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Christmas: The Best Beauty Gifts Under £25.00

Posted on December 12, 2016

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I really need to get my house organised – we finally have a tree – but no decorations yet! 😀 I’m also now starting to publish my gift guides, which I’m kicking off today with a beauty guide including a fantastic selection of gifts under £25.00. Enjoy!

Let’s start with the very festive looking Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Set (£15.50) – most people will be familiar with this iconic product, as it’s literally one of the most popular cleansers ever. Did you also know it’s won over 120 awards too! This gift set contains everything you need to get super clean skin in mere minutes – there’s a 100ml tube of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2x Pure Muslin Cloths, and a Cleansing Guide included, all beautifully encased in a specially-designed luxury Christmas gift box that’s just perfect for gifting.

Next we have the Mini Moderns Festival of Light Candle Collection (£26.00) – Ok I know this is over £25.00, but only by a smidge so I’ve allowed it to sneak in this post! This super cute candle set contains four of Mini Moderns’ classic print designs on four wonderfully scented mini sized candles. The fragrances included are – Whitby (Sea Spray), Pavilion (Gin Fizz) Darjeeling (Tea and Fig) and Paisley Crescent (Eastern Orange Blossom).

And on to the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Gem Trio Gift Set (£22.50) – I absolutely love Ted Baker for Christmas gifts, they always come up with beautifully packaged goodies, and this Sweet Treats Gem Trio set would make either one fantastic gift, or three individual stocking fillers. Each ‘gem’ contains a travel sized Ted Baker perfume and a full sized nail polish. The fragrances included are really lovely and wearable, including Mia, Polly and Lyla scents – perfect for any girl who is constantly on the go.

Next we have the Orla Kiely Geranium Purse Spray Gift Set (£22.00) – This beautiful set from Orla Kiely includes a mini cosmetic bag and a 25ml Geranium Purse Spray, housed in a pretty, decorative gift box, with a classic Orla Kiely print.

Next, the Makeup Forever Artistic Smoky Eye Kit (£14.00) – this is a fab little gift set containing a selection of Makeup Forever minis. There’s an Excessive Lash Mascara, Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M60 (brown) and also one in M10 (black) – so you can create some gorgeous smoky eye looks this Christmas.

If lips are more your thing, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector Collection (£25.40) is a definite must have. I love Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors, they leave your lips feeling incredibly silky smooth and nourished, with a natural tint of colour and a glossy shine. This set includes shades 01 Rose shimmer and 02 Apricot shimmer.

Moving on to fragrance, the brand new Accessorize Lovelily Perfume (£19.00) has recently caught my attention. I have to tell you I’m completely in love with this scent. It’s super feminine with notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla, and it really reminds me of my youth, I think because it’s quite a young and sweet fragrance. This scent is a fantastic bargain at only £19.00 for 75ml – if I didn’t have this already, it’d definitely be on my Christmas list this year!

Continuing with scent, another bargain fragrance is the new Monsoon Rose Gold EDP – which is currently on offer for only £19.33. Rose Gold EDP has top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents, heart notes of velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen, and a base of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a new reasonably priced fragrance.

And the Jo Malone Geranuim & Walnut Hand Cream (£22.00) – We all know Jo Malone makes some of the best and most beautifully packaged products, but if you’re looking something at the cheaper end of the spectrum, this Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream would make the perfect gift for any Jo Malone fan this Christmas, without breaking the bank. This cream has a lightweight, delicately scented formula including Apricot Kernel oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving hands soft and moisturised.

Next the Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette (£19.00) – I often think Pixi makeup is quite underrated, and this palette is a very reasonably priced considering how much product is included. The Rosy Radiance Palette Rosette from Pixi is an all-in-one colour kit including an array of rose, crème and taupe hues that are able to sculpt and enhance cheeks, add a wash of colour to eyes and fill in sparse brows. The Palette Contains: 8x Eye Shades, 3x Brow Shades, 3x Face Shades and a Duo Applicator.

And lastly, the L’Occitane Delightful Floral Hand Cream Trio (£22.00) – this lovely little set would make the perfect Christmas gift for any L’Occitane fan. It contains 3x 30ml hand creams in scents Cherry Blossom, Arlésienne and Pivoine Flora – which is a real bargain at only £7.33 each!

I’d love to hear what’s top of your Christmas list this year? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Must Have Candles inc Diptyque, Jo Malone, Etta French & More

Posted on December 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

What is Christmas without a beautiful scented candle? I love nothing more than filling my home with festive scents to really get me into the Christmas spirit – and as there are so many wonderful wintry fragrances candles around right now, I’ve gathered together a selection of the best luxury scented candles to share with you today – enjoy!

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Starting with the Diptyque Epice et Delices Candle (from £28.00) – Diptyque is the brand that really does tick all the boxes when it comes to candles. Their packaging is always striking and distinctive, and the scents are also to die for. This ‘Epice et Delices’ (Spices and Delights) candle is part of a trio of limited edition candles for winter 2016. Epice et Delices is a wonderfully warming spicy scent with notes of gingerbread, cinnamon, honey and star anise. It’s just perfect for a cost night in by the fire.

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Next we have the Jo Malone Incense & Embers Candle (£42.00) – Another favourite brand of mine, Jo Malone’s Christmas products are always on my wish list, and this Incense & Embers scented candle is just as gorgeous as I expected. The scent is sophisticated, relaxing and calming with notes of smoky incense, silver fir and white pepper. An element of sensuality is added with notes napa leather layered on a base of elegant vetiver and golden amber. This really is a must have candle for winter.

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I also have this absolutely stunning Voluspa Classic Maison Luxury Candle in Spruce Cuttings (£45.00) – now Voluspa is a brand I’ve never tried before, and I’m so glad I’ve discovered them! This candle is just so beautiful, with a striking festive green iridescent polished glass finish and matching lid – it really does feel luxurious and special. Their Spruce Cuttings scent is woody yet crisp and fresh, and instantly transports me to a winter wonderland. And though high in price, this candle will also last up to 100 hours, so it’s definitely worth the splurge.

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The La Montana Three Kings Candle (£35.00) is another beautiful, warming winter fragrance. This scent includes notes of cedarwood mingled with trampled pine needles, while frankincense and myrrh, mix with traditional, homemade turrón (almond nougat) and a brightening tot of brandy. The scent is heavy and evocative, and slightly masculine with almost an element of cologne to it. I really love this scent and this would also make a wonderful Christmas gift.

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Next we have the Etta French Nutmeg, Orange and Cinnamon Candle (£34.00) – if you haven’t heard of Etta French, they’re basically like a high end version of Jewel Candle – yes they have little packages of jewellery inside their candles! I really love this idea – I haven’t dug mine out yet so look out for another post in the coming weeks where I’ll show you what’s hidden inside this beautiful candle.

Onto the fragrance now though – Nutmeg, Orange & Cinnamon is a limited edition Christmas Fragrance; it’s described as the perfect seasonal soothing scent, evocative of cold winter days, fire lit nights and Christmas Cheer. I’m a big fan of cinnamon so this fragrance really appealed to me, it’s spicy, comforting and just smells exactly like Christmas!

Next The White Company Mistletoe Candle (£34.00 – behind reindeer) – This is a new limited edition scent, with notes of aromatic spruce, woody cedar, sweet muguet and rich amber. This scent encapsulates the essence of festive flirtation and kisses the air with its warming heart. This lovely candle is housed in a pretty ribbed glass vessel, with no visible logo, and its outer packaging is a beautiful white drum finished with a metallic ribbon. The whole look is elegant and understated – perfect for gifting a loved one this Christmas.

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And lastly the Annick Goutal Noel Candle (£44.00) – this is a classic Christmas candle from Annick Goutal. The fragrance is instantly recognisable – fresh, fresh and full-bodied, spicy and fruity. The flavour of citrus fruits, orange and mandarin from Brazil, the slightly acid bark of the pine from Siberia, heavy with an unforgettable scent of resin. A scent with the clarity of snow and the warmth of a house filled with impatient, excited children on Christmas Eve. This candle would make a wonderful Christmas treat!

And lastly I also wanted to mention this guy I picked up from Paperchase – Minty, as I’ve called him, is an awesome mint green coloured decorative reindeer – I love him!

I’d love to hear which candles you’ve been enjoying this winter? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Yankee Candle Riviera Escape Collection

Posted on May 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Riviera Escape collection is available now at Yankee Candle.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Yankee Candle My Serenity New Spring Collection

Posted on March 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four Luxury Candles Perfect for Winter

Posted on January 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Yankee Candle Christmas Collection

Posted on November 19, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Autumn / winter has to be my favourite time of year when it comes to fragrancing my home. Seasonal scents are always so welcoming when you come home from being outside in the cold. I love how they’re so warming and homely, and after a short while you begin to associate that scent with home.

There’s really nothing like snuggling with a blanket, watching your favourite Christmas movie (mine’s Elf, in case you were wondering) with a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite scented candle burning, while the weather is cold and horrible outside. Talking like this is actually making me look forward to the colder weather, I must be crazy! 🙂

Yankee Candles are perfect for making your home smell amazing, they’re really affordable and come in a large range of sizes, as well as a massive range of fragrances. And this year they’ve added four brand new fragrances to their winter collection –

Cosy By The Fire – A warm mix of ginger, clove, and orange combined with woody notes to give the snap of a crackling fire and the comfort of a hot aromatic drink beside it. I love this fragrance so much. If I close my eyes I imagine myself in a cosy log cabin, snuggled up by the fire watching the TV with my family.

Winter Glow – This is a cooler, crisp scent, making you think of frosted leaves on snow-covered trees, warmed by golden amber sun rays. This scent is definitely fresh but still has a warmth to it. This fragrance seems subtler than Cosy By the Fire – perfect if you don’t like your candles scented too strong.

Bundle Up – This is a clean, wintry scent that brings back frosty days and cosy warm clothing. There’s a definitely hint of washing powder in there, as well as a touch of citrus and a dash of smoke. The image on the front of the candle shows children wrapped up in winter clothes sipping on hot chocolate, and it just reminds me of my son. This may become a Christmas favourite for me for that reason 🙂

Berry Trifle – Super sweet and literally mouth-watering, Berry Trifle has a tangy and sharp fresh berry scent, nestled on a bed of soft vanilla cream to take the edge off. I have a sweet tooth and this really does smell good enough to eat.

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I love this collection of fragrances so much! I keep smelling them over and over again trying to pick a favourite and it’s so hard. I think I’ll end up switching between them depending on my mood.

The Christmas Candle Collection are all available now, starting from only £1.49 for a wax melt at Yankee Candle.

I’d love to hear which your favourite candles are for winter?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Candle Advent Calendar for Christmas 2015

Posted on November 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Beauty Advent Calendar post, I thought rather than add all the candle based advent calendars to that post – which is really long already, and candles don’t technically fall under the category of beauty – I’ve put together a round up of all the candle based advent calendars I could find. Enjoy!

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  • What: Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much: £250.00
  • When & where: From mid November at Selfridges

Diptyque have really pulled out all the stops for their first ever advent calendar. A must for all Diptyque fans, this calendar is the epitome of luxury offering a selection of mini candles, 10ml EDT fragrances, body butter, precious oils, and one large candle. I am obsessed with candles at the moment, so this really is top of my Christmas list!

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  • What: Yankee Candle Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar
  • How much: £31.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Any candle fan will know of Yankee. Creating fantastic affordable candles, they are the one stop shop for seasonal home fragrances. Their Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar is one of three advent offerings for Christmas 2015, with every day revealing a tealight or votive candle in one of 8 seasonal scents, perfect for the festive season.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights, as well as a Berry Trifle, Bundle Up, Cosy By the Fire and Winter Glow Votives.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent House in the Snow
  • How much: £27.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Yankee’s next fabulous calendar, the Advent House in the Snow includes a tealight candle in one of seven seasonal scents, including an extra treat on day 24.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights and Christrmas Eve Votive.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
  • How much: £24.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

And lastly the most affordable Yankee Candle advent calendar. This one contains 23 x tealights and one votive candle.

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    • What: Candywick Advent Calendar / Gift Box
    • How much: £24.99
    • When & where: Available now from Candywick

If you fancy something a little different from Yankee, what about the Candywick calendar? This contains a full set of 25 Candywick Scented tarts from their Christmas range, with a few wild cards thrown in. You can choose one of two options, the Advent Gift box, with each tart individually wrapped in candy stripe paper and individually numbered. A lovely treat, with a fresh tart for each day of December. They also have a Gift Box option, which contains the same beautiful fragranced tarts, minus the wrapping and numbers, perfect to give as a gift to someone special or even as a treat for yourself.

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  • What: Busy Bee Candles Advent Calendar
  • How much: £19.95
  • When & where: Available now from Busy Bee Candles

And lastly if you’re a candle fan on a budget, the Busy Bees Advent calendar may be just what you’re looking for. It featuring 24 different high strength wax melts in their most popular Christmas fragrances, one for every evening of Advent. Your home could be smelling festive every day on the run up to Christmas!

So that’s all the candle advent calendars I’ve come across so far – if you know of any more please do let me know so I can add them!

I’d love to hear which advent calendar(s) you’re picking up this year?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx