Men’s Skincare: Essential Products

We’re just a matter of days away from Christmas, which means there isn’t much time left to fill those stockings! If you’re anything like me, you have some last minute gifts you need to snag for the men in your life. But buying for the men isn’t always simple. But don’t worry about it! Take full advantage of the fact that the male cosmetics industry is becoming increasingly popular.

Thanks to the emergence of male grooming in our culture, more men are trying to look dapper, even when it comes to skincare. So here are some great little bits to fill his stocking with for the holiday.

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After Shave Balm

Men are just as susceptible to sensitive skin as women. And their facial skin goes through a hell of a lot more than ours does, especially when it comes to shaving. For instance, rubbing a blade across your face and neck is going to cause some irritation and damage. Where once the solution was simply to splash some aftershave on it and endure the stinging, times have changed. Now, a post-shave lotion is becoming a more popular option among men who shave. The best shaving balm will help heal little cuts and prevent skin irritation by moisturizing the surface of his skin.

Lip Balm

Everyone is prone to getting dry or chapped lips. That’s why you should take a look at some of the best lip balm for men on the market. There will be no shame or embarrassment about applying the stick to his lips. And he’ll certainly thank you for helping him ward off a potential unkissable lips.

 

Moisturizer

Soft skin isn’t just for babies. Men are also seeing the benefits of keeping their skin soft. Many men are now even looking at creams that have anti-aging properties. Maybe go for getting him a moisturizer hat prevents bags under his eyes, or something that purifies the skin. It’s a good place to start if you want to introduce him to the world of male skincare.

 

Beard Oil

It’s the era of the beard! Not everyone digs that vibe, but there are definitely a fair share of admirers, and there’s lots of work that goes into maintaining a beard. It involves trimming, washing, conditioning, and shaping. So if any men in your life live the beard life, spring for a bottle of beard oil as an ideal Christmas present. 

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Tips For Getting Incredible Skin

Who doesn’t want incredible skin? Good skin makes you look good, and when you look good, you feel good! Incredible skin is a sign of health, and who doesn’t want to appear healthy? Here’s everything you need to do to get incredible skin:

Skincare Tips

Assess Your Individual Skin Type

First of all, you need to assess your individual skin type to work out what you should be using and doing. Take a look at a guide online to work it out, or ask a professional to do it for you. Once you know your individual skin type, you can begin selecting the perfect products to use. Using products that don’t suit your skin type can age you, and even leave you with nasty spots.

Get into a Good Routine

Now you have the products that are perfect for your skin, you need to get into a good routine. Using them once a week when you remember or every other day just isn’t enough. Use them twice a day for the best results. You’ll usually cleanse, tone, and moisturise. A couple of times a week you should also exfoliate, and apply a face mask that suits your skin type. Try not to skip anything, as it’ll make all the difference to the condition of your skin!

Take Makeup Off Properly

When wearing makeup, make sure you take it off properly. Using a wipe isn’t usually enough. Although if that’s all you can be bothered to do after a big night out, it’s better than nothing. Just make sure you cleanse properly when you wake up! It’s usually best to do a double cleanse, to really cleanse your pores and stop bacteria from settling.

Stop Touching Your Face

Touching your face transfers bacteria. You may not be able to see it, but it’s there! If you go to the gym and other places you may pick up nasty bacteria, be extra mindful of touching your face. Try to keep your hands away from your face and use a towel instead. Using public toilets can transfer nasty bacteria too. Always wash your hands, and carry a hand gel everywhere you go to ensure your hands are free from germs and other things.

Change Your Pillowcases

Your pillowcase can carry much more bacteria than you realise too. If you have a problem with spots, then it could be down to your pillowcase. Try changing it every other day and see if the condition of your skin improves. If it does, you know that your skin is much cleaner! Keep it up to keep the condition of your skin at this level. You’ll have a little more washing to do, but it’ll be worth it when you see the condition of your skin.

Invest in Certain Products

There are certain products you should invest in if you want your skin to look amazing. Although you should always pick products that suit your skin type, you don’t need to get the most expensive of everything. By investing in a serum or oil, you should find your skin improves regardless of the other products you’re using. The benefits can be enjoyed by anyone at any age! A good face mask and moisturiser can be great too. The most important thing is that you monitor your skin to make sure the things you are using suit your skin.

Visit a Salon Occasionally

Visit a salon occasionally for a more luxurious skin treat. Although you can do many salon treatments yourself at home, sometimes, a home treatment doesn’t quite do the trick. There are lots of treatments you can go for at the salon to improve the look of your skin. Electrotherapy treatments can do all kinds, from smooth out wrinkles to give skin a healthy glow. It might even be worth investing in a course of treatments to see how your skin improves and responds.

Do these things for your skin, and you’ll soon notice big improvements. After a few weeks, you should feel as if you have incredible skin! Don’t forget, if you have a problem that you just can’t see to get rid of, visiting the doctor is a good idea. You don’t want to make it worse with your own home remedies and treatments. If you’re determined and consistent, amazing skin can be yours. Are there any tips you swear by?

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Reinvent Yourself With A New Look

If you happen to be anything like me, then you’ll be keen not to stick with any one look for an extended period of time. Shaking things up a little is the key to keeping life fresh. Let’s face it, a little extra attention to our appearances will normally work wonders for our general happiness too.

Here’s how I like to reinvent myself in a personal yet stylish way. Hopefully, these tips can help you find a great routine too.

New Look, New You

Killer Boots

All women understand the importance of great footwear. Rather than choosing a pair to suit my style, though, I like to reinvent my appearance by using shoes as the foundation of my style.

A statement piece of footwear will make an instant impression. Find an outfit to compliment them perfectly, and you’ll be strutting around with more confidence than ever before.

Apart from anything, a great pair of boots can make any girl feel happy. That’s exactly what your style should achieve.

Look Further Afield

While retaining our personal vibes is important, we all need a little inspiration from time to time. However, rather than using the same resources as everyone else, you should be eager to look elsewhere too.

I recently became aware of Naija entertainment news and use some of the people in those stories as inspiration. You’d be amazed at the results you can achieve by combining those ideas with the more regular concepts from fashion publications.

Don’t Forget Natural Aspects

When it comes to reinventing your style, it’s easy to think solely about the clothes and fashion aspects. In truth, though, these factors run hand in hand with natural beauty. Don’t overlook its importance.

For example, your hairstyle can make a drastic impact to your overall appearance. Finding the right one can set the tone for your entire look, then follow it up with a winning make-up routine, and you’ll have the perfect foundation to look your best.

With the right outfits and accessories, you’ll be rocking the new style perfectly. Let’s face it, when we look good, we feel good too.

I hope these tips have helped. Enjoy your fresh new look!

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My Top Tips to Help You Stay Healthy This Winter

You may have noticed that I’ve written a few pieces about staying fit in recent weeks. Well, there’s good reason for that. Living a healthy lifestyle is important at all times, but is particularly crucial at this time of year. After all, the winter months are just around the corner, and a time when we all let our diets go out of the window.

There’s no reason to feel guilty about it. The knowledge that you are likely to enjoy a little more of the bad stuff than usual should be your motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are generally pretty good, you won’t feel anywhere near as bad when you do have a treat.

Here are my top tips to help you stay fit and healthy this winter.

STAY HEALTHY

Get The Right Workout Clothes

Assuming that your diet will go somewhat out of the window over the coming months, burning more calories is a must. Whether that means more time in the gym, or on the hockey field is entirely up to you. Either way, though, it’s vital that you have the right clothing for your exercise activities.

You won’t stick to your guns unless sport is comfortable. After all, nobody in their right mind is going to spend their spare time doing something uncomfortable and awkward. The right footwear is necessary at all times. If nothing else, investing in these items will make you feel guilty if you don’t work out.

Embrace The Available Resources

When working out by yourself, one of the main reasons for giving up is that there is no competitive edge. We all respond better to a little healthy competition, and teaming up with an exercise buddy is one of the best ways to get it.Alternatively, there are plenty of smartphone Apps that can monitor your progress. This gives you an incentive to better your performances. As you do, you’ll notice that you feel a lot fitter and healthier. Not only that, but it will also encourage you to stay healthy in other aspects too.

Drink Smart

I’m not going to tell you to employ a totally strict diet throughout the winter months, because food is a major part of enjoying the colder seasons. However, one area where you can make a huge difference is your drinking habits. Most adults will have an alcoholic drink from time to time. A glass of wine is actively good for your body, and let’s face it, it’s more enjoyable for a relaxed evening too. You can find the best French wine online to ensure it delights your taste buds too.

As far as non-alcoholic drinks are concerned, try to stick to water. It will keep you hydrated while improving your skin and hair too. More importantly, the 0 calories will allow you to enjoy your food with just a little bit less guilt.

Sleep More

I don’t know about you, but the bed is my best friend throughout the winter. But rather than simply being a place to keep warm and snug, sleep is a great way to improve your general well-being. We all know how a great night’s rest can improve our waking hours. Rather than spending hours on social media each night, make sure you’re getting your 40 winks.

Try these few tips, to stay healthy this winter. 

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The Best Face Mask for Blackheads

Blackheads are tiny, dark spots on the skin caused by a small plug in the opening of a follicle, commonly known as a pore.

Gross, right? Luckily I’ve discovered a fabulous product to rid of blackheads, leaving skin looking and feeling fresh and smooth.

Avojo Skincare
AVOJO is a black face mask created to remove blackheads and is compatible with all skin types.

Me in a mask

How it works:
Apply black face mask to problem areas including forehead, nose and chin.
Let sit for 20 minutes, or until dry.
Peel off mask and discover your rejuvenated skin!
Wash face with a wet rag (water only, no soap) to remove excess mask residue.

Pros and Cons:
Pro – This product honestly works! After just one use, a generous amount of blackheads were removed from my skin.
Con – The mask can be messy and doesn’t peel of in one quick swoop.

It's fun to try with friends!

It’s fun to try with friends!

About Avojo

Avojo seeks to challenge the ‘pretty’ beauty industry with its deep black color, and as it’s a unisex product, it has gained great acknowledgement among men as well. In fact, this development has resulted in a collaboration with the UK Men Fashion Brand Ada+Nik – as of January 2015.

To get your Avojo skincare mask, check out these sites:

Avojo.com

Amazon.com

The Grooming Lounge

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How to Treat Dry Skin in the Winter

We’re in the dead of winter (#overit!), and if you’re anything like me and millions of others, you may be experiencing dry skin. Around this time of year it is common for skin to feel dry and flaky or red and itchy. But don’t worry, there ARE ways to combat rough, dry skin in the winter.

Eat the right foods – I have this belief that drinking water will cure anything but it turns out drinking water doesn’t solve the issue of dry skin. What’s really better for you is consuming the proper foods. Foods rich in essential fatty acids  like walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and olive oil can help skin cells stay hydrated. So eat up!

Exfoliate – Exfoliating is like a treat. To exfoliate means you are removing the dead, dry skin cells making room for new, soft skin. I personally try to exfoliate once a week using exfoliating scrub and and exfoliating sponge. I recommend Shea Moisture body scrub and a simple sponge from your local drug store. After exfoliating, your skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

Exfoliating Products

Moisturize – A nice hot shower in the winter is a wonderful feeling but the warm water can actually dry out your skin. Try taking cooler showers a few times a week to give your skin a break and be sure to moisturize immediately after you dry off. Get that lotion on quickly so your skin absorbs the moister making for smoother, healthier skin.

How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter?

*Special thanks to my little D-squared for inspiring this post xox*

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6 Beauty Hacks Everyone Should Know

There are a few beauty hacks that I feel compelled to share with you all because everyone loves a good shortcut or alternative in life! (Items including “*” notate beauty hacks that I have personally tried. Items including “-“ notate beauty hacks that I haven’t tried but wanted to share.)

-Use paperclips to create a racerback bra.

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Image via Oh Rubbish Blog

Instead of purchasing a new bra or throwing on a strapless bra lacking support, use a paperclip to secure your bra straps in place. The straps will create an X shape on your back in order to hide the straps when wearing a racerback tank or other garments that typically expose your bra straps.

– Store bobby pins in an empty Tic Tac Box

Everyone knows bobby pins are like socks. They mysteriously go missing! Save your bobby pins by storing them in an empty Tic Tac box. It’s compact enough to carry in your purse for on-the-go days and small enough to place in the corner of your bathroom counter to save space.

* Dry your hair with a t-shirt to eliminate frizz

Photo via michellephan.com

Image via michellephan.com

Have you ever noticed that when you towel dry your hair, it seems to be a little bit harder to tame? That’s because towels don’t really do a great job of drying your hair when there’s already excess moisture on the towel. Instead, use a t-shirt to dry your hair and tame the frizz.

*Use a men’s razor

Women’s razors are great and all but sometimes when you want a closer, more efficient shave, women’s razors can get a little pricey. Save a few dollars and pick up a pack of men’s razors. Men’s razors are already made to cut thicker hair so using a men’s razor to shave your legs, armpits and bikini line just might be more efficient for you.

*Shave your legs with conditioner

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

If you’ve run out of shaving cream, don’t worry because that bottle of conditioner can do the same trick, if not better. Conditioner smooths and softens your hair and works the same on your skin. Using conditioner in place of shaving cream will leave your legs extra smooth after a good shave.

*Put hairspray in a body spray bottle

When your bath and body works body spray is running low, don’t toss it just yet! De-assemble your hair spray bottle and pour the hair spray into the body spray bottle. This concoction allows you to utilize your hairspray but with the remaining body spray still in the bottle, your hair will hold its style plus hold a sweet fragrance!

Have you tried any of these beaut hacks?

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Nail Tutorial: How to Create Floral Nails

Florals have set the tone of the season (even though it’s winding down – so sad!), so why not play up the feminine, flirty pattern on your nails too? Here’s how to create easy, flower-filled nails!

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1. Paint nails a base color. I used a mint color by Forever 21 but feel free to get creative with your color ways.

2. Once nails are dry, sporadically place three pink dots on the nails you wish to paint flowers. I used my ring finger, aka fashion nail, for a dramatic affect. The dots should just be small dabs of nail polish randomly placed on your finger nail.

Practice on paper before

Practice on paper before

3. Let the first pink dots sit for about a minute then add another dab of nail polish on top of the current dot. I used white polish to simulate a rose.

4. Gently swirl the dots together with a toothpick. Continue to swirl until the two colored dots of polish form a flower-like pattern.

5. Use a green polish or a nail art pen to create leaves. I used rainbow art nail pens from Paper Source in Birmingham for easy leaves.

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6. Let nails dry and add a top coat.

And there you have it, super fun and easy floral nails!

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 Will you try creating floral nails?
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Remington Hair Wand Review

I know I’m riding the late train to hair wand town but surprisingly I had not tried one until just last week. A friend of mine celebrated her birthday on a night it was very humid and my hair ended up being poofier than normal once I walked out the door. When I arrived to her house she was using her hair wand and asked if I wanted to try as she could tell I was frustrated with how my hair looked. I used her Remington hair wand and immediately loved the results. My hair was still big, (I have naturally thick hair resulting in volume ALL the time) but the springy curls I got from using the wand worked well with the large nature of my hair at the time. So after that night I decided to purchase my own! 

Remington T Studio Hair Wand

I couldn’t find the one my friend owns but I found something similar. I purchased the Remington T Studio 1/2″-1″ slim curling wand from Target for $24.99. It is a quality hair product and even came with a heat protecting glove and has adjustable heat settings.
Before touching up a few pieces

Before touching up a few pieces

I curled my hair with the wand on Friday night and by Monday I still had solid results. I only had to touch up my bangs and a few pieces that frizzed up in my sleep. I love this wand because the curls actually last even though the night. A few of my coworkers even commented that my hair looks really soft and Beyonce-like! Thanks guys 🙂
After touch up

After touch up

 

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If you have not yet tried a hair wand, I certainly recommend the Remington T Studio, especially for summer use. Styling is quick and the results are great. The wand can create springy curls or loose beach-like waves. What hair wand do you use?
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Hair Flair

Hey there fab readers! I wanted to share a fun and easy spring and summer hairstyle with you all.

All you need is an elastic headband. No matter if your hair is thick or thin, curly or straight, this simple hairstyle adds simplistic drama to your hair by creating a weaving affect.

headband 1

  • Take an elastic headband and place it atop your head. Secure it with bobby pins if you’d like.
  • Then, take sections of your hair and twist them around the headband. Leave a few sporadic areas untwisted to give a fun peek-a-boo look.

Headband 2


And there you have it – a unique but super easy hairstyle!

Let me know if you decide to try this look. I would love to see photos!

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