Lips and Tips 03.24.15


Lips & Tips: Tips for Perfect Lips

Tips for Perfect Lips


People say “the eyes are windows to one’s soul”, but a girl’s smile is her most disarming charm. Women keep track of beauty and makeup trends every season, that’s why it’s not surprising to see a wide range of lip colors on a woman’s glam kit. Fall and summer kisses are usually wrapped in orange, coral, and pink hues, while the emergence of fall and winter make dark, red lips the highlight of colder seasons. On some occasions, brides-to-be prefer the natural look and would want to keep their makeup as natural as possible. That’s when peach to nude lips become a top choice.

Lipstick Beauty

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From lipsticks and lip liners, to lip tints and glosses, we’re taking you to four tips on how to achieve a successful lip makeup like a pro.

1. Blank Canvas

Have you ever wondered why a bright lipstick ends up looking dull or a shade darker when applied on your lips? That’s because our skin tone affects the lipstick color when applied on our lips. Remember how you put primer on your eyelids to achieve the perfect blend of eye shadows? That’s how you should work on your lips, too.


Makeup Primers and Concealers

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Believe it or not, your ordinary foundation and concealer can do wonders for your lips. While these naturally work to hide blemishes, acne marks and even out your skin tone, foundation and concealer are effective lip primers that can redefine your lip line and also allow the lip color to stay longer.

So how does it work? First, put a small amount of liquid foundation or concealer on your finger and dab gently on your lips (L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup with SPF 17 Sunscreen – N5 True Beige, $5.95; Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation – Cream, $35). Liquid form is perfect for women with chapped lips. Lipstick settles in between the lines when the lips become too dry. You may also opt for a concealer or foundation stick (NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer – Nude; Iman Second to None Stick Foundation – Clay 3, $13.60) by simply smearing it on your lips and then carefully smudging the product using your fingers. Make sure the concealer or foundation reaches the outline of your lips, particularly if your lips have dark edges.

By prepping your lips, you will notice that the lipstick color stays longer when applied on top of the foundation or concealer. You will also achieve the true lipstick color and at the same time, prevent the color from “bleeding”.


2. Think Outside the Lines

Everybody wants to keep up with the youngest Kardashian’s beauty transformation. Though a lot of people think she has undergone lip injections, Kylie Jenner has been doing a fantastic job in making her lips fuller and undeniably succulent with every pout! The dramatic change has been causing a stir as many girls would try out the signature Kylie selfie pout. How does she do it? Simple. That’s what you call overlined lips.

Kylie Jenner Lips, Kardashian Lips

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Overlined lips have been one of the latest trends since late last year (thanks to Kylie). Not only does the trick make the lips look lusciously fuller, the lip liner also makes the color stay longer. With so many lip liner colors and brands to choose from, you can create those pouty lips whatever the season is! Red and pink lip liners are great for spring (Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil – OR 310, $18; Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner – 04 Pink Princess, $9.99) and deep reds are perfect for date nights (MAC Fine Point Lip Liner – Sharp, $13). Heading out for drinks with your gal pals? Go dark and edgy with your look by opting for wine and reddish brown shades (Prestige Waterproof Lipstick – Vino, $5.99).

Application is easy. First, dab foundation on your lips. Second, slightly overline your lips with the color of your choice. Make the outline at the top first, then at the bottom. Third, fill your lips using your lip pencil. Fourth, apply lipstick with the exact same shade or similar. Next, blot your lips with tissue. Finally, re-apply lipstick and do the final blotting. This works really well with matte lipstick.


3. Color Me Full

What comes to mind when you hear “kissable lips”? Lips that are kissable are full and juicy with a touch of color. If you have thin lips, exert an effort to make your lips look fuller with specific shades and types of lipstick. Deep reds, reddish browns and black make you look old (especially when they’re matte), so opt for light and vibrant lipstick shades (Max Factor Elixir Lipstick – 610 Angel Pink, $12.99). Women who have dry lips will benefit from highly-pigmented lip colors because of the products’ moisturizing effect (NYX Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – Thalia, $3.40). Creamy lipsticks are your go-to products when dry lips and lines spoil your look.

Beautiful lips

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You’ll see how easy it is to take off years from your face just by choosing the right product. Aside from light shade lipsticks, lip stains are vital beauty tools that can instantly give off that young, free-spirited glow. Not all women are born with those just-bitten, juicy lips but a smear of lip stain can instantly do the trick for us. Lips stains dry up faster than lip gloss and have longer staying power than lipstick. Applying it can be tricky but when done right (and fast) the color on your lips will look natural. Lip stains come in tubes, roll-ons, and jars (C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint – Pink Mint, $7.50; Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm – Mauve, $16.15).


4. Plump It Like It’s Gloss

The idea of lip gloss brings you back to your ninth grade days when you’re only allowed to put on sheen and not the creamy, vibrant, lipstick meant for your older sister and your mom. While these may seem to be a thing for teens, glosses can quickly turn your lips full and diminish those chapped lines. Now that’s the ultimate secret to get those kissably wet lips!

Lip glosses can quickly turn your lips full and diminish those chapped lines.

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Application of gloss is super easy. Instead of smearing it like a lipstick from left to right (or vice versa), start at the middle and continue to make feathered outward strokes. Easily spread the gloss by smacking your lips. Since lip glosses only have a hint of color, you can put a coat on top of your lipstick for that added shine, while looking age-appropriate and fabulously young at the same time. You can use a colorless or light colored gloss with added glaze on top of a unique lipstick shade (Lancome Gloss In Love Sparkling Lip Glaze – 200 Just Strass, $27; Christian Dior Dior Addict Gloss – 343 Spring Ball, $29), or choose a high intensity colored gloss for that instant perk. Try on different shades and see what will work best for your skin tone. Nudes, lilacs and pinks will look great on fair-skinned women (Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer – 09 Liquid Petal, $24). Mauves, berries and rose will highlight the natural beauty of medium-skinned women (Fusion Beauty Color Lip Fusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump Color Shine – Dream, $32.30), while chocolate, deep reds and plums will create an irresistible effect for dark-skinned ladies (L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss 6 HR – 835 Truffle, $6.93).


For a quick, fresh look in the morning, just put some powder on your face and glide some lip gloss on your lips. No need to add lipstick or lip liner for plumping up your lips!


Keep Calm and Wear Lipstick

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Whether you’re going out for a shopping trip, attending a wedding, getting through the morning rush or enjoying cocktails with the girls, look astonishingly beautiful by getting your lips tinted the right way. Remember, just one stroke of a lipstick, gloss or tint changes the course of any bad day.


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Pretty Faces of Spring: New Make-up Trends To Love 02.17.15

Pretty Faces of Spring

Spring ushers us to soft shadows, glossy lips and bronze skin, but the biggest names in fashion and beauty surprise us with their bold statements for 2015. Prada and Saint Laurent spruce up the catwalk with clean, edgy lines for eye makeup while Victoria Beckham and Christian Dior see the natural beauty behind undone locks.

Channel this year’s hottest style in hair, makeup and more by achieving the spring fever look in these 6 perfect trends.

Bloom’n Lashes

Spring Eye Makeup Trend: Twiggy Lawson in her 60’s mod look. Image courtesy of

Twiggy Lawson in her 60’s mod look. Image courtesy of

The 60’s glam is the year of Twiggy’s iconic look. The supermodel defined that era of legendary eye makeup, showing off those huge, seductive pair of eyes. Now that it’s making a comeback, the key in creating Twiggy’s iconic look is to go crazy with lashes. Long, extreme ones are the best! You can either get eyelash extensions or apply a handy dandy pair of false lashes.

If you want to personify Twiggy’s 60’s mod look, take Ardell Fashion Lashes Glamour in 114 Black ($3.59). This pair gives you the thickest and most dramatic lashes made of 100% human hair. Trim the outer ends to fit the shape of your eyes. Afterwards, use Ardell Duo Eyelash Adhesive White – Clear ($3.99) to make your lashes last all day. If you want a more natural look, use Ardell DuraLash Naturals – Short Black ($4) and apply lashes individually. Gently attach 10-15 lashes per eye using a tweezer. It’s a little hard work but you’ll get a more natural result. Individual lashes need a special type of adhesive in a bottle of Ardell Duo Individual Lash Adhesive – Clear ($6.65). The waterproof formula makes your lashes stay for up to two weeks.

Not comfortable with adding lash extensions? Go and pick a lengthening and volumizing mascara. We recommend Lancome Hypnose Mascara in 01 Black Noir Hypnotic ($22.95) to define your lashes. This is perfect for women who have naturally long lashes.

Sexy, Edgy Eyes

Spring Eye-Makeup Trend: Edgy, black lines. Image courtesy of

Edgy, black lines. Image courtesy of

Black is making a comeback when it comes to defining the eyes. Hide your aqua and emerald eye liners for now and bring out the blackest black. Whether you’re using pencil, gel or liquid form, the key in producing sexy and edgy eyes is to keep it clean. Forget about the art of smudging for the meantime and focus on lines.

For a daytime, everyday look use Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner ($6.99). Girls who apply makeup for the first time will love the simple application of this pencil-type liner that lasts all day. For intermediate users, you can easily get along with a gel-type liner in Cailyn Line Fix Gel Eyeliner ($17.85). If you like your eye makeup thick and pronounced, this gives you the glamour look you visualize. And if you’re the one who has a penchant for cat-eye makeup, pick Prestige Liquid Eyeliner ($4.99) that can give you precise lining, especially at the outer corners of your eyes. Going out with the girls at night? Don’t forget to give your eyes the attention and shimmer they deserve by wearing NYX Cosmetics Liquid Crystal Liner ($3.82).

Top It Like It’s Hot

Spring Nail Color Trends: Magenta nails. Image taken from

Magenta nails. Image taken from

Goodbye sweet pastels and hello to nude and bold nail colors! Now you don’t have to stick to soft and girly pastels anymore during spring. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, nail artists were busy treating nails with clean nudes or making a statement with bold, nail art. Aside from your outfit choice or your mood for the day, consider the length and shape of your nails when picking colors. According to Michelle Saunders, head manicurist of Essie, nude polish is perfect for short, round nails. You’ll see taupe and tan shades from Tracy Reese, and a perfect nude hue for Jason Wu’s minimalist collection. If you like subdued shades, apply Seche Nail Lacquer ($4.50) in Simplicity for a nude touch or Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish ($9.90) in 165 Hot Coco for a touch of everyday elegance.

Want a daring statement? Paint the town bold and bright! When you have long nails, make sure to flaunt spring colors like pink, orange, purple, blue and red. Go sexy with brilliant, solid colors in coral shade just like in Nicole Miller, or go bold with red nails to match your lips just like what Zac Posen did in his Spring 2015 runway show. You can also experiment with your nails by painting Max Factor Nailfinity Nail Polish ($9.99) in 873 Vivid Violet or OPI Nail Laquer Texas Collection ($6.80) in NLT19 Too Hot Pink To Hold “Em for that effortlessly chic taste this season.

Fresh Face, Minimalist Beauties

Spring Makeup Trend: Minimal makeup for a stunning lady. Image courtesy of

Minimal makeup for a stunning lady. Image courtesy of

Bid goodbye to bad skin this spring. No more excuses, no more second chances! Just break-up with skin because it’s not doing any good to your natural beauty. Because the season calls for something fresh and something new, the revival of great skin should be your utmost priority this spring. You’ll notice that starting last year celebrities opt for the “no-makeup” makeup look to enhance their natural beauty.

So how do you keep your face simply beautiful like Olivia Palermo, Emmy Rossum and Natalie Portman? Invest in BB creams, makeup setting sprays and oil blotting pressed powder. To quickly hide blemishes and redness while you’re on-the-go, apply Philosophy Hope in a Jar A to Z BB Cream Broad Spectrum with SPF 20 ($38). A little tube works like magic as it gives you a healthy looking glow with its multiple uses: primer, moisturizer, treatment and sunscreen.

Do you find it meticulous to re-apply makeup and do touch-ups? Use NYX Cosmetics Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($6.80) for a lasting, fresh makeup look. It’s lightweight so you don’t have to worry about smudging your makeup. Just spray 3-4 inches away from your face. Lastly, don’t let oily skin ruin your pristine look. Invest in Iman Oil Blotting Pressed Powder ($13.60). Today, more and more brands cater to matte-finish products to keep the face shine-free all day long.

Perfect Plums

Spring Lip Colors: Juicy, plum lips. Image courtesy of

Juicy, plum lips. Image courtesy of

Since fall 2014, it’s hard to get rid of plum and berry shades in our makeup kits. Ultimately, the color eases its way into our everyday lipstick choice. Plum lipstick colors can be used day and night as seen in Bibhu Mohapatra runway show. To get this similar look, use Borghese B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in 69 Bacca Berry shade ($6.99). And to make your lips more defined, apply Guerlain Lip Pencil in 23 Rouge Cassis ($21.63).

Celebrities like Lauren Conrad and Jennifer Lopez always have those glossy, pouty lips. For a plum glossy pout, easily spread glominerals gloLiquid Lips in Black Cherry ($10.15) on bare lips or on top of your similar shade lipstick. How about something berry-licious? Wear your favorite floral top, shorts or dress for spring and smear glominerals gloLip Stick in Tulip ($11.90) or Cover Girl Trueshine Lipcolor in 475 Valentine Shine ($1.99) for lips that are moisturized, healthy looking, and perfectly desirable.

Are you thinking of putting less makeup while achieving that one-of-a-kind spring glow? Put some color on your cheeks then! As flowers start to bloom during this season, make way for a blooming you by adding a pinch of Iman Luxury Blushing Powder Duo in Posh ($9.35). The powder duo gives you shades of berry and plum which you can use day or night. Blend two colors for a unique shade that will last all day. For a radiant glow, try Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat in 4 Pinky Rose Duo ($67). And when you feel like you deserve the sparkly attention when the sun is out, work on your artistic side with Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Rose Shimmer Brick Set ($62.95). This comes with a mini face blender brush so you can combine 5 different colors in one application.

Spring Makeup Trend: Cheeks that glow. Image courtesy of

Cheeks that glow. Image courtesy of

Coming-Undone Hair Styles

Long hair is back! While we enjoyed the phase of pixie cuts and bobs for the last two years, it’s time to grow your hair back this spring. You don’t need ultra polished curls or iron-straight hair. Low maintenance, air-dried hair is the best option this season. Of course, this doesn’t mean you take less focus on your hair. Being in tune with the hair trend this spring means having a great cut, admirable length, magnificent color and a healthy hair condition. Pull off the runway look from Chloé and Rodarte by letting down your locks, or look stunning in a sleek ponytail as if you were walking down the catwalk during a Gucci or Alexander Wang show.

Hair Trend - Gucci Spring 2015. Image courtesy of

Gucci Spring 2015. Image courtesy of

To achieve a sleek, low ponytail, apply Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Oil Potion Divine Polish ($14.79) on your semi-damp hair and let it dry. This leave-in treatment contains almond and argan oils to add shine to your hair. Once your hair is dry, divide your hair into two sections (either on the center or on the side) and secure with a tight elastic band. If you’re having problems with small growing hairs, tame them with Goldwell Trendline Natural Light Kiss Flexible Spray ($16.95). This will keep short hairs from being too visible while it maintains softness to your locks. If you’re spending spring break somewhere warm, don’t forget to bring Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray Maximum Hold 26 ($7.99) in your travel bag. While you’re always out on tours, this finishing spray will provide long lasting lift and contour. Plus, it’s humidity resistant so you don’t have to worry about getting all that sweat and grease. Finally, to add a cute style on your ponytail, use The Braided Tonytail Wrap ($6.50) instead of a regular elastic band. The braided wrap is made of synthetic hair which comes in different colors so you can match it with your hair color.

Spring Hair Trend: Marchesa long boho waves. Image courtesy of

Marchesa long boho waves. Image courtesy of

Another hair trend for spring 2015 is textured hair. If you already have long hair for this season, you’ll enjoy the boho waves look or the loose ponytail with a lot of attitude. These hairstyles don’t just stand on themselves. You need products that can give you volume as well as texture particularly at the tips.

For added volume, build up your hair while you blow dry by using KMS HairPlay Playable Texture Spray ($13.50). Another product you can use is Goldwell Style Sign 5 Texture Hair Lacquer to keep your hair in place, especially when your hair is thick and will likely be all over the place. And if you want an everyday spray that will give character to your limp and lifeless hair, don’t leave the house without applying SachaJuan Hair Spray Light and Flexible ($27) on your tresses.

Get ready for spring 2015 by stocking up on these hair and makeup treats. Shop while they’re still available at

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Winter Skin Care Survival Guide 11.13.14

Winter Skincare Survival Guide - Prepare your skin for winter
As the climate gets chilly, we excitedly prepare for our new fashion ensemble picking out sweaters, knitted cardigans and coats to pair with our knee-high boots. However, the cold weather doesn’t spare our skin. Have you noticed that your complexion becomes dull and your skin gets flaky as the days grow colder? How would you enjoy ice skating at Central Park or walk around Salt Lake City wearing your new fur-lined parka when your skin suffers from the winter chill?
Even if your tan fades, allow your skin to glow like it’s still enjoying summer by defending yourself with this season’s best beauty armors. Preventing chapped lips (or face) during this cold weather is easy-peasy! With our ultimate winter skin care survival guide, you’ll experience thoroughly hydrated and revitalized skin all throughout this season.


Just as our body needs water to replenish depleted liquid from our body, our skin needs hydrators and moisturizers to keep our skin plump, glowing and healthy. While warmer seasons only require light moisturizers, it’s time to replace those with heavier and richer products that can fight against the cold temperature. When buying a new moisturizer, look for products that include Vitamin E as well as Glycerin to help lock-in moisture. How about skin redness and irritation? Find one with aloe vera content as this ingredient helps soothe your inflamed skin. Of course, the choice of products should correspond with your skin type.

Normal Skin

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream – This product provides hydrating moisture that act deeply on your skin. It reduces dark spots and helps even out your skin tone.

Clarins Men Super Moisture Balm – Winter is tough on men’s skin, too. Good thing this moisture balm is effective at giving back moisture to the skin, especially after shaving. It softens the face while keeping the skin’s appearance firm.

Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection 24H Moisturizer – Aquasource gives 24 hours of hydrating power and protection, especially during winter. It has a refreshing and cooling sensation which can bring dull skin to life.

The Naked Bee Pomegranate & Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion – This product has pomegranate oil and honey to moisturize, repair and protect your hands and your whole body.

Oily Skin

H2O+ Oasis 24 Hydrating Booster Oil Free – People with oily skin can now enjoy the benefits of moisturizer with this product from H2O+. This gives the skin maximum moisture without including oil in its formulation.

Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer – Safe to use daily, this moisturizer stops the clock and takes years away from your face. Watch fine lines and wrinkles disappear even during the cold weather.

theBalm Time Balm White Tea Vanilla Oil-Absorbing Face Moisturizer – People with oily skin should turn to this moisturizer that has an oil-absorbing formula. Time Balm has a mattifying effect so you don’t need to worry about the shine on your face, especially on the T-zone.

Dry Skin

Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion – Infused with Shea butter, lather this rich body lotion from Clarins. Despite its rich formulation, your skin easily absorbs this product for a soft and smooth feel in just a few seconds.

Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Intense Restoring Lipid-Enriched Lotion – Moisturize your skin with a luxurious feel by using Nutrix Royal Body. It contains Royal Jelly which is responsible for the rich, silky formulation that nourishes your skin. It restores moisture for up to 24 hours.

Biotherm Baume Corps Oil Therapy Nutri-Replenishing Body Treatment with Apricot Oil – Infused with apricot oil, Baume Corps is an emollient that makes the skin smooth and soft. It’s easily absorbed by the skin without the greasy feel.

Good Skin All Hydrated Body Cream – Lock-in moisture in your body and repair your skin’s external barrier with this hydrating body cream from Good Skin. Watch how rough and itchy skin disappears in just a matter of minutes.

Combination Skin

Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Lotion – Look years younger just by locking-in moisture. Estee Lauder Hydrationist replenishes lost moisture due to aging, and builds a barrier that protects your skin from further damage due to external factors such as the harsh, cold weather.

Nuxe Aroma-Perfection Anti-Shine Fluid – Designed for both and women, this hydrating product provides all-day moisture and leaves your skin mattified. It contains Jojoba oil which is responsible for absorbing sebum.

Valmont Nature Unifying With a Hydrating Cream – Keep your skin flawless and even with this tinted hydrating cream from Valmont. Nature acts deeply on your skin with its safe and effective botanical extracts. Watch how your skin becomes radiant with continuous use.

Sensitive Skin

Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion – Those with sensitive skin can now benefit from a fragrance-free moisturizer. Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion creates a barrier that won’t irritate the skin. It’s safe for use, even for people with psoriasis and eczema.

Clarins Gentle Day Cream – Use this Gentle Day Cream for a revitalized and healthy looking skin. Use this product before you go out. It’s very light, which can be used regularly by people with sensitive skin.

Soothing Serums

While moisturizers keep the outer part of your skin hydrated, serums penetrate to the deeper levels of your skin for maximum repair. Aside from their moisturizing capacity, serums are responsible in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, battling skin discoloration and dark spots, and firming the face, neck and chest area.

The best time to apply serum is right after putting toner on your face. Serums work best on skin that’s still a bit damp. Not a fan of toner? Use a facial mist instead. This will keep your face hydrated and will help absorb the serum.

Check out these serums and pick one that will work best on you.

Christian Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum – Capture Totale One Essential boosts your skin’s condition by allowing your skin to experience its most radiant beauty. Winter contributes to dull complexion so you need a product that works on your skin’s luminosity from within.

Obagi Professional-C Serum 10% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum – This antioxidant-infused serum gives your skin a strong defense against UV rays. Even during winter, these rays can still harm your skin by making fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots visible. Vitamin C helps protect the first two layers of your skin and you can find Vitamin C infused in this Obagi creation.

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate – Everybody wants to look younger than their age, that’s why Lancôme created this youth concentrate. Genifique Youth is responsible for the rebirth of a skin that’s filled with a vibrant luminosity.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate – Twice the power of a regular serum, Clarins Double Serum is the ultimate product that doubles the protection against aging, wrinkled and sagging skin. Not only does it hydrate the skin but Clarins Double Serum also protects and revitalizes the skin, no matter what age you’re in.

Anthony Logistics for Men Vitamin A Treatment – Vitamin A is responsible for your skin’s elasticity and cellular repair. For men, they’ll be glad to know Anthony Logistics has a powerful serum that makes their skin smooth, soft and free from wrinkles.

Mighty Masks

One of the easiest and fastest ways to hydrate and revitalize your skin is to apply face mask. Not only does a face mask immediately treat your skin concern, it also gives you a chance to pause your busy lifestyle and take in 15 to 20 minutes of pure bliss. Whether you want to eliminate dead cells, improve your skin tone or tighten your pores, there’s a special face mask designed to nourish your skin.

Purederm Pearl Essence Mask – This ready-to-use mask gives your face instant hydration even after use. It also guarantees instant suppleness. However, it’s not recommended for those suffering from acne.

Guinot Masque Hydrallergic Soothing Mask – For irritated skin, use Guinot soothing mask to reduce redness and skin sensitivity. It’s proven to quickly reduce skin irritation and to provide instant relief.

Caudalie Purifying Mask – Suffering from oily skin? Remove excess sebum from your face with Caudalie Purifying Mask. This lifts impurities from your skin which is responsible for that unwanted dull complexion. Feel your pores tighten after application.

Vegetables Mash Cucumber Moisturising Mask – Go natural with this moisturizing mask from Vegetables. Its main ingredient is cucumber which is known to naturally hydrate and protect the skin. It also helps skin renewal with regular use.

Avene Eau Thermale Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin – If you have gone through many dermatological procedures but haven’t seen any positive result, go back to the simplest step and just let your face absorb the water’s soothing properties. Avene soothing moisture mask is intended for dehydrated skin. Its no-rinse formula makes you feel at ease that your skin absorbs maximum moisture with every application.

Re-vital Eyes

Do you know your eyes may look older during winter? The cold weather makes us forget that UV rays are still prevalent in winter and that exposure to these rays is as harmful as when we’re exposed during summer. During your skincare regimen, pile up on eye creams and concentrates that can relieve wrinkles, dark spots and puffiness.

Since the eye area is very sensitive, avoid rubbing the skin too much even if you want to apply as much product as possible. Simply put a small amount of product on your index or ring finger and gently pat around the eye area. Pick a product from this list that will do wonders to your tired eyes.

Lancôme Renergie Eye Specific Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Eye Cream – Lancôme Renergie Eye is formulated for those with delicate skin around the eye area. It has plant extracts that instantly boost moisture, which quickly reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Lancôme Hydra Zen Yeux Eye Contour Gel Cream – Do your eyes look tired everyday due to stress or lack of sleep? Reduce puffiness with this eye contour cream from Lancôme. Its hydrating power is tough on eye bags yet it has light, moisturizing application for the delicate eye area.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Eye – With an advanced technology of 6 anti-aging peptides and neuropeptides, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Eye diminishes fine lines and crow’s feet around the eye area. It helps smooth the sensitive skin around your eyes making wrinkles disappear faster. This product is safe even for contact lens wearers.

L’Occitane Angelica Glowing Eyes Eye Roll-On – For instant eye relief, turn to this eye roll-on product by L’Occitane. Notice dark under eye circles and puffiness become less visible while you experience a refreshing feeling after just a few seconds. Every application allows just the right amount of dispensed product and gives you a soothing massage from the roll-on.

Sleeping Beauty

Skin renewal happens at its best during your sleep. Before you call it a night, help your skin renew faster by putting on these products made for a sleeping beauty. You wouldn’t know when your prince charming will kiss you goodnight or smother you with kisses to wake you up!
Products that work overnight give extra moisture to your skin than an ordinary moisturizer. Before applying any of these, make sure your face is thoroughly cleansed, toned and free of makeup and excess oil. Look your best and feel fresh in the morning with these products that work overtime while you sleep.
Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Night Cream – A potent concoction is all you need from this anti-aging night cream from Bliss. As you take your deep slumber, this product penetrates deep into your skin to repair skin cells and rejuvenate your skin’s youthful appearance.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II – Environmental irritants are some of the main causes why our skin ages. Turn to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and feel how this small powerful bottle naturally repairs your skin, protects the skin’s barrier, and hinders aging. All you have to do after application is sleep soundly.

Clarins Extra Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream – If you feel like your dry skin condition becomes worse during winter, protect your skin by applying this rejuvenating cream from Clarins. Specifically formulated to work its wonders at night, this will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming during sleep. Hyaluronic acid is loaded into the mixture to provide you with long-lasting moisture while you sleep.

Shiseido The Skincare Night Essential Moisturizer – A beauty emulsion that won’t let sebum stay on your pores, this lightweight moisturizer from Shiseido balances your skin’s condition. Its lasting hydration is proven even during the harshest nights of winter.

As winter progresses our skin becomes more dehydrated, leading to dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Don’t just combat these imperfections but do something to prevent them on the outside and from within. Banish all your winter beauty worries by keeping your skin in good shape this season. Remember to practice your winter skin care regimen and choose from these trusted and effective winter beauty must-haves, available at

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Remembering Oscar de la Renta 10.29.14

Remembering Oscar de la Renta - A Fashion Icon

Remembering a fashion icon, Oscar de la Renta

Last week we lost one of fashion’s most influential icons. Oscar de la Renta passed away peacefully in his home in Connecticut, surrounded by his wife Annette and family, after a long battle with cancer. His legacy is one of talent, designing evening wear that made women look and feel beautiful, and kindness, a trait that he showed everyone he met and worked with in his four decades of designing. Born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, Oscar grew-up in a modest home with six sisters. He had aspirations to become an abstract painter and left home at the age of 18 to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. During his time in Spain, he became distracted by fashion and began sketching his own designs, one of which ended up in the hands of the then-U.S. Ambassador’s wife. She asked Oscar to design a dress for her daughter, a dress that would be featured on the cover of Life Magazine, making him a “name” overnight. His immense talent was noticed and quickly landed him an apprenticeship with renowned Spanish designer, Cristobal Balenciaga. He was given his first job as a real designer for fashion house Lavin in Paris in 1961. Within two years he made the move to New York to work for Elizabeth Arden and shortly thereafter had gained the confidence to launch his own signature ready-to-wear line in 1965.

Oscar de la Renta's dress for US Ambassador of Spain's daughter.

The dress that made him famous, designed in 1956 for Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of then-U.S. ambassador to Spain, John Davis Lodge, to wear at her coming out ball in Madrid. *Image courtesy of Time Magazine.

Oscar was vibrant and he loved life, and it showed through his designs. His work was part romance from his time spent in Paris and his ability to just “get women” and what made them look beautiful, and part expressive Spanish influence from his roots in the Dominican Republic. He dressed first ladies, socialites and Hollywood stars, and most recently designed a custom gown for the most talked about bride, Amal Alamuddin, for her wedding to George Clooney. First lady Laura Bush, whom he designed many dresses, including daughter Jenna’s wedding dress, said this about him, “My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna’s wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

Amal Alamuddin's Oscar de la Renta gown.

Amla and Oscar at her gown fitting just before her wedding to George Clooney. * Image courtesy of Vogue Magazine.

He was known for his stunning evening and bridal gowns that could literally take your breath away, and was always a favorite name on the red carpet in Hollywood. Oscar stayed true to his purpose, designing what we loved and famously once said, “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.” While his specialty was evening wear, he was also known for his chic daytime wear and line of fragrances. His first scent Oscar launched in 1977 and is still a classic, sought-after scent by today’s woman. His most recent fragrance, Something Blue is a scent brides will don on their wedding day for many years to come.

Oscar de la Renta's designes for everyday.

While evening gowns were his speciality, Oscar’s line of chic everyday wear, gained him popular among masses of women. *Image courtesy of Paper Doll Romance.

His legacy will live on as the man who put American designers on the global map in the 1960s and 70s, single handily helping U.S. designers carve out their own look and gain the respect of the Europeans. There will never be anyone else like Oscar. His designs will be unmatched, and his ability to bring out all facets of beauty in a woman is something that was one-of-kind. Thank you for what you did for fashion, for philanthropy and for future designers all over the world. Oscar, you will be missed.

The legacy of Oscar de la Renta will live on.

*image courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.


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Explore Luxurious Fragrances by Oscar de la Renta.

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All About Dermablend Cosmetics 10.13.14

Check out this video introducing the newly formulated Smooth Liquid Camo in action, and shop for it and all of Dermablend’s products on Beauty Encounter today!

This month we are featuring Dermablend and their Director of Training, Rachel Short, on our At the Counter feature. Rachel is giving us the inside scoop all about the cosmetics brand that is recognized for having the best performing products for coverage, wearability and skincare benefits by the medical community and professional makeup artists.

While their products can be used by anyone, they do specialize in high-performance foundations and concealers that tackle the toughest issues. Millions of people live with a skin condition from scars and rosacea to autoimmune diseases that effect the skin. The company’s line of “camouflage” cosmetics is specially formulated by skin concern to offer flawless coverage in all elements from rain to a sweaty workout- all while helping to boost confidence and improve skin’s appearance. The products have literally changes lives with their results. Dermablend produced a powerful web series called Camo Confessions, which featured three individuals who had their own “skin story” to tell. The videos showcased the dramatic results of Dermablend’s products and how they empowered each person to feel beautiful inside and out.

Find out all about the brand that changed the makeup game. Read on as Rachel tells us all about Dermabland:
Q: What makes Dermablend better than anything else out there?
A: We have been around since 1981 and have dominated the high coverage market. We continue to be the #1 Dermatologist Recommended Camouflage Brand year after year. Why? There are many other brands that boast high coverage, but they just don’t camouflage like Dermablend. We know what we do best and that is high coverage. We don’t cloud our arrangement of products with anything outside of face and body foundation. We are also sensitive skin tested, allergy tested, non-acnegenic, non-comedogenic and fragrance free.

Q: Can anyone use your products, even if they don’t have a skin concern?
A: Absolutely! Many of our loyal users come to us because they have sensitive skin or just want a great foundation. We also have Medium coverage foundation for those who want a more natural finish or don’t need full coverage.

Q: We know you just re-launched one of your best selling products, “Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. Tell us about this product and what makes the new formulation better?
A: This liquid fluid foundation delivers a breathable, workable texture by seamlessly wrapping around every inch of skin. We utilize the innovative camo-pigments® in an ultra-smooth and blendable formula. It also is power-packed with SPF 25 protection, 24-hour hydration and 16-hour smooth wear. Simply put, Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation provides medium coverage that leaves the skin flawless and never cakey!

Q: What kind of coverage can you expect with Smooth Liquid Camo and how long will it last?
A: Medium Coverage. However, it is buildable for those who want or desire more coverage. It was last all day long against all types of elements from rain to sweat.

Q: Given its extensive coverage, will Smooth Liquid Camo cause breakouts?
A: Not at all! Remember, we are the #1 Dermatologist recommended brand. We are non-comedogenic (means we won’t give you pesky blackheads or clogged pores) and non-acnegenic (means if you have acne, our products won’t make your breakouts worse). Truthfully, this would be an excellent product for those who do suffer from redness and acne!

Q: What other products are your best sellers?
A: Our “Cover Creme is our #1 selling product. It’s the first product we ever launched and continues to be the most recommended for those desiring a high coverage foundation. We also have amazing products for the body, including our Leg and Body Cover, which can cover everything from spider veins to tattoos!

Q: What is next for Dermabland?
A: We are dedicated to our loyal customers and listen to their wants and desires. We have many exciting launches coming up in the next few years and will continue to stay true to our mission statement which is: “To empower men and women of all ethnicities with high coverage needs so they can blend in to stand out!”

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Eyes that Pop: The Right Makeup Hues for Your Eye Color 09.23.14

Women have different eye colors and picking the right eye makeup can be challenging for some. Would copper shades look good on blue eyes? Can ladies with green eyes enjoy colored mascara? Would a purple shadow look gorgeous on hazel eyes?

Find the right hues for your eye color and look stunning in them, even when it’s only a typical day. We’re giving you quick tips on how to make your face burst with beauty just by applying the right makeup hues for your eye color.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
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Blue Eyes

Blue eyes naturally have cool tones. Ladies with blue eyes have always been head-turners because it’s becoming rare to find someone with such eye color. Even in the US, people with blue eyes are becoming rare. While others prefer natural browns and peaches for their everyday makeup, you can enjoy wearing shades of gray and navy for your monochromatic look. Just imagine how striking you’d look in a corporate ensemble while your eyes are blazing with beauty.

To make your blue eyes stand out, complement your lids by picking warm colors like brown, rust, peach, copper, coral and bronze with orange undertones. Avoid applying blue-green shadow as this will upstage your natural eye color.

Product suggestions:

Paula Dorf 2 + 1 for Eyes in Forbidden, $25
Christian Dior Duo Couture Eye Shadow in 735 Diorama, $35

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart
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Green Eyes

Most women in Iceland have green eyes and nobody can argue that they’re drop dead gorgeous. If you’re one of the few women who have green eyes, you’ll feel almost unique as you share this eye color with only 1-2% of the world’s population. The best eye shadows for green eyes come in purple hues. These effectively bring out the color of your eyes. If purple is a bit strong for your taste, you can opt for shades of pink, mauve or brown with reddish undertones.

To enhance the color of your iris, add a green eyeliner or green mascara. This will bring intensity to your already gorgeous eyes and will make other women green with envy. What you should avoid are shades of blue.

Product suggestions:

NYX Cosmetics Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette in Nighttime In Rio, $6
Styli-Style Colorlash in 3703 Green, $8.22

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis
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Hazel Eyes

Women with hazel eyes have the benefit to play with different makeup shades as they are in the borderline of green and brown eyes. You’ll see women with hazel eyes give a natural appeal because of the gold and gray streaks in their iris. Easily pull off recommended shades for green and brown eyes and you’ll be amazed with the different looks you can achieve just by playing with colors. For Hazel eyes, complement your look with gray and gold shadow. You can also use gold to highlight your eyes if you don’t want it as a makeup base.

Copper, purple and dusty pinks will intensify hazel eyes. If you want to make the green flecks in your eyes stand out, choose lavender or purple as base colors for your shadow. Use a volumizing mascara to make your look more dramatic.

Product suggestion:
Noevir Gradation Eye Color in CO-4, $40

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria
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Brown Eyes

Brown-eyed ladies will enjoy experimenting in all eye makeup shades possible. More than 50% of the world’s population share the same eye color so you better make a bold statement everytime you walk by! Instead of wearing peach and light brown (or basically the light natural look), make your eyes pop by applying reddish-brown tones. Though your eyes aren’t rare, you can make it look like you’re one of a kind by playing with colors such as dark gray, deep purple, plum or navy blue. Don’t be afraid to play with contrasting colors. The best part of all, you have every right to rock a smoky eye makeup with a smoldering look.

To emphasize light to your dark eyes, always remember to pick shimmery shadows than matte ones. Silver-gray, copper and gold will reflect light on your eyes nicely.

Product suggestions:
Studio Makeup Soft Blend Eye Shadow in Blooming Petal, $14.57
Christian Dior 2 Couleurs 2 Color Eye Shadow in 509 Or/Gold, $24
Christian Dior 2 Couleurs Matte and Shiny Eye Shadow in 065 Black Out Look, $40

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Fall Beauty Trends List from Beauty and Style Expert Donna Kim 09.02.14

Fall beauty trends from Beauty Encounter. Find the products you need to get the look.

Fall beauty is all about braids, bright eyes and big lashes.
*Photo courtesy of

A new season means new styles and colors to embrace in our beauty routine. We asked beauty ambassador Donna Kim to share her top trends for fall 2014. Find out what looks are her favorite and what products we suggest to get you gorgeous for fall.

Donna’s Fall Trend List
1.) For fall, it’s all about deconstructed and unique braiding of the hair. This particularly excites me because I always love a loose and messy textured side braid- it’s the easiest way to look pulled together. Check out these products to help tame your hair to get the perfect braid:

KMS Hairstay Medium Hold Hairspray
Goldwell Brilliance Shine Spray
Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion

2.) Another hair tend I’m loving is the deep side part. It frames the face nicely and adds a touch of class to any look. Here’s the tools you’ll need to get a sleek and smooth side part:

Oasis + Magic Anti-Frizz Serum
Belson Gold N’ Hot Smart Heat Straightener 
Luxor Professional Natural Boar Bristle Brush

3.) Colors are embraced for fall! Which means, it’s time to whip out those blues, violets and green shadow palettes! So much fun. Here are a few of my favorite shadow palettes that you’ll love to play with and will not extend your budget:

NYX Cosmetics Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette
Clinique High Impact Eye Shadow Duo
Prestige Beauty Bar Eye Palette

4.) And this of course is my favorite fall trend of all. LASHES! The bigger, the better. Everything about fall embodies exactly who I am. I was born in November, so it makes sense. I always love a full and dramatic lash. My #1 tip when it comes to applying false lashes is always put mascara on first, and then place the lash on top and then apply a few more coats of mascara after to marry them both together. These lashes are quick and easy to apply and will leave you looking amazing:

Ardell InvisiBands Lashes Glamour
Elyure Super Full Lashes
Japonesque Basic Black Lashes
Lancome Hypnose Drama Full Body Mascara

Now you are “in the know” with the top beauty trends and products for fall! Check back for more tips and tricks from Donna, and let us know if you have any topics you want her to tackle. Until next time…stay beautiful!

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SPA AT HOME: The Kerstin Florian Luxury Spa Experience 08.22.14

Kerstin Florian Skincare

Beauty Encounter Ambassador Donna Kim’s Review of Kerstin Florian Skincare

At Kerstin Florian , “we always say that spa is not a treatment—but a lifestyle. Every woman desires to keep and ensure that her silky smooth skin, vibrant skin tone, and her slimming figure will transcend the aging years. It’s not too much to ask (really), but when it comes to effective and lasting skincare treatments, luxury proves to be the best. That’s when you have to experience, even once in your life, the innovative touch of Kerstin Florian. Kerstin Florian products and treatments are designed to be introduced professionally with a simple-to-follow home lifestyle.

Kerstin Florian is a European-inspired luxury skincare company that focuses on results.—utilising natural resources with formulas that are rich in algae, thermal mineral water, mud, herbal extracts, essential oils and high in antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamins. The brand does not only sell luxury products, but even promotes proper diet and nutrition, regular workout and exercise, peace of mind to sooth your soul, and utmost care of the face and body. Kerstin Florian’s commitment to inner and outer beauty builds on these four cornerstones by addressing the face and body component of this ageless approach to natural health care and beauty. Plus, the brand’s products are founded in advanced phytotherapy, aromatherapy, thermal mineral, herbal and marine technology and are free from heavy preservatives and perfumes.

Surely you’ve encountered so many products that just went straight to the bin because they’re not effective at all. Their complete range of treatments and products are specifically designed for effective applications for both immediate and long-term results. Kerstin Florian products are available in over 39 countries around the world and are trusted by many renowned luxury spas around the world. Here are a few professional spa favorites to try at home:

Kerstin Florian Sun Sunless Tan. Enjoy the glow of sun-kissed skin with Kerstin Florian Sun Sunless Tan. Staying under the sun and absorbing all damaging components can now be avoided. Simply apply on exfoliated and freshly washed face and body and wait for three hours to see a natural, glowing skin. What makes this product really special is that it contains rich antioxidants that make the skin smooth and hydrated.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water. In times when air travel impedes you from having a freshly washed face, use this Rehydrating Neroli Water to give just the right amount of freshness. You’ll go through first hand aromatherapy session just by making a few sprays on your face and body.

Kerstin Florian Intensive Slimming Serum. If there’s a product that can make any cellulite disappear like magic, it’s got to be this Intensive Slimming Serum. The powerful components minimize cellulites, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Be confident in wearing sleeveless tops and short skirts as this intensive body serum penetrates deep within. Be ready for a boost of skin elasticity!

Kerstin Florian Sun Sun Protection SPF 30. Don’t just rely on anti-aging serums to preserve or improve your skin’s condition. Instead, fight the initial signs of maturing skin by applying Sun Protection with SPF 30. This maximum protection sunscreen has broad spectrum UVA/UVB to block harmful rays that damage the skin. What differentiates this one from other sunscreen products is that it combines cucumber and chamomile extracts to soothe the skin, especially when coming from sun exposure.

Kerstin Florian Ginger Bath & Body Oil. Invigorate your senses with the most delicate yet powerful components of ginger in this refreshing bath and body oil. Experience how this organic body oil relaxes your joints and muscles, giving warmth to every part of your body. While it provides a nourishing bath experience, this luxury product also doubles as an analgesic to reduce body pain from arthritis.

Kerstin Florian Thermal Mineral Exfoliating Body Scrub. Slough off dead skin cells and welcome young and fresh skin with this Thermal Mineral Exfoliating body scrub. It may be tough on rough and dull skin but it’s truly a skin-loving creation by combining thermal water and aromatherapy oils. Buff your way to refined skin with just the right amount of toughness.

Embrace your inner and outer beauty with a spa lifestyle brand that focuses on balancing your well being – healthy nutrition, regular exercise, peace of mind and care of the face and body. Add a touch of Kerstin Florian in your skincare regimen and you’ll discover why you need a little luxury when caring for your beautiful face and body.

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Meet Our First-Ever Beauty Ambassador Donna Kim! 07.17.14


Beauty Ambassador for Beauty Encounter - Donna Daily

Say hello to Donna Kim! She is just as obsessed about beauty as all of us. Donna is our first-ever brand ambassador and we are so excited to have her on-board. Who is Donna you ask? She is a beauty and style expert and the mastermind behind Donna Daily, a well-known beauty and inspiration blog that was named one of the “Best Beauty Blogs” by Based in New York City, Donna is an editor at top beauty website, a lifestyle journalist, digital media strategist and makeup artist whose work has been featured on major television networks and in national consumer publications such as NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s New York Live, ABC’s Live Well Network, Huffington Post Live,, Brides Magazine and QVC. Donna’s philosophy is “making style and beauty simple and accessible for the everyday woman.” “I can’t wait to share my philosophy with all of you,” says Donna. “Staying current with trends and navigating all of the products out there can be overwhelming. I am going to help you find what makes you feel good inside and out, easily and affordably, thanks to Beauty Encounter’s vast product selection.” We are trilled to collaborate with Donna, who will be sharing her expertise through product picks, beauty tips and the latest trends in all things beauty and style here on our blog, Facebook and YouTube pages, and our behind-the-scenes beauty scoop page, At the Counter. She will be producing a series of videos on some of our top brands and just what makes their products so great. You can read all about Donna here and check out her first brand video with hot, new Hollywood skincare line Doll Face. Do you have a question for Donna or a feature you would like to see? Tell us! Email Stay tuned for more great stuff from Donna!

Skincare Tips with Doll Face and Beauty Encounter

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The Gift Guide for Every Dad 06.09.14

Father's Day Gift Guide 2013

Find the perfect Father’s Day gift for all the men in your life from Beauty Encounter

Father’s Day is swiftly approaching and we are here to help you with last-minute gift ideas that will surprise and delight dad. Not only do we have the gifts he wants, you will also get a good deal and make dad so proud! We’ll break down our Father’s Day gift guide to help you find the perfect present for your dad, grandpa or hubby. Make sure you check out our shipping deadlines here so your gift arrives in-time for dad’s special day. Here’s the scoop on our Gift Guide for Every Dad

Gift Sets: These are the perfect all-inclusive gift. They give you the most bang-for your-buck and usually offer a variety of a cologne, shower gel and/or shave gel. Dad will smell great all day and feel pampered with all of the extras included in the set.

Check out our top gift sets here.

Cologne: You can’t go wrong with a new cologne for dad. Whether it’s his staple scent or you want to try something new, its so much more personal than a power tool. Find everything from bold scents to light and fresh fragrances at great prices. Dad always taught you to get the best deal right? Our advanced filter will even allow you to find the right scent based on dad’s personality and style.

Find dad’s scent here.

Grooming Gifts: We all know dad hardly takes time for himself, especially when it comes to grooming. Giving him something personal such as an after-shave or luxury shave set is unexpected and will be very appreciated. Here you will find all the tools that dad needs to look his very best.

See our grooming gifts here.

Shopping on a budget?: Not sure where to start? We have broken down our top gifts by your budget. Shop with ease and find something just right for dad without extending your budget. Here you will find our top picks of colognes, skin care and grooming essentials broken down by price.

Find dad a deal here.

Now you are in the know for all things dad! Have fun shopping and surprising your favorite guy with something personal to say thanks for everything! Don’t forget to join our beSavvy coupon club for extra savings on your purchase and exclusive access to member’s only sales and deals. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!

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