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For Holiday 2007, Walt Disney has partnered with Gianna Rose Atelier to produce triple-milled soap sets inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
“We went into Disney’s vaults and drew upon the inspiration of Walt Disney’s iconography to transform the characters, images and themes into couture soaps,” said Blair Buckley, Vice President of Product development at Gianna Rose Atelier.
Alice’s Treasures includes three soaps in the shape of a heart, a key, and a pocket watch – all packaged in a baroque style collector’s box, embellished with a key charm and story hand tag.
Alice’s English Garden is comprised of hand soap petals, “plucked” from the garden – infused with a blend of Gardenia and White Rose – and placed in an antique-style apothecary jar.
The Red Queen’s Court features four playing card-shaped soaps, embossed with silhouettes of Alice, the White Rabbit, the royal crest of the Queen and the key to Wonderland. All rest on a beautiful porcelain dish, and are boxed in Disney-inspired collectible style.
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.
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
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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!
Here is what’s happening, for the holidays, at Ursula’s About PHace Makeup Studio…
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).
Design 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
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