Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

Question: What glows more beautifully than a flickering candle and is prettier than a crystal ornament?
Answer: Gorgeous skin that’s soft, dewy and luminous.

It’s what every woman wants; so delight her with one of these skin care sets and you’ll get lots of kisses – whether there’s any mistletoe around or not! Oh and get one for yourself too.

For the Luxe Lady Who Wants Only the Best

Whether it’s perfume, makeup or skin care, say the name Guerlain and she knows she’s in for something very, very special. And while I generally feature gift sets in my holiday suggestions, the new Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate is indeed so special, she’ll love it all on its own. Known for their use of extraordinary orchids, new research takes that even a step further with this new serum, a “longevity concentrate” that uses the Vanda Teres Orchid. This unique orchid has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that optimize cell renewal and makes the skin feel like velvet as it also increases firmness, density and radiance. The highly stylized sculptural applicator is housed in an elegant gift box with a drawer that contains a velvet travel pouch as well as a booklet with product information.

Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate is $490.00 and available at http://www.Guerlain.com Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales and other fine stores.

Just What the Doctors Ordered

Ya’ gotta love a pair of dermatologists who are their own best patients. From Dr’s Rodan + Fields vast array of tried and true products, we’ve selected the Get Your Glow On kit which will give her that summer sun-kissed look all through the holidays. The kit includes full sizes of the Enhancements Body Micro-Dermabrasion Stick that exfoliates, cleanses and conditions skin making it baby soft and ready for the Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan. This long lasting, non icky smelling, oil-free self tanner will make her look like she’s just come back from the beaches of Brazil, but without the wrinkles and cancer causing sun damage. Every day, use the Essentials Daily Body Moisturizer to keep skin soft to the touch and hydrated. The kit is housed in a reusable clear plastic zippered case.

Get Your Glow On is $54.00 and available at http://www.rodanandfields.com

For Soft, Smooth Skin, Go to the Source

She already knows what lovely fragrances Crabtree and Evelyn creates, but does she know they also make great products to keep her skin oh so smooth and soft as silk? From their La Source collection is the Vanity Case filled with five terrific La Source products: Relaxing Body Wash, Relaxing Body Lotion, Hand Recovery, Hand Therapy and a bar of Triple Milled Soap. All will delight her with their delicate crisp scent inspired by summer seaside memories. The double-zippered ocean blue print case is a charming keepsake that she’ll have a multitude of uses for too!

Vanity Case is $78.00 and available Crabtree & Evelyn Shops and http://www.crabtreeandevelyn.com

She’s an All Natural Girl

The NUDE Skin care line has developed an almost cult-like following. Maybe it’s due to its pedigree (Bono’s wife is one of the founders) or because of its commitment to science and nature, or most likely both. NUDE is a pioneer in the use of probiotics in skin care to stimulate cells, rebalance skin and protect against dehydration in addition to utilizing bioactive peptides, argan extract and hyaluronic acid. For holiday, they’ve created the Radiance Collection which combines full sizes of their two best selling products and pricing the set lower than buying them separately. The Cleansing Facial Oil melts makeup with Omega 3 and Vitamin E and is scented with jasmine and gardenia. The Replenishing Night Oil has rose and vanilla scents and keeps skin young with active oils and omegas 3,6,7 & 9.

The Radiance Collection is $78.00 and available at Sephora, Barney’s, and http://www.sephora.com

Great Skin from Across the Pond

The Superskin Christmas Collection by Liz Earle is especially for the woman with very dry skin. From their home on the Isle of Wight, the company is socially conscientious and dedicated to responsible sourcing. Inside the pretty green box is an elegant white reusable faux leather zipped kit containing Superskin Moisturizer, Superskin Concentrate, Superskin Eye & Lip Treatment, and Superskin Body Cream. She’ll think you’re the most thoughtful Santa around!

Oh and by the way Santa, spend $90.00 on the Liz Earle website and get yourself a free gift of five great products worth $48.00. See website for details.

Superskin Christmas Collection is $142.00 and available at http://www.lizearle.com

The “It Girl” Wants the “It Kit”

When it comes to fanfare and packaging that will make her say “oh-la-la”, Votre Vu has it all wrapped up for you. They’ve thought of everything with the It Kit, from the cool looking train case to the adorable travel stickers that you can use to personalize your gift. Inside find a full size bottle of the delicious Snap Dragon Beauty Beverage. Shhh..some It girls have even been known to add a splash of vodka for some extra Yuletide cheer! Keep Santa from knowing you’ve been a naughty stay-out-late merry maker with the Tout Le Monde Eye Gelee that feels cool and refreshing while it keeps those peepers twinkling as bright as the holiday lights. Also in the kit is the Lip and Hand Duette that packs a one two punch against dryness. The lip balm contains shea butter and has a slight coconut flavor that’ll keep those lips ready for une grande bisous under the mistletoe. The creamy almond scented hand cream with jojoba oil and sunscreen keeps hands not only soft, but protected.

The It Kit is $86.00 and available at http://www.votrevu.com

Travel Doesn’t Mean Leaving Great Skin Care at Home

Biologique Recherche solves the “can’t take it with you” problem with this set of TSA friendly products that will assure that her skin will glow to perfection no matter where she travels to. The luxury French skin care line has created a travel kit of their most popular items. Tucked inside the transparent case find Brightening Exfoliator Lotion, Antioxidant Mist, Lait VIP Facial Cleanser, Golden Body Oil as well as a travel jar that you can use to fill with your favorite cream. Travel sized products sold individually as well.

The Travel Kit is $108.00 and available at Aida Bicaj, 61 E. 75th St, or http://www.biologique-recherche.com

And to All, A Good Night

She’ll be assured of a beautiful visage, before and after the party, with the use of the Girls Night Out set from Renee Rouleau. Start with the Skin Smoothing Peel made from fruit derived enzymes which will smooth away dullness and refresh skin. The pink sponge comes in handy for a thorough job. Then hydrate with the oil free Skin Drink, and finish up with the Glow Enhancing Cream which contains plant derived ceramides and other hydrators which plump up skin. In three quick steps she’s good to glow!

Renee Rouleau Girls Night Out kit is $75.50 and available at http://www.reneerouleau.com

Originally published December 2011
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