I’ve been using my Foreo Luna 2 for Men for almost 2 years now. It still remains a firm favourite in my skincare routine, and if you keep reading you’ll find out why.

When I tried the Luna 2 for Men, I instantly loved it. I think the design of the Foreo Luna 2 is definitely easier on the eye than some of the other brushes on the market. I was genuinely excited to use it for the first time. At £169 it’s definitely an investment, but your skin is something you should treat well.


Why would you bother using a facial-cleaning brush?

Well, when washing your face with your hands, you’re actually transferring bacteria and oil between your fingertips and face. It means you’ll never be able to get truly clean skin. I was definitely sceptical by this claim, but I instantly felt the difference when I used my Luna 2 for the first time!

The Foreo Luna 2 for Men is advertised as being a 3-in-1 facial-cleansing, pre-shaving and anti-aging device. Seriously, it does all those things! It works by gently pulsing on the skin – 8,000 pulsations per second to be exact. The front of the device helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores of almost 100% of dirt and oil. This also helps in prepping the skin for a smoother and closer shave. The back of the device uses lower-frequency pulsations to help reduce fine lines and wrinkle. Let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger so this side definitely appealed to me.

close up of foreo luna 2 for men in water

How do you use the FOREO Luna 2 for Men?

It’s very easy to use. You apply your cleanser to your face and wet the Luna. I use the Foreo Cleanser for Men, which leaves my skin feeling fresh (more details on my Mankind Grooming Box Review). You literally press one button and you’re set! It’s automatic and pauses pulsations every 15 seconds to allow you to move onto another area of your face. The cleansing lasts for a minute in total. You then rinse and dry your face, apply your skincare products and move onto the anti-aging side. You press the button again, turn it over and use the back for another minute! Pop your favourite serum onto your skin, and gently massage it across your face using the Foreo Luna 2. It’s really that simple.

One benefit this product has compared to other cleansing brushes is that you don’t have to change the bristles! It’s made of silicone so it’s actually resistant to bacteria, which ensures it’s as clean as possible! It’s also fully waterproof, so suitable for use in the shower.

Now after using it, you might break out a bit, but this is just your skin purging of all the toxins. After a day or two it’ll get better, and with continued use it’ll happen less frequently. It’s actually a good thing that the Foreo Luna 2 for Men helps remove toxins, because otherwise they’re just sitting under your skin.


After using this product for almost 2 years, I would honestly recommend the Foreo Luna 2 for Men to everyone! Since I first got mine, the Foreo range has expanded to now include the Luna Go and the Luna Mini 2. They even do a toothbrush, which is called the Foreo Issa.

If you’re interested in buying the Foreo Luna 2 for Men, you can get it from Mankind.

There you have it, my review on the Foreo Luna 2 for Men. I would definitely check this out if you are interested in looking after your skin!

 

 

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than eating out. Well, to be fair, there’s nothing I enjoy more than eating in general (probably the reason I’m trying to lose weight). I recently got the opportunity to go to the Around The World Bar, located inside Bierkeller in Manchester’s The Printworks. With the aim of reviewing the new menu, they invited Simon and I in for a round of drinks and some food.


First impressions count, and they weren’t bad! I was quite sceptical to go at first, because I always see people stumbling in and out of Bierkeller most nights of the week, and I didn’t know how that would affect the atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised! We were instantly greeted by lovely staff, the vibe was cool and very bavarian, so everything was off to a good start. 

The selection on the menu is pretty good. It’s nothing too fancy, but gives you enough choice to suit most eaters. There is a selection of food from around the world, but if you’re looking for some ‘pub grub’, that’s what you should benchmark the selection on. There is also over 150 beers to chose from, which seems crazy! How would you whittle down which one to pick?

We ordered some nachos and breaded halloumi for starters. All of the nachos came with some form of meat, but the staff were very accommodating when I asked for it without. Both starters were equally good, came to the table piping hot and definitely did the job. There was a slight hiccup with the nachos arriving late, but they got brought out as soon as it got flagged.

We both ordered burgers for out mains. How adventurous, right? The reason why I ordered a burger is because they actually serve Quorn. Now I know that not much effort has to go into serving a Quorn burger, but sometimes I just want a burger with the same texture as meat. Bean burgers don’t always do the job, so this was a great alternative and it was delicious. Simon ordered the ATW burger, which is apparently their speciality. Whilst I obviously can’t taste it, Simon gave it a thumbs up and said it was nice!


All in all, the food is good. It’s a pretty basic selection, but for the price point it suits well. I think where ATW excels, is with their numerous daily offers. Each night of the week has a different focus, and with that, a different deal on food. It’s the perfect drop off if you’re going to the Odeon in The Printworks, and fancy a bite to eat before your film. 

Have you been to Around The World Bar inside Bierkeller? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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This is a bit of a different post for me. I usually focus on grooming or lifestyle, however this blog is going to be a bit more personal. Take a seat though, because it’s a lengthy one.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I don’t eat meat. Now this isn’t something that has been super straightforward, and my decision to stop eating meat happened earlier this year. But what you might not know, is that I’ve actually not eaten meat, longer than I’ve eaten it. Let me explain…

I first stopped eating meat when I was 12. Yes, 12 years old! It seems crazy that someone that young could actually make a decision to cut out such a big part of their diet. I remember firmly when it began. I was in school, with a friend who had been a vegetarian for a year or so, and she made a comment that I wouldn’t be able to do what she does. This may be a ridiculously stubborn part of my character, but I decided to cut out meat just to prove people wrong. Sounds ridiculous, right?

The plot thickens when I started struggling with not being able to eat some of my favourite foods. I began to research the meat industry, and what happens to animals before it lands on your plate. Let’s just say, it’s not pretty. It put me off completely and I firmly cut out any meat from my diet.

Now, I’d not eaten meat for around 7 years, but for some reason, I started craving it again. If anyone reading this doesn’t eat meat, you’ll know that after a couple of weeks you actually forget what it tastes like and all cravings go. I’d found myself at university, surrounded by people who ate meat, who would cook meals with each other, and who thought it necessary to pressure me into eating meat. A lot of things started playing on my mind, the cravings came back, and to cut a long story short, I started eating meat again.

It wasn’t that straightforward though. I remember the first time I tried meat after not having it for so long, and to be completely honest, it wasn’t great. It made me feel physically sick and it felt wrong. However the damage had been done, and I couldn’t go back now. For the years to come I found it convenient to eat meat again, I went travelling and didn’t have to worry about it, but something still didn’t feel right. I couldn’t actually have conversations about animal-cruelty and my feelings on the cause because it almost felt hypocritical.

This brings us onto this year. I’d been playing with the idea of not eating meat again, but just struggled to stick to it. Then one night, after a couple of glasses (bottles) of wine, it dawned on me that I wasn’t okay with the principle of eating meat. Being fully transparent here, I got upset. In a drunken state, I made a vow to not eat meat, and I’ve stuck to it ever since.

The question I asked myself time and time again, was whether I would be able to kill my own food to eat it. With the answer being no, I didn’t think it right to go down that route. Tie that in with the fact that it’s quite frankly cruel to eat meat, I’m not going to look back.

You might be asking yourself ‘why are you telling me this‘? Well, the reason is because when people ask how long I’ve been vegetarian for, ‘5 months’ doesn’t seem like a good enough answer. Yeah, there was a bump in the road, but I’m back on track. There was almost a slight shame when I stopped eating meat, as if I didn’t want to be judged for being ‘the fussy eater’. But y’know what, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

I’m happier, healthier and feel generally better about myself for not eating meat. Now this isn’t me trying to convince anyone else to go vegetarian, or to ever push my views on anyone, because I firmly believe that you need to do what’s best for you. I don’t eat meat because I think it’s wrong, for me. What I want to get across is that it doesn’t matter whether you eat meat or you don’t, or whether you only support ‘Meat-Free Mondays’, what matters is that you’re doing what’s best for you.

It’s personal for me because of the higher cause, animal cruelty. I’m totally against any harm to animals which stems onto why I don’t eat meat. I don’t think it’s right that I could be so passionate about harm not being done to dogs, horses, monkeys, or any other animal. Yet I would still be supporting the slaughter of cows, chickens and pigs. Each to their own though, I know everyone has different views on this.

No one should ever be ashamed of not eating meat, I realise this now. Some people might find it silly, or ridiculous. But I know the benefits my diet choice has on animal agriculture and the how it helps toward stopping animal cruelty, and I’m proud of that.

If you’ve read this far, thank you. Don’t forget to tweet me @HisHabits.

Shaun

 

 

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I’ve noticed Birch Water making a huge appearance across social media recently, and i’ve been dying to try it. I’m always into trying new things on the market, whether that be food, drink or cosmetics. 

What is TreeVitalise?

TreeVitalise is a brand of natural and organic Birch Water, that naturally comes from birch trees. It’s sapped straight from the tree and is packed full of nutrients, flavour and freshness. They come in three flavours, original, lemon and mint. All flavourings are natural, and the birch water is infused with either mint leaves of lemon peel to infuse to flavour.

Their Organic birch water comes directly from the Carpathian Mountains, which is an ecologically clean area in Eastern Europe, known as the ‘Green Pearl’. In the first weeks of the Spring thaw, the roots of the birch trees absorb the water from the melted snow. This liquid is then enriched with all the nutrients of the birch tree before being tapped back out and bottled.

What did I think?

One thing I noticed when I tried this for the first time, is how refreshing it was! It was actually more thirst quenching than water, which is always a massive bonus. It is slightly thicker than water, which confused me as I was expecting it to be the same viscosity. The flavour is subtle, and earthy to some extent. Which is to be expected considering that this comes from a tree. 

Since it comes in three flavours, it really gives you the chance to try a couple and find the one that is most suitable to your palette. The thing I had to get used to the most was the texture, it has an almost syrupy texture, without the sweetness. Once I got over the feeling that I was drinking maple syrup, and realised I was drinking birch water, I started to enjoy it!

All in all, I definitely think I would pick this up again. My favourite flavour was definitely the lemon and I wasn’t massively keen on the original. It tastes so natural, which is a good thing for most people, but I couldn’t get past the taste of trees in the original flavour. The lemon one, on the other hand, masks some of the earthy taste and leaves a lovely citrus burst in it’s place.

Have you tried TreeVitalise before? You can pick up your own from Holland & Barrett. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Shaun

 

I was sent this item for review. All views and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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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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