Movember 2014: Wrap up

Well, Movember has come to a spectacular end and I’ve done all my moustachioed best to raise funds, awareness and lols for the cause this last month. Turning good grooming into a conversation starter about men’s health and mental well-being is what it’s all about (as well as getting to try some nice products too!)

 Ladies and gentlemen, nay, Mo-bros and Mo-sistas, my mo!

To all those that read my mo-story this month, and donated to sponsor my efforts, thank you so much.

If you’ve yet to sponsor my mo – you still have time! Donate here.

Before I wave goodbye to Movember for good, here’s a couple of last minute reviews to see you off. Aloe Clear is a roll-on after shave treatment to help combat razor rash. For those brothers that know, razor rash is that extremely sore, tender irritation that occurs when either you’ve shaved with a new blade or without properly preparing your skin. I can get a little irritation on my neck where my hair grows coarser and most men have sections of their facial hair that grow in different grains and this too can cause discomfort during and after shaves.

I used Aloe Clear a couple of times throughout this month to mitigate this malady and was impressed with the results, the soothing Aloe Vera quickly gets to work and for £2.95, you can’t say fairer than that!

To accompany all this shaving malarkey, the kind people at Sting In The Tail sent me one of their vegetable oil soaps. This massive cube of soap is a little difficult to handle, but looks great in the bathroom. The soap is best used by rubbing the top of the cube with wet fingers to lather some soap up before applying to the rest of the hands. This would make a nice stocking filler methinks.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to donate to Movember and you can do so here.


Movember 2014: Below The Belt Review

Well, Movember is coming to an end and whilst my mo is still making marvellous mo-gress, how about we concentrate on something else. 

Movember is all about changing the face of men’s health through the art of the moustache, starting conversations and raising money for men’s mental health and men’s cancer charities. Men’s cancers come in many forms, but they also include testicular cancer. So, have you checked your pair lately?

To get my gentlemen readers the mood for a grope downstairs, let’s talk men’s grooming, below the belt! No, really, Below The Belt is a men’s grooming product – for your balls.

Below The Belt

I know, I thought it was a little bizarre too, when I received the email from the PR. But, if I’m mooching around my junk, performing my cheeky monthly check-up (that’s not a euphemism), I might as well splash a product or two around whilst I’m at it (also, not a euphemism).

Before you ask, no there won’t be any snaps of these particular products in action – but here’s how they fared. 

The Waterless Shower (£6.95) is just like those hand sanitisers you get in hospitals, the type that dries really quickly. It basically smells the same and it acts the same. Not exactly something I’d use day-to-day, preferring the cleansing properties of a genuine shower around my tackle, but perfect for camping (I don’t camp) or festivals (I don’t do festivals).

Fresh & Dry Balls (£6.95) is a product one uses like deodorant, but on one’s business. It’s a thick cream that keeps things tickety-boo and do you know what, I like this one quite a bit. It’s absorbed quickly, leaving a dusting of talc for added, je ne sais quoi and who doesn’t like the sound of fresh and dry balls? No one, that’s who.

Lastly the Sports Lubricant, the title scares me a little, simply because it implies sports. However, I slapped a bit on before my Step class t’other day and it was quite the experience. Like sloshing around in a bubble bath with myself. I quite recommend it. Oh, and I didn’t chafe either.

It’s not too late to be a good egg and sponsor my Movember achievements here.


Movember 2014: Hair Today Review

So, my mo is on it’s way – but I’m getting sick of waiting for it to bush-up a la Freddie Mercury. So, I’m cheating. Introducing Hair Today.

Hair Today is one of those fabulous (straight from Home Shopping Network) products for near-balding men looking to grasp hold of a long forgotten youth. It’s literally hair in a can.

Hair Today, Amirose, £14.99, buy here

Shake the nearly-almost-sort-of-like-real hair flakes atop your head and wave goodbye to shiny embarrassment and hello to Hair Today. (I could write the commercial…)


Honestly it quite impressive, the flakes are like iron filings, so they kinda look like hair. I bet this is the secret to Conchita Wurst’s lucious beard.

Anyway, I thought it’d be a giggle to sprinkle a little Hair Today into my fledgling moustache to beef it up a little, like sprinkling OXO into a watery stew.

Using a cotton bud I managed to get an even coating and hey presto, move over Freddie, there’s a new ‘stache in town!


You can donate to my Movember efforts here, your donation means a lot and (along with my mo) is helping to change the face of men’s health.


Movember 2014: Nu Skin Review

Time for another Movember shave, oh my – this mo is getting moving.

Nu Skin, Shaving Cream and Aftershave Balm, £16.72 and £25.67, buy here and here

For this shave I used Nu Skin shave cream and aftershave balm, and quite the experience it was too. The shaving cream is in a squeezy tube and is slapped on one’s visage like icing on a cake (but, with your hands…) Basically, you don’t use a shaving brush. 

The cream lathers well, considering you don’t have the brush to get it going, and the shave was smooth and without drag, which is quite the feat considering the cream is an exfoliator too! Whilst you’re applying it and then shaving, the cream gently removes dirt and dry skin leaving a fresh face as well as a hairless one. 2 in 1!

The aftershave balm was really cooling and refreshing, helping to prevent any rawness on the neck the scent was interesting too. Lord knows what it was, but it was nice and fresh, like cucumber.

So, here we have it, the mo so far.

Before and after!

Thank you to those that have donated to my mo-efforts so far, and for those that haven’t, what are you playing at ‘eh? Please donate to the cause here.


Movember 2014: St. Kitts Spiced Lime Shaving Soap Review

Time to get this show on the road. Since 1st November I’ve been growing a mo as part of Movember and t’other day, it was time for my first shave!
So, for my first shave I tried the fresh and zesty concoction that is St. Kitts shaving cream, here goes.

Classic Shaving Brush, £5.95
The scent of St. Kitts is really something, it transports you to a faraway island spa paradise. With buff boys serving Bellinis (maybe that’s why it’s called St. Kitts, like the Caribbean island?) It’s a modern fragrance and a refreshing one too. The cream doesn’t lather much, but still leaves a silky buffer between blade and skin that helps the shave slip smoothly from start to finish. All in all, the perfect shave with no irritation or drag.
Before and after.
The scent carries through to the after shave spray, but to be honest with you, it’s a little much. Whilst the scent is gorgeous, it’s a little fruity to be considered a fragrance one might wear. So, do you know what I do with it? I spray my towels with it. Oh my god, my bathroom smells like a hotel spa. It’s incredible.  

To finish off the shave I used the After Shave Balm from His Heaven, a rich and nourishing cream, perfect for post-shave pampering. Read more about His Heaven here.

Well, there we are, step one to achieving mo-status for Movember. Please show your support by donating to my Movember efforts here. 

Your donations mean a lot and are helping to change the face of men’s health (not to mention my upper lip!)


Movember 2014: Let’s get ready to mo

It’s November, nay Movember, and y’all know what that means. A month of hairy antics taking place upon my face. Yes that’s right, I’m committing my upper lip to charity to help us all talk more openly about men’s cancers and mental health (and for the grooming products…)

I know, I’m like Mother Teresa, just with (more of) a moustache.

Last year’s mogress

So, expect updates on the mo, grooming reviews and a few cheeky surprises along the way. But, in true telethon style, none of this could be possible without your donations, do please pick up the phone (actually, don’t just go online) and donate to the cause.

Donate here.