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.





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.





Fight Cancer: Grow A Mustache

5 11 2009

What do Gomez Adams, Hulk Hogan and that leather guy from the Village People have in common?  Aside from making great Halloween costumes, they each are known for proudly sporting mustaches.  And while the facial hair trend was all but absent from the face of men’s grooming until recently, it’s making a big come back thanks in part to Movemeber, a charity that is raising awareness about men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

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According to the charity’s website, “Movember – the month previously known as November – is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues.”

The idea was conceived back in 2003 when a group of guys were joking about the staches of their father’s era and how cool it would be to bring back the trend.  Taking the idea a step further, the guys decided to tie in a charity angle, and to date, Movember has raised $47 million globally, making it the largest charity event for men.  In the U.S., the funds raised are split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation – two worthy causes.

To get involved, Movember asks that you begin with a clean shaven face and take the mouth to grow your mustache.  As you go along, you can get friends and family involved by having them sponsor your efforts and sign up for their own accounts. 

Once you have your stache, send a screenshot of your new facial hair to the team at Asylum.com.  From the pack of entries, Asylum.com will gift 50 guys with a Signature Shave Kit from Every Man Jack, an award-winning grooming line.

What do you think?  Are you going to sign up and grow a mustache to help fight cancer?

Photo Source: Bonnie Biess, Asylum.com

Video Source: youtube.com/user/movembertv





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





Grooming: Memorial Day Fun in the Sun Skin Protection

18 05 2009

Memorial Day is just a week away, but before you pack up and head to the beach for a long weekend in the sun, it’s time to stock up on your sun protection arsenal.  And while there are a myriad of options at your local drugstore, the following are some of my favorites. 

Every Man Jack
Every Man Jack, the line that has been bringing affordable grooming to the masses at Target stores nationwide, has just launched their new SPF collection, which includes a Face Lotion SPF 15, Body Lotion SPF 30 and a dual-pack Lip Balm SPF 15.  The line is enriched with aloe and vitamin E to soothe and hydrate while a combo of octinoxate, octisalate and oxybenzone provide broad spectrum protection from aging UVA and burning UVB rays. 
Retail Price: $5.00 each
Available at Target and www.EveryManJack.com

Mercola
Mercola Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 implements a secret recipe from the people of Acapulco.  The all-natural formula is a great alternative to common chemical-laden sunscreens. Blended with rich oils, soothing compounds and antioxidant-rich green tea, this sunscreen nourishes and moisturizes skin, protecting it from sunburn, while reducing sun damage. 
Retail Price: $18.97
Available at www.Mercola.com

JOCK SOAP
Jock Block™, part of the M.V.P Advanced Skincare Collection, is a gentle, non-greasy moisturizing formula that combines the newest nano and bio-technologies.  If that sounds too advanced, all you really need to know is that it provides full spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays while blocking over 85 percent of all forms of UV rays.  My favorite part is that this sunblock doesn’t clog pores, so you won’t have to worry about skin breakouts, or sunburns for that matter, when you return to the office
Retail Price: $32.00
Available at www.GetJock.com

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Every Man Jack, Mercola Natural SPF 30, JOCK SOAP Jock Block SPF





Grooming: 5 Products to Beat the Heat Wave

30 04 2009

As we head into the hot days of summer, the temperature isn’t the only thing that changes; our skin and hair are also transitioning, requiring some extra attention.  Here are five products to help make sure you’re looking your best whether it’s 80 or 105 degrees outside.    

Every Man Jack Skin Clearing Face Wash
As the mercury rises, the overproduction of oil in our skin also kicks into overdrive. Skin Clearing Face Wash by Every Man Jack uses salicylic acid to treat and help prevent current and future breakouts caused by oily skin while coconut-derived surfactants remove deep-down dirt and oil. Aloe and chamomile extract are added to sooth irritation while glycerin keeps skin hydrated.
Retail Price: $5.00

ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40
I don’t always like recommending expensive grooming products because there are so many great options these days around or under $10. However, the ClarinsMen UV Protection SPF 40 is phenomenal. This oil-free moisturizer blocks sun with a mineral screen and protects skin from the harmful effects of pollution with Clarins’ patented Expertise 3P Complex. My favorite aspect about this product is that it goes on smooth, and dries to a matte finish. Retail Price: $42.00

Buster’s Skincare Buster’s Organic Body Butter Crème
Okay, I know what you’re thinking; a body butter for guys? It may not sound manly, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; your partner doesn’t want to feel like they’re rubbing up against a brillo pad. The Organic Body Butter Crème is formulated with organic botanicals including Tamanu oil to condition, lavender to soothe irritation and coconut oil to hydrate dry skin.
Retail Price: $22.00 

JOICO Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray
Whether you spike it, slick it or just mess it up, don’t let humidity undo your hairdo. Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, part of the JOICO Design Collection, uses an advanced blend of proteins, UVS/UVB filters and polymers to protect even the most extreme styles from the hottest and most humid days.
Retail Price: 17.95 Call 800-80-JOICO or visit http://www.joico.com to find a salon near you

Baxter of California’s HYDRO SALVE: LIP BALM
Don’t let dry lips stand between you and a hot make out session. Hydro Salve Lip Balm by Baxter of California is infused with vitamins and jojoba to soothe dry skin while maintaining optimal lip moisture. The Mojito flavor will leave you craving a second shot. Retail Price: $8.00

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Every Man Jack, ClarinsMen, Buster's Skincare, JOICO Design Collection, Baxter of California