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House of Fraser FREE Elizabeth Arden Gift With Purchase!

Posted on April 21, 2016

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Hi Guys!

You know I love a good gift with purchase offer – or GWP as those in the know like to call it. House of Fraser always have fantastic offers, and their latest one is a makeup bag packed full of products that really is worth picking up…

You just need to purchase two or more Elizabeth Arden products, with at least one being skincare, and you will receive one of two gift sets absolutely FREE, worth up to an amazing £83.00!

Each set comes in a colourful Elizabeth Arden makeup bag, which is a really good size – as are the products, all are very generous samples varying up to a massive 50ml in size.

The first option is the Prevage Set, shown above, this is what’s included –

  • Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser, 50ml.
  • Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, 5ml.
  • Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion, 15ml.
  • Grand Entrance Mascara, 2.5g.
  • Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil, 30ml.
  • (Plus a free Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick worth £20 with any third purchase)

And the second option is the Ceramide Set, including –

  • Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Cream
  • Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum
  • Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser
  • Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle Oil
  • Grand Entrance Mascara
  • (Plus a free Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick worth £20 with any third purchase)

This really is the perfect way to try our some of Elizabeth Arden’s fantastic products! The gift with purchase offer runs from 21st April through to 7th May subject to availability, and you can shop the offer online here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Appleyard London Bouquet & 40% Discount

Posted on January 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day really aren’t too far away now, and some of you early birds might be thinking about gifts already – I know Valentine’s day doesn’t get thought about until a few days before hand in my house, but for Mother’s Day I’m always prepared as I like to get my mum some lovely flowers, as well as a couple of other treats. So if you have flowers in mind for a loved one’s gift, I’ve got the most gorgeous bouquet to inspire you today.

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Appleyard London kindly sent me their stunning Liberty bouquet, which would be absolutely perfect for Mothers Day. It features beautiful crisp white scented oriental lilies (unfortunately these haven’t come out yet) as well as lilac memory lane roses with bold purple eustoma and country garden blue veronica. The bouquet is a lot larger than I expected, it includes – three White Oriental Lilys, six Memory Lane Roses, three Pink Astrantias, three Purple Eustomas, six Blue Veronicas, three Parvi Eucalyptus, and five Hard Ruscus. It really is a massive and stunning bunch, I only just managed to fit it in the biggest vase I could get my hands on!

The flowers also arrived extremely well protected, wrapped in cellophane, with the stems in a temporary pot keeping them fed, and housed in a large box.

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I can’t tell you how happy I am with this bouquet! I know some people receive flowers quite often, or just buy them for their house, but I hardly ever have flowers so this really is a lovely treat. I don’t have much space so I’ve placed them in the kitchen next to the sink, and I love how they brighten the room up!

Appleyard have also kindly given me the most amazing discount to share with you – you can get a massive 40% off their range of luxury bouquets with code BLOG40 (this excludes the flowers by post range) There’s a large selection of beautiful bouquets to choose from, whether you prefer roses, carnations, lilies or any other flower you’ll be sure to find something you’ll love.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Alternative Gift Ideas From Flamingo Gifts

Posted on January 21, 2015

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Hi Guys!

With the impending holidays (I use that term very loosely) of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, those that are organised will probably start thinking about gifts any time now. What to buy your partner / mother / friend / pet? And today I’ve got some gorgeous alternative gift ideas to share with you from the fabulous Flamingo Gifts.

Flamingo sell the famous Falmingo Candles,of which I’m a big fan, as well as a massive range of gifts, including some fantastic famous brands such as Ted Baker, Orla Kiely and Hello Kitty.

One of my favourite items on the whole site has to be the You’re Magic Makeup Bag by Hazel Nicholls (above). This super fun little makeup bag is made of durable cream canvas, with neon pink stitching, and a neon and black ‘You’re Magic!’ motif. This is such a fun alternative to the standard plain or floral makeup bags that are found everywhere!

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A fab gift for Mother’s Day would be this beautiful Opulent Bloom Travel Jewellery Roll by Ted Baker. If you’re a regular reader you’ll be aware of my love for Ted Baker gifts, and this Jewellery roll is no exception. It has a wipe clean finish with Ted Baker’s signature rose gold hard wear, in the form of zipped sections on the inside, and in the centre there’s even a separate zipped case (that looks very much like like a slim pencil case) which is fixed on with poppers, so it can be used separately if you wish. If you like to travel in style I’d highly recommend this to keep your precious things safe.

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And lastly, the most fun and quirky item of the lot, the Pen Orgy Pencil Case by Happy Jackson. I’d never heard of Happy Jackson before but after seeing this pencil case it’s officially one of my favourite brands. If, like me you have a bit of a naughty sense of humour, this will definitely appeal! You can also purchase notebooks, bags and lunch boxes for the same range which all have cute, funny and witty quotes.

I hope this has given you some gift inspiration! Don’t forget to check out Flamingo Gifts for oodles of gift ideas for all occasions! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

Urban Decay Naked on the Run | Review

Posted on January 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I thought I’d give my new Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette a go today to see what it’s like. I was super excited to receive this for christmas from my other half, so I hope it lives up to my expectations! As far as the Naked series goes, I only currently have the Naked 2 palette, which I hardly ever use, and the original Naked Basics, which I use pretty much every day – so fingers crossed this palette is another winner!

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The idea of the Naked on the Run palette is that it’s perfect for if you’re on the go. Apart from a base and brushes, it has pretty much everything you need to create or just to touch up a full face of makeup. I love the idea that everything is in one handy palette!

It includes –

  • Pervrsion (black) Mascara
  • 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Stag
  • Naked Gloss in Sesso
  • 5x eyeshadows in matte and shimmer finishes including Dive (metallic rose w/golden micro-shimmer), Fix (soft taupe matte), Resist (medium metallic taupe), Dare (medium brown matte), Stun (metallic bronze w/light gold micro-shimmer)
  • Bronzer and blush pans
  • Highlighter / eyeshadow in 5050 (cool bisque satin)

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On first inspection, I’m really impressed with this set, it’s pretty big, sturdy and heavy. You could probably knock someone out with this bad boy! It’s well packaged and looks expensive. Also the products are all either full size or larger sized minis, so they’ll last for a while, and the shades look great too!

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So let’s take a look at the eyshadows first. Like I said, on first inspection I thought they looked great, but when swatched I feel like they’re all a bit similar. I know they’re all meant to follow the naked theme, but the two brown matte shades are very similar, as are the brown shimmers. I do love the warmer shimmer shade (Dive) but it would have been nice to see a bit more variation in there – maybe a very dark brown / almost black matte shade? Regardless of the colour, the formula of all the shadows is pretty much top notch, as expected from Urban Decay.

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The bronzer, blush and highlight are next. I’ll be honest, I gave them the benefit of the doubt in the pans, but swatched on my hand, I’m pretty scared of the bronzer and blush! They are BRIGHT! The bronzer also look slightly orange toned, which really puts me off as I know this shade won’t suit my pale skin tone. I’ve now given them a go and the bronzer doesn’t look too bad as long as it’s applied really sparingly, and the same for the blush. The highlight is definitely my favourite of the three, it gives a lovely subtle luminous glow to the skin.

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And lastly the eyeliner and gloss. The 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Stag is described as a deep brown satin shade, and I have to say I love it. It’s a great alternative to black, and really easy to wear. The formula is spot on (UD eyeliners are one of my favourites) and it lasts all day. The Naked Gloss in Sesso is described as a rose shade with a pink shimmer, and again it’s a super easy to wear sheer colour which will suit most skin tones. If I was being critical I would probably say the gloss isn’t particularly special in any way, it’s just a nice colour.

Overall I do like this palette, but given the chance I probably wouldn’t have bought it now I’ve actually had the chance to try it out. What I’d love to see is a bit more variation, maybe with a a choice of three base palettes, with interchangeable eyeliner and glosses – a kind of build your own set maybe? Also while I’m thinking about it, UD could even make their own mini brushes to go with the set that could live in a pull out drawer under the pans? Just a thought!

I’d love to hear if you have the Naked on the Run Set and what you think of it?

I hope you enjoyed my review xx

Gift Idea – Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle

Posted on December 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

You know I love a good candle, and I’m a big fan of more niche scents and brands too, so today I’m really excited to let you know all about the newest addition to my collection – the Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle.

Penhaligon’s have been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t had the pleasure of trying out any of their products until now. I started reading on their site to learn a bit more about the company and the first thing that I read really struck me – We strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today.

This statement is just perfection to me! It’s pretty much my aim in life to be eccentric – I want to be a cross between Lord Bath, Russell Brand and Lady Gaga! Does that sound a bit odd? I hope so! 😀

I was going to throw in a few more quotes about Penhaligon’s, but if you’re interested, have a read here to learn more about the history behind the company, I’d definitely recommend it.

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Anyway, onto the candle! The Samarkand candle is in fact the official scent of London Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 which is rather exciting. The scent is described as an exotic oriental awash with sweet flowers, spices and wood, and it was inspired by the ancient city of Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world. The Samarkand fragrance combines clove, jasmine and lily on a warm base of sandalwood & vanilla, and it really is a beautiful scent. It’s also worth mentioning that Penhaligon’s luxurious hand blended candles are packed with essential oils, made with a naturally derived soy wax and also feature a cotton braided wick for a clean & smoke free burn.

I’m thrilled with the Samarkand candle, and now I can’t wait to try out some more Penhaligon’s products, I’ve got my eye on a few of their fragrances and bath oils next!

The Samarkand Classic Candle is £32.00, and the Brighton Collection Matches which are also pictured are £30.00.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried anything from Penhaligons? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Christmas Gift Guide | Beauty Gift Sets

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Hi Guys!

Today I have the big daddy of gift guides for you – this is the beauty gift sets guide! There isn’t a girl in the world who would say no to a Christmas gift set – there’s something lovely about opening a special set or collection on Christmas morning, that you know someone has thought about and chosen just for you. Gift sets aren’t really something you’d buy yourself (except for in the sales maybe!?) so it really is exciting to find someone has been thoughtful enough to treat you at Christmas. So whether it’s for someone else or even yourself, I’ve included a variety of brands and products, covering skincare, bathing, fragrances and even feet so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

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Limited Edition Gift Set For Her* £49 by Molton Brown.

This luxurious gift set features £56 worth of some of Molton Brown’s best loved winter blends. Including large 300ml bottles of Pink Pepperpod and Ylang-Ylang Body Wash, and 100ml bottles of Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion and Ylang-Ylang Nourishing Nourishing Body Lotion. The set comes beautifully gift wrapped, ready to be given or received. I’m brand new to Molton Brown and I’ve officially been converted! Pink Pepperpod is definitely my bath scent of choice going forward this winter 🙂

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Emjoi MICRO Pedi 11 Piece Gift Set* £49.99 by Micro Pedi.

This Micro Pedi Eleven Piece set contains everything you need to get beautiful feet. The Emjoi Micro pedi safely removes rough of skin in seconds, leaving your feet beautifully soft, and the set also contains an extra coarse micro-mineral roller, ultra finishing foot cream, mani / pedi kit with five interchangeable attachments, nail scissors, nail clippers, toe separators and a nail brush. The only thing missing is some nail polish! Carry on reading as I’ve included a lovely polish set to accompany this one perfectly!

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The Innovation Collection* £90 by ARK Skincare.

This gift set really is indulgence at it’s best. ARK’s Innovation Collection contains two luxury products – firstly the Regenerating Skin Defence 50ml – this is a serum that utilises advanced plant stem-cell technology to repair and regenerate skin cells, to reveal brighter and younger looking skin. Alpine Rose Leaf Stem Cells protect against environmental stress and boost epidermal regeneration, Camelina Oil improves skin elasticity and suppleness, Vitamins C, E and B3 are anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and increasing smoothness and Hyaluronic Acid plumps and intensely moisturises to increase firmness. This super serum defends against the effects of ageing and environmental stress whilst stimulating skin repair. It creates a silky skin feel and blurs fine lines and wrinkles for a soft-focus finish, and over time skin becomes firmer and more supple.

There’s also a 30ml SPF30 Primer in the box, this skin-perfecting daily defence primer is packed with beneficial ingredients to protect and hydrate skin. It contains Vitamin E which is an amazing antioxidant, Shea Butter to nourish and protect from free radicals and Sunflower. This primer creates the perfect base for your makeup whilst providing clinically-proven skin benefits, and defending against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing.

If this set sounds good to you, it’s definitely worth snapping it up as you save an impressive £16 compared to if you purchased the same products individually!

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Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies* £10 from Beauty Naturals.

This super sweet gift set contains three hand made fragrant bath melts in a pretty pink patisserie box. Inspired by the traditional French patisserie & handmade in Yorkshire, these dainty little bath melts are made entirely from natural ingredients & scented with pure essential oils, they really do look good enough to eat! Just throw the melt in the bath where it will dissolve and sparkle gently whilst releasing moisturising shea & cocoa butter to soften the skin, and fragrant essential oils to give a lovely fragrance to your bath. This would make a great secret santa gift!

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2ml Perfume Sample Set* £29.95 by St Kitts Herbery.

If you’re on the hunt for something a little different to the off the shelf brand names this Christmas, this sample fragrance set from St Kitt’s could be just what you’re looking for. The set includes all ten of their fabulous fragrances in 2ml spray bottles, it’s a great way to try them all and find out which your favourite is! Included fragrances are; Bergamot, Mist, Colonial, Summer Rose, Patchouli, Geranium, Moonlight, Violet, Rose Maroc, and Black Rose.

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Christmas Trio Nail Polish Set* £29 by Cetuem.

This lovely little set contains three fantastic shades to create fabulous festive nails this party season! The polishes don’t have shade names but there is a beautiful deep red, a topcoat that contains holographic silver strips suspended in a clear polish, and a fine red glitter polish. The red glitter looks amazing on top of the red polish, and the holo top coat would be perfect for a statement nail!

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Pure Rose Indulgence Gift Set* £29 by Elemis.

Elemis are one of my favourite skincare brands, and this set of mini sized products would make a fantastic gift for a long term fan like me, but it would also be the perfect gift for someone new to the brand so they can try out a selection of products. The Pure Rose Indulgence Gift Set includes a 60ml bottle of new jasmine and rose milk bath, a 20ml tub of pro-collagen cleansing balm, a 15ml tube of gentle rose exfoliator, and a 14 day packet of cellular recovery skin bliss capsules. The set contains active fragrances to relax, soothe and boost face, body and mind, and the products are presented in a beautifully stylish box, making this the ideal gift for someone special this Christmas.

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And before I forget, I also wanted to mention my awesome new battery powered Star Lights from LED Hut! These are so handy simply because there’s no plug, you can just put them wherever you like!

I hope that’s given you some gifting inspiration, or maybe your Christmas list has just grown a little bit longer? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

The Gift For Someone Who Has Everything…

Posted on December 16, 2014

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Hi Guys!

If you saw my Men’s Under £15 Gift Guide you may have noticed I included The Book of Everyone – it really is such a fantastic gift idea so I also wanted to give this book it’s own full review 🙂

The Book of Everyone is a customisable book including fun facts and information about the recipient based on their date of birth. An it really is easy to create your own book, you just go to the site, complete a few details then go through the book page by page. Some pages are static whereas others have editable text and sections for you to upload your own images. The result is an amazingly personable, high quality book for someone you love.

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You can see I have created ‘The Book of Olive’. Olive is in fact Oliver, my other half. Whom I have always referred to as Olive since we’ve been together (what a lucky boy hey!)

I’ve ordered him a few gifts for Christmas that I know he wanted including a book about buttons (he’s a metal detectorist ok!) and a posh bottle of whiskey. He has no idea about this book though and I know he’s going to love it! And no he doesn’t read my blog so he won’t find out! 😀

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This is the deluxe edition which comes printed on fancy mohawk paper, it has padded covers (which you also choose the colour of), silk head & tails, a ribbon marker and it also comes in a soft-touch presentation box. The deluxe version also Includes a free digital version and standard mainland UK delivery.

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The Book of Everyone comes in many different options to suit different budgets. You can get a digital copy of your book for only £7.50, a softcover is £19.50, a hardcover is £29.50 and the deluxe edition is £49.50. If you’re interested in ordering The Book of Everyone as a Christmas present, get your orders in quick as last orders for softcovers to arrive in time for Christmas is today!

I hope you enjoyed my review! xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review