Nail Polish for Men is “Normal” — Just Like It Used to Be 5,000 Years Ago

Nail Polish for Men is “Normal” — Just Like It Used to Be 5,000 Years Ago

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As the lockdown persists, we see more and more men emerging with painted nails, either through choice or the reluctant endurance of their creative offspring.

When Jaden Smith posed for Vogue Korea, the internet went berserk. According to Entertainment Tonight, he looked “stunning shirtless in a skirt with a flower in his hair.”

What made headlines was the skirt — not the blue nail polish on his fingers.

Smith is hardly alone. Plenty of other men have been seen wearing nail polish, including Johnny Depp, Seal, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, Harry Styles and more.

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But History is actually repeating itself. Men have been wearing nail polish since 3,200 B.C. After an excavation of royal tombs at Ur of the Chaldees in southern Babylonia, it was discovered that most men during that time wore nail polish, with different colours signifying different classes. Made primarily with kohl, the darker the colour, the higher the class of the man, from warriors to leaders. Lighter colours were reserved for the lower class men. Prior to battle, the warriors would take hours to paint their nails,so really, it’s not a new thing at all. In fact, nail polish for guys used to be the norm.

Come forward to artists such as Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed and David Bowie, all of whom painted their nails.

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All the men above were rock stars, rebelling against the gender norms their elders obeyed. In Bowie’s case, critics just didn’t know what to do with his androgynous look, since rockers of the past had been forced into being extremely hyper-masculine figures.

But something has shifted in the past few years, not only by stars like Jaden Smith, but also the emergence of nail polish brands catering toward men.

There are several companies specifically producing these nail polishes just for men, an internet search will bring up a few makes, in reality they are no different to normal nail polish, they just stick to earthy and darker shades.

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Though there is no reason not to go for a more bolder shade like Harry Styles of One Direction seen here with red polish on some nails.

harry styles

Our very own resident chef Adam put it to the test for us, His daughters painted his nails, in black, and they went to town shopping. “At first I was very apprehensive” said Adam, “but after being in a few shops and paying for goods, knowing full well that my painted nails were in full view I suddenly became more and more confident, no one batted an eye lid, it certainly seems it is now acceptable for guys to wear nail polish”

Creator of Thunderbirds, Sylvia Anderson was always pushing the boundaries on fashion in all the shows she created & produced, even some of male characters on Thunderbirds wore eye shadow.

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But that was Sylvia, given her fashion background, always trying to push just a little bit more and it certainly contributed to what made all the shows a success.

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We will leave the last words to Adam. “I may try this again, and will report back. However I will stick to darker colours as don’t think a bright pink will go down well at the pub on a Friday night with the lads, but if pink is good enough for Prince Harry then you never know!”


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BACK TO THE BATH TUB – SHOCKING REVELATIONS

BACK TO THE BATH TUB – SHOCKING REVELATIONS

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About 20 years ago I was utterly ‘shocked’ when a rather mumsie middle aged woman who was trying to revive her sex life with her husband told me that with or without a partner, a gloriously hot bath full of bubbles, surrounded with a multitude of candles and dimmed lights was the answer to any maiden’s prayer.

I think I was more surprised that this lady of around 50 was having any sex at all, but now that I am approaching that age myself am far more sympathetic to her revelation.

A beautiful bathing experience is not only good for your sex life, it is also wonderful for your wellbeing, can help you to think and sleep – especially if you have a long luxurious soak just before going to bed.

I have also been reading about how more and more people are getting back into bathing as their relaxation regime, together with meditation and love this quote from health guru  Gwyneth Paltrow:

“I take a bath every single night – unless I’m somewhere where there is no bathtub,  I started getting really into taking baths when I was probably 22-years-old and did my first movie in London. It’s such a kind of damp cold there, a bath is the only thing that gets the cold out your bones. So, I started taking baths every night – and then I came home and I just never stopped.”

I decided to put this to the test recently as I had been waking up earlier every morning and having difficulty in getting back to sleep.  My restlessness had increased with the colder weather, as Gwyneth had said, the damp air in the UK does something to the bones when you reach a certain age, and I was amazed at the difference a late night bath made to my sleeping and indeed my increased energy the following day.

It also felt incredibly pampering, far more than a shower which is refreshing but far less nurturing.   It gives you thinking time, and somehow it is a stress free zone where you can really unwind.  It also gives some well-earned ‘you’ time.

Going back to the disclosures of my lovely ‘Mumsie’ middle aged friend, Gwyneth is not the only movie star who sang the praises of the Bath Tub, and not just to keep warm, Hollywood Icon Marilyn Monroe who was the epitomy of ‘Sexy’ made bathing sensuous and beautiful in the famous bathtub scene in Seven Year Itch back in the fifties.

Luxury Bath salts for calm and great sleeps:

Herbivore calm bath salts – £16

Cowshed – sleepy bath salts – £18

Bath soak heaven is – £22

Neom Real – Luxury Mineral bath salts – £38

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DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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Debbie has enjoyed a successful career as an actress in television, film and theatre. She has the dubious honour of being the only actress in the UK who has appeared in every major TV soap in the last 30 years as a regular character! And recently returned to ‘Coronation Street’ as yet another character – Carole Evans, landlady of the Weatherfield Arms.

 

Debbie is now playing another very important role, as Mother of the Bride to her eldest daughter Ciara.  As the Wedding approaches, Debbie takes action into ensuring she looks and feels her very best on this very important day.

“Well as the big day approached the things that started worrying me about my body were my décolletage, which now was looking very crepey and my baby ‘flap’- Those of you who’ve had caesareans in the past – or any gyne ops – will know this one! It’s when your skin suddenly ‘flaps’ over your scar and your previously flat lower tummy looks quite horrendous!! It’s invisible in clothes and bikinis but its there……and it’s really unsightly. So obviously I’m not looking at a tummy tuck – but this has come with age and gravity and I wanted to see what if anything could be done.

With these 2 issues I went to see my lovely friend of many years the fabulous Lesley Reynolds at the Harley Street Skin Clinic. Lesley really is a magician – she knows everything there is about skin treatments – without a doubt she’s the UKs top beauty guru! She told me yes both were possible in my 3 month time frame before the wedding and ushered me quickly to see Dr Aamer who prescribed miso and light therapy for my décolletage and Onda for my tummy.

I’m not posting any pictures of my chest or tummy in this post because I’ve been told that I need to wait for another 6 weeks till the true results are visible but let me tell you already I’m thrilled!

The décolletage treatment is mesotherapy which is a technique that uses injections of vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten skin. I love it on my face but never had it on my chest. Some people have numbing cream but I chose not to then afterwards you have light therapy. All this works together for astounding results!

Then Onda… what can I tell you – it’s a magic wand that the practitioner runs over your wobbly bits – it goes hot then cold. It’s not at all invasive or vaguely uncomfortable which is why I’m so impressed with the results. Works brilliantly with cellulite and tightens skin but it’s almost made my baby flap disappear! Will post pics in 6 weeks. I’m still astonished! Maybe I’ll try the cellulite Onda treatment next!”

4 x Sessions of Onda Coolwave on the lower abdomen for skin tightening.
harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/onda/

4 x sessions of Mesotherapy for the décolletage area for skin rejuvenation
https://www.harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/mesotherapy/

This is how I looked on my daughter’s wedding day – such brilliant treatments!

Check out the full range of treatments available www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Check out Debbie’s website here https://debbiearnold.com

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DEBBIE ARNOLD – PLAYING THE ROLE OF HER LIFE

DEBBIE ARNOLD – PLAYING THE ROLE OF HER LIFE

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You will know Debbie from her numerous television appearances as a highly accomplished Actor.  Debbie is well known for her portrayal of April Branning in BBC soap opera EastEnders between 1995 and 1996, as well as appearing in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors.

Debbie, is now about to play the role of her life – that of ‘Mother of the Bride’ to her beautiful daughter Ciara.   It is more of a supportive role this time from her usual one, but incredibly important nevertheless.  The rehearsals have begun and as Debbie recounts highlights of the preparations leading up to the big day, we are able to share some of those special moments with her which also help us prepare for a celebration of our own that we may be planning now or in the future.

In this first ‘episode’ Debbie talks about her non-invasive treatment from a highly skilled practitioner and how it has enhanced her look in preparation for the big day.

It sounds so grown up – to be the mother of the bride but the time has come.

I’ve been married twice and both my weddings were very small -I never wanted the whole shebang but my daughter Ciara however wanted the whole works and part of that is to have me looking my best and so the pressure is on.

Ciara is an actress and she’s marrying Mans Zelmerlow the Swedish performer. They both have huge amount of instagram followers so everyone has to be perfect. I needed to up my game in the glamour department so the first stop had to be to see my friend Dr. Tracy Mountford at the Cosmetic Skin Clinic. The thing I love about Tracy is that she explains everything – how the face ages and where we need slight ‘tweakments’ ( I love that word!) My first ‘tweakment’ was a top up of the Ultherapy treatment I had 2 years ago – it’s like an ‘ironing’of the face- it’s not invasive takes around 40 minutes and the results come slowly but worth waiting for. It has an amazing effect on your skin making it almost glow with health, and it lifts too. Next was possibly one of my favourite treatments – the temple filler. Now I’m not a lover fillers. I don’t need them as I have a big round face. However around my temples and sides of my eyes there was a noticeable gap forming. Tracy told me that again was another area that becomes obvious when we age so she used a filler which didn’t hurt at all and hey presto immediately my ‘gaps’ were filled. It also had a very good effect on lifting my eyebrows slightly too – so as an upper face lifting treatment it’s superb!

So a bit like when you decorate the living room all the rest of the house looks shabby – my lower face became my issue. I’ve always had a lopsided mouth. Not noticeable when speaking or smiling but definitely when my face is still. Over the years I’ve very rarely been photographed full faced because it’s so obvious. My dentist said it was my jaw alignment and could be corrected through surgery or braces so I never took it any further. I just happened to mention it to Dr Sophie at the clinic she said – no problem and sorted it in 10 minutes! She filled my bottom lip slightly so it matched the other one put a tiny bit of filler either side of the corners of my mouth. Then she put a tiny bit of filler in my chin to lower it. The results were immediate and outstanding if not very painful!! The chin filler is really good treatment too and but if you are thinking of doing it there is downtime pain and swelling – but it’s worth it. Dr Sophie took so much care and called me every day afterwards to see if I was ok. Just wonderful service and amazing treatments that really work!. I’m now ready for the wedding – and my daughter approves.
The Cosmetic Skin Clinic
8 Devonshire Pl, Marylebone, London W1G 6HP, UK

https://www.cosmeticskinclinic.com

https://debbiearnold.com

 

 

 

 

TREASURE YOUR CROWNING GLORY AND RESTORE THE SLEEK

TREASURE YOUR CROWNING GLORY AND RESTORE THE SLEEK

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Hair is definitely one of the most defining parts of us, and so it is important to keep it in good shape, both texturally and structurally. In these muggy days of Summer and with added colourants, it may seem a little dry.  The stresses of everyday life can also play a big part in the condition of our hair, and so now is the time to take action.

One of the most ancient traditions in keep hair shiny, thick and healthy is the application of oils, and in some cultures that tradition has endured and is key to the condition and appearance of their incredible hair.

In a recent interview with some ladies who are either working mums or semi-retired, their reluctance was that it was too time consuming as you would have to wait until the oil soaked into the hair and then was it out several times to make sure it had gone.  But in reality, it is far less time than a visit to the hairdresser.

How would it be to work it into your weekly beauty routine, either at weekends or chose an evening when you can take the luxury of time, perhaps whilst watching a film, and massage it into the scalp and gently into the hair itself.  You then wrap a warm towel around your head and wash off after a couple of hours.  Imagine the end result, which is sleek shiny tresses you have envied on others over the years.  It can also help to thicken your hair and produce a healthy regrowth.

Here are some products to try.

Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, Liz Earle £19.50

Mauli Rituals – Grow Strong Hair – 30ml one size – £32

Ouai Haircare Hair Oil, Cult Beauty – £24

Moroccan Oil Treatment by Moroccanoli (Amazon) £28.49

Vita Coco Coconut Oil £7.69 – Holland and Barrett

Whats you favorite hair treatment?

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