August 8, 2005

Micah Ganske's Shaving Self Portrait

This past Sunday's New York Times had a really cool article on Micah Ganske, winner of the 2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, where Photoshop is not only encouraged, it's the law. Kind of like a baseball league where steroids are mandated. Micah's picture shows himself shaving in the mirror with both hands clearly visible in front of him. So where's the camera?

Click on the "Slide Show" link on this page to see how Micah put the final shot together. (Here's the link directly to the slideshow if you're anti-javascript -
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2005/08/04/arts/20050807_NEW_SLIDESHOW_1.html.) Then click on over to his other photos on Adobe's site. Totally cool stuff.

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August 4, 2005

Dermatologist advice from Brave Soldier

brave_soldier.gifMost FAQs are rather boring and obviously written without any idea for the real questions someone might ask. Here's one that breaks the mold. Ask Dr. Kest from Brave Soldier contains great questions and advice, despite the occasional self-promotion. Here's an example:

Q: I've recently started to use pre-shave oil. It gives me a really smooth shave with no irritation, but it contains olive oil. Should I be worried about clogged pores?

A: If you aren't experiencing negative side effects from the pre-shave oil, then continue to use it. Olive oil is a great moisturizer. If your face is excessively oily after shaving, wash with a mild cleanser when you're done with the razor.

Lots of info on how to deal with acne and other skin irritations. Worth a quick read if you care about the skin on your face.

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August 1, 2005

July Wrap-Up

In case you missed it, July featured a number of articles on shaving creams, gels, and lotions. We profiled Follique and Breej for razor bumps and ingrown hairs, Anthony.com's set of high-end shaving products, shaving oil from Pacific Shaving Company, and my favorite - the Gillette men's shaving cream which turned out to be women's Satin Care.

We also saw the Philips Bodygroom, which is still not available in the US, the old-school Blue Willow Shaving Mug, and Schick's Tunes to Shave By.

For recommended reading, we have the definitive site for shaving your head, women's shaving tip from about.com, a spoof on Maria Sharapova, and a book on guy's habits with very revealing stats.

Finally, we welcomed Razor's Direct to the ShavingStuff family. Click on over and save some money.

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July 29, 2005

When It Comes to Guys, What's Normal?

Here's a chance to find out how other guys really do things without having to ask all those self-incriminating questions. With chapters like "Before the Mirror and in the John", When It Comes to Guys, What's Normal?, the latest book by Bernice Kanner, explores the some of the more private moments in the average man's day. Our friends at Gillette have provided some of the funding for the book and some of the shaving-related statistics:

How many sport facial hair and how do they deal with it? (46 percent have no facial hair, while 12 percent show stubble; 90 percent of all American men shave away their facial hair with 72 percent using a razor and blade)
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July 15, 2005

Maria Sharapova Shaving Tips

You might think that I'd be the kind of person who would go to great lengths to associate Maria Sharapova and shaving, just to put a picture of her on this site. And you might be right. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let me say up front that this article is a joke. It comes from TheSpoof.com, an aspiring Onion site, and it's kind of funny, if perhaps a tad over the line.

“One thing I do for all my fans is to make sure that I give my body a good overall shave before each match. You know, we Russian girls have more than a little peach fuzz here and there to contend with. When we're not playing tennis for a couple months, we don't bother shaving every day."

Oh Maria... Someday perhaps we'll get the truth. Until then, you can read the full article on Maria Sharapova's shaving tips here.

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July 8, 2005

Schick offers Tunes to Shave By

schick_women.gifIt's Ladies' Night! Schick and Universal Music Enterprises have just launched "Tunes to Shave By", a promotion where specially marked packages of Schick's new Quattro for women come with five free song downloads. And yes, "Ladies Night" from Kool and the Gang is available, along with a fine selection of female-themed classics. Already bought one? Click on over to the Schick MusicShop Web site at www.quattroforwomen.com/tunestoshaveby. and redeem yourself. iPod owners beware - the songs are in Windows WMA format, so you won't be kickin' it with your shower shuffle.

Read the whole press release here.

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June 30, 2005

Here comes the Groom

Grooming_India_01.jpgFascinating developments in male grooming from Dubai and India. High end grooming lounges 1847 (don't call it a spa) and Gillette sponsored grooming centers are poised to captilize on growing metrosexuality. Despite backlash, these new ventures clearly have sound research to back up the need, as reported in this springwise.com article. My favorite factoid:

... a Gillette India study indicates [men] now spend an average of 20 minutes in the mirror each morning, higher than the 18-minute average for Indian women.

Clearly my morning speed shave needs to be phased out.

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June 24, 2005

Shave it like Beckham

BeckhamPhoto2.jpgGot the Friday afternoon doldrums? Click on over to the Gillette / David Beckham website and play some soccer... er... football. Rather than the ubiquitous and annoying progress bar, this Flash app lets you juggle a soccer ball while the real content is loading. Frankly, I found the game to be much more enjoyable than the rest of the site.

If you're wondering what the connection between Gillette and Beckham is, Beckham recently signed a three year deal with Gillette to promote its shaving products. As a signing bonus / Fathers' Day gift, Gillette gave Beckham a 4.5 carat diamond encrusted M3Power razor worth $50,000.

“I am really delighted with this razor,” said David Beckham. “To have an M3Power customized for me is amazing and for Gillette to give it to me for Father’s Day is a lovely gesture.”

Um, hello? Mr. Understated? If Gillette gave me a $50,000 diamond encrusted razor I would be all "Yeah boy! Check out my bling! Who's your daddy now? That's right!" Then I'd probably sell it on ebay.

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June 17, 2005

Schick Quattro Power Commercial

schick_quattro.jpegShavingStuff.com has received an advanced copy of a commercial for the as yet unlaunched Schick Quattro Power. The ad, which takes place in a generic office cube farm, features several women wearing neck braces and suffering from whiplash. Seems the Schick Quattro Power gives a man such a remarkably close shave that whenever he walks by, BAM! Hope they've got health insurance.

The ad is actually quite cute and could be somewhat memorable. Doesn't strike me as the ad to launch a new product with, but a solid second phase ad once the announcement has been made. No news yet on the actual launch date of the latest power razor, but we'll keep you posted as soon as we know.

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June 15, 2005

Gillette M3Power Nitro Chopper Auction

c8_2.JPGAs we mentioned last week, Gillette is auctioning off a custom built motorcycle inspired by the design of the M3Power Nitro razor. Here's the link to the ebay action.

To benefit the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, The Gillette Company is providing you with a chance to own an exclusive, customized chopper created by Orange County Choppers, Inc., and recently featured on the Discovery Channel’s hit reality series, “American Chopper.”

Remember, all proceeds benefit the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, so you know it's going to a good cause. Last time I checked the current bid was a whopping $10,601.00. Serious bidders only please.

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