INTRODUCING THE MANKIND X GQ CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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Whether you like it or not, Christmas is already here and yes I just said the C word. It might still be another couple of months away yet, but its never too early to start thinking about what you are going to get for your nearest and dearest.

Building on last years Christmas box, this year Mankind have outdone themselves by teaming up with GQ to bring you the Christmas Collection. The Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is the perfect gift for the modern man, featuring 12 full-size products along with a 6-month GQ subscription, it really is the ultimate gift this year.

Priced at £100, the collection contains over £400 worth of products from brands such as Clinique, Lab Series, Argentum and Omorovicza, all packaged neatly in a elegant branded box. The full list of products can be seen below:

01. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser (150ml)

02. Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream (70ml)

03. Clinique For Men Face Scrub (100ml)

04. men-ü Clay (100ml)

05. The Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

06. Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-In-One Face Treatment (100ml)

07. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (177ml)

08. Gentlemen’s Tonic Savile Row Razor – Faux Ivory

09. Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste (1 x 75ml)

10. Korres Men Magnesium & Wheat Proteins Anti Hair Loss Shampoo (250ml)

11. Anthony Exfoliating and Cleansing Bar (198g)

12. Rituals The Ritual of Samurai Hand Lotion (70ml)

So far this year I’ve been really impressed with Anthony Skincare and Omorovicza – the Instant Perfection Serum from Omorovicza is a life saver, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of their different products from this box. That’s the good thing about these sort of collections, as well as familiar brands, it’s a great way to try out some other brands too. Rituals and Argentum are completely new brands to me so it will be interesting to see how these go. At £147 to buy on it’s own, you can’t help but have high expectations of the Argentum la potion infinie Anti-Age Cream!

Amongst the products its good to see products from well known and loved brands such as Clinique and Lab Series in there too – staples in my bathroom for years. The box contains a bit of everything; from cleansers and eye gel to shampoo and toothpaste, it has all of your grooming needs covered and at a fraction of the cost.

Whether you are buying it for a loved one or treating yourself, the Mankind Christmas Collection: GQ Edition is sure to not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts!

Is the Mankind Christmas Collection on your wishlist this year? What are your favourite products?

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ELEMIS FOR MEN REVIEW

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If you’ve been following me you may have heard that I was asked to be part of the #MankindCollective a couple of months ago. Lucky for me this means I get to try out various products and share with you what I thought of them.

This time around it’s the turn of the Elemis for Men skincare range. Elemis is one of those brands I typically associate with Spa treatments and although I know of them, I have never actually used any of the products so I was excited to finally put them to the test!

The Elemis for Men range is specially formulated for men’s skin. Designed to combat the effects of shaving, everyday life and pollution, the range aims to instantly boost and hydrate skin. With that in mind, the two products I will be talking about are the Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash* and the Elemis Daily Moisture Boost* Moisturiser.

First up is the Deep Cleanse Facial Wash. What it says:

‘The ultimate daily cleansing solution, leaving skin brilliantly clean, revived and refreshed.’

The first thing I like about this cleanser is the consistency and how a little goes a long way. Similar to the Tom Ford face cleanser, this is a gel cleanser and feels thick and luxurious. As the product doesn’t lather up particularly much you can really massage the product into your skin for a ‘deep cleanse’ feel rather than having a face full of bubbles.

I have been using this twice daily now and can say I’m impressed with how refreshed it makes me feel after use, especially in the mornings. The hint of spearmint leaves your skin feeling cool and awake whilst the milk protein locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling nourished. The addition of oak bark along with the spearmint gives the cleanser a real masculine scent which is soothing rather than over powering.

Daily Moisture Boost. What it says:

‘Nourishing lightweight, daily moisturiser’

After the skin is cleansed it’s important to apply a moisturiser to lock in any moisture which may have been lost at the cleansing stage. The lightweight formula of the Elemis Moisture Boost instantly rehydrates your skin and leaves it feeling fresh. As well as being a great everyday moisturiser, the Moisture Boost is also ideal for people who may experience irritation through shaving as the formula is very similar to an aftershave balm. The lengthy list of beneficial ingredients really help to soothe and soften the skin, all while keeping it nourished.

Have you tried any of the Elemis for Men range?

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ELECTRIC INK SKINCARE REVIEW

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When it comes to tattoos, everyone has an opinion. Some people love them, others hate them. Whatever your opinion is there’s no denying the design and dedication that goes in to creating the perfect tattoo.

If you have ever had a tattoo you will know the healing process can be quite lengthy and irritating. No matter how you choose to aid the healing process, the key is to keep it hydrated to stop it drying out or cracking. Once healed you will then be left with a bright strong tattoo that you will want to keep looking it’s best.

When tattooed skin is dry and dehydrated it is visible to the eye. Tattoos look dull and lifeless and when you’ve spent so much money on something, you want it to look its best, don’t you?

Keeping your tattoo moisturised will make sure your tattoo is looking it’s best at all times so when I was asked if I would like to try out the Electric Ink Skincare range I was keen to see if it could improve the appearance of my tattoos.

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The range consists of 3 products – the Daily Moisturiser, Defining Body Oil and Vibrancy Serum, and are each packed with active ingredients to help protect your tattoos. Liftonin®-Xpert helps to reduce inflammation and supports the maintenance of tattoo ink, whilst coconut oil, inca inch oil and vitamin E acetate all help in keeping your skin moisturised and nourished. Each product comes individually packaged in a unit carton adorned with classic tattoo designs, which is a nice touch while the coloured text defines which each product is – I’m all about packaging!

Daily Moisturiser 200ml What it says: A everyday moisturiser to help protect your tattoo and skin whilst keeping it fresh, nourished and defined.

Out of the 3, this has been the most used product. Not only does it smell great, but it also does the job. The lightweight formula quickly absorbs into skin leaving your tattoo looking healthy and bright. I particularly think this works well if you have coloured tattoos, as it brings out the intensity of the colours.

Vibrancy Serum 60ml What it says: Enhances colour, maintains pigment and promotes vibrancy of tattoos whilst hydrating your skin.

Much like the daily moisturiser, the vibrancy serum really helps bring your tattoos back to life. Out of the two I would say this one is more intensive but as I have naturally dry skin this is the type of formula I would usually go for.  I found that not only did this make the lines look more defined and darker, it also made the skin around the tattoo look so much healthier too – the addition of amino acids really allow the serum absorb deeper into the skin. The only downside for me is that the tube is quite small so if you do have a lot of ink, it’s not going to last as long as the daily moisturiser but a treat for your tattoos non the less.

Defining Body Oil 110ml What it says: Moisturises whilst delivering gloss and clarity for that fresh ink look.

The body oil spray is a great option for those who like to have their tattoos on display and really show them off. After spending the past two weeks away, the defining body oil spray came in handy at the end of a day in the sun. Not only did it keep my tattoos hydrated but it also made them look a lot bolder, even through tanned skin. Unlike the other two products the body oil has a more sheer finish so it draws more attention to your tattoos, however it absorbs nicely into the skin and doesn’t leave your skin sticky which is the first thing I though about when I saw it was an oil.

Overall I’m really impressed with all the products in the range and look forward to seeing what else is introduced in the future! Have you tried any of the Electric Ink range? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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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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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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