Thursday, December 18, 2014
On the Fifth Day of a Feminine Christmas
I love the ice maiden look to this picture. It makes me think she could be inside an igloo with the silvery tree and the frosted windows. Her fur is strewn close by in case she gets cold in her silk charmeuse dressing gown. Everything about this photograph says that Christmas is about luxuriousness and indeed, some of the best Christmas presents are those we can pamper ourselves with.
There is a time in every pre-teen's life when she begins to receive more womanly gifts. Gone are the dolls and toys, replaced by perfumes, lipsticks, and lotions. I distinctly remember receiving soap-on-a-rope, toilet water, and handkerchiefs in the sixth grade. Later, my mother filled my Christmas stockings with Yardley Pot-o-Gloss, false eyelashes and newly-invented pantyhose. Under the tree were electric rollers, a lighted makeup mirror and white go-go boots. The mirror eventually got stuck on "Office" and the boots faded from the scene but I never got tired of sets of lipsticks and fragrant bubble baths.
Today's beauty sets are available at any price and in any combination. I especially like the ones that have Christmas motifs on the packaging such as snowmen or snowflakes. It makes such a cute and festive gift for a girlfriend or niece. A dear friend just sent me a pre-Christmas gift of two pretty spring nail colors with a lavish rose-infused handcream. It came in a tartan tin and is sitting patiently under the tree right now.
I highly recommend buying a pampering set for yourself before Christmas. Look for a selection of small shampoos and each morning, test drive a new one. Or try a combination talcum powder with body splash. Spoil yourself during this busy season while you are busy spoiling others.