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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

With only two days left till Valentine’s day, I thought I’d share a quick gift guide for him in case you were in need of some last minute gift inspiration! I always find it’s difficult to choose gifts for my other half, so I’ve gathered together a few ideas together, including plenty of fragrances, a cocktail kit, and something a little more unusual. I hope you enjoy x

Starting with two fragrances from Versace – Versace Dylan Blue EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) is a striking, masculine scent, that (in my opinion) would suit an older or sophisticated gent. Though I say this, Dylan Blue is still a modern fragrance – intense and charismatic, it opens with citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, intertwined with nuances of fig leaf and aquatic notes. In the heart, violet leaves and black pepper mingle with aromatic and woody tones, and the base is a combination of musk, tonka bean, saffron and incense.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaves and Aquatic Notes.
  • Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Black Pepper, Papyrus Wood, Ambrox and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Mineral Musk, Tonka Bean, Saffron and Pyrogéné Incense.

In contrast, Versace Eros EDT (From £52.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) to me is a more youthful fragrance. Inspired by Eros, the god of love from ancient Greek mythology, Versace Eros EDT is an intensely refreshing, luminous yet sensual fragrance. With top notes of mint, citrus and crisp apple peel, the fragrance opens with a luminous and fresh impact. The heart of tonka bean and ambroxan creates an intriguing oriental signature, and Madagascan vanilla gives a hint of creaminess, while greenery in the form of oakmoss and cedarwood round off the sensual base.

  • Top Notes: Mint Oil, Italian Lemon Zest and Green Apple.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Geranium Flower.
  • Base Notes: Madagascan Vanilla, Oak Moss and Cedarwood.

Another fantastic male scent is Mr Burberry EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) – described as classic yet contemporary; sophisticated and sensual, Mr Burberry captures the essence of London and its moments. Fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients, it boasts fresh and crafted top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit, cut with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood.

  • Top Notes: Zesty Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver and Guaiac Wood.

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 & Escentric 01 (From £65.50 for 100ml at Cult Beauty)

If you haven’t heard of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 fragrance, it’s definitely one to try whether you’re male or female. Interestingly, rather than having a traditional layering of top, heart and base notes, Molecule 01 is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which is traditionally a base note that adds the feeling of allure to a scent. The idea is that this works as more of an effect than an actual scented fragrance. It has a very subtle, velvety, woody note which blends with your natural pheromones, and it’s worth noting that you will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself. Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others.

And there’s also Escentric 01, which uses the same chemical Iso E Super, but unlike Molecule 01, this fragrance also includes notes of Pink pepper, Lime Peel, and Balsamic notes like Benzoin, Mastic and Orris Incense. Moving away from the traditional fragrance journey through top, heart and base notes, Escentric 01 moves quickly from top to bottom, eventually lingering on a sensual, woody musky finale.

Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil (£22.00 at Pall Mall Barbers) – everyone and their dad has a beard right now, so I felt a Shave Oil would be very fitting for this guide. Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil has been formulated with Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils, to soften stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, this product adds an additional protective barrier between the skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave and a more precise finish.

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Cover (£30.00 at Boots) – ok so this is a bit of a strange one, I think you’ll either think this is a great idea or you just won’t. So Ferrari Fragrance have created an iPhone cover, but it’s also a cologne! The cover fits the iPhone 6 and 6s and contains 25ml of Ferrari Black or Ferrari Red EDT inside, so you can spritz and refresh your fragrance when you’re on the go. I think it’s a pretty cool idea! Plus you get an extra 25ml refill included in the box, which is handy. What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss?

And lastly, this Cocktail Tool Set (£29.99 at Find Me A Gift) – I always think a cocktail set isn’t really something you’d really buy yourself, but it’s definitely a handy thing to have. This set contains a stainless steel cocktail shaker, a stirrer, double jigger, a strainer and ice tongs, all displayed in a beech wooden stand – and there’s also a handy recipe booklet included too to give you some ideas – all you need to do is buy the drinks and get some friends over!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and have a wonderful Valentine’s day whatever you do xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Chapter 2 – Clandestine Clara

Posted on February 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

Just before Christmas I went on a wonderful walking tour of London with one of my favourite fragrance brands, Penhaligon’s. At the end of the very fun and informative tour, we headed to the nearest store to try out their wonderful fragrances, and this is where I discovered their stunning Portraits Collection…

If you’re a fragrance fanatic you’ll probably be aware that most scents have a story behind them – with some being more involved than others. Penhaligon’s has taken this to another level though with their Portrait’s collection, Penhaligon’s describe this an an ‘olfactory fiction’ where each character or ‘portrait’ is represented by a different fragrance, with a complex and intriguing story attached to each.

To set the scene, we need to head back in time and immerse ourselves into the depths of the British aristocracy. The Portraits collection originates with four fragrances, and follows the story of Lord George and Lady Blanche, their daughter Dutchess Rose, and her husband Duke Nelson. I’ll touch on each of these characters briefly so you can get the gist of the characters and the story…

The Tragedy of Lord George EDP – Lord George is a wealthy and respected man, the archetypal patriarch. He seems to embody the noblest values of the aristocracy: virtue, respect, loyalty and faithfulness. His fragrance reflects his essence; seemingly traditional, yet with hidden secrets.

The Revenge of Lady Blanche EDP – Lady Blanche A darling of London Society, and one of the most influential ladies in Britain. Her aloof beauty, mysterious past and blazing passions are scrutinised by all, and she would do anything to climb the social ladder still further. Her latest scheme is to poison her husband, Lord George, inheriting his wealth and burying his secrets for ever! Her fragrance reflects her very essence: a green floral narcotic.

The Coveted Duchess Rose EDP – Daughter of Lady Blanche and Lord George, Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose. At first, naively romantic, she has now become disillusioned and frustrated in an unsatisfactory marriage. Always looking for fun and frivolity (and perhaps love affairs), her fragrance is a not so innocent fresh rose.

Much Ado About The Duke EDP – Conforming to the expectations of his class, Duke Nelson married the most coveted girl in London: the Duchess Rose. Yet the Duke is eccentric and unusual, his whimsical airs set society tongues wagging. His perfume is as ambivalent as he is: a floral yet masculine woody fragrance.

And now Penhaligon’s have introduced two new fragrances to the collection that represent the ‘unofficial’ side of Lord George’s dynasty –

Clandestine Clara EDP – A complex creature… A forceful personality, spicy but equally sweet, she has travelled in exotic countries and company – and in her smoky, velvety, woody air you may detect a memory (or three) of his Lordship… She is rebellious, contradictory, independent, unconventional – a woman ahead of her time. But above all, as you will discover, she is a true gourmand, completely delectable (and Lord George would know).

Roaring Radcliff EDP – The secret illegitimate son of Lord George and Clandestine Clara, he’s the sexy and rebellious party animal that indulges in fast cars and even faster wome. A prominent note with Roaring Radcliff is of course tobacco – strong, smoky and distinctive to his set. He also always carries with him gingerbread – adding its sweet spiciness to his father’s love of liquor – in Rutherford’s rum.

Clandestine Clara EDP is a sensual amber oriental, that’s both voluptuous and confident without being overbearing. This fragrance is beautifully enticing, warm, and comforting, whilst being both spicy and smoky. It has a heady depth that’s enticingly gourmand with its vanilla and cinnamon notes, and is amazingly long lasting on the skin. After one spray in the morning, I can still smell this on myself in the evening.

Clandestine Clara is a distinctly feminine fragrance, without being too floral or sweet. It’s sophisticated and confident at first, turning into a soft enveloping embrace of scent on the skin. The notes are as follows –

  • Top Note: Rhum Vanilla
  • Heart Note: Cinnamon Musk
  • Base Note: Ambery Patchouli

You can also see the bottle is simply stunning, as are the rest in this collection. Clandestine Clara is available at Penhalion’s now, and you can read more about the amazing Portraits collection here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense

Posted on January 24, 2017

Hi Guys!

There aren’t many things that excite me more than a new Jo Malone release – and today I have the brand new Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense to share with you…

‘There is an atmosphere of addiction and carnal richness to this fragrance which appeals to both men and women. At the top there is a hint of lavender and a floral note, creating a comforting and voluptuous opening. The big, rich heart and base note of Myrrh is sensual. And the Tonka brings generosity. It’s captivating and mesmerising’ – Mathilde Bijaoui, Master Perfumer.

Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense really is just as wonderful as I was expecting – and I think it may now be my favourite Jo Malone fragrance. It’s a warm, rich and creamy scent, that’s comforting yet sensual. I’m a complete sucker for Jo Malone’s Cologne Intense range, which are heavier, warmer and more of what you’d call an evening fragrance, compared to their standard colognes.

That said, Myrrh & Tonka is actually surprisingly wearable – I say that in the sense that this isn’t and overly heavy ‘evening’ scent. It’s not what I would call intoxicating, like some intense fragrances can be, but it’s just powerful enough to keep that sensual, enticing element which we know and love from Jo Malone.

Myrrh & Tonka opens with a top note of lavender – which I initially thought may not exactly be ‘my thing’ but boy was I wrong! The Lavender is sweet and slightly powdery, leading to a heart of Omumbiri Myrrh combined with rich accents of warm Almond, Vanilla and aromatic Tobacco of the Tonka Bean at the base – and it really is just the most beautiful note combination. Though initially the lavender makes it seem quite a feminine scent, after the dry down it’s actually very gender-neutral, and I can see both men and women easily falling in love with this fragrance.

  • Top Note: Lavender
  • Heart Note: Omumbiri Myrrh
  • Base Note: Tonka

As expected, this scent is a lingerer, it lasts for hours and hours, and as the day goes on you’re left with a wonderful rich and creamy aroma, that’s both seductive and noticeable, whilst being luxuriously understated.

I’d describe Myrrh & Tonka as one of those rare fragrances that literally turns heads. It’s distinct and enticing, and I can guarantee that if you wear it, people around you will be asking about your perfume!

Myrrh & Tonka is a definite must-try for Jo Malone fans – both male and female – and if you’re a fan of combining your scents, it’s worth pairing it with Jo Malone’s classic Pomegranate Noir for a fruity element, or even Velvet Rose and Oud for a more floral take.

Myrrh & Tonka is £105 for 100ml, available now at Jo Malone, and there’s also a half-size 50ml bottle available too (which I think is new size as I haven’t seen any Cologne Intense fragrances available in 50ml before) which you can snap up for £74.00 here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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