There are a lot of interesting things I've tried in the name of beauty: Yoghurt masks, at-home LED light therapy, even a snail-slime facial that promised to refine my oily, open pores (it was in Bali, don't ask). Some have blown my expectations out of the water, while others I'd rather not speak about. But part of the fun of being a beauty writer is always being open to new things, especially at the recommendation of others.
Speaking of recommendations, when pre-pregnancy Kylie Jenner drops her latest beauty favourites on Snapchat, I am not ashamed to admit I'll replay seven times before adding the object of her affection to notes on my iPhone (Mario Badescu Drying Lotion was once featured, and now I'm obsessed). Naturally, the internet and myself collectively lost it when she raved about Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm all those months ago (in case you missed it, Jenner swears by the men's product as the perfect mattifying primer). As a fellow sufferer of oily skin, this struck a chord. I've always understood men's skincare to be tailored to a thicker skin, but at $11, I thought I'd throw caution to the wind and give it a go, because even if it didn't work (which I expected) at least I hadn't wasted much money. Just one use was all it took for me to make a call, and it's safe to say I was hooked (and that Jenner was right).
Keep scrolling to read all about my experience.
A little research shows that this balm contains chamomile, known for its soothing properties, and witch hazel, an astringent that calms and tones the skin. Technically, it's designed to calm skin post-shaving, but the appeal for females is the reduction in redness and matte finish.
The first time I gave it a go, I used my fingers to pat it all over following my regular daytime serum (Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir, $116) in place of my regular moisturiser. It's a little slippery to start, but after about 30 seconds, it was dry to touch. My skin felt smooth, matte, and velvety as I went about putting on makeup. So far, so good. but being the skeptic I am, I waited until a full day until I passed judgement. Low and behold, my makeup was shine free and practically untouched by the end of the day. Just to be sure, I wore it over the weekend sans makeup to see how it fared alone, and the same result—my skin was calm and smooth, no grease in sight. All in all, this has convinced me that beauty shouldn't always be confined to male or female, mostly because it seems unfair not to share something this good around.
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Vetiver is an interesting note in both male and female fragrance, it's especially known to appeal to a lot of women. Elegant and woody, if you find yourself drawn to masculine perfume, this is worth a sniff.
We probably shouldn't say this, but this styling dust is pretty much exactly the same as its female counterpart, but a dollar cheaper. We get it, a dollar isn't much, but if you're a styling powder-addict, why not?
Male makeup isn't exactly mainstream, but this Tom Ford bronzer is magic. Oil-free and water-based, it glides on skin and is practically invisible. All that's left behind is a bronze, just-back-from-holiday glow.
Opening image: Get Ready With Laura