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My badger brush has been unusually dry lately. Saying that in the month of Movember wouldn’t ordinarily raise an eyebrow but I’m only growing my stache so I’ve had a reason to use it. I, however, began using Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Shave Gel and I’m hooked.
From first use I noticed how well it protected my face from my DE safety razor. One press of the pump and I had enough gel to apply to my face, which resulted in a nice cushion. Each time I tested it, I got the same result. I love building that cushion with my brush, but with this gel I did the same thing in no time.
Any cream, gel, shave cream or soap, etc., worth your money should never leave your face feeling dry and tight. Conventional shaving wisdom today also says stay away from pressurized aerosol cans because the extra chemicals used will dry out your skin. From my very first use of this product, I noticed how great my skin felt post shave. No burning, no tightness, no irritation nothing. My razor glides across my face with ease due to the glycerin the gel is formulated with. What I’m left with is a great shave in half the time and a face that couldn’t be happier about it.
I love using my brush too much to put it down for good but Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Shave Gel gave it a nice break. As I look to the New Year and I think about getting back into the gym and wonder how I can keep my grooming regimen tight when I’m on the go, this gel can become my go to. If your concern is how can you speed it up in the morning and you’re looking to try something new, give this a shot. I think you’ll be hooked too.
Disclosure: A sample of this product was sent to me. The opinions expressed, however, are completely my own based on my experience.
For as long as I can remember, scent has always been a finishing detail. I clean my apartment and a great candle seals the deal. If I’m entertaining, I want something fragrant to welcome my guests. And if I’m getting dressed for any occasion, even the most mundane, I’m spritzing something on me. To that latter point, I present today’s group post – my scent colleagues, Candy Boy Perfume, Eyelineronacat, Olfactoria’s travels, Persolaise and I are pairing fashion with scents. What follows are a few looks I’ve pulled from around the web and imagined its ideal scent.
I love a good “white pants” look and Sabir from mensstylepro.com does it well. Pairing it with a chambray shirt and safari jacket this simple but chic get up will have him standing out in the crowd for sure. That said, an accompanying scent need not compete and I think Phaedon’s Pure Azure would suit this look well.
Clean without being overly soapy, Pure Azure starts out with a burst of fig and the sweetness of orange blossom. It has an airy quality and I like it for those perfect days when the sun is beaming and a constant breeze keeps you inside. By the time it begins to dry down and the warmth of the vanilla and tonka beans present themselves, don’t be surprised if she seems to be getting closer.
I love color as it brings life to anything, especially when it pops. That’s probably why this look from Seize Sur Vingt jumped off the page at me. Sure a dark blazer with a light colored bottom screams preppy but paired with this plaid shirt and it’s beautiful use of orange, this look is quickly remixed and updated. For that I’d have to pair this with something from Thirdman’s collection. I love how they have flipped citrus-based scents and given them new life. For this look, I’d choose Eau Profonde. Light and airy, it opens with a fresh new take on amber. It’s gorgeously refreshing. What I love most is that beautiful opening will be with you at the end of the day.
That tie and pocket square does wonders for this blue suit. The look is fresh and modern. Is he a banker or an ad exec? Who care…he’s sharp and deserves a modern man’s scent – Ormonde Man. Beautifully masculine without the old world bravado, this scent is rich and subtle, possesses touches of sweetness and moments of spice in unexpected ways. It’s fantastic from open to close and gets better as the day gets older.
Understated but chic. Rugged but clean. It just works. That’s how I feel about Azzaro Chrome United.
Last week as I was making my way home, I was surprised by the darkness that had fallen over Gotham. When I took a glance at the time, melancholy quickly set in as it hit me, summer was over. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at one time or another and it’s always followed up by one question, “where did summer go?” Well, this year I can look back at my summer thanks to Samsung’s NX300 Smart Camera.
Back in May, I was selected to be a part of a collective of individuals, nationwide, given an opportunity to use the NX300. The program called for an orientation on how to use the camera and weekly submission of photos. It seemed easy enough but the group included some really talented photographers and it became a challenge just to swim in their waters.
The timing on this program couldn’t have been more perfect as the orientation took place a few days before my wife and I flew to Samana, Dominican Republic for the first stop of our 10 day DR tour. Like a kid in a candy factory I played with this camera instead of packing. Shortly after take off, I took it out and began playing with it some more. The shooting modes, filters, and tricks seemed endless. The fact that it has Wi-Fi and can fire off photos straight from the camera excited me. When I found out it had its own app, however, I was sold. I couldn’t wait to get my summer started, especially now that I had this handy companion.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember seeing my pictures from DR, some of which were taken with the NX300 camera. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty amazing places but Samana ranks up there as one of the most breathtaking. Located in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic, it feels like you’ve stumbled upon the island’s best-kept secret. The beaches were gorgeous, the weather was spectacular and the food was mind-numbing good. Quite a few times we went to the beach and ordered fish that was caught that morning for lunch. The scent of the salt in the air along with the aroma of authentic Dominican food created its own fragrant moment for me.
For my fourth wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided we would do something we’ve always wanted to do, visit a winery. Luckily for us, we’re just two hours away from Mattituck, NY, home to a plethora of vineyards. We stayed at the cutest bed and breakfast on the Shinn Estate Vineyard. It’s rustic chic décor, friendly staff and delectable selection of organic wine made our stay thoroughly enjoyable. On a self-guided tour of the vineyard, we learned quite a bit about the Shinn’s farming philosophy, which boosted the vineyards appeal. And for two days, we bounced around from vineyard to vineyard tasting locally produced wine. For a short trip, it was the sweetest two days of summer 2013.
In between these two occasions, I managed to spend some time with the boys, get in a few beach days, catch the fireworks at Coney Island, which has become a tradition, and put back more beers than I care to recall. As for the NX300, I can’t sing its praises enough. It shoots HD video, the display screen is so sharp it’s like a mini flat screen TV, and its smaller than DSLR’s but improves on image quality. I love its retro aesthetic and the fact that for its size, it has a collection of interchangeable lenses. The NX300 allows you to take a photo, edit it right on the camera and then use Wi-Fi to send it to love ones. I’d say that’s capturing the meaning of being social today very well. Many of the reviews I’ve read about the camera have been positive and only serves to validate my own feelings.
Summer 2013 was short but sweet and I’m glad I captured its precious moments. As kids, we live for the summer and as adults, we become so inundated by living life, that it flies by and becomes a blur. I’m thankful for having this opportunity because it forced me to look at my summer in HD and it was pretty awesome.
A couple of years ago, while in a frenzy to find a Christmas gift for my girlfriend (she eventually became my wife), I ran into Fresh and discovered their Fragrance Chronicles. It housed their collection of fragrances in Eau de Parfum strength and without hesitating I bought one. That turned out to be an excellent purchase as my wife is still using it to this day. Unfortunately Fresh discontinued it but one of my favorite fragrance brands, Ineke, is launching something similar and you should take notice.
Floral Curiosities is a limited edition collection of five fragrances that explores rare botanicals Ineke Ruhland grows in her very own garden in San Francisco. This Scent Library collection is packaged a faux book and in true Ineke fashion, is beautifully designed and thoughtfully merchandised. Library cards are attributed to each scent and they provide an explanation about its contents, while fine art and calligraphy continue the old library book theme.
Field Notes From Paris continues to be my favorite scent from this brand but Ineke continues to impress and Floral Curiosities is no different. When the collection was available at Anthropologie, I introduced a friend to the brand when he was looking for a gift for his girlfriend (she eventually became his wife) and he ended up succumbing to the power of her juice.
Gents, we have a tendency to wait until the last minute to buy gifts for any occasion. Ineke’s Scent Library houses five, 2.5 ml Eau de Parfum scents and is only $22. It’s an unbelievable value and a thoughtful gift. Get it while you can.