One Chic Mama: Curl Up With a Good Nook
Curl up with a good NOOK
Ever wish you could have a book at the touch of your fingertips? Well now you can. The Nook is a wireless eBook reader that allows you to download more than a million book titles in moments, making it perfect to take along when traveling or just sitting in the carpool lane.
To make the Nook more hip (as if it needed any help), you can purchase a chic carrying case designed by the likes of Kate Spade, Jack Spade and Jonathan Adler. Feeling wistful for a real book? Think about how many trees are saved by the Nook, and you might just find that reading your morning paper electronically isn't so bad after all! Find it for $259 at Barnes and Noble and at www.bn.com.
Your at-home spa for smooth skin
Winter weather can take a toll on skin, leaving it with dry patches, pale areas and fine lines that turn into full-fledged wrinkles. It's time for some serious TLC! While you may not have the time or budget for a salon facial, a do-it-yourself version can leave you with wonderful results while costing just pennies.
To do your own facial, start with clean skin. Use a gentle cleanser and gentle, alcohol-free toner (or witch hazel). Then proceed:
Exfoliate: Dead cells can make skin look dull and patchy. Brighten your complexion by mixing 1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 3 tablespoons almond oil, 1 tablespoon finely ground sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh mint with enough warm water to form a paste. Dampen your skin, then use gentle circular movements to apply the paste, avoiding the eye area. Rinse.
Steam: Steaming opens pores and primes skin for deep cleaning. In a large pot, boil one quart distilled water. Next, wrap fragrant herbs of your choice (chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender) in cheesecloth, lower the heat, and place the cloth in the pot for five minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and set it on a protected surface. Apply a light layer of almond or sesame oil to the face (to protect your skin from heat), then lean over the pot, tenting a clean towel over your head to catch the steam. Steam for five minutes; pat dry.
Mask: Masks help clean deeply, stimulate circulation, remove dead skin and hydrate. To hydrate dry skin, mix 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon honey and a few drops of safflower oil. Apply to skin and let dry. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Massage: As a soothing final step, massage a moisturizer into the skin. Put a generous amount on your hands and work them together to warm the cream. Concentrate on areas where muscles are overworked: cheeks, mouth, forehead and around the eyes. Once the lotion is completely absorbed, blot off any excess with a tissue. Now enjoy your fresh-faced complexion!
Everything's Coming Up Roses
Sure, it's winter, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to be boring. While dark colors may prevail this time of year, you can blast your outlook out of the winter doldrums by adding bright accessories. Get a jump-start on your spring wardrobe with some fun items, such as this cheerful purse. You'll smile every time you see it. Ruffle Rose tote, $24.99 from www.sears.com.
Add a touch of silver treatment
Turning back the hands of time isn't yet possible, but Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum may help restore your complexion. With the added benefit of patented nano-silver with silica, Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum helps imitate your skin's natural rejuvenation process, stimulating renewal and natural exfoliation without harsh ingredients. It also makes the skin's outer layer noticeably thicker, which improves appearance, and has the added benefits of protecting from the sun. Find it at www.corsilver.com for $120.
Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, image consultant and blogger who lives in Raleigh. She is also the author of "Mama's Little Helper: Bite-sized beauty and style tips for busy moms." Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.