A Fragrance For Every Fella

A Fragrance For Every Fella
Fathers Day is just around the corner and although purchasing a fragrance for your loved one, may seem like a somewhat cop out, I personally think with a little careful consideration, it can quickly become a treasured yet practical gift for any occasion. If you struggle, selecting the perfect scent for any male within your life, I have a small but concise guide that should come in helpful, sooner or later.

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the sporty man – Davidoff Cool Water for Men Eau de Toilette (£14.50/40ml)
Fresh, aquatic and utterly refreshing, the perfect choice to cool down with after a tough work out or simply to pair with a crisp white shirt. Impactful yet easy to wear with zesty notes of orange, mint and coriander, coupled with soft, musky notes of lavender, neroli and rosemary. Davidoff Cool Water for Men Eau de Toilette is a modern day classic in the making.

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the classic gentleman – Aramis Black Eau de Toilette (£27/60ml)
Strong, punchy and instantly recognisable – this is for the man that doesn’t require more than one fragrance but wants something that suits all occasions. Aramis Black Eau de Toilette is just that, fuss free and long wearing, with notes of juniper, woody accords, leather and uplifting grapefruit. Simple, affordable and pleasant – what more could you ask for?

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the fussy man – Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Tonic (£39.95/50ml)
Not everyone enjoys fragrance for whatever reason but I have yet to find any man (or woman for that matter) who doesn’t find the crisp notes of Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Tonic to be pleasing. I would categorise it as clean, easy to wear and light in all aspects. With gentle notes of apple and ginger, coupled with a woody base, this is the quintessential crowd please-r.

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the cool dude – Marc Jacobs Splash in Rain (£38/100ml)
Life is all about taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone and for that reason Marc Jacobs Splash in Rain, is my choice for the hip male in your life. Typically this range is favoured by women but the sleek lines of the bottle and the refreshing but decidedly aquatic notes of Marc Jacobs Rain are as at home on male skin as a female.

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the younger male – Lacoste Bleu Eau de Lacoste (£24.95/50ml)
Admittedly the world of male, ready-to-wear fragrance can be a little stuffy and not truly aimed at those under 30 – my thoughts on this is another post completely – but for those looking for a great option before the weekend is over, may I suggest Lacoste Bleu Eau de Lacoste. The bottle is dinky, youthful and perfect for popping into even the most compact gym/work/school bag. The fragrance itself is distinctive and dare I say achingly cool, without being overtly obvious; notes include clary sage and patchouli, along with unspecified water fruits which adds a little mystery.
A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the fragrance connoisseur – Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum (£155/50ml)
In my personal opinion, every fragrance collection deserves to have a bottle of Tom Ford Private Blend Eau de Parfum, front and centre. Which scent that may be, is of course entirely up to you but for the gentlemen out there, may I suggest Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum. This is a tall, sophisticated, refreshing drink of water in fragrance form that uplifts and rejuvenates, thanks to notes of lemon, orange, lavender and amber.

A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the outdoors man – Molton Brown Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel Eau de Toilette (50ml/£39)
Rugged yet refined, Molton Brown Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel Eau de Toilette, is the great outdoors bottled and perfect for any gent who’d rather be outside at any given moment. Again, this is a fairly aquatic scent but thanks to the green accent of Cypress, it has an unexpected twist.

A Fragrance For Every Fella
A Fragrance For Every Fella

For the more mature gentleman – Armani Code Profumo For Men (£66/60ml)
Forget dated scents like Old Spice and hone in on more refined yet punchy fragrances like Armani Code Profumo For Men. It is intense yet not overwhelming, and seems to tick many boxes for the man more stuck in his ways, with notes of tonka bean and amber, this is woody, mature and yet not stuffy. To make any fragrance gift a little more special, you can engrave several scents (see more here) with a sweet message via The Perfume Shop.
If you need a little additional help Fragrance Direct have a fun quiz that only takes a few seconds to fill out but will guide you to finding the perfect fit for any fragrant fiend you have in your life.

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Give The Gift They’ll Love: Six Electrical Treats For All Your Loved Ones, Whatever The Occasion

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Doesn’t giving someone a gift you know they’ll treasure make you feel all warm and tingly inside? Shopping for ourselves definitely provides a certain feeling of exhilaration at finding that must-have bag/top/dress, but discovering something special for a loved one shows how much you care in the months and years to come. Nailing that special something can be tricky though; how can you be sure to gift something they’ll genuinely love and use, rather than spending a small fortune that will end up stashed at the back of the cupboard with the spiralizer and ice cream machine? Well, whether it’s a birthday, celebration or milestone, I’ve picked out six great electrical treats I think everyone would love to unwrap; although I’ve generally categorised them, it’s all about providing a little inspo so you can put a smile on your loved ones face and help them to feel fablous too.

FOR YOUR MUM: Braun Silk Epil Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator (£39.99)
Epilating can be scary, but it’s actually a really effective and long-lasting way to remove unwanted hair – and what better treat to give your mum than super smooth and sassy pins so she can step into summer with ease? I’ve used Braun epilators so many times over the years and they’re incompatible in terms of quality; this version features 28 MicroGrip tweezers remove hair as small as a grain of sand (0.5 mm) via extra soft wet and dry epilation that provides up to four weeks of smooth skin. The anti-slip grip ensures that the epilator is easy to control, even in wet conditions, while the two speed settings allow for individual needs. It’s cordless and after a few uses practically painless too – plus it looks rather swish and will no doubt make mum feel fancy.

FOR YOUR SISTER: Braun Facial Epilator and Cleansing Brush (£44.90)
The world’s first facial epilator and cleansing brush system, this is a great gift for the girl that likes to look after her complexion. This ingenious device lets you enjoy two treatments by simply switching the attachments: precisely remove facial hair from the root, then cleanse skin pore deep with the gentle but effective facial brush. Skin is left super smooth and radiant, ready to receive skincare and makeup for an overall flawless finish.

FOR YOUR BEST MATE: Braun Satin Hair Style & Dry Airstyler (£18.90)
Give the gift of a great hair day and treat your mate to this great Airstyler, which helps to dry and style hair simultaneosuly. Use on towel dried hair for a complete look, or on dry hair for a quick touch-up or re-style, creating effortless volume and luxurious waves without the faff of rollers or styling wands – great if she’s a little nervous when it comes to hair. The coating of the styling barrel is 100% ceramic, distributing heat evenly for maximum protection and a gentle experience that minimises damage while maximising shine.

FOR YOUR DAD: Oral-B Pro 2000 Toothbrush (£29.97)
If you’ve ever used an electric toothbrush, you know it’s impossible to go back. You just can’t compete with the clean, fresh and squeaky feeling an electric experience provides – and they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Oral B claims this removes up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush: its clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates, pulsates to break up and remove plaque, providing enhanced results that you can really feel. With two modes (including daily clean and gum care) and a visible pressure sensor to let you know when you’re brushing too hard, this is the gift that will keep Dad’s gnashers in good nick for years.

FOR YOUR BROTHER: Braun 6-in-1 Multi Grooming Kit £19.99
If your brother likes to keep up with the trends or is always updating his look, then the Braun Multi Groom kit could be right up his street. It includes four combs covering 13 precision length settings (from 0.5-21mm,) as well as an ear and nose trimmer attachment to keep every element of their grooming routine in check. Apparently the styler features lifetime lasting sharp blades (oooh!) and ultimate precision, as well as a fully washable head and comb for easy cleaning under running water. Just try to talk him out of creating a goatee – it doesn’t look good on anyone.


FOR YOUR MAN: Braun ProSkin Cordless Wet & Dry Electric Shaver (£48.00)
If you want to show the man in your life how much you love him, then you can’t go wrong with a Braun razor. The brand specialises in world-class precision shavers and is globally recognised for its simple, intuitive design and outstanding product performance; it’s no wonder it’s the world’s #1 foil shaver brand. All Braun shavers go in straight, intuitive strokes so you don’t need to circle over the same spot twice, helping to minimize skin irritation and keep the result precise. The specialised cutting elements are pressure sensitive and protected by a patented metal mesh for a clean and close shave with outstanding skin comfort too. This specific razor can be used wet or dry with water, foam or gel, as well as having two rechargeable long-life batteries – which, trust me, is a bonus because men always forget to charge up their razors when they really need a shave. I love the look and feel, and know Josh will too.

Investing in an electrical grooming product can feel a bit fancy and a touch extravagant, so it’s the perfect treat if you know your loved one doesn’t tend to spend on their beauty regime – as well as being a great gift for those that you know adore a touch of pampering. With so many gadgets to choose from, there’s sure to be the perfect solution for every loved one all year long.

Find out more about the electrical products Braun offers via their website.

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I Think I’ve Outgrown My Beauty Stash

I Think I've Outgrown My Beauty Stash

Since being a teenager, I have pretty much wore the same type of make-up look: moderate coverage foundation (thanks to regular acne then adult acne), peachy hues of blush, the odd swipe of bronzer and more often than not, nude lipstick. Have I dabbled with other shades and looks? Most definitely but sooner or later, I fall back into my old habits like a comfortable old pair of pyjamas…well until lately.

I Think I've Outgrown My Beauty Stash

Seemingly overnight, my taste in make-up has changed – I no longer want to conceal my skin with heavy foundations (that’s not to say I am abandoning them completely as I know my skin will act up sooner or later), rather I want to embrace the natural texture and tone of my complexion, and really only conceal where I need to. I’ve all but stopped using powder blushes and bronzers in favour of cream based products and where a once blinding highlight used to sit on my cheeks, I am more comfortable with a parred down hint of glimmer. I’ve also found myself stepping back from matte liquid lipsticks in favour of tinted lip balms and honestly I don’t know who I am make-up wise anymore.

What is most bizarre and a little more difficult for myself – let alone you the reader to swallow – is that I am longer consumed with “needing” the latest releases from any brand, nor as easily swayed by 3 for 2 offers whilst out shopping. I’m slowly but surely only purchasing what I really need or want, and no longer concerned with playing “keep up with the blogger (or influencer if you prefer)”. Much like I’ve outgrown fast fashion and have a small but well loved wardrobe, my make-up stash is somewhat going in that direction too. I only have one face, I truly have no need for over 100 nude lipsticks – we both wish I wish kidding.

I Think I've Outgrown My Beauty Stash

I would love to say my new attitude to make-up is liberating, and that I finally come into my own but rather I feel as confused as I did when I was 13, beginning to navigate the world of mascara, concealer and of course glitter – in the noughties you were a nobody if you didn’t at least dabble with glitter eyeshadow. In my mind, a new phase was bound to happen sooner or later – or at least that is how I am trying to rationalise my sudden departure from nude lipstick and matte skin. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes; as a person you never stop growing or developing and as we age, our wardrobes change so why should our make-up bags be any different?

A quick trip down memory lane (and through the archives of this blog) suggests that my make-up taste hasn’t been as stagnant as I like to suggest: I’ve grown out of rimming my entire – and small eyes with – black khol pencil, I’ve waved goodbye to purchasing just about any rumoured Kardashian favourite, I no longer contour with shimmery bronzer (I don’t know what I was thinking either) and I’ve finally discovered that a little eyebrow maintenance really does make all the difference to my face. Looking back maybe this new direction isn’t all that odd really and was a long time coming?

Unlike in the past where my make-up collection was minimal at best, I now have a huge, bursting at the seams stash of liquids, powders, blushes and all that it is in-between, that really needs whittled down. I have no problem letting go of unloved products but do hope that I don’t change my mind, half way through my cull and decide that perhaps I have been a little too hasty in my decision to side step full coverage foundation? Who knows but for now, a more subdued approach to make-up is what seems my current best fit.

Are you in a similar position or do you find yourself outgrowing your beauty stash fairly often?

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Channel Your Inner Wonder Woman With Wilkinson Sword This Summer (HotPants Not Essential!)

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We’ve all grown up with the iconic image of Wonder Woman, the ultimate representation of female empowerment and feminism. She was created deliberately to counteract the negativity around comics in the 1940’s, to get women on board with this form of media and to embody the ideals of the suffragettes that had filled the pages of newspapers in the decades previous. Designed to be ‘superior to men’ and ‘fight for equality’, she’s a feminist icon that has stood the test of time while looking pretty hot in blue pants. (If you’re interested in more of the back story, this article in the Guardian is fascinating.) This summer she’s getting an outing once again; with a Hollywood blockbuster due to hit cinemas it will no doubt bring her back to the forefront of our minds and provide a whole new generation of girls with a superhero that proves nothing is impossible if you’re wearing hotpants…

To celebrate the release of Wonder Woman this June, Wilkinson Sword has teamed up with the franchise to offer a range of limited edition lipsticks so that every one of us can channel our inner super hero (with or without the hotpants.) The four long-lasting lip colours are super nourishing and vitamin enriched (containing the highest amount of Shea Butter possible within a lipstick formulation,) providing a luxuriously soft and highly moisturising matte finish in super sleek black casing. What’s great, is that the collection includes shades to suit every look and inner super hero: Wonder is a gorgeous pink-beige lipstick, Grace is a stunning soft coral, Power is a classic red that definitely shows the world who’s boss, while Wisdom is a deep merlot that works beautifully with every skin tone.

If you want to get your hands on one then they’re hitting shelves right now, and the limited-edition lipsticks are FREE with any purchase of a Wilkinson Sword system handle (whoop!) Yep, totes 100% free and worth £10.00 each – all you have to do is buy the specially marked packs and claim your chosen lipstick online using the unique code. You can use your Wilkinson Sword Intuition to create super smooth and nourished legs (coz you know, hotpants) and then apply your lipstick shade to turn up the levels of sass to ‘ultimate sexpot.’ If you want to know a bit more about the razors themselves, my personal favourite is the Intuition which features a block of moisturising Shea Butter enriched shaving cream that lathers gently when used with water; choose from Ultra Moisture or Sensitive Care depending upon your skin’s needs (with all-new pro vitamin B5 plus Aloe and Vitamin E) to keep your pins in check and fuzz free all summer… Because when you’ve got shiz to do, we don’t have time to be faffing around with shaving foam and all that.

To celebrate the launch of the film, Wilkinson Sword asked me to create my own Wonder Woman look in my chosen shade… I’ve opted for the coral ‘Grace’ as it’s perfect for when the sun is shining, and a tone that looks good on every skin colour. Combined with a touch of bronzer buffed into the skin, a tonne of highlighter on the tops of cheekbones to get that effortless ‘superhero’ glow, a powerful brow and a feline flick, it’s a look that says: “I’m effortlessly heroic, a bit of a babe and I don’t even need hotpants to be fabulous.” Team it with a tonne of volume in your hair (tiara optional) and a flash of something black, white, red or blue and you can strut down that street knowing you’re looking hawt.

Will you be channeling your inner Wonder Woman this summer? Which shade would you choose?

Find out more about Wilkinson Sword on their website: wilkinsonsword.co.uk
Have a look at the Wonder Woman trailer here: wonderwomanfilm.com

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