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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Must Have Beauty Gift Sets!

Posted on December 20, 2018

My second to last Christmas Gift Guide is finally finished! This one is all about the best beauty gift sets you can pick up this Christmas. I’ve included a good range of brands and prices, so hopefully there’s something for everyone here – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Caudalie Thé des Vignes Scented Body Ritual – Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance is a sensual blend of white musk, neroli flower and ginger. You’ll find the beautiful Thé des Vignes fragrance in this gift set plus three other essentials from the collection: Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance 10ml, Body & Hair Nourishing Oil 15ml, Shower Gel 30ml, Hand and Nail Cream 30ml.

The Skinnydip Spritz Me Baby Body Mist Trio is a great budget friendly gift set. This fragrance trio includes three body mists with lovely tropical, sweet raspberry and honey notes.

Ted Baker always make the most gorgeous gift sets, and this Mia Fragrance Gift Set would make a wonderful present this Christmas. Including a pretty pairing of a mirror and the Mia Sweet Treat fragrance, this is the ideal addition to any fashionista’s makeup bag.

For those that suffer with dry hands, the Jurlique Hand Care Collection could be spot on. This set contains a duo of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams wrapped in a beautiful gift box. Included is a 40ml Rose Hand Cream: a rich protective hand cream to deeply moisturise and restore smoothness, and a 40ml Lavender Hand Cream: a rich soothing hand cream with a calming and gentle lavender scent, to deeply moisturise and instantly soothe even the driest of hands.

Next up is Sara Miller London Gifts – I’m so impressed with the latest offerings from Sara Miller. Their beauty gifts are truly delightful, with gorgeous packaging and lovely scents. I have the Hand Cream, Body Souffle, Lip Balm and small makeup bag. These really are fantastic quality, I’d recommend picking a couple of items up and presenting them in a Sara Miller gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift.

Sanctuary Spa Christmas Day Indulgence Hamper (Just seen on right) – This amazing hamper contains an indulgent selection of Sanctuary Spa goodies to pamper yourself with this Christmas. Inside you’ll find a Body Wash, Body Scrub ,Body Lotion, Moisture Burst Face Wash, Hand Cream, Heel Balm, and a mini EDT Fragrance.

The Caudalie Beauty Secrets Set is a 3-step regime containing a blend of radiance boosting skincare, ideal for dull, tired or city-dwelling skin. Featuring the best-selling Beauty Elixir, this poweful trio works to purify the skin and eliminate toxins whilst refreshing and toning the skin throughout the day. Included is a 100ml Beauty Elixir, 50ml Instant Foaming Cleanser, and 15ml Instant Detox Mask.

I love Sleek Makeup for their high quality yet affordable products. This Sleek Makeup Brush Set unfortunately seems to be now sold out now, but I’ve linked to a very similar 7 piece Sleek Brush set which looks just as good!

Back to Ted Baker again, the Ella Fragrance Gift Set is very similar to the above Mia set, this time with a black and rose gold design, the set includes the lovely Ella fragrance and matching Ted Baker mirror.

If you fancy trying out all the of Ted’s fragrances, the Ted Baker Row of Bows Mini Trio includes three 5ml mini Sweet Treats fragrances paired with gorgeous nail polishes – you can gift them as they are, or split them up for three mini treats.

The Soap & Glory The 4 Scent-Sations! Gift Set includes four body sprays in Soap & Glory’s signature fragrances: our fruity floral Original Pink, zesty-fresh Sugar Crush, floriental Mist You Madly and fabulously figgy Fruitigo.

And the Superdry Sport Ladies GymFreshEdit ActiveEssentials Set includes the ultimate post-workout kit for women from Superdry Sport. There’s an Invigorating Body Wash, Hydrating Body Lotion, Rejuvinating Body Scrub, Energising Body Mist, Lip Balm and Hair Bands.

This M&S Lifeology Gift Set is a complete bargain at only £7.50! This beauty set is packed with everything you need for an evening of pampering, including hand salve, lip balm, body wash, foam bath, body butter and even a shower puff to help you scrub!

And this Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Gift set includes a Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, with two extra blades and a bath pillow. The Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor has 3-blades and flexible moisture bars, so this razor is perfect if you’re looking for more comfort when shaving. When wet, the built-in moisture bars release lush body butters with White Tea scent for an incredible glide, comfort and shaving experience.

The gorgeous Too Faced Dream Queen Limited Edition Set includes a large palette with a vast selection of eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer and blush. There’s also a Hangover Primer, Lip Gloss in Pink Swan, Better than Sex Mascara and a Too Faced zip bag to all your Too Faced treats in.

And the L’Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set is a must-have collection to soothe dry and dehydrated skin during the winter months. The gift set includes a 75ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 75ml Shea Butter Foot Cream, 100ml Limited Edition Design Ultra Rich Body Cream and 50g Extra-Gentle Milk Soap.

The Glamglow Superstar Gift Set includes all you need to mask in style this Christmas! Inside you’ll find a full-size jar of Supermud Clearing Treatment, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Pink Glitter Tube 30g, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Purple Glitter Tube 30g and a spatula and stencil.

Get perfectly cleansed skin with the Erborian Ablackadabra Gift Set. Enriched with Charcoal, a super-ingredient used & for millennia in Korea, these beauty allies will help you retrieve the perfect skin in a magic wand trick: Black Scrub 15ml will gently exfoliate your skin, Black Cleansing Oil 190ml will remove all traces of makeup, and a Konjac Sponge is the perfect accessory to naturally cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish skin.

Feelunique Little Beauty Parcel – The Unique Boutique Luxe Edit – this little box contains a selection of full size and mini high end beauty treats. Including the ultimate skin perfecting primer from Hourglass, By Terry smoky eyeshadow, a Zelens complexion rescue mask and a little something from Cover FX to add that prerequisite seasonal sparkle.

Soap & Glory The Zest of Times Gift Set– this set includes aselection of sweet lime treats all in Soap & Glory’s delectable Sugar Crush fragrance. Featuring an array of pamperstuffs including a wash, body scrub, body butter and two bonus Body Wash Pods.

And last but not least, the Laura Ashley Travel Indulgence Gift Set – This glamorous beauty bag contains an indulgent collection of four travel-sized bath and body treats, including body lotion, shower cream, body mist and lip balm. Delicately scented with notes of geranium and neroli.

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Luxury Treats You Won’t Be Able To Resist

Posted on December 19, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve just finished off my latest gift guide, and this is definitely a good one! Full of luxury treats, there should be enough to inspire you for an extra special gift for a loved one, or even a little something for yourself this Christmas – enjoy! 🙂

Starting with this gorgeous Rodin Olio Lusso Holiday Lipstick Coffret – this mini lipstick set showcases five top-selling shades of Rodin Olio Lusso’s luxury lipstick, in a super cute golden spotted case. The creamy, ultra-smooth formula is enriched with jasmine and neroli oils, as well as Vitamin C and E nourish and soften, and the shades included are – Heavenly Hopp, So Mod, Red Hedy, Loving Lucy, and Billie on the Bike.

For skincare, the StriVectin Anti-Wrinkle Duo Set is definitely worth a look. Containing a pair of anti-ageing products to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the kit promises to help you give you a firmer, brighter and younger-looking complexion. The set includes –

SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 60ml – An anti-aging cream that visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

SD Advanced Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles 30ml – Promoting smoother, brighter-looking skin, this anti-ageing formula helps to visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, deep set wrinkles and dark circles.

On to fragrance now, I had to include the stunning Jean Paul Gaultier Classique 2018 Collectors Edition – fans of this classic fragrance will know every Christmas Jean Paul Gaultier produces a Classique collectors edition with brand new and innovative packaging. For 2018, the iconic glass bust is wearing a sweet red Christmas jumper dress, housed in a fully functioning snow globe.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Velvet Fatale Collectors Edition is another special edition fragrance released for winter 2018. This is in fact the original Good Girl fragrance, presented in a stunning new limited edition red velvet collector’s bottle.

If you’re feeling particularly spendy, how about Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Eau De Parfum? This gorgeous oriental vanilla fragrance really is the height of luxury – follow this delicious wood-scented journey, featuring notes of Coconut Milk, Black Vanilla Absolute, Beeswax, Caramelised Benzoin, and Liquorice, blended with Bitter Almond Paste, Gaïac Wood, Tonka Bean and Sandalwood at the base – just beautiful.

Berdoues Peng Lai Eau De Parfum is another fantastic choice if you’re looking for something high end and a little different. The Péng Lái fragrance represents the flower covered mountain where the goddess of flowers, He Xiangu, lived. Its floral and fruity softness reveals itself through one of China’s most precious materials, Osmanthus. Whilst smooth and sumptuous notes of Benzoin from Laos, and the Brazilian Tonka Bean blend to create a delicate and unforgettable fragrance.

For those looking for something cute and fun, the Lime Crime 10th Anniversary Brush Set could be the perfect gift! Presented in a rainbow box, this brush set includes four brushes – a Fluffy Highlighter Brush, Round Angled Shadow Brush, Angled Paddle Shadow Brush, and a Flat Liner/brow Brush. Each brush has clear handles, with pink glittery stars inside which float up and down as you use it 🙂

Another fragrance idea is new release, Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle EDP. This beautiful floral oriental scent is wonderfully romantic, feminine, and sensual. With top notes of Lychee, Rose Petals and Mimosa, a rich floral heart of Orange Flower, Gardenia and Tuberose, and Orris Root, a Blush Suede Accord, Marzipan Musk and Ambrox at the base. This is a must try for fans of Estee Lauder fragrances.

Gift sets always make wonderful Christmas presents, and this Templespa Do Not Disturb Peace, Relaxation & Sleep Collection could be the perfect gift for someone in need of some precious me-time. This 6-piece collection will leave skin, mind, body and soul feeling calm, restored and rejuvenated. Each product is a mélange of calming aromas, cashmere textures and botanicals, that together help you relax, restore and repose! Here’s what’s in the set –

  • Do Not Disturb Pillow Door Hanger
  • Quietude Calming Mist 50ml
  • Drift Away Bathing & Massage Oil 50ml
  • Duvet Comforting Body Cream 45ml
  • Becalm Soothing Face Mask 30ml
  • Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream 15ml

This gorgeous Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau De Parfum Gift Set would also make a lovely gift. Captivating and confident, Wonderlust evokes a lust for life where beauty, spontaneity and sensuality are the ultimate destination. Deeply romantic, it’s a fragrance inspired by the exotic, the unexpected and the unknown. The set includes a 50ml Wonderlust Eau de Parfum, 10ml Rollerball and a Michael Kors Rose Gold Card Holder.

Or how about this stunning Rose Gold Filofax Set? Perfect for stationery lovers, the classic Filofax Finsbury organiser has been given a luxe makeover and is now available in a beautiful metallic rose gold. Crafted with soft grain leather, the Finsbury includes a variety of handy features, such as a cardholder, tab fastening and a zip pocket, as well as a matching rose gold pen.

The Laura Mercier Brush Strokes Luxe Brush Collection would make a beautiful luxury gift for fans of the brand. Containing all you need to sculpt, highlight, contour and define, this set includes five travel brushes enclosed in travel-friendly brush roll. The set comprises of a Fan Brush, Cheek Colour Brush, Smoky Eye Liner Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush and Eye Crease Brush.

Or how about the Laura Mercier Shadows & Brights Metallic Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection? – this is a limited edition collection of long-lasting, multi-tasking metallic creamy eye shadow sticks delivers both easy application and high-definition, long-lasting colour, that’s both transfer-resistant and crease-resistant. The set Includes four gorgeous metallic shades – Intense Amethyst, Intense Rose gold, Intense Moonlight, and Intense Copper.

I also had to include a little indulgent treat from Jo Malone. Unfortunately I don’t have anything from their Christmas collection, but this gorgeous Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense would still make a wonderful gift. This beautifully warm feminine fragrance combines precious Jasmine Sambac with vibrant Marigold, exotic Ylang Ylang, and rich Benzoin Resin, rounded off with a base of warm Vanilla and Amber.

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Everything You Need for the Man in your Life!

Posted on December 17, 2018

I have a whole host of Gift Guides coming up over the next couple of days, and I’m kicking things off this morning with one just for the guys. Whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or BFF, I’ve got you covered with today’s Gift Guide for Men – I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start with one of the more high end items. The multi-award winning Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam would definitely make for the ultimate gift this Christmas! It features a 3” LED colour screen, QUAD HD 1440p footage delivering stunning video clarity, inbuilt Wi-Fi and much much more. This dash cam is easy to set up and use, it’s effective, reliable and endorsed by the AA.

Here are some more in depth specs to tempt you –

  • Quad HD 1440p recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps
  • Powered Click & Go mount for simple, instant connection
  • Night vision provides optimised footage in poor light
  • Super slimline design – dimensions 10.9 x 5 x 1.8
  • 6-element glass lens provides 140-degree wide angle
  • 12-24Vdc compatible for use in all vehicles
  • Inbuilt battery provides 30 minutes of backup in the event of an incident
  • Intelligent Parking Mode activated by movement
  • Smartphone App & Wi-Fi connectivity (Android & iOS)
  • Nextbase Replay 3 video playback software supplied (Windows & Mac)
  • GPS Logging: view your journey on Google Maps
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light
  • Supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards
  • Magnetic Click & Go mount
  • Auto recording and file protection

Next the Feelunique Men’s Little Beauty Parcel – this just perfect for the guy that has everything. It’s really reasonably priced at £20.00 and includes a capsule grooming edit of products he’ll actually use – including a refreshing scrub, a caffeine-fuelled moisturiser, a balm that can be used to tame his beard or barnet and even a rejuvenating sheet mask. This is exclusive for Christmas 2018 so snap it up while you can! (I’ve just done a quick add up and the contents come to pretty much £50.00, so this really is a fantastic bargain!)

  • Gentlemen’s Tonic Exfoliating Facial Scrub 100ml
  • men-ü MATT Moisturiser buddy tube 15ml
  • BARBER PRO Gentleman’s Sheet Mask 23g
  • ManCave Natural Original Moisturiser 30ml
  • TIGI Bed Head For Men Lion Tamer Beard & Hair Balm 100ml

Or how about the Superdry Men’s Sport Sport Boxers Set? – I know neon orange isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but for fans of Superdry, this affordable little set could be just the ticket. Included is a pair of Superdry Sport’s signature boxer shorts, a Body+Hair Wash and Sport Soak – everything you need for the ultimate post-workout re-charge.

On to fragrance now, the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male 2018 Collector’s Edition EDT is just stunning. JPG Le Male is a classic mens scent that’s been around since 1995 would you believe! This year’s Christmas Collectors Edition bottle features the Le Male figure dressed in a super sweet red Christmas jumper, housed in a fully functioning snow globe case. This would make a really special gift for fans of the fragrance.

  • Top notes: Artemesia, cardamom, bergamot, mint, lavender
  • Heart notes: Cinnamon, orange blossom, caraqay
  • Base notes: Cedar, vanilla, amber, tonka bean, sandalwood

Or how about the Jimmy Choo Man Intense Gift Set? Smooth and sophisticated, Man Intense is confident and intriguing – refined but with a fearless attitude. The fragrance opens with floral notes, watery honeydew melon and sweet mandarin, leading to a heart of artemisia and geranium, accented with black pepper, and the base of tonic bean and patchouli round the fragrance of with a warm, masculine aroma.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Honeydew Melon, Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Artemisia, Black Pepper, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli

And last but not least – I’m a big fan of luxury skincare brand L’Occitane, and they always produce the most gorgeous gift sets for Christmas. The L”Occitane Cedrat Gift Setwould make a wonderful luxury gift for a loved one. The Cedrat fragrance is refreshing, masculine and full of character, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool notes of mint and woody spices. Her’s what’s included in the set –

  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Eau de Toilette 75ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair 250ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gel-Cream After-Shave 30ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Shower Gel 75ml

Ten Brand New Fragrances To Try: Paco Rabanne / Michael Kors / Moschino / L’Occitane / Calvin Klein

Posted on June 29, 2018

Happy Friday! I hope you’re making the most of this fabulous weather we’re having? Today I’ve gathered together a selection of new fragrances that have either recently launched, or will be on sale very soon. Enjoy!

Let’s start off with one of my favourite scents today – Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua. I’ve been a fan of Olympia for a long time, and their latest Aqua version is a beautifully luminescent, sparkling re-edition of the signature fragrance. Olympia Aqua is light yet sensual, soft and addictive, opening with notes of Calamondin and Cashmeron, leading to a heart of Lemon Blossom and sensual, Salty Vanilla, and a warming base of Hydroponic Jasmine and Ambergris – this scent is a must-try this summer.

Next I have Michael Kors Limited Edition Sheer. Soft, feminine and delicate, Sheer combines soothing herbal notes with rich florals and woodsy musk, to conjure moments of sheer intimacy. Enveloped by top notes of Bergamot and Tarragon, this luxurious blend is invigorated with hints of fresh Peony, Jasmine petals and smooth white Cedarwood for a subtly alluring finish.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Tarragon, and Green Leaves.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Orange Blossom Absolute, and Jasmine Petals.
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Musk, Amber Accord, and White Cedarwood.

I also have the gorgeous Moschino Cheap & Chic So Real – can I just start by mentioning the bottle, it’s completely mad and I love it! In case you weren’t sure, So Real is inspired by Popeye’s other half, Olive Oyl. The bottle, reminiscent of a Picasso painting, was designed by Moschino’s artistic director Jeremy Scott, and as you can probably guess, the fragrance is described as ironic, fun and joyful!

The opening of So Real is sharp and bright, with citrus notes of Bitter Orange and Mandarin, as well as juicy Raspberry and Blackcurrant Sorbet. The vibrant floral heart of faceted Pink peony, airy Jasmine, and Magnolia Blossoms leads to a wonderful base of Cedar, Oak Musk and Ambrosian Crystals. This really is a gorgeous summer fragrance, definitely not one to overlook! Also it’s currently a complete steal at only £14.50! Check the link above 🙂

Calvin Klein Eternity Air is a modern feminine interpretation of a traditional floral, with a burst of freshness conveyed through the Sky of the Sky Accord and a dense sexiness with a Cedarwood base. It’s a cool, bright, and refreshing scent, almost unisex, and perfect for those looking for something light and invigorating.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit Oil, Black Currant Absolute, Sky of the Sky Accord
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Muguet, Pear Accord
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood Oil, Ambergris, Skin Musk

& Other Stories Moroccan Tea – Ok so I must admit, I was sent this to try and I thought it was a new fragrance, but it’s actually not! Never mind hey! Moroccan Tea is an oriental woody fragrance, with top notes of Cardamom, Mint and Lemon, a heart of Orange Blossom, Mate and Almond, and a base of Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk and Brown Sugar. It’s quite an unusual fragrance that’s definitely worth a look next time you’re visiting & Other Stories stores.

Ariana Grande Moonlight – luminous and alluring, sweet and sensual, Moonlight is surprisingly beautiful. The scent opens with notes of sparkling rich Black Currant and juicy Plum, while the super sweet heart of fluffy Marshmallow and fresh Peony add a captivating wink of intrigue and mystery. A final seductive touch of creamy Sandalwood, Black Amber and sensual Vanilla at the base leave you with a wonderfully warm and sensual dry down.

I also have the latest launch from Hollister – Hollister Festival Vibes is a wonderfully bright and juicy scent, perfect for daily wear this summer. Festival Vibes is a wonderfully lively scent, opening with sparkling Italian Bergamot, fresh Quince, and Goji Berries. The floral heart offers a lush layer of Pink Peony, delicate Osmanthus, Vanilla Orchid, and Coral Hibiscus. Finally, the dry down envelops you like a comforting blanket of Cashmere Moods, creamy Tonka, and soft Musk.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Blue Women – Is definitely another favourite of mine, First Instinct Blue is a bright and energetic scent, radiating happiness, light and positivity. The fragrance opens with top notes of zesty Citrus Bergamia, juicy Blackcurrant, and refreshing Marine, leading to a sensual heart of velvety Apricot Nectar, Jasmine flowers and delicate Peonies. The base comprises of woody Patchouli, Creamy vanilla and Sandalwood for a rich and warm dry down.

First Instinct Blue Woman will be available nationwide from 30th July 2018.

If you’re looking for more of an evening scent, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere Intense is definitely worth checking out. Perfect for fans of oud, Terre De Lumiere Intense opens with the enchanting oriental scent of Incense, leading to a gourmand heart of aromatic Lavender, sweet Honey and Tonka. This harmony is prolonged by its warm base that leaves behind a woody trail of Cedarwood, spicy Oud which mingles with the softness of Vanilla.

And lastly, Goya Black Rose. Goya have recently re-launched a selection of fragrances from different eras, with Black Rose representing the fabulous fifties, an era of stunning beauty, elegance, and romance. This fragrance opens with a sparkling citrus Green Accord contrasted with Bergamot and Clove. The heart reaveals a fresh and feminine floral bouquet of Rose, Geranium, and Rose Damas enhanced by a confortable drydown of Jasmine, Salicylate and velvety Musk.

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The Father’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2018

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and I’ve gathered together a few fantastic luxury gift ideas if you’re looking to treat someone special. I’ve included an array of fragrances, skincare, gift sets, tech and more. Enjoy!

Firstly I have this beautifully understated Daniel Wellington Watch – featuring a simple white face, with a gold bezel and navy blue leather strap. This watch would make the perfect Father’s Day gift – and if you’re interested, you can currently save £34.00 when you purchase from Browns Family Jewellers, just click on the above link!

On to fragrance now, I have quite a fabulous selection to share with you! Starting with a couple of niche scents – Amouroud Oud Tabac is described as deliciously intoxicating and unforgettable. The fragrance opens with spicy top notes of coriander and ginger, alongside saffron and sweet heliotrope. At the heart is an accord of oud, olibanum and amber wood, followed by an oriental base with toasted-caramel notes of vanilla bourbon, musk and Alaskan cedar wood. This is a stunningly addictive and unforgettable scent, perfect for for the more refined gent.

And Prudence Paris Alexandre EDT – The inspiration for this fragrance was Prudence’s father, Alexander who had a distinguish career as an officer in the Australian Navy. Spices permeate all aspects of the olfactory triangle starting with top notes of cardamom, mugwort and mint, before developing into a heart of orange blossom spiced with cinnamon and cumin. The final notes are a heady mixture of sandalwood and cedar, tinged with powdered notes of vanilla, amber and tonka bean at the base.

Fans of the brand will know you can’t beat L’Occitane for gorgeous gift sets, and the L’Occitane Cologne Cedrat Collection is perfect for Father’s Day. The Cedar scent is refreshing, energising and masculine, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool mint and woody spices. The gift set contains 75ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat EDT, 250ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair and 130ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Spray Deodorant. All housed in a luxury L’Occitane gift box.

Now for something a bit different, how about The Personal Barber Shaving Subscription? You can purchase a single box (which includes everything above) or sign up for a subscription, where the recipient will receive a premium selection of classic wet shaving goods delivered to their door every six weeks. I think this is a great idea!

For music loving dads, the RHA Audio MA550 Headphones are a fantastic investment. Combining elegance and comfort without compromise, the MA650 are wireless, premium bluetooth in-ear headphones, designed for seamless compatibility; whether exercising, travelling, working or relaxing. The headphones feature a massive 12 hour battery life from a single charge, they are moisture, sweat and stain resistant, and offer enhanced audio with aptX and AAC streaming.

I always think cufflinks make a lovely gift, and these smart yet fun Paul Smith Cufflinks would make a wonderfully colourful addition to any Dad’s wardrobe. Crafted from silver toned brass, the cufflinks are adorned in a multi-coloured button design, complete with enamel plating and classic t-bar fastening.

Back to fragrances, next on the list is Laboratory Perfumes Amber EDT – Warm, sophisticated and distinctive, this fragrance evokes Britain’s country and coast with its complex scent that evolves on the skin, this fragrance is designed to follow you through your day with top notes of grass and greenery that matches the energy of the morning, the scent then matures into the rich spices at the heart and finally warm and earthy undertones of wood and balmy ambergris at the base exude a more subdued and reflective tone of the evening. I think my Dad would love this scent!

And YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDP – Playing on contrast and overdose, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme Parfum is a woody oriental fragrance opening with a fresh burst of bergamot and anise, immediately followed by the spicy, virile warmth of black pepper. Notes of lavender and labdanum release all their power to the trail, with the sensuality of patchouli and vanillaVetiver adds the final note to a stunning and unique fragrance.

How about the Urban Apothecary London Oriental Noir Candle – Daringly dark, this sumptuous fragrance entwines extraordinary floral notes with soft spices and wood. Infusing perfumed particles of powdered white orchid and lily intensified by spicy nutmeg and clove, it has an intoxicatingly smooth base of coffee, patchouli leaves and black vanilla pods to bring a lasting and luxurious depth to the scent. Hand poured and stirred by skilled artisans, it is encased in a black glass holder and is made from natural soy wax.

And lastly for fragrance, Dior Sauvage EDP (available at Demenhams) is definitely worth considering. Inspired by the desert in the magical hour of twilight, the powerful freshness of ‘Sauvage’ exudes new sensual and mysterious facets. The scent opens with notes of juicy Calabrian bergamot, and the woody ambery trail of Ambroxan is wrapped in the smoky accents of vanilla absolute – this scent would really make a fantastic gift.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin from Debenhams would also be very well received (in my opinion!) This is gin made the way it used to be. Sipsmith London Dry Gin was born out of a desire to see gin production return to the city where it earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand crafted production, this gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe that wouldn’t look unfamiliar to an eighteenth century Master Distiller. Bold, complex and aromatic smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced – perfect for a refreshing G&T.

Or maybe this rather nice Ted Baker Hip Flask – so Dad can enjoy is favourite tipple on the go? This flask is wrapped with navy blue faux leather and includes two stainless steel shot cups which sit comfortably within the popper lid – this is a fun accessory for nights out.

And lastly, what would a luxury gift guide be without Tom Ford? In fact I’ve only recently realised Tom Ford has his own For Men collection, including a selection of skincare and grooming products…

Tom Ford Noir Extreme EDP is a stunning scent, perfect for those wanting to make a statement. An enhanced version of the signature Tom Ford Noir Spray, Noir Extreme EDP is a bold and sophisticated woody-oriental fragrance – this is definitely one my husband would love!

Tom Ford For Men Purifying Face Cleanser – This water-activated, foaming gel cleanser has been developed to condition while it cleanses. Its lightweight formula conditions and hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth shave. It rinses beautifully without drying, so your face looks and feels smooth, refreshed and energised.

And lastly the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb – Exclusively designed for men’s brows, the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb Defines Brows into a natural, healthy shape essential for the polished and sophisticated look preferred by Mr. Ford. With a specially designed precision comb and easy-to-use twist up applicator, the lightweight gel easily glides onto hair to tame and set brows into place. In a universally flattering tinted hint of colour, the brow Gelcomb adds shine and can be used on all hair colours and skin tones.

The Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 7, 2018

Hi Guys!

How is it nearly Mother’s Day!? Im pretty sure it was only just Christmas! I’m looking forward to a day window shopping in Norwich on Saturday, and hopefully being served breakfast in bed and generally just getting spoiled rotten on Sunday! If you’re thinking of spoiling Mum this year and fancy going a bit extra, I have a fab selection of luxury gift ideas for you today – I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, I have this beautiful Thomas Sabo Together Forever Heart Necklace – designed to represent an eternal bond between two people, this delicate silver necklace features a dainty white zirconia heart intertwined into a ring, which is engraved with the words ‘Together Forever’. This adorable necklace would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! The necklace box also sits here on a lovely peach HAY Kaleido Hexagon Tray. This quirky angular tray comes in a selection of shades and has a modern matte finish. It’s just the perfect size for displaying fragrances and beauty treats on your dressing table 🙂

On to fragrance now, and I have a few gorgeous niche and high end scents to share – Evody Fleur d”Oranger EDP is a captivating woody citrus fragrance, opening with top notes of fresh and sparkling bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart of sweet orange flower and neroli, and a sensual, warming base of musk and white wood.

I also have the beautiful Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée EDP – this is a stunning contemporary chypre fragrance, taking inspiration from a young woman deciding what she will wear before her evening out in Paris. The bottle is of course gorgeous, with it’s fun and playful pompom and engraved medal, and the scent also reflects these boudoir elements – with fresh top notes, silky iris at the heart, and an addictive sweet base, Tenue de Sioree leaves a wonderfully soft gourmand kiss on the skin.

Jeroboam Ambra EDP is also one to watch our for. This is the second fragrance I’ve tried from Jeroboam, and it’s just as beautiful as the first! Ambra, meaning ‘amber’ in Esperanto, is modern, daring and sensual. The scent opens with top notes of bergamot, geranium and incense that give way to a heart of Peru balsam and patchouli, and base notes of vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean and enigmatic musks provide a sensual dry down to this luxurious fragrance.

And Carthusia Gelsomini Di Capri EDP – this is probably my favourite scent so far. Gelsomini di Capri evokes the magical feeling of a sun-drenched island sanctuary blooming with jasmine and fragrant bouquets that softly wave in the fresh breeze. Bergamot, lemon and yellow mandarin open the fragrance, softening into a sensual floral heart of jasmine grandiflorum absolute that rests on an opulent base of Italian ginestra and orange blossom, amber, and cashmere wood.

And I also have E.Coudray Rose Tubereuse EDT – on initial spritz I thought this scent might be a bit too ‘grown up’ for me, but I have to say, it does have the most beautiful dry down that lasts for hours. Rose Tubereuse would be perfect for fans of intense, floral scents, with distinct notes of tuberose and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Rhubarb, Mandarin, Clove and Guava.
  • Herat Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Tuberose, Geranium, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk and Benzoin.

On to skincare now – the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Care Gift Set would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! The set contains three mini Premier Cru products, including The Eye Cream 15ml, which tackles signs of ageing, including dark circles and puffiness, whilst brightening and smoothing the eye area. The Precious Oil 10ml, which melts into the skin leaving it instantly smoothed, nourished and brightened. And The Cream 15ml, which hydrates the skin, whilst restoring density and smoothing wrinkles, to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion.

Or how about the brand new Caudalie Premier Cru Serum? Formulated with Caudalie’s patented Vinergy® complex, this luxurious, gel-like serum promises to intensely revitalise the skin to correct the signs of ageing. The highly concentrated formula boosts the effectiveness of your current anti-ageing cream to reveal skin that appears visibly younger, more radiant and revitalised.

Moving on to something a little different, how about this beautiful Lola Design White Tailed Stag Print? Lola Design offer a wide range of animal prints, and the White Tailed Stag print is from the Wildlife Botanical collection, which also includes bees, humming birds, owls, and many more fabulous creatures – all of which feature beautiful floral details, and are available as stand-alone prints or pre-mounted and framed to your specification.

I also have this striking Lauren Dickinson Clarke The Poet Mug This design was influenced by the romantic yet heart breaking story of Dara Maar, one of the many muses and lovers of Picasso. Widely recognised as his most famous muse, Dora was the subject of many cruel jokes played on her by Picasso and they indulged in a turbulent relationship coloured by art, passion & tension.

Back to skincare now, I have the fab By Terry Baume De Rose Beauty To Go Set which contains a selection of products from the By Terry Baume de Rose collection, all housed in a pink faux leather pouch. Included you’ll find a Face Cream 30g, Hand Cream 30g, Body Cream 50g and a Lip Care 0.2ml. I’ve displayed the products here in a beautiful Julia Knight Eclipse Bowl in Marble Mist – the aluminium on the bowl has been shaped by hand to create a rustic, imperfect edge and finished with a distressed metallic sheen and marble look enamel interior. This would make a fantastic snack bowl!

If Mum is a fan of luxury body products, Thameen Carved Oud Body Lotion could make the perfect gift. It’s enriched with the finest grade argan oil and shea butter, combining these nourishing ingredients with a luxury oud fragrance. Carved Oud is a heavenly blend of South Indian oud, with cedarwood, patchouli and Haitian vetiver, rounded off with a smooth musk at the base.

I also have a couple of brand new skincare products from Filorga. The Filorga Lift Structure Cream is an ultra-lifting cream formulated with active ingredients derived from the latest research into biotechnology, for a complete anti-ageing effect. Included in a cream for the first time, Plasmatic Lifting Factors® visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face. And the Filorga Lift Designer Serum is an ultra-lifting serum promising a radical anti-ageing effect. The formula includes a duo of ultra-tightening active agents, combined with a roll-on applicator to stimulate the skin tissue, to lift and smooth the complexion.

Or how about the Issey Miyake L’Eau d”Issey EDT Gift Set which includes a generous 100ml body lotion and 50ml L’Eau d’Issey fragrance. This timeless yet modern fragrance is a beautiful fresh floral, that’s noticeably aquatic and woody, with notes of lilies and soft freesia combined with sensual precious woods at the base.

And lastly, I have the stunning L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere L’Eau Luxury Collection. L’Occitane’s latest fragrance, Terre de Lumiere L’Eau is a scent inspired by blooming flowers in the dawn light in Provence. Opening with notes of bergamot and pink pepper reminiscent of the fresh air of dawn. Then, just as the sun warms the earth, floral notes blossom revealing voluptuous accords of white musk and tonka bean. This luxury gift set includes a generously sized 90ml Eau de Toilette, Gentle Shower Gel, Beautifying Body Lotion, Radiant Balm and Perfumed Soap, all housed in a L’Occitane signature gift box.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Fabulous Beauty Crackers & Baubles

Posted on December 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s only one week until Christmas, where has the time gone! Today, I’ve got a few fabulous beauty baubles and crackers to share with you, perfect for adorning your tree or for an extra special treat at the Christmas table – enjoy!

Starting with the Feel Unique Elizabeth Arden Cracker – This generously sized cracker would make any beauty lover’s day, it’s filled with Elizabeth Arden makeup essentials, including a full size Beautiful Color Grand Entrance Mascara in Black, a Lip Oil (various shades included) and a Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Sample.

For something a bit more budget friendly, the Beatitude Peace Bath Oil Cracker is definitely worth checking out. There are three Bath Oil options to choose from – Peace, Patience and Joy, and I have Peace which promises to turn your bathroom into a divine peaceful haven when you’re in need of intensive relaxation. This relaxing oil is blended with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain and Cedarwoood, to leave your skin sumptuously smooth with no greasy residue.

For makeup lovers, how about the Laura Geller Beauty Color Luster Lip Gloss Hi-Def Top Coat Duo – The Pearl (£20.00) – This cute little tree ornament contains two Laura Geller deliciously decadent Hi-Def Top Coats. Infused with light-reflecting pearls and lip conditioning Kendi Oil, it cushions lips with a rich, always silky, never-sticky shine.

Another Bath Oil option is the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil – this dinky little bath oil Moisturises and conditions, leaving skin soft and supple, and it’s lightly scented with stress relieving and soothing roses.

Or how about the Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge  Designed to help create shadows or highlight your favourite facial features. The small side is for precision highlighting, and the large side is for controlled contouring.

For fragrance fans, the Ghost Eclipse Mini Set would be greatly received. This sunshine-filled gift brings together a mini Eclipse EDT fragrance and co-ordinating moon keyring, perfect for you handbag. Eclipse opens with edible notes of fresh blackcurrant, marigold and zesty mandarin, threaded with golden freesia and lotus flower.

The Spongelle Sugar Plum Sponge is another great beauty bauble. This innovative buffer is infused with a Sugar Plum fragranced body wash, which envelops the body in a sweet, festive aroma. Creating a creamy lather for up to 5 showers, the sponge leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and feeling soft and silky.

The Erborian Perfect Twist Blur It Cracker is a cute Christmas cracker containing two cult products from Erborian. There’s a BB Cream in Nude, enriched with SPF 20, it evens out and mattifies the complexion, leaving skin with a velvety, ultra-soft finish. And a Pink Perfect Cream which provides an instant “blur” by giving a soft-focus effect to the skin, minimising the appearance of pores, leaving the skin looking smooth and radiant.

I also have the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble – This rose-gold bauble features a star cut-out design, a gorgeous addition to any tree. The products within capture the poetic beauty of springtime in Provence, where flowering cherry trees colour the Luberon Hills and perfume the air. The bauble contains a mini Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Cream trio.

And lastly the L’Oreal Paris Read My Lips Red Christmas Cracker Lip Kit – Available in three shade options, the L’Oral Read My Lips Cracker contains a Color Riche Lipsticks and matching Lip Liner, so you can perfect your pout this Christmas season. I think Red is definitely the one to have for Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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