Fragrance

Ghost Fragrances For Christmas

Recently I did my 2017 Beauty Gift Guide and in it I mentioned how gifting perfume to a person can sometimes be a bit of a hazard. This is really only because not everyone likes the same scents, and what may smell lovely to you may not necessary be pleasant to someone else. Ghost Fragrances however have done something unique this Christmas in that they’ve brought out various different gift sets in each of their different scents meaning there will be something that will definitely appeal to everyone. I was lucky enough to get scent some of the mini sets to review but I’m going to leave them until the end and quick list the info of the other gift sets first along with prices.

Limited Edition For Christmas 2017

Exclusive to Superdrug

Ghost Beauty Collection
Price:
45 Pounds

Contains: 30ml Ghost Deep Night Perfume, 5ml Ghost Original Traveller, 10ml Ghost Eclipse Traveller, Deep Night Nail Polish, Candle, Eyeshadow Palette, Makeup Bag.

GHOST Beauty Box

Ghost Mini Trio
Price:
 12 Pounds

Contains: 10ml Ghost Deep Night Traveller, 10 Ghost Eclipse Traveller, Lipgloss.

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Exclusive to The Perfume Shop

Ghost Christmas Star
Price:
40 Pounds

Contains: 30ml Ghost Dream Fragrance, 5ml Ghost Original Traveller, 5ml Ghost Sweetheart Traveller, 10ml Ghost Dream Night Traveller, 10ml Ghost Eclipse, 10ml White Light. [In this you’re basically getting every single scent available within the ghost range].

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Ghost Whitelight Gift Sets: 50ml
Price:
 38 pounds

Contains: 50ml Ghost Whitelight Fragrance, 10ml Whitelight Traveller, lipgloss, nail polish, mirror, makeup bag.

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30ml Gift Set
Price:
27 Pounds

Contains: 30ml Ghost Whitelight Fragrance, Mirror.

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10ml Stocking Stuffer
Price:
8 pounds

Contains: 10ml Traveller and Nail Polish

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Exclusive to Boots

Ghost Sweetheart 30ml Gift Set
Price:
27 Pounds

Contains: 30ml Sweetheart Fragrance and Candle

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Everything else is not exclusive to any one store. As far as I know you can purchase the rest from all of the suppliers which I’m going to list below.

Ghost Dream Gift Set: 50ml
Price:
38 Pounds

Contains: 50ml Dream Fragrance, 10ml Traveller, Mirror, Diary, Pen, 2 Nail Polishes.

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30ml Dream Gift Set
Price:
27 Pounds

Contains: 30ml Dream Fragrance and Mirror

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10ml Dream Stocking Stuffer
Price:
8 Pounds

Contains: 10ml Traveller and Nail Polish

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Ghost Sweetheart 50ml Gift Set
Price:
38 Pounds

Contains: 50ml Sweetheart Fragrance, Candle, Body Butter, 2 Nail Polishes, Makeup Bag

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5ml Sweetheart Stocking Stuffer
Price:
8 Pounds

Contains: 5ml Traveller and Nail Polish

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Ghost Eclipse 30ml Gift Set
Price:
 27 Pounds

Contains: 30 Fragrance and Candle.

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10ml Eclipse Stocking Stuffer
Price:
8 Pounds

Contains: 10ml Traveller and Keyring

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Deep Night

This is available in both a 50ml gift set and a 30ml gift set and I will add images below of them but first let me introduce you to the Mini Set that is one of the two that were sent to me to review.

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I highly recommend this scent for anyone who loves deep, rich fragrances that have a slightly woody undertone to them. I think is a great scent for wearing on night outs or even date night. The bottle is simply stunning, coming shaped like a crescent moon and in a gorgeous purple shade to illustrate the darkness and depth of it.

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This is a 10ml Traveller but to be honest it will last quite a while as the fragrance itself is rather intense and so a small application of it will last all night. The set does come with a gorgeous vampy burgundy nail polish which has full opacity with a single coat. That said it does look nicer with two coats applied and a shiny top coat to intensify it.

50ml and 30mls Ghost Deep Night Gift Sets

Ghost Original

Definitely lighter and less woody in scent the original Ghost fragrance is perfect for everyday wear. It definitely doesn’t last as long as the Deep Night on the skin but I do find it fresher and more wearable. Also gift wise it will probably smell nicer to most people than Deep Night would.

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The bottle is shaped like an elegant hourglass and has a soft pewter blue color to it. My only grip with these stocking stuffers is that I wish they weren’t stopper bottles. I know they’re small but there are many small perfume with actual spritzers to them and I wish these were some of them.

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The nail polish that comes with this perfume is a light dusky pink shade and is definitely more sheer than the one that comes with Deep Night. It looks perfect opaque with two coats. Both of these sets retail for 8 pounds/12euros a piece.

50ml and 30ml Ghost Gift Sets

Personally I think one of these fragrance should be a good match for someone this Christmas. A great idea would be to purchase the stocking stuffers and add them to their stocking and see which of them they prefer. Have you ever had a Ghost fragrance? If so which is your favorite?

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
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2017 Beauty Gift Guide

It’s officially December and though the majority of people have started their Christmas preparations way back in mid-November, I personally couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s simply way way too early and this year has been the worst with some stores having Christmas stock laid out even before Halloween.

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Ridiculousness aside, I thought this year I would finally try my hand at writing a gift guide to help anyone who is struggling for a gift idea. Quick warning-this will be a long post 😉 .

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One of my favorite presents to ever get for people is jewellery and I personally think nobody does jewellery better than Pandora. I think I own almost every variation of their charm bracelets bar the essence one but nothing beats the gorgeousness of the bangle.

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This is a simple, shape holding bracelet, that makes a statement even without any charms on it. I find it more comfortable to wear than the traditional loose bracelet and it doesn’t lose it’s shape when it’s filled with charms.

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The great thing about Pandora as a present is that if you’re not into their bracelets than you can always pick up a pair of gorgeous sterling silver earrings or a simple ring to give to someone to remember you by.

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For the book worm in your life, I highly suggest the Dior Catwalk, which is a book all about Dior (duh!). More specifically it features every single trend that Dior has ever brought to the Catwalk over the years it’s been a high fashion label.

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The book itself features images of the various models and clothes design by Dior and it gives comprehensive details about each trend in short, easy to read paragraphs. Any fashion and beauty lover would love to own and showcase this stunning read on their bookshelf. If Dior isn’t a brand they love then Thames and Hudson bookstore have a variety of various beauty related books, so one of them should be a perfect fit.

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When it comes to functional beauty gifts, nothing beats getting someone a good brush set. For me, the brand that always comes to mind whenever someone says brushes is Real Techniques and my oh my do they do stunning brushes. They also make life easy as most of their brushes already come as parts of sets so the job is already done for you. Another great thing about Real Techniques is that their brushes are affordable so you may even find yourself treating yourself to a set as 70% of time, they can be found on offer with a buy one get one half price tag on them. I also find Primark/Pennys brushes great for a gift but you do need to go to the hassle of purchasing a good few of them and popping them together to create a set if you plan on getting them as a gift.

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Fragrances and Perfumes always are an easy option when thinking of a gift for someone however I always find them a bit of a hazard when purchasing as not everyone likes the same scents.

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I found this lovely subtle scent from Next called Just Pink that I personally think is soft enough and feminine enough that anyone who simply likes perfume will like it.

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You can purchase it on it’s own but I found this gift set with the matching body lotion for 16 euros, the same price as the 100ml bottle of it so you’re basically getting the body lotion free.

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I don’t think I can finish this gift guide without at least mention some amazing makeup ideas that would make lovely gifts. The first is for anyone who loves and adores lip products. We all know that one person that has 16 lip products in their bag on a night out and when you ask them what lipstick they’re wearing they’ll rattle off 4 different products.

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TKMaxx is the place to go to find amazing valued lip gift sets. I picked up this one by a brand called Cherimoya and it contains four metallic liquid lipsticks. This retailed for only 9.99 euros so not only are you getting a lovely gift but you’re also not breaking the bank.

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Last product I have to mention is the Urban Decay Moondust palette. Yes I know, it looks beautiful and it’s a 100% glitter palette. Honestly though I think it’s one of those gifts that can be given and even if the person doesn’t use, they will still love it.

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I love mine and I think I only ever really use it on the rare night out or for parties but I have no regrets about it being in my collection and I will probably never get rid of it.

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A cute idea to add to you’re Christmas Tree or even as a stocking stuffer, is these adorable hangable baubles by Bloomtown UK. You get three in a box and I will be going through what is in each one over on my InstaStories (@SooSoBeauty) so make sure you’re following me in Instagram so you don’t miss that.

That’s it guys. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration about where to go or what to buy for Xmas. If you have another suggestions please leave them below so everyone else can gain ideas too.

-Talk Soon xx

Makeup Tools

The SoSueMe ProBlender

It’s seems every single product that beauty blogger and Youtuber Suzanne Jackson brings out get so much hype and excitement over it and her ProBlender was no different. This is basically the SoSueMe brand’s version of the iconic Beauty Blender sponge and because of all the hype I was honestly expecting great things. I can unfortunately say I have been sorely disappointed as this blending sponge is one of the worst I’ve ever tried.

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Bold claim, I know. To be honest though I don’t say it lightly, so let me break it down for you guys as to why I don’t like it. Firstly the sponge texture when you get it out of it’s plastic packaging feels rather rough. It’s also got little to no bounce to it whatsoever but this is me talking about it un-dampened.

Dampened the sponge didn’t increase it in size at all, and visually it also looked like it didn’t soak up any of the water while I was running it under the tap either. Applying my foundation with it was terrible, it basically placed the foundation on my skin like a coating rather than blending it in/sheer it out to be skin like. This made my makeup look heavy and caked on. I also found it so hard against my skin, to the point where I would considered it sore to bounce against my face.

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Personally I think this is a product to be avoided from the SoSueMe line. Oh I should mention that the sponge costs 7.49 euros which considering Primark/Pennys sells two beauty blender sponges for 1.80 euros is very up there in price.

I’m still looking for the day where I will actually find a product from the SoSueMe makeup line that I actually like so if you guys know of any please let me know.

-Talk Soon xx

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Eyeliners, Eyes, Makeup Tools

Bronx Colors Cosmetics

Bronx Colors is a Swiss cosmetics brands that loves to keep up to date with every trend that happens in every season. I was very lucky recently to get sent a few pieces from their brand to try and test out and of course I just had to share my thoughts with my readers.

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Gel Liner is a product that is very hard to get right 90% of the time. It has to be creamy yet have some thickness to it texture wise. It has to be opaque and super black (except when its meant to be colored) and it has to not dry out within a month of taken the lid of the first time. The Bronx Gel Liner Pot definitely  ticks all those boxes for me.

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This liner comes in a nice light plastic pot with a good strong lid to it. It also comes with a handy mini liner brush that it actually decent for a change and definitely can be used as a lip liner brush for the purse in the case you don’t need it for liner. I personally like to use my Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush for get liner as it can just be wiped clean after use and that way it doesn’t got hard with product on it.

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Speaking of brushes, I got two amazing brushes from Bronx Colors to talk about too. The first is the BRP01 and this is a nice fat, fluffy brush that is super soft. The size and shape of it make it perfect for blush, powder and bronzers. It doesn’t leaves any harsh brush stroke lines behind and it blends out everything beautifully.

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The other brush that I got is the BRP05 and I personally found this brush to be a great shape and size for using it to blend and buff shadow on the lower lash line. The bristles are just as soft as the powder brush so you can definitely see the consistence when it comes to the Bronx Colors products.

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Last product I have from this brand is their 12 pan smokey undercover eyeshadow palette. I really have mixed feelings about this palette. The colour selection for it is simply beautiful and looking at it when you first open it up, it looks like the perfect palette for a great smokey eye. That said the eyeshadows themselves are a bit hit and miss.

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Some have great pigmentation and blend smoothly with little to no fallout. Whereas others are super chalky and have little to no pigmentation to them and a crapload of fallout. I personally think there are better palettes on the market nowadays than this one, it’s definitely not one I would recommend.

If any of these products have caught your interest I have linked the website where you can pick them up from below

-Talk Soon xx

Bronx Colours

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
Skincare

🍏🐻Apple&Bears🐻🍎 Skincare

Apple & Bears is a British owned luxury skincare brand that really looks and feels like the kind of products you would find in a five star hotel bathroom……that you would later steal and pack in your suitcase for the flight home. Stealing aside, these products are some of the nicest bodycare products I’ve tired in awhile.

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First up and probably what they’re most known for is their Body Silk which is a body moisturizer. The reason why they’re called Body Silks is because they have an incredible silky texture to them as a cream and then once they sink into the skin they make it feel like silk. This has honestly been the nicest body moisturizer I’ve used this year and my only real issue is the fact that the bottle is sooooo tiny! That said this is a travel size and you can get big 250ml bottles should you so choose but even as a travel size I find it a bit minimal because this is something you use all over you’re body. It should be 100mls in size in my opinion. The scent of this Body Silk is Grapefruit and Seaweed but you can get other scents too. [Price: 6 pounds/7 euros approx.]

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Their Body Wash is even nicer than the Body Silk. It has almost an oil like consistence to it, meaning you don’t need alot to get an amazing lather. The small bottle in this case would last you quite a long time and like the Body Silk you can get a larger size from their website. I have to say my favourite thing about this body wash was the scent, absolute bliss and amazingly luxurious. I honestly could not recommend this enough. [Price: 5 pounds/6 euros approx.]

I’ve added the Apple & Bears website below in the case any of you are going on holidays and need some nice body products to take with you. I absolutely love this brand and it’s products and think they would make a nice treat to oneself.

-Talk Soon

Apple & Bears Website

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

 

Face Powders, Highlighter

Bare Minerals Invisible Glow Highlighting Powders

If I had to pick a high end brand other than Urban Decay to be my favourite it would definitely be BareMinerals. There is very little that I’ve tried from BareMinerals that I didn’t like and because of that I have quite a few of their products within my cosmetics collection. Recently I picked up their Invisible Glow powders because ever since I discovered the soft illuminator from the L.O.V Fall Collection 2017 I have been hooked on subtle highlights for my complexion. It just looks so pretty and natural and soft.

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There are two shades available in the range and the first shade is the lightest of the two. It’s called Fair to Light and is a white pearl-scent shade with peach shimmer running very, very subtly through it. The powder is very finely milled and on the face it blends out seamlessly without any harsh lines. The shimmer isn’t chunky but lovely and soft almost candle lit glow like. If I was to compare this to anything currently on the market I would say it’s very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. 

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The second shade is called Medium and is definitely darker in colour than the previous shade. This is very much a peach toned highlighter but again because it’s so softly and finely milled it looks very subtle on the skin. I personally like taking this down a bit onto my cheek bones because I find the colour of it warms up my skintone whilst adding a nice glow to it overall.

These compacts currently retail for 30 euros each and I picked mine up from Debenhams Ireland who tend to do discount offers of 10-15% of makeup on a monthly basis so you can pick up this compact for less than 30 for sure.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Catrice Kaviar Gauche 2017

A new limited edition collection has been released by Catrice Cosmetics for the month of November and it’s another collection based on Kavier Gauche which is a popular German bridal brand. This is the third limited edition collection that Catrice has released based on Kaviar Gauche. The collection I think will be available up until mid January.

-Talk Soon xx

Blush & Contour Brush

“Brush for blush and contouring with synthetic bristles perfect for cream and powder textures.”

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Brush Bag

“High-quality brush bag in an elegant nude tone with space to store five brushes.”

Eye Blender Brush

“Brush for blending textures with soft bristles and a rounded brush shape.”

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Eye Lid Brush

“Brush for application on the lid with dense synthetic bristles for cream and powder textures.”

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Eye Shadow Palette
C01 Sans Souci

“Eye shadow palette with soft nude and brown shades that have both matte and shimmering effects.”

Highlighter
C01 Eclat D’Or

“Golden Highlighter with a powder texture that is suitable for all skin tones.”

Highlighter Brush

“Highlighter (Fan) brush that has a special shape for an accurate application for powdery textures.”

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Disclaimer: All images used in the post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Catrice Cosmetics™.