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Don’t Be Tempted

 Dont Be Tempted
At a company holiday party last week, the conversation turned to beauty products – as it usually does when I’m around. Two coworkers told me the same harrowing story – okay, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic, but it wasn’t a good story.

Both women recently paid a visit to their local Bath & Body Works and were tempted into purchasing items from the Holiday Temptations line (not a surprise, given the yummy packaging). After taking the products home and using them, they were taken aback by the stains left on their tubs and towels.

We never got around to discussing how well the products work, but let’s be real – a shower gel had better get me squeaky clean (and wash away my cellulite) if it’s going to stain my shower.

Give The Gift Of Jaqua And Save 30%

jaquagift Give The Gift Of Jaqua And Save 30%
To make it fun and easy for you to give the gift of Jaqua this holiday season, take 30% off these top six gifts:

1) Our Favorite Body Butters set – Our most popular gift, this precious set contains 2-oz sizes of Buttercream Frosting Shea Butter, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne Shea Butter. $24.00

2) Lip Gloss Rings – For the glamour girl (or woman) on your list, all ages love these adorable rings in Peach Parfait, Pink Buttercream Frosting. Pina Colada, Mint Chocolate and Pink Champagne. Sweet, shimmery and stylish and for just $8.00 each you can give more than one!

3) Cocoa Buttercream Frosting Guilt-Free Body Treats – Put a smile on their face with this enticing kit which includes a Shower Crème, Hand Crème and Body Butter, perfect for layering! $30.

4) Pink Palace Shower Crème Trio – Beautiful inside and out, this trio of Pink Buttercream Frosting, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne Shower Crèmes is sure to make everyone happy. A big gift for a small price of $24.00

5) Sinfully Rich Body Butters – already ‘wrapped’ with a brown bow and ready to give. Choose from Pink Champagne, Buttercream Frosting, Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Pina Colada or Pink Potion. Or give a deluxe gift of all five! $22 each.

6) 2- oz. Hand Crèmes - Perfect as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers! Everyone loves our Pink Buttercream Frosting, Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Pina Colada, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne hand crèmes, loaded with good-for-your skin ingredients like Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Vitamins A & E. $8 each.

For international shipping, please order from Beauty Bridge (30% discount does not apply on Beauty Bridge orders).

Promo Code: TOPGIFT7B, expires 12/21/2007

Promotion Code use: (1) Add any of the top seven gifts to your Shopping Cart (2) Enter the promotion code TOPGIFT7B below the contents of your shopping cart. (3) Click the “Go” button, next to the promotion code. (4) Confirm your 30% discount has been applied. (5) Check-out.

Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide

gift Spoiled Prettys Holiday Gift Guide
I know that many of you have started (and finished) your holiday shopping by now. So I apologize for the delay of this post. However, if you’re a procrastinator like me – you figure that there’s thirteen perfectly good days left to pick up what hasn’t already been snatched off the shelves. So, to the slackers of the world (you know who you are)…this one’s for you.

This is Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide, ’07 edition.

Fragrance is a very personal thing. Unless you know the recipient’s favorite scent (or he/she has requested something specific), fragrance can be a tricky gift. Even if you know the “notes” that the person likes, perfumes and colognes react to differently on everyone…so it could be a real hit, or a big miss. Instead, try The Sephora Scent Sampler; it includes samples of popular fragrances, plus a gift voucher of equal value that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples included. Available for her (includes 10 samples) and for him (includes 8 samples).

Makeup, again, is a very personal thing. I typically don’t recommend buying cosmetics unless you really know the recipient. But even then…I mean, would you want someone just buying you some random makeup? I didn’t think so. Me neither. But if you insist on doing so, opt for a palette. Around the holidays, makeup companies flood the market with kits and gift sets in a plethora of price ranges. So it shouldn’t be hard finding one. The key, though, is to find one that includes products and colors that are universally flattering. You really can’t go wrong with Sephora’s Supermodel Kit, a glamourous gift set filled with products worn by top models at Fashion Week Live. The set includes Stila Lip Glaze, Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Smashbox O-GLOW, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and Sephora Blush Me! – all in a chic black sequined Sephora clutch. Or you could buy a lip gloss set. I love Stila’s Gift of Glaze set because it includes two limited-edition shades (nutmeg spice, candy cane) and favorites grapefruit, apricot, vanilla, and brown sugar. What woman would balk at that? You’d be hard pressed to find one.

Now onto bath & body products…there are so many pre-assembled gift sets out there right now – and while it’s a very sensible gift, some are just so generic and cheesy (especially those that come in a ceramic sleigh or awful wicker concoction). So look for sets with unique, pretty packaging. I absolutely adore the Sugar Tart Gift Set from Fresh; this festive set includes Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum, Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel, and Sugar Lemon Body Lotion in an elegant red, gold, and silver box. It’s a Sephora exclusive and it’s already sold out online – so visit your local store and hope you get lucky.

Finally, there’s gift cards. They’re practical and all, but c’mon…nothing says “I don’t really know you” or “I didn’t give this munch thought” quite like a gift card. All it takes is an extra step or two to show the recipient you truly care. Try a gift card to a nail salon, along with L’Occitane’s Lavender Hand Cream and a bottle of Pink Quartz Nail Shimmer from Bobbi Brown. Or slip a gift card into a chic cosmetic clutch, like this festive one from Stephanie Johnson.

These simple suggestions should help you find the gift guaranteed to spoil someone (or yourself) pretty. Happy shopping!

The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHace

 The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHace
Here is what’s happening, for the holidays, at Ursula’s About PHace Makeup Studio

Designer Brows!
Dramatically defined brows frame the PHace, add expression and highlight eyes. Be among the first 12 people to reserve your appointment for a Holiday Makeover, at Ursula’s About PHace Make-up Studio from December 10–22, 2007 and receive a Professional Brow Sculpting service as your gift! ($45.00 value).

Copy+of+ursula3 The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHaceDesign Your Own Palette!
A collage of style –About PHace limited-edition, luxurious titanium palettes are the best of the season. Design your own palette by selecting the shades you prefer, from Ursula’s Professional color collection of vitamin and mineral cosmetics. Introducing six new must-have shades!

3 Well Magnetic Palette (unfilled) w/ mirror and double-ended shadow brush. $30.
6 Well Magnetic Palette (unfilled) w/ mirror and removable inserts. $45.
*Limited quantity available.

Complimentary gift wrapping with product purchases of $75.00 or more.

New Year’s 2008!
Ursula’s About PHace is the beauty destination as you prepare to ring in 2008! The Red Carpet and Pink Champagne have arrived, don’t miss out on the fun! Reserve your “PHace ’08” makeover today!

Ursula’s About PHace Rittenhouse Studio
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia,PA 19103
267.546.6617

Silver Belles

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Want to show your holiday spirit without resorting to candy cane earrings or snowflake sweaters? Why not paint your nails in platinum? Here are a few Spoiled Pretty favorites from Essie – no matter your skin color, they have the perfect shade for you to nail this festive look.

essie steelingthescene Silver Belles
Steel-ing The Scene: burnished pewter, with subtle gold reflections

essie silverbulions Silver Belles
Silver Bullions: silver and luminescent

essie loophole Silver Belles
Loophole: satiny chrome

Smells Just Like It Should

yankeecandle Smells Just Like It Should
Sometimes the easiest way to spoil yourself is to light a fragrant candle. My favorites are from Yankee Candle, the largest U.S. manufacturer of scented candles. Renowned for its true-to-life scents, the candle-making giant offers a wide assortment of fragrances and colors; so it’s a breeze to find a candle to match your décor and disposition.

My everyday favorites include Vanilla Lime and Lemon Lavender. For a festive fragrance, it doesn’t get any better than Christmas Wreath – it’s perfect for getting into the ho-ho-holiday spirit!

For $10 off your next purchase of $25 or more, click here. To request a scratch-and-sniff catalogue, follow this link.

Cornucopia of Cosmetics

Greetings from Spokane, Washington – where I am celebrating my first Thanksgiving away from home, with my hubby and in-laws. Thanksgiving is the ultimate celebration of family, friends, and food…and as a bonus, you get a day off from work, football is on TV three days early, and overindulgence is encouraged! Doesn’t it seem unfair that it only lasts one day?

The following products simulate the scents of the season, and will have you giving thanks well into the new year.

lg cranberry heatableBooties hol07 Cornucopia of Cosmetics
Indulge your feet and your senses with The Body Shop’s Cranberry Heatable Booties. To use, simply remove the cranberry-scented sachet and heat in the microwave for one minute.

philosophy Cornucopia of Cosmetics
Treat your lips to Philosophy’s Kiss Me Lip Trio. There’s a flavor for every kiss—Melting Chocolate Lip Shine for a decadent kiss, Cinnamon Buns Lip Shine for a sugary, sweet kiss, and Cranberry Lip Shine for a red, juicy kiss. Spread holiday cheer with these luscious high-gloss Lip Shines. Only at Sephora.

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Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Moisturising Body Milk has an exceptionally light, powdery texture that goes on matte, and keeps you fresh and soft, all day.

pumpkin candle Cornucopia of Cosmetics
The Pumpkin Classic Candle from Paddywax shows its bounty with scents of fresh carrot, spicy pumpkin and vanilla bean.

Ever Had That Not So Fresh Feeling?

If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing Fresh‘s luxury line of cosmetics, toiletries, and home goods – well, what are you waiting for? With the holiday season upon us, there’s no better time to take that wonderous journey. While you’re out and about, picking up a little something for everyone on your list – make sure to give yourself the gift of Fresh.

sugaracai Ever Had That Not So Fresh Feeling?A recent addition to Fresh’s skin care selection is the Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream, an innovative moisturizer proven to improve firmness, tone, and smoothness after just 4 weeks. The formula taps into the skin-restoring properties of açaí, an antioxidant-rich “super berry” found deep in the Amazon rainforest. This cream not only is extremely hydrating, but also improves the overall appearance of the body. The addictive scent of bergamot, caramel, and exotic açaí fruit laced with undertones of white and green tea make Sugar Açaí Age-Delay Body Cream a true daily indulgence!

For any purchase made before December 4: simply enter HAPPY HOLIDAYS as your coupon code at checkout.

*Receive a complimentary travel-size Sugar Blossom Hand Treatment with a purchase of $125 or more.

*Receive a complimentary Fragrance Quartet ($75 value) with a purchase of $250 or more.

*Enjoy a complimentary Sugar Eau de Parfum sample with every purchase.

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2007

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Yesterday, America watched as Oprah unveiled her Favorite Things of 2007 list on an unsuspecting audience in Macon, Georgia. Three hundred golden ticket holders left the convention center pushing shopping carts filled with the (now) most coveted products in the country.

This year, Oprah took her show on the road because Macon consistently has the nation’s highest percentage of viewers tuned into her talk show. Filming the “Favorite Things” episode in Macon was a thank-you to the fans, she explained. Audience members left the local convention hall pushing shopping carts toppled with loot – including camcorders, apparel, refrigerators with an LCD TV built into the door – and, of course, beauty products!

When the ‘Queen of All Media’ wants to spoil herself pretty, she reaches for…

lafco Oprahs Favorite Things 2007

Claus Porto Soaps From Lafco New York
These all-natural, bath-sized bars distributed by Lafco New York are a labor of love. They have been created by the Claus Porto’s family-run factory in Portugal for the past 117 years. Each bar starts with top quality 100% vegetable soap base and pure, skin softening shea butter. Next, the finest fragrances from the South of France are mixed in so that the scent lasts until the very end of the bar. All of these ingredients are then milled seven times in the traditional European way for a hard, dense soap that has an ultra luxurious and creamy lather.

The jumbo-sized soaps appeal to the senses with beautiful wrappers and 17 magnificent scents, from honeysuckle to grapefruit fig. “They make great hostess gifts,” Oprah says.

Cost: $42 (set of 3)
lafcony.com

kai Oprahs Favorite Things 2007
Kai Body Butter and Body Buffer

“Bathing is an art form and nobody enjoys it more than I do,” Oprah says. Kai customized their signature scent into a moisturizing body butter in a tub just for Oprah. Kai body lotion contains safflower seed oil, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and cucumber a silky whipped soufflé with a moisturizing shea butter base blended with safflower seed oil, vitamins A, C, and E, aloe leaf extract, chamomile flower extract, cucumber fruit extract, apricot kernel oil, and the original kai perfume oil. “It’s clean and fresh,” she says.

She also loves the Body Buffer by Kai, a hypo-allergenic loofah infused with a light blend of exotic perfumes and natural essences to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the skin. Just wet and squeeze to release foaming bubbles that smell like an exotic garden.

Cost: Body Buffer $28; Body Butter $55
kaifragrance.com
Also available at embraceyourstyle.com and eluxury.com

clarisonic Oprahs Favorite Things 2007
Clarisonic Skin Care System

Developed by the people who created the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Skin Care System helps remove six times more makeup than soap and water alone. The bristles vibrate 300 times per second and massage your face to squeaky clean perfection. The Clarisonic system cleanses so well that products absorb better; reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes; visibly shrinks pores; minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and leaves skin feeling and looking younger and smoother. “It’s a miracle massage for your face,” Oprah says.

Cost: $195 (includes Cordless Clarisonic, charging cradle, two brush heads, and 2 oz. trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser)
clarisonic.com

Grooming Guru To Visit DC

 Grooming Guru To Visit DCTony Sosnick, the grooming guru behind Anthony Logistics for Men, is coming to Washington, DC on Friday, November 16th to share his shaving expertise and give skin consultations at the Blue Mercury store in Dupont Circle. Although marketed to men, these products are just as effective on those of us with two X chromosomes.

There will be a cocktail party from 3-7pm where you can meet Tony and learn all about:

Grooming Gifts for the Holidays – With holiday season approaching, subtle ways the ladies can be a positive influence without offending.

How to Winter-ize Your Skin Routine – Tips on switching over everything from your moisturizer and general routine from the hot humidity of summer to the cold and dry days of winter.

5 Steps to the Perfect Shave – From the temperature of the water to the direction of your blade, what every guy needs to know.

Shaving Tips for Girls, from a Grooming Guru – Just because shorts and miniskirts have gone into hibernation doesn’t mean your razor should follow suit; Tony will share his expertise on the steps to get a super smooth shave.

The Dupont Circle Blue Mercury store is located at 1619 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more information about this event, call 202.462.1300.

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