Hand Heroes

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The constant change in temperature can play havoc with our skin. If you are anything like me and suffer with dry skin, one thing that always feels dry first are our hands. As I spend a lot of my day exposed to the elements, the cold weather and wind and rain can leave my skin and in particular, my hands feeling dry and rough. In fact, if I don’t look after my hands, they get so dry to the point that my skin cracks and bleeds, which is not fun. Luckily, over the years I’ve come to learn which products work best for me.

When it comes to hand creams I look for three things; It has to do the job, be super hydrating and absorb quickly – I really don’t like any type of skincare product that just sits there or feels greasy or tacky.

I always make sure I have the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream from Grown Alchemist on hand during the colder days. Not only does it do everything I need it too, it also smells amazing. I’m currently working my way through a 300ml bottle which I keep on my desk,  but it’s also available in the Amenity Kit which I featured many moons ago here, if you do fancy giving some of the other Grown Alchemist products a try.

Next up is the Aesop Resurrection Aromitique Hand Balm which I have just repurchased. Much like the one from Grown Alchemist, the formula is nice and thick and absorbs fast into the skin leaving your hands smooth and hydrated. The handy tube means that its something you can keep on your office drawer or in the car for when you need it.

The Resurrection hand care range from Aesop also features a Hand Wash and a sanitising Rinse-Free Hand Wash which is great for on the go in the classic Mediterranean scent. I honestly don’t think there is a Aesop product that I don’t like.

So there you have it. What are your favourite products for looking after your hands?

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Being your best

After taking a much needed break, I’m back and getting all personal on you! The last couple of weeks have been fairly quiet for me. I have pretty much withdrawn from most forms of social media and have had no motivation to post anything, anywhere.

My last post was over a month ago just before I went to Paris. I had all these plans to collect content whilst I was away for future posts, but this never materialised. I just wasn’t feeling it. On return, I got really sick which put me out of action again, but that was two to three weeks ago. Since then I’ve struggled to get going again and create new posts.

It started to feel like the relationship with my blog was coming to an end.

In a time when we are able to buy influence, establishing yourself is harder than ever. I would never consider paying for followers or use an automated system to post on my behalf – that isn’t what this community is built on. However, it’s hard to not compare yourself to some of these ‘influencers’.

With so many people looking to make a living from being a instagram / youtube / blogging personality the market is saturated. And with so many ‘influencers’ looking for the biggest following and best opportunities it makes me  wonder ‘what’s the point?’ in continuing. I guess its just frustrating how easy it seems these days.

Personally, I have never saw this blog as a business opportunity, I post content because I enjoy doing it. My growth has been steady, but organic which I’m proud of. Getting feedback on my posts keeps me motivated (I’m not talking about the ‘such an inspiration’ automated comments).

With growth I have had more and more people present opportunities to me, which is amazing – I feel honoured every time someone wants to work with me! However, I feel I have also have got caught up in this and have got lost along the way.

With a blog redesign on the horizon I recently went through my archived posts to correctly tag every post. It made me realise how much prouder I was of my content a year ago. I am generally happy with the direction my blog has been going in but I am always a lot more happier with a post I have put time and effort into creating naturally rather than working to a deadline or simply reviewing a product. There’s only so many times you can make hair products sound interesting.

I know I sound ungrateful but I’m really not. I’m just trying to find my feet in this community and put out content I can 100% get behind and be proud of. Rather than simply reviewing products I’m going to look for alternative ways to include them into posts which work for me.

The great thing is I can make my own rules. The time out has made me realise I need to stop comparing myself to others. I’m also going to select opportunities more carefully and not put myself under any unnecessary pressure to put out posts.

I’m still working through this slump but I hope to resume shortly… I have a few posts in the works!

Sometimes you just need a bit of me time.

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Fish Soho Hair Products Review

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When it comes to hair products, knowing what works for you or what doesn’t can be the difference between a good or a bad hair day. Everybody’s hair is different so what you use can change based on how long your hair is, what style you want it in, and what type of hair you have.

Over the years I have tried many products in a bid to find what works best for me and have stuck to the same couple of products ever since. So, when it comes to trying out new products I find it hard to step outside my comfort zone. I was recently contacted by Fish SOHO to see if I wanted to try out some of the Fish range.

I had heard of brand before but with like most hair brands, hadn’t tried any of the products so thought that this was the perfect opportunity to be introduced to them. You never know when you might discover your next favourite product!

If you’re not familiar with the Fish Soho the brand was formed In 1987 by Paul Burfoot, who set about converting a old London sex shop into a salon. While renovating, Burfoot discovered that the shop was once a fishmongers – and so ‘Fish Hairdressing’ was born. Since then the salon has gone on to release it’s own variety of styling and grooming products, which you may have seen in your local Boot’s or high street store.

So, what did I think?

First up I used the Superfish Fiercefish De-Gunk Shampoo. The shampoo is designed with an extra strength cleansing formula to help remove a build up of hair products, which is great if you use various products in your hair. As my hair and scalp are naturally quite dry I thought this may leave my hair feeling dry and course as shampooing can wash away the hair’s natural moisture. However, I was surprised to find that the shampoo actually left my hair feeling soft and squeaky clean. The added vitamin E left my hair feeling strong and looking healthy. Despite the size of the tube, you only need a small amount of product to create a thick luxurious lather. The formula is also designed to avoid that fluffy, just washed look which leaves it looking smooth and defined which makes it easier when it comes to styling.

In terms of styling products I received both the Fish Platinum Fishfingers Shape Defining Wax and Fish Original Fishfingers Shape Defining Wax to try out. The waxes are pretty much identical which I thought was a bit strange, with the only noticeable difference being the fragrance of Platinum wax.

For best results, I found the a little goes a long way and you can always build on it if you need more. For me, I used a pea-sized amount which I worked between the palms of my hands and then applied to my hair. I have short to medium length hair and found that this wax was ideal for the length. I found it easy to apply and work into my hair and in turn create a natural shape and style. It’s not going to keep your hair in position all day, but if you are anything like me and like to readjust and play around with your hair throughout the day, then this product is for you.

Fish Soho haircare products are great value for money and are a good starting point if you haven’t quite worked out what work’s best for you just yet. I would be interested to try some other products in the range to see how these hold up but so far I have been pleasantly surprised with the wax and shampoo. Have you tried any of the Fish Soho hair products?

You can shop complete Fish range here.

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Winter Whites

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During winter you can usually find me bundled up under layers of dark clothing, trying to hibernate from the cold. I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I HATE winter. My body was definitely designed for warmer climes.

Rather than let it get me down I’m taking a different approach this year and introducing some colour into my winter wardrobe to lift my mood. Although some people may argue that white isn’t an actual colour, white is big news this winter.

Although wearing white during winter comes with its fair share of challenges, there are also huge benefits to the white trend. Wearing white is an instant mood lifter; leaving you feeling refreshed and feeling ready to take on the day ahead.

White is an all-time classic colour that is never going to go out of style and not going anywhere anytime soon. So, why not start building your wardrobe up with classic pieces so that you can wear white all year round.

Trends from this years aw16 runway showcased varying tones, from a crisp snow white to luxe cream so now is the perfect time to stock up on those essential items. While you might think that white is unflattering, It’s all about how you wear it. Combining  a mix of different shades of white, ecru and even beige through multiple layers and textures has been seen time and time again to create a sleek classic look.

With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my recent favourites I have picked up.

The first item was actually featured on my Ultimate Christmas Wishlist blog post from earlier on in December. My brother must have read it as he bought me this A.P.C Oh L’Amour Tee which I featured. Constructed from 100% cotton jersey with a high quality print to the chest, this t-shirt is the ultimate white shirt! I love it!

Next up is another pair of Adidas Stan Smiths . Stan Smiths have always been a favourite of mine and I’ve had a few pairs over the last couple of years, but never a crisp all white pair. I’m trying to save them for dry days at the moment but we will see how that works out. If it has anything to do with lola (my pug) they won’t be white for very long!

The final item is some Classic Calvin Klein Boxers because who doesn’t like fresh underwear and these Calvin Klein’s never go out of style.

What do you think of the white trend? Will you be wearing white? You can shop the look below:
Screen Shot 2017-01-14 at 10.09.39.png Saint Laurent Slim Jean | Vans California Old Skool |Maison Kitsuné Palais Royal Tee | Norse Projects Niels Towelling Tee | Nike Legacy Jogger | A.P.C Bros Crew Sweat | Oliver Spencer Envelope Tee | Adidas X by O Hoody | Maison Kitsuné Palais Royal Crew Sweat | Common Projects Original Achilles Low 

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Looking Forward.

With Christmas officially over we can start looking forward to what 2017 has to bring. The New Year is a great time to reflect on the past year and create achievable goals for the next 12 months. At the start of last year my skin was particularly bad. I found myself plagued with ingrown hairs along the beard line, which were not only unsightly but also really painful.

Having gone my teenage years with fairly clear skin, it was frustrating to have skin problems in my late twenties. Ok, it wasn’t THAT bad, but it felt like it and really started to get me down.

This past year I have had the opportunity to try and review various male grooming products which has helped me understand what works for me and in turn keep my skin under control. I’m always on the look out for new products to introduce into my daily routine so this Christmas when I received a shed load of luxury male grooming gifts I couldn’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to giving them all a try over the next couple of months and see what the hits are and which ones are the misses.

Some of these were featured on my Christmas Gift Guide so maybe people do read my blog after all! So… what did I get?

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TOM FORD For Men Oil Free Daily Moisturiser 50ml | TOM FORD For Men Exfoliating Energy Scrub 100ml | TOM FORD For Men Face Cleanser 150ml

I have used a couple of the TOM FORD products before with good results, however I haven’t tried any of these so I’ll be looking forward to giving them a good go soon. The packaging alone gets me excited so let’s hope this products live up to their price point.

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Kiehls House Of Fraser Exclusive Age Defender Gift Set (Sold Out)

This House of Fraser Exclusive skincare set featured on my The Best Grooming Gifts for Men gift guide earlier in December and contains a Moisturiser and complimentary sample  of the Power Serum from the recently introduced Age Defender Range. The set also includes the All-In-One Body Fuel body wash, and the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to complete the ultimate head-to-toe routine.

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CLARINS Men’s Age Control Set (Sold Out)

I’ve never used Clarins before so this little kit is a great introduction. The set includes the Super Moisture Balm, Shampoo & Shower and Active Face Wash all nicely packaged in a hanging wash bag. This is the second anti-acing gift set I received, maybe I should take a hint!

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Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

It wouldn’t be Christmas without receiving at least one new fragrance and this next one is a beauty. I have loved this Jo Malone scent for sometime now but have never owned any of the fragrances so to receive this one at Christmas was a great surprise. The scent is a mixture of fruity, spicy and woody notes which is perfect for winter and especially the festive season. A real aromatherapy experience!
How was your Holiday Season?
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