Christmas Gift Guides – Beauty Gift Inspiration 🎄

With the BIG day fast approaching and our stress levels rushing faster than the Russian Athletics team, looking for the perfect gift idea for the lady in our lives. We once again are making your life so much easier by giving you inspiration, in the beauty department today, for that special lady, no matter who she may be. I mean lets face it when Eartha Kitt, sang to Santa Baby, aka her fella, asking for a sable, not very ethical, a ’54 convertible, not very Green, come on we can do better than that!

Inspired by the lady herself, Gabrielle Chanel, GABRIELLE CHANEL ESSENCE is the fragrance of a woman who is attentive to her needs and speaks her mind. A radiant woman who truly shines as she fully expresses her personality. The fragrance seems to hover weightlessly within the square bottle crafted of ultra-thin glass. The label and the stopper flaunt a shade of gold that is deep and rich, just like the fragrance.

 

Now the new, Dyson Airwrap Styler has no extreme heat, as the intelligent heat control measures airflow temperature over 40 times a second and regulates heat, to ensure it always stays below 150°C. It attracts and wraps hair, using air: The Coanda effect attracts hair to the barrel, then wraps it for you. No clamping, gloves or awkward winding mechanisms. Just voluminous curls and waves and Styles and dries simultaneously: The Dyson Airwrap styler combines powerful airflow with controlled heat, to dry and style your hair from damp – with no extreme heat.

Who doesn’t love a gift set at Chrimbo? And boy is this a gift set the Dior, Hypnotic Posion Elixir, Eau De Toilette Gift Set complete with Eau de Toilette natural spray and Beautifying body milk.

 

Now this really is a Blockbuster in every sense of the word, the Estée Lauder – Limited Edition Blockbuster Beauty Collection. This is the gift your loved one has been waiting for. The biggest, most beautiful collection, all in a deluxe train case. The Set contains:

  • ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Serum
  • ‘Advanced Night Repair’ Eye Cream
  • ‘Revitalizing Supreme+’ Cream
  • Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
  • ‘Sumptuous Extreme’ Mascara
  • ‘Pure Color Envy – 420 Rebellious Rose’ Lipstick
  • ‘Pure Color Envy – 130 Intense Nude’ Lipstick
  • ”Pure Color Envy – 333 Persuasive’ Lipstick
  • ‘Pure Color Envy – 110 Discreet Nude’ Lip Gloss
  • 2 ‘Pure Color Envy’ Palettes

 

What lady, or gent, could resist the all new Orange Bitters Deluxe Candle by Jo Malone that launched for Christmas this year. Orange Bitters is a warming winter cocktail. A delectable mix of Christmas fruits. A drop of sweet orange and a splash of bitter orange. On a base of sensual sandalwood and amber. Mmmmmmmm.

The Sweet Dream Eye Mask Set from Debenhams create perfect sweet dreams with this set from Luxe Edit. A great stocking filler, it includes a soft eye mask, as well as a soothing lavender-infused pillow mist and candle – ideal for creating a relaxing atmosphere before sleeping.

Ideal for maybe a younger lady, this charmingly simple with a signature quality, Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume for women transports you to a place that optimistic, beautiful and pure, can we all go play?  The top of the fragrance is infused with succulent wild berries and soft white violets. At the heart, velvety jasmine warms to a dreamy drydown of sensual sandalwood, for a romantic, lingering finish.

Jimmy Choo Fever, an addictive fragrance celebrating a new facet of the Jimmy Choo woman, an innate extrovert with a playful energy and sense of fun. Effortlessly glamourous and instinctively seductive, no one’s going to get in her way.  Fever is an addictive new scent that carries its wearer into the night, leaving an addictive sensual trail behind her. The Gift set includes EDP and body lotion.

Assisting you for those mistletoe moment discover the moisturising benefits of 100% natural lip balms with Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty Gift Set: Beeswax Lip Balm, Vanilla Bean Lip Balm, Cucumber Mint Lip Balm, and Coconut & Pear Lip Balm.

Something for the Weekend Christmas Special ☃️

Welcome to something for the weekend. Our Christmas special! If you’re anything like me and  starting your Christmas shopping from this weekend, I hope our bitesized Christmas guide below will give you some much appreciated pointers this festive season! Let’s get straight into it.

 

1. The James Bond archives 

Released for the 50th anniversary of Bond in 2012, the book covers the period of the  franchise from Sean Connery’s Dr.No (1962) up to Daniel Craig’s Third appearance as Bond in Skyfall (2012).

The actual James Bond archives were opened up to author Paul Duncan, who over the course of two years searched through over a  million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation to create the most concrete insight into the making of each of the films.

The book includes a carefully curated selection of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials, as well as over 150 accounts from various  members of staff who worked on the films over the 50 years.

A perfect nostalgia trip for any reader this Christmas, and just in time for Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 next April in No Time To Die.

 

2.  Seiko 5 Sports Watch  

Like trainers and jackets, a man can never have too many watches. This Seiko 5, finished in polished stainless steel is equipped with a unidirectional bezel, automatic day-date mechanism and 10 bar water resistance capability (100 metres). Similar to the Rolex GMT Master 2, without the 10K price tag…….

 

 

3.  Veuve Clicquot 750ml – Personal Champagne 

Everyones a sucker for a personalised gift at Christmas. They don’t come much more extra than this.

The bottle of Vueve comes enclosed in a metal case available for personalisation of up to 14 characters, So if you have a long name like mine an initial and second name should suffice!

4.  Areaware Drink rocks 

This ones for the brave spirit drinkers this year, willing to risk it all to indulge in the strong stuff. These drink rocks made of Marble and Soapstone provide the perfect reusable partner to your seasonal beverage.

Just cool in the freezer prior to use for around 3 to 4 hours for prolonged coolness for the many drinks that I’m sure will follow this Christmas.

 

5.  Chilli Water Bottle 500ml 

You only have to look at the thousands of 5 star reviews to understand how good these bottles are. As all moves towards using less plastics are warmly welcomed by us, the Chilli bottle offer’s both protection from the heat and the cold.

Offering up to 24 hours of cold for your soft drinks and 12 hours of keeping your warm dinks that bit warmer. The Chilli bottle is fully customisable on the website with various colours, patterns, sizes and attachments available.

Sizes range from as little as 260ml (£20) right up to 1.8L (£35).

 

6. Star Wars : Rise of the Skywalker @Selfridges Cinema 

Equally as beloved as personalised gifts, are experiences. Sci-Fi fans this ones definitely for you, with the launch of Selfridges state of the art cinema back in November the luxury department store will be hosting all of the future blockbusters including the latest Star Wars.

If Star Wars isn’t your thing they’re also showing Daniel Craigs latest who-done-it, Knives Out as well as all the Christmas favourites of Elf and Home Alone. £20 a head, in the centre of London at Christmas, in a state of the art Cinema ………



7. Heritage leather Co wallet 

Crafted in LA, this vegetable tanned, Moccasin leather wallet from the Heritage Leather Co will provide a durable and contemporary wallet which look’s better with age.

 

8. Malin+Goetz dark rum candle 

Bucking the trend for men, in the last couple of years I’ve become a real lover of candles. Almost as good a strong perfume in my books.

This particular candle is made form natural wax and poured into a branded glass. With a spicy aroma inspired by Bay Rum this candle contains sweet notes of plum, leather and rum.

Aside from natural benefits of inhaling scents of Bay Rum, this candle provides a sweet but masculine scent to switch up the mood of any room.

 

9. Extra Large wireless charger 

Theres nothing worse than mucking about trying to find your bedside charging cable when you’re ready to hit the sack. This XL wireless charging port cant be left to rest on your bedside table or chest of drawers for uninterrupted charging.

Due to the size of this particular charging port, it can charge up to three devices at once including wireless headphones.

 

 

10. Mens UGG ascot slipper

It wouldn’t be a Christmas guide without including a banging pair of slippers right? UGG have long been the leader in creating super cosy footwear for men and women.

These classy but comfy slippers usually retail at £110, via Amara they’re at the price above.

I hope thats rescued at least a handful of you this Christmas with one or two decent ideas to choose form this year!

Christmas Gift Guides – For the Lady in your Life 🤶🏽

Now Christmas can go one of two ways, either the lady in your life sees you as, “ You scumbag you maggot. You cheap lousy faggot. Happy christmas your arse I pray god it’s our last” or “Cause I just want you here tonight.Holding on to me so tight. What more can I do? Baby, all I want for Christmas is you.You, baby.” Now the choice is yours and a lot of the way she feels about you come the Big day will be based on what lays under the Christmas tree. So as always we have taken the hard work out of this for you and supplied you with inspirational inspiration.

Earn infinite brownie points and prove you’ve got your finger on the fashion pulse, by showing you know that puffed sleeves are all the rage. Check out this lil number from label of the moment Ganni which is ohhhhh soooooo voluminous. Preparing us for winter with its oversized outline, this mini shift dress is whipped up from recycled-polyester shell that’s slightly gathered at one side.

100% pure-cashmere gloves will make a luxurious addition to anyone’s Winter wardrobe. Super-soft to touch, they are incredibly lightweight, yet wonderfully cosy. In a warm oatmeal shade, they simply go with everything, well what more would you expect from The White Company?

Fancy adding a little glamour to your life when you wake up on Christmas Morn ? OK so maybe you won’t be waking up in the luxury of one of Soho House’s establishments around the world, but bring a little bit of Soho Home class to your own Christmas with this Set which includes a 375ml bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne and Two Barwell crystal coupes. The Crystal flutes have a weighty feel and a highly polished brilliance with Each glass hand finished.

This piece from Somerset by Alice Temperley exclusively at John Lewis reveals a playful textured star on the reverse.

The jacket combines soft leather and suede textures to deliver a premium finish. Stitching detail and quilting on the arms and shoulders will add edge to your looks.

This Acne Studios’ scarf is a skinnier version of the bestselling ‘Canada’ style. It’s been made in Italy from warm black wool with swishy fringing at each end. You’ll want to wear it with smart tailored coats, and oversized ones too, something you’ll want to steal rather than vice versa.

Acqua di Parma celebrates the Holiday Season with artist Gio Pastori. For the first time, are launching a lavish Advent Calendar as part of their 2019 Christmas collection. Inviting you to fully immerse yourself into the Maison in all its facets; from Colonia to Blu Mediterraneo to Home Collection, from Barbiere to the new Signatures of the Sun & Le Nobili, a surprise awaits you behind each door as you countdown to Christmas day, and is available exclusively in Harrods for £325.

Mulberry has just launched the Portobello Tote, its first 100% sustainable leather bag. Made entirely in the UK, at Mulberry’s carbon-neutral Somerset factories, the bag uses Heavy Grain leather from a gold-rated tannery and the material is a by-product of food production. This gold standard rating has been awarded by the internationally recognised Leather Working Group based on the environmental operations and output of the tannery.

Now for something for the Bitch in your life and treat your pet pooch to their new favourite snoozing spot with our luxurious padded dog bed. Made in the UK, the whole collection is filled with 100% recycled fibre, made from plastic bottles. The bottles are shredded, cleansed and heated to form a fibre, which produces a luxurious super soft thermal filling for the pet bedding.

 

This Rotary ladies bracelet features a exceptional quartz movement. This elegant ladies watch has a stone set textured rose gold dial, which combines with a rose gold bracelet. This watch is Water Resistant so you can swim and dive all day, if you fancy a swim on Christmas Day ?!?

Treat yourself to the matchless warmth and cloudy softness of cashmere this season with this stars and stripes round neck jumper from M&S, yeah Jumpers for Christmas. Deep ribbed cuffs and hem for a neat, snug fit.

London-based jewellery label Amme describes itself as a bit of a ‘sentimentalist’ — and what’s more sentimental than wearing something meaningful? Plated in gold, this sterling silver necklace is designed with a dainty chain that’s fitted with a locket — so you can keep a precious memory inside.

Christmas Gift Guides – Grooming Inspiration 🎅🏻

As I believe is was good ole Cliff put it, “A time for giving, a time for getting, A time for forgiving and for forgetting. Christmas is love, Christmas is peace, A time for hating and fighting to cease”. Or was it me after a couple of baileys coffees ? Anyway, with, “With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree. A time to rejoice in the good that we see”. And with that in mind we bring you a literal feast in grooming gift ideas for you, whether gifting for yourself or for others, you can’t fail to find something you’ll like.

K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum for Men. This is the latest and the biggest launch from D&G this year, which has been created to capture the essence of a man who is King in his everyday life making it the ideal gift for a father, brother, husband or boyfriend. The fragrance has notes of Blood Orange, Clary Sage & Patchouli creating an energetic masculine infused scent. Each handcrafted cap is uniquely overlaid with particles of 24-carat gold.

With this generously sized travel pouch, Ted Baker have packed in all the essentials for a thoroughly decent scrub, including a Face Cloth and a Comb in a Pouch, properly paired with a set of Hair & Body Washes, Body Sprays and Cleansing Bars in two distinctive new fragrances. Take your pick from Graphite Black or Cashmere Gold.

After months of research and development, Skin Republic launched a collection targeting men’s specific skin concerns; from cleansing and exfoliating to hydrating and anti-aging. mess free and can be used anywhere. The mask comes in two sections: one for the top and another for the bottom of the face. This works well for those with beards as it can be placed over the top, and is also great as a post-shave treatment. It’s also perfect for men who are concerned about tired, dry skin and the onset of wrinkles, as it contains wrinkle-fighting CoQ10, vitamin E and smoothing vitamin C – it cools and hydrates skin so after just 20 minutes your face will feel refreshed and reborn!

The travel set from Harry’s contains a limited edition Winter Winston, travel cover, travel sized shave gel, post shave balm and a wash bag. The travel set also includes a miniature shower gel, which is a new product launch for the brand and The Winston handle can be engraved with 3 initials, perfect for a more personalised gift.

 

This Men Grooming Kit from Boots’ No7 range is a practical and stylish grooming kit containing 4 manicure tools, nail clippers, nail scissors, tweezers and a nail file.

EXCLUSIVE AT MR PORTER. An ode to Oud, TOM FORD BEAUTY’s box set make a great introduction to the designer’s famed fragrance. The original and iconic Oud Wood Eau de Parfum has a smoky, spiced aroma laced with Amber, Tonka Bean and Vetiver. It contains The Shower Gel. The Deodorant Stick, the Body Moisturizer and a Hydrating Lip Balm.

 

Jo Malone London’s Christmas cracker set is a considered way to kick off the festive season. It includes cologne, body and hand wash and moisturiser all infused with the brand’s signature scents.

Braun – All-in-one ‘Ultimate Control’ Multi Grooming Kit has 13 length settings with only 4 combs for a range of different beard and hair styles. 9-in-1 kit includes face and beard trimmer, hair trimmer, body groomer, ear and nose trimmer, clean shave razor. Autosensing motor ensuring constant cutting speed for an efficient trim even through dense and long beards. Plus a free Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide razor with Flexball technology for clean shaving on neck and face.

 

 

Do the right thing this Christmas and make ethical choices

To mark its official launch this December, the Conscious Fashion Campaign (CFC) commits to actively support the upcoming Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development. CFC plans to engage the leading fashion industry events to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engages global industry events to commit to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative champions fashion as an influential sector to address the world’s most pressing issues and lead a future that leaves no one behind. The campaign is dedicated to driving change through advocacy, education and engagement of industry stakeholders to create a sustainable future for all.

These SDGs are 17 goals which act as a roadmap to building a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a blueprint for all sectors of society to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Despite being drawn up by the United Nations, the 17 SDGs are for everyone to engage with. Stakeholders are encouraged to pick just a few that they align with and can champion.

The CFC was founded by social impact entrepreneur Kerry Bannigan, who hopes to minimise the funding gap of £2 trillion for the SDGs, CFC was created to overcome the divide between leaders from the fashion industry and the SDGs. The initiative, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), champions fashion as an influential industry to address the world’s most pressing issues by driving change through advocacy, education and the engagement of industry stakeholders to create a sustainable future for all.

“Following a one-year pilot phase to discover what the fashion industry understood about the SDGs and what else could be implemented, the CFC immersed itself into the retail event sector, and specifically trade shows to connect with brands and retailers at the beginning of the buying cycle. With partnerships in the USA, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands and China with names including Coterie, Project and Magic, Neonyt, Pure London, Who’s Next Paris, and Kingpins, we have already introduced the SDGs to over 96,000 retailers and buyers representing 87 countries. The CFC is delighted to have aligned with 460 conscious fashion brands, and engaged with global brands, including representatives from GAP, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, G Star RAW, Target, American Eagle, Madewell, DKNY and Marks and Spencer to learn what fashion companies are doing to align with the SDGs”.– Kerry Bannigan, Founder, CFC

During the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York this September, CFC co-hosted a reception with the objective of achieving a better and more sustainable future for us all, the SDGs address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The fashion industry heavily impacts on most, if not all of these challenges.