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The holiday season can be stressful, and the most important thing we can give ourselves is sleep— hey, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Why not give yourself or a loved one products that offer a restful slumber, or at least help you look like you had a full 8 hours. Let’s check out some beautiful products that help aid in a better night’s sleep and repair, relax, renew and soothe.



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Crabtree & Evelyn Soothing Body Lotion moisturizes skin with shea butter and relaxes with a calming essential oil blend of lavender and rosewood, tonka, chamomile, vanilla and violet leaf. Skin is most receptive to moisturizing products at night, so one that does so, and helps us relax is a must-have! $25,  


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Molton Brown Relaxing Yuan Zhi Sleep Mist is a favorite among many of us beauty editors, and for good reason! It encourages great sleep with essential oils of lavender, bergamot and ylang-ylang. It’s relaxing just thinking about it… $44,



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Lavender Naturopatch combines the soothing scents of lavender, chamomile and jasmine in a patch to help you unwind and ease you into sleep. We like the idea of a convenient, take-anywhere patch that travels easily, leaving us with no worries about spilled oils or creams! $15,



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Space NK Relaxing Candle not only soothes our senses, but the combination of patchouli, rosewood, lavender, and vetiverre help to focus our attention on beginning to wind down from the day. $58,




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Bath & Body Works Dream Bath in Black Chamomile creates a luxurious bubble bath that really gives our achey, tired bodies no choice but to relax. $16.50,






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RareMinerals Skin Revival Treatment treats skin to yummy nourishing ingredients like vitamins A and C as well as a host of botanical extracts. This skincare treatment delivers clearer, brighter, smoother-looking skin during sleep, so even if 4 hours of sleep was had, they’ll look like they had 8! $60,



clinique all about eyes.jpgClinque All About Eyes is a best seller because it gives the delicate eye area the appearance of having a good night sleep everynight. You’ll never have to wake up looking puffy-eyed, and makeup will go on smoother because the skin is smooth and moisturized. from $28.50, 



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Philosophy Save Me will treat your skin while you sleep! Rest easy as your skin is nourished with vitamin C to brighten skin tone, retinol to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and clogged pores, and antioxidants to protect skin. $60,  




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L’Oreal Skin Genesis Intensive Night Complex will help strengthen and give skin a more even tone by helping collagen production and giving skin much-needed hydration. It’s light-weight and smells amazing! We can’t believe a drugstore brand can do a just as good of a job as some more expensive brands that give the same claims, but trust us, it does! $19.99,

Scarlett Johansson1.jpgScarlett Johansson and the stars of the new movie The Spirit have been quite busy promoting the movie all over Europe for the past week or so. At the London premiere, Scarlett looked primed and ready for spring in a gorgeous floral print dress and soft, pretty makeup to complement it.

For a look like hers, we decided to put together a list of products to help you create a similar using the line that Scarlett is a spokesmodel for: L’Oreal. Not only does the brand produce fabulous products, but they are all priced to be wallet-friendly!



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Color Juice Stick in a mauve-pink tone like Mango Tango will give your lips beautiful sheer lipcolor that feels like a lipstick but has the shine of a gloss. $9.50,




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Bare Naturale Blush in a color like Bare Honey will add a perfect warm “flushed” tone to your cheeks that isn’t too overdone for the soft look you might want to achieve. $15.25,





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Wear Infinite Eyshadow Duo in Mocha Buff contains a light pearly shade that will help make eyes pop! We love the smooth application and the long-lasting wear that this eyeshadow gives. $5.25,





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Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black is the perfect way to create that timeless cat-eye look. $9.99,




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Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara in Black finishes the look by creating dramatic, look-at-me lashes. This new mascara has become one of our favorites. $10.95

It’s the second week of December, how are you doing with your holiday shopping? If you are like us, there are still some people you haven’t shopped for. Finding the best gifts for them is priority #1, so we are here, as always, to recommend some great beauty-inspired gifts!

Take a look:


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Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette has 20 gorgeous, blendable eyeshadows that is sure to wow your recipient! Palettes not only keep everything in one place, but it also is great for travel. Another plus: this one gives a plethora of options without taking up any extra space. $38,


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Essie Winter Collection features colors that were inspired by the fashions that were shown on the runways of NY Fashion week for the Fall/Winter 2008 season. With names like Damsel in a Dress and Sexy Divide, any fashionista will appreciate this very wearable and versatile set of six polishes. $26.99,



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Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette is the one that will leave  whoever gets this, speechless. This amazing palette has so many eyeshadows, lip and face colors that we were shocked at the price! So we all added this on to our list of most-wanted beauty goodies this year, and all we can do is hope that we will get it! $59.00,



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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body will polish and soften skin with aluminum oxide crystals, leaving even the driest areas of the body (elbows, knees, and feet) well moisturized. We think this makes a great gift simply because taking care of skin on our entire body is just a s important as taking care of the skin on our face! $45,


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Sonia Kashuk Glamified Brush Set is a must-have for any gal that needs quality makeup brushes. This inexpensive set features every basic brush needed to help create a flawless face and a great brush case for keeping the brushes in at home or while traveling. $19.99,




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Crabtree & Evelyn Skin Polishing Ritual is and all natural Asian beauty secret that blends exfoliating spices with rich tropical oils to smooth and polish skin to satin-y smoothness. Contains revitalizing lemon and coriander essential oils and conditioning mango seed butter, avocado and coconut. We feel relaxed just thinking about this wonderful, customizable skin soother. $49.50,




hourglass eye and lip palette vol 6.jpg Hourglass Vol.6 Eye & Lip Palette in Zodiac is a luxurious compact that not only looks chic, but is beautifully functional. Features four silky shadows that can be worn wet or dry, alone or layered, and two pretty glosses that will make lips look and feel fabulous! Includes a double-ended eye and lip applicator and is housed in a 360 swivel compact with rotating mirror to adjust to application needs. $58,
With office parties, holiday parties and New Year’s Eve added to your already-busy schedule of lunches with BFF’s, sports practices, family dinners and playdates, it’s no wonder the holiday season gets hectic!


Thankfully, you can still get glam hair for each event or occasion in no time. Start with dry hair, a flat iron and a styling product and you can create virtually any style, from sleek and straight to romantic waves and bouncy curls. We like the new Sedu Revolution Professional Nano Touramline Ionic Styler ($139.95, with its unique curved edge plates that give you more flexibility and control for creating a multitude of looks.






For that office party, you want to look fabulous, and all you need is a quick refresher to look your best. Style your hair in the morning and touch it up later for a chic, polished look to keep you looking great throughout the evening.

*Set the styling iron to desired heat.

*Section hair into four sections and focus on one at a time.

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and place in between the plates starting at the roots.

bumble and bumble spray de mode.jpg*Run the hair through the iron in a straight downward motion to the tip.

*Spritz with a light-hold hair spray like Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode (from $15, to lock-in the look all night!




Who doesn’t want to look great while ringing in the New Year? Do it in style with sultry, natural looking curls. Here’s how to create soft and bouncy curls perfect for your big night out:

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*Work a tiny bit of mousse (try Warren-Tricomi Salon Mousse, $17, into hair to provide additional volume and hold.

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and wrap it once around the bottom iron.

*Roll the styler as you run it through the length of your hair.



Be the center of attention at all of your holiday parties! Create silky, bombshell hair that’s big on body:

*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and place in between the plates starting at the roots. 

herbal essences body envy hair spray.jpg*Run the styler through each sections vertically and twist out at the tips.

*For even more body flip head over and spritz volumizing hair spray (try Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hair Spray, $3.59,




Wow your in-laws at that family dinner with beautiful, natural-looking waves. Sedu’s lightweight design makes it easy to create waves and its adjustable heat feature makes it the perfect tool for any hair type.

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*Take a one-inch section of dry hair and wrap it once around the  bottom iron .

*Run the styler through hair rolling outward once.

*Spray hair with texturizing spray like Oscar Blandi Tocco Finale Sculpting Pomade, $22,, for a piecier look.




There are plenty of products that we will always be loyal to and purchase over and over again, and those we will come to know for a brief time and decide to move on from. We come to know, and love, new and newly discovered products every day and will continue to do so in the future. It’s a never-ending cycle of falling in, and sometimes out, of love with products, but we wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t enjoy the thrill of it all! These are the products we are loving right now, and we think you will too!



beckham signature for her.jpgBeckham Signature For Her is an amazing fragrance from Victoria Beckham, the woman who oozes fashion and style. We were surprised that we loved this one as much as we did, simply because we have been disappointed by previous celebrity fragrances, but this one delivered, and we can’t get enough! $52, 



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Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 is a fabulous way for us to add broad-spectrum protection to any of our moisturizers or foundation. We know the importance of sunscreen, and keeping our skin looking its best, so this is one of our new must-haves! It also contains green tea and Vitamin E, essential antioxidants. $43,



elizabeth arden eight hour cream.jpgElizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is a classic product that is proving to us why is is sticking around. This unique cream smooths away rough spots anywhere on the body, and is also fabulous for treating those dry cuticles. $27.57,  




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Bliss The Youth As We Know It Eye Cream is our must-have eye cream of the moment! To us, a good eye cream is worth every penny if it can keep us waking up to puff-free, bright eyes each morning. This one does that and with a beautifully light scent to boot! $75, 




soap and glory scrub your nose in it.jpgSoap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It gives our skin a fresh healthy glow after we use it. We love this minty not-too-harsh scrub! It works fabulously on keeping our skin clean and even fights off the oil production for a time. The cute pink packaging attracted us, but it’s the actual product keeps us coming back for more. $12.99,



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Max Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duos give us highly pigmented, long-lasting eyeshadows in a two-for-one tube. The wand allows for precise application, but can easily be blended with a brush or smudged with a sponge. $7.22,

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