With just two party weekends left before Christmas, and Chanukah already upon us, the festivities are underway! Be ready for a close-up with your sweetie, under the mistletoe or under the stars, with these beauty essentials.
Keep your pout kissable with super moist, flushed lips and sparkling teeth! My favorite new discovery is the Supersmile Quikee. You know how drinking red wine can sometimes temporarily stain your teeth and make them look purple or grey? The Quikee takes care of that in a flash. No bigger than a tube of lip balm, a swipe of this minty gel over your teeth will freshen breath and instantly remove stains. On lips, the Merle Norman Kaleidoscope for Lips is a beautiful choice--with three neutral berries and a very flattering, wearable peach shade (amazing with smoky eyes)--lips look fresh and rosy without ever looking fake or overdone.
Find your perfect signature fragrance from Krigler, a classic German haute perfumery with over 100 years of heritage that now makes its home at the Plaza hotel in NYC. I am constantly on the lookout for the most unique and un-commercial fragrances that I can find, and these totally fit the bill. They're not for everyone--if you're looking for another generic department store fruity floral, you're not going to find it here. The scents are totally unique; my choices are Sparkling Diamond 22, a multifaceted blend of sugar, lemonade, strawberries and champagne that is positively delectable; Subtle Orchid 10, a warm, waxy vanilla that reminds me of walking into a warm house on a freezing cold night; and Lieber Gustav 14, a deeply sexy blend of tonka and leather that is sensual on a man and haunting on a woman. I'm a huge fan of their website's fragrance finder, which helps you to identify which blends might be right for you; order samples online before you purchase!
Keep your complexion flawless in any light and under any level of scrutiny with Tammy Fender's miraculous Epi-Peel Formula No. E-517. Don't take my word for it--check out what Allure magazine said: "It goes on like an invigorating scrub, tightens up like a deep cleansing mask and delivers peel-like results - instant softness and a gorgeous glow - without stinging, redness or flaking." Indeed, I have no idea how this stuff works but it does its job and delivers poreless flawlessness every time, with no dryness and no redness or irritation (which always happens to me after I use a peel or an exfoliant--except for this one). I am obsessed especially now that I'm 9 months pregnant and I really need a beauty boost to keep my spirits up. I may be ginormous, but my skin looks darn good! My routine: I use this peel in the bathtub and leave it on for 5 minutes; after rinsing it away, I apply Fresh's Rose Face Mask and leave it on for the rest of my bath to plump up and freshen my newly revealed skin. I LOVE.
Your bod will be silky soft under any caress with Nuxe's Fondant shower gel, a soap-free cleanser with a melting texture that leaves your skin petal soft (sorry for the cliche, but true) and gently fragranced with a light monoi flower-like scent that evokes memories of warm beachy afternoons. Infused with delicious almond and orange flower petals, you can complete your shower with the matching exfoliant and body lotion for an enveloping sensual fragrance.
Make hair silky, swingy, touchable and shiny with Crabtree & Evelyn's Avocado, Olive & Basil shampoo and conditioner. With a fresh, green scent that is equally appealing to both men and women, its fragrance evokes a spirit of effortlessness and natural beauty. The shampoo is extremely rich, while the conditioner is counterintuitively light and even runny (careful not to use too much!). Don't be deceived; the conditioner's light texture makes it slip through strands and rinse clean like a glossing treatment. Fall in love with the amazing fragrance? Then check out the rest of the line's offerings--from hand cream to body wash--and enjoy the rich moisturizing benefits of avocado and olive oils all season long.