Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis

Valentines Day is creeping up quickly from the back and having been challenged by John Lewis to join in with their Valentines Day Campaign, the mister and I went off in search of something we thought each other would like.
Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis
I absolutely love shopping in John Lewis and always manage to spend any vouchers given to me as a gift in the beauty haul with no problem at all, but this time, I was there to buy something for Stephen and whilst I could go straight for a bottle of Creed and be totally predictable, I decided to go for something he doesn't own.  So I started in the grooming section and quickly decided that something beard related would be a good idea because he has decided to see how long he can continue to grow his beard before he gets bored and shaves it off.  With the choice between a Kent Beard Brush and a Men Rock Awakening Beard Care Gift Set, I settled on the latter which comes presented in a really nice box with four products to keep that beard in check. Inside there is a Sicilian Lime & Caffeine Beard Soap, (100ml), a Sicilian Lime & Caffeine Beard Balm (100ml), a Sicilian Lime & Caffeine Moustache Wax (25g) and the all important Men Rock Beard Comb and as an added extra, a packet of Love Heart Sweets and it is priced at just £29.95.
Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis
The second gift is something I had been toying with for some time.  For anyone who reads his blog (here), there is one thing which will stand out - aftershave, he is obsessed with it and has quite the collection, but the one thing he doesn't have is any Jo Malone. So I went over to the counter and explained I was looking for a Valentine's gift for my husband and that I didn't really know where to begin looking, so I was shown to a comfy chair, handed some amazing chocolate and told to relax whilst some scents would be picked for me to try. 

The whole there was no pressure from the amazing sales lady, she picked 6 fragrances in total and it soon became apparent where my decision was heading, Oud and Bergamot Cologne Intense, the one I was first introduced to and the one which clearly made the biggest impression and it has the most amazing description "Precious oud, reframed. The mysterious, smoky character of this revered wood, central to Middle Eastern fragrance traditions, radiates with the clarity of crisp bergamot and an orange granite accord". I purchased a 50ml bottle which is priced at £74 here.
Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis
With my purchases in hand, Stephen was somewhere in the store doing his shopping and he clearly reads my blog because he also managed to purchase two items, one I had coveted for quite some time and the other a complete and total, but very welcome, surprise. My first ever Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick and he went for a Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Bond Girl which is described as being a medium-dark rosy plum which has warm undertones and a satin finish and I just absolutely love it.

Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis

Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis

The second gift comes from Jo Malone too, so we obviously had the same idea in mind when we went shopping and he clearly has been reading my tweets. The scent that he chose was Oud and Velvet Rose which is just absolutely incredible. Again arriving beautifully packaged and in a 50ml which is black and so very classy looking, as a scent is described as being "Darkest Damask rose is rich and textural, wrapped with smoky oud wood. Spiked with clove, decadent with praline". I love rose scent products, there is something about that fresh scent of roses which is incredibly relaxing but is a scent which works so well with my skin that it smells amazing. As an added extra, I have also been booked in to go and experience a hand and arm massage to get the full Jo Malone experience which I am really looking forward too.

Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis
Valentines Day Gift Challenge with John Lewis
I really enjoyed this challenge and I loved seeing what John Lewis had to offer. At no point did I feel hassled into buying anything.

What do you think to the gifts we bought one another? Have you got plans to purchase things for your better half this Valentines?






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31 comments:

  1. aw i love that beardly beloved lol, my hubby did give it a try but quickly shaved it off after a week and half its just not him but its a lovely gift , i love the idea x

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  2. These are a great selection of gifts, I haven't even thought about what to get my other half for valentines day yet xx

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  3. Great choice of gifts. I've always wanted to try Jo Malone but it's a touch out of my price range. But if someone wants to buy me some as gift? Haha.

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  4. It's so cute that you bought each other something from the same range without discussing it!

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  5. Oh wow what lovely gifts. I must admit I find V-Day a bit of a challenge because I have been with my partner for over 20 years and have run out of ideas - must get thinking!

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  6. I love how you both opted for Jo Malone fragrances, I'd have been so happy with the choices your husband got for you x

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  7. Your hubby did an amazing job picking out those gifts for you! x

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  8. Valentines is something that still scares me, even after 7 years of marriage... Trying to get it right can be really hard!

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  9. Your hubbie rocks, i need to do lists for mine lol. I love the beard gifts sets, that's something like what I would buy for my oh, I wish we had a John Lewis here, I always have to online shop. x

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  10. I just really love the fact that you both ended up buying each other something from the same range! Because I have read his latest posts, I know he will get good use out of the beard care kit and I bet he loved the aftershave as well x

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  11. I have that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick too. I love the color x

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  12. These look like great Valentine's Day gift options! I'll have to check John Lewis out.

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  13. You both have great taste in gifts, I love the sound of the cologne and I love the sound of that plum lippie as well x

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  14. What a great gift guide! I love the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick he got for you x

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  15. These gifts sound lovely. Luxurious but also personal to each of you! X

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  16. I love the items here. Need to sort out Valentines Day gifts.

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  17. I don't really celebrate Valentines Day but these gifts would be great anytime!

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  18. I think it's sweet that he paid attention and bought you something that you liked. I love the gifts you bought x

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  19. I adore Jo Malone, their scents are always on point.

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  20. Interesting post, you have come up with really good collection by the way i have made an awesome collection of 2017 Best Valentines Day Gift Ideas check it out you will surely love it.

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  21. I so wish I had someone who was buying for me this year sadly I have become single for the first time i 18 years so I shall be buying myself a gift this year

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  22. there really good gifts, not into beards but find it interesting the upkeep so this post helped my curiosity !

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  23. Whoa Jo Malone and Charlotte Tilbury. Lucky lady! Some fab ideas there

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  24. Your gifts are really awesome. I love the Beard kit. I am going to have to add that to my hubby's gift list. So far I've gotten him two video games and will also do some cologne.

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  25. Sadly, gone are the days where we exchange Valentine's gifts! haha Love your ideas though - I find it SO hard to shop for men!

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  26. Fab gifts. I always got to John Lewis when I'm looking for something for hubby x

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  27. Great choices, Jo Malone & Charlotte Tilbury - top husband points there!

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  28. I love the gift choices. It's great how Stephen reads your blog and picked out some perfect presents for you

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  29. Ooh the Jo Malone and Charlotte Tilbury looks amazing!

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  30. I love Jo Malone and their staff are so lovely. I love going in and having massages and scent tests.

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  31. Fabulous picks! I love Jo Malone scents as well...!

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