Father’s Day Gift Guide

This coming Sunday 21st June is Father’s Day here in the UK and so I have compiled a gift guide on some of my favourite things to buy your Dad, Daddy, Father, Stepfather, Stepdad, Grandad, Grandfather, Papa or my very own Supadad this year.

Lush Cosmetic Lad £12.50
I often forget that Lush cater for men as well as us girlies, but it absolutely does. Cosmetic Lad is a facial moisturiser full of the goodness of lavender, wheatgrass and marigold cream to help soothe the skin after shaving. The good thing about this particular moisturiser? It has the soothing, floral properties of the ingredients without smelling like an old lady.

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Best Dad Hankies
I picked these up in the Card Factory for just £1.99 as my Dad still likes to carry handkerchiefs round with him, it must be a generation thing as I certainly don’t see the likes of Justin Bieber taking out his hankie! They say Best Dad Ever on them, and he is, he truly is.

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Dermalogica Shave Kit £44
Another of my favourite skincare brands, Dermalogica also have a mens skincare range. This kit includes Pre-Shave Guard, Soothing Shave Cream, Daily Clean Scrub and Post-Shave Balm and so is perfect for men who haven’t perhaps got a skincare routine as it covers each stage. As with some of the other products, if your Dad or partner are going away this year, the products are a great size for travelling.

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Highland Earl Whisky
My Dad absolutely loves whisky – in fact he tells me he used to put a drop of it in my bottle when I was a baby. Now I don’t know how true that is, but I actually really like whisky too so maybe he did! I expect that would get majorly frowned upon in this day and age, but if it soothed me to sleep then I don’t mind in the slightest. I picked up this bottle of Highland Earl Whisky from Aldi, and paid just £10.49 for it, which is much cheaper than a lot of the branded whiskies, but no less quality.

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TIGI Bed Head for Men Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner (£5.50 each)
My Dad is forever stealing my shampoo and conditioner, and with this fab duo, he can have his very own, especially for him. Plus, it has the added benefit of being thickening for the hair, and let’s face it, those boys lose their hair much quicker than us girls. It doesn’t have the usual fruity, floral scent of womens shampoo either and has a lovely musky, manly scent instead.

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Lacoste Jaune Eau De Toilette (£62)
I love the Lacoste men’s fragrance range as they are designed like their polo shirts, with the infamous snappy logo. Lacoste Jaune is their Optimistic scent and is quite a tangy, slightly fruity fragrance, mixed with some woody tones, making it the perfect summer scent for the man in your life.

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Wilkinson Sword
Whether your Dad prefers traditional shaving or quick as you like shaving, Wilkinson Sword have it covered. Their traditional pot of shaving soap (£2.99) and their shaving brush (£4.59) remind me of when I was little and I used to sit and watch my Dad shave in a morning before work. For men on the go, their Xtreme 3 Ultimate Plus (£4.89) pack of four razors are perfect for home or travel, therefore if you have an upcoming holiday, this will be fab for them to take away with them.

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Seascape Homme
Seascape is a brand I have reviewed previously on The Kats Paws and I was actually unaware that they have a men’s range. Their products feature ingredients sourced from local producers on the tranquil island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. I think their Shave Gel (£16) and Daily Moisturiser (£16) would be a lovely gift for men who like to take care of their skin without spending a fortune on quality products.

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Daddy Cool Ornament (39p)
I picked up this cute little ornament when I was in my local Home Bargains store as my Dad loves token gifts that he can keep on his desk at work and for just 39p it is perfect for a child to buy with their pocket money.

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Kiehls Facial Fuel
As you may or may not know, I include Kiehls products in my personal skincare regime and when I recently attended their York Blogger Event, I got to learn more about their men’s collection. I chose their Energizing Face Wash (£8.50) and their Energizing Moisture Treatment (£21) as I personally know how good the products and ingredients are for your skin. I do love men’s scented products, and these do have a slight musky, woody scent to them, but without being overpowering.

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Avon Elite Gentleman
For fragrances that don’t break the bank, I always head to Avon. Their Elite Gentleman range contains charismatic notes of juniper enhanced with rich cardamom and refined woods and smells soooooo good! At just £13 for 75ml you can even afford to add the Hair & Body Wash for just £3.60. Your Dad will soon be smelling clean as a whistle!

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Hugo Boss Bottled Intense (£45 for 50ml)
I always think of Gerard Butler when I see the Hugo Boss fragrance adverts come on the television, and I often think he looks the epitome of a gentleman – smart and suave. Now if you are buying a Fathers Day present on behalf of your son or daughter, I think this would be a very welcomed gift, and your partner, boyfriend or husband will smell divine.

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Folding Comb
Another Home Bargains find, this folding comb cost around 99p, and as cheap and small as it may be, I know my Dad will love it as he is always losing his combs but always likes to have one in the pocket of his jacket or trousers. Plus this one has a little message on – The Best Dad in the World. Awww.

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Dove Men Care Range
Another well-known, everyday brand with a dedicated mens skincare range, Dove’s Hydrate Plus is excellent for drier skin, to boost moisture and hydration. Included in the range is the Pro-Moisture Shave Cream (£3.49), Moisturiser (£8.99) and Hydration Balance Body and Face Wash (£3.79). These caring products don’t cost the earth and are a great way to introduce a man to skincare regimes, but in a manly way of course!

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Whatever you are doing for Father’s Day I hope you have an amazing day, and for those of you with a Daddy in Heaven I send you lots of hugs and here’s a snap of my Supadad and Daisy…

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Love,

Kathryn xxx

Blogger Event: Kiehls

Recently I was invited to the Kiehls Blogger Event held in their store in York which I was super excited about as I love their skincare products, plus it gave me a chance to meet some other lovely Yorkshire bloggers.

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I knew two of the bloggers attending – Becky from Just Becky, you can check out her blog here and my friend Emma who is a Make Up Artist and so we headed through the pretty cobbled streets of York to the Kiehls store on Stonegate. We weren’t sure how many bloggers would be at the event, and it turned out to be us three plus Beauty Best Friend, Laura Knows Lifestyle, Jamie Sowden and Luke Sowden. We were offered a glass of champagne and strawberries upon entering the store and took our seats, which on them sat a little goody bag, a Smoothie and a little Bettys box. For those of you who may not know, Bettys is an amazing restaurant known for its stunning Afternoon Tea, and so we all couldn’t wait to peek inside the box! Becky opened hers and there were two pretty pastel-coloured Macarons. Yummy!

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Once everyone had arrived, the lovely Hannah and Laura proceeded to give us an introduction to the Kiehls brand and what they stand for. Hannah asked for a volunteer who would bare their skin to do a demonstration on, and as I didn’t mind having my make-up removed I volunteered. I knew my skin type was generally combination as I suffer from a slight bit of oil on my t-zone and dryness and redness on my cheeks, and Kiehls use a small electronic device which calculates the amount of water in your skin – testing on your forehead and your cheek area. The results were that my cheeks were very dry and needed some moisture in them. Hannah then applied and discussed the different products which would be a good routine for me to use, which I found really helpful. Laura let the bloggers try out the products on their hands to get used to their scents and how they work on the skin, as many products used on my skin would have been correct for the other girls and boys to use on theirs.

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After the demonstration, Hannah and Laura did the moisture skin test on the other attendees so they could then discover which products would be best for their skin. I took this time to take a look around at the rather large range of skincare products and to take some photographs, as well as enjoying another glass of champagne. At the beginning of the evening, we had been asked to fill out a card for a free raffle to win a selection of their skincare and I couldn’t believe it when I was the one picked out – it included products which Hannah had prescribed for my skin and so I felt very lucky – I hardly ever win anything!

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It was a lovely evening and I learnt a lot about my skin, and what it needs inside rather than just on the outside. Myself and Emma decided to stop for a delicious fish and chip supper on the way home and had a catch up which was really lovely as I hadn’t seen her for a while.

After my skincare demonstration from Hannah, she applied one of their BB Creams, and I was so impressed with the result and longevity of it that I went online and ordered one as soon as I got home. Whether shopping in-store or online, Kiehls always provide complimentary samples with your purchases and so I chose a few different sachets and also got sent a deluxe sample of their wonder-product Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which you would use instead of a moisturiser – plus it is what Michelle Keegan used before she wed Mark Wright – if its good enough for Michelle, its good enough for us!

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I will be doing further posts about Kiehls as I try out my products, so keep your peepers peeled for those posts. In the meantime, you can check out Kiehls here.

Have you tried Kiehls before? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Summer Style with Superdrug

I was recently sent a rather large bag of new releases from Superdrug, all of which are perfect for Summer, when it finally arrives, and thought I would share them with all of you lovelies.

First up, who knew Superdrug did fashion accessories? This Summer they have brought out a range of Beach Bags, Flip Flops and Sarongs, and they are all 3 for 2 – bargainous! The Flip Flops I received are a gorgeous hot pink and turquoise, perfect for those pretty manicured tootsies and just £3 a pair. The Flip Flops also come in a cute flamingo design, a polka dot design and some pretty florals.

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The gorgeous, stripy beach bags come in blue and white stripes as well as pink and white stripes and are a snip at just £5 each.

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The Sarong I received has a gorgeous bird and feather pattern on it in hues of blue, white and pink and again costs just £5. Sarongs are great for summer and can be used in a multiple of ways as well as being super light for packing.

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Self-Tanning Products
If like me, you are super pale and take forever to tan, self-tanning products help give me that quick boost of bronzed Goddessness.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam and Mit – The Bondi Sands Self-Tanning collection is exclusive to Superdrug and is a quick and effective way of getting an amazing tan. It retails at £14.99 but at the moment there is a 1/3 off the Bondi Sands range at Superdrug and so snap them up whilst they’re even better value.

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Vita Liberata NKD Skin Superfast Tan Mousse and Mit – I have used NKD Skin by Vita Liberata before and love their range, especially the mousses as they leave me streak-free with a great tanned look rather than an orange TOWIE look. They dry super quickly which is definitely a plus for me as I hate waiting for tan to dry. This is regularly £14.99 but just like the Bondi Sands range, there is also a 1/3 off the NKD Skin range!

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Getting Holiday Ready…
SPF lotion is extremely important if you are holidaying abroad or in the UK – no one wants to look like Madge from Benidorm, and so to keep your skin protected, ensure that you use a good strength SPF.

Solait Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF 30 – This water-resistant Sun Lotion gives you incredible protection from the sun’s rays as well as being non-greasy. It also offers advanced UVA/UVB protection and doesn’t have a strong scent to it, therefore being perfect for all skin types including Sensitive skin. It is regularly £7.99, but is currently on offer at just £3.95 for 200ml.

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Solait Perfecting Shimmer Oil – As the sun and heat, as well as the chlorine from swimming pools, can dry out our skin, it is essential to keep the skin well moisturised to keep your tan lasting longer and looking great. This Shimmer Oil from Solait can be used on the face and body and is enriched with Argan, Almond and Rosehip oils to soothe the skin and keep it in great condition. The Shimmery particles in the oil help your tan to look even better. It is normally £7.99 but again is currently on offer for £5.29, much cheaper than alternative Shimmer Oils currently on the market.

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Festival Hair…
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with hair colours, tints and sprays, and Superdrug have some exclusive hair products perfect for this.

Colour Freedom Ultra-Vibrant Non-Permanent Hair Colour – These stunning semi-permanent hair colours are available in a range of shades and contain Shea Butter and Argan Oil to keep the hair in great condition. The hair colours come in large containers which mean they are perfect for multiple applications and so if you and your bestir fancy a change, this will totally cover you both. Price is just £6.99 which is an excellent price compared to other hair colours out there.

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Colour Freedom Pasteliser – This wonder product helps take any of the bold colours from the Colour Freedom range and turns them into pastel shades, so you can either go bold and bright or pretty and pastel. As with the Hair Colour, it also contains Shea Butter and Argan Oil, ensuring the products won’t dry out your hair. RRP £6.99.

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Models Own Festival Colour Hair Spray – Fancy a colour change without it being permanent? These bright, neon Coloured Sprays from Models Own allow you to go Neon Purple, Pink, Blue or Orange at the drop of a hat and are all totally wash-out-able. Perfect for festivals and only £4.99 a tin – the Models Own range is currently also on 3 for 2 at Superdrug.

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Fragrance…
Paris Hilton Signature Body Mist Spray – During hot summer days I don’t always want a heavy fragrance, and so I tend to use Body Mists as they are cooling and give me a hint of fragrance without going overboard. This Body Mist Spray from Paris Hilton costs just £10, which is a whole lot cheaper than a bottle of perfume and twice the size. I must admit I wouldn’t have thought of looking at Paris’ fragrance but this smells lovely and fresh, girly without being too floral and perfect for summer days or evenings.

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Ben Cohen Eau De Toilette – Another Superdrug Exclusive, this men’s fragrance from the rugby star Ben Cohen is a newbie on the block. I received a tester bottle of the fragrance, but it is available for just £15 for 100ml. I tend to be a lover of men’s fragrances more than women’s sometimes as I love heady, woody scents, and cannot stop spritzing this scent – I love its fresh aroma, with hints of citrus and woody notes. Perfect for the man in your life. Or if you don’t have a man in your life like myself, it works great as a room spray haha!

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Cosmetics…
Superdrug have so many exclusive make-up brands such as Gosh, Make Up Academy, Make Up Revolution and many, many more, therefore here are a few of their most recent releases…

Models Own Festival Range
I mentioned a little about the Models Own Festival Collection when I introduced you to their Neon Hair Sprays, but the range also includes nail polishes, lip shades and face paints.

The Festival Face and Body Paint costs just £3.99 and comes in a range of neon shades, as well as gold and silver ones, so you can really turn your face or body into a work of art with these beauties.

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I received the Festival Lip Shade in the colour Headliner (£4.99) – which is a stunning coral-pink-red and they go onto the lips super easily, and contain lots of lovely lip conditioning properties. I am wanting to go to a festival now just so I can look all fabulous in this gorgeous, exciting collection!

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GOSH Primer Plus – I no longer put my make-up on without using a primer, and this Primer Plus from GOSH is extra perfect for Summer as it concentrates on providing the skin with much-needed Hydration. The Primer itself has a white look to it but melts into the skin clear, to give protection as well as making make-up easier to apply. It costs £13.99 but the site with deals galore, Superdrug has an offer on GOSH cosmetics where you buy one and get one half price.

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Make Up Academy Pout Prime costs just £3 and is the newest in primer releases. This product is perfect for me as I love wearing lipsticks, which can sometimes not look as good as they should due to my dried-out pout. Using this lovely, smoothing lip conditioner, I can help soothe my lips whilst ensuring my lipstick goes on much better.

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Make Up Academy Pro-Base Prime & Conceal – If you are a regular reader of The Kats Paws, you may know I suffer from red patches on my cheeks and so sometimes I need more than a regular concealer. This Prime and Conceal palette contains five different shades of concealers, to neutralise and calm down the appearance of redness, yellow undertones, and gives the appearance of illuminosity and radiance. Make-Up Academy are so on spot with their prices, and this wonder-product costs just £4.

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Make Up Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette – As a beauty blogger, I see a lot of love for Make Up Revolution, especially their palettes and before I even opened this new palette, I fell in love with the rose gold packaging! Heavenly! Inside the palette there is a top row of matte shades and a bottom row of shimmery shades. The colours range from beautiful, pretty base shades, rose gold and browns, sparkly silvers, natural blues, greys and khakis and a charcoal that would also work great as an eyeliner for a less-harsh look. The palette costs just £6.99 which as always, is amazing, but it also comes with a large mirror and a double ended professional applicator brush.

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So, there we have it, lots of gorgeous summer products perfect for whether you are staying in this country, popping to a festival or going to the Bahamas. If you don’t have a Superdrug store in your local area, shipping is free with every purchase over £10.

Check out Superdrug here to shop online or locate your local store.

What are your Summer must-haves?

Love,

Kathryn xxx

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