I hope you found lots of lovely prezzies under the tree. This was my first year as a dog owner. I had no idea that your friends’ dogs also do a gift exchange. Do I need to mention that I now have to scramble and get some doggie gifts?

Can someone tell me where the year went? I can’t believe that this year is over. How was yours? Did you accomplish goals? Meet new people? Find some fabulous shoes?

If you like to get presents in your email inbox all year long, go to [url=][/url] and sign up for their [b]Borders mail[/b]. Almost every week you’ll find coupons for discounts to their Dean & Delucca cafés, or discount coupons on books, DVDs, and CDs. They’ll even let you know when they’re having a sale. This is how I bought my 2005 calendar for 50% off yesterday; I got a friendly email letting me know about the calendar sale. Usually (like most New Yorkers), I wait until the first of the year, then run to another large book chain and buy my calendar on sale. This year it was nice to be a head of the pack.

It’s snowing and the city looks pretty covered in a pristine white blanket. I’m poking my head out of the window, and see the snow sparkling on the ground. I guess it’s official; it’s winter and time to freeze.

Your skin takes a beating when the temp drops and moisturizer becomes your best friend. If there was a makeup base that had a 20 SPF, replenishes the skin with wild yam and sea algae, helped diminish signs of aging and makes you glow, would you try it?

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Now you can. [b]Lancome[/b] has created a makeup base for their Absolue line. Absolue is a range of skincare for women in their 40’s to 50’s who are concerned with dryness, age spots, dullness and other signs of aging. This base contains Lancome’s exclusive Bio-Network formula; it’s an anti-aging formula that fights dryness and loss of elasticity.

[b]Absolue Makeup[/b] also contains licorice root extract; this clarifies the skin and evens out the complexion. There are also micro-pearls that make the skin look luminous. It’s a rich creamy foundation that slides effortlessly on your face. It’s not heavy or greasy. It’s nice to know that not only will the foundation give you a nice even look, hide dark circles, but feeds your skin with anti-aging and moisturizing formulas. It will moisturize and replenish your skin for 12 hours, and contains anti-oxidants.

I’ve road tested it for the past two weeks and I’m impressed with it. Even though my skin isn’t extremely dry and I’m not in that age group, my skin looked and felt great. I’m very pale, the base matched my natural color, looked natural and best of all, and I got compliments on looking so “glowy” and well rested. I loved that, since I never get enough sleep. It’s become my (now not so) secret weapon.

The foundation comes in seven shades, is non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, and recommended for dry to very dry skin.

You’ll be able to purchase the Absolue Makeup in January at any LancàƒÆ’à†’àƒâ€šà‚´me counter or at in January.

If you weren’t able to see houses decorated in all their holiday glory, or if you’re still hankering to see more houses in lights, check out the [b]Ugly Christmas Lights[/b] website, [url=][/url] You’ll see pictures of homes that have more lights than some small towns, Sponge Bob Square Pants and dinosaur Christmas decorations and other holiday fare. Besides insanely decorated homes, you’ll also be able to view more traditionally decorated ones.

If you’ve been thinking about dieting, you might want to read some interesting news at the [b]Carb Wire[/b] website, [url=][/url]. You’ll pick up low carb recipes, news and reviews about all the low carb products that seem to be flooding the market.

[b]Chris March[/b] is a transplanted San Franciscan now living in New York City. He’s a writer, model, director, film maker and costume designer. Chris has created some of the most outrageous wigs ever seen, including a six foot high beehive wig that was inspired by John Water’s movie Hairspray. He has worked for Disney, Timex, Joe Boxer and other large firms. In 2001, Chris was nominated for the Outstanding Costume Design Drama Desk Award for costume design for the Off Broadway show, “Christmas with the Crawfords.” His website will make you giggle and say, “wow.” [b]Gr8BigHair[/b] is the perfect way to break Monday’s doldrums. Head on over to [url=][/url] it’ll make your day a bit brighter.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time in the scariest room in the house, the kitchen, you might want to go over to Kitsch N’ Glam. They’ve got fun and sexy aprons designed by Anna Michelle Wang. NBC’s The Today Show picked her aprons as the top pick for hostess gifts. The site’s motto is “Life Happens. Look Fabulous.” Can anyone argue with that? [url=][/url]

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