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.





Friday Fashions: New Designs from Tank Theory

2 04 2010

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had an obsession with graphic tees. I have a huge collection, but my favorites include a powder blue shirt featuring a shot of Jesus with the tag, “Jesus Surfs Without A Board,” and my worn-in American Apparel shirt featuring a cartoon horse with the phrase, “Let’s Horse Around.”

Tees are not only comfortable, but they are a great ice breaker. After all, who’d you rather talk to at a party, the guy in the boring polo or the one boldly advertising for you to come over and “Horse Around?” Personally, I’d rather play cowboy!

To feed my obsession I’m always on the lookout for new brands and designers, and I just came across Tank Theory, one of the coolest brands I’ve seen in awhile.

Tank Theory has partnered explicitly with a multitude of independent artists to generate their designs for the Tank Theory Artist Series. The result is raw, eye catching and empowering!  There are dozens upon dozens of styles to choose from and the company even has a T-Shirt of the Month program.

Each month Tank Theory produces one new t-shirt design and prints it in limited quantities, making each new shirt a must-have for the serious graphic tee collector. Below are some of my favorite styles, along with two of the company’s new jackets, perfect for a chilly, spring night.

Are you a fan of graphic tees? What brands do you love?





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.





Spring Footwear from Cushe

10 03 2010

My friends and family might call me a city boy now, but before I moved to the Big Apple, I spent my time running barefoot through the back country of Mississippi.  And to this day, whenever I can, I still love walking barefoot.  Not only is it a great way to build the muscles in your feet, it feels so much better than having your feet squeezed inside shoes.   Still, I don’t usually have the luxury of walking around barefoot in the city, so when warm weather rolls around, I opt for shoes that can be easily slid on and off.

With spring quickly approaching, and summer not far behind, it’s time to start stocking up on some comfortable footwear.  One of my new favorite brands is Cushe, creators of high-end sneakers, sandals and slippers.  Their new Coastal Supremacy Collection, available now, is inspired from board sports, surf, skate and coastal living.  The premium materials and unique designs make this the perfect footwear for any “man-venture.”

Here are a few of my favorite styles from the collection.

Style: Manuka Webb, $50

Style: Manuka Fearless, $34

Style: Manuka Eden, $95

Style: Manuka Drift, $85

What do you think?  Will you be adding a pair of Cushe sandals or shoes to your summer wardrobe?  Tell us about your other favorite brands for spring/summer.

Disclaimer: No product was received in exchange for this review.





Your Best Body in One Hour: Workouts from Men’s Health

7 01 2010

It’s seven days into the New Year, and you still haven’t started your workout routine?  What are you waiting for?

Jumpstart your nutrition plan and workout routine today, begining with these gym-free workouts from Men’s Health.  In just one hour, you could be on the path to achieving your best body ever.

Move No. 1: Warrior Lunge

Stand with your feet together, then move your left foot forward about 12 inches and your right foot back about the same distance. Raise your arms straight overhead.

Finish: Keeping your head and chest up, bend both knees to lower your body. Shift your weight forward until the front of your right thigh feels stretched and your right knee is an inch or two off the floor. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then return to the starting position. Do three to five repetitions on each side.

Men's Health Workout: Warrior Lunge

Move # 2: Sumo Squat To Stand
Stand with your feet spread wide and angled out. With your knees flexed, bend at the waist and wrap your fingers under your big toes.

Finish: Holding your toes, straighten your legs as much as you can without losing the natural arch in your spine. (In other words, if your back rounds, you’ve gone too far.) Move at a slow pace. Do one or two sets of 12 to 15 reps.

Men's Health Workout: Sumo Squat to Stand

Move # 3: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch
Place one foot on a bench behind you and your other foot flat on the floor. Lower yourself until your back knee touches the floor. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Mens Health Workout: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch

Move # 4: Lying Chest Stretch
Lie faceup on a foam roll with your head supported, your arms bent 90 degrees, and your upper arms parallel to the floor. Your palms should face the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds.

Men's Health Workout: Lying Chest Stretch

Injury-Proof Your Body
Perform one or two sets of eight to 10 repetitions of the following exercises.

Move # 5: Glute Bridge
Lie with your knees bent, with a rolled towel between them. Pull your toes toward your shins. Squeeze your glutes and raise your body.

Finish: Lower your hips to the floor, but don’t touch it.

Men's Health Workout: Glute Bridge

Move # 6: Lateral Tube Walk
Slip exercise tubing around your ankles and move it above your knees. Stand with your knees slightly bent and place your hands on your hips. Sidestep to your right, then to your left.

Finish: Sidestep to your right, then to your left.

Men's Health Workout: Lateral Tube Walk

Move # 7: Swiss-Ball L
Lie on a Swiss ball as shown, with your chest off the ball.

Next: Bend your elbows 90 degrees as you raise them to the level of your shoulders, so that your arms create a pair of L’s.

Finish: Rotate your forearms upward 90 degrees. Retrace the pattern to the start.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss-Ball L

Move # 8: Swiss Ball Y
Assume the same starting position as for the Swiss-ball L.

Finish: Glide your shoulder blades back and down, and lift your arms up and to the sides at 45-degree angles till you form a Y. Return to the starting position.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss Ball Y

Move #9: Swiss-Ball T
Use the same starting position as for the Y. Pull your shoulder blades in toward your spine and extend your arms straight to the sides to create a T with your torso. Then reverse the move back to the starting position.

Men's Health Workout: Swiss-Ball T

To view a slide show of these workouts, visit the MSN health section by clicking here.

Photos & Content provided by MensHealth.com.





‘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.





Product Review: EQUMEN “Power” Underwear for Men

22 12 2009

As long as I can remember, my guy friends and I have debated over whether to wear boxers or briefs, strange when you consider that many of my guy friends are straight (though I am not) and this just doesn’t sound like something that is typically discussed over beer.  As I got into writing and covering editorial fashion, I’ve noticed that the debate keeps coming up, and I’ve finally figured out why – it’s all about the package.

When it comes to underwear, I think most guys make their decision based on four factors – 1)Fit, 2)Comfort, 3) Style and 4)How big the pouch is going to make their package look. Now EQUMEN, the Australian-based company that brought us the Core Precision Undershirt earlier this year, has launched their collection of Precision Underwear, which take all four factors into account.  In fact, the cutting edge underwear are designed to “incorporate the brand’s unique athletic-inspired engineering and physiotherapist insights to deliver comfort, support and body-optimizing benefits ‘down under.'”  I bet you’re wondering how they work, though, right?

Helix-Mapping™ Body Response Technology

The Precision Underwear – available in briefs, trunks and long turnks – use EQUMEN’s Helix-Mapping compression technology – the same used in their shirts – to place pressure on the gluteal fold, providing lightweight posture and gait support.  Don’t worry, it won’t compress the boys.

Beyond improved body mechanics, the precision-fit fabric conforms directly to the body to lift and smooth in all the right places.  Not only does it make your rear look great – something that many women report as being a major turn-on – but it also enhances the look of what you have going on up front.  And too keep the boys in peak performance, the underwear use moisture-wicking fabric and have a ventilated “power pouch” to control moisture and temperature.

While I normally wear 2xist briefs – they also offer great support and lift in the rear at a fraction of the cost – I’ve quickly become a big fan of EQUMEN’s long trunks.  The trunks feel like a second skin, and the moisture-wicking fabric makes it feel like I have a light breeze blowing on me throughout the day.  While the $56 price tag for these underwear is a little steep, I would definitely buy them for a special occasion like a big date, wedding or my upcoming 10-year high school reunion.  They provide that extra bit of confidence, even if others can’t see what you have on underneath your pants.

As the wise and funny man Jerry Seinfeld once put it, “Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.”

What do you think? Would you pay $56 for the Precision Underwear?

EQUMEN Precision Underwear

Disclaimer: The company mentioned above provided AreYouBeing.com with samples in exchange for editorial review.