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Category: Product Reviews

6 Nov

Top Vitamin C Serums for Men

Vitamin C has a superstar status among skincare experts given its anti-ageing and antioxidant capabilities. Long term topical use of Vitamin C has not only been clinically shown to regenerate collagen, but also improve the appearance of wrinkles and brighten skin pigmentation. It's therefore no surprise that many skincare brands put Vitamin C in their products and serums in the hope consumers will follow and make a purchase. The truth is, there are different types of Vitamin C - but only one type has the most skin-related research: ascorbic acid.   Meet Ascorbic acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid) When properly formulated, Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid helps create firmer and younger looking skin by stimulating collagen and reducing patches of...
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24 Oct

Best Skincare Products To Steal From Your Girlfriend

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Gender boundaries are blurring. Nowadays there are clothing brands that aren't defined by gender, and you have a 'gender neutral' Generation Z who aren't bothered by traditional gender roles or divisions. So in light of this new way of thinking, here are some of the best skincare products which may have been designed for women, but are equally good for men. These are some of the best skincare products you should consider begging, borrowing or stealing from your girlfriend.   Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream While women may find this exfoliator too harsh, it is perfect for men as they ten do have a thicker skin. Men tend to produce more sebum in their skin than women. Over time...
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10 Oct

REVIEW: Paula’s Choice for Mens Skin Care

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Paula's Choice for Men has a wide range of skincare products for men Paula's Choice is a curious exception in the skincare market - it doesn't rely on gorgeous models or celebrities to sell the brand, instead it focuses on the one true thing that matters for consumers: the ingredients. By focusing on the effectiveness of the skincare instead of packaging, Paula's Choice has built a reputation for quality skincare that delivers what it is stated on the bottle. It recently launched the Paula's Choice for Men range, which is a welcomed addition into the burgeoning men's skincare market. The men's skincare range (rebranded as "PC4Men" to cater to avoid a girl's name in the brand name) has...
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7 Oct

Tres Bien’s Minimalist Scandinavian F/W 2015 Collection

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The Tres Bien Fall/Winter 2015 collection is an understated, minimalist menswear collection reflecting the brand's logo-free ethos. Regarded as one of the top menswear stores, Malmö-based Tres Brien has been curating and selling some of the best menswear brands for many years. When it launched its first in-house fashion collection back in April 2014, it was an exciting moment for the brand and Swedish fashion. In their Fall/Winter 2015 collection launched today, Tres Bien has latched onto its successful formula of providing minimalist Scandinavian menswear. Featuring versatile puffy jackets for the harsh winter and a sneakers collaboration with Common Projects, the collection is wearable and simple - perfectly summing up the brand's ethos. With a 20% non-EU discount,...
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29 Sep

REVIEW: Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3

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REVIEW: The Skinceuticals Metacell B3 was launched in February 2015 as a daily emulsion to help with skin ageing concerns. The first thing I noticed when looking at the Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 is how flawless and heavy-duty the frosted glass bottle is. Unlike some other skincare brands those products have great ingredients but cheap plastic packaging, Skinceuticals ensures the packaging protects the product's ingredients from light and air exposure. No details are spared as the brand puts in every effort to ensure its product reflects the brand's ethos of science-based skincare. The Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 contains 5% niacinamide, which has proven to help improve skin elasticity. The second thing I noticed with the...
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6 Oct

REVIEW: Braun Series 5 Shaver

Review: The Braun Series 5 Electric Shaver For the past few months, I've been using razor blades to shave, so when I was gifted the Braun Series 5 shaver a month ago, I was hesitant to make the switch and review it. However, two weeks ago, I made the plunge and started using the Braun Series 5 (5020s model). The change has been surprisingly easy – I expected more razor bumps and irritation – although there are certainly some areas of improvement for Braun to consider. Design and Ergonomics of the Series 5 shaver Braun is known for their attention to detail and ergonomic design, and the Series 5 shaver exhibits both qualities. The shaver itself is a...
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4 Oct

The Best G1 Flight Jacket for the Modern Man

Private White VC have modernised the WWII G1 Flight Jacket by using heritage fabrics and a slim cut Thanks to Top Gun, in which Tom Cruise played the hunky Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, men have been lusting after the G1 Flight Jacket for decades. What you may not know is the jacket was first introduced as uniform for the American Navy and Marine Corps back in WWII. Over the years, the classic jacket has since been updated and appropriated and hangs in the wardrobes of many men. Even on eBay one will find pages and pages of 'authentic' G1 Flight Jackets, but in our eyes, none come close the version recently introduced by British heritage brand Private White VC. When the horror of knowing that...
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6 Jun

hook + ALBERT Accessories Traveler

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If you're anything like Ryan Bingham, the perpetually-travelling executive played by George Clooney in 'Up in the Air', you'd drool over the sight of this Accessories Traveler from hook + Albert. Made from waxed canvas and featuring leather trimming and stainless steel hardware, this is one sleek looking case for all your travel needs. With bindings, pockets, clips, secure straps and bevels for every accessory, you can pack it up, throw it in your bag and all your pieces will be secure and safe on the go. Its well-thought out design includes detachable straps which act as fasteners which keeps loose accessories like cufflinks, tie bars and ties all in one place. It's ultimate handy pouch for frequent flyers. Check out how...
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18 May

Search for the Perfect Man Bag #1: Paul Smith Holdall Bag

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I have a confession to make: I'm always on the hunt for a new bag. It's an addiction which I readily admit but have failed to do anything to curb it. When I'm out shopping (or online shopping), the first thing I look for are bags. So to help track my addiction, I'm starting a new section for this blog where I'll be looking at all the bags I want. I call it the 'Search for the Perfect Man Bag', and it starts with this holdall bag from iconic British retailer Paul Smith. I've always loved Paul Smith how its unafraid to play with quirky details; what could have just been a classic slick textured-leather holdall, now comes with a accented...
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9 Mar

Top 5 Anti-Dandruff Shampoos for Men

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It's true that a man's head of hair is inextricably linked to his self-image and self-esteem - after all, look at men like Alec Baldwin and George Clooney who have amazing hair. So when the issue of dandruff comes up, it makes many men uncomfortable and embarrassed. But the truth is, dandruff is merely the scaling and itching of the skin on the scalp. In most cases it can be easily remedied with medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. But with every other shampoo claiming to the the best anti-dandruff product out there, which one should a man choose? Here are our top 5 anti-dandruff shampoos for men. Why does dandruff occur? To know which anti-dandruff shampoo to use, it's important to know why dandruff...
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2 Dec

REVIEW: Goldwell Thickening Shampoo for Men

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Our ingredient-based review of the Goldwell Thickening Shampoo Goldwell Thickening Shampoo for Men: The Claim According to the Goldwell website, this Dualsenses thickening shampoo "provides more fullness and strength for fine and thinning hair" for men by using "special strengtheners and protein". If we look at the ingredients in the shampoo, we'll see that the first few ingredients (aside from water) are Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isostearate and Coco-Glucoside. The first two ingredients are nothing special as they're merely foaming and cleanings agents. Coco-Glucoside on the other hand, is derived from natural ingredients (you guessed it, coconut) and can help "smooth out the hair structure and increase manageability" 1. Other products in the Goldwell Dualsenses haircare...
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1 Dec

REVIEW: UE Boom 360 Wireless Speaker

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[youtube id="kwSzsCMLghc" width="600" height="350"] We're not exactly audio geeks here at HommeStyler, but we can always appreciate a good set of speakers. So when we were asked  to review their UE Boom 360 Wireless Speakers, we jumped at the chance. The first thing we noticed about UE BOOM was its shape and compact size. Unlike your typical speakers, the UE BOOM is a cylinder. It's also extremely portable, measuring just 21 cm by 8 cm (diameter) - the size of a small bottle of water. It's also light enough to fit in any backpack and weekend bag. UE BOOM is the length of a pen and width of bottle of water UE BOOM's major selling point is that it's...
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20 Nov

Review: Headlube Moisturizer Lotion by Headblade

Headlube Lotion is a moisturizer by US grooming brand Headblade targeting 'blokey blokes' There are two ways modern skincare brands and grooming companies get men to buy their products: clever marketing and quality products. Unfortunately, Headblade's Headlube Moisturizer Lotion falls short in the quality department. According Headblade's official website, the Headlube moisturizer lotion is specifically formulated for the scalp and can help moisturize the skin and keep it supple. Whilst the key ingredients - mineral oil and stearic acid - have indeed been proven to be effective emollients which keep moisture locked in (source: here and here), many of its other ingredients are potentially irritating to the skin. For example, Headlube lotion's ingredients include Peppermint Extract, Arnica Montanga...
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5 Nov

Best Online Stores for Mens Shoes

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If there's one menswear saying that I truly believe, it's that you can judge a man by his shoes. A lot of men make the mistake of buying cheap shoes thinking that they shouldn't spend too much on something that's going to get kicked around. But the truth is, what you put on your back may go out of fashion and style someday, and so it's the shoes you wear that speaks volumes about what kind of man you  really are. In this post I've rounded up some of the best online stores when it comes to men's shoes. When I'm talking about shoes, I don't mean sneakers, sandals or espadrilles, but shoes suitable for formal occasions and work - monk...
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24 Oct

Gucci Bamboo Cuir Leather Suitcase

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There are two types of people in this world: those who penny-pinch when traveling and those who don't. If you liken yourself to the latter, then you might as well travel with style and take this bamboo cuir leather suitcase from Gucci with you. This leather luggage bag, measuring an airport-friendly 18.5" x 12.6" x 5.5", is not only great for a weekend getaway, it's also utilitarian with its plentiful pockets. There's an interior smart phone and zip pocket, as well as zip closures in the front and for the leather tags. What we love about this cuir leather suitcase is its hardened bamboo handle. This bag is in fact an extension of Gucci's iconic 'Bamboo Bag' range which began more...
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14 Aug

Best Men’s Body Wash [2014 Edition]

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A good body wash should help invigorate you and prepare you for the challenges ahead. For most men, this comes down its scent, but the truth is, there is more than what meets the eye when it comes down to shower gels.  A great body wash should awaken the senses and help clear the skin of any impurities. In Summer, it should leave you feeling refreshed, and it in Winter, keep your skin moisturized and not strip its natural oil leaving it dry and flaky. Unlike face washes, body washes usually don't differentiate themselves by skin type. This is because unlike skin on the face which tends to be more soft and sensitive, the skin on our body is thicker is...
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31 May

Best Men’s Skincare Products 2013

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Complete list of the best men's skincare products of 2013 Each year, we see skincare companies invest more and more money into men's skincare products. According to this report, over 9 in 10 men now use skincare products, whether it's facial or body skincare, shaving products or hair care products. A glance at your local supermarket and a search online will confirm this - there are now a plethora of options for men when it comes to taking care of their looks. So the question we're hearing a lot of readers ask is" which skincare products are the best? That's why we've put together  this list of the Best Men's Skincare Products 2013.  If you have any products you...
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26 May

Acqua Essenziale by Salvatore Ferragamo Review

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Acqua Essenziale by Salvatore Ferragamo Salvatore Ferragamo is best known for the shoes they make, but it's about time their colognes get recognition. In the past, the Italian design house has created a range of colognes - F by Ferragamo Black in 2009, and more recently Attimo Pour Homme in 2011 - but it's 2013 Acqua Essenziale that stands out from their collection. The first thing that hits you when applying Acqua Essenziale, is that it smells both aromatic and freshly spicy. The mixture of the top notes - grapefruit, mint and tree leaf - give a refreshing aroma that's ideal for Summer. The top notes don't linger for too long - about an hour max - before...
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