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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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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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.


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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