Facial Hair Grooming 101

A lot of men wear beards today, and a lot wear fuller and thicker beards. Some, you’ll notice, look better than others. Apart from the shape of your face, there’s a lot you can do to get your beard closer to what you’re looking for. Here are some tips any man can use.

Wash and Trim Regularly

A lot of men think that growing a full beard means you just wait and stop shaving. That’s a part of it, the waiting part, but you should trim the beard regularly so it comes in at the shape you’re looking for. You should also wash your beard the same way you would wash your hair. This keeps your hair soft to the touch, and well conditioned.

Patience Pays Off

Remember when we said you should trim your beard regularly? That’s after the first month of growing it out. You’ve got to have a good base to start with or you won’t get the shape you want. That patience can be difficult, because your face can look unusual while you grow in your facial hair. Some men will get peach fuzz before a full beard. It takes time, so stay focused and wait as long as you can to shave it when you’re first growing out a beard.

Mustache is Important Too

When you’re growing out a beard, you might find yourself focusing heavily on the “beard” part and less on the mustache. This is a mistake. Trim beneath your nose, and keep the mustache sculpted with wax for a more fashionable look.

Bio: Dev Randhawa is the personality behind multiple men’s fashion blogs that help to fund his travels around the world. Dev Randhawa is constantly in search of the next big trends in fashion, and documents some of his work online.

How to prevent winter nail breakage and maintain healthy nails

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Winter can be harsh on your skin, hair and nails. Often there are lots of information on skin and hair care for winter, but little on winter nail care. Here are some expert tips that will help you take care of your nails. All products can be purchased through online shopping websites.

Supplements – Since winter means that there is less sun exposure, a supplement will benefit your nails. Winter weather absorbs moisture, therefore you should look at an inside out approach. Start with taking a nail supplement with vitamin A, D, and bamboo extract to reduce breakages and increase moisture.

Diet – You should ensure that your body is hydrated throughout winter and this means drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. It is also a good idea to up your protein intake by including meats, beans, and oily fish into your diet. Leafy greens also offer a lot of nail strengthening vitamins and minerals (think spinach and broccoli).

Cuticle products and care – It is important to take care of your cuticles to reduce breakage. Do this by avoiding soaking your hands in water and applying nail and cuticle moisturizer.

Strengthening products and care – Remember that buffing your nails will increase circulation and encourage growth. You should also use a fortifying base coat to penetrate and harden your nails to prevent splitting.

If you are on a budget, there are many beauty products that offer online shopping deals for the Christmas season.

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Three Things to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

choosing-a-moisturizerWhen you choose a facial moisturizer, you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

  1. Sun protection. The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Adore Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer. Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.
  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination. Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils, mineral oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, petrolatum, silicones and animal oils (like lanolin). Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA, to do this job.
  1. Antioxidant power. Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances, antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals. Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products. Often, antioxidants are used in combination.

Adore Organic Innovation understands the ingredients that makes great moisturizers because of its constant research and development to create deeply hydrating products that thoroughly nourish the skin while revitalizing it.

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6 Secrets for Using Bronzer

bronzer-makeup-tipsDo you want to get the realest fake tan ever? You’re lucky enough to know that this beauty can be achieved by using a bronzer. Many social media stars and makeup gurus have made it seem like it’s easy to get that bronzed goddess look. But for us regular folks without a squadron of makeup artists at our disposal, applying bronzer correctly can be quite a challenge—and with bad results becoming pretty obvious, pretty quickly. That said, with the right know-how you can get the full potential out of any bronzer to get that deep, burnished beauty.

#1 Tone up

In order to achieve the most natural-looking glow, you need to learn what textures and shades work best with your complexion. If you have a fair, pink undertone, look for the neutrals. You surely don’t want to add to the tone that you already have, but don’t make too brown or you’ll end up looking orange. If you have an olive complexion, you should go for peach-gold bronzers to warm up your skin. If you have a darker skin tone, pick chocolate or hazelnut shades in order to avoid looking too brown or muddy.

#2 Match Types

If you are dealing with flakiness or breakouts, pass on the shimmery or creamy beauty formulas, since these will only put your troubled skin under the magnifying glass, causing more damage to your skin. If you are prone to skin dryness, you can use the soft shimmers in order to add luminosity to your parched skin.

#3 Use the Right Brushes

Use a big, round, fluffy brush when applying powders. Creams and liquids can leave harsh lines on your skin, so you should go for the stippling flat-top brush. This kind of brush can completely buff the cream so it does not look like it is sitting on top of your skin. To use beauty bronzer as contour on the darker skin, use an angled brush and apply the color under your cheekbones.

#4 Map It out

For a vacation-equivalent glow, apply the bronzer where the sun naturally hits your face. This would be in the higher areas, such as the corner of your forehead, your cheeks and a little on your nose. You might even want putting a little above the eye, but on the crease. When applying bronzer, first dust your cheekbones and do not double dip for the remaining area of your face; simply use what is left on the brush. If you are freckled, follow the speckles. That is where sun goes and they are like a small map.

#5 Follow the Curve

For a foolproof beauty application, start at the apples of your cheeks then apply your bronzer in outward curve up to forehead along your hairline, and back down the curve then out again, passing over the hollow of cheeks and under your jawline.

#6 Never Forget Your Neck

Use the last bits of the bronzer on your brush in order to warm up your collarbone and neck. The color of your neck should match your chest and face. Your chest and face receive a lot from sun naturally, but your neck is hidden so it must be in lighter color.


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3 Secrets and coconut oil and skin care

Coconut oil is a staple of mine to make my skin feel soft and smooth every morning and evening. As I was lathering it on again this morning I thought to myself, “What other ways can this be used to improve your skin”?  After a little research this is what I came up with:

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  1. Remove Makeup – Instead of selecting a commercial makeup remover that uses harsh chemicals, give a try to coconut oil. Just a few dabs of this oil can remove makeup from your face, making you wander why this hasn’t been your daily routine since you were a teenager.
  2. Reduce Puffy Eyes – Another It can help you get rid of the dark circles, puffiness and baggage that have been hampering your entire look. The oil works best if you apply it at night and massage it lightly under your eyes for about 45-60 seconds under each eye.
  3. Replace your Shaving Cream – Applying this oil before shaving will make your razor glide and also moisturize your skin in the process. Doesn’t just work for ladies, men can do this to your face before shaving for similar results.

Why is coconut oil so amazing?

  • It penetrates quickly into the skin & rejuvenates.
  • It includes fatty acids & vitamins that are essential to the growth of healthy skin cells.
  • The lactic acid in it tightens pores to make skin smooth, radiant, & firm.
  • The vitamin E and other anti-oxidants in it heal and repair damaged skin cells.
  • It is anti-inflammatory, so it reduces redness and swelling.

I plan on going through this last container of coconut oil more quickly now that I know some quick tips to quickly keep improving my overall health with this amazing ingredient.
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Main Bocher’s Mark on American Fashion

By Phineas Upham

Main Rosseau Bocher opened a boutique on 12 Avenue George V in Paris in November of 1929. At the time, Bocher wanted to design elegant fashions for expensive tastes. He decided to combine his name, as a nod to fellow designers like Louiseboulanger, when he opened his fashion house “Mainbocher”.

He was lead designer for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. It’s said that he named the color “Wallis Blue” after her. He also designed the wedding dress for the marriage of Simpson and Edward VIII, which was historically one of the most historic dresses ever made. That wedding dress came to define the modern wedding dress, and is currently catalogued in the Metropolitan Museum collection.

In 1940, Mainbocher came to New York and relocated next to Tiffany’s on 57th St. By then, Mainbocher had developed an international following so his fashion was well accepted in New York at the time. At the time, Mainbocher had become embroiled in controversy for pushing the corset on women. It highlighted the female form in a manner never done before.

The Warner Brothers Corset Company, however, didn’t seem to mind the controversy. They moved quickly to try and mass produce the line. Mainbocher also designed uniforms for women in the Navy during the Second World War. In 1947, when the New York Dress Institute revealed its “Best Dressed” list, eight of the top ten were clients of Mainbocher.

Mainbocher is immortalized in New York’s legendary garment district. He was awarded a bronze plaque, but passed in 1976.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

The History of Harper’s Bazaar

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Harper’s Bazaar is, today, one of the most recognized names in the world of fashion. The magazine has built itself up as a resource for women who seek out the best in high fashion and culture. It describes modern fashion trends in both casual and couture wear, and it’s become an icon in the fashion realm because of its timely reporting and all-star photography.

The magazine was first published in 1867, with editor Mary Louise booth curating the weekly fashion magazine to debut the latest in fashion trends from Paris and Germany. Back then, as now, fashion trends were headed by European designers well versed in the art of appearances.

Booth worked with other fashion editors Carmel Snow, Carrie Donovan, Diana Vreeland, Liz Tilberis, Alexey Brodovich and Brana Wolf to display the latest in fashion trends through stunning photography and vivid illustrations.

The Bazaar has always, since its inception, been aimed at women in the upper and middle classes of society. Its original publication was in newspaper format, which was printed on a weekly basis. That changed in 1901, when Harper’s became closer to the monthly fashion publication we know today.

Harper’s Bazaar is not a magazine aimed strictly at fashion, or at least it doesn’t limit itself to fashion alone. In fact, during the early 1900s, the magazine began highlighting jackets, tailored dresses and suits that better represented the growing feminist movement that helped pass the 19th amendment and gain women the right to vote.


Samuel Phineas Uphamis an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Samual Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Cosmetic Products – Importance and Benefits


make-up2_by_cassandra_tiensivuCosmetics are something which women apply on their skin for making them attractive and colored. Cosmetic products like lipsticks are a pigmented product which contains wax, oils, and emollients which leave a wonderful color on your lips. Most of the ladies apply the color to their lips according to the shades of their dress. In old days ladies used to apply only reddish shades of lipsticks but now a days you can have a wide collection of colors in lipstick. Cosmetic products are found in almost every color in today’s world, you just have to be aware of the color number or color name. Moreover in past days Cosmetic products were only used by women, but now a day, you can find several men wearing makeup, especially the ones who comes on the television. It shows that before coming on the camera, men needs to apply Cosmetic products of lighter shades.
Well most of the people are not fully aware of how to apply Cosmetic products on their skins properly. First of all you need to follow the custom and fashion which is in trend, like some times there is a fashion of outline making to the lips while on the other hand you need to apply the lipstick only without making the outline. There are times when dark colors are in, while sometimes only lighter glosses are in trend. Thus you need to follow the fashion and you should make it comfortable according to your face.
Well if you have made your eyes dark like smoky eyes, then you should apply Cosmetic products light shade lipstick otherwise it would give you a cartoonish look. You must follow the correct pattern like if you are wearing darker lipstick then apply lighter shades to eyes. Do not try to make your eyes and lips vibrant the same time. If you have plump lips then you can apply the liner just outside the lips. You can use brushes for applying Cosmetic products or moreover some of the ladies apply the lipstick directly from the stick. Both of the ways are reliable and good, but you need to be comfortable in applying the Cosmetic products.
Cosmetic products can be bought using many ways; you can have online modes and manual ways of buying Cosmetic products. In fact some of the creams are found free of cost on internet websites in the start of the introduction of product to the market. You can get free samples at your home using online modes.

Diana Vreeland’s Fashion

By Phineas Upham

Although Diana Vreeland was born in Paris, France and spent much of her adult life in England, she would eventually find herself in New York City. There, she would become one of the most influential magazine editors in the world of fashion, working for both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue before the time of her death.

Vreeland took fashion extremely seriously, once remarking that the bikini was the most important thing to happen since the atom bomb.

She was hired by Harper’s somewhat on accident. She had moved to New York with her husband, and the two were finding the city extremely expensive. Carmel Snow, Harper’s editor at the time, noticed her taste in fashion around the city and asked her to come join the magazine. She began her work with a column she called “Why Don’t You?”, which contained various pieces of fashion advice that people ought to do.

Vreeland was so poignant with her advice that she consulted several times for Jackie Kennedy, even giving her advice on what to wear for inauguration day.

Rumors abound that she was passed over for promotion at Harper’s so she found herself working at Vogue beginning in 1962. Until 1971, she served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Her philosophy was that magazines ought to give people a point of view, because they don’t really have one. Vreeland was eventually fired from Vogue, but she quickly became a consultant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Vreeland died of a heart attack in 1989, at the age of 86.


About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

F/W 15/16 Stylewatch: Balmain

While it can be difficult to find out how to bring fashion from the runway to your office hallway, the FW 15/16 line by Balmain is rich with inspiration for modern women of all walks of life. Unlike past lines which have shown a bit more skin, this season has designer jackets for women that give broader coverage without feeling chaste. Lace accents keep everything from becoming too closed off, and shimmering fabrics balance rich lowlights with spectacular highlights evocative of mosaic art up close.

Color Theory

With Balmain this season we see a broad range of 70’s-evocative colors, from saturated violets and purples to deep sea greens and bold marigolds. These colors can be styled in many directions and pair well with every skin tone. Marigold and violet in particular can serve as the jumping off point for accessories, make-up, and nail polish. For the Balmain look, use plain black and white for neutrals; if you’re seeking a different kind of 70’s, use camel and tan for your neutrals to warm things up. Modern jackets for women get a boost with this look, coming in banana yellow and caramel, in addition to black and white.

Legwork

For pants you will want to consider culottes for a mature look, or dark denim for a harder edge. High-waisted flares are coming back into style as well and they can be styled to be appropriate for a full day of work and drinks afterward. If you’re more interested in skirts, suede skirts in camel or dark tan perfectly complement 70’s colors and can be paired with thick black tights during winter or patterned and textured tights year-round.

Coordination

If you want to play with some of the pants and top combinations shown off by Balmain this year, pair a button-less womens blazer (made of a soft fabric or suede in a seasonal color or plain black) with a thick inorganic or mixed-texture belt. The triangular space created by your jacket above the belt introduces a geometric element that can be employed a wide variety of ways. Try wearing a classic turtleneck, an unusual textured textile like cotton lace, or take the opportunity to innovate upon the Balmain book and wear a pendant or other heavy necklace instead.
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