19 October 2016

What You're A Male blogger

Yep that's correct, I am what it says in the title!
And do you know, I'm not alone, yep that's right the male blogger community is growing daily, which for me is very exciting.

The reason it's so exciting is that us guys are starting to make a bit of a name for ourselves and the blogging community is starting to wake up to us also. 

So I started blogging about 18 months ago and even though that isn't all that long ago, the male blogger community has grown massively even since then.

I started my blogging journey because I noticed how happy it made my wife, I didn't do it because I wanted to tell the world my story or anything, I just wanted to give it a try, and to be honest I didn't think I would be very good at it either.

I don't read books at all, I'm not very opinionated and I have difficulty with my spelling and grammar.
In fact they are quite shocking at times.

I actually didn't really even know how to work a laptop properly when I started (other than to play games on it I mean) but, I gave it a try and resigned myself to the fact that I would more than likely quit after a month or so.

But it's 18 months later and I'm still here and I'm still really enjoying it all too.

One of the main reasons I am enjoying it is that I am part of a really supportive male bloggers community.

That was me showing my support for the male blogger community and not in any way me bashing/slating/having a go at the female blogging community.

I mean most of my followers and most of the people I follow and interact with on twitter are female bloggers and you all know my wife blogs too.
She's a female.

So now that's cleared up, lets get back to the male blogger community and talk about a brand who are  super supportive of male bloggers...


The opportunities us guys get are a quite lower than the ones offered to female bloggers but I get why - there are more female bloggers around - but as the male blogger community expands I can see a lot more PR and brands reaching out to guys which is really quite amazing.
Back at the start of my blog I actually saw Mankind reaching out to a few bloggers and I was lucky enough to be asked to be involved in some of their work.

My DA was non existent and I didn't really have much of a social following, but they still reached out and I fully accepted with open arms.
I thought it was amazing that they would include the newer, smaller bloggers within their campaigns - they really showed a lot of faith in us.

In fact they seemed to have quite a lot of faith in me because around three months ago I was asked if I wanted to become a Mankind Band Ambassador, which, yes, I also accepted with my arms wide open.
I was really pleased to have been asked.

So just prepare yourself for a lot more male grooming hints, tips and products from my blog in the future.

I have to say, being asked to be an ambassador is crazy, I mean I still find it strange when I get called "an influencer", I mean, I'm just Carl from Bradford.
The guy who one day decided to write somethings on the Internet and now a popular brand want me to be an ambassador for them?!

It still makes me feel a little confused and shocked but maybe that's my lack of confidence coming through...maybe I should believe in myself a bit more, obviously others believe in me...

Anyway, less rambling about me, more on the brilliant Mankind.

You may have seen one of my recent posts featuring some brilliant Mankind products and if so then you will know all about what the company is and does, but if not, here it is to take a look at.
Or you can browse their web site, have a good look around - I'm positive you will find everything you could possibly need to know.

I've been sent a few premium grooming boxes in the past which were all packed full of grooming products, many which have featured on blog.

Every time I receive one of the boxes I'm like a kid at Christmas, opening them up to see what's inside as fast as possible.
They are truly amazing and not one of the boxes has been a disappointment, I've really loved using all of the new, different types of products from all of the new, exciting brands.

So let me introduce you to what I've been using last month and these landed on my doorstep in the August premium grooming box's...

This box was brilliant a let down either, not only was it packed with products, but it had a nice little bonus item too - and that wasn't even a grooming product.

The surprise was actually this lovely pair of socks from the well known brand Levis and I'd say they would go perfectly with my black skinny 501.....but I grew out of them a while ago waist wise.

The socks have some great detail within them and are made from superior combed cotton and they will definitely add a splash of colour to help bridge the gap from my trouser hem to my shoes.

Now let's talk about the grooming products.

First up there was a shower wash and just by reading the group name you know it's going to be awesome.

Mr Natty Shipwreck Shower Wash.
Made in England

It is inspired by their signature Shipwreck soap which I definitely need to try because this smells and cleans your body so well and gives you the morning kick start you need to get up and get going on your daily duties, which may possibly have something to do with the added caffeine to the famous patchouli vetiver coco scent.

It will give your body the complete wash, it's great for hair and body and anything else you feel may need scrubbing and it was very beard friendly too, which is a must for me.

Next up something that has never featured on my blog before and a lot of guys - including myself - often overlook.

Lip balm.

Now especially with the colder weather approaching and 90% of my new job being spent outside braving the conditions, dry lips is something that I suffer a lot with but this Jack Black Fresh Mint Lip Balm will easily sort me out and it will no longer be a problem.

The balm is a non-waxy stick which offers soothing hydration for maximum lip comfort and whilst I've not used it loads yet it already has my lips feeling super soft.
(I would say ask my wife but that would mean she would have to kiss me to find out, and we all know once you are married that stops....)

Next up, a bit of skincare, and I actually can not tell you much about this because I haven't used it yet, because I have been trying out something else very simialr.
Once that comes to an end though, I will be jumping straight onto this Imedeen product because I have heard so many good things about them.

Look out for a future post featuring them.

Now on to a little hair care which includes products to help keep my hair clean and a product to style it with.

My hair is mega thick and doesn't handle moisture quite well, after washing, it dries really fuzzy which isn't a great look if I forget to style it in a morning,
But then, if I do style it when it is still damp then I loose any hold factor the product i am using gives me.

And what's been cleaning and taming the fuzz lately?

The shampoo and conditioner I have been using is from the male grooming giants Men-U.
I've used many of their products before and would easily put them up there in my top five grooming brands.

The shampoo is anionic (negatively charged) and the conditioner is cationic (positively charged).
In all honesty I have no clue what any of that means but it sounds quite funky,
Plliance know that if the products smell great and leave hair clean and feeling super soft more people will invest.
Ooh and I've also noticed that my hair looks a lot healthier now I've used this quite a few times, helping to make my hair easier to style in a morning with Hanz De Fuko Gravity Paste.

Normally my hair is too thick for a paste to give it the hold it needs to stay styled throughout the day but this did quite well.
This innovative new product works best on dry hair and it is perfect for me because that's how I normally use products, and it also has a new "Super-Grip" technology which activates once the product is applied.

With my hair type I'd give this product a 6/10 which is a good rating because I am a funny bugger when it comes to my hair.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I'd love to know if you have used any of the products featured before and what you think of them. 

products sent for a honest review,all opinions and photos are my own
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