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Brickell Men’s Products

Good Day Dapperites,

I just wanted to share a quick update, I am happy to announce that I am now a brand ambassador for Brickell Men’s Products, whose products I adore and use myself on a daily basis.

If you are curious and want to try their products please order a sample kit from my link below, you will not be disappointed. Completely free to order (if you are in the Great White North all you pay is a small shipping fee), you get 15 of their best sellers from skincare, anti-aging, beard/shaving and hair/body, plus a $10 coupon towards your first purchase. Enjoy and let me know what you think! Feedback is always encouraged here.

 

Brickell Men's Starter Sample Kits

 

Until next time, stay dapper my friends!

-The Don

 

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Brickell Men’s Products: A Review

Good Evening Dapperites,

Bet you thought I was gone for good eh? Well I thought I was too, I was getting busier with work, I was tired, lazy, Doesn’t matter though I’m back now dammit! And tonight I’d like to talk about and review products from an awesome company I recently discovered and that is Brickell Men’s Products. (Note, I am in no way paid by the company to review their products nor was I sent them for free, I paid my own money for any product I purchased)

Who are Brickell and what sets them apart? Well first off the name “Brickell” comes from a pretty posh neighborhood in Miami, Florida, where the two founders are from. They sought to create grooming products for men containing natural, quality ingredients after being horrified to discover that most grooming products on the market were filled with toxins and synthetic chemicals.

What products do they carry? A better question would be what don’t they carry! They have a skin care line (face washes, scrub, mask and moisturizers), anti-aging (serums, cream, eye balm), shaving line (pre-shave oil, beard oil, shave cream, aftershave balm), hair care (shampoo, conditioner, pomade),as well as body wash, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm!

So finally, what products have I tried? Well I started out by trying their “Sample Kit”, which I feel provides excellent value to introduce yourself to their brand. Free if your in the US, only pay shipping if you’re in Canada like me (came out to about $10). You get 15 sample size versions of their best selling products, they also recently introduced a feature that allows you to build your own sample kit!

I’ll say that I pretty much got the kit because I was interested in the eye balm, face scrub and shave cream. Along the way however I did end up falling in love with the body lotion with its tingly feeling and quick absorption, this will be the next product I buy from them once my current lotion runs out.

So, for the eye balm (officially called Restoring Eye Balm) I will say I absolutely love what this did for my eyes. As we get older, the first signs of aging always appear around the eyes, and as a chronic sufferer of tired looking eyes with dark circles. this balm fit the bill. Immediately after putting it on my eyes feel rejuvenated and energized. I kid you not this stuff seems to put an extra spring in my step! At $52 CAD it’s at par with most quality eye treatments for men but the quality ingredients (protein peptides, caffeine and hyaluronic acid). I’d recommend this one.

The other product I ended up purchasing was the Renewing Face Scrub. Why a scrub? Well even though we wash our faces (you do wash your face with a quality cleanser right?) it is not enough to clear off all the crap that accumulates on there throughout the week. That’s why twice a week it is recommended to use a scrub to exfoliate and purge your pores of any lingering impurities. Using a scrub before shaving as well will soften the whiskers for a closer shave. And trust me that’s exactly what this stuff does. I’ve never gotten a closer shave than when I use this beforehand. Also, the natural ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado butter, vitamin E, pumice, and jojoba beads have been an absolute delight to my complexion. You really feel and see a difference when using quality products. At $28.60 CAD, this scrub should last you a few months (only a minimal amount is needed per use). I’d recommend it.

Now, what products would I consider buying in the future? Well for someone who has sensitive skin when shaving the brushless shave cream and instant relief aftershave are ones I would probably buy. I have no need to buy them right now as I shave once a week maximum and still have product left from my sample kit. But each time I use them I kid you not, I have no redness post shave and rarely get nicked. The only reason why I would maybe not go with the cream is the fact that this is a brushless cream and I am pretty into the whole “traditional wet shaving” thing.

There is one item I am considering at the moment and that is their Daily Strengthening Shampoo . While I enjoyed the sample of this and am currently searching for a quality shampoo, the $26 CAD price tag has me a tad hesitant at the moment!

UPDATE: I ended up purchasing a Canadian brand natural shampoo, Live Clean Classic Men’s Shampoo, paraben and sulfate free from Well.ca. $13 with shipping. I’ll post a review when it arrives.

To conclude, Brickell Men’s Products definitely fit the bill for the modern gentleman looking to take care of himself from head to toe. Quality natural ingredients to help a man present the best version of himself to the world. Feel good, look good!

Until next time, stay dapper my friends!

-The Don

Daily Dose of Dapper (Skin) Care

Good evening Dapperites!

Today’s topic to be tackled will be skin care, focusing specifically on your face and how to take steps now to ensure in 5-10 years you won’t look any less handsome than you do now. Remember, being dapper is not only about the clothes you wear, it involves taking care of yourself in other ways as well because the little things count! I myself was never knowledgeable on the subject until very recently so now I impart this knowledge onto you.

First piece of advice, if you are over the age of 20, it’s time you stop using whatever face wash your mom gets you from the pharmacy, figure out what kind of skin you have (dry, sensitive, oily) and find a wash that helps with it! I recommend Jack Black products for this, their products are fairly affordable and work for me. Kiehl’s would be another option as they have certain collections to suit each type of skin such as their “Oil Eliminator” line although I have no personal experience with it. If curious to see more options, Sephora (no it’s not just for women!)  they carry a fine lineup of men’s products too.

After the face wash, the next piece of ammo should be a solid moisturizer, preferably one with sun protection. I never used to use or believe in using moisturizer until the Misses advised me on the benefits of it. And if you don’t want to advance the aging process on your face, you should definitely invest in it. I am currently using Cetaphil for oily skin, but will probably pick up some Jack Black once this one runs out. So don’t think it’s ‘girly’ to use moisturizer boys, protect that mug of yours!

Now if you have some other problems with your skin, (dark circles, puffy eyes, dry lips, acne, wrinkles etc) this is is where you have to be proactive and attack it! For example, I deal with dark circles under the eyes on a regular basis, no matter how much sleep I’ve had or whatnot they are just always there. Now I have tried using a cheap L’Oreal eye roller from the pharmacy which does not work, so I plan on getting a quality one from Jack Black or Kiehl’s (which I have sampled and feels superb).

Lastly, if you are creeping up towards the age of 30, I would say there is no shame in starting to use anti-aging products, not necessarily because you see signs of aging, but be proactive! Prevent the signs from even appearing! It may seem like a lot, but the women will notice how much better you look taking care of your skin and looking youthful. As a matter of fact, it has been shown that men who look younger earn more in their careers. And if you are not sure which products to start with, there is no shame walking into a store and asking a knowledgeable associate about where to start.

Bonus: Skincare is not just limited to your face, if you have itchy or dry skin on your body, use a body moisturizer or if there is a constant issue, see a dermatologist. Remember, being dapper also means taking care of your grooming and hygiene!

So follow these tips and you’ll feel a whole lot better, look a whole lot better and believe me people will take notice!

-The Don