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Christmas: The Luxury Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Posted on December 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Christmas is slowly creeping closer, and today I have my latest gift guide to share with you, featuring lots of gorgeous, luxury beauty goodies. You can probably guess that most products today are going to be on the pricier side – but they’re definitely worth it in my opinion – enjoy!

Starting with the stunning  – this beautiful palette contains a luxurious selection of flattering, illuminating highlighter and cheek shades that can be mix and matched to create radiant, glowing looks. The palette contains eight coordinating blush and highlighters, packaged in a luxurious box that opens to reveal a colourful 3D tree in bloom.

The beautiful  would also make fantastic Christmas treat – Diptyque always bring out the most gorgeous candle collections at Christmas time, and for 2017 they have been inspired by the universe, constellations and stars, to bring us a trio of candles with the theme of mythological cosmic animals. I have the Fiery Orange candle, with a silver dragon motif.  It features notes of Blood Orange, Smokey Wood and Cloves, evoking feelings of a hot, crackling fire.

I also have this beautiful – containing 12 mini lipsticks, each housed in a special colour-matched metallic casing, presented in a champagne presentation case – this set would make the perfect luxury gift for fans of MAC. The shades included are as follows –

  • Party Commencing – Clean matte Light neutral pink (Matte)
  • Little Darling – Clean light nude matte (Matte)
  • Please Me – Muted-rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Mangrove – Hot, bright red (Matte)
  • Ruby Woo – Very matte vivid blue-red (Matte)
  • Rebel – Midtonal cream plum (Satin)
  • Flat Out Fab – Bright plum matte (Matte)
  • Good Kisser – Midtone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Diva – Intense reddish-burgundy (Matte)
  • Velvet Teddy – Deep-tone beige (Matte)
  • Whirl – Dirty Rose (Matte)
  • Stone – Muted greyish taupe brown (Matte)

On to skincare now, the  is a beautifully presented set contains a trio of products featuring the brand’s legendary rose-infused formula, in both balm and cream formulations. The Baume De Rose lip balm is perfect for leaving lips kissably soft, the Baume De Rose Face Cream is packed with rose butter, rose flower essential wax and rosehip oil to hydrate and cocoon the skin to prevent any dryness, and the non-greasy Hand Cream nourishes with a delectable combination of butters and waxes, and a rich rose fragrance.

I also have this lovely little  – perfect for someone interested in trying the brand, the Pre:Empt Travel Set contains everything you need to hydrate, exfoliate and keep oily complexions in check. The Pore Refiner is a chemical exfoliator helps to clarify and refine the skin’s surface, while the Skin Perfecting Serum combats damage caused by environmental stress, plumping out fine lines. The Brightening Eye Cream goes to work tackling dark circles and firming up the delicate eye area, and the Oil-Free Hydrating Cream nourishes and plumps without leaving any greasy residue.

Back to makeup now, the gorgeous  is exclusive to feel Unique this Christmas, and would make any beauty lover’s day. The Feelunique x Charlotte Tilbury Stars of the Red Carpet set contains a Mini Legendary Lashes Black Vinyl Mascara, a Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown, and a Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Vintage Vamp, all housed in an exclusive collectors box.

And how about the  – this lovely gift set includes three fabulous Aromatics Elixir products, presented in a gold gift box. The box contains a Perfume Spray, Body Smoother and Body Wash, each with a rich, warm and sensual fragrance, featuring notes of Rose, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Patchouli, Musk, Amber, and Sandalwood.

The  is another fabulous fragrance set. Described as the most intimate of fragrances, La Femme is both instinctive and sophisticated, weaving a mesmerising trail around its wearer. The scent opens with notes of sultry Frangipani and Honey, leading to a heart of Ylang Ylang, Tuberose and, creamy Vanilla, with a seductive note of Vetiver in the base.

  • Top Notes: Frangipani and Honey
  • Heart notes: Tuberose and Ylang Ylang
  • Base notes: Vetiver and Vanilla

Continuing with fragrance, niche scents really have stolen my heart this year, and  is definitely a fragrance that should be on your radar. Close Up is in fact a collaboration between Olfactive Studio and established photographer Suren Manvelyan. It’s an intense dark woody gourmand fragrance, with notes of boozy and bitter sweet Cherry Liqueur, cool Star Anise and Green Coffee, which then gradually descends into a dark heart of Rose, Atlas Cedar, Patchouli and Amber, with a base of Ambergris, Musk and Tonka Beans.

  • Top Notes: Cherry, Coffee and Star Anise
  • Heart Notes: Atlas Cedar, Centifolia Rose, Patchouli and Tobacco
  • Base Notes: Ambergris, Musk and Tonka Beans

And lastly for fragrance,  is another niche scent that is definitely worth trying. Rose Millésimée is an ode to Centifolia Rose, described as an olfactory metaphor for a moment frozen in time, the reflection of a story, a region and a tradition of craftsmanship. This is easily the most beautiful rose fragrance I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling – it’s a must try for fans of rose scents.

  • Top Notes: Spices
  • Heart Notes: Rose
  • Base Notes: Musk

Back to makeup now, this  is just perfect for somebody that loves their makeup conveniently packaged. This super chic glossy black box contains a selection of Givenchy makeup essentials, including eyeshadows, blush and highlighters on one side, and lip gloss, eyeliner and mascara on the other, with a handy mirror in the centre.

And last but not least, the  is a fantastic alternative to more ‘mainstream’ branded palettes. It includes four shades that can be used induvidually or layered effortlessly with perfection, to give natural definition to the eyes. I have the palette in 113 Hikarisango, which features a shimmering champagne highlight and vibrant coral hue, contrasted with a deep burgundy and brick brown. This is definitely one for fans of luxury makeup.

I’d love to hear if you’re picking up and luxury or high end beauty treats this Christmas? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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10 Spring Fragrances to add to your Collection: L’Occitane, Givenchy, Nina Ricci & More!

Posted on May 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s a beautiful bank holiday (apart from an intense rain and thunder, but that’s to be expected, right?) and I’ve been playing in the garden with Fred whilst eating ice pops 🙂 I thought I’d take a breather and share with you my top ten must have fragrances for Spring 2017 – enjoy!

Starting with one of my absolute favourite fragrances of the last few months, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere (£58.00 for 50ml at ) – this is L’Occitane’s latest fragrance release, and the name literally means “land of light”. Terre De Lumiere is L’Occitane’s first ever gourmand aromatic fragrance, consisting primarily of edible notes such as honey and almond. It’s a beautifully light and evocative fragrance that’s both warm and enveloping. Terre De Lumiere is inspired by the special time of day in Provence known as the Golden Hour, which is a short moment at dusk as the sun falls and the sky fills with golden and purple light, leaving the air filled with the most fragrant Provençal scents. It truly is a stunning scent, and I really can’t get enough of it!

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Ambrette Seed and Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Note: Lavender Honey.
  • Base Notes: Acacia Flower, Bitter Almond Essence, Tonka Bean and White Musk.

Next, the beautiful Givenchy Live Irresistible EDT – (£43.00 for 40ml at ) This is actually my first experience with Givenchy fragrances, and hopefully not my last! Live Irresistible is a bright, floral and fruity fragrance, that’s perfect for every day wear. It opens with sparkling top notes of Crisp Pear, fresh Green Apple and juicy Raspberry, leading to tantalising Rose and energising Pimento Berries at the heart, just before the fragrances closes with a sensual base of Light Woods.

  • Top notes: Pear, green apple, raspberry
  • Middle notes: Rose, pimento berries
  • Base notes: Light woods

Moving on to something a little heavier now, Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense EDP (£46.00 for 30ml at ) This is a beautiful warm and sensual oriental fragrance, with a tempting salty-vanilla amber accord. The original Olympea fragrance is already a favourite of mine, so I just knew I’d love this more intense version. Olympea Intense is very similar to Olympea, but stronger, and definitely sweeter. This is a commanding and seductive fragrance that’s perfect for evening.

Olympea Intense takes centre stage with its famously tempting Salty-Vanilla Amber accord. At the heart of the fragrance, tactile Orange Blossom swathed in White Pepper creates intense sensuality, before diving headfirst into the extreme seduction of a White Amber base.

  • Top notes: White Pepper, Orange Flower and Grapefruit Flower.
  • Middle notes: Salty Vanilla.
  • Base notes: Cedarwood and White Amber.

Next we have Nina Ricci Luna EDT (£34.50 for 30ml at ) – this is an oriental gourmand fragrance that’s described as mysterious, daring and alluring. Luna opens with fruity notes of refreshing Lime and Tangerine which lead to a floral heart of Immortelle and Jasmine, sparking a vibrant burst of floral citrus. The fragrance is rounded off with a warming base of sweet Caramel and Vanilla, with notes of alluring Liquorice and Musk. I’ve worn this a couple of times now and it’s fast becoming a new favourite.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom, Lime and Tangerine.
  • Heart Note: Caramel, Immortelle, Jasmine and Pear.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Liquorice and Musk.

Next, Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection 2017 (£42.75 for 50ml at ) – I’m a big fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I was excited to try their latest scent – Resort Collection EDT is described as a luxurious white floral fruity fragrance, inspired by the glamorous world of the Cannes Film Festival. The fragrance opens with juicy Red Mandarin, leading to Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar at the heart, and a rich base of smooth Patchouli.

  • Top Note: Red Mandarin.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Pomegranate Nectar.
  • Base Note: Patchouli.

On to Jo Malone Garden Lilies (£46.00 for 30ml at ) – this is one of four fragrances in the ‘Bloomsbury Set’, which as a collective were inspired by the free spirited group of artists of the same name. The scents aim was to capture the essence of an unconventional life in their legendary country house in Sussex…’The lily pond at dawn, bold blue hyacinth, absinthe afternoons and golden linseed on paint-stained hands. Warming whisky and sweet pipe tobacco. The secrets of waxed floors burnished by footsteps in the night.’

Garden Lilies is a wonderfully fresh floral that truly captures the essence of a new dawn – I know that sounds completely cheesy but it really does! The fragrance opens with Water Lily, an aquatic floral with a wonderful dewy softness, and the floral heart of Green Sap and Ylang Ylang leads to a base of powdery and clean White Musk, with a hint of Vanilla.

  • Top Notes: Water Lily.
  • Heart Note: Green Sap and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: White Musk and Vanilla.

Next we have MissGuided Babe Power EDP (£25.00 for 80ml at ) – I feel like this fragrance is quite the opposite of the above Garden Lilies which is quite delicate and nuanced. Babe Power is just as confident and in-your-face as you’d expect. This is MissGuided’s first scent, and it’s the perfect embodiment of the MissGuided brand – designed to evoke a feeling of strength, confidence and femininity.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit Zest, Sour Cherry, Pink Pepper, Crisp Apple, Pineapple and Rhubarb.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Peony and Jasmine.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Candy Floss, Sensual Musk, Amber Crystals.

Now on to the most affordable of the bunch, & Other Stories Crinoline Violet (£19.00 for 50ml at Other Stories Stores) – yes this is technically a body fragrance, but I wanted to include it anyway as it’s such a lovely scent. Crinoline Violet is one of two new body fragrances in the popular Cotton Care range. It caresses the skin with it’s soft gentle touch, infused with hints of Violet for a dreamy Cotton scent – this fragrance is calm, kind and easy-going.

Next I have a brand you don’t really hear of that often when it comes to fragrance – Abercrombie & Fitch first Instinct for Women (£50.00 for 50ml at ) – First Instinct was inspired by the first moment of attraction, when two people’s worlds collide and a spark is ignited. It is the fragrant interpretation of that exciting first glance and initial connection. First Instinct for Women is a very feminine scent, that’s fruity, floral and fun. It’s both sweet and juicy and perfect for wearing both day and evening.

  • Top Notes: Magnolia, Grapefruit Zest, Passion Fruit and Wild Orange Flower
  • Heart Notes: Butterfly Orchid and Water Lily.
  • Base Notes: Warm Amber, Tonka and Musk.

And lastly, not a fragrance to be overlooked, Hollister Wave 2 (£32.00 for 50ml at ) – this is a gorgeous summery scent inspired by the Californian skies – it’s warm, free-spirited, fun and exciting. This sun-kissed creation entices you from the first impression with sunlit Peach, refreshing Coconut Water and sparkling Mandarin. Exotic Tiare Flower, Water Lily and Pink Freesia float in the air with a dreamy and addictive trail of White Sands, Driftwood and Vanilla Orchid. In my opinion this is definitely must-try scent.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Coconut Nectar and Peach.
  • Heart Note: Water Lily, Pink Freesia and Tiare Flower.
  • Base Notes: Driftwood, Sand and Orchid.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my post. Id love to hear if you’ve tried any of these fragrances? xxx

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Beauty: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks #IWasHere

Posted on May 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a new lipstick collection to share with you today – the new Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks from Givenchy includes a selection of vibrant satin shades that promise to be the perfect lipstick for every occasion…

The Rouge Interdit Satin formula offers high-impact colour with an easy to wear satin finish, that promises to feel comfortable on the lips whilst lasting for hours on end. The lipsticks contain ultra fine micro-oils to give the product a super smooth and creamy lightweight texture. Givenchy is also the sole beauty brand to utilise precious Black Rose Oil, which they have included to help keep lips soft, supple and moisturised.

The Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks are available in 24 vivid shades, which are enhanced by the AbsoluteColour Complex. This contains micronized pigments which are ground into an oil selected for its dispersion qualities, allowing them to be distributed over the lips perfectly evenly, giving an opaque, non-streaky finish. Givenchy have also utilised liquid biron in the ingredients, which is made of highly reflective, perfectly even crystals that accentuate the depth and luminosity of each shade.

So you can see a lot of thought and technology has been put into these lipsticks! But I also want to mention the packaging – which is pretty unusual yet sleek and sophisticated, with a faux ribbon design down the side of the outer casing displaying the Givenchy logo, and an actual ribbon pull tag at the base of the lipsticks, so you can easily pull them out of their cases. I really like the luxe touch of the ribbon details as it makes the lipsticks feel very high end and unique.

I have five shades out of the 24 available (Left to right)

  • 11 Orange Underground – a muted teracotta orange.
  • 8 Framboise Obscur – a muted purple toned mauve.
  • 15 Orange Adrenaline – a bright clean orange.
  • 13 Rouge Interdit – a pink toned red.
  • 14 Redlight – a blue toned red.

You can see the shades I have are all intensely pigmented and vibrant, and I was really impressed with how comfortable they were to wear. My favourite in terms of colour was 14 Redlight, it’s such a beautiful true red shade that will literally suit anyone and everyone.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks are £25.00 each and available now at 

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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