Monday, 30 April 2007

Nixon Watches

So what do Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk and Rick McCrank have in common?

Surely I must be on about their contribution to the modern art known as skateboarding?
Well, yeah, but I’m trying to make a dramatic point about their association with
Nixon, and no, not the President before you ask.



Nixon are at the height of fashion at the moment, what with timepieces being an important accessory for men, and with their varied styles of watch, there’s a style to suit any outfit, from their elite ‘The Automatic’ for formal wear, to ‘The Dork’ for the retro, preppy look.

With unique names associated with each models unique style, they will ultimately grab people’s attention, wherever you go, which is why
Nixon is the brand of choice for men that want to be noticed.

With regards to the host of extreme sports stars that lend their name to Nixon, this is testament to their practicality, as they are so well constructed that you can wear them while attempting a double kick-flip, and not have to worry about it. This is what adds to
Nixon’s attraction, the fact that when you buy one, you won’t have to replace it for quite a while.


Their style is so timeless, excuse the pun, it won’t go out of style, if at all, for quite some time, and coupled with their practicality and affordability, you should really see the purchase of a
Nixon as a venture into the world of quality timepieces, which would be a welcome addition to the wardrobe of any man.

Nixon Watches are available directly from
Nixon, or through online retailers such as BlackLeaf, Urban Chaos and Psyche.


CL

Friday, 27 April 2007

The Badger Hair Shaving Brush

Using a fine badger hair brush to brush quality shaving cream onto your face is a necessity in obtaining that perfect shave! MFB investigate the use of badger hair brushes for men…

Why use badger hair brushes?

Although shaving cream may be applied with the fingers, MFB recommends the use of a good quality shaving brush for three reasons.

1. A good shaving brush absorbs hot water then releases and mixes the hot water with the shaving cream as you apply the cream to your face. The combination of hot water mixing with the cream and getting beaten by the brush during application, delivers a thicker, richer, more emollient lather that’s you would not be able to achieve with your fingers.

2. A shaving brush also gently exfoliates the dead skin from your face before shaving. This eradicates an unwanted layer between the blade and your hair, assisting in a closer shave.

3. The brushing lifts your beard and suspends the hair upright in the thick lather, which exposes the maximum hair length to your razor blade to ensure you remove as much hair as possible, thus obtaining a closer shave.

How to use a badger hair brush

It's simple! Skim the brush back and forth across your face and neck in and up and down motion.

Choosing a badger hair brush

The choice of badger hair is dependent to where on the body the hair was harvested from. There are three grades of badger hair in general use:

  1. Pure brushes - which have dark hair of medium to short length.

  2. Best brushes - which have long to medium length, with a creamy tip and softer feel.

  3. Super brushes - which have longer length hair with a very soft creamy white tip. Super badger is chosen by many for its' soft yet luxurious and effective performance however super badger hair is rare commodity making, making it very expensive.

Makers of badger hair brushes

Leading makers of shaving brushes include English companies Cyril R Salter, A. Simpson & Co., and G.B. Kent & Sons. The aforementioned makers are acknowledged by many as creating the best quality and most refined shaving brushes in the world and MFB recommends no others. Indeed G.B. Kent has been making the world's finest brushes since 1777 and is internationally renowned for selecting the best materials, applying advanced manufacturing methods, and finishing with impecable attention to detail that creates a shaving brush that is as close to perfect as is possible.

To browse through a collection of men's shaving brushes by the very best shaving brush makers; including Simpsons and G.B. Kent, click here.

MFB

The Ben Sherman Shirt

Ben Sherman is one of the UK's leading contemporary street-wear fashion lines. It's line of shirts (and other clothing) has a very clear 1960's English twist! Indeed Ben Sherman's claim to fame is as the definitive shirt for supporters of the classic modernist youth of 1960's Britain...




In 1963, Ben Sherman started making shirts from a small factory in Brighton and the button-down Ben Sherman shirt instantly became a fashion essential for the fashion focused mods who gathered at all-night clubs throughout the 1960s.

Ben Sherman was founded by Arthur Sugarman, a Jew who was born in Brighton in 1925. He immigrated to the United States in 1946 and changed his nationality to American. He also changed his name to Ben Sherman (to hide his Jewish identity), and returned to Brighton where he bought a shirt factory. He was inspired by the smart styling of the Ivy League colleges that he witnessed during his time in the States, and success quickly came as his Ben Sherman shirts sold across Europe and the US. Indeed the Ben Sherman Oxford shirt, with button-down collar and back-pleat soon gained cult status!

Ben Sherman cult began as the shirts were adopted by the youth movements of the day, none more so than the scooter-riding mods. Without "the shirt" one was considered a second rate mod, but with a Ben Sherman shirt, one had instant "cool" appeal. As the 60's continued, the mods became the skinheads and rockers. Less focus was placed on fashion but the basic elements remained...three-button suits, Ben Sherman shirts, Sta-Prest trousers and Levi's jeans.

Leading rock groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks all embedded Ben Sherman as a leading name in 1960s fashion, both in the UK and worldwide, yetd even today the company's line are adopted by all the great bands that form today's Brit influenced global music invasion, especially 1990s fashion conscious bands such as Blur and Oasis.


For this new generation of rockers, Ben Sherman still represents the epitome of style and attitude. Indeed Ben Sherman state "classic designs are mixed with the styles and attitude surrounding society pursuits presenting a world of colour and class and a collection of true British heritage".

Ben Sherman has developed into a complete lifestyle brand and dominates the men's branded apparel market as one of the largest brands in the UK. Collections include shirts, jeans, t-shirts, shoes, suits, jackets, and accessories such as wallets, hats, sunglasses, bags, watches, and grooming products.

MFB

Friday, 20 April 2007

Men's Face Cleansing

Because of the size of men’s pores, your skin needs to be cleaned both in the morning and at night. Cleansing your face in the evening removes the dirt and grime from a hard day, and cleansing in the morning removes toxins that have been released from your skin overnight! Below is a 5-step process to cleansing your face:

1. Wash your hands with soap. Don’t apply a face cleanser with dirty hands.
2. Moisten a clean facecloth in warm (not hot) water. Wipe the cloth over your face to remove the surface oil, dirt and grime, and also moisten the skin.
3. With moist hands, put some cleanser on the tips of your fingers and create a foam.
4. Using both hands, swirl your cleanser on your face in small circular motions, with on your neck, cheeks, nose, and forehead.
5. Moisten a new facecloth with lukewarm water and rinse off all the cleanser.

For more advice about
men's skin care, click here.

MFB

The ultimate men’s skin care routine!

Men’s Fashion Blog have listed some simple-yet-effective skincare steps for men that will keep you looking your best.

Step 1: Cleanse

Compared to women, men have oilier skin and larger pores. This makes men’s skin dirtier quicker, making it necessary to cleanse regularly. Twice daily cleansing (morning and night) is key to keeping your pores clean and clear. This is especially true for men who live or work in a major city.Use gentle, but effective, cleansing products. Cleansers are available to buy in a myriad of forms, such as: foaming gels, creams, milky cleansers and ready-to-go cleansing pads.

MFB recommend you avoid using deodorant bar soaps on your face, which are harsh; striping and irritating your skin.

Click here for more information on
men's skin cleansing.

Step 2: Tone Your Skin

Toner should be applied between cleansing and moisturising. A skin toner will clean and diminish the look of large pores. It will also help tighten your face, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore it will restore your skin's pH balance.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Men have hair over their face, and hair traps oil, dirt and grime. Exfoliating helps to remove dirt, dead skin and smooth the surface of the skin. Use a scrub, exfoliating gloves, abrasive sponge, or loofa to exfoliate.

Daily exfoliation may not be needed, but a regular exfoliation to clean up the dead skin cells is certainly essential. Try to exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times per week for adequate coverage.

Take care when exfoliating as it can dry out skin. Use a moisturiser to help stabilise your skin and feed the new skin.

Step 4: Moisturise Your Skin

Moisturising is the most important part to men's daily skin care routine, especially due to increased risk of dry skin from shaving. A good moisturiser will restore the skin's lost moisture and prevent the moisture from evaporating further.

It is important to select a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. For instance, if you have combination or dry skin, use a non-greasy oil-free moisturiser. MFB also recommends you buy a moisturiser that contains SPF 15 or higher to prevent your skin being damaged by the suns harmful rays.

To reduce under eye wrinkles, puffiness or lines, use a separate eye gel treatment for men. The same applies for your lips. Try a soothing balm or an anti-chapping stick. Again try to buy one with SPF 15 or above.

MFB

The Brits 2007: No wonder people turned up.

So what are the advantages of being a Global music icon these days?
The fame? The money? Or the vast amount of freebies you get when you turn up and get drunk at an awards ceremony?

Yes, that’s right, every Brit winner, award presenter and performer gets a goodie bag full of the most stylish items around at the moment.

So what did they get? We delve into the bag to take a closer look at the more interesting products.

Black Dice Watch

What does someone at the cutting edge of entertainment need? A cutting edge time-piece, that’s what.
Black Dice have been climbing the ranks of the time piece industry for a few years now and are known for their style, finesse and attention to detail that can define the wearer.

http://www.blackdiceindustries.com/

Religion

If you’re thinking of Christianity, or Hinduism in a bag, then you’re going to be disappointed.
Religion are a designer renowned from taking inspiration from the early era of punk, and transforming it into designer clothes that scream of rock and roll. They are constantly bringing something new to the marketplace that is totally original and embedding their unique brand identity into their range, creating something truly special.
Celebrities currently endorsing Religion include Kate Moss, the Dirty Pretty Things, Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani.

www.religionclothing.co.uk/

J.Fold


J.Fold
The New York based men’s accessory label is well known overseas for their stylishly designed men’s accessories that are aesthetically pleasing but also versatile to use on a daily basis. Luckily for us, they have recently branched out into Europe and more importantly the UK, allowing us Brits to appreciate the panache of their range of products.

http://www.jfold.com

HOM

Dedicated to making men’s underwear sexy since the 1960’s, HOM offer a range of under garment where eroticism and fantasy meet comfort and wellbeing.
Their Spring Summer 2007 range is simply innovative and refreshing in the world of men’s underwear, with the Award Hipster being our pick of the bunch, combining style and comfort, making everyone a winner.

http://www.hom-fashion.co.uk/

STROH 80


What does everyone need at a night such as the Brits? A ‘super-shooter’ that’s what!
At 80% alcohol, this has to be the World’s ultimate ‘super-shooter’ making every night memorable (or not memorable - depending how much you drink!)
Classed as a dark rum, STROH has been knocking around for 170 years and is consumed in over 30 countries.
Quickly becoming a cult drink, and drank by the Superstars among us, it is known simply as ‘The Spirit of Austria’.

http://www.ultimate-brands.co.uk/

Daddy

Ever wanted to be an intergalactic pirate? Well now you can thanks to Daddy, the London based menswear label.
Celebrity immortality has been the basis for past collections, comprising of rock and roll flavours, with a dash of occultism to ‘mix it up’.

http://www.daddyweb.co.uk/

The above has simply been what we've considered to be slightly cooler than everything else in the bag, and what with it being coupled with other items from Nintendo, Remington, ChillArt and La Fée, it’s no wonder the Brits seemed like an early Christmas on the telly.

CL

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

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Friday, 6 April 2007

Shaving Tips for Men

A good shave will keep you looking your best! A poor shave will not only make you look untidy; it will also make your skin feel harsh. Avoid rashes and cuts when shaving with some tips from MFB...

Pre-shaving advice

  1. Don’t shave directly after waking up in the morning. Leaving it 10 to 15 minutes will allow the puffiness in your skin (caused by fluid collection) to fade away, helping you to get a close shave.
  2. Before you shave, exfoliate! Use a facial cleanser or scrub to eradicate dead skin cells. This helps avoid ingrown hair. It also opens the pores of the skin in preparation for the shave.
  3. Shave under good conditions! Good lighting and a decent mirror (preferably a three-mirror setup).
  4. Wet your stubble with warm/hot water before shaving. This opens the pores and swells the hair shaft allowing the blade to cut the hair easier. Just after you have had a shower is the perfect time to shave.
  5. Thoroughly massage shave cream into stubble before you start your shave - this helps soften the stubble. Choose a vitamin E or aloe vera based shaving product that will help protect against razor rashes and burns.
  6. Use a brush to apply cream. The brush ensures a even spread and also lifts your hairs.
  7. For best results, use a pre-shave oil. This is not essential, but oil is a time-honored treatment for men with heavier beards or sensitive skin. Apply oil before shaving cream.
  8. Use sharp blades. Dull blades are responsible for most shaving cuts. Men end up dragging the razor over their face and catch skin with the rest of the beard. Keep razor blades sharp to avoid this...change blades after every two or three shaves.
  9. In addition, using a razor with multliple blades will assist in a closer shave.
Tips for during shaving

  1. Keep rinsing your razor blade in hot water whilst shaving. Rinse after each stroke.
  2. Use slow, short strokes during your shave. To get best results you should take your time as you shave.
  3. Shave with the grain (in the direction the hair grows) on your face! This is a key piece of shaving advice. Shaving against the grain of hair growth can cause redness, rashes, razor burn, cuts and ingrown hairs.
  4. Using a razor with a pivoting head allows you to shave better and smoother over and around bony places, curves, bumps and other angles of the face & body.
  5. Use one hand to hold the razor. Use the second hand to hold your skin taut.
Post-shaving advice

  1. When you’ve finished your shave, apply an oil-free moisturiser to soothe and protect your face. If you’re using an after-shave, check the label for alcohol. Alcohol based aftershave will sting and make your skin dry.
  2. Be careful of mentholated shaving products. Whilst they give a nice 'cool' sensation at first they can be irritating to the skin.
MFB

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