Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini


In our new, and hopefully temporary economy, she might be cutting back on her purchases, but trust me, she doesn’t want her skin to suffer. The gift of great skin care is always welcomed and enjoyed. This season, we bring you the best of the best for all budgets, to help her, or you, usher in the New Year with a flawless complexion.

This year, give her the gift of beautiful skin along with some beautiful artwork. ReVive has created their first special edition collection, “Artbag“. The canvas bag features the work of wildlife artist and conservationist, Charley Harper, who was famous for his stylized geometric graphics. On this pretty little pink cosmetics bag, we see Harper’s “Song Sparrow” which he created in 1954 and will certainly remind her that spring will be here in a few months.. Inside, are four of ReVive’s most fabulous products – Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream SPF15, Moisturizing Renewal Cream, Sensitif Cellular Repair Cream SPF15, and Eye Renewal Cream. $250.00

Available: Saks Fifth Ave and

If your Cinderella, (or you m’dear!) has spent too much time at the ball, and needs to look her best for yet another soiree, she’ll appreciate the Absolute Radiance Lightbox from Orlane Paris that will make her radiant in just seven minutes. The kit contains six full eye and face treatments that will take her into the New Year with skin that’s dewy, plump and velvety. For the eyes there’s a Dazzling Eyes Ritual, to be followed by the Shimmering Masque Cream – you mix the ingredients together fresh every time for an at-home treatment with luxe spa quality results. Lastly, apply the Evanescent Cream which will energize and oxygenate the skin. In less than ten minutes, she’s ready to face Prince Charming, or the cute guy, across the room. $200.00

Available: Saks Fifth Ave and

Is there someone on your list that’s getting a little facial procedure from Dr. Santa? If so, help her (or him) take it to the next step by giving them the Obagi Condition & Enhance System. It’s specially designed to compliment procedures such as Botox, fillers, laser treatments and peels. The eight products serve four functions – prepare, repair, maintain, and protect the skin. The products include cleanser, toner, SPF 35 cream as well as a hydroquinone cream for hyper pigmentation, and an exfoliating cream. $210.00

Available: Dermatologists Offices or

She wants the perfect complexion and you’ve got the perfect gift for her to achieve that. Per-fekt Double Duty Duo is a darling duo that delivers skin care with or without a little hint of color. The Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel is an invisible “second skin” that’ll give the face an airbrushed look as it evens out skin tone and reduces the look of redness and enlarged pores. It contains vitamins A & E, along with alpha lipoic acids to protect skin from free radicals. Its partner, the Eye Perfection Gel delivers an instant cooling sensation packed with ingredients that rid the appearance of tired looking eyes and under eye shadows while hydrating that delicate skin. It contains peptides, caramides, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and firm skin. Both are available in either colorless formulations or with a touch of color. Wear alone or as a great primer under make up. $78.00

Available: Henri Bendel and

She’s your go-to girl when you need advice or some cheering up, and she deserves something special, but your budget is stretched. Get her Zia-To-Go, five travel sized natural skin care products: cleanser, exfoliator, toner, moisturizer and a mask in a re-usable plastic zip pouch. She’ll adore it! Available for dry, oily or combo skin. $20.00


Along with taking care of her skin, she loves to read, so satisfy this bookworm by giving her Being Simply Beautiful by Helen Noble, founder of Belacrema Skin Care. This easy to read book deals with the body, mind and soul — incorporating skin care, exercise, well being, inner grace and meditation. Peppered with interesting quotes from famous people, the book is bound to give her a few “aha” moments. $13.00


Originally published December 2009



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