2018 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

2018 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

It’s not long to go now until the big day! Christmas is my favourite time of year and I love spoiling my friends and family but finding the perfect gift is never easy. I’ve rounded up some of my Christmas gift ideas for him & her.

THE FRAGRANCE SHOP

You can’t go wrong with the gift of fragrance at Christmas. The Fragrance Shop have a huge selection of gifts perfect for your loved ones. The Scent Addict is a travel size atomiser filled with a 30 day supply of your chosen fragrance. You can choose from over 50 different brands such as YSL, Diesel and Armani for only £12 a month.  It then gets delivered straight to your door which is so convenient. Perfect for any fragrance lover who loves to discover new scents.

FAT FACE 

Fat Face have a great selection of Christmas gifts for all the family. The knitwear is such great quality, below I have featured two cashmere blend jumpers. For women there is the Sophie Textured Block Jumper £45 and for Men the Chichester Crew Neck Jumper £55.

They also have so many good stocking fillers, these would be great for Secret Santa presents too. From the eye mask and pillow mist gift set (£15) to the scented candle gift set (£15) there is loads to choose from.

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BOLIN WEBB

Bolin Webb are a luxury grooming brand who do some really cool and unique grooming products. I have picked out the R1 Mach3 razor it comes in many different colours but I went for Red as it is one of my favourite colours. The one I chose is £55 but they can go up to £350 use this link to check out their selection. Bolin Webb

The razors are sleek and inspired by the flawless paintwork and finish of a classic British car. All men have a razor in their wash bag so why not make it a special one. You can also add accessoires too, the stand is £30 and for his travels add a travel case for £25.

SACHAJUAN

Why not give the gift of great hair! Sachajuan are a Swedish brand that create salon quality products to use at home. I have been using their products for a while now and I absolutely love them. They have some great gift sets for Christmas and there is one for every hair type, perfect for both male and female. The gift set contains 3 full size products and come in a nice wash bag. They are priced at £65.

PHILLIPS

I find that Christmas is the perfect time of the year to give electrical goods. You ask for the things you want as well as things you need. First up is the Phillips Sonicare rechargeable electric toothbrush (£60). It has so many good functions like the smart timer which gives you the 2 minutes brushing time recommended by dentists. The battery lasts up to 2 weeks and it removes up to x7 more plaque vs. a manual toothbrush.

For her there is the SatinShave Essential Electric shaver. It is cordless and can be used both wet and dry. It is rechargeable with 1 hour usage time and has a battery indicator when its low or fully charged. It is priced at £54.

AMERICAN CREW 

American Crew is one my favourite brands I use when it comes to styling my hair. They have such a good selection of products that enable you to style your hair in different ways. Everyone loves a nice gift set on Christmas day and this limited edition forming cream duo set is perfect. Most men struggle using so many different products so the 3-IN-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash is quick and easy to use. The forming cream works well for all types of hair and gives you a medium hold with a slight shine. It also makes the hair look thicker which most men want. You can pick this up for around £20.

INSTAX MINI

The Instax cameras make such a good gift! I find it is something you wouldn’t necessarily buy yourself however you would use it alot. It’s always great fun taking instant pictures and looking back on memories. If you’re running out of gift ideas I would definitely recommend one of these. They are priced at £64.99 and you can buy lots of different films and accessories for them.

REN SKINCARE

Luxury beauty gift sets always make the perfect present, who doesn’t love self care?! REN skincare are a natural clean beauty brand and most of their products are vegan.  This is the ‘LOVE’ gift set which includes two products from the brand’s Moroccan Rose bath and body range made from 100% natural rose oil. The set comes in a limited edition gift box designed in collaboration with Kikki K.

HARLEY ACADEMY CLINICS

HARLEY ACADEMY CLINICS

 

I have always thought about getting Botox as it seems to be so common these days but I never thought I would have the courage to go through with it. I was contacted by Harley Clinics and Joelle was so informative regarding the treatment which made me so at ease about booking my appointment with them.
We all have our insecurities and I am no different; especially as I am always in front of the camera. I think people just assume because I take so many photos of myself and blog about my life that I don’t have any insecurities. A lot of people would hide it or be ashamed to tell anyone but I don’t see why you should. This treatment does wear off eventually so it is not permanent but for me it has made me feel a lot more confident in myself.
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On arrival I was greeted by the lovely Joelle who took me in to have my consultation with Dr Tristan Mehta. The Doctor talked me through the treatment making sure I was happy to proceed.  I had botulinum toxin (aka ‘Botox’) from Bocouture by the farmaceutical company Merz Aesthetics. I just had a standard dose for the 3 areas. I originally was supposed to get botox in my forehead but I ended up getting a small amount around my eyes and just above my lip. Do not be worried about the needles either they are tiny and when they are injecting you it will feel like a pin prick..
You can read more in this Interesting article about ‘Botox’: Botox-vs-Fillers
Prices:
£120 for up to 3 areas of ‘Botox’ outside of London and £150 for up to 3 areas of ‘Botox’ in London.
£120 for 1ml of dermal filler outside of London and £150 for 1ml of dermal filler in London.
They have clinics in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Stockton-on-Tees.

Website: Harley Academy ClinicsFollow Harley Academy Clinics Here

I will definitely be revisiting Harley Academy Clinics for some more treatment this year. Feel free to ask me any questions regarding the treatment and clinic.

 

 

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS 

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS 

So today’s post is all about my travel essentials which I will always take away with me. As we know we are only allowed liquids under 100ml in our travel luggage and generally I only have travel luggage on city breaks.

Everything is just as important in my grooming routine and when I go away it’s no different.

Hair:

Firstly to style my hair into place I need a good hair dryer. I know most hotels have them but let’s face it they can be cheap with no power and the last thing I want is rubbish hair. I always take my ghd travel hairdryer with me. It’s perfect and folds away nicely. You can pick one up for under £60 it’s worth the investment. This would also make a great Christmas gift.


Travel size Got2b Schwarzkopf blasting freeze spray. No matter where you go &I no matter what the weather is like this stuff is holding your hair in place. It does exactly what it says freezes the hair. You don’t need to use that much and for me the smaller one is actually easier to style my hair with. This will be available at most airports if you do forget but your best buying this from Superdrug or one of the big supermarkets to save money.


I mainly use the hairspray to style my hair but in order to always keep the side of my hair and any baby hair in place I use a small amount of American crew fiber. If you like the naturally look then this fiber is the best out there.


Sachajuan shampoo and conditioner are the best out there. As I am always using products to style my hair I need something to wash it out but also keeping it in good condition and stopping it getting damaged. Sachajuan won awards this year at the GQ grooming awards so that tells you this is a great product and brand. They retail for £11 each but it’s definitely worth it. Your hair will feel so smooth and refreshed.

Fragrance:

For a city break you don’t need loads of fragrances so I just take my favourite one which is a 100ml. I love this fragrance from gentlemen’s tonic it’s called Sinsa and retails around £100.  If you have not tried it you definitely should!


Eyes:

When you travel or go on city breaks we are forever trying to fit everything in. This means late nights and early mornings so you can end up looking tired but I use the below products to help wake my eyes up. The Optrex sparkling eyes gives your eyes that glow I use 2 small drops in the morning in each eye. The next product is great I use it everyday to be honest. The bulldog eye roller just roll this under each eye and helps get rid of the tired puffy eyes and wakes your eyes up. What I do with both these products is store them in the fridge or at the hotel the mini bar.


Skin:

I don’t always use this when I’m away but just in case I want to treat myself to a face mask I use the Blaq face mask. It’s easy to use just apply wait 20 minutes and peel off. It’s gives you a deep clean and you can see the black heads it has pulled out. Retails for £14.99

La Roche Posay Effaclar duo this moisturiser has been life changing. I’ve spent years searching for the right product for my sensitive skin and since using this I have not changed. The Effaclar duo comes with me everywhere and is always apply every morning or after every shower. This retails at around £12. Our moisturiser is key to great skin! We all want to stay looking young and spot free don’t we?

Teeth:

Everyone brushes their teeth (I hope) so choice of toothpaste is important for me. I like to look after my teeth and want them nice and white but also fresh breath. I use the travel sized Arm & Hammer advanced whitening. It’s a great product and really does keep my teeth looking white. 

Body:

I don’t actually have a favourite shower gel at the moment so it’s a case of buy on the go for this so if anyone has some good ones to use under 100ml please let me know.

After showering or having a bath it’s so important to moisturise our body. A lot of people forget to do this and just moisturise their face. I use gentlemen’s tonic travel sized body moisturiser. You only need a small amount and it will cover most of your body. This actually comes in a travel kit for £29.99 this would be a nice Christmas gift.


The last product I take is my BaBylis beard trimmer. We always need one to have that quick trim to make us look that little bit sharper. I currently use the babyliss trimmer. It’s easy to use and has multiple grades without having to change heads. It’s only £24.99 in Superdrug and you can find this in Argos. It’s honestly one of the best ones I’ve used.


If you guys have any questions or feedback please let me know!

BULLDOG SKIN CARE

BULLDOG SKIN CARE

All of bulldogs products are purpose built for men and contain some really good natural ingredients. 

Bulldog has a variety of products targeting all different skin types so don’t worry if you have oily skin or sensitive skin these guys will have something that’s right for you. 

I have tried and tested a number of their products for myself and went for the oil range as my skin, especially the T zone can be oily. 

Oil control moisturiser 100ml £6

This moisturiser is non greasy and it helps matify and improve skin texture. For me this was great as I don’t like thick heavy moisturisers. I use this every morning on my face, it’s important to get into a routine to help your skin. 

Oil control face scrub 125ml £5 

I used the face scrub every other day to get rid of dead skin it’s really important to exfoliate but you don’t want to overdo it as it can be bad for your skin. This Bulldog scrub is formulated with charcoal to help exfoliate. 

Oil control face wash 150ml £4.50

I used this morning and night and could really see the difference in my skin if I used the scrub I wouldn’t use this wash at night. It feels light on the face and perfect for a quick wash. Like the others it contains hazel, willow bark and juniper.

Oil control blemish targeter 15ml £6 

This is great little product to stop those blemishes. If you have any blemishes then put this on at night and let it work it’s magic. It helps fight the blemishes and leaves your skin spot free! I always take this on my travels. Remember you only need to use a tiny amount each time. 

Original Eye Roller 15ml £9.99

This is my pick of the bunch absolutely love this product. If like me you are always busy or forever using your phone, iPad and laptop then this is perfect to wake your eyes up. I keep mine in the fridge and use every morning and if I need to before a night out. The cooling roller ball dispenser makes it easy to apply under the eye. I take this away on trips or overnight stays it’s one of my must items in my grooming bag. 

BLAQ MASK TUBE

BLAQ MASK TUBE

I kept seeing charcoal masks all over social media and really wanted to try one myself. I had seen a few other bloggers using the brand BLAQ  and the packaging looked really cool so I ordered the mask tube. This mask targets toxins and draws on impurities. You can get 1 60ml tube for £14 which is very reasonable. You only need to use this a couple of times a week and it’s simple to use. I usually just use this on my T zone but you can put on the whole face but avoid areas with hair. Just leave it on for 15-20 minutes until all dry then simply peel off and you can visibly see the blackheads as disgusting as it sounds that’s what we want to see! I love the fact it’s a smaller tube as for someone who travels a lot I can take this where ever I go. 

Look out for future posts on BLAQ products from me. Shop the mask tube below and let me know what you think. 

Also give them a follow on Instagram @blaq.mask and see my post on my Instagram @finnerz321

https://blaq.co/

DERMOT O’LEARY FRAGRANCE 

DERMOT O’LEARY FRAGRANCE 

Dermot O’Leary has recently launched two fragrances available exclusively in M&S.

I was lucky enough to attend the fragrance launch at the Ned hotel in London. It was great to meet Dermot & let me say he is the nicest guy exactly what you see on TV really down to earth. He spoke about the fragrances and how long he has spent helping create them. It’s great to see Dermot’s enthusiasm when speaking about his products. 

One fragrance is for the day and one for the evening. The day time frangrance consists of Bergamot & Basil this has a citrus twist & undertones of amber. It’s perfect for everyday use. The night time scent is Vetiver & Cedarwood and personally my favourite I have been using this fragrance when going out for meals/ drinks in the evening. Both fragrances are such a bargain at only £22 each for 100ml!! The packaging and bottles both look high end so the price will surprise a lot of people.

Links are below to purchase both fragrances I hope you like them as much as me and let me know your favourite.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/beauty/24hr-dermot?OmnitureRedirect=Dermot+o+Leary

 

LA ROCHE-POSAY

LA ROCHE-POSAY


About

La Roche-Posay is committed to making dermatological skin care accessible to those who need it, by partnering with dermatologists from the development to the recommendation of our skin care products. They are committed to offering highly effective products that can be tolerated by even sensitive skin to improve the quality of life of anyone with skin concerns, from acne to aging, and to help spread the word on sun safety through high quality sunscreen and skin cancer awareness messaging.

Searching for The Right Skin Care

We all know how hard it can be finding the right skin care routine and for me it is no different. It’s taken me years to find the right product for my skin. My skin has always been really sensitive and I have always suffered from break outs and bad skin. I find a lot of moisturisers are to thick or use excessive ingredients which make my skin react. I heard a lot about the La Roche-Posay range through social media so thought why not give this a go. I started off with the Effaclar duo 40ml £15.99 and the Effaclar purifying cleansing gel £11.99. Since using this brand I have never changed and my skin has improved so much it’s incredible. Having clear healthy looking skin has boosted my confidence so much and for me personally feel so much happier.

I was lucky enough to attend the launch night hosted by The Dowal Walker Agency Showing off the new La Roche-Posay range. It was an amazing event and was great to learn more about the product I am using and to see new products that can help improve my skin all over.

My Daily Skin Routine

Effaclar Duo 40 ml

I use this everyday in the morning without fail as my daily moisturiser  this visibly reduces all types of acne blemishes and penetrates deep into pores to clear even stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. You do not need to use much and its very light on the skin. It is also a small tube so you can easily carry this around if needed. They now have a new range with spf30 ANTII-UV.

Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel 200ml

This is for men and women who have combination, oily, and acne-prone skin. It is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and is soap free with no parabens. I use this gel in the shower both morning and night.


Toleraine Ultra Eye Contour 20 ml
Soothes intensely and durably sensitive eye-contour, anti-discomfort and anti-puffiness care.This is another product from their new range that I have recently started using. If like me you are constantly working on computers/laptops and using your phone regularly then this is for you. My eyes are always dry or hurting so I use this extra sensitive cream to help my eyes. I use this once a day every morning around my eyes.


Toleraine Ultra Overnight 40ml

Intensely hydrates and soothes the feel of skin. Night after night, skin’s sensitivity feels reduced to relieve skin from discomforts every morning. A lot of people do not realise our skin repairs itself at night that is why it is important to help the skin. Every night just before bed I apply a thin layer of this product on my face.


Lipikar Baume AP + 400ml

This product provides 48h of soothing and protecting hydration. Even for the most sensitive skin. Everyone in the family can use this even babies. When showering my skin can become dry so this product is perfect to make my skin nice and smooth. If like me you also love tattoos I have found this product is amazing to stop the skin cracking. As many of the La Roche-Posay products target eczema. Itt has helped my tattoo healing process.


To shop any of these products I use or to look into other’s that might be suitable for you just use link below. You can also find the the La Roche-Posay range in Superdrug. I highly recommend using any La Roche-Posay products and I can promise you that you will love it like I do.

https://www.laroche-posay.co.uk/

Also give them a follow on Instagram @larocheposayuki 


 

miraDry+Smooth Treatment

miraDry+Smooth Treatment

Hi Guys,

If you follow me on Instagram  @finnerz321 you would have seen my story capturing moments of my recent treatment on Wednesday 16th called miraDry+ at the revere clinic based in Northwood.

miraDry+  is a new, safe, clinically proven, FDA-cleared solution.  This is a sweat busting advanced treatment with a triple action procedure which PERMANENTLY eliminates underarm sweat, odour and reduces underarm hair. This means no more embarrassing sweat patches and no need to use antiperspirants. It only takes one treatment!!! so this was perfect for me. As a regular gym user and always rushing around from place to place I hated ever getting sweat patches, now I will be completely free and can wear what I want without being self-conscious. I am not an excessive sweater I chose to do this because personally I just hate having sweat patches and constantly having to use antiperspirants.

How does it work?

Using precisely controlled electromagnetic energy, the quick non-invasive procedure is customised for each patient’s underarm based on where their sweat glands reside. During the treatment, to ensure maximum results, a slight suction action brings the skin and glands closer to the surface and miraWave energy is delivered directly to the sweat glands. The energy targets the interface between the skin and underlying fat, heating the sweat glands and eliminating them for good, while a cooling fluid flows through the device, protecting the epidermis from excess heating.

My Experience

Let me just say the guys at the Revere clinic are amazing and so friendly. The revere clinic is also really nice inside very high-end feel to it. Make sure when you go to have this treatment you shave your underarms the night before if you do it on the day they will be more sensitive. I arrived at 2pm and started off with a one to one with the doctor going trough any concerns I had and running me through the treatment. Once I was ready I went to a private room where they applied cream to each underarm. The cream had to settle for about 20 minutes during this time I watched some netflix relaxing on the bed. They then had to insert the anesthetic this is the worst part of the treatment. They have to do this to numb each underarm but don’t worry it’s over in minutes just a few pricks each side. Once I was unable to feel the needle and both underarms where completely numb they could start the miraDry treatment. The treatment itself does not hurt at all you cannot feel a thing. Think of hoover against your skin that is what it is like but obviously you cannot feel it. The small pump is a like a suction and basically acts like a microwave burning your sweat glands away. Each side takes about 25 minutes and you can just lay back and watch TV while having this done. Once done they will give you an ice packs to help stop the swelling.

I was out of the clinic by about 16:30 so was there for just over 2 hours. I was fine to drive home but the Dr did advise once the anesthetic had worn off (usually 2 hours after treatment) the first 24 hours are the worst. She told me to expect a burning sensation a bit like sun burn but I can honestly say it was fine. It was not bad at all I actually slept really well. I just kept placing the ice packs under my arms through out the evening. Exect slight bruising and swelling for 1-2 weeks.

I think this treatment will be huge I follow a lot of bloggers & z list celebs who regularly use botox for their underarms but that only gets rid of the sweat for a limited time. Botox in the underarm does not get rid of the odour and you have to go back every 3-6 months for a top up to stop the sweat. Why do that when you can have a one-off treatment and be sweat & odour free for good!

Feel free to contact me with any questions and have a read of the doctors write up below.

 

Dr Sach Mohan, Cosmetic Physician at the Revere Clinic:

It’s commonly misunderstood that the purpose of sweating is to “flush out toxins”, but actually sweat is 99% water with a bit of salt, urea and protein thrown in – sweating doesn’t detoxify the body, the liver and kidney do. Instead, our sweat’s function is to cool us down and stop us from overheating. Depending on genetics, humans have between 2-5 million sweat glands in total. We have two types of sweat gland, eccrine and apocrine – the former are densest on our hands, feet and head, and are a primary method of cooling. The latter, apocrine sweat glands, are responsible for body odour as they release a thicker, fattier form of sweat which odour-causing bacteria feed on, and are not important for cooling in humans. These are primarily located in our armpits and genital area.

miraDry targets both types of glands, to stop both wetness and odour. As the armpits are responsible for a very small proportion of our temperature regulation, eliminating these glands doesn’t cause any interference with our body’s ability to cool itself down. You won’t experience extra sweating elsewhere – again, the function of sweating is simply to cool our bodies and the armpits aren’t important for this.

Now to your first question! There are numerous reasons why someone without hyperhidrosis may prefer a permanent solution like miraDry to a temporary solution like deodorant or antiperspirant. For example, the average person uses 254 cans of deodorant in their lifetime. That’s a lot of chemicals, a lot of expenditure and a lot of inconvenience over the course of a lifetime, and the safety of certain ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants, such as aluminium and parabens, have been called into question.

miraDry can liberate even moderate sweaters from the cycle of deodorant or antiperspirant use, leaving you free to engage in whichever activities you choose without worrying about body odour, wet patches or the health and environmental impact of a lifetime’s deodorant use.

Cost of treatment £1,496 treatment is available at selected areas

follow @miradryuk & @reverclinics on Instagram

Revere Clinics, William Old Centre, Ducks Hill Road, Northwood, HA6 2NP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK FIX FACIALS 

QUICK FIX FACIALS 

Purifying Charcoal mask 

This one is personally my favourite the active charcoal is rich in minerals and helps clear deep pores and frees the skin from toxins and imperfections. It also contains dragon fruit rich in vitamin C. 


Anti Blemish Mud Mask 

Do you suffer from oily and blemish prone skin? If yes try this one. I find my forehead is always oily so I like to use this product for that area. People think a face mask you have to use it all over but you don’t. Just target the areas you need to with the right product. The green clay and Kaolin in this facial helps cleans the skin and draws out impurities it also revitalises the skin.


Calming Clay Mask 

If you have skin that is sensitive or prone to redness then try this. This product has oatmeal, aloe vera, chamomile extract and rose extract. All of them of them help to reduce skin inflammation. They smooth and calm the skin and provide moisture.


Link below to shop also sold in boots, tesco and Sainsbury’s. You can buy each for £4.99 or usually they do deals 3 for £10 which is great 

http://quickfixfacials.com/shop/

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