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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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Fragrance: Moschino Pink Fresh Couture EDT

Posted on June 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may remember about a year and a half ago when Moschino launched their original Fresh Couture fragrance – now they’ve just released their follow up scent, Pink Fresh Couture.

Housed in the same famous cleaning spray bottle as the original, Pink Fresh Couture offers a refreshing new floral take on the original scent…

So firstly let’s talk about the packaging. I absolutely love the design of the cleaning bottle, it’s kitschy, fun and unusual, and fits in perfectly with Moschino’s branding and aesthetic. The bright cool barbie pink colour also appeals to me, this is literally my favourite shade of pink, and I just love how in your face and unapologetic it is. The only thing I will say about the bottle is it’s a shame that the perfume doesn’t spray from the pink and white nozzle – you actually have to remove the whole top to reveal a standard perfume spray button underneath – I’m not complaining though as I still absolutely love the bottle!

And now on to the fragrance – I was initially concerned that this might be a bit too floral and girly for me, but luckily I was wrong. Pink Fresh Couture is a fruity, bright and crystalline scent, it hits you with an instant zesty freshness, later drying down to a lingering, feminine aroma. It’s a modern scent, that’s fresh and captivating, easy to wear both day and night.

Pink Fresh Couture opens with fresh and sparkling notes of fresh Pink Grapefruit, accents of Cassis and luminous Lily of the Valley, giving a juicy and almost tart sharpness at the top. This leads to a floral accord of refined Wild Rose and Pink Jacinth with juicy Pomegranate at the heart. The base is still fresh, yet warm and sensual, with notes of Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Cassis and Lily of the Valley.
  • Heart Notes: Pomegranate, Pink Jacinth and Wild Rose.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Ambrox and Musk.

I should mention there’s also a Pink Fresh Couture bath and body line too, including a shower gel and body lotion which promise to leave the skin hydrated and delicately perfumed with the Fresh Pink Couture scent – these are now on my wish list!

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture EDP is priced from a very reasonable £35.00 for 30ml, available now at Debenhams, Superdrug and FeelUnique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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10 Spring Fragrances to add to your Collection: L’Occitane, Givenchy, Nina Ricci & More!

Posted on May 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s a beautiful bank holiday (apart from an intense rain and thunder, but that’s to be expected, right?) and I’ve been playing in the garden with Fred whilst eating ice pops 🙂 I thought I’d take a breather and share with you my top ten must have fragrances for Spring 2017 – enjoy!

Starting with one of my absolute favourite fragrances of the last few months, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere (£58.00 for 50ml at L’Occitane) – this is L’Occitane’s latest fragrance release, and the name literally means “land of light”. Terre De Lumiere is L’Occitane’s first ever gourmand aromatic fragrance, consisting primarily of edible notes such as honey and almond. It’s a beautifully light and evocative fragrance that’s both warm and enveloping. Terre De Lumiere is inspired by the special time of day in Provence known as the Golden Hour, which is a short moment at dusk as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden and purple light, leaving the air filled with the most fragrant Provençal scents. It truly is a stunning scent, and I really can’t get enough of it!

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Ambrette Seed and Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Note: Lavender Honey.
  • Base Notes: Acacia Flower, Bitter Almond Essence, Tonka Bean and White Musk.

Next, the beautiful Givenchy Live Irresistible EDT – (£43.00 for 40ml at Feelunique) This is actually my first experience with Givenchy fragrances, and hopefully not my last! Live Irresistible is a bright, floral and fruity fragrance, that’s perfect for every day wear. It opens with sparkling top notes of Crisp Pear, fresh Green Apple and juicy Raspberry, leading to tantalising Rose and energising Pimento Berries at the heart, just before the fragrances closes with a sensual base of Light Woods.

  • Top notes: Pear, green apple, raspberry
  • Middle notes: Rose, pimento berries
  • Base notes: Light woods

Moving on to something a little heavier now, Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense EDP (£46.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) This is a beautiful warm and sensual oriental fragrance, with a tempting salty-vanilla amber accord. The original Olympea fragrance is already a favourite of mine, so I just knew I’d love this more intense version. Olympea Intense is very similar to Olympea, but stronger, and definitely sweeter. This is a commanding and seductive fragrance that’s perfect for evening.

Olympea Intense takes centre stage with its famously tempting Salty-Vanilla Amber accord. At the heart of the fragrance, tactile Orange Blossom swathed in White Pepper creates intense sensuality, before diving headfirst into the extreme seduction of a White Amber base.

  • Top notes: White Pepper, Orange Flower and Grapefruit Flower.
  • Middle notes: Salty Vanilla.
  • Base notes: Cedarwood and White Amber.

Next we have Nina Ricci Luna EDT (£34.50 for 30ml at House of Fraser) – this is an oriental gourmand fragrance that’s described as mysterious, daring and alluring. Luna opens with fruity notes of refreshing Lime and Tangerine which lead to a floral heart of Immortelle and Jasmine, sparking a vibrant burst of floral citrus. The fragrance is rounded off with a warming base of sweet Caramel and Vanilla, with notes of alluring Liquorice and Musk. I’ve worn this a couple of times now and it’s fast becoming a new favourite.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom, Lime and Tangerine.
  • Heart Note: Caramel, Immortelle, Jasmine and Pear.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Liquorice and Musk.

Next, Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2017 (£42.75 for 50ml at John Lewis) – I’m a big fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I was excited to try their latest scent – Resort Collection EDT is described as a luxurious white floral fruity fragrance, inspired by the glamorous world of the Cannes Film Festival. The fragrance opens with juicy Red Mandarin, leading to Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar at the heart, and a rich base of smooth Patchouli.

  • Top Note: Red Mandarin.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar.
  • Base Note: Patchouli.

On to Jo Malone Garden Lilies (£46.00 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this is one of four fragrances in the ‘Bloomsbury Set’, which as a collective were inspired by the free spirited group of artists of the same name. The scents aim was to capture the essence of an unconventional life in their legendary country house in Sussex…’The lily pond at dawn, bold blue hyacinth, absinthe afternoons and golden linseed on paint-stained hands. Warming whisky and sweet pipe tobacco. The secrets of waxed floors burnished by footsteps in the night.’

Garden Lilies is a wonderfully fresh floral that truly captures the essence of a new dawn – I know that sounds completely cheesy but it really does! The fragrance opens with Water Lily, an aquatic floral with a wonderful dewy softness, and the floral heart of Green Sap and Ylang Ylang leads to a base of powdery and clean White Musk, with a hint of Vanilla.

  • Top Notes: Water Lily.
  • Heart Note: Green Sap and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: White Musk and Vanilla.

Next we have MissGuided Babe Power EDP (£25.00 for 80ml at Superdrug) – I feel like this fragrance is quite the opposite of the above Garden Lilies which is quite delicate and nuanced. Babe Power is just as confident and in-your-face as you’d expect. This is MissGuided’s first scent, and it’s the perfect embodiment of the MissGuided brand – designed to evoke a feeling of strength, confidence and femininity.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit Zest, Sour Cherry, Pink Pepper, Crisp Apple, Pineapple and Rhubarb.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Peony and Jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Candy Floss, Sensual Musk, Amber Crystals.

Now on to the most affordable of the bunch, & Other Stories Crinoline Violet (£19.00 for 50ml at Other Stories Stores) – yes this is technically a body fragrance, but I wanted to include it anyway as it’s such a lovely scent. Crinoline Violet is one of two new body fragrances in the popular Cotton Care range. It caresses the skin with it’s soft gentle touch, infused with hints of Violet for a dreamy Cotton scent – this fragrance is calm, kind and easy-going.

Next I have a brand you don’t really hear of that often when it comes to fragrance – Abercrombie & Fitch first Instinct for Women (£50.00 for 50ml at Debenhams) – First Instinct was inspired by the first moment of attraction, when two people’s worlds collide and a spark is ignited. It is the fragrant interpretation of that exciting first glance and initial connection. First Instinct for Women is a very feminine scent, that’s fruity, floral and fun. It’s both sweet and juicy and perfect for wearing both day and evening.

  • Top Notes: Magnolia, Grapefruit Zest, Passion Fruit and Wild Orange Flower
  • Heart Notes: Butterfly Orchid and Water Lily.
  • Base Notes: Warm Amber, Tonka and Musk.

And lastly, not a fragrance to be overlooked, Hollister Wave 2 (£32.00 for 50ml at Superdrug) – this is a gorgeous summery scent inspired by the Californian skies – it’s warm, free-spirited, fun and exciting. This sun-kissed creation entices you from the first impression with sunlit Peach, refreshing Coconut Water and sparkling Mandarin. Exotic Tiare Flower, Water Lily and Pink Freesia float in the air with a dreamy and addictive trail of White Sands, Driftwood and Vanilla Orchid. In my opinion this is definitely must-try scent.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Coconut Nectar and Peach.
  • Heart Note: Water Lily, Pink Freesia and Tiare Flower.
  • Base Notes: Driftwood, Sand and Orchid.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my post. Id love to hear if you’ve tried any of these fragrances? xxx

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Fragrance: Paco Rabanne Monopoly Collectors Editions For Him & Her

Posted on May 26, 2017

Hi Guys, Happy Friday!

If you’re familiar with Paco Rabanne’s cult fragrance Lady Million, you’ll know it’s one of those classic scents that you can just go back to time and time again. Paco Rabanne has recently teamed up with everyone’s favourite board game, Monopoly, to bring you limited edition collectors bottles of both Lady Million and 1 Million for him, inspired by the iconic game.

I know your first thought might be ‘Why Monopoly?’ – on the face of it, it does appear slightly an odd pairing – a fragrance brand with a board game? But you may remember the iconic advertising campaign for 1 Million a few years ago, featuring a slick looking guy clicking his fingers in time to music with clips of luxurious items appearing to fall at his feet. The ad starts with a pair of dice thrown on to a table; there’s also a sports car, a holdall of cash – you get the idea. When you look at it like this, I think Monopoly ties in perfectly with the 1 Million and Lady Million branding.

I should point out that both flankers hold the original Lady Million and 1 Million fragrances, so it’s just the containers and outer packaging that’s limited edition. In case you’re not familiar with these fabulous scents, I’ll give you a bit of an overview –

Lady Million EDP is a fresh, woody floral fragrance, that’s undeniably both glamorous and sexy, designed to make any woman feel a million dollars.

The fragrance is inspired by wealth, power and gold, featuring top notes of Raspberry, Amalfi Lemon and Neroli, leading to a heart of Gardenia, African Orange Flower and Jasmine and a base of White Honey Patchouli and Amber. The result is fresh and playful fragrance, making Paco Rabanne Lady Million a tempting and seductive scent.

  • Top Notes: Raspberry, Amalfi Lemon and Neroli.
  • Heart Notes: Gardenia, African Orange Flower and Jasmine.
  • Base Notes: White Honey Patchouli and Amber.

Lady Million EDP Monopoly Collectors Edition is £75.00 for 80ml.

And 1 Million for men is a fresh and spicy fragrance with notes of Mandarin, Cinnamon and Leather. This fragrance is extravagant, confident, bold and daring.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT is an iconic male fragrance representing the power, luxury and wealth of the modern man. 1 Million opens with top notes of Grapefruit, Mint and Blood Mandarin, with warming Cinnamon, Rose and Spice at the heart, and Leather, Amber and Patchouli to round off the base.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint and Blood Mandarin.
  • Heart Notes: Cinnamon, Rose and Spice.
  • Base Notes: Leather, Amber and Patchouli.

1 Million for Men Monopoly Collectors Edition is £64.50 for 100ml

Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million and 1 Million limited edition collectors Monopoly fragrances are available now at Debenhams (which currently has 10% off)

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Primark PS… InstaGirl Makeup & Revive Skincare Collections

Posted on May 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been at least a few years since I last tried any makeup from Primark, so when I heard about the new InstaGirl makeup range and Revive Skinare collection, I was intrigued to see how their products have come on over the last few years…

The InstaGirl Collection is described as a selfie-ready cosmetics range, comprising of 17 pieces to offer quick fixes for all of your prep and prime needs. The base products have been specifically designed with feature enhancing blue pigments that reflect light and brighten the skin tone, and they also promise to be to be ‘flash proof’ – nobody wants flashback when you’re trying to take a selfie 😀

The products themselves are very ‘now’ both in terms of the packaging and the colour palette Primark have used. The packaging is clean and minimalist – perfect for including in your Insta photos, and the shades are all muted nudes. Subtle yet pretty, this collection is clearly marketed at the selfie generation. – I just hope the products perform as well as they look.

For the complexion, I have the Face Protecting Prime & Anti Shine Balm, which is a compact containing a solid balm and a flat sponge applicator. As I’m sure you can guess, the balm is supposed to prime and prevent shine – well personally I can tell you it did an ok job for me, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you have particularly oily skin.

The Perfecting Stick, is a slightly different primer designed to minimise the appearance of pores. I actually quite liked this one, it did the job as a primer and definitely helped give my foundation a more flawless finish.

And the Flash Photo Powder, which is a translucent powder with light reflecting blue pigments for photo ready skin. This isn’t the worst product in the world, but it did look pretty white on my (already pale) skin – maybe this could work if you’re super pale and looking for a finishing powder though.

For lips, the Intense Liquid Lipstick I have is a gorgeous muted nude greige-pink, and matching Kissproof Lipliner Pencil in Nude Selfie. I really love the colour, and the formula is pretty decent considering the price. This isn’t the sort of liquid lipstick that dries down, but I don’t really see that as a problem. It gave great coverage with only one swipe, and lasted a good few hours before I needed to re-apply.

And I also have the Lip Plump Gloss – which is a bit of an oxymoron as it supposedly has a matte finish! This is a tingly, and cooling clear gloss with a light minty scent, that has an invisible finish. It gives a light plumping feeling, which is very similar to Too Faced’s Lip Injection Glosses but not quite as intense.

There’s also an InstaGirl Fragrance – of course. This is a sweet girly scent, that would definitely appeal to younger generations, and it’s the perfect size for your handbag.

And lastly I have the One Coat Nail Lacquer in shade Nude Selfie which matches the lip products nicely. This is actually a fantastic polish, only taking one coat for full opaqueness. It didn’t last particularly long before chipping but I can definitely overlook that for the sake of the price.

Prices for the InstaGirl Collection range from £1.50 for the Lip Liners up to £6.00 for the Face Palette.

And the Revive collection is Primark’s first beauty range specifically created to soothe the body, relax the mind and lift the soul. The six-piece collection contains body scrubs, energizing sprays and natural oils to help relieve the stresses of modern day life.

I have the ginger and lemon Energising Spray, which is perfect to use first thing in the morning – revitalising the senses in just one pump. And the Anti Stress Spray which contains Lavender, Geranium and Ylang Ylang which can be used to ease feelings of stress and tension.

The Rose & Peony Perfume Oil has been designed to use on the pulse points, offering a fresh yet gentle floral scent that can be worn on a daily basis. And lastly the Massage Oil, which is definitely my favourite product out of the Revive collection. It contains Olive, Sweet Almond, Safflower, Soybean and Rose Flower oils to revitalise, calm the mind and nourish the body from head to toe.

Prices range from £1.50 to £3.00 for the Revive collection.

Overall I’m really impressed. I must admit I didn’t have the highest of hopes for these products just because of the price point, but in fact both collections really are pretty decent, and considering the prices, I think they’re definitely worth a look.

Have you tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam EDP

Posted on May 10, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the latest offering from one of my favourite fragrance brands to share with you today – and if you know Penhaligon’s, you’ll know there’s going to be a captivating story behind the scent…

Savoy Steam was inspired by Penhaligon’s first ever scent, Hammam Bouquet, which was originally created in 1872. This in turn was inspired by the turkish baths which were located just next door to the original Penhaligon’s barber shop on Jermyn Street, London.

Before continuing, I should point out that there are in fact two Savoy Steam fragrances that have just launched – there’s the ‘unisex’ EDP which I have, and there’s also a Eau de Cologne which is more masculine in comparison.

Savoy Steam EDP evokes the exotic infusions of the London and Provincial Turkish Bath Co – day after day the aromatic vapours slid under the door of Penhaligon’s Barber Shop, both relaxing and inspiring William Penhaligon, until his first fragrance was born.

As expected, the fragrance is light and airy, with top notes of Rosemary Oil and Pink Pepper, the scent has an enveloping essence, that’s fresh and light yet noticeable enough to turn heads. Savoy Steam is an aromatic, calming fragrance, with hints of invigorating green notes, blended beautifully with the warmth of Rose and Incense Resinoid at the base…

A steam-mist of fresh roses. The stir of floating petals. Hints of invigorating green with the haze of this olfactory Hammam. And now, green geranium, aromatic inflexions. An echo! rosemary and pink pepper. And for the finale, as if after a soothing rub down, benzoin and incense reinforce the smooth sensation of warm, enveloping, floral steam.

  • Top Notes: Rosemary Oil Tunisia and Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Essential and Geranium Absolute.
  • Base Notes: Incense Resinoid.

Savoy Steam EDP is £134 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet & Edda Bow Necklace (£17.50 each at Amara) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (£17.50 rather than £35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker Hat Box Gift Set (£18.00 at Boots) – This decorative hat box contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body soufflé and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (£24.99 at Amara) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet, featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! 🙂

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at Amara) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Clarins Tender Moments Collection is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush (£16.00 at House of Fraser) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm (£16.00 at House of Fraser) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which reacts with the lips’ pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (£22.00 at Newby Teas) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic infusions to choose from, including:  Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at Crabtree & Evelyn) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful La Source EDT fragrance, and the Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (£45.00 from Lush Designs) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container, decorated with cats and embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (£169.00 at Foreo) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (£45.00 at Molton Brown) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother’s Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£50.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP (£70.00 at House of Fraser)- this floral woody oriental scent blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting accord that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin and Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart Notes: Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine Sambac China and Heliotrope.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Clearwood, Tonka Beans, Madagascar Vanilla, Musks and Amber.

And I had to include this Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set (£49.30 at Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of elegant Jasmine Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (£55.00 at Debenhams). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed on a dressing table. Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and  uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit and white Nectarine
  • Heart Notes: Iris and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide xxx

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