Mother’s Day is May 11th, 2008–mark your calendars! Here are some of our favorite ways to treat your “mom” (traditional or otherwise) this year:
Bella Il Fiore Lip Treats ($15.00) is an inexpensive way to say “I love you” to Mom this year. Give her a cute lip palette of five colors for her to enjoy.
Gianna Rose Atelier Royal Jelly & Shea Butter Set ($21.00) are luxury soaps with royal jelly and shea butter with a very strong, classic kind of scent (it just screams “sophistication”, since it’s more of a floral with woody or spicy notes to it–nothing fruity or sweet here). These make great decor options for that guest bath you’ve been wanting to spruce up!
Bond No. 9 Swarovski Stars Bon Bons ($700.00) is for the daughter who has a lot to give! Bond No. 9 has packaged four of their favorite scents (Bryant Park, Bleecker Street, Nuits de Noho, and Eau de New York) as Swarovski covered bon bons. I wish I had the cash to splurge on this for myself!
Melange Apothecary ($65.00 per person) is offering blending events on 4/27, 4/30, 5/4, and 5/7 where you are treated to appetizers and tea (Sundays) or appetizers and wine (evenings). They have 80 fragrances, and guests can formulate their own personal fragrance that will be blended into either eau de parfum, bath, body, or home fragrance. What’s better is the $65 is fully applied to any of your custom-blended products. To reserve, contact 818-385-0495.
The Spa at Pacific Palms Resort (varies) is the ultimate mother-daughter bonding experience. Treat your favorite lady in your life to some delectable, relaxing spa treatments from traditional massages to exotic body wraps. The facility is beyond pampering, especially as it was just recently constructed, so it features the very latest in luxury and opulence. Visit www.pacificpalmsresort.com for details!
Mother’s Day is not just about gift giving. It’s about appreciating the person who has played the role of your mother, your rock, your shoulder to cry on. It can be your sister, your daughter, your best friend’s mother. Gifts are great, but we all know that just showing your appreciation is what counts. Going out for a brunch or cooking up her favorite dessert (and insist she splurge!) is a great idea that’s easy and so do-able. If you have the time, scrapbooking is an excellent way to document and capture memories that will last a life time. Never be afraid to get creative or hands-on when it comes to giving and appreciating!
Most of the gifts featured can be purchased at Nordstrom.com.
It seems like everybody is giving away something this time of the year! I thought I’d do a little round-up of some of the fab contests I’ve come across.
Total Beauty is having their celebration for Earth Day by holding a huge, site-wide contest that gives away daily prizes of all kinds (from conflict-free diamonds to eco-friendly beauty products), as well as a grand prize of a Saturn Vue filled to the brim of eco-beauty products. How do you enter? Review products and get entered! Check out Totally Green for more details.
Clinique has a contest going on in celebration of Mother’s Day! Share your Mom-and-me story and photo– and you both could win! When you’re done, you can even put your picture on a Clinique Happy custom bottle! The happiest Mom-and-me moment wins these great prizes: Two (2) clinique.com eGift Cards; Two (2) iPod Touch 8GB; Two (2) custom bottles with the winning photo. The winning photo will be featured on Mother’s Day — May 11. They are also running a bridal contest in conjunction with Brides.com, where you can win a nice grand prize featuring a huge diamond, as well as runner up prizes where you can get your own Clinique Makeup Expert on your special day.
Jergens Skincare is showing their support for The Skin Care Foundation with a campaign called “Glow in the Dark,” which is all about tanning via bottles (aka self tanners) rather than baking in the sun. The first 500 people who TAKE THE PLEDGE! to tan safely will receive a sample of Jergens Natural Glow Express Moisturizer and a “I Glow in the Dark” t-shirt. Every pledge made results in $1 donation to The Skin Care foundation up to $20,000.
Misikko is an online retailer that sells several high-end brands of hair styling tools and products (and at great prices, they often have things on sale or less than retail). Three random winners will be selected to win either a $50 or $100 gift certificate to Misikko just for writing a review. Get details here. Contest ends April 27th, midnight EST.
Create a page to dedicate to your mom! Everyone who creates a page will have the chance to win the ultimate gift for mom, a $1,200 shopping spree on philosophy.com; each visitor to www.yourmomsphilosophy.com will be able to rate every page they read, and on mother’s day, philosophy will reveal the top 20 rated pages and everyone who visits the site that day will be able to vote for their favorite page to receive the grand prize. all 20 finalists will receive a philosophy gift basket, valued at $250 each.
Do you wear perfume everyday or only on special occasions? If you limit it to special occasions, why so? If you wear it everyday, do you have certain scents that you save for special occasions?
If you were using Stila’s Orchid eyeshadow duo?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?
Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Orchid! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.
The Eyes | The eyes can be the window to the soul, so help your peepers shine on your big day with some of these tips and advice! Remember, you can do your own makeup or hire an artist–it’s all in what you want and what works best for your event. When hiring a makeup artist, make sure you know what they will provide you in a touch-up kit so that you can reapply as you need throughout the event. It is also a good idea to be able to do a test run with the artist. These are all things to look for in a good, knowledgeable artist! Oh, and don’t be shy–if you have a look you want to do or an idea in your head, don’t be afraid to tell your makeup artist what you have in mind.
Start With a Base! It is important that no matter what look you go for, if you are planning to wear eyeshadow, wear a base. Layering shadows on top of a product designed to help increase the lasting power of your eyeshadow is imperative. You don’t want to find that your eye makeup has moved all over the place or creased throughout the reception! I adore Soft Ochre paint pot by MAC as my base of choice, but cult favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion is a good choice, too.
Color? It is really important that you think about what your usual makeup style is and what exactly you want to reflect in your wedding photographs. Even though I personally wear colors from bright blue to yellow on my eyes, I know that I would want to opt for less color and something more natural/neutral. I also think that part of deciding colors is thinking about coordinating with both your dress, bouquet, and overall theme/feel of the wedding. Is your wedding a traditional church affair? If so, going for soft beiges and taupes makes a lot of sense. Going to Vegas with Elvis as your preacher? You just may want to have some fun and go for fun, glittery falsies!
Shimmer? Frost? Matte? I think light or low-level sheen/shimmer can be good to accent the lid and also the brow bone as a highlight, but nothing high in frost. If it’s too frosty, it can reflect badly in photos–especially on the brow bone (as the lid is not usually as visible when your eyes are open). One tip I can definitely offer is that using a matte color in the crease helps add dimension to your look and depth to your eye area.
To Line or Not to Line? If you’re going to line, choose something that is going to withstand tearing, both for upper lash lining and lower lash lining. One of my favorite products that I know will not budge are MAC Liquid Last Liners. These will not move a single inch without a good oil-based makeup remover–seriously, when they first came out, I tested their lasting power and swatched it on my skin, and it didn’t start to fade until 48 hours later. If you are opting for a more natural look, I do suggest thinking about using a brown liner over black, for something subtle and less bold (but I also love black liner, and I think it is quite suiting for natural looks, too!).
Tearproof Mascara! Waterproof, smudgeproof, and tearproof! One of my favorite mascaras that really holds up is Clinique Lash Power (and right now, if you test-drive it, you can get a free Lash Power Mascara to try!), which is designed to take on humidity, tears, sweat, you name it and come out on top. I’ve tried it (and put it to the test!), and I can tell you it is Temptalia approved! One quick and easy tip to minimize smudging is to avoid applying mascara to bottom lashes, because tears flow downwards more often than not and can easily make a mess of lower lashes with mascara (but again, I recommend a waterproof/smudgeproof mascara, and then you won’t have to worry at all!).
The Brows Have It! Many believe that one of the key pieces to looking polished and put together are well-groomed and shaped brows. If you have never touched your lashes (bless you!), get yourself to a professional salon/brow guru and have them find the optimal shape for you. I wish I didn’t tweeze (or have my friend tweeze) mine so thin when I was a teen, now I don’t have much to work with! For those ladies like me, I totally recommend Anastasia’s “Tweezers Anonymous” brow kit, which includes stencils, brow filler, and gel to help brows grow back.
Regardless, if you do not have naturally thick brows, filling sparse areas with product is an excellent idea. I prefer using something simple like a powder eyeshadow (love MAC Espresso and Brun) or brow kits like Benefit’s BrowZings or Urban Decay’s Brow Box (I prefer this because it has clear wax, rather than colored, for a brow kit!). If using a powder, try using an angled brush like MAC’s 266. It’s great for perfecting brows (and lining!). For those who prefer brow pencils, forge on, but I definitely recommend taking a clean, disposable mascara wand and brushing it through your brows. This helps to groom them, but it also makes sure that your brows do not look harsh from the pencil! I also like MAC’s Clear Brow Set for keeping those well-groomed and shaped brows in place.
Most products are available at Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com.
Do you look to see what other women have on makeup-wise? Do you ever stop to ask them what they’re wearing if you like it? Is it even on your radar?