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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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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2016!

Posted on September 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know this is *slightly* on the premature side – but I wanted to get this post started early, so I can bring you ALL the beauty advent calendars for 2016!

I’m starting this off with as much early bird info as I could get my hands on – so I should point out that some of these calendars are available now, some pre-order, and other aren’t available as yet. I’ll included details on availability for each one so you know when you’ll be able to snap them up – as well as updating release dates as and when I have them.

I’ll also be adding more calendars as I come across them – so do keep checking back for (hopefully) the most comprehensive list of beauty advent calendar goodness around!

So here we go, in price order starting with the cheapest…

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  • What? Wilko Kissmas Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £5.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Wilko.

And what’s in it? – This super sweet calendar contains 24 bargain beauty treats – at only £5.00 it’s a complete steal!

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  • What? Flutter Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £12.00 reduced to £8.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug

And what’s in it? – The flutter advent calendar contains 24 mini surprises for eyes and lips – and it’s currently half price!

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  • What? Technic 12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £16.00 reduced to £8.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Another super budget option – this 12 days of Christmas calendar from Technic offers 12 sweet beauty tears, and it’s currently half price!

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  • What? Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £20.00 reduced to £10.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Another fab budget calendar from Technic packed with 24x beauty treats – grab it while it’s half price!

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  • What? Dirty Works Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £15.00
  • When and where? Available at Sainsburys from November.

And what’s in it? – A fantastic budget calendar, packed with Dirty Works treats including bath and body goodies, and beauty accessories.

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  • What? Mad Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £18.95
  • When and where? Available now at Prezzybox (currently out of stock)

And what’s in it? – The perfect gift for younger beauty fans or those on a budget, this calendar contains 24 beauty gifts, including nail polish, lipstick, eyeliner and beauty tools.

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  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas and The Bomb Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £19.99 each.
  • When and where? Both are available NOW at Littlewoods.

And what’s in it? Each advent calendar contains 24x goodies, including 12x miniature soap slices and 12x miniature bath blasters from Bomb Cosmetics.

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  • What? House of Fraser Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £25.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at House of Fraser.

And what’s in it? – This calendar contains a selection of House of Fraser’s own brand beauty, Colour Couture cosmetics. You’ll find lipsticks inside, as well as eyeshadow dusts, glitter eye liner and nail art products to name but a few items.

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  • What? W7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £29.95.
  • When and where? Available NOW at W7 Cosmetics.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains 24x W7 beauty treats!

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  • What? Feel Unique The Magic of Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £30.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? – This is a 12 day calendar offering some fantastic brands, including Laura Geller, Bourjois, Ole Henriksen and Rimmel. It’s a fab bargain at only £30.00.!

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  • What? Benefit 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £34.50 (Worth £68.46)
  • When and where? Available from November at Benefit Cosmetics.

And what’s in it? Just like last year, Benefit are offering 12x of their best sellers in mini form – you can see exactly what’s included in the picture. This is a great opportunity for those new to the brand to try out their products without breaking the bank.

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  • What? Sephora Collection Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? $45.00 (About £35.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Sephora.

And what’s in it? This is a 24 piece advent calendar containing a range or mini treats from Sephora’s own brand. You’ll find body wash, nail polish, makeup wipes, lipstick, eyeshadow and hair bands, to name but a few items.

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  • What? M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £35.00 when you spend £35.00 at M&S on beauty, clothing and home (Worth £250.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at M&S.

And what’s in it? This amazing looking advent calendar is such a fantastic bargain! It’s only £35.00 (after already spending £35.00 at M&S) and includes some fantastic brands such as Alpha H, Emma Hardie, Nails Inc, Pixie, REN, Rituals, Rodial and many more. You can see my review here.

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  • What? Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? £40.00 (Worth £150)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? This fantastic sounding calendar contains 25x No.7 products, including both minis and full sizes which is excellent news. From eyeshadow, to body wash, to skincare – this beauty advent calendar literally ticks all the boxes!

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  • What? L’Occitane Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £42.99 (worth £80.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at L’Occitane.

And what’s in it? This instant sell-out calendar is literally bursting with a premium selection of 24 Provençal treats – I mean how good do they look! It’s a fantastic way to try out some of L’Occitane’s best selling products!

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  • What? Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Very.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains 18 mini Ciaté paint pots and one full size polish. This includes four new and shades as well as a limited edition surprise.

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  • What? ASOS Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £50.00 (worth £175.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at ASOS.

And what’s in it? This is the first ever beauty advent calendar from ASOS, and it definitely looks like one to snap up this year! At a very reasonably £50.00, this calendar contains 24 must-have skincare, make-up and hair care products from a variety of brands – with a value of £175.00!

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  • What? Nude By Nature 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £54.00 (worth £107.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? If you’re not familiar with Nude By Nature, they’re a fantastic Australian brand  – you can read about their products here. This is their first advent calendar and it contains 12 beautiful makeup treats in Nude By Nature’s signature rose gold packaging. This is definitely one worth checking out.

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  • What? Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00 (the price hasn’t been confirmed as yet- this is my estimate)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? This year’s Selfridges Advent Calendar looks amazing! It includes brands such as Too Faced, Rodial, Molton Brown, OCC, Eve Lom and Foreo. This looks like fantastic value for money!

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00 (worth £106.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? This is the first of three Body Shop advent calendars this year. This one is the cheapest of the three and includes 24 treats ranging from bestsellers to brand new body care, skincare, makeup and accessories.

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  • What? Decleor Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £60.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains two full sized products – Hydra Floral Light Cream (30ml) and Hand Cream (50ml) alongside smaller Decléor treats including face products and body solutions.

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  • What? Clinique 24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Clinique.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains a massive selection of Clinique treats! There’s plenty of makeup and skincare goodies to keep you stocked up right through advent. Full details are on the Clinique site.

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  • What? You Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £69.95 (worth £270.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at You Beauty.

And what’s in it? This calendar includes a fantastic selection of products covering makeup, skincare and haircare – from brands such as The White Company, Miller Harris, Bee Good, Moroccanoil and many more.

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  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty Secret Volume 2 Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £70.00 (worth over £300.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it? Promising to be bigger and better than last year, Lookfantastic have filled their 2016 advent calendar with a mix of deluxe sample size and full size products from a large range of brands, covering haircare, skincare, bodycare and makeup treats. This one sounds like fantastic value – I might be snapping this up myself!

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  • What? bareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £75.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at BareMinerals.

And what’s in it? I believe this is bareMinerals first advent calendar (please do correct me if I’m wrong though) and doesn’t it look amazing! This calendar contains all the bareMinerals products you could ever want or need – there’s deluxe Marvellous Moxie Lip Glosses, Eyeshadows, Mascara, and of course bareMinerals famous Mineral Veil. This definitely looks like one to snap up this year.

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Deluxe Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £80.00 (Worth £127.50)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? The second of the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016. This Deluxe version contains a selection of The Body Shop treats to open every day of advent.

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  • What? Your Beauty Fairytale Come True Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £85.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? I’ve just come across this calendar on the Boots site and was instantly wowed! This luxury calendar contains brands such as Lancome, YSL, Victor & Rolf, and Ralph Lauren. Unfortunately the products aren’t full sized like the picture shows, but I still think it’s a great sounding luxury calendar.

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  • What? Selfridges L’Oreal Eclectic Little Luxuries Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Expect a big bundle of eclectic luxuries from L’oreal at Selfridges this year, including brands such as YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Viktor & Rolph and Kiehls.

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  • What? Kiehls Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? A large selection of Kiehls skincare treats, in mostly mini sizes. Definitely a must have for skincare fanatics! 

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  • What? Clarins Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £95.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? This gorgeous calendar contains a fantastic range of Clarins products – such as a Lip Comfort Oil, and a Detox Skin Booster – which is perfect for the party season – as well a plenty of skincare and makeup treats.

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  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Ultimate Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £99.00 (Worth £187.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it? The big daddy of all the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016 – the Ultimate advent calendar is a Body Shop’s fans’ dream! This contains a selection of luxury treats worth a massive £187.00

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  • What? The Vintage Cosmetics Company Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £99.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Feel Unique.

And what’s in it? As above – lots of gorgeous Vintage Cosmetics Company treats! 

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  • What? Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £149.00 (worth over £400.00)
  • When and where? Available NOW at Liberty.

And what’s in it? A fabulous luxury beauty calendar worth over £400 including beauty treats from high end brands including Diptyque, Dermalogica and Malin & Goetz. 

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  • What? Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Look Fantastic.

And what’s in it? The Molton Brown Advent Calendar really does sound amazing! It contains 24 mini Molton Brown treats, including bath and shower gels, hand washes, shampoo and candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

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  • What? Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Charlotte’s Christmas range is based on parties this year, and this calendar is all about gifting yourself or someone else day-by-day during the party season. Every time you open a door, behind the iconic dancing women representing a hall of fame of different party eras, is a best-selling mini beauty treat waiting to be unveiled from Charlotte’s multi-award-winning range. The calendar contains both full size and mini products, and really would make a fantastic Christmas treat!

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  • What? Net-A-Porter The Ultimate Beauty Kit
  • How much? £150.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Net-A-Porter

And what’s in it? Ok this isn’t technically an advent calendar, but it looks like such a fantastic deal I had to include it. This kit contains 16 travel size and 16 full size beauty products from amazing high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Sunday Riley, Sarah Chapman and Chantecaille to name but a few. This really looks amazing.

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  • What? Estee Lauder Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £205.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? Well, this Estee Lauder calendar really does look fabulous! It contains everything an EL fan could want or need, covering makeup, skincare and fragrance – expect to find mini versions of their most popular products, including a Bronze Goddess mini bronzer, and mini pure colour envy lipsticks, as well as masks, serums, mascara and nail polish to name but a few. Click on the link for full details!

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  • What? Diptyque Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much? £250.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Diptyque’s second ever advent calendar contains 25x luxury Diptyque gifts. You’ll find exquisite candles, skincare, body care and fragrance in this calendar, as well as a limited edition Le Roi Sapin 70g candle on Christmas day. This has a rich pine scent that also combines the woody tones of resin, cedar and patchouli. The perfect indulgent Christmas gift, for you or a loved one.

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  • What? Jo Malone London Townhouse Advent Calendar.
  • How much? £280.00.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Lastly, of course the big daddy of advent calendars, Jo Malone. This year Jo Malone’s Townhouse contains a wonderful selection of Jo Malone treats, including some exciting new products, such as a mini Geranium & Walnut Scrub, as well as scatter Candles. This calendar really is this height of luxury.

So that’s all the beauty advent calendars I have info on so far – like I said I’ll continue updating this as and when, and if you know of any more calendars please do let me know so I can add them to my post! xxx

Six Must Have Fragrances for Spring

Posted on May 9, 2016

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Hello again, and happy Monday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend in the sun? We had some nice family time this weekend, with a lovely walk around Redgrave Fen, and I’ve also managed to catch a cold as well as hay fever… enough about me though! I have some wonderful and simply must-have scents to share with you today – let me talk you through my Six Spring Must Have Fragrances for 2016…

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Let’s start with YSL black Opium Nuit Blanche – if you loved the original YSL Black Opium, Nuit Blanche is a definite must have for you. This is a gorgeously sensual, warm and intoxicating fragrance, and without a doubt this is an evening scent, it’s very similar to the original Black Opium though not quite as heavy, and definitely sweeter. It also has the familiar signature base of Black Opium – the White Coffee Accord which I absolutely love. Black Opium Nuit Blanche opens with notes of Rice Vapour and spicy Bourbon Pepper, it has a heart of exhilaratingly fresh and sharp Orange Blossom Absolute, and warming White Musk, Vanilla Absolute and sensual Sandalwood Essence at the base.

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche is priced from £45.OO for 30ML, and available at YSL Beauty now.

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Next, in a complete contrast to the above YSL scent, we have CK2 EDT. Described as ‘gender-free fragrance for a man or a woman, without prejudices’, CK2 is fresh yet warm, clean and energetic. I feel Calvin Klein have described the scent very well with the term gender-free. It’s almost like wearing clean clothing – there’s nothing sweet and feminine, nor musky and masculine in this fragrance. CK2 is a celebration of diversity –

We come together void of stereotypes and free of conformity; a youthful connection between two people to celebrate the differences that make our connections richer and define what makes us,  us. Life is better when we are 2.

The fragrance opens with top notes of Mandarin, Violet Leaf Absolute, and surprisingly, Wasabi. The heart of Orris Concrete, Rose Absolute and Wet Cobblestones combines a rich sensuality, with a wet, mineral splash to give a warming freshness to the fragrance. The base of Vetiver and Incense blends with creamy Sandalwood and Musks to give a complexingly fresh, yet magnetic warmth to the scent.

CK2 is available now priced from £30.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser.

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Next we have Annick Goutal Rose Pompon – I often think Annick Goutal fragrances can be overlooked, it’s not necessarily the brand that might jump out at you the most from the shelves, but if you haven’t experienced her fragrances before, I strongly recommend you do. Rose Pompon is the latest rose based scent from Annick Goutal, and it’s a current favourite of mine. It’s easily one of the best rose fragrances I’ve tried – and I’ve tried quite a few! Rose Pompon is a gorgeously easy to wear fruity rose scent. It’s surprisingly complex, modern and bold, with spicy notes of Pink Pepper and green sparkling Blackcurrant, opening with the velvety rich notes of Raspberry. The heart carries a duo of rose extracts – Bulgarian Rose and Taïf Rose which is a rare flower with a suave and sensual scent. The fragrance is sealed with a hint of Peony, woody Cedar and powdery Patchouli, followed by an exquisite note of White Musk.

Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT is priced from £59.00 for 50ml, and available now from John Lewis.

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And I had to include Diptyque Eau Des Sens – you may have noticed my Eau Des Sens Soap post a while back, I just couldn’t get enough of this scent, and now I’m completely in love with the EDP. Eau Des Sens is a beautifully warm and refreshing scent that’s perfect for the warmer weather.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens promises to bring you “the scent of the orange tree in its entirety, from the white petals of the orange blossom to the dark green leaves to the juicy, bitter Seville orange hanging off the branches” – and that’s exactly what it does. It has a wonderful juicy citrus opening – taking you straight to Italy. The scent is fresh and summery, with top notes of Orange Flower and Bitter Orange blending with Juniper Berry at the heart, and Angelica and earthy Patchouli combine perfectly at the woody base.

Again this is a unisex, or gender-free scent. This could literally be worn by anyone. It’s summery, fresh and vibrant. Fans of citrus, fans of Italy and of course fans of Diptyque will no doubt fall in love with this scent.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens EDP is from £60.00 for 50ml, and available now from John Lewis.

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Next is Barbour For Her EDT – this is the first fragrance from Barbour, and it’s definitely a winner. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this scent – Barbour as a brand to me is high end outwear, wax jackets, quilted coats, horses… so how does that interpret into a fragrance? Well Barbour For Her is just the perfect every day scent, I completely love it. I’ve had numerous people ask me what I was wearing when out and about with this scent on. It’s sweet, fresh and sophisticated. Opening with fresh, sparkling fruity notes of Red Currant, contrasted by spicy Pink Pepper, this scent contains a beautifully floral blend of Rose, Jasmine and Blush Peony at the heart, and sweet Vanilla combined with rich notes of Vetiver at the base. This really is a must have every day scent – I dare you to find somebody that doesn’t like this!

Barbour for Her EDT is priced from £40.00 for 50ml, and available now at Selfridges.

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And lastly we have Carven L’Absolu – this is another perfect day to day scent. Heavier than the above Barbour fragrance, L’Absolu EDP is floral and intense – yet not too much to put you off wearing in the day time. It’s voluptuous and sensuous, with an element of clean freshness that won’t go un-noticed.

L’Absolu opens with top notes of fresh Italian Green Mandarin Essence, combined with sensual Madagascan Ylang Ylang Essence. L’Absolu then moves into intense middles notes of Egyptian Absolute Jasmine, emphasised by beautiful Tuberose and Iris. The base comprises of rich oriental, notes, enhanced by Patchouli, Sandalwood and Spanish Absolute Cistus.

Carven L’Absolu EDP is from £42.00 for 30ml and available now at John Lewis.

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So there we have it, what a gorgeous selection hey? I really can’t choose my favourite out of these scents! I’d love to hear if you have any of these? And what your favourite perfume is at the moment?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Diptyque Eau Des Sens Soap

Posted on March 31, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s been all of about a month since my last Diptyque fix, and I’m really excited about their latest launch – the gorgeous Eau Des Sens collection. I have the Eau des Sens soap to share with you today.

As much as I love Diptyque, I haven’t actually tried that many of their products – simply because they’re not readily available near me. I have a couple of fragrances, Tam Dao and Oyedo which you can read about in this post, and I must admit they’ve been tucked away at the back of my cupboard for way over a year now. More recently, I was more that just a little bit obsessed with the Rosaviola candle over the Valentines period last month, and now I have my first ever Diptyque soap!

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Ok so yes I know it’s just a soap, and how much can you really say about a soap? Well I know it sounds a bit corny but this really isn’t ‘just a soap’. I can honestly say I’ve never smelled anything like this before. Firstly, I should tell you that the soap arrived wrapped in paper, in a pretty and very typical Diptyque box, covered in cellophane. After taking the cellophane off the box and peeking inside, before even removing the soap at all, the scent completely filled my kitchen within the hour. I really was so surprised, it was like I’d been spraying perfume around the room. And even though the fragrance clearly packs a punch, by no means was it too strong or over powering. I’m half tempted to just leave the soap on a plate on the windowsill to keep my kitchen smelling amazing!

Eau des Sens confuses the senses, like a piece of music, radiating from the skin. A vital vibration in a harmony of orange blossom, bitter orange, juniper berries, angelica and patchouli. Eau des Sens owes its originality to the way it is composed. A bitter orange, in all its diversity, resonating with unexpected spicy and woody notes. A delight for the senses.

And yes, the fragrance! The Eau des Sens fragrance is just so stunning. It’s described as ‘a sensational octave of scents‘, and the best way I can think of to describe it is ‘multi-faceted’. Neither particularly masculine nor feminine, this fragrance is warm and fresh, with a distinct citrus note which takes me straight to Italy. This scent is just like sunshine on warm skin, with a zesty freshness and a base of green and woody notes freshened by ginger.

I think any fans of Diptyque will be captivated by this fragrance, it’s definitely a must try! The Eau des Sens collection is available now from Diptyque.

I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Diptyque? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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

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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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The Best Luxury Beauty Stocking Fillers

Posted on December 7, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you saw my Budget Beauty Stocking Fillers post a couple of days ago, you’ll know I’d been planning to follow up with a luxury version of this post 🙂 You’ll probably know by now that I’m a complete sucker for high end beauty products, I’m just drawn to anything with beautiful or eye catching packaging like a magpie! So I’ve gathered together some of the best of the more expensive beauty goodies I have, that I think any beauty lover would be thrilled to find in their stocking this Christmas…

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Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense EDP (£69.00) – This is Lancome’s latest version of their much loved original La Vie Est Belle fragrance. La Vie Est Belle EDP Intense includes tuberose and gourmand notes to add depth and intensity to the scent. This was music to my ears as I love tuberose, and I’m usually a fan of ‘intense’ versions of fragrance – and I love this!

The theme of La Vie Est Belle is beauty, joy, and happiness, and I think this definitely comes through in the beautifully sweet fragrance. It’s fruity, creamy and definitely intense – if you’re a fan of sweet perfumes such as Viktor & Rolf’s BonBon, this is a must have for your fragrance wardrobe.

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Guerlain Gloss D`Enfer Intense Colour & Shine Sensation (£23.00) – Firstly I must apologise for my photo. The Gloss d`Enfer Intense Colour & Shine Sensation is the most beautiful sparkly gloss I’ve probably ever seen, and no matter how I tried, I just couldn’t capture this for you.

Guerlain’s Limited Edition Maxi Shine Reflects Etoilés makes your lips sparkle like there’s no tomorrow. It’s described as a top coat, but it also looks amazing on it’s own. It has a clear non-sticky base that’s full of multi coloured glitter particles!

Lancome Lancome Vernis In Love – 425 Rouge Midnight (£13.50) – This polish really is everything you need for the perfect Christmas mani. It’s red, check, sparkly, check, and just gorgeous, check! Lancome have launched three new shades of Vernis In Love for Christmas ’15, and Rouge Midnight is the most beautifully glamorous deep red shade, packed full of gold and red micro glitter.

NARS Rouge A Levres Lipstick (£20.00) – NARS lipsticks are just fantastic, I own quite a few of them now in varying shades and I’ve never been disappointed with a purchase. I highly recommend their Semi Matte and Audacious ranges. They come in a massive range of shades too, so there will definitely be something to suit everyone.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder (£35.50) – I have a special relationship with Guerlain, this brand was my first ever high end beauty purchase way back when (around 2005 I think) it was a Divinora Eyeshadow palette, it was beautiful, and I fell in love with the brand instantly.

Guerlain’s Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo is the perfect compact to give your complexion a healthy glow this winter. It comprises of a softened sun-kissed powder, lighter than the legendary Terracotta bronzing powder. Its pigments are less intense and works with the skin to make it glow without overloading it. And there’s also a coloured shade that blends with the sun-kissed powder to deliver a beautiful burst of radiance to the skin.

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ALAIA Alaïa Paris Eau De Parfum 50ml (£62.00) – The first fragrance from Alaïa, Alaïa Paris EDP is a stunning evening fragrance. Azzedine Alaia wanted to create a fragrance akin to ‘the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk’, and funnily enough I do actually pick that up from this fragrance. There’s a distinct freshness, with aquatic mineral notes, but there’s also the warming depth of musk, making this a rather unusual yet beautiful scent. Alaia Paris EDP has fresh and airy top notes of pink pepper, floral heart notes of freesia and peony, and animal base notes of musk.

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Diptyque Liquidabmbar Scented Candle (From £28.00) – Diptyque has introduced three new limited edition candles to light up the holiday season, and this years’ limited edition trio is dedicated to the olfactory attributes of trees.

Liquidambar is in fact a North American tree, and it’s name originates from the aromatic resin that seeps from the tree. The Liquidambar scented candle smells deliciously warm and intense. It embraces the redness of this large autumnal tree, with enveloping liquid amber, spiced nutmeg and cinnamon sand, cloaked in the scent of brown sugar, providing a sweet and warm veil of gourmand accents. I’ll be featuring this candle more closely in an upcoming post too!

Benefit Feelin’ Dandy Perk Me Up Lip And Cheek Kit (£25.50) – I love Benefit’s makeup sets, they look amazing and make perfect Christmas gifts! The pocket size Feelin Dandy lip and cheek set includes an iconic tint, award-winning cheek color, luscious lip gloss and beautiful highlighter so you can add a pop of colour to your look this season. The set includes:

  • Posietint – Poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High Beam – luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Dandelion – brightening face powder
  • Ultra Plush Dandelion Lip Gloss

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow (£14.00) – These eyeshadows are just so gorgeous, you couldn’t actually ask for more sparkle! I have shades Ether (top) and Scorpio (bottom). Ether is a stunning lavender shade packed full of lavender and teal micro glitter particles, and Ether is an intense deep khaki green shade, with golden / green glitter sparkles. These can be used wet or dry, and there are 11 high shimmer shades to choose from in the collection.

NARS #23 Wet / Dry Blush Brush (£31.00) – NARS makeup brushes really are where it’s at, and this beautiful #23 Wet / Dry Blush brush would make a fantastic addition to any makeup lovers collection. Designed for versatility, featuring a compact, domed nylon brush head for perfectly applying and blending product either wet or dry. This brush is beautifully weighted, so it feel fantastic to hold, and just oozes quality.

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Clinique Chubby, Chubbier, Chubbiest Collection (£17.00) – This sweet little gift box contains three of Clinique’s top selling products – the Chubby Stick! Perfect for those that want to try Chubby Sticks for the first time but aren’t sure which to go for, this set contains formulas from sheer to intense, filled with good-for-skin ingredients and no fragrance at all. The set contains –

  • Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry 1.2g
  • Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mightiest Maraschino 1.2g
  • Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Budding Blossom 1.2g

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So will any of these gorgeous goodies be making their way onto your Christmas list?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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