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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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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