June 30, 2010

The Man of 1000 Faces Challenge

The Man of 1000 Faces campaign, which launched this week, was created to promote Schick's new Quattro Titanium Freestyle razor.

From the website, Man of 1000 Faces, you are taken to a Facebook page where you can participate in the Shave Off challenge. The challenge requires you to copy and beat the facial hairstyle of the man displayed on the landing page and upload your image to be voted on. The website also features comedic video content, shaving tips and a soon-to-be-released iPad and iPhone App.

Weekly winners will receive $1000, with those who attempt to beat the style by coming up with their own being in the running for a major prize of $15,000.

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June 29, 2010

6 in 10 Australian Women Say Men with Facial Hair More Sexually Attractive

twirlymoustache.jpgFrom sify:

"The survey, conducted by Schick Men's razors with Jigsaw Strategic Research, asked men and women in the ages of 16 to 34 what the effects of various facial hair styles had on men's success rate with women.

...

Based on the results of the survey, it was decided that men with facial hair have more sex."

Read the rest of the post: Aussie men with facial hair 'have more sex'

Image: istolethetv at Flickr

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June 29, 2010

And the Winner of the Mangroomer Professional Electric Back Hair Shaver is...

mangroomerpro.jpgWell, we didn't have many entries for our Mangroomer giveaway, but that's good for one guy, who'll be receiving a free Professional Mangroomer to put through its paces and manscape away his summer.

That lucky guy told us that his back grew a beard: "After turning 40 my back decided to celebrate by growing a beard. My wife had made the comment "where did that come from?" Summer is here and the pool is our main hang out, I would like to enjoy it without the t-shirt. I would like to try this out since I cannot reach all of my back with the Merkur."

Brian, you're the winner, and should receive an email from me shortly so we can get your mailing address. Congratulations!

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June 25, 2010

Hot Deal: Merkur Model 178 Classic Safety Razor

merkurmodel178.jpgReady to make the move to a manly shaving tool? A classic way to shave is with a safety razor - a favorite of mine - and now you can pick up a high quality Merkur razor for 27% off!

"The Merkur Safety Razor has a chrome finish. Its double edge design provides a very close shave. Its comfortable handle is designed for a non-slip grip. The safety razor has a straight edge especially great for an extra close shave."

Right now, the Merkur Model 178 Classic Safety Razor is only $35.45, down from the regular price of $48.50!

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June 24, 2010

The Male Brazilian: Wax On, Boys

mankini.jpgFrom Manscape, we have a tale of a male wax treatment (makes me wince just typing that!):

"When it came time to start the wax, I was asked to get on the treatment table on all fours where I leant down on my elbows with my butt in the air. This is one of the most unpleasant positions for a man to be in. Nevertheless I did as I was told and Nancy went to work. First she pasted with a large wooden spatula some warm liquid along the crack and down to the perineum. It was not really hot but came as a little shock at first when she placed the strips and started the process."

For the full story on the Male Brazilian: Men on Wax

Not so sure about the wax? Enter to win a free Mangroomer!

Image: a1ien at Flickr

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June 23, 2010

Somali Men Have 30 Days to Grow a Beard

beardWigs.jpgForced facial hair?

According to the Daily Nation, men in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, will have one month to grow their beard and trim their moustaches.

"Men in the Somali capital Mogadishu, have been given 30 days to grow beard. The order was issued by Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah, the Governor in the capital. It takes effect on July 20."

Read the rest of the article: Mogadishu men ordered to grow beard in 30 days

And don't forget to enter to win a Mangroomer!

Image: vancouverfilmschool at Flickr

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June 22, 2010

Manscaping Gone Mainstream

hairythree.jpgWith summer in full swing and loads of events where you're expected to lose your shirt, expect a rash of manscaping articles in the press!

From the NY Times:

"As hairless torsos have become the norm for male models and actors, below-the-neck hair removal has gone mainstream. The nascent category of body shavers has surpassed $10 million in annual sales, according to Nielsen data cited by Remington. But many men who aspire to the polished trunks of the "Jersey Shore" men face a dilemma when it comes to their backs: they don't want to undergo the expense of waxing or laser hair removal, but are embarrassed to ask others for assistance."

Read the rest: No Body Hair Left Behind

Image: dave_stone at Flickr

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June 21, 2010

Enter to Win a Mangroomer Professional Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver

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Are you looking for a solution to out of control back hair? Afraid of the wax? Can't ask your lady friends to shave your back for you? The Mangroomer Professional Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver just might be the answer for you.

"Taking a trip to the salon to get his back waxed once every couple of weeks is not at the top of most guys' to-do lists. It can cost, on average, $50 each time for a back wax not to mention the hundreds if not thousands of dollars laser hair removal can cost. And for guys who'd rather avoid an embarrassing salon experience their options are even more limited (for many, asking their significant others for help with their hairy backs is totally out of the question). The $49.99 MANGROOMER gives men a do-it-yourself solution without busting their wallets (or their egos). And with no more painful waxing or embarrassing salon visits, guys can feel a little less self-conscious on the beach and in the bedroom and Dads can feel better about spending more time in the pool with the kids."


Mangroomer and Shaving Stuff are giving you a chance to win a free Mangroomer Professional Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver!

To enter, leave a comment here with your answer to this question: "What summer plans do you have (like going to the beach or a bbq/pool party) would you use the Mangroomer to prep for?"

Contest runs from today, June 21st, 2010, through midnight EST on June 28th, 2010, and is open to residents of the US, Canada and New Zealand.

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June 18, 2010

Review of Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave

luckytigershave.jpgThe kind folks over at Mens Direct were kind enough to give me some credit to check out their shaving product offerings, and I chose to order a bottle of Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave.

"A Lucky Tiger man always wants to look good, because he never knows what pleasures await him. Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave is a modern take on classic shaving cream. It goes on smooth like lotion, but turns into a rich creamy lather designed to soften even the manliest of beards."

Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave is packed full of natural botanical ingredients, such as:

  • Certified Organic Chamomile - Calms and soothes the skin while replenishing and enriching dry or sensitive areas.
  • Certified Organic Olive Fruit Oil -Lubricates and protects the skin to promote a close, comfortable shave.
  • Certified Organic Calendula - Cools, heals and soothes the skin while rejuvenating, softening and brightening the surface of the skin.
  • Borage Oil - Clinically proven to help the skin retain moisture, borage oil penetrates the surface to promote truly hydrated and healthy skin.

It's got a clean fresh scent - kind of citrus-y, and it's one of the lightest creams I've used so far. When I squirted some into my palm, I was kind of disappointed at first - it seemed so thin, compared to some of the other shaving creams I've tried. But once I applied it to my face, it lathered up nicely (although it was still very light) and has great razor slip, so my shave went quickly and smoothly. I ended up with a super shave - close and comfortable - with no irritation. The cream rinsed off easily, and left only a hint of scent behind.

I really enjoyed this product, so if you're looking for a new shaving cream, try the Lucky Tiger Liquid Cream Shave.

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June 17, 2010

Man's Intimate Beauty Waxing Fail

kiwis.jpgIf you need a reason to not let your buddies near your groin with some hot wax, here's a cautionary manscaping tale.

As reported in the Mirror:

"A charity fundraiser was left in agony after an "intimate beauty waxing" pub stunt went drastically wrong.

Joe Cooper agreed to let bidders rip strips off his groin in a cash drive for his local hospital.

But he ended up there himself when a heavy-handed friend tore off six of his seven layers of skin - almost causing him to lose a testicle."

Read the rest of the painful story here: Waxing stunt for charity goes horribly wrong

Image: norwichnuts at Flickr

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June 16, 2010

Shaving With a Straight Razor is Better Than Using a Cartridge Razor

straightrazorwood.jpgOver at Gentastic, the author takes us through his reasons why shaving with a straight razor is better than using a system razor (cartridge razor):

"Assuming we spend each five minutes per day shaving, that totals around 30 hours per year. If we spend that much time on an activity, we may as well make the most of it.

I am an unashamed fan of the straight razor, a.k.a the cut throat. I also use safety razors. I have no doubt that they are much better than the mass market cartridge razor systems that most men use."

Read the rest of the article: A Closer Shave - Why shaving with a straight razor is better than using a system razor.

What do you think? Is he right?

Don't forget to enter to win a straight razor from Shaving Shack!

Image: Dharion at Flickr

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June 14, 2010

Reminder: Comment and Win Pacific Shaving Company Gift Card

pacificbladeoil.jpgJust a friendly reminder that Pacific Shaving Company is giving away a $10 gift card for a lucky random winner to be picked from the comments on this post: Pacific Shaving Company - Affordable Natural Shaving Products. 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.

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June 11, 2010

Review of Cyril Salter Straight Razor (and a Chance to Win One)

cyrilsalterstraight.jpgLast month I received a Cyril Salter 5/8 straight razor from Shaving Shack to review, and as it's my first straight razor experience, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. But after using it as my secondary shaving tool for a while, I've really grown to love it.

I know that veteran straight razor enthusiasts might be pickier in their evaluation of the blade, but I found that once I got the hang of the correct angle and pressure to use, I was able to get a good shave without much effort. My initial efforts were clumsy and left me reaching for my safety razor to finish off the job, but persistence was the key for me. Shaving with a straight razor is one of those experiences that really separates the men from the boys, and a skill which isn't very common anymore - so taking the time to learn how to use one was worth it.

According to Shaving Shack:

"This fine open razor is manufactured by Cyril Salter, one of the most reputable grooming suppliers in the world. From the composite black handle comes a hollow ground blade manfactured in Solingen (Germany) and forged from high-carbon steel. This truly is an affordable piece of craftmanship and ideal entry into the masculine world of straight razor shaving."

The razor was ready to shave right out of the box (something I wasn't sure would be the case, as I had read that it might need to be honed before the first shave), and I have to admit that I was a bit wary of placing a naked razor's edge directly against my face. But after playing around with my grip on the razor, I found that I was able to get comfortable holding it and drawing it across my face. After getting the angle correct, I found that the hardest part was shaving the opposite side of my face - as a right handed person, it was easy to shave the left side, but I had to switch the grip around to shave the right side, which initially felt very strange.

I'm happy with the Cyril Salter straight razor, and think it's a great entry-level razor for those who wish to begin learning the art of old-school shaving. I also have a feeling that now that I've had a taste of straight razor shaving, I may be looking for other razors to add to my collection. The Cyril Salter is great, don't get me wrong, but I've seen some other razors on the market that better qualify as 'eye-candy' due to fancier handles, etc.

Shaving Shack is partnering with us here at Shaving Stuff to give away one of these Cyril Salter straight razors to a lucky reader. To enter, simply go to Win a Cyril Salter Solingen 5/8 Open Razor Round Point and enter your details. The winner will be notified by email. Don't delay - it's your chance to pick up a free straight razor!

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Tips to Prevent Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hair

shavingbrushclose.jpg[This is a guest post, courtesy of Shaving Shack]

Razor bumps and ingrown hair are problems faced by many men who wet shave. It can become irritating to keep on experiencing an adverse reaction from shaving, especially when you know that this method is ultimately giving you better results than any other method you have tried in the past.

The best way to overcome the inflammatory reaction to the condition, pseudofolliculitis barbae or "barber's itch" as it is commonly known is to look at ways to prevent and minimise the effect of ingrown hairs in the first place. Once these unsightly bumps are present on the face, it is easy to aggravate the situation and make it worse.

One easy solution may be to just let the hair grow, but this is not always practical, especially those professionals who need to keep their beard well groomed for their job. However, you could try shaving every other day to see if this improves the situation. Here are a few tips to help you counter this common issue.

Make sure that the razor blade is in optimum condition and not well worn as this can affect the effects of wet shaving on the skin. Try shaving with the grain, in downward strokes.

One lesser-acknowledged fact ignored by many men who use a straight razor, is that a shaving brush can become a pivotal tool in wet shaving. If you wish to reduce the number of ingrown hairs on the face as well as the chances of getting any nicks or cuts, you should consider preparing using a shaving brush. This will help to lift the hairs effectively from the face.

The products you use before and after shaving can impact on this situation. Using a facial scrub before shaving can also help to raise the hairs from under the skin. The shaving soap can have an effect on skin irritation, so make sure you choose one accordingly, and ensure it is suitable for your unique skin type.

Image: Marco Arment at Flickr

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June 9, 2010

Hot Deal: Gillette Fusion Power Razor for Half Off

fusionpowerphantom.jpgInterested in trying out the Gillette Fusion Power razor? You can pick one up for half price! Regularly $12.99, on sale for $6.45 right now.

"Gillette Fusion Power is Gillette's Most Comfortable Shave. 8 years of shaving innovation and 20 more patents make Gillette Fusion Power Phantom better than MACH3. Gillette Fusion Power Phantom is an advanced shaving system with an advanced design that provides optimal performance when using either side of the razor. On the front of the cartridge, Gillette Fusion Power Phantom features 5 PowerGlide® Blades spaced closer together to form a shaving surface technology. This design distributes the shaving force across the blades to help reduce pressure, with more comfort and less irritation than MACH3."
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June 8, 2010

Review of Crown Shaving Company's Premium Grooming Products

crownshaving.jpgI'm always on the hunt for men's grooming and shaving products that are worthy of becoming part of my daily routine, but many of the products I receive are not really for me - they may work great, but something about them (usually a strong scent or an overly high price tag) makes me leave them for good once I've reviewed them. Not so with Crown Shaving Company's products.

Here's a quote from the founder:

"Turn your dreaded daily grooming regimen into an enjoyable daily manly ritual."

And that's what it's all about for me: it's got to be not only enjoyable, but it's got to be manly as well.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a package full of Crown Shaving Company's premium grooming products to review, and after putting them to use in my daily routine, I can honestly say that I love them!

First up in my grooming routine is the Peppermint Tea Tree Hair & Body Wash. It's got a subtle peppermint scent, and it left my body feeling clean and moisturized (not dry as some soaps leave you). An added win was that I didn't need a separate shampoo - just another squeeze of the bottle and I could wash my hair.

I followed that up with the Peppermint Tea Tree Moisturizing Conditioner (conditioner is a must with the length of my hair), and I was left with soft, clean, tangle-free hair. Some conditioners leave me with a greasy feeling, but this product rinsed clean and didn't give me strongly scented hair - another win for me.

After getting out of the shower, I applied some of the Supreme Glide Pre Shave Formula, followed by Crown Shaving's Shave Cream, and broke out the Merkur safety razor for my shave. The shaving cream is thick and rich, again with only a subtle scent. I really liked the experience - a close shave with a non-greasy feeling as I rinsed it off. After my shave, I used the Soothing After Shave Lotion, which put a non-oily and soothing finish to my face.

Another key point about Crown Shaving Company's products is that they are made with natural botanical ingredients - so if you're concerned about what you're putting on your skin or have sensitivities, the whole line of products might be good for you.

"Make no mistake. These products are made for men - to make you look and feel like a man. Our rich lathers and lotions are carefully formulated with the finest natural ingredients to reintroduce the revitalizing luxuries of shaving, lost in recent decades to buzzing electric devices or chemical-laced shortcuts that promote expediency at the expense of a healthy, restorative experience." - Dino Caracciolo, Crown's founder and developer of the new grooming collection.
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June 7, 2010

Hot Deal: Save $70 on Braun Pulsonic 790

BraunPulsonic.jpgNow's your chance to pick up the Braun Pulsonic 790 for $70 off - regularly $269.99, now only $199.99!

I reviewed this razor last year, calling it the "Ultimate Shaving Gadget":

"I've tried other electric razors, but nothing really stood out as remarkable. Until now.

In my humble opinion, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is simply the best electric razor out there.

The Braun shaves close (10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers. The head can be locked in place for precision shaving, or can swivel freely to follow the contours of my face.

It's not too loud, and the Lithium-ion batteries run for a long time (~50 minutes) without having to be recharged (of course, when it sits in its cradle, it's charging automatically). The cord can plug directly into the razor if you need to shave and it's not charged, which is a plus for any rechargeable razor."

If you're an electric shaving guy, or your significant other is, the Braun Pulsonic 790 is a great razor (think Fathers Day, hint, hint).

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June 4, 2010

The Glory of the Beard

beardstencil.jpgBack in the day, when I was rocking a full beard, this happened to me as well:

"I didn't mean to. I couldn't help it. My beard caused a baby to cry. The other day I visited my cousin and her beautiful 10-month-old twin girls. Upon seeing me with my strange scruffy facial hair, one of the babies immediately narrowed her eyes, scrunched up her face and began bawling at the top of her lungs."

Read the rest of "Bask in the glory of the beard" for a view of one guy's beard experience, as well as the benefits of growing a beard.

Image: indy_slug at Flickr

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June 2, 2010

Review of RazoRock After Shave Product

razorock.jpgLet me introduce you to a multi-purpose shaving product: RazoRock. It is not only an antiseptic which soothes the skin and stops bleeding, but when it's applied to your underarms, is an effective deodorant as well.

RazoRock is completely natural, made from Potassium Alum mineral salts.

RazoRock uses:

As an after shave... Razorock's antiseptic properties calm razor burn and soothe irritation, helping to stop bleeding in the event of a minor nick or cut, and close skin pores leaving the skin smooth and tight.

As a deodorant... RazoRock is a very effect bactericide. Apply RazoRock under arms right after bathing for odor protection lasting up to 24 hours. RazoRock inhibits the growth of bacteria responsible for causing body odor and does not interfere with the normal perspiration of the skin.

As a facial toner for oily skin and acne... Simply Moisten RazoRock and rub it gently over facial blemishes, acne and oily skin. It is best to use overnight while you sleep.

As an odor remover... RazoRock will instantly remove the odor of fish, garlic or onion when hands are washed with it under running water. It can also be used on feet, when foot odor is a problem.

I received a free RazoRock for review, and I've been using it for my last couple of shaves. It's easy and quick to use: Just rub it on your face after rinsing the shaving cream off, and you can feel your skin tightening up - it feels great. I don't usually use an electric razor, but according to RazoRock, applying it to your face before shaving will stiffen the whiskers for a great electric shave.

I've been fortunate not to nick my face while shaving in a while, so I can't testify to the ability to stop the bleeding, but according to Wikipedia, alum is an ingredient in styptic pencils, so I believe it.

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June 1, 2010

May 2010 Shaving Stuff Wrap-up

halfshaved.jpgWhew. We made it through Memorial Day weekend, and summer is officially here! It's time for BBQ, vacations, and sitting in the shade with a cold one. It might even be time to reconsider your facial hair style or razor choice, and if so, we've got you covered!

So if you missed anything on Shaving Stuff last month, here's a recap:

Blogs and Websites

Electric Shaving

General News

Gillette

Humor

Manscaping

Pacific Shaving

Shaving Creams & Gels

Shaving Gifts

Straight Razors

The Art of Shaving

Video

Image: ansik at Flickr

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Shaved Bieber Removes Teen Pop Star Mentions from Your Browsing

Tired of seeing the latest kiddie pop sensation all over the interwebz? Get the Shaved Bieber software and watch all mentions of Justin Bieber disappear!

"YO KANYE, WE'RE HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR CAPS LOCKS RANTS AND PROUD WE HELPED lowercase your blog posts, but its time to focus on another accident on the Internet: UNWANTED BIEBER MENTIONS.

We've developed a series of innovative tools to help cover the lower regions of web pages from unwanted Justin Bieber content. Shave away those Bieber mentions on web sites with our bookmarklet, Firefox Add-on, or JavaScript files."

Grab it here: Shaved Bieber

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