Male Grooming

L’Oréal Men Expert Shower Wash

After YEARS of using various different ‘women’s’ body washes, it was time for a change of pace with some men’s. After not using men’s specific body washes I totally forgot about the Men’s Bodywash Smell™ that EVERY ONE has, but these had twists on them. We got three of the range of 6 to try.

 

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First up is Hydra Power – a body, face and hair wash with Mountain Water. This is my least used one, I’m not the biggest fan of how it smells; which is like a mix of stereotypical Men’s Bodywash Smell™ and baby wipes. The smell is also strong, especially if you wash your face as it sticks with you, which is why it’s my least used.

I only used this on my body/face because I don’t like using things like body/hair washes on my hair because I’m an absolute Narcissus honestly.

 

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Next is Hydra Power – another body/face/hair wash but with Taurine this time. I’ve used this quite a bit more than the Hydra Power due to a more pleasant smell. The smell is, again, Men’s Bodywash Smell™ but with a much stronger smell of Orange on top, and is way more powerful than either of the other two. I never really felt the difference between the Taurine and Non-Taurine washes, but the better smell. This is my second most used.

Like before, I only used this on my body/face.

 

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Lastly is my favourite of the three, Total Clean- a body/face/hair wash as well as a shaving gel and moisturiser combined with Carbon. I much prefer the smell of this to the others, it’s AGAIN Men’s Bodywash Smell™ but mixed with a slight smell of whiskey (which explains a lot…). I much preferred using this to the previous because the smell isn’t as strong as the Hyrdro Power and nowhere near the Hydra Energetic, as well as preferring the smell.

I was a bit more curious about this one’s other uses than body/face wash (again, no hair) so I used it as a shaving gel – and I was pleasantly surprised. The razor didn’t catch like I thought it would, and there is much less foam, but it’s a lot greasier (for want of a better word) so if you don’t wet it all it will stay like gel on your face.

It would definitely do as a shaving gel in a pinch

 

All in all I got a good amount of use out of the 300ml bottles – I’ve been mainly using the Total Clean for the last couple of months at least 4 days a week and it still has over a quarter left. They all smell similar (Men’s Bodywash Smell™) with different twists, but Total Clean is by far my favourite. 

Available at Boots for €4.29 here in Ireland, or find your country on L’Oréal’s website (there’s no Ireland, of course..) and purchase it from their store.

Thank you to L’Oréal for sending my these three body washes to try!

 

L’Oréal Magic Retouch – Magic Is Right!

If you’ve ever spoken to me, you’ll know my story about being a natural blonde who dyes their hair; mainly because I tell EVERYONE. Now I’ve had my hair all sorts – neon blue, purple and black, (ACCIDENTALLY) ginger.. But the hardest colour to keep, which is my favourite, is Schwarzkopf’s Cosmic Blue.

 

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With my fast-growing hair roots were always a problem, but in steps L’Oréal’s Magic Retouch spray

The product itself is just shake and spray which is really handy, and the immediate difference is incredible. I went from John Constantine blonde roots to natural looking black, and it took less than a minute.

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Before and after, of course

I’ve never had any product walk into my everyday essentials list like this has. It really is one of the most handy things for taking care of my hair, up there with dry shampoo (dry shampoo is fantastic lads, seriously).

While it is that good, it certainly isn’t without faults. The nozzle is one of THE WORST I’ve ever used, and it’s ESPECIALLY bad for a product like this; I think it’s meant to be thin for precision spraying but it comes out like a shotgun.

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While it does get close to your hairline and between strands – if you have it even a centimeter off your skin it’ll get all over you.

The good news is however that it wipes clean immediately from skin, but if you have hair down the sides of your face you’ll be in trouble, but even then the product is semi-permanent and washes out with water and shampoo.

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Again, just a quick rub with a wet cloth and it’s all gone from your skin – but not your hairline

The spray itself is fantastic and really covers up roots well, while not giving your hair a hairspray-like stiff hold until you to style it yourself. It doesn’t run in the rain and maintains colour for 2 days plus, making it perfect for going out or if you’re away from home.

The only downside (and it is a HUGE downside) is the terrible nozzle – PLEASE L’Oréal, redesign it to actually spray properly and not just blow out the end of it. Even with that out of the way I do recommend it if you dye your hair or have greys, and I’d love to see a permanent version – that’d change the hair dye game for me.

You can get it at Boots (You have to click them individually, which is annoying) for €12.99 here in Ireland, or just hit Buy Product on L’Oréal’s website.

A big thank you to L’Oréal for sending a bottle to me to review!

 

Clinique Face Scrubber Review!

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Officially called the Clinique For Men™ Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush (which is an absolute mouthful, hence “face scrubber”), this deep exfoliating brush is recommended to be used alongside the Charcoal Face Wash from Clinique – but even with no face wash at all it’s a shower mainstay for me. 

I’ve never been one for moisturising and all that, but it was much easier to get into the routine of using this every time I shower, which I definitely found is the best time to use it. From the day the lovely people at Clinique gave me one,not only did I notice it got rid of the rough feeling scrubbing your face with a facecloth doesn’t; but I was also getting compliments on how clear my skin looked.

 

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THE GOOD

  • THE BATTERY: The battery in this thing lasts FOREVER. I’ve been using it for months at this point nearly every day and I haven’t needed to charge it’s dock ONCE.

  • BRUSH HEAD: The brush head itself has two parts – one larger and softer for your cheeks, and one smaller and rougher for you forehead/nose, it’s a noticeable improvement over  a facecloth.

  • WATERPROOF: It’s waterproof so it can be used in the shower, which is almost necessary with the cleaning needed.

 

THE UGLY

  • CLEANING: Cleaning the brush head if you’re using face wash with it is a NIGHTMARE, especially if you’re not in the shower which it then can take up to 3 minutes to properly clean.

  • THE PRICE: At €89.00 for the brush ALONE on the Boots website ($89.50 on Clinique’s own site) it’s extremely expensive – not only to add on €25 for 200ml of the paired face cleanser and €22 for a head you should replace once every three months (again, both prices from the Boots Ireland website) – it’s more than a bit much for a face brush.

 

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OVERALL

While the brush itself is fantastic and a joy to use, the price is WAYYYY too much for it. If you’re looking for an expensive gift for a male friend or have the money to spend, I highly recommend it and say go for it! But other than that, for a combined €114 for just the brush and cleanser, I’d say give it a miss because that is crazy money.