Sunday, 21 February 2016

L'Occitane// Mother's Day Gift Ideas

L'Occitane Mother's Day Gift Ideas

L'Occitane Mother's Day Gift Ideas

L'Occitane Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Hello again! It's almost that time of the year for us to show our appreciation to that special lady in our lives. She's faced sleepness nights, snotty noses and let's not talk about those teenage tantrums. She was right about alot of things (even if you wouldn't admit it to her face) and for that she deserves a big thank you. If you're struggling to find gift ideas for Mother's Day, I've put together a L'Occitane gift guide to help make things a little easier.

For those of you who don't know much about L'Occitane it all started from selling distilled Rosemary Oil in Provence (South of France) and spiralled into a brand that many women know and love today.With a focus on using high quality natural ingredients their brand has a luxurious feel to it making their products perfect for Mother's Day gifts. Let's get on with it then, shall we?

1. L'Occitane Hand Cream Trio £22.00

The perfect gift to make up for washing all those dishes! I've actually tried a few of their hand creams in the past and I can vouch for how lovely they are. This L'Occitane hand cream trio comes in a signature gift box featuring 

- 30ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
- 30ml Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
- 30ml Almond Delicious Hands

This product is a bit of a splurge but nothing says Mother's Day like a pot of anti wrinkle cream. This non comedogenic and dermatologically tested cream is suitable for normal to dry skin. Precious anti wrinkle cream claims to visibly correct deep wrinkles, smooths and restores firmness to the skin. 

What is better than one bottle perfume? The answer is three bottles of perfume (of course). This set contains three L'Occitane bestselling fragrances with beautiful scented notes of Cherry Blossom, Roses and Reines and Pivoine Flora. Contains 2 x 7.50ml and 1 x 5 ml. Perfect for the lady who can never have enough fragrances to choose from!
Every momma needs a beautiful scented candle to help her wind down on an evening. This one is the White Blossoms candle which L'Occitane claims to smell like a bouquet of white flowers with delicate powdery notes. Containing Lilac, lily of the Valley, Honeysuckle and Magnolia it sounds perfect for any floral lover with a burn time of up to 19 hours. As for the holder, it's bang on trend and definitely one to have on display.

5. L'Occitane Repairing Hair Mask £22

Every mother needs to let her hair down once in a while. This repairing hair mask claims to transform hair from dry and damaged to strong and shiny. Someone needs to get me some of this ASAP. Containing ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, angelica and plant derived amino acids to repair the hair fibre. To create softness and protect those locks it also contains Shea butter and sweet almond oil.

6. L'Occitane Lavender Voyage Set £22

She's had her fair share of sleepless nights over the years so why not give her an early night with this Lavender Voyage set. L'Occitane are known for using the highest quality lavender all the way from Provence which is why this range is so popular. The Lavender Voyage set contains:

- 75ml Lavender Shower Gel
- 75ml Lavender Body Lotion
- 100mg Bonne Mere Lavender Soap
- 30ml Lavender Hand Cream

7. L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream £19

You may have kept your mum on her toes over the years. Why not let her put her feet up for once and indulge with this multi award winning L'Occitane Shea Butter foot cream. Containing shea butter and antiseptic A.O.C lavender essential oil to purify, arnica to reduce redness and irritation relieving tired and irritated feet.

8. L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate £38

How beautiful does the packaging look? It's definitely one for the dressing table. This L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate promises 48 hours of moisturisation whilst making skin firmer and smoother. L'Occitane claim that after one month of using Almond Milk Concentrate body contours are better defined and skin looks firmer and smoother.

It's easy to forget about yourself when you're constantly looking after others. Give her a bit of me time with this Shea Rose and Shea Butter hand and lip set presented in this beautiful limited edition tin illustrated by Soledad. The tin includes:

- 30ml Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream
- 12ml Shea Rose Heart Lip Balm
- 30ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
- 12ml Shea Butter Lip Cream
- A Nail File

10. L'Occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil £29

Who doesn't love a bit of luxury skin care? Suitable for sensitive and dry skin, this Shea and marula face comforting oil regenerates the skin by strengthening the barrier function. Combine it with her favourite moisturiser for soft and glowy skin.

Have you tried any L'Occitane products before? What are your plans for Mother's Day?

*This post is a collaboration with L'Occitane 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Review// The New Cosmopolitan Perfume

Cosmopolitan Perfume
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Cosmopolitan Perfume

Hello lovelies! Is anyone else a perfume hoarder? Hands up, me me me me me! We've come a long way since spritzing those So Kiss Me perfumes and Charlie (in red of course) on the way to school. If you didn't carry one of those in your bag, there was always one girl who had your back when you asked for a sneaky spray between breaks. Now it's not so simple. There's so much choice!

Now I like to pick and choose depending on my mood, season or purely because I like the smell. I have a new perfume that I've been using since December and I think it's something you guys might like to hear about because I can't get enough of it! I was recently sent a bottle of Cosmopolitan's self titled new perfume* to try out. It's about time they brought a perfume out isn't it? I mean, who else is more qualified in knowing what us ladies like? Before I received the perfume I was imagining a scent that depicted all the ladies they feature in their magazines. Strong yet sweet and seductive of course. I wasn't too far off.

They Say:

The Cosmopolitan woman's zest for life is captured in fresh sparkling top notes of mandarin, bergamot and red berries. Then comes the surprisingly seductive heart: hypnotic night- blooming jasmine and the powdery sweetness of heliotrope. Pimento berries give it a rich shot of spice, while carrot seed offers something earthy and unexpected. The base will linger on your skin long after you've sprayed, with powerful patchouli, comforting vanilla and the tobacco-like qualities of tonka.


How could I not mention the packaging. Cosmpolitans's bottle is absolutely stunning with the pink and orange tones running throughout the glass. The bottle has an art deco feel to it with the imprints on the sides and on the lid. As far as looks go, this is a bottle that I'm happy to have on my dressing table.


TOP: Pineapple, bergamot, cardamom, mandarin, nectarine and red berries.
MIDDLE: Saffron, heliotrope, night-blooming jasmine, pimento berries and carrot seed.
BASE: Tonka, Patchouli, musk, sandalwood, vanilla and caramel.

My Thoughts:

As I'm not a perfume expert, I'll try to describe the scent in my own words. Bare with me on this one, I feel like Derek Acorah channelling a ghost. Oooh I'm picking up hints of this and that.

Once you've sprayed Cosmopolitan and let it settle for a few minutes, you can really start to pick out the fruity scents such as the pineapple and the berries. Although this is fruity, it still has some deeper tones to it. In particular I can notice the caramel scent which I love as it adds a warm texture to the fragrance. 

I can definitely say that Cosmpolaitan have got this spot on. Not too strong, not too sweet making it a good transitioning perfume for day to night. One of the most important things about a perfume (scent aside) is the lasting power. I personally can't smell perfume on me after a few hours as I get used to it but my boyfriend has repeatedly told me that I smell nice throughout the day. 

Often we go straight for the well known perfume brands such as Gucci, Prada etc. but I think we should give a big warm welcome to the newcomer in the perfume department. Cosmopolitan have killed it. As always though, I'd give perfume a tester in store first as smell is completely subjective to the person but I personally think this is a great all rounder. Cosmpolitan is an Eau De Parfum and comes in three sizes 30ml (£28) 50ml (£38) and 100ml (£48). These are now available at Boots so if you fancy a browse I'll leave a link HERE.

Have you tried Cosmopolitan yet? Throw some of your favourite Spring scents at me!