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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

This post contains press samples

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

With only two days left till Valentine’s day, I thought I’d share a quick gift guide for him in case you were in need of some last minute gift inspiration! I always find it’s difficult to choose gifts for my other half, so I’ve gathered together a few ideas together, including plenty of fragrances, a cocktail kit, and something a little more unusual. I hope you enjoy x

Starting with two fragrances from Versace – Versace Dylan Blue EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) is a striking, masculine scent, that (in my opinion) would suit an older or sophisticated gent. Though I say this, Dylan Blue is still a modern fragrance – intense and charismatic, it opens with citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, intertwined with nuances of fig leaf and aquatic notes. In the heart, violet leaves and black pepper mingle with aromatic and woody tones, and the base is a combination of musk, tonka bean, saffron and incense.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaves and Aquatic Notes.
  • Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Black Pepper, Papyrus Wood, Ambrox and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Mineral Musk, Tonka Bean, Saffron and Pyrogéné Incense.

In contrast, Versace Eros EDT (From £52.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) to me is a more youthful fragrance. Inspired by Eros, the god of love from ancient Greek mythology, Versace Eros EDT is an intensely refreshing, luminous yet sensual fragrance. With top notes of mint, citrus and crisp apple peel, the fragrance opens with a luminous and fresh impact. The heart of tonka bean and ambroxan creates an intriguing oriental signature, and Madagascan vanilla gives a hint of creaminess, while greenery in the form of oakmoss and cedarwood round off the sensual base.

  • Top Notes: Mint Oil, Italian Lemon Zest and Green Apple.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Geranium Flower.
  • Base Notes: Madagascan Vanilla, Oak Moss and Cedarwood.

Another fantastic male scent is Mr Burberry EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) – described as classic yet contemporary; sophisticated and sensual, Mr Burberry captures the essence of London and its moments. Fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients, it boasts fresh and crafted top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit, cut with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood.

  • Top Notes: Zesty Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver and Guaiac Wood.

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 & Escentric 01 (From £65.50 for 100ml at Cult Beauty)

If you haven’t heard of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 fragrance, it’s definitely one to try whether you’re male or female. Interestingly, rather than having a traditional layering of top, heart and base notes, Molecule 01 is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which is traditionally a base note that adds the feeling of allure to a scent. The idea is that this works as more of an effect than an actual scented fragrance. It has a very subtle, velvety, woody note which blends with your natural pheromones, and it’s worth noting that you will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself. Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others.

And there’s also Escentric 01, which uses the same chemical Iso E Super, but unlike Molecule 01, this fragrance also includes notes of Pink pepper, Lime Peel, and Balsamic notes like Benzoin, Mastic and Orris Incense. Moving away from the traditional fragrance journey through top, heart and base notes, Escentric 01 moves quickly from top to bottom, eventually lingering on a sensual, woody musky finale.

Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil (£22.00 at Pall Mall Barbers) – everyone and their dad has a beard right now, so I felt a Shave Oil would be very fitting for this guide. Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil has been formulated with Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils, to soften stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, this product adds an additional protective barrier between the skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave and a more precise finish.

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Cover (£30.00 at Boots) – ok so this is a bit of a strange one, I think you’ll either think this is a great idea or you just won’t. So Ferrari Fragrance have created an iPhone cover, but it’s also a cologne! The cover fits the iPhone 6 and 6s and contains 25ml of Ferrari Black or Ferrari Red EDT inside, so you can spritz and refresh your fragrance when you’re on the go. I think it’s a pretty cool idea! Plus you get an extra 25ml refill included in the box, which is handy. What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss?

And lastly, this Cocktail Tool Set (£29.99 at Find Me A Gift) – I always think a cocktail set isn’t really something you’d really buy yourself, but it’s definitely a handy thing to have. This set contains a stainless steel cocktail shaker, a stirrer, double jigger, a strainer and ice tongs, all displayed in a beech wooden stand – and there’s also a handy recipe booklet included too to give you some ideas – all you need to do is buy the drinks and get some friends over!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and have a wonderful Valentine’s day whatever you do xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: NEW Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets

Posted on February 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week?

Today, hot off the press, I have some gorgeous new products from luxury British brand Burberry – their brand new Liquid Lip Velvets. Described as a new statement-making matte cream colour with a comforting whipped texture, these new liquid lipsticks sound pretty amazing…

“Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet is a fantastic matte lip colour because you can build it up to create a bold matte finish but it still feels incredibly comfortable and lightweight on the lips.” Burberry Make-up Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe.

Ok so what’s so special about these? Well those that regularly wear liquid lipsticks with a matte finish will know they can often feel quite drying and uncomfortable on the lips. Burberry’s new Liquid Lip Velvets have an appealing sounding formula offering a comforting, whipped texture that promises to keep lips supple and moisturised – all while providing rich, bold pigment which lasts for up to eight hours.

So are they as good as they sound? Well on removing the applicator from the tube, the first thing that I noticed was the product itself is very thick – I was expecting a fairly thin liquid much like your standard liquid lipsticks, but these are surprisingly thick and creamy.

On application the pigmentation is just perfect, it’s completely opaque with one swipe and the colour is intense and basically everything you’d want from a liquid lipstick. The formula promises to be non-drying and comfortable on the lips – which it definitely is. When applied, the lipstick really does feel super light, like you’re not wearing anything on your lips, and you don’t get that tight, dry and sometimes flaky feeling that comes with wearing certain other liquid lipsticks.

I found that I got around 6 hours of good wear out of these before I felt the need to re-apply, and they do really feel lighter than air and completely comfortable to wear for a full day – so they definitely get a thumbs up from me!

I’m sorry to say that my swatches really don’t do these shades justice – but you can see just how amazingly well pigmented they are. Here are the shades from top to bottom –

  • Magenta – an intense bright pink
  • Fawn – a mid plum rose beige
  • Light Nude – a light peach beige

If you’d like to see any ‘real life’ swatches please do let me know – I’ve recently started sharing new products and swatches on Instagram Stories, so please do follow me here and feel free to get in touch!

If you’re looking for a new luxury liquid lipstick, I’d definitely advise you to check these out! Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are $34.00 each and available now at Sephora, and there are also a few shades available for at Net-A-Porter now too.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentines Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on February 10, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from yesterday’s Affordable Valentine’s Gift Guide, I’ve now gathered together some gorgeous, high end and slightly more expensive beauty treats for you perusal today… enjoy!

The 001 Skincare Hydro Sensitive Replenish Duo (£59.00) contains a 30ml bottle of Rosa Damascena Essence Mist, and 15ml of Active Marine Power Concentrate – presented in a lovely gold clutch bag. These products are perfect for soothing and hydrating dry and sensitive skin. The Rosa Damascena Essence Mist instantly gives skin a burst of moisture, and its blend of 98% Rosa Damascena Flower Oil and Flower Water works as a powerful astringent to reduce inflammation and redness. Just spritz this on for a complexion that’s soothed, hydrated and brightened. The Active Marine Power Concentrate is a super-concentrated serum containing an algae complex to intensively moisturise skin and aid water retention inside our skin’s cells, for a collagen-plumping effect. Its antioxidant rich complex also helps intensively repair and brighten the complexion.

The Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Nude Blush (£40.00) really is a beauty to behold, from the packaging to the actual product, this stunning palette would make the perfect gift. It contains four eye shadow shades including a luminising base to highlight, two buildable colours to add shape and an intense colour to define. This is available in a variety of options, but Nude Blush really caught my eye. Its muted warm spring shades are perfect for those with fairer skin tones like myself.

For those looking to warm up dull winter complexions – i.e. me, Guerlain’s Terracotta Joli Teint (£36.50) is a must have. This is a three-in-one product combining the perfection of foundation with the effect of a skincare product, and the sun-kissed radiance of Terracotta. My complexion often hovers on the dull side of normal, so any products that can make me look a bit brighter and more alive are definitely makeup bag staples for me! This product gives skin a fabulous warming veil of colour, leaving your complexion looking more even and naturally radiant.

And of course I had to include a candle! The Diptyque Rosaviola Valentine 2016 candle (from £28.00) really is a must have for Valentine’s day. Diptyque have teamed up with quirky French fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan to create their limited edition Valentines collection, which includes candles, a scented oval and a solid perfume. The candle is housed in a cuter than cute frosted barbie pink glass, with the sweetest embroidered fabric label – sealed with a kiss. I love that this candle conveys a sense of humour and fun, and it also smells wonderful, with notes of rose, violet, lipstick and leather – just like the inside of a handbag, amazing!

Back to Guerlain again, the Guerlain Precious Light Illuminator (£32.00) is also a fantastic high end product. Similar to YSL’s Touche Eclat, this pen style illuminator is designed to minimise imperfections whilst maximising radiance. This product aimed to erase traces of fatigue with luxurious Gold Radiance Pigments and the Precious Rejuvenating Complex, to offer skin a natural looking glow. The formula contains Myrrh Oil, known for its regenerating properties, and Peptides to lift and smooth.

Next is Tom Ford Lip Colour in Scarlett Rouge (£38.00) Tom Ford’s lipsticks really are the height of luxury, and this beautiful shade Scarlett Rouge is perfect for Valentine’s day. I know £38.00 is a heck of a lot to spend on a single lipstick, and definitely not something I’d buy every day, but I can promise you once you try Tom Ford lippies, you won’t look back! (I also have my eye on the Jasmin Rouge Gift Set too!)

And lastly what would Valentine’s day be without a gorgeous fragrance? Cartier Eau De Cartier EDP (from £52.00) is a new favourite of mine. It’s a citrus, aromatic scent which is surprisingly unisex – and I say surprisingly because I’m usually not keen on unisex fragrances but I think this is rather lovely. Eau De Cartier is definitely more on the feminine side; it’s warm and fresh, yet sensual and sophisticated. It has top notes of Coriander, Yuzu and Bergamot, heart notes of Violet Leaf and Lavender and base notes of Cedar, Patchouli, Musk and White Amber.

I’d love to hear if any of these take your fancy? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and items I bought myself