Are you as indecisive about fragrances as I am? Keep reading to see my review of Secret Scent Box.


Have you ever smelt a fragrance in store, thought it was the best thing in the world only to get home and fall completely out of love with it? Yeah – this happens to me a lot too. Secret Scent Box to the rescue!

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What Is Secret Scent Box?

Secret Scent Box is a UK based subscription service that sends you 3 samples of top designer fragrances each month. You get a 30 days supply of fragrance, for £15 per month. The package itself is small enough to fit through the letterbox, which is perfect in case you’re not at home. If you’re as indecisive as I am, this is the perfect way to try before you buy.

What Do You Get?

In the January edition of the box, you received 3ml versions of Moschino Forever, Versace Dylan Blue and Davidoff Adventure. They state that the total of 9ml’s is enough fragrance to last you for a whole 30 days, based on 4 sprays a day. I do know that I tend to spray more than 4 times in a whole day, but these are perfect for travelling. Each box also comes with small cards, describing each scent in detail.

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What Did I Think?

I think the concept of this subscription service is great. Fragrances are always difficult to purchase online, so I’m always put off. However having a selection of scents sent to my door each month allows me to try a couple before fully investing. I also find they work perfectly to keep in my work bag in case I want to freshen up through the day.

I do wish they where designed differently, though. I find that the packaging isn’t to my taste. However I’m sure many people would disagree with me.

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I would definitely consider signing up to a full time subscription from Secret Scent Box. With Christmas only just finishing, I have a small collection of fragrances to work through before I consider buying something new, however when the time comes, I know what subscription I’ll be turning too.

Have you tried Secret Scent Box before? I’d love to know your thoughts.

If you use my code HISHABITS15, you can actually get 15% off your order.

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Some items listed in this post have been sent to me for purposes of review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Fancy knowing about my top skincare picks? Keep reading to see my review of Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel!


Kiehl’s will always have a place in my heart for being the first ever skincare routine I truly invest in. Not only have I worked for them, I’ve visited their flagship store in New York and held blogger events for the brand. It’s where my passion for skincare actually began! I always try to be the first in line when they launch a new product, because I honestly believe all their products are effective and worth every penny.

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What is Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel?

The Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel is a new addition to the line, and it focuses on helping to refine the rough texture of skin. This face serum helps to increase the speed at which your skin cells regenerate, encouraging new skin to come to the surface faster. This obviously helps in revealing a fresher, smoother complexion.

How do I use it?

You apply the serum at night, after cleanser and toner, but before any other additional serums. It’s actually okay to layer other skincare products on top, which I think is great. Usually I follow with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, and then my Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. The things we do for good skin, eh?

What do I think?

This is a solid addition to your nighttime skincare routine. I suffer from dry skin, and sometimes it needs a bit of a kick up the backside to get going. Your skins natural repair process happens at night, so having a product to help encourage skin cell turnover is going to be a winner in my eyes. I find that when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels super fresh. It’s honestly like I’ve had a mini facial, without any effort at all because it happens while I sleep!


 

If you’re a skincare junkie like me, you’ll love this product. It’s definitely one worth trying, and Kiehl’s are nice enough to provide samples if you go to one of their counters. Make sure you check out the full range of products by clicking here.

Have you tried anything from Kiehl’s before? What’s your favourite product?
Let me in the comments below.

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Doesn’t the name of this product just sound enticing? I know that as soon as I opened it up, I couldn’t wait to try it. Babor have a range of skincare products specifically for men. 

I don’t actually use a lot of face moisturisers that come in a gel form – purely because I find they’re not hydrating enough, but I was still excited to try this. Can we just address the packaging before we get into it? The product looks and feels amazing! It just looks luxurious to me, don’t you agree?


On first impressions, the face moisturiser felt amazing on my skin. It’s got that cooling sensation that seems to be standard in many products targeted toward men, and I’m not mad about it. It didn’t feel greasy on my skin, and actually left my skin looking matte.

Unfortunately, that’s where the fun ends. I had high hopes for this product, and it didn’t live up to them. My skin almost felt too matte. For someone with dry skin, it felt hydrating at first, and then as the day went on, my skin just got drier. Not a good look!

Many skincare products that are targeted specifically toward men, tend to tailor for oily skin as this is the most common skin type amongst us males. Not for me though! My skin is on the drier side and I find that most male products don’t work for me. Unfortunately, that’s the same for this moisturiser from Babor. It might be good in summer when I need less moisture, but definitely not for me in the colder months.

I know this that is a problem that will only effect a small portion of us, since if you have oily skin, this will probably be great for you! 

Have you tried anything from Babor before? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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As a guy, there’s always one thing I don’t like buying, shaving stuff. Firstly, they’re expensive, and secondly, there are so many options. Thankfully, Cornerstone combat both my concerns, which makes them the perfect point-of-call for all things shaving.

What is Cornerstone?

For those of you who don’t know – Cornerstone is a male shaving subscription service that has taken the industry by storm. For a small fee, you get everything you need to get the perfect shave. It’s fully customisable to you and can come with a razor, scrub, shaving gel or cream and a post shave balm. You complete a short survey on the site, and it also plans in the frequency of your deliveries. That sounds great, right?

What do I think of Cornerstone?

One thing I love about Cornerstone, is the fact that your razor handle can be engraved! Whether it’s for yourself, or as a gift, you can get up to 3 characters on the handle of the razor – which is great. The box I received came with the razor handle, 6 razor heads, a shave gel, face scrub and post-shave balm. Literally everything I ever need to get a close and comfortable shave.

The razor blades have five super sharp blades, which are specifically angled to glide smoothly across the skin. In turn, this helps to reduce skin irritation, making it perfect for sensitive skin. Its also paired with an Aloe Vera moisturising strip, so when you use it, you can’t feel the razor pulling against your face. I actually had to double check if it was working because it felt that smooth.

The pre-shave scrub feels great, has a subtle smell and is gentle on the skin. Follow this with the shave gel and your skin already feels amazing. I like the consistency of the shave gel, it’s very similar to Aloe Vera. One thing I always look for in a shave gel, is transparency. I carefully shave my beard into shape, so having a gel I can see through, means I avoid the possibility of taking a chunk out of my beard. We don’t want that now.

Then finally, the post-shave balm. It’s natural to get a bit of irritation after any shave. Even though the Cornerstone razor minimises this more than any razor I’ve tried in the past. Sometimes you just catch your skin slightly. The post-shave balm soothes and calms the skin, whilst leaving it feeling cool and refreshed. Once you’ve tried this, you definitely won’t regret it.

My Final Thoughts…

I never thought a shaving subscription would be for me. However, I must admit, that after trying Cornerstone, I’m hooked! It’s easy, the products are high quality, and it fits through my letter box! We’re onto a winner!

If you haven’t tried Cornerstone – I’d definitely recommend you to. It’s affordable and fully customisable, so you get exactly what you want and need, at a frequency that suits you!

Check them out by heading over to www.cornerstone.co.uk. You defintiely won’t regret it.

Shaun

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I’ll be the first to confess – I’m a skincare junkie. I’m always trying out new products, and my skincare routine is a bit excessive. There’s a time when I realised that I don’t want to have a 7 step routine everyday. I want something that’s easy, get’s the job done, and doesn’t take me the best part of an hour. Anthony Skincare have a range of grooming products that are tailored for men, keep it simple, but are super effective.


A Skincare Routine Made Simple

Anthony has been a skincare brand that has been on my horizon for a while. There’s something about the aesthetic of the brand that draws me in. It’s clean, simple, and the colour-way is right up my street. I’ve tried 3 products from the range, that are suitable for most skin types, and have multiple benefits.

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser

I’m obsessed with this cleanser. It has a nice fresh smell, kind of citrusy. It smoothes onto the skin and you can tell it’s cleansing well. I love anything with Glycolic Acid in, purely because it’s a really multi-purpose ingredient. It helps with acne, blackheads, fine lines, dullness, oiliness – the list goes on! After using this cleanser, my skin felt cleaner than ever before and I’d defintiely recommend it.

Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Wipes

Face wipes are a new concept to me – especially exfoliating and resurfacing wipes! I suffer from dry skin, so I’m always interested in products that help smooth out my skins texture. The wipe has a smooth side to initially remove any excess dirt and oil from your skin, and a rough side to help slough away any dead skin cells. If I could only use one product form the range, this would be it! My skin felt as though it’d had a deep exfoliation, but without the abrasiveness of beads. It’s hands down one of the best things I’ve tried in a long time.

Anthony All-Purpose Facial Moisturiser

Last, but definitely not least, the Anthony Facial Moisturiser. Any face cream that’s normally targeted for men, doesn’t have the hydration properties that I need. And those that do, always leave my skin looking greasy. Not this one though! My skin felt soft, but not overly greasy, which is a massive plus! As the moisturiser also contains Panthenol, it helps to lock in and retain moisturser, so my skin didn’t feel dry or flaky throughout the day. I’d definitely buy this again.


All-in-all, Anthony Skincare has not disappointed. Everything I’ve tried from the range is comparable with some of the more high-end, expensive brands, at a fraction of the price. If you’re looking for a no-fuss skincare routine, you should definitely check out Anthony Skincare.

You can get it over on Mankind by clicking here. If you want to know more about the story behind the brand, you can also check that out by heading here.

Have you tried anything from Anthony Skincare before? Let me know in the comments.

Shaun

 

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