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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Summer Skincare Saviors

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As the weather gets warmer it’s time to start introducing some SPF into your grooming routine. The suns rays can not only cause short term damage to our skin, but prolonged exposure to the sun can cause lasting damage too.

Whether you are heading to the pool or to town, applying sunscreen to your body and face when heading out to the sun is a must. Recent innovations in sun protection has meant that sunscreen is not what it used to be. There are so many lightweight, non-greasy formulas on the market these days, you won’t even feel like you are wearing it.

For me, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF30 is my go to. The Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF has all the benefits of the original Ultra Facial Moisturizer but with added sun protection. The similar formula allows you to make the transition between the two without worrying about upsetting your skins balance too much – I’ve found in the past that certain sunscreens cause my skin to break out.

After being in the sun, your skin can feel super dehydrated. For an instant boost of moisture the Cactus Flower & “Tibetan Ginseng” Hydrating Mist, also from Kiehl’s instantly breaths new life into your skin, providing essential moisture with every spray. I recently took this away with me to Barcelona and found myself reaching for it whenever my skin started to feel dry or tight. The blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary helps to soothe the skin whilst protecting it from environmental conditions.

I also took the Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 and Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel with me on my most recent trip. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so sunny, so I’m glad I had the reviving gel with me after the first day left me slightly red. Needless to say the factor 50 came in handy the rest of the trip. If you want to know anymore about these Aesop products I reviewed them separately here last summer.

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Finally, If being out in the sun isn’t for you, you could opt for the Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel to give you that sun kissed look. I usually apply a small amount to my daily moisturiser if I’m going out for that healthy glow. The good news is, it washes off so you can experiment with how much or how little you want to use.

What are your summer essentials?

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Looking Forward.

With Christmas officially over we can start looking forward to what 2017 has to bring. The New Year is a great time to reflect on the past year and create achievable goals for the next 12 months. At the start of last year my skin was particularly bad. I found myself plagued with ingrown hairs along the beard line, which were not only unsightly but also really painful.

Having gone my teenage years with fairly clear skin, it was frustrating to have skin problems in my late twenties. Ok, it wasn’t THAT bad, but it felt like it and really started to get me down.

This past year I have had the opportunity to try and review various male grooming products which has helped me understand what works for me and in turn keep my skin under control. I’m always on the look out for new products to introduce into my daily routine so this Christmas when I received a shed load of luxury male grooming gifts I couldn’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to giving them all a try over the next couple of months and see what the hits are and which ones are the misses.

Some of these were featured on my Christmas Gift Guide so maybe people do read my blog after all! So… what did I get?

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TOM FORD For Men Oil Free Daily Moisturiser 50ml | TOM FORD For Men Exfoliating Energy Scrub 100ml | TOM FORD For Men Face Cleanser 150ml

I have used a couple of the TOM FORD products before with good results, however I haven’t tried any of these so I’ll be looking forward to giving them a good go soon. The packaging alone gets me excited so let’s hope this products live up to their price point.

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Kiehls House Of Fraser Exclusive Age Defender Gift Set (Sold Out)

This House of Fraser Exclusive skincare set featured on my The Best Grooming Gifts for Men gift guide earlier in December and contains a Moisturiser and complimentary sample  of the Power Serum from the recently introduced Age Defender Range. The set also includes the All-In-One Body Fuel body wash, and the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to complete the ultimate head-to-toe routine.

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CLARINS Men’s Age Control Set (Sold Out)

I’ve never used Clarins before so this little kit is a great introduction. The set includes the Super Moisture Balm, Shampoo & Shower and Active Face Wash all nicely packaged in a hanging wash bag. This is the second anti-acing gift set I received, maybe I should take a hint!

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Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

It wouldn’t be Christmas without receiving at least one new fragrance and this next one is a beauty. I have loved this Jo Malone scent for sometime now but have never owned any of the fragrances so to receive this one at Christmas was a great surprise. The scent is a mixture of fruity, spicy and woody notes which is perfect for winter and especially the festive season. A real aromatherapy experience!
How was your Holiday Season?
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5 to Try this Season

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When the temperature starts to drop outside we need to take extra care of our skin to prevent the elements drying it out. Winter can cause havoc with our skin; cold conditions can strip skin of its natural moisture causing redness and irritation if we don’t take the steps prior to winter proof our skin.

To keep you complexion bright and clear its important to have a skincare routine in place,  morning and at night.

I’m always on the look out for new products to try and introduce into my routine. Whether they are new releases on the market or products that have been recommended, I’m a bit of a skincare junkie so will give most things a go. Below I have rounded up some of the products I have been recently trying this winter so far.

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First up is the new Black Pepper & Bergamot Shower Gel* by MEN-Ü. The combination of spicy black pepper & fresh bergamot citrus is ideal for this time of year. The scent is warm and comforting yet invigorating and fresh, it really wakes you up in a good way on a cold morning. The ultra concentrated formula means a little goes a long way, creating a rich lather in the process. What’s better is this Shower Gel comes free as part as the MEN-Ü styling gift sets – perfect for gifting this Christmas. lab_5JP1_180.png

Next up is the Maximum Matte Renewal Lotion by Lab Series. Whilst I wouldn’t say my skin is oily, this moisturiser for oily-prone skin is my new favourite product. This dual action lotion not only mattifies your skins appearance with it’s ILLUMATTE™ technology, the Molecular Age-Less Complex™ formula reduces the visible appearance of signs of ageing, leaving your skin with an all round glow.

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Aesop has always been a favourite of mine. Over the years I have tried so many of their products. I accidentally purchased this Rejuvanate Intensive Body Balm instead of my normal Rind Concentrate Body Balm so thought I would give it a try insteadDuring the winter months I suffer with dry skin, especially on my upper arms so its important for me to find a body lotion that works and this seems to be so far so good.  I probably wouldn’t switch from my go-to, but its good to switch it up sometimes.age_defender_eye_repair_15ml_2

The Age Defender Eye Repair is just one product in Kiehl’s new Age Defender line. Enriched with Rye Seed Extract to help strengthen skin, the Eye Repair is designed to help visibly correct aging skin around the eye and crow’s feet area and reduce the appearance of dark circles for a smoother, more youthful look. I’ve never used a eye cream religiously before so I will be interested to see how this one goes on and see if I notice visible results.

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Finally, the last product I have been using lately is the Gravity Mud Firming Treatment mask by GLAMGLOW. I had seen this product sometime ago  and was intrigued by it, so when I was in Dubai airport duty-free and spotted it, I couldn’t help myself!  The peel off mask transforms from a bright white to a chrome as it dries and leaves you with bright (slightly red), firm skin.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What are you currently loving?

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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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