Black Friday Grooming Product Deals!

It’s that time of year again: Black Friday. Let’s face it, for the most part you’re going to be looking for the best deals on TV’s, sounds systems, and video games and maybe a little something for the family. However, while these are going to be more fun in the long run, you don’t want to forget those grooming items you on a daily basis. These are things you’re going to want to keep an eye on for sale since you’ll be able to stock up for the coming months when the prices might fluctuate with the holidays. Below are just a sample of the deals that out there and ready to be taken advantage of.

 

Birchbox– November 26 thru December 2 enjoy savings like 10% off of a $30 purchase, 15% off of a $50 purchase, and 25% off of a $75 order as well as free shipping on all orders.
The Art of Shaving– This brand is offering 40% off of eight popular shaving kits.
Harry’s– Look for savings off of The Give Face set. This set includes face wash, face lotion, and post-shave balm. Orders over $10 are eligible for free standard shipping in the US. Proceeds from their sales are donated to a different cause each week.
Blackwood– All products sitewide are 50% off. The sale has already started and runs through November 24. They are also offering free shipping on orders over $25.
The Motley– There are some pretty good deals to be found here through the Holiday weekend. Use code ‘THANKS15’ for %15 off of orders under $75. The code ‘THANKS20’ will get you 20% off of orders $75-150. Spend $150 or more and get a free mystery gift. Spend $59 and get free domestic shipping.

Amazon– While this isn’t exactly a single product market, there are so many deals available for shaving products up to 25%! Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free shipping on your order as well as additional offers that might be available.
My Subscription Addiction– Another option that isn’t totally a singular product option but there are many Black Friday coupons available for different shave clubs and subscription boxes. Get new products to try out for up to 50% off of certain brands.
Macy’s– This department store if offering 49% off of their 5-Piece Coffret Fragrance Gift sets and well as sales for their other products.

 

If online shopping isn’t your thing, you can brave crowds and hit the pavement. Big name stores like Walmart, JCPenney’s, and Target have massive sale happening that start even before Black Friday arrives. Your best bet to search around as their sales ads have leaked early. If you want to save your time do your research well in advance so you know where to get the best deals for the products you’re looking for. Keep in mind that store hours differ on Black Friday and depending on how good the deals are, don’t be surprised if what you’re looking for isn’t available in-store.

Matching Your Glasses and Beard

A while back we talked about finding the right beard for your facial shape. The overall effect your beard should is to increase how symmetrical your face looks by rounding it out and elongating the shape. If you wear glasses, you may want to consider how those will also change the shape of your face. On top of that, you’ll also want to pair your glasses with your beard if you choose to have one. The overall effect can change your look dramatically.

As pointed out before, having an oval-shaped face holds a lot of possibilities. This facial shape means you can rock any kind of beard you decide to grow out. Pretty much any style is going to suit this shape. In the same regard, any style of glasses is going to do the same for you. Any shape, style, or thickness is going to suit you and your beard just as well.

If your face is more square shaped you’ll want to consider a goatee or mustache. Any look that keeps your facial hair short and close to your face is going to be more suitable as they draw away from the angles of your jaw. Try out some frames that are rounder as they will add to that effect. Glasses with more angles are going to emphasize that square shape.

Now, round-shaped faces should avoid beards that are fuller on the sides as they will make your face look rounder. Go for styles that are short on the side and longer down the middle. This will thin out your face. With this facial shape, you want to go for those angular and geometric shapes to thin out your face as well. You’ll want to avoid oval and round shaped glasses.

Longer facial shapes will require fuller beards. This’ll hide the length of your face and round it out, making it look more oval. Look for glasses that have wide frames with a strong top line. You might think these are dad glasses but they are certainly coming back into style and will add to your look.

If your face has a rectangular shape aim for beards that are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. Try out a full beard or an extended goatee. Create the illusion of a round face with your beard. As for glasses, try out round and thin frames. Thicker frames will take away from the effect and emphasis your beard.

Lastly, we have those with diamond facial shapes. The look you’ll want to try out is keeping your sides and centers short with everything else rounded out. This is another look that will round out those sharp features and elongate your face. The glasses you want to try out should have wider, angular styles.

Your personal style is just that: personal. While these beard and glasses pairings are suited to a shape of the face, it doesn’t always mean that they will work for you. Try out looks that you think are best and if you need a starting point, there are always references like the ones above.

How Hygiene Can Effect Your Work Life

There is a lot of emphasis on appearances when it comes down to everyday life. Between the advertisements in magazines and television, there are a lot of sources telling you how you should look and smell. It’ll be up to you to decide on your personal style but you really want to pay attention to your personal hygiene. While it may not seem like a major detail to pay attention to, it can be the biggest first impression you make on someone before you ever speak a word to them. This becomes especially important when you’re looking for a job.

Hiring managers are able to form their first impressions of you in a matter of seconds. Before they even shake your hand they can determine what kind of person they think you are just by the way you dress and present yourself. If your clothes are wrinkled and tattered, they are going to perceive your attitude about the interview, and in turn the job, as being lax and unprofessional. Be sure your clothes are picked out carefully to match the dress code and cleaned so that they smell fresh. Be sure to avoid wearing or showing off anything that might have a negative impact on your potential employers’ perception of you. This can include visible tattoos, facial piercings, and funky hair colors. Unless otherwise specified, try and dress as professionally as possible. Button-up shirts and slacks with dress shoes are a safe bet but adding a blazer and tie can really up your look if you truly want to make a great first visual impression.

After you’ve picked out your outfit, focus on your personal hygiene. Make sure you shower and clean yourself thoroughly. Beards and mustaches should be trimmed neatly and at an acceptable length to match the job you are trying to get hired for. Your teeth and tongue should be brushed to make sure your breath is fresh and your teeth are looking clean. If you’re worried about the smell of your breath, you can always chew a piece of gum right before the interview. Be sure to dispose of it before the start of the interview, you don’t want to distract your interviewer by chewing something the entire time they are speaking with you. In a survey, 73% of hiring managers stated that grooming had a lot to influence on their perception of a potential candidate while only 21% said it had little effect.

Now, once you have the job you shouldn’t see that as a means to drop that cleanliness routine. Every day you’ll have to work beside people who will also have a formed impression of you. You’ll want to make sure to shower daily and brush your teeth. If you fall behind on these practices and it becomes an issue of the smells surrounding you, your co-workers may not take lightly to it. This doesn’t mean that they’ll just shy away from you but they might go out of their way not to work with you. However, keeping yourself smelling and looking clean doesn’t take too much effort as long as you’re willing to put the time in. If you are unable to make the shower one day, cologne or body spray may help to freshen up your look. Take caution not to use too much, though, as your co-workers may not appreciate the overwhelming scent that might follow you.

Personal hygiene affects so many different aspects of our daily lives. It is always a good idea to keep up with good practices because it doesn’t take too much to keep yourself looking and smelling your best.

Teeth Whitening

In 2015, 2,000 Brits were polled by the BUPA in regards to how they view their dental health. In the said poll, 42% admitted that their teeth would be the first thing they changed about themselves while 28% stated that they would refuse to smile in pictures because of how their teeth looked. These feelings are not just exclusive to the British. Many Americans share those sentiments as well. Having whiter and brighter teeth has become one of the latest self-care trends to rise to the spotlight of routines. However, having whiter teeth does not always mean your teeth are healthy. Your teeth are covered with a layer of enamel. Underneath this enamel is a pale brown substance called dentin. Dentin becomes more visible the thinner your enamel gets. The color of the dentin can appear darker if proper preventive care isn’t taken to keep teeth clean. Substances and chemicals that contribute to the darkening of dentin include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Enamel thinning due to age
  • Poor diet that includes food with high acid and sugars
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Open-mouthed breathing caused by blocked nasal passages
  • Antibiotic
  • Excessive fluoride intake
  • Genetic Predisposition

Luckily, there are many ways to whiten and brighten your teeth in a way that isn’t harmful to your enamel. If you prefer to whiten your teeth naturally, here are some options you can consider.

Brushing After you Eat or Drink
This sounds like advice straight out of your dentist’s mouth. This is because they know what they are talking about. Brushing your teeth right after you consume food or beverages prevents the residual acids and chemicals from adhering to your teeth and breaking down your enamel. Of course, this isn’t always practical to your daily life so at least try and brush after breakfast and before you go to bed.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Paste and Rinse
An effective mouthwash can be made using just the hydrogen peroxide mixed with water. Start by brushing your teeth normally with your usual toothpaste and finish it off by swishing around the hydrogen peroxide mixture for one minute and rinsing. This mixture will effectively kill many germs still remaining in your mouth.
Another method that is effective is making a paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. For the safety of your enamel, you will want to make the paste runny. This is because baking soda is fairly gritty and the last thing you want to do is scrub your enamel off. IT DOES NOT GROW BACK. When brushing with this paste, make sure you reach all the way to the back of your teeth and use a regular toothbrush. Rub the paste onto your teeth for thirty seconds and rinse well.
Coconut Oil Pulling
This one may not sound appealing but it has been proven to work and there are a few methods to using coconut oil. The first is to simply put a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to twenty minutes. You can also brush it onto your teeth using a smaller amount on your toothbrush. You might also consider this same method but with a washcloth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has come into the spotlight recently as an all-purpose substance used for anything ranging from a weight loss method to use in a homemade fly trap. You can now add teeth whitener to the list. Dip your toothbrush into the apple cider vinegar and brush it onto your teeth for one minute. Once it has been rinsed out, follow up by brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that is fluoride-free
Lemon and Orange Peels
It isn’t an uncommon method to use citrus juice and peels to clean caked on grime. The citric acid is potent enough to break through with ease. That being said if you opt to clean your teeth with citric acid, be sure to rinse your mouth very, very well. This is because any remaining acid can eat away at your enamel and it would defeat the purpose of using it to whiten your teeth.

If you aren’t quite comfortable using made-at-home methods of teeth whitening, there are many, many products on the market designed to whiten your teeth while also keeping them safe. Here are a few that come highly recommended for a variety of reasons.

AuraGlow
A consensus of the reviews reveals that this product is very comfortable to use. Once the whitening strips have been applied, an LED light is used to brighten and cleanse your teeth. Users have stated that, while this product will stay in place during use, the strips can be difficult to remove by the end of the session.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects
This brand is probably one of the more popular and advertised products on the market. The low cost should not deter you from trying it out as it is fast acting with great results. However, there have been reports of increased tooth sensitivity and pain after the first couple of uses.
Lumist Advanced
This kit is a little more on the expensive side. These strips are reportedly short, only covering from canine to canine but they are great for sensitive teeth and produce long-lasting results fast.
Sparkling White
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, this might work for you. The application process is easy and it contains enamel-safe ingredients. The downside has been reported that the whitening gel can separate from the whitening strip and become messy. At worst this might also render the strip unusable.
White360
This is another affordable brand to consider. Users report that it is fast acting but can be uncomfortable to use.