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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet & Edda Bow Necklace (£17.50 each at Amara) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (£17.50 rather than £35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker Hat Box Gift Set (£18.00 at Boots) – This decorative hat box contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body soufflé and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (£24.99 at Amara) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet, featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! 🙂

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at Amara) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Clarins Tender Moments Collection is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush (£16.00 at House of Fraser) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm (£16.00 at House of Fraser) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which reacts with the lips’ pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (£22.00 at Newby Teas) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic infusions to choose from, including:  Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at Crabtree & Evelyn) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful La Source EDT fragrance, and the Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (£45.00 from Lush Designs) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container, decorated with cats and embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (£169.00 at Foreo) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (£45.00 at Molton Brown) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother’s Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£50.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP (£70.00 at House of Fraser)- this floral woody oriental scent blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting accord that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin and Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart Notes: Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine Sambac China and Heliotrope.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Clearwood, Tonka Beans, Madagascar Vanilla, Musks and Amber.

And I had to include this Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set (£49.30 at Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of elegant Jasmine Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (£55.00 at Debenhams). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed on a dressing table. Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and  uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit and white Nectarine
  • Heart Notes: Iris and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide xxx

This post contains press samples

Mother’s Day Luxury Gift Ideas

Posted on March 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my earlier Kate Spade New York gift guide, I’ve also put together a few luxury gift ideas covering fragrance, makeup and skincare to hopefully give you some inspiration for Mother’s Day…

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Firstly, how could you not love this little guy! This is ‘Stevix’ as named by Freddy (I asked him if he meant ‘Stephen’ and he said ‘NO, Stevix!’ Fair enough.) And he’s definitely the closest we’re going to get to an actual dog in our little house! Stevix, is of course a sweet little hand painted pug vase, with the cutest grumpy face I’ve ever seen. He costs £45.00 and you can find him at Joy the Store on their home and gifts page.

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And what would Mother’s day be without perfume? I often buy perfume for my Mum, and they’re always very well received. I’ve gathered a selection of lovely fragrances today including three very different scents to suit different tastes –

Starting with Les Cocottes de Paris – La Belle Otero. This beautiful fragrance would suit vintage lovers, history buffs, and of course fans of niche fragrances.

La Belle Otero is actually one of a trio of fragrances from Les Cocottes de Paris – which are based on the lives of a group of extraordinary Parisian women born in the 1800’s. Crowned the ‘Queens of Paris’, the Cocottes entertained, seduced, and made headlines across the city. These scandalous icons were the inspiration for this new range of fragrances.

La Belle Otero (1868 – 1965) – The singing, dancing, pleasure seeking Agustina Otero Iglesias was born in Spain but it was in Paris that she found fame and fortune as her alter ego La Belle Otero. She soon grew to be the most sought after women in Europe and devoted her life to dancing, men, precious stones, gambling and parties…..(sounds like my kinda gal!) It’s no surprise then that her fragrance is an invitation to misbehave! La Belle Ottero has top notes of Neroli, Pepper, Absinthe, Fig and Ginger, heart notes of Violet, Musk, Lavender and Narcissus, and base notes of Frankincense, Sandalwood and Iris.

Les Cocottes de Paris are priced at £80.00 for 100ml EDP, from Cologne & Cotton 0845 262 2212.

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For a more modern fragrance I’d highly recommend Dsquared2 Want (£71.00 for 100ml) This oriental floral scent is inspired by ‘The Multi-faceted Modern Woman’. Think feminine, yet gentle and strong, she’s also glamorous but edgy, spontanious and dynamic yet resourceful. Want aims to capture the many sides of the female personality, mixing confident sensuality with glamour and fine tailoring.

Dsquared2 Want includes top notes of Mandarin, Ginger and Pink Pepper, heart notes of velvety Rose Damascena, Heliotrope and Nerolito, and base notes of warm Vanilla Madagascar, Absolute of Vanilla Accord and rich Violet Wood.

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And the last of the fragrances – Trussardi My Scent (£73.00 for 100ml) This is a beautifully crisp floral fragrance, it’s a very girly and delicate scent, yet slightly unusual, evoking the essence of femininity.

My Scent is described as young, dynamic, and cosmopolitan. I’d say she’s more fun, flirty and outgoing though, perfect for fans of lilac and florals, My Scent has top notes of Nashi Pear and Smiling Flowers Bouquet, heart notes of Lilac and Rose Buds, and base notes of Serenolide, Cashmeran and Heliotrope.

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Now on to beauty! A fancy lipstick will always be a hit on Mother’s Day, so why not treat your mum to a bit of Charlotte Tilbury? The lipstick I’ve included is the gorgeous Matte Revolution Miss Kensington shade from the limited edition Norman Parkinson collection. I’ve just found out this is no longer available but if you love this beautiful nude rose nude, Bitch Perfect (£23.00) is a fantastic alternative.

Moving on to skincare, I had to include Pestle & Mortar Hydrate (£38.00) – I’m a big fan of Pestle & Mortar’s first product, their Pure Hyaluronic Serum, and their new moisturiser is just as fantastic. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight moisturiser is formulated with a mixture of patented peptides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Naturally moisturising ingredients, including jojoba and squalane instantly make skin softer and firmer while powerful antioxidants including pomegranate, green tea and Vitamin E help fight free radicals.

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For fans of face oils, Pixi Rose Oil Blend (£26.00) is a must have. It’s a luxurious, ultra-nourishing oil that promises to rejuvenate, restore and renews skin’s luminosity. It’s also infused with powerful youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity, including Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils nourish the complexion, leaving it comforted & smooth to the touch.

And for those on the hunt for the ultimate eye cream, Transformulas Marine Miracle EyeZone Cream (£41.95) is definitely worth checking out. Apart from looking pretty awesome with it’s futuristic spherical chrome packaging, the Marine Mircale EyeZone Cream also promises to restore the condition of skin tissue around eyes (and lips) by feeding it with powerful, age-defying and ultra-concentrated aldavine.

It’s worth noting that this powerful ingredient has been proven in 100% of tests to visibly reduce dark circles and eye puffiness. It also works on wrinkles and fine lines leaving the complexion smoother and more comfortable with improved resilience and elasticity.

For nail polish fans, how about the Eve Snow Nail Polish in Blossom (£14.00) – Eve Snow isn’t the biggest nail polish brand out there, but don’t overlook them because of this. The Beautiful Blossom nail polish is a subtle muted pink with a hint of lavender, it also contains nourishing Marula Oil, Equisetum Extract and Vitamin B12.

And lastly, I had to include my favourite ever makeup brushes, the Zoeva Rose Gold Vol.2 Luxury Brushes (£56.95) – these brushes not only look beautiful, but they also work fantastically well. I love that the range is massive, including individual brushes as well as sets – and I should probably mention there’s also now a stunning Rose Gold Luxury Set Vol.3 out too!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and items I bought myself.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Kate Spade at Amara

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Hi Guys!

Mother’s day is just around the corner now, and I have some gorgeous Kate Spade gift ideas from luxury lifestyle company Amara to share with you today.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kate Spade New York, you really need to click on the link above and see what you’re missing! To sum up the brand – Kate Spade is where crisp colour and graphic prints collide with playful sophistication. It’s aesthetic is luxury crossed with quirky – which is my idea of heaven! They have a massive range of products too, covering clothing, jewellery, bags, stationery, home accessories, bedding and gifts.

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When it comes to gifting, luxury stationery is always going to be a winner – and Kate Spade produce some of the most beautiful stationery products money can buy.

This Favourite Things Spiral Notebook is just wonderful, and would make the perfect gift for any stationery fan. It comes in two sizes (this is the smaller one) and I love that it’s just so colourful and fun, featuring painterly bright objects on the front, including a flamingo, ladybird and a pineapple.

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If you’re looking for something slightly more unusual, what about this lovely A Stroke of Genius Pencil Cup? It’s made of high quality thick acrylic, and features a high shine gold base – you can just see engraved in the inside at the bottom it says ‘a stroke of genius’ – this is such a fun and quirky touch!

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And lastly, how awesome is this Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug? Mum’s definitely deserve cake for breakfast on Mother’s day (I may have to make a few hints myself about this) and this mug is bright, cute and colourful, and I think anyone would love it.

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I really can’t get enough of Kate Spade products right now – I may have to treat myself to a purse or bag next! (or maybe some more stationery?) I’d love to hear if you’re a fan?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 10, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Ok so I have to admit, I only just found out yesterday that it was Mother’s Day this Sunday. I could have sworn it was next weekend, what an idiot. So I must apologise for the lateness of this post!

I’ve gathered together a load of fantastic gift ideas to inspire you, that hopefully most Mum’s would love. These are either things I have, or have used or tried before, and all are items that I love, so here we go…

Firstly, you can’t go wrong with flowers for Mother’s Day, can you? This lovely bouquet from Appleyard Flowers includes pink sorbonne oriental lilies with avalanche roses and blush sugar flair hypericum. And what about candles? I can’t get enough of candles at the moment and one of my current favourites for a pamper evening is the Indulgence Scented Candle from Neal & Wolf, it has a beautiful and relaxing scent.

If you’re looking for skincare gifts, this Calcot Manor Tubs of Softness Set from Tesco is a fantastic bargain, but if you’re happy to splash the cash I’d highly recommend the beautiful Repose Night Cream from Templespa – this beautiful aromatherapy resting cream is specifically made to calm your skin and your soul. It’s rich in natural plant extracts, anti-oxidants and contains a fusion of relaxing essential oils to leave the complexion ultra-smooth and settled. Another option is the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub Advanced from Space NK, this is a deep penetrating exfoliating treatment for oily prone complexions that really does reveal clearer-looking skin.

I always make sure I give my Mum a card for Mother’s Day. She’s always said she doesn’t mind about a gift but she does like a nice card! This beautiful Personalised Papercut Card from StudioSeed combines sophistication with pretty details, I know she’ll love to receive this! Carrying on with more traditional gifts, what about this gorgeous Silver Linked Heart Bracelet from Tales From The Earth? Or the mouth wateringly delicious Gold Collection Chocolate Selection from Godiva? Jewellery and chocs are always greatly received on holidays!

And lastly, my favourite perfume right now – Resort by Elie Saab from Selfridges. If you haven’t yet, you need to try this! It smells exactly like an exotic holiday and I really can’t get enough of it. And on that note Molton Brown’s Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Body Gift Set would also make a fantastic gift, I love Molton Brown’s scents, they really do give you the most luxurious bath and leave me in a contested happy mood for the evening.

I hope this has given you some Mother’s Day gift ideas! xxx

Appleyard London Bouquet & 40% Discount

Posted on January 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mothers Day Wish List!

Posted on March 8, 2014

Hi Guys!

Today’s post is a little Mothers Day Gift Guide I’ve put together with some lovely indulgent foodie products from House of Bruar. House of Bruar are predominantly a country clothing store, who also sell country sports clothing and accessories, artworks and fine foods. Their ‘Food Hall’ offer some lovely and interesting goodies that would be great presents for Mothers Day!

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  1. Classic Hamper £59.95
  2. Turkish Delight Box
  3. Chocolate Selection (660g)
  4. Caramelised Onion Chutney
  5. Brut Rose Champagne
  6. Gooseberry and Elderflower Preserve £3.95

I though this would be a nice change to the traditional flowers and a box of celebrations (which I often get for my mum!) It would be a lovely idea to make your own hamper too! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx