March 26, 2009

Man Raises Money for Charity by Lifting Things With His Beard

beardlift.jpgEamon Daly is using the power of facial hair to raise money for the Off the Street Club, his charity of choice. For every $100 raised, Eamon adds another pound to his weekly beard lift. On Week 6, he lifted 42 lbs of meat from his face. On Friday, he will lift a 50 pound boy with his beard... Not something you see very often, eh?

"My name is Eamon Daly. I've been growing my beard since August of 2008 and only recently came to appreciate its amazing power: the power to lift heavy objects... and the human spirit. Help my beard help Chicago's Off the Street Club as we start an incredible journey together to discover the Things My Beard Can Lift! Make a donation today!"

Eamon has raised $5185 so far with his beard lifting skills. For more info, or to make a donation, check out Things My Beard Can LIft.

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March 23, 2009

Hot Deal: Philips Norelco BG2020 Bodygroom Shaver for Men

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From now until March 31, get the Philips Norelco BG2020 Men's Bodygroom Shaver from Amazon for only $29.99, with free 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."

Use coupon code "PHLGRMR9" to grab this deal.

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March 13, 2009

Win Cool Shaving Stuff from West Coast Shaving

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West Coast Shaving has provided us with some cool shaving stuff to giveaway - some Taylor Shaving Cream and Men-U Modern shaving cream. You'll get a little of the old school and new school shaving experience if you win. How do you win? Simply sign up for our mailing list by visiting our sign up page, or you can use the form below. Details on the products and our sponsor are below. We'll pick a winner on April 1st - so the the jokes on you if you don't sign up to win.

Sign Up and Win some Cool Shaving Stuff from West Coast Shaving:

Enter your Email to Win...

What You'll Win

Taylor of Old Bond Street manufactures traditional toiletries as they've done for over 200 years. Tried and true, these luxuries offer old world charm and perform as good as anything on the market today. The winner receives a Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream of the scent of their choosing.

men-u is a modern company which manufacturs "High performance, simple & effective products made just for guys." Their Synthetic Shaving brush is made from an outstanding synthetic bristle and is the closest thing to natural badger hair found on the market today. The winner receives this brush in black and stand.

About our Sponsor

West Coast Shaving evolved from an idea I had from my early days on the shaving forums, such as BadgerandBlade.com. It was rather expensive for people new to double edge shaving (such as myself) to try all the popular blades. Some could only be purchased in bulk, others only from overseas vendors. I put together sampler kits of blades and sold them on the forums. It became quite popular, and three years later with lots of expansion, we now offer a wide variety of high quality wet shaving products. Spending years obsessed with finding the ultimate shave, I trully believe traditional wet shaving with a double edge razor or straight razor is the best of the best.

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March 10, 2009

So Long And Thanks For All The Shaves

Cast your memories back to the summer of '04. The stock market was still on the climb. The Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in 96 years. And a shaving novice was chatting with his friend Jay about these newfangled doohickeys called blogs. Five years and a thousand shaves later, it's still hard to believe you can write a website on shaving, and have so much fun doing it.

But it's time for me to hang up my razor and hand the reigns over to someone new. I hope you all have been enjoying Derek's posts as much as I have the last month. Can't wait to see where he takes the site.

I want to thank all the people who have helped make this site a success. I've met a ton of wonderful people in the shaving world, and I'm grateful for all the support they've given, the products they've sent for review, and knowledge they've imparted. I also want to thank all the readers of the site. I've appreciated all your tips and feedback, even when you haven't agreed with every review or opinion. It's great to have the social interaction that comes with being on the web, and I'll miss that tremendously.

But most of all I want to thank my friend Jay, who's gone on to found Blogpire and now runs a very successful company with a wide family of niche blogs. None of this would have been possible without you.

So that's it. Until the next blog, keep those razors sharp and your skin smooth. Happy shaving everyone!

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March 3, 2009

February Wrap Up

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Well, February is over, and the winds of March are rapidly blowing Spring our way, bringing fresh changes and smooth shaves... If you missed any of our posts for February, here's the monthly wrap up for Shaving Stuff:

Anthony Logistics


Blogs and Websites

Celebrity Facial Hair

Details for Men

General News

Gillette

Head Shaving

Humor

Manscaping

Philips Norelco

Regular Shaving

Shaving Gifts

Shaving Oils

Image: laszlo-photo at Flickr under CC license

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February 12, 2009

Happy 200th Birthday to Our First Bearded President!

lincoln450.jpgToday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the US, and in honor of this historic moment, here's a few tidbits of Lincoln lore:

  • Abe was the first president to wear a beard, which he began growing after his election in 1860.
  • Mr Lincoln was also the first president to be born outside the original 13 states.
  • He was the only president to hold a patent: a "device to buoy vessels over shoals" which was never pursued commercially.
  • President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery, is one of the most quoted speeches in US history, yet the exact wording of the speech is disputed. There are five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address, and they all differ in some ways, and even contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech do not agree exactly.
  • We have Abraham Lincoln to thank for setting the last Thursday in November as the day for Thanksgiving back in 1863.
  • Lincoln was the first president to use his war powers to suspend civil liberties in the US with his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War.
In other Lincoln related news, faculty and staff at Hampshire Elementary School have been growing out their beards in tribute to Honest Abe, and plan to conclude their hairy history lesson at an assembly on Feb. 23, when they will pose for photos, then shave the beards during the assembly.

Image: chadh at Flickr under Creative Commons License

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February 5, 2009

2009 NYC Beard & Moustache Championships

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I'm starting to see a lot more men growing some kind of facial hair, from goatees to soul patches and trimmed beards. Some guys really do it up. I've never gotten very fancy with my style, so I can't imagine entering a contest, but if you have a killer beard, maybe an awesome moustache or sweet soul patch that really stands out, you ought to sign up for the 2009 NYCBMC and show off your stuff.

The event will be held at the Public Assembly (70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY) on March 14, 2009 at 8 pm. The categories are Full Beard Natural and Freestyle, Patchy Beard, Sideburns, Goatee, Moustache, and Ladies Artificial (yes, you read that correctly).

You don't necessarily have to go to New York to participate. You can enter to win a 'Beard Prize Pack': make a video about your facial hair and what makes it unique for a YouTube video contest. Tag your videos with 2009 NYCBMC (plus your name), upload them, and send the link to info@nycbmc. While certainly not as exciting as attending the event in person, the video contest is sure to have a ton of creative entries.

For the full details, check the NYCBMC website.

Image: Orange_Beard at Flickr under Creative Commons

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February 4, 2009

Who's the New Guy?

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My name is Derek Markham, and I'm excited to be a part of Shaving Stuff and BlogPire. I want to take a minute to introduce myself and give you a little background information about me. I live with my wife and two daughters (and a baby on the way) in Fort Collins, Colorado, and I'm currently employed as the manager of a small grocery store. I enjoy writing for blogs and news sites, and I like riding my singlespeed bicycles, bouldering, cooking, baking sourdough bread, and strong coffee.

I remember being a young kid, feeling my chin every day, just waiting for the time when I could start shaving. I watched my dad shave and envied his brush and bowl and blade, but when it came time for me to start, I went for disposable blades and some foam from a can...

Over the years, I've worn a beard for long periods, both full and trimmed, a goatee for many years, then clean-shaven for the last few. My current style is moving from a soul patch to a chin strip each time I shave. My weapon of choice is a trimmer (not the T980 Turbo Vacuum Trimmer, unfortunately) and I always end up with whiskers all over the sink. I tend to go for the stubbly look most of the winter.

I keep imagining that I'll learn how to shave like my grandpa, with a straight razor, and I've got my eye on either the Dovo razor or the Fromm.

I hope to keep you informed about the latest and greatest in shaving, and if you'd like to get in touch with any feedback or comments, drop me a line at derek at shavingstuff dot com.

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February 2, 2009

January 2009 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

ground-hog-day.jpgHappy Ground Hog Day! Will spring be warming us soon, or will winter continue testing our mettle? So much rests on a little furry rodent with questionable eyesight. Let's review January before finding out our destiny.

Reviews
This past month we reviewed Cremo Cream Shaving Cream, which despite it's low price ranked up there among the best shaving creams we've used. Read the full review and then give it a try. We also shaved with the Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer, which is the first Schick razor we think is on par with the Gillette Fusion. Two great products this month.

Old School Shaving
Couple of posts on old school shaving. Straight Razor Place is an active community for all you shavers keeping it real. None of this cartridge crap. You need a sharp piece of steel to get in. And where might you find such a thing? Details For Men has just what you need.

Next Up
Behold the power of physics. We've been using the Razor Mate for a while now, which purports to restore your razors with magnets. Our review is coming soon. In the meantime you can check out the dkMommy Spot review of the Razor Mate and add your two cents. We also are shaving with John Allan's Pre-Shave Slickwater, the latest addition to their shaving line.

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January 5, 2009

Ease Into The New Year With A Look Back

Happy New Year! You're at work. I'm at work. You don't want to be at work. I don't want to be at work. Hey, this new years thing isn't quite working out.

So let's ease into the new year with a look back at how far we've come in 50 years with this 1960s Gillette commercial. First off, it's in low-def black and white. We're so passed that now. A razor with one blade? Please. I have five plus an edging blade on my razor. And baseball players named Pee-Wee? Personally, I prefer Coco Crisp. (Yeah, I know he got traded.)

So take trip in the way-back machine and see how things used to be, and how much better you've got it today.

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