Chic gifts for her

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. I love the run up, buying and wrapping the presents and treating people to cool presents.

When John Lewis got in touch to ask me if I wanted to treat a fellow blogger to some presents this Christmas, I jumped at the opportunity! I got paired up with the very lovely Becky, creator of English Mum, a blog full of travel, life hacks and recipes…if you’ve never checked out her work you definitely should!

John Lewis asked me to surprise Becky with some things I thought she might like - after a good bit of reading through her blog, I thought Becky seemed to like class, quality and convenience, things to make travelling a little bit easier. I am a big fan of a wash bag, so thought I would put together a wash bag full of goodies for Becky to get her hands on.

gift ideas for her | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger | John lewis

First up I gifted Becky a super chic wash bag to store all her lotions and potions in when she’s travelling. This white and rose gold Ted Baker bag jumped out at me, it’s simple but you know it’s going to be quality. I picked this up for £65 but it looks like it has now sold out, check this link to see if it comes back in stock!

When I'm on the move I am always thankful for some little travel bottles to chuck some face wash or shampoo in so I don’t have to lug massive bottles around with me. I thought Becky might like these and at £4.50 for two, I thought they were a total bargain! You can grab these here - they’re really worth it and they’re from MAC, which I believe is a pretty decent makeup brand!

Mac travel bottles | John lewis | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifetyle blogger

If there’s one thing I know about Becky from checking her out online, it’s that she LOVES Liz Earle. It would have been wrong for me not to include something from her favourite brand in the gifts I sent her! The Winter Nourishment Gift comes with a little travel size face mask and a face cloth too, which is perfect for Becky’s travelling needs! It was only £8 so sold out almost instantly, however I would recommend the £15 Cleanse and Polish gift set that also comes with 2 Liz Earle facecloths!

Nuxe giftset | John lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

I thought I’d get Becky some more mini products that would be perfect for her upcoming trip to The States, NUXE’s ‘The Essentials’ travel kit has all of their favourite products in a little travel bag. At £13.50 this little kit offers fantastic value for money - you can check this out here.

Girls love a festive nail, don’t they? As we now know, Becky loves Liz Earle, this ‘Pure Poetry’ red colour is a great buy at £8.50 and will add a bit of festivity to her look this December. You can check out the rest of the colours in the range here.

I hope Becky loves the Christmas picks I sent her. You might have missed Christmas but John Lewis have an epic sale on at the moment, don’t miss out - shop the sale here!

March Faves

I love finding great new products and these few are a fantastic example of new products that I am loving. It's Spring(ish) and I am loving products that make me feel fresh and clean. 

 I've been using the deodorant by Dove for about a year or so now, only recently I changed my shower gel after fancying a change. After sniffing my way down the aisle in Tesco I finally decided on the Dove Men+care.  It's called Extra Fresh which is everything I have ever wanted in a shower gel. I have to say it's really great it smells good and as I've been swimming loads lately so I want one that gets rid of that clingy chlorine smell, this definitely does the job!

I have been fed up of my fluffy mad hair and started using the Schwarzkopf Powderful styling powder, which I found really good, it worked well but had a really funky smell. I don't know whether it is just me but I feel it smells like a farm - of all the things it could smell of. So I headed out and got myself this very jazzy little pot of Ted Baker Hair Putty. It has a masculine cologne kind of smell - really fresh. 

 Finally it's the product that I am most obsessed with at the mo, the Black Charcoal Wash from L'Oréal Men Expert - I mainly bought this because it said it 'Captures Dirt, Pollution and Oil' - I always find after a day out and about my face just feels sad, my skin needs a good rejuvenate - this absolutely hands down does this. I am not normally one for High-street brand face cleansers because in the past they haven't worked for me, however I have got to say this works really well. It leaves your skin feeling really clean, smooth and tight.