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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Black Friday: The Very Best Beauty, Fashion & Home Deals!

Posted on November 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Well Black Friday is now upon us, so I thought I’d put together a selection of my top picks from some of my favourite stores, covering beauty, fashion and homewares – there really are some fantastic deals to be had today. Happy shopping!

ASOS – 20% off EVERYTHING with code GOGOGO

 

Beauty Bay – 30% off selected lines

 

Topshop – 50& off many lines

 

The White Company – 20% off almost everything with code AP380

 

Shopbop – 25% off everything with code GOBIG16

 

Avenue 32 – 30% off Site Wide Excluding Sale and Pre-Spring 17

 

Lookfantastic – 18% off everything with code: RUSH, 25% off with code LFBLACK

 

Monica Vinader – 30% off after signing up

 

Other sales –

  • All Saints – 30% off with code: CYBER, and 50% off winter clothing
  • Amara – up to 50% off luxury home brands
  • And Other Stories – 50% off selected items
  • Beauty Base – up to 80% off online and free delivery with a spend of £24 or more
  • Bobbi Brown – free art stick worth £21 with orders over £40
  • Boden – 30% off site wide with code F6P8
  • Boohoo.com – up to 50% off and free delivery with code FRIYAY50
  • Boots – massive savings site wide
  • Caudalie – 20% off site wide
  • Dune London – up to 30% off
  • ELF Cosmetics – 50% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • Flamingo Candles – 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY
  • H&M – 20% off everything and free delivery with code 6013
  • Harvey Nichols – 25% off Fashion, 15% off Beauty
  • House of Fraser – Up to 50% off across the site
  • Jurlique – 20% OFF sitewide + FREE Standard Delivery + COMPLIMENTARY gift wrapping Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Karen Millen – 25% off everything excluding leather
  • Kate Spade – 20% off your purchase with code SKYLINE
  • Kiehl’s – 20% off everything with the purchase of 2 or more products
  • Kurt Geiger – 20% off + free standard delivery on orders over £100
  • L’Occitane – offers across the site
  • Lancome – 20% off everything with code LANCOME20
  • La Redoute – 40% off with code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • Lavish Alice – 30% off code CYBER30
  • Lisa Angel – big discounts site wide
  • Marks & Spencer – Up to 50% off Selected Lines in Beauty, Lingerie, Sleepwear, Home, Toys, Books.
  • Models Own – up to 70% off across the site
  • Molton Brown – 25% off everything
  • Office – 20% off with code: WONDER
  • Radley – up to 50% off
  • River Island – up to 50% off with code BFRIDAY16
  • Schuh – up to 40% off selected lines
  • Selfridges – 20% off site wide & 10% off beauty with code SELFCCE
  • Sephora – 20% off across the site
  • Skinnydip – up to 80% off selected items
  • Ted Baker – up to 30% off
  • The Body Shop – 40% off with code: 19805
  • This Works – up to 25% off
  • Warehouse – up to 30% off site wide
  • West Elm – 30% off with code SAVENOW
  • Whistles – 25% off selected lines
  • YSL Beauty – 15% Off Selected Makeup, Fragrance & Skincare with Code: YSL15
  • Zara Home – 20% off and Free delivery

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

5 Tips To Get A Good Night’s Sleep #SleepTips

Posted on November 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re all well? I’ve been extremely busy lately with moving house. We’re now settling in though and I’m finally getting back into blogging.

Today I wanted to talk about something that we all do without giving much though to – sleep. Everyone has different sleep patterns, and everyone gets a different quality of sleep depending on their circumstances. Personally I’ve always been a good sleeper – I mean I can pretty much drop off anywhere. BUT I’m also a light sleeper, and the smallest noise will most definitely wake me up, so I often feel that I don’t get a quality night’s sleep even though I usually get around eight hours.

I’ve recently received a brand spanking new luxury mattress from Leesa, which I’ve been trying out since I’ve moved to our new house, so I thought I’d let you know how I’ve been getting on with it, as well as offer a few other tips for helping you get the best nights sleep possible.

My first sleep tip would definitely be DO NOT underestimate the importance of a quality, comfortable mattress. For many years I used to have either second hand (and completely knackered) mattresses, or just literally the cheapest money could buy. And none of them did me any good – both in terms of the sleep I was getting, as well as being bad for my back. And I don’t even want to get into the issues of dirt and dust mites in old used mattresses – ew!

When I ordered my Leesa mattress, I was impressed with the ease of use and navigation on their site. Apart from making purchasing very straightforward, there was also plenty of information available about the company and the mattresses themselves, as well as a review section where you can read other customer’s reviews, which I found very helpful.

Leesa’s mattresses are built with three layers of premium materials, including a layer of contouring memory foam, for comfort and pressure relief, a top layer of cooling foam and a seamless, soft fabric cover.

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Interestingly, the mattress arrives rolled up in a box, and you simply place your rolled up mattress direct on your bed frame, unwrap and unfold and voila! Your new mattress is in place and ready to go. It’s also worth mentioning that Leesa gives you a 100 nights to try out the mattress – and if you’re not happy for any reason you can return it with no hassle. I think this is such a good idea, as Leesa is solely an online company so you’re essentially buying ‘blind’ – this really shows that they have confidence in their product.

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I’ve been using the Leesa mattress for a little while now, and I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving it! I usually have quite a soft mattress, and wasn’t sure if I’d get on with this as it’s most definitely firmer than what I’m used to, but it really is great. I feel like I’m comfortable and just generally sleeping more sound than I have done previously. You can check our Leesa’s range of luxury mattresses as well as snapping up a fantastic £50 off code here.

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Ok so back to my sleep tips – my next one is pretty obvious, but Quit the Caffeine! I drink tea like its going out of fashion and I’ve been trying to cut back on my intake in the evenings. A good alternative is nice herbal tea such as chamomile if you like a warm drink, or there’s always good old fashioned milk, or soy-milk if you’d prefer a cold drink.

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Tip number 3 is make sure you Take Time to Relax. Have a bath, read a book. Create a relaxing, soothing atmosphere to help your mind and body unwind.

Another thing worth mentioning is make sure your body is at the right temperature. It might sound a little odd, but if you’re slightly too warm, or too cool it can really affect your sleep. If you’re too cold it can take an age to warm up and get cosy, and I’ve found if you’re too hot, you can wake up with a headache and feel groggy for the rest of the day. So getting the temperature right really will help.

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And lastly, I’d also recommend investing in decent products to help you sleep – this can be anything from buying yourself quality, soft sheets for your bed, or thicker curtains to block out light, to using specific products to help you sleep. I love the This Works Pillow Spray – which now comes in a lovely gift set with their Breathe In roll on (this would make a fab Christmas gift!) The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray contains calming lavender, vetiver and wild camomile to help you drift off into a relaxing slumber.

I’ve also recently been using the M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream – which promises Skin looks like you’ve had 8 hours sleep (even when you haven’t). Now I know this isn’t going to help you sleep – but as I’m quite a restless sleeper, I’m up for any product that’s going to make me look like I’ve had 8 hours! I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I have to say, I think it actually works. I feel like my skin just looks a bit brighter and smoother, and feels more rested when I wake up the mornings now. It’s only £22.00 for a pot too, so definitely worth it in my books.

I hope you enjoyed my post and found these tips helpful – and don’t forget, you can get £50 off a luxury Leesa mattress here.

This post is sponsored by Leesa

Yankee Candle Riviera Escape Collection

Posted on May 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite candles brands, Yankee Candle are back on the blog this evening with their latest collection, inspired by a sun-kissed escape to the Riviera…

The Riviera Escape collection contains four fresh, summery fragranced candles, as well as matching candle accessories –

Starting with Olive & Thyme – This is a wonderfully fresh and bright fragrance, it’s distinctly herbal in nature with a sharp citrus top note which you can’t fail to miss. This fragrance is inspired by the Mediterranean coast, including notes of olive leaf, citrus and musk, to whisk you away on an Italian adventure.

Next, Riviera Escape – This is definitely my favourite candle out of the collection. Riviera Escape is a beautiful clean and fresh coastal scent, evoking glittering promenades, full with hillsides of beautiful blossoms glowing in the sun. This scent instantly takes me to the coast and I can’t get enough of it!

And Sea Sage & Salt – Now this fragrance is described as ‘warm and inviting, sage mingles with the clean, fresh scent of sea salt…like a relaxing walk along the shore’ but I have to say I really don’t get this at all. To me, this candle smells like men’s aftershave! It really reminds me of my dad for some reason! This is definitely a masculine scent, and not really one for me unfortunately.

And lastly Summer Peach – This scent is almost mouthwateringly juicy – I mean my mouth literally nearly waters when I smell this candle! Fans of sweet scents will love the Summer Peach candle – echoing ripe peaches straight from the orchard, warmed by the sun and begging for that first juicy bite, this fragrance is the epitome of summer.

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The Riviera Escape collection is available now at Yankee Candle.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Yankee Candle My Serenity New Spring Collection

Posted on March 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s Wednesday morning and it’s bright and breezy here in sunny Norfolk, so I thought I’d make the most of the weather and take a bunch of photos this morning! So I have Yankee Candle’s newest offerings to share with you today, the My Serenity Collection of candles come in an array of lovely spring time pastel shades, with fragrances that are warm, bright, sweet and fresh – just perfect for this time of year. The My Serenity fragrances aim to inspire the gentle awakening of springtime with a sense of calm, mindfulness and optimism.

Starting with the My Serenity candle – this is a wonderfully light and sweet scent. It really reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. The My Serenity scent combines distinct notes of warm pear with orange, tropical flowers and soft musk, for a lovely calming scent. This is definitely my favourite fragrance out of the collection.

Next the Moonlight candle – I had no idea what to expect with this one! What does moonlight smell like? Well it’s a very subtle light clean scent, with woody notes, bamboo and bergamot. Personally I’d have preferred if this candle’s fragrance was a bit more intense – if you’re not a fan of strong scented candles though this could definitely be the one for you.

And I knew I was going to love the Peony candle – peony is one of my favourite flowers in terms of fragrance, and it features in plenty of my favourite perfumes too. This candle is of course floral, but also has a sparkling sweetness that brightens up the scent. It’s a very feminine and girly fragrance.

And lastly Lemongrass & Ginger – this has a gorgeously fresh and zesty scent, perfect for those that love clean and citrus fragrances, this candle contains gentle lemongrass and just cut ginger to evoke feelings of refreshing invigoration, optimism and energy.

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I’m so impressed with Yankee Candle’s new spring fragrances, I think this candle collection is going to get used up very quickly in my house!

The serenity Collection is available now from Yankee Candle. Small Jar Candles are £8.99, Meduim Jar Candles are £18.99, and Large Jar Candles are £21.99.

I’d love to hear about your favourite candles? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Kate Spade at Amara

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Mother’s day is just around the corner now, and I have some gorgeous Kate Spade gift ideas from luxury lifestyle company Amara to share with you today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kate Spade New York, you really need to click on the link above and see what you’re missing! To sum up the brand – Kate Spade is where crisp colour and graphic prints collide with playful sophistication. It’s aesthetic is luxury crossed with quirky – which is my idea of heaven! They have a massive range of products too, covering clothing, jewellery, bags, stationery, home accessories, bedding and gifts.

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When it comes to gifting, luxury stationery is always going to be a winner – and Kate Spade produce some of the most beautiful stationery products money can buy.

This Favourite Things Spiral Notebook is just wonderful, and would make the perfect gift for any stationery fan. It comes in two sizes (this is the smaller one) and I love that it’s just so colourful and fun, featuring painterly bright objects on the front, including a flamingo, ladybird and a pineapple.

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If you’re looking for something slightly more unusual, what about this lovely A Stroke of Genius Pencil Cup? It’s made of high quality thick acrylic, and features a high shine gold base – you can just see engraved in the inside at the bottom it says ‘a stroke of genius’ – this is such a fun and quirky touch!

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And lastly, how awesome is this Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug? Mum’s definitely deserve cake for breakfast on Mother’s day (I may have to make a few hints myself about this) and this mug is bright, cute and colourful, and I think anyone would love it.

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I really can’t get enough of Kate Spade products right now – I may have to treat myself to a purse or bag next! (or maybe some more stationery?) I’d love to hear if you’re a fan?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Four Luxury Candles Perfect for Winter

Posted on January 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok so I’ll be the first to admit, I do have a slight candle obsession. This has only been in recent years though. If you’d have suggested me spending £20 plus on a candle 10 years ago, I’d tell you to pull the other one! Maybe it’s because I have my own home now, and I want it to look and smell gorgeous? I also love the atmospheric and therapeutic attributes a candle can offer – candles can change the ambience of a room in a matter of moments, as well as creating a calming and relaxing environment.

Winter is definitely my favourite season for candles, I love the warming notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and Christmas spices wafting around my house on a cold winter’s day. So today I want to share some of my favourite luxury winter candles with you –

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First up is the Petits Rituels By the Fire Candle (£35.00) – This beautifully packaged candle arrives housed in chic white glass, with the Petits Rituels logo printed on the front. It has the most gorgeously warming festive scent, including spicy Cinnamon & Clove, zesty Orange and Lemongrass, which blended together give an uplifting, happy and warm feeling – it reminds me of drinking hot mulled wine on a cold winter’s day.

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Next is the beautiful Annick Goutal Noel Candle (£40.50) – Annick Goutal make some of the most stunning fragrances you can buy, and their candles are no exception. The Noel Candle is also a limited edition, only available over the winter months – why you’d want a candle like this any other month though I have no idea!

Apart from being decorative, the Noel candle has a beautifully nuanced scent, with notes of citrus fruits, spices, siberian pine and a strong flavour of resin. It’s a clean and fresh scent, it makes you think of being outdoors in the snow, waling through a forest in bright sunlight.

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Next is the limited edition Arran Aromatics Nutmeg Embers Luxury Candle (Now on offer for £12.50) – Firstly I must apologise for the photo, this candle is actually printed in metallic silver on the inside of the glass, and with the glass itself being red and frosted, it makes the pattern and logo look a little blurry – hence why it looks out of focus!

This is a wonderfully large 295g candle, with a gorgeous comforting and warming seasonal scent. Nutmeg Embers captures the delicacy of nutmeg around a heart of spicy cardamom, cinnamon and cedarwood. Crowned with top notes of subtle citrus and imbued with aromatic vetiver. This is definitely a must have for the winter season, and at ono £12.50 it’s a bargain too!

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And lastly the stunning Diptyque Liquidambar candle (from £28.00). Part of the 2015 holiday collection, Liquidambar is one of three limited edition candles designed by the painter Julien Colombier. This collection is dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees – the artist provides the flow, the light, and the colours, and the Perfume House provides the texture, the flavours, and the fragrances.

Liquidambar is quite a masculine scent, it reminds me of a cologne though I can’t for the life of me think which one. There’s a definitely warmth to this candle, like sitting by the fire when it’s cold outside. It’s beautifully spicy, with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon (two of my favourite seasonal scents) and there’s also muscovado sugar, to add sweetness. This is the perfect candle to burn on a chilly winter’s evening.

So what do you think? Do you have any of these candles? I’d love to hear which candles you love to burn in winter?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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