Beauty Gift Guide 2012: Men’s Grooming

Buying anything for a man is notoriously hard so I asked Mr 32 Boroughs for some advice on this one. Here’s what we came up with.

111 Skin Range – from £35

Nothing says luxury skincare more than a range designed by a Dr of plastic surgery and available for sale exclusively in Harley Street and Harrods. The 111SKIN Range has been designed by Dr Yannis Alexandrides and using age defying ingredients tested on astronauts and deep sea divers. It’s time to ditch the soap on a rope and start cleansing, toning and moisturising. We’ve trialled this all week and our face feels notably softer, smoother and even in tone.

Noix de Tubéreuse Gift Set – £49 (was £62)


We were excited to try out Noix de Tubéreuse, one of the three new Miller Harris seasonal gift sets. The London Perfumer’s appeal comes in the expertise in their field of fragrance. They know what works and what works well. The luxurious and masculine smells of tuberose, amber and violet really help to set this apart from the plethora of high end (and low end!) designer fragrances. With a flagship store in Noting Hill and branches in Mayfair and Covent Garden, the scent of a man just got easier to track down. With 20% off selected stock for a limited time, it just got a whole lot cheaper too.

BaByliss for Men Super Clipper – £20


The BaByliss for Men Super Clipper is not your run of the mill hair clipper. This is the kind of clipper you take to your barbers and let him pay you to use it to cut your hair! It is labelled as a professional grade clipper and we certainly believe it. It’s reassuringly weighty and precise, the Japanese cut steel blades making for a rapid even finish. We especially like the charge; 3 hours to get to max power with a cutting time of around 50 minutes resulting in no real loss in performance. More than enough time for a short back and sides.

Clinique Happy Gift Set – £50

Clinique Happy for Men has long been a staple in our fragrance collection since its launch in 1999. The citrus based collection is uplifting, vibrant and positive so much so that Clinique don’t need to push sales with big budget marketing and ad campaigns. Coupled with the aftershave balm this is a gift that will get heavy usage. With base notes of cedar and top notes including lime and mandarin it may even count as one of your 5 a day.

iPad – from £399

Now we’ve got an iPad we can’t imagine life without one (is that sad?) and although it’s not something we think anyone really needs, it’s a really great expensive toy. If you have kids it’s a great way to ensure a stress free long journey (it was a lifesaver for us on 9 hour long haul flight) and there really is an app for everything so the whole family will enjoy playing with it. If they can get their hands on it!


One comment

  1. Nice post. Even men can be really picky in choosing grooming products. Thanks for sharing.

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