I think I like the countdown to the holidays more than the holidays themselves. It is always a bit sad that you can’t be with everyone you adore on the big days. My family is scattered across the US. Plus, Christmas, especially, is so much pressure with presents and glitz and festivities. Maybe another reason I prefer the build up rather than the main event, is that I love Advent, the Christian celebration of the four Sundays leading up to the big celebration. A favorite childhood memory of mine is advent calendars – opening a door each day of December for small treats and the contemplation of what this time of year means to me, my family and my friends.
This year, The Body Shop, created the most extraordinary advent calendars for grown-up beauty junkies. Each day reveals a product that can celebrate the spirit of the season (or perk up from a holiday slump). There are 25 treats that delight. And little daily gifts are along the theme of nature inspired by the Enchanted Forest – something I always love being reminded of any time of the year.
I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but for those of you who want to know what is in it, the list is below. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
- Mini Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel 2 FL OZ
- Mini Mango Body Butter 1.69 oz
- Mini White Musk® Body Lotion 2 FL OZ
- Bunny Nail File
- Mini Strawberry Shower Gel 2 FL OZ
- Coconut ath Bubble Coconut 1 OZ
- Mini Camomile Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 2 FL OZ
- Green Tea Bath Bomb Green Tea 1 OZ
- Mini Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream 1 OZ
- Mini Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion 1 FL OZ
- Bath Lily Red
- Eyeliner Liquid Black .8 FL OZ
- Lip Definer Hot Date .03 OZ
- Mini British Rose Body Scrub 1.69 OZ
- Born Lippy™ Lip Balm Strawberry .31 OZ
- Mini Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter 1.69 OZ
- Brow & Lash Brush & Comb
- Mini Shea Hand Cream 1 OZ
- Eyelash Curler
- Mini Mango Shower Gel 2 FL OZ
- Eye Definer Black .03 OZ
- Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist 2 FL OZ
- Matte Lip Liquid Tahiti Hibiscus .2 FL OZ
- Full Size Coconut Body Butter 6.75 OZ
- Owl Face Towel
Available at The Body Shop and $173 value.
I struggle with my hair. It is fine, but I have a fair amount of it. And it is crazy wavy underneath in the back, transforming to a highly unattractive frizz if not tamed. But because it is fine, my hair becomes limp and stringy if I overdo frizz fighters, especially frizz-eliminating shampoo and conditioner.
I was reading a celebrity magazine, lamenting my troubled hair (lol), and came across a celebrity testimonial for COLOR WOW Dream Coat Supernatural Spray. This stuff apparently “Slays Humidity and Prevents Frizz” (again lol). I may or may not have been having some sauvignon blanc and thought “why not?” –> add to amazon cart –> purchase.
Exactly two days later (thank you, Amazon), the Dream Coat arrived on my doorstep. In my blind sauvignon-blanc-driven haste, I failed to notice the this formula was heat activated. I had been on a kick where I wash my hair in the evenings and allow it to air dry, straightening it in the AM. In a way, COLOR WOW made me realize I just need to buck up and dry my hair.
First trial, I shocked to find my hair voluminous but completely frizz-free. I travelled to San Antonio and put Dream Coat to the Texas Frizz Test – same fabulous result. The reason is Dream Coat’s technology borrowed from the textile industry. Each hair strand is covered with a waterproof cloak made of a heat-activated polymer. It compresses and tightens hair strands leaving silky and smooth hair. Because it doesn’t weigh down hair, volume is preserved.
I apply liberally to my hair from roots to tips and dry normally. Those with super-frizz, but want to section out hair as they dry. The formula works up to 72 hours or 2-3 shampoos but I use it each time I wash my hair since I am shooting for a shampoo every 2-3 days. Thank you, sauvignon blanc!
Oh how I love this time of year! The perfect time to pick up some fall staples at a steal. Shopbop is having their annual sale now through Saturday. Use code STOCKUP18 to save up to 25% off your order. Happy Shopping!
I’ve been thinking about clean living and healthy lifestyles lately. I’ve lost a bit of weight and am trying to squeeze more fruits and veggies into my diet. Where I haven’t made changes is on my vanity, I recently purchased my first ever aluminum-free deodorant. I freely admit that I sweat a lot and can get stinky. So I had always hesitated to go this route. But for lazy weekend days, there is no reason to wear a heavy duty deodorant/antiperspirant so I gave it a whirl.
I am a nut for coconut (the glossier balm dotcom in coconut is my favorite). This deodorant has fresh coconut scent making it perfect for summer. The formula contains sage oil which helps control sweat and odor. Coconut oil helps nourish skin. I’m sold on my new healthy alternative. Granted I still use my Dove Men+Care Minerals and Sage Elements for active days (this scent recently won awards and it works like a champ!). But I love the natural route for less active days. I get plenty of odor protection and feel better about my routine.
Kopari is gluten-free, GMO-free, aluminum-free, cruelty-free and vegan. Made in the USA.
I purchased Gloss Bomb back in March in New York and promptly lost it. Every time I reached in my purse, I was disappointed to remember it was gone. I was so mad at myself, I didn’t repurchase until I spotted it in Kansas City in June. I had missed it so much that I bought a replacement for myself and one for my friend who was celebrating her birthday because I knew she’d love it as much as I did.
There isn’t one quality alone that is so good about this gloss, but its full effect together. It has a brilliant shine over a universal rose shade that adds just a hint of color. The formula hydrates with shea butter. The finish isn’t sticky but also doesn’t end up everywhere – I can’t stand it when gloss comes off on glasses and cups. And the vanilla scent is subtle enough to be sophisticated while still making me nostalgic for Vanilla Lip Smackers.
I haven’t shared a fragrance update in ages – still hooked on Le Labo Santal. But this summer, my friend gifted me Twilly d’Hermès as a thank you for being part of her wedding. I couldn’t imagine a more thoughtful gift as we share an admiration for the brand. And the scent could not be any more perfect for me.
I was a little surprised at this as I usually shy away from florals, but this blend matches tuberose with ginger and sandalwood, giving it a spicy and soft finish. It dries down sweet on my skin, which I love in the hot weather. It is worth a sniff if you are like me and need a summer update to woody, spicy winter favorites.