Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Transport Yourself to A Tropical Paradise With Kai Fragrances

kaiperfumeFor me nothing says summer like Kai perfume. Kai perfume oil instantly transports me to a tropical island where tropical gardenia and white exotic flowers are scent the warm island breezes. If you’ve visited the Hawaiian islands or Tahiti, you’ll begin to reminisce of lazy days lounging on white sandy beaches and eating papaya and mangoes by the dozen. In addition to the original perfume oil which has attained cult status, there are other products including a body lotion, body scrub, and an Eau de Parfum. For the home you can find scented room and linen sprays as well as scented voltive candles which will turn your space into an tropical paradise.

Guest beauty post from my friends at TheFind.

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Review: Clarisonic Skin Care System (Men’s Grooming Version)

20090622-clarisonic-skin-care-system-for-menWith the continued growth of the men’s grooming market some people place it at billions of dollars, and it continues to grow (as seen in this report), it just made sense to have a guy’s perspective on A Girl’s Gotta SpaAnd, why? Because women want us well-groomed, to smell nice and look nice. And, well, we’re not all that swift (well, I am).

So, as Shannon is a friend and I’m a total product whore, I thought who better to write it than me? But, I also thought wait, I’m not gonna do this in my real name so I’m doing it in a pseudonym: Zeke Samuels. Yes, there is some thought behind the name. No, I won’t share it.

My review today is on the Clarisonic. I had been eyeing the Clarisonic product for the past few months, and finally took the plunge after a friend kept harassing me about it.

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Review: AXE Hair Collection

20090620-axe-hair-collectionGuest men’s grooming review by Terence Buckley at Are You Being.

Glue. Paste. Gook. No, I’m not talking about your summer camp or back-to-school supplies list. I’m referring to the type of hair products many guys have turned to over the years to achieve the over-the-top hairstyles that tend to look crunchy, flaky and gunky; not flattering. In fact, in a survey of more than 2,000 women, they reported that these grooming mishaps can be a major turnoff.

“I’ve been working with guys for more than a decade and I’ve found that many need help with their hair, since not all guys have someone like me to make them look great,” said celebrity hair stylist and grooming expert for AXE Hair, Diana Schmidtke, who styles some of Hollywood’s most notable leading men.

So, maybe us guys don’t know as much as we think we do – when it comes to hair – which is why AXE recently launched their collection of “girl-approved” hair care products to help men fix their hair errors.

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Fall/Winter 2009 Hair Trends from Redken

I know what you are thinking. It’s not even officially summer yet and I’m about to dish to you what the hair trends are going to be this upcoming fall and winter. Well, consider it a head start. At least you can sound like you are ahead of the trends having this information so far in advance. Redken has put out their hair trends report that I am just going to give you verbatim (no point in reinventing the wheel.)

20090619-loewe-aw09b027NEW CLASSICS TRADITIONAL STYLES WITH A MODERN TWIST
Classic ’dos including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway. Far from being retro, these looks are thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

TIPS:
• Revolutionize the classic French twist with height and texture worthy of Marie Antoinette, as seen at Louis Vuitton. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Defined shapes require maximum hold. At Marc Jacobs, Guido used forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep his ’80s-inspired ’dos in place. Layer it on for the extreme, over-lacquered finish seen on the runway.

• The newest chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Mist on vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray and quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for the look seen at Miu Miu.

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