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Monday, December 1st, 2008

PureAyre ($24.99) is all about keeping your home clean and odor-free, and what better way to do it than with products that are safe to use in your home and around your furry friends?

Slatkin & Co. Concentrated Room Spray in Frosted Cranberry ($5.00) is a great stocking stuffer for the person you know who needs to have a clean house.  These room sprays come in a variety of scents and pack a whopping 400 hours of scent-lovin’ time in each bottle.

Pacifica Soy Candle Gift Box ($50.00) contains 3 oz. sizes of Brazilian Mango Grapefruit, French Lilac, Waikiki Pikake, Bali Lime Papaya, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tahitian Gardenia, Vanilla Vera Cruz, Malibu Lemon Blossom and Nerola Orange Blossom.  Each candle burns for approximately 25 hours.  What I’ve always liked about Pacifica’s scents as they all have a lot of depth.

Slatkin & Co. Snowflake Light-up Wallflowers Diffuser ($12.50) is the lazy way to keep your place smelling its best.  (You know, so this is my choice in scented house products!)  I love the holiday wallflowers, because they’re cute and festive while keeping your home smelling of winter.

Clean Fresh Laundry Eau de Parfum ($76.00) smells exactly as it is named–the scent of fresh laundry, straight from the dryer.

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual ($32.00) just hit stands today!  In celebration of such a fantastic publication, we’re giving away a free copy to five lucky readers.

Three ways to enter to win:

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So maximize your chances to win by doing all three! :)  Winners will be chosen on December 3rd, 2008 at 9PM PST.

MINI-REVIEW:  I received an advance copy, and I have to tell you–this is by far one of the best how-to makeup books I have ever had the pleasure to read and drool over.  It’s formatted in such an easy-to-use way, and there are tips and tricks a’plenty.  I’m so glad to have this book in my beauty arsenal!  If you want to purchase yours, head on over to your favorite book retailer; notable ones like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have this book at a steal (just over $20!).

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Anastasia (yes, of the brow brand!) has listed several tips on getting glamorous eyes, ranging from how to open up your peepers to the perfect brow.  Visit ExpertEyes to read them, and you can also enter to win a spa weekend in Beverly Hills.

My favorite tip is her advice on getting a good brow shape:

Achieving a well-shaped brow isn’t easy, especially on your own. That’s why I recommend you to have your brows done professionally (at least once) to get insights on your specific facial structure — and on how to maintain your look at home. Once you have a basic know-how, you can work on your precision and your patience. Just keep a few things in mind.

Think before you tweeze. Not every shape is right for every face, so consider a shape that complements your eyes. Try mapping out your “design” by filling it in with a brow pencil.

Check yourself out. Always tweeze a single row at a time, in the direction the hairs grow. Then take a step back and look in the mirror for a checkup. (If your brows are a bit unruly, comb them flat with a brow brush before tweezing.)

Fill in the blanks. Once your shape is in place, you can start to define it. If your brow hairs are sparse, or you just want more definition, fill in the shape with a brow pencil that matches your brow color, or one that’s a shade lighter. Or experiment with brow shadows for a softer, more natural look.

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Today is World AIDS Day 2008, which is held each year on December 1st. It is a day when everyone comes together to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.  As the organization’s site says, “Whilst we have come a long ways since 1988, there is still much more to be done.”

If you’re looking for a way to get your beauty on and raise some awareness, check out:

  • Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 ($8.50), which sports the symbolic red ribbon.  During the entire month of December, 100% of the proceeds of this lip balm will be donated to YouthAIDS.
  • MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam Products are available year-round and 100% of the selling price goes to MAC AID Fund.  Several choices in lipglasses and lipsticks are available.

What can $14 do?

$14 would produce 28 copies of free treatment and prevention information
$14 provides round-trip transportation for three people to attend support programs
$14 buys pantry items for nutrition program serving women living with HIV/AIDS
$14 buys formula for 15 babies
$14 covers the cost of school supplies for five teens affected with HIV/AIDS
$14 provides materials to support four volunteer tutors
$14 buys one unit of Therapeutic Recreation for one client
$14 pays for one food pantry bag, containing enough food for a family of three for one day.
$14 purchases one Hospitality Kit, containing personal hygiene and grooming products,
given to clients upon entering a housing program.

— MAC AIDS Fund Factsheet