Friday, September 25, 2020

Barber Pro 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar 2020

For 2020, Barber Pro have the 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar and it is not one i was expecting to find.
Barber Pro 12 Days of Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar 2020

Priced at just £39, the countdown to Christmas with this Grooming Essentials Advent Calendar isndescribed as being the ultimate festive choice for him! It includes an array of masks to keep him looking smart and groomed over the party season.

Contents

1 x Under Eye Mask (3 pairs)
1 x Face Putty (3 pack)
2 x Post Shave Cooling Mask
2 x Foaming Cleansing Mask
3 x Gentlemen’s Mask
3 x Calming Infused Mask

This Barber Pro Advent Calendar is available right now from Very for just £39.






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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

ASOS MEN'S GROOMING 12 DAY ADVENT CALENDAR 2020

I am hoping 2020 will be a good year for Male advent calendars, for 2019 it wasn’t the best year, but so far I’ve seen at least five decent ones. Today is the turn of ASOS with their 12 Day Grooming Advent Calendar and I think it is pretty good!
ASOS Men's Grooming 12 Day Advent Calendar 2020
For me ASOS have really upped their game with brands that are being offered. Instead of seeing the usual ones, there is now the inclusion of some new and more edgy brands.  This calendar features brands such as House 99, LAB Series, Bull Dog and Men Expert hidden inside boxes and all for just £35 here*

Contents

  • Murdock Beard Moisturiser 150ml
  • LAB Series Multi Action Face Wash 30ml
  • Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste 10ml
  • BullDog Original Aftershave Balm 75ml
  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution
  • Harry’s Razor
  • Doers of London Cut Out The Fluff Shave Cream
  • L’oreal Men Expert Wake Up Effect Shower Gel 300ml
  • Johnny’s Chop Shop Wild Cat Hair Clay 70g
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
  • House 99 Shaping Pomade
  • Barber Pro Gentlemens Sheet Mask
It is on sale now, so if If you don’t want the man in your life, to miss out opening an Advent, or if you have a Christmas present to purchase and you want it to be a little bit different to the usual gifts, then ASOS might just save your day!

will be live soon with ASOS, so keeping watching to grab it quick before it sells out!
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Liberty Men’s Advent Calendar 2020

The Liberty Advent Calendar for men is back for a second year and it is definitely one worth looking at, not just in terms of content but for the price, it looks amazing. 
Liberty Men’s Advent Calendar 2020
Inside the calendar, it features a really impressive list of brands and products, many of which you will find featured in the Liberty Beauty Hall. Those brands include the likes of Davines,  Dr Sebagh, Bamford,  Ruffians, Escentric Molecules and Kiehls to name just a few of them.

It will go on sale for £195 on 7th October and the products included are reported to be worth over £460. To ensure you can get your hands on it, whether for yourself or as a gift, there is as a sign up list here* which alerts you to the sale.

Contents

  • Liberty Sloe Gin Miniature 50ml (FULL SIZE) 
  • Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Angel 40ml 
  • Dr Vranjes Firenze Milano Room Spray 25ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo 100ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • (MALIN+GOETZ) Meadowfoam Ool Balm 30ML 
  • Aveda Rosemary Mint Hand & Body Wash 50ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant 13G (FULL SIZE) 
  • Escentric Molecules Escentric Molecules 03 EDT Travel Size Refill 30ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Susanne Kaufman Witch Hazel Bath 30ML 
  • Dr Sebagh Serum Repair 20ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Verso Eye Cream 20ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Ruffians Hair Powder 3G (FULL SIZE) 
  • Claus Porto Musgo Real Spiced Citrus Soap 190G (FULL SIZE) 
  • Marvis Classic Travel Toothpaste 25ML 
  • Frédéric Male French Lover Eau de Parfum 10ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • L:A Bruket 092 Sage Rosemary Lavendar Hans Cream 30ML 
  • Noble Isle Summer Rising Soap Bar 30G
  • Noble Isle Summer arising Bath & Shower Gel 50ml
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel no-shine moisturising lip balm 4.4G (FULL SIZE) 
  • Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm 30ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Triumph & Disaster Rock & Roll Face Scrub 145G (FULL SIZE) 
  • Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream 30ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • The Lab Co. Bergamot Tea Denim Wash 60ML 
  • Bamford Grooming Department Sport Depdorant 30ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Neom Organics Energising Hans Balm 30ML (FULL SIZE) 
  • Omorovicza Cleansing Foam 30ML (FULL SIZE)
As I have said, the content is one which really does impress me and given the RRP, I am really impressed it is just £195. This would make a great gift for your better half, other half, Dad, Husband, brother, Uncle and whoever you think deserves a treat - I most definitely will be hinting!!

The Liberty Men’s Grooming Advent Calendar will launch on 7th October.
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Monday, July 06, 2020

SINCLAIR MEZZO WATCH

I have a bit of a thing for watches, ever since my beloved Bvlgari watch died after a fall from height I've tried numerous different watches from an array of brands and none of them have felt quite right. The latest watch to my collection was kindly gifted to me via Trendhim, a website which designs quality men’s accessories that are fashionable and affordable. They currently have 13 brands within their portfolio and offer everything from suit accessories and wallets to Jewellery and watches. 
SINCLAIR MEZZO WATCH
I chose the Sinclair Mezzo Watch (£69) which features a Danish design and it features a Japanese Quartz movement.  I was drawn to it because of the watch face, a design that I haven't come across before and I also liked the look of the watch strap too.
SINCLAIR MEZZO WATCH
SINCLAIR MEZZO WATCH
Made of Stainless Steel for the strap, the watch also features a Zinc Alloy Case. With regards to the dimensions, the strap is 2cm wide with the face diameter being 4cm.  The watch face itself is quite plain, the brand name quite clearly positioned at the top, but the only numbers visible sit in the middle of the face, at first, I thought this was a sticker, but it is in fact part of the design and around it, the hands work their round, so it is still easy to tell the time, without the numbers.

I like that this watch is one which could be worn for any occasion, not that we have been out much since the lockdown came into play, but it works just as well with formal attire as it does with the casual.  The watch is also really lightweight, you barely register that it is on your wrist, which for me is another plus.

For £69, this watch is beautifully designed and made, it fits snug to my wrist without being too tight and I think I made a really good choice of watch. As an added extra when making a purchase, you can also choose whether or not to engrave your watch, add gift wrapping and even swap the box it is presented in to something a little more hard wearing too.

A lovely comfortable watch, it looks great and won't read the bank.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Beauty Advent Calendars 2019 - Male Edition

How is it nearly Christmas again?!?!? No seriously, the last time I looked it was March! My other half is obsessed with Beauty Advent Calendars. Not only do I have to listen to her talk about the female calendars (I deserve a medal) but it seems like there is a new one released every other day.
Last year I thought was 'peak' beauty advent calendars but again I was wrong. You can see my posts from 2016 here, 2017 here 2018 here  that we still don't rank highly thought of by some brands when it comes to releasing an advent calendar, already 2019 is a pretty poor show, but I have found at least three calendars that have stood out and caught my eye. 

First up we have Clarins, a brand who has for many years created a calendar for men and women.  This time, the advent calendar takes on the shape of a treasure and inside there are 12 products waiting to be found.
Beauty Advent Calendars 2019 - Male Edition
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Clarins, their eye cream did absolutely nothing for me but the Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate I really like.  This advent calendar comes with a £60 price tag later this month and below you can find a full list of what is inside.

Full Contents

  • ClarinsMen Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream 20ml
  • ClarinsMen Active Hand Care 75ml
  • Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml
  • 7 Day Double Serum Sample 4.9g
  • Hydra-Essentiel Lip Balm 3ml
  • Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil 5g
  • ClarinsMen Super Moisture Balm 12ml
  • ClarinsMen Shampoo & Shower 30ml
  • Fresh Face Scrub 15ml
  • ClarinsMen Super Moisture Gel 12ml
  • Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml
  • ClarinsMen Active Face Wash 30ml
I am really impressed with the sizes of each of these products, it is rare to find a 100ml of anything in an advent calendar. It launches on 29th September and is available from Boots, Harrods and Selfridges.

ASOS Face + Body is similar with product content to that of 2018 and the price has remained the same at £35.  Inside there is 12 products from brand such as L'Oreal, American Crew and Rituals.
Beauty Advent Calendars 2019 - Male Edition
Inside the box, are smaller boxes containing all 12 of the products and for me, this advent calendar is one of the best to come from ASOS since I started my annual review.  A full list of contents can be found below, but if you don't want to know what is inside, scroll quick to see what the third calendar has on offer.

Full Contents

  • 31st State Roll On Deodorant: Full Size
  • Barber Pro Eye Mask x3: Full Size
  • LAB SERIES: Oil Control Clay Cleanser & Mask: 30ml
  • L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energy Sheet Mask: Full Size
  • America Crew Classic Fibre: 50gm
  • Mens Society Beard Oil: Full Size
  • SKYN ICELAND Glacial Face Wash: 30ml
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid: Full Size
  • Murdock London Beard Moisturiser: 50ml
  • Rituals Samurai Shave Cream: 70ml
  • MEN:U Facial Moisturiser Lift 15ml
  • House 99 All Bright Natural Bronzing Moisturising Gel: 20ml
ASOS state that the box has been designed to be reused and it is on sale right now.

The final advent calendar that has really caught my attention if the Next x Fabled by Marie Claire Advent and it isn't one I was expecting to find if I am totally honest.  The Fabled store is just up the road from my office and they house some incredible brands, some of which can be found inside this calendar.
Beauty Advent Calendars 2019 - Male Edition
Featuring some of my favourite brands such as L'Occitane and Hawkins & Brimble plus there are some brands like House 99 that I would quite like to try. This is a 24 day Advent Calendar and it is priced at £65 (here) with the contents being worth over £210, so it is quite the saving if you are wanting to discover some new brands or become reacquainted with some old favourites.  Again, if you don't want to see the full list of contents, then look away now!

Full Contents

  • Green People Exfoliating Facial Scrub 30ml
  • L’Occitane Cedrat Shower Gel 75ml
  • House 99 All Bright Bronzing Moisturiser 20ml
  • Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 50ml
  • Hugo Boss Boss Bottled 5ml
  • Barber Pro Gentlemen’s Sheet Mask
  • Mo Bro’s Winter Spice Beard Balm 15ml
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml
  • Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste 25ml
  • Percy Nobleman Beard Wash 30ml
  • Men’s Society Zing Shampoo & Body Wash 50ml
  • Ted Baker Beard Oil 45ml
  • Clinique for Men Face Scrub 15ml
  • House 99 Smooth Back Shaping Pomade 15ml
  • Mr Natty Shave Oil 30ml
  • Hawkins & Brimble Face Wash 150ml
  • 31st State Hair Putty 100ml
  • Hawkins & Brimble Eye Cream 20ml
  • Men-u Shave & Cleanse Duo 2 x 15ml
  • Dr Botanicals Advanced Anti Fatigue Vit C Serum 30ml
  • Brighton Beard Company Mandarin & Cedarwood Beard Oil 10ml
  • Gunslingers Matt Shaper Wax 75ml
  • Monuskin Skin Salvage Men’s Moisturiser 30ml
  • Hugo Boss Boss The Scent 5ml
This calendar is available within the next few days, so definitely one to keep a look out for, either as a treat for your mister or as a gift for yourself.

As always, I am hoping there will be more advent calendars for us males out there, but the one product that has really caught my eye comes from Mankind. How about you?
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Monday, June 03, 2019

Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch

Watches are my favourite item of jewellery and something I wear every single day without fail. I'm yet to succumb to the witchery that is using my phone for absolutely everything and still prefer to feel the weight of a watch on my wrist, otherwise I feel butt naked. 
Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch

Adexe London describe themselves as being the non-conformist brand which differentiates itself from the mass-produced competitors, by offering traditional quality and luxury, but invoking contemporary minimalism. Vertically integrated under one roof. With one mission in mind: 
“Create Finely Crafted, Uniquely Appointed Timepieces at Affordable Prices”. 
I really like that everything from Adexe is designed and manufactured in-house here in London and the story behind the brand is one worth reading.   I was given the option to choose a watch to review and I had quite a problem deciding which watch I liked the best, there is quite the choice of strap design, the design of the face and not to mention the colour of both before deciding which size watch face works best with your wrist.  In the end, I managed to whittle my choice down to the Mac Grande Mesh watch.
Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch Presentation Box
Presentation is important when buying anything to me and I really like the brightly coloured box the watch comes presented in.  Removing the lid, inside you see the watch in all its glory already fixed together and ready to wear.  


The Mac Grande Mesh is black in colour and is made from hand-polished All Stainless Steel. Priced at £119, this watch could quite easily be worn by anyone regardless of their sex and because it is black in colour, it can be worn with any outfit be it formal or casual.
Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch Dial

Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch
Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch
Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch
The Adexe Mac design is available in three different styles depending on your preference for colour and size and each watch also comes with a pair of pre-set extra straps in black or brown colour. In addition to the extra strap, inside the box you will also find that this watch also includes a really tiny tool which means you can change your strap you without having to set foot within a jewellers or watchmakers to ask them to do it for you.  Some of the features of this watch include:
  • Case Material: Hand-Polished All Stainless Steel
  • Case size: 41 mm diameter 
  • Band Width: 20 mm 
  • Glass: Curved Hardened Crystal 
  • Straps: Hand-Made Mesh Band
  • Waterproof: 3 ATM
  • Movement: Japanese Miyota GM15
  • Battery: 5 years
The dial of the Adexe MAC Grande Gun Black Watch is also a matte black colour, and the dial features a slightly sunken sub-dial which features five minute markers whereas the the outer dial houses the hours, so for me, this design makes it really easy to tell the time without having to squint at a small dial to figure it out. The hands on the dial are a matte silver hands which really compliment the black gunmetal design. At the base sub-dial you will also notice that there is a small number which represents the date of the current month without displaying the month. I am quite looking forward to see how well the dates work with the changing numbers of days per month.


The extra set of straps to accompany my watch or not just any ordinary leather strap, it is a contactless strap.  I know I said I didn't like to rely on my phone to do absolutely everything for me, but I was intrigued by the term 'Contactless Strap'.
Adexe bPay Contactless Strap

Adexe bPay Contactless Strap
To look at, the strap just looks like any normal leather watch strap, but this is anything but.  The bPay Contactless Straps features a contactless chip which is safely secured within the strap. This chip then enables you to pay quickly and securely for any purchases of £30 and under, making it perfect for everyday use, commuting, a night out and even travelling. For me, as someone who commutes on a daily basis, the option of just flicking my wrist over the tap-in options for the tube and bus to allow me to get on with my day.


The bPay straps work with any Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card. All you need to do is download the free bPay app, or visit bpay.co.uk to activate your account, top it up with money from your account and you are good to go.  All I have to say is that if this technophobe can manage to make this work, then anyone can!

This is my first watch from Adexe London and it has been quite the experience, not ony have I got myself a watch that I can wear for any occasion, but I also have one which means I don't have to worry about carrying a lot of cash with me at all times and I also have the means of getting around London, not should I forget my wallet, but when I do!

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Adexe London Mac Grande Mesh Watch



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