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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,

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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When we want to give our tired tootsies a treat, The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot Rescue Treatment is the perfect solution. Not only does it soften our rough soles with skin-smoothing cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and grapeseed extract, but it also cools and deodorizes with peppermint oil. We love using this year-round, but it’s especially yummy during the warmer months— we’ll spare you the details…$18,

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Crabtree & Evelyn has come out with a fabulous aromatherapy line called Distillations that we can’t help but adore. The Revitalizing range helps give us a little caffeine-free boost no matter what time of day. Our product of choice after a shower, at the kitchen sink or even at our desk at the office is the Conditioning Body Lotion. With nourishing coconut oil and exotic tiare flower to restore our skin’s suppleness, we let the aroma of fresh lemon and coriander oils revitalize our spirits. Ahhh…$19.50

With Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks away, we have found that the best gifts for this romantic holiday are those that make us not only feel great, but look it, too. Don’t get us wrong, we do enjoy our chocolate just as much as the next gal, but with so many chocolate-themed beauty goodies out there, we’ll sacrifice our sweet tooth (at least for a time) for these calorie-free treats instead.


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Bare Escentuals Sweet Decadence Eyeshadows feature four silky shades to make you look oh-so gorgeous and sweet.These, like all BE products, are made with pure minerals so we’ll always feel good about using them. $28,





100% pure chocolate mocha body scrub.jpg100% Pure Dark Chocolate Body Scrub makes us think we might start to crave taking more than one shower a day. With the smell of chocolate, and knowing that we’d never see the consequences of the indulgence on our hips, using this antioxidant-rich skin smoother to bring radiance to our skin might almost be as good as eating the real thing. $22,



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Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder will give a sun-kissed glow to your winter skin. Combining both the natural, deep and skin-soothing effects of real cocoa powder with the signature Too Faced bronzing pigments, this is a “delicious” deep tan in a compact. $28,



elf mocha maniac gloss.jpgElf Candy Shop Lipgloss in Mocha Maniac will keep the chocolate lover in you satisfied with high shine, great taste and moisture to keep those lips looking their best. $2,



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KLS Beauty Chocolate Shimmer Powder works to give a fabulous and smells like amazing chocolate. We love that is can be dusted on for a hint of shimmer or mixed with our favorite body moisturizer for a delectable glow. $24,



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Essie Nail Color in Chocolate Kisses has a yummy name and looks oh-so chocolately. This shade could easily be mistaken for a bottle of milk belgian chocolate sauce. Eating, however, it is not advised. $8,



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Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath nurtures and conditions skin with ingredients like cocoa butter, oat protein, and aloe. But it’s the amazing, rich scent of chocolate and milk that will make you feel like being a kid again. This body wash and bubble bath— yes, that means can soak in it— will indulge your senses, and just make you happy. $35,



**Beauty Chef Recipe: Make your own Chocolate Facial Mask at home. This mask is actually an excellent moisturizer, leaving your skin baby soft.

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp. heavy cream

2 tsp. cottage cheese

¼ cup honey

3 tsp. oatmeal

Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender works great) and smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

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