September Gift Guide Feature – Beauty, Style & Food Specials *

We totally can’t believe how fast September has come, if you are mummy/parent bloggers like us then you would have had a long holiday break with your kids enjoying the fabulous and almost perfect Summer.  Hope your kids, as ours, are now ready to head back to school and meet up with their friends and get into a set routine again.  Last month, we shared a lovely Gift Guide Post with gift ideas as well as activity ideas to keep the little ones busy during the holidays.  A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and share your thoughts on our blog post as well as our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter social media channels. It is always great to get feedback from our readers as this motivates us to share more especially as we consider ourselves social media influencers and love helping others decide on what products to buy or where to head on Family Days Out.  This month, we are sharing with you products on beauty, style and food ideas. We start with SKINIRVANA Pure Bliss Beauty Oils, which is 100% chemical free for mums (who totally need this after the long summer) and equally not forgetting the dads, we also share the Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel / Sebium / Sensibio Forte beauty set. As Autumn slowly creeps in, we try out some pickles and chutneys by The English Provender Co which is great for BBQs (before you store it away permanently for next year). The Roqberry Mixed Box assorted teas and infusions is great for someone who is adventurous with their drink tea while sitting with a good book.  Finally, we share where you can get your little Harry Potter fan a Hogwarts Backpack just in time for the new school term. Do enjoy reading our selection for this month and feel free to leave your comments.

 

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SKINIRVANA 

Mary Lobo, the founder of SKINIRVANA, suffered from eczema and rosacea in her early twenties and decided to launch Skinirvana beauty products four years ago.  We were sent SKINIRVANA Pure Bliss Beauty Oils which are hand poured, 100% natural, chemical-free, never tested on animals, vegan and contain over 95% ingredients from organic origin for fragile skin.   This is a really lovely product and I really loved trialling this over a period of a week and I felt as though it made my face feel nourished. Being filled with essential oils I thought it would be greasy but it didn’t feel like this at all. It made my skin feel lovely and smooth. The 30ml luxury bottles uses a pipette to dispense the oil, this can be a bit tricky to use as you try not to squeeze out too much. This would be perfect as a gift, however, it does come at a cost of £45.  As someone who tends to get a burning sensation when I use face creams etc, this product didn’t do that at all. So I can say its great for people with reactive skin. You can purchase yours here.

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Pickles and Chutneys by The English Provender Co
Love pickles and chutneys? Then you would love this tasty selection from The English Provender which also works as a lovely hamper gift set. We were sent the Moroccan Spiced Chutney, the Apple, Pear and Fig Chutney as well as the finely Chopped Pickle.  The Moroccan Spiced Chutney was hands down our family favourite as we got the hint of cumin and coriander flavours hitting our palette when we tasted this. This is a lovely accompaniment to samosas, sausages and rice as the chutney has a strong flavour to it.  The Finely Chopped Pickle tasted nice but was more watery and tasted more subtle in flavour compared to the usual brand we are used to. Lastly, we tried the Apple, Pear and Fig Chutney which tasted less vinegary compared to the others. This sweet chutney went really well with a variety of sausages which we tried it with as well as black pudding and white pudding. It brings out the flavour of the meat very nicely and yet it is not overpowering. These chutneys and pickles can be easily purchased from Waitrose or Sainsbury for around £1.90 each and made into a hamper. A great way to spruce up your barbeque or picnic as well. Do head to their website for some recipe ideas on how you can make any ordinary dish a little more special.  These are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and free from artificial colours and flavours.
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Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel / Sebium / Sensibio Forte
Rich thought Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel 200ml felt fresh on his face, it didn’t foam as much as a standard shaving foam but lathered enough to shave with. The Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner which was 30ml was great on a breakout, it tightened the areas where the breakout was and didn’t feel greasy like a moisturiser could do. I think this is a great addition to your toiletry bag, as it really helped on the localised area of the breakout. The final product was the Bioderma Sensibio Forte, which came in a 40ml bottle.  This was useful on sunburns as my husband works outside all day and therefore often has redness from the sun. This product has a cooling effect on the face and did ease the heat, however, I am not sure it removed the redness, it might be something that occurs with longer use. The Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel costs £10 while The Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner costs around £15 and finally the Bioderma Sensibio Forte costs £14. These can be purchased from Amazon or Boots.
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Roqberry Mixed Box assorted teas and infusions

This is perfect for anyone who wants to liven up their tea breaks but isn’t sure which flavours to choose. Containing 10 different, individually-wrapped pyramid teabags, this box gives you the chance to try a wide selection of blends. I’m a big fan of tea and drink several cups a day (and not just English breakfast), so I was eager to be even more adventurous with my brews. Each bag is given an intriguing name, such as Banana Bee (a rooibos herbal infusion) and Coco and Joe (a black tea). But the first blend to grace my mug was The Big Smoke, a black tea with a delicious, distinctive flavour. I also loved the Spiced Blueberry, which, being naturally caffeine-free, was ideal as a tasty evening cuppa. The teabags are biodegradable, and most of the tea in this box is made with 100% natural ingredients (except the Spiced Blueberry). Plus, each packet includes instructions on the best way to brew each blend. The Roqberry Mixed Box costs £6 and is available here.

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Harry Potter Hogwarts Backpack
This is such a cool and stylish present to give to someone or receive one yourself if you are a big Harry Potter fan! This is the perfect size as a school backpack and measures approx. 38 cm x 28 cm x 15 cm.  The bag is not only an officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise but it also features the large printed emblem and Hogwarts badge lining.   The ever famous yellow and burgundy Gryffindor-coloured stripes also is clearly visible on the bottom which most kids recognise.  My 8-year-old daughter loved using the bag and felt like she was attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which got her excited for the start of the new term!  The bag is made of sturdy material and looks attractive, especially on the inside with its eye-catching bright yellow emblem print and secret pocket.  The metal emblem on the zipper did fall out, so would recommend tightening that if you are getting this bag to ensure you don’t lose that.  This must have bag for any Harry Potter fan costs £19.99 and you can purchase yours from MenKind.
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* We were sent these products in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

44 Comments

  1. September 4, 2018 / 5:34 am

    I love bioderma stuff so these bits look really nice. And the hogwarts backpack looks really cute x

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Rhian, yes the backpack was a total favourite and the Men’s Bioderma products were great as well

  2. Ada
    September 4, 2018 / 6:40 am

    So many good gift ideas! I love the Hogwarts backpack and it would be the best gift for anyone who is in love with Harry Potter.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Absolutely!! Our kids are Harry Potter crazy!

  3. September 4, 2018 / 6:45 am

    All great recommendations. I really like Bioderma products, always had great results with this brand.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks Daria, glad you like our shares for September

  4. September 4, 2018 / 8:35 am

    That chutney hamper looks incredible -we are big chutney fans in this house! I just know Jack would adore that Harry Potter backpack too – but so would I, haha!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      Absolutely Rebecca the chutney went well in our house too even with the kids and the HP backback is a big favourite with my daughter

  5. September 4, 2018 / 8:36 am

    My kids would love that rucksack and I would really love the The English Provender hamper, especially the Moroccan spiced chutney, yum!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 4, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Yes the Moroccan spiced chutney was amazing and the Harry Potter backpack was a favourite too x

  6. September 4, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    It’s unbelievable to me how quickly September has arrived. Time needs to slow down! I love the look of that Harry Potter backpack, my son would really dig that!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Yes we can’t believe it too, that backpack is our daughter’s favourite, she just loves it x

  7. September 5, 2018 / 5:28 am

    September gift is awesome..I wish to hv all those gifts.. so greedy … hhahahahahaha

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:17 am

      We don’t blame you, all the items showcased are just lovely and suits different people

  8. Kristy Bullard
    September 5, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    My favorites would have to be the teas and the chutneys. They both sound wonderful!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Both the teas and chutneys are a great gift to give someone. They both tasted great

  9. September 5, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    I love the look of those tea bags. I would never be unhappy to receive more tea 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Yes we love our fusion tea as well and these are just great

  10. September 5, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    There are so many fun products here! Great round up of items! My daughter will be obsessed with the Harry Potter back pack!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 5:56 pm

      Yes we are sure she will as its such a fab bag and original merchandise too. Glad you like the round up.

  11. September 5, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Oh what fab products! I love the look of the Harry Potter back pack and the chutneys, I do love a good chutney!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Yes we love our chutneys too Laura and can’t get enough of these, all three flavours are fantastic!

  12. September 5, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    September is one of my favorite months. Weather is changing and things are slowing down a bit.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Yes September is a great month, also when the Autumn colours start coming through

  13. September 5, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    That’s a very nice gifts basket I like everything on it. Changing season sometimes makes my skin dry , using moisturizer is always a must for me.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Thanks Farah, its such a lovely feeling receiving a nice gift basket so we love sharing these ideas as well x

  14. September 6, 2018 / 2:17 am

    So many great gift ideas. My daughter would love that Hogwarts backpack!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:39 am

      Thanks for stopping by Heather, yes that backpack is really a firm favourite with our kids

  15. Ruth I
    September 6, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    These products looks great. I would love to try the Bioderma products. I think those are really worth it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Yes they are Ruth, a lot of our readers have tried them and totally love them as well

  16. Danielle
    September 6, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    We love English Provender chutneys. They always take a sandwich to the next level.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Absolutely! We had ours with burgers, sausages, cheese and various types of sandwiches x

  17. September 7, 2018 / 8:16 am

    My daughter would love that Hogwarts bag! Great selection

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you! Yes that bag is such a great gift to get your daughter x

  18. Blair Villanueva
    September 7, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Bioderma skincare line is one of the best (though I don’t know why its quite expensive in my country). They are also awesome for sensitive type of skin.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Yes I have only heard good things about this skincare range so totally know that for certain. Hopefully the price drops in your country for this product.

  19. September 7, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of SKINIRVANA before but having oily skin, I’m always looking for hydrating skincare that doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. I might gift that to myself 😉

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Yes! What a great idea Michelle

  20. Becca Wilson
    September 7, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    I have never heard of Bioderma products. These looks like they would be so great!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      We have only be hearing raves about it and we loved reviewing it as well

  21. September 10, 2018 / 8:37 am

    I so need that backpack, I love all things Harry Potter

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 7:22 pm

      We cant agree enough, totally love the backpack Kara, they should do an adult version of it x

  22. September 10, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Oh there are some really lovely products there! I definitely want to try the Bioderma products!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Hope you do Emma, a lot of people rave about it, including us!

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