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gillette exfoliating razor review tried tested chic geek men's razor best

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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men's grooming expert hello toothpaste review any good?I wonder if Adele or Lionel Ritchie uses Hello toothpaste? These are just two of the many wonderful and pointless thoughts you can have in the 2 mins it takes to brush your teeth. Containing ‘farm grown mint’ and tea tree and coconut oil, Hello's naturally whitening is said to whiten teeth naturally, helps prevent cavities and remineralises enamel.

What do they mean by farm grown mint? Hello’s mint is grown by fourth-generation farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and surrounding areas, farmers they actually know. (Gabrielle and Dina). #brushhappy

TheChicGeek says, “It’s about time toothpaste had a personality. Who doesn’t love a cheerful ‘hello’ in the morning? Hello has no artificial sweeteners, no colourants, no SLS/sulfates, no peroxide and the mint taste is softer and more natural. Most importantly, it is also a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities.

This feels gentle while preventive enough with plenty of natural ingredients.

Toothpaste tablets seem to have become something of a trend lately. I’m not sure why you’d choose these over traditional toothpaste, but it’s certainly better than nothing. Only thing to highlight is these are fluoride free so don't complain when your dentist bill comes in!"

Left - Hello - Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste - £6.99

Below - Hello - Goodbye Plaque, Hello Whitening Fluoride Free Toothpaste Tablets - £7.99

men's grooming expert hello toothpaste review any good?www.hello-products.co.uk

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Review King C. Gillette Style Master hair trimmerThe King C. Gillette Style Master is a simple tool offering 3 combs to help you sculpt an individual look, 4 cutting elements designed to trim different hair lengths, and a pivoting head that adapts to the face’s contours. The Style Master is said to give you the flexibility to master your stubble style with ease.

The slim, compact handle comes with a 360° rubber surface for great grip and control, and it’s also fully waterproof for easy cleaning under running water. With cordless power, one charge providing 45 minutes of trimming time.

Left - King C. Gillette Style Master - £39.99

TheChicGeek says, “This is priced slightly higher than the market leading Philips OneBlade - Read TheChicGeek review here - and looks slightly anonymous without the ‘Style Master’ name on.

It's made by Braun, which is respected in electrical, and works well enough with the stability of trimming against the skin. What it can’t do is trim hair around the mouth etc. in the air. It doesn’t have the strength.

The head is fairly small so clogs easily and looks pretty grubby quite quickly. Though it can be rinsed clean.

This is fine for a quick tidy up, but not much more than that.”

www.gillette.co.uk

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Review Naturopathica Green Tourmaline Energy MaskNew to the UK, Naturopathica was founded by Barbara Close in 1995. She opened the Naturopathica Healing Arts Center & Spa in East Hampton to share her discoveries with a wider audience and is regarded as a pioneer in the wellness movement and the leader in holistic skin care. The perfect combination of natural herbology and science-driven actives have been formulated together to ensure extremely effective results, without harming skin. 

This warming gemstone mask is infused with the powerful energy of green tourmaline and wasabi, and is said it will leave you mentally recharged and with a nourished, dewy complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

Left - Naturopathica Green Tourmaline Energy Mask - 50g — £50

TheChicGeek says, “With a name like ‘Green Tourmaline’ I was expecting something looking like a magical green jelly, but it was a standard, light grey clay type mask with a faint lemon/citrus fragrance. The consistency is loose, if you like your masks light and easily spreadable. This is also better to get under men’s facial hair.

It left the skin clean without feeling stripped. The pot opening could be slightly bigger to accommodate men’s fatter fingers. It is fairly expensive for a small pot and I don’t feel this product, the first I’ve tried from the brand, really reflects why it has proven so popular in the US.”

www.naturopathica.com

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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."

labseries.co.uk

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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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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 14:57

Tried & Tested HOOHAA Realist by Contradictions in ILK

men's HOOHAA fragrance subscription tested tried the chic geekHOOHAA ‘is a new shopping experience helping consumers who require a more current and inclusive approach to fragrance’. A monthly subscription service, HOOHAA offers a three (£39), six (£75), and twelve-month (£139) gift subscription. They also have full-sized bottles available to buy from their website from all the scents featured within their drops. 

They have three edits -

Easy Does It - A range of easily wearable yet interesting fragrances.

Buckle Up - Perfumes for those who don't shy away from the risk of gluing their own noses (or the noses of others) to their wrists.

Take Me To Mars - A selection for the truly adventurous and advanced fragrance fans.

Ryan Hall, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, says, “We aim to help our customers cut through the noise in fragrance. From curating the newest, most purpose-driven, high-quality brands with people that care behind them. To simplify perfume descriptions and busting some of the myths the industry has dined out on for many decades. And all wrapped up in a small but perfectly formed, aesthetically pleasing monthly vial of pleasure - delivered to you for a long-term test, without an army of snooty sales assistants forcing the latest release on you! We want to make an inaccessible market accessible to everyone that cares enough to try us out.”

Left - HOOHAA retails at £14.95 per month

TheChicGeek says, “The choice felt overwhelming so I just asked for a fragrance that summed up the HOOHAA brand best. I went for the 'Realist by Contradictions in ILK’ from the ‘Easy Does It’ sub-division, which didn’t feel like a simplification of fragrance?

An amber woody fragrance for women and men, the Realist was launched in 2020. Top notes are bergamot, lemon, yuzu and pepper; middle notes are petitgrain, sea notes, cedar, rose and black tea; base notes are vetiver, incense, amber, hinoki wood and immortelle.

It smells exactly like CK One, which is genius if the brand is targeting Young Gen X or older Millennials. CK One is a classic androgynous fragrance from the mid 90s and this is like a quality update. I hope it doesn’t represent the brand too much, because I like the concept, branding and language, and I think anybody subscribing or gifting something like this would want something more individual or contemporary.

It was definitely an easy-wearer.

HOOHAA are based in Prince Charles’ model town of Poundbury. I would have played around with that in the branding too. Modern classical?”

hoohaa.co.uk

Disclosure - A free sample by HOOHAA was provided for review

Published in Men
Wednesday, 16 June 2021 13:56

Tried & Tested Dunhill Driven Fragrance

men's fragrance new Driven dunhill review tested tried the chic geekDunhill Driven is said to be inspired by the man who is fearless, has confidence and persistence. A fragrance for the man who is a warrior at heart, it opens with a blend of bergamot, lime, red apple and plum. The heart of the fragrance delivers freshness with a blend of cardamom, cinnamon, and jasmine, all harmoniously combined with velvety rose. The base maintains a warm depth, with notes of amber, amyris wood, vanilla, cedarwood and musk.

Left - Dunhill - Driven - Available at The Fragrance Shop EDP 100ml - £64

TheChicGeek says, “Dunhill has had more brand directions than a compass and aesthetic reinventions than the cast of Friends. Creative Directors have come and gone - it's currently Mark Weston, formerly of Burberry - and the brand has pin-balled from one new look to another over the decades. The current vibe is fashion cool, but as a style observer, they need commit before I do.

As for the fragrance, it is well thought out. Great name, referencing the Dunhill motorcar heritage, while feeling modern with the packaging and branding. The monochrome design on the box is pulled from a current runway shirt. The bottle is great with its large black gear top.

Dunhill has done some great men’s fragrances over the last few years. This feels safe and commercial. The three main scent pillars are a top of red apple, middle of cardamom and base of cedarwood. It would have be nice have something more forward thinking with a name like Driven, but it’s an easy wear and if you’re a fan of Boss Bottled you’ll love this.”

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Wednesday, 09 June 2021 15:13

Tried & Tested Proverb Refillable Deodorant

Proverb Refillable Deodorant Grooming MoisturiserProverb Refillable Deodorant harnesses natural, plant powered ingredients to keep your underarms dry, fresh and sweetly scented without any aluminium.

Founders, Kirstie and Luke, combined their passion of a skincare expert and an ex-professional athlete, both obsessed with creating products that deliver better health & performance. This is no eco bandwagon, it’s their life’s work - the refill comes in 100% compostable paper.

Left - Proverb - Refillable Deodorant Starter Pack with Two Refills - £29, Refillable Starter Pack - £17

There are five scent options: Wild Mint & Eucalyptus, Wild Mint & Eucalyptus – Active, Coconut & Tonka, Coconut & Tonka – Active and Sensitive & Unfragranced.

Choose your Refillable Case colour. You get this outer case free of charge. You only need this once and then ongoing you just buy refills to save single-use plastic. Available in white, grey and yellow.

Ingredients include candelilla and carnauba wax, plant-based waxes to create the deodorant stick and also helps soften the skin. Milk of magnesium is used it to balance the skin’s natural pH while killing odour causing bacteria.

TheChicGeek says, “Sales of deodorants and antiperspirants are down during the pandemic. According to the consumer giant, Unilever, who makes Lynx, Sure and Dove, consumers appeared to abandon personal hygiene while stuck at home. The company said in its last financial statement, ‘Deodorants declined high-single digit as the deodorants market was also impacted by lower consumer usage.’

But, return we will and you couldn’t wrong with picking up this from Proverb. While the environmental credentials are fantastic, what really matters is how you feel and smell. This makes you feel confident and the smell is great.

It is expensive, but it feels quality and they explain their pricing on the website which is a nice touch. I tried Wild Mint & Eucalyptus, I’m not sure if it was ‘Active’ or not, and I’m not really clear on the difference, you just want the one that works the best, but it smelt delicious even geranium like, which I love. Very green and clean. And the smell lasts. This is definitely going on TheChicGeek Recommends list.”

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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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