How often do we open up holiday gifts knowing that the hideous Fair Isle sweater or subscription to the jelly of the month club lurking beneath that shimmery wrapping paper is going in to the trash faster than week old Thanksgiving leftovers. Our beloved friends and family who bestow us with gifts this season provide for our emotional needs every step of the way yet when it comes to regaling us with holiday goods, the result is almost always catastrophic. Of course the worst offenders are reserved for the dreaded evil “secret Santa” when our coworkers shower us with everything from porcelain fish head platters and a set of mountable antlers on a Confederate flag placard that reads “The South shall rise again”. They say that the holiday season brings out the best in people yet it clearly does not bring out the best of taste and class. Black Friday may as well refer to melancholy aura of disappointment that shrouds us as we force ourselves to brave the rush of equally disgruntled folks as they flood the store return lines like zombies in a blood bank. The end result? Endless lines and crushing despair as the sales clerk tells you in a monosyllabic tone that your plus size orange bedazzled Juicy Couture sweatshirt is from an outlet and fours years old. Women, no matter what walks of life they hail from, flock to products that make them look and thus feel beautiful. If these products happen to be wallet friendly and multitask all the better but a woman would sooner go without heating and electricity than a limited edition shade of lipstick. The following represent the best this holiday season has to offer and no need to camp out of the store for these baubles…real women know that online shopping on a cold rainy night beats just about any hot date:
“Orange Blossom Hydrating Hand Wash and Hand Lotion” by The Organic Pharmacy:
If the legend of the genie in the bottle were true, this would be the bottle and this celestial scent would be that genie. It is as if all of one’s worldly problems with one whiff of this enchanting elixir that is truly extraordinary. A scent so potent in calming elements, it is likely the secret agent behind the Iran nuclear accord. Deal Alert: Unlike many high end brands whose reputations are ascribed rather than achieved, the powers that be at The Organic Pharmacy are sensitive to the toll the holiday season can take on one’s wallet and are offering a generous 20% discount on all products and services from Friday, November 29 until Monday, December 2nd so grab this delectable duo at a discount while the rest of the shopping herd floods the far inferior market. ($45 and $55 respectively at: www.theorganicpharmacy.com)
“Organic Glam Champagne Lip Gloss” by The Organic Pharmacy:
This delectable Champagne gloss looks and smells like the finest bubbly straight from Champagne, coating lips with high gloss finish. This clear gloss creates a flattering lustre that is non-sticky, long lasting and wearable. A scent so intoxicating, one is tempted to skip the overpriced and overrated New Years Eve date altogether and curl up with this little angel while watching “Christmas Vacation” with the person you love the most-you. ($39.50-www.theorganicpharmacy.com)
“Cougar Mascara” by Mirenesse
This feisty cougar makes Demi Moore look like spring chicken. Mounted on a lash-perfecting comb like an Aboriginal cougar staking its claim on the vast plains of Queensland, this Aussi-made mineral mascara that provides an intense winged lash with a “cats eye” effect to the eyes. Moreover, lashes are coated with the patented “24 Hour Liquid Lash” formula guaranteed to enhance and plump even the most wimpy whiskers. The effect lasts from day to night, smudge free and water resistant. Infused with lash conditioners to keep lashes luscious. This little predator, unlike Australia’s other indigenous predator Mel Gibson, is worth sinking your claws into. ($39.95-www.mirenesse.com)
Instant Revitalizing Mask by Radical Skincare:
After a night of one’s in-laws and cousins who cruised up to Christmas dinner in a 20 year old RV, one’s complexion could use a little revitalizing and this is just the product to perform to standards (unlike your intoxicated uncle’s rendition of Jingle Bells belted out in the shower next to your room). The Instant Revitalizing Mask is the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy, and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions. It leaves skin amazingly revitalized, healthy, and glowing. ($65-www.sephora.com)
Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 by L’Occitane:
Carving the turkey can do a number on one’s hands let alone one’s stomach. That is why we turn to this hand healer when when our goose is cooked-both physically and emotionally this holiday season.
Brightening Hand Care SPF 20 is a triple-action formula that helps smooth hands, even out skin tone and protect against UV rays. “Immortelle” essential oil helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear younger looking while Bellis perennis extract, combined with a mulberry-based plant complex, helps the hands appear more even toned. Hands are also protected with SPF 20 sunscreen. This skin saver is likely to lift your spirits as well as your sagging skin. ($30-www.l’occitane.com)
While our stockings may be stuffed with useless unwanted items such as do it yourself perm kits and Mariah Carey holiday hits, at least we can rely on these beauty bits to make our silent night a truly holy experience.