A disruptive skincare brand Funderm has hit UK shores! And we could only fall in love with that awesome packaging.
To enhance this process, Funderm have mixed the two-best skin-loving ingredients – Probiotics & Prebiotics, combining to formulate a unique active ‘In & Out’ solution that’s unlike anything else on the market. Individually they work great, but together with powerful active ingredients, they form a cutting-edge formula that clears pimples and blemishes, soothes irritated skin and restores the delicate ‘Microflora’ to ensure your skin is glowing, gorgeous and glorious. Goodbye bad skin days!
In their own words, “Funderm provide the sickest solutions for your skincare needs, no matter your skin type. Whether you’ve got bomb skin that needs a little love or get regular visits from the blemish bi#%h, Funderm have created a powerful complex made to deliver quick, efficient and impressive results”.
Let’s have a closer look:
NO DRAMA | Natural Clay Mask
What it is: Ready for a quickie? NO DRAMA by Funderm is a natural red clay mask that will leave your skin purified, beautiful, purified and balanced in only 5 mins, with visible results from the first use. The clay is smooth, creamy and has a soft luxurious scent. NO DRAMA is easy to apply and is made for maximum results in minimal time.
What it does: NO DRAMA features an innovative blend of clinically proven active ingredients. The formula includes Prebiotics & Probiotics and wonderous dead sea minerals leaving your skin purified, balanced and beautiful. NO DRAMA also contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 to inhibit sebum production and improve your skins’ texture. The active formula minimizes the appearance of pores by keeping them clean, leaving your face revitalised with never-ending elasticity. Forget what Mary J said, we want all the drama in our lives!
WAS BAD | Anti Pimples Gel Treatment
What it is: It’s time to stop taking it on the chin! WAS BAD is the ultimate on-the-go invisible anti-pimple treatment gel, with visible results, for problematic breakouts and blemishes that can be such a b#@$*. Thanks to Funderm’s innovative formula with clinically proven, active ingredients and the Prebiotic & Probiotic complex, your skin will look pimple-free and purified.
What it does: This delicate oil-free gel combines clinically proven active ingredients such as Prebiotics & Probiotics and wondrous dead sea minerals to unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and control sebum. Day-by-day, WAS BAD’s cutting-edge formula works around the clock to clear pimples and blemishes, soothe irritated skin and restore its delicate microflora back to full health. It’s invisible with visible results!
LAVI DAVI | Multivitamin For Skin
What it is: For beautiful skin, suck on your gummy! LAVI DAVI is a yummy, lip-smacking grape flavoured multivitamin food supplement that contains natural active ingredients such as collagen, phosphatidylserine and the $h%*-hot Prebiotic & Probiotic complex. LAVI DAVI is also gluten free and contains 0% fat. Each bottle contains enough gummies for 1 month – two per day.
What it does: Prebiotics & Probiotics work together to rejuvenate your skins’ natural bacterial compounds enabling beautiful skin. Backed by essential minerals, active ingredients and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin E, B6, phosphatidylserine and collagen, LAVI DAVI helps prevent future breakouts keeping your skin beautiful and fresh. You will taste and see the difference!
blazer is a key component of the modern man’s style offering. It smartens up
casual looks with a tailored edge, yet exudes a more relaxed impression than a
suit. It will pair equally well with a denim and tee combination, or a crisp
shirt and tailored trousers.
believe the garment’s name is derived from the navy uniforms made for the crew
of the HMS Blazer in 1837, others claim it was due to the ‘emblazoned’ family
and school crests that were applied to 19th century blazers. Whatever
the origins of its name, its adoption into mainstream menswear stemmed from the
necessity of a casual style of jacket to thrown on at more laid-back occasions.
Here, we take a look at the crucial styles and factors to consider when investing in this wardrobe all-rounder.
The Cotton Blazer
A cotton blazer is suitable for dressing up a fine-gauge knit during transitional months, or pairing with crisp shirting and crew-neck tees during warmer weather. A navy two-button style is a wardrobe failsafe you can rely on time and again; the shade is timeless and will complement both micro-print patterns and solid colours layered beneath.
Where to wear it: To the office with your formal shirting and silk accessories, at the weekend with a crew-neck tee or merino knit. You can’t go wrong at most smart-casual occasions with a navy blazer.
The Wool Blazer
Given that the British climate is generally of a cooler persuasion, a wool blazer is an indispensable style suitable for wear throughout most of the year. A quality virgin wool or mohair blazer in a neutral shade will prove its worth and versatility each season, and retains warmth while remaining breathable.
Where to wear it: Wear it in the week dressed up with a striped silk tie and a crisp poplin-cotton shirt, or try it with an Oxford shirt and lean indigo denim for weekend drinks. Finish the look with leather derby shoes for the office, or penny loafers at the weekend.
The Linen Blazer
has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent seasons, and its suitability for
warmer climes makes it ideal for maintaining a polished appearance in summery
conditions. The fabric is renowned for its cooling, lightweight qualities due
to the breathability of natural linen fibres.
Where to wear it: Holidays to tropical climates or warm Mediterranean city breaks. Linen is also acceptable city wear in summer for those who want to beat the heat while remaining smart. Try it with a minimalist white polo tee abroad, or chinos and an open-collar shirt in town.
The Tweed Blazer
fabrics have been big news in menswear design for successive seasons, with
designers and brands reinterpreting this traditional British fabric in a modern
context with slimmer, more contemporary cuts. The dense weave of tweed cloth
means it retains warmth exceptionally well, explaining why it was used in the
past exclusively for outdoor sports. This makes it the perfect way to combat
the cold and damp British winters.
Where to wear it: Traditionally confined to the country, tweed has now made its way into the urban closet. Sunday lunch, weekend drinks, or strolls in the rural wilds are all acceptable occasions to don a tweed number. Wear it with sturdy boots in the country or polished leather brogues in town.
The Double-Breasted Blazer
double breasted blazer is rather like sartorial marmite – you either love it or
hate it. There’s certainly been a concerted effort to reinterpret this style
for modern tastes, and retailers from high-street to high-end are full of them.
Appearing a touch more formal than the single breasted, the overlapped,
double-button front creates a structured silhouette that broadens the
shoulders, offering a more masculine shape. It’s ideally suited to gents with
taller, more slender frames – avoid it if you’re shorter and stockier as it
broadens the chest and will make you appear squatter.
Where to wear it: In the city for work or play – it can transition nicely from the boardroom to after-hours dinner, and will make a sharp impression on a date. Try it with a lightweight cashmere roll-neck and printed silk pocket square for an elegant retro-inspired look.
the right fit for a blazer can be a bit of minefield, but following our simple
guide below will hopefully find you one that fits like a glove.
ideal sleeve length should finish just on your wrist bone and show about 2cm of
your shirt cuff. It shouldn’t be approaching your knuckles, nor should it be so
short that it shows your entire shirt cuff.
hem of the blazer should finish at your knuckles. It shouldn’t extend beyond
this and shouldn’t finish above the wrist (unless specifically a cropped
The Front Fastening
fastened, the jacket should sit comfortably showing the loose outline of your
waist. The material should not be ruching or pulling (too small), not should
there be so much excess fabric that your body shape is lost (too large).
Whether you’re wearing a two-button or three-button blazer, always leave the last button unfastened.
The shoulder seam of the blazer should sit naturally on the end of your shoulder. If it’s too small, the jacket will pinch and ruche around the shoulders, too large and the seam will be drooping over the edge of your shoulder.
ESSENTIAL HINTS & TIPS
Buying your blazer
synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t
last as long
buy into trends if they don’t suit you. You may be reading about the virtues of
the double-breasted blazer everywhere, but if you have a shorter, stockier
frame, it’s only going to make the situation worse
what you’re comfortable with – everyone has their own taste in apparel, and
rules are there to be broken, so if you feel like wearing a tweed jacket to the
office, go for it, but keep the rest of your ensemble smart and city-appropriate
just buy the first thing you see – do you research into brands to find the
perfect fit. Many brands have a signature cut which will suit certain
individuals, and once you’ve found yours, you can return to the brands each
season knowing what to expect
How to Care for your blazer
your blazers a rest – don’t wear the same blazer day after day. Instead, invest
in several and rotate them. Hang your blazer up after a day’s wear and let it air
before putting it back in your wardrobe
rid of those flimsy wire hangers you have left over from your last dry-cleaning
trip and invest in some broad-shouldered wood hangers for your blazers. These
will help maintain the shape of your blazer
dry clean too often. The dry cleaning process uses chemicals which gradually break
down material fibres with each treatment. We recommend dry cleaning no more
than twice a year for each garment to prolong its lifespan.
How spoiled we have been: whilst being stuck at home here it is a box containing three bottles of milkshakes and alcohol! A match made in heaven!
Before you ask, it has an insanely rich taste and low alcohol (15% abv) so it has been made for an incredible drinking experience.
In a nutshell, the Brand new bottled ‘hard’ shakes have all the deliciously decadent flavour of an American diner milkshake, but with a boozy twist! Introducing Chocolate, Strawberry and Banana Hard Milkshake Liqueurs, available exclusively at Firebox.com.
Perfectly blended with a hard dose of cream liqueur goodness, this tasty trio of dairy-filled delights can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, in a shot or as the pivotal ingredient of some creamy cocktails.
Add a sumptuous kick to your drinks cabinet and test your home mixology skills with these luxurious liqueurs – take your pick from these tempting flavours:
Strawberry Hard Milkshake Liqueur
Deliciously decadent version of the classic American Diner milkshake, but with a boozy twist. Velvety in texture with candied, fruity strawberry notes and a bold vanilla finish.
This indulgent velvety blend tastes absolutely heavenly whether sipped neat on the rocks, drizzled over desserts, or mixed into smoothies and sweet summer cocktails – strawberries-and-cream Caipirinhas anyone? Yum.
Sweet, velvety strawberry with rich, creamy vanilla. SO delicious
That classic diner shake experience – with a boozy twist
Your new favourite summer tipple has arrived!
Reduced alcohol content (15% ABV) for a relaxed drinking experience
Add a luxurious boozy kick to smoothies, desserts and cocktails
Tastes ridiculously good over ice or mixed into smoothies and cocktails
Banana Hard Milkshake Liqueur
Transport yourself to the beach with rich banana flavour perfectly balanced with vanilla and a blended dose of cream liqueur goodness.
This smooth and milky mashup tastes absolutely sublime whether served neat over ice, poured liberally over desserts, or sloshed into smoothies and milk-based cocktails – give a fruity boost to that Banana Daiquiri!
Fresh n’ fruity banana with smooth, creamy vanilla – the perfect tropical tipple
All the flavours of a classic diner shake, with a boozy twist
Tastes absolutely fantastic served neat on the rocks
Reduced alcohol content (15% ABV) for a laidback drinking experience
Add a bright and boozy banana kick to creamy cocktails and desserts
Chocolate Hard Milkshake Liqueur
Delve into the silky smooth texture of luxuriously creamy chocolate, with sweet notes of decadent vanilla and a sophisticated alcohol kick.
This luxurious chocolatey concoction tastes unbelievably delicious served neat, over ice, or glugged generously into a milk-based cocktail – think next-level White Russians and chocolatey Espresso Martinis!
Smooth, silky, creamy, chocolatey – my GOD it’s good
All the flavours of a classic diner shake – with a boozy twist
Get your moreish milkshake fix without drinking a whole tub of ice cream!
Reduced alcohol content (15%) for an easy-going drinking experience
Move over Irish Cream, there’s a new (and far tastier) liqueur in town!
Tastes great over ice, in a coffee, or splashed into creamy cocktails and desserts
Each one of the Hard Shakes has a reduced alcohol content for an easy-going drinking experience so you can really savour the flavour.
Firebox: A London-based lifestyle retailer selling a highly curated mix of unconventional homeware, lifestyle accessories, gadgets, food, drink and gifts ‘with a twist’. We believe the products we choose to surround ourselves with are a reflection of the way we live our lives and are an extension of our personality. Our mission is to shake things up and get people to embrace their more imaginative side.
Finding the right time of protein for your training can be pretty daunting. Well, it has been for me!
So, let’s start with some basic knowledge.
Why should I use protein powder?
If you train hard and regularly then adding a protein powder to your nutritional regime will help you repair and build muscle. Boosting your protein intake through a powder format is the easiest way to do so. There is a wide range of different types and flavours of protein powders so there is something for everyone.
How often, and at what tome of the day, should I have some protein shakes?
It is recommended to take some no more than once a day either 30 minutes before or after exercise.
How to use protein powder?
Protein powder can be used/consumed in many different ways. It can be mixed with water to form a drink or added to a morning shake or you can also add protein powder to a multitude of food recipes such as pancakes or porridge.
This was for the basics, now let’s have a closer look at each one of them…
PRO Advanced Whey
PRO Advanced Whey Highlights
Contains over 25g of Whey protein.
Scientifically formulated to contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass.
Certified with Informed-Sport and banned substance tested for athletes’ assurance.
Contains DigeZyme® digestive enzyme complex (Digestive Enzyme Complex: a mix of digestive enzymes that are formulated to aid and speed up the digestion process).
PRO Advanced Whey Key Ingredients
Whey Concentrate: after whey protein is removed from milk it’s micro-filtered to create whey concentrate, which strengthens its amino acid profile.
Whey Hydrolysate: Renowned for speeding up the absorption of protein into your body.
Whey Isolate: Has a high protein content and low fat and carbohydrate content.
CORE Whey Isolate
CORE Whey Isolate Highlights
Protein powder containing over 20g of whey protein isolate.
Developed by team TRR to support high-intensity training.
Scientifically formulated to contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass.
CORE Whey Isolate Key Ingredients
Why Protein Isolate: CORE Whey Isolate contains 20g of protein per serving and is free from thickeners and artificial flavours.
VEGAN Protein Highlights
Plant-based protein powder containing 20.7g of protein per serving.
Suitable for vegans.
Designed for athletes by experts. Developed in partnership with Andy Murray, Dr Eva Carneiro & elite sports nutritionist Glenn Kearney.
Scientifically formulated to contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass*
VEGAN Protein Key ingredients:
Pea Protein: Rich in iron and Vitamin C, pea protein is a high-quality, easily digested protein source.
Pumpkin Protein: With a high protein content of 60%, pumpkin protein is also rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese…
Sunflower Protein: Sunflower protein is rich in protein, fibre, amino acids, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6.
Pea Protein: Rich in iron and Vitamin C, pea protein is a high-quality, easily digested protein source. It contains more arginine than dairy proteins and its abundance of branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs) contribute to the maintenance and growth of muscle mass.
Pumpkin Protein: The protein from pumpkins is extracted from their seeds. With a high protein content of 60%, pumpkin protein is also rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and other important minerals, such as iron, copper and zinc.
Sunflower Protein: Sunflower protein is rich in protein, fibre, amino acids, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6. Niacin and riboflavin, a B vitamin, both help with the maintenance of bones and contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. It is high in fibre and its protein content helps with the growth of muscle mass.
Whey Concentrate: After whey protein is removed from milk it’s micro-filtered to create whey concentrate, which strengthens its amino acid profile.
Whey Hydrolysate: Renowned for speeding up the absorption of protein into your body.
Whey Isolate: Has a high protein content and low fat and carbohydrate content.
TRR is a team of health experts and world-class athletes. They formulate supplements which are specifically designed for athletes who are serious about sport. They develop supplements that elite athletes not only approve of… but ones that they have actively helped to design.
Gone are the days when men would feel restricted to the two moisturisers in the “Men’s” section on the shelf. More and more men are realising the importance of caring for their skin and are actively seeking products to cater to their skin’s needs. After all, we all have our own issues with our skin and a one-for-all approach isn’t going to do the trick. Men are predicted to spend £49billion this year on grooming and beauty, which has increased four-fold since 2015, proving the size of the market. (source)
Today we’re going to look over the luxury Hungarian-based skincare brand Omorovicza (pronounced O-MOR-O-VEET-SA). This article will be perfect for those of you who are looking to upscale your skincare regime but not sure if the bang is worth the buck.
Omorovicza was founded in 2006 by married couple Stephen and Margaret Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza. The founding was inspired when Stephen took Margaret to the thermal bath his family built in the 1800’s. During this trip they realised the full potential of the healing properties of the water due to the unique mix of minerals. The healing waters are the basis of the brand and no synthetic or harmful products are used in any of the products e.g. parabens, glycols. This makes it a perfect choice for those who have reacted to aggressive products previously (myself included!).
The brand is now stocked in hundreds of stores and spas across the globe and is a firm fixture within the luxury skincare market.
I’ve been using the below products but do look over the full site to see what will work best for your skin-type. During lockdown they are also offering a 40 minute video skin consultation to advise you on what will work best for you. The consultation costs £50 but you will receive a £50 voucher after the consultation to spend on-site. If you were always put off by the idea of going to a consultation in-person, you now have no excuse by being able to do it from home.
Let’s admit it, we can all be lazy when it comes to cleansing. And if you are cleansing at the moment, you could be using a product that is doing more damage to your skin than good.
The Cleansing Foam from Omorovicza contains no nasty ingredients and doesn’t leave you with that dried-out feeling that some cleansers can. The product is very lightly scented, making it accessible to fragrance lovers as well as non-fragrance lovers.
I have very dry skin which only worsens with things like stress and city living. I’ve found this product to be the perfect balance of removing impurities whilst allowing the skin to hold onto the current moisture level, leaving me feeling refreshed. You can see why this is one of their best-selling products.
Apply the foam onto a damp face morning or evening and then rinse thoroughly.
Reviving Eye Cream
It only takes a few late nights for dark circles to worsen and to become the main focus on your face (or at least to you in the mirror). That night out with your pals was definitely worth it, but you’re finding that your eyes aren’t bouncing back as they did in the past. Lots of men are seeing the same thing and becoming more self-conscious of their dark circles, with brands now creating concealers targeted at men and to instantly disguise the results of those late nights.
Whether you wear concealer or not, the best course of action is to integrate an eye serum into your routine to reduce the puffiness and dark circles.
The Reviving Eye Cream achieves just that. Putting a little bit on in the morning makes your eyes look more radiant and makes your eyes the main focus rather than the dark circles. Any puffiness disappears and the light scent of cucumber gives you instant gratification of feeling refreshed.
Reviews on the Omorovicza site speak volumes, with one reviewer claiming that the eye serum allowed them to banish their dark circles in just 3 weeks. I have found that my dark circles have reduced drastically and my eyes have “popped”.
If you’ve reacted awfully to eye creams in the past, or just conscious of your eye-area, I highly recommend eye serum this to allow you to achieve amazing results whilst being soft on the skin.
Moisturising is widely accepted as an imperative part of any man’s routine.
This moisturiser is a stand-out on the market for a number of reasons. The unique formulation using ruby crystals enhances the complexion by blurring the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, meaning that your skin will appear younger and flawless. The product is very light and easily absorbs into the skin. Compared to many other cheaper moisturisers, this won’t leave you feeling greasy and means you can go on with your day without making you feel like you need a wash.
This moisturiser is designed to work for skin types from dry to normal. None of the ingredients in the moisturiser will make your skin flare up and will bounce light off your face in the “illuminating” manner that is intended.
From using the product personally I’ve found that my skin looks brighter and my previously dry skin is now bursting with hydration. I haven’t used a moisturiser before that packs as much of a punch and can instantly transform the appearance of the skin. If your 30+, the ruby crystals will aid you in turning back the clock.
Queen of Hungary Mist
The final product we’ll be looking at is their famous face mist. This product has been talked about a lot in the female-influencer landscape but less so in the men’s-sphere.
Face mist may be unfamiliar to some of you in general, but the key goal is to provide you with an instant refresh at any point in the day. If you’re living in the city, you’ll know the feeling of your skin feeling groggy after your morning commute, or going to that meeting feeling not your usual vibrant self. It’s especially great for those summer months where the high temperature and humidity steals moisture from your skin.
A few spritz of this will give your skin a lasting glow and give you that immediate rejuvenated feeling that you’re missing. The neroli and rose scent is very soft and disappears soon after use, so you don’t have to worry about anyone asking you what your cologne is.
I’ve been using this after my morning routine and at a few points during the day, just to give my skin the boost it needs.
Omorovicza is a fantastic brand if you want to start caring for your skin more. The no-nasty-ingredients approach means your skin will be well looked after by the healing waters of the Budapest-based thermal bath.
Whether you’re looking for age defiance, an injection of hydration into your skin or your skin to look flawless, the brand’s formulations are tried and tested at improving both the appearance and feel of the skin. Compared to cheaper brands, the quality and effectiveness of the products are head and shoulders above the rest and you will instantly see an improvement.
Now is a good time to explore the brand with the “free” video consultation, and delivery times have remained at 2 business days despite the lockdown.