy that has everything. It’s really reasonably priced at £20.00 and includes a capsule grooming edit of products he’ll actually use – including a refreshing scrub, a caffeine-fuelled moisturiser, a balm that can be used to tame his beard or barnet and even a rejuvenating sheet mask. This is exclusive for Christmas 2018 so snap it up while you can! (I’ve just done a quick add up and the contents come to pretty much £50.00, so this really is a fantastic bargain!)

  • Gentlemen’s Tonic Exfoliating Facial Scrub 100ml
  • men-ü MATT Moisturiser buddy tube 15ml
  • BARBER PRO Gentleman’s Sheet Mask 23g
  • ManCave Natural Original Moisturiser 30ml
  • TIGI Bed Head For Men Lion Tamer Beard & Hair Balm 100ml

Or how about the Superdry Men’s Sport Sport Boxers Set? – I know neon orange isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but for fans of Superdry, this affordable little set could be just the ticket. Included is a pair of Superdry Sport’s signature boxer shorts, a Body+Hair Wash and Sport Soak – everything you need for the ultimate post-workout re-charge.

On to fragrance now, the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male 2018 Collector’s Edition EDT is just stunning. JPG Le Male is a classic mens scent that’s been around since 1995 would you believe! This year’s Christmas Collectors Edition bottle features the Le Male figure dressed in a super sweet red Christmas jumper, housed in a fully functioning snow globe case. This would make a really special gift for fans of the fragrance.

  • Top notes: Artemesia, cardamom, bergamot, mint, lavender
  • Heart notes: Cinnamon, orange blossom, caraqay
  • Base notes: Cedar, vanilla, amber, tonka bean, sandalwood

Or how about the Jimmy Choo Man Intense Gift Set? Smooth and sophisticated, Man Intense is confident and intriguing – refined but with a fearless attitude. The fragrance opens with floral notes, watery honeydew melon and sweet mandarin, leading to a heart of artemisia and geranium, accented with black pepper, and the base of tonic bean and patchouli round the fragrance of with a warm, masculine aroma.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Honeydew Melon, Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Artemisia, Black Pepper, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli

And last but not least – I’m a big fan of luxury skincare brand L’Occitane, and they always produce the most gorgeous gift sets for Christmas. The L”Occitane Cedrat Gift Setwould make a wonderful luxury gift for a loved one. The Cedrat fragrance is refreshing, masculine and full of character, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool notes of mint and woody spices. Her’s what’s included in the set –

  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Eau de Toilette 75ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair 250ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gel-Cream After-Shave 30ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Shower Gel 75ml

Prestige Hampers Traditional Christmas Gift Basket

Posted on December 16, 2018

As a break from beauty, I’ve got something a little different, but still very festive to share with you today. The Prestige Hampers Traditional Gift Basket contains all the snacks and treats you could want this Christmas in a jam packed, festive hamper that’s also very affordable.

The Traditional Gift Basket’s products are presented in a gorgeous premium wicker case, with leather straps, twist lock closures, and a Prestige Hampers tag – this is definitely worth keeping to re-use, maybe for another gift, or save it for next year’s summer picnics!

The hamper contains a selection of fine wines, sweet treats and savoury goodies beautifully arranged, and well packaged, for you and your family to enjoy this Christmas. There’s a little bit of everything in here, from tea, shortbread and chocolate, to wine, crisps and cake, this hamper will be perfect for those that love either a sweet or savoury treat – and it’s also been approved by Good Housekeeping 2018.

So far I’ve tried the Shortbread and a few of the chocolates and I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to dig into everything else over the Christmas period!

Here’s what you’ll find inside –

  • Water Stop Station Chardonnay 75cl
  • Water Stop Station Shiraz 75cl
  • Red Velvet Crunch Biscuits 150g
  • English Breakfast Tea 40g
  • Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Classics 120g
  • Shortbread Festive Shapes 60g
  • Matthew Walker Classic Christmas Pudding 100g
  • Iced Fruit Cake 400g
  • Dark Chocolate Bar 60g
  • Mackays Christmas Marmalade 113g
  • Mackays Christmas Preserve 113g
  • Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Yorkshire Crisps 100g
  • Handmade Smoked Oatcakes 125g
  • Handmade Wicker Basket

The Traditional Gift basket is £64.99 and available now at Prestige Hampers.

Must Have Festive Candles for Winter 2018

Posted on December 12, 2018

One of the things I love about winter time is firing up the wood burner, settling down with a nice Christmas film, a hot drink, and lighting a festive candle to fragrance my living room. I have a few gorgeous candles to share with you today that will look fantastic in your home, as well as filling your rooms with scents of the season 🙂

The Boy Smells Cedar Stack Candle is my second candle from niche brand Boy Smells, it features a wonderfully warm, woodsy scent, with notes of cedarwood chips, dried tobacco, bay leaf and crushed peppercorn, as well as sweeter notes of juniper and white musk, and it lasts for up to 55 hours which is fantastic. This fragrance is just beautiful, I’ve just started burning it in my living room and I can’t get enough of it!

One of my favourite budget brands, Flamingo Candles, always release a fantastically kitsch and colourful selection for Christmas. I particularly love this fun Deck Your Halls Candle – it’s scented with their Ice Queen fragrance, a super sweet blend of bubblegum, pear drops and vanilla ice-cream, and has a burn time of up to 50 hours.

I also have their Christmas Pudding Pink Candle, scented with yummy Christmas Pudding, including notes of raisins, sultanas, figs and apples enriched with cinnamon, almonds, orange peel. And the Prosec-Ho-Ho-Ho Candle – with a lovely Candy Cane Prosecco fragrance, created with notes of sweet peppermint, vanilla and fizzy prosecco.

Going back to more classic Christmas fragrances now, the Beatitude Christmas Comfort Candle is perfect for creating a warming atmosphere in your home. It offers up to 40 hours burn time, and this gorgeous festive fragrance combines soothing floral notes with uplifting citrus oils and spicy festive oils to infuse your rooms with the scent of Christmas Comfort.

The Heyland & Whittle Winter Spice Candle smells exactly as you’d expect – warm, spicy and luxurious. With festive notes of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove this candle will make your home smell wonderfully festive for the whole Christmas season.

And the Skandinavisk TRÆ Candle – this one perfectly captures the delicate scent of wintery coniferous forests and freshly fallen snow. This mini 60g candle will give up to 16 hours burn time, whilst filling your home with bright and fresh woody notes of fir, limonene, peppermint, pine and snow.

And last but not least, the gorgeous La Montana Three Kings Candle. This luxurious candle will burn for at least 40 hours, and offers a uniquely decadent Christmas fragrance, with notes of cedarwood mingled with trampled pine needles, frankincense and myrrh, almond nougat, and a brightening tot of brandy. Just beautiful!

I’d love to hear which scented candles you’ve been burning lately? xx

The TSNC BIG Christmas Giveaway 2018!

Posted on December 10, 2018

It’s that time of year again, time for the TSNC BIG CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

This one is my biggest giveaway yet, and I have some fantastic prizes from some amazing brands for you! There’s makeup, fragrance, skincare, candles, jewellery, gift sets a-plenty and much much more up for grabs! Take a look below to find out exactly what you could win –

First of all, I have three gorgeous gift sets from Marks & Spencer. I’m not going to go into detail for every prize, so I’ll link the products so you can check them out –

Latest in Beauty have also provided one of their amazing Advent Calendars! Inside you’ll find some fab beauty brands, such as The White Company, Molton Brown, Charles Worthington, Bondi Sands and many more. I know it’ll be after Christmas by the time the giveaway ends, but you can sill enjoy all these gorgeous treats! The contents are worth a massive £255.00!

For fragrance, luxury eco friendly brand Clean Reserve are treating you to one of their gorgeous fragrances, worth £129.00!

Add some spice to your life with Clean Reserve Avant Garden Hemp & Ginger Fragrance, an invigorating fragrance that combines woody and spicy aromas in a tantalising blend of the simple and the exotic. Appealing to both men and women, this fragrance is vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

And talking about luxury, the W=Hb2 Power Duo Serum worth £110.00 is also part of the prize bundle. This sophisticated; sleek, two-phase, triple action skin care treatment helps promote balanced skin health, and a radiant, supple complexion. Check out the link above for more info!

And how about an Advent Calendar for the New Year? The Body Shop Countdown to New Year Calendar worth £40.00 is also included in the giveaway. It contains 8 vegan beauty surprises, housed in a beautiful star-shaped box.

I’m excited to say Cohorted are also on board again this year with an amazing selection of high end beauty treats. Here’s what they are providing 

  • Laura Geller Baked Hydrating Bronzer- worth £26.00.
  • Ciate Dewy Stix in Gleam – worth £22.00.
  • Laura Geller Retractable Powder Brush – worth £12.00.
  • Jorgobe White Tea Balancing Cream – worth £22.00.
  • Doucce Lip Definer Pencil in Lyra – worth £15.00.
  • Doucce Matte Temptation Lipstick in First Date – worth  £18.00.
  • Tom Ford Soleil Tinted Moisturiser – worth £58.00.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette – worth £43.00.

Dower & Hall Jewellery are also back again for 2018, this time with a stunning Twinkle jewellery set including a beautiful topaz necklace and earrings, together worth £176.00.

 

And how could I hold a giveaway without my favourite wig destination, Hot Hair? This year, they’re providing a voucher for £200.00 to spend on anything on their site! They offer an amazing selection of wigs, extensions and hair pieces from a variety of premium brands.

SBC Gels, also known as Simply Beautiful Collection, is a local skincare brand I’ve had the pleasure of trying out this year (Check out my review of their products here) They are providing some of their gorgeous new Cinnamon & Chai Christmas skincare products that smell divine, as well as a couple of must-have products from their best-selling Collagen range –

  • Cinnamon & Chai Hand Wash 750ml – worth £21.00.
  • Cinnamon & Chai Glimmer Skincare Gel 250ml – worth £18.00.
  • Cinnamon & Chai Body Polish 450g (tub) – worth £30.00.
  • Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser & Skin Cloth – worth £26.00.
  • Collagen Ultra Rich Cream – worth £36.00.

For something a little fun and different, Find Me A Gift are offering an amazing selection of prizes – there’s an actual Slush Puppie Machine (with raspberry syrup), a massive personalised retro sweets hamper, and a lovely bath bomb set up for grabs.

  • Slush Puppie Machine – worth £59.99.
  • Slush Puppie Syrup – worth £6.99.
  • Personalised Retro Sweets Hamper – worth £34.99.
  • Bomb Cosmetics Bath Bomb Set – worth £24.99.

One of my favourite niche fragrance brands, Shay & Blue are providing a trio of products from their gorgeous Atropa Belladonna range, worth £106.00.

Atropa Belladonna is an award-winning modern fragrance, inspired by deadly nightshade, it is daring, chic and mesmerising. The richly decadent scent of dark cassis berries are blended with the heady, white flower blooms of narcissus and jasmine on a base of sandalwood and patchouli.

Crabtree & Evelyn are back again this year with two beautiful gift sets, the Psychedelic Scents Home Fragrance Set, worth £80.00, brings the woody scent of snow-dusted trees inside your home with a scented candle, aromatic room spray and diffuser. And the Pinkie Power Hand Therapy Trio, worth £20.00, includes three best selling hand creams in one botanically fragrant gift set – restorative herbs, calming lavender and sensuous rose.

And another new brand! I’d like to introduce you to Olive & Bloom, who create beautiful handmade luxury gifts including natural bath, body and home products coupled with delicious edible treats, that fit straight through your letterbox! They are providing three of their beautiful gift sets – take a look at their site for more info!

  • Citrus Trio Candle Gift Set – worth £28.95.
  • Lime Gift Set – worth £28.95.
  • Rose Gift Set – worth £28.95.

And last but not least, Soap & Glory are giving you eight, yes EIGHT of their awesome Christmas gifts –

  • Naughty But Spice Duo – worth £5.00.
  • Make Your Smooth Set – worth £5.00.
  • The 4 Scent-Sations Set – worth £12.50.
  • The Pink Credibles Set – worth £10.00.
  • The Flatterbox Set – worth £20.00.
  • Perfect ten Eyeshadow Palette – worth £16.00.
  • Eyes Queen Set – worth £18.00.
  • The Mask Force 5 Set – worth £12.50.

Firstly, a big thank you to all the brands that are teaming up with me this year to make this amazing giveaway possible! And if you fancy being in with a chance of winning this massive bundle of goodies, worth a crazy £1858.81, all you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run for five weeks, and it’s also open internationally! If you have any questions please do drop me a line, and good luck! xx

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ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 27, 2018

Hello friends! Another day, another beauty Advent Calendar! And today I have the fabulous ESPA Skincare calendar to share with you…

The limited edition Comfort and Joy Advent Calendar is jam packed with ESPA hero skincare products, formulated with a blend of essential oils, plant and marine extracts, ESPA’s award-winning results-driven formulas are designed to leave you with beautiful skin and a daily dose of inner calm. This calendar contains 25 luxury deluxe mini treats, with extra special full-size gift on Christmas Day.

The ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is £130, and includes contents worth £145 – it would make the perfect indulgent gift for a luxury skincare fan!

Here’s what’s inside – 

  • Restorative Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Smooth and Firm Body Butter, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser, 7ml
  • Fitness Body Oil, 15ml
  • Purifying Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner, 10ml
  • Skin Rescue Balm, 3g
  • Soothing Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProCleanser, 15ml
  • Energising Shower Gel, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial, 3ml
  • Energising Body Oil, 15ml
  • Regenerating Moisture Complex, 7ml
  • Optimal Body TriSerum, 12ml
  • Fitness Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Pink Hair and Scalp Mud – tube, 15ml
  • Muscle Rescue Balm, 15g
  • Optimal Skin ProSerum, 4ml
  • Detox Body Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Night Booster Ltd Edition Christmas Size, 10ml
  • Fitness Shower Oil, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser, 3ml 23 Hydrating Floral Spafresh, 12ml
  • Overnight Hydration Therapy, 15ml
  • Restorative Candle 70g

The Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is available now fr £130 at ESPA Skincare and on offer now at Lookfantastic.

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018 FULL CONTENTS & GIVEAWAY!!

Posted on November 22, 2018

Yes I have yet another fantastic beauty Advent Calendar to share with you today, as well as a little giveaway…

The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar includes a selection of 25 beauty treats from some of their favourite brands. A few worth noting are Molton Brown, Emma Hardie, Caudalie and Illamasqua. Lookfantastic have included a bit of everything here, there’s makeup, skincare, hair products and accessories, but the full size Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in shade Deity is definitely the star product here. Deity a gorgeously unusual golden / pink / green duo-chrome shade that is just  stunning (and much nicer than it sounds) – check out google images it and you’ll see what I mean!

The contents of this calendar are worth over £300.00, and it’s very reasonably priced at £79.00 – this would make a fantastic Christmas present for a beauty lover!

Here’s what’s inside –

  • HD Brows x Lookfantastic Exclusive Contour and Colour Pro Palette worth £60.00
  • Filorga Anti-Ageing Micellar Solution 50ml worth £2.50
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml worth £7.20
  • Glamglow Gravity Mud Mask Firming Treatment worth £12.60
  • Blink Brow Bar Brow Build worth £16.00
  • Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil 5ml worth £6.50
  • Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara 2ml worth £5.00
  • Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose Body Wash 100ml worth £10.00
  • Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14ml worth £1.87
  • Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser 30ml worth £10.40
  • Rituals Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream 70ml worth £6.00
  • Grow Gorgeous Mud Mask 60ml worth £9.00
  • Balance Me Tan Drops 4ml worth £4.00
  • Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick worth £20.00
  • Sleek Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette worth £8.99
  • Doucce Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen worth £16.00
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 10ml worth £15.33
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream worth £10.00
  • ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy 15ml worth £10.09
  • This Works Relax and Breathe Stress Check 5ml worth £10.00
  • Mane and Tail Shampoo and Conditioner 60ml worth £5.98
  • Lookfantastic Fan and Highlighter Brush worth £10.00
  • Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil 9ml worth £11.00
  • Erno Laszlo Eye Serum Mask x2 worth £10.00
  • Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Deity worth £34.00

I took the time to work out the actual value of each item and add them up, just to see if this calendar really is worth £300. I’ve worked it out to be £312.46, so this really is great value for money!

If you’d like to win your very own Lookfantastic Advent Calendar, all you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally and will run for one week. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and good luck! xx

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The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar is £79.00 and available now at Lookfantastic.