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men's tested tried the chic geek Lab Series Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion

Lab Series' Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion has been reformulated with 'Youth Renewing Technology' and powerful ferments to condition and recharge skin after cleansing, leaving it smoother and younger-looking.

Left - Lab Series - Max L S Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion - 200ml - £40 

The new Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion is clinically proven on men’s skin to: enhance skin’s overall brightness, boosting skin’s radiance by 11%*, help refine skin’s texture and help it look smoother and minimise the look of fine dry lines
*Clinical testing on 27 men immediately after one use.

Ingredients include -

Molasses Ferment helps to improve the look of skin tone by restoring radiance.

Lactobacillus, a potent probiotic, helps strengthen the skin’s barrier to regulate moisture levels and to defend it against external aggressors.

Acetyl Glucosamine, an amino acid sugar, helps to gently exfoliate for smoother, more even texture.

Green Tea Leaf Extract is a potent antioxidant known for its soothing properties.

TheChicGeek says, "I'll be honest, I hadn't tried the original version of this, so I'd thought I'd give it go after the brand's recent refresh. Read more Lab Series Rebrands

"This really does feel like the water in its name. Light and non-fragranced, it is like refreshingly splashing your face with water. I used after cleansing, morning and night, and there was a visible difference. Skin felt and looked more refreshed and healthier. Definitely a product for guys who want something easy and gentle. Apply moisturiser over the top."

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King C. Gillette Face and Stubble MoisturiserKing C. Gillette has launched two new men’s grooming products specifically designed for men with stubble. New additions to the range include the Face and Stubble Moisturiser and 'Style Master', a tool which has been designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble to help men maintain their look in between barbershop visits.

Left - King C. Gillette - Face and Stubble Moisturiser - £10

According to Gillette, today, 60% of men have facial hair, and, after clean shaven, stubble tops the list of most popular styles, however, men still have concerns when it comes to their facial hair. Common frustrations are that skin underneath their stubble feels dry or itchy, while the hair feels rough and even scratchy. The new King C. Gillette products have been created to address these facial hair concerns and help men master their personal style to establish a pleasurable at home grooming routine.

The Style Master features the 'World’s First 4D cutting technology'. Designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble, the multifunctional tool features four cutting elements - including two side cutters for trimming longer hairs and two central blades to cut shorter hairs - and a pivoting head that adapts to the contours of the face. The Style Master offers men the flexibility to master their stubble with one simple tool that is cordless, water resistant and gentle on the skin.

The Face and Stubble Moisturiser moisturises the skin to sooth and relieve signs of dryness and skin irritation such as itchiness, redness and skin flakes while hydrating and conditioning hair to soften prickly stubble. The moisturiser is enriched with vitamin B Complex and glycerine to hydrate and strengthen the natural skin barrier, and argan oil conditions prickly stubble for a soft and smooth feel

Left - King C. Gillette - Style Master - £39.99

TheChicGeek says, "Stubble often dries out the skin underneath producing flakey skin which looks particularly bad when wearing dark clothing. Anything which claims to help with that is a good thing.

The 'Style Master' is in a similar vain to the ever-popular Philips OneBlade (See TheChicGeek's honest review here), but is black and anonymous. The name 'Style Master' isn't even on the gadget. It is made by Braun, another P&G brand, a name respected in electricals, so should have the strength to tackle even the coarsest of facial hair."

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Gillette SKIN grooming products for men's sensitive skinShaving giant, Gillette, has launched its new skincare collection, Gillette SKIN, designed to prepare, protect and replenish guys shaved skin. The line-up, which can be used as a regimen or individually has been designed with fast absorbing and non-sticky formulas and created to address sensitive skin issues at its core. 

Certified by the British Skin Foundation (BSF), Gillette SKIN is designed to prepare, protect, and replenish the skin.  The range includes a face wash, shave cream, shave gel, shave mousse, post shave balm and moisturiser. The products are enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, are made without alcohol and dyes and help men avoid skin irritation when shaving. 

“We know guys look for simple and effective skincare products that are easy and comfortable to use” said Callum Wood, Gillette UK Brand Director. “As the brand that sets the standard for guys grooming routines, we know a smooth shave and healthy-looking skin go hand in hand to help them put their best face forward each morning. Gillette SKIN is therefore designed to give all men, including those with sensitive skin, skincare that not only makes a difference, but is easy to integrate into their grooming routine.” 

Matthew Patey, Chief Executive of the British Skin Foundation, added “The BSF reviewed the research and formulation work Gillette undertook and we’re proud to certify the new Gillette SKIN range and its proven benefits for sensitive skin.”  

TheChicGeek says, "Sensitive skin can be irritating and annoying so anything which reduces this form irritation, particularly associated with shaving, is a welcome relief."

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Tuesday, 05 October 2021 12:38

Lab Series Rebrands

Lab Series rebrands men's grooming adviceLab Series, a pioneer in men’s skincare, has had a '360 degree upgrade'. All the brand's packaging has been redesigned with the consumer in mind to be functional, modern, and easy to navigate with clear product benefits and ingredients callouts on pack. Six new product series targeted to the most common male skincare concerns are colour coded based on the benefits of the products for instant recognition: Daily Rescue, All-in-One, Oil Control, Anti-aging MAX LS, Grooming, and Instant Fix. A new, sleeker logo ties it all together.

New sustainability measures include: more than half of packaging by weight will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable with the goal to reach 75% by 2025. More than half of the new packaging contains a minimum of 20% recycled content. 100% of cartons will be recyclable and are made using FSC-certified paperboard.

The Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion has been reformulated with Youth Renewing technology and powerful ferments to condition and recharge skin after cleansing, leaving it smoother and younger-looking.

Lab Series has also launched a new e-commerce experience featuring the exclusive 'Lab Series Skin Diagnostic'—a personalised online skin analysing tool that provides consumers with private, customised advice at their fingertips. Activated using a smartphone with an uploaded selfie, the skin diagnostic uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide a personalised skin report mapping six main skin concerns and providing customised product recommendations.

The new Lab Series digital experience is available now, followed by the Skin Diagnostic in early 2022.

TheChicGeek says, "Lab Series was one of the first premium men's grooming brands, started in 1987 by Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This new rebrand feels contemporary and fresh, while still recognisably Lab Series. The range is extensive - maybe still a little too large? (Below) - but they'll be something here for everybody.

The new imagery is less chiselled and more inclusive. Men's grooming brands can be softer today and less stamping of masculinity. This new look feels modern and while retaining the science we've come to expect from Lab Series. The personalised Skin Diagnostic tool sounds like it has potential and will help to navigate the products. I will be testing the reformulated Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion." 

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Published in News
Wednesday, 08 September 2021 15:54

Tried & Tested Wake Skincare

men's skincare wake face mask face cream eye gel tested tried the chic geek'Skincare for the ‘On’ generation', *calls Roger Federer!* Wake is the young beauty brand tailored to the skincare woes of a generation connected. Innovative products said to solve the problems of a non-stop lifestyle including long hours on screens emitting blue light, working out at the gym and the lacklustre, photo-aged skin that can result. Wake was born in 2018 from two smart Millennials - Anton Burton, 30 and Alex Mavor, 29 - noticing these issues in themselves, their families and friends .

The Wake story begins with just three essentials: an Eye Gel, a Face Cream and a Face Mask. All products are fragrance free and gender neutral or come with a natural scent. And all come housed in glass jars to reduce plastic consumption and recycled cardboard packaging which is also recyclable.

Left - Wake - Eye Gel - 30ml - £22.98, Face Cream - 50ml - £24.98, Face Mask - 50ml - £27.98

TheChicGeek says, “Not be confused with Waken, the hipster mouthcare brand, Wake, sticks to the simple formula of three products: face, eyes, mask.

I was actually surprised both founders were male, not really sure why - Anton and Alex, who met at University - maybe because the packaging is fairly neutral, but I would have lent towards the feminine.

The Face Mask is Millennial pink - Australian pink clay - and has a satisfying restful result. The Face Cream is light, non-greasy and nourishing and so too the eye cream. While not that memorable, fragrance free, these products feel reliable and the packaging says quality.

There could possibly do with putting the directions on the actual products, especially on the Face Mask, as you’re not using it everyday and we forget. And, like I always say, an SPF in the daily/daytime products.”

www.wakeskincare.com

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The Other Saint SPF Grooming MoisturiserPaying particular attention to the daily effect of the elements (e.g. UV rays) on premature ageing, The Other Saint is a new grooming brand taking a simple two-pronged approach to face care; repair your skin and prevent further damage. They, firstly, help to repair damage already done to your skin, then secondly, help to protect your skin from further damage, all by us- ing a variety of natural derived actives & antioxidants.

Left - The Other Saint - SPF 30 Protective Moisturiser 50ml - £22.50

TheChicGeek says, “I have to admit I had a false start with The Other Saint. They approached me last year and asked if I wanted to try and review their products. Looking at SPF being a central message, which I’ve never understood why more brands don’t as I’ve been banging on about this for years, I was looking forward to them arriving.

Four products arrived with not a single one containing an SPF. A little perplexed I tried the did try the products - if you like coffee, the Caffeine High Exfoliator is basically the scrapings from a barista’s busy day.

New PR, new approach, and I asked for something with an SPF and the SPF 30 Protective Moisturiser arrived.

With most moisturisers containing SPF you are aware of it. It often feels less silky and drier. If I did a blind testing you would never guess with this one. Which I rate highly. It is light and at SPF 30 it is giving you significant protection. A product that makes you want to apply it more is a winner.

The tub packaging doesn’t do the product justice, while being compostable pot, it doesn’t feel as premium as I would like. I’m not sure what ‘Vegan friendly’ means either, it’s vegan or it’s not?”

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Monday, 24 May 2021 11:29

Harry's Launches Skincare

Harry's razors launches skincareHarry’s unveil its full skincare range with the introduction of 4 new easy-to-use skincare products for healthier-looking skin. In addition to its existing Face Wash and Face Lotion, the new products feature innovative formulas with effective ingredients like wintergreen leaf extract and niacinamide. 

Since taking on shaving in 2017, Harry’s has expanded to offer easy-to-navigate products that solve for unmet grooming needs across categories including hair, body and scalp. The 4 new products include; Freshening Face Toner, Hydrating Night Lotion, Brightening Eye Cream and Targeted Blemish Treatment.

Left - Freshening Face Toner - £8, Hydrating Night Lotion - £8, Brightening Eye Cream - £8, Targeted Blemish Treatment - £7

Harry’s Skincare is available exclusively at Boots and Harrys.com from May 24th 

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Thursday, 08 April 2021 16:08

Miller Harris Étui Noir Bath & Body Collection

Miller Harris Etui Noir soap body washMiller Harris has reworked and reformulated its Étui Noir bath & body products to offer a bath time experience that is both soothing and comforting. Étui Noir is a masculine celebration of inky black leather with the warm intensity of the tactile powder of iris to create an exciting sense of contrast. Evocative of leather’s many forms; well-worn jackets, patent boots and suede gloves, Étui Noir is a rich and uncompromising scent. 

NEW Étui Noir Body Wash - £22 (300ml), NEW Étui Noir Soap - £20, NEW Étui Noir Gift Set - £90 - The Etui Noir gift set includes the Etui Noir Eau de Parfum (50ml) and the Etui Noir Body Wash (300ml) stylishly presented in a luxury gift box.

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 17:28

‘The ADAM Atelier at Harrods’ Opens

adam barbers harrods turkish best haircut londonADAM brings its grooming atelier to Harrods, opening on the second floor in a unique destination, with an 8-chair atelier that will be positioned in the ‘Men’s Superbrands’ department. Clients will be able to step into ‘The ADAM Atelier at Harrods’ and indulge in the artful hands and discerning eye of their house barbers.

ADAM Grooming Atelier brings old-world craftsmanship and grooming rituals and updates them for the modern world. At ADAM, there is a lean into the history and mastery of the Turkish barber. Since 2016, the award-winning ADAM Atelier has created 7 uniquely designed spaces in London, where men can go to escape, replenish and emerge feeling nurtured and groomed for city life

“We founded ADAM for the modern gentleman who values craft, tradition and artistry.” says Esat Kolege and Oytun Pakcan, Founders of ADAM, “Our clientele reflect the world we live in, whether it’s passion for science, art, commerce or sport, every ADAM man is connected in their ambition and desire to experience rituals that broaden the horizon.”

Exclusive for Harrods, all treatments are performed by Adam’s most senior barbers, who are custodians of the traditional Turkish rituals such as the hot towel, ear flame and massage, which feature in all services. Alongside wet shaves and classic cuts, this exclusive treatment menu will also include facials, threading and blow dries. Adam only use the finest ingredients and unique blends of essential oils that restore, soothe and rejuvenate. Guests can unwind with a freshly brewed Turkish coffee, an expertly crafted oil fashioned or perhaps a Japanese whisky on the rocks from the Atelier’s in-house bar.

adam barbers harrods turkish best haircut londonThe design is by award-winning architect, Inanc Eray. Eray originates from Istanbul also and he mastered his craft for many years under the visionary, Zaha Hadid. He creates spaces with purpose and strength. The Atelier, like the historic Hammams, assures privacy and complete focus on the client. Enter the Atelier and you will see a long strip of Marmara marble, the same material used in the Hammams of Istanbul, cuts deeply through the space. Floating on this is a unique dark chestnut structure that houses each grooming cabin. Confident and assured, it creates a relaxing and compelling atmosphere while providing privacy and focus of attention.

Services start from £30

Second Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

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Thursday, 04 February 2021 18:22

Tried & Tested JOS Grooming Original Beard Serum

tried tested JOS grooming beard serumHairstylist Jos Gibson has nearly two decades’ of experience concepting, designing and teaching for fashion brands, runway shows and editorial. His career started at legendary haircare brand Vidal Sassoon in 90s Manchester, and by the 2000s, Jos had become a leader in mens’ grooming working with brands such as YMC, Sunspel, Fred Perry Japan and A.P.C.

Whilst working behind the scenes on editorials for menswear titles such as GQStyle and Fantastic Man, Jos noted the lack of skincare and beard products that worked well for men on set. He began to experiment with new ways of grooming and caring for the skin, hair and beard that became the precursors to his own range of products.

High- quality plant-based solutions are combined with a fragrance that evokes the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing. The JOS Original Beard Serum uses a blend of wood oils, frankincense, cedar and Japanese hinoki cypress, paired with green ora of vetiver and thyme. These specially blended precious oils contain plant phytoncides which together create a unique anti-stress fragrance which is said to not only heals our mind and improves our immunity but connects us to the natural world.

Left - JOS - Original Beard Serum - 30ml - £16

TheChicGeek says, “I always say the easier something is to use, the more you’ll use, and this being in a roll-on format feels ingenious. While a simple idea, it feels faster and more portable than previous beard serums. You simply apply when the beard or facial hair is wet.

The fragrance is a traditional woody scent, but in the green glass you really do buy into his whole Japanese forest concept. It’s well priced, and you even get manly joss sticks using the same wood and plant oils thrown into your purchase at the moment. What’s not to love?”

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