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Lockeroom Habits.

18 Sep

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First off I want a huge thank you from every single one of my male readers. I have become your almost skinny human grooming Guinea pig. Not to say I don’t like testing and reviewing new products to share with my readers, however my medicine cabinet is now worth more than my closet.

Anyways, during one of my usual Target trip to pick up water and nuts I somehow wondered to the cosmetic aisle… 192.87 dollars later I made it home with this Olay ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for $44.99.

Believe it or not I have never tried any at home microdermabrasion cleansing systems. Honestly I thought it was just something else extra to waste money on because I feel I can get a better, deeper, thorough, clean with my hands for cheaper.

Although, I now see what the hype is all about with these cleaning systems- they are perfect for the lazy! After a week trying this ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System I can say I don’t see a huge difference but it is refreshing to wash my face with something new.

The Olay ProX system includes a 3 Speed Facial Cleansing System, Microdermabrasion Foam Head, Cleansing Brush Head, Thermal Crystal Polisher (0.68 fl. oz.), Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (0.68 fl. oz.) and 2 AA Duracell Batteries. Also a diagram of brush weekly usage rotations between cleansing and microdermabrasion.

My Overall Result: Convenience! I like that I was able to just sit in my bathroom on the toilet watching YouTube and let the brush do all the work without getting the sink wet or mirror dirty. Microdermabrasion is known to scrub off the dead and dull surface layers of the skin, stimulating and increase collagen production. So of course I was looking for dramatic improvements in the tone, texture, and color of treated areas. I must admit my face was just as clean, tight and even as my normal hand & product regime. Instead of dampen skin I lathered my face in coconut oil to offset scratching from the beads. Applied the Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser to face then, gently massage on my face for 60 seconds on the top speed. Due to the Thermal Crystal Polisher being rather gentle than scrub, I used it daily.

If you’re looking to add something new to your skincare routine go ahead and get it but I suggest spending 50 bucks at Sephora and get more!

Here’s What Exactly Microdermabrasion Improves:

  • Oily or dull skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines
  • Mild acne scars
  • Mild complexion problems (such as uneven pigmentation or poor skin texture)
  • The benefits of microdermabrasion also include enhanced circulation and lymph flow, which promote the internal health of the skin.

Why should men care about microdermabrasion? We shave regularly-  irritations and ingrown hairs are clear signs of an added stress to their skin. The skin damage is caused by the shaving itself, as well as by before and after shaving products. Therefore it’s ideal to keep the skin healthy before and after a scalping.

You’re welcome.

Anti-Filter Essentials

24 Aug

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This good skin life ain’t easy! I’ve learn just as my invisible waist progress in the gym, if you fall in love with the practice the results will come.

My goal is to have a fresh face and slim waist, sometimes it seems like one or the other. There are so many things to remember and make time for in a day. Most times my facial regime suffers because I’m always rushing or to tired. However, I come to understand that if you find a system and products that you genuine like using, clear even radiant skin is inevitable- and easy to achieve.

These five products I’ve been using all summer are my aid to filter free pics! I don’t dread my morning or night routine because I know these products work, aren’t harsh, easy to use and inexpensive.

No. 7 “Beautiful Skin” Foaming Cleanser: If it’s strong enough to take off a woman’s war paint, then it’s strong enough to clean my skin. Being that its a pump/foam it saves me time on lather and two pumps are the perfect amount to a thick cream rich all over clean. Both for normal & oily skin I have been using this for about three weeks and it keeps my skin refreshed. Because it’s so powerful I use it at night alone rather than including it in my full morning routine.

Simple Smoothing Facial Toner: I have four different brand of toners I use, two of them being extremely harsh on my skin, which I like. Although, when I do a full workout on my skin or after a shave I don’t want to burn my skin with a toner so I use this 100% alcohol free toner. It cleans, tones and get my skin ready for my moisturizer.

Garner Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub: About two month ago I was out shopping for another scrub to switch out for my normal brand to keep my skin from becoming immune. I picked up the 1 fl. oz. version of the 5 fl. oz. The charcoal works wonders on stabilizing my oily skin and unclogging my pore.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: I’ve been nursing this 0.7 oz. facial mask that Bosica sent me last year, because its the best facial mask I’ve ever use. It’s a peel that really snaps your pores closed, like baby bottom smooth. Slapping this on after a fresh cut and shaved will have me glowing in the dark.

Radha Argan Oil: Every since I found out about the many uses and effect of coconut and Aragan oil I have ditched my other moisturizers all together. Four to six drops of this Argan oil after a thorough wash or clean shave keeps my skin healthy, hydrated and smooth. Completely effective for inflammation or irritation after a shave or from acne. You can use it on your beard and hair to keep a healthy shine.

Coconut Oil: Super Skinny Food!

21 May

Coconut Oil Benefits (1)
According to every beauty blogger, fashion magazine and my Twitter/YouTube feed Coconut oil is new ultimate “superfood.”

With its unique combination of fatty acids the one true superfood has been proven to have profound positive effects on skin, teeth, hair, dietary functions, cholesterol, blood circulation…but first and foremost WEIGHT LOSS!

I mean, duh why else would I be writing about a food if it can’t make me skinny?! Among the metabolism benefits it has many other great health and beauty gains that may be why you’ve seen it pop up in everything such as, natural moisturizers, soaps, hair shampoo & conditioner, teeth whiteners and don’t forget you can cook with it.

Though, Coconut oil can increase your metabolism, kill your hunger and help your heart & brain. I’m a fan and now a consistent user because of what it does for my skin after a shave as well as, how white it get my teeth as a brilliant antiseptic with it’s powerful disinfectant properties.

I prefer it in the liquid over the solid, it’s less of a waiting game for it to melt however, it’s messier.
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When Radha Beauty sent me over a bottle (16 fl oz. $16.89) of 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil I was beyond ready to try it and knew I would be satisfied because of the current items I purchase with coconut oil in it. Fellas, this is ideal to apply after a shave over your regular aftershave (it doesn’t burn), as well as you can use it as a shaving creme by applying a hot towel to your facial hair, saturating the hair in coconut oil, letting it sit then shaving it off. It leaves my skin fully hydrate and even. I’ve also been mixing it with my charcoal face scrub to keep my skin from drying out during my weekly facial overhauls.

This bottle of coconut oil has become my go to from stir-frying to massages. If I don’t use it straight from the bottle I mix in in everything like smoothies, lotions and mouthwash.
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This is a multi-purpose product that will boost your current products or replace them all together.
Coconut oil is great at helping with skin hydration and elasticity, defending the skin in aging, sunburn and scarring.

It doesn’t stain, non greasy and odorless. I am a fan of coconut oil in my hair because it helps with breakage, split ends and smelliness. If you’re a runner, dead lifter or squatter I suggest buying a scrub and adding the coconut oil to it. I found that applying it to my feet after a 10 miles run it heals blisters and cracked skin simply by apply to my hands or feet and covering in socks!

Oh, if you’re suffering from dry skin, facial blemishes or an all-nighter I suggest applying a more than generous amount to your face at night before bed and let your skin absorb it overnight. Just watch what happens!

Pick a Struggle: Skinny Waist or Crusty Face.

1 May

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Large pores or a large waistline; pick a struggle! You can’t be overweight with a crater face at the same time. The world is too cruel for that.

Therefore, if you outright refuse to ditch the carbs and start the crunches then, at least shrink the pores.

A new product I’ve been using to draw out excess oils (due to my oily skin, excessive workouts and hair products) and environmental impurities (dust and grime season) for my skin is Pure & Essential Minerals’ Dead Sea Mud Mask.

I personally like mud masks in general for the pores because of their cleansing and shrinking abilities, however with this dead sea mud mask it has shown to be really good at drying up pimples too. Not to mention the healing properties found in dead sea mud as well as, how soft it makes my skin afterwards.

Once a week during my daily facial routine I apply a thin layer of the mud to my face, let dry for about 5-10 minutes and wash off. Another trick I’ve been doing; during the week I use it as a face wash by adding a dimes size to my palm with a wet face and scrub in a circular motion. Upon first application the mask did sting a bit, but I personally don’t believe anything is working if it isn’t burning. The mask has a minty smell that could have been the eucalyptus oil and hickory bark. The mask didn’t over dry leaving face looking revitalized, tighter and smoother.
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I think if you’re looking for a mask that will detox your face and shrink your pores then this is it. It isn’t over priced, smelly or toxic. All the ingredient included you can pronounced and find it on Amazon (6 oz $24.77.)

Other bonuses I got from this product is that it help clear a patch of dry skin and blemish I procured from a razor cut. This mask can be use to pull out blackheads.

Overall, I recommend this product for guy with oily skin, shave frequently and have skin conditions such as eczema.

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Slick, Smooth & Sculpted.

7 Apr

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Shaving isn’t a monolithic sport! Just as getting fit isn’t. There are many challenges to maintaining your beard, goatee, mustache or 5 o’clock shadow. No matter what your facial aesthetic preference is we all deal with ingrown, razor burns and bumps at one point or another during our shaving ritual.

Try as I might I haven’t found the cure nor has other men skincare enthusiasts to get the perfect shave or skin therefore afterwards. However, I am always up for discovering and sharing my skinny secrets to getting a slick, smooth and sculpted shave.

At this point in your shaving career you should know all about razor burns and the benefits of a non-alcohol moisturizing aftershave.

If you’re African American with coarse facial hair then you know all too well the disadvantages of shaving with a razor, that’s why I have switch to a depilatory for my beard removal. Even with that it important to hydrate my skin before and after a shave to get a close and bump free shave.

That’s why I was so stoked when I was sent this 100% Pure Argan Oil by Radha Beauty. Radha Beauty is known for their pure & natural oils skincare line that combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients. This time it’s the oil extracted from the nut of the argan tree.

Argan is brilliant for hydrating and revitalizing the skin. For men the most important time for skin hydration is before and after a shave. Before my shave I used the argan oil to weaken my facial hair to get close to the hair. After my shave I found that the argan oil worked best as an aftershave to moisturize my skin.

Dry skin is terrible after you shave because it promotes ingrowns, rashes and peeling. Not only is this argan oil great for all things like hair, face, hands and body revitalization, for men this is the perfect product to replace your current aftershave. It’s odorless, alcohol-free and freaking WORKS!

Fellas you have to add this product 100% Pure Argan Oil by Radha Beauty (4 oz for $49.95) to your shaving regime. Right now its on sale at Amazon for $15.89.

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Guilt FREE Goodies!

1 Dec

BJ Giveaway
Noshavember is OVER an Cyber Monday is here! Bright side I can finally look like a human again and not like my dad. Dark side, I have to start back shaving again!

It was kind of a breeze getting dressed and skipping one of the thousand grooming processes I partake in before leaving the house also, my skin needed a break. Noshavember has allowed me to get in touch with my butch side, rid me of any hair bumps and blemishes from constantly scalping myself and forced me to actually get dressed. It’s a must to over dress to distract from the Chia Pet on my chin.

Many of you guys wasn’t able to last the entire month of no shaving or simply couldn’t wait to get up today and hack your face off. Not only did some of you did noshavember completely wrong many of you shave terribly as well!

That’s why I’m doing a giveaway of one of my most savored shaving products! Men’s grooming brand Billy Jealousy has a shaving pack Shave3Some that inculdes a pre-shave treatment, super-slik shaving cream and after-shave balm. The brilliant thing about this pack is all you need for a great shave is in one pack and they WORK! A lucky winner can receive this sinfully good shaving system of 3oz travel-size (airplane approved) shave trio normally priced for $40.

These products are pure awesome for getting a slick, razor burn free close shave. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter @BougieHippie and retweet your entry! Or just enter here: Billy Jealousy Shave3Some Giveaway.

For those of you who have grown to love your new bushy look or just not up for the challenge of shearing it then, head over to Billy Jealousy to try some of the beard coifing products. Through Tuesday they are having a 15% off Cyber Monday sale with promo code: CYBER.

Remember, to not have an itchy beard or gross looking beard wash, moisturize, trim and comb/brush your beard. Even though you’re not shaving you still have to take care of your entire face so beard care should be apart of your facial regime.

Giveaway winner will be announced Friday!

The Purge! Clogged Pore Sequal.

23 Oct

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No, this isn’t my Halloween look preview; it’s my new skincare treatment.

With my 29th birthday rapidly approaching one of the many useful things I’ve learned in my late twenties that I wish I would have learned earlier is how important and useful scrubs are. Along with my daily facial wash and weekly masques a scrub is the unlimited workout for my skin.

A scrub conditions, tightens and detoxify my skin just as a 2 hour crossfit session does to my midsection and glutes.  Not to mention, a scrub used with your pre shaving treatment can help you get a closer shave and rid you of dull skin. I’ve been so focused on keeping my body tight as I go into this new chapter of my life with all these abs, squats, and strength and arm challenges that I have been neglecting keeping a fresh youthful glow.

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Praises to smooth skinned skinny Jesus himself because it was he who brought Urth SKIN SOLUTIONS FOR MEN in my life. Made in Los Angeles, formulated for the specific needs of men, Urth’s comprehensive line of face, body and shaving preparations offers a multitude of botanical-based solutions to satisfy man’s quest for great-looking, healthy skin. For the past 14 days I’ve been on a new challenge of my own testing out Urth’s SCRUB Green Tea & Rice Deep Cleansing Treatment.

I must admit, this scrub is pretty impressive, refreshing and effective! Now, I try a lot of facial products for myself and to be able to recommend quality items for men who take care of their skin or trying to correct it.

This small dense 2fl oz ($25 or 4fl oz for $38) Scrub with ingredients of walnut shell powder, rice, rosemary oil, green tea and vitamin C among many other organic ingredients, helped unclog my pores and diminish a few blemish marks I had from razor bumps. I used this treatment everyday in the shower (though it’s recommended to use 2-3 times a week) paired with my regular face wash. It has a strong tingle which is the eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil and a really gritty consistency allowing only a dime size to get a deep down scrub lifting the dead skin and impacted oil. What I really enjoy of this product is that its made with a lot of natural ingredients and if you read any of my skincare posts I love treating my skin with nature’s remedies.

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I recommend you doing dry face dry hands when applying the scrub to get a more profound cleanse.  I’ve even use it as a mask. After about a week I noticed a real improvement in my skin tone, tightness and feel. To be honest scrubs are great at helping fighting wrinkles. Just look at how vibrant my skin is. This product really works and has hands down became one of my new go to skin regime, you can feel it in action as it goes on and while you’re working it across your face. After you wash it away go back over your face with a toner to get a strong visible fresh faced result.

Check this scrub out and other products from GetUrth.com

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