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The Father’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Posted on June 15, 2018

Father’s Day is almost upon us, and I’ve gathered together a few fantastic luxury gift ideas if you’re looking to treat someone special. I’ve included an array of fragrances, skincare, gift sets, tech and more. Enjoy!

Firstly I have this beautifully understated  – featuring a simple white face, with a gold bezel and navy blue leather strap. This watch would make the perfect Father’s Day gift – and if you’re interested, you can currently save £34.00 when you purchase from Browns Family Jewellers, just click on the above link!

On to fragrance now, I have quite a fabulous selection to share with you! Starting with a couple of niche scents –  is described as deliciously intoxicating and unforgettable. The fragrance opens with spicy top notes of coriander and ginger, alongside saffron and sweet heliotrope. At the heart is an accord of oud, olibanum and amber wood, followed by an oriental base with toasted-caramel notes of vanilla bourbon, musk and Alaskan cedar wood. This is a stunningly addictive and unforgettable scent, perfect for for the more refined gent.

And – The inspiration for this fragrance was Prudence’s father, Alexander who had a distinguish career as an officer in the Australian Navy. Spices permeate all aspects of the olfactory triangle starting with top notes of cardamom, mugwort and mint, before developing into a heart of orange blossom spiced with cinnamon and cumin. The final notes are a heady mixture of sandalwood and cedar, tinged with powdered notes of vanilla, amber and tonka bean at the base.

Fans of the brand will know you can’t beat L’Occitane for gorgeous gift sets, and the is perfect for Father’s Day. The Cedar scent is refreshing, energising and masculine, blending citrus notes of cedrat with icy cool mint and woody spices. The gift set contains 75ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat EDT, 250ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Shower Gel Body & Hair and 130ml L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Spray Deodorant. All housed in a luxury L’Occitane gift box.

Now for something a bit different, how about ? You can purchase a single box (which includes everything above) or sign up for a subscription, where the recipient will receive a premium selection of classic wet shaving goods delivered to their door every six weeks. I think this is a great idea!

For music loving dads, the  are a fantastic investment. Combining elegance and comfort without compromise, the MA650 are wireless, premium bluetooth in-ear headphones, designed for seamless compatibility; whether exercising, travelling, working or relaxing. The headphones feature a massive 12 hour battery life from a single charge, they are moisture, sweat and stain resistant, and offer enhanced audio with aptX and AAC streaming.

I always think cufflinks make a lovely gift, and these smart yet fun  would make a wonderfully colourful addition to any Dad’s wardrobe. Crafted from silver toned brass, the cufflinks are adorned in a multi-coloured button design, complete with enamel plating and classic t-bar fastening.

Back to fragrances, next on the list is  – Warm, sophisticated and distinctive, this fragrance evokes Britain’s country and coast with its complex scent that evolves on the skin, this fragrance is designed to follow you through your day with top notes of grass and greenery that matches the energy of the morning, the scent then matures into the rich spices at the heart and finally warm and earthy undertones of wood and balmy ambergris at the base exude a more subdued and reflective tone of the evening. I think my Dad would love this scent!

And  – Playing on contrast and overdose, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’Homme Parfum is a woody oriental fragrance opening with a fresh burst of bergamot and anise, immediately followed by the spicy, virile warmth of black pepper. Notes of lavender and labdanum release all their power to the trail, with the sensuality of patchouli and vanillaVetiver adds the final note to a stunning and unique fragrance.

How about the  – Daringly dark, this sumptuous fragrance entwines extraordinary floral notes with soft spices and wood. Infusing perfumed particles of powdered white orchid and lily intensified by spicy nutmeg and clove, it has an intoxicatingly smooth base of coffee, patchouli leaves and black vanilla pods to bring a lasting and luxurious depth to the scent. Hand poured and stirred by skilled artisans, it is encased in a black glass holder and is made from natural soy wax.

And lastly for fragrance,  (available at Demenhams) is definitely worth considering. Inspired by the desert in the magical hour of twilight, the powerful freshness of ‘Sauvage’ exudes new sensual and mysterious facets. The scent opens with notes of juicy Calabrian bergamot, and the woody ambery trail of Ambroxan is wrapped in the smoky accents of vanilla absolute – this scent would really make a fantastic gift.

 from Debenhams would also be very well received (in my opinion!) This is gin made the way it used to be. Sipsmith London Dry Gin was born out of a desire to see gin production return to the city where it earned its name. With a nod to traditional hand crafted production, this gin combines traditional copper pot distillation with a recipe that wouldn’t look unfamiliar to an eighteenth century Master Distiller. Bold, complex and aromatic smooth enough for a Martini, yet rich and balanced – perfect for a refreshing G&T.

Or maybe this rather nice  – so Dad can enjoy is favourite tipple on the go? This flask is wrapped with navy blue faux leather and includes two stainless steel shot cups which sit comfortably within the popper lid – this is a fun accessory for nights out.

And lastly, what would a luxury gift guide be without Tom Ford? In fact I’ve only recently realised Tom Ford has his own For Men collection, including a selection of skincare and grooming products…

 is a stunning scent, perfect for those wanting to make a statement. An enhanced version of the signature Tom Ford Noir Spray, Noir Extreme EDP is a bold and sophisticated woody-oriental fragrance – this is definitely one my husband would love!

 – This water-activated, foaming gel cleanser has been developed to condition while it cleanses. Its lightweight formula conditions and hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth shave. It rinses beautifully without drying, so your face looks and feels smooth, refreshed and energised.

And lastly the  – Exclusively designed for men’s brows, the Tom Ford For Men Brow Gelcomb Defines Brows into a natural, healthy shape essential for the polished and sophisticated look preferred by Mr. Ford. With a specially designed precision comb and easy-to-use twist up applicator, the lightweight gel easily glides onto hair to tame and set brows into place. In a universally flattering tinted hint of colour, the brow Gelcomb adds shine and can be used on all hair colours and skin tones.

Christmas: Must Have Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

Finally I have the last of my Christmas Gift Guides to share with you! Today is all about beauty gift sets – I’ve got fragrance, skincare, makeup and accessories, covering a wide range of brands and prices. Hopefully this will inspire you if you’re doing any last minute shopping – enjoy!

Starting with the fabulous Clinique Pep It Up Set (£24.50 at ) – This handy little gift set contains a trio of Clinique Pep-Start products. There’s a 30ml 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser to was away dirt, dead skin cells, oil and impurities, a 7ml Pep-Start Eye Cream to give the eye area a hydration and an instant brightening effect, and lastly a 50ml Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser to blur imperfections while providing all-day hydration. Clinique have also included a cute pink zipped bag to keep your products safe.

Continuing with skincare, the DHC Double Cleanse Set (£19.95 at ) is definitely worth checking out. This limited edition two-step system for brighter, cleaner skin contains three DHC essentials – there’s a 70ml Deep Cleansing Oil, to remove makeup quickly and easily, including even waterproof mascara. There’s also a 35g Mild Soap, leaving skin feeling well-balanced as it cleanses and removes impurities for a comfortable and fresh complexion, and a box of Virgin Olive Oil Swabs (50 Swabs) – these are ready-infused with a small amount of virgin olive oil to quickly and easily remove makeup mistakes.

On to tools now, I have two gorgeous sets from Real Techniques. The Real Techniques All About That Glow Set (£15.00 at ) contains all the tools you need to apply your favourite powder, cream, or liquid highlighters. There’s a Miracle Complexion Sponge, a Strobe & Blend Brush, with a firm, angled head for applying a heavier layer of highlighter, and a fluffy, round head for blending product onto skin. There’s also a Set & Spotlight Brush, with a tapered, fluffy head for blending highlighters, and a small, densely packed head for precision application. And lastly, a Miracle Mini Eraser Sponge to help remove makeup mishaps.

I also have the Real Techniques Eye Glam Set (£12.00 at Real Techniques) – this includes everything you need to create the perfect party ready eyes. There’s a Base Shadow Brush, for shadow application and blending, a Brow Highlighting Brush for highlighting above and below the brow bone, a Precision Smudge Brush, for smudging along the lash line, a Winged Liner Brush with a thin, angled head for application of winged liner, and lastly a handy Brush Cup to store your new brushes.

Another fantastic skincare set is the Philosophy All Aglow Gift Set (£39.50 at  – Containing everything you need for radiant, healthy-looking skin, this holiday collection of award-winning skin care follows Philosophy’s unique 3-step formula for beautiful, lit-from-within luminosity: cleanse, peel, treat! Included is a Purity Made Simple Cleanser 90ml, The Microdelivery Peel Crystals + Activating Gel 30ml, and a Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer 15ml.

The Laura Geller Pucker Up Trio (£25.00 at Debenhams) is also a great little set for fans of the brand. The limited edition Pucker Up Trio is available in nude or pink shades, offering high shine, buttery lip colour to celebrate Laura Geller’s 20th anniversary.

For those that suffer with dry hands and brittle nails, the RMK Nail & Hand Cream Kit (£23.00 at ) could be the perfect gift. This sweet little set contains three new scented additions to the RMK Nail & Hand cream range, well-known for its strength in combatting dry skin and for conditioning beautifully to the very tips of the nails. Choose from scents Neroli, Sparkling Cocktail or Cassis to match your mood.

On to fragrance now, the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum Fragrance Gift Set (£54.00 at ) would make the perfect gift for any fragrance lover. Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum is a gorgeous, glamorous fragrance, a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Opening with luminous green top notes full of glittering radiance, the heart of rich and exotic tiger orchid lends a creamy seductiveness to the fragrance. Lingering sensual base notes of sweet toffee meld with Indonesian Patchouli to leave a subtle, sensual memory on the skin.

  • Top notes: Pear and Mandarin Orange
  • Heart notes: Orchid
  • Base notes: Patchouli, toffee

Or how about the YSL Black Opium EDP Gift Set (£55.45 at ) – Black Opium is simply a stunning scent, both darkly sensuous and intense, this gourmand floral smells so good you’ll want to taste it. At the heart of Black Opium is an addictive black coffee accord blended with luminous white flowers, the ultimate play of shadow and light. A gourmet dose of vanilla envelops the fragrance in celestial beauty, creating a trail that is indulgent, sensuous and absolutely unforgettable.

  • Top Notes: Coffee, Pink Pepper
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Vanilla
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar

I also have the gorgeous Vince Camuto Amore EDP Gift Set (£51.00 at ) – Amore is a sparkling and enchanting fruity floral fragrance, embodying the fun and flirty expression of a woman falling unforgettably, deeply in love. Fruity top notes mix with the organic smell of freshly picked flowers, and a divine base of comforting cashmere, rich, sensual amber and earthy sandalwood warm up the intoxicating combination.

  • Top Notes: Cassis, Clementine, Bergamot, Passionfruit
  • Heart Notes: Lily Of The Valley, Lotus, Orchid, Freesia
  • Base Notes: Cashmere Wood, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber

Or how about the Nina Ricci Luna Gift Set (£46.00 at ) – Luna is Nina Ricci’s gorgeous new mysterious gourmand fragrance. It opens with notes of Orange blossom and wild berries, leading to a heart of white everlasting flower blended with caramel, and a beautiful base of vanilla and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, Orange Blossom Petals
  • Heart Notes: Precious White Everlasting Flower, Crunchy Caramel
  • Base Notes: Bourbon Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood from Sri Lanka

For a slightly more affordable option, I have the Ted Baker Beauty Bow Ella Gift Set (£24.00 at ) – I absolutely love Ted Baker gifts, and their fragrances are both affordable and so beautiful. Described as strikingly confident and delightfully witty, Ella leaves a trail of sparkle wherever she goes. With just one spritz, you’ll be hooked on Ella’s intoxicating cocktail of bergamot and cassis combined with a heady heart of orange blossom, jasmine and rose. Rich notes of amber, patchouli and vanilla leave a beautifully warm feminine scent that always leaves a lasting impression.

And lastly, the gorgeous MAC Look in a Box: Be Wow! (£22.10 at World Duty Free) – Firstly I have to say that this is such a fantastic bargain, this lovely little set contains five mini MAC Lipsticks, in Nude du Jour, Dodgy Girl, No Faux Pas, Relentlessly Red, and Antique Velvet, and each lipstick works out at only £4.45 each – you won’t find MAC for cheaper than that!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

The latest must-have releases from YSL have recently landed at TSNC HQ – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks. These brand new liquid lip stains really are quite innovative, offering an ultra-luxe formula promising to deliver intense colour payoff, with a naked lip feel…

So is this a lip stain, or a liquid lipstick? Well actually the answer is both. Traditionally, liquid lipsticks have quite a thick, heavy formula, that feels fairly weighty and noticeable on the lips, and of course we all know liquid lipsticks are usually really drying too. So YSL have come up with a kind of hybrid product – the Tatouage Couture Matte Stain Liquid Lipsticks offer the best of both worlds –

Like a stain, the formula is amazingly lightweight and inky, and when you apply it, it really does feel like there’s nothing on your lips, maybe just the hint of a balm and that’s it. And also like a stain, these products do leave a stain behind after you’ve wiped them off (of course the brighter and deeper colours leave more intense stains)

But, like a liquid lipstick, they also have really good pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not completely 100% opaque, but considering the weightless formula, I think YSL have done an excellent job of giving a remarkable amount of colour, without the heavy, drying feeling of a traditional liquid lipstick. I’d actually go so far as to say these are slightly moisturising too – who’d have thought we’d ever see this in a matte finish liquid lipstick!

The applicator is also like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s wide, flat and slanted, with a hollowed out section in the centre to pool the product ready for spreading on the lips. The pointed end really helps you apply with precision as the sharp edge is perfect for defining the lip line – you can really tell this product has been carefully thought out right to the finer details.

There are 18 shades available, and the ones I have above are –

  • 01 Rouge Tatouage – a true bright red.
  • 03 Rose Ink – an intense fuchsia pink
  • 08 Black Red Code – a deep burgundy red.
  • 09 Grenat No Rule – a blue toned red.
  • 11 Rose Illicite – a light baby pink.
  • 13 True Orange – a true intense orange.
  • 17 Unconventional Orange – a bright tangerine orange.

You can see that the only swatch that looked quite sheer was Rose Illicite, the baby pink shade. But this actually applied just as well as the others on the lips, giving great colour payoff.

If you’re a fan of matte finish liquid lipsticks, but not that heavy, drying feel on the lips, then I highly recommend you check these out.

The YSL Tatouage Lip Stains are £29.00 each and available now at ,  and .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe for Fair Hair

Posted on June 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Friday at last and I’ve been rushing around trying to sort the house out and do last minute prep for mine and Freddy’s fancy dress birthday party tomorrow! I literally can’t wait! So things are a bit crazy here right now, but I thought I’d leave you with a little look at some of the latest products to launch from YSL – welcome to the YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe, specifically for those with fair hair…

Starting with the (£35.00) – this is a super handy little palette, including three powder shades, and a mini brush and tweezers. This palette comes in two colour options and I have 01 Light which is perfect for those with fair hair. The mini brush has stiff, angled bristles which are great for applying just the right amount of product to the brows with precision, whilst keeping the hairs in check – and this palette is also just the right size for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. You might think three separate shades are a bit excessive, but I love that you can mix and match them to create exactly the brow look you desire.

Next I have the  (£21.00) – this is a deluxe dual ended precision pencil that fills in and defines brows with ease, for a natural no-fuss look. The formula is smooth but firm, and glides on effortlessly to give you gorgeously groomed brows. I have shade 3 Marron Glace, which is a light taupe brown, perfect for both blondes and redheads.

Next the  (£22.00) which is basically a mascara for your brows – very much like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this product has a subtle gloss finish, which gives a natural volume to the brow hairs. Couture Brow has a buildable formula made of gelifying fixators and semi opaque pigments which adapt to your brow hair colour, offering optimal comfort and ultra-long hold. Couture Brow promises to last for 24 hours, allowing you to fix, structure and intensify your brows to be just as natural or as dramatic as you wish. For me, this product gives a nice, natural defined look, that’s quick to apply giving an instant full brow effect. I have shade 02 Ash Blonde, which I think would work well for those with light blonde hair.

And lastly the  (£21.00) – as you can probably guess, this is a felt tip marker pen, which gives precise control over application. This is perfect for those looking for a more intense, perfected brow, with a defined shape. The Couture Brow Marker leaves brows looking full and thick, and fills in any gaps within seconds. I have shade 01 Light Brown, which is quite a warm toned mid brown colour.

And here are some swatches, from the top you have the Couture Brow, then the Couture Brow Marker in the middle, and the Dessins Des Sourcils pencil at the bottom.

I’d love to hear which brow products you’re using at the moment? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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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Six Must Have Fragrances for Spring

Posted on May 9, 2016

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Hello again, and happy Monday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend in the sun? We had some nice family time this weekend, with a lovely walk around Redgrave Fen, and I’ve also managed to catch a cold as well as hay fever… enough about me though! I have some wonderful and simply must-have scents to share with you today – let me talk you through my Six Spring Must Have Fragrances for 2016…

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Let’s start with YSL black Opium Nuit Blanche – if you loved the original YSL Black Opium, Nuit Blanche is a definite must have for you. This is a gorgeously sensual, warm and intoxicating fragrance, and without a doubt this is an evening scent, it’s very similar to the original Black Opium though not quite as heavy, and definitely sweeter. It also has the familiar signature base of Black Opium – the White Coffee Accord which I absolutely love. Black Opium Nuit Blanche opens with notes of Rice Vapour and spicy Bourbon Pepper, it has a heart of exhilaratingly fresh and sharp Orange Blossom Absolute, and warming White Musk, Vanilla Absolute and sensual Sandalwood Essence at the base.

YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche is priced from £45.OO for 30ML, and available at  now.

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Next, in a complete contrast to the above YSL scent, we have CK2 EDT. Described as ‘gender-free fragrance for a man or a woman, without prejudices’, CK2 is fresh yet warm, clean and energetic. I feel Calvin Klein have described the scent very well with the term gender-free. It’s almost like wearing clean clothing – there’s nothing sweet and feminine, nor musky and masculine in this fragrance. CK2 is a celebration of diversity –

We come together void of stereotypes and free of conformity; a youthful connection between two people to celebrate the differences that make our connections richer and define what makes us,  us. Life is better when we are 2.

The fragrance opens with top notes of Mandarin, Violet Leaf Absolute, and surprisingly, Wasabi. The heart of Orris Concrete, Rose Absolute and Wet Cobblestones combines a rich sensuality, with a wet, mineral splash to give a warming freshness to the fragrance. The base of Vetiver and Incense blends with creamy Sandalwood and Musks to give a complexingly fresh, yet magnetic warmth to the scent.

CK2 is available now priced from £30.00 for 30ml at .

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Next we have Annick Goutal Rose Pompon – I often think Annick Goutal fragrances can be overlooked, it’s not necessarily the brand that might jump out at you the most from the shelves, but if you haven’t experienced her fragrances before, I strongly recommend you do. Rose Pompon is the latest rose based scent from Annick Goutal, and it’s a current favourite of mine. It’s easily one of the best rose fragrances I’ve tried – and I’ve tried quite a few! Rose Pompon is a gorgeously easy to wear fruity rose scent. It’s surprisingly complex, modern and bold, with spicy notes of Pink Pepper and green sparkling Blackcurrant, opening with the velvety rich notes of Raspberry. The heart carries a duo of rose extracts – Bulgarian Rose and Taïf Rose which is a rare flower with a suave and sensual scent. The fragrance is sealed with a hint of Peony, woody Cedar and powdery Patchouli, followed by an exquisite note of White Musk.

Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT is priced from £59.00 for 50ml, and available now from .

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And I had to include Diptyque Eau Des Sens – you may have noticed my Eau Des Sens Soap post a while back, I just couldn’t get enough of this scent, and now I’m completely in love with the EDP. Eau Des Sens is a beautifully warm and refreshing scent that’s perfect for the warmer weather.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens promises to bring you “the scent of the orange tree in its entirety, from the white petals of the orange blossom to the dark green leaves to the juicy, bitter Seville orange hanging off the branches” – and that’s exactly what it does. It has a wonderful juicy citrus opening – taking you straight to Italy. The scent is fresh and summery, with top notes of Orange Flower and Bitter Orange blending with Juniper Berry at the heart, and Angelica and earthy Patchouli combine perfectly at the woody base.

Again this is a unisex, or gender-free scent. This could literally be worn by anyone. It’s summery, fresh and vibrant. Fans of citrus, fans of Italy and of course fans of Diptyque will no doubt fall in love with this scent.

Diptyque Eau Des Sens EDP is from £60.00 for 50ml, and available now from .

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Next is Barbour For Her EDT – this is the first fragrance from Barbour, and it’s definitely a winner. I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this scent – Barbour as a brand to me is high end outwear, wax jackets, quilted coats, horses… so how does that interpret into a fragrance? Well Barbour For Her is just the perfect every day scent, I completely love it. I’ve had numerous people ask me what I was wearing when out and about with this scent on. It’s sweet, fresh and sophisticated. Opening with fresh, sparkling fruity notes of Red Currant, contrasted by spicy Pink Pepper, this scent contains a beautifully floral blend of Rose, Jasmine and Blush Peony at the heart, and sweet Vanilla combined with rich notes of Vetiver at the base. This really is a must have every day scent – I dare you to find somebody that doesn’t like this!

Barbour for Her EDT is priced from £40.00 for 50ml, and available now at .

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And lastly we have Carven L’Absolu – this is another perfect day to day scent. Heavier than the above Barbour fragrance, L’Absolu EDP is floral and intense – yet not too much to put you off wearing in the day time. It’s voluptuous and sensuous, with an element of clean freshness that won’t go un-noticed.

L’Absolu opens with top notes of fresh Italian Green Mandarin Essence, combined with sensual Madagascan Ylang Ylang Essence. L’Absolu then moves into intense middles notes of Egyptian Absolute Jasmine, emphasised by beautiful Tuberose and Iris. The base comprises of rich oriental, notes, enhanced by Patchouli, Sandalwood and Spanish Absolute Cistus.

Carven L’Absolu EDP is from £42.00 for 30ml and available now at .

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So there we have it, what a gorgeous selection hey? I really can’t choose my favourite out of these scents! I’d love to hear if you have any of these? And what your favourite perfume is at the moment?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Save £10 on 30 Top Products at the House of Fraser Beauty Event!

Posted on March 28, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The House of Fraser Beauty event is back again, and this year it’s been revamped just for you! All you have to do is spend £50 or more on beauty, including one of House of Fraser’s ‘favourites’ in your purchase to receive £10 off your order. This will run inclusively from Monday 21st March to Sunday 3rd April.

“This season we’ve shaken things up and want people to move out of their beauty comfort zone to explore the hottest looks for Spring Summer 2016 . Our in-house team of beauty experts has created ‘Fraser Beauty’ a guide to mastering this seasons colour trends including a graphic eye, bold lip and technicolour nail as well as tips for achieving the perfect base to compliment the new look. Our offer allows customers to restock from our selection of 30 make-up and skincare products and then receive £10 off something else- the perfect opportunity to try something a little more daring” – Ruth Newman, Director of Beauty

To celebrate the launch of Fraser Beauty, House of Fraser stores across the nation will also be hosting a variety of exciting and events. Customers will have the opportunity to discover more about the products in the offer and receive advice from experts, all whilst enjoying a lovely glass of bubbly.

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You can check out the list of House of Fraser’s beauty favourites below – you’ll also receive Double Recognition Points on your order too!

  1. Benefit Exclusive Cheekathon Blush Kit, £44.50 
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer 30ml £29.50 
  3. Lancôme Hypnose Mascara £23 
  4. Clinique Smart Treatment Oil 30ml £38 
  5. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £37 
  6. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip £21.50 
  7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+Pump £30 
  8. Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml £22 
  9. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml £36 
  10. Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme £62 
  11. Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream SPF 20 50ml £42 
  12. Lancôme Advance Genifique 30ml £59 
  13. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Foundation 50ml £30 
  14. Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 30ml £108 
  15. Lancôme Juicy Shaker £18.50 
  16. Kiehl’s Turmeric And Cranberry Seed Energising Mask £28 
  17. NARS Blusher £23 
  18. Clarins Double Serum 30ml £69 
  19. Yves Saint Lauren Le Teint Touché Éclat Foundation 30ml £32.50 
  20. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick £33 
  21. Clarins Super Restorative Eye Concentrate 15ml £54 
  22. Benefit They’re Real Mascara £19.50 
  23. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation 30ml £35 
  24. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 30ml £30 
  25. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick £29.50 
  26. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 50ml £70 
  27. Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat £25 
  28. Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base 50ml £39 
  29. Estee Lauder New Dimension Pump& Fill Lip £29 
  30. Urban Decay Naked Palette £38.50 

House of Fraser have very kindly sent me a few of these gorgeous products to try out. I’ve given a brief overview of them below, and full reviews will be coming up shortly –

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint in BD10 – You can probably guess this by the name, but YSL have taken the technology used in their cult Touche Eclat highlighter, and incorporated it into their latest foundation. The lightweight fluid of Touche Eclat Le Teint aims to illuminate the complexion with its magic light infused formula, whilst erasing imperfections, leaving skin looking natural, radiant and perfected.

in Shade 1 Rose lumiere – Would you believe it if I said touché Eclat has been around for 20 years now? Twenty years!! Most of you will know what Touche Eclat is, so I’ll only touch on this one briefly (See what I did there?) This is the gold clicky pen of dreams, is brightens, highlights, and adds luminosity to your complexion – definitely a must have!

 in shade Groenland – This is a rather fabulous sounding oil-free matte foundation which offers SPF30 protection with a soft velvet-matte finish. The formula contains NARS’ innovative Velvet Illusion Complex to instantly transform the look of skin, creating an immediate soft-focus effect that helps to blur imperfections and minimise the look of pores.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream 15ml – This sounds exactly what I could do with right now, a cream to ‘pep up’ my ever puffy and dark-circled eye area. You just use twice a day to hydrate, brighten, and generally perk up your under-eyes, leaving you feeling refreshed, and looking wide awake.

 – This is a high-performance and multi-action creme to help significantly reduce the appearance of the signs of ageing, including lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration. This products aims to instantly give skin a smoother, clearer, more radiant appearance.

Kiehl’s Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Masque – This is an invigorating, energising and exfoliating mask, perfect for targeting a dull and fatigued complexion, giving skin a natural and healthy appearance – I really think I’m going to love this! It’s formulated with cranberry & turmeric to even the skin tone, while crushed cranberry seeds gently exfoliate for smoother, brighter, illuminated-looking skin.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? Or if you’re hoping to pick any up in the Beauty Event?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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