A thing of beauty is a joy forever, but a gift of beauty is a joy to behold and use over and over again. Make someone on your list feel good by looking good with these choices:
Super scent-sational suds: A bar of locally-made soap is perfect clean up on all the people on your list, especially school teachers or coaches. Adeline Orloski-Zach produces The Good Hive products, a line of honey-based lotions and potions, from her apiary in Mountain Top. The honey-based all-natural products contain only five or six ingredients, according to Orloski-Zach, who used to be a nurse. The soaps come in a variety of scents that are either fruit, floral or herbal-based. Some of the most popular seasonal selections include fig (the No. 1 seller, says Orloski-Zach), pomegranate and hot chocolate. There’s even a neutral scent called snowflake. Best part of all, they are made from essential oils like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and palm oil, leaving your skin soft and conditioned. Honey is a humectant which pulls moisture into the skin. The bars of soap range from $6 to $6.50 and are sold at Dundee Gardens, Hanover Township, Triangle Pharmacy, Mountain Top, and Lux Salon, Wilkes-Barre.
Lip, lip hooray: This round flavorable sphere is the trend that is on everyone’s lips, or perhaps it should be during a frigid winter. The EOS lip balms come in a variety of colors and flavors to soothe chapped kissers so you will be ready for that spontaneous smooch under the mistletoe. The Limited Edition Collection inspired by designer Rachel Roy features Aloha Hawaii (Strawberry Kiwi), Indian Summer (Orange Blossom) and St. Barth’s Sunrise (Pink Grapefuit). The balm is packed with shea butter and jojoba oil for super-soft lips. It is 100 percent natural and 95 percent organic. The tin gift set, featuring three flavors, is available at Kohl’s Target, Ulta and Walmart for $9.
Color my world with hundreds of hues: Any makeup lover would covet a vast array of colors for eyes, lips and cheeks. But where to store them all so you can see everything so early in the morning? Well, with the Color Festival Blockbuster Palette by Sephora, you can have 130 colors at your fingertips in one pretty case. The innovative new design, with two mirrors, organizes cosmetic colors by tray and intensity to make it easy to find the perfect shade. The palette also features six tutorials for professional application: Perfectly blended eye looks, how to apply cream liner, how to define eyes, how to apply blush for your face shape, how to get perfect lips, and “tips and tricks.” It contains eyeshadow, lipgloss, blush, cream eyeliners, plus two-in-one creams for cheeks and lips. This palette, a $241 value, retails for $49.50 at Sephora inside the JC Penney store at the Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township.
Beard buys: A bushy beard is only good for Santa. Help that special man in your life tame his facial hair (after all, Christmas is a kissing season) with the Conair Beard and Mustache Trimmer, GMT10CS. Two jawl It allows you to shape to the desired look with two jawline combs that provide final blending. The stainless steel blades on the Conair rechargeable trimmer are removable for easier cleaning. The comb is adjustable and can be switched to five different positions to ensure precise trimming for the exact look you are looking for. It also features a three-position taper control, so you end up with the correct length on your mustache and beard. It retails for $11.99 at Walmart.
I’ll be hair for you: Has it really been 25 years since we’ve coveted the Rachel cut? Well, Jennifer Aniston still has great hair. And she’s not just a Living Proof customer, heck, she bought the company. Well, you may not be able to afford to purchase a hair products company for the dis-tress-ed person on your list, but you can buy the Perfect Hair Day (PhD) gift set. The shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment work for all hair types and provide- smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish. All Living Proof products are sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free. Safe and formulated for color and chemically treated hair. The gift set, containing 2 ounces each of shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment, sells for $29 and is available at Ulta, Wilkes-Barre Township.