Like many East Asian women, including my mom, I was born with nearly hairless legs. As a result, shaving has never been my number one priority, and I’ve developed a set of horrific habits over the years. I use and re-use my razor until the blade gets so dull it’s completely useless. I shave my legs with the same regularity that I water my cacti (translation: almost never). And instead of shaving cream, I rely on whatever soap or body wash I have lying around. But since I’ve been wearing lots of shorts and skirts this summer, I recently vowed to shave at least once a week with real shaving cream. Last night, I tried Whish Body’s Shave Crave, and I have to say I was instantly hooked.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste — so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
There are many reasons to start a beauty or grooming brand. In my opinion, the best brands and products are developed when the creator looks to fill a gap in the market and really solve a problem for a consumer who is still searching for something very specific. I could write all day about the myriad of interesting and inspiring impetuses for many of the brands out there. However, there are two companies in particular that I think have standout stories. The creative and brave individuals behind each of the brands aspired to make something brilliant that would truly make peoples’ lives easier, better, and more beautiful.
Harvey Prince: When I first met Shaan Hathiramani, I thought his story sounded like something out of a publicist’s dream. In 2008, Shaan and his brother wanted to give their mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift and couldn’t find anything that was just right. They decided to create a custom fragrance and called it Ageless. The scent was such a hit, they decided to create a brand and release another amazing perfume, Eau Flirt. Since then, Harvey Prince has garnered oodles of international press and acclaim.
Anthony Logistics For Men: As an avid user of this line for years, it was a huge thrill to recently meet its founder and CEO, Tony Sosnick. What I love about Tony’s story is that he wasn’t just any kind of a grooming guru, he was just an ambitious guy in real estate that couldn’t find any men’s products with the right blend of luxury, efficacy, and quality. So, he took a leap of faith and launched his line. Ten years later, Anthony Logistics is a leader in the men’s grooming category with amazing products like its Glycolic Facial Cleanser and my new obsession, the Shave Cream. What I love about the products is that they are simple and effective and do exactly what they say they’re going to do.
Another brand with a great story? Erno Laszlo.
We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: must-have products for the shower.
From left to right: Japanese Beauty Cloth, $4.99, amazon.com; Johnson’s No More Tangles, $3.69, drugstore.com; Coochy Shave Creme, $17, amazon.com; Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure Conditioner, $39, birchbox.com
As someone who loathes the sopping-wet discomfort of showering, I seek out products to make the experience as efficient and painless as possible. Between a Japanese washcloth that works loads better than a loofa and stripper shave cream (no, seriously) that’ll nix underarm bumps, the hot water heater might quit on you, but these goodies never will.
Our favorite showering buddy? Lavanila’s The Healthy Body Wash in Vanilla Grapefruit.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will give us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
BeFine Night Cream, $30, birchbox.com
Whether you are a guy reading this or the lady in his life, we all know the problem: It’s really hard not to look tired all the time when we all work as hard (and sleep as little) as we do. Gals get the leg up in this department with the ability to use under eye concealers to mask and brighten dark circles, eyeliner and mascara to open the eyes up, and color on the face to bring life to tired-looking skin. Since we dudes don’t have as many options, here are some of my tips for beating the puffy-eye-saggy-skin blues.
1. Use a night cream: We must be preemptive. What better way to optimize our time than to improve our skin while we sleep? I like the Befine Night Cream because it’s naturally healing and hydrating, and it also has caffeine which increases circulation and perks up dull looking skin.
2. Use an eye cream: I know the guys are reluctant, but puffy eyes and dark circles are the number one culprit when it comes to looking tired. My favorite quick fix is Fresh Lotus Eye Gel because it’s light and smooth and feels very cooling – good for early mornings on too little sleep. (If you want to be an overachiever, splurge on 3Lab WW Eye Cream at night for lots of hydration and age prevention.)
3. Use the right shaving cream: Continue to perk up your skin while you shave. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream: White Eagle has menthol and camphor to keep your skin tingly and awake.
4. Use a Neti Pot: This ancient remedy, which has its roots in yoga, irrigates the nasal passages and reduces inflammation in the sinuses, minimizing the appearance of bags and dark circles. I use my Neti Pot every morning. It also helps with staying well and breathing more easily in general.
If you’re in the market for a new face wash, the BeFine Exfoliating Cleanser is effective and it’s granular texture is not the least bit girly.