MR LUKE CHRISTIAN TRAVELS


When 2016 was coming to an end, I took some time out to re-evaluate where I wanted my blog to go, and how to create more content that felt fresh and exciting.. So after a while, and many lists of ideas, there was one idea that I kept coming back to - T R A V E L .

I have been lucky enough to have a few trips booked in place, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

I also want to thank you for your support, and I truly appreciate every comment and like that I receive here on my blog, and on my social media channels. Talking of social media channels, I am ecstatic to say that I have recently hit over 4,000 followers on my Instagram!

First up.. Paris!

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CLARINS MEN: TANNING BOOSTER


When it comes to fake-tanning, I want something that is relatively quick, fuss-free and one that looks as natural to a tan as fake-tan can be... If you agree with me on those three points, then I have a treat for you! I have recently been testing the new Tanning Booster by Clarins MEN, and I have to say, it covers most of those points!

The Tanning Booster is incredibly easy to apply, and is designed to be added and mixed with your daily facial moisturiser:

  • To begin with, take out your daily moisturiser and rather than massage into your face, place into the palm of your hand.

  • Once the moisturiser is in the palm of your hand, add 2-3 drops of the Tanning Booster to your moisturiser.

  • (Make sure you have unscrewed the lid off first... I made the mistake of not doing so, and it can be rather messy otherwise!)

  • Massage the moisturiser onto your face as normal.

  • Wash hands thoroughly after application.

  • It's that easy!

 

I applied the Tanning Booster first thing in the morning and I began to notice a slight change about 4-5 hours after application. I wouldn't necessarily say that it gives a 'tan' as such.. More of a 'sunkissed' look after a few hours outside. But there is definitely a boost of colour and so much so, that I have received a few compliments from having applied this! The one downside that I found to the Tanning Booster, was that unfortunately this has no protection against the Sun, so do be careful and make sure that you apply suntan lotion when out and about. 

I really enjoyed trying out the Tanning Booster by Clarins MEN, and would definitely recommend this for a 'natural, sunkissed' look! As stated, it is incredibly simple to use, and quick to apply! You can purchase Clarins MEN - Tanning Booster here.

Have you tried the Tanning Booster before? What were your thoughts? Did you find it worked for you? Have you tried any of the products by Clarins MEN? If so, which ones? Drop a comment down below as I love hearing from you guys, and don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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WHITEWASH LABORATORIES


Over the past couple of months I have been trying out The Sonic Whitening Toothbrush, kindly gifted to me from Whitewash Laboratories and I have to say, I have received so many 'OMG how do you get your teeth so white!!?!' comments!

In addition to the Sonic Whitening Toothbrush, I also received their;

  • Whitening Toothpaste - Multi Active Whitening with Advanced Enamel Repair System
  • Professional Whitening Toothpaste - Silver Particle Technology which contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E

The Sonic Whitening Toothbrush has a 30 second interval timer feature, which upon first try took me by surprise, but prompted me to change the specific area in which I was cleaning! Another handy feature, is the 2 minute auto timer where the brush will turn itself off, which is the Dentist Recommended time for brushing, and move onto the next 'brushing mode'. Both Whitening Toothpastes are completely safe, and for application, just simply use as normal toothpaste!

There are 3 brushing modes depending on what you want to focus on; Clean, Sensitive or Massage Brushing. I mainly used both the Clean and Sensitive features, and can honestly say that my teeth felt impeccable after each use! They felt squeaky clean, and appeared a lot brighter and felt stronger. I also liked the design and the feel of the Toothbrush, as it felt slick and extremely powerful compared to previous ones that I have used! The battery life is also incredible, as I have had the Toothbrush for a couple of months now, and have only needed to charge it up once since.

You can purchase the Sonic Whitening Toothbrush here. Also, for every brush purchased, a brush is then donated to a child in need. A fantastic cause for everyone involved!

Have you tried The Sonic Whitening Toothbrush before? What did you think to it? Have you tried any of the Whitening Toothpastes, if so, did you notice a difference? Do you have any tips on getting whiter teeth? Do let me know, as I would love to hear from you guys! Also, don't forget to click that 'like' button down below!


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S/S GYM-WEAR WISH LIST


At the start of 2017, one of my 'New Year Resolutions' was to become more healthier, more active and be more aware of what I eat. Cliché I know, but 4 months later, I'd like to think that I have stuck to it! I try and head to my local gym two or three times a week, and I love that feel-good buzz afterwards! Recently however, I have felt that perhaps it is time to invest in some good gym-wear and with the Mens Tracksuits from Manière De Voir, it is definitely tempting.. 

I have put together a little Wish List of my favourite items in time for Spring/Summer;

(From left to right)

(From left to right)

1. Tracksuit Jacket & Bottoms with Stripe - Khaki: I chose this because I love the colour, and I could imagine myself wearing the bottoms with a plain black t shirt with some white trainers to remain on trend!

2. Velour Hoody with Zip - Black: I really like the texture of velour, and I also like the style of the hood. I think this would be great to wear both to the gym, and out and about for a casual look! Or to dress it up, I would wear some black skinny jeans with some chelsea boots!

3. Marl Textured Jumper & Bottoms - Grey: The jumper appears to look snug, and would be flexible making it ideal to wear whilst working out. I also like the speckled effect of the Grey Marl!

Have you shopped with Manière De Voir before? If so, what have you bought? Do you like the items that I chose? Would you wear them? Let me know your thoughts below, as I would love to hear from you. Also, don't forget to click that like button!

*Please note, this post has been sponsored.


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EASTER TREATS 2017


Forget over-indulgence at Christmas, as for me, Easter is the perfect time for that! As I have gotten older, gone are the simplicity of your bog-standard Easter Eggs. Instead we now have a wide array of choices when it comes to Easter Treats, such as Chocolate Sandwiches, Chocolate Liqueurs, Chocolate Easter Eggs with a whole load of Chocolatey treats hidden inside of them.. You get the picture!

I have put together some of my favourite Easter Treats, all of which have an extremely luxurious feel to them, yet still remaining within budget!

MARKS & SPENCER - 9 CHOCOLATE CRISPY NESTS / £2

9 delicious bite sized treats that don't make you feel guilty for eating them as they're so little! That works right..? Purchase in store.

HOTEL CHOCOLAT - EGG & SOLDIERS / £7

Milk Chocolate Truffle Eggs with Praline Hazelnut Soldiers. A fun way to play around with some chocolate! Purchase here.

HARVEY NICHOLS / ARTISAN du CHOCOLAT - BALLOON EGG MILK / £32.50

A show stopping Easter Egg, filled with mini eggs which include fruit coulis, ganaches, and pralines! Purchase here.

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Have you tried any of these Easter Treats? If so, which one did you try? Are you organised this Easter? What will you be treating yourself and your family to? Do let me know your thoughts, as I would love to hear from you and don't forget to click the 'like' button down below!


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BETTYS EASTER 2017


Bettys is without a doubt, quintessentially British, and epitomises the phrase 'afternoon tea'. Having the opportunity of being able to visit the Bettys Cafe in Harrogate regularly and each time I do so, I always order myself their 'Strawberry Ice Cream Milkshake', it is beyond delicious! So it is safe to say that I am a huge lover of all things Bettys, and I was completely blown away when I had received an incredible package, full of Bettys Easter Treats!

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Hazelnut & Almond Milk Chocolate Egg

Both equally as nutty and chocolatey, this egg is perfect for those who like a bit of crunch! Unfortunately this is now sold out online (no surprise there!) however, will be available at your local Bettys Cafe.

Milk & White Speckled Rabbit

A small collection of white and milk chocolate rabbits, each have been hand decorated with dark chocolate eyes and presented on a milk chocolate base!

Click here for more details.

Milk Chocolate Chick Egg

A beautifully hand-decorated Swiss Milk chocolate egg with a white chocolate chick emblazoned across it! Both equally as appealing to children, and adults. 

Purchase here.

Easter Butter Biscuits

A collection of butter biscuits in the shapes of doves, rabbits, chicks and eggs!

All of which have been decorated with Royal Icing.

Purchase here.

Chocolate Easter Nest Cake

An absolute show-stopper! Guaranteed to win over your family and guests on Easter Sunday!

An intense, rich chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry preserve. Dark chocolate curls decorated on top with a handful of ganache-filled chocolate eggs. 

Purchase here.

Large Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Bun

An incredible take on the classic Easter treat, a Hot Cross Bun which has large chocolate chunks with candied orange! I particularly love the fact that this can be cut as if it was a cake.

Purchase here.

Milk Chocolate Egg with Handmade Chocolates

Wrapped in Gold Foil, a stunning display of handmade chocolates are encased within the Swiss Grand Cru Milk Chocolate Egg!

They include Rose and Violet Creams alongside Vanilla Caramel Hearts.

Purchase here.

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To view the full Bettys Easter Range, click here.

Have you visited Bettys before? If so, which cafe did you visit? What do you order when you go? Will you be trying out any of these Easter Treats? Which sounds most appealing to you? Do let me know your thoughts below, as I would love to hear from you! Also, don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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CLINIQUE FRESH PRESSED 7 DAY SYSTEM


Opening up the Clinique Fresh Pressed 7 Day System, I was a little confused and dubious on what it was, and how to actually use it. However, 7 days later, I can now tell you that is incredibly simple, effective and I am going to tell you about my experience!

Clinique's Fresh Pressed 7 Day System is a Daily Booster which releases the full power of fresh Vitamin C at its highest concentration to brighten and even out your skin, covering and repairing any blemishes you may have. Within the pack, you get a Serum Container, and 7 sachets of the Renewing Powder Cleanser; one for daily usage.

There are 2 steps to this process:

  1. Cleanse 
  2. Boost

CLEANSE -

  • Tear open your sachet
  • Wash your hands so that they are wet upon application
  • Pour the Renewing Powder Cleanser into the palms of your hands
  • Rub your palms together, leaving the Powder to create a 'foaming' effect
  • Massage onto your face
  • Leave on for 1-2 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly

BOOST - 

  • Remove foil from the top of your Serum Container
  • Press the button twice firmly
  • Shake for 15 seconds
  • Remove the cap
  • Mix 2 drops with your moisturiser both morning and night to add a boost to your skincare regime

I mixed the Clinique For Men SPF 21 Moisturiser with the Fresh Pressed 7 Day System for the duration of trying it out, and noticed that my skin appeared brighter and had a dewy look to it! I had a couple of dark blemishes prior to using this, but they seem to have lifted slightly and don't appear as deep or discoloured as before. The whole idea of using the Fresh Pressed 7 Day System is incredibly unique, and I have had a lot of fun trying this out! For the first couple of tries I will admit that it felt a little bit tedious, but as I got used to adding the booster to my regime, it became almost natural.

You can purchase the Fresh Pressed 7 Day System here

Have you tried Clinique's Fresh Pressed 7 Day System? What did you think to it? Did you notice any change? If so, do let me know as I would love to hear your thoughts, and don't forget to click that like button down below!


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