May 28, 2010

Gillette Offering Ultimate Summer Job: Act Now!

summerjobgillette.jpgHere's a unique opportunity for travel, cash, and maybe even fame, thanks to Gillette: The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Ultimate Summer Job!

Like going on road trips? Want a summer job? You and your best friend could get both if chosen!

The lucky pair will receive $50,000 (and all expenses paid) to ride across North America spreading the word about NEW Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ and how it turns skeptics into believers and shaving into gliding!

Between July 1 and August 15, 2010, the Ultimate Summer Job will have you riding in a cool ProGlide™ van, getting VIP access to some of the biggest sporting events, meeting sports stars and getting famous as your journey gets broadcasted on YouTube.

If chosen as a Finalist, you'll need to be available to attend the Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ Ultimate Summer Job Finalist Event in NYC on June 15, 2010.

Act quickly, because the contest closes on May 31 at midnight EST.

Enter here: Ultimate Summer Job

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May 27, 2010

Straight Razor Shaving: Like a Facial for a Man?

In the Barber Shop.jpgI'm a straight razor shaving newbie - still learning to trust my hand when it's got a naked razor pressed to my face - and I've never had a barbershop straight razor shave. If I have the opportunity, though, I'd definitely get one. But comparing it to a 'facial for a man'? Hmm...

From Madison.com:

"It's an amazing experience," said Krentz recently, his mouth peeking out from a gap in hot towels. His weekly shave at Cha Cha Beauty & Barber on Williamson Street - one of several shops in the city that offer shaves - put him under the knife with barber Rick Schwalbach.

"It's like a facial for a man," Krentz said, as he relaxed in a red and chrome chair decorated with flames like a vintage Ford Mustang. "It's just the appropriate amount of pampering."

Read the rest of the story: Cutting it close with straight-razor shaving

What do you think? Have you ever had a barbershop straight razor shave? Is it like a 'facial' for a man?

Image: cliff1066™ at Flickr

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May 26, 2010

Hot Deal: Save $100 on Philips Norelco 1059X Arcitec Electric Shaver

philipsarcitec.jpgI just found this amazing deal at Amazon on the Philips Norelco 1059X Arcitec Men's Electric Shaver - it's $100 off! That makes it half price, only $99.99!

"Philips Norelco Arcitec offers new flex & pivot technology, a more aerodynamic design, and an advanced tube trimmer.

The unique flex & pivot technology delivers an exceptionally close shave. Three individually flexing shaving heads are connected by a ball joint system making them swivel, rotate, and pivot with a full range of motion. The maneuverability allows Arcitec to adjust to the contours of your face ensuring optimum skin contact and a closer shave -- even on the neck. The new Arcitec Shaver is designed to push the boundaries of shaving and to conquer those hard to shave areas."

Snap one up quick, as this deal will not last long!

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May 25, 2010

15 Awesome Moustaches

Kangaroomustache.jpgOne facial hair style I've never really tried is the mustache - every time I've begun one, I just can't look in the mirror at my face with a mo without laughing. However, I've known plenty of guys who can pull it off without looking foolish, so I don't discount the effect that a classic mustache can have.

Over at Gunaxin, there's a rundown of the "Most Awesome Mustaches Ever", starting with the Fu Manchu and covering 15 of the best mustache styles (or if not the best, then the most memorable). So if you're considering making the switch to a hairy lip, check out the post and see if there's one that you'd be proud to wear.

Read the post: The Most Awesome Mustaches Ever

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May 24, 2010

Pacific Shaving Company - Affordable Natural Shaving Products

pacificshavingcocream.jpgOne of my favorite brands for shaving products is Pacific Shaving Company. The company's offerings are branded as "Good for the skin, good for the wallet, and good for the Earth", and I think they're great for just about everyone, even those who aren't so concerned with the 'green' or 'natural' aspects of personal care products.

We'd also like to announce the Pacific Shaving Company is giving away a $10 gift card for a lucky random winner to be picked from the comments on this post. If you win from the comments and also join their Facebook page they'll give you $20! Also for Shaving Stuff readers you can simply get free shipping until Father's day by using the code 'shavingstuff' at Pacific Shaving's checkout on their site.

What is your favorite Pacific Shaving Company product? Leave us a comment!

We'd also like to say we've reviewed all of the Pacific Shaving products here at Shaving Stuff, and the reviews are a great way to familiarize yourself with Pacific Shaving.

All Natural Shaving Oil:

"I've been shaving for a while now with Pacific Shaving Oil and have been duly impressed. I had an underwhelming experience with a previous shaving oil, so going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, but this stuff is a winner. Great shave. Easy shave. Clean shave."

A reader review of the Pacific shaving oil:

"So the first thing I like about the palm oil is that it feels miraculous--you only need 8-10 drops (drops!) for a shave. You put them in your hands and rub onto your face--it feels like nothing--and yet your face is not raked into hamburger. I still get a charge from that. Plus eight drops per shave means that there are 400 shaves in a tiny 2 oz bottle--good for airports."
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Review of Cyril Salter Luxury Shaving Cream

cyrilsaltershavecream.jpgAs an old school shaving enthusiast, it's very cool to see companies focusing on wet shaving products. And not only just wet shaving products, but quality products. Sure, there's a market for the shaving cream that comes in a can, but I've been seeing a trend toward using a safety razor, a shaving brush and a great shaving cream in men's daily grooming routines.

So when Shaving Shack sent me a couple of items to review, I was pretty jazzed to open the box and find a box of Feather double edged razor blades, and a tub of Cyril Salter Luxury Shaving Cream for me to try out during my daily shaving ritual. (I've also got a Cyril Salter straight razor that I'm trying out, but since I'm still learning the ropes, I'm going to wait a bit to post a review of it.)

I'm a big fan of Feather razor blades - I've found them to be not only one of the sharpest blades I've ever used in my safety razor (Shaving Shack calls them "obscenely sharp"), but also one of the longest lasting. My daily shave comes from a Merkur safety razor, and with a Feather blade installed, I know that it will slice through the thickest whiskers like a hot knife through butter. If you're looking for a better blade for your safety razor, give the Feather blades a try - I think you'll be impressed as well.

To be honest, I had never heard of the Cyril Salter Gentlemen's Grooming Products before - perhaps because it's an English brand, and not found in the corner drug store here in the U.S., or maybe because I'm not a gentleman... Ha!

I received the Classic Almond version of the shaving cream, and while it did have an almond scent, it wasn't overpowering. The cream is definitely thick - so thick that I had to make an effort to keep it thin enough on my face for an enjoyable shave. Once I got the consistency sorted out, I found that the Cyril Salter shaving cream gave me a great shave with plenty of razor slip, and it rinsed clean with no greasy residue left on my face (as sometimes happens with cheaper creams).

So if you're looking for a new luxury shave cream, or perhaps a good gift for your son, father, or husband, consider the Cyril Salter line of products. It's a quality product that helps give an excellent shave.

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May 20, 2010

Return of the Scruffy Face?

Return of the Scruff.jpgIs the smooth look on its way out? Some think so.

From the Edmonton Journal:

"It used to be for many people that beards were synonymous with lumberjacks and moustaches were the realm of Tom Selleck, French waiters and porn stars.

But thanks to A-list celebrities and that yearly phenomenon known as Movember -- a moustache-growing charity event held during November -- facial hair is back in vogue and furry little things are showing up unabashedly on all sorts of mugs.

Read the rest of the article: Fashionable fuzz

Image: Buffawhat™ at Flickr

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May 18, 2010

Best4Men's Best Shave Ever Kit

BestShaveEver2009s.jpgWith Fathers Day coming up, consider the gift of a shaving kit, such as this one from Best4Men, called "Best Shave Ever".

"Best Shave Ever - Men's Shaving Kit will make the task of shaving a breeze! This collection contains:
  • Pre-Shave Oil by Anthony For Men
  • Hydroplane Shave Cream by Billy Jealousy
  • Shaved Ice After-Shave Balm by Billy Jealousy
Our gift to you - FREE Eagle Creek Pack-It Half Cube - a perfect way to store, organize and carry your grooming and other gear. With FREE shipping, this is the best way to turn scratchy into smooth.

And a little bonus video: How to clean your vintage safety razor

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May 17, 2010

The Straight Razor is Dead?

Rasur des Tages, 29.11.2008.jpgEven as I am transitioning to using a straight razor, some are saying the classic is on its way out, with the straight razor killer being the newest multi-blade razors. From TheStar.com:

"The straight razor, that timeless icon of quality men's grooming, is officially a relic.

The latest generations of drugstore razors, born from millions of dollars in research and development, put grandpa's old single blade to ignominious shame.

"I can't compete with this," says straight razor guru Rick Ricci as he holds up the new Schick HYDRO, a scruff chopper developed over a seven-year period by engineers in Germany and the United States."

"We're world renowned barbers and, I'm telling you, the single blade can't do as well as this."

Funny, eh? Isn't that what people were saying about the very first multi-blade razors? Based on my conversations with those who have chosen to use straight razors or safety razors instead of the high tech multi-blade razors, I don't think they'll be convinced to switch back anytime soon.

What do you think?

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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May 14, 2010

Straight Razor Shaving Video

The folks over at Shaving Shack sent me a couple of items to review, one of which is a Cyril Salter straight razor (also called an open razor across the pond).

Evidently shaving with a straight razor is more difficult than it seems - My first attempt in using it was quite pathetic - I don't think I cut one single hair with it! So I've been watching some videos and reading up on how to use a straight razor, and found a bunch of good examples, including this one:

So I'm gonna get to work on my straight razor technique a bit before I can honestly review one. Any straight razor enthusiasts willing to share their favorite tips with me?

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May 13, 2010

Show Your Facial Hair Pride: 5 Great Beard and Moustache T-Shirts

Want to show your facial hair pride? What better way is there than with a beard or moustache t-shirt? Well, maybe by pimping your ride, but that's not for everyone. But most of us have a drawer full of t-shirts...

From Shirtoid:

"It is every man's dream to one day have a big bushy moustache."
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My beard gives me powers:

beardpowers.jpg

Epic sideburns:

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They grow on you:

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I have a beard:

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May 11, 2010

Review of Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave

4elementskit.jpgOne of the up sides of writing about shaving is that companies send me samples of their shaving products to review, so I get to experience a variety of different products. The down side is that I'm always switching the shaving creams and lotions that I use, which can be hard on my skin. I have my favorites, but even those change depending on the new products I try out. And now I have another favorite to add to my bathroom cabinet: The Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave.

Thanks to Art of Shaving, I received a review sample of the Unscented version of this kit a few weeks ago, and I rushed right in to the bathroom to lather up and give it a go. I wasn't disappointed.

The kit contains a badger hair brush, shaving cream, pre-shave oil, and aftershave balm, and the products are in sizes that will last for quite a few shaves.

At first glance, the 4 Elements kit has the look and feel of quality: the shaving oil and aftershave balm are in glass bottles, and the badger hair shaving brush is thick and lush, with a hefty weight to it. As it was the unscented version of the kit, I had to open them all and give them the smell test, which they passed easily - the Pre-Shave Oil has a bit of a cinnamon scent to it, but I imagine it's not added, it's just part of the ingredients, and is not strong. I don't really care for heavily scented shaving products, not because I have sensitive skin, but because that's my personal preference. However, for those with sensitive skin, the 4 Elements unscented kit would be a good choice.

First I applied the pre-shave oil, which is a nice touch - I don't often use an oil along with shaving cream, but duty calls, you know. The shaving cream went on thick and lathered easily, and felt silky and smooth on my face. My shave with it was great - excellent razor slip and easy to rinse (I really don't like products that are too oily and hard to rinse). I'm not sure how much the pre-shave oil added to that, but my skin felt moisturized and smooth afterward. Then I applied the aftershave balm, which has a pump dispenser so that you can only dispense what you need. It only took a tiny amount of the balm to cover my face, and it didn't feel greasy afterward, as some products can.

When I looked in the mirror after shaving, I saw a guy with an extremely close shave, really smooth moisturized skin, and a big goofy grin. I'll be happily using these products in my shaving routine for quite some time, and can heartily recommend the 4 Elements kit for your personal use or for a great gift (think Fathers Day or Graduation...).

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May 10, 2010

How to Get a Great Shave Video from Gentlemans Shop

Here's a great video on basic wet shaving from Gentlemans Shop:

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May 6, 2010

Superhero Facial Hair Guide

MyHero.jpgFrom Victoria Advocate:

"There is nothing better than a superhero. That is, except for a superhero with facial hair. And no one does face follicles more justice than Tony Stark.

But Iron Man isn't the only comic book character that's sporting some peach fuzz. As such, I have created a crucial guide to superhero, sidekick and villain facial hair to help you weave your way from the Van Dykes to the Chin Straps to the Copstache Standards."

Read the rest of the article: A guide to superhero facial hair

Image from The Hero Factory

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May 5, 2010

No Manscaping in Front of Your Lady Friends, Please

Hueval.jpgThanks to The Frisky, we now know not to trim the shrubbery in front of girls:

Number 4 on the list of 10 Things Guys Shouldn't Do In Front of Girls: Shave Their Testicles.

"This falls into the category of TMI when it comes to testicles. Personally, several of us girls here at The Frisky think you shouldn't be doing any manscaping at all, but if you insist, keep that private grooming to a private room. Besides, seeing a razor that close to the coolers for your baby-factories makes us nervous."

And don't forget to grab your free Fusion ProGlide razor, thanks to Gillette.

Image: Daquella manera at Flickr

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May 4, 2010

Metrosexuals are an Endangered Species

Metro Sexual.jpgFrom Canada.com:

"I saw a metrosexual on the street the other day. He didn't look good.

I don't mean that; he looked fabulous, of course. He was well-barbered, well-dressed, with every nostril hair trimmed to regulation length. Negligible body fat. Eyebrows shaped. Face moisturized, skin as soft and supple as a baby's bottom. An ultra-tweezed, self-pleased dude in every way.

But there was a haunted look in his eyes."

Read the rest: Time to say 'ciao' to the metrosexual man

And don't forget: Gillette gave us a bunch of Fusion ProGlide razors to give away!

Image: emilio labrador at Flickr

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May 3, 2010

Study: CEO facial traits linked to higher pay

CEO Face.jpgFrom the Ventura County Star:

"Becoming a corporate CEO is supposed to involve hard work, long hours and business acumen.

It also often requires a solid jaw line and small, piercing eyes, according to a new research study from three finance professors at Duke University.

Titled "A Corporate Beauty Contest," the study asked nearly 2,000 people, mostly college and graduate school students, to rate the facial traits of corporate CEOs alongside non-CEOs and heads of smaller companies. The results suggest that looks do indeed matter in corporate boardrooms."

Read the rest: Study links CEO facial traits to higher pay

Image: rogerimp at Flickr

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