Throughout these pages I'll look to review a range of products, covering areas such as 'men's grooming', 'travel accessories' and 'fragrances'. Im often asked what products I use myself, so hopefully I can give you fella's some helpful insights into some wash bag essentials, or maybe even offer some 'gift inspiration' to all you bewildered 'other halves'!
'Cocowhite'-en your Smile! :)
'Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy!' Wise words from Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and peace activist... I wonder if he uses 'CocoWhite'? Well I have been for the last year or so, since working alongside the company at last years Clothes Show Live Event at the NEC in Birmingham, UK and I can definitely see the benefits!
CocoWhite is a great product - yes, we'd all like to be able to afford the top cosmetic Dental procedures like the movie stars, and quite often we are felt pressured to use harmful and abrasive chemical alternatives. CocoWhite is a little different, its 100% natural, extremely easy to use and comes in a variety of flavours including 'Vanilla Swirl', 'Minty Fresh', and 'Light Lemon'. If you've tried 'oil pulling' before, you will know that it is not always the most pleasant of experiences and coconut oil can leave a somewhat bitter taste, but Cocowhite is a much more pleasant experience.
As a huge Coffee and Red Wine drinker (for my sins!) Cocowhite has definitely kept the stains at bay, and left my pearly whites feeling squeeky clean!
So why not find out for yourself? Im giving away a three month supply of sachets to really set you on the road to whiter teeth! All you have to do is tag five of your friends into my CocoWhite photo on my instagram page (@mrlukeboyden) right now, and I will contact the winner in a weeks time! Good luck!
Now go and stick some Chanice on and 'Love Your smile!'
Images by Jay Jessop (jayjessop.com)
Gucci's flagship scent, originally released in 2011 is back in the form of this 'Limited Edition' Diamond Eau De Toilette Pour Homme.
The first thing to get my attention with this one was the visual - unlike with the original 'iconic' dark bottle, this juice comes encased in a stand out gold bottle, with two crystals flanking the logo - nice touch!
The fragrance is contemporary and distinctive - quite a few people guessed it right on one particular night out! There are obvious notes of lemon, mandarin, green leaves and pink pepper that precedes the lavender, coriander, orange blossom and neroli heart notes, layered on a base of cedar and patchouli.
Overall a fresh, uplifting and stimulating fragrance that leaves you with the peace of mind that you smell just like Captain America - can't be a bad thing can it? I however cannot entirely promise that you will receive the same level of attention that 'face of the fragrance' Chris Evans probably will receive when wearing it - but worth a try!
I found the 90ml bottle on Notino.co.uk curently at £46.91! Thats a huge 47% off the RRP (usually £89.00)
Author: Luke Boyden
Images: Jay Jessop (jayjessop.com)
The New Ibira Collection from Case Logic...
Looking for a smart and stylish laptop sleeve that actually protects your Lap top?
Whenever I'm looking for any product to transport and protect my prize gadgets, I never look too far beyond Case Logic's terrific selection. Since 1984, with their very first audio cassette storage case, these guys have been organizing lives! Take a look at the website now- www.caselogic.com, from CD visors to tablet cases and laptop bags (see my previous blogs) , there is everything you need there to protect your devices with confidence.
One of the latest releases is the Ibira Collection of Laptop Bags and cases.
The Case Logic IBRS-115 Ibira Sleeve for 15.6-inch laptops is the product I'm holding in the above shot. Its slim, sleek and sophisticated design makes it a perfect choice for transporting your laptop to college, the cafe or into the office. The sleeve is compatible with all 15.6" laptops including a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Weighing just 0.21 kg means it is an extremely portable design and when you team that with the durable polyester material and heathered fabric you have a terrific bit of kit more than capable of standing up to your daily demands. The slim design is great as it allows it to slip easily into your bag or back pack, or can be carried on its own, whilst still offering protection.
RRP: £14.36 ($17.99)
On the Frontline!
Ive spent the last few weekends touring with the lovely folks from Frontline - top family brand of Flea and Tick protection products for your dog and cat. We've been lucky enough to meet some of the most beautiful canines across the country at events such as 'Paws in the Park' in Kent and 'All About Dogs' in Essex and we've been working hard to educate pet owners about the importance of regularly protecting their pets from these annoying little parasites!
With the help of Frontline Vets Myfanwy, Christina, Andrea and Geoffrey and our huge inflatable house complete with garden we've been talking to hundreds of pet owners about Frontline's latest innovation 'Frontline Plus'!
Why do we need to protect our Pets?
Ticks not only cause irritation and inflammation but are also second only to Mosquitoes in transmitting infectious diseases to humans and animals such as Lyme Disease. They can also transmit canine babesiosis to dogs, which can be fatal.
How does Frontline help?
'Frontline Plus' contains the active ingredient fipronil. Once the product is applied, the fipronil is stored in the oil (sebaceous) glands in your pet's skin. It then self-distributes continuously to your pet's hair and skin through the hair follicles. Fleas or ticks that jump onto your pet are killed by direct contact. The other ingredient, (s)-methoprene, kills fleas eggs and larvae and prevents pupal development. (s)-methoprene prevents fertile flea eggs being laid, preventing reinfestation of your pet and contamination of your home environment.
Treating your pet with Frontline Plus is easy with the 'spot on' style pipette, applied directly to the pet's skin by parting the fur behind the shoulder blades or back of the neck (so that it can't be licked off). You just squeeze and empty the contents onto the skin!
We recommend you use Frontline Plus every 4 weeks to protect your pet.
The good news is is that our tour hasn't finished yet - if you'd like to come and visit myself and the Frontline Vets , who will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you might have, we will be at the following shows;
The Family Pet Show - 1st and 2nd October 2016 - Manchester Event City
Discover Dogs - 22nd and 23rd October 2016 - London ExCel
The National Pet Show - 5th and 6th November 2016 - Birmingham NEC
We will be giving away goodie bags, and 50% off vouchers for your next purchase of Frontline ... plus you can win Frontline goodies on our 'Lucky Dip', but only if you can find all the 'facts' hidden around our house and garden!
You can purchase Frontline Plus on the following links;
Frontline Vet Christina chats to a young dog owner at the 'All About Dogs' Event in Essex.
Joined on our stand by 'Britain's Got Talent' Winners Ashleigh and Pudsey!
Frontline Vet Geoffrey on hand to speak to another customer!
Vet Myfanwy with a rather large visiter to the stand!
Any photographers out there whether your an experienced pro or simply just starting out - there are certainly plenty of options when it comes to Camera bags on the market right now....
So this week I've had a look at a few and this one was the sweetest little number I found; The Case Logic Reflection (Small) DSLR and Ipad Cross Body Bag.
One of the first things you'll notice is that the bag doesn't look too obviously like a 'Camera Bag', definitely a plus point if your strolling through a dodgy neighbourhood and don't want to attract the wrong kind of attention! There are plenty of outside pockets for phones, pens or lens caps, finished off with useful 'snap' fastenings.This one was finished in a sleek and professional looking Anthracite colour.
There are separate compartments inside for an Ipad and/or your diary, and an effective 'bag within a bag' system for extra padded protection for your SLR camera and a couple of lenses. If your not taking your camera out with you then the padded bag can easily be removed , leaving more than enough room for your packed lunch.
Theres another small pocket within the bag, ideal for maybe extra filters or a mobile phone.
The strap is designed to be positioned over the shoulder and across the chest and I found carrying it this way was extremely comfortable.
I found on Amazon at £47.81 with free delivery! (in the UK)
Heres the link....
Following 'The Scent'...
First up, where better place to start than with one of my favourite fragrances of the moment...
Hugo Boss - The Scent. 'A captivating fragrance for men, thats all about seduction' they say, and they ain't wrong!
Its very subtly intense, you're hit first by the top notes of ginger followed by the aphrodisiacal heart notes of the Maninka fruit (an exclusive African ingredient no less) and lavendar. The masculine notes in the base leave a lingering, burnished leather feel, that certainly 'seduce the senses'.
I love the stylish flacon too, the amber coloured fragrance set in a silver cage... visually a great addition to my bathroom shelf! The Scent is certainly bold enough to make a lasting impression on a night out, or dare i say it a date, but i'm also finding myself having a sneaky spritz during the daytime after a gym session.
Available in a 50ml and 100ml bottle Eau De Toilette, as an aftershave lotion or as a deodorant stick at hugoboss.com.