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Father’s Day 2010 Gift Guide

Father’s Day 2010 Gift Guide

Earlier today, I asked about whether readers would like to see a Father’s Day gift guide on Twitter, and the response was a bit mixed, but there were enough yays in the crowd to push me over into one direction.  It also helped that I was able to talk my boyfriend into co-writing with me! :)

Whenever I think about giving a guy a “beauty” product, I think of easy, streamlined products with no-frills packaging and more natural scents (aka nothing “perfume-y” or “girly”).  It can’t be anything that makes him go, “Huh?” and scratch his head–it has to be intuitive, fast, and if it can do multiple things at once, even better.  Spend less rather than more if you’re only just introducing some beauty into their routine–or else something you don’t mind using if they never quite get into the habit of using it!

MOISTURIZER

Temptalia: I like Clinique’s Skin Supplies for Men line, because it has the clean, classic look with an affordable price range. I actually love the Clinique Maximum Hydrator ($27) for my own skin, as it’s extremely comforting and hydrating without being heavy, sticky, or greasy. Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Moisturizer ($42.50) is more expensive (it’s an anti-aging product), but it’s great for the guy who sometimes talks about his age or “getting old” — plus, the added SPF means it’s a two-in-one. For most men, the more multi-tasking a product is, the more likely they are to use it. Superdefense also comes in several variations–by skin type–which makes it easier to get the right product the first time around.

Tech Guy: If you’re buying a moisturizer, go for the cheaper and easier model and see if you can get your father or hubby to get into any kind of routine. You should go as far as placing it near wherever his razor is so he’ll be reminded about it every time he goes to shave. Guys will be very resistant to this, but if they have some dry skin or oily skin then tell them this will fix it. Also, if this is your husband, tell him that he’s dynamite in the sack. That will get them to put on a tutu, let alone moisturizer.

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #032

Happy Sunday!

How’s your Sunday treating you?   I like to try to take it easy on Sundays, though I usually end up taking it easier on Saturday, get mad at myself for it, and then try to make up for it on Sundays!

What are your Sunday plans? We’ll be heading over to a local farmer’s market (our usual weekend ritual!) for some fresh fruit, veggies, and the like.  I grabbed some delicious toffee last weekend, and I think I’m going to have to sneak some in this time, too! Yum!

Are you ready for Monday? Yes!  I love Mondays.  I love how busy and full Mondays tend to be :)  Keeps me on the straight and narrow!

Best part of your weekend? We went hiking with Mellan yesterday morning, which was fun for all!

Makeup Tutorial: Pop of Chartreuse

Makeup Tutorial: Pop of Chartreuse

Quick & easy tutorial for this green look from last Friday! Enjoy :)

You will need the following…

Sephora Sun Kit for Sunscreen Newcomers

Sephora Sun Kit

Though I noted it where applicable, I know my skin reacts poorly with high concentrations of silicone, so I did not test those sunscreens on my face and only on my arm.  So while my skin may react one way, and I may be overly cautious by avoiding products altogether that contain it high-up on the ingredient list, your skin is inevitably different from mine–that is to say, don’t write off a product merely because it breaks my skin out.  For instance, I’ve worn both Shiseido’s SPF 55 and Neutrogena’s Dry Touch during previous summers and never thought they were acne-causing culprits.   I also regularly wear Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, which also contains dimethicone and other silicones.  Like many things in life, it may be about finding the right balance or mix–aka not layering on a sunscreen, primer, and foundation that all have it!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

Recommendation:  If you’re still in the market for that perfect sunscreen, this kit is one way to trial several without having to purchase full-sizes.

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This Week’s Beauty Report: Sunday, June 13th, 2010


La Mer for World Ocean’s Day 2010

This Week’s Beauty Report: Sunday, June 13th, 2010

  • Philosophy introduces Microdelivery Purifying Peel — a one minute purifying enzyme peel with natural enzymes and a fruit-acid complex. It retails for $40.
  • Lancome Definicils Precious Cells High Definition Amplifying Mascara will be a Nordstrom exclusive, and it is available for pre-order now in-stores. This mascara is designed to regenerate damaged follicles and deep condition with a formula for thick, rich lashes.
  • MAC Pigments have launched at counters (finally!) as well as some new shades were rolled out to freestanding stores. Pigments retail for $19.50.
  • Boots has launched their own Facebook page!
  • Guerlain’s Terracotta Lady Bronzing Powder is driving me bananas–as in, I want it desperately! It’s so classy. $62 will get you one for yourself.
  • Anastasia rolls out a Highlighting Creme Duo ($35) just for Nordstrom (for now, at least). There’s a liquid highlighter to be used alone, with foudnation, or body lotion. Then there is a natural creme blush for cheeks, lips, or eyes.