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Sex and Medicine

This information has been provided by Al Sears, MD and Doctor’s House Call. For more information or to sign up for a free subscription, visit alsearsmd.com.

 

Health Alert 31

You may be taking a medication causing sexual dysfunction. Over 200 prescription drugs are known to cause sexual problems in both men and women. Common over-the-counter medications can also have side effects in the bedroom.

Many categories of prescription drugs can affect both sexual desire and sexual performance including:

  • Many blood pressure drugs
  • Almost all antidepressants
  • Some indigestion drugs
  • Most sedatives

Even ordinary drugstore antihistamines can cause this unwanted side effect.

Most patients I encounter aren’t aware that their medications are responsible for their loss of sexual desire, stamina or performance. They were never informed to look for this side effect and never suspected that their medications were the cause, once the side effect began.

Here is a list of some of the worst offenders.

  • Common Medications
  • That May Cause Impotence
  • Blood Pressure Norvasc
  • Vasotec
  • Lopressor
  • Antidepressant Zoloft
  • Prozac
  • Buspar
  • Antihistamine Dramamine
  • Benadryl
  • Digestion Zantac
  • Muscle Relaxant Norflex

If you are taking one of these drugs, your best bet of maintaining your sexual health is to find alternatives. But if you have to take them, there are natural remedies for the sexual problems they create.

* Herbal Libido Enhancers *

For centuries, people around the world have been improving their sexual health with herbs. Both men and women can use herbs to enhance libido naturally and safely.

If you are a man, the two best herbs to boost your libido and sexual capacity are:

  • Yohimbine
  • Muira Puama

Yohimbine is derived from the bark of an African tree. It has been used for years to restore sexual vigor and desire. Many studies have shown that yohimbine works. A German study examined 83 men with erectile dysfunction. The men took either yohimbine or a placebo for 8 weeks. 71% of the men who took yohimbine had an improvement in sexual function.1

I recommend 250 mg of yohimbine extract daily. It can easily be found in health food or vitamin stores.

Muira Puama is derived from the bark of a bush that grows in Brazil. Brazilian tribes use the extract as a cure for impotence. Researchers have given more attention to muira puama in recent years. One French study looked at muira puama’s effect on impotence. 262 impotent men were given muira puama for 2 weeks. Over half of the men reported an improvement in their erectile dysfunction. 2 I recommend 100 mg of muira puama extract daily. It can also be found in health food or nutrition stores.

If you are a woman, you can improve your sex life with:

  • Damiana
  • Ginkgo

Damiana leaves come from an aromatic shrub native to Mexico. For generations, the leaves have been made into a tea to increase sexual desire. Damiana is traditionally known as an energizer and aphrodisiac. You can now find it in supplement form.

Ginkgo has become popular for memory improvement in recent years. Ginkgo promotes circulation, improving blood flow to the brain. But, the brain is not the only body part that can benefit from an increase in blood flow. Gingkos aphrodisiac qualities may derive from improved blood flow to the genitals.

A recent study examined an herbal supplement containing both Damiana and Ginkgo. Women participants received either the supplement or a placebo. After one month, over 73% of the women receiving the herbal supplement experienced a marked improvement in their sexual satisfaction. 3

I recommend taking 400 mg of Damiana and 250 mg of Ginkgo. If your sex life is suffering from the side effects of drugs, talk to your doctor about stopping the drug. If you can’t, with a little help from Mother Nature, you may not need to suffer.

Al Sears, MD

1 Vogt H. et al., Double-blind placebo controlled safety and efficacy trial with yohimbine hydrocloride in the treatment of nonorganic erectile dysfunction. Int J Imot Rs 1997; 9: 155-161

2 Waynberg J. First International Congress on Ethnopharmacology, Strabourg, France June 5-9, 1990

3 Ito T. A double blind placebo-controlled study of a nutritional supplement for enhancement of female sexual function. J Sex Marital Ther 2001 Oct-Dec; 27(5): 541-549

Holiday Beauty and Grooming Gift For him


Your man should have an established daily hygiene routine that keeps his skin fresh, his beard in style and his body smelling good. Treat him with a practical gift with a personal and pampering touch that he’ll enjoy for the everyday and extraordinary!

Rev him up to face every day with this collection of classic Kiehl’s formulas for men featuring limited-edition packaging by designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.

kiehls Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling SetKiehl’s Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set($59, kiehls.com)

The perfect gift for any man, The Jack Pack set contains a bounty of Jack Black customer favorites to leave skin healthy, hydrated and protected so you look and feel your best.

Jack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited EditionJack Black The Jack Pack Set Limited Edition, ($49,nordstrom.com)

A limited-edition set featuring a LUNA™ for Men, a gel cleanser, and Proraso shaving and grooming products to provide a luxurious skincare and grooming experience.

Foreo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASOForeo LUNA™ for Men Ultimate Grooming Collection with PRORASO, ($199, sephora.com)

The Full Size Kit includes all four elements of The Perfect Shave®, Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, a Shaving Brush, and our After-Shave Balm. The combination of these quality ingredients, handcrafted accessories, and expert shaving technique provides optimal closeness while helping ward against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks and cuts, while leaving behind a soft and smooth face.

theartofshavingThe Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ – Unscented Full Size, ($120, theartofshaving.com)

The pure, clean floral woodiness of Lacoste’s White Edition wraps the skin in a clean, crisp, fresh scent that makes you feel elegantly audacious, light, and cool. The bottle echoes the timeless simplicity and understated sophistication of the Lacoste polo shirt itself—and the elegant audaciousness of the fragrance inside.

Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift SetLacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 White Gift Set, ($75, sephora.com)

Designed specifically for men’s skin, MAX LS by Lab Series Skincare for Men is a premium anti-aging skincare regimen. The products help maximize skin’s performance with advanced technology that promotes natural cellular repair and delivers both immediate and long-term benefits, for younger-looking skin.

Lab Series Skincare for Men 'MAX LS' Deluxe SetLab Series Skincare for Men ‘MAX LS’ Deluxe Set, ($120, nordstrom.com)

Wake up winter showers and deeply cleanse your skin with this limited-edition set for him by MOLTON BROWN London. Dynamic, hearty and invigorating.

MOLTON BROWN LondonMOLTON BROWN London ‘Signature Washes for Him’ Set, (£45.00,johnlewis.com)

Customised formulas meet the daily needs of his skin. It’s the science behind smooth, comfortable, revitalized skin.

Clinique-For-Men-Essentials-KitClinique For Men Essentials Kit, (£30.00, boots.com)

This Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Pure Badger and Shaving Cream Bowl Set is the perfect package for the discerning gentleman. Formulated without any parabens making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this set contains a handmade pure badger shaving brush, which helps to produce a really creamy lather that lifts the hairs from the face, and a bowl of luxury shaving cream from the Jermyn Street range.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush SetTaylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Badger Shaving Brush Set, ($55, mankind.co.uk)

A seductive fragrance for men, Armani Code is a sexy blend of fresh lemon and bergamot softened with hints of orange tree blossom and warmed with soothing guaiac wood and tonka bean.

3614271202000_Code-Men-Gift-Set_01Giorgio Armani Armani Code Gift Set($84, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)



Fragrance Gifts For Her


A recent survey from the consumer market research shows that fragrance ranks in the top 5 on holiday shopping lists. Perfume is a highly individualised gift. Choosing one to give someone as a gift can be tough. There are few things to take into consideration when choosing the right fragrance for our beloved.

Consider the Purpose – When will it be worn? Lighter scents are usually worn during daytime, while more intense ones are used for the evening.
Consider Personality Style – Women who love floral perfumes are quite “girly” in their tastes. According to the stereotypes, they are sweet, shy and very feminine. Give a floral perfume to this kind of girl and she’ll love it for sure.On the other hand, fruity scents are perhaps a little “wilder” or young-at-heart. This target is often a sporty, outgoing person. They are good fun and have a sense of humor.
Consider the Perfume’s Image – Fragance should match the image to that individual.

dior miss diorDior Miss Dior Gift Set($112)
Notes: Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli Essence.
Style: Pure. Precious. Elegant.

Michael KorsMichael Kors Glam Jasmine Gift Set, ($112)
Notes: Cassis, Jasmine, Sandalwood.
Style: Feminine. Floral. Head-turning.

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Gift Set, ($120)
Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
Style: Oriental. Gourmand. Floral.

Versace

Versace Eros Pour Femme Gift Set, ($92)
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Calabrian Bergamot, Pomegranate, Lemon Flower, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine infusion, Peony, Sandlewood, Ambrox, Musks, Sensual Wood.
Style: Vibrant. Feminine. Enchanting.

Prada Candy

PRADA Candy Eau de Parfum Deluxe Gift Set($120)
Notes: Caramel, Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin.
Style: Carefree. Sophisticated. Sensual.

Chloé

Chloé Chloé Love Story Set, ($120)
Notes: Orange Blossom Oil, Stephanotis Jasmine, Physalis, Cedarwood.
Style: Feminine. Sophisticated. Sensual.

Cartier La Panthere Gift Set

Cartier La Panthere Gift Set, ($115)
Notes: Gardenia, Musk.
Style: Captivating. Sensual. Feline.

giorgo si

Giorgio Armani Si Parfum Set, ($80)
Notes: Chypre, Blackcurrant Nectar, Airy Florals, Musky Blond Wood.
Style: Graceful. Modern. Unconventional.

 

BURBERRY My Burberry Gift Set

BURBERRY My Burberry Gift Set, ($132)
Notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot, Geranium, Golden Quince, Freesia, Patchouli, Rain-Tipped Damask and Centifolia Roses.
Style: Effortless. Personal. Timeless.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Gift SetMarc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Gift Set, ($110)
Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.
Style: Bright. Alluring. Eternal.

GucciGucci Gorgeous Gardenia Gift Set, ($80)
Notes: Red Berries, Pear, White Gardenia, Frangipani Flower, Patchouli, Brown Sugar Accord.
Style: Charming. Romantic. Optimistic.

 

If you’re hitting the fragrance counter, hope these steps can help you to sniffing out the right scent for your loved ones.

The Risk Of Online Shopping

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Although there are many who enjoy online shopping, there are others who have fears about online shopping and do not enjoy this type of shopping. For these shoppers there too many concerns which prevent the shopper from feeling completely comfortable shopping online. This article will address these concerns and offer information about how shoppers can help to avoid these online shopping dangers and feel more comfortable about the process of shopping online.

Misuse/Theft On Credit Card Or Personal Details
Identity theft is a very real concern because unscrupulous individuals who acquire sensitive information about an online shopper can do a great deal of damage to the individual’s financial situation and credit score. While identity theft is a very valid concern, online shoppers are not completely vulnerable to identity theft in most cases. However, the online shopper should know how to determine whether or not the information they provide online is secure or not. This is important because while the risk of identity theft associated with online shopping through a secure website is relatively small, this risk is significantly larger when the website is not secure. For this reason, online shoppers should carefully examine the web address for any website in which they submit sensitive information. Fraud resulting from making payments over unsecured web pages and using an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Websites which start with “https://” as opposed to “http://” indicate the information is being submitted through a secure server. Most reputable online retailers will provide a secure website for shoppers but some smaller online retailers may not offer this degree of security.

Paying For Goods That Never Arrive
This can happen quite frequently, but fortunately as consumers we have considerable protection from this when using reputable vendors. Sites such as Amazon and eBay offer ways to compensate consumers who could be ripped off by fraudulent third party sellers. Again we recommend you carefully check customer reviews and rating before making your purchase.

Cyberspace companies
Companies on the Internet may appear to be bigger or more credible than they really are. This means you risk dealing with bogus companies.Bogus online companise are those fake websites and email offers for goods and services that do not exist.

Dealing with Returns
Another problem which faces many online retailers is the potential for problems which result from the need to return items purchased online. In most cases the return process with online retailers is quite simple and is not more difficult than returning items to a regular store. In fact online retailers who have a traditional store often allow online shoppers to make returns to these locations instead of shipping the item back to the online retailer. However, returns are not always this easy. In some cases the shopper will be financially responsible for the cost of shipping the item back to the online retailer. This can be costly if the item is oversized and could require pricy insurance if the item is expensive. Online shoppers who have concerns about the return policy for an online retailer should carefully review these policies and inquire if they have any questions about the process before making a purchase.

Misleading Product Descriptions
Receiving goods or services which do not match the advertiser’s description. This may include product descriptions which are intentionally or unintentionally ambiguous. The concern in this situation is that the shopper will purchase the wrong item or an item which is not as described by the online retailer and the buyer will have difficulty returning the item if necessary.

Counterfeit, Damaged or Stolen Goods
This is detrimental to the consumer in many ways, the most obvious of which is being landed with a substandard product. However, it is also possible for the customer to put their own health at risk by purchasing an item which is simply dangerous.Counterfeit drugs can cause damage either by containing harmful ingredients or by simply not containing any active ingredients at all, leading individuals to believe they are being treated when they aren’t.

Guys Should Know How To Choose The Right Lingerie For Her

“Buying lingerie requires precision and finesse,” says Lash Fary, author of Fabulous Gifts. “If you find something that fits her personality, she’ll feel sexy and beautiful, and she’ll act that way when she’s wearing it. But if you buy her something that doesn’t complement her sexuality, she’ll feel self-conscious, and her passion will be stifled.”

Different Fabrics, Different Looks and Feels

Silk – Silk is a natural fiber that we associate with luxury, comfort and softness. It hangs smoothly and feels amazing to the touch. Silk doesn’t stretch, so it works well in flowing babydolls, robes, and gowns. Silk is a natural fiber.

Lycra® Spandex – Used in many styles of lingerie, Lycra® Spandex is the ultimate body-hugging material. Used in many sexy styles of men’s underwear as well as women’s, it conforms to her body perfectly and gives support. Lycra® Spandex will stretch and spring back to its original shape.

Cotton – Cotton is a natural fiber used in many clothing types. In lingerie, cotton’s most common use is for underwear and in the panty-lining. This is important because cotton is a wicking fiber that allows her skin to breathe and stay cool & dry.

Nylon – Nylon is a synthetic fiber that holds its shape and size and is highly durable. Nylon apparel may be machine washed & dried and requires no ironing. Another name for nylon is Polymide.

Rayon – Rayon is very much like silk, but it is made with wood pulp or other vegetable matter. Rayon is a soft, breathable fabric that feels wonderful against the skin. It is not a highly durable fabric on its own, but when blended with other fabrics, its strength increases.

Vinyl – Many fetish lingerie and men’s wear is made of patent (shiny) vinyl. Vinyl allows lingerie and underwear makers to produce patent leather-look pieces at more affordable prices than genuine leather. The material is also more flexible and lighter-weight than leather.

Microfiber – Microfiber is made with extremely small fibers, smaller than silk even. This creates a lightweight fabric that is very breathable. Usually microfiber is made of polyester or nylon fibers. The fabric is known to be lightweight, breathable, soft, and smooth.

Latex – Latex is made with rubber and thus has rubber-like qualities. Used in some elastics to provide greater elasticity. Breaks down easily when exposed to sun and body moisture. Many are allergic to direct contact of latex on their body, for whom spandex is an alternative.

Find the right fabric and style to match her exact body type and tastes.
All New Sexy Holiday Lingerie

2015 Christmas Gifts For Kids Below $40

Dinotrux Construction VS Destruction Mega Pack
Have a ferociously fun time with the half-dinosaur, half-construction vehicle creatures from Dinotrux! Includes Ty Rux, Revvit, Tortool, D-Structs, and Skrap-It. Your children will roar when they see five of their favorite characters featured in authentic detail from the show. Includes two Dinotrux vehicles and three Reptools for a multipack that boosts character variety and storytelling possibilities. This makes the perfect gift for Dinotrux fans! Available exclusively at Toys-R-Us.

Dinotrux Construction VS Destruction Mega Pack Dinotrux Construction VS Destruction Mega Pack1
($24.99), toysrus.com

Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse
The best present for your girls. With simple setup and activation, Barbie doll swings up onto her horse and begins to ride in one swift motion — her horse really walks! Simply clip Barbie doll’s gloved pink hand into her horse’s mane and push the button on the top of her horse’s brow. Barbie doll lifts herself up into the pink saddle (non-removable) on her horse’s back and the horse starts walking on her own! The doll wears a patterned tunic, a denim cropped jacket, pink plastic pants and tall brown riding boots for a full equestrian ensemble. A removable pink helmet matches the pink saddle and reins for a complete fashionable look.

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($49.99  $39.99), mattel.com

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie
Your little one can practice his or her doctor skills with the Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie, which features three triggers that activate over 50 interactive responses including sounds, lights, and magical movement. The plush Lambie will “Go Stuffed” after you are done taking care of her with the stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope, and sticker bandages. Lambie will help tell your child what’s wrong and can sing or laugh when he or she presses her tummy.

Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie1

($49.99  $39.99). target.com


Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo

Your mini aspiring zookeeper can have a fun day at the zoo right at home with the Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo. The zoo is full of exciting creatures, including an articulating elephant with a mouse friend on its back and a teeter-totter treetop for the monkey to rock back and forth and a real working swing. The elephant features three activation points for music and sounds, bringing the zoo to life. Best of all, little animal lovers can use the hose, measuring stick, scale and eye chart to help the Zookeeper and Mia clean, measure, weigh and care for the animals!

Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo

($39.99  $30.99), walmart.com

LEGO® City Advent Calendar 60099
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas with the LEGO® City Advent Calendar Set. Each day of the advent calendar gives your child a new LEGO® City surprise to create his or her own Christmas town. Your child can meet Santa, decorate the Christmas tree, build a snowman or blast off into space aboard the shuttle. Help the police catch a cook, take a cool remote-controlled car for a spin or cook marshmallows on a festive log fire! With his or her own creativity, your child can build his or her town with a town clock, streetlight and other fun and random pieces. The 278-piece LEGO set enables creative thinking and holiday enthusiasm.

LEGO City LEGO City Advent Calendar 60099

($29.99), lego.com

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway
Zip around the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway, and speed through four action zones and over nine SmartPoint locations. Use the steering wheel-shaped remote control for an exciting interactive experience with the RC SmartPoint Racer.

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway

($59.99  $39.99), toysrus.com

Matchbox 4-Level Garage Play Set
Your little car enthusiast can imagine plenty of real-world scenarios with the Matchbox Mission: 4-Level Garage. A tow truck is included to give less-fortunate vehicles a lift to the repair shop. Your child can send his or her cars speeding up and down the spiral ramp into the gas station to refill gas tanks, and he or she can clean up dirty vehicles in the pretend car wash. The functional elevator and crane take vehicles all the way up to the fourth floor, so play can start all over again.

Matchbox 4-Level Garage Play Set

($34.99), amazon.com

Paw Patrol – Look-out Playset
Your little one can send police puppy Chase up the elevator to look through the 360° rotating periscope to check for trouble in Adventure Bay. The headquarters features fun lights and sounds your child will love, such as the alarm that sounds when the Paw Patrol badge is pressed. Chase can rush down the wrap-around slide when he needs to help others in a hurry. Your child will have fun recreating scenes from the television show with Chase in his police SUV, which features working wheels and a detachable pylon.

Paw Patrol - Look-out Playset Nickelodeon, Paw Patrol - Look-out Playset

($34.99) target.com

Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer
It’s your little hero to the rescue with this Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer! It’s easy for his little hands to convert this 10-inch-tall Autobot figure from robot mode to giant 17-inch semi truck mode and back. While it’s in trailer mode, he can roll up to 4 Rescue Bots vehicles (sold separately) up the ramp to transport them to the rescue mission! When it’s time for a really big battle, he can convert the trailer to jet mode with 27-inch wings! Your little one will have the best rescue adventures with the Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer!

Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer

($32.99), hasbro.com

  
  

Holiday Gifts For Him 2015


Shopping for the men in your life, during the busy holiday season and for occasions throughout the year, can be a unique challenge.

Put them on, and suddenly everything changes. The music is deep, powerful and balanced, and so quiet that every note sounds clearer. Even air travel becomes enjoyable, as engine roar gently fades away. No matter how noisy the world is, it’s just he and his music—or simply peace and quiet.

Bose® QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise CancellingBose® QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® iOS Headphones, ($299.90, bose.com)

Deliciously designed and sturdy to match, Men and Work Melamine Set contains a perfectly formed baby mug, plate and bowl- plus it comes in a practical but ever so stylish suitcase.

Men At Work 3 Piece Melamine Set SuitcaseMen At Work 3 Piece Melamine Set Suitcase, (£19.95, emmabridgewater.co.uk)

A sleek, sporty watch motivates he to achieve his fitness goals by calculating GPS distance, calories burned, elevation climbed and steps taken throughout the day and features a low-profile touchscreen display to indicate his real-time progress.

Fitbit 'Surge' Wireless Fitness WatchFitbit ‘Surge’ Wireless Fitness Watch, ($250, nordstrom.com)

When it comes to making those tricky everyday decisions, turn to Paul Smith and these playful spinning cufflinks. Revealing the words ‘Yes’, ‘No’ ‘Maybe’ and ‘Never’ etched in enamel, the multi-sided accessories feature a silver-tone finish and embossed T-bar fastening, proving a stylish talking point.

Paul Smith Men's Spinning Decision CufflinksPaul Smith Men’s Spinning Decision Cufflinks, (£85.00, paulsmith.co.uk)

Featuring a water-resistant zip and all-weather leather, the Elements Travel keeps his essentials protected in tricky situations. Inside, there’s a travel pen for customs forms, a slot specifically for his passport, room for multiple currencies, and even enough space for his smartphone.

ELEMENTS TRAVEL WALLETBellroy Elements Travel Wallet, ($139.95, huckberry.com)


Aesop Perseus – Men’s Essentials is a collection of superlative staples for well-kempt men.

AESOP Perseus Men's Essential KitAESOP Perseus Men’s Essential Kit, ($90,barneys.com)

Super soft, super warm and super nice: this chunky scarf in a brushed fabric with multicoloured checks is the resistance to the cold he always wanted.

Scotch & SodaScotch & Soda Brushed Chunky Scarf, (€49.95,scotch-soda.com)

A style that’s sure to bowl him over, MAZEBAG makes toting his everyday essentials a suave affair. Colour block trims lend Ted’s amazingly versatile holdall thoroughly modern appeal.

Ted Baker MAZEBAG Colour block leather bowler bagTed Baker MAZEBAG Colour block leather bowler bag, (£265, tedbaker.com)

A seductive fragrance for men, Armani Code is a sexy blend of fresh lemon and bergamot softened with hints of orange tree blossom and warmed with soothing guaiac wood and tonka bean.

3614271202000_Code-Men-Gift-Set_01Giorgio Armani Armani Code Gift Set, ($84, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)

The Ball Storm Chaser Pro pays homage to the brave people that dedicate themselves to extreme weather, studying and understanding it.

Ball Fireman Storm Chaser Pro Automatic Chronograph Leather WatchBall Fireman Storm Chaser Pro Automatic Chronograph Leather Watch, (£2,170, watchshop.com)

A consistently popular style of wallet, featuring nine credit or business card slots, one clear ID window, one cash sleeve, and two hidden compartments that can be used for receipts or notes. Neatly compact, this men’s wallet will fit perfectly in a jacket or trouser pocket.

Mulberry mini tri fold walletMulberry mini tri fold wallet, (£195, mulberry.com)

A festive scene of Santa and his reindeer flying over snow-capped mountains styles a crewneck sweater perfect for family get-togethers and holiday sweater parties.

Topman Navy Snow Scene Crew Neck Christmas SweaterTopman Navy Snow Scene Crew Neck Christmas Sweater, ($55, topman.com)

For the guy who’s serious about his home bar, give him this elegant, hand-blown glass decanter. He can offer guests a tumbler of his favorite liquor in style. And for a personalized, classic touch, take advantage of the free monogram service.

Old Fashioned Deep Etched Whiskey Decanter & Glass Set,Old Fashioned Deep Etched Whiskey Decanter & Glass Set, ($179.95, wineenthusiast.com)



Tips On How To Pick A Jewellery For Her

Jewellery is a wonderful gift that is timeless and can fit into any woman’s busy schedule. It can be a mark of sophistication, status, and even a statement that they are adorned by somebody who loves them. It is often intimidating for men to pick-out jewellery for women, but the effort is well worth how much she will appreciate her new jewellery.

Tips on how to pick jewellery for her

  • Start by looking through her current jewellery collection to get a good idea of her style. Take note of what metals and gemstones she prefers, the style themes she follows, and how many pieces she has. Look for jewellery that fits in with her style but avoid getting her a certain piece if she already has a lot of them.
  • You can also observe your partner while window shopping at jewellery store or browsing through jewellery magazine and try to find out from her reaction what she would like to wear.

 

  • Does she predominantly wear platinum, gold or silver? Most important is you need to make sure the lady is not allergic to your selected metal alloy.
  • Notice the size of her neck and wrists. If she is average sized, most jewellery should fit her. For necklaces, lengths of 16” to 18” are likely to fit. If she likes to wear low hanging necklaces, 20” or longer may be appropriate. If her wrists are particularly petite or large, you may want to contact the designer or jeweller to see if the size can be specially modified.
  • V-shape necklaces look good on women with heart-shaped faces, while long drop earrings elongate a square face. Chokers look best on long necks, and Y-shape necklaces favour women with short necks. Delicate earrings and necklaces are a better choice for petite women than large, jangly jewellerys.
  • Observe the style of her clothing, including what she is wearing to work and also for going out. It is likely that she will want her jewellery to coordinate with her clothing. If you are looking to purchase jewellery with a more unique presence, you might consider one-of-a-kind or limited edition designer pieces.
  • Your desired piece of jewellery should be chosen within the limits of your financial options, so set a maximum amount and stick to it. Remember, you are giving an emotional value which the jewellery represents, not the amount you spent buying the jewellery.
  • Last, but not least, you have to consider the amount of time you have available before giving the gift of jewellery. If you plan couple of months ahead, you can choose a custom made jewellery, which will naturally require more time before it is completed. On the other hand, if the time is short and you have just a week to get the jewellery, it will be better, if you choose one of the existing pieces, which the jeweller has in stock.

Remember, choose quality over quantity. It’s better to get one small, good piece of jewelry than a cheap large piece or matching set. ‘Good’ jewellery doesn’t have to be extravagant. A well-made piece of costume jewellery, or a bauble from an up-and-coming designer, is often a better choice than a precious gem you need a magnifying glass to see.

Perfumes & Colognes For Him During This Holiday Season

Perfumes have long remained a favorite when it comes to giving someone you love a present. It doesn’t matter if they are a woman or a man; everyone loves a delicate scent that shares something extra about their personality. Every man is unique, and his preferences are unique too. Here are some recommended perfumes and colognes in gift set for him during this festive season. Pick the scent that suit his personality.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Gift SetRalph Lauren Polo Red Gift Set, ($86,ralphlauren.com)
Notes: Red Grapefruit, Red Saffron, Redwood.
Style: Daring. Seducing. Thrill-Seeking.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau De Toilette Gift Set 100ml,(£57, debenhams.com)
Notes: Frosted Grapefruit, Blood Mandarin, Peppermint, Rose Absolute, Musk, Cinnamon Bark, Blond Leather, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, White Wood, Amber Ketal.
Style: Fresh. Spicy. Leather.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male 75ml Eau de Toilette Gift SetJean Paul Gaultier Le Male 75ml Eau de Toilette Gift Set, (£42, debenhams.com)
Notes: Wormwood, Bergamot, Cardamom, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Cumin, Wood, Musk, Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean.
Style: The fragrance for the man who would be many men at once.

John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Gift SetJohn Varvatos Artisan Acqua Gift Set, ($90, johnvarvatos.com)
Notes: Tangelo, Mandarin, Paradisamide, Galbanum, Lentisque, Angelica Root, Sage, Lavender, Coriander, Toscanol®, Basil, Geranium, Palmarosa, Jasmine Sambac, Moss, Patchouli, Fir Balsam.
Style: Fresh. Effortless. Enlightened.

Versace Eau Fraiche Deluxe Gift SetVersace Eau Fraiche Deluxe Gift Set, ($106, shopstyle.com)
Notes: White Lemon, Rosewood, Carambola, Tarragon, Cedar Leaves, Clary Sage, Musk, Amber, Sycamore Wood.
Style: Elegant. Seductive. Charismatic.

Montblanc Legend Deluxe Gift SetMontblanc Legend Deluxe Gift Set, ($89, ulta.com)
Notes: Italian Bergamot, French Lavandin, Pineapple Leaves, White Cedar, Rose, Fresh Jasmine, Pomarose™, Evernyl, Sandalwood, Tonka Beans.
Style: Confident. Charismatic. Seductive.

bvlgariBvlgari Bvlgari Man In Black 60ml Gift Set, (£54.00,johnlewis.com)
Notes: Spicy Amber-Rum Accord, Tuberose-Iris-Leather Accord, Benzoin, Tonka Bean, Guaiac Wood Resin.
Style: Intense. Magnetic. Irresistable.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Gift SetGiorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Gift Set, ($85, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com)
Notes: Marine Notes, Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Persimmon, Rosemary, Nasturtium, Jasmine, Amber, Patchouli, Cistus.
Style: Transparent. Modern. Masculine.

Dolce & GabbanaDolce & Gabbana The One For Men Gift Set, ($88, sephora.com)
Notes: Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cedar, Tobacco, Ambergris.
Style: Confident. Sexy. Refined.

BOSS Bottled gift setHugo Boss BOSS Bottled gift set, (£43, hugoboss.com)
Notes: Apple, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Tagetes, Geranium, Clove, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Olivewood.
Style: A badge of success for the man whose interests are many.

Dior SAUVAGE Gift Set, ($149, nordstrom.com)
Notes: Reggio Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, Ambroxan.
Style: Raw. Noble.

Yves Saint LaurentYves Saint Laurent L’Homme Gift Set, ($90, sephora.com)
Notes: Bergamot, Cedar, Ozonic Notes, White Ginger, Basil Flower, White Pepper, Violet Leaves, Cedarwood, Haiti Vetiver, Tonka Bean.
Style: Magnetic. Sensual. Intriguing.

CALVIN KLEIN Eternity for Men Gift SetCALVIN KLEIN Eternity for Men Gift Set, ($43, ulta.com)
Notes: Grapefruit, Black Pepper, Ocean Air Accord, Fig Leaf, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Driftwood, Sensual Musk, Amber.
Style: Exotic. Vibrant. Infinitely Inspiring.

Holiday Beauty Gifts For Her


Many women say it’s the thought that counts in a gift. That’s why finding the perfect gift for a woman can be tricky. Find out more about the beauty gift here, one of them might suits her.

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L’Occitane Holiday 2015 Advent Calendar, ($49)
pai Limited Edition Perfect Balance Discovery CollectionPai Limited Edition Perfect Balance Discovery Collection, ($40)
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Kiss & Love Edition

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Kiss & Love Edition, ($50)
PHILOSOPHY amazing grace

PHILOSOPHY Amazing Grace Collection, ($57)

Fresh Skincare Heroes Fresh Skincare Heroes, ($58)
LANCÔMELANCÔME Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Set, ($125)

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Charlotte Tilbury The Book of Makeup Magic, ($190)
Acqua di Parma

Acqua di Parma Colonia Christmas Gift Set, ($133.90)

     Butter LondonButter London Invite Only 6 Pc. Nail Lacquer Collection, ($39)
THE BODY SHOPTHE BODY SHOP Best Of Body Butter Festive Dome, ($29)
GLAMGLOWGLAMGLOW Giftsexy Ultimate Anti-Aging Set, ($69)
bareMinerals Storybook Romance All Over Face CollectiobareMinerals Storybook Romance All Over Face Collection, ($79)
CLINIQUECLINIQUE Holiday Helpers, ($39.50)
Too Faced Le Grand PalaisToo Faced Le Grand Palais, ($59)

 

“Christmas is an opportunity to dream about styling up the dressing table with the best, the blingiest, the most beautiful pampering products and accessories that will last for the rest of the year.”
– Notebook magazine’s Deputy Beauty Editor, Octavia Lillywhite

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