MANKIND GROOMING BOX | CONFIDENCE EDITION

Confidence can take many forms. Whether you class yourself as an introvert or an extrovert, one thing that can help you exude confidence is your appearance and how you feel about yourself. That’s where Mankind are here to help.

The latest Grooming Box* from Mankind is all about Confidence and has everything you need to make sure you are on your A game every time. Featuring hair and skin care essentials from big brands such as Jack Black, Bed Head and Neville, the box has all your everyday essentials covered to get you looking your best.

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Starting from the top, the Nanogen For Men Shampoo and Conditioner 5-in-1 and it’s thickening formula is designed to thicken and strengthen your hair. The multi-targeted treatment contains a blend of hair growth factors, amino acids and exfoliators to keep your hair feeling healthy, nourished and looking it’s best. Having used the Nanogen products previously, it will be good to see if this all in one product is as good as the rest of the range.

On to the face and the Neville Rescue Scrub will help keep your skin clear and healthy.  The combination of volcanic ash and cocoa better is gentle on the skin and will not only tackle any dead skin cells and dirt, but it will also leave your face feeling soft and hydrated. Going into the summer this has arrived at the right time to help unclog your pores from sun creams and excess oils.

If you do shave, applying a post shave balm or  moisturiser straight after shaving will help trap in moisture and speed up the recovery process. The TIGI Bed Head For Men Balm Down Cooling Aftershave works to soothe and hydrate freshly shaven skin, relieving redness and irritation to leave skin feeling fresh and cool.

If like me you don’t shave daily, then the ManCave Original Moisturiser is ideal for some all over hydration. The moisturiser is packed full of natural ingredients to hydrate, mattify and energise skin. The light weight formula is easily absorbed into the skin leaving it smooth and shine free. As ManCave products are free from skin-unfriendly ingredients you know the brand has really thought about what goes into each product. Other notable ingredients here are caffeine which helps control the signs of fatigue and Borage Oil which locks in moisture.

When it comes to hair products I’m usually quite picky however the Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream was a surprise. As stated on the packaging, the product has a flexible hold so if you’re looking for a product to keep your hair in place all day, this isn’t for you. However, if you have thick or wavy hair, the Texture Cream provides long-lasting, flexible control while keeping frizz under control, which is ideal for a natural looking finish.

For me, this is the best Mankind Grooming box I’ve seen to date. Each product has been carefully selected to cover all your needs and to keep you looking your best and fill you full of confidence.

With over £70 worth of full-sized products for just £25, the Mankind Grooming Box is great value for money and sure to sell out fast. For more information and or to shop, click here. 

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Turning 30 & Barcelona Photo Diary

The end of May saw my 30th Birthday. I decided rather than staying at home and crying into my Macbook, that I would go away instead to take the edge off! I had heard many good things about Barcelona before but had never been, so when it came to booking a sunny city break, Barcelona was at the top of my list. What better way to celebrate than with some sun and a few drinks? The big 3-0 didn’t seem so bad after all.

When I think back to my twenties I always thought I would have everything figured out by now. I thought I would be further along in my career, be a home owner and have this adult thing down to a T.

Things might not have happened as I thought, but that’s okay.

I don’t know why I had high expectations and needed to accomplish so much by 30. It really is just a number. So many unexpected, great things have happened over the last ten years that might not have happened if I had been completely focused on ‘life goals’ so this is a reminder to hold my plans much more loosely because there’s a whole lot of life still to come and who knows what twists and turns are up ahead.

I hope you enjoy my photos of my Birthday trip, I loved Barcelona! Have you ever been?

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Chök | Brunch & Cake | Margarita Blues | Vioko | Bar Lobo

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Father’s Day Event & Gift Guide!

Last week I was invited to a Father’s Day event with Mankind and IWOOT. Up until that point I hadn’t really thought about it this year. But, with just over a week to go, now is the time to really start thinking what you will get your Dad this Father’s Day. Attending the event was such an eye opener, IWOOT is the destination for all your gifting needs. They have everything covered. From beard aprons (to catch the debris) to portable BBQs and remote control helicopters, there is something for every dad out there.

Still unsure? I have put this quick gift guide together to get you started. You can find the links below. I’ll take the BBQ please…

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01. adidas Gazelle (Solid Grey & White) £75 | 02. The Refinery Morning Ritual £103 | 03. Gentlemen’s Hardware Bucket Barbecue £24.99 | 04. Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield 36mm £139 | 05. Byredo Bibliotheque Candle £54 | 06. Gentlemen’s Hardware Flight Ready Kit £15.99 | 07. Ray-Ban General Bronze Copper £143 | 08. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Cocktails £7.99 | 09. L. A. Bruket No.145 Shaving Cream £27.40 | 10. Common Projects Multi Card Holder £69 | 11. Mason Jar Cocktail Shakerset £8.99

If you are still unsure about what to get for your old man this Father’s day, head over to IWOOT to view there full range of unique and unusual gifts. You can find the full Father’s Day range from IWOOT here. Even better, if you use code FATHER you will get 15% off your order! Use the hashtag #WrapDifferent to show your purchases!

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Summer Skincare Saviors

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As the weather gets warmer it’s time to start introducing some SPF into your grooming routine. The suns rays can not only cause short term damage to our skin, but prolonged exposure to the sun can cause lasting damage too.

Whether you are heading to the pool or to town, applying sunscreen to your body and face when heading out to the sun is a must. Recent innovations in sun protection has meant that sunscreen is not what it used to be. There are so many lightweight, non-greasy formulas on the market these days, you won’t even feel like you are wearing it.

For me, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF30 is my go to. The Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF has all the benefits of the original Ultra Facial Moisturizer but with added sun protection. The similar formula allows you to make the transition between the two without worrying about upsetting your skins balance too much – I’ve found in the past that certain sunscreens cause my skin to break out.

After being in the sun, your skin can feel super dehydrated. For an instant boost of moisture the Cactus Flower & “Tibetan Ginseng” Hydrating Mist, also from Kiehl’s instantly breaths new life into your skin, providing essential moisture with every spray. I recently took this away with me to Barcelona and found myself reaching for it whenever my skin started to feel dry or tight. The blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary helps to soothe the skin whilst protecting it from environmental conditions.

I also took the Aesop Protective Body Lotion SPF50 and Aesop Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel with me on my most recent trip. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so sunny, so I’m glad I had the reviving gel with me after the first day left me slightly red. Needless to say the factor 50 came in handy the rest of the trip. If you want to know anymore about these Aesop products I reviewed them separately here last summer.

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Finally, If being out in the sun isn’t for you, you could opt for the Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel to give you that sun kissed look. I usually apply a small amount to my daily moisturiser if I’m going out for that healthy glow. The good news is, it washes off so you can experiment with how much or how little you want to use.

What are your summer essentials?

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My Summer Rotation

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With summer rapidly approaching its finally time to unbox those shoes you’ve had stored away since the end of last summer – the warmer, dryer weather means you no longer need to worry about the wet weather ruining you’re favourite footwear.

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a new pair for the summer, now is the time to start thinking about what you want out of your footwear.

A good starting point is thinking about what you will use them for. Are you looking for something for everyday wear or something more premium that you will wear less frequently. If you’re paying a lot of money for something, you are going to want to make sure it lasts, so also think about quality – A leather shoe is going to stand the test of time against a canvas-style shoe.

Depending on the use, you may want to consider the colour. For me, I always go for black or white or a combination of the two as you can never go wrong with neutrals.

Whether you are looking to invest in premium footwear or are just after a new summer beater I have put this quick list together to show you what my favourite pairs are for this summer. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments!

01. Nike Air Max 97 OG ‘Silver Bullet’

Earlier this year, Nike announced it was reissuing the OG Nike Air Max 97 as a limited release in Italy. Fast forward a few months and Nike confirmed a wider release, seeing it  sell out immediately. Love them or hate them the Air Max 97 is back for 2017, the infamous silhouette from Nike is also celebrating it’s 20th anniversary so expect further colour options through the year. Personally, I love the OG Air Max 97 and I’m praying for a triple black version!

02. Converse X Comme des Garçon Play CT 70

I have been waiting for the COMME des GARÇONS PLAY and Converse collection to restock forever. They were on one of my first ever wish lists when I first started this blog, so it’s been a while! At the time I had the first collaboration between the brands so didn’t feel the need to pick them up straight away. When I saw that Dover Street Market had restocked them a couple of weeks ago I had to get both the high and low versions and can see these being my everyday pairs this summer!

03. Nike Mayfly Woven

The Nike Mayfly Woven is another of those pairs that you either love or hate. I bought these last year for my trip to Thailand, but haven’t worn them since then. Back in a fresh set of colourways this year, the Mayfly Woven is the perfect casual summer shoe for 2017.

The woven perforation detailing along the suede uppers are great for keeping cool and the leather laces and details to the heel adds a more luxe feel to the shoe, making them a great transition between day and night. I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot more this year so lets hope the weather holds out.

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04. Common Projects Original Achilles Low

Famed for their sleek silhouette, minimal branding and premium price tag, the white Achilles low is probably the most iconic of the Common Projects designs. I’ve wanted them for so long but could never justify the price tag. Lucky for me I got them £100 cheaper in the sales after Christmas and have been saving them for the warmer months.

With luxury Italian leather covering them inside and out, it’s clear the see why they have  so much hype around them. The quality and craftsmanship on these are unreal and the size and style code gold stamp is just the right amount of detail. From first wear you can really tell they are going to last for years to come, I’m really glad I took the plunge!

05. Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential

Another pair of Nikes… This time its the Air Max 95 silhouette. This updated version of the original shoe features a no-sew upper which makes them feel a lot more streamlined compared to the originals which are on the chunky side. I’m really enjoying the revival of some of the other ‘less popular’ models Nike are bringing out this year.

So there you have it. My top 5 pairs I will be wearing this summer. What are your favourite pair? What will you be wearing this summer?

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