Product Review: Schick Quattro Titanium

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For its latest campaign, Schick has taken a direct position against hipster douchebags. And I say it’s high time.

In recent years, the hipster population has exploded in the same way Ted Nugent says the deer population has, because there are no natural predators. Society has embraced these wayward idiots in tight pants with ironic tattoos, such as a flying toaster or a piece of pizza.

But now, Schick has positioned itself as a hipster predator. No, not this guy, but the thought of the original Predator hunting down hipster doofuses in major metropolitan areas the way he hunted down Danny Glover in “Predator 2″ does get me a little excited.

The #UnitedWeShave campaign has very simple message: summer is better beardless. And not only is summer better sans beard, but so is America, which is why Schick is recruiting you to “Help Shave the Nation.”

#UnitedWeShave celebrates shaving, urging guys to buck beards and liberate their jawlines. Check out the film:

A beard says, “I’m lost. I’m taking some time out.”

The campaign is so badass, it would be easy to forget how effective the Schick Quattro Titanium is as a razor.

The Quattro features four titanium-coated blades that stay sharp to reduce irritation. A conditioning strip formulated with aloe and jojoba helps provide a smooth shave and coats your skin immediately after you shave your chosen area.

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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and Old Spice working to end “overspraying epidemic”

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There’s a war going on that you may not even know about. We hear a lot about world events like missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Syria and the Middle East. But one thing we don’t hear about is the overspraying epidemic that has afflicted over 75% of guys.

Patriots All-Pro linebacker Jerod Mayo and Old Spice have teamed up to teach men how to scent responsibly and stop this epidemic the way Mayo stopped Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta in the 2013 AFC Championship.

“I’m actually on my way now to educate young guys at Boston University to teach them how to scent responsibly,” said Mayo, concern evident in his voice.

“They know how to drive responsibly, and do other things responsibly. It’s all about scenting responsibly in 2014. I’m very excited to help end the overspraying epidemic that’s happening now.”

One reason the problem has reached epidemic levels is ignorance; 68% of guys admit that no one had ever showed them how to apply body spray properly.

The first step is acceptance — realizing that you have an overspraying problem and then taking the necessary steps to move forward.

Mayo, Captain of the Patriots defense, is here to call out your defensive spray audible.

“There’s some rules you have to abide by. First off, it starts with a shower. You have to take a shower with your Old Spice gel. That helps gets the pores open so you can put on the Old Spice Refresh Body Spray. But the thing about Refresh is that you don’t need too much of it.”

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Product Review: Birchbox Man

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Men get bored easily. No matter how good a grooming product is, and no matter how much we like it, we’re always looking for the newest, hottest thing. Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt or the excitement of a new conquest, but Birchbox has built a one of a kind delivery system around man’s natural instinct to choose and then fall in love with many partners.

Birchbox was founded in 2010 and helps consumers discover the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products through monthly deliveries of curated, deluxe samples that are tailored to their grooming likes and dislikes.

Each box includes a mix of products across categories – from makeup and hair, to skincare and body – plus lifestyle extras. An important trend in the evolution of retail for both brands and consumers lies in the discovery experience.

Here’s how it works: For $20 a month, Birchbox will send you a monthly care package of high-end grooming and lifestyle samples from top brands. The contents of the package are determined in part by your Grooming Profile that you fill out on the site.

Every month, subscribers receive a box filled with 4-5 beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples from both up-and-coming and well-known brands. Each delivery will include a mix of categories. Samples are generously sized, with enough product to allow you to figure out if they’re right for you.

Birchbox allows consumers to try the best and latest products in their home, including hard-to-find international or niche brands, and provides a seamless way to purchase the full-size versions of the products they love.

You can buy full-size versions of your sample in the Birchbox shop. You earn a point for every dollar spent and 100 points translates to $10 to spend on more full-size products. You also earn points for submitting a review of the products you have tried.

For your first shipment, a “welcome box” is a Birchbox filled with best sellers that work for everyone. A welcome box is the first box sent for all gift subscriptions.

My welcome box shipment from Birchbox included Face Wash, Daily Mositurizer and Body Wash from Gentlemen’s Brand Co. and Hair Repair from Sachajuan Stockholm.

The Hair Repair was probably my favorite product and something I would use again. Thick but not heavy, it made my hair feel thicker and smoother, even into the day after I used the product.

The Gentlemen’s Brand Co. Daily Regime 3 Pack is a skin care system based off organic ingredients sourced from the Australian outback, comprised of organic oils like Coconut and Avocado that provide long-lasting hydration, while wild-crafted Kakadu Plum serves as a natural antioxidant and source of Vitamin C.

The thing I loved about all three of these products was the smell; it smelled natural and invigorating, and it made me want to use more than the standard application amount per use. So, I used each one heavily and couldn’t get enough.

The great thing about Birchbox is that I didn’t know anything about these products prior to my monthly shipment arriving. But now that I do, I can pick and choose and order full-sized version of the products at discounted rates, earning points for future purchases in the process. It’s a great system and one that adapts based on your own profile.

For more information, visit the website here. Also, check out the Facebook page and the Twitter account for more information.

  

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: 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.

  

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