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Beauty: Charlotte Tilbury NEW Lipsticks in Valentine & Pillow Talk

Posted on February 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

Charlotte Tilbury has been coming out with so many fantastic new launches of late, I’m not sure I can keep up! I have a couple of her latest lipstick shades to show you today – and these are definite must-haves for fans of the brand…

Firstly, Valentine (above right) is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range – this is a beautiful petal-rose pink promising to give you irresistibly kissable lips in seconds. The formula is enriched with 3D light-diffusing pigments to give you a fuller, luminous, multi-dimensional finish, whilst protecting lips from UV damage and fighting oxidative stress – leaving lips soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.

Valentine is fairly similar to colour Bitch Perfect, but Bitch Perfect has more of a coral / beige tone, and Valentine is a much more cooler pink shade. It’s a truly beautiful colour that would be perfect for those with fairer skin tones. The colour is highly pigmented and easily buildable, and leaves lips feeling smooth and comfortable for hours on end.

And I also have the latest from the Matte Revolution range – shade Pillow Talk. This shade perfectly matches Charlotte’s famous Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner which has been around for quite a long time now – if you’re not aware of the lip liner, this is one of Charlotte’s ‘cult’ must-have products that really does live up to the hype. Back to the lipstick now though – on the face of it this is just another nude pink lipstick, but it actually mimics and enhances the natural hue of your lips, so you can easily cheat your way to a perfect pillowy pout in seconds.

This lipstick is formulated with soothing Orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts, to soften, hydrate and leave lips appearing fuller with a more youthful feel, and 3D glowing pigments create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller.

If you like a matte finish lipstick, Pillow Talk is the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade, again I’d say mostly suited to those with lighter skin tones, this lasted me for a good 4+ hours before I needed to reapply, and the pigmentation is just fantastic!

The swatches above show the shades are similar, but most definitely different. Pillow Talk on the left has a denser formula with a matte finish, and Valentine is lighter and pinker in colour with a satin finish.

I also wanted to mention Charlotte has a couple of gorgeous looking new ‘Look’ sets which include these new lipsticks too – The Naturally Beautiful Date Look includes Pillow Talk, and The Secret to Seduction Look includes Valentine.

Valentine and Pillow Talk Lipsticks are £24.00 each and available now at Charlotte Tilbury.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Him

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

With only two days left till Valentine’s day, I thought I’d share a quick gift guide for him in case you were in need of some last minute gift inspiration! I always find it’s difficult to choose gifts for my other half, so I’ve gathered together a few ideas together, including plenty of fragrances, a cocktail kit, and something a little more unusual. I hope you enjoy x

Starting with two fragrances from Versace – Versace Dylan Blue EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) is a striking, masculine scent, that (in my opinion) would suit an older or sophisticated gent. Though I say this, Dylan Blue is still a modern fragrance – intense and charismatic, it opens with citrus notes of bergamot and grapefruit, intertwined with nuances of fig leaf and aquatic notes. In the heart, violet leaves and black pepper mingle with aromatic and woody tones, and the base is a combination of musk, tonka bean, saffron and incense.

  • Top Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fig Leaves and Aquatic Notes.
  • Heart Notes: Violet Leaves, Black Pepper, Papyrus Wood, Ambrox and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Mineral Musk, Tonka Bean, Saffron and Pyrogéné Incense.

In contrast, Versace Eros EDT (From £52.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) to me is a more youthful fragrance. Inspired by Eros, the god of love from ancient Greek mythology, Versace Eros EDT is an intensely refreshing, luminous yet sensual fragrance. With top notes of mint, citrus and crisp apple peel, the fragrance opens with a luminous and fresh impact. The heart of tonka bean and ambroxan creates an intriguing oriental signature, and Madagascan vanilla gives a hint of creaminess, while greenery in the form of oakmoss and cedarwood round off the sensual base.

  • Top Notes: Mint Oil, Italian Lemon Zest and Green Apple.
  • Heart Notes: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Geranium Flower.
  • Base Notes: Madagascan Vanilla, Oak Moss and Cedarwood.

Another fantastic male scent is Mr Burberry EDT (From £40.00 for 30ml at House of Fraser) – described as classic yet contemporary; sophisticated and sensual, Mr Burberry captures the essence of London and its moments. Fusing classic scents of British perfumery with unexpected ingredients, it boasts fresh and crafted top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit, cut with a seductive base of earthy vetiver and smokey guaiac wood.

  • Top Notes: Zesty Grapefruit.
  • Base Notes: Vetiver and Guaiac Wood.

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 & Escentric 01 (From £65.50 for 100ml at Cult Beauty)

If you haven’t heard of Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 fragrance, it’s definitely one to try whether you’re male or female. Interestingly, rather than having a traditional layering of top, heart and base notes, Molecule 01 is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which is traditionally a base note that adds the feeling of allure to a scent. The idea is that this works as more of an effect than an actual scented fragrance. It has a very subtle, velvety, woody note which blends with your natural pheromones, and it’s worth noting that you will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself. Molecule 01 is more about the effect it has on others.

And there’s also Escentric 01, which uses the same chemical Iso E Super, but unlike Molecule 01, this fragrance also includes notes of Pink pepper, Lime Peel, and Balsamic notes like Benzoin, Mastic and Orris Incense. Moving away from the traditional fragrance journey through top, heart and base notes, Escentric 01 moves quickly from top to bottom, eventually lingering on a sensual, woody musky finale.

Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil (£22.00 at Pall Mall Barbers) – everyone and their dad has a beard right now, so I felt a Shave Oil would be very fitting for this guide. Pall Mall Barbers Sandalwood and Clove Shave Oil has been formulated with Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils, to soften stubble whilst protecting sensitive skin, this product adds an additional protective barrier between the skin and the razor blade, enabling a smoother glide, a closer shave and a more precise finish.

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Cover (£30.00 at Boots) – ok so this is a bit of a strange one, I think you’ll either think this is a great idea or you just won’t. So Ferrari Fragrance have created an iPhone cover, but it’s also a cologne! The cover fits the iPhone 6 and 6s and contains 25ml of Ferrari Black or Ferrari Red EDT inside, so you can spritz and refresh your fragrance when you’re on the go. I think it’s a pretty cool idea! Plus you get an extra 25ml refill included in the box, which is handy. What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss?

And lastly, this Cocktail Tool Set (£29.99 at Find Me A Gift) – I always think a cocktail set isn’t really something you’d really buy yourself, but it’s definitely a handy thing to have. This set contains a stainless steel cocktail shaker, a stirrer, double jigger, a strainer and ice tongs, all displayed in a beech wooden stand – and there’s also a handy recipe booklet included too to give you some ideas – all you need to do is buy the drinks and get some friends over!

I hope you enjoyed my post, and have a wonderful Valentine’s day whatever you do xxx

Lifestyle: Luxury Valentine’s Gifting with Amara Living

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Ok so following on from my earlier Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her, I’m really excited as I have the second instalment of my Valentine’s gift guides ready for you now, and for this one I’m teaming up with one of my all time favourite home accessory and gift stores to bring you a very special post…

Yes it’s Amara Living! If you haven’t heard of Amara, they are a luxury home accessory store offering a fantastic range of wares, enabling you to adorn your home with the most wonderfully decadent decor available. From soft furnishings, to lamps, to desk accessories, they literally have everything you could ever want or need for adding a touch of luxury to your home.

They stock some amazing designer brands including Versace Home, Missoni, Fornasetti, Kate Spade, Lalique and Mulberry Home to name but a few, and I’ve been sent a few gorgeous products from Amara today to share with you – which would make fantastic Valentine’s gifts for a loved one – enjoy!

I have to start with the stunning Fornasetti Silenzio Scented Candle. I’ve been a big fan of Fornasetti ever since I first discovered the brand a few years ago. This is the second candle I own now, and I like to think of this as the beginning of a collection. Fornasetti creates candles, vases, plates, and other accessories, with striking, almost Dali-esque imagery that’s both beautiful and often quite surreal. The Silenzo candle I have here is pretty tame by Fornasetti’s standards and features a winking face on one side, and a ‘shhh’ finger to mouth face on the other. This is easily one of the most beautiful items I now own.

I know you wouldn’t exactly think of a tray as a gift – most of us would think of them as functional items, but this absolutely beautiful Galerie De Portraits Buste Tray really would make a fantastic and unusual gift for someone this Valentine’s day. The imagery actually reminds me of Fornasetti, being both classic yet striking. This would be perfect for displaying perfume bottles and candles on your dressing table.

I also wanted to include the above Kate Spade Notebook Set as the notebooks themselves are rather lovely, as well as being a total bargain. Kate Spade is a fantastic brand for gifting, and these super cute notebooks are now half price at only £7.00 in the Amara sale.

I’ve shared these flowers a couple of times on my social pages now, and each time someone has commented saying how stunning they are. These Cote Noire Lillies & Roses are just so beautiful, including blush pink roses and lilies in an adorned clear glass vase with a striking silver Cote Noir logo. From the outer packaging to the vase and flowers themselves, this really is the height of luxury gifting and would make a fantastic Valentine’s present.

I should also mention that these flowers are fake – in case you weren’t sure. They’ve been skilfully handcrafted, and are of exceptional quality. They also come with two 10ml fragrance spray bottles of Spring Flower & Rose Petal scents, so you can spritz the petals and fragrance your home as and when you like.

And lastly, I have this lovely Umbra Prisma Photo Display – if you haven’t heard of Umbra, they’re another favourite brand of mine, making a large range of home accessories including plenty of rose gold and geometric details, which is right up my street. I’ll be putting one of my wedding pictures in this frame very soon and having it on display in my kitchen – I think it looks great!

So what do you think of my Amara Living gift ideas? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentines Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on February 10, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Following on from yesterday’s Affordable Valentine’s Gift Guide, I’ve now gathered together some gorgeous, high end and slightly more expensive beauty treats for you perusal today… enjoy!

The 001 Skincare Hydro Sensitive Replenish Duo (£59.00) contains a 30ml bottle of Rosa Damascena Essence Mist, and 15ml of Active Marine Power Concentrate – presented in a lovely gold clutch bag. These products are perfect for soothing and hydrating dry and sensitive skin. The Rosa Damascena Essence Mist instantly gives skin a burst of moisture, and its blend of 98% Rosa Damascena Flower Oil and Flower Water works as a powerful astringent to reduce inflammation and redness. Just spritz this on for a complexion that’s soothed, hydrated and brightened. The Active Marine Power Concentrate is a super-concentrated serum containing an algae complex to intensively moisturise skin and aid water retention inside our skin’s cells, for a collagen-plumping effect. Its antioxidant rich complex also helps intensively repair and brighten the complexion.

The Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Nude Blush (£40.00) really is a beauty to behold, from the packaging to the actual product, this stunning palette would make the perfect gift. It contains four eye shadow shades including a luminising base to highlight, two buildable colours to add shape and an intense colour to define. This is available in a variety of options, but Nude Blush really caught my eye. Its muted warm spring shades are perfect for those with fairer skin tones like myself.

For those looking to warm up dull winter complexions – i.e. me, Guerlain’s Terracotta Joli Teint (£36.50) is a must have. This is a three-in-one product combining the perfection of foundation with the effect of a skincare product, and the sun-kissed radiance of Terracotta. My complexion often hovers on the dull side of normal, so any products that can make me look a bit brighter and more alive are definitely makeup bag staples for me! This product gives skin a fabulous warming veil of colour, leaving your complexion looking more even and naturally radiant.

And of course I had to include a candle! The Diptyque Rosaviola Valentine 2016 candle (from £28.00) really is a must have for Valentine’s day. Diptyque have teamed up with quirky French fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan to create their limited edition Valentines collection, which includes candles, a scented oval and a solid perfume. The candle is housed in a cuter than cute frosted barbie pink glass, with the sweetest embroidered fabric label – sealed with a kiss. I love that this candle conveys a sense of humour and fun, and it also smells wonderful, with notes of rose, violet, lipstick and leather – just like the inside of a handbag, amazing!

Back to Guerlain again, the Guerlain Precious Light Illuminator (£32.00) is also a fantastic high end product. Similar to YSL’s Touche Eclat, this pen style illuminator is designed to minimise imperfections whilst maximising radiance. This product aimed to erase traces of fatigue with luxurious Gold Radiance Pigments and the Precious Rejuvenating Complex, to offer skin a natural looking glow. The formula contains Myrrh Oil, known for its regenerating properties, and Peptides to lift and smooth.

Next is Tom Ford Lip Colour in Scarlett Rouge (£38.00) Tom Ford’s lipsticks really are the height of luxury, and this beautiful shade Scarlett Rouge is perfect for Valentine’s day. I know £38.00 is a heck of a lot to spend on a single lipstick, and definitely not something I’d buy every day, but I can promise you once you try Tom Ford lippies, you won’t look back! (I also have my eye on the Jasmin Rouge Gift Set too!)

And lastly what would Valentine’s day be without a gorgeous fragrance? Cartier Eau De Cartier EDP (from £52.00) is a new favourite of mine. It’s a citrus, aromatic scent which is surprisingly unisex – and I say surprisingly because I’m usually not keen on unisex fragrances but I think this is rather lovely. Eau De Cartier is definitely more on the feminine side; it’s warm and fresh, yet sensual and sophisticated. It has top notes of Coriander, Yuzu and Bergamot, heart notes of Violet Leaf and Lavender and base notes of Cedar, Patchouli, Musk and White Amber.

I’d love to hear if any of these take your fancy? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and items I bought myself

Valentine’s Gifts On A Budget

Posted on February 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner now, so I thought I’d put together a couple of posts to offer some inspiration to those looking for gift ideas. I’m starting off with some fantastic lower priced items. Everything in this post is what I’d call reasonably priced or budget friendly – and I’ll have my luxury gifts post coming up very shortly too.

So, what would Valentine’s day be without chocolates? Thorntons have a massive range of goodies on offer, including hampers, truffles and special chocolate selection boxes. I’ve been munching on the Classic Collection Box of late (well I had to try them!) and I just managed to save a few of these gorgeous chocs for my photo! You guys are in for a treat too, because I’m also giving away a gorgeous Thorntons Valentine’s Heart shaped selection box worth £25.00 on Twitter, make sure you follow and RT here to be in with a chance of winning! (Open to UK only, the winner will be chosen at 9pm on 12/02/16)

For the beauty lovers, you can never fail with Kiko products – I think I’m actually yet to come across something of theirs that I don’t like. As well as being very affordable, they often have offers on too so you can pick up some amazing bargains. Check out their sale for up to 50% off loads of gorgeous makeup products and sets, including the Temptress Lip Set shown above which is now only £5.40!

Flowers are often a must have for the big day, but what about rose scented beauty products as an alternative? They’re guaranteed to last longer than the lifespan of a bunch of flowers! The Melvita Nectar de Roses Body Collection is a gorgeous range of bath and body products including wild rose extract to aid hydration.

I have the Nectar de Roses Rose Petal Shower Gel (£13.00), which gives a beautiful light floral fragrance, the Nectar de Roses Hydrating Body Veil (£15.00), which is enriched with rose floral water to provide intense hydration for up to 24 hours. The Nectar de Roses Balm (£10.00) is a fantastic little multi-purpose balm that’s perfect for rescuing dry and damaged skin, and lastly the Wild Roses EDT (£36.00) which is a beautifully bright and fresh rose scent, combining rosa canina, rose gallica and rose mosqueta with a woody base.

Or for a different take on rose fragrances, Bronnley’s Zealous Flower EDT (£35.00) is definitely worth a look. This is the newest addition to their Electric Elements range, and completely different from Melvita’s Wild Roses. Bronnley’s Zealous Flower fragrance gives rose a more unconventional edge. It includes sparkling notes of pear and mandarin combined with pink pepper, precious amber and earthy vetiver.

For the nail polish lovers, what about a selection of very affordable Nailed London Nail Polishes? They’re only £6.99 each and are available in a massive range of 28 catwalk inspired shades, as well as four glitter polishes, and a top and base coat. They also boast a patented 3-step system, developed to match the look, feel, wear and gloss of a professional gel polish, whilst promising 2-3 days longer wear than any other gelled product on the market.

A personalised gift is always going to be a winner, and I highly recommend the Crowd colour Personalised Palette. This is an empty makeup palette, magnetised and ready for you to customise it with whichever pans you choose. The best part is that you can have whatever you want printed on top, I went for my blog header on mine!

On the subject of palettes, the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes are definitely worth a mention. At only £7.99 for a palette of 12 eyeshadows, these palettes are a complete bargain, as well as being amazingly well pigmented. I’ve collected quite a few of these now but I most often find myself reaching for the Au Naturel shades. The one I’ve included in the image above is the brand new All Night Long palette, including a beautiful range of warm neutrals.

And lastly, for the candle fans there’s the Shearer Candles Tropical Watermelon Jar Candle (£8.00) – this gorgeous candle from Shearer Candles checks all the boxes for a Valentine’s gift, it’s pink, it’s pretty and it smells amazing! The Watermelon fragrance is fantastically sweet and mouth-wateringly juicy. It’s basically summer in a candle!

I’d love to hear if any of these products take your fancy? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Valentine’s Gift Guide For Her

Posted on February 13, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Valentine’s Bright Lips post, I also have another Valentine’s post for you – this time it’s a gift guide! I’m hoping this will give you gift ideas to give and receive, and cover a wide variety of budgets to suit everyone. Enjoy xx

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Arran Aromatics Stargazer Valentine’s Candle – £20 from Arran Aromatics

It’s only over the last year or so that I’ve really gotten into candles. I have one burning most evenings and I just love how they fragrance my home. I have to say I don’t think I’d bother using a candle unless it was scented now. I’ve come across some really lovely fragrances and one that goes to the top of my list is definitely this Valentine’s limited edition Stargazer candle from Arran Aromatics.

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Love Ring – £15 from Zara Taylor

This super cute Love ring comes in gold, rose gold and silver plate, and it also has a small gap at the back to fit a variety of finger sizes. I should mention this ring is on the small size without being opened up or pushed closed, it fits my ring finger which is a UK I / J. This is such a pretty ring and would make a lovely token gift.

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Bunny cotton wool dispenser – £9.99 from truffleshuffle

I really love gifts that are different, fun and unusual. Yes I’d quite like a nice bunch of flowers and maybe some chocs for V day, but a ceramic bunny cotton wool dispenser where the cotton wool balls make up the bunny’s tail? Yes please! It’s not something you’d automatically think of but it’s definitely bound to raise a smile – this will be living on my desk from now on!

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NYX Love in Paris Palette in Let Them Eat Cake – £10 from NYX Cosmetics

NYX are a fairly new brand to me, I love their Matte lipsticks and I’ve also started using their Butter glosses, which I’ll be posting about soon. This super cute Love in Paris palette contains nine flattering, easy to wear shades, and it’s also the perfect compact size to fit in your makeup bag.

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Deborah Lipmann Nail Polish in Chantilly Lace – £16 from Harrods.

If you’re looking for a slightly more subtle gift for Valentine’s, this beautiful polish from Deborah Lipmann’s Whisper collection should do the trick. Chantilly Lace is just the prettiest shade of barely there baby pink, with an iridescent pink shimmer that looks beautiful when it catches the light.

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007 Fragrance for Women – £24.50 from The Fragrance Shop

Ok I’l admit it, I’m not a James Bond fan, he just doesn’t do it for me. Perfume on the other hand though, yes please! 007 for Women is a brand new fragrance that supposedly captures the heady power of the Bond Woman. I’m not sure about that but I can tell you I LOVE this perfume. It’s fruity, but also floral, with black vanilla, white musk and cedarwood, and it’s just me to a T. If you like more intense, seductive evening scents, this will definitely be for you too.

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Mini Rose Gold Horseshoe Necklace – £42.00 by Gemma J at Jewel Street

I’m a massive fan of rose gold jewellery, and this beautiful horseshoe necklace would go down a treat as the perfect gift for Valentines day. A dainty horseshoe, a symbol of good luck, hangs from a pretty fine rose gold chain – and this would also look gorgeous layered with other necklaces.

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Ted Baker Faked To Perfection Artificial Nails – £8.00 from Boots

Ted Baker gifts are EVERYTHING and these nails really are faked to perfection. With a modern, easy to wear short nail length and slightly squared off tip, these falsies are just perfect for prettying up your digits this Valentine’s day. The baby pink nail colour with metallic rose gold tips are so Ted Baker – just team them with a TB bag and prepare to dazzle!

So there we have it! I hope this post has given you some inspiration whether your buying or receiving this Valentine’s day 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review