This time of year, I’m always prone to at least one over-indulgence, and I’m not talking about shopping. Whether it’s food, drink, late nights, or all three, I’m bound to find myself one morning looking and feeling like I’ve aged five years in eight hours.
That’s when I make a point to take a day to rejuvenate and pamper my long-suffering body. Some of my go-to bounce-back methods:
Avon Anew Rejuvenate Mineral Rinse-Off Treatment
First thing’s first. Detoxify! The best thing about Avon’s Anew Rejuvenate Mineral Facial Rinse-Off Treatment is the aesthetician-inspired brush applicator it comes with. Just like they do in professional spas, the brushing action is pure luxury in and of itself.
And with blue mineral clay infused with biominerals zinc, copper and calcium, you’ll detoxify, purify and speed up cell turnover all in one stroke.
Last minute gift shopping? Gift sets are easy, stress-free, and a really good deal during the holidays. Here, some ideas.
Faber-Castell is a name every professional artist knows. But you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy their selection of genius art kits. Inspire creativity in your little future fashion designer with these mini fashion kits.
Remember that old Corona beer holiday commercial featuring the palm tree decorated with Christmas lights? The holidays here in sunny L.A. often feels like that. But this year, we’ve had some unseasonally cold days and nights. Hopping in and out of heated rooms and stores and the “freezing” cold is wreaking havoc on my skin. Dry lips, dry cheeks, dry everything! It’s enough to give me the winter blues! Luckily, as beauty editor, I get to try out some pretty cool products. Here are some on my wish list this year for dry skin.
As editors, we get all the insider Friends and Family Discounts here at Audrey. And now we’re passing along the deals to you. Take advantage of these amazing deals, usually only reserved for fashion insiders.
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry
All her pieces are gold vermeil and so spot-on cheeky. Now get 25% off with Audrey’s Friends and Family discount! You also get free shipping! Use promo code FANDF until December 31!
I’ll admit. Teens are difficult to shop for. Especially the “emo” type teens I happen to have to shop for.
Thankfully, anything music or art related seems to evoke at least a mumbled “thanks,” as opposed to, say, a quizzical frown or even no response at all. My go-to gift for the artsy teen in my life is London-based, Indian-born Nina Chakrabarti‘s genius fashion doodling book “My Wonderful World of Fashion.”
One thing I love about the holidays is gift sets. I’m a sucker for a bunch of sample-size products all wrapped up in pretty packaging with bows and ribbons. They’re just so darned festive and make you feel as though you’re getting a bunch of presents instead of just one. They’re also economical, which is especially appreciated these days. What better way to try a product that you aren’t totally sold on, especially if the “normal” size comes with a hefty price tag?
Not only that, but those of us with holiday travel plans can rest easy now thanks to beauty companies that are putting together our favorite products in TSA-approved packages. (Oh the pain of not being able to bring our beauty must-haves on the plane where we need them the most!). Here are some of my favorite gift sets this holiday season, whether they’re stashed in my carry-on or just my everyday handbag.
Our second installment of our favorite gift ideas, all under $50. Get shopping!
I’m terrified of makeovers. Ever since I got my face “done” by some etiquette charm school my mother sent me to at the age of 16, I’ve been absolutely bona fide terrified of makeovers. I still shudder when I see photos of it to this day.
Of course, that was back when Caucasian American makeup artists painted your face pink and tried to give you “depth” in your non-existent crease. (Even if you had an Asian crease in your eye, that usually wasn’t anything like the crease of a Caucasian eye. Ugh.)
On the other hand, if I could get a makeover today, with all the plethora of skill and talent and knowledge out there about the Asian eye, hell, I’d go for it in a sec.
One person I would love, love, love to give me a makeover (if only I lived nearby) is Taylor Pham of Thi Cosmetics. She is an utter and complete genius when it comes to making over the Asian face.
Why shop at a big, impersonal department store when you can get something really special, made with unique design and skill, and support an independent designer at the same time? Some of our favorite accessory designers offer really unique pieces that also make a statement about you, as the giver. Best of all, they’re all under $200 (many under $100) and you can get all these items online right now!
We love Asian American prolific designing duo Ken Leung and Dana Chin of Ken & Dana Design. (They also have a fine jewelry line BYLU, which we love.) Their “Rights” collection is extra meaningful because it uses landmark U.S. Civil Rights Supreme Court case identifiers as its voice. It doesn’t get any cooler.
The ring above has stamped on it 347 U.S. 483 (1954), the legal citation for the case of Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated schools in the 1950s. They also offer the legal citations for Romer v. Evans, which protects against discrimination by sexual orientation; Leser v. Garnett, which upheld the 19th Amendment women’s right to vote; and Loving v. Virgina, which legalized interracial marriage. Twenty percent of each sale goes to the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Oh, the ever-present dilemma. Where to put your bag at a party? And no, it’s not cute sticking them in the middle of your all-girl dance circle and then freaking around them like some primitive sacrificial rain dance. You spent all that time glamming up — why let a chunky, unwieldy bag drag your style down?
And then there’s the clutch-champagne-flute-handshake shuffle that makes the most graceful among us look like overexcited apes. You’re not gonna not drink, but if you resort to sticking your clutch under your armpit, you invariable get that upper arm widening-flattening that isn’t a pretty picture on anyone, FLOTUS biceps or not.
This season, cross body and long strap bags are everywhere. And for holiday, there’s plenty of dainty ones, complete with gold or silver chain straps. There’s plenty to choose from, and a delicate chain adds a bit of sparkle to your ensemble.
We love Indian American designer Rachel Roy‘s secondary line Rachel Rachel Roy, especially her super affordable and right-on-trend accessories. And right now, some these styles are on sale!