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The Beauty Lover’s Stocking

15 Dec

Admit it, there’s nothing (gift-wise) more disappointing during the holidays than a gorgeously wrapped piece of crap. No one wants delicious icing and meh cake. That’s why I love fun (useful!) stocking stuffers. Greatness, unexpected.

 

So here are a few of my favorites this year for the beauty lover’s stocking.

 

Makeup that someone wouldn’t splurge on for herself is always appreciated – whether tucked in the stocking or next to the latkes. And don’t worry if your color selection isn’t perfect – almost every retailer will exchange it for a better fit. I know you know this, but it has to be said.

 

 

PRACTICAL GIFTS SHE’LL TREASURE

The Beauty Blender. She may not want to spend the $20+ on herself for a little foam egg… so do it for her. She will love it. In fact, she’ll start wondering how she lived without it for so long. BeautyBlender.com

 

Pursonic Set of 2 Sonic Travel Toothbrushes & 4 Brush Heads. Once you’ve gone electric toothbrush, you just can’t go back. Except that we seem to for convenience-sake whenever a suitcase is involved. That’s why I love this set of Pursonic travel toothbrushes! Compact, cute, super travel-friendly, and a great price point. QVC!

 

 

HER NEWEST PURSE STAPLES

Edward Bess Glossy Rouge Lip Color Wardrobe Gift Set. Perfect for the minimalist. These shades don’t look like much – until you put them on. There’s a nude, pink and red. All feel like you’re wearing nothing and look like your very best natural. Build the color to your desire.QVC

 

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet. She can now have a hand cream in every purse that was created from ingredients found throughout Provence. Think Shea Butter, Lavender, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Povoine, Neroli & Orchid. At least she can smell like she spent the holidays in Provence. L’Occitane

 

 

WHAT’LL MAKE HER DO A HAPPY DANCE

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

“I have enough mascara already,” said No Woman Ever. If she’s never tried this mascara, she’ll be singing your praises well through 2017. If she has, she for sure wants another. For anyone who wants more volume in her lashes, this is the Bentley of mascaras. Also check out the Too Faced “Christmas in Paris” holiday gift sets. Aww-dorbs!

TooFaced.com or Sephora

 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer

Give her the tint, gloss or stain she covets. I’m obsessed with this product… but not gonna lie, it isn’t easy to pick a shade with this one. I had to open each once because the packaging gives very little away. I quickly fell in love with Boudoir (502) though. I can’t imagine it not looking good on someone. Just brush on one even coat for a long-wearing stain. Let it dry. I repeat: Let. It. Dry. After a minute, you can add another coat for a gorgeous lacquered look.

Go to the Armani site, select Sephora and Nordstrom locations.

 

xx Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day in Gloss Angeles

8 Feb

Regardless of how you really feel about the holiday, Valentine’s Day arrives in all its splendid pink and red glory every February 14th. However you acknowledge it, here’s a sampling of ways to express your love, or current liaison, in the City of Angels…  

Surprise your special other with a local-ish getaway just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara. Book the Romance Retreat package, enjoy a gorgeous drive up the coast together, then settle in for some camping El Capitan Canyon-style. Guaranteed to satisfy both your outdoorsy and amorous spirits, relax for two nights in one of the signature creekside cabins – complete with king size bed, roomy two-person soak tub and cozy fireplace. 

Available through March 31st, this El Capitan package also includes champagne flutes, French truffles, keepsake blanket and other romantic treats to sweeten your escape.  

To check availability, call 866-352-2729 or go to http://elcapitancanyon.com.   

Kick off the touchy-feely holiday with a Couples Massage Course at The Sports Club/LA on Sunday, February 13th at 4:00 PM.  Acclaimed expert in the art of bodywork, Nami Ishimori will teach her student couples how to explore the intimacies of massage in a private event environment. Bonus: Each couple graduates with a gift of massage oil.

To make a reservation, call Matt Lee at 310-473-1447 x109. The Sports Club/LA |1835 South Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Not looking for a getaway just yet, but want to up the ante with an exceptional dinner? 

You can never go wrong with a reservation at Koi, but on Monday the restaurant will be honoring St. Valentine by offering a special tasting menu with dishes like The Lovers: Surf & Turf and Cupid: Tuna Tataki. Or share a signature Koi Kiss nightcap (vodka, strawberry puree, lemon, and splash of champagne) by candlelight at the bar. 

Koi Restaurant Los Angeles | 730 N. La Cienega Blvd | 310-659-9449

Already armed with a perfect plan, but still looking for some rich chocolaty finishing touches?

No one knows dessert like Sweet Lady Jane and she never disappoints when it comes to chocolate. Put in a call now and order a few Chocolate Raspberry Tarts – delectable pastries filled with whipped ganache, fresh raspberries and chocolate cylinder curls.

Or stop by the shop and share a slice of show-stopping Old Fashioned Chocolate cake. Irresistible to even the most luke warm-dessert lover, layers of dark chocolate cake are flawlessly filled with French chocolate buttercream, then frosted with Belgian chocolate ganache and mounds of imported chocolate curls.

Sweet Lady Jane | 1631 Montana Ave, Santa Monica | 310-254-9499  

Just looking to grab a drink or two?

Stop by Bar NINETEEN12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel for some posh fireside ambience and heart-shaped jelly shot cocktails, featuring floral ingredients from violets, elderflowers, hibiscus and roses.

 For a more beachy-cas environment, cruise over to the Malibu Lumber Yard patio and cozy up with one of the various hot chocolates at ChocolateBox Café.

On a tight budget… Not-so-much looking to wine and dine, but still want to pay homage to cupid?

Sure you can stop by Fred Segal Santa Monica or Satine on West 3rd, but if you want to save 40% (for a limited time) on a Samantha House bauble, make it a point to visit her website and type in LOVE at checkout. If she adores wearing cocktail rings and you aren’t quite ready to buy the ring, check out the Asteroid Rings – sexy, edgy, and fun. Just like her!

And if you’re planning a simple dinner under the stars or just kickin’ it homestyle, spice things up with some satin sheets from Anna’s Linens. Swap out your ordinary picnic blanket for a sexy red satin sheet, or surprise him with a bed made in sultry chocolate satin. Whatever shade(s) you choose, you’re sure to stay well within the love budget.   

However humble or grandiose you decide to do Valentine’s Day, may you spread the love in style …

xo