Goldfaden MD. Ruby Crystal Power Exfoliator

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If you've read any of my previous male grooming posts you'll know I'm a sucker for new products. This one in particular is just that. An exfoliating face scrub from Goldfaden MD, that uses real Ruby Crystals. Posh or what? An advanced physician strength exfoliator available to you and me over the counter. I will add it's not specifically a men's product - it's for him and her. You may have guessed that from the packaging, but either way due to its highly praised performance from both men and women alike, I wanted to try it.


What I will say firstly is this is a hardcore scrub, you need a very small amount to feel it working. In my own words it's like a sand blasting your face, which personally is great for me as I prefer a tougher more abrasive exfoliator. If you've got a more sensitive skin, or you're a lady reading this it may be one to avoid or I'd suggest trying a sample first. Saying that though, if it is the one for you, the results after are pretty impressive! It left my face feeling like a new born after just one go. Goldfaden MD isn't a face wash either, there's no foaming up etc, just a pure scrub that really does do the job.

The Doctor's Advanced Scrub contains some seaweed extract too, along with some hyaluronic acid and organic red tea, all of which will help to soothe and protect your skin. Bonus. 

This is a very high end luxury product, weighing in at £85 from Space NK. Saying that though you'll save money if you were to see a skin specialist for a day treatment or short course etc. I'd say a pot would last anywhere between 6-12 months.
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My Summer Staples// Zara

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After finally finding the time to sit down and get some blogging done, I can now say I am back. We're now mid July, peak summer not that you'd have guessed. Due to the typical and always contraversial English weather, it's not been too hot just yet so for me, wearing this light summer knit from Zara Man is ideal. It's the perfect thickness for a cool summers evening, and it's a slim fit so if, like myself, you've recently been shaping your arms, it shows them off nicely! 

I'm breaking my usual style pattern of darker jeans too, light jeans here work well with the navy top and can be well complimented with light tan shoes, boat shoes or some loafers. All three items here are now part of my new capsule wardbrobe, which includes the staples of any outfit; classic white and grey T-shirts, light denim, dark and black jeans. These are key pieces to most casual outfits.
As far as the shoot location goes, today I've made it to my door step (laughing emoji). I don't live in London and as I'm not a pro blogger I don't always have time to pop to Shoreditch or SW4 to spend a couple of hours with a photographer. My point being you dont need to go far to get a result. 
I'm wearing my Daniel Wellington watch as my only accessory here, it's a simple watch and I love it because of it's minimalistic look, but quality rose gold finish. 

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So to round it off, or as they say 'shop the look', here it is all together:
Desert Boots from Primark (similar here from New Look)

I'm now off back to my steps for a glass of prosecco and to enjoy the last bit of sunshine for today! It is summer after all...



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Deliveroo breakfast

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Another sunny Saturday morning, refreshed after a much needed lie in and ready for a good hearty breakfast. Luckily now for me and you, Deliveroo have just launched their new 'Deliveroo breakfast' service available from 9am-12pm. As I'm Brighton based I decided go to for a LangeLees and choose from their tasty looking menu. I fancied a Saturday guilt free full english, or as listed on the menu, a 'Lange Lee's with black pudding' which is a hearty farmhouse sausage, hash brown, smoked streaky bacon, garlic sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, fried free range eggs and granary toast. And to wash it down, a bottle of freshly squeezed OJ. 

After tracking my order's journey on the app, the Deliveroo chap pulled up outside right on time, sporting his full Deliveroo branded lycra and parked his bike, came down the steps and handed me a hot breakfast. He was happy, so was I, simple good service.

 LangeLees have a good selection on their menu including breakfasts for vegans and vegetarians and pancakes. The misses (ball and chain, better half etc) went for eggs benedict of which you can see her review here.They also offer a selection of extras including chocolate brownies and shortbreads too! I however decided the full english was enough for now. 



Have you tried a deliveroo yet? Let me know how you got on. Hope you enjoyed the read, any questions comment below. Cheers. Rich

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Discovering Whiskey Tasting with Jameson

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A few weeks back I was invited down to Shoreditch by Jameson Whiskey for a unique and exclusive whiskey tasting experience. Naturally I didn't need my arm twisted to attend; a bespoke offer to meet the U.K ambassador for Pernod Ricard, Mr Liam Sparks, and to sample a brand new whiskey from Jameson, Caskmates. Other than a few beer festivals and roaming local pubs, this was a first experience for me at a tasting event where I'd get the chance to learn some tricks of the trade and ask questions from someone who had such an extensive knowledge.

I found out why certain whiskeys taste like they do - barrels are scorched inside to kill off germs built up after weeks of travelling across the ocean, thus giving that 'smokey' burnt oak flavour  you'll find in many whiskeys. However, my favourite was Jameson's new Caskmates, which had a sweet aftertaste of chocolate and caramel, which I was really quite surprised to discover I liked.

I found myself an hour or so into tasting several whiskeys from Jameson and the atmosphere is flowing to say the least. Some of the best in depth conversations I've ever had have been the result of a few drinks beforehand, and this was definitely one of those moments. Anyway, on to the whiskey...

About Caskmates 

This is where I'm gonna have to really try and put down not only how good this new drink is, but also roughly how it's made. I won't go into to much detail, not because I don't want to, but more to make it an easier read and, admittedly after a good amount of whiskey in me, my memory wasn't too kind to me the day after the tasting.

Basically, Jameson have done a collaboration with a mirco-brewer called Franciscan Well Brewery, which appropriately happened when the Jameson's Master Distiller and Master of Whiskey Science, Brian Nation and Dave Quinn, and Franciscan Well Head's Brewer, Shane Long, you guessed it... met at a bar in Cork.

Long story short, Jameson lent some of their casks to the guys at Franciscan Well Brewery to use for making their Irish Stout for a while. When being to returned to Jameson's Midleton Distillery, the casks were influenced by the Irish Stout, to then be refilled with Jameson's Whiskey. With me? Good.

The result (I love it) is really quite incredible. You still get the warm tones you'd expect from your favourite Irish Whiskey, but that's when the distilling process comes in. An after-taste that has been described by many as a whiskey with hints of butterscotch, coffee, and cocoa, mixed with the gentle hint of the hops from the Irish Stout, not to forget the perfect hint of charred, oak barrel.

Don't get me wrong this is still a whiskey; it does not taste like a sweet, awful new drink for girls, it is still very much a strong whiskey but with a pleasant hint of the above mentioned flavours. I'm not a professional in the industry of whiskey tasting, or any drink for that matter, but instantly you can appreciate what Caskmates is about here. If you're palette isn't quite up to drinking neat whiskey yet, with Caskmates I'd say you can definitely enjoy it neat over ice, no water required. It's like the edge has been taking off ever so slightly, and been replaced and enjoyable, smooth texture to finish.


The idea was for Caskmates to be more versatile; it is ideal for a side kick with a good craft beer as I've now tasted and could not agree more, to be used in cocktails or, as I've mentioned, enjoyed neatly on its own. The whole process is done in an impressive time too, the Jamesons is left in the barrels for about six months to create the perfect flavour and balance.

 Caskmates is a drink to look out for, very impressive and one for the Gentleman's drinks cabinet indeed. I really enjoyed the evening out learning only a fraction of the world that is whiskey tasting and the distilling process. I'd like to thank Jameson's Whiskey for the invitation, and again Liam and the guys for taking the time to share some of the extensive knowledge between them. You can find out more and order yourself a bottle if you fancy here.

I'm hoping to visit Ireland later on this year, definitely to visit the Jameson Distillery and then make a trip up to N.I to see the unique and wonderful Giants Causeway. Any Irish folk out there with recommendations of what I must see? Please let me know. I'd love to hear from you.


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Anthony: a skincare brand developed for men, borrowed by women

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Glycolic Exfoliating & Resurfacing Wipes

Finally a product that has had some thought and design put into it to break the mould from the rest, Anthony, a New York based company are just that. Luckily for us now they are available from Space NK in the U.K. A dual purpose face wipe with two sides; one to exfoliate and remove dead skin and grime, the other to cleanse,  soothe and leave you refreshed. What might sound too good to be true is far from it. These are now part of my over night and gym bag and should be part of yours too.

If like myself your job is from the crack of dawn until late evening, or you find yourself rushed off your feet more than often, having time to keep yourself feeling fresh and alert isn't always an option. Now though you can keep a pack of Anthony wipes with you and the rest is history.

So how do they work?


 One side of the wipe has a dotted texture which will scrub and exfoliate your face and get off any grit and grime you've picked up throughout the day. The other side has a smooth texture and a cooling feeling to it, packed with Aloe Vera to add some much needed soothing and moisture.

whats in the wipes I hear you ask? 

The wipes are all natural (woop), alcohol free, free from at least eleven different nasties I won't write down because a) I'm not 100% sure what most of them are, and b)  neither will you. They do contain some cool and familiar things such as Witch Hazel extract, known to renew skin and tone up the crows feet, and Camomile and Cucumber, for moisture and soothing goodness.

Anthony face wipes are not tested on animals, have a cool slogan 'Developed for men. Borrowed by women' and very kindly donate a portion of proceeds from each packet to Prostate Cancer Research. whats not to like.



Wake Up Call Hydrating Treatment Gel

This is something I've wanted for years, thinking back to probably about 7 or 8 years ago actually. I had some Charles Worthington mens moisturiser, can't remember which one exactly, only that it had a cooling sensation after you put it on which was just the wake up call you need. After all this time Wake Up Call Gel from Anthony has delivered me that same cooling, icy fresh morning blast in a bottle. A menthol, cooling gel which in the early AM hours is the slap in the face I need to start me off.

Whats in wake up call? 

First up is Caffeine which, as you probably know, acts as a stimulant and helps against skin fatigue. Green Tea reduces that 5am puffer fish look, and is packed with antioxidants. Another active ingredient is Aqua Cacteen, a cactus extract, renowned for providing super high levels of moisture to your skin. The cooling blast comes from the added Menthol Peppermint extract, known for anti-bacterial properties and obviously it's refreshing feeling.

Both are ideal for an overnight bag, after the gym, in the car, you name it. Big thumbs up from me, well done Anthony.
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Denim- Get a full day out of your jeans with Jacamo

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Jeans are amazing. Originally designed in the 19th century for miners, railwaymen, cowboys and lumbermen, and I would imagine several other hard going jobs men still do today. A good pair of jeans should last you as long as you want them to, whether it be for work or a strong fashion staple. Personally I wear at least one pair of my jeans usually from Monday through until Friday for work, driving around Central London in a Ford Transit. The thing is with good denim you can do anything with it; happy hour Friday, fresh t-shirt on followed by a quick wash, and I'm in the pub, easy. Then again you can't go wrong with a fresh white shirt and jeans, the combinations are endless. Anyway I'm going to show you just a few variations of what I wear from being in work, to getting ready for a night on the tiles, or the classic few beers.

From car to bar. The simplest and freshest of the post-work combo, jeans and a fresh white shirt. It's a look that will never age, never look bad, only look good and suit any man, any shape or size. Always make sure your belt matches your shoe colour. Brown shoes with a black belt is a no no, basic rule 101. 
The casual man. you can always go more casual, which to be honest I usually do, especially this time of year when it's not to warm out just yet. Wear your jeans with some knitwear, a thick navy or grey works well with any shade of jeans or a rich burgundy is well suited. The pic below shows the Jacamo drew cable knit jumper, which is a nice design and feels super comfy.  


The Lumberjack. What you're most likey to find me in over winter. A lumberjack shirt, in my Yopinion of course, is a look that will never die. For me it's iconic and for the man's man. You can wear it out with your jeans and top it off with a good pair of boots. You can go for the traditional red and black but there is now a huge variaty to choose from, including a popular blue and black or an orange/yellow black shirt. Another great thing about the lumberjack shirt is you can wear it straight out, no need to iron (winning). Looks super bad ass if you're sporting a beehive beard on your face and have a good selection of fine ink on your arms to display. 

Those are just a few ideas to make your jeans work for you. The jean variation though is almost endless so the choice is yours. you can also see what Jacamo personally recommend over on their blog here .

Cheers for the read, like it? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter - I'm @richieday85 









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Man Flu? Man Up!

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As many of us 'men' will know, man flu is brutal. An unforgiving and non compassionate virus that will stop even the most hardy of men in his tracks. Symptoms can vary from aching joints, a super heavy stuffed head, an insane blocked nose to full blown sofa bound demands of random food or item requests. Luckily for us, MANFLU have released a range of products to slap snot in the face.

A good selection of natural based treats to soothe and ease our sufferering. What I need most when ridden with cold is energy. Energy helps me use the tv remote, give me the will to talk (ask for soup etc) and help take the edge off the severity of man flu.

ENERGY: 

The MANFLU energy sweets are lush. Chew on a few of these for when you may actually have to leave your bed and earn some cash etc. Each sweet is packed with vitamin C and B vitamins to give you the power to release your inner gladiator. Grrrr

LOZZERS: 

These little green beauties come with kick! It clearly states on the packet: "Warning: Strong menthol flavours in centre. Tested only on men's men." They were'nt joking over at ManFlu. Tasting like sweet lemon and lime, with a gooey centre that I would say clearly matches a rival brand that all men should know of, 'boat. old man. fishing' know the one?
My sore razorwire throat was nicely soothed, while my blocked nose soon started taking in air like a Boeing 747 engine. Result.

SOUP a HERO:

When the man flu has destroyed you, chicken soup in a mug is just the ticket. Just like any other cuppa chicken soup except this tastes better and is packed to the brim with vitamins. One cup contains a mere 111 calories, so you need not feel guilty after the tub of ice cream you consumed for breakfast. Sore throat etc.

DAILY DEFENCE:

These aren't just for when you are on your death bed. An ideal daily vitamin booster in an orange flavoured drink for when you're flat out working or pumping iron. Many of us think we're the terminator. You're not, your body needs rest and sometimes a bit of extra support for your immune system. These fizz up in a tall glass of water releasing a huge selection of B vitamins and vitamin C, ideal to beat tiredness and fatigue. They are sugar free too so won't leave you feeling guilty afterwards.

HOT or SHOT:

A small 60ml bottle of power. You can take this as a single shot, or add to hot water and enjoy as a comforting menthol drink. Admittedly I've yet to try this one as my man flu seemed to have almost healed, probably due to my manflu treats (cheers guys) by the time I got round to finishing this post for you all. So I now have it to look forward to next time my body lets me down. Definitely one I'll look forward to though: sugar free, no caffeine and a guilt free 7 calories. The bottle boasts added Zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea.

So there we have it. I'd recommend all the products I tried and tested for many reasons, some including; they are considerably cheaper than leading competitors, all natural ingredients so no paracetamol, and it's a fun brand, for the man's man! Get some now. ManFlu products are availible at Boots, Lloyds (the pharmacy - don't go asking your bank for cough sweets, they'll send you home), Sainsbury's, ASDA, Waitrose and lots of other places nationwide. Enjoy and man up!
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