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TSNC £1400 Massive Christmas Giveaway! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 25, 2016

Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas? My day has been filled with Christmas dinner at the pub, more food and drink, and making a Lego Police Station with my son, Freddy 😀

I hope you’ve been enjoying my advent giveaways? Today I’m launching a special giveaway, where you could win (pretty much) everything I gave away over advent! This amazing bundle of prizes comes from some of my favourite brands, including Soap & Glory, L’Oreal, The Body Shop and Lookfantastic, to name just a few. The prizes have a combined value of over £1400, which one lucky entrant will win next time this month. Here’s a re-cap of what’s up for grabs in this mega giveaway…

A Soap & Glory bundle worth £74.50 –

  •  (100ml worth £10.00)
  •  (250ml worth £7.00)
  •  (350ml worth £8.00)
  •  (worth £8.00)
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  •  (250ml worth £5.50)
  • and The Mighty Contourer (worth £12.00)

An  from Escentual, worth £63.00.

A bundle of gorgeous acrylic goodies from , worth a massive £105.00 –

  • a Gold Collection Acrylic Paper Tray, worth £38.00
  • a Gold Collection Stapler, worth £25.00
  • an Acrylic Makeup Blending Palette, worth £20.00
  • a Gold Collection Tape Dispenser, worth £22.00

Azuni London jewellery, including a beautiful Athena ‘Elysia’ Gemstone Bangle, worth £75.00, with a matching pair of Athena ‘Damara’ Coin Earrings, worth £25.00. Both jewellery items are finished with stunning turquoise stones.

Hothair are giving away a set of gorgeous , worth a massive £299.00, and a , worth £49.00.

L’Oreal have included a massive bundle of products, totalling £64.68 –

  • , worth £14.99.
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  • , worth £6.75.
  • , worth £3.99.

And The Body Shop are including two gorgeous gift sets – the , worth £35.00, and , worth £25.00.

are offering a three month subscription, worth £38.25.

And Lookfantastic have thrown in a fab selection of products –

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  • , worth £30.00.
  • , worth £21.00.

Prezzybox have included a giant bundle of cat and unicorn themed goodies –

  • A Pusheen set of snack boxes, worth £7.95.
  • A unicorn mugh, worth £4.95.
  • A Pusheen coin purse, worth £7.95.
  • An Oh K! cat trinket tray, worth £7.95.
  • A Pusheen pink soft toy, worth £8.95.
  • A unicorn travel mug, worth £4.95.
  • An Oh K! Kitty Bag, worth £11.95.

And Cohorted have included their Ovali Sculpt and Shadow Brush Set, worth £65.00 and a NARS Monoï Body Glow II, worth £45.00.

The Dressing Room are giving away a beautiful  worth £70.00.

Pixi are kindly giving away an  worth £28.00, including 40 eyeshadows, highlighters, bronzers and much more, as well as a Fairy Dust Favourites in  (£12.00) and  (£12.00).

Crabtree & Evelyn are giving away a set of their Ultimate Feast of the Senses Hand Therapy Crackers, worth £40.00.

And The Advent Gift Company are including their 12 Days of Christmas Advent Gift Box, worth £50.00.

And finaly, L’Occitane have included their gorgeous , worth £55.00.

So there we have it, a total £1436.08 worth of amazing prizes, will be winging their way to one very lucky winner at the end of next month!

As usual, this giveaway will be open for one month, it’s international, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the  – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance,  is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is  – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And  – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning,  – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The  really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the  is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the  utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The  would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The  is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the  in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous  – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Luxury Beauty, Skincare & Fragrance Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2016

Hi Guys!

So who’s ready for christmas then? I’m definitely not! There’s still pretty much a week to go though so there’s still plenty of time to pick up some bits if you need to, and hopefully this luxury gift set gift guide will offer a good dose of inspiration too – enjoy!

Starting with the  – I love Molton Brown products, and anyone that loves a pampering soak in the bath would be delighted to receive this set on Christmas day. The Pink Pepperpod Pampering Gift Set contains a generous 300ml Body Wash and a Nourishing Body Lotion of the same size, as well as a 50ml Body Polisher. This set includes everything you need for an ultimate skin-pampering experience, with the alluring aroma of Molton Brown’s signature feminine scent.

A fragrance gift set will always go down well as a gift – this  contains a beautiful Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum (50ml), along with a matching scented Body Lotion, and a glossy finish Makeup Pouch. Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez is a fragrance inspired by the elegance of woods and the delicate femininity of a white-flower bouquet combined with the amber notes of a warm heart of musk. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend that you do!

For those into skincare, the  contains everything you need to achieve beautiful, glowing skin both day and night. The set includes a Skin Perfecting Primer SPF30 (22ml) and an Overnight Repair Serum (15ml) which are both full of peptide-rich formulas to keep skin firm and smooth while minimising the visible signs of ageing.

Another fragrance option is the wonderful  – at a very reasonable £40.80 this set offers real value for money as you get a Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT (60ml) and a matching 100ml Body Lotion. If you haven’t heard of Illicit Flower, it’s the newest edition to the Jimmy Choo portfolio – the fragrance opens with voluptuous notes of apricot, zest of mandarin and the floral notes of freesia. In the heart, enhanced by a vibrant duo of grapefruit flower and jasmine, the ultra-feminine rose weaves her charms, whilst delicately wrapped in a soft and sensual musk. In the base, sensual woody notes of cashmeran meet the creaminess of sandalwood to perfectly close the fragrance – it really is gorgeous!

And for those fans of classic scents, the  is bound to be a winner. Angel Muse is a vibrant, sensual and addictive fragrance, with sweet notes of juicy grapefruit, pink berries, and smooth hazelnut cream-cocoa blended with vetiver to create a delicious indulgence which ignites the senses. This gift set contains an Angel Muse 50ml refillable EDP and a complimentary 5ml EDP Miniature.

The height of luxury when it comes to home scent, has to be Floris London Rose & Oud Home Fragrance Duo. This luxury gift set includes both the Rose & Oud Luxury Scented Candle and Rose & Oud Room Fragrance presented in a beautiful blue and gold box, fastened with the Floris seal of approval. Opulent floral rose is wrapped around the bold intensity of oud, cinnamon and clove. Calming cedarwood, renowned for its relaxing properties, is supported with transparent musks and warm, smooth sandalwood. A complex blend throughout the fragrance brings in subtle oriental accords that add depth to this home fragrance collection.

And another kit that really is rather fabulous, but not necessarily a brand you’d consider for gifting – the  is a beautiful rose gold coloured set containing a luxury makeup bag, with matching rose gold coloured Slant Tweezers and Procurl Lash Curler.

The  is a beautiful gift set perfect for those passionate about skincare. The box opens from the centre with two doors, to reveal the Calm Headspace collection inside, which includes some of DECLÉOR’s greatest soothing and moisturising products, to leave you feeling silky and smooth, head to toe. The set contains an Aroma Confort Moisturizing Body Milk (100ml), Aromessence Rose d’Orient Soothing Oil Serum (5ml) and a Harmonie Calm Soothing Light Cream (50ml).

Continuing along the skincare theme, the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Gift Collection really is luxury at its finest. If you purchase either the Skin Truffle or Truffle Noir, the Eye Truffle, then you will receive the Truffesque Masque for free – giving you a rather hefty saving of £50.00!

Onto hair now, the  is a four-piece collection housed in a handy zipped travel bag. ‘United in Pink’ is a campaign dedicated to supporting Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organisation focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The Set Contains and Extra-Body Daily Shampoo (300ml), and Extra-Body Daily Rinse (300ml), a Thicken Up Spray (200ml), and a Sculpting Brush. This is a fantastic gift with the added bonus of supporting a very worthwhile cause.

The  is another option for those looking to give their locks an extra boost. Described as the ultimate luxury gift set, this kit contains a selection of high end hair products for those looking for added volume – the set includes a Kerasilk Re-power Volume Shampoo (250ml), Kerasilk Re-power Blow-Dry Spray (125ml), and a Kerasilk Re-Power Beautifying Perfume (50ml).

And lastly, for those that can’t decide on a scent, the Nina Ricci Minature Set would be just perfect. This sweet little gift set contains four of Nina Ricci’s most popular fragrances, in super sweet miniature form – the set includes Nina EDT, Nina L’Eau EDT, Ricci Ricci EDP, L’Air du Temps EDT and L’Extase EDP.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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TSNC Advent Giveaway: 12 Days of Christmas Alcohol Gift Box!

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Hi Guys!

Today’s Advent Giveaway is brought to you by The Advent Gift Box Company…

The Advent Gift Box Company, which for several years has produced Gift Boxes to celebrate Advent, is this year aiming to re-capture the joy of the whole period of Christmas having produced a 12 Days of Christmas Gif Box.

Filled with 12 spirit and liqueur miniatures it is designed to be given as a Christmas gift, and opened each day on the original ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

The Gift Boxes can be filled with a whole range of different miniatures of your choosing, from liqueurs such as Malibu and Cherry Brandy, to more exclusive malt whiskeys or vodkas or Gins, and given to ‘your true love’. Or perhaps to a relative or friend!

I have one of these boxes to give away to one lucky reader!

You can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to UK readers only that are aged 18 or over, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Good luck!


I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

TSNC Advent Giveaway: PIXI Beauty Bundle! #TSNCxmas

Posted on December 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve been enjoying my Advent Giveaways so far? Today’s competition is brought to you by one of my favourite beauty brands, Pixi Beauty…

Created over 10 years ago and launched in their flagship boutique in Soho, London, Pixi has a loyal worldwide following thanks to its pure, awakening & skin-loving products that create a naturally radiant “just had a good night’s sleep” look. Passionate about skincare, Pixi founder Petra Strand creates innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients. Petra has real-world experience as a busy working mother of four, therefore Pixi is truly about multitasking, flaw-fixing, youth-enhancing products for women on-the-go with no time to spare. Pixi’s mission is the same now as it was on the first day the Pixi store opened: simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women – to make women look like themselves, only better.

Pixi are kindly giving away an  worth £28.00, including 40 eyeshadows, highlighters, bronzers and much more, as well as a Fairy Dust Favourites in  (£12.00) and  (£12.00).

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx

Christmas Gifting with Zoeva: Plaisir Box, Lip Lacquers & Strobe Gels

Posted on December 15, 2016

Hi Guys!

Out of all the beauty brands in the world, Zoeva is definitely up there with my favourites. Their products are always of a high quality, as well as being beautifully packaged. But when their new Plaisir Box arrived a few weeks ago, I actually couldn’t contain my excitement…

The Zoeva Plaisir box (pleasure box) is a beautifully presented gift box containing three of Zoeva’s stunning eyeshadow palettes. The theme of the set is chocolate, with each palette representing a type of chocolate – white, milk and dark. The set contains two brand new palettes – the Blanc Fusion Eyeshadow Palette and Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette as well as their best-selling Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette…

An ode to the fine art of confectionary and a revelation to all beauty gourmets and sensualists, the ZOEVA PLAISIR BOX merges the full pleasure and varieties of chocolate, transferred into cosmetics. From dark brown to fawn and white, indulge in a carefully selected assortment of three tempting eyeshadow delights: sumptuous pralinés, creamy caramel and exquisite white chocolate.

The Cocoa Blend Palette is possibly my favourite out of the three. It contains a selection of warm truffle tones with both matte and shimmer finishes, and the shades are both intense in pigmentation and silky smooth to apply. I absolutely love the shade range in this palette, with Warm Notes and Freshly Toasted being two of my favourite shades – this palette is just perfect for create a glamorous evening look.

The Caramel Melange Palette is slightly lighter and brighter in tone than the above Cocoa Blend Palette, but still warm and definitely vibrant. There are some gorgeous bronze and butterscotch shades in this palette, as well as Aftertaste, which I love, it’s a striking matte cinnamon orange, which would make for a beautiful transition shade.

And lastly the Blank Fusion Palette, as you can probably guess this one represents white chocolate, and has a distinct milky white, cream and yellow theme. This palette again contains a lovely mix of matte and shimmer shades, enabling you to create a plethora of eye looks.

When you put all the palettes together, you really have a stunning selection of eyeshadows that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content 🙂

And if you didn’t know, Zoeva also have a fantastic range of lip products on offer, including their Pure Velour Lips (£9.75) which is a matte finish liquid lipstick offering a lightweight, full coverage formula. I have shades All is Calm – a dark rosy brown shown above top, and Clear Message – a pretty blushed nude, shown above middle.

Zoeva’s Pure Lacquer Lips, in contrast, is a moisturising liquid lipstick with a striking high-shine finish. I have shade Unrefined – a warm beige nude which is highly pigmented with a lovely glossy finish.

And lastly, one of Zoeva’s newest releases is their range of Strobe Gels (£11.00). These weightless highlighting gels are ideal for adding a touch of dewy luminescence to the complexion. The super lightweight gel formula is easy to use and blend, and comes in three wearable shades –

  • Halo – a pearl gel with silver shimmer for fair to light skin tones.
  • Corona – a peachy gel with rose gold shimmer for light to medium skin tones.
  • Aureole – a bronze gel with gold shimmer for medium to dark skin tones.

I really can’t get enough of these products right now, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, I highly recommend you check out Zoeva’s fantastic makeup and brush range.

The Plaisir Box is currently sold out in the UK, but available direct from  for £48.00, and the Strobe Gels and Lip products are all currently available at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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TSNC Advent Giveaway: The Dressing Room Designer Watch! #TSNCxmas

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Hi Guys!

Today’s advent giveaway is brought to you by The Dressing Room – a multi award winning independent fashion retailer, with a unique edit of collections sourced worldwide, delivered with five star boutique service.

The Dressing Room are giving away a beautiful  worth £70.00 to one lucky winner!

Bang on trend for this season, Monochrome is everywhere and this gorgeous floral face Ditsy is a must. This Olivia Burton floral watch is perfect for adding to your summer outfit this summer, style yours up with an American Vintage tee for a cool casual day outfit.

As usual, you can enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, and will run for five days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Good luck!


I hope you enjoyed my post – make sure you come back tomorrow morning for another fantastic giveaway! xxx