Beat the chills
Draw a warm bath, make some hot cocoa and heat things up with Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self Heating Body Soufflé. The self-heating cream will help take the bite out of February’s cold winter days while leaving your skin soft and toasty.
The soufflé’s ingredients, including African Red Tea-an anti-aging ingredient, citrus essential oils, linseed and black currant oils, help promote circulation. But the key to this product is application. You don’t just rub this cream in, you massage with a soft tapping motion. Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self-Heating Body Soufflé retails for $65 and is available at www.olehenriksen.com.
Your very own Valentine
This Valentine’s Day, Fab Mama has a sweet treat for you. One lucky Fab Mama will receive a gift of beauty swag from the sponsors of It’s a Glam Thing to help you celebrate being beautiful, especially during these bitter winter months.
The prize pack, which retails for $325, includes beauty products that range from eAu Flirt eau de toilette by Harvey Prince and Abrione Red Root Chakra Masque to cosmetics from SKINN and Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail Polish Kit. Other products include Clean Logic, Bling Strands, Rada and eyeSlices. For more information, visit www.itsaglamthing.com. To win, visit ChicagoParent.com and click on the contest page.
Perfectly puckered up
Baiser, beijo, beso, kiss. No matter how you say it, a kiss requires your lips and you wouldn’t want to let one of your best assets go chapped. To find the perfect way to pucker up with your honey this Valentine’s Day, Fab Mama tried a few lip products from www.QVC.com.
Whether you’re looking for a subtle look, glossy glam or knock-him-out-of-the-ballpark-hot, here are three finds that will keep your mate’s focus on your lips:
If you aren’t big on the actual candy hearts people give during this time of year, the Candy Hearts Lip shine duo from Philosophy, $20, is right up your alley. The duo, in luv u (angel food cake) and smooch (pink bubbly) are simple, shiny glosses perfect for you or as a gal-pal gift.
When what you put in and on your body counts, the 100% PURE Organic Chocolate Covered Cherries Lip Gloss has you covered. The gloss duo, $19, comes in two shades, sheer cherry for the red lipped look and shimmery cocoa berry in a nude pink. You’ll be happy knowing the line is made with pure fruit pigments and avocado and cocoa butter.
For a more dolled up look, check out Chocolate Fix Makeup from Laura Geller, $34.50. Although this won’t cure your chocolate craving, the makeup kit includes everything you’ll need for a night out, or in. The delicious kit includes Raspberry Truffle Face Frosting, Copper Lip Stay, Chocolate Mousse Eye Shadow and Creamy Black Mascara. Did I mention this is perfect for a mom on the go? The kit comes in its own zippered case.
Vive la beauty
Just because you aren’t a size 2 doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy and hide your curves. Clothes shopping can be such a pain when it seems like designers don’t understand that some women are bigger than a size 12. But big is beautiful and voluptuous bodies are hip. Celebrate your fabulous figure with a visit to vive la femme, 2048 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, a boutique that happily caters to sizes 12-24.
The boutique, owned by bubbly Chicago-native Stephanie Sack, has been around for more than seven years. “I opened it for a very simple reason,” she says. “I am a big, beautiful woman and I love clothes.”
One of her favorites, Zen Knits, is a women-owned line Sack credits as “the premier line” in her boutique. The clothes offer basic silhouettes, colors that work with the seasons and fabric that feels like pajamas.
But it’s not just selling clothes that keeps Sack going, it’s her clients and her favorites are ‘foxy moms.’ “Women who balance motherhood and work and raising children, they are my heroes,” she says. “We really love to work with people who take an active interest in their clothes.” Clothes range from $35-$175. For more information, call (773) 772-7429 or visit www.vivelafemme.com.
Last month, Fab Mama covered Luxe Life Auctions and misquoted the company’s commission fee structure. For details of the fee structure, visit www.luxelifeauctions.com.