Saturday, August 1, 2015

What is a Merkur safety razor?

A Merkur Adjustable Safety Razor is a traditional adjustable safety razor, which first hit the mass market in the 1920’s, but because of its flexibility and innovative aesthetic design has grown again in popularity in more recent times.
 The Merkur allows a wet shaver to adjust the blade gap of the razor as it sits in the head mount to create the right angle to closely cut his particular beard thickness. The adjustment also allows shavers to control how aggressive the razor cuts the hair on the face, which is an advantage to those with more sensitive skin.
 The result of the adjustment offered by the Merkur design and the fact that it utilises standalone safety blades, creates an incredibly close shave and a much better level of accuracy when sculpting a beard or moustache, when compared to disposable razors or cartridge razors.
 Other advantages of the Merkur razor over disposable and cartridge types include cost and value for money over the long-term. If you consider that a Merkur will last a lifetime, all the user has to do is purchase safety blades to use with the Merkur, as and when required. These can be original Merkur-made blades or other types of safety blades made to fit the Merkur models from all of the other leading razor blade manufacturers.
 The Merkur was originally invented and manufactured by Emil Hermes in Solingen, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In 1896, Emil Hermes began producing precision metal instruments, knives, and razors, later patenting the Slant Razor in 1916. The brand name Merkur is named after the German word for Mercury, the Roman God equivalent of the Greek God Hermes.
 From a manufacturing point of view, Merkur safety razors are made from aluminium, stainless steel, brushed steel and chrome with some more exclusive versions available in precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Merkur’s come as either two or three piece models and with regular or long handles featuring a range of grip options, all of which are interchangeable with the heads. Handle grip options include rubber coated, knurled and ribbed grips, with some older versions of the handles also made from rarer materials such as Ivory.
 Also widely available is the popular Merkur Futur model, which offers the same style of shave but has a much more contemporary design. The Merkur Futur is both stylish and practical, with a more modern look and feel. Within the innovative design, the proximity of the blade to the razor's safety bar on the head can be adjusted, allowing for a close, comfortable shave with fewer post-shave pimples and instances of razor rash for those users with sensitive skin.
 All modern Merkur safety razors are built with precision engineering to the highest quality, while the older more antique models are a delight to own and use. Novice Merkur users might find it a little strange at first and might need to make multiple subtle head position adjustments until finding the right position for their beard and skin type. However, its well worth the effort, as once you’re used to the Merkur, you’ll find that it provides a much more consistent shave when compared to more modern metal or plastic types of disposable safety razor.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fading the Dark Spots On My Skin... Thanks To RéVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream and Serum

Here’s something that I feel I need to share and it’s quite amazing.

I’m 4 weeks in on using RéVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Cream and RéVive Perfectif Even Skin Tone Serum and already I'm noticing serious pigment reduction in the dark spots on my forehead and overall skin texture on my face. This is really the best skin spot remover that I’ve tried. Seriously.
As a “man of a certain age” and a past that included spending many sunny days at the beach, I’ve developed dark spots on the sides of my forehead, above the eyebrow area and cheeks. I’ve been to dermatologists and have spent thousands of dollars on laser treatments to reduce the intensity of the dark spots and smooth out and tighten up the surface. I’m finding the results that I’m getting from ReVive to be the same, if not better than the stinging and painful results of the laser.

Although the directions say to use morning and night, I’ve been using it only in the morning. Mostly, because I can be lazy with my nighttime skin regimen. And with only using it one time a day, I’m still getting some incredible results. My skin surface is smoother and the spots are so much lighter. If you’re used to buying drugstore skincare brands, you might get sticker shock with this brand, but the way I look at it, the price is way less than a trip to the dermatologist for some laser work and the results have been great.

Here’s a tip, and this goes for all high-end skincare products. If you have a hard time justifying spending a lot of cash on a skin cream, think of it as a “gift to yourself” in this way. Take your credit card points and get gift cards to Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom’s and use the gift cards to buy your skin care products. Trust me, it’s a less painful purchase.

I’m also trying out ReVive’s Intensité Moisturizing Lip Balm and I’m loving that too. I’ll write a separate blog post about this one.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Neil Patrick Harris Wore With His Underwear

Now that the Oscar buzz has subsided, the question enquiring minds want to know is "What was Neil Patrick Harris wearing with his underwear?" Well, I have the answer. With his nicely toned body, bright smile and tighty whities, Neil wore Montez Renault Moisturizing Body Lotion for that smooth, healthy glowing skin. And I have to say that the stuff smells really good too! In fact, the whole line is pretty amazing — masculine, excellent performance, awesome "bathroom display shelf worthy" and just plain good stuff.

Celebrity groomer Sonia Lee created the look for Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars using Montez Renault for his skin and Leonor Greyl products for his hair. “For Neil’s look, we wanted to him looking as easy and natural as possible but still classic and sexy. He’s wearing this great custom Brunello Cucinelli grey cashmere tux with a satin shawl collar. Before we started, I had Neil cleanse his face with Montez Renault Facial Cleanser. Then I began by applying Tom Ford Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment around the eye contour. Next, I applied Montez Renault Facial Moisturizer on his skin with a foundation brush. I used the brush so it ensures an even application. I massaged in the moisturizer with my fingers after to ensure that it absorbed really well. I loved this moisturizer, its so refreshing and the scent is amazing. It absorbs really quickly and is really light which is what most men prefer when using a moisturizer. I went back over his t-zone with Murad Face Mattifier to tamp down any shine and make sure he was camera ready. We also used Collyre Bleu Eye Drops so that his eyes look brighter and wouldn’t get dry when he’s on the red carpet. To finish off, I applied Montez Renault Moisturizing Body Lotion to his arms, hands, everywhere to keep his skin looking moisturized and healthy. For his hair, I started by warming up Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel in my hands and applied it evenly and lightly all over his hair. This styling cream is a really great product because it gives the hair a little shine and makes it look really finished. Then I used a flatiron to straighten out any flyaways and went back with Leonor Greyl Baume Bois de Rose (launching April 2015) and used my fingers to create a bit of separation for a sexier look. The products smell amazing and so refreshing which is really great!” Before Neil ran on stage in just his tighty-whities, he had to strip down super-fast to his underwear and Sonia had just enough time to apply Montez Renault Moisturizing Body Lotion on him. She loves the scent and the fact that it is light and non-greasy, plus it made him feel like he was wearing something!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Harry's Introduces and Awesome New Skin Care Line

Harry's has been my go-to razor for it's style, performance and overall feel. In short, I love this razor and as a guy who shaves every day, it's an essential part of my grooming routine. Well, things just got better because Harry's has introduced a line of high performance and awesome smelling skin care products to accompany it's amazing razors.

The two new products include a foaming shave gel and after shave lotion. Both products are uniquely formulated with a blend of natural ingredients (including Licorice Root Extract, Milk Thistle, and Marula Oil) to protect the skin and work seamlessly with Harry's razors for the most comfortable shaving experience possible. Harry's new suite of products is refreshing, hydrating, moisturizing and formulated to prevent any irritation and redness.

So guys, check it out here and I think you'll be as impressed as I am with the new products.