What does luxury mean to you? For most people luxury means something we might not feel justified spending the money on but we’d really love to have. The Advice Sisters’ suggestions for luxury gifts and gorgeous pleasures start at under $50. However, all these gift ideas from Marste, Phytomer, Stephen David Leonard, ART by Biotulin, Krigler, Laprairie, and Tweezerman all have that “WOW!” factor.
Sexy Sensational Coat Jacket:
The London Long Cardigan by Marste ($160) is a long sweater coat that reminds me of the dusters cowboys wore in the old West, but with a lot of modern style points.
This warm and trendy sweater coat (ours in “warm sand”) has an exposed, golden zipper all the way down the back. There are a series of large snaps on the sleeves to add panache.
I styled mine with a Concho belt but you could use any belt, or just wear it open over just about anything you own. It’s truly a little luxury that will help you stay warm and chic when it’s chilly.
This is a hybrid. It’s not as soft and loose as a sweater, slightly less warm than a coat. If you live in a temperature climate you can wear it as outerwear all year round. For those in chillier places, it’s a great layering piece and of course, a fashion statement.
One of the things I really love about Marste is that it is size-inclusive from 0-22. The website even has different models with different body types to show you how the items look on different people.
What I love about this sweater/coat is that it works with just about everything, Actually it is a new staple, and one of my new gilty pleasures,
Get if and gift if from Marste and every-body can say “thank you.” Visit the Marste Web Site
Very Classy Clean Up:
Devotees of La Prairie skincare can’t live without it. But everyone needs a fabulous cleanser, and I am suggesting two of the latest, luxurious and classiest cleansers from La Prairie: Supreme Balm Cleanser, and Crystal Micellar Water.
These cleansers are packaged in beautiful shiny silver boxes, and they’re truly gilty pleasures.
You may not think at first that cleansers are a good gift idea, but once you read about these two products you’ll change your mind and maybe, just maybe, treat yourself as well.
Supreme Balm Cleanser:
The Supreme Balm Cleanser ($155 3.04 oz.) is so indulgent. It’s inspired by a centuries-old double cleansing ritual that encourages massage to give you a deep, relaxing cleanse.
Using the elegant silvery spatula (included) drop a generous dollop into your palm. Apply it to dry skin in a circular motion from your forehead to nose, cheeks, and jawline.
This cleanser starts out as a creamy rich balm in a jar As you massage it into your skin, it becomes milky and transforms into an elegant oil.
As you massage, rinse and pat dry, you are gently getting rid of all the makeup, dirt, and detritus you have on your face.
Crystal Micellar Water:
I like long-wear makeup products, but they’re really challenging to remove. That won’t be a problem, if you use La Prairie’s Crystal Micellar Water Eyes •Face ($135 5.1 fl. oz.).
You’ll be wowed at how well this whisks away makeup, dirt and everything “gunky” from your skin, without drying it out. This one-step cleanser combines Liquid Crystal technology with pure, clear Swiss glacier water.
It’s so easy to use this soothing cleanser. Just moisten a cotton pad with the product, hold over your skin, and the micellar water instantly binds to makeup and impurities and dirt to whisk them away while hydrating your skin,
Crystal Micellar Water Eyes • Face is made with soothing ingredients and Swiss glacier water (enriched with minerals as the mountain snow melts and seeps slowly through layers of granite).
You really can’t get a more luxurious micellar cleanser and anyone you give it to you love you for it.
Personal, Unisex Bracelet:
SDL Stephen David Leonard makes bracelets for men and women. The pewter bracelet in my photos (with my own Citizen watch) is called “Forge a Path” ($60).
This bracelet is supposedly made for a man, but I like it too.
The smooth middle potion can be personalized with 12 characters of your choosing (my editor’s sample is not engraved).
These bracelets are more than just a little luxury, they’re a personal, meaningful gift. In fact, they’re works of art. They’re hand-cut, hammered, polished, drilled and assembled.
Perfect Skincare Sets For All:
We recommended three exceptional Phytomer gift sets for holiday 2018 (see story). But Phytomer products are always some of our favorite gilty pleasures.
This year, Phytomer is offering even more beautiful limited edition skincare gift sets with their most popular collections. Choose a skincare product and two bonuses come along with it.
CITYLIFE Gift set (Srp. $122.00 value $158.0) has a full-sized CITYLIFE Face and Eye Contour Sorbet Cream 50 ml. read our review) ,
As a bonus there is a CITYLIFE MARINE SCRUB Creamy Exfoliant 15 ml and a TRÉSOR DES MERS UltraNourishing Body Cream 15 ml.
The CITYLIFE Face and Eye Contour Sorbet cream is a must-have for urban dwellers (read CITYLIFE review). It helps deal with pollutants that can break down your skins’ defenses that cause inflammation, dark spots, and lines and wrinkles.
A star ingredient is CITYSAFE”+ a blue micro algae and red algae combine three marine sugars (thanks to biotechnology) and that acts as a shield against pollution
Read more about Phytomer CITYLIFE on advicesisters.com
Hydration is so important, especially in Winter. That’s why I love the Phytomer HYDRA gift set ( Srp. $85.50 value $125.00).
The key player is a full-sized HYDRA ORIGINAL ThirstRelief Melting Cream 50 ml.
Plus you get a free VEGETAL EXFOLIANT with Natural Enzymes 0.5 fl. oz. It gently removes dead skin cells without irritating the skin as it eliminates impurities and helps to refine texture.
You also get the excellent HYDRASEA Thirst-Relief Rehydrating Mask (15 ml) Read our Review) Vegetal Exfoliant with Natural enzymes (0.5 fl. oz.) along with the Hydrasea Thirst-Relief rehydrating Mask (read our full review) (0.5 fl. oz.) with weaving algae to re-hydrate skin.
Expert Youth For Maturing Skin:
A gilty pleasure for anyone with maturing skin is an excellent anti-age cream. For anyone who needs a skincare boost there’s Finally, Phytomer’s Age Solution Gift Set (SRP. $120.50 /$ 221 Value ).
inside the box with golden metallic label is a full-sized EXPERT YOUTH Wrinkle Correction Cream 50 ml and two bonuses: AGE SOLUTION NIGHT RECHARGE Youth Enhancing Cream 15 ml and an EXPERTISE ÂGE CONTOUR Intense Youth Eye Cream 10 ml.
A high tech active complex plus other good for your skin ingredients and Phytomer’s OLIGOMER® (to strengthen the epidermis) help Phytomer help back up a claim that your skin might appear up to 8 years younger in one month!
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Temptingly Chic Tweezers:
Tweezerman has always produced exciting and covet-able gift sets for holiday. This year we’re suggesting two mini-sized tweezer sets that are not at all your utilitarian beauty tools.
Advicesisters.com is suggesting the Holygraphic Micro Mini Tweeze (read review) set as a stocking stuffer. It’s got an eye-catching holographic print, and this extreme mini is teeny, and yet, quite use-able.
But for our gilty pleasures luxury story I am suggesting a slightly larger set that’s still small. I think it’s a party in a pouch!
The Hollygraphic Mini Slant & Point Set($28) has pointed and slant tipped tweezers coated in a holographic design worthy of a disco ball. A sleek, silver faux leather pouch with magnetic closure holds them both.
This is a very elegant gift for anyone who wants to elevate their beauty tools and loves gilty pleasures. They’re about the size of your pointer finger, and, as with the teeny micro mini set, they are made to last for years.
For more information visit the officialTweeezerman website
The ART of Fragrance:
Can you really be perceived as 6 years younger in just one second? Biotulin, the skincare company that produces ART Eau de Parfum $76 1.7 fl. oz. claims their fragrance, can,
Researcher Alan Hirsch discovered that the scent of pink grapefruit can make people appear to be up to six years younger. In 2009 the advice sisters reviewed Ageless Fantasy and Eau Flirt by Harvey Prince that purports to use this theory.
As I pointed out back in 2009, we emit pheromones that we might not smell, but they are attractants. And, as women and men age, the body produces more of a chemical that experts say is the natural “body odor” scent of aging.
This chemical increases over age 40. Some studies show that women over the age of 40 have more than twice the levels of this chemical in their skin than younger women,
What’s in It?
ART Eau de Parfum doesn’t smell like grapefruit. But the scent is strong and lasting (so maybe that masks the age chemical). In my test, the fragrance dried down to one that was “clean” and powdery.
The company claims that over 250 different notes create the unique fragrance Neither the Botulin web site nor the box reveals any of the key fragrance notes. According to website parfumo.com the Top Notes are Strawberry, Grapefruit, Blackcurrant. Heart notes are: Iris, Orange blossom, Jasmine, Rose. The Base Notes include White musk, Vanilla, Patchouli, and Oakmos.
Each bottle ha a 3D tiny person or couple on it and there are 100 different designs. All are created by hand in Germany. I’m not sure if you get to choose the design or if it’s a surprise. Ours has a woman holding what appears to be a white ball.
Being perceived as younger is for most people would definitely thank high on the l I can’t say for sure that you will be perceived as 6 years younger, but the scent on its own is worthy Find your bottle or gift someone special. Visit the Biiotulin Website
Cleanse Your Body, Luxuriously:
Krigler is synonymous with luxurious and unique fragrances for body and home. Last holiday season we suggested the uber-luxe customize-able ALLEGRA candles from the House Of Krigler that are $1,250 each (see the advicesisters 2018 luxe gift guide).
For those who want to experience the delights of Krigler fragrances at a leaner price tag, there are four beautiful soaps by Krigler. These are scented with four of Krigler’s favorite fragrances: Chateau Krigler 12; Extraordinaire Camelia; Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Soap and America One31 JFK Scent Soap.
All of these richly fragranced, hard-milled soaps housed in hard-sided golden boxes. The soaps themselves are hand-made in Provence and a recipe used by the Imperial F44amily of Napoleon in France. It’s no wonder that royalty and celebrities alike, love them.
The soaps each have unique ingredients to soften, hydrate and silken your skin while providing a treat for your nose! Our sample was Krigler’s Chateau Krigler #12 soap. A key ingredient in this one is Vitamin E that gently cleanses and softens skin.
It is easy to see why Grace Kelly was a fan, The soft almost powdery fragrance features lillyu of the valley, mimosa, white musk and rose.
My personal favorite Krigler Scent is Lovely Patchouli 55, withnotes of amber, patchouli, bergamot, and leather. But no matter which of the soaps you choose, this is a very special gift. Get these for just $45 per soap on the Krigler Website