Christmas Gift Guide: Fragrance Sample Sets

Although I am not doing gift guides this year, I still wanted to share a last minute idea of what to get. I can’t think of anyone who would not be happy to receive a fragrance sample set. It’s always great to discover new scents and, maybe, get a full size in the future.

I have, in fact, bought perfume samples many times, both as gifts, and for myself. Moreover, I may have asked for a set this Christmas!

Discovery collections would usually cost you about £20-£30, even when it comes to luxury brands. But please keep in mind the price of a full bottle. Not everyone would want to (or would have the budget to) spend £250 on a bottle of perfume (Hello, Portrait of a Lady). That is if they did love a specific scent enough to do that…

So, here we are, the sets I have chosen. Something for everyone: from a budget option and a niche company to well-known and established luxury perfume power houses.

Malin + Goetz Fragrance Discovery Kit (£22 from here)

While I have not tried their perfume just yet, M&G make some of my favourite candles, hence I am sure their fragrances are also top quality! You get 6 different eau de parfum samples to play with: bergamot, cannabis, dark rum, leather, stem and vetiver. There is also a discount code when buying the set via the website to be used towards a full sized bottle.

Maja Njie Discovery Set, (£30 from here)

I encourage you to read more about Maja Njie everything about the brand is just beautiful. And this is the set I would definitely want to try myself in the future. Included are 5 scents to try and a

Want It: Bite Beauty Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss

Please the excuse the lack of updates recently, I could give you all of the reasons for that. But, truth be told, I was not inspired to write here for some time. And I can’t think of anything worse than a half-arsed forced feature on beauty.  However, I did post Insta stories almost daily.

But the other day I saw that makeup products which made me go all: “Oh, I want that”. And that does not happen that often so it deserves a mention.

Meet the new Bite Beauty  Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss.

Shown are the shades: Rose Meringue, shimmering warm rose and Guava Puff, shimmering nude pink

While I am

Body Care: Aromatherapy Associates, The Body Shop and Aqua Di Parma

Some cool new body care launches in different price ranges to enjoy this season.

Aqua di Parma and La Doublej collaboration looks like summer in a tube. Possibly the second best thing to going to Italy?

I love the idea of  Aqua di Parma  Fico Di Amafi Body Scrub, £50 from Space NK

Oil-based formula is enriched with brown sugar grains, jojoba seeds and

SS20 Luxury Makeup: Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and Gucci

Summer is the season when we do not want to wear tonnes of makeup,  it’s all about the glowing, healthy looking skin with just a hint of blush.

And let’s not forget glossy and vibrant manicure and pedicure.

So here are a few luxury products which were recently released and which seem like a dream.

Gucci Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish, £22 from the website and Selfridges.

Gucci are killing it with their beauty releases lately, and the newest nail polish capsule collection, inspired by the iconic Hollywood films, is not an exception.

Those bottles and colours!  You can choose from:

SS20 New Launches: Le Labo, Sol De Janeiro, Guerlain and R + Co

Here are a few new launches which caught my attention:

SOL DE JANEIRO Bum Bum Body Scrub, 220g, £39 from Cult Beauty

I really love the bum bum cream, and am the biggest fan of a good body scrub, so this sounds incredible. Think delicious scent and