holiday fragrance

BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM ✩✩✩✩✩

YES! You read that correctly, Bum Bum Cream…
“But who would call their product that?” I hear you ask yourself? Well it’s actually pronounced ‘Boom-Boom’ in Brazil, referring to ‘la derrière!’ and as we all know, Brazil is home to hot weather and tanned bods in bikini’s on beautiful beaches… THIS is the inspiration for the brand, Sol De Janeiro!

Sol De Janeiro claim their body cream is ‘absolutely addictive’ and they are not wrong! O-M-G… I have never desired the complete collection of anything like I did with this! 
Last month in my Bless Box I received a small sample of the Bum Bum Cream and I literally… lost… my… s**t!!! (please excuse the expression, I’ve never swore in a post before so I’m sure you’ll forgive me - it’s the only way for me to get across the pure excitement I felt when I first tried this cream). 

If, like me, you adore delicious fragrances that scream ‘holiday’ and ‘beach’ and ‘Sun’ then you are about to lose your s**t too! It is like slathering yourself in a salted caramel buttercream with a vanilla drizzle and a pistachio topping! Uh-huh… 
And as if that wasn’t enough, it contains a blend of ingredients that actually help to smooth, stimulate and tighten your rear!… and the rest of you of course

Here are some images I took of the most amazing gifts I have ever received in the entire universe! #Obsessed

The Brazilian Bum Bum Cream I received contains a generous 240ml, and is also available in a 75ml travel size. It’s a thick consistency with a smooth texture that absorbs quick and doesn’t leave you feeling oily or tacky - just delicious smelling!!!
My skin is super soft since I’ve been using this and I can’t see me switching moisturisers…EVER. 
On a side note, I’ve noticed a subtle shimmer on my skin after use, but it’s only visible in the Sun or under a light, so definitely not over powering like a shimmer cream. Very beautiful in the Summer! 
The main ingredient is Guaraná extract which contains caffeine that is almost 5 times stronger than coffee. Caffeine is great for firming skin, and is used a lot in many eye creams.
Guaraná is just one of five delectable ingredients, to read up on the rest click ‘here’. 
I 100% rate this 5 stars! ✩✩✩✩✩
240ml retails at $45.00 / £42.00 
75ml retails at $20.00 /  £18.00

The next hero product in this collection is the ‘Brazilian Crush’ body fragrance mist!
Now I must stipulate that Sol De Janeiro kindly sent me the collection barring the body mist due to UK customs import issues. BUT, it is now available in the UK and I purchased it on Cult Beauty, which ships worldwide!
Once again, you get the irresistible pistachio and salted caramel scent that will make you and everyone around you salivate! It can be used on your body, spritzed into your hair and even on to your clothes. I can usually smell it for a good few hours and then I feel the need to top it up, even though everyone else says they can still smell it. 
This gets 5 stars ✩✩✩✩✩
Travel size 90ml bottle retails for $19.00£18.00  
Or the big 240ml bottle (which I purchased) retails for $32.00 / £32.00

Next up we have the Brazilian Kiss - Cupuaçu Lip Butter. If I had to describe this in one word it would be ‘edible’. It’s so yummy it takes everything in me not to lick my lips after I’ve applied it! The consistency of the balm is silky, it glides on to your lips and leaves them feeling hydrated for hours. I applied it first thing this morning and once this afternoon, it’s now 5pm and I can still feel it on my lips. 
If you’re looking to lure a certain someone in for cheeky kiss then slap some of this on your lips, they won’t be able to resist! Cheesy but true! ;) 
Rating it ✩✩✩✩✩
You get 6.2g in the tube and it retails at $18.00 / £15.00

Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel is the first step to aid the longevity of this delicious scent on your body! Then you can layer up with the Bum Bum Cream and top it off with the body mist. I can see you might be thinking surely that amount of appetising Pistachio Caramel fragrance is going to over power you (are you mad?) but I can assure you it’s relevantly subtle and you will want to layer them to make sure it lingers all day! 
The gel is infused with a blend of nourishing Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil - YUM! ✩✩✩✩✩
You get 385ml in this bottle - $25.00 / £21.00

I have rated 5 stars to every single product I have tried from this brand, and apparently I’m not the only one to be completely in love with it!! Check out the 5 star reviews online for yourself. 

Halloween

Fall was a beautiful time in Konoha. The leaves turned mesmerizing shades of orange and red, the sunsets came earlier, and most importantly Halloween. The Uzumaki family always took a very special liking to the fall holiday. Hinata enjoyed the fragrances and change of colors. Naruto liked the cooler weather. Himawari liked the fun costumes and candy, while Boruto enjoyed the horror movies.

Boruto was now 12, so this would most likely be his last Halloween trick or treating. Since that was the case Naruto made sure he was able to miss work that night so he could accompany his family on the voyage for candy.

“Hima honey what do you want to be for Halloween?” Hinata asked one morning days before the holiday. Himawari had been particularly indecisive about her choice of costume this year.

She shined her bright smile that looked so much like her fathers. “Don’t worry momma, me and bolt have something special planned.”

Hinata shot her son a playful look, he was always a big sucker when it came to his baby sister. He refused to make eye contact with either of them, attempting to hide his obvious blush. He quickly excused himself from breakfast, claiming he had to train with his teammates, and was gone in a flash.

Himawari let out a delightful laugh at her brothers expense. He was terribly cute when he was embarrassed and everybody knew it. Hinata on the other hand was very intrigued, just what could her children be planning?

The evening of Halloween arrived just a few days later. Naruto and Hinata decided to take part in the festivities by dressing up along with their children. Hinata decided to be a witch, wearing a long black dress and big pointed hat she still looked stunning. Naruto on the other hand decided to be a zombie. Still wanting to be a bit goofy, he tore up an old set of civilian clothes and placed fake blood and wounds on himself, but took extra caution to make sure no child would be too scared of him.


Neither parent was sure of what the kids were planning until right before dinner that night. “Okay mama! Daddy! Are you ready?” Himawari yelled from the top of the stairs.

Her parents giggled signaling that they were ready, and their little girl practically ran down the stairs. There she stood at the bottom of the stairs in an all brown outfit of boots, a button down shirt, shorts, and Hinata’s large gardening hat, with Mr. Panda in hand. “I’m a zoo keeper!”

Naruto picked her up and hugged her tight. “You did a great job Hima, we’re so proud of you.” The little girl beamed At her daddy. “Where’s Bolt?” He asked her.

At the sound of his name the young boy cautiously walked down the stairs to face his parents. He looked as if he would die of embarrassment as he stood before his entire family in a lion costume.

“See momma and daddy! Bolt is the Lion and I’m the zoo keeper!” She cheered. Boruto looked towards the floor, his puffed cheeks were red and had black whiskers painted over his own.

Hinata went over and hugged her son. “You look great Boruto.” She gave him a smile as to silently say that he was doing something really wonderful. He nodded silently and made his way to the kitchen.

The family ate dinner quickly so their festivities could begin. Himawari talked very quickly about all the candy she was hoping to get for the night, putting extra emphasis on stopping by the Akimichi house since they always gave out big candy bars. Boruto picked at his food silently, occasionally nodding or grunting.

Just before leaving the house Naruto pulled his son to the side. “Bolt it was very nice of you to do this.” Boruto looked at him, curiously. “Your sister is still kind of little, so you have no idea just how much this means to her.”

Boruto smiled slightly, Naruto knew why he’d done this, and he knew his father was right. “Thanks dad.” He said.

He ruffled the mane and ears of the costume, “Come on king of the jungle, let’s go get some candy.”

The family was now on their way to collect their delicious treats all over Konoha. The family ran into Mitsuki dressed as a samurai. Himawari ran to him instantly, and wrapped him up in a big hug just like she would Boruto. “Hey Hima.” He smiled as he hugged her tight. He dropped to his knee and looked her over. “Wow, look at you princess.”

The little girl giggled in delight, Mitsuki had always been very kind to her, and treated her as if she were his own sister. “Look Mitsuki! Bolt dressed up with me!”

The pale boy looked over to his bright eyed friend and smiled. Boruto swallowed hard, preparing himself for whatever torment his best friend was about to put him through. He was scared until he heard “you should have told me, I would have been a tiger.”

Mitsuki joined the family as they continued to collect candy from door to door. Naruto even got them extra candy at Iruka, Ebisu, and Kakashi’s homes, threatening them with his sexy jutsu if they didn’t. It wasn’t long before all the children had a pillow case full of sweets. At that point it was growing late and it was time for the family to return home.

The three children rushed into the living room, eager to exchange their candies. “I’ll give you 3 of these for that” “no I don’t like those” and “if you trade me for these then you can trade them with him” could be hear for the next hour.

Naruto and Hinata sat in the kitchen drinking hot chocolate, keeping a curious eye on their children. Naruto let out a small chuckle, “we have some great kids, don’t we?”

“We really do.” Hinata smiled fondly as she rested her head on her husbands shoulder.

All three kids fell asleep on the living room floor shortly after making their exchanges. One by one Naruto carried them upstairs to their respective rooms, allowing them to wear their costumes as pajamas for the night.

He came back downstairs to see Hinata sitting on the floor by the piles of candy. One by one she examined each candy, checking for any sort of danger or toxin. She really worried too much, nobody in Konoha would dare poison young children, let alone their children. He tiptoed behind her, massaging her shoulders as he sat on the couch behind her. “You don’t have to do that you know.”

Hinata chuckled as she continued to check the candy. “I know, but I can’t help it, I’m a mom.”

Naruto quickly summoned three shadow clones. “Will you guys please check these piles? Make sure there’s no poison or anything in them.” The clones nodded, carrying away the sweets to the kitchen so the couple could be alone.

He picked his wife up off the floor, sitting her in his lap on the couch. She wrapped her arms around his neck, giving him a playful look. “Now that the kids are asleep and we’re alone, what should we do?”

“Hmmmm” he pondered. He kissed her cheek slowly “I want to eat your brains,” he mumbled into her skin. She laughed and tried to wriggle away as he brought her into a death grip, placing kisses all over her face and head.

They soon broke away, out of breath and sore from laughing so hard. Once they collected themselves Naruto wrapped his arm and a blanket around his wife. “How about a scary movie?” He suggested

Hinata smiled. “Sure, that sounds great.” The two cuddled close on the couch taking each other in. Less than 10 minutes into some movie about a haunted shrine the two fell asleep right there on the couch.

HOW TO GIFT HER THE PERFECT PERFUME

Style clues for finding a fragrance she’ll love.

A perfume is pretty much the ideal present. It’s a transformative experience, it’s beautifully encased, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.  Even if you don’t know your eau de parfums from your eau de toilettes, we can help you choose a scent we think your lady will like. Here’s the trick: When shopping for her fragrance wardrobe, just take into consideration what’s in her clothes wardrobe. Personal style can go a long way, and fragrance is essentially the final accessory to any outfit. Read on for pointers below. KELLEY HOFFMAN

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If her closet is full of designer labels:
We’re looking at a woman who loves her high fashion. Keep the chic coming with exquisite scents that channel the best of New York, London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks. 

Tory Burch Tory Burch: with notes of neroli, grapefruit, and cassis.
Burberry My Burberry: with notes of sweat pea, bergamot, and geranium.
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce: with notes of papaya flower, white daffodil, and sandalwood.
Chloé Chloé: with notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee.

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If her closet is full of florals:
This woman knows how to incorporate ladylike lace and feminine flower prints into her wardrobe, no matter the season. A floral perfume would be her foolproof finishing touch to any look.

TOM FORD Velvet Orchid: with notes of cool citrus, honey, and rum.
Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Dream: with notes of blackberry, jasmine, and blue wisteria.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: with notes of centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia.
Prada Candy Florale: with notes of sparkly cedrat, bouquet of cosmos, and caramel.

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If her closet is full of sensual fabrics:
Furs, silks, leathers, linens—there’s everything but polyblends in this woman’s wardrobe. Because for her, it’s all about the way her clothes make her feel—and her fragrance should match just that.

Dior J’adore: with notes of ylang-ylang essence, damascena rose essence, and sambac jasmine absolute.
Gucci Guilty: with notes of mandarin, pink pepper, and peach.
philosophy Amazing Grace: with notes of bergamot, muguet blossoms, and musk.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black: with notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White: with notes of peony, muguet, and tender musk.

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Early Bird Online Shopping

The best holiday shopping tips and gifts to buy now

The early bird gets the worm, so why not start your holiday shopping now and avoid the last minute stress later? Checking off your list before December even hits has many advantages. You not only have time to shop around for the best deals, but you can really put extra thought into your friends’ and family’s gifts. With our seven helpful early bird shopping tips below, be the smartest shopper you’ve ever been this holiday season. 

7 Early Bird Online Shopping Tips

1. Make a list. You don’t want to forget anyone, so create a shopping list with a few ideas under each name. Better to brainstorm now and start looking than frantically searching around last minute. 

2. Create a budget. Just because you’re starting your shopping before the rest of us, doesn’t mean you can spend outside your financial comfort zone. Avoid debt and set a spending limit - maybe even discuss price limits with the people you’re exchanging gifts with.

Avoid debt and set a spending limit.

3. Compare prices. Take your time this year to search for the best bargains. Create a new ‘Collection’ on our site now and check to see if the products you’ve hearted have gone on sale. Starting early allows is less stressful and prevents you from overspending. 

Starting early allows you to be able to take your time and not overspend. 

4. Be thoughtful. Put extra thought into your gifts this year. Listen to what your friends and family mention, or think about what they would really love to have. Gifting something special and surprising them with a gift they really want, makes the holidays that much more enjoyable. 

5. Look out for sales. Take advantage of Black Friday (Nov. 28-30) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) sales - those are some of the lowest prices you’ll see before holiday shopping really begins. Once December hits, keep your eye out for free shipping and discount codes. The closer you get to the holidays though, these offers may go away, so don’t wait!

6. Get creative. Instead of buying one big ticket item, put together a few of their favorite things. Package some of their favorite beauty products in a cute little basket. Or maybe buy some of their favorite underwear, plus an item of clothing you know they’ll love, and wrap it up all in one box. 

Instead of buying one big ticket item, put together a few of their favorite things.

7. One for you, one for me. We all know that when you’re looking for gifts for other people, you find things that you’d also like for yourself. Throw hints to the people you know you’re exchanging gifts with this year, to avoid getting things you’ll never wear or use. Also, don’t be hard on yourself if you pick up something here and there for you. You deserve gifts too!

Shop Now, Gift Later

For Her

Holiday stripe wool sweater

Modern Future Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek & Nail Set

Holiday Necklace

Buttercup Blow Dryer

The Fireside Long Jane Pajama

Nest Fragrances Holiday Diffuser

Holiday Kit

Free People Slipper Socks - Vienna in Red Combo

For Him

Fair Isle Shawl Cardigan

London Travel Kit

Neville 3 Piece Shaving Set

Men’s Facial Treatment Essence Wisdom: Green Cypress

Flannel pajama set in Black Watch

Dune Suede Shearling Look Slippers

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Innisfree Green Christmas 2014: A quick look at some products I love!

Innisfree, Korea’s ultra popular eco-friendly budget-beauty brand is known for their skincare and makeup, but for Xmas this year, they’ve launched some products that had a fragrance freak like me cooing.

Candles (SGD25) and Reed Diffusers ($36), as well as special scented hand creams (a trio for $17)!

There are 3 main fragrance lines for Christmas:

Red Berry - sweet, tart berries and apple

Cream White - luxurious, soft musk and talcum powder

Mint Chocolate - yummy rich chocolate and mint

All 3 scents are available in soy candle, diffuser, and hand cream form. The products that I received for review were the Mint Chocolate candle and diffuser, and the hand cream trio.

I’m probably going to go grab some of the Cream White products as well as that smells really nice and clean, but not too generic.

Knit Sleeves

Yes you saw right! Each home fragrance product comes with a reusable knit sleeve (different designs for each scent) which you can pop onto your mugs and glasses. 

If you love a scent and buy quite a few of them, you can simply remove the sleeves after Xmas and they look just as sleek and beautiful sitting in your house.

Collaboration with Childrens’ Cancer Foundation

For the first time, Innisfree is working with CCF to raise funds during the holiday season. If you purchase any of the holiday products, you can also purchase a cute little knit kit for $2 that you can use to create cross-stiched discs as gifts or to hang up around your house as decor (see top image). 

Proceeds go to charity. If you aren’t buying any products but want to contribute as well, you can buy the knit kit alone for $10.

DON’T PANIC: LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFTS

Skip the rueful IOUs.

Haven’t gotten to everyone on your gift list yet? You’re in quite a pickle there, friend. Lucky you, Sephora is here to help. All you need to do is get yourself to your nearest store and follow the steps below. Pack a lunch and practice deep breathing—the parking lot might be a nightmare, but Sephora is every procrastinator’s holiday miracle. BECKY PEDERSON

CAST EXPERTISE
You don’t need to know a single thing about beauty to shop at Sephora. Our beauty experts will help you pick something out. Sit back, relax, and let the professionals do their job. 

IQ TECHNOLOGY
If you’re keen on picking out your own gift, utilize one of our IQ technologies, like Fragrance IQ. Fill out the questionnaire—which will help you narrow down scents using fragrance families, types of scents, and lifestyle questions—to find the perfect gift. 

COMPLIMENTARY GIFT PACKAGING
While you’re here, why not let someone else put a bow on it too? This year, Sephora partnered with famed fashion illustrator Jo Ratcliffe to create one-of-a-kind, limited-edition gift packaging. 

GIFT CARD
You know your favorite beauty junkie is very particular about her lipstick. Save yourself the potential look of disappointment on her face. Get a gift card and let her discover what she really wants. Don’t make things harder than they need to be. 

MINI MAKEOVER
Now that you’ve gotten your holiday panic under control, reward yourself with a Mini Makeover. No one will ever know you were totally crazed until just a minute ago. 

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QUIZ: HOW TO PICK A HOLIDAY GIFT

Present her with the gift she really wants.

They say ‘tis better to give than to receive, but that’s only true if you don’t have a stress ulcer over what you’ll actually be giving. But now, finding the perfect gift has never been easier. Take our quiz to figure out which beauty product you should get your lucky lady—be it gold, bold, cool, or chic. BECKY PEDERSON

1. How would you describe your giftee’s style?
A. Sparkly
B. Fearless
C. Playful
D. Poised

2. What was on your giftee’s wish list last year?
A. Diamond earrings
B. Plane tickets to Tokyo
C. A smartwatch 
D. Personalized stationary

3. What is your giftee most likely to be holding in her hand right this very second?
A. A glass of champagne
B. An enormous statement ring
C. The latest iPhone 7X (oh, you haven’t heard of it?)
D. A limited-edition, designer ‘It’ bag 

4. Where will your giftee be spending New Year’s Eve?
A. The VIP room at the club
B. Party-hopping—who knows where the night might take her?
C. The exclusive opening of a world-famous chef’s restaurant
D. A black-tie ball 

GET YOUR SCORE
If you answered mostly A’s…GIFT GOLD
Your giftee is a total glamour-puss who definitely wants to pamper with something luxe. Get her something lustrous, shimmery, and preferably metallic.

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If you answered mostly B’s…GIFT BOLD
Your giftee likes bright lights and bold colors. She’ll want something fun to spike up her look. Get her something that will take her from the office party to the after party. 

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If you answered mostly C’s…GIFT COOL
Your giftee is a trendsetter of epic proportions. She knows about (and mostly likely owns) everything before it drops. Get her something so wow-inducing she’ll be buzzing about it all year.

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If you answered mostly D’s…GIFT CHIC
Your giftee has refined, expensive taste. She reads every fashion magazine cover-to-cover and will skip lunch for a month to save up for a coveted designer dress. Get her something that will capture the mood of the runway.

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