One thing I hate about this time of year, constantly having to shave my legs if I want to wear shorts or a dress. No matter how hard I tried, I would always cut myself or miss a patch. if I survived the bathroom ordeal I would then come out in bumps/a rash. I tried to only shave them once a week but with this weather and wanted to get my legs out I really needed to take control and invest in a better razor/ shaving regime.

I had read a lot of great things about Friction Free Shaving online and wanted to try it myself. You buy the original box with everything you need in and then can subscribe and pick how often you are sent new razor blades or the shaving products.

FFS gift set

£32

  • Your choice of Shaviour, the world’s first metal razor designed especially for women.
  • Free engraving of your choice.
  • Our award winning Shave Cream, packed with moisturising Manuka honey, Shea butter and coconut oil.
  • Our Pre Shave Scrub, a gentle and all natural exfoliate made using the husk of walnuts.
  • Our Post Shave Balm, which provides deep hydration to soothe and condition your skin.
  • Four German-engineered razor refills, each with 6 diamond-coated steel blades and a styling bikini blade.
  • Shower hook and blade cover.

You can pick between two colours: Rose(rose gold) or Silvia(silver).

I went for Rosa and had it engraved with “Trademark”.

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In the box you receive a great brochure that explains each step and what each product does. It really is a great set.

I don’t usually scrub before I shave, but I followed the steps in my box and not only were my legs super smooth and it did a better job than my usual razor, I found my legs wern’t sore at all and they felt really moisturised. I would recommend this to anyone that struggles with shaving usually as it really has changed things for me 🙂

Sarah x

When I decided to eat a vegan diet, the biggest thing I was worried about was what snacks would I have?! I could cope with what I would have for my meals and as I adjusted I have a lot of meat replacements but the most difficult transition was snacks. I didn’t want to just eat fruit, I wanted to try different crisps or biscuits and things.

Hawkers very kindly sent me a few bags of their soya and potato snacks to try. They come in a great range of flavours: cheese and onion, sweet chilli, salt and vinegar, smokey barbecue.

They are all gluten free as well which is great as I know a lot of people that suffer with gluten allergies. They are all less than 100 calories per pack too so make a great snack for between meals. I find I always get hungry about 3pm at work and want something that will keep me going until dinner time so these are ideal to keep in my draw at work.

My favourite was the sweet chilli flavour. They are all quite tasty but this one had to be my top choice. I quite like the texture of them too. They are far more exciting than a bag of crisps and better for you 🙂

Do you have a go to afternoon snack?

Sarah xx

I never knew you could buy personalised wrapping paper, it is so cool! I came across Pretty Gifted and thought it was amazing.

For £7.95 you can design your own wrapping paper and there are so many options to pick form. I went for:

Paper Colour: pearlescent
Foil Colour: rainbow
Font: candy
Font Size: large
Message: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM

It only took a couple of minutes to design and within a few days it arrvied and came complete with a tag and gel pen to use 🙂

It was so easy to use their website and you can pick every single detail, from the background colour to the font and of course what you want it to say.

I will definitely be using this site again 🙂

Sarah x

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know a few months ago I decided to adopt a dairy free diet and then transitioned to eating a vegan diet. The easiest way to go vegan for me was to eat “meat alternatives” whilst I made the change. I am slowing eating more fruit and veg and trying lots of foods I had never heard of before. It is important when making a drastic diet change that you ensure you are doing it the correct way for your body and that your body is getting the nutrients it needed.

I had spent months researching online about the vegan diet and something that took my interest was the vegan tests that HealthLabs.com offers. They are a company based in the USA that can offer two different types of tests, one for vegans and one for non-vegans. The test for vegans will check for any nutrient deficiencies that those with a plant-based diet are more susceptible to. The test for non-vegans will look for any allergies to animal-derived products, which may encourage a diet change. I really wish they offered these in the UK and it is such a shame they don’t. I think it is still a good idea for me to maybe go to the doctors to discuss my diet and see if they can do any tests similar to this?!

I do believe that dairy was affecting my body in a negative way but at the same time, my family are concerned that I am not getting the correct vitamins and nutrients. I do plan to not be so much a junk food vegan as some may say and try to eat a lot more fruit a veg.

I did contact the company to try to find out more information and they very kindly offered a discount code, so if you are based in the USA and want go ahead you can quote “SARAHTRADEMARK” for 25% off. If you want to find out more about there is a really interesting article here.

Are any of you vegan? Have you had any allergy or deficiency tests?

Sarah x

With Father’s Day coming up I wanted to share a few gift ideas with you. I always find presents for men harder to chose than I do presents for women. Here are a small selection of ideas (can also be useful for birthdays or other events or as presents for women too!)

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A great read would be this book by Martin Bailey:

The useful book of gadgets is only £12.99 and can be purchased from Amazon. It has some really great sections like how to recover delete computer files, check your heart rate with a monitor, how to edit photos and how to turn your car into a smart car.

It would be great for any gadget loving dad. I don’t want to give away too much but I have had a read of it and I think it is great and it has some really great reviews on Amazon!

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A tie or bow tie/accessory can also be a great gift and Dobell have a great range to pick from.

This bow tie is great at £9.99 and I love getting things from Dobell. In the past I have reviewed a mans suit and cuff links, they are always top quality and a really good price, you cant go wrong with something from their website.

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If he likes wine then you should check out Your Sommelier where you can purchase single bottles of wine or you can buy a subscription. The discovery box is £36/month so you could always buy this for one month as it is a great way to get three bottles of good quality wine. If they like the wine they can then get 20% off buying another bottle.

“Every month you will receive 3 bottles of French wine carefully selected by our Sommeliers. Your box will include matching tasting cards, which will provide information about the wine, regions, appellation and the ideal food pairing. You’ll also get our welcome binder to store your cards.” – www.yoursommelier.co.uk

I think the cards you get with the box are a great idea too 🙂

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If he is always on the go then a portable charger is a great idea. The slim power bank from Varta can be used to charge many different devices with its USB port. It is about £40 depending on where you purchase it from online but it is worth it as it can fully charge a mobile phone up to 5 times.

It would be handy to keep in the car if working away from home/office or to take on a camping trip or holiday so you can ensure your phone/camera/tablet were fully charged for the journey or if you were without a mains charger.

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If he is a car fanatic then these Armor All products will be perfect. Sometimes there is not always time to give the car a full clean so the wipes would be handy to keep in the car. I personally don’t know much about cars or cleaning them haha but my dad loves having a clean car and would really appreciate something like this.

You can buy the products online at various places or in Halfords. Most of the range are approx. £10 each depending where you buy them from.

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A new brand I have come across is CG Men they have such a great range of boxers and briefs, so something to suit anyone. They have a wide variety of colours and come packaged carefully in a stylish plain box. My husband has quite a few pairs from them and find them really comfortable and and soft to wear.

You can buy them in packs of 3 where all are the same or have a variety. They range between £20-£25 a pack depending on what colour/style you go for.

They make a great gift, everyone loves new underwear or socks!

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If he is a smoker or trying to quit then why not get a Ecigarette. The Ecigarette from Innokin is £25.99 and you can purchase different flavour e-liquids to go with it for £3.99 each.

These have been known to really help people quit smoking so if someone in your family needs help you could support them with one of these as a gift.

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Crabtree & Evelyn always have great products, they are one of my favorite brands for body products. I only recently realised they did specific products for men too.

These hair and body washes are £16 each which I think is a good price for a luxurious product like this. They have two ranges in which they offer these washes, aftershave, aftershave balm and colognes.

Moroccan Myrh – “Bring a little Moroccan sunshine to your morning with this rousing hair and body wash. Its stirring formula is enriched with naturally deodorising myrrh extract – plus some glycerine for added moisture. It works into a rich lather, sweeping away grime from your skin and leaving hair clean and soft. While invigorating scents of bergamot and cardamom will energise you for the day ahead.”

West Indian Lime – “Bring a little West Indian sunshine to your morning with this enlivening hair and body wash. Its punchy formula is enriched with naturally deodorising lime, ginger root and vetiver extracts – plus some glycerine for added moisture. It works into a rich lather, sweeping away grime from your skin and leaving hair clean and soft. While the invigorating botanical scents will energise you for the day ahead.”

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If he loves a BBQ/loves to cook then you could consider a Personalised Apron from www.funkypigeon.com for £14.99. It arrived in just a couple of days and I think it is great quality and it really is special giving someone a personalised gift.

Funky Pigeon are great for cards but they have so many other great products like t shirts, mugs, key rings etc. it is worth a look and you can order the card from there too!

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Another great idea would be a pack of good quality tea or coffee from www.coffeeandkin.co.uk

as they have such a great variety. My favorites are English breakfast and peppermint. I quite like simple flavours but they have so many others to pick from if he is more adventurous! They also have a subscription service that may be worth looking in to.

Each pack is a good size and they are £4.50 each which I think is reasonable for a good quality tea.

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Does he like gin? Have you heard of www.ilovegin.com? For £14 a month (or a one off) you will recieve:

  • A G&T tasting box delivered every month
    • 2 x Miniature Gins + 2 x tonics/mixers
    • A recipe card with tasting notes, history etc
    • Makes 4 x G&Ts
    • And a £5 voucher to spend on Gin!
  • Exclusive member-only discounts on other gin goodies in our shop.
  • Flash sales, competitions, recipes, and more.

I think this is a great way to try new gins/mixers and it is great you can buy a one off box and you aren’t tied into a subscription for a year. Pretty good considering you can make 4 drinks out of it 🙂

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Man Stuff have some really great toiletries at the moment. My husband loves using their stuff, he says they are one of the best mens brands he has tried. He got a great set from them last Christmas and loved all of their products. They are cruelty free, which I know is important to a lot of you. I really like their packaging as it seems to stand out and looks appealing.

The Man Can

£13

Contains: 100ml Face Wash, Shaving Brush, Shaving Cream and Face Towel

The Man Mug

£12

Contains: Enamel Mug, 75ml Face Scrub, 75ml Post-Shave Balm

Handy Manicure Set

£10

Contains:

Nail Clippers x2, Nail Scissors, Travel Toothbrush, Comb and Mirror

Each set is really great value and it is worth looking at what other products they have to offer.

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I hope this has given you some good ideas! 🙂

I have had to buy for my dad, my mums boyfriend, my father in law and my grandad so I have spent a while looking for ideas and wanted to share them with you.

Sarah x