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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Must Have Beauty Gift Sets!

Posted on December 20, 2018

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.

Christmas: Fabulous Beauty Crackers & Baubles

Posted on December 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s only one week until Christmas, where has the time gone! Today, I’ve got a few fabulous beauty baubles and crackers to share with you, perfect for adorning your tree or for an extra special treat at the Christmas table – enjoy!

Starting with the Feel Unique Elizabeth Arden Cracker – This generously sized cracker would make any beauty lover’s day, it’s filled with Elizabeth Arden makeup essentials, including a full size Beautiful Color Grand Entrance Mascara in Black, a Lip Oil (various shades included) and a Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Sample.

For something a bit more budget friendly, the Beatitude Peace Bath Oil Cracker is definitely worth checking out. There are three Bath Oil options to choose from – Peace, Patience and Joy, and I have Peace which promises to turn your bathroom into a divine peaceful haven when you’re in need of intensive relaxation. This relaxing oil is blended with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain and Cedarwoood, to leave your skin sumptuously smooth with no greasy residue.

For makeup lovers, how about the Laura Geller Beauty Color Luster Lip Gloss Hi-Def Top Coat Duo – The Pearl (£20.00) – This cute little tree ornament contains two Laura Geller deliciously decadent Hi-Def Top Coats. Infused with light-reflecting pearls and lip conditioning Kendi Oil, it cushions lips with a rich, always silky, never-sticky shine.

Another Bath Oil option is the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil – this dinky little bath oil Moisturises and conditions, leaving skin soft and supple, and it’s lightly scented with stress relieving and soothing roses.

Or how about the Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge  Designed to help create shadows or highlight your favourite facial features. The small side is for precision highlighting, and the large side is for controlled contouring.

For fragrance fans, the Ghost Eclipse Mini Set would be greatly received. This sunshine-filled gift brings together a mini Eclipse EDT fragrance and co-ordinating moon keyring, perfect for you handbag. Eclipse opens with edible notes of fresh blackcurrant, marigold and zesty mandarin, threaded with golden freesia and lotus flower.

The Spongelle Sugar Plum Sponge is another great beauty bauble. This innovative buffer is infused with a Sugar Plum fragranced body wash, which envelops the body in a sweet, festive aroma. Creating a creamy lather for up to 5 showers, the sponge leaves skin thoroughly cleansed and feeling soft and silky.

The Erborian Perfect Twist Blur It Cracker is a cute Christmas cracker containing two cult products from Erborian. There’s a BB Cream in Nude, enriched with SPF 20, it evens out and mattifies the complexion, leaving skin with a velvety, ultra-soft finish. And a Pink Perfect Cream which provides an instant “blur” by giving a soft-focus effect to the skin, minimising the appearance of pores, leaving the skin looking smooth and radiant.

I also have the L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Festive Bauble – This rose-gold bauble features a star cut-out design, a gorgeous addition to any tree. The products within capture the poetic beauty of springtime in Provence, where flowering cherry trees colour the Luberon Hills and perfume the air. The bauble contains a mini Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Cream trio.

And lastly the L’Oreal Paris Read My Lips Red Christmas Cracker Lip Kit – Available in three shade options, the L’Oral Read My Lips Cracker contains a Color Riche Lipsticks and matching Lip Liner, so you can perfect your pout this Christmas season. I think Red is definitely the one to have for Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Five To Try For Dry & Sensitive Skin

Posted on April 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll probably know by now that I do tend to moan about my skin a bit, as it can be quite problematic, but at other times it’s completely fine. I also had eczema as a child around my eyebrows, which has left me with ongoing dry patches as an adult – and I was also allergic to pretty much everything you can imagine too. So this has left me with sometimes normal, sometimes dry, sometimes sensitive skin, and I will occasionally have a reaction to a product (usually face masks I find) but some are absolutely fine. So it’s really a bit hit and miss for me.

Anyway, I have a few products to share with you today from some of my favourite skincare brands, that have all been working really well so far for my dry and sensitive skin…

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Starting with the Melvita Nectar Bright Brightening Duo (£25.00) – bi-phase formula products seem to be having a bit of a moment right now (See Lancome’s Juicy Shakers) and Melvita’s latest release has jumped straight on the bandwagon. The Nectar Bright Brightening Duo is basically a liquid exfoliator. You simply shake the bottle to mix the bi-phase floral water and oil, which work together with a patented AHA complex to gently refine and exfoliate the skin without the need for any harsh granules – which is just perfect for my sensitive skin. This product is gentle enough to use on a daily basis, and I love that it’s so quick and easy to use as there’s no need to rinse off, you just follow with your usual moisturiser and Bob’s your uncle! (This product will be available shortly from Melvita)

Next are two fantastic L’Occitane products – the new Soothing Fluid and Comforting Oil – the L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid is especially formulated for sensitive skin or skin that has been weakened due to environmental stressors – which can lead to tightness, redness and prickling or burning sensations. This product contains a natural complex of protective active ingredients, rosehip and calendula, combined with shea butter to help comfort and soothe skin whilst helping to strengthen skin’s natural defences.

And the L’Occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil – with it’s gorgeously silky texture and dry finish, is the perfect partner to the Shea Face Soothing Fluid. This oil is perfect for protecting and nourishing very dry or sensitive skin – its 100% natural formula is enriched with shea and marula oils to help the skin to regenerate by strengthening its barrier, leaving your complexion feeling wonderfully soft and supple.

I’ve also recently fallen in love with the Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask (£44.00) – like most beauty fans, I love a pampering face mask, but due to my awkward skin I can occasionally react to them, so I’m usually pretty wary. The new Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask is just spot on for me though – it has a deeply hydrating formula containing minerals and amino acids to give an instant hit of freshness to the skin, with a plumping effect. Disospyros kaki, also included in the formula, is known for its astringent and illuminating properties, helping to keep skin supple and toned with its pore tightening effect. My skin doesn’t react to this product at all, and after using it my complexion feels instantly rejuvenated and hydrated.

And lastly the L’Occitane Velvet Hands Hand Cream (£18.00) – I don’t really use hand cream that often, as my hands are probably the least problematic area of my skin, but I’ve been frantically cleaning and tidying the house from top to bottom over the last week as we’re putting it on the market, and my hands have definitely been affected by all the cleaning products, becoming dry and feeling tight. I’ve started using the gorgeously scented Velvet Hands Hand Cream though and it’s helping to soothe them already. This product is enriched with L’Occitane’s Almond Youth Complex, which is an exclusive blend of three active ingredients, it also contains UV filters, and stimulates collagen production, helping to protect the youthfulness of your hands.

So there we have it, five fantastic products that are all perfect for dry and sensitive skin! I’d love to hear if you have sensitive skin, and which skincare products you use and would recommend?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Erborian Detox Collection – A Must for Sensitive Skin

Posted on February 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Those of you that have sensitive skin will know what a complete pain it can be. I have insanely awkward skin – awkward in the sense that mostly it’s completely fine, then I’ll have a reaction to something completely out of the blue. It’s pretty frustrating as I never know which products are going to disagree with me.

One of my main problems with having both dry and sensitive skin, is exfoliation. Most products seem to be way too harsh for my delicate complexion – even ones that are specifically marketed as non-harsh or irritating. So finding a way to suitably exfoliate my face without upsetting my skin has been a bit of an ongoing mission for me, until I recently discovered these products by Erborian.

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The products I have are from Erborian’s 1-2-3 Detox Ritual: Inspired by the Korean triple cleansing technique to reveal healthy and radiant skin.

So I’ve started using their Solid Cleansing Oil 2-In-1 Make-Up Remover And Face Cleanser Balm (£29.00) – based on the Korean double cleansing method, the Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil combines the performance of a cleansing oil with the gentleness of a cream. This product has a thick, balmy texture which transforms into an oil upon contact with the warmth of the skin, to help dissolve impurities on the face. When rinsing, it transforms again into a silky lotion, to cleanse skin perfectly and leave behind a protective film. As well as cleansing my skin and removing makeup, this product leaves my complexion feeling fresh and nourished with no tightness at all.

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And their Double Mousse Cleansing Foam & Pore Treatment (£22.00) is also fantastic. I was expecting this to feel like a shaving cream foam, but it has more of a light bubbly foam texture, with a lovely light and fresh, almost herby scent. This product gently cleanses the skin to help eliminate impurities, whilst visibly refining skin’s texture for a flawlessly smooth effect. Erborian says ‘Skin is visibly softer, more supple and more luminous.’ and I would definitely agree.

The instructions advise you to apply two pumps, leave on the face for 30 seconds, then rinse with water, I have been doing this but I’ve also been massaging the product in with the Natural Konjac Sponge…

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The first image above is the sponge as you receive it out of the packet. It’s bumpy and hard, you then dip it in water for 3 minutes and as it soaks the water up, it ‘fills out’ and ends up in a half sphere shape as above.

When wet, the texture of the sponge is soft, yet has enough roughness to it to effectively exfoliate the skin without irritation. It also helps to stimulate microcirculation as it massages over the skin. I’ve used this a few times now with the above products and my skin is absolutely loving it. The cleansers do a fantastic job of removing makeup as well as making my skin feel squeaky clean, and the Konjac sponge is working fantastically well as a light exfoliator, I’ve only used these a few times so far and my complexion is looking better already!

All the above products are available now from Erborian.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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