Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle | #Holidays2015

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Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle

Hi PrettyGlossBlog readers!

One of my favorite (and affordable) home decor items from my #Christmas2015 shopping is the Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Candle from Marks & Spenser. As the New Year #2016 is just a day away I thought it was the best time to light up this beautiful candle and feel relaxed during this holiday season.

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon are the scents which have always been associated with Christmas and the holiday season. Warm winter aromas of spice cinnamon, peppery cloves, nutmeg and zesty sweet mandarin bring much need comfort and cheer to these cold days and nights. Looking at the peaceful candle nicely lit on my bedside is such a treat. I love to snuggle in my bed with a book in hand and can spend an entire day like that. What I love most about this candle is that it is hand filled with selected decorative natural botanical which are slightly visible through the candle wax. Not to forget the beautiful aroma of this candle while lit, has amazing aromatherapy properties. It works wonders for me! At a price tag of £ 7.50 £ 3.50this candle is a beautiful decor item for your space.  

Which was your favorite holiday candle this year?



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Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights | #Christmas2015

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Hi Lovelies,

In the last post I shared how I spent (maybe a bit too much) on Christmas decor online this year. One of the things that I really wanted to have for decoration this time around are scented candles! I love scented candles - so much so that I am not too sure if I would pick a favorite perfume or a scented candle if I come across such a situation; it will be that difficult to decide! Scented candles have such amazing aromatherapy properties and these work wonders for me! Next time you cannot decide what to buy for your lovely lady, try a scented candle.

Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights
Mandarin, Clove & Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights

I came across these super adorable Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights with red glitter at Marks & Spencer online. They also had Frankincense and Myrrh Scented Glitter Tealights which had gold glitter on them as well as Winter Scented Glitter Tealights with silver glitter. I personally liked red ones as these went with my Christmas tree red baubles and rest of the decoration theme around the house. Red is also a very radiant and warm color and that is what I wanted, to create a cosy ambiance around the house. And, did I mention these smell like heaven!? Though I do adore the fragrance of Frankincense as well, I believe the beautiful aroma of zesty sweet Mandarin, peppery Cloves and spice Cinnamon is a very comforting which really set the mood as this is one of the signature Christmas scents. Once lit, these are relaxing yet festive to look at and a wonderful way to cheer up during these cold days and nights. Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon Scented Glitter Tealights come in a pack of twenty and at £ 5.00 is a really good purchase.
Which candles have you bought?

You can purchase these ONLINE here


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Set of 2 Reindeer Mugs | #Christmas2015

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Hi Lovelies,

It's the most wonderful time of the year..

Set of 2 Reindeer Mugs
Set of 2 Reindeer Mugs from next.uk
Set of 2 Reindeer Mugs

Last night I unpacked my favorite Christmas Tree and assembled it into one piece (am I late?). I still have not put up all the decorations yet but wanted to, at least place it where it should be at this time of the year. I ordered a lot of Christmas decorations online this season, I may have overdone it too but its Christmas after all! That's what we do at this time of the year. I know I need to be modest and have a kind heart towards the less fortunate but I am sure spending on the festivity during this time makes everything so magical and worthwhile. Do you agree? 

Over the weekend, I received my first order of the season, and I would love to share the details with you. I ordered a Set of Two Reindeer Mugs from Next online which I think are really cute, festive as well as economical. At £ 7.00 these seemed like a good purchase. These came in two colors - red and white. Both have similar pattern of reindeers printed on them. However, on the red mug the reindeer is white in color with a faded design and on the white one it is printed in red. I love this contrast of red and white and cannot wait to use these for my morning coffee!

How do you like these? Let me know.

You can purchase these ONLINE here


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"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder | Fragrance

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Hi Lovelies!

Behold - my favorite fragrance of 2015!

"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder is a lush floral, woody fragrance that stole my heart! In my recent post I mentioned how the brand Estee Lauder brings sweet memories from the past. My first ever designer fragrance was Intuition which is one of my favorite fragrances as well. I still remember how I enjoyed every bit of that fragrance. It was a spicy, oriental fragrance which complimented by personality and gave me a lot of confidence. Later on, I "developed feelings" for the brand and tried many fragrances like Pleasures, Pleasures Intense, Pure White Linen which are light and easy-to-wear.

"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder

"B e   a n   i n s p i r a t i o n ... "

Love at first sight - the bottle is cute as a button. Perfectly dressed for all times, the bottle has a cute 3D bow in navy shade on its spray. It is a transparent bottle otherwise and comes in a modern and beautiful blush pink box with the bottle draw on it. Notice how the bow looks so real with that gold shade! The bottle itself is such an attractive addition to your vanity.
Be an inspiration. Experience the fragrance that captures your style, your confidence, your creative spirit. An alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek woods. Two distinctively different accords - Jasmine Accord and Sleek Woods Accord - provide an intriguing dual impression. It's a true innovation in fragrance design, as complex and fascinating as the woman who inspires it. - Estee Lauder
"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder
"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder
"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder
"Modern Muse" by Estee Lauder

The new fragrance concept by Estee Lauder is based on the dual impression of two contrasting accords - floral and woody. I personally love woody fragrances but this unique blend of sparkling florals and sleek woods is as sensuous as you can imagine. The first ever spray I made on my wrist once I un-boxed the bottle of Modern Muse by Estee Lauder took me years back to my school days instantly. I still, to date, have not forgotten the beautiful and warm fragrance of my favorite flower, Sweet Peas which were in abundance at our school garden. I would walk around that areas multiple times just to smell the sweet fragrance of these spring blooms. Though Modern Muse does not smell much like Sweet Peas, it sure brought back those exciting memories. Personally, I would prefer to keep this fragrance for spring time but I love to admit that I had to put away my Coco Mademoiselle just to enjoy this scent a bit more. 

Modern Muse by Estee Lauder is for a confident, inspiring and independent woman. She is soft and strong yet dynamic. Without saying a word, she inspires everyone with her presence. To be honest, I can wear this fragrance everywhere - office, parties, date, dinner, formal events, even to bed! A tiny spray on my wrists before going to sleep and I wake up smelling like heaven! Did I mention it is also one of the few fragrances I received most compliments on? Yes and that too for the opposite sex. *ahem* 

Dating Tip: Spray your hair brush with a spritz of your favorite fragrance and then brush your hair with it for that lingering fragrance. 


Did I convince you enough? 



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Aisle Style | Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses

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Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses

Hi lovelies,

I cannot begin to say how excited I am about today's post! How many of you pretty ladies would admit that they always dream of that perfect fairy tale wedding day! While the wedding gown has and will always remain on top of THE most desired item of your big day, looking for bridesmaid dress is an equally challenging job that would definitely give you a few sleepless nights. And before you even begin to think that you have ample amount of time to search for those perfect bridesmaid dresses, the big day will be just around the corner! I have personally experienced this on my sister's wedding where I could not get everything done even an hour before the wedding reception. In the end ,I attended the reception without having any nail polish on and makeup retouches - imagine that!

Now, you may have your own preferences of how you and your girls would want to shortlist that perfect bridesmaid dress, let me make this task as easy as it can get. There are plenty of online stopovers that you may already be aware of but Aisle Style is one place that definitely has a lot more to offer than what is already out there. This unique website offers you a wide range of gorgeous bridesmaid dress (along with wedding gowns, prom dresses and evening dresses) that are worth every penny!

I have gone through the entire website and I must say the pages and layout are so user-friendly. You will find your desired dress in just a few clicks by simply clicking on your preferences. At Aisle Style you will come across dresses that suit your personal style, from various silhouettes, hemlines and trains to necklines and embellishments. You can also choose different styles from chic and modern, to glamorous and dramatic, to even country and rustic themed dresses. I love the embellishments on almost every gown. These are not only beautiful crystal broaches and crystal detailing but also lace and sashes with appliques and my all-time favorite beads and sequins! Not only this, you get to pick from beautiful contemporary shades of colors along with traditional ones. Each dress is made with craftsmanship and details that will give you not just a beautiful bridesmaid dress but also something that you can re-wear later on as well therefore adding more value to your purchase. Having said that, I did a little search and rounded up a few show-stopping bridesmaid dresses from Aisle Style that I absolute loved!

Bridesmaid Dress   £ 126.99
Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid Dress   £ 210.00
Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses
Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses
Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses
Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses

Aisle Style Collection 2016 Bridesmaid Dresses

So what do you think? Did I make it easy for you?
xoxo

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Estee Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Serum

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Hi lovelies,

I hope all of you remember some time back I did a post on Sheshido Ultimute Power Infusing Concentrate and how I think in my 30's I want to have more specialized skincare regime than before. During my 20's one of my all time favorite brand for fragrances was Estee Lauder. My first designer fragrance was Intuition by Estee Lauder, sweet memory of which is still embedded in my mind. In time, I discovered that Estee Lauder does not only create beautiful fragrances (my other favorites: Pleasures, Pleasures Intense, Pure White Linen, Modern Muse) but also gorgeous makeup and luxury skincare. Over the years, I looked up to this brand for luxury fragrances and now when I really want to invest in anti-ageing skin care regime I picked one of Estee Lauder's best sellers - Advanced Night Repair serum.

B e a u t y   S l e e p   i s   r e a l ...."

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum comes in a slightly transparent dark brown bottle with a gold colored cap. It comes with a dropper which makes it so hygienic to use and gives you more control on the amount of product you need every time. The texture of the serum is quite watery with a very mild scent. The consistency, however is dense but it absorbs nicely in the skin. I would say I am not too fond of the scent it has though it is very light almost odourless: I feel it has a bit of a 'medicated' feel to it. On the outside, the packaging is of light bluish shade with the brand's seal in gold on top which looks beautiful! Fighting all the key signs of ageingEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum seemed like the best choice. I have always preferred skincare products made specifically for night time. I believe a product works best on a nicely cleansed skin while you are asleep. As a nightly ritual, I cleanse my face thoroughly (you can use Estee Lauder's cleansers) and pat dry. I take around 2 - 3 drops of the serum and massage a little on my fingertips. Then I smooth in gently with my fingertips all over my face and neck in an outward motion. 

It has been more than two weeks now that I am using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. It has a combination of vitamins and anti-oxidants that aim to repair the skin while you sleep. The brand spent great amount of time and effort to find out the effects of lack of sleep on our skin and finally created a formula that combats skin ageing in a much better way. Skin cells of bad sleepers (count me in!) do not recover well during the night, moreover skin looses a lot of moisture as well hence the signs of ageing. With ChromoluxCB Technology, cell renewal and cell regeneration gets a boost to make your skin feel smoother, younger and more radiant. It is ideal for:

Multiple Signs of Ageing
Visible Age Prevention
Dryness, Dehydration
Lines and Wrinkles
Dullness, Loss of Radiance
Oil-Free

In two weeks, I have felt that my skin looks brighter and plumped up. Initially, I thought it was due to me sleeping better at night and over weekends. But in time I realized that it was actually Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum doing its work gradually. It will not improve my skin appearance overnight but I am sure I will see more improvement in time. I believe this 50 ml bottle will be enough for more than 2 months. I will show up later with an update when I have used more than half the bottle. The serum is formulated for all skin types so do not worry about break-outs or clogged pores. I, however do not use a moisturizer when I apply this serum. If you are someone like me who loves to give luxury products a try, go for this one!

Which is your favorite luxury skincare product?


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Happy October 2015 !

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Things I love about Autumn

my birthday!   cosy sweaters ♥ many cups of coffee ♥ cold weather
♥ scarves & mittens  bonfires  movie nights  carving pumpkins ♥ lots of cuddling
♥ leaves changing colors  long cool walks ♥ nice, smelling candles ♥ apple picking
♥ soups & herbal tea  crispy mornings ♥ rain ♥ eating seasonal treats ♥ socks
♥ baking  book reading in bed  romance

What are the things you love about Autumn?
Let me know..



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New: L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02

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Hello Lovelies,

My makeup collection is incomplete without an everyday eyeshadow palette. I can compromise on a formal eye shadow palette but not a regular one. I personally love matte eye shadows even on formal occasions with a hint of shimmer. Hence I am always inclined towards matte palettes and a lot of browns and neutrals. I had no clue that L'Oreal Paris had launched eyeshadow palettes until I came across the La Palette Nude Beige 02. This seemed like a must-have' instantly! Here's why..
"L'Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Nude Beige consists of a symphony of nude tones specifically chosen by our make-up designers to create your own glamorous and sophisticated nude eye look."
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02

The 'Beige' La Palette Nude is a gorgeous range earthy tones and nice warm neutral shades, my all time favorite, perfect to create everyday natural looks and even deep brown smoky eyes for evenings. I heard it is pretty close to the YSL Couture Variation Palette. Like most eyeshadow palettes, it comes in slim, black compact casing ideal for travelling and easy to carry around. Name of the palette is written in front and also has a picture of what the eyeshadows look like at the back. Inside it has a nice, big mirror and a double-ended eyeshadow brush with L'Oreal embossed on it.

The La Palette Nude Beige 02 has a total of 10 shades out of which 6 are matte and 4 are shimmer. Quality of the eyeshadows does not disappoint. These are well pigmented and creamy in texture blending nicely with each other. These can also be used with a wet brush though I have not tried this out myself as yet. I usually use the lighter shades of browns along with the highlighter for daytime. The deeper shades of matte browns are perfect for the crease and to create evening looks. The shimmer eyeshadow (second from left) brightens up the eyes especially when I apply this to the inner corner of the eyes, it is one of my eyeshadow favorites from the palette. I have also tried to use the gold-yellow eyeshadow (fifth from left) as highlighter for my cheeks. It looks gorgeous and subtle especially if you are looking for just a hint of shimmer during the day. The only eyeshadow I did not quite like is the blue-black one (right most). It is a dull black, darker than grey but lighter than black which actually is of no use to me. I like my black eye shadows to be very deep and pigmented (think MAC Carbon). However, there is minimal fallout which is such a plus point and even if there is any it went away easily.

L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02
L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude Beige 02

Overall, La Palette Nude Beige 02 is a very handy palette. It is slightly over priced but I personally think the quality is really good compared to other similar palettes therefore I would recommend that you take a look at it next time you come across the L'Oreal Paris counter.

Have you tried this palette yet?  


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The Seductive "Forbidden Flower" | The Body Shop

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Happy Weekend lovelies,

This season I have purchased  dozens of fragrances. However, I also received a few PR samples especially from the bloggers favorite brand The Body Shop. From expensive high-end fragrances to regular everyday body mists, one tiny bottle really captured my attention - Limited Edition Forbidden Flower* Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop. In some (more liberal I suppose) countries it is launched under the name Smoky Poppy. This came as part of a gift hamper I received from The Body Shop sometime back which included the scandalous Red Musk. I only started using it recently and could not admire this lovely fragrance enough hence a new favorite.
The Body Shop says...
"....Inspired by nature's most controversial flower, the poppy
the new limited edition forbidden flower range blends potent moisture, seductive textures 
and a euphoric scent for the ultimate to total body bliss...."

Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop
Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop

Forbidden Flower was launched around Valentines Day earlier this year and hence you can guess a bit of the composition and notes of this fragrance. The entire range comes in a dark, black containers with a beautiful red, yet mysterious poppy flower on top and will lure you right in. This is something that I haven't seen in any other The Body Shop ranges as most of them are light and bright in color. All I can say is that the new launches are just getting better ad better! There is something definitely dark and sultry about this fragrance.

The mysterious yet seductive Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette is inspired by the controversial poppy flower. A flower which is beautiful (have you seen poppy fields?), intoxicating and dangerous (do you know why?) at the same time. The fragrance is infused with extracts of oil-rich and hand-picked poppies from Ankara region of Turkey. According to Greek methodology, the poppy flower symbolizes love and fertility as well as goddess of harvest, Demeter. All this talk and information about the poppy flower made me wonder how the actual flower smelled! I'm not sure if I will be able to do the former but if it smells as beautiful as Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette then its sweet and sexy at the same time and absolutely gorgeous!

Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop
Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop
Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop
Forbidden Flower Eau de Toilette by The Body Shop

If I talk specifically about the fragrance itself - its Euphoric! This fragrance is not your typical The Body Shop floral. On first spray, the fragrance is bold but not loud. It begins with a smoky, almost incense like notes but remains subtle. Once the fragrance settles down it transforms into something floral and powdery. Being of of the most seductive and indulgent fragrance (and range) to date, Forbidden Flower is a captivating blend of sultry warm spices, elegant floral and earthy-woody heart notes. Seducing all those who dare - it is a dose blissfully addictive scent that leaves you longing for more.

I have read a lot of reviews for Forbidden Flower over the web where some compared it to YSL Opium and called it a lighter version of the fragrance. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to smell Opium to make a comparison. I do, however, had a detailed sniff of Chanel No 5 and believe me when I say it; the two definitely have something in common. It was not hard to figure out the similarities. Both fragrances turn powdery as they reach the heart notes and hence have a slight retro feel to it. Though Forbidden Flower is a very modern fragrance, poppy flower give this fragrance character and depth, and hence in comparison with high street fragrance like YSL Opium.

If you like floral scents with that certain something you will love Forbidden Flower! Its available in a 30 ml Eau de Toilette along with an entire collection that contains items like bath bombs, massage oil, shower gel, body scrub, body butter and body lotion. For guys - The range also makes a beautiful gift for your girl-friend, wife, your best friend, sister and even mom! Its very wearable during daytime and suitable for everyday use. I have it on continuous rotation ever since the first spray and absolutely mesmerized by this tiny bottle filled with seductive aroma.

You are only a spritz away from seduction..


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Neutrogena | Fine Fairness Cleanser

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Hi lovelies,

So, reverting back to Neutrogena, I picked Fine Fairness Cleanser recently. This cleanser is part of the Neutrogena's Fine Fairness Range created to assure women of fair and radiant skin that lasts. I've had enough of the tan I got recently while driving my car daily to and back from work. I've always had great experience with Neutrogena products in the past. These have always been my go-to products. I've recently reviewed Neutrogena's Deep Clean Gentle Scrub and had amazing results with this product. Hence, the motivation to invest into a few more quality skin care products.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cleanser
What Neutrogena says..
"..Fine Fairness® works because of Neutrogena Healthy White Complex. This technology is composed of nature's activities - Essential Soy, stabilized Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 and Portaluca - and serves as the foundation of Fine Fairness®..."

Essential Soy is a patented soy extract that limits transfer of melanin to keratinocytes (outermost layer of skin) in order to achieve fair and clear skin.

Stabilized Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that blocks free radicalls, and reduces Tyrosinase, an essential enzyme in melanin formation. This stable form of Vitamin C ensures a prolonged release for a long-lasting healthy glow. 

Vitamin B3 enhances skin renewal and turnover.

Portulaca soothes inflammation to reduce pigmentation that is often triggered by inflammation. 

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cleanser comes in a squeeze-tube container. The cleanser has a soft, rich and creamy texture with mild fragrance. I squeeze a small amount on my palm and work it all over my face and neck. It feels soft and gentle on the skin and gently lifts dirt and excessive oil from the skin. I badly need this treatment these days since by skin is really acting up due to the hot and humid weather. After every wash I feel my skin has rejuvenated with no oil residue but without stripping skin of its natural moisture. The cleanser also lifts the skin dulling dead cells leaving my skin feeling radiant. Not only this, the ingredients explained about like Vitamin C and Essential Soy along with proven skin lighters help skin with that desired fair glow.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cleanser
Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cleanser

The Neutrogena Fine Fairness Range also includes Lotion, Toner, Brightening Moisture, Deep Whitening Mask and Serum. All these products, infused with Healthy White Complex work in 8 synergistic ways to give you radiant skin.

1. Protects your skin from UVB rays.
2. Shields you from UVA rays.
3. Restores healthy skin by helping block free radicals.
4. Prevents skin darkening by helping to normalize melanin production.
5. Blocks the appearance of melanin so skin stays clear.
6. Enhances surface skin renewal.
7. Helps calm and soothe skin to maintain an even tone.
8. Lightens skin by providing an immediate effect.

So there you are! So many more reasons to give Neutrogena's Fine Fairness Range a try. Let me know if you are already using any of the products.


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