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TSNC £1400 Massive Christmas Giveaway! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 25, 2016

Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas? My day has been filled with Christmas dinner at the pub, more food and drink, and making a Lego Police Station with my son, Freddy 😀

I hope you’ve been enjoying my advent giveaways? Today I’m launching a special giveaway, where you could win (pretty much) everything I gave away over advent! This amazing bundle of prizes comes from some of my favourite brands, including Soap & Glory, L’Oreal, The Body Shop and Lookfantastic, to name just a few. The prizes have a combined value of over £1400, which one lucky entrant will win next time this month. Here’s a re-cap of what’s up for grabs in this mega giveaway…

A Soap & Glory bundle worth £74.50 –

An Alaia Paris Eau de Parfum Gift Set from Escentual, worth £63.00.

A bundle of gorgeous acrylic goodies from GlamourLiving, worth a massive £105.00 –

  • a Gold Collection Acrylic Paper Tray, worth £38.00
  • a Gold Collection Stapler, worth £25.00
  • an Acrylic Makeup Blending Palette, worth £20.00
  • a Gold Collection Tape Dispenser, worth £22.00

Azuni London jewellery, including a beautiful Athena ‘Elysia’ Gemstone Bangle, worth £75.00, with a matching pair of Athena ‘Damara’ Coin Earrings, worth £25.00. Both jewellery items are finished with stunning turquoise stones.

Hothair are giving away a set of gorgeous 21 Inch Human Hair Extensions, worth a massive £299.00, and a Colour Splash Pony, worth £49.00.

L’Oreal have included a massive bundle of products, totalling £64.68 –

And The Body Shop are including two gorgeous gift sets – the Shea Ultimate Collection, worth £35.00, and The Finest Facial Mask Duo, worth £25.00.

Glossybox are offering a three month subscription, worth £38.25.

And Lookfantastic have thrown in a fab selection of products –

Prezzybox have included a giant bundle of cat and unicorn themed goodies –

  • A Pusheen set of snack boxes, worth £7.95.
  • A unicorn mugh, worth £4.95.
  • A Pusheen coin purse, worth £7.95.
  • An Oh K! cat trinket tray, worth £7.95.
  • A Pusheen pink soft toy, worth £8.95.
  • A unicorn travel mug, worth £4.95.
  • An Oh K! Kitty Bag, worth £11.95.

And Cohorted have included their Ovali Sculpt and Shadow Brush Set, worth £65.00 and a NARS Monoï Body Glow II, worth £45.00.

The Dressing Room are giving away a beautiful Olivia Burton Monochrom Ditsy Floral watch worth £70.00.

Pixi are kindly giving away an Ultimate Beauty Kit worth £28.00, including 40 eyeshadows, highlighters, bronzers and much more, as well as a Fairy Dust Favourites in Matte Classics (£12.00) and Metallic Warmth (£12.00).

Crabtree & Evelyn are giving away a set of their Ultimate Feast of the Senses Hand Therapy Crackers, worth £40.00.

And The Advent Gift Company are including their 12 Days of Christmas Advent Gift Box, worth £50.00.

And finaly, L’Occitane have included their gorgeous L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Collection, worth £55.00.

So there we have it, a total £1436.08 worth of amazing prizes, will be winging their way to one very lucky winner at the end of next month!

As usual, this giveaway will be open for one month, it’s international, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

TSNC Advent Giveaway: Michael Buble Gift Set! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great week so far? Today I’m giving away a fabulous Michael Buble By Invitation gift set! This fragrance is just so gorgeous, it would make a perfect Christmas gift, or a lovely treat for yourself. The set contains a 100ml EDP By Invitation fragrance plus a 150ml scented Body Lotion, worth £55.00.

By Invitation is a crisp floral oriental fragrance. The fragrance starts with light, sparkling top notes of red fruits and bergamot then develops its heart notes of lily of the valley, elegant rose, wild jasmine and spicy peony. By Invitation then wraps you in a warm base of sandalwood-musks, blended with addictive vanilla praline.

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx

TSNC Advent Giveaway: Escentual Alaia Gift Set! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s now day 2 of my Advent Calendar Giveaway, and today I have a gorgeous Alaia Paris Eau de Parfum Gift Set up for grabs from Escentual!

Luxury beauty is synonymous with Escentual! We’ve been retailing premium fragrance, beauty and skincare since the year 2000, curating the ultimate edit of covetable products to delight all beauty lovers, no matter their preference. From DIOR and Guerlain to Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, our mix of mainstream, niche and hard-to-find brands is extensive, while our selection of French pharmacy skincare and Escentual exclusives is tough to beat!

 And a bit more about the prize – Alaia Paris is a fragrant statement full of contrasts. It mimics the transformative power of Alaia’s fashion with an aroma that imposes beauty and confidence. The perfect gift for those who takes risks and want to make a statement, Alaia Paris has a sensuous personality that will not go unnoticed. The gift set includes:

  • Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml: The modern aroma creates a lasting first impression with a top of airy notes and pink pepper. A floral heart blooms with notes of freesia and peony, before a base of animalistic notes and musk.
  • Alaïa Paris Body Lotion 50ml: The skin-softening lotion will smooth the skin and leave a lingering trail of pink pepper, flowers and musk.
  • Alaïa Paris Shower Gel 50ml: This luxurious gel transforms into a soft foam that will caress the skin with softness and the subtly scent the skin with the Alaia Paris fragrance.

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

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I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx

Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette

Posted on October 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to fragrance, Penhaligon’s really does tick all the boxes for me. Both their packaging and bottles are beautiful – they make me think of fairy tales, whimsy and elegance – and on top of this, their fragrances are just mesmerising.

Today I have Penhaligon’s Luna Eau De Toilette to share with you – based on an ancient mythical love story, Luna of course represents the moon…

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In ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess of the Moon placed Endymion, the most handsome son of Zeus, into a perpetual slumber so that she could gaze upon him forever, his stunning face unmarked by the passage of time. The wishes of the Goddess were granted, and Endymion slept on for all eternity, his smile everlasting. And no wonder, for he spent his life forever dreaming that he held the moon, Luna, gently in his arms.

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To celebrate this wonderful story which I love so much, Penhaligon’s have created a duo of fragrances – Luna, which is fresh and floral, offers a feminine counterpart to the woody leather notes of its more masculine partner, Endymion.

I’d actually say Luna is more of a unisex, or gender-free fragrance, rather than feminine. And as you can probably guess by the above excerpt, Luna has been inspired by the Goddess of the Moon, and aims to capture the essence of this mythical character.

The fragrance itself opens with surprisingly fresh and zingy top notes of Orange Birgrade and Lemon Primofiore, leading to a heart of crisp and dry Juniper Berry and Rose Accord, which is rounded of with a dark woody base of Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot Oil, Lemon Primofiore Oil, and Orange Bigarade Oil.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Accord, Jasmine Petal Accord, and Juniper Berry Oil.
  • Base Notes: Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

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Luna was not at all what I was expecting – I was imagining something quite floral and feminine, and that is definitely not what this fragrance is about. Luna is fresh and clean, whilst also sensual and most definitely complex – this is a must try for fans of niche scents.

Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette is £128.00 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My New York Diary: Michael Buble By Invitation EDP GIVEAWAY

Posted on October 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Hopefully you’re up to speed with all the goss from the 30 Plus NYC trip by now – I can’t believe it happened over a month ago already! I left a few details out of my original NYC diary as I there was so much I wanted to tell you, I thought I’d better make separate posts.

if you want to catch up with my previous posts you can check out my original New York Diary to see what we go up to each day, and Coney Island was just fantastic, and of course not forgetting, my massive Sephora Haul!

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So, on the Tuesday morning of our trip, we had a fragrance workshop arranged with leading French perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni who was the nose behind Michael Buble’s By Invitation fragrance. You probably know by now that I’m a massive perfume fanatic so I was really excited to learn about the scent, as we as hear all about the creative process behind making By Invitation.

Also, Karine worked directly with Michael to create By Invitation – I wanted to make a point of saying this because this isn’t just a random fragrance with a celebrity name on it. Michael had direct influence on the fragrance, and was very specific with his vision and direction – and the quality of the scent really shows the work that has gone into it. Michael said –

It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s in every note I sing and every song I write. The idea was to create a special ‘invitation’ to fans into my new world of fragrance. I’m inviting women to enjoy a beautiful scent that represents my personal taste and imagination. By Invitation is what I’d call ‘love in a bottle’.

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We learned about the notes that make up the fragrance – and boy are there a lot!

The top contains Bergamot, Red Berries and Lemon, for a sparkling, fruity introduction.

The heart Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony and Wild Jasmine brings the fragrance together with a selection of fresh and elegant florals.

And the base of Patchouli Indonesia, Vanilla, Praline, Cedar Wood, White Amber and Musk gives a warm and comfortable feeling to the scent – making it both universally appealing and tempting.

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Smelling each note individually really helped me to grasp how the fragrance was put together, as well as emphasising the fact of how complex this scent really is.

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So what is the fragrance actually like?

Well to describe it, I’d say it’s ageless – it doesn’t make you think young girl, or older lady, it definitely has a universal appeal – which suits Michael down to the ground as he does too!

On trying the By Invitation, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have to say I did have a slight worry that what if I didn’t like it? What would I say and do? Well we all instantly fell in love, and doused ourselves with the perfume 🙂

It’s a very warm and inviting scent, designed to make heads turn and be noticed, without being overly powerful or intense. It’s a gorgeous everyday fragrance that feels high end, yet accessible to all.

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The next day was the launch event. After preening for what seemed like many hours, we were all dressed to the nines and ready! The event took place literally next door to our hotel, at the beautiful Eddison Ballroom.

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As expected, Michael was wonderful. He explained the thinking behind his fragrance, and also treated us to a few songs.

I have to admit I developed a major crush on Michael right there and then – he’s just so lovely! I can see why he’s so popular – I mean of course he has an amazing voice, but he seems like such a nice genuine guy too. His wife is a very lucky lady indeed! 😀

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet him – cue sad face. He was supposed to be mingling after his talk but ended up going home as he wasn’t feeling very well. Never mind.

After the event we headed off to the after party at a fabulous rooftop bar. It was a fantastic way to end the evening – the drinks were flowing as was the conversation, whilst looking over the night time view of new york city. The whole trip was just fantastic – a definite once in a lifetime opportunity for which I am eternally grateful.

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As you can see in my pictures Michael kindly signed a box for me – how exciting! Oh and the candle is just as gorgeous as the perfume – I’ll let you know when these will be available to buy.

BUT – I also have three more Michael Buble By Invitation SIGNED perfume boxes to give away – with the 50ml perfumes included, obviously! Each will have an original Michael Buble signature on – signed by the man himself. These are obviously very collectible and perfect for Buble fans! The giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. All you need to do is enter via rafflecopter below – and as ever if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

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Good luck! And I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

(By Invitation is also available to buy now at The Perfume Shop)

Fragrance: Marc Jacobs Decadence VS Divine Decadence

Posted on September 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

On attempting to sort out my perfume collection, I realised I never got round to sharing the original Marc Jacobs Decadence with you, which was released last year. Marc Jacobs have now launched a follow up – Divine Decadence, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you both scents, and let you know how they compare and differ…

I remember when I first saw the original Marc Jacobs Decadence, I fell in love with the bottle instantly! It’s just so luxurious looking, and like no other fragrance bottle I’d ever seen – I knew I had to have it!

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So the original Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP is a wonderfully glamorous and sensuous fragrance. It’s heavy and intoxicating, and most definitely an evening scent. It opens with a blend of Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron, and Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris at the heart, leading to a rich and tempting dry down of liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods. This is a sophisticated scent, grown up, striking and not easily forgotten.

  • Top Notes: Italian Plum, Iris and Saffron.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris.
  • Base Notes: Liquid Amber, Vetiver and Papyrus Woods.

In comparison, the new Divine Decadence EDP is the perfect sister to the original scent. Described an effervescent, floral-woody expression of timeless glamour, Divine Decadence captures the same indulgent and luxurious nature as the original Decadence, but this time the mood is lighter, the scent more radiant and sparkling, compared to the heavy creaminess of the original Decadence.

Divine Decadence opens with a radiant shimmer of almost-solar notes, including Orange Blossom and a pop of Champagne Extract. At the heart, the creamy floral explosion of Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle are glamorous florals, leading to seductive notes of Amber and Vanilla combined with precious Saffron that linger on the skin at the base.

  • Top Notes: Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom and Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Gardenia, Hydrangea and Honeysuckle.
  • Base Notes: Saffron, Vanilla and Liquid Amber.

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Overall, both scents are quite intense and I have a feeling you’ll either love them or hate them. If I had to choose though, I’d probably say I prefer Divine Decadence out of the two, just because it’s slightly lighter and more versatile to wear.

Marc Jacobs Decadence and Divine Decadence are priced from £49.00 for 30ml and available now at Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Molton Brown Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection

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Hi Guys!

Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath and body brands, and I get incredibly excited when they launch new products – I mean who doesn’t want a fabulously scented bath or shower? One of their latest ranges is the Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection, which is right up my street. The fragrance is fresh, zesty and energising – which is exactly what I need first thing in the morning.

When I was creating this citrus fragrance, I was excited to bring to life the vibrancy and spark of Brazil’s caipirinha cocktail – the first fresh sip on a hot summer’s day. The top notes of caipirinha accord are refreshing with a squeeze of zesty lime, grapefruit, lemon and orange. To lift it even more, a dash of spearmint is added – crisp, just like the cocktail. To give that humid finish, woody fig tree and oak moss mix perfectly with upbeat green galbanum. – Jennifer Jambon, Principal Perfumer, Molton Brown.

Starting with the Bursting Caju & Lime EDT (£39.00) – this is a clean, fresh and zesty eau de toilette, with no specific gender in mind. This fragrance really is for everyone, evoking the lively ambience of Brazil’s colourful carnival and spontaneous nights, this scent is perfect for those looking for something zingy and bright.

  • Top notes: Lime, Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon.
  • Heart notes: Spearmint, Clary Sage, Galbanum and Cypress.
  • Base notes: Musk and Oak Moss.

The Bursting Caju & Lime Bath & Shower Gel (£20.00) – matches the EDT perfectly. This is an energising bath and shower gel blended with lime accord, spearmint and caju fruit extract with a base of Amazonian forest accord to evoke the bright mornings and spontaneous nights of Brazil.

And lastly the Bursting Caju & Lime Body Lotion (£25.00) – with the same fragrance as the Bath & Shower Gel, this luxuriously smooth body lotion is the perfect finish to your bath time routine, leaving skin smelling fresh and vibrant.

I’d love to hear which bath and body products you use? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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