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The men's skincare manual

THE MEN'S SKINCARE MANUAL

Whether washing your face in the shower is the extent of your current grooming routine or you’re a skincare expert looking for new things to try, these are the age-defying, face-improving male grooming products we’d recommend.

 

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The cleanser

Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

 

Washing your face morning and night with this cleanser will ensure your skin is free of dirt and impurities - especially important if you live in a city. Formulated with caffeine, vitamins C and E and invigorating citrus extracts, it will revitalise even the tiredest skin.


Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 1L, £56

 


The exfoliator

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If you shave you're already exfoliating your skin regularly, but using this mask will further remove dead skin cells which can cause a dull-looking complexion. Known in Korea for its mattifying properties, black charcoal is the key ingredient, keeping skin smooth and shine-free.


Erborian Black Scrub, £24

 


The moisturiser

Origins Save The Males

 

Applying a moisturiser twice a day after cleansing will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. This one is lightweight, oil-free and includes powerful antioxidants which work to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.


Origins Save The Males Moisturiser, £30

 


The treatment

Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Water-Gel Concentrate

 

Formulated with 10% sulphur and vitamin B3, this targeted treatment soothes and reduces the appearance of blemishes. The anti-bacterial properties of salicylic acid also help to reduce acne-causing bacteria, preventing future breakouts.


Kiehl's Blemish Control Spot Treatment, £24.50

 


The eye cream

Clarins Line Control Eye Balm

 

Concerned about the signs of ageing? Don't neglect your eyes. As one of the most delicate areas of the face, it's usually the first place to start showing fine lines. Try this cream from Clinique to combat wrinkles and restore firmness, while also brightening dark circles.


Clinique Age Defense for Eyes, £27.50

 


The mask

Niod Mud

 

A weekly mud mask treatment will help to decongest your skin, drawing out a build-up of dirt, oil and toxins, which is especially important if you suffer with blackheads. Apply to cleansed skin for a clearer complexion - you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.



Niod Flavanone Mud, £38

 


The serum

Dior Capture Youth

 

Serums contain a potent dose of ingredients targeted at specific skincare problems. If you use one, apply it after cleansing and before moisturiser. Dior's Redness Soother is perfect for sensitive, irritated skin.


Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother Serum, £75

 


The lip balm

LA MER The Lip Balm

 

Now you have your skin in check, don't neglect your lips. Start protecting them with a quick swipe of lip balm at the end of your skincare routine - you’ll thank us come winter. This formula includes marine extracts, botanicals and vitamins to soften roughness and help them to heal.


La Mer The Lip Balm, £52

The grown-up guide to festival dressing

 

THE GROWN-UP GUIDE TO FESTIVAL DRESSING

 


 

Festival season is almost upon us and we're starting to think about what to pack. Whether you're heading to Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party or something in-between, we are true believers that you need a big dose of practical (and stylish) fashion. So we've rounded up the festival wear that'll see you through heat waves and inevitable British weather in style. And in true festival spirit, we've even included a survival guide with all the extras you need to get through the weekend.


Isle of Wight

Unpredictable weather means we need a hint of sensible style for festivals such as Isle of Wight. A firm favourite with the likes of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss, the festival has become known for its low-key cool - think classic denim and boho blouses. Keep a wax or waterproof jacket close for when the sun goes down and the weather - inevitably - turns. Worried about footwear? Opt for chunky Chelsea boots that will see you through the mountains of dust and look equally cool with dresses or jeans.


Bestival

We love festivals that bring the chance to have some fun with your outfits. We're all about classic denim shorts, slogan sweatshirts and handy backpacks. Or, if you're feeling really daring, why not try a bum bag? They've made something of a comeback this year and can even be worn across the body. Footwear-wise, whether you prefer classic green or something a little more eye-popping, you can't do festival season without a pair of trusty wellies.


Port Eliot

Festivals don’t always mean dressing up and dancing the night away. There are an array of cultural, literary and art festivals to enjoy this summer, with options to buy day tickets too. The best part? Avoiding those muddy fields means you can step out in a pretty, white summer midi - we love this tropical print iteration from Warehouse. Pair it with a soft leather jacket and classic western boots to toughen up the look. And when it comes to accessories add cool, copper Ray Bans and layered gold jewellery. 


Your survival guide

As well as all the glitter palettes and wardrobe essentials on our list, there are some necessities we just can't survive a festival without. Stay hydrated while basking in the sun with our reusable water bottles - just refill as you go. Other saviours include power banks (because there's nothing worse than your phone dying at midday), hip flasks and bottle openers. And must-have accessories? Don't leave without a pair of trusty sliders for those muddy shower dashes. Looking for a hair hero? Our tropical headbands hide unwashed hair with a chic twist. There you have it, all bases covered.


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10 best men’s swim shorts

10 best men’s swim shorts

Summer is calling, the sea is calling, but before you jump straight in, have a quick check of your swim shorts. The same pair you had last year? A little tired? Kind of baggy? We reckon it’s time for a refresh, starting with these stylish pairs. Now we’re talking (or swimming for that matter)…

 

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1. First bloom

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Floral Swim Shorts

 

Holiday dressing is a great, no, the best, time to push the boat out style-wise. It’s sunny, dull colours look, well, dull, and there’s an expectation that clothes should be jolly. Printed swim shorts like these can be your toe-in-the-water foray into bolder dressing.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Floral Swim Shorts, £75

 


2. Blue for you

The North Face The Cass Rapids Shorts

 

Trunks that hit the knee are ideal for taller guys. This teal pair is classic, versatile and we bet you can’t find us someone on whom this hue would look bad. We're adding these to our basket now...


The North Face, The Cass Rapids Shorts, £45

 


3. Line up

GANT Seersucker Swim Shorts

 

With retro seaside vibes reminding us of candy canes, sweet shops and all manner of childhood things, these shorts will look equally good as a grown-up with a crisp summer shirt and beverage in hand. Shades very much encouraged.


GANT, Seersucker Swim Shorts, £60

 


4. It's a classic

Barbour Coastal Swim Shorts

 

The coastal print of this Barbour pair is subtle enough to be timeless and ditsy enough to be not your average pair of shorts. Now, where’s that sun lounger?


Barbour, Coastal Swim Shorts, £50

 


5. Topical tropical 

Bjorn Borg Slyvester Swim Shortss

 

For smaller guys, you want close-fitting shorts that won’t drown you. These leaf-print ones say ‘look at me’ in the most tropical way possible. Bali will have nothing on you.


Bjorn Borg, Slyvester Swim Shorts, £40

 


6. The short answer 

Guess Woven Swim Shorts

 

Bear with us here. While the idea of short shorts may conjure up wannabe body builder images and make you want to run a mile, the reality is they’re in fashion and surprisingly flattering. Hot pink will look good with a burgeoning tan.


Guess, Woven Swim Shorts, £44.99

 


7. Surf smarter

Ted Baker Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts

 

Today swim shorts are, counterintuitively, not just for swimming – they’re for lounging, pool parties, drinks and the like. The way to go, therefore, is with a geo-print pair that says less swim, more gin.


Ted Baker, Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts, £59

 


8. On the rocks

Barbour Logo Solid Swim Shorts

 

Remember when beach breaks weren't just about relaxing? Remember when they were about surfing, rock climbing and massive sand sculptures? Relive your holiday escapades of youth with these outdoorsy shorts.


Barbour, Logo Solid Swim Shorts, £40

 


9. Sail away 

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

Dreaming of the high life? Sipping Negroni on a yacht, people-watching on a cruise liner, 007 vibes and all that? These printed shorts will put you in just that frame of mind.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


10. Purple haze

Luke Sport Chopper Swim Shorts

 

‘Can I wear purple?’, you wonder. Yes. Yes, you can. The easiest way to introduce this summery hue into your wardrobe is, handily, in swimwear form where a retro colour pop will look totally at home with sliders and shades.


Luke Sport, Chopper Swim Shorts, £40

Mother of the bride outfit ideas for every type of wedding

Mother of the bride outfit ideas for every type of wedding

Wedding dressing is always a challenge, especially for the Mother of the Bride. You want to look sophisticated and polished but not sacrifice fashion-forward style in the process. Not to mention you’ll have plenty of duties, be in lots of photographs, and will be doing plenty of mingling so you'll need to feel top of your game on the big day. The good news? We’ve collated our favourite fuss-free mother of the bride outfits so that you can enjoy the wedding in style.

 

Countryside 'do

Looking for something a little less traditional? A chic jumpsuit will look effortlessly cool in the pews. We're rooting for this abstract print number from LK Bennett, which is super flattering thanks to its mid-length sleeves and tapered waistline. Style with a pair of comfy wedges and some on-trend pearl earrings.


Classic and traditional

A traditional approach to wedding dressing calls for blush-coloured tailored styles. This elegant, fitted dress is a classic that you really can’t go wrong with. The oversized sleeves keep it on the right side of contemporary and the knee-skimming length is universally flattering. All it needs is a pair of colour-pop earrings, a statement clutch and, if you really want to top off the look, a hat or fascinator.


Garden Party

If you're heading to a more casual get-together to undertake your mother-of-the-bride duties,  look to Marella for the perfect party-ready maxi. The floaty silhouette will keep you cool while the mid-length sleeves will help you avoid catching pink shoulders in the sun. Keep the ensemble summery and up to date with white, block-heeled sandals, a fabulous sun hat, and some statement gold earrings.


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