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Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Daisy Kiss Collection

Posted on March 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Insta Stories you may have seen that the new collection of Marc Jacbos Daisy fragrances landed at TSNC HQ recently. I’ve been trying them out ever since and I’m now ready to tell you all about them…

The new Daisy Kiss collection contains three fragrances – Daisy Kiss, Daisy Dream Kiss and Daisy Eau So Fresh Kiss. The collection is inspired by the vivid bursts of colour in Marc Jacobs Resort fashion collections, and this fragrance collection promises to be vibrant, bold and striking. Let’s take a look at each scent –

First up, we have the new Daisy Kiss EDT (£54.00 at Feelunique) – I’m a big fan of the way Marc Jacobs styles his bottles, and this fragrance really does smell as good as it looks. The bottle is presented in typical ‘Daisy’ style with a fun rubberised cutout flower detail, and in terms of colour, Marc Jacobs has gone for a graduating shocking pink, which I think complements the collection perfectly.

Daisy Kiss EDT is described as an uplifting fragrance with floral and fruity notes, opening with a juicy burst of Pomelo Nectar mixed with hints of Peony and Rose and a bright and notes of Creamy Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk at the base, for a warm drydown.

This fragrance really is everything you’d expect – it’s fun, playful and flirty, as well as being youthful and easy to wear on a daily basis.

  • Top Notes: Valentine Pomelo, Apricot Nectar, Dewy Violet.
  • Heart Notes: Osmanthus Flower, White Peony, Pink Rose.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Cedarwood, Ambrox, Musk.

Next is Daisy Dream Kiss EDT (£54.00 at Feelunique) – with the same colouring throughout the collection, this bottle has the distinctive Marc Jacobs spherical mirrored flower lid, as well as a different shaped flanker to the original, so it’s easy to distinguish between them.

Described as being vibrant and bright, Daisy Dream Kiss is a luminous fragrance of luscious fruit notes and sun-drenched florals. Bright and playful, notes of Pink Grapefruit and Juicy Pineapple mingle with a range of fresh florals at the heart, and Cedarwood, Musk and Ambrox at the base creates a sensual and lingering drydown.

This fragrance is very similar to Daisy Dream above, but noticeably has different top notes, giving a much more juicy and fruity opening. The dry down however is very similar to Daisy Dream, so I would definitely recommend trying them both to decide which you prefer.

  • Top Notes: Black Currant, Pink Grapefruit, Juicy Pineapple.
  • Heart Notes: White Freesia, Jasmine Petals, Tart Raspberry.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Skin Musk, Ambrox.

And lastly Daisy Eau So Fresh Kiss EDT (£64.00 at Feelunique) – this bottle is taller and larger than the others (75ml compared to 50ml for the above fragrances) and the scent is noticeably different to the above two.

Daisy Eau So Fresh kiss is definitely a light and radiant fragrance, opening with Mandarin Leaves, Cassis and Pink Pepper, leading to a vibrant blend of Peony, Cherry Blossom and Rose Petals, while notes of sensual White Wood and Sandalwood round out the base. It’s the lightest of the three scents, and if you tend to go for floral feminine scents, this could be perfect for you.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Leaves, Cassis, Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Notes: Sheer Peony, Cherry Blossom Petals, Pink Rose.
  • Base Notes: White Wood, Sandalwood, Ambrox.

If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs scents, then you should definitely check this collection out, as the new Daisy Kiss range really is so pretty and wearable for the coming summer. The new Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss fragrance collection is available now at Boots and Feelunique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Beauty: Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection #TooFacedxKatVonD

Posted on March 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

As soon as I heard there was a Too Faced X Kat Von D collaboration on the cards many moons ago, I literally couldn’t wait to see what Jerrod and Kat would come up with together. The Better Together collection isn’t that new as I’m writing this, but is still a recent launch at Too Faced (they’re just coming out with so many new products right now!) and it contains a fab selection of products from both brands…

This impossible collaboration began with an authentic friendship between the two founders, Kat and Jerrod – who love, respect and celebrate one another, realizing they are more alike than they are different. They have created a collection that proves nobody has to fail in order for you to succeed. Dozens of secret meetings and social media leaks later, the wait is finally over.

The Ultimate Eye Collection (£57.00) is definitely the stand out set from this collection. The box contains a heard shaped eyeshadow palette which actually splits in two to create two separate mini palettes. One half has been created by Kat Von D, and half by Too Faced – and it’s worth mentioning that each half uses each individual brands signature eyeshadow formula too.

I have to say I love that the palette breaks in half (you can re-attach it easily as it’s magnetised) and I just think it’s such a fun and interesting concept – as well as being practical if you only want to use one half of the palette at a time.

Too Faced’s side includes six heart shaped pans in some very pretty, easy to wear shades. I’m not head over heels excited about this shade selection to be honest, but I do think they’re nice, and definitely wearable  –

  • BFF – a matte cream.
  • Friendspiration – a warm bronze gold shimmer.
  • Power couple – a deep bronze with gold glitter.
  • Lovely – a baby pink matte.
  • Heart of Gold – a light gold shimmer which almost has a hint of green.
  • Better Together – a muted plum glitter.

And Kat’s side includes six bold and intense shades, which are definitely representative of the Kat Von D brand. Personally, I prefer these overall compared to the Too Faced half. I think the shade choice is really unusual and interesting. The shades are –

  • Yours – a matte grey.
  • Devotion – a matte black.
  • Darling – a mid silver shimmer.
  • Swoon – an intense metallic red.
  • Por Vida – a bright white matte.
  • Lovestruck – a nude peach shimmer.

The Ultimate Eye Collection also contains a full sized Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and a full sized Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.

The Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set (£33.00) contains the cutest two-sided collectible mini makeup bag, with one side dedicated to each brand. Kat’s side has a black base and features her cat, Piaf, and Too Faced’s side is a sparkly pink featuring Jerrod’s dog, Clover. This sweet little makeup pouch also holds a selection of mini favourites from both brands, including some new and exclusive shades.

Too Faced have included a deluxe mini Candlelight Glow Highlighter in Rosy Glow, which is perfect for creating a soft-focus highlight and glow, as well as a deluxe mini Love Flush Blush featuring a long-wear, high pigment formula in the new and exclusive in-your-face pink shade So Happy Together.

Kat has chosen a couple of lip products from her brand, including a deluxe mini Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in the new shade XO, which is a deep intense burgundy red, and a deluxe mini Studded Kiss Lipstick offering bold pigment and long wear in the new shade Muse, which is a mid nude with a hint of shimmer.

And lastly, for those on a budget that would still like to snap up something from the collection, the Mascara and Liner Duo (£18.00) is the most affordable option, and contains two deluxe mini-sized, best-selling eye products from both brands –

Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is definitely a must have if you don’t own it already. This mascara promises 1,944% more volume, which is insane! And since trying out these products, I’m a new covert to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, which has an ultra-precise brush tip and gives 24-hour waterproof wear.

The Too faced X Kat Von D collection is available now from both Too Faced and Debenhams.

Were you as excited about this collaboration as I was? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book. Let’s see what’s inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth £19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth £2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about £4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth £11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth £9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth £5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = £53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over £80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products – and there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth £20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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A Girl’s Night In With Ideal World TV #IdealGirlsNightIn

Posted on March 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Apologies for not being around much recently, both on my blog and social. Things have been super hectic at home – I’m now back and can’t wait to post regularly and share with you what’s been going on at TSNC HQ!

One of the first things that I have coming up is a really exciting Girl’s Night In tomorrow night! Ideal World TV are hosting a Girl’s Night In – and they want you to join in! Filled with beauty and fashion favourites, they will be hosting some fantastic shows with even better savings. They will also be hosting a Twitter Chat between 7:30pm and 8:30pm, with a Girl’s Night In theme – I’m really looking forward to taking part.

Ideal World TV have kindly sent over an amazing goody bag of treats to kit me out for the perfect Girl’s Night In on Friday. They’ve included some of their favourite products from the night, as well as a few lovely extras. Let’s take a look and see what’s inside –

Firstly there’s a fab GelTouch Starter Kit (£39.99) and Trio Nail Polish Set (£17.99) – these will be available on Friday evening, and what’s special about this kit is it includes a professional gel to coat which promises to transfer any nail polish into a gel, in only 60 seconds. The Starter Kit contains everything you need to get going with at-home gel nails, and includes a powerful GelTouch 9W LED lamp, Clear Top Coat and Gel Cleansing Wipes. I’m loving the look of the bright pink nail polish, I think I’ll be trying this out on Friday!

Next we have the Twirl Curl (£12.99) – this is the perfect tool to help create an array of different hair styles. You can use it to help with your messy bun, pony loop, 50’s retro style, wrap, French pleat and many more. It’s also worth mentioning that you won’t need any tight bobbles, pins or grips when you use this, and it won’t rip or damage your hair like regular bands. I’m not the best at hair styling so I’ll be interested to find out how easy this is to use on Friday night.

And lastly the Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator (200ml £15.99) – rather than a fake tan, this is actually a tan enhancer, for when you already have a natural tan. This product stimulates your skin’s natural melanin levels whenever you’re exposed to the sun, and speeds up the natural tanning time. I’m not tanned even the slightest at the moment, but I’ll definitely be using this when the weather gets better.

Ideal World TV have also been very thoughtful and included some lovely extra goodies in the bag so I can really make the most of the Girl’s Night In. There’s some super snuggly Joules socks (is it bad that I’m more excited about these than the chocolate?) There’s also some fancy Tyrrell’s popcorn, Galaxy Minstrels, a cute pink mason jar glass and a button shaped coaster.

I’d love it if you could join me tomorrow night for Ideal World TV’s Girl’s Night In – just tune in to Ideal World TV on any of the following platforms: Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812 or via live stream at www. idealworld.tv. Then hop over to Twitter for 7.30pm and follow hashtag #IdealGirlsNightIn. Hope to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Ideal World TV, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty: Stila Glitter Underground Collection

Posted on February 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

When it comes to glitter makeup, you must admit that historically it hasn’t really been known for its quality. From the spray on hair and body glitter of the 90’s (I’ve been there and I have no regrets) to glitter nail polish and sparkly lip glosses, it all has a child-like quality that’s cute and fun, but not necessarily known for being the highest standard of cosmetics.

This is where Stila comes in with their new Glitter Underground collection for SS17, which is inspired by the fabulous glitzy glamour of the ’70’s disco era. This collection is full of rich warm tones, with high quality metallic and glitter infused finishes. These products are all about grown up glamour, in warm shades of golds, coppers, browns and purples.

Starting with the Matte N Metal Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00) – this is a twelve colour eye palette with a mixture of matte and metallic shadows. Very similar to Stila’s popular Eyes Are The Windows Palette in Soul, this palette isn’t what I’d call groundbreaking in terms of the shade selection, but though I say this the shades are very lovely, as well as being highly pigmented and easy enough to wear in terms of colour on a daily basis. If you’re in need of a new go-to palette this one is definitely worth checking out. The shades are as follows –

  • Vintage – A matte, neutral pink.
  • Velvet – Matte pale pink.
  • Feathered – Matte pale sand.
  • Fringe – Matte light taupe shade.
  • Suede – Matte mauve pink.
  • Velour – Matte warm tan.
  • Bohemian – A metallic pewter.
  • Retro – Rose gold metallic.
  • Sequin – Metallic gold.
  • Smolder – Smoky metallic gunmetal.
  • Sizzle – Metallic rosy copper.
  • Flare – Cool bronze metallic.

The Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (£23.00) is definitely my favourite product from the collection. This is a high-shine metallic, liquid formula eyeshadow that’s infused with SO much glitter. The formula is super light and applies effortlessly to the lids, leaving a stunning shimmery finish that catches the light beautifully. It’s worth noting that this product also gives pretty much zero fallout – which is always an issue when working with glitters. This is available is eight beautiful shades –

  • Rose Gold Retro – A shimmering rose gold and silver.
  • Kitten Karma – A copper toned champagne with flecks of silver.
  • Smouldering Satin – Deep tan with silver.
  • Diamond Dust – Sheer silver & multicolour.
  • Gold Goddess – Antique gold & silver.
  • Smoky Storm – Pewter & silver.
  • Molten Midnight – Black, silver & gold.
  • Bronzed Bell – Deep bronze with silver.

Stila have also introduced five new shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (£16.00) into this collection. In case you’re not familiar with these, the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a fantastic long lasting matte liquid lipstick that’s designed to last for up to six hours of wear.

I have shade Perla from the new collection, and I’m absolutely in love with it! Perla is described as a soft rosy nude, and it’s just the prettiest muted nude pink shade that’s really easy to wear for fair to medium skin tones. The formula offers amazing pigmentation whilst feeling lightweight and comfortable – and this is the type of liquid lipstick that won’t budge once it’s on. The new shades available are –

  • Angelo – A soft peachy nude.
  • Biscotti – Taupe Brown.
  • Notte – Blackberry.
  • Perla – Soft rosy nude.
  • Rubino – Deep red.

Stilla also have a range of three Heavens Hue Highlighters (£28.00) – these are ultra-fine highlighters designed to give skin a natural glow. I have shade Bronze which though lovely, is way too dark for my complexion. If you have a darker skin tone though I think this could look stunning. These come in three shades –

  • Transcendence – Opalescent pink.
  • Kitten – Shimmering nude pink.
  • Bronze – Radiant sun-kissed shimmer.

And lastly, there’s the Glitterati Lip Top Coat (£18.00) – this is a shimmering top coat for application over matte lipsticks. I don’t have a sample of this but I did try one at the event and they look absolutely mesmerising! I know this sounds a bit OTT but this top coat has a really thin watery consistency, which you can see swishing around in the tube and it just looks amazing (sorry I’m easily excited by glittery things) – these basically add a glitter top coat to your matte lipsticks, without a having glossy finish.

  • Transcend – Transparent pink with multi-coloured sparkle.
  • Ignite – Transparent berry sparkle.

I’ve already shared swatches on my Instagram Stories, but if you missed this and would like to see swatches of anything above please do let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share.

Stila’s Glitter Underground Collection is available now at StilaBeauty Bay and ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Charlotte Tilbury NEW Lipsticks in Valentine & Pillow Talk

Posted on February 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

Charlotte Tilbury has been coming out with so many fantastic new launches of late, I’m not sure I can keep up! I have a couple of her latest lipstick shades to show you today – and these are definite must-haves for fans of the brand…

Firstly, Valentine (above right) is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range – this is a beautiful petal-rose pink promising to give you irresistibly kissable lips in seconds. The formula is enriched with 3D light-diffusing pigments to give you a fuller, luminous, multi-dimensional finish, whilst protecting lips from UV damage and fighting oxidative stress – leaving lips soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.

Valentine is fairly similar to colour Bitch Perfect, but Bitch Perfect has more of a coral / beige tone, and Valentine is a much more cooler pink shade. It’s a truly beautiful colour that would be perfect for those with fairer skin tones. The colour is highly pigmented and easily buildable, and leaves lips feeling smooth and comfortable for hours on end.

And I also have the latest from the Matte Revolution range – shade Pillow Talk. This shade perfectly matches Charlotte’s famous Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner which has been around for quite a long time now – if you’re not aware of the lip liner, this is one of Charlotte’s ‘cult’ must-have products that really does live up to the hype. Back to the lipstick now though – on the face of it this is just another nude pink lipstick, but it actually mimics and enhances the natural hue of your lips, so you can easily cheat your way to a perfect pillowy pout in seconds.

This lipstick is formulated with soothing Orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts, to soften, hydrate and leave lips appearing fuller with a more youthful feel, and 3D glowing pigments create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller.

If you like a matte finish lipstick, Pillow Talk is the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade, again I’d say mostly suited to those with lighter skin tones, this lasted me for a good 4+ hours before I needed to reapply, and the pigmentation is just fantastic!

The swatches above show the shades are similar, but most definitely different. Pillow Talk on the left has a denser formula with a matte finish, and Valentine is lighter and pinker in colour with a satin finish.

I also wanted to mention Charlotte has a couple of gorgeous looking new ‘Look’ sets which include these new lipsticks too – The Naturally Beautiful Date Look includes Pillow Talk, and The Secret to Seduction Look includes Valentine.

Valentine and Pillow Talk Lipsticks are £24.00 each and available now at Charlotte Tilbury.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Foreo LUNA 2 Sensitive Review #LUNA2byFOREO

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

When the original Foreo LUNA launched onto the beauty scene a few years ago, it was a fantastic innovation in skincare device technology, and I absolutely loved using it. In fact if you’d have asked me at the time I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how they could have improved it. Well now the LUNA 2 is here, and it proves that Foreo definitely know their stuff, as it really is better than ever.

The award winning LUNA 2 has been specifically developed to give a deeper and more effective cleanse, while remaining gentle on the skin. It offers 2x the power of the original LUNA, with a 50% bigger brush head for more efficient cleansing. It also has longer touch-points and a plush silicone body for greater comfort and performance.

There are also four different versions available to suit different skin types – Sensitive, Normal, Combination, and Oily – with each offering a strategic graduation of thinner to thicker touch-points to cleanse the skin depending on its needs.

I’ve been using the LUNA 2 for a few weeks now, and though this isn’t long enough to give a full on review, I thought I’d let you know my initial impressions, and how I’ve been getting on so far.

So you can probably guess I went with the sensitive option. This has thin, soft touch-points which feel flexible and rubbery to the touch. They are designed to minimize abrasion for the most sensitive skin yet still deliver deep cleansing that doesn’t compromise on gentleness.

The Sensitive LUNA 2 device comes in a lilac shade, it’s completely covered in ultra-hygenic soft silicone and it’s also completely waterproof, which is really handy so you can use it in the bath or shower if you wish. It offers 12 speeds, as well as 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute to remove 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus makeup residue and dead skin cells. It also has an anti-ageing surface on the opposite side, that directs lower-frequency pulsations to smoothen and firm the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

So firstly I have to say that it’s really easy to use – which is perfect if you’re like me and you don’t want to be faffing around with reading pages of instructions and attaching bits and pieces together. To clean the skin, you literally just move the device over your face for a minute, working in your cleanser, then if you wish to use the anti-ageing function, just flip it over and press onto the desired areas for another minute. It really is as easy as that.

After my very first use, my skin felt amazingly clean and fresh. I’m always nervous about using new devices and products as my skin can be quite sensitive at times and I can react to things. There was no problem with the LUNA 2 Sensitive though, and time after time my skin felt perfectly fresh and cleansed. Like I said I’ve only been using this for just under 2 weeks now, but I really feel I can tell the difference with my skin, it’s just looking a bit fresher and brighter than it did before.

It’s also worth mentioning that you can charge it via USB which is just SO handy. I’m pretty much always on my laptop at home so I can just plug it in as I’m working, and amazingly, you can get up to 450 uses with only 1 hours worth of charge – I wish my mobile phone could do that!

So would I recommend this device? Absolutely yes. Though it has a high price point, I love that it’s rechargeable and reusable, easy to use, easy to clean and hygienic, and you never need to replace any parts such as brush heads. The LUNA 2 could literally last you years if you look after it, making it a truly excellent investment for your skin.

The LUNA 2 is £169.00 and available now at Foreo.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post has been sponsored by Foreo, all thoughts and opinions are my own