Nuxe Sun Fragrant Water

Nuxe Sun care range has expanded steadily over the last few years as it grows ever more popular. Nuxe describe their sun care products as a “mix summer and sensorialty” and have expanded on this concept even further with the launch of Nuxe Sun Fragrant Water. Recent winners of the Image Magazine Business of Beauty Awards for Most Innovative Skincare Brand, this is Nuxe’s 2nd Fragrant Water.   Continue reading


Clarins Lip Comfort Oils

Clarins has always have been an innovative brand with products that not only work but also stimulate the senses, including scent, making them a pleasure to use. From the mauve-coloured, relaxing scented Extra-Firming Facial Mask to the uplifting treatment fragrance Eau Des Jardin range and the soothing Relax Bath & Shower Gel. One of my favourite Clarins products the Lip Comfort Oils are part of this innovative nature and now have been extended from 3 shades to 7.

Clarins are experts when it comes to the use of oils in their products since the inception of their Face and Body Oils over 60 years ago. This technology has now been applied to oils for the lips. These are ultra-glossy yet non-sticky and super nourishing. Each shade contains hazelnut and jojoba oil with each lip oil containing a further key ingredient and fragrance.

Existing shades:

  • 01 Honey with hazelnut
  • 02 Raspberry with raspberry
  • 03 Red Berry with annatto

New shades:

  • 04 Candy with organic amaranth
  • 05 Tangerine with organic buriti
  • 06 Mint with field mint
  • 07 Honey Glam with hazelnut & includes a shimmer

The shades of the lip oils are not as intense as they are in the bottle so don’t run away from the Mint shade as this may actually be the star of the new collection. When applied to lips it is clear and the inclusion of icy cool menthol gives the lips a ‘plumped’ affect. I am currently using the the Red Berry one which is sweet but not sickly. However, as is my nature I craving one of each.

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NEW – Lancome La Nuit Tresor

Sultry, smouldering, passionate, love – four words Lancome use to describe the new La Nuit Tresor Eau de Parfum. Created by masters of French perfumery Christophe Raynaud and Amandine Clerc Marie.

The original Tresor fragrance was created in 1990 by nose Sophia Grojsman and to be honest is not one of my favourites. That said I love when my mum wears it, it suits her just not me. So how does La Nuit Tresor compare? For me this is a complete, new and independent fragrance and I love it!

This is a Gourmand, Woody, Floriental with top notes of Raspberry, Lychee and Bergamot, heart notes of Frankincense and Rose and base notes of Vanilla Tahitensis, Patchouli and Papyrus. This contains no ordinary rose, it is “the Aphrodisiac Rose”. The bottle is shaped like a black diamond and if I believed in displaying fragrances this would be to the forefront (I keep mine hidden in a dark, cool place to preserve the juice). The bottle itself is a beautiful piece of artwork completed with the iconic Lancome rose ribbon.

Black Rose bottle

Penelope Cruz, a long-time ambassadoress with Lancome, is the face of the campaign and is simply stunning. She embodies the sultry, smouldering, passion and love of La Nuit Tresor.

La Nuit Tresor Eau de Parfum is on counter now available as a 30ml, 50ml & 100ml and is accompanied by a 200ml body lotion and 200ml shower gel.

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Penhaligons Store Experience

Kildare Village is home to more than 80 Irish & international fashion & lifestyle brands including the new Penhaligons store which I visited last week. In fact it is the only Penhaligons store in Ireland. Founded by English barber William Penhaligon, each store contains 38 unusual & distinctive fragrances, bath, body & grooming products, candles and gifts.

“We strive to create original scents for the discerning eccentrics of today”

The Penhaligons store in Kildare Village is visually stunning, dark wood and glass cabinets, mirrored tables showcasing the products to perfection with enchanting displays. The store is warm and inviting and encourages exploration.

Some suggested fragrances to explore:

  • Hammam Bouquet (1872) – the 1st scent, a gents floriental inspired by the steam from the Turkish baths in London with Turkish Rose, Jasmine, Woods, Musk & Orris.
  • Blenheim Bouquet (1902) – so named after Blenheim Palace, a gents fragrance with Citrus, Spice & Wood notes.
  • English Fern (1910) – inspired by “rain freshened English forest” contains Clover, Lavender, Geranium, Woods, Patchouli and Moss.
  • Bluebell (1978) – containing Hyacinths, Citrus notes, Rose, Jasmine, Clove, Cinnamon & Galbanum, Penhaligons describe this ladies scent as a “walk through sun dappled spring woodland”.
  • Artemisia (2002) – a ladies scent inspired by the romantic tales of Greek Mythology and named after the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis. Orchid Fruits, Green Foliage, Jasmine, Violets, Lily of the Valley, Vanilla and Amber.
  • Endymion (2003) – a gents scent named after Endymion, the son of Zeus who was placed into a perpetual slumber by the Goddess of the Moon so that she could gaze upon him. Mandarin, Sage, Lavender, Resins, Nutmeg, Cardamom and Coffee.
  • Sartorial (2010) – a fougere scent for gentleman and described as an “illustration of a tailor’s workroom”, it contains Lavender and Tonka Bean.
  • Juniper Sling (2011) – London Dry Gin in a gents scent, it contains Juniper, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Brown Sugar and Amber.
  • Vaara (2013) – so named for the granddaughter of His Royal Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II, this gents fragrance combines Coriander, Saffron, Juicy Quince, Roses, Magnolia, Honey, White Musks and Tonka Bean.
  • Iris Prima (2013) – a collaboration with the English National Ballet, a scent for ladies with Citrus, Iris, Jasmine Sambac and Musky Leather notes.
  • Equinox Bloom (2016) – the first gourmand fragrance by Penhaligons, this ladies fragrance is based on the tradition of afternoon tea. Frangipani, Brown Sugar, Violet Leaves, Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac, Benzoin Siam and Ambrox.


My purchase on the day was the delicately citrus scented Quercus Hand & Nail Lotion with grapeseed oil to strengthen nails and sweet almond oil & cocoa seed butter to keep hands soft and protected. As it is Kildare Village it was two for €30, one for me & one for my mum!

While I did ask permission before taking the photos, Carrie the instore expert did not know I was planning on writing this post. Carrie was both friendly and knowledgeable without being intrusive and having worked in retail for over 16 years, I was really impressed. My purchase was wrapped in tissue paper scented with the Quercus scent and I received three samples to try: Iris Prima as mentioned previously, Levantium a rich warm and woody Oud and the floral Gardenia.

So next time you find yourself on the doorstep of Kildare Village, make sure you pay a visit to Penhaligons – highly recommended.

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NEW Hugo Boss Tonic

German fashion & lifestyle brand Hugo Boss first launched Boss Bottled for Men in 1998 and it was the perfect addition to the elegance and style of a Hugo Boss suit. Many versions have since been launched, some with greater success than others: Original – Woody Spicy (1998), Night – Woody Aromatic (2010), Sport – Aromatic (2012), Unlimited – Aromatic Fougere (2014), Intense – Woody Spicy & Oud – Oriental Woody (2015) and now in 2017 Boss Bottled Tonic, a Woody Spicy scent.


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