Grooming Review: MANGROOMER, MENAJI, Caswell-Massey 1752

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Grooming Reviews for 3 product lines: Mangroomer, Menjai, Caswell-Massey 1752

 

MANGROOMER"The Essential Private Body Shaver"

Summary of MANGROOMER Products: Clearly the ManGroomer shavers are for the man who wants to keep his entire body manscaped. Their shavers are very easy to use for either a quick trim -or- for a more precise, time-consuming cut… yanno, when you're aiming for an almost  Adonis, sculpture-like look. ManGroomer also does a pretty good job making their shavers as ergonomic as possible, which is highly appreciated when you're dealing with "sensitive areas". The nose and back clippers are especially designed to help you achieve an easier and more efficient clean shave.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Nose Clipper: 1.) The round nozzle at the tip of the clipper has the perfect shape for your nostrils – allowing for a painless experience. 2.) You can instantly see a dramatic change 3.) On average you’ll have to use the nose clipper about every week

Full Body & Back Clipper: 1 & 2.) You have to use as directed in order to get a smooth, close painless shave. Meaning, when cutting – you must lead with the guide comb. Once you figure out this little trick you'll be privy to a, dare I say "fun" shaving experience. Seriously, once you start it's sorta hard to stop. There is a con though– it's hard to get a clean shave in the lower pelvic area due to the curvature of the body combined with the lack of flexibility of the clipper head (Full Bod Clipper). The Back Clipper has an extended arm that bends to allow the operator to easily reach all the hard to get spots– this is an obvious plus.  3.) Everyone’s genome and rate of hair growth differs but on average to maintain that initial groomed look you’ll have to shave every 6-10 days. The shaving mechanism on all these clippers are superb! Not sure how often I'll have to replace the head though.

Purchase MANGROOMER products, here.

MENAJI"Skincare for the Confident Man"

Summary of MENAJI Products: This bold skincare line embarks on the rough and sensitive terrain of Men’s grooming. Like most lines, Menaji has products for face cleansing and moisturizing, but what makes them novel are their “correct” and “conceal” products formulated especially for men. Now some  may just see those particular products in their line as "makeup" and automatically dismiss it. But let's keep it real– most male celebrities use a little (or a lot) of makeup when they're on television, in movies, and when going to events… so I can totally see the  modern "metrosexual" man having a little "conceal and correct" in his "manbag" amongst all his other products.  This skincare line is certainly aimed at men who also want a quick and easy fix to small imperfections (basically, you don't want to wait for that light spot to go away, you want to conceal it now). Overall the Menaji products that were tested have a great application, leaving your skin re-vitalized and vibrant. However, all skin is not created equal so some products work better depending on the degree of oil your skin retains. But don’t fret! If you have drier skin just add a little oil pre/post to administering the application and you can maximize your results.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Deep Cleansing Masque: 1.) The initial feeling yields a clean refreshing sensation 2.) This masque doesn’t leave your skin feeling in dire need of moisture, in fact, depending on the degree to which your skin retains oil– you may feel the need to cleanse your face again (Menaji recommends using once to twice a week).

Camo: 1.) It glides onto the skin smoothly leaving no granular trail 2.) I have a  "deep tan"  "copper" or "medium bronze" type skin tone.  And the rule of thumb is to go one shade lighter than your complexion when it comes to concealers. Menaji gave us the bronze camo (aka: male concealer)  which was much more beige or "dark vanilla" than bronze so for me the initial application was too light for my skin tone. In an effort to keep from embarrassment I added some oil to the application and that calmed down the brightness to make it more even to my skin tone. Though I had to tweak it to blend, it actually did a great job minimizing small imperfections 3.) Long-lasting, no need to re-apply.

Eye Gel: 1.) "Emulsion with integrity" – goes on the skin smoothly with a nice cooling effect 2.) Due to the cooling effect under your eye, you'll get an instinct to wipe it off because it feels like water is on your face… But DON’T! lol. 3.) It takes about 30 minutes to feel a slight tightness of skin under the eye which last for a couple hours. By that time you should be awake and the sleeping bags under your eye should disappear.

Purchase MENAJI products, here.

CASWELL-MASSEY 1752

Summary of Caswell-Massey 1752 Products: Good product line. Definitely better than your average shaving products, but could be seen as average when compared to other previously reviewed shaving lines. However, Caswell’s products have a eucalyptus component which attributes to their strong rejuvenating effects. Their product line has a natural masculine scent that’s very commercial. Every man will like it.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Essential Pre-Shave Oil: 1.) High quality oil, very soothing and nourishing to the skin. 2.) Helps restore nature oil balance without leaving the skin too oily. 3.) Keeps the skin moisturized for 5-7hours.

Original Shave Cream: 1.) Thick and creamy consistency that coats the skin very well. 2.) Post shaving, the skin feels very supple, tight, and non-irritated 3.) Have to shave every other day – this product does not retard hair growth.

Exfoliating Wash 1.) Feels very light more similar to a face scrub than an all out exfoliate 2.) Immediate rejuvenating sensation! Thanks eucalyptus! 3.) Like most exfoliates you should only use once a week but due to the lightness of this wash you could probably use it 2-3X a week.

Purchase Caswell-Massey 1752, here.

 

T.U.G Contributor, C.Daniel Cross.

Grooming Update: EvolutionMan, Sonicare Flexcare+, and more.

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We've featured all these items before, but for various reasons we feel the need to re-highlight…

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EvolutionMan. Remember this newer luxury 'green' skincare line we featured last year? Used by Patrick Dempsey, Lebron James, and Seth Meyers just to name a few. Well, I get THE most compliments on my skin when using  EvolutionMan– from random people commenting on how smooth my skin is to saying I have a "glow", lol… the response is sorta unexpectedly amazing. Combined with drinking lots of water, EvolutionMan keeps my skin very clear. I 100% recommend all men giving this line a try.  Get, it here. ( -Thomas, T.U.G Contributor)

 
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Sonicare Flexcare+. When Phillips first sent me the Sonicare Flexcare+, I thought I would try it out then stop using it when the batteries ran out, like I've done so many electronic toothbrushes in the past. But man was I wrong, not only is Sonicare Flexcare+ the best toothbrush I've ever used, I can confidently say that I will never not own one! Pretty extreme I know, but it's true. The design is nice and sleek, there's a UV cleaner included, and it actually does make you teeth whiter (or keeps them white). if you're on the market for a new electronic toothbrush -or- if you just know you need to step your dental care game up, then definitely get this. Get it, here.

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Dove Men+Care. We were sent alot of the Dove Men+Care sets when it first came out, so they were disbursed out between giveaways, loyal T.U.G readers, friends, and family. And nearly everyone who was given this set now purchases it on a regular, and it has become one of their staples. Their bath tool wasn't a hit in the least bit (sorry, Dove), but everyone loves the bodywash/facewash. Get it, here.

Twinluxe Instant Energy Mist. We reviewed several Twinluxe products last year, and most of them proved to be quite excellent. Over the past couple of months I've been using the Instant Energy Mist and not only is it a refreshing facial 'wake-up', but it gives you a glow.  The perfect thing to use after a long flight, or daily when you need a slight mid-day pick me up that isn't a Red Bull or 5-hour Energy Drink. Get it, here.

Grooming Review: Bulldog Natural Skincare, Bluebeards Revenge, and Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1

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Here's the latest grooming rundown of 3 men's grooming skincare lines from new T.U.G contributor, C.Daniel Cross.

Bulldog Natural Skincare

Summary of Bulldog Products: The products actually feel very natural, gentle on the skin, and smells damn good! Basically the smell is uniquely masculine, with hints of honey, green tea, lemon, and lime. On the con side, some of the products have to be used doubly or triply as recommended to get the desired sensation. Bust still overall, a solid natural skincare line for men.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Original Shave Gel: 1.) Feels gentle. 2.) Provides a fresh and aromatic shave experience 3.) While the product is salon quality, the product falls short of providing necessary moisture.

Original After Shave Balm: 1.) Has a calming and gentle feel. 2.) Reduced the appearance of after shave bumps, and alleviated irritation of shaving.

Original Face Wash: 1.) When applied to your face the consistency feels smooth and cool. 2.) Your face feels very clean 3.) Need immediate moisturizer afterwards to prevent dry skin.

Original Face Scrub: 1.) This product feels and smells very "high-end". 2.) It reminds me of the initial facial cleansing you get at the spa before the actual facial…NICE! 3.) Definitely use as directed (once or twice a week) as with most face scrub your face feels dry and in need of moisture! This product has to be combined with a great moisturizer.

Original Moisturizer: 1.) Feels cool and rejuvenating 2.) Your skin absorbs the product quickly! I had to apply it 3x to maintain the feel of the initial application. As the product label says… “Hope for the best” on this one… 3.) This product doesn't compliment the rest of the line… Moisture is such a key element to healthy vibrant skin, so I think Bulldog may need to go back in the lab for this one for a few improvements.

Purchase Bulldog Natural Skincare, here.

 

Bluebeards Revenge

Summary of Bluebeards Revenge Products: I can honestly say this product works! This shaving line is smooth, creamy, and mild. The application goes on easy and non-foamy. The smell is reminiscent of classic shaving days of yore. This product truly is worth every penny. I like the eye-catching labeling… its very "mans-mans" and inviting in a elegant pirate sort of way, lol.

Below are individual reviews with the following information: 1.)Feel/Application 2.) Immediate Results  3.)Short-term/Long-term Results

Shaving Cream: 1.) Thick and luscious cream 2.) Post shaving, skin left smooth, and non-irritated and moisturized!

Post shave balm: 1.) Has a velvety application. Its creamy texture on your skin feels like a face mask 2.) Leaves skin feeling soft, non-irritated 3.) Combo of shaving cream and post shave balm help delay hair growth and hair became easier to shave.

Purchase Bluebeards Revenge, here..

 

Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1 lotion – Fragrance free & Light Fragrance

Summary of Lubriderm Products: Skin felt smooth and revitalized. Very fast acting and one application lasted all day. Although the scented version was a little overwhelming for everyday use – handy in times when cologne isn’t appropriate… like a beach or pool outing.

Purchase Lubriderm Men's 3-in-1, here..

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.

Gentlemen Going Green: EVOLUTIONMAN & Sport+Store

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Guys, we gotta get greener, and the easier it can be done, the better. So of course that means seamlessly integrating it into our lifestyles. Well, here's two products that will make going green so much easier.

 

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Enjoyed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Patrick Dempsey and LeBron James EVOLUTIONMAN is one of the latest greats in the world of men's grooming. Made of post consumer grade plastic, all EVOLUTIONMAN products are visually attractive (with masculine discrete black packaging) and eco-conscious while offering those same benefits as the best grooming products.

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We haven't been able to try it out yet because, well, we have to finish enjoying TWINLUXE and HIMistry, but EVOLUTIONMAN's review is coming within the next few weeks… matter fact we'll just update this one and let you know when we do. We're sure EVOLUTIONMAN will work quite well though, especially if both Patrick Dempsey AND LeBron James are using it.

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I haven't been jogging in weeks now, but the last time I went I distinctively remember wishing I had a proper place to store my keys, well, this is it. SPORT+STORE is a lightweight sleek water bottle meant for both the versatility of style and function. You're able to store things in the bottom of the bottle. And it's not just for jogging, if you're about to play ball (or any other sport) you can put your cash and anything else that would have otherwise been in your pocket in there too. And unless your associates read The Urban Gent (they should) or keep up with this type stuff then they most likely won't even know you have items stashed in the bottom of your water bottle.

Luxury Grooming: Twinluxe

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Twinluxe is a line of fine grooming products for the modern man. TwinLuxe's 'Shaving Skincare' line consists of multi-functional formulations with a 'TwinLuxe Blend' core of soothing Asian botanicals, such as Hydrolyzed Rice Protein and Centella Asiatica Extract, scientifically-proven to help strengthen skin tone, improve skin smoothness, and promote anti-aging properties.

Reviews below:

Renewing Face Wash & Scrub: The unique formula combines two professional treatments in one "every day product". Gentle microbeads in the softening formula exfoliate the skin, smoothing away roughness and prevent ingrown hair. Unclogged, exfoliated skin is the key to a close shave. The integrated nourishing cleanser unclogs pores, removes dirt and excess oil to promote glowing, fresh skin. The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is a 2 in 1 essential for everyday use and for pre-shave preparation. For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review:  It has a soothing eucalyptus mint smell and exfoliating beads.The Renewing Face Wash & Scrub is able to take off dead layer of my skin without irritation. I've used several exfoliaters in the past and many irritate my skin, this one does not.

 

Booster Serum: Customize shaving results – this intensive power serum revolutionizes any shaving experience. Pre-shave, apply to create an additional protective barrier between your skin and your blade. Post-shave, soothe any problem spots on your skin to help boost skin's ability to renew and fight irritation. Anytime, apply to problem spots on skin to help revive your complexion.
For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review: Using it pre and/or post shave, the Booster Serum has helped reduce my razor bumps.

 

Soothing Face Balm: This intensive, non-oily balm infuses just-shaved skin with a soothing botanical blend to hydrate and nourish without clogging pores. This long-lasting and gentle moisturizer is a refreshing boost to battle the look of fine lines and inflammation, while restoring healthy, glowing skin. After spritzing Instant Energy Mist onto skin, apply a pea-sized amount for entire face and neck. Repeat if needed. For all skin types – even the most sensitive.

Urban Gent Review: I mainly like the Soothing Face Balm because it's not greasy or oily, and it goes right into the skin. This is hands down one of the best moisturizers I've used because you can use a little and it goes a long way. My only complaint is the mild plastic smell, it's unappealing, but it doesn't linger so I suppose it's okay. But besides that the product works great.

 

Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask: This miracle 2 in 1 daily deep pore cleansing treatment can be used as a bacteria-fighting facial wash, or as a detoxifying, pore cleansing mask to balance skin before shaving. To use as a mask, use a generous amount and leave on face for a few minutes before washing off. This one step multi-tasking formula provides the benefits of a professional deep cleansing treatment, while nourishing and soothing the skin as an essential daily face wash or prior day night time pre-shave preparation.
For all skin types.

Urban Gent Review: The Daily Detox Face Wash & Mask is light (not thick) and has a nice eucalyptus mint smell. It does a good job cleaning my skin without overdrying it. After I finish using it my face definitely feels rejuvenated.

Others to try: Instant Energy Mist, Smooth Shave Creme, Instant Rescue Gel

Learn more about the complete line of TwinLuxe, here.

Purchase Twinluxe products, here.

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