Archive for the ‘For Him’ Category
At Just Nice Things we like to shake things up a bit so today we have a guest reviewer in the form of a man – it’s our Tan. Yes, he’s ours because he keeps coming back for more!
Tan has been getting to grips with Braun’s Series 5 5040S Wet & Dry shaver, one of three models available in Braun’s series and what’s more, they are on special offer with up a third off this Christmas at Boots so if you’re wondering what to get for the most important man in your life be it your dad, brother, husband or boyfriend, perhaps this might be it.
Let’s see how Tan got on with losing his shaver virginity to this grooming gadget…
The Series 5 5040S Wet & Dry premium shaver is the new product from Braun released just in time for Christmas.
At first glance the 5040s looks a premium product that is beautifully designed. The shaver has a rubberised, ergonomically designed body which makes it easy to hold in the hand either wet or dry. When I took it out of the box what I first noticed was how light the shaver was to hold compared to a Remington I had previously used. It is very simple to use straight out of the box with no assembly required.
As it describes itself as a Wet premium shaver, I decided to try it out in the shower. Not only that, as I have sensitive skin, I tend to shave a couple times a week and so had a good amount of stubble for the shaver to work its magic on. So this was a good test for the 5040s. I found shaving to be a good experience, quick and efficient. The shave was smooth and sharp and I didn’t find myself having to go over the same shaving spot twice. Neither did I have to press the shaver against my skin too hard, simply a soft and easy motion did the trick. This is where the Flex MotionTec helps the 5040s as it seemed to glide at times, and the pivoting shaver head came into its own when shaving around the neck area. Most electric shavers advise to hold the shaver at 90 degree angle for best results, however the 5040s works well even when you don’t adhere to this.
Now you can argue that the quality of a foil shaver is in the foil, and how long it stays sharp for, however with regular cleaning and maintenance I do not perceive this to be an issue. There is also a short beard trimmer on the back for those keen on styling but I had no use for it.
It will take 60 minutes to fully charge the shaver, and you can expect 45 minutes of cordless shaving. For myself this mean charging the shaver once a week. Maintaining and servicing the shaver is quick and easy. The head can be taken off for cleaning simply by pulling gently with the thumb and forefinger and you should do this frequently to keep the blades and moving parts clear of bristles – it allows the shaver to work better and will help the heads stay sharper and the batteries last longer. Braun supply a small brush and some lubricating oil that come in handy.
The shaver is supplied with a two pin mains charger and can be used whilst you shave. There’s nothing worse than your shaver dying halfway through a shave when you can’t plug the charger in and carry on.
I have to admit being a more of a Gillette razor kind of guy, and having sensitive skin, I was a little sceptical but there was really no need. This is definitely a premium shaver and the quality shines through from its well designed exterior, the new Flex MotioTec technology, to the close smooth shave it provides.
Price wise, compared to the Philips and Remington brands, there are cheaper electric shavers on the market. Retailing at £189.99, its certainly not cheap, however by shopping around online you will find the big retailers discounting in the run up to Christmas, with Boots and Amazon pricing competitively at around the £100 mark. At this price, the Braun Series 5 5040s Wet & Dry Premium Shaver is definitely worth investing in.
The new Braun Series 5 range is available at Boots, Amazon, Argos, larger supermarkets and other good electrical retailers. Series 5 5040S normally retails for £189.99 but will be priced at £127.29 at Boots until 31st December 2012. You can also pick up Series 5 5030s for £100 (RRP: £159.99) and Series 5 5070cc for £133.99 (RRP: £199.99). Visit www.braun.com/uk for more information.
Thank you, Tan! Glad to hear your handsome visage survived the Braun machine. What do the rest of you think?
P.S: Tan occasionally writes a brilliant blog. Do check it out and hopefully he will be encouraged to write some more!
At Just Nice Things, we loved Tan’s first contribution to the blog so much that we asked him to review another product. This time it’s from Wilkinsons’ range of male grooming products. Wilkinsons – for those outside of the UK – is a chain store with branded products for the family offering huge savings.
When I heard of this new Wicked body spray by Wilko that had a touch of vanilla and chocolate, it got me excited. I mean, it combines my two favourite ice cream flavours for a start, which can’t be bad thing.
The bottle design itself reminds me of an old Lynx cast-off but that didn’t put me off. It is very easy to use unlike some leading brands where you need a manual these days to find out if you holding the bottle correctly.
If there is one thing I have against the Wilko Wicked deodorant is that it not so much sprays but shoots out the bottle like a water pistol. It’s as if I’ve been hit under my arm by a pressure washer. Faulty nozzle maybe?
Now I know what you guys are thinking, it’s the name, right? Wicked? Yes, I know it doesn’t quite scream a masculine fragrance, and will more likely make you think of the WKD adverts than a body spray. Guys like the regular hard stern deodorant names like Alpha or Jet, or my personal favourite, Euphoria. Still it could be worse. Wilko could have gone and called it Kamasutra, and offered free chill thrill condoms with every purchase as one online retailer is doing. If you don’t believe me I suggest you Google it!
But back to the Wicked. Well, at first it has quite an aromatic feel with the slight hint of chocolate hitting you before the strong and quite distinctive fruity and vanilla fragrance takes over.
One aspect in its scent is that it does last quite a long time. However after using it for a few days, I did feel like a walking cheesecake especially when the sun was out.
The bottle states, “if you feel a bit wicked… this should make you pretty irresistible”
Well I had a chance to put that to the test last week. I had a colleague in my car as we were driving to a meeting one afternoon (Hmm, of course, a ‘meeting’ – Sheenie). A few minutes later, my colleague pointed out how she loved my car. However that’s about as irresistible as I was going to feel as the next few words she uttered were that my car still had that “new car smell, very vanilla like” and wanted to know what dashboard shine I used. Too embarrassed to tell the truth, I answered “Halfords”.
Well put yourself in my shoes, what would you say?
“Oh no, it’s not the dashboard shine, that’s me, Vanilla Ice”
Yes, truly irresistible.
Wilko’s Wicked Body Spray is priced at £0.77 and is available from all Wilkinson stores.
To check where your nearest branch is or to order online, visit www.wilkinsonplus.com.
Today we welcome a new guest blogger speaking on behalf of the gentlemen. Please welcome Tan Araf (be nice to him as he’s a little scared).
Tan also writes a fantastic blog, musing about the philosophies of life and his ‘fro. Do check it out – it really is worth a read. Tan, the floor is yours (so to speak)…
Now I see myself as quite the modern man. I’m quite happy to iron the girlfriend’s delicate whites to changing nappies when the time comes and getting my eyebrows plucked every few weeks, so much so am I confident of my sexuality that I have no problem wearing pink to work on a regular basis, and yes, that includes pink socks.
I’ll even take it one step further and say that if you looked up the term ‘Metro-sexual’ in the dictionary there will be a picture of me alongside Gavin Henson. Although I am Asian, to tell us apart, you would need to know that Gavin would be the darker one in the picture obviously!
This brings me on to reviewing the new summer fragrance for men by Joop. It’s not your ordinary fragrance for men in a bottle, no. The new limited edition bottle is called Joop! Homme Sexy in Pink, and titled in a way to tell us guys that “Real men wear pink”. Hmmm, really? I mean really? Seriously? Is it 2001 all over again?
The box itself sees a sexy athletic type drawing the attention of lady by wearing an unbuttoned pink shirt and white hot pants and I presume, he’s had his head dunked in a bucket of Sexy In Pink. Now I must point out that the box design is by the Spanish illustrator Jordi Labanta who tried to create a fun, stylish and summer look. Well he failed miserably. The hideous cartoon design looks like an advert for the 1990s Eurotrash TV show and is enough to put any man off buying the fragrance. If it was placed next to the tried and trusted Armani or Boss at your local store, I know which one I would grab every single time.
However I thought, why not just throw the box away and you will be left with the classic and elegant famous Joop bottle. Well, sorry to disappoint once again, because they have only gone and sketched on the silly man and woman cartoon on the bottle as well. Oh Joop, why do you do this?
Mind you, all is forgiven once you open the bottle. The sensual and engaging tones of the strong fragrance draws you in. A hint of grapefruit as you first splash on a dash give it an energetic feel before the stronger and more potent saffron kicks in to give it a provocative and irresistible blend. Its long lasting and you don’t need to splash gallons of the stuff on to keep the scent smelling fresh on a long summer’s night.
I would quite happily wear Sexy in Pink as I set off on my night out, driving my pink car, wearing my lucky pink underpants and pink shirt because that’s how real men of 2011 roll – we are not afraid of the colour pink but if I’m swinging by a Soho bar, and a young lady passes me by, does a double take, walks up to me and asks, ”My, you smell divine, what is it your wearing?” My answer wouldn’t be suave or debonair. Instead I would take her hand, look deep into her eyes, and after a long romantic pause, would utter, “it’s Sexy In Pink” (which isn’t worth thinking about actually).
Joop! Homme’s Sexy in Pink eau de toilette in 100ml is available to buy from Escentual.com for £32.
Today we welcome on board a new recruit to the mighty male crew at Just Nice Things – ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Big Welsh. He’s big and he’s Welsh. Yes, really. He’s also very kindly trialled and reviewed the Hot Cleanse & Polish from Liz Earle’s skincare range for men so without much further ado, let’s get on with it…
With an ever-growing male toiletries market my dressing table space is getting a tad crowded. I’ll admit I’m vain, a little cocky and even a tad narcissistic when it comes to my appearance, and I’ll try anything to enhance what I wake up with in the morning, yet I don’t think I’ll be making space on my dresser for this one.
Opening the tissue-wrap with held-breathe and anticipation to a rather plain looking tube and a couple of muslin cloths was a disappointment to say the least. The styling of the packaging wouldn’t look amiss next to my Clinique 3-Step potions and lotions so it’s clear to see their aiming it at the higher-end of the market.
Opening the tube and taking a whiff it didn’t really smell of too much. The instructions with the set say to fill a basin with warm to hot water, soak the muslin and pat your face with the water. I’d take a wild guess and say it works the same way as the regular, women’s Hot Cleanse & Polish best seller.
Squeezing out an amount of the paste/cream/lotion (it has a weird consistency)and rubbing it between my hands, it doesn’t really form a lather, it doesn’t spread and it doesn’t seem to combine with the water in any useful way. I persevere and apply to my face. It’s not entirely unpleasant and on swiping the cloth around my face I did “feel” cleaner especially as I was using it at the end of a long day.
I finish up and pack it all away (what are you supposed to do with a soggy muslin cloth?!). I would say my face felt very smooth and I certainly appreciated the feeling of my skin after using it. That’s probably the result of the eucalyptus and cocoa butter in the product.
I admitted that my predilection for male cosmetics meant I was curious to give this a go, but I think the key thing in the male-end of the market is convenience. No matter how vain or mirror-happy a man is, he’ll struggle to use a product if it takes more than a minute or if it means leaving his room. I just don’t think most men have that pamper-gene.
It’s very much a needs-must mentality and I think this product seems more of an effort and even though it does produce pretty good results. I think I’d struggle to muster up the enthusiasm to use it more than once or twice a month.
Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish for men costs from £13.25 for a 100ml pump starter kit.
Thank you, Big Welsh! You can follow Big Welsh on Twitter as bigwelsh. To find out more about the men’s skincare range from Liz Earle, visit http://uk.lizearle.com/mens-skincare.html. Have you tried any of these products? If so, how did you find them?