GLOSSIER FOR GUYS?

GLOSSIER FOR GUYS?

Over the past couple of years the concept of gender and gender identity has been at the forefront of discussion. Gender identity refers to our own experience with gender and can correlate to the gender we are assigned to at birth or can differ from it. Whilst gender isn’t something new, the conversations around the topic and increased awareness that everything isn’t just black and white is so important.

Whilst the boundaries between male and female are starting to become less definedwhy do so many companies still directly market there products to particular genders? Is there a real reason that certain skincare products are specifically targeted ‘For Men’?

The answer is yes. Male skin has some unique features and with regular shaving, is often treated differently too. Male skin is typically 20% thicker than females skin and has more pores. Men produce more sebum and is therefore the skin is more oilier then females. Shaving also removes the top layer of skin cells which can cause irritation and is much more sensitive to external influences.

Finding a skincare routine that works for you can take some time, especially as your skin changes with age.  For me I’m always on the look out for new products to put to the test, with Glossier being the latest.

Most people don’t need an introduction to the brand, however when you think of Glossier you immediately associate it with its attractive pink and white packaging. Whilst the brand might be marketed to a female audience, I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss about was this ‘hip’ brand so I purchased the daily skincare essentials Phase 1 Skincare Set and Moisturizing Moon Mask to try for myself.

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Phase 1 Skincare Set

The trio of products that make up this set are the Milky Jelly Cleanser (177ml), Priming Moisturiser (50ml) and Balm Dotcom (15ml) – an all purpose skin and lip balm. So are they really worth all the hype?

The first product I tried was the the Milky Jelly Cleanser and was pleasantly surprised with how gentle and hydrating the creamy formula is. Designed to be used on both wet or dry skin as a make up remover and a face wash, I was surprised how hydrated  and calm my skin felt after use. I guess this shouldn’t be a total surprise considering the formula contains five separate conditioning agents.

The gentle formula is paraben free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic, making it the perfect choice for someone who has quite sensitive skin like myself. Not only did it leave my skin feeling calm but also clean and fresh – what more could you want from a face wash?

Much like the cleanser the Priming Moisturiser was also quite a surprise. It does feel quite lightweight so would be something I would probably use more in the summer rather then the winter, however you can layer it as described. Once again, there’s no unnecessary ingredients or fragrances in here and it does exactly what it needs to do. The formula absorbs into your skin relatively fast and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy and your skin feels fresh and hydrated.

Finally, I chose the Birthday flavour Balm Dotcom not realising it was a shimmer balm. I guess that serves me right for impulse buying and not reading the description first. Needless to say I haven’t given this much thought – If anyone wants it let me know!?

At £35 I think the skincare set is quite reasonable and by buying as a set you also save yourself £8. However if you are on a tighter budget I would definitely purchase the Milky Jelly Cleanser as an introduction to the brand.

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Moisturising Moon Mask

Of of all the products tried, the Moon Mask is definitely the one I keep going back to again and again. Packed full of ingredients to hydrate, plump and brighten your skin, this mask is the perfect go to when your skin needs that extra bit of TLC. It does feel quite indulgent applying a generous layer of this already rich formula to my face, but 20 minutes later my skin feels so much healthier for it. I love how this leaves my skin after use especially when masks usually make my skin feel tight and dry.

Overall I quite like these Glossier products and their no-fuss, back to basics approach. They look good, do what they say and are genuinely quite good. What else is there to say?

Have you used any of the Glossier range? What are your thoughts?

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YEEZY BOOST 500

YEEZY BOOST 500

Yeezy Boost 500 Utility Black

When the whole ‘Dad shoe’ trend first surfaced I swore I wouldn’t be one to buy into it, it just wasn’t for me. However, here we are 6 months later with the latest Yeezy Boost 500 in hand.

I’ve been lucky enough over the last couple of years to get 6 pairs of Yeezy’s but was never really fussed about the 500 model. I don’t know what it was about the shoe, I mean I quite like the look of it to be honest I just didn’t think I’d be able to pull them off or what I would wear them with.

Having passed on the last 3 pairs when I saw they were releasing a ‘Utility Black’ colour way, I decided this was the pair for me and managed to get them from the adidas site on release. (Probably the easiest pair to get so far?)

Despite them being a bit too small I couldn’t be happier with the overall look of the shoe. The premium materials combined with all the details make a really nice silhouette. I do however wonder how they would wear with the suede panels to the front.

If anyone has a 8.5 or 9 UK send me a message!

What do you think of the dad shoe trend and the latest Yeezy release?

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THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX – EXPLORER EDIT

THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX – EXPLORER EDIT

In the run up to Father’s Day, the ultimate destination for male grooming, Mankind, sent me their latest grooming box to check out.

The Mankind Grooming Box – Explorer Edit is a male grooming box featuring 6 of the best grooming products carefully curated to form the basis of the ultimate grooming routine. The box contains everything from a toothpaste to a face mask and is a great introduction to the brands featured.

So, what’s in the box?

  • Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash (150ml) – I’ve used this product before (see here). A gel cleanser that feels thick, luxurious and smells great. Most importantly it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.
  • Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher (100ml) – If you don’t know, Omorovicza are fast becoming one of my favourite brands. I’ve tried numerous products by the brand and have NEVER been disappointed. The brand is definitely a luxury purchase but the products always live up to the hype and the facial polisher is no different. A exfoliating treatment, the Facial Polisher leaves your face feeling healthy and bright.
  • Regenerate Enamel Science Toothpaste (75ml) – Unfortunately I don’t use toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulphate as these give me painful ulcers so I can’t comment on the product but I’m sure it’s great!
  • Men-Ü D-Tox Clay Face Mask (100ml) – If your skin is on the oily side this mask is for you. Designed to minimise excess oil and unwanted shine this clay mask is easy to apply and fast drying, drawing out your skins impurities whilst it does so. Once rinsed your face feels healthy, calm and firmer.
  • Anthony Skincare Shave Cream (90ml) – Anthony is another brand that never disappoints. Whilst I don’t wet shave, this shave cream is perfect for tidying up and shaping my stubble. It leaves your skin soft and irritation free. The peppermint oil and eucalyptus also gives off a pleasant natural scent whilst leaving your skin feeling cool and refreshed.
  • Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel (250ml) – The first thing you notice about this product is how good it smells. A fresh, fruity scent that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and clean – what more could you want from a shower gel?

At just £40, the Mankind Grooming box is a steal, especially when you consider the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher retails at £65 alone and the amount of quality products in the box.

Have you tried any of products in the latest grooming box?

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The Mankind Grooming Box – Explorer Edit was gifted by Mankind.


THE ORDINARY SKINCARE

THE ORDINARY SKINCARE

Clinical Formulations with Integrity

The Ordinary, the Canadian-born skincare brand was one of the success stories of 2017.  Whether it’s because of their sell-out products and crazy wait times or the instagram-worthy no-frills packaging, chances are you will have come across The Ordinary skincare before.

The products are named simply enough after their key ingredients and features a whole range of products for all your skincare needs. Whilst it might seem daunting at first, you don’t need a chemistry degree to understand what’s inside – taking the time to research what products are suitable for yourself can deliver big results.

Here I am putting four products to the test:

  • AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (30ml)
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (30ml)
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

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AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (30ml)

This blood-red exfoliating peel, might look like something out of a horror movie on first application but is designed to fight visible blemishes for a brighter, clearer complexion.


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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)

Niacinamide has be shown to have multiple benefits for the skin. Combined with Zinc this potent mix of ingredients is designed to visibly calm yet boost the skins appearance. Niacinamide improves the appearance of skin blemishes, enlarged pores, fine lines and improves moisture retention by strengthening the epidermal barrier whilst the Zinc heals damaged skin and encourages collagen production for healthy looking skin.


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Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (30ml)

Like the Peeling Solution the Alpha Lipoic Acid Serum is designed for use a couple of times a week. The concentrated serum actively targets signs of ageing and lacklustre skin, working to improve the skins tone and texture leaving you with a softer, smoother skin with a overall more radiant appearance.


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Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

Unlike the other solutions, I have used Hyaluronic Acid before so know how good it can be. However compared to its £85 predecessor, will The Ordinary’s £6 counterpart live up to the hype.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a lightweight serum which works to rehydrate the skin. It contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid with vitamin b5 to retain moisture and heal dry and damaged skin.

Once you have matched the products to your skins needs, the next step is working them into your daily routine. It might seem overwhelming at first but Deciem are on hand with this handy regimen guide to help you build a routine. Here is how I have introduced  The Ordinary into my everyday life:

After cleansing –

AM

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% followed by a daily moisturiser

PM

Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (2-3 times per week), AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (1-2 times per week), followed by Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and a daily moisturiser.

Over the past couple of weeks I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin. My skin feels smoother and tighter and in general just a lot more healthier. Before I started using The Ordinary my skin was going through a particularly bad stage; I had ingrowing hairs, pimples and redness which I have suffered with over the years. You would have thought at 30 my skin would have calmed down by now but nope, every so often it likes to wreak havoc. My favourite product would have to be the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. which I feel just keeps my skin under control after applying it every morning – it visibly helps to reduce irritation and redness! Overall I’m fairly impressed, especially for the price tag and hope to try some of the other offerings in the near future! The Ordinary have definitely filled the gap in the market for premium affordable skincare.

Have you used any products from The Ordinary? What are your favourites?

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MY DAILY ROUTINE WITH HERBALIFE

When I was first contacted by Herbalife to try their range of products I was interested to see if they would fit into my daily routine and what benefits I would see or feel from testing out the products.

I had already used the shakes and some of the protein bars a couple of years ago so I was already familiar with a few of their products but never really committed to it.

I’ve never considered myself to be unfit or unhealthy but over the past year or so (maybe with age!) Ive found it harder to keep weight off certain areas and probably haven’t been the healthiest I could have been. The time felt right to make a change so I was put in contact with Phil, a Herbalife member who asked me what I wanted to achieve and then recommended the products which would help me get there. He gave me a lot of useful tips about diet and talked through the benefits of each of the products.

My aim was to lose a stone but gain lean muscle, I don’t want to be skinny, just toned. I go to the gym twice a week and have a PT session once a week too so matching the products to my lifestyle was important.

So what were the products that we decided on?

and from the Herbalife 24 range:

I eat fairly well on a daily basis so I didn’t have to make too much adjustments to my diet. My biggest downfalls are not eating regularly and snacking. Ive made much more of an effort to eat at regular times – Phil recommended eating 5 times a day – 3 meals and 2 snacks and gave me some pointers as to what I could eat at each meal time.

So how do they fit into my everyday routine?

I start everyday with a Formula 1 shake, If I’m going to the gym I mix it with the Protein Drink Mix to help me with my workout. If I’m just having the Formula 1 mix for breakfast I will mix it with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk. I have tried a number of the different flavour formulas over the last couple of years and my favourite changes all the time; at the moment my favourite is vanilla and the good news is that they really do keep you full! If I’m adding the Protein Drink Mix I will just mix it with 250ml of water. Every morning I also have 2 Fibre and Herb tablets and a Multivitamin to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need for the day.

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On the days I’m going to the gym, I use a sachet of the Hydrate Electrolyte drink to keep me hydrated during my workout, which always goes down well! After the gym I have another ‘protein’ shake using the Rebuild Strength Recovery Drink powder. Like the Protein Drink Mix, you also just mix this with water.

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The other two meals of the day I have a mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins. I eat fairly well so haven’t had to make too many changes. I’m a lot more aware of portion sizes and making sure I make the time to eat lunch – I never really ate lunch before! I try and prepare it the day before so I always have something to eat at work so I’m not tempted to snack!

Talking of snacks, if I do feel hungry throughout the day I always make sure I keep a Protein Bar in my bag – these things are SO good! It definitely helps when your having a sweet craving. I also keep the Thermo Instant Tea with me too, which gives me that extra boost of energy when I need it. I currently have the Lemon one but I’ve heard the Peach one is the best so I’m looking forward to trying that next!

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I’ve been using the Herbalife products for around a month now and can already feel the difference. My initial goal of losing a stone is almost in sight, I have lost almost 10lbs without having to try that hard and can definitely see the difference around my waist area – my work trousers fit so much better!

Herbalife really does help you manage your weight safely. I have found that the products fit into my everyday routine nicely and has really helped keep me focused alongside the gym to help me achieve my goals and feel better about my body. After a month I’m still feeling really motivated and committed to both healthy eating and exercise; I know getting to where I want to be isn’t going to happen over night but I’m willing to put in the work!

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