Give the gift of looking good this holiday

Gifted & Gorgeous

Santa wants you to be well-lit, well-rested and well-scrubbed this holiday season

  • Hi, Brow  Tonya Crooks has plucked some of the most notable brows in Hollywood, including those of Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Mendes. Now, she’s boxed her expertise in the BrowGal Starter Set, which includes pencils in warm and ash tones, a highlighter and a clear setting gel, plus a detailed how-to guide. Tonya-trained experts are available by Skype for advice on identifying the perfect color and shape for your arches. $75 :: thebrowgal.com

    Hi, Brow Tonya Crooks has plucked some of the most notable brows in Hollywood, including those of Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Eva Mendes. Now, she’s boxed her expertise in the BrowGal Starter Set, which includes pencils in warm and ash tones, a highlighter and a clear setting gel, plus a detailed how-to guide. Tonya-trained experts are available by Skype for advice on identifying the perfect color and shape for your arches. $75 :: thebrowgal.com

  • Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Let there be light, we have often implored, when we struggled to pluck our brows evenly, blend our foundation without leaving lines of demarcation or create a cat eye with liquid liner. Simplehuman, the company that makes the life-changing motion-sensing trash can (recently updated to open at the sound of your voice), has answered those entreaties with its Sensor Mirror Pro. The 8-inch-diameter mirror mimics natural sunlight, which is optimal for applying makeup. Or download the app and choose among settings that include overcast, candlelight, gym, yoga studio and office. Does your favorite restaurant or the office boardroom have funky lighting that causes the makeup you applied at home to look garish or dull? There’s a fix for that: Capture the environment with your phone, then command Alexa to recreate the lighting on Sensor Mirror Pro. $250  :: simplehuman.com

    Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Let there be light, we have often implored, when we struggled to pluck our brows evenly, blend our foundation without leaving lines of demarcation or create a cat eye with liquid liner. Simplehuman, the company that makes the life-changing motion-sensing trash can (recently updated to open at the sound of your voice), has answered those entreaties with its Sensor Mirror Pro. The 8-inch-diameter mirror mimics natural sunlight, which is optimal for applying makeup. Or download the app and choose among settings that include overcast, candlelight, gym, yoga studio and office. Does your favorite restaurant or the office boardroom have funky lighting that causes the makeup you applied at home to look garish or dull? There’s a fix for that: Capture the environment with your phone, then command Alexa to recreate the lighting on Sensor Mirror Pro. $250 :: simplehuman.com

  • Pretty Slumber “If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, we won’t put it in our products,” is the promise from Edible Beauty Australia, a botanical skin care line created by a nutritionist/naturopath. With no ingredients made from animal products and no animal testing, that’s a pledge even vegans can embrace. So we plan to step away from the party circuit at least a couple of nights this month, don our favorite PJs, slather on the Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse (yes, you wear it overnight), and get into bed with our Kindle and a cup of Edible Beauty’s Balancing Butterfly Blue herbal tea. $43 :: ediblebeautyaustralia.com

    Pretty Slumber “If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, we won’t put it in our products,” is the promise from Edible Beauty Australia, a botanical skin care line created by a nutritionist/naturopath. With no ingredients made from animal products and no animal testing, that’s a pledge even vegans can embrace. So we plan to step away from the party circuit at least a couple of nights this month, don our favorite PJs, slather on the Sleeping Beauty Purifying Mousse (yes, you wear it overnight), and get into bed with our Kindle and a cup of Edible Beauty’s Balancing Butterfly Blue herbal tea. $43 :: ediblebeautyaustralia.com

  • Cheese Whiz   You don’t need to be a fan of cheddar, Brie or provolone — though we adore all three — to love this “farm to bath” set of soaps from Farmhouse Fresh. The aspen wood cheese box contains two wedges of four varieties of hand-poured soaps: blueberry chia seed whole milk; pistachio cream goat’s milk; lavender honey whole milk; and oatmeal goat’s milk.  Place the wedges on a cheese board in your guest bathroom and give your friends something to smile about at your next holiday gathering. $124  :: farmhousefreshgoods.com

    Cheese Whiz You don’t need to be a fan of cheddar, Brie or provolone — though we adore all three — to love this “farm to bath” set of soaps from Farmhouse Fresh. The aspen wood cheese box contains two wedges of four varieties of hand-poured soaps: blueberry chia seed whole milk; pistachio cream goat’s milk; lavender honey whole milk; and oatmeal goat’s milk. Place the wedges on a cheese board in your guest bathroom and give your friends something to smile about at your next holiday gathering. $124 :: farmhousefreshgoods.com

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Luxe essentials for pampering head to toe

Tough Love for Baby-Soft Feet

You may never have heard of desmosomes, but trust us, if you have them – and you probably do – you don’t want them. Desmosomes are like biological Velcro, “intercellular junctions” that hold layers of dead skin together. On your feet they show up as rough, callused patches that are impervious to the pumice stone or the pedicurist’s buffer. Baby Foot, a product that began in Japan and

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has developed a cult following, dissolves this sticky stuff to reveal baby-smooth skin underneath. You slide the plastic booties on your feet – they contain a mix of exfoliating fruit acids – wait an hour, rinse and then over the next several days, those dead skin cells peel away. Now, to prettify what is a highly effective but somewhat icky process, Baby Foot has created a limited-edition “Get Your Feet Ready for Summer” box that includes a pair of Baby Foot booties, a bottle of toxin-free LVX nail lacquer from the line’s latest runway-inspired collection, a pair of self-massaging Flip Flopz and a sterling silver starfish anklet from Sterling Forever.

$90 :: babyfoot.com

 

Your Summer Face Oil

You might think summer is the time to swap your facial oils for products that mattify. Not so fast, says Jennifer Jeziorski, a marketing executive with Pharmagel, a 30-year-old Chatsworth-based skin care company that uses pharmaceutical-grade ingredients in its products. Skin can appear dull and dry even when the temperature soars (especially when you’re blasting the A/C in a sealed room). What’s more, she says, “applying a facial oil can help reduce the amount of natural oil production.” You’ll want to choose a lightweight formula, such as Pharmagel’s Nourish Oil, a blend of a dozen natural oils, including argan, marula, sea buckthorn, sweet almond, apricot and rosemary seed. Use morning or night in place of a moisturizer or blend with your favorite lotion or foundation. $56 :: pharmagel.com

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A California Scent from a Storied Fragrance House

In 1879, a love-smitten Berlin-born chemist named Albert Krigler created a floral perfume as a gift to his future bride. He called it Pleasure Gardenia 79. Today you can have Albert’s great-great-grandson Ben concoct a bespoke fragrance for you, a “journey” that takes some nine months and carries a price tag of $50,000. Or, “lease” a fragrance from the archives of the legendary house for roughly the cost of a Mercedes C-Class, and for six months or a year you’re the only one dabbing the scent on your pulse points.

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For a lavish olfactory experience that stays in the triple digits, the next time you’re in LA you might visit the Krigler boutique in the lobby of Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, one of only two stateside stores (the other is in New York’s Plaza Hotel). There, you can test Lovely Patchouli 55, the spicy-woody fragrance that was Jackie Kennedy’s favorite; Chateau Krigler 12, which mixes notes of lily of the valley, mimosa and musk, and was spritzed by Grace Kelly the night in 1955 she won an Oscar for “The Country Girl”; Lieber Gustav 14, an assertive blend of leather, black tea, lavender and geranium that was designed for men until Marlene Dietrich adopted it; or English Promenade 19, a sprightly mélange of orange blossom, grapefruit and ylang-ylang worn by Audrey Hepburn during the filming of “Roman Holiday.”

To commemorate the opening of the LA boutique, Ben formulated Charming California 215, a bright, citrus-forward fusion with notes of coriander, jasmine, green tea and cedar. It’s newly available in a candle that melts down to a massage oil that can be used on the body. Fragrance, $365; candle, $105 at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills :: krigler.com

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