Sunday, October 31, 2010

L'Occitane: Clean is Sexy

GlamMan divides body cleansers into two categories: liquid and bar soaps. My usage ratio for the two is 70/30. 70% bar soap and 30% liquid cleanser. So when I reach for a bar soap, I go for the best made product…I always go for French soaps. They’re simply the best. The suds are rich, luxurious and, dense, and the fine bubbles give a good run for the money (the bar lasts a super long time). The soap gets my skin clean, and fresh without ever drying. Unlike most liquid cleansers, bar soaps use scented fats to thoroughly deep clean the skin. I can best explain the process in my non-scientific way; a molecule of fat mixed with a molecule of water removes the dirt from the skin. Get the picture?

My favorite French milled bar soaps are made by a company called L’Occitane. I’ve been using L’Occitane soap for many years and they are the best of the best. Shea butter and pure vegetable oils are used to clean and moisturize the skin — even oily skin. L’Occitane soaps are perfect for year-round use, but they’re especially good in the cold months when indoor heat and outdoor cold air can really dry out the skin. The scents are also wonderfully clean and sexy. After all, clean IS sexy.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Tan For All Seasons

Well guys, it’s that time of year again when the air is getting a little chilly and the cardigans are making their way out of the closet... and summer is a becoming a distant memory. I’m not complaining. Early Fall is my favorite time of year, but along with the cool weather comes another sign that summer is over — every hard-earned smidge of color on my legs, arms and the rest of my bod is disappearing from my skin. All the color that took months of gradual tanning (with sunscreen) is all gone within a matter of weeks. My tan is like Mariah Carey's “I Don’t Wanna Cry”… it starts out quietly, then there’s the slow build, it gets loud and proud and full of life in a “Baby Jesus, this is GREAT!” kind of way… and then it’s over. Done.

I’ve discovered a wonderfully natural-looking self-tanning product to remedy the situation. No, not The Situation.... my situation. Beautisol All Seasons Glow self-tanning lotion. It gives me that glow without looking orange, fake or streaky. Now I’m not talking about the DJ Pauly D, the Situation or the Snookie kind of faux-glow but more of a tan that looks healthy, natural, even…. and hot. And as a bonus, it smells good too, unlike some of the other toxic smelling tanners that smell like they’re actually burning your skin. The All Seasons Glow “system” comes nicely packaged. To prep my skin, I used Beautisol’s body scrub called Go Slough Yourself. I recommend this step to prepare the skin for even coverage. It also comes with gloves and a DVD to guide you to getting the natural color.

Why: It’s easy to use and every guy looks better with some natural looking color.
Where: Beautisol
How much: $39.00… and worth it.

Product sample was furnished by the company's PR firm.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Get the Tom Brady Bob

Remington Helps You Score (the Best Hair)
Guys are either jealous of Tom Brady’s championship QB skills, his shagilicious hair or his shag-worthy wife. The easiest one for mere mortal men to score is definitely the ‘do, but the right tools are a must.

Get the Brady Bob at home with the Remington Studio Style Professional Clipper – a 30 piece kit now featuring a powerful, self-adjusted motor for faster cutting speed, titanium ceramic-coated blades for a precise glide and a “How to Use Guide”. (Gisele not included.)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Wolverine 1000 Mile 721 LTD

Not really grooming, but another one of my favorite things — cordovan shoes. Wolverine 1000 Mile collection is unveiling a limited edition boot under the imprint 721LTD (named as a nod to the original 1000 Mile boot reference number). To celebrate the release they commissioned a short film series to document the process of creating the 721LTD boots.

Visit the Wolverine website here.