My New Skincare Routine

Hello and happy Cyber Monday! Honestly, thank goodness for today. If I had to go back to the weekly grind without the lure of online shopping today, I don't know if I could make it through. In honor of the holiday, and one of my favorite topics, I wanted to share with you my devotion to Baxter of California.

Our love affair began back when I attended the Men's Clarisonic Launch at their Barber Shop in LA back in the summer. It started with their oil free moisturizer, moved onto their aluminum-free deodorant, and before you can say "Baxter-Finley" I was hooked. Since then, I've adapted to their full line of products (which includes skincare, haircare, and shaving essentials.)

One thing I adore about Baxter's products (besides their signature spicy scent) is their tried and true history. Beginning in 1965 with a simple conditioner to protect against the California sun & sea, the brand has used its science-meets-nature philosophy to expand into a men's grooming powerhouse. And I'm here for it. Hook, line & sinker.

Want to give some of these great finds a try? They make a gift set for anything you (or your man) may need. Shaving? You got it. Travel? Check. A little bit of everything? Say the word. So head on over to their site and order today - act fast, everything is 25% off through the end of the day! If that won't sell you, I don't know what will. Cyber away!

Clarisonic Alpha Fit Launch

Hey Gang! I hope your weeks are all off to a great start. Mine has already been super busy, and it's only Tuesday - it has me reminiscing about last week. And no wonder, because last week I had the opportunity to go to the Clarisonic Alpha Fit Launch at Baxter Finley Barber Shop


Now, if you've been following along... you know I'm a fan of my Clarisonic Mia 2. I even wrote about its crucial role in my beard maintenance regimen here. But what's so exciting about the Alpha Fit launch, is that it's the brand's first product created exclusively for us fellas - especially of the bearded variety.

Here's Clarisonic founder (and former world-class AIDS research scientist) Dr. Robb, talking about the patented technology and process that went into their new handle-less design. The Alpha Fit has two easy to use settings - one for prepping to shave, and one for cleaning and softening your already existing beard.  

I have to say, one of my favorite aspects of the Clarisonic technology, is that it is a seamless addition into your already existing skincare regimen, just continue to use the great products you already know and love. What's that you say? You want some suggestions for new Fall skincare?? Good thing Baxter of California has got us covered. (More on them later.)

Of course, another one of my favorite aspects of the Alpha Fit is the hashtag they created to promote the product: ITSYOURF-INGFACE. Gloriously spelled out here entirely made from Clarisonic brush heads. I mean. What more is there to say? Except - fellas, stop sneaking your girlfriend's (sister's/mom's/roommate's) Mia, and get your own Alpha Fit! Go ahead, I'll wait. You can thank me later. x

Exactly How I Maintain My Beard

For my birthday week, I thought I'd spend some time focusing on a little skincare and GROOMING TLC. I'll be skipping town for a little R&R in palm springs, and will be sharing it with you all every step of the way! (Side note: I know that it's finally nice on the east coast...but is it as nice as palm springs? Doubt it. So be jealous of me...this is my moment, okay?)

in preparation for my time in the desert, I thought this gnarly beard needed a little TLC of its own. So Without further adieu - here is exactly what I do to maintain my beard.

Step One - Cleansefoliate. (In case you didn't figure it out, that's a portmanteau of cleanse and exfoliate. clever, right?) I like to use this clairsonic and my usual Kiehl's face cleanser. Being sure to really work this into the beard well, Then, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Step Two - Lubrication. Adding a couple drops of a pre-shave oil (like this one from L'Occitane) into my palms to warm it up, I smooth it through my beard and begin.

Step Three - TRIM. Personally, I Use a Wahl Trimmer, set to level 4, and I even out the length of my beard all over. I start by going with the grain (ie, down my face), then against (up). Once the hair is of an even length all over, I set the guard to level 3 and run it over my moustache and just below my bottom lip.

Step Four - The Neck. This is probably the most important - measuring two fingers width above my adam's apple, I make a cut, and use that to mark the high point of the underside of my beard. When looking up, it should resemble a rainbow-shaped arc. Follow that natural arc shape from one end of your jaw to the other.

Step Five - Final Details. Finishing with edge details, I use the razor (with no guard) to contour in under my cheekbones, the edges of my jawline, and the top line of my lip. After a good rinse and pat dry, Follow with a couple drops of lightly-scented beard oil, and a good finger comb to smooth it through, et voila! 

Enjoy this photo of me wearing not a stitch of makeup. Yikes. (every now and then I like to give my skin a break. I figure shaving and makeup don't mix well anyway, so there you have it.)

Be sure to Check back later this week for more skincare and grooming tips - and to read about my trip to the desert!