JUNE GROOMING EDIT

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For June’s Grooming Edit I have once again teamed up with Panasonic and the new i-Shaper Mens Trimmer to bring you my favourite products which I have been using this past month.

The i-Shaper 3-in-1 Precision Trimmer is the perfect tool to style, trim and shave facial hair to keep you looking your best this summer. The ergonomic design and cordless operation allows for precise trimming and complete control over the difficult areas such as the jaw line and cheeks to get your desired style. Featuring 20 different cutting lengths the i-Shaper ensures a hassle free dry shave which is gentle on your skin – the perfect tool for someone who likes to keep a bit of stubble, but wants to keep it looking neat and tidy. For more information and to see the i-Shaper in action, head on over to the Panasonic YouTube page.

So what new products have I been using this month?

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon Eau De Toilette. The latest fragrance for men from Prada is a good one. Combining a mix of lavender, citrus and amber, the fragrance is sweet yet warm and masculine. This is the type of fragrance which is universal and would appeal to most people – I get so many compliments every time I wear it and its the perfect scent for the summer months. £49

LUSH Enzymion Moisturiser. I recently visited the Lush Spa in Leeds where I had the Validation Facial treatment which was amazing! I would definitely recommend booking in for a treatment if you can. The treatment itself involved a number of different LUSH products so after it was over I was keen to add some of these to my everyday routine. Stand out products to me were the Enzymion Moisturiser and the Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask (which they gave me after my treatment). The moisturiser is so thick and hydrating and is just what someone with dry skin like me needs. I was worried it would leave my skin feeling oily but as each pot contains a whole lemon, it leaves your skin with a matte finish. Again, another product which is perfect for the warmer weather. £14/£7

Jack Black Eye Balm. If the warm weather we’ve been having has stopped you getting a good nights sleep, this product is for you and it’s so easy to use. Featuring a stainless-steel rollerball applicator to massage and cool on contact, the blend of soothing and hydrating ingredients helps to minimise puffiness and brighten tired-looking eyes. The clear gel quickly absorbs into your skin and is non-sticky so is ideal any time of the day when you need a pick me up. Think mid afternoon slump or after a night of drinking.. £24

Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream. The latest innovation from Perricone MD comes in the form of the H2 Elemental Energy range. The light weight ‘cloud-like’ formula is highly moisturising and is powered with Hydrogen to deliver ‘deep penetrating hydration to the surface layers of skin for 24 hour results’. The fragrance-free formula absorbs almost immediately into your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth, without any oily residue. It kept me hydrated through the day and felt very natural. Not only does it do wonders for the skin, but it also looks amazing too, just look at that packaging! £80

Omorovicza Instant Perection Serum. I had never heard of this brand before receiving this item, but since I was introduced to it, I have seen it everywhere! I received this when I attended the Mankind Father’s day event at the beginning of the month. I wasn’t really sure what to do with a ‘face serum’ at first as I had never used one before. Turns out you apply this before you moisturise and, a third of a bottle later, it’s something I can always see being part of my everyday grooming routine. It feels a little bit sticky on first contact but soon disappears into your skin leaving it instantly firmer, brighter and hydrated. The Hyaluronic acid helps to plump up the skin and helps to lock in moisture. I also found that it made my complexion look so much better; minimising pores and making blemishes appear less red for a more evened out my skin tone. By applying a moisturiser over the top you are sure to have healthy hydrated skin all day long. £80

There you have it, my June favourites, have you tried any of these? What do you think about the Panasonic i-Shaper?

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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY PANASONIC. YOU CAN VIEW THE i-SHAPER 3-in-1MENS TRIMMER HERE.

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ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST ‘PRIDE’

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To coincide with Pride celebrations this weekend, my latest pick up comes in the form of this new pair of adidas Ultra Boost.

Much like Nike’s ‘Be True’ collection, the ‘Pride pack’ from adidas celebrates Pride month with four models featuring the colors of the Pride rainbow flag.

Staying true to previous releases, the “Pride/LGBTQ Ultra Boost 3.0” features a tonal black Primeknit upper and white BOOST midsole, much like the ‘Core Black 3.0’ released earlier this year. However, the moulded heel cage is now white and is adorned with multi coloured bubbles – paying tribute to the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag.

At £160 these aren’t cheap, but when you consider adidas’ donation to The Rainbow Laces campaign to coincide with the release; a charity which aims to champion LGBTQ equality in sport, you can see past it. In addition if you have ever owned a pair of Ultra Boost you will know just how comfortable they are on foot!

What do you think about the latest Ultra Boost?

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THICKER FULLER HAIR FOR MEN

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One thing I have always worried about as I get older is losing my hair. Whilst there are many factors that may lead to hair loss, male pattern baldness is something most men will experience through their lifetime.

There might not be any particular cure to losing hair but as technology advances there are more and more treatments you might like to consider. From extreme surgical procedures to spray on fibres, there’s something to cover everyones needs.

Although I might not be losing my hair (just yet) as the saying goes prevention is better than the cure. With that in mind I have been using thickening or caffeine shampoo for years as well as other thickening products to help keeping my hair thick and at its fullest.

For the past couple weeks I have been trying out some of the NIOXIN 3D Styling range, which is available at Mankind. Formulated with ‘Pro-Thick technology’ the NIOXIN Bodifying Foam and NIOXIN Thickening Spray contain thickening polymers that deposit on the hair. The polymers form bonds between gaps in the hair strands to create a fuller-looking appearance. Both products are quite similar, in the fact you apply to clean hair and blow dry for volume however I found the thickening spray a lot more easier (and less messy) to use.

The Thickening Spray is great for adding instant texture and hold. Simply spray from root to tip and blow dry into your desired style. Depending on what style you usually go for, you can either use it as a styler and leave it how it’s been dried or for a more manageable style, you can brush the product out to work in other products to create your look.

I did find once dried, my hair felt quite stiff and dry but this wasn’t really an issue for me as I opted for the second option and also used a pomade on top of it, followed by the NIOXIN Regular Hold Spray to keep it in place.

The NIOXIN Regular Hold Spray provides a light, balanced hold. Featuring LIGHTPLEX technology with thickening polymers and conditioning agents, it has just enough hold to keep it in place all day, but without any of the stiffness or stickiness. I’m not sure if I noticed much difference in terms of thickness but it provided the right amount of hold and did the job.

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If you’re looking for an added boost, the American Crew Boost Powder instantly thickens and lifts the hair to the areas applied. It might take a bit of trial and error to start with but once you’ve got the hang of sprinkling the white powder directly on to your hair, you can create a style full of weight and texture which will last all day.

It gives your hair a matte finish, but it works well with the rest of the American Crew range as a pre-stlyer if you are looking for a more slick style. Once again, I usually apply the American Crew Pomade to finish off.

Finally, if you read my last post you will know that the latest grooming box from Mankind contains the Nanogen 5-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner. Having used the Nanogen range before I was interested to see if this would be just as good as the individual shampoo and conditioners. Luckily, it is, and more. The incredible 5-in-1 treatment helps to cleanse, condition, exfoliate, thicken and strengthen hair. To put it simply, it leaves your hair feeling super healthy and… thick.

Have you tried any of these thickening products? What are your thoughts?

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MANKIND GROOMING BOX | CONFIDENCE EDITION

Confidence can take many forms. Whether you class yourself as an introvert or an extrovert, one thing that can help you exude confidence is your appearance and how you feel about yourself. That’s where Mankind are here to help.

The latest Grooming Box* from Mankind is all about Confidence and has everything you need to make sure you are on your A game every time. Featuring hair and skin care essentials from big brands such as Jack Black, Bed Head and Neville, the box has all your everyday essentials covered to get you looking your best.

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Starting from the top, the Nanogen For Men Shampoo and Conditioner 5-in-1 and it’s thickening formula is designed to thicken and strengthen your hair. The multi-targeted treatment contains a blend of hair growth factors, amino acids and exfoliators to keep your hair feeling healthy, nourished and looking it’s best. Having used the Nanogen products previously, it will be good to see if this all in one product is as good as the rest of the range.

On to the face and the Neville Rescue Scrub will help keep your skin clear and healthy.  The combination of volcanic ash and cocoa better is gentle on the skin and will not only tackle any dead skin cells and dirt, but it will also leave your face feeling soft and hydrated. Going into the summer this has arrived at the right time to help unclog your pores from sun creams and excess oils.

If you do shave, applying a post shave balm or  moisturiser straight after shaving will help trap in moisture and speed up the recovery process. The TIGI Bed Head For Men Balm Down Cooling Aftershave works to soothe and hydrate freshly shaven skin, relieving redness and irritation to leave skin feeling fresh and cool.

If like me you don’t shave daily, then the ManCave Original Moisturiser is ideal for some all over hydration. The moisturiser is packed full of natural ingredients to hydrate, mattify and energise skin. The light weight formula is easily absorbed into the skin leaving it smooth and shine free. As ManCave products are free from skin-unfriendly ingredients you know the brand has really thought about what goes into each product. Other notable ingredients here are caffeine which helps control the signs of fatigue and Borage Oil which locks in moisture.

When it comes to hair products I’m usually quite picky however the Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream was a surprise. As stated on the packaging, the product has a flexible hold so if you’re looking for a product to keep your hair in place all day, this isn’t for you. However, if you have thick or wavy hair, the Texture Cream provides long-lasting, flexible control while keeping frizz under control, which is ideal for a natural looking finish.

For me, this is the best Mankind Grooming box I’ve seen to date. Each product has been carefully selected to cover all your needs and to keep you looking your best and fill you full of confidence.

With over £70 worth of full-sized products for just £25, the Mankind Grooming Box is great value for money and sure to sell out fast. For more information and or to shop, click here. 

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Turning 30 & Barcelona Photo Diary

The end of May saw my 30th Birthday. I decided rather than staying at home and crying into my Macbook, that I would go away instead to take the edge off! I had heard many good things about Barcelona before but had never been, so when it came to booking a sunny city break, Barcelona was at the top of my list. What better way to celebrate than with some sun and a few drinks? The big 3-0 didn’t seem so bad after all.

When I think back to my twenties I always thought I would have everything figured out by now. I thought I would be further along in my career, be a home owner and have this adult thing down to a T.

Things might not have happened as I thought, but that’s okay.

I don’t know why I had high expectations and needed to accomplish so much by 30. It really is just a number. So many unexpected, great things have happened over the last ten years that might not have happened if I had been completely focused on ‘life goals’ so this is a reminder to hold my plans much more loosely because there’s a whole lot of life still to come and who knows what twists and turns are up ahead.

I hope you enjoy my photos of my Birthday trip, I loved Barcelona! Have you ever been?

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Chök | Brunch & Cake | Margarita Blues | Vioko | Bar Lobo

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