by Farzaneh Janasheen Kassam
TIS the season...to go shopping!
It's almost Christmas time and no doubt you probably haven't done all your Christmas shopping yet. So here’s some help on how to avoid frantically running round the shops on Christmas Eve and order online instead...
RULES OF THE GAME...
Gents: Please think once, twice and even thrice before buying foundation, concealer, lipstick or face powder. These tools of seduction are much more complicated than you think. Products such as these must be a perfect skin match so please avoid unless you know exactly what she wants.
Ladies: Hold up - wait a minute! Perfumes are a very complex state of affairs, with top middle and base notes all blended up with aphrodisiacs to scientifically satisfy. Perfumes are not a great Christmas gift unless you already know what he wears...and that it suits him; it can be too up close and personal. A perfume you fall in love with in store may not work well with his body chemistry.
I recommend for you both to avoid AS A MAIN PRESENT pre-packaged Christmas gifts bought at department store beauty counters; it screams, "I left it to the last minute!"
However, these gifts are great as stocking fillers.
In a recent conversation I asked the men I know about the type of skincare they used – the results were unbelievable! And unacceptable! Honestly - I mean that in the nicest way possible. Ladies it is time… the man in your life needs to know that economy shaving products no longer cut it. It’s all about TLC which is achieved only through the metro sexual shaving technique.
I have thus determined that shave kits make a great gift for him. It’s a fabulous way to introduce him to skincare especially if he’s not the type to buy it himself.
Promotional sized products as well as lower prices normally kick in this time of year, allowing these pressies to be a great way to try out more for less.
Time to introduce your Homme to the new Him!
DECLEOR FOR MEN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
This is the perfect men’s grooming essentials.
Clearly DECLEOR understands the stress daily life has on skin this 100% natural men’s range not only works on your mind but also on genetic makeup.
The Decleor Aroma oil is a Concentrate of essential oils for a uniquely smooth and clean skin. Before shaving this will soften, weaken and raise ingrown hair. After shaving, it soothes and smoothes out irritation.
A gliding soothing shave is the finest experience!
Its partner in crime - the shaving cream provides ultra comfort by perfectly isolating the skin from the blade and helping the razor to glide smoothly preventing irritation, and redness perfect for a sensitive skin.
To complete the Decleor grooming sensation you also have a Moisturising cream, a face wash and a body wash.
CLARINS ESSENTIAL SKIN SMOOTHERS CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
This Christmas collection has TLC written all over it.
Think of calming softening firming repairing and restoring. The Moisture Balm is immediate comfort in a pot. Not only does this product absorb quickly into the skin but should he nick or cut himself this will heal the skin.
Clarins Men Active Face Wash: This is a morning wake-up call product for all skin types. The foaming gel is soap free and kindly removes excess oil, dead surface cells and remains of pollution which can make skin look grey and dismal.
The two main products are accurately accompanied by the Clarins Men Smooth Shave –a foaming shave gel ,Clarins Men After Shave Splash, And Clarins Men Skin Difference- a pre shave skin conditioner.
BURT'S BEES DOPP KIT ESSENTIALS
Banish the burn and shield the skin.
Take the sting out of shaving with this 100% natural skincare specialists shave cream. Once applied it will soften the stubble and give you the smoothest shaving sensation ever! His shaved face will love Burt’s Bees aftershave lotion.
Appearing with this kit is the natural skin care body wash, and bar soap.
Now his skin will smell as it good as it feels and as Burt's Bees is totally edible he will taste good too!
AESOP RESURRECTION AROMATIQUE HAND BALM
Its in your hands...
Hand cream perfected – a greaseless formula excellent for rough abused hands. The only prescription for flawless fingertips.
KIEHL’S LIP BALM #1
Condition your kiss-ables...
Lips have no natural way of moisturising themselves so to stop them from howling for hydration add some nutrition to nurture them before you pucker up.
CLINIQUE SKIN SUPPLIES FOR MEN ANTIPERSPIRANT DEODORANT
It’s easy to forget the bits you can’t see but once you’ve applied SSFM roll on you truly can forget about your underarms. Full on armour against perspiration and odour, dries quickly and stays dry.
Help! She Has Everything!
In my experience, the woman who already has everything really appreciates it when you go that extra mile to be imaginative fun and unique. After all, taking time out to do something just for her is something all the money in the world can't buy. Why not indulge in a bunch of fun Christmas gifts individually wrapped. And, because its Christmas, You can also put these gifts in a gorgeous Lulu Guinness makeup bag or place it in luxury La Perla loungewear.
GINGERBREAD MAN HOT SALT SCRUB
There isn’t a woman I know who doesn’t love to de-stress in a delicious luxury hot bath – although this can be dehydrating - this luxurious scrub heats up as its rubbed in and will re-nourish and lavish her skin with care The spicy scented scrub blended with oceanic goodies will leave her mind body and soul totally revitalised !
The yummy scent is perfect for the xmas spirit so ensure she uses it xmas morning to give her gleaming skin all day – even if you have to apply it yourself !
The shower gel in this range also doubles up as a shampoo leaving her locks satin spice and all things nice.
RODIAL'S BOOB JOB
Perky breasts remain a distant dream for many a woman unless she’s willing to undergo the pain of the knife and endure the cost. Here is the answer to her prayers.
This boob-tastic wonder cream works on the idea that as fat moves around the body after eating, the cream blocks and locks the fat in the bust area where it has been applied. An increase in breast volume should be noticed within 56 days as well as lifting and firming effects.
Just make sure she doesn’t accidentally apply it to her bottom - a robust rear she will not relish!
Its body-licious so buy it if you dare!
LAURA MERCIER'S CRÈME BRÛLÉE QUAD
The Crème Brûlée Quad is a glorious indulgent body range it’s rich in caramel and cream with a subtle hint of French Vanilla - imagine the sweetness of a French patisserie in your bathroom.
This decadent bath and body quad deal will slough away the body’s dead skin cells it will rehydrate re-mineralize replenish and restore leaving her body glowing and gorgeous like a Goddess.
Crème Brûlée Quad set includes Soufflé Body Crème and Honey Bath (with honey dipper), Sugar Scrub and Candle
The perfect way to get a sugar fix without the calories!
Let your eyes do the talking this season…
This spectacular eyelash curlers will give the most intensifying and enchanting lashes in 30 seconds! This revolutionary product guarantees sex appeal at a glance.
BVLGARI EAU PARFUMEE AU THE BLANC REFRESHING TOWELS SET
If you know your A-B-C (Armani, Bvlgari and Chanel of course) then Glamorous is your middle name.
Have you been invited out after work and just feel like you could freshen up real quick?
Refresh and revitalize with these touch up towels anytime any place anywhere. They really are something to rave about.
BAUME DE LA FERTE LIP BALM
The red wine enzyme is the secret to this - it’s smoothing, exfoliating, softening and moisturizing. The best lip treatment ever!
Do not let your lips leave home without it…