I say this every year but ‘I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already‘.
The preparations are my favourite part of the holidays. There are so many nice things happening and everything looks so pretty and cozy. It’s time to get a tree and start planning the dinner. Turkey, goose or duck, who can decide? Every year I have a list of rituals. There’s mince pies, champagne, brussel sprouts, a selection of movies that gets longer every year. Because it wouldn’t be Christmas without watching the snowman and shedding a tear when he melts at the end. This time I’ve added a festive jumper to the mix. Not any old jumper I might add. It’s an ‘iconic Ralph Lauren jumper’ that’ll last for years to come – and I’m struggling to cope with how cute it is.
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.
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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.
If you ask me, the lead up to Christmas is the best part. Meeting friends for drinks after a spot of shopping when the vibe is all cozy and fun. It’s easy to go overboard on the gifting each year. I think a few special gifts here and there works best. But what to choose for those special people? Well, you have me for that! For the coming weeks I’m putting together several guides. Making the search for unique and stylish gifts that bit easier.
BELLA FREUD Scented Candle from Niche Beauty. This looks cool and smells great. The Oud and Wood fragrance is dry and warm that’s perfect for when it’s wet and cold. It sets the tone perfectly for a night at home in front of the fire.
THE WOODS Body Wash by Brooklyn Soap Company. An all-natural body washed infused with the signature fragrance from Brooklyn Soap Company. This takes a shower situation to a whole new level. It’s made for the fella’s but the girls may love this also.
NUORI Lip Treat. In an industry that’s reinvented everything a thousand times. Danish brand NUORI has changed the game with it’s fresh line of skincare. Each box displays a suggested date to start using. Allowing just enough time to finish the product before it’s freshly prepared ingredients go out of date. The lip treat is certainly that, hydrating and soothing with the softest taste of mint.
DARTMOOR FRAMES by Willems Eyewear. These timeless frames are cool and comfortable with a focus on quality craftsmanship and loving details. Perfect for guys and girls looking to embrace their inner geek chic.
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