I love a good gift guide and with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday 18th June, I hope this will come in handy. As with all of my gift guides, I’ve included prezzies to suit all budgets and interests. Some Dad’s

1. Pitt Cue Co. – The Cookbook – £17.00 – If your Dad is always next to the BBQ on sunny afternoons, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. My foodie boyfriend adores Pitt Cue Co as a restaurant and this book really does bring their quality to your kitchen (or garden!). If you’ve left shopping to the last minute, you can make the most of Amazon’s Prime delivery too. 

2. Clinique For Men, Age Repair Set – £32.00 – I swear by Clinique or Clarins for men – they both do what they say they will and look great in the bathroom. This Age Repair set would be a great gift for new Dad’s and slightly older Dad’s. 

3. Sipsmith London Dry Gin Gift Box – £28.00 – Gin is now the most popular alcoholic drink in the UK – it’s even overtaken beer! Sipsmith gin is a great option and the gift box adds a little bit of extra occasion. 

4. GANT Summer Polo Shirt – £60.00 – Buying clothes for men can be a bit hit and miss but if you know your Dad’s favourite brands, you can’t go too far wrong. This GANT polo shirt is a pretty universal option, comes in lots of colours and you know you’re going to be getting good quality. Just make sure to get a gift receipt if you have a guess with the sizing! 

5. Penderyn Welsh Single Malt Whisky – £35.00 – If your Father isn’t a gin man – and mine isn’t – how about a good bottle of whisky? I know a bottle of Penderyn goes down a treat with my Dad, but why not mix it up and opt for one he’s not used to. I can vouch for this being a total crowd pleaser.

6. Nespresso Pixie – £149.99 – I bought my Dad a Nespresso machine for his birthday this year and it’s possibly the best thing I’ve ever got him. Nespresso have a great range of coffee machines so whatever your budget, they’ll have an option for you. Every machine comes with a selection of coffee pods so collectively it’s a really well-rounded gift.

7. M&S Shoe Care Kit – £15.00 – A bit of self-care goes a long way and for £15.00, this shoe care kit is a fab gift. A good shoe polish and brush are staples for many men so why not revamp your Dad’s stash with this purpose made kit?

8. Chanel, Bleu De Chanel Eau Du Parfum – £87.00 – For a well-groomed man you really are onto a winner with a good bottle of aftershave and Chanel is fool proof – I don’t think they’ve ever brought out a bad fragrance. Bleu de Chanel is a timeless scent and wears well on all ages. If you don’t want to spent quite this much, check out the Eau du Toilette version – same scent but slightly less concentrated.

9. The Ladybird Book of ‘The Midlife Crisis’ – £3.00 – If you’re yet to get your Dad one of the Ladybird books for a birthday or Christmas, then you absolutely must pick one up for Father’s Day. Turning classics into pages of sarcastic fun, these are not to be missed and whose Dad hasn’t been guilty of a midlife crisis moment every now and again?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I finally went to an American Sephora and it was heaven on earth. I got lost in the aisles of skincare, makeup and all things beauty for more than an hour. It was bliss. I somehow managed not to go too OTT but have fallen in love with everything I picked up. Here’s a walkthrough of everything I bought – enjoy!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you make of them in the comments.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Unless a hair product is truly spectacular, I very rarely purchase the same thing twice. Whilst I normally pick up whatever’s on offer or labelled ‘new’, I’ve recently developed a surprising loyalty to three L’Oreal products and felt it was only right to share the love. Whether you’re a hair expert or a little lazier with your locks, these are the products I’ve been loving lately and why you need to try them too.  

L’Oreal Paris, Hair Expertise Pure Sleek Smoothing Mist & Heat Protection

I blow dry and straighten my hair multiple times a week but I’ve always thought of heat protection a bit like flossing – I know I should do it but I often forget. (Don’t judge me!) That said, this is a heat protection spray with a difference and whilst the product name is a total mouthful, it’s effects have kept me reaching for it time and time again. Protecting against frizzy hair as well as heat damage, this mist is a bumper 2-in-1 product. It’s lightweight and you only need a few spritzes on towel dry hair before blowdrying. For me, the end result is salon-like sleek hair with zero guilt about heat styling. I’ve actually stopped using a hair oil in favour of this and I see a noticeable difference if I forget to spritz before drying! 

L’Oreal Paris, Studio Pro ‘Curve It’ Curl Mousse

Getting my hair to hold any type of curl can be a bit of a nightmare but this mousse has seriously changed my hair game. A healthy amount of mousse on towel dried hair plus a fair bit of scrunching is the easiest way to create natural, gentle waves that hang about for most of the day. I like the buoyancy it gives my hair and the volume actually lasts and doesn’t fade as soon as you step outside! Mousses really aren’t normally my go-to products but this one has quickly found it’s way into my regular hair routine. I’d imagine this would be great for those lucky people with natural curls too! 

L’Oreal Paris, Elvive Fibrology Root-Lifting Dry Shampoo

Flat limp hair, be gone! Labelling this product as a pure dry shampoo would be doing it a serious disservice. How about a root-lifting, texturising, refreshing dry shampoo? Not quite as marketable but you get the idea. I wouldn’t say this is the best high street dry shampoo I’ve ever tried but it definitely does the job well. What makes this so special is actually it’s power to lift and invigorate hair from the root and I like that my hair looks fresh, healthy and shiny again not dull and matted like some similar products. I spray this at the roots, and use my finger tips to tease at the scalp and that’s really all you need to do. It’s great as a refresher on the go or as a ‘pick me up’ on a non-hair wash day. I absolutely won’t be without this product now.

So that’s it – three inexpensive hair products that actually work! I’d love to know what hair goodies you’ve been loving lately, and if you’ve tried these three let me know what you think of them too! 

Sincerely, Sarah xx

 
 

e.l.f Cosmetics seem to be everywhere I look at the moment and it’s bloody exciting! I’ve gone from having none of their collection to a rather healthy stash of products in about a month.

e.l.f pride themselves on offering luxury products at accessible prices. They’ve been around since 2004 in the States and are now a real household name and are stocked by the likes of Walgreens and Target. The products range from makeup to skincare and professional tools, and are all cruelty free. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It’s about to get better… Superdrug have announced that as of May 3rd, us Brits will be able to buy e.l.f from their website!!!! 

To whet your appetite for May 3rd, this is what my current e.l.f cosmetics collection looks like:

e.l.f Studio Matte Shadow, Brow & Liner palette
This is definitely a star product for me, so if you’re unsure where to start in there range then look no further. I’m a firm believer in the power of good brows and this palette offers so much choice, it’s impossible not to get on with. The formula of the powder is great, it’s not chalky at all, just highly pigmented and totally matte – nobody wants shimmery brows! The palette gives you great eyeshadow options too and the darker shades are lovely liners when applied with a hard angle or smudge brush… triple threat product alert! 

e.l.f Studio Bronzer in Golden Bronze
As a pale girl, I adore a multi-toned bronzer because it doesn’t commit me to a super tanned look straight from the off. The bronzing powder itself is creamy and not too shimmery but it does give your face dimension and a good glow. Unless you’re a highlighting addict, I’d go as far as saying you could skip your highlighter if you’re using this – 2 in 1! 

e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer in ‘Erase & Conceal’
Colour correcting can be a bit of a mind field and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, which is exactly why I think this is must-have palette! You get four correctors in one compact so you can actually play about and find what works for you on different parts of your face. Cheaper creamy products for the eye area can be hit and miss but these are lightweight and sit comfortably on the skin and under cream, liquid and powder makeup. 

e.l.f Essential Lip Stain in ‘Berry’ and ‘Cherry’
I picked these up at Walmart for $2 each: bargain! I get on extremely well with the pen-like applicator, really like the fuss-free packaging and the staying power is rather impressive too. If you’re after a low maintenance lip product, try these – you don’t have to commit to regular top-ups and the shades are really vibrant and gorgeous.

e.l.f Studio Clay Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Smoked To Perfection’
I do love me a smokey eye and these purple toned metallic shadows are so pretty. I applaud e.l.f for including a double helping of the lightest shade; it’s always the first to go! Having a ‘makeup by numbers’ look in a palette is handy when you’re in a rush or feel a little less creative. The shadows are good, not great, but for a night out or a dinner the quality does what it needs to. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer as they can crease a little.

It’s safe to say my obsession with e.l.f will grow to monumental levels from next month but I refuse to feel guilty because the ratio of quality to price is so fantastic! I’d love to know your thoughts on this exciting beauty news. Are you an existing e.l.f fan or are you eagerly awaiting their UK arrival too? 

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Healthy, youthful looking skin is surely the look most of us are going for? A well-placed sweep of blush is an easy way of raising cheekbones, brightening the complexion and making your skin look more plumped. Here are my top picks for blushers to add to your collection for the spring and summer months:

Rimmel, Kate Sculpting Palette in Coral Glow – Everyone needs a peachy toned coral blush in their collection, especially for spring and summer. Peachy tones give a healthy flush to the face and keep a look natural and fresh. This Rimmel colour is perfectly matched to the bronze in the palette, has a very slight shimmer to it and is a great way to brighten your complexion. It’s great value for money too, as you get a fab highlight and bronzer all in one place.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Dixie –  Cream blushers are so versatile and Dixie is a fabulous shade for your cheeks and looks equally awesome on your lips. The formula is super pigmented and a little goes a really long way, so start gently and build it up if you want a stronger look. Illamasqua have a good range of shades and this formula is one you can’t ignore. It’s impossible not to love the dewy finish this gives to the skin too. 

Makeup Revolution, Sculpt & Contour Kit in C01 – This palette made my 2016 favourites and a big reason being the orangey, peach blush. In the pan the blush looks like a rich pink but actually on the skin it’s lot subtler, unless you really layer it on – both work well! I tend to use this colour on the apples of my cheeks only as the shimmer acts as a real injection of light. If you’re not sure on blush colours and want to have a bit of a play, the £3.50 price tag makes this a must-have palette. 

Clinique, Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Robust Rhubarb – Another cream blush you need in your collection – it’s travel friendly, the application is great and the staying power is even better. One of my bug bears with some cream blushers is the way they move your base makeup when you blend them but that never happens with this! Clinique have really got the formula spot on, it’s the right side of creamy without compromising on the colour payoff.  Robust Rhubarb is another coral but is more sheer and natural than Dixie. 

Dr Paw Paw, Tinted Peach Pink Balm* – Dr Paw Paw is one of my go-to balms, it’s hydrating and really balmy and not at all greasy. The range also includes this peach pink balm as well as a red one, and they’re really multifunctional products – think lips, cheeks and even on your eyelids! This is my favourite blush for top-ups throughout the day so pop it in your bag and reach for it when you need a little ‘pick me up’. 

NARS Blush in Orgasm – It’s impossible to round up spring/summer blushes and leave this one out! A pink blush with a beautiful golden shimmer, NARS Orgasm is an absolute cult classic. If you’re going to get one blush, get this – it’s a sure fire way to brighten up any look and the golden shimmer acts as a gorgeous highlight to further lift the look of the skin. I’m yet to find a person who doesn’t love this blush, so if you haven’t given it a shot before, make your way to your nearest NARS counter pronto! 

I hope this round up has helped you explore some new blush colours for spring/summer. Let me know what you think in the comments and which of these you already have and love.

Sincerely, Sarah xx