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Movember  — that glorious time of year when men sprout moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health and (some) spouses cringe just thinking about nuzzling up to them. Each November 1st, men the world over take up the task of growing and keeping only a moustache for  31 days.

Movember Rules

The official rules for Movember state that each Mo Bro (official name for Movember participants) starts their November with a clean shaven face and can only sport what they grow for the month. I don’t have a (visible) moustache so while I can direct all aspiring Mo Bros where to go to get ideas, plan their movember parties  and find charities to support — I was at a loss regarding moustache growing and grooming. Enter  Pat Parsi (PP), CEO of Billy Jealousy, to help me lay out Everything a Guy Needs to Have an EPIC Movember.

TTB: What is the key to a great moustache?

Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck

PP: They key to a great moustache is to work with what you have. If you have a nice thicket between your nose and upper lip then go ahead and go for the (Chevron) Tom Selleck look…Or the modern day Nietzsche hipster in Williamsburg look. If your growth is more on the sparse side a pencil moustache like Clark Gable’s is the better option. (The wispy, long Fu Manchu is not without its charms as well.)

Product Suggestions: It doesn’t matter what your moustache looks like, you still need to wash and moisturize your face…and it also helps if you smell great.

TTB: What would you say are the major obstacles to growing and maintaining an epic moustache?

PP: The walrus is cool but can easily veer to either threatening or looking like you woke up from a very long nap. I’m talking months or years. The Chevron is always a good start. It’s easy to grow and maintain. Just let it grow out and trim the bottom a couple of times a week. Some wax or gloss is always good to protect and maintain shape and styling. Start with the chevron before you go into anything too wild and crazy you can’t handle. It’s like getting your first motorcycle. A small displacement Honda is the perfect bike for the first year. Starting off with a Ducati Pannigale is a very bad idea.

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington

TTB: What types of products would you recommend for use during a period like Movember when men are starting from a clean face on November 1st and trying to get their best moustache in a 31 day period?

PP: Any good quality wax or gloss is good to style and nourish the ‘stache. I particularly like fiber pomades. They give extra strong holds for greater styling.

Product Suggestions:

  1. Billy Jealousy Headlock Hair Molding Cream  – to give fullness and volume to the moustache. $16
  2. Billy Jealousy Clutch Play Hair Gunk – For a strong hold when creating  more extreme looks. $16

TTB: What advice would you give to a guy who wants to grow a moustache but whose greatness is being block by a spouse?

PP: To paraphrase Spinal Tap, “It’s a fine line between clever and stupid.” This little nugget also applies to moustaches. As long as the moustache is trimmed and properly groomed with good products, then the spouse enjoy nuzzling next to the ole soup strainer.

Product Suggestions:

John Varvatos Oud
John Varvatos Oud – If your spouse isn’t down with the ‘stache, don this sensual Oud that includes manly notes like tobacco, leather and cloves and your moustache will be the furthest thing from her/his mind. $150

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Styler –  This 3-in-1 styler trims evenly, shaves closely, and edges accurately and since you’re shaving all facial hair but your soup strainer, this is perfect.

Stern Moustache Brush – You may be able to groom your moustache with only your fingers but think of how much cooler your look stroking it with a tiny brush?

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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After seasons of show-stopping red, orange is finally having its moment in the spotlight. From pure orange, to coral, to tangerine — it’s all on my must-have list for lips this Spring. And after months of dreary Old Man Winter, rest assured that your pitch-perfect shade of orange will make skin glow like never before. Picking your ideal orange requires a basic understanding of your undertone. See my tips and orange lippie options on Bergdorf Goodman Blog.

Tom-Ford-Beauty-Wild-Ginger

 

Hot Now: Orange Lipstick For Spring

Beauty products are the ultimate gifts to give (and to receive.) They can run the gamut and fit the likes of many different friends, no matter how discerning their tastes or niche their preferences.  I have pulled some of my favorite finds from around the web for a beauty gift guide those around you will surely remember.  And isn’t the best part — giving someone a gift that later becomes a favorite?  (I am so competitive…I want to win at the gift giving game.)

For the Gal Who Loves Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Big Bang Set

Deborah Lippmann’s Big Bang Nail Set – Deborah Lippmann is one of my personal favorites for the vibrancy and shade range of her polishes, not to mention their long wearability and ease of application.  And this set is the ultimate one to give (or receive)!  12 shades that vary from natural and subtle to bold and daring.  The only part of this gift left is to get the recipient to agree to let you use them!  Available at Sephora.com for $78.00.

For the Gal Who Loves a Fancy Candle

(but Can’t Commit to Just One Scent)

Diptyque Nordstrom exclusive candle setDiptyque Candle Set (set of 10) – Everyone loves a great candle, but Diptyque candles are the best of the best.  With amazing scents and long burn times, it’s safe to say this brand has a cult following.  What I like most about this gift is it can be given to just one special person, or broken up into 10 individual gifts for a bunch of friends or family.  And frankly noone will fault you if you keep just one for yourself.  Available at Nordstrom for $130.

For the gal who likes a more low maintenance routine

Fresh Sugar Lip set

Fresh Sugar Stars Mini Lip Collection – Not everyone may be into a full face, so an array of tinted lip balms (that truly are the best on the market) is just the answer!  With tinted balms, the problem is often that the colors are quite sheer so having different shades is often pointless as they all end up looking the same.  Not with these best selling balms from Fresh – they pigment is rich and vibrant, while delivering intense moisture and hydration for the lips all day.  Available at Fresh.com for $65.00.

For the gal who loves a Pinterest-worthy vanity

Anthropologie lipstick holderAnthropologie Vestige Lipstick Holder – Don’t your friends’ lipsticks deserve the very best?  Yes they do.  What better way to display one’s favorite daily lip shades than with this adorable holder?   Reds on one side, nudes on the other – perfect.  Available at Anthropologie for $28.00.

For the Gal Who Needs Fragrance Options

Jo Malone fragrance Set

Jo Malone London Cologne Collection – If she changes her makeup every single day, chances are she changes her fragrance to – and this Jo Malone London set is perfect for the friend that needs variety in her beauty life.  5 of their top selling fragrances housed in what may be the most elegant packaging possible for a multitude of scent combinations.  Wear them alone or layer – the possibilities are endless.  Available at Bergdorf Goodman for $100.

For the Gal Who Has Everything and Only the Best Will Do

Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip SetTom Ford Limited Edition 12 piece Lipstick set – Maybe she let you crash on her couch for a few months, or maybe she is having a particularly tough year, but I trust that receiving this Tom Ford lip set will most certainly brighten any beauty lover’s day.  With 20 shades that range from natural and nude, to deep and bold, this is the ultimate luxe set.  Available at Neiman Marcus for $588.00

For the Gal who Wants Super Soft Skin all Winter Long

Kiehl's Creme De Corps SetKiehl’s Creme de Corps Collection – Often when I find a product that I love more than life itself, I feel the need to share it with the world.  I have been using the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion for years and am consistently amazed at how nourishing, rich and hydrating it is any season of the year.  Intense enough for the winter, but light enough for the summer, everyone should experience this gem.  And this set contains not only the cult classic body lotion, but the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish which banishes any dry skin forever.  In addition, the set contains the forever classic Ultimate Hand Salve, the #1 selling lip balm, sample of the Ultra Facial Cream and Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate.  Available at Kiehls.com for $65.

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ThisThatBeauty Video Tutorial: Contouring for Beginners

Ahh, contouring. Too much and you’ll likely to be mistaken for a contestant on RuPaul’s drag race….But, too little, and: “girl, have you put on a couple of lbs.?” But just the right amount of contour — Oh, it’s a thing of sculpted, lifted, highlighted beauty. I did a simple little video to show you how!

Products Used:

Lise Watier 3-in-1 Miracle Primer in Abricot
Lise Watier Portfolio
Cover FX Cream Foundation N90
Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powder #3
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Rose
Tom Ford Brow Styler
MAC Blush in Passionately Tempted
Tom Ford Cream Shadow Gilted and Spice
Guerlain Kajal Khol
Kevyn Aucoin mascara

Brush Used:

Laura Mercier Contour Angle Brush

 

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This summer has been exceptionally hard on my skin. I can’t say if it’s the record breaking heat or the evolution of my skin in general but in addition to dealing with my usual shine, I also have to deal with heat rash and heat pimples.

Mario Badescu: Calma Mask, Hydrating Serum and Aloe Toner

Mario Badescu

To help deal with this problem I turn to three Mario Badescu products: Calma Mask, Hydrating Serum and Aloe Toner. The Calma Mask is oil free and formulated with Balsam Peru, Kaolin and Calamine to soothe the skin. The Hydrating Serum is oil free and formulated with Ginkgo Extract, Ceramides and Ginseng Extracts, it can be used in place of a traditional moisturizer or used to boost the effects of your existing moisturizer. I used the Hydrating Serum in in place of my nighttime moisturizer when my heat rash was at its worst. I sometimes use the Aloe Toner for cleansing. It is formulated with aloe, so, it is very soothing.

 

Vaseline Total Care Moisture Aloe Fresh

Vaseline

Another product that has proven invaluable this summer is the Vaseline Total Care Moisture Aloe Fresh Lotion. In a blind survey, 82% of consumers said they are ‘Likely’ or ‘Extremely likely’ to buy Vaseline Total Moisture on their next shopping trip and I totally understand why they would. Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion offers complete moisture without feeling heavy or sticky on the skin, and it is a one step process – much needed after the multi step process that is my face care routine. See my review here. Speaking of Vaseline, the Petroleum Jelly still gets play, especially on my feet. I know this is the equivalent to cleaning before the cleaning lady comes but I tend to prepare my feet before a pedicure by slathering on Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on damp feet the night before and putting on a pair of old socks. This softens cuticles and the bottom of my feet to ensure I get the most out of my pedicure. This trick is also great coming off winter when my puppies may have been a bit neglected and need the extra love before open toe season.

Dove Clinical Strength Protection

Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant

Nothing test my deodorant like a 100 degree day, but this summer I was lifting my hand confidently because I was rocking Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. I don’t want to admit that I sweat like dude running laps…but I kinda do. This Dove deodorant provides 24 hours of prescription-strength wetness protection but also has Dove’s signature 1/4 moisturizers which leaves my underarms feeling and looking fabulous for all my sleeveless numbers — and you know how I get down.

Tom Ford Santal Blush

Santal Blush

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my number one fragrance for the summer.  I sometimes layer my fragrances and Tom Ford’s Santal Blush makes the cut more days than any other fragrance in my collection.  Santal Blush is a complex and exotic composition. Click here to read my full preview on Bergdorf Goodman’s blog.

There you have it folks, a few of my summertime favorite products. What are some of yours?

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Gilded Lids. Glimmering Golds. Metal Eyes. Must-have Metallics. You’ve heard it all before. While striking in theory and positively stunning on the runway, for many women, the reality of shimmer on lids is downright scary. . . Sure, it’s a dazzling little look that we love to see on our favorite starlets, but for some reason — we shudder at the thought of glitz & twinkle on our eyes.

With the help of  Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes [brand NEW for Spring!!], a Sharpie, and a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper, we help you navigate the season’s metallic craze.

Read my complete review on @bergdorfs blog

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As if it’s not completely obvious, I absolutely positively LOVE my job as Social Media Beauty Editor at Bergdorf Goodman. While there’s more to it than a desk full of this . . .

(my desk at BG)

. . . I must admit that playing in, ahem, I mean, “rigorously evaluating” beauty products is a favorite part of the job (I actually really like the strategic focus as well — it makes good use of my old corporate girl skill set).

Lately, I’ve been putting Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation to the test and . . . well, for more, you’ll have to read my review over at the Bergdorf Goodman blog. But here’s a hint: Your wallet is gonna hate me!

#TomFordatBG

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Psst….come close….closer.

Fact:

Tom Ford will soon (October) launch a complete collection of color cosmetics and skin care.

Fact:

Several shades of Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color (what I like to call “first generation Tom Ford”) will not carry to the new collection.

Visit the Bergdorf Goodman blog for full details on an exclusive opportunity to reserve your favorite shades before they’re going going gone…

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