Tried and tested: The Braun Beard Trimmer

A full beard remains the number one follicular fashion for men, so a top-notch trimmer is a must. Sam Priddy tries Braun’s latest grooming gadget...

“As beard trimmers go, the Braun BT5050 is a thing of beauty. The sleek black and blue device is ergonomically-shaped, making it feel like a natural extension of your hand. 

"It has a ‘precision wheel’ that comes with 25 different length settings, and while it’s unlikely you’ll need them all, it’s reassuring to know they’re there, in case you ever feel like getting experimental.

"The blades are sharp (very sharp — go easy while getting used to it) meaning a perfectly precise trim, and the whole thing can be washed under the tap after use, saving you the faff of trying to ease the little iron filings out with a paintbrush. 

"It has a battery life of about 50 minutes, so I easily got three or four trims out of each charge.”

* Braun Beard Trimmer BT5050, currently €65, reduced from €72 Littlewoods Ireland. 


The same floral notes are found in countless perfumes, but the latest addition to Diptyque’s 34 Bazaar collection is a true rarity. 

Kimonanthe, €150, is centred around the osmanthus flower, an Asian bloom that has a sweet, creamy scent, paired with spices and incense powder, which brings a rich, smoky intensity to this beautifully unique fragrance. free p&p).


When make-up guru Wendy Rowe says a beauty product works, you should listen up. 

Tried and tested: The Braun Beard Trimmer

This month, the Burberry artistic consultant has assembled a Glossybox edit of her skincare heroes, including Sisley’s Black Rose Cream, Rodin Face Oil and a Roloxin mask, alongside Burberry Fresh Glow foundation and a Lip Velvet in one of two signature shades. 

The foundation alone costs €50, making the expert-approved box, worth €157, seriously good value.

* Glossybox & Wendy Rowe The Edit, €46 (€40 for subscribers;


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