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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Stocking Fillers!

Posted on December 20, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve gathered together a pretty big selection of beauty treats that would make perfect stocking fillers today. I’ve decided to divide them into categories – Budget which are £10 and under, Treats which are £20 and under, and Splurge which is everything over £20, so hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for any stockings you may be stuffing this Christmas! 🙂

BUDGET – £10 & UNDER

The Sanctuary Spa Shooting Spa Shower Duois a fantastic little set that’s perfect for adding to a beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. It contains a 50ml Body Scrub and 50ml Wet Skin Moisture Miracle. And the Caudalie Vinosource Cracker would be the perfect gift for a friend, it contains some of Caudalie’s best-selling hydration essentials in a handy travel size. There’s a 30ml Micellar Cleansing Water, 10ml Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, and a 15ml Vinosource Moisturiser.

Sleek Makeup also have some fantastic affordable gifts this Christmas. The Sleek Ultimate Lips Set contains four cute Matte Me mini lip creams so you can create the ultimate statement lip. And the Sleek Lip Line Up Set is a lip liner kit including a Lip Shot Gloss in shade Behind Closed Doors and complementary Twist Up Lip Pencil in shade Shabby Chic.

For those that love a long soak in the bath, these Hype Fizz Up Bath Fizzers would be perfect! The set contains five scented Bath Fizzers to give you a gorgeously fragrance bath. The Aromatherapy Associates Pearl of Wisdom Bauble would also be perfect in a stocking on hanging on the tree. Essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Lavender calm, comfort and uplift the senses in this Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil.

And you know I’d be including Soap & Glory here! Their Merry Kiss-Much Gift Set features a super-plumping SexyMotherPucker lip gloss and a Crazy Sexy Kohl smouldering kohl liner. The Soap & Glory Beauty-Full House Gift Set includes their bestselling make-up icons: there’s a Thick & Fast HD Mascara, mini CrazySexy Kohl liner and a limited edition SexyMother Pucker lip gloss in a brand new Stardust shade!

I’ve also included some super cute MOR Beauty Treats – these start from as little as £6.00, and I have a Body Butter, Hand and Nail Cream, and a Soap. MOR has plenty of other sweet little affordable beauty goodies available too, so be sure to check them out!

Elf Cosmetics are always a good brand for budget beauty goodies, their new Rose Gold Palette is gorgeous, and I also have a Lip Plumping Gloss which helps plump the lips with nourishing hydration. The invigorating high-shine formula provides a soothing sensation while it volumizes. Enriched with Vitamin E and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate the lips for a soft, supple feel.

TREAT: £20 & UNDER

If you’re looking to spend a bit more, this Ragdale Hall Large Cracker is filled with a bundle of indulgent surprises. Included you’ll find a Shower Burst 30ml, Hand Cream 30ml, Bath Elixr 50ml, Body Butter 50ml and much more.

Everyone needs a decent lip balm for winter time, and the Fresh Sugar Fig Tinted Lip Treatment moisturises, protects and smoothes the lips while leaving a pearlescent wine tint, offering sheer coverage or buildable colour.

For lovers of bright colours, the fun yet still affordable NYX Professional Sugar Trip Eyeshadow Palette would be perfect. This limited-edition palette features 12 powders in rich glitter, matte and satin finishes. From hot pink and chartreuse to deep teal and maroon, this bold assortment of velvety hues was carefully curated to inspire a multitude of playful looks.

The L’Occitane Verbena Icy Shower Gel is the first cooling shower gel from L’Occitane that can be applied on dry skin before showering off for an intense icy effect. Immediately refreshed, your skin is perfectly cleansed and delicately perfumed from the fresh and sparkling scent of verbena.

Or how about this gorgeous Stila Kiss Me Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – Stila’s liquid lipsticks really are fantastic, and this set includes two red and one nude shade in matte, shimmer and satin finishes. Includes shades are: Beso, atrue red matte, Beso Shimmer, a true red shimmer, and Dolce, anude cinnamon satin sheen.

On the subject of lipsticks, the Too Faced 20th Birthday Lipsticks would be perfect for someone that likes a bit of sparkle. There are 10 super glittery shades available, based on Too Faced’s original lipstick range from when they first launched in 1998.

The Morocconoil Treatment Tree Ornament would also make a lovely treat – it has an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.

Or how about a gorgeous Ted Baker Mia EDT Fragrance? Mia simply oozes ladylike glamour with her soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias teamed with an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure. Top notes of lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of patchouli and golden amber ensure Mia is not a scent you will easily forget.

While we’re talking about fragrance, the Glossier You Solid Fragrance is just lovely. Encased in a gorgeous weighted compact, this solid fragrance feels luxurious yet it’s still affordable. If you’re looking for a beautiful ‘skin’ scent this Christmas, I’d definitely recommend checking this out.

Or how about an Erborian 1..2..3.. Matte Cracker – offering a trio of products to give you a perfect matte complexion, this cracker includes Matte Cream 15ml to instantly matify your skin, BB Cream Nude 5ml to hide your imperfections and CC Cream Dore 5ml to unify and brighten your complexion.

SPLURGE – OVER £20

If you fancy pushing the boat out for someone special, you can’t go too wrong with the Stila 3D Dazzle – Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set – this travel-size trio of long-wearing, lustrous shadows includes two top selling shades plus a new limited edition, luxe, golden, duo-chrome shade: Golden Girl – duo-chrome golden fawn, Perlina – duo-chrome opalescent white, bright blue, pink and purple pearl, Kitten Karma – champagne with silver and copper sparkle.

The DHC Skincare Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel tones, hydrates, and brightens skin in one step. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant considered 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C, and it also contains collagen to help firm and hyaluronic acid to protect the skin’s natural moisture. 

Or how about this lovely L’Occitane Must Have Hand Cream Trio – The ultimate hand care gift for a person who loves to take care of their skin, L’Occitane has handpicked their favourite fragrances and award-winning formulas to treat your loved one with. Included is a Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Hands Hand & Nail Care, and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream.

For nails, how about the Kure Bazaar I HEART YOU Gift Set – this sweet little gift set includes three nail polishes with a cute text message on the product lids, housed in a white gift box. Shades included are: Cherie, a deep red, highly pigmented shade, Or Pur, a metallic gold shade, and Love, a gorgeous pop of red.

The BYBI Prime Time Scrub would also make a lovely little stocking filler. This cleansing scrub removes those dead skin cells, revealing fresh, bright, best skin. Or how about Erborian BB Drops? Erborian’s BB Drops help to visibly smooth the skin surface and give a radiant, velvety and natural finish. Skin tone seems more even, imperfections look blurred and pores are visibly concealed, for a more beautiful complexion.

Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil would also make a gorgeous luxe gift – this sumptuous oil helps to nourish and condition the skin, leaving it silky smooth and glowing with health. The refreshingly lightweight oil brightens up the skin and leaves it looking revived and feeling great.

How about an Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette?  Norvina’s go-to eye shadow palette features fourteen beautiful shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel shimmers. I can’t wait to get stuck in with this palette!

For candle fans, this gorgeous Mugler Aura Scented Candle would be perfect. This luxurious candle is intensely scented with Mugler’s latest fragrance, filling your home with its unique oriental botanical blend of sweet fruits, green woods and addictive, creamy sweetness.

And how about the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum? It promises to leave you with skin that looks rested, fresh, more youthful and radiant. This light water-gel suits all skin types, leaving you with a satin smooth finish without any greasiness or residue.

And last but not least, the Becca Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne Pop – this is Becca’s bestselling shade of soft gold highlighter with with pinky peach undertones. Enriched with the power of ultra-fine, multi-toned, luminescent pearls, this highlighter bringing high-shine to cheeks, even on the dullest days.

Well done if you made it to the end! I’d love to hear what you’d like to find in your stocking this Christmas? xx

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Luxury Treats You Won’t Be Able To Resist

Posted on December 19, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve just finished off my latest gift guide, and this is definitely a good one! Full of luxury treats, there should be enough to inspire you for an extra special gift for a loved one, or even a little something for yourself this Christmas – enjoy! 🙂

Starting with this gorgeous Rodin Olio Lusso Holiday Lipstick Coffret – this mini lipstick set showcases five top-selling shades of Rodin Olio Lusso’s luxury lipstick, in a super cute golden spotted case. The creamy, ultra-smooth formula is enriched with jasmine and neroli oils, as well as Vitamin C and E nourish and soften, and the shades included are – Heavenly Hopp, So Mod, Red Hedy, Loving Lucy, and Billie on the Bike.

For skincare, the StriVectin Anti-Wrinkle Duo Set is definitely worth a look. Containing a pair of anti-ageing products to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the kit promises to help you give you a firmer, brighter and younger-looking complexion. The set includes –

SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 60ml – An anti-aging cream that visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

SD Advanced Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles 30ml – Promoting smoother, brighter-looking skin, this anti-ageing formula helps to visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, deep set wrinkles and dark circles.

On to fragrance now, I had to include the stunning Jean Paul Gaultier Classique 2018 Collectors Edition – fans of this classic fragrance will know every Christmas Jean Paul Gaultier produces a Classique collectors edition with brand new and innovative packaging. For 2018, the iconic glass bust is wearing a sweet red Christmas jumper dress, housed in a fully functioning snow globe.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Velvet Fatale Collectors Edition is another special edition fragrance released for winter 2018. This is in fact the original Good Girl fragrance, presented in a stunning new limited edition red velvet collector’s bottle.

If you’re feeling particularly spendy, how about Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Eau De Parfum? This gorgeous oriental vanilla fragrance really is the height of luxury – follow this delicious wood-scented journey, featuring notes of Coconut Milk, Black Vanilla Absolute, Beeswax, Caramelised Benzoin, and Liquorice, blended with Bitter Almond Paste, Gaïac Wood, Tonka Bean and Sandalwood at the base – just beautiful.

Berdoues Peng Lai Eau De Parfum is another fantastic choice if you’re looking for something high end and a little different. The Péng Lái fragrance represents the flower covered mountain where the goddess of flowers, He Xiangu, lived. Its floral and fruity softness reveals itself through one of China’s most precious materials, Osmanthus. Whilst smooth and sumptuous notes of Benzoin from Laos, and the Brazilian Tonka Bean blend to create a delicate and unforgettable fragrance.

For those looking for something cute and fun, the Lime Crime 10th Anniversary Brush Set could be the perfect gift! Presented in a rainbow box, this brush set includes four brushes – a Fluffy Highlighter Brush, Round Angled Shadow Brush, Angled Paddle Shadow Brush, and a Flat Liner/brow Brush. Each brush has clear handles, with pink glittery stars inside which float up and down as you use it 🙂

Another fragrance idea is new release, Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle EDP. This beautiful floral oriental scent is wonderfully romantic, feminine, and sensual. With top notes of Lychee, Rose Petals and Mimosa, a rich floral heart of Orange Flower, Gardenia and Tuberose, and Orris Root, a Blush Suede Accord, Marzipan Musk and Ambrox at the base. This is a must try for fans of Estee Lauder fragrances.

Gift sets always make wonderful Christmas presents, and this Templespa Do Not Disturb Peace, Relaxation & Sleep Collection could be the perfect gift for someone in need of some precious me-time. This 6-piece collection will leave skin, mind, body and soul feeling calm, restored and rejuvenated. Each product is a mélange of calming aromas, cashmere textures and botanicals, that together help you relax, restore and repose! Here’s what’s in the set –

  • Do Not Disturb Pillow Door Hanger
  • Quietude Calming Mist 50ml
  • Drift Away Bathing & Massage Oil 50ml
  • Duvet Comforting Body Cream 45ml
  • Becalm Soothing Face Mask 30ml
  • Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream 15ml

This gorgeous Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau De Parfum Gift Set would also make a lovely gift. Captivating and confident, Wonderlust evokes a lust for life where beauty, spontaneity and sensuality are the ultimate destination. Deeply romantic, it’s a fragrance inspired by the exotic, the unexpected and the unknown. The set includes a 50ml Wonderlust Eau de Parfum, 10ml Rollerball and a Michael Kors Rose Gold Card Holder.

Or how about this stunning Rose Gold Filofax Set? Perfect for stationery lovers, the classic Filofax Finsbury organiser has been given a luxe makeover and is now available in a beautiful metallic rose gold. Crafted with soft grain leather, the Finsbury includes a variety of handy features, such as a cardholder, tab fastening and a zip pocket, as well as a matching rose gold pen.

The Laura Mercier Brush Strokes Luxe Brush Collection would make a beautiful luxury gift for fans of the brand. Containing all you need to sculpt, highlight, contour and define, this set includes five travel brushes enclosed in travel-friendly brush roll. The set comprises of a Fan Brush, Cheek Colour Brush, Smoky Eye Liner Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush and Eye Crease Brush.

Or how about the Laura Mercier Shadows & Brights Metallic Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection? – this is a limited edition collection of long-lasting, multi-tasking metallic creamy eye shadow sticks delivers both easy application and high-definition, long-lasting colour, that’s both transfer-resistant and crease-resistant. The set Includes four gorgeous metallic shades – Intense Amethyst, Intense Rose gold, Intense Moonlight, and Intense Copper.

I also had to include a little indulgent treat from Jo Malone. Unfortunately I don’t have anything from their Christmas collection, but this gorgeous Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense would still make a wonderful gift. This beautifully warm feminine fragrance combines precious Jasmine Sambac with vibrant Marigold, exotic Ylang Ylang, and rich Benzoin Resin, rounded off with a base of warm Vanilla and Amber.

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018 FULL CONTENTS & GIVEAWAY!!

Posted on November 22, 2018

Yes I have yet another fantastic beauty Advent Calendar to share with you today, as well as a little giveaway…

The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar includes a selection of 25 beauty treats from some of their favourite brands. A few worth noting are Molton Brown, Emma Hardie, Caudalie and Illamasqua. Lookfantastic have included a bit of everything here, there’s makeup, skincare, hair products and accessories, but the full size Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in shade Deity is definitely the star product here. Deity a gorgeously unusual golden / pink / green duo-chrome shade that is just  stunning (and much nicer than it sounds) – check out google images it and you’ll see what I mean!

The contents of this calendar are worth over £300.00, and it’s very reasonably priced at £79.00 – this would make a fantastic Christmas present for a beauty lover!

Here’s what’s inside –

  • HD Brows x Lookfantastic Exclusive Contour and Colour Pro Palette worth £60.00
  • Filorga Anti-Ageing Micellar Solution 50ml worth £2.50
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml worth £7.20
  • Glamglow Gravity Mud Mask Firming Treatment worth £12.60
  • Blink Brow Bar Brow Build worth £16.00
  • Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil 5ml worth £6.50
  • Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara 2ml worth £5.00
  • Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose Body Wash 100ml worth £10.00
  • Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14ml worth £1.87
  • Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser 30ml worth £10.40
  • Rituals Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream 70ml worth £6.00
  • Grow Gorgeous Mud Mask 60ml worth £9.00
  • Balance Me Tan Drops 4ml worth £4.00
  • Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick worth £20.00
  • Sleek Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette worth £8.99
  • Doucce Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen worth £16.00
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 10ml worth £15.33
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream worth £10.00
  • ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy 15ml worth £10.09
  • This Works Relax and Breathe Stress Check 5ml worth £10.00
  • Mane and Tail Shampoo and Conditioner 60ml worth £5.98
  • Lookfantastic Fan and Highlighter Brush worth £10.00
  • Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil 9ml worth £11.00
  • Erno Laszlo Eye Serum Mask x2 worth £10.00
  • Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Deity worth £34.00

I took the time to work out the actual value of each item and add them up, just to see if this calendar really is worth £300. I’ve worked it out to be £312.46, so this really is great value for money!

If you’d like to win your very own Lookfantastic Advent Calendar, all you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally and will run for one week. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and good luck! xx

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The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar is £79.00 and available now at Lookfantastic.

Glossybox All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 21, 2018

Glossybox, of course famous for their monthly beauty subscription boxes, have launched their first ever advent calendar this year. The ‘All I Want’ calendar includes 25 days of beauty treats, with 17 of them being full size products  – which is pretty amazing when it comes to advent calendars!

I have to say I think Glossybox’s monthly boxes can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect from their first Advent Calendar. But I was so happy when I opened this calendar, they’ve really pulled this one out of the bag! Glossybox have included some amazing brands such as NARS, Pixi by Petra and Real Techniques, and the star product – a Huda Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette.

The value of the contents is over £300, and the Advent Calendar is available to purchase for only £75 to current Glossybox subscribers, or £99 for non-subscribers.

If you want to take advantage of the subscriber saving, you can subscribe now and enjoy their beauty subscription which includes 5 beauty products every month worth over £50, from just £10 + P&P.

Here’s what’s included –

  • 3INA The Lip Primer – Full size
  • bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY™ Vital Power Serum – Deluxe mini
  • Bellápierre Kiss Proof Lip Finish – Full size
  • Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse – Deluxe mini
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hand Therapy – Full size
  • Elgon Refibra Concentrated Restoring Mask – Full size
  • Eyeko Fat Eye Stick – Satin – Full size
  • HUDA Beauty Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette – Full size
  • INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher – Ex Revenge – Full size
  • Karmameju Charcoal Konjac Sponge 03 – Full size
  • Lollipops Fluid Glowy Liquid Highlighter – Deluxe mini
  • Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter Brush Rose Gold – Full size
  • MDMflow Greater Than Mascara – Full size
  • Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Oil – Full size
  • MUA Professional 15 Shade Eyeshadow Palette – Cosmic Vixen – Full size
  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide – various shades – Deluxe mini
  • NIP + FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum – Deluxe mini
  • Patisserie de Bain Shower Crème – Strawberry Cupcake – Deluxe mini
  • Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner – Deluxe mini
  • Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush – Beach Rose – Full size
  • Pop Beauty Pure Pigment Eyeshadow – Metallic Copper – Full size
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – Full size
  • Steve Laurant Lip Gloss – Eggplant – Full size
  • Yankee Candle Small Jar Candle – various scents – Full size
  • Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask – Deluxe mini

I think this is definitely one of the better beauty advent calendars this year, both in terms of contents and value for money – congrats to Glossybox for a fantastic first calendar!

The Glossybox All I Want Advent Calendar is from £75.00 and available now at Glossybox. Use code GLOSSYAD20 for 20% off now!

The Body Shop Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar – FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 20, 2018

This year The Body Shop have launched not one, not two, but three absolutely gorgeous beauty Advent Calendars! The theme this year is Enchanted Forest, and each calendar is based around a different woodland animal, which I love! I have the mid priced calendar to share with you today, but before I get into this, I’ll just give you a quick overview of the other two available calendars –

Firstly the 24 Days Of The Enchanted Advent Calendar – this has an Owl theme, and costs £45, but is worth £85. This calendar is packed with mini essentials to give new The Body Shop customers a crash-course in cruelty-free beauty. It includes the classic Body Butter, Shea Hand Cream, Matte Lip Liquids, Coconut Body Scrub and Strawberry Shower Gel.

And the 25 Days Of The Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar – this one has a Fox theme, it costs £99 and is worth £231. This. luxury advent calendar includes 25 cruelty-free gifts, including 14 full-size products and the most luxurious of skincare ranges. Featuring the bestselling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask as well as the Moringa Body Yogurt for fast-absorbing moisture. Other treats include Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil and the Almond Milk and Honey Body Lotion to soothe winter skin.

Now on to the 25 Days of Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar. This stunning calendar has a Deer theme (Dani the Deer in fact!) It costs £65 and is worth £121.

I just wanted to quickly say, I’m reviewing quite a few advent calendars this year, and The Body Shop’s calendars are definitely the most attractive – I forgot to include a picture of the outer box, which features a large print of Dani the Deer, but you can see all the inside boxes are beautifully decorated. I just wanted to note that The Body Shop have done an outstanding job with their packaging this year!

On to the products now! So this calendar contains 25 beauty treats, including a fair amount of full sizes, such as a 200ml Coconut Body Butter, Eyeliner, Eyelash Curler and Liquid Lipstick. There’s also plenty of deluxe mini products to keep you going throughout December, including shower gels, body butters, hand cream, lip balm and much more, and of course these feature some of the most popular fragrances from The Body Shop.

I should mention that each of the boxes also set you small, fun daily tasks to help you reconnect with nature, which I think is a lovely touch. This advent calendar is also incredibly high quality, so it would be perfect for re-using and gifting to a loved one next Christmas 🙂

Here’s what’s inside –

  • Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel 60ml
  • Mango Body Butter 50ml
  • White Musk Body Lotion 60ml
  • Bunny Nail File
  • Strawberry Shower Gel 60ml
  • Coconut Bath Bubble 28g
  • Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 60ml
  • Green Tea Bath Bomb 28g
  • Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream 30ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion 30ml
  • Red Bath Lily Scrunchie
  • Black Liquid Eyeliner 3ml
  • Lip Definer in Hot Date 1.1g
  • British Rose Body Scrub 50ml
  • Strawberry Born Lippy Lip Balm 10ml
  • Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 50ml
  • Brow & Lash Brush & Comb
  • Shea Hand Cream 30ml
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Mango Shower Gel 60ml
  • Black Eye Definer 1.1g
  • Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist 60ml
  • Matte Lip Liquid in Tahiti Hibiscus 8ml
  • Coconut Body Butter 200ml
  • Owl Face Towel

Sorry guys it looks like this has sold out now – I’ll find out if its going to be restocked!

The Body Shop beauty Advent Calendars and Christmas Gifts are available now at The Body Shop.

NYX Professional Makeup Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

Posted on November 19, 2018

Today I have the wonderful NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar to share with you!

NYX is a fantastic mid-range brand offering affordable cosmetics in a massive range of shades. I think they can often be overlooked when it comes to high street brands, but they really do have some fab products – I love their Butter Lip Glosses especially.

Their 2018 ‘Sugar Trip’ Advent Calendar contains a selection of lip products, eyeshadows, highlighters, and one blush. All come in super cute mini sizes, and each of the powder products open up like little books – I’m not sure how practical these are (maybe they can be popped out to put in a palette) but they do look SO sweet. This is very much novelty packaging that’s perfect for Christmas, and I have to say I love it! The whole calendar is fun and colourful, and packed with a fantastic varied selection of NYX treats.

Go on a sweet journey with the Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. Featuring fan-fave formulas in 24 new shades, this limited-edition collection takes you through our makeup-loving squad’s dreamworld. Uncover stunning lippies, like Soft Matte Lip Cream and Butter Gloss, as well as velvety eyeshadows, highlighters and blush along the way. From 10 blendable powders to 14 mid-size lip colors, this amazing assortment is your one-stop shop for treats.

I should mention though, some of the shades included are pretty out there – expect to find cornflour blue, dark brown and black coloured lip products, which definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Most of the rest of the shades are pretty wearable though, and the powder products especially will be suited to just about anyone.

The lip products include –

  • Butter Lip Gloss in Glaze-y Days
  • Butter Lip Gloss in Sweet Nothing
  • This is Everything Lip Oil in Candy Pop
  • This is Everything Lip Oil in Cranberry Mint
  • Lip Lingerie in Deep Rooted
  • Lip Lingerie in Slip
  • Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Starstruck
  • Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Peanut Brittle
  • Velvet Matte Lipstick in Fluff Piece
  • Velvet Matte Lipstick in Sorbae
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream in Kiev
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream in Vienna
  • Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream in Nantes
  • Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Poppin’

And for the face and eyes –

  • Eyeshadow in Sweet Tooth
  • Eyeshadow in Whipped Mocha
  • Eyeshadow in Twisted
  • Eyeshadow in Deep Trouble
  • Eyeshadow in Cookie Cutter
  • Eyeshadow in Candy Stash
  • Highlighter in Pop N Rock
  • Highlighter in Cinnamon Spice
  • Highlighter in Candy Cloud
  • Blush in Lollipop Hop

Sorry I don’t have my own swatches for these, but happy to provide some if you want to see them, just let me know! Overall I think this is a fab little advent calendar, and would definitely suit someone that loves to play around with colour!

The NYX Professional Advent Calendar is on offer now at NYX Professional Makeup, currently disounted at Feelunique and also available at Boots in their Christmas 3 for 2 offer.

Must Have Fragrances To Add To Your Wish List!

Posted on November 14, 2018

I have a fantastic bundle of new high street fragrances that have launched over the last few months to share with you today. This is quite a long list, so I’ll try to keep the descriptions pretty short. I’ve added a list of notes for each fragrance, as well as information on similar scents and ‘you’ll like this if..’ for each scent too – enjoy!

Starting with the gorgeous Lancome La Vie Est Belle L’Eclat EDT – this fragrance is easily one of my favourite launches of 2018. La Vie Est Belle L’Eclat opens with wonderful zesty, sparkling notes of mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot, leading to a shimmering floral heart, and a bright and warm base of Iris, Patchouli and, Ambroxan. This is a must try and would make a fabulous Christmas present for Lancome fans!

  • Top notes: Bergamot Oil, Mandarin Oil, Tea Accord
  • Heart notes: Neroli Oil, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Orange blossom absolute, Rose oil
  • Base notes: Iris Concrete, Patchouli oil, Ambroxan.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Lancome La Vie Est Belle (original)
  • You’ll like this if: you like zesty, fresh, feminine scents

Next, DKNY Stories EDP – this is a vibrant, oriental floral woody scent with a feminine edge, inspired by the dynamic pulse of the city. Stories is the perfect every day scent, that’s sweet, but not overly so, floral, feminine and captivating.

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Pink Guava Mousse, Black Cardamom
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine Sambac, White Tea, Black Iris
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Bean, White Sandalwood, Grey Amber Accord
  • Smells like / is similar to: Mugler Womanity
  • You’ll like this if: you like sweet, floral, oriental fragrances

Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine EDP is next – this is a beautifully radiant gourmand fragrance that opens with edible notes of roasted pistachio and juicy pineapple, before a heart of sunny ylang ylang, jasmine, ormond flower, almond and orange blossom. In the dry down, the earthiness of iris and patchouli combines with fuzzy vanilla, creating a trail that lingers with sensuality.

  • Top Notes: Roasted Pistachio, Pineapple
  • Heart Notes: Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Ormond Flower
  • Base Notes: Iris, Vanilla, Patchouli
  • Smells like / is similar to: Elie Saab Girl of Now, but this is lighter and more floral.
  • You’ll like this if: you like iris, almond, gourmand scents.

Next up is Nina Ricci Bella EDT – a vibrant fruity gourmand fragrance, Bella opens with a mouth-watering acidic rhubarb accord and the fresh and bold zest of green mandarin. In the heart, a rose jelly blends with rich floral facets of luminous freesia, and an indulgent base of white musk and vanilla adds warmth and smoothness to the accord.

  • Top Notes: Rhubarb, Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Rose Jelly, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, White Musk
  • Smells like / is similar to: Nina Ricci Les Belles Liberty Fizz from wayyy back on the 90’s
  • You’ll like this if: you like syrupy sweet, fruity gourmand scents

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau Fresh – think vibrant, carefree and endless possibilities. Wonderlust Eau Fresh is a luxurious interpretation of the original, opening with sparkling pink grapefruit, tart Granny Smith apples, and Italian bergamot. The lush petals of white peony evoke a softness at the heart, while pamplewood deepens the citrus effect as sleek woodiness adds dimension to the base.

  • Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Granny Smith Apples
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Sambac, White Peony, Muguet
  • Base Notes: Pamplewood, Sheer Musk, Sandalwood Sri Lanka
  • Smells like / is similar to: Michael Kors Wonderlust
  • You’ll like this if: you like bright, breezy, vibrant scents

Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo Hair Mist – technically not a perfume, a hair mist is a great alternative luxurious way to wear fragrance. This ultra-light spray is infused with the beautiful floral oriental Amo Ferragamo scent, to delicately fragrance your hair and uplift your mood.

  • Top Notes: Italian Bitter Accord, Blackcurrant, Rosemary
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Sambac, Mate Absolute, Rhubarb
  • Base Notes: White Vanilla Tahitensis Absolute, Ambrox, Sandalwood
  • You’ll like this if: you like creamy gourmand, oriental scents

Next is Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rouge EDP – a gorgeously seductive floral-woody fragrance with musky facets. Narciso Rouge was made for a woman who can’t help but seduce. Her magnetic confidence is the perfect match for this bold and daring scent; she’s not one to blend into the crowd, as her alluring and engaging presence captivates all in her path…

  • Top Notes: Bulgarian Rose and Iris
  • Heart Notes: Heart of Musc
  • Base Notes: Tonka, Vetiver, Black Cedar and White Cedar
  • Smells like / is similar to: Narciso Poudree, but warmer.
  • You’ll like this if: you like musky, creamy, rose scents.

Mugler Aura EDT – this is actually the first Mugler fragrance I’ve tried in a long time, and I absolutely love it! Aura EDP is a glowing, fresh oriental botanical scent created around three distinctive and addictive ‘hearts’. The instinctive heart contains the tiger liana plant which is the guiding thread and signature note of this fragrance and features fresh, green, sweet, animalistic and smoky notes for instinctive femininity. The botanical heart is a duo of green and floral notes with a blend of rhubarb leaves and orange blossom absolute for an explosive and intense freshness, and the animal heart is the combination of bourbon vanilla absolute and wolfwood, a new silky enveloping wood with a sensual texture.

  • Instinctive Heart: Tiger Liana
  • Botanical Heart: Rhubarb Leaf, Orange Blossom Absolute
  • Animal Heart: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Wolfwood
  • Smells like / is similar to: Aura EDP – this is basically a lighter version
  • You’ll like this if: you like fresh, dewy, clean scents.

Next up is Maison Margeila Mutiny – as a big fan of tuberose, I was excited to try this! Mutiny is described as a modern take on a timeless classic, it’s an oriental floral fragrance with ‘deconstructed’ tuberose, meaning different qualities of tuberose have been positioned in the top, heart and base notes of the fragrance. The result is a daring floral that reveals the true facets of the flower, combining tuberose with a warm leather accord.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Oil, Pink Pepper, Saffron.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Flower, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, and Tuberose Absolute.
  • Base Notes: Leather Accord, Bourbon Vanilla, Oud.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense
  • You’ll like this if: you like tuberose based fragrances

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love EDT – the latest flanker in the Daisy collection is Daisy Love EDT, an addictive sparkling gourmand scent with care-free, radiant florals. This gourmand radiant perfume reveals its first notes in a vibrant burst of sweet cloudberries. Delicate daisy tree petals mingle with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable gourmand twist. This is a beautiful, easy-to-wear, every day scent.

  • Top Notes: Crystalized Cloudberries.
  • Heart Notes: Daisy Tree Petals.
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Musks, Driftwood.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Marc Jacobs Daisy
  • You’ll like this if: you like sparkling, radiant, bright fragrances

Next we have Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal By Night EDP – the latest take on Scandal, Scandal By Night offers a deeper take on the original, where the creaminess of gardenia has been replaced with the sweetness of honeyed tuberose. Sticky and rich, the smoothness of tonka bean and sandalwood create an almond-like scent, kissing your skin with an addictive, almost-edible finale. This fragrance is wonderfully edible – a must try for fans of Jean Paul Gaultier!

  • Top Note: Tuberose
  • Heart Notes: Honey
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean
  • Smells like / is similar to: JPG Scandal (original) YSL Black Opium, Rhianna Reb’l Fleur
  • You’ll like this if: you like warm, sweet, honey, gourmand scents.

Jimmy Choo Fever EDP – the latest fragrance from Jimmy Choo offers a floral gourmand with rich, sensual facets. Fever is fun, glamorous and tempting, opening with juicy lychee and grapefruit and sticky black plum nectar, leading to soft side of heliotrope to powder down the wild florals in the core. As the scent warms of the skin, addictive tones of roasted tonka bean and sweet, resinous benzoin are what gives Jimmy Choo Fever its multifaceted personality, creating a beautiful lingering aroma.

  • Top Notes: Black Plum Nectar, Lychee, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Heliotrope, Vanilla Orchid, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Roasted Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Sandalwood
  • Smells like / is similar to: YSL Black Opium, Kenzo Elixir
  • You’ll like this if: you like sweet, spicy fragrances, or any other Jimmy Choo scent

Juicy Couture Oui EDP – this is a vibrantly rich and fresh fragrance, opening with the tart freshness of watermelon and lemon fusion, and the beautiful floral heart of sophisticated jasmine absolute paired with wild tuberose leads to a warming base techno woods, amber and musc. This would make a gorgeous new signature scent for somebody this Christmas!

  • Top Notes: Water Lemon, Acai Tea Natureprint, Pear Infusion
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute, Wild Tuberose, Dewy Honeysuckle Natureprint
  • Base Notes: Techno Woods, Amber Resins, Captive Musks
  • Smells like / is similar to: Marc Jacobs Daisy
  • You’ll like this if: you like clean, fresh, girly scents.

And last but not least, the gorgeous Paco Rabanne Black XS For Her EDP – an electrifying floral oriental fragrance that’s both sensual and provocative. The scent opens with creamy ylang-ylang and tempting vanilla, before making way for a distinctive heart of warm popped puffed corn, musk and milkwood. The seductive base of sandalwood blends with hot ambrette seed to create an sensuous, intoxicating blend. This is the perfect evening scent, and the bottle is stunning too – be sure to add this to your Christmas list!

  • Top Notes: Ylang-ylang, Vanilla
  • Heart Notes: Popcorn, Musk, Milkwood
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Ambrette Seed
  • Smells like / is similar to: Black XS (original)
  • You’ll like this if: you like intense floral oriental fragrances

So there we have it! Do you own any of these fragrances? Let me know! I’d love to hear which perfumes you’e loving right now xx

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