Taking Man-Grooming to a New Level

If you're a guy who enjoys a dapper appearance, it may be time for an upgrade in your grooming routine. Taking time to groom and pamper yourself isn't just for the ladies, anymore. With the growing popularity of barber shops, guys are embracing a new culture of grooming. If you're serious about looking great from head to toe, it may be time to give that dollar bar of soap a rest and try some of Planet Beauty's best skincare products for men.

1. Jack Black Eye Balm Age Minimizing Gel with Vitamins A & E: Even for guys, nothing is worse than someone commenting on how tired or sick you look. If you often look run down or unintentionally disinterested, it may be time to give your eyes a boost. This eye gel reduces puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles to make eyes look rejuvenated and awake. Made with Vitamins A, E, C and Beta Carotene, you'll look your best for any occassion. Remember, don't rub your eye cream in. Use your ring finger and gently pat outwards for best results.

2. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Tonic: You know the fresh feeling you get when you splash cool water on your face after an intense workout? This tonic feels way better than that. Use it after you cleanse and shave and your skin will feel completely invigorated. Ingredients like Caffeine, Bamboo Extract and Vitamins C and E soothe and balance out your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and super clean. Follow with a facial moisturizer for soft, kissable skin.

Get out of your Post-Holiday Funk!

Now that the holiday season is officially over, it's time for a head to toe detox to get you looking and feeling better for 2015!  Between the endless cookie trays and champagne, you may find yourself feeling quite sluggish and puffy these days--don't worry, it happens to a lot of us. This month, treat yourself to a beauty detox and get back on track to feeling great.

It's easy to neglect water during the holiday season. After all, what sounds better than hot chocolate on a cold day? Unfortunately, a lack of water can cause surface dehydration on the skin, which can make it look dull and flaky. Start increasing your water intake this month and look for a treatment mask to help brighten your skin up. If your skin is feeling dry, you'll want to search for a good hydrating mask to help. If your skin is in major need of a clarifying treatment, try a mud mask that will help detox your skin from impurities. 

Between getting your hair colored, using heat styling tools, extra hairspray and styling products for perfect holiday hair, your hair can end up feeling kinda gross. Give your hair a detox by using a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo and condition it with a treatment mask for beautiful, more manageable hair. It won't hurt to book an appointment for a trim if you couldn't stop curling your hair last month. 

My Favorite Beauty Products of 2014

As the end of 2014 is swiftly approaching, I can't help but reflect on all the wonderful beauty products I fell in love with this year. Customers often ask me what products I love and when that happens, I often get flustered in my answer because it's hard to pick just one or two favorites. Even now it's a toss-up between many products, but because I love lists, I give you a list of my 2014 favorites.

Favorite Face Mask: Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma
Nothing makes me happier than my weekly facial ritual of wearing a mask. For a long time, I loved any mask I was able to peel off. It gave me a sense of satisfaction, as if I was getting rid of all this gunk. Surprisingly enough, my favorite face mask does not peel. Dr. Perricone's Chloro Plasma exceeded all my expectations this year. It smells like a day at the spa, does not dry my face and leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and sensationally smooth.

Favorite Sunscreen: CoTZ
What's better than a non-chemical sunscreen? How about a sunscreen that protects your beautiful skin AND makes an amazing primer before foundation? Anything that makes my skin look impeccable is always a winner in my book. The tinted formula makes my skin look smooth and even, which is perfect for a day of errands.

Favorite Hand Cream: Ahava's Dermud Hand Cream:
Handling money with cash transactions makes me constantly feel the need to wash and sanitize my hands, so they can get pretty dry and irritated. Ahava's Dermud Hand cream is so healing on my skin that my hands feel instantly soothed and soft after just one application.

Beauty Tools to Put on Your Wish List

Have you made your wish list for Christmas yet? If it doesn't include some of our favorite beauty tools, you may need to check it twice. I know it can be hard to splurge on yourself, so why not add a little something special to your wish list? Here's some of our must-have beauty tools if you need a little inspiration.

Tria Age Defying Laser: This FDA-cleared laser uses the same technology used in professional offices, working below the skin's surface to accelerate the collagen and elastin needed for more youthful, glowing skin. Your skin's clarity and radiance will be vastly improved without any visits to a doctor's office

Clarisonic Mia 2: If getting beautiful, glowing skin is a resolution for 2015, then the Mia 2 is a great place to start. It cleanses six times more effectively than washing with your hands and allows your skin to absorb skincare ingredients better. The two speeds allow for customization, too. 

GHD Original Styler: Styling your hair will be so much easier with this award-winning, versatile styler. Straighten your hair or make beautiful waves and curls without the damage of basic flat irons. Ceramic heaters protect hair from frying your hair while giving your strands intense shine. Sleep mode makes it easy for busy women on the go. 

Gift Ideas Anyone Will Love

Christmas shopping for loved ones can be hard, but shopping for someone you may not know as well can be even harder. Whether you’re looking for a gift to give to a co-worker, acquaintance, or neighbor, Planet Beauty has some great gifts that are sure to please anyone. Take a look at some of our winning picks.

Candles are almost always a top pick. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a wonderful fragrance for their home and office? This year, check out some of our award-winning candles from brands like Archipelago Botanicals, Nest Fragrances, Votivo, Thymes, Aquisse or Votivo. Nothing says holiday cheer like the scents of pine, cinnamon, pumpkin and currant. If you know the recipient of your gift already loves candles, then I suggest picking up an Aurora Signature Candle Lamp. These beautiful lamps come in different finishes for every style and décor. Candle lamps also make great Secret Santa gifts for office parties. Scented diffusers also make great gifts and last a long time. Archipelago and Voluspa offer some great fragrances that can be used during the holidays, as well as year-round.

Travel Tips from Jane Iredale's Global Educator

Travel season is upon us with the holidays and if anyone knows a thing or two about packing and traveling, it's jane iredale's Global Educator, Natalie Soto-Carlisle. Whether she's traveling for leisure or work, she always looks flawless. If you're looking for a way to minimize your makeup bag and love jane iredale Cosmetics, check out my insightful interview with Natalie.

What drove you to pursue makeup and cosmetics in general? 

Growing up, I always wanted to work for Fashion and Beauty magazines. I figured I could do what I loved and see the world at the same time. While in college, I was pursued a Journalism major. During my 2nd semester, I was one credit short and decided to take a Theater Makeup course. I absolutely fell in love with the way I was able to transform someone's face, and the feeling of achievement that came over me every time I designed my own characters and brought them to life. The course instructor saw my passion for the art and took me on a tour of the Make-up Designory (MUD) makeup school. I enrolled in the program a month later and have not looked back since.

How long have you been with jane iredale Cosmetics now? 7 months.

NYX Palettes to die for

Finding the perfect palette to fit all your makeup needs can be quite challenging, especially if you're not sure what shades you want. Luckily, NYX has a few palettes that are sure to please everyone. Some of these have already sold out on NYX's website, so get yours before it's sold out at Planet Beauty, too! 

Bohemian Chic Nude Matte Palette:

Who will love it: Anyone who can't be bothered with shimmer, wants to look natural, but wants to spice things up with some color.

This beautiful collection of matte shadows is perfect for inner bohemian in all of us. With lots of neutral browns and nudes to choose from, you'll always have a perfect work look. Purple and turquoise shades are also included in this palette which is perfect for a splash of color that can still look subtle. Complete your bohemian look with a messy side braid or tousled waves with a pretty headband.

Box of Smokey Look Palette:

Who will love it: Makeup addicts, party girls and anyone who isn't afraid of color and glitter. 

Guys, Are You Ready for Movember?

Listen up, fellas! It's officially the start of Movember which means it's time to raise awareness about men's health issues! If you've never participated in Movember, then let me get you up to speed. Movember is an annual event that encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness for cancers that affect primarily males. The goal of Movember is to help change men's attitudes about getting check-ups, asking about family history and pursuing a healthier lifestyle. If you've never sported a 'stache or you just need some help keeping it groomed, Planet Beauty has some great products and tips that will have you looking ready for GQ Magazine.

If you've never grown a mustache, start out by letting your entire face go shave-free. Doing this will allow you to see what kind of potential you have without looking too silly. How you groom your mustache will depend greatly on how much lip fur you're capable of growing. For a smooth transition into growing a mustache, start out with a clean shave first. This will help your hair grow evenly and reduce any potential for ingrown hairs. From The Art of Shaving to Jack Black products, Planet Beauty has a great selection of men's shaving products to choose from. 

The one thing you want to avoid after you grow a mustache is having it look scraggly. You never want to look like the mustache owns you and more importantly, you want it to look as natural as possible. Invest in a good pair of mustache/trimming scissors. Mehaz and Tweezerman have great tools to help keep you looking groomed and professional. If you need a little extra help keeping your mustache in place, Jao Beardscent Balm will do the trick. 

Survive a Heat Wave With Our Cooling Must-Haves

Living in California has so many wonderful benefits, but sometimes, it has unexpected surprises, like this September heat wave we've been experiencing. I don't know about you, but I've been feeling mighty icky this entire week. When it's 90 degrees plus outside, our entire body feels it. Getting adequate hydration and SPF is vital, but you may also be in need of a cooling pick-me-up in your beauty routine. If your hair and skin has been suffering through this heat, check out some of our favorite refreshing beauty products.

The mixture of heat and humidity can make your face feel totally gross and sticky, and if you have combination/oily skin, you tend to be more prone to breakouts, too. Nothing says ahhhh like a cooling cleanser to remove makeup and impurities during hot days. Dr. Perricone's Citrus Facial Wash gently cleanses skin and offers anti-aging support with DMAE. The refreshing scent of citrus is so refreshing, your skin will feel instantly cooler after use. 

Caudalie's Beauty Elixir can be used in the morning to set your makeup, during the day as a refresher and at night as your toner. Infused with ingredients like Rosemary, Peppermint, Rose and Grapefruit oils, this wonderfully refreshing spray instantly cools your skin upon contact and invigorates your senses. You'll never want to go through another heatwave without it.

Time for Beards and Football

Sunday, September 6th was World Beard Day and the official start of the NFL season. If you've been contemplating growing a beard or if yours never seems to look quite right, check out our beard-growing tips to get your facial hair on point this football season.

What you'll need:

  • Exfoliating product
  • Shaving product of choice                                                       
  • Moisturizer
  • A solid razor
  • A quality trimmer

In order to get your facial hair to grow properly, I suggest taking a few weeks to get your skin in shape first. Exfoliating your face will help remove dry, flaky skin and stimulate healthy hair growth. Jack Black's Face Buff Energizing Scrub exfoliates gently to remove dead skin and clear pores to allow for a close shave. Ingredients like Vitamin C and Licorice help brighten and keep skin youthful while Menthol cools and eliminates bacteria. If you tend to be prone to ingrown hairs, using a scrub will really help prevent painful bumps and congestion. If you have acne prone skin in general, treat your skin to a cleanser with Salicylic Acid. Making sure your skin is smooth will ease discomfort that comes with growing a beard.

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