Holiday Skincare Gifts To Give or to Enjoy

Skincare is a fabulous gift for the holidays.  And there are so many great products for all skin types.  Below are ones that I use regularly and love.  They are:

Kate Somerville 'Tis the Season to be Ageless

Kate Somerville ($75 USD) — Reveal a restored and refreshed look with the four anti-aging favorites in the Ageless Solutions Kit, which virtually turn back time!

  • Gentle Daily Wash (2 Fl. Oz.) helps clarify your complexion with delicate cleansers.
  • ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (0.5 Fl. Oz.) polishes skin to reveal a fresh-from-the-Clinic complexion.
  • CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment (0.5 Fl. Oz.) promotes cell repair as advanced actives work overtime to help minimize the visible signs of aging.
  • CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream (0.25 Fl. Oz.) helps to improve the look of the delicate eye area by reducing the appearance of puffiness, discoloration, and visible fine lines.

I especially love ExfoliKate.  It gets rid of the dead skin and makes my face so soft!  Purchase at

Clarisonic Aria - Candy Apple Red

Clarisonic Aria – Candy Apple Red ($199 USD) — It’s time to think beyond the washcloth and elevate cleansing to a sonic level.

Traditional methods of cleansing don’t get your skin as clean as you’d think. Fortunately, the lead inventor of Sonicare® discovered a breakthrough in how we cleanse. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind—cleansing 6X better than your hands alone.  In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas and blemishes. Cleaner skin is healthier skin and healthier skin is more radiant and more beautiful.

Clarisonic Aria infuses sonic cleansing with a harmonic blend of function and form. Sleek, modern, intuitive, Aria sings with 3 speeds, a real time battery life indicator, USB enabled pLink charger and a drying stand that converts to a charging station when coupled with the pLink charger.

Talk about soft and clean skin!  I love my Clarisonic.  It cleans my clogged pores and smooths out the dry patches.  Great for all skin types and it would be a very generous gift!  Purchase at

By Terry Baume de Rose

By Terry Baume de Rose ($59 USD) — This melt-away balm, which has become the must-have of Hollywood stars, BY TERRY’s über-cult product, is a real ultra-glamorous SOS treatment to repair, nourish, regenerate and lastingly protect the lips.

This ultra-rich product is also a precious salve to care for and strengthen the cuticles.
Its creamy and delicately rose-scented texture, which is shiny without being sticky, coats the lips in an incredibly natural glossy finish.
In an instant, the lips are lastingly smoothed, plumped up, supple and protected!

Direction to use:
– Apply BAUME DE ROSE directly to lips with fingertip.
– For greater coverage, use PRÉCISION 3 BRUSH to apply over ROUGE DÉLECTATION.

This is another luxe gift and it is perfect for dry lips.  Purchase at


Brighten Up Your Spring With Blushes By Tarte, Laura Mercier and BY TERRY.

I am always afraid that I will mistakenly apply too much blush on my pale skin, so I use choose light colors, usually a pink or a light coral, for my cheeks.

But, the Spring 2012 trend is bright colors like fuchsias and peachy–corals, so I have been testing some pretty loud (at least in the pans) blushes.  And you know what — applied properly, the blushes below impart a fresh, lively look to my complexion!

BY TERRY Blush Veloute in Apple

BYTERRY Blush Veloute ($45.50 USD) —  A powder-cream blush designed to highlight the apples of the cheeks with a healthy satin glow.

The features of this blush are:

  • A part-cream part-powder melting blush that enhances the skin’s radiance.
  • A healthy glow effect with subtly colored cheeks.
  • A radiant, matte-satin long-lasting finish.
  • Gives transparent coverage.
  • A high-tech formula that combines skincare with color, correction-perfection.

Applied with fingertips, the texture is soft and malleable and blends in leaving a subtle veil of color.  The shade I have, Apple, looks almost red in the pot, but on my cheeks, it give a natural flush.  This is also available in Peach Nude and Ginger Glaze, both warmer shades.

Suitable for all skin types.

Amazonian clay 12-hour shimmering blush in Glisten

This next blush does not look intensely bright in the compact, but really wakes up my fair skin with a shimmery flush!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush ($25 USD) is a follow-up to tarte’s best-selling Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes. tarte introduces the same award-winning formula in four, brand-new shimmering shades. Spiked with tiny, finely-milled specks of gold and silver, one swipe will add the perfect amount of sheen to your cheeks.

I have this in Glisten, a shimmering peach-pink and love it.  It really give a lovely glow — no highlighter needed.  It is easy to apply and to blend.  It is also available in Adored, shimmering light pink, Buff, shimmering nude and Frisky, shimmering bright coral.

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Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Innocent Peach

Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour ($22.00 USD)  is a long-lasting, natural cheek colour formulated to provide translucent, buildable coverage for a soft, velvety finish.

I love cream blushes, they are probably my favorite right now.  I usually don’t wear peach blushes, but this color looked so fresh, I had to try it! It blends very smoothly so it is easy to make it look natural.  Such a beautiful formula!  And the peach is very wearable — not too orange!

Innocent Peach is part of the new, limited edition Lingerie Collection.  You can also purchase this in Blaze a soft warm rose, Canyon a peachy-brown, Oleander a cool bright-pink, and Praline a neutral brown.

You can purchase these at  Enjoy your new flush!