Cleanse, tone, moisturise... three little words that were driven into my head with such frequency during my younger years that I've pretty much based my entire skincare routine around them ever since. As the years have gone by, I've begun to add more products to the basic three I started with. My daily moisturiser was switched to one with an SPF factor over ten years ago, night cream was added shortly thereafter, eye cream was incorporated three years ago and last but not least, rosehip oil completed the party.
If 1980s hairstyles ever make a comeback, I'm all over it. My hair left unstyled for any length of time starts to resemble Jon Bon Jovi's in his heyday with remarkable accuracy. Not to mention the increasing frequency in which I drag my hair into top knot only to find out later that it’s fallen out and turned into a dubious side ponytail...
Continuing on from my Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her, here are my selections for the ultimate Valentine’s Gifts for Him. Not what you’d necessarily call romantic, but hey, when did boys desire romance anyway?! It’s my belief that men in general would be far happier with a non-romantic yet practical gift, such as an iPad, whisky or Senna on DVD. Which, by the way, I’ve watched and very much enjoyed. So don’t worry about choosing it as a possible gift for fear of being made to watch it, you don’t have to be an F1 fan to appreciate it.
Now as a married woman I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I simply cannot stand excessive soppiness on Valentine’s Day.
That doesn't mean I don’t want to celebrate being married to my lovely husband, but I don’t need to do that with choruses of overflowing love and devotion. It’s simply not me. So as I’m not very talented when it comes to slushy creative writing, I make it all about the gift. My most successful Valentine gift proved to be a new pair of football boots for my husband. Nothing romantic, but he was delighted nonetheless. But this year I’m totally and utterly stumped.
To that end and to help out others in the same predicament I’ve put together my selection of top gifts for both boys and girls. My first collection is for the girls, so if you struggle to say the right words, rest easy and let her new Anya Hindmarch bag do all the talking.