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Holiday Beauty Gift Guide Part 2: $100 and Under

11 Dec

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Beauty Bar Sample Society Gift Membership  3 Months for $45.00/ 6 months for $90.00  Join the SOCIETY and give a gift that keeps on giving with Deluxe-size samples from luxury brands (such as DDF and Oscar de la Renta) delivered to your door every month, $15 a month. Plus your giftee also gets a $15 gift code each month if they include any product from the brands sampled. This is the ultimate for a beauty junkie!

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Kiehl’s ‘Kenny Scharf Creme de Corps’ Limited Edition Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter $38.00 This is a doubly meaningful gift as it’s a gift that gives back, 100% of net profits up to $200,000 from worldwide sales of the Limited Edition Creme de Corps will support children’s charities around the world. And, whipped body butter is the perfect name for this luxe nourishing creme which has a rich clean scent. A classic gift of an item that has been a classic in Kiehl’s collection for over 4 decades.

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Chloé Rollerball Trio $55.00 I personally use 2 of these 3 fragrances and adore them, they have a beautiful kind essence. Each rollerball is 0.2 oz, is easy to pack, or great to throw in your bag as an on the go lady-like touch up scent.

From the Sephora website: Chloé Eau de Parfum captures the spirit of women—not about one singular woman, but rather about the rich and varied personalities of all Chloé women. Love, Chloé is a celebration of radiant, generous, and spontaneous femininity. Its fine, powdery scent is contagious, a beauty that is free and graceful.
L’Eau de Chloé is elegance injected with a modern twist. It’s an utterly innate sense of chic with the fresh feeling of springtime pastels, light dresses, and rose petals.


Screen shot 2012-12-10 at 6.30.00 PMJosie Maran Moroccan Scented Oil Trio $80.00 ($105 value) plus free shipping from Sephora
An all natural trio of luxuriously rich oils created with Josie Maran’s signature Argan Oil, an organic ingredient known to help prevent dehydration, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and sebum production. Argan oil is produced from the argan tree in the semi deserts of Morocco and is the natural answer to maintaining healthy, youthful, radiant skin and hair. Additionally, these oils feature an exclusive blend of nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids to infuse the skin with enriched hydration and encourage a healthy elasticity. Massage them into your skin for a calming effect or pour them into the bath for an aroma therapeutic experience, my favorite.

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Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful: Beauty Stories to Inspire Confidence $29.95 Inspire beauty from the inside out, our motto at Glow + Tell. All the product in the world won’t make up for a bad attitude or a nasty spirit. So get in the right spirit as this book is a new kind of makeup manual that starts with who you are, rather than how you look. From the Bobbi Brown site “In this book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthfulskin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type. Brimming with personal and inspiring beauty stories from Blythe Danner, Alexa Ray Joel, Gabourey Sidibe and many others.” Bobbi Brown also has another beauty book manual classic called Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual $32.00 if you are looked for tried and true ‘how to’!

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser $75.00 This reed diffuser is a perfect gift for the Holiday season. Pine & Eucalyptus is the scent of Christmas morning and this collection is the ultimate way to have a lush lingering reminder of the warmth we surround ourselves with during the Holidays. It’s also a great gift for a friend who has everything because let’s face it who doesn’t love beautiful things that make your space smell beautiful… can you really get enough of them?

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Delight Your Senses and Set the Mood!

31 Oct

One thing you can always count on that can alter a room is a beautiful candle with a lovely wafting scent. Not only are candles the most impactful way of effecting the look of a room, they add charm and can effect your mood via sense of smell and a glowing warmth. I have always had a huge affinity for candles and even remember back to my college days at Parsons School of Design when I would save up to buy a candle I’d been coveting. I say ‘save’ up because even early on I could see the difference between a good candle and a bad candle, from the wick, to type of wax, container, and to the way it burns.

A good candle starts with a clean wax, this could be wax of any kind but I prefer a soy, beeswax, or a vegetable wax, a good wick (no lead), and a heat proof container. Add a high quality essential oil fragrance that is pure and undiluted. However, if the parts are not of equal quality you will still get a sub par result.  If you take the best wick, and the best oils, and then blend them in a cheap, dirty wax, your candle will still smoke and not honor the integrity of the fragrance in the oils.  But, if you blend a pure essential oil, a clean wax, and a lead-free wick that is sized for the oil, wax, and container, you will have a beautiful candle that burns slow, completely, evenly, and throws a soft fragrance throughout the room while you bask in the flattering glow!

Here are few of my favorite all-time luxury candle picks. Soon to come my more budget friendly top picks!

The classic Dyptique Baies scent in a black colored glass container with a scent that recalls a bouquet of roses and deep blackcurrant leaves, one of my all time go to candles for home or as a special gift for those that appreciate true luxury.
Size: 300g (10.2 oz) Price: $90.00 Or available as a Standard candle $60.00Mini $28.00

Delirium Suede & Smoke candle is a slightly cheaper candle that always gets comments when people walk in the room. The smell is super sexy without being cheesy. Per the Delirium site it is a “smoldering vaporous mingling of tobacco leaves, moss, papaya, lapsangsouchong dark tea and green manda. Reminiscent of sitting in a worn leather chair next to a burning fireplace. Encased in a midnight blue vessel w/ silver embossed snuff lid.” I don’t like flowery candles so both this candle and the Dyptique candle have a rich musky smell.  Size: 7.9 oz Price: $38.00

Marianne Guedin Figue Fraiche (Fresh Fig) candles are manufactured in France with perfumes from Grasse. The fresh fig scent is “like an open oven that lets the roasted odor of warm fig escape into the air”. Each candle comes in a beautiful recycled glass container but most importantly are made from almost 100% of the SAFEST wax you can buy, BEESWAX.  Size: 6.7 oz Price: $64.00

How to get Zen while Working: Florame USB Oil Diffuser

18 Oct

Somewhere in the spectrum of the stress or joys of work there is always room for a little aromatherapy relief. I’m a believer that scent and aromatherapy stimulates positive and calming energy. Although essential oils used in aromatherapy are not regulated by the FDA there are studies which show benefits such as relief for anxiety and depression as well as an improvement in quality of life, particularly those with chronic health conditions.

Which brings us to the uber-benefits of sitting at your computer, a tech savvy working gal, and plugging in a USB scent diffuser into your computer drive to align with your actual ambitious work drive. I was totally intrigued when I found the Florame USB Oil Diffuser at detoxmarket and set it straight to work.  How it works: Pick from fragrances like bergamot, verbena, peppermint, or lavender, fill the miniature bottle included in the package with your oil of choice, insert it into the specially designed USB portal, plug it into your computer, and let the air purification begin. If the scent feels too strong there are three different settings to regulate dispersal. I selected the yogi scent which is a blend of organic essential oils that induce harmony and peace. I found it initially a bit strong but I adjusted the dispersal and was fine. Now just because it plugs into your USB it doesn’t mean the device stores data like an actual flash drive, at least not yet! Florame oils are made in Provence, France and are also 100% organic.

Essential oils used in aromatherapy are typically extracted from various parts of plants and then distilled. These highly concentrated oils can then be inhaled directly, or diffused or applied to the skin through massage, lotions or bath salts. The way aromatherapy is thought to work is by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. This limbic system when stimulated releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other ‘feel-good’ chemicals.

Here are some of the top essential oils used and their purposes:

  1. Chamomile – Known for the popular herbal drink, chamomile is said to be useful for tension and anxiety, as well as improving sleep problems. It can also be used to soothe stress-related skin conditions.
  2. Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is sometimes known as the natural antiseptic – useful for coughs, colds, aches and pains. It has a woody, camphorous scent.
  3. Geranium – The floral, earthy scent of geranium is said to be helpful for stimulating the nervous system as well as various skin conditions.
  4. Lavender – A well-known scent, the soothing qualities of Lavender can be used to combat anxiety and stress. It’s also said to be useful for burns or skin conditions.
  5. Peppermint – Peppermint tea has been oft recommended for digestive problems, and the refreshing scent can also be used to combat nasal congestion which arises from colds.
  6. Lemon – The sharp, tangy scent of lemon can help stimulate the nervous system and it is also said to be useful for the circulatory system.
  7. Tea tree – Another natural antiseptic, the fresh scent of tea tree oil can help with lung congestion as well as warding off bugs and insects.
  8. Rosemary – The well-known herb can produce an essential oil which can help with muscle aches and fatigue.
  9. Ylang Ylang – This oil has been known as a natural antidepressant, soothing anxieties and reducing muscle tension.
  10. Sandalwood – The rich, sweet fragrance of Sandalwood is used mainly for skin complaints.

USB Diffuser $24.00

Essential Oils Starting at $8.50

Available at: the detox market

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