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Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Please excuse the lack of updates, it has been crazy busy work and other projects wise, so I had no chance of updating the website, although I really wanted to.

But today I want to give some male grooming products gifts ideas a shout out. I have actually written a guide, based on my friends’ recommendations a while ago but here are two other products that are worth mentioning. One luxury, and one  – a budget option. And you already saw these if you follow me on Instagram.

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The luxury option is  Charles Farris Grand Cascade Signature Reed Diffuser ( £32 from their website or from Amazon UK).
It is described as a “deep, smoky aroma of cedar, aged leather and birch, offset by fresh moss and amber. Inspired by the aged leather and woodsmoke scents of our heritage industries”, and  it is exactly that.  This would make an excellent gift for a classy and sophisticated man who appreciates luxury products.

The budget option is

Holiday Gift Guide: Rodin and Oribe Luxury Lipsticks

What beauty related poduct can you get for a girl who already has it all? That is easy actually.  Get her a luxury lipstick. And we are talking not only luxury but also niche. We all know it is not only about the product itself, it is also about the sensations and the emotions.

Tom Ford lipstick is always a good idea. But most likely your beauty addict already has one or ten of those already. So surprise her with Rodin or Oribe. Yes, that is right. Those two brands now only do lipsticks, and not only.

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So far the lines are really well edited with only five options from Rodin and three from Oribe.

Oribe Lip Lust Crème Lipstick, $42/€37 from Net a Porter

“Delivers luminous colour in a satin finish. Ultra-comfortable formula glides onto lips for a silky, indulgent feel while an infusion of White Lily and Myrrh moisturizes, protects and visibly plumps lips. Full-impact colour. Rich yet lightweight crème formula. Melts on with an indulgent, sensual feel. Silky, smooth finish .Provides antioxidant protection.”

The shades are: The Nude, The Red and

Luxury Holiday Gift Guide: Chanel, Jo Malone, Diptyque and Smith & Cult

I personally do not think about the holidays yet but since the brands already released all their awesome seasonal collections, it seems like a good time to write about the best of the best. I will run my traditional “Holiday Gift Guide”  features starting today, so look out for those.

Each post will feature hand picked products which I personally think would make an amazing gift. And  I hope you enjoy reading these, as much, as I love picking the products from all the variety we have today.

Today’s edition is all about the luxury products. All four kits look absolutely divine, and although I already have everything I need and more, I would not say no to any of these myself!

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Smith And Cult Llc Nail Collection Deluxe $125  from Neiman Marcus  and Bergdorf Goodman

Smith & Cult nail polishes are so gorgeous that I can’t imagine any girl not liking them.  My precious!

The shades featured in this stylish set are:

Book Review: Gary Cockerill Simply Glamorous

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen a preview of this new beauty book (it was released in October by Jacqui Small) – Gary Cockerill Simply Glamorous.

I wanted to put up this feature before Christmas, as it may be a book to consider as a present for a girl who loves her glamorous looks.  And this book is all about glamour, a lot of false lashes, smoky eyes and red lips.

Of course, such book could only be pink, the perfect choice to fit the content.

Gary Cockerill Simply Glamorous book cover

So what is inside?

Gary starts with telling his story ( he is a celebrity make-up artist and has been working in the industry for 15+ years), and his view on makeup, which was interesting to read. I personally liked that he is self-taught and doesn’t believe in “makeup rules”.

Next we get  some basic tips on skincare and just some general suggestions which a lot of girls will find useful. The make-up artist then covers all the basics from matching your foundation, applying concealer and powder to the new trend which is contouring.  Everything is covered, and it is a great guide even for the beginners.

Gary Cockerill Simply Glamorous favourite look black lips and eyesThis is my personal favourite look from the book

There are the same chapters about eyes and lips, too. They explain everything pretty well: from textures to the application techniques.  How to groom your eye brows, how to apply eye liner, different lip products textures, all of it basically. All the

Christmas Gift Guide: Skincare Sets

When it comes to skincare and body care, there are a lot of brands that I like, but there are four that I have been using religiously and loving for many years now, and I am talking about Clarins, ElemisREN and Aromatherapy Associates.

It was hard to pick only one set from each but I’ve managed. Here are two sets for face and two for body.

Clarins Moisture Must-Haves REN Instant Beauty Heroes Christmas 2015

Clarins Moisture Must-Haves, £35

  • HydraQuench Cream Normal to dry skin 50 ml
  • HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase 15 ml
  • HydraQuench Cream-Mask 15 ml
  • Makeup bag

HydraQuench range is my favourite from Clarins and I have tried a lot of their products, and  it is the best time to stock up, and I always get one of their Christmas sets, great savings!

You can buy Clarins from: Escentual.com,  Nordstorm,  Sephora, Boots,  Bergdorf GoodmanSelfridgesHarrods

REN Instant Beauty Heroes, £50

REN is another brand that I love buying from during the holidays to save some money.

  • Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask 50ml “A potent exfoliating mask formulated to renew the complexion, dramatically improve skin tone and radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
  • Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot 30ml “A gel-serum that instantly firms, lifts and plumps the skin to leave it looking dramatically smoother, tighter and more youthful. A liquid matrix of Hyaluronans supercharges the skin with firming moisture and encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time.”
  • Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial 75ml “A transforming treatment that instantly revitalises and visibly rejuvenates the skin. Formulated with potent water-activated Vitamin C it will neutralise urban grey in a flash, leaving skin looking firm and glowing with renewed health and radiance.”

You can buy REN from:  Cult BeautyFeel UniqueSephoraLook Fantastic