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Fragrance: Roja Parfums Scandal Pour Femme EDP

Posted on June 19, 2018

You may remember a few months back I had my first experience with Roja Parfums – Un Amore Eteno was and still is just beautiful. I’m now very excited to share my second Roja fragrance, Scandal Pour Femme Eau De Parfum…

Firstly, I love the name. Scandal just sounds exciting, thrilling, dangerous and tempting – all the things I need more of in my life!! Seriously though, this fragrance sounds like just my kind of scent, it’s described as sweet, warm and very sensual, and it includes two of my favourite fragrance notes: tuberose and jasmine.

“I remember when I first encountered Tuberose, I was shocked that a flower could be so sensual; as you inhale its perfume it becomes almost narcotic. I love how it transports you to the sun, removing you from the grey skies of England. I blended it with other white blossoms, creating an effect that is at once floral, sunny, and deeply sensual.” – ROJA DOVE.

The main attraction here is of course, tuberose. Scandal is an intense, luxurious and seductive fragrance. It’s a chic, ultra feminine woman turning heads, dripping in couture, classic yet striking. This fragrance is both elegant and refined, and it really does smell expensive.

There’s no doubt this is an evening fragrance – Scandal Pour Femme is fresh and warm, yet incredibly sensual. The scent opens with fresh Bergamot, leading directly to a wonderful bouquet of white flowers – Jasmine, Rose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, and Freesia intertwine at the heart. The base of Sandalwood, Musk, and Orris Root blends perfectly with floral notes of Tuberose and Lavender, for a beautifully creamy and warming dry down.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Rose de Mai, Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Jasmin de Grasse and Tuberose.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Orris Root and Musk.

Roja Parfums Scandal EDP is available now at Roja Parfums.

Urban Decay x Feelunique Beauty On The Go Kit

Posted on June 18, 2018

Urban Decay have recently teamed up with Feelunque to bring you their fantastic Beauty on the Go Kit – priced at a very reasonable £45.00 (with a value of £69.00) this set includes a must have selection of both full size and travel size Urban Decay products…

The Urban Decay Beauty on the Go Kit Powered by Feelunique contains the following –

Anti-Ageing Eyeshadow Primer (Travel Size, 5ml) – Apply before your eyeshadow for more vibrant, crease-free colour that lasts for 24 hours. This not only locks shadow in place but also improves tone and texture, while optical blurring pigments create a subtle, soft-focus effect that instantly wakes up tired eyes and minimises the appearance of redness and other imperfections.

All Nighter Setting Spray (Travel Size, 30ml) – Mist on this travel-size weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray keeps your makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours, without melting, cracking, fading or settling into fine lines.

Perversion Mascara (Travel Size 4ml) – Build, separate and define the look of each lash. This mascara has a creamy, full-bodied texture that’s not too dry, not too wet, so you can go ahead and pile on coat after coat.

Naked Basics Palette (Full Size) – One of my personal favourite Urban Decay palettes, it contains six versatile neutral shadows, with five mattes and one satin shade – which is perfect for an inner corner highlight. All shades are great for wearing on a daily basis and have a smooth, luxe finish.

Moondust Eyeshadow (Full Size 1.5g in shade Diamond Dog) – This single eyeshadow is dazzlingly sparkly with a super refined finish – there’s no chunky glitter here!

Holographic Cosmetics Bag – The perfect size for all your makeup, or if you don’t fancy using it as a makeup bag, why not use it as stationery case or travel bag?

The Urban Decay Beauty on the Go Kit is available now at Feelunique.

The Father’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2018

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and I’ve gathered together a few fantastic luxury gift ideas if you’re looking to treat someone special. I’ve included an array of fragrances, skincare, gift sets, tech and more. Enjoy!

Firstly I have this beautifully understated Daniel Wellington Watch – featuring a simple white face, with a gold bezel and navy blue leather strap. This watch would make the perfect Father’s Day gift – and if you’re interested, you can currently save £34.00 when you purchase from Browns Family Jewellers, just click on the above link!

On to fragrance now, I have quite a fabulous selection to share with you! Starting with a couple of niche scents – Amouroud Oud Tabac is described as deliciously intoxicating and unforgettable. The fragrance opens with spicy top notes of coriander and ginger, alongside saffron and sweet heliotrope. At the heart is an accord of oud, olibanum and amber wood, followed by an oriental base with toasted-caramel notes of vanilla bourbon, musk and Alaskan cedar wood. This is a stunningly addictive and unforgettable scent, perfect for for the more refined gent.

And Prudence Paris Alexandre EDT – The inspiration for this fragrance was Prudence’s father, Alexander who had a distinguish career as an officer in the Australian Navy. Spices permeate all aspects of the olfactory triangle starting with top notes of cardamom, mugwort and mint, before developing into a heart of orange blossom spiced with cinnamon and cumin. The final notes are a heady mixture of sandalwood and cedar, tinged with powdered notes of vanilla, amber and tonka bean at the base.

Fans of the brand will know you can’t beat L’Occitane for gorgeous gift sets, and the L’Occitane Cologne Cedrat Collection is perfect for Father’s Day. The Cedar scent is refreshing, energising and masculine, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool mint and woody spices. The gift set contains 75ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat EDT, 250ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair and 130ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Spray Deodorant. All housed in a luxury L’Occitane gift box.

Now for something a bit different, how about The Personal Barber Shaving Subscription? You can purchase a single box (which includes everything above) or sign up for a subscription, where the recipient will receive a premium selection of classic wet shaving goods delivered to their door every six weeks. I think this is a great idea!

For music loving dads, the RHA Audio MA550 Headphones are a fantastic investment. Combining elegance and comfort without compromise, the MA650 are wireless, premium bluetooth in-ear headphones, designed for seamless compatibility; whether exercising, travelling, working or relaxing. The headphones feature a massive 12 hour battery life from a single charge, they are moisture, sweat and stain resistant, and offer enhanced audio with aptX and AAC streaming.

I always think cufflinks make a lovely gift, and these smart yet fun Paul Smith Cufflinks would make a wonderfully colourful addition to any Dad’s wardrobe. Crafted from silver toned brass, the cufflinks are adorned in a multi-coloured button design, complete with enamel plating and classic t-bar fastening.

Back to fragrances, next on the list is Laboratory Perfumes Amber EDT – Warm, sophisticated and distinctive, this fragrance evokes Britain’s country and coast with its complex scent that evolves on the skin, this fragrance is designed to follow you through your day with top notes of grass and greenery that matches the energy of the morning, the scent then matures into the rich spices at the heart and finally warm and earthy undertones of wood and balmy ambergris at the base exude a more subdued and reflective tone of the evening. I think my Dad would love this scent!

And YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDP – Playing on contrast and overdose, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme Parfum is a woody oriental fragrance opening with a fresh burst of bergamot and anise, immediately followed by the spicy, virile warmth of black pepper. Notes of lavender and labdanum release all their power to the trail, with the sensuality of patchouli and vanillaVetiver adds the final note to a stunning and unique fragrance.

How about the Urban Apothecary London Oriental Noir Candle – Daringly dark, this sumptuous fragrance entwines extraordinary floral notes with soft spices and wood. Infusing perfumed particles of powdered white orchid and lily intensified by spicy nutmeg and clove, it has an intoxicatingly smooth base of coffee, patchouli leaves and black vanilla pods to bring a lasting and luxurious depth to the scent. Hand poured and stirred by skilled artisans, it is encased in a black glass holder and is made from natural soy wax.

And lastly for fragrance, Dior Sauvage EDP is definitely worth considering. Inspired by the desert in the magical hour of twilight, the powerful freshness of ‘Sauvage’ exudes new sensual and mysterious facets. The scent opens with notes of juicy Calabrian bergamot, and the woody ambery trail of Ambroxan is wrapped in the smoky accents of vanilla absolute – this scent would really make a fantastic gift.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin would also be very well received (in my opinion!) This is gin made the way it used to be. Sipsmith London Dry Gin was born out of a desire to see gin production return to the city where it earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand crafted production, this gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe that wouldn’t look unfamiliar to an eighteenth century Master Distiller. Bold, complex and aromatic smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced – perfect for a refreshing G&T.

Or maybe this rather nice Ted Baker Hip Flask – so Dad can enjoy is favourite tipple on the go? This flask is wrapped with navy blue faux leather and includes two stainless steel shot cups which sit comfortably within the popper lid – this is a fun accessory for nights out.

And lastly, what would a luxury gift guide be without Tom Ford? In fact I’ve only recently realised Tom Ford has his own For Men collection, including a selection of skincare and grooming products…

Tom Ford Noir Extreme EDP is a stunning scent, perfect for those wanting to make a statement. An enhanced version of the signature Tom Ford Noir Spray, Noir Extreme EDP is a bold and sophisticated woody-oriental fragrance – this is definitely one my husband would love!

Tom Ford For Men Purifying Face Cleanser – This water-activated, foaming gel cleanser has been developed to condition while it cleanses. Its lightweight formula conditions and hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth shave. It rinses beautifully without drying, so your face looks and feels smooth, refreshed and energised.

And lastly the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb – Exclusively designed for men’s brows, the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb Defines Brows into a natural, healthy shape essential for the polished and sophisticated look preferred by Mr. Ford. With a specially designed precision comb and easy-to-use twist up applicator, the lightweight gel easily glides onto hair to tame and set brows into place. In a universally flattering tinted hint of colour, the brow Gelcomb adds shine and can be used on all hair colours and skin tones.

FREE MAC Cosmetics Treats At Debenhams!

Posted on May 8, 2018

Hi Guys!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty partial to a little gift with purchase treat, especially when it comes to beauty products. Debenhams have just launched a really exciting offer which I want to share with you today – when you purchase £60 or more of MAC products (only at Debenhams) you will receive an amazing complimentary gift, including some of MAC’s favourite products, all housed in a handy MAC makeup bag!

This is exactly what you’ll receive –

A MAC Neoprene Makeup Bag – An essential hold-all for your new MAC treats!

A FULL SIZE #168 Large Angled Contour brush – Worth £28.00 alone, this is the perfect brush for the application of face and cheek products, it’s ideal for sculpting and blending.

A MAC Foundation Sample – Just take your dramming pot along to your nearest MAC counter in Debenhams stores to claim your complimentary 10 day foundation sample.

A Prep & Prime Natural Radiance 6ml – This fantastic primer adds a soft golden hue leaving skin looking smoother, radiant and ready for foundation application.

A Cleanse off Oil 6ml – This is a luxurious oil-based cleanser that gently removes makeup – including waterproof products, leaving skin feeling soft and conditioned.

And lastly, an In Extreme Dimension Mascara 1g – This is MAC’s ultimate mascara for creating extreme volume and curl.

If you’re a MAC fan, you’ll know that offers like this rarely come along, so be sure to snap this up while you can, the above treats will only be available while stocks last!

This offer is live right NOW – go grab your MAC gift here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Debenhams.

Michael Buble By Invitation Rose Gold SIGNED Fragrance Giveaway!

Posted on May 3, 2018

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I last hosted a giveaway, and I’m back today with a fabulous extra special fragrance that one lucky reader will win!

Just to rewind a bit, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (thank you) – you may remember about a year and a half ago I was whisked away on the trip of a lifetime to New York, specially for the launch of Michael Buble’s debut fragrance, By Invitation. I won’t go into too much detail (you can check out my post on that here) but it was an amazing trip, and the fragrance was just as beautiful as I’d hoped.

Well, Michael is now back with a bang – in terms of fragrance, and he’s recently launched the next addition to the By Invitation line – By Invitation Rose Gold…

For those that have already tried the original By Invitation fragrance, in comparison, the Rose Gold edition is more intense. It’s a floral oriental gourmand scent – very feminine and sensual. It’s of course similar to By Invitation, but this sister fragrance offers another level of glamour and luxury, and I guarantee if you liked the original, you’ll love By Invitation Rose gold.

The fragrance opens with sophisticated top notes of radiant magnolia, red fruits and granit pear, leading to a tender rose and peony heart, with a hint of black plum. The base features notes of lingering praline and vanilla, with just a touch of precious spice, leaving this beautiful scent with an elegant and warm dry down.

Today I’m giving away a massive 100ml bottle of By Invitation Rose Gold Edition, and the box is signed by the man himself! This truly is a collectors piece, and would be just perfect for Buble fans! To be in with a chance of winning, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run for two weeks and is open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch – good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: The Amazing Nina Ricci Limited Edition Les Monsters Fragrance Collection

Posted on April 26, 2018

Hi Guys!

Ok so these are probably the most awesome and quirky perfume bottles I’ve ever seen! I love anything fun, kitch and a bit off-beat – and Nina Ricci’s latest limited edition Les Monsters fragrances literally tick all these boxes for me!

For SS18 Nina Ricci has teamed up with Brazilian artist duo Ana Strumpf and Guto Requena to transform the label’s iconic apple bottle into the most irresistible and cute little monsters. The limited edition Nina and Luna fragrances are also finished with a fun coloured pompom which can be re-used in any way you wish – I’m thinking maybe an oversized hair bobble (if that’s your kind of thing) or maybe you could add a clip and turn them into fluffy bag charms? Either way I think this playful touch is the perfect addition to these cute little cartoon monsters. Now let’s take a look at the fragrances –

Joyful, carefree and courageous, Nina Ricci Nina Monsters EDT is a citrus fruity-floral scent with cotton candy facets. The Nina Monsters bottle is bright fiery orange, and looks quite like a sweet little owl!

The fragrance opens with notes of of sparkling pear intertwined with blackcurrant. Cotton candy provides a second dose of deliciousness at the heart, before romantic freshness follows thanks to a sprinkle of peony petals. Tonka bean and ambery notes round out the fragrance with smoothness at the base, creating a signature that is sensuous and bright.

  • Top Notes: Pear, Blackcurrant
  • Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Peony
  • Base Notes: Ambery Notes, Tonka Bean

Next we have Luna, described as Nina’s alter ego – intense, bewitching, mysterious and captivating. This little monster looks almost cat-like, with big almond eyes and whiskers, and a bright blue pompom.

Nina Ricci Luna Monsters EDT is a delicious gourmand perfume with juicy pineapple facets infused with lime. The fragrance opens with with bright top notes of juicy pear and tonic lime, leading to a delicately feminine floral heart of freesia and orange blossom. The base is rounded off beautifully with rich, delectable notes of caramel and blond woods creating a signature that’s good enough to eat.

  • Top Notes: Pineapple, Tonic Lime
  • Heart Notes: Freesia, Orange Blossom
  • Base Notes: Caramel, Blond Woods

You can probably tell that I absolutely love these bottles! The fragrances are also lovely, and very wearable. The Nina Ricci Les Monsters Limited Edition Fragrances are available now at Debenhams and FeelUnique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Beauty: New Pixi Pretties Collection #PixiPretties

Posted on April 11, 2018

Hi Guys!

A couple of weeks ago the most amazing press package arrived at my house, and I was SO excited to find it was the new Pixi Pretties collection from Pixi Beauty!

Pixi Beauty is well known for teaming up with bloggers on limited edition collections, and their latest collaboration is with three influencers from the US. Each has their own mini collection including, eyeshadows, blushers, lip gloss and more…

Firstly I have Chloe Morello’s Palette (£28.00) – Chloe’s palette is inspired by love and romance and contains a selection of her favourite hues to bring out your inner glow. The palette includes three silky blush shades – apricot-amber, ballet pink and rich, rosy coral, which are perfect for giving a natural looking flush to the skin. There are also six neutral, easy to wear eye shades in three duo pans, as well as a handy trio of brown and black matte shades to enhance, define and line both the eyes and brows.

Chole has also created her own Lip Icing Lip Glow (£16.00) – This liquid lip gloss in shade Cake adds a luminous 3D glimmer to the lips. Cake is described as a golden, blushed champagne hue with three-dimensional glints of glitter. The formula is also infused with nourishing rose hip seed and marula oil to smooth and condition the lips. It can be worn alone, as a topper for your favourite lip colour or used only in the centre to create the illusion of fuller lips. This lip gloss is honestly so sparkly – I’ve been using it as a topper over my favourite liquid lipstick 🙂

Next, Dulce Candy’s Cafe Con Dulce Palette (£28.00) – this is a really interesting multi-use palette, and I don’t actually think I’ve seen anything like this before. It contains nine large powder-to-cream shimmering shades, including golds, rose tones and bronzes. These shades are designed to be used anywhere on the face, to give a luminous, glowing finish. And I have to say, I absolutely love this palette! The shades are amazingly well pigmented, and super shimmery. I love the top right shade (Brilliant) as an inner corner highlighter for the eyes, and the rest of the colours look beautiful used as eyeshadows, blushers and cheek highlighters.

And Dulce Candy’s Lip Candy Palette (£28.00) – this is another multi-use edit of nine large-pan shades. This time the formula comprises of rich, velvety creams that can be used on both lips and cheeks, and includes shades from the palest pink to deep plum, via vibrant fuchsia, rosy coral and muted, blushed taupes. These shades deliver beautiful colour payoff, applying smoothly and adhering easily to give a long-lasting finish. They also contain antioxidants and minerals, to protect skin, keeping it soft and hydrated.

And lastly Weylie Hoang’s Dimensional Eye Creator Kit. As soon as I saw this palette I was instantly excited, these are definitely my kind of shades! Weylie’s Dimensional Eye Creator Kit is specially designed to flatter and enhance all eye shapes and sizes. The eyeshadow palette contains six wonderfully pigmented eyeshadows, three with a matte finish and three with a shimmer finish. The colours include a gorgeous selection of warm tones – such as muted terracotta, rich burgundy and shimmery brown. These shades have been designed to flatter all eye shapes and sizes, and are versatile enough for both natural and dramatic looks. The kit also includes a fantastic 2-in-1 black kohl pencil and liquid eyeliner duo to cater to your every lining need.

I’m honestly so impressed with these products, Pixi Beauty just continue to produce fantastic products time and time again! If you’re thinking of picking up something from this collection, I’d highly recommend the Cafe Con Dulce Palette, or Weylie’s Eye Creator Kit 🙂

All the above products are available now at Cult Beauty and Pixi Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples