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

Posted on May 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty¬†box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book.¬†Let’s see what’s¬†inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth ¬£19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth ¬£2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about ¬£4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth ¬£11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth ¬£9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth ¬£5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = ¬£53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over ¬£80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products Рand there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find¬†the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know¬†these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth ¬£20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in¬†any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Stocking fillers & Tree Ornaments

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the¬†next instalment of my Christmas gift guides! Today is all about beauty stocking fillers and tree ornaments. I’ve included a variety of products covering makeup, skincare and body care, with¬†a range of prices starting from only a couple of pounds – with nothing over ¬£30.00. So there should be something to suit every beauty lovers’ taste and¬†budget. Enjoy!

Starting with one of the more high end¬†items in this guide, the¬†Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Set (¬£29.00) is a fantastic luxury set containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.¬†Enriched with the label’s fortifying Amazonian Nut Oils, these four travel-friendly products will leave your hair and skin looking and feeling lustrous, strong and healthy, and they’re neatly packaged in a presentation box that’s perfect for gifting too.

And straight to the other end of the pricing spectrum, the Dirty Works Bath Bomb Set (£3.00) is perfect for those of us that are on a tight budget. This bargain set contains three large fragranced bath bombs Рthis is such a great bargain and a perfect stocking filler!

Dry and chapped lips can be a problem for many of us in the winter months (including myself) and one of the best as well as most affordable lip balms you can but is Carmex. This¬†Carmex Keep Carm and Carry Bag¬†(¬£12.00) would make a fantastic gift for anyone that suffers with their lips in the winter. This set contains an assortment of Carmex’s best selling¬†lines, including a¬†Carmex Classic Pot,¬†Carmex Cherry Tube,¬†Carmex Vanilla Stick, and¬†Carmex Moisture Plus Pink.

Next we have the¬†L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble¬†(¬£10.00) – L’Occitane have SO many amazing gifts available this christmas, suitable for all budgets, and this sweet little bauble contains a selection of L’Occitane’s¬†Shea Butter favourites, including a¬†30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion,¬†25g Shea Butter Milk Soap, and¬†10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.

For the candle fans out there, the Flamingo Candles Bah Humbug Stag Christmas Candle (£12.00) would make a fantastic stocking filler. This statement candle is made with blue wax and a gold and pastel pink acrylic stag decoration, the fragrance is a refreshing mouth-watering peppermint with soft sweet candy notes, and it also burns for an impressive 50 hours.

Next we have the¬†Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Bauble¬†(¬£10.00) – this beautifully packaged limited edition bauble contains a¬†spicy hand wash blended with allspice, aromatic vetiver and opulent frankincense. Perfect¬†a luxurious secret Santa treat, stocking filler or¬†as a little treat for yourself ūüôā

Another brand worth checking out is Patisserie De Bain (from £1.00) Рthis budget bath and body brand offer a large range of affordable treats that a perfect for gifting (as well as stocking up on yourself) They offer hand cream, shower creme, and bath melts in a variety of sweet scents. I have the Strawberry Cupcake hand cream which smells good enough to eat!

And the¬†Kellogg’s Bubble Bath Cracker Set¬†(¬£7.99) – includes four¬†christmas crackers with generous 50ml bottles of bubble bath inside. Scents included are¬†Christmas Cranberry,¬†Amazing Almond,¬†Super Strawberry, and¬†Very Vanilla, all presented in a festive gift box.

I love when my favourite beauty brands come up with Christmas gifts, and this¬†Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament¬†(¬£10.00) is the perfect affordable gift for any Too Faced fan. Their Better Than Sex Mascara has gained cult status for being one of the best mascaras money can buy – and it’s only ¬£10.00 to boot!

And the¬†Christmas Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Set¬†(¬£8.00) is a sweet and fun little set that includes four lip balms with different soft-drink flavours. There’s¬†Sprite, Fanta, Vanilla Coca-Cola and classic Coca-Cola flavours included –¬†enough to keep one in your bag, one in the car, one at home and one at work.

Next the¬†Bourjois ASOS Exclusive Glamour Set¬†(¬£16.00) – I love Bourjois products, so when ASOS bundle them up and give you a discount too, how could I resist? This set includes some of Bourjois’ best selling products – the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish in 03 Hot Pepper, Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara – everything you need for a glamorous Christmas look.

And what would Christmas gifting be without The Body Shop?¬†The Body Shop’s Spiced Apple Collection¬†(from ¬£4.00) is just perfect for stocking fillers, Christmas goodie bags or secret santa gifts. I absolutely love the Spiced Apple scent, it has¬†notes of crisp apple, warming cinnamon, orange and white flowers,¬†and just embodies the scent of Christmas. The range includes a large selection¬†of bath and body products such as Lip Balm, Shower Gel and Body Butter.

The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble (£20.00) would also make a wonderfully luxurious treat for any beauty lover. This limited edition bauble contains a mini Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Eye Liner in shade Bedroom Black and a mini Legendary Mascara.

And lastly we have the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble (¬£13.00) – this nifty little bauble contains three This Works mini products to help you get a restful night’s sleep. The set includes Deep sleep pillow spray¬†(5ml),¬†Deep sleep stress less (5ml), and¬†Sleep plus pillow spray¬†(5ml). I’ve used these products myself and highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Gifts Under £25.00

Posted on December 12, 2016

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I really need to get my house organised – we finally have a tree – but no decorations yet! ūüėÄ I’m also now starting to publish my gift guides, which I’m kicking off today with a beauty guide including¬†a fantastic selection of gifts under¬†¬£25.00. Enjoy!

Let’s start with the very festive looking¬†Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Set¬†(¬£15.50) – most people will be familiar with this¬†iconic product, as it’s literally one of the most popular cleansers¬†ever. Did you also know it’s won over 120 awards too! This gift set contains everything you need to get super clean skin in mere minutes – there’s a 100ml tube of¬†Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser,¬†2x Pure Muslin Cloths, and a Cleansing Guide included, all beautifully encased in a specially-designed luxury Christmas gift box that’s just perfect for gifting.

Next we have the¬†Mini Moderns Festival of Light Candle Collection (¬£26.00) – Ok I know this is over ¬£25.00, but only by a smidge so I’ve allowed it to sneak in this post!¬†This super cute candle set contains¬†four¬†of Mini Moderns’ classic print designs on four wonderfully¬†scented mini sized candles.¬†The fragrances included are –¬†Whitby (Sea Spray),¬†Pavilion (Gin Fizz)¬†Darjeeling (Tea and Fig) and¬†Paisley Crescent (Eastern Orange Blossom).

And on to the¬†Ted Baker Sweet Treats Gem Trio Gift Set¬†(¬£22.50) – I absolutely love Ted Baker for Christmas gifts, they always come up with beautifully packaged goodies, and this Sweet Treats Gem Trio set would make either one fantastic gift, or three individual¬†stocking fillers. Each ‘gem’ contains a travel sized Ted Baker perfume and a full sized nail polish. The fragrances included are really lovely and wearable, including¬†Mia, Polly and Lyla scents – perfect for any girl who is constantly on the go.

Next we have the¬†Orla Kiely Geranium Purse Spray Gift Set (¬£22.00) –¬†This beautiful set from Orla Kiely includes¬†a mini cosmetic bag and a 25ml Geranium Purse Spray, housed in a pretty, decorative gift box, with a classic Orla Kiely print.

Next, the¬†Makeup Forever Artistic Smoky Eye Kit (¬£14.00) – this is a fab little gift set containing a selection of Makeup Forever minis. There’s an Excessive Lash Mascara, Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M60 (brown) and also one in M10 (black) – so you can create some gorgeous smoky eye looks this Christmas.

If lips are more your thing, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector Collection (£25.40) is a definite must have. I love Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors, they leave your lips feeling incredibly silky smooth and nourished, with a natural tint of colour and a glossy shine. This set includes shades 01 Rose shimmer and 02 Apricot shimmer.

Moving on to fragrance, the brand new¬†Accessorize Lovelily Perfume¬†(¬£19.00) has recently caught my attention. I have to tell you I’m completely in love with this scent. It’s super feminine with¬†notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla, and it really¬†reminds me of my youth, I think because it’s quite a young and sweet fragrance. This scent is a fantastic bargain at only ¬£19.00 for 75ml – if I didn’t have this already, it’d definitely be on my¬†Christmas list this year!

Continuing with scent, another bargain fragrance is the new¬†Monsoon Rose Gold EDP¬†– which¬†is currently on offer for only ¬£19.33. Rose Gold EDP has top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents, heart notes of¬†velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen, and a base of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a new reasonably priced fragrance.

And the¬†Jo Malone Geranuim & Walnut Hand Cream¬†(¬£22.00) – We all know Jo Malone makes some of the best and most beautifully packaged products, but if you’re looking something at the cheaper end of the spectrum, this Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream would make the perfect gift for any Jo Malone fan this Christmas, without breaking the bank. This cream has a¬†lightweight, delicately scented formula including¬†Apricot Kernel oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving hands soft and moisturised.

Next the Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette (£19.00) РI often think Pixi makeup is quite underrated, and this palette is a very reasonably priced considering how much product is included. The Rosy Radiance Palette Rosette from Pixi is an all-in-one colour kit including an array of rose, crème and taupe hues that are able to sculpt and enhance cheeks, add a wash of colour to eyes and fill in sparse brows. The Palette Contains: 8x Eye Shades, 3x Brow Shades, 3x Face Shades and a Duo Applicator.

And lastly, the¬†L’Occitane Delightful Floral Hand Cream Trio (¬£22.00) – this lovely little set would make the perfect Christmas gift for any L’Occitane fan. It contains 3x 30ml hand creams in scents Cherry Blossom,¬†Arl√©sienne¬†and¬†Pivoine¬†Flora – which is a real bargain at only ¬£7.33 each!

I’d love to hear what’s top of your Christmas list this year? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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TSNC Advent Giveaway: L’Occitane Gift Set! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Another day, another giveaway! Today’s Advent giveaway includes a beautiful gift set from one of my favourite brands, L’Occitane…

Daring and gracious, the woman of the city of Arles encompasses the beauty of Provence. Elusive and attractive, she leaves a fragrant trail bursting with colour and life, that lingers wherever she goes. L’OCCITANE celebrates the beauty and refinement of this iconic woman with our Arl√©sienne collection; a subtle bouquet of rose for her grace, sweet violet for her mystery and saffron for her temperament. Rose from Grasse, sweet violet and saffron from Provence come together in a floral fusion that reveals unexpected nuances. The Arl√©sienne fragrance evokes the woman of Arles – full of mystery, beauty and grace.

The Sensual Arlésienne Collection worth £55.00, contains a wonderful selection of products from the Arlésienne range. This gift set includes:

  • 75ml Arl√©sienne eau de Toilette.
  • 75ml Arl√©sienne Delightful Bath & Shower Gel.
  • 50g Arl√©sienne Scented Soap.
  • 30ml Arl√©sienne Hand Cream.
  • All presented in a beautifully crafted gift box.

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 ‚Äď make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway!¬†xxx

Christmas: L’Occitane Advent Calendar 2016 -SPOILER!

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The first of the 2016’s beauty advent calendars has just arrived at TSNC HQ, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and share with you what’s inside!

In case you’re not familiar with the¬†L‚ÄôOccitane Advent Calendar,¬†it’s¬†been an¬†instant sell-out for the past two years, and it’s¬†jam packed¬†with a premium selection of 24 Proven√ßal treats to make your Christmas countdown even more exciting ūüėÄ

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The 2016 advent calendar is designed as a large box that opens up on one side, like a book. It’s tied closed with a festive red ribbon, and has a typical L’Occitane design of hand drawn and water-painted characters and Christmas scenes.

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The inside has a ‘Loccitane Gifts Workshop’ theme which is really cute! With 24 perforated windows.

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I’ve opened a few of them so you can get an idea of the type of products that are included, and the sizes…

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It’s also worth mentioning that this year the calendar contains 24 L’Occitane products – compared to last year where a few of the windows contained Christmas decorations and accessories, like parcel tags, mini bows and confetti stars. So in comparison, you definitely get more for your money in this¬†year’s box!

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And for those that want to know exactly what you’re getting, I’ve included a full list of contents below:

  • Relaxing Shower Gel 35ml
  • Dry Skin Hand Cream 10ml
  • Pivione Flora Hand Cream 10ml
  • Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 35ml
  • Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream 10ml
  • The Vert & Bigarde Shower Gel 30ml
  • Milk Concentrate 20ml
  • Ultra Rich Facial Cream 10ml
  • Amande Delicious Hands 10ml
  • Ultra Rich Body Lotion 30ml
  • Shampoo Dry & Damaged Hair 35ml
  • Jasmin & Bergamot Shower Gel 30ml
  • Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel 35ml
  • Soap with Verbena Leaves 25g
  • Verbena Refreshing Cloth 4ml
  • Ultra Rich Shower Cream 30ml
  • Shower Oil Cleansing & Softening 35ml
  • Vervine Shower Gel 30ml
  • Foot Cream Dry Skin 10ml
  • Cherry Blossom EDT 7.5ml
  • Cooling Hand Cream Gel 10ml
  • Essential Water 30ml
  • Gentle Toner 30ml
  • Delicious Soap 50g

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The L’Occitane Advent Calendar is It’s a very reasonable ¬£42.00, with ¬£80.00 worth of treats inside – so if you’re a fan of L’Occitane, or bath and skincare products in general, you should definitely check this out. It’s available to purchase now at¬†L’Occitane.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2016!

Posted on September 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know this is *slightly* on the premature side – but I wanted to get this post started early, so I can bring you ALL the beauty advent calendars for 2016!

I’m starting this off with as much early bird info as I could get my hands on – so I should point out that some of these calendars are available now, some pre-order, and other aren’t available as yet. I’ll included details on availability for each one so you know when you’ll be able to snap them up – as well as updating release dates as and when I have them.

I’ll also be adding more calendars as I come across them – so do keep checking back for (hopefully) the most comprehensive list of beauty advent calendar goodness around!

So here we go, in price order starting with the cheapest…

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  • What?¬†Wilko Kissmas Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£5.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Wilko.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†This super sweet calendar contains 24 bargain beauty treats – at only ¬£5.00 it’s a complete steal!

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  • What?¬†Flutter¬†Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£12.00 reduced to ¬£8.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Superdrug

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†The flutter advent calendar contains 24 mini surprises for eyes and lips – and it’s currently half price!

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  • What?¬†Technic¬†12 Days of Christmas¬†Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£16.00 reduced to ¬£8.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Superdrug.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†Another¬†super budget option¬†– this 12 days of Christmas calendar from Technic offers 12 sweet beauty tears, and it’s currently half price!

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  • What?¬†Technic Cube Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£20.00 reduced to ¬£10.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Superdrug.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†Another fab budget calendar from Technic packed with 24x beauty treats – grab it while it’s half price!

dirty-works-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Dirty Works¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£15.00
  • When and where?¬†Available at¬†Sainsburys¬†from November.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†A fantastic budget calendar, packed with Dirty Works treats¬†including bath and body goodies, and beauty accessories.

prezzybox-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Mad Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£18.95
  • When and where?¬†Available now at¬†Prezzybox¬†(currently out of stock)

And what’s in it? –¬†The perfect gift for younger beauty fans or those on a budget, this calendar contains 24 beauty gifts, including nail polish, lipstick, eyeliner and beauty tools.

bomb-cosmetics-advent-calendars-2016

  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Countdown To Christmas and The Bomb Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much? ¬£19.99 each.
  • When and where? Both are available NOW¬†at¬†Littlewoods.

And what’s in it?¬†Each advent calendar contains 24x goodies, including 12x miniature soap slices and 12x miniature bath blasters from Bomb Cosmetics.

house-of-fraser-2016-advent-calendar

  • What?¬†House of Fraser¬†Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£25.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†House of Fraser.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†This¬†calendar contains a selection of House of Fraser’s own brand beauty, Colour Couture cosmetics. You’ll find lipsticks inside, as well as eyeshadow dusts, glitter eye liner and nail art products to name but a few items.

w7-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†W7 Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£29.95.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†W7 Cosmetics.

And what’s in it?¬†This calendar contains 24x W7 beauty treats!

feel-unique-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Feel Unique The Magic of¬†Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£30.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Feel Unique.

And what’s in it?¬†–¬†This¬†is a¬†12 day calendar offering some fantastic brands, including Laura Geller, Bourjois, Ole Henriksen and Rimmel. It’s a fab bargain at only ¬£30.00.!

benefit-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Benefit 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar.
  • How much?¬†¬£34.50 (Worth ¬£68.46)
  • When and where?¬†Available from November at¬†Benefit Cosmetics.

And what’s in it? Just like last year,¬†Benefit are offering¬†12x of their best sellers in mini form – you can see exactly what’s included in the picture. This is a great opportunity for those new to the brand to try out their products without breaking the bank.

sephora-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Sephora Collection¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†$45.00¬†(About ¬£35.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Sephora.

And what’s in it?¬†This is a 24 piece advent calendar containing a range or mini treats from Sephora’s own brand.¬†You’ll find body wash, nail polish, makeup wipes, lipstick, eyeshadow and hair bands, to name but a few items.

ms-beauty-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†M&S Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£35.00 when you spend ¬£35.00 at M&S on beauty, clothing and home (Worth ¬£250.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available¬†NOW¬†at¬†M&S.

And what’s in it?¬†This amazing looking advent calendar is such a fantastic bargain! It’s only ¬£35.00 (after already spending ¬£35.00 at M&S) and includes some fantastic brands such as Alpha H, Emma Hardie, Nails Inc, Pixie, REN, Rituals, Rodial and many more.¬†You can see my review¬†here.

boots-no7-advent-calendar-2016

  • What? Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2016
  • How much?¬†¬£40.00 (Worth ¬£150)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at Boots.

And what’s in it? This fantastic sounding calendar contains 25x No.7 products, including both minis and full sizes which is excellent news. From eyeshadow, to body wash, to skincare – this beauty advent calendar literally ticks all the boxes!

l'occitane advent calendar 2016

  • What?¬†L‚ÄôOccitane¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£42.99 (worth ¬£80.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†L’Occitane.

And what’s in it?¬†This instant sell-out calendar is literally¬†bursting with a premium selection of 24 Proven√ßal treats – I mean how good do they look! It’s a fantastic¬†way to try out some of L’Occitane’s best selling products!

ciate-mini-mani-month-advent-calendar-2016_edited-1

  • What?¬†Ciate Mini Mani Month¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£50.00
  • When and where?¬†Available¬†NOW at¬†Very.

And what’s in it?¬†This calendar contains¬†18 mini Ciat√© paint pots and one full size polish. This includes four¬†new and shades as well as a limited edition surprise.

asos-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†ASOS¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£50.00 (worth ¬£175.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at ASOS.

And what’s in it?¬†This is the first ever beauty advent calendar from ASOS, and it definitely looks like one to snap up this year! At a very reasonably ¬£50.00, this calendar contains 24 must-have¬†skincare, make-up and hair care products from a variety of brands – with a value of ¬£175.00!

nude-by-nature-advent-calendar

  • What?¬†Nude By Nature¬†12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£54.00 (worth ¬£107.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Feel Unique.

And what’s in it?¬†If you’re not familiar with Nude By Nature, they’re a fantastic Australian brand ¬†– you can read about their products here. This is their first advent calendar and it contains 12¬†beautiful makeup treats in Nude By Nature’s signature rose gold packaging. This is definitely one worth checking out.

selfridges-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£60.00 (the price hasn’t been confirmed as yet- this is my estimate)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it?¬†This¬†year’s Selfridges Advent Calendar looks amazing! It includes brands such as Too Faced, Rodial, Molton Brown, OCC, Eve Lom and Foreo. This looks like fantastic value for money!

the-body-shop-24-happy-days-advent-calendar

  • What?¬†The Body Shop 24 Happy Days¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£60.00 (worth ¬£106.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it?¬†This is the first¬†of three Body Shop advent calendars this year. This one is the cheapest of the three and includes 24 treats ranging from¬†bestsellers to brand new body care, skincare, makeup and accessories.

decleor-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Decleor Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£60.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†John Lewis.

And what’s in it? This calendar contains two full sized products –¬†Hydra Floral Light Cream (30ml) and Hand Cream (50ml) alongside smaller Decl√©or treats including face products and body solutions.

clinique-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Clinique 24¬†Days of Clinique Advent Calendar.
  • How much?¬†¬£65.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Clinique.

And what’s in it?¬†This calendar contains a massive selection of Clinique treats! There’s plenty of makeup and skincare goodies to keep you stocked up right through advent. Full details are on the Clinique site.

you-beauty-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†You Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£69.95 (worth ¬£270.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†You Beauty.

And what’s in it?¬†This calendar¬†includes a fantastic selection of products covering makeup, skincare and haircare – from brands such as¬†The White Company, Miller Harris, Bee Good, Moroccanoil¬†and¬†many more.

lookfantastic-advent-calendar-2016

  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty Secret Volume 2 Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£70.00 (worth over ¬£300.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Lookfantastic.

And what’s in it?¬†Promising to be¬†bigger and better¬†than last year,¬†Lookfantastic have filled their 2016 advent calendar with¬†a mix of deluxe sample size and full size products from a large range of brands,¬†covering¬†haircare, skincare, bodycare and makeup treats. This one sounds like fantastic value –¬†I might be snapping this up myself!

bareminerals-countdown-to-gorgeous-advent-calendar

  • What?¬†bareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£75.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†BareMinerals.

And what’s in it? I believe this is bareMinerals first advent calendar (please do correct me if I’m wrong though) and doesn’t it look amazing! This calendar contains all the bareMinerals products you could ever want or need – there’s deluxe Marvellous Moxie Lip Glosses, Eyeshadows, Mascara, and of course bareMinerals famous Mineral Veil. This definitely looks like one to snap up this year.

the-body-shop-24-happy-days-deluxe-advent-calendar_edited-1

  • What? The Body Shop 24 Happy Days¬†Deluxe¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£80.00 (Worth ¬£127.50)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it?¬†The second of the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016. This Deluxe version contains a selection of The Body Shop treats to open every day of advent.

luxury-beauty-your-beauty-fairytale-come-true-advent-calendar-2016-boots

  • What?¬†Your Beauty Fairytale Come True¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£85.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Boots.

And what’s in it?¬†I’ve just come across this calendar on the Boots site and was instantly wowed! This luxury calendar contains brands such as Lancome, YSL, Victor & Rolf, and Ralph Lauren. Unfortunately the products aren’t full sized like the picture shows, but I still think it’s a great sounding luxury calendar.

selfridges-exclusive-loreal-advent-calendar_pound95-2_zpsegf0ixva

  • What?¬†Selfridges L’Oreal Eclectic Little Luxuries¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£95.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Expect a big bundle of¬†eclectic luxuries from L’oreal at Selfridges this year, including brands such as YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Viktor & Rolph and Kiehls.

kiehls-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Kiehls Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£95.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it? A large selection of Kiehls skincare treats, in mostly mini sizes. Definitely a must have for skincare fanatics!¬†

clarins-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Clarins¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£95.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Boots.

And what’s in it?¬†This gorgeous calendar contains a fantastic range of Clarins products – such as¬†a Lip Comfort Oil, and a Detox Skin Booster – which is perfect for the party season – as well a plenty of skincare and makeup treats.

the-body-shop-24-happy-days-ultimate-advent-calendar_edited-2

  • What?¬†The Body Shop 24 Happy Days¬†Ultimate¬†Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£99.00 (Worth ¬£187.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at The Body Shop.

And what’s in it?¬†The big daddy¬†of all the Body Shop’s advent calendars for 2016¬†– the Ultimate advent calendar is a Body Shop’s fans’ dream! This contains a selection of luxury treats worth a massive ¬£187.00

vintage-cosmetics-company-advent-calendar-2016_edited-1

  • What?¬†The Vintage Cosmetics Company¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£99.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Feel Unique.

And what’s in it?¬†As above – lots of gorgeous Vintage Cosmetics Company treats!¬†

liberty-advent-calendar-2016_edited-2

  • What?¬†Liberty Beauty¬†Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£149.00 (worth over ¬£400.00)
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Liberty.

And what’s in it?¬†A fabulous luxury beauty calendar worth over ¬£400 including beauty treats from high end brands including Diptyque, Dermalogica and Malin & Goetz.¬†

molton-brown-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Molton Brown¬†Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar.
  • How much?¬†¬£150.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Look Fantastic.

And what’s in it? The Molton Brown Advent Calendar really does sound amazing! It contains 24 mini Molton Brown treats, including bath and shower gels, hand washes, shampoo and candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

charlotte-tilbury-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar.
  • How much?¬†¬£150.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Charlotte Tilbury¬†and¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it?¬†Charlotte’s Christmas range is based on¬†parties this year, and this calendar is all about gifting yourself or someone else day-by-day during the party season. Every time you open a door, behind the iconic dancing women representing a hall of fame of different party eras, is a best-selling mini beauty treat waiting to be unveiled from Charlotte‚Äôs multi-award-winning range. The calendar contains both full size and mini products, and really would make a fantastic Christmas treat!

net-a-porter-ultimate-beauty-kit

  • What?¬†Net-A-Porter The Ultimate Beauty Kit
  • How much?¬†¬£150.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW at¬†Net-A-Porter

And what’s in it?¬†Ok this isn’t technically an advent calendar, but it looks like such a fantastic deal I had to include it. This kit contains 16 travel size and 16 full size beauty products from amazing high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Sunday Riley, Sarah Chapman and Chantecaille to name but a few. This really looks amazing.

estee-lauder-advent-calendar-2016_edited-1

  • What?¬†Estee Lauder¬†Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar¬†2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£205.00
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Boots.

And what’s in it?¬†Well, this Estee Lauder calendar really does look fabulous! It contains everything an EL fan could want or need, covering makeup, skincare and fragrance – expect to find mini versions of their most popular products, including a Bronze Goddess mini bronzer, and mini pure colour envy lipsticks, as well as masks, serums, mascara and nail polish to name but a few. Click on the link for full details!

diptyque-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Diptyque Advent Calendar 2016.
  • How much?¬†¬£250.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available NOW¬†at¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it? Diptyque’s¬†second ever advent calendar contains 25x luxury Diptyque gifts. You’ll find exquisite¬†candles, skincare, body care and fragrance in this calendar, as well as a¬†limited edition Le Roi Sapin 70g candle on Christmas day. This has a rich pine scent that also combines the woody tones of resin, cedar and patchouli. The perfect indulgent Christmas gift, for you or a loved one.

jo-malone-advent-calendar-2016

  • What?¬†Jo Malone London Townhouse Advent Calendar.
  • How much?¬†¬£280.00.
  • When and where?¬†Available¬†NOW at¬†Selfridges.

And what’s in it?¬†Lastly, of course the big daddy of advent calendars, Jo Malone. This year Jo Malone’s Townhouse contains a wonderful selection of Jo Malone treats, including some exciting new products, such as a¬†mini Geranium & Walnut Scrub, as well as scatter Candles. This calendar¬†really is this height of luxury.

So that’s all the beauty advent calendars I have info on so far – like I said I’ll continue updating this as and when, and if you know of any more calendars please do let me know so I can add them to my post! xxx