April 8, 2008

Gillette Trickstars 08

trickstars.gifHmm... weren't we just talking about Schick's YouTube contest? Seems like all the major players are flocking to the 'Tube.

Gillette is running its Gillette Trickstars 08 contest where you, yes you!, can win fame, fortune, and Fusions. Just upload a video of yourself doing something sporty and tricky, and who knows? You could score big!

Personally, my favorites are Jimmy the urban heroes, for his mastery with a soccer ball, and Dads silly golf ball juggling tricks, for the kid playing the theme to Inspector Gadget on the piano in the background. Sure, Dorm ball and Catch of the century! look cool, but my guess is that for every cool catch (or basket), there are 20 outtakes of misses.

Check out the full set of video submissions at youtube.com/user/gillettetrickstars and see which is your favorite. Or even better, film your kick-ass self doing something awesome and win!

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April 2, 2008

ZIRH Platinum

zirh_platinum.jpgZIRH's latest email announced the launch of a new line of products - ZIRH Platinum.

Designed for the man who demands only the best of the best. Now his skincare commands the same high standards.

Not much additional info is available, however here's the expected line-up according to Basenotes:

  • Drenched - Ultra-hydrating moistuizer ($95)
  • Revive - Under-eye complex ($75)
  • Accli-matte - Mattifying moisturizer ($95)
  • Age Defense - Enviromental Response Cream ($125)
  • R2 R-Evolution - Resurface and remedy post shave healing balm ($65)
  • PM Rescue - Night time renewing serum ($125)
  • Repair - Deep wrinkle concentrate ($145)
  • Total Re-charge - Retexturizing Facial serum ($125)

The launch date is April 15th. No word yet if there'll be a shaving cream in the Platinum line. We'll have more info as it becomes available.

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March 18, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Time Fighter Face Cream

mensgroomtime.jpgHere's the last product we're going to look at from Mensgroom - Time Fighter face cream.

If you haven't been ID'd in a while, maybe you should use some of this cream. Made with Mannetake Mushroom and Soy Protein, it's lightweight and is absorbed instantly into the skin.

Now you, me, and most readers will be saying to yourself, "wasn't there a moisturizing cream from these guys a couple days ago?" You are correct. In fact, the FAQ has anticipated your next question:

What's the difference between Daily Defender and Time Fighter?

Daily Defender protects your face from things like dryness, fine lines - the coffee-breath of that guy in human resources. Time Fighter improves skin firmness and elasticity, and fights wrinkles. Plus it's got Soy Protein, so it's safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Speaking as a member of the lactose community I can attest to this product's safety.

Time fighter absorbs instantly into your face and does a great job moisturizing too. I tended to use it on my forehead after a shave while putting Soothe the Shaven Beast on my beard area. Kind of smells vaguely like coconut. I used it in place of Daily Defender, alternating between the two on different days. Comes in a similarly styled clear plastic case holding a brown inner center, although with this jar you can see exactly how much you've got left.

Mensgroom Time Fighter face cream is $45 for a 1.7 oz / 50 ml jar. "Women don't dig guys with wrinkles. Unless they're loaded." Hey loaded guys - you should take care of your faces too.

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March 17, 2008

A Word About Mensgroom Packaging

mensgroomtriple.jpgSeveral of Mensgroom's products come in this very cool, transparent pump. Actually the products are in a brown circular plastic pump within a transparent square plastic case. Looks pretty smart on your bathroom counter. One problem - which is which?

The only discernible difference between the bottles is the writing on them, and the writing isn't the easiest thing to read unless you're holding the text straight on. Several times I have almost moisturized with Be Cleansed My Son, or attempted to wash my face with Daily Defender. Very easy to make a mistake early in the morning before your coffee.

Don't get me wrong - I love the unique packaging. Someone at Mensgroom cares about design, and I give them props for that. My suggestion to them would be to put a simple thin colored band around the bottles somewhere so that you could easily identify them without reading the text on them. That and maybe a transparent sliver in the brown containers so that you can tell when you're running out. Sucks to have to reorder after the well has run dry.

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March 14, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Daily Defender Moisturizer

mensgroomdefender.jpgWe interrupt the normally scheduled Celebrity Facial Hair Friday to bring you the fifth entry in our ongoing Mensgroom product review week. Product five - Daily Defender Moisturizer.

Next time you're outside, think on this - Mother Nature and her pals the elements are out to turn your face into something resembling the ass-end of an armadillo. So do yourself a favor and use this cream. Its Mannetake Mushroom, Aloe Vera and Pea Extract let you go outside without fear. And no matter what you do, this stuff won't drip into your eyes. Important for when you're at the beach ogling women.

I liked this stuff a lot. I want to tell you all about it, but you have to promise to keep reading.

Mensgroom Daily Defender is a clear moisturizer in one of the standard Mengroom pump bottles. I used four squirts - one on each finger - every time I applied. Daily Defender's scent reminds me of a swimming pool. KEEP READING! Not the town pool with the town kids. I'm talking the pristine exclusive pool set aside for the rich. Like the pool you'd find on Richard Branson's tropical island that he rents out for like a million dollars a day. And not just any pool on that island. The one Sir Richard keeps to himself. How would I know what that pool smells like? Good question. One I'm not going to answer.

So again, I really liked this stuff. I think it makes your skin feel a little tacky for the first hour, but I also noticed that my skin was significantly less oily at the end of the day. That's huge for me. Exxon Mobile has expressed interest in my face.

Mensgroom Daily Defender Moisturizer is $40 for a 3.4 oz / 100 ml bottle. "Lasts for 12 hours straight. Or about the same amount of time a trucker goes between pee breaks." Actually I happen to know they... er... never mind.

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March 13, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Be Cleansed My Son Facial Cleanser

mensgroomson.jpgDay four in our ongoing Mensgroom review week. Today we're looking at Mensgroom's Be Cleansed My Son facial cleanser, an excellent way to clean your face as well as wash away your sins.

Does more in 5 minutes than most government employees do all day. Formulated with Mannetake Mushroom and Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, this mild cleanser reduces the appearance of fine lines, improves skin firmness and counteracts irritating skin conditions. So take that irritating skin conditions!

I wonder if the solution to government productivity is Mannetake Mushrooms. Couldn't hurt.

Anyway, not much to say on Be Cleansed My Son other than the stuff is good. Mild, pleasant scent. Washes off easily. Doesn't overdry your skin. If you're considering checking out the Mensgroom line of facial products, add it to your cart. You won't be sorry.

Be Cleansed My Son is in the same style bottle as Soothe the Shaven Beast, which means you'll want to pick it up and tilt it to squirt some into your hands. I typically used six or seven squirts. The squirts are small.

Mensgroom Be Cleansed My Son facial cleanser is $20 for a 3.4 oz / 100 ml bottle. "Designed specifically for guys. Hence the short directions in the box." Thanks. As a guy I appreciate that.

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March 12, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Scrubbed the Right Way Facial Scrub

mensgroomscrubbed.jpgDay three of our Mensgroom safari brings us to the Fisherman's Wharf section of San Francisco. Ever been there? Total tourist trap. Fried dough carts. Ripley's Believe or Not "museum". And mimes.

Much like those mimes you see on the street, dead skin cells should be dealt with extreme prejudice. Do the job with this special scrub. It's formulated with Tea Tree Leaves for a polite, yet firm exfoliation. Use it just thrice weekly, preferably before you shave. Then go around work saying 'thrice' until everyone gets really annoyed. It's a blast!

Hold on. This is the thrice product we've reviewed from Mensgroom, and it's missing a distinctly defining ingredient. Are you telling me we've found a Mensgroom product without shrooms?

Aloe Vera and Mushroom Extract are added to soothe, calm and moisturise the skin.

Phew! Had to click into the What Makes This Product Extra Awesome link to see the mushrooms. But they're there!

superball.jpgMensgroom Scrubbed the Right Way Facial Scrub is one of the gentlest exfoliants I've used. Scrubs tend to have course or fine grit. Mensgroom's is mostly a thick gel with some sort of flecks. Might be tea tree leaf powder. Not sure. Frankly it looks like the stuff they make superballs out of. I'm tempted to leave some in a round mold and see what happens.

I'm never sure about exfoliants, but every line of men's grooming products has one, and women have been using them long before men. I assume that some smart people probably think it's a good idea. Or that we've succumbed to some sort of circular peer pressure ring. Who knows.

Mensgroom Scrubbed the Right Way Facial Scrub is $20 for a 3.4 oz / 100 ml tube. "Use just three times a week. Like Monday, Wednesday and Friday." Easy.

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March 11, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Soothe the Shaven Beast After Shave Balm

mensgroomsooth.jpgDay two of our tour of Mensgroom's facial products. Yesterday we shaved. Today we after-shave.

Mensgroom's Soothe the Shaven Beast is a light white lotion with a vaguely old-school barbershop scent. Just a hint of your grandpa's aftershave without his overwhelming halitosis. Three little squirts were all I needed to cover my face after each shave. One tip - pick the bottle up and squirt it into your hands. The spout really isn't long enough to dispense when it's sitting on the counter.

Contrary to what those annoying spandex-clad health freaks say, you don't need to feel the burn. At least not on your face. This after-shave will cool, soothe and stimulate you with a mixture of Birch Sap, Mannetake Mushroom and Menthol. And unlike most oil-tanker captains, it's alcohol free.

See? Shrooms again. Sweet!

Despite this after shave balm being very light, it was all my face needed. I've used several other after shaves which were so light I needed to apply something heavier, especially around my nose and lips where skin gets drier in the winter. Not so with Mensgroom. Another point for the shrooms.

Mensgroom's Soothe the Shaven Beast after shave balm is $30 for a 1.7 oz / 100 ml bottle. "We know it's hard to believe something can soothe and stimulate you with no alcohol. But trust us, it's true." Yup. Alcohol is for rubbin' and drinkin'.

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March 10, 2008

Review of Mensgroom Shave the Males Shaving Cream

mensgroomshave.jpgA while back we got a big shipment of products from Mensgroom. It's taken some time to get through them, but we're finally ready for the reviews. So here we go...

First up - Shave the Males shaving cream. What's in it? "Menthol, Mannetake Mushroom, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E."

Hold on. Did you say shrooms? Ok. Now you've got my attention.

Actually Mannetake Mushrooms seems to be the secret sauce to most Mensgroom products. I'm sure there's some health-related reason like blah blah lubricating oils and yada yada amino acids, but seriously dude. One tab of this sh!t and I was shaving with a rainbow Medusa-headed Hendrix. Does your morning shave get any better than that?

Mensgroom Shave the Males is a white cream which goes on easily and does not foam up. Why doesn't the Shave Cream foam up?

You want to know why? Because it's not supposed to, that's why. Because its Mushroom Extract and Aloe Vera, meant to calm and moisturise your skin for a smoother shave, will never, ever foam. Ever. Now leave us alone.

(Answers and other insults can be found at their FAQ by clicking on the above link.)

The shaving cream provides a slick surface for your razor, and I had little to no nicks or cuts while using this stuff for a month. Great close shave everyday. We've already covered the foaming bit, but that means you use a regular amount with each shave. Not a ton, but this isn't one of those magic soaps where a tiny smidge lathers up to a bubble bath. Just don't skimp on your first shave, and then start cutting back to see how little you really need.

I've read a bunch of shaving reviews on other sites, and one thing some people worry about in general is shaving cream gunking up their razor. Not an issue for me, but I imagine this might bother some people if they tried Mensgroom. So you rinse your razor more often. You should be doing that after every stroke anyway.

Mensgroom Shave the Males shaving cream is $22 for a 6.8 oz / 200 ml tube. As they say on their site, "Shaving usually sucks. Now it sucks a lot less." We agree.

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March 4, 2008

Another Shot at a Free Schick Quattro

freeSchick.jpgLast week we mentioned the contest by Schick and YouTube where you could win your 15 minutes of fame by uploading a video of your groomin', groovy self. Here's a little tidbit we overlooked - you can get a free Schick Quattro when you register. Just head on over to www.youtube.com/schick and click on "Register here first" (which takes you to this page). Pretty simple.

I have to say, Schick is pretty generous with their razors. Seems like every other month there's another opportunity to get a free razor from Schick. There's really no excuse not to have one if you're at all interested.

OK, I spoke to fast. I just went through the registration process, clicked the button for the free Schick razor, and got this somewhat truncated message:

Sorry, our supplies for this sample have been

Have been what? Depleted? Stolen? Infested? Condemned?


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