Sunday, August 30, 2009

AXE: Get Girl (and Boy) Approved Hair

If you want to go high-end luxury on grooming products, there are plenty out there to choose from and I’ve written about a lot of them, but if you want to try a drug store brand that stands front and center with the big guns, you can’t beat AXE hair products for quality/price/attraction ratio. AXE hair products smell good too. Being the follicle-challenged grooming guy that I am, when I get hair styling products I make the 911 calls to my “hair product testers” to test-drive the concoctions. And these guys have HAIR, lots of it and are picky about products they use. The good news is that all of the reviews have come back with high approval ratings.

Here’s the new AXE styling product line up:
AXE Clean-Cut Look Pomade gives guys a polished look without appearing wet for that Don Draper Mad Men look. Perfect for a dandy too.
AXE Messy Look Paste gives hair a messy, just-out-of-bed look
AXE Spiked-Up Look Putty gives hair hold without all the hard crunch of gel
AXE Shaggy Look Cream gives longer manes an irresistible easy-going look

All products have a nice scent that stays close to the body — they definitely passed the sniff test. On a personal note, I’m really digging AXE Deep Clean Shampoo & Scrub. It's surprisingly mild and does a nice job exfoliating and removing scalp build-up without drying the skin. Thumbs up.

AXE Hair products are available at most food and drug stores. You can also check out the full line of AXE hair products including shampoos and styling stuff HERE!

If you have any questions about AXE hair products, send them to Carly from AXE — just follow her on Twitter at @CarlywithAXE. She's great!

Monday, August 24, 2009

On the Road With Billy Jealousy


Now that the hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer are winding down and Mad Men's Don Draper has returned to my TV screen and True Blood is confusing the hell out of my Sunday nights.... it's time to start thinking about a Fall Vacation. Note to self: Pick up a Billy Jealousy WanderLust Travel Kit. This airline-approved kit is stocked full of the necessary ingredients to keep you looking your best while traveling.

WanderLust includes:

Hydroplane Shave Cream

A rich, technologically advanced cream that keeps you looking sharp and feeling cool. This shaving cream cools, heals and conditions the skin with its micro-silicon beads, chamomile and aloe.

Fuzzy Logic Shampoo

This shampoo contains two DHT blockers (DHT causes hair loss) Methyl Lactate and Peppermint Oil creating strong, healthy and thick hair. The powerful shampoo also contains Cocamide MEA, which is a coconut-derived cleanser and moisturizer as well as Panthenol, a provitamin conditioner.

White Knight Facial Cleanser

White Knight contains essential moisturizing agents to provide necessary hydration while cleansing skin. The white, foaming formula cleanses without stripping the skin of essential oils. SLS-free, Paraben free and no fragrance added.


Created after the huge success of the ILLICIT Eau de Parfum, this body wash is infused with citrus bergamot, tea, ivy, ginger and sandalwood. The hemp seed oil softens and sooths the skin while Cocamide MEA cleans and moisturizes and Vitamin E conditions.

Cool Medium Hair Gel

This lightweight medium-hold hair gel gives your locks a well-hydrated look with the mild scent of grapefruit.

Check it out at

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Naomi Campbell and Noah Mills for D&G Anthology

Short, sweet and F I E R C E !

Noah Mills for D&G Anthology L' Amoureaux 6

Friday, August 21, 2009

Justin Timberlake Brings Sexy Back with Givenchy PLAY

Givenchy launched it’s new fragrance PLAY, featuring Justin Timberlake as the face & embodiment of the PLAY lifestyle. Givenchy, the elegant design house and Justin, the elegant pop star are rocking a good vibe together.

PLAY has a lot of pleasant yet edgy elements to it. First sniff: warm, elegant and yes, hedonistic. A good scent for evening and definitely wearable in the summer as well as the cooler months. PLAY has a slight citrusy opening but then slowly shifts into something very sensual, warm and velvety. Well done. The star of the fragrance is Caribbean Amyris Wood, which has a woodsy, masculine aroma and I believe that it's this sophisticated note that gives Play it’s unusual edge. Love it.

Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit

Middle notes: Amyris Wood, Black Pepper, Coffee Flower

Drydown: Vetiver, Patchouli
PLAY also comes in an INTENSE version that carries the same amyris wood note but adds a hint of tonka bean to the drydown. I’m a sucker for tonka bean.
Check out the Givenchy PLAY video game with Justin at

PLAY is available for at Macy's, Nordstrom, Dillard's and Sephora.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jack Black Says Good Bye to the Shine

Summer has definitely peaked in NYC and the humidity is off the hook. Keeping my face clean-shaven and my hair shaved/buzzed leaves way too much skin exposed on the top of my head, a place that easily becomes oily and starts looking like a chemical weapon. Yikes!!

To help foil the oil, I’ve added a few additions to my “summer skin arsenal.” I’ll write about each one in an individual post but I wanted to let you in on my numero uno skin saver of the day — Jack Black All Day Oil-Control Lotion.

Jack Black All Day Oil-Control Lotion instantly soaks up excess facial oil, then controls it by reducing sebum production under the skin's surface. Natural oil absorbing ingredients, such as cotton and China Clay give the skin a matte finish that is smooth, soft and shine-free. All day shine control without drying out the skin. Love it!

Jack Black All day Oil-Control Lotion is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avanue and at

Thursday, August 6, 2009

G-Shock Party with Kanye West

My pal Aly from (the girl has major Alytude) scored me a ticket to the G-Shock/Kanye West SHOCK THE WORLD 2009 Party last night at Cipriani Wall Street. It was Amazing! G-Shock previewed a series of new watches, where they partnered with some very interesting people to create a line of HOT limited editions. Nice! My favorite was the G-Shock watch created by world famous tattoo artist, car customizer, illustrator and designer, Mister Cartoon —in my eyes, he created the perfect union of G-Shock toughness and street culture style. Check out the picture below. Love it

Capping off the night was a freaking off-the-chart performance by Kanye West. I really like the music off the new album and it sounded good live. Kanye looked good, although his pants were halfway down his ass and he had some weird strappy thing around his arms. Adding more voltage to the scene was Kanye’s GF Amber Rose, the always-entertaining Alan Cumming (with his cute husband), Joe Zee (one of my favorite twitterers), Ivanka Trump, the unlimited Bellini’s and an occasional whiff of ganja.

And as if it couldn’t get any better, I also got to hang with Carolyn from The Daily Obsession and Dina from eye4style, a couple of my fave FUN beauty bloggers!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ORIGINS Brighter By Nature - Fade the Dark Spots


Brighter By Nature Skin tone correcting serum, which is new from ORIGINS, is on my Hot List and perfect for guys like me who have spent a lot of time outdoors at the beach or skiing and hiking. I've been using it on some darker areas on my forehead and have already noticed that they are much lighter. It's job is to fight discoloration and uneven patches... and it works!

Most guys shave daily, which in itself triggers irritation, and the skin responds by making more pigment. The result is that the beard area can appear slightly darker then other parts of face. Also, time spent outdoors without adequate sun protection can result in rough-textured skin.

Daily sun exposure, pollutants, a few vodka & tonics and even age can stress out skin, leading to the formation of dark spots and an overall dull, uneven complexion. Laser resurfacing is expensive and often involves long, uncomfortable recovery periods that include some pretty nasty side effects such as prolonged redness, facial crusting, burning, swelling and scarring. Brighter By Nature Skin tone correcting serum is a nice alternative. While not a laser, Brighter By Nature harnesses the power of plants to deliver immediate results without the pain.

Brighter By Nature helps undo the past to restore clarity and a uniform skin tone to any complexion regardless of age or individual skin behavior.

Check it out here.

Monday, August 3, 2009

One With Nature - The Benefits of Dead Sea Minerals

I’m beginning to realize that Whole Foods is my one-stop-shop for natural and organic face & body products. It’s really difficult for me to go in to the store without heading over to the Whole Body section and picking up a bar of soap, a scrub, cleanser or a lotion. The products carried at Whole Foods are refreshingly good and made up of eco-friendly plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives and non-petroleum ingredients.

Lately, my favorite products come from a line called One With Nature — a company known as the maker of all-natural Dead Sea Soaps. One With Nature, is a brand of “first’s” - the first Dead Sea mineral soap in the natural foods and grocery market; the first Dead Sea mineral soap available at “non-spa” prices and the first Dead Sea mineral soap to be offered in five silky-clean scents. This all-natural, eco-friendly brand encompasses all things green, from the ingredients to the packaging and is available at a super-affordable price. 

As the name suggests, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals. It is these natural elements which give the water its curative powers found within the One With Nature Dead Sea collection.

Dead Sea Benefits:
• Stimulates blood circulation and accelerate the exfoliation process restoring skin to its natural PH balance
• Nourishes and revitalizes skin cells with cleansing and purifying qualities, drawing toxins out from the body
• Moisturizes and tightens your skin
• Calms and relaxes the skin
• Minimizes wrinkles
• Strengthens the skin and removes all of the toxins in the body by flushing them out
• Minerals help offset some of the causes of acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis

The One With Nature Dead Sea Collection
Dead Sea Liquid Hand Wash ($7.99)
Dead Sea Body Wash ($8.99)
Dead Sea Body Lotion ($9.99)
Dead Sea Bar Soap ($3.79) 

One With Nature all-natural skincare products contain high quality natural ingredients and are produced cruelty free. They contain no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances or preservatives and use no animal ingredients. These are definitely worth checking out at Whole Foods.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Mad Men Yourself!

RECREATE YOURSELF IN '60S STYLE. Get the look here!