Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ryan Kwanten looking hot, sexy and rested

How did True Blood's Ryan Kwanten look so hot, sexy and rested for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards? You'll have to ask his makeup artist Carlene K.... or I can tell you. She used Talika’s Eye Therapy Patches on him ($62 for a set of 6 pairs. Check it out at www.Talika.com)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dove Men+Care Journey to Comfort

Dove Men+Care holds a secure spot as one of my top go-to brands when I want to rock a high-quality body wash at a drug store price. I’ve been a fan of Dove Men+Care since it came out — it gets major bonus points for it's performance and fresh, modern, clean scent. It rinses off nicely too, but it was the scent and moisturizing effect that won me over in the first place. The line includes a body and face wash, bar soap and scrubby tool that is a real treat on the shoulders, back, arms and legs. Go get one.

I also like that Dove uses a dude with a shaved head to promote it’s good-for-the-skin products. Check out this video of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols as he talks about his “Journey to Comfort”. This guy is a hero on and off the field. The “Journey to Comfort” campaign celebrates Pujols' journey to total comfort and features personal and professional moments of his journey to comfort. It celebrates his achievements and experiences that have led him to a level of personal comfort including “unsung moments” I think all men can relate to. It's a nice clip — watch it at full screen.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Get Banged!

When a style icon like Marc Jacobs comes out with a new men’s fragrance — his last fragrance for men came out almost a decade ago — it’s a BIG deal. BANG, Marc Jacobs new fragrance is a hit and definitely worth the wait. I liked this scent immediately and have been wearing, sniffing and dreaming about it from the minute I tore through the box, pulled out the bottle and landed the first spray on my wrist and chest. The scent is smoking! BANG… of course there’s the double-meaning, the cheeky name and the over-the-top bottle design (looks like it’s been PUNCHED!) but underneath it all lies a very complex, sophisticated and sexy fragrance – one that is more likely found in a limited production niche fragrance, not a mass market international brand like Marc Jacobs. Bang is all about pepper, yes pepper. White pepper, pink pepper and black pepper. The peppery notes are nicely balanced and smoothed out with a mix of masculine woods, vetiver, benzoin, white moss and patchouli. I'm usually not a big fan of peppery fragrances but this one is so well done and very easy on the nose. BANG also stays close to the skin so there is no wafting sillage (the scent trail you leave behind)....this means your boo won't have to break out the breathing apparatus to get "on your bus".

We know that Bang is a winner and a seriously good fragrance... but here is where the fun starts. In the spirit of Bang, Marc Jacobs launched the Facebook game, "Bang You're It". Like his fashion, "Bang You're It" is free for interpretation and allows users to bang friends profile pictures and get banged in return in order to rack up points. By banging someone, you are essentially banging their profile picture with the same impacted look as the Bang fragrance bottle. The more bangs, the more points.

Get even more by points by doing the following:
• Get banged by people from other countries
• Get banged after midnight

Each time a users profile is banged, there's the option to share it via their Facebook wall for all to see and to spread the word about who is interested in them and vice versa. Added bonus? One bang player will be chosen at random daily to win a selection of stylish prizes, including Marc Jacobs Bang fragrance, clothing, or even a trip to NYC to attend the Marc Jacobs Fashion show! To play the game, click here.

Marc Jacobs Bang is available at Bloomingdale's and Marc Jacobs boutiques.

FTC disclosure: Product sample supplied by brands PR firm.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Bluebeards Revenge: Shave Cream for Tough Stubble

Nothing gets my attention like a company so confident in the strength and quality of its product that it can have a sense of humor about it, making it that much more fun to use. My latest discovery is a premium shave cream from the UK called The Bluebeards Revenge: the ultimate shaving experience for real men. Bluebeards is hands-down one of the best shave creams I’ve used and gets major points for its texture, glide and bonus points for its clean, attractive scent — and packaging is tongue-in-cheek humor at its best. But don’t let the packaging fool you. Bluebeards is a serious high-quality, paraben free “tough on stubble” shave cream that uses a new ingredient called Decelerine. Decerlerine is scientifically proven to reduce the growth of hair over a period of time, so every time a man shaves with The Bluebeards Revenge, he is actively delaying hair growth. Over a 60-day period, this can reduce the growth of stubble by up to 40%, meaning a man can get on with what he does best - manliness - without sporting a 5 o’clock shadow by lunchtime. This is pretty exciting news for anyone, like me, with a thick beard.

Learn more about The Bluebeards Revenge at www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk. At this moment, Bluebeards Revenge is only available in the UK but can be purchased online at www.shaving-shack.com Check it out.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bulldog — Man’s Best Friend

Who let the dogs out?! I just got turned on to a natural men’s grooming line from the UK — it’s called Bulldog. WOOF!! Bulldog is a pretty awesome, reasonably-priced, high-performance line that offers men a natural skincare/grooming option while helping to reduce the number of man-made chemicals in our bathrooms. How cool is that?

Bulldog Natural Grooming was founded in 2006 by Simon Duffy (33) and Rhodri Ferrier (31). The idea for Bulldog came over a pint of beer in their local pub. Both agreed that unless you’re a geography teacher or a communist revolutionary you’ll have to shave sometime, but even though there were hundreds of male grooming products out there, for them they just weren’t cutting the English mustard. They wanted products designed by men for men, that got the job done the right way. After all, even if you’re a bulldog there’s no need to be a wrinkly old beast.

Bulldog comes in cheeky no-nonsense packaging and at a pretty amazing price — starting at just $8.99

The Bulldog range includes:
Moisturiser (yup, that the British spelling) – containing 8 essential oils, Green Tea and Green Algae as an exceptional natural skin moisturizer. $13.99

Face Scrub – containing 7 essential oils, coconut shell and pumice for AMAZE natural exfoliation. $9.99

Shave Gel - containing 7 essential oils, Aloe Vera, Jojoba, and Konjac Mannan to give a smooth and moisturizing shave every time. $8.99

Face Wash – containing 8 essential oils and the powerful natural anti-oxidant Green Tea, which refreshes and cleans your face. $9.99

Post Shave Balm - containing 8 essential oils and Rosehip oil to nourish and soothe skin after shaving. $10.99

Bulldog is widely available all over the UK and recently launched its range of ethical products in Whole Foods in Boston. Can’t wait for it to come to NYC’s Whole Foods.

Check it out at MeetTheBulldog.com