Beautyscopes

By Liz Bekesz

Originally published February 2011



ARIES (March 22 - April 21) loves being first at everything and anything. Naturally, she's a big fan of Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Fragrance. Bursting with rare fruits and botanicals, these antioxidant-rich formulas offer a luscious, indulgent experience through the warm, inviting, and universal appeal of Vanilla. What's even more appealing? The Healthy Fragrance is made of 100% natural ingredients, and contains no drying alcohol, petrochemicals, or phthalates; instead, natural ingredients like organic sugar cane alcohol and spring water replace the nasty stuff. This Valentine's Day, be your own temptation with the aphrodisiac-infused, Limited Edition Lavanila Vanilla Passion Fruit, a heady, sensual oasis of Passion Fruit, Guava, and Peach Nectar steeped in a warm sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla base. Find Lavanila Healthy Fragrance at Sephora, Sephora.com, and lavanila.com.



Who wrote "The Book of Love?" In this case, it was K.C. Jones. Who will appreciate this charming compendium of Love Matches, Charms, Tokens, Potions, and oh-so-much more?

Any sign here! Explore the signs in love; examine the Chinese Zodiac; consider numerology, and consult your dreams. Or, simply whip up a delicious feast of temptation from the "Recipes for Love" section (Caramelized Onion and Pine Nut Pizza or Chocolate Chile Creme Brulee, anyone?) while reading a love letter from Beethoven to "an unknown woman." It's all for love. Order "The Book of Love" at www.chroniclebooks.com.

RAM I AM: Catherine Keener, March 26; Kristen Stewart, April 9;Claire Danes, April 12; Emma Watson, April 15; Jennifer Garner, April 17; Miranda Kerr, April 20
  



Practical and with purpose, TAURUS (April 22 - May 21) loves keeping both feet planted firmly on the ground. So, what's a girl to do when her brand-new stilettos have overstayed their welcome, yet slippers and pj's are still miles (and hours) away? Be prepared with Footzyrolls. These clever little ballet flats are the roll-able, foldable, tote-able solution to all those "killer" heels, and even come complete with their own Footzybag and Footzypouch (so you can easily stash both the offending footwear, and your to-the-rescue Footzyrolls.) Tardy Commuter? World Traveler? Window Shopper? Sage journeyer on the road of life? There's a style that's perfect for you, including special edition Valentine's Day Rock n Red Soles and True Red Snake Skin. Visit www.footzyrolls.com to view styles or to purchase. Also available at Taroo, at 473 Amsterdam Avenue, New York (212) 501-0201 and 1334 3rd Avenue, New York - (212) 772-1900.

THAT'S UTTER BULL: Penelope Crus, April 28; Uma Thurman, April 29; Christina Hendricks, May 3; Cate Blanchett, May 14; Tina Fey, May 18
  

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) is never one to tolerate boredom.; after all, life is but a game, and a grand adventure. She keeps things lively and interesting this Valentine's Day with "I Dare You - 30 Sealed Seductions" by Susie Bright. Within this velvet-flanked red box of dares-all-tied-up-in-a-ribbon live thirty saucy, titillating prompts, each dressed in its very own envelope, just waiting to be undressed, er"¦ripped apart. It's couples fun that's sure to inspire naughtiness, merriment, and erotic revelry of all sorts and persuasions, for many a night to come. Order "I Dare You" at www.chroniclebooks.com.



Should Gemini's Valentine's games run late and turn into a slumber party, she'll be prepared with mini kittour Just In Case bottles and containers. These little travelers are TSA-approved, and crafted of super-sturdy, shatterproof and leak-proof materials. There's a versatile size and style to fit every need, from shampoo and conditioner, to serums, mists, and potions in-betwixt. Just In Case empty bottles and containers, and all mini kittour products, retail online at www.minikittour.com. In Long Island? Find mini kittour at Plumm Shoppes.

DOUBLE THE FUN: Heidi Klum, June 1; Angelina Jolie, June 4; Natalie Portman, June 9; Adriana Lima, June 12; Venus Williams, June 17; Paula Abdul, June 19; Zoe Saldana, June 19
  



For CANCER (June 22 - July 23), home is always where the heart is. This Valentine's Day, why not stay in, cozy up, and dip into some sweet, hot lovin'? Let's just do it" fondUE it, that is! The Personalization Mall's Chocolate Fondue Set makes it easy, and makes it sweet - with a message of love that reads, "You Melt My Heart." Personalize it with your sweetie's name below; then enjoy a perfect ending to a romantic dinner. Comes with four fondue forks; use to dip fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas), dried fruit (try pineapple - or even crystallized ginger), marshmallows, pretzels, etc. into a sweet pool of scrumptious, warm chocolate (melt with the enclosed candle - but remember you must supply the chocolate). Post-Valentine's Day, use the set as a tableside warmer for sauces, melted butter, or gravy. Find the You Warm My Heart Personalized Fondue Set at www.PersonalizationMall.com.

THAT'S CRABTASTIC: Frances McDormand, June 23; Olivia Munn, July 3; Sofia Vergara, July 10; Jane Lynch, July 14; M.I.A., July 17; Kristen Bell, July 18
  



LEO (July 24 -ugust 23) the Lioness is queen of her jungle; as such, she expects the royal treatment. Why attempt to light her spark with just any old plain flame, when you can stir some excitement, cause a sensation, and create a scene - IF you turn up the heat with a Scandle. The Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Body Massage Candle from Scandle burns just two degrees above body temperature, so you can melt and pour to your heartwarming content. Housed in a signature ceramic canister with handy pour spout, the Scandle candle is also refillable - so you can keep the flame lit and the fun going, for many more relaxing, romantic evenings ahead. Available online at www.abodycandle.com.



When our proud lion is ready to rest her weary lion head, she silences the din of the jungle (i.e., the drone of the city) with the help of two little white earbuds, and an app called Naturespace Holographic Audio. Naturespace creates the illusion of "being there." Be transported to forests, canyons, and rivers; experience the rushing thrill of a waterfall that seems so real, you'll swear you feel the spray of cold drops hit your skin. Through expertly recorded 3D audio, you can fall asleep to a chorus of "Exponential Coqui" (that's a tree frog that has invaded Hawaii), or warm up to a campfire (but careful: those ARE howling wolves you hear). Immerse yourself in natural spaces and lush sonic soundscapes; journey to faraway lands and far-off seasons; stir your soul and soothe your spirit"¦all through the magic of sound. Learn more about Naturespace Holographic Audio at www.naturespace.com; purchase and download tracks at iTunes and the Apple app store.

HEAR MY ROAR: Anna Paquin, July 24; Sandra Bullock, July 26; Mila Kunis, August 14; Kristen Wiig, August 22
  



Our virtuous VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) may be called finicky, and that's quite all right with her; after all, she can't help it if she happens to have exquisite taste in, well, everything. Uncorking her favorite Valentine's vino seems lackluster and ho-hum when done with a simple corkscrew; such sterling, polished perfectionism deserves a more special opening ceremony. The Oster Inspire Electric Wine Opener is just what she needs. This cordless, rechargeable marvel is a must have for all parties (including parties of two). Fully charged, the Inspire opens up to thirty bottles, and does so with ease, thanks to an ergonomically designed, soft-grip body. A Handy foil cutter is included, for easy wine seal removal. Visit www.Oster.com for more information, or to order.

LIKE A VIRGIN: Salma Hayek, September 2; Beyonce Knowles, September 4; Evan Rachel Wood, September 7; Jennifer Hudson, September 12; Amy Poehler, September 16
  



Lovely LIBRA (September 22- October 21) spends so much time spreading good vibes and harmony, she sometimes neglects to find balance herself. Fortunately, she can treat herself to a delightful, relaxing Valentine's Day escape - right at home, with CURES By Avanca. The line includes indulgences like the mineral-rich Cures Hydrating Body Wash - it's loaded with algae, to help maintain skin's moisture. Post-wash, treat skin to Cures Marine Oil Body Glow; it's an algae oil you can smooth right into damp skin, or "cocktail" with Cures Hydrating Body Silk. Or, if winter's tension lingers in neck and shoulders, calm the sore spots with Cures Anti-Stress Massage Oil, a custom fusion in a sesame seed oil suspension that's sure to soothe and pamper both body, and spirit. Cures by Avanca products may be purchased online at www.curesbyavance.com or at select NYC spas; see website for list of spas.

A FINE BALANCE: Avril Lavigne, September 27; Joy Behar, October 7; Rachel McAdams, October 7; Jane Krakowski, October 11; Elisabeth Moss, October 15
  



SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) remains a mystery inside an enigma, even to her closest friends and loved ones - yet a girl must still spill her guts, somewhere. Present her with a journal ready to take it all in: the of-the-moment-with-a-nod-to-the-retro "I Heart Everythingflexi-journal. It's designed by pop art star Mike Perry; "what's not to love?" Purchase online at www.chroniclebooks.com.



While you're at it, why not tuck that cute journal into an adorable ChicoBag, instead of wrapping it? After all, every time you don't use a disposable plastic shopping bag, it's a small Valentine to the planet. Check out the adorable new limited edition "Spring Love" graphic, featuring two lovebirds kissing atop a cherry branch. Available online at www.chicobag.com.

STING THING: Katy Perry, October 25; Julia Roberts, October 28; Winona Ryder, October 29; Emma Stone, November 6; Anne Hathaway, November 12; Chloe Sevigny, November 18
  



Speedy SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) is always rushing off from one adventure to the next. Help her to help herself, by supporting her efforts to keep in touch with loved ones (even mid-dash). She can do it speedily with the eye candy that is "Our Love Is Here To Stay - 15 Postcards of Affection" by enormouschampion. This artsy set of postcards from Brooklyn's very own premier design studio has it all: smarts, heart, and art. Simply add a few lines and postage and tada: Valentine's mail hug! Find the Our Love Is Here To Stay set of postcards at www.chroniclebooks.com.

NICE AIM: Sarah Silverman, December 1; Britney Spears, December 2; Julianne Moore, December 3; Kim Basinger, December 8; Taylor Swift, December 13
  



Our persistent Goat Girl, CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) believes in working to improve every facet of her life little by little, day by day, bit by bit. Her relationship with her Significant Other is no exception. She'll love "Back to Us - Couple's Journal of Reconnection and Growth" by Raphael Cushnir. This elegant, easy-to-use journal is designed to lead couples into a more fulfilling relationship - no matter whether they're newlyweds, or celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Best-selling author and wellness expert Cushnir offers an engaging way to explore the foundations of solid, loving relationships; the process seeks to help couples avoid common "relationship pitfalls." Purchase "Back to Us" for Valentine's Day at www.chroniclebooks.com and enjoy more romance year-round.

GOT YOUR GOAT: Annie Lennox, December 25; Sienna Miller, December 28; Christy Turlington, January 2; Mary J. Blige, January 11; Kate Moss, January 16
  



As a child, inventive AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) turned her nose up at store-bought Valentine's Cards sets, opting instead to made her own Valentine's greetings for friends. No wonder, then, that her tastes still run towards the more eccentric affairs. She'll delight in the Valentine that is "This Is For You," by Rob Ryan. This accomplished British "Prince of Papercuts" offers up his artful view of love via a decidedly untraditional tale, told through images and text that are cut from just one single piece of paper (per page). "This Is For You," is available at www.chroniclebooks.com.

WATER WORLD: Diane Lane, January 22; Oprah Winfrey, January 29; Mia Farrow, February 9; Jennifer Aniston, February 11; Paris Hilton, February 17
  

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) is a mystical, complex creature; as such, she could use some simplicity in her life. She finds it in the Lily.B Skincare Collection; it's loaded with protective antioxidants and beneficial botanicals, that will make your face its most kiss-friendly this Valentine's Day. Try Lily.B Rose Hip Infused Cleanse Facial Wash, a sulfate-free foaming wash that cleans gently, yet thoroughly; Lily.B Red Tea Defense Booster Hydrating Serum, with Hyaluronic acid to help restore moisture levels in skin; and Lily.B Botanical Rich Protection SPF 30, a lightweight, transparent protective formula with antioxidants like organic green tea and sunflower. Find Lily.B Skincare online at www.lilybskincare.com.



Our fantastic fish will have the softest lips in all the seas, with Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy with SPF 20, and Neosporin Overnight Renewal Therapy, which works overnight to repair, soften, and hydrate. Both have the lightest hint of refreshing citrus; both, when used together, can uncover supple, infinitely more kissable lips in just three days. Purchase at Duane Reade locations, and online at www.drugstore.com.

GO FISH: Emily Blunt, February 23; Dakota Fanning, February 23; Julie Bowen, March 3; Eva Mendes, March 5
  
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