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This blog post is written in collaboration with Neutrogena & Latina Bloggers Connect. Though I have been compensated to write this post, all opinions herein are my own.

My face is incredibly sensitive. Sadly, it always has been. As a young teen, I struggled with acne and now as a man leaving my teenage years behind I get painful, razor bumps when shaving too often. It also probably doesn’t help that I use generic soaps and lotions to wash and care for my face…

So, when I was given the opportunity to partner with Neutrogena I jumped at the chance. My friends have always spoken highly of their products and have pushed me to spend the extra few bucks to get a face wash, lotion and shave cream that was not only made for sensitive skin but maintained a great smell upon application. Now, I understand why their recommendations were always so strong and why America has made Neutrogena the #1 skin-care line for men!

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Neutrogena sent me a bottle of Invigorating Face Wash which is clinically proven to improve skin’s healthy look while not over-drying; the gel cleanser also has a really great cooling lather. Additionally, I received not one, but two, products from the Razor Defense Line: The Shave gel and Daily Face Scrub. The Shave Gel protects the face from both cuts and razor bumps and The Daily Face Scrub actually builds your skin’s resistance to razor irritation! Finally I received the Triple Protect Face Lotion which has SPF 20 sunscreen. As I am going abroad in the next few months, having a lotion that protects my face from my own silly mistakes and the sun’s harmful effects is a must!

These neutrogena products have really made me reevaluate the way I care for myself. As a man, I find that there is not enough stress placed on how important our face actually is (not just for attracting people) but for overall health. It may seem silly but caring for my face in this way and watching my skin really light up has encouraged me to care for my body more completely and I know it will only get better from here!

 

I am by no means a fashion expert but I do have a very keen sense of style. I like feeling nice, I like looking nice. I steer clear of mass trends and clear my own fashion paths. I have found that works best when you want to make a statement and turn heads… because you are doing your own thing and look just as good (if not better) than those following the trends that disappear just as fast as they appeared.

East Dane has helped me to cultivate my look, allowing my closet a versatility that is unmatched. The last time I purchased from their site I actually brought a whole outfit: shirt, pants and shoes! Their merchandise is slowly taking up my closet and I’m not mad about that at all ;)

Now, don’t fret, I’m not here simply gloating! East Dane has graciously offered to giveaway three (3) gift cards to three different readers, one worth $100 and two others for $50!

All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below and comment what your favorite item off of the catalogue! Don’t forget to check out the 50% Off Men’s section!

These are two pieces that I’ve had my eye on:

In Men’s Latest:

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In Men’s Sneakers:

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In Men’s Accessories:

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Now it’s your turn! Let me know what your favorite piece is and you could win a $100 or $50 gift card to East Dane.

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This giveaway ends June 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST and is open to US residents over the age of 18. Remember, a purchase does not improve your chances of winning!

Disclosure: East Dane is sponsoring this giveaway and is providing a gift card to me (the author). All opinions expressed herein are mine and not influenced by this sponsorship.

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#16: Speak at a conference.

Two weekends ago I spent a few days in Baltimore, for The Digital Family Summit; a one of its kind conference geared towards the digital content-creating youth of our age.

It was an intimate gathering with a host of interactive activities. I found myself walking around the event space in awe. Keynote speakers, panelists and even event photographers were all kids. We were given a space to collaborate, and share our honest thoughts and that was so very much appreciated… especially because it doesn’t happen often. Thank you Adam and Stephanie!

My panel, Kid Bloggers: Four Teens & Tweens Doing it Well, was definitely a success. My panelists: Victoria, Lauren, and Emily; along with our moderator Isabel facilitated and contributed to a great conversation. Questions ranged from how we initially got started, to whether or not we had a 10-15 year plan for our social media presences. They weren’t easy questions, but they were worth the effort.

For those that weren’t in attendance, you can check out my pre-speaking interview on the Digital Family Summit. I give insight on what the youth should be thinking about in terms of their digital footprint, and the reason that I started blogging!

On top of all my fun at the conference, I was also able to get some great shots for my upcoming photo project!

This has definitely been a weekend to remember.