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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FORZA STIR IT SLIM | REVIEW

Who else is loving the sun as much as me? I’m taking it in because we all know this isn’t going to last long, especially in Manchester! I’ve mentioned in previous posts, around this time of year, I’m on ‘Mission Beach Body’. I’m always shaking up my diet and trying something to help give my body that little head start.

I tried ‘Shake It Slim’ from Forza last month and was delighted with the results. Needless to say, when they mentioned this new product to me, I was really interested in knowing more. ‘Stir It Slim’ is a meal replacement, but comes in the form of a hot drink. This is something I’ve never come across before, but it means I can have this in place of my morning coffee as a calorie controlled meal. If you’re a coffee lover like me, I’m sure you’re intrigued. Forza are the only company I know that do a hot shake like this.

It comes in three variations: Caramel Latte, Latte and Hot Chocolate. The first two actually contain coffee, so they give you that little bit of caffeine boost in the morning!

I was really confused as to how this was going to taste and how I was going to feel about it. I’ve tried a number of meal replacement shakes in the past and I’ve actually tried them warm, which didn’t really go down too well.  You have to make sure you stir them, rather than shaking. Otherwise you’ll end up being covered in it. I’m not speaking from experience.

When I first tasted it, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t keen. It was too thick for my liking and I couldn’t get used to having a meal replacement shake that was hot. The flavour was actually great and definitely the kind of Caramel Latte I’d drink. It probably didn’t help that I was so keen to drink it, I took a sip when it was still boiling. Word to the wise: don’t do that.

I was adamant this wasn’t going to defeat me, so I came up with a solution! I added twice as much water and drank it throughout the morning. Now this is something I can get on board with! It made the product a thinner consistency and definitely had a texture a lot more similar to coffee, rather than a shake.

This is definitely something I’d keep in my cupboard. I can’t function in the morning without a coffee, so even better when said coffee keeps me full until lunch!

You can get these directly from Forza or from Boots.

Have you tried any meal replacement shakes before?

Shaun

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Why I Quit Gymnastics


From a young age, I was a competitive trampolinist. You might not have known this as I haven’t even stepped foot in a gym for a couple of years now. This is a different blog than what I’d normally write, but hopefully you’ll find it interesting.

I started Trampolining when I was around 10 years old. I’d competed around England and Europe at various levels and spent the majority of time in a gym.

If you’ve ever done a competitive sport before, you’ll know that injuries are part of the package. Everyone gets injured and everyone just gets on with it. I think I got my first serious injury when I was about 12 and I tore a ligament in my ankle; that wasn’t great! I let it heal, brushed it off and got back on with it.

I’d say I competed for the next year injury-free. Then one day I was messing around, being a bit of a show-off and somersaulted off a trampoline. I ended up damaging all the muscles in the right side of my back. For between 4-6 weeks, I couldn’t walk straight. I didn’t have the support in my muscles to hold my body up straight. As a 13 year-old, I was terrified! Genuinely thought I’d not walk properly again. Thankfully it all healed fine.

Another year went by and this is where all the excitement begins. I was scouted to join a club in another city! It was incredible. Although at first, I wasn’t keen on the idea at all! I had a group of friends in my club and I didn’t want to leave them. However once the thought set in, I went down to trial and got a spot on the team! I was quickly learning moves I didn’t ever expect to be doing. My social life quickly disappeared and the sport became everything! I’d be there 4 times a week, whilst still studying for my exams and competing most weekends. Cut a long story short, I was presented with an ultimatum when I was 17: Sports or Academics?

It wasn’t easy! How can a 17 year old make that kind of decision? I was studying A-Levels and still spending most of my life training in another city. I weighed everything up: all the injuries, the lack of a social life, the constant sacrifices. I’d made my decision to quit the sport.

This didn’t go down too well with my family. I’d been training most of my life and had dreams of going to the Olympics. My thought process took me down the path of thinking “What would I do if an injury wiped me out and I had no qualifications to fall back on?” I chose academics and went to university to study Law.

When I was at university, I decided to train again! I went back and quickly picked up where I left off. It was a bit of a whirlwind: I was training new moves and getting ready to compete again. Then the inevitable happened; my hands slipped in the middle of a double somersault and I landed funny. I ended up damaging the soft tissue in my knee and couldn’t put any pressure on my leg. This solidified my thinking: I couldn’t take the risk when I didn’t have a degree. I quit competitive gymnastics for good.

Every now and again I go back, I still love the sport. I know that looking back on everything I’ve made the right decision. A lot of my injuries still play up today: I can’t run for a long period of time without my knee or ankle hurting and I can’t lay down in a certain way without my back aching. The joys of being an ex-gymnast, eh?

There you have it, the reasons why I quit gymnastics! I know this was a lengthy blog so thank you if you’ve read it all! Hopefully you enjoyed it.

Until next time,

S.

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In the colder months, my skin always dries out completely. I find that I end up having dry, flaky skin around my nose, eyes and mouth. It’s not pretty.

I have to bump up my skincare routine to combat this. I end up using more serums and masks to keep my skin as replenished as possible.

Lately I’ve been using The Body Shop Drops of Youth line, mainly the Bouncy Sleeping Mask and the Eye Concentrate. They’re primarily to help with aging skin, but I feel as though any product designed to reduce the signs of aging has to be good, right? After all, there’s no harm in having younger looking skin!


Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

This product is designed to give you bouncier-looking skin. It has an unusual texture; kind of like jelly. You only need a small amount and it comes with a little spatula to easily scoop it up. When you first apply it it’s sticky, however it soaks into the skin in a couple of minutes and feels great! It also feels really refreshing and cooling. This product is meant to be applied just before bed and left on overnight. If you have a beard like me, I’d avoid the area as it leaves my beard with a weird powdery feeling.

I find that the following morning my skin feels great! My moisturiser soaks in better and my skin is practically flake free all day! Winner!


Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

I’ll be completely honest; an eye product are always the first thing I skip in my skincare routine. I’ve been using this roll-on for the past month now and I feel like I’ll definitely invest in this again. It has the same cooling sensation as the sleeping mask, which feels lovely first thing in the morning! I use a tiny amount, not even a full pump. I’d definitely recommend this if you are looking for a straightforward eye cream to help with all different skin concerns. It helps to reduce the appearance of bags, lines and fatigue.


Products from the Drops of Youth line are enriched with Edelweiss plant stem cells. Edelweiss is a plant that grows in the mountains and overtime has developed many natural defenses in order to survive the harsh conditions. It has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which I feel is essential in skincare.

Furthermore, I really rate this line. The textures of these products are definitely different, but once you get over that; you’ll learn to love them. They’re not the most impressive of products I’ve tried, but they’re reasonably priced and would be a great addition to a skincare routine.

Until next time,

S.

 

 

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Christmas Cookie Recipe

A Christmas Cookie Recipe is something you should always have available. These ones are lightly flavoured with peppermint and would make the perfect Christmas gift.

For the cookies, you will need:
– 315 grams all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 230 grams butter
– 400 grams of granulated sugar
– ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
– 1 large egg
– 100 grams of chocolate chips

For the icing, you will need:
– 125 grams of icing sugar
– 3-5 tablespoons of double cream or milk

– Candy canes to decorate.

christmas-cookie-ingredients

This would be a great Christmas Cookie Recipe to give as a gift. Fill a jar with the dry ingredients and include instructions for the rest!

Instructions:

1| Preheat the oven to 175°C.

2| First you want to start by combining the flour, baking powder and salt. Give it a quick mix to ensure all is incorporated.

3| Next, cream together the butter and the sugar in a separate bowl until it’s pale and fluffy. Once you have creamed the butter and sugar, add the egg and the peppermint extract and mix to combine.

4| Add the dry ingredients into the wet and fold together until it forms a dough. Then add the chocolate chips and gently stir them in.

christmas-cookie

5| Scoop the cookie batter onto a parchment lined baking tray. Make sure you leave space between them, as they will spread quite a bit. Bake for around 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden, then remove and cool completely. (To get a more even bake, you can rotate the tray halfway through).

6| While they’re cooling, place your candy canes into a zip lock bag and crush them.

7| To make the icing, gradually add the cream to the icing sugar. You don’t want it to get too runny, as you don’t want the icing falling off the cookies.

8| Finally, spoon the icing onto the cookies and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes.

That’s it, you’re done!

Let me know what you think of this Christmas Cookie Recipe and if you decide to make them, tweet me a picture!

Until next time,

S.

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