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"Gendered products are just a way of extracting more cash from you" - Belinda Phipps

...and unfortunately women are often the ones paying the higher price. Research done by The Times found that products marketed towards women were marked 37 cents higher than the same male gendered product.

Personally I don't give a F*$! if my soap or razors are pink or blue...What I care about is if a product does its job.

Here is my beauty hack list of products that you should definitely be 'borrowing from the boys'

1. NIVEA POST SHAVE BALM : One day my friend Liv, who is a HUGE beauty junkie (no seriously, her make-up collection rivals an entire Sephora store) was doing my makeup for a shoot. The first thing she brought out for me to put on my cleansed skin was Nivea's 'Post Shave Balm'. To be honest when she told me to put it all over my face as a primer I looked at her like she was effing insane. Little did I know that this 'post shave balm' serves as an amazing primer and moisturizer combo which keeps your make-up in place all day.

2. RAZORS & SHAVING CREAM - The beauty industry has engraved it in our minds that women need 'female' razors as we as females are 'gentle' and 'sensitive' and therefore need a 'gentle' and 'sensitive' shave...Well I in fact do have REALLY EFFING sensitive skin, and I'll tell you first hand that I have been using men's razors to shave my legs for years now and my legs are perfectly fine. Men's razors generally have more blades and again are cheaper than their 'female' counterparts.

3. DEODORANT - I've been using men's deodorant since high school. Not because i'm an exceptionally sweaty person (although I will admit my hands are clammy all the time - GROSS FUN FACT), but because I refused to smell like a pile of my grandmother's potpourri. In my opinion men's deodorant smells better and definitely gets the job done - Not to mention its consistently cheaper than the 'women's' alternative. I use Old Spice 'Fiji Deodorant'.

4. PERFUME/COLOGNE - Although men's perfume/cologne may not differ that greatly in price from women's, you should still take a walk in the men's fragrance section the next time you are out shopping. I rotate between 3 different scents depending on the season and my mood - but my all time favourite go-to Dolce & Gabbana perfume happens to be sold in the men's department. A lot of perfume brands now make unisex scents such as: Byredo, Tom Ford, Le Labo, and Dolce and Gabbana...

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