Celebrating National Beard Day

If there is going to be a national celebration for anything, then beards are as good as subject as any. This Saturday(September 2nd)  sees National Beard Day, a celebration of all faces hairy and beautiful. It is no secret that I am partial to a hirsute man, with French and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud being my number one crush, so Saturday is definitely a day close to my heart.

Beards have certainly grown (to pardon the pun) in popularity in recent years, you only have to look at how many instagram feeds are dedicated to beards to realise that. But if you think that a beard is an easy option that you just allow to grow and cut out shaving, then you are sorely mistaken. The modern beard is a well groomed, well sculpted facial adornment, which is pampered and preened with beard shampoo and conditioner, beard oils and balms, moustache wax and pomades, and very often it has its own comb and brush to ensure the styling is on point. Beards have become big beauty business with their own shelf in the male grooming aisle of Boots and Superdrug. Manscaping is definitely a thing.

Lucky for me, I have my own hot beardy man who is definitely in tune when it comes to male styling. Pete is a real fan of the Dear Barber Grooming set from Just My Look. In particular, this set has a great beard oil which helps keep Pete’s beard in tip top condition, taming stray hairs whilst having just the slightest hint of fragrance, making it not too sweet and cloying. It is also a decent sized bottle at 30ml, this should last for quite some time as you only need a few drops at a time. The kit comes in a wonderfully retro looking box and also contains a Dear Barber moustache wax and a great quality wooden beard comb. This is a wonderful gift for the upcoming festive season and would certainly be appreciated by anyone who loves to groom their beard.

Gifts For The Discerning Gent

Buying a gift for a loved one can be the easiest task in the world, or it can be the most difficult – a minefield in fact. I tend to find it easy to buy for the female members of my family, my sister, my mom, my nieces and my sister in law are all fairly simple to gift, and I enjoy the act of shopping for them. But when it comes to the men in my family, particularly my father, father in law and my brother in law, I find is so frustrating. I think I’ve mentioned before that my father is very much of the ‘don’t want anything, don’t need anything school’, so this post is sort of a tribute to him, and his kind, with a few ideas for gifts that may please even the very hard to please. (Fingers crossed).

A Gift Experience

What do you give to the person who has everything, and wants for nothing? You give them a gift experience that they will never forget. Whether it’s a helicopter trip, enjoying the view from the top of The Shard, or a driving experience at Silverstone, there must be an experience that your loved one would love to take part in to create a memory made to last. You can find lots of great gift experiences at Virgin.

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Gourmet E-Liquid

If your loved one is a vaper, or is trying to give up smoking, you could treat them to the very best in Gourmet E-Liquid. Red Vape, which is based in Nottingham, have created a range of gourmet e-liquids that contain no artificial ingredients, flavourings or colourings. They also come in stylish packaging which makes them a great gift idea. You can find out more about the brand by visiting https://www.redvape.com

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Beard Products and Male Grooming

Even the most alpha of males seem to be getting in on the act when it comes to male grooming. Beards are still the look of choice when it comes to men’s fashion, and so beard products – oils, tamers, combs and balms are a good and useful choice as a gift. A case in point is the Billy Jealousy beard product we got for my brother-in-law for Christmas last year. Yesterday he sent a message asking for a link to the product so he could re-order it. I guess you can say that was a hit!

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What do you buy for the hard to buy for?

Beauty Treats For The Man In Your Life

A gift or treat need not be reserved just for birthdays or Christmas, you should be able to treat the man in your life any time you like, just to say ‘I love you’ or I’m thinking of you, or just because – do you really need a reason?

When it comes to buying a gift for my husband, I am always drawn to grooming products. Once upon a time these were the preserve of the metro-sexual male, those who tended to be fashion forward in all areas. For the rest of the male population, a bic razor, plastic comb and a bottle of Insignia was about as far as it went when it came to products for grooming, and if you happened to spot a tub of nivea ladies you’d really found yourself a new man. But in these days of super stylish and groomed male role models, your man is probably likely to have as many products on their bathroom shelf as you do, inspired by the likes of David Beckham, Olivier Giroud, and the two Ryan’s – Reynolds and Gosling.

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Here are a few ideas for gifts for that well groomed man in your life.

ER-GB80 Multi-Groomer

Panasonic are a brilliant name when it comes to choosing a men’s trimmer and their latest design is a seriously good one.  The Multi Groomer is a professional hair clipper that gives an exceptionally clean and precise cut. It features new and improved ultra-close blades for a 40% shorter trimming length than conventional models, as well as a smooth curving and easy to handle ergonomic design. It comes with a range of attachments for cutting and trimming hair and beards, and is a seriously attractive piece of kit – a perfect present in fact.

The Beard Bro
Want to get the perfect shape for that hipster beard? Then you need to invest in the Beard Bro, which has been described as the number one facial hair shaping tool for perfect lines and symmetry. It’s basically a set square for beards – a super cool little piece of plastic that enables your man to design a shape for his beard, and then keep it symmetrical when cutting.

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Beard Oil

Once upon a time men thought they were doing well if they used a product in their hair, but these days it is all about the beard, and the most stylish beards are also soft and in fabulous condition due in no small part to the use of beard oil. There are lots of brands around including Mo Bro and Billy Jealousy, and Amazon is a great place to look and discover new brands.  Beard Forrest Oil promises to make it Kissable, so that has to be the one doesn’t it!

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Is you man a well groomed man? What products or gadgets are on your shopping list?