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There is something I really like about Leslie Mann, maybe it’s because she seems so normal and down-to-earth. Last week what I really liked was her hair. I couldn’t get a clear shot of the back of it to share, but from the front it looks like a folded under poof secured with a thick black ribbon tied into a bow at the base. A hairstyle like this looks so glam and pretty and yet is so simple to pull off. 

You’ll want to start with your hair in a ponytail and then tease at the top (closest to the ponytail holder). Next you’ll want to flip the ends under right at the base of the ponytail so that hair makes a loop in the back and secure them with another tie (or loop the same one around more time). Use hairspray, if desired to finish the look and add a little stiffness if hair seems to be falling flat or looks too soft. Don’t forget the finishing touch of the black bow — tie it once or twice around the poof you created. Make sure you don’t tie the bow too tightly or it will cinch the hair, you want it loose, use bobby pins if you’re worried about it falling out.
Laura Mercier Almond Scrub.pngWhile I don’t normally go for beauty products that are sugary sweet, I make an exception for anything by Laura Mercier. The brand’s bath and body products just can’t be beat both for quality and delicious scents—especially the Almond Coconut Milk Scrub.

Not only does this scrub just smell delectable, it leaves skin feeling baby soft in what seems like seconds. Recently, my legs have taken on an extremely dry, ashy quality—well, not anymore, thanks to this scrub! The granular texture is still smooth instead of rough, and it moisturizes as it exfoliates, so your skin isn’t irritated. This is thanks to yummy ingredients like safflower seed and grapeseed oils, not to mention the ones mentioned in the name of the product (ahem: almond, coconut and milk).

You know what they say. Milk: it does a body good.

The Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub retails for $46 at
Today’s lesson is one of the “be careful what you wish for” kind. I saw that Kiss My Face had a new Cold and Flu Shower and Bath Gel and I was intrigued by the concept. Its ingredients include olive oil, aloe vera and allantoin, all of which are the perfect antidote to soothe skin that is feeling achy and itchy. It also contains eucalyptus which is cooling and soothing to the skin, while fennel acts as an anti inflammatory and horehound has soothing and aromatic properties. All of this sounded delightful and I found myself wanting to put try it out for myself … well within days I found myself battling a cold that forced me to put the bath and shower gel to the test. While I can’t say that it shortened my cold or improved my symptoms I can say that it smelled great and really helped open up my sinuses. It also provided just the aromatherapy I needed to sleep the cold off. This baby’s definitely a keeper — just heed my advice, be careful what you wish for.

You can buy Kiss My Face Cold & Flu Shower and Bath Gel for $10.95 at
Clinique-Complete-Happiness-Coffret.jpgNeed a reason to get happy this holiday season? How about five reasons? The Clinique Complete Happiness Coffret guarantees that you’ll instantly be in a good mood—hey, it’s even in the name!

This set includes Clinique’s five fabulous fragrances:

Clinique Happy Perfume Spray
Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray
Clinique Happy in Bloom Perfume Spray
A Wealth of Flowers Perfume Spray
A Hint of Citrus Perfume Spray

Each fragrance is sweet, citrusy, floral and beautiful—and you’ll just feel better the moment you spritz yourself with any one of them. Our tried and true favorite is always the classic Happy, but we love all five!

The Clinique Complete Happiness Coffret retails for $39.50 at
JUARA-Avocado-Banana-Moisture-Mask.jpgWant your skin to be soft and smooth—and looking like winter hasn’t arrived? Then you need the JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask in your arsenal, stat.

Ten minutes with this mask and your skin will go from flaky and dehydrated to moisturized and nourished. We tried it this week, when our skin was really acting up—dryness, redness, the works—and immediately after removing the mask, we noticed a dramatic difference! Gone were the dry patches and the dehydration. Now our skin is so supple and smooth, we just can’t believe it!

This mask hardens slightly upon application, but not so much that your face will feel like it’s cracking. We start to feel a bit claustrophobic with masks like that, and this did nothing of the sort. It also has a wonderfully rich, whipped consistency and smells delicious.

The JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask retails for $35 at

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