10 January 2021

AD A Well Earned His And Hers Treat With Boots


Well, what a year 2020 has been...
I can not believe it's 2021 already and we are still in a lockdown, it only seems two minutes ago that the first lockdown was declared and we were all hoping this would be done and gone and we would be seeing some sort of normality by now.
It seems though, that no one knows what's going on or what tier we are in, or what the rules are.
After the Christmas we have all just had to - not really getting to see people or share any special time with our loved ones, it's certainly hit a lot of people's mental hard - mine included.


Let's hope we can see some positive stuff in 2021 - well, after January's lockdown is over that is - and we can all begin to have an amazing year...fingers crossed...

Anyway, sorry for the doom and gloom start but I promise you that's it  - it will only be positive, happy talk from here!

So let's talk about Christmas, to be honest, it was actually the best Christmas we've ever had although it didn't really seem like Christmas at all.
It's normally the time of year when you spoil your loved ones rotten and your household gets filled up with those amazing goodies, toys, tech, skincare, sweets...

Over the last few years myself and my wife have kind of taken a step back from treating ourselves and we cut back on what we get others in our family too - money is kind of tight and we have two beautiful, amazing children who we want to spoil and treat, so the main chunk of our money goes on them - and you know what, good, because they deserve it. 

Myself and my wife always get a little bit of money to share from family plus the odd toiletry set, but seeing our children really happy and enjoying Christmas is what really makes our Christmas.

So with the money we normally get we do try to get a little for ourselves in the January sales - I mean why pay full price in December when a week later you can buy more because things are a lot cheaper. 

One of the main things we wanted to treat ourselves to was some sort of skincare products for us both - neither of us have really looked after our skin in the last year and we can really tell too - we are getting old!

You may have seen some of the past posts I have published around Christmas time featuring products I love on my Christmas Gift Guides.

We were very much in luck when Boots - our skin saviours - came to our rescue and asked if we wanted to review some products from their online store...perfect timing or what.

It was the perfect opportunity for us to treat ourselves to some amazing products - the selection on the Boots website is huge and we were spoilt for choice with the amazing brands and deals featured. 

If you have read my blog before, you will know that I am a bearded bloke and love nothing more than looking after my beard but over the last year it's had no pampering at all other than washing.
I used to treat it to oils, balms, conditioners - it had the works - so I wanted to add something like that back into my skincare routine.
And also my eye bags are getting so bad so a little something for them seemed to be a must.

Boots have such a great selection of products for everyone and I headed over to the men's gift set collections and two bundles really stood out to me for what I wanted to achieve. 



This bundle contained four amazing products that will definitely get used regularly and the name L'Oreal doesn't need any explaining really - it is a well-known, reliable brand, and is why I chose these products. 

In the set there is a 300ml bottle of stress resist relaxing shower gel which will definitely ease my body's tension after a hard day's graft at work.
It is suitable for both body and hair too - a must for a man with a beard - and it has a lovely, fruity fragrance that leaves you feeling refreshed after a shower.

Then there is the vita lift anti-ageing daily moisturiser, perfect for the fight against the five signs of ageing - all of which are finding me now I've hit that grand age of 38!
This product has been a godsend and 100% one of the key products in my skincare routine now.

One of the main things that made me want to start looking after my skin was how bad my eyes are beginning to look.
It was only when I was asked to take a photo of myself for a work ID badge that I noticed my eyes were really bad and I decided that I really needed to do something about them.
This was one of the main reasons why I chose this collection because it had eye cream that I really wanted to use.
I've only used it for just over a week now and I haven't noticed massive changes just yet but I'm hoping it will iron out my wrinkles and fine lines and just make my eyes look a lot lighter...and less old...

Last but not least is the stress resist 48hr roll-on deodorant - personally, I don't use roll-on's but my son happily took it off my hands and is really happy with the product and has even asked if I would buy him some more when this runs out - which is always a good sign. 

I was then lucky enough to be able to choose myself another gift set from Boots...


This is an amazing collection of the finest male grooming products I have seen in a long time, and it contains more than enough for any mans skincare routine - it also has a product I can use on my beard to keep it looking and feeling and looking super fresh.

I'm not going to go into the fine details about these products because this post would be far to long.

But, within the bundle, there is an energising face wash and facial scrub which when used together make a great combination to use after a day at work getting covered in all different sorts of muck and oils, all causing damage to my skin. 

Next up there is a 200ml energising face & body wash which has a really lightweight formula meaning you don't have to spend hours in the shower rinsing the lather off, making it perfect for a quick morning freshen up in the shower before work. 


Now that's the body washed, let's move on to the aftercare products.
First up the face, beard, and stubble moisturiser - like I said above I've really neglected my beard over the last year so this product has been a breath of fresh air for me and it's unbelievable the about of comments I've received about my beard since I started using it.
I've even been asked if I dye my beard because it looks a little darker now and much healthier - I've been throwing the product recommendation around loads!

I wouldn't say my skin is really dry but after using the face wash and scrub within this set it's feels nice to put a bit of moisture back into my face and neck area.
The gradual tan moisturiser is perfect too for this and because it has a slight tint to it it means I get a real healthier look to my skin.

And last but not least, a product which I should have been using daily for the last year and that is the No7 energising eye roll on. 

I first used an eye-roller on my wedding day over nine years ago because I was with my Mum and she told me to use hers so my eyes wouldn't look tired on my wedding photos, afterwards I said to myself I wanted to get one for myself.

I've actually used a few different ones in the past but for some reason, it's a product I always forget about and can go months, maybe years, without picking one up- crazy!

Well, my number one plan in 2021 is to try not to forget about it and try use or daily. 

The No7 eye-roller is just as good as the ones I've used before and you can definitely feel the three balls it has really massaging the skin under my eyes when using it, and fingers crossed this works in conjunction with the other skincare products and I will start seeing some fantastic results.

Well, that's me and my skin sorted with those Gifts For Him, now let's move onto someone who truly deserves treating, and that's my wife, Simone. 

I'm not going to go into details but after the year she has had having to hold things together at home with our kids through the pandemic, she 100% needs some lovely gifts so she can pamper herself. 

She had a look at the Gifts For Her section and initially picked a Clinique moisture surge set.

I remember way back when, she did use to use a few Clinique products, but, as with everything, she dropped down to a lot less expensive products  - I think she jumped at the chance of having a little luxury back in her skincare routine. 

She told me that her skin often feels really tight, so anything that gives it more moisture and a bit of a fresher look she is all over.
The overnight mask is fantastic and she told me it has really made a difference.
The under-eye cream and the face cream, she uses daily and is loving the moisturised, fresh feel of her skin because of them.




The second product was again, a product from her past - a rather pricey (I was a bit shocked actually!) Benefit Gimme Brow.


Simone doesn't leave the house without a bronzer and a brow and this product was the first she leaned towards when this opportunity came our way.

She told me it has always been a favourite of hers and it makes her brows look full and fantastic and it lasts all day too.

A real confidence booster!

So yes, as you can see, a few little treats really do go a long way in making people - especially people who don't usually get them - feel a little better and a little happier about themselves.

Thanks lots Boots for making 2021 a little more easier to take...



This post is in conjunction with Boots UK, but all thoughts are my own
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