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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. 

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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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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Ten Brand New Fragrances To Try: Paco Rabanne / Michael Kors / Moschino / L’Occitane / Calvin Klein

Posted on June 29, 2018

Happy Friday! I hope you’re making the most of this fabulous weather we’re having? Today I’ve gathered together a selection of new fragrances that have either recently launched, or will be on sale very soon. Enjoy!

Let’s start off with one of my favourite scents today – Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua. I’ve been a fan of Olympia for a long time, and their latest Aqua version is a beautifully luminescent, sparkling re-edition of the signature fragrance. Olympia Aqua is light yet sensual, soft and addictive, opening with notes of Calamondin and Cashmeron, leading to a heart of Lemon Blossom and sensual, Salty Vanilla, and a warming base of Hydroponic Jasmine and Ambergris – this scent is a must-try this summer.

Next I have Michael Kors Limited Edition Sheer. Soft, feminine and delicate, Sheer combines soothing herbal notes with rich florals and woodsy musk, to conjure moments of sheer intimacy. Enveloped by top notes of Bergamot and Tarragon, this luxurious blend is invigorated with hints of fresh Peony, Jasmine petals and smooth white Cedarwood for a subtly alluring finish.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Tarragon, and Green Leaves.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Orange Blossom Absolute, and Jasmine Petals.
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Musk, Amber Accord, and White Cedarwood.

I also have the gorgeous Moschino Cheap & Chic So Real – can I just start by mentioning the bottle, it’s completely mad and I love it! In case you weren’t sure, So Real is inspired by Popeye’s other half, Olive Oyl. The bottle, reminiscent of a Picasso painting, was designed by Moschino’s artistic director Jeremy Scott, and as you can probably guess, the fragrance is described as ironic, fun and joyful!

The opening of So Real is sharp and bright, with citrus notes of Bitter Orange and Mandarin, as well as juicy Raspberry and Blackcurrant Sorbet. The vibrant floral heart of faceted Pink peony, airy Jasmine, and Magnolia Blossoms leads to a wonderful base of Cedar, Oak Musk and Ambrosian Crystals. This really is a gorgeous summer fragrance, definitely not one to overlook! Also it’s currently a complete steal at only £14.50! Check the link above 🙂

Calvin Klein Eternity Air is a modern feminine interpretation of a traditional floral, with a burst of freshness conveyed through the Sky of the Sky Accord and a dense sexiness with a Cedarwood base. It’s a cool, bright, and refreshing scent, almost unisex, and perfect for those looking for something light and invigorating.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit Oil, Black Currant Absolute, Sky of the Sky Accord
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Muguet, Pear Accord
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood Oil, Ambergris, Skin Musk

& Other Stories Moroccan Tea – Ok so I must admit, I was sent this to try and I thought it was a new fragrance, but it’s actually not! Never mind hey! Moroccan Tea is an oriental woody fragrance, with top notes of Cardamom, Mint and Lemon, a heart of Orange Blossom, Mate and Almond, and a base of Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk and Brown Sugar. It’s quite an unusual fragrance that’s definitely worth a look next time you’re visiting & Other Stories stores.

Ariana Grande Moonlight – luminous and alluring, sweet and sensual, Moonlight is surprisingly beautiful. The scent opens with notes of sparkling rich Black Currant and juicy Plum, while the super sweet heart of fluffy Marshmallow and fresh Peony add a captivating wink of intrigue and mystery. A final seductive touch of creamy Sandalwood, Black Amber and sensual Vanilla at the base leave you with a wonderfully warm and sensual dry down.

I also have the latest launch from Hollister – Hollister Festival Vibes is a wonderfully bright and juicy scent, perfect for daily wear this summer. Festival Vibes is a wonderfully lively scent, opening with sparkling Italian Bergamot, fresh Quince, and Goji Berries. The floral heart offers a lush layer of Pink Peony, delicate Osmanthus, Vanilla Orchid, and Coral Hibiscus. Finally, the dry down envelops you like a comforting blanket of Cashmere Moods, creamy Tonka, and soft Musk.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Blue Women – Is definitely another favourite of mine, First Instinct Blue is a bright and energetic scent, radiating happiness, light and positivity. The fragrance opens with top notes of zesty Citrus Bergamia, juicy Blackcurrant, and refreshing Marine, leading to a sensual heart of velvety Apricot Nectar, Jasmine flowers and delicate Peonies. The base comprises of woody Patchouli, Creamy vanilla and Sandalwood for a rich and warm dry down.

First Instinct Blue Woman will be available nationwide from 30th July 2018.

If you’re looking for more of an evening scent, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere Intense is definitely worth checking out. Perfect for fans of oud, Terre De Lumiere Intense opens with the enchanting oriental scent of Incense, leading to a gourmand heart of aromatic Lavender, sweet Honey and Tonka. This harmony is prolonged by its warm base that leaves behind a woody trail of Cedarwood, spicy Oud which mingles with the softness of Vanilla.

And lastly, Goya Black Rose. Goya have recently re-launched a selection of fragrances from different eras, with Black Rose representing the fabulous fifties, an era of stunning beauty, elegance, and romance. This fragrance opens with a sparkling citrus Green Accord contrasted with Bergamot and Clove. The heart reaveals a fresh and feminine floral bouquet of Rose, Geranium, and Rose Damas enhanced by a confortable drydown of Jasmine, Salicylate and velvety Musk.

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Fragrance: Roja Parfums Scandal Pour Femme EDP

Posted on June 19, 2018

You may remember a few months back I had my first experience with Roja Parfums – Un Amore Eteno was and still is just beautiful. I’m now very excited to share my second Roja fragrance, Scandal Pour Femme Eau De Parfum…

Firstly, I love the name. Scandal just sounds exciting, thrilling, dangerous and tempting – all the things I need more of in my life!! Seriously though, this fragrance sounds like just my kind of scent, it’s described as sweet, warm and very sensual, and it includes two of my favourite fragrance notes: tuberose and jasmine.

“I remember when I first encountered Tuberose, I was shocked that a flower could be so sensual; as you inhale its perfume it becomes almost narcotic. I love how it transports you to the sun, removing you from the grey skies of England. I blended it with other white blossoms, creating an effect that is at once floral, sunny, and deeply sensual.” – ROJA DOVE.

The main attraction here is of course, tuberose. Scandal is an intense, luxurious and seductive fragrance. It’s a chic, ultra feminine woman turning heads, dripping in couture, classic yet striking. This fragrance is both elegant and refined, and it really does smell expensive.

There’s no doubt this is an evening fragrance – Scandal Pour Femme is fresh and warm, yet incredibly sensual. The scent opens with fresh Bergamot, leading directly to a wonderful bouquet of white flowers – Jasmine, Rose, Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, and Freesia intertwine at the heart. The base of Sandalwood, Musk, and Orris Root blends perfectly with floral notes of Tuberose and Lavender, for a beautifully creamy and warming dry down.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot.
  • Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Rose de Mai, Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Jasmin de Grasse and Tuberose.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Orris Root and Musk.

Roja Parfums Scandal EDP is available now at Roja Parfums.

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Michael Buble By Invitation Rose Gold SIGNED Fragrance Giveaway!

Posted on May 3, 2018

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I last hosted a giveaway, and I’m back today with a fabulous extra special fragrance that one lucky reader will win!

Just to rewind a bit, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (thank you) – you may remember about a year and a half ago I was whisked away on the trip of a lifetime to New York, specially for the launch of Michael Buble’s debut fragrance, By Invitation. I won’t go into too much detail (you can check out my post on that here) but it was an amazing trip, and the fragrance was just as beautiful as I’d hoped.

Well, Michael is now back with a bang – in terms of fragrance, and he’s recently launched the next addition to the By Invitation line – By Invitation Rose Gold…

For those that have already tried the original By Invitation fragrance, in comparison, the Rose Gold edition is more intense. It’s a floral oriental gourmand scent – very feminine and sensual. It’s of course similar to By Invitation, but this sister fragrance offers another level of glamour and luxury, and I guarantee if you liked the original, you’ll love By Invitation Rose gold.

The fragrance opens with sophisticated top notes of radiant magnolia, red fruits and granit pear, leading to a tender rose and peony heart, with a hint of black plum. The base features notes of lingering praline and vanilla, with just a touch of precious spice, leaving this beautiful scent with an elegant and warm dry down.

Today I’m giving away a massive 100ml bottle of By Invitation Rose Gold Edition, and the box is signed by the man himself! This truly is a collectors piece, and would be just perfect for Buble fans! To be in with a chance of winning, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run for two weeks and is open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch – good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx