HOTEL GOTHAM, MANCHESTER

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The past couple of weeks have been weird. I don’t know if it’s something to do with the change in weather (again) or what, but I have felt SO drained and run down. No matter how much I try and pull myself out of this ‘slump’ nothing has really worked, I just haven’t had any motivation.

So, with a couple of days off and no plans I thought I would take advantage and book a night somewhere because sometimes you just need to get away!

I have wanted to check into Hotel Gotham for sometime now but it’s often very pricey so have always just left it on my ‘bucket list’ of places to go. With so many deals around at the moment, we got a great price and finally decided to book our stay.

For those who are not familiar with Hotel Gotham; Hotel Gotham is located at 100 King Street in Manchester City Centre in the old banking quarter. The hotel is home to 60 rooms from a standard Club room to the Bank Managers suite – complete with its own roll top bath.

The carefully themed interior of the hotel and rooms is reminiscent to the golden era of 1920s New York featuring leather, furs and velvet, with brass details.

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We stayed in the Executive Club room which is  a larger version of the Club room. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly ‘bell boy’ who took our luggage and directed us to the elevators (the reception is located on the 6th floor). We were welcomed by the friendly staff and given a vodka infused drink on arrival. Our room was located on the first floor where we were met with our bags.

The room itself was huge. the first thing you notice is the black and grey statement carpet which is a nod to the art deco designs of the era. The king size bed was adorned with a luxurious faux fur throw and peacock print cushions and the crisp white linen contrasted with the dark interiors and black furniture.

The bathroom boasts a rainfall shower and just like the room is a decent size. It features luxury toiletries from The White Company, on top of a gold bullion which embraces the buildings history.

On the top floor of the hotel you will find Club Brass, Hotel Gotham’s very own private members’ bar, which is also open to hotel residents. Unfortunately there was a private function being held in the main area of the bar so we were directed to a smaller area.

Regardless, we enjoyed our drinks and nibbles before heading out for the evening.

Overall, Hotel Gotham was the pick me up I needed. If you get the chance to visit or are looking for somewhere to stay for a special occasion,  I would definitely recommend it.

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Have you ever stayed at Hotel Gotham?

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FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE SUMMER

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Hands down, summer is my favourite season. Sure, it’s nice to get wrapped up during the colder months but really, who actually likes the cold, dark days of winter? Not me.

In collaboration with Badger Ales I am here to share with you five reasons why summer is the best season!

Badger Ales have been brewed in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777 by independent brewers Hall and Woodhouse. They brew a range of quality beers and believe in making beer time as good as it can be. In fact, they are on a mission to show the public just how good it can be by transforming lucky Badger fans garden sheds into ultimate beer sheds!

The latest instalment is the Ultimate BBQ Shed. Costing £40,000 to create, the shed features a state of the art BBQ, tool rack, spice drawer, a fold down prep area and two beer fridges packed with Badger Ales. When it comes to sitting down to eat there is a pull out seating area with an automatic awning which all neatly folds back up when finished. Finally there is a hidden garden games box and dart board for those wanting to put their skills to the test. Check it out for yourself in the video below!

What more could you want from the Great British Summer?

01. Weather. I’m going to say it again. I hate winter.  The first of the five reasons I love summer has to be the weather. There’s nothing like a sunny day to put a smile on your face and make you feel energised. I feel so much more productive in the summer and want to make the most of my time. I love waking up early to see the sun has already risen allowing me to plan the rest of my day.

02. Food & Drink. Going back to BBQs, I don’t know what it is with British people but as soon as the sun comes out, so do the BBQs – everybody loves a BBQ! For me, whether I am abroad, dining in a restaurant or having a BBQ in the garden I love to eat outside when the weather is good – I’m sure food tastes 100% better in summer!

03. Holidays. Whilst I may not need any excuse to book a trip away, having a holiday booked during summer is a must. The weather in the UK is unpredictable at the best of times so heading somewhere you are guaranteed day long sun is my idea of heaven. Sun, beaches, day drinks. Bliss.

04. Days Out. If you haven’t booked to go away over summer, all is not lost. There are so many great places to visit in the UK; from tourist attractions to the great outdoors there is something for everyone. Go on a hike, take your dog for a walk, just go and explore – there’s literally so many options. You have to take advantage of the dry weather while it lasts! 

05. Summer Style. In the colder weather, layering up is a must. However during summer picking out an outfit couldn’t be easier. Summer is the only acceptable time to get your pale pins out in the hope of picking up a tan.  For daily wear you really can’t go wrong with a simple t-shirts and shorts combo, or if you are looking for something slightly smarter swap it for a tailored pair of shorts and crisp white shirt. Finish with a pair of sunglasses and you are summer-ready.

What’s your favourite things about summer? What do you think about the ultimate BBQ shed?


THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY BADGER ALE. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

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.

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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This post is in collaboration with Mankind. You can view these products and much more here.

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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