Shaving made simple with the Gillette Venus® Swirl™

Venus® Swirl™All razors aren’t created equally. A few months ago I ran out of razors, so I bummed one from my son.  It was a standard disposable razor, hadn’t ever been used…and I thought it was going to tear off all of my skin! I still can’t believe he uses those things on his face. I was so happy when Gillette Venus sent me the new Venus® Swirl™ , their razor with the revolutionary FLEXIBALL™ and 5 individually adjusting Contour™ blades.

Venus® Swirl™Venus® Swirl™Thanks to the FLEXIBALL™, the razor glides right over knobby knees and ankles, grabbing and removing every hair that’s there. If you don’t absolutely love it, Venus will give you 2x your money back, that’s how confident they are with this razor. I can’t imagine anyone returning this because it is just awesome.

In addition to the FLEXIBALL™ and 5 individually adjusting Contour™ blades, it also has a water-activated MoistureGlide™ serum, which means that shaving is a pleasure even without any sort of soap or shaving cream. The handle is awesome too because it won’t slip out of wet, soapy hands.Venus® Swirl™Venus® Swirl™

Venus has great products and great info, too. Here is their list of Five Things You Didn’t Know About Hair Removal – But You Definitely Should!

1. Hair Regrowth, It’s Genetic

You may perceive that hair grows back thicker, faster and darker after a shave, but in reality, hair regrowth is determined by DNA. On average hair grows ¼ inch per month – regardless of whether you shave or not. Shaving does alter the shape of hair at the tip, which can make hair seem thicker as it grows back, so make sure you are using a razor designed to move in multiple directions to reach all your tricky areas and catch every last hair, like Venus Swirl. If not, add stubble to the list of things you got from your mama.

2.  Water Is Your BFF
When it comes to shaving, hydration is key. Dry hair can be as strong as copper wire of the same thickness, making it difficult and painful to remove. Hydrated hair is softer hair, so removing it? Super easy.

3. When it Comes to Underarms, Follow the Directions

Let’s bring it back to shaving 101. Most women were taught to shave against the direction of hair growth for the closest, smoothest shave. This method is true for most of your body, but not your underarms. Underarm hair grows in different directions, so when removing it go up, down and sideways.

4. Treat Yo Self! Invest in Quality Razors
You’re not afraid to invest in your beauty routine for great results, and your shaving routine shouldn’t be any different. Not all razors are created equal!  When you invest in a high-quality razor, you’re less likely to experience nicks and cuts because the advanced blade technology allows for more pressure to be applied to the skin for a smooth shave.

5. Hair removal is personal.
It’s not one size fits all experience – you have to find the right method for you. Test them out, and see which one fits your lifestyle. In fact, on average women use 2 ½ different methods to remove hair from different parts of the body.

You can find Gillette Venus Razors – and the awesome Venus® Swirl™ – at local drugstores everywhere.  – Lisa

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HeadBlade ATX – the best gift for BCA you’d never know about

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Shave for a Cure is the slogan for this amazing HeadBlade ATX-Pink razor. I’m in awe with it’s cuteness and the incredible cause it was made for. I’m in awe in general with this company that sent me the ATX-Pink but has many other colors available. I’ll tell you right now, it would make a unique stocking stuffer for both men and women.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, HeadBlade created a limited edition pink version with 30% of the proceeds for October to be donated to Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in your women. Their mission is to save lives and empower women proactively at a young age. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18 and 45 with life saving education.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

Why do you want the ATX-Pink besides the fact that it has such a mighty mission?

🙂  It provides a great shave for heads, legs and body. ATX stands for All-Terrain so that makes sense!

🙂  It has a distinctive finger ring and suspension that allows for easy shaving and added stability. It’s great to use in the bath/shower.

🙂  The blade is suspended in the back by a unique spring-action device to reduce nicks and cuts.

🙂  The actual shaving head has a multi-blade technology that features a flow-through design for easy and efficient cleaning.

This is the HB4 edition, there is also a HB6 version.

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

HeadBlade ATX-Pink

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HeadBlade is an interesting company with many shaving products. I’m sure I’d never have learned about them if I hadn’t wanted to promote their Shave for a Cure cause but now that I know about HeadBlade I think it’s going to help in gift giving. They sell individual razors in a variety of colors, blades, shaving creams, and complete sets. For ATX-Pink the set includes ATX LE Pink HeadBlade, one HB4 refill kit, and one 5 oz. bottle of our award winning HeadSlick shave cream.

HeadBlade's ATX-Pink set

HeadBlade’s ATX-Pink set

I hope you’ll consider this over the next week to help contribute to Bright Pink and get a great shaving tool. The razor alone (in any color) is $15 while the kit is $29.97. Razor refills are $9.97 for 4 blades and the adaptor. Imagine the surprise when someone finds this in their stocking or as a gift. We are always looking for items that our friends and family don’t already have and this is THAT gift. Help yourself look smoother while helping others in their quest for health.  —  Marcia

p.s. Even men like pink but there are many colors to choose from.

p.p.s. Obviously this needs to be kept away from young children.

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How would you like to win a BIC Simply Soleil Click? You would, I’m sure of it

BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil Click

The very first razor I ever bought was from BIC. I remember sneaking it into the house because my father was very strict about my sister and I shaving our legs. He absolutely forbid it but even though my sister and I were really obedient children, we drew the line on that. We had a “discount” drugstore that we’d spend hours in and BIC was always in our bag when we left. Much later it became a joke between us all when my father would say “I still haven’t told you that you could shave your legs.” even on our wedding days. Having this new BIC SIMPLY SOLEIL CLICK RAZOR in this gorgeous fuchsia shade has brought back great memories along with simply smooth legs!

BIC Simply Soleil

BIC Simply Soleil Click

The BIC Simply Soleil Click is a razor with removable heads but those aren’t sold separately. What you’ll receive is

  • One (1) new, brightly-colored disposable handle and six disposable cartridges in each package (refills not sold separately)
  • Three (3) blades for a flawlessly smooth shave
  • A soothing moisture strip with cocoa butter

    BIC Simply Soleil

    BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil

BIC Simply Soleil Click

There are a lot of reasons that I’m enjoying using this razor. It has a pivoting head which makes it ideal for use at my ankles and underarms especially. The moisture strip is 2.5 times larger than the average BIC razor. It was made for women and we all deserve something special made just for us. None of those blue BIC’s in our baths!! And it’s very reasonably priced at $6.99 MSRP.

BIC Simply Soleil Click

BIC Simply Soleil Click

A lot of us are guilty of not changing our razor blades often enough because of the price but with BIC Simply Soleil Click that’s not an issue. And for TEN of you it’s really not going to be an issue since BIC is happily giving 10 Beauty Info Zone US readers a chance to win one for themselves. I don’t know about you, but I love getting packages in the mail.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is for US only and will end on Thursday, August 6th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. If comments close toward the end of the giveaway then email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it BIC Giveaway and send me your comment, then click and continue. The more options you do, the better your chances. *Prizes will be sent by BIC (who supplied mine).

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Grooming Lounge is the perfect place for Father’s Day

photo from etsy.com

photo from etsy.com

Father’s Day will be here in a New York minute, so why not get that shopping done now? The Grooming Lounge, an online website dedicated to manly grooming, takes all the work out of ‘dad’ shoppping for you. I count 96 different available brands from ACE for Men to Zwilling, with some pretty intriguing brands in between. Hello, Colonel Conk!  Of course I also had to take a look at Wurkinstiffs, Fresh Balls and Sasquatch Soap Bars. Don’t let the male-centric brand names scare you off – there are some seriously awesome grooming products here for bathing, shaving, and smelling good. This site is definitely worth a perusal.

Grooming Lounge The Shavior and Mug Moisturizer

Grooming Lounge sent two samples to test from their own line:  The Shavoir and Mug Moisturizer. Both are awesome gifts if the dad in your life prefers shaving to the bearded look.

Grooming Lounge The ShaviorGrooming Lounge The Shavior swatch

The Shavior ($24) gets serious props just for having a freaking fabulous name. Beyond that, pretty much everyone who shaves experiences irritation, bumps, and ingrown hairs at some point. This lotion not only does triage for already existing problems, it also helps to prevent further issues. Glycolic acid prevents the buildup that leads to bumps, and the lotion is full of botanicals, antioxidants, moisturizers and even sunscreen. Paraben, oil and sulfate free.

Grooming Lounge Mug MoisturizerGrooming Lounge Mug Moisturizer swatch

The Mug Moisturizer ($25) is something even the most skin care-resistant men will want to use. Men who shave in particular are prone to itchy or flaky skin. This is a light, oil-free moisturizer than has a slight outdoorsy scent. It leaves skin moisturized but not shiny, something my hubby definitely prefers. The terrific ingredients include Apple Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Chamomile Flower Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate.  Paraben and sulfate-free.

The Grooming Lounge products get a big thumbs up from the men in my life and the website is definitely easy to use and loaded with amazing Father’s Day gift possibilities. Head on over to take a look, even if it’s just to find out who the heck Colonel Conk really is.  – Lisa

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Get it for your guy: The Men’s Glossybox

Shampoo, shave, and style – that’s what the latest Glossybox for Men promises and for $40 it delivers everything your man needs to groom himself right up.

The Men's Glossybox

The Men’s Glossybox

There are two full size hair items, one full size skin care item, one full size shave item, and two sample size items.  The full size items together are worth $78, so this is definitely a bargain box of manly products.

Redken Clean Brew

Redken Clean Brew

Redken For Men Clean Brew Shampoo (retails for $12.50):  you know those commercials where there is a screaming hot guy out in the woods, doing something really manly like chopping down a tree or riding a wild horse?  The scent of this shampoo is exactly like what I imagine that screaming hot guy smells like.  It’s woodsy and clean and fabulously macho.  My husband LOVES this, it really is a terrific shampoo for guys who like working on cars or building houses because it has anti-grit technology that will clean even the most tenacious engine oil out of hair.  And if your guy has naturally oily hair, it’s shampoo perfection.

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken Firm Grasp

Redken for Men Firm Grasp texurizing hair clay (retails for $19):  this gets a big thumbs up from the hubby.  It’s a texturizing hair clay that smells woodsy, but it’s not an overpowering scent. It is terrific for shorter hair, leaving a matte finish that looks mod yet rugged.

Nuxe Men's Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream

Nuxe Men Multi-Purpose Eye Cream (retails for $28): it is a small bottle, but it is the full size product. The eye cream is in an airless pump, it’s really terrific packaging. The eye cream is a thin cream that smells vaguely of pine.  It is designed to soothe puffiness, decrease dark circles, and decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It sure leaves my skin super soft and hydrated. I got my husband to use it for a few days, and he liked it…but I’m betting it’s not something he will use all the time.  Eye cream is a little too much maintenance for him. So guess what? I’m stealing it for myself.

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Prepare Shave Oil

Zirh Pre-Shave Oil (retails for $18.50):  this is an oil that your guy smooths on before the shaving cream. It gives the shaving area more lubrication so shaving is easy and razor burn issues are things of the past. It’s a small bottle, but one drop is all my husband needs for shaving his beard, so this will last a very long time. Again, my husband liked it and said it worked great…but I am betting this is one more step he won’t do regularly, although he will reach for it when his razor is at the end of its lifetime. In the meantime, I am using it for shaving my legs.

Bulgari Man Extreme

Bulgari Man Extreme

BVLGARI Man Extreme Cologne (this is a deluxe 0.17 fl.oz. sample, a full size 3.4 oz. retails for $79):  what a nice, big sample of this deliciously manly cologne! I find a lot of men’s colognes are way too strong, but this one is subtle and masculine at the same time. Notes include pink grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, balsa wood, and Haitian vetiver.

There is also a small tube of Sisley Moisturizer that is meant for application after shaving. It’s definitely something to throw in the travel bag for soothing irritated skin.

All in all, it’s a great box. The full size items are terrific and money-wise you get a lot of bang for your buck. Anything my hubby wouldn’t use was of interest to me, so nothing is going to be wasted! I think this is a wonderful gift for the guy in your life. I give a big thumbs up to this Men’s Glossybox.  – Lisa

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Valentine’s Day gift for him: van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

Wondering what to get your significant other/dad/son for Valentine’s Day? Wonder no more! As long as he is hirsute enough to shave, the van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set is beyond cool.

Van Der Hagen Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

The van der Hagen family hails from Holland, where they owned a windmill and farmed. They moved to America in 1905 and began a specialty soap company, which developed into the premier specialty soap manufacturer in the world. Some of their clients for soaps and premium shave products for men include Avon, Harrods (UK), Bath & Body Works, Liz Claiborne, The Body Shop (UK), Michael Jordan , Boots (UK), O. Boticario (Brazil), Elizabeth Arden, Walt Disney, Estee Lauder and Warner Bros.

The Luxury Shave Set is a perfect example of their quality and craftsmanship and it is a really awesome ‘throwback’ kind of gift that your man will love.

Van Der Hagen Shave Set

van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set

The van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set is packed with all the grooming goodies essential for close shave:
•    100 percent pure badger brush to lather in luxury
•    Classic monogrammed apothecary mug
•    Hypoallergenic shave soap
•    Combination brush & razor stand

Van Der Hagen brush

100% pure badger brush

brush and soap

brush and shave soap in the apothecary mug

The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process.

all soaped up

all soaped up

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

This set creates a terrific creamy foam that makes shaving easy and fun. Seriously, my husband absolutely LOVES this. The first time he used it he said, “This is going to make me want to shave more often!” And guess what? He really does because it’s such a kick to use this retro set. That makes me happy because it leaves his skin really soft and smooth and let’s face it – that makes for much better kissing.

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him this Valentine’s Day, here’s your answer!  Believe me, you won’t go wrong with the van der Hagen Luxury Shave Set.  – Lisa

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ShaveTech Travel Shaver – the perfect gift for the guy in your life (and you too)

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

The men in my family are all electric razor type guys. My husband uses one so that’s what our sons automatically started using. Plus my sons both like that part shaved look while my husband likes to be clean shaven. What I see in my bathroom is a pretty bulky shaver that I’d certainly never use. Now though there’s a white ShaveTech that is sleek, modern and only fabulous.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

This is the perfect gift to give. I’m thrilled since I never have a single idea on what to get them. The ShaveTech Rechargable Travel Shaver is the bomb. Whoops, better not say that since it’s perfect for travel and that’s a no-no. Why is this perfect for travel?

1. It’s small and portable. It’s basically the size of a smart phone.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

2. The charger is built right in. You don’t have to worry about cords.

ShaveTech USB port closed

ShaveTech USB port closed

3. You can charge it anywhere you have a USB outlet. If you travel to other countries there’s no worry at all.

ShaveTech USB charger

ShaveTech USB charger

4. You just have to flip up the top and you have a fabulous electric razor.

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

ShaveTech Rechargeable Travel Shaver

5. The slim top makes for precious grooming. The blades are sharp and the vibrations fast and that makes for a cleaner shave.

ShaveTech top

ShaveTech top

6. Best of all, this is only $29.95. What a great price for a gift for the guy who goes to the office, the gym, needs to touch up before going out, or travels. It comes in both black and white with silver trim. It has a soft carrying case and a cleaning brush. They are sold on the ShaveTech website along with some retail stores.

My husband was totally impressed when he saw the ShaveTech. I think it’s only the second item I’ve received for review that he has been impressed with. I’m being nice and letting him use it but I think I’m going to steal it for myself. It’s as perfect for me as it is for him. What do you think?? — Marcia

*sent for review