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Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 6

John Varvatos For Women

I don’t typically get excited about warm weather fragrances. Smelling like the beach, fruit cocktail or a bouquet of wildflowers just isn’t me. So when I took a whiff of John Varvatos’ long-anticipated fragrance for women, I was pleasantly surprised. And after a few spritzes, I was hooked.

Varvatos drew his inspiration from the kind of woman who intrigues him…

She’s an uptown sophisticate and a downtown bohemian, but she is far from being all things to all people – she is ever herself. She loves socializing in the comfort o home, going out with friends to understated gallery openings, films, concerts and reading. She mixes high and low effortlessly – shopping at flea markets, vintage stores, jewelry auctions, and the hippest boutiques to create her confident, individual and uniquely chic style. This style extends beyond her wardrobe and is ever present in her home and her surroundings. She is a natural beauty with a quiet intensity born of intelligence and accomplishment. Unmistakably sexy, she exudes a soft sensuality that is universally appealing.

Notes include: Aromatic Grappa, Georgian apricot, Damascus plum, and golden mandarin (top); rubrum lilies, Indian mango blossom, Egyptian jasmine, and Turkish rose attar (middle); oak moss, patchouli, tonka beans, and wild honey (base).

The feminine, sophisticated scent is available in several incarnations. The Parfum ($125) and Eau de Parfum ($70-92) are packaged in forms reminiscent of Italian grappa bottles. The Moisturizing Body Milk ($50) won’t hydrate parched skin, but will leave behind a delicate scent that’s wonderfully warm on its own, and perfect for layering.

My favorite of the collection is the Cleansing Body Oil with Natural Exfoliating Grains ($58). The body cleanser is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E and jojoba oil to help nourish skin; and when you want to turn your shower into a spa, mix in some of the crushed granules to slough away dead skin.

John Varvatos is now available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Clinique Gets Even Better

New from Clinique is a skin care product that promises to create brightness and clarity for all ethnicities.

Even Better Skin Tone Corrector is a lightweight serum that creates a notably more even complexion by helping to undo the visible evidence of sun damage, dark patches, skin stresses, age spots, even the darkening that follows acne scarring. It supposedly even helps to prevent new dark spots from forming.

Developed specifically to address all skin tones, it can be used anywhere on the face, hands, and chest – and results can be seen in 4 to 6 weeks.

Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, and Neiman Marcus.

Pumice’s Other Purpose

We all know that a pumice stone is great for exfoliating feet and making them soft and smooth. But did you know that this beauty tool also does the same for your sweaters? Just gently rub the stone on your knits to remove pills.

I tried it this morning, and was pleasantly surprised. In less than five minutes, my favorite J. Crew cashmere sweater went from looking nubby to brand-new.

This one from Revlon is under $4 and is available at most drugstores.

Let me know how this home remedy works out for you.

Don’t Forget About Your Feet

Just because your feet have been incased in Uggs this winter doesn’t mean that you should neglect them. Spring will be here sooner than you think – so it’s time you paid your tootsies some attention…and Jaqua has the perfect sweet treats for you feet.

Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting Body Polish and Buttercream Frosting Fabulous Foot Crème are just what you need to put your best foot forward.

Step 1: Fill a warm basin of water and soak feet. Scrub each foot with a generous amount of the exfoliating Pink Buttercream Frosting Body Polish and soak them some more. This fine-grained natural sugar scrub is made with fruit extracts, kukui, macadamia, sesame and sweet almond oils to hydrate your skin, while removing the dead stuff!

Step 2: Dry off feet and apply our New Buttercream Frosting Fabulous Foot Crème to your feet. Your skin will love this luscious treat for tired feet, formulated with fruit extracts, beeswax and almond oil.

Step 3: Take 30% off when you buy the Buttercream Frosting Fabulous Foot Crème and Pink Buttercream Frosting Body Polish.

Promo Code: FEET4U
Offer expires: 2/20/08

Spoiled Pretty On A Deserted Island

If you ever anticipate being shipwrecked on a deserted island, make sure to pack Maiden Beauty’s Perfect Pout Lip Scrub. This brown sugar exfoliant buffs and refines your lips…and it’s 100% edible!

The scrub comes with your choice of Tasty Tint Lip Balm, a glossy moisturizer featuring a hint of color and a kiss of brown sugar flavor. Balm choices include Pretty (light pink), Smart (sheer caramel) and Lady (cherry red).

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