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Gate-8: A Luggage Everyone Should Own

It’s not very often that we test luggage -as we tend to find them a bit boring- however with this one we were excited to do so. So, why did we want to try out this luggage?

Because it has it all! (Explanation below with one picture).

The Spin MATE Plus, at 40L capacity and featured here, is compliant with easyJet’s and British Airways’ hand baggage restrictions. So this makes it a very attractive piece to own.
I was really happy to brag with this new piece of luggage as it is really smooth to operate: it just slides effortlessly on floors.

3 things we really liked:

1/ The design: simple, yet elegant. Refined, yet robust.

2/ The “2-in-1”: a single bag that can become two. Its 2-in-1 design makes it the perfect bag for easyJet’s single bag policy. Travel from home-to-gate with the single bag and when on board, zip off the laptop backpack, keeping your tech and valuables close by throughout your journey.

3/ The practicality: it has it all. Several external pockets and well thought inside.

What the inside looks like

The perfect 4-wheel drive

The cabin bag designed to make your journey as hassle-free as possible. The 4-wheel, 360° spinner rotates in the palm of your hand, with no struggle to change direction.

Long story short, this luggage has been going through airports, train and tube stations not to mention on several types of pavements. And it never let me down.

Gate-8 range’s defining features include:

. Zip-off laptop bag – keep your valuables & tech to hand through the flight, travel light to your next meeting, bring onboard easyJet
. For all airlines – our luggage is sized to comply with most major airlines’ hand baggage policies (yes, we even have a bag for Ryanair), giving you the confidence you can bring it onboard
. Built to last – made from extra-durable materials that have been tested by airline crew standards, protected by a 5 year warranty.

On arrival leave the main bag in your hotel room and travel light with the zip-off backpack if you wish to.

What else?

Built to last it is protected by a 5 year warranty, this sturdy cabin bag will stay by your side for years to come.

Where to shop

Shop at www.gate8-luggage.co.uk

About GATE8

GATE8 specialise in designing the world’s most functional travel cabin bags and travel accessories. As seasoned travellers, they know the pain points and are obsessed about using clever smart design to make travel hassle-free as possible. Be it by helping one to avoid baggage check-in, keeping one tech and valuables secure or arriving with a suit that is ready-to-wear, each detail and feature has been carefully designed and tested to make one life easier, stress free and convenient.

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Skincare

Explore our range of premium beauty brands & skincare products for men.

The Smart Facial Cleansing Massager LUNA Mini 3 by Foreo

FOREO’s newest model includes upgraded technology such as the ‘Find my LUNA’ feature on the app, and the never-been-seen-before ‘glow boost’ – a 30 second glow boost feature rejuvenating skin immediately. 
The device also carries all of the trusted hallmarks of the LUNA range including a smart Swedish design, 650 uses in a single charge, high grade hygienic silicone body and customised power levels.
£139 RRP. Shop at www.selfridges.com

Face cleaners by NAKIN

Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Advanced Cleansing Milk. Formulated with an advanced active blend of oils, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate and seaweed extract, it helps to even skin tone and assist cell renewal.  £15 RRP. Shop at www.nakinskincare.com.
Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Purifying Face Toner. Facial toners are like a deep clean for your skin. They help to clear pores deep down, as well as condition skin with active toning, astringent and tightening ingredients. There’s no better way to freshen skin. £15 RRP. Shop at www.nakinskincare.com.
Read StylePilot’s review here.

Face Oil by DAYTOX

DAYTOX Natural Day and Night Facial Oil is a light, dry oil that easily absorbs into the skin. Containing vitamins E and C to help fortify and strengthens the skins natural barrier, and  Almond oil, a powerful natural antioxidant that prevents the effect of stress and harmful ultraviolet radiation rays to the skin. 
£24 RRP. Shop at www.ocado.com

Peel-Off Mask by Daytox

Active charcoal peel off mask provides an intensive deep cleanse, absorbs excess sebum and combats the formation of blackheads. The result is a more revitalised radiant and refined complexion. Free of parabens, silicones, artificial colours and allergen free perfume oils. Certified vegan and cruelty free.
£20 RRP. Shop at www.waitrose.com

Egg Mousse Soap by TooCool for School

This creamy, meringue-like cleanser combines milk proteins, amino acids, and egg extracts to thoroughly cleanse the skin in a perfectly harmonious trio. Tiny particles are able to go deep into the skin, not only to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, but also to nourish for long-lasting smooth and hydration effect. Egg white extract purifies, tightens, and brightens while egg yolk extract moisturizes. Your skin is left thoroughly clean, hydrated, and glowing but NEVER feeling tight or stripped.
What is it formulated WITHOUT Paraben, Sulfate, Mineral Oil.
£18.50 RRP. Shop at www.boots.com

Gym Bag Heroes Gift Set by Green People

Post-gym grooming essentials for men in a canvas wash bag. This pack contains: Green People For Men – No. 6 Detox Shower Gel (150ml), Green People For Men – No. 8 Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant (75ml) and Green People For Men – No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo (150ml).
£39,95 RRP. Shop at www.greenpeople.co.uk

Luxurious Soap by Urban Apothecary London

Majestic and rich. Oudh is one of the most highly valued ingredients of the perfumer’s palette. This rare and resinous wood from a tropical tree is loved for its smoky and aromatic woody character. In this oriental composition, the unique scent of oudh is freshened with geranium’s rosy tones and deepened with smooth notes of amber, vetiver, patchouli and praline.
This luxury soap has been formulated with an extra-gentle vegetable base and is enriched with softening shea butter. Use with warm water to create a luxurious lather before washing off to leave skin beautifully cleansed. Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of warm water. For external use only.
£12 RRP. Shop at www.urbanapothecarylondon.com

Irresistible Almond Collection by L’Occitane

A gift of pure indulgence, this collection contains all your Almond must-haves: 250ml Almond Shower Oil | 100ml Almond Body Balm | 50g Almond Delicious Soap | 30ml Almond Delicious Hands.
RRP of £49. Buy online, or in shops, from L’Occitane.
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Gifts Sets

L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Gift Set by L’Occitane en Provence

A fresh and masculine set containing: Spray Deodorant, After-Shave Cream and Eau de Toilette. 
Refreshing, masculine and full of character, this collection blends citrus notes of cedrat with icy notes of mint and woody spices.
L’OCCITANE has been manufacturing products in Provence, in France, since 1976. 
Behind each product lies an ingredients lies a producer, working with us to sustainably develop their land.
Shop at www.uk.loccitane.com

Gift Of Style Grooming Set by Osmo

The professional haircare brand created a collection of unique gift packs including its most successful ranges such as Grooming.
The ultimate styling experience for all style conscious gents in search of effortlessly cool originality, textured control and look definition. The pack is the ideal Christmas treat to have to offer as a gift.
Contents: Matt Clay ExtremeTM (100ml), 1 x Fibre SculptTM (100ml), 1 x Detoxify Shampoo (250ml).
£19,99 RRP. Visit www.feelunique.com

Washbag Essentials: Skin & Hair Kit by Manual

This tremendous trio are the ultimate in face rejuvenation and hair well-being. A proven cocktail of ingredients backed by science to fight the signs of ageing, maintain your mane, and keep your head all handsome.
All in one bag: the moisturiser, the power shampoo and the wrinkle warrior.
£39 every 2 months. Shop at www.manual.com

Gym Bag Heroes by Green People

Post-gym grooming essentials for men in a canvas wash bag. This pack contains: Green People For Men – No. 6 Detox Shower Gel (150ml), Green People For Men – No. 8 Thyme & Prebiotics Deodorant (75ml) and Green People For Men – No. 10 Itch Away Shampoo (150ml).
£39,95 RRP. Shop at www.greenpeople.co.uk

Tweezers & Scissors by Rubis Switzerland

The Ferrari of TWEEZERS: According to the makeup artist Bobbi Brown, Rubis have the best eyebrow tweezers in the world. Grasps the smallest hairs: the tweezer tips are so precisely aligned with one another that they can grasp even the smallest hair.
Rubis® Classic Tweezer (1F000) £25.50 RRP. Shop at  www.amazon.co.uk
These Rubis NAIL SCISSORS cut your fingernails in a simple but precise manner. They are also suitable for cutting the cuticles. 2 in 1: With these scissors you can cut both your nails and cuticles. The scissor tips are slim enough to perfectly cut the protruding skin around the nail.
Rubis® Classic Scissors (1F000) £23.50 RRP. Shop at  www.amazon.co.uk

Clean Shaven Gift Set by Raw Supremo

This ‘Lose It’ gift set is ideal as it includes 3 products gently Fragranced with Raw Supremo’s signature Coconut & Lime fragrance: Shaving Oil, Facial Moisturiser and Shaving Cream. See StylePilot’s review here.
£14.99 RRP – Shop at www.rawsupremo.co.uk
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Original Stormtrooper Beers For The Beers Lovers

Beer lovers and film fans rejoice – Original Stormtrooper beer is about to hit the shelves, just in time for the release of the final instalment of the famous film franchise.

Expertly brewed at St Peter’s Brewery and inspired by the iconic armour designed by Shepperton Design Studio’s Andrew Ainsworth for the original film back in 1976, Original Stormtrooper Galactic Pale Ale and Lightspeed Pilsner will whet the appetite of any beer lover looking for a delicious and drinkable brew.

Officially licensed and boasting impeccable craft credentials along with eye-popping design, these two new beers are out of this world!

Looking for a hoppy, aromatic beer with bright citrus flavours? Then Galactic Pale Ale is the brew for you.

With light aromas of grapefruit, pine and herbs, earthy undertones and a soft bitterness, this easy-drinking ale truly delivers.

Or, if you prefer a classic lager with a twist, choose Lightspeed Pilsner.

Matured with specially-imported Australian Galaxy and US Millennium hops and using finest pilsner malt, this exquisitely refreshing drink is brought to life with citrus, resin and stone fruit hop aromas.

The fine prints

With an ABV of just 4.2%, Original Stormtrooper Galactic Pale Ale and Lightspeed Pilsner Lager are available in 330ml can and 500ml bottle.

What else?

To celebrate the launch, there is also a range of merchandise on offer, including beer mats, posters, glassware and gifts – great collectibles for any die-hard film fan! For more information visit

Visit and shop at www.theoriginalstormtrooper.com

Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for the facts

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Haircare

A selection of men’s grooming products including Conditioner, Shampoo, Styling Cream, Hair Gel, Matte Wax, Matte Clay & Salt Spray.

Gift Of Style Grooming Set by Osmo

The professional haircare brand created a collection of unique gift packs including its most successful ranges such as Grooming.
The ultimate styling experience for all style conscious gents in search of effortlessly cool originality, textured control and look definition. The pack is the ideal Christmas treat to have to offer as a gift.
Contents: Matt Clay ExtremeTM (100ml), 1 x Fibre SculptTM (100ml), 1 x Detoxify Shampoo (250ml).
£19,99 RRP. Visit www.feelunique.com

Xpander Whip Conditioner and Gelée Shampoo by Fudge Professional

Shampoo: Perfect for fine and limp hair in need of weightless volume, this specially designed shampoo uses Opti-plex technology, caffeine and ginseng to cleanse the hair whilst providing bounce and all day volume.
Conditioner: Perfect for fine, limp hair, this Xpander Whip Conditioner works to plump and volumise. Formulated with weightless fibre-dense technology, it visibly strengthens and thickens leaving the hair looking and feeling stronger and fuller.
£9,99 RRP each from www.lookfantastic.com

C-8 Invisible Volume Chalk by Electric

The chalk contains no magnesium, it only uses natural chalk – sourced from the white cliffs in Sussex (England) – to provide instant grip, hold and volume.
£19,50 RRP. Shop at www.electric-hair.com

The Original Brow Shaper by Lilibeth New York

To use the Brow Shaper, just place at a slight angle (45-degree) against clean, dry skin. Without any extra pressure, glide the Brow Shaper across your skin in short strokes. Watch the hair and dead skin remove instantly and pain free! After each use, wipe clean.
Tip: It is best advised to practice on a large area first, like your arm. To use the Brow Shaper on your face, pull the skin taught.
Why not try the Brow Shaper elsewhere?  It works on the delicate upper lip area and is great for those pesky little hairs on your chin, along the cheek and back of neck.
£7.49 RRP. Shop at www.makeupbox-ldn.co.uk

Silver Caffeine Shampoo, Styling Cream, Thickening Spray by Trevor Sorbie

Trevor Sorbie Mg Thicker & Fuller Thickening Spray contains botanical blends, multi-vitamins and amino acid complexes to add body and thickness to fine and thinning hair and care for the scalp.
Trevor Sorbie Mg Silver Caffeine Shampoo reduces unwanted yellow tones and revitalises grey, white or blonde hair.
Trevor Sorbie Mg Curl Tamer Styling Cream controls, defines and enhances your natural curls. Perfect for those who want to get long-lasting control and definition whilst nourishing and strengthening the hair. It can be applied on dry or wet hair.
Available to buy online from trevorsorbie.com, Boots.com , Boots stores and Trevor Sorbie salons now.

Matte Clay by Osmo

Osmo Matte Clay Extreme (100ml) is the prefect clay for giving extreme hold and natural expression. Will tame flyaway hairs whilst also giving extreme, yet flexible hold. Has a matte finish. Suitable for short to medium length hair. Completely cruelty-free.
£8,45 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.feelunique.com

Matte Wax by Fudge Urban

No shine wax for a messed up look. Super dry, non-sticky wax gives raw matte finish with a firm hold.
How to use: Rub through dry hair and style as desired.
£7,49 RRP (70ml). Shop at www.boots.com

Salt Spray Texturiser by Osmo

California dreamin’… evoke the beach babe and surfer chic look. Mattifying texturiser sea salt spray for gritty and messed up hair.
Directions: for a matt textured style, shake well before use. For best results use Osmo Matt Salt Spray on dry hair. Spray sparingly onto sections. For added volume, spray through damp hair and blowdry as normal.
£8.50 RRP. Shop www.feelunique.com

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The Superdry Winter Jackets Are Here

Following the tracks of the #SDMYWAY campaign, Superdry is now helping us getting ready for the coming winter: Cosy up. Get out. Head into the rain. They have sorted it all out for us.

So, do it your way!

With the return of colder weather quickly making its way throughout Britain, well-dressed minds everywhere are already looking forward to the comfortable and much-needed wraps and layers of the season.

After months of lightweight options (and occasional summery suits), it’s time to think ahead, to finding the “hero coat” – that winter jacket we’re bound to spend most of our waking hours wearing and the one we’ll be more than happy to see in the mirror looking back at us every morning.

Here is our selection :

Leather Jackets

The leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe staple and can be worn anywhere. Never out of style, no matter what the season, a leather jacket is the ultimate investment piece.

Pictured below, the leather jacket has immense detailing, including elbow pads, zipped cuffs and a subtle metal Superdry logo on the sleeve. 

The Endurance Moto X Leather Jacket | £274.99 RRP

Bomber Jackets

According to Superdry: “The bomber jacket has the power to take any outfit from average to who is that?” There’s no need to add anything else, is there?

Pictured below, the Everest bomber-style hooded jacket, featuring a faux fur detachable trim, bungee cord adjustable hood and a popper and single zip fastening to keep the wind out.

Everest Bomber Jacket  | £119.99 RRP

Puffer Jackets

Whether you’re looking for a puffer coat that will keep you warm yet stylish this season, or you’re after a puffer jacket that will give you that extra something.

Pictured below, the Sports puffer jacket features a fleece lining, main zip fastening, bungee cord hood and hem and ribbed cuffs.

Sports Puffer Jacket | £79.99 RRP

Waterproof Jackets

Either, a waterproof coat that will keep you dry as you hike through the rainy weather, or a lightweight waterproof jacket for everyday wear. Waterproof? Check. Breathable? Check. Stylish? Double check. 

Pictured below, this jacket is combining style with practicality, the Hydrotech waterproof parka has been crafted from a breathable tech fabric and uses coated zips and taped seams to help keep you dry and comfortable. 

Hydrotech Waterproof Parka Jacket | £149.99

Parka Coats

A classic piece to own that will help you going through the winter.

Pictured below, a coat that built to beat-the-cold featuring a four pocket popper design with fleece lining and ribbed cuffs for comfort. Both the hood and waistline feature a drawstring to adjust to suit. 

Everest Parka Jacket | £129.99

What else?

Just a last one: this really cool wool check jacket: the Hacienda Wool Check Jacket. Jus because we love it here!

Hacienda Wool Check Jacket | £119.99

Whatever the weather and wherever you are this autumn/ winter, Style it your way #SDMyWay

Explore the winter jackets and shop at www.superdry.com

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The Ace Of Spades Watch by AVI-8

The Hawker Harrier Ace of Spades refers to the Marine Attack Squadron 231 United States Marine Corps that flies the AV-8B Harrier II McDonnell Douglas evolution of the HawkerHarrier.

A bit of history

This version of the Harrier was launched in the early 1990s. U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf named the Harrier / AV-8B’s as one of the most important weapons of the 1991 Gulf War. It continues to serve the needs of the Ace of Spades squadron to this day in various theatres of combat, providing close air support for ground troops and performing armed reconnaissance.

In details

Measuring 46 mm in diameter the watch is built around a sturdy well-built case featuring a flat scratch-resistant sapphire lens. A crown positioned at the 2 o’clock positioned features a start insignia in a nod to the US Air Force insignia marking its namesake aircraft.

AV-4070-03 – £305 RRP

Comprised of more than 30 unique pieces, each part of the dial has been carefully designed and laid out in keeping with inspiration provided by the Harrier.

AV-4070-01 – £290.00 RRP

The passage of seconds is marked out by a custom modified disc just below the 3 o’clock position and the 24-hour subdial has been constructed with a series of layers and indexes which have been individually facetted applied with brush and polish finishes.

This attention to detail and finishing can be found across the dial. The result is a dial that while offering a clear cut time display, presents a contemporary military industrialized look.

AV-4070-02 – £305 RRP

Bold Flieger style hour and minute hands are bold and utterly legible, allowing for a clear presentation of time and are lumed with Swiss luminous for low light visibility.

A robust but supple genuine leather strap with military-inspired stitching hugs the watch to the wrist with a fit that is durable and effortlessly wearable.

Where to buy

Visit www.avi-8-co.uk

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A Great British Porridge

Looking for a healthy, delicious and nutrient-packed breakfast to power up your morning? Then tuck into the 100% natural, instant porridges from the Great British Porridge Co. – as seen on Dragon’s Den!

As a big porridge fan I couldn’t be more delighted but to try those new additions.

Crammed with the best, ethically-sourced fruit, nuts and seeds, as well as British wholegrain oats, these naturally-delicious porridges come in three nutritious flavours: Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed, Blueberry & Banana and Strawberry & Peanut Butter.

Blueberry & Banana

Perfect as a quick breakfast at the desk, on the go or before the school run, whipping up a delicious hot and wholesome breakfast couldn’t be easier. Simply tear open the pack, add boiling water, stir and in just 60 seconds you can tuck in!

Strawberry & Peanut Butter

All Great British Porridge Co. products are suitable for vegans and those following a dairy or gluten free diet. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives

Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed

Naturally sweet, vegan, dairy and gluten free, the Great British Porridge Co’s range of delicious, 100% natural instant porridges are high in protein and fibre and full of carefully-sourced ingredients, making breakfast speedy, nutritious and delicious.

Where to buy it?

The Great British Porridge Co. is available from Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods Market, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and selected retailers nationwide.

About The Great British Porridge Co.

Made in small batches near the sea in Sussex, The Great British Porridge Co. recently appeared on Dragon’s Den and received offers from all five dragons.

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Fragrance

Explore Fragrances, Eau de Parfum, Perfumes, Aftershaves, Gift Sets, Luxury Brands, Celebrity Brands.

Laconia Eau de Parfum by Tom Daxon

Tom Daxon spent the autumn of 2017 in Monemvasia, Greece. A vibrant-flavoured homemade lemonade, served to him at his hotel, inspired him to create this succulent and citrusy Laconia scent. With a heart of water mint, green violet leaf and jasmine, the light floral scent is injected with zesty punches of lemon, orange and mandarin top notes. A base of sea salt, vetiver and cardamom culminates in a rich aquatic scent that lingers on skin. Addictively wearable, Laconia is elegant and fresh – the perfect fragrance for spring and summer.
Read StylePilot’s review here.
£105 RRP (50ml) / £155 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.tomdaxon.com

Sweet Spice and Sandalwood Eau de Parfum by Bespoke London

Cool, charming, charismatic and confident? That’s the BESPOKE LONDON man.
For guys always on the go, BESPOKE LONDON Sweet Spice & Sandalwood will match your rush of an adrenaline high with its vibrant explosion of saffron, coriander seeds, nutmeg, bergamot and neroli, followed by orange blossom, rose and jasmine. As your rush dips, so does your fragrance turning into a lingering combination to cedarwood, amber, sandalwood, vanilla, incense and guaiac wood.
Read BESPOKE LONDON StylePilot’s review.
£9,99 RRP (100ml). Shop at www.superdrug.com

Bowmakers Eau de Parfum by D.S. & Durga

Bowmakers is a wonderfully woody composition with rich accords of mahogany, tree resin, and rosin – violin wax. Warm and sumptuous, with a hint of roughness that reflects the hard worn outdoors lifestyle of the 19th century workers that inspired the scent.
£148 RRP (50ml). Shop at www.trouva.com

Gentleman Suave Eau de Parfum for Men by Yardley London

Enhance your Dad’s personality this Father’s Day with an elegant fragrance from Yardley London Gentleman Collection. Suave Gentleman is a fragrance for the stylish, charming and chivalrous man: it is modern, sophisticated fragrance for him.
This iconic scent contains fresh notes of bergamot, lavender and orange oil, combined with neroli and a warm base of musk and nutmeg.
£19,99 RRP. Shop at www.yardleylondon.co.uk

Eau de Parfum by MiN NEW YORK

Turn of the century, a carnival travels at dusk. A scrumptious, gourmand perfume. A splendid wonder swirling in enchantment.
Top: Bergamot, Pink Peppercorn, Ananas & Cotton Candy
Heart: Cistus, Labdanum, Nuts & Geranium
Base: Patchouli, Caramel & Wood Chips
£60.00 (15ml) / £220 (75ml). Shop at www.harrods.com

Luxury British Perfumes by Clive Christian

Original Collection Travel SetCitrus, Oriental, Spicy, Woody.
20% Perfume Concentration. The Original Collection masculine edition travel set, combines 1872, No1 and X into three compact bottles. This exquisite set is presented in a luxurious black coffret holding each miniature perfume perfect for travelling or gifting. 
See StylePilot’s review here.
£195 RRP. Shop at www.clivechristian.com

Golden Serenade by JUSBOX Perfumes

Jusbox explore the connection between scent/ music and inspired by the first gold record that was awarded to Glenn Miller and his band in 1942 for the sales of 1 million records. An extrait de parfum strength with notes of pure oud oil, amber and saffron.
Read StylePilot’s review.
RRP £250/ 78ml, exclusively at www.selfridges.com