Valentine’s day gifts for your Man Valentine!!!

Congratulations.  You’ve waited until the last possible moment to buy a gift for your significant/insignificant other.  Here are some things that you should probably go buy now.  Like now.

Cologne

While I’m not one that makes a habit of sniffing men’s colognes at department stores, I have come across a few different ones that I find smell nice so I’m going to share those with you.

D&G The One for men

Dolce & Gabbana – The One

This is my favourite man-perfume. It smells fantastiqueee; fresh, but spicy at the same time. Even the bottle itself is something worthy of display.  Definitely my top recommendation because I think it would suit most guys who are passed the “Axe” stage (you know what I’m talking about).

Notes:

Grapefruit, Coriander, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger, Orange Blossom, Cedar, Tobacco, Ambergris.

Burberry – Brit For Men

How can you go wrong with a cologne that has Tonka Beans and Nutmeg as the main notes?

Notes:
Bergamot, Green Mandarin and Ginger Accord, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Wild Rose, Nutmeg, Tonka Beans, Oriental Woods Accords, Gray Musk.

Shirts

You’ve always wanted to give him a wardrobe makeover so here’s your chance.  Buy him clothes that you want him to wear.  That’s it.

Here’s what I like:

TOPMAN

Photo from Topman.com

Photo from Topman.com

Forever21

Photo from Forever21.com

If he’s not preppy then buy him a band t-shirt. (Man)bitches love bands.

Forever21

Rockabilia.com

Nerds, I’ve got you covered:

Photo from thinkgeek.com

Wallets/bags

Fossil men’s wallet. Retail: $30-50

I highly suggest checking out stores like Winners or TJ Maxx for nice wallets at a very discounted price.

Aldo.com retail: $35

Food

Make him cake. I typed “cake recipe” into google and got a page full of options.  If you’re feeling festive then make one with valentines colours.

photo from Hershey Canada

Or you could always buy a cake or chocolate.  I hear the grocery store has some nice pre-made ones 🙂

Give him a massage

Interpret that as you will…  If you want to make it extra special, use something like a massage bar from Lush.   Lush has a whole Valentine’s day section which includes a variety of soap, bath bombs and more all of which are V-day themed.  Most retail for around $10.

Some stuff that I think looks cool:

Lush “Tender is the Night” massage bar

Lush “Soft Coeur” massage bar

The Soft Coeur massage bar (last image pictured) is also edible which adds even more to the fun!

 

So hopefully this helped someone out a bit!  Just remember that most guys aren’t picky and half of them will forget that today is Valentine’s day anyway! :- )

Julep Maven Subscription February 2013

Julep Bombshell box for February 2013

Julep Bombshell box for February 2013

Included in my February box is…

Laura – Olive khaki creme

Ginger – Sand holographic

Oxygen Nail Treatment

Freedom Polymer Top Coat

+bonus:

Travel eyelash curler

Valentine’s chocolates 🙂

Julep is a monthly subscription service that retails for $19.99 for 2 or 3 nail colours (which retail for $14 each at stores such as Sephora) and/or different products ranging from Julep brand mascara, lotion etc.  This month had a special offer which included the bonus top coat.  I’m usually an It Girl, but I loved the look of the Ginger holographic so I switched to Bombshell.  I’ll admit that I usually skip the months because I find it hard to justify spending $20 on nail polish each month when I already own tons of bottles but since there was the bonus top coat included, I decided to go for it.  I’ve since tried the top coat and I cannot believe how fantastic it is! Ir dries quickly and left my nails looking ridiculously shiny and feeling so so smooth.  It’s without a doubt the best top coat I’ve ever used.

Edit: I’ve tried the top coat for about a week and a half now and unfortunately I’ve come to realize that it CHIPS LIKE CRAZY.  Sometimes after only 2-3 days 😦 The first time I had applied many coats of the (non-Julep) polish before applying this top coat and my nails were chipping the next day.  The second time I tested it with “Ginger” underneath and I used only two thin coats of the polish and another thin coat of the top coat and it still chipped really quickly. 

Also, as mentioned, I tried out Ginger and I really love it.  It looks like shiny grains of beige taupe-coloured sand on the nail but it’s a really warm colour, I find.  Will probably look good/better with a tan; it’s winter in Canada so naturally I’m extremely pale and it makes my hands looks a bit dead haha.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Julep Maven subscription, you can use my referral link here.  Use the code PENNY to get your first box for just (you guessed it) a penny ($0.01!!!) + free shipping. 🙂