Elemis For Men Skincare Review

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If you’ve been following me you may have heard that I was asked to be part of the #MankindCollective a couple of months ago. Lucky for me this means I get to try out various products and share with you what I thought of them.

This time around it’s the turn of the Elemis for Men skincare range. Elemis is one of those brands I typically associate with Spa treatments and although I know of them, I have never actually used any of the products so I was excited to finally put them to the test!

The Elemis for Men range is specially formulated for men’s skin. Designed to combat the effects of shaving, everyday life and pollution, the range aims to instantly boost and hydrate skin. With that in mind, the two products I will be talking about are the Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash* and the Elemis Daily Moisture Boost* Moisturiser.

First up is the Deep Cleanse Facial Wash. What it says:

‘The ultimate daily cleansing solution, leaving skin brilliantly clean, revived and refreshed.’

The first thing I like about this cleanser is the consistency and how a little goes a long way. Similar to the Tom Ford face cleanser, this is a gel cleanser and feels thick and luxurious. As the product doesn’t lather up particularly much you can really massage the product into your skin for a ‘deep cleanse’ feel rather than having a face full of bubbles.

I have been using this twice daily now and can say I’m impressed with how refreshed it makes me feel after use, especially in the mornings. The hint of spearmint leaves your skin feeling cool and awake whilst the milk protein locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling nourished. The addition of oak bark along with the spearmint gives the cleanser a real masculine scent which is soothing rather than over powering.

Daily Moisture Boost. What it says:

‘Nourishing lightweight, daily moisturiser’

After the skin is cleansed it’s important to apply a moisturiser to lock in any moisture which may have been lost at the cleansing stage. The lightweight formula of the Elemis Moisture Boost instantly rehydrates your skin and leaves it feeling fresh. As well as being a great everyday moisturiser, the Moisture Boost is also ideal for people who may experience irritation through shaving as the formula is very similar to an aftershave balm. The lengthy list of beneficial ingredients really help to soothe and soften the skin, all while keeping it nourished.

Have you tried any of the Elemis for Men range?

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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can shop the full Elemis range here.


 

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Spring Clean your Skincare Routine

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Now we are officially in spring it’s not just our wardrobes that need a spring clean. A new season means a new skin-care routine.

Despite what the weather looks like as I type this, temperatures are set to rise over the upcoming months, so now is the perfect time to start prepping your skin for the season ahead. With that in mind, I have put this quick guide together to show you how you can also get the best results out of your skin this spring..

Exfoliate

During winter our skin is exposed to extreme conditions. A season of cold weather, rain and wind can leave our skin dull, dry and with a build up of dead skin cells. Exfoliating a couple of times a week will help get rid of that dead winter skin leaving your skin feeling bright and fresh. I’m currently using the Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub which is not only good at removing all those impurities, but it also smells really good and leaves your skin feeling full of life and refreshed.

Mask

To return some of the moisture lost during winter, use a face mask a couple of times a week.  This will leave your skin feeling hydrated and smooth. There are so many masks available at the moment so with a bit of trial and error I’m sure you can find the one which is most suitable for your skin. I’m currently using the limited edition GLAMGLOW ‘Sonic Blue’ Gravitymud.

Moisturise

To finish off your skin care routine try switching out your heavy moisturiser for a lighter oil-free moisturiser. The Lab Series Matte Renewal Lotion was my favourite discovery of 2016. Not only is it lightweight and hydrating, but it leaves your skin feeling completely matte and dry to the touch. I can’t recommend it enough!

Eyes

The brighter days can play havoc with our eyes. Now is the perfect time to be investing in a good pair of sunglasses and an eye cream to protect our eyes from UV rays. It will also help keeping those wrinkles which are caused by squinting at bay. As I get older I’m much more interested in anti-aging products so something like Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair is my eye cream of choice. The Eye Repair is designed to  visibly reduce crows feet and firm skin around the eyes. It also helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Now that I am approaching 30, ithere has never been a more  perfect time to start using more anti-aging products to help slow down the effects of getting older.

SPF

Applying sunscreen is another quick win to avoid skin damage caused by the sun. As mentioned above, the sun can damage our skin. When the weather is still mild you may not be able to feel how strong the sun actually is but after months spent under layers of clothing, spring is a high risk time for sun damage. Applying sunscreen is a must.  As the name suggests the higher the number or factor is, the better the sun protection is. I’ve been using the Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 for some time now,  in fact instead of me going into the details, you can read my full review here.

Fragrance

Finally, spring is the perfect time to switch out your fragrances. I always find I wear more spicy fragrances during the colder months and am drawn to more fresh scents in the spring and summer. I’m currently using the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne which combines both of these qualities I love – mixing peppery notes with fruity scents –  so it’s a complete win-win for me!

Have you had a Spring Clean of your routine?

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Mankind Grooming Box Review

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Have you seen the latest Grooming Box from Mankind? The Summer Edit box* features 7 male grooming products from some of the best brands all packed into one handy box. The latest collection not only features items from Hanz de Fuko, Jack Black and Men-U, but also includes 2 colourful pairs of Levi’s socks as an added bonus. At £25 it’s the perfect gift for the man in your life, or if you just fancy treating yourself, it’s also a great way to try some new products from new and established brands.

So what does the box contain?

For your hair there is the Daily Refresh Shampoo (100ml) & Moisturising Conditioner (100ml) from Men-U which are designed to nourish hair and retain moisture which may be lost during washing. Although I haven’t had time to try these properly yet, I haven’t tried a single Men-U product I haven’t liked. At 100ml they are a handy travel size so they will be coming away with me on my upcoming travels.

One product that has been getting a fair bit of use is the Hanz de Fuko Gravity Paste (50ml). Having just ran out of my usual product, I was kinda glad to see a styling product included in the box!  At £16 for the Gravity Paste alone, you really get to see what your money gets you with this product. The ‘super-grip’ technology activates as soon as it touches your hair keeping your style all day with a natural finish.

Moving on to the body, there is a Mr Natty Shipwrecked Shower Wash (100ml). I’ve had this before so although it’s not something new to me, it’s good all the same. The woody patchouli, vetiver and cocoa scent is refreshing yet comforting and is perfect for the  upcoming Autumn months and with added caffeine it really puts you in good shape for the day ahead.

The final two products which make up this box are the Jack Black Mint Lip Balm (4.25g) which you can’t go wrong with and the Imedeen Man Age Tablets (60 tablets).  I haven’t tried these tablets yet, as it is recommended to take the product for 12-24 weeks to notice results so I couldn’t give a fair opinion, but the idea is good. Anything that is designed to improve your skin quality and prevent ageing is a win in my book.

If you want to read more about any of these products before you try them there is a handy leaflet included inside the box featuring tips on how to use the products as well as all the information you need on them.

You can buy the Mankind Grooming Box here, but be quick as there sure to sell out soon and let me know your thoughts!

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Have you tried any of the products featured?

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Top 5 Aēsop Products

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When it comes to grooming I like to shop around for the best deals and try new products. I don’t tend to stick to the same products for very long, always finding a new ‘favourite’. One brand that has staying power and always becomes part of my daily routine in some way is, Aēsop. And not just because of those stylish brown glass jars.

Aēsop has become a blogger favourite over recent years due to its aesthetic, but when it comes to the products themselves, do they actually live up to the hype? The answer is yes.

I have put together a quick guide of my current top 5 most used Aēsop products to help you decide the right products for you:

Aēsop Tacit – The latest scent has become my go to fragrance for the last couple of months now. A earthy, spicy scent with a hint of citrus, Tacit is a subtle fragrance and suitable for all occasions and it lasts all day. Featured first here.

Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm – Spending a lot of my time outdoor, keeping my hands hydrated is a constant battle. Fast absorbing, moisturising and softening, it’s clear to see why the hand balm is ‘one of Aesop’s most sought-after products’. You only need a small amount so a tube will last you ages!

Amazing Face Cleanser – Although I’m currently coming towards the end of the Fabulous Face Cleanser I will be repurchasing the Amazing Face Cleanser in it’s place. This was one of the first products I bought from the brand and still continues to be one of my favourites, leaving your face feeling, well, amazing.

Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant – This handy Aloe Vera, Walnut Shell and Tea Tree Leaf mix can be added to your cleanser and used as often as needed.

Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque – Whilst I might not use this on a regular basis, whenever I get a break out I turn towards this masque. As well as minimising the signs of blemishes the concentrated formula leaves the skin feeling fresh and is really worth those extra ten minutes it adds on to your routine.

Shop Aēsop at Mankind.

What are your favourite products from Aēsop?

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Aēsop Maps of Light Gift Kits

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Just in time for the holidays Aēsop are back with their seasonal Gift Kits. Marking the tenth anniversary of the holiday releases, the 2015-16 range is made up of six different kits depicting one of the eighty-eight ‘modern’ constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union.

The Maps of Light celestial kits are based around six Greek myths; Auriga, Cepheus, Perseus, Andromeda, Delphinus and Cassiopeia, and contain varied face and body products carefully selected to represent the Greek myth the constellation is associated with. In true Aēsop style, each Gift Kit is handsomely packaged in a black re-usable tin and is completed with a graphically designed sleeve of information about the specific constellation/myth.

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The kits are made up of the following:

Auriga: A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (200ml), Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (75ml), Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol (60ml)

Cepheus: Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (200ml), Geranium Leaf Body Balm (120ml), Geranium Leaf Body Scrub (170ml)

Perseus: Fabulous Face Cleanser (100ml), Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion (60ml), Geranium Leaf BodyCleanser (200ml)

Andromeda: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash (500ml), Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (75ml), A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser (200ml), Rind Concentrate Body Balm (120ml)

Delphinus: Fabulous Face Cleanser (100ml), B & Tea Balancing Toner (100ml), Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream (60ml), Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque (60ml), Face Cloth

Cassiopeia: Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser (200ml), Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (100ml), Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum (15ml)

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The Maps of Light Gift Kits are available now ranging from £45 – £120 and would make a great gift for anyone this Holiday Season. Perseus (one of the most celebrated of the Greek heroes) is targeted towards a more male audience containing a trio of face, body and shaving products. Shop Aēsop

What are your favourite Aēsop products? What do you think of the latest Gift Kits? 

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