Men’s Grooming Trends: What’s Hot Right Now?

Men’s grooming is on the rise. And that’s not a bad thing. According to a Mintel report, 29 percent of men report spending more time on their hair this year. And they’re spending more time focusing on their skin.

So what’s going on in the male grooming market right now? Should we all start getting excited?

Skin “Maintenizers”

What is a skin “maintenizer?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s a product that’s designed through and through for men just entering middle age. One of the biggest issues for men and grooming is the time it takes. 86 percent of men want their grooming routine to be simple and straightforward. That’s why Japanese company, Lissage, developed their maintenizer. It’s supposed to be an all-in-one lotion that does it all. It moisturizes, covers blemishes and helps to smooth the skin. It contains that tried and tested ingredient, aloe vera as well as other phytochemicals. No, it hasn’t jumped on the turmeric bandwagon yet, but it does contain prunes.

FUE Hair Transplants

Follicular unit extraction, or FUE, sounds a lot more complicated than it is. Essentially, it’s a technique that takes follicles from one part of your body and plants them in another. The application to male baldness is evident.

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Five years ago the only people who could afford a FUE hair transplant were football stars and Hollywood actors. But now, thanks to the march of cosmetic technologies, it’s something many more people can afford. Now average prices are teetering around the $3,000 mark and are trending downward.

Male SPF Protection

For years, moisturizes have been marketing the benefits of SPF protection to women. But what about men? Not so much. Now, though, a company from South Korea is bucking the trend and looking to get men in on the act too. It’s recently released a cream that protects against the sun and cares for all skin layers. The product is designed to help give men back a youthful glow.

Night Creams

Night creams are marketed as a way to help men’s skin recover at night. It’s at this time when the skin is repairing itself naturally, that creams are said to help the most. The idea here is to use cream to nourish passively and moisturize the skin. If all goes to plan, you’ll wake up the next day looking bright at refreshed. Recently, a Californian brand introduced its own male night time product. The active ingredient is a type of acid that helps to remove dead skin cells. This, in turn, makes the skin look smoother and sleeker.

Beards

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We keep hearing about how we might have reached “peak beard.” But all the evidence on the ground appears to suggest that beards are still in fashion. Practically every Hollywood star is sporting a beard these days. Even Chris Pine was seen wearing one at the premiere of Star Trek: Beyond.

The great thing about beards is that there isn’t just one style you have to stick to as a man. You can do pretty much whatever you want. Have a look at these ideas for some inspiration.

Are you ready to move into your Newcastle Student House? What to do!

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As I am a student myself, one thing that really bothers me sometimes which the distance from school to my home hence I did looked for a better dorm or even student house near my school that can cater on my needs and you can to. To start you can read on some details below for your consideration.

Indeed, Newcastle student house are the most convenient and practical to stay for us all students.

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There is a lot to do when you move into your Newcastle student house – here’s our checklist to help you out!

Before you start –  why not read over our top 10 tips for what to do before you move out to help avoid deposit charges!

1) Make a plan in advance -There is nothing worse than not having a plan for an event like this. When moving house, you want everything to be as stress free as possible. Maybe you can your family and friend if they can lend a hand? If there’s a few of you moving together, it could be worth hiring a van so you can do it all in one trip!

2) Paperwork – Moving is stressful, before you move into your house it is vital you make sure that all paperwork is complete and all fee and rent payments have been made. If you’re in a group, make sure every single one of you have completed everything – if just one person is missing one payment or piece of paperwork we won’t give out any keys at all until everything is 100% complete!

3) Collecting the keys – Check with your agent or landlord if there is a certain time you have to collect your keys. At Walton Robinson it must be after 3pm and you must call up and make an appointment in advance. Speak to your housemates about when they’re moving in, the first person to come to the office can collect all the keys for each tenant.

4) Know your point of contact – When you collect your keys make sure you are given the number and email address of the person you need to contact if there are any issues with the property, and if there is a separate number for out of hours’ emergencies. This will either be the landlord or, if your property is managed by Walton Robinson, your property supervisor. You can also find details here if WR manage your property. We also appoint a lead tenant, someone who is our point of contact for when we need to inform you about viewings and inspections.

5) Inventory – You will be given an inventory when you move in, either from Walton Robinson or the landlord. Make sure you know the deadline for returning the completed inventory (with WR it is seven days) and that you pay close attention to every item and make any corrections that may be necessary. This will help when it comes to moving out and getting your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.

6) Utilities & Bills- You will be asked to record meter readings on your inventory form. Keep a note of them as you will need this information when creating new utilities accounts. If you need any help with this, call your property supervisor and they will be happy to help.

7) Council Tax –  Students are exempt from paying council tax but you will need to inform the council of your exemption status or you will be sent a bill. Download the form here.

8) Summer Arrangements – If you’re moving your things in but not actually living there over the summer, let your landlord or agent know. This bit’s obvious but remember to switch the heating and any plugs off before you leave and make sure you don’t leave any valuables on display! You never know who might be peaking in.

Good luck with your move in day from the full Walton Robinson team!

 

Student life tips: Sharing a house

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As a student, you’ll probably spend your first year in university halls. After this, you’ll most likely be heading into a student house, which will usually see you sharing with a number of people. When this happens, it can be tough to adjust to living so closely with other people.

Here are some tips from experienced student lettings agency letslivehere to ensure you get the most out of your time living together.

Share contact details and emergency information

This may seem boring, but it’s important to share your contact details and emergency contacts with your flatmates. This will be useful in case of emergencies and also if one housemate stops paying rent and you need to chase down their guarantor.

Meet your housemates before moving in

If you don’t know the people you’re moving in with or you only have passing ties with them, you’ll need to meet up to make sure you’re all a good fit. If you’re alone and trying to find a space in a house that is already occupied, you should try to get to know the other housemates. This helps determine personality fit and lifestyle fit, avoiding nasty surprises down the line!

Be courteous to each other

Partying together is great, but no one likes the guy who blasts music at night when everyone else is trying to sleep. Make sure you all understand each other’s schedules and try your best to live in harmony. Having an overnight guest is generally fine but the situation can turn sour if they’re continually at your property but not contributing financially.

Devise a schedule

Dishes and other chores pile up quickly when you’re busy studying and hosting parties. Agreeing on a cleaning rota so everyone has tasks to stick to will help keep mess to a minimum and prevent arguments.

Cooking should either be done individually or as a group, which saves on costs but demands you all like the same food. A cooking rota can help but some people may want to cook individually – so it’s worth bringing this up with everyone as soon as you can.

Organise bills

Paying bills may be a chore but it’s unavoidable. Students are no exception. Resentment can quickly grow if one of you is slacking or using lots of electricity compared to everyone else, so you’ll all need to have a discussion about how much you’re comfortable paying and stick to a budget. Bills should be paid by splitting the cost between everyone.

If you find any of your housemates are slacking, it’s time for a meeting. Confront them about it, gently at first — they could have an underlying problem. If they’re just plain lazy, issue them an ultimatum. Everyone should pull their weight so you can all enjoy a happy student life.

Romantic statement kind of wedding dress at Cocomelody

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On today’ wedding trend. There were a bunch of designs and selections that a bride can choose from with, there was this backless kind of designs that are perfectly fits in any skinny gels out there, also there were some dresses too that can cover up your flaws and this specialized with plus size, you can ask your designers about it as they were pretty knowledgeable about this kind of wedding gowns and dresses. However, if you still prefer the vintage kind of wedding gown for your wedding matrimony and still be looking odds and chic I prefer you to have this backless wedding dresses because these dresses are inspired in the 80’s era that can gives this romantic statements as you wears any. You can actually check over Cocomelody for the list and selections of designs that can fits on your own style and personality.

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Actually, wedding gowns are very board today wherein there’s a tone of designs available to choose from as a bunch of designers were fond of making new type of wedding dresses that can pleased everyone based on its need. But if you were asking me though, I would like to see my girl wearing any open back wedding dresses because it can showcase it’s feminism at the same time it does wear comfortably as it has an open back in it. sounds reasonable, right?

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Also, if you aren’t that fond in the wide open back type of wedding dress, to at least consider your girl wearing open back wedding dresses because you have to be considerate about the time span of the wedding ceremony and we dont want to have any trouble encounter specially for your bride as she was the main eye of the event. Because usual scenario in some wedding was a bride is fainting as it has this stuff wedding gown that can gives her uncomfortable feeling.

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Save Money On Your Wedding With These DIY Ideas

DIY weddings are becoming more and more popular each year and it’s easy to see why. Even though it often means more work for the soon to be married couple, they can often be a more budget friendly option. Not only that, they can add more personality and give you more control over certain aspects of your big day. But often many couples aren’t sure where to start or which parts of their wedding they can do themselves. So to help you get started here are some DIY ideas that you can try when planning your wedding to save yourself some money.

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Your Wedding Stationery

Wedding stationery is an essential part of your big day that can cost a lot to create and send out. Speciality cards, custom-made envelopes and postage fees add up, especially if you’re inviting a lot of people. So why not some of your costs and DIY your wedding stationery yourself. You can find DIY wedding invitations from Pure Invitation and other suppliers online. You can choose a suitable design you like, personalise it and have all the necessary pieces sent to you. You can then spend an hour or two on your evenings and weekends carefully assembling your invitations and cards. Alternatively, you could design your own invitations and print them out at home. This will allow you to create stationery that you love and that reflects the theme for your wedding perfectly. Just remember to avoid any styles and sizes that are too heavy or large as this will raise the postage price.

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Your Makeup

There is no written rule that you have to have a professional makeup artist to do your wedding day makeup. If you’re quite happy to do your own makeup then why not just do it yourself. This will save you travel expenses to and from a salon and gets rid of the makeup artist’s fee from your budget. It will also stop you getting stressed out about being ready on time as it’s up to you to do it. So wash all of your makeup brushes and invest in some new makeup products. This will be far cheaper than paying a makeup artist and makes the process that extra bit special. Always do a few practise runs in the weeks leading up to your wedding and take pictures of yourself to see what works best. Look online for wedding makeup inspiration and try out a few styles before you commit.

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Your Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes are a focus point that many of your guests will look forward to seeing on display in your venue. But as with most things wedding-related, wedding cakes can be more costly that you probably realise. So if you love baking and decorating cakes, why not put your skills to good use and make your own wedding cake. Take a look at sites like thekitchn for DIY wedding cakes inspiration and recipes. Again, you will need  give yourself plenty of time to practise before hand to make sure you get it just right. Invite some friends over to try out a few cake options to get their opinions on flavours and decoration. You will also need to work out which is the best way to transport your cake to your venue without it being destroyed. Do some test runs and determine which route avoids things such as speed bumps and sharp turns which could damage your cake.

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Your Wedding Music

While DJ’s and live bands are popular choices for weddings, they can also put a strain on your budget. As a fantastic alternative, you can create your own wedding playlist. Instead of letting someone else choose the songs, you and your partner can choose songs that hold some significance to you both. You can also ask your guests to send you some song recommendations they would like to hear at your reception. This brings a far more personal touch to your big day without having to spend a lot of money to achieve it. Just make sure that your venue has a strong internet connection if you want to create your playlist online.
These are just a handful of ideas you can try when creating your DIY wedding. But there are many more you can try too. Just remember not to take too much on by yourself or you may find yourself overwhelmed with projects that all need to be completed. Why not plan a DIY night where you invite your bridesmaids and friends round to help you. This will make the process a lot more fun and get things done much quicker.

Creative Ways to Incorporate Your Pets into Your Wedding

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Put Them on Your Invites

One way you can get your pets into your wedding is by featuring them on your wedding stationery. You can have their image or their name on your invites to include them in your day from the beginning. Look at the personalised wedding invitations from Paper Themes to see how you could have their names included. Or you could do DIY invites with a photo or an artistic interpretation of your furry friend. You can do the same with your other stationery too, from place cards at the reception to programs. Try using a cut drawing or motif that you can put on lots of different things.

Get Them in Your Decorations

As well as your stationery, you could also use your pets in your decorations and other details. Maybe you could have tablecloths with your cat on them or paper mobiles with images of your birds. Get creative with all the ways you could use your pet’s image or name in your wedding. Maybe your welcome sign as everyone arrives at the reception could say “Thank you from John, Jane and Fluffy”. Perhaps you could put a photo of your pet in the flower arrangements. Or you could include them in a montage of pictures of the happy couple. It doesn’t have to be an exact likeness of your pet. Maybe you’re found an ink stamp in the shape of a rabbit that you love.

Have Them Attend

In some cases, you might be able to have your pet come to the wedding. Of course, to do this, they’re going to have to be well behaved. It’s most likely that you’ll bring your dog. However, you might also consider another pet you can put on a leash. For example, you might be able to have your cat, rabbit or ferret there. Some couples choose to get married on a farm and have larger animals attend too, such as horses. You could have them simply be present, or you might give them a role in the ceremony. Ring bearer is a popular choice for dogs. Before you invite your pet to the wedding, think about whether it’s something they can handle.

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Getting Ready in the Morning

If you don’t think your pet could stand the hustle and bustle of the wedding, they can still be part of the day. You might like to have them keep you company in the morning as you get ready. Of course, there could be an argument over who gets to have them around as you prepare for the day! This option is easiest when you’re planning to get ready at home. However, if you’re in a hotel, they might allow pets. Even if they don’t usually, asking nicely could get you far. Have photos taken as you get ready, and you can make sure your beloved pal is in your wedding memories. Just watch out for fur, which you definitely don’t want on your dress. Have a lint roller or clothes brush on hand, just in case.

Take Some Photos

Putting your pets in your photos is another great way to get them in your wedding. You might not want to have them around for the whole day, but having someone bring them for photos is an alternative. You could have them there to take formal photos after the ceremony or maybe for something more casual. Your dog might need a runaround part way through the day anyway, so it’s a good excuse to give them some exercise. Have some fun photos taken of an informal moment playing fetch. It could help you let go of some tension too!

Your pet can become a part of your big day in lots of different ways. If it’s not possible for them to come, you can still get them into the wedding in another way.

Fun Shopping Tours in Rome

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Rome isn’t the Eternal City for nothing. Nearly 3,000 years of globally influential architecture, art, and culture are on full display in every corner of Rome. This fact makes Italy’s capital a traveler’s haven. There’re so many things to do in Rome. You can visit the ancient building Pantheon which now serves as the tomb of monarchs and many other great people or go to the 1st century AD Colosseum, the representation for stadium construction. Then there’s the Sistine Chapel, the last stop on the Vatican Museum tour, where you can see the amazing frescoed ceiling by Michelangelo. The tour wouldn’t be complete if you don’t visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the centerpiece of the Catholic Church worldwide.

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Aside from the wonderful and breathtaking tourist spots, you can likewise have fun shopping at many stores and boutiques. The great thing about shopping in Rome is that you don’t have to do it by yourself. There’re fashion and personal shopping tours where you explore some of the trendiest boutiques and get fashion advice from your personal shopper. During these tours, you can go around the city streets to take in the local atmosphere and explore the local streets through a walking tour of the city. Plus, you can fix your own schedule and have a choice whether to go shopping in the morning or afternoon.

Your personal shopper will be more than willing to accompany you to some of the city’s most popular boutiques and other less famous but equally engaging stores selling clothes, accessories, and makeup that’re affordable and wouldn’t put a hole in your pocket. Withlocals, a marketplace that connects travelers from every corner of the world with locals in countries offering unique travel experiences and home dining opportunities, can help you find the best personal shopping tour in Rome. Rest assured that your local personal shopper will share whatever fashion and shopping know-how he/she has to you.

Exciting Ideas for a Totally Unique Wedding

Having a totally unique wedding is a must if you want your guests to remember it as much as you. You want your wedding to not only stand out in everybody’s minds, but mean something to you and your partner too. A unique wedding is a must. Here are some exciting ideas you can use:

Show off Your Personalities

Make sure you show off your personalities when you’re planning your wedding. Hardly anybody sticks to tradition anymore; they all like to incorporate things that really mean something to them, rather than things that meant something to other people years ago. If you both have a hobby that you love, why not include that? There are so many ways you can make your wedding unique, it’s a simple case of using your imagination. Assuming you’ve been to friend’s weddings, you’ll know how they can sometimes blend in with one another. Make yours stand out!

Create a Custom Logo

Something couples have started doing before their big day, is creating a custom logo. This is a fun logo that means something to them as a couple, that they include on all of the printed materials for the wedding. You can include it on invites, RSVPs, favours, and so on.

Give Out Thoughtful Favours

Nobody really likes to be given sugared almonds, so why not give out thoughtful favours instead? If you have lots of guests coming for a destination wedding, then why not hand out some nice flip flops? If you’re having your wedding outdoors in your hometown, you could give out scarf/wraps to keep everybody warm. Make the favours worthwhile and people will remember it!

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Change Your Look

Why not change your look half way through the day? Some brides are doing this with a dress that transforms; during the ceremony it’s a full on wedding gown, then it transforms into something sleeker and sexier for the evening do. You could even change into a special separate dress you’ve bought for the evening. Even if you don’t want to change out of your wedding dress, you could change your look. Why not re-do your hair a different style, try a different makeup look, or change your jewellery? All eyes will be on you, and you’ll have lots of fun. Make sure you have a unique wedding photographer to capture your changing look too!

Choreograph Your Dance

Have some fun choreographing your dance moves for the day. You could have a special surprise dance with your other half, or even one with your dad! You don’t have to start breakdancing, but making the dance show off your personalities more will make your day more memorable.

Exciting Food Treats

Something else the guests will remember about the day; your food. Serving exciting food treats is a great way to keep everybody going. Why not surprise your guests later on with a snack of cookies and a milky cocktail? You could even have a ‘make your own hot drinks’ table so that your guests are ready to party for longer.

Have a wonderful day!

Don’t speculate: A man’s guide to eyewear

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Good news for men who wear glasses: men’s fashion circles now embrace glasses as an expression of a person’s self and their style, rather than ridiculing them as an accessory to correct sight impairment. With this in mind, just how does the normal guy about town go about choosing eyeglasses?

A man’s choice of eyewear should depend upon his style, as well as his face shape; his glasses should complement his look rather than defining it. Rounder face shapes tend to suit thin, rectangular lenses, while square jaws will be softened with round frames. Those with oval faces may find that thicker frames add depth to their faces, although just about any style can be adapted to suit. Finally, heart-shaped faces suit a butterfly-tapered frame – that is, glasses that are wider at the top than they are at the bottom. Color is also something that must be considered. A man who works in a professional capacity should probably think about metallic, black or grey frames, while those in less formal professions can often play around a little more. The key is individuality because glasses are far more readily accepted in fashion circles these days, and so a gentleman shouldn’t be afraid to be bold.

Eyewear options without limits

One thing a man should consider if he is choosing spectacles is style vs. function. Are his glasses a fashion statement disguised as a solution to poor vision, or should their sole purpose be their functionality? Those that play sport, for example, will need to think about the type of eyeglasses they choose, while others may have a little more freedom to browse. Spectacles that could potentially take a lot of battering must be sturdier than those worn in an office all day, after all. Trendy styles this season include round lens aviators, retro browliners that, funnily enough, brush the brow, and wayfarers – it seems that big and bold is best this season.

While it’s undeniable that eyeglasses can be functional and trendy, as well as to die for in some cases, there are those for whom facial furniture just isn’t working. Perhaps they’re conscious of highlighting their sight impairments, find the idea of glasses simply too bold, they work in a profession that makes glasses impractical, or they’re really into sports and fear spectacles getting broken. Whatever the reason there are options including lenses and laser eye surgery, which will make sight impairment a thing of the past.

Lenses can be a great choice for the fashion conscious man about town, giving him the opportunity to choose glasses as and when it suits him, or to keep his visual impairment completely to himself. Laser surgery, meanwhile, is a much more permanent means of correcting sight problems, and would be particularly suitable for somebody that needs a long-term solution, and freedom from glasses and lenses. While much more costly than both eyeglasses and lenses in the short term, many fashionistas find that surgery saves them a fortune in eyewear costs over the course of a lifetime. The choice, of course, is up to the individual, but it really does pay to consult the experts first. A registered and accredited clinic, such as the Minneapolis LASIK eye surgery will be able to answer any questions a man may have about his eye care, as well as taking excellent care of his needs and health.

Eyewear is a hot topic in the world of fashion: to accessorize, or not to accessorize? Luckily for the man about town there are plenty of options available these days, from the types of frame they can choose, to the solutions available that don’t include eyeglasses. It is, of course, perfectly possible for a man to choose lenses or laser eye surgery, and then for him to wear vanity lenses when he feels like it. There are no limits in men’s fashion.

 

Choosing The Right Hairstyle

As a guy, you don’t have that many options when thinking about how to change your style. You could buy a new wardrobe but this is quite an expensive change. The only chance you have to regularly change your look is with your hairstyle. Changing your hairstyle gives you the opportunity to keep up with trends and to always look your best. That’s why I think the hairstyle a guy chooses is quite an important decision. It’s affected by a few different factors. You need to think about your head size and shape as well as how much maintenance you can handle. Your hair might look fantastic with it super short on the sides and long on top. But only if you take the time to style it each morning. If you don’t want to spend that much time on your hair, you need a low maintenance cut. Here are some other issues to consider.

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Thinning Hair

One of the biggest worries for a guy is that their hair is thinning or that they are going bald. It’s common for guys to have to deal with this issue. Balding is one of the most prominent forms of age but there are a few options you you can consider when choosing a hairstyle. If your hair is only thinning slightly you can layer your hair and comb it to one side. This gives your hair added texture and makes it look fuller. Alternately, your hair might be so thin that it’s noticeable. However, it will be less noticeable if it’s shorter. I recommend that you get a close shave and don’t forget, shaving also encourages hair growth. One other possibility might be to consider getting a hair transplant for men. Through a hair transplant in a couple of months, your hair will be thick enough to style again. It’s an expensive procedure but one that is worth considering if you feel self conscious.

Grey Hair

Another issue to think about when choosing your hairstyle is grey hair. If your hair is greying noticeably in your twenties and or early thirties, you may want to consider dying it. But remember, dying your hair weakens it and leads to the chance of increasing hair loss. You’ll have to ask yourself what’s worse. Grey hair or no hair? You shouldn’t worry too much about grey hair as a lot of women find it quite attractive on a man.

Head Shape

If you have quite a large head or your head is an oblong shape, you might want to grow your hair out. That way you can hide the shape and it looks far more attractive. Typically, shaved heads only look good if the head is quite round. For people with long faces, it’s better to have average length hair. You can see this when looking at the celeb head shapes and how they style their hair.

Picking A Celeb Cut

Finally, you may think about taking your hairstyle from the cue of a celeb. Just remember not to copy their hairstyle exactly. Some celebs are able to pull off more extreme looks that would appear quite ridiculous on the typical individual.