Sunday, May 11th, 2014 is Mother's Day for those of you who need reminding. Some of you may be thinking, "What does a leading male grooming company have to do with Mother's Day?" Well, we here at Mensgroomroom love our Momma's. Every son got a special place in his heart for the woman who raised us we call mom. Doesn't the guy who loves his Ma the most deserve something special? Well we got some product's that are Mama approved. And with coupon code, "I<3MAMA" you get $5 off any of them.
Grab your shillelagh and head down to the nearest pub. St. Patrick's Day is here so let's drink some green beer. We here at Mensgroomroom.com are celebrating the holiday by giving you 10% off everything that is green. Starting with Billy Jealousy we have the about face anti-aging serum, the white knight gentle facial cleanser, and the wipe out eye cream with optical brighteners. A trio any leprechaun would be proud of. then from DS laboratories is the dandrene high performance anti dandruff shampoo. Proven to keep your ginger locks growing and glowing. Finally, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we got The Art of Shaving unscented pre shave oil as well as Castle Forbes essential oil after shave balm.
Lab Series for Men has specially honed their products towards the male population over the years and they have done an excellent job of it. Like Walter White in Breaking Bad, they really respect the chemistry. One of their most popular product, the Lab Series Max LS Age-Less Skin Cream has truly revolutionized anti wrinkle cream as we know it. The Sirtuin technology is before it's time. It basically puts a halt to the aging process and slows down your skin cells from deteriorating. In layman's terms, it makes you look young. And if you already look young, it keeps you that way. The container itself is very appealing with its highly glossy and reflective exterior. Makes you feel like Doc brought this back with him in the DeLorean. Once you open it up, you realize that the product has more of a balm consistency. Once applied it feels good and gets absorbed by the skin easily instead of just sitting on top, like some of the cheaper competitors out there tend to do. After using Lab Series Max LS Age-Less Skin Cream for about 4 weeks, my skin was noticeably healthier. Crows feet that had developed around my eyes had been reduced significantly and I am sure that given time, they may disappear altogether. My pores were smaller and my skin was much less oily. All in all, this is an anti wrinkle cream for men that deserves to be in every guys medicine cabinet.
After doing my research and seeing how many awards Men-U got from reputable sources such as MensHealth and Lookmantastic, I decided to give Men-U Aftershave & Moisturizer Lift a try. I was certainly not disappointed. It is very decently priced for a luxury shaving product when you consider some of its competition. Comparable brands go for two, sometimes three times as much money. It's no small bottle by any means. I figure I ought to get at least 150 applications out of the 3.3 oz. bottle. When you do the math that's around 12 cents everytime you use it which is super inexpensive for how your face looks and feels afterwards.I found it easiest and cheapest to purchase from Mensgroomroom.com.
Firstly, the packaging has a nice clean look. It says that they don't have to scream and shout to get your attention. They would rather let the product speak for itself. Like I mentioned previously, it had won awards since 2008 for being the best moisturizer and after shave product. A lot of other aftershave's leave your face feeling dry because they contain trace amounts of alcohol which is exactly what you don't want. I could tell this would not be the case when I initially squeezed some into my palm. The liquid felt thick and rich between my fingers. It felt even better when I put some on my face after a shave. It didn't burn at all but instead, tingled slightly. It smelled like a milk flood had rushed through a forest of pine trees.
I walked around the rest of the day feeling like butter. I wasn't afraid of dirt or bugs hitting my face. It felt like the aftershave had created an impenetrable barrier around the applied areas. You could try and slap me but your hand would just slide off. I couldn't stop rubbing my chin because the skin felt so good to the touch. I will Definitely be using this product more often.
My daddy never taught me how to shave. I didn't live a deprived childhood by any means. He loved me very much and was always around when I needed him. But shaving was just one of those things that was overlooked growing up. I remember the first time i actually had to shave because my facial hair started growing in. I figured I would just pick up an electric razor and rub it all over my face like my father did. When i came out of the bathroom most of my scrawny hair was still there in addition to big blotchy red spots. My mother rushed me to the emergency room before I had the chance to tell her what I had done. From that point I dedicated myself to perfecting the shaving technique. I have simplified the process to the following steps:
1. Trim it as much as possible
For those of you starting off with more then a little stubble, you are going to want to get as close as you can with scissors or a trimming tool of some kind before you go in for the close shave. Electric clippers work pretty well in this respect. Add a little Lab Series Electric Shave Solution to create the optimum frictionless surface to avoid uncomfortable tugging and ripping.
2. Wash your Face
Before you start hacking away, you need to make sure your face isn't dirty. Clean it with LAB Series Invigorating Face Scrub. The exfoliating action will help scrub away dead skin and open up your pours. Make sure you wash in a circular motion in order to soften up your hair and prevent small cuts later.
3. Put on some shaving oil
This is a step most people aren't aware of. They just throw on some cream and start shaving. That is your first mistake. Apply some Jack Black 3-in-1 before you put on the shaving cream. this will act as a lubricant allowing your razor to glide effortlessly over your skin.
4. Use a brush to apply shaving cream
Using a brush will soften your hair further and ensure an even application across your face. Plus it feels nice. I prefer Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Cream. It has macadamia nut oil in it. Who doesn't love macadamia nuts.DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT use a bar of soap. Not only will it leave residue on your face but it will also rust the blade of your shaving utensil faster.
5. Start shaving at your jawbone and upper cheeks
Begin with your sideburns and work your way down using progressive strokes getting closer to the edges of your mouth. Don't forget to shave your upper cheeks since you don't want hair to start growing under your eyes. Rinse your razor with warm water to get rid of clumps of hair. Slide your finger along the blade if the hair will not come off. Be sure to rinse the blade with warm water. cold watrer will shock the skin and cause it to firm up, making the shave much coarser and unpleasant.
6. Progress to the neck
Always shave with the grain to avoid ingrown hairs and nicks. Start at the bottom of the neck and shave upwards towards your chin in long steady strokes. You can then go against the grain as a secondary to pick up anything you may have missed.
7. Finish with the chin and lip
If you want to grow a goattee you can stop right here proceed to step 8. Otherwise stretch your upper lip over your teeth and bring the razor down. Now you are shaving with the natural growth of your hair. Finish with your chin, shaving downwards. Don't forget that soul patch and the corners of your mouth.
8. Check for areas you may have missed and wash with warm water
Check the corners of your mouth, your whiskers, and your sideburns. A trick I use to help me make sure they are even is placing a finger at the end of each sideburn and looking in the mirror. if the fingers match up, your good to go, If they are way off, see a barber immediately. Then proceed to wash your face with some LAB Series 3-in-1 Post Shave. This will alleviate razor bumps and helps to prevent 5' o clock shadow keeping you so fresh and so clean all day.
9. Dry your face with a towel and apply after shave balm
Make sure you pat, not rub your face dry to avoid unnecessary irritation. Finally add some Billy Jealousy Shaved Ice After Shave Balm for the smooth, cool feeling. It is a great contrast from the hot shaving you were doing previously and will form a protective shield around your face, blocking dirt and closing your pours. It will also help you identify any problem areas if there are nicks or cuts. Allow the after shave balm to dry then go on to conquer the day.