Sharply-Dressed Man (Birchbox Man)

Every girl’s crazy about a sharply-dressed man. I’m not excluded from that statement.

I love when my man gets into his grooming. What’s funny about this story is he has had this long running fantasy about hot hairdressers. (LOL!) He says , “What man doesn’t want to date the hot hairdresser. I married my hot hairdresser.” I guess you could say the pressure is on for him to keep up on his styling knowledge.

I ordered him his very own Birchbox. If you have been following my other blog posts, you already know that a Birchbox is a month subscription of hand selected products to try.


My man’s first Birchbox

Here is a review from his first box.

The box theme for this particular month was fitting for summer. This box is created for the adventurous man. My husband opened up this box like it was Christmas in June. Let me start this review by saying that this subscription is personalized, hand-picked items that come from a profile that is set up at the beginning of the subscription. Unfortunately, my husband’s expectations were very high because my first box was amazing. His box, on the other hand, wasn’t as exciting. He received this cool little luggage tag, along with some trial size products that would be perfect for a flight acceptable carry-on. We weren’t really as disappointed with the items as we were disappointed with the selections for him.

He was sent a clay mask that was intended for oily skin but he has extremely dry skin. We really couldn’t try it for that reason.

The next sample was a lotion called Da Boom. My husband immediately hated this moisturizer. He is a anti-smoker kind of guy. The product description states that its fragrance held notes of motor oil and tobacco. As soon as he caught the hint of tobacco he washed his hands. My curiosity was still stirred. I carried this lotion with me for two weeks to get the opinions of many women and men. I would say that this product still received more yes’s than no’s.

The last product was SU Hair and Body Wash. Speaking from the perspective of a woman, this concept makes me crazy! But for a man, a multitasking product is wonderful. This one in particular is pretty cool for the man that likes to catch a few sun rays. It’s a moisturizing cleanser that  works for both hair and skin. This product has some repairing qualities that work wonders for overheated hair, while its moisturizing ingredients help maintain a long lasting tan.

Tips for Tanning

  • It’s best to exfoliate your skin first. This will help your tan last much longer because you are eliminating any dead skin cells that will actually prevent you from getting a beautiful tan. When your skin is dry, it actually reflects the UV light, ultimately slowing down your results and giving an uneven color.
  • Bar soap should be avoided. It usually contains chemicals and alcohols that dry out your skin. Your tan will last much longer if you choose a liquid soap or shower gel.

After your shower, apply an after-tan moisturizer immediately for best results. Look for something water and/or aloe-based to replenish your skin with mositure that is lost while having fun in the sun. Seek  lotions with ingredients like  Vitamins A, C and E as well as copper peptides to enhance your tan.

I’m dying to try this DIY self tan:

Instructions: When water has boiled, add the tea bags to steep. Leave in for 10-15 minutes, or until tea is dark and cool enough to touch.
In the meantime, take a shower to ensure your skin is oil- and sweat-free. USE A SCRUB TO EXFOLIATE!. Afterwards, make sure skin is completely dry.
Stand on something you don’t mind getting dirty. If using a sponge, drench it in the tea and wipe all over your body. If using a spray bottle, fill it with tea and spray evenly. Let skin air-dry and apply another coat for a deeper shade.
Tea will stain clothes if wet, so make sure you’re all dry before dressing. The “tan” should last 3-4 days.
…as far as the bottle of beer goes, I added this in for his experience. The beauty is in the details.
Send me a comment if you try the DIY tan.
For fun here is a link to my Man’s World pinboard.

Water Works (Airbrush Stands Up To the Water Test)

Jump in, the water is perfect.

I’ve been claiming the moisture resistance of Temptu SB makeup forever. Temptu is an airbrush cosmetic company that serves both the professional and consumer. From their website you can purchase either the pro or personal version of the air-gun and compressor. I use the pro compressor and gun; however I also have the modifying gun that accepts air pods.

I figured since I sing Temptu’s praises, it was time to put the product to the ultimate test. It was a hot and steamy poolside, so why not jump right in. The round shapes on the face were inspired by bubbles and created by airbrushing different sized to circles with Temptu SB makeup.

Yep, it worked!

New Arrival! (Birchbox Review)

Just recently, I decided to try Birchbox.

If you don’t know what this is, it is a subscription box of custom selected product samples. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now. I jumped on board when the “Style Me Pretty” wedding box was announced.

I was so excited when it arrived. It was like Christmas in summer.


The packaging even felt like a gift. I like when attention is given to the details. I found a handful of sweet treasures in this pink box.

I’ve already used the waterproof makeup remover wipes from LA FRESH… Love them!! They are packed full of antioxidants and biodegradable. The wipes work well and leave my skin feeling silky soft with no irritation. The also smell wonderful will lavender oil.

I love love loved the hair tie. To see my tutorial on creating this beautiful look, go here: Low Bouffant Pony

Sweep the hair together, tilt the head forward, and wrap hair tie just lower than the base of the neck. Now grab a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail at the base of the neck and slide the whole ponytail on that strand. This should make a nice full bouffant style for your low pony.

Stay tuned for more reviews on these products!

P.S. I ordered one for my man. I’ll let you know how it goes.