Category Archives: GROOM

The List: Mid-Summer Essentials for Men

July 19, 2017

Recently I switched up my style and daily grooming routine so I have put together a male must have list that will instantly transform the average Joe to a dapper dude. These brands are not only suave and sexy they also are healthy and strategically crafted to make any man appear to be the perfect gentleman. Every man loves a good pair of sunnies, undies, sex, and effective grooming products. After my research these are the best I have personally tried thus far and I highly recommend you go out and get them immediately to impress that special someone or just to better yourself. Since every man loves sex the first product I want to turn you on to (pun intended) is Sex Dust by Moon Juice. This is a lusty blend of adaptogenic superherbs that help combat the effects of stress to ignite your creative and sexual energy, in and out of the bedroom. I prefer adding to a protein shake with a nut butter but you can add this product to your morning coffee, water or pretty much anything you drink excluding alcohol. The special blend consists of Ho Shou Wu, Organic Cacao, Shilajit, Maca, Organic Schisandra, Cistanche, Epimedium and Organic Stevia leaf.

Every male loves a fresh pair of undies and Related Garments invented the perfect pair of boxer briefs that come with two pairs of matching socks, one being long and the other being footies that are not seen when wearing shoes. Honestly, these are probably the comfiest underwear I have ever worn even beating out the usual go-to Calvin Klein collection. Related Garments states they were built on the principle that every detail counts, even if it goes (mostly) unseen. Men deserve better when it comes to the basics. No longer should we be subjected to dingy, hole-ridden, stretched-out waistband underwear and socks. Considering the fact that your underwear is hugging your most precious package we think your goods deserve what is good. Related has a dual meaning and message, besides the obvious about the founders being brothers, it only seemed logical that socks and underwear should be sold in pairs. Stylish and luxurious sets of socks and underwear make prep work in the morning simple–and leave a lasting impression.

Another thing no man should leave the house without are a nice pair of sunnies. These effortlessly chic and affordable sunglasses are made by Chimi Eyewear  I have the Kiwi colored – out of the nine different colors in three classical models- and wear them every single day. I get compliments on them everywhere I go from the grocery store to running at the park. Chimi Eyewear is based in Stockholm, Sweden but ships worldwide free of charge – that deal is hard to beat. Chimi Eyewear’s colorful shades are made for colorful people. CHIMIs are designed to match every mood and style of colorful peoples lives.

I strongly believe in the importance of a distinguished and diligently dapper gentleman always being consistent with grooming. Three brands I absolutely love and incorporate into my daily regimen are Kiehl’sSonage and Herbivore.  I use the Sonage Patagonia Berry Stem Cell mask which is one of the best face masks on the market and doesn’t burn like most masks while fully hydrating my skin; Herbivore’s gorgeous orange Phoenix facial oil that gives you that sexy confident wrinkle-less glow every man needs and the entire Kiehl’s Age Defender moisturizing line as well as the Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Texturizing Clay for the perfectly flexible hold with an aroma of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Eucalyptus essential oils.  

XX Jonathan Stinson

Dr. Babak Dadvand, Plastic Surgeon

July 12, 2017

Dr. Babak Dadvand,Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, in practice for over two decades is a world famous for transgender surgery. 

I met with him recently and was awed by his wealth of knowledge on the subject M2F/F2M surgeries for transsexuals. I had been wanting to find the go-to plastic surgeon in LA for this and I hit the jack pot. But it’s not only this surgery that defines this pioneer. His is also on the cutting edge of all things breast for both male and females, from gynecomastia (man boobs) to breast augmentation, breast/body lifts, and of course liposuction.

 

Dr. Dadvand works with some of the newest cosmetic procedures available to date; such as the Kybella (injectable eliminates double chin),  Voluma (creates instant structure in the face), as well as all the tried and true fillers such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and more.

So as we discussed his surgery techniques, I asked him to please address my lips with some filler. Ya see, my lips are challenging. They are wide and not very full. There is too much space between my nose and top lip. My top lip is much thinner than my bottom.

And oh – I loathe a filler-look. I never want my lips to look unnatural. Full yes, but not ‘filler’ full.

I was floored by what happened over the next…I dunno, 45 mins? HE TOOK HIS TIME. And addressed my lips like it was a serious operation. Slowly, meticulously and deeply studying he worked filler into my lips, paused, studied, and continued. The approach was totally personal, with extreme attention to detail and laser focus.

And the result was nothing short of amazing. My lips look incredibly natural and simply more even and full. Nothing crazy. No Bev Hills housewife duck lips.

Please forgive my Mac photo-booth photos that I am taking while sitting here sweating my brains out. Don’t mind my weird face rash either. Paging the best dermatologist please!

Dr. Dadvand’s destination recovery VIP treatment for out-of-town patients is well-known and regarded as one of the best. Patients that come from afar are offered luxury accommodations, medical assistance, room service and more.     

(310) 278-4200
8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 615 | Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Kim Vō Launches Vō Blow; a Concept Salon focused on Quick and Luxurious Treatments at the Montage Beverly Hills

July 10, 2017

Ten minute hair color? YES, PLEASE!!!

As summer kicks into high gear, so do the outdoor activities — beach gatherings, backyard BBQs, pool parties, weekends away. But with all that fun in the sun, our hair pays a major price. Summer conspires against hair color like no other season. The sun, salt water, chlorine and over-washing fade color and dull shine.  With the weather so perfect, who wants to spend the whole day in the salon getting those pesky roots touched up when we could be bouncing around town posting Instagram stories of “rosé all day”?”

Master colorist Kim Vo and his new Vō Blow salon has changed all that. You can now get hair color AND a blow out in the same amount of time it takes you to filter your photo. This express service is literally 10-minute hair color and a 30-minute blow out — game changer!! Oh yeah, and everything is under $50.

Located street-level at the famed Montage Beverly Hills, Vō Blow is the complete package from root to end. Perfect for a lunch break refresh or when you’re tight on time and need a root touch-up before a night out, Vō Blow’s core a la carte services include blowdrys, 10-minute color, glaze treatments, moisture masks, and intensive conditioning treatments —and did I mention everything is under $50?

“My clients have always asked me for an express service to take them in between their salon visits, or to deliver quick color in a pinch,” says Vō, whose famous clients include Britney Spears, Jenny McCarthy, Goldie Hawn and Pamela Anderson. “Our ten-minute color is perfect for both men and women on the go and, as we like to say, Vo Blow Color Go!”

Run, don’t walk, to Vō Blow.

MONTAGE BEV HILLS

Address225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
 
xx Natasha

LASH REHAB WITH JESSICA JOHNSON CONDITIONING SERUM

July 7, 2017

Thank you to my soul sister Charolette of Charolette’s Book for enlightening me to so many exciting brands and stories. She’s my major girl crush.

I had been searching for a lash serum to launch a major lash rehab campaign. After ten years of solid lash extension abuse – my lashes looked like I had been in a fire. One by one, my extensions fell out, and every time I made an appointment for a fill with my lash queen, Amanda, I kept cancelling because of schedule conflicts.

Finally, all my lashes were gone and I was left with stubs. For ten years, I have been so freaked out to look at myself sans lashes that I made it a point to get in to Amanda asap. But something told me, I needed to give what was left of my lashes a major break.

First up, I would need a hard-core lash growth and conditioning system. Lucky for me, my weekly email from Charolette was fresh in my in-box and what do you know…there before my very eyes was her high-rated pick, JESSICA JOHNSON Conditioning Serum ($110).

And, if you are still hooked on your extensions, it also helps keep lashes with extensions hydrated and strong and restores lashes after removing lashes.

I am only on week one but so far so good. I can’t wait to fill you in soon on my growth!

KEY INGREDIENTS

Black Sea Rod Oil

Has the same restorative power as proven brow and lash growth products containing synthetic prostaglandins, but is a natural, organic ingredient.

SymPeptide® Xlash

A lipo-oligopeptide; it penetrates deeply and quickly into the hair follicles, enhancing the growth of naturally beautiful and full brows and lashes. It also supports the production of keratin, the main structural component of hair, brows and lashes.

Hyaluronic Acid

Often referred to as “nature’s moisturizer.” It forms an invisible, air-permeable film, protecting brows and lashes from becoming dry and brittle.

D-Panthenol

Known as the “beauty vitamin” a vital nutrient that promotes the growth of healthy, beautiful hair.

All ingredients:

Aqua, sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Black Sea Rod Oil, Glycerin, Phenethyl Caffeate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, C12-15Alkyl Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-30, Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, 1,2 Hexandediol, Benoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

About Jessica:

Philosophy

We all know that clearing clutter in your life does wonders for your emotional well-being. The same is true when it comes to your beauty routine.

Our mission is to bring a sense of calm and serenity to women’s lives by creating fewer, better products that are multifunctional.

Using fewer products doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality and effectiveness. In fact, we’re confident your skin will never look or feel better.

25 Years in the Making

My love for the beauty industry started in 1986. While earning my degree from Sacramento State University, I worked as a makeup artist in print, television and for major cosmetic brands. After graduating I switched gears and went to work for the Governor of California. However, my passion for beauty drew me back to the industry. I went on to open two salons in San Francisco and launch my first product company, Bombshell Wax.

Seeking a simpler life, my husband and I moved to Maine to raise our family. Eventually, I began feeling overwhelmed by my responsibilities as a busy, working mother. Searching for a sense of calm and peace, I decided to clear the clutter out of my life. As I cleaned out my home, I gained clarity and felt more confident, focused and energetic. I decided to apply this philosophy to my beauty regimen. I realized how good it felt to be free of a time consuming beauty routine that contributed to my cluttered, emotional space.

I wanted fewer products but I didn’t want to skimp on quality or effectiveness.This led me to create a brand that infuses the principles of a pared down, simplified lifestyle with effective, high quality, luxurious products.

FEWER PRODUCTS, BETTER BEAUTYTM

Bigger is SEXIER – NEW LARGER SIZE GLAMGLOW’s Out of This World Tightening & Firming Treatment

July 5, 2017

From the world’s fastest growing luxury skincare line comes GLAMGLOW’s most disruptive product yet; GRAVITYMUD™ FIRMING TREATMENT is an out of this world instant Tightening & Firming Treatment that helps face, neck and décolleté feel tighter and more lifted for sexy contours. This innovative formula changes color from white to a brilliant chrome while mega-targeted ingredients work together to help skin’s contours feel firmer and look more defined.

The mask peels off to leave skin feeling tighter and more lifted for super sexy radiant skin. GRAVITYMUD Powered by: ★ VIZITIGHT with Firming Matrix + Marine Algae Plasma + BioDefine Polymers to provide instantly tighter feeling skin.★ VIZITIGHT with Firming Matrix + Marine Algae Plasma + BioDefine Polymers to provide instantly tighter feeling skin.★ LUNARLIFT boosted with Soy Isoflavone Liposome & Red Algae Extract to help skin feel tighter and more toned.★ COSMIPLEXION with Icelandic Kelp, Hyaluronic Acid & Mineral-Rich Glacial Clay to help skin feel younger and more resilient.★ TEAOXI® Complex with Marshmallow + Licorice Leaf to help skin look and feel firmer.

Vanessa Hudgens, sister Stella and two friends used GLAMGLOW’s Supermud and Gravitymud for a masked meeting of the minds. 
GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment – 50g
February 2017
$69 – Sephora, Nordstrom, www.glamglow.com

GLAMGLOW’s SUPERMUD® Gets a New Bigger Jar When your skin misbehaves it’s a problem. GLAMGLOW’s SUPERMUD® CLEARING TREATMENT is an Instant PROBLEMSOLVER, designed to detox skin to help address common skin imperfections. This Ultimate SUPERTASKER™ is one of the top selling products in Sephora history and now you get even more Quick Fix Treatment when SUPERMUD® launches in a new, bigger 50g jar. With powerful Activated-X charcoal to help visibly draw out dirt, oil, congestion and impurities SUPERMUD® leaves pores refined and skin looking instantly mattified. A proprietary blend of six different Acids helps brighten and soften the skin while Eucalyptus Leaf Teaoxi® Technology helps skin feel calm and hydrated. Designed for Men & Women of all ages to provide Super Clear, Super Sexy Skin.

★ ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4% – A proprietary six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids help de-clog, and minimize pores.★ ACNECIDIC-6™ 4.4% – A proprietary six-acid blend of AHA and BHA acids help de-clog, and minimize pores.★ Activated-X Charcoal – An extreme absorption carbon, attracting toxic substances into its mass.★ K17-Clay™ – Extracts and encapsulates excess sebum oils and environmental toxins.★ TEAOXI™ – Delivers eucalyptol, natural-linalool oil, and powerful flavonoids direct into the formula from real pieces of eucalyptus leaf.