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Fragrance for Mum

It’s National Fragrance Week here in the UK – and this Sunday is Mother’s Day. So, combine the two and buy mum a new perfume. Here are a few suggestions, according to your mum’s personality! THE ECO-WARRIOR Kierin NYC Sunday Brunch, £65, 50ml, asos.com and theperfumeshop.com If your mum is on a mission...

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Lavender - Not Just For Granny. Jo Malone launch Lavenderland

Lavender might remind you of your Granny, but the famous scent is having a moment in the perfume world, and Jo Malone London has a whole new collection created with it. The brand is offering a fresh perspective on the iconic ingredient of English Lavender. I love lavender out in the wild, and it’s ...

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Pancake Day Lemon & Sugar Beauty

It’s Shrove Tuesday – time to eat all the pancakes -and then give something up for Lent, if that’s your thing. So, I thought I’d have a little bit of fun with my favourite pancake toppings – lemon and sugar – and find some beauty buys inspired by that combo. LEMON Let’s start with three luscious lemon...

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Valentine/Galentine Beauty Buys

It’s Valentine’s Day this Friday – and Galentine’s Day on Thursday 13th. So here are some cutesy beauty bits that you might want to treat yourself to, treat your pals to, or hint at your other half about. Let’s start with a red lipstick. This one is from Sleek Makeup – a Say It Loud Lipstick- and the...

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Lunar New Year Reflexology and Jo Malone collection

It’s the Lunar/Chinese New Year next Saturday (January 25), which got me thinking about the reflexology I had last week. It was the first time I had had this treatment in years, and it was fantastic. Loved every minute of it, and it pretty much cured the remains of my cold virus, and I haven’t coughed...

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Top Ten Fragrances for Women 2019

It’s no surprise that Christmas is the busiest time of the year for fragrance sales – around £550m of them! Every year my dad would buy my mum her favourite scent, and he would be one of the thousands doing this for their loved ones. It’s an easy gift, but it’s also a lovely gift. I adore fragrance....

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Festive Scented Candles

I LOVE a scented candle, and I love a FESTIVE scented candle even more! I was lucky enough to be gifted these candles for the purposes of this review, but I have spent over £40 on a scented candle because I do think in this instance that if you spend a wee bit more you get a much better pay-off. Jo ...

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Christmas Beauty Crackers

Christmas Crackers are getting a bit of a name for themselves this year, for being wasteful. But hopefully, there isn’t too much in these lovely beauty crackers that isn’t recyclable or reusable. And all of the plastic cracker pieces I have used here are vintage ones I purchased to make into jewellery...

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Christmas Beauty Baubles

If you need a cute little gift for the beauty fan friend or relative (or cat-sitter, or Secret Santa!) then how about a cute beauty bauble? Festive fun with beauty benefits – you can’t go wrong. AND…they won’t break the bank. These lovely little gift sets are a token of affection, and some of the baubles...

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Ten Lush Gift Sets

Ten Lush Gift Sets! Christmas is a WHOLE LOT OF FUN at Lush, agreed? The eco-brand just does festive fun so well. There are so many gift sets, from small to HUGE, and everything in between. Here is my top ten of the Lush Christmas gift sets on offer this festive season. Ho, Ho, Ho! (£19.50) This is ...

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Jo Malone London Christmas Collection 2019

Jo Malone London is bringing you a truly magical festive season this year with some wonderful campaign images – and products and packaging to match. It’s all very elegant and grown-up, in shades of green and blue, and there’s an interesting new fragrance. There are lots of Limited Edition gifts, and...

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Mugler Perfuming Brushes

Here is the perfect stocking filler for Mugler fragrance fans! Yes, okay, it’s a bit more than I expect in my stocking (usually 50p and a satsuma, some hankies and some socks), but you get the idea. The Mugler Perfuming Brush was launched this autumn in three fragrances – Angel, Aura, and Alien. The...

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Beauty Advent Calendars 2019

Have you got your advent calendar yet? There are SO many to choose from out there, it’s crazy. Some of the beauty calendars are ridiculous prices, but if you love a brand, and can afford it, why not indulge. LUSH launched its first advent calendar ever on August 29 – and it sold out almost as soon as...

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Autumn Beauty Buys!

I just love autumn. The colours are great, you get to be super-wrapped up, and super-cosy, the nights draw in, and there’s Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night. What’s not to love?! There are also loads of lovely products that are autumnal out there, so here are a few of my absolute faves for this season. I...

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L'Occitane Aromachologie Home Collection

I love hibernating at this time of year, don’t you? And if you’re going to be in your home for any length of time you want it to cosy and comfortable, right? The new L’Occitane Home range will do just that – and there’s a fragrance for whatever mood you’re in, or state of mind you want to be in. There...

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Jo Malone London Scent To Go

When I first saw this new Scent To Go from Jo Malone, I found it a wee bit odd. I still do. BUT…I really like it! Yes, it’s a flat, rubbery disc, but it’s actually really practical, scents brilliantly, and although it’s not the prettiest thing, it’s unobtrusive, whether it’s on a desk, or in a drawer...

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Jo Malone London launch Poppy & Barley and new Glasgow boutique

This year’s big Jo Malone London launch comes a month earlier than normal – with Poppy & Barley hitting stores on August 21, instead of the usual mid-September. And one of those stores you can pick it up in is the new Glasgow store. You can now find Jo Malone London on Buchanan Street, instead of Prince...

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Rose Beauty

The other week I wrote about the new Jo Loves Rose Petal fragrance, and it got me thinking about how much I love rose. So I thought I’d have a little call-put for some other rose scented/coloured/themed/inspired beauty products, and share what I found. Apparently, Holly Willoughby likes the Korres Wild...

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Father's Day Fragrances

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, so time to treat your dad, or father figure, with something really special like a gorgeous fragrance. I am a fragrance addict, and I would probably wear all of these male scents myself! I’ve chosen eight lovely Father’s Day Fragrances for you to consider. 1. AZZARO CHROME...

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Jo Loves Rose Petal 25

Jo Malone has been creating scents for a quarter of a century, and to celebrate – she’s created another one! The woman behind the massively successful, eponymous brand, Jo Malone – which she sold to Estee Lauder some years back – launched Jo Loves a few years ago. Jo Loves is a gorgeous, luxury, brand...

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Holiday Plans and Prep

Have you planned your summer break? Are you heading off anywhere soon? I’ve been in holiday planing mode for the last few months. And this gorgeous new Floris scent is not helping! The new Floris London Neroli Voyage EDP (£120, 100ml, florislondon.com, from May 2019) is a beautiful, vibrant, citrus ...

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Jo Malone Blossoms and a cute Twist and Spritz atomiser

This time of year is all about the bright and the colourful, mainly thanks to the blossom and flowers, so the new Jo Malone Blossoms collection fits perfectly. It’s available for a limited time from this month, and it has two old scents brought back, one all-time favourite, and one brand new fragrance...

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Wild Flowers & Weeds from Jo Malone

It’s not easy to write about perfume when you haven’t had the chance to smell it, but let’s just say I like the concept of this collection from Jo Malone, and I am sure they smell beautiful. The Wild Flowers & Weeds collection is the latest limited edition special collection launched by the fragrance...

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Friday Fragrances for Mum

We’re at the end of National Fragrance Week, so I’ve been looking at fragrances that you might want to splash out on (see what I did there) for mum, for Mother’s Day (March 31). Fragrance is one of my very favourite things. I love beautiful smells! So, I’ve picked 10 of the best new and new-ish scents...

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Gorgeous Buly 1803 Rose Scent

I have a thing for rose fragrances. I love them. And the more traditional, the better. So, when I first had a sniff of Eau Triple Damask Rose by a brand called Buly 1803, I was hooked. I was very kindly sent a bottle by the PR for the purposes of review. This lovely perfume is a luxury scent, from an...

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Sunny Scents

I’m all about the sunshine at the moment, so here are some sunny scents to see you through the weekend, no matter the weather! 1. Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne Aqua Mysteri, £65 (100ml), lookfantastic.com, is a fresh and floral scent, in a light lemon yellow colour! Reminiscent, apparently...

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Jo Malone Solid Perfume Palette

What a fab parcel to receive last week – the gorgeous new Jo Malone London Fragrance Combining™ Solid Palette. I love a solid perfume. There’s something quite sensual, and very vintage about solid fragrance. And also, I just love when my beauty mail contains something genuinely new and interesting –...

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Love(ly) Scents!

It’s Valentine’s Day this week. Maybe it’s Galentine’s Day? Or just Thursday. Celebrate it or not, here are some love(ly) scents that might be a nice gift, make a nice gift, or just be a gift to yourself! 1. If you are a fan of the DKNY Be Delicious fragrances, then here’s another! DKNY Be Delicious...

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Daisy Sunshine by Marc Jacobs

When this lovely bottle landed on my desk it made me smile! Who doesn’t love sunny yellow? Especially at this time of year. So thank you Marc Jacobs for launching a Sunshine line of your iconic Daisy. There are four lovely bottles – four fragrances – available at The Perfume Shop now in the new Marc...

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NEW Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka products

Back in January 2017, Jo Malone London launched Myrrh & Tonka as its latest Cologne Intense. The rich, heady, fragrance was an instant hit, and has remained a favourite. This is what the Master Perfumer who created it had to say about it at the time. There is an atmosphere of addiction and carnal richness...

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Kingdom Scotland Fragrance House now in Harvey Nichols

Last May I wrote this piece for the Daily Record about Imogen Russon-Taylor, and her fragrance house, Kingdom Scotland. Imogen was a delight to meet and interview – her passion for her new venture was tangible, and I was so pleased to hear that her brand is now available in Harvey Nichols. Imogen’s ...

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GUCCI Luxury Collection at Harvey Nichols

Gucci’s Luxury Collection is absolutely beautiful – and if you are a Gucci fan, or a fragrance addict, you might want to head to Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh and have a look- and a sniff. These are not your everyday scents, and the price reflects that – but if you fancy treating yourself, then this collection...

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Jo Malone London NEW Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense

If you are a Jo Malone London fan, then you will already know that January means a new fragrance, in the form of a Cologne Intense. This year, it’s Bronze Wood & Leather, which is no surprise, given the brand’s heavy focus on the more masculine side of things, with the launch of its first ever men’s...

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Cacharel launch new fragrance

It’s been over a decade since Cacharel launched its last brand new perfume – so this is a big thing. Who is Cacharel? Only the brand behind one of the world’s most well-known scents of all time – Anaïs Anaïs. Kate Moss and Gisele Bunchen have been faces of the brand over the years, and Anaïs Anaïs, ...

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Scent your home with candles

I love a scented candle, don’t you? Especially at this time of year. There are loads out there – and plenty with festive scents if you fancy. They also make great gifts, but don’t stint on the price. Cheap scented candles are not nice. You don’t need to spend absolute fortunes, but you’re not going ...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Beauty Buys

It’s October again, and in the beauty world that means a plethora of pink products for Brest Cancer Awareness Month. It seems a little low-key this year. Maybe I’m just not getting the right releases. It’s not only Estee Lauder Companies that run breast cancer charity initiatives in October, but it ...

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NEW Reb'l Fleur Love Always EDP from Rihanna

Rihanna launches her 10th fragrance today, exclusively in Superdrug. Her what?! Her TENTH fragrance. How the heck did that even happen. I haven’t had a sniff of any of them! This one is called Reb’l Fleur Love Always – a richer, more intense version of her first – and best-selling – fragrance, Reb’l...

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Jo Malone London launch Honeysuckle & Davana

Every September, Jo Malone London has a big launch of a new scent. This year, it’s Honeysuckle & Davana. Here’s one thing that really gets on my goat with Jo Malone London, and they do it consistently. English countryside. Eh, WE HAVE HONEYSUCKLE IN SCOTLAND TOO. Look, here it is my village street. ...

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Body Misting with Jo Loves and Vera Wang

Hands up if you sometimes want a hint of scent, but not a full-on blast of EDP, cologne or EDT? That’s where a fragranced body mist comes in. We’re not talking Impulse or anything else quite so 1985, but actual fragrance brand body mists. I’ve had two of them land on my desk in the last week – both ...

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Kate Spade Truly Collection at The Perfume Shop

Fancy a new perfume? Then here are four to choose from, in the Kate Spade Truly Collection at The Perfume Shop. Which are you? TRULY DAZZLING Inspired by the colour aqua, perfumer Guillaume Flavingny created truly dazzling to mimic an aquatic oasis against the bright blue sky of the desert. He joined...

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Queen of Pop by Poppy Delevingne for Jo Malone London

POW! Look at this cute collection from Jo Malone London. Curated by Poppy Delevingne, this bold and bright collection contains colognes, candles and brand new bubbles! New for 2018, Jo Malone launches Bubble Bath. It comes in three scents – Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Black Cedarwood & Juniper (both ...

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Are you pool ready? Summer beauty buys!

Love Island. Pool party. Loads of shimmer and shine. We’re in. But not Dr Alex’s sunburn, okay? He really should know better. Here’s our pick of some of the best summer beauty available this year. Don’t get mugged off! THE BODY Keep your body hydrated, moisturised, add a bit of shimmer, keep it cool...

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New Scent for Spring?

Fancy a new scent for spring? Good, because I have seven to share with you! I’ve tried these gorgeous fragrances over the last few months, and here’s my take on them. 1. Alaia Nude Eau De Parfum, from £67, available now, Debenhams I like this one a lot. Firstly I love the 1970s-style bottle. Then I ...

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Jo Malone launches Hot Blossoms for Spring

Jo Malone London has launched two blossom-led collections for Spring – and one of the fragrances comes in the brand’s first-ever Body Mist. Inspired by her travels around Brazil, Jo Malone London’s Head of Fragrance Development, Celine Roux, decided there was so much to be inspired by, that one scent...

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Aqua Allegoria Spring Scents from Guerlain

Spring is in the air! It finally is, and what better way to celebrate the longer days, and – hopefully – better weather, than with a new fragrance. There are TEN gorgeous Guerlain Aqua Allegoria scents to choose from – the problem will be deciding which one to go for. The Guerlain Aqua Allegoria fragrances...

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Chanel's new Coco Mademoiselle EDP Intense

What better time to launch a new fragrance than in time for National Fragrance Week? Chanel did just that, launching their new Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Intense on March 1, just in time for Fragrance Week, which ends this weekend. The new Coco turns things up a notch, whilst retaining much from...

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Jo Malone London launch English Fields Collection

Jo Malone London launch its English Fields Collection in March and the packaging is the first thing you’ll notice. Completely different to the usual packaging, the opaque two-tone bottles are lovely. The packaging represents the unexpected combination of the two ingredients – the matte texture of the...

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Valentine's Day Beauty Buys

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow – so here are some love-themed beauty buys – buy for your gal, buy for yourself, buy for your mum, your gran, whoever! Use this Hallmark holiday to spread the love to whoever you want it, with an unexpected treat. How much would that brighten someone’s day? KIKO Milano ...

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Jo Loves launches in Space NK across UK

If you are a fragrance fan, then pop March 1 2018 into your diary and get yourself down to your nearest Space NK or log on to spacenk.com and get acquainted with Jo Loves, as the brand finally launches across the UK & Ireland. Jo Loves is Jo Malone’s creation, and it is beautiful. I do get a lot of ...

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How to beat Christmas stress

I love Christmas. But as well as being the most wonderful time of the year, it can be the most stressful. All that seasonal joy is great, but all the pressure on us to get the right presents, cook the perfect meal, decorate the perfect tree – well, it can all get a wee bit too much. So, we asked Julia...

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Maison Christian Dior Glasgow and La Colle Noire

A few weeks back I stumbled across the most beautiful new Dior area in Fraser’s in Glasgow. Upon further investigation, I discovered this was the new ‘Maison Christian Dior’ – a stunningly lovely perfume bar. It’s one of just a handful to open around the world, and I will have more info on it early ...

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Aveda launch Pure-Fume Hair Mists

I’m not sure how I feel about this latest launch from Aveda – the Pure-Fume Hair Mists. There are three of them, from three different corners of the globe, and all making your hair smell lovely, as well as adding softness and shine. I just don’t know if I want my hair to smell. I used a new shampoo ...

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JO MALONE LONDON'S CRAZY COLOURFUL CHRISTMAS

Way back last Christmas, the lovely – and appropriately named – Holly, who was then a PR at Jo Malone London, told me I would love their 2017 Christmas collection. I waited a whole year for this – and was then ill and couldn’t attend the press appointment to view it! However, I can see from the images...

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Jo Malone London Red Roses for Breast Cancer Awareness month

It’s October, and that means the beauty world turns all shades of pink, supporting Breast Cancer charities. All this week I’ll feature various breast cancer beauty products and offers on this month. First up it’s Jo Malone London who, once again, are donating £20 to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation...

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NEW Oud Wood Private Blends from Tom Ford

I do love a Tom Ford fragrance. Gone are the days when the press office used to send me bottles of the stuff, but even the small lab samples are a treat to receive, and I will happily pay for Patchouli Absolu, Ombre de Hyacinth and Lavender Palm. I adore these scents. So, I am always intrigued by new...

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The #NeomBigSleep - ultimate night in

Sleep – it definitely is NOT overrated. It’s an essential part of life, and does wonders for your wellbeing. And if you can’t sleep. it’s the worst feeling ever, agreed? This September – the 28th to be precise – Neom Organics is hosting the #NeomBigSleep, the ultimate night in and the chance to achieve...

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Jo Malone London English Oak

The English oak is the most common tree species in the UK. They’re everywhere. They’re majestic trees, and many of them are ancient – hence their vast size. The best trees for hugging! And, it seems, the best tree to include in a fragrance, according to Jo Malone London who launch their new English ...

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Jo Loves launch A Fragrance Paintbrush

I’ve written about beauty for around 15 years, and trust me, there is a lot of repetition, plenty of ridiculous ‘innovations’ (vibrating mascara, anyone?!), but, sometimes, there’s a lightbulb moment – something that is totally new, and makes even the most experienced beauty maven’s eyes light up. And...

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Beau-TEA-ful! Afternoon Tea Week beauty

This week is Afternoon Tea Week – and there are lots of lovely afternoon tea offers on 5pm – but, if beauty if more your thing, then how about these tea-inspired beauty products! Tea, as a beauty ingredient has all sorts of antioxidant properties, and it comes in everything from moisturiser to shampoo...

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Jo Malone Charity Candle 2017

Jo Malone London launch a charity candle every year, with proceeds going to charity partners in one of their gardens.Back in 2014, I attended the launch of the Edinburgh venture – the Redhall Walled Garden – with Jo Malone London. This year, the new garden is The Quiet Garden, in Notting Hill in London...

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Strawberries & Cream Beauty

Are you watching Wimbledon? It’s such a British institution we can’t ignore it, and so today’s post is all about a Wimbledon favourite – strawberries and cream! Well, sort of! I’ve rounded up some strawberry and cream beauty products to get us in the Wimbledon mood! (Come on Andy Murray!) Paul Mitchell...

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Ted Baker just the tonic for Father's Day

Ted Baker has just launched three new fragrances – or Tonics – in perfect timing for Father’s Day. Combining a fascination for the alchemy of aroma with the world’s most sought-after elements, Ted reveals three of his finest fragrances yet. These are lovely, presented with metallic detailing, in matte...

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Whisky Soaps for dad

Dad a whisky fan, but got enough of the hard stuff already? Then perhaps one of these lovely soaps in a tin from Scottish Fine Soaps would make a great alternative. The Whiisky Soap collection comprises four soaps, all based on whisky cocktails. They are fab, aren’t they? The Rob Roy has notes of sweet...

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Jo Malone London Poptastic by Poppy Delevingne

Poptastic is the first collection from Jo Malone London Girl, Poppy Delevingne – and it’s fab. I haven’t seen this in the flesh, sadly, but I couldn’t help be intrigued when I saw it all over social media when it was launched to London press last week. Sometimes it’s tough missing out on these wonderful...

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EsteeLauder Bronze Goddess 2017

Sitting at my desk, looking out at the pouring rain, it seemed a good time to have a look at the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection for 2017. Every year, EL bring out some new products in this collection, and the cult Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche fragrance. I absolutely love the smell of this perfume...

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Chance Three Moods Shimmering Gels

Here’s one of those indulgent beauty products we should try to treat ourselves to from time to time, if we can. Chanel launch this cute little trio of shimmering scented gels today, to, well, take a chance with! Chose from Chance Eau Tendre, Chance Eau Fraiche and Chance Eau Vive, depending on your ...

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Jo Malone launch online magazine

If you are a Jo Malone London fan, and a beauty blog fan, then this new launch is right up your street. The Talk of the Townhouse is the new online magazine from the fragrance brand. Named after the beautiful Georgian townhouse in London’s Marylebone that is home to the company, the online magazine,...

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Star Magnolia from Jo Malone London

JO MALONE LONDON launch a new cologne this month – Star Magnolia, and, in a first for the brand, it also comes in a hair mist. Why? Why not?! The scent itself is, dare I say it, quite old-fashioned. Perhaps traditional is a better word. I really like it, but then I like ‘old lady florals’ and I really...

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Tom Ford Sole Di Positano Private Blend

Some things just work, right? Tom Ford certainly hit a good thing when he launched the Neroli Portofino Private Blend. There are now seven in the collection, thanks to the latest – Sole Di Positano. That means ‘sun of Positano’, in case you didn’t know. Positano is a cliffside village on the Italian...

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Neom Scent Discovery Kit - what's your fragrance need?

We all know that fragrance is much more than just a ‘nice smell’. The scents you like, or can smell the strongest, can be an indicator of what your body needs. So, Neom Organics has re-launched their Unique Scent Disovery Test, whcih takes 40 seconds to do, and will tell you what your underlying wellbeing...

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Let YSL Shock you!

YSL have launched another version of their Black Opium fragrance – Black Opium Floral Shock. This one also comes with a makeup collection at the same time. Its not a massive collection. There’s a brow marker (which scares me), and a double ended shadow stick thing, and the new ‘The Shock’ False Lash...

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Valentine's Day with Jo Malone

A bunch of red roses from the supermarket will not cut it! But something from Jo Malone might be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! The Jo Malone London Red Roses cologne is a perfect floral alternative for lovers to gift – and there are LOADS of products in the range to choose from. Cologne in two sizes...

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LoveLily from Accessorize

You don’t have to spend a fortune on perfume, it all depends on what you want from a fragrance. The new LoveLily from Accessorize is not a sophisticated scent, but don’t discount it yet. It’s a floral, obviously, and it is, like many florals, pretty sweet. I’m not a huge fan of florals, I have to admit...

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Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense

It’s that time of year again, fragrance fans – the Jo Malone London Coogne Intense launch. And this year’s offering is Myrrh & Tonka. As with all of the Cologne Intense scents, it lasts longer than the normal Jo Malone London colognes, which is a bonus. This one is really rich and will appeal to both...

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NEW Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumiere

Tom Ford has another new scent out to kick off 2017 – this time another variation on his classic orchid – or as Tom Ford puts it, “a new shimmering shade of velvet within The Tom Ford Orchid Collection”. Welcome Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lumiere. It’s a new interpretation of the Velvet Orchid EDP. I haven...

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Sisley Beauty Subscription

There are TONS of beauty subscription boxes to choose from. Some are great, some not so, but none are probably as luxurious as this one from Sisley. The French beauty brand launched their subscription earlier this year, and it is a little different to others. You can purchase a six-month, or a year-...

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12 Gifts of Christmas - Aramis

It’s Christmas! Well, almost. So, for 12 days on the blog, I’ll be bringing you 12 Gifts of Christmas – a delightful dozen that every beauty fan will love! Aramis is a classic men’s fragrance. It now comes in all sorts of variations, but Aramis Classic, is timeless, sophisticated, confident and individual...

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12 Gifts of Christmas - Michael Kors

It’s Christmas! Well, almost. So, for 12 days on the blog, I’ll be bringing you 12 Gifts of Christmas – a delightful dozen that every beauty fan will love! Now here is a gorgeous Christmas coffret gift if I have ever seen one. This lovely Michael Kors Sexy Amber gift set (it also comes in Glam Jasmine...

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Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers! What are they? Little things? Or big things? Maybe your stocking will be filled with novelty treats, or maybe just one or two choice items, stocking filler-sized. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite beauty stocking fillers, from the cheapest novelty items to a few more expensive pieces...

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12 Gifts of Christmas - Clarins

It’s Christmas! Well, almost. So, for 12 days on the blog, I’ll be bringing you 12 Gifts of Christmas – a delightful dozen that every beauty fan will love! Today’s gift is from Clarins and is a simple, yet beautiful, scented candle. I LOVE a candle, and I love the Clarins Tonic scent, so this Limited...

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Jaguar Pace EDT

Men are hard to buy for, right? It’s a bit of a chore sometimes, trying to find the perfect gift for the husband/lover/partner/brother/dad in your life. Or is it? What man doesn’t like a brand new bottle of fragrance?Okay, it’s not that inspired, but it’s actually a great gift. The new Jaguar Pace EDT...

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Cosy room fragrances and candles

We spend a lot of time in our homes over the winter period, so we want them to be as cosy and warm as possible. Create this thing called ‘hygge’ – the on-trend, over-used, Danish word that means making something ordinary lovely – be that lingering over a coffee with friends, or lighting a candle with...

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Beauty Advent Calendars

There was a time when there were just a few beauty advent calendars out there – now? There are DOZENS of them. It’s actually almost impossible to collate them all. So, I have picked 15 for you to have a look at, with varying prices and designs. Bear with me, this is a LONG post! First up is this year...

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New L'Occitane scents for men and women

It’s that time of year when perfume sales soar – it’s an easy, but lovely Christmas gift. So, here’s a couple from L’Occitane, for a fragrance gift with a difference, and not a crazy price tag. First up L’Homme Cologne Cedrat. It’s a citrus/woody/aquatic scent with top notesof Corsican cedrat, mint...

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Estee Lauder's Modern Muse Nuit

Estee Lauder launched Modern Muse in 2013, their first major fragance launch in years. So, it’s no surprise they then followed up with Modern Muse Chic, Modern Muse Le Rouge, Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss, and now, Modern Muse Nuit. Perfect for Halloween and autumn, with gorgeous campaign images featuring...

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Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2016

It’s October and that means it’s breast cancer awareness month, the month when loads of beauty companies launch lots of ‘pink’ products, and donate to various breast cancer charities. Estee Lauder started the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign back in 1992, with the creation of the pink ribbon, the universal...

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Chanel's new No5 L'Eau EDT

Lily-Rose Depp is the face of Chanel’s latest fragrance, No.5 L’Eau. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Vanessa Paradis, the 17-year-old models for the most famous name in perfume. And she’s also impossibly beautiful, like her mother! But let’s talk about the fragrance. Chanel No5 is probably...

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Tom Ford AW16 Runway Beauty. Grooming. Private Blend

TOM FORD’s AW16 Runway Collection – products for men and women, and a new Private Blend fragrance – has confused me a little bit. It has existing products and new products in it, and it’s just a tiny part of what I believe is to come from Tom Ford this AW, so if I find out more, I will share. In the...

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Kelly Hoppen and L'Occitane collaboration pouches

Here’s a sneak peek at something lovely for Autumn – these Kelly Hoppen x L’Occitane pouches aren’t out until October, so get saving now if you want one! I am not a huge fan of the interior designer, and former Dragon on Dragon’s Den – I find her a bit ‘meh’ to be honest. BUT – these pouches are really...

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Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme

When I see fragrances that are a version of others, I feel a little cheated. So, I guess I feel cheated in the perfume world, a lot then! There seem to be so many of them around, and Elizabeth Arden are the latest to introduce Always Red Femme. They already have Always Red, now, meet Always Red Femme...

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Mica Arganaraz face of Tom Ford's Black Orchid

Beuty news! Tom Ford has signed up the absolutely stunning, impossibly cool, Argentinian beauty, Mica Arganaraz, as the face of his iconic fragrance, Black Orchid, for the Fall (AW) 2016 campaign. Photographed by Nick Knight, Mica is one of the hottest models of the moment, famous for her hair – which...

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Jo Malone's NEW Basil & Neroli launch

Jo Malone launch a new fragrance today – and it’s a biggie! The new Basil & Neroli fragrance is the first scent to utilise basil as one of its main ingredients since their iconic Lime, Basil & Mandarin, which launched over 20 years ago. So, it’s a kind of a big thing. Do I love it? I don’t know. I LIKE...

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Be Tempted by DKNY

Be Tempted by this new fragrance from DKNY – a brand new twist on their classic apple. This one isn’t a version of any Be Delicious apple scent, but a fragrance all of its own – a big, red, shiny, tempting apple! Just like Sleeping Beauty (go read your fairytales!) you are bound to be tempted by it!...

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Tom Ford Private Blend Les Extraits Vert

New private blends from Tom Ford launch at the end of August, with a new note for the brand. For the first time, Tom Ford introduces unexpected dimensions of green. Ranging from florals, to citrus, to deepest woods, Les Extraits Vert is a curated collection with a very 1970s feel. Apparently the ingredients...

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Thierry Mugler Angel and Alien candles

Angel is a hugely popular fragrance in Scotland, and now we can indulge our love even more with a Limited Edition Angel fragranced candle. I know that, for some of you, this will have already brought on a migraine – Angel is a powerful and divisive scent. But if you love it, you love it, and you will...

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Versace pour homme Dylan Blue

Versace pour homme launch their new men’s fragrance today, and it has a fab ad campaign to go with it – check out your TV tonight! Dylan Blue is the new EDT, a woody aromatic fougere scent with gorgeous ingredients, and a lovely, fresh, masculine scent. The top notes of Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit...

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is here! For a few days at least, so get those summer beauty essentials bought! You might need them again this year, and we should all be changing up our beauty routine in the summer months anyway. For Face, Body and Hair, there are loads of fab products you should try – these are just some of...

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Tom Ford Orchid Soleil

KLAXON! Tom Ford fans, there’s a new orchid in town – Orchid Soleil. It’s not actually in town yet, it launches on August 1, so you have just under a month to wait. But if you’re an orchid fan, it will be worth it. Orchid Soleil, so say the brand, ‘illuminates Tom Ford’s original obsession with the ...

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Travel Sets and Minis

There are SO many good things about holidays, but sometimes the cosmetic limit isn’t one of them. If you only have hand luggage, and are a beauty junkie, it’s a nightmare. Likewise if your hold luggage limit isn’t that high – what do you leave behind? Luckily, there are now travel versions of pretty...

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Rituals The Ritual Of Karma

Karma. Now there’s thing. Be good, and the good will come back, say Rituals on their latest Ritual of Karma range. According to ancient Hindu belief, living with good intent attracts good karma. I love the colour of this range almost as much as the scent. The gorgeous aqua green is super stylish. The...

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Father's Day Grooming Gifts

Surprise your dad this Father’s Day with a grooming gift. He doesn’t need a new tool kit, an oversized Toblerone, or another silly slogan T-shirt, does he? But he probably does need some lovely grooming products in his life! I’m right, right? Boots now stock a fab men’s beauty brand – Johnny’s Chop ...

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Elizabeth Arden NEW Green Tea Nectarine Blossom

Yum – juicy nectarines are a gorgeous summer treat. Elizabeth Arden clearly think so, as they’ve captured the essence of this fruit in a new fragrance out this month – Green Tea Nectarine Blossom. This zest summer sent has top notes of the brilliant nectars of peach and apricot, fresh bergamot, and ...

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Neom's Scent To Make You Happy Kit

NEOM are a lovely brand, all about making you feel better, with lots of lovely smelly things for you and your home. Their candles are gorgeous, and their beauty products are really good. You just know they’re good for you as well. I particularly love their little Essential Kits. This one, their Essential...

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Summer Scents

Summer Scents are big business in the perfume industry. A lot of big names release variations on best-sellers, or have their very own ‘holiday’ ranges. I always struggle with the idea of changing my perfume in summer. I like what I wear, so why change it? But, sometimes, a change is as good as a rest...

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Jo Malone Charity Candle

Jo Malone London launch another charity candle this year for their charity initiative which sees their gardens across the UK helping people with mental health issues. There are five existing gardens in the country, with another set to open in London, with charity partner St Mungo’s, this year. The Redhall...

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Bobbi Brown Beach Collection 2016

Bobbi Brown’s Beach fragrance has been around for a few years now, and it smells deliciously of summer. It makes me yearn for the beach. As I’m not heading to a beach anytime soon, I’ll have to make do with this collection. For Summer 2016, the collection has been updated and includes a new product,...

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Private Blend

Tom Ford launches a new private Blend fragrance next month – Soleil Blanc. It’s in a white bottle, and comes in three sizes – 50ml, 100ml and 250ml. It launches alongside the new colour collection, which we’ll get to another day. But first, this new fragrance, and there’s been a lot of internet chat...

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Nashi Blossom by Jo Malone London

JO MALONE LONDON launch a new Limited Edition cologne in May – and the packaging is just lovely! Maybe even nicer than the fragrance itself! Nashi Blossom is the latest Jo Malone cologne that will be on counter for a limited time. The lovely bottle, with monochrome dots, and a green cap, inspired by...

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Earth Day/Week/Month Beauty News

It’s Earth Day tomorrow – April is Earth Month, and this sees the start of Earth Week. I am a wee bit confused, but the beauty companies have their hearts in the right places when it comes to this cause. Lush are celebrating Earth Day by encouraging us to strip off the excess packaging and trial a range...

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Aveda Lights The Way

The clocks go forward this weekend, so the nights get lighter – but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a little more light thanks to Aveda’s 2016 Earth Month Light The Way Candle. Aveda enters its 10th year this year of shining a light on the global need for clean water. Aveda – and their customers...

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Clarins Urban Oasis in Edinburgh

If you are in Edinburgh this week and this Easter weekend, then escape to the Clarins Urban Oasis at the bottom of Castle Street, at the west end of Princes Street, for a pamper. It’s a brilliant innovation from Clarins, marketing at its very best. I spent around 40 minutes there this week, and it was...

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National Fragrance Day Scents

It’s National Fragrance Day, so I have spent today immersed in the gorgeous aroma of my favourite scents -and a few new ones,and now I am sharing them all with you! Fragrance is a powerful thing. It is the most powerful memory-inducer I can think of, it changes our mood, it enhances our personality ...

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New Michael Kors fragrances

More fragrance this Friday, this time from Michael Kors. One is out now,the other is coming in March, so this is a sneak peek. Sexy Sunset (not sure I am in love with that name) is, of course, inspired by the ‘radiant glow of a sunset’. It has top notes of Nashi pear, blackcurant, freesia and lotus ...

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Smelling of Roses...

Who wants roses for Valentine’s Day? Yep, me too, but I’d also be equally happy with something rose-scented, because I love it. Rose is a bit of a Marmite scent – many of us love it, or really dislike it. But when you think of rose today, it’s not the cloying, sickly, fake scent your granny’s talc used...

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Molton Brown Perfect Matches!

This is one for the lovers, the perfect partners, the romantics, and Valentine’s Day enthusiasts! Molton Brown are celebrating three perfect fragrance partners to celebrate the perfect partners of Valentine’s Day! I quite like this campaign, and the lovely fragrances. So, buy one, or buy the pair, as...

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Yardley 1770 for Men

Here’s a little Valentine’s Day treat for the man in your life. You know how most men’s fragrances normally have that fresh, clean, smell? Well, this is something completely different. I’ll let top perfumer Jean Charles Mignon, of Robertet UK explain. He co- created this new Yardley 1770, after all…...

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Gorgeous Rose from Melvita

Melvita’s new Nectar de Roses collection Rose Petal Shower Gel has kept me sane this January! Showering every morning has been made that little bit easier with this lovely product. Melvita captured the freshness of rose petals from three wild roses in their lovely Roses Sauvages Eau de Toilette. Apparently...

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Limited Edition Lush Scents

These Limited Edition Lush scents aren’t around for long, so get online now and grab one, two, three, or all four! Lush has come up with a number of inventions over the years to showcase their top selling fragrances but this Christmas they have been captured and made in their purest form, as a liquid...

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Beauty Stocking Fillers

Still not got all your Christmas shopping done? Maybe you just have those few wee bits’n’bobs to pick up now, but are devoid of inspiration? It happens! That’s why I have rounded up a few beauty-themed stocking fillers for you! First up, this cute litte sponge from The Body Shop! Hang him on the tree...

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Cult Beauty - Miss Dior

Whilst it’s always great to celebrate new launches in the beauty world- and there are more than enough of them to do that on this blog every week – there are some cult beauty products we just love to celebrate. Classics that have stood the test of time, maintained their best-selling status, and products...

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Christmas Beauty Gifts

Christmas. Just another 15 sleeps to go! And that means only 15 shopping days left too. So, if you’re still looking for gifts, then here are a few for the beauty fans in your life – no matter what type of beauty fan they are… Lets start with THE HOME LOVER. We all know one of these – candles and diffusers...

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Winter warming candles

Scented candles are big business – I don’t know many people who don’t have at least one in their house, and they’re particularly lovely to light in the autumn and winter. So, I’ve rounded up a few to share with you, to scent your home this Christmas, or as a festive gift. 1. Space NK Shimmering Spice...

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Jo Malone London Christmas 2015

JO MALONE LONDON always produce similar gifts in their Christmas Collection, so the surprise is more in the theming and styling of the range. For 2015, mistletoe is the chosen festive symbol, and gorgeous Christmas greens the predominant colours. The Christmas campaign images are just wonderfully retro...

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Always Remembered with Elizabeth Arden Always Red

Elizabeth Arden has long supported women throughout their war efforts, even creating a red lipstick for female US Marines to wear as part of their standard issue uniform in WWII. So, with this in mind, Elizabeth Arden are supporting The Royal British Legion with an Always Red charity initiative. As ...

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Beauty Advent Calendars 2015

Forget the chocolate, or the even more retro pictures behind the windows of your advent calendar – we want beauty products! And full-size ones too! Where there used to be just one or two beauty advent calendars to choose from, there are now, well, loads! Here are eight of the best! Clarins Beauty Advent...

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NEW Aramis Black

Aramis is one of those men’s fragrances that we all know, and probably still associate with dads and granddads – which is no bad thing, and the original Aramis is a lovely classic men’s scent. BUT, if then men in your life are younger,then they might appreciate this new take on Aramis better. Aramis...

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DKNY Be Desired

Apples! I’ve been surrounded by them of late, with my mum’s apple tree providing me with more than I know what to do with. And my vintage collection of ice buckets includes three in apple form. So, it’s fitting that the latest fragrance to land on my desk is the newest in the DKNY Delicious range – ...

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New Perfumes for Autumn

Let’s celebrate Autumn’s arrival with a new perfume! In my book, there is always time in your life for a new perfume. I am obsessed by fragrance, mainly thanks to a 15-year-career as a beauty journalist, but even before that I was a huge fragrance fan. In recent years, I have become obsessed with Tom...

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Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom launch

Jo Malone launch new Cologne, Mimosa & Cardamom this month, and campaign-wise, it’s my favourite for a while. Scent-wise, I also find it intriguing, quite more-ish, and quite masculine, in that it reminds me of a fragrance a male friend of mine wore some years ago. I have no idea what that scent was...

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Michael Kors The Gold Collection

Michael Kors fragrance is really like bling in a bottle, agreed? I do love something about this fragrances, maybe that tuberose he loves so much. And I do love some of his blinging bottles! These three make up his latest fragrance launch, The Gold Collection. And you don’t get much more bling than gold...

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Candle with Benefits

Occasionally I get VERY excited about a beauty product, particularly a multi-purpose product – I like innovation in the beauty world. So, when this lovely Oskia Rose De Mai Massage, Body Oil and Treatment candle landed on my desk, I was intrigued – and excited. Made using the finest May Rose, nourishing...

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White Stuff launch Body and Home Range

White Stuff launch their first ever body and home range later this month, just perfect for gift-giving. The fashion brand are know for their prints, and if you are a fan, you’ll be thrilled to know the packaging of the body and home range also carries some fantastic prints. There are three ranges within...

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Neom Treats On The Go

I LOVE these little treats from Neom. If you haven’t heard of the brand before, they’re a lovely natural beauty company based in Harrogate in Yorkshire, and they make gorgeous products, all with a wellbeing, feel-good factor. I have long been a fan of their candles, but this is the first time I had ...

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Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme

A new Tom Ford fragrance – sigh. I LOVE Tom Ford perfume. It is, without a doubt, the biggest perk, and best discovery, of my time as a beauty journalist. From Black Orchid, to the Private Blends, with everything in between, I don’t think there is a Tom Ford fragrance I don’t like. This latest one is...

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Jo Malone Bath & Body range

Here’s something new and lovely from Jo Malone London – a new bath and body range. There are a few body products from Jo Malone already, but this is a brand new concept – with one lovely new fragrance as well. Hands up who loves having a bath? I do. There’s nothing more relaxing than lying in the hot...

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Flowers & Other Stories ...

My poor garden was battered by the poor spring we had. It currently looks like a bit of an overgrown jungle, and the poor spring flowers didn’t survive those crazy winds we have been having. I’ve not had time to plant any new summer plants. In short it’s a mess. So, I’m going to get my floral treat ...

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Happy Father's Day!

It’s time to celebrate the awesomeness of dads this weekend – Sunday is Father’s Day. Dads are great, but sometimes, maybe, they need a little sprucing up in the grooming department, agreed?! So be kind this weekend and gift your dad the gift of grooming with something from our pick of the Father’s ...

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015 Shimmering Nudes

It’s that time of year again – Bronze Goddess time. I always feel very summery when the classic Estee Lauder summer collection lands on my desk. This year, we’re breaking it down into a beauty collection, and a fragrance collection, as there are three lovely products in the fragrance collection this...

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Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat Cologne Intense

It’s not that I don’t like Jo Malone, I actually love them. Their fragrances are innovative, and English Pear and Freesia is one of the loveliest scents ever created. BUT – my problem is the smell just doesn’t last that long. Obviously, as cologne, they are not as strong as eau de parfum. BUT, another...

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Estee Lauder's Crowning Glory

Have you had a look at the Estee Lauder blog, the Estee Edit yet? It is lovely. If you are a fan of Estee Lauder, and Aerin Lauder, then I would suggest having a wee look. One of the nicest posts on recently is all about how to create a stunning floral crown, inspired by Lauder’s classic scent, Pleasures...

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