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.





Clothing Review: New Year, New Wardrobe

21 12 2009

It’s less than a week before Christmas, and yet you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping.  What are you waiting for?

Knowing that many guys, and women for that matter, wait until the very last minute to do their holiday shopping, 191 Unlimited has come up with a clever promo to help them finish up their shopping.  Now through midnight tomorrow, December 22nd, the men’s clothing brand is offering a 40% discount and free overnight shipping (guaranteed delivery before Christmas Eve) when you use the “holiday” promo code during checkout.  With this big discount, you may even find some shirts that you can use to create a new wardrobe for 2010.

Worn by everyone from Taboo of the Black Eye Peas to New England Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady, the brand currently has more than 40 different styles available in woven, flannel and solid designs.  The best part, the sizes start at 2T and go all the way up to 4XL, so now Tom and his sons John and Benjamin can turn heads with matching apparel – as if they need any help.

To see more celebrities wearing 191 Unlimited, click here to see Lupe Fiasco and his band sporting the clothing in the new Solar Midnite music video (bonus track from The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack).

191 Unlimited featuring Coronation Shirt

Disclaimer: The above company provided samples in exchange for editorial review.





Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

18 12 2009

The holidays are quickly approaching.  And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, here’s a few guy-approved products that are guaranteed to please.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera: For the novice and professional photographers alike, this new camera from Panasonic has some of the best features available on a camera today.  It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. And because it is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof, you can feel confident taking this on your next cruise or camping trip. The LUMIX DMC-TS1 is available in silver, green and orange.
Retail Price: $399.95, www.Amazon.com

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Digital Camera

Soho HD Camcorder, Luxe Collection: The Soho 720p HD Camcorder, part of the new Luxe Collection from DXG, combines high-definition technology and style in one camcorder that is hip, hot and haute. The Soho 720p HD Camcorder comes in a blue argyle design that is inspired by the latest trend in fashion.  The Soho 720p HD Camcorder records real 720p high-definition video, and captures still pictures up to 8MP image resolution.  So whether you’re on the runway, or sitting around the fireplace with family and friends, you’ll be able to capture all your holiday memories.
Retail Price: $149.99, www.dxgusa.com

Soho HD Camcorder

CLEAR HARMONY™ Noise Canceling Headphones from AblePlanet: If you or someone on your list love to jam out to music as if no one else is around to watch as you mouth the words to your favorite GLEE songs, these are the must-have headphones.  Featuring award-winning patented LINX AUDIO® technology for the best sound quality, you’ll hear every detail in your favorite songs and movies.  And when you want to block out even more noise – these are perfect for your flight home to see the folks – simply flip on the headphone switch to cancel out virtually all other noise around you.
Retail Price: $299, www.ableplanet.com

CLEAR HARMONY Noise Canceling Headphones

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition: If a new cell phone is on your wish list this year, so should this chic bluetooth headset.  Available in an array of candy colors, the Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition features NoiseAssassin® to reduce background noise, as well as an industry-first digital wind filter, meaning you can say goodbye to conversations that make it sound like you’re in the middle of a blizzard; even if you are.  Bonus features allow the user to customize the fit and connect two phones simultaneously.
Retail Price: $129, www.jawbone.com

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition

191 Unlimited Apparel: Whether you dress them up with slacks or opt for jeans for a more casual look, the collection of solid, woven and flannel shirts from 191 Unlimited are perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner with friends to a big holiday bash at the office.  And for all orders placed between now and midnight on December 22nd, 191 Unlimited is offering a 40% discount and complimentary overnight shipping when you use the promo code “holiday”.    Retail Price: $89, www.191Unlimited.com

191 Unlimited Bottle Rocket Shirt

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit: If the economy has you feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge, turn that scowl into a smile with this budget- and eco-friendly gift set from Every Man Jack.  Featuring a massive collection of full-size products – Face Wash, Shave Gel, Face Lotion, Bonus SPF 15 Face Lotion and Lip Balm SPF 15 – the kit is value priced at just $10 to ensure that every guy on your shopping list is covered, especially when it comes to getting a great shave and smooth skin for all their holiday festivities.
Retail Price: $10, www.Walgreens.com

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit

GAGE FOR MEN® Responsible Style™ Gift Box: This handsomely packaged gift box, brand new for the holidays, features GAGE FOR MEN® Hydrating Hair & Body wash, GAGE FOR MEN® Daily Conditioner, as well as the GAGE FOR MEN® Shampoo Brush, which offers a unique experience by deep cleansing and exfoliating the hair and scalp.
Special Holiday Price: $19.95, Call 1-866-B-BRIGHT to order, www.benniefactor.com

GAGE FOR MEN Responsible Style Gift Box

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle: Diesel has teamed up with Bunka – the visionary artist behind some of the most coveted designer toys developed by Artoyz – to produce the limited-edition bottle for Diesel’s iconic Only The Brave fragrance.  The graffiti-inspired explosion of color is inked with words describing the power and courage of the fragrance, in a chaotic, vivid expression of what it means to be brave.
Retail Price: $65, www.Macys.com

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle

Disclaimer: The brands listed above provided samples in exchange for editorial review.





Summer Sweepstakes & Grooming-on-the-Go

26 07 2009

Every Man Jack, one of my favorite grooming brands on the market today, is wrapping up their first WANTED contest.

Hundreds of guys submitted photos for the chance to star in the company’s first national ad campaign, which will run in Men’s Health magazine.

There’s still a few days left to sign up.  In the meantime, Every Man Jack has released their new Travel Kit, perfect for grooming-on-the-go.

The Travel Kit includes face wash, shave cream, face lotion and 2-in-1 shampoo, along with a bonus SPF 15 face lotion and lip balm. Everything you need to keep looking and feeling good while on summer vacation.

Every Man Jack Travel Kit

Every Man Jack Travel Kit