Tried & Tested: GO24-7 Texture Paste & Shampoo

27 07 2011

Offering progressive luxury, GO24-7 is a hair, skin and shave brand for real men. Not the archetypal cave man type of real men, but real men who understand that they really should be taking care of their skin, styling their hair and improving your shave.  Originating from the USA, the brand is said to have none other than David Beckham on its list of admirers – which is pretty impressive in my book. So I got stuck in to 2 key products from the GO24-7 range to see if they lived up to the celebrity endorsed hype…


GO24-7 TEXTURE PASTE

Price: £14.95 for 67g
Purpose: To craft your style with texture, but give you flexible freedom.
What the brand say: When you need a job done right, reach only for the best. GO24-7 Texture Paste is a no-nonsense pliable paste that performs to perfection to provide texture with definition while encouraging thickness and volume.

The Pour Homme Verdict: I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of GO24-7 before the Texture Paste landed in my wash bag, but I can honestly say that this is one of (if not the best) styling product I’ve ever tried – hands down. I have hair that’s very difficult to style, it’s short around the sides but much longer and curly on the top. However my current style (a 50’s style quiff if you must know) requires control to slightly straighten without weighing down my curls, but with matt texture and a mouldable hold that I can rework throughout the day. The GO24-7 Texture paste covers all these bases and more. When you apply it, it’s very pliable making it easy to work your style, before setting (but not in a ‘stiff’ way like the hair gels of old) to hold your look in place with a finish that has just the right amount of balance between matt and natural shine. Oh and it smells AMAZING, plus it washes our really easily too – a must buy! 5 out of 5

GO24-7 SHAMPOO

Price: £12.95 for 264ml
Purpose: To gently put back what hard work and hard play takes out.
What the brand say: Trusted by the stars of sports and screen for clean natural health and performance, GO24-7 Shampoo is luxuriously invigorating and nutrient-rich for any day, any style, any hair-type.

The Pour Homme Verdict: After the overwhelming success of the Texture Paste I had high hopes for the GO24-7 Shampoo, and on the whole this daily shampoo lived up to the hype. Like its styling counterpart it smells lovely, and has all the right component that a top quality shampoo needs – leaving my hair soft, shiny and really manageable. My only complaint is that after I ran out of the Texture Paste the GO24-7 Shampoo struggled to remove all traces of heavy clay styling products and occasionally needed two washes which is why it slips slightly from perfect marks. But if you want my advice – buy both the GO24-7 Texture Paste and Shampoo for one hell of a shampoo/styling combo! 4 out of 5

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Tried & Tested: The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream

23 03 2011

THE BLUEBEARDS REVENGE SHAVING CREAM

Price: £14.99 for 180ml

Purpose: To combat even the toughest stubble to give a smooth and luxurious shave that’s fit for the manliest man.

What the brand say: Designed by a real life Blue Beard who was bored to death with being a Desperate Dan look-alike, The Bluebeards Revenge is a paraben free premium quality shave cream with added ingredients to combat tough stubble.

Pour Homme Verdict

The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream is fronted by 6’3″ Bedford Blues flanker and Britain’s Manliest Man, Sacha Harding. It’s designed for guys who grow a 5 o’clock shadow by lunchtime. And its packaging features a striking silver skull and cross-bones against a royal blue background. Masculine? You bet ya’. If The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream could talk it would ask you if you wanted a pint, and give you a run down on the week’s football gossip.

But far from being a gimmick lead product that doesn’t perform, The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream is backed by a proven formula and impressive results that make it anything but the class clown. The main reason behind the results is the exciting active ingredient ‘decelerine’ – which has been proven to actually reduce hair growth and nourish freshly shaved skin. All this means that over time you’ll decrease the effect of 5 o’clock shadow, reduce irritation and leave your skin noticeably softer for longer.

For all you statto’s out there, here are the numbers…

The BlueBeards Revenge Shave Cream;

– results in a 30% decrease in hair length.

– reduces the hair density by 16% after 60 days.

So how does it shave? Well the product lathers really well, and matches any other shaving product I’ve tried for comfort. I used the ‘Dabloon Bristled Shaving Brush’ to apply, but it you can use it without – it’s still just as effective. I’ve also noticed the declerine really starting get to grips with tough stubble. Don’t get me wrong I don’t resemble Desperate Dan, but tough stubble particularly on the neck has been a real problem for me. Overall The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream is an excellent product that I fully recommend you try for yourself – if you’re man enough that is!

The verdict: 4.5 out of 5

Click here to buy The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream and try it for yourself.





Hot Under The Collar: Kelly Brook for Lynx

23 02 2011

Innovative, sharp and original. All words that don’t apply to the new Lynx advertising featuring Kelly Brook. Now without wishing to paint myself as some marketing genius (although I realise that my last two posts have been on the subject), surely they could have come up with something slightly more creative than women + boobs = sales?

To be fair Kelly Brook looks great, and teenage boys up and down the land will fall for head over heels for her (all over again).  But whether you’re hitting your target market or not, I can’t help feeling this type of advert is just too obvious.  So as it turns out, not so hot under the collar after all.





King Of Shaves Launch Azor 5 Razor

27 01 2011

King of Shaves – both in terms of the quaility and value of their razors, and the performance of their skin care – are a firm Pour Homme favourite. With so many products and brands out there in the market, it’s fair to say that Will King and his King of Shaves range are changing the way we think about our daily grooming essentails, particularly shaving.


Starting 2011 as they mean to go on, King Of Shaves are proud to announce the release of the Azor 5 Blade Sensitive Alloy System Razor. Just like the previous Azor models, the Azor 5 is fitted with “Bendology Technology” (a soft flex hinge that allows you to shave closer), an ergonomic alloy handle, and is perfectly balanced and ideally weighted for maximum control and comfort. So what sets the Azor 5 apart from it’s predecessors? Yes you guessed it! Not one, not two, not even four, but FIVE long-lasting endurium nano coated blades.

I know what you’re thinking, adding another blade to a razor has all been done before. And if we were talking about Gillette or Wilkinson Sword then I would tend to agree with you. But in King Of Shave recent history we’ve come to expect quality and value that ensures that the launch of the Azor 5 will have a huge impact on the grooming market, and the efficiency of your shave. According to the brand “this is no ordinary razor, designed for sensitive skin –  it’s pure in form, effortless in function and engineered without compromise.” They can talk the talk, and in 2011 King Of Shaves really are shaping up to walk the walk.

So how can you get your hands on this new bit of shaving kit? Well it’s available at selected asda stores nationwide, and can be expected to sweep the nation with a clean, comfortable shave in the very near future.





Gillette MagmaCore Extreme ‘Launch’

20 01 2011

It’s the norm when launching a new razor (normally adding yet another blade) for Gillette to pull out the big guns – Henry, Federer and Woods – to create promotional footage costing millions. But with Tiger’s infidelity issues, Thierry Henry disappearing of our radar, and possibly a realisation of just how ridiculous their CGI adverts are, they’ve taken a rather humorous new approach with this latest advert for the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide.





Movember Diaries: Day 30

30 11 2010

December marks the beggining of the Christmas rush, a time when we all wind down to a week long gift-fest. But for me and my fellow Mo Bros it signals the end of the journey that was Movember 2010. It’s been an emotional journey with it’s fair share of ups and downs (who can forget the stray hair episode of day 17), but mostly we’ll remember the good times. And those good times don’t come any better than last Friday’s Brighton Movember Gala Party. The Mo Bros & Sistas came out in force – ale was drunk, tunes were spun, prizes were given and good times were had by all. The highest accolade ‘Man of Movember Brighton’ went to the thoroughly deserving Ron Burgundy who celebrated the award by drinking scotch and chatting up the Mo Sistas, but he still took time out to have his picture taken with the Mo and his mate Mo Steve.

But sadly all good things have to come to an end. All that I’m left with now are the photographic memories from the Movember gala – but what memories they are.

Until next year, stay classy Movember.

The Mo x






The Ashes Moustaches

26 11 2010

Thursday saw the start of the Ashes 2010, as England and the Aussies kicked things off in Brisbane. But this years first Ashes test had more of a gentlemanly air about it – no not because Shane Warne wasn’t playing  – but because many of the participating players were sporting very impressive Movember moustaches. While ITV4 might give you the  in-play highlights, Pour Homme is offering the ‘Ashes Moustaches’; a highlight show that doesn’t waste time with middle aged ex pro’s in dull shirt and tie combos, but get’s straight into the action. Highlights from day 1 include England’s Kevin Pietersen, 6 wicket hero Peter Siddle, paceman Mitchell Johnson and a rather patriotic Aussie fan – let’s just hope 3-1 isn’t an omen.