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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Stocking Fillers!

Posted on December 20, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve gathered together a pretty big selection of beauty treats that would make perfect stocking fillers today. I’ve decided to divide them into categories – Budget which are £10 and under, Treats which are £20 and under, and Splurge which is everything over £20, so hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for any stockings you may be stuffing this Christmas! 🙂

BUDGET – £10 & UNDER

The Sanctuary Spa Shooting Spa Shower Duois a fantastic little set that’s perfect for adding to a beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. It contains a 50ml Body Scrub and 50ml Wet Skin Moisture Miracle. And the Caudalie Vinosource Cracker would be the perfect gift for a friend, it contains some of Caudalie’s best-selling hydration essentials in a handy travel size. There’s a 30ml Micellar Cleansing Water, 10ml Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, and a 15ml Vinosource Moisturiser.

Sleek Makeup also have some fantastic affordable gifts this Christmas. The Sleek Ultimate Lips Set contains four cute Matte Me mini lip creams so you can create the ultimate statement lip. And the Sleek Lip Line Up Set is a lip liner kit including a Lip Shot Gloss in shade Behind Closed Doors and complementary Twist Up Lip Pencil in shade Shabby Chic.

For those that love a long soak in the bath, these Hype Fizz Up Bath Fizzers would be perfect! The set contains five scented Bath Fizzers to give you a gorgeously fragrance bath. The Aromatherapy Associates Pearl of Wisdom Bauble would also be perfect in a stocking on hanging on the tree. Essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Lavender calm, comfort and uplift the senses in this Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil.

And you know I’d be including Soap & Glory here! Their Merry Kiss-Much Gift Set features a super-plumping SexyMotherPucker lip gloss and a Crazy Sexy Kohl smouldering kohl liner. The Soap & Glory Beauty-Full House Gift Set includes their bestselling make-up icons: there’s a Thick & Fast HD Mascara, mini CrazySexy Kohl liner and a limited edition SexyMother Pucker lip gloss in a brand new Stardust shade!

I’ve also included some super cute MOR Beauty Treats – these start from as little as £6.00, and I have a Body Butter, Hand and Nail Cream, and a Soap. MOR has plenty of other sweet little affordable beauty goodies available too, so be sure to check them out!

Elf Cosmetics are always a good brand for budget beauty goodies, their new Rose Gold Palette is gorgeous, and I also have a Lip Plumping Gloss which helps plump the lips with nourishing hydration. The invigorating high-shine formula provides a soothing sensation while it volumizes. Enriched with Vitamin E and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate the lips for a soft, supple feel.

TREAT: £20 & UNDER

If you’re looking to spend a bit more, this Ragdale Hall Large Cracker is filled with a bundle of indulgent surprises. Included you’ll find a Shower Burst 30ml, Hand Cream 30ml, Bath Elixr 50ml, Body Butter 50ml and much more.

Everyone needs a decent lip balm for winter time, and the Fresh Sugar Fig Tinted Lip Treatment moisturises, protects and smoothes the lips while leaving a pearlescent wine tint, offering sheer coverage or buildable colour.

For lovers of bright colours, the fun yet still affordable NYX Professional Sugar Trip Eyeshadow Palette would be perfect. This limited-edition palette features 12 powders in rich glitter, matte and satin finishes. From hot pink and chartreuse to deep teal and maroon, this bold assortment of velvety hues was carefully curated to inspire a multitude of playful looks.

The L”Occitane Verbena Icy Shower Gel is the first cooling shower gel from L’Occitane that can be applied on dry skin before showering off for an intense icy effect. Immediately refreshed, your skin is perfectly cleansed and delicately perfumed from the fresh and sparkling scent of verbena.

Or how about this gorgeous Stila Kiss Me Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – Stila’s liquid lipsticks really are fantastic, and this set includes two red and one nude shade in matte, shimmer and satin finishes. Includes shades are: Beso, atrue red matte, Beso Shimmer, a true red shimmer, and Dolce, anude cinnamon satin sheen.

On the subject of lipsticks, the Too Faced 20th Birthday Lipsticks would be perfect for someone that likes a bit of sparkle. There are 10 super glittery shades available, based on Too Faced’s original lipstick range from when they first launched in 1998.

The Morocconoil Treatment Tree Ornament would also make a lovely treat – it has an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.

Or how about a gorgeous Ted Baker Mia EDT Fragrance? Mia simply oozes ladylike glamour with her soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias teamed with an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure. Top notes of lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of patchouli and golden amber ensure Mia is not a scent you will easily forget.

While we’re talking about fragrance, the Glossier You Solid Fragrance is just lovely. Encased in a gorgeous weighted compact, this solid fragrance feels luxurious yet it’s still affordable. If you’re looking for a beautiful ‘skin’ scent this Christmas, I’d definitely recommend checking this out.

Or how about an Erborian 1..2..3.. Matte Cracker – offering a trio of products to give you a perfect matte complexion, this cracker includes Matte Cream 15ml to instantly matify your skin, BB Cream Nude 5ml to hide your imperfections and CC Cream Dore 5ml to unify and brighten your complexion.

SPLURGE – OVER £20

If you fancy pushing the boat out for someone special, you can’t go too wrong with the Stila 3D Dazzle – Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set – this travel-size trio of long-wearing, lustrous shadows includes two top selling shades plus a new limited edition, luxe, golden, duo-chrome shade: Golden Girl – duo-chrome golden fawn, Perlina – duo-chrome opalescent white, bright blue, pink and purple pearl, Kitten Karma – champagne with silver and copper sparkle.

The DHC Skincare Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel tones, hydrates, and brightens skin in one step. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant considered 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C, and it also contains collagen to help firm and hyaluronic acid to protect the skin’s natural moisture. 

Or how about this lovely L”Occitane Must Have Hand Cream Trio – The ultimate hand care gift for a person who loves to take care of their skin, L’Occitane has handpicked their favourite fragrances and award-winning formulas to treat your loved one with. Included is a Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Hands Hand & Nail Care, and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream.

For nails, how about the Kure Bazaar I HEART YOU Gift Set – this sweet little gift set includes three nail polishes with a cute text message on the product lids, housed in a white gift box. Shades included are: Cherie, a deep red, highly pigmented shade, Or Pur, a metallic gold shade, and Love, a gorgeous pop of red.

The BYBI Prime Time Scrub would also make a lovely little stocking filler. This cleansing scrub removes those dead skin cells, revealing fresh, bright, best skin. Or how about Erborian BB Drops? Erborian’s BB Drops help to visibly smooth the skin surface and give a radiant, velvety and natural finish. Skin tone seems more even, imperfections look blurred and pores are visibly concealed, for a more beautiful complexion.

Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil would also make a gorgeous luxe gift – this sumptuous oil helps to nourish and condition the skin, leaving it silky smooth and glowing with health. The refreshingly lightweight oil brightens up the skin and leaves it looking revived and feeling great.

How about an Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette?  Norvina’s go-to eye shadow palette features fourteen beautiful shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel shimmers. I can’t wait to get stuck in with this palette!

For candle fans, this gorgeous Mugler Aura Scented Candle would be perfect. This luxurious candle is intensely scented with Mugler’s latest fragrance, filling your home with its unique oriental botanical blend of sweet fruits, green woods and addictive, creamy sweetness.

And how about the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum? It promises to leave you with skin that looks rested, fresh, more youthful and radiant. This light water-gel suits all skin types, leaving you with a satin smooth finish without any greasiness or residue.

And last but not least, the Becca Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne Pop – this is Becca’s bestselling shade of soft gold highlighter with with pinky peach undertones. Enriched with the power of ultra-fine, multi-toned, luminescent pearls, this highlighter bringing high-shine to cheeks, even on the dullest days.

Well done if you made it to the end! I’d love to hear what you’d like to find in your stocking this Christmas? xx

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Must Have Beauty Gift Sets!

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My second to last Christmas Gift Guide is finally finished! This one is all about the best beauty gift sets you can pick up this Christmas. I’ve included a good range of brands and prices, so hopefully there’s something for everyone here – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Caudalie Thé des Vignes Scented Body Ritual – Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance is a sensual blend of white musk, neroli flower and ginger. You’ll find the beautiful Thé des Vignes fragrance in this gift set plus three other essentials from the collection: Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance 10ml, Body & Hair Nourishing Oil 15ml, Shower Gel 30ml, Hand and Nail Cream 30ml.

The Skinnydip Spritz Me Baby Body Mist Trio is a great budget friendly gift set. This fragrance trio includes three body mists with lovely tropical, sweet raspberry and honey notes.

Ted Baker always make the most gorgeous gift sets, and this Mia Fragrance Gift Set would make a wonderful present this Christmas. Including a pretty pairing of a mirror and the Mia Sweet Treat fragrance, this is the ideal addition to any fashionista’s makeup bag.

For those that suffer with dry hands, the Jurlique Hand Care Collection could be spot on. This set contains a duo of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams wrapped in a beautiful gift box. Included is a 40ml Rose Hand Cream: a rich protective hand cream to deeply moisturise and restore smoothness, and a 40ml Lavender Hand Cream: a rich soothing hand cream with a calming and gentle lavender scent, to deeply moisturise and instantly soothe even the driest of hands.

Next up is Sara Miller London Gifts – I’m so impressed with the latest offerings from Sara Miller. Their beauty gifts are truly delightful, with gorgeous packaging and lovely scents. I have the Hand Cream, Body Souffle, Lip Balm and small makeup bag. These really are fantastic quality, I’d recommend picking a couple of items up and presenting them in a Sara Miller gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift.

Sanctuary Spa Christmas Day Indulgence Hamper (Just seen on right) – This amazing hamper contains an indulgent selection of Sanctuary Spa goodies to pamper yourself with this Christmas. Inside you’ll find a Body Wash, Body Scrub ,Body Lotion, Moisture Burst Face Wash, Hand Cream, Heel Balm, and a mini EDT Fragrance.

The Caudalie Beauty Secrets Set is a 3-step regime containing a blend of radiance boosting skincare, ideal for dull, tired or city-dwelling skin. Featuring the best-selling Beauty Elixir, this poweful trio works to purify the skin and eliminate toxins whilst refreshing and toning the skin throughout the day. Included is a 100ml Beauty Elixir, 50ml Instant Foaming Cleanser, and 15ml Instant Detox Mask.

I love Sleek Makeup for their high quality yet affordable products. This Sleek Makeup Brush Set unfortunately seems to be now sold out now, but I’ve linked to a very similar 7 piece Sleek Brush set which looks just as good!

Back to Ted Baker again, the Ella Fragrance Gift Set is very similar to the above Mia set, this time with a black and rose gold design, the set includes the lovely Ella fragrance and matching Ted Baker mirror.

If you fancy trying out all the of Ted’s fragrances, the Ted Baker Row of Bows Mini Trio includes three 5ml mini Sweet Treats fragrances paired with gorgeous nail polishes – you can gift them as they are, or split them up for three mini treats.

The Soap & Glory The 4 Scent-Sations! Gift Set includes four body sprays in Soap & Glory’s signature fragrances: our fruity floral Original Pink, zesty-fresh Sugar Crush, floriental Mist You Madly and fabulously figgy Fruitigo.

And the Superdry Sport Ladies GymFreshEdit ActiveEssentials Set includes the ultimate post-workout kit for women from Superdry Sport. There’s an Invigorating Body Wash, Hydrating Body Lotion, Rejuvinating Body Scrub, Energising Body Mist, Lip Balm and Hair Bands.

This M&S Lifeology Gift Set is a complete bargain at only £7.50! This beauty set is packed with everything you need for an evening of pampering, including hand salve, lip balm, body wash, foam bath, body butter and even a shower puff to help you scrub!

And this Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Gift set includes a Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, with two extra blades and a bath pillow. The Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor has 3-blades and flexible moisture bars, so this razor is perfect if you’re looking for more comfort when shaving. When wet, the built-in moisture bars release lush body butters with White Tea scent for an incredible glide, comfort and shaving experience.

The gorgeous Too Faced Dream Queen Limited Edition Set includes a large palette with a vast selection of eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer and blush. There’s also a Hangover Primer, Lip Gloss in Pink Swan, Better than Sex Mascara and a Too Faced zip bag to all your Too Faced treats in.

And the L’Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set is a must-have collection to soothe dry and dehydrated skin during the winter months. The gift set includes a 75ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 75ml Shea Butter Foot Cream, 100ml Limited Edition Design Ultra Rich Body Cream and 50g Extra-Gentle Milk Soap.

The Glamglow Superstar Gift Set includes all you need to mask in style this Christmas! Inside you’ll find a full-size jar of Supermud Clearing Treatment, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Pink Glitter Tube 30g, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Purple Glitter Tube 30g and a spatula and stencil.

Get perfectly cleansed skin with the Erborian Ablackadabra Gift Set. Enriched with Charcoal, a super-ingredient used & for millennia in Korea, these beauty allies will help you retrieve the perfect skin in a magic wand trick: Black Scrub 15ml will gently exfoliate your skin, Black Cleansing Oil 190ml will remove all traces of makeup, and a Konjac Sponge is the perfect accessory to naturally cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish skin.

Feelunique Little Beauty Parcel – The Unique Boutique Luxe Edit – this little box contains a selection of full size and mini high end beauty treats. Including the ultimate skin perfecting primer from Hourglass, By Terry smoky eyeshadow, a Zelens complexion rescue mask and a little something from Cover FX to add that prerequisite seasonal sparkle.

Soap & Glory The Zest of Times Gift Set– this set includes aselection of sweet lime treats all in Soap & Glory’s delectable Sugar Crush fragrance. Featuring an array of pamperstuffs including a wash, body scrub, body butter and two bonus Body Wash Pods.

And last but not least, the Laura Ashley Travel Indulgence Gift Set – This glamorous beauty bag contains an indulgent collection of four travel-sized bath and body treats, including body lotion, shower cream, body mist and lip balm. Delicately scented with notes of geranium and neroli.

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Luxury Treats You Won’t Be Able To Resist

Posted on December 19, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve just finished off my latest gift guide, and this is definitely a good one! Full of luxury treats, there should be enough to inspire you for an extra special gift for a loved one, or even a little something for yourself this Christmas – enjoy! 🙂

Starting with this gorgeous Rodin Olio Lusso Holiday Lipstick Coffret – this mini lipstick set showcases five top-selling shades of Rodin Olio Lusso’s luxury lipstick, in a super cute golden spotted case. The creamy, ultra-smooth formula is enriched with jasmine and neroli oils, as well as Vitamin C and E nourish and soften, and the shades included are – Heavenly Hopp, So Mod, Red Hedy, Loving Lucy, and Billie on the Bike.

For skincare, the StriVectin Anti-Wrinkle Duo Set is definitely worth a look. Containing a pair of anti-ageing products to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the kit promises to help you give you a firmer, brighter and younger-looking complexion. The set includes –

SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks 60ml – An anti-aging cream that visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

SD Advanced Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles 30ml – Promoting smoother, brighter-looking skin, this anti-ageing formula helps to visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, deep set wrinkles and dark circles.

On to fragrance now, I had to include the stunning Jean Paul Gaultier Classique 2018 Collectors Edition – fans of this classic fragrance will know every Christmas Jean Paul Gaultier produces a Classique collectors edition with brand new and innovative packaging. For 2018, the iconic glass bust is wearing a sweet red Christmas jumper dress, housed in a fully functioning snow globe.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Velvet Fatale Collectors Edition is another special edition fragrance released for winter 2018. This is in fact the original Good Girl fragrance, presented in a stunning new limited edition red velvet collector’s bottle.

If you’re feeling particularly spendy, how about Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille Eau De Parfum? This gorgeous oriental vanilla fragrance really is the height of luxury – follow this delicious wood-scented journey, featuring notes of Coconut Milk, Black Vanilla Absolute, Beeswax, Caramelised Benzoin, and Liquorice, blended with Bitter Almond Paste, Gaïac Wood, Tonka Bean and Sandalwood at the base – just beautiful.

Berdoues Peng Lai Eau De Parfum is another fantastic choice if you’re looking for something high end and a little different. The Péng Lái fragrance represents the flower covered mountain where the goddess of flowers, He Xiangu, lived. Its floral and fruity softness reveals itself through one of China’s most precious materials, Osmanthus. Whilst smooth and sumptuous notes of Benzoin from Laos, and the Brazilian Tonka Bean blend to create a delicate and unforgettable fragrance.

For those looking for something cute and fun, the Lime Crime 10th Anniversary Brush Set could be the perfect gift! Presented in a rainbow box, this brush set includes four brushes – a Fluffy Highlighter Brush, Round Angled Shadow Brush, Angled Paddle Shadow Brush, and a Flat Liner/brow Brush. Each brush has clear handles, with pink glittery stars inside which float up and down as you use it 🙂

Another fragrance idea is new release, Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle EDP. This beautiful floral oriental scent is wonderfully romantic, feminine, and sensual. With top notes of Lychee, Rose Petals and Mimosa, a rich floral heart of Orange Flower, Gardenia and Tuberose, and Orris Root, a Blush Suede Accord, Marzipan Musk and Ambrox at the base. This is a must try for fans of Estee Lauder fragrances.

Gift sets always make wonderful Christmas presents, and this Templespa Do Not Disturb Peace, Relaxation & Sleep Collection could be the perfect gift for someone in need of some precious me-time. This 6-piece collection will leave skin, mind, body and soul feeling calm, restored and rejuvenated. Each product is a mélange of calming aromas, cashmere textures and botanicals, that together help you relax, restore and repose! Here’s what’s in the set –

  • Do Not Disturb Pillow Door Hanger
  • Quietude Calming Mist 50ml
  • Drift Away Bathing & Massage Oil 50ml
  • Duvet Comforting Body Cream 45ml
  • Becalm Soothing Face Mask 30ml
  • Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream 15ml

This gorgeous Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau De Parfum Gift Set would also make a lovely gift. Captivating and confident, Wonderlust evokes a lust for life where beauty, spontaneity and sensuality are the ultimate destination. Deeply romantic, it’s a fragrance inspired by the exotic, the unexpected and the unknown. The set includes a 50ml Wonderlust Eau de Parfum, 10ml Rollerball and a Michael Kors Rose Gold Card Holder.

Or how about this stunning Rose Gold Filofax Set? Perfect for stationery lovers, the classic Filofax Finsbury organiser has been given a luxe makeover and is now available in a beautiful metallic rose gold. Crafted with soft grain leather, the Finsbury includes a variety of handy features, such as a cardholder, tab fastening and a zip pocket, as well as a matching rose gold pen.

The Laura Mercier Brush Strokes Luxe Brush Collection would make a beautiful luxury gift for fans of the brand. Containing all you need to sculpt, highlight, contour and define, this set includes five travel brushes enclosed in travel-friendly brush roll. The set comprises of a Fan Brush, Cheek Colour Brush, Smoky Eye Liner Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush and Eye Crease Brush.

Or how about the Laura Mercier Shadows & Brights Metallic Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection? – this is a limited edition collection of long-lasting, multi-tasking metallic creamy eye shadow sticks delivers both easy application and high-definition, long-lasting colour, that’s both transfer-resistant and crease-resistant. The set Includes four gorgeous metallic shades – Intense Amethyst, Intense Rose gold, Intense Moonlight, and Intense Copper.

I also had to include a little indulgent treat from Jo Malone. Unfortunately I don’t have anything from their Christmas collection, but this gorgeous Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense would still make a wonderful gift. This beautifully warm feminine fragrance combines precious Jasmine Sambac with vibrant Marigold, exotic Ylang Ylang, and rich Benzoin Resin, rounded off with a base of warm Vanilla and Amber.

The Luxe Sport Christmas Gift Guide with The Sports Edit

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I was recently introduced to The Sports Edit, Europe’s leading destination for premium, stylish sportswear and I wanted to share some of their gorgeous products with you today!

If you’re not aware of The Sports Edit, they’re a relatively new company who have quickly established themselves as the go-to destination for carefully curated premium activewear. They scour the globe looking for the best diverse, innovative and emerging brands, enabling them to offer customers only the highest quality products. The Sports Edit cover four key areas – running, gym, studio and lifestyle for both men and women, and stock brands including Under Armour, PE Nation, Beyond Yoga, Calvin Klein and Veja to name just a few.

Let’s start with the Adidas by Stella McCartney UltraBoost Trainers – I adore these trainers! This is my first new pair in a long time, and they fit like a glove! Featuring Continental rubber to look after your feet in both wet and dry conditions, as well as Adidas’ signature responsive boost midsole and stabilising torsion system, these trainers are made to work with your movement, adapting and adjusting to the changing shape of your foot as you run. The gorgeous peachy pink colour is of course true to Stella McCartney’s aesthetic, making them look as good as they feel – so if you’re looking for a high end pair of trainers this Christmas I’d definitely recommend checking these out!

And to go with the trainers, I have a pair of Stance Windy Tab Socks. I thought the colours matched rather well! These socks really are top notch, and would make the perfect affordable gift for someone that takes working out seriously. They feature medium cushioning where your feet naturally make contact with the ground, while individual fits for the right and left foot offer customized arch support. They also have a reinforced toe and heel for added durability, while breathable performance mesh keeps your feet cool while you work out.

I also can’t wait to start using the Manduka Pro Yoga Mat. This best-selling Manduka Pro yoga mat features a new ‘Mechi’ blue colour for the winter season, which has a lovely shimmery, opalescent finish. This mat offers amazing grip, as well as super plush cushioning so you don’t need to worry about your joints on hard surfaces. It’s also toxic free and latex free, it won’t absorb moisture or bacteria, and it’s guaranteed for life – you can’t get better than that!

The MZ Wallace Rose Gold Small Metro Backpack would also make a wonderful addition to your gym kit. This bag is light yet durable, made with MZ Wallace’s signature Quilted Oxford Nylon which resists both water and stains whilst never losing its shape. This beautiful metallic rose gold bag really has a super luxe feel – with its custom hardware, convenient compartments and zippered pockets, it’s perfect for carrying your kit anywhere you go.

An essential for any gym goer is of course a decent water bottle. This striking S’well 500ml Water Bottle will look amazing in your kit as well as being incredibly practical and long wearing. The Blue Granite bottle is part of the S’Well Elements collection, inspired by the earth, this bottle has a beautiful blue and white marbled, stone-look finish, while the bottle itself is BPA free and made from double-walled, non-toxic stainless steel which helps keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.

For clothing, how about a matching activewear set from luxury fashion line Koral? Koral develop and utilise the finest technical fabrics to design fashion-forward pieces that feel luxurious, look effortless, and last through infinite wears and washings.

Their High Rise Frame Leggings in Chromuim are created with Koral’s signature fabric, Evanesce, which offers incredible support, durable stretch and high compression, increasing oxygen delivery to active muscles and reducing lactic acid build-up and muscle fatigue. They feature angled panelling in Chromium, Marsala and Mesh that give the leggings a high quality, polished look and feel. They also go perfectly with the Kingley Sports Bra – specifically built for high performance activities, this sports bra features an elasticated underband, fully lined bust, and T-bar back in elasticated mesh, to provide both comfort and support while you work out.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this as something a little different today! I’d love to hear if you’ve picked up any new sportswear lately? xx

This post has been sponsored by The Sport Edit. All opinions are my own.

A Few Ideas For A Christmas Tipple…

Posted on December 18, 2018

I do love to treat myself to a few beverages at Christmas time, Bailey’s and Archers have always my go-to favourites, but I’ve recently been trying out a few new drinks from brands I’d never heard of – read on to hear my thoughts on a few fabulous drinks that are prefect for the festive season!

Let’s start with Gin Ting Premium Dry Gin. How gorgeous is this bottle though!? Gin has really been having a moment lately, and there have been countless new brands and flavours popping up over the last couple of years. Gin Ting is definitely one to add to your ‘To Try’ list – it’s hand crafted & produced in small batches to ensure quality, using the finest botanicals & natural flavours. Gin Ting’s mission is to create a clear, fresh, fruity Gin – and they have definitely succeeded!

This wonderfully unique gin is distilled with the finest Juniper Berries along with Cassia Bark, Coriander Seeds, Orange & Lemon Peel, plus a few other secret botanicals. It’s also infused with Passionfruit, Mango and Elderflower, anda subtle hint of Grapefruit, to give a very different take on gin as you know it. This is a must have for gin fanatics!

On the theme of gin, for something a little different, how about this lovely set of flavoured liqueurs? This Carthy & Black Gift Set includes 3x 50cl bottles of award-winning Yorkshire Cream Liqueurs – included you’ll find their Original Cream Liqueur, Gin Cream Liqueur and Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur.  Each is created using the freshest cream, and either the finest Irish whiskey or award-winning Slingsby Gin

My husband and I sat down the other night to try these out. First up was the Lemon Gin Cream Liqueur – on initial sniff I said to my husband, OMG this smells EXACTLY like cheesecake, and he said the same! It also tastes exactly like cheesecake. If you’re a fan of super sweet desserts you’ll love this. The Gin Cream Liqueur was probably my second favourite, not as sweet or lemony as the previous drink, yet still very good. And lastly the Original Cream Liqueur, this is whisky based, and it’s basically a fancy, sweeter Bailey’s, with a strong toffee / caramel flavour.

On to wine now, I have a bottle of The Owl & The Dust Devil Red Wine – this handcrafted environmentally-friendly red wine is just superb! It’s fermented in 620 litre French oak barrels to add layers of complexity and structure to the wine. Violet aromatics of the Malbec compliment the darker notes and structural backbone of the Cabernet Sauvignon whilst the abundant Petit Verdot and Tannat in this wine provide considerable richness and tannins. The wine has been matured for 18 months in smaller French oak barrels prior to release. The Owl & The Dust Devil is smooth, silky and rich, definitely a must try this Christmas!

Or how about Cadello? Inspired by what the Venetian nobles would have served at their masked balls during the Venetian Empire, Cadello is a very unique, nuanced, smooth liqueur. It’s made from eight Italian ingredients, and produced by a 150 year-old, family owned distillery. There are plenty of tempting flavours to be found in this drink, including coffee, chocolate, cocoa, star anise and vanilla, as well as hints of hazelnut, mint, caramel and toffee. If you fancy trying something a little different, I’d highly recommend this.

And lastly, a fantastic treat for yourself as well as the perfect gift idea for whisky fans – The Summerton Club. Offering a simple way to try rare and unique spirits that you definitely won’t find in your local supermarket – the Summerton Club is a subscription service where you can discover a world of fantastic drinks without leaving the comfort of your home.

I have their October bottle of the month, Mackmyra Gruvguld Swedish Single Malt WhiskyGruvguld is a Swedish whisky created with local ingredients, that isn’t currently available in the UK. Meaning ‘Gold from the Mine’, Gruvguld is a wonderfully smooth Swedish Single Malt Whisky – it’s perfect for a luxurious treat this Christmas!

I’d love to hear which festive drinks are your favourite? xx

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

Prestige Hampers Traditional Christmas Gift Basket

Posted on December 16, 2018

As a break from beauty, I’ve got something a little different, but still very festive to share with you today. The Prestige Hampers Traditional Gift Basket contains all the snacks and treats you could want this Christmas in a jam packed, festive hamper that’s also very affordable.

The Traditional Gift Basket’s products are presented in a gorgeous premium wicker case, with leather straps, twist lock closures, and a Prestige Hampers tag – this is definitely worth keeping to re-use, maybe for another gift, or save it for next year’s summer picnics!

The hamper contains a selection of fine wines, sweet treats and savoury goodies beautifully arranged, and well packaged, for you and your family to enjoy this Christmas. There’s a little bit of everything in here, from tea, shortbread and chocolate, to wine, crisps and cake, this hamper will be perfect for those that love either a sweet or savoury treat – and it’s also been approved by Good Housekeeping 2018.

So far I’ve tried the Shortbread and a few of the chocolates and I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to dig into everything else over the Christmas period!

Here’s what you’ll find inside –

  • Water Stop Station Chardonnay 75cl
  • Water Stop Station Shiraz 75cl
  • Red Velvet Crunch Biscuits 150g
  • English Breakfast Tea 40g
  • Milk, White and Dark Chocolate Classics 120g
  • Shortbread Festive Shapes 60g
  • Matthew Walker Classic Christmas Pudding 100g
  • Iced Fruit Cake 400g
  • Dark Chocolate Bar 60g
  • Mackays Christmas Marmalade 113g
  • Mackays Christmas Preserve 113g
  • Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Yorkshire Crisps 100g
  • Handmade Smoked Oatcakes 125g
  • Handmade Wicker Basket

The Traditional Gift basket is £64.99 and available now at Prestige Hampers.

Must Have Festive Candles for Winter 2018

Posted on December 12, 2018

One of the things I love about winter time is firing up the wood burner, settling down with a nice Christmas film, a hot drink, and lighting a festive candle to fragrance my living room. I have a few gorgeous candles to share with you today that will look fantastic in your home, as well as filling your rooms with scents of the season 🙂

The Boy Smells Cedar Stack Candle is my second candle from niche brand Boy Smells, it features a wonderfully warm, woodsy scent, with notes of cedarwood chips, dried tobacco, bay leaf and crushed peppercorn, as well as sweeter notes of juniper and white musk, and it lasts for up to 55 hours which is fantastic. This fragrance is just beautiful, I’ve just started burning it in my living room and I can’t get enough of it!

One of my favourite budget brands, Flamingo Candles, always release a fantastically kitsch and colourful selection for Christmas. I particularly love this fun Deck Your Halls Candle – it’s scented with their Ice Queen fragrance, a super sweet blend of bubblegum, pear drops and vanilla ice-cream, and has a burn time of up to 50 hours.

I also have their Christmas Pudding Pink Candle, scented with yummy Christmas Pudding, including notes of raisins, sultanas, figs and apples enriched with cinnamon, almonds, orange peel. And the Prosec-Ho-Ho-Ho Candle – with a lovely Candy Cane Prosecco fragrance, created with notes of sweet peppermint, vanilla and fizzy prosecco.

Going back to more classic Christmas fragrances now, the Beatitude Christmas Comfort Candle is perfect for creating a warming atmosphere in your home. It offers up to 40 hours burn time, and this gorgeous festive fragrance combines soothing floral notes with uplifting citrus oils and spicy festive oils to infuse your rooms with the scent of Christmas Comfort.

The Heyland & Whittle Winter Spice Candle smells exactly as you’d expect – warm, spicy and luxurious. With festive notes of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove this candle will make your home smell wonderfully festive for the whole Christmas season.

And the Skandinavisk TRÆ Candle – this one perfectly captures the delicate scent of wintery coniferous forests and freshly fallen snow. This mini 60g candle will give up to 16 hours burn time, whilst filling your home with bright and fresh woody notes of fir, limonene, peppermint, pine and snow.

And last but not least, the gorgeous La Montana Three Kings Candle. This luxurious candle will burn for at least 40 hours, and offers a uniquely decadent Christmas fragrance, with notes of cedarwood mingled with trampled pine needles, frankincense and myrrh, almond nougat, and a brightening tot of brandy. Just beautiful!

I’d love to hear which scented candles you’ve been burning lately? xx

The TSNC BIG Christmas Giveaway 2018!

Posted on December 10, 2018

It’s that time of year again, time for the TSNC BIG CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

This one is my biggest giveaway yet, and I have some fantastic prizes from some amazing brands for you! There’s makeup, fragrance, skincare, candles, jewellery, gift sets a-plenty and much much more up for grabs! Take a look below to find out exactly what you could win –

First of all, I have three gorgeous gift sets from Marks & Spencer. I’m not going to go into detail for every prize, so I’ll link the products so you can check them out –

Latest in Beauty have also provided one of their amazing Advent Calendars! Inside you’ll find some fab beauty brands, such as The White Company, Molton Brown, Charles Worthington, Bondi Sands and many more. I know it’ll be after Christmas by the time the giveaway ends, but you can sill enjoy all these gorgeous treats! The contents are worth a massive £255.00!

For fragrance, luxury eco friendly brand Clean Reserve are treating you to one of their gorgeous fragrances, worth £129.00!

Add some spice to your life with Clean Reserve Avant Garden Hemp & Ginger Fragrance, an invigorating fragrance that combines woody and spicy aromas in a tantalising blend of the simple and the exotic. Appealing to both men and women, this fragrance is vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

And talking about luxury, the W=Hb2 Power Duo Serum worth £110.00 is also part of the prize bundle. This sophisticated; sleek, two-phase, triple action skin care treatment helps promote balanced skin health, and a radiant, supple complexion. Check out the link above for more info!

And how about an Advent Calendar for the New Year? The Body Shop Countdown to New Year Calendar worth £40.00 is also included in the giveaway. It contains 8 vegan beauty surprises, housed in a beautiful star-shaped box.

I’m excited to say Cohorted are also on board again this year with an amazing selection of high end beauty treats. Here’s what they are providing 

  • Laura Geller Baked Hydrating Bronzer- worth £26.00.
  • Ciate Dewy Stix in Gleam – worth £22.00.
  • Laura Geller Retractable Powder Brush – worth £12.00.
  • Jorgobe White Tea Balancing Cream – worth £22.00.
  • Doucce Lip Definer Pencil in Lyra – worth £15.00.
  • Doucce Matte Temptation Lipstick in First Date – worth  £18.00.
  • Tom Ford Soleil Tinted Moisturiser – worth £58.00.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette – worth £43.00.

Dower & Hall Jewellery are also back again for 2018, this time with a stunning Twinkle jewellery set including a beautiful topaz necklace and earrings, together worth £176.00.

 

And how could I hold a giveaway without my favourite wig destination, Hot Hair? This year, they’re providing a voucher for £200.00 to spend on anything on their site! They offer an amazing selection of wigs, extensions and hair pieces from a variety of premium brands.

SBC Gels, also known as Simply Beautiful Collection, is a local skincare brand I’ve had the pleasure of trying out this year (Check out my review of their products here) They are providing some of their gorgeous new Cinnamon & Chai Christmas skincare products that smell divine, as well as a couple of must-have products from their best-selling Collagen range –

  • Cinnamon & Chai Hand Wash 750ml – worth £21.00.
  • Cinnamon & Chai Glimmer Skincare Gel 250ml – worth £18.00.
  • Cinnamon & Chai Body Polish 450g (tub) – worth £30.00.
  • Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser & Skin Cloth – worth £26.00.
  • Collagen Ultra Rich Cream – worth £36.00.

For something a little fun and different, Find Me A Gift are offering an amazing selection of prizes – there’s an actual Slush Puppie Machine (with raspberry syrup), a massive personalised retro sweets hamper, and a lovely bath bomb set up for grabs.

  • Slush Puppie Machine – worth £59.99.
  • Slush Puppie Syrup – worth £6.99.
  • Personalised Retro Sweets Hamper – worth £34.99.
  • Bomb Cosmetics Bath Bomb Set – worth £24.99.

One of my favourite niche fragrance brands, Shay & Blue are providing a trio of products from their gorgeous Atropa Belladonna range, worth £106.00.

Atropa Belladonna is an award-winning modern fragrance, inspired by deadly nightshade, it is daring, chic and mesmerising. The richly decadent scent of dark cassis berries are blended with the heady, white flower blooms of narcissus and jasmine on a base of sandalwood and patchouli.

Crabtree & Evelyn are back again this year with two beautiful gift sets, the Psychedelic Scents Home Fragrance Set, worth £80.00, brings the woody scent of snow-dusted trees inside your home with a scented candle, aromatic room spray and diffuser. And the Pinkie Power Hand Therapy Trio, worth £20.00, includes three best selling hand creams in one botanically fragrant gift set – restorative herbs, calming lavender and sensuous rose.

And another new brand! I’d like to introduce you to Olive & Bloom, who create beautiful handmade luxury gifts including natural bath, body and home products coupled with delicious edible treats, that fit straight through your letterbox! They are providing three of their beautiful gift sets – take a look at their site for more info!

  • Citrus Trio Candle Gift Set – worth £28.95.
  • Lime Gift Set – worth £28.95.
  • Rose Gift Set – worth £28.95.

And last but not least, Soap & Glory are giving you eight, yes EIGHT of their awesome Christmas gifts –

  • Naughty But Spice Duo – worth £5.00.
  • Make Your Smooth Set – worth £5.00.
  • The 4 Scent-Sations Set – worth £12.50.
  • The Pink Credibles Set – worth £10.00.
  • The Flatterbox Set – worth £20.00.
  • Perfect ten Eyeshadow Palette – worth £16.00.
  • Eyes Queen Set – worth £18.00.
  • The Mask Force 5 Set – worth £12.50.

Firstly, a big thank you to all the brands that are teaming up with me this year to make this amazing giveaway possible! And if you fancy being in with a chance of winning this massive bundle of goodies, worth a crazy £1858.81, all you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will run for five weeks, and it’s also open internationally! If you have any questions please do drop me a line, and good luck! xx

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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.

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018 FULL CONTENTS & GIVEAWAY!!

Posted on November 22, 2018

Yes I have yet another fantastic beauty Advent Calendar to share with you today, as well as a little giveaway…

The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar includes a selection of 25 beauty treats from some of their favourite brands. A few worth noting are Molton Brown, Emma Hardie, Caudalie and Illamasqua. Lookfantastic have included a bit of everything here, there’s makeup, skincare, hair products and accessories, but the full size Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in shade Deity is definitely the star product here. Deity a gorgeously unusual golden / pink / green duo-chrome shade that is just  stunning (and much nicer than it sounds) – check out google images it and you’ll see what I mean!

The contents of this calendar are worth over £300.00, and it’s very reasonably priced at £79.00 – this would make a fantastic Christmas present for a beauty lover!

Here’s what’s inside –

  • HD Brows x Lookfantastic Exclusive Contour and Colour Pro Palette worth £60.00
  • Filorga Anti-Ageing Micellar Solution 50ml worth £2.50
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 30ml worth £7.20
  • Glamglow Gravity Mud Mask Firming Treatment worth £12.60
  • Blink Brow Bar Brow Build worth £16.00
  • Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil 5ml worth £6.50
  • Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara 2ml worth £5.00
  • Molton Brown Jasmine and Sun Rose Body Wash 100ml worth £10.00
  • Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste 14ml worth £1.87
  • Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser 30ml worth £10.40
  • Rituals Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream 70ml worth £6.00
  • Grow Gorgeous Mud Mask 60ml worth £9.00
  • Balance Me Tan Drops 4ml worth £4.00
  • Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick worth £20.00
  • Sleek Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette worth £8.99
  • Doucce Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen worth £16.00
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum 10ml worth £15.33
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream worth £10.00
  • ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy 15ml worth £10.09
  • This Works Relax and Breathe Stress Check 5ml worth £10.00
  • Mane and Tail Shampoo and Conditioner 60ml worth £5.98
  • Lookfantastic Fan and Highlighter Brush worth £10.00
  • Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oil 9ml worth £11.00
  • Erno Laszlo Eye Serum Mask x2 worth £10.00
  • Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Deity worth £34.00

I took the time to work out the actual value of each item and add them up, just to see if this calendar really is worth £300. I’ve worked it out to be £312.46, so this really is great value for money!

If you’d like to win your very own Lookfantastic Advent Calendar, all you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally and will run for one week. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and good luck! xx

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The Lookfantastic Advent Calendar is £79.00 and available now at Lookfantastic.