Emporio Armani In Love With You

In Love With You Armani

When it comes to Armani fragrances I have remained loyal to Si for years, it is one of my all-time favourite perfumes, so when Armani asked if I’d like to try their latest release, In Love With You I wondered how it would compare to Si. Let me tell you right out of the gate that they are so different and there is room in your fragrance collection for both! Si is a little more grown up and undeniably feminine. Whereas ‘In Love With You’ EDP is sweet and sexy but with a modern intense twist.

Armani, In Love With You Perfume.

Emporio Armani In Love With You EDP

In Love With You is a brand new women’s fragrance launched nationwide on January 30th 2019 and is a rich, fruity bold scent. It is quite intense and a little more playful than Armani Si and I like it!

It comes in a lovely simple, weighty bottle with a silver cap and the Armani Logo embossed into the spray cap. Those subtle details make the product feel so much more luxurious.

New Armani Perfume for 2019. In Love with You EDP

Top Notes – of black currant, cherry and raspberry.

Heart Notes of jasmine absolute and rose

Base Notes of wormwood, vanilla, patchouli and vetiver.

This fragrance has a great mix of floral, fruity and warm notes that work to make this scent intense, juicy and modern. It is the perfect scent for strong, sophisticated women. A wonderful day to night fragrance, the berry notes make it juicy and fresh, perfect for daytime. But if you apply it more liberally the sexy, adventurous heady base notes make it the perfect evening scent too.

Patchouli and vetiver are two of my favourite notes in a fragrance, I am always drawn to these notes and think they make a scent really edgy and interesting. I think the mix of notes works so well together. I love the sweetness of the fruity notes that give you that initial youthful feel. Then the floral notes make it a little more feminine and sophisticated and the base notes give it that sexy, modern scent. The layers compliment each other so well.

Emporio Armani In Love With You Perfume. New for 2019

If you’re looking for a new scent for 2019, I have to say this perfume from Emporio Armani has to be top of your shopping list. I think it is a scent that will have such a wide appeal. If you get the change to get to an Armani counter you have to try it for yourself. Make sure you spritz it and let it settle so you can really appreciate all the notes, you will not be disappointed.

Or if you need ideas for a Valentine’s Gift then look no further. This perfume would make such a thoughtful, luxurious gift for someone special.

Available nationwide and at www.armanibeauty.co.uk from 30th January 2019

RRP: £90 (100ml / £68 (50ml)

*This product was gifted to me as a PR sample. All the words and views are 100% my own.

Baylis & Harding Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Baylis and Harding Christmas Gifting 2018

I have reviewed so many lovely Baylis & Harding products over the years & one of the things I love most about them are all the wonderful Festive Gift sets. This year they have so many affordable treats on offer. Their products make the most amazing stocking fillers and they do gifts for all of the family and really cater to all budgets too.

The great think about Baylis & Harding is you can find their products in most major supermarkets and also online at Amazon, which means you can pick up gifts whilst you do your food shop or from the comfort of your home. I find buying online is super convenient & it also means you can pick up last-minute gifts without having to trek into the Christmas shopping madness.

The affordable price point makes them my goto brand for beauty gifts all year round, but at Christmas, they seem to pull out all the stops and their packaging is so festive and luxurious. You can get everything from a small token gift to larger more special gift sets. They have some incredible new scents for Christmas 2018, including Frosted Christmas Tree & Mulberry & Mistletoe (super festive).

Fuzzy Duck Christmas Gift Ideas

Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Luxury Basket Gift Set

Baylis & Harding’s Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Luxury Gift Basket makes a super stylish gift for all ages. It comes in a really beautiful red-gingham lined wicker basket (which will look so nice in your bathroom) it contains 2 of Baylis & Harding’s most popular pamper products and the most adorable little rubber duck.

  • 300ml Body Wash gently cleanses skin
  • 250ml Body Butter nourishes and moisturises
  • Novelty bath duck adds a touch of fun to bathtime

I love that these products smell of Christmas, the scent is, Frosted Christmas Tree and Mulberry & Mistletoe which is a warm and wintry and I think really captures the essence of a relaxing, luxurious Christmas.

Festive Trio of Treats Baylis Harding

Baylis & Harding Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Trio Of Treats Gift Set

Baylis & Harding’s Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Trio of Treats has to be the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift. It is super affordable but looks way more expensive and it comes in a nice black and gold gift box and contains two bathing treats and a festive candle in stylish glass jar. The luxurious and balancing 100ml body wash leaves skin gently cleansed, while the indulgent 100ml Hand & Body Lotion both nourishes and moisturises. The Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit scented candle is refreshing and balancing with spicy and zesty notes.

  • A gorgeous gift box containing two bathing treats and a festive candle.
  • Luxurious and balancing 100ml Body Wash.
  • Indulgent 100ml Hand & Body Lotion both nourishes and moisturises.
  • Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit festive candle in stylish glass jar.

Affordable Beauty Christmas Gift Ideas

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Bath Fizzers Gift Set

The Beauticology Special Delivery Red Bathtime Fun Fizzers Set is a fun and festive stocking filler or secret Santa gift. I know a certain 10-year-old (my niece) that would be so excited to receive these in her stocking. It comes with four bath fizzers which are foil wrapped in red and silver and are in a candy cane themed tube! Super festive indeed.

  • Four fun bath fizzers foil wrapped in red and silver
  • Each bath fizzer leaves skin feeling gently cleansed
  • Two x bath fizzers in Candy Cane fragrance
  • Two x bath fizzers in Peppermint Swirl fragrance

Baylis & Harding Sequin Clutch Bag Gift Set

Baylis & Harding Fig & Pomegranate Sequin Clutch Gift Set

If this festive red sequin clutch doesn’t scream Christmas Party I don’t know what does! The glitzy red sequin clutch would make the perfect festive party bag and you also get 3 body products in Baylis and Harding signature scents. Midnight Fig & Pomegranate is a slightly sweet, fruity scent with a real touch of luxury. The fig makes it smell really sumptuous and juicy whilst the blend of rich dark fruits give it a very festive fruity edge. The body spritz is the perfect size to pop in your handbag or weekend bag. 

  • 100ml luxury shower gel leaves skin feeling gently cleansed.
  • 100ml hand and body lotion soothe and nourish hard-working hands.
  • 100ml body spritz in Midnight fig & Pomegranate sumptuous rich fragrance.

Baylis and Harding Midnight Fig & Pomegranate Handwash 

This is already in my kitchen and I am loving it. The scent is perfect for this time of year, it’s fruity and rich and the scent really lingers and makes my kitchen smell fab! You get a whopping 500ml so it will last for months. The handwash is enriched with nourishing vitamin E which will keep skin hydrated, so stock up on this new Limited Edition Festive Hand Wash whilst you can. You could keep one for yourself and give the others as stocking fillers & secret Santa gifts.

Baylis and Harding Christmas Candle

Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Festive Scented Candle

I had a similar, smaller version of this candle last year and it was my favourite product by far. It is so festive in its sparkling gold-embossed jar with stunning mini Christmas tree decorative lid. It is the details that really make this candle look so luxurious and very festive. The scent is light enough so you can have this candle lit in any room in your house and the scent lightly fills the room without being too overpowering. This is one product you need to either add to your Christmas List this year or buy for someone special & the good thing about the Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit scent is that it’s one of Baylis & Harding most popular scents.

So this huge, luxurious single wick jar candle gets my seal of approval and I think it would make the most impressive Christmas gift, especially if you’re on a budget but still want a gift that looks, smells and feels luxurious. Baylis and Harding really are excellent at affordable luxury.

Baylis and Harding Bath Time Fun Fizzers GiftPop over to Baylis & Harding to see their complete gifting range for 2018

Tropic Skincare – My Skin Saviours

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tamanu Healing Balm from Tropic Skincare

Let me introduce to you two best-selling blemish busting (and more) skincare saviours from Vegan beauty brand Tropic Skincare. I have been so excited to talk more about these products as I have been using them for a couple of months now and have really grown to rely on them in my beauty routine, in particular, the Tamanu Healing Balm which is simply one product that will very quickly become a ‘does all’ product in your daily life. It really has an endless list of uses!

First off, lets talk about the Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Mask – the lovely team at Tropic sent this out to me because for the first time in my adult life I was suffering from some really large, sore, stubborn blemishes and I wanted to get rid of them before my birthday (very important to have clear skin on your birthday, especially when you’re turning 40). I was really at a loss at how best to reduce them and the lovely people at Tropic suggested this face mask & I haven’t looked back!

Clear Skin Blemish Mask Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Face Mask

This bold green blemish busting mask is white & green clay based so it is great at drawing out all the build-up of grease, bacteria and pollution from your pores whilst working with bamboo charcoal to reduce oil and balance out your skin. I slather it all over my face at least twice a week – but when I have a blemish I quite often just apply this to that area, more of a targeted treatment and that really works well to reduce redness and also calm the inflamed spot. It contains so many lovely ingredients that will help you not only reduce blemishes & mattify skin but also keep the build-up of blemish-causing bacteria at bay, so you’re less likely to suffer from breakouts.

● Willow bark extracts, rich in beta hydroxy salicylic acids, travel deep into your pores to unclog built up sebum.

● Cayenne pepper and ginger extracts kill blemish-causing bacteria at the source.

● Green and white clays work to dry out spots and stop them from increasing in size.

● Charcoal and spirulina work to draw out toxins and tighten pores.

● Raspberry leaf and goji berry extracts reduce redness and calm skin.

Another pretty cool thing about this mask, besides the fact that it is gentle, doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling uncomfortably tight is that it dries dark green in more oily areas with larger pores and it dries a lighter green in more balanced areas so you can quickly see where your skin needs a little help. For me, my oily areas are my cheeks & chin.

I saw a huge difference in my skin and I know I have this mask to thank for that. My breakouts are less frequent and I always use this Clear Skin mask as soon as a blemish starts appearing. That way I know it has more chance of not becoming inflamed and It clears all the bacteria and excess sebum build-up ASAP. It is a great mask to have in your beauty routine, especially if you suffer from oily skin that likes to breakout.

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Tamanu Healing Balm

Now on to what I think is the star of the show – this is one of those beauty/skincare products you stumble upon very rarely that completely blows you away. It looks quite ordinary, apart from being green and all in one beauty balms often get overlooked because people don’t quite know how they fit into their routine but this new release from Tropic is EPIC. I have been singing it’s praises to family and friends since it landed on my doorstep almost 2 months ago.

Green Gold Tropic Tamanu Healing Balm

So this skin-loving green balm is made with tamanu oil (also known as ‘green gold’), which is an age-old remedy trusted for centuries in the Polynesian islands to stimulate skin renewal, Tropic have blended it hydrating, soothing monoi and cocoa butters so it is hydrating and calming and if that wasn’t enough it also contains antioxidant-rich blackcurrant extract and raspberry seed oil.

So this balm has so many skin loving, healing and protecting ingredients. It really is the best multi-purpose product I have ever used. My favourite way to use it is as an eye cream because it is simply one of the most hydrating products I’ve used. I also dab it on the odd blemish to help calm and sooth the inflames skin.

I even took it on my recent trip to Amsterdam, in my hand luggage so I could use it on the plane. It does come in a handy 20ml travel size but I took my 60ml tub and I used it as my lip balm, eye cream, on my cuticles as well as on a few blemishes and a couple of pesky blemish scars. So I really put it to good use! I just love how hydrating, nourishing and gentle it is and I think it is incredible that it can be used in so many ways. It now comes everywhere with me!

Books I’ve Read Lately 2018 Part 2

Books I've Read in 2018 Part 2

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

I kept seeing this book in Waterstones & heard so many people saying how good it was so I knew I had to read it too. It did not disappoint & lived up to every good review I’d read. I loved it and was completely gripped from beginning to end. This book is the diary entries from an NHS Junior Doctor from 2004 until 2010, I laughed (a lot), cried and quite often gasped out loud at almost every page. This is an eye-opening, honest and quite often shocking account of working on the front line in the NHS from a Junior Doctors perspective. I loved the way is written and I won’t give anything away but I cried and laughed in equal measures. It is heartbreaking to think our NHS staff are working almost 100 hour weeks at the expense of their mental and physical well-being. I urge you to add this book to your reading list, I think it should be a mandatory read for everyone.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Another true story and an account of a middle-aged couple who find themselves in a situation beyond their control and completely out of their depth. This book gave me the sobering realisation that we are all only ever one step from losing everything, I found this humbling and inspiring. I felt like I was walking with Ray & her husband Moth every step of their journey. This story will lift your spirits, inspire you to embrace the unexpected and reminds you to be a little kinder to people you meet along the way. I found this book to be a quick read and I recommended it to my Mum who also really enjoyed it too.

Stalins Daughter

Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan 

I am completely fascinated by Russia and always gravitate towards books about its rich history and culture. It’s a country that has been through so many changes and it’s people have so often triumphed over adversity. I couldn’t wait to read this book when I heard about it.

Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan is an in-depth account of the little princess of the Kremlin who never escapes her father’s legacy. Svetlana endures so many tragedies in her early life, most at the hands of her brutal father Josef Stalin but after his death, she learns more about the extent of his reign of terror and makes the decision to defect from Russia.
Then begins a life of emotional turmoil and her constant search for peace that sadly never came. This is an emotional account of Russia’s most important defector. I found it heartbreaking that she wasn’t able to become her true self. The world just wouldn’t allow her to be anything other than Stalin’s Daughter and that was such a heavy burden to bear.

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

This book by Viktor E Frankl who is a Holocaust survivor and a leading psychiatrist explores what keeps people from giving up & what gives a life meaning and purpose. He talks about his time in Auswitch and how the people who managed to survive the longest were the ones who refused to succumb to depression or a broken heart but instead had an attitude of hope which gave their life meaning and purpose. They were the ones that helped people at any cost even if they made the smallest difference, they were the ones that refused to give away their inner fight for survival. You learn a lot about the strength of the human spirit.  It is a very interesting book and one that makes me realise your attitude can have such a positive impact upon everything you do. If like me you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or having a low time of it, this book might help you focus and make some positive changes to the way you think and your ability to focus on the good.

The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana

This is a book about solving a crime that happened years before, about understanding family lies and secrets that stop the truth from surfacing. It all centres around what happened to Gabriella 30 years ago and her sister Anna returning to the family home to finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I thought it was a little hard to follow in places but I couldn’t put it down and loved the twists and turns. If you like crime/mystery novels this is one to add to your reading list for 2018.

The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This is so out of my comfort zone and not the usual genre I go for, it is what I would call a crime/fantasy/thriller. Most people describe it as a gothic novel and I would agree. Set against the backdrop of post World War II Barcelona and centres around the enchanting Cemetery of Lost Books and what one boy discovers there. The Shadow of the Wind’ becomes a hunger to discover what really happened to its author Julian Carax to save those left behind. There is no quiet moment in this book, my heart was always in my mouth and I couldn’t put it down. It is enchanting, harrowing and the plot is so dark in places that I was scared to read it at night (what a wimp, I know). I enjoyed it from start to finish and want to read more books from Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Bring Me Back by B A Paris

Bring Me Back by B A Paris

Now, this was a book I really did not enjoy, it was disjointed and odd. It is about the disappearance of a young woman 12 years ago & the odd things that start happening that question what really happened to her all those years ago. If she is dead or alive. I found the whole book far-fetched and not very well written. Not a book I would recommend at all!

Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

I loved Jamie Ford’s debut novel ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweetwhich was a lovely read and I so wanted this book to be as good but although I enjoyed it and loved the main character Ernest Young, I just felt the story wasn’t as gripping. It is set in Seattle and much of the plot centres around the fate of a young Chinese orphan who finds himself in an adult world and all that comes with that life. The story flits between Ernst as a young boy & as an older man and I quite like the way this is done. Although I wouldn’t say this is a must read I would say it is a nice, easy read.

The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans

This was the second book in this roundup which I wasn’t blown away by. It was quite boring in parts and often I felt the story was rushed. This is a story that will leave you with more questions than answers and I struggled to connect with any of the main characters. This is a book to avoid!

If you have any book recommendations please leave them in the comments, I’d love to hear them.