Re-establishing My Bearded Origins

I’ve been trying out some new products on behalf of my wife but I felt like it was about time we got back to what I originally was into and that’s beard products. Now I know some of you might not know how beard care goes so maybe we should go over the basics just so we’re all on the same page of what qualifies as essentials for beard care. Now let’s go back to basics.

For those of you with fully grown beards who don’t have the most intimate knowledge of male grooming and the things that you might need to know that come with caring for you beard then here are a few of the things you’d do well to remember. First of all you’ll need a few tools in order to tame your mane in the long term scheme of things. You’re going to need a pair of beard/moustache scissors and yes they do make those specifically although it might seem excessive you’re going to be using these on your face so maybe a fresh, clean, and dedicated pair will serve you better than the ones you’ve got lying around in the kitchen. Next would be a beard brush and maybe a beard comb if you’ve got the budget and feel like you need both, you’ll need at least one of those two for your daily grooming routine. And then comes your beard wash which is probably more important than any of the tools I mentioned before because you need to keep that thing clean and regular soap or shampoo just isn’t good for your beard. Beard wash is helpful because it helps you get it clean without stripping it of too much of the essential oils it needs, if you use a beard wash you can get it clean without drying it or your skin out. The last essential that you’re going to be needing is a beard oil that you apply to feed you beard. Now things like styling wax for your moustache or any other miscellaneous products for your facial hair aren’t completely necessary but add and subtract these4 from your routine as necessary.

When it rains it pours

A lot of stuff’s been going on recently. Some of it’s been good and some of it’s been not so good but overall I can’t complain. If anything all the recent events have just been keeping me really busy dealing with everything. No worries though I’ll be rolling out another article real soon!

Best practices for using Makeup Primer

 

Applying Makeup Primer or as the french say base de maquillage is a step that a lot of people tend to skip and it probably doesn’t get as much love as it deserves. Which is a little sad because taking that extra couple of minutes could prove life or death for your makeup regime as the day drags on. So let’s go over how Primer should be utilized so that you can start incorporating it into your daily routine.

Obviously you’ve got to buy Primer first but you don’t know which one to choose. First you need to know what you want from the Primer as there are tons of Primers on the market consider your skin and the benefits you need for it. There are primers to help with wrinkles, discoloration, matte primers for oily skin, so think about the problems your skin has and find a primer that addresses your skin personally.

Once you’ve found a primer that works for your skin and have made that fated first purchase it’s time to start application, or rather prepping for application. Wash your face with a gentle cleansing product to remove and dirt or things of that variety from the surface of your skin. Make sure your hands are spotless as well since you’re going to be using them to apply the primer and if your hands are dirty that’s not going to bode well. Feel free to apply moisturizer as well before the primer itself if you’re really concerned about your makeup perhaps being too heavy then fear not as there are primers that come with the secondary benefit of having moisturizing properties.

Get a small amount of primer maybe around the size a pea and put it on the center of your face. Try to split it between the bridge of your nose and spread it gently across your face using a circular pattern to really make sure it spreads nice and even. Make that you get your whole face so don’t forget any spots and you can even include the lips if you have dry lips so you’ll have an easier time with your lipstick later on.

And just let it dry completely, this shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes. Once the primer is dry then you should have a much easier time applying your foundation on top of it. And that’s all there is to Makeup Primer not complicated at all and so worth the effort.

Sometimes Nice Wholesome Produce is hard to come by!

Sorry for my recent absence folks! I wanted to continue building the good momentum I had going with this blog, but it turns out that finding new wholesome products to write about is sometime easier said than done!

Despite this a few have seemingly landed on my doorstep. I’m finishing up some new posts on them now and they will be available shortly.

Another Great Product

Now for something a bit different! I was beginning to think that all of you were getting bored of the beard chat on this blog.

Although it is one of my favourite subjects I feel it is important to switch it up a bit every once in a while, so for the time being I am going to park that topic.

Without veering too far away from the world of cosmetics, I want to mention a new item I tried not long ago.

Ever since I’ve know her, my wife has always been banging on about how important skincare is. For me, that would usually be one of the subjects that I would instantly switch off to and essentially not listen to.

Around a month ago though a close friend at work actually commented on my skin, and the comment wasn’t positive. I consider this person quite a close friend, so I don’t think they were doing it to spite me; I genuinely think they were being honest and letting me know that my skin wasn’t looking great, like a good, honest friend would.

I hurried home that evening and immediately told my wife – She laughed insisting that I should have listened to her all those times before when she stressed the importance of a good skincare regime.

After looking in the mirror for way too long, I came to the conclusion that my skin definitely wasn’t looking great. What had gone wrong!?

Looking for wrinkles in the mirror

I hadn’t done anything different recently. I hadn’t changed anything in my diet, sleep, or exercise, so I really couldn’t explain it. Oh well, these things happen as time goes by don’t they – They’re inevitable!

Despite this I was keen to take some action to counteract my rapidly degrading skin. The answer was supplied to me by my (at this point) incredibly helpful wife.

She suggested I kick things off with a face serum. It sounds extravagant I know, and she assured me that it was powerful stuff. I reasoned that I might as well jump in at the deep end and agreed to give it a go. She decided on something called Lunar Night Elixir Repair Serum. I can’t really remember her reasons for choosing it, but it has done a pretty damn good job so far.

My next move is to study the ingredients from this product intently, to see if I can get something similar in a cream or moisturiser form. I feel that would be the ultimate skincare product for me. I’ll have a look and will update this post once I’ve found one. Thanks for reading 🙂

More from Gabe

Hey! Gabe here. I just wanted to let you know that my next full piece will be up and running very soon. Without giving too much away (and without tooting my own horn too much!) It’s an interesting read and one definitely worth coming back for. Check back in a few days.

Back once again with some more NWPs!

This time around I wanted to talk about a gift I got for my brother for Christmas. I was going to talk about it a bit sooner but I thought I’d give him enough time to try it out properly so he can let me know what he thinks in full.

Enough rambling – the product in question is something called a beard kit. I was interested in trying one of these as I had heard rave reviews online.

Christmas presented the perfect opportunity for me to get one, but unfortunately we have this stupid tradition in my family that all gifts must be surprises! That means I wasn’t able to ask any of my family members for it.

Lo and behold I didn’t receive one on Christmas Day. I wasn’t too disappointed however as I done the next best thing – I had purchased one for my brother. I knew that if I did this, there’d be a good chance that I would be able to try some of the products within the kit too.

bearded christmas

My brother and I are quite close, and ever since a young age we’ve often shared our belongings.

Similarly if one of us tries something and enjoys it, we will often suggest the other one tries it. It could be anything, from a new film, to a cuisine to a beard product 🙂

After my brother had been using the kit for a good few weeks, he agreed to let me have a try. I have to say that the kit I got him is bloody marvellous. It contains an oil, a balm, a wash and a small comb – everything you’d need to get your grooming regime underway.

I enjoyed using it so much that I was very sorry to hand it back to him. I started getting withdrawal symptoms, so I decided to purchase one of my own. If you’re interested in trying one of your own, just follow the link to this beard grooming kit. You won’t be disappointed!

I’ve got something up my sleeve

Christmas posed the perfect opportunity for me to not only receive some NWPs myself, but purchase some for my friends and family. Luckily, I was incredibly blessed this festive period and received lots of nice gifts that I’m very eager to blog about. I’m still working my way through them, but will have something up in a day or two.

More NWPs for my beard

In last month’s post I regaled you about my venture into beardom. I was a complete novice and walked into it blindly. Now after a few months, I can safely say I have made it to the other side relatively unscathed.

So how have I done it, I can hear you asking yourself. I have to admit, it wouldn’t have been possible without procuring and using a wide array of products that have aided me in my venture.

Previously I mentioned beard wash, and what wonders that did, but recently I have found an item (by the same brand in fact) that I feel is even more useful.

It is essentially a mini kit, that includes not only beard wash, but oil too. However instead of them being full size items (that are quite expensive in themselves), the kit contains miniatures, that are much smaller, more affordable and transportable too.

 

kit for beard

 

Altogether the kit comes in at just over half the price of the full sized wash! So you may think this might be a good place for a bearded beginner to start and get their feet wet.

That’s exactly what I was a few months ago, and now I’ve come through the other side, I think I’m qualified to say that this little item is definitely the real deal.

The brand themselves call this a beard starter kit, which I think is a pretty apt name. I was a complete beginner when I came across it, and the product really helped ease me into my new bearded life, and ensure my facial hair was looking sharp and in shape from the get go.

All in all I can’t recommend this enough. If you’re on fence and thinking about throwing away your razor then look no further than this starter item to get you going on your way.

More NWP’s

Tales of more NWP’s are on their way – don’t you worry.

I know I promised myself that I’d post every week, but unfortunately it hasn’t panned out that way.

I’ll do my best to get back on track though – starting with an article i’m going to post this weekend!