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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.

Models own HyperGel Soft Pop models own candy flossBack with another quick Mani Monday, hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather here in London was surprisingly glorious!

After having a few nails break a few weeks back I’ve been super lazy with my nails but I was fed up of how scruffy my nails looked so decided to give the new Models Own polishes a go. Its the HyperGel Soft Pop range, which has five beautiful creme pastel neon colours, I actually initially thought it could be a Polish for tans collection as they’re all tan enhancing shades.

I feel a little embarrassed to say this but I haven’t painted my own nails very much this year and I’m a little bit out of practice. I’ve never had huge issues with the Models Own brushes but I think because I am a little out of practice I struggled with the brush a bit. It’s quite a thick but flat brush and I don’t think mine had been cut too well (only shade Candy Floss) so it’s just wasn’t the easiest application.

I only tried Candy Floss on my nails and it’s what I’ve been wearing for the last 5 days or so, with lots of compliments along the way. Candy Floss is a baby pink shade but with quite a white base, one of those colours that really enhances your tan. It was a little streaky, maybe because of the brush or maybe because these sort of colours are always a little more tricky. The drying time was also a little slow and I was left with little prints as I thought it was dry when it wasn’t.

Even though this polish is far from perfect I’m probably still going to use it, I typically choose a polish because of the colour and put up with it’s faults (unless it’s truly awful). The colours from this range are just beautiful, theres no way I can resist!

botanics bootsTrying drugstore skincare has been top of my to-do list for a little while so when Boots Botanics asked if I wanted to try their range I had to say yes, as I’ve heard great things in the past and seen it pop up in endless magazines as one of the best affordable skincare ranges.boots botanicsI’ve had issues with Micellar waters in the past but the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 cleansing solution was one of the best I’ve tried. It’s great at removing my makeup without stripping my skin, which I find a lot of other micellar waters do. I’m a wash-off cleanser lover and that probably won’t change any time soon but I love having a micellar water which works in my stash. This one can be used on the face, eyes and lips, which I find to be really useful. It has hibiscus to help boast brightness and AHAs to work as a mid exfoliator.boots botanics oil botanics boots oilThe Boots Botanics Smoothing Facial Oil is a product I wish I’d found sooner as it really helps add moisture to my dehydrated skin and helps add the natural glow I am always after but it can be used on any skin type. It has purple orchid, which helps skin replenish resulting in softer, suppler skin. Since my skin does need extra moisture I found the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum to really add an intensive boost to my skin. It’s packed with antioxidants, which helps skin look younger and Ginkgo with is apparently ‘nature’s most trusted protectors’, helping fight free radicals and environmental stress. There’s also a Triple Age renewal Hydrating Eye Serum with hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C & E- ideal for anyone worried about the first signs of ageing.

I’ve been really into eye makeup remover this year and have found the Botanics Smoothing Eye Make Up Remover to be really comparable to high-end brands. It needs a good shake before you use it but it removes even waterproof makeup effortlessly without stinging my sensitive eyes.boots botanics brushI also can’t end this review without telling you about their facial brush! We’ve all seen the super expensive electric facial brushes which I actually often find too harsh but the Botanics Facial Brush (which is just £6!) has been a great addition to my routine. I don’t use it daily but always incorporate it in my pamper routine, it’s super soft and therefore exfoliates the skin very gently. I usually team it with my cleanser, gently massaging in circular motions and find it to be both effective and relaxing.

Overall I have loved the Botanics range, I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and have found my skin to be more hydrated and bright. I’ve even spotted the Bath & Body care range, which I’ll be picking up soon!

*this post is sponsored by Boots Botanics

primark pr pro

Although I hadn’t tried anything from the original Primark PS Beauty range I was still pretty excited to try the new PS Pro range. It’s their more premium makeup range which they claim is  their ‘first high performing beauty range’- big claims so naturally I had to put it to the test.

The press release said ‘Pro is a high quality, advance and technical range aimed at those of us who want to take their makeup regime to the next level’ but since everything was under £5 I was really excited to try it all so here are my thoughts…

primark ps pro corrector primark pr pro lip primer primark ps pro eyelinerThings to skip…

Concealer Palette- just too dry!

Longwear lip Liner Pen- Lip pencils are pencils for a reason, I just don’t understand why you’d use a pen.

Lip Primer- Literally awful, it just broke!

Liquid Eyeliner- Basically like applying your eyeliner with a blunt crayon as it’s so fat.

primark ps pro green correctorThings to consider…

Longwear CC Corrector- There aren’t too many affordable colour correctors out there so it’s great that this one is so easily available. I found it too green on me and made my skin a little cakey but I think it might actually work on someone that has a lot of redness.

Miracle Pencil- Great nude pencil to highlight cupids bow,  inner corner of the eye or line the bottom lash line.

HD Eyebrow Pens- Not too sure what’s HD about them, bare in mind that they’re a little warm, so skip these if you like your brows achy like I do. If you do pick these up then be sure to use a light had and build up your brows slowly as they can look a little unnatural.

Finishing Powder- nothing groundbreaking but it’s nice and does what you want it to.

HD Mascara- It’s a little clumpy but it does add volume and lift, not my favourite mascara but definitely not the worst!

primark ps pro foundation review primark pr pro lipstick primark ps pro primerThings to try…

The foundations- I’m not saying this is as good as Chanel and Nars but it’s also 1/6 of the price at just £5. It has decent coverage, better than highstreet shade range and I think would work particularly well on dryer skins.

Illuminating Primer- I can’t really comment on the other primers as I haven’t tried them but the illuminating one if surprisingly good! I don’t think it really prolonged the longevity of my makeup but my skin look more radiant and healthy with this on.

Lipsticks- The lighter shades are beautiful and would highly recommend but if you don’t like non-matte bold lips then avoid these as they aren’t matte.

Pro Universal Lip Pencil- If you like to keep quite a minimal makeup bag then this is a great product to go for and actually a product which is quite difficult to find from other brands.

Lip Glosses- I find that all glosses fade so there is rarely any reason to spend extra ££ on them, again I like nude glosses but would happily wear any of these.

Overall, the range is a little hit and miss but since everything is under £5 you can experiment without a huge investment which is great! Have you tried anything from the new PS Pro Range?

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.