‘Tis the Season… for my Holiday Gift Guides!

I decided to kick off my series of Gift Guides with items for the guy in your life. Every year I ask my husband what he would like, and I always get the same response “I don’t need anything.” I get so frustrated but I think back at some items he may have mentioned wanting, or saying he liked and best yet – just sticking to what I KNOW he loves and I just run with those ideas. Here are 5 gift items -for HIM- to make this Holiday even more merry.

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1. Dollar Shave Club 4X Razor Membership / $40-$100 – To me, this is one of the most unique and thoughtful gifts you could give to a guy this season but most of all practical. You start off by choosing a gift of 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. The 4X, AKA the “Lover’s Blade,” is their most popular razor and has a cartridge that contains 4 stainless steel blades and a pivot head razor handle. The 1st box also includes Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter & Post Shave. You also have the option of sending them an E Giftcard and they can decide which blade package they would like to receive.

2. Citizen Black Croc Embossed Leather Strap Watch / $80 – This classic black on black watch is not only stylish but very affordable. It has a black croc-embossed leather strap with black dial and silver-tone stick. It’s simple yet elegant and can be worn casual or to dress up an outfit.

3. The Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year / $80 – I don’t know much about whisky & fine scotch but what I do know is my husband has a bottle of what he likes to refer to as “really good scotch” and he doesn’t like to bring it out all the time. That bottle would be The Macallan and while at home we have the 10 Year, he always gets the 15 Year when gifting someone a bottle. A really great bottle of booze is always a hit.

4.Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense Gift Set / $93 – You can never go wrong with cologne for the special guy in your life especially when it comes from a timeless brand such as Ralph Lauren. A spritz of Polo Red Intense begins with a fresh, fruity top note, which is amped with ginger tones, only to be surpassed by a heart of spices and woody notes. It is a very sophisticated scent that is long lasting.

5. Ugg Ascot Leather Slippers / $120 – Available in 3 colors, the Ascot is Uggs best selling slipper. Natural wool and rich full-grain leather compose this slipper, which has been equipped with a durable rubber outsole suited for indoor and outdoor wear. Not only do they look sharp but they are super comfy.

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Top – Striped Tunic from Old Navy

Leggings – Bar III leggings from Macys

Booties – Swoon Walker Booties from Lulus

Bag – Michael Kors

I’ve had oily hair for as long as I could remember. I was never the type of girl who was able to keep a blow out for more than 1 day without spraying some sort of dry shampoo in before restyling. I was recently able to test out 2 products from DESSANGE Paris.

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The Purifying Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask targets oily scalps. The formula, containing mineral clay concentration, works to absorb sebum excess and regulate oil production over time while the professional application brush allows for targeted, even coverage. They recommend this mask being used once a week on dry hair. You generously apply to the roots, leave on for 5-10 minutes then rinse. You follow this process up with the Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo. The pro-vitamin b5 enhanced balancing shampoo, helps to minimize oily roots while moisturizing ends, producing balanced hair from root to tip. The pro-vitamin b5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair.

I’ve been using this 2 step system for a few weeks now and I’m really happy with the results. My hair in general just feels so much cleaner but best of all, I’ve noticed a decrease in oil production. Both products have a really great smell which is always a plus!

This line is sold exculsive at Target nationwide.

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If you tuned into the Latin Grammys last night, you saw how stunning Genesis Rodriguez & Zoe Saldana looked on the red carpet.  Well L’Oreal is sharing with you all how to get those looks at home!

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Makeup Artist: L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Claudia Betancur

STEP 1: Claudia first prepped her face with L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur ($24.99) which works as a great primer before foundation.
STEP 2: To compliment Genesis’ gold gown, they went for a sultry smoky eye. Claudia first applied a beige toned shade on the lid of the eye. For depth, she applied a dark brown shade from the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude 2 ($15.99) on the outer corner of the eye and blend inward stopping halfway.
Claudia’s Tip: When creating a smoky eye, begin with the eyes first and then focus on skin as shadow tends to fall.
STEP 3: To bring the smoky eye to life, Claudia drew a subtle cat eye wing. She used the new L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Liner ($9.99) which has a flexible felt tip. She completed the eye with mascara, L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($10.99).
STEP 4: For a matte finish, she applied the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation ($14.99).
STEP 5: She added a shimmery glow on top of the apple of the cheeks with L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Illuminator in N 202 Rose ($12.99).
Claudia’s Tip: Use a fan brush to have more control on where the powder lands.
STEP 6: She completed the look with a glossy nude lip pen that also fits perfectly in a clutch: L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen in 209 Choco-Lacque ($9.99).

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Makeup Artist: Vera Steimberg

STEP 1: First, Vera applied L’Oréal Paris Youth Code All-In-One Skin Illuminator ($17.99) on her cheek bones, brow bone, nose and upper lip to prep the skin with a glow.
STEP 2: For the eyes, she used the very tip of the NEW L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Liner ($9.99) on her top inner eyelids to connect the lashes with almost an invisible line.
STEP 3: Vera used the darkest brown shade from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude in 01 ($19.99) on the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct and the bottom lash line, creating a V-shape. She layered the shimmery champagne shade in the inner corner of the eye as well. On the lid, she used L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in C302 Ice ($12.99), for a radiant glow.
STEP 4: Next she applied primer from the NEW double-ended L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara ($9.99) and applied two coats of mascara to the top and bottom lashes, for a romantic 40’s look.
STEP 5: To illuminate her skin, Vera applied L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in N201 Rose ($12.99) on her brow bone, nose and cupid’s bow.
STEP 6: For the lips, Vera went for a natural toned lip and mixed L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in 104 Game, Set & Matte and layered 102 She’s so Matte on top and dabbed with her fingers to blend.
STEP 7: To complete her look, she sprayed L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($16.99) to help her makeup last all through the night.

Main Polish: Essie, Bachelorette Bash

Ring: Forever21

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