Product Review: ribbedtee

Every now and then it’s important to switch up your tees and underwear, and let’s be honest, most guys aren’t the best at updating our undergarment wardrobes. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out some offerings from ribbedtee and I’m happy to share my thoughts with you.

First off, let’s put all the cards on the table here…I’m not a small guy and I tend to run a little hot. This means I tend to sweat quite a bit, especially in the underarm area. I’ve long been on the lookout for a those special shirts that guarantee “no sweat, no odor” but haven’t really found my match. Enter ribbedtee.

ribbedtee vneck undershirt

While the shirts themselves don’t promise they’ll eradicate sweat altogether, I can tell you that, so far, when I’ve worn this shirt I have not sweat through it and my work shirt for the day. If you know me, that’s a pretty big feat. The super soft, moisture-wicking fabric actually does deliver on its promise.

There’s something about the technology of this shirt that also helps keep odors at bay. Typically, I find myself immediately switching out of damp undershirts or showering when I get home. When I wore ribbedtee, I didn’t. “The proof is in the pudding,” as they say.

And if I forgot to mention, the shirt is made out of THE SOFTEST cotton. It definitely made me think of (and how it’s better than) the oldest and softest tee shirts I have in my drawer (mostly those from high school!). Now, that’s soft.

ribbedtee boxer brief

The boxer briefs are supple and soft, but in a different way. They feel really good against your skin, but I’m afraid they didn’t offer me much support in the sweat less department. They have a bit of a active wear undergarment feel, so they may not for everyone’s everyday wear. But, there are not tags and the fabric feels very smooth against your skin. I have to say I’m pretty happy with them as they still represent a major upgrade from a 3 pack of underwear for less than 10 bucks.

Overall, I have been pretty pleased with my experiences with ribbedtee. If you’re looking to upgrade your undergarments and like that silky smooth, soft feel then these are a solid buy. Learn more about ribbedtee at ribbedtee.com.

 

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is Your Perfect Fall Spirit

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Captain Morgan.

Ask anyone that knows me and you’ll realize that I’m a BIG fan of fall. The leaves are changing, the humidity is leaving the air, and that’s not to mention cooler temperatures mean comfortable sweaters and cozy days indoors…what’s not to like?! And now Halloween is upon us, which means I’m trying to take in all things pumpkin.

To quench my thirst, the folks over at Captain Morgan sent along their annual fall treat, Captain Morgan’s Jack-O’Blast. This pumpkin spiced spirit is the perfect treat for those who are Halloween obsessed but is also good for those who might want a little extra kick in your PSL. Let’s all quit acting like we don’t drink them, OK?!

Jack-O’Blast is a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with some delicious seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Best enjoyed as a chilled shot, Jack-O’Blast can also be served as a drop shot or in a number of seasonal drink recipes. And, let’s be honest, this is also going to be dropped into some fall bread or cake recipe too. I mean, why not?!

So whether you’re in a pretty raucous Halloween spirit or just want to feel a little more fall in your bones, Jack-O’Blast is offering up some pretty solid drink recipes to give you what you need. Check them out!

 

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

  1. oz. Cold Brew

Top with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass, top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

 

Apple Jack-O

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

4 oz. chilled apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

I, personally, tend to take cider in small doses because it can be a little too sweet more often than not. But, with Captain Morgan’s Jack-O’Blast, hard cider hits the spot. And I’m waiting for it to get even colder so I can whip up some hot buttered rum with this stuff. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The pumpkin spiced rum (60 proof, 30% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide for a limited time this fall. That means, if you’re in the market for some Jack-O’Blast you’re going to need to get it soon!

 

Dwyane Wade’s Private Chef Launches Eating Well to Win

How many of you think that Dwyane Wade is one of the better players of our current generation?  Well if you’re a fan of his, or his incredible partner Gabrielle Union, then you know they are couple goals.

If you want to start to live like Gabby and Dwyane then the first step might be eating like them. The couples’ private chef, Richard Ingraham, at chefrli.com, has recently launched his cookbook of Southern, Asian, and Creole inspired recipes that will have you eating just like the Wades.  To look like them, it might take a lot of working out though.

Eating good and feeling satisfied with food doesn’t mean that it has to be unhealthy and judging from the look of the recipes in this book, that’s a philosophy that the Wades live by.

Eating Well to Win is inspired by Chef Ingraham’s catering career as well as his tenure as private chef to Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade for over 10 years. I got to take a peek at the book and many of the recipes look delicious and easy to make.

Garlic shrimp anyone? Source: Eating Well to Win

And if you’re a big chocolate fan like me, then you’re probably pretty curious about these Toffee Black Bean Brownies too. They’re on my to-do list without a doubt!

Toffee Black Bean Brownies Source: Eating Well to Win

Whether you are a high-powered athlete, a talented and accomplished actress, young professional or soccer mom, you probably want to enjoy eating, get all the nutrients you need and work towards living a healthier life, right? If my first impressions, and the book reviews, say anything about Eating Well to Win, it’s that this book delivers.

You can pick up your copy of Eating Well to Win at Amazon. Get to cooking (and eating)!

 

My New Favorite Shampoo

Many people talk of the benefits of coconut oil for hair & body. There’s even a pretty cool pin that you can buy to celebrate your love for the wonder oil. I, myself, have been a big fan for a while now but my love for coconut oil has recently been cemented in one of my latest discoveries.

Not only do I love coconut oil but I also have pretty sensitive skin. My scalp is even worse. I try a lot of products and keep in mind how both my hair and scalp react to different ingredients and formulations. Needless to say, finding a shampoo that works well for both has always been a bit of a challenge.

Then I stumbled upon Shea Moisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo. It’s a gem.

For those of you who seek healthy, organic products, I have a feeling that you will feel as strongly about this shampoo as I do. It has all the things that you need, without the things that you don’t. It gives you a great amount of slip to help detangle dense, afro-textured hair like mine and frees itself of perfumes and scents that only serve to make you smell “good”. I find that those products are often scalp irritants, which is why this shampoo is the business.

It’s creamy and luxurious and soothing at the same time. It smells faintly of coconut and it just feels naturally created.  I think it is, by far, one of the best products I’ve ever tried from Shea Moisture and if you search through the reviews of this site, you know how many things I’ve tried (and mostly loved).  This is a holy grail product, bar none.

The only reservation I have about this product is one built on circumstance, it’s hard to find in store. None of my local stores carry it, which means that I have to order it online or hunt around the city to find it. It’s a new product, and arguably less popular, than the others. But, as more people try it I presume they will end up with the same conclusion as I have, it’s one of the best shampoos out there.

Give it a shot!

NaturallyCurly Book ‘The Curl Revolution’ Hits Shelves

NaturallyCurly is the largest site dedicated to caring for, and loving your naturally curly hair. On October 3, Naturally Curly will be releasing The Curl Revolution: Inspiring Stories and
Practical Advice from the NaturallyCurly Community!

This book will offer practical advice, hope and inspiration for curly girls and guys. It promises to be one of the coolest and informative books about textured hair out there.  It’s no surprise as NaturallyCurly has long been an advocate for advancing public perception of naturally curly, kinky, and coily hair.  In my opinion, this book release marks a significant time in our history and progress with mainstream acceptance of textured hair.

I was fortunate enough to take part in the book as one of their models and community members and I am incredibly excited to be a part of it. When I first started growing out my hair I was nervous and incredibly confused about what to do and what products to use. NaturallyCurly was THE site that helped me get my act together and understand my hair.  I’m excited that this book will offer another opportunity to learn about different hair textures and care practices.

Here’s a sneak peek of my photo shoot for The Curl Revolution!

You can pre-order The Curl Revolution at Shop.NaturallyCurly.com. I can’t wait to finally see the book in print and I hope that you all enjoy it!

Should You Use a Beard Shampoo?

This guest post is written by Jeremy from Best Men’s Shaver.

Are you thinking about growing out a beard? If so, you may quickly realize that it is not as easy as just sitting around and letting it grow.

As you begin to get some length on your beard, you may begin to itch or even see dandruff.

Keep reading to see how using a beard shampoo can help you grow a healthier, fuller looking beard.

Why You Need To Take Care Of Your Beard

As we mentioned, problems arise as your beard gets longer. Your body produces a natural oil to keep your skin and hair moisturized. This is known as sebum. When your beard is less than a half-inch or so long, your body doesn’t really have a problem keeping up with sebum production. However, as your beard gets longer your skin has a harder time producing enough oil to keep your skin and beard moisturized. This is when you may begin to notice beard itch and some guys will even get ‘beardruff’.

As you can imagine, this causes several issues. When the skin is not kept dry it can become itchy and flaky. When the hair follicle underneath the skin is not kept moisturized, it can lead to brittle hair growth that can break easier. This makes it harder to grow out your beard. Of course, if your beard hairs themselves dry out, they can break easier as well.

Why Not Regular Shampoo

Can you use the same shampoo you use on your head for your beard? Absolutely.

However, it is going to strip away almost all of your body’s natural oil that we were just talking about. This will either lead to issues with your beard and skin or require you to use more beard oil or balm to keep everything moisturized.

Humans have been using shampoo for hundreds of years. In more recent times, manufacturers have used lots of chemicals to make them appealing to us.

Chemicals like sulfates, glycol citric acid give the shampoo its abilities to:

  • Repair hair
  • Smell nice
  • Reduce irritation
  • Foam and rinse easily

Unfortunately, shampoos are also really efficient at stripping hair of your body’s natural oil.

Beard shampoos take a more natural approach and are less likely to strip away that oil that your beard needs. They usually contain mostly water, plant oils, extracts and juices.

You can even make your own with equal parts Castile soap and water. You can then add your own favorite plant oils or extracts to make it smell nice and give it some conditioning properties.

How Often Should You Wash Your Beard

You should wash your beard about the same as you normally wash your hair on your head.

It is generally recommended to only wash your hair every two to three days. Now, this could be difficult if you workout and you often become a sweaty mess. If that is the case, try every other day and see how it goes.

When you combine a nice beard shampoo with this frequency, you are helping your beard retain more of its natural oils. This practice is going to keep your beard looking healthier and feeling softer in the long run and who doesn’t love a softer beard?!

Plus, using a beard shampoo everyday could be expensive. Most come in smaller bottles or bars of soap however, a little bit will spread pretty far.

Who Would Benefit From A Beard Shampoo

Anyone, with any length of hair, can use a beard shampoo. However, as we mentioned, as your beard gets longer than about a half-inch is when you may start to notice issues.

Some guys may feel the need to wash their beard everyday because it feels greasy. In doing so, it actually increases your body’s natural oil production. As the oil gets stripped away, the body thinks it needs to replace it and produces more oils which can clog your pores and actually inhibit moisture getting to your beard hair effectively. By slowing down the frequency to every 2 or 3 days the oil production will normalize. This makes washing your beard everyday unnecessary.

Anyone who wants their beard to smell nice would also benefit from a beard shampoo. They are usually scented with essential oils that will stick with you for most of the day.

As you can see, it may be worth a couple bucks for you to invest into a nice beard shampoo. Just like with your skin and the hair on your head, your beard needs to be treated properly.

Keeping the hair and skin moisturized under your beard will lead to healthier growth and a fuller looking beard. You should also notice less hair is breaking or falling out as frequently. And when you use a nice beard shampoo together with a beard oil or balm, you are setting your beard up for success.

Do you use a beard shampoo? Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

 

How to be Confident & Stylish with Your Hair Loss

This is a sponsored post submitted by Skalp.

Whether you started losing your hair long before you expected that you would or you had a feeling this process was coming, you still aren’t thrilled about it. Instead of allowing hair loss to drain your confidence and style, consider ways to maintain your good looks and to feel pleased with your appearance.

Know You Deserve Confidence

Building confidence is such an important part of handling physical insecurities. For example, you may think that it is impossible to look stylish and attractive with the loss of hair, and this state of mind is the first mistake. When you decide that a certain demeanor is impossible, then it becomes impossible. The first step is to recognize that you can look good without making changes to your being. Recognize the fact that you deserve to have confidence. You can even look to images of other individuals who are attractive and confident despite their loss.

Purchase Hats

Even if you’ve never been much of a hat person, now is the time to explore some new styles. When you think of hats, you may envision baseball caps, leading you to wonder how you could possibly wear a hat in a more formal environment. Plenty of hat styles are popular now. You don’t have to be going to a sports game or even have any athletic inclinations at all to put a hat on your head. The fact that you lost all or some of your hair might even push you in the direction of a new style. If you’ve never considered hats before, you may now feel more drawn in that direction.

Seek Permanent Replacement Options

Another option is to look into a hair tattoo, such as Skalp, a micropigmentation procedure. You might think that your hair has been lost forever, but you can actually restore the look of it with one of these procedures. If you are familiar with the concept of permanent makeup, then you may have a sense of what this procedure may entail. You may have some skepticism about how realistic the hair will look, and browsing through some photos can convince you of the procedure’s ability.

Skalp procedure, before and after.

Research Temporary Replacement Options

Maybe you’re still deciding if you like your new look or if you want to go back to your old style. You could look into purchasing products that inspire the regrowth of your hair. Once your hair has started to growing back, you will likely need to continue using these products on a regular basis to keep the hair in place. You may decide that you actually like the loss! Some people prefer to have less hair to take care of.

Dye Your Remaining Hair

If you have minor loss of hair, then you could consider dying what is left the color that you have always wanted. Instead of having to worry if people are thinking about the loss of your hair, you can show off the new color. This method is one that can help you to build confidence and to check an item off of the to-do list.

If you have an abnormal loss of hair or you suspect another problem is at the heart of this trouble, you should speak with a doctor. You may be able to resolve the issue, restore the growth of your hair and treat an underlying medical condition.

 

Product Review: Harklinikken Hair Hydrating Mask

Disclosure: Product for review was provided courtesy of Harklinikken for the purposes of this review. The opinions listed herein are mine alone.

I have to admit it. When it comes to the natural hair care team…I’m a slacker. I honestly can’t remember the last time that I deep conditioned my hair.  While I’m not opposed to it, it just takes too long to do it normally, but I decided to give it a try when the folks at Harklinikken reached out with their Hair Hydrating Mask.

The promise:

The Mask is a revolutionary product for dry, damaged hair that opens the hair shaft adding intense hydration without the use of substances that leave a film on your hair. The Mask promotes softer, healthier hair improving elasticity and shine.

Does Harklinikken deliver?

Pretty much!

Let’s me start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever followed the directions to use a product so closely. They aren’t complicated though. The instructions advise you to apply the mask on wet hair (or damp hair) and let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes and then rinse with only warm water. I let me mane marinate for about 12-15 minutes with the mask and detangled using my trusty Ouidad Double Detangler.

The result?

Shinier, hydrated hair.  While I tend to opt for quick fixes for taking care of my mane, Harklinikken has made me realize that maybe there isn’t something to the idea of actual deep conditioning. And what’s so great about this product is that it doesn’t come with the “junk” that you often see in much less expensive products such as “cones”, petrolatum, etc. All those ingredients have their place in my opinion, but I have to say that when I rinsed out this product my hair felt soft, uncoated and healthy.  And for those with sensitive noses or skin, this product is light in smell and my sensitive skin and scalp had no issues whatsoever. Simply put, it works.

To check out this Hair Hydrating Mask ($56, 8.5 oz) for yourself, you can visit the Harklinikken store to purchase.

Prewedding Grooming Tips for Grooms

 

When it comes to weddings, the star attraction is usually the bride, and they never disappoint. From hiring the best beauty experts for their makeup and getting the best gown for the ceremony, brides are known to go the extra mile to ensure they look their best. Grooms, on the other hand, should not be left behind in the grand scheme of things. 

Since it’s their special day as well, grooms have an obligation to look GOOD. Some grooms, however, take a passive approach to grooming and show up on the wedding day looking like they just walked out of a hole. This has the effect of taking the shine out of the ceremony and making it a lot less glamorous. The wedding photos also end up looking less than stellar. To help men look their best on their wedding day, we have come up with a few grooming tips that will help in this regard.

Get a facial

Most men consider facials to be feminine and that’s why most men hardly get them. However, men,  just like women, get impurities on their face when they are outdoors. The impurities range from dust, pollen, and smoke. All these combined with the secretions from your glands make for a very dirty skin. That’s where facials come in handy.

A good facial will extract all the dirt and grime on your face leaving it clean, smooth and glowing. It also opens up the pores for circulation and effective excretion. On your wedding day, your face should be glowing and you can achieve that with a facial.

Book a facial appointment a few days before your wedding so as to give your face enough time to recover from the chemicals. If you are not sure where you can get a facial, consult your bride and she will direct you where she usually gets hers.

Manicures are not feminine anymore.

You’ve probably witnessed your fiancée getting manicured every week or so and you have come to the conclusion that manicures are just for women. Well, modern men do get manicures and if you’ve not been getting them, your upcoming wedding presents you with an opportunity to get one. Your hands will be getting a lot of attention on the wedding day and you should make sure that your hands are in the best possible condition. Other than trimming your nails and removing cuticles, you will receive a massage when you are getting the manicure. The massage will help remove built up pressure and stress brought about by the wedding planning.

Get your teeth whitened.

You will be smiling a lot on your wedding when taking photos and when receiving guests. You should, therefore, make sure that you are smiling correctly and you can give your smile a great lift with a clean set of white teeth. You can use whitening strips for this purpose but for more impressive results, visit your dentist and have your teeth whitened professionally. It may be a little bit costly but the advantage is clean white teeth that make for great pictures.

Get a clean cut.

Of all the appointments a groom should make prior to his wedding, none is as important as that with a barber. For your wedding, you should be in a clean cut that portrays you in the best possible manner. Shave just a day to your wedding for the best look on the exact day. When you are getting the hair on your head shaved, get overgrown facial hair trimmed as well. Your beard should be trimmed neatly and overgrow hairs on your nose and brow plucked as well.

Don’t forget to manscape.

The wedding ceremony will be followed by intimate moments involving you and your spouse. For this, you will be wise to get rid of the unwanted hair on your body such as the hair your back and shoulders. Waxing is one way to achieve a hairless body but we all know how painful and uncomfortable waxing is. The best option would be to have your hair removed with an IPL hair removal machine.

Men should look good on their wedding day and the above-mentioned tips will help you achieve that!

 

Author Bio: Fredrick Cameron is a fashion blogger and loves sharing his views on latest fashion trends. Also he enjoys reading fashion magazines in his free time. He recommends https://www.glo-minerals.com/ to get high quality makeup products.

First Look: Imperial Barber Grade Products Pt. 1

Created by LA Master Barbers Pedro Zermeno & Scott Serrata Imperial Barber is a grooming brand that prides itself on creating high quality products that are all 100% American made.  With extensive experience in LA and NYC, the founders have created an impressive line of products that can meet just about any gent’s needs. I recently had the chance to try out Imperial Barber’s Travel Assortment and am sharing some thoughts on some of the products today.

Imperial Travel Assortment ($45)

Gel Pomade: This,  by far, is my favorite product of the bunch. It’s a great styling product for summer and I imagine would work well on a a variety of hair types looking for some control and increased definition. It worked well on my hair given it’s tacky, yet spreadable consistency.

Freeform Cream: Out of the products that I’ve tried so far, Imperial’s Freeform Cream comes up second for me. It’s a lightweight, water-based, styling cream which works well for a more natural look. It worked well on my afro-textured creating a lot of softness. For guys going for a more natural look and feel, this one is a great bet.

Classic Pomade: Non-oil based pomades work out just fine for my hair but aren’t necessarily my favorite. This is, in large part, that afro-textured hair can look duller due to its structure. The Classic Pomade provides great control as it has strong hold so fly-aways or frizzy hairs are less present when using this one. It’s particularly good for really humid days or if you’re prone to looking extra frizzy.

Imperial was kind enough to send along three other products to sample in their Travel Assortment pack but I haven’t had the chance to dive into them just yet. Keep an eye out for my reviews on Blacktop Pomade, Fiber Pomade and Matte Pomade Paste.

You can learn more about the Travel Assortment in the Imperial Barber shop.

Which product seems like it would be a good fit for your hair?

 

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