The Grooming Artist News Roundup: January 2017

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2017 is officially upon us! If you’re just heading back into work today, here’s something that’ll make the transition a little easier: a little daydreaming in the form of a guide to relaxing destinations for your spring holiday. Because although the climate may say otherwise, spring is coming fast enough.

Something else that will help you start the year on a high note? A quick primer on how to stick to those resolutions you made two days ago. By breaking your goals into actionable items, you’ll be able to tackle them more easily.

This month’s news roundup also includes dopp kit product suggestions from Men’s Journal, and GQ’s picks for the most popular grooming products of 2016. We’re proud to carry a couple of products from GQ’s “best of” list, including Grant’s Golden Brand Medium Blend Pomade and Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer.

Plus, get some fantastic winter skincare and fragrance tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis, senior manager of learning and organizational development at L’Occitane en Provence.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous New Year!

Make weekend trips and plane rides that much more enjoyable by packing your dopp kit with the right stuff. Here, 12 toiletry bag essentials. (Men’s Journal)

Winter skincare tips from Kristina Tsiriotakis of L’Occitane en Provence. (Huffington Post Canada)

A barber from Pontypool, UK could be crowned as the best wet shave artist in the UK when he competes in a competition in a couple of months. (South Wales Argus)

We’ve all made them. Here’s how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. (MR PORTER)

It’s not too early to start planning your spring getaway at these incredibly relaxing destinations. (MR PORTER)

The most popular grooming products of 2016, according to GQ. (GQ)

Peppermint isn’t just for candy canes. We take you through the benefits of peppermint oil for your shave and for relaxation. (Grooming Artist)

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The Grooming Artist News Roundup: December 2016

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With your social calendar undoubtedly filling up, it’s prime time to ensure you’re looking your best as well as throwing jolly good holiday bashes, should you be hosting. Since proper presentation begins with a clean shave, we’ve included tips from Liverpool barber Ronaldo de Silva for a satisfying wet shave, as well as a quirky trick to try: supposedly, putting shaving cream on your mirror before you shower prevents the mirror from fogging up. If you’re in the habit of shaving after you shower, that means faster shaves, without the annoyance of not being able to see yourself. (We suggest doing this with old shaving cream foam from another life).

For those holiday parties, Bartender Tristan Willey of Brooklyn’s Long Island Bar creates a menu of 13 cocktails, all with a wintery twist (think vodka and cointreu mixed with cranberry juice and allspice). Meanwhile, MR PORTER enlists the help of jet setter Mark-Francis Vandelli for his best posh party tips.

Finally, we get to the bread and butter of the season with our picks for Christmas presents for the discerning gentleman.

Enjoy, and have a great holiday season!

Thinking about shaving off that Movember moustache you grew for charity? Liverpool barber Ronaldo de Silva offers tips for the perfect wet shave. (Liverpool ECHO)

Do you shave after a shower? Putting shaving cream on your mirror before you shower can stop it from fogging up. (The Star)

Bartender Tristan Willey of Brooklyn’s Long Island Bar shows you how to create 13 cocktails with a winter-friendly twist. (Esquire)

GQ’s favorite travel-sized grooming products list includes the lovely Marvis Toothpaste, which we carry on the site. (GQ)

Shopping for the man with a refined taste is daunting, to say the least. We help you out with 7 Gifts for the Well-Groomed Man. (Grooming Artist)

Dos and Don’ts for throwing a posh party from socialite Mark-Francis Vandelli. (MR PORTER Journal)

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The Grooming Artist News Roundup: November 2016

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Welcome to the first day of November – or Movember, for those of you growing your beard in support of this men’s health movement. Movember is a reminder to brothers, fathers, partners, and friends to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. And with good reason: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime, and around 15 million adults (6.7% of the population) are diagnosed with depression every year.

As such, this Grooming Artist Roundup is a selection of articles designed to make you feel good, inside and out. From the Art of Manliness guide to how to undo the damage of sitting (a must-read if you have a desk job) to the chance to win some fabulous wet shaving supplies via our Movember Giveaway, we hope you take a step back to enjoy.

Lifehacker Australia presents a step-by-step video for those of you transitioning over to a straight razor from a safety razor. (Lifehacker AU)

For your entertainment: the worst grooming trends of all time (yes, hair metal made the list). (Esquire)

GQ’s 2016 Grooming Awards Winners are out! Check the list for 7 products that’ll fashion a handsomer face. (GQ)

Celebrate Movember by attending one of these events, taking place across the country. (Movember Foundation)

You can also take part in Movember by entering our RoyalShave Movember Giveaway! (Grooming Artist)

Keeping your straight razor in working shape means remembering to give it some R&R. This video shows you how to oil your straight razor. (YouTube)

We had the pleasure of interviewing Joanna Broughton, Director of Truefitt & Hill in London, about the endurance of the brand (it was founded in 1805), lesser known tidbits of Truefitt history, and much more! (Grooming Artist)

How to undo the damage of sitting. (The Art of Manliness)

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Inspired Style: Chris Pratt

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As we close out the year, we find it fitting to make Chris Pratt the last Inspired Style feature of 2014. No celebrity has made such a formidable style transformation as Pratt this year, going from schlubby Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation to dashing lead in summer’s megahit, Guardians of the Galaxy. GQ has noticed as well, naming Pratt one of its Men of the Year. These photos from Pratt’s GQ photoshoot are testament to the power of a little men’s grooming.

His style trajectory has closely followed that of his career, with his basic t-shirts and fuzzy mop of hair being replaced by designer suits a la SAND Copenhagen, a cropped quiff hairstyle, and just the right amount of stubble (though he sports a clean-shaven face in these photos).

Chris Pratt for GQ

To get Chris Pratt’s hair:

According to Primermagazine.com, to get Chris Pratt’s hair ask your barber for a textured, laid-back cut that’s short on the sides and slightly longer at the top. To style, just use a little bit of wax to push the top over and to keep it there (we like Blind Barber Hair Wax 60 Proof). Unlike pomade, wax adds hold without shine, which is what you want for this low-maintenance look.

To get Chris Pratt’s leading man facial stubble:

Shave with your desired straight razor (we like Dovo 5/8 Half Hollow Carbon Steel Straight Razor) or safety razor (we like Edwin Jagger DE89811 Chrome Plated Octagonal Safety Razor). Remember to use a moisturizing shaving cream like Proraso Menthol and Eucalyptus Shaving Cream to keep your skin smooth.

Let your facial hair grow out until you achieve a bit of scruff.

See more great men’s grooming products for Chris Pratt’s look at RoyalShave.com.

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Chris Pratt PhotoshootImages via GQ

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