Anthony Skincare Review

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When it comes to skincare we all like to look our best, don’t we? Whilst soap and water might be good enough for some people, others spend years perfecting the right skincare routine. For me, I’m somewhere in the middle; I like a simple routine that gives me maximum results for minimum effort.

Over the years I have tried hundreds of products for the skin, some have stood the test of time, others not so much. Now that I’m edging closer to the big 3-0, you’d have thought I would have my skincare routine down to a T by now, but you’re wrong. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my skin over years and still get an outbreak every now and then. What’s important to me is finding products that actually work, regardless of brand or price point.

With that in mind I’m always on the lookout for new products to try  with the hope that they might actually work on me. If they speed up the process too then thats also a big thumbs up. I have heard great things about the Anthony Skincare range but have never got around to trying it. So when Mankind asked if I would like to give them a go, I jumped at the chance!

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First up is the Glycolic Facial Cleanser 237ml* (similar) for Normal to Oily skin. When I first saw this product I was a bit unsure to tell the truth. My skin is dry so a product which is designed for the opposite doesn’t appeal to me. Not only that, it contains 4.9 % Glycolic Acid, which can’t be good for your skin, can it?

In fact Glycolic Acid is used in many skincare products due to it’s ability to penetrate the skin. The mild acid helps to dissolve dead skin cells and removes surface impurities improving the appearance and texture of your skin.

I was expecting this to be quite drying but in fact it leaves skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed.

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Once you have cleansed the next step is to exfoliate. Before trying out the Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes* I had never heard of exfoliating wipes before. However, these things have become a permanent fixture in my skincare routine already and are my product of choice from the Anthony Skincare range. They’re just so handy! The wipes have a smooth side to remove any surface dirt and a rough side to exfoliate your skin and take no time at all to use. They leave skin feeling healthy and your pores free from any grime. These wipes definitely tick all the boxes when it comes to an exfoliator that works. Because the wipes contain traces of aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber and white tea  your skin is also left feeling soothed and nourished rather than irritated, which some exfoliators can do.

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The final step to any skincare routine is to apply a moisturiser to rehydrate skin and return any lost moisture during the previous steps. The All Purpose Moisturiser* does just that and more. Not only does it leave your skin feeling hydrated but the formula contains traces of sugarcane, sugar maple and natural fruit acids to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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With the Anthony Skincare range it is clear to see how much attention and thought has gone into the design of each product – catering for all the men out there. Not only do the products do what they say, but with every product you purchase you are donating to Cancer Research & Awareness.

More information about Anthony Skincare can be found on the Mankind Blog. Whilst you are there make sure you shop the range.

Have you tried any of the products featured? 

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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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Steps to a Clear Complexion with Bulldog Skincare

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If you’re lucky enough to have left your skin problems at school then this post isn’t for you.  However, If you are anything like me, your adult skin is still prone to the occasional break out. Whether it’s a small pimple due to blocked pores or ingrown hairs and shaving rash, there are ways to combat these blemishes and maintain clear, healthy skin.

Since launching in 2007, Bulldog Skincare For Men has become the fastest growing major men’s skincare business in the UK. So what makes them stand out from similar brands?

Firstly, Bulldog Skincare For Men is made in the UK. The brands founder Simon Duffy, noticed that there were no straight forward skincare options for men who wanted there products to be made with natural ingredients. So, packed full with natural goodness and essential oils, the range is free from parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, artificial colours, or synthetic fragrances because lets face it the more chemicals you put on your face, the more likely you are to have a reaction to them.

Bulldog Skincare for Men is also the first men’s grooming range to be cruelty free. Recognised by Cruelty Free International, none of the products in the range contain any ingredients derived from animal sources and are not tested on animals either which can only be a good thing.

In partnership with those lovely people over at Mankind and Bulldog Skincare For Men I am here to sample the range and share with you their recommended steps to a clearer complexion.

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The range itself contains a full line up of everyday essentials from face wash to an eye roll on to cover all your needs. However if you’re looking for a straight forward no fuss routine, Bulldog offers the ultimate three step regime to achieve clear, healthy skin.

Step 1: The Wash

The Bulldog’s Original Face Wash is ideal for everyday use. The gentle formula is non drying and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated (It may have something to do with the 8 essential oils it contains) as well as free of dirt and debris.

Step 2: The Scrub

For those days when you feel your skin needs that deeper clean the Bulldog’s Original Face Scrub will do just the trick. Containing olive seed and oat kernel to gentle exfoliate the skin, the formula is is neither to soft or too abrasive and will rid all of those dead skin cells which can build up and clog pores overtime. Not only will it help open your pores it is also ideal to use as part of your pre-shave prep to lift stubble prior to shaving while shea butter maintains skin moisture. I tend to use this twice a week, usually on a Monday and Friday in preparation for the week/weekend ahead and have found it to considerably make my skin feel cleaner and brighter.

Step 3: The Moisturiser

To finish off your 3 step routine, it’s important to trap in as much moisture as possible to  rehydrate your skin post cleansing. The Original Moisturiser from Bulldog contains all those essential oils needed to restore your skins natural balance as well as green tea and vitamin E to sooth and protect. Fast drying and non greasy, the formula will leave you feeling ready fro take on the day ahead of you.

Step 4: The Extras

As I mentioned before, the Bulldog Skincare For Men range covers a wide range of needs for just about every skin type. So once you’ve nailed the essential steps to a clearer complexion, you can start introducing new products into the mix such as Bulldog’s hand creamlip balm and eye roll on to better your grooming routine/self.

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Natural, ethical and affordable, the results will speak for themselves. What more could you want from a skincare brand? Shop Bulldog Skincare For Men and make sure to visit the Mankind Blog to find out more.

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Post-Workout Skincare Routine

With summer just around the corner, the desire to be ‘beach body’ ready is at the forefront of most peoples minds.  With a trip to Thailand booked for the Summer, this is something I’ve recently become aware of (especially since my New Years goals didn’t last long in to January!). I may not be a regular at the gym but keeping in shape has always been important to me. After working out my body feels great, but I can’t always say the same for my skin.

To coincide with all things sport  during the month of March, the wonderful people over at Mankind have sent me this bundle of goodies to cover all my needs and share with you my post workout routine.

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Whatever form of exercise you choose, with exercise comes sweat, and with sweat comes clogged pores. In order to prevent blackheads and spots it’s important that you have a good skincare routine in place to remove all that post-workout grime.

Face

Post workout the first thing I always do is wash my face. I don’t know if it’s an OCD thing but once my face is clean I can then think about the rest of my body. The Deep Pore Cleansing Face Scrub (£7) from Menage is a natural face scrub which from first use is designed to leave your face feeling smoother, brighter and hydrated. The low lather formula is ideal as you really feel like your working the product into all the areas on your face, giving it a good clean instead of just rubbing masses of bubbles around your face. Although I usually try and steer clear of face scrubs as I find them drying, this one from Menage has left my face feeling exactly like what it says on the packaging; smooth, clean and hydrated. And at only £7, what more could you want?

Post shower you will also need to rehydrate your skin. Using a good moisturiser will help retain your skins natural moisture. Using the Menage Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with SPF15 will help your skin turn return to its natural moisture balance. Not only is it hydrating but it also includes SPF15 so has that extra bit of protection for your skin against UV rays. The cream itself is quite rich and thick but absorbs within seconds as you only need to apply a light layer. The results speak for themselves. The Menage Anti-Ageing Moisturiser leaves your skin feeling smooth and super hydrated without a trace; ready to take on whatever the rest of the day has to offer.

Hair

The next area is hair. During exercise your hair will have soaked up sweat and can actually leave your hair feeling dry, dehydrated and brittle. The Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner (£11.90) bundle is great value and is designed especially for those who have thin hair or are worried their hair has started to thin. My hair is naturally quite thick, but from first use you can feel the difference using this combo. Whether you’re hair is thin or not, the Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner leaves your hair feeling nourished and full of life. So definitely one to try post workout.

Body

Mr. Natty Shipwreck Shower Wash is the perfect pick me up for the body post-workout. Not only does it contain a dash of caffeine but it also has a masculine but fresh, woody fragrance too it. If you imagine a cross between Molton Brown‘s Black Pepper and something from Aesop, this is it. You can’t really go wrong here, it does the job and looks great. Also love the design and would proudly have it on display in my bathroom!

And.. If all of the above sounds like too much effort this next product is going to be for you! The Scaramouche & Fandango Sports Wash is a 4-in-1 wash is a multipurpose product suitable for hair, face, body and shave.  You can literally do the whole lot in one go.

Whatever your post-workout skincare routine is you can shop Mankind’s finest here. Let me know what products you recommend in the comments.

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The Mankind Grooming Box

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The March Edition of Mankind’s Grooming Box* is here. As usual the Limited Edition box is packed with a selection of products for the face, hair and body. Featuring 5 full-sized products and a folding comb, this months box includes a bit of everything:

  • Men-Ü LIQUIFFLEX (100ml)
  • Redken Cerafill Defy Shampoo (290ml)
  • Redken Cerafill Defy Conditioner (245ml)
  • Kent Brushes A20T Men’s Folding Comb with Pocket Clip
  • Scaramouche & Fandango Men’s Body Wash (200ml)
  • MONU for Men Fresh Wash (180ml)

Some brands such as Scaramouche & Fandango you will probably know, others may be new to you.

I’ve already heard good things about the Men-Ü LIQUIFFLEX so I’m looking forward to giving that a whirl. The formula is designed to turn from a cream to a liquid in your hands and provide you with a medium strength hold – one to try with the Kent folding comb!

Also, whilst I wouldn’t describe my hair as thin, I’m intrigued by the Cerafill Defy shampoo and conditioner from Redken which is designed to thicken and nourish the hair, because who doesn’t want healthy looking hair?

The grooming box gives you the opportunity to trial some products and brands you may not have considered previously. With a total value of £75.00 for just £25.00 it’s also great value and not to be missed – remember it’s limited edition!

What do you think of the March Grooming Box?

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