Meet The Founder: Alex From MMUK Man.

First of all, can you give my readers a quick overview of the brand? 

MMUK MAN is a luxury men’s beauty brand that specialises in makeup products such as foundation, concealer, and tinted moisturiser. The brand was created in 2011 by myself with an initial 8 products, Today we offer over 70 luxury products specifically formulated for men’s skin. 

Can you tell us a bit about your background? 

I began wearing makeup to cover up my severe acne in 2006 I remember having to go to my school prom and my spots were so bad, I simply didn’t want to go. My mum suggested putting on foundation and the rest was history. I have a first class degree in Economics and Business too, which helps me support the growth of the brand from a CEO capacity. 

What was your inspiration for creating the range? 

I wanted to create a range of products that men felt comfortable buying without the stigma that makeup is entirely feminine. I wanted to create a range that looked masculine and high class and I didn’t want to be just another brand who launched just a few products. I knew I wanted a complete brand that offered men every type of product for their various needs. 

Do you have any tips for someone wanting to start a beauty brand? 

Be prepared to spend a lot of time and money on the project and know exactly what you want to create as you can easily spend thousands on new products that might not fit correctly into your line. Keep things simple and don’t mess about or confuse men with product names and more than anything else, you don’t have to make it look over masculine. Men will know that the brand is made for them and you don’t need to put ‘power’ or ‘max strength’ in the title to make it appeal to men. 

How did you decide what products you wanted in the range? 

We started with a core range and as our client's needs grew, we grew each category accordingly. We wanted to cater to every skin type and tone so a lot of development was put into that. Of course, we also drew a lot of inspiration from female brands in anticipation of the male market following a similar route. 

How do you think men's makeup differs from women's makeup? 

Men’s makeup products must be more matte and finely textured. Nor, must they offer complete coverage, as most guys don’t want a caked up look. Glitter, shimmer and glowing pigments are definitely the types of things that should be avoided in men’s makeup and as guys have oilier skin 
typically, you always need to limit those in the ingredients. 

If you were to pick three or four products that every man should have in his kit what would they be? 

I’d recommend starting with our BB cream, followed by our concealer stick to cover up any final blemishes, before deploying an anti-shine powder to lock in the look all day long. To finish, a touch of brow gel, because let’s face it, no-one wants unruly brows. 

Without giving too much away can you give us any hints on whats next for the brand? 

At the moment we’re looking at the global expansion of the brand. We’re launching in 6 countries across Europe before the end of the year as well as in New Zealand and Australia, at a fabulous new male lifestyle store that’s launching on November 1st. We’re looking to serve the growing male 
grooming needs of men all over the world and won’t stop until the job’s finished. 

What are your personal favourite products from the range? 

My favourite product from the range is our Under Eye Concealer, I have lots of late nights working on the brand and keeping two children on the straight and narrow and with it, comes eye bags and dark circles. It’s definitely one that’s needed in my routine! 

I have noticed men's makeup has been becoming a lot more popular in Australia, what’s it like in the UK? 

It’s certainly exploded in the last 18 months, Social media has had a huge part of that, as well as a breakdown of social barriers towards men wearing makeup. Of course, we’ve got lifestyle shows in the U.K like TOWIE and Made In Chelsea that are forcing guys to put their best face forward and gents all over the U.K are responding to it.

For more information on MMUK Man Click Here.
Instagram: @MMUKMAN

Thank you to Alex from MMUK Man for taking the time out to answer questions for this interview.

Simon x


Product Empties.

Arcona Cranberry Gommage [Sample Size]:

You all know how much I love a good exfoliator, I picked this one up from Arcona one day at Sephora in their sample section and am so glad I did. It exfoliates using Jojoba Beads and Volcanic Minerals alongside Cranberry and Raspberry Enzymes that gently slough away dead skin cells. It gives my skin a good scrub without never feeling harsh or irritating, I find the beads in this product are the perfect amount and glide over my skin nicely.

You always know you love a product when after you finish a sample size you purchase the full size straight away, right?
[Eds note: The sample sized featured in this post came as part of a set which also includes the brands Cranberry Toner.]
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La Roche Posay Serozinc:

I have been through a few bottles of this product and use it in the traditional toner stage of my routine, I find it works well at keeping my skin balanced but still hydrated. It's especially targeted towards those with oily, acne prone skin and I do find that with continued use it helps to keep my breakouts at bay.

I also like to use it to set my makeup and find that the mist is nice and even and it distributes evenly over my entire my face.
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Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum:

This is a great Vitamin C serum, it has a beautiful lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin and with continued use I definitely noticed my skin was a lot more even toned. I also love that this serum also contains Niacinamide as I know that it works really well for my skin.

I like the ease of this serum, it just easily slots into my skincare routine in the morning after I cleanse and I started to notice results after a matter of days.
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Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum:

Whilst this serum has all the typical characteristics of a Vitamin C product the biggest thing I noticed when using this regularly is how even toned and bright it made my skin look, I don't have a lot of pigmentation but as I have quite pale skin and freckles, my skin can sometimes look a bit blotchy.

This serum evened out any blotchiness that I had on my skin and overall gave my skin a glow, I definitely noticed a difference when I stopped using it which is always a testament on how good a product truly is.
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La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight:

I like keeping this moisturiser in my routine for those times when my skin is feeling a bit more sensitive or for the times when I just want a nice easy moisturiser to go on top of my active serums, my skin gets on really well with this product and I like that the packaging is easy to travel with.
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Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel:

If breakouts are a concern for you then I would highly recommend giving this product a go, let me warn you though it is strong but it works. I like to apply it after I have toned my skin and let it sit for a few minutes before applying my serum, I find using the product in that stage of my routine allows it to absorb better and get to the root of my breakout.

If I apply this at night my breakout will be significantly reduced by morning, I do like to use a heavy duty moisturiser afterwards as although I want to dry out the spot I still want to keep my skin hydrated.
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Daily Armour.

1. Cleanse:

I know you have heard it a million times before but cleansing really is one of the most important parts of your routine, it removes excess oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin and allows the other products in your routine to work to their best ability. If I have been out and about all day I make sure I double cleanse my skin to remove any sunscreen, makeup, and impurities that have built up from the day.

I like this cleanser as it is gentle on my skin and works really well at removing makeup and cleansing my skin without over stripping it.

2. Mist:

An easy way to shield your skin from daily aggressors is to keep a face mist in your bag, when I get a quick moment while I am out and about I like to give my skin my skin a quick mist to keep it hydrated and looking fresh. Especially if you are wearing makeup keeping a mist handy is a nice way to refresh your makeup throughout the day.

Product Recommendation: Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Mist.

This mist contains Amino Acids and Natural Extracts that help to neutralise pollution and is an easy way to keep your skin protected from daily aggressors whilst out and about.

3. Serum:

After you have cleansed and misted your skin it's important to look for a serum that contains ingredients that help to hydrate the skin whilst also protecting it from environmental aggressors.

Product Recommendation: Mecca Cosmetica Antioxidant Serum.

This serum contains Vitamins E, A and D which help to protect the skin's immunity alongside Botanical Extracts that soothe and hydrate the skin.

4. SPF:

You have heard it many times before but sunscreen on a daily basis is a must no matter the season, I make it a habit to wear SPF everyday, rain hail or shine to make sure my skin is always protected.

Product Recommendation: Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+.

I have been through many tubes of this product, it feels like a moisturiser on the skin and doesn't leave any sort of white cast. It also sits beautifully under makeup and never breaks me out, which is always a bonus.

Alongside the amazing SPF factor, it also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Pomegranate Extract, and Vitamin E which help to hydrate the skin and offer additional antioxidant protection.

5. Mask:

I don't know about you but I know that for me when I am in the city a lot I can really feel the effects of pollution on my skin, I like to mask a couple of times a week anyway and this sheet mask from Mecca Cosmetica contains ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that helps to keep the skin hydrated and Witch Hazel Extracts that helps to balance the skin.

It also contains White Tea and Moringa Oil that helps to purify and protect against free radicals.

I find using a sheet mask like this one is a good way to treat your skin and give it that glow that we are all after.

Product Recommendation: Mecca Cosmetica Urban Defence Protect & Purify Sheet Mask.

I find that all of the above mentioned products fit easily into my skincare routine and I love knowing that my skin is protected from free radicals and daily aggressors on a daily basis.

Simon x

Ingredient Spotlight: Vitamin C.

Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum:

I have been using this serum consecutively for the past few weeks now and have definitely started to see results, I apply it after I cleanse in the mornings and before my sunscreen and or moisturiser.

I have found it to be good at keeping the tone of my skin even and overall my skin has a brightness to it, alongside Vitamin C it also contains one of my personal favourite skincare ingredients Lactic Acid which helps with cell turnover and keeps the skin bright and even toned. It also contains Sophora Japonica Flower which has a calming effect on the skin as well as Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed Oil) which helps to keep the skin hydrated and neutralizes free radicals.
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Kiehl's Line-Reducing Concentrate:

This serum contains 12.5% Vitamin C (10.5% Pure Vitamin C and 2% Vitamin Cg) alongside Hyaluronic Acid which is a great ingredient to look for in skincare as it helps to retain water and keep the skin hydrated. The thing I love most about this product is the texture, it has a slight grittiness to it which I personally love in my Vitamin C serums.

With continued use it will help to tackle skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and provide superior antioxidant protection. I have been using this serum for a while now and found it to be good at keeping my skin even toned and bright, I also love the way it feels on my skin and how my other products sit beautifull on top of it.
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Glyco Advanced Cellular Stem-C Serum:

If you are starting to use anti-ageing products in your routine, this may be the serum for you. It contains Vitamin C alongside Marine Extracts and Plant Stem Cells that all help to support collagen production and elastin which will help with firmness and fine lines.

Used daily it will also help protect your skin from free radical damage and environmental stresses.
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Medik8 Super C30 Potent Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum:

This new Vitamin C from Medik8 is the latest one I have added to my collection, It contains 30% Ethylated Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) which helps to fight against environmental damage whilst boosting collagen production and brightening the skin.

It also contains brightening Tumeric Root alongside Grapefruit and Geranium which are well known for their anti-ageing properties and also provide antioxidant protection.

The serum is lightweight in consistency and absorbs beautifully into the skin, I see results in a matter of days with continued use of this product.
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Aspect Dr. Active C Serum:

Regular readers of my site will know I am a huge fan of Aspect Dr serums, I love how they absorb beautifully into the skin and always make a significant difference to the overall health and appearance of my skin. Their Active C serum contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Oil Soluble Vitamin C)  alongside a mix of Peptides, Botanical Complexes and Antioxidants that help to brighten, hydrate, calm and soothe the skin.
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Societe Triple C Vitamin Therapy Serum:

The more Vitamin C I can get onto my skin is a bonus in my books and this serum contains three different types of Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl, and Ascorbyl Glucoside) and is really effective at keeping the skin even toned and over time with continued use will help with fine lines and wrinkles.

Cosmedix Pure C Mixing Crystals:

This product is unique to the above-mentioned serums as it contains 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Crystals that can be mixed into your serum or moisturiser. The product is free from oxidative damage as it is activated when mixed into your desired product, it's really good at protecting your skin from free radical damage and over time will brighten and even skin tone.
For more information on Cosmedix Click Here and for Australian stockists, you can call 1800 648 851.

Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me by the brand / PR. As always all opinions are my own and every product mentioned on this site has been tested personally by me.

Razor Haus.

Razor Haus

Products Featured: Power Wash Cleansing Gel, Activated Skin Scrub, Liquid Shaving Lather, Aftershave Cooling Tonic and the Intense Moisture.

As a male who has been in the beauty industry for many years now it's cool to see so many great male-focused brands out there, I definitely think that men have different grooming needs when it comes to skincare. Shaving forms a big part of my routine and can sometimes make my skin a bit more sensitized than normal so it's important I have products in my routine like the ones from Razor Haus in my routine that are targeted to those concerns.

I was lucky enough to sit down with Marcus, the founder of Razor Haus and he told me all about the brand and his overall view on grooming.

First of all, can you give my readers a quick overview of Razor Haus?

Razor Haus is a quality skincare and grooming solution for the modern man. We make safe and natural products using active ingredients to accelerate the skin's natural healing process. Our product range is conveniently delivered directly to your door.

What made you want to start the brand?

Many men are happy to walk into any of the major grocery or department stores for their skincare and grooming needs, I wanted to provide a local alternative with quality, safe and natural solutions that could save them that trip!

Have you always been into grooming?

I definitely like to take care of myself, but also like to keep the process simple and fuss-free. I am a bit of a minimalist and although I don’t need a great deal of things, those that I do have, I like them to be of good quality.

How did you decide what products you wanted in the range?

I thought about what was essential for the modern man’s skin and began building a range to reflect those needs. Cleansing, shaving, rejuvenating and moisturising the skin. 

What do you think should be the essential products in a grooming routine?

I believe a quality facial cleanser, skin scrub, and moisturiser are a great start to any grooming routine.

What's next for the brand?

We will be working hard to ensure that we are looking after our fans and supporters by finding innovative and unique ways to help and serve those most important to us and our community. Expect some new and exciting products and some interesting collaborations with other local brands.

For more information on Razor Haus Click Here.

Find them on Instagram: @razorhaus.

Simon x

Thank you to Marcus from Razor Haus for taking the time out to sit down with me and answer these questions.

A Month In Beauty: July.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser With Shea Butter:

As the weather has gotten a lot cooler I have been looking for a more hydrating cleanser and although this product has foaming in the title it has more of a creamy lather to it, it never leaves my skin feeling stripped or uncomfortable. If anything it makes my skin feel moisturised, I also find it really good at removing makeup which is always a bonus in my books.
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Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant:

I have heard amazing things about this masque from people online and it definitely lives up to the hype, I use it one to two times a week and have found it to be really good at keeping my blemishes at bay and keeping the texture of my skin even. I leave it on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off in the shower, I find when I use this mask I see instant results but the results also continue in the coming days.
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Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum:

I have been using this serum since the day I got it and have been really enjoying the results, with continued use it has brightened my skin and kept it even-toned and balanced. It has a beautiful lightweight serum consistency to it which instantly absorbs into my skin and feels beautiful under moisturiser and sunscreen.
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Murad Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil:

The colder weather and being in front of a heater more has definitely taken a toll on my skin and this oil has definitely helped to keep my skin hydrated throughout winter, It contains Vitamins A-F which target a multitude of skin concerns and really help to keep the skin hydrated, bright and protected from free radical damage.
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Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel:

I like using a moisturiser all year round, but especially in winter. As I have more of an oily combination skin type I like to look for gel consistencies, This one from Murad has been a firm favourite as it keeps my skin hydrated without ever leaving it feeling greasy and absorbs instantly.

When I use it at night I can actually still feel it on my skin by morning, my skin feels plump and more hydrated. For an extra dose of hydration at night I like to mix a couple of drops of the above mentioned Murad Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil into the gel and apply all over my face and neck.
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Simon x

*The products mentioned in this post have been sent to me by the brand / PR. As always all opinions are my own and every product mentioned on this site has been tested personally by me.


Just Lashes Upcoming Erina Store.

(Singer/Songwritter/Guitarist and Just Lashes Brand Ambassador Chantelle Delaney)

(Bianca with Just Lashes franchisor/director Aleena Maney)

Just Lashes is an award-winning, respected brand in the Australian beauty community. Since the announcement of popular Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Chantelle Delaney as the brand ambassador, Just Lashes seems to have gone from strength to strength. 

Just Lashes is about to open it's 10th salon so we wanted to speak to impressive young business owner of the new salon, Bianca Polinelli. The new Erina salon will be the 2nd Just Lashes business for Bianca.

When did you first think you wanted to be a Just Lashes salon owner? 

When Just Lashes franchisor/director, Aleena Maney and I went to Las Vegas for Lash Wars in June 2015, it really made me realise just how passionate I was about my work and within 10 months I opened the doors at Westfield Tuggerah!

Why did you think Erina was the perfect spot for your 2nd Just Lashes salon?

Erina is a pivotal location to a lot of incredible areas and a lot of our clients travel over an hour from the southern end of the coast to us in Tuggerah just for their lashes. Erina Fair will be a great spot for those clients and more, but still close enough that clients can go between locations as desired!

What makes a successful lash technician/lash queen like yourself in your opinion?

A lot of hard work, determination, a need to constantly learn, as well as the ability to relate to your clients and connect with them on a personal level. 

Favourite aspect of owning a Just Lashes salon and being your own boss?

I love being able to help my lashfam (staff) grow and develop their skills, watching them succeed and smash their goals is really awesome to see. My favourite part about being my own boss is definitely the flexibility!

What advice do you have for people wanting to own a Just Lashes franchise?

I will be the best thing you ever do. When I told my dad I was opening my first salon in Tuggerah in 2016 he asked me what my plan B was and I told him “I don’t need a plan B” if you have this mindset, I believe anything is possible!

If you could steal anyone's job in the world, who would it be?

She only recently retired but it would be the world’s most successful women’s racing driver Danica Patrick! I’m a bit of a hoon and would actually love to get into professional driving or riding!

Who and what inspires you to be a better version of yourself?

I try to take things from everyone I meet, I have grown so much in the last 5 years and I think a lot of this is credited to talking to so many amazing clients from all walks of life, who’ve shared advice and personal stories with me. Just Lashes Owner Aleena Maney has inspired me throughout the entire time I’ve known her and constantly encourages personal growth and development and is an incredible role model to everyone in our company. I also believe every situation whether it’s good or bad presents an opportunity for growth; reflecting and learning from my mistakes is very important to me.

What is your must-have beauty product?

After my lash extensions of course, I’d have to say "Baume De Rose from By Terry" luxury lip balm!

What's next for Bianca Polinelli, how would you like to see yourself, and your business in ten years?

 For the moment all my attention is on the exciting opening of Erina! I would love to continue to open Just Lashes salons across the country and even internationally!
In 10 years I hope to see my Just Lashes locations still thriving and being the number one destination clients choose for their lashes.

The new Just Lashes salon in Erina is due to open August 18th 2018.

For more information on Just Lashes Click Here.
Follow them on Instagram: @justlashes_au

Register for VIP offers for the new Erina Just Lashes salon here:

To celebrate opening her 2nd Just Lashes salon, Bianca will be giving away Taylor Swift tickets. Competition entries will be run through the Erina facebook page:

*Thank you to Bianca and Chantelle for organising this interview.
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