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Men’s Grooming: Tips and Tools for Manscaping

  • posted October 17th, 2014
  • Beauty

Some men like to sport the scruffy look year-round and, with the colder fall and winter seasons approaching, it looks like more men will be flaunting their “no shave November” beards and mustaches. Here are some tips and tools that will help keep your facial hair groomed appropriately.

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Credit: Beardbrand, Out

 “We found a lot of stores felt a need or a product to help their bearded customers. Before we started servicing that need, there wasn’t anything for them to offer men who have facial hair. We wanted to serve the needs of the bearded.”

-Lindsey Reinders
Co-Founder of Beardbrand

- Beard Oil: According to Business Insider, men can benefit from using beard oil because it calms and softens up facial hair, while adding some shine. This is great because facial hair grows in all different textures and can get a bit wild. Beardbrand has a wide selection of beard oil blends to pick from. They use natural ingredients like argan oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil and almond oil that help create a lightweight base that conditions beards without causing any heavy greasiness. Shop for Beardbrand products on TheFind!

- Bayolea Collection: Penhaligon, the official court barber and perfumer to Queen Victoria, released its first ever men’s grooming line this fall—Bayolea. Its moustache wax, shave oil and aftershave are excellent products for maintaining healthy and attractive facial hair. Bayolea products blend together citrusy, spicy and earthy ingredients like lemongrass, black pepper and sandalwood and create a masculine scents that aren’t too overpowering.

- Comb: Business Insider suggests that every bearded man invest in a good comb or boar’s hairbrush. These items will help keep your beard looking nice and clean. This is especially appropriate for bearded men in the corporate workforce. Eric Bandholz, co-founder of Beardbrand, describes the “corporate beard” to Forbes as “anywhere between a two-week and two-month beard that’s well groomed and the neckline and cheekline is straight.” In addition to a comb or hairbrush, scissors or beard trimmers will help men achieve this look.

For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out Business Insider.

Halloween 2014 Q&A: Real Simple’s Home Director Betsy Goldberg

Get some expert advice on Halloween crafts, costumes, décor and much more from TheFind’s Q&A series with Real Simple’s Home Director, Betsy Goldberg. 

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What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume list?

I have two girls ages 9 and 5, and they usually go for the costumes with some kind of special little accessory. Last year my older one was a police officer because of the cute aviator sunglasses, and my younger one was a devil, with a little horned headband. This year my 9-year-old is going to be a Grecian goddess, with one of those gold braided bands you wear around your head. My little one wants to be “a scary witch, not a cute witch” so I have to figure out some clever face painting to make that happen.

What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?

Besides the biggies like orientaltrading.com and Halloweenexpress.com, we’ve found great items on trendyhalloween.com, hauntedprops.com, and frightcatalog.com. It can also help to ask for ideas on mom message boards like Baby Center—moms are pretty resourceful! Pinterest searches with varied phrasing (i.e. “Greek goddess costume for girls,” “Grecian goddess kid costume,”) can turn up a ton of options too, including DIY versions to try.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?

Swap with friends. Most of the time they’re keeping costumes their kids have worn just once so they’re in great condition. And check your closets—you might be able to put together a costume without buying anything. Real Simple staffers demonstrated this for adult costumes.

Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?
Don’t pick a costume that relies on a big accessory like a witch’s broom or an uncomfortable mask—your kid will abandon it in the first 10 minutes of trick or treating, and then it’s disheartening for them to keep getting the question, “Oh and what are you?” Bring an extra bag, a Ziploc or shopping bag, so that you can siphon out some of the collected candy as you’re trick- or-treating—those pumpkin buckets can get really heavy for kids! Also, before Halloween, it’s a good idea to recap how it works: You’ll ring the door, say “Trick or Treat?” and someone will open the door and hand you candy or offer you a bowl of it. This way, you get a chance to remind them not to grab fistfuls of candy and to remember to say thank you! Another good tip: know your kids and how long they’ll last walking around the neighborhood.  That way you can plan accordingly to avoid meltdowns. But no matter how late you get home, let your kids have a chance to spread out their candy, count it, categorize it, trade—it’s often more fun and memorable than eating it.

What are your must-have Halloween décor items?

You really don’t have to go all out and decorate the whole house. In the Halloween feature in the October issue of Real Simple, we show how to make a big impact by decorating just the foyer, since that’s where you’re handing out candy. Hang a colorful garland above your console, fill a big glass jar with a bunch of fake bones, put creepy eyeball chocolates in a bowl, or scatter plastic spiders across the table—just a little something to set a spooky vibe.

Are there any DIY crafts that you recommend parents create with their kids?

It’s really easy to “mummify” juice boxes or big candy bars by wrapping with white crepe paper and adding googly eyes. I also love a twist on the traditional carved pumpkin. In Real Simple’s Halloween feature, we show a rainbow pumpkin made by sticking in colorful map pins, in evenly spaced rows, and a “bloody” pumpkin made by melting unwrapped red crayons over the top of a white pumpkin. And your kids can even make their own trick-or-treating bags—we show 5 cute, super-easy ideas on realsimple.com.

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Betsy Goldberg was named Home Director of Real Simple in December 2013. In this role, Goldberg oversees the award-winning lifestyle brand’s home content, which includes conceptualizing and shaping the magazine’s monthly decorating, cleaning, and organizing stories and overseeing features across the brand’s multimedia platforms.

Before joining Real Simple, Goldberg served as Deputy Editor of HGTV Magazine, where she oversaw decorating, organizing, and home improvement content and was the liaison to HGTV Network starsPreviously, Goldberg was a Senior Editor at Us Weekly and the Deputy Editor at Modern Bride, where she worked for six years. She has also worked as a Reporter at New York Magazine and as an associate editor at the luxury-lifestyle glossy CS. In addition, Goldberg has written for Glamour, Health, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Money, AOL, and Time Out.

Hands Free Gadgets

  • posted October 15th, 2014
  • Gadgets

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Credit: Ali Express, Geeky Gadgets, Kenu

-       JBL Headphones: The JBL E40BT headphones wirelessly connect you to electronic devices. There are no cords to tie you down, which allows you the freedom to walk around as you please. Its Bluetooth technology will sync you to your mobile phones, tablets, and other Bluetooth equipped devices. With just a click of a button, you can enjoy the benefits of hands free phone calls, music, etc.

-       GoPro Mounts: GoPro action cameras are great for capturing crazy and wild adventures. Owners of these devices should purchase mounts to better document their surroundings. Rhino GoPro accessories are great for extreme sports athletes. They have various products that range from stationary handsfree helmet mounts to swivel mounts that are capable of capturing 360-degree videos.

-       Airframe+: The Airframe+ is the perfect car mount for mobile devices. Its rotating clip feature allows for secure mounting to any type of vent, whether it is horizontal, vertical or angled. The clip conveniently acts as a travel stand—both portrait and landscape format—by simply inserting a card from your wallet. Last, Airframe+ accompanies multiple sizes of mobile devices with its expandable grip ability that can adjust to iPhones, Androids, etc. and their oversized cases. Make sure to shop TheFind for this innovative gadget!

Creative Children’s Desserts

Have some fun with your kids and teach them a few creative skills in the kitchen! These desserts will definitely be exciting to prepare:

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Credit: The Stir, Martha Stewart, We’re Calling Shenanigans

-       Homemade Popsicles: Making your own popsicles is extremely easy to do. It does not require super intricate tasks so it’s a dessert that can be fun for children to participate in making. The necessary materials include popsicle molds, popsicle sticks and any ingredients you wish to use. Shown above are Gummy Bear Popsicles, which only require sprite and gummy bears! For more popsicle ideas, visit The Stir.

-       Rice Krispie Treats: Rice krispie treats are a classic children’s snack, but in honor of October, transform these goodies into fun Halloween icons. Shape the concoction into candy corn replicas with food coloring. For objects that may be more challenging to create with your hands, Halloween cookie cutters can be more precise and also save you a lot of time.

-       Mini Aquarium: Have a ton of fun with your kids by making mini aquariums out of jello! You can choose to buy little candy fish to put into jello mixtures, or make them yourselves using any type of fish shaped mold. Candy fish will save you a lot more time, but there is no harm spending extra time on this exciting project that you get to eat. Any kind of clear container, from plastic cups to fish bowls, works perfect for exposing fish under the sea!

 

This Week on TheFind Blog: Incorporating Strollers and Wagons Into Trick-or-Treating, Safety Tools for Fire Prevention, Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes and Eco-Friendly Technology

  • posted October 12th, 2014
  • TheFind

For those of you who were just too busy this week, here is what you missed on TheFind Blog:

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-       Add some spunk to your child’s transportation on Halloween with these creative wagon, stroller and wheelchair ideas!

-       Make sure to supply your home with the proper supplies for fire prevention.

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Credit: CRSA Architecture, Velvetwire

-       Some costumes just aren’t meant for the office. Read these tips on work-appropriate Halloween attire.

-       Save the world and go green with these eco-friendly tech accessories.

Eco-Friendly Technology

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Credit: Velvetwire, Jamboo Headphones, Tube 

-       Powerslayer: Velvetwire designs energy efficient products to promote a smarter energy future. Their products offer the most efficient way to charge mobile devices and eliminate energy waste. The Powerslayer improves lifetime battery performance by automatically shutting off when devices are completely charged. In addition, Velvetwire recently announced the upcoming Powerslayer Blu, a Bluetooth-compatible charger. For more details, visit Velvetwire.

-       Jamboo Headphones: Because of its rapid growth and short life span, bamboo is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly plants. Jamboo incorporates the biodegradable, woody plant into their tiny ear buds and phone cases with eco-friendly glues and oxygen-free copper. In addition, the earphone cords are woven with cotton thread to keep them from tangling. You can purchase Jamboo headphones on TheFind!

iTube: Tires can be extremely harmful to the environment. Burning them releases many toxins into the air, polluting Earth’s natural atmosphere. The itube is a small pocket case for mobile phones that is made out of recycled bicycle tubes. This innovative design is water-resistant and safely protects your phone.

Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Many people like to go all-out when it comes to Halloween costumes. From crazy hair and makeup, to oversized props and equipment, accessorizing can sometimes be too much for certain environments. It’s totally ok to be festive, but different surroundings often require you to tone it down a little. Here are some tips to consider for work-appropriate Halloween costumes that will allow you to have fun while still maintaining productivity in the office.

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Credit: Spirit Halloween, CRSA Architecture

-       Comfort: A normal workday is usually 8 hours, which means you will have to remain in costume for the extended period of time. Choose a costume that is comfortable and will not inhibit your ability to do complete your tasks. If you will be working outdoors or with heavy machinery, consider avoiding costumes that require props or other pieces that will get in the way of your tools/equipment. For example, substitute masks that may block your peripheral vision with makeup instead.

-       Keep it Professional: For women, Halloween costumes are often designed to be sexy and revealing. But the workplace is NOT the place to show off some skin. Keep it appropriate and don’t offend your fellow co-workers with costumes that will make them uncomfortable. Instead of purchasing risqué outfits, try finding individual pieces like skirts, pants and shirts in similar colors that could substitute for costumes.

Safety Tools for Fire Prevention

On October 8, 1871, a tragic fire broke out in Chicago, Illinois. The fire blazed on through October 9 and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, burned more than 2,000 acres and killed more than 250 people. As a result, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating tragedy. Refer to the National Fire Protection Association for more information on the Great Chicago Fire. Here are some must-have fire safety tools that every home should be supplied with to prevent fires.

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Credit: Good Housekeeping, S-Tech, Borders Alert and Ready

-       Smoke Detector: It is vital to have a smoke detector in your home at all times. They are usually the first response to smoke and fires, which can be crucial in the late evenings when everyone in the home is asleep. Make sure to include a smoke detector in every single room and hallway of your home. In addition, regularly testing the batteries is crucial to maintaining functional smoke detectors because a non-working detector is equivalent to no detector at all.

-       Carbon Monoxide Detector: According to True Jersey, “carbon monoxide is called a ‘silent killer’ for good reason. We can’t see it, hear it or smell it.” Many people overlook symptoms caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. It is smart to inspect chimneys, furnaces, stoves and other heaters for potential blockages that may keep gas from escaping. A carbon monoxide detector will help alert you from any poisoning.

-       Fire Extinguisher: In the case of a fire breaking out, quick and easy access to a fire extinguisher will help prevent the fire from growing and ultimately save lives. Supply your home with multiple fire extinguishers and keep them located in rooms/areas that may be easily subjected to fires: kitchens, living rooms with fireplaces, backyards, etc.

Incorporating Strollers and Wagons Into Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating with babies and toddlers often requires strollers and wagons because children get tired from walking. Get creative and incorporate your child’s stroller, wagon, or other transporting vehicle as a prop for their Halloween costume. Here are some ideas from Baby Gizmo.

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Credit: Baby Gizmo

-       Mousetrap Wagon: You can construct a mousetrap wagon with a variety of materials. The photo above uses plywood but you can also substitute it for cardboard, which is a lighter alternative. Replicate the trap’s coil with any sort of metal tubing material or even make your own tube with scraps and spray paint it silver. Dress your child up as a little mouse and you’re ready to go!

-       Doll Box Stroller: Transform your baby’s stroller into a doll display box with cardboard and paint. The picture above shows a baby girl as a Cabbage Patch Kid. From Barbie to American Girl, there are so many dolls to choose from. If the doll figure isn’t what you are aiming for, try dressing your kid as a toy train or car in a display box.

-       Ice Cream Truck Wheelchair: For children who may be disabled, utilize their devices for creative props. The image above shows a child in a wheelchair that was transformed into an ice cream truck. The wheelchair’s wheels function as the truck’s tires and adds to his costume. This idea of incorporation can be applied to other tools like walking sticks, crutches, etc. With some imagination and brainstorming, you can covert any transportation tool into a prop for your child’s costume.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Halloween Safety Tips, Accessories For Your iPhone 6, Halloween 2014 Q&A: SHEfinds.com & MOMfinds.com’s Jeanine Edwards, How to be The Best Version of Your Halloween Character

Didn’t get a chance to stay tuned with TheFind Blogs this week? Make sure to check out what you missed here:

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-       Help make your children’s Halloween experience fun and stress free with these safety tips!

-       Wait to purchase your iPhone 6 accessories because there are some upcoming products expected to release in the next few months!

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-       Get some expert Halloween parenting and shopping advice from SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com Editorial Director, Jeanine Edwards.

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Credit: Bustle, Teen Vogue

-       Great detail to your Halloween makeup will help make you stand out from other people dressed in the same character.

-       Think Pink and honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month with these commemorative products!

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