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Gillette Labs has launched The Gillette Labs Exfoliating Razor. Gillette’s premium innovation hub – the razor has the first ever built-in exfoliation bar, accompanied with a lifetime warranty. The razor’s built-in exfoliation bar removes dirt and debris from the skin before the blades pass and features Gillette’s most advanced five blade technology for a close, comfortable shave. The beautifully designed metal handle comes with a magnetic stand to securely hold the razor upright, meaning the razor not only looks great on your sink but also allows your blades to dry fully.

TheChicGeek says, “This has a similar design to the Gillette Labs Heated Razor (Click on for ChicGeek review) launched in 2019. The magnetic stand also comes from this revolutionary razor. 

"There’s nothing that different here from a standard razor, and the exfoliating bar isn’t noticeable, but the shave was ultra smooth, and, most importantly, there was zero irritation. Feels like a quality product too.”

Left - Gillette Labs - Exfoliating Razor - £22.49

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menswear Victoria & Albert Museum review V&A Fashioning Masculinities The Art of MenswearHoping to take the toxicity out of masculinity and give a fresh lens onto the world of menswear is the Victoria & Albert Museum’s latest show, Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear.

Unbelievably, it is the first major V&A exhibition to celebrate ‘the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire and appearance'. Presenting around 100 looks and 100 artworks, displayed thematically across three galleries, it features the extravagance of the European courts, to the subtle elegance of bespoke tailoring, to the vitality of today’s international fashion scene, all fashioned and refashioned over the centuries. Contemporary looks by established designers and rising stars sit alongside historical treasures from the V&A’s collections and landmark loans: classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, iconic photographs, and powerful film and performance.

Left - 'Undressed' room welcomes you to the exhibition

Gender is like night and day or light and dark, it changes all the time. It is pretty much established that men can wear pink nowadays. Even Niccolò Machiavelli recorded a quip by Cosimo the Elder “in his Istorie back in 1526 that 'two yards of pink cloth can make a gentleman’”.

This is such a big subject that it is hard to focus. What are you supposed to take away?

With an exhibition like Dior, for example, the subject line is already established and the curators simply have to flesh it out and select the best examples. This is a subject that could go in any direction.

There is plenty of decoration here, it could do with focusing on a few key characters or historical influencers. There is a portrait and suit of Edward VIII's, and, Cecil Beaton’s fancy dress bunny outfit, that could easily have an exhibition on their own. The exhibition could have been called ‘Influencers in Menswear’ or ‘Menswear in Art’ and had more detail. It’s usually the people that make clothes more interesting.

Masculine energy, good or bad, is missing. The first room ‘Undressed’ feels confused and flat and doesn’t really inject anything sexual into the proceedings. There is no desire here and little objectification. It the difference between male beauty and masculinity. One is much easier to visualise than the other.

Where the exhibition did get stronger was with the portraiture. Historical portraits mixed with doublets, gloves and the most fantastic Grinling Gibbons carved cravat once owned by Horace Walpole. The rest of the exhibition was a kind of greatest hits, but with a few B-sides and modern remixes thrown in.

Sponsored by Gucci there is an expectation of an over-the-top wowness from the Italian brand which is missing here. The V&A should have been Guccified and made over like Oscar Wilde’s velvet lined panic room, but it just feels a little flat.

menswear Victoria & Albert Museum review V&A Fashioning Masculinities The Art of MenswearThese blockbuster exhibitions need to feel like the best retail, just with the world’s finest objects, where you are seduced and bounced along the show.

Right - A billiard table houses the rainbow of men's pieces both contemporary & historical

Ironically, the room with the most masculine energy was the final room which houses Billy Porter’s, Harry Styles’ and Bimini’s dresses with a black glossy floor and film projection. It felt contemporary, confident and uplifting while spilling the beans that Anna Wintour made the final decision to add a tailored jacket to Harry's American Vogue cover look. Now, that is fashioning masculinity.

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Published in Men
Tuesday, 08 February 2022 16:19

Book The Jermyn Street Shirt

men's book formal shirt the jermyn street shirt book review jonathan sothcott'World’s best-dressed film producer' reveals secrets of the Jermyn Street shirtmakers. The mecca of fine British shirtmaking for more than a century, Jermyn Street boasts an embarrassment of past patrons, including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, the Prince of Wales, the Beatles and on-screen hero James Bond.

Seen as a stuffy and elitist institution for many years, the advent of Instagram has thrown the doors open to the world’s finest shirtmakers as tailoring enthusiasts gather to share their passion. Whether off the peg, made to measure or fully bespoke, Jermyn Street lures a man towards a world of sartorial elegance. This is the first book to share its secrets. Unique access to many of the makers, such as Turnbull & Asser, Hilditch & Key and Budd, by author, Jonathan Sothcott. A film producer, he has produced over 30 films, working with the likes of Jason Statham, Ray Winstone, Mark Hamill and Sir Roger Moore, who introduced him to his shirtmaker some 15 years ago.

Left - The Jermyn Street Shirt - £25

TheChicGeek says, "Most importantly, the book teaches you how to pronounce Jermyn Street properly. Once and for all, it is 'Jer-min', not 'Jer-main' or 'Jer-man'. This book is a love letter to the traditional English formal shirt and its most famous environ of London.

The traditional work shirt has taken quite a hit since the pandemic and I think many of the traditional establishments of Jermyn Street will be hoping the worst is over, those hedge fund managers get back to their offices in Mayfair and the tourists return full of their dollars to spend on quality British products.

Sothcott and I have a similar background. We're both around the same age and from the same part of South London. He talks about Allders of Croydon, which I remember well, being his introduction to the shirt and menswear. (The sub-editor should have checked the spelling of this once huge department store). He speaks about his further education in the finer things in menswear and reminds us how lucky we are to have such a unique collection of brands and makers on our doorstep. London really is the home of global menswear and Sothcott enthuses with the addiction we all experience as menswear geeks. 

The book looks at the history of Jermyn Street, the types of materials and shirting options, caring for your shirts, and, most interestingly of all, a in-depth look at the most prestigious brands on the street. There is lot of detail and name dropping as he works his way around the street.

While the uniform of work is changing, this a reminder of the history, thought and skill that goes into a great British shirt and the street that put this historical and loved item of clothing on the international map."

www.jonathansothcott.com

Disclosure - A copy was sent free for review

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men's  tested tried the chic geek l'oreal men expert one twist hair colorThe global launch of L’Oréal Men Expert's One-Twist Hair Color is said to unveil the secret to simple, natural-looking grey coverage requiring no more effort than a quick shave. With its ammonia-free formula, this product innovation raises the bar in men’s hair colour. It makes grey coverage effortless, delivered in an easy-mix bottle with an integrated brush.

Left - L’Oréal Men Expert - One-Twist Hair Color - £9.99 from Boots

Using a smartphone to scan the QR code on the product’s box instantly launches a digital tool, which uses 3 quick, simple questions to help men decipher their ideal shade from the 7 colours in the One-Twist Hair Color range. The tool also gives the lowdown on how to use the colour, product ingredients, and customer reviews.

TheChicGeek says, "This really is as simple as it says. Twist, following the direction of the arrows, shake, remove the plastic stopper between the bristles, squeeze a little bit, then comb through.

No smell, leave 5 mins and rinse off. It didn't even stain your hands or the pillow. The results are consistent and coverage was good. There's plenty of product to leave and use again. This is so quick and easy, you'll use it as a regular top-up product."

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tried tested review katerina steventon calming cleanser no 1This is Dr Steventon’s third product and the No.’1’, her first cleanser, in her ‘Signature Routine’. The other products are ‘4’ and ‘9’.

A new cleansing hybrid formula designed for deep cleansing without dehydration, it promotes softness and suppleness and soothes the skin. A unique combination of modified plant oils (coconut, evening primrose), gentle surfactants, hydrating glycerin and calming aloe vera leaf extract.

Left - Dr Katerina Steventon - ‘1’ Calming Cleanser 50ml - £35

TheChicGeek says, “The first time you use this, do it in front of a mirror because it is so gentle you’d be hard pushed to believe anything was actually being applied without the geranium fragrance. The formula turns white on contact with water, and it is super soft, almost as soft as water.

Use the spatula, provided, to apply a pea sized of the light green gel which turns to a milky cleanser. This offers a refreshing cleanse without stripping the skin of all of its oils and is a pleasure to use. It feels gentle while giving you the after feeling of being super clean. I’m a big fan of geranium so I couldn’t think of a better fragrance.

Dr Steventon, as a facialist, is a big advocate of massaging the face and taking time, if only seconds, to give you and your face some TLC."

Recommended Directions - AM/PM. Wash your face with lukewarm water. Massage a small amount  of Calming Cleanser ‘1' lightly into your skin in a circular motion. Rinse off gently. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

Read TheChicGeek reviews of the other products in her range - Anti-Ageing Serum ‘4' & Radiance Eye & Lip Serum ‘9’.

www.katerinasteventon.com

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Published in Men
Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:10

Tried & Tested Lustre Solo

Review 
Lustre solo acne treatment tried testedThe ‘Lustre Solo’ is a new wireless acne treatment product. It uses advanced blue light technology in a mobile device, allowing “acne sufferers to treat their skin on the go”. 

The solo works by killing bacteria under the skin. The spot causing bacteria, P. acnes produce a normally harmless chemical called Porphyrin. When safe natural visible blue light at 415 nm is shone onto the skin the Porphyrins become excited – this active porphyrin has been clinically proven to destroy the bacteria.

When Porphyrins become excited they attach to the spot causing bacteria and begin to destroy it. Acne begins to clear and continued blue light use can help reduce P. acnes growth and stop new spots forming.

Left - Lustre Solo - £79

TheChicGeek says, “They are selling this as a treatment on the go, but when it’s on your face it looks as though a computer mouse has been attached to it. Not sure you’d want many other people to see this, but you’re certainly not handicapped by it.

You attach the simple sticky strips which also sticks the Lustre Solo to your face. There are enough strips for 30 treatments, then they are £16 for 60 new strips.

I wasn’t sure whether you left it in one place for the daily 20 minute treatment or you were supposed to move it around the problem areas. This wasn’t explained.

I moved it around three main areas of my face over the course of 2 weeks. I targeted the forehead, and both cheeks, where I have the most breakouts. It was simple to use and pain-free, easy to turn on and then turned off itself after the 20 minutes.

I didn’t notice any noticeable differences. They do say 2 weeks is a minimum course, so it could require a longer time. After 30 days, you need to start buying new strips.

I know my acne breakouts are related to food intolerances and allergies and I’m still trying to workout which ones are the biggest triggers.”

Disclosure - A sample was gifted by Lustre for review

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Published in Grooming
Friday, 27 September 2019 13:24

Tried & Tested Oral B Genius X Electric Toothbrush

Review 
Oral B Genius X Electric Toothbrush tried testedThe new Oral-B Genius X is equipped with motion sensors and powered by artificial intelligence to recognise your brushing style and guide you to your best results every day. The combination of the new revolutionary 'Gum Guard' technology, '360 SmartRing' and 'Pressure Control' alert you, reduce speed when you brush too hard and tell you where you overbrush for a gentler routine. It comes with a lithium-ion battery that lasts more than 2 weeks with 1 full charge.

Left & Right - Oral B Genius X Electric Toothbrush with Artificial Intelligence - £340

TheChicGeek says, “Firstly, this is a really good electric toothbrush. My teeth felt exceptionally clean. The App makes you think more about where you are putting the brush, rather than just sticking it in you mouth and moving it about. I’ve always been prone to move my electric toothbrush a bit like I was using a manual. I more it too quickly and miss areas. This focuses you attention on not making those mistakes.

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Oral B Genius X Electric Toothbrush tried tested

It’s quite a subtle shift between moving quadrants, a beep would be nice, and it doesn’t naturally switch off after two mintutes, which does encourage you to carry on brushing.

It tells you when to replace you brush head and when you’re brushing too hard. The App is more an encouraging tool than anything else.

The sensation is that nice polish you get at the dentist after all the horrible stuff is done.

I not sure why they price it so high when they discount it so fast. This is already half price on Boots and Amazon. P&G should just start with a more realistic price and stick to it, like companies such as Dyson do. It makes people value the product more.”

Disclosure - A sample was gifted by Oral B for review

Published in Grooming
Monday, 25 February 2019 16:02

Tried & Tested Evolution By Kings

Review 
Kings Evolution fragranceMade in Britain, palm oil and paraben free, ‘Evolution’ is the debut fragrance from men’s grooming brand, Kings. A mix of essential oils including patchouli, cardamom, vetiver, copaiba, ylang ylang and eucalyptus, Evolution has been approved by the Vegan Society and by Cruelty Free Bunny.

Started by founder, Blué O’Connor, as a result of a successful crowd-funding campaign, Kings will be helping to fund two charities in Blué’s hometown of Bristol, Mentoring Plus and Bristol Mind, as well as the national male suicide-prevention charity, Calm.

Left - Kings - Evolution 50ml EDT - £39.99, 10ml EDT - £14.99, 1.7ml EDT Sample Bottle - £2.49

www.kings-grooming.com 

TheChicGeek says, “Price isn’t a signifier of anything anymore, especially in fragrance, and this is great value. 

This is really good. It starts with a liquoricey top which turns into an attractive warm rubber. I’m not crazy about the branding, but nobody sees that when their salivating around your neck!

It is suppose to smell like a jungle in bloom, but it’s drier than that. It’s a slow mover from the top to the base, but the journey keeps you engaged. It’s a calming fragrance which also complements its mental health connections. In a nutshell, it smells like sexy car mats!"

Disclosure - The product was gifted by Kings to review

Published in Grooming
Monday, 19 November 2018 16:02

Tried & Tested Wahl Aqua Blade

Review Wahl Aqua Blade trimmer men's grooming expertThe new Aqua Blade from Wahl is waterproof so it can be used wet and dry and cuts 60% closer than standard trimmer blades at just 0.2mm, so it won’t cause irritation like a traditional razor. It is fully washable, with closer cutting, self-sharpening blades, speedy charging and twelve different guide combs. 

You get 180 minutes use from a 60 minute charge plus a 1 minute quick charge for 3 minutes use.

Left - Wahl - Aqua Blade - £59.99

TheChicGeek says, “Pronounced ‘Wall’, the brand almost has a monopoly on the clippers in the barber’s, but I’ve never actually tried one of their domestic products at home. Still family owned, the American company’s clippers are loved by the professionals and all made in their own factories. This particular one is ‘Made in USA’, so, the Donald will be happy!

I thought I’d try this in the bath, as it’s waterproof, and it helps deal with hair flying everywhere. You don’t need to read any instructions. It’s very simple. Just one on and off button and that’s it. I didn’t put any of the clipper heads on and it can be used on the face and the body. 

It feels really strong and is one of the most solid home hair clippers I’ve tried. It has a simple steel plate holding the blades which is screwed to the main body of the device.

It’s a simple design, but, really, what more do you need? If there was a clipper emoji, then this is what it would look like. It doesn't look very 2018, but who cares when it does the job. I think some manufacturers of these types of things get too caught up in design and gimmicks and forget about the simple elements of power and easy cleaning.

The only negative. The charge didn’t last long, it must have been charging for maybe 30 minutes, and, I presume, due to its strength, it gets through the charge fairly quickly. The one thing I would like to see is how much charge it has left, so you know when it’s just about to run out. Otherwise, it’s guesswork.

This is a reliable, quality and strong clipper for guys who want function over style”.

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Published in Grooming
Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:29

Tried & Tested UNITY Grooming

Review Unity grooming Mathieu Flamini Mesut Özilmen's grooming expertFounded by footballers, Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Özil, UNITY, is a new men’s grooming  brand that has been “designed to put people’s health and our planet on the right path to a sustainable future". 

The range is comprised of 11 vegan friendly products that feature the highest grade of up to 100% natural origin formulations free from SLS & SLES, parabens, PEGS, mineral oil, silicones, synthetic colours and artificial fragrance for maximum results and performance. 

In a bid to reduce the use of virgin plastic, the brand sought out a bio-plastic alternative made from sugar cane that is 100% recyclable, thus minimising the carbon footprint of the brand. Alongside the product, UNITY strives to keep sustainability at its core throughout the business, with customer deliveries arriving in fully recycled craft boxes with bio-degradable and non-toxic starch chips as packing fill.

The brand also believes in the importance of giving back, with 1% of all company revenues going towards causes that seek to make a true difference to people and planet

Left - UNITY - Hair Boost – Shampoo, £10.95, Body Boost – Shower Wash, £8.95, Skin Defence – Face Moisturiser, £11.90, Skin Detox – Face Wash, £10.95

TheChicGeek says, “In our post Blue Planet world, plastic is vilified as the devil of all packaging. If only solving our plastics problem resolved the whole of our environmental issues… But, we have to start somewhere and these guys seem passionate about this subject.

Surely the most environmentally packaged grooming product ever is the humble bar of soap? Used for millennia, is it not the reason Lush made all their products solid? The problem with trying to care for the environment is - and, let’s be honest, anything in the right direction is a good thing - you put yourself out there to be ripped apart. Anything packaged and part of consumerism can be lambasted for simply existing. I think it’s important to say you care, but you also have to acknowledge you’re part of the problem. People will still need to wash and clean themselves and how a brand facilitates this can be minimised. Ernest Supplies’ pouches spring to mind.

Launching with 11 products isn’t really saying "minimal" to me, especially when there’s a shower wash for the morning and and separate one for the evening. (British people only shower twice a day on holiday, FYI).

The main parts of the tubes are made from sugar cane, - Bulldog is another brand I know who is using this too - but the tops are a 25% mix and there’s a beard oil in a glass jar. This goes back to the main problem we have of mixed recycling issues.

The branding is pretty nondescript - it feels a bit 10 years ago - and the packaging is a bit anonymous and generic. There’s no indication of the main ingredients on each product, leaving you to guess the main scent, and saying ’99% Natural Origin’ just makes you think what’s in the other 1% then?

As for the products, they’re not bad and I think they offer value. I tried 4 out of the 11. I sampled the face wash, shampoo, body wash and moisturiser. It feels natural, hence the looseness of some of the consistencies, and the smells are light and not overpowering. 

I like the smell of the face wash and moisturiser. The former is a mineral clay in a light toffee colour and the latter is coconut. There’s no lingering smell from the body wash.

This feels like a reliable range, I just wished they’d tried to be more dynamic with the branding and packaging to reflect the passion they have and also to standout in a crowded market. Whispering your green credentials won't change anything”.

www.oneunity.com

Below - UNITY Founders Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Özil

Review Unity grooming Mathieu Flamini Mesut Özilmen's grooming expert

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