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Friday, November 28, 2014

Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller Set

Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller Set



I know I haven't got the most festive of backdrops going on in my photographs but here's a gift set which might tickle your fancy, either adding to your Christmas list or need an idea on what to buy for someone. It's not the most creative gift idea but in my opinion, but as far as "grown up", premium "smelllies" go, you can't go wrong with a gift set like this! It looks nice and smells great!

The Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller, pictured above, contains 6 travel-sized 75ml bottles, 4 of which are body washes and 2 body lotions. It comes pre-wrapped in a high quality gift box tied with branded ribbons. It all looks so posh! The person that Noble Isle had in mind when creating this gift set was the jetsetter, the globe trotter. I think it's quite a nice gift for someone who goes to the gym, miniature toiletries never goes amiss. I'm going to save a couple as guest toiletries too, they'll look lovely in the bathroom when I have people staying over.

Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller Set

The earth colours of the four bath and shower gels are gorgeous, they complement each other and  as you can see from the photographs, it just makes the set look perfect. The scents of the bath and shower gels are:

Willow Song
Let's start off with my favourite! Willow Song is a clean, green fragrance enriched with extracts of willow bark and water lily. I can't stop smelling it, it isn't an overpowering fragrance but it just reminds me of the toiletries you get at posh hotels. 

Summer Rising
Summer Rising is an fresh and uplifting fragrance that is inspired by the beginnings of Summer (oh, how I miss Summer!). It is a combinations of organic elderflower and gooseberries with clean notes of orange blossom, moss and cut grass. 

Fireside
Imagine coming home from a long walk in the country, kicking your wellies off and rush to sit by the crackling fire. Fireside's spicy and warming aromas evokes those kinds of feeling which makes it really appropriate for this time of year. It's got that country cabin scent about it with a blend of cinnamon, cypress oil, comforting vanilla and organic beet extract.

Lightning Oak
Another one that is better suited for the colder months, Lightning Oak is a deep, rich green in the bottle. The smokey and woody mix of crushed pepper, bergamot and extract of English oak makes this a masculine scented body wash.

Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller Set

There are two body lotions in Fireside and Summer Rising - with the same ingredients and extracts as the shower gels. At first, I thought I'd prefer the Summer Rising body lotion because I usually opt for the fresher scents but out of the two lotions, I like Fireside the best! The dry down smells like an expensive perfume. And also it's because Fireside has a sense of warmth about it and it just suits this cold weather but it's just smells so rich and luxurious, I love it.

The body lotion is of a runny consistency but it absorbs within seconds and leaves your skin feeling so soft! 

Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller Set

It comes packaged in a gift box, and this is what it looks like when you lift the lid, they are beautifully displayed. This set makes a gorgeous gift, or a treat for yourself. Noble Isle Deluxe Traveller retails at £29 and can be purchased from the Noble Isle website and Cult Beauty. 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Presents For Mum

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All Mums deserve something special and I always go the extra mile when shopping for mine, even if it means having to save up for months, it's worth it! Sometimes she's the most difficult person to shop for because she already has everything she wants but when I go shopping with her, she'll pick up bits and bobs and I'll stand nearby making a mental note of it all before discussing budgets and gift ideas with my sisters.

I've picked out some things that Mum's might take a fancy to! I've tried to include quite a vast price range whilst keeping it nice and special.

Let's start off nice and easy, this is a little gift for Mums with a sweet tooth! This jar of caramel is from the Fairy Tale Gourmet company which produces sweet treats inspired by fairy tales like Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. 

I bought this for my mum over ten years ago and back then, Kitchenaid weren't such a big brand and there wasn't a lot of colours to choose from so unfortunately, the blender I bought for my mum is plain white (boring!!!). She loves it though, I just wish other colours were available at the time of purchase. They are great, expecially for making delicious strawberry milkshakes! Yum!

Anything from Jo Malone range are bound to make mums happy but the cologne sprays, in particular, are rather beautiful and exquisite. Whether your mum prefers a fruity, floral, sweet, woody, fresh or spice scent, there's bound to be something that suits her. I popped in to the Jo Malone store to check out potential Christmas presents and the scents that stood out were: Pomegranate Noir, Earl Grey & Cucumber, Blackberry & Bay, Wild Fig & Cassis. 

This is a little box of chocolates, enough for one, so your mum can enjoy them all to herself! I love the packaging of these, they come in different flavours and different colours. 

Is your mum a fan of candles? Well, now's the time to treat her to a candle that's extra special. All Diptyque candles smell gorgeous, and it really adds a bit of luxury to the home. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite, I genuinely love them all. They come in different sizes so depending on your budget, you can buy a large candle as a stand-alone present, or buy a little one along with extra other gifts.

I don't normally swoon over appliances but every time I see these mixers, I wish I had one to call my own! (And I don't even bake!). I actually bought my mum a Kitchenaid Mixer last year in a hot pink (her present isn't going to be as extravagant as this, but I'm on the look out for something just as special!) but she was mega happy about her new mixer! My mum bakes all the time so she's been making the most of this Kitchenaid.... and I get to eat ALL the delicious treats she bakes! Well worth it!

Nothing beats a relaxing bath, especially with the added luxury of Laura Mercier bubbles! They do smell really sweet but I have been told that the sweetness mellows once the honey bath melts away under warm water. Various gift sets are available but this particular one contains a jar of honey bath with a wooden dipper, souffle body creme, body mist and body scrub. The fragrances available in this set are Almond Coconut Milk and Tarte Au Citron.

A very sought after present this year, and it's currently sold out on the Selfridges and John Lewis website. Fret not, the cracker can still be bought directly from the Jo Malone website. This is perfectly packaged in a festive cracker and pretty red ribbons! To me, this was more of an individual gift rather than a cracker you put on the table for all of your dinner guests!... For £32, the cracker contains a small tub of Nectarine Blossom and Honey body creme, Blackberry and Bay body wash, Lime Basil and Mandarin cologne. 

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Molton Brown Christmas Baubles

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Isn't this a colourful blogpost! Beauty brands have embraced this whole Christmas decoration thing this year, but not all of them have tickled my fancy. However, I saw these festive baubles in the Molton Brown boutique last week and I gasped at how cute and pretty they looked! I gravitated towards the multicoloured Molton Brown Christmas Baubles which glistened under the shop lights making them appear almost as twinkly as fairy lights! They wouldn't look out of place on the Christmas tree, that's for sure!

Initially, I thought they looked like hard-boiled sweets, the Molton Brown baubles are vibrant and glossy, and I want to hang each one on the Christmas tree! The majority of the 75ml round bottles are filled with shower gel but there is at least one handwash in amongst them! The scents are all very festive and wintery, including Frankincense and All Spice, Orange and Bergamot, Gingerlily, Pink Pepperpod, Eucalyptus, Templetree, Ylang-Ylang and a masculine Black Peppercorn for the men!

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They come packaged in a beautifully presentation box, each retailing at £10 each. The baubles are, of course, limited edition and will only be around until Christmas. They are currently selling really well so if you want to get your hands on these in a particular scent, you'll have to be quick! My personal favourite is Ylang Ylang (purple bauble), as it's a relaxing, comforting fragrance. Or Eucalyptus (green bauble) for something minty and refreshing. Once you've used it all up and the bottle is empty, I reckon it'd be quite fun to recycle it for next year's tree decoration. I'd like to cover the outside of the bottle in glitter, or maybe even fill the bottle up with glitter! 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Elie Saab Le Parfum | Review

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Elie Saab Le Parfum - Eau de parfum 
50ml from Hairtrade*, £45.99

Elie Saab's haute couture dresses always make me go weak at the knees. His designs are always incredibly beautiful and stunning, so I knew the perfumes would be just as dreamy and perfect!, and I would be right!

I picked the Elie Saab Le Parfum from Hairtrade website where you can get up to 20% off fragrances.  It smells like a woody version of my all time favourite perfume, Miss Dior, so I knew I would love it. It actually contains very similar notes of citrus, jasmine and patchouli but the difference is that Le Parfum contains cedar wood, so it's not as girly as Miss Dior but Elie Saab's Le Parfum is just as chic and elegant.

The top notes of Elie Saab Le Parfum is a fresh and sparkling Orange Blossom which comes through after within 5 seconds of spraying the perfume on to skin. The middle note is jasmine absolute with base notes of rose, honey, patchouli and cedar wood. Although it is nice to have cedar wood to balance the floral notes, I'm happy that it isn't very potent. It is really gentle addition which compliments the floral and citrus notes really well as they taking over giving the fragrance an overall feminine and soft scent.

It's a light and womanly perfume that's wearable for daytime and it's romantic sophistication suits the evening too. As with most eau de parfum, the scent is long lasting and stays on your skin all day long. The bottle design, as you can see, is beautifully simplistic. It's a clear glass with faceted edges, it's really pretty. 

The size I got is 50ml from Hairtrade which costs £45.99, but it also comes in 30ml and 90ml bottles. With Christmas coming up, I've picked out some products within the same fragrance range below, including eau de toilette where you get more for your money (but the scent does not last as long as eau de parfum). Other perfumes are available from Hairtrade where you can save a few pennies as their fragrances are discounted, so it's definitely worth having a look on there first!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Liz Earle Christmas Star

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I spotted these last year, so I'm glad they're back this Christmas so I can have a proper look! The Liz Earle Christmas Stars are packaged like Christmas tree bauble so you can hang them up and give the tree a touch of "beauty". The star-shaped tins themselves come in three colours (teal, bronze and gold) and contains a bottle of nail polish or lipstick from the Liz Earle make-up range. The lipsticks available in the Christmas Star gift set are shade Hibiscus, which is a really beautiful shade, and Dusk. They are really gorgeous lipsticks, and I highly recommend them! 

As you can see, I have a nail polish in my Liz Earle Christmas Star in shade Pure Poetry which is a deep wine red. The Strengthening Nail Colours are easy to apply and look best with two coats. The formula is enriched with avocado and borage oils to protect your nails during wear. The polish lasts up to 5 days without chipping and has a glossy finish.

The Christmas Star containing lipsticks retail at £14.00 and the nail polish set costs £7.50. Below are the other shades available. You can find these from the larger branches of Boots, and John Lewis department stores, or directly from the Liz Earle website.


Liz Earle Christmas stars


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