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LQD Skin Care Review

by | Groom, Hair and Skincare


Papa Polka Dot

LQD Skincare

I was recently asked by Ms Polka Dot to review the range of skincare from LQD Skincare. Australian owned and made, this brand has a range of five products- a face scrub, a shave cream, two face moisturisers (one calming and one hydrating) and a face wash. The range is full of antioxidants, anti-irritants and are designed to keep for as long as possible.

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With a beard I only shave once a week. Recently The Body Shop shaving cream that had stayed with me for over 10 years decided it would spring a leak due to old age. With some trepidation I rolled out the brand new container of Lqd Face Shave. I read the instructions carefully and prepared for the new experience. Skeptical was I! ‘Prepare yourself for a new shaving experience’ the pack exclaimed . Hmmmmm! I will admit that I was doubtful about abandoning the normal foamy shave lather that I had become used to.

As well the claim on the pack that it would not ’clog the razor’ was impressive but rather extravagant -so I thought! But the shaving experience has been great! And the razor has remained unclogged. Another miracle! How do they do that? Cleaning the razor frequently is honestly one of the most annoying aspects of shaving.

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The shave with LQD was an absolute joy. Smooth, soft face too! I can hardly wait for my next shave. Next week! Having a beard has some benefits!

Now as for the LQD Face Hydrate. This concoction is an absolute pleasure to apply to one’s mug. The most pleasing part is that it is easily absorbed and does not seem to have a greasy ‘finish’. So when you are in a hurry you don’t have to over-massage the skin so as to not leave tell-tale signs that you have applied a moisturiser and are now in the chosen ranks of a ‘new age guy’. There is nothing worse than going to work with little white blotches or streaks on one’s male countenance. But this stuff is magical! Absolutely magical.

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With some enthusiasm I was called to test the LQD Face Scrub next. Each week I have developed the habit of using an exfoliating mitt to make me ‘look years younger’. It’s one of the joys of the Sunday shower. No time pressure at all. Plenty of time to exfoliate. And when the guy at the cafeteria told me that I looked 10 years younger than I really was you will appreciate that I was overjoyed at the mitt-experience!

The mitt works a joy, but this substance is not the equivalent! Firstly it is creamy. And you have to work a lot harder on it than the mitt. But I could get into the habit of using this stuff.

It just seems as though they don’t have enough grit in it to get those years off me. And anyway I’m a real man and want to really challenge my skin. I want a little bit of pain. To make it all worth while. And that’s my suggestion – put more grit in it!

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LQD Skincare products are available via their website.

Images taken by Ms Polka Dot for Polka Dot Bride. The LQD Skincare set was sent for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

The Best Of Polka Dot Groom 2014

by | Blog News, Groom


Ms Gingham

Dapper dudes and banging babes were the stars of the show on Polka Dot Groom this year. Here’s a roundup of our most popular posts of 2014!

1. Ben and Tahna’s Contemporary Richmond Wedding – A sleek affair and contemporary affair in the Melbourne inner city suburb of Richmond was shared with us by the awesome groom Ben!

Image by Jerome Cole

2. 5 Shades Of Grey For Your Wedding SuitA celebration of the simple fact that life need never be only black and white. Post by Alexis Goodrich for Joe Button.

Image by Sarah Rowlands Lovelight Photography via Groom Style – Dominic

3. A Short Guide To Pairing Bridal Dresses and Wedding SuitsThe professionals at Montagio Custom Tailoring joined us with this great post about pairing dresses and suits.

Image by Luke Going Photography via Carmen and Garvin’s Elegant Winter Solstice Wedding

4. Bridesmaids Dress Shopping At Dolly Up Vintage Emporium – A chance meeting in town led to a spontaneous bridesmaid dress shopping adventure and groom Andy of Kiss and Tell Photography was there to document the whole thing.

5. Top Groom Style Tips With Matt Jensen of MJ Bale – Matt Jensen of MJ Bale joined us with his insider tips and tricks to get your look down pat for your wedding.

6. Groom’s Africa Honeymoon Report: Adventure, Animals and EltonAfter the wedding comes the honeymoon and Alastair made sure his was the adventure of a lifetime.

7. Yvonne and Carlo – A Sydney Engagement Shoot & A Story Of Love – Carlo lets us in on the story of meeting the love of his life Yvonne.

Image by Fifteen Photography

8. The First Five Years: Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide – A guide to buying the perfect anniversary present for your new spouse!

9. Vowing Your Bride – Groom Wedding Day VowsImpress your bride with these top 10 musings on love from the greatest romeos of all time.

Image by Pictures and Hearts Wedding Photography

10. Semi Formal Groom AttireA guide to semi formal but never boring attire for the groom.

Image by Louisa Bailey via Sophie and Sam’s Modern St Kilda Wedding

Unique Bow Ties For Grooms – Pop Culture Bow Ties

by | Groom, Groom Fashion


Camille Davies

I’m sure you guys don’t need me to tell you this, but bow ties are awesome. They can be formal or casual, and you can have one in any pattern, with any outfit, and it’ll still look dapper. They’ve been a long-standing wedding staple which makes them a great way to inject a bit of colour or your own fun twist to your wedding outfit.

Now, I guarantee you’ve heard this all before – I’m not alone in the bow tie love – but I don’t mean “fun” as in “a fairly jazzy shade of red”. I mean “fun” as in pop culture, video games, comic books, superheroes: glorious fandom!

Below is a small selection of unique bow ties that go against the norm – on a day all about you and your partner, why not show off a little bit of your personality?

1. Legend of Zelda is an incredibly popular, and it has influenced a lot of people – Robin Williams even famously named his daughter Zelda! Available from Pigtails ‘n Curls

2. Pokemon – gotta catch ‘em all! There’s a pun in there somewhere… Available from Pigtails ‘n Curls. What I love about the bow ties from this seller is that they also offer them as hair clips – perfect for your wife-to-be! A great, unconventional way to show your shared loves.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – something about them seems to speak to all men. Maybe it’s the crime fighting ninja part, or maybe it’s the overarching theme of pizza – whatever it is, this fun bow tie will ensure nostalgia and envy amongst all bow-tie-less men in attendance. Available from Johnny Blue Bow Tie

4. Doctor Who bow ties. Whovians rejoice! Surely Matt Smith’s favourite – an understated but awesome bow tie to add to your big day. Available from Johnnie Blue Bow Tie

5. Superhero bow ties. These bow ties come in a variety of sizes, from newborn to adult! So if you have children in the wedding, (or very small groomsmen), you can ensure that everybody looks super (sorry)! You can also pick your superhero – you could be Superman to stand out from your Batman groomsmen, or everyone can take a different superhero and be the Avengers. Available from Dapper and Chic. These bow ties are all self-tie, and are adjustable in length. The seller can also make matching pocket squares upon request, so you can completely kit yourself and your groomsmen out!

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