CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2018


I cannot believe that this Christmas Gift Guide marks my third one, and that 2018 is almost over! Where has this year gone!? That being said, Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I wouldn’t be classed as a true blogger without bringing you a Gift Guide now would I? This Gift Guide contains many wonderful gift ideas such as skincare, fragrance, and scents for your home!

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SKINCARE

Sunday Riley - Holiday Heroes £100

One of my favourite newly found skincare brands of 2018: Sunday Riley! The Tidal - Water Enzyme Brightening Cream has become a new staple in my skincare routine and I love the fresh glow that it gives my skin and how hydrated my skin feels afterwards! To purchase, click here.

SACHAJUAN - Body Collection £68

One of my favourite haircare brands, SACHAJUAN have put together this special Holiday Body Collection which features: Normal Hair Shampoo 100ml, Hair Repair 100ml, Body Wash Shiny Citrus 300ml and Body Lotion Shiny Citrus 300ml. My personal favourite from this Holiday collection is their Hair Repair as my hair is bleached which means that it can often feel dry and limp, so the Hair Repair helps to restore it back to its natural state feeling healthy again! To purchase, click here.

Nivea - Shower & Shave Gift Set

I find that the Sensitive Shaving Foam from Nivea is the perfect way to ensure that my skin feels smooth without irritation, whilst the Sensitive Post Shave Balm helps to cool my skin down! Both of these products have 0% Alcohol within them meaning that there is no burning sensation and this Gift Set also comes with the 250ml Shower Gel which can be used for Body, Face & Hair. To purchase, you can find this Gift Set at a local drugstore such as Boots or Superdrug!

GLAMGLOW - My Little Pony Glitter Mask £30

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of camp and sparkle right!? These little Glitter Masks from GLAMGLOW are a fun way of getting all of the benefits of their original GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment and help to make the skins contours look more defined after use. I have had a lot of fun using these with friends as they are a great addition for a pamper night! To purchase, click here.

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FRAGRANCES

Jo Malone - Orange Bitters Limited Edition (30ml) £48

When I first smelt Orange Bitters a few years ago, I will admit that it wasn’t my favourite scent and I found the opening a little too sharp for me, but after spraying it again this year on a whim, I fell in love with it! A cosy, warm fragrance that has a longevity of 5-6 hours on my skin with a sillage that feels light-medium and is guaranteed to get you a compliment or two! To purchase, click here.

Jimmy Choo - Man Gift Set £45.50

Containing the iconic fragrance ‘Man’ in both Eau De Toilette (50ml) and All-Over Shower Gel (100ml), this gift set is ideal to splurge out on a treat for yourself or a man in your life who enjoys smelling fresh with a woody twist! To purchase, click here.

Jimmy Choo - Eau De Parfum (60ml) £57

Another offering from Jimmy Choo, this time in the female form! Perfect for the special woman in your life who will feel luxurious by wearing this with the notes of Pear Nectar, Sweet Italian Orange, Tiger Orchid, Toffee and Indonesian Patchouli. To purchase, click here.

David Beckham - Inspired By Respect Gift Set £19.95

This gift set by David Beckham contains the Eau De Toilette (40ml) and the Shower Gel (200ml). The fragrance contains notes such as Bergamot, Cardamom and AmberXtreme which has a sophisticated feel, perfect for an evening! To purchase, click here.

Vera Wang - Embrace Green Tea & Pear Blossom Gift Set £40

An elegant fragrance for an elegant woman that feels fresh and floral with notes of Peony, Orange Blossom which then dries down into a muskier take with the note of Sandalwood finishing the fragrance off on a confident note! This gift set contains the Eau De Toilette (30ml) alongside the Body Lotion (75ml). To purchase, click here.

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SCENTS FOR THE HOME

Molton Brown - Festive Frankincense & All Spice (180g) and Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine (180g) £42 each

Molton Brown’s Limited Edition Christmas candles come in two different scents, the first being; Festive Frankincense & All Spice which contains:

  • Top Notes: Elemi, Caraway, Pimento Berry.

  • Middle Notes: Frankincense, Cedarwood, Guaiac Wood.

  • Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood.

For me, out of the two, this one is my favourite! It just screams Christmas and has a spicy feel to the scent which leaves the room smelling wonderfully festive and cosy! To purchase, click here.

The second scent is the; The Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine which is a complete contrast to the Festive Frankincense and contains:

  • Top Notes: Juniper Berry, Violet Leaf, Elemi.

  • Middle Notes: Pine Tree, Cedarwood, Clary Sage.

  • Base Notes: Balsam, Oakmoss, Musk Notes.

To me, this candle epitomises ‘Winter Wonderland’ and has a real green, earthy tone to the scent! To purchase either of these, click here.

Anya Hindmarch - Chewing Gum £50

When I first saw the name of this candle, I was immediately wanting to get my hands on this! I carry chewing gum around with me everywhere so this candle felt very apt for me. Anyway! When I first smelt this, the notes of Mint and Pink Pepper were the most prominent and when I lit the candle, the scent became fruity and fresh. Perhaps better suited for Spring/Summer! This candle is ideal for those looking for a gift that’s a little quirky and different this Christmas! To purchase, click here.

Chapter Organics - The Remedy Candle £22

Hand poured, all natural, soy wax candle with a single cotton wick, The Remedy Candle is a fusion of Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. This blend of ingredients aims to help those experiencing the symptoms of a cold, nausea, congestion and sickness. I can vouch for this helping to relieve those symptoms as when I was suffering from a cold, due to the being scent rather overpowering and strong, that despite not being able to smell other things, I could smell this candle! The scent lingers in the air long after it has burnt, and I also love that Chapter Organics are based in Boston Spa, just 30 minutes from where I live! To purchase, click here.

Sanctuary Spa - Divine Candle Trio £9.37

This gorgeous little trio of candles by Sanctuary Spa comes in the scents of;

  1. Golden Rose Oud

  2. Signature Sanctuary

  3. Vanilla Gingersnap

All of these are 50g and I have found these to be delightful scents! My personal favourite is the Vanilla Gingersnap, creamy with a spicy kick! To purchase, click here for a list of places to buy from.

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I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas Gift Guide this year as much as I have enjoyed putting it together! All that’s left to say now is, have a fabulous Christmas!

Have you got your hands on any of these gifts mentioned in my Gift Guide? Are there any you would love to try out? Do you have your eye on any of these for yourself? Do you like my choices this year? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you, and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


FATHER'S DAY FRAGRANCES 2018


No Father's Day would be complete without a strong, well-rounded fragrance, a gift guaranteed to make your Dad feel good! Now, there are so many fragrances out there ranging from citrusy to spicy, ones with quiet projections through to loud projections and sometimes with so much choice, it can feel a little overwhelming. I have curated a Gift Guide to help with your decision making which should makes things a little easier for you...

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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA - ACQUA DI NEROLI

Ermenegildo Zegna - 'A classic aromatic heart of Lavendin, Cypress and Rosemary adds cool woodiness to the invigorating spice of Neroli for strength and energy. Violet Leaves and Watermelon further facet the fragrance with a green crunch and refreshing splash.' 

You can purchase Ermenegildo Zegna - Acqua Di Neroli exclusively at John Lewis here.

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POLO RALPH LAUREN - ULTRA BLUE

Ralph Lauren - 'Beginning with an aromatic top note of lavender, fresh heart of geranium and sensual amber base of tonka bean, add in the splash of an icy cool sea breeze to the woody, amber, musky notes of Ambertonic, which together creates an ultra long lasting sensation. Finishing with the aquatic salty mineral accord brings it all together to create a new definition of absolute freshness in men’s fragrances.'

You can purchase Polo Ralph Lauren - Ultra Blue here.

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JIMMY CHOO MAN - BLUE

Jimmy Choo - 'On top, the sage’s aromatic imprint strikes a balance between freshness and the tonic transparency of bergamot brings a breath of fresh air and contrasts with the spicy warmth of black pepper. The intense texture of leather reveals itself in the heart of the fragrance, which dries down into a creamy sensuality of sandalwood which blends beautifully with the vanilla and sophisticated vetiver.'

You can purchase Jimmy Choo Man - Blue here.

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SERGE LUTENS - L'EAU FROIDE

Serge Lutens - 'People are always using expressions like: "The situation was too hot for me to handle." or "A chill ran down my spine." I simply applied a similar concept to an Eau.'

You can purchase Serge Lutens - L'Eau Froide here.

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HUGO BOSS - THE SCENT FOR HIM

Hugo Boss - 'The composition begins with a spicy note of Ginger. Maninka Fruit is mixed with tones of Lavender in the heart to create a sensual scent. Intensive Leather Accord that makes the base ooze magnetic masculinity.'

You can purchase Hugo Boss - The Scent For Him here.

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LACOSTE - L'HOMME

Lacoste - 'Dynamic top notes of mandarin and sweet orange essence combined with unexpected fruit quince and rhubarb infuse the energy of confidence. At the heart lies black pepper, ginger, transparent jasmine and almond which then dries down into a sensuous woody base featuring cedar wood with dry amber, musk, vanilla and Akigalawood.'

You can purchase Lacoste - L'Homme here.

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MONT BLANC - LEGEND: NIGHT

Mont Blanc - 'Clary sage and peppermint, enhanced with cool spices; cardamom and sparkling bergamot, set the fragrance’s fresh and lively tone. The opening is bright, like the natural radiance of our man’s aura. The middle notes immediately counterbalance this first impression of refreshing coolness with their warm elegance. The precious scents of cedar wood blend well with the floral lavender tones, a classic in men's fragrances, and slightly powdered violet.'

You can purchase Mont Blanc - Legend: Night here.

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YARDLEY LONDON - GENTLEMAN CLASSIC

Yardley London - 'A modern, sophisticated fragrance that opens up with a fresh citrus and spicy blend of cardamom & black pepper interlaced with a soft heart of floral notes, resting on a luxurious accord of sandalwood, musk, amber and a sweet hint of white chocolate.'

You can purchase Yardley London - Gentleman Classic here.

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I do hope that this Gift Guide has helped you with what fragrance to pick for your Father this Father's Day, and if you have your eye on any then please let me know as I would love to know which one it is! Don't forget to click the like button below, and to leave me a comment!


VALENTINE'S FRAGRANCES 2018


Despite being single, Valentine's is always one of my favourite times of the year, perhaps I'm just a romantic at heart, or because I like to see all of the special Limited Edition packaging? Either way, I'm a fan! For this Valentine's Gift Guide I have compiled a few fragrances ranging from luxury to high street and quirky to special! Whether you're single like me, why not treat yourself to one of these? I won't tell if you don't...

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JOOP - WOW! // £39

An oriental fragrance that is guaranteed to get you noticed! Featuring notes such as - Orange Blossom, Spiced Cinnamon and Tonka Bean.

Purchase here!

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PROJECT RENEGADES - GEZA SCHOEN // £155

Geza Schoen by Project Renegades is an absolute gem. Designed to be unconventional and proudly different, I can safely say it is exactly that! Designed to create a whole portrait of a tree, it features the notes of Pink Pepper, Lemon, Juniper, Moss, Incense and Sandalwood.

Purchase here!

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CARTIER - DECLARATION // £52

An elegant and sharp fragrance which features notes such as - Bergamot, Artemisia, Coriander and Cumin. Best worn for daytime!

Purchase here!

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JIMMY CHOO - MAN // £64

A woody fragrance which features many notes such as - Lavender, Pink Pepper, Geranium, Suede and Ambery Woods!

Purchase here!

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CALVIN KLEIN - OBSESSED FOR MEN INTENSE // £33   & FOR WOMEN INTENSE // £29.95

One of my personal favourites, a bold and sensual fragrance! Best worn on an evening.

Purchase here for Mens and here for Womens!

 

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ESCENTRIC MOLECULES - 03 // £76

A unisex fragrance in which it has been created around one ingredient: Vetiveryle Acetate. Best worn throughout the daytime! 

Purchase here!

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MONT BLANC - LEGEND // £60

A fragrance designed to evoke strength, tenderness, modernity and tradition. I find this can be worn throughout the daytime and has long lasting power!

Purchase here!

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Have you smelt any of these featured in my Gift Guide? Has this Gift Guide inspired you in any way and introduced you to some new fragrances? What sort of fragrances do you like to wear? Let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click the 'like' button below!