Hot on the Highstreet Week 107 with THOROUGHLY MODERN MISTER – A Father’s Day Beauty Special

Oh dear, Father’s Day is around the corner –  buying presents for fathers is notoriously difficult. They buy what they want for themselves, unless they can’t afford it in which case you can’t either. However, one thing they are unlikely to buy themselves is perfume!

Men’s scents are no longer solely the preserve of eccentric obsessives like Huysman’s aesthete hero Des Esseintes, brewing up complex aromatic compounds like a composer creating a symphony. In fact Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, Mansome, brings the subject to centre stage.

The application of an attractive smell can be done in many ways: soap, shower gel, aftershave, eau de cologne; and can serve different purposes: masking or accentuating one’s natural scent, as a freshener or a supposed aphrodisiac.
There is an increasing number of products on the market…

At the sporty end of the scale is Eau de Lacoste, masculine and energetic in tone. Be assured that although it contains cardamom, pepper and ginger, it does not make the wearer smell like a curry.

Also definitively macho are the Hugo Boss eaux de toilettes: Boss and Boss Sport. These too feature peppery notes, combined with sharp citrus and in the former an attractive woody air.

For that gorgeous holiday vibe, L’Occitane’s Eau Captivante cologne and gel call to mind Provencal aromas of fig, lime and bergamot. They are very good value too.

If you would like your dad to emulate the apparently ‘radiant complexions’ of the Japanese inhabitants of Yuzuri Hara then the Kyoku range of shaving sundries make an original gift: the shave creme contains sake and silicone particles to make shaving a pleasure rather than a chore and to follow the razor repair balm soothes his traumatised visage.

For his hair, how about Nicky Clarke‘s texturising clay, a lovely coconutty fudge to give his hair a ‘runway hold’.

Who doesn’t love a dad who makes an effort to stay cool, or at least presentable?

Written by a Thoroughly Modern Mister (and my dad), Chris Kenny.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 96: Spring Beauty Must Haves

The clocks have gone forward and spring is upon us… I have found and tried some of the best beauty products designed to prep, prime and plump your skin, face and hair ready for the new season.

I love the Shu Uemura make up range so it is no surprise that I found the ART OF HAIR care equally effective. These high end products are results driven and will not let you down… you can rarely purchase them in high street stores, instead the brand prefers to be stocked by the salons that use them and they can also be bought online. Shu Uemura hair care is expensive but worth every penny. The Silk Bloom restorative shampoo (£24) and conditioner (£32) are the perfect way to start your hair routine. Before blowdrying apply Satin Design Polishing Milk (£22) which will create a gorgeous shine and fluid movement. I also love the Shu Ample Angora (£16.75), a voluminizing light foam which adds a graceful wave to my hair.

For further styling, use your little black bottle of Nicky Clarke’s newest product, the backcombing dust ‘Tease Me’ (£14.50) to create a messy hairstyle with texture and volume. Simple apply to the roots and fluff up.

Thalgo is not a brand I’ve heard of before now. Leaders in marine beauty, they use active sea ingredients to create transforming skin products. I was very pleased to discover their Energising Vitality Cream (£33.20) which is ideal for my dehydrated skin providing an instant moisture lift and, thanks to the enriching vitamins, leave the skin dewy and vibrant. I adore the Thalgo Reviving Marine Mist (£24.50) too because it is so easy to apply and to use wherever whenever. It is a refreshing spray that will ensure your skin receives the therapeutic benefits of the sea, without leaving home.

The SUPER range by Dr Nicholas Perricone substitutes the toning step of your skin routine with activating. These revolutionary products use the power of superfoods to give your skin an essential boost, hydrating and ensuring a springtime glow. Displayed in stylishly simple bottles, I have tried the Brightening Activator, a treatment prep with Melon Carotenoids (£28.50), it gave my skin a healthy glow all day, and seems to improve with each day you continue to use it.

The most appropriate spring product though is Perricone MD No Sun Tanner (£54). This product naturally smooths, tones and develops sun kissed skin. The products promises to avoid the usual self tanning dilemmas – no stickiness, unpleasant odours nor streaks. Presented in a very smart glass bottle, it is a luxurious designer self tanner that will prepare your pasty legs for their first uncovered spring outing. I love the coconut smell and found after a few days of use I had a lovely sun kissed colour. This is my favourite spring must buy product.

I’m sure I don’t need to introduce you to the Philip Kingsley products, as this famed hairdressers range is known amongst beauty lovers as the vital hair products. Kingsley is a leading authority on hair health, his products have had miraculous effects on my bleach damaged hair. The carefully concocted products sooth and energise tired hair and scalp. The Scalp Toner (£17.90) is a particularly wonderful product which supplies the scalp with stimulating stringent and antibacterial benefits, hoping to promote growth. The leave in formula applied after washing has a relaxing effect. With my blonde hair I prefer to wear it curly, which is when the Philip Kingsley’s weatherproof hairspray (£9.50) comes in handy. This multi-purpose hairspray is perfect to prepare for unexpected spring showers and has a flexible lasting hold.

Geilly Green are one of my very favourite salons, offering wonderful treatments and their own range of luxurious products. I recently tried their natural hand and body wash, an indulgent grapefruit and cassis flavoured shower gel (£12) that will leave you feeling silky and smooth and smelling delicious.

These are just a few of my favourites for spring, I’d love to hear about what you use to prepare your skin and hair for the warmer months!