Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Men's Guide to 7 Essential Items Every Modern Man Needs in His Shower

Take a look inside the average man's shower, and you will find that it is unapologetically littered with old furry soap shards, cap less shave foam cans, and more half empty shampoo bottles than you can shake a metro sexual stick at. If you're one of these men and agree that your shower's contents are in need of an - industrial strength - spring cleaning. Then not to worry, the following list contains some essential items that will have not only your skin looking healthy and radiant, but will also give you a bit more room to do, well, whatever it is you do in your shower.

1. Loofah Sponge / Coral Sponge:
Although these items will need to be washed in either a washing machine or dishwasher every now and then, the exfoliating benefits of these naturally occurring sponges are unrivalled. Use only once or twice weekly (as they can prove harsh on the skin) with a dollop of shower gel or crème to remove dead skin cells and dirt build up from your skins surface, leaving it with a smooth, healthy glow.

2. Mesh Shower Sponge:
This too is a very effective when it comes to exfoliating the skin and is suitable for everyday use, and is far more effective in giving you that fresh, invigorated clean feeling than simply lathering on of soap ever will. Go on try it, simply add a small amount of gel onto the mesh sponge and scrub away, the design of the sponge will create a rich creamy lather over your entire body.

3. Shower Gel / Crème:
Ordinary soaps are fast becoming antiquated ornaments in the modern man's shower, today you can find a huge range of cleansing shower gels and crèmes, and with most of them being fused with minerals, herbs and oils to nourish and invigorate the skin. Look for shower gels and crèmes that are soap free (as most are) and that have some deodorizing properties to ensure you leave your shower feeling and smelling fantastic. For guys with shorter kept hair, shower gels can also be used as shampoo and will leave your hair clean and silky.

4. Shampoo & Conditioner (All in one):
Men with shaved or short kept hair can quite easily get away with using an all in one shampoo and conditioner found at your local supermarket or corner shop. However, if you'd like that silky soft look (or have longer hair) try using a leave-in conditioner on your damp (but not wet) hair after washing. Your hair will gradually get used to a certain shampoo brand over time, and you may see your hair start to loose shine and or volume. Simply switch to another brand to get back that healthy shining mop - try doing this twice a month.

5. Men's Body Wash:
To stimulate circulation and invigorate the skin make sure you have a good quality body polish or body scrub in your shower. Many body scrubs contain loofah and micro beads that will condition your skin and leave it glowing. Use a small amount on either your loofah or shower mesh sponge, using circular motions to cover the entire body. Increase your shower's temperature to around 40°C for a few minutes which will open the skin's pores, then apply the body wash. Once finished, rinse well and then reduce water temperature to around 20°C, this will have you feeling invigorated, improve circulation and heighten your senses. What a way to kick-start your day.

6. Men's Facial Scrub:
Facial scrubs contain micro beads and granules which when used, gently buff away impurities, effectively tone, exfoliate, and promote cell renewal which improves the skin's overall complexion. Use once or twice per week, applying a small amount and gently rubbing into the face (and neck) using circular motions. Rinse well.

7. Men's Facial Wash:
Foaming Facial washes are essential for removing impurities and dirt build up found on a man's face, as well as preparing the skin for a comfortable shave and should be used religiously. Used twice daily, a good quality soap free facial wash will ensure your face is cleansed, not tight or dry feeling, and free from grime and dirt which may cause unsightly blackheads or lead to pimples.

Now, buy all these at at a discounted price.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Cosmetic Shopping

The modern world has made cosmetics a much in demand product for both male and female and for all people no matter what their age and status in life is. Some people have gotten so accustomed with using cosmetics that they would not be caught dead without them.

This growing dependence on the use of cosmetics is responsible for the booming cosmetics industry. The industry is experiencing substantial growth every year, with more people being egged on to use cosmetics to improve their skin, their face and even their life!

Since almost everyone has the tendency to be sucked in into the never ending reliance to cosmetic products, it is important that a person knows what he is buying into. He should also be able to decipher which cosmetic products he can live with and without.

Cosmetics is a wide term that can refer to almost any product that a person uses to enhance his looks. It can cover the various skin moisturizers and skin cleaning products people use. It can also refer to hair care products like shampoo, conditioners and creams. Also add lotions, deodorants and other body creams to that list.

There are cosmetics that offer people the chance to become beautiful in the outside but there are also cosmetics that promise to make people feel beautiful inside and out. These cosmetics, known as cosmeceuticals, allegedly have medicinal; powers.

When buying cosmetics that can alter the way a person's body works, it is best to make sure that such cosmetics is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Also check the ingredients of the cosmetics you are buying and make sure you use them according to specifications.

A person should be careful when buying cosmetics that are to be used directly on the skin, particularly on the face. Test for allergens and make sure that it is particularly suitable for the skin type that the person has. If not, the use of such cosmetics may just worsen an already existing skin problem.

When buying cosmetics, it is better to stick to products that a person has already tested and used for a long time. Most often than not, a person who tries on a new cosmetic product will regret such buying spree later on when he finds out that such product is not suitable for his needs.

It is also advisable to veer away from make ups that are on sale. When tempted to look at make ups that are on sale make sure to ask for their expiration date because most cosmetic products that are put on sale may already be nearing their expiration date.

It would be foolhardy to scrimp on costs and regret it later on when a person finds out that the product is no longer good for what it is intended for.

Every consumer must be discriminating when buying any product, particularly cosmetics. Cosmetics can make a person look and feel better so he should spend more time buying these products so as to make sure that he is only buying the best cosmetics for his use.

A person who wants to look and feel beautiful should be careful when buying cosmetics. Follow the instructions indicated on the package or wrapper as to the proper use of the cosmetics. This will maximize the effects and benefits that a person can get from buying the said cosmetic products.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Makeup Basics

If you're not a regular makeup wearer or you're just learning to use makeup, the terms and uses of beauty products might be a bit confusing. What exactly is the difference between lipstick and lip stain? Why do we need eyeliner? These questions and more are ones that all novice makeup wearers face. However, learning to use and apply makeup properly can be a fun and rewarding experience. The purpose of this article to describe some of the more basic beauty products and how to use them properly.


The most basic beauty product that most women use is face makeup. This is usually referred to as "base" or "foundation". From there, there are two basic types of foundation: powder and liquid. Which one is best for you? That all depends on your preference, skin type, and how long you want your foundation to stay on. For example, if you have oily skin, a mineral-based powder might be best. If you're looking for more coverage, a liquid might be a better choice. Liquid foundations are applied using either your fingers or a cosmetic sponge while powders are normally applied using a brush or cosmetic puff.


The basic tools of the eye makeup arsenal are eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Eye shadow gives the face more color and draws attention to the eyes. Most women like to find a shade that enhances their eye color. Liner turns up the volume on this effect by defining the eyes even further. Finally, mascara adds texture and volume to eyelashes as a finishing touch. Again, preference between beauty products here also has to do with personal choice. A liquid liner makes eyes appear more defined but is trickier than a standard eye pencil to use. Shadows typically come in powder, but some women prefer crème. And there are as many mascara choices (lengthening, waterproof, thickening) as there are brands! Choose one that best suits your needs.


If you only take the time to master one beauty product, those intended for your lips is where you can't go wrong. Lipstick is the most basic of all makeup products for the lip. Sometimes slightly waxy in texture, it adds color and definition to your smile. If you prefer something lighter, lip gloss may be more ideal. Gloss helps lips look fuller and adds just a hint of color. Lip stain serves the same purpose as lipstick but is longer wearing. Finally, lip liner – available usually in pencil form – helps bring out lips contours and should always be used in conjunction with a lipstick.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Buy Cosmetics Online And Save Money

The past couple of years have seen a boom in the availability of wholesale makeup at discounted prices. Gone are the days where you need to spend lots of cash on makeup and cosmetics. Some people tend to buy a particular makeup brand and stick with it making it a favorite, whilst others just buy whatever cosmetics are on sale. However, many of the highest quality cosmetics these days can just about be bought by anyone, thanks to some great discounted cosmetic online retailers.

If you can find a genuine online retailer then this is the place where you will find some of the best makeup products that are currently available on the market. Buying wholesale makeup online means you can save huge amounts of money.

Once you find a genuine website, upon browsing it you will see the quality of makeup it sells. Usually, the site will specialise in a wide range of cosmetics including high end makeup brands at extremely affordable prices. Most of the branded products will include eye shadows, foundation, lipstick, blusher, powders and the ever popular bronzer. In a nutshell you will have access to all the high quality cosmetic products that you need to have.

Favourite cosmetic brands that can be found on cosmetic online retailer's sites include all the high end cosmetics brands - Garnier , L'Oreal, Revlon, Lakme as well as other famous makeup brands. Most of these makeup brands can be available for up to 30% less than their recommended retail price which means you are getting much more for your money.

When buying wholesale cosmetics at discounted prices, you may be a little suspicious as to why the price is low. You needn't be worried that the products you purchase will harm your skin. These cosmetics are genuine cosmetics brands and are well worth buying. Wholesale makeup is available from all your favourite cosmetics designers and these are available at heavily discounted prices as well as clearance prices for products that are discontinued but are some of your favorites.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Skin Care For Normal To Oily Skin

Taking care of your skin is an important part of your daily routine. Good skincare prevents the premature signs of ageing, and keeps you looking and feeling healthy.

However, with so many different products on the market, it can seem near impossible to know which brand or type is right for you and your skin.

To get started, you need to first discover what type of skin you have. Most types can be categorised as dry, oily, normal or sensitive. If you have dry skin, it will feel tight, flaky, and sometimes itchy or painful. Sensitive is often red, inflamed, sore, dry or itchy. Oily is characterised by shine, acne, and enlarged pores. Normal skin is characterised by a healthy complexion, and smoothness.

Many people have a normal to oily skin type. If you find that during the winter months, your skin is normal to dry, you may discover that it becomes normal to oily in the summer months. This is not uncommon, as the climate and humidity can cause your skin to become more hydrated. If you have normal to oily skin, there are five essential products you will need. Let's find out more about them:


If you fall in the normal to oily category, you will probably need a foaming or gel cleanser to remove the excess oil build-up. Most skincare brands feature a cleanser which will be suitable for you - but you should probably avoid cream cleansers, as they will be too heavy for your skin type.


A toner suited to normal to oily skin types will help to remove cleanser residue and balance the pH of your skin after cleansing. Normal to oily types will benefit from a light, refreshing toner formula.


If you have normal to oily skin, you will need an oil-free or water-based moisturiser. Oily or heavy moisturisers can clog your pores - so stick to a gel or light liquid moisturiser.

Eye Cream:

No matter what your type, you will benefit from incorporating an eye cream into your daily skincare routine, to prevent signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.


Once again, no matter what type of category you fall into, you will need to wear sunscreen every day! Wearing sunscreen not only prevents melanoma skin cancer, it will also help to prevent the signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging and discoloration.

How You Should Buy

We all know how easy it is to lose control while shopping. You go in a store or on a site for 1 item and you end up buying 8. Well I don't have a money tree in my backyard so it's important to me not to let this makeup addition control my wallet. So it's a few things I try to remember before I pull out my debit card. Here's 10 things you need to think about before you buy.

Budget - Don't let your spending get out of control! Look at your wish list, research upcoming collections and check your products for things that are running low. Then make a monthly beauty budget. Prioritize what you need vs. what you want.

Research Research, Research! - I cannot stress this enough! You need to research everything before you buy. Check for sales and promo codes because we all love to save money, right? Look online for swatches on someone that's a similar complexion as you and check, read reviews, and see if something similar will be in upcoming collections.

Buy only what u can see yourself using - "OMG THAT GREEN LIPSTICK IT GORGEOUS!" Ummm no, if you can't think about how you can wear it or when and where you can wear it YOU DON'T NEED IT.

Buy refill shadows - If the brand sells pan eye shadows for palettes buy those instead of single shadows. It will save space and money.

Swatch In-store - Online swatches tend to lie sometimes, so if you can go into the store and swatch products yourself. Once you're a little seasoned you'll be able to tell what will and won't work for you in online swatches.

Accessories - Buy things like mascara wands, cotton balls, sponges, and etc. from stores like Walmart. No need to pay more at cosmetic stores.

Store lighting - In-store lighting is NOT your friend! How many times has a product looked great on you inside the store and when you get home you have the WTF face on? Carry a mirror and go outside in natural light to see if you really like it.

Shop your stash - Check your stash for items before you shop. You don't want to buy something and it's a dupe for something you already have.

Keep your empties - MAC has a program called Back 2 MAC, you can take 6 empty MAC containers and trade them for a free lipstick, eye shadow or lip gloss.

Collections - When shopping collections check and see if any items are permanent. You can buy permanent items anytime so focus of limited edition.