Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Holiday Ornament Bubble Bath

I saw this item in a magazine and just had to share it with you. It is so cute!
The Fruity Foaming Bath Collection is 4 holiday tree baubles that each contain 4.2 fl oz of bath foam.

The fruity fragrances are: fieldberries, orange-cantaloup, pear-linden and green apple.

They are $22.00USD and are available from Fruits & Passion. What a great gift or hang them on your tree for a spa theme!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Cirque De Beauté

We probably all have the new Sephora catalogue and WOW, isn't it great? I absolutely love looking through catalogues and Sephora's has to be my #1 favorite...Restoration Hardware is #2.

I really love the theme this holiday and the makeup that the models are wearing is fantastic! Not something I would wear but so creative and eye-catching. I think my fav look is on page 4. The individual eyelashes standout with the Kiddie Pool eye shadow swept over the lid. The Dior Addict Lipstick in Scandalous is a great jewel colour for Holiday.

What are your favourite items from the catalogue? I'd love to hear!

My wish list is getting longer and longer! I thought that I might share with you some of the products that caught my eye.

I keep hearing how great Fekkai products are and would love for my hubbie to get this for me.

Frederic Fekkai Time To Shine $25.00
A limited-edition, shine-enhancing holiday collection featuring products from Frederic Fekkai's Glossing hair care family.

Formulated with pure olive oil, this trio instantly restores luster and shine to all hair types and the festive hair accessory, designed exclusively for Sephora, adds the final jewel-like touch.

Set includes a 2 oz Glossing Shampoo, 2 oz Glossing Conditioner, and a 1.6 oz Glossing Cream, plus a limited-edition, Sephora-exclusive, jeweled ponytail holder.

I am a huge L'Occitane fan! I am always popping into this store at the Prime Outlets as well as the Vancouver stores. This gift set seems like a real deal!

L'Occitane Shea Travel Treasures Set $35.00
Take L'Occitane's top-selling shea butter-enriched hair and body treats to go with this complete set of travel-sized goodies.

Set includes a 2.5 oz Shine Enhancing Shampoo, 2.5 oz Conditioner, 2.5 oz Shower Cream, 2.5 oz Body Lotion, 0.26 oz 100 percent Pure Shea Butter, 3.5 oz Milk Soap, 3.5 oz Lavender Soap, and a 1 oz Shea Butter Hand Cream.

My husband and I are still on the lookout for the perfect fragrance for him. This next item would be a perfect way for him to see what he likes, without spending lots of money or time in a department store sniffing everything!

Sephora Fragrance Gift Certificate - For Him $50.00
The Sephora Fragrance Gift Certificate - For Him includes eight samples of Sephora's top selling men's fragrances to try, 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.

Samples include: Chrome by Azzaro Eau de Toilette, Issy Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Prada Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Ermenegildo Zegna Z Zegna Eau de Toilette, Salvatore Ferragamo Subtil Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Givenchy Very Irresistible Givenchy For Men Eau de Toilette, and Unforgivable by Sean John.

How it works:
1. Sample the fragrances and choose a favorite.
2. Fill in the enclosed voucher.
3. Bring the voucher in to your local Sephora store and redeem it for the fragrance you've chosen.

I have always been won over by large beauty kits. This next item grabbed my attention and made my mouth water!

Too Faced The Jewelry Box $39.50
The Jewelry Box holds a glamour girls most treasured possessions. It's filled to the brim with eight sophisticated eye shadows, six lip glosses, and a blush. It's busting at the seams with a duo bronzer, foundation powder, brow powder, and eyeliner cake. Top it off with Too Faced's best-selling shimmering face illuminator "lust after glow" that illuminates the skin like a ten-carat solitaire!

Well there are so many fantastic gifts in this catalogue that I suggest you take a peep for yourself. If you don't have one you can click here to see it online, or call 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672).

Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Your Skin Through the Decades

Today I thought that I'd get a little more serious and look at skin
changes we have over the decades (as sad as it might be). It is important for us to look after our skin and if we start early enough we can slow down the signs of aging. I personally wish that I'd looked after my skin better when I was in my 20s. Had I known what I know now, I may have been able to prevent the crinkles I have today!

Your 20s
The hormonal teen years are behind you, and oil glands, which provide skin and moisture and plumpness, are at their peak production. The skin cells contain strong collagen and elastin bonds, giving both firmness and resilience.

- Start good habits early by hydrating your skin daily with a moisturizer containing SPF of at least 15
- Washing your face with hot water will strip it of natural oils. Be sure to use a mild gentle cleanser and follow up with a light moisturizer.
- It’s never too early to start using a night cream. Apply before going to bed and wake up to a beautifully moisturized complexion.

Your 30s
In our 30s, oil production decreases and fine lines and crows feet may appear (oh yeah!) Collagen and elastin start to break down and broken veins may show up as tiny red dots.

- Your skin may begin to feel drier so ensure you use a gentle cleanser and follow with a nutrient rich moisturizer.
- Apply a nutrient rich moisturizer before bed and try and get at eight hours of sleep a night.
- Apply an eye cream to around your eye. This will help in reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.

Your 40s
Changes in your skin may be more noticeable now. It will become visibly drier and begin to lose some of its tone and elasticity. Skin becomes more sensitive. In our 40s skin has a harder time retaining moisture and its tone may appear less even.

- Even if you have had oily skin in the past it is time to add an oil free moisturizer to your daily routine.
- Avoid the sun as much as possible and ensure that you have sunscreen in your moisturizer.
- Exfoliate every week to increase the turnover of surface skin cells.

Your 50s
In your 50s skin starts to show character. As you enter menopause, your skin may feel thinner and more fragile. You may notice more wrinkles and a paler overall skin tone.

- Hydration is so important. Use a rich, protective moisturizer. Apply a nutrient rich night cream before bed.
- Use a creamy cleanser to assist in hydration of the skin.
- Exfoliate to clear dead skin cells but avoid harsh abrasives.

Well I hope that this information has been helpful. If you are not sure what products to use, go to a recommended Spa and ask an esthetician to take a look at your skin and give you their expert opinion.