Elemis – The Gym Kit Collection for him

The Gym Kit Collection for him

Aaaah…. Summertime…. For most of us this means high days and holidays, ice cream, sunshine, etc. In this household it also means, gulp, …..birthdays. So, this means my partner and I spend a lot of time spent scratching our heads trying to work out what to buy each other and shooing away the headache that this inevitably induces. After a lot of deliberation, this year I opted for The Gym Kit Collection by Elemis.

It seemed like a good choice, given the variety of products contained in the gift set and the added bonus of a gym bag. My partner was pleased with his birthday gift and said that it did in fact contain everything he needs for the gym and that it could also be used for other outings, such as going for a weekend away.

The first thing I noticed when the box was opened was a very strong and rather nice herbal scent – which turned out to be the Aching Muscle Super Soak. I must admit that I was so curious about the bath soak that the day after I gave the Gym Kit to my partner, I ran myself a bath with it – am delighted to report that the end result was very smooth skin that smelt vaguely like eucalyptus for a good few hours afterwards and a slightly angry other half.

The Gym Kit Collection for him

The Gym Kit Collection for him by Elemis contains:

  • Deep Cleanse Facial Wash / 50ml
  • Anti-Fatigue Day Cream / 20ml
  • Revitalise-Me Shower Gel / 200ml
  • Aching Muscle Super Soak / 125ml
  • Instant Refreshing Gel / 20ml
  • ELEMIS Gym Bag

My partner says that he especially likes using the facial wash & day cream as they have improved the appearance of his skin, even after just a couple of uses. It is worth noting that the picture on the box does not represent the bag accurately as it is in fact a lot larger than it appears on the photo – it measures approx. 20 x 35 cm

It is available here.

Derma V10 Deep Cleaning Nose Strips

Well, here we have another Sunday where the weather is not quite fit to do anything outdoorsy. To be honest this doesn’t bother us much as it gives us the opportunity to laze around in our pyjamas watching Netflix and catch up on our pampering. One of the many products we  like to use on these occasions is Derma V10 Deep Cleaning Nose Strips.

Derma V10 Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips

If you follow the instructions on the back of the packet they are really easy to use. In a nutshell: 1- wet nose, 2 – apply strip to nose, leave for 10-15 minutes, 3 – peel it off nose and then gaze in awe at how much gunk has just been extracted from your pores. I thought about posting before and after photos, but decided I would spare my readers – I do believe there are parts of the internet dedicated to that sort of thing if that’s what floats your boat.

We tend to use these about once a week, after all, living in a city means our noses do need a bit of extra TLC. Our noses always look much better after using these, they don’t irritate the skin at all and as well as removing the gunk, the strips are also very effective at removing blackheads. They are available here.

Glasses Direct

Glasses Direct

 

I must admit I was a little dubious about this offer, the idea of two pairs of prescription glasses for £19 seemed far too good to be true, but after checking Glasses Direct’s returns policy and noting that I could return the glasses if I was unhappy with them for any reason, I thought what the heck? I’ll give it a whirl.

Am so glad I did, after carefully choosing my glasses (all the measurements are clearly posted and you can even virtually try them on), a few days later I received 2 rather delightful pairs of glasses complete with a hard case and cleaning cloth, all for £19 including postage!

The first pair, the Sapphie have very thin black lenses and the frame is very lightweight but at the same time, feels very sturdy. The design is perfect for those seeking a minimalist look and would suit most face shapes.

The second pair I chose is the Daisy in Matt Navy – described on the website as a cross between the  ubiquitous Wayfarer and Clubmaster styles, they are not only great value for money, but very trendy too! The navy blue colour is accurately portrayed on the Glasses Direct website and like the Sapphie have a lightweight, yet sturdy frame. I have received many compliments on these.

Glasses Direct have a wide range of frames and offer additional services including sunglasses, digital protection shields and light adaptive coatings on your lenses. After choosing the frames there is a click through menu that allows you to choose the lens type, e.g. bifocal or varifocal etc, and then selecting any additional extras, if required. Finally there is a form to enter your prescription details.

Glasses Direct also offer free home trials. Check them out here.

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion + Body Yogurt

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion & Body Yogurt

Don’t you just love when you receive free samples in the post? It’s such a great way to discover new products!

This package from Aveeno was especially generous as it contained two 10ml sample sachets. One for their Daily Moisturising Lotion and one for their Daily Moisturising Yogurt. After trying them out on two consecutive days, here are my thoughts:

Daily Moisturising Lotion – This fragrance free lotion has a light, fresh scent to it and absorbed into my skin with ease and provided good all round moisture that lasted all day. My skin also felt a little firmer after use.

Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt – This is richer, creamier formula that promises to keep skin moisturised for up to 48 hours, it really helped to rehydrate the skin on my lower legs which are prone to dryness and lived up to the 48 hour promise as I did not need to apply body lotion the next day.

Aveeno have an exciting range of moisturising products available for purchase here.

Kenzo World – Eau de Parfum

Kenzo World – Eau de Parfum

One of the great things about visiting the department stores on Oxford Street is that there are usually free product samples being given out, I think it is a great concept as it means I get to try things I wouldn’t ordinarily buy and quite often I discover great new products and end up purchasing them.

This is how I discovered Kenzo’s latest perfume, Kenzo World on a recent visit to House of Fraser. I was immediately struck by the attractive blue packaging and didn’t waste any time trying the scent out.

Upon the first spray I was hit by a slightly overbearing scent of fruits, which reminded me of Marc Jacob’s Decadence, but after this settled I was left with a much more subtle and slightly masculine floral scent. It wasn’t the longest lasting perfume I have ever tried but I managed to get a decent 6 hours out of it.

According to Kenzo, ‘this fragrance is an unprecedented blend of peony, jasmine and the sparkling crystals of ambroxan®’. It is available in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml and can be purchased here.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5

Even though it is designed for men, I was delighted to receive this razor in the post from Wilkinson Sword. In the belief that men’s razors are perfectly adequate (not to mention a lot cheaper!) to shave my legs and underarm areas, I have been using them for years. I had heard about Wilkinson’s new ‘hydrating gel reservoir’ and was curious about trying it out. This new technology replaces the ‘lube strip’ which has never really worked for me in the past – I have found that after the first couple of uses the lube strip has got soggy then melted away and I have ended up using shaving cream anyway. I have been using this razor for a month now and am pleased to report that so far the gel reservoir is still dispensing gel (when activated by water) and I have not needed to use any shaving cream yet. It also promises to deliver less than 40% friction than a lube strip and so far I have noted that the razor glides easily over my skin and does irritate my skin at all.

The razor itself is very sleek looking and feels light in my hand but sturdy enough to be able to get a good grip and navigate it easily. The blade is a bit narrower than I am used to, which perplexed me a little at first but I have noticed that this ensures that my skin does not get dragged by the blade and also means that it is easier to shave hard to reach areas  – as an additional feature, the gel reservoir can be flipped back so that the blade’s head can reach these smaller areas effortlessly.

I applied for a free trial of this razor through this link: http://www.hydro5trial.com/ (available until 26/06/17). The conditions stipulate that in order to receive the razor, applicants must be “a. not be a current user of a Wilkinson Sword Hydro Razor, B. be over 18 years of age, and c. resident in the UK”. Alternatively, it can be purchased here.

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse – Eau de Parfum

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse – Eau de Parfum

This perfume starts off with a very strong, almost overpowering scent of patchouli combined with citrus, however after a few minutes this fades away and it becomes more of a creamy, nutty fragrance with just a slight hint of patchouli. According to Mugler’s website, Angel Muse’s top notes consist of grapefruit and pink berries, the middle notes are hazelnut cream accord and cocoa powder and the base is made up of vetiver and vanilla.

It is a bit lighter than Thierry Mugler’s original ‘Angel’, making it a bit more suitable for everyday wear.

I tried this out as I received a free sample in the form of a 0.3ml sample spray card. I really like these sample spray cards as they seem to provide just the right amount of perfume in order to establish whether or not I like the scent and they seem so much less wasteful than the little vials we are usually given to try out new perfumes. It is available here.

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara

Having tried a multitude of mascaras over the years, I have finally found one that I am totally in love with!

The rubber wand on this mascara has short bristles which somehow enables me to separate my eyelashes evenly whilst coating my lashes at the same time. I am lucky enough to have long eyelashes anyway, and this mascara lengthens them further, whilst simultaneously adding volume – resulting in a dramatic look, perfect for nights out.

I have also found that it does not clump when applying, as can be the case with many volume adding mascaras and that there have been no issues with flaking at all, in fact I have been able to get a good 10 hours wear out of this mascara. It is a little tricky to remove but nothing a few dabs of a good make up remover, such as Estée Lauder’s Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion won’t resolve. It is also worth noting that the mascara is perfumed, which I think is a nice little touch that makes its application even more pleasurable.

 

The wand is quite small, and almost looks as if it may be a trial size at first, however it does hold the standard 8ml of a full sized mascara, and its shorter length ensures that it will fit into most make-up bags. The sleek black and gold packaging is expensive looking and the rectangular shape of the mascara adds a unique touch to the product. It is available here.

Mon Guerlain

Mon Guerlain

It was brilliant to receive a sample of Guerlain’s latest offering to try out… I have been in love with their perfumes ever since my first whiff of Shalimar and over the years have also discovered that they also do really great quality make-up.

On the initial spray of Mon Guerlain, I was hit with the scent of bergamot and lavender, and after a while this evolves into a sweet scent where I can detect jasmine and hints of sandalwood and finally settles into a soft vanilla scent.

Whilst it has very feminine notes, it is not a strong as many of Guerlain’s other fragrances and has a crisp freshness to it. I would say that it is suitable for daytime use and that it is perfect for those who are seeking a touch of elegance, but do not want to overwhelm. It available on 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles and you can purchase it here.

Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion

Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion

This body lotion has become a wonderful addition to my morning routine on days when I feel like just lazing about at home – its lemongrass, ginger and rosemary fragrance smells great without being overpowering and it lingers on the skin for ages, meaning I can enjoy it all day long. The lotion absorbs into my skin effortlessly and makes it feel unbelievably soft after use and this effect is long lasting. The generously sized 300ml bottle features a beautiful leaf design and the lotion dispenses easily, the flip top lid ensures that the product is sealed and the lotion maintains its freshness. It works especially well with Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Bath & Shower Gel. It is available here.