Beauty Gifts

Beauty Gifts | Best Gift GuideGiving someone a luxury beauty gift is giving someone the gift of great skin, healthy hair and radiant beauty. There are all sorts of things that you can get. You can find travel sized beauty items or regular size.

You can get them with or without SPF ranging from 10 all the way to 50 or higher. There’s something for every budget, too. You can find gifts that are priced for under £25 or for £200 or more.

At Christmas there are also many gift sets that you can purchase – such as those that include perfume, lotion and shampoo with the same scent. Or shaving sets for men with after-shave cologne and shaving brushes and razors included.




How To Choose A Hair Dryer

When it comes to personal appearances, your hair is one of the first things that people see, especially from a distance. So if you want to make an impression, you really want to try to look after your hair as much as possible.

Hair dryers come in a variety of models and have certain different benefits, so choose wisely. What’s good for someone with big curly hair may not be the same as for those with short spiky hair. Continue reading

Zero Waste: Gifts To Help Our Plight

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Amazon Rating

No. More. Plastic. 4.5 / 5
Zero Waste Home 4.5 / 5
Stainless Steel Straws 8 Set 4.5 / 5
Shampoo Bar from Funky Soap 4 / 5
Bamboo Toothbrush 4 Pack 4.5 / 5
Georganics Dental Floss 4 / 5
Earth Softly Washable Cleansing Pads 4.5 / 5
MIU COLOR Reusable Produce Bags 4.5 / 5
EcoSafe Compostable Food Waste Bag 4 / 5
SHO Stainless Steel Bottle 4.5 / 5

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Environment impact of litter

You cannot help but know that in today’s modern world we produce far too much litter that has a negative impact on our planet. It seems far too easy to create litter, and even easier it seems to not dispose of it properly.

If you look around you as you go about your everyday life, you will see plastic bottles, cigarette butts and packets, sweet and fast food wrappers, and all sorts of rubbish just strewn over paths and in bushes.

And this has a negative impact on our environment. Screw negative – we are DAMAGING our planet. Continue reading

10 Great Gift Ideas For Fathers Day

 

10 Great Gifts For Fathers DayIt’s just 3 weeks now to Fathers Day – for those who can’t remember it’s Sunday June 17th – and so now is the perfect time to think of what gift you are going to get for the first special man in your life.

Obviously a lot depends on what your father likes to do, what his interests are, but here’s a run down of 10 great gift ideas you can use for Fathers Day.

1 – Wet Shaver

A rotary wet shaver will get your Father looking smarter in no time at all. Fed up of his stubbly kisses? Then you will benefit without him realising – it’s a win-win situation!

So what’s the benefit of a wet shaver? Well, this can be used either wet or dry. When wet, it will glide better than a normal rotary razor, and can even be used with gel or foam for the perfect shave.

Try the IPX7 from SweetLF –  it’s rechargeable, has a pop up trimmer for sideburns and moustaches, and is a fraction of the cost of a more well known brand such as Braun. Continue reading

Give The Gift Of Perfect Summer Feet

perfect summer feetNow guys, you may not immediately think of this when you are trying to find a spring gift for your loved one, but giving the gift of perfect summer feet will show that you are using your imagination and finding something that your other half will really appreciate.

I would suggest that you ensure you treat her to a lovely pair of sandals too, before giving her some of the other things I am going to suggest, otherwise she may think you either have a weird obsession or that you are trying to tell her something.

But girls will understand. As the sun comes out – and boy was today hot for April – then out go the boots and in come sandals. Just look around and you will see toes wiggling at you in all directions. And if your girl is like most, she will want her feet in tip top condition before hitting the beach. Continue reading

Mo Bro’s – Beard and Moustache Grooming With Dragon’s Den Approval

I do love watching Dragon’s Den on BBC2 – it’s great to see people who are striving to become entrepreneurs and make a success of their ideas. Having said that, I have managed to miss most of the recent shows. But last night, Boxing Day, I watched the Dragons Den 2017 Christmas Special.

It was a good show with the usual scenes where people pitched for investment in their company for a certain percentage of the business. As usual some people managed to upset the Dragons, there were offers of investment, and negotiations over percentages. I will link to the other ones below, but the story that really caught my eye was that of Mo Bro’s Grooming Co – 3 brothers from Leicester who had made a successful start with their beard and moustache grooming business, but needed investment and guidance from the Dragon’s to push on to the next level.

They entered the Den wearing matching outfits, and confidently put their pitch forward.  As usual, questions were asked by the Dragons regarding financials, how they were currently selling, and where they want to go with the company.  However it wasn’t long before Touker Souleyman declared himself out (he wasn’t going to invest) due to a conflict of interests.

However the other 4 Dragons all made offers – if my memory serves me right Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones offered the whole amount, whilst Tej Lalvani and Jenny Campbell offered half each. As is often the case, but not always, Deborah and Peter said they would be willing to share.

After much deliberation at the back of the room, the three brothers accepted Peter and Tej as joint investors, and challenged them to grow beards to match! They had secured the £150,000 they had been looking for.

On their website, they have a blog post that goes into some of the background of the show, from their point of view. They had been approached by the programme’s research team to appear, but at first declined the offer. But further invitations convinced them that they could be ready for the exposure the programme brings. They nearly dropped out when the new series was announced – 2 of the previous Dragons had left the show – but when they heard Tej Lalvvani was coming on board as a new Dragon they were aware of his similar background and that convinced them to go ahead.

They also tell of the amount of preparation they put in, locking themselves away for 3 long days in order to get their pitch perfect. On the day of filming they were collected at 5.30 by the BBC and taken to where the show is filmed. They had been advised that they could be called on to pitch anywhere between 9.00 am and 7.00 pm – a ten hour window to make a 1 hour show!

So where are the products now? They can be seen on Amazon, in Next, and even in the latest Paddington film!

The Products

 

Mo Bro’s Beard Balm is available in 3 versions – Unscented, Classic Cedarwood and Vanilla & Mango. Perfect for taming a wild beard, these 25ml tins contain 100% natural ingredients – shea butter, almond oil and beeswax. Which all go to making your beard or moustache soft and smelling great.

 

 

These Mo Bro’s Beard Oil bottles are 30ml and come in 7 different scents – Unscented, Vanilla & Mango, Sweet Mint, Summer Spice, Sandalwood, Orange Bergamot and Cedarwood. This will leave your beard calmed and moisturised.

 

 

 

The Mo Bro’s Beard Soap is available in the same 7 ingredients as the Beard Oil. For perfect beard washing the base ingredient is goat’s milk, which will leave your lovely and soft as well as superbly clean.

 

 

 

 

Mo Bro’s Moustache Wax comes in Unscented, Classic Cedarwood and Vanilla and Mango. Not too soft like some other waxes, it’s made from 100% natural products, including beeswax.

 

 

Gift Sets

Mo Bro’s have many different gift sets, which give better value for money for you when buying as a present for the man in your life. Here are just a few that I have selected to feature.

If you have a bearded man that you need to buy a gift for – and let’s face it, there are a lot of them around at present, including yours truly – then why not follow in the footsteps of the Dragon’s and put your money into supporting this young family company.

10 Of The Best Hair Crimpers For Christmas 2017

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RRP

BaByliss The Crimper £23.99
Anjou Curling Iron £24.99
Scunci Insta Boost Crimper £22.99
MHD Hair Crimper £62.66
BaByliss Wave Envy Hair Styler £33.99
inkint 4 in 1 Hair Crimpers £27.59
Abody Hair Crimp Hair £39.99
YHJ 4 in 1 Hair Crimper £39.99
Toni & Guy Twist And Crimp £19.99
NatureBeauty Curling Iron Wand £16.97

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What are hair crimpers?

Hair crimpers are similar in looks to hair straighteners, and they work in a similar fashion too. They work by applying heat from the hair crimper to the hair to create a wavy or zig-zag pattern. Continue reading

Give Jo Malone Gifts This Year

One of the most loved names these days in fragrances for ladies, gents and the home, is Jo Malone.

Formed in 1983 in London, despite leaving school with no qualifications and struggling with dyslexia, Jo Malone built her brand from scratch into a multi million pound business, until it was bought by Estee Lauder in 1999. She continued to work for the company until 2006 as a creative director.

As well as being popular for it’s luxury fragrances, their strict stance on not testing on animals is a big hit with people. As well as perfumes there are candles and diffusers available.

Jo Malone Fragrances

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne Spray

The signature fragrance of the brand, it has a unisex feel and is perfect for the summer months.

 

 

 

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

One of the bestselling Jo Malone fragrances, with pomegranate, raspberry and plum. Perfect for evening dates.

 

Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne

A big favourite with both men and women, with hints of grapefruit, nutmeg and ginger.

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne

Oriental and floral, another fragrance popular with both men and women.

 

 

 

The above are just a few of the Jo Malone fragrances available, but you can check them all out here.

Alternatively, you may want to choose a set of several fragrances.

Jo Malone Candles

As well as some of the fragrances above, Jo Malone candles come in a wide variety of perfumes.

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The 200g candles come in presentation boxes fastened with a ribbon. They will burn for about 45 hours in total, so will last long through the festive seaosn and well into the New Year.

Jo Malone Skin Care

Jo Malone also has a large selection of skin care products, including body lotions, creams and oils, and hand and nail creams.

In 2016 Jo Malone wrote her autobiography, a great tale of her story through her childhood to becoming a successful business woman, and beyond. This story will strike a chord with her fans, and will make a lovely surprise addition to their gifts.




Last Few Days To Get Your 2017 Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars  Best Gift GuideAdvent calendars are traditionally given to children from the 1st of December, and have doors numbered 1 to 24. On each day in December in the run up to Christmas, the children can open a door, behind which they will find a chocolate or toy.

However, in recent years, advent calendars have been made to fit a wider audience. Beauty advent calendars have become common – as children move into their teenage years parents still want to buy them a calendar, but something more age appropriate.

Here’s a selection of advent calendars you can get this year:

The Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar is one of the most popular calendars as it features a mix of 24 different products. Not only does this give you variety, but you can try new brands that you may not know already. There may be items though that you won;t want to use.

 

 

 

Bomb Cosmetics have created this bath bomb advent calendar which is a great idea for young ladies who like to bath. All their products are not tested on animals, so this is a great selling point. Of course the bombs are quite small compared to if you were buying a bath bomb alone, but there is nothing to stop you using a second if needs be.

 

 

 

The Mad Beauty Advent Calendar contains 24 mini beauty treats. This is perfect for young teenagers in particular.

 

 

 

 

 

The Technic Perfectly Polished Advent Calendar contains a different coloured nail varnish for each day in the lead up to Christmas.

 

 

 

If you are looking for an advent calendar for a loved one, then these two luxury calendars would show them not only that you love them, but how thoughtful you are. Of course, you may have made a rod for your own back in future years!

The Morris & Co Pure Advent Calendar contains 24 bath and body products. These handbag sized products make perfect travel accessories. 

 

 

 

 

 

The essie Original Nail Polish Advent Calendar contains 24 nail polishes and nail care products. 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want an alternative to these beauty calendars, then the SIX Advent Calendar contains 24 jewellery surprise gifts. including stud earrings, bracelets rings and necklaces. Perfect for young teenagers, although one buyer said he brought for his wife and she loved it.

Yankee Candle have come up with a few calendars that contain their great tea lights and votive candles.

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If alcohol is more your thing, then check out these calendars for a wide variety of drinks. Cheers!

Give A Back Scrubber As A Gift?

Exfoliating Brushes | Best Gift GuideIf you have a friend who you ask what they want for Christmas, and they say a back scrubber, you may question whether that is something you can give. I mean, it’s not the usual type of request, but if it is something they have thought about (and if they come up with that answer then they obviously have), then the best you can do is give it some thought and buy them what they want.

I am talking from experience here, as this is precisely what I asked for a couple of years ago from my other half! And she did fantastically well in coming up with the goods! Even if she thought I was a bit weird… Continue reading

Tools & Brushes Gift Sets

Make-Up Brushes | Best Gift GuidePersonal grooming care means having the right tools to do the job that a person looks his or her best. The brushes that come with some of the cosmetic items that you can buy really aren’t quality material.

Most luxury beauty items don’t even include brushes or applicators because it’s assumed the user will have a professional, upscale or luxury set already on hand. That’s why getting a gift in this category is something that the recipient will love. Continue reading