GT Shopping: a one-stop destination for all your style and grooming gear

gt-shoppingWhen it comes to looking good and dressing well we all know that it’s all about the edit: about choosing just the right products for your skin, a fragrance that reflects your personality and clothes that suit your very personal sense of style. But with so much out there to choose from it’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin when picking out the perfect moisturiser, fragrance or new winter jacket. Which is where GT Shopping comes in handy. A new site in partnership with Gay Times Magazine, it helpfully points you in the direction of the very best fragrances, skincare products and grooming gadgets on the market (along with some of the most stylish menswear picks and a whole lot more)  so you don’t have to go trawling  the internet to find just the product you’re after.

gt-page-1A lot of the products I mention in my monthly male grooming column in GT can be found there but that’s just the tip of the iceberg and you don’t have to be a reader to use the site, though there is an option on there to subscribe to the mag and get regular (very useful) style updates if you wish.

So whether you’re looking the perfect new fragrance for yourself  (bottle of Tom Ford  For Men anyone?), something to wear for an upcoming party or are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one GT Shopping is the place to head. To see what’s on offer go to shopping.gaytimes.co.uk.

 

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Unilever shake up men’s face care market with their new Dove Men+Care range

The mass-market men’s face care market has been pretty quiet of late but that’s all about to change with the launch of an entire face care range from Dove Men+Care.

I’ve been giving the products a go for a couple of weeks now and rate them really highly. Unlike many of their competitors they steer clear of strong, pungent fragrances and leave the skin feeling clean, without feeling dry, and hydrated without feeling greasy.

Especially good are the rich, creamy face washes (there are three variants, the exfoliating Deep Clean+ , Sensitive+ and Revitalise+) and the three moisturisers, with the Hydrate+ version also offering sun protection in the shape of an SPF15 moisturiser.

They’re certainly going to give brands like Gillette and L’Oreal one hell of a run for their money. And, given their quality and efficacy, rightfully so too.

The Dove Men+Care range is available now from Boots.

YSL’s La Nuit De L’Homme Frozen Cologne – a summer must-have

It might not seem like summer to you but in the fragrance world things are already hotting up so expect a plethora of summer fragrance releases in the next few months.  Certainly one of the nicest I’ve come across so far is this sparkling number from Yves Saint Laurent.

Fresh, without being predictably summery, it contains the citric notes of traditional colognes (in this case madarin, lemon and bergamot) but mixes them up with geranium (one of my favourite notes), spicy black pepper and warm cedarwood to give the fragrance a deeper, more sultry character that won’t just see you through the day but well into those hot summer nights too.

The bottle’s fun too – a frosted version of the La Nuit de L’Homme flacon. Like the original one it’s chunky, clunky and almost heavy enough to count as a murder weapon. Colonel Mustard, on the Lilo, with the YSL Frozen Cologne anyone?

Available from 18th April priced £38 for 60ml eau de cologne.

Black & White Pomade celebrates 90 yrs of immaculate hairdressing

Given the fact that I’m ‘thin of thatch’ reviewing hair stying products is always a challenge for me so thesedays I tend to have an army of men (well one) who I rope in to test them for me. I think of it as hairdressing by proxy.

Anyway, Black & White’s near legendary pomade needs no introduction (it graced the quiffs of Elvis and James Dean) and this year it celebrates its 90th birthday which is why one ended up on my doorstep the other week. My tester reckons it’s his favourite styling product ever (in fairness he was already a huge fan) but given the fact that it’s still here after all these years who cares? Time has been the true test of its efficacy.

It’s pliable, remouldable and perfect for styles where you want a glossy finish. What’s more, the Limited Edition 90th Anniversary version is a gorgeous thing to have, featuring, as it does, the original 1920s label design. Slick. Literally.

Available from Boots and Superdrug, priced £7.95 for 200ml. For more info go to www.blackandwhitewax.com

Lab Series goes live

It’s been a long time coming but Lab Series, one of my favourite grooming brands, is finally selling its products online from its very own website labseries.co.uk. Look out for great product exclusives and cool ‘gift with purchase’ offers (as I type there’s a free bathrobe with orders over £50). To check out the site click here.