For The Boys…

Bette Midler, James Caan, circa 1991. I actually saw that movie with one of my favorite boys…my Dad.

Today we’re not talking movies, we’re talking products for the men in your life. Boyfriend, Father, Brother, Co-worker, whatever the relationship I have the perfect product present for that special HE on your list.

1.  For the Fancy Pants:  With Christmas/Hanukkah just around the corner, I love to give anything from The Art of Shaving. Whether it’s one of their gift sets for grooming/shaving or one of their chrome razor stands or brushes, these gifts perform and also look great in the bathroom.  They are a little on the pricey side, but they do make excellent gifts.


2.  For the ‘Fine Shmecker’ (def: man who knows quality):   Also for the shaving enthusiast, this is my go to men’s gift, Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream (Blue or White Eagle). Whoever has been on the receiving end of this gift has always assured me it’s the best shave cream they’ve ever used and that it lasts longer than anything they’d ever purchased at the drug store.

kiehl's shave cream

3.  For the Everyman:  As a companion piece to number 2 on this list, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel is quite possibly the best men’s moisturizer out there. They have it formulated with and without SPF 15 (you know I like options) and usually around this time of the year you can get your hands on a gift set that incorporates the shave cream, moisturizer and a cleanser. Score!


4.  For the Smooochies:  Soft lips aren’t just for women anymore. With the wide array of products out there, men have no excuse but to have lips as soft as any woman out there. Jack Black’s Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 is my boyfriends ‘lip gloss’ of choice (his words not mine). Available at and in 5 different varieties.

jack black

So this holiday season, whether you’re shopping for a Jeffrey, a Jimmy, a Melvyn, an Elliot or a Scot don’t forget to pick up a little something up for yourself! 😉

xo Elisa

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens….

You see where I’m going with today’s post.  I intend to introduce you to 2 of my very “Favorite Things”.  Both are from a well-known, long-standing, very reputable company, however both are fairly new additions to their vast array of products!  Kiehls is the company I’m referring to and their Rosa Arctica line of products are the “bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens” that turn me into Julie Andrews!

Not too long ago Kiehls introduced us to their Rosa Arctica Moisturizer and it’s “Resurrection Flower” which when warmed between the fingers and applied to your skin activates a regeneration of your skin’s cells and really aids in the anti-ageing process.  This flower can survive without water for an extended period of time, so when it’s applied onto your skin it allows your skin to retain the moisture it needs to keep you looking young and hydrated (but definitely NOT oily).  If I hadn’t been using this product for a few years I never would believe what it could do, but I have and it does.  The only downfall was that they had not created a formula for the eyes…until now!  Finally the eye cream version is available and actually works magnificently!

I use the eye cream both day and night, whereas I save the moisturizer for my evening routine, after cleansing and toning.  It is really important to remember to warm the product up in your fingers first before applying it to your face (see “this could save your life…” post for application tips).  Both are available wherever Kiehls products are sold or at and are priced at $46 (eye cream) and $60-$120 (moisturizer).

Also remember when trying new products, it can take up to 28 days for your skin to adapt.  Which is another reason I love shopping at Kiehls, they really stand by their products, if after some time you are not satisfied with the product they will take it back.  I am pretty certain you will love these two…I mean I haven’t started turning my drapes into clothing yet, but sometimes when it’s nice out, you can see me singing down the streets of Montreal…

“when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…..”

Happy Shopping….xo Elisa




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