The delightful smells of cinnamon, Christmas cookies, and fresh pie are such lovely associations with this time of year. I love walking into the warmth of a home from the grey cold outside to be enveloped by laughter, holiday scents, and the promise of fun to come. philosophy captures the nostalgic smells of the holidays in the form of beauty (no calories!)- lotion, lip shines, and my favorite 3-in-1 Christmas cookie shower gel (also a shampoo or bubble bath) packaged in an ornament box. This adorable stocking stuffer is age-versatile as it would certainly bring a smile to a little girl’s face and same for grandma. philosophy gives back to the community by donating 1% of all philosophy.com sales to mental health efforts- so your gift gives gives back!
Naked Undies. This is the perfect gift for the girl in your life that knows how to unwind and relax in style (or needs that incentive to do so!). The essential loungewear line is unbelievably light and feather-soft, not to mention sexy! The Carly T is my favorite long-sleeve tee for its creative back opening- think two graceful semi-sheer panels overlapping for comfort and ease. This piece fits true to size and is flattering at just the right length without trying too hard. The fabric hugs skin but doesn’t feel constricting in the least, so it’s perfect for traveling, lounging, and rewarding oneself for getting through the holidays! The chic pieces can be machine laundered with care and come in a variety of neutral shades. Naked Undies was founded by two fashionable ladies from LA whose eco-friendly philosophy and charity go beyond the luxurious threads. I love their ideas for giving back, and ten percent of proceeds go directly to the animal rescue organization Banfield Charitable Trust. Naked Undies is a treat for a woman of any age, and makes every day into a spa day whether that’s on the to-do list or not!
Have you heard of Olivina? This Napa Valley-based beauty company is inspired by the ingredients that surrounds them and handcrafts their products in the USA. I’ve been much more mindful of the ingredients of products that I’m putting on my body, and love that these vegetable-based products are thoughtfully formulated free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum and SLS. Even better, they’re packaged in PET plastic (the gold standard in recyclable containers!). READ MORE
I love the nostalgia of classic New York institutions, and C.O. Bigelow Apothecary is one of the quintessential neighborhood mainstays which remains trendy and relevant today. Whenever I’m in the Village and have some time to kill, I always stop by and leave with some goodies, my all-time favorites being their eponymous collection of soaps and lotions. I appreciate that the formulas are time-tested and high quality, so I can count on them to cleanse without drying, moisturize without being greasy, and basically do their job while lifting my mood with delicious scents. One of my favorite lines this summer is the collection of Mentha Lip Shine glosses. These natural mint-filled glosses nourish like crazy while cooling the lips. It feels glorious as soon as I have a layer on, and the shine stays even overnight (tried and true!).
Oh, Kate Spade… How I love your bags and how I wish I could afford to buy more of them…
Luckily for me, when I can’t buy bags, I default to buying other things, which has led to me trying my first Kate Spade fragrance, Live Colorfully. It’s right up my alley–a citrus floral–and it reminds me of summer and vacation and always puts me in a great mood whenever I spritz it on. With notes of tiare flower, golden gardenia, coconut water, sheer amber, radiant musks and Tahitian vanilla, the perfume sounds amazing, right? Trust me, it is. It’s very tropical but a little sweet as well and I can definitely smell both the floral and the citrus on me when I’m wearing it. It’s the perfect date night scent, but I’ve also been wearing it during the day and it’s not too strong or overwhelming at all. How to describe it best? Unique and feminine – just like Kate Spade herself!
Mio’s Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter is one of my favorites when I need a heavy-duty shot of moisture. The thick and creamy formula works overtime for up to 24 hours to banish my dry patches and cover my whole body with a seemingly new smoother, glowing skin. There’s a fine line between a saturated body butter which achieves ultimate richness and one with a pastelike consistency, and Future Proof maximizes its lushness without sacrificing smooth and simple application. Organic Argan Kernel Oil is one of Future Proof’s many unique ingredients which is packed with Omegas and proteins to improve inner strength and elasticity while moisturizing and feeding skin.
I’ve been an avid fan of the women’s activewear line Graced By Grit for a while now and must share my latest obsession from their collection, the Head to Sea Hoodie. On every run this spring, I don what I refer to as my “second skin,” a super lightweight but hard-working piece of engineering which moves the way I move to allow for the most efficient workout possible. It’s perfect in the morning when there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, but even when I start sweating, I don’t feel sticky or heavy. Thumb loops keep it in place during vigorous activity while the shape flatters my body with its form-fitting longer length. I love that the UPF 50+ rating saves me from having stubborn tan lines or having to slather smelly sunscreen all over.
This spring (we can call it that now, right?), it’s all about taking care of your armpits. Instead of only complaining about them (amirite?), it’s time to give those forgotten body parts some love. Two of my favorite products of the moment strive to do exactly just that–and they work even doubly well when used together! Warner’s No Side Effects Bra is the first bra I’ve come across that’s dedicated to fighting “sleevage”–or in laywoman’s terms, armpit fat. In addition to being insanely comfortable, soft and cushy, the bra even contains an extra side panel solely for the purpose of tucking and smoothing away that area. So now when you’re wearing a sleeveless or silky top, you no longer have to curse your armpits–you can instead, admire them.
Speaking of sleeveless and silky shirts, they also tend to show off one other armpit pitfall and source of many complaints–wetness. This season, you can put that worry to rest too with the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant which delivers, not one, but two day’s worth of protection with each application. Now you don’t have to sweat it (ha ha) even if you forget a day. Of course in addition to fighting wetness and odor, the product is also packed with Dove’s nourishing skincare ingredients which soothe and smooth. Oh, and it goes on clear so you don’t have to worry about that embarrassment either. Trust me, your armpits will never be happier.
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