A combination of violet and powdery iris notes create a fragrance so enticing, so intriguing, so utterly divine, we find ourselves pining for the scent at every hour of the day. It’s heady without being cloying, and fills the room with such a lush floral fragrance, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into your very own garden of paradise.
The Diptyque Violette Candle retails for $60 at bluemercury.com.
Ready to start your gift giving brainstorming sessions but don’t know where to start? For the beauty junkie, a sample kit is always the best way to go, and one of our new favorites is Kate Somerville’s Discovery Kit.
Get your gift recipient (or yourself!) one step closer to radiant skin with this sampling of Kate’s best sellers. A clear plastic zipper bag (great for traveling, btw) comes stocked with the Gentle Daily Wash, Quench Hydrating Face Serum, Total Vitamin Antioxidant Serum, Nourish Daily Moisturizer, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, and two other sample creams.
We loved the foaming gel face wash because it removed all our makeup, but didn’t leave our skin feeling stripped. The 60 mL size is still going strong after daily use for three weeks, as you only need a small amount to get a good lather. The 15 mL jar of the ExfoliKate is marvelous for sloughing away dead skin cells (thank you, dry winter air). It’s an enzyme exfoliator with a slight roughness to it, that tingles just a bit, but leaves your skin ultra smooth. Our favorite gem of the bunch would definitely have to be the Nourish Daily Moisturizer. It’s ultra light-weight, super fast absorbing, and perfect during the pm for our oily skin.
Normally, this kit runs for $90, but from now until November 30, Kate Somerville is offering 30 percent off with coupon code KSFF2010! Grab this goodie bag for yourself or a lucky friend/relative for just $60! katesomerville.com
This deliciously scented hand wash is formulated with a blend of plant-based cleansers and natural exfoliants that really make hands gleam. We’ve found that our skin is softer and smoother from using this soap over time — and, really, only sudsing up with it once a day!
It’s also free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil and propylene glycol, so you don’t have to worry about putting anything horrible onto or into your skin.
We’re just loving how refreshed and baby soft our hands look from using this cleanser. We can’t get enough of it!
Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Scrub Cleanser retails for $15 at theevecare.com.
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
It may look scarily dark in the tube, but it glides on subtly sheer for a gorgeous berry flush.
$14 at clinique.com
Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sugar and antioxidant-rich vitamins infuse this miracle stick with moisturizing, nourishing goodness — and the color payoff is amazing!
$22.50 at sephora.com
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint in Moody
We certainly won’t be moody when we swipe this deep stain across our lips. Perfect for the holidays.
$24 at sephora.com
Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Fiery
The creamy yet matte texture is so revolutionary — and the color stays put for HOURS.
$22 at sephora.com
Urban Decay Lipstick in Confession
Give yourself a Twilight moment with this deep, blackened berry hue. It’s just a matter of time until Edward Cullen comes calling.
$22 at sephora.com
M.A.C Lipstick in Hang-Up
What a gorgeous, creamy berry this color is. We love the Cremesheen line for its moisturizing wearability.
$14.50 at maccosmetics.com