Better Homes and Gardens December 2019

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3 min
editor’s letter

THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS What do you want for the holidays? For most of us, I’ll bet the No. 1 answer is to spend quality time with our family and friends away from the workaday commitments. I’ll add something I think most would hope for as well—to be thought of. The year-end holidays that we celebrate in various forms around the world are a natural time to stop and value people who are important to us. Too often, we make shopping for gifts a chore as we rush from store to store (or stay up late trying to negotiate a last-minute online delivery), ticking names off a list that has been weighing on us since Thanksgiving. But let’s not lose the point of gift-giving. Each present is an affirmation between you and…

1 min what’s trending online

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3 min
put a bow on it

“This towel is two gifts in one: Proceeds help fight childhood hunger.”JESSICA THOMAS, STYLE & DESIGN DIRECTOR“The curves help a beginner baker get picture-perfect pastry edges.”JAN MILLER, FOOD EDITOR FOREVER BESTIES “My friends will love the playful style.”LAURA ENGEL, GRAPHIC DESIGNER “I’m giving this illustrated journal to the book-lovers of all ages on my list.”OMA BLAISE FORD, EXECUTIVE EDITOR FUN AND GAMES “Who doesn’t love spin art?”DIANA DICKINSON, FEATURES EDITOR STOCKING STUFFERS Want to Keep Shopping? To browse our online gift guides (and make purchases on the spot), click here. BY: KIT SELZER; PHOTOS: CARSON DOWNING AND JACOB FOX; PRODUCED BY: EUGENIA SANTIESTEBAN SOTO; MARKET ASSISTANT: SAMANTHA DRISCOLL…

2 min
spotlight on acids

[ANTI-AGING] GLYCOLIC ACID WHAT IT DOES Glycolic acid, derived from sugarcane, is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids, a class of acids known for exfoliation. This multitasker sloughs off dead cells, boosts collagen growth, and lightens dark spots, so it’s ideal for treating signs of aging, says Kenneth Howe, M.D., at Wexler Dermatology in NYC. HOW TO USE IT Use a serum or pad with 10–15 percent glycolic acid two to three times a week at night. This is your exfoliation step, so skip any other scrubs. OUR PICK L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum containing soothing aloe, $30; [BODY-SMOOTHING] LACTIC ACID HOW IT WORKS Cleopatra was on to something with her legendary milk baths: Lactic acid (found in milk) is an effective body exfoliant. “It…

1 min
forecast: burgundy

MASCARA The reddish-purple tint isn’t flashy. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Deep Burgundy, $8; PRIMER Use this rosy skin prep before you apply foundation. Paul & Joe Beauté Pearl Foundation Primer in Pinot Noir, $36; EYE SHADOW NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Shadow Palette in Rosé and Play makes red work like a neutral. $20; EYE LINER Tarte Double Duty Beauty Easy On the Eyes Clay Liner in Burgundy is waterproof and never needs sharpening. $19; LIPSTICK With a dark red, you can keep everything else low-key. Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish in So Shady, $10;…

4 min
ever green

“SEASONAL DECORATING IS MY FAVORITE. YOU HAVE LICENSE TO BE A LITTLE MORE CREATIVE. YOU CAN GO CRAZY AT CHRISTMAS AND IT’S OK.”MICHAEL WURM There’s no shortage of ornaments in Michael Wurm’s Pittsburgh home—10 huge totes full, in fact—and the bulk of them come out every Christmas. It’s his edited color scheme that he says lets him “get away with doing more.” A flocked white tree is often the base of the themed trees he elaborately decks out every year and features on his blog, Inspired by Charm. This Emerald City-inspired tree is his 18th and goes “all-in on traditional Christmas green,” which stands out against the silver-white branches that sparkle with metallic accents. HOW TO PACK A TREE Michael starts at the top of the tree, weaving long lengths of ribbon in…