The Best a Man Can Get!

I LOVE a ‘Smooth Operator’, so I decided to carry out a test to find the best products to get a smooooth man! Being female I couldn’t do this by myself so I rounded up the troops and convinced them to change their shave routines for two weeks, and use the shave systems that I gave them. It didn’t take much convincing to be honest; boys love a new beauty product just as much as girls do!

Aveda

Aveda for Men Shave Cream á Raser

“Very nice natural smell, easy to apply, slight oil base leaving a friction less shave with great results. A very effective and simple product.” 9/10

Kyoku

Facial Moisturiser SPF 15, £43 for 50ml

“Adds slight colour to tired skin, not oily with a slight toning of the skin. Leaving skin revitalised and healthy in appearance. Effective but the avocado is evident in the smell of it, which is its only down side.” 7/10

KyokuForMen.com

Lush

Shave the Planet, £11.10 for 250g

Prince, £8.60 for 225g

“Both are good products, with an easy and successful application. An effective clean shave with a slight pasty feel, fragrance is a little feminine especially the Shave the Planet product. The Prince product is better. Both products have a natural feel to them, and are reasonably priced.” 8/10

Lush.co.uk

Origins for Men

Skin Diver Charcoal Body Scrub, £18 for 150ml

“This is an excellent product, the charcoal body scrub, olive oil and sea salts leave the body feeling fresh, alive and smooth for a substantial period after use, by far the best product, invigorating smell and simple to use.” 10/10

Origins.co.uk

Barefoot Botanicals

“I’ve been using these products for 6 weeks and found them to be quite good although a bit expensive in my opinion.

SOS Hydrating Shave Cream, £13.95 for 100ml

The Shave Cream doesn’t really foam up as I would prefer using my hands but results in a close shave with not too much irritation.  It could be that by using a classic style badger brush, more foam could be achieved, but I’ve not tried it.

The shaved area is not left as dry as a conventional branded main stream sensitive foam or gel might leave it.  The shave is smooth and I haven’t had any soreness from cuts or over zealous scraping.

SOS Post shave Face Balm, £19.95 for 75ml

I like the Post Shave Balm, it doesn’t feel greasy and makes my face feel refreshed without the dry cracked feeling I have had with other products.  I also like the fact that you are encouraged to use it all over your face.

The fragrances of either products are subtle and natural and don’t overwhelm.  I personally am of the opinion that some fragrance is nice since it contributes to that clean feel but all too often post shave products can be too strong in their perfume.” 10/10

I love this review, and despite ‘Mr T’ thinking the product was a little expensive in the beginning, once he’d ran out he ordered more online! It must be good.

BarefootBotanicals.com

Organic Homme (Click here for full range)

1 Scrub It Exfoliator , £8.95 for 125ml

“An effective exfoliator that works extremely well without feeling too much abrasion on the skin, (some can feel like scouring pads on the face) with a subtle dose of friction and a fresh citrus smell. This product is very effective with limited impact or irritation on the skin. With a moisturised cool feeling after rinsing, a very good product.”

2 Shave Now Wash & Shave, £11.95 for 125ml

“A reasonable good product but too fruity for a man to feel comfortable using. Nicer to wash your face with then use to shave with, making your skin feel fresh and vibrant.”

3 Cool Down Moisturiser, £11.95 for 125ml

“To reduce razor burn etc. A small amount goes along way and good for cooling for men with sensitive skin. Smells like the filling in an After Eight mint, not overly masculine in scent but very organic in feel.”

7 Active Fix Repair Serum, £15.95 for 50ml

“Firms the face and adds a bit of vitality and life to tired skin. Quite a neutral invigorating scent which is fresh and clean, the product can be used sparingly so will last a long time.”

“To summarize: Organic Homme products feel and react to skin naturally, fulfil their product expectation with exceptional minimal impact to the skin, if only the scent were as masculine as its packaging.” 8/10

OrganicHomme.co.uk

Personally I like a good smelling man with good skin, if that smell is slightly feminine, even better!

Oxy Shave

Oxy Shave Gel

“A thick gel like texture which protects inflamed areas around spots, it made shaving slightly difficult, but works effectively in preventing more irritation.”

Oxy After Shave Balm


“A reasonably OK product. Smooth feeling, not very oily balm. A small amount goes a long way with just a little needed. Slightly strange smell, but very it is a very effective product.

Oxy are all effective products and are value for money due to small amounts required for all the products.” 7/10

Oxy.co.uk

Xanthe Men

Meteorite Facial scrub, £30 for 200ml

“This scrub contains meteorite powder for a microdermabrasion effect to aid the removal of deep impurities and strengthen the skin. It’s worth the money, the scrub is a very effective and an overall good product that smelled slightly wheaty and organic. I liked the presentation, clinical and professional.”

Duo Face Foamer – Wash & Shave, £12 for 200ml

“All in one cleanser and shaving gel has a great shaving feel and smell. Allows effective shaving with a refreshing feel at only £12.” 9/10

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Urban Kings – Luxury Mixed Martial Arts Gym

This June sees the launch of London’s ultimate luxury space dedicated to mixed martial arts, conditioning and fitness (see the diary). Aimed at members who want uncompromising athleticism but don’t want to compromise on their surroundings, Urban Kings hosts state-of-the-art equipment, as well as beautiful changing areas and relaxation facilities.

Jade Jagger at Urban Kings Launch

Located in King’s Cross and spread across two floors, Urban Kings will provide its members with a bespoke and elegant exercise area, catering for classes and one-to-one training in Thai Boxing, MMA, K1, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Wrestling.

David Hayes & Tolula Adeyemi at Urban Kings Launch

Take advantage of the fantastic level of training available to master your art, improve your fitness or gain an edge for competition combat.

A full-size (19’) boxing ring features in the main work-out area, as well as 12 punch bags hanging at varying levels from the ceiling, a cage wall and two large dojo areas.

Members are encouraged to fine-tune their physique with challenging equipment including:

  • Kettlebells
  • Monkey Bars
  • Ropes
  • Cable Machines
  • Olympic Lifting Area
  • Sandbags
  • Tyres

As well as the specialised training sessions, classes are offered in Abs, Body Conditioning and a Ladies Work-Fit Class.

A tailored audio system means members can listen to the latest tracks while they exercise and a full size projector fills one of the walls, screening fights, films and music videos.

Tolula & Jade pose in front of the dumb bells

And after their work-out, guests can head to the Sauna and let the heat relax their muscles for the perfect post-exercise reward. Separate male and female saunas are accessed from the exclusive changing areas. Both men’s and women’s are more luxury than locker room with soft towels, monsoon showers and spa products.

Finally, head upstairs to the ground floor Juice Bar and revitalise your system with a menu of juices designed to rehydrate, nourish and restore. From vitamin and mineral boosts, to protein rich smoothies, our team will recommend the perfect post work-out replenishment.

Dan Williams & Jade Jagger

Membership at Urban Kings includes use of all facilities, including the sauna, and unlimited access to all classes. It also allows access to one-to-one training with high-profile trainers (additional fee applies).

Membership costs £95 per month for a 12 month period with an initial joining fee of £150.

www.urbankingsgym.com

Opening Times:

Monday – Saturday: 6.30am – 10pm

Sunday and bank holidays: 8am – 8pm

Members must leave the gym floor 30 minutes before closing time.

Address:

Urban Kings

4 Bravingtons Walk

Kings Cross N1 9GA

020 7837 7774

Urban Kings & Mortons

So yesterday afternoon I got an email from Tolula Adeyemi via Mason Smillie inviting me to the launch of new gym Urban Kings. I only had one meeting during the day at Westfield to discuss what Freak Deluxe can do with them, that finished at 6pm, so I left from there and headed to Urban Kings in Kings Cross calling Charlotte (@stylecartel) on the way to see if she could attend also.

Tolula DJ’d she played a great set and really kept the crowd going, bit of Jay Z, bit of B.I.G., bit of Britney! She had everything covered. When Charlotte arrived we went downstairs where there was a boxing match going on in the ring, two champion beat boxers going at it full pelt!

In the Blue Corner…

In the Red Corner…

The gym is really nice! AND it has a unisex bathroom and showers!!! Back upstairs I met Jade Jagger, I gave her my card (you can just see it behind her bag) and mentioned doing something with the mag. It’s a definite possibility so stay tuned for that one! Just look how amazing her jewellery is!

A DJ from Jade’s company Jezebel relieved Tolula of her duties and went on to please the masses. Back downstairs we met David Hayes, he is something kinda special in the flesh! I managed to catch this one after the prof photog had finished, he doesn’t smile for pics.

Tolula was working that Stolen Girlfriends Club dress!

Time to leave, Mason convinces Tolula and myself to make an appearance at new club Morton’s

We decided we’d go in for 10 minutes, ended up being 50! Oops, apologies to the car that was waiting outside for us.

It’s nice in the club, exposed brick with ‘gun lamps’ and clear light bulbs hanging down by the walls. The DJ booth was all lit up with lil pretty lights, he was killing it with the tunes which is why we stayed so long!

On leaving Morton’s we met Tolula’s friend Melrose, who was also on ANTM 7. Don’t believe the hype people, she’s actually really nice.

Until next time…x