This time of year is the perfect time to invest in fantastic body scrubs and moisturizers to get your skin ready for the warmer weather ahead. My choices this season are from Tocca, whom I love for their consistently amazing scents.
I’ve been testing out the Esfoliante da Corpo in Giulietta ($32), and my goodness, it is good. This paraben-free sugar scrub uses natural oils including grapeseed, olive and safflower that helps leave skin feeling super soft. It is delicately scented with pink tulip and green apple, which is surprisingly not too sweet. My skin has never looked better coming out of the shower!
I follow up it up with Tocca’s Crema da Corpo in Stella ($20), one of my all-time favorite scents from the brand. The Crema da Corpo lotions incorporate sweet almond oil, shea butter and honey — a combination that richly moisturizes and soothes any dry patches you may have. Stella is their signature Italian blood orange fragrance, and I love how the scent lingers on my skin post-application. The lotion also absorbs quickly so I can throw on my clothes shortly after using it.
It’s been a few weeks now, and my skin is looking so much better than it has all year… finally ready to show itself with short sleeves and flirty spring dresses!
I’m pretty predictable when it comes to nail color, with my go-to brands typically being OPI, Essie and Chanel. But I thought I’d shake it up a bit recently! Los Angeles-based NCLA is a newer polish brand, launched in 2011, and are inspired by their home state. As a bonus, all of their polishes are 100% free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor, nor are they tested on animals.
I’m in love with Rock Solid, which is a super dark grey creme with flecks of tiny silver metallic glitter. It glides on smoothly and evenly. The color is so even and thick that I think you could get away with using just one coat. It’s beautifully subtle in a professional setting, but with a bit of fun. The next color I’m trying is I’m with the Band (a bright coral creme), and I might even go outside of my comfort zone with Santa Monica Shore Thing (a bright minty hue – perfect for spring)!
NCLA polishes retail for $16 and can be found at shopncla.com.
ONE: Redken For Men Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo – Most guys can be a little clueless about products, but really appreciate it when you upgrade them to something nicer than what they usually use, even if that something is meant for every day grooming. Plus, I don’t know any dude that doesn’t love a good beer. So if you combine the two — luxurious product and a good beer — you get Redkens Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo. Because you know, Grit Happens. But Redken’s anti grit technology, with a premium blend of malt, brewer’s yeast and orange zest, will fix that. This sleek shampoo easily removes styling product buildup from clays or waxes (and those not-so-luxurious products) that our guys have learned to love. – Liz
TWO: Prismera Design Bull Bottle Opener – How handsome is this little guy? This bottle opener features beautifully carved wood, paired with brass horns and a leather tail – perfect for opening his (and your) alcoholic drink of choice throughout the year. Connie
THREE: ZoraaB Kit – So Ryan Gosling isn’t the man in your life — and the last hot date you had was when you went to see Magic Mike with your girlfriends. I feel you. But even if the man in your life turns out to be a lovably cantankerous little brother or an adorably “You don’t have to get me a gift” dad, the problem with shopping for dudes is that they don’t need anything. Am I right? So, in cases like this, you have to be a little bit of a Shopping Miss Cleo and intrinsically figure out what it is the dude in your life needs. And I’m here to tell you that the answer is socks. Yes, socks. I’m not talking about regular, old tube socks though. I’m talking about exaggerated polka dots, fine swiss miss dots, and bright yellow socks emblazoned with mustaches. New retail start-up ZoraaB has captured this concept, setting up an e-commerce store dedicated exclusively to men’s socks. The offerings all range in the under $30 range, curated to pick only the funnest, coolest, and most stylish socks. And if you think your man deserves a constant supply of socks, their subscription service (the ZoraaB Kit) sends over 2,3, or 5 monthly pairs dependent upon his style profile. So sock it to him, he won’t know what’s coming. Kathleen READ MORE
ONE. Huit Lucky Bandeau Bikini Top and Bottom – Have a friend who works out and loves showing off her hard earned bod at the pool? Yeah you know you have (and secretly hate) one of those. Why not indulge her (I mean it is Resort season already) with Huit’s answer to the iconic Baywatch swimsuit ? This bikini is super cute yet sexy in a sporty way. The top comes in standard bra sizes for the perfect fit and is designed with moulded underwire cups to keep everything in place (and looking good). Whose ready for some laps?! Carolyn
TWO. DvF X NeimanMarcus x Target Yoga Mat – Grab this mat while you can and be the envy of everyone at your yoga studio. Mix fashion and function, the cushioned textured face and back surfaces provide stable, non-slip grip for proper body alignment. Top it off with convenient “love is life” carrying case, this playful mat is designed in an animal-print complete with Diane von Furstenberg’s heart signature on one side and bright red on the reverse. Any active friend will be eager to start saluting the sun! Liz
THREE: On Your Way Duffel – The perfect gym bag is almost impossible to find – either they’re too small or too bulky or come in a hideous color (or more than one of the above!) So when I spotted what seemed like the perfect one on a girl at the gym, I had to ask her where she bought it, crossing my fingers that it wasn’t something hard to find or already out of stores. Luckily, the On Your Way Duffel is still available at Lucy stores and online, so I know what I’m buying my yoga loving sister this year. Everything about it is just great – it’s the exact right size for gym clothes and sneakers, it comes in basic black, it has pockets for your water bottle, and it even has a strap so you can attach your yoga mat on top if that’s your activity of choice. Even better, it comes with two straps so you can wear it over your shoulder or slung across your body. See? Perfect! Stacey READ MORE
ONE. Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush – If you (or your office-mates) are anything like me, your office desk makeup stash grows throughout the year. First it’s a lipgloss or lipstick in the pencil tray, then as spring rolls around, you add a couple bronzers or blushes, and during the summer (aka when going-out-after-work season is in full force) you start keeping a stash of mascaras, eyeshadows, etc ,etc alongside your Scotch tape and Post-It Notes. But you know what we never have? A handy brush set to help us actually apply our makeup properly throughout the day. Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush set is the answer, featuring a powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, and concealer brush — everything you need for a full face touchup. It also comes in a snazzy shimmery case that fits in even the most compact spaces. Plus for only $15, this set probably only costs half as much as your favorite lipgloss. One for each of your office BFFs, one for youself, (and one for me)! Carolyn
TWO. Poppin – “I’m a moleskin kind of girl, too,” someone confided to me recently, glancing approvingly at the sunshine yellow soft color notebook I was using to take notes. “Actually, I’m a Poppin girl!” I replied, “It’s the new office concept from Chris Burch.” Burch, more fondly known round Poppin parts as Poppa Poppin, is the creator of the Staples meets Pantone meets C.Wonder lovechild. Ever wish that all of your office supplies, from notebooks to pen to stapler, was color coordinated in the same vivid shade of royal purple? Poppin can help. Do you have a serious fetish for high performance Japanese ballpoint pens? Poppin can help. Do you want to match your ruler to this season’s “It”, aqua blue eyeliner? Poppin can help. And for this holiday season, Poppin is doing holiday bundles of its best-sellers. Among my favorites is the “All Bundled Up” package, with scissors, a ball-point pen, folio, and two notebooks in lime green and a grown-up shade of Elle Woods pink. So Pop, Poppin it up. Kathleen
THREE. Working Girl’s Survival Kit – Whether you’re gifting this to a recent college grad getting ready to start her first job or an old friend who has been at the same company for over a decade, any woman will appreciate opening the Working Girl’s Survival Kit. (Even the name is cute!) The small aluminum attache case has 22 different health and beauty items and can be stashed in your desk (or even your car) to get you through any beauty emergency that could possibly happen at work. I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly on the hunt for most of the items in it, so it’s a genius idea to be able to stash them all in one place. The kit includes things like an emery board, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, mints, a stain remover… even shoe shine wipes. I kind of want to buy one for all of my friends… and get an extra one for myself. What working girl wouldn’t want one? Stacey READ MORE
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