CLINIQUE FOR MEN - MAXIMUM HYDRATOR


Occasionally, whenever I have exfoliated my face, I have often found that afterwards my skin tends to feel slightly dry and appears to be flakey at times. So when it's come to finding the right moisturiser to combat my problems for after exfoliation, none of them have quite been as effective as the Clinique For Men; Maximum Hydrator!

I apply the Maximum Hydrator once I have cleansed and exfoliated my face, and I have found that it absorbed really well into my skins pores and left my skin feeling rehydrated!

My skin felt smoother to touch, and the texture of Maximum Hydrator was non-greasy ensuring that the cream was able to work to its full advantage. My face appeared radiant, and had a healthy glow to it, which let's face it, we all want right!?

The Maximum Hydrator has been a great introduction to the Clinique brand, and I have been lucky enough to have been sent a few more products from Clinique For Men, and I am currently in the midst of trying them all out, so be sure to check back soon for more reviews!

You can purchase the Maximum Hydrator here.

Have you tried any products by Clinique For Men before? If so, which did you try? Do you have a favourite product by Clinique? Do let me know your thoughts down below, as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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JO MALONE; DARK AMBER & GINGER LILY


Captivating, alluring and down-right beautiful.

Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is part of the Jo Malone; Cologne Intense range, which is now available in the new, smaller size of 50ml, alongside the other fragrances within the Cologne Intense range such as; Velvet Rose & Oud, Incense & Cedrat, Oud & Bergamot, Orris & Sandalwood, Tuberose Angelica and Myrrh & Tonka.

Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is possibly the most luxurious fragrance out of the Jo Malone collection I have tried so far! 

  • Top Notes: Black Cardamom, Ginger, Pink Pepper
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, Orchid, Water Lily, Rose
  • Base Notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Kyara Incense, Patchouli, Black Amber

The opening of Dark Amber & Ginger Lily begins with a spicy and a fresh feel to the fragrance, with the Ginger and Pink Pepper notes leaping onto my skin. Shortly afterwards, those two notes become less prominent, and the fragrance takes a calmer, more softer approach upon my skin. Dark Amber & Ginger Lily then becomes more floral with the floral accords coming into play, which then creates an exotic, oriental take on what is a well balanced fragrance!

As the dry-down takes place, I find that the fragrance is incredibly rich and if I were to compare it to something, it would have to be silk. Just imagine the softest piece of silk, feeling incredibly luxurious against your skin. That's how I would describe this fragrance! In terms of sillage, I would say that this is moderate, strong enough to gain many compliments, yet subtle and soft enough not to feel too overpowering. The longevity of Dark Amber & Ginger Lily lasted between 4-5 hours upon my skin.

With the Cologne Intense Range now coming in the new 50ml sized bottles, I have to point out how cute the bottle looks right!? Ideal for slipping into your bag for your travels, and perfect for blending with other Jo Malone fragrances. A little tip? Try blending the Dark Amber & Ginger Lily with the Myrrh & Tonka fragrance.. You can thank me later. You can purchase Dark Amber & Ginger Lily here!

Don't forget to check out my other blog reviews on the other Jo Malone fragrances such as Myrrh & Tonka and Black Cedarwood & Juniper! Also, ahead of next months release of 'The Bloomsbury Set', be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming blog review on my favourite fragrance out of that set.. Tobacco & Mandarin! Trust me, it's incredible.

Have you smelt Dark Amber & Ginger Lily before? What are your thoughts? Have you got any Jo Malone favourites? If so, which are they? Are there any Jo Malone fragrances you think I need to try out? Do let me know, as I would love to hear your thoughts down below in the comment box! Also, don't forget to click that 'like' button!


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YOUTUBE; KIEHL'S SKINCARE

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KIEHL'S - PURE VITALITY SKIN RENEWING CREAM


I am beyond ecstatic to announce that I am now a Store Representative for the Kiehl's - Kings Street Boutique in Manchester! The Kings Street Boutique Store Opening was my first ever event that I had attended for my blog, so to come full circle a year later and be one of their Store Representatives, is a great feeling!

As part of their team, I had been invited along to attend the launch of their latest product; Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. We had been given a brief outline as to what the product was all about, what it does for your skin, and the benefits of introducing the Pure Vitality cream into your skincare regime! After having learnt more information about the cream, we then all had a skincare consultation, to determine what our skin type was, and to work out what products could help aid us with any issues or problems that we had been having. 

My skincare consultation came back as normal-dry, which having had a skincare consultation with Kiehl's before, this was a disappointing result for me as both previous skincare results came back as my skin being classed as normal! However, I am just putting this result down to the cold weather outside, and a nudge for me to moisturise a tad more! I had then been given some samples to try out to reduce the dryness and get some moisture back into my skin.

I received the; 

  • Calendula Wash
  • Calendula Toner
  • Powerful-Strength-Line-Reducing-Concentrate
  • Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

We all also received a goody box at the end of the event in which we received;

  • 2x Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
  • Ultra Facial Cream
  • Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I had a great time at the launch, and I would like to thank the Manchester Kings Street team for inviting me along, and for letting me be a part of their Store Representative team!

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PURE VITALITY SKIN RENEWING CREAM

From attending the launch of the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, I have been trying this out every day up until now, 5 days in total to allow my skin to get used to the cream, and to give a fair and honest review.

The Pure Vitality Cream uses two ingredients which have never been used before in any other product formulations. It contains - Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root. One of the best factors of using this cream is that it is 99.6% naturally derived ensuring that the ingredients used within the cream are as natural as you're going to get!

I applied the Pure Vitality Cream both morning and night, after my skin has been cleansed. I then evenly massaged the cream onto my face, and I immediately saw results!

My skin looked radiant and felt smoother to touch! Like most Kiehl's products, you only need a small, pea sized amount, and I found that I was still able to get full coverage only using 4/5 dabs of the cream. 

The texture of Pure Vitality is slightly 'gloopier' and thicker than what I am used to applying onto my face, but that would be down to the Mankua Honey ingredient featured within this.

                                                                                        Having said that, my skin absorbed the cream perfectly to the point where it felt very light on my face, to the point where I could no longer feel it! I also enjoyed the slightly earthy, yet creamy scent to the cream, and found it to be rather soothing. You can purchase the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream here and don't forget to check out my other reviews of Kiehl's products such as the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Facial Fuel and many more here!

Have you tried the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream before? What do you think to it? Have you tried any of the Kiehl's products before? If so, which one? Leave me a comment down below as I would love to hear from you guys, and don't forget to hit that like button!


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THE COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE PREVIEW - LEEDS


On Friday 3rd March, all of the biggest and best bars within Leeds will all be showcasing their exclusive cocktail creations, created especially for the nights event; The Cocktail Experience! I had the pleasure of being invited to head over to their Press Evening to have a preview, and get a feel of what the event will hold, and to try out 1 or 2, (or 6) of their cocktails! I took along my friend Caitlin, and we made our way over to Aspire, the location in which The Cocktail Experience will be held at. 

To begin with, we started off by going to the Be At One stall, and tried a sample of their 'Brit Spritz'.

Ingredients:

  • Kamm & Sons
  • Elderflower Cordial
  • Prosecco
  • Soda

I will admit, I found this drink to be a little too bitter for my taste, but their 'Flavour Wheel' was interesting, and was a great way to determine what type of drink you should order, depending on the type of spirit/flavour you like the best!

Next up, we went to the Moet & Chandon stall, and I tried out their 'Ice Imperial' drink which went down a treat I must say. As we pondered as to which stall to go to next, I noticed a cocktail in the form of a milk bottle with a bit of candy floss coming out of it... Of course, I was naturally drawn to it! The cocktail was 'Fairground' by Oracle and tasted very sweet. One of my favourites of the night! 'No.53' by Marigold was by far the most delicate looking drink and was very refreshing! 

'My Caramel Romance' by Malmaison was by far my most favourite out of them all! If I hadn't have been working the next day, I genuinely would have drunk about 5 of them! The drink tasted like a caramel frappuccino and will definitely one I will be having on the 3rd March! 'Ruby' by Jakes bar was another favourite of mine, and to finish off the evening, Caitlin and I were given our first whiskey based drink by Vice & Virtue; King Of The North. The drink was sweet and definitely opened up my eyes to trying out more whiskey drinks, it was delicious!

Thank you to Pink Gorilla for inviting me along, I had a great time and I am thoroughly looking forward to the Friday 3rd March! For more details on The Cocktail Experience, head over to their website here to see which bars will be featuring.

Have you been to any of the bars mentioned in Leeds before? Which are your favourites? What is your favourite drink to have when you head out? Will you be coming to The Cocktail Experience? Let me know your thoughts below, and don't forget to click that like button!


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HEALTHY VALENTINE'S SNACKS


Following on from my Healthy Halloween Snacks, a few of my readers had told me that they had really enjoyed that post, so I felt it was only natural for me to create some Healthy Snacks again, this time, for Valentine's! I took inspiration from Pinterest, and came up with a few ideas to make these my own. I hope you enjoy these creations, and if you have any other ideas/suggestions on what you'll be creating yourselves, then do let me know!

HEART SHAPED FRUIT N VEG

  1. Before you begin, you will need heart shaped stencil cutouts (I ordered mine here.), and some fruit and vegetables of your choice!
  2. Simply place the heart stencil onto the chosen fruit/vegetable and slowly push down to create the desired shape.
  3. Once you have the shape, slowly raise the stencil filled with the fruit/vegetable and carefully remove.
  4. & there we have it! It's that simple! 
  5. For an added extra, why not fill your love heart in with a few other fruit/vegetables. For instance, I chose to use the extra strawberries I had to fill them in with blueberries!

LOVE ME SKEWERS

  1. To begin with, you will need your chosen fruit.
  2. Some skewers - they can range in sizes, anything from cocktail sticks (depending on how miniature you're wanting to go), or some BBQ skewers!
  3. Simply arrange the fruit and slowly push them onto the skewers carefully without damaging them.

YOU DRIVE ME BANANA'S

  1. To begin, you will need some banana's, and a pen.
  2. Simply write your messages onto your banana's.
  3. & there we have it! Simple, but highly effective.

These three ideas took me around 45 minutes to do, they were super quick and easy to create, and will make for a great activity with your loved one this Valentines!

Have you experimented with food similar to this before? Which is your favourite idea out of the three that I have made? Will you be trying any of these out? Let me know down below if you do create any of these, as I would love to see them! Also, don't forget to hit that like button down below!


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ULTIMATE VALENTINE'S GIFT GUIDE 2017


With less than a week to go now until Valentine's Day, I have put together a Gift Guide for your special loved one! But if like me you are single, then why not go ahead and treat yourself regardless!? 

I have chosen a few of my favourite gifts ranging from fragrances, to food and drink, finishing off with some little treats! I hope you enjoy this Gift Guide, and I hope these inspire you with some ideas!

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FRAGRANCE:

FOR HER -

FOR HIM - 

Marc Jacobs - Daisy; Eau So Fresh/Kiss

I have lost count with the amount of ladies in my life who are in love with this fragrance! A sweet, yet fruity scent and one that will instantly make you a winner in any girls eyes! 

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Viktor & Rolf - Flowerbomb

Another classic ladies fragrance; Flowerbomb! Similar to the Mens Spicebomb version in the sense that they are both very strong when it comes to sillage.

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Narcisco Rodriguez - For Her; Fleur Musc

I find that the bottle of this looks like an enlarged, elegant version of nail varnish.. Just me? Anyway! A floral yet musky scent with vibrant notes.

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Chloé - A Love Story

A clean fragrance that is equally as floral as it is citrusy! Perfect for the upcoming Spring season! 

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Davidoff - Horizon Extreme

A woody, spicy fragrance that has incredible longevity and can give you many compliments!

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Viktor & Rolf - Spicebomb

My first ever fragrance, and one I will always go back to due to it's stunning scent, and the powerful sillage it leaves behind.  

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Issey Miyake - L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme Noir Ambre

An oriental scent that feels warm and sweet. Perfect for a nighttime, and the bottle is just as stunning as the fragrance!      

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Tom Ford - Extreme

A strong, solid masculine scent. One I believe should be in Tom Ford's Private Blend Collection, it's that good. A woody, earthy fragrance and one that lasts for hours upon your skin!

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FOOD AND DRINK:

Hotel Chocolat - The Valentines Pick Me Up

Chocolates from Hotel Chocolat are always a guaranteed way to make somebody feel good! Within this little goody box you get;

  1. Shortbread covered in 50% Milk Chocolate
  2. 6 white hearts flavoured with Passion Fruit 
  3. A slab of caramel-milk chocolate covered in puddles and florentines
  4. 2 hearts, one containing a hint of chilli (my favourite!) and the other, their signature praline

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Kraken Black Spiced Rum

I had been sent a little sample of Kraken Rum last year from 31Dover.com, and ever since that sample, I have been hooked. Honestly, it is all I ever drink now! It is sublime. I drink this with Coke as I have found it to mix perfectly, although I am looking for new mixers and cocktail suggestions to use Kraken Rum with? Any help? 

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GIFTS:

TK Maxx - Stags Head

A gift bought for me a couple of years ago, that I have found instantly grabs peoples attention wherever this is placed within my house. (It is also heavily featured in some of my YouTube videos that you may have seen!) Stunning, slick and bold, a must have for any man after something eye catching for their room!

Now, as with TK Maxx stores only stocking certain items, I have included the link for their website so you're able to find similar options to the stag and I have also found an alternative to the one photographed.

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Jo Malone - Mens Cologne Collection Gift Set #JustBecause

As a huge fan of all things Jo Malone, I was flattered when I had received their Mens Cologne Collection containing 5 of their miniature fragrances; 

  1. Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Amber & Lavender
  4. Wood Sage & Sea Salt
  5. Incense & Cedrat

As part of their #JustBecause campaign, in each of their boutiques, they are currently personalising each gift with a special message for your loved one! Your chosen gift will be wrapped with a 'Just Because' ribbon, and will feature your personal message on a gift card. Why? Well, just because!

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Blossoming Gifts - 50 Red Roses

I love roses, any type of rose, I absolutely love! So when Blossoming Gifts sent over this beautiful bouquet of 50 red roses, I was immediately won over! As a special treat to you, my readers, I can exclusively share with you a discount code of a whopping 33% to ensure your loved one will receive a special bouquet of flowers in time for Valentines!

DISCOUNT CODE: BGIFTS33

I would also like to point out, that I received these flowers on Friday 3rd February, and are still in perfect condition now, on Wednesday 8th February! Blossoming Gifts also offer Next Day Delivery when you order by 9pm.

*Please note that the code does not include those in the 'flowers by post' range, but is included on everything else!*

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Have you tried any of these gifts mentioned in my Gift Guide? Which is your favourite? Have you any ideas of what you will be getting your loved one this year for Valentines? Perhaps if you're single, will you be treating yourself to anything? Do let me know your thoughts down below, and don't forget to click that like button! 

PS. Have a wonderful Valentines whatever your plans are. X