SAVING FACE: Shaving Hacks for Guys

If you shave your face and/or body, hopefully these simple shaving hacks will make your life easier … and get you out the door feeling and looking great!

#1: Take your time. We know you’re busy and you do this often. But don’t rush. Make sure your razor is rinsed clean, dried and stored in a dry place not in the shower. This consistent practice ensures that the blade remains sharper longer. Make sure your skin is also clean prior to the shave. The use of a gentle non-comedogenic cleanser with antioxidants (ex. vitamins A & C) is recommended.

#2: No water? No problem. Our Clear Shave 3 in 1 Formula lets you shave anywhere, any time — since no water is needed. The clear gel delivers sculpted mustaches, beards and sideburns, clean necklines, head and body hair removal, etc. The easy glide botanical-based formula ensures healthy moisturized skin, eliminating redness and razor burn.  With a natural built-in botanical toner, it also helps prevent in-grown hairs.

#3: If you shave during the shower or right after –  the quicker the shave cream or gel is applied to a moist face, the more effective it will be in preventing razor burn and other potential shaving concerns. “Always remember that the razor is a sharp blade going across your face so, the more protection the better,”  explains Craig the Barber, Hollywood’s top groomer. (Visit him at www.craigthebarber.com.)

If you prefer a cream, Burke Avenue by Craig the Barber (https://www.burkeavenue.co)  – Moisturizing Shave Cream is formulated to use with water.

#4: Exfoliate twice a week.  Exfoliation means gently scrubbing off the top layer of dead skin. For men, exfoliating the cheeks, chin and upper lip is especially important, because it also gets rid of built up dirt, sweat, and ingrown hair. Exfoliating twice a week is a good way to clear pores and avoid the annoying and painful bumps and breakouts associated with shaving daily. But remember, exfoliating too much or too hard can make skin dry.

Our exfoliating Face & Body Scrub is made for men’s skin using a unique blend of organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe.

#5: Spend money on a good razor. The fancy 5-blade razors cost more than the ones you use once and toss but are better quality and last longer. Don’t hit the razor against the edge of the sink as it scratches the blade, simply rinse it.

#5: Use short overlapping strokes with-the-grain.  “This allows for a smooth and close shave while reducing the number of times the razor touches the face; thereby creating the potential for less shaving irritation,” explains Craig the Barber.

#6: If you prefer to use water, be sure to finish your shave with cool water to aid in calming and tightening the skin.  Otherwise, if you use our Clear Shave gel, you’re all set as this formula works three ways — pre-shave, shave, and post shave given its natural properties.

#7: Heal and moisturize. We saved you a step…Multifunctional products like our Power Hydrator aftershave will not only save you time but your face! Made with powerful antioxidants and botanicals, it soothes and moisturizes your skin without the sting of alcohol-based aftershaves which dry out the skin.

#8: Got cuts? Use a styptic pen or even a natural formula lip balm in case of nicks and cuts. Our Lip Balm Agent contains mint and vitamin E to help soothe and cool the skin…along with your lips.

Happy shaving…

Winter Grooming Resolutions

We all know that resolutions are hard to keep after the first few weeks.  So, now that 2018 is in full swing, we wanted to share a few easy to accomplish fail-proof grooming resolutions to keep you on goal and get you through the cold, groggy days of Winter looking and feeling good. And remember: only three more months until Spring!

  1. Deep clean. Use a masque for smoother skin. Applied 10-15 minutes before getting in the shower twice a week, our Deep Cleansing Masque helps detoxify, nourish and energize skin, absorb oil, exfoliate and reduce pore size.Our specially formulated Masque addresses the 20% higher oil production in men’s skin that other clay and mud masks do not. It’s just a quick extra step a busy man can take to make sure his skin looks great and stays healthy.
  2. Get a better shave. Our Clear Shave 3 in 1 Formula let’s you shave anywhere, any time — since no water is needed. The clear gel delivers sculpted mustaches, beards and sideburns, clean necklines, head and body hair removal, etc. The easy glide botanical-based formula ensures healthy moisturized skin, eliminating redness and razor burn. As long as you have a sharp, clean razor, you’re all set.
  3. Fight sun damage and aging. Coupled with plenty of water, exercise and sleep to fight free radicals and environmental pollution, our Power Hydrator Plus is a convenient 3 in 1 product — water repellant, tinted moisturizer that contains a powerful sunscreen with SPF 30. It comes in three natural skin tone shades, so your skin has the healthy glow you want if haven’t seen the sun in a while.
  4. Take a vacation somewhere warm. If that’s not possible, check out our Sunless Tan Anti-Shine pressed powder to bronze up and look like you’re just back from vacation. Used on face and neck, this easy-to-use, long lasting product will give you a summer glow without the sun damage. Natural and vitamin based, it is a grooming essential for a healthy look in the Winter months.
  5. Give yourself a break. After a long day at work or on the road, don’t deprive yourself but be moderate with fatty foods, alcohol and sugar, and get to bed early. And be sure to apply our Anti-Aging Eraser before bed. Enhanced with peptides and collagen, it helps to rejuvenate the skin, minimize wrinkles, redness and weather damage, and enhance the skin’s elasticity, strength and texture. Sleep tight…warmer and sunnier days are ahead!

Movember Daily Men’s Health Tips

While November is a busy season for family, football, turkey and holiday celebrations, it has also become a time to raise awareness about men’s serious health issues such as heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Commonly referred to as Movember, this month-long annual event is recognized by men growing moustaches and beards, started by the Movember Foundation (us.movember.com). MENAJI has been part of Movember since its beginning, and this year, in addition to supporting raising money, we’ve put together a month’s worth of healthy lifestyle tips to help you tackle some of these challenges. We hope the following ideas are helpful.

  1. Happy World Vegan Day. Studies show that a plant based diet is better for your heart and the planet. Veganism also includes animal-free products like our vegan CAMO Concealer which provides undetectable spot coverage for blemishes, breakouts, dark under eye circles, redness, and irritated skin.
  2. Stay hydrated inside and out. Sorry guys, coffee won’t cut it. You need six 8 oz cups of water daily. Hate water? Then add some fruit, lemon or mint. To help keep your skin healthy and hydrated, remember to moisturize too. Use our Power Hydrator AfterShave, to soothe your newly shaved face with powerful nutrients without the sting of alcohol-based aftershaves.
  3. Carnivore or herbivore or somewhere in between? Make sure you get an average of at least 80 grams of lean plant or animal protein daily. For an easy post workout boost, try protein powder mixed with ice, almond milk and fruit. Post workout shower, try our Deep Cleansing Masque to detoxify, nourish and energize your skin, absorb oil, exfoliate and reduce pore size.
  4. Exercise 60 minutes daily. Get off the couch and get to the gym or take a run. Your heart will thank you later.
  5. Feeling tired and depleted? Try a multivitamin, one specifically designed for men. For puffy eyes, try our 911 Eye Gel – it’s a miracle worker.
  6. Is it Friday yet? Before you hit the bar, think about limiting alcohol intake. Your liver and your wallet will thank you. Plus you’ll save yourself from a hangover.
  7. Flossing is forever. If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need to take care of your gums. So floss. Every. Single. Day.
  8. Late night or long trip? Stay hydrated and do light exercise today, and shut off those electronic devices and get to bed at a decent hour. You need a proper 8 hours to perform your best. To give skin a boost, before bed use our Anti-Aging Eraser serum to enhance skin elasticity, strength and texture, reduce redness and age spots, sun and weather damage. You’ll wake up feeling (and looking) like a million bucks.
  9. Time flies…did you make your annual physical appointment? If not, you should and make sure to get a flu shot, as well as a PSA test to detect prostate cancer. Don’t forget!
  10. Men are more likely to get skin cancer. If you enjoy being outside, be sure to wear sunscreen minimum SPF 30. Our newest product, Power Hydrator Plus incorporates after shave, tinted moisturizer and a powerful sunscreen to offer convenient all in one grooming and sun protection. (product shot)
  11. An apple a day. Keep your pipes clear by eating plenty of fiber to keep fats and cholesterol in check. Fiber friendly foods include whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts and beans.
  12. Here’s to honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes on this Veteran’s Day. Today and everyday. It’s important to remember.
  13. Feeling blue? Help others! Studies show that giving back helps people better. Check out @ThirstProject which helps bring clean water to areas around the world that need it most. #savewater
  14. Going to holiday parties? Give yourself a confidence boost. If you’re looking blotchy or have under eye circles, try our iconic Urban Camo concealer in several skin tone shades.
  15. Get outside! If you like to run, hike or bike, studies show that being in nature and spending time outdoors decreases depression and anxiety. Just remember to bring the sunscreen and keep your lips moisturized and protected from sun with our Lip Agent.
  16. Had another late night? Hope it was fun, but try to wake up at the same time each day. Eat some protein for breakfast like a Greek yogurt and granola. For puffy eyes and dark circles the morning after, try our 911 Eye Gel – it’s a secret weapon used by models, actors and athletes.
  17. Slow down and relax. Studies show stress is the leading cause of heart disease. To save time, try our convenient 3 in1 Clear Shave Formula, which benefits face, head and body. It will come in handy once you shave your mustache!
  18. Get social. Studies show that spending time (in real life not just online) with friends and family increases longevity. So call your mom. Maybe take her to lunch and shopping. Then you can hop back onto Instragram and tell us how you’re doing!
  19. Tough day? A dose of mindfulness helps. Take some deep breaths, and count to 10 – this helps you focus on the present and away from your worries. Next, take a hot shower and try our Face & Body Scrub which helps exfoliate, clean and renew your skin with organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe.
  20. Eat the rainbow! Make sure your diet contains various bright colors of fruit and veggies daily, especially greens – for maximum nutrition. Think sweet potatoes, pomegranates, blueberries, beets, carrots, and spinach. Organic and locally grown are best.
  21. Work the mind, not just the body. Remember the library? Find a good book. Then book your next trip to expand your horizons and feed your soul. Remember to check out one of our fabulous kits like the Gregory Travel Kit -perfect size for travel or the gym.
  22. Avoid the winter blues. Make sure you get outside daily and soak in some natural light. Open the windows, and get a special full spectrum bulb for your desk lamp. Then check out our HDPV Anti-Shine Sunless Tan to keep you looking like you’re just back from vacation. This undetectable, easy-to-use powder will give you a healthy summer glow without the sun damage.
  23. Hit the gym. You have a big eating day coming up tomorrow. (Plus the gym might be closed.) Be sure to take a sauna for a quick detox afterward and try our Deep Cleansing Masque to detoxify, nourish and energize your skin. Our specially formulated Masque addresses the 20% higher oil production in men’s skin that other clay and mud masks do not.
  24. Happy Thanksgiving! Gratitude counts. Remember to acknowledge the ones we love and good in our life. People who are grateful are healthier. Now go watch football and enjoy some turkey.
  25. Get productive. After sleeping in, get a headstart on your holiday gifts with our Black Friday gift sale.
  26. Take a yoga class and find your inner shine. But in the outside world, don’t let them see you sweat. After class, try our Liquid Powder Shine Eliminator, which absorbs excess oil and knocks out shine to deliver a soft, ultra matte finish.
  27. Need motivation? Team up with a friend to workout or compete in a race. Check out the Movember Foundation for tips and ideas to raise money for men’s health issues.
  28. Talk it out. Sometimes life is overwhelming. If you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, please talk to your doctor, or visit the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
  29. Keep it clean. Flu season is here, so be sure to wash your hands often – before eating and after using the bathroom, especially while traveling and at the office. And after a long day, wash off with our Face & Body Scrub which helps exfoliate, clean and renew your skin.
  30. Check yourself out. Testicular cancer strikes young and old, and is the most common cancer in men aged 15-34 in the US. Do a self-check monthly and feel for any changes or lumps.

Not Just for the Bride: Grooming for the Groom

As seen in The NY Times

It’s not just brides who are focused on looking photo ready for weddings, with today’s grooms just as concerned about how they look on their big day with friends and family.  Coupled with hangovers and sleepless nights from bachelor parties and showers, guys now realize they need to put a bit of effort into looking good in photos, at events… and of course, in selfies.  Thanks to MËNAJI it couldn’t be any easier!

MENAJI’s HDPV Anti-Shine Powder was selected by the NY Times as a key grooming product for men who want to look camera-ready like the pros.  Easy-to- use with multiple healthy skin benefits, guys now can present a clean, natural look for any camera turned their way.

According to Pamela Viglielmo, President of MENAJI, “Guys need to step up their game if they want great wedding photos.  One of the easiest fixes is to knock out facial shine. Available in five shades, our Anti-Shine powders are simple to use and easily blend to match skin tone, helping minimize pore size and smooth rough skin — all important to taking a great looking image.  We’re thrilled to have been selected for the Style Section of The NY Times! ” 

Originally used by professional photographers and make-up artists, today HDPV Anti-Shine Powder is a must-have wedding essential. Undetectable even with flash photography, HDPV Anti-Shine Powder eliminates shine, and neutralizes redness and blemishes with a light touch in several shades.

Formulated with vitamins C and E the non-streak formula ensures a flawless look by  preventing flaking and locking in moisture.  Now there’s no reason not to have gorgeous wedding photos and for men to look their best — from the first dance to the last kiss.

VIEW NY TIMES ARTICLE

Hi Def for the Selfie Generation – Apple iPhone X

While Apple’s new iPhone X may be all the buzz, there might be one thing equally important to know with given these fantastic new phone cameras – wearing make-up, even for guys, is a must.

The selfie generation realizes that they need to look good for work and social posts – ie. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram — to support their professional and personal goals.  MENAJI products are made for men’s easy use to cover blemishes, minimize redness and pores, remove topical shine and solve other skin problems so you know you always look good — anytime any place — with healthy skin.

In a recent “Mad Money” segment on CNBC, even TV host Jim Cramer — the man who calls how he sees it — affirms that everyone needs and uses make-up. He commented that, “Thanks to the rise of the selfie generation, high-definition cameras all over the place mean one thing: If you’re going to take zillions of photos of yourself and your friends, well, you’ve got to look a lot better than I do without makeup…So for a generation of people who are committed to posting pictures of nearly everything they do online … cosmetics, for everyone, have become a must.”

MENAJI remains the top selling men’s US cosmetic brand, with the iconic Urban Camouflage concealer and the HDPV Hi Def Powder.  And for guys who don’t want skin tone color, but still want to knock out topical shine and have clear, smooth skin, there is the Liquid Powder Shine EliminatorOur unique water-saving 3 in 1 ClearShave Gel, anti-aging products and moisturizers are also specifically made for men’s skin and geared for convenience and ease of use.

MENAJI delivers the products every guy needs to ensure he looks good for today’s lifestyle.  And, for the pros whether you’re on-air, on camera, on set, or in the office – if you need to boost your public image, visit MËNAJI for proven, problem-solving, high performance cosmetics.  Our products are used by professional make-up artists, athletes, models, and actors worldwide to guarantee a great photo — they trust the best.

See Article:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/13/cramer-reflects-on-3-beauty-stocks-prime-for-playing-selfie-culture.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Men: How to choose the right shade?

Today, men understand that concealer, tinted moisturizer or powder/foundation can help them look better, .e.g. even out redness, lessen the appearance of imperfections. These products also can help you look more awake, healthy, refreshed and youthful. But if you can’t try the shades in person, how best to choose the right shade for your needs?

The answer is that often there is no single right shade. While your shade depends on your natural skin type, it also depends on what area you are looking to improve, the season, the lighting, time of day, and other factors.  So, to keep it simple, here are a few tips:

Start with a clean slate. First always use a simple cleanser followed by a moisturizer so the skin is prepped to absorb the tinted product.

If you are choosing between two shades, always go for the slightly darker shade. The lighter shade will only make you look older. Just be sure to apply with a light hand and blend really well, especially along the jawline. You can use your fingers, or a sponge to apply;  just remember less is more.

Check the undertone of your skin. When looking at your face, it is hard to see the true shade. So check the inside of your arm. Most people with ivory/beige skin will benefit from a tint with a yellow or olive shade – which adds color and life to the skin and counteracts redness. People with bronze/dark ebony skin should match their undertones more exactly. Because you may have several shades on your face, especially in your cheeks and jawline, you may need to blend two or more shades depending on the darkness of the undertone.

Celebrity make-up artist Barry White who is the go-to-groomer for the likes of LeBron James, and the singer Dave Matthews, explains, “When blending make-up, always come as close as you can to matching your complexion.  Sometimes, it may be best to go a half a shade lighter and then use a little bit darker shade and blend those two together. With the right products, this is easy to do.”

If you have very dark ebony skin, you may benefit from brightening (which is not the same as lightening). What this means is that after you apply the appropriate shade, you blend a lighter shade to the center of your face (from forehead, under eyes, cheeks and top of chin). Shades with an orange, golden base really help to brighten bronze/ebony skin. You can also use a slightly lighter shade powder in the center of your face.

Give it time to absorb. Wait a few minutes to let the product soak in and absorb any redness or discoloration. It will take a moment for your eye to adjust to your skin’s more neutral tone.

Go easy. As with fair to medium toned skin, go easy with the products, don’t use too much. Blonde men especially need to blend sparingly even if your skin is more medium.

Remember, choosing a shade takes time so try to experiment when you’re not in a rush or tired. Given the range of colors, finding your correct shade has never been easier. If you’re still unsure, send us a selfie for a consultation. We’re always happy to help!

Product recommendations:

Urban Camouflage® Camo Concealer

Power Hydrator PLUS Tinted Moisturizer

HDPV Anti-Shine Powder

NBA Veteran Rashad McCants Talks Grooming & Style

Rashad McCants and Ice Cube during Ice Cube’s Hollywood’s Walk of Fame honor on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Recently MENAJI had the privilege of sitting down with NBA veteran Rashad McCants – the #1 draft pick in Ice Cube’s BIG3 and former University of North Carolina Tarheel – as he exclusively revealed his favorite style shortcuts, easy 1-2-3 grooming and much more.

Guard Rashad McCants was selected by Trilogy (a team led by Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington and coach Rick Mahorn) with the No. 1 overall pick in the BIG3 draft. The BIG3 is a three-on-three league involving former NBA players. More than 70 players have signed up in hopes of playing for one of the eight teams in the league.

Q: Having come from a very athletic family (younger sister is a former WNBA star Rashanda McCants, and two cousins one, a Major League Baseball player Cameron Maybin an other, the former Canadian Football League player Jon Avery) –  how did that affect you growing up? Did you feel pressure to be an athlete?

A: As a family, we never considered ourselves an athletic family. We just had a competitive spirit growing up, which drove my sister and me to strive at the highest levels of competition.

Q: You have enjoyed a fascinating professional life.  Can you tell us about your basketball career?

A: I don’t think I can narrow down my whole career in a few sentences but I can say it has been one of the more interesting roller coaster rides anyone could possibly imagine. And all in all, I’m grateful for all that I’ve encountered – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It has shaped me into the man I am today.

Q: You have such diverse interests. How do you define your personal style?

A: I define my personal style by the music and idols that I’ve chosen growing up. From Tupac Shakur to Will Smith to Kobe Bryant to Allen Iverson. The list goes on and on but mainly I’m stuck in the era that raised me. Gives me my own personal style of mixed personalities.

Q: How does your skin care and grooming routine fit into your personal style?

A: Over the years I have had a difficult time treating my skin properly. With pimples and razor bumps it’s always been a mission to get clear skin that can match my clean style that I see for myself.

Q:  Given that athletes sweat and shower multiple times per day, have you had any specific grooming challenges?

A: My main grooming challenge has always been razor bumps, which leave my skin scarred and irritated.

Q: Which one of MENAJI products have you tried? Which are your favorites?

A: I have tried the facial masque, and the face and body scrub which have shown to produce major improvements in my skin like getting rid of the razor bump problem I’ve always had. This was right on time. (Gotta thank my team for introducing this to me!) 🙂

Q:   Finally, we understand music has a big part in your life.  How did you develop your love of music?

A: Music is my first love! It was Tupac and Michael Jackson who sparked my love of music. Watching their greatness emerge and surpass all entertainment was a true inspiration. And still sticks with me til this day.

Rashad is passionate about another cause too — local community involvement. He’s partnered with Per Diems Against Poverty to combat hunger with 100% of the proceeds supporting Feeding America and other charities that support many worthy causes.

Prior to the BIG3 kick off season, he visited the Boys & Girls Club of America in Brooklyn and hosted a basketball clinic and participated in Manhattan’s Pajama Program—such amazing organizations!

“I am inspired by Rashad’s passion and determination to give back to his community. We are thankful to Rashad for his giving heart and for continuing to look for ways to support families in need.” – Jennifer Barker, Executive Director & Co-founder of Per Diems Against Poverty (www.perdiemsagainstpoverty.org)

Rashad’s generous spirit echoes MENAJI’s commitment to giving back and helping others, and which is why we were thrilled to see him in action – looking confident on the court, on the street, and in his life.

About Rashad McCants

McCants was a standout player at North Carolina and led the university to the NCAA Championship before being selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft. He played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings from 2005 to 2009. He has also played professionally in the D-League, and overseas in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The BIG3 league played on June 25 with the inaugural games held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Touring various locations around the country, the BIG3 will play in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on August 13th.

New Product: Power Hydrator PLUS

Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30

Multi-Functional, Anti-Pollution Grooming Product Created Specifically for Men Provides Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30 Sunscreen

Tinted Moisturizer For MenPOWER HYDRATOR PLUS SPF 30, MENAJI Advanced Men’s Skincare’s bold new entry into the men’s beauty arena, reinforces the idea that it still dominates by introducing an everyday, multifunctional tinted skincare product with masculine appeal.

Like its predecessor, MENAJI’s POWER HYDRATOR Aftershave, POWER HYDRATOR PLUS is a lightweight multi-purpose aftershave moisturizer that hydrates using both natural anti-oxidant botanicals such as Chamomile, Vitamin E and Green Tea, with soothing organic Aloe Vera to soften and brighten dull skin. Both are finished with refreshing grapefruit peel to make the skin feel invigorated. But the new POWER HYDRATOR PLUS levels up with sheer color and paired with strong UVA-blocking anti-cancer sunscreen to create a high performance tinted moisturizer for men.

“Our world is complex. This simplifies your morning routine and protects your most valuable asset: your face,” says MENAJI President Pamela Viglielmo.

For years, MENAJI has introduced innovative products for men to constantly enhance the quality of their lives and their natural, masculine beauty.

This product addition will anchor MENAJI Skincare firmly in the athleisure product category as well. The rich, new formula, loaded with soothing botanicals, is making its debut as more and more active men look for genderless products in makeup, sunscreen and moisturizers.

Features & Benefits:

  • Evens out skin tone
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Lightweight for all-day wear
  • Easy to use non-messy formula
  • Won’t clog pores
  • Moisturizes
  • SPF 30
  • Soothing botanical-based formula for healthy coverage
  • Convenient 2 FL OZ. formula is multifunctional sheer tint, moisturizer and sunscreen all in one.

POWER HYDRATOR PLUS SPF 30 retails for $42.00, is made in the USA and available online at www.menaji.com and participating retailers nationwide.