Archive for May 8th, 2012
Let’s Face It
In the last hub of this series we talked about the eyes. What are the eyes without the face? There are still cheeks, lips, a nose and forehead to cover. When I say cover I mean that two fold in that we will cover the subject as well as consider different “coverings” for them if needed or desired.
Men generally do not care to take care of their face or use cosmetics like women or do they? According to this article post on Askmen.com three years ago, men spent over one billion dollars on grooming products in 2002 with skincare products totaling forty-seven million of that. Can you just imagine how much that has increased now with all the new products being offered to men at present? I am sure NPD Group, who provided the original statistics, could give us the tell tale numbers. I know that I personally have made the decision in recent years to take better care of my face as well as use cosmetics to improve or enhance my look.
It is no surprise that men have in fact used different types of skin care items as well as cosmetics for their face. Why should men do so now? Why not? Now more than ever, there are many products available to men to help with the grooming, enhancement and cleansing of their face. There are several different types of multi-blade razors, electric razors, trimmers and new shaving creams/gels available now. These aren’t the old disposable razors that won’t cut hot butter and creams that irritate the skin your grandpa and dad used. These new razors are very efficient at shaving with little effort or damage to the face. New creams and gels contain moisturizers and softeners to provide for a better, closer shave with little or no irritation to the skin. For those who maintain beards and other facial hair styles, there are many new trimmers out there as well. Men, please do not forget those nose hairs as well. There are new tools available for that as well including for the brows. I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys a bushy uni-brow or a curtain of nose hairs covering the nostrils.
Some say cleanliness is next to godliness. While it is true the priests and children of Israel used to cleanse themselves before certain times in interacting with the Father, it doesn’t really make you more godly. However, being dirty gets you nowhere except instant loss of interaction with friends, family and anyone else as well as poor health. While acne is a lot of times caused by diet, sometimes it is just as simple as a pore clogged with dirt and oil. The only way to keep that pore from clogging is to keep it clean. No one wants an embarrassing pimple anymore than the women they seek to impress want to gaze at them. Some may ask, why not just lather up the face with the same bar of soap you use for the rest of your body and hair? Most likely that bar of soap will dry the skin of your face out, causing flaking and irritation. The skin of the face is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the body. Also, different man have different skin types and specialized facial products provide for those needs. Men, always, always, ALWAYS try to moisturize as it will keep your skin soft and supple, less prone to aging along with sun screen. Be sure to use a moisturizer that is not oily or you might find your pores clogged once again.
Now to the more interesting part of the subject, enhancement and cosmetics. Since I do not approve elective cosmetic surgery, I will not discuss that topic. However, if a man has taken care of his skin and face and is still unsatisfied with his look or is seeking to enhance their look from time to time then there are many wonderful cosmetic products available for that. There are concealers, eye creams, wrinkle creams, foundation and even eye liner available exclusively for men. There are a few companies out there catering specifically to men and more entering the market as time goes on. Though there are bronzers available specifically for men, I have not seen many blush or eye shadows available. For those of you like myself that like to go the extra mile in using them, you might have to just shop in the “women’s” department though I have not seen the cosmetic department labeled specifically for women. Do not let the gender labeling fool you either, especially if you are frugal like me. There is usually little or no difference between products labeled for men as opposed to women and the “women’s” products (though many are not actually labeled for women) are usually lower in price.
There are many good reasons to not only take care of the face and keep it clean but also use cosmetics. For instance, a good powder foundation can not only hide blemishes and other imperfections but also reduce shine by absorbing oil. I use a mineral powder that is good for this and also apparently provides some screening from the sun as my face has whitened some since using the foundation. Some foundations contain ingredients such as tea tree that is a natural antiseptic which helps prevent acne. There is ordinary chap stick for the average bloke but for those who are more daring, there are lip sticks and glosses available with moisturizers to help keep the lips hydrated as well as add a little color or nudes for the more conservative. Eye liner could provide protection from glare much like the eye black used by sports players. It is no secret too that if a man looks better, he is more confident, feels better about himself and will more likely get attention from the ladies. Stay tuned as we make our way from head to toe.
It has been predicted that 2010 is an exciting year for fashion and as the world comes out of the recession trend, fashion will see a high. The latest fashion trends 2010 have been inspired by the classic styles of yesteryear, with the modern glint of sex and skin. Let us see some of the fashion trends 2010 that awaits the new year. Read more on fashion clothing.
2010 Trends in Fashion
The Spring/Summer 2010 saw a mix of delicate styles with some sporty trends. The latest fashion trends have a touch of the past, yet are outrageous modern in taste. The color tones for this season are neutral shades.The color trend is a bit subtle to balance the print and energy of other fashion trends. The other colors prevalent this season are pinks, blues, browns and you will not believe it, neon green!
The next latest trend in fashion is the knee high and over the heel socks. These are sporty and trendy and add a lot of volume to an outfit. These knee high socks will go well with hot pants and boy shorts. This will really make you look sexy and sweet. Be sure not wear the shorts too short, you do not want to end up with a fashion disaster.
Another twist the 2010 trends in fashion is teaming blazers and vest with shorts and leggings. The big shoulders add to the formally vintage 80′s look. You can even add in some leather tunics, metal plating and war paint in your wardrobe to give yourself the modern warrior princess look. You can read more on retro fashion.
Girls who do not like to get into action themselves, can go in for the sexy, sultry look with high dress splits. Flaunt your well toned legs and skin with some elegant drapes and rock the hearts of admirers. You should team up your elegant shift gowns with capes that are hot this season. The 2010 fashion trends have featured feathered skirts and feathered dresses. These skirts include mini-skirts and tiny dresses in neutral tones.
Denim fad is still the latest trend in fashion 2010 and you will find a glance of denim beneath the leather jackets and over sized blazers. Jeans will never be out of fashion and the latest fashion trends 2010 has the distant past back in action. Torn jeans and patches make a comeback and are teamed with military jackets and even a simple white t-shirt.
Say good bye to your skinny pants and say hello to looser pants.The Jodhpurs influenced by horse riding and Zorro, have come on the fashion scene as a fresh day wear option. Those who are inclined towards sports will find the fashion trends 2010 have a lot to offer. The lace-up shorts and v-necks are back with more sexy looking sweat pants. You can wear these to a casual date and not look out of place!
The latest fashion trends 2010 is a bit bold with some revealing styles. The see-through fabric is in fashion that have a combination of soft and feminine look. The latest hairstyles 2010 trends include bunny ear headbands. The oversize headbands like Mickey Mouse ears, Bunny ears give a naughty girl next door look. You should not be wearing these ears on the streets, but you can give it a try in an exclusive naughty date!
The 2010 fashion trends for footwear is extravagant and over the top. You can go in for dramatic designs and puss-in-boots style. The stilettos loose their place to long boots this season. The chain bags are back in season that can be worn as clutches or across-body. The shoes and bags both need metal embellishments to complete the latest 2010 fashion trends.
The latest fashion trends 2010 is splurging on extra large accessories. You can try out oversized studs and chains with striking silhouettes. Do not thick twice when buying lather bracelets, cuffs and chunky rings. Animal prints like zebra and leopard prints dominate the latest fashion trends 2010. These prints are exaggerated and bold this season.
You can find more on fashion 2010 in the articles on:
Hair Color Trends 2010
Eyewear Trends 2010
Eyeglass Frames Trends 2010 This was all about the latest fashion trends 2010. The year has just started and hottest look this season will bloom as the days pass. If you do not want to end up looking lost in the fast changing world of fashion, better start turning the latest magazine pages and Internet sites for the fashion trends 2010.
It is a wonderful feeling when you wear your brand new jeans, but it is really a nightmare when the same pair of brand new jeans turns old only after a use and wash of few weeks. It makes you think that you just dumped your money in the trash can! However, there are some remedies that help mens fashion jeans to look new for a longer period of time. Read through the following helpful tips:
Your jeans look messy and crumpled when you either do not bother to hang them on the hanger or you hang them on the hanger which is not designed for them. Thus, the best way is to keep using that hanger which came along your pair of jeans.
Make sure that you fold your jeans in the right manner. The way you fold your jeans makes a lot of difference. Fold them in the same way as they were folded when presented to you from the store. It could be in many different ways, such as crease down the side or the front, or from bottom up.
One main problem with the jeans is that they lose their newness because of the fading of the denim. In order to prevent that, add some quarts into little water and soak your jeans in it for sometime; this should be done before giving them the first wash.
In order to maximize the age of your jeans, wash them inside out on a delicate washing cycle. This will prevent them from rough movements in the washing machine and turning them inside out will help the upper surface not exposed to the strong detergent chemicals directly.
Whenever you take your jeans off, make sure you do the buttons and zips; this helps them maintain their shape.
Always air dry your jeans, never go for drying machines. This will protect them from rough tumbling in the dryer and putting them flat to air dry will prevent marks that may occur if you try to dry them on plastic or wooden dryers.
Iron them when they are little damp; this assures to keep their original shape.
By following these simple tips, you will be able to prevent your jeans from getting old quickly.