The Men’s Shop at ULTA Beauty

With Father’s Day coming up, men’s grooming products are always reliable favorites for dad. I remember giving cheap after shave as a kid, but now you can step things up a bit with high-quality products at stores like The Men’s Shop at ULTA Beauty.

The site has a great selection of gift ideas at any price point. The experts at ULTA have identified this season’s hottest items from classic colognes to lighter body sprays perfect for gym bags and traveling, and Father’s Day favorites including shave gels and hair sculpting clay. ULTA is also gifting a free insulated tote or roll-up picnic blanket with any $30 fragrance purchase for dad!

They sent us several samples to try out, including the Lacoste Rouge Eau de Toilette pictured above and the Dolce and Gabbana The One Sport Eau de Toilette pictured here to the right. Both are excellent fragrances that would upgrade the cologne collection for most men. This Lacoste fragrance for men has a clean, crisp, fresh scent with a light and cool feel. The Dolce and Gabbana product is also a fresh, clean fragrance with “light and energetic top notes accompanied by an unmistakable Mediterranean aroma of rosemary, the freshness of water and saltiness of the sea. The middle notes feature sequoia wood enhanced with the energy of cardamom. Patchouli and musk naturally compliment the fragrance’s base notes.” Basically, it also will make you smell great!

Check these and other products out and find something cool for everyone on your list this Father’s Day. Check out our guide for more ideas.

  

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Grooming Lounge Travel Bag

With Father’s Day coming up we’re all looking for gift ideas, and shaving products are always a good option. Grooming Lounge has put together a luxurious gift set around a luxurious dark leather travel bag created exclusively for them by renowned leather goods maker Mulholland Brothers. They stuff the bag with some great shaving products, including Mug Cleaner Face Wash, Beard Master Shave Oil, Beard Destroyer Shave Cream and Best for Last Aftershave. But my favorite item is the Ivory razor with chrome stand. As someone who just leaves his razor lying on the sink counter, the weighted chrome stand is perfect for holding your razor. Check it out along with other gift ideas at Grooming Lounge.

  

Dollar Shave Club

This is a great promo video for this new product/service. If you want more than one blade you’ll be paying more than $1 per month, but this idea is pretty cool. Check out DollarShaveClub.com for more info.

  

Product Review: AXE Hold + Touch Styling Products

When I received the new AXE Hold + Touch hair styling products, I was skeptical. Too many times in the past I had fallen prey to styling products that you could squeeze out of a tube that simply didn’t work.

More often than not, these products had the consistency and holding power of Dep or LA Looks (for all you children of the 80s and 90s), and no matter how many layers you glopped on, the product wouldn’t hold — it would merely coat your hair, mat it down and make it look sweaty, like Colin Farrell’s portrayal of Don Johnson in Miami Vice. Or, Don Cheadle in any movie he has ever been in. And guess what guys? Chicks hate the sweaty, Vaseline hair look.

Anyway, it was impossible to style or spike your hair, or give it the appearance of body or texture with those aforementioned products. And generally, those products came in squeezable tubes — just like the AXE samples that were staring up at me from a recently opened UPS delivery parcel. “Yawn,” I thought.

After a Sunday morning workout in preparation of doing nothing but watching NFL football and drinking all day, I took a shower and decided to try the AXE Hold + Touch Paste for Fine Hair first of the three samples.

My hair is somewhere between thick and fine so I chose the Paste for Fine Hair first because, generally, pastes are pretty strong. But based on the texture of the Fine Hair product, I squeezed an excessive amount into my hands, rubbed them together and began to style my hair. As I applied it, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Yawn, how predictable; another inferior hair gel.”

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