Many moons ago, I was whisked away by my beau to the romantic city of Paris. A spontaneous, giddy adventure, we were young, carefree and in love.
Spontaneous? Carefree? Not me! Despite what’s depicted in the movies, I couldn’t just skip onto Eurostar looking all chic and Parisian with a slick of red lipstick and a devil-may-care attitude. I had to pack – clothes, accessories, toiletries! Day cream, night cream, eye cream, body cream. Hair straighteners, hair curlers…
And him? I was aghast as he casually tossed in a disposable razor and deodorant! Fast forward 20 years and the male grooming industry is now worth billions.
Looking good for men has never been easier. There is a slew of products for men – serums, scrubs, oils, pomades, clippers, trimmers and balms, so here are The Blonde’s top 5 grooming habits to keep you looking great so us girls can’t keep our hands off you.
1 Fuzz Away
Us gals have no issue with beards and hairy chests, just keep it sculpted, neat and under control. Electric razors look so space-age these days that I’m sure they could take you and Elon Musk to Mars and back. A quality multi-function electric grooming device for hair, beard, shoulders, chest, ears, nose (if it’s not sprouting there already, it will!) and all areas down below is an essential team player in your grooming squad to keep all things fuzz under control.
The Blonde’s Tip – take a monthly trip to the barbers for a little extra pampering. They will have you looking sharp, fuzz free and sexy in no time at all. Grrrr…
2 Pearly White’s
The electric toothbrush must be one of the best inventions ever! It’s never been easier to keep your teeth sparkling, your breath fresh and mouth ready for smooching. Being the style queen I am, I did somewhat, have an issue with bright blue brushes, neon rubber flashes and the bright LED light design looking garish in my bathroom. I’m now in love with a new kid in town. An uber stylish electric toothbrush from Quip, it’s the ultimate chic and stylish bathroom accessory. As well as doing everything my old brush did, it’s totally gorgeous (it will look awesome in your bathroom), they’ll send you replacement heads every quarter (how thoughtful) and it has a nifty suction pad so, yes, it will stick to your mirror! And in an array of sleek colours it won’t jar with your interior (Me? I have the all black version) but the big win for me is, through their ADA foundation, your purchase will help provide oral health education and dental care for thousands of disadvantaged families. Win-win all round.
Invest in a quality daily moisturiser and apply every day – not just when you remember! A moisturiser will nourish tired skin, hydrate and fill fine lines, giving you the glow of a millennial. Invest in a cream which absorbs fast and leaves a matte finish, so the fact you even moisturise, darling, is concealed — along with your crow’s feet and laughter lines.
I met Tom Ford once, very briefly, in an airport lounge. Mesmerizing. Ford is groomed to within an inch of his life, stubble perfectly contoured, skin tanned, plumped like a peach and not a hair out of place. So, I guess his skin care range must be pretty amazing!
Everything Tom Ford does is pure gorgeous indulgence. In a glossy, chocolate casing, his daily face moisturiser with his designer touch, is the ultimate skincare treat.
4 Manicure & Pedicure
Not just for ladies! A monthly trip to the salon for a buff, file and cuticle treatment will keep nails neat, healthy and strong.
The Blonde’s Tip - a great place to meet women! We love a guy who takes care of himself. Take a female friend with you if you’re feeling intimidated or unsure!
The new super cool hair products that everyone’s talking about are gel and a cream hybrid pastes which give flexibility and texture and can be applied to dry or towel dried hair. They work for a wet, slicked-back look for evenings to a just-got-out-of bed sexy morning tousled effect and everything in between. Irresistible for girls. Finding products which give more than one look give added flexibility to your grooming arsenal.
The Blonde’s Tip - Don’t use too much product though, we want to play with your hair, not get stuck in it.
Now my beau has discovered how smooth, fresh faced and energized he can look now his morning routine of a splash of cold water and brief dalliance with a bar of soap has been replaced with a streamlined, super-charged cleanse, tone and moisturising ritual, there no keeping him out of the bathroom!