Grooming Review: The Art of Choosing a Razor

23 02 2010

In honor of the new custom Double Edge Safety Razor from Baxter of California, the oldest grooming brand on the market today, AreYouBeing.com has put together a list of our favorite shaving tools.  These are based on quality, function and design.  So regardless of your budget or style preference, any one of these tools can help you achieve the perfect shave each and every time.

Baxter Safety Razor
Based on a design first introduced in the late 18th century, this razor is almost identical to the one my grandfather used.  For guys who were too afraid to use a straight razor, it was a huge innovation at the time, making shaving at home much safer.  Still, if you’re a Gillette guy (and we love this brand), using this razor may take you out of your comfort zone.  Don’t worry though.  Each razor – with knurling detailing on the handle to prevent slipping – comes packaged in a matte black gift box, which includes an instructional card and a pack of starter blades.  All that for just $60.

Baxter of California Safety Razor

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor
Whether you’re a world traveler, or just want people to think you are, the Madrid Razor from HOMMAGE is a must-have tool.  Perfect for the guy with limited counter space in the bathroom, the Madrid Razor – with its gun metal-hued stainless steel finish and ergonomic grip handle – sits in an upright position.  Why is this important?  For starters, it makes a strong statement (“I’m a man, I shave, and I’m not ashamed if anyone knows that I take a little extra time for myself.”), and the upright position allows the blade to air-dry, preventing corrosion, which helps maintain the longevity of your razor’s edge.  At $225, the Madrid Razor is definitely an investment, but one you can pass down to your son or nephew one day.

HOMMAGE Madrid Razor


The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

I’ve been in the grooming arena for a decade now, and even through working with The Art of Shaving on past grooming articles, I’ve never been brave enough to use a straight razor.  However, it’s one of the best tools for getting the closest shave.  If you’re feeling bold, checkout one of the many straight razors from the guys who made shaving cool again.  Handcrafted by Thiers-Issard, a prestigious French razor maker since 1884, the carbon steel blade (Starting at $135) is hollow ground to deliver a more comfortable shave and provide the sharpest edge. Not sure how to use it though?  Upon purchase of a Straight Razor, The Art of Shaving will provide you with a complimentary guide on how to use and maintain the razor at home.  You can even go into one of the many shops across the country for a personal tutorial, so soon enough you’ll be a shaving artist in your own right.

The Art of Shaving Straight Razor

Disclaimer: All brands mentioned above have provided AreYouBeing.com with product samples in exchange for editorial review.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Guys

18 12 2009

The holidays are quickly approaching.  And if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, here’s a few guy-approved products that are guaranteed to please.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera: For the novice and professional photographers alike, this new camera from Panasonic has some of the best features available on a camera today.  It is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities. And because it is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof, you can feel confident taking this on your next cruise or camping trip. The LUMIX DMC-TS1 is available in silver, green and orange.
Retail Price: $399.95, www.Amazon.com

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 Digital Camera

Soho HD Camcorder, Luxe Collection: The Soho 720p HD Camcorder, part of the new Luxe Collection from DXG, combines high-definition technology and style in one camcorder that is hip, hot and haute. The Soho 720p HD Camcorder comes in a blue argyle design that is inspired by the latest trend in fashion.  The Soho 720p HD Camcorder records real 720p high-definition video, and captures still pictures up to 8MP image resolution.  So whether you’re on the runway, or sitting around the fireplace with family and friends, you’ll be able to capture all your holiday memories.
Retail Price: $149.99, www.dxgusa.com

Soho HD Camcorder

CLEAR HARMONY™ Noise Canceling Headphones from AblePlanet: If you or someone on your list love to jam out to music as if no one else is around to watch as you mouth the words to your favorite GLEE songs, these are the must-have headphones.  Featuring award-winning patented LINX AUDIO® technology for the best sound quality, you’ll hear every detail in your favorite songs and movies.  And when you want to block out even more noise – these are perfect for your flight home to see the folks – simply flip on the headphone switch to cancel out virtually all other noise around you.
Retail Price: $299, www.ableplanet.com

CLEAR HARMONY Noise Canceling Headphones

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition: If a new cell phone is on your wish list this year, so should this chic bluetooth headset.  Available in an array of candy colors, the Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition features NoiseAssassin® to reduce background noise, as well as an industry-first digital wind filter, meaning you can say goodbye to conversations that make it sound like you’re in the middle of a blizzard; even if you are.  Bonus features allow the user to customize the fit and connect two phones simultaneously.
Retail Price: $129, www.jawbone.com

Jawbone Prime Earcandy Edition

191 Unlimited Apparel: Whether you dress them up with slacks or opt for jeans for a more casual look, the collection of solid, woven and flannel shirts from 191 Unlimited are perfect for any occasion from a casual dinner with friends to a big holiday bash at the office.  And for all orders placed between now and midnight on December 22nd, 191 Unlimited is offering a 40% discount and complimentary overnight shipping when you use the promo code “holiday”.    Retail Price: $89, www.191Unlimited.com

191 Unlimited Bottle Rocket Shirt

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit: If the economy has you feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge, turn that scowl into a smile with this budget- and eco-friendly gift set from Every Man Jack.  Featuring a massive collection of full-size products – Face Wash, Shave Gel, Face Lotion, Bonus SPF 15 Face Lotion and Lip Balm SPF 15 – the kit is value priced at just $10 to ensure that every guy on your shopping list is covered, especially when it comes to getting a great shave and smooth skin for all their holiday festivities.
Retail Price: $10, www.Walgreens.com

Every Man Jack Holiday Shave Kit

GAGE FOR MEN® Responsible Style™ Gift Box: This handsomely packaged gift box, brand new for the holidays, features GAGE FOR MEN® Hydrating Hair & Body wash, GAGE FOR MEN® Daily Conditioner, as well as the GAGE FOR MEN® Shampoo Brush, which offers a unique experience by deep cleansing and exfoliating the hair and scalp.
Special Holiday Price: $19.95, Call 1-866-B-BRIGHT to order, www.benniefactor.com

GAGE FOR MEN Responsible Style Gift Box

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle: Diesel has teamed up with Bunka – the visionary artist behind some of the most coveted designer toys developed by Artoyz – to produce the limited-edition bottle for Diesel’s iconic Only The Brave fragrance.  The graffiti-inspired explosion of color is inked with words describing the power and courage of the fragrance, in a chaotic, vivid expression of what it means to be brave.
Retail Price: $65, www.Macys.com

Diesel Only The Brave Limited-Edition Bunka Bottle

Disclaimer: The brands listed above provided samples in exchange for editorial review.





Review: Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

16 09 2009

Living in NYC, my skin experiences all that comes with the extreme climate changes.  In summer I tend to have more oily skin, and then when winter rolls around, my skin becomes drier.  Currently, the temperature has been up and down, leading to a combination of the previously mentioned.

Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner

To help keep things in check, I use a toner daily.  It helps balance my skin, remove excess dirt and oil left behind by my cleanser and give me an overall clean, cooling sensation.  One of my new favorites is the Herbal Mint Toner from Baxter of California, one of the oldest and most respected men’s grooming brands on the market today. 

Applied to the face and neck using a cotton ball or cosmetic pad, Baxter’s Herbal Mint Toner is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that help protect against free radicals and cell damage as it cleanses, hydrates and tones.  And at $16.00 for a 10 oz. bottle, it’s a tiny investment that will keep giving back throughout all the climate changes.  So bring it on winter.  My skin is ready.





Should Men Get Manicures?

29 06 2009

A great grooming routine doesn’t stop after you wash your hair or shave your face.  Don’t forget about your hands; it’s actually one of the first things others notice about you.  It can even mean the difference between landing a job or scoring in bed.  So why is it that many men are still afraid to go into a nail salon and ask for a buff & shine? 

The fact is that while many salons and spas now cater to the male demographic, nail salons are still widely considered a female domain, leading most of us to forgo proper nail maintenance.  For guys weary of entering “no man’s land,” achieving clean cuticles and nails starts in your bathroom.  Here are a few products from butter LONDON that are guaranteed to help achieve hands that will leave a lasting impression.  

Start at the Base
If you are one of the brave men who’ve ventured inside a nail salon, one thing you may have noticed is that many charge us more money for the same basic manicure that our female counterparts are receiving.  Why?  Apparently, our cuticles are more difficult to work with, mainly because we so rarely take care of them ourselves.
 
Eliminate dry, split cuticles with Melt Away™ ($20), an easy and effective cuticle treatment that uses Potassium Hydroxide to break down and soften dead skin cells around the nail bed for simple removal.  Simply apply to cuticles, allow product to set for just a few seconds, and while product is still wet, brush away with a clean towel or toothbrush.  You could stop here, but I recommend trying two more products.

Buff & Shine
Though you probably don’t have issues with breaking nails like most women, don’t you want them to be as strong as they can be?  Horse Power ($20) is a nail fertilizer containing a powerful, non-toxic formula of herbal extracts and silica – a mineral proven to grow and strengthen nails – to achieve more resilient nails.  It is recommended that guys apply Horse Power once every day for the first week, followed by every couple days thereafter, to help achieve healthier nails that won’t bend, peel, flake, dry or become brittle.  Plus, one application gives a light sheen without looking over polished, so you can achieve a subtle shine without buffing.  So it makes your nails look healthier while saving time. 

Subtle Matte Finish
For guys who prefer a matte finish over the polished look, Nail Foundation ($18) is the way to go.  One coat helps hide and smooth tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail for a well manicured hand that won’t go unnoticed.  Apply one coat as needed, making sure to remove previous coats before reapplying. 

For the eco-conscience man, it is important to point out that butter LONDON uses NO formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP (phthalate), ingredients which are commonly found in most other nail brands.  These ingredients, which are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, are thought to cause cancer, neurological damage, birth defects and a host of other illnesses.

butter LONDON Manicure for Men: Melt Away, Horse Power, Nail Foundation

butter LONDON Manicure for Men: Melt Away, Horse Power, Nail Foundation





Recession-Proof Father’s Day Gifts from Every Man Jack

8 06 2009

Every man deserves a quality shower and shave in the morning, so what better item to give your dad this Father’s Day than the gift of grooming.

To kickoff my Father’s Day coverage, I want to share with you two grooming must-haves from Every Man Jack, one of my favorite men’s personal care lines. If you’re new to AreYouBeing.com, I talk about the brand frequently because they offer a wide assortment of products to meet virtually all of your grooming needs. The best part is that the entire collection is available at Target, with the products only setting you back $3 to $8 each.

Realizing that budgets are tight this year, Every Man Jack is offering two new kits with the budget-conscience shopper in mind.

The Signature Shave Kit comes with three full-size products; a Pre-Shave Face Wash, Shave Cream and Post-Shave Face Lotion in the brand’s staple mint fragrance. The Citrus Hair + Body Kit also includes three full-size products including a 2-in-1 Daily Shampoo, Scrub Body Wash and Scrub Body Bar in a clean, citrus scent. You get all this, plus a travel bag, for just $9.99. So while it’s not a huge investment on your part, your dad will think you spent a lot more time and money finding him the perfect grooming set.

Every Man Jack Father's Day Kits at TARGET: Signature Shave Kit & Citrus Hair + Body KIt

Every Man Jack Father's Day Kits at TARGET: Signature Shave Kit & Citrus Hair + Body KIt

Check back every day this week as I continue to highlight some of the best in gadgets, gear, grooming, style and more for Father’s Day.





Every Man Jack Launches Viral Videos to Promote WANTED Contest

28 05 2009

I’ve been talking about the WANTED Contest from Every Man Jack for a few weeks now.  If you haven’t been following, the men’s grooming company is holding a nationwide casting to find the everyday guy to star in their first naitonal ad campaign in Men’s Health magazine.

Now, the company has launched a series of viral videos, which you can see on AreYouBeing.com first.





EVERY MAN JACK WANTS YOU!

12 05 2009

Have you ever flipped through an issue of Men’s Health and thought to yourself, “What do these models have that I don’t?”  Don’t wonder any longer; make it happen. 

Every Man Jack, an award-winning line of grooming products available at Target stores nationwide, just announced their first model search to find the everyday guy on the street to star in their first national ad campaign.

Launching this Friday, May 15th, the WANTED Sweepstakes will allow guys who think they have what it takes – or women who know their guy is hot enough to model in Men’s Health – to signup for a free account where they can upload three pictures of themselves for the chance to win a one year supply of Every Man Jack grooming products, a trip for two to Las Vegas where you will live it up on the strip at Caesar’s Palace nd a photo shoot that will culminate in a full-page ad in a fall issue of Men’s Health. 

Runner ups will also receive an assortment of prizes, including a year supply of Every Man Jack products.  Check back this Friday for a link to the contest site.

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Every Man Jack WANTED Contest

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Every Man Jack WANTED Contest & Men's Health Ad