Male Grooming


12
Feb 13

What to buy him for Valentine’s Day: Male Grooming Products

If you happen to have a significant chap in your life, it may be that he’s in desperate need of some male grooming products. In which case might I suggest giving him the Braun Series 3 Wet & Dry Shaver this Valentine’s Day.

I really rate Braun products (their epilators are brilliant) which is why I think this shaver would make a good gift. Of course it depends on your budget, but the shaver is currently reduced from £139.99 to £93.32 at Boots.

So, what makes this shaver so special? Well, firstly it has three independently moving cutting elements which adapt to facial contours, so it’s really effective at cutting both long and short hairs. It also causes less irritation than regular shavers, meaning your boyfriend will have soft kissable skin for Valentine’s Day.

Braun Series 3 Shaver: 380s Wet & Dry

Braun Series 3 Shaver: 380s Wet & Dry

This model boasts a sleek, black and blue design and has comfortable rubber grips which make it easy to hold. It’s size, shape and weight are all ideal. The shaver also comes with a charger, dock and hard black zip-up case. My boyfriend will definitely be getting this for Valentine’s Day (here’s hoping he’s not reading).

Two other products which I’d definitely recommend getting your man this year are Natural Empathy’s Clean & Mean Hair & Body Wash, £12.95, and Natural Empathy’s Care & Repair Moisturiser for Men, £29.99, both of which are worth their individual price tags.

These high quality products are free of parabens and contain pure essential oils. They also contain ingredients such as cedarwood and lavender, all of which combine to create a woody scent that smells absolutely divine. Available to buy from crystalspring.co.uk.

Natural Empathy Male Grooming Products

Natural Empathy Male Grooming Products

Another option is to buy your boyfriend a sophisticated smelling Cologne. My older brother is a massive fan of Steel by Superdry, a refreshing fragrance with top notes of lime and bergamot and rich base notes of cedarwood and moss. Steel costs £29.50 per 40ml and is available to buy at all Superdry stores and superdry.com.

One last product which I think would make a nice gift this Valentine’s is the Artamis 8 Piece Manicure Set, available to buy for £17.50 from il2l.com. It’ll be sure to keep your boyfriend’s talons and monobrow in check.

With all these products, your other half will be groomed to perfection in time for your next romantic dinner! For more Valentine’s Day cosmetics, read Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Superdry Steel Cologne and Artamis Nail Kit

Superdry Steel Cologne and Artamis Nail Kit


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide: as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins

Whether you consider Valentine’s Day to be a romantic occasion or just another commercial calendar date, chances are you’ll be celebrating it somehow anyway; either with your lover, your friends or yourself! After all, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some TLC.

Love is blind

Love is blind

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day this year, there’s no doubt that beauty products will be involved. Enter Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; here you’ll find a variety of products, all of which are designed to make you look and feel good this Valentine’s Day.

Each item has been handpicked and tested by yours truly, and each correlates with one of the Seven Deadly Sins. After all, love is a complex emotion which has the ability to evoke darker feelings such as lust and envy. So, read on and find out which products suit which sin…

  1. Lust   2. Gluttony   3. Greed   4. Sloth   5. Wrath   6. Envy   7. Pride

 


18
Dec 12

Male Grooming Products for your Dad (Christmas Gift Guide 2012)

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set

Christmas day is fast approaching, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy your dad this year!

For more suggestions on which cosmetics to buy for your boyfriend, brother, guy mates or granddad, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

Molton Brown Gift Set

Molton Brown products always seem to go down well with dads, which is why I’ll be getting my old man the Atlas Set this Christmas (dad, I hope you’re not reading this!). The set comes pre gift-wrapped in a lovely, festive box and contains six 100ml versions of Molton Brown‘s bestselling bodywashes. Read on to find out what they are!

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set Bodywashes review

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set Bodywashes

1. Vitalising Vitamin AB+C Bath and Shower Gel boasts strong, refreshing notes of lemon.

2. Fresh Bushukan Citrus Bodywash has a delicious, tangy scent and contains bilberry juice.

3. Recharge Black Pepper Body Wash is sweet but not too saccarine; it has a spicy kick and is my personal favourite!

4. Cool Bushu Bodywash has a calming, spa-like scent and subtle notes of mint.

5. Invigorating Suma Ginseng Bath and Shower is a soothing yet energizing bodywash containing ingredients such as cinnamon, juniper berry and geranium.

6. Warming Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Therapy has a luxurious aroma reminiscent of olbas oil.

The Atlas Gift Set is available to buy from nivenandjoshua.com for £36.

Champneys Grooming Kit

I’m a big fan of Champneys, which is why I’m recommending the Champneys Grooming Kit for Men. This luxurious kit includes Hair & Body Wash (200ml), Deodorant (150ml) and a four-piece manicure set. The latter is guaranteed to keep your dad’s bushy brows and unkempt nails in order! Available to buy at Boots for £18.

Champneys Gift Set

Champneys Gift Set

Stylfile Toenail Clippers

Remember Tom Pellereau? Aka. the adorable genius who won the Apprentice last year? Aka. the one who looked like he could have been Professor Weetos’ son? Know who I mean? Good, because said genius has just added a new product to his Stylfile range called the S-Clipper, and I for one am genuinely impressed!

Unlike regular clippers, the S-Clipper has “curved, scissor-like” blades which splice through stubborn toenails. It’s larger than your average clipper, but it’s easy to use and very effective. The S-Clipper is available to buy from Amazon and Sainsburys for £8.99, and will help your dad sort out his unruly talons in no time!

The S-Clipper from Stylfile

The S-Clipper from Stylfile


18
Dec 12

Male Grooming Products for your Brother (Christmas 2012 Gift Guide)

December 25th is fast approaching, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy for your brother this Christmas - whatever his age may be!

For more suggestions on which cosmetics to buy for your dad, boyfriend, granddad or guy mates, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

What to buy for…

Your little brother

Pacman Washbag

Chances are your tween brother’s social diary is currently filled with sleepovers and schooltrips, in which case I think the Pacman Washbag would make an amazing gift. The washbag boasts a cute retro design and a fun ‘soap on a rope’ accessory. Available at Sainsburys for £12.

PAC MAN Wash Bag & Soap on a Rope

PAC MAN Wash Bag & Soap on a Rope

Bench Gift Set

If your brother is on the brink of his teenage years, this Bench Gift Set would make a great present. The set includes a lovely deoderant and a stylish wallet. The wallet is fun yet masculine, making it the perfect place for your brother to keep all of his hard-earned pocket money! Available to buy at Boots for £18.

 

Bench wallet and bodyspray gift set

Bench Gift Set: Bodyspray and Wallet

 

Your teenage brother

Nicky Clarke Hair Clay

If your brother is a hormone-riddled, image-conscious teenage boy, then he might like some “grown-up” hair products to experiment with this Christmas. If so, I recommend getting him Nicky Clarke’s Runway Hold Matte Texturizing Clay.

Nicky Clarke hair wax

Nicky Clarke hair wax

The clay, which costs £14, has a neutral smell and is easy to apply. It also has a thick, sticky texture which lasts ages, meaning your brother can experiment to his heart’s content! Just remind him to use sparingly, otherwise he’ll end up looking like Ross Geller from Friends during his wet-head phase.

Superdry Cologne

Another thing which teenage boys are (sometimes overly) concerned with is the way they smell. I vividly recall the days where I’d walk into the 6th form common room and feel as if my nostrils were under attack.

If your little brother is starting to smell like a tub of cheap aftershave, steer him in the right direction this Christmas with more refined scents such as Superdry’s new range of stylish colognes. There are four in total, read on to find out what they are…

 

Superdry Cologne

Superdry Cologne

1. Superdry Black, a rich mixture of ingredients such as coriander, incense and leather.

2. Superdry Steel, a refreshing fragrance with notes of lime and bergamot.

3. Superdry Blue, a cool mixture of ingredients including pear and moss.

4. Superdry Orange, a spicy scent containing black pepper and frankincense.

Each cologne costs £29.50 per 40ml and £39 per 75ml, and can be bought from a variety of major retailers including House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots, Superdry and superdry.com.

Topman Washbag

This grey, medium-sized Topman washbag contains two products: a refreshing Bodyspray containing seaweed extract, and a Hair and Body Wash containing angelica root extract. Available at Boots for £15. Perfect for your style-conscious teen brother.

Topman Gift Set

Topman Gift Set

Your big brother

Hydra Energetic Booster by L’Oreal

If your older brother seems to live by the mantra ‘work hard, play hard’, then he’ll appreciate Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster by L’Oreal this Christmas. The product contains Vitamin C, has a zesty scent and feels refreshing when massaged into the skin.

L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster

L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster

It also has a light, serum-like texture which, as L’Oreal rightly claims, is “non-greasy”, “non-sticky” and “quickly absorbed”. Just a small amount of this stuff immediately perks up dry and tired-looking skin! Currently available from Amazon for only £8.84 (RRP: £14.29).

Fat Face Washbag Gift Set

Maybe you had an unkind nickname for your brother while you two were growing up. Maybe it was fat face. If so, what better present to get him than the Fat Face Washbag Gift Set! The set contains Body Spray, Hair and Body Wash, and a soap on a rope. A lovely gift to buy your brother, even if your nickname for him wasn’t that cruel (or, indeed, that kind). Available to buy at Boots for only £10.

Fat Face Soap Gift Set

Fat Face Soap Gift Set


18
Dec 12

Male Grooming Products for your Boyfriend (Christmas Gift Guide 2012)

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette

If you’re still stuck on what to buy your boyfriend this Christmas, here are some last-minute male grooming gift ideas!

For more suggestions on what to buy your dad, brother, granddad or guy pals, just have a look at Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

Eau de Toilette by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Male Eau de Toilette is a lovely, clean smelling fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier which comes in the brand’s trademark sailor-inspired, torso-shaped bottle. Le Male has notes of mint, lavender and vanilla, all of which blend together in a sexy but sophisticated manner. The Eau de Toilette is in no way overpowering, but that’s not to say it’s lacking in strength or character.

Much like its lean, defined and gorgeous blue container, Le Male has a subtle, distinctive and attractive aroma. Amazon is currently selling Le Male for a mere £25.49 per 75ml (RRP: £39.99), so if your boyfriend is looking for a light but refined scent then I strongly recommend getting him this Eau de Toilette!

[3D]Mension Gift Set by Schwarzkopf

Schwarzkopf’s new [3D]MENSION gift set comprises a trio of lovely hair products which can be used in three simple steps. Step 1 is the Hair & Body Shampoo (100ml), step 2 is the Grooming Fluid (100ml), and step 3 is the Strong Hold Gel (75ml).

3DMension Schwarzkopf

3DMension by Schwarzkopf

The shampoo has a nice, refreshing scent and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth, the Grooming Fluid (100ml) contains Provitamin B5 which helps hydrate dry hair (great for the winter months), and the Strong Hold Gel, as you may have already guessed, does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin! The set costs £13.95 and is available from selected Schwarzkopf partner salons. T: 01296 314000.

Shaving Products by Rehab London


For the stubbly fellow in your life, might I suggest Men’s Calm Balm, £14.95 and Men’s Cold Turkey Shaving Gel, £8.95 by Rehab London. The Calm Balm contains rockweed extract and hawaiian water algae, and the shaving gel contains several soothing ingredients such as argan oil, cucumber, aloe vera and witch hazel. Available to buy from rehablondon.co.uk.

Rehab Shaving Products

Rehab Shaving Products

Dove Men+Care Christmas Gift Pack

You can never go wrong with Dove, but the Dove Men+Care Christmas Gift Pack is particularly lovely. The set contains Sensitive+ Face Wash and Hydrate+ Moisturiser and is available to buy exclusively at Boots for £13.99.

 

Dove skincare for men

Dove skincare for men

 


18
Dec 12

Male Grooming Products for your Friends (Christmas Gift Guide 2012)

Christmas is only a few days away, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy for your guy mates. Whether he’s sporty, macho or metrosexual, there’s guaranteed to be something in this list that suits him!

For more suggestions on which cosmetics to buy for your dad, boyfriend, brother or granddad this Christmas, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

What to buy for…

Your metrosexual mate

Fake Tan

Snow may be falling, but that doesn’t mean your metro mate is succumbing to the ‘pale and interesting’ look. If your friend likes to sport sun-kissed skin all year round (and if he’s desperately looking for a ray of sunshine amidst this dark and gloomy weather) then treat him to Fake Bake Unisex Bronzing Gel. He’ll be delighted to find such a sunny surprise under his Christmas tree! Available from fakebake.co.uk for £25.

Fake Bake Unisex Self-Tan

Fake Bake Unisex Self-Tan

Straighteners

If your BFF loves styling his hair, why not get him a pair of Toni & Guy’s Slim Definer Straighteners this Christmas? At 15mm, they’re much slimmer than your average straighteners and as as result are easier to use. The straighteners have Ceramic Tourmaline Plates which reach a maxium of 200C. And the best news? They’re only £20!

Toni & Guy Slim Definer

Toni & Guy Slim Definer

Heat Protection Spray

If your friend often uses hair appliances, then there’s a good chance he’s on the lookout for good heat protection products. Enter Guard by Neal & Wolf, a heat protection spray suitable for all hair types. The spray is light and doesn’t leave any sticky residue. It also has an opulent, musky scent which I absolutely love.

I used the spray just before straightening my hair and received so many compliments afterwards on how silky my mane looked! It fended off the scorching effects of my GHDs and left my hair feeling seriously smooth. The Guard Heat Protection Spray costs £10.95, which may sound a little steep, but it’s definitely worth it.

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray

Your manly mate

Washbag

If your best guy mate is strong, protective yet gentle too, then the Bulldog Washbag would make a great gift. The washbag contains a moisturiser, face wash and face scrub, all of which contain essential oils and a range of refreshing ingredients including green tea, green algae, and coconut shell. Available to buy at Boots for £15.

Bull Dog washbag

Bull Dog washbag

Your sporty mate

Washbag

The name says it all when it comes to this washbag set, so if you have a sporty friend, “The Man is Feeling Competitive” could be right up his street. Or lane. Or swimming aisle. The washbag contains Body Spray and Hair and Body Wash, both of which have a fresh, lemon-like scent. The products are packaged in sleek black bottles and boast a masculine blend of ingredients such as spice, cedar, musk and sandalwood. Available to buy at Boots for £16.

FCUK male washbag

FCUK male washbag

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