(BPT) - If you’re a guy with scruff, you may be interested to know some cities are more welcoming of your whiskers than others. The annual list of "Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America" from men’s grooming leader Wahl is here, and this year a southern city is the hottest haven for the hairy.
The big D is known for having some of the biggest sports fans. These Dallas devotees are also known for their follicular fortitude. For example, The Mavs ManiAACs, a beloved brood of bearded basketball fans, are one of the reasons the city jumped up two spots from last year. The city’s music scene, beard-friendly workplaces, and multiple beard and mustache clubs also didn’t hurt in achieving the title of America’s No. 1 hairy haven.
For a city that once rose from the ashes, Atlanta still smolders with style. In fact, game day grooming for its sports teams often includes extra face flair, proving you’ll find fuzz on more than peaches in the ATL.
3. Washington, D.C.
The U.S. capital’s rich facial hair history may be why the city has hovered near the top of the list for the last few years. Notable figures boasting winning whiskers include General Burnside and Abraham Lincoln, whose statue at the Lincoln Memorial proudly boasts a full beard that he likes to "reflect on" daily.
Could infamous cold winters have something to do with abounding facial fuzz? We think this means of survival is also a statement of manly fashion in the Midwestern city once graced by late “Minneapolis sound” and facial hair icon, Prince.
Built on the logging industry, the lumberjack beard never lost its touch in Seattle, making it a top 10 facial hair contender for four years running. What’s more, beards and brews naturally go together, and Seattle is known for brewing up great beer as well as its better-looking counterpart, the beard.
6. San Francisco
The capital of cultural bohemianism, San Francisco has a rich hipster culture, which all but demands a sweet ‘stache and complementary skinny jeans. The land of fog and all things fabulous is home to the Golden Gate Bridge and a gold rush of facial hair catapulting them up four spots this year.
7. Portland, Ore.
Portland may be a well-kept secret; however, it’s no secret it’s a hip and happening place boasting food trucks aplenty, coffee shops galore and facial hair for days. The largest and rapidly growing city in Oregon is rich in history, and has more bearded bicyclists per capita than any other U.S. city.
Known as the heart of the American auto industry, Motor City revved up a hot 26 spots to make the top 10 list. Could this be because all good mechanics have rockin’ beards? Since this city is on the upswing with thriving arts and architecture, we think facial hair is there to stay.
“Houston” was the first spoken word from the moon, meaning it’s only right that Houstonians sport out-of-this-world facial hair. Speaking of sports, the city is home to six professional major league teams, and we all know athletes like to show off unique scruff — thank you, #FeartheBeard.
Not all pizza and hot dogs, the Windy City means business when it comes to tall buildings and street style that’s inclusive of facial hair. With scruff becoming more widely accepted in the workplace, it’s not surprising Chi-town jumped up eight spots to make the top 10 list.
Didn’t see your city in the top 10? Check out Wahl’s complete list of "Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities" for 2017 at https://grooming.wahl.com/community/whats-new.
Whether or not your city made the list, every guy can do his city proud. As the Official Sponsor of Facial Hair, Wahl is looking to sponsor the most fantastic of follicles with its annual Wahl Man of the Year contest. The winner will receive $1,500 and be featured in a national ad. The contest runs through Sept. 28, 2017. More information, including how to enter and official rules, can be found at OfficialSponsorOfFacialHair.com.
If you wish you had more time to get ready in the morning, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of shortcuts you can take during your morning routine that can give you more time to sleep, eat or just make it to work on time without having to sacrifice looking anything but your best. With these time-saving tips, you’ll be out the door and glowing faster than you think.
Time-Saving Tips to Get Up and Get Glowing
(Family Features) If you wish you had more time to get ready in the morning, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are plenty of shortcuts you can take during your morning routine that can give you more time to sleep, eat or just make it to work on time without having to sacrifice looking anything but your best.
Leading beauty and lifestyle personality Laura Lee, who has more than 4 million followers across her social media platforms, provides these time-saving tips to improve your morning ritual. With Lee’s recommendations, you’ll be out the door and glowing faster than you think.
Get everything together the night before. Get yourself prepared for the day ahead by laying out everything you’ll need the night before. Picking out your clothing, laying out makeup, gathering your car keys and any other essentials, packing your lunch and charging your cellphone before you go to sleep can save you time when you get in a morning crunch.
Multitask in the shower. Turn the tedious, time-consuming tasks of applying sunless tanner and moisturizing into something quick, seamless and simple by incorporating it into your daily shower routine. The easiest way, according to Lee, is to use a product like Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, which is available in in fair-to-medium and medium-to-tan shades and made to be applied to wet skin right after you shower to lock in moisture and gradually build natural-looking color.
“As someone who is constantly on social media, one of the first questions I always get asked is ‘How do I get my signature glow?’” Lee said. “A great look doesn’t end with your makeup, it goes beyond highlighting and contouring the face. To get a head-to-toe flawless look, I use Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. It’s so easy to use and saves me a ton of time.”
After showering, simply turn off the water and apply the moisturizer to wet skin then towel off as usual. Natural-looking color gradually develops in 3-5 days.
Release clothing wrinkles. When you’re crunched for time in the morning, one of the last things you want to do is get out the iron and ironing board. Instead, hang your clothes near the shower to allow the steam to release some of the wrinkles. If that doesn’t do the trick, Lee suggests putting your outfit in the dryer with a damp cloth and running it for a few minutes.
For more information, find Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizers at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide or visit jergens.com.SOURCE:
(BPT) - Whether you're looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood's red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration.
Fortunately, many of today's hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada has tips to help you recreate your favorite red carpet looks in less time than you'd think.
1. Get glowing with toner
Celebrities always seem to have a special "glow" on the red carpet with dewy, fresh skin. This effect is intentional and it all starts with proper hydration.
To achieve luminous skin, Matin starts by spraying the face with a toner or rose water to balance the skin. He likes to pair this glowing look with dramatic eyes and a soft pink lip.
2. Apply foundation
Get flawless skin thanks to perfectly blended foundation. For better application, Matin's quick tip is to always warm the foundation first.
"To get a sheer wash of foundation, I warm the foundation up in my hands before evenly distributing it on the brush and then I wipe the excess off the back of my hand," he says. "This helps it blend seamlessly into the skin."
3. Prime the lips
Whether you're going for a nude lip or a bold hue, oftentimes, all eyes are on the perfect pout. Before applying any product to the lips, it's important to ensure they are prepped and smooth. Matin starts with ChapStick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate the lips and remove any dead skin cells.
"I love this scrub because it is made from naturally sourced ingredients, including sugar crystals, maracuja and coconut oils, shea butter and vitamin E," he says. "It leaves the lips soft and smooth and turns them into a perfect canvas for any other products I will apply."
4. Swap lip liner for concealer
Matin recommends shaping the lip line with concealer rather than a lip liner to add definition. Contouring around the lip creates a natural-looking full pout. The bonus is that it prevents any color from bleeding, just as a liner would.
5. Bring out your natural beauty
Tinted lip balms are great for a beautiful, subtle lip. Matin's go-to is ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint because it adds a hint of color to enhance the lips' natural color, while providing moisturizing benefits the lips need. It's currently available in three shades - Rose Petal, Merlot and Coral Blush - so there is a tint for any occasion.
"Tinted lip balms are perfect for creating a naturally beautiful lip look," says Matin. "Not only do they provide alluring color to the lips, but it is also easy to maintain throughout the night."
6. Use soft shades for a dramatic eye
One of Matin's favorite trends seen on this year's red carpets is the pairing of a sheer lip and strong eye. This classic look is ideal for any age because it lets your true beauty shine while drawing the focus to the eyes. Matin recommends using a lighter pencil to get started and then smudging with a brush. You can use a powder shadow to fill in space and add definition.
"For a dramatic eye, start with softer shades until you get the hang of it," he says. "Use beige, taupe or grey to get a smoky effect that adds depth and drama."
With these simple tips, anyone can recreate popular trends and add some glam to their daily look. You may not be walking down a red carpet, but you're sure to get noticed and feel beautiful. For more information on Matin's favorite lip products, visit www.chapstick.com.
New Year’s resolutions typically focus on reactive goals like losing weight or getting back into that workout routine. However, thinking about resolutions in a more proactive, long-term way can give you more motivation and the willpower to stick with it. A commitment to proactive total body care, including these tips, can keep your body and mind tuned up, allowing you to do more of what you love in 2017 and beyond.
A Total Body Approach to a New You
A commitment to proactive total body care, including these tips from Massage Envy, can keep your body and mind tuned up, allowing you to do more of what you love in 2017 and beyond.
Feel confident by upping your skincare
A daily hydrating moisturizer with SPF does double duty to protect and hydrate. Regular facials that cater to your skin’s unique needs can also help minimize wrinkles, cleanse pores, encourage skin cell renewal and improve overall tone and texture.
Live happier and stress free
Veg out on the good stuff
If you started off with a commitment to eating better in the New Year, push hard to stick to it. Before long, you’ll find yourself automatically making smarter choices when it comes to mealtime, and when you put good fuel in your body, you get better results.
Including total body care in your resolutions this year and beyond can create positive changes that last a lifetime. Visit MassageEnvy.com to learn more about steps you can take to boost your overall well-being.
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(BPT) - Smart skincare is essential year-round to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. During the colder months, it becomes especially critical as temperatures, humidity and air quality are in flux — not to mention your calendar, which is sure to be packed with seasonal festivities.
By upgrading your skincare regimen this winter, you can better protect your skin through dry conditions and maintain a healthy glow between your daily activities and holiday happenings. Whether you’re getting glam for a gathering, hitting the ski slopes or holiday shopping for that special someone, taking care of your skin is key to looking and feeling your best!
Shine with refined, smoothed skin.
The secret to maintaining healthy looking, dewy skin is to find skincare products that help refine the appearance of pores. While cold air visibly shrinks pores, lower humidity levels can actually increase excess oil production and cause irritated, clogged pores.
When choosing your skincare products, look for those designed to retexturize your skin. Formulas with scientifically proven ingredients like oat extract help exfoliate the skin to unclog pores, while lentil seed extract, which is high in antioxidants, can reduce the appearance of pores. Additionally, java tea extract is known for its oil control properties. Such ingredients are used in products like Artistry Advanced Skin Refinisher, which is a great addition for your skincare regimen.
Always remember to moisturize skin and stay hydrated.
This goes for every climate and season, as skin cells require water to stay healthy and resist environmental damage. In the winter, harsher climates often see lower humidity, which requires extra hydrating skincare for defense.
Moisturize at least twice daily. In the morning, moisturizers are the perfect base for your makeup to avoid flaky skin while you’re out and about. Complement it with nourishing foundations for smooth, flawless coverage, and toss a compact foundation with moisturizer in your bag to reapply on the go.
For intensive hydration, consider denser moisturizing creams like Artistry Supreme LX Regenerating Cream and Eye Cream, which also have anti-aging benefits. “These formulas contain multi-phase technology to replenish, energize, repair and protect skin so it looks and performs more like it did when it was younger,” says Dr. Sumita Butani, global product innovation lead for Artistry by Amway. “Using moisturizers with an added anti-aging effect from powerful ingredients like gardenia grandiflora stem cell extract is particularly crucial in dry weather, when your skin is more susceptible to dullness and dryness.”
If moisturizing creams feel too heavy on your skin during the day, opt for a lotion for a light and refreshing boost. Then, as you’re unwinding at night, reapplying moisturizers after removing makeup and cleansing is a great way to revitalize the skin for the day ahead. It’s like giving your skin a big glass of water!
Of course, don’t forget to drink water as well. Eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about two liters, gives your skin a refreshing reservoir. Coffee, tea and soda have a diuretic effect that counteracts hydration, so try to limit your intake of those beverages.
Indulge once in a while, inside and out.
In addition to your daily skincare regimen, pick a day or two each week to pamper your skin even further with a revitalizing mineral-based mask or peel. Try moisturizing masks packed with hydrolipids to lock in moisture, and soothing fragrances, like cucumber and lavender, for a full, relaxing experience.
Every now and then, take time to truly self-indulge, such as by making yourself a cup of herbal tea, soaking in a hot bath or diving into that book you’ve put on hold.
"The holidays are all about focusing on quality time with family and friends, but it's also so important to invest energy into my own physical and emotional wellness so I can feel my best," says Amway Independent Business Owner Carrie Bohlig. "I practice good self-care by keeping on top of my skincare regimen and making time for my at-home spa treatment using Artistry Renewing Peel. I also hit the gym, get outside and eat a well-rounded diet so I can really make the most of special holiday time with my loved ones!"
By taking care of yourself from the inside out and investing in high quality skincare, you’ll be able to feel and look great as you enjoy the winter months and make memories to cherish.
(BPT) - According to a recent survey, nine out of 10 people with a tattoo have considered removing it at one time or another. While the reasons for removal vary, the increasing options available for tattoo removal are transforming the nature of tattoos from symbols of permanence to designs with a sell-by date. In a day and age when tattoos are more and more socially acceptable, even considered works of art, why are so many considering removal? Syneron Candela, the makers of PicoWay, a leading laser treatment that removes tattoos with less pain and fewer treatments, commissioned the survey which took a closer look at the motivations behind tattoo removal.
They want more!
The decision to remove a tattoo doesn't necessarily reflect a change of heart about having a tattoo. In fact, 83 percent of people who have removed a tattoo said they are considering getting a new one, sometimes in the very same place where they just had one removed, while only 8 percent said they would never get another tattoo. Additionally, the majority of tattoo removers were not swayed to remove their design for professional reasons, contrary to popular belief. Only 16 percent of tattoo removers attributed their decision to their professional lives and workplace environment, while an additional 5 percent of those contemplating removal saw their career goals as a deciding factor. Both tattoo removers (18 percent) and people with tattoos considering removal (29 percent) said a faded tattoo was the main reason to contemplate or complete tattoo removal procedures. So turns out, many just want a better tattoo!
It's only temporary.
Compared to previous generations, today's youth see tattoos as less permanent based on the availability and advancements seen in the removal processes, like the PicoWay laser, which shatters the ink into small particles to clear the tattoo faster than other devices. In fact, the majority of people who removed a tattoo received their first tattoo at a young age. While the average age of survey respondents got their first tattoo before they were 35, 61 percent of removers were between the ages of 18 and 24, compared to only 9 percent between the ages of 35 and 49. Women made up 62 percent of removers who got their first tattoo before age 25. With increased access to tattoo removal devices like PicoWay, people with tattoos can conveniently remove their design if they grow tired of it over time. And, nine out of 10 tattoo removers noted that they enjoyed having the option to remove their tattoo.
A pain in the butt, neck, arm, chest and back.
While tattoo removal has increased over recent years, the decision to remove a tattoo takes time. In fact, 76 percent of tattoo removers waited over a year before beginning the tattoo removal process. Although a variety of reasons contribute to a person's decision to remove a tattoo, pain and cost are two of the biggest factors that delay the tattoo removal process. The survey also found that 58 percent of people considering tattoo removal said cost was one of the main barriers they faced when considering treatment, while 45 percent of people regarded pain as their biggest hesitation. After removing a tattoo, however, seven out of eight people said their perception of the removal process was that it would be more painful than what they actually experienced.
So you've decided you're over it.
Good news, if you are interested in tattoo removal, options exist that are effective, less painful and cheaper than many believe. PicoWay removes tattoos in fewer sessions than other removal options due to its advanced technology, making it less painful and more cost-effective compared to alternative and competitive options. PicoWay's picosecond laser allows for the comprehensive removal and treatment of all colors of tattoos, including blue, green and yellow, and can safely treat all skin types.
Want to learn more? Visit www.picowaylaser.com to find a physician in your area and see if treatment is right for you.
When fall comes on quick and brings cool weather with it, you can’t afford to be caught with an unprepared wardrobe. With every season change, there comes an opportunity to make sure your closet reflects your unique style. For this fall’s fashion must-haves, turn to comfortable clothing that holds up against chilly weather with these stylish options.
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