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Series Two: The Art and Craft of Shaving
Here’s an “Art of Shaving” exclusive from one of our favorite readers, Rafael Quinones. He’d like to share his take on the craft and mystery of shaving…
In a recent interview, self-titled cufflinks connoisseur Raf “The Man” Quinones says the following about his shaving regime:
“I always do the cold water rinse and use the Alum Block.”
“Alum is a mineral that has been used as an antiseptic since the days of ancient Egypt. It’s alcohol-free, but it doesn’t feel that way. It will instantly stop all bleeding from a cut because it naturally closes the pores and eliminates any bacteria, so nothing can get infected. It stings a lot, or a little, depending on how you shaved…but at least it lets you know what areas you were too rough on. Just rinse it off after a couple seconds.”
After the right shave, your skin should feel silky smooth, like these Silk Knot Cufflinks
What else? Did you know: Rose water helps!
“While I’m showering and shaving, I keep a bottle of rose water in the fridge. This gets it nice and cool. Then I spray the cool rose water all over my face, which feels refreshing and soothing—but also the rose water acts like a natural toner for your skin, keeping it moisturized.”
What’s your last step in your shaving routine?
“Lastly, I use an alcohol-free after shave balm to moisturize, and for keeping the facial skin smooth. It also helps prevent ingrown hairs and skin irritation after the shave.
You don’t want to see ED Hardy on your face after shaving…
Oh! Last thing—I’m sure you saw it on the videos, but DO NOT USE TOO MUCH PRESSURE while shaving. The razor is really sharp and you will cut yourself if you press down. The razor is heavy, and at the right angle it does all the work itself—all you need to do is guide it.”
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Thanks Mr. Quinones for your readership and your shaving tips. If YOU would like to contribute to our blog or have comments/advice to share with our readership, simply write to us at email@example.com
Stay tuned for the POST SHAVE PROCEDURES…
Change your sheets regularly. Dirty sheets lead to facial break outs. It’s quite an obvious tip, but many people don’t bother to change their sheets every other week. The longer that pillow case sits at the head of your bed, the more acne you’ll have by morning…Farah Averill from Askmen.com says the following: “It’s particularly important to lay out some fresh bedding if you frequently have a female in your bed, as residue from women’s makeup and hair products can get left behind on your sheets and subsequently be transferred to your face.”
Even Simon Bolivar had to change his sheets every week (or so). Check out this vintage stamp Oval Cufflinks set
Yesterday we got an email from a man residing in Astoria, Queens. Thought we’d share:
Lately the state of the economy has been getting to me. As a New Yorker, although I wasn’t a part of “The Rent is Too Damn High Party,” but I was tempted to be. I won’t disclose my political affiliations, because it’s not relevant here, but like I said, things are getting shaky around here. My rent went up again last month, the price of coffee is rising, subway rides are now $2.25, cabs have an extra dollar attached to them, and when I visit my cousin in NJ I have to pay TWELVE dollars to get back in the city. Something’s gotta give right? I love buying your cufflinks and follow your blogs, but money is tight these days. Have any advice about saving money so I can stay looking fresh everyday?
Yes, we hear you. Boy do we hear you! Thank you for your support over the years and we hope things will get better for you! As New Yorkers, we are experiencing the same price changes as you, and are here to offer some savvy tips on saving a buck or two so you can re-route it to buying things you really love: like cufflinks! (And other fashionable goods that add to your “fresh” look).
Coffee. Instead of paying for a grande or a venti coffee at Starbucks, order a size down but say you want it in a larger cup. Normally when a person fills up a cup for you, they over pour anyway, and the “leave some room” part of the order pinches out your extra coffee. So simply ask for a bigger cup. Example Convo:
Use Google Phone. Instead of wasting your cellphone minutes, if you have free wi-fi on your cell, get a google number and have people call you there. That way you won’t ever go over on your minutes and can possibly change your plan to lower the minutes/monthly price. Yeah.
Share wi-fi with your neighbors! If you’re a New Yorker, save the extra $30-50 bucks a month by sharing internet with Joe down the hall. That is, assuming you know your neighbors. If not, don’t even bother. It would just be awkward.
Use Groupon, Living Social, Woot, etc to purchase haircuts, pedicures, dinners, lunches, brunch…and more! If you’re thinking of going to Brunch Sunday with your significant other or a small group, look into Groupon for pre-paid lunches and drinks. You will even find new restaurants out of the deal and try something new!
Retailmenot.com and other “checkout code” websites. We’ve personally saved a lot on internet purchases through typing in special codes at check-out. Different codes can be acquired at random sites throughout the internet, but one of the most popular is retailmenot. If the code doesn’t work, it’s nobody’s loss, continue on with the purchase.
Never grocery shop while your hungry. Everything will look appealing and appetizing. You’ll end up spending way too much on that gourmet cheese only made in Switzerland or those organic berries that your mouth is watering for. Suddenly, the curry mix you pass every other week will call out your name and…you get the point.
Drink more water. And don’t be afraid of tap water. Studies have shown that plastic bottles harbor bacteria and ALSO most of these “natural” spring water sources contain more bacteria than your average city water. NYC is especially good with their water sanitation and produces a surprisingly good potable water. So grab your metal water bottle, turn on the tap, and drink your money!