Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas begin on Dec. 25, and last until Jan. 5. That's a lot of celebrating, no? But since Christmas is just 12 days away, let's partake in a bit of preholiday revelry Bella-style. Using the classic tune "The 12 Days of Christmas" as inspiration for our anticipation, let's kick off this series off with the first day: a partridge in a pear tree:
Top off that fancy updo with Marc by Marc Jacobs Save the Birds Hairclips ($25) or the seasonally-appropriate Isn't It Pheasant Headband ($17). Get fruity (smelling) with Philosophy's Philosophy I'm Dreaming of White Pear Gel ($16) or Pre de Provence Apple Pear Soap ($7). And for a bit of glisten with a sweet finish, Love and Toast Prickly Pear Lip Balm ($17) or Kiehl's Lip Gloss in Pear Tree ($15).
Know a few people on your list who seem to have everything? For those difficult-to-shop-for friends and family, gifting lovely vintage-inspired or one-of-a-kind vintage pieces is an excellent option. Dita Von Teese recently shared that she loves storing her makeup in vintage compacts and lipstick holders, and that's the impetus behind this post. So check out 10 lovely vintage-inspired (and straight-up vintage) finds now.
With 10 shades in the collection, ranging from a rich dusty rose to an intense red, the stains are a lot darker and bolder than what the outer packaging would have you believe. (I tried Beloved, which turned out to be a bright berry hue.) You can, however, easily adjust the intensity by layering on more product or thinning it out with the balm. So to see the pros and cons of this multitasker, just keep reading.
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.
Cloves are one of those distinctly holiday aromas; spicy and a little sweet with a hint of nose-numbing chill. And since scent is one of the easiest ways to relax and brighten your mood, it follows that making the most out of wintry smells is a good way to avoid the cold weather doldrums. If you love the taste of cloves, try Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm With Clove Oil ($4) or Tom's of Maine Cinnamon Clove Toothpaste ($7). If you're a fan of warm home scents instead, this Diptyque Orange Spice Candle ($68) is a gorgeous, though pricey, option. And if you'd just like to smell like mulling spices all day, try Lush's Hot Toddy Bath Bomb ($7) or the warm, smoky scent of Puro Puro ($95).
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A few weeks ago on Glee in an episode titled "Grilled Cheesus," Finn has a spiritual awakening after discovering an image of Jesus's face in his grilled cheese sandwich. (I still can't get over the fact that he actually ate the sandwich after a week.) This episode got me thinking about the many beauty products available with religious undertones. For instance: Looking Good For Jesus lip balm ($7), Demeter's Holy Water ($6 to $40), Looking Good For Jesus bubble bath ($12), and the Buddha toothbrush holder. While some people consider these items sacrilegious, others may find an element of charm to them. How do you feel about these types of goods?
The lip balms come in the same flavors as the electrolyte- and mineral-filled beverages. (Think Power-C, XXX, and Focus.) They're good for lips, too, because they contain both vitamin E and sunscreen. It seems like this might be an attempt by Bonne Bell to market to guys — especially because 50 Cent is associated with the water — but regardless, do you think you'd try one of these?