Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

We all have a family member or friend who simply has everything and every year with the Holidays upon it is a struggle to find that perfect gift.

Well, you need look no further as this Luxe Holiday Beauty Gift Guide has something for even the most discerning of us ladies.

Kilian In the City of Sin/1.7 oz. 1.7oz $245.00 For the truly LUXE lady a new fragrance by the renowned Kilian Hennessey. In the City of Sin is a place of extreme temptation where every street corner offers the possibility of impromptu encounters and seductions. The fragrance opens with an explosion of Bergamote from Calabria, pink Peppercorns and Cardamom from Guatamala. It then evolves into a heart of Apricots and caramelized Plums held in check by the Turkish Rose Absolute. A light haze of Indonesian Incense entrances and then lends a profound depth, further sustained by Atlas and Virginia Cedar woods and rich Indonesian Patchouli. Needless to say a beautifully complex fragrance that comes in a stunning white enamel clutch wrapped with a golden snake. Fully seductive and fully luxurious!

Rodin Face Oil $150 & Luxury Body Oil $110  Olio Lusso was created by Linda Rodin, stylist and former fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar, to satisfy what she felt was missing in the anti-aging skin care market. Her line now has a cult-like following among fashion and beauty insiders and justifiably so! It is a miracle oil for women of all ages who seek beautiful, dewy skin that conveys an extraordinary sense of well-being. Made with an exclusive, aromatic blend of 11 essential oils to soothe and soften the skin. As an step up in gifting you can pair up the face and body oil for a complete package. Although, either of these items will light up the recipient on the insider and out! Oil is an essential part of a healthy beauty regime.

Another much anticipated gift for the BEAUTY & TRAVEL buff is the LIMITED EDITION Rodin Travel Kit $85.00

Frederic Malle Notre Dame Candle $95.00 OR Diptyque’s Set of 3 Mini Candles $84.00

Comme des Garcons 2 Incense Sticks $36.00


Make it up and make it personal with a hand picked selection of products for your lucky recipient. Mix and match a great set of eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails to give a customized set that is is both personal and her favorite gift.

I may be, well must be, somewhat biased but tenoverten’s WORTH $18.00 is one of my favorite nail polish colors of the season from the famous NYC salons tenoverten. The polish is both 5 FREE + CRUELTY FREE and lasts by using the best raw ingredients all compliant with the leaping bunny effort to encourage suppliers to also provide cruelty free ingredients. Not just in the finished product. Worth is currently featured in this month’s Marie Claire and is a truly gorgeous gold. Not too yellow and not glittery, an on-trend must-have metallic. Come December  tenoverten is also offering a discounted polish set for the Holidays for the true nail buff in your life… or if you’re recipient is in NYC go the extra mile and pick up a gift certificate for a little pampering.

Too-Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof & Tearproof Eyeliner in Perfect Moss $18.00 This new liner is easy to apply and a perfect daytime green-gray color. Dark enough to create effect and make your eyes pop but still light enough to get a natural look. It’s also a great gift as application is easy, it glides on smoothly to get a clean line. Another great ‘eye’ gift is always a classic black mascara like Lancome Definicils $26.00.

Jouer Cheek Tint in Peony $20.00 The perfect cream blush to add a soft flush of pink to any winter blues.

Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Stalker $16.00 NY Based cult brand Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic is not only 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free but this amazing product is a hybrid between a lip gloss and lipstick. Meaning it goes on like a gloss but then dries matte like a lipstick. A few other pros are that it lasts for hours (date night may be an exception), is highly pigmented, and comes in a range from subtle to super bright fun. Even colors like neon pink, blue, and orange. I’m not quite ready to be that experimental but a classic Hollywood red like Stalker or the new color Electric Grandma are safe bets to gift anytime of the year. And remember a little bit goes a long way so only use a tiny dab to start with.

Or for luscious lips try this UBER-LUXE lip set from iconic Gucci designer Tom Ford.  Hint: if anyone is looking for a gift idea for me then this is the one. Tom Ford Beauty 4 Piece Lip Color Boxed Gift Set $192.00 Colors include:Lip colors include Spanish Pink, Crimson Noir, Nude Vanille, & Wild Ginger giving a range from nude to show stopper.

Happy shopping and always remind yourself it’s the thought that counts not the dollar value. So, pick up a great gloss for a friend and she’ll smile right back at you while wearing it. xo

3 Beauty Tips from MakeUp Artist, Jenny Karl

1. The Many Magical Powers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

It’s chemical free and has many uses other than for cooking. Here are some effective ones!

     a. Warm a small bowl of the oil and soak your nails for 5-10 minutes to strengthen your nails and soften the skin.

     b. Massage the skin using a mixture of the oil and fresh rosemary to soothe sore muscles.

     c. For chronically dry hair only, apply a small amount of the oil to your hair for 5 minutes as a deep conditioner. Rinse thoroughly.


2. The key to a great makeup look starts with your skin underneath.

Keep your skin hydrated, clean, and moisturized. Don’t forget the skin on the neck and under the eyes, and tailor your skincare to meet your own skin needs. Also, if you use your hands to put on your makeup, please please please make sure they are very clean! Also, if you use brushes, don’t forget to wash them as well every so often.You can buy solution to keep them sanitary in most beauty supply stores or use a clarifying shampoo such as baby shampoo! Easy!


 3. Big, bold false Eyelashes are in this season.

A great technique I have found, is using my finger to help pop the lashes up after gluing them with duo lash glue to get them as close to root as possible and give a great lift. Then I go through and separate the lashes and draw out the ends with an eyebrow/lash brush/comb. I love deep black lashes but you can have some fun with colors like rich browns and sables. Also try playing with colored mascara, such as bright blues or more subtle plums! We also forget about the bottom lashes sometimes, so once your top lashes are dry, you can easily swipe your wand back and forth on the bottom to draw those bottoms out as well.


Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup


SoulCycle is a spiritual cardio party… huh?

SoulCycle is a spiritual cardio party… huh?

This entry has geographic challenges for a lot of you but for those of us living on the East Coast (New York) or West Coast (Los Angeles) count yourself lucky. Why? Because it’s home to the now cult phenom cycle studio SoulCycle.

My first SoulCycle class was a result of sheer curiosity after creating a custom 5 Free nail polish color by my company tenoverten – for SoulCycle. A brilliant yellow to match their signature energizing color with a hint of shimmer. I was intrigued by this spin studio that has a booming retail brand that sells apparel, candles, towels, nail polish, and more. Then after one class I realized why… it’s not just any spin studio. It’s a spiritual cardio party on a bike!

With super instructor MB Regan at the helm I ungracefully pedaled my way thru a forty-five minute heart pumping, music thumping, nausea inducing class. I was mostly fueled on by the incredible energy and rhythm of MB, she’s got dance moves on the bike your wouldn’t think possible. MB gets the class fully pumped up with a music playlist so good that even while you’re pushing through the pain you find yourself singing a verse or two, when you can catch your breath. She believes you can do it, there is no failure in the room when you’re at least trying. And so I was determined not to give up amongst a pack of cardio warriors.  And when it was over I felt proud, strong, and even more determined to get better, the seed was planted and I’m now hooked. After having back surgery just over a year ago, cardio had become my nemesis. Any impact driven cardio gave me days of pain and slowly my will to do any cardio at all waned, until now. I still modify a few moves in the choreography to protect my back and I suggest if you give class a try to underachieve when you first start, you’ll thank me. There are people who do deadly doubles, 2 back-to-back classes, not me. I stick to my one class, working harder in 45 minutes than I have in years and seeing the results.

Not only do my pre-surgery jeans fit more comfortably now, it makes my mind feel better. According to research aerobic exercise is proven to increasing brain serotonin levels, no matter what exercise, so hit the road, bike, elliptical, or anything that gets your heart rate up to improve mental clarity and mood.

Owner Elizabeth Cutler explains what sets SoulCycle apart. “You not only get an amazing cardio workout and burn between 400-700 calories, but you also strengthen your core and tone your upper body using hand weights on the bike. The exercise program focuses on the “energy of the pack” and creates a strong community bond between the riders. The rhythm-based rides hosted in candlelit studios make riders feel like they are partying in a healthy nightclub.”

First Class Only $15.00

1 Single Class $25.00

5 Class Series (45 day expiration) $125.00

Larger Class Series Available – See SoulCycle website

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Essie Nail Polish – Geranium

A dream red (-orange)!  Bright!  Juicy!  Shiny!  Summery!  Yet classic! Surprisingly flattering on most skin tones!  Not much more to add, except that it just makes me happy looking at my digits done-up in this delicious color!!

And bonus!  Like all Essie colors, you’ll have a super long lasting chip-free manicure/ pedicure.

Essie Nail Polish in Geranium

Listed at $8.00

Available at, starting at $5.77:

Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Serum

Margaret Dabbs is known as THE celebrity podiatry expert in the UK. Although I won’t be making it across the pond to get a highly coveted appointment with her, at least I can use her pamper products back home in Los Angeles.

The Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Serum is a highly effective partially natural product.  A few months ago I tried a gel manicure and all it took was one time to see that even though the polish stays on for weeks, it undoubtedly made my nails thinner and damaged.  Maybe not as much as the old Acrylics they boast an improvement over but again, damaged.  So I steered clear of polish for a few weeks and started to apply this serum. Made from natural Emu and Tea tree oils, it is super nourishing but doesn’t feel greasy and fights off infection.  Almost immediately after I started using it, I noticed my nails had a healthier smooth feel on the surface and my cuticles were not peeling.  It gave my nails a buffed appearance. It also comes in a very convenient small plastic pump that you can carry in your purse.  Super helpful as traditional oils are usually in a glass dropper bottle that is both messy and not handbag friendly.

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15 ml

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