It’s been a while since we brought you The Beauty Products We’re Dying to Try sub-series of our Covet Fridays ritual. Last time we did this we highlighted the men’s essential grooming list.
If you missed it, we highlighted one of the essentials is a good facial cleanser, which we’re appalled that more men don’t use. It can seriously fix your complexion, and it takes less than 2 minutes to do. We’ve seen some products we’re interested in trying – have you given any of these a go?
If you’re new to facial cleansing, here are some of our tips for keeping it low maintenance, but effective. Stick with these and you’ll have clear complexion in no time, which everyone knows can make the shaving scene a lot easier.
- Washing your face at night is the most important, getting all the grime off from the day. Washing your face too much can strip it of its natural oils, so play it cool and do twice a day max.
- Exfoliant (the stuff with the course texture) should only be used once a week and is good fo getting rid of dead skin cells.
- Your face can reflect what you eat – oily foods can cause breakouts.
- Don’t pick zits. We like toothpaste as an overnight spot treatment because it makes the pimple come to a head faster, which leads to faster healing time. And, everyone has toothpaste.
- Buy facial cleansers that match your skin type: dry, normal, oily, or combo.
- Use alcohol free cleansers, particularly if you have dry skin (cream-based products are the best).
- Look for organic versions that don’t have sulfates or parabens. You wouldn’t shit on your face so don’t put a bunch of potentially toxic ingredients you can’t pronounce there either.
Burt’s Bees Mango & Orange Scrub, Bulldog face wash, Maca Root face wash, Yes to Tomatoes purifying cleanser, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel, Lush Coal Face
We love a good cause, so Lem Lem is a no brainer for us. Former supermodel and World Health Organization ambassador Liya Kebede is helping stimulate jobs for weavers in her homeland of Ethiopia. Lemlem means “to flourish or bloom,” and thanks to Kebede’s support in preserving this ancient art form, she is stimulating the Ethiopian economy and producing fashion we can be proud to wear. You can see more about the handmade process here.
What we’re loving about Lemlem’s current collection is it’s effortless and breezy feel. Its organic muslin and rustic, weathered look are threaded throughout the collection, giving a refreshing dose of cohesiveness.
To check out more, visit http://www.lemlem.com.
Our long-time readers know that we fully support eco fashion. Thus, you could imagine our outrage when learning that Zimbabwe had recently been reinstated into the Kimberley Process, despite evidence that its diamond mining in Marange funds corruption and violence.
Here is an image created by an ethical jeweler in the UK that compiles all of the evidence against this controversial issue. If you give a damn, please share this and remember to only purchase ethically-sourced precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones.
(via Ingle & Rhode Ethical Diamonds).
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We think Caudalie’s “vinotherapie” spa and beauty product line is genius. Owners and sweethearts, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, created this skincare line in 1993 after learning the antioxidant powers of wine. It uses a patented technique of using stabilized grape seed polyphenols in its products and is – wait for it – an eco line to boot, free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and artificial colorings.
Caudalie’s products are available on its website, Sephora, and at one of its spa locations (US location is The Plaza Hotel in NYC). While its spa treatments are a bit pricey, you’ll be happy to know its products are affordable. Let the healing power of wine begin!
To learn more, check out http://www.caudalie-usa.com.
Natalie Frigo makes ethical jewelry by hand from her Manhattan studio. She uses an ancient practices of metalsmithing and ‘cire perdue’ (known as lost-wax casting) that creates absolutely gorgeous organic forms.
While every piece is beautiful, our favorites come from her ring collection. She excels in unique costume and engagement rings that use conflict-free gemstones and recycled materials. Moreover, she only sources from mines that not only produce ethical stones, but also provides safe working conditions and living wages to its workers. Plus, the mines cannot damage the environment by releasing chemicals and unsustainable methods if it wants Natalie’s business. This is definitely a business we can get behind.
To learn more about Natalie Frigo and to show the collection, visit http://www.bynataliefrigo.com.
As you probably know, we’re currently hosting a contest giving away a 3-month Julep Maven program membership. As part of this week’s contest, we are giving you an exclusive sneak peak at what is included in the Maven Program package each month. Julep sent us one month free to give our readers a sneak peek at the contest prize, and trust us – it’s good!
HAVEN’T ENTERED THE CONTEST YET? DO SO HERE BEFORE IT ENDS FEB 3RD!
If you’re interested in hearing more about what the Maven Program is and what we thought about it continue reading for an honest in-depth review.
We are so excited to announce ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re hosting a contest with our friends over at Julep to give one lucky winner a 3-MONTH MEMBERSHIP TO JULEP’S MAVEN PROGRAM! Trust us, it’s good – we received a complimentary box to try it out and will be posting a review on Wednesday as part of this week’s contest!
What is Julep’s Maven Program? It’s a monthly membership with local-Seattle nail salon, Julep. The Maven Program gives it’s members beauty editor treatment – sending hand-picked beauty items from Julep’s new beauty product line every month! That means you see the products before everyone else! Oh, and you know what else we love about Julep? All of it’s polishes are free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin and $1 from every Julep Nail Vernis sale is donated to organizations that empower women.
What can you expect to receive in this monthly package? Over $40 worth of products each month customized in a beauty editor Sneak Peek box, featuring new, never before released colors and treatments. The package may even include some cult favorites and invitations to exclusive Julep Maven online events. Oh, yea, and you receive 20% off Julep.com purchases and FREE SHIPPING.
This prize is typically $19.99 a month, for a total of about $60! But it is yours or a loved one’s FREE if you win this EC exclusive contest. THIS IS A PERFECT GIFT FOR VALENTINE’S DAY – either for yourself or the special lady in your life!
SO HOW DO YOU ENTER?
Simply LEAVE A COMMENT on this post telling us who this prize is for and why they deserve it. And single ladies, this is a perfect opportunity to pamper yourself for the holiday!
Second, LIKE JULEP AND THE EMERALD CLOSET ON FACEBOOK! You must like us to win, but if you’re already one of our lovely followers let us know in the comments!
Hurry! The contest ends on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3RD AT 3:00 PM PST! When the contest ends, be ready to receive an email – we will be notifying the winner right away and organizing delivery so that you or your loved one receives this for Valentine’s Day!
BEST OF LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Keep your eyes out for our review of the Maven Program on Wednesday!
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When perusing Totokaelo a few weeks ago, I came across some beautiful minimalist rings by Mociun. I was drooling and needed to check out what else was available in the collection.
I found out the line is the brain child of Caitlin Mociun, and she makes more than just jewelry. She designs jewelry, clothing, accessories, and even ceramics for both men and women. The aesthetic? Graphic. She draws inspiration from the Bauhaus movement and photographer Karl Blossfeldt.
Besides the striking designs, what really draws me to Mociun is that she uses sustainable products whenever possible. She strives to use recycled, organic and alternative materials, and frequently uses local production in hopes of giving back to the community.
While all of her products are amazing, the jewelry steals the show. I featured one of my favorite pieces of Mociun’s jewelry in my 2012 birthday wish list post. However, here are some of my other favorite pieces from her current collection.
Oh, and Mociun reflects even more of her cool-girl style on her blog. A delightful and inspiring read.
To check out more of her jewelry, visit her website: http://www.mociun.com.
Adria wears glasses. Hell, over 60% of the US population wears glasses. Thus, we thought it was about time to highlight some of the websites that are offering up some eye-catching style.
However, we’re not talking just any eyewear websites, but organizations that are giving back to those in need or providing eco styles. Whether you need to fill a prescription or are just looking for fashionable frames, here are the eyewear websites that are doing good and giving back.
If you are looking for frames of the vintage variety, look no further. Mezzmer has styles for both men and women, with an emphasis on thick framed eyewear. What’s even better is Mezzmer will send you five pairs of glasses to sample, free of charge. Oh yea, and Mezzmer donates a portion of sales to one of five charities, which you choose upon checkout. Visit Mezzmer.com.
We’re always a fan of giving back, and this site does just that. Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a person in need for every frame that is purchased. Warby Parker also allows you to sample 5 frames at home before purchasing similar to Mezzmer. However, unlike Mezzmer, Warby Parker also offers sunglasses options for both men and women. Visit WarbyParker.com.
All of Eco Optics glasses are made with 95% recycled material. Eco Optics provides optical and sunglasses options for both sexes. What is even more interesting is it has a growing community of environmentalists and eco-friendly souls that can sign up to share stories. Visit Eco-Optics.com.
Similar to Warby Parker, Portland-based 141 Eyewear gives a pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair purchased. That’s one for one. Visit 141Eyewear.com.
And of course there is always TOMS, the mainstream pioneer of the “buy a pair, give a pair” concept. What makes TOMS awesome is that you can upload a photo of yourself to virtually try on different pairs of glasses before purchasing. However, note that TOMS only sells non-prescription sunglasses at this time. Visit TOMS.com.
Welcome to “Beauty Products We’re Dying to Try,” a new subset of the Covet Fridays series that highlights our obsession with beauty & grooming products.
I wasn’t always as obsessed with grooming products as I am now.
It took a lot of cajoling by my now wife through the years and a few persuasive hair dressers to get me to try a few new products, and I’ll be honest the process was slow. However, I finally became a bit more adventurous and as I found items I liked, I never went back. Grooming products are now a staple in my daily routine.
I think all men should embrace grooming products. Both Adria and I find a lot of males don’t use even the basic necessities, like moisturizer and hand lotion. And we found the men who particularly need these items (ie. their faces or hands are flaking off) are the most resistant to grooming products.
Whether it’s laziness, a fear of appearing too feminine, or just a lack of knowledge (and therefore embarrassment of trying to learn), men need to fit grooming products into their routine.
Thus, we’re here to ease the transition and hopefully help the men out there find ways to implement grooming products into their lifestyle. Whether you are just starting out or are a grooming product connoisseur looking to find new items to try, we’ll pick out the items you need to know about.
This week, we’re starting with the basics. I’ll highlight what you should fit into your daily routine and which items I’ve found are the best. I have a slant toward the eco variety, but I’ll also recommend some others. While these are items that are tried-and-true, and might not make sense for our “Covet Fridays” series, I seriously “covet” for all men to embrace male grooming products, and I hope this introductory lesson will affect change and inspire you to start implementing the basics into your daily ritual.
Moisturizer - If you use only one grooming product, make it moisturizer. This is meant for your face and is vital for ensuring your skin stays healthy and free of dryness/flaking. Always choose one with SPF, which protects your face from sun damage. Apply daily after shaving (when applicable, helps eliminate razor burn). Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15, $14.99.
Facial Cleanser - Most guys we know don’t use facial cleanser, which is folly, especially if you are acne prone. You’re supposed to wash your face every night before bed, but including it into your shower routine should suffice. They have different types depending on your skin type (oily vs. dry, sensitive vs. normal), and most brands account for these differences, so determine your skin type before purchasing. I have sensitive and combination skin (both oily and dry, joy), so I use Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser, $36, which is a great all-around facial cleanser.
Hand Lotion - As men, we’re rough on our hands, so hand lotion is especially important. Note, body and hand lotion are NOT meant for your face (leave that for the moisturizer), as they are heavier and can clog your facial pores. Especially if you are prone to dry skin and don’t want to hold a ladies hand with chapped hands, hand lotion is a must. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $20.
Sunscreen - Ask any man on the street, most will probably say they don’t use sunscreen. I’ll admit, I don’t apply everyday (minus what is included in my facial moisturizer). However, if I know I’ll be out in the sun for the day, I always make sure to throw some on. Skin cancer isn’t something to mess with, so it’s always best to be safe than sorry. Plus, you can find easy spray one varieties, which makes the “it takes too long” excuse void. Banana Boat UltraMist Continuous Spray Sunscreen, Sports Performance SPF 50, $9.50.
Chapstick - Dry lips = not kissable. Enough said. Burt’s Bee’s Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm, $4.
Tweezers - Get over it: If you are prone to uni-brow, just man up and start tweezing when needed. This is one of the first thing women notice about men, and it could make or break your success rate with the ladies. If you have a lady, ask her to do it if you don’t know where to start. Trust us, she’ll love you for it. Tweezers, $25.
Hair Styling Product - Not all men style their hair, but if you do these are the items we’ve found work the best and add structure without the stiff, sticky mess. MOP defining cream, $14.50. TIGI Bed Head Hair Stick, $17.50.
Facial Exfoliant - They say you should exfoliate your face once or twice a week to eliminate dead skin cells and ensure healthy skin. However, most men probably won’t do this, so we put this under basics for the men who have super dry skin. Sometimes moisturizer isn’t enough, so to eliminate those flakes, use a facial exfoliant (which is gentler than body exfoliants) weekly. They are characterized by having beads in the cream, which scrub away dead skin. They also prep your skin for shaving and eliminate likelihood of razor burn. The Body Shop Maca Root Face Scrub, $14.
Shampoo and Conditioner - Most of us wash our hair, so hopefully you have some of this in your shower already. However, you might not use conditioner, which is great for making sure your hair is silky smooth and ready for touching (a plus for the lady in your life). Loma Awareness Daily Shampoo and Loma Intensity Deep Conditioner, $54 for both.
Shaving Cream - I prefer cream vs foam shaving cream because I think it is more moisturizing and eliminates the chance of cuts. Kiss my Face Moisture Shaving Cream, $7.95.
Deoderant - I hope you have deoderant covered, but just in case (or if you want to try something new), my favorite is Old Spice Red Zone Antiperspirant and Deoderant in Pure Sport, $4.