I always find men the hardest to buy for and apart from ties, socks and the occasional watch, I really struggle to choose something. I’ve had a look around and since this is a beauty blog I thought I would share my favourite beauty items that any father would love wether the father of your children or your father.

A family favourite and a gift I have given to almost every man I know is the The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream and Brush. It’s a great stable in any mans life; the brush is great quality, the shaving cream allows for a great shave (so I’ve heard) and the Maca Root range also comes with a face wash. If you’re looking for a fragrance on a budget than The Body White Musk is a great one to look into and I was surprised by just how great it smells with hints of lavender, geranium, musk and sandalwood.

If you are looking for a light summer fragrance that’s still a real man’s man scent than I would go for the John Varvatos Artisan Acqua although it has lots of floral and citrus scents it still remains quite traditionally masculine. Another great one is the Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo which I think is aimed at a slightly older more traditional man but which won’t break the bank as it’s only £18.50 currently in Boots.

If you are looking for skincare then the No7 Men Protect & Perfect Serum especially any man which is beginning to worry about ageing and hydrating. More of an investment but a great one if he’s a gym goer and is looking to really clean his skin to keep blemishes at bay is Clinique For Men Charcoal Wash and Cleansing Brush, it’s one of my favourite brushes, not too harsh but can really change your skin.

If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance for any young man then I would start with Hugo Boss Bottled Intense, Michael Kors For Men or Lacoste L.12.12 Jaune all three are perfect for any stylist, modern father.

The Thierry Mugler’s A* MEN gift set is perfect if you are looking for a little more than just a fragrance as it also comes with a hair & body shampoo but is a really interesting, unusual but beautiful fragrance.

I’ve got my father TABAC After Shave lotion as he doesn’t typically love beauty items but this is so classic and old school that  I think he’ll love it.

I wanted to give nudes a break last week and was rummaging though products I recently got in and I discovered this absolutely beautiful blue shade from No7.

I haven’t used a No7 polish in quite a while and hadn’t heard much about their Gel-Look Shine Nail Colours so I really wasn’t sure what to expect but the colour is so beautiful I went for it anyway. It applied perfectly, completely opaque in two thin layer and the brush was easy to use. 

Although it looking like a beautiful colour in the bottle I was surprised by just how beautiful it really is and I think it would be in my top 5 polishes for the summer and is a real must have. It is a soft corn flower shade of blue with a really glossy, high shine finish which make it looks almost like a gel manicure. I love blue nail polishes but this is unlike any I own but is really very beautiful and flattering. I was surprised to see it last 5 days with minimal tip wear and no chips which is very rare in my books. 

If you’re looking for something to spend your next No7 voucher on, this is it!

With Christmas parties starting, I thought I would share my picks of the Beauty Christmas Crackers which are about this year as there are some fabulous ones…
Space Nk- £48 for six I’m going to kick this off with my favourite set of crackers. They work out at £8 a cracker which is fairly inexpensive in comparison to most crackers around but the best thing is that you get a great selection of high-end brands such as Caudalie, Oribe and Laura Mercier. I think these are the ones I’ll have round my Christmas table.

No7- £14 for six These are the best value set at under £2.50 each- but you can even get them on 3 for 2!! Inside there is a mixture of nail polishes and skincare all perfect for winter.

Champneys £10 for four Another great set if you are on a budget. Admittedly they don’t look quite as luxurious as the rest but they are a great option if your guest are more in to bath and body care rather than makeup and skincare.

Cowshed Christmas Crackers £10 The singular £10 crackers are best as a treat to yourself or as a gift as they are quite expensive however with this Cowshed one you get two products inside; a lip balm and a hand cream.

Philip Kingsley- £10 If hair care is more your things than this Philip Kingsley one is the one for you. It comes with a shampoo, conditioner and the cult favourite Elasticizer perfect for achieving party ready hair.

This Works – £10 The party season is the time of the year when most of us get the least amounts of sleep which is why I love that this cracker has the This Works Deep Sleep Body Therapy inside which is one of my current loves.

Clarins- £39 for six It’s no secret that Clarins is one of my all time favourite brands so I’d love to discover this makeup or skincare inside my cracker.

Harvey Nicols £50 for six This one comes a close second to the Space Nk one as it houses brands such as Laura Mercier, Deborah Lippmann and Prada, with a great mix of nail polish, perfume, skincare and makeup.

Lancome- £54 for six There isn’t a single product in this set that I would be disappointed with. It is filled with what I consider to be essentials; mascara, lipstick, serum and more

Jo Malone- £32 The most luxurious cracker of all. It has three (sample sized) Jo Malone products, need I say more….

Which is your favourite cracker?

With under a month until we can open the first door in our advent calendars I thought I would share what the beauty world has to offer and some of my favourites…

The Body Shop Calendar- £50. I had this one last year, it comes filled with miniature bath products, body lotions, lip balms and more. It’s perfect if you travel a lot and want to save the smaller sizes for when you go away or if you simply want a mini treat everyday of advent.

Boot No7 Calendar- £35. This is probably one of the more affordable beauty advent calendars as most retail for £50+, it has a range of miniature products from skincare or makeup.

Topshop Jewellery Calendar, £25. This one is probably the most tempting in my opinion, £25 for 24 days of Topshop- seems like a good deal. It has a mixture of gold and silver, although 12 of the doors hide studs which I don’t tend to wear too much.

Yankee Candle Calendar, £24.99. Another very tempting option for candle lovers like me is this relatively affordable offering which houses 25 scent candles to leave your house smelling amazing all December.

Ciate Mini Manicure Manor Calendar, £49. If you love nail polishes then this is the calendar for you, they have a range of colours and finishes to help create any nail look you desire this Christmas.

Jo Malone Calendar, £250. The creme de la creme of beauty calendars has to be the Jo Malone one which also carries a very premium price tag. It has a range of miniature body creams and their famous colognes as well as a larger treat hiding behind door number 24. It will be available 10th November nationwide but is currently Harrods exclusive.

If you want to keep it traditional and stick to chocolate, try the Lindt or Thornton Calendars for an affordable option.

Sadly I was too late in telling you about The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar and the Benefit Calendar as they have already sold out. Keep an eye for them next year though as the content is amazing if you have a few extra pounds to spend.

What advent calendar do you have your eye on?

In the past orange and coral tones use to scare me a little but now that the sun is out and I’ve lightened my hair a little it seems like the perfect spring time look. However if it isn’t a look you’ve ever tried I put together a look using my favourite affordable makeup items so you can give it a go with no huge commitments.

I obviously started with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation, at the moment I can’t get enough of this foundation and love applying it with a damp sponge followed by my Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer. Eyebrows and liner were done like usual using Soap & Glory Brow Archery and Topshop liner and mascara.

 I then had the task of finding the perfect affordable peach lip and cheek. I had a beautiful Sleek Blush however it was a little too orange for me and instead when for a more subtle but equally as beautiful The Body Shop Blush in Macaron over Bourjois Cream Blush in 02. I then wanted to add a little of a summer glow and reached for the Revlon Photoready Skinlights as a highlighter (shade Bare Light) which I love as it’s a cream and super easy to apply.

To finish I applied The Body Shop Colour Crush in 18. Sunset Romance underneath No7 BB Lips in Blush Coral. The look is still quite natural but just a little more summery. I love how quick this look is and have been recreating it daily.

What look have you been going to this spring?

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