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For any woman who is beyond her 20’s, the subject of aging skin becomes a reality. Some women are looking to avoid the signs of aging, while others are looking to minimize and possibly reverse any damage that has been done to their skin over the years with sun exposure, free-radicals from environmental pollution, or just not having taken a preventative approach to skin care.
For finding the fountain of youth in a jar, there are certain ingredients that you should be looking for. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex has an impressive list like powerful anti-oxidants of the super fruit Camu Camu, Acai, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and Noni. It is a fact that Vitamin C is a very important ingredient when it comes to promoting cell renewal and maintaining healthy, resilient skin. Even Dr. Oz sings the praises of “C” as an essential vitamin in skincare that increases collagen production, which in time can counteract the formation of wrinkles. Also, this particular vitamin has the ability to fade age spots and repair sun damage that has occurred over the years. Studies have found that topical application of Vitamin C is more effective on skin than taking it orally.
The next quality that you would want in an anti-aging skincare cream is hydration. Hydrated skin is younger looking and healthier skin. For example, the difference between a plump grape and its counterpart, the raisin, is hydration. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex Fruitscription Crème has many ingredients that contribute to hydrating the skin. Aloe has the ability to hydrate the skin, but also to absorb quickly without leaving any greasiness. The Shea butter that is in this product contains the essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and C that nourishes the skin. Vitamin E also has the characteristics of protecting the skin from environmental pollution and an anti-inflammatory action that prevents premature aging, just as the green tea extract does.
Brighter, hydrated, and protected skin equals younger looking skin. Some products can be outrageously expensive, but The Live Ultimate Camucomplex provides an all natural solution for only $39.95.
Micro-check pattern fabrics, like gingham and houndstooth, have been used in fashion since the 1960’s. With fashion having it cycles, “What’s old is new again.” This year, there is a resurgence of the use of these micro-check patterns in both menswear and women’s wear. All the design houses have their own versions of this pattern.
One of my favorites in men’s dress shirts is the Armani Jeans Check Shirt in navy. From a distance, the micro-check pattern acts like a solid color, but becomes an interesting surprise as you get a closer look. The check pattern is also accented with a micro-sized eagle that is the Armani Jeans logo. This particular dress shirt is made of 100% cotton and has the designer details of a slim fit, a solid navy trimmed pocket, and the embroidered logo on the pocket.
This type of micro-check pattern shirt can be either dressy or casual. It would be fantastic under a black suit, with a solid or striped matching tie or you could just as easily wear it with a pair of linen pants or chino trousers and brown leather loafers. If you are daring enough to wear this micro-check pattered shirt with another pattern, instead of a solid color, then the trick is to use a larger pattern to off-set the smaller one and keep the total look from being too busy.
As far as pricing goes, the “Armani Jeans Check Shirt” tends to be on the higher side at $143 Euros/$189 USD. Other designers that are in the same price range are those men’s dress shirts from Eton and Hugo Boss, while Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers have a version of the micro-check patterned shirt that runs closer to $100 and under.
So, the next time you reach for a dress shirt, why not try something that is a little out of the ordinary like the “Armani Jeans Check Shirt”. You may be surprised how it can perk up wardrobe items that you may have thought were tired and old.
I had never heard of Designer Studio Store, an online boutique store, before I got an email from them asking me to try out their site. I obliged, and it turns out its one of the better shopping sites out there.
They carry the men’s gamut at DDS: everything from designer shoes to lesser known outwear brands to slick wallets from J Fold. I literally spent almost 2 hours just surfing around, checking out the vast inventory of men’s apparel – which, needless to say, isn’t possible at so many other online retailers.
A reworking of the previous Hugo Boss cologne, Hugo Boss Night, takes an entirely different direction in fragrance. It is a woody/earthy scent that has a mix of birch leaves, cardamom, louro amarelo wood, lavender, amaretto, African violet, and musk. The spicy combination with a slight floral allure is intended to convey a greater scene of masculinity and, perhaps, more provocativeness.
The men’s fragrance, which is packaged in a sleek dark blue bottle, has a great presentation and is available in an Eau De Toilette spray, shave balm, shower gel, and a deodorant stick or spray. Hugo Boss Night is listed with the other Hugo Boss products for $50-$65 for the spray cologne, though some less konwn purveyors may have some of the other products listed for sale at a lower price.
Dalvey, the fairly new Scottish luxury brand, has impressed me before with their merchandise. I recently got my hands on another slim-fit shirt of theirs – let’s see how this pink collared faired.
This fun and simple pink checkered shirt, is by far one of the best shirts I’ve worn this year – and the reason isn’t because someone sent it to me. First, the seams are clearly single-needled and therefore are simple and inconspicuous, which is essential for a sophisticated collared in my opinion. Second, unlike so many other shirts that bare the description, this Dalvey is truly slim fit and form fitting. This is the second shirt I’ve reviewed from them and both times the shirt fit perfectly.
More often than you think, there are pieces of clothing that bring up the question: “What were they thinking?” That is exactly what ran through my mind when I saw the Mantauk Hooded Shirt. I have been used to seeing men’s button down shirts with point collars or mandarin collars, but never one with a built-in hood – weird idea, Prolific 54.
The Mantauk Hooded Shirt comes in a dull blue cotton, has two pleated chest pockets, with wooden buttons down the placket and the shirt cuffs. The shirt itself is not very appealing, but the hood that cocoons your head and face makes it a fashion suicide. It looks like it stepped right out of an episode of “The Deadliest Catch.”
There’s a lot of cool, DIY/indie/whatsayyou-ism going on fashion-wise at the worldwide handmade shop site, Etsy. One Star Leather Goods is one such craft store on there, specializing in leather wallets, notebooks, belts, etc. Let’s see how their One Star Billfold in Redrock wallet fares in a close review.
This is an excellent wallet. As promised, it is clearly handmade and hand-stitched. Like most fine leather products, this wallet will only look better with age. I can easily see the dark reddish brown giving way to streaks and stretches of cherry red while the stitching will remain strong and intact.