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Shaving Tips from Bluebeard’s Revenge

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We are now deep into the season that hates our face more than any other.  Cold wind chafes and chaps our visage like never before.  In the dark, early mornings, shaving suddenly feels like the krypton factor.

So it is sometimes good to get back to basics with these things.  Fortunately our friends at Bluebeard’s Revenge have just the thing we need.

The short film was produced by Adelia TV, and stars Andy Dunn, a real bloke’s bloke and an expert barber, among his other jobs.

So check it out and keep an eye on the upcoming offers from Bluebeard’s Revenge range of gifts for Christmas.

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November 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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Hairbond has a new range and a lot of swagger

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Those nice people from Hairbond sent me another parcel of goods this week, including items from their new range of products.  It doesn’t take much to turn me into a little boy on Christmas morning.

First of all I had a go with their shampoo, which came in a nice squeezy tube.  It had a lovely fruity smell, nicely thick and gave a good lather.  It can stay.

After that I gave the conditioner a try.  Normally if I am taking two bottles into the shower, the other one is vodka.  But I digress.  I had to read the instructions, apply and leave for a while.  It had a nostalgic aroma of passionfruit and orange cordial.

While I waited for it to work I attacked my stubble with my King of Shaves Razor and a healthy dollop of Bluebeard’s Revenge.

After rinsing and drying my hair it felt lighter and had a whole new shine, which drew an admiring glance from the better half.  She has since been converted to Hairbond products too, nice one.

Moving on, I needed to tame my fuzzy barnet into some neater spikes, so what could I use?  Hair Cream.  They also call it design professional hair cream.  At first it felt like putty and I had to work it with my hands to make it more pliable.  But soon it was doing it’s magic and making my hair stand up like good little soldiers.  It didn’t stick in clumps, but more like a looser manageable group.

It too had a fruity aroma, not like the usual chemical smell I have become used to.  So am I converted to Hairbond?  Yes and yes again.  A high quality product for the 21st century, and I can’t wait to see it succeed.

For more information and to place your order please check out their website http://www.hairbond.co.uk

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July 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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Menkind are now stocking Bluebeard

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I had a bit of news from my mates at Bluebeard’s Revenge the other day.  They are now supplying their product to Menkind, one of the leading chains of male-interest shops in the country.  Now you can buy Bluebeard from their online store or any of eight different locations as far apart as Cardiff and Essex.

Menkind themselves are an interesting little shop, full of buzzing little helicoptors, jedi-knight robes and grooming products aplenty.  Bluebeard’s Revenge will fit nicely on their shelves and hopefully do well.

Paul Kraftman, Managing Director for Menkind says: “Mankind have been delighted to be selected as a stockist for the Bluebeard’s Revenge range of products and look forward to promoting this brand in our shops and online store.”

Mankind will be stocking the full range, including shaving cream, post-shave balm, Mach 3 razor, cut-throat razor, badger-hair shaving brush and luxury shaving gift set.

Bluebeard’s Revenge is famous for it’s secret ingredient, Decelerine, which reduced beard-growth over time.

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June 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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Hairbond

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One thing that has prevailed in every man-about-town’s bathroom cupboard is hair sculptor.  With hair as unruly as mine, we need it.  I have been a user of hair mousse since I was about twelve and my mum freaked when I decided to cut my own hair.  But that’s another story.

But recently I broke off my long-term relationship with mousse to try professional hair sculptor.

Hairbond are one of the leading lights of hair styling products, and they had given little old me two of their products to try.  These boys and girls are based in Lancaster, and have been producing the highest class of hair stylist products in recent months.

My first impression was the jars themselves, they were very attractively designed, with good logo art and graphics.  Clearly a lot of care and thought went into the choice.  This is therefore a company that knows that a first impression  counts.

The sculptor is a thick white paste, very clean smelling and unscented.  I applied it bit by bit and it soon brought my unruly mop to heel.  It combed left, right and centre, like hair should.  In fact it kept it’s shine too, where normally a gel would make it look dull.

After a few hours, having pulled a fleece over my head several times, my hair style would normally go to a jedwardesque spikeball,  This time it stayed perfectly in place, I was impressed.

At £11.95 this kit is far from cheap, especially in this day and age, but it is of the highest quality you will ever see and is used by some of the best Hairdressers in Britain.

To buy your own, click here

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March 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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Bluebeard’s Revenge Commercial

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The campaign to promote the shaving cream ‘Bluebeard’s Revenge’ stepped up a gear last week when the Plymouth outfit released their first TV commercial.  At the minute it is just being shown on the internet but a shorter version may appear on Sky TV at a later date.

It stars Britain’s manliest man, Sasha Harding, and two hired lovelies who end up getting tied in knots.  Well you would.

Being the Arthur Daly of the net that I am, I am trying to persuade them to sponsor a Motor racing team, but we will have to see how that one works out.

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February 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The Lion’s Revenge

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Oh God, what have they been up to now?  Rather like the Jackass generation of yesteryear my friends at Bluebeard’s revenge seem to be on a mission to get themselves into as much trouble as possible.

Flagrantly ignoring health and safety they decided, since they clearly had no bathroom, to shave in a lion’s enclosure.  Like you do.  This is what happened next, roll VT Bob:

Here is a report of the following disaster:

Britain’s manliest man Sacha Harding is under investigation by West Country police  after a marketing stunt that saw a soldier’s face ripped off by a lion.

The pair had been taking part in a shaving challenge at Dartmoor Zoo.  The soldier fell against the bars of the lion’s cage during the ‘shave off’.  It’s thought that the big cat sprayed him in the eyes with urine, which caused him to fall forward, allowing the lion to attack his head and face.  His condition is said to be stable although it is not yet clear whether he is off the critical care lists.

Zoo keepers believe the man’s anxiety levels antagonised the animal.  They point out that cats are very sensitive to smell and they believe that the lion decided to spray mark the victim to cover this odour.  They also point out that he cut himself while taking part in the challenge which may have triggered a blood lust in this powerful beast.

The challenge was being run by ‘The Bluebeards Revenge’ – a shaving cream that is marketed as manly.  This was intended to be the first in a series of challenges that would see Sacha Harding take on many different challengers.  Now, Health and Safety bosses are checking whether the correct precautions were taken to ensure the stunt was safe.  However, the company’s website openly claims to be opposed to ‘over the top health and safety clap trap’.  It is expected that this will make it difficult for them to defend their actions.

Sacha Harding became Britain’s Manliest Man after winning a competition run in the Daily Express.  140,000 people voted the professional rugby player to first place.  His prize has been to become the face of the shaving cream.  A prize that tonight sees him helping Dartmoor Police with their investigation…

Lads, lads,  just do a photoshoot on a beach with a few hot models and a surfboard.  Trust me, your product will sell.

Should I really be encouraging their antics with this kind of attention…  umm, no.  But something in my high school mentality just keeps me watching.

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December 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Bluebeard’s Revenge

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The Cream of Plymouth

Bluebeard’s Revenge officially make the thickest and best shaving cream I have ever used. And in my time I have been through every brand known to man, beast, chin or vajaja.

It is a real tough guy’s product, so they reckon,  and they needed a real man to test it.  Apparently they were all busy so they called me instead.  It is a popular product among the Hollywood leading men, with a barber shop in Beverley Hills stocking it on the shelves.  So it is an easy sell to a brand whore like me.

If I was slightly drunk in the night and mistook my bathroom cupboard for the fridge I would find myself eating the stuff with a spoon.  The formula in question has been specially designed to cope with the really tough stubble for all the desperate Dan types out there.  Or Bluebeards as they are also known, hence the name.

Bluebeard’s Revenge is an honest to goodness quality product.  It isn’t meant to be cheap, but it is still affordable.  They also have some rather snazzy gift packs just in time for Christmas.  It’s special ingredient is Decelerine, which actively prevents hair re-growth.  The more you shave with it, the slower your beard grows back.

It can reduce stubble by 40% Beyond that it is largely chemical free and your skin feels the better for it.  Not only do you feel fresh and clean, you feel smooth and glossy.  Damn it, you feel like the guy in the advert.  The one with the big pecs and the sexy wife, who doesn’t use his razor on her legs.

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To sum up, this is quite a find, and a product I wholeheartedly endorse.  For more info check out their site here

To buy your own tub of their creamy goodness you can purchase it here: http://www.shaving-shack.com

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November 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm