Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Father's Day Gift Guide 2019

Father's Day will be here soon on June 16th and so to give you plenty of ideas, I have created a 2019 Gift Guide.
Men are getting into skincare which is great, but some skincare can be quite feminine, whereas Bioderma has some great products suitable for all. Here I have the Bioderma Micellar Water (£10.80)* and the Rich Moisturising Care Cream (£15.50)*. The Micellar Water is perfect for cleansing the skin and is very gentle to use, so it works great for all skin types. It helps to make the skin feel comfortable and locks moisture into the surface of the skin. If your Dad hasn't used a moisturiser before, the Rich Moisturising Care Cream is a great first choice and is perfect for dry to very dry skin types to keep skin well-nourished and hydrated.
The Great British Grooming Co. offer a wide range of body, face and beard products for your favourite person. They have a Hydrating Moisturiser (£7.41)* to hydrate dry, dull looking skin, a Daily Face Wash (£7.99)* which contains Volcanic Ash to cleanse the skin and wash away impurities, a Beard Wash (£6.17)* which helps to cleanse and untangle beard hair, a Beard Oil (£8.69)* to soften and smooth the beard, and a Beard Thickening Serum (£7.99)* to help create a thicker looking beard. So if your Dad loves his skincare and facial hare care, then this is definitely a brand you will want to consider and all the products are made in the UK.
My Dad absolutely loves his whiskey and the Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge* is such a fabulous idea! It comes beautifully presented in a gift box and it allows you to create a wedge of ice in the glass which is slow melting and therefore you don't get watered-down whiskey, but you still get to enjoy it 'on the rocks'. It is so easy to use too, it comes with a silicone lid, which you pour water into and then pop it in the freezer and then simply remove the silicone lid, pour in your tipple of choice and sit back and relax. It costs £20.00 and is available at Amazon here.
Due to medication he has to take, my Dad gets quite sore hands, but again, a lot of hand creams have quite feminine scents to them. The Le Couvent Des Minimes Gardinarius Gardener's Hand Balm (£8.00)* is a great option. It comes in a classy box and the tube itself is silver and black. The Hand Balm smells divine and contains shea butter, chamomile, calendula and rosemary to hydrate and nourish the hands without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. You can find it online at Look Fantastic here.
Sometimes my Dad comes downstairs and he smells like he has fallen into his aftershave, he loves it that much. Fragrance can be a great Father's Day gift and you simply cannot go wrong with a luxury scent. The Armani Code Absolu (£71.00)* is stunning, with an oriental feel to it due to an audacious rum heart balanced with a blend of Tonka bean and vanilla notes. It smells masculine and luxurious and a little goes a long way due to it being a parfum rather than an eau de toilette and it has the highest percentage of essential oils from the Armani Code range. The bottle is masculine and sleek with a black cap and a gold base and this will definitely make my Dad super happy.
I bloody love pork scratchings, and they are often seen as a pub snack eaten by men, but I still love them anyway, and so does my Dad. The Snaffling Pig Co make the best pork scratchings I have come across as they are just so full of flavour, the Salt & Vinegar ones are my absolute favourite but I can't currently find them anywhere. The Snaffling Pig Co do these Gifting Jars* for £15.50 and here I have the Ham & Colman's Mustard flavour, and they make a great gift if your Dad isn't in to skincare or hair care. They also have lots of different flavours to choose from and you can even add a bottle of beer or a cookbook! 
At 68 years of age, my Dad still has a good head full of hair, and he doesn't even have that many grey hairs, but he is noticing that it is starting to go a little thinner texture-wise. The Bumble & Bumble Full Potential Shampoo (£24.00)* & Conditioner (£26.00)* helps to give fuller, stronger hair and the Hair Preserve blend it contains helps to prevent hair loss. They also do a Booster Spray (£42.00)* that offers a more concentrated formula of the Hair Preserve blend, which comes in a bottle and you just spray it onto wet or dry hair twice a day so it is quick and easy to use. For younger Dads, who have longer hair, and seeing as texture is all the rage at the moment, I would recommend the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (£20.00)*. This can be used by both men and women and it is a salt spray to give beachy, windswept waves and volume. I have used this product for years and especially love using it in Summer - what's better than a gift we can both use?!
My Dad does have an electric shaver, but sometimes he prefers to use regular shavers and so the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Sense Razor* is a great option. It is perfect for sensitive skin and contains 7 hydro glide gel pools to ensure a smooth and comfortable shave. The Hydro 5 Sense features shock absorb technology so that there are no shaving cuts and rubber handles to make sure it is comfortable to use. You can of course buy refills for this razor and if your Dad is going on holiday, I am sure he will much prefer to take this kind of razor than a more expensive electric one. The Hydro 5 Sense costs £12.00 and you can find it in-store and online at Boots here.
At my favourite spa, Ye Olde Bell Spa in Retford, they use Germaine de Capuccini skincare products, which always smell and feel divine. They do also offer skincare for men, along with a fragrance. The Germaine de Capuccini Noir Eau De Parfum (£72.00)* comes stylishly packaged and is a subtle but masculine fragrance. Due to it being an eau de parfum, you only need a small amount as it is more concentrated than an eau de toilette. Noir features top notes of Citrus, Cantaloupe Melon, Maine and Lemon Oil, with middle notes of Gardenia, Orange Blossom, Cashmere Wood and Sage and finishing with base notes of White Musk, Sandalwood and Oakmoss. I adore this stunning fragrance so much that part of me wants to keep it for myself as I love anything musky and woody. 
Roger & Gallet are renowned for their beautiful body and skin care products, and they too also feature a men's range. Here I have the Roger & Gallet L'Homme Hair and Body Shower Gel (£9.50)* and the Roger & Gallet L'Homme Shaving Foam (£14.00)*. The packaging is gorgeous, with black, navy, white and gold making it look very elegant yet masculine. The scent is delicious, and again I kind of want to keep the Shower Gel for myself as it is very refreshing and energising. The Shaving Foam is enriched with aloe vera to soothe the skin and prevent irritation and dryness. This would go great with the Wilkinson Sword Razor. Roger & Gallet also have a L'Homme Sport Eau De Toilette (£35.00)*, which comes in a whopping 100ml. The bottle looks simple but classic and the fragrance itself contains invigorating Grapefruit and Tea Blend with woody notes underlining the sensuality of Amber and Vetiver to give an elegant, modern fragrance.
My Dad has had to also be a Mum to me since I was 17 years old and if I could give him the world and good health I would, but for now I know he will be over the moon with these gorgeous gifts. I hope that you and your Dad have the most amazing Father's Day, and for those that don't have their Dad alongside them, I send you my love.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*Items marked with an asterix have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Favourite Jeffree Star Lip Products

I have really gotten into Jeffree Star Cosmetics over the past five months or so, and I thought I would do a round-up of some of my favourite lip products and colours from his collection.
Starting with a lip care product, we have the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub (£12.00), which is available in different scents and within various collections of Jeffree's. The one I have been loving is from the Holiday Collection 2018, but it is still available for purchase now. This is the French Toast flavoured Velour Lip Scrub, and it smells incredible and reminds me of the yummy breakfasts I always have in Orlando. This is very sweet and so if sweet scents are not your thing, I wouldn't recommend this, but I personally love it. The sugar crystals look like brown sugar in the pot and the packaging is to die for. The packaging is mainly white and gold, but the white parts of the jar and lid have lots of iridescent sparkle on them, and I kind of wish he had a lip gloss like it. These lip scrubs are great for getting rid of dry skin on the lips and for making them lovely and smooth before you pop on a slick of colour.
My favourite Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick is in the shade Nathan (£16.00) from the Family Collection. Nathan, or Nate as he is known as is Jeffree's boyfriend and the shade is a nude terracotta, which is a really great every day colour. I have quite fair skin and blue eyes, and this colour seems to suit me really well. It comes in the traditional Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick packaging, this time with a baby pink and silver touch to it. These liquid lipsticks last so long, and they are comfortable to wear as they don't dry out whilst you are wearing them.
My two favourite shades for this time of year are from the Summer Collection 2018, but again they are still available now. At £16.00 each I don't find these overpriced as some liquid lipsticks often cost a lot more. The two shades I have here are (818) and Thirst Trap, with (818) being a real pop of coral pink and Thirst Trap a metallic beige champagne with a touch of light pink. These are both so different to each other, but they both brighten up my makeup days, which is something I love during Spring and Summer. I didn't know if Thirst Trap would be as long-wearing as the regular formulas due to it being metallic, but it wore just as well. The packaging again is the same as the originals, but with an orange and silver accent.
You can find Jeffree Star Cosmetics online in the UK at Beauty Bay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette Review

If you come here often, you may know how much I love a multi-use product and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette is the epitome of that. It isn't a new product and has been around at least a year or more, but was something I really wanted to try out as I am always looking for products suitable for travelling and as this palette contours, colour corrects and highlights, it makes a great travel companion. 
The palette itself is gorgeous, with a sturdy acrylic casing with a raised waved pattern underneath which creates a magic shifting colour depending on the light. Straight out of the box, this palette gives a great impression. You can get this palette in two colourways - the Light Medium Shift and the Medium Dark Shift and I of course have the Light Medium Shift due to my fair skin. 

Once you open up the palette, you will find a double-sided mirror separating four powder pans and five cream pans, giving you the best of both worlds in just one palette. As mentioned, this palette is marketed as a contouring palette, but you can also use it as a contour, highlight, bronzing and colour correcting palette along with using some shades as an eye shadow primer and an eye shadow. Genius.
The powder side features three matte powders with a darker warmer shade, a cooler medium shade and a matte setting powder along with a shimmery highlighter which is a pretty light champagne colour, which will suit the majority of light to medium skin tones. Texture-wise, the powders are super soft and finely milled, therefore blending out beautifully on the skin and the quality is second to none which I always appreciate with Urban Decay. At the moment, I would say the darker contour shade is a little too dark for me, but once I have some colour from the sunshine, this will make a great contour and bronze shade for me.
The matte cream shade is great for highlighting the skin when using contour products, but it can also be used to set the makeup with, along with eye shadow primer and concealer. I find that it applies to the skin like a setting powder but with a slight bit of coverage to it. The highlighter is so beautifully soft and reminds me of some of the other highlighters Urban Decay have released, not crazy disco ball-ish, but enough shimmer to give the skin a really pretty glow to it.
On to the cream side of the palette, there are as mentioned five pans on this side and I find the formula of each one identical, with no shade better than the rest. Formula-wise, they are lovely and lightweight with a creaminess that blends seamlessly into the skin. The first shade on the left is the contour shade, which does look quite dark in the pan, but blends out to a much softer shade once you apply it to the skin. Moving along, you have the cream highlight shade that works really well at brightening the under eye or to use alongside the contouring shade to make it more prominent. The next two shades are colour correcting creams, and I like to use the warmer peach shade for underneath my eye area as I get a lot of darkness there, and peach-toned correctors cancel that darkness out. I have been using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Colour Corrector in Peach every single day lately as it works at cancelling out my darkness like a dream. If you have very fair skin, then the lighter peach shade would work for you better. Finally, you have the highlighter cream, which again is a soft neutral champagne shade, and does have a less intense finish than its powder friend, but is still great for those 'no makeup, makeup' days.

Overall, I am superbly impressed with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette and if you are new to contouring, or are a pro contourer, then definitely give it a whirl as it is going to make the best travel companion this Summer. The palette costs £39.50 and you can find it online at Urban Decay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains an item which was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own