How I Get Ready For a Date | Men's Grooming & Fashion Advice

You're getting ready for the biggest date of your life, or week, depending how much of a woodsman you are.

I've just uploaded a new tutorial to my YouTube channel, giving you run down on how I get myself in the groove. In this article I'll give you the highlights reel on the MUST DO's to get you ready for that big first date

I've also teamed up with Base London to give my readers a chance to win a Base London £100 Gift Card and a Carl Thompson first date grooming kit.

I've included all the details at the bottom of the article but first, guys let's get you prepped. 

Get in the mood with ..  

I want to get in the mood, put a little Marvin Gaye on Let’s Get it On. Only joking. Normally I go for a bit of Jacko, I want to Rock with you or something equally as cheesy, don't ask me to sing it. Or how about a bit of Bobby Womack, Across 110th Street? Yessss now we're talking.

Make sure you're bopping around to a song that empowers you and gets you relaxed.  

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What's in my grooming kit? 

OK give the cash register a nice facial scrub. I currently using one from Lab Series, they're riding the crest of a wave at the moment these guys and I can see why. Makes my face feel really fresh, wakes me up! 

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Not all the girls like a man with a beard, so I make sure mine doesn't look to scabrous. I tame the beast with a bit of American Crew Beard serum

Moving onto the skin, I use the Clinique Maximum Hydrator moisturiser.

They say the eyes are the windows to your soul right? So got to have a little window dressing. Eye contact on dates, so important. I have been using Perricone MD for as long as I can remember. 

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What about my hair? 

You need something that is going to do your hair a solid service for the date, especially if you're going straight from work to the date. 

I use David Beckham's House 99 Pomade; it can give a decent enough hold for 8-9 hours before it starts to lose its lustre. 

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And the best Aftershave for a First Date? 

Keep that aftershave light and fresh, you don't want to overpower the poor girl or else she'll want to dine on one of those tables from that Bruce Wayne used to entertain Vicky Vale.

(That is a timely reference from 1989 and if you get that gag, then let’s go out for a beer). 

The best first date aftershave out there right now is Tom Ford Noir de Noir. It's pushy, but not assertive. 

Why I dress casual on a first date

Suits are too stiff for a first date, that's why I dress light

What’s the most important rule for light dressing? Go easy on the white wine vinegar but plenty of turmeric. Oh you mean clothes? Gotcha, (I have better jokes, haha) light dressing.

You should wear something that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Dates can be quite nerve racking; you don't want to feel rigid in an outfit you hardly wear.

I have my go-to outfit. 

Before you leave the house remember? 

If you've met her online give her profile one last eyeball before heading out. Look for some veiled clues, like if she's been traveling we can talk about places she's been that I might have been also.

Some people call that semi-stalkery, I call it good old fashioned research.

 

COMPETITION TIME FOLKS

As I promised you, here is your chance to win a Base London £100 Gift Card and a Carl Thompson first date grooming kit. Competition closes 31st May, UK Entrants Only. Enter by clicking this link https://mailchi.mp/683daaf6009a/07k68...

T&Cs blurb for competition:

Gift card can only be used at www.baselondon.com and cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. Competition only open to UK entrants. Prize will be for one £100 Gift Card and a selection of men’s skin care and grooming products which will be delivered to the winner’s UK address. 

This competition is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Lab Series, American Crew, Clinique for Men, Perricone MD, or David Beckham’s House 99. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram, Facebook & Youtube of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s, Facebook’s and Youtube's terms of use. .....phew! 😓 Good Luck!

 

Perricone MD | Meet the New CBx for Men Collection

With National Grooming Day behind us, I'm hoping that every single guy out there has learnt a little bit more about what products to try when looking after your skin. I've put together a list of all of my men's grooming essentials from skincare to shaving, so if you haven't read it yet, do so as there are some amazing products that you should try. However this week I've been made aware of a new men's skincare collection named CBx by Perricone MD. An interesting launch because it is a completely new concept and formulation using phytocannabinoids, which is naturally-derived from the hemp plant. Interested?

But what the hell are phytocannabinoids and why are they good for your skin when used in the Perricone MD formulation?

Phytocannabinoids are naturally derived aforementioned from cannabis sativa and they are known to visibly calm irritation, soothe dry complexions, bring balance to oil-prone skin and promote moisture-retention. Phytocannabinoids are non-psychoactive cannabinoids and have no recreational use. The Perricone MD phytocannabinoids are extracted from the mature stalk of the hemp plant, are prized for their powerful antioxidant properties and have been used to address a variety conditions such as chronic pain and sleeplessness as well as skin conditions such as acne.

Phytocannabinoids deliver impressive antioxidant benefits which help stressed, oil-prone skin feel soothed, healthy and refreshed. Most men would benefit immensely from these products if you suffer from the result of prolonged shaving, irritation and continued exposure to the elements.

The 3 products in their range are the CBx for Men Super Clean Face Wash, Soothing Post-Shave Treatment and the Lightweight Moisturizer

CBx for Men Super Clean Face Wash | 150ml for £29
This product initially appears gel like but soon turns into a soothing, foamy face wash. Use sparingly as I've found that only a small fingertip amount is required to cover your face due to the heavy foam application. The product cleanses dry skin and softens your stubble pre-shave and works on all skin types.

CBx for Men Soothing Post-Shave Treatment | 118ml for £39
This soothing post-shave treatment gets applied to the skin much like many other post shaving creams I have tried. You need to use generously and straight after shaving to make the most of the cooling, calming feeling.

CBx for Men Lightweight Moisturizer | 59ml for £49
Use the moisturiser as the last step of your daily skincare treatments. This will give a final hydration to the top layers of your skin whilst minimising the appearance of fine lines and also evens your skin tone. This product is fast absorbing because it's a light moisturiser and will not leave your skin feeling oily.

 

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