All posts filed under: grooming

Do it yourself

Before I was introduced to the new Panasonic Precision Wet/Dry Beard & Hair Trimmer – ER-GB42, I would find myself going to the barber every other week to groom my beard. Being able to groom your beard is a skill every man that grows one should learn. Especially during times like this when we’re all stuck at home, you need to be able to take care of yourself and your appearance – not to mention it saves you a ton of money. Grooming your beard is very much trial and error – you learn what you like and what you don’t like as you go. You also learn how dark and light you like your beard in certain parts of your face. If you screw up, don’t get discouraged. It will grow back quickly! If you have been following my stories on Instagram, you saw me shopping for a new beard trimmer since my old trimmer is not only obsolete but died on me while I was midway through my trim. Looking for a great …

The guy with the hair

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene for MMI Agency. All opinions are 100% mine. I have been very fortunate to have had a full head of hair since I was a little boy—I feel I was always known as “The Guy with The Hair.” But with great hair comes great responsibility: Taking good care of it to keep it healthy, and of course styling it. I put a lot of effort behind my hair and therefore I genuinely feel proud when getting compliments on it. One of the most asked questions that I get on social media is “what products do you use for your hair?” That’s a good question but in order to get my hair looking great and picture ready, not only does it depend on styling products, but it also depends on technique, your hairstylist and how often you cut it— all necessary components, but none of them would make a difference if I don’t have a base of healthy hair. Let’s begin with the root …

FRESH AND CLEAN WITH OLAY

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. I have a complicated relationship with my skin –my face is moody, some days it is glowing and other days it is red, however it looks best when I’m tan, hence why I´m constantly on a beach. I have a skin condition called dermatitis so I really have to be on top of taking care of my skin. Like most men, I am a little messy, and I do not wash my face every day before going to bed, but I do have a morning routine. A moisturizer is very important but it won’t work correctly if I don’t clean my face properly. Cleaning my face before applying moisturizer is key to keeping my face looking good and my skin condition in check. I am always very open to trying new products because science is moving forward. And every day, there’s a new discovery and advancement in medication or a new technique, and that’s why I …

FIRST INSTINCT | ABERCROMBIE&FITCH

When you feel that the top notes in this perfume are Gin & Tonic you immediately think this is a night out fragrance, a party perfume, meant for vibrant guys,  that are outgoing and spontaneous, a go-getter. For me, that I am no longer a kid but still young I find it revitalizing and energetic. The melon note on First Instinct makes it fun, flirty yet masculine, tropical without making you think of one of Carmen Miranda’s hats. This is a perfume I would wear every day to the gym, to the office, on date or night out. Price range is pretty affordable and would make a great gift for you or for a friend, boyfriend, brother, for any man in your life that needs a boost in confidence with a perfume. Make sure you try it when you see it, this is my second bottle and I picked up both at Penha.            

MONTBLANC’S LEGEND NIGHT

LEGEND is the latest fragrance from Montblanc and the latest addition to my personal collection. [true life: I’m addicted to colognes]. What I was looking for when I took LEGEND with me was a perfume to wear for a night out of town, a perfume that will transition from day to night easily. Most guys tend to wear just one cologne, I, on the other hand, am not like most guys. I like to wear different perfumes for different events depending on situations or time of the day. Every guy should own at least two, one for the day and the other for the evening. Legend for me is the perfect cologne for any evening event, from a soirée to cocktails at the beach bar. LEGEND has a strong presence without being overpowering, it has a softness to it that gives it the important versatility characteristic. LEGEND is very masculine, fresh, lively, sensual, modern for a confident man. Quite irresistible when combining with your own natural scent. I picked up my LEGEND NIGHT by Montblanc …

Bye Bye Raccoon Eyes

You wake up, wash your face and stare at that mirror at those deep dark circles around your eyes. They bring you down and ruin your day before it even started. You feel like you’ve tried it all and are ready to give up. Well, don’t! There’s a solution for it! Some of us suffer from this condition due to genetics, while others get these dark circles after a long day of work, having a bad night of sleep, or just simply because you’re partying too hard at Gusto (AKA ME!) These dark circles or how I prefer to call it the raccoon eyes is a common condition that doesn’t discriminate gender, age or social status. Meaning, anyone can get them. The solution to avoid these dark circles is the Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair. This cream will work wonders. It is a lifting, anti-wrinkle, dark circle reducing eye cream for men. How does it work? You apply it every day, and that is the only way it will work! This is not considered makeup to …

CLINIQUE FOR MEN

My face tends to look shiny, and the heat in Aruba doesn’t really help. I recently tried the Oil Control mattifying moisturizer by Clinique For Men which I really love for two beneficial reasons, moisturize my skin and keeping my face from looking oily and give it a more matte finish. You can wash your face multiple times and no matter how clean it is it will get shiny throughout the day, it’s only natural. However, you can control that with the new cream from Clinique. Some guys use some grooming products and make up applications, I typically use some products for photo-shoots and such, however, as far as a daily routine goes– I usually apply this Clinique moisturizer after the shower in the morning. I picked up this product at Penha a while back and have been using it religiously since. So, kids, if you’re looking for a cream that will help with the shine and keep you looking proper at all times, look no further. All those photos and selfies that you will …

FIRST INSTINCT GIVEWAY | PENHA & ABERCROMBIE&FITCH FOR MEN

So… Penha and I have decided to partner to give away the newest fragrance from Abercrombie & Fitch, this brand new perfume was designed by Phillippe Romano; he said: “I wanted to create a modern fragrance that balances both the fresh elements of fougère with oriental warmth. All the notes together, create a scent with worldwide appeal for the Abercrombie & Fitch man and beyond.” First Instinct, an oriental fougère, is intended for “the confident man who is not afraid to express his feelings.” The top notes include an aromatic gin & tonic accord combined with Kiwano melon, so it makes it perfect for a night out in my opinion but I used it in the mornings also. If you have been following me on snapchat, you have seen me spray it after the gym. Middle notes offer spicy Szechuan pepper, airy violet leaves and tangy citrusand.These ingridients will get the attention from everybody. Now, the basenotes are comprised of sueded musk with raw amber. The beautiful bottle has the appearance of undulating water. The silver …

BEARD OIL | KIEHL’S

If I had a penny for every time my friends or strangers ask me what I do to groom my beard… I always recommend beard oil, is the best and the only thing you need. Finally a well-known brand like Kiehl’s put on the market a beard oil. I tried it for a couple of weeks, I used 3 times a week, sometimes more, depending how many times I go to the beach. It is very lightweight which is important, you don’t wanna feel oily, it softens the facial hair to keep it looking nice and groomed. It is very important to use beard oil also to help the skin, some of the itchiness, when you are starting to grow your beard, is because it gets dry. Kiehl’s oil has an earthy blend of fresh Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus essential oils. The Pradaxa oil softens and smooths coarse facial hair and nourishes the skin underneath while gentle exfoliating actives smooth dry, itchy skin.Blend of Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Eucalyptus essential oils provides a fresh, earthy aromatic experience. …

MAISON CAULIÈRES

A few months ago I was introduced to MAISON CAULIÈRES. My first impressions based on their website were really great, I thought it was an outstanding product based solely on the descriptions of each scent. A good Illustration of a product, specially those who you cannot appreciate just by their looks, is really important. Packaging isn’t everything when it comes to perfumes, it helps a lot but still is a mystery when you purchase fragrances and cosmetics online. I had the joy to get one of their dry oils, body mist, bath oil and some other MAISON CAULIÈRES products, each of different scents. I was pleasantly astonished by the different aromas and scents, all different, all very distinctive and unique. You can expect to have an extra-sensorial experience while using them. You know what they say about aroma therapy, these products can and will relax you with their perfumes. I have to say, I trust many skin products, some are better than other but here’s the great thing about MAISON CAULIÈRES, they’re not just good, they’re fragrances, their …

BEARD BRUSH FROM BROOKLYN GROOMING

Brooklyn Grooming is introducing their limited edition handmade wooden beard brush and since I love all things BK I had to get one. This brush features their signature octopus logo engraved. This is such an iconic grooming accessory and the perfect gift for beard lovers! It is made of soft natural boar bristles, perfect for keeping your beard looking neat and tidy. It’s so lightweight for ease of use on-the-go with a beautiful Natural Wood Finish. Fits perfectly within the hand. You can buy the Brooklyn Grooming Brush clicking HERE!    

SHOWER WITH ME – OLIVELLA

So, here’s the thing with Olivella, when I go shopping at the supermarket, I sometimes like to experiment with new products, especially with soap bars, yeah, I know… we all have our strange habits. I am very old fashioned when it comes to soap, I like bars, I can’t use liquid soap, I do not like it. Anyways, I saw this Olivella soap, made of olive oil, and it smelled good, so I decided to give it a try, I’m talking 6 months ago, perhaps more… well, this is the only soap I use ever since. Olivella Bar Soap is made from 100% Virgin Olive Oil. You will be pleased to discover that their natural bar soap contains no animal fats, no harsh man-made chemicals, no dyes nor color additives. In fact Olivella Bar Soap was awarded as number 1 rated Face and Body Bar Soap from Allure Magazine December 2010. Olivella Bar Soap is a fan favorite. Their patented technology is filled with natural vitamins and anti-aging properties all found in 100% virgin olive oil. These soaps …

KIEHL´S FACE MASKS

So, I have these new masks by Kiehl´s that you have to try, taking care of your skin, especially your face should be a priority in your life… why? that’s the first thing people see, your face! In my case not only that but since I spend so much time in the sun, I need to take care of it. First we have the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. This mask will brighten and energise the look of your skin, helping it not to look tired and dull. It will restore the appearance of your face, making it look healthy and rosy. It is made out of turmeric, which is rich in antioxidants that will brighten your skin, also, cranberry seed extract which contains more antioxidants and the crushed seeds work exfoliating your face. How to use it? it is so simple and quick. First you have to clean your face, then you apply it and wait till it dries for 10min, rinse it with warm water will you gently massage your skin in …

BIG SMILE | Elite Sonic Toothbrush

So, Actually… This is my first electric toothbrush. I’ve always been curious about them but I never had the chance to buy one or use one, so I got myself one, not a simple one but the best one in the market, the Elite Sonic Toothbrush! Big name for a great equipment. At 40,000 brush strokes per minute, the Elite Sonic Toothbrush blasts away plaque while gently polishing your teeth for a whiter, brighter smile. The lab tested UV Sanitizing Charging Base kills germs and bacteria while keeping your brush charged for the next use. The 30 Second Area Change Alert and Two Minute Smart Auto Timer make it easy to meet the dentist recommended brushing time. Made of the highest quality DuPont bristles, the Elite Sonic brush head is uniquely designed to get your teeth sparkling clean. Your Bright Smile Starts Here. UV Sanitizer – Kills 99% of germs and bacteria that accumulate on your brush head 40,000 Strokes per Minute – Maximum sonic cleaning power Two Minute Smart Auto Timer – Easily meet recommended brush time …

Spin your skin with the King

So, actually I’ve always seen this product and kept telling myself I needed to buy one. Thanks to Vanity Planet I got one and it is as good as i thought it would be. The Spin for Perfect Skin takes face washing to a new level. Easily attain flawless skin with the use of this powerful and safe rotary action device. The gently spinning movement of the brush head thoroughly cleanses, exfoliates, and lifts dirt and oil trapped deep in your pores. The result is radiant skin that will have you beaming. How to use it? It is so simple, just watch the video below. Why is this little machine good? 33% reduced pores 93% clearer appearance 97% bacteria removal Use with cleanser to remove bacteria & eliminate dirt Visible skin clarity after 3 days of use The Spin for Perfect skin is a simple tool to help your skin look flawless. A powerful and safe rotary action gently spins the head of the device to thoroughly cleanse, exfoliate, and lift dirts and oils trapped …

MODERN GENTLEMAN BEARD GROOM KIT | VANITY PLANET

Keeping a beard healthy and good looking is an art. You’ve seen me sporting a beard for… 3 years now? I feel like a pro. I’m using BirchRose + Co. products from Vanity Planet for the past week and they’re excellent. The Modern Gentleman Beard Groom Kit is a collection of three essential products that every bearded man should own. These waxes and oil encourage healthy facial hair and keep it looking good. Promotes healthy beard growth Helps soften hair follicles Contains organic ingredients Supplies 3 essential products The Modern Gentleman Beard Groom Kit includes three specific products that will take your beard to a whole new level. The Beard Oil is an aromatic blend of organic essential oils. Notes of cedar wood, sage & sweet orange are paired with plant powered carrier oils. This layered cocktail will leave your beard feeling soft, looking shiny, and will also promote healthy new growth. The Beard Balm is an combination of organic butters & conditioning beeswax, infused with the clean & crisp aroma of bergamot, and hints of …

BEARD CARE | BROOKLYN GROOMING

So… I’ve been sporting a beard for the past… 3 years ish? At the beginning I was just letting it grow and I trimmed it once in a while but didn’t really take care of it. It was itchy at times, skin was red sometimes, specially here in Aruba when you sweat so much at the beach or when you go clubbing. I WAS USING REGULAR SHAMPOO to wash it…. I was doing it all wrong! Well, then i discovered many products for the beard and one of the best brands out there is Brooklyn Grooming. In this post I will show you parts of my ritual when it comes to take care of my beard. So, let’s get started. First you need the soap! Beard soap is not like regular soap, the recipe is a goldmine of natural, organic skin-enhancers. Hand-harvested local clay—essence of the earth itself—is infused with shea butter and a choice blend of luxurious, soothing oils. The subtle aroma is an unburdening whisper of earth, wood, flower and herb designed to gently …

Grooming, perfumes and stuff…

I like to use beauty, grooming and styling products… you need to look good if you wanna play this game and you always can use some help, not all of us are like you, my beloved reader, naturally beautiful…. some of us need some extra help :p For my beard here’s the Brooklyn Grooming’s balm. You know those fly-aways hairs after you trim? This balm helps to put them in place, also makes your beard softer, for me that I am constantly sunbathing at the beach this is a great product. Also you can style and shape your beard with it and it looks glossy and shinny, is not that strong but it helps a lot and is good for your skin.I use it probably 3 or 4 times a week. The beard oil from The Groomed Man Co. … They smell SO GOOD, specially the mint one, i don’t know if it is because I love mojitos, but that mint one is really something, the one featured here is the Morning Wood, i know… what a name! But …