By, Sharon Curtis
NARS (our favorite makeup line on the planet) has some super cool gifts this holiday season with a great price tag to match.
Some of our favorite gifts (although they have LOTS to choose from) are:
Holiday Eye Palette: feaures six favorite NARS eye colors ( Bohemian Gold, Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, Night Flight, Ondine & Surabaya). This stunning palette is a limited edition with a small production run. $50
3 Piece Duo-Lipgloss Set: features three dual-ended lip glosses in the MOST popular shades (Boogie Nights/Giza, Rose Birman/Chihuahua and Harlow/Sweet Dreams). All in a pretty gift box with NARS ribbon. $48
Safer Multiple Orgasm Set: Features NARS famous ‘Orgasm’ Multiple stick + never seen before NARS brand condoms. Who couldn’t use a multiple orgasm? A portion of sales goes to AIDS research. $38
To check out these and other beautiful NARS gift sets (they even offer gift wrapping) go to www.narscosmetics.com.
Fragrances of the World is considered to be the ultimate fragrance bible. As the world’s most comprehensive customer selection guide, the annual Fragrances of the World listings provide a unique overview of international fragrance activity.
The 2008 edition includes 815 new fragrances, sorts by family of 5700 selective, niche, masstige, mass, direct retail, limited edition and travel retail fragrances.
Leading retailers such as Sephora and Nordstrom rely on this fragrance bible to help find the right fragrances for customers and suggest perfect alternatives when requested fragrances are not in stock.
It comes with a hefty pricetag of $170 but it’s such an incredible resource and beautiful to look at.
Julianne and I were lucky enough to be invited to the grand opening of the new Philosophy store on Montana Avenue, in beautiful Santa Monica, California. The store is awesome and carries some products that you won’t find anywhere else. During our visit we got to see, smell, and feel all the amazing holiday gifts they had to offer.
Philosophy products have always been some of my favorite gifts to give; their stuff is great quality, adorable, fun and affordable. They seem to put so much care into the fun sets they come up with.
I’m going to share some of my favorite sets with you:
Set #1- The Holiday Cookbook $35
The Holiday Cookbook includes: 6 (2 oz.) recipe inspired shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths. Prepare to swoon to the scents of Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Buns, Spicy Pear Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Muffin, Gingerbread and Double Rich Hot Cocoa.
Set #2- Amazing Grace Ultimate Fragrance Gift Set $95
The Amazing Grace Ultimate Fragrance Gift Set includes: Amazing Grace scented shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath (16 oz.), Amazing Grace scented Buffing Wash (16 oz.), Amazing Grace scented Firming Body Emulsion (16 oz.), Amazing Grace scented Body Butter (5 oz.), Amazing Grace Spray (4 oz.) and Amazing Grace scented Hand Cream (1 oz.) all in a nifty gift box.
Set #3- Little Black Bag Travel Kit $35
The Little Black Bag Travel Kit includes: 2 empty Philosophy jars for filling, Purity Made Simple facial cleanser (2 oz.), Amazing Grace scented shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (2 oz.), Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion (5 oz.), Hope in a Jar moisturizer (.5 oz.), and Hope in a Tube eye and lip cream (.25 oz.) all in a philosophy monogrammed travel bag.
Set #4- The Gingerbread House $30
The Gingerbread House is just the most adorable gift! You get 4 (4 oz.) shampoo, shower gel and body wash in Spicy Gumdrop, Gingerbread, Sweet Creamy Frosting and Cinnamon Hot Dots all housed in a sweet gingerbread house complete with lots of sparkle.
Set #5- Falling In Love Layering Collection $55
The Falling in Love Layering Collection includes: Falling in Love scented: shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath (8 oz.), shimmer body lotion (4 oz.) and spray fragrance (2 oz.) in a signature keepsake box.
Set #6- Makeup Optional Skincare Set for Radiant Skin $78
The Makeup Optional advances skincare system set includes: Purity Made Simple facial cleanser (8 oz.), When Hope is Not Enough firming and lifting serum (1 oz.), Hope in a Jar moisturizer (2 oz.), Hope in a Tube eye and lip firming cream (.5 oz.) and a three-week supply of The Microdelivery Peel.
To check out these and other wonderful Philosophy gifts go to www.philosophy.com
Written by, Sharon Curtis
By, Sharon Curtis
If you haven’t yet tried Kate Somerville skincare, here is your perfect opportunity with this incredible value set of Kate’s most popular products all in one package!
The ‘Glow Kit’ retails for $265 and includes:
Exfolikate (1.7 oz): "Safe and effective for deep exfoliation at home. Helps to free skin of stubborn congestion and improve a lifeless complexion. Highly effective in combating acne and discoloration. Dramatically softer and smoother skin after just one treatment"!
Quench Hydrating Serum (1 oz): "This superior hydrating complex locks in water so your skin stays quenched 24/7. Achieve unparalleled hydration and a gorgeous, dewy complexion".
Deep Tissue Repair (1 oz): "Watch surface lines and wrinkles lift away with this proprietary formulation. The most advanced anti-aging ingredients instantly soften and strengthen skin, promoting a supple and velvety complexion"
This set includes my personal favorites and would make an excellent gift for you or someone you love!
To check out this and other Kate Somerville products go to www.katesomerville.com
By, Sharon Curtis
You must try this amazing home fragrance. The smell is so divine and unique I’m absolutely in love with it.
I’m speaking of none other than Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin Home Ambiance Fragrance from Antica Farmacista. The fragrance is housed in an antique inspired apothecary bottle. You simply insert the birch reeds into the bottle and voila’ you have a long lasting, and beautiful scent to fill the room.
Antica Farmacista has lots of great stuff such as candles and room spray as well, in a variety of luscious scent.
Check out their amazing array of products at: http://www.anticafarmacista.com/
By, Sharon Curtis
One of our favorite skincare brands, Liz Earle Natually Active Skincare has some beautiful gifts for the holidays that we had to share with you.
If your not familiar with Liz Earle Skincare you should be. "Liz Earle" is a widly popular skincare brand with British roots. It’s pampering yet affordable and is comprised with the best possible naturally active ingredients.
Here is our "must-have" gift list:
1. Little Beauty Treats-Hands
A beautiful value set that includes: Orange Flower
Hand Wash, Hand Repair, and Superbalm. $21.50
2. Vital Oils Candle Trio
A nifty travel set of three aromatheraputic candles. Choose from Bliss or Harmony. $59.50
3. Pampering Weekend Kit
A wonderful pampering set of nine botanical face and body treats, for the perfect Holiday
To check out these and other amazing Liz Earle gifts go to http://us.lizearle.com/
By, Sharon Curtis
Once again we are truly ‘wowed’ by Jo Malone’s holiday offerings.
This year, as in years past, you’re sure to find something for the lover of fine fragrance and body care.
Some of my favorite gifts (pictured above) are:
The Bath Oil Collection- A Beautiful, elegant collection of six glass decanters filled with luscious Jo Malone bath oil. The collection includes: Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Noir, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Amber & Lavender and White Jasmine and Mint.
The Cologne Collection- A unique collection of six signature colognes that work well layered together or worn alone. The collection includes: Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Noir, Lime Basil & Mandarin, Amber & Lavender and White Jasmine & Mint.
The greatest thing about these sets in my opinion is that you (or your gift recipient) can experience the line with smaller (less expensive) sizes to experiment and see what you like. You can also do fragrance combining to create your own scents. I’ve always had so much fun with sets like these.
To check out these and other holiday gift ideas, go to www.jomalone.com