Style Roundup: Men’s Holdalls

Sonja Langford- Acorns via Unsplash

Sonja Langford- Acorns via Unsplash

Hello Lovelies,

With Autumn just around the corner, I get to planning weekend breaks in the country. I imagine enjoying long walks in the finally cool air and feeling the crunch of leaves beneath my boots. Curling up in an armchair in the corner of a local coffee shop, nursing a creamy hot chocolate and getting lost in a great book. Watching the sun set as it’s last golden rays make the red, orange and brown leaves scattered all over the ground shine…bliss! I do so much enjoy that we have seasonal weather, each brings with it it’s own sensual pleasures and unique beauty. So, wherever I plan to go, I need something to carry a couple of days worth of clothes in. I am really into men’s accessories at the moment. They’re so sturdy and smart and, well, masculine. Here I’ve picked of my favourite holdall bags currently on the market for you men (and women) out there who may also be planning an autumnal break.

Men's Holdalls- My Pick of the Best for Autumn 2013

Men’s Holdalls- My Pick of the Best for Autumn 2013 by misshoneybare featuring shoulder strap purses

Clockwise from top:

*Boden (£89)- Indigo cotton canvas holdall with a striped lining and chocolate brown handles and adjustable shoulder strap. A relaxed looking bag for those who prefer a less formal look.

*Nap-Sac (£270)- Coffee coloured holdall with contrast trim. A wopping 40 gallon capacity and cotton webbing lining. Durable and stylish.

*Reiss (£295)- Sleek, smart black classic holdall. Great for city and country breaks. Simple stitch details and silver hardwear.

*M&S (£149)- Italian style inspired chocolate brown leather holdall with plenty of pockets, for those of us who like to keep everything super organised.

*Barbour (£145)- As durable and practical as their iconic coats. This Barbour holdall will last you a lifetime and never go out of style.

*Reid & Hamilton (£260)- Brown holdall with a rather old fashioned feel about it. Another with plenty of pockets, this will wear beautifully with age.

*Superdry, available at Next (65)- Black nylon casual holdall. Great for active weekends and doubles as a great gym bag. One you can chuck about.

*Chapman (£259)- Tweed classic holdall with contrast trims and straps. Has a large padlocking compartment and waterproof middle layer. Adjustable and very smart looking.

*Peter Werth, available at House of Fraser (£150)- Gorgeous, minimal and unique looking holdall with one main compartment. Lined in a beautiful purple fabric. Minimal on the outside, flashy on the inside. Reminiscent of a Boateng suit.

Hopefully I’ve picked something to suit all tastes and budgets. I do believe that investing in a quality item will see it last you a lifetime if you treat it right. So what may seem expensive, is really a snip when you look at the cost per use ratio. Well, that’s all for now. Thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Coco Loco* Top 10 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to share a thrifty beauty secret with you. It’s all natural, tasty and it smells amazing, yep, coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used as a beauty product around the world for many years. Most notably as a moisteriser and as a hair conditioner (as well as something you can cook and bake with). Here I my top 10 beauty uses for this wonder oil…

1) Make-up remover: Gently rub the coconut oil all over your face to dissolve even waterproof makeup. Use a warm muslin cloth or soft cotton towelling face cloth to wipe away all traces of makeup. Also, don’t worry if you have oily skin. Oil cleansing is really great for oily skin as like attracts like and the coconut oil molecules attach to the sebum in your face and pull them out! Add some virgin castor oil to the mix if you have oily skin and you’ll be able to feel the ‘plugs’ of dirt from your face after massaging for a few minutes. Gross but also kind of satisfying!

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2) Moisteriser: Massage a small amount into your face after cleansing. Coconut oil sinks into skin leaving it soft and supple.

3) Body scrub: Half a cup of soft brown sugar, half a cup or coconut oil. Mix together and smooth all over in the shower. Smells AMAZING (and is totally edible too). Leaves your tushy smooth as a baby’s!

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4) Lip balm: Decant a small amount into a small tin to carry about with you. Apply when lips are feeling dry (or in preparation for a major make out session).

5) Tinted balm/gloss: Same as above, except, mix in a bit of your favourite lipstick. Make as intense or sheer as you like. Alternatively, apply a small amount over matte lipstick to add a slight sheen.

6) Hair shine pomade: A SMALL amount of this wonder oil rubbed into your palms and smoothed over your hair will add a lovely glossy shine to your finished do.

Shine added with a little coconut oil.

7) Hair conditioner: Rub into your scalp and all the way to the ends of your hair (only on the ends if your hair tends to get greasy). Wrap your head in clingfilm and leave for at least an hour. Rinse with shampoo twice to ensure the oil is removed. You shouldn’t need to use conditioner, just rub a tiny bit of extra coconut oil through the ends of your hair when it’s dry if you have frizzies.

8 ) Cuticle/nail oil: Massage into the cuticles and all over the nail bed (and your hands too if you like), pop on cotton gloves for 20 minutes for extra softening. Wash hands and push back your cuticles with an orange stick.

9) Eyelash and brow tamer: Rub a little coconut oil over a spoolie, old mascara wand or toothbrush then run it through your lashes and brows. This is great for those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or for people with thick dark lashes who really don’t need mascara (you lucky devils!).

10) Face mask: There are several different ways you can use coconut oil as a face mask. The most simple one is a quick exfoliating mask. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to it and massage into your face GENTLY. Wipe away with a warm cloth and splash your face a few times. Finish with a little more of the oil to moisterise.

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Another way is to smoosh it up with half of a ripe avocado, apply liberally over your face and leave for 30 minutes. Both coconut oil and avocado are super moisterising, so this is great for dry/sensitive skins.

Just a quick note: Make sure that you purchase a cold pressed, raw and organic coconut oil to get the most goodness from the oil. There are a few different versions out there. You can get it with the scent removed (favoured for cooking so that the smell doesn’t over power the other ingredients) but I actually really like it with the scent. It makes me smell like a cookie! You’ll get around 500ml for anywhere between £10-£20 depending on the brand you go for but it will last ages. I’ve had my current jar (Tiana brand, from Holland & Barrett) for 3 months and I’m only a quarter way through it. Obviously, if you make body scrub from it, it’ll get used up more quickly though. Also, coconut oil is solid when it’s cold and liquid when warm, so you will need to warm it in your hands slightly before using as a moisteriser, mask, pomade etc.

I hope you found this interesting. It really is a thrifty, healthy and natural product. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

*Bonus points for getting the title reference ;)

MHB

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Product Review: Nanoblur

Hello lovelies,

So here it is, my first ever beauty blog post. I’ve been holding off for a while now because I wasn’t quite sure what to start with. My friend ReeRee Rockette invited me to the launch of Nanoblur at the box last night. We had lots of fun (and cocktails), met Jodie Harsh and fab bloggers The London Lipgloss and MakeupLoveer. So this seemed like the perfect thing to start with, a shiny new product review.

Nanoblur tube

Nanoblur is a cream developed by a Canadian company. It uses tiny light reflective particles to create a blurring effect thus giving the illusion of smoother skin and a more even tone. It is can be worn alone, over liquid foundation or under powder foundation. It’s an instant working product and makes no claims about long term improvement of the skin. It lasts until it is washed off, can be used anywhere on the body (e.g. neck, hands, decolletage) and on all skin colours but best effects are apparently seen on pale to dark asian skin tones. So, does it work?

I used some on one side of my face (the left side in the photo) over my foundation. I could see a visible line down the centre of my face where the product ended. There was a definite smoother look to my skin and it seemed brighter. Unfortunetly the effect is less dramatic in the picture and would show up better on an HD camera (which is what the product was originally developed for).

The product did lend a lovely matte finish to the skin which is ideal for recreating an authentic vintage face. Most light reflecting products tend to make skin look shiny which I really dislike, so I was rather pleased about this. My skin felt lovely and soft too. I did have to rub the cream in really quickly as it seemed to unsettle my foundation a little and had the feeling that it was ‘setting’ on my skin. The cream is meant to work in 40 seconds or less but I think at least 60 seconds would have been better to allow people time to work the cream into the skin evenly. I really love that this product is water based, paraben free and contains no Sodiam Lauryl Sulphate which is a big plus in my eyes.

Will I buy this product when the sample runs out? Yes. I think it is great for professional make-up artists, I will use this on photoshoots and on brides to make them look flawless. I don’t think the product is really necessary for anyone under 30 and at £19.99 for a small tube it isn’t super cheap. I will also use it on myself for night’s out when I want to look immaculate and ‘air-brushed’ but wouldn’t bother with using it everyday. Of course, that’s just my preferance and if you dear reader, would like to use it every day then of course that’s just fine too.

Nanoblur is £19.99 for a 30ml tube exclusively at Boots.