Philosophy Holiday 2009 Collection

Philosophy Holiday 2009 Collection

ah, our first snow so fresh and beautiful. carolers arrive, like graceful, holiday angels to sing silent night and share my winter joy. the sugary smell of grandma’s angel cakes reaches my window seat, while i continue to gaze… watching pairs of snow shoes & mittens carve snowy trails.

the guests will be arriving soon. mom pulls out the cookbook and calls me into the kitchen. together, we bring the gingerbread man to life with frosting buttons and a happy heart. all the treats must be decorated for the cookie exchange we’ll have later by the fire.

jumbling pots and pans make music, and i laugh. it sounds like the bake shoppe down the street! eyes will light up over the holiday spice and everything nice in our home-baked goodies. after the cups and cookie crumbs are collected, i sneak back to my window to watch friends make the winter escape.

i hope dad hurries in. he promised to read ‘twas the night before and make his special peppermint hot cocoa. he calls it fireside indulgence, which make mom giggle. my little brother is two, so he’s telling everyone he meets to have a cherry christmas!

i draw a candy cane in the fog of my window as grandpa plays holiday songs to remind us of the spirit of giving. grandma said i was “a darling, little holiday hostess” to our guests, and maybe on new year’s eve i can be a party girl with my older cousins!

mom loves her gift; she called my dad the miracle worker for topping last year’s present. i just love how she smells… so pretty, so soft like amazing grace.

mom comes up behind me and wraps me in a big hug. she asks, “what do you see out your window?” i answer, “magic.” she kisses my forehead and looks at me, “magic, you say?” “i asked each snowflake to take hope to everyone, and they’re delivering it. isn’t that magic?”

a season of and hope philosophy: find the magic in every moment, the hope in every day

First Snow ($25.00)

  • snow body lotion 2 oz., snow shower exfoliating gel 4 oz., snow kiss lip shine .5 oz. gift set

Angel Cakes ($20.00)

  • high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz., lip shine .5 oz. duo

Snow Shoes + Mittens ($20.00)

  • snow shoes miraculous foot cream 4 oz., snow mittens miraculous hand cream 4 oz. duo

The Cookbook ($35.00)

  • 6 recipe-inspired shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 2 oz. gift set (pumpkin spice, red velvet, hot cocoa, warm pear cobber, gingerbread and cinnamon buns)

The Cookie Exchange ($30.00)

  • 4 delectable, cookie scented high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths 4 oz. gift set (lemon cookie, coconut macaroon, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin)

Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub ($25.00)

  • gingerly hot salt scrub for tub & shower 23 oz.

Holiday Spice & Everything Nice ($16.00)

  • high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz., lip shine .5oz

The Bake Shoppe ($30.00)

  • pink frosted layer cake and raspberry mousse high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 4 oz., raspberry mousse lip shine .5 oz., sweet creamy frosting lotion 2 oz. gift set

The Winter Escape ($25.00)

  • peppermint hot cocoa high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 4 oz., melting marshmallow cream body soufflé 2 oz., lip shine .5 oz. gift set

‘Twas the Night Before ($20.00)

  • milk and cookies high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 8 oz. duo

Party Girl ($35.00)

  • pomegranate bubbly exfoliating shower gel 4 oz., shimmer body lotion 4 oz., lip shine .5 oz.

Holiday Hostess ($20.00)

  • cinnamon buns award winning, ultra rich shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, body lotion 8 oz. duo with pumps

Amazing Grace ($50.00)

  • amazing grace perfumed shampoo, bath & shower gel 8 oz.,, perfumed body butter 2 oz., spray fragrance 2 oz.

The Miracle Worker ($85.00)

  • the microdelivery exfoliating wash 8 oz., purity made simple one-step facial cleanser 8 oz., hope in a jar moisturizer 2 oz., hope in a tube eye and lip firming cream .5 oz., the microdelivery peel vitamin c/peptide crystals 1 oz. and activating gel 1 oz. set

Shower Gels ($16.00)

  • Silent Night
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  • Have a Cherry Christmas
  • Candy Cane
  • Pumpkin Spice Muffin
  • Caramel Apple
  • Eggnog

Availability: Sephora.com, Philosophy.com

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La Mer Holiday Miracles 2009

La Mer Holiday Miracles 2009

For the ultra decadent, luxurious gifts to give and receive this season… La Mer has you covered.

Legendary Luxury ($1,390.00)

This treasure is home to the jewel of La Mer—a magnificent (16.5 oz.) jar of the Crème nestled in a sleek green box with chrome detail and a lucite lid. In a short time, skin becomes softer, firmer, looks virtually creaseless. An exceptional gift, this limited edition offering is simply the Crème de la Crème.

The Connoisseur Collection ($395.00)

The Connoisseur Collection brings together three essential skincare treatments perfect for any time of year: Crème de la Mer (2 oz.), The Lifting Face Serum (9 ml) and The Eye Concentrate (.5 oz.). Presented in a festive keepsake box, this offering is a beautiful way to both gift and experience La Mer.

The Signature Collection ($240.00)

Jet-setters will revel in the limited edition Signature Collection. Featuring convenient, travel sizes of Crème de la Mer (1 oz.), The Lifting Face Serum (15 ml) and The Eye Concentrate (5 ml), The Signature Collection lets your loved ones indulge in La Mer at home or away. Presented in La Mer’s signature, gift-ready box.

The Lip Balm ($45.00)

Hydrate and help protect lips with the soothing Lip Balm. A truly luxurious emulsion, it works on contact to soften and moisturize. Like the original Crème de la Mer, the results are immediate, yet also long lasting. This small gem is sure to please each and every one on your list this season.

The Hand Treatment ($70.00)

The Hand Treatment is a silky formulation that helps protect and heal even the driest hands. La Mer’s smart seaweeds attract moisture, an exclusive Skin Lightening Complex improves skin tone and clarity, and magnetized water helps reduce feelings of fatigue as it soothes on contact. Perfect for winter pampering, it encourages hands to look younger and feel softer to the touch.

The Body Refiner & The Body Crème ($110.00 / $195.00)

Who wouldn’t love to receive the gift of diamonds? Treat someone special this holiday to La Mer’s latest innovation, The Body Refiner. This plush, creamy and calming treatment utilizes precious ingredients—including 1.75 carats of pure diamond dust— to deliver a cushiony resurfacing treatment that both polishes and softens the skin. For the ultimate winter treat, follow with The Body Crème, a sumptuous treatment that lavishes skin in a wave of long-lasting hydration.

Availability: October 2009

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MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection Official Information & Photos

MAC Baroque Boudoir

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009 (Freestanding/PRO Stores Only)

Decadent, luxurious… Liaisons get even more Dangereuse! The vintage look of the Baroque Boudoir has inspired our special, limited edition cache of high-style collectibles for lips and face, in silverized and silk-screened packaging containing favourite bring-back luxe formulas. First, Lipstick and Lip Gloss, each in three new shades of lustrous seduction, followed with Sheer Mystery Powder in Light Medium and Medium Plus, the last word in silky finish, divinely dressed in a ravishing round compact, etched like the fine filigree of a French baroque settee. Of course, our new Boudoir Clutch will be instantly treasured. Sate your taste for something modern, yet ornate.

Baroque Boudoir Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Prive Creamy light blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Treasured Creamy warm nude beige (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Baroque Boudoir Creamy dark plum (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Preciousness Sheer metallic pink with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Lap of Luxury Sheer baby pink with white & pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • D’Nouveau Sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory (Limited Edition)
  • Medium Plus Tan beige (Limited Edition)

Boudoir Clutch ($65.00 U.S. / $78.00 CDN)

  • Unexpected and chic clutch with a crinkle brushed nylon fabric in black. (Limited Edition)

Availability: North America: November 25th, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International: December 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries Launches

Temptalia has teamed up with Sephora to help promote Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries! Leslie Blodgett is the founder of cult-favorite brand Bare Escentuals, and Perfume Diaries is her first fragrance launch. The fragrance series consists of scents inspired by Leslie’s travels around the world. The first scent is Bare Skin, which was created to evoke memories of being on the beach.

To kick off the launch, Sephora wants you to create your own digital “perfume diaries,” for their contest. Just head over to Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries on Facebook for more details.

Here’s mine:

It’s bright, sunny, and there is just a few clouds breezing by in the sky. The sun is beating down, while the waves are crashing at my feet. I can feel the cool, gritty sand between my toes. There’s a soft, sweet scent of coconuts with a delectable mix of something just perfectly tropical wafting by. I hear nothing but the sounds of the water rolling in and out as it has done for day in and day out. This moment is about relaxation with none of the pressures of daily life able to intrude.

LUSH for Halloween 2009

LUSH Holiday 2009

LUSH for Halloween 2009

Ohh… Halloween fun!

Pumpkin Soap ($5.95)

A spicy Jack-o’-Lantern-shaped soap, made with a blend of sweet orange juice, pumpkin puree, cinnamon powder and clove bud oil to warm you up after those tireless rounds of trick-or-treating. Stand out from your neighbors and offer trick-or-treaters a break from the Kit Kats, Tootsie Pops and Candy Corn with a Pumpkin Soap instead!

Jacko Bath Bomb ($4.95)

Jacko is a spicy concoction of cinnamon powder, ground chili and cayenne pepper to warm you up on those chilly fall nights. Fresh ginger root and cardamom oil have a warming effect on tired, sore muscles as well as the emotions, in case you’re feeling a bit eerie with the season.

Ghost Shower Gel ($16.95)

This shower gel is to die for – it contains a blend of soothing rose water, ylang ylang, jasmine, and bewitching neroli that will uplift your spirit and make showering a real out-of-this-world experience.

Cobweb Bath Bomb ($5.95)

This is a dark and mysterious cobweb-shaped bath bomb that’s shot through with silver luster – a spooky revelation for anybody in a black mood. Drop it in the tub and the water magically turns into a dark, swirling, twinkling mass, reminiscent of the Halloween night sky. Beautiful lavender is blended with calming chamomile and balancing frankincense and myrrh to create a truly bewitching bath-hour!

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