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Fragrance

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


Eau des Baux by L’Occitane Homme

An elegant and luxurious French eau de toilette with a woody fragrance for the energetic and self-confident man. Created through the distillation of authentic lavender blended with the peppery, nutmeg scent of burnt wood, L’Occitane Eau de Toilette is a nod to the rich scents of French Provence, in their ruggedness and mystery. This elegant and luxurious cologne is intended for men, but women love it, too. 
PERFUMERY NOTES 
Top Note: Black pepper, Lavender 
Middle Note: Nutmeg, Cinnamon
Base Note: Tonka Bean
£49 RRP. Shop at www.loccitane.com

Black Oud Fragrance by LUKE

A masculine fragrance, but has so much dimension because of the Lemonchello and spice. A unique masculine fragrance, a perfect complement for day or evening wear.
£25 RRP (75ml). Shop at www.luke1977.com

Hugo Iced Fragrance by HUGO BOSS

Discover a blast of ice-cold freshness with Hugo Iced aftershave for men, a fragrance designed for the modern urban man, set to inspire him to embrace the fresh potential of every day.
£46,50 RRP (75 ml). Shop at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

Refillable Fragrance Atomiser by Twist & Spritz

Whether you are heading out straight from work, going to the gym or even have a day full of important meetings, you will always want to smell your best. However, with many of us not wanting to cart around massive bags or heavy bottles of aftershave this can be a bit awkward. Why not invest in the stylist atomiser to decant your favourite scent into. 
 This carries 8ml of scent which equates to 100 sprays.
£10 RRP. Shop at www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

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

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Tesei Watch by Spinnaker

Japan Automatic 3 Hands Movement with Date

Really glad at StylePilot to have received the Tesei SP-5084-11 from Spinnaker to review.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Updated and improved upon, the Tesei Titanium is now available as a bracelet. A host of subtle but important upgrades make this timepiece a true tribute to the spirit and ingenuity of Italian Naval legend Teseo Tesei.

What’s inside?

DIAL

True to its militaristic inspiration, the dial is designed to be efficient and effective at offering a clear cut read out of time. The hands in particular have been redesigned and upgraded with layerings of X-1 Swiss Super-LumiNova.

MATERIAL : Titanium
DIAMETER (mm) : 43
THICKNESS (mm) : 13
SHAPE : Round
COLOUR : Titanium
BEZEL : Unidirectional Bezel with Ceramic Plate


DESIGN

The Tesei case is forged out of the tensile strength but low density of Titanium. Hardened with Nitrogen and topped with a Ceramic inlaid bezel with luminous markings, every element of the design and fabrication has been carefully considered. A scratch resistant sapphire lens with anti-reflective coating makes this an effortless, durable and robust timepiece to wear for all conditions.

TYPE : Titanium Bracelet
COLOUR : Titanium
BUCKLE : Fold Over Buckle with Safety Lock and Push Button
WIDTH (mm) : 22

Powering and assuring an ever reliable performance from the Tesei, an NH35 Seiko Automatic lies at the heart of the watch.

By taking advantage of the incredible properties of Titanium, the upgraded Tesei is now a bracelet timepiece which offers a lightweight feel but with the neccessary strength to resist the conditions of a rugged wear at sea or on land.

OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

WATER RESISTANCE : 20 ATM / WARRANTY : 2 Years International


£495 RRP. Shop at www.spinnaker-watches.co.uk. Browse all Spinnaker watches.

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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

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Hand-Cooked Crisps for a Festive Snack

Whether you’re planning a party or just want to snuggle up and watch your favourite festive film, here are a couple of suggestions for some hand-cooked crisps.

Looking for yummy hand-cooked crisps in the tastiest flavours? Fairfields Farm offer a fantastic range to suit every taste including Sweet Chilli, Bacon & Tomato and Sea Salt & Aspall Cider Vinegar to name a few. For the ultimate Christmas snack, reach for Fairfields Farm Kelly Bronze Turkey, Sage and Onion Crisps that combine the festive flavours of hand-reared bronze turkey with the punchy taste of sage and onion.

If you are following a healthy eating plan and want to stay on track over the festive period, Lentil Bites are the ideal guilt-free snack. They’re just under 99 calories per bag and available in two flavours: Tomato & Herb and Jalapeño & Lime. Available from independent retailers nationwide.

‘Beery flavoured crisps’: original and great!

For those who fancy a more quirky snack, pop Ten Acre hand-cooked crisps and popcorn in your basket on your weekly shop. Available in a range of tempting flavours, these vegan-friendly, moreish snacks are available from independent retailers nationwide.

Don’t they look yummy? ;- )

If you are still craving for some more, then try those (pictured below):

Fresh tomato and herb Lentil Bites bring your senses alive, make you want to party – brings a new meaning to pizza time! Or Hot chilli and fresh lime – the perfect combo for making your taste buds want to do the tango – you’ll be snapping your fingers and clicking your toes with every crunch!

Where can I buy some?

Shop online on www.fairfieldscrisps.co.uk or find them at Asda and Holland & Barrett

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5 Sunglasses for Father’s Day

Shopping for the perfect father’s day gift isn’t always easy.

Luckily, SmartBuyGlasses has you covered with this unique eyewear gift guide. Discover the top specs they think Dad will love, based on what their customers have virtually tried on!


SmartBuyGlasses’ virtual try-on​ (VTO) technology allows you to try on glasses online without ever having to leave your home. Want to make sure it’s the right match for your dad? Just have him use their virtual try-on tool to try before you buy!

Our top 5 below:

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Model displayed RB3025 Aviator Polarized 001/58
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These Ray-Ban sunglasses are a forever classic. If you want to get your dad a father’s day gift that he’s guaranteed to love, then you can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban Aviators! This look was a favorite for SmartBuyGlasses’ Ray-Ban virtual try-on online this year. Is your dad one of those “cool” dads? If so, these are definitely the sunglasses you’re looking for this father’s day.



Tom Ford Sunglasses

Model displayed FT0674 52D
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This trendy pair of men’s eyewear is perfect for the youthful spirit dads. While the pilot shape is a classic, the colours and materials of these Tom Ford sunglasses are trendy and unique. The dark, neutral tones will go great with any look. This father’s day you can get these virtual try-on favorites by Tom Ford for the best prices with SmartBuyGlasses.



Persol Sunglasses

Model displayed PO0714 Folding Polarized 24/S3.
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Is your dad a morning person? These Persol sunglasses with blue lenses are great for seeing clearly through mist or fog. These glasses are both high fashion and high function. The cool dark colour tones give these sunnies a sophisticated outdoorsy look.


Mont Blanc

Model displayed MB0033s Polarized 005.
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Any dad that spends time outdoors is going to appreciate these Mont Blanc shades for father’s day. These sunglasses use polarizing technology to provide clear vision while outdoors. With durable metal frames and UV protection lenses, these sunglasses will be a huge hit this father’s day 2020.



Emporio Armani Sunglasses

Model displayed Emporio Armani EA4029 50638G.
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Armani is famous for the bold designs that still look casual, and outfits that will make you look like the fashionista but without forcing you to try too much. These sunglasses are no different. With small details on these sunglasses from Armani, such as the logo on the frame not being engraved, these glasses will add a statement to your outfit without grabbing attention from it. The smooth gradient lens is something that reflects the aura of Giorgio Armani and it is something that will let people know that you have put thought into what you wear.


Shop all designers sunglasses on www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk

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Essential Tips: Shirts

Shirting is one of the easiest areas to refresh in our style arsenal, but with such a vast array of designs to choose from, where do you begin? Our easy to follow guide will help you sort your Oxfords from your Marcellas, and have you looking crisp and polished whatever the occasion.

The White Shirt

1- £18 RRP from boohooMAN | 2- £25 RRP from M&S | 3- £55 RRP from Hawes & Curtis | 4- £325 RRP from Turnbull & Asser | 5- £85 RRP from Reiss

A backbone to both formal and casual looks, the white shirt remains a timeless menswear classic. With formal white shirts (defined by a stiff collar and long sleeves, sometimes with double cuffs), gents with a stockier or larger frame should opt for the classic fit, which offers a little more room. For slimmer gentlemen, opting for a closer slim cut can bring a more modern feel to the look. Lightweight casual white shirts are a great option for summer, and a loose-fitting linen or cotton style will be cooling whilst lending an artistic touch to your outfit.

Where to wear it: To work with your weekday tailoring, formal events and off-duty occasions layered beneath knitwear

Style tip: For a casual summer take, try a loose-fitting linen shirt with a pair of pastel chinos and loafers. Finish by nonchalantly rolling up your sleeves.

The Oxford Shirt

1- £95 RRP from Hackett | 2- £16 from boohooMAN | 3- £44,99 from Superdry | 4- £90 from GANT | 5- £120 from Thomas Pink

A menswear staple, every man will have one or two of these in his wardrobe. A casual style, the Oxford shirt is identified by its Oxford cloth, usually made of cotton or linen and woven with a fine basket-weave. Some Oxfords have a chest patch pocket, others are pocket-free and can either be plain or printed. Collars are often of the button-down variety. A casual classic, Oxford shirts are lightweight and ideal for layering with knitwear, or wearing solo in accordance with the season.

Style Tip: The Oxford shirt is a great all-rounder and can easily be smarted up with tailoring, or worn casually with denim. During colder spells, pair with a tweed blazer, swapping for a navy cotton jacket when the weather warms. On down days, simply team with a pair of indigo jeans and pop-colour diving loafers

Where to wear it: During casual weekends paired with chinos or denim, or smart- casual occasions with tailored trousers and a blazer.

The Printed Shirt

1- £50 RRP from ASOS | 2- £119 RRP from HUGO BOSS | 3- £20 RRP from boohooMAN | 4- £25 RRP from M&S | 5- £44,99 RRP from Superdry

Menswear is largely dominated by solid tones, so a printed shirt can add a welcome dash of pattern to your aesthetic. Whether you opt for an artful micro-print style, a traditional check or stripe or a bold floral print, a printed shirt will bring a fresh dimension to plain wardrobe staples. If a more subtle approach is your aim, a geometric micro-print shirt is a great way to introduce pattern in a quieter fashion, while the check shirt remains an essential ingredient in today’s menswear offering. For the more daring gent, an abstract or bloom motif is will lend a summery edge to any casual look.

Where to wear it: To offices with a creative outlook, after-hours drinks, weekend gatherings.

Style tip: It’s best to avoid pattern overkill. If you’ve opted for a printed shirt, pair it with solid-tone separates for a more considered approach. A micro floral-print shirt will look great layered with a slim-fitting navy blazer and dark-hued denim.

The Short-Sleeve Shirt

1- £22 RRP from ASOS | 2- £25,99 RRP from ZARA | 3- £20 RRP from NEXT | 4- £29,50 RRP from M&S | 5- £16 RRP from boohooMAN

Previously seen as a relic of our grandfather’s closet, short-sleeve shirts are back in a big way. Cotton or linen, plain or printed, the style is the perfect for the warmer months, making them a holiday wardrobe essential. Hawaiian shirts have shaken off their Magnum P.I. and tasteless tourist associations, and have become a bona fide summer style necessity, with high-end and high-street designers creating luxe, contemporary versions. Short-sleeve shirts have equal styling merit with shorts and sandals as they do with tailored trousers and chinos.

Where to wear it: Holidays in warmer climes, sultry days in the city, barbeques and summer outdoor jaunts

Style tip: Avoid dressing up a short-sleeve shirt too much, and leave it out of formal office ensembles. It definitely still works best in casual situations. Invest in a dark-hued Hawaiian shirt for your next jet-set break to warmer climes and team it with a pair of light grey linen shorts, leather sandals and your favourite retro-inspired sunnies for a nonchalant holiday look.

The Dinner Shirt

1- £29.50 RRP from Marks & Spencer | 2- £44.95 RRP from T.M.Lewin | 3- £89 from Hawes & Curtis | 4- £135 from Hackett | 5- £235 from Turnbull & Asser

The dinner shirt or dress shirt is a style we see less and less of these days with the relaxation of dress codes and the waning of black-tie events. Traditionally worn with a dinner suit, the style is identified by a pleated, plain or textured pique ‘bib’ front (known as a Marcella shirt) and double cuffs and is fastened with either enamelled metal dressed studs, or buttons. This style of shirt can have a wing collar or a classic spread collar. Traditional dinner shirts are cut in a classic fit, but contemporary slim fits are a considered choice, particularly if you’ve opted for a close-fitting jacket.

Where to wear it: Formal black tie functions

Style tip: Don’t feel obliged to opt for the more ubiquitous wing collar when choosing a dinner shirt. A classic spread collar offers a neater look as it folds over the neckband of your bowtie and keeps it in place. This is particularly useful if you don’t know how to tie your own bowtie and wish to conceal the clip and adjuster.

Words by Shane Kurup

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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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‘In & Out’ Probiotic and Prebiotic Skincare Solutions by FUNDERM

They take care of the DERM so that you can concentrate on the FUN.

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

£32 RRP. Shop at www.funderm.com

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

£28 RRP. Shop at www.funderm.com

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

£32 RRP (60 GUMMIES). Shop at www.funderm.com

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!

Shop at www.funderm.com

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Essential Tips: Blazers

A 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.

Some 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

Linen tailoring 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

Heritage 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

The 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.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT

Fit illustrations from Artofmanliness.

Finding 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.

Sleeve Length

The 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.

Blazer Length

The 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 blazer).

The Front Fastening

When 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 Shoulders

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

  • Avoid synthetic fibres – they don’t breathe like natural cloths and ultimately won’t last as long
  • Don’t 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
  • Wear 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
  • Don’t 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

  • Give 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
  • Get 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
  • Don’t 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.

Words by Shane Kurup