The Grooming Artist News Roundup: October 2015


Finally, fall. Things are going to start getting busy really soon once Halloween kick starts the string of fall and winter holidays, but for now, let’s savor the crisp weather, beautiful foliage, and pumpkin spice everything.

For our October edition of The Grooming Artist News Roundup, we’re covering new James Bond developments (who’s taking over the chic spy throne once Daniel Craig steps down?), the beginning of an era for wet shavers, and end of an era at Ralph Lauren.

Grab a cup of Joe and enjoy!

The future of shaving? The Skarp Razor is replacing the traditional blade with a laser, cutting down on the billions of razors that end up in garbage dumps every year. (Mashable)

Tom Hardy is officially the new favorite to play James Bond once Daniel Craig steps down. Other contenders include Idris Elba, Damian Lewis, and Henry Cavill. (EW)

In other movie news, Michael Fassbender will be making his debut as Macbeth in the movie adaptation of the play on December 4th. (EW)

Ralph Lauren is stepping down as CEO of his namesake label, and it’s a sad day indeed for all polo shirt lovers. (GQ)

If you missed the supermoon on September 28th, here are some amazing photos of the extremely rare event, which won’t happen for another 28 years! (BBC UK)

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which means you’ll probably be wrangled into taking the kids (or grandkids) to do something holiday-related. These 15 standout family-friendly Halloween events around the country ensure neither kids nor adults will get bored. (Peter Greenberg)


Best of the Web: September 2015


Happy Labor Day weekend! Sit back, put your feet up, and dig into the top stories for the first weekend of September. From what might be Canada’s first bearded prime minister in over 100 years to the gorgeous new Bugatti, we’ve got you covered.

Read on for September’s Best of the Web!

  1. The seven best shaving tips for men. If it’s ever been a debate whether to shave with or against the grain, see Tip #4 – even the FDA recommends shaving with the grain! (Crave Online)
  2. Bearded Canadian NDP leader Thomas Mulcair might be making history if he becomes Prime Minister – he’ll be the first bearded Prime Minister in over 100 years. Digital Journal had some fun with this by Photoshopping his beard off for comparison. What do you think – better bearded or without? And does having a beard make you regard him differently? (Digital Journal)
  3. We’re excited for the fall movie season. Here are the 11 best movies coming in September. (Esquire)
  4. The new Bugatti Chiron, with a price tag of $2.5 million, has some impressive specs: 1,480 horsepower and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque, with a top speed of 288 MPH. Because the Veyron wasn’t fast or expensive enough. (Esquire)
  5. Got a long commute or just want to learn something new in your spare time? See the Art of Manliness’ 24 podcast recommendations. (The Art of Manliness)
  6. Partaking in this season’s Chelsea boot trend? GQ has a buyer’s guide so you look sleek. (GQ)
  7. A handy breakdown of butterfly razors vs. two-piece razors vs. three-piece razors. (Grooming Artist)


Best of the Web: August


We’re officially smack-dab in the middle of summer, and there’s a whole lot going on in shaving, summer holidays and activities, and new movies we’re looking forward to (which may or may not involve one James Bond).

Read on for all the latest happening this August.

  1. Not necessarily a new story, but fascinating nonetheless – women are shaving their faces for the exfoliation benefits. (ABC News)
  2. In a crowded men’s grooming industry, you’ve got to stand out. That’s exactly why Erik Hodges invented Douglas Smythe, a fictional character with a seaman’s cap, pipe, and anchor-beard who has become a Youtube hit. (Forbes)
  3. Jack Osbourne surprises his daughter Pearl with a freshly shaven face. (Daily Mail UK)
  4. August 9th is Book Lover’s Day. Choose a couple from Time’s Best Books List of 2015 So Far and get on it. (Time)
  5. We’ve still got a month and a half left of summer. Make the most of it and take that road trip you’ve been dreaming about. Here are 10 road trips that will make your summer spectacular. (Fodors)
  6. Cleanup is our least favorite part of summer barbecuing. Nip the issue in the bud with edible bowls. (Food Network)
  7. A new trailer is out for SPECTRE, the latest James Bond movie. (007)


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