Ever wondered what the next big thing in male grooming is? Well, it may well be the ‘ball lift’. And, yes, that is what you think it is. So what kind of man has his scrotum tightened and what does a ‘lift’ actually involve? I take a look at this increasingly common procedure over at Telegraph Men. Just cross your legs and click on the pic below if you fancy a read.
Without doubt this year’s big grooming trend (apart from facial hair) is the rise of the multi-functional product. As belts tighten and spare time becomes increasingly scarce products that cover several bases are becoming increasingly popular and more relevant.
Already this year we’ve had Lab Series’ excellent PRO-LS All-In-One Face Treatment and next month sees the launch of Molton Brown’s 4-in-1 Sportwash. And here’s another worth checking out. Groomed’s Super 8 Skin Saviour Balm is a product designed to soothe razor burn, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, energise dull skin, moisturise, provide anti-oxidant protection, refine pores, combat blemishes and mattify skin.
In fairness, a couple of these features are built in to some products without them even flagging up the fact and any good moistuiser will help minimise wrinkles but it’s still a pretty good product and at £4 for 50ml, reasonably priced too. The texture’s great, it’s not overly-fragranced and its instant cooling effect also makes it a great morning-after-the-night-before refresher – something I discovered when I tried it for the first time this morning. Just a shame it can’t get rid of the hangover too…
Available from Asda.
The newspapers might be full of reports about how the little black dress reigned supreme at tonight’s Baftas but for me it was all about the facial hair. And I’m not referring to the women (Helena Bonham-Carter sorted out that little problem years ago). No, I’m talking about acting’s male elite, because this year’s Baftas saw the emergence of a new hirsute hierarchy in Hollywood. Facial hair was everywhere – from Affleck, Clooney, Phoenix and Jackman to Bardem, Mendes, Pegg and Wishaw. Even host Stephen Fry was sporting suitable face furniture for the event.
My Twitter feed, meanwhile, was positively bristling with excitement at the amount of unashamed beardage on display. So who, some of my followers wanted to know, won the Bafta for Best Beard, in my professional opinion? Without doubt, it was Affleck, whose facial hair is on a par with that of Jake Gyllenhaal’s and is everything a good beard should be: thick, even and neat without being overly manicured.
What struck me most tonight, though, was how far we’ve come in embracing the beard. Where once facial hair would elicit derision now it gets admiring oohs and ahhs from both men and women. Affleck’s family may well have hated his beard when they first saw it but it certainly hasn’t done his career any harm – the opposite in fact – and along with the raft of other actors currently sporting facial hair, it’s proof that 2013 isn’t the Year of the Snake at all – it’s The Year of The Beard.
It’s a fantastic premise isn’t it? A wonder product that addresses ten (yes 10) of men’s most common grooming needs, including hydration, shine control, pore reduction, skin brightening and skin firming. Sure, Sisley had a go at it a while back with their Sisleyum multi-functional product for men but at £150 it remains beyond the reach of the majority of men and it barely scratched the surface of the myriad of men’s skincare needs.
The new Lab Series BB Tinter Moisturizer is a more reasonable £32 and is clearly the future of men’s skincare – a one-stop-shop for great looking skin. With one eye on anti-ageing and sun protection it even packs a hefty SPF35 sunscreen and also contains a skin-perfecting pigment that cleverly adjusts to your own natural skintone. The catch? Well, there is one and, remarkably, it’s one that few reviewers seem to have picked up on – namely that it is blighted by that familiar sunscreen smell.
In fact, on applying it I was immediately reminded of the SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense I used on my face during the hottest days of last summer – a product that’s top-notch but has an odour I associate with beaches and sun loungers rather than a day at the office. Get the BB in your eyes and it’ll sting like a sunscreen too (hence the irritation warning on the packaging).
Don’t get me wrong – these are small criticisms and maybe I’m a little on the fussy side. At the end of the day this is a product very much leading the way in men’s skincare from a company also very much at the forefront of helping men look their absolute best. As a cure-all product it’s close to perfection. Frustrating so.
Available from 16th March. For stockist call 0870 9342566