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    Hi, I'm Mikkel Hyldebrandt. Welcome to my blog Love the Look - a beauty blog for him and her about products, favorites, trends, background and much more.

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By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Razor-Sharp Barbershop!

Yes, I know I've been heralding the undercut as the haircut that could rule them all. But there's change in the (h)air! Maybe it's the cooler fall temps, or maybe it's because the undercut has become more or less the staple of a trendy haircut to such an extent that it has lost it's cutting edge entirely! It seems everyone is rocking the undercut, which is still a very flattering haircut, but if you're wearing it to be spot on trend, well, you've kinda missed the target. Sorry to break it to ya like that ...

BUT! There's a new style in town, and the good news is that it is the perfect continuation of said undercut. In tune with the trend of guys wanting more of a barbershop feel instead of a hair salon primping, the more classic hairstyles and cuts are regaining territory - with a contemporary twist, naturally. Just take a look at the video below where Dutch hairdresser and barber Schorem shows you how a classic Razor Faded Pompadour is done. The video is over 8 minutes long (so bring coffee!), but the cool thing is that the cut is broken down in stages, so that it starts with a regular fade and ends with a bald fade. The end result is nothing but stunning!

Of course, the classic pompadour is not for everyone, because you really do need a full head of hair, but even with lesser hair growth some of the principles of this haircut can be applied to your haircut. For my hair appointment on friday I'll be considering the bald fade, because it looks so d*** cool!

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Like soft fluffy whipped cream for your face!

I pride myself of being a little bit of an expert on shaving. Not only because I have been shaving for 20+ years, but also because I actually started shaving in a wrong way (against the grain and with no skin prep), which for many years caused my skin to be overly sensitive and have lots of breakouts. Today, through years of trial and error, I have my shaving routine down and I know exactly what works for me - and for all other guys prone to skin irritation and razor bumps! It's all about preparing the skin and stubble for the shave, using good products, shaving carefully with short, soft strokes and treating the skin afterwards.

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One very important step is the shaving emollient. After testing out literally hundreds of foams, gels and creams, I've come to the conclusion that I like foam the best. Gels are usually to watery and don't generate enough of a foam and creams generally put the blade too close to my skin. So foam it is. But not just any kind of foam, because it should be rich and full - kinda like the texture of whipped cream. Sure, you might be thinking, rich, luxurious shave foam is going to cost me fortune, but that's far from the case. I've newly discovered one of the best foams I've ever tried and it's from  Nivea Men (see photo). At less than $3 a can this one will far from break the bank and give you a safe, soft shave at the same time - with plenty of luxurious whipped cream foam for your face!

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Mail from home – Rudolph Care Sun

Just in time for my summer vacation to Hilton Head,  I received a very pleasant package from my home country, Denmark. The sender was Rudolph Care, founded by the beautiful Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph, who after a toxin test, discovered that she had very high toxin levels - and that they came in part from skincare products! So, she decided to create her own clean skincare and on her journey she discovered the acai berry, which is exceptionally rich in antioxidants. The same berry is the basis for all of her products, which besides it's antioxidant properties also has a pleasant scent - both a trademark for her wonderful products.

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I've tried, tested and loved just about all the products in her lineup except for the sun products, and boy, they did not disappoint either. The Rudolph Sun Organic Sun Face Cream SPF 30 was rich and absorbed easily without leaving a trace on your skin. But the real star is as far as I'm concerned, the Rudolph Care Organic Sun Body Oil SPF 30. It's amazing how an oil as rich and nourishing as this one can actually protect your skin without burning it - and without lying an oily filter on top of your skin. Simply amazing.

Both products are long gone, so now there only hoping that I will either go back to Denmark before next summer - or that Rudolph Care will launch in the U.S. Here's hoping.

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It’s Been a Week And I Feel a Difference

I can tell a difference after using them just a week. And I wasn't even using neither cheap nor bad stuff before. But there is a difference in both how my hair looks and feels. The same goes for my scalp by the way, and I no longer have the urge to itch and scratch while lathering up with my previous shampoo.

The products bearing the name that really does not roll off your tongue are the brainchild of Horst Rechelbacher who passed away earlier this year. You may've never heard of him, but more than likely you have heard of the brand Aveda, which he started and then sold to Estee Lauder Companies. Then he wanted to make skin and hair products that were really clean and only used the best and purest ingredients in the best and Intelligent Nutrients was born. Because that is exactly what it is: nutrients for skin and hair that work intelligently and leave the smallest possible imprint on the environment.

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Horst Rechelbacher was extremely holistic in his approach and never shied away from profound Ayurvedic principles.  Maybe that's exactly what I feel on my hair and scalp, because for a lack of a better word, it feels more in harmony. Just like the bottle says! I've known this brand for years, but I've never gotten them for myself, because I thought too natural, too much, too 'saved'. But now that my hair (and, yes, scalp) have had close contact with these two, I'm convinced that they are indeed honest, straightforward products. And it's made me wonder if my face and body can feel just as great just after a week? I guess more testing will ensue ...

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Zegna Essenze Collection

I love when I stumble upon news when it comes to fragrance - which happened to me the other day when browsing through Bloomingdale's and discovered the Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Collection. Well, to be fair, it's not exactly new as the first bottles inspired by Zegna's couture collection came out in 2012, but apparently, this wonderful assemblage of cologne has completely flown by my radar.

What is interesting about these six fragrances is that they share one ingredient - Calabrian Bergamot - but they are still very different in their compositions. Italian Bergamot, Sicilian Mandarin, Javanese Patchouli, Indonesian Oud, Florentine Iris, and the latest Haitian Vetiver may be united by bergamot, but stand out individually, because combined with the individual scent notes the bergamot will change character.

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Especially the newest Haitian Vetiver and Javanese Patchouli stood out to me as exponents of a less woodsy and oud-inspired fragrance trend. They where far from polished and still had deeper layers, but they had a cleaner edge than most woodsy fragrances have. Honestly, I would wear each and every one of them. Oh, and of course, they look really amazing too. The Zegna Essenze Collection sells for $125 a bottle - it seems like a lot, but really do get high-quality perfumery for your money - and that's worth every penny in my book.

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The Feeling Of Summer On Your Skin

LOVE THE LOOK is back after a well-deserved break (and a new job)! Even though summer is far from over, many of us have returned to work or school so even though the weather is still warm and sunny, it is more of an everyday situation for many of us (yes, including me!). But you can actually extend the feeling of summer AND be good to your skin at the same time.

Because now that the vacation is over and everyday life has you in its grips again, you can use products that ooze summer and a less carefree attitude - maybe with a great scent that reminds you of hot days on the beach or some other great vaca destination.

The body lotions shown here will not only mend your skin that may be in need of a little extra attention after being out and about a lot, but all have amazing fragrances that can easily transport you - if only briefly and in your mind - to an exotic location of choice.

Can you hear the swooshing of the waves now?

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The Body Shop Satsuma Body Puree

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Kiehl's Aromatic Blends Vanilla & Cedarwood Skin-Softening Body Lotion

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Yes to Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion

Truly Gifted!

A couple of weeks ago partner and lawfully wedded husband went on a short trip to New York City. While in NYC he texted and asked if I wanted him to bring anything back, and I jokingly replied "Tom Ford!" knowing that he had a tight schedule with no time to go shopping - and because we normally don't fuss about bringing each other back presents when away.

So imagine my surprise when he comes home late at night and places a dark brown bag on my nightstand so the first thing I see is a Tom Ford bag! Apparently, he had jumped in a cab, driven across Manhattan to the Tom Ford boutique, made his purchase and then gone straight to the airport. Now, if that isn't amore...

So, what was in the bag, you ask?  Well, let me tell you! For years I had talked about how much I missed my Tobacco Vanille fragrance from the Tom Ford Private Collection, when lo and behold there was a bottle of eau de parfum in there! It's deep and dark scent notes are so intense, but never overpowering, because the amazing combo of tobacco and vanilla makes it incredibly smooth on the skin. It is truly perfume art, and I'm happily reunited with one of my favorite fragrances EVER.

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And obviously he'd paid close attention to my going on about how badly I wanted to try the face wash from the new Tom Ford For Men skin care line, because that was in there too. The lightly scented gel becomes a gentle foam that cleanses the skin while not stripping it from valuable natural oils - and it's very durable too because you really only need a dab to create a pleasant lather for your face. Oh, and it looks really good too...

So, thank you, my love! It's the best gift, you're the best and I'm truly gifted with you in my life!

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How To Look Good Nude

Do you look good naked? Not in the not-wearing-a-thread kind of way, but out of your makeup? Celebrities are eager to post makeup-free selfies of themselves boasting flawless skin and perfect glow without a hint of makeup. Of course, their skin must be perfect because they have an army of facialists and skincare gurus who keep their skin looking (selfie) picture perfect at all times.

Or do they? Because there are actually quite a few makeup products out there that seamlessly and invisibly can improve anyone's skin in seconds without it looking like you even thought about makeup that day. In tune with with the nude makeup trend cosmetics manufacturers have developed products that will simply blend with your own skin tone thus creating a more coherent and even look of your skin. The trick is to let your own skin tone shine through at all times and just let the products do what they do best: improve what is already there! So get out your cameras and get ready to snap a selfie, because these will make you look great nude...

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Chanel Les Beiges is a collection of skin-toned makeup products that will bestow a flawless finish and subtle glow to any skin - without covering up the skin. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color/Photo: PR

 

 

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Your lips will actually look gorgeous in a great skin-toned nuance. Like this Maybelline Color Senations The Buffs/Photo: PR

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This product is liquid so it can be applied really sheer and give the skin a beautiful matte but glowing finish. L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder/Photo: PR

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This is an instant perfector that you simply smooth over skin for a more even skin-tone and texture. Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector/Photo: PR

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For that extra glow, try a subtle hint of highlighter where your skin should really shine: upper cheekbones, temples and chin. Nars Copacabana Illuminator/Photo: PR

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If you do decide to aplly more eye makeup a palette like this one will keep it in the natural skin tone family. Urban Decay Naked Eye Palette/Photo: PR

What’s On My Shelf Part III

Fragrance has always been something special to me. As a kid I couldn't wait to get permission to wear it, and today I never leave home without it.

For many years I wished that I would find that one and only fragrance that would be mine forever, but even though I've come close to finding it, my desire for novelty and new inspirations is just too great- I just can't help getting new stuff! That being said fragrance has the ability to grow dull on the skin - like using the same shampoo will eventually do nothing for your hair. Because each scent note will react to your skin suddenly your favorite scent will smell odd or different simply because we have bodies that are in constant change. So, if you want to smell good, you need to change up your scent game too!

Besides, I am all for having several fragrances to choose between - like a little scent wardrobe - that can be adapted to what I'm wearing and which mood I'm in. So, here are are few long-time favorites of mine along with one new discovery from the shelf in my bathroom.

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 - Since discovering this in 2006, I've kept coming back to it time and time again. It consists of a single scent molecule - iso e super - which is used in many fragrances as a booster for individual scent notes. On it's own it's almost not a fragrance because often you won't even be able to smell it yourself, but the reaction from others is astounding. It is by far the fragrance that I've received the most compliments for - and it's unisex so it's good on everyone too! To experience, you really have to try it.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb - Don't let the name deter you, because this is actually a smooth operator. Yes, it does belong in the heavier category, but the scent notes of bergamot, leather and tobacco are surprisingly un-heavy and creamy. Perfect for evenings and whenever you dress up a little.

Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore - The Exclusifs are only available in Chanel stores or few high-end department stores and is a collection of 14 scents created from the rich history of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel. Sycomore was actually launched in 1930 by Gabrielle and perfumer Jacques Polge drew inspiration from the name to create this woody and noble scent. The gorgeous bottle alone is almost worth spending the smaller fortune it is to buy this fragrance, but of course it's content is what is worth every penny. Simply stunning.

Mens Dept Perfume - About two years ago Mens Dept. was launched as a new haircare range for men. It's wonderful, no-nonsense products that just work wonders for your hair.  And now the scent of the products has been bottled. I tested the fragrance on a whim at a hair salon waiting to get my hair cut and was blown away by the wonderfully clean and crisp scent that almost had a hint of flowers to it - but only almost! To my surprise it developed nicely on my skin to reveal more woody and mineral notes. As an added bonus it was fairly inexpensive too.

Kiehl's Original Musk - This is probably the best rendition of the musk scent there is. Kiehl's formulated this fragrance in 1963 and it's been on the market ever since still going strong! The scent is warm, sensual, oriental but clean at the same time. One of the strongest originals out there - and it's also great for women!

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So What Do You Use Part II

Last week I revealed what skincare products are on the shelf in my bathroom - and now it's time to show what favorite products I use for my hair. And keep in mind that even though I have shorter hair these products are just as good for women as they are for men.

And as always: what works for me may not work for you, because hair does come in many different types and styles :-)

Myshelf2Bumble and Bumble Cityswept Finish: This spray is like a light shine wax in spray form, which is brilliant! It smoothes fly-away hairs and gives it a little bit of hold without compromising movement.

John Frieda Frizz Ease: This inexpensive silicone product is a necessity when the weather turns hot and humid. You need to work it in with a blowdryer, but it will keep your hair in check when the humidity in the air is turned up.

Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil: Like your skin will benefit from oil so will your hair. A couple of drops worked into the hair will strengthen your hair and deep-condition it. The oil is so light that you will not walk around with an oily mess - but if you're afraid of looking greasy, use it at night instead.

TIGI Rebuilding Wax: This wax gives you great hold without completely fixating your do! And hair-caring ingredients will condition your hair while you wear it. Brilliant!

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