You might have seen Danny Gray the founder of War paint For Men brand on Dragon’s Den. They are the new make up brand for men! They are on a mission: “Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin”.
War Paint For Men is breaking the stigma that makeup is solely for women and make it the accepted norm that men wear makeup. Giving men the ability to feel confident in their own skin. They are here to change the face of the men’s makeup industry.
So, really pleased here to get to try it!
War Paint For Men offers a range of tinted moisturisers, foundations, bronzers and make up tools for the everyday man. Their make-up products are UK produced, cruelty free, vegan ingredients that are designed specifically for sensitive male skin.
Got a chance to review the Tinted Moisturiser and the Concealer (pictured below).
Some Interesting stats
One in four men is expected to be wearing makeup by 2023.
Male skin is 25% tougher than female skin.
The Tinted Moisturiser
Compared to a traditional tinted cream, which would be just a cream with a very light tint, our TINTED MOISTURISER is a foundation, moisturizer, and concealer skincare product all in one. It does a good job of all of these so is a great product to quickly apply and go.
FOUNDATION V TINTED MOISTURISER? FOUNDATION is typically thicker and provides more coverage. TINTED MOISTURISER is typically light and while it can conceal blemishes, it typically won’t cover major scars or blemishes.
Concealer is a cream base which you can use to hide dark under-eye circles, spots, large pores, and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but a lot thicker so it can cover unwanted imperfections.
Concealer is ideal to use on its own if you would just like to cover your spots or under-eye circles.
War Paint For Men’s collection includes cleansing tools, brushes and sponges, as well as a makeup range that spans five shades to suit all skin types, with a handy shade finder tool available on the website to ensure you find your best fit. In addition, sets such as the Night Out.
All War Paint For Men products are consistently tested, re-tested, sliced and diced in order to reach an end result that is simple to apply, light to touch and weightless on skin. The range is also entirely UK produced, cruelty free and vegan, with plans already in motion to move to an all-natural model in the near future.
It is always with great excitement that I open a new box to discover a new fragrance!
The first thing you notice is its weight: the glass bottle and its hefty top makes it even heavier than the average fragrance. Then, wow the top!? What a statement this bottle is. It cannot go unnoticed on your bathroom shelf.
Then, the smell. And ‘yes’ I loved it.
What it is made of
Spicy top notes of Cardamom, and Ambergris topped with a subtle dash of fresh Lemonchello, blended with middle notes of Pogostemon Cablin, Ebony Wood, Aquatic Cyperus Papyrus and Rosewood, layered on a bed of sensual Tobacco Leaves, warm Musk and Oakmoss base. Voilà !
According to LUKE, Black Oud is the new headline fragrance, using the most expensive woody based as the major element of this heady smell.
It feels fresh, however still strong and also long lasting (something I really like). It is masculine, but has so much dimension because of the Lemonchello and spice.
A unique masculine fragrance, a perfect complement for day or evening wear.
A bit of background
Since forming in 2001 LUKE 1977 has become a leading contemporary fashion brand divided into LUKE the Technical Tailor and LUKE Sport.
Luke the Technical Tailor is a premium menswear offering. While LUKE Sport is a full lifestyle collection inspired by athleisure and urban street style.
Equally a home on the terraces or on a night out, the brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country; the United Kingdom of Luke.
With that in mind, LUKE have launched the new Fragrance LUKE Black Oud.
Since its humble beginnings in the West Midlands in 2001 LUKE has developed into a leading contemporary menswear brand with a following stretching far and wide. Having grown with the support of key independent menswear boutiques the brand has evolved organically keeping all if its values, which sets it apart.
LUKE is a practical interpretation on contemporary menswear and has all the components of the modern lad, a gentleman, a working class hero and a bit of a rogue. The brand draws strong influences from the tough elements of its native Birmingham. Foundry worker meets fashionista, Luke’s taste envelopes all. Luke’s ethos is to put a fashionable twist on any men’s garment but without over designing to retain a cool masculine look. The brand offers an exclusive look for an inclusive country, the United Kingdom of Luke.
Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The day after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the beginning of America’s Christmas shopping season since 1952, although the term “Black Friday” did not become widely used until more recent decades
This must be the best and most luxurious bundle of this year! And even Black Friday won’t be that! The Apothecary Collection is worth over £239, yet it only costs £55 RRP and is only available at Mankind.
(Please note that Mankind is actually offering 15% off this collection*, just use Code: GROOM15).
However, this is not the only reason why we fell for it. We also really liked the carefully curated assortment of luxury male grooming essentials.
The collection is centred around exciting, innovative formulations at the cutting edge of male grooming, and giving you the opportunity to discover them for yourself. What else could you ask for?
The six products you will find inside
Argentum La Lotion Infinie Body Cream, 200ml (worth £84.00)
Rediscover your skin’s youthful capacity with ARgENTUM’s la lotion infinie Body Cream, an intense, soothing moisturiser that targets problem areas on the body to leave it feeling soft and replenished.
Backed by years of scientific research, the 99.5% natural origins cream harnesses the same powerful ingredients as the iconic cream, a blend of Silver Hydrosol and DNA HP. Working together, the ingredients melt quickly into skin, instantly hydrating, tightening and strengthening skin to create a barrier against oxidative stress. Its dose of caffeine stimulates circulation for re-energised, radiant skin, and small cutaneous imperfections will appear corrected and rebalanced. Suitable for all ages and skin types, the miracle cream will leave your body feeling super-hydrated, younger and softer. Infused with a signature, uplifting scent.
E-Cooking Peel Mask, 50ml (worth £37.00)
Peeling effect which smoothens and tightens creases.
The content of plant extract and Vitamin E in the Ecooking™ Peeling Mask decreases the appearance of creases and wrinkles and at the same time it gives a smoother and younger look.
Please note that Ecooking is a cruelty-free brand; they do not test any of their products on animals. All products are natural, organic, paraben-free and vegan.
The Refinery Shave Oil, 30ml (worth £31.00)
A must-have for the ultimate close shave. This fast-absorbing, lightweight oil prepares the skin for a soothing shave without leaving and oily residue. Borage, Jojoba and Rosehip Seed oil help promote elasticity and strengthen dry, damaged skin and Petitgrain, Patchouli and Geranium soothe and protect the skin.
Directions: massage 4-5 drops onto damp skin before shaving. Shave and rinse with warm water. Can be used under Refinery Shave Foam Gel for dry skin and is also effective as an intensive skin treatment when used under the appropriate Refinery moisturiser.
Babor Cooling Eye Gel, 20ml (worth £32.68)
A lightweight, oil-free, anti-fatigue eye gel the provides a cooling & massaging effect upon application. Helps treat puffy, swollen, fatigued & dry eye area.
Contains alpine stem cells to offer preventative protection against light-induced skin ageing; blended with rhodiola extract, betain & yeast extract to reduces puffiness & dark circles; loaded with polysaccharide & panthenol for hydrating benefits.Unveils a smoother, refreshed, more vibrant looking eye area.
Defy gravity with the vegan-friendly Firming Serum from ARK Skincare; a revolutionary, anti-ageing serum that tightens, lifts and tones sagging skin by improving resistance to gravity by promoting skin’s elastic fibre architecture.
Unleashing the ultra-firming powers of biomimetic lipopeptide Idealift™, the serum targets skin showing signs ageing including fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Highly purified Microalgae extract delivers an instant and long-term tightening effect, while active 100% natural Hyaluronic Acid locks moisture in the skin matrix and boosts collagen synthesis. Skin appears firmer and more flexible, while fine lines are plumped and smoothed.
What else? It is vegan and cruelty-free.
And yes, it is worth mentioning again, that the total value is worth over £239 RRP however it is available at www.mankind.co.uk for only £55.
And remember that there’s a special offer running right now: 15% off this collection*. Use Code: GROOM15.
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).
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.
Built to last it is protected by a 5 year warranty, this sturdy cabin bag will stay by your side for years to come.
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.
In Manual’s own words: “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.”
An original and smart approach with either a “one-time purchase” or a “subscription model”.
In a nutshell, what you need to know is that Caffeine stimulates hair follicles. Biotin is vital for keratin production. Saw Palmetto is known to strengthen and revive hair.
WHAT’S INSIDE? Caffeine Caffeine is scientifically proven to be a stimulator of hair follicle growth. Tried and tested. So foam up and get your caffeine fix directly to the root of the problem. Biotin Biotin supports healthy hair growth and not getting enough can seriously damage your hair mojo. It’s an essential vitamin for the protein synthesis sculpting that masterpiece that is your hair keratin. Michelangelo has nothing on you. Saw Palmetto A natural extract that strengthens and revives hair. It’s extracted from one very powerful berry. Oh hair yeah. Natural goodness With Ginger, Sage, Olive Oil extracts…thank you Mother Nature.
One-time purchase: Buy now for £14 or subscribe and save 15%: £11.90 every 2 months.
From the hands to the face, Mr Moisturiser provides unrivalled moisture and skin protection. With Hyaluronic acid, one of nature’s most hydrating molecules, which can hold 1000 tiumes its weight in water and allantoin which soothes, protects, and regenerates the skin.
WHAT’S INSIDE? Hyaluronic Acid It’s one of nature’s most hydrating molecules, with our skin holding 50% of the body’s Hyaluronic Acid. It has an unrivalled love for moisture, attracting 1000 times its weight in water. Allantoin Allantoin soothes, protects and regenerates the skin. Bye bye dead skin, hello moisture. A world class all-rounder for keeping skin at the top of its game.
One-time purchase: Buy now for £14 or subscribe and save 15%: £11.90 every 2 months.
Fighting wrinkles is a science. Luckily, they don’t have to don a lab coat. They’ve got the ultimate ingredients right here and ready to go to.
WHAT’S INSIDE? Vitamin C A potent antioxidant that fights the signs of ageing and neutralises skin damage caused by UV and pollution. It stimulates collagen production, helping against blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Brighter skin for that sunshine glow. Coenzyme Q10 Naturally occurring, it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants found in the body. Aiding the skin in regeneration and repair. It helps combat the signs of ageing and wrinkles by fighting against free radicals and oxidative stress cell damage. Peptides Replenishing the cells and enabling your skin to hold firm, Peptides slow down the ageing process aiding in the synthesis of collagen. No more caving in. Hyaluronic Acid Just one gram of Hyaluronic Acid has the remarkable ability to hold up to six litres of water. Making the skin feel and appear hydrated, plump and healthy. This stuff is Triple Hyaluronic Acid – the ultimate in skin hydration and protection – penetrating your skin on many levels.
One-time purchase: Buy now for £24 or subscribe and save 15%: £20.40 every 2 months.
For most of us who take care of our skin, having the right cleanser plays a vital role in the first step to helping look after our skin. We need a reliable product that will dissolve impurities and daily dirt without putting a burden on the surface.
You can cleanse, refine and comfort skin with Nakin’s natural anti-ageing face cleansers with active ingredients that detoxify and condition. They have two very special products within the range that offer a superior face cleanser routine for clear, comforted and treated skin.
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.
In Nakin’s own words: “With hyaluronic acid, pomegranate and seaweed extract in the formula, you can expect the cleansing milk also to help assist cell renewal as it penetrates the dermis to promote elasticity”.
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. With aloe and seaweed extracts it will have a gentler effect on priming the skin than a traditional toner.
Every product provided at Nakin is guaranteed to have ingredients that are naturally sourced and cruelty-free.
They don’t use anything unnecessary or artificial to alter the appearance or fragrance of our tones and cleansers, instead preferring to use natural elements like aloe vera and seaweed over paraben and silicone.
And don’t forget that Nakin skincare range is wheat and gluten-free.
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.
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.