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Home & Interiors: Must Try Candles feat Fornasetti, Cire Trudon & More.

Posted on November 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s only in recent years that I’ve become a big fan of scented candles. I love how they can transform a room into a welcoming space, evoking feelings of warmth and calm on a chilly day, or how fruity citrus scents can energise and liven up an atmosphere – anyway, I have a few candles to share with you today that I’ve gathered together over the last couple of months. This is quite an eclectic selection both in terms of price and scents so I hope there’s something for everyone here –

Starting with the stunning Fornasetti Fior Di Lina Scented Candle (£140.00 at Amara) – Fornasetti really is the height of luxury when it comes to candles, and one of their latest releases, the Fior Di Lina Scented Candle is a must have for fans of the brand.

Housed in a typical Fornasetti designed casing, the Fior Di Lina candle looks as good as it smells. It features the beautiful enigmatic face of Lina Cavalieri surrounded by flowers and butterflies, and once you’ve finished burning the candle, you can keep the container as a decorative planter that would look stunning in any home. The fragrance is gorgeous as expected, it has a lovely fresh floral scent, with notes of lily, jasmine, and tuberose, and a base of warm sandalwood, and the generously sized 300g candle will burn for up to 60 hours.

Another find from Amara is their own brand A by Amara Sicilian Lemon & Sea Salt Candle (£50.00 at Amara) – still on the pricey side, this luxury scented candle has a beautiful fresh and sparkling citrus scent with a woody base, including notes of Sicilian lemon and sea salt with a base of blonde wood. This A By Amara candle is made from natural wax, with a high 10% perfume content, and it’s housed in a beautiful grey marble finish ceramic vessel, with a gold printed A for Amara Collection on the lid. If you’re a fan of bright citrus scented candles, this is definitely worth a try.

I also have the beautiful Cire Trudon Reggio Candle (£78.00 at John Lewis and Amara) – This is my first ever candle from Cire Trudon, and Reggio truly is a stunning scent. With notes of grapefruit, mandarin and mimosa, this fragrance is inspired by the iconic city of Southern Italy. Reggio embodies the easy-going Italian way of life – citrus trees and thousand-year old olive trees grow, facing its Reggio’s legendary bay, whilst Calabrese mandarin fills the orchards with its perfume. The idyllic scent of this city is captured within this striking looking candle which is housed in a midnight blue vessel with golden Cire Trudon label – I definitely can’t wait to try more candles from this brand now!

Moving on to slightly more affordable options now, another first for me is the Arum London Coconut & Lime Candle (£34.00 at Arum London) – this candle just smells gorgeous, this scent is the perfect combination of juicy lime, balanced with notes of creamy coconut. Their candles are all hand poured and made from 100% natural paraffin-free wax, including a blend of perfumes and essential oils, and will burn for approximately 40 hours.

Arum have also just launched their new Autumn / Winter collection, containing some beautiful sounding scents such as Tea Rose & Clove, and Oats & Honey, which would be perfect for Christmas time.

I also have the Boy Smells Petal Candle (£32.00 at Osmology) – firstly, I love the name of this brand! Boy Smells is a Los Angeles based brand, where their hand poured candles contain a blend of beeswax and coconut oil, with a braided cotton wick. The Petal Candle has a modern floral scent, balancing high notes of magnolia, tuberose and purple geranium, with the depth and warmth of golden amber and exotic musk. Not overly sweet, this is the perfect daytime candle that will work in any room of your house. In terms of packaging, I love the contrast of the black glass tumbler with the matte pink label and carton. If you like your candles to be chic, modern and minimal, this is definitely a brand to try.

I also wanted to mention Osmology, the site this candle came from. This store is basically heaven for candle fans as they stock a vast range of niche brands from across the world – take a look and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

And lastly I have a couple of large tumbler candles from the Isle of Skye Candle Company. (£18.00 at Skye Candles) – again, this is another brand that creates hand made candles, using only natural soya wax – and they promise their unique combination of wax and oils gives some of the longest and cleanest burn times around, and their wicks have been specially developed to optimise the burn so that no wax is left in your glass when it has burnt all the way to the bottom.

I have the Lemongrass candle, which is made of pure lemongrass distilled straight from the plant. This scent is perfect if you’re in need of re-energising. And Pomegranate & Plum – this is a fantastically juicy fruity fragrance that’s just right for livening up your space on a daily basis.

If you’re looking for more wintery scents, Skye Candles also have plenty of options available – the Cinnamon and Ginger & Nutmeg candles sound gorgeous!

Are you a fan of scented candles? I’d love to hear what your favourites are! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Slimfast New Advanced Vitality Range & #SlimFastBreakfastClub Twitter Chat!

Posted on September 26, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m a big fan of SlimFast – as someone that struggles with my weight I’ve found their products to be incredibly helpful when I decide to start shifting the pounds.

SlimFast have recently sent over some of their new products to try from their Advanced Vegan Vitality Range, which now includes Strawberry Kick flavour, as well as new Vegan options, Strawberry & Blueberry Burst and Intense Mint Chocolate. If you’re not familiar with the new Advanced Vegan Vitality range, it’s basically a brand new, enhanced and updated version of their classic powder meal replacement shakes…

Discover a holistic way to lose weight helping you to feel great on the inside and out. Our unique SlimFast Advanced Vitality shake recipe is made with selected ingredients to support your metabolism and reduce tiredness and fatigue – essential when losing weight and keeping it off. With no added sugar, high in protein and fibre and with 23 vitamins and minerals in every serving, it’s perfect whether you are on a diet or looking for a balanced meal alternative.

A few more things you should know about the Advanced Vegan Vitality range – firstly, you don’t add milk like you would with SlimFast’s original powder shakes, you just add cold water, making them even easier to make up when you’re out and about. You’d think this might deter from the flavour, but surprisingly it really doesn’t! (There are also have 4 other flavours that can be enjoyed with milk too). Also, they contain less calories than the original shakes, at only 220 calories per serving – net bad hey!

I’ve been trying out the Strawberry & Blueberry Burst flavour, as well as more recently the Intense Mint Chocolate flavour too. Both of these are vegan, and they both contain the same vitamins and benefits as the non-vegan options which is fantastic.

I’ve personally found the Strawberry & Blueberry Burst flavour to be my favourite – it’s very similar to the traditional Strawberry SlimFast but just feels a little extra. I love that the new Vitality range includes a load of added extras in terms of vitamins and minerals to give you more energy, and the texture also gets a thumbs up as it contains little chunks of dried fruit, which makes it more of a ‘meal’ than just a smooth milkshake.

On that note, of course you can always pimp your shakes by adding almost anything you like, to tailor make them to your taste. SlimFast recommend adding a handful of cacao nibs or frozen berries for an added boost, which adds less than 100 calories to your shake.

I’ll be co-hosting the SlimFast 3.2.1 Breakfast Club Twitter party from 9am to 9.30am on Wednesday 27th September where we’ll be chatting all things SlimFast including discussing their  new products, tips and general chat, and there will also be a prize for one lucky participant. Everyone is welcome, just follow the hashtag #SlimFastBreakfastClub from 9am and join in the fun!

SlimFast Advanced Vegan Vitality products are £14.99 per pack and available now at Tesco, and the rest of the range is available at Boots (currently buy one get one half price)

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by SlimFast

Food & Drink: Adding A Twist To Classic Cocktails With Thebar.com

Posted on August 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

thebar.com recently got in touch and asked me to share my favourite classic cocktail recipe from their site, but with an added personal twist – and hopefully this will inspire you to make your own cocktails at home this summer!

I’m a big fan of cocktails, and love anything that’s particularly sweet in flavour. On the odd occasion where I do get to try a cocktail, I would usually go for a vodka or gin base, with sweet, fruity juices and flavourings. After looking at all the cocktail recipes on thebar.com, I actually found it quite hard to whittle it down to just one to try out! It was a close call between the classic Pimms and Lemonade, and the gin based English Garden cocktail. In the end, English Garden just won by a hair as I thought this was the one I’d be able to have the most fun experimenting with.

The English Garden cocktail, in case you’re not familiar with it, of course contains gin as I’ve just mentioned, as well as sweet juices, sugar syrup, mint and cucumber, combined together to make the perfect summer patio drink. I’ve been thinking how I can add my own twist to this – after trying out the original cocktail (which I love) it was quite hard to think how I could make it any better! After racking my brains thinking what I could possibly add to this that would ‘go’ with the current ingredients and also (hopefully) taste nice. I came up with a few ideas –

  • Elderflower
  • Blood orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Blackberries
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple juice
  • Edible flowers (for decoration)

So armed with my list, I took to the shops to pick up all the ingredients – I couldn’t wait to start experimenting! First of all, I couldn’t find any blood oranges, so I had to cross this off. I could have gone with normal oranges instead but I didn’t feel they were quite fancy enough so I decided to just pick up the other ingredients.

Next up was grapefruit – I’m not the biggest fan of grapefruit on it’s own, but I have had it in both cocktails and soft drinks and I’ve really enjoyed it in the past. Now this is my second fail, where you’ll be able to tell that I’m really not used to making cocktails – so I bought an actual grapefruit. Not grapefruit juice, a whole massive grapefruit. I’m not sure what was going through my head when I was in the supermarket, but I just saw it, though ‘ah I need grapefruit’ and off I went on my merry way. Once I was home and realised my error, I thought I might as well use it, so I tried mushing it up. Well as you can imagine this didn’t work out, and let’s just say the whole thing was a disaster!

So, on to the rest of the ingredients… after adding pineapple juice to the cocktail (nope this just wasn’t right) and then a splash of lemon juice (this wasn’t too bad, but just felt neither here nor there really) it just seemed like nothing was really working so far – until I tried the elderflower…

I love Elderflower cordial any way, and it just seemed like the right type of flavour to go with a gin cocktail – plus at this point I was really running low on options – so luckily, after trying a few different combinations, the obvious winner was Elderflower. I used about 20ml of my other half’s extremely tasty handmade elderflower cordial that he made a few months ago (you can pick this up cheaply at most supermarkets too) I know this isn’t the most ‘out there’ twist I could have gone with for this cocktail, but it really did taste great so I was more than happy with the outcome. I also added a sprinkle of flowers from the garden, including jasmine and daisies to really make the drink look special!

I had so much fun experimenting this weekend! If you’re a fan of cocktails yourself, definitely check out the large selection of recipes available at thebar.com for some fab summer cocktail inspiration. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Massive USA Beauty Haul & My Mall Box Service Review

Posted on June 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my massive US beauty haul that I shared a little while ago on my stories. Over the past few months I’ve been purchasing LOADS of bits and pieces from various US sites and having them sent to my US PO Box address – and I’ve finally got round to shipping them over here.

I’ll just quickly touch on what I’ve ordered – I’ll have full reviews of everything coming up shortly, but if anything catches your eye please shout and I’ll make it a priority –

Stila Magnificent Metals Duo Chromes – These are the three new iridescent duo chrome finish Magnificent Metal Liquid Eyeshadows from Stila – they’re gorgeous! I bought these quite a while ago now and they’re still not available in the UK, so I’m really glad I picked them up.

Clarins 4-Colour Pen – This is actually available in the UK now, but out of stock unfortunately. This nifty little pen contains three eyeliners and a nude lipliner in a click pen style – it’s such an unusual and fun concept!

A Selection of Korean beauty products from MeMeBox – I picked up a load of weird and wonderful sounding products from MeMeBox, including the above Pony Effect eyeshadow palette and Primer, as well as plenty of masks, including bubble masks and magical foaming beans! And I also grabbed som wine themed makeup (as you do) – I’m actually thinking of starting a Youtube channel and trying these products out on there. I think it could be really fun trying them out live on camera. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Tarte Shape Tape I’d been wanting to try Tape Shape forever, and though they sell it here at QVC, they never had my shade in stock. I picked up the two lightest shades.

Marc Jacobs Enamored with a Twist Set – This was just a real splurge, honestly I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! As soon as I saw this limited edition set I knew I had to have it! This is a limited edition colourful makeup bag that contains three lip glosses.

Hanacure Starter Set – I think I originally saw this advertised on Facebook, it sounded like a great facial set, and seemed to have really great reviews.

Like I said, please do let me know if you’d like to hear more about any of these products!

So, let’s take about My Mall Box now…

It was actually about a year ago now that I first reviewed the My Mall Box service – and they’ve made quite a few changes and improvements since then. Just to briefly explain, My Mall Box is essentially a shipping service that allows you to purchase items from the US and have them shipped to the UK – where shipping usually wouldn’t be possible from the companies directly.

When I wrote my last review, there were still a few restrictions with My Mall Box, as certain companies don’t (and still don’t) ship to the UK, or even to PO Boxes in the US. My Mall Box have now overcome this hurdle by offering a service that will buy the item for you, and have it shipped to your dedicated PO Box My Mall Box address, before forwarding on to you in the UK. There is a small fee for this service, but it does allow you to pick up items that would otherwise be unable to get hold of. An example of this is Stila. As soon as I tried their Magnificent Metals I was in love, then when I saw the new Duo Chrome shades I had to have them! They aren’t yet available in the UK and the Stila US site doesn‘t ship to the UK, or to PO Boxes in the US. So I completed the Buy For Me option at My Mall Box, sent them payment and they ordered what I wanted and had it delivered to my own ‘box’ at the My Mall Box warehouse, ready to be sent on to me – easy!

This really is such a handy service to have, and I believe this is the only mailing company that offers it currently (but please tell me if I’m wrong). My Mall Box are also looking into offering some really handy additional services and options – such as discounts and deals for regular customers – they’ve told me they’ll be rolling out their new services throughout the rest of the year, so I look forward to finding out and trialling what they’ll be offering.

At the moment like I said above, you can get MMB to ‘buy for you’, and they also have a page on their site where you can compare their shipping rates and fees to other providers, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal, as well as a calculator so you can check what shipping options are provided before going ahead and purchasing your items.

You can also split a package into two smaller packages, have multiple items opened and repackaged together (to keep shipping costs down) and there’s a very handy FAQ section on the site that literally covers everything – and you can always email their customer services team who are fantastic at answering questions too.

The only thing I would mention to be aware of is it’s worth making a mental note of the restricted items list before making any purchases. Just like the UK, there are certain problem items that they can’t ship – the things that would affect me personally are items like fragrances and candles. This is just a handy thing to know before you place any orders.

If you’re interested in purchasing products from the US, I’d highly recommend you sign up to MMB. It’s easy to use, convenient and cost effective. You can sign up hereand doing so via this link will also give you a credit to your account.

I’d love to hear if you use mail referring services? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by My Mall Box. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Luxury Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my second Father’s Day Gift guide! (You can check out my first Quirky & Fun Gift Guide here) Today though, I have some gorgeous luxury scents to share with you, as well as a personalised bottle of fine Scotch Whisky – which any dad would love, and a gorgeous pen and notepad set. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with Cartier L’Envol de Cartier (from £70.00 at John Lewis) – this strong oriental-transparent fragrance was inspired by mead, the honeyed wine known as the nectar of the Gods. Described as an elixir which stirs up the mind, stimulates passion, and lights the unknown, L’Envol de Cartier is both strong and mellow with sweet notes set against airy musk.

The fragrance opens with sweet and soft Honey Accord, leading to a misty cloud of Musk, before becoming more rounded with notes of powerful and masculine Gaiac Wood and Patchoili.

  • Top Notes: Honey Accord
  • Heart Notes: Musk
  • Base Notes: Guaiac Wood and Patchouli

Next Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien (£91.00 at John Lewis) – I absolutely love Annick Goutal fragrances, and Eau D’ Hadrien is a stunning scent for both men and women, it’s perfect for lovers of refreshing, citrus fragrances.

Eau D’ Hadrien is a wonderfully light concentration of fragrance made with a fresh combination of pure essences, to invigorate and excite the senses, evoking a sense of the sparkling warmth of the Italian sun. The fragrance opens with refreshing citrus notes of sharp Sicilian Lemon and subtle Citron, leading to a heart of juicy Grapefruit and energetic green notes, with a mellow, woody base of Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon and Citron.
  • Heart Notes: Cypress, Basil Leaf and Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

For those that love to write, the Lamy LX Gold Rollerball Pen (£36.00) and Original Crown Mill A5 Writing Pad (£6.50) both at Pen Heaven would make a wonderful set of gifts.

The Lamy LX Gold Rollerball pen is made from lightweight durable aluminium and features a beautiful gold finish with matching trim and carry case. And what is a fabulous pen without quality writing paper? With a history dating back as far as 1478, Original Crown Mill are the gold standard of traditional writing paper. This A5 Writing pad includes 50 sheets of 100gsm laid paper, with a textured finish. The high quality paper is fantastic for all writing types as it prevents bleed-through and feathering, and this timeless paper will ensure each and every letter is an exceptional writing experience.

Next a fantastic collection of products from Burberry – Mr Burberry EDP, Body Wash and Hair & Beard Clay (From £22.00) at Burberry would each make perfect gifts on their own, or you could even present them together in a mini hamper, which would be lovely.

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is described as an intense interpretation of the original Mr. Burberry, the fragrance aims to capture the essence and anticipation of London at nighttime. This is a warm, sensual and woody scent, which opens with fresh and aromatic top notes of Tarragon and comforting, spicy Cinnamon, leading to a heart of rich Patchouli and a base of Amber and smokey Vetiver.

  • Top Notes: Tarragon and Cinnamon.
  • Heart Note: Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Amber and Vetiver.

The Mr. Burberry Body Wash is subtly infused with the invigorating and sensual fragrance of Mr. Burberry EDT to leave skin scented after use, with notes of crisp zesty Grapefruit and a seductive base of earthy Vetiver and smokey Guaiac Wood.

And the Mr. Burberry Hair and Beard Clay helps to shape, manage and maintain style. Again infused with Mr. Burberry EDT to leave a light scent following application, the Hair and Beard Clay locks in moisture, giving hair a smooth and groomed finish.

And lastly, I think this Personalised Single Malt Whisky (£39.99 at Find Me A Gift) would make the most wonderful present this Father’s Day.

The drink itself is a fine single malt whisky from Glen Grant in Scotland, offering an impressive 40% vol. The label can be personalised to include a name, birth year, or year celebrated, and a message of your choice. The bottle is then packaged safely in a a gold presentation and carry box, perfect for gifting.

Are you all ready for Father’s Day? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fun & Quirky Luxury Father’s Day Gifts at Amara

Posted on June 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

Father’s Day is almost upon us again, and if like me, you’re not particularly prepared as yet, I have some fantastic gift ideas from luxury gifting and home accessories site Amara to share with you today. Enjoy!

For the dads that like a tipple, this Tank Whisky Decanter (£80.00) by Tom Dixon would make the perfect gift. Made of luxurious mouth-blown glass, this contemporary decanter is finished with copper detailing for added elegance. I’ve also included the matching Low Ball Glasses (£45.00 now reduced to £38.00) by Tom Dixon – especially made for short drinks, this pair of glasses with hand painted copper detailing match perfectly with the decanter, and would make any whiskey fan’s dream gift.

There are also plenty more products in the Tom Dixon Tank collection, including wine glasses, vases, jugs and bowls. This range is just perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your kitchen or bar area – I’d definitely recommend checking these out as there are quite a few products currently in the Amara sale, where you can save up to 50%.

If Dad’s a fan of contemporary home accessories, or maybe he might like something to jazz up his desk – this decorative Pineapple Ornament (£25.00) by Bloomingville could be just the ticket. Available in a selection of colours, including Grey, Gold, and Rose, this beautifully detailed ornament is crafted from stoneware and will look fantastic in any space around the house.

For the music and tech lover, I have the aGroove Bluetooth Speaker (£49.00) by Kreafunk – this sleek and elegant wireless speaker is compact enough to literally be placed anywhere around the house, allowing you to be able to listen to your favourite music in style – and without having do deal with unsightly cables. Kreafunk has designed this speaker with both sound and aesthetics in mind. It’s beautifully soft to the touch with rounded edges, and plays for up to 24 hours at full charge via Bluetooth. They’ve also included USB and AUX cables for ultimate ease.

And lastly for something a little different, how about this fabulously quirky Sitting Mouse Lamp (£60.00) by Seletti. I have to say I absolutely love this lamp, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to include it in my write up – it’s just so fun and different! This little guy stands about 12cm tall, so he’s pretty much true to size for a large-ish mouse. He’s made of white resin, and sits nicely on the edge of a desk or mantlepiece, patiently holding a LED lightbulb – whilst looking like he’s really up to no good! There are also two other mice available, with one laying down and one standing up – how cool would they look dotted around the house!

Amara have also put together their own quiz to help you find the perfect Father’s Day gift. You can check this out below –

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet & Edda Bow Necklace (£17.50 each at Amara) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (£17.50 rather than £35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker Hat Box Gift Set (£18.00 at Boots) – This decorative hat box contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body soufflé and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (£24.99 at Amara) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet, featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! 🙂

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at Amara) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Clarins Tender Moments Collection is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush (£16.00 at House of Fraser) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm (£16.00 at House of Fraser) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which reacts with the lips’ pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (£22.00 at Newby Teas) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic infusions to choose from, including:  Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at Crabtree & Evelyn) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful La Source EDT fragrance, and the Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (£45.00 from Lush Designs) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container, decorated with cats and embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (£169.00 at Foreo) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (£45.00 at Molton Brown) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother’s Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£50.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP (£70.00 at House of Fraser)- this floral woody oriental scent blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting accord that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin and Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart Notes: Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine Sambac China and Heliotrope.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Clearwood, Tonka Beans, Madagascar Vanilla, Musks and Amber.

And I had to include this Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set (£49.30 at Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of elegant Jasmine Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (£55.00 at Debenhams). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed on a dressing table. Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and  uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit and white Nectarine
  • Heart Notes: Iris and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide xxx

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