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Christmas: Luxury Beauty, Skincare & Fragrance Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2016

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Prettiest Fragrances for your Dressing Table

Posted on August 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

Obviously perfume is all about the scent – but you must admit a pretty bottle really doesn’t go amiss! I love nothing more that displaying my most beautiful perfume bottles like trophies – does anyone else do this?? I thought I’d put together some of my more fabulous ones to share with you today –

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Starting with Capri Vince Camuto EDP – this is actually my first experience of Vince Camuto fragrances, and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. When I took the bottle out of the box I was wowed by how unusual it was. The bottle itself is a curious hexagonal shape, with a striking ocean blue hue. The lid has an intricate cut out detail almost like abstract leaves, and the bottle is finished off with a delicate blue bow and silver charm around the neck.

A wanderlust at heart, the Capri Vince Camuto woman is in love with the world and all it has to offer. When she’s travelling, colours seem brighter, sounds sharper, senses ignited with a zest for life. No matter where she goes, Capri Vince Camuto is her passport to adventure, a reminder of spontaneous summer days and sultry nights.

Capri Vince Camuto is a warm, yet fresh and invigorating fragrance – reflecting the coastal landscape and waters of Capri, Italy. The scent’s top notes of Pear and Pink Grapefruit mingle with a floral bouquet of Peach Blossom and Violet Flower at the heart, leading to a rich base of Musk and Vanilla. Like a cool Mediterranean breeze, this floral-fruity fragrance transports your senses. Imagine the warmth of sun-kissed skin, with the freshness of a cool breeze on the skin.

  • Top Notes: Violet Leaves, Juicy Pear, and Pink Grapefruit.
  • Heart Notes: Red Frangipani, Peach Blossom, and Violet Flower.
  • Base Notes: Musk and Vanilla.

Capri Vince Camuto is £55.00 for 100ml at Debenhams.

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Next Chloe Love Story EDT – this is just such a classic, pretty and feminine fragrance, and the bottle reflects this perfectly –

…In the palm of her hand, a lucky charm. A padlock, universal symbol of love, a treasured emblem of the maison Chloé. A glass jewel adorned with grooves that evoke the pleats in a wispy dress. In the middle, safely protected, a concentrate of this tenderly rosy fragrance that she keeps with her at all times. Its elegant matte white case, embossed with gold letters, is circled with a delicate pink ribbon that holds the finest present: a love story, refreshing and sincere….

Love Story EDT is basically a fresher and more floral version of the original EDP. It’s romance in a bottle! The scent opens with fresh and floral Orange Blossom, mingling with green Prunus Flower and a dewy floral accord. This fragrance is pretty, carefree, fresh and feminine.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Fresh Prunus Leaf.
  • Base Notes: Dewy Notes.

Chloe Love Story EDT is from £41.50 for 30ml at John Lewis.

And Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudree EDP – now this is a wonderfully powerful and seductive fragrance. “NARCISO eau de parfum Poudrée is sensuality and supreme femininity,” says the designer, “It is never overpowering, but impossible to forget.” The bottle, however is quite understated. The simple square shape made with delicate blush pink glass represents a sophisticated elegance that’s modern yet soft in appearance. This scent is perfect for those looking for something intense, evocative and distinctive…

NARCISO eau de parfum Poudrée embodies a discreet luxury with an intimacy that lingers on a woman’s skin leaving a silken trail. Skin and scent become one and the same, radiating beauty and grace. The fragrance leaves a deep impression as the fragrance dissolves into a woman’s skin and as a memory that lingers.

  • Top Notes: Bulgarian rose, White Jasmine and Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Musk.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Coumarin and Patchouli.

Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudrée EDP is from £38.50 for 30ml at John Lewis.

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And lastly Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua EDT – I haven’t tried any new Paco Rabanne fragrances for a really long time, so I was excited so see what the new Olympea Aqua would be like. Firstly, the bottle is stunning! Just like the original Olympea fragrance, Olympea Aqua has the same shaped bottle – based on a laurel crown it makes you think of a modern greek goddess, but this time the glass is frosted.

Paco Rabanne brings back the trend of aquatic fragrances with editions inspired by the athletic spirit, competition and victory, Invictus from 2013 and Olympéa from 2015. The new releases Invictus Aqua and Olympéa Aqua further emphasize the aquatic character of these compositions.

Olympéa Aqua opens with the freshness of Calabrian bergamot, aquatic accords and Petitgrain that lead to the heart of Ginger Flower. The power of the fragrance is reflected in the base of Salted Vanilla, Ambergris and Cashmere Wood.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian bergamot, Water Notes and Petitgrain.
  • Heart Notes: Ginger flower.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Salt, Ambergris and Cashmere Wood.

Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua EDT is £53.50 for 50ml at The Fragrance Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Four Beautiful Fragrances to add to your Christmas List

Posted on November 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

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

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

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Annick Goutal – 1001 Ouds.

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

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

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

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

1001 Ouds EDP 75ml is available now from Selfridges.

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Jimmy Choo – Illicit

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

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

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

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

Illicit EDP is available from 40ml at Boots.

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Narciso Rodriguez – L’absolu For Her

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

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

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

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

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

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Etro – Marquetry

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

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

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

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

Marquetry 100ml is available now from Harrods

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

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