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Q: I have a big date night coming up. Are there some essential makeup products I should carry in my clutch?

I always tell women to carry versatile and multi-functional products in their purses. That way you have less to carry and you don’t have to dig through a bunch of products in your purse. Stila Cosmetics has two great new products that would be perfect for your date night.

First up is Stila’s Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24, sephora.com). Housed in a berry red click pen the delicious cherry scented product could be applied to cheeks and lips. Providing an amazing burst of natural color. For the eyes Stila brings you the Contouring Trio ($38, sephora.com). This trio comes packed with a highlighting powder, a low-lighting powder and a neutral shimmer. Plus step-by-step instructions on how to contour cheeks, nose and eyes with the powders and six small LED lights around the mirror in the compact. Perfect for those quick touch ups in the dimly lit bathroom on your date.

Q: I am growing my hair out from a really damaging hairstyle I was wearing for years. Right now I am left with dry, course damaged hair. What products can I use to style my hair as I grow it out? Anybody who has ever had a really bad style or damaging color knows exactly how you feel. There are fortunately a lot of products on the market to help style dry or damaged hair while you work on getting your hair healthy. Not so much when I got that bad early 90’s cut back in the day. So consider yourself lucky.

L’Oreal Professionnel has a collection of products that provide texture transformation. The Texture Expert line has three products that work to tame coarse/rebellious textures. ($21-23, lorealprofessionnel.com). These products are tailored to calm and control distressed hair so that your styles radiate with elegance and refinement.

The Fluid Intense is a straightening serum with cuticle collapsing conditioners and straightening silicone to control defiant frizz. The Spirale Extreme is a curl defining crème that transforms frizzy hair into buoyant curls with humidity defense and intense shine. And the Gelee Riche is an anti-frizz styling gel that leaves hair sleek and managed with dazzling shimmer and ultimate style flexibility. With choices like this there is no excuse not to have beautiful hair even after a hair disaster.

Q: I need a great gift for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. Any suggestions?
The easiest gift you can get a guy for Valentine’s Day is a gift set. Something that will leave them feeling and looking better but it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to get. Carols Daughter has some great
looking sets that will make your man a happy guy. The Big Kahuna Gift Set For Men comes with a Big Kahuna Bar soap, a delicious Shea Soufflé for the body and The Big Kahuna Eau de Toilette, that leaves the body smelling cool and fresh, like a man should ($39.95, carolsdaughter.com). Or try the Fit for a King Set for Men which includes a Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap, Gordon’s Shaving Lotion, an unscented Hand & Body Jelly and Peppermint Foot Lotion, all set in a cigar box ($49.95, carolsdaughter.com). Either one will make for a perfect Valentines Day gift.

Q: I need a great scrub to flake off dry winter skin, but every scrub I get is either too harsh or to gentle. It seems like as some scrubs were made to scrub the tub you bath in and not the skin your trying to clean. They leave your skin irritated and sensitive. Other scrubs are so gentle they aren’t really effective. Well, Nyakio Kenyan Coffee & Sugar Body Scrub is a perfect scrub that is right in the middle ($42.50, honeyfig.com). The fine grinds of the Kenyan Coffee will gently exfoliates your skin. While the texture of the scrub allows for effective cleaning. It removes lifeless, dull skin and leaves it glowing and healthy. Perfect to give dry, flaky winter skin an instant perk.

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  • Nikki

    Okay that Stila with the lights is AMAZING!!! Thanks for another great find.

  • GennaGem

    That Texture Expert line sounds like it will really work for my hair. I will have to go check it out.