Manscaper Monday: Greening Your Grooming Routine

19 04 2010

In honor of Earth Day this week, AreYouBeing.com is celebrating with a series of eco-inspired stories. From recycling to reducing energy consumption, being more eco-conscience starts with all of us making small changes that, together, lead to major, positive impacts on our environment.  And if you’re a guy who follows a regular grooming routine, you can start by switching to eco-friendly products.

For our “Manscaper Monday” grooming post we’re spotlighting one of our favorite personal care lines, Lavera.  Voted the “Greenest Beauty Brand in Europe” by OEKO-TEST magazine – the leading consumer report and environmental and health focused organization in Europe – Lavera upholds the highest levels when it comes to eliminating harmful ingredients and reducing contamination caused by outer packaging.

Lavera offers a full range of skin, hair and body products, and they’ve also launched a men’s collection called Lavera Men Care/Men SPA.  The collection covers all the basics including an after shave balm, face wash, moisturizing face cream and shave cream.  Several of these products have been awarded Natural Solutions 2009 Beauty with a Conscience Awards.

While we love the full range, especially the Mango Milk Shampoo – free of harmful sodium lauroyl sulfate and parabens – our favorite product is the Men SPA Cool Lemon After Shave, which is also vegan-friendly.  This refreshing splash features organic aloe vera gel and other nourishing plant extracts to soothe, calm and deliver moisture to irritated skin post-shave.  The most enticing aspect is the delicious aroma of lime, cool mint and mandarin.  Though it sounds fruity, it’s a light aroma – not overbearing – that will help wake you up every morning.

For more info on Lavera, log onto www.lavera.com.  Are you familiar with this brand?  If so, tell us about your favorite products?  If not, what other eco-friendly grooming products do you recommend?

Disclaimer: Samples were received in exchange for editorial review.

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Monday Manscaper: YON-KA for Men Bronzer Moist

5 04 2010

No man should be without a quality face lotion; it’s the cornerstone to any skincare routine.  But before you head out to buy one think about your skin’s needs.  If you have acne you should look for one with an oil-free formula.  If you spend most of your day outdoors, go for a moisturizer with an SPF?  When it comes to my skin, though, I like a moisturizer that goes on smoothly and adds a hint of color to my otherwise pasty-white skin.

If you’re like me, YON-KA for Men Bronzer Moist is a perfect choice.  The anti-aging moisturizer goes above and beyond, providing a gradual tan for a more vibrant skin tone.

A combination of all-natural botanical ingredients including green olive, sandalwood and other essential oils provide anti-aging benefits as this creamy lotion tones, soothes and keeps skin supple for all-day moisture.  At $53 for 1.4 ounces, it is definitely an investment, but one that will impart your skin with a healthy glow.

Disclaimer: Samples were provided in exchange for editorial review.





Online Promo: 15% Off at Billy Jealousy – TODAY ONLY

23 03 2010

For one day only, today, Billy Jealousy is offering 15% off your online purchase when you use the promo code “15OFF” during checkout.

I’ve had the opportunity to try many of the products.  Among my favorite are the HYDROPLANE Super-Slick Shave Cream, named “Best Shave” by Esquire; WHITE KNIGHT Gentle Daily Facial Cleanser, named “Best Facial Cleanser” by Instinct; and ILLICIT Body Wash.

If you’re new to Billy Jealousy and want to start with a sampling, checkout the WANDERLUST Travel Kit.  It contains five products – a body wash, shampoo, cleanser, shave cream and hair gel – all for $36.  Factor in the 15% savings and you’ll be the grooming envy of all your friends.

Disclaimer: Samples were received in exchange for editorial review.





AWARD WINNING FACIAL HAIR: REMINGTON & THE OSCARS

6 03 2010

From stubble to serious scruff, facial hair has been featured in some of the biggest films of the past year. And while many of the leading men in these films had a team of makeup artists, achieving these same great looks at home is easier than ever thanks to the Remington 8-in-1 Personal Grooming System.  Now you can get Oscar-worthy facial hair styles just in time for the Sunday telecast.

The Five O’Clock Shadow
There’s a fine line be tween stylish stubble and negligent looking facial hair. The gruff look worn famously by Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes is easy to achieve by trimming instead of shaving – the 8-in-1 Grooming System comes with a wide angle trimmer head that easily buzzes the topmost layer of facial hair leaving you looking rugged and ready to rumble.

The Goatee
Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell all don the famous goatee as they play Tony, the many-faced antagonist of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Despite its popularity, the goatee requires regular maintenance – the cheeks and neck should be shaved as close as possible using the foil shaver attachment and the detail trimmer attachment is perfect for tightening up the small nooks that give your goatee a well manicured appearance.  Keeping the look at a manageable length is simple with the 10 position adjustable comb, which allows you to choose your desired length and keep it consistent throughout.

The Mustache
The roguishly likable character of Lt. Aldo Raine in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds was personified by an iconic mustache worn by Brad Pitt. The mustache is a fundamental staple in facial hair styles, and one of the simplest. Maintaining a good ‘stache requires one thing and one thing only: trimming. The 10 position adjustable comb is glorious for maintaining your length of choice.

The Full Beard
Getting Jeff Bridges “Bad Blake” look from Crazy Heart is easy – just let it grow.  Trim the mustache and side areas with a longer length comb and lightly dab your be ard in Tennessee whiskey for that Crazy Heart authenticity.

The Remington 8-in-1 Personal Grooming System (PG-360) is available at Target, Walmart and Remington-store.com

SRP: $19.99

Photo Credit: Robert Downey Jr., ghostradio.wordpress.com; Heath Ledger, moviesmedia.ign.com; Brad Pitt, allmoviephoto.com; Jeff Bridges, altfg.com
Disclaimer: Samples from the company mentioned above were received in exchange for editorial coverage.





Grooming Review: The Art of Choosing a Razor

23 02 2010

In honor of the new custom Double Edge Safety Razor from Baxter of California, the oldest grooming brand on the market today, AreYouBeing.com has put together a list of our favorite shaving tools.  These are based on quality, function and design.  So regardless of your budget or style preference, any one of these tools can help you achieve the perfect shave each and every time.

Baxter Safety Razor
Based on a design first introduced in the late 18th century, this razor is almost identical to the one my grandfather used.  For guys who were too afraid to use a straight razor, it was a huge innovation at the time, making shaving at home much safer.  Still, if you’re a Gillette guy (and we love this brand), using this razor may take you out of your comfort zone.  Don’t worry though.  Each razor – with knurling detailing on the handle to prevent slipping – comes packaged in a matte black gift box, which includes an instructional card and a pack of starter blades.  All that for just $60.

Baxter of California Safety Razor

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor
Whether you’re a world traveler, or just want people to think you are, the Madrid Razor from HOMMAGE is a must-have tool.  Perfect for the guy with limited counter space in the bathroom, the Madrid Razor – with its gun metal-hued stainless steel finish and ergonomic grip handle – sits in an upright position.  Why is this important?  For starters, it makes a strong statement (“I’m a man, I shave, and I’m not ashamed if anyone knows that I take a little extra time for myself.”), and the upright position allows the blade to air-dry, preventing corrosion, which helps maintain the longevity of your razor’s edge.  At $225, the Madrid Razor is definitely an investment, but one you can pass down to your son or nephew one day.

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor


The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

I’ve been in the grooming arena for a decade now, and even through working with The Art of Shaving on past grooming articles, I’ve never been brave enough to use a straight razor.  However, it’s one of the best tools for getting the closest shave.  If you’re feeling bold, checkout one of the many straight razors from the guys who made shaving cool again.  Handcrafted by Thiers-Issard, a prestigious French razor maker since 1884, the carbon steel blade (Starting at $135) is hollow ground to deliver a more comfortable shave and provide the sharpest edge. Not sure how to use it though?  Upon purchase of a Straight Razor, The Art of Shaving will provide you with a complimentary guide on how to use and maintain the razor at home.  You can even go into one of the many shops across the country for a personal tutorial, so soon enough you’ll be a shaving artist in your own right.

The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

Disclaimer: All brands mentioned above have provided AreYouBeing.com with product samples in exchange for editorial review.





New Year’s Weight Loss Tips with Kai Hibbard

5 01 2010

2009 was a yo-yo year for celebrities and average Joe’s alike.  Everyone from Jessica Simpson to Valerie Bertinelli – even that Subway guy Jared – has battled the bulge and the glaring eyes of the public as they take control of their cravings and waist lines. But for us mere mortals, who lack the convenience (and money) of a celebrity chef, pre-packaged meal plan and high-priced personal trainer, we need a little extra support to help jump start our fitness and nutrition plans in the New Year.
I recently sat down with Kai Hibbard from season three of NBC’s The Biggest Loser®.  After losing an amazing 118 pounds on the show, Kai – now an AFAA certified aerobics instructor and spokesperson for Livea, a doctor-developed, non-prescription patent-pending appetite control supplement – found it hard to keep the weight off after the show ended. Since then, Kai has discovered a new approach to weight loss, one she considers more balanced and healthy than her pre-show routine.  Kai’s S.M.A.R.T. plan is as follows:


  • Snack: Have a snack before you head to a holiday party.  Try an apple with some cottage cheese or some whole wheat pita pieces and hummus. A snack that mixes healthy carbs and proteins (along with fiber!) will keep you feeling full, making you less likely to overindulge on sweets. Also, studies show that eating smaller meals, or healthy snacks, throughout the day helps speed up your metabolism.
  • Make Time: There is no excuse for not working out, even if it’s a quick walk around the block.  Many people think that if they can’t make it to the gym for an official workout that this means they can avoid physical activity all together.  If you find yourself rushing from one activity to the next, fit your workouts into that day’s routine.  Try squats while you brush your teach, leg raises while you type at your desk or bicep curls while you carry your groceries inside the house.  Being creative means you’ll always have time to squeeze in a quick exercise or two.
  • Avoid Overtraining: Whether you’re just starting out or you already know your way around the gym, overtraining is a serious issue, especially for the beginner.  Doing too much too soon is a sure fire recipe for fatigue, injury and feeling “burnt out.” This can leave many newbies with a sense of failure, which causes them to completely dismiss their New Year’s resolution to get into better shape.
  • Rest: As mentioned before, it is important to give your body enough time to recover between workouts, not just to avoid fatigue, but also to give your muscles a chance to repair and grow.  For every pound of muscle, the average man or woman will burn 40-50 calories daily, as muscle helps increase your metabolism. And when you sleep, your body can burn several hundred calories.  If you lift weights on day one, try taking a brisk walk for 30-minutes on day two.  This will allow you to get in a great cardio workout without straining the muscles you worked the day prior.
  • Think Ahead: One of the best ways to stay on track is by planning your workout and meals ahead of time.  If you know you’re going to be busy with a late meeting or chauffeuring around the kids, workout when you first wake up.  If you’re taking a road trip, pickup some healthier snack options at the grocery store the day before.  Nothing is worse than stopping for gas and filling up on sugar instead.  Mapping out your day will help maintain and reinforce all the healthy habits you’re working so hard to build.




‘Jersey Shore’ Star Pauly D’s Hair Tutorial

31 12 2009

I hate to admit it, but I’m absolutely obsessed with MTV’s hit reality show, Jersey Shore.  I’m not alone either.  There are more than 2.1 million viewers that tune in each week to checkout all the antics of the Jersey natives.  But what is it about this show that fascinates us?  Is it the Jersey accents?  Maybe it’s the orange tans.  Or perhaps it’s the unique Jersey style…hairstyle that is?  BINGO!

I have often wondered what it takes to achieve hair like that of DJ Pauly D (Paul Delvecchio), star of Jersey Shore.  Now I know.  Check out this new step-by-step video that Pauly D made for the New York Daily News.

JOICO ICE Spiker Water-Resistant Styling Glue

To achieve Pauly D’s look, try JOICO ICE Spiker Water-Resistant Styling Glue.  To ensure the best application, apply a dime-size amount of Spiker to damp hair and work through with fingers or a comb until evenly distributed (NOTE: white residue can occur, resulting in flaking of product, if you use too much product or don’t distribute evenly through hair).  Style immediatly, as product drys quickly.  To restyle, wet hair until it is damp and style as desired.

What are your thoughts?  Do you or anyone you know have a hairstyle similar to this?  Share your photos and styling tips with our readers.

Disclaimer: AreYouBeing.com does not endorse this hairstyle, but respects the individuals that are able to pull this look off.