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.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2007 list. Though Oprah made some fine choices, I have one recommendation for the media mogul.
If I had a list, I’d call it ‘The D-List’ (original, I know) – and everything on it would be from Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting line of products. I’ve been using the Buttercream Frosting Exfoliating Body Polish, Shower Crème, and Hand Crème for a couple of weeks, and my enthusiasm has not waned. In fact, my fondness grows stronger every day. Not only do the Buttercream Frosting products pamper my parched skin, they smell like heaven – a sweet tooth’s version of heaven, anyway.
Like vanilla frosting with a hint of fresh strawberries, Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting products smell so much like the real thing, I have to remind myself that they’re not edibile. I can only hope that Jaqua is developing hair care, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, and contact lens solution…so that every square inch of me can smell saccharinely sweet.
Spoiled Pretty tip: while you’re on the Jaqua website, sign up to become a Jaqua VIP (no purchase necessary, and it’s free). Be the first to find out about new Jaqua products, special discounts and best of all, freebie offers only available to Jaqua VIP members.
Christina Aguilera is no longer keeping her pregnancy on the DL. At recent events, the songstress has been proudly showing off her growing baby bump. Too bad she’s still keeping that maternity glow hidden under layers of theatrical makeup. Although Aguilera has made (baby) steps in the right direction by trading red lips for pretty pink ones, she has a ways to go. Is it wishful thinking that the onetime dirrty girl will fully come clean?
On the other end of the spectrum is Keri Russell, who is looking resplendent on the cover (and inside the pages) of Lucky Magazine’s November issue. 2007 was a good year for the actress – as she married her longtime love, gave birth to son River, and became the new face of Cover Girl. “I don’t spend a lot of time on my makeup, but throwing on black mascara and nude lipstick is enough to make me feel glamorous,” she says. Her low-maintenance makeup includes Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black and Tru Shine Lipcolor in Blushberry Shine – both by Cover Girl.
Molton Brown’s Shining Starbloom Haircondition & Detangle is a lightweight leave-in conditioner that brings vitality to lifeless hair, providing superior detangling. After washing and conditioning my hair, all I need is a few mists; it hydrates my dry stands, and my wide-toothed comb glides through like butta.
Shining star for you to see…what your hair can truly be!
Want an airbrushed makeup look, without the complicated airbrush part? Try Beautyblender, the ultimate makeup sponge applicator. Invented by Hollywood makeup artists, this sponge leaves you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion. Applying makeup with fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges can waste makeup and can leave visible streaks.
Beautyblender’s egg shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation/concealer/cream blush actually ends up on your face (rather than absorbed by the sponge). And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.
Beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes a great holiday gift! Available online or at a retailer near you.
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.
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.
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.
Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Moisturising Body Milk has an exceptionally light, powdery texture that goes on matte, and keeps you fresh and soft, all day.
The Pumpkin Classic Candle from Paddywax shows its bounty with scents of fresh carrot, spicy pumpkin and vanilla bean.
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.
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.