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Nuxe Prodigieux le Parfum – Review

You may be familiar with cult beauty product “Huile Prodigieux” body oil from skincare brand NUXE.  It’s certainly a favourite of mine, not least since you can use it to nourish your skin, hair AND your nails.  Also it has the most amazing fragrance which makes it feel totally luxurious and just reminds you of…holidays!  Well, NUXE have released a perfume with the very same fragrance which captures that same gorgeous smell.

Perfume

I was invited along to the launch of the perfume and was very generously given a bottle for myself.  Ladies, if you’re looking for a new perfume, you have to check this out.  It is absolutely beautiful and I can guarantee you will fall in love at first sniff!

It’s the most perfect summer fragrance with citrusy top notes of Bergamont and Mandarin as well as Orange Blossom.  As it settles down to the heart notes of the fragrance, you can really smell the floral scents of  Rose, Gardenia and Magnolia coming through.  Finally it fades to beautiful base notes of Vanilla and Coconut Milk.  This is one of those perfumes that really lasts, I recently had someone admire the smell on me, long after I thought it had faded.

The smell evokes feelings of being on an exotic beach somewhere with the warm sun on your skin and the feel of sand between your toes.  Hell, if I close my eyes I can even hear the waves softly lapping in the distance 🙂

God….I really need a holiday!!! But in the meantime I have this beautiful perfume to remind me of better days (and weather!) to come 🙂

NUXE Prodigieux le Parfum is available exclusively in Arnotts from 13th February and then nationwide from 3rd March and is priced at €48.60

Will you be trying this?

Give Joy with The Body Shop’s Christmas Gift Collection!

Last Wednesday night, I was invited to a bloggers event at The Body Shop on Grafton Street to reveal their fabulous Christmas Gifts.  They really have something for everyone and every budget this year and the sets are absolutely gorgeous.  There isn’t anyone I know who wouldn’t be happy to find these goodies under the tree on Christmas morning that’s for sure!

Myself (middle) Yaz from Glittermama Blog (left) and Deborah Leonard from Closer2Fabulous Blog (right)

Myself (middle) Yaz from Glittermama Blog (left) and Deborah Leonard from Closer2Fabulous Blog (right)

Just some of the goodies on display at The Body Shop event

Just some of the goodies on display at The Body Shop event

There was so much to choose from so I’ve picked a few of my favourites below and broken them down into price range:

Under €40

The Body Shop’s signature scent, White Musk, has been given a bit of a makeover and now comes in two other fragrance types along with the original & classic White Musk scent.  Even the men in your life are included here with their own masculine range of White Musk gift sets to choose from.  They come with an Eau de Toilette perfume plus a body lotion and/or body spritz to really layer the fragrance enough to last the day.  This is one of my faves and I got to take a lovely set of the Classic White Musk home and try it out and it really is as gorgeous as I remember it.  The fragrance lasts for absolutely ages too!  Check out the full range of gifts in this price range, here

White Musk Sets

Under €30

Just who could resist these gorgeous little sets with Christmas themed fragrances such as Ginger, Cranberry and Vanilla?  Not me that’s for sure, they’re just too cute! They range from body scrubs and body butters to shower gels and body puffs encased in the cutest little keepsake tins and boxes.  I’m a big fan of The Body Shop Body Butters, (they have a whole range with every type from Chocolate to Shea Butter) and these sets come with the limited edition Christmas Body Butters.  You don’t have to wait for Christmas morning to open these beauties, imagine the joy of having a nice shower using your deliciously smelling shower gel and then slathering yourself in the matching body butter on Christmas Eve to snuggle into your comfy new PJ’s and wait for Santa to come 🙂  I love the fact that you can smell Christmassy as well as feel it! You have to check out the range here.

Gift Sets

Under €10

If you’re looking for a few little stocking fillers then look no further than these lovely little treats.  They range from Chocolate body shower cream and soap to little mini manicure sets.  Check out this bargain range of goodies here.

10 gifts

At €99, this next goodie goes in the “Money no Object” category!  Following the latest trend for beauty brands to bring out their own Advent Calendars packed with lots of beauty goodies, The Body Shop has come out with this little beaut stuffed with 24 of their best selling products, check out what’s included here.  Isn’t it amazing?!  Try restraining yourself to one treat a day, I dare you!

PicMonkey Collage

The Body Shop is well known for it’s ethical fair trade and cruelty free products and following its “Beauty With a Heart” motto this Christmas, $300,000 from the sales of all their gifts will help build 5 new schools with their Community Fair Trade partners from around the world.  So not only are you buying gorgeous pressies for your loved ones, you’re contributing to a good cause too, even more reason to treat the ones you love – or yourself! 🙂

At the event, we were also treated to a makeup demo from their new improved makeup line, I will do a separate post on the makeup as it’s just amazing and I really want to give it a good test run 🙂  We were also treated to an eyebrow threading demo.  Threading in The Body Shop costs just €12 so I’ll be back to have that done.  I also like the fact that the area where you have the threading is private in the Grafton Street store.  I’ve seen the chairs out in full view of passers-by before in other stores and that is something that would put me off having it done if I’m honest.

Threading

What do you think of this collection?  Will you be buying some Christmas Gift Sets from The Body Shop this year?

Giorgio Armani Sì – Perfume Review

Recently, on a mission to find a nice new perfume, I came across Giorgio Armani’s latest offering Sì.  And for me, it was love at first sniff 🙂

Si Perfume

The website states: “It combines blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre and light musky wood. The fragrance opens with notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and blackcurrant liqueur which is supported by a heart which bursts with Rose May, Neroli and Egyptian Jasmine. Warm undertones caress the unique chypre base notes of Patchouli oil intertwined with Blond Woods, amber and musky undertones known as OrcanoxTM. Finished with a sweet animalic accord of Vanilla which gives this fragrance, longevity and unforgettable sillage. “Sì is my tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independent spirit.” – Giorgio Armani”

If you can’t make head nor tail of all that jargon, basically, all you need to know is that Sì has a sweet vanilla patchouli fragrance, with a deep fruity floral top note that fades to a warm musky/woody base note which lingers on the skin.  And since it’s an Eau de Parfum, it really lasts all day.  I spritzed it on in the morning and it by the end of the day it had faded to that warm musky scent that I love in a perfume.  Whether you like florals (which you get when you first spray it) or more musky tones this is a beautiful perfume that you can’t go wrong with for day or night-time.

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The bottle is plain and simple enough but I think it looks rather elegant with its black lid.  I definitely think this is my new favourite perfume.  Previously it was Armani Code and before that, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb was my scent of choice.  I really love those strong smelling scents 🙂

What’s your current favourite fragrance?  Do you have a “signature scent” or do you like to try a new perfume every time?