Monday, February 16, 2015

Cuidados para barbas hipster

Fuente: La Barbería de Santo Domingo

Como me dice mi padre, "hipsters con barba ha habido toda la vida de Dios. Pero antes se llamaban barbudos. O tirados". Sea o no cierto este adagio, lo cierto es que hoy levantas una piedra y encuentras un hombre inmerso en una historia de amor con su vello facial. Y es que los hipsters no dejan nada al azar; si llevan barba, está perfectamente recortada y cuidada con mil productos (que, por otra parte, quitan el espacio necesario para tus potingues).

Sea como fuere, los hombres de hoy en día están más pendiente de su imagen que hace unos años, utilizan productos de belleza y les gusta cuidarse y arreglarse. El boom de la barba, que en España empezó en el año 2013, ha culminado con un estudio de los biólogos evolucionistas William Hamilton y Marlene Zuk, quienes en un estudio publicado en la revista Science confirman que “llevar barba es un modo de demostrar el buen estado de salud”.

Personalmente, y habiendo sufrido los pros y los contras de un Mr. Gloss con barba, creo que hay que dedicar un cierto tiempo y mimo para llevarla bien cuidada. Se debe lavar, peinar y nutrir para conseguir un buen aspecto. La Dra. Natalia Ribé, especialista en el envejecimiento de la piel, está totalmente de acuerdo conmigo, y aconseja tres pasos para un cuidado perfecto:

1. Realiza buen peeling, para conseguir una exfoliación controlada de la piel y estimular la renovación celular. El peeling químico, realizado en centros estéticos,  sirve para ayudar a penetrar los activos y conseguir que la piel esté preparada y receptiva.

2. Sigue con una buena hidratación, el procedimiento para sanear la piel y devolverle su elasticidad. Tanto las cremas hidratantes como los serums serán su mejor aliado.

Fuente: La Barbería de Santo Domingo
3. Finaliza con la revitalización, para reactivar la dermis y mejorar y dar soporte a la nutrición de los tejidos y ayudar a la formación de nuevo colágeno aportando luminosidad y mejorando la textura de la piel. Esta técnica, también realizada en centros de estética, utiliza infiltraciones subcutáneas para inyectar componentes que estimulan los fibroblastos, precursores de nuestro propio colágeno, para que la piel esté hidratada y reafirmada.

Además, es importante tener en cuenta que en épocas de frío o bajo condiciones climatológicas extremas la piel más sensible sufre y hay que cuidarla más. La Dra. Natalia Ribé aconseja utilizar un tratamiento hidratante para las pieles delicadas como la de la zona de la barba.

La Dra. Ribé pasa consulta en Barcelona, en el Instituto que lleva su nombre.

Otra buena opción, para todo hipster madrileño que se precie, es visitar la Barbería de Santo Domingo, un fantástico negocio tradicional con una gran destreza para arreglar barbas y bigotes. Me lo ha dicho un pajarito :)

Barbudos que vivís en USA: no desesperéis. En breve os hablaré de Urban Samurai, la línea de productos Rituals creada específicamente para el cuidado de la barba.

Y vosotr@s, tenéis algún truco infalible para cuidar la barba?

Full disclosure level 0: I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Red carpet beauty tricks to score a new job

Are you an obsessive-compulsive list maker? If your answer is yes, you've found your twin soul in this blog. I adore creating long, detailed lists to be more efficient. And this country gives me the perfect excuse, with gorgeous list-making notebooks everywhere.
So I got myself a wonderful notebook to start my traditional New Year List. My goals might be a bit different from yours: Get used to a new culture, make American friends, not get lost in Central Park when looking for the Turtle Pond, practice my French skills, discover a few more states... and score a new job.
There's one universal rule to job-hunting: You never have a second chance to make a great first impression. So, with award season at its peak, I wanted to share with you a few red carpet tricks and products I've recently discovered to look my best at potential job interviews.
A good skin is the best foundation for any look. I've always been a fan of light therapy, which I tested back in Spain for a skin disorder with amazing results. I was very surprised to see you can actually buy personal light therapy devices in America for very reasonably prices, like the Anti-Acne illuMask (rrpp $30, at Although I've never tested this precise model personally, I can say light therapy can be a great ally to treat sensitive skin like mine. As these kind of treatments don't contain chemicals or UV rays, they eliminate the bacterias responsible for acne outbreaks gently and safely.

It is also important not to neglect the power of a great foundation. I can personally recommend two brands that always work wonders for me: Clarins and Josie Maran. Because my skin is dry and sensitive (one of the worst possible combinations for a harsh winter), I need to rely on highly hydrating formulas. Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation ($40) is one of my secret weapons for the winter, when my skin turns dull and a bit greyish. Also, I recently tested at Sephora the new Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation ($42) and I was amazed by it. It's not only perfectly hydrating, but also an ally for those who don't have the time to figure out what their skin tone is. This product goes on white and self -adjusts to match your exact skin tone. This means you can also use it in the summer, when your skin is naturally sun-kissed.

For a perfect salon-styled hair, it's important to have the right tools. I've always trusted Philip B. for this matter, ever since I discovered his products six years ago in my first trip to the USA. His Stroke of Genius Large Round Brush ($75), packed with dense boar bristles reinforced by nylon, is great for lifting roots and achieving the perfect volume even in the coldest of days. When I want to indulge my curls, I use specific tools, like the DevaFuser ($45) and DevaDryer by DevaCurl.
Finally, a perfectly polished manicure can make the difference between you and the next candidate. Once, a recruiter confessed to me he always looked at the hands of the candidates. To achieve "airbrushed" flawless nails that scream what a neat person you are, you can try Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture’s Nail Perfecter ($20). One coat smoothes out ridges, masks spots or discoloration and leaves a pretty matte finish. If you can't live without nail polish, try out a pink ballerina shade that compliments your skin tone. Essie Ballet Slippers is my personal favorite!

Do you have any red-carpet beauty tips and tricks to make a great impression in a job interview?

Full disclosure level 0: I was not financially compensated for this post. I didn't receive samples. The opinions are completely my own.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rio de Keratin: A $39.99 At-Home Keratin Treatment

Picture this: Leave your friends and family behind to enroll in Grad School. In a foreign country. In another continent. With two suitcases and a significant other.

That's what happened to me a few months ago. My fist week in New York City was everything but relaxed. Finding an apartment (tick), fixing the broken appliances (tick), getting used to commuting without getting lost (tick), and signing up for my classes at University left me with little time to deal with a big-headed problem: my hair. Naturally curly and used to the (more) benign climate of Spain, it suddenly became frizzy, untamed, and a magnet for static electricity. Humidity has always taken its toll in my mane, and living near the Hudson river didn't make things easier.

So when I was invited to try Rio de Keratin, an at-home keratin system which promised silky smooth hair in a whim, I couldn't be more excited. I literally had no time to deal with my hair every morning. Grad school and adjusting to a new life sucked up all my time.

I have to admit I've always been a bit skeptical about Keratin treatments; their formulas contained too many chemicals for my taste. However, Rio de Keratin promised great results with a gentler formula -infused with coconut oil, vitamin E, and vegetal keratin, and formaldehyde-free. So I decided it was worth to give it a try.

The 4-step system was extremely easy to use, and took me less than two hours. I followed the instructions included in the package (also available in this link): 

1. Wash (do not condition) and blow dry hair until it is 100% dry.
2. Apply the treatment into hair using the spray applicator
3. Blow dry hair to a smooth finish
4. Flat iron hair using an iron that reaches 450° to seal in the treatment


The results were astonishing: After using their system once, my hair was more manageable, with less frizz and considerably easier to style. There was no apparent loss of hydration (unlike a particularly messy keratin application I suffered about six years ago in a salon.) My usually unruly curls looked nice and relaxed, and when straightening my hair, it took me half an hour instead an hour and a quarter. Also, I have to admit I have a very sensitive scalp, but I didn't experiment any irritations. As the product webpage advertises, it seems to be safe on all hair types.

I understood that, in order to keep the results, it is advised to repeat the treatment once a month. In my particular case, and because my goal was to take away the frizz from my curls, I found the effect of the treatment lasted about two months.

My Verdict: A real deal for $39.99. A great at-home keratin solution for curly-haired fans of all things beauty and Do-It-Yourself.

For more information, take a peek at

Full disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. As previously stated, I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.