Nivea men – Silver Protect

As a larger male, I sweat a fair amount! I am just putting it out there! Over the years I have very much been of the school of just buying whatever deodorant or anti perspirant is on offer, and this has got me into some (quite literally) sticky situations!

Any product that claims 48 hour protection is frankly rediculous, but lets face it, really how many people go 48 hours without have a wash of some description??? I know I certainly don’t – but this product none the less is pretty good. Lets lay all the cards on the table –

It does not leave that thick white dust on your underarm hair ( some products are like letting a fire extinguisher off under your arms).

It contains silver (here comes the sciencey bit) silver has healing qualities, it’s used in good quality plasters to help healing and therefore must be helpful in sensitive areas.

It’s not too astringent and therefore as long as it is carefully placed, it’s a good product for an under the underwear spray as well.

There is no alcohol or colourants in its formula.

Really there are no major negatives, this is not a product that has a strong fragrance, it’s not a mask for body odour but should help prevent build up.

Nivea are a good brand and do not just repackage the same product for men and women, the technology behind this is developed specifically for men and having used this for a month or so, you can really tell. Sometimes the fact that a product is doing a good job, is noticeable because its work has gone unnoticed and this for me is that product.

I bought this on offer from asda (£1 for 250ml). But it’s standard cost from boots.com is £3.25

I would really recommend this to you, it might not send you jumping for joy down the street, but it may just be what you have been looking for.

Thatisbeyond…Olympia beauty

A few weeks ago, I attended Olympia beauty with my wife. I did not know what to expect from it, and ordinarily this would not be my scene at all, but I was pleasantly surprised that a small proportion of the arena was actually dedicated to male grooming.

There were two standouts for me at the show, and I was lucky enough to get to road test the skills of Pat Bryan of the wet shaving company. Pat and his wife run courses in how to “perform” wet shaves And run a kind of shaving school, if you will, and it was at pat’s expert hands that i got to have my first wet shave!!! I have to say as much as I was up for it, there is something very daunting about being watched by avid beauty therapists ( and all I had to do was sit there!)

I am a convert! Not only was this the best an closest shave I have ever had, but there is a sense of occasion about it too. Honestly, if the hairdressers that do ladies hair offered this service, I would sign up every time while my other half gets her hair cut!

Pat practices a technique called ‘shaveology’ which incorporates elements of traditional wet towel shaves ( straight from the barbershop), massage and male grooming, to create the perfect gentleman’s treatment.

Firstly, I got the hot towel treatment, I’m paraphrasing here but it opens up the pores and softens the skin etc and also just feels good! He carefully places this around my head, covering the hair growth areas and generally just encouraged me to relax. Next he used an old fashioned shaving brush ( you know like the posh men had on the tv in the eighties!) and used a hard soap to lather up a Santa Claus beard in a matter of seconds! There is something stylish about wet shaving, I had never experienced it before, but I got the feeling that this was something sacred and quintessentially British! ( I should add that while we do have a certain tradition of this, the products that were used were Turkish and American) None the less it was very gentlemanly, and Pat was not put off by by probing journalistic approach or any of the several passersby who stood dauntingly close to my face! Ultimately, this is a great product and one I would thoroughly recommend to you all to experience. I can’t really comment on the action of the shave, as I couldn’t see it but I must say it was a very close shave. And true to form as pat predicted as the shave was finished, I brushed under my nose and the corner of my mouth – apparently if you only shaved those two areas most men wouldn’t notice you hadn’t done the rest as that is the only place we ever check!

You can get a luxury shave for £30 for a half hour session or a the ultimate shave package which includes shoulder massage for £55 in Winchester, but also they are a school and they offer training courses about your everyday shaving routine and teach you how to shave in the best way for your face and hair growth. A snap at £80 for a 2 hour course.

With christmas around the corner, this is a great gift that I would love to receive.
Go to www.wetshavingco.com for more details.

The second brand that I loved ( in fact I picked up one of their men’s shaving kits) is Eve Taylor. I know very little about their brand other than their products are aromatherapy based, and the kit that I picked up is an assortment of ( super) fragrances that all work together for the ultimate in home shave. The range is called et men and I picked up a kit with 5 full size products in it. Check them out online, but I promise you it all smells amazing.

Www.eve-Taylor.com/category/mens

I will being doing a full review on the kit in due course but I have to say,for me, these two brands were the stand out of the show.

Talk soon

Grooming dramas!

So… Every now and then a guy has to shoot off for an audition or some filming at the other end of the country at very short notice! ( I wish it happened more often than it does!) but when it does, you need to be prepared for any eventuality and also have it fit in your manbag! so here are the products I take with me to ensure I am in ship shape for what ever life throws at me.

Whether on a tube, train, plane or boat, you are gonna need to travel – cue the sweating, the grime and the breathlessness when you inevitably miss your connection in Didcot Parkway! For this eventuality I pack the very long titled – l’oreal skin perfection 3 in 1 purifying Micellar solution. This great for unblocking the pores and toning the skin, but also just leaves you feeling cleaner. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and is essentially kick ass water! At £4.99 (or 2 for £5 currently on superdrug.com) its reasonably priced as well and will double up as a pre bed or first thing in the morning cleanser. (Your mrs can also use it as a travel make up remover too … Score!)

No matter what the situation, a guy needs to smell good, right? But equally everyone has a different idea of what smells good. (There is nothing worse than going into a compact audition studio and there being an overpowering odour of any description, it will register in your face, and that is not always a good thing.) I go for a fragrance that I like but is also not too strong. For this I choose ted baker’s skinwear ( this is not a new fragrance, I have been wearing this since the late 90’s!) it’s fresh and modern and a clean smell with a hint of spice. For the standard 60ml bottle it’s around the £11 mark at superdrug (which frankly is a bargain) for a gift though go to debenhams.com and order their limited edition bottle ( £24 for 100ml).

Listerine mouth wash, simply because you don’t always have a sink etc to clean your teeth properly, so make sure you don’t still have crumbs in your teeth by using one of their travel sized bottles (a limited variety available asda.com £1.12) my favourite is the purple one!

No one wants to employ someone with scabby lips ( a direct quote from my other half) therefore I would of course pack a lip balm, either the blistex mediplus (which I previously reviewed earlier this week) or the Carmex lip pot original (£2.69 for 7g boots.com) both of which have the cool tingly sensation and don’t make you look like your wearing your sisters lip gloss.

Penultimate item is the
Collection lasting perfection concealer. CAUTION for a film audition do not go near any kind of concealer, they will see every speck of it through the lens and your chances of being a tough guy in the next big action film will be down the drain. For film, au natural is best and if your good, you’ll get the job and they’ll hire a professional to sort your face out! However this product is great and offers great coverage for tired dark circle and used sparingly can sort out the odd spot too. Colour picking is hard and I am no expert but don’t be afraid to ask, and explain exactly why you want it and how you will use it. Generally though, it is probably worth going a shade lighter than your skin colour. (£4.19 boots.com and available in 4 colours)

Lastly I take a hair brush, a razor and a travel size shaving gel ( note I did not say travel size shaving foam) just in case. Again asda, boots superdrug all do travel size products and have a good selection in most stores. They almost certainly all sell empty travel bottles for less than a few quid in case you want to only take a little of what you have at home!

So check out some of these items and see how they work for you. When you are on the go, like I am, you start to really realise whether a product is good or not for you personally – if it is it will become a staple, if not mens grooming is an emerging market… Another product will always be just around the corner!

Cracking!

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the weather has been more than ordinarily crazy recently. With had the winter rains and howling winds, beachy type sunshine, followed by overcast humidity and freezing cold nights!

All these changes are playing havoc with my lips! I have reverted back to a truly excellent range of products that are really reasonable and readily
Available. And they are made by Blistex. Their whole range is kind of androgynous ( so no need to worry about the implications of using them on the the tube!) and the two that I have found most beneficial for my cracked lips are : the Blistex intensive moisturiser, and the Blistex MEDPLUS for lips.

The intensive moisturiser comes in A small white tube (5ml) and does as you would imagine from he title it would, it softens and moisturises the dry area to help ease the causes of cracked lips. You can really feel it working deep into the lips, and is a bit of a miracle product. I was away this weekend and out in the cold weather for a charity gala all day, and had forgotten my intensive moisturiser (which was a big mistake that I will not be making again) my lips are now destroyed and I am having to use the moisturiser much more regularly to fix the problem than usual. My routine normally is that I will us this three times a day if I am out and about. And it seems to do the job! Blistex intensive moisturiser is around the £3.50 mark and is readily available from your usual high street stores and supermarkets. (Which considering how good it is, is a bargain!)

The Blistex MEDPLUS for lips is a great partner product and costs around £2.50 for a small pot.
This product tastes of cocoa butter and is nourishing without being a moisturiser. It is a conventional balm but does not have that annoying glossy texture that some other products do. And more importantly than that you can actually feel the product sinking into your lips! There is a kind of tingling sensation which really feels like it is getting to the root of the problem.
I heartily recommend these two products, especially as we’re heading into the colder months, get stocked up, while you can!

Thatisbeyond…Molton Brown for Men

Who knew Molton brown had a range for the modern man? Bought as a gift for me as a leaving present, I was not really sure what to expect. I knew of their high end hand soaps and bubble baths etc, but I had no idea that they had a mens range, let alone a range specifically aimed at the sports market. The brand and sports do not necessarily go hand in hand together, however I was intrigued to see what these high end (in the £15 to £30 a product range) had to offer.

In my gift box I received three products : the bracing silverbirch thermal muscle soak, the 4in1 Sportswash and the body-warming sports balm. (The latter two coming from the mens sports range).

Firstly I should say that all of these products are great and do exactly what they should do! Which is always a good start! The thermal muscle soak is my most used product – essentially warming bath salts, they are bright green and smell kind of woody. They claim to “soothe muscles, flush toxins and boost skin condition” and In honesty they do all of these things the aroma is proper relaxing and achy muscles are noticeably more relaxed after a long soak in these bath salts. This is a great product. It has style and I also love the packaging which looks great and is functional as it is metal and therefore unaffected by the moisture in the bathroom air. (£19 for 300g www.moltonbrown.co.uk) and what’s even better is you don’t have to use that much to get the effects of it!

Both of the other products are from the sports range. They are aimed at the active, gym going male that takes a bit of pride in their appearance. They are the same fragrance and I do not hesitate to say that they both smell very good! It’s manly but not in a 1950s old spice way it’s light and almost citrusy with a definite woody aroma as well.

The 4 in 1 sportswash (£16 for 200ml www. moltonbrown.co.uk) claims to be for body, face, hair and shave. I have not yet shave with it but for the first three boxes, it absolutely ticks them and it really does smell good. The letdown for me however is the packaging ( and yeah in the long run what does it matter? It’s only gonna go in the bin right?) but I really think that this packaging does not sell the great products that are inside it. It comes across as just another product on the high street, which this is not.

The star product in this range is the body warming sports balm. It is a natural warmth that is created and is perfect for pre or post exercise. And boy does this work, the effects are stronger and longer lasting than your traditional muscle warmer from the high street, not to mention the fact that it smells insanely better. I have been doing a lot of running, and this has been a godsend to me. At the time of purchase this was £18 for 200ml but is not currently available online. My one word of warning gentlemen is … Please make sure that you wash your hands properly after you use this product, trust me when I say that you don’t want this too close to “sensitive areas” if you know what I mean. THAT is a whole other story in itself!

This is a great line of products, which despite their price, I think are great. I will certainly repurchase the the muscle soak and the sportsbalm, I just wish the design in the sports range was better and more suited to a high end product.

Fakes!

Hi there,

Due to an unforeseen error, namely that the “aussiebum” cherry SPF 15 seems to be a fake. I am not going to review this product. There are a spate of people on popular online sales sites who use the word official, to dupe people into buying fake products. In this instance I fell for it and hence no review.

Aussie bum are much better known for their enhancing underwear and beach wear, and as a legitimate brand whom I like and respect, I am really disappointed not to have got the real McCoy as I have been excited to use a product which I assumed was developed for the outdoorsy guy.

Further to that, because this is a fake, I have no doubt in my mind that the claims of it being SPF 15 are unlikely to be true and hence I will not be using it.

Of course I have contacted the seller but so far have had no response.

Instead of this review I am going to follow this with a look at the Molton brown mens range including their fairly recent line of Sports related products.

Don’t let the fakes send you too far beyond!

That is beyond

The catch phrase of the present in my life! I am going to review the things that matter to me, and maybe along the way I will let slip some of the more interesting anecdotes of what is making me “beyond”.

In the business that I am in, it is important that I make the most of what I have to offer! This quite often means that I discover I have become somewhat metro sexual!!!

The products that I review will reveal a lot about the person that I am, and the people around me, I am not afraid of a bit of guy liner or manscara for the right occasion, but mostly this is about making the most of what I have In the short space of time I have to make an impression in.

So if you want to know what an ordinary guy does to make a ( hopefully) good first impression in a cut throat career, this may just be the blog for you!

To follow is my review of the aussiebum lip balm ( with factor 15 SPF)