CHRISTMAS 2017

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No doubt by the time you get around to reading this Christmas will seem like a distant memory, but I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays nonetheless!?

Christmas was a bit different for me this year, I woke up in my own house! Not to do things by halves, we moved into our new house on 18th December so to try and get settled in before Christmas whilst working full time jobs was… fun! But worth it.

I usually spend Christmas at home so not to do the usual family traditions on Christmas morning was a bit of a change but I’m all for making new traditions and hopefully next year everything won’t be so rushed. We woke up really early on Christmas morning admitting defeat around 6.30 and finally getting out of bed. As usual I received some amazing gifts, I’m definitely feeling pretty lucky right now to have such a good group of people around me.

So what did I get? first up I got some Hunter wellies. I’ve been saying I wanted to get a pair for some time now – I ruin so many shoes walking the dogs, so these are going to come in handy! To go with the wellies I received matching Hunter socks and a The North Face puffer jacket to keep me extra toasty when its cold! Speaking of the dogs, they received the Aesop Animal Body Wash, perfect for after a muddy walk – It smells so good and I’m sure they will love it too.

Next up was a bunch of Nespresso goodies – a Citiz + Milk machine, a 200 capsule box set and a pair of cappuccino cups. I don’t know how I survived without a Nespresso machine before, I’m even more addicted to coffee now, there’s so many options to choose from! I’m looking forward to making a drink and getting stuck into Decembers box from The Chocolate Society. I’d never heard of the brand before but the chocolates look so good.

Staying on the coffee theme, I received some Lush products from my Secret Santa at work – I love the coffee mask, you can read about it here! I wonder how they knew?!

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Other grooming products came in the form of the GlamGlow Power Rangers Rita Repulsa Mask and some sleep sprays from This Works. I haven’t slept well lately so these couldn’t come at a better time and they work like a dream!

Other items included tickets to Fall Out Boy, a new Diptyque candle, Ciroc Vodka and the latest Cereal City Guide for Los Angeles to complete my collection.

I also treated myself to a pair of crisp black and white Nike Air Force 1s in the sales, I’ve never had a pair of them before and i’m not 100% convinced I can pull them off but i’m going to try!

After exchanging gifts we went to my parents for lunch and had a pretty chilled afternoon and evening as we were both working boxing day.  Overall it was a great first Christmas, hopefully next year we will be a lot more settled and able to host ourselves –  I’d love to cook the Christmas dinner for my parents one year so they don’t have too!

Working in the hospitality industry means Christmas is usually short and sweet but its what you make of it. I hope you all had a great festive period?

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Oh I also forgot to mention, a fifth member of the family was added on Christmas day. Everyone meet Luna – she’s settled in so well and definitely rules the house already!

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2018

Now it’s December the countdown to Christmas can officially begin! I’m usually one of those people who start there Christmas shopping in October so to be in the first week of December and haven’t bought a single gift yet is new to me. This year has just flown – I can’t actually keep up! Throw into the mix buying a house and preparing to move and you can imagine the last couple of months have been chaos… a good chaos though. I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.

As you may have noticed during this period my blog has unfortunately been put on the  back burner a bit. I’ve posted here and there but not half as much as I would have liked too. However, I couldn’t not do my yearly gift guide. I love seeing everyone else’s (leave a link in the comments if you have one!) so hopefully someone will find mine useful too. So instead of breaking a tradition, here is my 2018 gift guide – you can find all the links below.

 

For the Sneakerhead:

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 Adidas Cleaning Drop Set | Vans Old Skool | Vans Sk8-Hi Shoes | Jason Markk Travel Shoe Cleaning Kit Men’s Society Sneaker Cleaning Set | Jason Markk Repel Spray


 

For the Trendsetter:

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Yeezy Season 5 Calabasas Sports Tee (Ash) |The North Face La Paz Down Hooded Jacket | Yeezy Season 5 Adidas Calabasas Crew Sweat (Libra) | All Saints Torny Short Sleeve Crew | mmml M1 Denim |  Off -White Long Sleeve Camouflage Tee 


For The Grooming Guru:

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ClarinsMen Grooming Essentials Gift Set | Diptyque Car Scent Diffuser | Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Limited Edition Holiday 2017 | Kiehl’s The High Flying Gentleman Grooming Kit | L:A BRUKET No. 165 Travel Kit | Lush Cup O’ Coffee ScrubAesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving DuetThe Mankind Advent Calendar | Lab Series All in One Essentials KitMolton Brown Distinguished Treats Cracker


For the Foodie:

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Little Book of Craft Beer | The Chocolate & Gin Gift CollectionMoet & Chandon Christmas Cracker | Toast: The Cookbook | Hotel Chocolat Christmas SleeksterPrestat Espresso Martini White Chocolate Truffles


 

For the Homebody:

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 Marshall Action Speaker | Diptyque Baies Coloured Candle |  Beats Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones |  Cereal These Islands | Black Splatter Cocktail Shaker SetH&M Santa Socks


 

…And after that, if you are still feeling uninspired, why not check out my ‘Grooming Gift Guide from last Christmas to give you some more gift ideas.

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Do you like any of my suggestions?

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INTRODUCING THE MANKIND X GQ CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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Whether you like it or not, Christmas is already here and yes I just said the C word. It might still be another couple of months away yet, but its never too early to start thinking about what you are going to get for your nearest and dearest.

Building on last years Christmas box, this year Mankind have outdone themselves by teaming up with GQ to bring you the Christmas Collection. The Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is the perfect gift for the modern man, featuring 12 full-size products along with a 6-month GQ subscription, it really is the ultimate gift this year.

Priced at £100, the collection contains over £400 worth of products from brands such as Clinique, Lab Series, Argentum and Omorovicza, all packaged neatly in a elegant branded box. The full list of products can be seen below:

01. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (150ml)

02. Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream (70ml)

03. Clinique For Men Face Scrub (100ml)

04. men-ü Clay (100ml)

05. The Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

06. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment (100ml)

07. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (177ml)

08. Gentlemen’s Tonic Savile Row Razor – Faux Ivory

09. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (1 x 75ml)

10. Korres Men Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo (250ml)

11. Anthony Exfoliating and Cleansing Bar (198g)

12. Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Hand Lotion (70ml)

So far this year I’ve been really impressed with Anthony Skincare and Omorovicza – the Instant Perfection Serum from Omorovicza is a life saver, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of their different products from this box. That’s the good thing about these sort of collections, as well as familiar brands, it’s a great way to try out some other brands too. Rituals and Argentum are completely new brands to me so it will be interesting to see how these go. At £147 to buy on it’s own, you can’t help but have high expectations of the Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream!

Amongst the products its good to see products from well known and loved brands such as Clinique and Lab Series in there too – staples in my bathroom for years. The box contains a bit of everything; from cleansers and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste, it has all of your grooming needs covered and at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are buying it for a loved one or treating yourself, the Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is sure to not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts!

Is the Mankind Christmas Collection on your wishlist this year? What are your favourite products?

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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can buy the Christmas Collection here.


 

The Best Lush Products for… Men?

fullsizerenderfullsizerender-1fullsizerender-2If you haven’t been in a Lush store before, chances are you have smelled one whilst walking past. Despite being unisex, Lush can seem intimidating for men. The sweet smells and bright colours may look like they are catered towards women, but just because the products don’t have a ‘For Men’ label on the front, it doesn’t mean they can’t be used by men too. In fact now that more and more men have started to look after themselves better, Lush makes it acceptable for everyone to pamper themselves every now and again!

So next time you walk past, make sure you pop in and see what the store can offer, there’s some great products waiting to be discovered. Lush also prides itself on being cruelty free and using the freshest ingredients in their products. guilt. free. shopping!

Here’s some of my recommendations..

The Olive Branch Shower Gel The Olive Branch shower gel is my most frequent Lush purchase and is a must for every bathroom! The combination of fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves is comforting and has a real natural feel to it. As the name suggests the shower gel contains olive oil which will leave your skin hydrated and smooth. A real trip to the Mediterranean on a chilly morning.

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Dirty Springwash Shower Gel If you’re  looking for something a little bit fresher to really wake you up in the morning, then the Dirty range is the one for you. Not only does the range feature this shower gel but you can also purchase the Dirty fragrance in a body spray, shaving cream, toothpaste tabs, soap and styling hair cream. Key ingredients in this shower gel are spearmint and menthol which create a tingling effect on the skin leaving it feeling super clean and invigorated.

Cup ‘O Coffee Exfoliating Mask This one is definitely for the coffee lovers out there! If you follow my blog, you may have seen me review this product a couple of months ago. Needless to say I’m still loving it and have in fact just started my second pot of the stuff.

The multi-purpose mask can be used on the face, chest, legs and anywhere else that needs a bit of TLC. When I said this one is for the coffee lovers out there, here’s why. The mask contains actual coffee grounds. Whilst it may sound a bit gimmicky, the grounds act as a natural exfoliant to help unblock pores and remove dead skin. The scrub is quite course which some people won’t like but the added agave syrup helps to keep your skin hydrated throughout. If you think you can handle that along with the strong smell then you will be left with exfoliated, smooth skin that smells almost good enough to eat.2242.png

Prince Shaving Cream Unlike you’re traditional shaving cream, this stuff comes in a handy pot. If you’re looking for a comfortable shave, then this royal cream from Lush is just for you. Cocoa butter, almond oil, and flaxseed oil  help soften your bristles to give you a smoother, closer shave, all whilst leaving your shave area hydrated, moisturised and less irritated.

Avobath Bathbomb If you suffer from dry skin, then Avobath is for you. Packed full of olive oil and mashed avocado this bath bomb will not only turn your bath water a nice shade of green, but it will help revive even the driest of skin. The lemongrass and bergamot oils will fill your bathroom with its uplifting scent making you ready to tackle whatever the day has to throw at you.

American Cream Conditioner This milkshake-like product is ready to take on whatever the elements have to throw at you. Whether its damage from the sun or wind, this vitamin C rich conditioner will bring your hair back to life, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated and smelling great all day.

Coalface Soap This soap is a relatively new discovery for me. Blessed with skin that is prone to the occasional breakout I’m always on the lookout for remedies to help clear it up as soon as possible. I first came across this product from a YouTube video and thought I would try it out for myself. The soap contains rosewood oil which is known for its antiseptic properties and charcoal for it’s absorbency which help calm the skin and dry up any spots during a breakout. The liquorice root not only helps to leave the skin feeling soft but it is also known for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties which helps with reducing any redness.

What are your Lush must-haves?

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The Best Grooming Gifts For Men

Yes, it’s that time of year again; and I don’t mean November, I’m talking about Christmas! Although it may seem super early to be thinking about it all just yet, Christmas is definitely in the air. No matter how hard you try, theres no avoiding it, so what better way to embrace the festive season by getting your shopping list in check.

Out of all the people you have to buy for, men are always the hardest people to shop for. What do you get the person who never asks for anything? or has everything? Whether you have a brother, parent, grandfather or boyfriend to buy for, grooming gifts are always well received, you know there going to be used at some point throughout the year.

The male grooming market has seen considerable growth over the past couple of years, with many brands recognising this shift in consumer trends. This year there is a HUGE selection of grooming gifts out there for men – from premium skin care, travel kits & shower gels to exfoliating brushes and beard trimmers, there’s something for everyone.

So to help you get those creative juices flowing and give you some ideas I have put this quick gift guide together of the The Best Grooming Gifts For Men, shop below!

I wouldn’t say no to any of them.

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FOREO LUNA Play (£29) 

Aesop The Intrepid Gent Kit (£65) 

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Cracker (£20) 

ClarinsMen My Weekend Essentials Collection (£40) 

TOM FORD For Men Beard Comb (£29) 

TOM FORD For Men Conditioning Beard Oil (£65) 

Clinique For Men Sonic Set (£79) 

Tweezerman G.E.A.R. Essential Grooming Kit (£32) 

BaByliss For Men Super Stubble XTP Beard Trimmer (£60)  

Kiehl’s x Jeremyville Facial Fuel Favourites Giftset (£29.50)  

Louis Vuitton Hanging Toiletry Kit (£540)

Kiehls House Of Fraser Exclusive Age Defender Gift Set (£46.50)

The Mankind Christmas Collection (£100)

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet (£50)

Aesop Double-Edge Razor (£57) 

Lab Series Daily Care Kit (£29.50) 

Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Ultimate Gift Set (£75)

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

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