The Ultimate Dopp Kit, Part II

Posted by Chiefs Rocks on October 24, 2011 0 Comments


Klhip

A big shout-out to our friends over at Big Ups for pointing us in the direction of a great product called Klhip. Made in the USA from stainless steal, this set of clippers is meant to handle even the nastiest bro’s finger nails. (Yes, the CHIEF is talking to you, Shridar Chillal.)  One of the key features to this tool is it’s forward facing lever, which allows pressure to be applied directly over the nail.  Plus, what other pair of clippers do you know that has a lifetime warranty?




Sheets
The CHIEF is definitely taking a SHEET.  He took a SHEET last night before making fun of Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves; He took a SHEET before kicking the most interesting man in the worlds ass in poker; And he’s even taking a SHEET on Procter & Gamble right now.  Defined as the “new way to do energy”, SHEETS will PUMP YOU UP. So get up and head on down to your local GNC so you can pack some SHEETS in your dopp kitt.


ShaveStick
Sometimes shaving can get messy – the CHIEF knows the feeling. Luckily, there’s a solution. ShaveStick. ShaveSticks one step process (did you say process?) makes shaving so simple that even Pocahontas can use it. Also, definitely note that Menskin offers 5 kick ass options for all of you bros. So whether you want to get fruity – or just keep it platinum – the guys over at ShopMasc can hook you up!



Kent Pocket Comb
Yes – we do think the switchblade comb is something every bad ass should equip himself with. No – that doesn’t mean we think you should put one in your dopp kit. However, if there was a comb that came close to the switchblade comb, it would be the Kent Pockett Comb.  Plus the comb is a Kent, so you know it’s going to last.

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UppGrader Defines Grooming

Posted by The Chief on October 18, 2011 0 Comments

The following post is a guest post from our friends at Uppgrader

When you think of grooming, do images of excessively shaved models with gaunt jaw lines and eight gallons of hair product come to mind? Well get that garbage out of your head. A guy doesn't have to spend half his morning in front of a mirror to look good- he just needs a few quick and simple items. With the help of our buddies over at CHIEFS™, we've put together a few of our favorite grooming necessities.



Facewash

Chiefs For Men

Chiefs Energizing Face Wash

[$16.99] Let's start with the basics: you're going to need a face wash. The skin on your face is not only more sensitive than it is elsewhere, but it also receives the most exposure to the elements. To take care of that beautiful mug properly, you need a specialized wash. No shocker, we recommend Chiefs Energizing Facewash (and no, not just because they're a sponsor). Will Evans, an old college buddy of ours, started Chiefs after he got fed up with using crappy department store brands. He wanted something that was gentle on his skin but also give him a boost in the morning. After months of research, Will came up with a formula using natural elements that not only cleans and protects the face, but has a distinct kick, like a shot of espresso to your skin. Our verdict? It's better than anything else we've ever tried.

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Body Wash

Blue Moon Beer Bar

Blue Moon Beer Bar

[$6] Now that your face is taken care of, let's get the rest of you clean. Forget all those chemical-laden body washes you see at the grocery store- all they do is dry out your skin and leave you smelling like cheap cologne. What you really want is a natural, hand-made alternative. In other words, what you really want is the Blue Moon Beer Bar by Veve's Handmade. Now if the idea of smelling like beer all the time doesn't immediately appeal to you, we understand; no one wants to smell like a bar-room floor or have their boss think they're drinking on the job, but trust us- the Blue Moon Beer Bar will have you smelling zesty fresh. This hand-made soap contains coconut oil, sunflower oil, Blue Moon, and a hint of orange peel for that added citrus smell. And yes, it's Tyler Durden approved.

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Shampoo

Anthony Shampoo

Anthony Logistics Every Day Shampoo

[$16] Before we talk about cleaning that mop on your head, let us just say that we love a company that addresses grooming as 'logistics'. It let's us know that this is a company that knows what a real guy wants: simple solutions for everyday grooming. Which is why we weren't surprised at all by how much we loved Anthony's Peppermint Every Day Shampoo. Made with natural peppermint oil, lavender, chamomile and more, Anthony's Shampoo leaves your hair feeling extra light and clean, but the best part is how it wakes up your head. The natural peppermint oil causes your scalp to tingle with a unique fresh sensation very similar to that of Chiefs Face Wash. For that reason, these two items are your one-two punch for morning showers.

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Beard Care

Bluebeards Original

Bluebeards Original Gift Set

[$36] We understand that many of our readers don't have beards because of job restrictions, girlfriends and wives, or general wimpiness, but let's be honest: beards are the manliest thing on Earth and something we should all strive to grow. It takes a certain dedication to grow and maintain a good face shrubbery, and for those with the gravitas to take that journey, maintenance is the first major hurdle. Luckily, Bluebeards Original has got you covered. If you're just starting off in the world of beardliness, we recommend Bluebeards Gift Pack, which contains their beard wash and bear saver treatments. The Beard Wash is specially formulated with aloe vera and lime to not only gently wash that flavor saver of yours, but also cleanse the skin underneath. The Beard Saver works as a great conditioner and anti-itch solution while also helping prevent ingrown hairs. It's the perfect combo to achieve maximum lumberjack status (the height of manhood).

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Shaving Cream

Burts Bees Shave Cream

Burt's Bees Shave Cream

[$8] If you're one of the many people who either can't sport a beard, or simply choose not to (in which case you need to seriously reevaluate your life), chances are you do a lot of shaving. All that grinding of metal across your skin can cause some serious irritation if you're not careful, which is why its important to pick the right shaving cream. Well we're happy to report that our search for the perfect shaving solution lasted about two seconds: we found out Burt's Bees had a shaving cream, we tried it, we'll never use anything else. Burt's Bees Shave Cream proves once again that a natural solution beats a chemical solution when it comes to protecting your face. It uses a combination of Calendula extract, which has a unique smoothing effect on skin, and chamomile to give you a close shave while simultaneously keeping your skin hydrated. If you're prone to razor burn or just have sensitive skin, Burt's Shave Cream is a must have item around your bathroom sink.

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Moisturizer

Every Man Jack

Every Man Jack Face Lotion

[$6] Whether you make the choice to join team beard or team pansy, you're going to need a protective yet gentle moisturizer for your face. You want something that'll keep your skin from getting stiff and cracked but wont clog your pores. We're not usually the types to judge a book by it's cover, but the other day we picked up a few bottles of Every Man Jack Face Lotion quite honestly because we liked the packaging. It took one application for us to decide that EMJ is going to be our new go-to moisturizer. It's super light, not greasy at all, and leaves your face feeling completely hydrated. We did a little research and it turns out Every Man Jack really has their shit together: each of their three face lotions (unscented, mint, and sun protection) contain natural soothing extracts like menthyl, shea butter, aloe, vitamin E, and chamomile. For those with extra sensitive skin, worry not: EMJ is free of paragons, dyes, and sodium sulfate. Give this stuff a chance- you wont regret it.

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Deodorant

Old Spice Fresh Collection

Old Spice Fresh Collection

[$5] Thus far we've tried to advocate natural products whenever possible, but there is one area where we haven't really been able to find a good natural solution: our pits. The average guy, whether he's a desk jockey or a pro athlete, does a lot of underarm sweating during the day, and so far most "natural" deodorants we've tried just don't get the job done. As a result, we're recommending the already heavily publicized Old Spice Fresh Collection. And we have to say there's a reason this stuff is so popular: because it straight-up works. Not only does the Fresh Collection do a great job of keeping your pits dry, but every single scent in the line-up smells absolutely, ridiculously, amazingly good. Seriously, go pick up a stick of Fiji and tell us you're not instantly in love.

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Cologne

Victorinox Swiss Unlimited

Victoinox

[$30] As a rule of thumb, we're not huge supporters of cologne here at Uppgrader. Seems to us that most folks use way too much of it and end up completely overwhelming everyone around them. But at the same time, we realize some of our readers probably like a little extra fragrance to distinguish themselves from their colleagues. So for those that just can't resist the urge to spritz themselves with flavor, the only fragrance we can honestly recommend is the one made by maybe the manliest company in the world: Vitorinox's Swiss Unlimited. Yes, the people that brought you the 101-function Swiss Army Knife also make cologne, and it's pretty kick-ass. Swiss Unlimited has a fresh woody smell (because all men should strive to smell like wood) thanks to a combination of Genepi liquor, Absinth, and Fir. When two out of the three ingredients we've listed will get you stone drunk, you know it's got to be a damn good smell.

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Thanks again for reading and we hope you'll give a few of these products a try. They're all awesome in their own right and more than worthy of a spot around your bathroom sink. If you make the call to pick up any of these items, shoot us an email (staff [at] uppgrader.com) and let us know what you think. In the meantime, keep on upgrading.

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5 Killer Grooming Articles For Men

Posted by The Chief on October 06, 2011 0 Comments

For those of us living in the northern hemisphere (especially in the hotter states) many of us welcome autumn with arms wide open.  However with weather changing as we speak, it’s important The Chief keeps you aligned with the latest Grooming Intel.  That’s why this week we profiled 5 Kick Ass Grooming Articles for you to read from sites like the NY Times, The Art of Manlniess, and The Grooming Lounge.   If you fellas loved our Ultimate Dopp Kit post, then you’ll rave about this one.



How To Smell Like A Barbershop

We know there’s something special – even magical – in the air at the local barber shop that doesn’t just smell distinctively good, but that also lingers on you after you leave and make way for the day. Unfortunately, most of us don’t barbershop hop. Most of us leave the hopping for the bars.  Well, fortunately for us,  the gentleman over at The Art Of Manliness have profiled exactly the products you need to get that distinct smell. It’s almost impossible to describe. Honestly, it’s like the barbershop smell is some sort of genie and the folks over at The Art Of Manliness captured it and made many a man’s wish come true, and  finally answering the age-old question – how to smell like a barbershop. 


Getting the ‘Mad Men’ Hair | Part 1 & Part 2

If there ever was a man cooler than the Chief, which could also easily be his counterpart “The most interesting guy in the world” from Dos Equis, it would be Don Draper. But seriously if anybody is looking to be Don Draper for Halloween, this would be the post to read.  Thankfuly for us, we have the NY Times.  We know, it seems like an odd place to strike up a Halloween costume idea, but they do a primo job in breaking down Don Draper’s hair.  The NY Times lists a litany of products, but in Part 2 it’s eventually revealed that Don Draper himself in fact uses Redken For Men Grip Tight Firm Hold Gel.


Top 10 Must Try Grooming Experiences 

This one’s a curve ball for you many a bro, but nonetheless it’s a cool one to read!  There are plenty of grooming products out there for men; some products are cool and effective, but most are not.  With that said, what about grooming experiences? The fellas over at Ask Men broke down a unique article entitled the Top 10 Must Try Grooming Experiences. This is truly one of Ask Men’s more informative articles highlighting some great experiences, like a trip to a Finnish Spa; and experiences to the extremely bizarre, like a Thai Fish Pedicure.  If you’re looking for an article that is both interesting and entertaining – check out the Top 10 Must Try Grooming Experiences by Ask Men.


7 Tips To Fight Men’s Body Odor

We get it, everyman wants to smell good - at least the Chief hopes so.  There are the obvious tips, such as: use deodorant or take more showers. But then there are some more obscure suggestions that the the men over at Menscience break down for us.  For example, have you ever ever thought about taking a multi vitamin, and thereby introducing Zinc or Magnesium into your daily consumption? What about switching around your diet (Yes! Consumption of beer makes you smell better)?  Either way, Mensciene – which also makes some seriously effective mens skincare products – does a kick-ass job fleshing out ways to decrease body odor. So be good to yourself and stop smelling bad. It’s just plain gross.


How To Chop A Chest ’Fro

The Grooming Lounge sheds an interesting light on a topic that we’re almost hesitant to discuss – How To Chop A Chest ’Fro. If Tom Selleck or David Hasselfhof knew how to bookmark a webpage, one could only hope that they’d use such an “advanced” skill to immediately bookmark the above mentioned article from the Grooming Lounge.  One of the more informative grooming sites online, The Grooming Lounge breaks down exactly what a bro needs to do if he faces the often unsightly problem of having a arguably hideous amounts of chest hair. Plus, the guys over at the lounge sell all the tools in-house. So while you’re there - check out their web store.





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What Makes Our Face Wash The Best Face Wash For Men

Posted by The Chief on July 19, 2011 0 Comments

A man looking for his first face wash, or seeking an upgrade from his current facial product, will inevitably encounter many options. The search can be confusing and overwhelming as he is confronted with a vast array of exfoliates, foaming cleansers and a litany of other offers. The ingredients we use distinguish our product from the rest of the pack. We have taken special care to integrate a healthy combination of natural elements that will provide you with a refreshed and refined feeling for the day.


These ingredients are listed below:


Menthol is an organic compound obtained from essential oils like spearmint and peppermint,
providing you the perfect “punch” for your face in the morning. We were sure to place a
powerful dose of menthol in the product. Looking for the perfect cooling and tingly effect in the
morning, well there is no better product on the market than Chief’s Energizing Face Wash.



Male Pawnee Indians, a dominant Native American tribe, used to use
Ginseng as a powerful love potion. Indigenous cultures have also been known to use
Ginseng as a remedy to fortify their immune system.  Naturally, as opposed to using caffeine like other products, we had to add a touch of invigorating and rejuvenating ginseng in our face wash.  


We knew that in order for the smell of our product to balance out, we had to incorporate
some “manly” aromas into our product. Which is exactly why we were sure include rosemary oil,
which has a natural woody tone from the Mediterranean pineal the oil origins from.
Rosemary oil is also a mesmerizing brain and nerve tonic, and it is an amazing remedy for
mental fatigue. 



Lastly, we had to include the mighty powerful eucalyptus oil into our product. Eucalyptus has
long been linked as a natural antiseptic, which will helps heal damaged skin, but
also as an amazing inhalant that helps improve breathing. Matched with Rosemary oil, eucalyptus provides an amazing aroma that will help you wake up in the morning.

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