They say that scruff is the new black. Celebrities and power players are eschewing the clean shave for the five-o'clock shadow, but chances are, they're not just showing up after skipping the razor yesterday...
That stubble you grew over the weekend is a great start, but if you simply let it continue to grow, you'll be rocking a beard in no time. And that's a whole 'nother facial hair style... So if you want to keep your scruff stylish for more than a day or two, you'll need a good tool to maintain it. Conair for Men is about to release their answer to those needing some stylish stubble, the i-Stubble, and were gracious enough to send one to us for review.
The i-Stubble goes a step beyond the usual trimmers, with an electronic motorized length control system, giving you 15 ultra-precise settings. That's quite a few more options than most trimmers, and the handy LCD display shows you exactly how long your stubble will be at any given selection. It's got a "floating contouring head", meaning that the shaving head is not fixed, which makes it a lot easier to drive across all those curves on your face.
In the name of ShavingStuff, I gave up my safety razor for a week to put the i-Stubble through its paces, and I came away duly impressed.
This trimmer is a great daily grooming tool, with a strong battery (rechargeable) and plenty of power to keep my scruff in trim for the week without any thought of plugging it in. The length guide folds away easily to let you get in close with the razor, a must for sideburns, goatees, and moustaches, and the fact that it doesn't fully detach is a huge plus (I had the misfortune to misplace the guide from another trimmer after a move, and it made that trimmer almost useless to me afterward).
Cleaning is simple - just fold back the length guide and lift up the cutting head to remove it, or simply brush or blow out the whiskers afterward.
So if you're looking to upgrade your trimmer, consider the i-Stubble. It's a great tool. (No word yet on what Apple thinks of the name...) [This razor has not hit the shelves yet, but we'll let you know as soon as it does.]
Do you dread your daily shave? Does the thought of shaving your whiskers off every day just bore you to tears? Then you might need to switch it up a bit! Here are a couple of ways to start bringing enjoyment back to your daily shaving routine:
Change razors: Go from electric to manual, from cartridge to safety razor, or make the jump to a straight razor. Or ditch the old-school shaving for a new electric razor. Try a new brand of blade or cartridge, or shave with a different method on different days.
Change shaving cream: Pitch the can of drugstore shaving cream in favor of a tub of high-quality cream. Or give it a go with shaving oil instead of cream. Try out a new aftershave lotion.
Add a shaving brush: If you just use your hand to lather up with, then switching over to using a brush in your routine will definitely add to your experience. And get a bowl for it that fits nicely in your hand - little sugar bowls or serving dishes from the secondhand store make great shaving mugs.
Change your routine: Instead of shaving in the shower, give yourself time to shave afterward. Or before. Try giving yourself a barbershop hotwrap one day. Grab your girlfriend's loofah and scrub your face once in a while.
Let it be: You can always hang up the razor for awhile and grow a beard.
The incredibly popular Philips Norelco Bodygroom is now just a little bit easier on the wallet. Pick up this versatile manscaping tool for just $31.99 (down from the regular $39.99), and then send in this $5 rebate (PDF) to make the Bodygroom yours for a total investment of $26.99 (plus shipping).
The Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver is the All-in-One grooming solution, exclusively for men that safely trims and shaves all body zones. With the Bodygroom, men can trim and shave hair from their chest & abs, underarms, groin area, legs, back and shoulders. Bodygroom features the very latest technology and ergonomic design to offer a convenient, easy and pain-free way to remove and trim body hair. Bodygroom's advanced design allows for it to be used wet or dry and even in the shower. Its hypoallergenic foil protects even the most sensitive skin against nicks, cuts or irritation, and its stainless-steel blades ensure long-lasting performance.
Take some time to peruse the excellent offerings over at ZIRH, because beginning this Friday the 25th, you'll be able to save 20% on anything they sell. It's the ZIRH Friends and Family Shopping Event!
Are you a gadget guy? Then this cool rotating-blade razor might be for you. It's priced way below the everyday price of $119.95 - now just $70.26!
The Emjoi RotoShave is a groundbreaking rechargeable razor featuring patented multi-angle blades with unique safety guard & spiral winding system that act as a barrier between the blades and your skin, gliding over moles and other skin imperfections without nicks and cuts.
And as an added plus, you can say, "I have to go and RotoShave now." as your exit line...
According to a poll by MenScience, most men don't regularly use sunscreen, even though they understand the importance of protection from the sun.
"MenScience conducted a poll of 167 men, ages 20 to 55, and asked them about their sunscreen usage. While most men agreed that sunscreen was necessary (90% of respondents) and regret not using it in the past (57% of respondents), less than half of the men polled actually used a sunscreen daily. One-third of men didn't use a sunscreen because they preferred to look tan, even if it caused skin problems later on in life, and almost half of the men didn't wear sunscreen because they did not like the way it felt."
MenScience believes they have the answer to those kinds of objections to sunscreen in their TiO2 Sunblock SPF30, which is "lightweight and non-greasy ... absorbs immediately and dries invisibly and matte on the skin." TiO2 Sunblock also includes allantoin and aloe for moisturizing, and antioxidants from green tea and vitamin E to help repair sun-damage to the skin.
Regularly $29.99, this gadget is selling for just $18.46, so don't wait!
"The Panasonic ER430K Wet/Dry Vacuum Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer, Gray makes it easy for you to keep those embarrassing hairs in your nose and ear nice and trim. This trimmer uses a rotary cutting system that is fast and safe, eliminating the possibility of injury from using scissors. The ER430K is a powerful trimmer that is perfect for use at home, but small enough to take on the road."
Manscaping, pubic shaving, and bejeweled vajayjays at FrostMagazine:
"Personally, if anyone, man or woman, used the term 'vajayjay' in a conversation with me, I'd be looking for their doctor, or possibly their carer. But 'vajazzle' seems to be passing into an accepted term where women decorate themselves with clever designs around their nether regions.
Maybe I move in the wrong circles, but I have NEVER met a woman who admitted to decorating herself. Which is probably fortunate. I have enough issues with topiary."
"Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons proudly introduces it's one-of-a-kind made-to-order straight razors. Aptly named after the prehistoric giants, each Mammoth Razor is comprised of Alaskan Woolly Mammoth ivory, sterling silver, a masterfully restored vintage blade and a quartz Stanhope lens containing vintage micro-photography from our collection."
Valentine's Day can be a nightmare for some of us - from trying to plan a romantic date to finding the perfect present and dressing for success, there are countless opportunities for us to screw up what can be a great night for you and your lover.
But Gillette has put together "The Perfect Gentleman's Guide to Valentine's Day" which includes all of the essentials for a successful evening, and a lucky ShavingStuff reader is going to win one;
Gillette's "The Perfect Gentleman's Guide" has everything to create an amazing Valentine's Day, including:
$100 AMEX gift card to pay for the romantic dinner - take her somewhere nice!
A heart-shaped box of chocolates to enjoy after
Gillette Fresh + Clean Body Wash in two new scents, Arctic Ice and Cool Wave that extend just-out-of-the-shower freshness beyond the shower
Gillette Odor Shield antiperspirant and deodorant to provide odor protection in the most high pressure situations
Gillette is also lending some of their expertise to "The Perfect Gentleman's Guide," to share grooming and fashion, shopping and gifting, and date secrets with men. Small pieces of advice can make or break the night for guys. A piece of simple advice, "use Gillette Fresh + Clean Body Wash for that just-out-of-the-shower freshness that lasts, and your date will love the new scent," can be the difference between getting lucky and total disaster.
To enter for your chance to win this Perfect Gentleman's Guide gift package, leave us a comment here telling us how you plan to celebrate V-Day with your lover. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, February 10th, so don't wait!
Filmed at leading London barbershop The Valet, the video highlights how Bluebeards Revenge can reduce heavy beard growth. Also features helpful shaving tips from George, the master barber at The Valet.
I just got word of a fantastic opportunity to enter the grooming and shaving niche with an established brand:
"On March 17th, Best4Men will cease operations. If you are interested in buying this business, please contact the owner through the contact page. A description of what is available is here. For interested parties a list and valuation of inventory and supplies can be made available.
There is only 1 fixed cost, the hosting of the domains & hosted software. This cost will be covered by HandyNerds.com for one year. If no items are sold, there are no ongoing fees to the store owner.
For 1 year HandyNerds.com will host all of the currently running pieces of software and host all current domain names. Systems will be patched as needed. 4 Hours of technical / operational support will be provided each month for 1 year to help the new owner run the business. After 1, year hosting fees and support fees will be applicable."
Even if you're not interested in purchasing the business, you can still take advantage of this news, because until March 17th, you'll get 10% off your entire order at Best4Men by using the coupon code "BeenFun".
Looking for a change below the belt? Arbiter Online has you covered:
"U.S. President Barack Obama isn't the only one campaigning for a change of scenery; men and women across the United States are becoming more and more adventurous with the idea of decorating their pubic areas.
The idea of manscaping has been around for a while, but most men are either too shy to speak up about it, or consider it a blow to their masculinity to pay a visit to their local day spa."
In an unprecedented facial hair deal, Sacha Baron Cohen, of Borat fame, has made a deal with the artist Banksy:
"The comedian will hand over one of the fuzzy moustaches used whilst filming Borat as Bansky gives a painting of a sleeping Thomas the Tank Engine with graffiti, estimated to be worth more than £100,000.
The pair are reported to be huge fans of each others' work."
How would you like to shave just by running your finger over your face?
That's the idea of the 'Ring Shaver', a concept razor from designers Xiang Qin, Yin Qin, Yiyan Ge & Xinxin Sun. No word on when such a product might appear on the market, but it certainly shows how some designers are really thinking outside of the box.