Grooming Edit – Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator For Men

Grooming

I am a firm advocate for daily grooming. As girlie as that sounds it needn’t be anything more than swapping soap for a face wash and cream for a moisturiser. But clarifying, anti ageing, ultra moisturising… where do you start?
Thankfully for us all Kiehl’s new Oil Clarifying Moisturiser should narrow the selection significantly.

Product Overload

Product Overload

Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator stands out straight away in a bright green tube. It’s described as a 24-hour anti-shine moisturiser that ‘minimises excess oil, sweat and pollution to reduce the appearance of shine and pores’. A very good start. I am a daily user of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Hydrator because, quite frankly I’m always late, its the Caribbean in me. Rushing around all over the place can make for a healthy glow and, with summer threatening to rear its head, riding on the sauna that is the London underground will only make matters worse.

Our Current Go-To No-Shine Solution

Our Current Go-To No-Shine Solution

In application the moisturiser is very light and appears to evaporate on contact with the skin giving a feeling of freshness, almost pulling sweat off the skin. This gives the skin a fresh matte look sort of like the calm and collected 7 year old progeny who sat your university exams with you only a lot cooler*. Despite this effect the skin still felt hydrated and a second application was not required at any point during the day.

Oil Eliminator 24 Hour

Oil Eliminator 24 Hour

The verdict is a solid thumbs up from me. This stuff really works well and has now become part of my daily routine. Its small enough to travel with and will thus be coming everywhere with me.

Thumbs Up!

Thumbs Up!

Pick up a tube in any Kiehl’s store or concession. The 75ml retails for £21.50 with a larger 125ml at £30.00

*based on a pole of 3 people.
And a cat.

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Grooming Edit – Dr Lancer, The Lancer Method

Grooming

I was fortunate to trial the Method from Los Angeles based Dr. Lancer. Claiming to make the skin look younger, its effectiveness lies in its simplicity; a three-step daily routine. As time is precious most mornings – school runs, meetings, site visits, smashing up the alarm clock – we were keen to try something quick and easy without compromising on quality.

Fatherhood - In One Picture

This Sums Up Fatherhood

Step One – The Method Polish
The scrub has a warming element that is felt when you rub it in your hands. Its strange at first, good strange. The polish bead is good and holds well on wet skin meaning you get an effective scrub without it dissolving too rapidly. Skin is left vibrant and energised

The Method Polish

The Method Polish

Step Two – The Method Cleanse
Probably the weakest link in the chain here. It’s a gentle cleanser but I guess, after the strength of the polish, a gentle cleanse is all that’s needed. It helps at the very least to completely remove the polish and we found that there was no trace dirt following a cotton pad test.

The Method Cleanse

The Method Cleanse

Step Three – The Method Nourish
The cream itself is quite thick and supplied with an application spoon so as to keep it contaminant free. Fancy! It covers well and the density means that one application is sufficient as it doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry skin minutes later.

The Method Nourish

The Method Nourish

The Verdict?
The whole process was completed within 5 minutes which is not long at all. All in all a great product to use daily at home it comes with 2 thumbs up us in terms of quality and effectiveness.

The downfall however is the price tag. Combined the products will set you back a whopping £213! This will make it inaccessible to the majority. For alternatives try the Neal’s Yard NYR range, the excellent Liz Earle which we will be reviewing next month or our go to brand, Kiehl’s men’s range

Neal's Yard Remedies NYR Organic Range for Men

Neal’s Yard Remedies NYR Organic Range for Men

Liz Earle's Men's Naturally Active Range

Liz Earle’s Men’s Naturally Active Range

Kiehl's Men's Facial Fuel Range

Kiehl’s Men’s Facial Fuel Range

Thai Square Spa Covent Garden

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Like most working dads the end of the year is the finish line you’ve been aiming for since the kids went back to school. It offers the chance to indulge in a well earned feeding, watering and sleep with plenty of help on hand to keep the rest of the family occupied.
For those who look to be faltering in the final straight though, I have the perfect remedy. The Thai Square Spa in Covent Garden. Within its four wall holds the key to rejuvenation this winter.

An Oasis In the West End

An Oasis In the West End

Housed on Sheldon Street off of Covent Garden’s famous 7 Dials, the Thai Square Spa is a revolution in elegance, opulence and tranquility carved out in mahogany and gold splendour. It’s hard to believe this used to be an Italian restaurant! A little hint, if your visiting in non-daylight winter hours enter via the Spa’s rear exit on Ealham Street. It’s like entering a mountain Sanctuary in Chang Mai!

Warm and Inviting

Warm and Inviting

These two hadn't realised that this was not their treatment room

These two hadn’t realised that this was not their treatment room

Upon entry I was warmly greeted by the receptionist shortly followed by Spa Manager, Sarai, who showed me several of the rooms including the group bookings suite and treatment room. Not before time Bea, my masseuse, arrived to take me downstairs.

The treatment room, complete with copper slipper bath is dark and warm and I immediately start to relax. Bea begins to bathe my feet before I hop up on to the couch. I opted for a traditional Thai Massage to the neck, back and shoulders. The massage works on heating the body temperature and muscles using hot oils massaged into pre-exfoliated skin. Once warmed up, multiple pressure points are applied and manipulated to relieve tension. Incredible

The Copper Room

The Copper Room

Even the waiting area is decadent

Even the waiting area is decadent

All in all the Spa is first class. The staff are proud of this fact and it shows in the attentiveness, hospitality and friendliness of everyone I met. Bea is an excellent masseuse but I think that goes without saying of all staff at the Spa as all have trained at the prestigious Watpo (Temple of Reclining Medicine) Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok.

In the run up to the holiday season the Spa have a number of award winning packages to suit all:
Super stress relieving Package £69 (was £110) – a package for men including a 30 minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage with a 30 minute head massage.

They also have a truly indulgent Siamese Traditional Stress Relieve treatment priced at just £99 which includes a 90 minute Thai Massage and a 30 minute oriental foot or head massage.

I cannot recommend this Spa highly enough. It exceeded my expectations and lifted my spirits, the only thing it didn’t do was tuck me into bed!

Great Ambience

Great Ambience

Find Them Here

Find Them Here

Swim Wear Edit: Top Ten

Grooming, menswear

With the summer holiday season almost over now is ironically the preferred time for most to get away. Whether it be for a 5 star city break or a cheeky long-weekend in the sun in a desperate bid to prolong our smatterings of a genuine British tan, there is always likely to be some pool time factored in.

Even when down to your skinny’s it is still important to look stylish as you lounge by the pool bar or simultaneously sunbathe, read and listen to chill out dub step on the beach. Here’s my top ten beach shorts to help you do that with relative aplomb.

Orlebar Brown - £235

Orlebar Brown – £235


Robinson Les Bains - €165

Robinson Les Bains – €165


Saturdays Surf NYC - £75

Saturdays Surf NYC – £75


J. Crew - £70

J. Crew – £70


Robinson Les Bains - £115

Robinson Les Bains – £115


Paul Smith - £95

Paul Smith – £95


Moncler - £158

Moncler – £158


Myo - £135

Myo – £135


Acne - £130

Acne – £130


Faconnable - £110

Faconnable – £110

All are available to buy currently at Mr Porter or Matches Fashion.

Grooming Edit: Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

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I was very privileged to be invited to Kiehl’s London Covent Garden branch for a sneak preview of their latest Super Multi-Corrective Cream back in June. The branch is based on Monmouth Street, one of the seven dials, so I was double excited as it offered a chance to pop into the Monmouth Coffee Company shop beforehand. Heaven in a cup!

Kiehl's Covent Garden

Kiehl’s Covent Garden

Having decided to branch out this year Kiehl’s was a brand I was keen to try as they specialise in beauty and grooming products only, in essence, they stick to what they know and with over a staggering 160 years in the business they know it well.

The Extensive Kiehl's Range

The Extensive Kiehl’s Range

The mystery around the Super Multi-Corrective Cream was quickly dispelled when it was revealed to be an anti-ageing product. Ah. Anti-ageing? With my youthful skin? Why the blue blazes would I need that? Actually we all need it. The ageing is in reference to the skin and not the person. So your friend who looks 45 but is actually 23… Yep, that is aged skin. Buy him this cream. And your friend that is 30 but looks 12… Buy him this cream. He’ll appreciate it when he is 50. The key to this cream however is the pay back period. With a headline grabbing 2 weeks being touted around Kiehl’s were keen to put their money where their mouth is.

Rita's party trick to Cher's "Turn Back Time" failed to raise the roof this time round.

Rita’s party trick to Cher’s “Turn Back Time” failed to raise the roof this time round.

The creams secret is the blend of Beech Tree extract, Jasmonic and Hyaluronic Acids that help to boost the skins plumpness levels, hydrate, lift and moisturise helping to ‘reverse’ the effects of ageing. Of course that is the easy part. Simply harnessing Beech Tree extract, Jasmonic and Hyaluronic Acids into a bottle does not produce Benjamin Button type effects. The difficulty was combining the ingredients, without losing their essential properties, in a base that was easy to apply, easily absorbed and that felt good too. Kiehl’s spent over a year developing this at a cost of millions in trials until they got a product they were completely happy with. So how does it fare?

At 50ml the pot is a lot smaller than what I had envisioned. At just under £50 a pop you might be put off by this. The cream however is dense and I would see this lasting sound 8-10 months. Kiehl’s advise that you use this in the morning and night as a sole cream or on top of your existing moisturisers hence a little really does go a long way.

Super isn't it!

Super isn’t it!

The cream itself is very dense in the pot but is light to the touch and appears reassuringly firm when scooped out for application. It is quite cooling and applies very well, being easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky feel. My skin felt well moisturised throughout the day. I decided to use on top of my daily moisturisers which obviously helped. When used as a sole cream I did have to be more generous with my application, applying the cream twice over the space of 5 minutes.

None greasy and easily absorbed

None greasy and easily absorbed

I have to say I noticed results around the 10 day mark. I generally have good skin. I’ve moisturised as a cultural habit since I was born so its a habitual routine. I have developed frown lines however from too much… Umm, frowning! Ha! But these have started to visibly reduce over the 10+ day period. I have used it for several months now and with the last 3 weeks being spent out on the road I did receive several out of the blue comments from office based colleagues on my return as to how well my skin looked. Unsolicited, off the cuff comments. In the words of Jane Fonda “Not bad, nah?”

My passport photo were ridiculed at IPS headquarters

My passport photo were ridiculed at IPS headquarters

In conclusion I would say it is a pretty amazing product. I have found that a good routine in terms of cleansing and moisturising works but this cream goes that step farther. The price and size may rule a lot of people out however as it sits in the high-mid range in terms of price. It is a great cream though and one I will restock on for definite. I’m looking forward to trying the Kiehl’s mens products off the back of this so look out for those reviews shortly.
Will you be trying the Super Multi-Corrective Cream? Have you tried it? What do you think?