The Grooming Guru Awards 2012. Best Problem Solver: Glamglow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment

glamggawrd12lJust so you know, not all of these awards were planned ages ago (something that can’t be said of all grooming awards) and by way of proof, my choice for Best Problem Solver presented itself just this week when I finally got around to trying the much-hyped Glamglow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment.

A potent blend of six skin-improving acids (don’t worry sulphuric isn’t one of them), it’s one of the best detoxifying masks I’ve come across. Most tend to leave my easily-irritated skin dry and red but miraculously – given its potency – this one doesn’t. In actual fact my skin looked and felt better than it has in a long while after using it.

Designed to help prevent breakouts and blocked pores it’s actually very good for helping prevent ingrown hairs too and you can use a small amount on a specific problem area (like the notorious T-zone) or slap it on all over. The best thing about it, though, is that as it goes to work, vacuuming out grease and grime, it darkens over your pores showing you just how huge and numerous they are.

This special feature, which is both horrifying and compulsive viewing (much like the grooming award ceremonies I mentioned earlier), makes it hugely entertaining. In fact, I’ve not had as much fun using a skincare product since I first discovered Biore Cleansing Pore Strips and the joy of examining what they remove. And problem solving should be fun right?

Glamglow Super-Mud is available from SpaceNK

Coming tomorrow…Best Grooming Gadget of 2012

The Grooming Guru Awards 2012 are here! (almost)

ggawrd12lIs it really a year since the last Grooming Guru Awards? Seems it is. So brace yourself for the 2102 “GGs”. This time though I thought I’d do something a bit different so I’ll be featuring an award a day (including ones for Grooming Range of The Year, Best New Men’s Fragrance and a few gongs you don’t get on the usual awards circuit) for a whole week. Yes, seven hotly contested awards, each one bestowed – not to curry favour or cosy up to some huge conglomerate – but simply because I happen to really rate the products getting the awards. By the end of it, you’ll either be clamouring for more or slashing your wrists (a feeling I’ve experienced myself at many grooming award ceremonies so I’ll forgive you if that’s your reaction). Anyway, consider this your invitation. Kindly bring your own canapés, champers and polite applause.

Lab Series Instant Skin Booster – your winter skin saver.

It’s been a few weeks since I last updated this blog (work got in the way I’m afraid) but now that I’ve managed to grab a few spare minutes I thought I’d mention one of the products that’s seen me through through the late nights and early starts: Lab Series’ new Instant Skin Booster.

Without a doubt, Lab Series has been the skincare company where all the action has been this year. Not only have they launched a raft of new products where many other companies have released just one or two, the new additions to their range have been clever, innovative and (most importantly of all) useful.

Of the most recent additions to the range, this lightweight serum is designed to be used under your moisturiser and instantly goes to work cooling, refreshing and toning otherwise tired and puffy skin.

It’s great at perking up hangover skin but equally useful at giving it a boost at the end of the working day too so definitely think about keeping a bottle in your office drawer. Like all serums a tiny amount is all you need so even at £38 it’s a sound investment, especially as we head towards the party season.

Available from labseries.co.uk priced £38 for 50ml.