If you need a couple more beauty products and a cute new Summer bag, then Nordstrom, Ulta, and Lord & Taylor have you stylishly covered. All you have to do is purchase two full-sized Ahava products at any of the retailers listed above, and you'll receive this blue-and-cream-striped Rebecca Minkoff bag for free (a $50 value). So get shopping: the deal only lasts as long as quantities allow.
Target is bringing the luxury of Cos Bar, a small chain of beauty shops originally founded in Aspen, to its shelves in an affordable way. The Shops at Target is a new campaign in fashion and beauty that brings local boutique favorites to the mainstream market. Now you will be able to get the carefully curated scents and products from owner Lily Garfield's exclusive beauty boutique for under $20 (learn more about Cos Bar here). The products will be available in Target stores and online starting May 6, and the collection includes everything from nail polish to travel cases and bath essentials. But the best thing about these limited-edition buys is the leopard print in eye-catching neon colors inspired by the Cos Bar gift wrap. A bright orange animal-print compact? Yes, please.
For times when you're feeling not-so-fresh, reach for the ultimate picker-upper: revitalizing beauty sprays. Packaged under a variety of names (toners, refreshers, facial mists, etc.), these skin spritzers are actually the ultimate in multitasking. Spray on a bare face to enhance the performance of your skin care and makeup, or on a full-face-of-makeup to help set your work and/or diffuse a too-heavy application. You can even mist them directly on the hair to give lackluster strands a lift, or on the body for extra moisture as needed. What's not to love? Learn more about our top five picks when you read more.
Besides pumpkin ale and other spiced boozes, seasonally scented soaps are the perfect hostess gift to give, like these adorable, handmade sugar skull soaps ($9 each). Perfumed by the folks at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, these cute cleansers include a blend of five sugars along with a hint of candied fruits.
But if you're looking for something with less of a playful design, go with the brand's Honey Pumpkin Stout offering or try Samhain, a mix of fir needle, damp woods, black patchouli, and pumpkin pie spices. You can also go bobbing for apples (well, almost) with Streuobstwiese, a bright green soap featuring the forbidden fruit, apricot, and grassy scents.
I've always been one of those people who absolutely can't wait to hop in the shower, Elemis's Tranquil Touch Creamy Body Wash ($35) smells so good, it makes me want to linger just a bit longer. Made with sweet almond oil to soften and hydrate, this creamy cleanser is scented with patchouli, cedarwood, and vetiver. While it's light and fresh, it also has a heady, powdery essence; it's perfect for the upcoming change of season. And even though the formula is rich and creamy, it still has plenty of sudsing action.
The line includes the following scents:
Indulge Me — Contains hints of vanilla and caramel, and is guaranteed to "bring out the kitten in every cougar." Young ones do like their sweets.
Soothe and Relax Me — Formulated with soothing seashore scents, accompanied by the tagline: "With one squeeze all her clothes fell off — a real Loose Women!" Ahem, a real loose woman, indeed.
Zest and Refresh Me — An invigorating scent with notes of grapefruit. Instructions: "Apply regularly and wait for a large diamond to appear." I think I'll stick with Match.com, thank you very much.
Walk With Me — No tagline here, just some nice refreshing peppermint-scented foot cream and scrub to revitalize those toes. Am I the only one thinking about Twin Peaks?
Chocolate is pretty much synonymous with Valentine's Day. And while you can check out YumSugar for ways to ingest it, here on Team Bella we like to explore ways to slather it all over our bodies. When it comes to using this decadent ingredient in spa and body treatments, it turns out there are several great reasons why chocolate is so sweet.
Stacey Parks, spa director at Spa Claremont in Berkeley, CA, explains, "Chocolate induces a euphoric feeling on an emotional level, so it just makes you feel really good, and it nurtures your well-being as well as your body." That's not it, though. "Chocolate is antioxidant, and the darker the chocolate the better, because it does help to boost the body's natural collagen production," she adds. If you just happen to be in the Bay Area, treat yourself to a chocolate manicure or pedicure at the Claremont. Or, for something you can do at home, this quick and easy DIY cocoa soak is perfection.
Be sure to check out more Valentine's tips from Stacey:
Getting the guy in your life into the spa
Two scents (and one massage technique) your guy will love
It's the time you've been waiting for all year long. Not only is it Movember but it's also... wait for it... National Pomegranate Month. While you contain your excitement, let me explain exactly why pomegranates are so great. A superfruit, pomegranates are high in antioxidants and are known for their restorative qualities. In fact, all products featured in the Pomega5 line are made by using extractions from pomegranate seed oil. To add a little pomp and circumstance to your life, try the refined, fruity-floral scent of Marc Jacobs Pomegranate Splash ($68). And for a hint of red on your lips accompanied by a shimmery-sweet finish, Labello Fruity Shine Pomegranate ($6) is a perfect little treat. Just wave your mouse over the images above for more information on the products, and if you're really feeling inspired, check out ShopStyle for even more pomegranate beauty options.
The following post was written by Olympic athlete and mom Kerri Walsh, two-time gold medalist in pairs beach volleyball.
I've been an athlete my whole life. I've been so lucky and blessed to have enjoyed a healthy and strong body for most of my days. Aside from a few shoulder surgeries, some busted ankles, a bad back here and there, and two pregnancies, I've managed to maintain a high fitness level and a healthy weight throughout my athletic career. I am truly grateful for this!
Now that I'm 32 and still fighting my way back into fighting shape (and into my favorite jeans!), I no longer take my health and fitness level for granted — to put it simply, I can't! The comeback trail, thus far, has been riddled with good times and positive strides, but also with newfound aches and pains and knick-knacky injuries. I'm still carrying some extra weight, which is humbling and has taken some of the figurative and literal pep out of my step.
To see how Kerri's taking care of herself, keep on reading.
Perhaps you use baby products like shampoos, lotions, and oils, but do you douse yourself with baby powder from head to toe? To this day, my mom still uses baby powder post-bath — although she still hasn't quite mastered the art of not leaving behind a white dust outline, much to dad's dismay. Whether it's a talc-free formula, or good old Johnson's, which you could place in this vintage tin ($12), do you sprinkle on the white stuff?