INTRODUCING THE MANKIND X GQ CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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Whether you like it or not, Christmas is already here and yes I just said the C word. It might still be another couple of months away yet, but its never too early to start thinking about what you are going to get for your nearest and dearest.

Building on last years Christmas box, this year Mankind have outdone themselves by teaming up with GQ to bring you the Christmas Collection. The Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is the perfect gift for the modern man, featuring 12 full-size products along with a 6-month GQ subscription, it really is the ultimate gift this year.

Priced at £100, the collection contains over £400 worth of products from brands such as Clinique, Lab Series, Argentum and Omorovicza, all packaged neatly in a elegant branded box. The full list of products can be seen below:

01. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (150ml)

02. Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream (70ml)

03. Clinique For Men Face Scrub (100ml)

04. men-ü Clay (100ml)

05. The Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

06. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment (100ml)

07. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (177ml)

08. Gentlemen’s Tonic Savile Row Razor – Faux Ivory

09. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (1 x 75ml)

10. Korres Men Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo (250ml)

11. Anthony Exfoliating and Cleansing Bar (198g)

12. Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Hand Lotion (70ml)

So far this year I’ve been really impressed with Anthony Skincare and Omorovicza – the Instant Perfection Serum from Omorovicza is a life saver, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of their different products from this box. That’s the good thing about these sort of collections, as well as familiar brands, it’s a great way to try out some other brands too. Rituals and Argentum are completely new brands to me so it will be interesting to see how these go. At £147 to buy on it’s own, you can’t help but have high expectations of the Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream!

Amongst the products its good to see products from well known and loved brands such as Clinique and Lab Series in there too – staples in my bathroom for years. The box contains a bit of everything; from cleansers and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste, it has all of your grooming needs covered and at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are buying it for a loved one or treating yourself, the Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is sure to not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts!

Is the Mankind Christmas Collection on your wishlist this year? What are your favourite products?

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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can buy the Christmas Collection here.


 

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The Best Lush Products for… Men?

fullsizerenderfullsizerender-1fullsizerender-2If you haven’t been in a Lush store before, chances are you have smelled one whilst walking past. Despite being unisex, Lush can seem intimidating for men. The sweet smells and bright colours may look like they are catered towards women, but just because the products don’t have a ‘For Men’ label on the front, it doesn’t mean they can’t be used by men too. In fact now that more and more men have started to look after themselves better, Lush makes it acceptable for everyone to pamper themselves every now and again!

So next time you walk past, make sure you pop in and see what the store can offer, there’s some great products waiting to be discovered. Lush also prides itself on being cruelty free and using the freshest ingredients in their products. guilt. free. shopping!

Here’s some of my recommendations..

The Olive Branch Shower Gel The Olive Branch shower gel is my most frequent Lush purchase and is a must for every bathroom! The combination of fresh mandarins, bergamot oil and vine leaves is comforting and has a real natural feel to it. As the name suggests the shower gel contains olive oil which will leave your skin hydrated and smooth. A real trip to the Mediterranean on a chilly morning.

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Dirty Springwash Shower Gel If you’re  looking for something a little bit fresher to really wake you up in the morning, then the Dirty range is the one for you. Not only does the range feature this shower gel but you can also purchase the Dirty fragrance in a body spray, shaving cream, toothpaste tabs, soap and styling hair cream. Key ingredients in this shower gel are spearmint and menthol which create a tingling effect on the skin leaving it feeling super clean and invigorated.

Cup ‘O Coffee Exfoliating Mask This one is definitely for the coffee lovers out there! If you follow my blog, you may have seen me review this product a couple of months ago. Needless to say I’m still loving it and have in fact just started my second pot of the stuff.

The multi-purpose mask can be used on the face, chest, legs and anywhere else that needs a bit of TLC. When I said this one is for the coffee lovers out there, here’s why. The mask contains actual coffee grounds. Whilst it may sound a bit gimmicky, the grounds act as a natural exfoliant to help unblock pores and remove dead skin. The scrub is quite course which some people won’t like but the added agave syrup helps to keep your skin hydrated throughout. If you think you can handle that along with the strong smell then you will be left with exfoliated, smooth skin that smells almost good enough to eat.2242.png

Prince Shaving Cream Unlike you’re traditional shaving cream, this stuff comes in a handy pot. If you’re looking for a comfortable shave, then this royal cream from Lush is just for you. Cocoa butter, almond oil, and flaxseed oil  help soften your bristles to give you a smoother, closer shave, all whilst leaving your shave area hydrated, moisturised and less irritated.

Avobath Bathbomb If you suffer from dry skin, then Avobath is for you. Packed full of olive oil and mashed avocado this bath bomb will not only turn your bath water a nice shade of green, but it will help revive even the driest of skin. The lemongrass and bergamot oils will fill your bathroom with its uplifting scent making you ready to tackle whatever the day has to throw at you.

American Cream Conditioner This milkshake-like product is ready to take on whatever the elements have to throw at you. Whether its damage from the sun or wind, this vitamin C rich conditioner will bring your hair back to life, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated and smelling great all day.

Coalface Soap This soap is a relatively new discovery for me. Blessed with skin that is prone to the occasional breakout I’m always on the lookout for remedies to help clear it up as soon as possible. I first came across this product from a YouTube video and thought I would try it out for myself. The soap contains rosewood oil which is known for its antiseptic properties and charcoal for it’s absorbency which help calm the skin and dry up any spots during a breakout. The liquorice root not only helps to leave the skin feeling soft but it is also known for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties which helps with reducing any redness.

What are your Lush must-haves?

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The Best Grooming Gifts For Men

Yes, it’s that time of year again; and I don’t mean November, I’m talking about Christmas! Although it may seem super early to be thinking about it all just yet, Christmas is definitely in the air. No matter how hard you try, theres no avoiding it, so what better way to embrace the festive season by getting your shopping list in check.

Out of all the people you have to buy for, men are always the hardest people to shop for. What do you get the person who never asks for anything? or has everything? Whether you have a brother, parent, grandfather or boyfriend to buy for, grooming gifts are always well received, you know there going to be used at some point throughout the year.

The male grooming market has seen considerable growth over the past couple of years, with many brands recognising this shift in consumer trends. This year there is a HUGE selection of grooming gifts out there for men – from premium skin care, travel kits & shower gels to exfoliating brushes and beard trimmers, there’s something for everyone.

So to help you get those creative juices flowing and give you some ideas I have put this quick list together of the The Best Grooming Gifts For Men, shop below!

I wouldn’t say no to any of them.

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FOREO LUNA Play (£29) 

Aesop The Intrepid Gent Kit (£65) 

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Cracker (£20) 

ClarinsMen My Weekend Essentials Collection (£40) 

TOM FORD For Men Beard Comb (£29) 

TOM FORD For Men Conditioning Beard Oil (£65) 

Clinique For Men Sonic Set (£79) 

Tweezerman G.E.A.R. Essential Grooming Kit (£32) 

BaByliss For Men Super Stubble XTP Beard Trimmer (£60)  

Kiehl’s x Jeremyville Facial Fuel Favourites Giftset (£29.50)  

Louis Vuitton Hanging Toiletry Kit (£540)

Kiehls House Of Fraser Exclusive Age Defender Gift Set (£46.50)

The Mankind Christmas Collection (£100)

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet (£50)

Aesop Double-Edge Razor (£57) 

Lab Series Daily Care Kit (£29.50) 

Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Ultimate Gift Set (£75)

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

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Seasons Greetings!

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently, the past two weeks or so have just been a blur! This isn’t much of an update either but just a quick ‘hello’ and to wish you all the best for the holiday season however you celebrate.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my site by reading, liking or commenting on my posts over the last year. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring (and promise to post more consistently…) but until then… Happy Holidays!

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Gift Ideas for Men

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With Christmas just around the corner, finding the perfect gift for us men can be stressful. Whether you’re looking for something special for your partner, your dad or even the brother in-law, options can be limited; I mean, what do you buy the person who has everything? or never asks for anything?

Well, I’m here to help. I have put together this quick guide for you for those times when socks just won’t cut it:

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1// Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Cracker £20 – MB have really stepped up their gift selection for men this year with this cracker full of miniatures. This would make an ideal stocking filler and is a great alternative to the usual boring male gift set.

2// Aēsop Boston Kit £50 – Perfect for those trips for business or leisure, this travel kit from Aēsop has everything u need for a week away.

3// Black Peppercorn Festive Bauble £10 – Another festive treat from Molton Brown, this time shaped like a bauble and full of Black Peppercorn Body Wash

4// Mulberry Passport Cover Wallet £150 – This passport cover is made from natural leather and has compartments to keep all your travel documents in one safe place.

5// The Kinfolk Home Book £17 – Exploring homes from around the world, this book is ideal for those interested in design, photography and simple living.

6// Calvin Klein 3 Pack Trunks £35 – New underwear is always a welcome gift and this triple pack of trunks are timeless and perfect for the young or old.

7// Cowshed Bullocks Christmas Cracker £10 – Another novelty toiletry gift aimed just at men, this cracker contains a handy travel sized body wash and shampoo.

8// Adidas Ultra Boost £130 – The Ultra Boosts are without a doubt one of the best releases this year in terms of quality and comfort and would be a welcome addition to anyones collection.

9// Byredo Gypsy Water £88 – This unisex fragrance is the perfect scent for the winter. With hints of lemon, pine needles and vanilla this fragrance is fresh yet warming. Read more about it here.

10// Guided by Cereal Travel Guides £8 – All the goodness of Cereal Magazine in a handy travel guide. Currently available in London, New York and Paris editions, these travel guides are great gifts if you are planning a trip in the new year.

What are you buying the men in your life?

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