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Treatment 4: Think of it no more shaving your armpits….

I am thrilled to have had to opportunity to take part in this process with American Laser Skincare utilizing their latest cutting edge Laser Technology: GentleMax Pro®

I’ve completed my 4th    laser treatment and as I mentioned in my prior review “I cannot believe the difference; and the lack of hair on my armpits”. I find this area much smoother with No stubble - No bumps - No rough patches and No ingrown hairs.

This process has been amazing. I’ve had my previous two treatments at American Laser Skincare at 37 Newbury St., Boston, Massachusetts.

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In these last days of summer it's time to fit in all the beach, pool and lake time that we can! We need quick and effective shower products to help us waste less time in the shower and take more advantage of nature's water park! Gillette Venus Snap razor travel mini eos ultra moisturizing shave cream lotion certified fabulous

1) Shave with cream it only takes a few pumps! eos: Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream - Creamy, rich rich, non-foaming texture that is packed with natural conditioning oils, shea butter and antioxidant vitamins E and C to be able to shave wet or dry. It feels like a lotion but it's for shaving!  I was able to breeze through my shave routine with my injuries or razor burn bumps....happy :)

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2) A travel razor can come in handy when you noticed you missed a spot! Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace - a mini on-the-go razor that comes in a portable compact for easy travel in a purse or suitcase! Made with 5 blades to get virtually every hair and it fits any cartridge, so buy what you like and replace with your favorite Gillette Venus style. If you notice you missed a spot, it's easy to take out the razor and take care of it.

I absolutely LOVE this razor, probably better than regular sized razors! I was comfortable holding it and it gave me a close shave. You can't ask for more in a razor :)

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Loccitane rose perfumeCelebrate the flower of Queens with Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette. I like a fragrance with a story and this one really enhances the perfume. This fragrance is inspired by the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, all of who cherished roses (L’Occtaine). As the flowers were said to have made them queens, this fragrance includes their favorite roses – the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose, and the Turkish rose (L’Occitante).

I love the smell of Roses and this eau de toilette has just the right amount without it being too overpowering. There’s a richness to the fragrance, but maintains light, floral, and fruity notes. This fragrance will be my go-to as we head into the end of summer and beginning of fall. It doesn’t have a musky or spicy scent, so it’s perfect for summer evenings, and it’s not too sweet that it can carry well into the fall. Although I love deep and intriguing fragrances, I’ve always wanted one that just smells like roses: something simple, elegant, and wearable. Thankfully I have found Roses et Reines and it now has a permanent front row spot on my bureau!

If you want to enhance the intensity and longevity of Roses et Raines, layer with Roses et Reines Beautifying Body Milk. If you just want to experience a touch of the fragrance throughout the day, Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream is perfect to carry in your purse.Shaveworks Pearl Souffle shave cream

How else can you feel like a queen other than using Roses et Reines? Well I think smooth skin is a good way to start. Upgrade your ordinary shave cream to Shaveworks Pearl Souffle Luxurious Shave Cream. Not only will this shave cream ensure a smooth shave, it also exfoliates, moisturizes, and soothes your skin. This shave cream includes capislow to minimize the appearance of hair growth, phytic and glycolic acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs, and mediacalm complex for moisturizing benefits. Herbal and botanical extracts also help heal and soothe your skin. After using this shave cream, I’m left with smooth, moisturized skin, and a longer lasting shave. I tend to get razor irritation and this is a great cream to reduce that irritation and redness. I now use this cream every time I shave!

There are many luxurious products that can make you feel, even just a little bit, like a queen, but these two have now established themselves as staples in my beauty routine!

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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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I remember the first time I saw Philosophy products at a Sephora.  It was a number of years ago, and I remember being drawn to the sophisticated simplicity of the packaging.  When you pick up a box or a bottle, you are met with a fun and quirky Philosophy saying, and you can’t help but buy what they have to sell.  Philosophy just keeps getting better and better, and I had the opportunity to try out, and of course love a few of what they have to offer.Philosophy microdelivery exfoliating wash

It’s no secret I love to exfoliate.  I don’t wear make-up on a regular basis because of the build-up it leaves on my skin.  Unfortunately for me, I have had to play “grown-up” a lot in the past month, which means attending work functions and meetings more than usual.   Of course this means I have to fix my hair, wear outfits that don’t consist of hoody sweatshirts and leggings, and of course, apply a full face of makeup so that my expression is not one of tired negativity (it’s not my fault, even when I’m not tired, or grouchy, I’ve reached the age where I look WAAAY better with a full face).  With all of this makeup wearing, I’m finding myself yearning to exfoliate daily, which can be a problem as most facial scrubs are not gentle enough to be used every day. 

Philosophy Micro-Delivery Exfoliating Wash is the perfect scrub for a gal like me, who must remove every single vestige of makeup in order to really feel as though my skin is clean.  This scrub fits the bill. Made with diametaceous earth, my absolute favorite physical exfoliator because the particles are fine, and the earth is a natural product.  Diametaceous earth is a winner because although it does a wonderful job with is fine particles of scrubby buts, it is gentle on skin and feels amazing.  This scrub also contains fine natural ingredients such as Apple Amino Acids, Borage Seed Oil and Vitamin E, all of which nourishes and moisturizes the skin, while providing antioxidant benefits. I love this scrub because it is effective, yet gentle enough to use every day, helping remove dirt and makeup.

Philosophy razor sharpPhilosophy also offers a really cool shave gel called Razor Sharp.  Razor Sharp is a really pretty blue shave gel in a Philosophy-esque cool, simple clear bottle.   The “philosophy” as read on the front of the bottle is quirky and fun “looking razor sharp isn’t as important as being razor sharp.  We are bombarded with information regarding the importance of working out in order to keep ourselves looking and feeling our best.  Only when we “work in” do things actually begin to work out”. 

Razor Sharp contains soothing botanical blends, skin conditioning agents and can be used by both men and women (shhh, I have not had the “opportunity” to share yet).  I love the way this shave gel smells, clean and soapy, and quite frankly, masculine.  It brings me back to the days when I first started shaving my legs (I was 14, and really had no business shaving my legs, but what can you do).  I would sneak my dad’s Barbasol shave cream into the shower.  Razor Sharp is the high end version of Barbasol, but the clean masculine scent in the shower, whilst shaving my legs (now it should be my business more often than it is I’m ashamed to say).  This is a great shave gel, however, and although it is not recommended for sensitive skin (I’m moderately sensitive), my experience was one of smooth, nourished legs after using Razor Sharp. philosophy hope in a jar spf

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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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On the list of top scents in the world, I would say that peppermint is one of the top 5. Right up there with fresh apple pie and the smell of a foggy morning in the woods. It’s a smell that wakes you up and soothes your nerves at the same time. Avalon Organics made the perfect choice for their Moisturizing Cream Shave product. A hot shower and a fresh shave puts your mind right where it needs to be to face the day ahead.  Using this product will do just that!

avalon organics moisturizing shave cream certified fabulous uni-sex male review

 Peppermint is used in many products from food and personal health, to air fresheners and perfumes. This has to be because of its unique therapeutic properties. The mint oil in this cream taps into these properties to help sooth skin and reduce irritation on the face and neck. When I applied the cream I noticed a cooling sensation on my skin, which I noticed tightened up the pores on my face and helped my razor bite into the stubble on my face. I have to say, I expected this brisk feeling on application of the cream. What I didn’t expect was the EXTREME cooling feeling after every razor stroke. This cooling affect that instantly quelled any possibility of razor burn. I am not sure why the peppermint cream has this chilling action, but it was a wonderful feeling none the less.

 If you have read any of my other reviews of shaving products, you may notice that I prefer shaving “lotions” instead of foaming creams and gels. This is not rooted in performance, because each product reacts differently on the skin. Rather, I like the “lotion” style of shaving creams because the product seem to get the job done with less volume used. I don’t like having a full lumberjack beard of cream on my face to shave my 48 hours of minimal stubble. Avalon Organics excels in its frugality (yes this is a word, look it up if you don’t believe me). Applying a “thin, transparent layer” of this cream does the work of the fluffiest of lather! At this rate of consumption, I expect the 8oz tube to last for a very very long time.

Avalon Organics have struck gold with this product. The value of a quick and hassle free shave combined with the undeniably refreshing nature of peppermint solidifies the need for this to be in the shaving kit of every man out there. Sure I may be a little bias because of my love of peppermint, but I think everyone should at least try this cream for themselves. I have a feeling that once you do…. You will be as hooked as I am.

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Shave-the-Males Shave creamMensGroom Shave: The Male Shave Cream

Shaving is one of the biggest annoyances for an adult male in the working world.  Lathering up and using a razor takes time in the morning that would be better spent sleeping in. I consider myself lucky to be able to get away with shaving every other day.  This ritual is made better by the use of MensGroom Shave: The Male Shave Cream.

I have used many different brands and styles of shaving cream in the past. Gels, aerosols, and soaps all have the same approach to hair softening… foam. The key attribute that struck me as unique about MensGroom’s approach is the lack of excessive lather. It dispenses from the tube in a thick texture like moisturizer and then spreads on the face smooth. It feels great on the skin and allows for a nice clean shave.

No heavy scents and no excess foaming. Making the act of shaving even easier. Less time spent rinsing off mounds of foam off of my razor means a faster shave and more time I can devote to ignoring my alarm clock. This shaving cream has taken its place at the top of my list of “must haves.”

MensGroom Feed Your HeadMensGroom Feed Your Head

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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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Spring is here!  Living in Maine makes one look forward to the first 70 degree day like no other. Winters are so long and dark, by the time spring finally arrives the thought of hot sunny beach days distracts my thoughts. It is also a time to start thinking about beginning another summer hair removal routine. Let’s face it, the easiest way to manage the unwanted hair is to create a routine which involves good products to make the experience easy, and pain free. Women have been removing unwanted hair for thousands of years, for a variety of reasons.

Archaeologists believe that the earliest razors used for hair removal were made of flint. These "blades" have been discovered in many excavations of prehistoric human dwellings and may date as far back as 30,000 B.C. Metalworking advancements developed in Egypt, India and Greece in 3,000 B.C. introduced the first permanent and reusable razors. It was these metal razors and modified versions of them that would be used for centuries to come, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the Victorian era. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.

05202013 Sexy Summer Legs Certified Fabulous

It began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her (shaved) armpits. Shocking at first, this soon caught on. At the same time a marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, which made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince women that underarm hair was unfeminine. By 1917 the sales of razor blades doubled as women conformed to this feminine stereotype of shaving under their arms.

The trend has continued. The average amount of time a woman will shave in her lifetime is 7,718 times, the average amount of time per shave is 10.9 minutes.  That’s an average of 322 days per lifetime dedicated to shaving our legs and armpits. Lucky for me, I was given some amazing shaving products that will make all of this shave time much easier.

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  • Sheena Eaton
    Sheena Eaton says #
    I absolutely love the Venus and Olay razor! I will never use another razor again!!
  • Nathan Horn
    Nathan Horn says #
    I will admit to being a history geek. I love learning the origin of modern things. I enjoyed reading this article a lot... even t
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