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Christmas: Must Have Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

Finally I have the last of my Christmas Gift Guides to share with you! Today is all about beauty gift sets – I’ve got fragrance, skincare, makeup and accessories, covering a wide range of brands and prices. Hopefully this will inspire you if you’re doing any last minute shopping – enjoy!

Starting with the fabulous Clinique Pep It Up Set (£24.50 at Harvey Nichols) – This handy little gift set contains a trio of Clinique Pep-Start products. There’s a 30ml 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser to was away dirt, dead skin cells, oil and impurities, a 7ml Pep-Start Eye Cream to give the eye area a hydration and an instant brightening effect, and lastly a 50ml Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser to blur imperfections while providing all-day hydration. Clinique have also included a cute pink zipped bag to keep your products safe.

Continuing with skincare, the DHC Double Cleanse Set (£19.95 at Escentual) is definitely worth checking out. This limited edition two-step system for brighter, cleaner skin contains three DHC essentials – there’s a 70ml Deep Cleansing Oil, to remove makeup quickly and easily, including even waterproof mascara. There’s also a 35g Mild Soap, leaving skin feeling well-balanced as it cleanses and removes impurities for a comfortable and fresh complexion, and a box of Virgin Olive Oil Swabs (50 Swabs) – these are ready-infused with a small amount of virgin olive oil to quickly and easily remove makeup mistakes.

On to tools now, I have two gorgeous sets from Real Techniques. The Real Techniques All About That Glow Set (£15.00 at Superdrug) contains all the tools you need to apply your favourite powder, cream, or liquid highlighters. There’s a Miracle Complexion Sponge, a Strobe & Blend Brush, with a firm, angled head for applying a heavier layer of highlighter, and a fluffy, round head for blending product onto skin. There’s also a Set & Spotlight Brush, with a tapered, fluffy head for blending highlighters, and a small, densely packed head for precision application. And lastly, a Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge to help remove makeup mishaps.

I also have the Real Techniques Eye Glam Set (£12.00 at Real Techniques) – this includes everything you need to create the perfect party ready eyes. There’s a Base Shadow Brush, for shadow application and blending, a Brow Highlighting Brush for highlighting above and below the brow bone, a Precision Smudge Brush, for smudging along the lash line, a Winged Liner Brush with a thin, angled head for application of winged liner, and lastly a handy Brush Cup to store your new brushes.

Another fantastic skincare set is the Philosophy All Aglow Gift Set (£39.50 at Feel Unique) – Containing everything you need for radiant, healthy-looking skin, this holiday collection of award-winning skin care follows Philosophy’s unique 3-step formula for beautiful, lit-from-within luminosity: cleanse, peel, treat! Included is a Purity Made Simple Cleanser 90ml, The Microdelivery Peel Crystals + Activating Gel 30ml, and a Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer 15ml.

The Laura Geller Pucker Up Trio (£25.00 at Debenhams) is also a great little set for fans of the brand. The limited edition Pucker Up Trio is available in nude or pink shades, offering high shine, buttery lip colour to celebrate Laura Geller’s 20th anniversary.

For those that suffer with dry hands and brittle nails, the RMK Nail & Hand Cream Kit (£23.00 at Selfridges) could be the perfect gift. This sweet little set contains three new scented additions to the RMK Nail & Hand cream range, well-known for its strength in combatting dry skin and for conditioning beautifully to the very tips of the nails. Choose from scents Neroli, Sparkling Cocktail or Cassis to match your mood.

On to fragrance now, the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum Fragrance Gift Set (£54.00 at Boots) would make the perfect gift for any fragrance lover. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is a gorgeous, glamorous fragrance, a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Opening with luminous green top notes full of glittering radiance, the heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid lends a creamy seductiveness to the fragrance. Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee meld with Indonesian Patchouli to leave a subtle, sensual memory on the skin.

  • Top notes: Pear and Mandarin Orange
  • Heart notes: Orchid
  • Base notes: Patchouli, toffee

Or how about the YSL Black Opium EDP Gift Set (£55.45 at World Duty Free) – Black Opium is simply a stunning scent, both darkly sensuous and intense, this gourmand floral smells so good you’ll want to taste it. At the heart of Black Opium is an addictive black coffee accord blended with luminous white flowers, the ultimate play of shadow and light. A gourmet dose of vanilla envelops the fragrance in celestial beauty, creating a trail that is indulgent, sensuous and absolutely unforgettable.

  • Top Notes: Coffee, Pink Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Vanilla
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar

I also have the gorgeous Vince Camuto Amore EDP Gift Set (£51.00 at Debenhams) – Amore is a sparkling and enchanting fruity floral fragrance, embodying the fun and flirty expression of a woman falling unforgettably, deeply in love. Fruity top notes mix with the organic smell of freshly picked flowers, and a divine base of comforting cashmere, rich, sensual amber and earthy sandalwood warm up the intoxicating combination.

  • Top Notes: Cassis, Clementine, Bergamot, Passionfruit
  • Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Lotus, Orchid, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber

Or how about the Nina Ricci Luna Gift Set (£46.00 at Boots) – Luna is Nina Ricci’s gorgeous new mysterious gourmand fragrance. It opens with notes of Orange blossom and wild berries, leading to a heart of white everlasting flower blended with caramel, and a beautiful base of vanilla and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom Petals
  • Heart Notes: Precious White Everlasting Flower, Crunchy Caramel
  • Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood from Sri Lanka

For a slightly more affordable option, I have the Ted Baker Beauty Bow Ella Gift Set (£24.00 at John Lewis) – I absolutely love Ted Baker gifts, and their fragrances are both affordable and so beautiful. Described as strikingly confident and delightfully witty, Ella leaves a trail of sparkle wherever she goes. With just one spritz, you’ll be hooked on Ella’s intoxicating cocktail of bergamot and cassis combined with a heady heart of orange blossom, jasmine and rose. Rich notes of amber, patchouli and vanilla leave a beautifully warm feminine scent that always leaves a lasting impression.

And lastly, the gorgeous MAC Look in a Box: Be Wow! (£22.10 at World Duty Free) – Firstly I have to say that this is such a fantastic bargain, this lovely little set contains five mini MAC Lipsticks, in Nude du Jour, Dodgy Girl, No Faux Pas, Relentlessly Red, and Antique Velvet, and each lipstick works out at only £4.45 each – you won’t find MAC for cheaper than that!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Festive Beauty With The Body Shop

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Hi Guys!

I have a few fab makeup products to share with you today from The Body Shop – their Christmas selection has been just fantastic this year, and they currently have 40% off, so its the perfect time to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts!

If you get a moment, also be sure to check out their Beauty Advent Calendar to find a new festive surprise every day until Christmas – discover everything from seasonal bath and body specials to reviews from fabulous beauty bloggers, including me! Ok so let’s take a look at the products…

Firstly I have the gorgeous House of Holland We Rule The World Eyeshadow Palette (£12.00) – The Body Shop have teamed up with House of Holland this Christmas, to offer festive collection of limited edition fun and colourful products, including makeup, skincare and gift sets (Just search ‘HOH’ on the Body Shop site to see everything that’s currently available) I have one of two HOH Palettes – the We Rule The World Palette includes three vibrant eye shadows in matte and shimmer finishes, one lip colour and a highlighter. This palette in particular is just what you need for getting party ready as it includes a deep blue toned grey eyeshadow, perfect for a smokey eye, and a gorgeous bright pink lip colour.

For those that prefer a cream eye colour, the Eye Colour Sticks (£8.00) are definitely worth checking out. Offering high definition metallic eyeshadow in an easy to apply stick form, these eyeshadows are perfect for those that favour an easy swipe of colour, that’s intense, long lasting and waterproof. I have shades Siberian Quartz, which is a gorgeous deep plum purple shade with a metallic shimmer, and Nevada Gold, which is a muted gold shade, again with a striking metallic finish.

Another product which is quite interesting, is the Instamatte Cream (£12.00) – this handy little product is the perfect multi-use tool to create a matte finish anywhere you need it. You can use this on your bare face before foundation, to act as a mattifying primer, or you can use it after foundation if that works better for you. It can also be used on top of your lipstick to give a matte finish, or as an eyeshadow primer to prolong wear. This is such a handy product to keep in your bag for when you’re on the go and need to absorbs excess oil and mattify on demand.

And lastly I have the gorgeous Glitter Dust (£7.00) – Christmas time is all about colour, shimmer and shine, and I just love adding glitter to pretty much every makeup look! The Body Shop’s Glitter Dust comes in two sparkling shades, Pink and Gold, and can be used on cheeks, décolletage and hair to give you a wonderful shimmering sparkle day or night. I love this pretty pink shade and can’t wait to wear it on my next night out!

I’d love to hear if you wear The Body Shop makeup? And which products you’d recommend? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: 10 Fragrances Perfect for Giving

Posted on December 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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

Posted on December 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

The palettes on sale are as follows:

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Best Black Friday Fashion & Beauty Deals!

Posted on November 24, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve gathered together a few Black Friday deals that have really stood out to me this year. As I’m sure you’re aware, there are LOADS of sales on right now, but there aren’t actually that many with decent hefty discounts, which is what we’ve all been waiting for! So I’ve picked out a few stores and brands that are offering some of the better discounts – happy shopping! 😀

Starting with fashion I have a few picks from Boohoo who have an amazing 50% off sitewide!

ASOS also have 20% off EVERYTHING today –

And NastyGal have 30% off everything!

Moving on to beauty, Charlotte Tilbury have an amazing 50% off advent calendars as well as a couple of fantastic sets. Charlotte Tilbury never have offers like this, so if you have your eye on anything you should snap them up now while you can!

Cult Beauty also have some amazing deals. You can get 15% off orders over £20 with code 15BLACK and 20% off orders over £200 with code 20BLACK.

Beauty Bay have up to 30% of EVERYTHING site wide –

And lastly John Lewis also have up to 30% off beauty – the best savings are mostly on skincare brands such as REN, Trilogy and Rodial. There’s also 30% off some nice L’Occitane sets too –

I hope you enjoyed my post – I’d love to hear what deals you’ve been taking advantage of today? xx

Fragrance: Nejma Le Sublime EDP

Posted on November 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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