Beautyscopes

By Stef Schwalb

As the sizzling summer starts to come to a close, it's prime time to take stock of your beauty essentials and make sure you are ready for whatever fall will bring. The best way to find everything you need is to hit a heavenly shopping haven like Saks Fifth Avenue, which features the best items in beauty. You'll find your heart's desires; from what's hot here and now to tried and true product faves you just can't live without. Below is a roundup of highlights of some the great goodies you'll find featured by astrological sign. Log on to http://www.saks.com/ for more information on these product picks or pop by a Saks Fifth Avenue near you.

Originally published August 2006

Travel plans may be delayed this month, Aries, so it's a good idea to make sure you have everything you need when leaving home. If the travel bug gets you, make sure to have a product like Napoleon Perdis' Brazil Bound Pack in tow. This three-piece gift set is sold exclusively at Saks and includes a limited-edition Brazilian Passion Devine Goddess Lipstick, a Brazil Bound Bronzer (.42 oz.) and a Rio Lip Lacquer (.75 oz.), all wrapped up in an 81/1" x 6" gift box.
  

Love is in the air for Taurus this August, so get ready for passionate summer nights. Though there's no doubt people will be able to see the satisfied gaze of l'amour in your eyes, you'll want to freshen up the rest of your face with Scott Barnes' Chic Palette Blush. This versatile palette features a collection of three coordinating shades that provide maximum color and a revitalizing glow. For a natural glimmer, unite all three strokes together. To sculpt and define, use graduated shades one at a time.
  

Added responsibilities may be headed your way this month, Gemini, but beware to make sure that no one is taking advantage of you. More is not always better when it comes to the workplace. However, when it comes to fragrances from industry darling Laurice Rhame, you'll want to splurge. With Bond No. 9's Bon-Bon Box, you can have a collection of 18 different Bond No. 9 neighborhood scents that work well for men and women. It's the perfect present for those who want to give the whole NYC experience to someone they love. The gift box includes 20 travel-sized .20 ml. pocket sprays, each wrapped like little treats in signature foil. Note: As a bonus, all bottles are refillable.
  

August is a great month to refresh your look, Cancer, so invest in some products or services that can help you revamp and feel reinvigorated. One suggestion we offer is Ted Gibson's Styling Hair Sheets. These terrific tress towelettes give your 'do an instant freshened-up feeling with little effort. The unique formula contains an amino complex, wild orchid extract and natural plant aroma, which aids in diminishing the appearance of dry ends without feel greasy. The pack includes ten single-use sheets.
  

This is a good time to make major strides in your career, Leo, so get onboard with multitasking in order to move ahead. Speaking of which, a product you can turn to that offers beauty in spades would be Dior's Miss Dior Cherie Palette. This limited-edition, couture-inspired palette comes with a complete range of makeup shades that help you design the marvelous Miss Dior Cherie look. It includes a luscious lip gloss, two chic eye shadow shades, a cream blush, a face and eye highlighter and a mini spray of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. It all comes packaged in a precious pink rectangular box with mirror.
  

This is a sexy month for the usually demure Virgo. You'll be fixed within the gaze of many admirers, so get ready to shine in the spotlight. One product you'll definitely need for your close-up is GoSMILE Smileceuticals Elixir. This citrus mint-flavored refillable elixir is full of antioxidants and vitamins that help reduce bad breath, develop optimal pH balance and shield your smile against free radical damage. The .25 fl. oz. formula is alcohol- and sugar-free. To use, mist twice in mouth three times a day.
  

Home is where the heart is this August, Libra. It's a good time to spend some quality time with family and close friends. It will warm your spirits mentally and emotionally. One way to create a cozy ambiance at home is to light up a Missoni's Limited Edition Fragranced Candle. It's inspired by the rich patterns of Missoni textiles and incorporates layers of vibrant hues, including magenta, orange, red and yellow, which combined create a lavish ambiance and fill any room with enlightening floral notes of the Missoni fragrance. The candle is .32.0 oz. and burns for approximately 80 hours.
  

This is a great month for socializing and making new friends, Scorpio. The connections you make now will be very helpful later in terms of uncovering your true goals for personal and professional happiness. And on the note of discovery, a great product to check out for your new endeavor is Dior's The Detective Palette. This trend-setting collection features sophisticated shades of rich, vibrant hues that create a healthy and happy glow. It comes with four-pan highlighter enclosed in a couture-inspired wallet.
  

You may experience some trouble with partners this August, both in the workplace and at home. You and your nemesis are coming from different vantage points, but that doesn't mean you won't reach an amicable accord. A product that will help maintain and air of peace is Anthousa's Fig Leaf & Bitter Almond Ambiance. This delicate, sweet-green, herbaceous woody blend intermingles with notes of cedar wood, vetiver and moss. The fresh fig is combined with the clean, sweet aroma of crushed bitter almonds to create the marzipan scent. It comes in a glass bottle with highly porous bamboo sticks, which absorb the fragrant essential oil mixture and creates a harmonious environment. This 8.3 oz. imported scent lasts approximately 6-9 months.
  

You may be making some changes to your living space this month, Capricorn, and the alterations will do you good. It's time to slough off some of the old and bring in something new. A great product to get you in this groove would be Bobbi Brown's Beach Sand Bar. This 4.4 oz. fabulous formula is creamy and lathering and contains sand to help gently exfoliate the skin. It's lightly scented with Beach (Bobbi's signature fragrance) and includes hints of sand jasmine, sea spray and mandarin.
  

Keep tabs on your health this August, Aquarius. You may have been working too hard these past few months, and it may start to take a toll on you in numerous ways. To make sure your skin won't suffer, a good product to get your hands on is Clarisonic's Sonic Skin Care Brush Kit. It was created by the primary inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush. This technology works with the skin's natural elasticity to offer gentle everyday cleansing, and the bristles oscillate at 300 movements per second to open pores and remove dirt and oil. The kit includes a waterproof cordless brush handle, two brush heads, a countertop charger cradle and a daily 2.0 oz. cleanser.
  

Some good advice is coming your way this month, Pisces, so be sure to listen to whatever the important people in your life have to say. And though this columnist may not be included in that group, I do have the perfect summer product tip to take note of: Trish McEvoy's Little Black Card Island Girl 2. It's a pocket-sized palette that includes everything you need for the ultimate sizzling look for summer: two concealers, a bronzer, a blush, three eye shadows and six luscious new lip colors.
  
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