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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.

The Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 7, 2018

Hi Guys!

How is it nearly Mother’s Day!? Im pretty sure it was only just Christmas! I’m looking forward to a day window shopping in Norwich on Saturday, and hopefully being served breakfast in bed and generally just getting spoiled rotten on Sunday! If you’re thinking of spoiling Mum this year and fancy going a bit extra, I have a fab selection of luxury gift ideas for you today – I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, I have this beautiful Thomas Sabo Together Forever Heart Necklace – designed to represent an eternal bond between two people, this delicate silver necklace features a dainty white zirconia heart intertwined into a ring, which is engraved with the words ‘Together Forever’. This adorable necklace would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! The necklace box also sits here on a lovely peach HAY Kaleido Hexagon Tray. This quirky angular tray comes in a selection of shades and has a modern matte finish. It’s just the perfect size for displaying fragrances and beauty treats on your dressing table 🙂

On to fragrance now, and I have a few gorgeous niche and high end scents to share – Evody Fleur d”Oranger EDP is a captivating woody citrus fragrance, opening with top notes of fresh and sparkling bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart of sweet orange flower and neroli, and a sensual, warming base of musk and white wood.

I also have the beautiful Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée EDP – this is a stunning contemporary chypre fragrance, taking inspiration from a young woman deciding what she will wear before her evening out in Paris. The bottle is of course gorgeous, with it’s fun and playful pompom and engraved medal, and the scent also reflects these boudoir elements – with fresh top notes, silky iris at the heart, and an addictive sweet base, Tenue de Sioree leaves a wonderfully soft gourmand kiss on the skin.

Jeroboam Ambra EDP is also one to watch our for. This is the second fragrance I’ve tried from Jeroboam, and it’s just as beautiful as the first! Ambra, meaning ‘amber’ in Esperanto, is modern, daring and sensual. The scent opens with top notes of bergamot, geranium and incense that give way to a heart of Peru balsam and patchouli, and base notes of vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean and enigmatic musks provide a sensual dry down to this luxurious fragrance.

And Carthusia Gelsomini Di Capri EDP – this is probably my favourite scent so far. Gelsomini di Capri evokes the magical feeling of a sun-drenched island sanctuary blooming with jasmine and fragrant bouquets that softly wave in the fresh breeze. Bergamot, lemon and yellow mandarin open the fragrance, softening into a sensual floral heart of jasmine grandiflorum absolute that rests on an opulent base of Italian ginestra and orange blossom, amber, and cashmere wood.

And I also have E.Coudray Rose Tubereuse EDT – on initial spritz I thought this scent might be a bit too ‘grown up’ for me, but I have to say, it does have the most beautiful dry down that lasts for hours. Rose Tubereuse would be perfect for fans of intense, floral scents, with distinct notes of tuberose and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Rhubarb, Mandarin, Clove and Guava.
  • Herat Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Tuberose, Geranium, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk and Benzoin.

On to skincare now – the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Care Gift Set would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! The set contains three mini Premier Cru products, including The Eye Cream 15ml, which tackles signs of ageing, including dark circles and puffiness, whilst brightening and smoothing the eye area. The Precious Oil 10ml, which melts into the skin leaving it instantly smoothed, nourished and brightened. And The Cream 15ml, which hydrates the skin, whilst restoring density and smoothing wrinkles, to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion.

Or how about the brand new Caudalie Premier Cru Serum? Formulated with Caudalie’s patented Vinergy® complex, this luxurious, gel-like serum promises to intensely revitalise the skin to correct the signs of ageing. The highly concentrated formula boosts the effectiveness of your current anti-ageing cream to reveal skin that appears visibly younger, more radiant and revitalised.

Moving on to something a little different, how about this beautiful Lola Design White Tailed Stag Print? Lola Design offer a wide range of animal prints, and the White Tailed Stag print is from the Wildlife Botanical collection, which also includes bees, humming birds, owls, and many more fabulous creatures – all of which feature beautiful floral details, and are available as stand-alone prints or pre-mounted and framed to your specification.

I also have this striking Lauren Dickinson Clarke The Poet Mug This design was influenced by the romantic yet heart breaking story of Dara Maar, one of the many muses and lovers of Picasso. Widely recognised as his most famous muse, Dora was the subject of many cruel jokes played on her by Picasso and they indulged in a turbulent relationship coloured by art, passion & tension.

Back to skincare now, I have the fab By Terry Baume De Rose Beauty To Go Set which contains a selection of products from the By Terry Baume de Rose collection, all housed in a pink faux leather pouch. Included you’ll find a Face Cream 30g, Hand Cream 30g, Body Cream 50g and a Lip Care 0.2ml. I’ve displayed the products here in a beautiful Julia Knight Eclipse Bowl in Marble Mist – the aluminium on the bowl has been shaped by hand to create a rustic, imperfect edge and finished with a distressed metallic sheen and marble look enamel interior. This would make a fantastic snack bowl!

If Mum is a fan of luxury body products, Thameen Carved Oud Body Lotion could make the perfect gift. It’s enriched with the finest grade argan oil and shea butter, combining these nourishing ingredients with a luxury oud fragrance. Carved Oud is a heavenly blend of South Indian oud, with cedarwood, patchouli and Haitian vetiver, rounded off with a smooth musk at the base.

I also have a couple of brand new skincare products from Filorga. The Filorga Lift Structure Cream is an ultra-lifting cream formulated with active ingredients derived from the latest research into biotechnology, for a complete anti-ageing effect. Included in a cream for the first time, Plasmatic Lifting Factors® visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face. And the Filorga Lift Designer Serum is an ultra-lifting serum promising a radical anti-ageing effect. The formula includes a duo of ultra-tightening active agents, combined with a roll-on applicator to stimulate the skin tissue, to lift and smooth the complexion.

Or how about the Issey Miyake L’Eau d”Issey EDT Gift Set which includes a generous 100ml body lotion and 50ml L’Eau d’Issey fragrance. This timeless yet modern fragrance is a beautiful fresh floral, that’s noticeably aquatic and woody, with notes of lilies and soft freesia combined with sensual precious woods at the base.

And lastly, I have the stunning L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere L’Eau Luxury Collection. L’Occitane’s latest fragrance, Terre de Lumiere L’Eau is a scent inspired by blooming flowers in the dawn light in Provence. Opening with notes of bergamot and pink pepper reminiscent of the fresh air of dawn. Then, just as the sun warms the earth, floral notes blossom revealing voluptuous accords of white musk and tonka bean. This luxury gift set includes a generously sized 90ml Eau de Toilette, Gentle Shower Gel, Beautifying Body Lotion, Radiant Balm and Perfumed Soap, all housed in a L’Occitane signature gift box.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book. Let’s see what’s inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth £19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth £2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about £4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth £11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth £9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth £5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = £53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over £80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products – and there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth £20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturisers: Soothing Hydration Powered by Grapes

Posted on July 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a gorgeous range of products from Caudalie to share with you this evening – this is Caudalie’s new Vinosource Moisturiser collection…

I wanted to recreate the feeling of pure joy when you bite into a grape packed with water and sweetness through the Vinosource Collection textures that are comprised with organic Grape water. For even more delectability, I chose a palette of pinks for the décor of the new range and signature organic Grape Water. I invite you to bite into life as if you would that sensational grape! – Mathilde Thomas, Co-founder of Caudalie.

The Vinosource range contains Caudialie’s famous Organic Grape Water, which penetrates the skin’s cells to saturate them with water. It’s also rich in anti-oxidant polyphenols and polysaccharides – intelligent sugars that capture water and keep it at the surface of the skin, as well as minerals that contribute to the maintenance and functioning of the skin barrier, leaving skin feeling soothed and moisturized.

Let’s take a look at the products –

Starting with the Moisturizing Sorbet – this is perfect for dehydrated and sensitive skin, it has a lightweight gel-cream formula that turns watery on contact with the skin, where it then soothes, moisturizes and strengthens. It has a light, refreshing scent including notes of mandarin blossom, lemon tree leaf, cucumber water and fresh mint. I’ve been using this on a daily basis for the last few weeks, and it suits my dry and often sensitive skin perfectly.

Next the Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid – you can probably guess by the name that this has been designed for those with oily complexions. This lightweight fluid fights shine by reducing excess sebum, leaving the skin feeling rebalanced, matte and velvety to touch. It contains absorbing and sebum-regulating Java tea leaf extracts and flax powder, as well as anti-oxidant grape polyphenols.

The Moisture Recovery Cream – is a cream designed to deeply comfort and nourish, leaving skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable all day long. It restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the skin’s barrier. This velvety and natural cream supplies dry skin with the exact dose of plant lipid nutrients required for the skin to feel nourished and soft.

And lastly the Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream – this is ideal for very dry skin, and for use on normal skin in harsh weather conditions. Described as first-aid skin care, this product nourishes skin deeply and protects it from drying out, it also restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the skin’s barrier. I went to Freddy’s Sports Day last week and managed to get a bit sun burnt on my face, this left my skin dry and dehydrated – especially on my nose and forehead. I’ve been applying this moisturiser ever since and it’s been a complete lifesaver – it sinks into the skin and moisturises SO well – I highly recommend this.

The Vinosource Moisturisers are £23.00 each, and available now at Caudalie.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New From Lookfantastic: Beauty Boxes To Suit Your Skin Type

Posted on February 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

So it’s 2016, and we have a market completely saturated with a never ending amount of beauty and skincare products, so how do you know where to start? How do you know what to buy? How do you know the best product for YOU? Well you don’t, that’s the problem. That’s why many of us rely on blogs and reviews to find out what people really think of these products, so we can decide if they might suit us too.

Having sensitive skin is especially problematic when trying to choose skincare – I should know. And I’m so excited to find out that Lookfantastic have come up with a great idea to help those of us that just aren’t sure which products to choose…

They have just launched three new special edition beauty boxes – but these are not beauty boxes as we know it. These boxes are especially curated by skin type, and there are options for If you have Normal/Combination skinOily/Blemish Prone skin, and Dry/ Sensitive skin which I have.

Each box is £35.00 and contains around £100 worth of skincare products, specifically chosen for your skin type. This is a fantastic way to try out products without spending a fortune, and you may just find the perfect solution for your skin too!

The Dry/Sensitive Edition includes a mixture of full size and trial size products:

  • Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk 200ml (worth £9.00)
  • Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml (worth £7.20)
  • Balance Me Radiance Face Oil 10ml (worth £10.00)
  • NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 30ml (worth £38.00)
  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré 30ml (worth £13.00)
  • Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue 15ml (worth £18.00)
  • There’s also a very informative booklet included, not only giving you info about the products, but also skin facts and helpful information.

Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Milk – This light, non-fragranced cleansing milk is designed to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil, without stripping skin of moisture. Its mild, yet powerful formula uses APG Complex to dissolve impurities, whilst hyaluronic acid works effectively to deeply hydrate skin and leave it purified, soft and supple. Gluco-glycerol boosts moisture levels, making this creamy lotion suitable for soothing both dry and sensitive skin.

Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Mask – For skin that needs intense hydration, this mask aims to restore skin’s natural barrier, leaving it feeling instantly comforted and more supple. The Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask contains Sea Fennel and Brown Algae to help skin retain moisture, and Sweet Almond Oil to intensely nourish.

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil – This award-winning face oil is perfect for transforming dull, dehydrated skin into a radiant, dewy and glowing complexion, whilst also calming areas prone to redness. This skincare hero contains eight oil extracts including Amazonian buriti nut, Camellia and Rosehip Oils to reduce redness, address uneven skin tone and minimise the visible signs of ageing and scarring. The healing blend of Yarrow and Benzoin plus English chamomile work together to plump, soften and soothe the skin with each drop.

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex – Combining twelve forms of hyaluronic compounds, MMHC is the perfect product for plumping up and intensely hydrating dry and dehydrated skin. This advanced serum absorbs quickly to target fine lines and wrinkles,  preventing moisture loss and increasing short-term elasticity to reveal a more youthful-looking complexion. The serum also works to strengthen the skin’s structure, giving a visibly hydrated, comforted and smoother complexion.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – This amazing sounding multi-tasker can be used as a moisturising lotion, primer, face mask and even a make-up remover! It contains essential fatty acids and vitamins to reduce irritation and plump skin, and it’s enriched with nutrients and water to balance skin and promote cell renewal. The lotion delivers a satin film to reduce dryness and discomfort for a soft, radiant complexion.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue – This product promises to instantly soothe and refresh tired and sensitive eyes. Enriched with organic grape water, which is 100 per cent natural, it’s hypoallergenic and oil-free – making it suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin around the eye area. Morning Eye Rescue also contains white tea extracts to decongest skin, leaving it fresh and glowing.

Well, all these products sound fantastic to me, but I’m especially keen to get started with the NIOD MMHC and the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré  – I need to know if this really can do everything it promises!

I think this box contains a great looking selection of products, and if they actually work for me, my skin will be very happy indeed. Lookfantastic have definitely hit the nail on the head here with their tailored skincare boxes, and I think they’re going to be very popular indeed.

I’ll be trying these products out over the coming weeks so I’l let you know my thoughts on them very soon. I’d love to hear which products you’d recommend for sensitive skin?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas Beauty Sets Worth Checking Out

Posted on December 15, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Christmas is in the air, the tree is up, the chocs are out (I like to start early) and I’m getting really excited now! I still have some shopping to do, but I’ve got most of it done now luckily. I’m just looking forward to spending some quality time with Freddy and the rest of my family now 🙂 If you’re still picking up gifts and you’re on the hunt for some beauty goodies for a loved one, I have some gorgeous sets to share with you today, including skincare, fragrance and makeup. Enjoy!

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DKNY Be Delicious 30ml Eau De Parfum gift set (£37.00)

I tried DKNY’s new Be Delicious fragrance when it launched a couple of month’s ago, I won’t go into too much detail as you can check out my original review here, but it’s a wonderfully juicy and fresh scent, and this little gift set includes a mini tube of body lotion and an EDP fragrance, which would make a lovely gift.

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Thierry Mugler Alien gift set (£50.00)

If you’re looking for a fragrance set that’s a bit more in the fancy side, what about this Alien Gift Set by Thierry Mugler? The set is beautifully presented in the classic Alien colours of purple and gold, and inside is a 30ml refillable bottle of Alien eau de parfum, a 100ml radiant body lotion, a 30ml shower gel and a 15ml body cream.

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RMK Christmas Base Makeup Kit (£55.00)

RMK may not be the first brand you think of when you’re looking for beauty and skincare gifts, but this gorgeous little set should definitely be on your radar. I’ve tried a few RMK products before and I really think they’re underrated. If you’re looking for something a little different, this set contains a Limited Edition Liquid Concealer in EX-01 (the lightest shade), a 30ml bottle of Extra Moist Skintuner Treatment, perfect for rehydrating the skin, and an 8ml Barrier Treatment Essence, to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and prevent dryness.

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Burt’s Bees Naturally Gifted Gift Set – Cocoa and Cupuaçu Edition (£15.99)

This fab little set from Burt’s Bees doesn’t even need wrapping as it’s so wonderfully packaged! The hexagonal tin contains a trio of natural body and lip skincare solutions, including Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa and Cupuaçu Body Lotion for perfectly pampered skin, a Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (Apricot shade) for a hint of colour and a Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear for soft & moisturised lips.

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Ole Henriksen three little wonders mini gift set (£14.40)

This dinky little kit includes three of Ole Henriksen’s top products to restore the youthful glow back to your complexion. These professional strength products work in unison to combat all visible signs of ageing, revealing healthy and radiant looking skin. The set includes Truth Serum Collagen Booster 9.76ml – this vitamin C rich serum boosts collagen production and restores radiance back to the complexion, Invigorating Night Treatment 7g – this overnight resurfacing gel dramatically improves the texture of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and Sheer Transformation – an everyday oil-free moisturiser that works to improve the skin’s tone and texture whilst helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

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Ted Baker Polly Fragrance & Mirror Set (£18.00)

Ted Baker always come up with the most wonderful gifts, and this gorgeous set would make a fantastic stocking filler. It contains Ted’s Polly EDT in a mini 10ml bottle, and a handy flip open compact mirror.

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Omorovicza Introductory Christmas Set (£59.00)

Described as the perfect Omorovicza starter kit for skincare on-the go, this gift set contains five bestselling products which have been handpicked for their deep cleansing, brightening and energising effects. The set contains a Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml) which re-energises and brightens the skin, a Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml) for a hydrating and energising burst, a Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml) to remove impurities without stripping the skin, a Cleansing Foam (30ml) to leave skin clean and refreshed, and a Balancing Moisturiser (20ml) which provides long-lasting hydration whilst being instantly absorbed.

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Pai Skincare Instant Calm Discovery Collection (£20.00)

The Instant Calm Discovery Collection is the perfect introduction to Pai skincare products. Presented in a luxurious gift box with a bespoke print, the trio delicately cleanses, replenishes and hydrates sensitive and redness-prone skin. Complete with a handy wash bag and organic muslin cloth, you can treat your skin on the move. The set contains a Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (30ml) – this non-drying cleanser effortlessly melts away the build up of daily dirt, make-up and impurities, a Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream (10ml) – a soothing moisturiser developed to calm redness and irritation, leaving skin comfortable all day long, and a Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic (12ml) – perfect for hydrating dry and sensitive skin.

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Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set (£48.00)

Perfect for normal to dry skin, this set features Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream 100ml – a medium-weight moisturiser, Special Cleansing Gel 30ml – a soap-free foaming cleanser and a limited edition Facial Cleansing Mitt, made of soft silicone with honeycomb pattern, that works with the cleanser to help slough off dead skin cells while cleansing the skin.

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Diva China Glaze Collection Gift Pack (£29.99)

A hairdryer is always a great gift for Christmas, and this Diva hairdryer gift pack also comes with some gorgeous China Glaze nail polishes too! In the box you’ll find a high quality Diva Pro Dynamica 4000 Hairdryer and nail polishes in High Maintenance and Ruby Red from China Glaze, as well as Blow dry brush and three hair clips.

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Caudalie Rose de Vigne Gift Set (£26.00)

I love Caudalie products, and this lovely Rose de Vigne gift set would be well received by beauty lovers this Christmas. The set includes a full sized Rose de Vigne 50ml fragrance and a free Rose De Vigne Shower Gel 50ml & Hand Cream 30ml.

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Lipstick Queen Ice Queen Story Set (£35.00)

This sweet little Ice Queen Story set from Lipstick Queen is made to look like a book, except you open the cover to reveal two gorgeous lipsticks! Shade Winner Sinner is a rich burgundy red, and Ice Queen is a sheer shimmery silver and gold which can be used on it’s own or as a top coat. I’ll have a post coming up about these shortly!

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New CID Cosmetics Award Winning Collection (£56.00)

Another brand you might not initially think of, CID Cosmetics are definitely worth a look. This luxury gift set contains three of their top selling makeup essentials, to leave skin, brows and lips nothing less than award-winning this Christmas. The set contains a three full size products – an i-prime, an i-gloss in Tickled Pink, and i-groom in Neutral.

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I’d love to hear if any of these fab sets take your fancy?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Top 10 Christmas Tree Beauty Baubles!

Posted on November 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know I know, I’ve been going on a bit about Christmas this week, but I can’t help but get excited when there’s so many gorgeous beauty offerings available this year!

I’ve already put together a Beauty Advent Calendar Guide and another one especially for all the Candle Advent Calendars, but what about all the other fantastic gifty things, sets and special Christmas products that are available? Well I have a whole load of posts planned for you, and I thought I’d cheer up your Friday with a selection of beauty Christmas tree baubles!

1. Molton Brown Eucalyptus Festive Bauble (£10.00) – Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath product brands, and now you can adorn your tree with their limited edition festive baubles. There are eight options available filled with some of their most popular fragrance washes.

2. Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Joyride (£5.00) – Another limited edition product, this sweet little hanging pack contains a mini lip bullet, that twists up to give precise application with no need to sharpen. This soft blendable formula gives a dewy cream finish and vivid colour. This is the perfect gift for Topshop make-up fans!

3. Liz Earle Glossy Nails Gift in Knockout (£9.00) – Red is the shade of the season, so this Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Knockout should make any nail polish lover a happy bunny this Christmas. The polish lasts up to 12 days and helps to strengthen and protect nails during wear. (Available in three shades)

4. Ciate Paint Pot Duo to Go (£10.00) – This gorgeous nail duo includes mini paint pots of Tinsel Town and Members Only shades. Wear the colours alone, or layered together for a sparkling party look!

5. Boots No7 Star Bauble (£6.00) – On the theme of nail polish, the Boot’s No7 Star is perfect for those on a budget. It’s only £6.00 and opens up to reveal a 10ml Stay Perfect nail polish in Milan.

6. GHOST The Fragrance Bauble (£5.00) – Any fragrance fan would be delighted with this GHOST fragrance bauble. The floral fragrance starts with fresh flowers which is followed by an enveloping wave of vanilla and the warmth of amber, sandalwood and musk. It includes 5ml of GHOST The Fragrance.

7. Caudalie Divine Oil Christmas Bauble (£8.00) – Caudalie’s award-winning Divine Oil now comes in a perfect stocking filler size this season. This multi-use, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes & enhances thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of 4 oils, combined with the patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols.

8. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms (£29.00) – Guys take note, pick this set up for your lady and you’ll be getting some serious brownie points this Christmas! Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Lipstick Charms set contains three universal K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades – the dreamy Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red. I’d be very happy indeed to find these hanging on my Christmas tree!

9. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament (£24.00) – What is Christmas for beauty lovers without Jo Malone!? This smart little box that opens to reveal an English Pear & Freesia Cologne (9ml) and a Nectarine Blossom Honey Body Crème (15ml) Wrapped and ready to hang for a best-dressed Christmas.

10. Ted Baker Mini Golden Treasure Limited Edition (£4.00) – And lastly, I had to include Ted Baker, the king of gifting. Ted’s gift sets are always to die for, and this dinky little tree ornament is no exception. This limited edition gift contains a Shimmer Body Soufflé 50ml, which is perfect for making your skin look and feel gorgeous!

Now if I had my way, I know what I’d be decorating my Christmas tree with this year! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Caudalie Rose de Vigne Fresh Fragrance

Posted on July 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

My only experience of Caudalie products so far has been a sample of their Polyphenol Anti Wrinkle Serum, which I received in March’s Lookfantastic Box. I loved this serum so I was really excited when Caudalie offered to send over their latest fragrance – Rose de Vigne for me to try out!

Rose de Vigne, is Caudalie founder’s Matilde Thomas’ fifth Fresh Fragrance scent for Caudalie, and the latest addition to my ever-growing fragrance collection. I love rose based fragrances but I think rose scents can often be overlooked by a younger audience, as they’re traditionally perceived as a more mature scent. Rose de Vigne though, is a beautiful combination of hesperides and rhubarb top notes, rose de mae and blackcurrant at the heart and magnolia, musk and amber woods which create a base note harmony. The result is a light, fresh and fruity rose fragrance, that’s definitely young at heart!

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Below the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a countless number of roses bloom, creating a marvellous landscape of light, flowers and fruits. I captured their bright, pure fragrance in the early morning, blended with the scent of grape bunches and vine stocks, at the heart of my new Fresh Fragrance: Rose De Vigne. – Matilde Thomas

As far as I can tell, this isn’t an EDT or EDP fragrance as it doesn’t say either on the bottle. Due to the strength of the scent though I’d say this sits at an interesting place halfway between a perfume and a body spray, and at only £26 for 50ml it’s definitely worth purchasing.

I’m beyond impressed with this fragrance, considering it’s not an actual ‘perfume’ the scent lingers for hours before you need to re-apply, and I have to say this is definitely my favourite rose scent yet! If you’re looking for a fresh summery fragrance I’d highly recommend snapping one of these up!

You can purchase Rose de Vigne 50ml for £26.00 from Caudalie.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Caudalie products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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