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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: 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

ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar FULL CONTENTS!

Posted on November 27, 2018

Hello friends! Another day, another beauty Advent Calendar! And today I have the fabulous ESPA Skincare calendar to share with you…

The limited edition Comfort and Joy Advent Calendar is jam packed with ESPA hero skincare products, formulated with a blend of essential oils, plant and marine extracts, ESPA’s award-winning results-driven formulas are designed to leave you with beautiful skin and a daily dose of inner calm. This calendar contains 25 luxury deluxe mini treats, with extra special full-size gift on Christmas Day.

The ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is £130, and includes contents worth £145 – it would make the perfect indulgent gift for a luxury skincare fan!

Here’s what’s inside – 

  • Restorative Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Smooth and Firm Body Butter, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser, 7ml
  • Fitness Body Oil, 15ml
  • Purifying Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner, 10ml
  • Skin Rescue Balm, 3g
  • Soothing Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProCleanser, 15ml
  • Energising Shower Gel, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial, 3ml
  • Energising Body Oil, 15ml
  • Regenerating Moisture Complex, 7ml
  • Optimal Body TriSerum, 12ml
  • Fitness Bath Oil, 15ml
  • Pink Hair and Scalp Mud – tube, 15ml
  • Muscle Rescue Balm, 15g
  • Optimal Skin ProSerum, 4ml
  • Detox Body Oil, 15ml
  • Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser, 15ml
  • Tri-Active Advanced Night Booster Ltd Edition Christmas Size, 10ml
  • Fitness Shower Oil, 15ml
  • 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser, 3ml 23 Hydrating Floral Spafresh, 12ml
  • Overnight Hydration Therapy, 15ml
  • Restorative Candle 70g

The Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar is available now fr £130 at ESPA Skincare and on offer now at Lookfantastic.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare Collection

Posted on November 5, 2018

I have a few products from Guerlain’s gorgeous Abeille Royale collection to share with you today. With over 10 years of research, Guerlain has scientifically proven the effectiveness of bee products in boosting the skin’s revitalisation, and their Abeille Royale skincare range offers an advanced solution to effectively combat the visible signs of ageing, namely wrinkles and loss of firmness…

Bee products are some of the world’s most effective natural healing substances. Guerlain Research has been working continuously with honeys and royal jelly to create Abeille Royale: a skincare programme that scientifically proves their exceptional capacity to minimise the visible signs of ageing on skin.

There are three main ingredients at the heart of the Abeille Royale collection –

  • Ouessant Honey – the Island of Ouessant has an ecosystem that is parasite-free and protected from pesticides. Here, the Black Bee produces honey rich in amino acids, trace elements and high in fructose-content. This honey offers the essential ingredients that are vital in the repair process of skin tissue.
  • Guerlain Exclusive Royal Jelly – Royal Jelly is the most precious substance produced by bees. It is reserved exclusively for feeding queen bees and offers nourishment for the skin as well. Guerlain developed its own Exclusive Royal Jelly rich in nutrients and is a natural source of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and vitamins.
  • Commiphora Oil – Commiphora (myrrh) gum has been used in Indian traditional medicine for 3,000 years, for its soothing and restorative properties. The oil is rich in biologically active molecules (commipherine and commipherol) that play a key role in skin renewal.

Firstly I have the Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil – utilising the power of Ouessant Black Bee Honey and Royal Jelly, this super lightweight formula combines the power of a serum, the richness of an oil and the freshness of a lotion to re-plump, smooth and illuminate the skin.

I love how beautifully light this is – it literally is a ‘Watery Oil’. When you shake the bottle, the micro balls of oil mix into the liquid (they’re settled at the bottom of the bottle in the picture above) and when you apply to the product, they burst on application and melt into the skin. The Abeille Royale Youth Watery Oil leaves skin feeling amazingly soft, smooth and radiant.

The Abeille Royale Black Bee Honey Balm is the perfect extra-nourishing product to soothe dry and weakened skin this winter. This balm has been specially formulated for dry, undernourished skin that’s been weakened by extreme conditions or by cosmetic procedures.

The balm itself has the texture of a thick cream, and it has a lovely light scent. It contains highly concentrated Ouessant Black Bee Honey to optimise skin repair, whilst offering a nourishing, protective barrier to help restore and strengthen the skin. I love how this sinks into the skin without leaving any residue. It’s worked wonders so far on the dry areas on my face!

And lastly, the new Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum – this has been designed to target the visible signs of ageing, including loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, dull skin, imperfections and large pores. This serum combines a soft-peel treatment with a lifting effect to help the face look fuller and more refined.

The ‘soft peel’ element of the formula includes 3 types of AHA’s which diffuse gradually, making them as effective as strong concentrations, but without any discomfort and redness. This gradual ‘soft-peeling’ leads to a skin renewal, enhancing the skin’s quality and texture and restoring its radiance. The serum also offers the benefits of Guerlain’s Royal Jelly and Black Bee Honey.

My first impression of the Double R Renew & Repair Serum is that I absolutely love it – this is probably the most luxurious serum I’ve ever tried. I’ve only used this a few times so far, and it just feels wonderful on the skin, it’s smoothing, moisturising, and leaves my skin feeling supple and hydrated – this a real treat for the complexion!

The Guerlain Abeille Royale Skincare Collection is available now at Feelunique

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Summer 2018 New Must Try Skincare!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few brand new summer skincare products to share with you today – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask – technically, this isn’t really a mask, these are double sided pads designed to be used in the morning to clean and prep the skin for the day ahead. One side of the pad has small beads to massage, exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and increase hydration, and the other applies a serum and moisturiser whilst ‘masking’ for a skin plumping hydration boost, leaving skin feeling soft and dewy. The idea is that this is a 7-in-1 product offering everything your morning skincare routine requires, in one handy pad. This is perfect for those that don’t want the hassle of a long morning routine – I love this product!

Next I have the Glamglow Instamud– this is a foaming treatment mask designed to instantly refine pores and even the skin tone, promising to leave skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. It contains bentonite, kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, and the micro-bubbling mud activates on contact with your skin to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. I LOVE a bubbly mask, and this one does the trick without upsetting my sensitive skin, awesome!

Continuing with the bubbles, this is the Hello Jo Speak Up! Bubble Lip Mask – rather than a ‘grainy’ lip exfoliator, this works with enzymes, antioxidants and Vitamins A and C which break down dead skin cells to leave lips feeling renewed and resurfaced. You simply rub it on and watch the mask bubble up – I love how this makes my lips feel so smooth and nourished.

For cleansers, firstly I have the fantastic SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure & Mild – this micellar water cleanser has been specifically developed for sensitive skin (yay!). The lightweight liquid purifies and detoxifies skin, and it eliminates dirt and all traces of makeup without over-drying or leaving skin feeling tight. This is a fantastic cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

And the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser– this cleanser purifies and detoxifies the skin of impurities. It contains natural cucumber extract, sugarcane and sugar maple extract to encourage cell turnover whilst calming and soothing irritated skin, and glycerin and sodium PCA to cleanse and hydrate the skin whilst locking in moisture to reveal a healthier, refreshed appearance. It’s also good to know this cleanser is also alcohol and sulphate free!

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is perfect for those with sensitive skin that may not be able to use a high strength retinol. It contains a powerful blend of eight targeted peptides, where each one addresses a specific anti-ageing concern, from loss of radiance and uneven skin tone to fine lines and wrinkles. Together with skin-restoring ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants and hydrators, the Peptide Booster strengthens and protects the skin’s barrier and increases natural resilience. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m SO impressed with the results! It instantly makes my skin look and feel brighter, fresher and more radiant. This product is a must try!

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate – if you have issues with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, then this one’s for you. This serum has a super lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin to leave the eye area feeling silky smooth and instantly refreshed. The formula includes horse chestnut seed extract and yeast extract to boost circulation, smooth lines and reduce inflammation, and sweet almond oil which promotes smooth, plump and youthful-looking skin. It also provides long lasting hydration, helping to refresh and soothe tired eyes.

Continuing with eyes, I LOVE a good eye patch, and the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches are just fantastic. The formula contains cucumber extract, allantoin, chamomile, aloe, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and arnica to awaken the appearance of tired eyes and diminish dark circles and puffiness. These patches leave my eye are feeling amazingly soothed and refreshed – I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge!

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – is a super lightweight water-jelly designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair, plus pollution protection. This jelly features Clinique’s Clean Shield Technology and is formulated with a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier, improve its resiliency, and balance and retain skin’s moisture levels. I love the texture of this jelly, it’s so light and it absorbs into the skin super quickly without leaving any residue. This is a must-try if you’re looking for a light feeling product that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

And another brand that I’ve just come across is Cinch. The Cinch Face Cheat Moisturiser + Glow – is a spray moisturiser that also lightly illuminates the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise the look of pores and prime your skin ready for make-up application. This is definitely worth a try if you have dull and lacklustre skin.

Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – this is a fast absorbing light-weight moisturiser, combining fake tanning with the benefits of a skincare product. This vegan, antioxidant-rich Bronzing Lotion contains Vitamin E and natural oils to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst organic caramel extract provides an instant bronzed glow. This gives you a lovely natural looking glow, whilst leaving skin feeling amazingly soft.

And last but not least, the This Works In Transit Pollution Shield – this spray contains moisturising hyaluronic acid, with chamomile extract and aloe vera to soothe skin and calm redness and irritation, and a polysaccharide pollution shield which inhibits the attack of carbon particles, particulate matter and heavy metals as you go about your day. This protective mist will help prevent signs of ageing and keep skin looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day with make-up held in place, whilst defending against environmental aggressors and pollutants.

This post contains press samples

Hot New Brand Alert! MAKE Beauty now available at Feel Unique!

Posted on July 30, 2018

As soon as I saw MAKE Beauty had arrived on the Feel Unique site, I was intrigued to find out what they were about. The packaging reminded me of Topshop makeup (do you agree??) and the range just looked very modern, slick and of high quality. I’ve been trying out a few of their products this week…

Feelunique is launching New York beauty brand MAKE with two sensational exclusives! Socially minded, MAKE believe there are no beauty rules –it’s all about being confident in your own skin. Co –founded in 2013 by Ariana Mouyiaris, daughter of renowned makeup entrepreneur and philanthropist Nikos Mouyiaris, MAKE champions the modern woman. Introducing a line-up of 32 products, with two exclusives to Feelunique, the range offers minimal makeup must haves, multi-functional essentials and technology-driven skincare.

Firstly I have the Succulent Mist – this is a Feel Unique Exclusive, and I absolutely love it! This cooling mist is suitable for both face and body, and it’s designed to repair hot, sun parched or environmentally challenged skin. It contains cactus extract to help hydrate and refresh, and the aloe vera, prickly pear and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and detoxify the skin from overexposure to pollutants and toxins, whilst reducing the appearance of redness. It has a wonderful instant cooling effect on the skin, and I’ve been using this daily since I’ve received it – it’s a lifesaver in this heatwave!

I also have the Moonlight Neck Repair – this is another Feelunique Exclusive. It’s a lightweight gel for the neck and décolleté to address technology-induced, premature wrinkling (basically from looking down at your phone so much!) It contains kigelia and acacia gum extract to help firm, lift and tighten the skin while providing potent anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection, and sodium hyaluronate which mimics the hyaluronic acid produced by the skin to give added volume and plumpness.

And the Marine Salve – this is easily one of my favourite products from the brand. It’s essentially a multifunctional topical balm that can be used anywhere on the body to relieve and calm unhappy skin. You can use it to treat chapped lips, dry, cracked and irritated skin, chafing, cuts, you name it! It also creates a moisturising barrier to help protect skin from dryness, wind and other external aggressors, whilst shielding against pollution, heavy metals and free radicals. This is a fantastic all-rounder that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

Next I have the Moonlight Moisturizing Primer – have you ever heard of a black primer? I definitely haven’t! Though the product is black in colour, it quickly transforms into a translucent gel when applied to the skin. This unique silicone-free hydrating gel cream glides on to the skin to moisturise, mattify and prep the skin whilst providing a protective shield against urban pollution. It’s a fantastic makeup primer, and now a staple in my makeup bag!

On to makeup now, the Skin Illuminator in shade Skir is just beautiful. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis (with shade names that reference Scandinavian terms for light: Skir, Llos and Nor) this highlighter contains light-diffusing pigments and gives a gorgeous white pearlescent glimmer to the skin. If you love striking highlighters this is definitely one for you!

And lastly I have a couple of lipsticks, in both available formulas – Silk Cream and Matte. The Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (a mid pink) doubles as a protective moisturising treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Taffy is a lovely nude pink that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and is perfect for every day wear. And the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (a bright red) is an intensely-pigmented matte lipstick with a velvet finish. The super long-wearing formula contains sunflower seed oil to glide and blend effortlessly onto the lips, and vitamin A to condition and hydrate. I adore this shade! Again it feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips and the matte finish is also long lasting too. These both get a thumbs up from me!

I’m honestly really impressed with this range, and so glad Feel Unique kindly gave me the opportunity to discover some new beauty favourites! I love the Succulent Mist, Marine Salve, Skin Illuminator and Lipsticks especially. I’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any new brands lately?

MAKE Beauty products are available now at Feel Unique.

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Simply Beautiful Collection Skincare First Impressions

Posted on July 4, 2018

Something I want to do more on TSNC moving forward, is try out, test, review and and talk about smaller and lesser known brands. It think it’s now harder than ever for smaller, and also newer brands to get noticed in such a saturated market – and as consumers we know it’s always tempting to experience something new when it comes to beauty, so I hope you’re as excited as I am about discovering some new awesome cosmetics and skincare in the coming months!

So on this note, I was very excited to recently receive a package from a brand I’d never heard of before – SBC Gels. Simply Beautiful Collection (SBC) is a British beauty brand, and funnily enough they’re actually based just up the road from me, at Needham Market in Suffolk, yay for local brands! 😀

They were founded in 1988, and offer fuss-free, practical, effective, and affordable products, including skincare gels, moisturisers, serums, polishes, and cleansers, as well as much more. The brand is eco-friendly and cruelty-free, and use only the finest quality naturally derived ingredients to create natural skincare and body care that they promise really works.

SBC Kindly sent over a couple of their latest products from the ‘Collagen’ range, including their best-selling cleanser, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser along with a Skin Shammy to use with it. Also, one of their latest launches, the Collagen Body Polish. 

Firstly, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser – this is described as an effective triple-action facial cleanser that removes all traces of make-up, dirt, oil and impurities, while mildly exfoliating the skin for a softer, smoother and brighter complexion. This is recommended for mature, dull and dry skin types.

So first impressions – this is a decent 250ml sized bottle, which I think is really reasonable for £26.00. The cleanser itself is a luxuriously thick cream, and I can just tell by the texture that my dry skin is going to love it! It also has a lovely light scent – I can be quite put off by overly scented products but this is spot on, just light and floral and fresh.

I’ve used this cleanser a few times now and it really does live up to its claims. I just realised I forgot to include the shammy in my pictures, I must have left it in the bathroom! I used the shammy along with the cleanser as instructed – you just massage one or two pumps on to dry skin, over the eyes, face and neck, then gently wipe off with the shammy and warm water. It left my face completely cleansed, soft and supple.

I also have the Collagen Body Polish – this is a sumptuous body polish, rich in Collagen and Vitamin E to revitalise tired skin. The texture is thick, yet light, and includes super fine pumice beads to gently buff away dead skin cells, promising to leave your skin feeling silky-soft and nourished, with long lasting moisture.

Again I’ve also used this a few times now, and it really is fantastic! If your skin’s on the sensitive side like mine is, then any product that’s ‘exfoliating’ can be a bit of a minefield. The pumice beads in the Collagen Body Polish are so-so tiny though, that they’re completely non-abrasive, yet give a decent level of light exfoliation that leaves skin feeling super soft and silky. The Collagen Body Polish also has the same light, fresh scent as the Cleanser, so I’m a happy bunny all round!

If you have sensitive skin like I do, and you’re interested in eco-friendly, cruelty free skincare, as well as supporting smaller, local brands, I highly recommend you check out the fantastic range of products that SBC offer!

The above products are available to purchase now at SBC Gels.

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Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag #Letgo

Posted on June 26, 2018

Sanctuary Spa currently have a gorgeous limited edition Luxury Summer Beach Bag on sale, packed full with full size body products, including everything you need to get perfectly prepped from top to toe for summer!

The bag contains an indulgent collection of eight treats worth £45.00, for the bargain price of only £22.00. Here’s what’s included…

Body Wash 250ml: Massage onto wet skin & rinse. For best results use with a shower puff. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 200ml: Finish your shower & turn the water off. Apply whilst still soaking wet, apply the product like you would any body moisturiser. Do not rinse. Then simply towel dry and get ready as normal.

Body Scrub 200ml: Vigorously work the polish into damp skin in the bath or shower & rinse. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close pores & awaken your senses.

Heel Balm 75ml: Massage this rich balm into dry skin using gentle circular motions.

Body Moisture Spray 50ml: Generously spritz & then smooth onto skin for instant hydration and a healthy sheen.

Hand Cream 75ml: Massage this non-greasy, nourishing cream into hands throughout the day for velvety soft skin.

Luxury Bath Float 250ml: Pour generously under warm running water. Sink in & enjoy.

Body Puff: To create a gorgeous bubbly lather with your Sanctuary Spa products.

This is a fantastic deal and definitely worth treating yourself to if you’re a fan of Sanctuary Spa products. The Sanctuary Spa Limited Edition Summer Sun Beach Bag is available now at Boots.

Beauty: What’s New at Dior for SS18

Posted on April 10, 2018

Hi Guys!

Happy Tuesday! I have a gorgeous bundle of brand new products from Dior at FeelUnique to share with you today. I’ve got a new foundation and concealer, as well as a couple of lip products and a fabulous new serum. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation (Top swatch, £34.00) – the DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation promises 24 hour full coverage with a natural matte finish, that’s kiss proof, touch proof and life proof. Unfortunately I have slightly the wrong shade for me, this is 020 Beige Clair which is just a bit too dark. Not to worry though, in the interest of science I still went ahead and tried it out in the privacy of my own home!

The DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation consistency is a light, runny liquid, and offers high pigmentation to give a pretty much full coverage finish, depending on how you apply it. I found that a quick application with fingers gives a nice medium level of coverage, but application with a beauty blender gives a more full coverage, flawless look.

And I have to say, Dior wasn’t wrong when they said this foundation has a natural matte finish. There’s nothing chalky about this foundation whatsoever – which I have to be careful of when it comes to matte foundations as my skin tends to be on the dry side. The finish is very true to life, and almost undetectable. If you’re looking for a lightweight, full coverage foundation that looks super natural, this could definitely be the one for you.

I also have the DiorSkin Forever Concealer (£21.00) – which is the perfect partner for the above foundation. It contains 25% more pigment than the foundation, and promises to instantly camouflage imperfections. It’s also water resistant and gives up to 8 hours of wear.

So for this product I do have the right shade! 101 Ivory was just right for my pale complexion. And just like I expected, this concealer is basically a more intense version of the forever Foundation. It worked fantastically well on my under eye area, giving natural looking coverage, without emphasising my fine lines.

Onto lips now, the new Dior Addict Lipglow Backstage Pros Matte (right swatch, £26.00) is the first colour reviver lip balm by Dior, combining the comfort of a balm with a touch of colour for a tailor-made flush of pink. Its secret lies in a perfect balance between make-up and lip care. The formula reacts to the pH level of your lips, providing a natural flush of customised pink. In terms of comfort, the formula is enriched with mango butter, ensuring up to 24-hour hydration.

I also have one of the new Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stains (£27.50) – available in three finishes – matte, satin and metal, these lip stains promise intense couture colour with a 12 hour extreme long-wear finish.

The Rouge Dior Liquid formula contains mineral wax, ultra-fine silica powder and oils to give intense pigmentation, which perfectly glides over the lips for a long-wearing result. Equipped with a reservoir that takes up and deposits just the right amount of product, its fine applicator is the perfect tool for outlining the lips with precision.

I have shade 625 Mysterious Matte, which I’d describe as a fairly deep rose pink. I have to say, this is easily now one of my favourite matte liquid lipsticks. It’s not drying whatsoever, and though it’s not completely smudge or transfer proof, the finish is just beautiful, and most importantly, extremely comfortable on the lips.

And lastly I have the new Dior Capture Youth Cream Serum Glow (£75.00) – described as a radiance concentrate, the Dior Capture Youth Crème Serum Glow is composed of 80% naturally derived ingredients, including Kakadu plum which is 100 times more concentrated in vitamin C than an orange.

The serum offers an exfoliating effect, whilst being specially formulated to be gentle on skin. It promises to leave you with an invigorated, fresh, glowing complexion.

Dior advise to use this with their Capture Youth Cream, where you just add a couple of drops of serum to the cream before application. Or you can of course just use this as a booster with your normal moisturiser, which is what I’ve been doing. I’ve used this a few times now and and though on the pricey side, I think it’s a fantastic booster to add to your normal moisturiser if your skin’s in need of a bit of extra TLC. There are also other options available, including a Redness Soother, Plump Filler, and Lift Sculptor to name a few, so you can choose depending on your own skin concerns.

You can shop the above Dior products now at FeelUnique.

I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Dior beauty? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 7, 2018

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mother’s Day with Debenhams & £100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Posted on March 6, 2018

Hi Guys!

It’s almost Mother’s Day! And if you’re anything like me you might have a nice day of relaxation planned – I’m hoping this year’s ‘breakfast in bed’ might be a slight improvement on last year but we’ll see! 😀

Mother’s day is a day to think of your mum for everything she does for you – all those little things that you take for granted. As I’m a mum myself now, I really have a whole new perspective on everything my mum did for me (and what a complete nightmare I could be) when I was growing up!

If you’re in need of picking up a gift or two this week, Debenhams definitely have you covered. They have the most fantastic selection of gifts available for all budgets, to suit all mums whatever their tastes. From fragrance, to beauty, and home gifts to experience days, there’s bound to be something perfect at Debenhams to suit your mum! I have a few gorgeous gift ideas to share with you today –

If Mum’s a bit of a skincare fanatic, this super luxury ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Day Cream could make the perfect gift. Luxury skincare brand Elemis’ brand new Collagen Marine Day Cream is specifically formulated to target fine lines and wrinkles. This day cream blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including padina pavonica and ginkgo biloba, to improve the skin’s appearance, increase hydration, and improve elasticity and suppleness. It also contains a micronised sunscreen that leaves no white streaks on the face, which offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  

Or for something more affordable, how about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel? Perfect for those with combination or oily skin, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is dermalogically tested and fragrance free, so it’s perfect for those with a more sensitive complexion. This oil free gel hydrates the skin leaving it feeling softer, smoother and younger.

I also have the stunning new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar EDP – this fragrance is honestly so beautiful, and it’s easily one of my new favourites! Flowerbomb Nectar is the newest addition to the Flowerbomb collection. Described as a sensual flower liqueur, with an explosion of floral notes and a surprising twist, this scent opens with notes of fresh bergamot oil and rich sweet blackcurrant syrup. The heart unveils a feminine and enveloping white floral nectar of Sambac Jasmin and Orange flower combined with sweet notes of Osmanthus, leading to a beautifully addictive gourmand blend of warm spicy hues of tonka bean and creamy soft vanilla at the base.

I’m also giving away a £100 Debenhams Gift Card, so you can treat your mum, a loved one, or yourself to anything you like! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will be open for two weeks and is open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, and good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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