I’ve hit the ground running this week so I’m feeling super inspired and energised. Yesterday I traveled to Munich for appointments and today I’m keeping it casual as I will be mostly in front of my computer. Black is the colour of choice!
Shades – Saint Laurent
T-Shirt – UNIQLO
Jeans – The Kooples
Grown Alchemist has been on my radar for a while and after reaching out to them via their website I was lucky enough to receive samples from Niche-Men in Hamburg. There has been much hype around this brand as their packaging is incredibly popular with minimalistic style bloggers and instagrammers. I’ll admit, this is what initially drew me to the brand and I was further intrigued after discovering they formulate using a wealth of natural, plant based ingredients. This got me to second base, all that was left was the performance and overall experience. The samples were sent to me along with some other products from different brands. When I opened the box I immediately smelled something really good but I didn’t know what it was. This turned out to be the Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Patchouli Body Cleansing Bar. So good. Second up I had the Matte Balancing Moisturiser with Acai-Berry & Borago followed lastly by the Age-Repair Eye Cream with Tetra-Peptide & Centella. I’m so happy with this brand it’s not even funny. Like the packaging, the fragrance of each product is gender neutral, everything smells natural, yet super luxurious. A little goes a long way with these products, a bit more than a pea size is enough to moisturise my entire face. If you haven’t tried this brand then I urge you to visit Niche-Men or Niche-Beauty and get yourself some. It’s so worth it!
Another great discovery is Niche-Men which is the younger brother to Niche-Beauty. Alongside Green Glam in Augsburg these stores are amongst the very best cosmetics/men’s grooming destinations in Germany. I know my fair share when it comes to the cosmetics industry therefor I choose my skincare wisely. My personal choice is a combination of all-natural products containing organic plant based, botanical ingredients and dermatologist brands offering targeted results. Everything in between doesn’t usually interest me. I’m a stickler for quality which led me toward the all natural brands that do not formulate with any of the questionable ingredients. Whilst I’m looking for targeted results I’m not into botox because the effects aren’t usually very masculine looking. I find that super healthy, natural looking skin is the way forward. Dermatologist brands offer peels, skin brightening and anti-aging products at higher concentrations that guarantee noticeable results. In the UK there’s beauty mecca SpaceNK which offer a similar selection of top notch skincare as Niche-Beauty/Niche-Men. Green Glam and Being Content in London are on par offering all the latest and greatest in natural and organic brands. I just received a selection of fantastic products from Niche-Men which I will feature separately and in more detail. Please note that the skincare mentioned works for me personally. I suggest you speak to a member of the team at Niche-Men or Niche-Beauty who will be able to recommend the right products for your specific needs. The products photographed are all available from Niche-Men.
In a few weeks I will be heading back to London and I’m super excited. I haven’t been back for 6 months so I’m looking forward to hanging out and catching up with old friends. Recently I was introduced to a men’s grooming brand from the UK called Portland England. The packaging offers a refreshing change to other brands I’ve seen online and I happily accepted an offer of samples. I find this brand so British yet it’s inspired by the ocean and sailing which reminds me of weekends away and summer holidays. All in all the first impression leaves me feeling nostalgic and a little homesick which tells me that a trip back home is long overdue! The range is focused on shaving but as I don’t wet shave or have a beard long enough to warrant using a beard oil I decided to try the Daily Face Wash with AHA Exfoliator and the Active Aftershave which I have used as cologne. Overall my impression is good as the face wash cleanses thoroughly yet leaves my skin feeling perfectly hydrated. I’m super picky when it comes to fragrance. I’m not into fashion brand fragrances at all, I prefer specialist brands such as Frederic Malle or Byredo. The products smell great and I’ve added a spritz of the aftershave to my daily cleansing and moisturising routine. I love that this brand is British, made in England with a cool design and concept. Nice one Portland England! If you’re in London you can purchase it at Fenwick on Bond Street or shop online at the Portland England website.
The weather here has been so nice and hot that I’ve been taking it slow in loose comfortable pieces with bare feet in the house and garden. I have avoided heading out as much as possible, instead I prefer to stay cool indoors or sunbathe in the garden – well it is summer after all! Today however the sun has not made an appearance so I decided to get out my new denim shirt from Only & Sons that I have wanted to wear for a while. The JAWS t-shirt is super old, I completed the look with some rolled up chino’s and a pair of battered Converse.
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