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Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1
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It’s been a rough year for many, and yet there still is so much to be grateful for. Fiftyisthenewfifty.com’s Susan Hornik put together her annual gift guide, filled with great suggestions for the holidays and throughout the year.


Tie It Up With A Bow: A must have in your accessories closet is a fabulous tie. How do we change up our tie collection for the holiday season? By rocking the variety of Dapper Godz ties, bow ties and lapel pins. Bow ties are not just for the workplace, they for are all day, every day during this holiday season.

Black Lapel has lovely custom tailored suits and accessories. The beauty of this NYC-based brand is that it’s predominantly online — men can select all aspects of their suits and submit their measurements — from the comfort of their own homes. This is also a great deal for the women in their lives, who don’t need to force them to go shopping. The suits can be personalized — with monograms, affectionate or funny messaging- on the inside of the suits and blazers.

Baby it’s cold outside, which is why you should wear 2(X)IST) 100 % cotton, one piece union suit, perfect for layering under heavier clothes.

Did your guy get the new iPhone X? Make sure he always has a full charge with Nod Products’ NEW Beam Bank! A portable power bank for recharging mobile devices, Beam Bank has 5,000 MAH – that’s enough juice for up to 2 full phone charges! Made from heavy duty plastic, it’s shockproof, dustproof, and water-resistant – and can even be recharged using the sun.

Stay warm and look great doing it! The 7v Men’s Insulated Heated Jacket from Volt was developed to be ultra-lightweight but with stellar heat retention capabilities. Constructed with an extra soft, 30 denier min-ripstop nylon lining and quilted shell and led with 80 grams of lightweight, compressible and high retention insulation, not only will the jacket heat up on command, it will hold the heat better than any other on the market.

BED|STÜ produces handmade leather shoes, bags, wallets and hats inspired by the resilient streets of Brooklyn, New York. They’re also working towards becoming 100% organic via vegetable tanned, all natural leather (free range whenever possible).  Here’s a few great selections for the everyday guy who’s in and out the gym or taking a weekend trip: the boot-inspired Raylan sneaker ($195), the versatile captoe Dreck boot ($175) and the spacious, rugged Howard duffel ($220).

Italian luxury brand Bruno Magli still makes high-end quality items that is designed and produced in Italy. Their Arcadia Boot ($500) and Filipo Boot ($650) represent an evolution of classic Chelsea boots for a new generation. They’re versatile styles without the stodgy air of an office wingtip. Then, the refined details of the Bi-Color Briefcase/Computer Bag ($1495) are fashionable in and out of the office.


A Unique Holiday Gift! Give yourself the gift of naturally lifted breasts in just 3 weeks without surgery, by sleeping nightly wearing The Nightlift Bra. Created by top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Randal Haworth MD, the groundbreaking, sexy and super comfortable NightLift® bra ($99 retail) is perfect for all women with no time or inclination for breast surgery.

The Nightlift bra is the only product to receive two patents for its unique composition and is about to receive a third. It is no wonder that the NightLift® bra has become a favorite of everyone from Halle Berry to Chelsea Handler and Lisa Rinna. https://www.nightlift.com

If you are headed out for a myriad of holiday parties, AQ/AQ make these charming cdresses, jumpsuits and separates which feature rich wine and plum hues to get fiercely festive.

Looking for Gifts for the Thinker, Satire/Funny or Humorous Person? Headline has been making intelligently funny tees and apparel from San Francisco since 2004, going off today’s headlines in the news. Their signature men’s and women’s tees are made from lightweight cotton and poly/cotton fabrics, and printed with soft, eco-friendly inks.

I love Be Brilliant handbags, which includes an iPad clutch and a smartphone wallet — in blue, bronze, black and pewter. The bags are made of vegan leather and are lined with moisture-wicking neoprene. The bags keep your gear, including laptops and smartphones, easily accessible and organized.

The totes feature a special compartment for your change of shoes and a clear, snap-out case that can be used not only for inspection of your liquids at the airport, but also for sun essentials, a change of clothes, workout wear, baby gear, your lunch or even your shower essentials at the gym.

Let the dynamic snow globe effect of T Mobile’s Waterfall case captivate you with its cascading sparkle and tumbling glitter. Compatible with: Apple iPhone 7/8, iPhone 7/8 Plus, iPhone X

I love to support indie designers like Made by Shelby Crafts. She makes an adorable handmade ribbed crochet hat with pompom that is super cute, as well as a choker! Find her on Etsy!

vyve’s splashpants are the perfect multi-purpose athleisure piece for your wardrobe – and great for those days you’d rather not let it all hang out.  The activewear Capri works on land and in water.  So go for a run on the treadmill, splash in the pool, walk the beach and grab a drink with the girls in perfect comfort.

Love The Comfort Sock assorted casual crew socks, lots of fun designs $16.00. The socks have arch compression for support and stability to reduce foot fatigue; they hug your foot and keeps the sock in place.


Greige, an interior design ecommerce store, has a stunning hand blown studio art glass vase that would look beautiful in your home. The design features a subtle surface texture called, “ghiacciato,” a traditional Venetian craquelure technique which immerses formed hot glass in water for a few seconds before it goes back into the furnace. Greige.co

I love Tervis, they make great American-made drink ware products with a lifetime guarantee. These tumblers, water bottles, mugs, sippy cups and wine glasses are all dishwasher safe. Plus, there are thousands of designs from every major brand (NFL, Disney, Marvel, Hello Kitty, just to name a few!). You can even personalize and design your own.

Caseta Wireless allows you to create a smarter home at an affordable price. It’s a DIY solution or you can pay an electrician to come install for you. Simply control your lights, shades and other third-party devices using voice control with Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Siri or the handheld Pico remote control.  Create light and music “scenes” in your home using the Sonos®- endorsed Pico Remote for Audio – perfect for holiday entertaining!

The BlissBulb is the easiest and safest way to set the scene for a cozy night curled up on the couch, a romantic dinner for two, or an amazing sleepover your family will never forget. Each bulb is designed to be twisted into a standard light socket or used with an adapter to project an awe-inspiring starfield in any room of the house.

Best Home Fashion has some great items, everything from window treatments and rugs, to pillows, throws and other home decor, this is definitely a fantastic one-stop–shop for decorating.  My favorite happens to be their Faux Fur Throws — Available in a variety of colors and styles, there’s a throw that will fit any home’s personality perfectly — from adorable pom poms to simple tufts and subtle stripes — to enhance a space with warmth, style and texture. There’s also no better way to accessorize your home and keep you warm all season long.

Soft and comfy, the faux fur throws are as affordable as they are gorgeous — with prices that start as low as $30.  And, they also happened to be a celebrity favorite—the blankets can be seen in the homes of “Dancing With the Stars” Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, Lacey Chabert and Angela Simmons.

Make homemade meals easy again with the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef. The revolutionary electronic meal maker cooks your meals in just minutes. This copper infused ceramic cookware has a non stick surface so your food just slides out. And the scratch-resistant copper can withstand use. You can cook your meal and cut it in 5 Minute Chef and the surface won’t scratch.

Jennifer Adams has beautiful bedding that is oh so soft to the touch. You can have the best night’s sleep if you are really comfortable, and her range of luxurious  products are truly a dream come true.

Charmin officially opened Charmin Restrooms in Times Square, giving New York City the one thing it lacks – clean, free restrooms. With more than half a million people making their way through Times Square this holiday season, they will discover that going to a public bathroom isn’t something they have to do, but something they can’t wait to do at Charmin Restrooms.

These are not your everyday, ordinary bathrooms. There are 14 unforgettable and playful stalls designed to transport people to another place through immersive sights and sounds. From experiencing the expanse of “Mt. Everest” to peeing “Under the Sea,” visitors will get the exclusive opportunity to Enjoy the Go where no one has ever gone before. Charmin Restrooms will be open from December 6-24 at 1601 Broadway between 48th and 49th streets from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST daily.

Everyone likes a good, clean sponge for their home. SpongeBath’s patent-pending, powerful and natural cleaning solution works inside the device, killing 99.99% of odor-causing bacteria in sponges and eliminates smells, grease, stains and soap scum.
$49 and includes the caddy and an 8oz bottle of cleaning solution (2 months supply).

NutriSystem has some great food products to kick off your new year right. Who doesn’t want to look more fit and healthy?!

The dishes created by Britten Couture Home are lovely. Fascinated by positive and negative space found in nature and replicated in architecture, Britten Leigh Pascale translated this relationship into her version of the classic china pattern, creating a perfectly balanced design. Circa features a dazzling palette of white and lavender with platinum or gold banding. The chic set consists of a complete 7-piece table setting: charger, dinner plate, soup plate, salad plate, bread and butter plate, and teacup with saucer.


Do you miss your mom? I know I do…That’s why I was delighted to find Mom in the Mail, a box of baked goodies sent to you that remind you of home. Every treat is baked from scratch and every morsel is delicious. Great for your grandchild who is away in college too.

Who doesn’t love GODIVA Chocolate? Great news, the company is now making affordable delicious chocolate, Masterpieces (MSRP: $2.99-$4.29) is a new line of more affordable exquisite chocolate tablets and individually-wrapped treats, inspired by signature GODIVA shapes making the perfect stocking stuffer or snack to carry along during those holiday shopping trips!

There are lots of varieties to try too—The Gold Discovery collection (6-pc/$14, 12-pc/$25) is a fusion of history and innovation featuring new flavors, colors, shapes and textures that effortlessly come together for modern flavor pairings. GODIVA chefs created six new bold flavor combinations including white chocolate ganache and coffee, strawberry and lychee as well as caramel mousse, creating a journey of wonderful discoveries for the adventurous foodie.

Fans of dark chocolate will love Godiva’s Pretzel ($25.00) – can you imagine crispy pretzels smothered in GODIVA dark chocolate?! A sweet and salty creation perfect as a special treat for your guests or for yourself. Canister holds 1 lb., or about 66 dark chocolate pretzels.

Chocolate Truffle Delight Box ($25.00) – Get ready for a light and bright eating experience with our new truffles collection. Each luscious piece features a crispy shell surrounding light and fluffy mousse with unique and intriguing flavor including a robust Cafe Latte, spicy Black Tea.

Almond Breeze Almondmilk Nog: kick off the celebration with a festive glass of Blue Diamond’s Almondmilk Nog! With only 60 calories per serving, this is a satisfying non-dairy option for eggnog lovers who may not want all the extra calories and cholesterol. Enjoy as a cold beverage, creamer for your coffee and for cooking a dessert, etc.

Lundberg’s organic frozen Arancini is made with whole grain rice cooked risotto style, then rolled into balls and covered with gluten-free brown rice breadcrumbs, and lightly fried to perfection. For party hosts or families alike, these bake-and serve stuffed rice balls can be popped in the oven for just 13-15 minutes to create the perfect last minute holiday dinner party appetizer. All varieties (Gouda & Mozzarella, Black Rice, and Gochujang) are certified organic, non-gmo verified and gluten free.

HelloFresh Gift Card: For couples, empty nesters, or notorious takeout devotees on holiday shopping lists this year, this is a gift they will all be thankful for with no wrapping paper required. While anyone can deliver a box of food, HelloFresh opens an experience that goes beyond the final plate and brings the fun of cooking back into people’s lives. By covering the shopping, planning, and delivering step-by-step recipes and ingredients, customers can relax and enjoy all there is to love about cooking — and eating! In just a few easy-to-master steps, home cooks can chop, zest, and sauté like naturals thanks to recipes that take just 30 minutes. Starting at $59. Gift cards are available at hellofresh.com. *Ships nationwide excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

HelloFresh Wine Sauté, simmer and sip with a monthly wine subscription complete with pairing suggestions, tasting notes, and flavor profiles. With wines from all over the world, the service allows subscribers to enjoy HelloFresh-selected wines on all occasions, from dinner parties to casual nights in. Conveniently delivered to customers’ doorsteps, subscriptions include six full-size 750ML bottles with options of red, white, or mixed cases. Subscriptions are $89.00 + tax per month and shipping is included. One-off gift cards available for holiday. To purchase, visit hellofresh.com/wine. *Ships nationwide excluding Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas — a must-have for holiday cooking and baking. This extract is made from the highest-quality vanilla on the planet with an ability to harness sweet, creamy, and mellow flavor.

Gifts for the Energy Drink Lover: Vuka Natural Energy Drinks (has four flavors) and is perfect for the energy drink lover, but has natural ingredients. You can buy on Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts  to just name a few.

My dogs always get so excited when I get amazing homemade doggy treats shipped from Meatloaf’s Kitchen. No preservatives or chemicals are ever used! Woof!

If you love nuts, you must try Mert’s Nuts, which are simply exceptional and so tasty


This beautiful limited-edition 1 liter Patrón Silver Tequila bottle was inspired by Mexico’s rich heritage of art deco design. The bottle features a black and silver handcrafted pewter label, intricately adorned with detailed geometric lines and the iconic Patrón bee. The bottle is topped with a beautifully crafted cork closure in black and silver, mirroring the art deco aesthetic of the label. $59.99-$64.00

Shmaltz Brewing Company officially turns 21 this Chanukah season as the largest, the smallest, the most award winning, and astonishingly still the only Jewish celebration beer company in the country. From their humble early days of hand squeezing pomegranates to add to the first batch of He’brew Beer’s Genesis Ale®, through 17 years as a contract brewer, and now at age 21, operating a revered brewery with 30 staff members and amassing over 40 awards for their signature specialty beers. Shmaltz Brewing certainly has a lot to rejoice about this Chanukah, and what would a true celebration be without the proper beers to mark this epic occasion?

Candles won’t be the only thing getting lit this year with the limited-edition release of three new Shmaltz offerings, including Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer® (Golden Strong Ale with Cocoa Nibs, 8% ABV), Jewbelation 21® (Dark American Strong Ale, 12.1% ABV), and Shtick in a Box® (Holiday Variety 12-Pack)

Ammunition Wines has an array of refreshing wines that can be perfectly paired for your holiday meals or pizza!

Oh You TEAse has a great gift pack featuring three of their popular blends, Pinkies Up, Emerald City, Sleeping Beauty, and an early release of the 2018 blend, Stop and Smell the Roses. A limited edition 2017 Holiday Blend – Yuletide Yaassss – a black Ceylon tea, currant and cinnamon blend is also lovely.

Maschio Extra Dry Prosecco

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The roots of Cantine Maschio’s passion for wine run deep in the Veneto hills. The story began in 1973, when Bonaventura Maschio turned his family’s century-old distillery into a winery that even then was state-of-the art in terms of its technology and production methods. Maschio Extra Dry is ideal as an aperitif with its floral and light fruit flavors. About $13.99 for a 750 ml bottle

Riunite Sangria

Riunite wines have been one of America’s most loved, best-selling wines for 5 decades, and Riunite Sangria is the latest release that uses natural fruit flavor for a captivatingly round taste reminiscent of dark fruits, citrus and spice.

With additions like apples, cranberry, pears and cinnamon, Riunite Sangria becomes perfect for this time of the year and large holiday gatherings. PRICE: About $12.99 for a 750 ml bottle

Twisted Tea Original and Half & Half are refreshing hard iced teas that taste just like real iced tea. Hard tea brewed with real tea leaves, the beverages are uncarbonated and 5% ABV for easy drinking. The product is available nationwide in 12 oz. cans in 6, 12 and 18-packs, 24 oz. single serve cans and 5 and 10-liter Bag N’ Box options.

Price: about $9.99 for a 12-pack


Matrix’s Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask restores hair at the end of summer and any time your hair is yearning for some TLC. The super indulgent pink (no-stain) balm, coats hair with the moisture, nourishment and the 20 beautifying benefits it needs for post-damage restoration. Simply grab one of the perky pink single-use mask packets, tear, apply on wet hair. In 60 seconds, the transformation is miraculous.

The Multi-Tasking Hair Mask takes instant hair health to a whole new level. The mask leads the way, followed by the Multi-Tasking Treatment, which offers 20 benefits including detangling, thermal protection, shine enhancement, color protection, moisture retention, humidity blocking and porosity correction. Working together, the Multi- Tasking Mask and Multi-Tasking Treatment produce the softest, shiniest, silkiest and healthiest hair imaginable. (Matrix.com, $5.00 single use pack, $50.00 pack of ten applications)

The Passport To Beauty Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask is specially formulated with luxurious colloidal gold along with collagen to promote your skin’s natural beauty. The surface of the mask is coated with a gold essence and infusion of Rosa Damascena, a fragrant, pink-flowering plant that yields rose petals that provide the precious rose essential oil, regarded to be more precious than gold. When left on for 20 minutes, this mask melts into your skin leaving it rejuvenated and restored and giving you an instant radiant glow that leaves the skin hydrated and the appearance more youthful.

Voloom is a hair volumizing iron, designed specifically to add huge volume to hair. You’ve never seen your hair look so full and bouncy. Even if you have fine, thin or aging hair, this is a great hair tool for you.

Even if you can’t visit GOLDEN DOOR, a popular Destination Spa in San Diego, California, you can still order an array of beautiful skincare products, made from the natural ingredients. Their latest item: facial oil, which is free of parabens and gives you a more radiant complexion. Best of all, 100% of their  proceeds go to children’s charity.

If you are having trouble sleeping, the SleepScore Max might be a good self-care gift. This sleep tracker measures key sleep stages, time it takes to fall asleep, sleep duration, room temperature and light level, and helps you to identify any sleep issue you may have by giving you a “sleep score.”

Bare Alchemy is a unique serum which boosts your skin with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid to boost cell structure and health for full, younger looking skin, while a powerful clinically proven bouquet of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory extracts work to minimize acne, blackheads, whiteheads and dilated pores for smoother, more radiant skin.

Green line Beauty is selling a 100% Organic Silk Pillowcase—turns out that Anti-aging skincare can starts with your pillowcase! Silk is a natural protein fiber that contributes to skin health by speeding metabolism of skin cells and decreasing aging of the skin. Composed of long, smooth and natural fibers tightly woven together, silk helps decrease skin’s loss of moisture and prevents facial skin from creasing during the night.

Tammy Fender LIMITED EDITION Très Rose Duo | Bath and Body Set– One of the world’s most powerful symbols of beauty, the essence of Pure Rose embodies innumerable healing properties, capturing the highest energetic vibrations in every drop. This luxuriant pairing nourishes skin deeply and supports renewal with all the potency, allure and tender purity of the Rose.
$130 full size  and travel size $63

KOS Paris BEURRE DE MANGUE MANGO BUTTER $64.00 Nourishing and repairing body and hair care. This nourishing nectar is enriched with Shea Butter and lightly scented with Vanilla. When the Mango Butter comes into contact with the skin, it softens into luscious, velvety cream to deeply nourish thirsty skin. The skin is soft, regenerated and visibly plumper.

KOS PARIS has created a special line of 100% natural butters for parched skin. 85% of the ingredients in these products are organically grown.

CEO Emanuela De Falco founder of Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics and multiple other beauty brands, is a young, talented, and ambitious entrepreneur.  She created DLS Cosmetics when she realized there was a scarcity in the market of affordable, high quality cosmetics with multiple shade options. Emanuela asked her father for a $10,000 loan to begin her online brand.  It turned out to be a great investment because her startup company has now turned into a national multimillion dollar brand.

DirtyBird Energy soap bars are infused with caffeine and peppermint oil to energize the body and mind.  Scientific studies show caffeine absorbs through pores and hair follicles, which will energize the body even before your first cup of coffee in the morning.  Caffeine has also been used for years in spas on the skin as an anti-oxidant to reduce the look of aging and cellulite.

They also have relax soap bars, which are infused with lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oils.  Each of these oils absorbs to relax the body and mind as well as soothe the skin. And Recover, the specially formulated bar helps to take on some of the recovery for you, gently exfoliating away dirt, grime and dry skin to allow optimal absorption of its ingredients. Infused with Arnica, Eucalyptus and Rosemary extracts, this trifecta of body treatments aims to encourage faster healing of bumps, bruises and inflammation so that you can rest up and ready yourself for your next day.

FarmHouse Fresh’s holiday soap set is artfully packaged in a Wisconsin-made, Aspen wood box featuring aromatic Milk Soaps shaped like cheese wedges.

Made with goat’s milk or cow’s milk, each soap includes gourmet ingredients such as pistachio, chia, lavender, blueberry, oatmeal, honey… practically good enough to eat! While the individual soaps retail for $14.00 each, the holiday gift set retails for $124.00.

Robin McGraw Revelation created two holiday box sets featuring Robin’s cutting-edge skincare products to protect and repair damage caused by the effects of winter weather. Each box is a perfectly curated, seasonal set designed to infuse thirsty skin with the hydration it needs, increase firmness and elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help to brighten dull skin.

Show Your Inner Light Holiday Box: Turn on your inner light and shine bright this holiday season. This holiday box features Robin’s award-winning Foaming Joy! Purifying Facial Cleanser, an antioxidant foaming gel cleanser that gently and thoroughly remove all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil; Starlight, Face Bright Triple Action Brightening Night Cream, a nourishing night treatment to help reduce the appearance of dark spots for a more supple, radiant complexion; Twinkle Twinkle You’re A Star! Triple Action Brightening Polish, a multi-action polishing scrub featuring a proprietary Triple Action Brightening Complex to refine pores and fade the appearance of dark spots and discoloration; and Robin’s signature Bow Ring, a stunning Swarovski Crystal midi-ring. $159.99 or without The Bow Ring for $69.99.
Merry and Bright Holiday Box:  Gift yourself or loved ones with a younger-looking appearance. This holiday box features Welcome Back YOUth Retinol Serum 0.3%, a unique time-released retinol to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and pores, while Vitamin C helps visibly brighten dull skin; The Eyes Have It Power Peptide Eye Cream, a peptide-enhanced eye cream that increases cellular turnover to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes; Up, Up & Away Firming Neck & Décolleté Cream, a powerful peptide cream that stimulates collagen and supports the skin’s health to improve the contours of the neck, chin, jawline, and décolleté, and Robin’s signature Bow Ring, a stunning Swarovski Crystal midi-ring. $189.99 or without The Bow Ring for $89.99.

Biolage R.A.W. Shampoos, Conditioners, and Stylers—a next-generation collection of natural-origin hair styling formulas. Biolage R.A.W. Styling provides a “naked touch,” with high performance styling results that are seen but not felt. ** All Biolage holiday gift sets retail in salons for $24-$40. They include: Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo: Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo with quinoa husk and honey feeds dry, dull hair for healthy-looking, softer locks.
Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Conditioner: Biolage R.A.W.Nourish Conditioner with coconut oil and kaolin clay, feeds dry, dull hair and intensely conditions for soft, shiny touchable strands.
Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk: Infused with honey and oat, this smoothing styling milk eases the grip of blow dry while enhancing hair with nourished style. For polished locks and smooth hair.

Biolage R.A.W. Recover Set: Recover your stressed, damaged hair with Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo and Conditioner plus a travel size Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray.
Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo: Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo with yucca & goji berry, helps restore shine to stressed, sensitized hair & leaves it feeling replenished.
Biolage R.A.W. Recover Conditioner: Biolage R.A.W. Recover Conditioner with Coriander Oil & Kaolin Clay helps restore stressed, sensitized hair for improved strength, shine and bounce.
Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray: Infused with lavender, this frizz control styling spray helps to smooth down flyaways with light shaping for a natural sheen and controlled finish.


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