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Lab Series Skincare for Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 Review Caulfields Counter Mens grooming male sunscreen anti-aging

Lab Series Skincare for Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15

Overall Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$ ($30-$40) – Available at Lab Series and Sephora.
Scent: Fragrance free.
I Liked: the consistency – not too heavy, not too light.  UVA/UVB protection.  Effective at moisturizing.
I didn’t like: nothing.  Though this SPF face moisturizer is priced on the higher side, it is worth every penny.   

The Lab Series Skincare for Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 is everything it claims to be.  It effectively moisturizes without leaving your skin feeling greasy.  As an added bonus, the lotion protects your face from the Sun’s UVA and UVB rays – ideal for keeping your skin looking youthful.  Those with sensitive skin will appreciate that this protective moisturizer is fragrance free.  It works on all skin types.  You only need to apply a small amount, which makes the higher price tag justifiable.

Lab Series Skincare for Men DAILY MOISTURE DEFENSE LOTION SPF 15 Ingredients List Review Caulfields Counter Mens grooming male anti-aging

Lab Series Skincare for Men Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 Ingredients List

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Do you use an aftershave balm thinking it is the only post-shave product you need to apply before leaving the house?  If so, you may want to reconsider your post-shave skincare routine as many aftershave balms contain alcohol, which can over-dry the skin, and do not possess the sustained moisturizing benefits of face lotions.  While aftershave balms can soothe the skin immediately after shaving, their effect is usually temporary.  Face moisturizers, on the other hand, soothe AND keep the skin properly moisturized throughout the day.  Also, it’s generally easier to find face moisturizers with sun protection.  The next time you’re in the men’s skincare aisle debating whether to buy the aftershave balm or face moisturizer, get both…or just buy the moisturizer if you want to keep it simple.  Just remember to use a lotion with an SPF before going out.

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Kiehls Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle Caulfields Counter Mens Grooming Male Skincare Reviews

Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle

Kiehls Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle Mens Grooming Male Skincare Shaving Caulfields Counter

Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle (texture)

Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Price: $ (under $10 – 2.5 fl. oz. tube) – Available at Kiehl’s, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s.
Scent: Light menthol and camphor.
I liked: how the shave cream protected my face from cuts and razor burn.  The blend of menthol and camphor was cool but not overpowering. 
I didn’t like: the paraben preservatives.

I was really impressed by how well Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream (White Eagle) protected my face from getting nicked and irritated.  My skin felt moisturized throughout the entire shaving process.  Not once did I feel the razor “dragging” across my face.  The cream’s light cooling sensation felt both soothing and invigorating.  I highly recommend trying out this product if you are unhappy with your current shave cream or gel.  Kiehl’s also offers an unscented “Blue Eagle” version for those with sensitive skin.

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Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub Caulfields Counter Face Mens Grooming Male Skincare

Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub

Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub Mens Grooming Male Skincare Face Texture Caulfield's Counter

Zirh Aloe Facial Scrub (Texture)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆
Price: $$ ($10-$20) – Available at Zirh, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Grooming Lounge.
Scent: Not-so-subtle sage.
I Liked: the fine grain of the scrub – it felt gentle on my face.  Great value – a little goes a long way.  Effective at removing dirt and dead skin cells.  Ideal for use before shaving.
I didn’t like: the strong scent and paraben preservatives.

Zirh’s Aloe Facial Scrub works very well, especially when used before shaving.  What I really like about this product is how gentle and effective it is at getting rid of dead skin and other surface debris.  Unlike other scrubs which contain larger, rougher grains that can mutilate the face, this exfoliant has the consistency of a thick gel with fine sugar-like granules.  Unless you really enjoy the smell of sage, the scent takes some getting used to.  A 3.4 ounce tube should last you a few months.  Use twice a week to achieve best results.


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Drunk Roommate in Shower Bar Soap Caulfields Counter

Until recently, I never really thought about the difference between a bar of soap and a liquid face or body wash.  They both serve the same function, but one has to be superior to the other.  I decided to educate myself by reading a few online forum threads on the topic and found some advantages and disadvantages of each.

Bar Soap
Advantages:

  • Convenient – good for when you’re on the go. Can be easily used without a sponge or washcloth.
  • Generally provides more lather when used without a washcloth.

Disadvantages:

  • Bar soaps are usually made with harsher ingredients which can strip your skin of oil. This often makes the skin over-produce oil to compensate for the dryness, which can ultimately lead blemishes or breakouts.
  • Bar soaps are less hygienic than liquid face or body washes.  They are constantly exposed to moisture, which makes their surfaces ideal breeding grounds for bacterial growth.  Imagine yourself sharing a bar of soap with a roommate who doesn’t have the best body hygiene habits.  Just consider the places on the body a bar of soap is rubbed against.

Face or Body Wash
Advantages:

  • Liquid Face and body washes are gentler on your skin compared to bar soaps as they don’t contain as many harsh ingredients.  Liquid washes won’t strip your skin of vital oils as much as bar soaps can.
  • More hygienic to use than bar soaps.

Disadvantages:

  • Liquid washes are usually more expensive than bar soaps.
  • Require a washcloth or sponge for maximum lather.

Final verdict
Go with a liquid wash whenever possible.  The extra money spent on liquid washes is well worth it when you consider the toll many bar soaps can take on your skin.

And remember to always moisturize after every wash!

Note:  The skin on the face is thin compared to other parts of the body – which makes it more sensitive.  I don’t suggest using the same soap for your face that you use for your body.  If you’re going to use the same liquid cleanser for both areas, try using one that is natural and not heavily scented.  Cleansers with synthetic fragrances can cause facial breakouts.  For an all-in-one type of liquid cleanser, I recommend using an all-natural castille soap such as Dr. Bronner’s.

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Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men Caulfield's Counter Product Review

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men

Kiehls Facial Fuel Sunscreen SPF 15 Ingredients List Product Review Caulfields Counter Male skincare mens grooming

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men Ingredients List

Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Price: $$$$ ($30-$40) for 4.2 fl. oz size.  Available at Kiehl’s and Nordstrom.
Scent: Light menthol with hint of citrus.
I liked: the texture – was not greasy nor was it too light.  Sun protection.  This lotion had a refreshing scent and left my face feeling invigorated.
I didn’t like: the paraben preservatives.


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Ahava Soothing Aftershave Moisturizer for Men

Ahava Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer

Ahava Soothing Aftershave Moisturizer for Men

Ahava Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer (Texture)

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆
Price: $$$ ($20-$30)
Scent: Slightly floral. Difficult to decipher exactly what the smell is.
I liked: the rich texture and compact shape. Feels more like a moisturizer than an aftershave.
I didn’t like: the paraben preservatives and strong fragrance.

My experience with Ahava’s Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer for men was fairly good. The scent is subtle and not particularly masculine. It lacks any sort of brisk quality – there’s no “cooling” factor whatsoever. However, the cream does a great job at moisturizing. The product has a heavier consistency – like a thick, waxy lotion. Its compact packaging makes it ideal for travel. If you’re comfortable spending $30 for a 1.7 ounce bottle of an aftershave with a subtle floral fragrance that functions well as a moisturizer, then Ahava’s Soothing After Shave Moisturizer may be the product for you.

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