Today's post comes courtesy of our brother Stephen who has reviewed boy things for us before, entitling his corner of the blog "Lovely Manly Dangly Bits"! When this Hydra Energetic Sport Kit from L'Oreal arrived a few weeks ago, I handed it over for himself to try as I'm sorry, I try a lot of things for the blog, but I draw the line at manly moisturiser and deodorant! Over to you Stephen!
Now before we start, I have to make reference to this Dara O'Briain video, where he puts it better than I ever could: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPre1TtvTqk. The reason I refer to this are the words on the box: Air-Gel Technology and Hydra Energetic. I just don't think a man-man-man-man-manly-man-man would walk by this in the shops and go 'Oh my God this has AIR-GEL TECHNOLOGY! I must have it'. I know I wouldn't.
Anywho, onto the stuff itself. I've been using other moisturiser for the past year that I've found really good. A little on the dear side but it definitely works for me. I gave the L'oreal stuff a go for two weeks to see if it was any use.
I have one small problem with my 'own' manly moisturiser. I usually apply it in the morning after I have a shower in the gym, so my face is usually ROASTIN' hot when the moisturiser goes on, it doesn't sink in. The L'oreal stuff worked a little better, it absorbed nice and quick and my face felt a little cold after I put it on - probably due to the 'Instant Icy Feel'. Bear in mind I used this when we had a cold spell a couple of weeks back, so after I made my way to work, this was all I could think of when I got into the warm office:
Overall, I'm kinda on the fence on whether I'd buy it. It seemed inexpensive to me when I initially looked at it - €15 quid for a 50ml bottle. The bottle looks bigger but when I did the maths - and I'm no mathematician - its as expensive if not a little more expensive than the one I currently use. The fact that this set costs €13.00 and you're getting a deodorant as well takes the edge off the financial sting.
Personally, I'm not looking for technology in a moisturiser. I'm also not looking for anything 'quenching' other than an ice cold beer on a really hot day. m If your moisturiser doesn't make my face feel all tight or give me spots, your job is done.
Verdict: 8/10 Dangly Christmas Balls
Pros: Absorbs quickly, fresh feel after applying.
Cons: Silly marketing on the box aimed for 8 year olds, deceivingly expensive.
So he gives the set 8 Dangly Christmas Balls, not bad eh? Sets like this are always a handy stocking stuffer at this time of the year and are really reasonably priced. The fact that Stephen was freaking out thinking it was €15 for a bottle of moisturiser made me not want to tell him how much I spend on moisturisers! Ah to be a lad! Thanks for the review Stephen! He'll be back with more Lovely Manly Dangly Bits in the future, so stay tuned!