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Leitin Skincare pack | Image: Leitin Skincare

Man of Many Staff Favourites – 11 May 2024

What a week, right? An A-list rap beef is heating up, Jerry Seinfeld is dominating our screens and the Knicks are firing sledges at Reggie Miller; it’s like 1997 all over again. Thankfully, the weekend has arrived and with it comes a bevy of opportunities for brunching, boozing and (if you are anything like me) bailing on plans at the last moment so you can have a mid-afternoon nap. So, to kick off the two most important days of the week, we’ve pulled together another Man of Many Staff Favourites for your enjoyment. Get amongst it.

Leitin Skincare pack | Image: Leitin Skincare
Leitin Skincare Essence Toner | Image: Leitin Skincare

Leitin Skincare

Nick Hall – Editor-in-Chief

It might come as a shock, but I am, in fact, getting old. Every morning I wake up and stare at the wrinkled tyre that I used to call my face and wonder how we got to this point. The truth is that years of sun damage, poor skin protection and a general; ‘F*ck it’ attitude has done a number on my skin, so now I’m in full reversal mode.

This week, I copped a new pack from Leitin Skincare, a gender-neutral lipid-based offering that is loaded with Australian native botanicals. To combat my dry and dehydrated skin, I’ve been running the Morning Routine pack, which follows a straightforward cleanse, tone, serum and hydrate formula. The Gel Cleanser is probably my favourite product, with the zesty lemon, lime and pink grapefruit aroma making me feel fresher than I have for a long time. Hydration-wise, I definitely recommend the Water Bomb Face Cream, which has a subtle aloe vera boost that soothes and relaxes the skin almost immediately.

I’ve been using Leitin skincare for about a week now, and while I’ll stop short of saying I’ve discovered the fountain of youth, I definitely look less like an old leather couch. If you are looking to up your skincare game, I would recommend Leitin as a great first step.

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Emma Sleep Diamond II Mattress | Image: Emma Sleep
Emma Sleep Diamond II Mattress | Image: Emma Sleep

Emma Luxe Breeze Mattress (Queen)

Scott Purcell – Co-Founder

I’ve had my mattress for what I want to say is about 10 years, which is likely way too long to be on the one piece of fabric. And with so much happening in the world of media, I’ve been staying up way too late watching TV to distract myself. It’s no wonder that SBS is reporting that 4 in 10 Australians are battling sleep issues. So when Emma Sleep reached out to me to try out one of their new Emma Luxe Breeze Mattress in a Queen size, I jumped at the opportunity.

The mattress is designed to make sleep much more comfortable, courtesy of an innovative ThermoSync Technology that the brand claims will make your sleep 22 per cent cooler. On the firmness scale, it’s medium-soft; meaning that while it’s not super firm, it does have enough structural support to ensure you don’t sink into it mid-way through the night.

The other big advantage of the Emma Luxe Breeze Mattress was the effortless set-up. The new mattress arrived right at my door in a box that was easy enough for one person to carry. It does take half a day or so to inflate properly and unfold, but it’s well worth the wait. When you consider that we spend a third of our lives asleep, investing in a quality mattress just makes sense.

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Samsung Portable SSD T9 2TB | Image: Samsung
Samsung Portable SSD T9 2TB | Image: Samsung

Samsung Portable SSD T9 2TB

John Guanzon – Head of Social

If anyone were to ask for advice on an essential piece of kit for a content creator, I’d always say a good portable solid-state drive. I know it’s a saying only old people say, but it’s incredible to think about how far technology has come in a decade. It wasn’t that long ago I remember lugging around giant bricks of hard drive storage that would literally take hours to transfer video files. Today, SSDs are not only tiny, but their transfer speeds are lightning-fast. After using Samsung’s new T9 SSD for about 5 months now, I can confidently say it feels like a huge step up from their previous SSD models.

The textured, sculpted surface provides a good grip and the overall design makes it look a tad more premium-looking. The sculpted lines and robust exterior ensure it won’t slip out of your hand or be knocked off the desk too easily. However, in the event it does, Samsung claims a 3m drop resistance, backed by a 5-year limited warrant.

Under the hood, transfer speeds a flash flash, with the T9 introducing SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps performance, potentially doubling the sustained throughput compared to the older T7 if your device is equipped with such a port (formerly known as USB 3.2 2×2). The only setback would be its price point. Retailing at around $519 for a 2TB and $969 for a 4TB, it’s certainly on the pricier end of the market. However, if you’re after a high-performing, rugged, and slick-looking workhorse for your day-to-day data needs, I say it’s more than worth the investment.

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Rothy's RS01 Sneakers | Image: Rothy's
Rothy’s RS01 Sneakers | Image: Rothy’s

Rothy’s RS01 Sneakers

Alex Martinez – Media Sales and Brand Partnerships

Excuse the pun, but my beloved Air Force Ones were on their last legs, with the front ripping and fabric peeling off the tongue. It was time for an upgrade and that’s where The RS01 Sneaker from Rothy’s came in. These sneakers feature a host of accommodating details such as a terry-lined tongue, cushy insole, durable outsoles, and padded ankle collar, all working in harmony to provide a snug fit, flexibility and fantastic comfort.

My two favourite features are the fact they are 100 per cent machine washable and that the thread is spun from single-use plastic bottles. It took about 28 plastic bottles to knit this pair of shoes. How awesome is that? For those who think shoes are foot prisons, perhaps it’s time you get them out of jail and into a resort.

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