Shopping

By Erin Williams

We can’t all have sables and yachts but we’ve all got ladies to shop for this season and sometimes they fall decidedly into one of two categories – he keeps a list you know and knows if you’re naughty or nice. Whether it’s Hanukah, Kwanza, or Christmas, the holidays are nearly in full swing so we’ve gathered a list of fun gifts your favorite angel, or devil, is sure to love.

For the good girls we have some wholesome treats -

Clean Eau de Parfum and Soft Body Lotion by D’Lish, available at http://www.beauty.com, are modeled after that “just stepped out of the shower” fresh scent and they smell incredible. Orange, sweet lime, pink grapefruit, rose geranium, and white musk comprise the fragrance. The moisturizer is great because, unlike a lot of companion lotions that just smell good, this not only packs the great fragrance but contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera to keep your well covered and demure body silky smooth.

Rosehips and Lavender Fresh Linen Water by Archive, http://www.archivebath.com & http://www.vickery.com, is simplicity at its classiest. A subtle soft scent in a beautiful 35 oz. glass apothecary style bottle, complete with rubber stopper, this linen water is perfect for the rinse cycle of the laundry and for ironing all those crisp shirts your favorite pillar of purity is known to don.

Sure to please anyone on your list is Stila’s Delux Confections Assortment, http://www.stilacosmetics.com. Packaged in a candy box this is truly sweets for your sweet. Two eyeshadows, a cheek color, lip color, lip polish, 2 all over shimmer powders, and a cr譥 bouquet candle all fit in the colorful box and are great for travel. How could she resist?

If you haven’t smelled Laura Mercier’s Creme Brulee candle, http://www.lauramercier.com, then you simply have not lived. A delicate blend of caramel, French vanilla bean, white musk, peony, rose, and jasmine this candle is amazing and will fill her home with sweetness for 40-50 hours of burn time. It comes packaged in a pretty organza bag and seriously, this is a great smelling candle.

Now, you know the bad girls are going to have their fun with or without you.

Marshmallow and Cocoa from Urban Decay, http://www.urbandecay.com, are edible body shimmers. Yes, you can lick them off. Yes, they are tasty. Yes, they will get you into trouble. “Taste my neck” is generally enough to get things started. The shimmers on their own, a glistening white for Marshmallow and a champagne beige for Cocoa, are beautiful and Urban Decay only makes these at holiday time so hurry to pick one up.

Tarte‘s mini cheekstain set, http://www.beauty.com & http://www.tartecosmetics.com, can help you maintain that “flushed” look with three different options. Mind you, it’s your business how you got that look in the first place. “Flush” and “Tickled” are shades of pink and red while the limited edition “Puttin’ on the Glitz” is a clear with gold shimmer. These blushes are water and glycerin based, oil free and stay on through a long night of..reading..the Bible. Or whatever else you choose to do.

And speaking of other things to do, how many times have you gotten a massage from your loved one and ended up a greasy mess at the end? Shobha, http://www.shobhathreading.com, has a brand new warming massage oil called Chandana which, aside from being grease-free, is my new favorite smell. Infused with sandalwood (which is what Chandana means in Indian), cinnamon, patchouli, ginger, and clove oils, it smells amazing. The formula is water soluble, heats to the touch, and is sure to get things literally hot and
steamy.

Valley of the Divas Lip Gloss Palette from Too Faced, http://www.toofaced.com, is perfect for all those makeup addicts. Six great shades of gloss infused with avocado, passion fruit, aloe vera, and tea tree oil are sure to please in a choice of “Beauty Binge” (pinks, berries, and mauves) and “Lip Trip” (fawns, mochas, and peaches). These are little dolls Patty would approve of.

Dirty Girl’s Everyday Spa Day Mini Kit from BlueQ, http://www.band-its.net & http://www.blueq.com is great for those girls who have a lot of “sleepovers” at “a friend’s house”. Filled with bath salts, body mist, moisturizer, lip balm, and a notebook to keep track of your exploits, these kits are also available in Queen, for the regal, Wash Away Your Sins, for the repentant, and Total Bitch for.well, you don’t have to sign the card, do
you?

Finally, you’ve either been very, very nice or very, very naughty if you end up with a tower of 12 shimmering gift boxes flowing with ribbons from Haven Spa in NYC, http://www.havensoho.com, 212-343-3515. Their “Comfort and Joy” holiday gift package contains 12, yes we said 12, individually wrapped spa gift certificates as well as deluxe spa gifts in each box. From facials, to massage (ask for Rebecca), to a chocolate body wrap, and more this is truly the gift that keeps on giving all the year through as well as being extremely unique.

So give or receive – tis the season! Happy Holidays!

Originally published December 2003
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