5 Grooming Gift Sets For Men For Holiday 2013

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Are the men in your life into skincare or fragrance? Or would you like them to be and are looking for a grooming set to introduce them to moisturizers and facial cleansers? Here are five options to check out:

1. Kielh’s Energizing Men’s Kit ($45.00)
A mix of classic Kiehl’s products for men on-the-go. It includes: Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisturizer Treatment, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, Midnight Recovery Eye, and White Eagle Shave Cream. Available at kiehls.com.

2. Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler For Him ($65.00)
The perfect set for the men who love fragrances, it contains sample sizes of Hugo Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss, Bvlgari Man Extreme by Bvlgari, Zegna Uomo by Ermenegildo, Acqua Di Giò by Giorgio Armani, Gentlemen Only by Givenchy, Guilty Pour Homme by Gucci, L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake, “Le Male” by Jean Paul Gaultier, Vintage by John Varvatos, Eau De Lacoste, L.12.12 Blanc by Lacoste, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, Luna Rossa by Prada, Polo Red by Ralph Lauren, and L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent. It also includes a certificate to the redeem the full size bottle of your favourite scent. Available at sephora.com.

3. Jack Black PureScience Jet Set Traveler ($25.00)
For men who travel a lot, Jack Black has created this small set which features everything you need to cleanse, shave, moisturize and protect your skin while you are away from home. It includes: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather, and Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20. Available at ulta.com.

4. Anthony Logistics For Men The Essential Traveler Kit ($48.00)
This small kit for travellers is a great introduction to the brand. It features: Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Shave Cream, All Purpose Facial Moisturizer, Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint and White Tea, and a Quart-size zip top bag. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this kit is donated to prostate cancer research. Available at sephora.com.

5. The Art Of Shaving 4 Elements Starter Kit ($25.00)
Even if the men in your life don’t use moisturizer or fragrance, chances are they shave. This kit contains products that promise a close and comfortable shave: Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm, and Trial Size Badger Shaving Brush. It’s available in Sandalwood, Lavender, and, for the men allergic to fragrance, unscented. Available at ulta.com

Which set is your favourite?

8 Stocking Stuffers For Holidays 2013

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Are you looking for a little stocking stuffer for a loved one? Or maybe you would like to give yourself a little treat? Here’s some cute ideas to check out:

1. The Body Shop Mini Chocomania Body Butter ($3.60)
The perfect treat for dry winter skin, this delicious body butter moisturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and smelling like chocolate! Available at thebodyshop-usa.com.

2. Barry M Dazzle Dusts (£4.59)
Available in 60 shades, these loose, highly pearlised powders can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. They can also be added to your nail polish to create new, unique, shades. Available at barrym.com.

3. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – Icon Mini ($10.00)
This mini sized lipstick delivers a rich and matte colour that goes smoothly on the lips and promises to last up to 14 hours without flaking. The shade is called Icon and it’s a beautiful blue-based red. Available at sephora.com.

4. Lush The Christmas Penguin ($7.45)
How adorable is this little penguin? When it crumbs in the water, it releases a fresh and cheerful orange flower and bergamot scent. Available at lushusa.com.

5. Sleek Makeup I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Lagoon (€9,99)
This gorgeous palette of wearable brights is one of my favourite products from Sleek. The colours are pigmented but soft, making them easy to wear (check out my swatches here if you don’t believe me) and blend easily. If brights really aren’t your thing, you can choose one of the other 12 shades available. Available at sleekmakeup.com.

6. Eyeko Skinny Mini Duo ($10.00)
This kit features mini sizes of the Lengthening Skinny Mini Brush Mascara in Black and the Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black. They both promise to deliver an intense black colour that doesn’t flake nor fade. Available at sephora.com.

7. E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder ($3.00)
This sleek duo contains a blush to add a pop of colour to the cheeks and a bronzer to contour cheekbones. It’s available in three shades: St Lucia, Antigua and Turks & Caicos. Available at eyeslipsface.com.

8. Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. III ($10.00)
This cute and travel-friendly palette contains five neutral and colourful shades to create looks for work and play. The shades included are: Light Apricot, Umber, Aquamarine, Soft Violet, and Ocean. Available at sephora.com.

Which one is your favourite?

5 Must Have Nail Sets For Holidays 2013

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Are you a nail polish addict? Or do you know one? Then check out these gorgeous nail kits for the upcoming holidays:

1. Deborah Lippman Christmas In The City Set ($39.00)
This set contains three festive nail polish shades, perfect for the holidays: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (multicolored glitter), Let It Snow! (shimmery white) and Run, Run Rudolph (shimmery red).

2. Butter London Luxe Rock 12 Piece Fashion Size Set ($65.00)
A beautiful box houses 12 nail lacquers in Cake Hole, Come to Bed Red, Blagger, Dodgy Barnett, Jaffa, Henley Regatta, Fruit Machine, Yummy Mummy, Princess Plums and The 444.

3. China Glaze Sparkle All The Way ($19,95)
Let your nails sparkle this Christmas with this new set from China Glaze. It features 3 nail polishes in Your Present Required, Be Merry Be Bright and Just Be Claws, plus a cute compact mirror.

4. Sally Hansen Dare To Dazzle Holiday Glam Pack ($7.99)
This set features all that you need for your nails and more: 2 Magnetic Nail Colours, 2 nail files, 2 Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, and 1 Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balm.

5. SpaRitual Holiday Mini Kit ($35.00)
The set features 6 nail polishes in colorful and festive hues with a shimmering finish. They are said to be pigmented and dry fast, while the brush allows for a precise application.

All the sets are available at ulta. Which one is your favourite?

5 New Fragrance Sets For Holidays 2013

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Fragrance holiday sets are a great way to stock up on your favourites or to try several scents at a time without spending too much money. They’re also wonderful gifts for fragrance lovers. Here are five I’d like to try:

TokyoMilk Dark Tokyomilk Gift Set ($12.00)
This trio of botanical extracts, crushed and distilled into fresh floral notes that hint at the exotic and sublime, isn’t for the faint of heart. It includes 18: Chance, a mix of bamboo, tea leaves, fresh fig, and white musk; 79: Destiny blends together ginger, honeysuckle, davana and jasmine; 26: Wisdom is a soothing concoction of water lily, mossy woods, walnut and musk. Available at sephora.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Travel Spray Gift Set ($60.00)
This kit features four travel sprays that evoke the playful and bucolic spirit of the warm countryside: Eau de Toilette Travel Spray in Mûre et Musc, Eau de Toilette Travel Spray in Premier Figuier, Eau de Toilette Travel Spray in La Chasse Aux Papillons and Eau de Parfum Travel Spray in Nuit de Tubéreuse. Available at sephora.

Estee Lauder Fragrant Treasures Gift Set ($35.00)
Fans of Estee Lauder will appreciate this set, which contains four Eau de Parfum Purse Sprays: Modern Muse, Estee Lauder Pleasures, Beautiful, and Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude. They’re housed in an elegant blue and gold box that resembles a starry sky. Available at ulta.

Atelier Cologne Collection Cologne Absolue ($275.00)
The set contains some of the most mysterious, playful and seductive scents of the brand, housed in 1oz bottles. It features Orange Sanguine, a zesty and energizing citrusy blend; Vanille Insensée, which provides an original and darker take on vanilla; Rose Anonyme, where the queen of flowers is intertwined with ginger and oud; Vetiver Fatal, a sexy concoction of vetiver, oud and cedarwood; and Mistral Patchouli, which contains note of incense and grapefruit. Available at sephora.

Elizabeth Arden Coffret ($38.00)
This set gives you the chance to try some of Elizabeth Arden’s most popular scents: Green Tea Scent Spray .5 oz, Red Door Eau de Toilette Spray .33 oz, Fifth Avenue Eau de Parfum Spray .33 oz, Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray .33 oz, Provacative Spray .33 oz, and Green Tea Honeysuckle .5 fl oz. Available exclusively at ulta.

Which set would you like to try?

5 Must Have Makeup Sets For Holiday 2013

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Beauty brands are popping out gift sets for the upcoming holidays so fast that it’s so hard to keep up. And it’s even harder to choose what to get as a treat for yourself or a loved one. Here are 5 of my favourites:

Kat Von D Spellbinding Look Kit ($59.00)
Create a spellbinding look with this stunning set which features The True Romance Eyeshadow Palette (nude, purple and brown shades), Autograph Pencil Eyeliner in Puro Amor, Autograph Pencil Eyeliner in Immortal Love, Sin-Full Lash Mascara Puro Amor and Foiled Love Lipstick in F.T.W. Available at sephora.com.

Stila Artist Essential Set ($59.00)
A beautiful collection of products that will allow you to create a wide variety of looks. To start with, it features four eyeshadows palettes: Pop Art (green shades), Renaissance (gold, brown, copper and bronze shades), Abstract (purple shades), and Surreal (beige, taupe and black shades). Plus, Deluxe Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Cream in Peony (neutral nude with pink undertones), Deluxe Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Patina (dusty rose), Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray (jet black), #9 brush and how-to cards. Available at sephora.com.

Tarte LipSurgence Collector’s Set ($175.00)
This set contains 15 full size, longlasting and moisturizing chubby lip pencils that impart a natural pop of colour: 6 LipSurgence Lip Tints in Amused (bright pink), Charmed (light pink), Joy (peach); Enchanted (rose), Lust (red), Moody (deep berry); 6 LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Envy (mauve berry), Exposed (nude), Fiery (matte red), Hope (warm rose), Lively (hot pink), Lucky (light pink); 2 LipSurgence Lip Lusters in Buff (nude), Achiote (shimmering golden pink); and LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy (unique pink). Available at sephora.com.

Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection Gift Set ($44.00)
A set of delicious baked eyeshadows that look like amaretti. The shades included are: midnight blue fudge topped with silver and 
sapphire pearl frosting
), velvet vanilla crème treat laced with silver sprinkles, 
rich chocolate brownie iced with glistening gold, and warm copperleaf cake topped with silvery sugar crystals. Available at vincentlongo.com.

Tom Ford 12-Piece Lip Color Gift Box ($588.00)
An elegant a mahogany-colored box houses 12 lipsticks. The shades included are: Nude Vanille, Blush Nude, Sable Smoke, Spanish Pink, Pink Dusk, Indian Rose, Casablanca, True Coral, Wild Ginger, Cherry Lush, Crimson Noir and Violete Fatale. Available at neimanmarcus.com.

Do you like these sets? Which one is your favourite?

5 Must Have Palettes For Holiday 2013

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This time of the year is great for makeup lovers. So many palettes are being released for the holidays, and they are all stunning. Here are my top 5 picks:

1. Laura Mercier Les Petits Bonbons ($250.00)
This luxurious palettes contains 30 baked eyeshadows in matte and shimmery finishes that will allow you to create a variety of looks for the day and the night time. It also comes with a big mirror for easier application. Available at lauramercier.com.

2. Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette ($49.00)
This cute palette features 30 eyeshadows in natural and colourful shades, four brushes and a bronzer, that will allow you to create lots of different looks. Available exclusively at ulta.

3. It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Shadow Palette & Brush ($42.00)
Fans of natural looks will love this palette, which features 14 silk-infused matte eyeshadows that can transform to a pearl finish with the help of a pearl transforming shade. Isn’t that cool? It is available at itcosmetics.com.

4. Stila Artistry Signature Set ($185.00)
A vintage-inspired case houses 12 eyeshadows, 4 blushes, 15 lip glazes, 7 smudge stick waterproof eye liners, 3 smudge crayons and 3 brushes! It also comes with instructions on how to create several beautiful looks, but of course, you can let your creativity run free and come up with your own. Available at sephora.

5. Estee Lauder Color Portofolio Palette ($37.00, with any Estee Lauder purchase)
One of the most beautiful palettes for the holidays, it features 30 eyeshadows, 15 lipsticks, 4 blushes, 2 glosses, 3 brushes and instruction. Valued at $275.00, it can be yours for only $37.00, with any Estee Lauder purchase. Available at nordstrom.

Which palette is your favourite?

5 New Fragrances To Try This Fall

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Are you looking for a new signature scents or, like me, simply love to try new fragrances all the time? Then, you musk check out these new perfumes:

1. Penhaligons Vaara (50ml, $125.00)
Inspired by this beautiful part of Induia, it is a majestic and aromatic blend of quince, coriander seed, saffron, rose, Indian magnolia, iris, honey, white musk, woods, benzoin resin, and tonka bean.Available at luckyscent.com.

2. Chloe See by Chloé Paint a Scent (15ml, $35.00)
A floral fruity fragrance with notes of juicy bergamot, apple, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and musk. The scent doesn’t sound very original, but the packaging is. The bottle comes with a nail polish brush-like applicator that allows you to easily apply the juice wherever you’d like. How cool is that? Available at sephora.com.

3. Rouge Bunny Rouge Silvan (50ml, £110.46)
Described as a “perfect harmony of citrus and woods infused with the forest’s air of wisdom and calm”, it features notes of juniper, grapefruit, guaiac wood, incense, black pepper and patchouli. It’s part of the Provenance Tales collection, which also features Embers, a modern oriental, and Cynefin, an ambery woody blend with a masculine edge. Available at rougebunnyrouge.com.

4. Juliette Has A Gun Anyway (50ml, £65.00)
Romano Ricci, founder of the brand, goes back to basics with his newest scent, which features only 15 ingredients. Anyway is a persistent but subtle bright blend of musks, woods and flower petals. Available at selfridges.com.

5. Illamasqua Freak Scarab (80ml, $90.00)
Inspiredby the scarab beetle, believed by the ancient Egypts to be an embodiment of the sun, Freak Scarab is an unisex concoction of exotic unconventional flowers. It features notes of blood orange, neroli absolute, ylang ylang, davana oil, egyptian jasmine, honeysuckle, queen of the night, geranium, anise, moss and leather. Available at sephora.com.

Would you like to try any of these scents?

Braologie Bracie Is On Sale

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A few months ago, I raved about Braologie, a new line of shapewear and underwear that helps to improve your posture. And it really works! Since then, one of their lesser known products, the mini vest, has undergone a makeover.

It’s now called the Bracie and features a reinforced back to support and even out the weight of your breast thus reducing the strain in your upper back and shoulder areas, and horizontal side boning to pull the breast tissues to the center of the chest and improve the east-west look.

braologie bracie before and after photos

The Bracie is made of lightweight, comfortable, and breathable materials and can be used both with your own bras and with Braologie bras. Normal price is $39.99 plus $15.00 for shipping, but from now till 25th November, you can get your yours for only $25.99, plus free shipping! Just go to the Braologie website, add the vest to your cart and then use the BRACIE2013 code at checkout.

This is a really sweet deal. If you need more support than your bra can give you, now’s the perfect time to give it some help and try the Bracie!