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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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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SCARAMOUCHE & FANDANGO | REVIEW 

Sometimes skincare is too complicated, don’t you agree? Everyone doesn’t understand the benefits of a complex list of ingredients, and why should you need to? At the end of the day you want your skincare to be as easy and accessible as possible. You shouldn’t have to have a Pharmacy Degree to know what every lotion and potion does.

Scaramouche & Fandango have been kind enough to send me a couple of products to try out. I’ve used the brand in the past; I was first introduced to them in my ManKind Grooming Box. Their aim is to put the simplicity back into male grooming. Sometimes you just want a product to work, without the fuss of working out whether the PH level of your skin matches the chemical formula of the product. I’ve been using them for the past month now and have found some favourites I’m definitely going to be repurchasing.


Shampoo

The main thing I want from a shampoo is a good lather. I know that this can actually be drying on your hair, so it’s always a difficult compromise. The Scaramouch & Fandango Shampoo lathers well and actually doesn’t dry my hair out! It smells clean and it’s got a subtle smell. I do wish the smell was a bit stronger, but we can’t have everything. It’s straightforward, no fuss and does what you’d expect!

[5/5]


Conditioner

Now in true lazy Shaun fashion, I want a conditioner that doesn’t necessarily have to be left on for 5 minutes to do any good. This one definitely caters to that laziness. I put it in, wait a minute, and wash it out. Simple! My hair is left feeling smooth, but not too soft that I can’t style it. It’s difficult to find a good conditioner that doesn’t leave my heavy and flat, however this one does the job!

[5/5]


Body Wash

As you may know from previous posts, lil’ ol’ me has sensitive skin. I’m actually allergic to most soap so have to be careful with shower gels. This one has a masculine smell, it’s light and doesn’t foam too much. It’s actually really nice! Additional bonus as it didn’t leave my skin pink and irritated. I will definitely be buying this again. 

[4/5]


 Face Scrub

This scrub is gentle. Probably too gentle for me. I think the main purpose is to use it daily, so it’s not really that abrasive. If you wanted a scrub that you could use consistently, this would be the one for you. I wish it was slightly grittier, but all in all, it’s a decent scrub. You wouldn’t need to worry about making your skin worse with this scrub, you just need to grab and go.

[3/5]


Shave Cream

Now this was a tough one for me to try. I recently discovered the MenU Shave Cream and fell in love with it. I’ve never had a product that gave me a close shave, without irritating my skin. I was pleasantly surprised with the Scaramouche & Fandango Shave Cream. It lathers up well and protected my skin from my razor. It hasn’t convinced me enough to change my regular, but once I run out I’ll definitely be using this.

[4/5]


Hydrator

You’re probably bored of me rambling on about my dry skin, but I can hardly ever find a reasonably priced cream that does the job. I’m sad to say this didn’t live up to expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it feels and smells lovely. It just wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin. If you’re the everyday man, with normal/oily skin, I imagine this cream would be great for you. I do want to note my skin is eczema prone though, so hardly anything works for me.

[2/5]


 All in all, Scaramouche & Fandango is a winner for me!

The products do the job, all smell lovely and look great. I love that all the packaging matches and is very simple and clean. The products are really reasonably priced which means if you’re looking to invest in a whole new range, this wouldn’t put you out of pocket. There’s also no need for frills, every product is labelled simply and it’s easy to know what everything does.

Have you tried anything from Scaramouche & Fandango before? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

 

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AVAJ GROOMING | REVIEW

I’m a victim of dry skin! It’s difficult for me to go by my daily life without ending the day looking like a lizard. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but you catch my drift.

Avaj have been nice enough to send me some products tailored toward dry skin. I’m always on the lookout for body creams to help with my dryness, I find that it’s one of the most difficult things to come across. Most brands main priorities are on face care and body care tends to come as an add-on.

I was sent four products to review. The Opulent Jet Body Butter, the Spray Mist Sandalwood Body Moistursier, the Strawberry Lip Shine and the Peppercorn Exfoliating Face Scrub. I’ve been using these products for the past month now and I’m seriously impressed. They come nicely packaged and feel really luxurious. The packaging is metal with simplistic branding. In my opinion, it’s some of the nicest packaging I’ve come across. It feels really expensive. We deserve a treat, right guys?

The Opulent Jet Body Butter is a thick body butter that has proven results for helping dryness. It protects the skin against drying, accelerates healing and nourishes. I was really keen to try this as I’d actually heard good things on social media about it. I always tend to get dry skin on the tops of my arms and couldn’t wait to give this a go. It’s creamy and feels lovely on the skin. I wouldn’t use it all over my body because it’s a bit thick, but I put it on my problem areas and it’s instantly soft and smooth! It also has a lovely smell, masculine and not too overpowering. I’m definitely going to repurchase this again, it has done wonders for my skin.

The Spray Mist Sandalwood Body Moisturiser is something else I was really keen to try. Moisturising my body is a massive chore, so anything that makes it easier is a winner. Plus, I love the smell of sandalwood so this product instantly got off to a good start. It’s a lot lighter than the body butter and the smell is a lot more fragrant, which I’m not mad about! It glides onto the skin easily and leaves my skin smelling and feeling great. I tend to use this in the areas where I don’t use Opulent Jet as it’s a bit lighter and absorbs into the skin quicker. Pairing both products together has been a winning combination for me.

The Peppercorn Exfoliating Face Scrub helps to remove dead skin, oil and dirt from your skin. It’s a cream based gentle scrub and is not too abrasive. For someone with sensitive skin this is a plus point. It has Sweet Almond Oil in which is known in skincare for its moisturising properties. It did help to remove the dry skin from my face, especially around my nose.

The Strawberry Lip Shine is a nice, simple lip balm. It’s petroleum based so has a similar feeling to Vaseline, but with a subtle strawberry scent. Pretty straight forward, but does the job well!

Overall, I’m really impressed with Avaj. They’re a Yorkshire based brand and you can actually tell they care about their customers. Alongside skincare, Avaj retail underwear and accessories. I’d definitely check them out if you’re interested in skincare tailored toward men. You also get a couple of cheeky chocolates thrown in with your order. #Winning

Avaj Grooming is reasonably priced and really high quality. Check out Avaj here.

Have you tried Avaj before? What is your favourite skincare brand? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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BUBBLEOFF! | REVIEW & EXCITING NEWS

I’ve literally been so excited to share this news with you all. I never expected I’d get an opportunity like this, but when BubbleOff! spoke to me, I was literally jumping with joy!

I’ve named a face cream! How cool is that?!

BubbleOff! is a Manchester based, cruelty-free, skincare business. Started by two sisters, Emily and Clare, they handcraft natural products that are all suitable for sensitive skin. They’ve recently added a new men’s face cream to their range and asked me to come up with the name.

The new men’s face cream from BubbleOff! is called… *drum roll*

FILTHY!

Filthy is a luxurious moisturiser for men, that’s made with natural oils and butters to leave even the toughest of skin feeling soft.  I’ve been using this product for a couple of weeks now and I love it. It’s really smooth and creamy and literally glides over the skin. Living in a city means my skin gets attacked with pollutants and lil’ nasties that fly around the air. Once I get home and have a deep cleanse, I need something to add all the goodness back into my skin. Filthy does this. If you’re in Manchester, make sure you follow @BubbleOff on Twitter and get your hands on this product. For something Vegan and cruelty-free, you wont be disappointed!

Photo is courtesy of BubbleOff! Photo is courtesy of BubbleOff!

I also got to try a selection of their Wah Wahs, Bath Bombs and Cold Pressed Soaps. All of these products didn’t disappoint.

I have naturally dry and sensitive skin, so I’m always cautious when adding things to my bath. My favourite product that I tried was the Vanilla Pod Wah Wah, I was instantly in love. It left my skin feeling soft and calmed, which is something I always look for in a bath product. Plus, it smells great! Not overly fragrant, but enough so that it’s noticeable. If you are a fan of Lush Cosmetics, you’ll love anything and everything from BubbleOff! They’re a fraction of the price and equal in quality, what more could you want?

Along with the two previously mentioned products, I’ve also tried the Green Goddess Bath Bomb, the Bountiful Beauty Wah Wah and the Heisenberg Cold Pressed Soap. I’m genuinely so impressed with everything I’ve tried. They all smell lovely and don’t dry my skin out. Winning!

If you head over to BubbleOff’s website, you can actually get a gift box that includes a selection of their products. You can even sign up to a subscription box and get £20’s worth of products for £15! Good, right?

Check out their website here.

Have you tried anything from BubbleOff! before? What is your favourite cruelty-free product? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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