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Perfume Society .. Hidden Treasures!

Have you tried the amazing scents with the Perfume Society yet?

the40somethingbeautyblogger

Hello everyone,

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This has to be my favourite fine fragrance box from Perfume Society yet! I love every Fine Fragrance in this box, I really do.

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The fragrances in this box are all unisex so if you don’t fancy one you can pass it on to your other half 🙂 (not a chance of that happening here with these)

oudh wood A (2)

Well for a start I have a real passion for Oudh, a small vial of pure Oudh can sell for thousands and thousands of pounds and it just has an expensive, luxury sent that I want to keep smelling and smelling, beautiful!

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I will quickly review  the scents in the box as you get a lot for your money! I am a member of the Perfume Society so I get these amazing boxes for £10 delivered … I have learnt so much…

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Perfume Society .. Hidden Treasures!

Hello everyone,

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This has to be my favourite fine fragrance box from Perfume Society yet! I love every Fine Fragrance in this box, I really do.

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The fragrances in this box are all unisex so if you don’t fancy one you can pass it on to your other half 🙂 (not a chance of that happening here with these)

oudh wood A (2)

Well for a start I have a real passion for Oudh, a small vial of pure Oudh can sell for thousands and thousands of pounds and it just has an expensive, luxury sent that I want to keep smelling and smelling, beautiful!

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I will quickly review  the scents in the box as you get a lot for your money! I am a member of the Perfume Society so I get these amazing boxes for £10 delivered … I have learnt so much from them plus I get to try lots of niche and artisan scents I probably would not have tried in my lifetime!

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Ok First up is Jean Patou, Joy Forever(£68 for 30ml)  and it is from the Floral Fragrance Family: This is an update on the original Joy fragrance invented in 1929 which then and even now took the world by storm. It is a perfect scent for a summers day and it wears really well, long lasting. With top notes of Bergamont, Mandarin, Malbanum, Heart notes of Rose and Jasmine (this is what i really pick up in this fragrance) and woody base notes including Sandalwood, Cedarwood, amber and White Musk.

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Illuminum  Vetiver Oudh (£150 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Woody. I did not think I was a fan of woody scents but it turns out I am(adore them)  I just do not like really dry woody scents very much. With a top note of Sicilian Bergamont, Heart notes of Madagascan and Javanese Vetiver, myrrh and base notes of Patchoui and Madras Oudh. The ingredients in this scent may be more simple than some of the others but it does not make it any less of a truly sensual fragrance, moreish!

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Fortnum and Mason 1707 Noir (full size £145 for 50ml) Fragrance Family: Woody this is a warm, softly spiced with top notes of Grapefruit, Pink Berries, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cumin, Heart notes of Oudh, Rose, Saffron and Cashmere, with base notes of White Musk, Amber, Vanilla and Sandalwood. It does smell exotic but in a very soft way. It feels like a luxurious but very comforting scent, very mellow.

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Penhaligon’s Malabah,(£75 for 50ml)  Fragrance Family: Oriental. Penhaligons take  fragrances and create so many complex  blends that give a fragrance so many layers. I have yet to not like one of their fragrances and as they day goes on they reveal more layers and depth to the scent and Malabah does not dissapoint! With top notes of Lemon, Earl Grey tea and corriander leaf, Heart notes of ginger, nutmeg, cardamon, rose, orris and base notes of sweet amber, sandalwood and musk. The longer I wear this fragrance the more sensual and sexier it smells on my skin ..

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Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud (£126 for 75ml) Fragrance Family Woody .. ahhhhhhhh heavenly! Inoxicating but not over powering! Top notes of Bergamont, Pink Peppercorn, Heart note of Jasmine, Tuberose, Base notes of Oud, Patchoula, Sandalwooj, Vetiver and amber. Soft, sensual, addictive, beautiful <3.

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Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin,(£200 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Woody. This cologne has an 18% concerntration of raw oils making it a potent and long lasting heady scent for the senses and the skin. The longer you wear it  the deeper and more sensous the fragrance becomes. Top notes of Bergamont, Limette, Saffron, Base notes of Caledonian Sandalwood, gaiac wood (no idea), white musk, Base notes of Papyrus, cedar wood and vanilla. Very warming and this one I would possible give to a male friend just so i could sit and sniff it off them 🙂

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Bex London SW1X (£98 for 100ml) Fragrance Family: Chypre SW1X is the posh London prefix for everything lush and expensive and this perfume is designed to reflect that. It is a complex blend of fragrances that are very luxurious, again warming because of the spices and exotic with the absolutes and oils. It has Top notes of Lemon, Bergamont, Mandarin, Basil, Pink Pepper, Heart notes of Clove, Rose, Saffron, Muguet, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Osmanthus and err Printers Ink (they had a wee accident and some of the scent fell on some cash and it must have improved the scent lol), Base notes of Moss, Oudh, Leather, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Tonka Bena, Patchouli and Amber!

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Annick Goutal L’ile Aue The  (from £67 for 50ml) Fragrance family: Fresh. This is a lovely summers day scent it is zesty, clean, energising, simple but stunning and very uplifting. A real boost on a warm day .. summer in a bottle Top note of Mandarin, Heart notes of Tea Absolute, Osmanthus, Base note of White Musks.

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Pierre Bourdon La Fin D’un ETE(£80 for 100ml) (please pardon my lack of French typing and all other typo’s). Fragrance family: Floral .Simple, refreshing, slightly heady and stunning. This is a warm summers day. Chilling with friends. Top note of Ginger, Heart note of Jasmine and base note of Patchouli .. sometimes that is all and everything you need … carefree and happy! Created by one of the world’s top perfumers Pierre came back one last time to do a set of the fragrances he always dreamed of creating. This is one of those Iconic Scents!

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Miller Harris Cassis En Fuille (from £65 for 50ml Fragrance family: Fruity Floral. This fragrance tho very complex is beautifully made, it has had me entranced since I first sprayed it, well not straight away but as it settled onto my skin and the little piece of card i had sprayed it on caught my attention over and over. It is truly beautiful in my humble opinion. I really am in love with it! Top notes of Italian Bergamont, Galbanum, Blackcurrant, Heart notes of Egyptian Geranium, Tomato leaf, Virginia Cedarwood and musk. It just gets better and better for me. Such a truly stunning scent I cannot get enough of! Lingers beautifully on my skin and is a full bodied rich scent.

Also included in this fragrance box is an award winning AD Skin Synergy Night Treatment Facial Oil (5 ml normally £38 for 50ml)  full of essential oils of Rose, Neroli, Frankincense and Jasmine. I have used this many times before, it sinks into the skin well and left overnight to work it’s magic it gives you lovely soft, hydrated skin in the morning.

Plus there is a travel sized Couto cult toothpaste from Portugal which I have also tried, lovely fresh and minty!

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As a member of Perfume Society I not only get a wealth of knowledge of fragrance and I really have learnt so much from them about what I really do like whereas before I really did not have a clue where to start!

Members get these boxes for £10 and I just find the quality, knowledge and Artisan Fragrances incredible value for my money ..

Have you tried any of the Perfume Society boxes yet?

You can find them here Perfume Society they all come beautifully packaged with info cards on everything in the box included

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

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The Fighting Fifty Beauty Product Review June 2015 The Fighting Fifty Beauty Product Review June 2015

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Vita Liberata Luxury Tan in Medium really is pHenomenal

Hi everyone,

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Well FINALLY there is a little sunshine in Northern Ireland!! Still not warm enough to be sunbathing .. but it does make you feel like you want a little colour!

I have tried so many fake tans and being very fair they all tended to give me a touch of the Oompah Loompah which as far as I am concerned is not a good look. I would rather be milk bottle white with a good hint of blue than orange.

This is where Vita Liberata is different, invented by a local lady  Alyson Hogg she clearly understood the dilemma for thousands and thousands of scarilly white Irish women 🙂.

My first application of this product was very light, I exfoliated like a mad thang and then applied. You shake it well and then it bubbles out onto your tan mitt, I think this stops you over loading your mitt and your skin.

Good thing about this mousse is that it is build able. I was scared of using too much at first because I had in my head if I made a mistake then I was stuck with it but I can see this is an extremely well thought out product and if you want a really deep tan then you apply a few more layers and keep topping up.

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What I got was a beautiful golden healthy glow that took my whiteness away and left me feeling and looking a lot healthier all over. Hands down this is the best self tan I have EVER tried!

It didn’t stink of biscuits and though the guide colour looked a bit dark before my shower I really love the colour underneath, it has faded really amazingly too, not a patch in sight!

How they get it to colour your skin and not your bedding too is another great point to make and an important one, there was very little actually came off onto my bedding or clothes. A few minutes after applying I was able to get dressed and into bed.

Oh and it is organic .. YES!!

I am now spoiled for any other tanners, I should have known a long time ago Alyson would have put everything into her products and she really has .. to find a tan that is a beautiful shade for me for summer means the world! I can now look as healthy and tanned as everyone else!

This tan is not called PHenomenal for nothing it can last up to 2-3 weeks, you build it up to the shade you want and it comes in Fair, Medium and Dark so there is something there for us all (mine is medium), it is so easy to apply it is idiot proof (that’s me lol), dries really fast, doesn’t smell so you can get on with your day straight away, it has a moisture locking in mechanism, all tans are much better with lots of moisture in and it fades so naturally it is unreal.

This Vita Liberata Luxury Tan does everything they say it will and it leaves you with the most natural beautiful colour it really does and I think it is worth paying a bit more for a result you will want to go back to time and time again .. I have faith in it now and really trust in it now!

You can check out here at the Libbie CLub where I am a brand ambassador! It comes with a free tanning mitt too and you can also get free postage so worth a look 🙂

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If you would like to check out the other offers on my Club page you can do so here Libbie Club Page

That is it for now folks

so bye from a sunny Portrush

Nicola xx

Ancienne Ambience Goddess Pure Rose Floral Waters

Have you tried the Amazing Goddess Waters from Ancienne Ambiance yet x

the40somethingbeautyblogger

Hi Folks,

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No Sign of summer yet here in Northern Ireland tho it might feel slightly warmer today but still extremely wet lol …  I would like to tell you about my love and passion for my Ancienne Ambience Goddess Rose Pure Floral Water!

It is a real staple in my skin care routine that I cannot and will not be without! It is paraben and preservative free, it is a natural hydrolat .. meaning that is really helps to hydrate your skin. Something I need a lot because as I get older my skin has gotten so much drier and in constant need of moisture.

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I know this has been said so many times before but the power of rose and good quality rose products on the skin is simply amazing.  It can really help with redness and problem skin like rosacea. Really soothing…

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Ancienne Ambience Goddess Pure Rose Floral Waters

Hi Folks,

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No Sign of summer yet here in Northern Ireland tho it might feel slightly warmer today but still extremely wet lol …  I would like to tell you about my love and passion for my Ancienne Ambience Goddess Rose Pure Floral Water!

It is a real staple in my skin care routine that I cannot and will not be without! It is paraben and preservative free, it is a natural hydrolat .. meaning that is really helps to hydrate your skin. Something I need a lot because as I get older my skin has gotten so much drier and in constant need of moisture.

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I know this has been said so many times before but the power of rose and good quality rose products on the skin is simply amazing.  It can really help with redness and problem skin like rosacea. Really soothing the red sore skin taking down the redness, soothing and hydrating.

Use it cooled out of the fridge on hot eyes to take down any irritation or puffiness or on sunburnt skin to cool and hydrate hot skin and take down inflammation.

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Rosewater or rosehip oil will take down the redness of a spot over night too! Spray some on cleansed skin and see 🙂

Pure Rose Goddess Water is  also a natural mood boosters and are lovely to just spritz around you when you are hot, bothered and tired.

I use my Pure Rose Floral Water as my toner, i keep it fresh and cool in the fridge and use morning and night. I put a good spritz onto my face and because it is pure,  I don’t have to wipe it off! I can just let it sink into my skin as I get dressed or undressed ..

For healthy happy skin it is essential you get your first 2 steps right and that is cleansing and toning so your skin is prepared to accept your serums/oils/moisturizer or else they do not get to work properly or sink in as needed.

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I searched a long time to find a floral water at a decent price and this is the one for me, most toners are 200ml and are kept stable by alcohol which can not only be very drying on the skin they can really irritate it too.

Ancienne Ambience pure floral waters are £20 for 300ml and the best value and quality I have found. Even the nozzle on the bottles are great and deliver a lovely even spritz onto my face every time.

If you have not yet tried the power of rose I urge you to give it a go and your skin will love you for it x

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Ancienne Ambience do a really good range of Pure Floral waters and you can find them here.. be sure to click on each one and read what they can do to find the right one for you Pure Goddess Waters (who doesn’t want to embrace their inner Goddess after all!)

Ancienne Ambiance does an amazing range of the most incredible smelling beauty products from their soaps (another love, pure and non drying) to bath and body items and candles, my wish list is endless lol ..

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Have you tried these amazing floral waters yet?

Bye for now peeps

Nicola xx