February 29, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Monday - Kevin Dillon

kevinDillon.jpgYo Drama! What's that shit on your grill? You got a caterpillar on your face?

Look, I know you're always striking out with the ladies, but this is not a good change. Stick with the clean-shaven look, or go way out there with the facial hair. The mustache says sleazy and over-confident.

By the way, this image is from ZIRH's regular emails, and has the caption:

Kevin Dillion from HBO's hit show Entourage picks up a complimentary ZIRH Body Bar at the Official Superbowl XLII Talent and Player Gift Lounge.

Bonus points for anyone who remembers the brand of products Johnny Drama was using in season one of Entourage.

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February 28, 2008

Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame from Schick and YouTube

I'm into nuggets, y'all!
I'm into nuggets, y'all!

Ever dream of being those guys who made a YouTube video and suddenly found themselves on national TV? Well now's your chance. Schick and YouTube are asking you to create a shaving video featuring the Schick Quattro Titanium and yours truly. No nudity, violence, profanity, yadda, yadda, yadda... You know what'll fly and what won't.

Upload your video to www.youtube.com/schick by March 18th. Vote on videos between March 25th and April 8th. Winner will be announced on April 15th. You could win $25,000! Sweet!

But more importantly, you could win cred. That's way more valuable than manna or linden dollars.

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February 27, 2008

Tea Bag the Red Away

teabag.jpgWondering what to do with that tea bag? Here in Boston we still dream about throwing it in the harbor and having a party. But maybe we ought to check out Gomestic's 15 wonderful uses for a tea bag. Wonderful use number one - "Apply a wet tea bag on the razor burn to reduce the pain." Ahh! That's a much better use. Can we still party?

This link actually came from this Lifehacker post. There are a the usual tea-bag jokes you'd expect in the comments, however this one from Ann-Marie is worth mentioning:

Try green tea bags if you want to ease redness. It stocked with anti-oxidants and can be great for irritated skin. A word of caution though -- green tea (and other teas for that matter) can stain clothing, towels, even countertops.

Another great treatment for razor burn is Witch Hazel. It's also full of anti-oxidants and has a lot of soothing properties. Try to get the pure stuff -- the filler will work against you.

Good advice.

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February 26, 2008

The Gentlemen's Refinery Introduces Unscented After Shave

gr_unscented_after.gifJust got word that The Gentlemen's Refinery has introduced a new Unscented After Shave "Designed For Those With Skin and or Scent Sensitivities". Now I understand skin sensitivities, but scent sensitivities? What's that? Like, hey, this smells like crap! I'm sensitive to it.

Thing is, Gentlemen's Refinery products smell great. Aside from being among the finest shaving products we've ever used, they are also among the finest smelling shaving products we've used. But who knows. Maybe they got feedback from a couple of nasally challenge complainers. Whatever. I haven't used their new unscented after shave, but based on our past experience with Gentlemen's Refinery's "The Standard" After Shave Balm, I have no doubt it will rock.

The Gentlemen's Refinery Unscented After Shave Balm is $40 for a 3.4 Ounces/100 ml.

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February 22, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Fidel Castro

fidel_castro.gifNo big surprise on this week's pick - none other than Cuban President/Commander/Comrade/Jefe Fidel Castro. I'll skip the politics (although maybe I've started on some already) and get right to the beard.

It's big. It's bushy. And it's iconic.

Whether you love him or hate him, that bearded face and green military fatigues have become emblematic of a radical Latin American military dictator. Watch any cheesy movie set in South or Central America and you'll easily be able to spot the leader.

So who will take over Castro's position? Normally we'd ask if the next president could fill Castro's shoes. I think it's better to ask if he (or she) could fill his beard.

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February 20, 2008

Review of Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash

ZiaTripleActionWASH.jpgAs we mentioned the other day, we got a bunch of other Zia for Men grooming products in. We've been using their Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash in the shower. Seems to be a trend, these 3-in-1 shower products. It's like men want something quick and easy. Actually that does describe most men I know when it comes to grooming.

So basically we've got a shampoo, a face wash, and a body wash all combined into one. As a shampoo it works well. Not that I feel qualified to say much here, but my hair seem fine after using it. And after working up a big lather on my head, I'd use the suds to wash my face. Nice two-in-one usage.

My personal preference is still to use a bar of soap. It's (mostly) easy to hold, you can place it where you want to go, and it's familiar. So I really only used Zia for two of it's three possibilities.

One thing to note - the tube has a funky cap. You push down on one side of the top, which raises the other side of the top, and then you squeeze the tube. Took me a minute to figure this out. Best to know how to operate the bottle instead of trying to figure it out while you're still waking up.

My only complaint with Zia's Triple Action was that it smelled slightly too much like lemony Pledge. Not overbearing by any means, but other Zia products have smelled better. My hair doesn't smell lemony all day, so I'm continuing to happily use it.

Zia for Men's Triple Action FACE/BODY/HAIR 3-in-1 Wash is $13.95 for a 6.7 oz tube.

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February 19, 2008

MythBusters Busts A Can of Shaving Cream

mythbusters.jpgHere's a shaving-related myth recently addressed by the crazy MythBusters team:

If you freeze a can of shaving cream, cut it open, and then put the foam in a car, it will heat and expand to fill the car.

Hmm... Honestly, I've never heard that one. So is there any truth to the myth?

This myth was first tested with one can of shaving cream; there was little effect. Even with 50 cans of opened shaving cream in the car, the foam did not significantly expand. Lastly, the MythBusters tried putting a large quantity of polyurethane foam in the car, and it expanded to completely fill the car.

So for a great shave, lather up with a large quantity of polyurethane foam. (Kids, please don't try this at home.)

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February 18, 2008

Shave Ice

shaveIce.jpgI don't feel like talking about shaving today. Scratch that. I don't feel like talking about shaving bodily hair. Let's talk about a proud and somewhat unique refreshing Hawaiian treat known as "Shave Ice".

And no, there's no "d" missing. It's really called "Shave Ice".

Shave ice is like a snow cone, only the ice is shaved much finer resulting is something which more closely resembles snow, (as opposed to a snow code which typically consists of tiny hail pellets). Like a snow cone shave ice is usually served in a paper cone, however as an added embellishment it's often served on top a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum! Pick your favorite syrupy flavor, or pick three. Rainbow shave ice is the way to go.

If you've got a trip to Hawaii planned, make sure you sample this delicacy.

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February 15, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Wired Magazine


Wired recently ran their 15th anniversary edition and as part of the retrospective they cataloged a few of the men with beards who have graced their cover. Here's a link to 14 covers, all featuring bearded men. Movie directors make up the majority, with George Lucas appearing three times, Steven Spielberg twice, and James Cameron also scoring the deuce. Basically, if you want to be a major movie mogul, grow a full beard.

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February 14, 2008

The Worst Valentine's Day Shaving Gift?

valentines_day.jpgOh Valentine's Day. If you're in a relationship, you're probably stressed out trying to find the right gift for your mate. And if you're not in a relationship, you're dreading the day that spotlights the fact that you're all alone. Stupid Hallmark made up holiday.

Here's a cute twist on Valentine's Day gifts from ShopInPrivate.com - a press release detailing The Worst Valentine's Day Gifts of 2008. And what's last on the list for guys? Our good friend and back-shaver Razorba.

Razorba - This is her way of subtly saying, "I'm sick of shaving your back! Shave your own darn back!" Not quite the right way to go about it. Valentine's Day is a special day the two of you should happily shave each other. I'd advise saving the Razorba gift for their birthday, or sneak it under their pillow the night before you plan to go to the beach. Now that's more appropriate planning.

Hmm... They may have a point there. I'd stick with the flowers and the chocolate.

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February 13, 2008

Review of Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash

ziaActiclean.jpgA while ago we reviewed Zia for Men shaving products. And recently we received a shipment of other men's facial products from Zia. We've been using Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash for a month now, and here's our report.

Good stuff.

Once again Zia has managed to create a high-quality product using natural ingredients, free of dyes and perfumes. Even if you actively seeked out a face wash with radioactive blue dye and ingredients with names a mile long, you'd have a hard time turning Zia ActiClean down.

Zia's face wash is a clear gel with a pleasing peppermint scent. I tended to use it once a day when I was washing up before going to bed. A quarter size amount is all you need. Apply to a warm wet face, work up a light lather, and rinse. Follow up with a light moisture cream. Easy. My face felt nice and clean, and wasn't left too dry.

Zia for Men's ActiClean Skin Clearing Face Wash is $8.95 for a 5 oz tube. Get some.

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February 12, 2008

Review of the Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer

nt9110.jpgI know, it's not something we all want to talk about. But every man should have a nose trimmer in his hair-battling arsenal. Woman may have their waxing kits hidden under the vanity. Men should have their nose hair trimmer hidden right next to them. Take a minute to read our unboxing of the Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer, then come on back for our full review.

foilHeadtrimmer.jpgLate last year Philips Norelco introduced the NT9110, aka the "Precision Nose and Ear Trimmer", a radical departure from traditional rotary tops. How is different? Well, while most nose hair trimmers have a spinning blade under a foiled head, (see picture left), the Norelco has "Tube Shave" technology.

Tube Shave is a next-generation shaving technology that delivers fast, one stroke efficiency for significantly better hair catching than foil shaving. You also get significantly closer results than current precision trimmers. Tube Shave technology shaves at skin level. The shaver can be applied to every angle of the skin without losing shaving effectiveness.

"Tube Shave" seems like kind of a funny name for it. I'd call it "Vertical Shave". Or "Shaft Shave" (given the innuendo Philips Norelco tends to use). Basically, you stick that long shaft, er... stalk up your nose and wiggle it around. You'll be surprised at how far up it can go. Kind of freaked me out. The good news is that it never once caught or tugged a hair, which would have been very painful.

The Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer also comes with two eyebrow attachments which easily snap on over the shaft. Er... tube. They actually work pretty well at trimming out-of-control eyebrows. You'll definitely want to go against the grain. Running them in the direction that your eyebrow hair grows will only work as a comb (which is sometimes all that you need). I'd definitely recommend starting with the longer attachment first. Can't recover from too close. For me the longer attachment was all I needed, although I have pretty thick eyebrows. No need to go all Bob Geldof in The Wall.

Finally, the NT9110 is also an ear hair trimmer. You don't need any attachment. Just run it along your lobes where hair grows, and occasionally in the folds of the ear. (I'm embarrassed to admit that hair grows there too.)

So, how does the Philips Norelco Nose and Ear Trimmer really stack up? As a nose-hair trimmer, it's decent. I think the rotary foil trimmers I've used in the past have done slightly better, but the Norelco does well, and you don't get the occasional painful snag. As an eyebrow shaver it's great. Your alternative is a comb, a pair of scissors, and a lesson from your barber. And as an ear hair shaver it's mixed. For hair along the lobe I prefer an electric razor. For hair in the folds of your ears, it can't be beat.

In summation, I'd give the Norelco an A for effort, and a B+ for execution. At $12.99 (which includes battery!), it's definitely worth it.

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February 11, 2008

15% Off Shave the Males and Soothe the Shaven Beast from Mensgroom

ShavetheMales.jpgWe're currently in the midst of reviewing the full line of Mensgroom products, from Shave the Males all the way to Be Cleansed My Son. Advanced word is very positive, but you'll have to check back in a week or two for the full report.

In the mean time Mensgroom is having a Valentine's Day sale which you should check out: Save 15% when you order Shave the Males shaving cream and Soothe the Shaven Beast after shave from their website. Not too shabby. Might make a good Valentine's gift for someone special...

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February 8, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Tom Petty

tomPetty.jpgSuper Bowl XLII was this past Sunday, and in keeping with the tradition of hiring tame half-time acts (since Justin, Janet, and her wardrobe malfunction), Tom Petty got the nod. Actually, I think first Springsteen got the nod, who gave them the nix. Then the Eagles got the nod, and they also gave the no. So it was third string Petty who graced the halftime platform and robotically sang his three most boring songs from Full Moon Fever, the jump-the-shark album of his discography.

Are you feeling my love?

American Girl is a good song. Thanks for singing that one. What about Refugee? Here Comes My Girl? The Waiting? Not commercial enough, apparently.

Whatever. Tom Petty is old. And he's grown a ridiculous beard to try to mask it. But I know he hasn't written a decent song since 1989. That beard ain't fooling me.

Hey Tom - Don't Come Around Here No More.

(Yes I'm angry the Pats didn't win.)

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February 7, 2008

DIY Razor and Brush Stand

diyBrush.jpgHere's a cute idea from instructables.com on how to make your own razor and shaving brush stand. Required materials: a wire hanger. Required tools: pliers. Required skills: patience. And the ability to follow directions.

Actually the directions are pretty easy, and there are plenty of pictures to guide you through each step. And while you may not end up with a nickel/chrome-plated stand worthy of Trump, you will have the satisfaction of having done it yourself.

Crafternoon at my place!

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February 6, 2008

Don't Shave and Drive in Mexico

menshavedrive.jpgYou know all those annoying people driving like idiots while talking on a cell phone? Yes, I know we've all done it, but it's still wrong. Here's something else that's wrong - driving and shaving. According to this article:

Authorities in Northern Mexico warns [sic] motorists that anyone who is caught putting on lipstick, shaving or holding a pet while behind the wheel, will be charged hefty fines in an attempt to lower the chances of traffic accidents.

Applying makeup or shaving while driving will cost the drivers 346 pesos ($32) in Torreon in Northern Mexico City.

So here's my question: How many people had to get cited for a moving violation while shaving before someone government took action? Here in the States getting government to do anything is a Herculean effort. Does Mexico have a more efficient city hall? And back to the point - what were they shaving with?

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February 5, 2008

Introducing the Gillette Phenom Fusion Power Razor

GillettePhenom.jpgPop quiz! What do you do when you've got a hit product? If you've been a regular Shaving Stuff reader, you'd know the answer. If not, check out this post. The answer: release it again. And again. And again.

Two Superbowls ago in 2006 Gillette released the Gillette Fusion and Gillette Fusion Power, the world's first five-bladed razor. (Or six-bladed, depending on how you count the "Precision Trimmer" blade.) At last year's Superbowl Gillette released the Gillette Fusion Power Phantom, which included a slightly redesigned handle and a darker color scheme. Well, the Superbowl was two days ago, and guess what? Gillette introduced the Gillette Fusion Power Phenom.

Gillette Fusion Phenom and Gillette Fusion Power Phenom combine the breakthrough technology of the Gillette Fusion shaving system, with a cool new design featuring metallic blue and silver satin chrome handles.

Don't worry. It takes the same blades you've been using. And if you already have a Fusion Power or Fusion Power Phantom, don't feel the need to rush out and get the Phenom. That said, if you haven't tried any of the Fusion Power razors, you'll be in for a treat when you do. Personally, I think they rock.

So it's pretty clear we'll have another Fusion release at next year's Superbowl. And given the current trend of naming the new razors with the "ph" sound, I recommend next year's product be called the "Gillette Fusion Power Phoneme". Remember, you heard it here first.

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February 4, 2008

Valentine's Day Offers from Best4Men

best4men.jpgValentine's Day is fast approaching, so if you've got a man who's in need of some quality shaving supplies, check out this this offer from Best4Men, especially if you've got a loved-one in the military:

Thank you for making 2007 our best year ever. To express our gratitude, we are extending an exclusive online offer through February 14, Valentine's Day. Use discount code Val08 to get 10% off any order of $25 or more. We especially want to thank all the men and women in the Armed Forces. Use discount code Mil08 and take 20% off any purchase $40 or more if your order is shipped to a US military installation anywhere in the world.

Best4Men doesn't have a huge selection - just the products they've deemed to be the best in each category. Oh, they have Billy Jealousy for shaving cream? Yup, we'd have to agree.

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February 1, 2008

This Just In - Peter Thomas Roth

Fresh off the heels of our review of The Art of Shaving products, our friends over at Details for Men have sent over the latest addition to their site - products from Peter Thomas Roth. Who is Mr. Roth, and why does his name sound familiar?
Skin care innovator Peter Thomas Roth is the first generation child of Hungarian parents. Skin care is an inherent part of Peter's heritage. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Peter's father's family owned and operated two spa hotels in Hungary. [...] When skin care pioneer Peter launched his company in 1993, he improved on many of these old formulas keeping in mind the basic philosophy of the healing, and soothing, qualities of the many muds and minerals in the Thermal Springs and their important curative properties for specific medical conditions and remedies by blending 19th century recipes with 21st century skin care technologies and ingredients.

Um, run-on-sentence much?

Anyway, we're psyched to try out the futuristic Peter Thomas Roth 21st Century Shave Cream ($21) "with protective PTR space age polymer technology". Do we have another thing to thank NASA for? We also got a tube of Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizing Multi Tasking After Shave Balm ($24), which is "weightless" and "vanishing". Yup. I think we do. Thanks NASA!

Keep your antenna tuned to this frequency for when we start beaming our review. Oh, me so nerdie.

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