I’ve been back for NYC a while but haven’t posted too much from it as I’m still a little unsure what/how I want to post about. That said I did take some photos of my beauty products which I want to share and keep an eye out for what’s in my long haul travel case next week. We’re skipping makeup and just concentrating on toiletries as I don’t typically do my makeup in the bathroom but do let me know if that’s something you’d like to see too.

We’ll start with the essential although not terribly exciting- deodorant…

I took two with me, as I hadn’t tried the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness before, and because I typically like to have both a spray and a roll on. I like a roll on as my go-to morning deodorant and the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness Deodorant is great, it’s designed for sensitive skin therefore isn’t too scented which I like. I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s great but if you are particularly sweaty I think it might be best to opt for something different. I bought the Mitchum Aero Advance Deodorant at the airport as it’s a great one for the boyfriend and I to share, as naturally he had forgotten his. Mitchum is a brand I really trust and I find the mini size great to throw in my handbag in case I want to freshen up whilst exploring the city.

Another must is sun cream, I decided recently to start wearing suncream daily (more on that soon) and for New York I opted for Ultrasun SPF 30 Family as I had a small tube, perfect to travel with.  This particular suncream isn’t specifically designed for the face but it is for sensitive skin so I didn’t have any issues with it on my face, especially as I ensure I cleanse properly in the evening. For me it was light weight enough for under my makeup and I had no issues even on days we were out all day. Ultrasun is a brand I trust when it comes to skincare and I might even pick up some more for the summer!

For facial moisturisers I took quite a few as my skin does get a little dehydrated when traveling but I must admit I was missing a oil and serum in this routine. I took with me the Elemis Pro Collagen Cream which is my go-to everyday face cream as it’s hydrating but not too heavy. I took Weleda Skin Food as I like it for very dry patches both on the face and body, and also to highlight my face/limbs. Finally, I grabbed Embryolisse Lait-Creme, it’s a great moisturiser to have as I can use it even if my skin is feeling little more sensitive- although I didn’t end up really needing it.

As my cleanser I took the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm– I love a balm cleanser, especially when I’m traveling and this one is one of my favourites! I find balms do a great job of removing all of my makeup without stripping my skin and I find a balm to be a great luxurious-feeling way to remove my makeup and get ready for bed, especially after a long day. I also have a small version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm which I kept in the shower for my morning cleanse. Oskia is one of my favourite skincare brands but I don’t fully understand the hype around this cleanser, it’s nice but I simply prefer a balm. I did also take a mini Bioderma Micellar water which was great for removing any makeup from my under eyes but which I kept in my makeup bag for makeup removal on the go.

I always like to travel with a few face masks and treatments such as the Oskia Citylife Detox Mask which is great for getting some life back into my skin after days on the subway and in the big smoke. I love how easy this is to travel with, although it’s a little tricky to mix and I also had some other sachet sheet masks beside my bed, perfect to help hydrate my skin. My go-to over night product was the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, as my skin is quite dry I love the exfoliating nature of this. As it uses AHAs I wake up with a more radiant skin, which is exactly what I look for!

My other overnight product to add a glow would be the James Read Gradual Tan drops. Not everyone loves fake tan on their face but I personally think a few drops in with my moisturiser can make a huge difference and making me feel instantly more confident.

Honestly, I don’t always cream my body (although I am making a special effort and getting much better) but I took the Byredo Body Lotion away with me, I think I brought it home from a hotel a while back but it smells great!

In terms of fragrance I did take the Glossier fragrance but ended up only reaching for Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in Library. This arrived days before I went away which is probably part of the reason I reached for it but I love this fragrance. It’s a unisex fragrance which my boyfriend could wear if he wanted and it just looks so chic. It’s quite easy to wear, quite light with notes of cedar and vanilla which I love.

Final few items in my shower…

Sol De Janeiro Shower Gel, honestly this just smells amazing and makes me happy. In terms of shampoo, conditioner and hair mask I opted for Philip Kingly, a brand I love and trust! The Elasticizer is one of my favourite masks as I colour my hair and my hair is quite fine, it adds life back into my hair without weighing it down. Plus, these three products come in a little Jet Set set which is perfect for a few days away.

What are your must have products when you’re away?






Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re weeks are all going well

Before the weekend rolls along I wanted to make sure I shared a little gift guide with you all for Father’s Day as it’s rare I get to talk about Men’s products and it’s a nice excuse. Here in the UK Father’s Day is this Sunday so there are just a few more days to pick up your gifts.

Fragrance is such a stable gift, especially if you know the persons favourite/taste quite well. Paco Rabanne 1 Million remains a best seller but if you want something slightly different then there is the new 1 Million Lucky which is a slightly sweeter version of the original and marks 10 years since the launch of the classic 1 Million. One which my boyfriend wears and which I love is Paco Rabano Invictus and this year they have launched Invictus Aqua which is a fresher take on the original and which is perfect for summer! As I’ve spoken about before Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau Fraiche do a yearly limited edition fragrance, this year the collaboration is with Parisian Graffiti Artist Andre Saraiva. The fun bottle shows ‘Mr A.’ Showing off his muscles! However, if you’re looking for a gift set over a single fragrance then check out this set from L’occitane Aromatic Collection, it has a shower gel, fragrance and deodorant and is perfect for a more traditional man with warm masculine notes.

If you’re buying for someone that likes to travel then I think a suitcase is a great option. I have a few nicer suitcases which I love and really makes packing a little more enjoyable. My most recent one is from American Tourister and they have some many different size, style and colour options, you’ll really be able to find the best one for your Father or Partner. Cristiano Ronaldo even has a range with them so if they’re a football fan then I think that one is a great option, who doesn’t want to travel like Ronaldo?

Everyone needs a great toothbrush but they’re often a little on the pricier side which is why I think they make great gifts, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean is a really sleek luxurious one which is also their best whitening toothbrush.

Head to toe grooming is definitely on the rise with men so there are a two face, body and hair grooming kits which are both great! The Philips Advance Styling & Precision kit and the Braun Multi Grooming Kit for men- they both come with everything from nose hair trimers to precision chasers to combs to groom your hair.

The next three items are bits which would be great for a man that likes to take care of himself a little more than most men I know (which is great!) For skincare lovers I have two affordable but luxurious items the Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor MUD Purifying Cleansing Gel and the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask which are both perfect for mens skin! Finally for any man that likes a little tan then the James Read For Men Hydra Tan Mist is perfect for the summer months!

And that the end of my men’s gift guide, what will you be buying your other half/Father this Father’s Day?

Here’s my stupidly last minute gift guide. I hope most of you have finished your Christmas shopping but if not here are some final ideas for any beauty lover, which you will now have to buy in store as it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow.

Also, if you’ve finished all your Christmas shopping (well done!), it’s also a great list for items to watch out for in the sale- often gift sets are discounted and you can bag a real bargain.


I have some great picks for makeup lovers and all of these are very much staying in my own makeup collection and won’t be gifted because they’re just too good! My number one pick is this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Achieve, I love Charlotte Tilbury as a Christmas gift and I think any makeup lover would love to see this under their tree!  It contains three very wearable shades and for £60 it’s a little pricey but a real treat! Another beautiful set is this one from Laura Geller, which is a fabulous brand which I really want to explore more next year and this set has some of their hero products which will add a sparkle to the festive period.

I think palettes make great gifts so I’ve picked four; Too Faced Pretty Little Planner- which is just the absolute cutest, Benefit Complexionista Face Palette for anyone looking to master their base in the new year, Chantecaille L’Arbre Illuminé Palette the most beautiful luxury blush palette and Smashbox Create & Transform Eye, Lip & Face Palette for all their makeup needs!

Home fragrance may not be the most personal gift but it’s an easy gift which works for couples as well as for those people you’re really struggling to buy from. Jo Malone is always a stunning gift, these Molton Brown reed diffusers are a great pick as is this new Elemis Soothing Glow Candle.
For anyone after a little relaxation after a busy year I have some fabulous picks! There are two sleep sets with Sleep Sprays which I love equally; This Works Sleep Set and Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Bed Time Collection- both amazing! I also spotted this Silk Slip Sleep Mask which is a lovely luxurious sleep related gift for anyone of any age.

I love a bit of Philosphy at Christmas time and I can’t wait for this evenings bath where I’ll definitely be using this Christmas Cookie Shower Gel which would also make a great gift! Alternaticely for a bigger gift this Philosophy Pure Grace Body And Fragrance Gift Set smells amazing!

I love gifting skincare and usually pick the brand which I know the person really loves. My top pick would be this Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit as it’s a luxury gift made more affordable as it’s a travel set. It’s great for anyone that wants to trail Charlotte Tilbury Skincare or some that does travel a lot. Another two great kits are the Elemis Brilliantly Beautiful Set and the Liz Earle Route to Radiance set which has a great selection of products.

Fragrance is a great but tricky gift to give and I would try to stick to something I already know the person loves or something similar which is why sets are great. You can get them something they already love with an extra body cream too such as the DKNY Nectar Set or Nina Ricci Luna set. Equally special edition or new variations of fragrances are nice alternatives such as Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Limited Edition or Juicy Couture Glace if you know they like the originals. However if you’re looking for something new my current favourite is Glossier, Glossier you- I’ve been getting so many compliments on it and I love it!

Really hope that was helpful for any of you last minute shoppers and more importantly I really hope you all have an amazing Christmas.

And I’ll be back Boxing Day with the best Boxing Day sales!


Am I the only person that almost forgot that it’s Father’s Day- TOMORROW!
I’ve picked a few last minute gifts which you can pick up in town (or even tomorrow morning) which I think any dad would love to receive.

A fragrance is always a great way to go in terms of gifts especially if you already know your Father’s (or partner’s taste).

If you’re looking for a woody night time fragrance then John Varvatos Platinum Cologne is a beautiful option, it’s a real man’s man scent. I actually gift John Varvatos fragrances quite regularly and they’re always loved!

If you’re looking for something for a younger man (like the father of your kids) or maybe your dad is just cooler than mine then I have a few picks too.

Paco Rabanne Invictus is one my boyfriend wears regularly and I really love, it’s the perfect summer scent with citrus and marine notes. Alternatively, I know there are lots of One Million fans out there, again by Paco Rabanne and they made the bottle even better with a rather epic Monopoly Limited Edition.

A recent launch is the Mont Blanc Emblem Absolu which is a new favourite in my family, it’s sweet and fruity but with warm spicy and woody notes which keep it very masculine, plus it comes in a beautiful gold bottle.

But my favourite is the Gaultier Le Male Superman Eau Fraiche, for the bottle alone. If you’re looking for a gift for your perfume-loving Superman then you can’t go wrong with this one, it’s perfect for the summer with notes of neroli, mint and aldehydes.

Also, worth noting, there is a Wonder Woman version which I might buy as it would be the perfect addition to any perfume collection- but maybe not for Father’s day.


If you dream of gifting your dad something luxury but can’t quite afford a Cartier watch then the L’Envole De Cartier gift collection is perfect! It is a unique oriental scent which is both soft and intense, notes of musk mixed with a real freshness and masculine wood and honey notes. All packaged in the famous red Cartier box with an Eau De Parum and Shower gel.

Alternatively, Etro ManRose is another great luxury fragrance, I stupidly didn’t photograph the bottle but it’s a really beautiful but yet elegant one. With warm spicy, aromatic and of course rose notes, it’s a little on the pricier side but with the extra money. Another new launch this year is the Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Bleu Astral a citrus, woody and leather scent in a very classic bottle, perfect for any age.

But if you’re not looking for perfumes I have a few options which are easily available in Boots

If you’re on a budget there are two options which I have for you the Superdry Sports wash pack and the Ted Baker Trio set, both include essentials that every dad needs, maybe not the most personal but very useful,

There is also a great offer on the Wahl Classic Grooming Set, it’s a great set with clippers, precision trimmer, combs, scissors and so much more! It’s limited edition and currently half price! I really love the retro feel of this one.

And lastly, one of my favourite brands of the moment has to be Neal’s Yard who always have a great range of men’s products, from single gifts to gift sets!

Hope this help you last minute shoppers like myself and hope you have a great Father’s Day tomorrow!

With Christmas next week (I’m so excited!), it’s time to finish the Christmas Shopping and with fragrance sales increasing every Christmas I thought I would dedicate a whole post to my favourite picks.
perfume-for-her For her:
I’m going to write a post with all my favourite fragrances soon but recent additions to my collection which I would highly recommend checking out are Stella McCartney Pop, Chloe Fleur DE Parfum and Jimmy Choo. I really love floral fragrances at the moment and Chloe is a great one with hints of citrus and rose, it’s a great

I really love floral fragrances at the moment and Chloe is a great one with hints of citrus and rose, it’s a great daytime fragrance. Jimmy Choo is a sweet, warm, fruity scent which can be worn both day and night. Stella McCartney Pop is great for a younger woman/older teen looking for the perfect day time fragrance, it’s isn’t too strong and is a younger floral scent.

I hadn’t previously tried much from Van Cleef & Arpels but I love the idea behind So First as the perfumer believed every woman deserved to be first. It’s a classic sweet floral scent, quite universal and pretty. I also love how classic and understated the bottle is, perfect for mum.

If you’re looking for something with a wow-factor then this Burberry Fragrance is perfect! Admittedly it’s fairly pricey but even with my overflowing perfume collection, I’m going to find space for this gem. It’s a beautiful floral scent perfect for any woman, that likes luxury fragrances. I was also very happy to discover that the glitter stays in the bottle, it looks beautiful in the bottle but I wouldn’t want it all over me.
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For him:
So, admittedly I have picked some rather obvious ones but I love them.

For any older teen-younger man, I love Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct and Hollister Wave. The Abercrombie is quite a musky aquatic scent, great everyday fragrance, as is Hollister Wave. However, Wave is more citrusy and I think particularly nice for a teenage boy but versatile enough as a spring fragrance for a man.

A classic one that you can’t go wrong with for any age is Hugo Boss, I love them all and so do all the men I know. Have a sniff of a few different ones but you’ll love them all, I’ll admit that I even wear it sometimes and have got two for my boyfriend!

Another one I love but which I know not everyone loves is Roberto Cavalli Uomo, I’ve read some pretty average/bad reviews of this online but I really like it. I think it’s a really sexy evening fragrance for a young man with beautiful floral and woody notes. It’s one I would recommend smelling if you know the persons tastes quite well, I really like it so I couldn’t not recommend it but be a little cautious as it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
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For them:

Do people buy perfumes ‘for them’? Maybe it’s super cheesy but I thought it was quite cute!

As I mentioned above I don’t think you can go wrong with a Hugo Boss Fragrance for him and luckily Hugo Boss The Scent for Her is just as good.

For a couple that do not like anything too strong and that prefer something more wearable, then Lacoste Pour Elle Natural For women and Lacoste White For men is a great pick. I love the sportier packaging and you can find them in some great gift sets too.

Gucci Guilty will always have a special place in my heart, both Pour Homme and Platinum (for her) are Patchouli based and very versatile, great all day and all year round.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is a great unisex fragrance, I love Jo Malone as a brand but this fragrance, in particular, is my favourite for both him and her. It’s a little more complex then the other fragrances I have spoken about but I love the clove, pink pepper and pomegranate mix. It’s definitely an evening winter fragrance and one I love to gift my boyfriend just so that I could steal it too.

What perfume is on your wishlist