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Monday, 25th September, 2017

Daily Products – Grooming Essentials: September 2017

Monthly Favourite Grooming Products

I hope you’re well!

So I thought I would share my grooming essentials, the products I’ve been using daily (or more or less daily) this month. I am quite loyal when it comes to some products, I know what I like and usually stick to those. However I do like to change it up sometimes, and try out other products, especially new ones. Here’s what I’ve been using in September as part of my daily routine.

Daily Wash & deodorant

For the general daily wash I have been using No.7 MEN energising hair and body wash. It’s pretty decent, I can’t complain and have a nice scent. For a face wash I have been using L’Oreal Men Expert which I think is pretty good. For deodorant I use an antiperspirant spray, and have been using Dove MenCare for a long time. The Clean Comfort is one of my favourites, not much of a scent other than a “clean” smell. This is perfect for my as I use aftershave as a daily scent.

Moisturiser

I don’t use my moisturiser as much as I should, and I have so many. The one I’ve been using lately is the Hydra energetic anti-fatigue moisturiser from L’Oreal MEN Expert.

Teeth

I use an electric toothbrush, Listerine mouthwash and for toothpaste I always use Blanx. I’ve been using this for years, I occasionally try others, but for the most part I always use Blanx. I really like it, although it’s pretty expensive.

Haircare

For washing my hair I use Head & Shoulders. Again, I am fairly loyal to this, I really like it, I think it works well, and leaves your hair fairly free of flakes you can get from using hair products. Speaking of hair products, my favourite is 3D texture clay from Schwartzkopf, which I use when I go out or really want to make sure my hair is right. I have so many hair products which I use in some kind of rotation, but my texture clay is the go to product, it’s so reliable.

Shaving

King of Shaves gel really is the king. I don’t like foam, or other gels which foam up. The gel works really well, I’ve lost count of how many years I’ve used this for. Not only a good product, but at a good price too. My aftershave balms have been getting a good run out, I’ve been using lots of different ones. Since I ran out of my usual balms I’ve been using some I’ve got from various aftershave sets, The latest I’m using is my Acqua di GIO from Armani. It good and has that nice scent too.

Autumn Fragrance

I wear a lot of different scents as you know if you read my fragrance reviews. I could have put so many here, but for my Autumn fragrances I’ve gone for Tom Ford Noir. This is one of my favourites, I really like it, and it works well for Autumn, and pretty much any other season too. It’s dark and sensual, so best for evenings. Others which I could have easily featured are Molton Brown Absolute Tobacco, Viktor & Rolf Spice Bomb, MR Burberry, and so many more.

That’s the products I’ve been using this month. I may change up some products for next time round.

What are your favourite products? Do you have any recommendations? 

Sunday, 24th September, 2017

The Take aka Bastille Day For Film Night

The Take Bastille Day Film Night

Hey guys!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far. Last time I watched Now You See Me 2, and this weekend I watched The Take, aka Bastille Day which stars Idris Elba.

So I was browsing around Amazon Video and I’ve seen this film pop up a couple of times, and wanted to watch an action film since I haven’t seen one in such a long time. I saw it was Idris Elba but had not heard of the film, “The Take”. Then I realised that this was originally called Bastille Day, and I had seen some previews of that and it looked like a good film, so I watched it. Something I don’t like about action films is that some can seem far fetched, or just predictable, but I guess that you have to just go with it, afterall it’s not real, it’s just a film! 😀

The film starts on the eve of Bastille Day, an American called Michael Mason who’s lost most of his purpose in life is living in Paris, and is a pick pocket. He sees an opportunity to steal a women’s handbag, and does, then goes through it. There’s nothing much in there apart from a phone and a teddy bear, so he takes the phone and tosses the bag. Unknown to him there’s a bomb inside the teddy, which was supposed to be placed in an office for the French Nationalist party, but the women changed her mind when she saw people in the building and was told it would be empty. After he’s thrown the bag it goes off, killing people, and so it appears he’s a terrorist and killed those people. He’s now a wanted man by the police and RAPID, French special forces. He’s captured by CIA agent Briar, who’s played by Idris Elba, who questions Mason and tells Briar what happened and that he’s not a terrorist, Briar has reservations and believes him as the story unfolds of corruption and dodgy dealings happen play out; The film goes from there.

I thought that this was a really good action film with a good plot and plenty of action which you obviously expect to see. If you’re looking for an action film then I can recommend giving this one a watch.

Friday, 22nd September, 2017

Men’s Essentials: My Everyday Carry [EDC]

Just The Essentials

I’ve seen a few people talk about their EDC, which (apparently) is an acronym for Every Day Carry, i.e. the essentials that men walk around with in their daily life. What do you usually carry around? What can’t you leave the house without? I’ve done a few posts like this before, but I’ll have a bit of a refresh and show you what I carry, and it’s not really a lot! 😀

For some people they use this as a photo opportunity to show off all the crap they have, and try to wedge it into the photo so it looks good. For the usual lifestyle stuff, I don’t think you really need to carry a lot, not in Newcastle at least. I’ve seen a few people who talk about penknives and other things, I guess they’re American or live out in the country, because there’s no chance you need something like that in your actual every day life.

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Wednesday, 20th September, 2017

Marc Jacobs BANG! Fragrance For Men Review

Marc Jacobs BANG! Fragrance Review

Today I am looking back at one of my older fragrances, and it’s BANG! from Marc Jacobs. I got this scent back in 2011, and it was a blind buy, so I didn’t really know what to expect from it. I can honestly say that after all this time I have hardly worn it, and it’s never been one of my favourites, in fact it’s a one which is probably one of my worst purchases, I’ve never really liked this scent at all. But now, years later, how do I feel?

First of all let’s talk about the bottle. It’s a really distinctive and nice shape, and it was used in the next scent, Marc Jacobs BANG BANG which is a blue bottle and nicer than this one. It’s a jagged edgy bottle shape, covered in chrome plastic, and has the Marc Jacobs BANG logo to the middle.

The scent itself is an incredibly masculine fragrance. I really like this style of scent, I usually call it a night fragrance because they’re usually too musky to wear through the day, and this is certainly that. But I think it goes too far, and it’s really peppery. I have Gucci by Gucci which is quite a spicy and pepper style of scent, it’s also one I really like, however that seems more refined and toned down to this. BANG! has always seemed too sharp to me, just that bit too much musky.

But now years later and letting it breathe, I have slightly, only slightly, changed my mind. Yes, it’s still very strong, but if you leave it for a while and let it calm down, don’t use too much and it’s not so bad. I think think it’s too much for my personal style, and so I won’t be using it much, if ever again.

I have to say, if you’re looking for something which is sharp, spicy and punches of pepper, this is worth a look. In the colder weather it will work on an evening, if you can handle all the woody notes.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Spicy/Woody/Aromatic
Age Recommendation – 25+
Best Worn – Evening, Date Night, Out With Friends, Casual

Top Notes – Pink Pepper, Pepper

Middle Notes – Woody Notes

Base Notes – Elemi Resin, Benzoin, Vetiver, Patchouli, Oak Moss

Do you have Bang! What do you think of this? As always you can find more of my fragrance reviews and check out some scents which I prefer to this one.

Sunday, 17th September, 2017

Film Night: Napoleon Dynamite Is Overrated

A few years ago I heard about the film Napoleon Dynamite but I had never got round to watching it. I recently discovered it was on Amazon Prime, so I decided it would be the perfect chance to watch it, so I did. WOW, it’s such a terrible film!

Have you seen those “Vote for Pedro” T-shirts? I saw them years ago, but never knew where they came from or what they were about. Well it’s to do with this film, and it has a cult following so those T-shirts are popular with the fans of this film. What’s it about and why is it so bad?

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Thursday, 14th September, 2017

My Custom Leather Jacket From The Jacket Maker

The Jacket Maker x Michael 84

Hey guys!

I hope you are well, the weather is turning and we’re really starting to get into Autumn right about now. That means a bit of a change up in the wardrobe, wearing more knits and sweats, and less Summer clothing. It also means a change over of jackets, from my denim jackets to leather. I never used to be a fan of a leather jacket, but a couple of years ago I got my first one, and I’ve never looked back. They’re pretty timeless, so adding one to your wardrobe is something you should seriously consider.

I have a new addition to my leather jacket line up! The Jacket Maker got in touch and told me about their collection. Not only do they have a large collection of ready to wear pieces, they also do custom jackets tailored to you, and this is what I went for and I’m wearing here.

Want to see more?

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Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

Apple Event: iPhone 8 Underwhelming – iPhone X Overpriced

iPhone X Announcement and UK Price

I just watched the Apple Event for the announcement of the new iPhones, that is the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and their latest creation, the iPhone X (which they were calling ‘iPhone 10’ – No idea what happened to the 9). I guess you guys watched it or have heard about it…

So what did you think?

My initial thoughts were pretty good…Then I discovered the price and configurations, and i’m already having major second thoughts. I won’t bore you with much of the details of the announcement, but here’s the key things which the iPhone X has:

  • Facial recognition to open the phone (Face ID)
  • Near Bezel-less display of 5.8″ OLED
  • “Super Retina” screen with 2436 x 1125 resolution, 458ppi and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Animated emoji (Animoji)
  • Portrait mode on the back and front camera
  • No home button
  • Wireless Charging (As does the 8 and 8 Plus)
  • Glass on the front and back (As does the 8 and 8 Plus – More to break!)
  • Larger than the iPhone 7 and 8, but smaller than the Plus.

And for all of this… £999. Pretty expensive, but it’s what I predicted, and I would pay that, but it’s £999 for the base model, which is only 64GB. My current iPhone 6 is 128GB, so it’s already a step down in terms of storage, and although I don’t use 128GB I do use more than 64GB, which means I’d have to go for the next model. There’s no 128GB variant, the only other model is 256GB which costs a whopping £1149!

The iPhone X will be available for pre order on 27th October 2017 with a release date of 3rd November 2017.

I was set to buy this, but now having serious second thoughts. So what about the iPhone 8? Well, it’s no shining star. In fact, there’s barely any difference between the now old iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8.

The only noticeable difference I can see is the chip; the iPhone 8 has a newer A11 CPU and GPU. Maybe it has more RAM? who knows, but that’s pretty much it.

I thought that it had the portrait camera, and all those other camera goodies, but then I realised that was the 8 Plus, which is no good to me, as it’s just too big.

UK Price comparison: iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7

iPhone X – £999 or £1149
iPhone 8 – £699 or £849
iPhone 7 – £549 or £649

The iPhone lower spec is no good for me, so I’d not be getting any of those. So from a 128GB iPhone 7 at £649, to a 256GB iPhone X the price difference is £500. The iPhone 8 is £200 more than the 7, and is a minor bump up in spec.

What is the choice?

I think it’s between keeping my iPhone 6 which I am happy with, upgrading to a 7 which I didn’t do originally because it’s a minor spec bump, get the 8 which is another minor spec bump, or paying the obscene £1149 for the iPhone X. Of course the spanner in the works is that the iPhone 8 is available for pre-order this Friday, and as with all things which are new, if you don’t get a pre-order asap, you may have a bit of a wait for a phone.

All the little trinkets of the iPhone X are nice, but do I want most of them? Not really. The design? I like it. The camera? Nice, I’d use and enjoy that. Will I use FaceID? no. Do I care about wireless charging? No (and especially since no wireless charging mat is provided or even available!). Aniemoji? A bit of a novelty.

What did you think of the event? What will you be doing going forward?

Monday, 11th September, 2017

H&M Edition For Autumn 2017

H&M Edition Autumn 2017 Collection

H&M have released their edition line for Autumn 2017, and they have some great pieces for this season. Whether you’re looking to refresh your current wardrobe or you need to start a brand new Autumn line up for a new look, there’s plenty on offer. You’ll probably know H&M for it’s basics line with cheap and inexpensive clothing, but they do have premium offerings, and their latest line is called Edition, which made an appearance last season too.

I have found some really nice looking pieces from the collection, these classic pieces are higher quality than the main H&M line, and are perfect when you want to create an outfit. The good thing about the basics is you can select a few pieces and make up a large number of different outfits, with neutral colour palettes and staple wears it’s easy to style these.

Want to see the best picks from the collection? Check them out below.

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Sunday, 10th September, 2017

Now You See Me 2 – Film Night

Now You See Me 2

Hey guys!

I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Last week for my film night I watched The Edge Of Seventeen, and this time round I watched Now You See Me 2, the sequel to the film which I watched a few years back. The old gang are back together, the four horsemen, all except Henley who was played by Isla Fisher, who’s been replaced by Lula May who’s played by Lizzy Caplan. The film continues on from the previous one, with the remaining members of the Four Horsemen hiding out in New York City 18 months after getting past the FBI, with Dylan Rhodes who begins still an FBI agent and leader of the group.

They’re awaiting further instructions from The Eye, Dylan aka Shrike gives them a new mission to expose a corrupt businessman at the launch of a software company, but the plans go bad, their hijack is interrupted by a mystery person, Dylan is exposed as a Horseman and they try to escape through a tube, but then find themselves in Macau and are captured. Daniel Radcliffe plays Walter Mabry who is the bad guy character, and tells The Horsemen has had a job for them which they must do or he’ll kill them, which is to steal a device which can decrypt any system in the world; And the film goes from there.

I think that the film makes a really good sequel, and has plenty of twists and turns along the way, and is a good watch. Morgan Feeeman and Michael Caine also make appearances in the film too.  You don’t necessarily need to have seen the first one to watch this, but you’d have a better understanding of the story and history. If you’ve seen the first one and liked it, you’ll probably like this.

Friday, 8th September, 2017

Fashion Question: Can Men Wear Women’s Jeans

Today’s Fashion Question: Can Men Wear Women’s Jeans?

The short Answer: My advice is no, not women’s jeans, but skinny jeans…Yes. Read more below.

There’s been a rise and rise of men wearing women’s jeans, in fact it’s been so much of a trend that a lot of menswear brands and clothing labels have picked up on this and started doing slimmer and slimmer fitting jeans. Wearing skinny jeans or slim jeans which have been designed for men is fine, but those manufactured for women is not recommended. There’s lots of new cuts and styles which are popular today; From slim fit to skinny, and then going down to super skinny jeans, which get the term drainpipe jeans or painted on jeans. Of course they’re not actually painted on, but they’re so tight it would look like they are.

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