Trish McEvoy Soirée Chic, Midnight Metallic Blue Planner Captivating holiday looks can be created with the help of top beauty experts, thanks to this hot holiday planner hand-selected by Bluemercury. Beauty lovers will have full access to top Trish McEvoy products in this beautiful midnight blue planner – a convenient and portable kit. $148, Bluemercury.com

 

 It doesn’t take a beauty expert to know that the price of a beauty product doesn’t always equal performance. But if you’re willing to indulge, we feel these super-chic skincare lines are truly worth the splurge.

La Prairie

Behind the Line: Laboratories La Prairie traces its proud heritage to the renowned Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland. For more than half a century, the Clinique has been the pioneer in cellular, anti-aging therapy, sharing its unique accomplishments with thousands of visitors from around the world. Although Laboratories La Prairie in Switzerland parted ways with Clinique La Prairie in 1982, it became the birthplace of extraordinarily effective products that help manage the skin’s aging process. La Prairie Switzerland won its place as one of the most coveted beauty brands in the world – famous for their unparalleled commitment to perfection.

Product We Love: Skin Caviar Liquid Lift – This amazing age-defying serum works astonishingly well.  One drop helps to lift, firm and provide a long-lasting tensing effect to skin. Past damage recedes as existing cells are rejuvenated, and new ones are super-charged, nourished and protected.  $500, LaPrairie.com

Vie Collection

Behind the Line: Billed as an avant-guard dermo-cosmetic brand, this luxurious collection is comprised of advanced products and treatments dedicated to preserving skin’s youthfulness. They’re specially developed to help correct signs of skin aging with a single objective: youthful results. Their scientific team, composed of a panel of skin biology experts, selects the very best ingredients and focuses on the most innovative extracts. Vie Collection’s 3D Wrinkle Treatment (a super-luxurious facial available at Deva Spa in NYC) will have you marveling in the mirror.

Product We Love: Concentré de Vie Youth Elixir – This concentrate of technology claims that it can multiply the visible rejuvenating effectiveness of your usual skin care product by two. Its formula contains three advanced ingredients selected for their ability to correct visible signs of aging. Together with your youth cream, this elixir offers complete and incomparable action to reduce wrinkles, improve firmness and reveal skin’s radiance. $173, LeSpaUSA.com

LaFace Laboratories Inc.

Behind the Line: LaFace specializes in highly innovative and state-of-the-art scientific expertise in their approach to natural skincare. The California-based company utilizes the most sophisticated technology available in order to master the art of age reversal. Their exclusive line contains only ingredients of the highest quality available from all over the world and gives “face time” a whole new meaning.

Product We Love: BEAUX YEUX –- This “beautiful eyes” concentrate intensive acts like an potent hydrator and collagen stimulator rich in hyaluronic acid and peptides. The product helps to visibly diminish fine lines, puffiness and dark circles by stimulating collagen synthesis, cell regeneration and cell synthesis. $160, LaFaceLaboratoriesInc.com


PARTY PEFECT

Big night on the horizon? Here’s your get-glam countdown…

Prep (Weeks Earlier)

Start using Supersmile Ultimate Whitening System to get those teeth twinkling. The at-home kit whitens enamel up to eight shades. $58, SupersmileStore.com

Get your legs in tip-top shape with Proskin SLIM, compression wear that works so you don’t have to. The leggings tackle cellulite, reduce fluid retention and improve lymphatic drainage while you wear them. $80-$120, ProSkinUS.com

Mend split ends, strengthen hair, build body and get your shine with White Sands Orchid Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner. 9.5 oz. Shampoo, $19.50 & 9.5 oz. Conditioner, $20.50, fine salons or WhiteSandsProducts.com

Before you slip on some strappy dancing shoes, give your feet a little TLC with the Spa Callus Smoother. This star pedicure smoother by Tweezerman has a stainless steel handle for a super comfortable grip. $20, Tweezerman.com

Primp (Hours to Go)

Exfoliate and energize your skin with Tone Fruit Peel Body Wash with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids. (It can even be used for shaving!) $3.99, stores nationwide or ToneSkincare.com

Pluck to perfection with these ultra-valuable Billion Dollar Brows Tweezers, $20, BillionDollarBrows.com

Frizz is officially uninvited thanks to the smoothing powers of Arrojo Defrizz Serum. A few drops and the product will work its magic. $16, Arrojoproduct.com

Beautify your eyes, face and lips with Glamour To Go Spun Sugar Edition by Too Faced. The special holiday golds and shimmering silvers help you get instantly festive. $22,  TooFaced.com

Party (Time to Shine)

Spray Over-The-Top Root Lift Spray directly onto damp or dry hair roots for supreme fullness and long-lasting hold. $17.99, GGGatsby.com

Sweep on COVERGIRL LashBlast 24HR Mascara for super-sized lashes that last up to 24 hours. Available in Go Black or Very Black. $8.95, stores nationwide

Go brilliant with the intelliWHITE Pout N Polish 3-in-1 Beauty Treatment Pen. This clever product has a doubled-ended pen-shaped applicator with a plumping lip gloss on one end and whitening tooth polish on the other. $27.50, RXBright.com

Smell ultra-sultry with a spritz of the newest fragrance from Shakira, Elixir; it’s absolutely attractive. 1.7 oz. $36, Kohl’s and Sears


BELLA’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

From decadent over-the-top treasures to simple stocking-stuffer-worthy goodies, here are our suggestions to help you give the gift of gorgeous:

Elemis Pro-Collagen Queen Vanity Kit  

Oh hello, your highness! This regal vanity case features a skincare regimen fit for a queen. Ot’s loaded with top anti-aging Elemis products, it’s a great gift for luxury beauty lovers. The kit Includes: Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, Soothing Apricot Toner, Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream, and a Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Mask $375, TimeToSpa.com

The Ultimate Liner Collection

Exclusive for the Holiday 2012 season, MAKE UP FOR EVER has created a special “pencil box” inspired eyeliner set that boasts 14 eye-defining liners and a double pencil sharpener to help you intensify every look. No skills, no worries: step-by-step tutorials are on the back of the box. $160, Sephora.com

The Holiday Hollywood Collection by Erno Laszlo 

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, one of Dr. Laszlo’s most notable muses, this limited-edition collection is enclosed in a luxurious pink box. The set contains the Hydra-Therapy BodySkin Cream and Hydra-Therapy Bath & Shower Gel. Hydra-Therapy BodySkin Cream moisturizes and enlivens the skin while preventing the signs of aging that occur with moisture loss. Hydra-Therapy Bath & Shower Gel creates lathery foam, washing away holiday stress while energizing the skin and body. $75, ErnoLaszlo.com

SENSAI Prime Solution Discovery Set

Give the gift of silky skin with this set from Kanebo International. When skin lacks hydration, it dulls, loses its elasticity and ages. This hydrating set, which features Prime Solution (a key ingredient is skin revitalizing Koishimaru Silk – once coveted by the Imperial family in Japan), comes in a beautiful glass bottle that resembles a precious, silk cocoon and is designed by world-renowned French designer, Nicholas Guarnieri. $170, Neiman Marcus

Delicious Cotton Candy EDT Spray by Gale Hayman

This sweet, fun fragrance is perfect for casual everyday wear and smells scrumptious. Hints of cotton candy, lily of the valley, brown sugar, strawberry, vanilla and caramel make it a suitable scent for both the office and lunch dates out with friends. $25, FragranceNet.com

The Comet Cosmetics Collection 

Just think of this one as a sweep of stardust across your eyes, a touch of twinkle on your lips and a splash of sparkle on your hand. The collection includes an easy‐to‐carry sparkling Comet Clutch, Cosmic Kiss Lipstick and the Starry, Starry Night Eye Shadow Palette. We love the palette’s colors too: Nightscape, Solar, Stardust and Meteorite. $98, Arbonne.com

Kisses On My List

Smooch with style with six full-sized HydraFull Anastasia glosses in three sheer, shimmering hues, and three hypercolor stains that’ll give you an irresistible pout to outlast the party after the after-party. $30, Sephora

Crimson Pear Ginger Caldrea Candle Trio

Create a scintillating space with a trio of Caldrea holiday candles. These gold glass vessels are filled with a base that’s rich in essential oils exuded from natural vegetables and beeswax, and are available in all three limited edition holiday fragrances. $28, Caldrea.com

Trish McEvoy Soirée Chic, Midnight Metallic Blue Planner

Captivating holiday looks can be created with the help of top beauty experts, thanks to this hot holiday planner hand-selected by Bluemercury. Beauty lovers will have full access to top Trish McEvoy products in this beautiful midnight blue planner – a convenient and portable kit. $148, Bluemercury.com


GOLD RUSH

Get gilded, go sparkly and give the holiday season a whole new “gleaming.” If you’re looking to glimmer, these products are the gold standard of gorgeous:

RoC MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser – $9.99, stores nationwide

jane iredale -Karat Gold Dust – $12.50, shop.janeiredale.com

Gold Shimmer Dust by Prestige – $4.95, PrestigeCosmetics.com

Fantasy sparkly gold eyeliner by LUSH – $22.95, LushUSA.com

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Gold Coast – $6.50, MaryKay.com

SinfulColors Polish in All About You – $1.99, stores nationwide and Walgreens.com

Dr.’s Remedy polish in Glee – $17.99, RemedyNails.com

Oscar Pressed Shadow – $21, ChristopherDrummond.com

BijaBody Daily Body Serum – $31, BijaBody.com

24k Love Dust from Naked Princess – $55, NakedPrincess.com

Susan Posnick COLORESSENTIAL lipstick in SANTA FE – $19, SusanPosnick.com

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer – $58, NUXE.com

GOLD Fruits & Passion Eau de Toilette – $45, Fruits-Passion.com

Golden Bronze No-Tug Silk Anti-Aging Waterproof Eyeliner – $20, ITcosmetics.com


Spotlight: The B.Witching Bath Company

Founded by Alice Bruce in 1969 as a boutique manufacturer of wholesome toiletries, the B.Witching Bath Co. has withstood the test of time by crafting a unique niche in the beauty industry. Great-Grandma Bruce continued to create new fragrances and products over several decades until her later years, when the company went dormant. In 2001, Barbara Bruce-Ross (her eldest granddaughter), along with the support of other Bruce family members, revived and revamped B.Witching to a stunning success. The company has a stellar brew of award-winning bath and body products like artisan soaps, soaks, lotions, oils, scrubs, candles and get-pretty potions formulated with naturally derived ingredients, including essential oils and therapeutic botanicals.

BELLA caught up with Barbara recently for an exclusive peek at her favorite holiday products:

First Snow Liquid Soap

“Remember, as a child, running to the window to witness the first snowfall of the season …  watching the first snowflakes magically dance and float in the sky? This product captures that experience of youthful innocence. Every time I wash my hands with this soap, it brings me back to that magical moment. I keep a bottle at the sink of my kitchen island all winter long.” (8 oz. liquid soap, $12.95)

Balsam Fir Liquid Soap & Shower Gel

“Come winter, I wish for an outdoor shower in the hot springs of a private wilderness. This liquid soap gets me closer to that experience. Pine-scented, woodsy, and botanical, I step into the shower (at my house), close my eyes and bathe. Ahhhh, my tranquil wilderness shower substitute.” (8 oz. soap and gel, $12.95)

Golden Pear Hand & Body Lotion:

“I adore the old-world flavor of pear – sweet, succulent, tender, delicate and just heavenly. This product was inspired by this fondness and named with a humorous nod to the holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas (i.e. five golden rings and a partridge in a pear tree). This product is a must for keeping my hands silky smooth around the holiday season. With all my holiday cooking and entertaining, my hands must look good! Few fruits are more noble than a sweet succulent pear. This fragrance blends ripe juicy pear, sweet syrup and sugar.” (8 oz. lotion, $13.95)

Marshmallow Cocoa Candle:

“I’m a chocoholic and just swoon any time I smell something sweet and chocolatey. So with the holiday season on full throw, I’m practically guaranteed to gain 20 pounds due to over-indulgence. Hence my love of Marshmallow Cocoa products … I can indulge my senses in chocolate without consuming a calorie! The guest powder room at my house is painted a metallic dark brown, Ralph Lauren color; we keep the Marshmallow Cocoa candle lit in here when entertaining. People refer to this as my chocolate room and say they love the chocolate aroma – it’s a conversation at every party.” (9 oz. candle, $16.95)

To order, call 877-330-2284 or visit BwitchingBathCo.com.

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