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I’m a big fan of white-floral fragrances, and Penhaligon’s Ellenisia is a great choice – indeed, it’s so pretty that Meadham Kirchhoff scented their AW13 show with it. The bottle is gorgeous – like all Penhaligon’s fragrances, it is the original design, and I am obsessed with the cute little coral bow on the cap. It means it looks adorable on my dressing table.

The perfume itself smells glorious – I primarily get gardenia, but the scent is lightened by the Mandarin Zest, which is one of the top notes. As the scent deepens during wearing, the tuberose and jasmine become more pronounced. The perfume has definite similarities with Chanel Exclusif’s Gardenia, and I love the soapy-clean feeling the scent gives me.

Since it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK, I would totally recommend this! Not  only is this fragrance available as an Eau de Parfum, but soaps and body lotion are also available.

The Eau de Parfum is available for £68.00 for 50ml and US readers can find it here

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A little bit of shiny gold goes a long way – these picks will be among my favourites through the year.

  1. Dress – Miu Miu
  2. Earrings – Astley Clarke
  3. Boots – Rag & Bone
  4. Cuff – Saint Laurent
  5. Clutch – Proenza Schouler
  6. Bracelet – Maison Martin Margiela
  7. Heels – Jimmy Choo

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In the UK, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some fun gift ideas which are a move away from the trashy and the cliched. The first of these suggestions would be the candle above.

One of Jonathan Ward’s newest offerings is the Josephine’s Rose candle – a rich and heady mix of rose and amber. Described as a velvet ball-gown of a scent, this is rose at its opulent finest – named for the Empress Josephine who was (and this is an understatement) obsessed with the flower.

Before you even light the double wicks, the room is filled with the rose fragrance – a lighter version of the scent which blossoms when the candle burns. The fragrance is deep and luxurious. The base notes of amber keeps the rose from becoming sickly sweet or veering into ‘old-lady’ territory.

Presented in hand-blown Italian glass, the candle is a thing of beauty – so much so I would consider keeping it for myself!

The large candle is priced at £32

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Per-fekt is a relatively new brand to British shores, and has recently launched in Selfridges department stores (some of my favourites.) The skin perfection gel sits somewhere between the much-lauded BB cream and a regular foundation, giving a good amount of sheer coverage.

The lack of water in base of the product means you apply it directly with your fingers rather than a sponge or brush – and you need the tiniest amount. I have pale-ish skin (NW20) and use Luminous. It comes out worryingly brown – but blends into an even shade which is just perfect for me. When using the gel, I forgo my usual primers – the gel makes your skin feel silky smooth. Seriously – my face was stroke-able!

After application my face was even, and flaws were vastly minimized – I felt like it looked like how I want my skin to look like with no makeup (i.e. freckles still showed but redness didn’t). My regular (YSL) bronzer applied like a dream, and my makeup stayed put throughout the day – workout included.

This gel is now the one I grab when I’m in the mood to look polished but natural.

Skin Perfection Gel is priced at £49.50 and available at Selfridges.com

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I do love Estee Lauder – it’s old school in the best possible way – all gold and glamour; and I love their special collections even more. Their 2009 Michael Kors range holds a dear place in my heart – think perfect nude lips and healthy blushes, and four years later they have succeeded in bringing out a lust-worthy selection of goodies.

I can channel my inner Betty Draper with this collection of perfect pinks. I love the lady like varnish and ever-so-chic compact. The retro packaging is perfect, and I can’t wait to collect a couple of pieces!

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