March 18, 2015

male grooming products | #1

Although I tend to natter on mainly about lipsticks and girly things I thought it would be a good idea to feature some male grooming products every now and then too. I realise that there is only a tiny percentage of actual males viewing my blog (if any), but even so, the products that I include are all ideal for gift ideas too. 

Fudge Urban Tin Waxes | £6.99 (currently on offer at £4.66) |

These little tins come filled with hair wax and vary in strength of hold and finish on the hair. I tried these out on a friend of mine and can indeed report back that they work brilliantly. I don't usually get that excited about male grooming products as a rule but the packaging and design of these has me won over completely. 

Wingman Face Scrub, Face Wash and Moisturiser | £3.99-£5.99 |

For any man on a bit of a budget or one who isn't overly fussy with the skincare products he uses, this trio of skincare products from Wingman are great. I like the minimal yet masculine packaging of these and can imagine them being what most guys would reach for first in the shop. 

Cornerstone Subscription Service | £30 every 12 weeks |

Possibly one of the most genius ideas I've come across in the male grooming category is this subscription box from Cornerstone. Inside comes a Pre-Shave Scrub, Shave Gel, 6 Razor Blades (along with a free aluminium holder for your first order) and Post-Shave Balm. There are options on their website to pick and choose how often you'd like for your order to be sent out, from every 6 weeks, to 12 and then 24. I'm a firm believer that every man needs to sign up and have their skincare/shaving situation sorted without ever having to go out to the shops again. 

The Real Shaving Co Face Scrub, Shave Gel and Soothing Balm | £4.59-£4.99 |

Last but not least, another budget friendly trio but this time from The Real Shaving Co. This set is almost identical to the Wingman products featured above but with slightly fancier packaging. 

January 27, 2015

the best of | jo malone colognes

As far as fragrance is concerned, Jo Malone have it nailed. Every scent is the ultimate in luxury; from the delicate glass bottles down to the carefully constructed layers and notes in each cologne. Ever since I owned my first Wild Fig & Cassis bottle, I've never even looked twice at any other brand. 

The Earl Grey & Cucumber scent is the freshness and lightness of a Spring day in a bottle, think of a fancy afternoon tea on the lawn of a country manor. I sometimes like to spray this on my pillows if I'm having a bit of a duvet day as I find the scent to be both uplifting and relaxing whilst being delicate and fresh.

154 reminds me very much of the kind of scent that you'd find from Chanel; it's a beautiful blend of wood, spice and musk that I could imagine anyone in need of a sophisticated and grown up scent absolutely loving. It's a little too much on the deep side of scents for me as I'm only just in my 20's, but I know that once I hit my 30's and onwards it would be perfect. My mum wears this one every day and has decided that she now never wants to wear any other scent.

My all time favourite, Wild Fig & Cassis. The telling sign of when you've found your absolute favourite fragrance is when you want it in candle, body cream and bath oil form, plus happily handing over £82(!) for the full sized version. It's one of those scents that you almost don't want anyone else knowing about because it's become your signature fragrance and you want to keep it that way. Well, here I am telling you all that this is well and truly the one.

Next on my list to try are Pomegranate Noir (I loved the candle version) and perhaps Blackberry and Bay too. Do let me know if you've ever tried Jo Malone, and if so, what your favourite scents are. 

January 20, 2015

current favourites | bath time treats

It doesn't matter how busy I may be; I always make time for both a midweek and end of the week pamper night. Yeah that's right, I have two pamper nights per week. I wash, cleanse, scrub and polish my whole body from head to toe whilst enjoying a candlelight bubble bath. 

I picked up this Warm Vanilla scented bath cream from Dove at some point last week and have been addicted to it ever since. I'm not typically a huge fan of anything vanilla scented but this is nowhere near being sickly scented and reminds me slightly of brown sugar. I then scrub up using The Breakfast Scrub (I'm sure you've all already tried this by now), until I'm left smelling like a freshly baked cupcake. I tend to then use a gel cleanser, like this one from Aesop, and pair it with the Clarisonic which does all of the hard work for me. I then apply a rather generous amount of Origins Drink Up Intensive Face Mask and proceed to winding down for the evening with a cup of hot chocolate. 

Yankee Candle | Snow in Love | £20
Soap and Glory | The Breakfast Scrub | £8
Origins | Drink Up Intensive Mask | £23
Aesop | Fabulous Face Cleanser | £21
Clarisonic | Aria | £155