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Christmas: M&S Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on October 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got another fantastic beauty advent calendar to share with you today – and I think this one is easily one of the best you’ll find this year, both in terms of contents and value for money…

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar really is bigger and better than ever – behind the 25 doors lies an edit of the most coveted beauty products. Be surprised as you unveil a mix of skincare, cosmetics and haircare from some of M&S’s most loved brands.

For 2017, the M&S Advent Calendar is shaped like a house, with 24 mini house shaped boxes inside, and the large triangle shape at the ‘roof’ makes door number 25. I think this design is fab!

The calendar is filled with beauty treats from some amazing brands, in total worth over £250. There’s a mix of high street and high end products, covering makeup, skincare, hair, fragrance and beauty accessories. Brands included are Shay & Blue luxury fragrance, Nails Inc, Stila, Pixi Beauty, Filorga, Alpha H and Emma Hardie, to name just a few.

Let’s take a look at everything that’s included. I’ve also included links to each product in case you want to check anything out in further detail –

And lastly, there’s also a super cute M&S Cosmetics Bag.

The Advent Calendar costs just £35 when you spend £35 across clothing and home at M&S. When you consider you’re getting over £250 worth of goodies here, I think this really is amazing value – this is definitely one to snap up!

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar will be available from 9th November at M&S.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on September 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for you today – the FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Calendar has just landed at TSNC HQ, it contains a varied selection of mini and full size beauty items, including makeup, skincare and accessories, across a variety of high street and high end brands. Let’s take a look inside…

I’ve listed all the items below, included the estimated value of each product –

  • Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (5ml worth £7.50)
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Natural & Organic Eyeliner Pencil (Full size 4g worth £8.95)
  • Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream (11ml worth £7.80)
  • Inika light Reflect Cream (Full size 8ml worth £19.00)
  • Palmers Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo (50ml worth £0.50)
  • Rimmel Magnifeyes Eyeshadow Palette (Full size worth £7.99)
  • Revlon Uniq One Hair Treatment (9ml worth £1.00)
  • The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream (Full size 10ml worth £26.95)
  • Invisibobble (Worth £4.99)
  • Roger & Gallet Relaxing Shower Gel (50ml worth £2.40)
  • Gatineau Perfection Ultime Retexturizing Beauty Cream (15ml worth £25.80)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid (full size worth £6.00)

The price is very reasonable at £35.00 with FeelUnique saying the contents are worth over £90.00, but I’ve worked out the value to be way over that at £118.88, so this is definitely a good deal!

I think this is a great way to try out some brands that you might not normally go for – for me I’m especially looking forward to getting stuck in with the Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (it’s been a really long time since I’ve used anything from Rimmel) and trying out The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream.

The FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar isn’t available just yet, but you can sign up to the wait list here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2017!

Posted on September 4, 2017

Hi Guys!

Well it’s that time again, and it’s definitely true when they say Christmas comes earlier every year. I actually can’t believe I’m talking about Advent Calendars already!

I’ve put this post together so I can share as much early bird info as possible. I’m gathering together all the information that I can on every single beauty advent calendar available for 2017. I’m also including candles and a couple of other extra special ones that have caught my eye.

I should point out that some of these calendars are available now (hence why I’m publishing this post now), some are pre-order / waitlist, and others aren’t available as yet. I’ll include details on availability for each one so you know when you’ll be able to snap them up, as well as updating release dates as and when I have them – so be sure to bookmark this post and keep checking back for new info!

I’ll also be adding more calendars as I come across them – so do keep checking back for (hopefully) the most comprehensive list of beauty advent calendars around!

So here we go, (I’ll warn you, this is a long post) in price order starting with the cheapest…

  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar
  • How much? £19.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at All Beauty & at Bomb Cosmetics

And what’s in it? – One of the most affordable beauty advent calendars on the market, Bomb Cosmetics gives you 24 days of super sweet bath treats. Expect to find a range of bath blasters and soaps to keep your bath sweetly scented throughout December.

  • What? Superdrug Bloom 12 Days of Christmas EDT Calendar
  • How much? £24.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug

And what’s in it? – This is the first fragrance only advent calendar I’ve seen, and I love that it’s budget friendly! The Superdrug Bloom EDP Calendar contains 12x mini 8ml EDT fragrances from the Superdrug Bloom range.

  • What? Mad Beauty Advent Calendar & Four Crackers
  • How much? £29.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at GetPark.

And what’s in it? – This fantastic budget advent calendar contains a selection of Mad Beauty makeup and accessories, as well as 4 x crackers which each contain a different shade of nail polish.

  • What? Tanya Burr 12 Sweet Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £30.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Tanya’s 12 Sweet Days Advent Calendar is perfect for teens and contains a selection of Tanya Burr beauty goodies, expect ‘Christmassy’ red and silver shades, and lots of glitter and sparkle.

  • What? The Body Shop Advent Calendar
  • How much? From £45.00 to £99.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop

And what’s in it? – Fans of The Body Shop rejoice, they have THREE advent calendars coming up for Christmas 2017, to suit pretty much all budgets –

Starting with the cheapest, the 24 Days of Beauty Calendar (£45.00, but worth £86.00) contains a selection of essential products from The Body Shop.

Going up a step, the middle priced calendar is the Deluxe Advent Calendar (£65.00, but worth £116.00) – this includes a more varied selection of products, mixing essiential basics with higher end treats.

And lastly the most expensive is the Ultimate Advent Calendar (£99.00, worth £212.00) – this contains some of the best products you can buy from The Body Shop, such as Drops of Youth Concentrate, Spa of he World Body Cream and a Japanese Matcha Tea Mask.

  • What? Sleek Makeup Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – This is Sleek’s first ever advent calendar, containing 24 beauty treats such as liquid lipsticks, eyeliners and contour kits – a must have for any Sleek Makeup fans.

  • What? Jack Wills Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – I believe this is a first from Jack Wills too – this beauty advent calendar contains a selection of their skincare, nail and haircare gifts, such as nail polish and hair accessories. It’s a must have for lovers of the brand.

  • What? Feel Unique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 but worth over £90.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? – Feel Unique are back again with their fantastic 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Expect to find some amazing brands included, such as Jurlique, NYX, Rimmel and Roger & Gallet.

  • What? M&S Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 when you spend £35.00 or more on clothing or home. Calendar contents worth over £250.
  • When and where? Available from November 2017 at M&S.

And what’s in it? – In my opinion this is easily one of the best value for money beauty advent calendars – I had last years’ which contains some fantastic high end brands such as Rodial, Pixie, Emma Hardie, Shay & Blue, Alpha H, Nails Inc, Rituals and many more, and the 2017 calendar looks very similar in terms of the brands included. This is definitely a must have!

  • What? Holland & Barrett Natural Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Holland & Barrett

And what’s in it? – The Holland & Barrett Natural Beauty Advent Calendar includes a great selection of natural skincare products from brands such as Dr Organic, Dead Sea Spa Magik, Sukin, Yes To, Trilogy and more, as well as a range of product vouchers to use across the festive season.

  • What? Boots No.7 Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available from October 25th at Boots.

And what’s in it? –  The Boots No.7 Beauty Advent calendar contains a fantastic selection of No.7 products, across skincare, makeup and accessories in both deluxe mini and full sizes.

  • What? Heathcote & Ivory Morris & Co Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? –  Blending two iconic, original prints by William Morris, Golden Lily and Strawberry Thief, this joyous Advent calendar is the ultimate festive countdown. The calendar contains a selection of skincare products featuring the two signature scents.

  • What? Soap and Glory It’s a Calendar GIRLS! Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available soon at Boots

And what’s in it? – Well who wouldn’t want a Soap & Glory treat for 24 days of Christmas? This calendar contains a selection of Soap & Glory’s most loved products, including Pillow Plump lip glosses, Eyeliners and plenty of skincare treats.

  • What? Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – A first from Laura Ashely, their Royal Bloom beauty advent calendar has a pretty floral finish and contains 24 Laura Ashley beauty treats, including bath crystals and luxury body wash, as well as body polish and hand and nail creams.

  • What? Mavala 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £45.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it? – The Mavala Advent Calendar includes 12 drawers each containing a fabulous treat for your nails. Included are four products from Mavala’s new skincare range, four mini nail colours, plus six top-selling secret surprises.

  • What? Nuxe Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar
  • How much? £49.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis

And what’s in it? – Indulge someone special this festive season with this collection of luxurious skin and body care treats from NUXE, the perfect countdown to Christmas.

  • What? Ciate Mini Mani Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available from October at ASOS, Feel Unique. Last years calendar is also  available to buy here.

And what’s in it? – Ciate is back again this year with their famous Mini Mani advent calendar. Expect to find 24 nail treats including mini polishes, nail files, nail treatments and two nail toppers.

  • What? Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The first of two Makeup Revolution Advent Calendars for 2017, this one contains 25 Makeup Revolution essentials, including six lipsticks, three baked highlighters, four makeup brushes, a full size exclusive Revoholic Eyeshadow palette and much more.

  • What? NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges and FeelUnique. And their 2016 calendar is still available here.

And what’s in it? – The NYX Lippie Countdown is a must have for fans of NYX lip products. It includes 24 doors, each revealing a NYX hero lip product, including their Lip Lingerie’s, Butter Glosses, Matte Lipsticks and Liquid Suede Lips.

  • What? Zoella 12 Days of Xmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – Zoella’s advent calendar has come with a lot of scrutiny this year – £50.00 is pretty expensive for only 12 doors, with relatively low value items such as metal cookie cutters and stickers – what do you think?

  • What? ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £55.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at ASOS.

And what’s in it? – ASOS are back for the second year running with their fabulous beauty advent calendar. For 2017 they’ve included a selection of their favourite brands such as Caudalie, The Ordinary, NYX, Codage, Smashbox and 111 Skin.

  • What? Rituals 3D Advent Calendars
  • How much? £59.50 and £79.50.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Rituals.

And what’s in it? – Rituals have two fantastic looking 3D advent calendars this year -there’s the Exclusive version (£59.50) which includes 24 Rituals surprises, including 4 special advent candles, and the Deluxe version, which is an amazing looking 3D gold Christmas tree (£79.50 worth £140) containing 24 exclusive and luxury Rituals surprises and special advent candles.

  • What? Clarins Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots

And what’s in it? – The Clarins Advent Calendar includes 12 days of deluxe Clarins hero product treats. Expect to find all you favourite products inside – this would make the perfect gift for lovers of the brand.

  • What? You Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00, but worth £245.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Latest in Beauty.

And what’s in it? – The You Beauty Advent calendar contains 24 days of premium beauty products including full size and generous travel size products from brands such as Rodial, ESPA and The White Company.

  • What? OPI Love OPI XOXO Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £63.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – The OPI Advent calendar contains 25 limited edition mini OPI nail polishes – this would make the perfect gift for fans of the brand.

  • What? Decleor Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – I had Decleor’s Advent Calendar last year, and it was fantastic! For 2017 Decléor’s advent calendar features 24 bestselling products, with three whole full-sized skincare products for you to enjoy. Last year, I’ve read that one of these sold every eight seconds, so make sure you snap this up while you can!

  • What? Cowshed Travel Advent Calendar
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it? – The Cowshed Travel Advent Calendar contains 11 of Cowshed’s best selling skincare products, in deluxe travel sizes.

  • What? Liz Earle 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £66.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including some of their best selling products such as the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Soothing Eye Lotion 50ml and the Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml, as well as much more.

And what’s in it? – This year’s bare Minerals Advent Calendar looks so good – it contains 24 beauty surprises covering mostly makeup. Expect to find lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and one skincare treat, as well as a pen and notepad.

  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar
  • How much? £79.00, but worth over £300.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it? – Look Fantastic’s amazingly popular beauty calendar looks better than ever this year – the beautifully designed advent calendar is packed with nine full-sized products, 16 deluxe samples, 19 exclusive products, 13 skincare treats, three beauty tools and seven colour cosmetics. This is a complete bargain worth over £300.00!

  • What? Essie Advent Calendar
  • How much? £80.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The Essie Advent Calendar includes everything you need for perfect nails throughout December. It includes 7 nail polishes (a mix of core colour and gel couture), 13 mini nail polishes, 1 mini nail polish remover and three essie mani surprises. It also contains 5 shades exclusive to the calendar.

  • What? L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much? £89.00
  • When and where? Available from 28th September at House of Fraser and L’Occitane.

And what’s in it? – L’Occitane have launched their first ever luxury advent calendar for 2017 – and it looks amazing! Inside you’ll find 24 deluxe mini products, including favourites such as the Divine Cream and their beautiful new fragrance, Terre De Lumiere.

  • What? Kikki.K Stationery Lovers Advent Calendar
  • How much? £90.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Ok so I know this is clearly not beauty – but I LOVE Kikki.K and I just had to include this! This is their first ever advent calendar and I can’t tell you how excited I am! The perfect gift for stationery lovers, this advent calendar contains a selection of Kikki.K luxury goodies, including pens, a mini candle and Christmas decorations.

  • What? Kiehl’s Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available from 19th October 2017, exclusive to Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Kiehl’s are back again with an Advent Calendar jam packed with their amazing skincare products. Expect to find 24 goodies included, such as their hero Creme de Corps, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Midnight Recovery Complex.

  • What? Boots Luxury Advent Calendar (aka Lancome 24 days in a Parisian Wonderland)
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – The first of two L’Oreal themed advent calendars, this year Boot’s brings you a luxury beauty calendar containing some of L’Oreal’s best brands. Expect makeup, skincare and fragrance from the likes of Lancome, Ralph Lauren, YSL and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? ESPA Advent Calendar
  • How much? £100.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis

And what’s in it? – Another new calnedar for 2017, ESPA have jumped on the bandwagon offering a range of mini and deluxe travel sized of their most popular products. This is a must for skincare fanatics!

  • What? Makeup Revolution Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The second of Makeup Revolution’s Advent Calendars for 2017, this deluxe calendar contains 25 full size products, including a Bronzing Palette, five Redemption Eyeshadow Palettes, two Ultra Strobe Balms, and three Lip Euphoria Lip Glosses.

  • What? Selfridges Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The selfridges beauty Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including a fantastic selection of L’Oreal brands. Expect to see mini versions of some of the latest releases from high end brands including YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Kiehl’s and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £125.00 but worth £197.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of October at most Estee Lauder sites, including Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Origins and Bobbi Brown.

And what’s in it? – The Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar is packed full of Estee Lauder brands’ favourite products. there’s makeup, skincare and fragrance from Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors, MAC, Glamglow, Smashbox and more. This calendar really does look amazing – there will only be 1000 available, so you’ll want to snap this one up fast.

  • What? John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £149.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – This is John Lewis’ first ever advent calendar, and boy is it a good one! Giving beauty lovers a mixture of 25 full size and sample size products, this calendar contains high end brands incuding MAC, Guerlain, Marc jacobs, Dermalogica, Laura Mercier, Molton Brown, Sarah Chapman, Hermes and many more. I won’t spoil the surprise here, but if you click on the link you’ll see a full list of products included – I promise you won’t be disappointed. I predict this one will sell out fast too!

  • What? Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Fenwick

And what’s in it? –This sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic advent calendar, including high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and Bobbi Brown – I can’t wait to see the contents!

  • What? Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Charlotte Tilbury and John Lewis

And what’s in it? – Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar is looking better than ever this year, the Naughty & Nice Magic Box contains 12 full size and mini treats – I may have to snap this one up myself!

  • What? Liberty London Advent Calendar
  • How much? £165.00, worth over £500.
  • When and where? Available from 25th October 2017 at Liberty.

And what’s in it? – This giant beauty calendar from Liberty is one of the best luxury beauty advent calendars money can buy. Containg some of the best luxury products, you’ll find 13 full sized goodies from brands such as Diptyque, Byredo and Le Labo, as well as high end brands including Eve Lom, Trish Mcevoy, ESPA and Hourglass. I’d recommend you snap this up asap, as it sells out every year.

  • What? Harrods Advent Calendar
  • How much? £250.00
  • When and where? Available from 1st October available Harrods.

And what’s in it? – As far as I know this is Harrods’ first beauty advent calendar, and I just know it’s going to bee a good one. Each of the 25 drawers will open to reveal a luxury beauty item – expect high end brands including Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown, Huda Beauty, NARS and Acqua Di Parma to name but a few.

  • What? Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar
  • How much? £256.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Molton Brown and John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – Molton Brown are back again with their fabulous Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar, packed with 24 beautifully scented fragrance, body and bath products. Expect to find your favourite Molton Brown scents, across Shower Gels, Body Lotions, Candles, Exfoliators and more. This is a must have for fans of Molton Brown.

  • What? Jo Malone Town House Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available from October exclusive to Harrods, then available nationwide from November 2017.

And what’s in it? – Jo Malone’s advent calendar is back again for 2017, this time with a fun and colourful design. This is one of the most expensive and coveted beauty calendars on the market, and contains 24 luxury Jo Malone goodies – including Scented Body Creams, mini Fragrances and Candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

  • What? Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The Diptyque Advent Calendar really is the height of luxury, containing 15 x 35g mini candles, 7 x EDT mini fragrances and two body products, all in your favourite Diptique scents, as well as one larger 70g candle in Frosted Forest.

If you’ve made it this far, well done! Keep checking back for updated dates and info! xxx

Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the Benefit Blushin’ Babe Set – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance, Annick Goutal Les Absolus Rose Oud EDP is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is Elie Saab Nuit Noor – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And Serge Lutens Baptême du feu EDP – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning, Penhaligon’s Oud de Nil EDP – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The NARS ASOS Exclusive Orgasm Blush & Illuminator Set really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the 111Skin Space Anti Age Emulsion is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the 111Skin Space Anti Oxidant Booster utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipsticks would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Luxury Beauty, Skincare & Fragrance Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2016

Hi Guys!

So who’s ready for christmas then? I’m definitely not! There’s still pretty much a week to go though so there’s still plenty of time to pick up some bits if you need to, and hopefully this luxury gift set gift guide will offer a good dose of inspiration too – enjoy!

Starting with the Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Pampering Body Gift Set – I love Molton Brown products, and anyone that loves a pampering soak in the bath would be delighted to receive this set on Christmas day. The Pink Pepperpod Pampering Gift Set contains a generous 300ml Body Wash and a Nourishing Body Lotion of the same size, as well as a 50ml Body Polisher. This set includes everything you need for an ultimate skin-pampering experience, with the alluring aroma of Molton Brown’s signature feminine scent.

A fragrance gift set will always go down well as a gift – this Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP Gift set contains a beautiful Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum (50ml), along with a matching scented Body Lotion, and a glossy finish Makeup Pouch. Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez is a fragrance inspired by the elegance of woods and the delicate femininity of a white-flower bouquet combined with the amber notes of a warm heart of musk. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend that you do!

For those into skincare, the Dermalogica Skin Perfecting Set contains everything you need to achieve beautiful, glowing skin both day and night. The set includes a Skin Perfecting Primer SPF30 (22ml) and an Overnight Repair Serum (15ml) which are both full of peptide-rich formulas to keep skin firm and smooth while minimising the visible signs of ageing.

Another fragrance option is the wonderful Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT Gift Set – at a very reasonable £40.80 this set offers real value for money as you get a Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT (60ml) and a matching 100ml Body Lotion. If you haven’t heard of Illicit Flower, it’s the newest edition to the Jimmy Choo portfolio – the fragrance opens with voluptuous notes of apricot, zest of mandarin and the floral notes of freesia. In the heart, enhanced by a vibrant duo of grapefruit flower and jasmine, the ultra-feminine rose weaves her charms, whilst delicately wrapped in a soft and sensual musk. In the base, sensual woody notes of cashmeran meet the creaminess of sandalwood to perfectly close the fragrance – it really is gorgeous!

And for those fans of classic scents, the Mugler Angel Muse Gift Set is bound to be a winner. Angel Muse is a vibrant, sensual and addictive fragrance, with sweet notes of juicy grapefruit, pink berries, and smooth hazelnut cream-cocoa blended with vetiver to create a delicious indulgence which ignites the senses. This gift set contains an Angel Muse 50ml refillable EDP and a complimentary 5ml EDP Miniature.

The height of luxury when it comes to home scent, has to be Floris London Rose & Oud Home Fragrance Duo. This luxury gift set includes both the Rose & Oud Luxury Scented Candle and Rose & Oud Room Fragrance presented in a beautiful blue and gold box, fastened with the Floris seal of approval. Opulent floral rose is wrapped around the bold intensity of oud, cinnamon and clove. Calming cedarwood, renowned for its relaxing properties, is supported with transparent musks and warm, smooth sandalwood. A complex blend throughout the fragrance brings in subtle oriental accords that add depth to this home fragrance collection.

And another kit that really is rather fabulous, but not necessarily a brand you’d consider for gifting – the Tweezerman Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set is a beautiful rose gold coloured set containing a luxury makeup bag, with matching rose gold coloured Slant Tweezers and Procurl Lash Curler.

The Decleor Box of Secrets Calm Headspace is a beautiful gift set perfect for those passionate about skincare. The box opens from the centre with two doors, to reveal the Calm Headspace collection inside, which includes some of DECLÉOR’s greatest soothing and moisturising products, to leave you feeling silky and smooth, head to toe. The set contains an Aroma Confort Moisturizing Body Milk (100ml), Aromessence Rose d’Orient Soothing Oil Serum (5ml) and a Harmonie Calm Soothing Light Cream (50ml).

Continuing along the skincare theme, the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Gift Collection really is luxury at its finest. If you purchase either the Skin Truffle or Truffle Noir, plus the Eye Truffle, then you will receive the Truffesque Masque for free – giving you a rather hefty saving of £50.00!

Onto hair now, the Paul Mitchell United In Pink Blow Out Cancer Set is a four-piece collection housed in a handy zipped travel bag. ‘United in Pink’ is a campaign dedicated to supporting Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organisation focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The Set Contains and Extra-Body Daily Shampoo (300ml), and Extra-Body Daily Rinse (300ml), a Thicken Up Spray (200ml), and a Sculpting Brush. This is a fantastic gift with the added bonus of supporting a very worthwhile cause.

The Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Gift Set is another option for those looking to give their locks an extra boost. Described as the ultimate luxury gift set, this kit contains a selection of high end hair products for those looking for added volume – the set includes a Kerasilk Re-power Volume Shampoo (250ml), Kerasilk Re-power Blow-Dry Spray (125ml), and a Kerasilk Re-Power Beautifying Perfume (50ml).

And lastly, for those that can’t decide on a scent, the Nina Ricci Minature Set would be just perfect. This sweet little gift set contains four of Nina Ricci’s most popular fragrances, in super sweet miniature form – the set includes Nina EDT, Nina L’Eau EDT, Ricci Ricci EDP, L’Air du Temps EDT and L’Extase EDP.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Stocking fillers & Tree Ornaments

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the next instalment of my Christmas gift guides! Today is all about beauty stocking fillers and tree ornaments. I’ve included a variety of products covering makeup, skincare and body care, with a range of prices starting from only a couple of pounds – with nothing over £30.00. So there should be something to suit every beauty lovers’ taste and budget. Enjoy!

Starting with one of the more high end items in this guide, the Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Set (£29.00) is a fantastic luxury set containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Enriched with the label’s fortifying Amazonian Nut Oils, these four travel-friendly products will leave your hair and skin looking and feeling lustrous, strong and healthy, and they’re neatly packaged in a presentation box that’s perfect for gifting too.

And straight to the other end of the pricing spectrum, the Dirty Works Bath Bomb Set (£3.00) is perfect for those of us that are on a tight budget. This bargain set contains three large fragranced bath bombs – this is such a great bargain and a perfect stocking filler!

Dry and chapped lips can be a problem for many of us in the winter months (including myself) and one of the best as well as most affordable lip balms you can but is Carmex. This Carmex Keep Carm and Carry Bag (£12.00) would make a fantastic gift for anyone that suffers with their lips in the winter. This set contains an assortment of Carmex’s best selling lines, including a Carmex Classic Pot, Carmex Cherry Tube, Carmex Vanilla Stick, and Carmex Moisture Plus Pink.

Next we have the L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble (£10.00) – L’Occitane have SO many amazing gifts available this christmas, suitable for all budgets, and this sweet little bauble contains a selection of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter favourites, including a 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion, 25g Shea Butter Milk Soap, and 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.

For the candle fans out there, the Flamingo Candles Bah Humbug Stag Christmas Candle (£12.00) would make a fantastic stocking filler. This statement candle is made with blue wax and a gold and pastel pink acrylic stag decoration, the fragrance is a refreshing mouth-watering peppermint with soft sweet candy notes, and it also burns for an impressive 50 hours.

Next we have the Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Bauble (£10.00) – this beautifully packaged limited edition bauble contains a spicy hand wash blended with allspice, aromatic vetiver and opulent frankincense. Perfect a luxurious secret Santa treat, stocking filler or as a little treat for yourself 🙂

Another brand worth checking out is Patisserie De Bain (from £1.00) – this budget bath and body brand offer a large range of affordable treats that a perfect for gifting (as well as stocking up on yourself) They offer hand cream, shower creme, and bath melts in a variety of sweet scents. I have the Strawberry Cupcake hand cream which smells good enough to eat!

And the Kellogg’s Bubble Bath Cracker Set (£7.99) – includes four christmas crackers with generous 50ml bottles of bubble bath inside. Scents included are Christmas Cranberry, Amazing Almond, Super Strawberry, and Very Vanilla, all presented in a festive gift box.

I love when my favourite beauty brands come up with Christmas gifts, and this Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament (£10.00) is the perfect affordable gift for any Too Faced fan. Their Better Than Sex Mascara has gained cult status for being one of the best mascaras money can buy – and it’s only £10.00 to boot!

And the Christmas Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Set (£8.00) is a sweet and fun little set that includes four lip balms with different soft-drink flavours. There’s Sprite, Fanta, Vanilla Coca-Cola and classic Coca-Cola flavours included – enough to keep one in your bag, one in the car, one at home and one at work.

Next the Bourjois ASOS Exclusive Glamour Set (£16.00) – I love Bourjois products, so when ASOS bundle them up and give you a discount too, how could I resist? This set includes some of Bourjois’ best selling products – the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish in 03 Hot Pepper, Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara – everything you need for a glamorous Christmas look.

And what would Christmas gifting be without The Body Shop? The Body Shop’s Spiced Apple Collection (from £4.00) is just perfect for stocking fillers, Christmas goodie bags or secret santa gifts. I absolutely love the Spiced Apple scent, it has notes of crisp apple, warming cinnamon, orange and white flowers, and just embodies the scent of Christmas. The range includes a large selection of bath and body products such as Lip Balm, Shower Gel and Body Butter.

The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble (£20.00) would also make a wonderfully luxurious treat for any beauty lover. This limited edition bauble contains a mini Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Eye Liner in shade Bedroom Black and a mini Legendary Mascara.

And lastly we have the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble (£13.00) – this nifty little bauble contains three This Works mini products to help you get a restful night’s sleep. The set includes Deep sleep pillow spray (5ml), Deep sleep stress less (5ml), and Sleep plus pillow spray (5ml). I’ve used these products myself and highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Gifts Under £25.00

Posted on December 12, 2016

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I really need to get my house organised – we finally have a tree – but no decorations yet! 😀 I’m also now starting to publish my gift guides, which I’m kicking off today with a beauty guide including a fantastic selection of gifts under £25.00. Enjoy!

Let’s start with the very festive looking Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Set (£15.50) – most people will be familiar with this iconic product, as it’s literally one of the most popular cleansers ever. Did you also know it’s won over 120 awards too! This gift set contains everything you need to get super clean skin in mere minutes – there’s a 100ml tube of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2x Pure Muslin Cloths, and a Cleansing Guide included, all beautifully encased in a specially-designed luxury Christmas gift box that’s just perfect for gifting.

Next we have the Mini Moderns Festival of Light Candle Collection (£26.00) – Ok I know this is over £25.00, but only by a smidge so I’ve allowed it to sneak in this post! This super cute candle set contains four of Mini Moderns’ classic print designs on four wonderfully scented mini sized candles. The fragrances included are – Whitby (Sea Spray), Pavilion (Gin Fizz) Darjeeling (Tea and Fig) and Paisley Crescent (Eastern Orange Blossom).

And on to the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Gem Trio Gift Set (£22.50) – I absolutely love Ted Baker for Christmas gifts, they always come up with beautifully packaged goodies, and this Sweet Treats Gem Trio set would make either one fantastic gift, or three individual stocking fillers. Each ‘gem’ contains a travel sized Ted Baker perfume and a full sized nail polish. The fragrances included are really lovely and wearable, including Mia, Polly and Lyla scents – perfect for any girl who is constantly on the go.

Next we have the Orla Kiely Geranium Purse Spray Gift Set (£22.00) – This beautiful set from Orla Kiely includes a mini cosmetic bag and a 25ml Geranium Purse Spray, housed in a pretty, decorative gift box, with a classic Orla Kiely print.

Next, the Makeup Forever Artistic Smoky Eye Kit (£14.00) – this is a fab little gift set containing a selection of Makeup Forever minis. There’s an Excessive Lash Mascara, Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M60 (brown) and also one in M10 (black) – so you can create some gorgeous smoky eye looks this Christmas.

If lips are more your thing, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector Collection (£25.40) is a definite must have. I love Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors, they leave your lips feeling incredibly silky smooth and nourished, with a natural tint of colour and a glossy shine. This set includes shades 01 Rose shimmer and 02 Apricot shimmer.

Moving on to fragrance, the brand new Accessorize Lovelily Perfume (£19.00) has recently caught my attention. I have to tell you I’m completely in love with this scent. It’s super feminine with notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla, and it really reminds me of my youth, I think because it’s quite a young and sweet fragrance. This scent is a fantastic bargain at only £19.00 for 75ml – if I didn’t have this already, it’d definitely be on my Christmas list this year!

Continuing with scent, another bargain fragrance is the new Monsoon Rose Gold EDP – which is currently on offer for only £19.33. Rose Gold EDP has top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents, heart notes of velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen, and a base of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a new reasonably priced fragrance.

And the Jo Malone Geranuim & Walnut Hand Cream (£22.00) – We all know Jo Malone makes some of the best and most beautifully packaged products, but if you’re looking something at the cheaper end of the spectrum, this Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream would make the perfect gift for any Jo Malone fan this Christmas, without breaking the bank. This cream has a lightweight, delicately scented formula including Apricot Kernel oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving hands soft and moisturised.

Next the Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette (£19.00) – I often think Pixi makeup is quite underrated, and this palette is a very reasonably priced considering how much product is included. The Rosy Radiance Palette Rosette from Pixi is an all-in-one colour kit including an array of rose, crème and taupe hues that are able to sculpt and enhance cheeks, add a wash of colour to eyes and fill in sparse brows. The Palette Contains: 8x Eye Shades, 3x Brow Shades, 3x Face Shades and a Duo Applicator.

And lastly, the L’Occitane Delightful Floral Hand Cream Trio (£22.00) – this lovely little set would make the perfect Christmas gift for any L’Occitane fan. It contains 3x 30ml hand creams in scents Cherry Blossom, Arlésienne and Pivoine Flora – which is a real bargain at only £7.33 each!

I’d love to hear what’s top of your Christmas list this year? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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