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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

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; red-hot products as inspired by Pride

Pride may be regarded as a sin, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance, which is why I’ve put together a selection of products that will help you look your most smokin’ hot self this Valentine’s Day.

A few rouge items which will really compliment your look this V Day are the nail products below. Bella Pierre nail color in Fire Red, £10 from bellapierre.co.uk, and China Glaze nail lacquer in Igniting Love, £6.95, are great choices if it’s a bright red nail polish you want. For a quick fix though, opt for imPRESS stick-on manicure nails in Tweetheart; they’ll enable you to type your Valentine a loving Tweet in style! Ah, the beauty of modern-day romance.

Nicole Scherzinger, the Brand Ambassador for ImPRESS nails, reckons this shade ‘would be perfect to team up with a simple LBD and a classic red lip”. In addition to Scherzinger, ImPRESS nails are worn by the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry, and I can see why; they’re very easy to apply and come in a range of lovely colours and designs. Available to buy from Boots for £7.99.

Red nails for Valentines

Red nails for Valentines

Without wanting to succumb to the anti-feminist cliché of advising that you ‘dress up in nice underwear’, I’m going to advise that you, erm, dress up in nice underwear. Why? Because this lovely red number by Playtex has recently caught my eye.

The Red Flower Lace Bra is made of luxurious, non-scratchy material which sculpts, supports, and feels comfortable against your bust. Plus it looks gorgeous. Available to buy from Debenhams for £25.50 (matching midi briefs also available for £11).

Playtex Red Bra

Playtex Red Bra

For more sinfully satisfying products, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide, as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins!


7
Jan 13

Battle the Winter Weather with Soothing Skincare Products

January’s cold temperatures and biting winds can be unkind to your skin, which is why it’s important you take extra measures to look after your complexion at this time of year. After all, your skin is your biggest organ, so it makes sense to take care of it!

If, like me, you already have a dry and sensitive complexion, then I suggest you fend off the winter weather with a few of the products below - they’ll do a great job of protecting, soothing and nourishing your skin during the winter months.

Winter Care skin products

Protect and nourish your skin this winter

Body Wash & Lotion

  • E45 Silky Radiance Body Lotion. E45 products help soothe dry skin and ailments such as eczema. This light lotion is absorbed quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Available to buy from Boots for £3.99.
  • Dove Winter Care Nourishing Body Lotion and Winter Care Cream (Limited Edition). Both these products do a great job of soothing rough and dry skin. I applied the cream to my psoriasis and it actually helped! The lotion costs £3.99, the cream costs £3.29, and both are available to buy from Boots.
  • Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash. As the name suggests, this body wash has a thick, foamy texture that feels luxurious when massaged into your skin. Available from Boots for £3.71.
Dove Winter Care Cream

Dove Winter Care Cream

Face Cream

  • Cosmecology Paris Nutri Skin Nourishing Facial Cream. This cream has a nice consistency and contains shea butter, an ingredient which really helps nourish dry skin.
  • Equally good is Cosmecology Paris’ Hydra Skin Hydrating Face Cream containing aloe vera. Find out more about eco-beauty brand Cosmecology Paris and all its products at cosmecology.com. (Stockist: 0800590094)
  • Tara Walker’s Dream Radiance Enhancing Creme. A light substance with a firming effect, this creme gives your complexion an instant touch of radiance. It settles well, brightens your skin and makes the surface of your face look matte rather than shiny.I like it’s cute pink packaging, too! The creme is available to buy from tarawalkersdream.com for £59 per 50ml.
Tara Walker's Dream Radiance Enhancing Dream Creme

Tara Walker’s Dream Radiance Enhancing Dream Creme

Lip Balm

  • Guinot Baume Levres Confort Lip Balm. Tis the season for chapped lips, so make sure you apply plenty of this lip balm before facing the elements. Based on shea butter, the balm contains avocado extract and is available to buy for £12.15 from guinot.co.uk.
  • Blistex’ Moisture Max is another nice. pocket-friendly lip balm. It contains deliciously soft melting moisture beads and is available at Boots for only £2.49.
  • Murad Soothing Skin Lip and Cuticle Care. This multi-purpose product will make a nifty little addition to your handbag. I like the fact that you can use it on your cuticles too as mine always get chapped and sore at this time of year. I’ve used the product on my cuticles just twice and they already feel noticeably softer and smoother.
Murad Soothing Lip and Cuticle Care

Murad Soothing Lip and Cuticle Care

Hand cream

  • Australian Bush Flowers Love System Intensive Hand Cream is handbag friendly, non-greasy and super soothing. The hand cream contains a variety of flower essences including sundew and fringed violet. Available to buy from ausflowers.com.
  • LCN Sensitive Guard Hand Cream contains extracts from the prickly pear and vitamins A, E and F, all of which help prevent skin irritations and sooth irritated skin. Available for £8.10 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.
  • Natio Meditate Hand Cream is gorgeous! It contains extracts of Aloe, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Jasmine Attar. Its sumptuous size means it isn’t portable, but it’ll sit nicely in your showerroom. Available from Tesco for £10.50.
Natio Meditate Hand Cream

Natio Meditate Hand Cream

 


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 Granddad (Christmas Gift Guide 2012)

Christmas day is on its way, so here are some last-minute male grooming gift ideas for your granddad!

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

Joules for Men Gift Set

The Wake and Wash gift set by Joules For Men contains a 250ml “Hare and Body Wash” (which, by the way, smells truly divine), a 150ml ”Fantastic Face Wash”, and a 118g bar of “Sensational Soap”, all of which come in a lovely washbag. The latter is made of soft, high quality material and has a pretty hare-print lining. Available to buy at Boots for £20.

 

Joules gift set

Joules gift set

Ted Baker Gift Set

When I think of my granddad (or ‘taid’, as we say in Welsh) I imagine him pottering around in the back garden with his various tools. And if he were still here today, I think he would have loved Ted Baker’s “Made to Measure” Gift Set.

Part of Ted Baker’s “The Right Tools” range, the set includes Hair & Body Wash and Bodyspray, both of which contain an outdoorsy blend of bergamot, sandalwood and musk. The set also has a quirky ruler-shaped soap! So cute. Available to buy at Boots for just £10.

Ted Baker The Right Tools gift set

Ted Baker The Right Tools gift set

Failing all that, you could always get him a bottle of Old Spice and a pot of Vaseline, just for nostalgia’s sake…


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


18
Dec 12

What to buy him this Christmas… (Male Grooming Gift Guide 2012)

A few decades ago, the average man might have expected to find some Vaseline hair tonic and a bottle of Old Spice aftershave in his Christmas stocking. But as we all know, man has since evolved – and so have male grooming products!

Gone is the cosmetically-challenged male of yesteryear whose vanity case consisted of a few basic items, and in his place now is the 21st century metrosexual, whose washbag is bursting at its stylish seams with more products than a fella from the 50s could have possibly imagined.

Men nowadays are taking an increasing interest in their appearance, and the market for male cosmetics is now vaster and far more varied than it’s ever been. So, this Christmas, why not treat your favourite chaps to some nice male-grooming products?

Vintage Vaseline Hair Tonic advert (image: pomade-shop.eu)

There are tons of male cosmetics to choose from these days, but if you’re unsure of which products to pick, fear not! Because here at Yesterface I’ve done all the hard work for you by putting together a long list of cosmetic goodies, all of which are bound to fill the modern-day man (and his stocking) with joy!

So, whether you’re looking to find something for your boyfriend or your brother, your old man or an old friend, don’t worry - this list has it covered. All you need to do now is relax, stick on some Christmas tunes, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and click through the links below. Who knows, with the miracle of online shopping, you may sort all your man-gifts in one sitting!

What to buy for…

1. Your boyfriend

2. Your dad

3. Your brother

4. Your guy mate

5. Your granddad

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