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Christmas: Luxury Beauty, Skincare & Fragrance Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2016

Hi Guys!

So who’s ready for christmas then? I’m definitely not! There’s still pretty much a week to go though so there’s still plenty of time to pick up some bits if you need to, and hopefully this luxury gift set gift guide will offer a good dose of inspiration too – enjoy!

Starting with the Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Pampering Body Gift Set – I love Molton Brown products, and anyone that loves a pampering soak in the bath would be delighted to receive this set on Christmas day. The Pink Pepperpod Pampering Gift Set contains a generous 300ml Body Wash and a Nourishing Body Lotion of the same size, as well as a 50ml Body Polisher. This set includes everything you need for an ultimate skin-pampering experience, with the alluring aroma of Molton Brown’s signature feminine scent.

A fragrance gift set will always go down well as a gift – this Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP Gift set contains a beautiful Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum (50ml), along with a matching scented Body Lotion, and a glossy finish Makeup Pouch. Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez is a fragrance inspired by the elegance of woods and the delicate femininity of a white-flower bouquet combined with the amber notes of a warm heart of musk. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend that you do!

For those into skincare, the Dermalogica Skin Perfecting Set contains everything you need to achieve beautiful, glowing skin both day and night. The set includes a Skin Perfecting Primer SPF30 (22ml) and an Overnight Repair Serum (15ml) which are both full of peptide-rich formulas to keep skin firm and smooth while minimising the visible signs of ageing.

Another fragrance option is the wonderful Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT Gift Set – at a very reasonable £40.80 this set offers real value for money as you get a Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT (60ml) and a matching 100ml Body Lotion. If you haven’t heard of Illicit Flower, it’s the newest edition to the Jimmy Choo portfolio – the fragrance opens with voluptuous notes of apricot, zest of mandarin and the floral notes of freesia. In the heart, enhanced by a vibrant duo of grapefruit flower and jasmine, the ultra-feminine rose weaves her charms, whilst delicately wrapped in a soft and sensual musk. In the base, sensual woody notes of cashmeran meet the creaminess of sandalwood to perfectly close the fragrance – it really is gorgeous!

And for those fans of classic scents, the Mugler Angel Muse Gift Set is bound to be a winner. Angel Muse is a vibrant, sensual and addictive fragrance, with sweet notes of juicy grapefruit, pink berries, and smooth hazelnut cream-cocoa blended with vetiver to create a delicious indulgence which ignites the senses. This gift set contains an Angel Muse 50ml refillable EDP and a complimentary 5ml EDP Miniature.

The height of luxury when it comes to home scent, has to be Floris London Rose & Oud Home Fragrance Duo. This luxury gift set includes both the Rose & Oud Luxury Scented Candle and Rose & Oud Room Fragrance presented in a beautiful blue and gold box, fastened with the Floris seal of approval. Opulent floral rose is wrapped around the bold intensity of oud, cinnamon and clove. Calming cedarwood, renowned for its relaxing properties, is supported with transparent musks and warm, smooth sandalwood. A complex blend throughout the fragrance brings in subtle oriental accords that add depth to this home fragrance collection.

And another kit that really is rather fabulous, but not necessarily a brand you’d consider for gifting – the Tweezerman Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set is a beautiful rose gold coloured set containing a luxury makeup bag, with matching rose gold coloured Slant Tweezers and Procurl Lash Curler.

The Decleor Box of Secrets Calm Headspace is a beautiful gift set perfect for those passionate about skincare. The box opens from the centre with two doors, to reveal the Calm Headspace collection inside, which includes some of DECLÉOR’s greatest soothing and moisturising products, to leave you feeling silky and smooth, head to toe. The set contains an Aroma Confort Moisturizing Body Milk (100ml), Aromessence Rose d’Orient Soothing Oil Serum (5ml) and a Harmonie Calm Soothing Light Cream (50ml).

Continuing along the skincare theme, the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Gift Collection really is luxury at its finest. If you purchase either the Skin Truffle or Truffle Noir, plus the Eye Truffle, then you will receive the Truffesque Masque for free – giving you a rather hefty saving of £50.00!

Onto hair now, the Paul Mitchell United In Pink Blow Out Cancer Set is a four-piece collection housed in a handy zipped travel bag. ‘United in Pink’ is a campaign dedicated to supporting Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organisation focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The Set Contains and Extra-Body Daily Shampoo (300ml), and Extra-Body Daily Rinse (300ml), a Thicken Up Spray (200ml), and a Sculpting Brush. This is a fantastic gift with the added bonus of supporting a very worthwhile cause.

The Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Gift Set is another option for those looking to give their locks an extra boost. Described as the ultimate luxury gift set, this kit contains a selection of high end hair products for those looking for added volume – the set includes a Kerasilk Re-power Volume Shampoo (250ml), Kerasilk Re-power Blow-Dry Spray (125ml), and a Kerasilk Re-Power Beautifying Perfume (50ml).

And lastly, for those that can’t decide on a scent, the Nina Ricci Minature Set would be just perfect. This sweet little gift set contains four of Nina Ricci’s most popular fragrances, in super sweet miniature form – the set includes Nina EDT, Nina L’Eau EDT, Ricci Ricci EDP, L’Air du Temps EDT and L’Extase EDP.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Affordable Feel Good Summer Fragrances: Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Michael Kors & More!

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Summer is now officially in full swing, so I thought I’d take it upon myself to share some gorgeous feel-good summer fragrances with you today that won’t break the bank! Enjoy!

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Starting with Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush Edition – described as carefree and vibrant, Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is warm and radiant with a blend of fruity florals, notes of pink grapefruit, and a floral heart of freesia and rose. The base contains a velvety blend of apricot nectar with cedarwood and musk. This fragrance is fruity, juicy and youthful.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Apple, and Pink Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Rose, Lily of the Valley, and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Apricot Nectar, Cedarwood, and Musk.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush is £59.00 for 75ml, but currently on offer for £39.33 at Boots.

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Next, the gorgeous Limited Edition Jimmy Choo Exotic – this fragrance is sparkling, sexy and irresistible – and probably my favourite out of all the scents in this post. Exotic is a new interpretation of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance, with refreshing notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit bringing sparkle to the sensuality of tiger orchid and passion flower – the heart of the original scent. The base of patchouli and velvety raspberry complete this fruity, chypre fragrance.

  • Top Notes: blackcurrant sorbet, pink grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Tiger orchid and passion flower.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli and raspberry.

Jimmy Choo Exotic is £44.00 for EDT 60ml, but currently on offer for £33.00 at Boots.

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Paul Smith Sunshine for Women Limited Edition – Now I must admit, Paul Smith isn’t a brand I’d usually gravitate towards when it comes to fragrance, but their latest limited edition is a summer must have! Sunshine for Women is a wonderfully light and fruity yet refreshing scent. Pink grapefruit and peach at the top make the scent juicy and sweet, with a feminine floral heart and warm sandalwood and musk at the base.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot and Peach.
  • Heart Notes: Bulgarian rose, Jasmine and White Peony.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Musk.

Paul Smith Sunshine for Women is £31.00 for 100ml EDT at Paul Smith.

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Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer Limited Edition – in collaboration with artist Michelle McKinney, limited edition L’eau d’Issey Summer is a gorgeous light fruity-floral summer scent, with fruity notes of lychee, grapefruit and exotic guava and passionfruit at the heart, brought together with a feminine base of vanilla and woods.

  • Top Notes: Lychee and Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Pitahaya, Guava and Passionfruit.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla and Wood.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer is £41.00 for 100ml EDT at Selfridges.

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Hollister WAVE for Her – another brand which I wouldn’t necessarily pick up and try if I saw it on the shelf, Hollister Wave for Her definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Inspired by a California sunset, this fragrance is made for a girl with youthful spontaneity and personality. The fragrance opens with juicy citruses notes, making way for wild orchid, sunset hibiscus and California Poppy at the heart. Warm, enveloping woods and amber create the perfect balance in the base evoking the warmth of a summers evening.

  • Top notes: Carambola (star fruit), Cassis and Quince.
  • Heart notes: Orchid, Hibiscus and Poppy.
  • Base notes: Solar Notes, Sandalwood and Crystal Amber.

Hollister Wave for her is from £19.00 for 30ml, and it’s available at Boots.

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CK One Summer – this is a wonderfully wet and refreshing unisex scent. Opening with fresh and fruity top notes of lime mojito and green apple, leading on to juicy guava and lush vibrant greens at the heart, dripping with exotic freshness. The scent is rounded off with cool cedarwood and tree moss at the base.

  • Top Notes: Green Apple, Lime Mojito, and Green Ginger.
  • Heart Notes: Guava, Tiare Tahiti, and Juniper.
  • Base Notes: Coconut Milk, Cedarwood, and Tree Moss.

CK One Summer EDT is £33.00 for 100ml at Escentual.

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And lastly, Michael Kors Coral – described as fresh, feminine, and fabulous, Michael Kors Coral is a bright and bold scent evoking the chic, carefree mood of faraway destinations. The fragrance opens with top notes of pink grapefruit, lemon and juicy mandarin, with pink pepper and blackcurrant mingling with tuberose and orange blossom for a sweet and feminine heart. The base contains a blend of cedar, musk, ambrox and warm sandalwood for a sumptuous and velvety finish.

  • Top Notes: Pink grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, pink pepper and black currant.
  • Heart Notes: Tuberose, jasmine tea, orange blossom and sweet raspberries.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, cedar, musk and ambrox.

Michael Kors Coral is from £39.00 for 30ml at Boots.

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I’d love to hear about your favourite summer fragrance – do let me know what you’ve been wearing this summer! I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted May 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on May 17, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Time seems to be flying at the moment – surely it hasn’t been a month since Cohorted’s last box landed on my doorstep?? Well it has! May’s box has just landed, so let’s take a look inside…

  • theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette, worth £37.50.
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in shade Canvas, worth £23.00.
  • HJ Manicure Nail Polish in shade Lavender, worth £9.50.
  • Jimmy Choo EDP 4.5ml, worth £10.00.

Total value of box: £80.00

Ok so on first glance, this box isn’t quite as exciting as last month’s in my opinion, just because there’s only three products in here plus a luxury sample, whereas last month there were five full sized products, with one also being a kit. So this box does seem a bit sparse in comparison.

theBalm Voyage Vol 2 Palette has to be the stand out product though, doesn’t it? This palette is basically an all-in-one travel palette, including pretty much everything you could need when on the go. The palette includes nine eyeshdows in neutral, easy to wear shades, ranging from light to dark so you’d be able to get quite a few looks out of these. There’s also a highlighter, a bronzer, two blush shades and two multi-purpose lip and cheek shades. This is a lovely little set and would definitely come in handy if you like to travel light.

Next is the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Gloss in Canvas. Now this has to be the least glossy lip gloss I’ve ever used! Not that I’m complaining – but this is way closer to a liquid lipstick than a gloss. This product gives no shine, and sets to a matte finish on the lips. I really like it! But it’s not a gloss by any means. The shade Canvas is really nice too – it’s a mid tone pink which will suit most complexions.

The HJ Manicure Nail Polish in Lavender feels like a bit of a filler product to me, if you know what I mean – it’s nice enough but I’m not really excited by it. It is a good sized bottle of polish though, with 14.8ml of product – which will probably last you forever. The shade I have is Lavender which is a mid toned purple, with a cream finish.

And lastly the Jimmy Choo EDP, this is a lovely everyday fragrance, in a deluxe size 4.5ml sample bottle. This is handy to keep in your bag so you don’t need to carry around a large bottle of perfume with you – my only niggle here though is I do feel this has been over-valued at £10. You can currently pick up a 60ml bottle of this fragrance for under £27.00.

Though I do feel slightly underwhelmed with this box, it’s by no means terrible at all. I’m looking forward to trying out theBalm palette especially!

Do you have this box? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Four Beautiful Fragrances to add to your Christmas List

Posted on November 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend?

If you’re like me and you’re really into fragrances, I have some beauties to share with you today. I love nothing more than a niche perfume – something a little different, something that makes you sit up and take notice. And I have a few of them on the blog for you this morning, as well as a more conventional scent that’s just beautiful as well as affordable…

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Annick Goutal – 1001 Ouds.

I actually had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Annick Goutal’s daughter Camille and business partner Isabelle Doyen recently at a fragrance event in London. It was so interesting to hear the process of creating a fragrance from their point of view. It’s so so so much more that just making a scent that smells nice. The thought and effort that goes on behind the scenes really was an eye opener for me.

Annick Goutal’s 1001 Ouds really is a beautiful oud fragrance. Unmistakably intense, you’re instantly transported to a fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights… 1001 Ouds is a stunning yet heavy Arabian princesses’ cloak, beautifully embellished with gold and precious stones.

This fragrance is not for the faint of heart, it covers you like a blanket with its intensity and depth. It’s mature, sophisticated and unapologetic. The opposite of a wallflower, sensual and refined.

Annick, intrigued by the Arabian princesses who come to Rue de Castiglione asking for oud, has always been charmed by this incredible substance. And Camille and Isabelle – who are fascinated with agarwood, crafted this ecstatic fragrance: a harmony of rose, papyrus, and myrrh infuses the wearer from head to toe. Oud is present in all of its authenticity, beating like a heart at the core of this fragrance. It fuses with the rose, is rounded out by the gaiac wood, vaporises with a touch of birch, and bites with a hint of pepper.

1001 Ouds EDP 75ml is available now from Selfridges.

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Jimmy Choo – Illicit

I’ve been a fan of Jimmy Choo fragrances for a long time, and I’m so pleased to have discovered Illicit, it’s easily now one of my favourite fragrances from the brand.

Illicit is feisty and fun, daring and tempting. Evoking sensuality and confidence. It’s youthful – but not young – punchy and provocative yet sweet. She is a force to be reckoned with.

This tempting golden elixir exudes a confident and alluring character. Turning heads and igniting attention, it plays on the senses, teasing and tantalising in a swirl of playful seduction. Forget standing on the side-lines, Illicit is about taking centre stage and setting pulses racing. She is dancing till dawn, the heart and soul of every party, she lives in the moment.

Illicit brings an entirely unique olfactory experience, comforting ginger flirts with feminine rose and sophisticated jasmine before drying down to reveal the perfume’s pièce de résistance – a gourmand honey-amber accord. Intertwined with a thread of sandalwood to mellow and smooth the sweetness, it envelops the wearer in a swathe of sensory pleasure.

Illicit EDP is available from 40ml at Boots.

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Narciso Rodriguez – L’absolu For Her

My first experience of Narciso Rodriguez fragrances, L’absolu For Her is a beautifully feminine fragrance, sensual with a hint of softness, elegant and rich.

In creating for her l’absolu, Narciso Rodriguez was inspired by modern femininity’s profound evolution and duality. The goal was to capture a more powerful intensity without being overwhelming. “I’ve always been transfixed by women who project strength with passion and radiate grace and beauty from the inside out,” says the designer.

Absolute of jasmin, a voluptuous floral, transforms the signature heart of musc in an intoxicating olfactive composition. Soft amber notes and smooth woody notes of sandalwood and patchouli add a rich depth that envelops tenderly.

“For this new fragrance, we chose a deep aubergine color, a rich tone that is very important in our story. Again there’s this sense of duality, an air of mystery, in the bottle which echoes the fragrance. The bottle is a pure beautiful object; you have to experience it, fall in love with it—just like the fragrance. ”

L’Absolu for Her 50ml is available at Boots.

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Etro – Marquetry

The epitome of a niche fragrance – some will love and some will not be so keen on this fragrance. Either way, there’s no mistaking the beauty and craftsmanship here.

Marquetry is the art of mixing minuscule pieces of ivory and hard stone, fragments of mother of pearl, ebony and rosewood, slivers of precious metals and thin layers of lacquer, which combine to create incredible and extremely elaborate designs on tabourets, treasure chests and jewellery.

Marquetry the fragrance opens with an overture of bergamot, lavender and peach, with an iridescence like freshly-dyed silks laid out to dry in the wind before a storm. At its heart is the full-bodied sensuality of the rose, the aromatic cabochon gem surrounded by nuances of tobacco and the almond of the tonka bean, the green reflected light of galbanum – a bush whose leaves are refreshed by the nocturnal rains on the high plains of Persia – and the cocoa-scented accents of the Peruvian balsam which, according to the South American shamans, are considered to be a key ingredient in ointments which bring good luck.

At its base, Marquetry celebrates the triumph of resins: a duet of amber with sweet liqueur notes of labdanum, musk sweetened with a highlight of vanilla which opens the heart and mind. Like a talisman for the soul which opens up tender horizons of happiness.

Marquetry 100ml is available now from Harrods

I’s love to hear which fragrance is top of your Christmas list? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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