If you've ever wondered how Vinny gets his eyebrows looking so damn perfect on "Jersey Shore," no matter how crazy Snookie gets him, you can ask him yourself.
Because on on August 17, 2011 at 8pm ET I will be hosting a live Twitter Chat featuring Vinny Guadagnino (@VINNYGUADAGNINO
), sponsored by Philips Norelco. Vinny and I will be answering all your style and grooming questions, so now's your chance to ask anything you want about how to look your best.
And during the chat, we'll be giving away 12 Philips Norelco Hair Clippers to some of you who ask the best questions. Philips Norelco Hair Clippers are an easy-to-use, all-in-one adjustable solution to get and maintain a look that’s right for you – while saving some cash at the same time. It’s easy to get a straight-from-the-barber look with the Philips Norelco Hair Clippers. Go ahead, ask Vinny how he uses his to get his look. (Go to Amazon.com/norelcoclippers
for more information.)
In order to be eligible to win a free hair clipper, comment below this post with a question for Vinny, or hit me up on Twitter @TheBachelorGuy
. And use the hashtag #PhilipsNorelco. Look for Tweets from me this week and next week for details about the chat. Not only could you get your questions answered by Vinny himself, but you could win a Philips Norelco Hair Clipper during the Twitter event.
When summer's heat hits, do you go for the shorter, buzzed look up top? It keeps you cooler, and women love to rub their hands over it, but the rays can do some serious follicular damage. (Look it up, it's a hair word.)
That's why AXE
came up with their newest product, the Buzzed Look Cream + SPF 15
. Keeps your flow looking good, and protects it from damage that'll make it look like you're wearing a hay wig.
But the real story is the donation AXE made during the product launch. They gave $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project
, the non-profit organization that supports injured service members.
And that's admirable... but where are the cases of Buzzed Look Cream headed to the middle east? I'm thinking our buzzed-cut military over there could use some added protection from the desert sun. Make it part of the SEAL Team standard gear. You gotta look good when you're ridding the world of the terronizers.
Does playing scruff-free actually help athletes perform better? Could be, if you believe the results of a study
conducted by Philips Norelco and the Elias Sports Bureau.
They tracked the performance of three MLB baseball players, Nick Swisher, Freddy Garcia and Johnny Damon, to see how they performed on the field, with and without facial hair.
Here's what they found:
When Swish shaved his scruff, analysis showed improvements in nearly every category, including hits (150 to 137), homers (29 to 28), doubles (35 to 31) and triples (2 to 1) averaged. Swisher is also hitting at a .313 clip and boasts a 1.033 OPS over his last 10 clean-shaven games.
Career clean-shaven ERA is almost a full run lower than bearded: 3.60 clean compared to 4.34 when he lets it grow. His wins jump 2 and his losses drop 2 as well, meaning an average clean-shaven year puts him at 13-6. (However, his walk rate jumped when clean shaven. Maybe the facial hair gave him better control...)
This former owner of one of the all-time great baseball beards might feel that his facial locks may have been his biggest mistake, as
GROOMING | SPORTS
June 21, 2011
As summer approaches and the temperature picks up, you’re going to want to be out enjoying the sun and surf. More importantly you’ll want to be out enjoying the women who are out enjoying the sun and surf. But you’re not going to get far with faded, dry, and cracked beach hair.
Put an end to sad summer head with Ouidad Sun Shield Sun & Sport Leave in Conditioner. Specially formulated to nourish and moisturize your flowing mane, spray some on before you hit the beach and it'll protect against chlorine, salt, wind, and UV rays.
Available online, or at certified salons, getting Ouidad sun shield might not make you a better surfer but at least you’ll look good as you "wait for the right wave to come in."
Most guys automatically assume that they know how to shave properly, but very few of us have learned the best way to a clean cut look. There’s actually a wealth of misinformation out there, so I decided to clear-up a number of shaving myths that have spread over decades.
I spoke with Chris Hurn, chairman and CEO of Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club
, which offers the finest in haircuts for men, the lost art of straight-razor shaves, and a modern selection of top grooming products. He's spent his career getting men looking our best, and here are his 5 biggest shaving myths, with the facts you need to get clean and close, without doing damage:
Myth No. 1: Exfoliating is a bad word.
Most guys cringe at the sound of a word like “exfoliate” because it sounds feminine or overly metrosexual. However, we have to report that they are wrong.
The technical reason behind the need for exfoliation is that men’s skin contains more collagen and elastin, denser blood vessels and more sweat than a woman’s. This traps dead skin cells, oils and dirt which can be removed by properly exfoliating.
The real, more manly reason is this: A guy’s skin gets really dirty and exfoliation is just a “good, hard scrub” that your face needs on a regular basis. There are many exfoliating scrubs available at local drugstores, or borrow one from your girlfriend. Your face will be cleaner than ever and ready for a clean, close shave.
Myth No. 2: Better takes longer.
We know that shaving is a chore and that everyone tries to speed up their morning routine, but shaving properly doesn’t take measurably longer than what most men are used to.
When we say 'shaving properly', we mean:
1- the regular but not necessarily daily exfoliation mentioned earlier
2- preparing your face/beard with
Got an important client meeting, or even more important date, and you're worried a bad case of dragon breath might torpedo the deal? If you're like me, you turn to a mouthwash to slay that dragon, and freshen your breath. And as a twice-a-day rinser, I've been doing that for years.
But according to the developers of SmartMouth
, a new mouthwash clinically proven to provide fresh breath for 12 hours, we've not only been doing it wrong, but we may be doing more harm than good... and actually causing worse breath when we rinse.
How? Apparently germs and bacteria inside your mouth feed on proteins and emit noxious gases which linger, giving us bad breath. And when the inside of your mouth becomes dry, it actually causes or worsens bad breath. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol which dries out your mouth, so, after the fresh burst is gone, you are typically left with that awful breath again in under an hour.
SmartMouth (developed by the guy who wrote the bad breath section of the Encyclopedia Britannica... true story), uses a patented, dual-solution technology with two key ingredients kept separate until they mix and activate just prior to rinsing. Solution 1 eliminates existing bad breath when you rinse, and Solution 2's zinc ion technology actually prevents new bad breath from returning for at least 12 hours at a time. One rinse in the morning prevents bad breath all day, and one rinse at night and you can wake up without morning breath.
And that morning breath claim is why I had them send me some to try out. Sounded like marketing hype to me. So the night they arrived, I
GROOMING | HEALTH
May 16, 2011
Sure we want to take care of our skin. It's the only one we get to cover us from birth until we've chased our last nurse at the senior center. And having it as dirt-, blemish- and wrinkle-free as possible not only makes us look better, it makes us look better to her.
But knowing what products--especially what combination of products--to use, and when to use them, has always been a question. That's why Organic Male
has introduced OM4
A complete four-step process that takes the guess work out of taking care of our skin, OM4's organic products are formulated specifically for male skin, whether you've got dry, oily, normal, or sensitive skin. Using a combination of natural botanicals you'd more likely find in your tea or on your oatmeal than in skin care, they provide an infusion of natural "skin food" to keep your skin fit and healthy.
I've been using it for a few weeks now, and I'm hooked. Besides the clean feel you get from the eco-friendly, paraben-and-other-chemical-free, vitamin-rich formulas, the best part is each product is
It's back... The free ProGlide razor offer I ran last year, where a couple thousand of you got the Gillette ProGlide
razor before it hit store shelves, is once again available. Only this time, it's so you can take the ProGlide Challenge.
You've seen the ads that are running (seemingly) non-stop on ESPN and during every sports event: Loud guy (yep, that's Eddie from The Hangover
) accosts unsuspecting guys on the street and has them shave on the spot, pitting their razor against the ProGlide. Well, Gillette wants you to take the challenge too. Only Eddie's not coming to your house. But a free ProGlide is.
Just hit the widget below, enter your info, and they'll send a free razor your way. (While supplies last, so get on it early.) Then you can see if the new "Snowplow Comfort Guard" that stretches your skin and plows away excess shave cream to keep the blade on your skin, "Microcomb" that guides whiskers into the blades, thinner blades for less tug and pull, Blade Stabilizer to keep the 5 blades at "optimal spacing for comfort," and thicker, longer lasting lubricating strip, beat out whatever blade you're using now.
Then feel free to post your comments on Twitter to @Gillette
directly, or use #ProGlideChallenge.
I've been using Zirh
products, in the familiar silver and blue packaging, since I got my first post-college job at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan and one of the promotional models I was trying to meet gave me some samples.
They are just what we want in our grooming products: simple and straightforward without being overly fancy or fragrant (or overpriced), and they deliver on what they promise.
So now I want to give you a chance to give Zirh a try. I'm giving away their Try Me Kit
and a bottle of Reverse
, their anti-aging Serum. The kit lets you experience 5 products and includes TSA-safe 30ml tubes of:
alpha-hydroxy cleanser that removes dirt and oil, but will not over-dry your skin. It also lifts off surface dead skin cells, uncovering new, smoother looking skin.
an aloe exfoliator, it removes surface oil, toxins, and dead skin cells to reveal new, healthier skin.
vitamin serum replenishes your skin with
The Final Four may be getting ready to cut down the nets this weekend, but you can get in on some March Madness action of your own.
Dove Men + Care is hosting their online Trivia Timeout
, where your college hoops knowledge can earn you prizes like Men + Care product, NCAA gear, tickets to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans, or a trip to meet Magic Johnson at a game in LA. Just click here
, register and start answering questions. (It ends on April 5th, so get on it.)
But you don't have to have a big basketball brain to win... I'm giving away two Dove Men + Care Prize Packs, along with a pair of signed basketballs. Each prize pack will net you:
* One of Dove Men's new Sensitive Clean Body and Face Wash (fights dryness and is unscented so you won't smell like perfume all day)
* The Active Clean Shower Tool
* And the all new Dove Men + Care Deodorant / Antiperspirant (tough on sweat while fighting skin irritation and providing 48-hour protection)
Each of the two Prize Packs will also have a signed basketball from
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