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The 2019 Valentine’s Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on February 13, 2019

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so I thought I’d gather together a selection of gorgeous luxury beauty products to share with you. Many are new releases, as well as a few other special treats – I hope you enjoy!

Let’s start with a couple of beautiful Rodin Olio Lusso x Vanessa Traina products.

‘Inspired by her fascination with the natural beauty of florals, the RODIN x Vanessa Traina collection of Luxury Lipsticks and Lip & Cheek Oils features sheer, softly-pigmented hues that simulate the look of crushed-petal stains of color.’

I have the Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil in Lilium, a sheer nude shade. This oil contains a combination of natural oils plus conditioners such as Turmeric Extract and Ceramides. It gives a light nourishing tint of colour, which is perfect for a subtle, healthy-looking flush. And I also have the Luxury Lipstick in shade Dianthus, also a pretty sheer nude. This lipstick contains RODIN’s signature Jasmine & Neroli Oil as well as Vitamin C and E to keep lips soft and supple. These are definitely worth checking out if you love light, natural looking makeup.

Moving over to fragrance, I have the brand new, super sweet Cacharel Yes I Am EDP. Housed in a striking red lipstick shaped bottle, this beautiful floral oriental fragrance opens with top notes of zesty mandarin, sweet raspberry and cardamom, developing into a heart of white floral accords including ginger flower, jasmine and gardenia, leading to a spicy and creamy base of milk and sandalwood.

I also have the latest from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique line. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Cabaret Edition EDP is a brand new take on this classic scent. This new Eau de Parfum unveils an irresistible oriental orange blossom with ginger and soft vanilla. The scent opens with surge of aphrodisiac top notes which are unveiled by the Classique version’s signature bold Ginger note, exalted by the gourmand heart of Orange blossom, and countered by an addictive base of sensual Vanilla and amber notes. This really is a beautiful take on the Classique fragrance – a must try for fans of the original.

Michael Kors Sparkling Blush is another scent that would make a lovely gift. Radiant, bright and sensual, this oriental floral woody fragrance opens with a burst of pink pepper, infused with rare rose petals. Its heart includes notes of mouth watering lychee and vivid vanilla, wrapped in a finish of sultry sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lychee, Pear, Pink Pepper, Cassis
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Lily, Pink Frangipani, Magnolia, Rose Petals
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla Bean, Vetiver

And Carven L’Eau Intense EDT – though not a female scent, I wanted to include this as it smells beautiful and would still make a lovely gift. This EDT combines top notes of fresh mint, sparkling grapefruit and Italian lemon, layered with aromatic lavender, birch leaves and warming ginger at the heart. The base is rounded off with a captivating base of cardamom, cedarwood and amber.

I wanted to mention that The Hut Group also have their very own Gift Guide on their site, you can check it out here 🙂

I also wanted to include a few new fragrance releases – Jimmy Choo Blossom EDP Special Edition would make the perfect every day scent. Opening with a sweet accord of exotic fruits, this fragrance is given a sparkling edge with its heart of frangipani flower, leading to a smooth sensual base of warm sandalwood. 

Another new launch is MOR Rosa Noir EDP – I have a few MOR skin and bath products, and I love their gorgeous scents and affordable prices. Rosa Noir EDP is described as a modern romantic scent, with an abundance of floral notes bringing together a wonderfully elegant and feminine fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Freesia, Ivy Leaves, Petitgrain
  • Heart Notes: Carnation, Rose, Lily of the Valley
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Musk

I also had to include Emporio Armani In Love With You EDP. This is a new version of Emporio Armani’s Because it’s You, and I absolutely love it! This oriental cherry scent is wonderfully sensual, sweet and fruity, capturing the feeling of first love.

Opening with a beautiful top note of black cherry essence, the scent leads to a floral heart of feminine jasmine absolute, and a seductive base of ambery facets – this truly is a beautiful scent, perfect for those that love sweet, feminine fragrances.

For those that are interested in niche or lesser known brands, the Le Couvent Des Minimes Botanical Colognes fragrances are definitely worth checking out. I have two of them –

Aqua Mysteri – Reminiscent of strolls through the orange gardens of Le Couvent des Minimes, this scent combines orange blossom with palmarosa and cedarwood to create a memorable olfactory experience.

Aqua Solis – This is a beautifully intense fragrance with distinct spicy citrus notes. The top opens with mandarin and cardamom, leading to a heart of rosemary and vetiver and musk at the base.

You may notice there’s also a beautiful jewellery item in front of the fragrance. This is the lovely gold plated Morse Code Bracelet from Buckley London. The cubic zirconia stones in the bracelet have been placed to represent morse code dots and dashes, spelling out ‘I Love You’ – how sweet!

Charlotte Tilbury have some gorgeous gifts available on their site. The Hollywood Lips set includes two best-selling shades of Hollywood Liquid Lipsticks, in Too Bad I’m Bad: a nourishing rosy pink matte, and Show Girl: a warm deep berry shade – this is a lovely affordable gift set.

Or how about the Magical Mini Brush Set? This is the 2nd edition collection of Charlotte’s best-selling makeup brushes, housed in a gorgeous mini glitter gold clutch, which is perfect for throwing your bank card and lippie in on a night out. The Mini Brush Set includes a Blusher Brush, Eye Blender Brush, Eye Smudger Brush and Lip Brush.

I recently received this seriously cute L’Occitane Rose Discovery Collection, which includes mini versions of their new Rose Fragrance Waters and Rose EDT scent. The fragrance Waters are available in three rose scents – Burst of Vitality, Cheerfulness and Relaxation. L’Occitane recommend you combine the Rose Eau de Toilette with a Fragrance Water of your choice to customise your scent according to your mood. I’m a big fan of the Rose EDT with the Burst of Vitality Fragrance Water – it adds a touch of citrus which is just beautiful.

The L’Occitane Rose Collection also includes a few divinely scented bath and body products too. There’s a Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Hand Cream and Soap, each fragranced with L’Occitane’s new fresh floral rose scent.

And lastly, I think luxury skincare products should definitely be considered for Valentine’s Day – if you’re a fan of high end skincare then these could be right up your street –

The Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus Serum is enriched with Copper Peptides to improve elasticity and firmness, Vitamin C to brighten the skin and combat discolouration and Omega 3, 6 and 9 to smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The gentle yet effective formula promises to soothe redness, balance skin tone and visibly lift the facial contours for clearer, younger-looking and noticeably healthy looking skin.

The Aqua Reotier Mineral Mask is another new launch from L’Occitane. It’s an ultra-hydrating mask made with mineral-rich Réotier water, hyaluronic acid and water-binding molecules, to intensely quench skin’s thirst. Its non-oily texture helps to minimise the appearance of pores, leaving skin feeling recharged for a healthy-looking glow.  

The Givenchy Hydra Sparkling range is also worth looking at if you’re into light, refreshing skincare products. The Moisturising Bubbling Face Lotion gives skin an intensely refreshing sensation on application, leaving the complexion feeling toned, visibly revitalised and radiant. And the Rich Luminescence Moisturising Jelly Cream has a velvety fluid texture offering a delightfully refreshing effect on this skin, whilst promising to leave the complexion visibly smoothed and plumped. 

And lastly, I have the new Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum – this sphere-infused serum for the face and eyes promises to smooth stress lines, reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles, and renew vibrancy. It contains Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil to help smooth the skin, while boosting softness and moisture. This sounds like it’s just what my skin needs – I’ll let you know how I get on with this one 🙂 

Please note this post includes press samples. 

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.

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

Must Have Fragrances To Add To Your Wish List!

Posted on November 14, 2018

I have a fantastic bundle of new high street fragrances that have launched over the last few months to share with you today. This is quite a long list, so I’ll try to keep the descriptions pretty short. I’ve added a list of notes for each fragrance, as well as information on similar scents and ‘you’ll like this if..’ for each scent too – enjoy!

Starting with the gorgeous Lancome La Vie Est Belle L’Eclat EDT – this fragrance is easily one of my favourite launches of 2018. La Vie Est Belle L’Eclat opens with wonderful zesty, sparkling notes of mandarin, grapefruit and bergamot, leading to a shimmering floral heart, and a bright and warm base of Iris, Patchouli and, Ambroxan. This is a must try and would make a fabulous Christmas present for Lancome fans!

  • Top notes: Bergamot Oil, Mandarin Oil, Tea Accord
  • Heart notes: Neroli Oil, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Orange blossom absolute, Rose oil
  • Base notes: Iris Concrete, Patchouli oil, Ambroxan.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Lancome La Vie Est Belle (original)
  • You’ll like this if: you like zesty, fresh, feminine scents

Next, DKNY Stories EDP – this is a vibrant, oriental floral woody scent with a feminine edge, inspired by the dynamic pulse of the city. Stories is the perfect every day scent, that’s sweet, but not overly so, floral, feminine and captivating.

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Pink Guava Mousse, Black Cardamom
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine Sambac, White Tea, Black Iris
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Bean, White Sandalwood, Grey Amber Accord
  • Smells like / is similar to: Mugler Womanity
  • You’ll like this if: you like sweet, floral, oriental fragrances

Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine EDP is next – this is a beautifully radiant gourmand fragrance that opens with edible notes of roasted pistachio and juicy pineapple, before a heart of sunny ylang ylang, jasmine, ormond flower, almond and orange blossom. In the dry down, the earthiness of iris and patchouli combines with fuzzy vanilla, creating a trail that lingers with sensuality.

  • Top Notes: Roasted Pistachio, Pineapple
  • Heart Notes: Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Ormond Flower
  • Base Notes: Iris, Vanilla, Patchouli
  • Smells like / is similar to: Elie Saab Girl of Now, but this is lighter and more floral.
  • You’ll like this if: you like iris, almond, gourmand scents.

Next up is Nina Ricci Bella EDT – a vibrant fruity gourmand fragrance, Bella opens with a mouth-watering acidic rhubarb accord and the fresh and bold zest of green mandarin. In the heart, a rose jelly blends with rich floral facets of luminous freesia, and an indulgent base of white musk and vanilla adds warmth and smoothness to the accord.

  • Top Notes: Rhubarb, Mandarin
  • Heart Notes: Rose Jelly, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, White Musk
  • Smells like / is similar to: Nina Ricci Les Belles Liberty Fizz from wayyy back on the 90’s
  • You’ll like this if: you like syrupy sweet, fruity gourmand scents

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau Fresh – think vibrant, carefree and endless possibilities. Wonderlust Eau Fresh is a luxurious interpretation of the original, opening with sparkling pink grapefruit, tart Granny Smith apples, and Italian bergamot. The lush petals of white peony evoke a softness at the heart, while pamplewood deepens the citrus effect as sleek woodiness adds dimension to the base.

  • Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Granny Smith Apples
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Sambac, White Peony, Muguet
  • Base Notes: Pamplewood, Sheer Musk, Sandalwood Sri Lanka
  • Smells like / is similar to: Michael Kors Wonderlust
  • You’ll like this if: you like bright, breezy, vibrant scents

Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo Hair Mist – technically not a perfume, a hair mist is a great alternative luxurious way to wear fragrance. This ultra-light spray is infused with the beautiful floral oriental Amo Ferragamo scent, to delicately fragrance your hair and uplift your mood.

  • Top Notes: Italian Bitter Accord, Blackcurrant, Rosemary
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Sambac, Mate Absolute, Rhubarb
  • Base Notes: White Vanilla Tahitensis Absolute, Ambrox, Sandalwood
  • You’ll like this if: you like creamy gourmand, oriental scents

Next is Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rouge EDP – a gorgeously seductive floral-woody fragrance with musky facets. Narciso Rouge was made for a woman who can’t help but seduce. Her magnetic confidence is the perfect match for this bold and daring scent; she’s not one to blend into the crowd, as her alluring and engaging presence captivates all in her path…

  • Top Notes: Bulgarian Rose and Iris
  • Heart Notes: Heart of Musc
  • Base Notes: Tonka, Vetiver, Black Cedar and White Cedar
  • Smells like / is similar to: Narciso Poudree, but warmer.
  • You’ll like this if: you like musky, creamy, rose scents.

Mugler Aura EDT – this is actually the first Mugler fragrance I’ve tried in a long time, and I absolutely love it! Aura EDP is a glowing, fresh oriental botanical scent created around three distinctive and addictive ‘hearts’. The instinctive heart contains the tiger liana plant which is the guiding thread and signature note of this fragrance and features fresh, green, sweet, animalistic and smoky notes for instinctive femininity. The botanical heart is a duo of green and floral notes with a blend of rhubarb leaves and orange blossom absolute for an explosive and intense freshness, and the animal heart is the combination of bourbon vanilla absolute and wolfwood, a new silky enveloping wood with a sensual texture.

  • Instinctive Heart: Tiger Liana
  • Botanical Heart: Rhubarb Leaf, Orange Blossom Absolute
  • Animal Heart: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Wolfwood
  • Smells like / is similar to: Aura EDP – this is basically a lighter version
  • You’ll like this if: you like fresh, dewy, clean scents.

Next up is Maison Margeila Mutiny – as a big fan of tuberose, I was excited to try this! Mutiny is described as a modern take on a timeless classic, it’s an oriental floral fragrance with ‘deconstructed’ tuberose, meaning different qualities of tuberose have been positioned in the top, heart and base notes of the fragrance. The result is a daring floral that reveals the true facets of the flower, combining tuberose with a warm leather accord.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Oil, Pink Pepper, Saffron.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Flower, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, and Tuberose Absolute.
  • Base Notes: Leather Accord, Bourbon Vanilla, Oud.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense
  • You’ll like this if: you like tuberose based fragrances

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love EDT – the latest flanker in the Daisy collection is Daisy Love EDT, an addictive sparkling gourmand scent with care-free, radiant florals. This gourmand radiant perfume reveals its first notes in a vibrant burst of sweet cloudberries. Delicate daisy tree petals mingle with sparkling cashmere musks and driftwood to create a lasting and memorable gourmand twist. This is a beautiful, easy-to-wear, every day scent.

  • Top Notes: Crystalized Cloudberries.
  • Heart Notes: Daisy Tree Petals.
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Musks, Driftwood.
  • Smells like / is similar to: Marc Jacobs Daisy
  • You’ll like this if: you like sparkling, radiant, bright fragrances

Next we have Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal By Night EDP – the latest take on Scandal, Scandal By Night offers a deeper take on the original, where the creaminess of gardenia has been replaced with the sweetness of honeyed tuberose. Sticky and rich, the smoothness of tonka bean and sandalwood create an almond-like scent, kissing your skin with an addictive, almost-edible finale. This fragrance is wonderfully edible – a must try for fans of Jean Paul Gaultier!

  • Top Note: Tuberose
  • Heart Notes: Honey
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean
  • Smells like / is similar to: JPG Scandal (original) YSL Black Opium, Rhianna Reb’l Fleur
  • You’ll like this if: you like warm, sweet, honey, gourmand scents.

Jimmy Choo Fever EDP – the latest fragrance from Jimmy Choo offers a floral gourmand with rich, sensual facets. Fever is fun, glamorous and tempting, opening with juicy lychee and grapefruit and sticky black plum nectar, leading to soft side of heliotrope to powder down the wild florals in the core. As the scent warms of the skin, addictive tones of roasted tonka bean and sweet, resinous benzoin are what gives Jimmy Choo Fever its multifaceted personality, creating a beautiful lingering aroma.

  • Top Notes: Black Plum Nectar, Lychee, Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: Heliotrope, Vanilla Orchid, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Roasted Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Sandalwood
  • Smells like / is similar to: YSL Black Opium, Kenzo Elixir
  • You’ll like this if: you like sweet, spicy fragrances, or any other Jimmy Choo scent

Juicy Couture Oui EDP – this is a vibrantly rich and fresh fragrance, opening with the tart freshness of watermelon and lemon fusion, and the beautiful floral heart of sophisticated jasmine absolute paired with wild tuberose leads to a warming base techno woods, amber and musc. This would make a gorgeous new signature scent for somebody this Christmas!

  • Top Notes: Water Lemon, Acai Tea Natureprint, Pear Infusion
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute, Wild Tuberose, Dewy Honeysuckle Natureprint
  • Base Notes: Techno Woods, Amber Resins, Captive Musks
  • Smells like / is similar to: Marc Jacobs Daisy
  • You’ll like this if: you like clean, fresh, girly scents.

And last but not least, the gorgeous Paco Rabanne Black XS For Her EDP – an electrifying floral oriental fragrance that’s both sensual and provocative. The scent opens with creamy ylang-ylang and tempting vanilla, before making way for a distinctive heart of warm popped puffed corn, musk and milkwood. The seductive base of sandalwood blends with hot ambrette seed to create an sensuous, intoxicating blend. This is the perfect evening scent, and the bottle is stunning too – be sure to add this to your Christmas list!

  • Top Notes: Ylang-ylang, Vanilla
  • Heart Notes: Popcorn, Musk, Milkwood
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Ambrette Seed
  • Smells like / is similar to: Black XS (original)
  • You’ll like this if: you like intense floral oriental fragrances

So there we have it! Do you own any of these fragrances? Let me know! I’d love to hear which perfumes you’e loving right now xx

This post contains press samples

The Miller Harris Forage Fragrance Collection

Posted on October 29, 2018

A fragrance collection based on the idea of foraging is an interesting concept – I live in the Norfolk countryside where foraging opportunities are literally on my doorstep, we have apples, berries, hops and much more growing freely all around us. My husband is also fan of brewing his own beer, and currently has some sloe gin on the go which I’m looking forward to sampling soon! Miller Harris’ Forage collection however, is based on foraging in the city – urban foraging – discovering hidden gems where you’d least expect in a bustling city…

Our perfumers set out on a mission to create fragrances inspired by ingredients which can be discovered growing wild in London and this initial series of three fragrances are their interpretations. The starting points of a wider range of urban foraging-inspired scents, each of these perfumes presents a dynamic contrast between nature and the built environment and also examines the ways in which the two creatively co-exist. Just as the city sends tendrils ever further into Nature, so Nature surges back through the urban sprawl, pushing up through concrete cracks and finding unexpected oases in which to prosper, pulse and propagate. Strong, deep roots impel the pavement flower. Honey is made at rooftop apiaries. Wild fruits ripen behind locked gates, in parkland shadows, just over there…

The Forage Collection includes three fragrances, and I have Hidden in the Rooftops to share with you today – High above the city, London is home to countless hives of diligent honeybees. A whoosh of fresh honeyed floralcy leads you to the crisp green privet of a hidden rooftop garden. The hazy yellow sun warms new flowers, motes of pollen and seed buds dance lazily.

Hidden on the Rooftops is definitely my favourite out of the three fragrances, it’s very much a unisex scent that’s clean, fresh and warm. I love that this fragrance is based on honey bees! The scent instantly hits you with a noticeably green opening, including notes of fresh Violet Leaves and zesty Lime, leading to a floral heart dedicated to the honey bee – where sweet nectar notes of Pollen and Honey mingle with Syringa, Privet Flower and Honeysuckle. The rich and warm base beautifully rounds off the scent with warming Sandalwood, Ambergris and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lime, Angelica Seeds, Violet Leaf Absolute, Clary Sage, Red Berries, Black Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Syringa, Privet Flower, Pollen, Honey, Honeysuckle, Turkish Rose Oil, Tea
  • Base notes: Vetiver, Ambergris, Sandalwood, Driftwood, Musk

The two other fragrances in the collection are –

Lost in the City – Ferns force their way through walls and concrete, their green intensity splashing vibrantly against the grey backdrop of buildings. In LOST, this intense verdancy is contrasted with the sharp pink snap of wild rhubarb, making the senses fizz.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot Zest, Angelica Seed, Blackcurrant,
  • Heart Notes: Rhubarb, Rose petals, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Earl Grey Tea, Crisp Amber, Musk

Wander Through The Parks – Stinging nettles spring up all over London, producing a unique, sparkling green scent. Before they flower their spiky greens are smoothed, the sappy earthiness of the stems blend with zesty fruits.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Juicy Mandarin, Blackcurrant, Pink Berries
  • Heart Notes: Galibanum, Fig, Nettle, Indian Tuberose.
  • Base Notes: Violet Leaf, Cashmere Wood, Patchouli Fraction, Musk

The Forage collection is available now at Miller Harris and Feelunique

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Amazing Shay & Blue QVC TSV Upcoming Collection!

Posted on October 9, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve had a bit of much-needed time off lately, but behind the scenes I’ve been planning plenty of awesome content for the blog, as well as something exciting for Christmas!

Today though, I wanted to share a rather exciting upcoming offer from one of my favourite fragrance brands, Shay & Blue.

Shay & Blue have teamed up with QVC Beauty to offer their second ever QVC Today’s Special Value (TSV) deal. Debuting from midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018, Dom DeVetta, Shay & Blue’s founder will reveal the exclusive opportunity to purchase two different Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collections, for one day only.

Each set includes 1x100ml Eau de Parfum Spray, 1x200ml Body & Hand Wash, 1x200ml Body & Hand Lotion in either Atropa Belladonna or Black Tulip scents, and 1x10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in yet-to-be-released White Peaches.

Here’s a bit more about the products –

I have the gorgeous Black Tulip set which firstly includes the Black Tulip Natural Spray Fragrance 100ml (worth £55) – I won’t go into too much detail about this fragrance as you can read all about it in my previous review, but I will just say that this is a stunningly unique scent, it’s smooth and warm and just perfect for this time of year. Here are the fragrance notes –

  • Top Note – Snowdrops and cyclamen bring instant floral freshness.
  • Heart Note – Black tulip and plum bring a rounded richness to the heart of the composition.
  • Base Note – White chocolate and soft woods for a smooth finish.

The set also includes Black Tulip Extraordinarily Nourishing Light Lotion 200ml (worth £16) – This beautiful scented lotion is enriched with high performance ingredients including Aloe Vera leaf extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil. As it says in the name, this is a light feeling lotion, that’s quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving residue.

And Black Tulip Gentle Skin Conditioning Wash 200ml (worth £16) – This gently foaming body wash leaves skin scented with the gorgeous Black Tulip scent, whilst cleansing and conditioning the skin.

And lastly, the set includes a yet-to-be released fragrance – White Peaches EDP Fragrance 10ml (worth £25.00). White Peaches won’t be available until Spring 2019, so this is the perfect opportunity to be one of the first to try it!

‘Enjoy the essence of summer with the delicate, cooling fragrance of White Peaches. Fruity notes of soft ripe fruit are balanced with refreshing elderflower granita.’

  • Top Note – Juicy soft fruit exude the essence of summer.
  • Heart Note – Cooling elderflower granita lifts the sweetness.
  • Base Note – Earthy silver birch wood lingers for a warm finish.

This Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collection is worth over £112.00 and will be only £50.00 for ONE DAY ONLY, from midnight Thursday 18th October 2018 at QVC – get that date in your diary now!

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New Men’s Fragrance Launch: John Wayne Duke EDP

Posted on August 7, 2018

I don’t talk too much about men’s fragrance on TSNC, but when one comes along that offers something different and catches my eye, you know I’m going to share it with you!

As soon as I heard about the new John Wayne ‘Duke’ fragrance, my very first thought was OMG my Dad would love that! – and that’s exactly what the creator is going for. Let me just rewind for a second here just in case you’re not aware of John Wayne. He was an actor that rose to fame in the 1940’s and was incredibly successful right through to the 70’s, mostly in country and western films. Because of this, he has a massive yet quite niche fan base – essentially men of a certain age that grew up watching and idolising him, exactly like my dad!

Over the years I have witnessed my dad watch the same old movies time and time again, and though they pretty much all look the same to me, there’s always cowboys, horses, saloons with swing doors, men drinking whiskey, smoking, guns, fights and lots of drama – and that’s exactly what this fragrance smells like, it’s like the essence of a classic western movie has been bottled, ready for the wearer to spray it on and transport back in time.

The box has a faux leather finish, with an outline of John Wayne and minimal text, and the bottle design is based on a classic hip flask, with a real leather cover, stitching detail and a printed John Wayne logo. Duke is a very well thought out, luxury sent, and pretty much ticks all the boxes in terms of what you’d expect when you understand its origins.

A scent that challenges men to live up to their highest potential, the new “DUKE” Fragrance marks the revival of a true American Icon whilst installing within it all the essences of the west. Clean Masculine John Wayne “Duke” is a distinctive fragrance capturing the bold and energetic spirit of this Icon of the screen. First, a uniquely charismatic opening of assorted spices and Tobacco leaf draws you back in time to the new frontier that was the west, where you discover a warm heart of vanilla and cocoa as you sat around the campfire with the coffee boiling, and where earthy woods and spices adds depth of character to the vastness of the open range, but the true star of this fragrance is the essence of John Wayne, the essence that embodies the quiet strength and conviction of the modern cowboy, and gives this fragrance a strong, sexy masculine finish.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, orange
  • Heart Notes: Red fruits, clove, cinnamon, jasmine
  • Base Notes: Amber, cedarwood, patchouli, vetivert

Honestly this fragrance just smells like I see my dad in my imagination (if that makes sense), I love it so much! And I know he is going to be absolutely thrilled when I gift it to him 🙂

John Wayne Duke EDP is available to buy now at Iconic Fragrances.

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Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection: Marylebone Wood EDP

Posted on August 3, 2018

At last Friday is here! I hope you’ve been having a lovely week? I’ve been incredibly busy, and I’m now trying to catch up with everything!

Today I have a gorgeous new fragrance from Penhaligon’s to share with you. Their latest olfactory collection, The Hidden London Collection, has just launched with a trio of elegant eau de parfum fragrances, inviting us to discover the city…

Some would say there is no better way to discover a city than by foot. Indeed, how else to get to truly know a city than to lose oneself into its streets? They might also say that there is no better way to travel than with the power of scent. Whether through the generally uplifting effect it has on one’s soul, whether because of childhood associations with Nanny, the Library; or the soft skin of a cherished lover, fragrance is a journey. Penhaligon’s invites you now on a journey through London. Hidden London invites you on a tour around its streets, to discover what remains hidden until we truly look.

The collection includes three fragrances named after boroughs in London: Belgravia Chypre, Kensington Amber, and Marylebone Wood.

Elegant, refined and classic, Marylebone Wood is a fragrance that makes an understated statement. It reeks of a luxury and sophistication, in a way that only a Penhaligon’s fragrance can. I’d say this is definitely a more masculine scent, though it’s still definitely on the unisex spectrum and of course it can be worn by anyone.

Intimate, characterful elegance, Marylebone has a feeling of home about it. A winding lane, Georgian brick houses, Sherlock Holmes’s abode, and the Wallace Collection, as well as its proximity to London’s parks; all are a breath of fresh air.

Marylebone Wood is quintessentially British, its no doubt a modern scent, whilst offering a distinct nod to London’s rich history. This is a beautifully formal scent, with notes of dry smoky sandalwood, a mossy vetiver, and creamy warm patchouli – simply beautiful.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: No Heart Notes
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, vetiver, Patchouli, Amber

The Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection of fragrances is available now at Penhaligon’s and Harrods.

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Perfume Inspired by Music: Jusbox No Rules Niche Fragrance

Posted on July 16, 2018

As a gal that’s a little bit obsessed with fragrance, honestly nothing excites me more than discovering a new brand! Jusbox Perfumes are a relatively new niche fragrance company that explore the unique connection between scent and music.

You’ll probably be aware that both music and fragrance can be directly linked to our memories – you hear a certain song and it’ll remind you of a certain person, an event, an emotion, and exactly the same goes for scent. Certain smells will take you straight to a point in time in your memory as soon as you smell them. Jusbox aim to unite music and scent, with a unique range of contemporary fragrances inspired by musical icons, eras and genres.

One of Jusbox’s latest launches is No Rules is inspired by punk music…

“…Punk was a teenage revolution. We didn’t know what we wanted but we knew we wanted something different. There were no rules in punk. The only rule was be interesting, be innovative, challenge the status quo. Don’t just say it, shout it…shout it with rage and honesty…. It was an explosion of creativity. Everything changed. It rewrote the rules, it was anarchy, it challenged everything.”

What to expect from a fragrance based on music? It’s hard to know – I would expect something quite unusual and innovative, and I have to say that’s exactly what you get with No Rules. This is very much a unisex scent – it’s no more feminine than it is masculine, and I’d also say it’s quite polarising, I think you’ll either love No Rules or you just won’t get it. On initially trying the fragrance, I’m immediately hit with a soapy note, tinged with a metallic element – it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. The more obvious ‘punky’ notes in this scent being the Metal accord, to remind you of the excessive and very recognisable use of safety pins and studs in the punk movement, Leather, of course for leather biker jackets, and also Vinyl, representing vinyl records. There are also notes of cool Aldehydes and Ether contrasting with the warmness of Cinnamon and Leather.

Punk, by definition was an ‘anti’ movement, there were no rules, and though I wasn’t personally around when Punk was at its full force, so I can’t really appreciate the atmosphere of the time. What I can say is that No Rules is unusual, creative and unexpected, and in that sense it does a fantastic job of representing the punk ethos.

  • Top Notes: Aldehydic, Ethereal and Saffron
  • Heart Notes: Lavender, Vinyl and Cinnamon
  • Base Notes: Leathery accord, Birch bark and Musk

Jusbox fragrances are available now exclusively at Selfridges.

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Guerlain Terracotta Summer Escape 2018 & Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Fragrance

Posted on July 13, 2018

I always get excited about Guerlain’s new collections – Guerlain is one of my all-time favourite brands, and their products are always so beautiful! I have a couple of makeup items from their latest Terracotta collection, as well as a brand new fragrance to share with you today…

Looking to get away from it all? Longing for summer? The Terracotta Summer Escape collection from Guerlain takes you on a journey… Set off straight away for three paradise islands, in the footsteps of sun-loving globetrotters keen to escape the everyday… Adventurous, romantic or sparkling, they have just one wish: to reveal the intensity of their tan, highlight their skin’s vibrant glow and wear the most beautiful colours. We follow their lead!

Firstly, the brand new Terracotta Cushion, this is described as a fresh and sun-kissed fluid foundation that looks to create a flawless tan and skin glowing with vitality – and it also includes added SPF20. I have shade Moyen (medium) and there’s also a lighter shade available (Naturel). I have to say even though this is a little on the dark side for me, it really does give a beautifully flawless, yet natural and luminous finish to the skin. The foundation itself is very lightweight feeling and can be easily built up with the applicator sponge included to give more coverage if needed. I honestly love this product and absolutely need to get the lighter version asap! This really is healthy glow makeup at its best!

And I also have the stunning Terracotta Route des Îles Collector’s Powder. You know when you have a product that’s so pretty that you don’t want to use it and ‘ruin’ it? I’m having this problem right now!

This gorgeous tan enhancing bronzer has a real nautical feel to it – it’s housed in a luxurious (environmentally sound) mahogany wood compact inspired by yacht decks, and the powder itself is embossed with a striking compass motif. It offers two tones of bronzer to warm and brighten the complexion, and the powder itself is a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03 – the finish is subtly iridescent, radiant and yet incredibly natural, and the centre of the powder is a gorgeous apricot shade which can be swirled in with the bronzer or used on its own as a blush. This is just such a stunning product, it’s definitely a must-have for fans of the brand.

And on to fragrance now, I also have one of the latest additions to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Fresh Fragrances Collection, Passiflora EDT

The Aqua Allegoria collection reinvents the simplicity of botanical accords as crystal clear as water, gathered from all the gardens of the world. The result is a delicious wave of fresh fragrances, tender shades and cheerful moods. Eaux de Toilette that combine the freshness of a Cologne with the lingering trail of a Guerlain perfume, majestically showcasing Calabrian bergamot, an essential ingredient in any Aqua Allegoria fragrance.

Aqua Allegoria Passiflora EDT is a beautiful summer scent, described as a fruity-citrus fragrance with solar facets, it’s inspired by the desire to escape to a faraway garden in tropical lands. Passiflora EDT is a wonderfully fresh and enticing, yet energising scent, opening with top notes of bergamot mingled with drips of tangy passion fruit and energising lemon. Sun-drenched and glittering, the heart of mandarin juice, juicy grapefruit and the crystal-clear waters of a sparkling lagoon lead to a sunny aroma of sensual ylang-ylang at the base, together creating a must-try stunning summertime scent.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Passion Fruit, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Mandarin Juice, Aquatic Note, Grapefruit
  • Base Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom

All the above products are available now at Debenhams.

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Clean Reserve Avant Garden EDP Collection #UnlockTheAvantGarden

Posted on July 3, 2018

Clean Reserve is a fragrance brand that I really don’t think gets enough credit. If you’re not familiar with them, Clean Reserve are a fantastic pioneer of simple, no fuss, eco-conscious fragrances. They use only the finest ingredients which they grow themselves and harvest responsibly. All their scents are manufactured using 100% solar energy, and they also commit to supporting the lives and livelihoods of the farmers they work with.

The Avant Garden collection of six fragrances merges the structure of a traditional clean linear eau de parfum with a luxurious niche approach – it’s an organic extension of Clean Reserve’s mission to conscientiously source raw ingredients that are cultivated using environmentally sound harvesting practices. The collection is completely cruelty-free, free of phthalates, preservatives, gluten and artificial dyes, as well as being infused with safe molecular naturals and sustainable notes such as mandarin, cardamom, and sandalwood.

“The sustainable flowers from the farm in the original Clean Reserve collection have morphed together creating a fantastical world where two unlikely notes blend together in a lush, secret garden,” said Greta Fitz, VP Global Marketing & Product Development, Fusion Brands America, Inc. “Each fragrance is comprised of two unlikely notes where together they make a magical, beautiful fragrance that has never before been experienced.” 

The Clean Reserve Avant Garden collection includes six fragrances:

  • Galbanum & Rain: This fresh and woody fragrance is crafted with eco-conscious and sustainable notes of galbanum, Sichuan pepper, clearwood, cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver.
  • Hemp & Ginger: Blends cardamom, Sichuan pepper and elemi for a multi-faceted earthy scent.
  • Muget & Skin: Cardomom, jasmine, clearwood and patchouli bring a feeling of warmth in this sophisticated scent.
  • Saguaro Blossom & Sand: Mimosa, jasmine, lavender flower, and rose create a unique scent that is inviting and intriguing.
  • Sweetbriar & Moss: This non-traditional floral scent contains rose, Sichuan pepper and lychee rose for an unexpected elegant finish.
  • White Amber & Warm Cotton: A fresh twist on the classic ‘Warm Cotton’ scent, notes of mandarin, bergamot and sandalwood provide depth to the comforting scent of cotton. 

I have Saguaro Blossom & Sand, which is a wonderfully delicate, lightly feminine scent. It’s a dry, woody floral, both bright and modern. It’s fresh yet warm, with dewy, airy accords that linger on the skin for hours. I also have Sweetbriar & Moss which is pretty similar to Saguaro Blossom & Sand, it’s again more of a feminine scent, but not overly so. It’s also a dry woody floral – classic and daring, and again leaves a beautiful trail of scent on the skin.

The Clean Reserve Avant Garden Eau de Parfum collection (£129.00 for 100ml) is available now exclusively at Space NK.

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