When those funny-looking nose strips just won’t zap your dry, zitty dermis, bring in backup with Colbert M.D.’s Intensify Facial Discs ($58 for 20, Colbertmd.com). Formulated with pineapple enzyme and lactic acid, the gentle rounds exfoliate dead skin and remove environmental toxins. We noticed downright dewy improvements after just two weeks of use.
Normally, tea is a morning beverage, and wine is reserved for after 5 (or at least after lunch). Vintage TeaWorks merges the worlds of leaves and grapes in nonalcoholic blends inspired by popular wines ($16-$18, Vintageteaworks.com). Varieties such as Oolong Chardonnay and Green Tea Sauvignon boast the flavor profiles of vino but only produce a caffeine buzz.
Ginger Root Designs (1530 U St. NW; 202-567-7668) wins raves for its menswear-inspired ladies’ ties. But through March, its Back Room annex will be a pop-up haberdashery for dudes, with old-timey bowties (such as Accouture’s $60 version, below) and clothes from Notoriously Vintage and I Found That Vintage. It opens from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with suit fittings, PBR and manly munchies (admission is $6).
Decking your walls with a geometric pattern or a Frenchified floral looks chic. But the glue that such a makeover calls for is sloppy and permanent. Tempaper, a repositionable, adhesive wallpaper ($76-$98, Salt & Sundry, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE, 202-556-1866), lets you put up art deco black lilies or Moroccan tile prints sans commitment or mess.
Smells Like Science
Laboratory perfumes, an English olfactory favorite, just poured two of its signature scents into candle form ($60 each, Beautyhabit.com). Amber (whiffs of wood and earth) and Gorse (notes of citrus and cardamom) come in the same sort of glass beakers you’d find in high-school chemistry class. Clean-burning and naturally inspired, they’re a minimalist alternative to their cloyingly floral cousins.