Gifts Sets

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

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

Shaving Tips

Photo: Philips Series 9000

Shaving Tips

Shaving is one of the essential grooming habits in every man’s life. Many of the people don’t shave their beard on their own or don’t know how to shave, and many people shave in a wrong way. You should be aware of the correct ways to groom your beard. Many youngsters hate shaving because they end up messing their beard and look. Shaving in a wrong way for a long time can be proved miserable to you. 

Here are some tips which will guide you to perform shaving in the right way to get the perfect clean face.

Prepare Your Face for Shaving

Many people skip this step and directly go for rubbing their face with a razor. It creates a harsh effect on their face which is not good for the skin. As blade creates friction when is made to rub against the skin and no protecting layer is present on the front, it will damage your face, and it can also place some cuts and rashes on your face.

To prepare your face for shaving, first, rinse your whole face with a good quality of shaving soap and warm water. It will prevent you from various rashes and cuts that may have due to the presence of excess amount of oil and dead skin cells which can resist the movement of the blade on your face. Warm water will help you in moisturizing your skin to avoid easy cuts. 

After all these things, the next step is applying shaving cream. You are advised to use only high quality of shaving cream of trusted brand otherwise there may be the possibility of a chemical reaction.
Don’t apply the shaving foam or any cream directly on the dry face as you may develop some razor rashes and burns on your face.

Invest in Good Shaving Cream

Everyone should make the right choice of shaving cream. Choose the high quality of shaving cream from the trusted brands. Never use any unbranded or cheap shaving products on your face, this may give an adverse effect on your face. 
Good shaving cream is rich and creamy but not much foam. A cream rich shaving cream will provide you with more lubrication, and the wastage of cream will be less as you will achieve excellent results in less quantity. Good shaving cream will not only provide lubrication to your face, but it also acts as a moisturiser which helps in shielding your skin from the blades of the razor. 

Remember, your facial skin is more sensitive than normal ones, and it is highly essential that you should only opt the shaving cream which has the label of “for sensitive skin only” on its pack.
Aerosols are the most common and widely used shaving cream by the men. It is advised to leave shaving cream on the face for few minutes before shaving. It will help cream to moisten your skin thoroughly and made facial hair soft which will result in a smooth shave.

Select Your Shaving Brush Wisely

Many people don’t pay attention to their shaving brush which plays a vital role in the shaving procedure. There are various types of shaving brushes present in the market which includes badger brush, bore brush, horse brush, synthetic brush and many more. Shaving brush helps you to make your shaving experience smoother and better. 

Shaving brush helps you in spreading the shaving cream to every part of the face. It also helps you to remove the presence of dead skin cells from the front which allows the razor to move better and smooth on your face. Rather than using a hand, the shaving brush helps to create more lathers as compared to rubbing your hand on the front.

Always keep in mind the type of bristles when you use the brush and that the right stiffness and softness should be present. These habits will help you to get the correct method of growing a bread.

Never Shave the Same Spot Twice

It is advisable to avoid shaving the same area twice. It said that you if you have too much shaving in the same place you may develop rashes and razor burns on your face. There is a capacity of how much pressure your skin can take. It can create skin irritation and rashes which may be bad for your skin. 

Know the Proper Technique Shaving the Lip Area

You should be careful while shaving your lip area. Also, you must avoid the lip area if you are not much comfortable in this. There are various downsides while shaving against the lip area- one is that while shaving this area there is the possibility that you can have the razor cuts which can cause bumps. It may lead you to infections and inflammation on your face or your lips if you are not careful. 

While shaving through the lip area, it is advised to adjust the proper angle between the razor and the look. You should first align it at ninety degrees and then fix it to 30 to 45 degree to shave through the face. The lip area is more sensitive than any part of the face, and even a tiny cut can lead you in great trouble. The best way to prevent any accident is advised to fill up your mouth with air to expand the skin area around the mouth which will prevent you from significant cuts. 

Shave the Neck Area Last

The neck area is more sensitive as compared to the other parts of the face. It is advisable to shave the neck area at last as to give more time and concentration on it. While shaving the neck, you have to be more careful as any tiny cut can lead to bleeding. Various sensitive nerves are present in this area, and if you cut any of them, then it can cause big damage to your body. 

Whenever you shave your neck area, first, you should tilt your head in a backward direction and pull down the lower part to stretch your skin. It will help the blade to move smoothly through your neck.

Apply the Aftershave

The shaving process can remove two layers of your facial skin. So, to provide nourishment to face, it is advisable to use aftershave lotion after you finish shaving. 

Always remember to use right aftershave lotion that is specifically for men. Don’t use the aftershave lotion having alcohol as its ingredients as it may lead to great irritation and may provide burning experience to your skin.

Bonus Points

Tips for Men with Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, one point should be kept in mind that before shaving, do use face scrub or face wash which will make your skin soft. You should use high quality of blades for shaving and rinse it frequently with water while shaving.

Get a Good Quality Razor

To get the real and smooth experience of shaving, use a good and high-quality razor that will not provide irritation to your skin. Many razors are harsh on your skin and have a very rough movement around your beard. The blade should be smooth, and when you place it on your beard, it should require less force to move. A good quality razor has a safety guard that prevents your skin from getting cut, and this safety guard also helps you to hold the blade more efficiently without having a fear of cuts.

More Blades Do Not Equal Better Shave

If you are thinking of using five blades cartridge, then it is a terrible idea. You should avoid using too many blades although you can use three blades for a better shave. Some blades will create more irritation, and due to the presence of more blades, the movement of the razor is restricted. The number of blades will also influence the curves that you take around the round parts of the face, and there is a possibility that you may have cut on the curves of your face.

Rinse with Cold Water

It is a vital tip to rinse your whole face with the cold water just after the shave. It will help you to rehydrate your face. It will also wipe out the remaining amount of shaving cream from your face and will make your skin soft. It also helps in detecting the location of cuts that you may have during the shave.

Grooming is not only a part of hygiene maintenance, but a well-done shave can give your face a whole new look. By following these steps, you can have a smooth and safe shaving experience without any hustle.

Guest post by Randy Gardner from trendyseekers

The Best Swim Shorts Of The High Street

For over 100 years swimwear has dominated the fashion landscape throughout the summer months.

Swimwear is important as it takes you through a mountain of memories in your lifetime; from riding the waves, to wild swimming in a deserted lake, to hitting the hotel pool on the first day of your holiday. It’s important to make sure that the swimwear you choose both suits the situation and makes you feel confident and feeling your best. After all you want to make the best memories possible.

Men have a whole host of different swimwear options for consideration, from small briefs, to the slightly more giving trunks, to the everyman’s board shorts. With swim shorts being the most universal choice from both a suits-most-situations perspective and holding the highest preference among men, this article will be entirely focused around this classic cut.

The StyePilot team have handpicked the best swim shorts on the high street this Spring/Summer so you don’t have to go out hunting. Let us know which pair is your favourite in the comments section or on Instagram.

Thanks to our friends over at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot there.

Palm Tree Print Mid Length Swim Short by boohooMAN

£10.50 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Take the Mediterranean with you wherever you go this summer with these palm tree shorts. The dark purple base overlayed with green palm tree print means that you’re guaranteed to make a lasting impression wherever you are. The length of the shorts come comfortably above the knee, with the fabric feeling premium creating a fit that will compliment most men. Pair with a plain white tee to draw attention to the palm tree print.

Echo Racer Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shop at www.superdry.com

These shorts are instantly recognisable as Superdry and will definitely make a statement when you rock up at the beach. The dark navy panels meshed with light blue and pink panels make a fantastic colour-block combination for this season. You’ll be very thankful for the quick dry technology when you forget to pack the towel. The shorts also come in a variety of other prints including all-over ice lolly and a palm tree pattern which are both great for when you’re heading off to brighter shores.

Sustainable Quick Dry Swim Shorts by Marks & spencer

£10 RRP. Shop at www.marksandspencer.com

These classic look swim shorts pack in a lot of features. Made from 100% recycled materials; you don’t have to feel guilty about splashing out on another pair of swim shorts this summer. If you’re planning on hitting a pool these shorts are perfect for you thanks to the chlorine resistant technology which keeps them looking and feeling in top-notch condition. Other useful features include quick dry technology as well as UPF protection against harmful rays.

Stripe Swim Short in Mid Length by boohooMAN

£11.20 (usually £14 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

Every man can rock this pair of swim shorts. The classic vertical stripes in navy and white gesture towards the timeless nautical theme making these the ideal staple piece for the beach, dock or poolside. You can be sure that they will see you through the next few Spring/Summer seasons. Pair with a similar vertical striped shirt to turn up the volume.

Bardo 80’s Swim Shorts by Fila and only at Urban Outfitters

£35 RRP. Shop at www.urbanoutfitters.com

Exclusive to Urban Outfitters, these Fila 80’s colour block shorts bring a retro addition to your summer swimwear wardrobe. The bright blue, yellow, red and white collide together flawlessly creating an explosion of boldness. Every angle offers a different colour. The Fila branding guarantees a high level of quality in terms of both style and material.

Runner Swim Shorts by boohooMAN

£9.60 (usually £12 RRP). Shop at www.boohooman.com

This classic cut nods gently to the 80’s whilst remaining contemporary to today’s market. The white piping detail along the sides and bottom compliments the pale pink to create a subtle yet stylish piece. Style with a grey t-shirt to fully enhance the pink. Other colour options include a deep pink as well as pale blue.

Pink Tiger Print Swim Shorts by Topman

£18 RRP. Shop at www.topman.com

The oriental-style tiger print brings something unique to the high street selection of swim shorts this season. The intricate details mean your eyes keep picking out new elements each time you wear them.

Beach Volley Swim Shorts by Superdry

£29.99 RRP. Shopt at www.superdry.com

Simple can be king. Completely different to the prior pair of Superdry, these shorts come in one all over colour. Still following the theme of standing out; the neon lime green colour is electric and one of our favourites this season. The shorts come complete with zipper back pocket which will be a lifesaver this summer. If you’re not brave enough to choose this shade yourself the product also comes in a colour scheme from black all the way through to pink.

STYLING TIPS

With so many different styling options out there it can be overwhelming to decide what’s going to look best with your shorts. Here’s our quick styling tips to make sure you’re on trend:

  • Sliders. The hottest footwear trend from the past two years has hit the market again this season. Sliders are great to wear around the pool or on the beach and will instantly up your fashion game. Try the Tommy Hilfiger sliders we featured in our shoot.
  • Shirt. Let your shorts do the talking. Marry a plain short sleeved shirt, and style it with the buttons all open for a retro California throwback. If you aren’t confident enough to bare your torso, then a simple short sleeve tee will also work the same.
  • Accessories. If you want to style the look further so you’re not limited to just sticking to the beach or pool, finish the look off with a classic hat like this from John Lewis. Be warned that hats will only work with a classic swimwear look (think plain shorts and simple sliders).

Hatherley Manor Spa

Thanks again to the team at Hatherley Manor Spa for allowing us to shoot at their luxury Cotswolds based hideaway. If you’re looking to get away from the big city, check out the great packages that are available to detox, relax and unwind throughout the summer.

WIN £100 to spend at boohooMAN

Summer is finally here. Time to crack open the beers, light up the BBQ and spend the long evenings relaxing with your mates.

No doubt with all this extra socialising you’re going to want to make sure you’re kitted out in the latest threads. Our friends over at boohooMAN have kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to win £100 to spend on-site.

From tees to shorts, sunglasses to dungarees, boohooMAN have you covered throughout the entire season.

Simply enter your details and follow the StylePilot Instagram page to be in with a chance of winning (T&C’s apply)*:

*T&C’s: The competition is live between the 3rd June and the 30th June. Only one entry per person is allowed and any duplicate entries will be removed. Only entrants who follow the StylePilot Instagram page will be eligible to win. Personal data will not be passed onto any third parties and your details will not be used for marketing. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted on the 1st July and will have 48 hours to respond to the congratulations email, otherwise the gift will be forfeited. The prize will be awarded by the retailer via a unique code that can be redeemed at https://www.boohoo.com. Terms and conditions are subject to change.

Natural Grooming For The Millennial Male

At StylePilot we are always keen to try new products and support new initiatives. Especially when we are talking about natural products. And the demand for a natural approach is fast growing!

So, let us introduce the Green People brand to you.

In their own words: ” Green people is a range of high performance products for men packed with clinically proven natural actives. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin types, the range is certified organic and packed with the most effective natural ingredients available, from Green Seaweed and Chamomile to Tara Bush and Aloe Vera. You won’t find any skin irritating chemicals, drying alcohol, harsh foaming agents, synthetic fragrances or animal derived ingredients. All products are natural, organic, cruelty free and vegan friendly”.

Let’s have a closer look at the new grooming range from Green People for Men! Here is below what we’ve tried:

No. 1 Exfoliating Face Scrub

£13.50 RRP (100ml)

Complex, time-consuming skincare routines are a thing of the past with the Green People for Men range. Keep breakouts at bay with the No. 1 Exfoliating Face Scrub (125ml), a powerful blend of key plant actives that eliminate toxins and refine skin tone. Dead cells are buffed away by Bamboo Stem while toxins are trapped and drawn out by Bentonite Clay. The result is clearer skin without the use of harsh chemicals and no irritating artificial fragrances.

No.2 Soothing Shaving Gel

£13.50 RRP (100ml)

Smooth and soothe the skin for a perfect shave with No.2 Soothing Shaving Gel (125ml) a non irritating face wash which creates a high density natural lather with a creamy feel that lasts longer on the skin, allowing for a closer, more precise shave. Seaweed creates the perfect ‘skin slip’ feel, allowing the razor to glide over the skin with no nicks, cuts, razor burn or dragging, for a smoother daily shave.

No. 3 Cooling Moisturiser

Post-shave, apply the No. 3 Cooling Moisturiser (100ml) and feel the non-greasy formula soothe and calm the skin. Blending Shea Butter and Almond Oil, this light moisturiser replaces natural oils while anti-inflammatory Peppermint Oil and plant actives balance the flora of the skin.

£14.50 RRP (100ml)

Where can I buy those?
The Green People range is available from Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital and independent natural health retailers nationwide, as well as online at www.greenpeople.co.uk.

Nike Free Train Force Flyknit and Luke Sport Tracksuit

With the tracksuit trend going nowhere, mix and match your favourite style with the Luke vintage hoodie and a pair of Nike Free Train Force Flyknit.

Tracksuit top with funnel neck by Luke Sport | Jogger by Luke Sport | Free Train Force Flyknit shoes by Nike

It includes the zip up hooded sweatshirt, drawstring hood, the Luke Sport tape detail down each arm and the Gold embroidered lion.

Black cotton joggers with adjustable waistband.

Check below the Free Train Force Flyknit with Dual Density Foam Cushioning and Engineered Flyknit Upper.

Nike Free Train Force Flyknit shoes

Engineered Flyknit with built in flawire delivers enhanced breathability, flexibility and support.

Dual density foam under foot with softer foot and firmer in hell and forefoot contact points a 5mm offset.

They look comfy, and ‘yes’ they are!

Raw Supremo Grooming Products: Dare To Be Different

It is just love at first sight: a refreshing packaging that makes you want to try those products. And isn’t it great to bring a bit of colours to your your bathroom shelves?

In their own words: “Raw Supremo is a neat range of grooming products created by a team who understand the lack of variety in men’s grooming products, they are bored of seeing the same old stuff in plain packaging smelling of something their Grandad’s used to splash on their skin”.

Current men’s grooming brands are typically sandalwood & vanilla scented with a limited variety. Raw Supremo has the fragrance of Coconut & Lime to break the stereotype of men’s grooming products.

StylePilot has selected a couple of products for you:

Hair Removal Wax for Men – Nook & Cranny

£14.99 RRP

Here we go: some hair removal wax for men! Will you be brave enough? ;-).

Sugar Stripease (lovin’ the name here) provides 100% natural hair removal wax that “offers an enjoyable, painless waxing experience!”. So they say!

Instructions

1. Put on a light dusting of talc to dry the skin.
2. Apply a thin film of the sugar paste in the direction of the hair growth.
3. Rub the strip onto the covered area in the direction of application.
4. Hold the skin taut and pull the strip back against the hair growth in a quick, smooth motion.
5. Remove any excess residue with a damp flannel.
(see leaflet within the pack for full directions of use).

Raw Supremo Clean Shaven Gift Set – Lose It

£14.99 RRP

Looking for a gift idea? For father’s day perhaps? You’ve got it all sorted then. 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.

Instructions:

Shaving oil, Cleano Supremo: Take a pea-sized amount and run all over your face, add a little extra to those dry and irritated areas post-shave.

Facial moisturiser, Supreme Smoother: Gently rub a pea-sized amount into your skin in circular motions. Add a little extra to dry areas.

Shaving cream, Aromo Foam: Can be used with or without a shaving brush. Simply massage into the skin with warm water and shave in the direction of the hair growth.

Facial Moisturiser 100ml – Supreme Smoother

£9.99 RRP

Supreme Smoother facial moisturiser does exactly what it says on the tin! After that close shave, your skin will thirst for moisture. The formula reduces shaving irritation whilst revealing a clean and smooth skin.

Instructions: Gently rub a pea-sized amount into your skin in circular motions. Add a little extra to dry areas.


What else?

  1. Raw Supremo is cruelty free.
  2. Made in the UK!
  3. Natural ingredients.

Shop at www.rawsupremo.co.uk

The New UNDONE Basecamp Watch Timepiece

UNDONE, the watch brand democratizing custom luxury timepieces, is excited to release their new, highly-anticipated model, the Basecamp. At StylePilot we couldn’t be more excited to try it on.

In their own words, it is “a modern, high-performance tool watch with on-trend vintage aesthetics, the Basecamp is now the brand’s most durable custom watch in the collection”.

“We’ve been producing top-quality, great looking, customizable watches at UNDONE since 2014” Michael Young, UNDONE Co-Founder. But the Basecamp is really the first of its kind in terms of its utilitarian caliber. We took two years to develop this timepiece and every single detail and complication was considered to make this watch stand out in terms of both form and function.”

So what is so special about the Basecamp watch?

THE DESIGN

Ultra-Domed Crystal

Today, watch crystals are mostly flat. Basecamp’s 3mm crystal is patently arched for a real, retro look. The desired shape took the UNDONE team two years to develop in the lab using LEXAN™, a polycarbonate thermoplastic found in headlamps and motorcycle helmets with 250 times the impact strength of glass.

The connoisseur will notice that one of the most prominent features is the highly-visible orange hour-hand, which is a tribute to one of the founder’s favorite watch brands, Rolex, and their famous Rolex Explorer II. Watch aficionados will also notice the nod to Blancpain’s 50 Fathom ‘sterile’ bezel — the Basecamp featuring that same beloved and uncommon triangle hour pointer.

Exceptionally Legible
Unlike most watches, Basecamp boasts three drastically different hands, so the hour, minute, and second are immediately distinguishable. Importantly, the hour hand is the eye-catching hue of vivid orange – striking, and symbolic of safety.

WHAT ELSE?

MAKE IT PERSONAL.

With a philosophy that luxury lies in boutique, tailor-made products in small quantities, the Basecamp, like all other models, is made-to-order at UNDONE facilities for each customer. There’s not only a choice between case materials like stainless steel, black PVD, rose gold and gold, but also bezel function types and a personalized display caseback.

Because you can.
Staying true to UNDONE philosophy – that individuality matters – Basecamp is yours to customize. Your wrist, your story. Time on your terms.

4 Case Options
Basecamp’s 316L stainless steel case comes in four options: silver; gold; rose gold; and matte black. Except the silver case, all the others are thinly vacuum-coated using PVD, for softened shine and heightened hardiness.

3 New Straps
While compatible with any 20mm watch bands, Basecamp comes with a new and exclusive NATO strap selection in orange, olive green, and black, in two different coatings. “NATO” is a nickname for the “G10” strap first issued to British soldiers in 1973 – waterproof, fail-safe and easy-to-change.

2 Bezel Choices
The choice is between a vintage, understated ‘sterile’ bezel displaying just one lumed pointer to indicate the hour, or the more conventional ‘graduated’ bezel for accurate minute-by-minute measurement (available in May 2019).

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

Tool watches should be light and compact, and in no way clumsy or cumbersome – they are designed to fuse effortlessly with an explorer’s physique, so they never have to be taken off during a journey. Weighing in at just 66 grams, Basecamp ticks all the boxes (and scales).

Dimensions

Perfect for everyday wear, indoors or outdoors, office, off-site… Sans crown guards, Basecamp has slimmed down to smarten up for all sorts of occasions. At 40mm in diameter and 15mm thick, Basecamp sits snugly on any wrist. Lug-to-lug length is 48mm and lug width is 20mm, allowing easy exchange with all UNDONE 20mm straps.

Movement

Basecamp is driven by one of the most reliable and robust workhorse in the industry – the Seiko Instrument Inc. NH35a automatic movement. The Japanese are known for precision and efficiency. The watch fuels up by wrist motion, but can also be wound manually via the crown; fully wound, it’s armed with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Basecamp has just been released today!

From £220 RRP for the Basecamp Standard watch.

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Nike – Engineered Fleece Meets Engineered Knit

The huge Nike fans that we are at StylePilot have been lucky enough to try on their launched tech fleece. First thing we love is that there’s no need to be at the gym to wear it. It’s just great to have a smart item of casual wear.

This Season’s Take On Tech Pack

Nike’s Tech Fleece collection reimagines classic sportswear silhouettes by pairing Nike Tech Fleece with Nike Tech Knit for the first time. 

The collection’s classic crew and hoodie each feature a Tech Fleece body constructed of a pliable, lightweight layer plush foam situated between soft cotton jersey that traps air to provide warmth, breathability, insulation and articulation. 

Ergonomic zones are engineered into the fabric for flexibility and enhanced ventilation. High-use areas are subtly reinforced and core regions strategically knit for structural warmth.

This is engineered for warmth and designed to respond to its wearer’s environment and activity level while introducing a new, progressive aesthetic.

What About Those?

The Nike Roshe Two Flyknit – picture below and above – are a perfect fit. They are available in Black, White, Volt and Dark Grey.

Mesh is incorporated for breathability. Minimal seams and built-in stretch offer maximum comfort.

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And don’t forget the 10 things to know about Nike’s redesigned Nike+ Training Club App