Do it Like a Dude

Despite copious amounts of cosmetics piling up in my various drawers, dressers and wardrobes in my room, sometimes I find it way more exciting to rifle through my boyfriend’s toiletry bag. I do the same with his clothes too. The poor lad now has a severe lack of knitted jumpers (perfect with jeans, boots and a statement necklace in the winter) and baggy shorts (there is nothing more comfortable to wear to bed), and now I’ve got started on his pampering pile. There are some duds (Dove for Men Shower Gel? No, no, I’ll stick to my Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash thank you), but there are some gems too so here’s the do it like a dude edit that I like to secretly swatch from his bag when he’s left in the morning…

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm: a slick-on stick that whiffs of chalk lollies (remember those?), I do have a bit of a soft spot for this. Now it’s not the most moisture injecting of my balm bevy, but it’s one that gives that sort of instant gratification that sometimes you just need.

Bumble & Bumble Semisumo: originally part of my bonce basket, this has somehow ended up here – huh – see the scaving works both ways. Though I now accept that this lo-hold, hi-shine pomade just clicks better with a shorter doo, sometimes I still do rake it through the ends of mine for a little bit of shine when things are looking a little lacklustre. And the smell?! Ah the smell. So good.

Shockwaves Go Matt Clay: messed-up, matte hair in a tub. It sort of reminds me of post blow-dry version of Bumble & Bumbles Texture. A wee bit sticky if you blob it on – it’s one of those little goes a long way things. I rub a pea-sized amount between my palms and work through the ends for a bit of oomph and hold.

Nivea Men 48hr Invisible Anti-Perspirant: after my Unspoken Beauty post a while back so many of you said that for a sweaty betty like myself, a switch over to men’s deodorant was a must. And hell yeah, it was. I’ve been experimenting with his spare of this one, but the Sure Maximum Strength bad boy is next on my list to keep my pits in check.

E45 Moisturising Lotion: the only thing that Mark will ever use on his face which makes me shudder a little, but for body moisturising, despite its heavy mineral oil content, I find it pretty good. Not too greasy but it leaves a subtle sheen and its no-scent formula is good for days when you don’t wish to reek of The Body Shop.


  • Celina

    I’m going to have to pick up the Bumble and Bumble Semisumo. If it doesn’t work out for me, it might work out for my boyfriend! 🙂


    Celina | The Celution

  • Holly

    I do the exact same with my boyfriend, forever raiding his moisturisers when I have left mine at home!

    Lovely post! xxx

  • Love this post! Kind of reverse in my house though, I just found my guy stealing my deodorant the other day because he ran out of his! (granted it was a very unisex scent and one of those uber strong ones, for the same sweaty betty reasons). If he starts using my skin care and shampoos I am gonna start charging him, that stuff isn’t cheap! ;-p

  • SemiSumo is SO GOOD.
    I didn’t even realise this is supposed to be a “man’s product” (does it even really matter?) until I googled it and saw it listed in the men’s section on the official website. It’s perfect for adding a little texture; my hair can be flat but this roughs it up a little.

  • The Sure Maximum Strength deos are great x

  • Haha, I love this post!


  • Anya Cross

    Love this post! Its made me root through my boyfriend’s wash bag!

  • yourdailybreak

    This happens at my place too! But both ways.. I find myself reaching for his Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser and I have found that my Mythic Oil and Parsley Seed Toner is going down a lot faster than normal haha.

    Your Daily Break

  • Parisian To Be

    Similarly, I love raking through my Dad’s drawers when I’m at home. One time, I found a Fresh Lycée Body Lotion…score! Lovely post!
    xo Lillian

  • Mabel Bagel

    My boyfriend hardly uses any products! I wish I could use 2 or 3 products only lol.


    Life of Mabel

  • Amber Hunter

    The title of this post automatically intrigued me! It was interesting–and entertaining– to read haha 🙂


    Lovely Notions

  • Chloe M

    I would raid my boyfriends stash but everything he has is a dupe of stuff he’s got his hands on from my stash, Liz Earle eye cream and Effaclar K are firm favourites with him, so I’ll head there once I’ve run out of my must haves. His clothes on the other hand….

  • Nicola

    my boyfriends literally uses no products other than deodrant, aftershave and hair wax! congrats on the cosmo blog shortlist too – just voted for you good luck! xxx

  • ml125

    Not trying to lecture, but I really have to pick up the mineral oil thing. I know Caroline Hirons says you musn’t use mineral oil, but there’s really nothing wrong with it. Yes it breaks some people out, but it doesn’t break most people out. It is NON comodogenic, and an extremely effective occlusive, demaquilant and emollient. When people say it “just” sits on top of the skin, it actually sits on top of the skin moisturising it and preventing water loss. It’s not as if other oils penetrate into your nervous system and tell your skin to look 1000 times better. Anything people say against it is anecdotal. More info can be found here: So if anyone’s reading this, don’t be scared of mineral oil! It might not work for you, but it most likely will.

  • Jacqueline

    I love using my boyfriends deodorant! It’s Irish Spring scented (like the soap, although I’m not sure they have that where you’re from…) which is my favorite soap-y smell. He hardly uses any other products though 🙁

  • Ampersaand

    I often use my boyfriend’s shower gel, and I’ve also been known to steal his deodorant for weeks on end when I run out and I’m too lazy to make the trip to the drugstore! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one 😉

  • Zara

    Love this posts and I pushed it under the nose of my bf to show I’m not the only little thief 🙂
    Darling Zara – London Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Jana

    I admit I used to use my boyfriend’s Old Spice deodorant. I love how it has no smell, it’s long-lasting, leaves no residue on my skin or clothes, and doesn’t give me an allergic reaction — plus, the ads were random and hilarious. Now I purchase my own!