Mens Lifestyle

Philips StyleShaver Waterproof Shaver & Styler

May 7, 2015

I was gutted when my four-year old Philips beard trimmer died, replacing a trimmer does not seem a big deal, but for me it’s been a bit of a problem with so many products available and with some just not doing their job well enough. I have four trimmers in the bathroom cabinet and only one does a good enough job.

Philips Style Shaver Review | Men's Lifestyle

With the Philips Styleshaver what grabbed my attention was the fact it has three features; trim, shave and style. Something else that swayed me was the fact it is waterproof, allowing me to shave both wet and dry. Not many trimmers or all in one products offers all three functionalities as well as the waterproof feature.

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Shave

There are two key features with this one, the ability to shave both wet and dry. Personally I prefer shaving with a razor and as suggested in my everyday shaving routine, I have never got quite a close enough shave with an electric razor. I have however tried the dry shave function a few times when in a rush and it seems to works well.

Philips Styleshaver Review

Style

Even those with longer beards will appreciate the style feature. I really like that it has two heads, one for ultra precision and the other for areas needing a longer head. The head has a quick and easy spin feature and allows you a very precise style without worrying about the amount of hair you might be removing. I can see many guys using the smaller head to trim the more annoying or elusive hairs around the lips, ears and around the neck.

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Philips Style Shaver | Mens grooming on The LDN Diaries blog

Trim

The trim feature is the one most people will probably buy the all in one for. It has 12 different lengths which are super easy to change with a twist to the left or right. Something to keep in mind, the trim feature is ultra close so beware if you do not know the required length. Start longer and go shorter. What’s great about the trim feature is the lengths go well over 5mm which is where the typical trimmers stop at and allows you to keep a longer length and take some of the weight out (again perfect for longer beards) and will reduce you having to visit your barber regularly to keep it to your desired length.

Philips Styleshaver Waterproof Trimmer | Mens Grooming on The LDN Diaries lifestyle blog

The trimmer goes up in 1mm steps allowing you to get the perfect length for you, so if you prefer the 5 o’clock shadow this will work for you, if you like to vary lengths the trimmer is great too. It’s also great for guys who prefer the three-day unshaven look. Personally I keep mine slightly longer than stubble and worked well for me.

So lads to the important questions:

Favourite feature?

Personally I like the style feature with the different length heads, this is because I am really particular with the way I like the style to my beard especially around my lips.

Does it work?

Yes and works really well, I would say be very careful when trimming your beard, my recommendation would be to start with a longer length and go downwards, I found the lengths different to my other trimmer and the 5mm was shorter on the Philips.

Philips Styleshaver review on mens lifetsyle blog

All in all the Philips StyleShaver is worth the little extra you might normally spend on your trimmer and definitely worth it if you like keeping your facial hair looking good and giving you the freshly groomed look. The Philips StyleShaver is £89.99 and available from Boots.

American, Burgers, Dinner, Food

Clockjack

May 6, 2015

There are some nights when you just need fried chicken. Clockjack in Soho covers everything chicken, from fried to rotisserie and plenty of chicken wings with sauces to choose from. We had been wanting to try it out for a while and finally our fried chicken cravings got the best of us, so after making a quick booking 20 minutes before hand, we delved right in to Clockjack in Soho.

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Inside Clockjack it is much bigger than the outside portrays, plenty of seating and high table seats near the rotisserie chickens cooking.

Clockjack Soho London | The LDN Diaries

We started off with chicken wings, in which there are various sauce coverings to choose from including; Chilli, BBQ, Peri-Peri, Korean Angry Wings and Glazed Teriyaki and Pineapple. You can order them in batches of 5 or 10, so we opted for 5 BBQ and 5 Teriyaki and Pineapple. I wasn’t expecting these wings when they came, they were huge. Normally chicken wings are pretty small so was really happy with the portion size of these. I tried the teriyaki first and loved it straight away, but then along came BBQ and I was torn. Both were amazingly tasty!

Chicken Wings BBQ & teriyaki | Clockjack Soho | The LDN Diaries

For mains we both ordered the fried chicken burger, with buttermilk chicken in a brioche bun with the usual trimmings. I was excited about this burger, but then I’m afraid to say, to be totally let down. Maybe it’s just my preference but I don’t like it when the bun is chargrilled and the chicken just wasn’t juicy or tasty enough. Danny not one to fuss over a burger, also wasn’t taken by it. The fries however were great and exactly how they should be.

Fried chicken burger | Clockjack Soho | The LDN Diaries

Fried chicken burger and fries | Clockjack Soho | The LDN Diaries

Fried Chicken Burger | Clockjack Soho | The LDN Diaries

For dessert we decided to share a strawberry sorbet, this was two scoops and tasted homemade, not sure if it was, but was rather lovely!

Strawberry Sorbet | Clockjack Soho | The LDN Diaries

I’d definitely go back to Clockjack, I loved the wings and it would be great to try the rotisserie chicken or one of the other mains, I’ll just pass on the burger next time.

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Beauty, Face, Skincare

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub & Instant Mask Fix

May 5, 2015

Just like Kylie Jenner, I am a big fan of the Nip & Fab skincare brand. My favourite products in the range are from the Glycolic Fix collection and recently they added a couple of new additions to the collection, these were an Instant Fix Mask and a Glycolic Scrub Fix.

I was looking forward to trying these out, as I loved using the Glycolic Fix pads and serum so much and really saw a difference to my skin from them. These effects were, brightening of the skin, smooth and spotless complexion and also soft to the touch.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub & Mask

First up is the Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix. This is a really fine exfoliating scrub and the grains can only be described like a very fine salt. It’s not harsh or sore on the skin and when rubbed in on a damp face you can feel it really working away to lift the dead skin cells. Once rinsed with water my face felt lovely and soft and ready for the next part of my skincare regime. The skin yet again looked brighter and what I love about this one is that, it really works into those pores and I’m guessing as Glycolic Fix helped me with my spots before, this can only be a good thing, getting right in there to fight anything clogging the pores.

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If you love a gel face mask, you will really like the Nip & Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Mask. Applied across the face in a thin layer and left to work for 10 minutes, this mask has the highest level of glycolic acid across the range and that is combined with ‘EVERMAT’ technology helps to smooth away appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also reducing the look of large pores. The mask also has amino acid which helps to brighten and even the skin tone. After using this my face felt lovely and soft and the skin felt tighter, not in a bad way but in a good hold all the skin together and youthful way.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Instant Mask & Scrub Review | The LDN Diaries theldndiaries.comThe Glycolic Scrub Fix is £9.95 and the Glycolic Instant Mask Fix is £12.95, both available from Superdrug.

Beauty, Make-Up, Videos

How To Contour Your Face

May 3, 2015

I was recently sent a contour palette from Contour Cosmetics. I heard about the brand through their Twitter page and from the results I had seen it seemed just the ticket to try out. The palette has six different shades to contour with, it’s recommended to use the first three if you are lighter skinned and the bottom three if you are darker skinned. I ended up using the top row and the colours were spot on for me and I was really happy about the shades.

Contour Cosmetics Palette Review

I also got sent the application brushes, theses are a sculpting brush and also a blending brush. Both excellent and great for this look. It’s really easy to apply and comes with instructions for those of us that don’t have Kim K’s make-up artist to hand.

Watch my video to see how to use the kit step-by-step and get a really natural contoured look.

Enjoy and remember to subscribe –  I just hit 1k subs on YouTube so thankyou! Just for being awesome why not enter my HUGE beauty giveaway for the chance to win lots and lots of amazing beauty treats!

Beauty, Competitions

Celebrating 3 Years Of Blogging & HUGE Beauty Giveaway!

May 1, 2015

Today I celebrate 3 years of blogging! I can’t believe how fast it has gone and feel pretty proud of myself I managed to keep it going. I am amazed at some of the things I have done, the events I have had the chance to go to and the lovely people I have met along the way. The blog has grown from strength to strength and has changed along the way too, whether it was a site name ‘The P-Ho Diaries’ anyone?, a new design layout and now to have Danny my boyfriend writing on the site for men’s lifestyle. Every change has been received so well, so thank you for that and I look forward to bringing you more of the same and of course lots of newness!

One of my favourite parts of the blog has been covering beauty. It s such a fast changing business, there is always something new and the amount of products out is astonishing. I have found some great brands I may not have discovered before, either from reviewing here or reading about them on other blogs and/or watching YouTube videos. So enough of my little speech, I wanted to say a massive thankyou for all of you who have read here from the beginning, to those of you have just found me now.

The LDN Diaries HUGE Beauty Giveaway

To do this, in true blogger style I have a HUGE beauty giveaway with over £200 of prizes!

The prize includes:

*Lee Stafford Sea Salt Spray 150ml

*Lee Stafford ARGANOIL from Morocco Ultra Hydration Lotion 100ml

*Lee Stafford Paddle Brush

*MeMeMe Cosmetics Goddess Collection Metallic Bronze Gift Set (includes Shimmer Stack Bronze,  Light Me Up Lipgloss in Shimmer, Beat The Blue Illuminator in Oyster Gold, Quad Eyeshadow in  Goddess Eyes & Nail Polish in Seductive)

*MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Classic Gift Set (includes Smokey Eyes, Goddess Eyes & Smouldering   Eyes quad eyeshadows)

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*Red Carpet Manicure Cinderella Collection LED Gel Nail Polish in ‘That’s Madam To You’ & ‘A Matter of Prince-iple’

*Red Carpet Manicure Nail Lacquer in ‘On Cloud 9′ & ‘R.S.V.P’

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*dr.organic Pomegranate Lip Balm with SPF 15

*Madara Birch Algae Balancing Face Soap

*Aqua Citra Beauty Soap

*THX Total Hair Experts Curvaceous Locks Styling Wand

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*Elegant Touch Nails in Ink Blue

*DCJ Organics Berutti Oil 30ml

*Benefit Roller Lash Mini Mascara 30g

*Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush & Beauty Blotters Oil Absorbing Tissues

The LDN Diaries beauty giveaway

To enter I like to keep it easy and fair. So all you have to do is enter via any of the options below, enter as many ways as you would like for extra chances. The giveaway will run from Friday May 1st 2015 until Thursday 28th May 2015 at midnight. One winner will be chosen using the Rafflecopter widget randomiser and notified. Unfortunately the giveaway is UK only as some of the items can not be posted worldwide.

Good Luck!

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Fashion, Style Guide

10 Holiday Wardrobe Essentials

April 30, 2015

If you have a holiday booked for this summer, you most likely have already been holiday shopping, or is that just me? Take a peek at some things I’ve been buying in my latest shopping haul video. I definitely get distracted by all the pretty colours and pretty dresses, but I probably don’t think ‘what do I really need?’. So if you are currently holiday shopping, I have put together ten pieces that you should definitely have in your holiday wardrobe.

These are great basic pieces that can help you build up your holiday attire and will make sure you stay stylish. All these are from the high-street, as who really wants to spend a fortune on clothes for a vacation!?

Holiday Wardrobe Essentials

1. Statement Necklace

A statement necklace is always a good investment and the case is no different when it comes to holiday clothing. Coin necklaces were all the rage at Coachella and this statement chunky coin necklace from Marks & Spencer £22.50 ticks all the boxes. Perfect for jazzing up a dress in the evenings or a plain white cami top for day.

2. Beach Bag

Of course if you are sunbathing by the pool or taking a day trip to the beach, you need a bag that is big enough for all your essentials. This ‘Beach Please’ beach bag from New Look £15.99 has the perfect slogan and is big enough for everything, its also easy to fold to fit in your suitcase.

3. Reversible Bikini

Your bikini doesn’t have to be boring on holiday, choose a bright colour like this one from Pull & Bear and the best part about it, its reversible! No-one will ever know.

4. White Cami

You can’t beat a plain white cami top for holiday. This Boohoo cami is just £8 and will really last you the time of your holiday. Wear with cut-off denims, shorts or maybe a maxi skirt. The fabric is thick enough to cover up but wearable enough for the heat.

5. Sandals

Make sure you have a good pair of flat sandals with you. I always make the mistake of buying new ones and then not having wore them, result in a holiday full of blisters and sore feet. This ASOS pair are made from real leather and the tan colour will go with everything. At £16 they are a snip!

6. Sunglasses

A holiday essential of course. Why spend a fortune on a pair to have them break and ruin your holiday? Pick up a pair of on-trend mirrored aviators from George for just £3.50.

7. Denim Shorts

When pairing items, denim shorts go with pretty much everything. Great for exploring in and ideal to get the legs out and catch some rays. Forever 21 have a great pair of cut-off ripped denim shorts £14 that are ideal for a capsule piece.

8. Light Jacket

Surely you are going on holiday, you won’t need a jacket? Well with this M&S Bomber Jacket £35 you might, it’s lightweight and soft with Tencel® to help keep your body cool. Perfect for those days the sun just didn’t want to shine.

9. Casual Dress

A dress like this one from Forever 21 is an ideal piece to take on holiday. It’s light fabric and detailing makes it suitable for day or evening, so dress down with flat sandals or dress up with heels and a clutch. It just works and the light colour is perfect for hot climates.

10. Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt is the perfect way to cover up. Whether you are exploring a city ( a lot of places may require you to wear something longer to cover up) or maybe for the evening this skirt would work well from Autograph at M&S £45. I love the apricot colour, it goes perfectly with a white cami or light blouse, team with the statement necklace and flat sandals and you are set.

What key holiday pieces do you look out for?