BellaOro has an outstanding line of jewellery. High on
the list of our faves are the following pieces: their 14K
yellow gold 17-inch Heart Toggle necklace (US$239),
the standout 14K yellow and white
gold eight-inch men’s link bracelet (US$849,
2) and the understated 14K
white gold eight-inch men’s link bracelet (US$789);
Donald Trump is hard to ignore, really. He’s everywhere:
on television, in newspapers, on buildings, and now he’s residing
on your dressing room table in the form of Donald Trump, the
Fragrance (3). Launched in November 2004, this men’s
fragrance is supposed to be "power in a bottle". I do
know is that this is a surprisingly fresh-smelling, winning combination
of excellent top notes, masculine middle notes, and a drydown that
is quite unintrusive. This cologne spray is everything men should
aspire to be. If you are looking for a daytime fragrance that is
subdued when it counts, this is the one for you. Donald Trump, the
Fragrance is available in a 100 ml (3·4 oz) bottle for the suggested
retail price of $60, exclusively at Federated Department Stores
and online at www.macys.com.
Origins Cocoa Therapy Group (4) is
a great way to gift your favourite chocoholic! Its lush cocoa smell
mixed with a bit of vanilla, ginger and orange along with vitamins
and minerals. It’s a good-for-your-skin collection with scrubs,
body butter, fragrance, salve and body bar. (At Nordstrom, Origins
Natural Selections’ Zen Herbal Milk Bath Teas
(in citrus chamomile, lavender, mint, rose; US$7·50
for each set of two, 5) are a delightful blend of herbs,
salts and milk. These teas are wonderful for sore muscles as well
as dry skin. Let the salts soothe your muscles while the milk
softens your skin. And when you are done, you simply toss out the
tea bag. No mess to clean up. Available at www.NaturalSelectionBathandBody.com,
spas and specialty stores.
Candy is dandy, but a heart-shaped Spongeables
won’t go straight to the hips! Express your passion with a Peony
Passion Spongeables Soap ’n’ Sponge All in One (US$9·95,
6), a fun, fragrant and calorie-free way to indulge someone
special. Infused with natural glycerin-and-olive oil-based soap,
a Spongeables heart has patent-pending technology that guarantees
oodles of thick, pampering whipped cream suds and a subtly seductive
fragrance for at least 20 showers. Look for Spongeables at more
than 800 locations including Nordstrom, Saks, Smith and Hawken,
Pure Beauty, H2O, Beauty First, Burke Williams Spas, the Regent
Beverly Wilshire Spa in Beverly Hills, La Costa Spa in Carlsbad,
and Henri Bendel-New York. For more info, visit the web site at
The Body Shop’s Invent Your Scent
fragrance kit (US$26, 7) allows
you to spray two or more scents together to create a fragrance as
unique as you are. With this collection of nine beautiful fragrances
based on naturally inspired, simple scents to be blended or worn
alone, you are your own parfumier: you can experiment to your heart’s
content and create your very own bespoke, signature scent. There
are a possible 362,880 combinations, so what are you waiting for?
Available at rhe Body Shop stores globally or online at www.thebodyshop.com.
This Valentine’s Day, surprise him or her with
a Cake2Go (8). An unique, time saving service that
delivers delicious and beautifully decorated cakes directly to your
sweetie’s's doorstep, Cake2Go will do the baking and delivering
for you; and is the "it" gift for Hollywood celebrities including
Will Smith, Jenny McCarthy and Diane Keaton. It just takes one simple
phone call to send a cake to anyone across the nation, or you can
visit the web site at www.cake2go.com.
Penhaligon's (870 Madison Avenue, New York,
NY 10021, USA,
1 212 249-1771) is a luxury brand with a strong belief in having
scents that enrapture, keepsakes to treasure, and gifts that embrace
the tradition of luxury and style. The Striped Box Collection
(9) is beautifully handcrafted in Italy by skilled artisans
and finished with luxurious tarnish-proof linings. The exquisite
black-and-white stripe boxes with silver-plated hinges are hand-made
from pear wood dyed black and acer wood dyed white to achieve the
vivid contrast. At www.penhaligons.com.
For the insanely devoted motorhead fan in your
life, celebrate your mutual love by giving him a personalized motorcycle!
Treat him to a rumbling chopper from LA County ChopRods to
get his heart racing. This LA biker
hot spot is the place where A-list celebs such as George Clooney,
Arnold Schwarzengger and Bob Dylan have come to buy impeccably crafted
creations. Owner Gard Hollinger's sense and respect for motorcycle
history, combined with today's technologies and advancements, can
only be described as "old school modernistic" and the
resulting creations are truly fantastic. They are the envy of motorcycle
aficionados from the tough guys of Sturgis to the glamorous folks
on the Sunset Strip. At US$70,000, they
are far more of a bargain than you realize. Just think, after this
you will control the television remote.
Remind her how much you love her with a Memory
Maker Personalized Bracelet and tell him how much you care with
a Memory Maker Money Clip. Share your favourite photos with
everyone, while still keeping them close at hand. They are fun,
affordable, and easy to use; six miniature frames display family
photos, vacations, vintage heirlooms, best friends, crushes, pets,
etc. The possibilities are endless. At www.memorymakerbracelet.com.
Fluffy and feminine, Caron Valentine’s Powder
Puffs (US$45) are the perfect gift
for Valentine’s Day. Formed in the shape of a heart, they are made
of goose down and come in three adorable colours: pink, fuschia
and peach. These generous puffs may be used to apply loose powder
and talcum, or simply to decorate the bathroom. They can be washed
in warm soapy water and left to dry naturally away from direct heat.
Caron Powder Puffs are available at the Caron boutique (675 Madison
Kama Sutra Lover’s Paintbox (10) allows
you artistic freedom to paint your favourite canvas with 3 flavours
of edible chocolate body paint and a silky paint brush. Or gift
someone with the Bedside Box full of goodies like Honey Dust (and
feather applicator), massage cream and more! At mypleasure.com and
The Lip Clinic and Spa in Englewood Cliffs,
NJ was created to afford patients
the opportunity to have the best smile possible by recognizing the
fact that your smile is comprised of not only a great set of teeth,
but also of well cared for lips. As a special feature of the Lip
Clinic and Spa, Dr Bruce G. Freund, DDS
has created the LipKit (US$59·95,
11), a specialty kit of five products that, when used properly,
will take your lips from cracked and peeling to soft, full and fabulous.
The Lip Renew (exfoliator), Lip Dew, Lip Fill (filler), Lip Plump
(plumper) and Lip Keep (lipstick sealer) will you keep your smile
sexier longer and have you hooked in no time. Available at www.thelipclinic.com.
Create a smoky, sexy evening look with Elements
by Madge’s Girls Night Out kit (US$19·50,
12). Enclosed in a sleek, 100 per cent silk clutch in Madge’s
signature stripes, the kit includes three date-night essentials:
a Triple Shadow of white gold, warm gray and onyx; a gold-flecked
red lip gloss, and a pocket mirror to apply it all. The clutch is
also large enough to hold a cellphone and other "supplies"
in case the date went very well. Available at select beauty retailers
and online at www.madgecosmetics.com.
If it’s flowers she loves, skip the bouquet and
give her Jaqua’s Rose in Bloom Body Butter with rose hip
extract, cocoa and mango butter for soft, luscious skin. At Sephora
and Beauty Collection.
Jo Malone makes the most sensuous fragrances.
Black Vetyver Café is a rich indulgence of coffee
mixed with incense, sequoia and vetiver for a spicy masculine scent.
Want something a touch lighter in scent? Go with
the Living Colognes (1) from Jo Malone. These
light scents of Basil Verbena and Grapefruit Rosemary provide a
soft, almost delicate fragrance for use in the home as a room spray
as well as a personal fragrance. These clean scents are also available
in potpourri and candles too for easy gift giving! At Neiman Marcus.
Shower your lover, mother, sister, or brother
with love and treat them to the sensational new Passion Fruit
bath and body collection from The Body Shop. The exotic scent
and moisturizing benefits of passion fruit seed oil and other natural
skin conditioners make Passion Fruit the perfect pampering choice
for yourself, your partner, friends and family, whatever the occasion.
Relax and indulge with the line’s Passion Fruit Body Scrub
(US$16, 13), a fragrant, gently
exfoliating body scrub that, thanks to natural exfoliators, salt
and Community Trade melon seed organic sugar, remove dead skin cells.
Available at the Body Shop stores, online at www.thebodyshop.com
or the Body Shop at Home.