GLOSSIER FOR GUYS?

GLOSSIER FOR GUYS?

Over the past couple of years the concept of gender and gender identity has been at the forefront of discussion. Gender identity refers to our own experience with gender and can correlate to the gender we are assigned to at birth or can differ from it. Whilst gender isn’t something new, the conversations around the topic and increased awareness that everything isn’t just black and white is so important.

Whilst the boundaries between male and female are starting to become less definedwhy do so many companies still directly market there products to particular genders? Is there a real reason that certain skincare products are specifically targeted ‘For Men’?

The answer is yes. Male skin has some unique features and with regular shaving, is often treated differently too. Male skin is typically 20% thicker than females skin and has more pores. Men produce more sebum and is therefore the skin is more oilier then females. Shaving also removes the top layer of skin cells which can cause irritation and is much more sensitive to external influences.

Finding a skincare routine that works for you can take some time, especially as your skin changes with age.  For me I’m always on the look out for new products to put to the test, with Glossier being the latest.

Most people don’t need an introduction to the brand, however when you think of Glossier you immediately associate it with its attractive pink and white packaging. Whilst the brand might be marketed to a female audience, I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss about was this ‘hip’ brand so I purchased the daily skincare essentials Phase 1 Skincare Set and Moisturizing Moon Mask to try for myself.

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Phase 1 Skincare Set

The trio of products that make up this set are the Milky Jelly Cleanser (177ml), Priming Moisturiser (50ml) and Balm Dotcom (15ml) – an all purpose skin and lip balm. So are they really worth all the hype?

The first product I tried was the the Milky Jelly Cleanser and was pleasantly surprised with how gentle and hydrating the creamy formula is. Designed to be used on both wet or dry skin as a make up remover and a face wash, I was surprised how hydrated  and calm my skin felt after use. I guess this shouldn’t be a total surprise considering the formula contains five separate conditioning agents.

The gentle formula is paraben free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect choice for someone who has quite sensitive skin like myself. Not only did it leave my skin feeling calm but also clean and fresh – what more could you want from a face wash?

Much like the cleanser the Priming Moisturiser was also quite a surprise. It does feel quite lightweight so would be something I would probably use more in the summer rather then the winter, however you can layer it as described. Once again, there’s no unnecessary ingredients or fragrances in here and it does exactly what it needs to do. The formula absorbs into your skin relatively fast and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and your skin feels fresh and hydrated.

Finally, I chose the Birthday flavour Balm Dotcom not realising it was a shimmer balm. I guess that serves me right for impulse buying and not reading the description first. Needless to say I haven’t given this much thought – If anyone wants it let me know!?

At £35 I think the skincare set is quite reasonable and by buying as a set you also save yourself £8. However if you are on a tighter budget I would definitely purchase the Milky Jelly Cleanser as an introduction to the brand.

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Moisturising Moon Mask

Of of all the products tried, the Moon Mask is definitely the one I keep going back to again and again. Packed full of ingredients to hydrate, plump and brighten your skin, this mask is the perfect go to when your skin needs that extra bit of TLC. It does feel quite indulgent applying a generous layer of this already rich formula to my face, but 20 minutes later my skin feels so much healthier for it. I love how this leaves my skin after use especially when masks usually make my skin feel tight and dry.

Overall I quite like these Glossier products and their no-fuss, back to basics approach. They look good, do what they say and are genuinely quite good. What else is there to say?

Have you used any of the Glossier range? What are your thoughts?

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END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end I thought I would do a round up of some of my favourite products I’ve been using this season.

With the colder days starting to creep in its time to switch up our skincare routine to adapt to the upcoming season. For me this means introducing products that can keep my skin hydrated against the harsh conditions winter can bring – my skin definitely needs an extra bit of TLC over the cooler months!

The past couple of months I’ve tried so many new products and brands, some with success, others not so much. My skin can be temperamental at times so I’m always on the lookout for new products that work for me to add to my line up.

So, what made the final cut this summer?

Ouai Matte Pomade – when I first tried this product I wasn’t really a fan. I had high expectations of the brand and they fell short. However after working with it for a bit I have found that I’m using this almost daily now. Whilst it may not be ‘matte’ it’s easy to use and gives just the right amount of hold.

Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ – I had been wanting this for some time so when I got it for my birthday I was over the moon. It’s long lasting and has a nice modern fragrance with hints of vanilla, rum and tobacco.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – this is a real life saver when your having a bad skin day. I apply this every morning and fine it helps keep my skin under control. The active ingredients help to reduce redness and irritation and over time reduces the appearance of fine lines – something I’m a lot more conscious of after hitting 30!

Glossier Moon Mask – this super hydrating mask is one of my favourites. I had heard a lot of good things about glossier but was reluctant to try them at first. However this face mask does exactly what it says on the tub and is a must!

Anthony Facial Moisturiser – during the warmer months I go for lighter moisturisers to stop my skin becoming oily. This Anthony formula is perfect for during summer. It’s smells great, easily absorbed and gives me just the right amount of moisture I’m looking for.

Origins Active Charcoal Face Mask – another face mask, but another must! The active charcoal mask from Origins helps to visibly remove blackheads and reduce blemishes. I have used this a couple of times now and although slightly messy, my skin always feels so clean and healthy afterwards.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of my favourite products I have been using this summer. Have you tried any of these? What has been your go to this summer?

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NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

If your supplies from the last Mankind Grooming Box are starting to come to a end, don’t worry because Mankind are back yet again with another fantastic box this summer to keep your skin care routine on point. Every couple of months the team carefully curate a new box packed with a selection of products; some from brands you may have heard of before, others maybe less so. It is a great introduction to some quality new brands and you can really see they have thought about each product that is contained in the box.

Whats great about the Mankind Grooming boxes is that they don’t require a subscription. There’s also no surprises – you can also clearly see what you are getting on the product page before you buy which is probably why they sell out fast. The Strength Edit features £130 worth of products, all for £40 and as always, the handy box features 6 full-sized products to cover all basis. From everyday essentials such as toothpaste to more targeted products like the eye gel they really do have a bit of everything you need!

So what comes in the Strength Edit grooming box?

  • Hawkins & Brimble Elemi and Ginseng Body Wash (250ml)
  • ESPA Shave Mud (200ml)
  • Christophe Robin Cleansing and Thickening Paste Shampoo for Men (250ml)
  • Marvis Strong Toothpaste (85ml)
  • Aveda Pure-formance Grooming Clay (75ml)
  • Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

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As you can see the box is packed full (literally) of full sized products. Although I have tried a couple of the items in the box before such as the Marvis toothpaste and The refinery Eye Gel, there are a number of brands I haven’t used in here, ever. Both ESPA and Christophe Robin are new to me and are the two products I’m most looking forward to using.

Although the ESPA Dual-Action Shave Mud is initially designed for use whilst shaving, I love the idea of it doubling up as a deep cleansing mask which they recommend using twice a week. The mix of ingredients sound so good too – a mixture of clays, shea butter and almond oil I can already tell my skin is going to love this product!

When I first opened up the box I thought the Christophe Robin product was a moisturiser so I was surprised to find out this huge tub is actually a tub of shampoo! Just like the ESPA Shavemud, the Christophe Robin Shampoo is a clay formula and is designed to leave the hair feeling healthy, thicker and stronger with continued use. Im not sure how it will stand the test of time in a shower environment but I’m looking forward to putting it to the test.

Would you like to see a review of any of these products? Let me know in the comments below. Have you tried any of the products in the latest grooming box? I’d love to hear what you thought!

The Mankind Grooming Box Strength Edit

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The Mankind Grooming Box – Strength Edit was gifted by Mankind.


5 TIPS FOR SUMMER SKIN

5 TIPS FOR SUMMER SKIN

Whilst the weather in the UK might be unpredictable over summer, one thing that isn’t is the damage that the sun can do to your skin if you don’t take steps to avoid it. Follow these quick tips to keep your skin hydrated and healthy this summer season!

01. Keep hydrated. It might sound like a cliche but remember to drink lots of water during the hot weather. Our bodies are mostly made up of water so its no surprise that when we sweat excessively we start to feel dehydrated. When skin becomes dehydrated it produces more natural oils to make up for the lack of water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and an overall dull appearance. Drinking more water during the hot weather helps to maintain the balance of fluids in our body and prevent us from dehydrating. Drinking water also helps to cool the body and skin and flush out any  toxins.

For some instant hydration throughout the day try Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist.

02. Apply suncream. UV rays are harmful for your skin at anytime of the year and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause sun spots and the onset of premature ageing and wrinkles. During the summer are skin is exposed so much more to the elements so protecting your skin during the hot weather is vital to keep it at it’s best. Applying a suncream 15 minutes before you head out is essential and a minimum of SPF 30 is the recommended protection against the suns rays. If you do sweat excessively or are going to be swimming make sure you reapply as and when to top up your protection. If you are worried about putting a suncream on your face many brands these days offer your skincare favourites with the added dose of SPF needed.

If you are worried about the damage the sun can do to our skin but still want that summer glow you can always use fake tan which takes me onto my next point..

03. Fake it. If you don’t fancy lying out in the sun all day there are so many tanning products available on the highstreet. They take out all the effort and can give you that all over glow you are looking for. Not to mention, its so much safer for your skin. For me, I add a bit of the Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel into my daily moisturiser to get that instant sun kissed look.

04. Cleanse. After a day in the Sun your skin will be crying out for a bit of TLC. The build up of sweat, suncream and pollution sitting on your skin can cause irritation and breakouts so its really important to use a good face wash to remove these impurities. Switch it for a face scrub a couple of times a week to give you a deeper clean feeling and to remove any dead skin cells.

For a quick refresh during the day, try using the Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes.

05. Moisturise.

After any sun exposure, give your skin a boost with a moisturiser or after sun to replace any moisture lost during the day.  Switch out the thick winter creams for a lightweight moisturiser. For sunburnt skin use products containing Aloe Vera to help heal and soothe the damage.

So there you have it. Whatever you are doing this summer make sure to look after your skin – it will thank you in the long term!

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YEEZY BOOST 500

YEEZY BOOST 500

Yeezy Boost 500 Utility Black

When the whole ‘Dad shoe’ trend first surfaced I swore I wouldn’t be one to buy into it, it just wasn’t for me. However, here we are 6 months later with the latest Yeezy Boost 500 in hand.

I’ve been lucky enough over the last couple of years to get 6 pairs of Yeezy’s but was never really fussed about the 500 model. I don’t know what it was about the shoe, I mean I quite like the look of it to be honest I just didn’t think I’d be able to pull them off or what I would wear them with.

Having passed on the last 3 pairs when I saw they were releasing a ‘Utility Black’ colour way, I decided this was the pair for me and managed to get them from the adidas site on release. (Probably the easiest pair to get so far?)

Despite them being a bit too small I couldn’t be happier with the overall look of the shoe. The premium materials combined with all the details make a really nice silhouette. I do however wonder how they would wear with the suede panels to the front.

If anyone has a 8.5 or 9 UK send me a message!

What do you think of the dad shoe trend and the latest Yeezy release?

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