Category Archives: Christmas

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.

Glossybox All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 21, 2018

Glossybox, of course famous for their monthly beauty subscription boxes, have launched their first ever advent calendar this year. The ‘All I Want’ calendar includes 25 days of beauty treats, with 17 of them being full size products  – which is pretty amazing when it comes to advent calendars!

I have to say I think Glossybox’s monthly boxes can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from their first Advent Calendar. But I was so happy when I opened this calendar, they’ve really pulled this one out of the bag! Glossybox have included some amazing brands such as NARS, Pixi by Petra and Real Techniques, and the star product – a Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette.

The value of the contents is over £300, and the Advent Calendar is available to purchase for only £75 to current Glossybox subscribers, or £99 for non-subscribers.

If you want to take advantage of the subscriber saving, you can subscribe now and enjoy their beauty subscription which includes 5 beauty products every month worth over £50, from just £10 + P&P.

Here’s what’s included –

  • 3INA The Lip Primer – Full size
  • bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY™ Vital Power Serum – Deluxe mini
  • Bellápierre Kiss Proof Lip Finish – Full size
  • Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse – Deluxe mini
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hand Therapy – Full size
  • Elgon Refibra Concentrated Restoring Mask – Full size
  • Eyeko Fat Eye Stick – Satin – Full size
  • HUDA Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette – Full size
  • INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher – Ex Revenge – Full size
  • Karmameju Charcoal Konjac Sponge 03 – Full size
  • Lollipops Fluid Glowy Liquid Highlighter – Deluxe mini
  • Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter Brush Rose Gold – Full size
  • MDMflow Greater Than Mascara – Full size
  • Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Oil – Full size
  • MUA Professional 15 Shade Eyeshadow Palette – Cosmic Vixen – Full size
  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide – various shades – Deluxe mini
  • NIP + FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum – Deluxe mini
  • Patisserie de Bain Shower Crème – Strawberry Cupcake – Deluxe mini
  • Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner – Deluxe mini
  • Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush – Beach Rose – Full size
  • Pop Beauty Pure Pigment Eyeshadow – Metallic Copper – Full size
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – Full size
  • Steve Laurant Lip Gloss – Eggplant – Full size
  • Yankee Candle Small Jar Candle – various scents – Full size
  • Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask – Deluxe mini

I think this is definitely one of the better beauty advent calendars this year, both in terms of contents and value for money – congrats to Glossybox for a fantastic first calendar!

The Glossybox All I Want Advent Calendar is from £75.00 and available now at Glossybox. Use code GLOSSYAD20 for 20% off now!

The Body Shop Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar – FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 20, 2018

This year The Body Shop have launched not one, not two, but three absolutely gorgeous beauty Advent Calendars! The theme this year is Enchanted Forest, and each calendar is based around a different woodland animal, which I love! I have the mid priced calendar to share with you today, but before I get into this, I’ll just give you a quick overview of the other two available calendars –

Firstly the 24 Days Of The Enchanted Advent Calendar – this has an Owl theme, and costs £45, but is worth £85. This calendar is packed with mini essentials to give new The Body Shop customers a crash-course in cruelty-free beauty. It includes the classic Body Butter, Shea Hand Cream, Matte Lip Liquids, Coconut Body Scrub and Strawberry Shower Gel.

And the 25 Days Of The Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar – this one has a Fox theme, it costs £99 and is worth £231. This. luxury advent calendar includes 25 cruelty-free gifts, including 14 full-size products and the most luxurious of skincare ranges. Featuring the bestselling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask as well as the Moringa Body Yogurt for fast-absorbing moisture. Other treats include Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil and the Almond Milk and Honey Body Lotion to soothe winter skin.

Now on to the 25 Days of Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar. This stunning calendar has a Deer theme (Dani the Deer in fact!) It costs £65 and is worth £121.

I just wanted to quickly say, I’m reviewing quite a few advent calendars this year, and The Body Shop’s calendars are definitely the most attractive – I forgot to include a picture of the outer box, which features a large print of Dani the Deer, but you can see all the inside boxes are beautifully decorated. I just wanted to note that The Body Shop have done an outstanding job with their packaging this year!

On to the products now! So this calendar contains 25 beauty treats, including a fair amount of full sizes, such as a 200ml Coconut Body Butter, Eyeliner, Eyelash Curler and Liquid Lipstick. There’s also plenty of deluxe mini products to keep you going throughout December, including shower gels, body butters, hand cream, lip balm and much more, and of course these feature some of the most popular fragrances from The Body Shop.

I should mention that each of the boxes also set you small, fun daily tasks to help you reconnect with nature, which I think is a lovely touch. This advent calendar is also incredibly high quality, so it would be perfect for re-using and gifting to a loved one next Christmas 🙂

Here’s what’s inside –

  • Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel 60ml
  • Mango Body Butter 50ml
  • White Musk Body Lotion 60ml
  • Bunny Nail File
  • Strawberry Shower Gel 60ml
  • Coconut Bath Bubble 28g
  • Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 60ml
  • Green Tea Bath Bomb 28g
  • Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream 30ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion 30ml
  • Red Bath Lily Scrunchie
  • Black Liquid Eyeliner 3ml
  • Lip Definer in Hot Date 1.1g
  • British Rose Body Scrub 50ml
  • Strawberry Born Lippy Lip Balm 10ml
  • Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 50ml
  • Brow & Lash Brush & Comb
  • Shea Hand Cream 30ml
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Mango Shower Gel 60ml
  • Black Eye Definer 1.1g
  • Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist 60ml
  • Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 8ml
  • Coconut Body Butter 200ml
  • Owl Face Towel

Sorry guys it looks like this has sold out now – I’ll find out if its going to be restocked!

The Body Shop beauty Advent Calendars and Christmas Gifts are available now at The Body Shop.

NYX Professional Makeup Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

Posted on November 19, 2018

Today I have the wonderful NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar to share with you!

NYX is a fantastic mid-range brand offering affordable cosmetics in a massive range of shades. I think they can often be overlooked when it comes to high street brands, but they really do have some fab products – I love their Butter Lip Glosses especially.

Their 2018 ‘Sugar Trip’ Advent Calendar contains a selection of lip products, eyeshadows, highlighters, and one blush. All come in super cute mini sizes, and each of the powder products open up like little books – I’m not sure how practical these are (maybe they can be popped out to put in a palette) but they do look SO sweet. This is very much novelty packaging that’s perfect for Christmas, and I have to say I love it! The whole calendar is fun and colourful, and packed with a fantastic varied selection of NYX treats.

Go on a sweet journey with the Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. Featuring fan-fave formulas in 24 new shades, this limited-edition collection takes you through our makeup-loving squad’s dreamworld. Uncover stunning lippies, like Soft Matte Lip Cream and Butter Gloss, as well as velvety eyeshadows, highlighters and blush along the way. From 10 blendable powders to 14 mid-size lip colors, this amazing assortment is your one-stop shop for treats.

I should mention though, some of the shades included are pretty out there – expect to find cornflour blue, dark brown and black coloured lip products, which definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Most of the rest of the shades are pretty wearable though, and the powder products especially will be suited to just about anyone.

The lip products include –

  • Butter Lip Gloss in Glaze-y Days
  • Butter Lip Gloss in Sweet Nothing
  • This is Everything Lip Oil in Candy Pop
  • This is Everything Lip Oil in Cranberry Mint
  • Lip Lingerie in Deep Rooted
  • Lip Lingerie in Slip
  • Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Starstruck
  • Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Peanut Brittle
  • Velvet Matte Lipstick in Fluff Piece
  • Velvet Matte Lipstick in Sorbae
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream in Kiev
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream in Vienna
  • Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream in Nantes
  • Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Poppin’

And for the face and eyes –

  • Eyeshadow in Sweet Tooth
  • Eyeshadow in Whipped Mocha
  • Eyeshadow in Twisted
  • Eyeshadow in Deep Trouble
  • Eyeshadow in Cookie Cutter
  • Eyeshadow in Candy Stash
  • Highlighter in Pop N Rock
  • Highlighter in Cinnamon Spice
  • Highlighter in Candy Cloud
  • Blush in Lollipop Hop

Sorry I don’t have my own swatches for these, but happy to provide some if you want to see them, just let me know! Overall I think this is a fab little advent calendar, and would definitely suit someone that loves to play around with colour!

The NYX Professional Advent Calendar is on offer now at NYX Professional Makeup, currently disounted at Feelunique and also available at Boots in their Christmas 3 for 2 offer.