If you're feeling inspired by Love Island remember fake tanning is much safer than tanning in the sun. Men are 3x more likely to get melanoma than women, so if you want to be brown make sure it comes out of a bottle.
Over a quarter of British men aged 16–24 have already tried self-tanning, so you’re in great company. Whether you’re looking to get beach ready or to give yourself an added confidence boost, a self-tan may be the best way forward.
Follow the step-by-step guide to achieve that even, golden glow.
Moisturise: get into the habit early
For the smoothest tan application, it’s best to moisturise regularly in the build-up to your tanning session. That goes for your face and your body – but it’s best to use separate products for each. Facial moisturisers are formulated to address your specific skin concerns, like oiliness or acne, while body lotions tend to be a bit too heavy for the face and can make you break out.
We recommend moisturising your face twice a day, every day, after you wash it. For your body, apply a body lotion all over every day after you’ve showered or bathed.
Trim: 24 hours before you tan
Top tip – if you shave your facial hair, make sure you do it before you apply your self-tan. This is crucial, as it means your tanning product – whether you go for a clear tanning water or a mousse – sticks to your skin properly.
Shaving 24 hours before tanning is the optimum time. But if you’ve got a last-minute night out you need to tan for, don’t worry – you can still tan even if you’ve just shaved.
Exfoliate: 24 hours before you tan
Exfoliating your face and body is the next step. If you’re new to exfoliating, don’t panic – it’s really straightforward. Men's skin is thicker than women’s skin, which means it can be a bit rougher in texture too. That’s why it’s so important to remove any dead skin, which can turn a different colour to the rest of your skin when you’re tanning, resulting in an uneven colour.
To exfoliate, you can use a body scrub with physical grains that’ll slough off that dead skin. Chemical exfoliants, meanwhile use skincare ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin on the surface of your skin and in your pores for smooth, soft skin that’s ready to be tanned. The latter is better for your face because scrubs can damage the more sensitive skin there.
After exfoliating, make sure you moisturise again and pay close attention to your hands, elbows, knees, and feet. These can be tricky areas to tan because the skin is even tougher here. This softens up these extra-tough areas even more for easier application and adhesion.
Dry and protect: immediately before tanning
Reduce potential streaking when you apply your tan by completely drying your body hair, stubble, hairline, and skin completely. Then, apply a thin coating of lip balm or Vaseline on your nails, eyebrows, and hairline to prevent the tan from staining or leaving weird streaks around these areas.
Apply your tan
Now it’s time for application. For sprays, apply a single, light coating all over your body from an arm’s length distance using a soft, circular motion. Once applied, take a dry towel and gently pat away any excess build-up on stubble or around your hairline.
When using mousse, a tanning mitt is the easiest way to apply the product without staining your hands. The ideal amount for a first coat is three pumps for each section of the body. After applying, use a clean, soft-textured face cloth over any hairier areas of the body to avoid any build-up at the hair follicles and to prevent the hair from changing colour.
The trick to successful self-tanning is that less is more. Start small and work your way up to a deeper tan. You can even build up a deeper tan over the course of a few days if you’re brand new to it and you want to take it slow. A bonus here is that you’ll look like you’re bronzing more naturally!
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There are few holidays as exciting and dynamic as Halloween. For all ages, it’s a chance to dress up, get creative, and throw a killer bash with friends. Even so, despite the fact that Halloween has all the trappings for a great night, the festival has a certain reputation when it comes to costumes.
Some stick to the horror theme, creating frightening get-ups with cobwebs, fake blood, and spooky cloaks. Others opt for minimal coverage to show off their bodies, from black cats to risqué Wonder Women. The bold opt for costumes with social commentary and the witty for ‘deep cuts’ from pop culture; even more just try to find something to wear.
But building a truly unforgettable Halloween costume is an art. It involves a cheeky idea and an ability to pull together a convincing costume—but an outfit’s success is also highly dependent on its audience and the event it will be worn at.
Consider the most famous Halloween party of all: Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween costume party. Celebrities of all stripes attend with seamless costumes that cover a range of themes, from horror to pop culture to glam. The lesson here? It doesn’t matter what you want to do—just go for it, and don’t look back.
Ready to craft an incredible Halloween costume? Keep these three pointers in mind.
Create a Cohesive Idea
Those looking for inspiration will find more than a few interesting ideas in Vegas—and not just from those who pose for tourists along the Strip. Typically, pros are known for stoicism, but many have also embraced Halloween with great enthusiasm, opting to dress up for the cameras each year.
One pro, Phil Hellmuth, dressed as Thor at the 2018 World Series of Poker tournament. Another, Phil Laak, literally disappeared under a Hollywood-level aged face prosthetic at the 2008 World Series of Poker. As expected, Hellmuth’s Thor drew massive attention, while it took attendees hours to figure out who Laak was because of the quality of his mask and his dedication to walking and sitting like an elderly man.
Both pros show total dedication to their look. No matter what idea you’re tinkering with, make sure it’s hyper-specific, as this will inform other key details from accessories to body language.
Know Your Audience (and Location)
The costume-wearer won’t be spending the entire night staring at their own look, which means it’s important to cater the outfit for the crowd and location you’ll be attending. This is most relevant for horror looks; no one wants to stare at Alien if the party is Wes Anderson-themed. The same goes for gore-heavy bashes; no host wants to see a bunny in a leotard at their Last House on the Left party.
Another piece of advice is to always dress for the weather. Most parties are hosted partly inside and partly outside, which makes factoring layers an important part for many party-goers who live farther north.
Lastly, keep in mind where the party will be hosted. Some venues will be jam-packed, which makes heavy or larger costumes more complicated for yourself and those around you. This doesn’t mean you can’t dress like Ursula from The Little Mermaid… but maybe consider making some of her tentacles removable in case of space-saving emergencies.
Avoid Costume Stores
Never, ever head into a tacky costume store and expect anything positive to come of the experience. Instead, stick to cosplay stores. Most costume stores cater specifically to single-use getups made from latex and polyester, which look as cheap as they cost. Cosplay stores, on the other hand, tend to cater to a more refined demographic that relies heavily on costumes.
Another pro tip is to skip out on costumes and cosplay pieces as much as possible, and instead purchase pieces that can be adapted to everyday outfits. Not only does this minimize waste, but it also leads to a few interesting accessories, in many cases. While not every look will allow for this, it’s a great philosophy to keep in mind when building a Halloween costume.
Let’s face it - pun intended - nobody wants to wear a face mask, but, we now have to when we are in enclosed spaces. So, how can do something simple to make it a more pleasurable experience? How about rolling on some of your favourite essential oils every time you wear or wash it?
Small enough to pop into your pocket, simply roll on your chosen oil and inhale the aroma. You'll love it. Here are TheChicGeek's five to try:
Right - I’m seeing these everywhere: adidas' face masks are proving popular. Adidas - FACE COVERS M/L 3-PACK - £14.95
Grown on London’s southern green belt, nothing is as relaxing and intoxicating as classic lavender. Support local business while chilling you the fuck out.
The Give Me Strength
Anatomé specialises in essential oils, and their black pepper and may chang 'Energy + Strength' is said to energise and support the nerves and mind to motivate and boost low energy levels. We could all do with some of that while running around Tesco.
The Ready To Roll
The invigorating blend of rosemary, lavender, geranium and grapefruit will revitalise your spirits and energise your body and mind.
The Ginger Ninja
Aesop’s ‘Ginger Flight Therapy’ is tailored for turbulent flights, but works just as well for those of us not going anywhere anytime soon. Contains essential oils, including ginger root, lavender and geranium to reduce stress and also calms upset stomachs.
Lift your spirits with a bright fusion of zesty orange, floral rose. geranium and warming nutmeg essential oils. Made in England.
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Signature styles like Jimi Hendrix’s epic vintage ensembles or Michael Kors’ chic all-black wardrobe can make anyone want to own a look that’s truly theirs. The good news is that creating your signature style is not that hard, and it’s definitely never too late to build on your own budding personal style by following the simple steps listed below.
1. Figure out your body type
It’s not just women who should pay attention to body types when buying clothes. Although it’s admittedly easier to find guides made for women, there are some reliable ones for men as well. Clothing-specific guides like Superdry’s cheat sheet on matching body shape to jacket styles is especially useful for those who aren’t familiar with men’s body types. For instance, if you have a larger waist and hips compared to the width of your shoulders, then you have a triangle body shape. In this case, you’ll have to be more meticulous when picking out clothing to make sure it complements your body type. Make sure you find a tailor, and have him make patterned blazers that take away the focus from your waist. Vertical stripes are also a good choice to slim down and elongate your body.
2. Plan out your wardrobe
When building your personal style, unless you have wads of cash lying around waiting to be spent, it’s best to go into clothes shops with a plan in mind. Select clothes that make you feel and look good, and are appropriate for your job and lifestyle. Tech tycoon and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the best role model for a well thought out wardrobe because he revamped his entire wardrobe in one go. Excerpts from his biography published on NBC reveals how Jobs worked with designer Issey Miyake to build his black turtleneck collection. These men, with their seemingly effortless looks, undoubtedly planned out their shopping sprees and bought in bulk, which is a good strategy if you want to save money. You can start by buying two or three pairs of your favourite black T-shirt, or an extra pair of the jeans you wear way too often anyway. Work to integrate more complicated pieces on top of these essentials, so you don’t overwhelm you too much with new styles and cuts. You'll end up with a wardrobe that feels like it's truly yours because of how meticulously you planned it from the start.
3. Go slow on the trends
Menswear fashion is an irresistible rabbit hole that you may get sucked into if you’re not careful. While it’s tempting to fill your wardrobe with trendy clothes on a regular basis, this will undoubtedly end up with you owning a mish-mash of clothes with varying styles that don’t really form a cohesive wardrobe. Staple garments like high-quality white t-shirts and well-fitted jeans are classics for a reason. Invest in clothing that will stand the test of time, and mix them up with trendy pieces that you like, but do it carefully. Adapt experimental pieces around a base of classics in order to find what works and feels best for your own look. For instance, you can wear a floral blazer over plain jeans and a shirt, or incorporate some Karl Lagerfeld-inspired sunglasses into an otherwise simple outfit.
4. Find your signature item
Most style icons have their very own signature items: Yves Saint-Laurent had his iconic horn-rimmed glasses, and Lucian Freud wouldn’t be caught dead without his long cravat. Find an accessory or clothing item that you naturally gravitate towards and try to work it into most of your outfits. You can start by drawing some inspiration from icons with simpler signature items like Albert Einstein and his grey suits or Mark Zuckerberg and his hoodies. Lottoland points out how Zuckerberg’s go-to outfit is a hoodie and jeans, which makes him stand out among Silicon Valley’s suit-clad businessmen. His inspiration for this signature look came from the birth of his business in his college dorm room, which explains why he loves hoodies so much. Like Zuckerberg, you may find it easier to figure out what works for you by looking at what you already own and wear often to work or to university. Of course, you might not have one particular signature item and still have a signature style — think David Bowie’s fluctuating but instantly recognisable fashion sense. Like him, you can opt for a general theme of clothing instead of a singular signature piece. You won’t automatically be on the cover of a fashion magazine once you’ve covered all these tips, but you’ll definitely feel more tailored to a single style, and the owner of a stylish wardrobe that truly expresses who you are.
Forget flip-flops or 3/4 length cargo shorts, the worst thing to be seen wearing this summer is the milkshake. Engulfing the political canvasing of the European elections recently, everybody from Tommy Robinson to Nigel Farage has been getting the cold bukkake treatment. The traditional egg and flour method of showing political figures what we think has been getting the youthful makeover of a thick and icy McDonald’s milkshake. (Or Five Guys subject to budgets and neighbourhoods).
Is it milkshake weather yet? Expect to see a spike in sales. Showing the generational divide of this election, the milkshake treatment is a sloppy anti-establishment reminder of an expression that goes back centuries. Here’s how to style it in:
1. Dress to match. Go for the Colonel Sanders or Tom Wolfe option of milky white tailoring. Let’s just hope you don’t get covered in a chocolate shake.
From Right - Colonel Saunders looking finger licking good, Tom Wolfe in his trademark white tailoring
2. Pretend it’s vintage Maison Margiela and the paint effect is all part of the look. Distressingly distressed.
3. What came first? The egg or the milkshake. Prempt a strike and go for a Tough Mudder or a wet Glastonbury chocolate brown covering.
Right - "Corbyn, Corbyn, Corbyn" Glastonbury the new political opportunity?
4. Get on the shiny PVC/rubber trend. A quick hose down and you’re ready to go.
5. Who cares? Own it. Wipe your face and move on. You’re a political soldier.
6. Layers. Be a human post-it. Pull it off and start again.
7. Opt for a clear mac. Business underneath a see-through mac.
8. Go full on Leigh Bowery. Get that drippy look and make it look like performance art.
From Right - Boy George as Leigh Bowery, Leigh Bowery
If all else fails, make a swift Brexit. Soz.
You are a highly stylish person, we know that already.
Your fashionable history must be loaded with enviable fashion choices, trendy accessories and chic outfits. It seems like you just cannot make a mistake. All your deeds have been a fashion yes. But have you ever wondered what you would wear for a casino night out?
Timeless Role Models
Legendary fashion icons such as Marlon Brando, who got famous with his role in 1955 hit movie Guys and Dolls, in which he played a devoted gambler, sure knew how to dress dapper.
Brando's distinct taste in fedora hats truly shone in his character's performance, while his wise guy suit left an inerasable footprint in the gambling fashion chronicles. And while we are waiting for the blockbuster to be remade living through the movie musical craze, you should take a hint or two from the renowned actor.
Similar to his colleague, American heartthrob James Dean was a bit of a punter himself. Known for his passion for adrenaline and trying his luck, Dean was a regular at famous gambling establishments, and although quite young, knew exactly how to dress well. In his scarce roles, we see him in casual outfits, leather jackets and classic white T-shirts, as seen as in the Rebel without a Cause. In his private life, Dean was a real classy gentleman, donning elegant overcoats, silk bowties and black turtlenecks. That is, when he was not car racing. The nostalgic look in the past is wetting my eyes. And who would have guessed, the legend of cinema is now embodied in the namesake video slot by NextGen Gaming.
However, not all instances could be taken from the past only. Fashion is timeless, and every day is your chance to present yourself in the best light possible.
Whilst you might feel tempted to look up to those who pushed daisies a long time ago, attempting to be original in the 21st century, let me tell you a secret. There are instances even nowadays that you can venerate and take inspiration from.
Let's assume you are an extrovert and would rather go out than stay at home and take a virtual trip to OnlineCasinos.co.uk or another one of the top UK online casinos for a round of online slots – or a seat at a live dealer table for that matter - from the comfort of your home, in your pyjamas.
James Dean would want you to step out and take a look around. We do in fact observe a sea of questionable fashion decisions on the streets, but we do not want to focus on that. Let's centre our attention instead on the quality resolutions.
Lately, runways have been our focal point. From Hugo Boss professional attire collection to Tom Ford's watch must-haves, the leading designers have been playing in casinos' favour unknowingly.
Switching from skinny-fitting and overly loose jeans to a tailor-made pair of trousers in the high fashion industry has made an ordinary man reconsider his fashion choices. Baggy and asymmetrical could not remain in forever anyway. Nevertheless, there are always details that you can pick up from here and there to create your own unique style.
Most importantly, get rid of the misconception that your casino look has to be dull. By no means is that statement true. You can easily spice up your look with a smart handkerchief or a posh brooch. The world is your oyster, you just need to taste the waters.
Possess Your Own Style
Now that all has been said, the last, and the most important thing to bear in mind is to stay true to yourself. Keep an open eye to what is on trend right now, but put an emphasis on what feels best on you and in what you feel most comfortable. At the end of the day, it is indeed your appearance, the way you present your personality.
Yves Saint Laurent said it best, "Fashions fade, style is eternal."
So do not let passing fads stray you away from your trademark vogue. Dress to impress every single day and "live as if you'll die today," as James Dean put it.
The seeds of denim’s comeback are being sown. Thanks to Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein and his new uptight form of denim, we have a new way to see and wear it.
Left - Wrangler AW18
Bin those skinny jeans and buy yourself a denim shirt with contrasting front pockets, a roll neck and a denim jacket. This is 1970s cowboy in mid-winter.
Right - Calvin Klein AW18
The new AW18 campaign from Wrangler perfectly illustrates this. Brokeback at the top of the mountain, you could say, this all-American, retro look is all about layering relaxed shapes. Denim or corduroy jackets over jeans, check shirts and lightweight roll necks give this cowboy a romantic and wild edge. Think more North Carolina than North Acton.
Just don’t look like it’s your first time at the rodeo!
Left - Calvin Klein SS18
Below - Wrangler AW18
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Looking online, it appears they’re a sell out. Yes, a sell out! Raf Simons’ AW17 arm-warmers, those accessorises we never knew we needed, and making us think differently about our forearms, aren’t available online anymore.
Left - Raf Simons AW17
That £250 you had burning a hole in your pocket, can be saved, thank god, with a bit of customising and working some magic on leg warmers and socks from eBay.
They do sell ‘arm-warmers’ on eBay, but they all seem a bit too short and tight, and actually designed to keep your arms warm. Duh! So, I started to look at large leg warmers, which you’ll be able to pull over your coat's arms.
It’s just trying to find a pair that is loose enough - the online pictures aren't great, but if it goes over an adult's thigh... - to fit over the arms of a coat that is key, and as seen in the Raf Simons show.
Left - Raf Simons - Knit Sleeves - £244
I went for the black 'Referee' socks, which I'm going to cut the feet out of and then loosely sew around the cut.
They cost me just over £2, including postage, and are a good way to jazz up an old coat, especially with men's fashion weeks coming up.
I think they would look best on a classic long wool coat, in a dark colour, like we saw on the catwalk. I have a perfect one from Jigsaw.
So, at just over a pound an arm, and 100 times cheaper than the originals, get covering those forearms. What have you got to lose?!
From Left - eBay - A selection of Girls/Ladies Referee Socks & Leg-Warmers from around £1.15
Right - Raf Simons AW17
It's always this side of winter that the parka comes into its own. The default sub-zero style, the parka has become the trusted companion to many a fashionisto. But, there's a new way to wear it:
Go big and don't go home! There’s oversized and then there’s oversized and the designers, this season, have really blown-up the parka. Wear it big, wear it slouchy and if anybody asks, say "Demna made it for me!".
If you can't afford a Raf Simons, buy a generously filled high-street version a couple of sizes bigger. You can thank me later.
Left - Raf Simons - Men’s Oversized Down Quilted Jacket In Black & Yellow From LN-CC
Right - Balenciaga FW16
Left - Parka London - ‘Lever’ Oversized Fishtail Parka
Left - Vetements - Red Canada Goose Edition Down Parka From SSense
A man’s style can be very much dictated by body shape, but we don’t see a lot of guidance when it comes to what would look best on which body type. Women, however, get to compare themselves against hourglasses, pears and apples and discern which shape relates most to them - before receiving guidance on what would look best on each. Guys have to work it out for themselves.
However, clothing retailer Superdry has decided to put together an in depth guide around body shape and jacket style – perfect as autumn arrives and we go out to make those important investment purchases for the colder months.
You may not be familiar with the terms 'inverted triangle', 'oval' and 'slim curve' when considering your body shape, but all will become clear in the guide below. Learn what looks best with a bomber jacket, how a long trench coat can create a slim lined look and why a pea coat looks best on those who hit the shoulder press at the gym and pick out a jacket perfect for you.
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