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    • Neutrogena: Liquid Facial Cleanser
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Father’s Day is fast approaching and is a great day to remember and or appreciate your father and show them a little extra love. Sometimes it seems really hard to pick out the right gift. I usually find myself searching online for hours and at the end still not sure what I am going to buy. And it's not that I don't know my father well, he is the manly man kind of guy and it seems difficult sometimes finding things that he doesn't have that he would truly enjoy. I was excited when I came across this Panasonic ES8243A Electric Shaver because I am pretty sure my dad has the same electric razor that he has been using since the 90s…possibly the 80s!  I was certain that needed to be replaced. What a great idea something he will use a lot and enjoy!

Panasonic ES8243A shaverThe Panasonic ES8243A Men’s 4-Blade Wet/Dry Electric Shaver is a amazing gift.  Not only will this give a extremely close shave but it’s so simple to use and clean. The Panasonic ES8243A has a easy to read digital liquid crystal display that indicates battery charge level by 10 steps and has cleaning reminders. To clean you simply hold the razor under running water and activate the Turbo mode. The razor accelerates up to 17,000 RPM and vibrates off any remaining whiskers. This Panasonic Razor also comes equipped with a convenient travel case for the man on the go.

My dad was amazed how close of a shave the Panasonic ES8243A Electric Shaver gave him and the length of time the battery held a charge, you can expect about 45 mins of use. Nanotechnology is used to polish the industry’s sharpest 30-degree blades to give that close shave. It also operates at 13,000 rpm to cut through the thickest of beards…my Dads nick name is Fuzzy so if you can imagine the power of this shaver really came in handy. It is also a wet/dry shaver which allows you to use it in the shower as well which is a convenient feature. Overall my dad is extremely happy with this shaver and looks forward to using it for many years to come.

After I solved the dilemma of what to get my father, I then had to decide what to get the father of my little man. I thought why not stick with the same concept for him and give him the Boots No7 Men Calming Anti-friction Shave gel, Boots No7 Men Calming post shave Recovery, and Boots No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturizer. I am a huge fan of all the Boots products I have tried in the past and was pretty certain that Jake would enjoy the men's products as well. 
No7 Calming Anti friction shave gel

Boots No7 Men Calming Anti-friction Shave Gel is for sensitive skin and is hypo-allergenic and gives you a great hydrated smooth shave….and for the ladies who like to occasionally borrow their men’s things I can tell you this gives you a amazing hydrated feel to your legs too.  The Boots No7 Men Calming Post Shave Recovery Balm is also for sensitive skin and will help your skin stay hydrated.  I am sure that almost everyone has had a shave where they are wishing for a cooling balm because of razor burn. This will help cool and calm any irritation and keep your skin feeling hydrated all day. Jake has always had issues with getting dry skin and razor bumps so he usually just trimmed his beard and left the rest alone. He was pleasantly surprised by using this combination he didn't get any razor bumps which for him is unheard of. He is extremely happy to have a shaving routine in place that keeps his skin bump free. And I am happy that he doesn't look like the guys from Duck Dynasty all the time :) Then to keep that nice smooth face from wrinkling from the suns rays there is  Boots No7 Men Protect & Perfect Intense Moisturiser It is a anti-aging moisturizer which combines the unique protecting and renewing ingredients found in their renowned protect and perfect intense anti-aging serum. This will help defend against premature ageing and from UVA and UVB rays.

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Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics: Tatsu - Blue Dragon Foaming Shower Gel Sensation

When one thinks about rituals what comes to mind? Ancient sages and warriors reading from mystical tomes around a towering fire? The meticulous hammering and honing of a metal sword that has been folded and shaped over 300 times by a master blacksmith? Or perhaps is a man waking up at dawn to workout, shower, shave and head to the office? All of these are routines in their own right, but its how they are carried out that really makes them rituals. And it is the doing of these modern tasks that the Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics company has inspired to make a zen act with its Tatsu line for men.

Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics Tatsu - Blue Dragon Foaming Shower Gel Sensation men certified fabulous grooming

The Tatsu product that I have had the honor of sampling is the foaming shower gel. On first glance is looks and feels like a shaving gel. It starts as a clear aromatic gel at first, which quickly works into a thick and luxurious lather. With most body washes I have used, the foam or lather is very light and tend to wash away too quickly to do any real cleaning. In contrast, the Rituals shower gel clings to the body and envelops the dirt and grime. Then upon rinsing, the body is left smooth and lightly cologned, thanks to the combination of supple oils and bold cedarwood fragrance.

The fragrance of the gel was an added bonus. One that I did not expect. The scent of the lather is fresh and eye opening while showering, but then it stays with you all day long. I don’t mean in an overpowering, “good god man what are you wearing!? SEX PANTHER!?” kind of way. Rather in a subtle amount as if it were a cologne you used. I can see using this shower gel as both a body wash and as a cologne replacement in my morning routine. Cutting down on time getting ready so I can tackle my day that much sooner.

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Jack Black: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

In the modern world, one of our greatest assets is our face. Its the first thing that people see when we say hello and the part of our body that people focus on when we speak. So why don’t we take the time to make sure it is clean and nourished properly? Not enough time? Not having the right product? The scientists at Jack Black have given us the perfect product for our face cleansing needs, their Pure Clean Daily Cleanser.

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser sage aloe certified fabulous men grooming skincare

On first application, you will notice a light aromatic of spices and oils. The scent of sage is unmistakable in this product, yet also light enough it won't knock you over. As with most every Jack Black product, the cleanser has a supple and moisture rich texture that lathers nicely on the face as you rub it in. I personally noticed that the moisture rich lather was far nicer to my sensitive skin then other cleansers that use harsh astringents to clean out the pores of the skin and strip away oils. In fact, the Jack Black cleanser, didn’t feel like it was “stripping” my face of anything, but rather it was infusing nourishment into my skin while absorbing the grime from my pores. And after rinsing, my face felt clean and refreshed.

Some of my favorite products have come from the Jack Black line. Their series of products geared towards sensitive skin are rich with nourishing moisturizers and healthy oils. Because of this I was not surprised by the effectiveness of the facial cleanser that I was asked to try. This cleanser does an excellent job removing the daily grime accumulated over a long day working or playing. That alone earns it a place in my bathroom cabinet, but it’s the added skin nourishing formula from Jack Black’s scientists that keeps it there. I recommend this facial cleanser to anyone that has sensitive skin and are in need of a delicate daily cleanser. Further more, I encourage you to sample from the Jack Black line of moisture rich products… your skin will be happy you did.

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Coming from the ‘Land down under’, the good people over at Vitaman have a grasp on the needs of the modern man. They sell items that each man should have in his grooming kit.  From soaps and shave crèmes to body oils and hair tonics. They have a wide range of exotic goods to use and enjoy. This time around, I will be looking at a few key items for the man on the road to keep him relaxed and looking good.

The first box from Vitaman is their Travel Essentials Face. The first thing that people look at when you walk into a room is your face. If you are a man traveling for business, or pleasure, the last thing you want to do is look road warn and grimy. This is where the Vitaman line of cleansers comes in and saves the day. The trifecta of cleanser, toner and moisturizer combine to give you the tools needed to refresh your face and keep it sharp while on the go.

  • Face and Body Cleanser Cleans deep into the pores to brighten the skin.
  • Toner Tonic Removes excess oils from the skin and reduces shine.
  • Moisturizer – Replenishes the skin and locks in moisture to keep the skin healthy.

 

The kit delivers excellent results with a light scent that I would describe as spicy and woodsy. Mostly due to ingredients like witch hazel, lemon myrtle and tea extracts. Results that help to strip away the rigors of the past day and hone your face for the next days battles. Really, that is what face and skin care is all about: cleansing us of the days past and getting us ready for the future. While on the road that is no easy task, but Vitaman offers an advantage to the jet-set male. Fresh and clean from a compact three bottle travel kit….Definitely a space saver and a face saver while out in the world.

vitaman Travel Essentials Face and Body Cleaner certified fabulous mens grooming hugh jackman

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In this modern day world, we are becoming more and more aware of the environmental affects of our consumption of goods.  We all like to reduce, reuse and recycle.  (is that still a saying?  I remember it being said a lot when I was in school.  Maybe I am just old and they don’t use that anymore?)  One aspect that many people over look is how the products they buy are created and tested.  That is where Mix Chicks breaks the mold.  This company makes it a point to both create and test their products in planet and animal friendly ways.  Not to mention that they make excellent products.

His Mix by Mix Chicks Shampoo        

As Shampoos go, this blend of natural ingredients does the job well.  Cleaning deep into the scalp and scrubbing away the dirt and grime of the day.  But still managed to be light and leave no residue in your hair.  This combo makes your hair feel squeaky clean and light.  Mixed Chicks has done well to create a fresh and fruity smelling shampoo that is 100% cruelty free.  The cruelty free part doesn’t do much for the cleaning of your hair but it might help clean your conscience. 

His Mix by Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner

Conditioners have always been a mystery to me.  All I know about them is that they are designed to put moisture back into your hair after your shampoo strips out the excess oils from it.  I have been accustomed to this, but I have never used a conditioner that you leave in before now.  This was a pleasant surprise of a product.  The light scent and none greasy lotion went into my hair like hair gel.  And imparted the same holding power as a hair gel as well.  But I noticed that over time, as the conditioner dried, it became more like a palmade of a hold.  No helmet head, just a light clean look that lasted all day.  I recommend this product for people looking for a conditioner that also acts as a styling product.

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When talking about hair grooming most men think about gels and pastes to shape and control. In this case I am delving into the realm of hair trimming and removal. The MicroTouch Switchblade, is a versatile tool used for find shaping of facial hair and unruly chest hair equally. The perfect go-to for the “manscaping” needs of the modern male.

The Face

As a worker bee in the busy cubicles of a large office, I need to keep my facial hair in neat and clean. For the most part this has consisted of shaving every other day. Simple, effective, and boring. With the addition of the Switchblade to my facial ritual, I have better control over sculpting clean straight lines. Offering me more options for a sharp looking beard line and sideburns.

Additionally, I am slowly creeping up there in age and discovering that hair on your chin is not the only place that needs tending. Lately, I have discovered the painful truth of wild eyebrows & ear hair. I remember making fun of my father as a child, because he has fuzzy ears…. And now I am paying for those insults with my own ears. Luckily for me, we have tools like this to solve this problem. A quick swipe of the Switchblade and the curse of the wolfman is gone. I think I might buy one of these for my father for Christmas and see if he gets the reference to my youth.

MicroTouch Switchblade 11.15.13 Certified Fabulous

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Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo 11.8.13 Certified FabulousFinally an all in one shampoo made for a manly man of the forests. A soap that is both strong in cleaning and in scent. Powerful enough to clean the dirtiest of men and leave him fresh as a newly fallen balsam fir tree…. These dramatic descriptions are the first things that come to mind when I was asked to try Philip B’s Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo. After using this product I can honestly say that it holds up to the descriptions above… almost to a tee.

This hair and body shampoo has a stand out scent, compared to a lot of different products in its class. It employs the extracts Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedar and Camphor as its main ingredients. These tree oils aren't just in there for its potent bouquet, they also provide nourishment for the skin. This dynamic mix of natural extracts combined with cleansing agents, provide an almost therapeutic spa experience while leaving the body fresh and clean.

The clean that this body wash and shampoo delivers is equal to its robust scent. After washing, my hair and skin had a “squeaky” clean to it.  You all know what feeling when you run your fingers through your wet hair in the shower and you hear a little “squeak”…. No… nobody?.... Well it’s the feeling of super clean hair. The shampoo strips out the grease and grime of the day and leaves clean and hydrated hair and skin behind. The refreshing clean that I find is perfect for waking up in the morning and facing the day.

My conclusion on this fine product is one of approval. The scent while using the product was aromatic and therapeutic, but didn't stick around and become overpowering after. The shampoo did a great job in cleansing the hair, skin, and pores of grime and oils. And on the frugal side of things, it doesn't take a large amount to get a nice satisfying clean. I would recommend this product to people with oilier skin and hair dynamics for its purifying nature, but also to anyone else looking to a nice healthy clean…. Especially nature lovers ;-)

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There is nothing manlier then cars.  Therefore, it stands to reason that in order to make a truly manly line of skin care products you should model them after car care items. This revelation has given birth to the latest in skin care by FaceLube. This 3 step FaceLube Premium Kit treatment system is toted as a manly approach to anti aging skin care.

FaceLube Kit WhiteStep 1: Prepare and Clean

I like to think that cleansing the face is the most important step in caring for your skin. I enjoyed a powerful scent of cinnamon and cloves when applying the face wash. It’s bold combination of extracts had a slight tingle while I had its aromatic lather on my face. Then, after rinsing, that tingle turned into a refreshing cooling sensation. A bold clean is achieved by this product, for only the manliest of men.

Step 2: Restore and Repair

I have always been told to clean my face and to moisturize for protection, but never to repair it. Since FaceLube is making products to counter the damaging affects of aging, it only makes sense that they would put repairing into their line of treatments. This refreshing gel has little to no scent and reminded me of using aloe on my skin as a child. Slippery and cooling. I can’t say for sure if it truly heals the skin, but it was excellent for relieving razor burn on my face and neck. A welcome result that makes it worth the time to apply.

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On hot summer days it’s hard to keep my face from looking shiny and gross. Daily activity and higher temperatures can add a shine to my skin, killing my confidence around people.  Nothing kills going out to drinks after a long day like feeling oily and gross. Thankfully Anthony Logistics has released a product to help you cut the grease and continue looking good.

Anthony Logistics for Men: Instant Fix Oil Control is specifically designed to take with you in case you
find yourself looking extra shiny while out and about. This is a mighty tool to have up your sleeve in a pinch.  That being said there were two factors about this product worried me before trying it out: I Anthology Logistics Certified Fabulou 6.10didn’t want to reek of chemicals and to dry my skin out and have irritation. 

The best way to describe the scent of this product is fresh. The lotion has a clean smell with a strong grapefruit element. While applying the lotion, I found that the scent actually woke me up a little. A fine pick me up while freshening my face.

The Instant Fix Oil Control did exactly what is says, it immediately absorbed the shine on my face and left my skin soft and smooth. No dryness and no irritation to speak of. With a quick application I was ready to go with a clean refreshed look. I was very pleased with the results.

Great performance and a fresh scent makes Anthony Logistics for Men: Instant Fix Oil Control the perfect addition to your fathers “on the go” bag this Fathers Day.

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Happy Father’s Day all. The product I am reviewing this week is AMAZING!! OROGOLD 24K Men’s After Shave Balm is a luxurious product, great for gifting to your wonderful dad. It is also a wonderful gift for that special man in your life, as the fragrance is so darn sexy. The fragrance reminds me of the sexy boy at the club who no matter how sweaty you are, he smells like a big batch of sexy man. Maybe not Orogold 24K Mens Aftershave Balm Certified Fabulous 6.14.13so appropriate for one’s daddy, but definitely an amazing product for any special man in your life.

What makes this project special is OROGOLD’s use of real 24K gold in their formulations. Gold and beauty are words that work well together. Throughout history, gold has been recognized for its luxurious and beautifying properties. Historians have long maintained that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night to enhance her captivating beauty. In ancient Rome, gold salves were used for of a variety of skin problems. In ancient Chinese medicine, gold was the key to youth; as the queen of the Ch'ing dynasty used a gold massage roller on her face daily. For centuries, pure gold has been used by the privileged and the wealthy as the secret to more youthful, beautiful skin. OROGOLD Cosmetics has included gold in their luxurious formula and made it possible to take advantage of these ancient secrets to their fullest, without having to be an actual queen to accommodate it.

This product is an aftershave balm and moisturizer in one. This lightweight hydrating balm softens and calms the skin to leave it feeling nourished and hydrated. It is quickly absorbed, helps calm razor burn, and provides the skin with balanced moisture. For use after shaving, before bed, or a moisturizer for maximum benefits. The gold is also a great addition to moisturizers, as gold penetrates to the inner layers of the skin and increases microcirculation, assisting the flow of moisture and nutrients to the skin's surface.

I let my husband test this and his helpful response was “I like it”. So descriptive, thanks hun. I tested this product on myself and found this to be so soothing on my skin. At the risk of smelling like a sexy boy, I tested this after my shave regime and my skin felt amazing. I could feel the astringent properties as I had no razor burn after my shave. As soothing and moisturizing as this product is, hands down Iove this product for its amazing fragrance. Mmmmmm, sexy boy smell.

Have a good one!

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Like most manly men in the work force today I have the daily task of keeping my man-beard in check. A close shave is important to keep myself looking professional in the office. Which is why I was happy to see a Gillette razor and shaving gel in my box of products to test.

We all have our rituals for shaving. Mine consisted of cursing at my razor as it shredded my face for many years. Eventually I switched to an electric alternative, so I wouldn’t have to walk around with toilet paper stuck to my face every morning. The trade off was a less then close shave and dealing with loud buzzing every morning. Gillette has brought me back to the simplicity of blade shaving with these two products.

The Proglide Sensitive Skin Shaving GelGillette Proglide Shaving Cream Certified Fabulous 6.10 is a shaving product that lives up to its name. This gel has a rich sent without being overpowering during the shave. It also produced a large amount of thick lather from a very small amount of gel. The first time I tried it I put the same amount of gel in my hand as I would shaving cream…. And I could have shaved my entire body with the volume of lather it produced. I can see this product saving me money by lasting longer then regular creams.

The Mach3 Sensitive Skin RazorGillette Mach3 Sensitive Razor Certified Fabulous 6.10 uses a single AAA battery to quietly massage your face while you shave. I have had bad luck in the past with multi blade razors biting into my skin, but while using it I found that it traveled smoothly across my face and left no cuts at all. I noticed almost no irritation, which is saying something for a man with sensitive skin. All and all, it was a great shave experience. One that I have been enjoying regularly since I received the products. :)

While testing these products, I even went so far in my testing to try shaving after a few days of man-beard growing. The Mach3’s vibrating blades managed to bite into the long beard without mangling my skin! And the gel left my face soft and mildly cologned. I was impressed! Gillette delivers a razor strong enough for heavy stubble and supple enough for my sensitive skin. This is definitely a worthy razor for any man’s medicine cabinet and would make an excellent gift this Father’s Day.

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I have used several different types of masks in the past.  Some offer cleansing properties.  Others offer pore-refining additives to smooth your skin tone.  The Resveratrol Renewal Mask by Vine Vera is meant to return the moisture to your skin and improve its softness.  In using it, I found that it do this and more!

Vine Vera Mens mask Certified Fabulous 6.10As I started to apply the mask, I found that it had a thick and smooth texture along with a strong aromatic scent.  It struck me as very rich and luxurious.  It was cooling on contact and, to my surprise, was slightly numbing.  The numbing itself was concerning, but after reading the package I realized that it was caused by the witch hazel in the mask.  After I read that and my panic subsided, I enjoyed the calming affect of the mask.

After 15 relaxing minutes, I rinsed my face and found a smoother me underneath!  My skin felt more supple and the wrinkles seemed less prominent.  That was, for me,  the most surprising benefit to this mask.  I have strong laugh lines on my forehead and cheeks, but after using this mask, they were very subtle.  For this reason ALONE I would purchase this product! :)

All and all this mask is pretty amazing.  It actively nourishes the skins and brings it back to life.  I am going to enjoy using it weekly to eliminate years of aging.  I suggest giving this gift of youthful skin to your dad this Fathers Day.

Nate

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