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HOW I’M STAYING ON TOP OF MY SKINCARE ROUTINE DURING SELF ISOLATION

THE BEST MEN'S SKINCARE PRODUCTS YOU CAN RELY ON TO HOARD IN LOCKDOWN

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You would agree, when it comes to our favourite brands we swear by and pledge loyalty to as we love them too much it’s not possible to feel complete when getting our morning’s off to a good start.

Essential Men’s Grooming during lockdown to hoard in isolation at home – Get to know my current favourites

You would agree, when it comes to our favourite brands we swear by and pledge loyalty to as we love them too much it’s not possible to feel complete when getting our morning’s off to a good start.

Over the past few months we’ve all had the challenge to adapt to a new life during the Covid 19 pandemic and that includes not going to the shops as normal, but in this case it was only allowed if absolutely necessary for essentials

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For me, I count beauty and grooming products as everyday essentials even though we are used to adhering to our own personal grooming rituals at home before going out. With that said, staying in isolation for long periods of time feels like you’re putting life on hold for the moment but that doesn’t mean you should neglect daily routines and the same goes for grooming. Lucky for me, I’d stocked up on a few things which I already had before the whole country went into lockdown so I have learned at this moment in time to appreciate things allot more.

 

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A sneak peak inside my personal toiletries bag with all the essential items I often carry with me to refresh my grooming kit at home or on the go.

This whole experience of the lock down period felt a bit like the War in Britain in comparisons to shortage of food items which was a bit of a culture shock at first. Learning to go without certain items like loo roll which my household was careful to ration at the beginning felt like a luxury until hoarding of this item calmed down a bit. But, with none essential shops having to close consumer and luxury goods were not easy to get hold off even online for that matter, but we just had to make the most of what we have during this time, so here’s what’s inside my personal toiletries bag with all the essential items I often carry with me to refresh my grooming kit at home or on the go.

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In situations like staying at home my skin needs to feel refreshed and energized using the following brands which I highly recommend which are no particular order Clinique men’s or women’s to Acqua di Parma products because they just that fabulous once you try them out and work miracles for their individual uniqueness and formulated to suit various skincare types.

Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion gives my skin that extra feeling of hydration best applied when the skin is moist after a shower to feel refreshed.

When self selecting favourite brands you can’t go wrong with specialist sensitive skincare products out there in the market bearing in mind they custom to your skins condition like mine is prone to in between oily to dry skin combination. Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing lotion gives my skin that extra feeling of hydration best applied when the skin is moist after a shower to feel refreshed. For me the skin pores open up so the lotion is easily absorbed once gently applied to the face.  Before doing this, once in the shower use the face wash to gently remove any excess oil, grime and dirt gently using hands to let it lather into the layers of skin then rinse off for a deep clean. This product works wonders as a thorough cleanser yet gentle is suitable for normal to dry skin. I love the Men’s skincare range just because Clinque is developed by dermatologist, 100 percent fragrance free and allergy tested.

For this range of Moisturiser, I use dry to combination as my skin sometimes tends to feel oily so this balances out the condition of my skin to improve its appearance.

They don’t call it dramatically different for nothing as it does exactly what it says on the tin. For outside in the garden when being confined to being at home our skin needs vitamin and sun protection from UV rays. Rain or shine Clinique’s Super Energizer SPF 40  is a great gel formula too although some prefer to use other versions in a lotion based on personal preference as it absorbs allot easier I think. I do love the hints of citrus notes in this product which helps to re-energise the skin for that extra boost to protect your skin against the outdoor elements. This one is great for hydrating tired looking skin with anti fatigue concentrate to protect against UVA/B + IR + Blue light defense in one.

And finally onto my one my other favourites let’s mention fragrance because it’s something I always like to have on and it’s always great to smell good for that final touch of luxury to complete any grooming routine. I think it was Tom Ford who said it’s essential to wear fragrance even in bed and I absolutely agree. That invigorating feeling of scented aroma in a room amongst my bed linen is just amazing I tell you from experience with spaying on fragrance favourites. Even when I travel I’ll do the same before going to bed a spruce on Colonia by Acqua di Parma for its hint of freshness on the skin. Just give these products a try I’d like to see how you get on. Just leave comment below for some feedback I’d love to hear your thoughts on your personal grooming recommendations during lock down.

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in. The products reviewed are items which I purchased myself personally. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any brand or retail department store, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

THE FINEST SIGNATURE WET SHAVE BY CORNERSTONE DESIGNED FOR THE MODERN DANDY

IT'S ALL ABOUT LOOKING AND FEELING GREAT

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Want to get your morning’s off to a great start without the hassle of a complicated shave and grooming routine. Here’s where you can check out the Cornerstone subscription boxes just here

 

 

Disclaimer: A special thanks to London Fashion Week Mens – The Grooming Room at the Century Club for gifting me with a Press Sample from Cornerstone Razors. As always all opinions are my own and I would never promote any products which I would not otherwise use myself. Thanks for supporting ‘The Joey Journal’

TED BAKER MENS GROOMING CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: FLIGHT OF FANCY GIFT SET | REVIEW

Unboxing the new Ted Baker Travel and Body range for Men - Take Flight with Ted’s new Pashion Toiletries Gift Collection

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Merry Christmas guys!, I just wanted to remind you that the countdown to Christmas begins less than 3 weeks away and if like me you’re still hunting for the ideal gifts as presents I’ve come across these amazing Christmas gifts set from Ted Baker London.  Just the other day I had the pleasure of receiving a gifted parcel from the brand and what a surprise it was being so close to my Birthday last weekend which made my day. Ted Baker unveils their exclusive Christmas Gift sets for the Festive Season at Boots UK available to buy now in store or online.

Design led, on trend and highly giftable everyday treats that lead to No Ordinary Experience.

I’m a great fan of their menswear and lifestyle products too which includes also grooming and accessories.

I recently discovered the brand also has various standalone Barber Shop’s Ted’s Grooming room where you can experience firsthand the finest grooming by Master Barbers such as authentic prestigious Turkish barbering skills inspired by quintessential British style.  I’m very keen to try this out as I’ve heard you will enjoy the best haircut in London to Traditional Wet Shaves.  Ted’s Grooming Room offers gift vouchers, Hair products, gift certificates and more to satisfy even the most dandy gentry debonair about town.

 

Expect and invest in fine new formulations at Ted’s Grooming Room that burst with active ingredients’ including making a long lasting impression with Ted’s invigorating signature cologne perfected in London and inspired by Turkish aftershave.

 

Top image: Ted Baker Travel & Grooming Range This image: Flight of Fancy Christmas Gift Set RRP £18

 

It’s a good job then that Ted Baker has released its Festive Gift Set’s just in time for Christmas and my favourite pick from the limited edition range exclusive to Boot’s UK has to be their ‘Flight of Fancy’ Men’s Grooming Kit. What I love about this range is that this gift set comes equipped with everything a Ted clientele needs, including a manicure set to keep you perfectly groomed on your travels.

In addition the set comes complete with graphite black hair & body wash plus matching fragrant body spray that has an invigorated scent with aromas of enticing smoky spiced blend of pink pepper, tobacco and rich cedarwood for the man on the go.

The Eagle illustration on the packaging cleverly suggest it’s a gift set for made for travel as you can see where flight of fancy gets its name from. It’s definitely for those who love to jet set and travel on vacation either for business or pleasure making it the perfect travel companion as an addition to refresh your grooming kit.

Ted Baker began life as shirt maker during the late 1980’s in the UK as quintessentially British Brand with its presence in over 380 stores and concessions all around the world.  I would definitely say that Ted Baker’s Lifestyle Collection should be part of every discerning man’s lifestyle from his wardrobe to essential grooming routine from distinct clothing collection to accessories to dress yourself or your home.

Make Ted Baker a must have style statement for your bathroom this Christmas, with design led, on trend prints and fashion inspired colour pallet. I have to say that trying on the men’s grooming ranges deliver both formulations and compelling fragrances with a contemporary edge taking the lead from fine fragrance.

 

 

To find out more about Ted Baker please visit their website and social media handles below.

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Disclaimer: Many Thanks to Ted Baker for kindly gifting me with their latest Christmas Gift Sets for Men exclusively available to buy now at Boots e.g Flight of Fancy – Ted Baker Gift Set £ 18. All prices quoted in this article review are subject to change by Boots plc. All opinions will be my own and I will never promote products I otherwise would not use myself as I would like to give my honest opinions and feedback on products.

 

 

 

 

CLEANSE AND CONDITION WITH LABEL. M ECO LAB BY TONI & GUY HAIRDRESSING

TONI & GUY SALON TRIALS SUSTAINABLE CONCEPT THE LABEL. M ECO LAB

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One day I realised I had run out of my favourite shampoo salon brand Label. M haircare which is sold at Toni & Guy Salons nationwide that I decided to pay a visit to a branch in Woking Surrey during a commute back home for the weekend. I remember asking the salon stylist if they had any more of the travel sized shampoo which I had purchased prior to my trip for Milan Fashion Week this summer as they seem to come in handy when traveling.

What I did not realise that day is one salon in particular was trialling a sustainable initiative to be more green given the fact this issue is being highlighted in the media that fashion to needs to be more environmentally friendly. The Salon staff mentioned that they had an idea which they pitched to Toni & Guy Head Office and agreed to set up The Label M Eco Lab kiosk inside the store to see how it would promote a green concept for the company’s image.

 

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“The idea of fashion is EXCITING again because it can be sustainable and echo friendly”

 

How this concept would work is that you can purchase refillable 100 ml shampoo bottles that are 100 percent recyclable and bring the bottles back in next time on your next top-up of Label M shampoo from the Eco Lab’s pump station.

 

 

 

It was great to have an option to try out different shampoo’s from the Label M. hair care range which I would not have the chance to otherwise as the range normally comes in full size bottles which can be costly. The price of the 100 ml bottles retails just under £ 5 which is great if you want to have a feel of the range from peppermint conditioner, honey to colour stay shampoo are really great products to include for your daily grooming routine essentials.

If you would like to find out more how you can support and promote sustainability please get involved and support the Label M Eco lab and say yes to a greener future to reduce environmental waste by doing your bit to preserve the planet for a great cause.

“Toni & Guy Hair Salon is a Fashion-led hairdressing brand and the only Official Hair Sponsor of London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s”

 

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THEY SAY WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE, BUT NEVERTHELESS HERE ARE SOME STYLE STAPLES FOR SPRING

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WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS

Each week I will be curating looks handpicked from my personal favourite Brands and Stores. Especially in April you can expect a sudden downpour of rain showers, so here are some of my Style Edit’s to ensure you stay warm and dry

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The Men’s reversible nylon poncho by Gucci a must have item to accessorize your outfit in style keeping you dry throughout spring during the wet weather intervals

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MY TOP 5 ITEMS FOR GREAT SKINCARE ROUTINE THIS WINTER

With the arrival of winter it can suggest a few changes to our daily routines, that includes skincare apart from our wardrobe edit of course and here’s what you can do about it.

I often find that as our skin can be affected by the elements and fatigue we can take steps to improve its appearance with just making a few changes to our essential daily grooming.

There are some really great products to keep your skin refreshed, recharged and feeling great during the party season by prepping beforehand with my essential grooming hacks day to day.

I find it helps to start your morning routine with a refreshing face wash to give your skin that energising boost to beat fatigue with Clarins Paris One-Step-Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser that contains orange extracts is suitable for all skins types including sensitive skin too.

One particular area of the face that I love to mention is how best we improve the appearance of fatigue in the eye area which needs to be kept firm and looking youthful starts with hydration to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles by using eye cream treatments. I’ve chosen Kiehls Eye Alert as it contains cucumber and vitamin E is ideal to reduce puffiness and give your eyes a refreshed energy boost any time of day and is on me the whole time from first thing early morning to when getting home before bed.

For when you arrive home just top up with eye gel patches and leave it to work it’s magic to hydrate, soften and calm the affected area which has cucumber extract and collagen for skin cell renewal. Just remember a good night’s rest is essential for skin renewal so we could all do with some beauty sleep from time to time.
Most recently as the days and nights get cooler the climate can make our skin feel dry at times so be sure to wrap up warm and have products at hand to use when necessary on the go.

In this instance, I like to carry a lip balm with me to prevent my lips from getting dry and chapped so they appear smooth. Some products by Sister & Co Skin Food you may find even come with sumptuous flavours such as wild mint, raw coconut, Lip tonic and Lemon Myrtle that gives a tingling sensation when applied to the lips.

With that said our hands too could do with some tender loving care with the exception of a body cream to stop them getting dry. It’s best just to apply some to hands before putting your winter warmers on. There’s a great body cream from Jo Malone London I’ve been trying out recently with an aromatic scent of mandarin and lime basil that’s uplifting and sensual even in the bleak midwinter it feels festive as it takes me back to my childhood of decorated mandarins with cloves and ribbons as presents.

Let these amazing products work their magic by improving your daily skincare routine with additional items to refresh your grooming kit this winter.

 

Disclaimer: As always all opinions are you my own and I would never recommend any products that I myself would not use or purchase.

THE ALLURING SCENT OF JO MALONE COLOGNE | HIS & HERS UNISEX FRAGRANCES

A GENDER NEUTRAL FRAGRANCE THAT YOU'LL BOTH ADORE TOGETHER

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The other day I took my first visit to my local Jo Malone store during a casual stroll in town as you do to seek the perfect gift for some inspiration.  I was astonished to find here a selection for Men’s Grooming, Women’s Beauty to Gender Neutral Products namely fragrances which I was very tempted to try out while inside the store.

I’ve always heard great things about The Jo Malone Brand as it’s very quintessentially British and one of my favourite luxury products as an alternative to designer fragrances.  We all have our favourite signature fragrances when it comes to scents that feel almost personal to us when we wear them on our skin.

I could spend all afternoon here trying on every invigorating scent that captivates my interest till I find the one for me or someone else as a gift, because we all like to indulge and be spoiled from time to time.

So, if you’re not all familiar with Jo Malone London let me give you a little bit of background into this iconic British Brand and what makes it so unique.

Jo Malone is a British perfume and scented candle brand founded in 1983. Since 1999 it has been owned by Cosmetics giant Estee Lauder. This luxury brand is synonymous for its high end perfumes. Luxury candles, bath products and room scents.

An interesting fact about the brand is that they appointed English Model and Musician Karen Elson and Model and Actress Poppy Delevingne who have served as spokesperson for the brand.

The fragrance I decided to choose this time round had to be the Honeysuckle & Davana Cologne from the Jo Malone Fragrances which is sweet , not too overpowering and just right with its fresh scented aroma’s can also be Unisex. It’s very versatile and feel I can wear this cologne day in, day out as it’s very alluring when people have commented on the scent’s smell  the first time I wore it.

Incase, you’re wondering to know what’s the main ingredients’ of the fragrance are; it evokes the wildness of honeysuckle, fresh tone of rose together with the aromatic fruity twist of davana and woody with Moss warmed by sunshine which I was instantly obsessed with.

For me, it had to be the hints of liquorice that’s very suttle in sweetness brings to life a fragrance that’s light and ideal for daytime or evening.

Which reminds me that I need to try next the Huntsman  x Jo Malone range which is on my wish list just in time for Christmas.

 

This product retails at £ 47.00 30 ml and £ 94.00 100 ml. To find out more about Jo Malone London visit them online or at their Stores in the UK.

 

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Disclaimer: This item was offered complimentary as a sample to try by Jo Malone London. As always all opinions are my own and I would never promote a product which I would not personally use myself. All prices quoted at the time of this published article are subject to change by the company Jo Malone owned by Estee Lauder.

SUMMER SKINCARE ESSENTIALS: MY GROOMING STYLE EDIT FOR PARIS COUTURE FASHION WEEK

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SKIN PREPARATION FOR FASHION WEEK TO REFRESH YOUR GROOMING KIT

 

As Summer is already underway I’m back! This time I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all that I have a last minute invitation to attend Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week next week.

From personal experience of traveling to a new city can be very exciting as well as daunting so what to take and pack needs careful thought for those of us that follow a strict beauty and grooming regime.

Personally I quite like the idea of being pampered and taking some of my favourite things with me along for the journey so it makes life that little bit more easier being away from home which leaves me to dwell on fashion week.

When traveling to other cities you are in fact living out of a suitcase so I always look forward to trying new products during my trip especially if you manage to get sponsored by one of world’s leading beauty and grooming cosmetics companies Clarins Paris.

Allot of the time I find with cosmetics I like to use both Men’s and Women’s products as long as it does what it says on the tin to certain degree don’t you think. At times we all need to prep our skin so we can ensure we look our best with fashion week being no exception. Achieving flawless looking skin does not happen overnight but with the right products you can achieve your goal. Always set a bench mark of what you expect your skin to look like before and after.

Here’s what’s in my bag

Often whilst traveling your skin suffers from dehydration and looks very tired and unflattering but its helps to choose products that help lift, re-vitalise, cleanse and re-energises for a fresh appearance complexion.

As soon as you get to your hotel and unpack I enjoy getting out my travel size grooming products on the bathroom counter so everything looks organised and makes you feel more at home while your away traveling abroad.

Lucky for me this bag is my lifeline to survive fashion week in Paris as these grooming and beauty products happen to French too seems a coincidence that I’m in Paris. For the next 3 days it’s more than enough to last me the whole trip and a bit more.

In case you’re wondering which is my favourite item which has to be the One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with hints of citrus and micro-beads that penetrate deep into the skin works really well as a skin scrub to remove any dirt and blackheads. I just love the way it smells with an orange scent of summer is just fresh and so clean on the pores of my skin.

I heard the weather is going to be very warm in Paris so protecting your face from the sun is crucial for younger looking skin and Clarin’s has a product just for that a Super Restorative Day cream with SPF as soon as you step outside. Another favourite is the Clarins extra firming eye cream as some days your eyes need that feeling of being refreshed after a long day and night. Beauty sleep is the next best thing as skin needs to renew their cells and happens during your sleep apparently. On second thought’s during Fashion Week it’s hard to find rest breaks in between shows and events so any products that help you achieve your skins full potential the better.

Which is your favorite Clarins Paris product and please feel free to comment below this post so others can share feedback about these amazing products.

 

Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Clarins Paris UK and the team at Elphicks 1881 for kitting me out with my grooming and beauty essentials during my Trip in Paris over Haute Couture Fashion Week. All opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use and believe in

HOW TO PACK LIKE A CELEBRITY – WHAT CAN’T YOU TRAVEL WITHOUT?

Travel tips 101 from frequent flying celebrity models including Jonathan Saxby

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