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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

Shop: Kiehl’s

Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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robloweprofileImage by David Raccuglia

Why is Rob Lowe smiling? Well, he’s 30-plus years into showbiz as a dramatic and comedic actor and nobody’s sick of him yet. He’s got twelve racks sitting pretty on his wrist. And he’s about to throw a perfect spiral.

But besides all that: Rob Lowe is smiling because he’s super stoked on his PROFILE skincare line. Far from a vanity project, PROFILE is a sincere labor of love. And it’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Mr. Lowe is literally stoked, as his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation would say. On the phone he was chipper and came off like he had all the time in the world to chat (he did not; he was literally in the middle of filming his new TV show, The Grinder).

Read more below about Lowe’s favorite Chris Traeger line, which XM Radio station he plays while chillaxing in his pool—and why he’s 51 but looks 36.

Shop: PROFILE

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Beauty Gifts to Love This Season

Cheri Botiz, National Beauty & Fragrance Director for Nordstrom, shares insider beauty tips and her favorite products.

Finding the right gift for everyone on your list can be such a challenge. I believe the key is to get something you love yourself; it makes your gift extra special, and you know you won’t be able to wait for that special someone to experience it. So, here is my gift to you: all the things I love this season (that I’m so excited for you to discover for yourself).

Luxurious Gifts

Bobbi Brown Holiday Glamour Set: The perfect set to create a great look for day or evening. I simply love it! Eye, lips and cheeks—with fantastic brushes. It has everything you need. This is the ultimate gift for your BFF. $100

Vicktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb Tutu’ Holiday Eau de Parfum Spray: This limited-edition bottle is darling—a great keepsake with a fantastic fragrance included. The pink tutu on the bottle makes this unforgettable. It’s hard to find these hidden treasures. $105

Jo Malone Candle Collection: By far the most luxurious candles—give these gems, and your recipient is sure to light up. The incredible fragrances make any room feel extra special, with a perfect array of scents to transport you to bliss. Who couldn’t use a little of that during the holidays? $85

La Mer ‘The Signature Collection’ Set: The ultimate skincare gift is here, complete with the signature Crème de La Mer, The Regenerating Serum and The Eye Concentrate—all fantastic products. This is great way to give a gift of deluxe skincare. $250


Must-Have Gifts

M·A·C Holiday Brush Set: All the M·A·C brush sets are so adorable this year. You get instant added value because all the bush sets come in a sling bag you can wear out with your favorite outfit. These sets are great for at-home use or for travel. Limited quantities available. $49.50

Nordstrom Color Palette: Talk about value: You will not find a better one anywhere with the quality of this palette. It includes 144 eyeshadows, six blushes, nine eyeliners and four applicators, and the price can’t be beat. It’s perfect for gifting to teachers, tweens and teens. $29 ($150 Value)

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter: New for fall, this whipped soy milk and honey body butter is an item no one will want to live without after they try it. It smells so good and leaves a great finish on the body. As soon as that special person opens this jar, they will fall in love. Provides 24-hour hydration. $35

Antica Farmacista Diffusers: Makes the perfect hostess gift for any dinner party. The presentation is so lovely and provides a beautiful lasting impression throughout the home, and these come in a variety of unforgettable scents. (Champagne is my favorite!) $62


Gifts for You

CLARISONIC ‘White Plus’ Set: Complete with a brush for your face and body, you will only find this CLARISONIC® set at Nordstrom. Guaranteed to cleanse your skin up to six times more effectively than using just your hands alone. Use CLARISONIC and achieve the best skin of your life. This is an item I feel everyone should own; I know I can’t live without it. $225 ($315 Value)

Gucci ‘Guilty’ Holiday Set: You must purchase this for yourself. Right now. This is the hottest fragrance out there—a daring, floral oriental scent that everyone can wear. The bottle is so beautiful just by itself. What a great statement on your vanity. $75 ($98 value)

Lancôme Limited-Edition Beauty Box with any $49.50 Lancôme purchase: You can’t beat this, packed with everything you need in a beautiful black train case. This set has 12 full-size Lancôme products and is offered in your choice of Party Pinks or Glamorous Golds. You will have this box for years to come. $49.50 ($300 value)

philosophy shower gels: Moisturizing shower gels that you can also use to wash and condition your hair are infused with holiday-perfect fragrances. From ‘candy cane’ to ‘hot buttered rum’, these gels are deliciously daring. $16

This is just a glimpse of what I love this holiday season. Visit our Holiday Beauty Gift Guide to find all your beauty gifts for everyone on your list in a range of prices.

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