Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Roundup of My Favorites!

It’s that time of the year again! Spread holiday cheer this year with Holiday Kits and candles for all your loved ones!

ARQUISTE Holiday Candles

Dark Galleon

• First, Dark Galleon takes you to the hull of a merchant ship docked in Nagasaki in September of 1620. Surrounded by the dark waters in the pitch-black night, the ship’s precious cargo of rare spices, exotic incense, and rich leather thicken the air with their heady scent. Developed with Nicole Mancini and Rodrigo Flores-Roux, the scent evokes the legendary ship that inspired the new Nanban Eau de Parfum. The woody and leathery scent of the candle features notes of fiery Persian saffron and the finest Spanish leather, balanced with tropical sandalwood, precious Frankincense, and dark cade.

 Mexican Baroque

Then, journey to the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria with Mexican Baroque. Deep in the heart of Mexico City in 1695, a group of nuns gathers together in the kitchen to concoct a cherished recipe. Blending together rich chocolate and spices in earthenware pots, the Sisters brew hot cocoa rich enough to unleash a sensuous rapture. Developed with Nicole Mancini, Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier, Mexican Baroque captures the scents that fill the kitchen, blending cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, and smoked chilies together with cedar wood and red clay.

Art Deco Velvet

Finally, exquisite Art Deco Velvet brings the splendor of The Architect’s Club’s, inspired by the original Mayfair location to life, capturing the feel of the Art Deco movement in 1930. The scent of gin martinis mingle with fine vanilla and blond tobacco smoke, evoking the elegant imprint of the cozy wood-paneled interior of The Fumoir bar at Claridge’s Hotel in London. Developed with Nicole Mancini and Yann Vasnier, the fragrance opens with notes of juniper berry oil, revealing a heart of blond tobacco, vanilla absolute and oakwood. Rich amber finishes the fragrance with a warm, lingering scent.

AVAILABLE: Discover Dark Galleon, Art Deco Velvet and Mexican Baroque beginning in November 2015. Each 8.9 oz. / 251 g. candle costs $85 and is available at http://arquiste.com/

Arquiste x J.Crew Dark Pine Candle

The Dark Pine candle features an exquisite fragrance inspired by the rugged American wilderness during the mid-19th century. Researched in meticulous detail, the scent takes its name from the pine trees that covered the mountains of the Sierra Nevada range. With notes of sharp, crisp pine oil and juniper berry oil, Dark Pine captures the scent of the mountain air, while subtly sweet almond powder and fir balsam pay homage to the trees’ resin. Rich, warm cedarwood rounds out the fragrance for robust, masculine fragrance. The scented candle is hand-poured, utilizing a superior blend of natural soy and paraffin wax and a lead-free cotton wick. Made entirely in America, the candle features a high concentration of only the highest quality essential oils, offering a clean-burning, soot-free fragrance experience.

AVAILABLE: The 6 oz. candle will be available for $45 beginning November 2015 exclusively in J. Crew retail locations and www.jcrew.com.


Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Skincare Essentials, $39 ($72 value)
  • Treat your skin to the very best with this collection of Josie’s top-selling Argan-infused products. Rescue dry skin with
  • Josie’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
  • 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
  • Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
  • Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Trio, $25 ($36 value)

  • Josie’s beloved 100% Pure Argan Oil is whipped to perfection in this trio of indulgent body butters. Each butter nourishes skin and replenishes essential fatty acids, leavings skin flawlessly soft and smooth.
  • Vanilla Apricot: A sweet and fruity scent
  • Sweet Citrus: A bright and refreshing fragrance
  • Vanilla Bean: A warm, classic favorite

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder The Complete Argan Skincare Ritual: Treat, Nourish, Protect, $52 ($95 value)
  • Full of nutrients that help to balance your skin, the 100% Pure Argan Oil featured in each item of this collection is nourishing, hydrating, and safe for all skin types.
  • 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
  • Argan Cleansing Oil:
  • Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect and Perfect

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Trio, $26 ($44 value)
  • Reveal your skin’s natural glow with Josie’s Illuminizers in three formats. The trio’s special blend of poet’s narcissus and Madonna lily gently brighten and even your complexion, while 100% pure Argan oil leaves skin nourished and healthy. Infused with high-performance crystals with multi-colored luster pigments, the formulas have a champagne hue that mimic skin’s natural radiance.
  • Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
  • Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
  • Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials, $34 ($72 value)
  • Embrace the strength and beauty of natural Argan oil with this colorful collection for your skin, lashes, lids, and cheeks. Each item is infused with cold-pressed Argan oil, helping to balance, nourish, hydrate, and protect your skin.
  • 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
  • Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
  • Coconut Watercolor Cheek GelĂ©e in Pink Escape
  • Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Beach Sand
  • Argan Black Oil Mascara

 All kits are available at Sephora


A perfect, glossy finish says elegant lady; sultry purples and glitter telegraph cool girl. (No wonder we love to mix them together.) The stars of this set? Our flaw-disguising Nail Perfecter; Pacific Palisades, a cool, lush shade of orchid violet (and Pantone color of the year); Mulholland Drive, a deeply sexy purple hue that isn’t too inky; Hollywood Boulevard, a multicolor glitter that’s super-chic layered over dark polish or worn simply on its own; and our Gel-Like Top Coat, for a quick-drying, salon gel manicure effect that lasts and lasts. 5 polishes, $75 (a $117 value!)


The natural, clean-manicure look is huge this season – here’s how to master it once and for all. Our “rainbow” of nude shades, from porcelain to espresso brown, looks insanely flattering and refined on every skin tone. So it’s easy to wear your perfect match or veer unexpectedly lighter or richer and still stay perfectly on trend. 5 polishes, $75 (a $105 value!)


7 time-saving botanical breakthroughs: These guarantee that your nails are worth showing off – with or without polish. Use the botanically-powered Nourishing Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Oil daily to smooth and soothe. Our Nail Polish Remover Pads hydrate skin and smell like flowers; our Nail Growth Serum saturates nails with amino acids and vitamins to spur growth; and our Nail Perfecter is so good at disguising flaws that you may want to skip colored polish entirely. Plus, our high-tech Gel-Like Top Coat creates an exceptionally long-wearing, high-gloss finish. 7 treatments, $195 (a $212 value!)
WHERE TO FIND: LaurenBBeauty.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, Anthropologie.com, and other fine retailers worldwide.


Packed with super-light essential oils, our award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types.
  • Plumps dull, dry, over-it hair with precious moisture. Any excess on the surface simply shampoos away, so there's no added weight
  • Transforms all hair types: Magnifies shine and softness. Strengthens to leave hair smooth, manageable and tangle-free. Lends sexy body to fine, limp strands
  • Detoxes your scalp: Lifts away scalp oils and product buildup; leaves your scalp tingly-clean for extra lift at the roots
  • With easy directions and 4 full-size products for multiple, life-changing treatments
  • color & keratin-treatment safe
This is the Classic formula. Also available in a Paraben-Free formula.

Available on PhilipB.com

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