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The Top Ten Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home During the Hols. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION & BEAUTY BLOG

'Tis the season for a lot of things, but if you're stressed out, tapped out, and generally out of sorts, how can you share the best of yourself? Instead of succumbing to grinchiness, remember to take time to treat someone really important in your life to a lil' beautifying and relaxing TLC: you!

The Top 10 best ways to rejuvenate, refresh and recharge (at home!):

10. SET THE MOOD WITH A CANDLE Ancienne_candle_1

The delicious smell of fresh baked cookies or bread. An alluring perfume. A intoxicating essential oil. The power of scent is an amazing restorative as the (usually annoyingly) zen adherents of aromatherapy will attest. The Assyria candle from Ancienne Ambiance is replete with orange blossom fragrance - used by the ancient Sumerians to soothe and uplift - and tailor-made for calming anxiety and restoring energy. Available at AncienneAmbiance.com.

9. CUE THE MUSIC  Sarah_mcl_1 Tony_bennett_1

The right mood requires tune'age. This is mandatory. Sarah McLaughlan's Wintersong offers up a non-cheesy version of holiday melodies. Otherwise, try Tony Bennett's Duets where he pairs up with A-listers like James Taylor, Billy Joel, k.d. lang, John Legend and Bono to take on various classics.   

8. SOAK AWAY YOUR TROUBLES  Wasabi_soak

Luxuriating in a bath is one of life's little treats. And even if you're not suffering consequences of tying one one the night before, the Wasabi Hangover Bath Treatment is a detoxifying wonder which balances matters internally, stimulates pain relief, relieves aching muscles, loosens phlegm, and generally soothes nerves. Available at Body-Systems.net. (Davies Gate Bath Fizz Pops and Lush Bath Bombs are also perfect for decadent bathing.)

7. TOP NOTCH TRESSES  Ojon_hair

While you're soaking, treat your tresses to some (much needed) love. Simply work a small amount of this concentrated Ojon palm nut oil into dry hair, and leave on for 10-20 minutes before shampooing. Leaves one's 'do shiny, silky & fabulous. Available at Sephora.com

6. INDULGE IN A SPA MASK  Queen_helene_2

With hair safely in beauty triage, your face is next. Everyone's hands-down affordable fave is Queen Helene, a drugstore staple with a fix for every skin woe. Slap on, place two tried-and-true cucumber slices on your eyes, and take 5. Available at QueenHelene.com.

 

5. SWEET TREAT FOR HANDS & FEET    One_minute

Before exiting the bath, finish up with a quickie hand and foot treatment. These all-in-one exfoliators & moisturizers are chock full o' goodness such as grapeseed oil and Dead Sea Salts. And they literally works wonders in seconds.  One MinuteOne Minute Manicure available at OneMinuteManicure.com; One Minute Pedicure Oxygen Pops available at Goddess-Within.com.

4. WRAP YOURSELF IN PLUSH LUXE   Eco_robe

Half the fun of visiting a spa is padding about in a plush robe. This Eco-Spa robe is mostly made from bamboo, an earth-friendly & pesticide-free alternative to cotton that's just as cozy. Available at ThirstyTowels.com.

3. NO MUSS/NO FUSS MANICURE Avon_manicure

Don't even think about greeting your minions without festive color at your fingertips. With Avon's Instant Manicure Dry Nail Enamel Strips - yes, it's real polish! - simply press on with no mess, drips, or smudges, and enjoy the results for up to two weeks. Available at Avon.com.

2. BOTTOMS UP Red_wine White_wine_1

With beautifying and detoxing complete, it's high time to retox with a glass (or three) of vino fino. NYC's Appellation Wines, which specializes in organic & biodymanic vintages, recommends the 2005 Montinore Estate Pinor Noir (blueberries, black cherry, chocolate, blackberries) or a 2005 Ocone Falanghina del Taburno (mineral & white peach notes).

1. ENJOY A STORY Truman_capote  Stupidest_angel_2

Kids shouldn't be the only ones to enjoy a tale of holiday cheer. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote recalls his rural Alabama boyhood and annual adventures in fruitcake-making with his eccentric cousin, Miss Sook Falk. On the other hand, if too many Hallmark'ish sentiments have left your sweet tooth on edge, The Stupidest Angel is a "heartwarming tale of Christmas terror" involving Santa's possible death by shovel, zombies, and delicious Christmas chaos unleashed on the small town of Pine Cove, California.

- Lesley Scott

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December 24, 2006 in Beauty, GIFTING, Skincare, Weblogs, Wine | Permalink

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I'm really happy to see the eco-spa robe gaining popularity! I hope that organic and sustainable products like this reshape the economy... luxury robe by luxury robe.

Posted by: luxury and ethics | Jan 10, 2007 5:33:55 PM

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