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Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the Benefit Blushin’ Babe Set – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance, Annick Goutal Les Absolus Rose Oud EDP is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is Elie Saab Nuit Noor – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And Serge Lutens Baptême du feu EDP – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning, Penhaligon’s Oud de Nil EDP – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The NARS ASOS Exclusive Orgasm Blush & Illuminator Set really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the 111Skin Space Anti Age Emulsion is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the 111Skin Space Anti Oxidant Booster utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipsticks would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette

Posted on October 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When it comes to fragrance, Penhaligon’s really does tick all the boxes for me. Both their packaging and bottles are beautiful – they make me think of fairy tales, whimsy and elegance – and on top of this, their fragrances are just mesmerising.

Today I have Penhaligon’s Luna Eau De Toilette to share with you – based on an ancient mythical love story, Luna of course represents the moon…

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In ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess of the Moon placed Endymion, the most handsome son of Zeus, into a perpetual slumber so that she could gaze upon him forever, his stunning face unmarked by the passage of time. The wishes of the Goddess were granted, and Endymion slept on for all eternity, his smile everlasting. And no wonder, for he spent his life forever dreaming that he held the moon, Luna, gently in his arms.

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To celebrate this wonderful story which I love so much, Penhaligon’s have created a duo of fragrances – Luna, which is fresh and floral, offers a feminine counterpart to the woody leather notes of its more masculine partner, Endymion.

I’d actually say Luna is more of a unisex, or gender-free fragrance, rather than feminine. And as you can probably guess by the above excerpt, Luna has been inspired by the Goddess of the Moon, and aims to capture the essence of this mythical character.

The fragrance itself opens with surprisingly fresh and zingy top notes of Orange Birgrade and Lemon Primofiore, leading to a heart of crisp and dry Juniper Berry and Rose Accord, which is rounded of with a dark woody base of Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot Oil, Lemon Primofiore Oil, and Orange Bigarade Oil.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Accord, Jasmine Petal Accord, and Juniper Berry Oil.
  • Base Notes: Fir Balsam, Amber Gris, and Musks.

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Luna was not at all what I was expecting – I was imagining something quite floral and feminine, and that is definitely not what this fragrance is about. Luna is fresh and clean, whilst also sensual and most definitely complex – this is a must try for fans of niche scents.

Penhaligon’s Luna Eau de Toilette is £128.00 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom Eau De Parfum

Posted on July 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Equinox Bloom is the first scent I’ve tried from Penhaligon’s, it’s such a wonderfully original scent, like nothing I’ve tried before…

Equinox Bloom is Penhaligon’s first ever gourmand fragrance – which basically means it has edible or dessert-like qualities, as well as synthetic notes designed to resemble food flavours. Equinox Bloom was inspired by the quintessentially English tradition of afternoon tea – I pretty much live on tea so this really does tick all the boxes for me. It’s floral yet not in a traditional sense, and it’s definitely a transient scent on me, one moment feeling warm, then cool, with a constant and distinct edible creaminess that I love.

Created by Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp, Equinox Bloom plays with an olfactory palette inspired by the delights of high tea, accompanied by the heady bouquet of the first sweet Spring flowers. Delicious notes of Chantilly, Frangipani and Brown Sugar are blended with violet leaves, orange blossom absolute and jasmine sambac, rounded with the deep, Oriental richness of Benzoin Siam and Ambrox.

The packaging is so very English, quaint, pretty and almost twee – I love it! The bottle is very classic, with a dainty pink bow and a delicate yet colourful print adding a modern touch.

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  • Top Notes: Chantilly, Frangipani and Brown Sugar.
  • Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Orange Blossom Absolute and Jasmine Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Benzoin Siam and Ambrox.

Equinox Bloom EDP is £93.00 for 50ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Gift Idea – Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle

Posted on December 17, 2014

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Hi Guys!

You know I love a good candle, and I’m a big fan of more niche scents and brands too, so today I’m really excited to let you know all about the newest addition to my collection – the Penhaligon’s Samarkand Classic Candle.

Penhaligon’s have been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t had the pleasure of trying out any of their products until now. I started reading on their site to learn a bit more about the company and the first thing that I read really struck me – We strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today.

This statement is just perfection to me! It’s pretty much my aim in life to be eccentric – I want to be a cross between Lord Bath, Russell Brand and Lady Gaga! Does that sound a bit odd? I hope so! 😀

I was going to throw in a few more quotes about Penhaligon’s, but if you’re interested, have a read here to learn more about the history behind the company, I’d definitely recommend it.

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Anyway, onto the candle! The Samarkand candle is in fact the official scent of London Fashion Week for Spring / Summer 2015 which is rather exciting. The scent is described as an exotic oriental awash with sweet flowers, spices and wood, and it was inspired by the ancient city of Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world. The Samarkand fragrance combines clove, jasmine and lily on a warm base of sandalwood & vanilla, and it really is a beautiful scent. It’s also worth mentioning that Penhaligon’s luxurious hand blended candles are packed with essential oils, made with a naturally derived soy wax and also feature a cotton braided wick for a clean & smoke free burn.

I’m thrilled with the Samarkand candle, and now I can’t wait to try out some more Penhaligon’s products, I’ve got my eye on a few of their fragrances and bath oils next!

The Samarkand Classic Candle is £32.00, and the Brighton Collection Matches which are also pictured are £30.00.

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried anything from Penhaligons? xxx

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