Monthly Archives: October 2016

My New York Diary: Michael Buble By Invitation EDP GIVEAWAY

Posted on October 6, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Hopefully you’re up to speed with all the goss from the 30 Plus NYC trip by now – I can’t believe it happened over a month ago already! I left a few details out of my original NYC diary as I there was so much I wanted to tell you, I thought I’d better make separate posts.

if you want to catch up with my previous posts you can check out my original New York Diary to see what we go up to each day, and Coney Island was just fantastic, and of course not forgetting, my massive Sephora Haul!

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So, on the Tuesday morning of our trip, we had a fragrance workshop arranged with leading French perfumer Karine Dubreuil-Sereni who was the nose behind Michael Buble’s By Invitation fragrance. You probably know by now that I’m a massive perfume fanatic so I was really excited to learn about the scent, as we as hear all about the creative process behind making By Invitation.

Also, Karine worked directly with Michael to create By Invitation – I wanted to make a point of saying this because this isn’t just a random fragrance with a celebrity name on it. Michael had direct influence on the fragrance, and was very specific with his vision and direction – and the quality of the scent really shows the work that has gone into it. Michael said –

It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic. It’s in every note I sing and every song I write. The idea was to create a special ‘invitation’ to fans into my new world of fragrance. I’m inviting women to enjoy a beautiful scent that represents my personal taste and imagination. By Invitation is what I’d call ‘love in a bottle’.

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We learned about the notes that make up the fragrance – and boy are there a lot!

The top contains Bergamot, Red Berries and Lemon, for a sparkling, fruity introduction.

The heart Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony and Wild Jasmine brings the fragrance together with a selection of fresh and elegant florals.

And the base of Patchouli Indonesia, Vanilla, Praline, Cedar Wood, White Amber and Musk gives a warm and comfortable feeling to the scent – making it both universally appealing and tempting.

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Smelling each note individually really helped me to grasp how the fragrance was put together, as well as emphasising the fact of how complex this scent really is.

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So what is the fragrance actually like?

Well to describe it, I’d say it’s ageless – it doesn’t make you think young girl, or older lady, it definitely has a universal appeal – which suits Michael down to the ground as he does too!

On trying the By Invitation, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have to say I did have a slight worry that what if I didn’t like it? What would I say and do? Well we all instantly fell in love, and doused ourselves with the perfume 🙂

It’s a very warm and inviting scent, designed to make heads turn and be noticed, without being overly powerful or intense. It’s a gorgeous everyday fragrance that feels high end, yet accessible to all.

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The next day was the launch event. After preening for what seemed like many hours, we were all dressed to the nines and ready! The event took place literally next door to our hotel, at the beautiful Eddison Ballroom.

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As expected, Michael was wonderful. He explained the thinking behind his fragrance, and also treated us to a few songs.

I have to admit I developed a major crush on Michael right there and then – he’s just so lovely! I can see why he’s so popular – I mean of course he has an amazing voice, but he seems like such a nice genuine guy too. His wife is a very lucky lady indeed! 😀

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet him – cue sad face. He was supposed to be mingling after his talk but ended up going home as he wasn’t feeling very well. Never mind.

After the event we headed off to the after party at a fabulous rooftop bar. It was a fantastic way to end the evening – the drinks were flowing as was the conversation, whilst looking over the night time view of new york city. The whole trip was just fantastic – a definite once in a lifetime opportunity for which I am eternally grateful.

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As you can see in my pictures Michael kindly signed a box for me – how exciting! Oh and the candle is just as gorgeous as the perfume – I’ll let you know when these will be available to buy.

BUT – I also have three more Michael Buble By Invitation SIGNED perfume boxes to give away – with the 50ml perfumes included, obviously! Each will have an original Michael Buble signature on – signed by the man himself. These are obviously very collectible and perfect for Buble fans! The giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. All you need to do is enter via rafflecopter below – and as ever if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

Good luck! And I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

(By Invitation is also available to buy now at The Perfume Shop)

Fashion: Autumn 2016 Accessories Update – Kurt Geiger / Skinnydip / ASOS

Posted on October 3, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s that time of year again where it’s starting to get cooler, the nights are drawing in and we’re all looking forward to Halloween! Yes Autumn is upon us, and I thought it was about time I did a little accessories update…

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The pièce de résistance of my latest bunch of goodies is without doubt my brand new  by Carvela Comfort at Kurt Geiger. I LOVE Kurt Geiger shoes and boots, and yes I know they can be on the expensive side but they’re well worth it. I’ve pretty much been living in a pair of glittery Carvela flats until they wore out, so now winter is looming, I’ve been on the hunt for some more season-appropriate footwear.

I was so pleased when I came across the Carvela Comfort range – I hadn’t even realised it existed until I started hunting around the site. It basically offers all the fabulous styling of the Carvela brand, whilst making comfort a priority.

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The gorgeous Rink Boots just jumped out at me – they’re made of soft black suede, with an awesome gunmetal grey sparkly glitter heel. I love that the heel is quite low (I can’t walk in high heels) making the boots look more dressy whilst still being comfortable.

And just look at this gorgeous scarf from Bianca Elgar! I’m a big fan of oversized scarves and wear them every autumn and winter – but silk scarves are new to me. I feel like this is more sophisticated than other scarves I have, and it feels gorgeous to wear. I can’t wait to pair this with some outfits!

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I also treated myself to a new Nali Bag from . When it comes to bags, I like something spacious (to hold all my precious things) and I also like a grab handle as well as a long strap – so you have plenty of options you know! This bag by Nali stood out to me because it pretty much ticked all the boxes for me, and it was also in the sale – bonus!

I then happened to come across some awesome stickers on the Skinnydip site, and thought they’d go perfectly with my new bag! If you’re a fan of customising your clothes and accessories, you can see all Skinnydip’s awesome stickers, badges and pins .

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I also picked up this awesome Nope Hannah bag from Skinnydip while I was looking around the site. I love it so much!

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And yes I know it’s technically not a fashion accessory, but I had to include my new Paperchase cat pencil case from ! It’s just so cute!

And finally I also picked up this sweet little Primark Necklace when I was last in London. Its rose gold coloured with grey sparkly triangles – and it was only £3.00!

I’d love to hear how you’ve been updating your wardrobe for autumn? I  hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and items I bought myself

Christmas: L’Occitane Advent Calendar 2016 -SPOILER!

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The first of the 2016’s beauty advent calendars has just arrived at TSNC HQ, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and share with you what’s inside!

In case you’re not familiar with the L’Occitane Advent Calendar, it’s been an instant sell-out for the past two years, and it’s jam packed with a premium selection of 24 Provençal treats to make your Christmas countdown even more exciting 😀

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The 2016 advent calendar is designed as a large box that opens up on one side, like a book. It’s tied closed with a festive red ribbon, and has a typical L’Occitane design of hand drawn and water-painted characters and Christmas scenes.

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The inside has a ‘Loccitane Gifts Workshop’ theme which is really cute! With 24 perforated windows.

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I’ve opened a few of them so you can get an idea of the type of products that are included, and the sizes…

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It’s also worth mentioning that this year the calendar contains 24 L’Occitane products – compared to last year where a few of the windows contained Christmas decorations and accessories, like parcel tags, mini bows and confetti stars. So in comparison, you definitely get more for your money in this year’s box!

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And for those that want to know exactly what you’re getting, I’ve included a full list of contents below:

  • Relaxing Shower Gel 35ml
  • Dry Skin Hand Cream 10ml
  • Pivione Flora Hand Cream 10ml
  • Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 35ml
  • Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream 10ml
  • The Vert & Bigarde Shower Gel 30ml
  • Milk Concentrate 20ml
  • Ultra Rich Facial Cream 10ml
  • Amande Delicious Hands 10ml
  • Ultra Rich Body Lotion 30ml
  • Shampoo Dry & Damaged Hair 35ml
  • Jasmin & Bergamot Shower Gel 30ml
  • Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel 35ml
  • Soap with Verbena Leaves 25g
  • Verbena Refreshing Cloth 4ml
  • Ultra Rich Shower Cream 30ml
  • Shower Oil Cleansing & Softening 35ml
  • Vervine Shower Gel 30ml
  • Foot Cream Dry Skin 10ml
  • Cherry Blossom EDT 7.5ml
  • Cooling Hand Cream Gel 10ml
  • Essential Water 30ml
  • Gentle Toner 30ml
  • Delicious Soap 50g

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The L’Occitane Advent Calendar is It’s a very reasonable £42.00, with £80.00 worth of treats inside – so if you’re a fan of L’Occitane, or bath and skincare products in general, you should definitely check this out. It’s available to purchase now at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Cohorted September 2016 Beauty Box Review

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with Cohorted’s September box – I’ve been so busy lately it’s unreal! Let’s take a look inside!

  • Cargo Land Down Under Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, worth £12.00.
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, worth £18.00.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in French Rose, worth £14.00.
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara, 3ml worth about £7.00.

Total value of box = £86.00.

Ok so on first glance, I feel like this box isn’t too bad, but I must admit the Cargo Land Down Under Palette, being the main attraction feels a bit ‘same old’ to me. Cohorted have included so many different Cargo palettes over the months – it would have been nice to see a different brand really. If this is your first Cohorted box though, or your first with a Cargo palette, I think you’ll be happy. The palette itself is a lovely product. It contains a selection on 12 shadows, in mostly neutral shades with a couple bright summery tones too. There is also a black eyeliner pencil and a double ended brush included in the palette.

Next the Percy & Reed products. I haven’t tried this brand before so I was happy to find these in the box. The No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is a ‘no frills’ dry shampoo that promises to soak up excess oil, cleanse the scalp and leave hair looking fresh and shiny. And the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery Balm is an overnight treatment that you apply to dry hair before going to bed – then wash off in the morning. I love the sound of this as it’s supposed to help strengthen the hair and combat brittleness and breakage. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

The Kure Bazaar Nail Polish is a nice addition to the box too. Shade French Rose is a pretty pale baby pink – unfortunately though, I haven’t been able to unscrew the lid! I’ve tried a few times with no luck – does anyone have any tips for opening stuck nail polish bottle lids??

And lastly the MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara sample. I put the value of this as ‘about £7.00’ as thats what it works out at when you consider a full size tube at 8ml is £19.00. BUT – those that purchase from MAC will know that these samples are given free with your online orders, so I feel that this is kind of devalued because of that. I guess it depends how you look at it really! It’s a nice mascara though, and a great way to try a sample before you go for the full sized product.

So I think overall this box has been a bit hit and miss really – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xx