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..

The Urban Gent x Good Wood Pinbacks

The Urban Gentleman x Good Wood Custom Pinbacks

We got these custom made pinbacks in awhile back, and have been waiting to display them in a shoot. Well, our "Parks and Recreation" summertime photoshoot was the perfect time to unveil. These are custom wooden Urban Gentleman pinbacks/buttons made by the good folks at Good Wood (based on our classic T.U.G pinbacks), pretty sweet, huh? Thanks guys!


Check them out in our casual summer men's style shoot.

The White Collar Style and Fashion Guide of Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer)

Fitted suits, tie bars, and fedoras are a few of the staples we've came to associate with White Collar's Neal Caffrey, played by Texas-born actor Matt Bomer. Rugged beards and stylish scruffy facial hair? Not this guy, he takes pride in being clean-shaven and immaculately well-groomed. Moderately inspired by Cary Grant  in "To Catch a Thief" and The Rat Pack Caffrey definitely looks like an Urban Gentleman™ .

Cary Grant in the 1955 movie "To Catch a Thief"

The show's costume designer Stephanie Maslansky openly discusses the makings of Neal Caffrey's wardrobe on White Collar's official website. She says his look is 'mid-century gone modern' with suits by designers John Varvatos and Paul Smith (but let's not forget about his vintage Sy Devore suit from the very first episode). His tie bars are vintage, and his ties are also almost always vintage and bought at Manhattan's Star Struck and Cheap Jack's. Speaking of accessories, so many wonder where Neal gets those fedoras, no other than Manhattan's oldest hat shop, J.J.Hat Center, And these days his sunglasses are often classic Ray-Bans.

Caffrey also sports his fair share of 3-piece suits, sorta like another USA Character. Can anyone guess? Harvey from Suits of course. Prepare for the Suits Giveaway, which includes a Kodak Pocket Camera.

All those who have been loyally watching since Season 1, like myself, know about the show's love for Thomas Pink… I remember a bedroom scene that was  joyously filled with Thomas Pink bags in the background– some of the show's swankiest product placement to date, lol. But they don't just use Pink bags for props, many of Caffreys cuff-links and shirts are Thomas Pink (as well as Paul Smith and John Varvatos).

When he's out with Mozzie or painting in his apartment (June's "guest room") we may find him in a few casual-wears, like crew necks, polos, and  button-ups. Those seldom seen looks vary in labels: sometimes shirts by Hugo Boss and Band of Outsiders, jackets by Armani, pants by Prada, shoes by Sperry for J.Crew, and all of the above by John Varvatos (this show really really likes Varvatos, and Thomas Pink, but definitely Varvatos). When it comes to purchasing a little bit of everything (casual, business, clothing, accessories) costume designer Maslanksy also does her fair share of shopping at Century 21 and Barneys.

Note: One main style element that is consistent with Caffrey is the color blue, there's rarely an outfit that doesn't have something blue in it– whether it's the suit, a tie, his hat, shirt, or even a scene that has him in his drawers, 99% of the time he's wearing something blue. This is of course done to match Matt Bomer's piercing blue eyes.

So let's review, To Get the Style Of Neal Caffrey: Mix vintage modern, stick with slim silhouettes for suits and dress shirts, and accessorize with vintage ties, tie bars, and classic fedoras. Pretty easy, eh? So on your next shopping trip implement a bit of Caffrey in your style, or you can shop the look below:

 
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USA Network x The Urban Gent: Men of USA Giveaway

I've been meaning to do a stylish men of TV posting for well over a year now, but I never got around to it. One of the main shows I planned to highlight was of course no other than USA's White Collar– that Neal Caffrey is one smooth mutha–"shut yo' mouth", lol. (that was Shaft movie reference for those who didn't catch it). But really, his authentic love of art, culture, and fine-dressing makes him an easy favorite when it comes to stylish characters on TV.  So, when the USA Network, said they had a giveaway in mind for The Urban Gentleman, it was an easy "yesss".

Each day this week, starting TODAY we'll be giving away FanPacks representing the Men of USA,  from 6 of USA Network's top shows: White Collar, Necessary Roughness, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, and Suits. And we'll have style profiles of some of the most notable Men of USA… check for that throughout the week.

HOW TO ENTER: Details below (at the bottom of the posting). Be sure to follow us on Twitter, fan on Facebook, and sign-up for T.U.G Mail. As always the more ways you enter the higher your chances of winning (winners are chosen via random.org).

For those who aren't familiar here's a brief rundown of each show, as well as each respective FanPack contents:
 

­White Collar, Tuesdays at 9PM. Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is a debonair bad boy with classic movie-star style (think Carey Grant meets Al Capone). And with every-man FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) on his side, WHITE COLLAR is the definition of slick and timeless New York. Get more WHITE COLLAR, here.

White Collar Prize Pack: Custom Nylon Bag ($10) Season 1 & 2 DVDs ($100) Jack Spade Wallet ($80) USA Summer T-Shirt ($15) USA 10 City Summer Guide. ($205 value)

MORE Giveaway Details BELOW –> CONTINUE READING MORE >>>

The Working Mini Urban Gent

Talk about the workwear trend, is this kid really wearing a denim jumpsuit? And strolling a dolly along with confident ease? This has to be staged, either way… love it. Last question– where was this photo when we did all of our American Workwer features last year? Nevertheless get your little brother/nephew/son/godson/etc a taste of the look below:

 
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photo via thelocals.dk

Frederick Benjamin Grooming

While women of color have their Miss Jessie's and Carol's Daughter hair products, their has been a particular lack in products for men of color, created by a person of color (from start to finish), well, Frederick Benjamin has arrived to fill that void.

Inspired by his grandfather, Michael James (founder of Frederick Benjamin) wanted to create a simple, timeless grooming line that evoked the same sense of pride men had in the 40s and 50s. "My grandfather (Frederick Benjamin Schumpert) was the epitome of style, grace and finesse. At an early age, he taught me the importance of looking your best and being prepared for what life has in store for you. When I began developing the line his words and image was the inspiration that helped me bring the brand to life.” Inspiration from your grandfather ,huh? well, we're pretty familiar with that around here (see: T.U.G logo).

Left: Frederick Benjamin Schumpert, Right: Michael James, founder, honed in his hair care expertise by working with companies like L'Oreal and Revlon for over a decade.

As discussed in The Urban Gentleman Grooming Routine, men of color must be particularly sure to use conditioning products that add nutrients to the hair, instead of stripping away its natural oils (which creates dry scalp and dull hair.)  Frederick Benjamin's line of natural products are free from all things that damages hair: drying alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and petroleum distillates: petrolatum & mineral oil.  Instead there are natural ingredients like spearmint, clove, hemp seed, and nettle that cohesively work together to invigorate the scalp, create lasting hydration, restore softness and bring a natural matte shine to the hair. And although created with multicultural men in mind, the products works well with all hair  (curly, straight, wavy) and scalp types.

The Frederick Benjamin line of products is lightweight, grease-free and can be used on a daily basis. Shampoo, Conditioner, and Daily Hydrator. Each product retails for $12.00 each, purchase here.

T.U.G Review: What can I say, I crossed my fingers hoping it would deliver and it did. First off, the smell is great, it's minty so if I wash my hair in the morning it gives me a  relaxing wake-up and if I choose to wash my hair at night, it has a faint calming effect which helps after a stressful day. The immediate results of The Frederick Benjamin line of products is softer hair, then after a few washes you really begin to see the natural shine. All in all I recommend those searching for a new line of products to give it a try.

Of course we want you to experience this new line of products as well, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win a Frederick Benjamin Travel Kit (we'll giveaway 5 total over the next few weeks).

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