Archive | July, 2010

Look After The Skin You’re In

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Look After The Skin You’re In

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Marc

What do Mathew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke have in common with Billie Piper and Eva Mendes? No, it’s probably not at all what you are thinking! All four of them are fans of the HydraFacial.

Now, please excuse the pun but the HydraFacial really is making a big splash in skin care and if you haven’t heard of it already expect to hear it being mentioned by friends and colleagues or magazines such as GQ, Esquire, FHM and perhaps Take a Break!

With it’s use of a hi-tech vacuum-based skin abrasion tip to remove dead skin cells whilst bathing the healthy underlying skin with deep cleansing, ex-foliating and antioxidant serums, the HydraFacial is the perfect pampering treatment for all skin types.  These serums are clinically formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, congested pores and acne-prone skin.  There are three different serums designed to suit each individuals skin type.  The results are immediate and superior to more aggressive chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

The recommended approach is a course of six treatments, with one treatment every 7 days. Now, whilst I myself have no need for such treatment *cough cough* I’m assured that a visible difference can be seen after just one treatment. After you’ve completed a course of 6 treatments it’s suggested that you then follow up with just 1 treatment every 2 months to maintain the smooth, healthy looking skin you’ll have grown to love.

The treatments themselves are quick and relaxing and can be obtained from beauticians nationwide. The average price is £90 however most clinics offer deals when you sign up for  a course of six.    When you consider that the average man scrapes a sharp blade over his face at least once a week, we really do deserve to pamper ourselves with a treatment like this, especially as our face is the one thing we can’t hide, unless of course you happen to be a motor cycle courier or perhaps a balaclava wearing bank robber!

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Hair Straighteners for Men

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Hair Straighteners for Men

Posted on 25 July 2010 by Chris Ford

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Before

Now I’m mostly more traditional when it comes to styling products for men and tend to subscribe to the less is more school of thought but occasionally I am tempted to change my mind and this very well could be one of those occasions.

We were very kindly sent the new Cloud Nine Micro Iron hair straighteners and asked to give them a go. While these straighteners can of course be used by both men and women it would seem they have been designed with us men in mind.  Now to give this product a proper review I have enlisted the help of my housemate Don, as I didn’t feel I had adequate hair length to put them to good use, and well he’s a scruffy so and so and could do with a tidy up….

Firstly I asked Don if he had used hair straighteners before which he had so I asked him for his initial thoughts on the look and size of the product.

“the most noticeable thing is the size, I love the fact they are small enough to stick in my wash bag which is great news when I’m travelling as size is a premium”

After

The irons are actually only 6inches long and according to the instructions use universal high voltage which means they will work flawlessly abroad without losing essential power. Also while reading the instructions I noticed they automatically power off after ten minutes which is a nice safety feature

Well all agree in the house it’s a big improvement but would Don buy them?  “ I do currently have a pair of straighteners but they are massive, I love the fact these are so small and do the job just as well as my full size set so I would definitely consider picking a pair of the New Clouds up purely from the portability point of view”

With the fashion for mens hair becoming more and more styled it would seem there is a real market for these straighteners so a big thumbs up from the Gentlemens Goods office The Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners

are currently available from direct from Cloud Nine at www.cloudninehair.com for £45.00

mr.black@gentlemensgoods.com

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Retro-Futurist iPhone Cover

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Retro-Futurist iPhone Cover

Posted on 24 July 2010 by Marc

I have to be honest and admit something to you dear readers.  I do not own an iPhone.  I was never very impressed with them when they were first released as they didn’t seem to offer much I wanted.  Yes, they look very nice but that’s about it as far as I’m concerned.  That said, I feel my opinion might have been different if I had seen this retro cassette tape cover.

As much as I love the digital format, I miss those endless hours of compiling mix-tapes, calculating the time to ensure the maximum usage of tape without compromising the integrity of my compilation…ahhhh sweet memories!

However, back to 2010 and the iPhone cover.  It looks exactly like those cassette tapes of old and comes complete with a cassette box that doubles as a stand so that you can prop up your iPhone to gaze lovingly at it, or watch videos I suppose!

You’ll find this case over at Iwantoneofthose.com (who offer International Shipping) for a very reasonable £12.99

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Awkward Situations for Men

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Awkward Situations for Men

Posted on 22 July 2010 by Chris Ford

Danny Wallace has become known for his wacky man adventure books, his newie Awkward Situations for Men
is a compilation of his weekly column for Shortlist.com in which he goes about describing in humorous detail those moments in life we have all had, but Danny goes that little bit further than most of us would dare, which of course is the fun of this book. As we follow a year in his life – and it becomes obvious to the attentive reader that here is a man who finds it a challenge to even look after himself properly – an even greater responsibility looms on the horizon…Once you have read this book you will see Awkward Situations everywhere you go and life will never be the same again. And, it’s very, very funny.If you are new to the world of Mr Wallace I can also highly recommend his first book Join Me
where he starts his own cult, contrived? maybFunny and      entertaining? hell yes!

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A Good Cup of Joe Part 2

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A Good Cup of Joe Part 2

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Marc

I was sitting in the garden, minding my own business when the phone rang, it was Mr Black. “Hey Mr F, How long does it take you to go get a cup of coffee?” he asked.  Then the penny dropped, the last time I spoke to him I told him I was off to get a cup of coffee to complete my round up of places that served A good cup of Joe.  I swear the man has no patience, I mean did he expect me to just run up to Scotland and have 1 cup of coffee before heading over to Wales to see what I could find there?

I am happy to report that there are some great places in both Scotland and Wales serving up really good cups of java and whilst I’d love to tell you about them all I’ve had to whittle them down to my favourite 3 from each.

My first stop was Glasgow, now I know what some of you might be thinking but there are some seriously good places in Glasgow satisfying coffee addicts but by far my favourite was the Tapa Coffeehouse. The Tapa is not just a café oh no Sir, it also manages to squeeze in a roastery and a bakery! What’s more they are committed to doing things by hand.  So what you get are organic Arabica beans roasted and ground on the premises to make their own coffee blend (you can buy the beans to take home and grind yourself)  Then add home-baked bread into the mix and you have a delicious breakfast and brunch menu that lazy weekends with the newspapers were designed for.  I think this is why I spent so much time away from my desk!  Address: 721 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2AA

Over in Edinburgh I found the Artisan Roast, I say found but I was directed there by a friend who knew what I was in town for.  It seems that the Artisan was originally a bean store that gave away free samples of it’s coffee to entice people to buy their beans, the good people of Edinburgh not only bought the beans, they demanded a café for those times when they didn’t want to make their own.  Interestingly there is no counter to block your view so the roaster sits beside the grinder which sits beside the espresso maker.  Well worth a visit. Address: 57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

I was told about the Aberfeldy Watermill by someone in Edinburgh and just had to visit as it boasts an award winning independent bookshop, gallery and interiors shop with a café.  They use only Fairtrade espresso beans which are freshly ground no more than one hour before serving. It may be off the beaten track but you’ll be glad you made the effort when you get there.  It’s a great place to while away an hour or three.  Address: Mill Street, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2BG

Next week I’ll tell you about my 3 great finds in Wales.  As always, if you know of place serving up great coffee that’s worth a mention, do let us know in the comments.

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The Key to Bottle Opening

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The Key to Bottle Opening

Posted on 11 July 2010 by Chris Ford

Well its the simple idea that impress me the most, the simple solution to lifes everyday problems are often the best and thats why I like the Key Bottle Opener from Suck Uk.  Its a key shaped bottle opener which is fantastc as you can just add it to your keyring and forget about it, then next time you are scrabbling for a bottle opener at a party or while watching the footie all you need do is reach for your keys!

I got mine yesterday and Im in love already, they are available from Amazon for £6.99 as well as other good outlets Im sure.

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