Dermalogica was one of the first skincare brands I ever truly invested in. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of the products and was bought in when I discovered the ethos behind the brand. 

I have explored further a field and found some other brands that I love, but I always keep coming back to Dermalogica. It helps that they keep releasing products that are incredible, along with having a strong line of staples suitable for all types of skin. I’m a big fan of the Charcoal Rescue Masque, and when I found out that Phyto Replenish Oil was hitting the market, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.


Dermalogica are one of the first companies to introduce layering into a skincare routine. That is the process of adding serums and oils, before a moisturiser. This meant I naturally had high expectations for the Phyto Replenish Oil. Did it live up to them?

The short and sweet answer would be: Yes. The Phyto Replenish Oil is designed to hydrate, repair and protect the skin. You can put it either under a moisturiser, or mix it in with your face cream. I was expecting the oil to leave my skin looking shiny, but I was happily surprised when it didn’t. It quickly absorbs into the skin and leave the face feeling soft and glowing. I did find that it works better if I mixed it in with my moisturiser during the day, and put it on under my cream at night. It just seemed to sit better with my skin. This oil doesn’t everything I want from a product to be fair, my skin is dry and tends to get a bit sensitive. Having a product that helps to repair my skin barrier is something i’m always interested in. 

The product is packed full of plant-based oils, including orchard oil, camellia oil and chia seed oil. This is one of the main properties that allows the product to sink so seamlessly into the skin. You only need up to 6 drops to cover your whole face. There’s also a special massage technique that you can use, that Dermalogica explain on their YouTube channel.


All-in-all, i’ve been using the Phyto Replenish Oil for a couple of weeks now and it’s already becoming a staple in my skincare routine. I follow with Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream and that is literally all I need to keep my skin looking hydrating and feeling fresh. 

You can buy Phyto Replenish Oil here.

Have you tried anything from Dermalogica before? What’s your favourite product?

Shaun

 

This product was sent to me for review. All views are my own and completely honest.

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If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know i’m a fan of the Mankind Grooming Box. Coming out every couple of months, packed full with lots of male grooming goodies, this grooming box is the strongest of its kind in the market. The latest August Grooming Box has launched, and if you haven’t already, you should go and buy it. I’m going to give you two pros and a con, and why i’m a fan of the latest offering.


Value For Money

This is pretty obvious. In the latest August box, you get over £110’s worth of products for only £25! Yes, you heard that right, £25! That’s over a £75 saving (incase you’re not good at maths), which is amazing. All the products are full size too, so you don’t get any little samples, they’re genuine products that you will get a decent use out of.


Quality Of Products

The August Mankind Grooming box comes with products from Hanz de Fuko, Mr Natty, Men-U, Jack Black and Imedeen. If that isn’t good enough, there’s also a bonus item from Levi’s. I’ve been wanting to try a Hanz de Fuko product for a while, but at £16 i’ve been waiting for a reason. This box is only £9 more and you get the product and all the other goodies. All products are from brands I know of, or have tried before, which makes it a winner with me.


I’m A Vegetarian

Normally this isn’t a problem with any of the other Mankind Grooming boxes, but with this one there’s something I can’t use because I don’t eat meat. The Imedeen capsules have fish oil in, which makes it a no go. It’s a shame really, because I was really keen to give them a go. Alas, i’ll give these away as a gift, because at the retail value of £42, someone will definitely appreciate them.


All in all, I love the Mankind Grooming Box. Whether it’s specially the August one, or any of the previous ones, i’ve been a fan since it’s been available. They’re incredible value for money and they work well to split up as gifts. 

You can get your own by heading over to Mankind. They also have a dedicated blog post breaking the products down.

Have you had a Mankind Grooming Box before? What was your favourite one?

Shaun

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A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS

In a world as diverse as today, the possibilities are endless. Especially when it comes to choosing what hair styling product to use. Cream, clay or pomade? I asked myself this question a lot when I started to style my hair, even to this day, I still get confused as to what each one does and why I should use them.

Scaramouche & Fandango have got you covered when it comes to hair. They have a selection of high quality styling products that will give you any style you could imagine. To get a different look, you need to turn to a specific product. Hopefully I can shed some light on the benefits of each type.


Hair Cream

A cream hair product is probably one of the newest additions to the market. If you’re looking for an effortless look, a styling cream is the way to go. Generally, they tend to be lighter and help to tame those pesky little flyaways. They can either be used as a pre-styler or a finisher, but leave your hair looking like their isn’t any product in it. Styling creams work well with pretty much all hair types.

Top Tip: Finish your style with hairspray to hold it in place, whilst maintaining the effortless look.


Hair Clay

A styling clay is perfect if you’re looking for a textured matte look. They’re great for the ‘fresh out of bed’ look and tend to be workable throughout the day. If you want a messy, tousled style, clay is the way to go. They tend to work better with curly or wavy hair, but would look good on straight styles too.

Top Tip: Warm the product in your hands first to ensure it covers the hair evenly. Start from the roots and move to the tips for more volume and texture.


Hair Pomade

The classic hair product! Pomade has been around for centuries, in one form or another. They have a waxy texture and come in both water-based and oil-based styles. The aim of pomade is to give you a wet look style, without the crunch and flakiness of a gel. Perfect if you’re looking for a sleek style.

Top Tip: Add pomade just before your hair is completely dry. It helps to hold the style in place and controls frizz.


Hair styling shouldn’t be confusing, you want it to be as simple as possible. Stick to creams, clays and pomades and you’re on the right track. You can get hold of all you need from Scaramouche & Fandango, all at a reasonable price too! I’ve tried all their hair styling products and they’ve definitely strengthened my game. They all fit perfectly into how you would expect the product to work, they do what they’re meant to and they do it well!

What hair product do you use? I’m always looking for new things to try!

Shaun

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One thing I love the most about summer is the longer nights and brighter mornings. One thing I don’t like about summer is the longer nights and brighter mornings also. That doesn’t make sense, right? Let me explain!

I love being woken up by the sun and also having late night strolls when the sun is setting. The reason why I also dislike this is because it means my sleeping pattern goes out the window! I end up waking earlier and falling asleep later. Naturally, this means my skin gets a bit tired and dull, so it’s always good to crack out the products that help to brighten it!

Janjira is a Thai skincare company with products that are built around the bathing rituals of ancient Thai royalty. All products are made with naturally active ingredients that are proven to have skincare benefits. I’ve been trying some of the Marine Radiant White range for the past month, which helps to lighten and illuminate the skin. I must say, I’ve been impressed with the range!


MARINE RADIANT WHITE BRIGHTENING BOOSTER SERUM

I’m a fan of this serum! It helps to hydrate and brighten the skin and for someone with dry skin like me, that’s a must have. The serum is also enriched with Vitamin C, which helps to protect the skin, as well as having anti-aging properties. Winner all round, I’d say! The product doesn’t really have a scent, but I’m not mad about that. I find anything too perfumed just irritates my skin, and I’m not about that life. I would definitely recommend this product to someone looking for a new serum to add to their routine!


MARINE RADIANT WHITE BRIGHTENING TONER

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know a toner is the first item I skip from my daily routine! However, I think I may be a convert after trying this one. It felt so refreshing on the skin and because it’s oil-free, I wasn’t left feeling greasy. I always keep an eye out for any product with Sodium Hyaluronate in as it helps to reduce flakiness and gives your skins moisture content a little boost. Positive thoughts all around with this product.


MARINE RADIANT WHITE ILLUMINATING DAY CREAM

This product sits lovely on the skin. It’s not too heavy, but packs a punch! My skin was left feeling smooth and moisturised. A benefit of this cream is that it actually has UVA and UBV protection in. I don’t protect my skin as much as I should, so it’s great to have it built into such a lightweight product. It also has Vitamin B3 in, which helps to protect against pollution and other irritants as well as managing the skins inflammatory response. That benefit is great for someone whose skin is redness prone, like me.


Overall, I’m impressed with this range from Janjira. I’ve never tried anything before, but I’m glad I did! It’s on the more luxury end of the skincare spectrum, but definitely worth the investment. If you’re looking to revamp your routine, definitely check them out!

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

Shaun

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts on my hair, you’ll know that it’s thick and curly. Usually volumising and thickening shampoos are something I’d steer clear of. However in the summer months I tend to keep my hair curly more often, which means volumising and thickening shampoos become my best friend!

For the past month I’ve been trying out a number of shampoos that aid in giving your hair that extra ‘oompf’ and added lift. I’ve tried out a selection of brands and will let you know my thoughts.


Korres Shampoo for Thin Hair

I’ve heard of Korres before and have been meaning to try it out for a while. This shampoo has a clean scent that isn’t too overpowering and didn’t leave my hair feeling frizzy or weighed down. It helps to rejuvenate scalp cells and give your hair more texture and volume. My hair felt clean, without feeling dry. It also gave me a nice amount of volume, whilst keeping my hair frizz-free! Big thumbs up from me, Korres!


Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo

Following closely behind the Korres Shampoo is this one from Giovanni. Am I the only one that loves a shampoo that tingles?  This tea tree shampoo is suitable for all hair types and has a lovely cooling feel. It’s got peppermint in which helps to invigorate the scalp and makes me feel awake! Product build-up was easily removed and my hair felt super clean! The tea tree and peppermint helps to invigorate and wake me up when I use this in the morning. Winning!


Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp

The thing that stood out the most about this shampoo from Klorane is that it is gentle enough for frequent use! For someone like me, who washes their hair everyday, this is a bonus. I know, I shouldn’t do it, but I can’t stand product build-up. I loved the citrus smell of this shampoo, scent wise it’s probably my favourite.  So if you’re looking for an all-around good shampoo, with a pleasant scent, this ones for you.


Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo

I wasn’t as impressed with this product as the previous three. It didn’t really do anything special and actually made my hair feel slightly dry. I use heat styling tools on my hair every day, so it’s dry as it is, never mind having a shampoo strip my hair. This one wasn’t for me and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t recommend spending money on it. If you hair was on the oiler side, I’m sure this product would be good!


Phyto Strengthening Treatment Shampoo

Out of all these products, Phyto is the brand I’m most familiar with. Up until now, I’d never used it before, but I’m slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, my hair felt thick and conditioned, but I didn’t like the smell at all! It was almost medicinal and reminded me of medicated shampoo. If I was to pair this with a strong scented conditioner, I don’t think I’d have as much of a problem.


There you have it, my thoughts on 5 shampoos! A bit of a different post from me, but I’m happy I got to try them all out! I would definitely recommend Korres to anyone looking at investing in some new shampoo, it’s reasonably priced and you can get it over at Mankind.co.uk!

Thanks to Harley Street Hair Clinic for sending me this lovely haircare hamper to try out, I’ve definitely found some new favourites and hope you’ll explore more too! Check them out on Twitter: @HSHairClinic.

What’s your favourite shampoo? Let me know in the comments below!

Shaun

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