Winter Scent: Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

I cannot help myself in Duty Free. Even though I knew very well I was about to drain my bank account shopping in the states, I had to treat myself to a little something. I had been eyeing up the Jo Malone counter from afar for the past couple of months. The counter is a new(ish) addition to Southampton, and I hadn’t had the opportunity to have a proper look around. To pass the time in Heathrow, I finally had the time to wander around the Jo Malone store and find out what all of the fuss is about.

After 30 minutes of taking in the array of candles and cologne’s, I had found the perfect winter scent. The Wood Sage & Sea salt cologne had my name written all over it, and it stole my heart. I’m lucky enough to live by the sea, and I’m a sucker for anything related to sea salt, so I knew this was something I was going to love before I even tried it out.

I wanted a perfume that was different than anything else I currently own. I wanted something that was more of a toned down scent that would be perfect for day-to-day wear. The Wood Sage & Sea Salt has notes of Amberette Seeds, Sea Salt and Sage which give the perfume a clean, earthy and fresh scent, something that I don’t typically go for. The word ‘Fresh’ is what comes to mind when I spray this on my skin, it’s a very subtle scent that lasts all day, which is why I grab for this most mornings. This is perfect for those who want a break from the typical ‘sweet’ scents and want something that is more sophisticated and more suitable for the colder months.

Jo Malone, you have captured my heart. I think I’m going to love everything you create. 


Christmas for Him: Clinique for Men Essentials Kit

Christmas is right around the corner and if you're struggling to find the perfect present for a special guy in your life, I got you covered. I am the worst at buying presents for men! Whether it be for my dad, my cousins or that special someone, I'm always stuck on what to give them for Christmas. Of course I'll buy the usual Christmas boxers and obligatory chocolate, but this year I am on a mission to find the perfect gifts for men. 

My dad is into his skincare, and luckily for me, I know my way around the beauty department. I knew exactly what I wanted and Clinique had just the kit I needed. The Clinique for Men Essentials Kit* is a great all-round gift set and is a perfect stocking filler for skin care veterans and newbies. 

The kit comes with all of the basics -  face scrub, face wash, moisturising lotion and an anti-aging eye cream.  The face scrub is fairly abrasive and it will help tremendously with ingrown hairs, especially for men who shave! This kit is a great buy for those with oily skin as the face wash is an oil-free, gel consistency, which is going to help combat oily skin without drying it out as it has some moisturising properties. The face and eye-cream are perfect moisturisers for men as they are fuss fee as there is no noticeable fragrance and it will moisturise the skin without leaving it greasy looking. The sizing is also perfect, especially for those who travel a lot or don't have a lot of storage in their bathroom. The packaging is very clean looking and understated, which is typical of men's beauty products, but I think  it looks a lot less intimidating for those who are new to skincare. 

If you are a beauty girl and you are stuck on a mens gift idea, I highly recommend a skin care gift set! They are an affordable way to try something new and a great stocking filler.  Who knows, maybe your guy will love it tease you less about the amount of beauty products you own... Fingers crossed?

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