Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

So you’re checking your list and you’re checking it thrice, do you really give a damn who’s naughty or nice? I don’t think so Miss Jingle Bells! All you know is you’ve got “the list” and whether you’re playing Santa or Hanukkah Harry, choosing that perfect present can be as difficult as dodging the dork from accounting under the mistletoe. Stick with these choices and yule have ‘em thanking you all year!

Who’s it for? The Swarovski Crystal Lover
The Perfect Gift: Skip buying another one of those little crystal animals. Instead, satisfy her crystal fix and help her have the softest skin with Summersent Body Cream. Inside the beautiful jar is a rich cream of anti-aging ingredients such as grape-seed oil infused in a scent of jasmine, cassis and orange blossom. And when the cream is finished, she can keep her little treasures in the beautiful empty jar. $80. http://www.ny-takashimaya.com

Who’s it for? The Big Client you have to keep happy….
The Perfect Gift: When the boss says, “Impress her!” and price is no object, you’ll want to give her the Sensai Premier set from Kanebo, Japan’s premiere skin care line. The four piece luxury collection contains emulsion, face cream, eye cream and body lotion. $650. http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Who’s it for? The Luxury Lover and Skin Cream Aficionado
The Perfect Gift: When you need a gift that says it all, say it with La Crème de la Mer. The famous cream made from the miracle broth is legendary and has a most devoted following. You’ll win big, big, big points by showing up with this 16.5 oz HUGE jar of it. $1,350. http://www.saks.com

Who’s it for? The gal that only flies First Class
The Perfect Gift: Lisa Hoffman (Dusty’s wife) an admitted over packer has come up with the concept of taking just the right amount of skin care when traveling. Each packet of 24 Hour Night and Day Skin Care holds a one day supply of cleanser, serum, cream, toner and lip conditioner for one application. Take one packet for each day of the trip and you’re good to go. The tubes, which look like little airplanes, are coded white for day, silver for night. Each packet $20. http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Who’s it for? The Oenophile
The Perfect Gift: Forget buying her wine, she’s a snob and you’ll select the wrong vintage anyway. Give her the gift she can’t whine about – great skin by Caudalie. It’s from France where they know their wine and their skin care, and made from anti aging grape seed polyphenols. The VinoGo Weekend Kit contains face and eye cream, serum, lip balm, shower gel, cleanser and body lotion – everything she needs for a weekend in Paris…..or Hoboken. $32. http://www.sephora.com

Who’s it for? The sustainable friend; the one voting for Gore even though he’s not running.
The Perfect Gift: Skin Care Starter Kit by The Organic Pharmacy. She’ll love all eight little bottles of organic products which include anti-oxidant serums, cleansers, moisturizers as well as shampoo and conditioner made with earth friendly products like carrot, lemon and jasmine, and neatly packaged in a pretty white re-usable zippered pouch. $90 http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com

Who’s it for? My big, fat Greek party girl
The Perfect Gift: From the Greeks, who invented civilization, it’s only fair that they come up with something to make us feel like rejoining civilization again after a night of too much holiday cheer. Doesn’t matter if she’s fat, thin or even Greek, if she loves to stay out late, her party-ied out skin will get rescue with the Party Survival Kit from Korres. Inside the box is an assortment of pure skin care products that will make her feel as beautiful as Aphrodite. Made in Greece from natural ingredients – guava, wild rose, evening primrose, milk protein – even some lemon flavored gum for good measure. Those clever Greeks, they think of everything! $29. http://www.Korres.com


Who’s it for? Your Left Coast/Right Coast friend who’s never sure which coast she’s on
The Perfect Gift: When she’s in LA, she’s seeing Sonya herself, but when she’s here she wants the next best thing, her Sonya Dakar Ultraluxe Jet Set Travel Kit. The three piece set of FAA- approved travel size bottles of Sonya’s sensational skincare with Nanoplex anti-aging technology comes in a useful black satin bag roomy enough for her other travel necessities. The kits contain a nourishing wash, mask and Age Control Complex and is available in two skin type varieties, dry/normal or combination/oily. Oh and if she’s on the plane sitting next to Fergie or Drew, tell to make sure not to mix up her kit with theirs! $98. http://www.sonyadakar.com or phone 877-72-SONYA.

Originally published December 2007
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