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Fragrance: Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant

Posted on September 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

This Autumn, Jo Malone whisks us away to the depths of a magical forest to bring us their brand new English Oak collection. The inspiration behind the collection comes from the iconic English oak tree, a powerful and noble symbol which lies deep in the heart of the English woodland. Think Sherwood Forest, wandering knights and outlaws, mystery and enchantment…

Surrender to the spell… The magic of the forest. Climb. Dream. Drift. Wander through emerald moss carpets. Ripe redcurrants, ready to be picked. Succumb to the scent of the fabled oak. Noble. Wise. Infused into two spellbinding scents. English Oak & Redcurrant. Bright. Embracing. Bewitching. English Oak & Hazelnut. Earthy. Enticing. Enchanting.

The English Oak collection comprises of two fragrances – the original concept, English Oak & Hazelnut, which is spicy and woody, using green hazelnut to create a greener, aromatic feel with a spicy spin, its mossy notes also help to reinforce the natural scent of the forest. While the second fragrance, English Oak & Redcurrant is a much rounder and juicier scent, with notes of rose, amber and white musk.

The main note in the collection is of course is oak, but more specifically Roasted Oak Absolute. I was interested to find out that oak wood itself isn’t widely used in perfumery – you’d usually find other woody notes such as Sandalwood or Cedarwood at the base of a fragrance, but Jo Malone actually created their own process of roasting washed wood chips at high temperatures to exclusively create Roasted Oak Absolute – this technique gave the note a a rich, deep and smoky-sweet element, resulting in a warm and enveloping base for the collection with a fairytale-like quality, perfectly capturing the magic of the English forest.

I have English Oak and Redcurrant, which is just as gorgeous as you’d expect. It’s quite an unusual scent, yet very wearable and very ‘Jo Malone’ The Redcurrant and Rose notes instantly hit you giving a juicy yet floral opening, and the scent soon dries down to a warm, sweet base of Roasted Oak Absolute.

English Oak & Redcurrant

  • Top Note: Redcurrant – An intensely fruity note with a tangy, juicy clarity which brings a sparkling contrast to the oak woodiness in the fragrance.
  • Heart Note: Rose – As the fragrance unfurls, this opulent floral, with its spicy, honey facets wraps the scent with sumptuous texture.
  • Base Note: Roasted Oak Absolute – A warm and compelling woody note that gives the addictive quality of roasted oak.

English Oak & Hazelnut

  • Top: Green Hazelnut – A green note that induces a fresh and nutty feeling in the fragrance.
  • Heart: Cedarwood – Its woody, dry character complements the heart with charismatic intensity.
  • Base: Roasted Oak Absolute

For fragrance combining, Jo Malone recommends layering English Oak & Hazelnut with Basil & Neroli for a lively, citrus fragrance, or try English Oak & Redcurrant with Blackberry & Bay for a truly fruity combination. You can also always combine both English Oak fragrances together for a fresh, spicy scent highlighted with a bright and juicy twist.

The collection contains a range of products, including Cologne in 30ml (£44.00) and 100ml (£88.00) as well as Body & Hand Wash (£30.00), Body Crème (£52.00) and a Home Candle (£44.00)

Jo Malone’s English Oak collection is available now at Jo Malone and House of Fraser

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Roja Parfums Un Amore Eterno

Posted on September 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have simply the most beautiful fragrance to share with you today – it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of trying anything from luxury fragrance house Roja Parfums, but recently I’ve fallen in love with one of their latest scents, Un Amore Eterno…

Un Amore Eterno is part of the Profumi d’Amore Exceptional Collection, where each of the three fragrances in the collection have been designed to evoke the different chapters of a love story – from the very first moment where passion is ignited, Amore Mia (My Love), to a declaration of love, Ti Amo (I Love You), ending with a love affair that lasts forever, Un Amore Eterno (I Will Love You Forever). Each fragrance is a passionate love letter in fragrant form, housed in a beautiful bottle adorned with red jewels – these fragrances would make the perfect gift for a loved one on a special occasion.

The collection follows the order of a poem and what I hope you notice is that as the proclamations of love become more pronounced and passionate, so do the depth of raw materials, growing richer and more sensual in each creation. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Every perfume I make has a story and I bring that story to life through a carefully crafted composition of the finest quality raw materials. This collection plays out a harmonious love story of burning passion and romantic tenderness. Ambergris, Cocoa and Vanilla are found at the core of all three. These materials are highly addictive to the senses in the same way as when you meet someone and fall in love with them, you quite literally become addicted to them. Stimulating Ginger is also present in each, as is a prominent note of Orris— which comes from the legendary Florentine Iris. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Un Amore Eterno really is everything you’d expect and more, it’s such a beautiful oriental scent, that’s both rich and gourmand, as well as soft and powdery.

The fragrance opens with a light hint of lemon, which leads to a wonderful floral heart of Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet. The base has more notes than you can shake a stick at, starting with Ginger, Clove, and Saffron, there’s also a lovely warming notes of Patchouli, Cedar and Casmir Woods, as well as edible Vanilla, Coffee, and Cocoa. The base is rounded off beautifully with Orris, sensual Ambergris and Musk, giving the fragrance a powdery and alluring finish.

Un Amore Eterno is just so elegant, rich and inviting, it’s literally a feast for the senses with it’s wonderful notes of Cocoa, Coffee, and creamy Vanilla and Orris. If you’re a lover of intense gourmand fragrances that smell good enough to eat, then you really must try this.

  • Top Notes: Lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet.
  • Base Notes: Ginger, Clove, Saffron, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa, Orris, Ambergris and Musk.

Un Amore Eterno is available now at Roja Parfums.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2017!

Posted on September 4, 2017

Hi Guys!

Well it’s that time again, and it’s definitely true when they say Christmas comes earlier every year. I actually can’t believe I’m talking about Advent Calendars already!

I’ve put this post together so I can share as much early bird info as possible. I’m gathering together all the information that I can on every single beauty advent calendar available for 2017. I’m also including candles and a couple of other extra special ones that have caught my eye.

I should point out that some of these calendars are available now (hence why I’m publishing this post now), some are pre-order / waitlist, and others aren’t available as yet. I’ll include 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 – so be sure to bookmark this post and keep checking back for new info!

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 calendars around!

So here we go, (I’ll warn you, this is a long post) in price order starting with the cheapest…

  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar
  • How much? £19.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at All Beauty & at Bomb Cosmetics

And what’s in it? – One of the most affordable beauty advent calendars on the market, Bomb Cosmetics gives you 24 days of super sweet bath treats. Expect to find a range of bath blasters and soaps to keep your bath sweetly scented throughout December.

  • What? Superdrug Bloom 12 Days of Christmas EDT Calendar
  • How much? £24.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug

And what’s in it? – This is the first fragrance only advent calendar I’ve seen, and I love that it’s budget friendly! The Superdrug Bloom EDP Calendar contains 12x mini 8ml EDT fragrances from the Superdrug Bloom range.

  • What? Mad Beauty Advent Calendar & Four Crackers
  • How much? £29.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at GetPark.

And what’s in it? – This fantastic budget advent calendar contains a selection of Mad Beauty makeup and accessories, as well as 4 x crackers which each contain a different shade of nail polish.

  • What? Tanya Burr 12 Sweet Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £30.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Tanya’s 12 Sweet Days Advent Calendar is perfect for teens and contains a selection of Tanya Burr beauty goodies, expect ‘Christmassy’ red and silver shades, and lots of glitter and sparkle.

  • What? The Body Shop Advent Calendar
  • How much? From £45.00 to £99.00
  • When and where? Available from 12th September 2017 at The Body Shop

And what’s in it? – Fans of The Body Shop rejoice, they have THREE advent calendars coming up for Christmas 2017, to suit pretty much all budgets –

Starting with the cheapest, the 24 Days of Beauty Calendar (£45.00, but worth £86.00) contains a selection of essential products from The Body Shop.

Going up a step, the middle priced calendar is the Deluxe Advent Calendar (£65.00, but worth £116.00) – this includes a more varied selection of products, mixing essiential basics with higher end treats.

And lastly the most expensive is the Ultimate Advent Calendar (£99.00, worth £212.00) – this contains some of the best products you can buy from The Body Shop, such as Drops of Youth Concentrate, Spa of he World Body Cream and a Japanese Matcha Tea Mask.

  • What? Sleek Makeup Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – This is Sleek’s first ever advent calendar, containing 24 beauty treats such as liquid lipsticks, eyeliners and contour kits – a must have for any Sleek Makeup fans.

  • What? Jack Wills Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – I believe this is a first from Jack Wills too – this beauty advent calendar contains a selection of their skincare, nail and haircare gifts, such as nail polish and hair accessories. It’s a must have for lovers of the brand.

  • What? Feel Unique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 but worth over £90.00.
  • When and where? Available soon at Feel Unique – sign up to the waitlist here.

And what’s in it? – Feel Unique are back again with their fantastic 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Expect to find some amazing brands included, such as Jurlique, NYX, Rimmel and Roger & Gallet.

  • What? M&S Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 when you spend £35.00 or more on clothing or home. Calendar contents worth over £250.
  • When and where? Available from October 2017 at M&S.

And what’s in it? – In my opinion this is easily one of the best value for money beauty advent calendars – I had last years’ which contains some fantastic high end brands such as Rodial, Pixie, Emma Hardie, Shay & Blue, Alpha H, Nails Inc, Rituals and many more, and the 2017 calendar looks very similar in terms of the brands included. This is definitely a must have!

  • What? Soap and Glory It’s a Calendar GIRLS! Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September 2017 at Boots

And what’s in it? – Well who wouldn’t want a Soap & Glory treat for 24 days of Christmas? This calendar contains a selection of Soap & Glory’s most loved products, including Pillow Plump lip glosses, Eyeliners and plenty of skincare treats.

  • What? Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – A first from Laura Ashely, their Royal Bloom beauty advent calendar has a pretty floral finish and contains 24 Laura Ashley beauty treats, including bath crystals and luxury body wash, as well as body polish and hand and nail creams.

  • What? Ciate Mini Mani Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available from October at ASOS, Feel Unique. Last years calendar is also  available to buy here.

And what’s in it? – Ciate is back again this year with their famous Mini Mani advent calendar. Expect to find 24 nail treats including mini polishes, nail files, nail treatments and two nail toppers.

  • What? Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The first of two Makeup Revolution Advent Calendars for 2017, this one contains 25 Makeup Revolution essentials, including six lipsticks, three baked highlighters, four makeup brushes, a full size exclusive Revoholic Eyeshadow palette and much more.

  • What? NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots. And their 2016 calendar is still available here.

And what’s in it? – The NYX Lippie Countdown is a must have for fans of NYX lip products. It includes 24 doors, each revealing a NYX hero lip product, including their Lip Lingerie’s, Butter Glosses, Matte Lipsticks and Liquid Suede Lips.

  • What? Zoella 12 Days of Xmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – Zoella’s advent calendar has come with a lot of scrutiny this year – £50.00 is pretty expensive for only 12 doors, with relatively low value items such as metal cookie cutters and stickers – what do you think?

  • What? ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £55.00
  • When and where? Available from mid September at ASOS.

And what’s in it? – ASOS are back for the second year running with their fabulous beauty advent calendar. For 2017 they’ve included a selection of their favourite brands such as Caudalie, The Ordinary, NYX, Codage, Smashbox and 111 Skin.

  • What? Rituals 3D Advent Calendars
  • How much? £59.50 and £79.50.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Rituals.

And what’s in it? – Rituals have two fantastic looking 3D advent calendars this year -there’s the Exclusive version (£59.50) which includes 24 Rituals surprises, including 4 special advent candles, and the Deluxe version, which is an amazing looking 3D gold Christmas tree (£79.50 worth £140) containing 24 exclusive and luxury Rituals surprises and special advent candles.

  • What? Clarins Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00
  • When and where? Available from 1st October 2017 at Clarins.

And what’s in it? – The Clarins Advent Calendar includes 12 days of deluxe Clarins hero product treats. Expect to find all you favourite products inside – this would make the perfect gift for lovers of the brand.

  • What? You Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00, but worth £245.00.
  • When and where? Available from 1st October 2017 at Latest in Beauty.

And what’s in it? – The You Beauty Advent calendar contains 24 days of premium beauty products including full size and generous travel size products from brands such as Rodial, ESPA and The White Company.

  • What? Decleor Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Decleor and John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – I had Decleor’s Advent Calendar last year, and it was fantastic! For 2017 Decléor’s advent calendar features 24 bestselling products, with three whole full-sized skincare products for you to enjoy. Last year, I’ve read that one of these sold every eight seconds, so make sure you snap this up while you can!

  • What? Liz Earle 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £66.00
  • When and where? Available from From September at Liz Earle, John Lewis & Boots.

And what’s in it? – Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including some of their best selling products such as the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Soothing Eye Lotion 50ml and the Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml, as well as much more.

And what’s in it? – This year’s bare Minerals Advent Calendar looks so good – it contains 24 beauty surprises covering mostly makeup. Expect to find lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and one skincare treat, as well as a pen and notepad.

  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar
  • How much? £79.00, but worth over £300.00.
  • When and where? Available from 10th October 2017 at Lookfantastic (waitlist live now)

And what’s in it? – Look Fantastic’s amazingly popular beauty calendar looks better than ever this year – the beautifully designed advent calendar is packed with nine full-sized products, 16 deluxe samples, 19 exclusive products, 13 skincare treats, three beauty tools and seven colour cosmetics. This is a complete bargain worth over £300.00!

  • What? Essie Advent Calendar
  • How much? £80.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The Essie Advent Calendar includes everything you need for perfect nails throughout December. It includes 7 nail polishes (a mix of core colour and gel couture), 13 mini nail polishes, 1 mini nail polish remover and three essie mani surprises. It also contains 5 shades exclusive to the calendar.

  • What? L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much? £89.00
  • When and where? Available from 28th September at L”Occitane.

And what’s in it? – L’Occitane have launched their first ever luxury advent calendar for 2017 – and it looks amazing! Inside you’ll find 24 deluxe mini products, including favourites such as the Divine Cream and their beautiful new fragrance, Terre De Lumiere.

  • What? Kikki.K Stationery Lovers Advent Calendar
  • How much? £90.00
  • When and where? Available from October 2017 at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Ok so I know this is clearly not beauty – but I LOVE Kikki.K and I just had to include this! This is their first ever advent calendar and I can’t tell you how excited I am! The perfect gift for stationery lovers, this advent calendar contains a selection of Kikki.K luxury goodies, including pens, a mini candle and Christmas decorations.

  • What? Kiehl’s Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available from 19th October 2017, exclusive to Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Kiehl’s are back again with an Advent Calendar jam packed with their amazing skincare products. Expect to find 24 goodies included, such as their hero Creme de Corps, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Midnight Recovery Complex.

  • What? Boots Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – The first of two L’oreal themed advent calendars, this year Boot’s brings you a luxury beauty calendar containing some of L’Oreal’s best brands. Expect makeup, skincare and fragrance from the likes of Lancome, Ralph Lauren, YSL and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? ESPA Advent Calendar
  • How much? £100.00
  • When and where? Available from October at ESPA.

And what’s in it? – Another new calnedar for 2017, ESPA have jumped on the bandwagon offering a range of mini and deluxe travel sized of their most popular products. This is a must for skincare fanatics!

  • What? Makeup Revolution Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The second of Makeup Revolution’s Advent Calendars for 2017, this deluxe calendar contains 25 full size products, including a Bronzing Palette, five Redemption Eyeshadow Palettes, two Ultra Strobe Balms, and three Lip Euphoria Lip Glosses.

  • What? Selfridges Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of September at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The selfridges beauty Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including a fantastic selection of L’Oreal brands. Expect to see mini versions of some of the latest releases from high end brands including YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Kiehl’s and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £125.00 but worth £197.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of October at most Estee Lauder sites, including Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Origins and Bobbi Brown.

And what’s in it? – The Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar is packed full of Estee Lauder brands’ favourite products. there’s makeup, skincare and fragrance from Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors, MAC, Glamglow, Smashbox and more. This calendar really does look amazing – there will only be 1000 available, so you’ll want to snap this one up fast.

  • What? John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £149.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – This is John Lewis’ first ever advent calendar, and boy is it a good one! Giving beauty lovers a mixture of 25 full size and sample size products, this calendar contains high end brands incuding MAC, Guerlain, Marc jacobs, Dermalogica, Laura Mercier, Molton Brown, Sarah Chapman, Hermes and many more. I won’t spoil the surprise here, but if you click on the link you’ll see a full list of products included – I promise you won’t be disappointed. I predict this one will sell out fast too!

  • What? Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Sign up to the waitlist now at Fenwick

And what’s in it? –This sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic advent calendar, including high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and Bobbi Brown – I can’t wait to see the contents!

  • What? Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Available soon at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar is looking better than ever this year, the Naughty & Nice Magic Box contains 12 full size and mini treats – I may have to snap this one up myself!

  • What? Liberty London Advent Calendar
  • How much? £165.00, worth over £500.
  • When and where? Available from 25th October 2017 at Liberty.

And what’s in it? – This giant beauty calendar from Liberty is one of the best luxury beauty advent calendars money can buy. Containg some of the best luxury products, you’ll find 13 full sized goodies from brands such as Diptyque, Byredo and Le Labo, as well as high end brands including Eve Lom, Trish Mcevoy, ESPA and Hourglass. I’d recommend you snap this up asap, as it sells out every year.

  • What? Harrods Advent Calendar
  • How much? £250.00
  • When and where? Available from 1st October available Harrods.

And what’s in it? – As far as I know this is Harrods’ first beauty advent calendar, and I just know it’s going to bee a good one. Each of the 25 drawers will open to reveal a luxury beauty item – expect high end brands including Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown, Huda Beauty, NARS and Acqua Di Parma to name but a few.

  • What? Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar
  • How much? £256.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Molton Brown.

And what’s in it? – Molton Brown are back again with their fabulous Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar, packed with 24 beautifully scented fragrance, body and bath products. Expect to find your favourite Molton Brown scents, across Shower Gels, Body Lotions, Candles, Exfoliators and more. This is a must have for fans of Molton Brown.

  • What? Jo Malone Town House Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available from October exclusive to Harrods, then available nationwide from November 2017.

And what’s in it? – Jo Malone’s advent calendar is back again for 2017, this time with a fun and colourful design. This is one of the most expensive and coveted beauty calendars on the market, and contains 24 luxury Jo Malone goodies – including Scented Body Creams, mini Fragrances and Candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

  • What? Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available from November 2017 at Diptyque. and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The Diptyque Advent Calendar really is the height of luxury, containing 15 x 35g mini candles, 7 x EDT mini fragrances and two body products, all in your favourite Diptique scents, as well as one larger 70g candle in Frosted Forest.

If you’ve made it this far, well done! Keep checking back for updated dates and info! xxx

Fragrance: Discovering Shay & Blue Boutique Perfumery

Posted on August 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I was recently introduced to Shay & blue – a cruelty free, award winning boutique perfumery established in 2012. I visited their flagship store in Marleybone, London, to experience their fragrance range first hand, and hear more about the brand.

Very much in the same vein as Jo Malone, Shay & Blue offer an antidote to the mass produced ‘off the shelf’ fragrances we are all overly familiar with. Shay & Blue founders Dom De Vetta and Julie Massé joined forces and combined their talents to create a brand that offers richly decadent fragrances which convey their personal passion, as well as attention to detail where it comes to boutique perfumery.

Shay & Blue tick all the boxes when it comes to packaging too; their bottles all follow a classic style that is nether too feminine or masculine. Their striking sky blue packaging is instantly recognisable, and all purchases are carefully boxed, detailed with an individual bow, and packaged in Shay & Blue bags. I know packaging is just packaging, but these extra touches really do make the buying experience that much more enjoyable.

I was invited to try out Shay & Blue’s extensive range of 20 perfumes, and to select my two favourites. The first scent I was instantly attracted to was Blood Oranges EDP – Blood Oranges is just the most mouth wateringly juicy scent I’ve ever come across. I’m a big fan of any fragrance with orange notes anyway, but Blood Oranges really is something else. Handcrafted with real flowers, fruits and spices, I was amazed to find out this perfume contains three pounds of real fruits!

Blood Oranges opens with quite an unexpected intense and juicy hit of Blood Orange segments at the top – I say unexpected because this is a very different orange scent to anything I’ve tried before. This bright and refreshing opening soon develops into a heart of sensual and intense Nappa Leather, which is then rounded off perfectly with a base of sultry and passionate Musk blended with charred Woods and Amber.

This is such an unusual scent, refreshing and mouth-wateringly delicious, then within a matter of hours, warm and sensual – it’s definitely a must try. 

  • Top Note – Blood Orange.
  • Heart Note – Napa leather.
  • Base Note – Musk, Woods and Amber.

The second scent I chose was Salt Caramel EDP – this is basically an indulgent dessert for your nose, I honestly can’t describe it better, it actually smelled good enough to eat (and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!)

Ok so Salt Caramel is obviously a fragrance for those with a sweet tooth – it was inspired by Charbonnel et Walker’s luxury Sea Salt Caramel Truffles after all! It’s an amazingly rich and multi-faceted scent opening with top notes of gooey liquid Caramel offset with Sea Salt, to give a fantastic olfactory contrast. The smooth heart of Tonka Bean then leads to a base of refined Bourbon Vanilla with Sandalwood as a woodsy counterpoint to the sweetness.

Salt Caramel is a simply irresistible fragrance – indulgent and rich, a naughty dessert that you just have to have.

  • Top Notes – Caramel and Sea Salt.
  • Heart Note – Tonka Bean.
  • Base Notes – Bourbon Vanilla and Sandalwood.

If you’re a fan of fine fragrances and you’re yet to try Shay & Blue, you’re definitely missing out, I really can’t recommend these scents enough. Shay & Blue fragrances are vey reasonably priced at £55.00 for 100ml and £30.00 for 30ml, and are available now at Shay & Blue, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Dior Products at Feelunique

Posted on August 22, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the pleasure today of trying out, and sharing with you a few exciting new products from Dior Beauty at Feelunique. I have a gorgeous eyeshadow palette, a new lip tint, and a cushion foundation, as well as a couple of new fragrances – lets get stuck in!

Starting with the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (£25.00) – described as the first long wear lip tint by Dior, the Lip Tattoo promises 10-hour hold with a comfortable, weightless formula, as well as a no transfer finish.

Though it looks like a normal lipstick, the Lip Tattoo is far from what you’d expect from a traditional liquid lipstick – the Lip Tattoo has a light liquid texture that feels barely there on the lips, and it applies with a sheer finish that gives lips a light flush of colour while boosting their natural tone. I have shade Natural Rosewood 491 which is a pretty muted rose shade that’s subtle in terms of colour and slightly deepens the shade of my natural lips – it’s the perfect lip stain for the coming Autumn.

I also have one of the many 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes (£45.00) – this gorgeous palette is in option 767 Inflame, and it contains five beautiful eyeshadows in both matte and satin finishes. I’m beyond impressed with both the pigmentation and the texture of these eyeshadows – they’re buttery soft and really do blend like a dream. I particularly love the middle shade which is a pretty matte coral pink, and the bottom left shade which is a deeper rose toned pink with a lovely shimmer finish.

And lastly for makeup, the Diorskin Forever Cushion Foundation (£35.00) – promising a perfect complexion for up to 16hrs, the Diorskin Forever Cushion Foundation contains fine mattifying powders to instantly create the perfect luminous matte finish, as well as a combination of two Wear-Lock polymers which adorn the skin in a stretchy veil to set the texture and pigments.

I have the lightest shade available, 011 Cream. Initially I thought this may be slightly on the yellow side, but on application it actually suited my neutral skin tone well. It was also lighter coverage that what I was expecting, which is fine but personally I like a little more coverage than what this foundation offers. The finish however, was really nice. It was definitely matte, yet velvety rather than an intense matte, and it also gave my complexion a slight luminosity which I loved. This is definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a base with a light, natural matte finish.

On to fragrance now, I have the beautiful Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming EDP (from £49.50 for 30ml) – Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming is the new olfactory variation of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, and it’s a wonderfully joyful floral scent that’s easy to wear every day –

The fragrance opens with tangy and striking top notes of Red Berry Accord, with Raspberry, Pomegranate and Blackcurrant Accord heightened by the spicy teasing tingle of Pink Peppercorn. At the heart the magnificent Grasse Rose Absolute unfurls in perfect harmony with the beautifully spirited Rosa Damascena, while the exquisite May Rose embraces a radiant Peony Accord. The base of White Musk notes envelops the entire composition to leave you with a fresh and rounded finish.

  • Top Notes: Raspberry, Pomegranate, Blackcurrant and Pink Peppercorn.
  • Heart Notes: Grasse Rose Absolute, Rosa Damascena, May Rose and Peony Accord.
  • Base Notes: White Musks.

And lastly J’Adore In Joy EDT (from £59.00 for 50ml) – whenever I see a J’Adore fragrance bottle, I always imagine Charlize Theron strutting towards the camera whilst ripping off her jewellery fin the iconic TV advert… anyway, J’Adore In Joy is the latest fragrance in the J’Adore family.

For this scent, Dior perfumers have created an original note – Fleur de Sel that seems to sit on the tip of your tongue. Described as both joyful and fresh, this note is instantly charming and equally compelling. At the heart shines tropical and solar Ylang-Ylang and Jasmine Sambac, leading to a base of a fruity, juicy Peach note, giving the fragrance velvety softness that renders the composition even more delicious.

  • Top Notes: Fleur de sel.
  • Heart Notes: Ylang Ylang and Jasmine Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Peach.

All the above products and more are available now at Feelunique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Paithani EDP

Posted on August 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of the latest fragrance launches from Penhaligon’s to share with you today – if you’re familiar with the brand, you may already be aware of their Trade Routes collection, to which Penhaligon’s have just added two captivating new scents: Paithani and Agarbathi

Housed in a classic Penhaligon’s fragrance bottle, with a bow adorning the lid, Paithani is a fragrance designed to capture the essence of India – with its opulent palaces, spiced hot tea and rich flora and fauna, it aims to transport the wearer on an unforgettable journey.

Paithani has been named after a variety of sari, the beautifully patterned coloured cloth traditionally worn by Indian women, and the fragrance itself is wonderfully evocative, reflecting memories of a visit to india –

Our mountain train’s arrival into Bombay was greeted by an explosion of sound that dazzled our reverie and shook us awake. Vivid colourful saris, Paithani, swirl all around, and to complete the sensory overload, before long there is the welcoming smell of spicy hot tea! Added to it, as tradition dictates, an agreeable explosion of spice (cardamom, nutmeg and pepper – the fragrant holy trinity). The soothing aspect of a silky, milky rose, serves as a rousing caress. Soon there is the famed cedar from Himachal Pradesh that blends with the smell of leather trunks. Because travel has always been the greatest feat of independence. And to best capture the feeling of our faithful companion, the sun – bountiful, low and full – rich amber infuses and illuminates the end of the day.

When first spraying the scent, it immediately makes me think of chai tea – it opens up with spicy top notes of Cardamom, Nutmeg Essence and Black Pepper sweetly softened by a mild heart of Rose and Milk Accord, leading to a warm earthy base of Cedar Essence, Labdanum Resin, Leather, and Amber Wood. The scent is alluring, spicy and rich – contrasting with its partner Agarbathi which has more of a floral aroma inspired by Indian incense.

I have to say I’ve completely fallen in love with Paithani – it’s heavy and opulent, alluring and spicy – just perfect for a summers evening.

  • Top Notes: Cardamom & Black Pepper Pure J.Ess™, Nutmeg Essence
  • Heart Notes: Milk Accord, Rose, Maté Absolute
  • Base Notes: Cedar Essence, Labdanum Resin, Leather, Amber Wood.

Paithani EDP is £164 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon”s and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Luxury Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

Welcome to my second Father’s Day Gift guide! (You can check out my first Quirky & Fun Gift Guide here) Today though, I have some gorgeous luxury scents to share with you, as well as a personalised bottle of fine Scotch Whisky – which any dad would love, and a gorgeous pen and notepad set. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with Cartier L’Envol de Cartier (from £70.00 at John Lewis) – this strong oriental-transparent fragrance was inspired by mead, the honeyed wine known as the nectar of the Gods. Described as an elixir which stirs up the mind, stimulates passion, and lights the unknown, L’Envol de Cartier is both strong and mellow with sweet notes set against airy musk.

The fragrance opens with sweet and soft Honey Accord, leading to a misty cloud of Musk, before becoming more rounded with notes of powerful and masculine Gaiac Wood and Patchoili.

  • Top Notes: Honey Accord
  • Heart Notes: Musk
  • Base Notes: Guaiac Wood and Patchouli

Next Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien (£91.00 at John Lewis) – I absolutely love Annick Goutal fragrances, and Eau D’ Hadrien is a stunning scent for both men and women, it’s perfect for lovers of refreshing, citrus fragrances.

Eau D’ Hadrien is a wonderfully light concentration of fragrance made with a fresh combination of pure essences, to invigorate and excite the senses, evoking a sense of the sparkling warmth of the Italian sun. The fragrance opens with refreshing citrus notes of sharp Sicilian Lemon and subtle Citron, leading to a heart of juicy Grapefruit and energetic green notes, with a mellow, woody base of Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon and Citron.
  • Heart Notes: Cypress, Basil Leaf and Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli and Vanilla.

For those that love to write, the Lamy LX Gold Rollerball Pen (£36.00) and Original Crown Mill A5 Writing Pad (£6.50) both at Pen Heaven would make a wonderful set of gifts.

The Lamy LX Gold Rollerball pen is made from lightweight durable aluminium and features a beautiful gold finish with matching trim and carry case. And what is a fabulous pen without quality writing paper? With a history dating back as far as 1478, Original Crown Mill are the gold standard of traditional writing paper. This A5 Writing pad includes 50 sheets of 100gsm laid paper, with a textured finish. The high quality paper is fantastic for all writing types as it prevents bleed-through and feathering, and this timeless paper will ensure each and every letter is an exceptional writing experience.

Next a fantastic collection of products from Burberry – Mr Burberry EDP, Body Wash and Hair & Beard Clay (From £22.00) at Burberry would each make perfect gifts on their own, or you could even present them together in a mini hamper, which would be lovely.

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is described as an intense interpretation of the original Mr. Burberry, the fragrance aims to capture the essence and anticipation of London at nighttime. This is a warm, sensual and woody scent, which opens with fresh and aromatic top notes of Tarragon and comforting, spicy Cinnamon, leading to a heart of rich Patchouli and a base of Amber and smokey Vetiver.

  • Top Notes: Tarragon and Cinnamon.
  • Heart Note: Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Amber and Vetiver.

The Mr. Burberry Body Wash is subtly infused with the invigorating and sensual fragrance of Mr. Burberry EDT to leave skin scented after use, with notes of crisp zesty Grapefruit and a seductive base of earthy Vetiver and smokey Guaiac Wood.

And the Mr. Burberry Hair and Beard Clay helps to shape, manage and maintain style. Again infused with Mr. Burberry EDT to leave a light scent following application, the Hair and Beard Clay locks in moisture, giving hair a smooth and groomed finish.

And lastly, I think this Personalised Single Malt Whisky (£39.99 at Find Me A Gift) would make the most wonderful present this Father’s Day.

The drink itself is a fine single malt whisky from Glen Grant in Scotland, offering an impressive 40% vol. The label can be personalised to include a name, birth year, or year celebrated, and a message of your choice. The bottle is then packaged safely in a a gold presentation and carry box, perfect for gifting.

Are you all ready for Father’s Day? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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