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If you’ve never tried an Essence of Beauty Soy Lotion Candle, hopefully after reading this, you’ll head out and get yourself one. Made from 100% pure oils to protect and soften skin, these sweet-smelling candles are designed to melt at just a few degrees higher than body temperature to produce a soothing, spa-like effect for the skin; use it as a skin-softening lotion or sensual massage oil. Available in Passion Flower, Purple Fields, Citrus Coconut and Pomegranate Apple scents. $9.99,

Last week, Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) held their annual award ceremony to honor the best in beauty, everything from moisturizer to mascara, and we were on the edge of our seats to find out what products would make the cut. These are our picks of products from the list of winners that we think you should consider adding to your beauty bag now.



avon anew clinical pro stretch mark smoother.jpgAvon Anew Clinical Professional Stretch Mark Smoother This break-through formula works to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch marks, as well as help prevent new ones from forming. The formulation is designed to help boost elastin and stimulate collagen; glycolic acid helps smooth the texture and even the tone and color of existing stretch marks. Through testing, over 90% of women show improvement in length, depth and visibility of stretch marks in eight weeks— we need to get this. $19.99,




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Fresh Fig Apricot Bath and Shower GelThis shower gel allows us to have a pampering experience while we get clean. The skin-loving formula nourishes with a blend of vitamins C & E, uses meadowfoam and evening primrose oils for hydration, and shea butter and borage seed oil for moisture. The luxurious scent of Turkish apricot, peach, fig and jasmine, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the smell. $28, 



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Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector If you are like us, desiring an even skintone is one of your biggest skin care issues.lightweight, layerable serum helps to create a noticeably even and clear complexion. Within four to six weeks, it measurably and visibly corrects, clarifies and evens skin tone. Over time, it even helps prevent new dark spots from forming. Get this for yourself and a friend. $39.50,




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Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Moisturizer SPF 15 contains an industry first called Tri-Hyaluronic Acid Complex. This unique blend of three Hyaluronic Acid technologies work at multiple levels in the skin to help replenish, rebuild and sustain the ideal moist environment for more lineless, youthful looking skin. For us, anything that will hold off the signs of aging a little bit longer will always get a vote form us. $58,



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CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation is a first-of-its-kind anti-aging makeup that won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles, but rather will leave skin with an amazing finish. With Olay Regenerist serum in the formula, we can’t help but love the idea of this multi-tasking makeup. The lightweight formula goes on sheer but is easily buildable for fuller coverage and contains SPF 22. $13.99,



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Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70 Wearing sunscreen everyday is important and this award-winner is the best at making application simple. Add to that it’s ability to deliver broad and photostable UVA/UVB protection, and you’ve got the best sunscreen on the market. This waterproof, no-rub formula is good for sensitive skin and everyday use. It also contains natural soy proteins, vitamins A and E, and antioxidants to help protect skin against environmental damage; convenient one-touch pump can spray at any angle. 10.99,

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It is our belief that a good skincare regimen will help us achieve and keep our most healthy, glowing complexion. But as we age, it just so happens that our skin doesn’t always cooperate like we’d prefer. So while we treat the dark spots, freckles and redness, we are happy to use products that help us fake perfect skin. With Redpoint Noc-Out Cover-Up Compact— a trio of different colored concealers that each work in its own way to cover up redness, eliminate the appearance of dark spots and freckles, or help disguise the look of dark circles around the eyes— we can give our skin the fabulous, flawless finish we desire. Use it alone on bare skin or after applying your foundation. $38,

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Decleor Nutri-Delice Delightful Extreme Protection Cream is infused with pampering, ultra-rich ingredients to smooth and bring strength to dry skin types. If you are in need of a nourishing “shock treatment” for your thirsty skin, look no further than this replenishing cream. Even the driest and most weakened skin will feel immediate and long-lasting protection. Beauty tip: Rub an additional amount into your decolletage and hands to keep them soft and supple. 


This Mother’s Day we plan to give the moms in our lives products that will make them feel and look their best. It can be difficult being a mom, and that’s why we believe that “me time” should also be on the daily to-do list (that never seems to end). We think these sets should help…

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Give her the Philosophy Makeup Optional Kit if you know she isn’t too much into makeup. Great looking skin begins with great skincare, and this set is one of our favorites. Everything she’ll need to get a glowing complexion is included: Purity Made Simple cleanser, Hope In A Jar moisturizer, When Hope Is Not Enough A.M. Serum, Hope in a Tube Eye and Lip Firming Cream, plus two-applications of Microdelivery Vitamin C Foils. $78,



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Every glamorous mom knows that Smashbox delivers the fabulous goods when it comes to makeup. The new Glambox Vol. 4 Set— inspired by palettes in every Smashbox artist’s kit— will keep her prepared thanks to the latest must-haves in the set. Each palette is sleek enough to fit into a purse for flawless beauty on-the-go. Includes a travel-size Arced Liner Brush. $68,



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For the mom who likes to glam it up, but is short on time, consider this Laura Geller Show Stoppers set. It comes with everything she’ll need to create a classic, fool-proof look. We particularly love the Bronze-N-Brighten that suits most skin tones as well as the lipglosses- we think she will, too! $37,




the body shop spa sanctuary gift set.jpgSpa-loving moms who enjoy indulging in life’s simple luxuries will appreciate The Body Shop Spa Sanctuary Gift Set that comes complete with everything she could want to create a tranquil and pampering bath experience; the salt scrub along with products with ingredients like Monoi oil, Shea butter and honey, will leave her skin feeling renewed and feeling soft. $37,




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Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Travel Set is a set featuring three products that will transport her senses to an island paradise. We love the luscious guava scented body butter, candle and solid perfume that can go anywhere and the fact that it leaves money in our pocketbooks makes giving this as a gift even sweeter. $14,





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Josie Maran Earth Day Essentials Green-On-The-Go Kit is green, but still packs a serious glamour punch (it’s even on our beauty wishlist!). Featuring five eco-chic products, each will get her gorgeous, as well as introduce her to this award-winning line. $48,





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Our moms have always wished to have their own personal styists. Since that is way out of our reasonably-priced gift-giving strategy, she will have to accept this set by Oscar BlandiOscar’s Tool Kit. In it she will find Jasmine Protein Mist for Restyling Hair, Luce (a rinse-out gloss for adding shine to hair), Olio Di Jasmine Shine Spray, Seta Silk Polishing Cream, Pronto Dry Shampoo, plus an instructional DVD with Oscar’s secrets for great hair. $48,

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