Friday

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


Everyone loves throwing shade at Valentine’s Day.  It’s easy to claim that you want to skip the entire celebration (“who needs a commercial holiday to tell your lover she’s adored?”).  News flash: you are in denial that you’re about to dig deep into your wallet and shell out some pre-coital coin for Valentine’s Day booty. Despite the verbal agreement that you are “just doing cards this year” it's time to admit the truth, that she’s expecting some tangible representation of your affection. 

These last minute gifts are splendid surprises to ignite some Valentine's Day mojo that we promise your lover will love.

1) Give a Massage, Then Get Your Own Happy Ending
Zeel is a revolutionary Smartphone app that lets you book same-day, in-home massages with licensed and vetted therapists. Services are currently available in the New York City, Long Island/ Hamptons, Miami/Palm Beach, Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay area.  Set up a sexy massage, with candles and music, then as soon as your therapist leaves, be prepared to pounce! 
VisitZeel.com

2) Stylisted At-Home Beauty Services
Attention men: women love getting pampered.  Unless you are planning to take a beauty school course in at-home blow outs, leave the style to the professionals.  Give her a gift to Stylisted - the first digital platform that allows your lady to book on-location hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals.  She can snap up blowouts, dry styling, up-dos, makeup application, airbrushing, and lashes with the press of an app – and bonus: services are delivered to a her home, office, hotel, or any location of her choosing.
Visit: Stylisted.com

3) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This beautiful (and efficacious) mascara delivers glam bedroom eyes and will keep her thinking of you with every application.  This product boasts that all one’s desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One coat delivers full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lashes.
Price: $23 at Toofaced.com

4) Annick Goutal Eau Du Ciel Eau de Toilette
Transport her on a romantic French journey, with Annick Goutal’s newest soft, fresh and natural fragrance. Top notes are linden and Brazilian rose wood. The middle notes unite violet leaves, neroli and iris and bottom notes of orange blossom enrich the woodsy melody of this pure and innocent fragrance.
Price: $149 (100ml), Available at the Annick Goutal Boutique: 646-964-4819 (Ships nationwide)

5) By Terry Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur
Ensure your lips are kissable and ready for a night of passion.  This tinted version of the cult favorite, Baume de Rose, is a multi-targeting balm that conditions lips with luscious caring color for a glamorous, age-defying pout. This exclusive formula contains more than 48 active ingredients including rose making it the perfect addition for Valentine’s Day.
Price: $56, Available at b-glowing.com

6) Anthony The Essential Traveler Kit
Get your man this no-nonsense travel kit containing everything he needs for grooming on the go, including airline compliant sizes of Anthony’s Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Shave Cream, All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer, and Mint and White Tea Lip Balm SPF 25. *Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research.
Price: $70, Available at Anthony.com, Sephora and Sephora.com

7) Dollar Shave Club Membership/Gift Card
Give the gift of convenience and a consistently close shave – like music to a man’s ears. Dollar Shave Club is a subscription-based company that sends high quality blades to your door for a few bucks a month so you get a fresh shave every time. It all started by figuring out what people actually wanted: a great shave without the overpriced shave tech and the inconvenience of trudging to the store. Add-ons include grooming essentials like Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter and Post-Shave, and One-Wipe Charlies. Also available in gift cards starting at $25.
Price: $3 per month and up, check out DollarShaveClub.com

8) Peter Thomas Roth Rose 3-Piece Kit
Give the gift of youthful-looking skin to your loved one. Housed inside a beautiful rose-printed case (meaning no wrapping necessary) you’ll find PTR cult-favorites, including Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask and Cleansing Gel and Pink Bombshell Lip Balm.
Price: $49, Available at PeterThomasRoth.com

9) Ralph Lauren Fragrances Valentine’s Day Gift: Full-Size Fragrance & Chocolate/Flowers
Stir up the romance this year with two fragrances that the woman in your life will be sure to love. The newest fragrance, Midnight Romance, heralds the thrilling anticipation of passion through a sensual embrace of pink peony and black vanilla, while iconic Romance captures the timeless essence of falling in love. Both powerful cocktails of sensual ingredients, they make a perfect gift for the woman you wish to charm or scent to wear on a date with the one you’re looking to captivate.
***And, for a limited time, receive a complimentary gift when you purchase a 3.4oz or larger bottle of either fragrance: a box of assorted Belgian chocolates from Dylan’s Candy Bar or a dozen beautiful roses. Candy available at all stores; flowers available at select retail locations.
Price Range: $88-$98 (Romance), $94-$105 (Midnight Romance); Available at RalphLauren.com and select retailers nationwide

Monday

How to Recover from Winter PTSD

If the thought of frequent blizzards, slushy sidewalks, and chapped faces makes you shutter with terror than you might be suffering from winter PTSD.  Before you submit your medical leave of absence paperwork, know that this fictional diagnosis can be remedied with a hot bowl of soup and a visit to the beauty counter.  While it may seem counterintuitive, during times of frigid temperatures, scalding hot showers can actually cause skin irritation and circulation issues.  Instead, try revitalizing lotions, dry shampoos and moisture wicking powders can calm skin and help you escape the worst of winter.

SHIFFA Tamanu Moisturising Cream
This multitasking moisturizer reduces signs of aging while promoting healthy, blemish-free skin.  It is rich without being too heavy and is fortified with powerful ingredients that accelerate cellular regeneration, reduces pigmentation and nourishes the skin.

V76 BARBER'S POWDER - $25 at V76.com
You’re bundled up to leave the house, but the second you get to the office you are smacked in the face with a blast of heat – how is one supposed to battle these two extremes?  Try a body powder that eliminates excess moisture and creates a comfortable buffer between shirt and skin. Wherever applied, skin is left fresh, smooth, and dry.

Oribe Dry Texturing Hair Spray - $22+ at Oribe.com
If you need to skip that shower, we promise we won’t tell, but don’t let your hair give you away. Opt for a quick body rinse, than boost your hair with a dry shampoo.  This spritz delivers volume and texture for a sexy lift that absorbs oil at the roots without weighing down your locks.  Plus it is formulated without parabens or sodium chloride, which means it’s safe for all color and treatments tresses.

Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo - Crisp Pear & Sweet Vanilla - $11 at target.com
If you’re seeking rich beauty on a budget, then save time and freshen up your hair between shampoos with Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo. Created from a powder base, this savory sensation combats dirt and oils leaving hair healthy and revitalized without the need for water. Simply spray on roots and brush through for added texture and volume. Fudge Urban Dry Shampoo leaves your hair with an energizing crisp pear and sweet vanilla scent.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Dramatic Lash Mascara Megaplumes - $29
When you’re bundled up under scarves, hats and hoods, all you’ve got exposed are your eyes, so make sure they look great.  This adorable mascara easily tucks you’re your purse, but won’t budge if your eyes are tearing from the cold.  It is packed with a rich formula for dramatic lashes that can easily be mistaken for falsies.

Wednesday

Time Saving Tricks to Tame Your Tresses While You Tone


As the end of January approaches, the reality of achieving your New Years resolutions may be getting dimmer.  To you stay on track, you need to integrate these new habits into your life as seamlessly as possible. 

For those of us struggling to keep workin’ on our fitness, an easy way to stay motivated is to simplify your routine.  Stock your gym bag with dry shampoos, sprays and other style savers to tame your tresses while you tone.

Alterna Haircare Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo: Mango Coconut
If you don’t have time for a full wash and dry after a sweat session, opt for a bodywash, then spritz on some dry shampoo.  For those looking for a eco-scent, without a powdery residue, check out this translucent dry shampoo that is designed to absorb oil, product build-up, and impurities to extend the life of your style. Even on dark hair, the formula is transparent and leaves strands feeling clean and full of body with a fresh bamboo leaf scent.
Price: $22 at Sephora.com

Kerastase Couture Styling Fix Fabulous
Cut down on styling time with a non-aerosol fixing spray that spot treats problem areas and has an extra strong hold.  Fix Fabulous sculpts the fiber while providing high shape memory and shine for constructed hairstyles without a frozen effect. Use on dry, styled hair, spray 5-6 inches from your style as a finishing touch.
Price: $37 at Kerastase-USA.com

Scunci No-Slip Flat Reflective/Ponytailers
Tie up your tresses without crimping your style with a ponytail crease.  These No Slip Flat Reflective Ponytailers come in a bevy of colors and make sure your style stays put no matter how much you are schvitzing.
Price: $4 at Walmart.com

Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Gloss
Do the heavy lifting at home.  By adding reps of an at-home hair gloss to your routine, you can ensure high-wattage silkiness without schlepping another product to the gym.  This lightweight foaming formula boosts shine and helps refresh hair color's true hues. It leaves no build-up and contains provitamin B5 and silk amino acid for conditioning. Hair is left supremely shiny and beautifully silky.
Price: $26 at Sephora.com



Monday

How to give January the Cold Shoulder (without antidepressants)

Notice that you are feeling especially down in the dumps these days?  You aren’t alone – January can be one of the most depressing times of the year. 

The holidays are over, your New Years resolutions are fledgling, and did you know that according to the New York Post, during January there is a one-third increase in divorce filings?

So before you freak out on your bitchy barista who bungled your easy order, take some solace in the fact that January is a frigid bitch.

Go ahead and give January the cold shoulder by being proactive about your sense of internal satisfaction. Separate the facts from the feelings – you have an entire year to achieve your goals, you can seize opportunity at any time and you must prioritize yourself above others to establish a self-care precedent.

If you are looking for some immediate ways to blast away the winter blues, then check out our beauty booty picks to rejuvenate the skin while perking up your self-confidence.

Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser – Warm up your skin with an inner glow that radiates health and nourishment.  We can’t stop raving about this gentle cleanser that cleanses the skin without stripping it of moisture.  During this time of year, it is essential to keep exposed skin nourished, while concealed skin needs extra soothing and purifying (otherwise you’ll end up with pimples).  Solve both problems with this gentle, non-foaming cleansing milk.  It removes impurities while soothing and comforting sensitive skin.
Price: $25 at Clarisonic.com

Bright and Moisturizing Sun Bum Lip Balm with SPF 30 – Who says SPF can’t look cute? Just because its effin’ freezing, doesn’t mean you can ignore those harmful UVA and UVB rays.  Lips are one appendage that will certainly be exposed to the winter elements.  Keep them hydrated and protected with this lip balm that works in all temperatures (and doesn’t get too sticky under scarves).
Price: $4 at Trustthebum.com

Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Intense Hydration Night Cream – A recent study reconfirmed the importance of sleep, well we are here to tout the benefits of night creams while you get those Zzzzs.  This nighttime moisturizer gives a boost of intense hydration - promoting softer, smoother and healthier skin.   It’s around the price of our daily juice from Liquiteria, but delivers juicy hydration the whole night through. I can literally turn down my humidifier and not wake up with parched cheeks.
Price: $13 at Yestocarrots.com

Lumene Complete Recovery Intensive Beauty Oil – Beauty oils are not that same oil that clog pores and cause acne.  We use beauty oil for all day hydration that doesn’t budge.  Lumene helps to rejuvenate skin and visibly reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, acne marks, moisture loss and other skin imperfections. 
Price: $30 Lumene.com 

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