We admit it -- on occasion we've been known to buy cosmetics for the free tote bags, sample sizes and baguettes beauty companies are known to give away.
That's why we especially liked the freebie that comes with Joey New York's new line of Luscious Products for the Body. It's a pink vinyl lunch bag designed by celebrity artist Alvaro. We find it just perfect for holding carrot sticks and diet sodas or meatball sandwiches and banana cream pudding.
Plus it's graced with the images of some pampered bathing beauties. Buy the Hawaiian Spa Body Collection for $42 and get the bag filled with Coconut Oil Body Moisturizer; Hawaiian Pineapple Hand, Elbow and Foot Cream; Seaweed Body Wash; and White Chocolate Body Shimmer. Mmmm.
Or purchase components of the collection separately for $18 to $24 at Bath and Body Works stores, www.sephora.com or by calling 800-563-9691.
Is anyone else getting tired of the candy-, coffee- and fruit-inspired cosmetic colors that look like the real thing to the point of causing hunger pangs? MAC Cosmetics is putting its flavors where your mouth is this season by offering customers delicious-looking lip colors that taste good, too.
The company's Lipglass Tasti comes in such colors as Creme Cocktail (white frost), Haute Chocolate (peach neutral) and Carmel Frostee (bronze) that are flavored to taste like a white Russian, a hunk of Dutch chocolate or a lick of butter-pecan ice cream.
Not since the days of Bonne Bell Lip Smackers has lipstick been so tasty.
MAC Lipglass Tasti cost $11 each and are available at MAC stores or by calling 800-387-6707.
Sometimes simple is best. Take your love for floral scents to the most basic with a collection of three aromatic bath oils from Hardy's. The set contains fresh-smelling bluebell, tropical frangipani, and warm and cozy lavender oils. When added to water, the oils hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling silky-smooth and smelling great.
And did we mention they come packaged in a trim black box with a soft white terry washcloth? The Hardy's Bath & Body Essence gift set costs $38 and is available at Bigelow Apothecary in New York, by calling 800-793-LIFE or online at www.cobigelow.com.
What do your eyebrows say about you? According to the Avon Salon & Spa in New York, quite a bit.
Untrimmed unruly brows send a message that you're unpolished and unprofessional, spa experts say. Thin and overplucked brows mean the wearer is obsessive. And high brows send the signal that the person is nervous and unprepared.
Bert from Sesame Street -- unprofessional? Whoever would have thought?
P.S. When plucking, take into account all of your features so that your brows fit with the contour of your face. Brows should be the same length and fullness throughout their length, tapering only slightly at the outer tip.