Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid Review

I recently received an email from the folks over at Hyundai asking if they could send me a car to test out for a week. My week with the IONIQ has just come to an end so I thought I’d get a post together letting you know the good and bad of Hyundai’s new hybrid model.

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On The Runway

I was on the look out for a cool location to shoot for my Hyundai IONIQ blog post, which is coming very soon, when I found an abandoned RAF base not too far from my house. The chipped runway remains, now surrounded by fields and was once home to the Lancaster Bomber in World War II.

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My Skincare Routine

For around a year now I have sworn by Tom Ford’s grooming range, using multiple products on a daily basis. However, recently I found that for some reason my skin had changed and the products were leaving me feeling like a total oil slick - it was time for a change.

I put out a call on Twitter for suggestions and you guys came through! My mate, and fellow blogger Robbie suggested I gave Kiehl’s a try, after hearing him rave about them I thought it was time to give them a go and see how they work for me. I believe if you go into a Kiehl’s store you can get a full consultation in which they tell you what products you should use for your skin type. Sadly we don't have a Kiehl’s anywhere near where I live, so I thought I’d risk it and give a few products a try, I picked them all up from House of Fraser. I obviously love them, which is why I thought I would let you know which products I have been using over the past few weeks. Here’s how my current skincare routine stands…

Kiehl's enegrising face wash | mens grooming blogger

Step one

The first step goes one of two ways, either wash or scrub. Every other day I use a scub on my face to give it just a bit of a deeper clean, the rest of the week I use a daily wash. Currently the scrub I am using is the Kiehl’s Exfoliating Cleanser, it’s from their Age Defence range and gives you a ‘refreshed and younger looking appearance’ so I must look about 3 months old once I’ve used it. The wash I am using is from their Facial Fuel range - the Energising Face Wash is a gel cleanser that I tend to use in the mornings. It leaves you feeling fresh and ready to start the day, it also smells pretty good too!

Step two

After cleansing my face, I then use toner - currently I am using the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. I decided to choose the oil-free one as I have quite combination skin, so I didn’t want to end up with a mirror-like forehead from the oil. I’ve been really impressed with it, it leaves my face feeling tight and fresh.

Kiehl's Men's skincare | Sam Squire Blogger

Step three

Once the toner has dried nicely on my face I use the Eye Alert cream. it’s a really nice thick gel that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles - it’s super refreshing, but I tend to only really use it in the mornings as I find it helps to wake me up a bit easier (only a bit). I also use the Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm - it’s great for keeping your lips from drying out, but also won’t make it look like you’ve put lip gloss on, it’s also got a super fresh mint flavour.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream | Sam Squire

Step four

The final step of my daily routine is the super-famous Ultra Facial Cream - it now comes with Factor 30 which is massively important to wear on your face every day, and is a nice thick day cream moisturiser. I think most people that use Kiehl’s use the Ultra Facial Cream, it’s a 24-hour moisturiser that doesn't sit heavy on the skin at all, I would highly recommend it!

So far I am loving the Kiehl’s products, they work a treat on my skin and don't cost a tonne either. Big thanks to Robbie and everyone else that recommended I check out the Kiehl’s brand, if you haven't already I would highly suggest checking them out!

Pearly Whites

I get quite a bit of blogger mail, and a lot of it doesn't make the mark to be put up on the blog - I only ever want to share products I fully endorse with you lot. Last week I took delivery of a rather posh package, inside a black box emblazoned with Bruzzoni

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My New Look

I am always keen to keep my wardrobe updated to keep it fresh each season, so when New Look got in touch to ask if I could pick some season staples, I knew this was one for me...

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The Fragrance Edit

Every guy wants to smell nice…and every girl wants a guy to smell nice. There are about a million and one different fragrances out there and it can be totally mind-blowing if you’re just getting into the cologne business for the first time...

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The Shearling

Brass monkeys more than describes the last couple of days, it’s been ridiculously cold right across the country and wrapping up has been a must…or just staying in doors and eating cake till 9pm 🙄

I have wanted a shearling coat for ages now, something warm and casual that I can chuck on over a jumper or shirt and a pair of jeans. Shearling is great for styling up or down so it’s definitely a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe.

ASOS Shearling Jacket | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I hadn't found the right one, I knew exactly what I was looking for as I had a really particular style in mind. When browsing ASOS one day I found the exact jacket I had been looking for, slim fitting and plain on the outside with a soft tan colour, and super fluffy on the inside to keep me warm.

ASOS Shearling Jacket | Sam Squire UK Male fashion & lifestyle blogger

I have to say I am actually really impressed with just how fluffy it is inside! Often brands will just put a little bit of fur lining round the cuffs, ASOS have packed this bad boy full of the stuff, right up the sleeves and all inside the body, it’s super warm and really comfortable. It’s super thick and is perfect for this time of the year, especially on these ultra frosty mornings!

ASOS Shearling | Sam Squire UK Male fashion blogger

I paired the jacket with a simple pair of Topman spray-on skinny jeans in black, some Nike Stefan Janoski’s in khaki and my gradient blue to grey M&S jumper from their always-stylish Autograph collection.

Chic gifts for her

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. I love the run up, buying and wrapping the presents and treating people to cool presents.

When John Lewis got in touch to ask me if I wanted to treat a fellow blogger to some presents this Christmas, I jumped at the opportunity! I got paired up with the very lovely Becky, creator of English Mum, a blog full of travel, life hacks and recipes…if you’ve never checked out her work you definitely should!

John Lewis asked me to surprise Becky with some things I thought she might like - after a good bit of reading through her blog, I thought Becky seemed to like class, quality and convenience, things to make travelling a little bit easier. I am a big fan of a wash bag, so thought I would put together a wash bag full of goodies for Becky to get her hands on.

gift ideas for her | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifestyle blogger | John lewis

First up I gifted Becky a super chic wash bag to store all her lotions and potions in when she’s travelling. This white and rose gold Ted Baker bag jumped out at me, it’s simple but you know it’s going to be quality. I picked this up for £65 but it looks like it has now sold out, check this link to see if it comes back in stock!

When I'm on the move I am always thankful for some little travel bottles to chuck some face wash or shampoo in so I don’t have to lug massive bottles around with me. I thought Becky might like these and at £4.50 for two, I thought they were a total bargain! You can grab these here - they’re really worth it and they’re from MAC, which I believe is a pretty decent makeup brand!

Mac travel bottles | John lewis | Sam squire UK male fashion & lifetyle blogger

If there’s one thing I know about Becky from checking her out online, it’s that she LOVES Liz Earle. It would have been wrong for me not to include something from her favourite brand in the gifts I sent her! The Winter Nourishment Gift comes with a little travel size face mask and a face cloth too, which is perfect for Becky’s travelling needs! It was only £8 so sold out almost instantly, however I would recommend the £15 Cleanse and Polish gift set that also comes with 2 Liz Earle facecloths!

Nuxe giftset | John lewis | Sam Squire UK male fashion blogger

I thought I’d get Becky some more mini products that would be perfect for her upcoming trip to The States, NUXE’s ‘The Essentials’ travel kit has all of their favourite products in a little travel bag. At £13.50 this little kit offers fantastic value for money - you can check this out here.

Girls love a festive nail, don’t they? As we now know, Becky loves Liz Earle, this ‘Pure Poetry’ red colour is a great buy at £8.50 and will add a bit of festivity to her look this December. You can check out the rest of the colours in the range here.

I hope Becky loves the Christmas picks I sent her. You might have missed Christmas but John Lewis have an epic sale on at the moment, don’t miss out - shop the sale here!