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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OUAI HAIRCARE

OUAI HAIRCARE

“I created OUAI to bring a breath of fresh air to the haircare market”.

If you’ve never heard of Ouai before let me give you a brief introduction to the brand. Ouai Haircare is the brain child of celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin, the woman responsible for taming the locks of numerous celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Gigi Hadid and most notably the Kardashians, appearing alongside the family in numerous episodes of the show.

The range consists of numerous products from the standard shampoo and conditions to styling products and hair treatments, but what makes them stand out from the rest? Ouai Haircare combines accessibility and luxury with nourishing ingredients and a fine fragrance…not to mention the Instagram worthy packaging and branding.

I recently picked up the Pomade and Wave Spray from the brand and thought I would see for myself what the fuss was about.

Matte Pomade – “A matte pomade that gives both long and short hair picky texture for the effortlessly cool look”

Hmm, matte? Really? I found this product to be quite greasy. I understand pomades are supposed to achieve a more slick look so I wondered how a matte pomade would work. I have quite dry hair so I don’t mind products that are a bit more on the slick side but I wouldn’t say this was a matte product at all. After I worked it into my hair I found that it did achieve the style I was going for but I wouldn’t say it was ‘effortless’. The hold is also what you would expect from a pomade but I’m not convinced how much texture this product could give you. The smell for me is overpowering. It’s not a bad smell, but after a while it did become a bit much. It’s not a bad product but I don’t think I will be switching from my everyday pomade just yet.

Wave Spray – “A weightless texture mist for effortlessly chic, undone hair.”

I’ve tried this a few times now – on wet hair, on dry hair, on clean hair and on unwashed hair but have had little results. As someone who has naturally wavy hair I expected it would form the curls and give a slight hold, however I have found little difference using this to if you leave wet hair to dry naturally. I’m quite disappointed as I have been looking for a good wave spray for a while, however this isn’t the one. Luckily I only bought the travel-sized spray. It’s not all bad news, it does smell nice and doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy, sticky or dry. Has anyone had a different experience using this product? Let me know your tips for use in the comments below.

Whilst Ouai might be fast becoming a cult favourite, for me, the products failed to live up to the hype which is always disappointing. Sure, it looks nice, but that’s about it for me. Hopefully some of the other products in the range have better results and could change my mind!? Let me know your favourites below.

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Kurt Geiger Man AW16

Following on from a recent post about sweaters for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season I’m now back with Kurt Geiger to show you another key item that belongs in your AW16 wardrobe.

Kurt Geiger have recently released their latest collection for AW16. The new collection spans over many shoes, boots and trainers in various style and colours. Ranging from a classic black lace up shoe to a beige high top trainer, the latest releases are all set to see you through the upcoming colder months.

When I was asked if I’d like to style a pair from the new collection, it was a hard decision but in the end I opted for a classic pair of chelsea boots. Since then these Reece Black Chelsea Boots* have been a permanent fixture in my shoe rotation.

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I’ve had Chelsea Boots in the past but have never really go on with them. One of the main reasons being the ease of putting them on and taking them off. Maybe I have weird shaped feet but it was always such an effort. However due to the soft suede upper and smooth leather lining on this pair, they are a breeze to get on.

Although the Chelsea Boot silhouette may never go out of style, this pair from Kurt Geiger have been given a modern makeover combining the classic shape with different materials to create this great looking pair of boots.

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The Reece Chelsea Boots feature a smart suede upper and a leather panel to the heel with a gold zip to the side which really breaks the boots up.

The contrast between the distressed suede upper and the polished leather heel panel will make sure that they never look out of place, whether worn casually or in a formal environment. For me, I like to keep things causal and I love how these work with a smart-casual outfit.  They are perfect for those summer evenings where you just want to keep it simple with a classic white t-shirt and black jeans combo. The classic style of the Reece Chelsea Boots add the smart element to ‘smart-casual’ with zero effort from yourself. For an added touch, I like to keep the side zip slightly undone so that my jeans can rest on them rather than cover them up.

In terms of comfort, they are some of the comfiest boots you could wear. The quality is spot on, so I know they will be getting plenty of wear coming into Autumn. I’m actually quite looking forward to see how they age too.

Whether you plan on wearing your new Kurt Geiger’s in a formal or informal way; to the office, or on the town, these Chelsea Boots are a must in your Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

Get your own pair here now!

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What do you think of this Latest Pick up?

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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LPU | Nike Mayfly Woven, YMC, Topman & More!

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With just three weeks until my Thailand travels, shopping mode is in full swing. I literally can’t stop. Whilst I don’t want to overpack, it’s still nice to take a few new pieces with you form those days when vest and shorts just don’t cut it.

I went into Topman recently with the premise of buying a couple of throwaway white tees to take with me. I find as I get older, I tend to sway towards a more refined style, swapping colourful printed tees to simple basics. You’ll often find me in a classic plain white t-shirt over anything else. You might think a white t-shirt might be boring, but basics don’t have to be with new cuts and premium materials. Anyway, along with a couple of white tees (and a pink one), I picked up this orange oversized t-shirt. Similar in style to a shirt Bieber was photographed wearing, this tee may be one of my favourite things I have picked up this year. And I don’t like colour.

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The shirt itself is from the Topman LTD range, a more exclusive branch of the Topman line. It has a box-like fit to it, with dropped shoulders, an oversized feel and thankfully regular length rather than long line. One trend I haven’t really been able to get into. Whilst I would usually wear a medium, I chose this in a small due to the fit and it fits great.

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The next item I picked up was the Washed Black Echo Park long sleeve tee. It’s also described as ‘long line’ but I don’t really know why it’s no longer than an ordinary shirt. The front features a white text print to the right hand ‘pocket’ area, with identical design printed on the reverse. I thought this would serve me well in the evening when all the  bugs come out, or if the temperature happens to drop.

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For shorts, I picked up these YMC Drawstring Sweat Shorts in the sale on ASOS for £42. Originally the waist cord was luminous green but I switched this out to a grey tie cord, which I think looks better. The material is sweatshirt material which means they are really comfortable, just what you need for when you are travelling around.

On to footwear, my Latest Pick Up comes from Nike. I actually bought these in black and grey the day they were rereleased, but couldn’t decide on them and regrettably ended up selling them over on depop. A month or two later I wished I had kept them for my trip. After trying a couple of sites for the black pair in my size, I finally found them at Hanon. What’s even better is that they are currently reduced by 30% in the sale to just over £60. Bargain. And that was that.

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I love how these are different to everything I currently own. They’re almost part sandal and part shoe and will be ideal to take away with me to keep me cool. Away from my trip, these will look just as good worn with a pair of black ripped jeans pin rolled at the ankles.

What do you think of my LPU’s? 

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