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Most assume that a lot of men can wash their faces with the same bar of soap they use for their bodies and get on with their way. If this is what you do in the morning, then you have to step up your game. Skincare isn't nearly as complicated as most people make it out to be. In fact, some of the best advice out there is that - which is incredibly simple. With that in mind, here are six essential skincare tips that all men must know.

Wash Off The Day - as tempting as it can be to do so, you cant crawl straight into bed after a long and tiring day. First, you need to take time to wash your face. While this might not seem too important, you must remember that a lot of dirt and grime collects on your skin throughout the day. If you skip your nighttime wash, this will remain on your face, resulting in blocked pores and breakouts.

Get Plenty of Rest - Once your skin is cleansed and moisturized, you can go ahead and get in bed. Sleep gives your skin an opportunity to refresh and repair.

Make Time for Exercise - while exercise does make it easier to sleep, it benefits your skin more directly too. This is because your sweat helps to remove toxins. Because of this, sports like rugby really do help (I need to take my own advice on this!) you can even create your own custom designed rugby union team kit to play in. It's important to remember to cleanse and exfoliate after working out, as this prevents your pores from blocking.

Limiting Your Skin Exposure - A glowing tan can make you feel more confident. However, that doesn't mean that you should put your skin or health at risk to get one. Every time you go outside, you must ensure that you apply sun-cream. Those who don't, increase their risk of getting sun damage which can cause irritation, redness and peeling.
Buy A Quality Razor - there are many different razors on the market and not all of them are going to do you good. While four or five-blade razors might advertise a closer shave, you must consider at what cost this will come with. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, then it is best to have fewer blades. You should also shave with the grain, rather than against it and use a moisturizing shave gel.

Eating The Right Foods - as difficult as it may be for those with a sweet tooth, if you want healthy skin, then reducing your sugar intake can make a huge difference. The reason for this is that sugar is known to cause breakouts and acne. That being said, it's not just sugar that you have to watch out for. There are a number of foods that can cause skin problems, such as caffeine!

Skincare doesn't have to be difficult but we only have one skin, so let's look after it and treasure it.

Disclaimer: This post is contributed but as always, all opinions are my own. Links within this post are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

MY ESSENTIAL SKINCARE TIPS

Most assume that a lot of men can wash their faces with the same bar of soap they use for their bodies and get on with their way. If this is what you do in the morning, then you have to step up your game. Skincare isn't nearly as complicated as most people make it out to be. In fact, some of the best advice out there is that - which is incredibly simple. With that in mind, here are six essential skincare tips that all men must know.

Wash Off The Day - as tempting as it can be to do so, you cant crawl straight into bed after a long and tiring day. First, you need to take time to wash your face. While this might not seem too important, you must remember that a lot of dirt and grime collects on your skin throughout the day. If you skip your nighttime wash, this will remain on your face, resulting in blocked pores and breakouts.

Get Plenty of Rest - Once your skin is cleansed and moisturized, you can go ahead and get in bed. Sleep gives your skin an opportunity to refresh and repair.

Make Time for Exercise - while exercise does make it easier to sleep, it benefits your skin more directly too. This is because your sweat helps to remove toxins. Because of this, sports like rugby really do help (I need to take my own advice on this!) you can even create your own custom designed rugby union team kit to play in. It's important to remember to cleanse and exfoliate after working out, as this prevents your pores from blocking.

Limiting Your Skin Exposure - A glowing tan can make you feel more confident. However, that doesn't mean that you should put your skin or health at risk to get one. Every time you go outside, you must ensure that you apply sun-cream. Those who don't, increase their risk of getting sun damage which can cause irritation, redness and peeling.
Buy A Quality Razor - there are many different razors on the market and not all of them are going to do you good. While four or five-blade razors might advertise a closer shave, you must consider at what cost this will come with. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, then it is best to have fewer blades. You should also shave with the grain, rather than against it and use a moisturizing shave gel.

Eating The Right Foods - as difficult as it may be for those with a sweet tooth, if you want healthy skin, then reducing your sugar intake can make a huge difference. The reason for this is that sugar is known to cause breakouts and acne. That being said, it's not just sugar that you have to watch out for. There are a number of foods that can cause skin problems, such as caffeine!

Skincare doesn't have to be difficult but we only have one skin, so let's look after it and treasure it.

Disclaimer: This post is contributed but as always, all opinions are my own. Links within this post are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
Hello, hello - happy Sunday! It's just gone midnight and it's suddenly occurred to me that I haven't done a favorites post in so long and I've been loving so many different little things at the moment that I thought it would be the best way to tell you all about them. So let's get started straight away, shall we?

The VO5 Texturising Gum has been my best friend when it comes to styling my hair lately, I don't do this everyday but when I fancy putting a bit of extra effort into my appearance (again, this doesn't happen a lot) this has been my go-to and has such a nice finish to the end product, without leaving it looking or feeling greasy and that is definitely something I look for in a hair product. I used to use this product all the time a few years back but have only just started reaching for it again and I forgot how amazing it actually is.
If you're from England, you will be familiar with the very unexpected ray of sunshine that we've had lately and with that, comes in need of a very good deodorant. I've raved about Nivea products loads on my blog and have had the privilege of working with them so many times, this post isn't a paid sponsorship but I genuinely love all their products that I've tried and it's such a trusted brand for me now that I love sharing their products with you all. So I've recently been using their Nivea Men 48 Hour Deodorant and it has done the trick, let me tell you! The one I've been using has such a fresh scent that I've been loving.

Along with my V05 Texturising Gum, I've been reaching for the Johnny's Power Hold Hairspray, which again doesn't make my hair look greasy and holds everything in place. I've also discovered that it doesn't sweat in the hot weather and still gives your style a firm hold for the whole day, which I was so impressed with. I actually got gifted this item and ever since I tried it, I've been reaching for this over all my other hairsprays.

A few weeks ago, I got kindly gifted a lovely PR package from the team over at Nivea which had lots of products in, including their new Peel Off Mask and it has done wonders to my skin. I do have quite sensitive skin and anything seems to effect it, so looking after my skin is very important and I've found using this product a few times a week along with my skincare routine has made such a huge difference to the dry patches on my skin and has made my skin feel very soft and hydrated! Along with this, I've been using the Clear Shaving Gel from Milkman Grooming for about a year now, again I was lucky enough to work with them on a giveaway campaign but this post is not at all sponsored by them and all views are my own, however... I cannot reach for anything else. I love how it's clear so you can see exactly what areas need shaving and it makes my skin feel very smooth and I'm so happy with these two products.
Did someone say shoes? I've never been a 'shoe person' if you catch my drift, I kinda get one pair and then live in them for about 4 years, even when they're falling a part and making me walk with a limp. My beautiful Reebok trainers have finally got to that stage so I wanted to opt for something a little lighter for the summer season and these Adidas trainers are amazing for that (I don't know what they're called but I'll leave a link to them here for you to check out, if you want too!).

Disclaimer: This post  contains products that have kindly been sent to me. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

THINGS I'VE BEEN LOVING RECENTLY #2

Hello, hello - happy Sunday! It's just gone midnight and it's suddenly occurred to me that I haven't done a favorites post in so long and I've been loving so many different little things at the moment that I thought it would be the best way to tell you all about them. So let's get started straight away, shall we?

The VO5 Texturising Gum has been my best friend when it comes to styling my hair lately, I don't do this everyday but when I fancy putting a bit of extra effort into my appearance (again, this doesn't happen a lot) this has been my go-to and has such a nice finish to the end product, without leaving it looking or feeling greasy and that is definitely something I look for in a hair product. I used to use this product all the time a few years back but have only just started reaching for it again and I forgot how amazing it actually is.
If you're from England, you will be familiar with the very unexpected ray of sunshine that we've had lately and with that, comes in need of a very good deodorant. I've raved about Nivea products loads on my blog and have had the privilege of working with them so many times, this post isn't a paid sponsorship but I genuinely love all their products that I've tried and it's such a trusted brand for me now that I love sharing their products with you all. So I've recently been using their Nivea Men 48 Hour Deodorant and it has done the trick, let me tell you! The one I've been using has such a fresh scent that I've been loving.

Along with my V05 Texturising Gum, I've been reaching for the Johnny's Power Hold Hairspray, which again doesn't make my hair look greasy and holds everything in place. I've also discovered that it doesn't sweat in the hot weather and still gives your style a firm hold for the whole day, which I was so impressed with. I actually got gifted this item and ever since I tried it, I've been reaching for this over all my other hairsprays.

A few weeks ago, I got kindly gifted a lovely PR package from the team over at Nivea which had lots of products in, including their new Peel Off Mask and it has done wonders to my skin. I do have quite sensitive skin and anything seems to effect it, so looking after my skin is very important and I've found using this product a few times a week along with my skincare routine has made such a huge difference to the dry patches on my skin and has made my skin feel very soft and hydrated! Along with this, I've been using the Clear Shaving Gel from Milkman Grooming for about a year now, again I was lucky enough to work with them on a giveaway campaign but this post is not at all sponsored by them and all views are my own, however... I cannot reach for anything else. I love how it's clear so you can see exactly what areas need shaving and it makes my skin feel very smooth and I'm so happy with these two products.
Did someone say shoes? I've never been a 'shoe person' if you catch my drift, I kinda get one pair and then live in them for about 4 years, even when they're falling a part and making me walk with a limp. My beautiful Reebok trainers have finally got to that stage so I wanted to opt for something a little lighter for the summer season and these Adidas trainers are amazing for that (I don't know what they're called but I'll leave a link to them here for you to check out, if you want too!).

Disclaimer: This post  contains products that have kindly been sent to me. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
ITEMS IN THIS POST HAVE BEEN KINDLY GIFTED.
I've always been a morning person, ever since I can remember. I've always felt the most productive when I wake up around 6-7 and start my day productively. I always start my day with getting up straight away and making my bed, this sets off the day as already being productive and also stops you from getting into bed after because you've just took the time to make it, so why ruin it? (that's how my brain works anyway!). Mornings to me are my favourite part of the day which some people would find crazy to hear, I know a lot of people who don't wake up till after midday (which there is obviously nothing wrong with that but this is just a post for people that would like to start waking up a little earlier) and sometimes, I wish I could do that but I'm just not that person and I've kinda accepted that now and I'm actually so happy with how that has worked out for me.

Breakfast is key to a successful day and I know a lot of people don't like eating before a particular time, I would say to eat something - even if it's a few biscuits with your morning tea, it's something. Skipping breakfasts does nothing for me personally, I always plan my day around when I'm going to eat which sounds crazy, I know but it helps me - for example, after getting up out of bed and brushing my teeth, I always go downstairs and have some breakfast and this is normally a bacon bap or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon whilst watching some Youtube videos and this sets me up for the day as I'm where I'm going to be working and I've had something to eat to help me concentrate, because who wants to be doing work whilst they're hungry? Plus may I just add, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I really feel like it sets you up for a day of tasks and it gives you the energy to be able to do them. I may do a little post very soon for those of you that struggle with what to have for breakfast with a quick and easy ideas for you!
After eating breakfast, I always get ready for the day. Pyjamas are the best thing in the world, but not when you want to feel productive because you're too relaxed (especially if you work from home regularly) so I always think it is best to get ready as if you would be going to work, this prevents you from feeling like you want to sit and slouch and do nothing. If you don't work from home and you're just looking to be a bit more productive then you should definitely still follow these steps - make plans with friends, family, tidy your house/room or find little things to sort out, such as the bedside cabinet that you've been scared to look at for months (trust me, we've all been there - you're not alone!).

My morning routine is very chilled and relaxed, obviously depending on what I'm doing in the day but I always set my day off to be as I'd like them to be... productive and busy. I know this may sound crazy to people and this won't work for everyone but this is just my personal routine and the order I do things works for me but you will find your own little way of doing things but getting up and booking your day with little things makes a hell of a difference to your mind and I would recommend everyone to do this, whatever your job or whatever you decide to do during your days!
And finally, I always finish off getting ready for the day by applying some skincare, I try and make sure this isn't something too heavy and something that is just going to help me keep my skin hydrated throughout the day, I've recently been using the Nivea Light Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF and this has done exactly the job - it's very light on my skin and keeps the dry patches on my face making a reappearance!

Disclaimer: This post  contains products that have kindly been sent to me by Nivea. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

MY MORNING ROUTINE | AD

ITEMS IN THIS POST HAVE BEEN KINDLY GIFTED.
I've always been a morning person, ever since I can remember. I've always felt the most productive when I wake up around 6-7 and start my day productively. I always start my day with getting up straight away and making my bed, this sets off the day as already being productive and also stops you from getting into bed after because you've just took the time to make it, so why ruin it? (that's how my brain works anyway!). Mornings to me are my favourite part of the day which some people would find crazy to hear, I know a lot of people who don't wake up till after midday (which there is obviously nothing wrong with that but this is just a post for people that would like to start waking up a little earlier) and sometimes, I wish I could do that but I'm just not that person and I've kinda accepted that now and I'm actually so happy with how that has worked out for me.

Breakfast is key to a successful day and I know a lot of people don't like eating before a particular time, I would say to eat something - even if it's a few biscuits with your morning tea, it's something. Skipping breakfasts does nothing for me personally, I always plan my day around when I'm going to eat which sounds crazy, I know but it helps me - for example, after getting up out of bed and brushing my teeth, I always go downstairs and have some breakfast and this is normally a bacon bap or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon whilst watching some Youtube videos and this sets me up for the day as I'm where I'm going to be working and I've had something to eat to help me concentrate, because who wants to be doing work whilst they're hungry? Plus may I just add, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I really feel like it sets you up for a day of tasks and it gives you the energy to be able to do them. I may do a little post very soon for those of you that struggle with what to have for breakfast with a quick and easy ideas for you!
After eating breakfast, I always get ready for the day. Pyjamas are the best thing in the world, but not when you want to feel productive because you're too relaxed (especially if you work from home regularly) so I always think it is best to get ready as if you would be going to work, this prevents you from feeling like you want to sit and slouch and do nothing. If you don't work from home and you're just looking to be a bit more productive then you should definitely still follow these steps - make plans with friends, family, tidy your house/room or find little things to sort out, such as the bedside cabinet that you've been scared to look at for months (trust me, we've all been there - you're not alone!).

My morning routine is very chilled and relaxed, obviously depending on what I'm doing in the day but I always set my day off to be as I'd like them to be... productive and busy. I know this may sound crazy to people and this won't work for everyone but this is just my personal routine and the order I do things works for me but you will find your own little way of doing things but getting up and booking your day with little things makes a hell of a difference to your mind and I would recommend everyone to do this, whatever your job or whatever you decide to do during your days!
And finally, I always finish off getting ready for the day by applying some skincare, I try and make sure this isn't something too heavy and something that is just going to help me keep my skin hydrated throughout the day, I've recently been using the Nivea Light Moisturizing Day Cream with SPF and this has done exactly the job - it's very light on my skin and keeps the dry patches on my face making a reappearance!

Disclaimer: This post  contains products that have kindly been sent to me by Nivea. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.



As this time of year rolls around again, I thought I would put together a new list of great gift ideas for your Father or whoever you look up to in your life. I contemplated not doing one this year as I've done once every year but I've decided to because I can see how many of you that it helped when I did the one for Mother's Day back in March and honestly, I think it's really hard to keep thinking about new original presents for people so I'm hoping this post will give you some amazing gifts or some great inspiration!

Fragrance: In my eyes, you can never go wrong with a good fragrance, does your dad have a particular favourite? if not, why not try Sauvage by Dior or Y by YSL (two of my faves at the moment!)? Boots have some amazing gift sets including David Beckham and Diesel!

Food/Drink: If your Dad is anything like mine, a good beer set would go down a treat! I've always been really impressed with the hampers that Selfridges offer each year, there is literally a hamper for everyone. If you're looking for a good selection for your money then definitely head over to their website! Alternatively, put one together yourself (this would be really fun too!) I think it would be such a nice idea to load a picnic basket up with your Dad's favorite snacks

Personalisation: Anything personalised just makes everything look as if so much effort has been put into a gift, I rave about NotOnTheHighStreet all the time but it is honestly the best place for little quirky and personalized gifts! Weather your dad is a sports fan, a music fan or a golf fan - there is something for everyone and you can personalise pretty much anything on their website which I think is such a cute idea.

Grooming: I always think a practical gift is the right alley to go down, has your Dad got a favorite moisturizer, shaving gel or face wash? Clinique do really nice luxury sets that aren't too pricey and I think it's such a nice gift to get your Dad. Clinique is such a nice luxury brand that goes that extra mile to make sure all their products have the best ingredients and I honestly rate them so much for that - Clinique would make the perfect gift.

A Trip Away: Has your Dad wanted to visit a particular place? I use Booking.com all the time when I'm planning a trip away, especially city breaks as they offer really good discounts on hotels in different cities for such a good price! If you're looking to take your Dad away then I would definitely check them out. Also, if you're not familiar with Accor Hotels which cover iBis, Novotel, Sofitel and many more, they have a membership system where you can earn points whenever you stay in one of the Accor Hotels and they add up to earn you a free stay at one of their hotels, I think this is amazing!



Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.

FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS




As this time of year rolls around again, I thought I would put together a new list of great gift ideas for your Father or whoever you look up to in your life. I contemplated not doing one this year as I've done once every year but I've decided to because I can see how many of you that it helped when I did the one for Mother's Day back in March and honestly, I think it's really hard to keep thinking about new original presents for people so I'm hoping this post will give you some amazing gifts or some great inspiration!

Fragrance: In my eyes, you can never go wrong with a good fragrance, does your dad have a particular favourite? if not, why not try Sauvage by Dior or Y by YSL (two of my faves at the moment!)? Boots have some amazing gift sets including David Beckham and Diesel!

Food/Drink: If your Dad is anything like mine, a good beer set would go down a treat! I've always been really impressed with the hampers that Selfridges offer each year, there is literally a hamper for everyone. If you're looking for a good selection for your money then definitely head over to their website! Alternatively, put one together yourself (this would be really fun too!) I think it would be such a nice idea to load a picnic basket up with your Dad's favorite snacks

Personalisation: Anything personalised just makes everything look as if so much effort has been put into a gift, I rave about NotOnTheHighStreet all the time but it is honestly the best place for little quirky and personalized gifts! Weather your dad is a sports fan, a music fan or a golf fan - there is something for everyone and you can personalise pretty much anything on their website which I think is such a cute idea.

Grooming: I always think a practical gift is the right alley to go down, has your Dad got a favorite moisturizer, shaving gel or face wash? Clinique do really nice luxury sets that aren't too pricey and I think it's such a nice gift to get your Dad. Clinique is such a nice luxury brand that goes that extra mile to make sure all their products have the best ingredients and I honestly rate them so much for that - Clinique would make the perfect gift.

A Trip Away: Has your Dad wanted to visit a particular place? I use Booking.com all the time when I'm planning a trip away, especially city breaks as they offer really good discounts on hotels in different cities for such a good price! If you're looking to take your Dad away then I would definitely check them out. Also, if you're not familiar with Accor Hotels which cover iBis, Novotel, Sofitel and many more, they have a membership system where you can earn points whenever you stay in one of the Accor Hotels and they add up to earn you a free stay at one of their hotels, I think this is amazing!



Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. Some links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.
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