I always struggle with buying gifts for men, I am not sure why. I thought this year I would share with you some ideas I came up with for Father’s Day. I buy for my dad, my father in law, my step dad, my grandad and sometimes my husband from our pets so have quite a few presents to buy! These are also ideas for any upcoming birthdays or anything and also for females 🙂

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If you are looking for something for someone tech savvy then this is ideal. You can purchase from Amazon/Argos and various other shops and it comes in a variety of colours.

GioTeck TX-40 headset

£34.99

This headset is ideal for gaming or music. It is compatible with Xbox, Xbox one, PS4 and mobile.

Speaker diameter: 40mm

· Mic diameter: 4mm

· Impedance: 32

· Sensitivity: 97.71dB, R 100.26dB

· Frequency rang:20HZ~20KHZ

· Rated Input Power: 20mW

· Maximum Input Power: 30mW

· Plug Type: 3.5mm

· Cable length:1.2m

· Works with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, mobile & more – multi-format 3.5mm jack

· Slick styling – ice white with chili red finish

· Ultra-clear chat with minimal feedback – talk is pin sharp and crystal clear

· Powerful audio, via high impact 40mm drivers – incredible immersive sound

· Robust, lightweight – solid, uncompromising build quality

· Ultra-soft Alacantra® cushioning – because comfort is everything

· Inline mic, mute and volume – for instant fingertip control

The sound is great quality and the headset is very comfortable to wear and can adapt to different head sizes. I find this type of headphone more comfortable than in ear ones. The headset feels very durable and I am impressed with the price!

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Norma & Dorothy personalised beer glass

£21

This company has a great range of gifts you can personalize. With this glass you can pick the location by using a postcode and also pick the text underneath. This is such a unique gift and is really something special.

I think the map idea is genius as I have never seen anything like this before. The beer glass will hold a full pint 🙂

It is great how you can pick the location, it could be where you live, a special place within your family or somewhere your dad loves, maybe the local pub?!

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Amphora Aromatics have such a fab range of toiletries suitable for men and women of any age. I picked a few bits I thought would be suitable. They are all from the same range so if you wanted to get a few different bits, they all go together 🙂

Amphora Aromatics

Cedarwood & Peppermint range

£5.95 each

Shower and bath gel

Deep cleansing shampoo

Deep cleansing conditioner

I love this scent as I love cedarwood and anything minty. It is always nice to receive luxurious toiletries you wouldn’t usually buy yourself. The bottles are a good size and I love the style of the bottles and how they all go together.

The shower gel is great to refresh your body and we all know a lot of men use shower gel to wash their hair if they have short hair and can’t be bothered with specific hair products so if you know someone like that then this hair range is ideal.

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Love Laya greetings cards

£3.75 each

This company has a wide range of quirky, alternative cards and I think they are brilliant! Having a look through their website really did make me giggle. These are great if your family has a good sense of humor!

The card come wrapped in a cello bag and they have a bright blue envelope with them. They also have a funny message on the back too!

If you fancy a different card to the usual ones in the card shops then check these out. Their birthday card range is brilliant too.

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I recently tried out a hair treatment from Live in the light and wanted to share a couple of gift ideas too.

Green car cleaner

£14.50

Some men love their cars, if he is car mad then why not treat him to this green car cleaner. It is a safe, non-toxic, non-stinky, baby safe, car interior cleaner. Green car cleaner is so natural it’s certified to USDA organic food standards by VOF.

It is an easy to use spray and wipe formula and can be used to clean all auto interior surfaces.

Solid cologne

£16.50

Three scent options:

RIO DE JANEIRO – a exotic blend containing Brazilian oils that boast of sweet almond and warm spicy earth notes, along with a hint of mango.

SALZBURG – a real smooth and balanced blend of frankincense and bergamot with fresh earthiness and a faint top note of peach.

DEAD HORSE CREEK – The Dead Horse Creek runs through the small city of Morden, in Manitoba, Canada. This is where VONBROS originates, and as an homage to our hometown, a new scent was birthed – one that has well-balanced notes of leather, sawdust, and hints of a spruce forest.

These solid colognes are a great alternative to spray aftershaves and are easy to use, you just take a small amount and rub it onto your skin (wrists, neck etc) and it isn’t over powering.

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ICC Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019 Book

£14.99

If he is a cricket fan then this is the ideal gift. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the summer 2019 tournament, comprising descriptions of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento.

Available to purchase at www.carltonbooks.co.uk and most bookstores.

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Wireless colour changing speaker

£19.99

The smart looking speaker has a touch control so it can show six different colours. It is the BT version 2.1 + EDR and it supports Bluetooth, a TF card and audio output. There is also a built in 1200mAh lithium battery.

It comes with a micro-USB cable that can be used with a USB plug to charge and to operate
Battery is re-chargeable and the expected playback time on a full charge of 3-4 hours.

I love how you can change the colours of it and it looks so cool at night when lit up in a dark room!

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Personalized sweet jar

£16.99

This is such a great idea if he has a sweet tooth as the jar is filled to the brim with retro sweets like love hearts, foam shrimp, cola cubes and refresher chews. You get so many different sweets and you can pick any name on the front. Prezzybox always have a great range of sweets/chocolates for any occasion.

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Baileys pouches

Chocolate mini delights: Original Irish cream

Chocolate mini delights: Salted caramel

£2 each

Available in selected Asda, Morrisons and Co-op stores.

These are ideal for any Baileys/chocolate fans and the salted caramel ones are so good! They come in resealable pouches and are ideal to give as a gift. Hopefully if you get these for someone they will share them with you 🙂

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Kettlebell

4KG

£12.95

If he is into fitness then why not treat him to some gym equipment or a kettlebell.

Available in a range of weights from 4kg to 32kg
Powder coated matt black finish with orange styling
Comfortable easy grip handle – feels great in the hand
Flat non wobble base prevents rolling
Mirafit logo and kg indicator on front
Additional kg and lb markings on rear for easy identification

They are easy to hold and use and really help to strengthen your arms and upper body. Makes a change from using standard hand held weights and I like the simple design.

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I hope you found this useful and got some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

If you have followed me for a while now, you will know how much I love changing my hair colour! The downfall of this is that it damaged it every time I bleach it and it is important I try to repair this and take care of my hair as much as I can.

I use repairing shampoos and conditioners every time I wash my hair at the moment but also once a week I like to use this Carina organics citrus deep treatment conditioner I got from live in the light.

Live in the light is a fab website for gifts, hair and body products as well as aromatherapy oils and a lot more. They have so many different products they supply and this is from the Carina organics range.

It smells so good when you open the bottle and it is easy to apply, it isn’t too thick and you don’t need too much. It is specifically designed for dry, chemically treated and damaged hair. After using it my hair is a lot more manageable and I like to give it that extra deep treatment to help repair the split ends and help with any damage I have caused.

This conditioner is:

  • Synthetic Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • 100% Biodegradable (safe to use in rivers, lakes and streams)
  • Paraben Free
  • Soy Free
  • Dye Free
  • Colour Free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free

What is your favourite hair treatment product?

Sarah x

 

The last month or so I have been using a new shampoo and conditioner from Neogen. I am always switching about my hair care as although my hair is on the oily side with dry ends I like to switch it all about depending on what stage I am with my colour and if I am trying to prolong it or fade my hair for a change.

I recently dyed my hair split rainbow and want to keep in the colour as much as possible so wanted something to be kind to my hair, to help with my split ends but also something that wouldn’t fade my colours.

I really like the smell of this range and with the shampoo I noticed you didn’t need to much of it. It was easy to use and didn’t fade my hair too much which was great. The conditioner has really tamed my ends and they feel a lot better now. It took about a week of using these two products to notice a difference. I was washing my hair every other day. I think they have helped improve the texture and it doesn’t feel or look as damaged.

I really want to take care of my hair to help it grow. I also don’t think my scalp is getting so greasy and I may start trying to wash every third day instead.

A big thumbs up from me!

Sarah x

I am always changing my hair colour and it is always fun to do but this time I wanted to change things up a bit and try hair extensions.

I have tried a wig and clip in extensions from Hair grade before but didn’t realise they did tape ins. The ones I tried were the wvl tape in hair extensions – 20 pieces / 4cm wide. You can get these in a variety of colours but I went for a light blonde so they were a good base to dye.

I will be showing you the steps I took. This is my hair before I did anything:

I had been trying to fade out my existing colours and you can see there was still a lot of colours in there and my roots needed doing. I always just use a box blonde to do my roots and drag it down slightly to lighten the ends if needed.

I didn’t need to go white blonde I just needed to get the brown out and bleach it to a mid/light blonde.

I then split my hair ready to dye it. I wanted to dye the top colours first before fitting the extensions.

I mixed up the colours and put them in plastic pots all ready to go.

I then used the pink and purple as the top two shades and dyed my natural hair.

It was then time to move on to the extensions. They were so soft and long and I was really impressed with them. I went for three packs but only ended up using 2 and a half but I have really thick hair and a lot of it so I think most people would just need two packs.

The top of the extensions have the tape strip attached. I was concerned about dying the tops so instead I used permanent marker to colour them in so I wouldn’t have to try and dye them.

It didn’t take too long to fit these extensions and they were very easy to use. You sandwich a piece of your own hair in between two extensions so once they are fitted the sticky strips are back to back with the sticky holding them in place with each other and your natural hair.

Once they were fitted I made sure they were all secure and then went on to split my hair in two again and finish dying my hair and the extensions. It was a lot easier to dye them in my hair so I could blend them better.

I am so pleased with the final result and I feel like a mermaid. Tape ins should be better than clip ins as they will fade at the same rate and I can re-dye them when needed. I didn’t put them too near my hairline so I can still tie my hair up and you cannot see where they are taped in.

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Have you tried hair extensions before? What type have you tried?

Sarah x

I love trying hair care products but there are a lot I don’t try as they are aimed for shorter hair/different styles to what I have so my husband has been trying the new Structure by Joico range and is sharing his thoughts:

GLUE “for a fierce style that lasts” – better suited to shorter hair, sold and robust hold and easy to apply.

SHAPER “subtle, natural looking textured style that holds yet remains flexible” – soft texture, easy to use and you can reshape through the day without leaving residue.

BEACH “tousled salty beachy waves” – the opposite to the glue, better suited for longer hair that wants the wavy beach look. It is quite light and leaves the hair soft and manageable.

STYLEMAKER “soft, shapeable touchable hold and a style natural shine” – easy to apply as it sprays on and you can reshape it. It leaves your hair flexible and durable.

PASTE “just out of bed, lived in firm style, matte finish” – firm long lasting hold and leaving the hair in position for over 12 hours.

My favourite one to use was the shaper and I will definitely buy another one when I finish it.

Nick