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Reddit reviews: The best grooming & style books

We found 1,414 Reddit comments discussing the best grooming & style books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 167 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Grooming & Style:

u/blaqkpupil · 2 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

Great, I'm glad I could help out :) As a young college-student in my 20's, I also find that many sites cater to older people. You have a similar body type to mine so I'm going to draw from what clothing works best for me.

Taking a look at your pinterest, you have some great outfits! I'll talk about my two favorite outfits and how you can create several looks from the basic pieces in each outfit.

First, http://pinterest.com/pin/189643834278830756/
This is a great summer outfit! A bright boxy top, cuffed shorts and strappy sandals with boho/tribal accessories.

-The boxy top is great because it can go with shorts, skirts, ect.. and is a beautiful, bright and trendy color. You can go for a polyester blend shirt such as this one from Forever 21. I like this blend because it's a little more elegant than plain cotton but it's not shiny and satiny.

-Cuffed shorts. A great pair of jean shorts can make or break your summer outfits. Look for shorts than have a bit more length in the leg that most short shorts, that way you can have room to keep the same cuff or roll them up a bit more, here's another great pair from Forever 21.

Now, let's talk about how the boxy top how it can be versatile in your closet.

-The boxy top can be worn with cuffed jean shorts, with solid or printed trouser style shorts such as these
or a variety of trendy skirts. Here are some suggestions:

-High-Lo Skirt

-Print

-Maxi Skirt. (You can go with solid, pleated, print, really anything!)

-The bootcut jeans you already own

-Pencil Skirt or any kind of Bodycon skirt

-PLUS: You can wear your cardigan over this blouse on a chilly day or into the fall/winter.


So I think one or two boxy shirts perhaps one in a solid bright color and another in a basic black or white could be very versatile in your closet. Printed boxy shirts can go a long way as well, just pair the shirt with a solid bottom.

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Next: http://pinterest.com/pin/189643834278830766/
A plain cotton tee (I can tell it's from Abercrombie just from the label peaking out a bit ;P) a colorful scarf, boot-cut jeans and cute Toms.

Great! You already own a pair of boot cut jeans, so all you need is a good plain t-shirt (You can use one of those boxy tops I recommended) and scarf. I find cute scarfs at Forever 21 and Target all the time so those might be some good places to start at. Anything with any kind of print that you fall in love with will work. You can go for leopard, aztec, tribal, the possibilities are endless!

Here's one I liked from F21: Scarf

-Cross-body Purse. Super trendy and you can find virtually in any store.

-Shoes: the Toms featured on this pin are perfect, they are a little more elegant than the average slip on shoe and would look great with shorts, jeans or skirts. You can also opt for flats or strappy sandals. Wedges would also look great with this outfit.

-PLUS: Add a chunky cardigan and some knee-high boots and you have an outfit that works well into Fall.

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  • I suggest you look for a maxi-skirt and a short skirt. If you buy a maxi in a solid color, buy a printed short skirt or vice-versa. These skirts can look great with any solid top, tank-top, boxy top, ect...
    Here are some examples: Blue Ikat Skirt - Floral - Printed Maxi - Solid Maxi
  • A good blazer. Blazers can go well with skirts, jeans, shorts. F21 Blazer. As far as cuts, I tend to go for longer blazers than cropped because I like my clothes a little boxy and over-sized. You might want to look for a shorter, cropped style. Try both styles on in a dressing room and see what you think flatters you best.
  • Find 3 good pairs of summer shoes. 1 pair of flat, strappy sandals. 1 pair of closed toe flat shoes (they can be Toms, laced shoes like Vans in a cute color like mint, actual flats, loafers) and 1 good pair of wedges.
    Payless Flat Sandals (Payless has really impressed me in their variety of fashionable shoes, you can find some great styles here that look just like department store brands) - Taupe Flats - Nine West Wedges
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts. Try 1 pair of cuffed jean shorts, 1 pair of plain black or khaki trouser shorts and 1 pair of printed high-waisted shorts. Printed Shorts - Basic Cotton Shorts
  • A good summery dress. You can look for a tunic style, which can also work as a beach cover-up. Maxi-dresses are also very flattering. High-Lo Dress. I struggle with dresses because most dresses at stores like Forever21 have an elastic band that cinches around the waist and I have a straight figure that starts widening around the waist, so they don't flatter me at all. I look for dresses that have no cinch or cinch just under the bust line. If cinches flatter you, then you can virtually wear any cute print you find :)
  • Ideas for tops: Scalloped Top - Lace Top - Floral Top - Slit Shoulder Top

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    Accessories

    -Skinny belt that can work with any of your bottoms, I suggest something in gold or brown

    -A cross-body bag

    -A good scarf. Once again, it's an accessory that works in any season and can brighten up any outfit

    -1-2 statement necklaces.

    -Earrings or Bracelets as you see fit


    Lastly, an AMAZING book that can guide you through fashion looks, beauty and more is Lauren Conrad's Style book. I haven't bought it personally but I looked through a great chunk of it and it is flat-out amazing! She is one of my style icons.


    Hope all of this helps!

u/Leisureguy · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

It will help, but that for many is secondary to the discovery that they can actually enjoy shaving.

First, note that true lather (made with shaving brush from shaving soap or shaving cream) will make a big improvement all by itself. In terms of quality and enjoyment of the shave, it runs like this for most:

Worst: cartridge razor + canned foam
Better: DE razor + canned foam
Better yet: cartridge razor + true lather
Best: DE razor + true lather

Indeed, you can probably ease your current situation by getting a shaving brush and a shaving cream (easier to lather and not so affected by hard water as shaving soap) and starting to use good prep---that, and making sure you use a light touch and pay attention to the grain of your beard. Take a look at the the four most common mistakes cartridge shavers make when switching to a DE razor. From those you can get ideas for improving your cartridge shave.

The main surprise when switching to a DE razor are they blades: they are not what you probably expect. Get a sampler pack start with. Try 2-3 brands from your sampler pack and then use the best of those exclusively for a couple of months. (To stick to the same brand for two months, you will have to buy a couple of packs of that brand so that you can replace blades as they become dull in use.) By keeping the brand of blade constant, variation from shave to shave is (probably) due to prep and technique, so you can focus more on perfecting those by not changing the razor or brand of blade. Also, after two months, you'll really know what that brand of blade feels like so when you try a new brand the differences are highlighted.

Some good starter razors---that is, razors that perform well, are not prone to nick, and are not costly: one of the Maggard razors, the Parker 26C open-comb, one of the Edwin Jagger razors (they all have the same head, and prices vary by handle---take a look at the Kelvin model, for example).

Here are some options:

Boar: Any of the Omega brushes, and note especially the R&B commemorative brush at the bottom right of the page. It's $29 but a remarkably good brush. (Same brush is also available from Shaving.ie without the R&B imprint.) For half that, the 20102 is very serviceable and good and has a nifty wooden handle. Wet a boar brush under the hot-water tape before you shower and it will be ready when the shower's done. Boar brushes break in and improve over time with quite noticeable improvement in the first couple of weeks---which suggests that making practice lathers is a good idea. Use firm pressure and brisk brushing to load the brush, and brush the soap until the bubbles being formed are microscopic, and then continue brushing for about 10 seconds.

Horsehair: BullgooseShaving.net has some excellent horsehair brushes; the mother load is GiftsAndCare.com. Do the same soaking routine as for boar brushes. Horsehair brushes involve no animal cruelty: they are a by-product of routine grooming.

Synthetic: Synthetics have come a long way and Mühle leads the pack. The HJM black synthetic from ConnaughtShaving.com (Mühle black synthetics at top; scroll down for HJM synthetics) is made by Mühle and costs about $25 shipped to the US. (US residents don't pay VAT.)

Badger: Often a "pure" badger brush is unpleasantly prickly. WhippedDog.com makes an excellent silvertip badger brush, with your choice of handle, for around $30 shipped. I recommend the 22mm knot as the best all-round size. Neither badger nor synthetic require soaking, though some do like to soak badger brushes. I've tried soaking badger and not soaking it, and for me there's no noticeable difference. If anything, the unsoaked badger seems to make a slightly better lather.

J.M. Fraser shaving cream is an excellent shaving cream despite being inexpensive (a 1-lb tub for less than $14---should last many months).

You can take a look at the reader reviews of my introductory guide and decide from those whether the book is likely to be helpful to you. It's available from all Amazon sites in both Kindle and print formats.

Welcome.

edit: typos.

u/dendrobatidae · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I'm stealing another redditor's format to make it easier for you to find the useful information in this ramble...haha


DRESS:If you are a small enough size, try looking in the kids'/juniors' section - no joke. My friend only just breaks 5', and she found a really pretty white dress that was a fraction of the price of adult dresses.

Dress shopping is hard :( It's worth finding out about your body type to help narrow your options. When your arms are relaxed at your waist, are your elbows below your natural waist (the smallest circumference of your waist)? If you said yes, then congratulations, you're short-waisted like me and cheap dress shopping will be a bitch because everything cheap is catered to long-waisted women (elbows are above natural waist). If you are short-waisted, for instance, babydoll styles look silly, but empress waistlines/dresses that ruche at the side or wrap around are flattering. If you're long-waisted, I think you can rock a wider variety of styles.

It may be a worth a spin by Ross, Filene's Basement, or the like - often, you can find decent, cheap stuff there.

MAKEUP:For makeup, many people get makeovers from the counters at malls (Bobbi Brown does the most natural-looking jobs). Sometimes these are free, and sometimes they do this with the understanding that you will buy one or two items afterwards. This can cost $30 and up in products, though, so do your research and see who will do it for free. I think the Body Shop does free makeup, although it'll be their mineral-y powerstuffs which don't augment as much as other kinds of makeup would. I, personally, prefer Bobbi Brown because you exit looking like a slightly prettier normal person, and you get some high quality products you can use for the next year (if you wear makeup as infrequently as I do, haha. Actually, I may still have products I bought for prom makeup four years ago).

By the way, Bobbi Brown has some books on beauty that I still refer to - here and here, although this might be most helpful for you if you decide to do your own makeup. The InStyle Secrets of Style books are also like DIY manuals for fashion/style/life in general. You could also check out the blog Already Pretty, although I don't remember if there are many prom-appropriate articles. They do have a lot of confidence-boosting articles, though, and confidence is important for any social event! They also have some stuff on finding the right clothes for your body type, which could help with dress shopping.

EVENT: The event varies from place to place. Mine was a dance in a large hotel hall that came with a seated dinner buffet and dessert buffet. It was chaperoned by teachers. The deejay did a bit of challenging girls vs. boys to dance, but nothing with plastic inflatable goods. He played mostly top 40 songs, and then some songs we had requested (e.g. "Don't Stop Believing" was our prom song). There wasn't a lot of grinding at our school because the clothes were generally too restrictive and the girls were wearing heels, haha. I doubt you'll feel pressured into doing that; some people are totally happy just sitting and talking and eating for the whole time, if those are options for you.



Above all, have a great time! Everyone's nervous, but it is so much fun to see everyone all dolled up - especially the dudes forced into tuxes. Bring a camera and you'll always have something to do :) Best of luck!

u/dirtychrome · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'm biased, but think anyone that needs to shave, should use a straight razor, guys and gals. OK I joke, kinda.

To learn though, get a DE. A DE is easier to learn, and cheaper as you found. Most of the DE techniques will carry over to the straight razor. All supplies, other than the somewhat inexpensive DE razor will also carry over to the straight.

I've taught some to wet shave and one common thing I've given them is http://www.amazon.com/Leisureguys-Guide-Gourmet-Shaving-Fourth/dp/1450582974 .great book to learn about wet shaving.

A straight does require using a strop prior to each use. Honing he will sent out for approx $20 plus two way shipping every 3 months to a year. It is best to have at least two SRs. Once he has 4, he'll want dozens. Vintage razors are a joy due to individual character. IMO they not only provide the closest shave but the smoothest too. After using a cartridge razor, a smooth shave doesn't seem obtainable, but once accomplished at will with SR, seems barbaric to use a modern shaver. Now that I hear they are sexy, I love them even more.

I do not recommend learning on the feather straight. They bite (nick) very easy, and not as smooth as a true straight. done right, he will be passionate about wet shave forever.

Take a look in reddit Holiday Gift Suggestions in the sidebar too

You will have a Baby Bottom Smooth Hubby, with soft skin that smells wonderful. Even better that he will be doing it cause he just enjoys it so darn much.


u/Starhawke8 · 2 pointsr/Makeup

I do not recommend watching specific Youtube channels (called gurus) because they are often given products that they will promote on their channels. People on specific brand channels (such as maybelline, realtechniques, MAC cosmetics, etc.) are advertising for their brand or product, and it's important to keep in mind that one single brand does not excel at every item of makeup. It's perfectly fine to have brand loyalty, and there is nothing wrong with having favorites, but, objectively, you’re better off trying multiple brands to see what works for you.

I would instead figure out what you want to do, and start with one thing at a time. Rather than overwhelming yourself and your budget with a bunch of things that you might not like, focus on one area. You said you use eyeliner, mascara and brow coverage.

A good general start would be reading through websites like this one.

Otherwise I would suggest googling specific things you find interesting or want to learn more about:

  • Videos like this one show how to apply liquid or cream foundations
  • This shows how to apply powder based foundations

    Searching for specific things can help you narrow down on which type of item you might want to try. If you’re using liquid foundation, some people like to have a cream blush, others would rather use a powder blush. Searching google for “cream blush vs powder blush” yields websites that focus on results, pictures, products, and how to apply. Searching youtube for the same thing will focus more on people often showing off specific products they have purchased. Makeup geek offers a decent tutorial that shows how to apply cream blushes to the face. I linked her video to start at 3:05, but you can scroll back to have it play from the beginning as well.

    As someone who started wearing makeup later in life, I found books such as Makeup Makeovers by Robert Jones to be TREMENDOUSLY helpful and easy to understand. See if your local library has that book if you don’t want to purchase it. He goes through and explains what terms like Dewy, Contour, and Stippling mean in layman terms. And he includes photos of beautiful models he has applied makeup to. A particular advantage of his book is that there are many ethnicities and a variety of face shapes that he has worked on. I really liked that he applied classic looks to the women (who without makeup, look like everyone else, and not like they won the genetic lottery!) that flattered their face types, rather than fads that will look dated in the future.

    I’m happy to help with more advice if you have any specific question, (that is, “I’m interested in concealer, I don’t have much acne, and I would like to use it for undereye darkness and circles, what do you recommend?”), but keep in mind that whatever I (or anyone else) am suggesting you try is based on my opinion, and ultimately may or may not work for you (YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary). I hope this helped though. :)
u/curtains · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

How much money do you have to spend on clothes right now? Take that money and spend half of it on a good, comfortable, nice-looking pair of shoes. If you don't have hundreds of dollars, go to a second-hand store or a vintage clothing store or something, but try to buy new shoes. You can buy cheap stuff for every other article of clothing if you like, but don't skimp on the shoes; they are the most important aspect of your wardrobe. A pair of black oxfords would be versatile.

Next, get a button-down shirt (or some shirts) which fit you well in the shoulders and waist. You want your shirt to fit like a second skin. Try to find something that is long enough that you can bring the front and back together at the crotch (more or less). Check the shirt(s) for mother-of-pearl buttons, good stitching, and, if patterned, check to see if the pattern lines up from shoulder to arm. Look up the word "gusset" and try to get shirts with gussets. These are some general marks of a quality shirt. You don't need all these things, but they are signs of quality.

Trousers: make sure they look good in the butt. No frumpy ass for you; no pucker either. Length: around the ankles...no flood, no bunch up at the bottom. Try to get something simple; some nice denim goes well with a dress shirt, a blazer or sport coat and a tie.

Check out the following books:

Dressing the Man

Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion

Esquire Handbook of Style

The Affected Provincial's Companion--this one is about fashion to an extent, but it transcends it and puts it into a decorum and lifestyle aspect. In fact, also check out Glen O'Brien's new book, How to be a Man if you're interested in a more lifestyle-oriented reason to look nice.

I honestly think the last two books would be a good start for you. Due to your description of yourself, I'd maybe start with How to be a Man. The first few paragraphs are shit, but it gets really good, especially by the time it gets to "How to be sexual". It seems like you need a much better reason to dress nicely than the reasons you've suggested. I think this book could really help you develop a better ethos regarding style, and maybe even help you with decorum (if you need help with that).

Check out this quick video for a great introduction to O'Brien.

Good luck.

edit: clarification

u/Kellylauren225 · 3 pointsr/askwomenadvice

I would also recommend the book ‘Bobbi Brown: Teenage Beauty’ it is beautifully written for young girls and truly helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin during my pre-teen & teen years.

https://www.amazon.com/Bobbi-Brown-Teenage-Beauty-Everything/dp/0060957247

— ‘Your teen years are the most emotionally charged of your life. Your body's developing at a rapid pace, your skin changes from day to day, and your hormones are raging (in case you didn't notice). Everything in your life is in total flux. Bobbi's mission is to help boost your self-esteem and confidence. By listening to Bobbi's straightforward and useful beauty principles, you'll gain a sense of control over your body, your looks, and your life. Bobbi's hip, no-nonsense, and timeless advice covers such real teen problems and issues as:

Zits! - Being Overweight - Braces - Beauty School 101 Eight Simple Steps to a Pretty, Natural Makeup Look - Preteen Basics - Prom Beauty - Global Beauty - Mother-Daughter Beauty - Rock 'n' Roll Babes: Hip Beauty Style - Go for It: Experimental Beauty

Written with sensitivity to help you navigate the difficult self-image issues that you face, Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty empowers you to discover and celebrate your own unique, natural beauty. This fresh and honest makeup guide is your ultimate source for advice, tips, and lessons for achieving beauty inside and out.’

PS: You’re during a really good job!

u/OFJehuty · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

For reading, there is a book by LeisureGuy. If reading a book doesn't suit you, and you're looking outside of the sub, there are lots of places, google will help with that. I would watch some Youtube videos.

If you're looking for something like a straight razor but cheaper, I would say grab a Parker Shavette. They take 1/2 of a double-edged razor blade, so you wont have to worry about the normal maintenance of an actual straight razor (also if you ever get a DE razor you only have to get one kind of blade). Its funny you mention your neckline, because I own a shavette and I got it specifically for my neckline. Much easier to see where Im cutting.

For creams and soaps...There are so many, its all personal taste. I personally lean toward hard soaps, but I own lots of soft soaps, and a couple creams. Ill throw some stuff out that I like. Barrister & Mann makes some of the best soap around. The owners also come on this sub, which is nice. Arko is cheap and awesome, some people dont like the scent, because it smells like soap. Mitchell's Wool Fat is excellent, and has a pretty big following. Also smells of soap, but a very soft scent. RazoRock is also an amazing soap. I specifically recommend the Moroccan Secret because the smell is divine. Here is the wiki link for the Artisan soap makers.

You'll need a brush. Im not comfortable recommending any specifically because the best brush I have is a relatively cheap badger brush, but I see people recommend Whipped Dog a lot, so he must do some fine work.

Im pretty low-tier when it comes to overall knowledge on this stuff, but Im sure you'll get someone in here who is very knowledgeable (most people on here seem to be) and will be able to help you more.

u/kaidomac · 10 pointsr/selflove

First, in the words of the late George Carlin, "ya gotta wanna". You must first decide that you want a better relationship with yourself. You don't necessarily have to feel it (because depression), but you do have to make that decision, that choice. This is a good time to learn something new, which is: choices don't have to be felt emotionally to be made. We kind of grow up doing things that, on some level, we want to do; part of maturing is learning how to make decisions even if we're not "feeling" it.

I suspect everyone hits a point in their life where they experience depression, which is a good opportunity to do two things:

  1. Decide what kind of person you want to be & do some world-building to decide what you want in your world
  2. Create a personal productivity system that will allow you to get things done, even when you're not in the mood & have no motivation, aka #adulting

    Also, two hallmarks of depression are:

  3. Hitting seemingly minor roadblocks throughout the day & just quitting, because screw it, lol
  4. Letting everything slide...health, activities, etc.

    Second, you have to accept yourself as a valid person. You are valid simply because you exist, because you are a human being. You may not struggle with this, but this is an important part of anyone's foundation of self-esteem. If you never see yourself as valid or worthy, then why bother caring? It's easy to say "I'm not worth it" & shove it all, but that's just a cop-out.

    Third, understand perspective. I like to use the movie analogy: right now, we're just seeing a frame, a snapshot, of the movie of your life. This is the part where the hero is going through self-doubt, through a struggle, through difficulty. It's not going to last forever; brighter days are ahead, but right now, you have to hold on & get through this scene.

    Fourth, you need to fix your fatigue. This is typically because people with depression create the perfect formula for depression: staying up late, not exercising, not feeding themselves well. Sometimes there are other reasons: PTSD, lyme disease, sleep apnea, etc. Your job is to find the root cause of your fatigue & fix it. Absolutely every single thing you do in life will be a huge chore until you resolve your fatigue issues. I want to be very, very clear about that. You can't feel good if you don't feel good!

    Fifth, learn that the secret to life is having good procedures (checklists, or steps to follow) & using them over time. That may sound a little vague, but let me explain: you need to lock in ways to do things, and you need to do them over time. You need to create structure for yourself. As kids, we just run around & have fun all the time. As adult, we have responsibilities, and it stinks lol.

    Your job now is to design & build the kind of world you want to live in. Is being exhausted all the time, not wearing makeup, being lazy, feeling unworthy, and feeling hopeless your idea of your ideal world? You're just as free to live under a bridge as you are to life a good & happy life; no one is stopping you from doing either - those are both personal choices.

    Depression throws a wrench into things, but life goes on, so you have to decide if you're going to let that stop you & dictate your actions. Learning how to function when you don't feel like it is a huge part of maturing, imo. It's not easy, but it will get you through a lot of situations...when a close family member dies, when you get fired from your job, when you have a baby & don't sleep for months, etc. You need to learn how to function even when you're not feeling it; this is a key life skill!

    It's a little bit scary & overwhelming to realize that you're now in charge of literally everything in your life, but at the same time, it's quite liberating, once you realize the power you have: you have the power to select & bring things that bring goodness into your life. You can choose to stay up late & be tired, or choose to go to bed early & feel amazing. That loops back that thing about feeling your choices vs. making choices. Also, if you need permission, then I hereby grant you all of the powers vested in me to make your life AMAZING! Go forth & conquer! Haha.

    Sixth, let's put an example of a procedure or a "checklist" into play. You mentioned makeup...let's start small & create a basic routine for you. I'd recommend picking up the book "5-minute face' by Carmindy:

    https://www.amazon.com/5-Minute-Face-Quick-Makeup-Guide/dp/0061374415/

    Read through the book & develop a quick routine that you can do in just 5 minutes, not hours. That way, even on the days when you're feeling lazy & exhausted, you can still push through for just 5 minutes. Sometimes we just have to go through the motions to get stuff done, even when we don't feel like it.

    We can talk more about other stuff next, but first:

  • Make the personal choice that you want to do this, that you want to do better - even if you don't "feel" it
  • You are a valid person; you have to accept this internally, yourself, before you can make any progress forward. You exist, therefore you are valid, end of story.
  • You're at a difficult point in your life, but this is just one scene in the whole movie. Things are brighter down the road, but you have things to learn right now & struggles to get through before that happens.
  • Your focus should first be to identify the root cause of your fatigue issues, because nothing else will get better until you solve this. I can't emphasize this enough. Maybe it's just poor habits & staying up late; maybe it's a health issue. Doesn't matter, needs to be identified & resolved right away!
  • You have the power to design & create your world; this is your wake-up call & your opportunity to do so. And the way you execute that is by having procedures to follow.
  • Start with the 5-minute face approach. Decide that bothering to put on makeup is something you want in your "world" (if that is something YOU want, that is), and create a procedure to allow you to do it as efficiently as possible, so that it's not a huge roadblock in your day.

    Start there, and then let's talk!
u/boostdd · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

One thing you will learn quickly is that the Wet Shaving community is full of fantastic people. Dont hesitate to ask questions here and /r/Wet_Shavers. Also check out /r/shaveoftheday for product and photo ideas.

Here's some more info on the products I suggested...

TOBS Jermyn Street shaving cream is a modern fern scent, everyone tends to love and I still use it from time to time. It's very easy to lather and provides great performance. I quickly fell in love with it and purchased the matching aftershave (not cheap).

Clubman Pinaud might not be the perfect match for Jermyn street but it's the quintessential classic barbershop scent. I immediately was taken back to my childhood when I would go with my father to get a hair cut at the local barbershop. It's some damn good stuff, plus it's cheap as dirt. You can purchase it from your local Sally's Beautiful Supply store for about the same price, they also have the bigger bottle for just a couple bucks more.

Brushes can be a tricky subject. There are several grades of badger hairs, silvertip generally being the best. A good silvertip brush generally will cost you $60-100 and upwards (I once owned a $330 silvertip brush). Whipped Dog is doing gods work by offering you a no-fills best bang for the buck brush that will last you a very long time.

Other options are boar brushes, one of the more popular brushes which is my personally favorite boar is the Semogue 830, which is $24.

Synthetic brush are really gaining popularity these days, before they were mainly for the animal lovers but now they're really kicking ass as far as performance goes. I think the most popular is the L'Occitane Plisson brush. The prices on these were just slashed in half so it's a great buy for sure. The only downside is that eventually the knot will come apart from the handle but it's an easy fix. It's super duper soft and creates a love lather. I have two of these brushes but I also just got a Muhle 35K 256 (in the photo) and I'm seriously blown away by this brush.

/u/Leisureguy has a great book on wet shaving. I highly recommend it!

u/Papander · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Maggard Razors is a good place to order from in the US. This kit with the following choices: MR1, Omega 20102, Maggard Razors limes&bergamont, alum. Should cost $49.15. The kit comes with 2 packs of blades to get you started with but adding a blade sampler pack to it as well would be a good idea. Build your own 5 brand sampler: Feather, Gillette 7 o'clock SharpEdge, Red pack Personna, Shark Super Chrome, Gillette Wilkinson Sword.

Below is copy paste with some other useful information:

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>Sidebar has useful FAQ.

>In general Mantic59 and Geofatboy have good videos on youtube. There is also a book written by Leisureguy, it is available in all amazon sites.

>This video from Geofatboy basically shows what DE shaving looks like. I also like this video It shows a full shave from start to finish. You don't really need to understand what he says in the beginning.

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>The necessary items are; razor, brush, cream/soap, and blade sampler pack. This article by Leisureguy explains the blade issue very well. For aftershave you can use whatever you currently have, but if you don't have anything you can pick up Nivea sensitive aftershave balm from your local supermarket for $5.

>There are preshave creams, oils, and soaps. These are not necessary, but some users do find them helpful. A cheap glycerin soap like the "clearly natural" or "whole foods 365" can be had for about 2-3 dollars. You use these soaps to wash your face before you start lathering.

>For post shave there is; alum block, afershave splash, aftershave balm, moisturizing cream, moisturizing oil like jojoba oil, unrefined shea butter, and witch hazel. You pretty much have to try which works for you, but I'd start with a cheap aftershave balm like the Nivea sensitive that I mentioned (if you get satisfactory results with it you don't have to explore the other options unless you want to).

>You don't need a shaving stand. If you like how they look you can use/get one, but that's about it. After you are done shaving, rinse the brush well under the running water from the tap, shake out the excess water, gently brush the brush against a towel, stand it on its base out in the open where it can air dry. Mantic59 - Cleaning a shaving brush video.

>For bowl lathering you can use any small sized bowl you have in your house. Approximately 3 inches deep and 5-6 inches in diameter would be a good size. You can also find something from your local supermarket for couple of dollars. Alternatively you can face lather which removes the need for a bowl.

u/naturaldrpepper · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Oh dear - please, please stop straightening it! It damages your hair so badly. Going sulfate-free is a good start, but you're going to also want to drop the silicones - you'll get wicked buildup if you're using silicones but not sulfates. Here are some links to get you started:

Curly Girl Method wikihow (very good, but the book is definitely worth buying)

More CGM info

NaturallyCurly.com on CGM

Forums of NaturallyCurly.com

Hair typing - find your curl pattern, porosity, and density.

I would recommend reading through all of these, then finding Lorraine Massey's Curly Girl Method: The Handbook and reading. It's a wonderful book - all the information is right there, easy to read, with lots of pictures for examples. :)

I am always more than happy to answer any questions you might have when you get through all these resources! I can't recommend CGM enough - my hair went from frizzy, dull, lifeless to beautiful, springy curls. My hair has also begun growing at quite a wonderful pace since I made the switch to CGM - it's on track right now to reach 9" this year, a 50% increase from last year's growth! The only thing I've changed is how I care for my hair. :)

Good luck, and please don't hesitate to reach out! :)

u/choleropteryx · 16 pointsr/fragrance

Here goes the dump:

On perfume industry:

Chandler Burr - The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York - the book that originally got me into fragrances. It is exactly what it says on the cover: an inside look at how mainstream fragrances (specifically Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes and Lovely by S J Parker) are developed.

Jean Claude Ellena - Diary of a Nose J-C Ellena is the head perfumer at Hermes and a part time writer (and a hero of the previous book). This book is more about his personal reminiscences and thoughts about perfumes. He also gives an interesting list of cool fragrance recipes (accords) in the appendix

Jean Claude Ellena - Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent - by the same author. This book is mostly about the industry.

Denyse Beaulieu - The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent This is an autobiographic book from a woman who reeeealy loves perfumes and managed to convinced a famous perfumer Bertrand Duchafour to make a perfume for her. Sometimes reads more like an erotic novel but a good book.

Perfume guides:

Luca Turin, Tania Sanchez - Perfumes: The A-Z Guide - a famous guide, very quirky and opinionated but their perfume descriptions are great fun to read.

Luca Turin's blog Turin is a famous perfume freak and olfaction scientist, he stopped writing, but the blog posts are available for download.

Chandler Burr - articles Burr is a self-styled perfume art critic, who writes for major newspaper and magazines. His articles make a good intro for a layman.

Barbara Herman - Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume This is about collecting antique perfumes. Reads a like a slightly edited collection of blog posts (which I think it indeed is).

Tessa Williams - Cult Perfumes A guide to niche perfumes. I suspect most of the text was written by the brands themselves, because sometimes it has a marketing blurb feel to it. Nevertheless it gives a good overview of major players.

The H&R Books (4 Volume Set) Book of Perfume, Fragrance Guide , Feminine Notes, Fragrance Guide, Masculine Notes, Guide to Fragrance Ingredients It doesn't say all that much about each perfumes, just the notes, but what it lacks in depth it makes up in breadth.

Michael Edwards - Fragrances of The World - another huge compendium. Don't have it myself, but looks very solid.

On general olfaction:

Chandler Burr - Emperor of Scent - it's about Luca Turin and his new theory of olfaction. I get the feeling that the technicalities are over the author's head but it's a fun read. Has a lot about fragrances as well.

Luca Turin - The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell the book by the man himself. Fun popular science.

Avery Gilbert - What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life A collection of popular sketches about olfaction, from Smell-o-vision to the way they train police dogs

Gunter Ohloff, Wilhelm Pickenhagen, Philip Kraft - Scent and Chemistry - I havent read it yet, but it comes with high recommendations.

I also have a bunch of books on perfume making, but these probably should go into a separate topic

u/mpperry · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

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u/bly2425 · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

How about a book on how to dress well and just be a man in general? Glenn O'Brien over at GQ penned an excellent book called How to be a Man. It is a great primer on how to dress and act like a mature gentleman. Now, it does have chapters on smoking and drinking etiquette... And Christmas seems to be more of a time for "fun" gifts that engenders happiness and joy rather than "meaningful" ones that always come with a lecture/speech/story (reserved for important birthdays or occasions). So it's your call, dad. My favorite Christmas gift from my parents has always been video games because I love that shit.

Boy it's hard to be a dad nowadays. I salute you good sir.

EDIT: I see that people are suggesting pocket knives. To be honest, the pocket knife I got from my father on my 16th birthday was arguably one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. And I think a pocket knife makes for the greatest gift for boys of any type, not just the outdoorsy ones. Because every man should carry a pocket knife with him. But again it falls under the "meaningful" category for me. It's a rite of passage, really. It's a great opportunity to teach a boy something about maturity/responsibility and power, respect and appreciation for risk and danger, etc. that kind of thing.

u/t3hm3l · 2 pointsr/FancyFollicles

EDIT: Whole point was to say, the better you take care of your curls the longer they will grow, and the better they will look. Better care = less split/broken ends = more perceived length. :D

Hey there! Newish to Reddit, forgive my inevitable mistakes. If you're ready to embrace you're curly side, be prepared. It'll take a while for your hair to get used to being natural again, especially depending on the type of curl. No straightening, no blow drying without a diffuser, heck you should even get a microfiber towel (or use a t-shirt/paper towel). That'll all help your hair transition smoothly into being curly again, and minimize the "poof" that comes with it. (Especially since depending on where you are, it's about to get pretty humid over the summer. Then again I'm in FL)

I found that my first step to embracing my curl was picking up this book Although Lorraine now runs her own line of curly-centric cutteries and produces her own hair products, the Devachan line, she gives a great breakdown of different types of curls and how best to treat each one.

My second step was a proper haircut. Thankfully I live pretty close to a Devachan certified gentleman and could shell out his price. If you don't, ask around at local salons and see who has experience in cutting curly hair. MAKE SURE they cut it dry. Curls react best when you cut by curl "family", or the groupings of hair that form each curl, and when they are dry. You've no doubt noticed that when your hair is wet it's longer and less springy, and it does unpredictable things when you dry it? Why get a haircut that way? Cutting it dry lets the stylist see each curl family and judge how to cut them accordingly.

My third step was finding products that worked for me. I'm caucasian and have very fine "s'wavy" hair according to Lorraine's terminology. This means it gets pretty darn curly depending on the humidity and product used, but doesn't have much spring to it (only 1-2 inches). So right now, I've switched to using "No-poo", which is a cleanser without all the nasty parabens, sulfates, etc which create a lather. Lathers may make you think they're cleansing your hair, but based on research I'm too lazy to find right now, actually start weakening it. With curly hair, this weakening means frizz and more frizz. :/ I do use the Deva line just because it's the only thing I've found, but I'm sure there are better cost-effective brands out there.

Drying technique is also a big deal. I used to ruffle my hair in a towel and comb through it just like my mom (straight hair) taught me. BAD. BAAAAD. That leads to frizz. For curly hair, it's best to use a less abrasive drying surface (microfiber, tshirt, paper towel, etc) and the following technique:

Flip your head upside down in the shower. Bring your curls to the front.
Scrunch upward with your preferred drying surface, holding for 3-5 seconds to get the moisture out while still preserving the shapes of your curls.
Tilt your head on one side, repeat, and then the other. Get the most moisture out of your hair as possible.

Then, styling product. Gels are claimed to be the best for curly hair. Again, I'm using Deva, but looking forward to trying other paraben, sulfate, etc. free brands like Ms. Jessie's. For my thin s'wavy hair I take half-a-palm-ful of gel and the same amount of leave in conditioner, and make that same upward-scrunching motion to spread the mix through my hair and saturate the curl.

Then I tip my head back and let air dry. You may choose to use a diffuser, I'm not much help there unfortunately. I've had good luck with a bowl diffuser with finger-tip protusions, set on low air/medium heat, and holding close to the scalp. Whatever you do you want to prevent frizz, so try not to get too hot/too much hair flow/too much movement of the diffuser.

Once your hair is dry you can gently scrunch upward with your hands again to "break" the gel cast, leaving you (theoretically) with soft, manageable curls. I haven't hit that stage yet with my routine, but I'm working on it. :)

PM me with any questions. Sorry about the novel. :/

TL;DR: Curly Girl!

u/gazork_chumble_spuzz · 3 pointsr/femalehairadvice

Your hair looks super thick and healthy! So kudos for that. I would suggest that you get a copy of this book and follow her recommendations. It will change your hair. I was given a copy of it five or six years ago and I've never looked back. My hair went from frizzy mess to beachy waves. I didn't know it was possible!

Some tips I've learned along the way:

  • Don't use a brush. Ever. Use combs, and only when your hair is wet. I comb my hair in the shower, either while the conditioner is in or just after I rinse it out. Then I don't comb it again until the next washing, unless I'm planning on braiding it - then it won't matter if I comb the waves into fluff because it'll be tied back anyway.

  • Don't blow dry it. All that does is create more frizz. Let it air dry, and before you do, scrunch some product into it that is designed for curly or wavy hair. If you must blow dry your hair, use a diffuser on a low heat setting; it's much more gentle.

  • Don't tousle it dry. Squeeze it gently.

  • Switch shampoo and conditioners. Find a brand that is SLS-free. I love Live Clean; it's got a full range of products for all different kinds of hair needs, and they're all SLS-free. That stuff is super hard on your hair - very drying. Curly hair is a bit on the dry side to begin with; increasing the dryness by using what amounts to dish detergent on your hair isn't going to do it any favours! Your hair may be a bit oily/flat looking for the first few weeks while your scalp adjusts; if you currently use shampoo with SLS, your scalp is accustomed to producing extra oil to replace the oils that are being stripped from it by your shampoo. It takes a few weeks for it to "catch up" and get used to not being stripped dry. Don't give up! It will get better; if it doesn't, then it could be that the shampoo is leaving a residue on your scalp and it's time to find another SLS-free brand (been there, done that - Jason Naturals left my hair looking super gross because of the residue it left on my scalp).

  • Shampoo only your roots. Leave the ends. Having suds rinse over them when you rinse the shampoo out will be enough to clean them. Scrubbing them with shampoo disrupts the curl pattern.

    I would also suggest a trim...you look like you could use a couple inches taken off the ends. Curly hair does well with layers. Also, you should totally get on the blue dye idea!! It would look awesome. The ladies at /r/fancyfollicles could help you with that. Plenty of 'em have wild hair. Manic Panic makes awesome dyes...Atomic Turquoise is my favourite! If you leave it in for a few hours the colour lasts a good long time.
u/goldragon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yeah, has he ever tried making lather with a brush and shaving soap/cream? It's a great part of the wetshaving experience, it's what actually makes it "wetshaving". Barbasol is fine and some guys like to use it but most of us prefer warm lather.

I would suggest a shaving brush, boar is okay but badger is better. Quality/softness/desirability usually goes boar -> pure/black badger -> silvertip badger. Omega brand is decent and cheap but Edwin Jagger is better and Simpson the best.

Then you need some shaving soap or cream. There's a nice list of artisanal soapmakers in the wiki. My current fav is Barrister & Mann but I can also recommend Honeybee Soaps, Kell's Original, Mike's Natural, and QED.

You might also get him a sampler pack of DE blades. Believe it or not but different brands do better/worse for different guys. The $10 blades he's using might be fine for his face but then he might try a different brand and find it makes a huge difference in the comfort of his shave.

You could also get him Leisureguy's book on wetshaving. It has tons of good info in there that he never knew he didn't know.

u/RaggedClaws · 3 pointsr/shaving

Yup. We got all that. The multi blade is almost certainly causing or aggravating the ingrown situation. Single cutting edge is the way to go including the techniques and products known as wet shaving. There are hundreds of guys on Reddit who beat ingrowns by switching to single cutting edge and wet shaving. I'm one of them.

Disposable options include Bic Sensitive, Bic Metal, and Gillette Guard; they'll do in a pinch but not really gift worthy.

Straight razor kits are $$$, even if you buy a nice vintage razor on /r/Shave_Bazaar , you still have to shell out for a strop. Know that SR shaving is not just a hair removal system but also an (enforced) hobby with all the maintenance and long learning curve. I'd suggest DE or shavette first.

"Shavettes" are disposable blade straight razors that can be inexpensive and use standard blades like this to high-end with speciality blades like this. They do not require the maintenance of a proper straight razor and are therefore more convenient. They are also notably less forgiving though.

Double edge (DE) razors are fantastic way of taking care of your skin and make a great gift. You can find a nice vintage razor on /r/Shave_Bazaar or go with an affordable new starter kit. For new, Maggard is your new best friend. For vintage, a little more research will be necessary.

Keep in mind that you can give the hardware and software but not the technique. That he has to get himself and the above products in unskilled hands will just make matters worse. You can send him here or /r/wet_shavers or find other resources online including this book by a fellow user, /u/Leisureguy

A good place to start your research is here in the wet_shavers wiki. There are a ton of people willing to answer if you have questions too.

u/TheHatOnTheCat · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

So, I'm white (with curly hair) and my husband is black with super tight afro-textured hair that grows in on itself rather then getting long (he just shaves it off or very short).

We won't actually know your child's curl/hair texture until they are not only born but age a bit. Our daughter (now two) was born with a bunch of hair that was black and almost completely straight. Over the next year it became brown and curly. If combed while wet her hair forms a bunch of little ringlets about the size of an adult's pink finger. It poofs up easily if combed dry or napped on, car seat, ect.

I'm still learning since my hair is much less curly then my daughter's and also seems to work differently.

  • First, don't wash her hair every day. Babies and toddlers don't need daily showers or baths and don't get stinky as quickly as teenagers adults do. Washing afro-textured hair (and my daughter's mixed hair?) too much is bad for it as it dries it out. You may also want to use an oil or similar product in her hair if she seems to need it. Three times a week at most.

  • Don't use shampoo every time you wash hair. Usually just use conditioner. And the shampoo and conditioner should both be products for curly hair.

  • The main thing you should be using to do your child's hair (once/if it gets curly?) is a wide toothed comb. To break up knots start at the bottom with the wide toothed comb and carefully work your way up. Hold the hair tightly right above where you are combing so when you have to pull it won't hurt (as much). I find it easiest to comb my daughter's hair in the bathtub with conditioner in it. Otherwise, I wet it liberally (you can get a spritz bottle) and maybe use a product when combing. After the hair is combed you can brush it if you need to do so to like pull it into a hairstyle or something. (Just combing it is fine.) The brush should be for curly hair and will also have wide spaced bristles.

  • Knots build up and get worse over days. It may be okay to wash your kid's hair once or twice a week but if you wait a week to comb it it's going to hurt even with conditioner. For my daughter's hair (may not be true for you, a lot of people try not to over brush/comb curly hair since it breaks up the curls) I should comb it every other day to not have things build up.

  • For best looking curly hair you actually style it for multiuple days and sort of take care of how you sleep on it, but I've found this not super doable with a tiny toddler who naps and goes in the car seat again and again (she's strapped down so pressed against this headrest part and messes up the back of her hair). When she is older/if you really want silk is a good material for not messing up curly hair. So a silk crib sheet and silk pillow case (once old enough for pillows) helps to not break up the curls so much. Or if you could get your kid to sleep in a silk little hair cap or wrap but I feel like mine would take it off. You can also put hair up in a "pineapple" (google it) or braid it to keep it from getting as knotted/messed up over night. Of course braided hair comes out wavy like the braid and different but it can be nice if you like that.

  • There is a subreddit r/curlyhair which is big on curly hair care routine. I'm subbed but I admit I don't pay much attention to it. But you can ask questions there, see example routines, ect. I haven't read it myself but I've heard things about Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care: A Parent's Guide to Beginning Natural Hair Styling as a recommendation for white foster parents of black foster children.
u/TheLaramieReject · 2 pointsr/amiugly

You can't tell what you look like because you haven't put any thought into it, apparently, ever. Is pretty something you want? It's ok to answer no. Beauty doesn't have to define you. But if you want it, you'll have to work for it like everybody else.

Diet, watch some makeup tutorials on Youtube, get your hair did, get new glasses, and buy some new clothes - preferably in color. I know it sounds like a lot, but believe me. If you start now, you could have a full dance card a year from now. Even just working on the things you can change immediately (hair, clothes, makeup) will have an enormous effect.

Beauty isn't entirely superficial- at least, the consequences aren't. Attractive people get better jobs with better pay, are judged to be more competent, are judged to be morally better people... the list goes on. It really is a game-changer. I can't explain to you how different, how much easier, it is to be a pretty girl. Everyone takes you more seriously. Everyone wants to be nice to you. People go out of their way for you constantly. It comes with its own set of challenges, but it's quantifiably worth it.

If you have any female friends or relatives, I guarantee at least one of them has been dieing to give you a makeover for years. Let somebody teach you the girl stuff. Also, if you're serious, I can't recommend this book by Bobbi Brown enough. Taught me everything I know.

u/BilliardKing · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'm assuming you've used canned goop in the past. Have you ever used the canned cream goop and not the gel goop? You know that nice creamy consistency you get from the cream goop? You -can- get that from a soap/cream combo if you work at your technique. You mentioned having some Col. Conk, so use that + your shaving cream. It's a bit less messy if you're using a tube cream but you can just grab a little dab on your finger.

Face lathering is good if you can pull it off, but your first attempt is definitely not pulling it off.

It's a bit hard to do a super luxorious cream with the $5 walmart boar brush, but with a high quality boar, badger, synthetic, horsehair, etc it gets more natural.

 

Try leisureguy's "super lather" formula (though he may not have come up with it, he's the person I see mentioning it the most and it's in his very good book.

Also, I just posted this pictoral on how to lather. I'm not sure everyone will agree on it, but it really works for me. I made the pictorial BECAUSE of your comment, I wanted you to see what you can do if you practice and get technique down, because while the picture can be deceiving, yours did look dry.

I used a $4 boar for the last couple shots too, just to show that it IS possible to get a GREAT lather out of it, even if you can get a much, much better experience out of a better brush.

u/ravageur9 · 1 pointr/curlyhair

Absolutely. I'm multiracial as well so I've got a good idea of what you're going through as far as getting it to look the way you want.

My best piece of advice for you is to read Curly Like Me by Teri Laflesh, it's a godsend. If you're not interested in reading the entire thing, the most helpful chapters are 3 & 4 on shampooing & conditioning detailing the best method to use for keeping your hair looking good all week. It's what I did years ago when I started growing mine, and I've followed what I learned from it ever since with great results.

My more in-depth routine:

  • Rinse
  • apply conditioner liberally (Aussie Moist), no such thing as too much
  • detangle (hand or brush)
  • twist hair into 6-8 sections with conditioner still in, creating big coils
    Stop here

    If you want kinkier/chunky curls (1):
  • with each section, barely rinse out conditioner (only let water run over it for 3-5 seconds while undoing the sections)
  • air dry
    This leaves the hair more coily and somewhat intertwined if that makes sense. Thicker coils and they hang heavier.

    If you want more defined, individual, lengthier, larger volume curls (2):
  • rinse conditioner
  • get rid of any remaining tangles
  • reapply conditioner everywhere without sectioning
  • air dry
    This will really showcase your hair length more. Each individual curl will be easier to see, and not coiled together with other curls. It does take up more volume, and in my own experience doesn't last as long as method 1 after washing.

    With both routines your hair will still look great even days after washing. If you're wondering why the conditioner doesn't get rinsed out, I'll tell you why. It can't do it's job entirely if it's down the drain. The purpose of leaving the conditioner in your hair is to "seal" your individual curl strands together. This brings many benefits, such as:
  • no frizz, the fact that they're sealed together makes them harder to break apart (more resistant to wind and friction)
  • more shine
  • hair hangs instead of "poofs"
  • hair stays looking the same as the day you washed it until the conditioner wears out (which is typically about 4 days average for me)

    Hope this helps. If you need anything else lemme know
u/frecklesaresofetch · 3 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I like the comments u/goodbyereckless made - if you are wondering why in the world do people spend all this time and effort doing makeup I would agree that it is to accentuate the features of ourselves we like best. For instance, I have freckles so I try to use a foundation that does not cover them up. Sometimes this gets tricky when I have redness from pimples, but I like my freckles to show through so I use a foundation with less coverage than others (BB Cream, BareMinerals powder foundation).

I like my eyes - blue with yellow in the middle so sometimes they can look green - and I like to choose colors for eyeshadow that accentuate my eyes. Browns can look very natural and day to day and they make blue eyes pop. Purples can be a little more fun and really bring out the green part of my eyes. You can use eyeliner to define your eye more, but you don't have to. In fact, one of my favorite looks is just to use dark shadow in place of eyeliner - it looks a little softer for everyday.

My go to look if I don't have lots of time is foundation, setting powder (ELF HD Powder - $6), a little blush and some mascara. Ooh and I'm a chapstick addict, but I try to also have on a MLBB (My Lips But Better - something your lip color but maybe just a shade deeper or pinker whatever you find yourself preferring) so that I don't look very pale in the morning. And if you want something to look at with some good tips and a very real world sense about makeup I really enjoyed the book Bobbi Brown Beauty when I was younger and a little more clueless about what is important about makeup.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I don't think 19 is too young at all! I think I started wearing liquid foundation around 15 to cover up acne and stuff. The best way to go about it is to get to your local Sephora or a drug store and try out some colors with the help of a sales assistant and try them out on your skin. Bobbi Brown wrote Bobbi Brown Beauty where she talks about testing the colors by going outside and looking at them in the sunlight to make sure you get one that's a perfect match before buying. She says to absolutely not let the sales staff talk you out of this test, it's the best way to know if the color is truly perfect for you. Foundation is a great way to build self confidence and cover up imperfections. Good luck!

u/wicked_VD · 9 pointsr/wicked_edge

FYI, your link is broken.

What's on your list of shaving supplies(brand names help)? Razor, blades, brush, soaps, creams

I am no expert on any of this but I'm happy to share what works for me. Here's my process for a wet shave. It takes me anywhere between 8-15 min:

  • Shower, soak brush

  • After shower wash face with MRGLO

  • Put pre-shave cream on face and neck then apply a hot wet towel on my face and neck, leave on for 1-3 min. OR Whip up lather, put first layer of lather on face, then cover face and neck with hot towel, leave on for 1-3 min.

  • Wipe off face, then apply lather

  • Shave using short strokes WTG(with the grain), making sure to only shave over places with lather.

  • Re-lather, shave using short strokes XTG(across the grain), making sure to only shave over places with lather.

  • Re-lather, shave using short strokes ATG(against the grain), making sure to only shave over places with lather. OR shave using short strokes XTG(across the grain), making sure to only shave over places with lather. Some places on your face and neck just won't like ATG shaves. It's better to look presentable with a little stubble than to have red bumps of hell fire(in-grown hairs, hamburger neck, irritations) on your face and neck.

  • Rinse off face and neck with cool water then apply an alum block. After the alum has dried completely rinse off with cold water.

  • Apply post-shave products like witch hazel, aftershave, creams or oils.

    Things to think about: Get a blade sampler pack - you'll experience a different shave with different brands. Find one you like and stick with it. Study the direction of hair growth on your face and neck. Become confident with it so when you're shaving you know when you're shaving WTG, XTG or ATG. There's no need to press the razor against the skin, let the weight of the razor do the work. Locking the wrist will help. Pick up Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving for a convenient reference in the home.

    Learn by watching videos on youtube by mantic59, here's his Ten Minute Traditional Wet Shave and of course betelgeux a.k.a theshockwav's videos, here's his Shaving soap - a brief look.

    If you have questions or concerns /r/wicked_edge is here to help. Shave well, sir.
u/asimplethankyou · 1 pointr/AskWomen

When I was younger my parents never really kept me from makeup which I think was very smart on their part. I was able to experiment without going over the top for the thrill of it being "taboo". I have tried a lot of different foundations - liquid, mousse, and bare minerals which I am currently favoring since my skin has evened out a bit past my teen years and I am liking a more natural look in my day to day. I tried liquid liner when I was younger and that took a long time to be successful with. I have played with a lot of different color palates, but I feel like I look best when simply enhancing my natural features. One book I really enjoyed on this topic was Bobbi Brown Beauty, it has a lot of great tips for people of all ages.

u/fridaysareforambien · 9 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

Omg I totally forgot about this until just now, but Bobbi Brown had an intro-to-makeup book for teens out when I was younger and it was like the bible for whatever the 90s/00s version of a Glossier girl was. I mean...

> It takes the mystery out of all those confusing rituals so that you can figure out how to feel happier and more relaxed about your looks. You'll look your prettiest!

Tbh I'm a pretty big fan of Glossier, but I like Bobbi Brown as well for a lot of the same reasons - understated packaging, easy to use products (both brands make frequent appearances in my travel makeup bag since they can be applied with my fingers), and obviously the colors and finishes lend themselves towards the natural/"cool girl" look which falls in line with my own aesthetic.

u/NoHelmet · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Awesome! Watch out for those Feather blades. They're some super sharp mofos.

A couple of recommendations for those new to classical wet shaving:

Watch these videos. At least watch the introduction and basic "how to" ones. Other guys here like betelgeux and psywiped have some very good videos as well. Simply look through their submissions.

A lot of guys have found this book very helpful. Leisureguy is also a frequent contributer here, and is a wealth of knowledge.

If you can, make of video of your first shave for us. It'll be a great tool to maybe point of how you can make your shave even better.

Good luck!

u/jbisinla · 7 pointsr/wicked_edge

There is nothing wrong with the Sodial / Silver Tone / etc. razors that go for $5 or less online.

Many folks find that they're pretty good shavers, as most of them are based on the Gillette Tech, which is a classic mild razor design.

For more money, you get better quality finish, and generally a little more heft, and you may/may not get a better shave.

Unfortunately, unless you step up to a stainless razor, you're not likely to get additional durability, and if you have a tendency to drop things, you may find it easier to shrug off a broken $5 razor than a broken $35 razor.

I'd hang on to the razor you've got until you know where it's inadequacies are, and what razor will better meet your needs.

Canned goo gets a bad rap on this board, but it's used by millions, so it must have something going for it.

I would try a brush and a good shaving soap and learn how to build a nice thick creamy lather, as you may find your face feels better when using that.

The FAQ on the side bar may have some good info for you, but the short version is:

Use a good blade (buy a blade sampler if you haven't already).

Use a good soap and brush and learn how to make lather.

Learn how to map the grain of your beard (which way your whiskers grown on any given part of your face)

Learn the 3 pass shave (Shave with the grain (WTG), rinse and relather, shave across the grain (XTG), rinse and relather, and if you're not prone to ingrown hairs, shave against the grain (ATG), and after that, your face should be pretty smooth.)

/u/leisureguy wrote the book on Gourmet Shaving, so if you need more info, that might be worth picking up. Or just ask us more specific questions.

Good luck!