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Beauty products are not just for girls! Get tips, advice and guides on everything male grooming related. From the latest in skincare products to men's fragrance reviews and hair style tips, you'll find it all in the grooming blog. The modern gent takes care of himself, start now.

Thursday, 15th March, 2018

The Best Men’s Warm And Spicy Fragrances For Cold Weather

The Best Men's Fragrances To Warm You Up

We had the beast of the East the other week, and when it was freezing I thought to myself, which one of my fragrances would warm me up in the cold weather? It also gave me a chance to take some photos of my fragrances in the snow, so I did!

Whenever I categorise scents, I do so in a couple of ways. First of all it’s the season, then it’s day or evening, and then it’s the type of fragrance. Some of them are sweet, which can work well in Summer, with the citrus-types working well in Spring. But what about the colder weather?

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Thursday, 1st March, 2018

Proverb Skincare For Men

Proverb Skincare For Men Review

I have been trying out some new skincare products from new British skincare brand Proverb. They sent over two from their range, the Skin Definition Facial Scrub, and the Hydration Pro Moisturiser for me to try out.

Proverb takes a unique approach to skincare regimes, using a sports nutrition mentality and applying it to your skin. This can be attributed to the brand’s founders, Luke Sherriff, an ex-rugby pro, and Kirstie Sherriff, with over 20 years of skincare expertise.

It’s not just about the products, one of the key messages from Proverb is about having the perfect healthy and balanced lifestyle is key to good skin, something they’re calling a lifefuelled training program.

I tried out the products they sent over, and this is what I found.

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Friday, 23rd February, 2018

Ted Baker Fragrances: The Tonics Collection – Copper, Silver & Gold

Ted Baker Tonics Collection Review

Ted Baker have released three men’s fragrances which are inspired by three of the World’s most sought after elements, Copper, Silver and Gold. This is the Tonics Collection, and all three are different, but equally good.

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Wednesday, 7th February, 2018

Best Smelling Fragrances On Valentines Day For Men


Fragrances can be split up into different categories or groups and styles, this can be things like citrus, woody, fresh, floral and oriental. However these words can be a bit unknown to people who are not perfume connoisseurs, and even ones who are can sometimes disagree with how to categorise a scent. I always like to try to use real word words or situations where you’d wear each particular scent, and even then describing a scent in words, is quite challenging, not to mention people can and will smell things differently.

Valentines Day is about love, for a guy it’s about being the guy, the gentlemen. So When I describe fragrances for this type of occasion, I use the term “man smell” which means quite musky and woody, something which will warm you up rather than cool you down, and woody.

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Friday, 26th January, 2018

Prada L’Homme Fragrance Review

Prada L'Homme Review

It’s one of the most loved scents by so many people, and a one which I didn’t own, but now I do. I am talking about Prada L’Homme. It was released in 2016, and for the past year or so I have heard people say how brilliant this scent is, how it’s not just a good fragrance, but one of the best men’s fragrances ever. Is it true? I hadn’t been able to try it out for the longest of times, but I can finally say I got myself a bottle, and here’s the low down on this one.

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Friday, 12th January, 2018

Y By Yves Saint Laurent – Men’s Fragrance Review

Y By Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance Review

A start to a new year means a new scent, and I’ve got one of the new kids on the block, Y by Yves Saint Laurent. It was only launched in 2017, so is still a fairly new scent. Like me, you may have got this for Christmas, and if you didn’t you may be wondering what it’s all about, so here’s my take on the latest men’s aftershave from YSL.

It’s called Y which is supposed to represent generation Y, more commonly called Millennials these days, so should in fact be my perfect scent, since this is what I am. According to some other marketing I read, it’s to represent the Y chromosome, which is only present in men. Either way, it should be a scent for me, but is it?

As always I will start off with the bottle, which I like. It’s a 60ml bottle rather than 50ml, so you’re already getting 10ml more of the fragrance than you usually would. The bottle top is chunky with the YSL trademark logo to the top which is debossed in brushed metal, with a wrap around style black material which is nice and grippy. It’s a rectangular transparent bottle, with the Yves Saint Laurent wording on a brushed silver metal strip, which goes around the glass to the side to form the letter Y, which I think looks nice.

As you can see from the colour of the juice, it’s clear, which usually indicates that it’s not going to be an old school musky type of scent, which are usually a burnt orange colour. This is a fresh scent, aquatic and spicy with very light woody notes. It makes it perfect for the Spring or Summer, or an all rounder if you’re looking for a scent for the day. Since it’s so light it is very versatile, you can wear this in virtually any setting, from going to school, college or university, to going to work a the office, or out to lunch.

It’s an all rounder which is a very pleasant, I would identify this as a green fresh scent with a bit of spice, a modern masculine scent. It’s not a lady killer in the same vein as a Creed Aventus, Tom Ford Noir or Dior Sauvage, but you can’t wear those style of scents for a laid back day time situation, which this aftershave is perfect for.

I can definitely recommend Y by Yves Saint Laurent if you’re on the look out for something for the day, an all rounder or to add a green fresh scent to your collection.

Best season to wear – Spring/Summer
Scent type – Fresh/Spicy/GreenWoody
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Day Wear, Formal, Casual

Top Notes – White aldehydes, Bergamot, Ginger

Middle Notes – Sage, Geranium, Violet leaf

Base Notes – Ambergris, Incense, Fir balsam, Cedarwood, Musk

Do you own Y by YSL? If you do let me know what you think of it. If you’re looking for a new scent, remember to check out the rest of my fragrance reviews for thoughts on all scents.

Monday, 8th January, 2018

New In: Clinique For Men Products

Clinique For Men Product Set

More Men’s products! Yes more…

Clinique For Men are grooming products which are fairly premium and I’ve had before and enjoyed using, and I got this set of products which come in the form of a scrub, face wash, moisturising lotion and shave gel.

The face scrub comes in a small bottle and is a product which I will enjoy using. I don’t think you need to use a scrub every day, it’s one of those products you can use a few times a week to keep your skin looking fresh, removing dead skin and everything bad. I am not a huge fan of a face wash, I don’t really see the need for one in the usual man’s lifestyle or routine, but I will give this one a try to see what it’s like. I do like to use moisturiser, I think that most of them do a good job at keeping the skin looking nice and soft, and I am looking forward to trying out the shave gel too.

I have got so many new products to try it’s going to take a long time testing them all out, but I will probably report back and write about which ones I thought were the best.

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018

New Men’s Grooming Products For 2018

Grooming Products From Christmas

What better way to get 2018 off to a good start, than with some new men’s products!

At Christmas I think every man get’s the same stuff…Scents or skincare products. One of the most universal gifts you can get for any man is men’s grooming, you can’t really go wrong with male products. Along with socks and underwear, it’s a standard kind of thing to get. I got quite a bit, as most lads tend to at Christmas, and all of this stuff will last me quite a while!

My go to shaving gel has been King of Shaves for years. I don’t actually know how long for, but it’s been a favourite for a while, and I got two bottles, it’s definitely not the first time you’ve seen it on the blog.

The same can be said about Post Shave Balm, which I swear by. Nivea MEN Post Shave Balm is one of the first ones I ever tried years ago, and never looked back since. I’ve been using quite a few different brands and products for post shave, all of them really good, but it will be nice to go back to this classic. I also got the skin revitaliser face cream which I’ve never used which I look forward to trying out.

When it comes to face scrubs I prefer to not use them every day, and I already have a lot, and now I have even more! I got these two from Bulldog, it may take me a while to get to them.

I got a new bottle of another go to product, this time toothpaste, and I use BLANX.  This one is the white shock which I’ve never tried before, so it will be interesting to see how it compares to the original formula.

Finally I got a set from L’Oreal MEN Expert which contains face wash, shave gel, moisturiser and shower gel. I’ve had most of these products before, and I have to say that I love the Shave gel. It’s got Ice Effect, and I can honestly say that it feels so cool on the skin while shaving, and has a really nice scent. I used it last year and loved it, it really rivals my King of Shaves as my favourite shave gel. I don’t think I’ve used the shower gel before, I’ll be able to see what that’s like soon.

I got a few more grooming products which I will write about in more detail over the coming days/weeks. Let me know if you have any skincare or products tips for 2018 🙂

Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet MAN Fragrance Review

Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet MAN Review

Once again I am taking another look back at one of my older fragrances. Last time round I was looking at Kokorico from Jean Paul Gaultier, and this time it’s another one which I’ve hardly used, it’s Ultraviolet MAN from Paco Rabanne.

This one was another blind buy for me. I’ve had Paco Rabanne scents before this, and other’s since, including the infamous One Million and Invictus which is one of the most popular scents for the past few years. Since it has so much pedigree in fragrances, I thought getting this without smelling it first would be fine, but it’s never been much of a favourite.

The bottle is pretty cool. It’s rectangular with plastic chrome, purple and a glass back. It works by squeezing the purple like a trigger, and the scent then sprays out. I love the bottle for it’s originality, there’s no other bottle like this which I own. But once you get away from the bottle you need to have a good scent to go with it, and it’s not my style.

It’s quite hard to describe this one. It’s really sweet, and it does smell ‘purple’, like the bottle. How can I explain that? It smells quite dry and powdery, and is a sweet style of scent. It’s not very musky, like a traditional masculine scent, nor is it fresh, or citrus-like. It’s not an unpleasant smell, but it doesn’t really stand out. Where I like to wear something which is light, fresh or citrus through the day, this is not that. A great evening scent for me is dark and inviting, and this is not that either.

So it’s not really a stand out scent, and doesn’t really fit into any kind of category for a fragrance, which could be a good thing if it were a brilliant smell, but sadly it just isn’t anything special.

Best season to wear – Autumn/Winter
Scent type – Earthy/Aromatic
Age Recommendation – 18+
Best Worn – Evening, Day Wear, Formal, Casual

Top Notes – Mint, Amber

Middle Notes – Vetiver, Pepper, Spicy Notes

Base Notes – Oakmoss, Vanilla

What do you think of Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet? Let me know, and if you’re looking for another scent, make sure you check out my men’s fragrance reviews, for all the latest and classic scents.

Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

David Beckham Respect Fragrance

David Beckham Respect Fragrance Review

In the Spring there was Made Of Instinct, and now ready for Autumn and Winter there’s a brand new scent from David Beckham, called Respect. I love a scent for this time of year, so I was excited to give this one a try and see what it was all about.

First of all as always I have to talk about the bottle. The first thing which hits you straight away is the colour of the bottle, which is a polished silver mirrored design. Square in shape, the bottle has a waves or rippled effect coming in from the bottle corner, edging out into a smooth silver with the David Beckham Respect branding clean in the corner.

What does it smell like?

It’s a masculine but modern type of scent, which is very slightly woody, but mostly aromatic with a real sense of the green citrus types of notes coming through. It’s very light making it inoffensive, and you can really get a taste of the zesty notes which are present in this. As this is quite a light fragrance, this would be suitable for day wear as well as wearing it in the evening, in both a formal or casual setting. This is definitely a one for the younger guy, the scent has a real youthful feeling to it, but comes with a contemporary edge giving it a refined character.

Respect is a very pleasant fragrance, with no overpowering notes it has a nice overall smell. It comes in at a very reasonable £33.95 for a large 90ml bottle, or £24.95 for a 60ml bottle. Definitely worth a try if you’re looking to add to your fragrance collection or get something new.

Best season to wear – All Rounder

Scent type – Citrus/Fresh/Green

Age Recommendation – 16 – 30

Best Worn – Daytime, Evening, Casual, Formal

Top Notes: Grapefruit, Watermelon, Pink Pepper
Heart Notes: Cardamom, Lavendin, Basil
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Moss

If you’ve got this please let me know what you think, and as always you can check out more of my fragrance reviews if you’re looking to add more scents to your collection.