Best Products for Winter Beauty and Renewal

Bring the spa to you at home with these transformative beauty products that also make great gifts. From the inexpensive and everyday item to salon-level quality, go into your holidays feeling refreshed and renewed.

Shower Steamers by Cleverfy

Start or end your day with a shower that transports you into another mode or mood. These magical fizzing aromatic discs come in a variety of scents courtesy of delicious essential oils with all natural ingredients, offering you a dose of hydrotherapy at home.

Just drop one into the shower (they also work in the tub) and they release a magical and potent steam that will help relax, soothe, invigorate or energize you, depending on which scent you have chosen.

Made and embedded with real flower petals these luxe fizzies help ease stress and anxiety and boost feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. This Amazon best-seller is also female-created and vegan and cruelty-free!

Strandz Unlimited

While you're in the shower, get into a complete hair care routine with women-owned brand Strandz Unlimited. We are so impressed by this product! Forget your usual supermarket shampoo and conditioner. This is an investment in healthy and happy hair!

Strandz Unlimited has been developed by hairstylist Tonya Fairley on her quest to give other women more manageability and less fuss with products that actually work—and don't take up too much shelf room.

Start with the Hydro-Curlz Moisture Cleanser - Moisture-infused cleanser that cleans the hair thoroughly while leaving the scalp refreshed and moisturized. A perfect hair companion for all hair types.

Continue with the Hydro-Curlz Curl Creme to add shine, moisture, and definition to your hair. A versatile product that can be used as a traditional styling creme for a quick wash and go, as a moisture creme for safe straightening, or a refresher creme for next-day curls. 

The Hydro-Curlz Moisture Conditioner is a hydrating and moisturizing formula that strengthens hair. From curls to coils, this conditioner helps ease the detangling process, leaving your hair soft and manageable.

And for styling before you head out for your dream date, use just a dab of the Curl Gele, a hydrating and Defining Gel (no crunch or flakes) to tame any frizzies and keep your curls bouncing.

We were so impressed by this product. Clearly, a lot of thought has gone into it, right down to the signature purple packaging and the soft hair towel which comes in handy when applying the finishing product.

Freedom Deodorant

Finish your bathing routine with a deodorant that is woman made and owned as well as being safe and sustainable. Freedom is a line of aluminum-free organic deodorants and body sprays that are safe to use. Increasingly, reports have emerged that many women's beauty products and everyday items kept in the bathroom cabinet are linked to toxicity and a higher incidence of cancer. You’ll feel safe using Freedom, especially if cancer runs in your family, if you are immunocompromised or chemo patients who must be super careful what they put on their bodies. Plus, the brand generously gives back to organizations that are working hard towards helping individuals and families battling cancer.

Not only that: Freedom works just as well, if not better than all the other familiar commercial brands—if you have any worries that "natural" products don't do the job as effectively as chemicals. Well, this one does. And our favorite scent is Magic Lavender, with its heavenly and relaxing aroma.

Olura Glow + Sculpt Skincare System

We are excited about this product! And not just as a beauty product, but as an investment that really does pay off. If you're still feeling a little shy about venturing out to a salon to get a facial or noninvasive beauty procedure, save your money and invest in Olura and do it yourself with similar results. Olura has created an easy to use system for at-home facials with a three-part approach: a skincare specialist; customized skin products; easy-to-use ultrasonic device. Founded by beauty industry veterans (including a female plastic surgeon!), Olura puts the latest facials techniques into your capable hands.

The Glow + Sculpt Skincare System works as a subscription membership that includes the trademarked Eno, an ultrasonic device that gently exfoliates your face with one end; and with the other end, massages the customized boosters, serums and moisturizers into your skin. To get the right mix of products you can consult with an Olura skincare specialist depending on your skin type, your skin's needs such as firming or hydrating or calming. If you don't feel like stepping into a beautician's office, this whole system can be delivered to your door for a fraction of the cost. We noticed a difference from our very first use, and the regimen is gentle enough to do every day.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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