Muds, salts and minerals from the Dead Sea are said to have soothing and moisturizing effects. Begin your at-home spa adventure with 100 percent Pure Dead Sea Mud, $14.99. Slathering the black, mineral-rich mud all over provides plenty of entertainment, but be prepared for the 15-minute dry time before you can rinse it off. Follow up with a relaxing soak in a bath filled with Dead Sea Bath Salts with Acai Berry Oil, $11.99-$99.99.
As aroma therapy goes hand-in-hand with any spa treatment, exfoliate with the Lavender Dead Sea Salt Scrub, $19.99. The scrub, also available in Coconut and Vanilla, Cucumber-Melon, Ocean Breeze, and Peach and Honey, leaves your skin feeling velvety smooth.This month, one lucky Fab Mama reader will win an Adovia Mineral Skin Care Total Dead Sea Vacation Basket, worth more than $199. To win, visit the discussion boards at ChicagoParent.com between Aug. 27-Sept. 1 to register.
Peel your cares away
Nix the nail polish remover; try something more fun. Dubbed "the makeup for nails," Sula nail polish is designed to last for about a day—or as long as you can resist peeling it off. The non-toxic, water-based polish is free of phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene and that awful nail polish smell.The Sula Collection, $10 each, comes in four colors including Perfect Pink and Champagne Coral. The Trend Collection, $9 each, is available in 13 colors and includes a metallic top and base and a permanent top coat. Both collections are available at www.sulabeauty.com.
Fabulous: a how-to guide
Every woman loathes looking in her closet only to find nothing to wear. Fashion maven and beauty boot camp diva Andy Paige (pictured) wants nothing more than to help you perfect your wardrobe and stop spending money on clothes you aren’t going to wear. "My goal is (for) women to spend less money and look better," she says.The fashion guru began her career on NBC’s reality show, "Starting Over," and is currently providing advice to those in need through her Web site, www.CentsofStyle.com and on TLC’s "10 Years Younger." To add to her fashion-forward resume, the reality star has recently launched Style on a Shoestring, a book dedicated to making over your closet and developing what she calls your "shopping muscles."
Paige provides five simple tips to becoming a better you:
1 Wear lipstick every day. Not only does the right shade of lipstick make your teeth look whiter, people listen to what you have to say.
2 Create shape through the waist. Working towards an hourglass shape using tools such as color blocking, seams and accessories will increase your attractiveness.
3 Make your handbag your signature item. "You have to recognize that your handbag is your social barometer," Paige says. "It tells people who you are and where you’re going." Cut out the boxy, basic black bag and find a purse that fits your personality.
4 "You have to have on cute
5 Do something unexpected. Grabbing attention lets people know you’re someone who means business.
Ring in your treasures
When a plain old ring just won’t cut it in the deeper meaning category for special occasions, it’s time to bring on the hidden gems. Chicago-based Taköhl Designs allows you to create a ring with a message you will truly cherish. The company’s signature Treasure Ring opens to reveal a secret hand-engraved message, giving its wearer the opportunity to hold their dearest memories close.
"My grandmother gave me a necklace during her last few days," says designer Tammy Kohl of her line’s inspiration. "A few days later I found a trap door … and there was a message engraved for me to find one day. It kind of took my breath away." Years later, when a client was looking for something sentimental, Kohl had her "a-ha!" moment.
Taköhl’s Treasure Ring Creator program allows you to play with designs online or Kohl can help you with the process if you’re stuck.
"My favorite part is really helping people create a very special keepsake that they will really treasure forever," Kohl says. Not sure about gem stones? The designer has a vault full of rare, precious and semi-precious stones she’s collected.
Treasure Ring prices begin at $495. There are 18 ring designs to choose from or you can custom design your own. For pricing and information, call (800) 480-6999 or visit www.Takohl.com.