While it would be a dream come true to pack up and spend the day at an expensive spa, it isn't always feasible on one's schedule — or budget. But Dr. Hauschka has bought a part of the spa experience to the masses with its Daily Body Care Kit ($23). Three hand creams and three body oils are tucked away inside this sweet little tin, and they deliver a range of beauty fixes. No aesthetician required. The Quince Body Moisturizer both hydrates and balances the skin, while the Lemongrass Body Oil helps to firm it up. And if you're in need of a breather, the Lavender Bath calms and quiets red, irritated skin (not to mention the senses). You'll be feeling blissed-out in no time.
This year marks the 70th birthday of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream, the 40th birthday of Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream, and the 30th birthday of Yves Saint Laurent's Opium fragrance. To celebrate these products, the companies have re-created the original packaging for a limited time. Here are the details on these three retro-cool items.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Gift Set ($25) contains a lip protectant and the famous cream that treats different ailments on the hands, legs, elbows, and cuticles.
The set isn't available online at the moment, but you can pick it up at Elizabeth Arden counters in Macy's stores.
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While on the hunt for one of my recent favorite lip balms, this Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick available here for $12.95, I stumbled upon a lovely little beauty site called Saffron Rouge for the first time. If you're a cosmetic junkie concerned about what strange chemicals are entering your body through your beauty habit, then this place is an e-commerce paradise. Saffron Rouge specializes in organic and natural beauty products—everything from bath and shower products to aromatherapy and even a number of natural makeup lines I've never seen before. Just browsing this site, I discovered dozens of products I want to try. Here are a few of the highlights.
John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler, $16, available here.
Primavera Relax Body Wash, $6 to $20, available here.
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You didn't think that there were only three new mascaras on the market, did you? With so many to choose from, I could go on forever. Since everyone liked yesterday's New Mascara Mania, Part I post so much, here's a look at a few more amazing new mascaras I love. Also, stay tuned tomorrow for Mascara Mania, Part III, when, in response to overwhelming demand, I'll be featuring the best drugstore brands.
Blinc Kiss Me Mascara creates little tubes around your eyelashes, so that when you wash it off, it comes off in pieces which is kind of cool. Unlike many other brands, which used an oil-based paint, this mascara won't smudge, run, or flake, so by 5 p.m. your lashes look as fresh as they did in the morning. Buy it in five shades here for $24.
Guerlain Maxi Lash Extreme Volume Mascara is the new talk of the town. It also happens to be the top pick of Sephora's color buyer, Kimberly Chinn, and I can understand why. It acts as a jack of all trades mascara to add volume and lengthen by lifting and coating each lash. Especially impressive is the curling action, which kept me from needing to curl my eyelashes separately. Buy it in four shades here for $26.
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