There is nothing better then a guy that's fit whether you're built like Daniel Craig (Mr 007) or simply stay in a decent build, I definitely love seeing a guy with a gym bag who actually uses it. It always makes me wonder what they carry in there as they go from taking off their hipster, wall street or preppy gear and slip on sneakers and their iPod to get into their routines. As a side, I have to say that recently, David Beckham was seen in the Adidas Originals shoes above having dinner with his family. Not only did he look fit but we all know he's pretty fab. While you could be hitting it at the gym or in Any Park, USA - this doesn't mean that you can't bring some items to not only freshen up in but those that really make you smell amazing! Above are items that I envision as the perfect compliment to a well done workout!
During Fashion Week, many of you may remember the video that was captured by Kitten Lounge about Decleor which has a men's line. What I loved was that many of the notes smelled like cloves, thyme etc. There is nothing better then smelling great while having that natural aroma which isn't overwhelming. The product line is extensive but after a workout which leaves you looking aglow, you can continue to revitalize the skin with this! Acqua di Parma's new scent has a bottle that is a shape of a tuxedo but has that great spicy sophistcated "manly smell". Of course hair is always an issue so Axe keeps it simple by having shampoo and a styling aid. Finally, lip care is essential - if you're guy be he friend, lover or family has always been shy about this - no shine is his friend. Having coverage keeps his lips soft for all the places they go and there is no excuse for not using it. His bag is full of goodies that keep him in shape and also desirable after he's done!
Last week I attended and covered "Passport to Beauty" which was a fun day to see many of the fragrances and beauty products that are apart of the House of Louis Vuitton! Many of these items will start hitting shelves and sites later next month as well as having a holiday version which is perfect for gifting. There were a number of products so you can expect to see future posts but today I have a few items that were another series that I felt were worth noting!
Acqua Di Parma has two products that I'm super excited about. First they have a powered soap in a shaker that not only smells amazing but it's so easy to transport it around. When using it, you merely shake the powder on your hand and when you add water, it foams up! I love that this is perfect for your home as it has great vanity appeal! The scent is perfect for men and women as it's simply refreshing. It's one of those items that add instant luxury to your home. Second, they have a number of room sprays and since you know I love tea, I love that this spray is Acqua Di Parma's Tea Leaves which smells like Oolong Tea. Now you can scent your linens, furniture or just spritz your room with this fragrant and yet calming scent. I feel that this warm scent is perfect regardless of the time of year but would love to see how this would smell in the fall as it does have such rich notes in it!
Next, we have a men's cologne by Kenzo Homme. The bottle is amazing as it looks like bamboo and once again, this is something that you can sit out and it looks great on your vanity or coming out of your travel case. As many of you know, we will officially kick off Men's Style on Kitten Lounge with our Men's Style Editor, Jacob Yee. So you can expect to see more beauty within men's as well which is very exciting for us. We'll let you know when this scent launches as I think it's the new go to scent for any guy!
Finally we have Guerlain's Abeille Royale which is an anti-aging serum. Not only does this feel smooth on your skin but whether you're fighting wrinkles or being preventative about it, I was excited to hear about the luxe factor with this product. They extract honey from the Black Honey Bee in France! I think many of us were surprised that such a think even existed but when you felt it on your skin, you realized that this product had ingredients in it that you won't find in your typical anti-aging products! I'm super excited about this and love that it is meant to last 2 - 3 months so that your skin is at it's optimal look and feel whether you use it twice a day or once!
On a super toasty day where walking seemed like the utmost effort I hit 57th street which between Madison and 5th Ave, every name that you could imagine that has left the mouths of the Sex and the City girls can be found. Regardless of the heat, you can't pass such names as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior etc without being at least the tiniest bit - giddy! So as I headed to the corporate offices of Louis Vuitton to take in the Passport to Beauty, I knew that there would be an amazing presentation of new products that will be available this holiday and of course this fall! Please know that there will be lots of coverage on goodies as I start getting images but for now, I wanted to share 3 items that definitely caught my eye but there was way more than just these!
We kick it off with Givenchy's Mister Lash Booster, a fortifying serum for lashed that's Day Beauty and Night Beauty. Now, we have talked a lot about lashed and making them lush and lavish by ensuring that you stay with the process so you're always carpet ready. What definitely intrigues me about this is that it is in a tube that you can squeeze out what you need and wipe off the excess from the bottle. Without it being a brush, you don't run the risk of not being able to use the product - huge point for me. I like that you can use it in the day and that it is colorless so that you can still use your mascara (although you should wait a bit as it is a bit wet and takes a little time to dry). I believe that it's best at night as you can go to sleep with it so that your lashes are ready the next day to hit the street! This is a must to check out!
Guerlain's Kiss Kiss caught me off guard just with the way the bottle is. Before you purchase your gloss of choice you see the bottle as it is above without the pop of color that peeks out; however, once used, you have the color which I think is super cute and a little added touch! Beyond this element, it contains light boosting power of mother of pearl which allows your lips to not only be glossy but have the touch of sparkle! The glosses are also enriched with a number of vitamins, smoothing properties and of course anti-aging enhancements as well!
Finally we have Acqua di Parma, there will be more info on a new product that they are coming out with that had me go back twice to smell it but for now - Magnolia Nobile. The presentation of this bottle alone was phenomenal it was etched in 24K gold, the container it came in had raw silk and satin on it and I loved hearing that it was quite a process to create this scent as Magnolia (as a general rule) is a flower that as soon as it's picked it dies and thus the scent goes with it. It was such a rich scent that it was definitely the total package! It was an amazing hour or so to interact with each of these brands and to see what would be on the market soon!
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