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December 2009 Archives

Men want (and need) beauty grooming products just as much as we do. While they might not like to admit it, they want to look their best everyday. Since he is most likely not shopping around for products, gift him with something that will get him on the right skincare track, keep him smelling great or will keep him from looking like he’s applying for Santa’s job.






For more gift ideas, check out our Huge Holiday Gift Guide 2009


If you’re hitting up any holiday festivities, a playful hairstyle is always in order. We loved Diane Kruger’s style when she attended the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards recently and just had to get the scoop on how to get the look. Creating a modern day “twist” on a classic Hollywood style, stylist Richard Marin shared his four simple steps for re-creating this great holiday style at home.


First, dry hair with head titled forward using an ionic dryer for maximum shine and volume (try the Remington Professional Dryer, $44.99,


Next, part hair to side, then, using a 1” barrel curling iron, section hair in pieces that are about 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches wide. Curl all the hair in one direction for a uniform wave pattern, and let curls cool to set.


Brush hair out in a downward motion. Keep brush close to scalp, and finger waves will form. Brush waves to one side, and secure in side ponytail.



Finally, roll hair into smooth bun with the ends poking out, and pin into place. Finish with a touch of hairspray and bit of shine spray. To glam it up, add a pretty hair accessory. We found this gorgeous Pearl Barrette at Ulta ($4.50,

bliss_youthgroupkit.jpgWhile we compile lists and shop for the perfect gifts for those we love, we also have hopes of receiving some gifts (including beauty products of course) of our own. Bliss’ Youth Group Kit contains travel-size versions of the brands best-selling anti-aging products and is affordable, so we won’t feel the slightest amount of hesitation asking for it.

Kit includes:

  • 1 oz Cleanser
  • 1 oz Toner
  • 0.5 oz Concentrate
  • 0.34 oz Moisture Cream
  • 0.17 oz eye cream
  • Signature deluxe makeup bag


Bliss Youth Group Kit (a $104 value), $68,

Limited time only! Get 15% off bliss + remede products + free shipping at! Enter promo code 129903 at checkout. This offer is valid now through December 14th.

Shimmer, glitter, sparkle, whatever you call it, it’s perfect for the season. Fashion trends can often be translated into makeup looks, and glitzy glamour is definitely a “do” right now. Try adding a bit of sparkle to your look for your next bash, or, if permissible, this week at work. The rule of thumb is, of course, to only emphasize one feature at a time, and when in doubt, less is always more.


natalie-portman2.jpgNatalie Portman is a true fan of the smokey eye, and she always wears it well. At the premiere of her latest film, Brothers, Natalie was exquisite as usual— her makeup was flawless! We can’t help but admire her eye makeup, since this is the time of year we find ourselves rockin’ different variations of the classic look.

To create a similar look at home, we suggest you try Maybelline’s new Stylish Smokes eyeshadow quad in Natural Smokes. This quad along with the other 3 in the collection has every shadow you’ll need to give your peepers the perfect smokey eye. Add some eyeliner and your favorite mascara and you’re set to hit the town looking bold and beautiful.

Maybelline Stylish Smokes, $5.49 each,

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