Let’s hear it for the boys during Fall Beauty Week at Meijer!

One reason I love the cooler air and the changing colors on the trees…Fall Beauty Week at Meijer!! There are deals galore like buy one, get one 50% off on everything from charcoal masks to body butters.

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Today, however, I wanted to focus on the guys. In particular those manly men with mighty beards! My oldest child just turned 24 years old and he has the biggest beard…I can’t get over it. Somehow he went from this….

to this….

…seemingly overnight. Luckily there are tons of great options for him at Meijer, which is perfect since he is a poor college student and can use every bargain there is! These are the lines and the items that really peaked his interest:

  1.  Old Spice:  Guys go crazy for this stuff. My husband loves it, my nephews fight over it, and my son steals it to take back to college every time he comes home.  Meijer sent a variety of Old Spice items and it was like a piranha feeding frenzy in my living room! I asked the men what the appeal was, and they said the scent is classically manly. You just can’t go wrong with it. Oh, and chicks dig it. Always.

    Old Spice Swagger 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner

    Old Spice Live Wire Hydrating Body Wash

    Old Spice Swagger Invisible Spray

    Old Spice Stronger Swagger Deodorant

    The Live Wire Hydrating Body Wash is the only body wash that my die-hard bar soap men will actually use – they swear by it.

    Bull Dog Skin Care for Men

  2. BullDog Skin Care for Men: my son is a very passionate young college student who cares very much about the environment and animal rights. So he was all over BullDog Skin Care, which is cruelty-free, vegan, and made with care and integrity. BullDog has fantastic skin care products and where it really shines is in the beard grooming department. The Beard Shampoo and Conditioner is so cool – it’s pretty gross when you read about how much stuff gets caught and collects in beard hair throughout the day. And the Original Beard Balm is superb, softening, conditioning, and moisturizing the beard hair.

    Bull Dog Skin Care for Men Original Deodorant

    Bull Dog Skin Care for Men Original Face Scrub and Face Wash

    Bull Dog Skin Care for Men Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner

    BullDog Skincare Original Beard Balm

    Younger guys totally dig this line – it’s a hipster’s dream come true. And you will love the way the products smell – they are just as manly and sexy smelling as Old Spice.

  3. Beard Guyz:  Oh how I love this line!! Beard Guyz knows how to do beards better than anyone. If your guy has a mighty beard, get to Meijer and pick up some of this mighty good beard grooming product. He is going to love it. The Daily Wash 35 and Beard Butter with Grotein (isn’t that hilarious??) are terrific, but the real standout is the Beard Oil 25.

    Beard Guyz Daily Wash 35

    Beard Guyz Beard Butter

    Beard Guyz Beard Butter

    Beard Guyz Beard Oil 25

    The Beard Guyz Beard Oil 25 has 25 organic oils that actually keep beard hair soft and conditioned. It really does turn an unruly facial mess into a wonderfully silky beard. It also conditions the skin, relieving any dryness and itchiness, and it doesn’t leave hands or hair greasy at all. I am very, very impressed with Beard Oil 25…and so are my guys. This is a WINNER. It comes in 7 scents including Original, Black Ice, Citrus Splash, Lake Breeze, Cedar Cove, Cool Mint, and Everest, plus Unscented. My guys love the Original scent.

There are lots and lots of great reasons to shop at Meijer during Fall Beauty Week, and hopefully you found something that might work for your guy in the excellent array of men’s products in today’s post.  Hooray for fall and hooray for Fall Beauty Week!  Happy shopping!!  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

Stumped for Father’s Day? Go for grooming products from Beard Guyz and Van Der Hagen!

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

It seems everyone has a mighty beard these days, including my son. He came home from grad school with such a mighty beard I couldn’t believe it!With Max

Thankfully, he’s not a father yet…Marcia loves being a grandma, but I’m happy to wait. But my hubby is a happy father and he’s also got a beard. Both of the men in my family are pretty obsessive about grooming their facial hair and I’m betting the men in your life might be too – so here a few great products to consider for Father’s Day.

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 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

 Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Beard Guyz Beard Oil 25 ($14.95) is a really cool grooming product. It has 25 organic oils that actually keep beard hair soft and conditioned. It really does turn an unruly facial mess into a wonderfully silky beard. It also conditions the skin, relieving any dryness and itchiness, and it doesn’t leave hands or hair greasy at all. I am very, very impressed with Beard Oil 25…and so are the guys. This is a WINNER. It comes in 7 scents including Original, Black Ice, Citrus Splash, Lake Breeze, Cedar Cove, Cool Mint, and Everest, plus Unscented. My guys love the Original scent.

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

If your dad is a shaving aficionado, I suggest the Boar Shave Set ($30) from Van Der Hagen. The Boar Shave Set is a terrific ‘throwback’ item that any man worth his beard will love to get for Father’s Day. This shaving set has everything he will need for a beautifully close shave:
•    100 percent pure badger brush to lather in luxury
•    Classic monogrammed apothecary mug
•    Hypoallergenic shave soap
•    Combination brush & razor stand

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

Don’t forget to also pick up the Traditional Safety Razor ($20). Wow, I remember my dad using this kind of razor…and then in later years bemoaning the fact that he couldn’t find them any longer. This razor is made with heavy-duty chrome plated brass. It has a smaller handle, which makes for a better grip while shaving. It includes 5 double edge, Teflon-coated razor blades. The stainless steel blades prevent ingrown hairs and the back of the cartridge actually holds used blades, quite a clever feature!

  • Chrome-plated razor
  • Butterfly opening
  • Pack of 5 double edge, Teflon-coated, ice tempered stainless steel blades

    Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

    Van Der Hagen Board Shave Set

The van der Hagen soaps are all made in small batches using their own unique kettle process. The shave soap has humectants like shea, mango and cocoa butters which means a closer shave without nicks, cuts, or ingrown hairs.

my hubby shaving

my hubby shaving

My husband absolutely LOVES this shaving set. The first time he used it he said, “This is going to make me want to shave more often!” And guess what? He really does because it’s such a kick to use this retro set. That makes me happy because it leaves his skin really soft and smooth and let’s face it – that makes for much better kissing.

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

Van Der Hagen Shaving Set and Beard Guyz Beard Oil

If you are looking for something a little ‘out of the box’ for him for Father’s Day, go for these grooming products from Beard Guyz and Van Der Hagen.  He is going to love you for it.  – Lisa

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Is your guy handy? He needs DU’IT Tough Hands!

DU'IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands

I really lucked out in the husband department – he is way more than just a pretty face!! He can cook like a pro and is an incredible athlete. He’s a great father who is just as happy to take his daughter hunting as he is to have a tea party with her. And, he’s a finish carpenter, so any ‘honey-do’ project that I can dream up, he can actually do.  KevinKevin and LisaBut his hands are a mess…calloused, cracked, scratched, often covered with dried glue and who knows what else that causes tons of uncomfortable skin issues. Super tough hand creams that tackle these concerns are always welcome in my house and Kevin was thrilled to try DU’IT Tough Hands ($11.95).

DU'IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands

DU’IT Tough Hands is a heavy-duty hand cream that isn’t greasy and has no fragrance. It actually creates a protective ‘glove’ over hands, protecting them from any further damage while also healing any problems that currently exist. This isn’t kid stuff…it’s industrial strength cream that tackles big problems like cracked skin, irritation from latex gloves, even cement!

DU'IT Tough Hands swatch

DU’IT Tough Hands swatch

While it gives immediate gratification, my hubby reports that the best results come with consistency and a little time. He recommends applying it every morning, applying some after washing hands throughout the day if possible, and definitely applying it at night for at least a week. His hands healed and he had amazing results when he used this consistently. The price is terrific for a 5.1 fluid oz. tube.

Ok, I told you to get this for your guy…but seriously, if you have any issues at all with dry cuticles, hangnails, callouses, cracking…you will love DU’IT Tough Hands. It doesn’t have a scent, it’s not all greasy, and it works wonders!!! I see that they do have a version called Tough Hands for Her that I’d love to try, but in the meantime I am totally going to be highjacking the tube that Kevin is using.

Head over to Amazon.com or to CVS and give this a try. Get one for your significant other and be prepared to steal it away every chance you get.  – Lisa

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Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover…artisan bar soap from Claus Porto

Claus Porto SoapI freely and openly admit that I am a sucker for packaging. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pack of pencils or an eyeshadow palette…gorgeous wrapping draws me in. Of course, the quality of the product keeps me a fan…but I do love a pretty package!  or example, take a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Which would you rather eat – one hastily wrapped in plastic wrap, or one carefully and lovingly wrapped in wax paper?

Plastic wrap....

Plastic wrap….

...or wax paper?

…or wax paper?

I’m betting you’d go for the wax paper sandwich every time. The magic of packaging somehow makes the exact same sandwich taste even better.

Claus Porto Deco CollectionThe beauty of the box surrounding each Claus Porto Bath Soap pulls me in, and the wax paper wrapped around those big huge bars is an added sigh of delight. Luckily, you CAN judge these soaps by their covers because they are fabulous.                                                                                                      samples

Claus Porto makes artisan soaps that are “hand-crafted and infused with fine fragrances, influenced by the ingredients from Portugal’s flora, imbued with an artisan’s heart and soul, wrapped by hand in packaging illustrated with distinctive artwork.” As the embedded stamp in all the soap bars tells us, the Claus Porto line has been around since 1887. I tried two of these luxurious bath soaps:  the Lime Basil Bath Soap ($13 for 5.3 oz) and the Red Poppy Bath Soap ($13 for 5.3 oz).

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

The Lime Basil Bath Soap features fabulous deco artwork. Inside the box the soap is carefully wrapped in wax paper, which when opened reveals this gorgeous 100% vegetable soap. This is a shea butter soap so the lather is incredible. Top notes include basil and green accord; heart notes include bergamot, bitter orange, and grapefruit. Base notes include vetyver, moss, and patchouli. The scent is distinctly masculine and fresh, most definitely swoon-worthy. You may find yourself volunteering to help lather up your guy just so you can inhale the awesome fragrance.

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

The Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap is a unique take on Portugal’s lush red poppy fields. Look at the gorgeous detail in the Art Nouveau motif! The soaps, by the way, have a helpful carved bottom that allows the soap to drain properly and dry without sticking to the soap dish. The Red Poppy fragrance top notes include lavender and aldehydic accord; heart notes include poppy and patchouli; and base notes include musk and tonka. This is a much more traditional, ‘soapy’ scent with a classic, clean aroma.

Claus Porto soaps can be found on ClausPorto.com and prices range from $7 to $21 depending on the size of the bar. There are also some beautiful gift boxes that range in price from $50 to $60. Take a look at the collections for an array of unique and impressive gifts for your guy.  – Lisa

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Two TSA-friendly products you want in your carry on!

The most difficult part of getting ready for a trip? Packing personal products that will make it through airport security without being confiscated or causing a pat down reminiscent of walking through a raging college fraternity party. I have two discoveries, one for you and one for your guy, that are TSA-friendly and total must-haves for any trip.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

The first product is one that Gentlemen’s Tonic, a London-based luxury grooming and style line, sent me in anticipation of their product launch into the US. Gentlemen’s Tonic is ‘simple sophistication and self-confidence for men’ with everything a man needs, from classic shaving products to unique Eau de Toilettes. All of their products are made with naturally based plant-derived materials from sustained and renewable resources.

Gentlemen's Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

Gentlemen’s Tonic Moisturizing Hand Balm

I am head over heels for their Moisturizing Hand Balm ($18), which is a hand cream that your guy will love. It is intensely moisturizing without greasiness. I am not kidding, this balm will soothe even the roughest, most callused hands.  Check out these ingredients:

  • Almond Oil: light and quickly absorbed providing an excellent moisture barrier.
  • Manuka Honey: increases skin repair and is a natural anti-bacterial.
  • Sunflower Oil: rich in Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant.
  • Babassu Oil: melts at body temperature drawing heat from the skin producing a cooling effect. Also forms a protective, soothing coat providing a luxurious, velvety feeling.
  • Bergamot Oil: an essential oil renowned for its uplifting and tension-relieving properties.

The Babassu and Bergamot scent is fabulous. It smells fresh and clean and manly and it’s the perfect size for travel.

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

For yourself, definitely check out the Travalo Milano ($49.99). It’s a beautiful way to decant your favorite fragrance so you can travel with your favorite scent without fear of spillage or a TSA nightmare.

Travalo Milano -- it's so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano — it’s so easy to fill!

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  If you do any air travel, you will truly appreciate this awesome find.

You can find Gentlemen’s Tonic at gentlemenstonic.com and the Travalo Milano at us.travalo.com.  Happy travels!  – Lisa

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The specialness that is Birchbox + Gap

Birchbox GAP

Birchbox + GAP

One of the most unusual things about Birchbox is their collaborations. They’ve been working with different stores to create subscription boxes that are unique to the store. A great example of this is BIRCHBOX + GAP which is available in 7 locations. Both the Birchbox Gap for women and for men were sent so we could share these with you and explain the process of obtaining them.

Birchbox Gap for Women

Birchbox Gap for Women

The Birchbox + Gap box for women is one of the best I’ve seen from them. I have many Birchbox boxes and rarely did I get one that I’d use and love everything in it. Inside is a Gloss Gloss Nail Polish, Supergoop Sunscreen, Amika Dry Shampoo, Whish Body Lotion and Eyeko FAT Eye Stick. Three deluxe sample sizes and two full size are the makeup of this box.

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

SUPERGOOP Everyday SPF 50 is one of my very favorite sunscreens. This SPF 50 sunscreen is a lightweight cream that’s oil free and fragrance free. I love this deluxe sample size for my purse.

WHISH Three Wishes Body Butter in Lavender is an anti-oxidant rich formula that’s a terrific body butter. This one is in Lavender but Whish also has other yummy fragrances like my favorite Almond.

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo is one of the better dry shampoos out there. Everyone loves this weightless spray that refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving any residue. The full size is $21 but you can buy this travel size for $9 on Birchbox’s site.

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS NAIL POLISH in Wavepool is so summer! What a beautiful shade to wear when having fun in the sun. This is a full size bottle that can be purchased for $8 on Birchbox.

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

EYEKO FAT EYE STICK in Satin Taupe seems to be exclusive to this box. This full size ($15) eye crayon is such a beautiful color. There’s nothing easier than applying the creamy eye crayon and adding some water resistant mascara to look great in the summer. This is my favorite item in the box and I hope they start selling it soon.

A Women’s Birchbox costs $10 per month. This is part of a set of three for $30. You’ll pay the $30, get this box immediately at the Gap stores that are part of the program and sign up to receive the other 2 Gap Birchboxes delivered directly to you.

Birchbox Gap for Men

Birchbox Gap for Men

Gap and Birchbox didn’t forget about the guys. The men’s boxes sell for $20 so the Gap collection is 3 months for $60. Here are the contents of the first box you/he will receive and the value is excellent. There are 4 deluxe sample sizes and one amazing full size.

Gap Birchbox for men

Gap Birchbox for men

PLANT Get It On Body Wash is the perfect size to try out or put in a travel kit. This is an all natural cleanser with essential oils of cedar, ginger and sandalwood.

BILLY JEALOUSY HYDROPLANE Super Slick Shave Cream is a latherless shave cream that uses silicone beads and essential oils to buffer skin against the harshness of a razor.

BAXTER Clay Mask is for the man who really takes care of himself. It’s a purifying blend of kaolin and bentonite clay for exfoliation and absorbing excess oil.

PARLOR Reworkable Hold Paste will make men’s hair soft, pliable but easy to style. This contains sweet almond and extract and fortifying Vitamin B5.

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

LSTN Bowery Earbuds is the item in the box that my husband wanted instantly. I had to grab them away to photograph them before he absconded with them. These are a $50 value so that makes the price of the box totally worth it. The earbuds are made from reclaimed wood (they are a cherry wood and browner than my pictures) and come with three sizes of earplugs so he’s sure to get a size to fit him. Plus you can “borrow” them and have a size to fit you. These are sold on Birchbox’s site too. “Made from reclaimed wood, the 100% electro-acoustic tested headphones pair superior sound quality with one-of-a-kind good looks. And, because each pair of headphones benefits a charity for the deaf, this is an accessory you can feel good about.”

There are 7 GAP Stores that are part of the Birchbox Gap Summer Beauty Shop. Some of these not only have this special subscription but even have a Build Your Own Box. Are you lucky enough to be near San Francisco Market Street, Houston Galleria, Los Angeles The Grove, Chicago State Street, NYC 34th & Broadway, NYC Lincoln Square or NYC 17th St & 5th Ave.? If so go there through June 23rd for these specials. There are even 4 stores with events that the first 150 people can win a free box.

Even if you are not a subscriber to Birchbox, you can still purchase items there so that makes the rest of you who are interested in some of these able to purchase without commitment. What’s your favorite product in these boxes? — Marcia

*sent by Birchbox for this article

Show dad he is an ‘Everyday Hero’ with the Father’s Day Birchbox for Men

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Of course your dad is a hero every day…but Father’s Day is a great day to remind him just how much he is loved. The perfect gift is one that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. One of the special Birchbox Man boxes for June is the “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription…and today, June 11th, is the very last day you can order it!!

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Everyday Hero box (again, only available with a subscription through June 11th!) has five manly products that dad will love.

Baxter Grooming Lotion

Baxter Grooming Lotion

  • Baxter of California Grooming Lotion is a leave-in conditioning cream for hair that gives a subtle shine and just enough hold.

    English Laundry Riviera

    English Laundry Riviera

  • English Laundry Riviera smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

    SU Hair and Body Wash

    SU Hair and Body Wash

  • SU Hair and Body Wash is all a man needs in the shower and the Italian citrus extracts smell wonderfully clean.

    Jack Black Beard Lube

    Jack Black Beard Lube

  • Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave is a great multi-tasker. It’s a pre-shave oil, a shaving cream, and an aftershave all in one.  
Izola Soap Dish

Izola Soap Dish

  • Izola Soap Dish is a wonderful ceramic soap dish with a retro boxing glove illustration. This is fabulous, I love it! Dads will definitely love it too.
The Birchbox Man Everyday Hero box is only available through the end of the day today, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
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