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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Everything You Need for the Man in your Life!

Posted on December 17, 2018

I have a whole host of Gift Guides coming up over the next couple of days, and I’m kicking things off this morning with one just for the guys. Whether it’s your dad, brother, boyfriend or BFF, I’ve got you covered with today’s Gift Guide for Men – I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start with one of the more high end items. The multi-award winning Nextbase 412GW Dash Cam would definitely make for the ultimate gift this Christmas! It features a 3” LED colour screen, QUAD HD 1440p footage delivering stunning video clarity, inbuilt Wi-Fi and much much more. This dash cam is easy to set up and use, it’s effective, reliable and endorsed by the AA.

Here are some more in depth specs to tempt you –

  • Quad HD 1440p recording at 30fps and 1080p recording at 60fps
  • Powered Click & Go mount for simple, instant connection
  • Night vision provides optimised footage in poor light
  • Super slimline design – dimensions 10.9 x 5 x 1.8
  • 6-element glass lens provides 140-degree wide angle
  • 12-24Vdc compatible for use in all vehicles
  • Inbuilt battery provides 30 minutes of backup in the event of an incident
  • Intelligent Parking Mode activated by movement
  • Smartphone App & Wi-Fi connectivity (Android & iOS)
  • Nextbase Replay 3 video playback software supplied (Windows & Mac)
  • GPS Logging: view your journey on Google Maps
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) ensures clear recordings in bright and dark light
  • Supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards
  • Magnetic Click & Go mount
  • Auto recording and file protection

Next the Feelunique Men’s Little Beauty Parcel – this just perfect for the guy that has everything. It’s really reasonably priced at £20.00 and includes a capsule grooming edit of products he’ll actually use – including a refreshing scrub, a caffeine-fuelled moisturiser, a balm that can be used to tame his beard or barnet and even a rejuvenating sheet mask. This is exclusive for Christmas 2018 so snap it up while you can! (I’ve just done a quick add up and the contents come to pretty much £50.00, so this really is a fantastic bargain!)

  • Gentlemen’s Tonic Exfoliating Facial Scrub 100ml
  • men-ü MATT Moisturiser buddy tube 15ml
  • BARBER PRO Gentleman’s Sheet Mask 23g
  • ManCave Natural Original Moisturiser 30ml
  • TIGI Bed Head For Men Lion Tamer Beard & Hair Balm 100ml

Or how about the Superdry Men’s Sport Sport Boxers Set? – I know neon orange isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but for fans of Superdry, this affordable little set could be just the ticket. Included is a pair of Superdry Sport’s signature boxer shorts, a Body+Hair Wash and Sport Soak – everything you need for the ultimate post-workout re-charge.

On to fragrance now, the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male 2018 Collector’s Edition EDT is just stunning. JPG Le Male is a classic mens scent that’s been around since 1995 would you believe! This year’s Christmas Collectors Edition bottle features the Le Male figure dressed in a super sweet red Christmas jumper, housed in a fully functioning snow globe case. This would make a really special gift for fans of the fragrance.

  • Top notes: Artemesia, cardamom, bergamot, mint, lavender
  • Heart notes: Cinnamon, orange blossom, caraqay
  • Base notes: Cedar, vanilla, amber, tonka bean, sandalwood

Or how about the Jimmy Choo Man Intense Gift Set? Smooth and sophisticated, Man Intense is confident and intriguing – refined but with a fearless attitude. The fragrance opens with floral notes, watery honeydew melon and sweet mandarin, leading to a heart of artemisia and geranium, accented with black pepper, and the base of tonic bean and patchouli round the fragrance of with a warm, masculine aroma.

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Honeydew Melon, Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Artemisia, Black Pepper, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli

And last but not least – I’m a big fan of luxury skincare brand L’Occitane, and they always produce the most gorgeous gift sets for Christmas. The L”Occitane Cedrat Gift Setwould make a wonderful luxury gift for a loved one. The Cedrat fragrance is refreshing, masculine and full of character, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool notes of mint and woody spices. Her’s what’s included in the set –

  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Eau de Toilette 75ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair 250ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gel-Cream After-Shave 30ml
  • L’Homme Cologne Shower Gel 75ml

ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 27, 2018

Hello friends! Another day, another beauty Advent Calendar! And today I have the fabulous ESPA Skincare calendar to share with you…

The limited edition Comfort and Joy Advent Calendar is jam packed with ESPA hero skincare products, formulated with a blend of essential oils, plant and marine extracts, ESPA’s award-winning results-driven formulas are designed to leave you with beautiful skin and a daily dose of inner calm. This calendar contains 25 luxury deluxe mini treats, with extra special full-size gift on Christmas Day.

The ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is £130, and includes contents worth £145 – it would make the perfect indulgent gift for a luxury skincare fan!

Here’s what’s inside – 

  • Restorative Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Smooth and Firm Body Butter, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser, 7ml
  • Fitness Body Oil, 15ml
  • Purifying Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner, 10ml
  • Skin Rescue Balm, 3g
  • Soothing Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProCleanser, 15ml
  • Energising Shower Gel, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial, 3ml
  • Energising Body Oil, 15ml
  • Regenerating Moisture Complex, 7ml
  • Optimal Body TriSerum, 12ml
  • Fitness Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Pink Hair and Scalp Mud – tube, 15ml
  • Muscle Rescue Balm, 15g
  • Optimal Skin ProSerum, 4ml
  • Detox Body Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Night Booster Ltd Edition Christmas Size, 10ml
  • Fitness Shower Oil, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser, 3ml 23 Hydrating Floral Spafresh, 12ml
  • Overnight Hydration Therapy, 15ml
  • Restorative Candle 70g

The Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is available now fr £130 at ESPA Skincare and on offer now at Lookfantastic.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare Collection

Posted on November 5, 2018

I have a few products from Guerlain’s gorgeous Abeille Royale collection to share with you today. With over 10 years of research, Guerlain has scientifically proven the effectiveness of bee products in boosting the skin’s revitalisation, and their Abeille Royale skincare range offers an advanced solution to effectively combat the visible signs of ageing, namely wrinkles and loss of firmness…

Bee products are some of the world’s most effective natural healing substances. Guerlain Research has been working continuously with honeys and royal jelly to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme that scientifically proves their exceptional capacity to minimise the visible signs of ageing on skin.

There are three main ingredients at the heart of the Abeille Royale collection –

  • Ouessant Honey – the Island of Ouessant has an ecosystem that is parasite-free and protected from pesticides. Here, the Black Bee produces honey rich in amino acids, trace elements and high in fructose-content. This honey offers the essential ingredients that are vital in the repair process of skin tissue.
  • Guerlain Exclusive Royal Jelly – Royal Jelly is the most precious substance produced by bees. It is reserved exclusively for feeding queen bees and offers nourishment for the skin as well. Guerlain developed its own Exclusive Royal Jelly rich in nutrients and is a natural source of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and vitamins.
  • Commiphora Oil – Commiphora (myrrh) gum has been used in Indian traditional medicine for 3,000 years, for its soothing and restorative properties. The oil is rich in biologically active molecules (commipherine and commipherol) that play a key role in skin renewal.

Firstly I have the Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil – utilising the power of Ouessant Black Bee Honey and Royal Jelly, this super lightweight formula combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion to re-plump, smooth and illuminate the skin.

I love how beautifully light this is – it literally is a ‘Watery Oil’. When you shake the bottle, the micro balls of oil mix into the liquid (they’re settled at the bottom of the bottle in the picture above) and when you apply to the product, they burst on application and melt into the skin. The Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil leaves skin feeling amazingly soft, smooth and radiant.

The Abeille Royale Black Bee Honey Balm is the perfect extra-nourishing product to soothe dry and weakened skin this winter. This balm has been specially formulated for dry, undernourished skin that’s been weakened by extreme conditions or by cosmetic procedures.

The balm itself has the texture of a thick cream, and it has a lovely light scent. It contains highly concentrated Ouessant Black Bee Honey to optimise skin repair, whilst offering a nourishing, protective barrier to help restore and strengthen the skin. I love how this sinks into the skin without leaving any residue. It’s worked wonders so far on the dry areas on my face!

And lastly, the new Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum – this has been designed to target the visible signs of ageing, including loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, dull skin, imperfections and large pores. This serum combines a soft-peel treatment with a lifting effect to help the face look fuller and more refined.

The ‘soft peel’ element of the formula includes 3 types of AHA’s which diffuse gradually, making them as effective as strong concentrations, but without any discomfort and redness. This gradual ‘soft-peeling’ leads to a skin renewal, enhancing the skin’s quality and texture and restoring its radiance. The serum also offers the benefits of Guerlain’s Royal Jelly and Black Bee Honey.

My first impression of the Double R Renew & Repair Serum is that I absolutely love it – this is probably the most luxurious serum I’ve ever tried. I’ve only used this a few times so far, and it just feels wonderful on the skin, it’s smoothing, moisturising, and leaves my skin feeling supple and hydrated – this a real treat for the complexion!

The Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare Collection is available now at Feelunique

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Summer 2018 New Must Try Skincare!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few brand new summer skincare products to share with you today – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask – technically, this isn’t really a mask, these are double sided pads designed to be used in the morning to clean and prep the skin for the day ahead. One side of the pad has small beads to massage, exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and increase hydration, and the other applies a serum and moisturiser whilst ‘masking’ for a skin plumping hydration boost, leaving skin feeling soft and dewy. The idea is that this is a 7-in-1 product offering everything your morning skincare routine requires, in one handy pad. This is perfect for those that don’t want the hassle of a long morning routine – I love this product!

Next I have the Glamglow Instamud– this is a foaming treatment mask designed to instantly refine pores and even the skin tone, promising to leave skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. It contains bentonite, kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, and the micro-bubbling mud activates on contact with your skin to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. I LOVE a bubbly mask, and this one does the trick without upsetting my sensitive skin, awesome!

Continuing with the bubbles, this is the Hello Jo Speak Up! Bubble Lip Mask – rather than a ‘grainy’ lip exfoliator, this works with enzymes, antioxidants and Vitamins A and C which break down dead skin cells to leave lips feeling renewed and resurfaced. You simply rub it on and watch the mask bubble up – I love how this makes my lips feel so smooth and nourished.

For cleansers, firstly I have the fantastic SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure & Mild – this micellar water cleanser has been specifically developed for sensitive skin (yay!). The lightweight liquid purifies and detoxifies skin, and it eliminates dirt and all traces of makeup without over-drying or leaving skin feeling tight. This is a fantastic cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

And the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser– this cleanser purifies and detoxifies the skin of impurities. It contains natural cucumber extract, sugarcane and sugar maple extract to encourage cell turnover whilst calming and soothing irritated skin, and glycerin and sodium PCA to cleanse and hydrate the skin whilst locking in moisture to reveal a healthier, refreshed appearance. It’s also good to know this cleanser is also alcohol and sulphate free!

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is perfect for those with sensitive skin that may not be able to use a high strength retinol. It contains a powerful blend of eight targeted peptides, where each one addresses a specific anti-ageing concern, from loss of radiance and uneven skin tone to fine lines and wrinkles. Together with skin-restoring ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants and hydrators, the Peptide Booster strengthens and protects the skin’s barrier and increases natural resilience. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m SO impressed with the results! It instantly makes my skin look and feel brighter, fresher and more radiant. This product is a must try!

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate – if you have issues with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, then this one’s for you. This serum has a super lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin to leave the eye area feeling silky smooth and instantly refreshed. The formula includes horse chestnut seed extract and yeast extract to boost circulation, smooth lines and reduce inflammation, and sweet almond oil which promotes smooth, plump and youthful-looking skin. It also provides long lasting hydration, helping to refresh and soothe tired eyes.

Continuing with eyes, I LOVE a good eye patch, and the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches are just fantastic. The formula contains cucumber extract, allantoin, chamomile, aloe, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and arnica to awaken the appearance of tired eyes and diminish dark circles and puffiness. These patches leave my eye are feeling amazingly soothed and refreshed – I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge!

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – is a super lightweight water-jelly designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair, plus pollution protection. This jelly features Clinique’s Clean Shield Technology and is formulated with a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier, improve its resiliency, and balance and retain skin’s moisture levels. I love the texture of this jelly, it’s so light and it absorbs into the skin super quickly without leaving any residue. This is a must-try if you’re looking for a light feeling product that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

And another brand that I’ve just come across is Cinch. The Cinch Face Cheat Moisturiser + Glow – is a spray moisturiser that also lightly illuminates the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise the look of pores and prime your skin ready for make-up application. This is definitely worth a try if you have dull and lacklustre skin.

Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – this is a fast absorbing light-weight moisturiser, combining fake tanning with the benefits of a skincare product. This vegan, antioxidant-rich Bronzing Lotion contains Vitamin E and natural oils to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst organic caramel extract provides an instant bronzed glow. This gives you a lovely natural looking glow, whilst leaving skin feeling amazingly soft.

And last but not least, the This Works In Transit Pollution Shield – this spray contains moisturising hyaluronic acid, with chamomile extract and aloe vera to soothe skin and calm redness and irritation, and a polysaccharide pollution shield which inhibits the attack of carbon particles, particulate matter and heavy metals as you go about your day. This protective mist will help prevent signs of ageing and keep skin looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day with make-up held in place, whilst defending against environmental aggressors and pollutants.

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Hot New Brand Alert! MAKE Beauty now available at Feel Unique!

Posted on July 30, 2018

As soon as I saw MAKE Beauty had arrived on the Feel Unique site, I was intrigued to find out what they were about. The packaging reminded me of Topshop makeup (do you agree??) and the range just looked very modern, slick and of high quality. I’ve been trying out a few of their products this week…

Feelunique is launching New York beauty brand MAKE with two sensational exclusives! Socially minded, MAKE believe there are no beauty rules –it’s all about being confident in your own skin. Co –founded in 2013 by Ariana Mouyiaris, daughter of renowned makeup entrepreneur and philanthropist Nikos Mouyiaris, MAKE champions the modern woman. Introducing a line-up of 32 products, with two exclusives to Feelunique, the range offers minimal makeup must haves, multi-functional essentials and technology-driven skincare.

Firstly I have the Succulent Mist – this is a Feel Unique Exclusive, and I absolutely love it! This cooling mist is suitable for both face and body, and it’s designed to repair hot, sun parched or environmentally challenged skin. It contains cactus extract to help hydrate and refresh, and the aloe vera, prickly pear and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and detoxify the skin from overexposure to pollutants and toxins, whilst reducing the appearance of redness. It has a wonderful instant cooling effect on the skin, and I’ve been using this daily since I’ve received it – it’s a lifesaver in this heatwave!

I also have the Moonlight Neck Repair – this is another Feelunique Exclusive. It’s a lightweight gel for the neck and décolleté to address technology-induced, premature wrinkling (basically from looking down at your phone so much!) It contains kigelia and acacia gum extract to help firm, lift and tighten the skin while providing potent anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection, and sodium hyaluronate which mimics the hyaluronic acid produced by the skin to give added volume and plumpness.

And the Marine Salve – this is easily one of my favourite products from the brand. It’s essentially a multifunctional topical balm that can be used anywhere on the body to relieve and calm unhappy skin. You can use it to treat chapped lips, dry, cracked and irritated skin, chafing, cuts, you name it! It also creates a moisturising barrier to help protect skin from dryness, wind and other external aggressors, whilst shielding against pollution, heavy metals and free radicals. This is a fantastic all-rounder that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

Next I have the Moonlight Moisturizing Primer – have you ever heard of a black primer? I definitely haven’t! Though the product is black in colour, it quickly transforms into a translucent gel when applied to the skin. This unique silicone-free hydrating gel cream glides on to the skin to moisturise, mattify and prep the skin whilst providing a protective shield against urban pollution. It’s a fantastic makeup primer, and now a staple in my makeup bag!

On to makeup now, the Skin Illuminator in shade Skir is just beautiful. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis (with shade names that reference Scandinavian terms for light: Skir, Llos and Nor) this highlighter contains light-diffusing pigments and gives a gorgeous white pearlescent glimmer to the skin. If you love striking highlighters this is definitely one for you!

And lastly I have a couple of lipsticks, in both available formulas – Silk Cream and Matte. The Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (a mid pink) doubles as a protective moisturising treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Taffy is a lovely nude pink that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and is perfect for every day wear. And the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (a bright red) is an intensely-pigmented matte lipstick with a velvet finish. The super long-wearing formula contains sunflower seed oil to glide and blend effortlessly onto the lips, and vitamin A to condition and hydrate. I adore this shade! Again it feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips and the matte finish is also long lasting too. These both get a thumbs up from me!

I’m honestly really impressed with this range, and so glad Feel Unique kindly gave me the opportunity to discover some new beauty favourites! I love the Succulent Mist, Marine Salve, Skin Illuminator and Lipsticks especially. I’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any new brands lately?

MAKE Beauty products are available now at Feel Unique.

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Simply Beautiful Collection Skincare First Impressions

Posted on July 4, 2018

Something I want to do more on TSNC moving forward, is try out, test, review and and talk about smaller and lesser known brands. It think it’s now harder than ever for smaller, and also newer brands to get noticed in such a saturated market – and as consumers we know it’s always tempting to experience something new when it comes to beauty, so I hope you’re as excited as I am about discovering some new awesome cosmetics and skincare in the coming months!

So on this note, I was very excited to recently receive a package from a brand I’d never heard of before – SBC Gels. Simply Beautiful Collection (SBC) is a British beauty brand, and funnily enough they’re actually based just up the road from me, at Needham Market in Suffolk, yay for local brands! 😀

They were founded in 1988, and offer fuss-free, practical, effective, and affordable products, including skincare gels, moisturisers, serums, polishes, and cleansers, as well as much more. The brand is eco-friendly and cruelty-free, and use only the finest quality naturally derived ingredients to create natural skincare and body care that they promise really works.

SBC Kindly sent over a couple of their latest products from the ‘Collagen’ range, including their best-selling cleanser, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser along with a Skin Shammy to use with it. Also, one of their latest launches, the Collagen Body Polish. 

Firstly, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser – this is described as an effective triple-action facial cleanser that removes all traces of make-up, dirt, oil and impurities, while mildly exfoliating the skin for a softer, smoother and brighter complexion. This is recommended for mature, dull and dry skin types.

So first impressions – this is a decent 250ml sized bottle, which I think is really reasonable for £26.00. The cleanser itself is a luxuriously thick cream, and I can just tell by the texture that my dry skin is going to love it! It also has a lovely light scent – I can be quite put off by overly scented products but this is spot on, just light and floral and fresh.

I’ve used this cleanser a few times now and it really does live up to its claims. I just realised I forgot to include the shammy in my pictures, I must have left it in the bathroom! I used the shammy along with the cleanser as instructed – you just massage one or two pumps on to dry skin, over the eyes, face and neck, then gently wipe off with the shammy and warm water. It left my face completely cleansed, soft and supple.

I also have the Collagen Body Polish – this is a sumptuous body polish, rich in Collagen and Vitamin E to revitalise tired skin. The texture is thick, yet light, and includes super fine pumice beads to gently buff away dead skin cells, promising to leave your skin feeling silky-soft and nourished, with long lasting moisture.

Again I’ve also used this a few times now, and it really is fantastic! If your skin’s on the sensitive side like mine is, then any product that’s ‘exfoliating’ can be a bit of a minefield. The pumice beads in the Collagen Body Polish are so-so tiny though, that they’re completely non-abrasive, yet give a decent level of light exfoliation that leaves skin feeling super soft and silky. The Collagen Body Polish also has the same light, fresh scent as the Cleanser, so I’m a happy bunny all round!

If you have sensitive skin like I do, and you’re interested in eco-friendly, cruelty free skincare, as well as supporting smaller, local brands, I highly recommend you check out the fantastic range of products that SBC offer!

The above products are available to purchase now at SBC Gels.

This post is sponsored by SBC.

Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag #Letgo

Posted on June 26, 2018

Sanctuary Spa currently have a gorgeous limited edition Luxury Summer Beach Bag on sale, packed full with full size body products, including everything you need to get perfectly prepped from top to toe for summer!

The bag contains an indulgent collection of eight treats worth £45.00, for the bargain price of only £22.00. Here’s what’s included…

Body Wash 250ml: Massage onto wet skin & rinse. For best results use with a shower puff. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 200ml: Finish your shower & turn the water off. Apply whilst still soaking wet, apply the product like you would any body moisturiser. Do not rinse. Then simply towel dry and get ready as normal.

Body Scrub 200ml: Vigorously work the polish into damp skin in the bath or shower & rinse. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Heel Balm 75ml: Massage this rich balm into dry skin using gentle circular motions.

Body Moisture Spray 50ml: Generously spritz & then smooth onto skin for instant hydration and a healthy sheen.

Hand Cream 75ml: Massage this non-greasy, nourishing cream into hands throughout the day for velvety soft skin.

Luxury Bath Float 250ml: Pour generously under warm running water. Sink in & enjoy.

Body Puff: To create a gorgeous bubbly lather with your Sanctuary Spa products.

This is a fantastic deal and definitely worth treating yourself to if you’re a fan of Sanctuary Spa products. The Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag is available now at Boots.