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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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: 7 Gifts for the Well-Groomed Man

Finding the right gift for the well-appointed man with a refined taste can be a daunting task, to say the least. Here, we offer a little inspiration, whether you’re buying for someone else or taking notes for your own wish list. These following seven items are thoughtful, useful, and certainly better than defaulting to a gift card.

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KINGSMAN by Drake’s London Striped Wool Tie $165

The perfect piece to complement winter tailoring, the KINGSMAN by Drake’s London Striped Wool Tie strikes a casual take on stripes. Midnight blue, brick, and white stripes run the length of this wool tie, crafted in England by esteemed accessories brand Drake’s.

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This is Ground Voyager Cognac $725

Is he always fumbling around for various cords, pens, plugs, and battery packs in his carry on when he travels? This is Ground Voyager in Cognac will make disorganized packing a thing of the past. The Voyager has enough space for a long weekend’s worth of stuff, but the real gem is its easily accessible front pocket, which contains a tech pod that neatly organizes tech and travel gear.

If he deserves something extra special this year, add on the WiFi option, which turns the weekender into a WiFi hotspot so he can stay connected anywhere in the U.S.

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SALT. OPTICS Alex Glasses $340

SALT. OPTICS Alex takes inspiration from the natural beauty of SALT. OPTICS’ home base in Southern California. Alex is crafted by third generation Japanese artisans.

This casual, no-fuss style suits all face shapes, and will add an air of sophistication to his look.

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Triumph & Disaster Stash Box $150

A good shave starts with good skin. Triumph & Disaster’s Stash Box contains the full skincare and shave prep regimen: Rock & Roll Suicide Face Scrub, Gameface Moisturizer, Badger Hair Shave Brush, and Old-Fashioned Shave Cream.

Made from natural ingredients (some of which are sourced from Triumph & Disaster’s native New Zealand), this gift set will be a delight for any wet shaver.

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Coronado Metropolitan Leather Dopp Kit, Black $125

This toiletry bag is one he’ll be proud to display on his sink, no matter where he’s travelling. The Coronado Metropolitan Leather Dopp Kit in Black is crafted from smooth Horween Leather for a streamlined, modern look.

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Merkur 34C 3-Piece Safety Razor Set – Silvertip Badger

The Merkur 34C 3-Piece Safety Razor Set is a perfect gift for any shaving aficionado. Our brand new RoyalShave Chrome-Plated Razor and Brush Stand holds our premium Silvertip Badger Brush and Merkur’s famed 34C Safety Razor, a go-to for many a wet shaver for its easy maneuverability and two-piece construction.

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QUODDY Leather Derby Shoes

For the man who wants to look good without sacrificing comfort, QUODDY Leather Derby Shoes offer the best of both worlds. Hand crafted from high quality ‘Cavalier’ leather from Chicago’s Horween tannery, these derby shoes will wear beautifully with time. Cushioned insoles and Vibram rubber soles keep his feet supported for all-day wear.

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The Grooming Artist’s Wet Shaving Holiday Gift Guide

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We are in the full swing of the holidays here at RoyalShave! Since most of us are inundated with family gatherings and other social events this time of year, we’re saving you the extra stress of coming up with the perfect present for the wet shaver in your life with our Wet Shaving Holiday Gift Guide.

From the straight razor novice to the gentleman looking to add a valuable new piece to his collection, we have a carefully selected pick that’ll fit the bill.

Use this gift guide for finding that perfect present, or to fill your own Christmas wish list.

Enjoy!

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For the Straight Razor Beginner

This Dovo 5/8” Half Hollow Best Quality Straight Razor Shaving Set is a pleasurable way to introduce a young gentleman into the world of wet shaving. The 5/8”-wide, half hollow ground blade is suitable for beginners, while the shave brush, stand, shaving cream, and alum pen complete the wet shave experience.

Your recipient will also learn the fine art of stropping with the included red latigo strop.

SHOP: Dovo 5/8” Half Hollow Best Quality Straight Razor Shaving Set, $180 (on sale now)

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For the Safety Razor Connoisseur

Come Christmas, we all enjoy unwrapping a beautifully packaged gift. Save yourself the endless tangles of gift wrap and tape with the Feather Wood Handle Stainless Steel Safety Razor Set, which comes in a charming black box. Feather doesn’t skimp on the details, either – the heavy, stainless steel razor is set in a wood handle for non-slip grip, and the set comes with a safety razor stand all dressed up in black.

This way, the safety razor connoisseur in your life can proudly display his new collectible.

SHOP: Feather Wood Handle Stainless Steel Safety Razor Set, $499.95

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For the Collector

When money’s not an issue, the Thiers Issard Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush is the definition of luxury. The thick 26 mm knot, in combination with the brush’s silvertip badger hair, is exceptionally good at holding water, producing rich lather quickly that lifts whiskers and prepares your recipient for a satisfying shave.

SHOP: Thiers Issard Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush – Genuine Horn, in Brown ($320) or Black ($280)

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For the Fragrance-Conscious Gentleman

For the dapper man who likes to smell good, old world barber Geo F Trumper excels just as much at fragrance as it does wet shaving implements. Geo F Trumper Cologne is available in bright and simple Extract of Limes, exotic namesake GFT, and warm, rich Sandalwood, a fragrance we highly recommend for cold weather. Whichever fragrance you choose, it is sure to please both the wearer and those who surround him.

SHOP: Geo F Trumper Cologne, $65

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For the Skincare Guru

Irritation-free skin is a huge part of the wet shaving experience. Get him a shaving cream that’ll provide a smooth shave while conditioning skin so it’s in peak condition.

Proraso’s Green Tea and Oatmeal Shaving Cream is designed to calm sensitive skin and is formulated without parabens, so it’ll check out in the book of even the most discerning skincare guru.

SHOP: Proraso Shaving Cream, Green Tea and Oatmeal, $9.95

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