Grooming Spotlight: CONAIR i-Stubble, MiN NY, Code SC

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A few grooming items to try out this Spring.

Conair i-Stubble

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One of the newest additions to the world of shaving, and so far people seem to love it. A couple of features:

- Electronic motorized length control system with 15 ultra-precise settings, so you can maintain your preferred facial hair style at all time

- Electrochemically formed blades with a clean, sharp edge that provides the most accurate trims on every face (from a .4mm shadow to a short beard with easy digital display)

- Floating contouring head, which tracks the curves of your face for accuracy and comfort

- Ergonomic design

Get it here.

 

Code SC: Love Me Long Time

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Detox for oily, break-out prone, or toxic-feeling skin. This gentle foaming cleanser effectively cleans and purifies while retaining the skin’s natural moisture balance. Organic extracts of plantain, witch hazel, and burdock encourage healing and improve clarity, making this an ideal cleanser for oily, combination or acne-prone skin. Mild foaming agents balanced with apple cider vinegar and grapefruit essential oil remove excess oil, leaving skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Ideal for use as an all over body wash (especially if you suffer from chest and back breakouts). Packaged in a recyclable bottle.

Get it here.

 

MIN New York: ProEnzyme Trio Facial Scrub

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A refreshing and unique facial scrub with spherical beads for light exfoliation. Multi-mineral copper, zinc + manganese polypeptide transdermally energize the skin at the cellular level. Gentle enough for daily use. Key benefits include: anti-aging, restores skin vitality, anti-acne, regenerates cells, and fights wrinkles.

Get it here.

Power Defined.

pow·er/ˈpouər/ -noun

1 : ability to act or produce an effect
2 : possession of control, authority, or influence over others
3 : great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force
4 : energy, force, or momentum
 

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffet: The two richest men in the world (along with Carlos Helu).

Dwight Howard: Basketball icon in the midst of his famous "Superman Dunk" at the NBA All-Star Game.

Bugatti Veyron: Most expensive street legal car in the world at 1.7 million dollars. Fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. Tied with the SSC Ultimate Aer as the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 253 mph+. World's fastest roadster.

Lion: "King of the Wild".

Manhattan: New York, New York. One of the most influential and idolized cities in the world.

 

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We reviewed Power by 50 earlier this month, and though many of our favorite colognes  have lighter/airier notes, we were impressed with Power. Having a traditional, masculine scent in your fragrance collection is a must. So the good folks at "Power by 50" are offering Urban Gent readers a 50% off discount on the cologne (and the cologne set) until tomorrow… so if you're even a little bit interested be sure to try it out. (Just click the "Power" button on the right scroll bar).

Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

The "Power" look.

 
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*Giveaway: Sign up for T.U.G Mail for a chance to win a bottle of POWER by 50.

POWER by 50

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Years ago when someone heard the name 50 Cent two things usually came to mind: the catchy opening line, "Go, go, go shawty, it's your birthday, we gon' party like its your birthday…" -and- the fact that he was shot 9 times and somehow miraculously survived. Now when someone hears the name 50 ("cent" has been semi-officially dropped) they almost instantly think– Vitamin Water, million dollar tweets, and businessman. Curtis "50" Jackson is sorta like the Donald Trump of hip-hop– in terms of his diverse portfolio and growing knowledge in business. For him success isn't based upon where you came from, but about honing in on a "skies is the limit" type mindset. And that's sort of what his fragrance POWER is all about– embracing your inner power to be successful.

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I've always been partial to light and airy, yet masculine colognes. So when I initially smelled POWER I wasn't overly blown away, but once the scent lingered awhile I was impressed. POWER by 50 is a traditional, masculine fragrance, and like its name the scent is full of powerful bold notes– so only 2-3 sprays are needed for a lasting effect. The bottle's design alone will make you want the cologne,  in fact, the sturdy and luxe look of the flacon was inspired by 50's favorite watch– a Piguet.

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

*Giveaway: Sign up for T.U.G Mail for a chance to win a bottle of POWER by 50.

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Audemars Piguet Men's Watch

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Men and Plastic Surgery: Most Popular Procedures, Celebrities, and More

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Nearly 1.1 million men had some type of cosmetic procedure done last year.

What does Kim Kardashian, Heidi Montag, and Nicki Minaj all have in common? Butt implants (obviously some bigger than others, lol), breast implants, nose jobs, lipo, and the list for Heidi and Kim goes on and on and on (and on). So clearly, plastic surgery is relatively common for women, especially when they're trying to be famous, but what about men? Do guys ever go under the knife when they're on the search for fame? Well, that's what I've wondered from time to time. And after being sent numerous emails from the PR offices of plastic surgeons looking to be featured on The Urban Gentleman, I decided hey, why not ask them a bit more about the topic of men and plastic surgery.

The bulk of men may not be looking to pay big bucks for a bigger backside like Kim K. did, but they are paying for other things… A Manhattan plastic surgeon gave us the rundown:

Average number of men who get plastic surgery: 500,000+ every year. "In an average year some thirty-five percent of my patients are male (and that number is increasing). They span all ages and all professions. This is a very large population and represents a cross section of men of a certain socio-economic group in a position to consider cosmetic surgery."

5 popular / common plastic surgery procedures for men: Microsuction of double chin and jowls, liposuction of love handles and belly, removal of enlarged breasts (gynecomastia), removal of lower eyelid bags (blepharoplasty), nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty)

Average costs of those 5 procedures: Between $5,000 and 10,000 depending on what is necessary. Costs can be lower depending on the doctor and location (it's possible to get liposuction for just over $2,000 in some states)

Other common cosmetic procedures for men (average costs): Laser hair removal ($400), hair transplant ($4700), botox ($300), microdermabrasion– removes dead skin ($180), chemical peel ($600), skin-resurfacing– removes damaged or wrinkled skin layer by layer ($1900).

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This guy underwent otoplasty– pinning back of the ears.

Top cities where men receive plastic surgery: "New York City, L.A.,and Miami." He also stated that it's more popular in the south than the north, including Texas, buuut I don't know about that. Overall cities that are wealthier and put alot of focus on physical traits have high numbers of men getting some type of procedure.

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According to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), the number of men who have had minimally-invasive procedures has gone up almost 50% over the last 10 years.  The most popular minimally-invasive procedures are Botox, filler injections, and laser skin resurfacing treatments.
 

Most difficult and time-consuming popular men's plastic surgery procedures: "Hardest surgery to do well is nasal refinement, which require a great deal of aesthetic judgment, skill and most of all, experience. The most time consuming is body surgery to tighten skin after significant weight loss. This often involves extensive skin removal and 'tailoring'.”

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For years there have been rumors that Jamie Foxx lowered his hairline (via hair transplant)

List of male celebrities with plastic surgery: This particular Manhattan plastic surgeon didn't want to reveal the names of his male patients, but said it included prominent government officials, media moguls, successful businessmen, and entertainers of all sorts. That was waaaay too vague, so I just googled it (of course)…

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T.U.G Valentine’s Day Giveaway #4: $100 AMEX Gift Card + Gillette Grooming

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T.U.G Valentine's Day Giveaways:

$100 American Express Gift Card + Gillette Grooming

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So while we're still in the midst of giving away our free pair of TOMS (be sure to enter to win) We're going to add something else to the mix: money + grooming, with a $100 gift card giveaway.

Gillette’s “The Perfect Gentleman’s Guide” Giveaway has everything to create the perfect Valentine’s Day, including:

· $100 AMEX gift card to pay for the romantic dinner – take her somewhere nice!

· A heart-shaped box of chocolates to enjoy after

· Gillette Fresh + Clean Body Wash in two new scents, Arctic Ice and Cool Wave that extend just-out-of-the-shower freshness beyond the shower

· Gillette Odor Shield antiperspirant and deodorant to provide odor protection in the most high pressure situations

{So you'll get $100 bucks, grooming products, and some chocolates to top it all off.}

To Win: The rules for this giveaway are a little different. Instead of just commenting and tweeting and randomly picking, we're going to make this giveaway a little more finite– the LAST person to comment or re-tweet will win. So the contest could end in an hour, 12 hours, 1 day… point is we're going to cut off the contest at a random time and the last person to have re-tweeted or commented will win. In the case of a tie (facebook/twitter) we'll randomly choose and give the runner-up something as well.

The RULES:

1) You must FOLLOW and/or LIKE  The Urban Gent to win.

2) The GIVEAWAY could end anytime between this minute through tomorrow 2/11/11. (so it might end in 1 hour or maybe tomorrow morning at 6, maybe Noon– who knows).

3) The LAST person who retweets or comments will be declared the winner

Good Luck!

(enter on facebook or twitter)

T.U.G Valentine’s Day Giveaway #1: 10 Ultimate Shaving Kits by The Real Shaving Company

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T.U.G Valentine's Day Giveaways are here. All the giveaway items we're going to feature this week will make for great Valentine's Day Gifts for friends, crushes, boyfriends, husbands, or even as a gift to yourself.

To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook and/or re-tweet on Twitter. So link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, tell all your friends and associates, and tweet/facebook like crazy… (Ladies, if you win, you can score extra points with your "honeybunch"; and Gentlemen, if you win, you can treat yourself… so at the end of the day, everybody can win!)

 

Today we'll start with Ultimate Shaving Kits by The Real Shaving Company.

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- Hot Towel Mask – a “hot towel” treatment just like from the barber!! Featuring skin-soothing Vitamin E, zinc oxide and tea tree leaf, this mineral clay mask warms, softens, and lifts facial hair for a better shave. (award-winning pre-shave cleaner)

- Face Scrub – formulated with ground walnut shell, this gentle scrub unblocks pores, removing dead skin cells and blackheads, for a closer shave and less irritation.

- Shave Cream – this double-concentrated cream, available in two formulas, provides an extra smooth shave with natural almond and coconut oils that soften and smooth skin and help prevent razor dragging and burns.

- Soothing Balm – this easily absorbed moisturizer includes natural aloe vera, healing comfrey and anti-inflammatory tea tree oil to help condition skin and reduce discomfort and irritation.

You can purchase The Real Shaving Co. Ultimate Shaving Kit, here.  And you can check our more of their products, by visiting The Real Shaving Company.

We'll be giving away 10 shaving kits total, so your chances of winning are pretty darn high.

 Happy Valentine's Day from The Urban Gentleman…. now get to winning this free stuff! Twitter, Facebook, Comment.

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