10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Heaven in a bottle: Korres Jasmine Showergel

Some bath products just scream summer to me and Korres Jasmine Showergel ($19.50) is one of them.

Korres Jasmine Showergel

Korres Jasmine Showergel

Jasmine takes me back to childhood – and in a good way, not in a ‘I remember no one wanted to play with me and that big boy pushed me down into the puddle’ way. Jasmine is all about gentle breezes on the back porch, relaxing on a lazy summer evening, and playing hide and seek in the flowering bushes. As soon as I opened the bottle of Jasmine Showergel that Korres sent, my spirits were lifted and I was completely happy.

Mmmmm, Jasmine!

Mmmmm, Jasmine!

heaven in a bottle

heaven in a bottle

The bottle is huge, so don’t let the $19.50 price tag discourage you from buying. It will last through many, many showers, and the heavenly smell will start your day perfectly every time. The shower gel is terrific; it makes a thick, beautiful foam that gently cleans and moisturizes.  Skin stays soft and moist all day long, and the sweet, warm jasmine scent lightly lingers for a few hours.

Korres Jasmine Showergel is truly one of my favorite shower gels of all time. The shower gel also comes in six other scents:  Vanilla Guava, Fig, Basil Lemon, Japanese Rose, Guava, and Mulberry Vanilla. I urge you to be sure to check out the Jasmine scent, I just know you will agree that it is heaven in a bottle!  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

Beautifully clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Faith Aromatherapy is a beautiful bath and body line based on essential oils that heal the body, mind, and soul. They avoid synthetic fragrances and chemicals in their spa quality products, instead using pure, natural ingredients that are genuinely effective as well as good for the environment. I love their products and there are three in particular that I turn to time and again: Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel, Balneotherapy Salts in Just Breathe, and Lemongrass/Fennel Hand and Body Wash.

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel

Faith Aromatherapy Tahitian Monoi Shower Gel 2

The Tahitian Monoi Perfumed Shower Gel ($12.99) is a liquid soap that creates a soft foam. The main ingredient is Tahitian Monoi oil, known for cleansing and soothing skin while also soothing the mind and spirit. Sweet Orange Oil makes the natural scent even more delicious, while glycerin conditions and softens the skin. This shower gel is a beautiful way to get clean every morning.

When it comes to bath time, I absolutely love the Balneotherapy Salts ($10.99) from Faith Aromatherapy’s Apothecary remedy products. They have five different types of bath salts available, including Keep Your Peace, Just Breathe, Be Flexible, Flu Prevention Ginger, and Awaken Your Senses.  My choice is Just Breathe.

Faith Aromatherapy Just Breathe Bath Salts

Faith Aromatherapy Balneotherapy Bath Salts in Just Breathe

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Just Breathe has an awesome combination of eucalyptus and sweet orange essential oils. Along with the epsom salts, the combo clears my stuffy nose like nothing else. It also helps to ease aching muscles and sea salt is fabulous for clearing your energy and getting yourself back into spiritual alignment. This is strong stuff and it is perfect for when colds or allergies strike.

Faith Aromatherapy Hand Soap

Faith Aromatherapy Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand Soap

soapy goodness

soapy goodness

Last but not least, the Lemongrass/Fennel Moisture Rich Sanitizing Hand and Body Wash ($9.99) is a wonderful hand soap. It smells citrusy and clean thanks to the essential oils and Olive Leaf Extract. I wash my hands all the time and many soaps leave them parched. This one never does, and it smells so good – and that fragrance is what helps protect hands from germs, fungus, and bacteria.

Faith Aromatherapy is a wonderful line, particularly if you are into essential oils and the mind/body/spirit connection. They also have body scrubs, body lotions and creams, and natural deodorant. Plus, in the Apothecary you can fill out a questionnaire and they will make a custom blended essential oil just for you. Check it out and get calm, healthy, and happy!  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Seven Perfect Gift Ideas

Are you looking for wonderful, unique gifts for the holidays? I have seven amazing recommendations that will take care of even the most finicky gift-getters.  Some were sent to the BIZ for consideration, some were bought by me, all will make those ‘special someones’ very, very happy.

So many choices!!

Fortune Keeper – so many choices.  Check out the kitty cat one!

1.  For the spiritual deep thinkers who love holiday decor, check out Fortune Keeper Dream Wishes Collection Rhinestone Holiday Ornaments ($24).

The ornaments come gift-ready in silver organza tie bags along with a beautiful card.

Fortune

Fortune Keeper ornament in a pretty silver bag

Fortune

such a beautiful card!!

Each ornament is hand crafted and has a resin image tile along with a clear resin tile (7/8″ x 2 3/8″). They are crowned with rhinestone beads and a silver wire star topper. The ornament slides open and holds a paper upon which the owner writes his/her wishes and dreams for the new year.

Fortune

how it works

Fortune

this is the Red Dream Wishes Ornament

Fortune

from the side

Fortune

rhinestone beads and silver wire star topper

Fortune

take the paper out, write your dreams and wishes, and it’s a beautifully personalized gift

There are lots of other great gift ideas at Fortune Keeper as well, including bracelets, key chains, and necklaces.  Let the browsing begin!

 

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Case in Truffle

2.  For the gorgeous guy or gal who wants to wake up to perfect skin, Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases (from $36) are a perfect choice.

When I saw Dr. Oz recommending satin pillow cases in an episode last January, I knew the Savvy Sleeper was something I needed. Silk pillow cases are too slippery…the Savvy Sleeper satin is perfect, super soft but you don’t slide off the pillow.

I absolutely adore my satin pillow case in Truffle, which is a pure black. This pillow case hides all sins, even the occasional ‘oops I fell asleep in my makeup!’ sin. It comes in both standard and king size and is machine washable. I have my special satin pillow on my bed and my hubby knows – don’t even think about stealing this pillow from me while I am sleeping!!

Why is a satin pillow case essential? Dermatologists recommend it for keeping skin smooth and free of wrinkles. You won’t wake up with the dreaded ‘facial crease’ after a night of heavy sleeping. No matter what, skin looks smooth thanks to the low sheen satin pillow case. Plus it is fantastic for preserving hair styles and blow-outs.

I also adore that the Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Cases have a secret pocket. Put hair ties, earrings, or headphones into it…I keep hoping my hubby will slip a cute little note in one day.

Savvy

What can you hide in the secret pocket…how about ear plugs?

Savvy

Or even better, breath mints!

Besides Truffle, other shades available include Nappacino, a creamy light tan, and White Russian, which turns pillows into white satin clouds.

Great news -Savvy Sleeper has created a 20% off code for Beauty Info Zone. Use BEAUTYINFO through Dec. 20, 2013 for 20% off your order.

 

Paco

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense

3.  For the guy who wants to smell like a million bucks, there is no better gift than Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense ($84 for 3.4 oz, $63 for 1.7 oz) men’s fragrance.  

Not only does it smell like a million bucks, it looks like a millions bucks…quite literally.

Paco

1 Million Intense

Paco

fantastic packaging

looks just like a bar of gold

looks just like a bar of gold

1 Million Intense is a very manly, sexy scent that was just released in September. This cologne is not for wimps – check out the notes: top notes are blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron; heart notes are rose absolute, neroli, and cinnamon; base notes are white leather, orris root, patchouli, and sandalwood. All together it equals fresh and spicy with a touch of leather. And the packaging is nothing short of brilliant – it looks like a bar of gold. Guys who like some bling will love this gift.

 

Bango

Bango

4.  For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ingenious inventions, a fantastic option is the Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99, available at Ulta, Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond).

Celebrity stylist Trey Burnette invented the Bango® after he got tired of his clients attempting to do their own trims in between haircut appointments. This neat little package really has everything you need to keep your hair looking perfect in between salon visits.

Bango

Inside Bango

Bango

2 sectioning clips and comb

Bango

Instructional DVD and 5″ Precision Shears

You can trim bangs, split ends, and top layers to keep hair looking fresh. It’s nicely affordable, and this is one practical gift that people will be thanking you for again and again. It comes with an instructional DVD, 5″ Precision Shears, 2 hair clips, a comb, and the Bango® tool. The Bango®  tool is “a patented at-home hair trimming tool that is calibrated with three comb tension to hold hair as tightly as a stylist and has straight and arched cutting edges and cutting teeth for texturizing ends.” What that means is it’s easy to trim hair – plus you can trim a little at a time to avoid the dreaded too-short bangs.

Bango

three comb tension

Bango

holds hair in place just like your stylist would

The Bango® tool has both straight and arched cutting edges with teeth so it’s easy to do all sorts of things, including blunt bangs, textured bangs, side bangs, top-layer trims, short hair, men’s bangs and children’s bangs. This is THE practical gift of the season.

 

Juara

Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel

5.  For the girly girl who loves her showers and baths, you can’t go wrong with Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel ($28).

Oh my goodness…this is a huge bottle of shower/bath gel that has beautiful packaging and the most gorgeous scent ever.

Juara

one huge bottle of showering bliss

Juara

love the packaging, it’s so pretty and elegant

I am a huge fan of jasmine, so this shower/bath gel was right up my alley with its sweet but not cloying scent of jasmine tea leaves.  It’s a perfect skin cleanser that doesn’t dry out skin and in fact nourishes it with white, black and green teas.  There is no sulfate in it, so it’s super gentle and non-irritating.  And the bottle is so huge, it will probably last until next Christmas!

The packaging is just plain gorgeous, with a beautiful and elegant floral design.  Anyone who loves bath and body products will be completely thrilled to find this under the tree.

 

SunyIslandBlu

SunyIslandBlu

6. For the good smelling friend who believes in supporting small businesses, I highly recommend SunyIslandBlu Soap Company on Etsy.  

I recently bought five body sprays from SunyIslandBlu Soap Company after I found them on Etsy, and I am totally bowled over by the high quality and the absolutely yummy scents.

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

Mmmm....loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

Mmmm….loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

I am on an eternal quest for the perfect body mist fragrances, a lighter way to wear fragrance…which led me to SunyIslandBlu.  All of Suny’s products are made by herself and her daughters in small batches by hand with only high quality, natural ingredients.  Her products have an island inspired theme, and the emphasis is on “using bold colors, unique fragrances, and high quality skin friendly ingredients with none of the icky stuff.”  You can also find handmade soaps, body lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and perfume oils at Suny’s shop.

I love my fantastic body sprays so much, I placed another order as gifts for my friends!  Here’s what is on the way to my doorstep right now:  Island Chic Whipped Cream Soap, Tobacco Caramel Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner in Island Coconut, Hair Detangler in Island Chic, and a Perfume Oil Set of three roll-on fragrance oils.  I chose Exotic Coconut, Island Coconut, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Hmmm…come to think of it, a lot of these might just be under MY tree with my name on the tag!!

Suny is a real sweetheart, and has offered a special code just for BIZ readers!!  The coupon code is “BEAUTYINFO” and it is for 20% off.  Now you definitely have reason to buy for the people on your list…and also for yourself.

 

Shinola in Detroit

Shinola in Detroit

7.  Speaking of supporting small businesses, an absolutely fantastic local company – everything is made in Detroit, by people who live here and raise their families here – is Shinola.

Shinola is a small manufacturing company that creates handmade watches, bicycles, and leather goods.  This  amazing local company makes beautiful, unique, sturdy pieces that will last through generations in your family.

On my Christmas wish list is the Women’s Bixby Bicycle ($1950).  Yup, pretty spendy…but this vintage looking yet totally modern bike makes my heart go pitter-patter.

The Women's Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

The Women’s Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

What does the hubby want?  This watch:

The Runwell Watch

The Runwell Watch

This particular version of The Runwell ($550) has a huge 47 mm face that fits my husband’s Popeye forearms. The watches are Shinola are truly spectacular, do yourself a favor and check out the colors and styles for both women and men.

Honestly, my husband and I would both love just about anything from this store. You’ve got to take a look at the online website…simply gazing at the handcrafted products put together with so much love makes you feel like everything is right in the world.

Any one of these seven items/websites will make those on your gift list happy…so what do you think will make it under that tree this year??  – Lisa

*some items were sent for review, some purchased by me, all opinions are completely my own.

I am a Moody Cow or sometimes a Lazy Cow…until I use my Cowshed Bath and Body

I think this hilarious line gets my vote for cutest concept ever. The company is the British beauty brand Cowshed and they just expanded into eight Barney’s locations in the U.S. as well as Barneys online. Cowshed’s bath and body products all have a fragrance that is associated with a different mood:  Knackered Cow (relaxing), Moody Cow (balancing),
Grumpy Cow (uplifting), Horny Cow (seductive), Wild Cow (invigorating), Gorgeous Cow (blissful) and Lazy Cow (soothing).

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow

Cowshed Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel, Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil

Cowshed sent Moody Cow Bath and Shower Gel ($25) and Lazy Cow Bath and Body Oil ($31) to try.  I can relate to Moody Cow (thank YOU perimenopause), and while I’m not usually a Lazy Cow I am a tired one, so this works!   While the names are cute the products are serious, made from organic ingredients, wildcrafted plant extracts and pure essential oils of the highest quality.

So where did the name Cowshed come from? Cowshed says, “A cow shed in the English countryside might be an unlikely place to find an array of bath, body and skincare products but that’s exactly where this beauty and lifestyle brand was born. Cowshed was established back in 1998 at Babington House, a beautiful Soho House rural retreat and private members club, in Somerset, England.  There are few things in life better than an English garden – the scents, colors and botanical ingredients are all inspiration for Cowshed’s award winning range of products. Still to this day, there is a little bit of Babington House in every bottle – a drop of Cowshed’s trademark herb and flower infusion, handpicked from its Victorian Walled Garden.”

Each fragrance is available in Bath & Shower Gel, Bath & Body Oil, Body Lotion, Room Candle, Travel Candles, and Perfume Oil Roll-Ons.

Here is what I tried:

Moody

Are you a Moody Cow?

The Moody Cow scent is meant to help you achieve mental and emotional balance. When tempted to reach for chocolate, reach for this instead and get an instant pick-me-up.

The scent is a combination of rose geranium, linden blossom, and frankincense.

Feeling moody?  This will calm you down.

Feeling moody? This will calm you down.

beautiful packaging!

sweet packaging!

The scent is wonderfully rejuvenating and it’s a terrific shower gel. It foams up beautifully, surrounding you with a warm blanket of anxiety-relieving goodness. I also love this for a nice, relaxing bubble bath.

Now when I am just done with everything and am ready to be a Lazy Cow, I hand this body oil over to my hubby and tell him to get cracking – my sore muscles need some attention!

Cowshed

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Bath and Body Oil

The Lazy Cow scent is an olfactory party mix of jasmine, chamomile, and sandalwood.  Talk about relaxing!! After I put this on I just want to lie there and watch the first six seasons of ‘Mad Men’ all in a row.

Feeling lazy?  This will perk you up!

Feeling lazy? This will help you kick back!

more gorgeousness

more gorgeousness

Besides turning the hubby into my personal masseuse, I also put this body oil on right after my shower to make my skin baby soft and slightly fragrant. And at night I rub this onto my hands to keep my cuticles looking great, as well as my feet and heels for major moisture.

I would love to try other fragrances like the Grumpy Cow (grapefruit and neroli), although I’m sure it doesn’t ever fit my mood…ha!

So, come on, be honest…which kind of Cow are you feeling like today?? – Lisa

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Getting clean Hawaiian style with Lanikai Bath and Body

The gorgeous Lanikai Bath and Body line, located in Kailua, Hawaii, totally feeds my addiction to bath and body products.  I may not make it to Hawaii very often…well, ok, not EVER…but I can always have that Hawaiian experience just by going to Lanikai’s online store and placing an order.

Lanikai

Lanikai feeds my bath and body addiction!

All of the products created by Lanikai come from the great Hawaiian outdoors.  With fresh, beautiful ingredients like papaya, awapuhi, sea kelp, kukui and macadamia nut, every item is a one-way ticket to paradise.  The BIZ received several fabulous items from their line, and here are just a few of my favorite Lanikai ways to get clean.

Lanikai

Lanikai Coconut Loofah Soap

One of the most intriguing items from Lanikai is their Coconut Loofah Soap ($6.50).  Since I am a total coconut fanatic, I was beyond thrilled to get this particular version.  However, there are seven other loofah options available:  Coco Lime Verbena, Gardenia, Lilikoi, Mango, Pikake, Pineapple, and Plumaria.

The Coconut Loofah Soap is one of the coolest soaps I have ever tried.  Check it out, there is a vine-grown loofah sponge inside of the soap:

Lanikai

the loofah looks like modern art

Lanikai

coconut and loofah goodness

Lanikai

and one more view just because it looks so cool!

The loofah soaps are all handmade by Lanikai.  In addition to the loofah, ingredients include vegetable glycerin and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil.  It smells like fabulous natural coconut, and the soap is huge and incredibly long-lasting.  It’s also fantastic exfoliation for your skin.  It lathers up like a regular soap and scrubs away dirt and dead skin.  I adore it, and am eager to try some of the other scents!

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardendia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub

Another way to scrub yourself clean is with Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Hawaiian Cane Sugar Body Scrub ($20).  I have to admit, I not normally a big fan of body scrubs – I have sensitive skin and they are typically too rough for me (everyone say, ‘awww, poor baby!’).  However, this is a scrub that works for me, and it will work for you fellow babies out there too.

Lanikai

so pretty!!

Lanikai

the sugar scrub up close and personal

This is a non-oily scrub made with Hawaiian cane sugar.  It also has sweet almond, jojoba, coconut, and kukui nut oils.  It’s fantastically moisturizing, and it very gently exfoliates skin without any irritation.  Afterwards, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth, but not greasy.  And the scent?  Oh my goodness, what a divine Tahitian gardenia fragrance that truly transports me to a tropical paradise.

Lanikai

Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash

Lanikai

layer on that Tahitian Gardenia

And to keep the Tahitian Gardenia experience going, follow your exfoliating sugar scrub with the Lanikai Tahitian Gardenia Body Wash ($16).  This body wash is gentle, made with all natural ingredients, and it cleanses without stripping the skin.  It has white tea, chamomile, sunflower and kukui oils, and also has the same magical Tahitian Gardenia scent.  I stand in my shower and just take a moment to inhale the fresh scent, and am instantly transported to a Hawaiian waterfall.  It’s heavenly.

I have lots more to tell you about, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you with so many fantastic options all at once.  I will be posting more reviews soon, but in the meantime, take a look at Lanikai’s online store and get your Hawaiian retreat started!  – Lisa

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Last minute Father’s Day gift ideas: Evolutionman and Prada

Did you forget to buy a Father’s Day gift? No worries! Here are two products that were sent to the BIZ that were tested and you can be assured they will be perfect gifts the man of the day will absolutely love.
Evolutionman

Evolutionman

You’ve got to check out Evolutionman, a skin care line designed for men. The packaging is black, classy, and manly without going overboard. Guys will love it.

evolutionman

My husband tested the Cleanse & Shave ($23), a great multi-tasker that is perfect to keep in the shower. Sometimes my hubby shaves, sometimes not…he’s Asian so he can go several days before having to break out the razor. However, he washes his face every day…thank goodness. So he loves this product, a face wash that doubles as shaving cream when he needs it.

Evolutionman

Evolutionman

Cleanse & Shave smells like oranges. It’s a very subtle, pleasant, clean smell. It does a great job of cleansing and it hydrates skin leaving it nice and soft. For shaving, my hubby leaves the gel on a bit longer, so it softens his beard growth and prevents irritation from the razor.

Evolutionman

Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave swatch

Evolutionman

Evolutionman Cleanse & Shave again – it’s a non-foaming shave cream

Cleanse & Shave is a lotion-type cleanser and it also works as a non-foaming shave cream. It has all kinds of great ingredients like:

  • Orange Peel Essential Oil:  The awakening aroma of this essential oil will leave you feeling relaxed and happy.  Derived from the peel of fresh oranges it works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant super star
  • Vitamin A, C, and E:  Antioxidant superstars that heals, soothes, and rejuvenates the skin
  • Mushroom Extract: Exfoliates and tones skin to expose facial hairs for a superior shave
  • Amino Acids: Moisturizes and protects skin, as well as, promotes collagen function
  • Panthenol: Softens, soothes, and moisturizes the skin for a close shave
  • Safflower Seed Oil:  A natural moisturizer and skin lubricant

Overall it’s a great product from an intriguing line. The Cleanse & Shave makes for a terrific Father’s Day gift.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set

You could go in another direction that will also leave your man smelling great – check out this Prada Amber Pour Homme Gift Set ($80, a $140 value!). This set is available at Macy’s. The set includes a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz After Shave Balm and a 1.7 oz Bath & Shower Gel.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

This is the ‘Intense’ version, not the original which I feel has a more ‘soapy’ smell to it. Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense is, without a doubt, the sexiest men’s cologne I have ever smelled. It is truly amazing. Top notes are mandarin, bergamot, and cardamom, so initially it smells very fresh. Then it dries down into a mixture of vanilla and leather which is unbelievably provocative.

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Shaving Lotion

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense After Shave Balm

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense Bath and Shower Gel

I love that the set includes a shower gel and an after-shave balm. We all know that layering scents is the best way to keep smelling good all day!

I absolutely ADORE Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, and my husband knows it…it’s the best ‘get lucky’ card in his deck. And this set is such a great deal, it’s really a perfect last-minute Father’s Day gift.  – Lisa

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