Archive | November, 2010

Put to the Test: OSKIA Renaissance Face Mask

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Put to the Test: OSKIA Renaissance Face Mask

Posted on 29 November 2010 by Marc

As more and more men discover the benefits of skincare and beauty treatments one can’t help but think that some manufacturers are taking advantage of this new target audience by packaging up their regular female product in a grey bottle or tube and adding the words For Men and premium to the price.

Quite why it is felt that men would prefer to buy their lotions and potions in grey containers is beyond me but you only have to take a look at the male grooming section of most retailers to know who the culprits are.

Contrary to what a lot of manufacturers will admit to telling you, the products that women have been using for decades are as suitable for men as they are women; so just because it doesn’t say For Men on the outside, doesn’t mean we men can’t use them too.

OSKIA produce a range of products that are as good for men as they are for women and even better for your skin. Their range is nutritionally-designed by a team of nutritionists and cosmetic scientists to provide the essential cell nutrients your skin requires to function properly and rebuild cell health and they believe that ingredients should only be used if they are scientifically proven to work and not simply for their organic or natural status.

OSKIA Renaissance Mask is part of their Skinsense range which is aimed at men and women in their mid-twenties to late forties. It contains a host of natural ingredients however the key ingredient is MSM-Regen Complex™ – the most bio-available form of sulphur which provides your body with the natural materials it needs to make collagen and elastin itself – aiding cell regeneration and giving you healthy, supple skin.

The first thing you’ll notice when you open it is the smell, it’s fruity, very fruity! So fruity in fact that the first thing I did was stick my finger in and tasted it, not something I’d recommend you do but I couldn’t help myself!

Application is straight forward enough, apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off with warm water.  The mask is a peachy pink colour but once you’ve massaged it onto your face it turns white, this allows you to check that you’ve not missed a spot. I’ve been using the mask once a week however it’s suggested that you use it no more than twice a week, more than this and I doubt your skin will absorb the nutrients contained.

Even after just one application the first thing you notice is how smooth it leaves your skin feeling and after just a few uses I actually noticed myself how bright my skin was becoming, this was reinforced by friends and colleagues who also commented on how good my complexion has become since I started using it. Priced at £48.50 the OSKIA Renaissance Mask may seem expensive but a little goes a long way and anything that provokes unsolicited compliments has got to be value for money in my book.

OSKIA also offer, in partnership with Blossom & Jasmine, a range of beauty treatments in your own home or office which include The Gentlemen’s Face Saver, a 45 minute treatment with emphasis on the eye area. Currently only available within London it’s priced at a very reasonable £65.

You can purchase OSKIA products directly from www.oskiaskincare.com or exclusively from Liberty in the UK or worldwide from Quintessentially

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Work Harder with Sanex for Men

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Work Harder with Sanex for Men

Posted on 25 November 2010 by Marc

Like most men reading this, one of the first things I do after showering is to apply anti-perspirant. For some people anti-perspirant is just the first product they find on offer at Boots or Superdrug but those boffins at Sanex know there’s more to it than that.

It’s accepted as fact that the average male has a higher muscle mass and metabolism so it is natural that our sweat glands tend to be more active and because we’re special our sweat has some specific components responsible for odour which comes not from the perspiration itself but from its reaction to armpit bacteria.

Sanex Men’s Dermo Extra Cool is alcohol free and has been formulated to maintain the skins natural pH level of around 5, quite simply this means it’s less likely to cause irritation to the skin. Sanex have even chosen deodorising fragrances that avoid skin allergens, while they call it a masculine fragrance, I’d say it was a fairly neutral fresh scent, which I guess is what you want at the end of the day.

Talking of the end of the day; that is what you still smell, the same neutral scent that you started the day with. Sanex put this down to the unique cooling agents in the Dermo Extra Cool range which really do seem to provide a long lasting, fresh feeling on the skin without the use of skin-drying alcohol or menthol; exactly what you’ll need for the office Christmas party!

So, next time you’re shopping for antiperspirant, consider trying something from Sanex Men’s Dermo Extra Cool range as you’ll be taking care of not just underarm odour and wetness but more importantly, your skin too.

Sanex Men’s Dermo Extra Cool is available in 150ml aerosol and 50ml roll-on with a RRP of £2.09 and £1.69 respectively. You can buy it exclusively from Tesco until the New Year after which it will be available Nationwide.

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We have one of each to giveaway just leave a comment below before noon on Sunday 12 December 2010 stating whether you’d prefer the roll-on or the aerosol. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Sorry, only open to those with a UK postal address.

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The Ultimate Christmas Box from Donald Russell

The Ultimate Christmas Box from Donald Russell

Posted on 22 November 2010 by Chris Ford

Christmas is just around the corner, so to help you get in the spirit Donald Russell have launched their Christmas selection featuring all you need for the perfect Christmas meal.

To make things even easier for you, Donald Russell have produced a special ‘Ultimate Christmas Box’ – Everything you need for a perfect Christmas meal in one box & delivered straight to your door. It even comes with step by step cooking instructions and a promise of complete satisfaction! This is perfect for novice cooks such as myself looking to cook their first Christmas meal, or even if you know how, why not take the hassle out of the Christmas food shop?

The box contains:
1 Loue free range Bronze Turkey, min weight 5kg
1 Pork Sausage Meat pack
1 Pack Smoked Dry Cured Streak Bacon
8 Pigs in Blankets
Free Mosimann’s Christmas Pudding

Get all of this for just £67 – reduced from £81.25 plus Free Delivery

Now thats the food sorted I can concentrate on the gifts!

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Be An Agent Provocateur This Christmas

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Be An Agent Provocateur This Christmas

Posted on 18 November 2010 by Marc

I’m not sure of the statistics but I feel certain that perhaps with the exception of Valentine’s Day, Christmas is one of the most popular occasions for men to feel it appropriate to give the gift of lingerie to their partners.

Things have come on a long way from the days when you’d see red-faced men furtively browsing the lingerie section in department stores, intent on taking home something racy but when confronted by an assistant offering help in choosing something they’d leave with something more suited to their Great Aunt Maude.

The arrival of Agent Provocateur in 1994 changed all that. Suddenly men and women had a place to shop discreetly for beautiful, feminine lingerie that women would delight in wearing.  The chain now has over 30 stores in 13 countries as well as their website which lives up to its claim to be the sexiest lingerie website in the world. Quite simply, Agent Provocateur sells some of the most luxurious lingerie and decadent sleepwear imaginable which is sure to please the recipient and put you in the good books.

Their timeless Classic Collection ensures women can be sexy and professional as the mood takes them. These are stunning pieces that never go out of fashion and make perfect gifts. Some items you might want to consider are The Love Bra, The Fifi Bra or The Shazam Bra

If you’re looking for that racier item then fear not, Agent Provocateur has a wide selection of garments that are most certainly not for the faint hearted but are the ultimate choice for a night of pure seduction in the boudoir! Things you’ll definitely want to consider are The Nadia Basque, The Cendrillon Playsuit and The Marylin Bra

This week Agent Provocateur launched their Christmas Guide which as well as including some of the items I’ve already mentioned has some stunning items, like The Kiki Kimono which certainly beats a dressing gown from BHS!

They have also produced a handy buying guide for men because after all, you can never have too much information and if you get really, really stuck why not direct your loved one to Agent Provocateur’s wishlist facility? That way even though she’ll have an idea what she’ll be getting, you’ll know it’s something she wants and it certainly beats unwrapping a gift voucher! That said, with a gift voucher you may strike lucky and get invited to go shopping with her!

All purchases from Agent Provocateur come beautifully packed in luxurious pink boxes wrapped with silky black ribbon at no extra cost and they offer a no quibble money back guarantee, just in case!

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Fish Therapy For Feet

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Fish Therapy For Feet

Posted on 16 November 2010 by Marc

The Christmas countdown has begun and panic has already struck a number of people I know so I can only imagine how many people reading are facing that age old dilemma of what to buy the loved one or friend who has everything. There was a time when giving someone a gift voucher was the dull option but I’m inclined to think an Aqua Sheko voucher from London’s first ever fish therapy concept spa is an altogether different gift that is both unique, novel and bound to be appreciated.

Fish therapy is a unique beauty treatment using Garra Rufa fish, a form of carp. Clients submerge their feet into a tank of finned therapists for an exotic exfoliation by a team of tiny mouths. The fish have no teeth and use a sucking motion to painlessly nibble away the dead skin without damaging the healthy cells underneath, leaving you with a pleasant tingling sensation similar to a light massage.

It is believed that Garra Rufa fish secrete an enzyme, diathanol, which improves skin regeneration. The treatment is finished off with a relaxing massage leaving the recipient with feet soft, smooth and renewed.

There are a 4 gift voucher packages  available so you can ensure the perfect pairing:

  • The Aqua Sheko Energiser (25 mins: fish therapy and choice of foot or head and shoulder massage) £30
  • The Aqua Sheko Deluxe (50 mins: fish therapy with hand and arm massage and choice of foot or head and shoulder massage) £45
  • The Aqua Sheko Reviver (60 mins: fish therapy with foot, arm, shoulder and hand massage) £65
  • The Aqua Sheko Double Indulgence (Reviver package for two) £115

With so many options, these vouchers are for everyone – mums, dads, colleagues and friends. Ordering is fast and easy, simply visit www.aquasheko.co.uk or call 020 3489 8336 to make your booking.

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Get Busy with the Fizzy..

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Get Busy with the Fizzy..

Posted on 15 November 2010 by Chris Ford

As a child I always envied it from afar, I saw the flavours in the supermarket, the boy over the road had one, lots of the other kids at school had one but not for me. I always told myself though when I grow up I’m buying myself a Soda Stream!

Now some would argue I’m yet to grow up but today this 29year old finally realised the dream and got my very own Soda Stream machine and of course a tonne of flavours to try!

If you don’t remember or have no idea what Soda Stream is or does then let me explain.

The Soda Stream system enables you to carbonate water and to flavour carbonated beverages at home as an alternative to purchasing pre-packed bottles or cans.  So for a £3.99 bottle of flavour you can make ten litres of fizzy drinks which obviously is saving a fortune on regular shop bought drinks but also masses of fun!

And I I think that’s the real hidden selling point of the Soda Stream, the kids will really love being involved in the process and I have to admit this big kid loved it too!

There are four different models of machine to choose from,  the Stream, Genesis, Pure and finally the Penguin which is the top of the line machine complete with glass mixing bottle.  I went for the cheapest machine in range  the Stream which is £49.00.

For more information on the range of machines and flavours to choose from head over to www.sodastream.co.uk

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Try A 4 Blade Drive Next Time You Shave

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Try A 4 Blade Drive Next Time You Shave

Posted on 14 November 2010 by Marc

When it comes to shaving I freely admit I am very much old school in my preference of using a shaving brush and soap over canned foam and a single blade razor rather than one of the numerous multi bladed cartridges that are now available. That is not to say I don’t try them, I just find myself returning to that which I am used to.

While a wet shave is always preferable, there are times when it’s just not practical and for that reason I also have an electric razor, it doesn’t give me as close a shave as I would like but I’m not sure anyone would notice. I don’t feel I’m alone there, a lot of men I know say the same thing and it seems manufacturers are starting to listen, or at least Panasonic are.

Panasonic have recently launched two new 4-blade wet and dry shavers for men. They claim the new models, the ES-RF41 and the ES-RF31, are certain to put smiles on men’s faces thanks to a revolutionary 4-blade cutting system unique to Panasonic. The secret seemingly lies in an additional, extra-thin, finishing foil thereby expanding the shaving surface and enhancing results.

By increasing the number of blades the shave should be both faster (more blades cut down shaving time) and smoother (four blades achieve closer skin contact with lighter shaving strokes) resulting in a closer shave, even if you have tough stubble. Interestingly the average male facial hair, when dry, is as tough as a copper wire of the same thickness. This may explain why most women are not so keen on stubble when it’s pressed against their face!

As with the majority of Panasonic’s men’s shavers, the RF-series are 100% waterproof so can be used dry or in the shower with gel, foam or soap to further protect and soften the skin.  The outer foils feature a revolutionary curved shape that fits uniformly against the skin, even under the chin and the multi-directional pivoting head in both models adapts up, down, left and right to fit the contours of the face for irritation free results.

Combine all that with nano-polished blades that have been sharpened to a 30° knife’s edge and Panasonic claim it will give you the sharpest, closest, smoothest shave they have ever offered.  The extra-long battery in both models will give around 65 minutes shaving when used cordlessly and as far as I can make out the only difference between the two models are that the ES-RF41 comes with a charging stand and has five LED charge indicators, while the ES-RF31 has three LED charging indicators.

The retail price of the ES-RF41 is £169.99 and the ES-RF31 £149.99. Both models are available from John Lewis, www.amazon.co.uk, www.shavers.co.uk and Comet

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Daily Deals from Keynoir

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Daily Deals from Keynoir

Posted on 12 November 2010 by Marc

I’ve mentioned Keynoir before but in case you haven’t heard of them, they are one of the leading luxury lifestyle clubs. There seems to be an ever increasing number of these on-line member’s clubs, most of which offer designer fashion wear and accessories to their members; so what makes Keynoir different?

Well, rather than offering you last season’s designer goods at discounted prices, they handpick some of the finest experiences in and around London for their members. These Keypasses, as they like to call them, are usually only available to purchase for 1 day and very often only in limited numbers. To give you an idea of what you can expect, today’s Keypass is shown below.


There is no membership fee to become a Keynoir member, you simply register and each day you will be notified of the current Keypass offer, usually no more than 5 per week. Recently these offers have included 70% off an evening of whiskey tasting at London’s Albannach restaurant, 61% off dinner at Soho’s Quo Vadis Restaurant, 50% off a 5 Star weekend break in Cornwall and an amazing 75% off a fitness retreat in either Morocco, Ibiza or Italy!

One of the things I really like about the Keynoir offers is the fact that whilst you generally only have 24 hours in which to purchase them, you usually have several months in which to use them and nearly all of them can be transferred to 3rd parties with no fuss, making them ideal gifts.

So if the idea of enjoying fantastic offers at heavily discounted prices appeals to you why not sign up for your free membership today and start enjoying life, the Keynoir way!

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The Pac Man Ice Tray

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The Pac Man Ice Tray

Posted on 03 November 2010 by Chris Ford

Picture the scene,  you have a few friends round and you take their drinks orders.  Now imagine their suprise when they take a sip of their G&T not to find the usual square ice cube floating back at them, oh no because you have Pac Man Ice Cubes!

yes silly I know but also lots of fun!

£5.99 from Amazon and other good retailers

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Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa Celebrity Shoe Auction

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Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa Celebrity Shoe Auction

Posted on 03 November 2010 by Marc

Denise Van Outen launching the Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa charity auction. Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Shoe Aid for Africa’s Celebrity Shoe Auction was launched today by the ever lovely Denise Van Outen. Shoe Aid for Africa was set up by quite possibly the most popular brand of shoe polish in the UK, if not the world, Kiwi. What man doesn’t have a tin of Kiwi polish at home?

The campaign itself aims to send 100,000 pairs of shoes to Africa and the best thing is you can send a pair with just a few clicks of a mouse.  If you head over to www.shoeaidforafrica.org and leave a message on the interactive map Kiwi will send a pair of shoes to Tanzania on your behalf.

Also on the site you’ll find out how you can win a once in a lifetime experience of helping to distribute the shoes collected in Tanzania with Soles4Souls who provide shoes to children the world over; they estimate that over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes. That should give you something to think about when you next look at your own shoe collection!

Of course for some shoe collecting is a way of life, which is why Denise Van Outen was launching the 10 day auction on eBay. Male and female celebrities have donated shoes to be auctioned and every $1/63p raised will result in a pair of shoes being sent to Africa by Kiwi.

We’ve managed to find out details of some of the male celebrities who have donated shoes but you should check the auction daily as there may be more added, not to mention the female shoe donators who I know include Barbara Windsor, Mel C and Sarah Chalke. Men’s shoes that you can bid on include those from:

  • Gok Wan
  • Zach Braff (Scrubs)- Men’s Nike Velcro shoes
  • Donald Faison (Scrubs)- Men’s Nike Hightop Basketball shoes
  • Jason Kidd (NBA Dallas Mavericks)- Reebok Running shoes
  • Brad Arnold (Lead Singer/ 3 Doors Down)- Black Alfani Leather Ankle Boots
  • Tom Watson (PGA/ Pro Golfer)- Men’s Footjoy Golf Shoes
  • Brian Friedman
  • Nick Ede (Puma)
  • Simon Webb
  • Emperio Armani

So if you feel like grabbing yourself a pair of shoes and doing something for charity head over to Kiwi Shoe Aid for Africa’s Celebrity Shoe Auction now, before it’s too late!

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