mens-giftsAdmittedly, this post is a little later than expected but I’m sure I can’t be the only one that hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping so I thought I’d still share! I always struggle when buying men gifts, most of my girl friends I know would love a new MAC lipstick or an Urban Decay Palette but what do you buy the boys?

I’m going to start by pointing out the blog post is pretty beauty heavy, head to the end of this post if the men in your life aren’t too into beauty as I have some more ideas.

One of my favourite brand for men is Neal’s Yard as I find most of their packaging to be very luxe and unisex, I love the navy glass bottles! The Men’s Everyday Essentials Gift Set has a moisturiser, body wash and face wash, all essential items men will actually use.

If you’re on a bit of a budget Next and The Body Shop have some great gifts. My boyfriend loves The Body Shop shaving items and uses them almost daily so they’re always something I pick up for him but there are also other great sets from them. If you’re looking for a skincare and fragrance set then Next have it covered. Although Next fragrances aren’t the most expensive I personally really like them and are often very reminiscent of other fragrances. This signature set comes with a shaving gel, fragrance, post-shaving moisturiser and a really lovely toiletry bag!

If the man you are buying for is quite into skincare, then Clinique have a few different options to choose from. The Clinique Great Skin for Him would probably be my top pick as I love the toiletry bag and it’s very reasonably priced too! If you’re looking to get him a facial brush then I can’t recommend the Clinique one enough, in my opinion, it’s the best value for money and the one I recommend every time someone asks.

I’m going to be doing a whole post on Christmas fragrance but I have picked out Aramis Voyager and Joop! Homme Sport. Aramis Voyager is a great spicy fragrance, it’s not too strong and a quite a safe bet, especially if you don’t know the man’s fragrance taste too well. Joop! Homme Sport is a great scent for a younger man going into spring especially if he’s a fan of the original Joop!

If you’re looking for secret santa or stocking filler ideas then I’d head to Superdrug, not only do they have affordable pamper sets like the Man’s Stuff one which is photographed above but they also have great novelty gifts. I’m going to pick some up myself for my boyfriend as they’re so inexpensive that you can’t go wrong!

If your dad/partner likes beer then I can’t recommend the Brew Barrel enough. My dad rarely gets excited about gifts but I gave him one for fathers day and he really liked it. I ended up helping him make it and he was surprised about just how good the beer was. They’re reasonably priced, you can pick the sort of beer they like and it’s really quick and east to make. I really regret not picking up a few more of these as I know so many men that would have really appreciated it!

If you’re still in need of idea’s I always find Urban Outfitters have a good gift section, I’m buying my Boyfriend a good coat this year (which I am yet to find) but have previously bought watches, scarves, Playstation Games and shoes which have all gone down quite well.

If you have any other ideas leave them down below and be sure to come back tomorrow for another gift guide.

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Buying for men is always really hard in my opinion so I love a good Father’s Day gift guide, usually I fill mine with just beauty but this year I have upped my game and I think you’ll find something your dad really loves…

A little bit pricier but everyone needs a pair of trainers especially if you’re father is quite active or you’re trying to encourage him to be more active. Infinities have a whole range of menswear but their trainer section caught my eye recently and I picked up the Nike Air Max 1’s as my brother swears that they’re the most comfortable thing ever!

If your dad is a film lover or you fancy offering him something that he can make the most of later in the year then a Cineworld Voucher is a great option. I’m not usually a voucher-gift-lover as I think they’re often not personal enough but I think a cinema voucher is a little more unusual and seems like you’ve bought more thought into what he loves.

I was actually super excited about this beer making kit from Brewbarrel so have already shown my dad this, I haven’t given it a go yet so I have no idea what the beer tastes like but we’re both super excited to try it and make it for ourselves. It’s a great fun idea which you can both do together.

If you’re on a budget and are looking for something quite fun then Superdrug have some surprisingly cool gifts including a self-stirring mug, mini tool kit and Blinktime Watch, all for under£10!

Now onto the beauty…

Every man needs a grooming/shaving machine, whether it’s to keep their beard in shape or they like a close shave. If they like to change up their beard look then Braun Multi Groomer is a great option as they can use it to shave style and trim their beard but if he just wants to shave then Braun Series 3 is the one to go for (it’s a best seller!). My dad is more of a razor man and if yours is too then the New Gillette Fusion Proshield is inexpensive and always useful!

Staying with shaving The Real Shaving Co is a company which is renowned for its superior men’s grooming products. I’ll admit I’m always a little confused by men’s brands as I don’t know too much about them but the brand is developed for men that want the barbershop shave at home. It’s all really affordable with shaving creams starting at just £3.99 but they also have moisturisers and everything else you’d expect.

For more luxe everyday essential MR. offer a thickening Shampoo and conditioner which uses their unique thickening complex to promote thick, healthy hair. The whole hair care range is really great for any dad that might be looking to disguise or add thickness to their hair but there is a styling range too.

My dad isn’t quite cool enough for skincare but if your dad is then Foreo have a sleek men’s range and since I’ve tried the ladies range (different colour) I can confirm it’s worth looking into! New from Foreo is their new Luna go, a facial cleansing tool for on the go and they even have a men’s cleanser to go with it.

Onto fragrance which I really struggle to write about but I think it makes a great gift!

If you’re on a budget and want to pick up a fragrance then Yardley 1770 is great and you’d never guess it’s £9.99! It’s quite a citrusy scent with hints of patchouli, ginger and more woody scents.

Next, Jimmy Choo Man– I’m not saying this is a unique scent because it isn’t but it’s a good one to consider if you’re not too sure what scent your father usually goes for as I think most men would like this.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct is a lovely daytime, spring/summer scent, with notes of Pepper, Melon and musk. It’s a little more sophisticated than other Abercrombie scents I’ve smelt in the past.

A new fragrance from Montblanc is Legend Spirit and this is my pick of the four. Again not ground breaking but I think it’s both classic and modern with notes of Lavender, white musk and bergamot.

new beauty productsOrigins Warm Down Lava Scrub
I’ll admit that I think this is a little bit gimmicky, I don’t know if you really need a body scrub designed especially for post gym but I have been using this one for a few weeks and have been loving it. This is the first body warming body scrub I have ever used and the shower-activated Volcanic Ash which warms on contact with water is suppose to help ease muscle tension as well as purify. I’m not too sure if it really does that but it’s a beautifully gentle scrub which I find to be super luxurious and relaxing because of the warming sensation. It’s a little more than I usually spend on a scrub but it’s the perfect pamper product and I really look forward to using it.

Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Blow Dry Spray
I have been loving salon designed hair products recently and my most recent discovery is the Goldwell Kerasilk Repower range. My favourite product is this Volume Blow Dry spray as it has heat protection but also adds volume to my hair without being sticky and difficult to work in.

SinfulColors X Kylie Jenner
If you’re a Kylie Jenner fan and want to buy something from her beauty empire but don’t fancy paying the custom charges for a lip kit than you’ll be happy hear that her collaboration with SinfulColors is available for just £3 from Superdrug. I went for the colour Miss Chief which is a dusty lavender/pink shade with tiny specs of silver shimmer which is luckily barely noticeable on the nail and is just a typical me colour.

Jo Malone London Carrot Blossom & Fennel
This might be a big statement but I think this might be my favourite Jo Malone scent ever and it’s really really grown on my since the first time I tried it. It’s light and summery with (as you’d imagine) hints of carrot and fennel as well as apricot and white musk. It’s a great travel friendly size which I think might make it my summer holiday scent.

Soft & Gentle 2 in 1 Shower and Shave mousse
Not the most glamorous product but essential and it’s been living in my shower for the last couple of weeks. It’s designed for intimate skin and pH balanced but have been using it even to shave my legs and found it to work really well without irritating my skin. If you ever have issues with irritation shaving the bikini line (although it’s probably worth switching to waxing if you do) then this is a great product to try as it’s the only shaving cream I’ve seen designed with this area in mind.

perfume summer

Since it’s national fragrance day (Happy National Fragrance Day!) I thought I would share what perfumes I have recently received, to give you an idea what is new on the market. Admittedly I think writing about fragrance is particularly difficult and you have to be far more skilled of a writer than I am, so I guess this is your warning- this posts is unlikely to be very informative but I’ll try to not just say that a fragrance is ‘nice’ or ‘fruity’.

As I can’t stop talking about how excited I am for summer, lets start with the fragrances which remind me most of holiday. Michael Kors Coral is a very summery, floral, fruity fragrance with notes of Jasmin, Tuberose, Cedar and Orange. It’s a really great fun fragrance which would work well for any age. A more grown up summer scent is Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, don’t get me wrong it isn’t an ‘older’ scent, I absolutely love it but it probably isn’t one for teens. I love the white floral notes in this fragrance but I think it’s the coconut which makes it stand out from must other scents. It’s a slightly more luxe, exotic and unique smelling summer fragrance and I can’t wait to wear it more.

Last month I also got my first ever Penhaligon’s fragrance! I went into the Covent Garden store to pick it and it was a really great, sit-down experience. I spoke through what I like, what I usually wear and what I was looking for and after smelling quite a few, I picked Iris Prima. I typically love unisex scents so it’s no surprise I picked this Floral Woody Musk scent. I love the combination of leather, iris, Bergamot and vanilla. It’s probably my favourite ‘grown-up’ fragrance from my collection, it’s sophisticated with a touch of sexy and not at all over powering.
Penhaligons iris primaBronnley crimson cloud
Another brand I only recently discovered is Bronnley, it’s a British brand started in 1884 and that has a royal warrant from the queen. Surprisingly the packaging and fragrance isn’t as traditional as you would expect, it’s all very pretty and modern. There’s something a little nostalgic about Crimson Cloud, I love the cherry blossom, bergamot and Raspberry notes.

If like me you’re a fan of YSL Black Opium, you’ll be excited to hear about Black Opium Nuit Blanche. Looks wise, not much has changed from the original Black Opium but this scent is inspired by Nuit Blache which is an arts festival in Paris which lasts all night. The scent really isn’t dissimilar to the original with the notes of Vanilla, Coffee and Orange Blossom but possibly even sweeter and younger.
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tory burch Jolie Fleur Bleue
From Tory Burch and I have been wearing Jolie Fleur Bleue, it’s been released with two other floral scents; Fleur Verte and Felur Rose but this one is my favourite. I love the packaging of these fragrance, they’re really chic and elegant with just a pop of colour. Out of the three Fleur Bleue is the most interesting to me, it’s made up of Grapefruit, Sandalwood and Tuberose. I’m not overly crazy about this scent, it’s just a nice soft perfume but fairly expensive at £84 (100ml).

I’m quite the Jo Malone fan but Herb Garden range is surprisingly my favourite Jo Malone scents. There are five different scents; I have Carrot Blossom & Fennel and Sorrel & Lemon Thyme although Lavender & Coriander is my favourite from the collection. It’s a really unique collection and unlike any other fragrances I own so definitely one to smell in-store.
jo malone herb gardenI also wanted to quickly touch on the new Ghost Girlcrush perfume, the price point and packaging very much suggest it’s for teens but if you are on the market for a super sweet, everyday, young fragrance either for yourself or to gift then it’s a great one. It has the usually fruity notes of peach and pomegranate but definitely only for a sweet perfume fan.
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There seem to be a huge rose theme in perfume at the moment but since I love rose I am really not compaining. Since I love tacky packaging I think the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rose is fab! I love the notes of pear in the fragrance, it’s quite a mild rose and a very wearable everyday fragrance. I touched on the Tory Burch perfume earlier, Jolie Fleur Rose smells to me a lot of tea rose and is a little bit of an older, more traditional scent. From Diptyque I have the Eau Rose Roller Ball which is a very true rose scent with a little lychee, it’s pretty but I don’t think it works too well on me. Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa is a really floral scent and not just rose, with notes of water lily and musk. Ellie Saab Rose Couture is a scent that has really grown on me, the vanilla scent makes it quite sweet and in my opinion more wearable. There are so many rose scents to choose from at the moment, so if you’re a rose fan you’re in luck!

If you made it to the end of this post well done! It’s quite lengthy and I have a huge headache after smelling far too many perfumes.

Which perfume have you most recently added to your collection?

selfridges mothers day Diptyque RoseFor anyone that is as last minute as me with their Mother’s Day gifts I thought I would share a quick look at some of the bits Selfridges which are perfect for any Mums that love beauty. It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so you have just a couple of days left to pick up all your pressies.

My first pick from the lot has to be the Charlotte Tilbury creams, I just love the brand and these are a really lovely treat. I’ve tried the original Magic Cream which was beautiful and I’m expecting the same from the Eye Rescue and Night Cream. You could splash out on the Magic Cream Duo or pick the one item which your mum would appreciate most.

I think perfumes and candles are also always a great option for any female although it can be tricky to choose the perfect scent for someone else. Aerin is brand which I’m still exploring but their fragrances are real stand out products, they look really luxurious and elegant, plus theres a nice range so you can find one that your mother will love. Mediterranean honeysuckle is exclusive to Selfridges but pretty amazing!

I’m also really loving rose at the moment and the Diptyque range doesn’t disappoint! It works great for any age and I must admit that I am super excited to burn this candle! The Rose Roll On also comes in the most beautiful packaging, is the perfect handbag size and is very affordable as far as luxury perfumes go.

As my mum isn’t huge into beauty I often opt for body and skin products as everyone needs these and it’s always nice to make an everyday task such as creaming your body that little bit more lavish. Estée Lauder’s Revitalising Supreme Body Creme is the perfect pre-spring pick me up, it’s deeply nourishing and adds the most beautiful radiance to the body. However for my mother, top of her list is always a great hand cream, especially the Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream which is the perfect anti0ageing, intensive hand cream!

For makeup loving mothers I don’t think you can beat a good lip colour such as the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestros which are grown up matte lip lacquers that provide rich, intense colour. Alternatively everyone needs a good mascara and Estee Lauder Sumptuous Knockout is the ideal one for anyone looking to add lift and definition to their lashes.

My final beauty recommendation is one I have been trying over the last week myself and it’s the Suqqu Musculate Massage & Mask Cream. It’s currently my favourite relaxation, pamper item. It’s a rich and highly moisturising cream which can really be used to massage the skin in order to promote blood circulation, hydrate and add the perfect glow to the skin.

Have you bought your Mother’s Day Gift yet? Did you pick up any beauty bits?



PS. I’m getting a facial tomorrow a Radical Skincare Facial tomorrow (which would make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift too!) so join me on Snapchat to follow my day: alittleobsessed