We’re all on a mission for flawless skin. Well, at least I am. As a sufferer of eczema for most of my life, my skin is probably something I’m the most self conscious about. I’ll typically turn to skincare on a daily basis to prevent my skin kicking off, but on days when it doesn’t want to behave, concealers are my best friend.

You probably already know what a concealer is, but I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Shaun, what even is colour-correcting concealer?” Wonder no more – I’m here to tell you.

What is a colour-correcting concealer?

A colour-correcting concealer is a product used to balance out tonal colours on your skin. It works by adding a shade that cancels out a certain colour over the problem area. Where products are concered, there are typically 5 colours that people tend to use. Green, blue, yellow, pink and peach. Each one has a specific part to play, and if you don’t do it correctly, you could end up looking a bit like a clown. Trust me, it happened to me.


What do you use each colour for?

Green

Green is used to balance out and cover any redness.

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Lilac

Lilac is used to cancel out any yellow tones.

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Yellow is used to cover up purple toned shadows on olive skin.

pale pink

Pink

Pink is used to balance out blue toned areas on fair skin.

peach

Peach

Peach is used to cancel out dark spots on medium toned skin.


How do you actually use colour-correcting concealers?

It’s actually pretty straight forward, but I have no doubt there’ll be some trial and error involved. I’ve broken it down into 5 easy steps.

  1. Identify the area you want to correct.
  2. Pick the correct shade based on the information above.
  3. Apply the colour-correcting concealer to your skin using your fingertips. The warmth helps it blend in better
  4. Cover the colour with your usual concealer, patting it in as normal.
  5. Check your skin in natural light to make sure areas aren’t too light or too dark.

It’s really that simple! Once you’ve actually found the areas and colours that work for your skin, I’d actually advise putting the colour-correcting concealer over your usual skin concealer. You end up using less and it blends in easier.

If I’m concealing a spot, I’ll use the green. When I’m a bit tired and want to hide my under eye bags, I’ll use yellow. If my skin tone looks uneven, I’ll use a bit of purple.


I’ve been using a colour-correcting concealer palette from MMUK MAN. It has all the colours in, which means I could try different ones and find the right shades for my problem areas.

Would you use a colour-correcting concealer? Let me know on Instagram.

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Can you believe I’ve actually known of ZIRH Skincare for years, yet I’ve never tried it? I really don’t know what’s taken me so long, but I’ve finally got round to trying some products.

ZIRH began in 1995 with the aim to become a premium grooming brand with daily essentials all men would want. The collection has grown over the years, and ZIRH have developed a cult following across the globe. Each formula is effective and carefully crafted to include the best ingredients to combat individual concerns.


ZIRH Clean Alpha-Hydroxy Face Wash

As I’ve said before, the first step to any successful skincare routine is a great face wash. ZIRH Clean is suitable for all skin types, but recommended for people with normal to dry skin. When I first used this product, it actually reminded me of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser – which is a long time favourite of mine! It has a similar scent, foams in a similar way, and leaves my skin feeling equally as soft. That comparison alone makes this cleanser a winner in my books. If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know Kiehl’s is my ultimate brand, and ZIRH Clean is definitely holding it’s own.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can get it here for £15.


ZIRH Protect Environmental Defense Moisturiser 

I’m incredibly picky when it comes to a face moisturiser, so I’m always overly critical. ZIRH protect is good for normal to oily skin, due to it’s light texture. It’s a lotion rather than a cream, and a little goes a long way. It’s packed full of all the right ingredients, but unfortunately, it’s not for me. I’ve got dry skin and this moisturiser is too light compared to what I’d normally go for. I found that I had to apply a hydrating mist throughout the day to keep my face refreshed, which happens with most moisturisers I try. I can imagine it’ll be a great addition to a routine targeted toward oily skin, but it’s not for me. It might be perfect for my boyfriend though, so I’ll be giving it to him to try.

If you want to try it for yourself, you get ZIRH Protect from MaleSkin for £32.50.


ZIRH Restore Herbal Under Eye Cream

As with moisturisers, I’m really picky when it comes to eye creams too. The skin around my eyes is really sensitive, so I tend to stick to what I know. Luckily, the ZIRH Restore eye cream does the trick. It actually works to strengthen the thin skin around the eye, which is perfect for me! When I read that Calendula and Cucumber are some key ingredients, I was sold. But when I tried it, I was pleasently surprised. It’s light, yet hydrating and doesn’t leave my eyes feeling greasy.

It’s available on MaleSkin for £28. Give it a try for yourself!


All in all, I’m impressed with the range. I know I said that the moisturiser isn’t for me, but I find it really difficult to find a face cream that makes the cut. Both the cleanser and the eye cream are winners in their own right, and they make me want to try even more from the range.

A massive thank you to the lovely team at MaleSkin for sending me some of ZIRH’s bestsellers to try. If you want to try them for yourself, make sure you head over to their site and check out their selection.

Have you tried anything from ZIRH before? Let me know on Instagram.

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Every year we celebrate Father’s Day. Which means every year, we have the same struggle of trying to find out Dad’s another gift.

It’s not about the most expensive, or the most fancy gift. I find what my Dad appreciates the most is the gift that actually means something to him. Something I know he’ll like, appreciate or get use out of.

With that in mind, I’ve pulled together what I believe to be the ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide. It features a selection of products, and hopefully it’ll give you some inspiration!


For the well-groomed Dad…

My Dad is always asking for a new razor – I think he shaves pretty much every week. Wilkinson Sword have an amazing selection of razors that range in price, making it the perfect gift for any Dad that looks after his facial hair. They’re all high quality, help achieve a really close shave, and I can guarantee your Dad will appreciate it.

You can buy the Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Groomer for £7.98 from Superdrug.


For every Dad…

Everyone can appreciate the gift of a good scent. Thankfully, Dermot O’Leary has a range of fragrances available at M&S that are classic, fresh and light enough for daily use. I love the smell of the new Earl Grey & Sandalwood, so if you buy this as a gift for your Dad, make sure you don’t end up stealing it for yourself.

The Dermot O’Leary Earl Grey & Sandalwood is £22 from M&S.


For the Dad who likes his baths…

My Dad is a builder, and after a long day he always jumps in a bath. I reckon he does it to get some peace, but it could also be because his job is a bit messy. Give the gift of a Bomb Cosmetics set to him and he’ll definitely appreciate it. Afterall, everyone likes getting shower or bath products!

The Distinguished Gentleman Gift is available from Find Me  Gift for £11.99.


For the sentimental Dad…

You’ll probably agree that not every Dad needs a gift. My Dad is actually incredibly apprecitive of anything we get him, even if it’s just a card. This one from Norma & Dorothy is customisable which means you can put a personal message on it. It takes this simple gift to the next level and really makes it mean something. 

You can get this card from Norma & Dorothy for £4.75.


For the techy Dad…

My Dad is always on his phone, his laptop or playing his PS4. If yours is too, why not get him a new phone case? Speck have an incredible new range that are inspired by the colour of the World Cup. They’re high quality, affordable and have simple, inoffensive designs.

The Presidio Grip World Edition iPhone X Case is £29.95 from Speck.


For the lager lover…

My Dad always appreciates a couple bottles of beer, or larger. Why not treat yours to a few if he likes that? Celia are an organic premium lager brand that’s hand crafted in Czech Repblic. They’re a bit different than your typical supermarket brand, which makes this gift a little bit more special. 

Celia lager is available on Ocado for £2.29.


For the hard working Dad…

Every Dad will appreciate shower gels. Especially when they’re as luxurious as this selection from Noble Isle. They smell incredible and look equally as great. This is the kind of gift you’ll buy for your Dad, and end up keeping for yourself.

Each Noble Isle Bath & Shower gel is £20 and available here.


For the food loving Dad…

My Dad loves to cook. And he also loves to snack! If your Dad is the same, then this VonShef Cheese Board is the gift for him. It comes with 3 cheese knives and pulls out to become a full circle board. It’s stylish, practical and will also make a great centre piece for any social gathering. 

The VonShef Cheese Board is available from Domu for £17.99.


For the Dad who has everything…

Some Dad’s are incredibly difficult to buy for, I know mine can be at times. When that’s the case, you can never go wrong with a pair of socks. This gift from Thortful in actually has socks inside a card, which is just a little bit nicer. They also have a selection of cards that have chocolate inside too – perfect!

Cards from Thortful range in price so check them out here.


For the chocolate loving Dad…

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know my Dad does. This is a chocolate pizza from the Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company. It’s been so hard not to eat this while it’s been in my flat before giving it to my Dad. It’s fun, novelty gift that is perfect for any Dad with a sweet tooth. 

This chocolate pizza is available from Find Me A Gift for £19.99.


For the Dad who likes his me-time…

Although my Dad is really social, he also loves his space. (Don’t we all?) If yours is the same, why not give him a little face mask from Bandito? They’re affordable, and created specifically for men. I’ve used them before and love them, so it’s definitely worth a shot. 

All masks from MasqueBar are available from ASOS and vary in price.


For the Dad who likes his liquor…

My Dad loves whiskey, so a bottle is a gift that always goes down well. If it’s something yours drinks often, it might be worth trying something a bit more premium, like this bottle of The Glenlivet Code. It’s a pricey bottle, so might not be for everyone, but if you want to splash out a bit, it’s worth it. 

To find out more about this premium whiskey from The Glenlivet, visit their website.


For the coffee lover…

My Dad loves coffee. Both my parents do to be fair. I bought them a coffee machine for Christmas and they seriously love it. This makes coffee the perfect gift and if your Dad drinks coffee, you can’t go wrong with something from Percol or Dualit. Whether it’s instant, or for a machine, they’ll appreciate it. Both brands are fairtrade too, which is awesome!

You can buy Percol for £2.99 and Dualit Coffee Capsules for £12.


There you have it – the Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide! I know my Dad would love every single product I’ve mentioned in here, and hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from my selection.

Make sure you follow me on Instagram for more inspiration as the year goes on.

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Before I even get into this blog post, can we just take a minute to appreciate how stunning the new Murdock London pacakging is? I’m obsessed!

Now onto the article…

Murdock London is a mens grooming brand who’s range of products are actually designed by barbers. All their products are made in England, and designed specifcally for the needs of men.

Murdock is a brand that is loved by many men, and has been for so many years. All products are designed by barbers, which takes on board the feedback of customers to create a range that appeals specifically to men.

I’ve been trying a couple of haircare products and thought I’d let you in on my thoughts…

Quince & Oakmoss Shampoo and Conditioner

The first step in a good haircare routine is getting a shampoo and conditioner, but the first step in a great haircare routine is getting a Murdock shampoo and conditioner.

The shampoo is sulphate free and leaves my hair feeling incredibly clean. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry though, which is a bonus. When this is followed with the conditioner, you’re on to a winner. The conditioner is packed full of essential oils and proteins that help to leave your hair feeling soft and smooth – ready to be styled! Plus, they smell so nice!

You can get the shampoo for £12 and the conditioner is £14. 

Sea Salt Spray

The next step in your haircare routine should be a pre styler. Typically I use a heat protector, but on the days when I’m after a bit more volume and texture, I’ll reach for a sea salt spray.

This product from Murdock goes in damp hair, and helps to add texture and volume. The sea salt spray gives a matte finish and is perfect for that fresh-outta-bed look. You can use it by itself, but I find it’s better when I follow it with a styling product. Typically because my hair can get a bit wild otherwise.

The sea salt spray is available for only £24.

Matt Mud and Texture Paste

How can you possibly choose between these two products? Easy – don’t! Both the Matt Mud and Texture Paste are incredible hair styling products that both offer a different finish.

The Matt Mud gives a strong finish, with no shine. I tend to use it when I want to get a ‘bed head’ look and don’t want to look like I have any product in my hair. It’s got a really clean scent too, which I love.

The Texture Paste has a completely different finish and has a lighter hold. It has a slight shine, which looks incredibly natural. I like to think of this product as ‘your hair, but better’, because it leaves your hair looking styled, but not overly defined. This is probably my go to product.

Both the Matt Mud and Texture Paste are £14 each.


Overall the Murdock London haircare range is a strong contendor. I’m always on the lookout for a styling range that helps tame my crazy curly hair, but doesn’t leave it looking weighed down, and Murdock is definitely up there with my favourites.

Make sure you head over to Murdock and check out the full range. Alongside haircare products, they’ve also got a collection of skincare, beard and fragrance. Check it out here and let me know in the comments what you think.

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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m terrible at applying sunscreen. For some reason, the texture just doesn’t agree with my skin and I hate how oily most of them feel.

In my search for new sunscreen for Barcelona back in April, COOLA got in touch to see if I would like to try a couple of products from their range. I know the importance of an SPF, and whenever I’m abroad, I’ll make sure I’m wearing one on my face and body. I’m always willing to give a new sunscreen a go, and COOLA seemed like that type of brand I’d happily have in my collection.

Why COOLA?

COOLA have a collection of organic sunscreen products tht have full-spectrum coverage and are packed full of ingredients that are great for your skin. They’re a Californian skincare brand that support an active lifestlye with a focus on wellness.

All of their products are cruelty free and they use only the best, natual ingredients that help protect and nourish your skin. COOLA pack their sunscreen full of plant based sun protectors, which means they can use less chemical suncreens that can potentially irritate the skin.

I’ve been trying some products from the range for over a month now, and here are my thoughts!

COOLA Classic Sport SPF 50 White Tea

The COOLA Classic Sport SPF 50 is perfect for anyone who has an active lifestlye that means they spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s specficially designed for the face, and helps to add moisture back into the skin. The white tea scent reminds me of a summer garden, which sounds amazing, but isn’t really for me. When the product is initally applied, it leaves a slight sheen on the skin but it doesn’t leave a white film that most sunscreens do. For someone with drier skin like me, this would be perfect when you’re on holiday or in the sun for a long time.

COOLA Spray SPF 30 Piña Colada

The Pina Colada SPF 30 is probably my favourite product from the range. It helps to strengthen the skin barrier, and because it’s rich in antioxidants, it helps to nourish the skin and prevent any further damage. It’s got a lovely summer scent and even though it’s Pina Colada, I can mainly smell the coconut which I’m a total fan of. This product is incredibly light on the skin, instantly sinks in and feels dry to the touch. I would 100% recommend this product if you’re going abroad, or even if you’re spending time in the sun in the UK.

COOLA Mineral Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa

This product has my favourite scent. The COOLA Mineral Sport Citrus Mimosa has a lovely orange scent that is super fresh and clean. As with all the other products, this one is packed full of vitamins and minerals that protect your skin. This product has a more classic sunscreen feel, and I find I can notice it on my skin when I apply it. After a couple of minutes, it does sink in to the skin, but I found it left a pale sheen on my skin which is to be expected with a physical sunscreen barrier.


I really think COOLA have managed to create a sunscreen product that I love. The Spray SPF is one of my absolute favourites, and I’ve already got it in my suitcase ready to take to Cyprus in July.

Have you tried anything from COOLA before? The whole range is available on Space NK. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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