Monday, June 29, 2009

Degree V12 Absolute Protection


Every once in a while I come across a product that kind of rocks my world. Sometimes it’s an unexpected potion that gives me a lift but usually it’s a simple and familiar every-day product that gets a “new and improved” twist. I try it, I like it, then BOOM! My world is rocked. It’s that simple, and after all, I’m just a simple man with a dream. HA! My latest rocker is Degree V12 Absolute Protection Anti-perspirant and Deodorant. I’ve always known Degree as the antiperspirant that cranks into full gear when you start to sweat. Degree V12 is designed specifically to respond to increases in adrenaline and provide superior protection when you need it most — at the gym, at the office or in the driver’s seat of a sports car. I’ve worked some intense cardio sessions while using Degree V12 and the only part of my t-shirt that remained dry was the underarm. It also has one of the nicer deodorant scents that I’ve smelled. The scent is super clean without being overpowering — it releases 1.4 million ARMOR-TECH fragrance molecules with every use to help curb arm sweat and odor. A definite winner.

Degree has joined forces with NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to launch Degree V12 in the form of an online racing game. The game is totally fun and brings the excitement of NASCAR racing to the computer screen. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski do the voiceovers for the game and will guide you through the race. It’s very cool.

Check out the Degree V12 Challenge on www.DegreeRacing.com

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Farrah Fawcett... Rest In Peace



A few months ago, Amber (Glamber) from Beauty Blogging Junkie and I spent a night having cosmos and chatting about the '70s (one of my favorite subjects.) Studio 54, disco balls, Cheryl Tiegs and of course Farrah Fawcett. I loved everything Farrah. The Noxema commercials with Joe Namath, the Ultrabrite commercials, THE swimsuit poster and Charlie's Angels. Being a fan from way back when... I bought Farrah Fawcett Shampoo and Creme Rinse/Conditioner as soon as it came out. I used all of the shampoo but I still have an unused bottle of her conditioner. I just opened it and had a wonderful surprise. It still has the original scent - a kind of mineraly, subtle perfumey aroma. I imagine that's what her hair smelled like during her rise to super-stardom in the mid-70s.

And by the by... my dentist still recommends Utrabrite toothpaste to me as one of the least abrasive and least expensive. I've been using it for years.



The Shampoo commercial

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Designers...Tim Gunn's Beauty Bag


Wow! Television's Silver Fox of Fashion, Tim Gunn keeps it on the low-maintenance side when it comes go his grooming routine. Marie Claire, the FAB women's magazine, lets us in on the Silver Fox's grooming products. Sounds like a solid Duane Reade shopper with an occasional visit to Sephora. Check it out.

1. L'Occitane Citrus Verbena Fizzy Bath Salts, $22: "I buy these in bulk because they never leave a ring in the bathtub—I'm a neat freak!"

2. Selsun Blue 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo, $9.69

3. StriVectin Phase 2 Topical Antioxidant, $109: "I'm the oldest acne-prone person you'll ever see."

4. Clinique Almost Powder Makeup, $22.50: "Project Runway's director of photography suggested I start using powder. I use this to get rid of the glazed-doughnut look."

5. Tide To Go Mini pen, $2.99: "This has saved me from many embarrassing moments. I also travel with my trusty Tide Total Care detergent to ensure my socks don't fade or pill."

6. Gillette Mach 3 Turbo Razor, $8.99: "Shaving with this razor is like getting dermabrasion—in a good way."

7. Lab Series Age Rescue Eye Therapy, $26: "A Lab Series rep at Bloomingdale's recently told me she could really help me if I started a regimen immediately. I told her, 'Well, I've been using your products for 10 years. Imagine what I'd look like without them.'"

8. Mennen Speed Stick Deodorant, $2.99

9. Oral-B Satin Floss, $2.99: "Fresh breath and a clean mouth are right up there with being well groomed."

10. Ice Breakers Sugar Free Mints, $1.99: "I'm never without a mint. There's no excuse for coffee or tuna breath."

11. Visine Redness Reliever Eye Drops, $7.29

12. Noxzema Shave Cream for Sensitive Skin, $4.49: "I like to surprise my skin, so I alternate between this and a Lab Series shaving cream."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Manscaping Season Officially Starts Now


There was a time when body grooming was an exclusive ritual, practiced only by Chippendale dancers, porn stars and gay stereotypes, particularly Chelsea Boys who seemed to spend hours at the gym and then would spend the rest of the day manscaping. Well all that has changed. These days it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi, confused, muscular, thin, liberal, conservative, a porn star, a rock star, a husband, a father or an accountant. Everybody is doing it. On my recent trip to Spain, I noticed many guys of different shapes and sizes hanging out at the hotel pool flaunting shaved underarms, trimmed chest & abs and smooth backs — most of them were with their wives and girlfriends. Who knew? Research shows that about 1/3 of American guys between the ages of 24 – 34 have already shaved, waxed or trimmed hair below the neck. And now that the summer is officially here in the USA, it’s time to take control over unwanted body hair and hop on the manscaping bandwagon.



I’ve tried several brands and models, some were good and some were not-so-good, but the one that is my Top Pick for All-around Best Groomer is the Remington Body + Back Groomer (BHT-6000). The Remington is a shower-proof, extendable groomer that makes it super-easy to trim or shave the back, chest, abs/groin, leg and underarms. It comes with plenty of attachments including two adjustable trimming combs, a foil shaver for shaving sensitive areas without nicks or cuts and an extra-wide vertical trimmer that won me over for trimming the chest. It also has a sturdy and smartly designed extendable handle for the back and hard-to-reach areas.

The BHT-600 is a solid, well-made groomer that has a professional feel to it. It retails for $39.99 — a must have.

Available at Target and at Remington-products.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The economy stinks. Invest in a good scent.

In these tough economic times, it is sooooo important to smell good… I can’t stress this enough. I’ve come up with my hot list of colognes that will help you get through this recession feeling good and smelling like a million bucks.


Wall Street by Bond No. 9 New York
Dollars and Scents never smelled so good. The name says it all. Wall Street is Bond No. 9’s most popular scent for men. The shizz smells like the Financial District. It’s got to be the world’s first Securities perfum. A good investment... get it before the closing bell.



Paco Robanne One Million
OK, so I never smelled this one, but, uhh huh…the bottle is shaped like a freakin’ gold bullion.



Sean John’s I Am King
Fellas, don’t let the economy shoot down your ego. If you're not feeling the power, then get some in a bottle. I Am King won the 2009 FiFi Award for Fragrance of the Year.




PHILOSYKOS by Diptyque
When there’s nothing left but a fig leaf, why not smell like a fig leaf? There are tons of fig-scented colognes but none of them are quite as purely seductive as Philosykos. The stuff will get you laid. Done.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ojon: The Gift of Indulgent Hair Care for Father's Day


Here's a nice twist on a Father's Day present, or for that matter, any time of the year. How about a little follicle indulgence? Ojon's Tawaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Cleanser and Conditioner are definitely guy-friendly in terms of appearance, scent and multi-purpose usage. What a thoughtful gift for the big man in your life. Even with my buzzed hair, I like to indulge in a good shampoo and I love Ojon products — they perform phenomenally and smell wonderful. Not perfumey at all. Just a nice rich mellow scent. They’re great to use on facial hair too — keeps the beard and mustache soft, shiny and full.

A beautiful fact: Ojon Tawaka kicks ass in the antioxidant department. The rare “savage” cacao within the Cleanser contains the same level of antioxidants as 125 lbs of blueberries, while the Conditioner contains the antioxidant equivalent of 187 lbs of blueberries!

The cleanser and conditioner each sell for $32 and are available at Sephora, Amazon and www.ojon.com.

Check it out.

Primp Your Daddy With Woody’s Father’s Day Favorite


This Father’s Day forgo the trendy gadgets, dvd box sets and the oh-so reliable tie and the treat your dad to the quintessential in men’s grooming with the Woody’s Primp Your Daddy Gift Set.

An ultra cool collection for the ultra hip Dad, this fresh assortment of grooming goods will have him styling and smiling. Packaged in an uber-cool, brown canvas man tote, pops will love this irresistible gift set that features a Love Grenade Body Spray, Shower Gel, Lip Balm and Massage Oil.

Primp Your Daddy has a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is available at Woodysgrooming.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hayden Christensen Is the New Face of Lacoste Challenge



With rumors flying that Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are about to tie the knot, the two love birds are in the spotlight, and now with Hayden cast as the face of the new men's fragrance, Lacoste Challenge, get ready to see lots more of the hottie... this time on the tennis court! Hayden was challenged to a match at Roland Garros in Paris during the French Open to launch the new crocodile scent... 

Friday, June 12, 2009

Memories of Barcelona


BAR MUT… fabulous atmosphere, fun waiters and AMAZE tapas. Small place so we got there early. Early for Barcelona that is … 9PM. BAR MUT is in the Eixample area of Barcelona. This tapas joint was recommended by Gwenyth on www.goop.com. I LOVE her website. Her latest posting was on Barcelona so we scored and went to a few of her hot spots including FLASH FLASH and BAR MUT, both are PHENOM and a MUST for anyone visiting Barcelona. GP also recommended spending an afternoon in Park Guell. We did and it was wonderful… tons of Gaudi architecture.

We're staying at Hotel Casa Fuster. DELUXE. This is where Woody Allan stayed when he was filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona and he played jazz clarinet in this lounge on Thursday nights. The rooftop has a lounge with a great view of the city and the mountains. This is the perfect hotel to wind down the trip. I could LIVE in the bathroom. Love It!

Es nuestra Lola???


Gaudi Gaudi Gaudi!

Two days in Sitges. It's kind of like the Spanish version of Fire Island… but more Pines than Cherry Grove.
A room with a view!

Madge will be here soon!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Johnny Depp Loves The Smell of Clubman Talc


Johnny Depp Gets Groomed with the Classic Talc on Set of ‘Public Enemies’.

The one and only original, Clubman Pinaud Talc has received rave reviews from one of Hollywood’s most renowned and respected actors—Johnny Depp.



Starring in the highly-anticipated and soon-to-be–released Public Enemies, Mr. Depp expressed his appreciation for the timeless appeal of this classic grooming aid on the set, when stylist Emmanuel Millar dusted his neck with the micro-fine talc powder. Designed for maximum protection against moisture and dry, itchy skin, Depp commented, “I love that smell.”

Friday, June 5, 2009

Check out these 2 new shave brushes from Baxter of California

BAXTER BLUE SILVER TIP BADGER HAIR SHAVE BRUSH
$75

BAXTER BLUE BEST BADGER HAIR SHAVE BRUSH
$50



Made in Germany - 100% natural badger brushes made with fine hair, soft and durable. Second to the razor blade, Baxter’s Badger Hair Shave Brushes are the essential tools for achieving the best possible shave. Badger hair has a great ability to retain water (which helps create a lather when mixed with a shave cream), improving the barrier between the razor and skin, lifting facial hair to ensure a smoother shave with less irritation.

Here's the process…
• Cleanse facial skin.
• Rinse the brush in warm water, shake off excess water, and apply Baxter Super Close Shave Formula to the top of the badger brush.
• Work the cream into your beard, using oblique brush strokes.
• For more lather, dip the tip of the brush in water and add more shave cream.

To purchase www.baxterofcalifornia.com

Do You Prefer Him Now or Back in the Day?



I think I liked him more back in the day with his droopy man boobs.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Out and About in Madrid…

Two things about Madrid… everything starts late and everybody smokes!  


GLAM room at Vincci Hotel Soho. The toiletries are all Hermes D'Orange Vert. Heaven!


This mornings holy breakfast. The waiter said that this egg sandwich is trademarked. I believe him.

Went to a beautiful church called Jesus de Medinaceli.



Chueca… if the East Village and Chelsea had a baby, it would be Chueca! Fun! We're going back tonight!

Nautica Oceans—For Your Dad


Father’s Day has become synonymous with fragrances in many households, as they top the gift chart year after year. Add a “green” twist to the classic gift with Nautica Oceans – the innovative, new water-based scent that is kind to the skin and the environment.

Nautica Oceans is the first water-based fragrance that is comparable to alcohol-based fragrances in terms of strength and lasting power.

The eco-friendly fragrance is formulated with 100 percent biodegradable ingredients and contains a lower percentage of volatile organic compounds than traditional alcohol-based fragrances.

Many men do not wear fragrance because alcohol-based formulas can be irritating to the skin, since it is water-based, Nautica Oceans is kinder to the skin and the environment.

The environmentally-friendly outer carton is made from 30 percent post consumer recycled fibers and manufactured using wind power in a carbon neutral facility. The carton carries the following certifications: NewWind Energy, Carbon Neutral® and Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

In honor of Father’s Day, Nautica will be introducing a Gift Set in June (presented in a 100% natural fiber toiletries kit), including the Fragrance, After Shave Balm and Shower Gel.

The Fragrance 49.00 (50ml) and $65.00 (100ml), After Shave Balm $38.00 and the Father’s Day Gift Set ($68) are available at fine department stores and online at nauticafragrance.com.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bueno!



I'm officially on VACATION! Heading of to España! I'll post about Spanish style and  grooming tips during my trip. Hasta Mañana.

The Ultimate Gift for the New “Mr. Mom”


What does a new dad really need this Father’s Day? Some peace and quiet from the nonstop crying? Never gonna happen. A brand new shirt to replace the burp stains? Boring! Enter Baggino, what Dad really needs this Father’s Day, and the best part is it is almost as neat as his new tot.

Invented for Dads by a Dad, Baggino is the newest diaper bag on the market that combines style and function. Not your typical diaper bag, this is a one-of-a-kind 3-in-1 Combination Diaper Bag-N-Changing Belt that conveniently converts into a hands-free baby changing waist belt that looks just like a tool belt. It solves the problem of having to put diaper bags on unsanitary surfaces, floors or cramped spaces.

Colors Available: Classic Black, Lime Green and Classic Black with Lime Green Flap $129.00 at www.Baggino.com.

The best part about Baggino is that Dad can be “Mr. Mom” sporting the diaper bag while still maintaining his manly image, as is doubles as a messenger bag.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Decisions, Decisions…



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I'm leaving for Spain tomorrow for two weeks. Haven't started packing yet and I can't decide what to bring!