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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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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 DECL√ČOR’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‚ÄôOrient 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 Рgiving 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 Рthe 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‚ÄôEau EDT, Ricci Ricci EDP, L‚ÄôAir du Temps EDT and L’Extase EDP.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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