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Grooming Gear :: An EDGE Holiday Gift Guide

by David Andrusia
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Wednesday Dec 23, 2009
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Who says the dudes are hard to shop for? Buy ’em a tie or power tool and you’re their new GBF.

But gift-buying for our tribe can be a travail- don’t we usually already have the hottest, hippest merch around?

Not when it’s the newest, niftiest beauty and grooming gear. Even your most avant amigos won’t have these finds- and won’t you look cool when you gift ’em with these gorgeous goodies?


Maison Magnifique

Outsmart the human who thinks they have everything with a sui generis scent from Maison de Návar. This Austin-based company fashions completely customized scented skin care products based on a half-hour questionnaire "fitting" that your lucky someone discreetly completes on-line. Seven days later, they are whisked a personalized fine fragrance, along with samples of the line’s anti-aging products (we swear by the Botox-like line reducer). No two scents are ever alike, and their Aromatarii (master parfumier) uses no artificial preservatives, insisting on 100% pure rain water and only natural ingredients from around the world to craft scents as natural as they are original. One-of-a-kind? With his/her own signature scent, your special someone will be just that.

As a special offer to EDGE readers, this company will waive the $250 profile evaluation and sell the normally $500 custom fragrance for $250. To register, visit www.maisondenavar.com After the flash page, click in on the upper right hand corner, MIO Profile New customer Request. Register for access, and when you’re sent the profile/questionnaire, tell them you read about it in EDGE!


Rip Them Wrinkles

What I want this holiday: a gift certificate for BOTOX or JUVÉDERM dermal filler. Or better yet- both. So does everyone else over 35. (Yes, we know-some start in their late ’20s, but even we weren’t that neurotic.)

To demystify: BOTOX is a simple, minimally invasive, physician-administered, non-surgical, aesthetic inject able treatment that temporarily reduces muscle activity and improves the look of the moderate to severe frown lines--the ’11’ --between the brows for up to four months.

JUVÉDERM Ultra and JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus are FDA-approved dermal fillers and the only HA dermal fillers that last one year from initial treatment, providing a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Be warned: both are addictions. We’ve contemplated purse snatchings to feed ours.

Find a cosmetic physician near you at www.botoxcosmetic.com and www.juvederm.com


Royal Regard

Some products are only fit for a queen. Case in point: Orlane’s new Crème Royale Yeux, which combines traditional Chinese medicine with modern technology for what is perhaps the dearest eye cream in the world. We’re not exactly sure what Royale Gelee is (the marketing info says it’s only found in nature and can’t be reproduced by science), but we know what it does--firms, plumps, and tones our skin most regally. It also contains 24-karat gold to prevent sagging and lupine extract to fight circles and degradation of tone. For the truly imperial--or imperious--ones on your holiday list, this may be the crown jewel under the tree.

$300 at Neiman-Marcus stores nationwide.


Samples? Sale!

We love sampling fragrances but hate the atomic-sized echantillons most stores provide. So a big-up to Sephora for their Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her, which features untiny sizes of 12 of their best-loved fragrances and a nifty, "jeweled" atomizer for easy spraying. Among them: Dior’s Addict 2, Stella McCartney’s Stella Nude" and Michael Kors’s Very Hollywood.

But wait-there’s (much) more: each sampler box comes with a certificate for a full-size sample of any of these fragrances for FREE (redeem at any Sephora store nationwide). Beauty and bargains? Bodacious! (There’s a men’s sampler, too!)

$50 at Sephora stores and at www.sephora.com



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