9 STEPS TO UPDATE YOUR MEN’S STYLE FOR 2016

A recent men’s lifestyle article listed Easy Steps to Ensure You Make a Great First Impression. Yup, they’re real simple and guess what tops the list at #1? Yup, again — Good Grooming.

So, here’s what you need to know to kick off 2016 and guarantee you’ll be remembered for only the good stuff…

A new year is exciting and inspiring! Always make a great impression. Here are…

9 STEPS TO UPDATE YOUR MEN’S STYLE FOR 2016

  1. Commit to Good Hygiene and GroomingMËNAJI Advanced Men’s Skincare line has ​your ​skincare essentials.
  2. Don’t Compromise on Buying What Fits – If it’s too big or too small, it shows. Always wear tailored clothing. ​If you can, have pieces made for you! ​We like J. Hilburn, luxury menswear that offers custom shirts and pants. GO TO: jhilburn.com
  3. Invest in Dry Cleaning – Have your clothes professionally cleaned and keep them always looking great.
  4. Switch to V-Neck Undershirts – With an undershirt you won’t have perspiration stains. And a V-neck undershirt won’t show when you’ve loosened your tie. You can keep it simple like Fruit of the Loom or Jockey, or go for luxury men​’​s undershirts like those from MeUndies a monthly T-shirt club. GO TO: www.meundies.com/products/mens-v-neck
  5. Wear a Watch – It doesn’t have to be expensive, just choose one that reflects your personality and fits you and your lifestyle. ​Guys always look smarter with a watch!​
  6. Take Care of Your Shoes – Real simple; in minutes you can get a professional shine, and maybe even sit next to someone famous at a trendy men’s shoe-shine location!
  7. Tie Your Tie Correctly – Ask at a good men’s store for a refresher course if needed.
  8. Splurge on Designer Socks – Designer men’s socks are trending; there are sooooo many to choose from. Here’s one of our favorite men’s luxury sock designers — Vivek Nagrani. GO TO: www.vknagrani.com/socks
  9. Change Your Glasses – Yes, mix it up a bit. Today there are many places to choose new specs. It’s a new year, have a new look that updates your style. Vintage-inspired men’s eyewear, or prescription eyeglasses you can order online easily. GO TO: www.warbyparker.com

The Fleet Collection

Unique Bags for Today’s Global Explorers

Made from water- and stain-resistant ballistic nylon in classic black, each bag is lined and smartly finished with MËNAJI branded pull tags, and is designed to hold multiple MËNAJI products.

The second in this new series of top performing bags: DAVID

DAVID Expandable Dopp Kit

The Expandable Dopp Kit measures 23cm Length x 5cm Height x 14cm Width when bag is closed, and 23cm Length x 18cm Height x 14cm Width when bag is open. DAVID comes loaded with 4 priority MËNAJI luxury men’s skincare products that you use daily + weekly and then expands to accommodate more products or gear when you go to the gym or travel. The front pocket is clear so you can see MËNAJI’s 4 priority products.

DAVID Expandable Dopp Kit

DAVID Expandable Dopp Kit $95 | Buy Now

 

MËNAJI Barber Pro Club

They say men get better with age. We have almost 20 years of making them better right now. MËNAJI has been setting the standard for exceptional men’s grooming since 2000.

MËNAJI was developed by a professional make-up artist to provide superlative skincare for her male clients on set locations and photo shoots. Our mission is to buff every man’s face in the world.

Now MËNAJI Pro Clubs is happy to announce the

MËNAJI BARBER CLUB
FOR BARBERS ONLY

Join the MËNAJI Barber Club now and receive:
• 40% off all MËNAJI Products
• Free Ground Shipping in the USA
• Special Wholesale Sets for Barbers Only

 

MËNAJI created exclusive assortments for barbers to drive your retail sales and also reflect well to your customers for the quality of products you offer.

 

The Barbershop Set I
ClearShave 3-in-1 – the fastest, closest, most comfortable shave you’ve ever had
Lip Agent – protect, soothe and nourish with SPF
911 Eye Gel – rejuvenate and restore those tired eyes
Power Hydrator – everything your face needs to rebuild
Face & Body Scrub – exfoliate dirt and dead skin

$110 | Buy Now

The Barbershop Set II
Face & Body Scrub – exfoliate dirt and dead skin
ClearShave 3-in-1 – the fastest, closest, most comfortable shave you’ve ever had
Power Hydrator – everything your face needs to rebuild

$70 | Buy Now

Help your clients experience a set of best-selling products they will love. Provide solutions for their busy lifestyles. We know what it takes to be a barbered and buffed gentleman – a simple, high-performance product assortment to help your clients stay groomed between visits. Membership is free – all you need are your credentials and good taste.

To join please email your credentials to Barbers@menaji.com. If you’re already a member use your CODE at checkout.

Up Your Grooming Game Before Tying the Knot

Are you about to get married? Congratulations!

But before you wait at the altar for your betrothed, you need to up your grooming game for the big day.

Why? Because in all the excitement, Grooms forget that it’s the single most important day in your life where you will have your own personal paparazzi, following you around taking video, shooting photographs, capturing the event on phones, and dispersing the images across the internet through social channels.

Here are 4 steps to looking your best for your wedding without overthinking it.

STEP 1 – Cleanse – Face & Body Scrub will exfoliate, clean and renew your skin with our specially designed scrub for men’s skin. It contains a unique blend of certified organic lime peel oil, jojoba, ginseng, kelp, azulene and aloe. Why are these ingredients useful? They unclog pores, they are anti-inflammatory, address acne and clear up blemishes and stimulates skin regeneration and lessens wrinkles.

STEP 2 – Correct – 911 Eye Gel to the rescue for tired and overworked eyes. Place a tube of this in the refrigerator a couple days ahead and put on the day before and the day of the wedding directly under the eyes. Containing allantoin, chamomile, aloe and wheat protein, 911 smoothes and improves the texture of sunken or puffy under-eye bags/skin.

STEP 3 – Protect – Power-hydrate your razor-raw face with powerful nutrients and rebuild that face’s collagen. Youthful glowing skin without the oil and dewy look – just for men. Follow up with our Lip Agent to keep those lips moist for the big moment when you finally “Kiss the Bride.” (p.s. you’ll be kissing her entire family too – so…)

STEP 4 – Conceal – CAMO is your secret weapon. Totally undetectable and light as air concealer for all the spots you didn’t think you had…Follow up with HDPV Anti-Shine to deflect any funky lighting and summertime sweat from making you look shiny and oily. You may not be a TV star – but you’ll play one on the big day.

And that’s your recipe for Grooming the Groom (and his groomsmen). Up your Grooming Game when you’re the Groom and you’ll have photos you won’t cringe at when viewing them many years from now.

A Beard Tax – Go Figure!

Beard Token Coin

As Tax Day (April 15) approaches, and we’re all still scrambling to file, many of us are letting our daily tasks go – including grooming. It’s good to know that razor stubble won’t be taxed in 2015 — but there was a time when it did.

In 1535, King Henry VIII of England began to tax beards. His main concern was to allow the richest men in the kingdom to use this tax to set them apart from the merely rich. The tax was based on the wearer’s social status and style of beard. The higher the tax, the richer you were. Of course no one’s beard commanded more tax than the king’s himself — except that he didn’t pay taxes…

In an effort to raise money for her army, his daughter Queen Elizabeth I, reintroduced the Beard Tax on any beard with more than two week’s growth, regardless of status. This tax lasted throughout her 45-year reign. Her Beard Tax collectors were vast and swift and left no facial hair unmeasured to return sovereigns to the throne.

But things change. And the western world was beckoning.

In order to keep up with fashionable and modern European style, Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposed a tax on any beard and mustache in order to keep his countrymen clean-shaven. He began the movement by cutting off the beards of all his noblemen himself — at a dinner he held (unbeknownst to them) for this very purpose. In fact, in order to ensure compliance, you had to pay the tax before you even grew the stubble. After you applied for and paid the tax, you received a beard token and then, only then, with beard token in hand, were you legal to have a facial hair. The beard token “coin” had an ample beard and mustache prominently displayed on the front and the beard wearer had to have it on him at all times or face a fine. The beard token was inscribed with two phrases: “the beard tax has been taken” (lit: “Money taken”) and “the beard is a superfluous burden.”

Now many of us grow facial hair because we don’t have time to shave while preparing our own taxes.

Good to know there’s ClearShave 3-in-1 for us all to clean-up after tax season is over.

Work or Pleasure – Quick Trip Essentials for Men 2015

Spring fever is everywhere and we’re ready to take off for ANYwhere. Even if it’s just for work.

But whether you’re traveling for work or a fun weekend, your experience is better when you are prepared. After years of packing as a “global executive” for “short-notice” business trips, here are the essentials (concierges, executive airport clubs and personal valets notwithstanding) that you should have to keep things from crashing.

1. Priority Pass
App is free to download; Three membership plans available for additional benefits
Weather delaying your flight? Use the Priority Pass App (in the App Store) and find the nearest airport executive lounge and its amenities. Members of Priority Pass can use more than 700 airport lounges worldwide regardless of airline or class of travel. Pretty cool.

2. Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger
$24.99
Outlet shortage at the airport?  A multi-socket power strip helps share the juice from a single public outlet. Never again forget any electronics in your hotel room because you’ll be plugging all of your electronics into the same place, thus, less likely to leave one behind. (Abroad, you’ll need to use an adapter and a converter though…)

3. J-Pillow
$52.95
Plan to sleep on the flight? Traveling can be a real pain in the neck, but not with this travel pillow. Through a revolutionary design J-Pillow delivers perfect neck alignment and a restful experience, thus, well worth toting it.

4. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Thinnest Backup Laptop Battery
$99.95
Worried about running out of charge? This slim profile battery weighs less than 1 1/2 lbs yet packs a mighty 13,200 Mah battery for up to 3 1/2 hours extra laptop time – ideal for long, cross-country flights.

5. Mënaji ClearShave 3-in-1 Formula
$10
Noon o’clock shadow and stuck on a plane? No worries. Mënaji’s Clear Shave 3-in-1 gel doesn’t require water and lets you see exactly where you are shaving so you can shave quickly and gently. Post-Shave — botanical extracts serve as a natural toner to prevent ingrown hairs, dehydration and razor burn. Perfect for sensitive skin. Oh, and yep, it’s regulation travel size.

6. Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel Hand Sanitizer in JELLY WRAP™ Carriers
$3 at Walmart
Can’t wash up before you eat? Purell helps travelers stay germ-free with a snappy handle you can’t lose track of.

7. Sharper Image Travel Compression Bags
$9.99
Can’t decide between which shirts and ties to bring? Bring them all! These convenient compression bags increase luggage space by up to 70 percent.

8. Crease Release
$8
Ironing no option? Pack this travel size wrinkle-eliminator. One spritz and your wrinkles are gone, and you’re off to the races!

9. The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella
$34.95
Hate unprofessional-looking hoods, raincoats and ponchos? With this item, there’s no reason to ruin your professional image or get wet! At only 8” long, this is the smallest umbrella on the market and can fit in your pocket, but it opens up to a 40″ diameter canopy! Designed by pros, its sturdy construction won’t collapse in a storm. Never get caught unprepared by a sudden downpour again.

And 10.  Patagonia R1 Pullover
$129
Need an extra layer on the plane but don’t want the bulk?
A Patagonia classic, the R1 is breathable, lightweight, and crunches down to nothing to stow away. And in true Patagonia style, it’s design is flattering.

Honorable mention goes out to the B4 YOU BOARD App (Free) that allows you to order food from restaurants in select airports before you arrive and have it waiting for you at your gate so you don’t end up spending $20 on pretzels.

That’s it. Don’t forget your passport.

Nutrition Science And What You Need To Know

Men's Health

 

OK guys, listen up.  Do you believe that your attractiveness is only skin deep?  Wrong! We are talking skin health here and what you see on the outside can be tweaked by what you do to your insides.   Adding some of the right nutrients each day can go a long way in promoting how handsome you are!  And as we all well know, when you feel good about the way you look, you benefit in many ways.  So go eat with “handsome” in mind.

Nutrition science supports the connection between certain nutrients and skin health so go ahead and nourish your skin from the inside out.  Including certain nutrients in your diet will help reduce the harmful effects of UV exposure, reduce aging of the skin, eliminate toxins and even limit hair loss. Skin is our largest organ and its prime function is to act as a barrier between the internal and external environment of our bodies. A whole food diet with particular attention paid to specific vitamins and other nutrients is a powerful tool not just for skin health but for overall health. Where do we find those vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants which can improve your handsomeness?

  • Wild salmon, sardines, flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds for omega-3 fatty acids needed for skin repair, moisture content, anti-inflammatory effects and overall flexibility
  • Citrus, kale, parsley, broccoli and bell peppers for vitamin C to protect skin from damaging sun exposure
  • Carrots,  sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chili peppers for vitamin A that promotes proper repair and maintenance of skin
  • Almonds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, avocado, and asparagus for connective tissue and UV protection
  • Tuna, brazil nuts, garlic, eggs and brown rice for the anti-oxidant selenium to quench free radicals, reduce hair loss and for tissue elasticity
  • Green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber and celery for the mineral silica essential for the connective tissue in hair and nails
  • Pecans, oats, ginger, pumpkin seeds and oysters for zinc needed for controlling oil in skin and acne

While you’re at it, don’t forget the powerful role of sleep and exercise for your skin health. Sleep goes a long way in improving our appearance as well as reducing daily stress, re-energizing us, or helping with repair of body tissues.  Exercise helps with detoxification as well as a myriad of benefits for skin and anti-aging.

Bottom Line: Eat handsomely, get plenty of sleep, pump some iron and your skin will glow!

Donna Brown is a Clinical Nutritionist and founder of Nutrition Kitchen, a nutrition and culinary consulting practice focused on sports nutrition, weight loss and detox programs, general nutrition and health from the kitchen. Donnais an active speaker and technical writer plus blogger on many nutrition and health topics. Her clients include corporations, community groups, athletic teams and individuals.  She lives in Fairfield, CT and can be reached at donna@nutritionkitchenusa.com. Please visit her website at www.nutritionkitchenusa.com for further information on how Donna helps her clients improve their health and fuel their mind and body.  

Mënaji World Cup Giveaway

Mënaji Launches #MenajiWorldCup Giveaway

Mënaji Worldwide, LLC invites readers to Instagram a photo of themselves with their favorite World Cup Jersey for a chance to win a free Mënaji Face and Body Scrub. The giveaway runs through midnight EST on Friday, July 11, 2014.

To take part in the giveaway, entrants must:

1.Follow @menaji_skincare on Instagram

2.Post a photo of themselves with their favorite 2014 World Cup Team Jersey

3.Mention @menaji_skincare and tag #MenajiWorldCup

We will review the entries on Instagram and pick a winner each week. Each photo counts as one entry, with a limit of one entry per Instagram account. Instagram users who submit a valid entry agree to allow Mënaji Skincare to use the photo as it pertains to the #MenajiWorldCup giveaway. The giveaway will close at midnight EST on July 11, 2014, and winners will be contacted via Instagram. No purchase necessary to win. Open to US and Canadian residents only.

 

 

How-to: Care for & Clean Your Kabuki Brush

how to care for kabuki brush
Kabuki Brush by MËNAJI

How-to: Care for & Clean Your Kabuki Brush

The Kabuki Brush is a great way to apply your Sunless Tan HDPV Anti-shine Powder.  However, regular use of your brush can trap bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria in the bristles.  Due to this, we recommend cleaning your brush often so your skin stays healthy.  Don’t worry, it’s simple…….

The pros often spritz their brush with anti-bacterial brush cleaner and wipe them on a clean towel after each use.  However, with time, additional makeup builds up in the brush and the spray just doesn’t cut it.  Here’s how to deep clean your makeup brush after prolonged use.

  •     Dampen a section of a paper towel with Fast Drying Brush Cleaner and wipe brush from side to side. (You can also use Rubbing Alcohol but this may be drying and harsh on the brush over time).
  •     As the towel gets dirty, dampen another section and repeat. Not only will this clean the brush, but the Brush Cleaner / Alcohol evaporates quickly for a clean brush that’s ready to go.
  •     Rinse brush head gently under lukewarm water, with the brush at a 45 degree angle pointing down, using fingers to massage Shampoo/Soap to hair. Apply in the direction of the hair from ferrule towards top. (Ferrule: The metal part of the brush between the hair and handle). Rinse gently under running water, thoroughly.

If possible, follow above with conditioner. Gently reshape the head of the brush and lay flat over the edge of a table or counter so that the bristles are open to the air on all sides. Allow to completely dry (approximately 5 – 6 hours)

Be careful not to let any cleaner or water run inside the ferrule (the metal part of the brush between the hair and handle). This can weaken the glue used to hold the hair and cause shedding problems or even loosen handles. Always lay brushes flat to dry. Do not blow dry – this will cause the hair to frizz!

It’s simple to keep your brush clean and ensure you have great looking skin!

Top 5 Facts About March Madness

 

It’s “Fun Facts Friday” and in celebration of “Basketball Madness” we wanted to share these cool facts about March Madness!

#1: The tournament itself has been around since 1939. Started in Illinois, this annual tournament of high school boy’s teams emerged officially in 1908 and by the late 1930s had over 900 schools competing statewide.

#2: Henry V. Porter (former teacher, coach and assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School association) invented the term. Porter published an essay named March Madness in 1939 and in 1942 used the phrase in a poem, Basketball Ides of March. In 1977 the Illinois HSA published a book about its tournament titled March Madness. The term stuck, especially in Illinois, and became known by everyone. http://www.basketball.org/march-madness-history/  The term is a registered trademark held by the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association.

#3: The first NCAA Championship Basketball Tournament was won by the University of Oregon Ducks. Glen Rice of Georgia University holds the distinction of scoring the most number of points in March Madness. In 1989, he scored 184 points among which 27 came from three pointers. He played 6 matches in the tournament. Shaquille O’Neal set an NCAA record by blocking 11 shots in one game for LSU in 1989. http://dynamomagazine.com/?p=2600

#4: The trio from Michigan State —  Morris Peteson, Charlie Bell and Mateen Cleaves — were fondly called the Flinstones because they all belonged to Flint in Michigan.

#5: A large portion of the fees generated from the licensing of the unified marks “March Madness” are used to fund college scholarships for Illinois high school boys and girls. http://www.ihsa.org/SportsActivities/MarchMadnessExperience/MarchMadnessHistory.aspx