2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

As we’ve said throughout the years, moms always appreciate it when you put some thought into their gift. Of course, you can always go with flowers or chocolates, but something more personal is usually better. Whether you’re buying for your mom, your wife or another important woman in your life, think about their interests and what would bring a smile to their face.

Some moms also love gadgets that make their lives easier, so keep that in mind as well. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

SodaStream Source

SodaStream has been around longer than most people probably realize, but it’s really gained in popularity these last couple years due to people living on tighter budgets, becoming more eco-friendly and living healthier lifestyles. That’s because the carbonated beverage machine addresses all three issues by costing less money (at least after the initial investment), using BPA-free containers that are reusable and easy to clean, and offering a variety of flavors without the use of harmful sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. It also helps that the SodaStream is so easy to use. You fill the bottle with water, connect it to the machine, press down for a few seconds to activate the carbonation, and add your syrup flavor of choice. The included CO2 canister produces up to 60 liters of fizzy beverages, and when it’s empty, you simply trade it in for a new one at a participating retail store, just like you would with a propane gas tank. And because you can make so many different flavors at the drop of a dime, you don’t have to stock up on bulky two-liters or 24-packs of soda in order to please every member of the family, which makes this about as close to a must-have household item as it gets.

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Product Review: Dove Men+Care Expert Shave Range

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My first thought when I received the new Dove Men+Care Expert Shave Range was, “What, now Dove wants me to believe that it has a legitimate premium shave product offering?”

But after using it extensively, the Dove brand has done a fantastic job and delivered a high-end shaving experience that I truly did not expect.

The Expert Shave Range consists of three steps — Pre-Shave, Shave and Post-Shave — and consists of five products. You can use them individually, but to get the most out of your shave, you’ll want to use each piece available in concert, just like Voltron.

Pre-Shave

Exfoliating Pre-Shave Scrub ($21.99) – What I liked the most was that even though my skin was being exfoliated and my skin was being prepped for a shave, it never felt dried out or flaky. The scrub hydrates as it cleanses. I used it in non-shaveable areas like my forehead and behind my ears and it was equally effective.

Softening Pre-Shave Oil ($21.99) – Now that your skin has effectively had it’s top ripped off, the last thing you want to do is drag a stiff, cold razor across it, which is an absolute recipe for irritation. The pre-shave oil felt great and worked quickly; you can see the results in the mirror immediately. You don’t need a ton of it and it has a non-invasive, classic scent that smells great.

Shave

Dove gives you two choices for shaving cream.

Smoothing Shave Cream ($21.99) – This cream was the lighter of the two and had a silky smooth, ribbon-like texture. Ideal for a quick shave, or post-workout at the gym.

Total Comfort Shave Cream ($25.99) – Total Comfort was thick and rich with a whipped cream consistency. When you pay for premium shaving products, this is what you expect. It is a literal cream in every sense of the word.

Post Shave

Post-Shave Repair Balm ($25.99) – One thing I absolutely hate is a post-shave product touted as a moisturizer that actually dries your skin out because it has either too much alcohol, menthol or water. You put some on and 20 minutes later your skin has dry patches and you feel about as lubricated as the Tin Man.

My skin felt fantastic every time I shaved with these products. The Dove Expert Shave Range has been carefully formulated to address all aspects a man encounters before, during and after a shave, and you can really feel it.

If you’ve never used a high-end multi-faceted shaving system, the Dove Men+Care Expert Shave Range is the perfect entry level product for a man most familiar with lower cost gels found at the drugstore.

Shaving is a ritual that should be enjoyed, not sped through on the way to the next life event. And now, Dove has given you the tools to enjoy it.

For more information, check out Dove Men+Care on Twitter and on Facebook. Feel free to use the hashtag #ExpertShave liberally, as you would with any of the Dove products.

  

Product Review: UGG Australia Men’s Chester Slipper Shoe

With springtime kicking into gear, there is no better shoe to complement your wardrobe both inside and outside the crib than the sleek UGG Australia Men’s Chester Slipper Shoe. Bullz-Eye tested a tomato soup red pair that were as comfortable as the best slippers we owned. UGG innovation takes the street in the form of a single, sophisticated silhouette that merges both slipper and shoe sensibilities. An interchangeable leather or luxurious, natural wool lining delivers the feet-sinking comfort of UGG, while a soft suede upper and full rubber outsole confirm the Chester’s lofty loafer sensibilities. The UGG Chester upper is suede-lined with a decorative leather lace insole combined with an interchangeable leather or UGGpure sockliner that naturally wicks away moisture.

How many times have you changed out the insole of a pair of shoes or slippers with a sheepskin or leather choice? Check out the UGG Australian Men’s Chester at their online store. They will run you around $120, but that comes with comfortable and happy feet and a few compliments to boot!

  

Product Review: Brut Black Ice and Blue Wave Deodorant

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Et tu, Brute?”

Who among us hasn’t been “betrayed” by our deodorant? Do we hold it accountable, or do we just live with it and blame ourselves?

In their quest for the perfect men’s deodorant, Brut really cranked the weirdness meter up to 11, as evidenced by the groundbreaking technique shown below:

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The result? The most superior men’s deodorants ever created, embodied in two separate scents: Black Ice and Blue Wave.

I tried both and found them to be distinctly different. While both scents are subtle to your nostrils, Black Ice is a stronger scent, a little more forceful.

Blue Wave was barely even detectable, but it provided a crisp, fresh scent that lived up to the name Blue Wave, which made me think of the chick-centric surfing movie, Blue Crush.

Blue Wave is like Kate Bosworth’s character, Anne Marie. Free flowing and effective, but unsure about pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer over a pending relationship with NFL quarterback Matt Tollman in town for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii during the offseason.

Black Ice is the hardcore Eden, played by uber-babe Michelle Rodriguez. It’s rugged, rough and uncompromising, but still super hot and appealing in a completely different way.

What’s significant about the new offerings from Brut? For the first time in nearly a decade, the classic men’s grooming brand has introduced these two new crisp, clean and masculine scents, offering a modern take on a timeless tradition.

Skewered by friends and other players wives for receiving the “Matt Tollman Makeover,” Anne Marie relents on her quest to slay him for her own, the way we at times are overpowered by dominating body odor. Aside from the smell, both deodorants are designed to fight back against and prevent wetness for 24 hours at a time thanks to the special Trimax Triple Action Formula.

As far as makeovers go, Brut has also undergone one. The entire men’s grooming line, from cologne to aftershave balm, has also received a new look for 2014, with a sports-inspired logo that “reflects the key attributes of the BRUT man: strong, confident and powerful.”

When I see those three words strung together, I immediately visualize legendary all-male crooner Tom Jones, purveyor of a Monster Hammer.

Back then, his musk was surely enough to sway many a babe to partake in the endless waves of his sensual delights. Note how smoothly and coyly he gets kisses from two sisters sitting in the front row.

Look at this one; he doesn’t even ask, but demands a kiss and gets one.

But in 2014, it’s a different ball of wax. If you want to hang ten with a discerning babe and receive kisses on demand, some men’s grooming is necessary. And at the bare minimum, you don’t want to be emitting a strong odor of B.O.

To be a man like Tom Jones, the 2014 version, lather your pits in the new deodorant from Brut, which costs just around $3 each.

For more information, check out the Brut website here. You can also give Brut a shout-out via social media by using the hashtag #LetYourManOut.

  

Waterproof PowerPak Ultra

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Portable power sources are becoming more and more popular as gadgets keep dominating our lives. Also, some gadgets like smartphones seems to have more trouble holding their charge these days.

We tried the new Trent PowerPak Ultra which can help you keep your USB-based devices juiced while in the most extreme environments. You’ll immediately notice the rugged exterior when you pull it out of the box. It also features an IP-67 rating and it’s built to survive most drops and can be temporarily submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

The PowerPak Ultra features 14,000 mAh of power, meaning it is powerful enough to store 700% of the average smartphone’s battery life. If you’re spending lots of time outdoors this can be a very handy gadget for the group. It features two USB ports able to simultaneously charge any combination of smartphones, tablets or other USB-based device.

  

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