Should Guys Get Regular Manicures and Pedicures

Should Guys Get Regular Manicures and Pedicures

I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to my fingernails with the exception of making sure they are absent of dirt or debris from dinner. I’ve avoided getting a manicure even at the insistence and invitation of female friends.

I have never been able to even picture myself sitting in a crowded space in a strip mall breathing in acetone and conversations about the drama at work or the checkout line. The other scenario is that my barber Jimmy would bring someone in to go to work on my hands. The later of the two is not likely. Jimmy bitches about trimming my ear hair so dealing with my nails– not gonna happen.

Typically, my grooming habits involve just gnawing down the nail before it bleeds out near a cuticle. Not out of some nervous habit but more out of necessity. Yeah, I know…it’s gross.

There were in such bad shape that a female co-worker remarked on how one of my nails was so crudely ripped off that it had signs of prior bleeding. She then went full on Forensics Files describing how detectives scrape out what’s underneath our nails as evidence.

I decided to do my own detective work and Googled the words, nail biting bacteria. Apparently, if you swallow your nails (I avoid doing that) you can end up with stomach problems. There is also a shitton of nasty bacteria that could cause you to lose your finger. Missing fingers are not a good look.

Also, trying it on your own is not a good idea until you actually go to a reputable salon and learn some basics. So, I bit the bullet instead of my nails and went on an off-day when the nail salon is pretty empty. FYI, Sunday, Mondays, and Tuesdays are the least crowded days and when they first open mid-morning is the best time of day.

Here are some tips for first-timers. The place stunk of acetone or nail polish remover. Seriously, if you have allergies, your day at the nail salon will be short. Secondly, a good manicure will cost you around thirty bucks plus tip. Tip costs vary but three-to-five bucks are considered fair and decent.

Speaking of tips, be sure and ask for some to keep your nails neat and trimmed between manicures. You also don’t need to get any polish on your nails, but a clear coat will help with chipping and breaking. It took some getting used to, but I actually enjoy and look forward to getting my nails done. It also gives me some confidence while dating or at least keeps me from shifting the topic from sex to whether there might be the E-coli under my cuticles.

They did discover some fungi under my toes, but I wasn’t ready to have them go to work on my feet just yet—baby steps.

7 Foods to Kick Your Metabolism into Shape

7 Foods to Kick your Metabolism into Shape

Summer bod looking a little lumpier than usual? Do you wish you could have rock hard abs? If you want a six-pack you will want to step away from drinking that six-pack. In fact, 75% of your weight loss goals are going to depend on what you eat.

Here is a list of 7 foods that will kick your metabolism’s ass and give you the body of her dreams.

Meats and Lean Proteins

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Before you pump iron, you need iron in your system. Lean meats such as chicken and fish combat any deficiencies and allow you to burn more calories. Dietary experts recommend at least three servings of iron-rich foods.

Water

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Eggs

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Not just any eggs, but egg whites are especially beneficial in giving your body the amino acids it needs to bust out the extra pounds your body is hanging onto. Egg white omelet, anyone?

Coffee

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Skip the decaf and go for the real stuff. Several studies have pointed to an increased metabolism in caffeinated coffee drinkers up to 16 percent when compared to those that drank decaf. Perhaps, decaf coffee is really covfefe.

Chili peppers

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You may remember one of our prior blogs on boosting your libido. Turns out, chili peppers also boosting your metabolism. A dash of chopped chili peppers adds vitamin c and capsaicin to your diet.

Milk

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Got milk? All kidding aside, downing a glass of milk or a beverage rich in calcium breaks down the fats in your body.

Whole Grains

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A diet rich in whole grains makes your body work harder to break it down. If you are not a fan of oatmeal you can also eat brown rice or whole grain bread. Skip the starchy carbs.

***ALWAYS consult with your physician before starting a new diet or workout plan.***

Summer Beard Style Guide for Men 2017

Summer Beard Style Guide for Men 2017
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After my seventy-seventh bout with adult acne (can’t believe I still get this shit) I decided to try on some facial hair. This presented some interesting challenges. First off, I’m past the millennial demographic and could end up looking like a douchebag instead of a hipster. Second, it’s summer so it’s hot as hell outside and beard sweat is not something else I feel like fighting. And ‘C’, I can’t even grow a healthy pornstache never mind a beard.

Here is what I learned about growing the right facial hair.

Summer Beard Styles for GuysStep 1.      Depending on your how hairy you are, go ahead and hang up the razor. You’ll save some money on blades and you will have a good base for your next step.

Step 2.      Apparently, you need to know the shape of your face to determine what type of beard to grow. Thankfully, there are a ton of different styles of beards. Ones that look like Van Gogh, Freud, and modern-day magicians like David Blaine.

Step 3.     Consult your local barber or hair stylist to help you pick the right one to frame your face. I shit you not, there are at least 15 different types of beard styles for 2017 alone. Basically, they still look like Freud and Van Gogh but have been assigned different names. For instance, there is the Balbo recently made popular by Robert Downey Jr. that works best for men with a narrow chin. If you have a rounded face the Circle Beard is the best bet. It’s basically a combo of a goatee and a mustache. 

Step 4.     Consult your girlfriend, wife or your regular hookup. After all, you still want to get laid. In the end, and given my limited growth potential, I went for the Full Beard and the most popular beard style for men. It’s also the easiest to grow and with some minor grooming and oil has minimal irritation for you and your girl.

5 Apps Every Guy Needs to Download Right Now

5 Apps Every Guy Needs to Download Right Now

Glued to the latest scores of the game? Wanna get paid back to eat wings, book a hotel or Uber ride? Need a workout and a gym buddy to keep you accountable? Yup, there’s an app for all that and more and we’ve rounded them up all in this handy list.

theScore—This popular app doesn’t just give you up-to-date scores for NFL Football, MLB Baseball, NBA Basketball, NCAA Football, NHL Hockey, English Premier League Soccer, La Liga Soccer, Champions League Soccer, World Cup and more! Most important, it’s customizable. Set up alerts and news for the teams and games you didn’t get to see in person. It’s as close to the stadium as you’re gonna get without tailgating.

Ibotta—Don’t be put off by the pink icon. This cash back app is kick-back city. Earn money for booking accommodations on Hotels.com, Uber, and restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rock Bottom Brewery. But wait, there’s more! This handy app also offers cash back when you buy beer, grooming products, and groceries. The catch? There isn’t one, just make sure you download the app first and go through the app to make your purchases.  The cash flows into a Paypal account or you can have a check cut. 

STRAVA— One word of warning: this app can become addictive. Kick-ass features include GPS so you can track your running and cycling, the ability to share photos and milestones, and a place to connect with friends and your workout community. 

billr.me—If you’ve ever been stiffed with most of the check after your buddy tossed down a $20 on a table and everyone else had to pick up his shots and tip, then you need this app. With features such as splitting up shared items like appetizers and wine, you can ensure that you will never be screwed over again. PLUS, it calculates the tip that each person owes. Brilliant! 

ISS Spotter—This app is the final frontier even if you are not a space nerd. Track and watch as the International Space Station passes over Planet Earth. You can also set up alarms when it will be flying over based on visibility and its position in the sky.  

Top 8 Badass Movies for Guys

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Had a bad day at work? Got in a fight with your girlfriend? Need to find your balls again and tell all the haters where to go? Relax…all you need to do is find a nice place on the sofa and escape with these old school blockbuster movies that you will restore your faith in manhood.

  1. Point Break (1991 version)—If you want the ultimate in surf movies you have to pay the ultimate price and watch Keanu Reeves’ bad acting, Gary Busey’s cheesy lines, Patrick Swayze’s surf moves and copious amounts of make-out scenes with that girl from A League of Their Own. Seriously bro, this original version might make you want to drop out of society, rob banks and shoot the tube.

2. Scarface (1983)—Chances are, you have re-watched this gangster film for the 100th time starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant that doesn’t take shit from anyone and wants you to say hello, “to my little friend.”  The cast includes stellar performances from a hot and very young, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. In addition to lots of badass violence, there is plenty of gratuitous boob shots to keep you distracted from your problems.

3. Die Hard (1988)—Normally reserved as a Christmas movie, I think it’s always the right season to watch Detective McClane get one over on Hans Gruber. We’re talking hostages, a shit-ton of explosions and a hero rescuing his girl. This movie was so good they made a few sequels although the original is still the best.

4. The Dirty Dozen (1967)—Think the 1980s ‘A’ Team television series but this crew is a patchwork of true thugs. Telly Savalas (yes, Kojak), Clint Walker, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, George Kennedy, Ernest Borgnine and a myriad of other screen legends that you won’t recognize unless you are a film buff. Basically, this band of rebels is pulled from a military prison and commissioned for a special operation. Shit gets real early on in the film.

5. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)—Forget what I said about sequels. This movie is actually better than the original. Watch the former Governor of California (Arnold Schwarzenegger) save the day and the life of John Connor and his mom, Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton aka James Cameron’s wife…the guy that directed Titanic) while blowing up shit along the way.

6. Fight Club (1999)—What happens in this film stays in this film. An underground fight club forms as one man (Tyler Durden) has had enough of the bullshit that society continues to heap on him and anyone else. There is a twist at the end that is pretty kick-ass. 

7. Rambo: First Blood (1982)—We still can’t figure out why Brian Dennehy can’t leave Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo) alone. I mean, the guy is a freaking war hero and veteran that is just trying to live his life in solitude and wants to wander the Earth like Caine. However, it seems that Rambo can’t catch a break and has to go full commando to be left alone.

8. Reservoir Dogs (1992)—Perhaps one of Tarantino’s best and considered one of the new gangster classics, it interweaves the story of an undercover cop and a group of criminals that try to pull off a diamond heist. What could go wrong? Everything. Mr. Blue, Mr. Pink and Mr. White are up for the task but who’s the rat? 

Getting Fired is Worse for Men Compared to Divorce

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Any guy that has ever heard the words, “I think we should see other people,” OR worse “I wand a divorce,” knows it’s basically the emotional equivalent of being kicked in the balls.  Take heart, because you are more likely to bounce back from a broken heart or even a divorce over getting canned at work, according to data from The University of East Anglia and the What Works Center for Wellbeing.

The study’s findings were based on over 4,000 research papers which pointed to getting fired as the main culprit including: the biggest shock to the ego, mental well-being and an individual’s overall happiness with life in general. Additionally, some may never recover from the blow.

In fact, men (especially younger guys) more than their female counterparts could be hurt up to four years down the line after getting shit canned compared to just two years following the loss of a spouse through death or divorce.

The best hope to a semi-full recovery is similar to recovering from a divorce or a really bad breakup, say experts.  Basically, you make yourself available, put yourself out there again and trade-up for a better job title and better pay.

 

11 Books Every Man Needs to Read

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We’ve scoured Amazon, a few local libraries, and a book club in the burbs for the most introspective books and novels for guys. Or at least 11 novels that every guy needs on their bookshelf. No Sparks or Steele will fly on this list.

  1. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu—This book dates back to 514 B.C. but is chock full of advice that can be applied to today in the workplace or even on a date.

2. A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe—Imagine a man at the top of his game. He has it all with the exception of character and depth. The lack of both causes him to look inside himself for his own place and worth in this world. 

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde—A good looking guy that is anything but good, hangs onto his youth through a secret stored in an attic.

4. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel—A young boy’s life gets turned upside down after he survives a shipwreck and his only companion is a Bengal tiger.

5. Ulysses, by James Joyce—Sex, miscreant roommates and a story that moves at the same pace of the film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

6. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris—Think your childhood was screwed up? Think again. Thankfully, Sedaris has always tossed aside rose-colored lenses and replaced them with humor.

7. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville—A seasoned seaman searches the ocean in pursuit of a large beast named, Moby Dick. This was a time when whale blubber and carcasses were quite valuable and were used for tools, soaps and candles.

8. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand—This story centers around a man of true talent and character and a “sell-out.” There is quite a bit of depth to the story even on the surface.

9. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemmingway—You can’t get more manly than the author and legend of this classic novel. Hemmingway captures the very soul of an aging fisherman that is laughed at by locals and in many ways is viewed as unlucky. Against all odds, he sets out to prove that he still worthy.

10. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald—Jay Gatsby is a self-made millionaire throwing the most lavish parties for those of means during the golden era of jazz. But being a part of the rich and elite comes at a heavy price.

11. Jaws, by Peter Benchley—The movie was great but the book goes into more depth (no pun intended) about each character’s past and even a very sordid affair between Brody’s wife and a main character in the story that is not Chief Brody. Cue the cello!