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The selection in my forth and final gift guide can be found at online mecca Niche Beauty. Whilst many of their cult brands are gender neutral the store has a section dedicated to men. I’ve put together an eclectic mix of products that harness the power to help us look good and feel good. All of the items are perfectly giftable with options for stocking fillers.

The Michael Van Clarke No. 1 Brush has bendy bristles that gently de-tangle longer hair. If you have shorter hair like me I recommend this as a wonderful scalp massager. Sounds Crazy? Gently running this brush over your scalp in different directions for 30 seconds feels like a 15 minute neck and shoulder massage. Bargain! Keeko coconut oil pulling in morning mint. If you are new to oil pulling then I guarantee you will have cleaner and whiter teeth by adding this to your daily routine. It’s also known to be an ancient method of detoxing. Bring it on! Pure Elixir skin supplements. These tiny bad boys are infused with marine collagen, vitamin c + e, hyaluronic acid and tomato extract. Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and brighten the skin. Yes please! Tata Harper face moisturiser. This brand is completely natural and non-toxic. Yes, some skincare contains ingredients that are toxic. Tate Harper manufacture their products themselves in Vermont. In-house manufacturing allows small batches, produced often to ensure the products are fresh and of the highest quality. MINIMERGENCY KIT. The trusty tin contains 13 essentials, especially useful when traveling. There’s everything from shirt buttons to a safety pin, plaster and nail clippers. I had my own minimergency yesterday when I discovered a small hole in one of my bed pillows. I used the needle and thread from my kit to quickly sew up the hole. Viola! Sleeping crisis averted.

Have a wonderful Christmas! If you haven’t already, come say hi on instagram and twitter.

 

 

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Clinique is the go-to brand for anyone with allergies or sensitivity from fragrance. The FOR MEN range is very good with slick packaging that sits nicely in the most stylish bathrooms. These are a great gifting option this Christmas.

Maximum Hydrator is an excellent cream that feels surprisingly lightweight in texture, a great option for all skin types, especially those with oily/shiny/dehydrated skin. I use this at night and it perks up my skin nicely, leaving me with brighter, plumper skin that feels incredibly soft. SPF 21 Moisturiser. I found this surprisingly nourishing for an SPF moisturiser. It leaves a nice sheen which is perfect if your skin can look dry or dull. Turnaround Revitalising Serum is rich in texture for a serum yet feels perfectly light on the skin. I use this morning and night (sometimes with a drop of oil when my skin needs it) it disappears instantly and works perfectly well with both the maximum hydrator or SPF 21 moisturiser. Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel. This is a savior during the winter as I wake up with puffy eyes from the central heating. It’s applied with a metal roller which feels cold around the eyes. This feels really good first thing in the morning and the inclusion of caffeine helps wake up and de-puff the delicate skin around your eyes, leaving a light hydration as you roll away.

Clinique is available online and in department stores worldwide.

 

 

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Maybe it isn’t so bad after all….

Coffee is one of the things in life I find difficult to give up. That first sip each morning brings me so much joy that I justify it as one of life’s guilty pleasures.

A simple cup of coffee, or two to three in my case. It could be worse right?!

I’ve heard so many times that coffee is bad for us, bad for our digestion. I heard it also dehydrating and bad for our skin. Blah blah blah. This got me wondering what the health benefits to drinking coffee are. There must be some? And it turns out I was right, so here are 10 good reasons to drink coffee.

  • 2 cups can cut post workout pain by up to 48%
  • Protects the liver.
  • Lowers the risk of type 2 Diabetes.
  • You could be less likely to suffer from depression.
  • Lessons the risk of heart disease.
  • Prevents retinal damage.
  • Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.
  • It can help you burn fat.
  • Coffee contains essential nutrients including B vitamins and potassium.
  • A great source of antioxidants.

Based on this information it might not be so bad to enjoy the odd cup of coffee each day. For more information and links to the scientific studies to back up these claims visit here and here.