DG Contest: Skincare Products From Moore Unique Skin Care

To promote the launch of its newest product, Silky Hydroglide for Women, Moore Unique Skin Care (through our friends at KMR Communications) is offering one DG reader a gift package of skin care products for men and women. The package includes:

Unique Skin Care products Razor Rash Relief: Patented cream treatment soothes skin after shaving and, with proper and consistent use, prevents future razor burn, rash, and PFB (shaving bumps caused by ingrown hairs). Formulated with anti-bacterial salicylic acid and micro-molecular technology, this emollient smoothes the skin surface, softens the hair to be shaved, and prevents new growth hair from turning back into the skin. Treats razor burn, sensitive skin, and ingrown hairs. Retail price: $12.99

Clear Skin Acne Wash: Contains emulsifying, deep cleansing colloidal sulphur and anti-bacterial salicylic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells, clean pores, reduce oil, and clear acne on face and body. Treats acne, whiteheads and blackheads, oily skin, clogged pores. Retail price: $7.99

Body Scrub Lotion: Cool and refreshing emollient with natural grains that clear away dry skin cells for smoother feeling skin. Retail price: $12.99

Hydrate Facial & Body Wash: Formulated especially for sensitive skin. Mildly exfoliates while gently cleansing, moisturizing, and reducing the signs of aging. Excellent for relieving eczema, rashes, and mild to moderate acne. Retail price: $8.99

Bath, Body and Hair Oil: Mineral-rich moisturizer for dry skin and hair. Retail price: $7.99

To enter, leave a comment below (on any DG subject, but not thinly disguised spam) by midnight Pacific time on Thursday, November 11. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified by email. Products will be shipped directly from KMR Communications. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Update: Congratulations to our contest winner Carl.

The Glamorous Writing Life: Another Penguin Book Giveway

Ah, the glamorous life of the writer--glamorous, of course, to nonwriters...

To promote its new monthly webcast The Literary Life, Penguin books is offering a giveaway of one of the four new books featured on the debut show: Rosanne Cash’s Composed, Maile Meloy’s Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, Doug Dorst’s The Surf Guru, or Sloane Crosley’s How Did You Get This Number

To enter, post a comment saying which book you'd like to win. The deadline is this Friday, September 3 at noon Pacific Time, so don't delay. The winner will be chose using Random.org.

You can hear the show by clicking on the player below,  going here, or downloading it from iTunes.


Giveaway: The Omnivore's Dilemma By Michael Pollan

Omnivores-Dilemma Today is the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books and the company is celebrating by giving away Penguin books to blog readers all over the internet - including here, at Deep Glamour. The book we'll be giving away is The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan's thought-provoking examination of how the food we eat is grown.

Pollan is part of an interesting trend in the food world, and his work points to the important role of glamour in American consumer behavior. His efforts to help Americans better understand what they eat (and to eat better) are largely about deglamorizing food by taking the mystery out of the food creation process. Hard as it is to imagine now, during the middle part of 20th century, mass-produced foods had a certain allure. They were blessed by the glamour of modernity. Most of that glamour had rubbed off by the end of the century, but mass-produced foods still retained a tiny touch of mystique. By stepping inside industrial farming, showing his readers how the metaphorical sausage is made, Pollan helps eliminate that last little bit of glamour.

At the same time, if you want to change the world (or, in this case, change how Americans shop), it's not enough to simply gross people out at the sight of plastic-wrapped ground beef. For one thing, that beef is less expensive than buying from a small, organic farmer. For another, it's how Americans have shopped for several generations now. We're used to it. If we're going to change, we need a good reason to stop doing what we're doing and a good reason to start doing something else.

Pollan recognizes this. He knows that Americans need not just good food to buy, but a good story behind that food. To get the good story, the people growing the food need to be passionate - and glamorous - themselves. In a 2006 interview with Powell's Books, he said:

You need more people on the land to do it well, so we have to make farming a more glamorous profession. That's one of the great things Alice Waters has done. She's taken that light of glamour and shown it on farmers by highlighting their menus and putting the ingredients in the forefront of her presentation.

Culture has devalued farming for a hundred years. Go back to Jefferson and nothing was more glamorous—not that glamour was the kind of word he would have used, but glamour is very important in a culture. To the extent that we value farming, more people will want to do it and we'll begin to repopulate the countryside. That will be a very positive step.

Pollan said that four years ago. In the time since, sustainable farming has continued to gain supporters and cache. However, it's still outside the mainstream and it's still expensive.

If you'd like to win a copy of Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, please leave a comment below. You can say anything to enter, but we'd especially like to hear about what role glamour plays for you when you're thinking about food. We'll choose one commenter at random to win the book, which will be sent directly from Penguin. The deadline to enter is midnight Pacific Time, Thursday, August 5.

DG Contest: Orient Japan Automatic Watch

BEM5L003WOur previous giveaway of an Orient Japan automatic watch was so popular that the company has offered us another one. This model, pictured here (though ours will have a black, rather than a red, arrow), has the following features:
Day-Date Functions
Stainless Steel Case
Screw Caseback
Water Resistant 50m
Fully Automatic
Band is adjustable with a fold-over buckle

In addition, the company is having an online sale, with watches like the Orient cfa05001b discounted 30 percent.

To register for the giveaway, enter a comment below, making sure to include your email address (not for publication). We will choose a winner on January 28, using Random.org.

Open to U.S. residents only. Watch will be shipped directly from Orient Japan.

Improved DG Contest: Orient Japan Automatic Watches

Orient Japan giveaway watchLast Monday, we announced our best-ever DG contest prize, one of Orient Japan’s automatic watches. The one we featured last week was a ladies watch. But when the folks at Orient Japan found out that about half DG’s readers are, in fact, men, they added this model as an additional choice. The winner will get to pick his or her favorite of the two watches.

To enter, just leave a comment below and be sure to give us your email address (not for publication) and website, if any. Entries from this post will be combined with last week's, and the winner will be selected on November 1, using Random.org, and announced on November 2.

And take a look at the Orient Japan site, where you'll find nice looking, but not-so-snappily named, models like the CEX0R001W.

Contest open to U.S. residents only.

DG Contest: Orient Japan Automatic Watch

Orient japan ladies watch

Back in May, Randall contributed a series of posts about watches, including one that delved into why the history of mechnical watches makes them emblems of status even when quartz technology would seem to have surpassed them. “Because of their tradition, high price, and mystique, mechanical watches still retain top status as collectibles,” he wrote.

Orient Watch Co., which calls itself “the largest watch company you never knew existed,” is one of the specialized companies still advancing mechanical-watch technology. Yet—unlike, say, Patek Philippe—Orient sells its products for less than luxury prices. (Browse Orient automatic watches on Amazon, where they generally draw highly positive reviews.)

Now one lucky DG reader can win this stainless-steel ladies' watch, which retails for $90, courtesy of Orient. (You can see a two-tone version of the watch on Amazon.)

Since they operate without batteries, the company argues that its automatic watches represent green technology: “As you wear an Orient mechanical watch, the energy from the motion of the watch is stored in a spring, which then powers the mechanical timing device of the watch. In essence, you are the power source.”

To enter, just leave a comment below and be sure to give us your email address (not for publication) and website, if any. The winner will be selected on November 1, using Random.org, and announced on November 2. 

Contest open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.

Hotel Week: Mr & Mrs Smith’s Top 10 High-Life Hotels

Global Shortlist Mr&Mrs Smith guidebook

To cap off Hotel Week, we asked the team at Mr & Mrs Smith to compile a Top 10. (As an added touch of glamour, we even kept the British spellings.) Post a comment telling which of these you find most glamorous, or describing your own favorite glamorous hotel, and you could win a copy of The Global Shortlist, their lusciously illustrated guidebook. [VP]

We’ve posed by rooftop plunge pools, cavorted on Caribbean islands and dallied in designer dens (all in the name of research, of course) to bring you our run-down of the 10 most glamorous hotels from around the world. All that’s left for you to do is sit back, sip champagne and decide whether you want to play A-list celeb, Park Avenue princess or lord of a country manor…

The Mercer, New York
Style Louche luxe lofts
Setting So chic SoHo

Sister to Hollywood’s mansion of misbehaviour, Chateau Marmont, the Mercer is as much a classic as Manhattan the cocktail, Manhattan the movie, and Manhattan the city. Everything here is on a grand scale, from the huge windows bathing rooms in light, to the gargantuan marble bathrooms. The look is understated, edgy glamour, and the hotel’s a favorite of the fash pack.  As a guest you have a golden ticket to the hotel’s achingly cool club, SubMercer, with its metallic mosaic floors and mirrored ceilings. It’s easy to see why some people unpack their Vuittons and just never leave…

Mykonos Grace 

Mykonos Grace, Greece

Mykonos Grace, Greece
Style Contemporary coastal cool
Setting Chic, sleek Greek island

Sitting on a cliff top above the Aegean, the terraces and colonnades of this whitewashed hotel jut out imposingly from the rock-face. Attentive but unobtrusive staff seem to appear out of the stonework when needed, as though unwilling to disturb the perfect balance of clean lines, clean living, and absolute peace. The turquoise infinity pool – a major draw for the island-hopping playboys and girls that stay here – looks out onto the sea and is the perfect spot to sun-bask in an over-sized lounger, sipping on the frozen fruit shots distributed by staff and planning an evening’s misbehaviour in lively Mykonos Town, just down the road.

Wheatleigh, Berkshires
Style Refined rustic retreat
Setting Lenox hillside

Perched atop a grand, green knoll in the Berkshire Hills, Wheatleigh combines the grandeur of a Florentine palazzo with the intimacy of a country cottage. With antique furniture and modern oil paintings, and a 22-acre landscaped-garden setting, Wheatleigh is a luxurious country-house classic. And, with 19 rooms, massages on demand, and staff happy to bring out snacks as you float in the pool, you’ll feel like the lord of the manor. 

Cotton house

Cotton House, Mustique

Cotton House, Mustique
Style Champagne colonial
Setting Private-island playground

Hotels don’t come any more exclusive than Cotton House. Only accessible by private plane, the tiny island of Mustique is a bubble of inviolable luxury, with perfect beaches shared only between the hotel’s guests and the island’s celebrity rich. The coral-white boutique hotel, once a plantation house, combines French West Indies architecture with Caribbean trimmings. It’s the social hub of the island, too – every Tuesday, the super-rich neighborhood villa owners flock to the Great Room bar for champagne and canapés. Rooms are decorated in muted, beachy shades with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the breathtaking sea views. 

Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles

Style Decadence and debauchery
Setting High on Sunset

LA icon Chateau Marmont is the stuff of legend. Sitting high in the hills, this pseudo-Norman chateau is all turrets, towers, and vaulted colonnades – with a magnum-full of celebs thrown in for good measure. The hotel’s idiosyncratic pseudo-Norman architecture shines out across LA from high in the hills like a Disney castle gone bad; its turrets and towers a siren call to playboys and their perfectly coiffed muses. Chateau Marmont may have a reputation for hard-partying, non-stop glamour, but the reason those in the know return time after time is simple: classic good looks that haven’t dated a jot, moreish menus by one of New York’s most feted new chefs, an intimate ambiance, and staff who know how to pamper without imposing. Truly, one of the classiest hotel acts around.

La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico
Style Industrial revolution
Setting Colonial old town

From the outside La Purificadora resembles its previous incarnation – a 19th-century water-bottling factory – but once you pass reception (with its artfully preserved peeling paintwork), the hotel opens out into a cathedral of space, with rough granite walls and monolithic pillars made from reclaimed wood. Water trickles down the staircase to a pool at the bottom, and two huge fire pits surrounded by purple cubist sofas dominate the lobby. 

One thing’s for certain – La Purificadora is cool. The spectacular rooftop pool oozes sex appeal with glowing onyx pillars and glass walls, giving the suitably sultry margarita-suppers cheeky underwater views from the bar. La Purificadora is the architectural equivalent of a shot of tequila: momentarily overwhelming, but it sure makes your weekend go with a bang.

XV Beacon

XV Beacon, Boston

XV Beacon, Boston
Style Classic city chic
Setting Beside beautiful Boston Common

With original cage elevators and art deco furnishings, this Beaux Arts hotel exudes demure elegance. Rooms are a mix of classic and contemporary, with Louis XV-inspired furniture sitting alongside 42” flatscreen TVs. The landscaped roof gardens have spectacular views of the city’s skyline, and the cherry on top is the hot tub to enjoy them from.  With in-room massages, a Lexus chauffeur service, and personalized business cards for its guests, XV Beacon is a landmark of living it luxe. 

St James’s Hotel & Club London, UK
Style Grown-up glamour
Setting Majestic Mayfair

London’s gentlemen’s clubs normally conjure associations of wood-paneled studies shrouded in a fog of cigar smoke and mystery, but the newly revamped St James’ hotel’s prize possession is its art collection – a massive stash of modern portraits than adorn the suites, the lobby walls, the sleek canary yellow bar area, and the hothouse of haute cuisine that is the hotel restaurant. A pristine marble staircase wends its way up from the black lacquered lobby, leading to rooms that promise hand-made Hypnos beds dressed into the most luxurious of linens and gleaming black and chrome bathrooms. 

Shore Club

Shore Club, Miami

Shore Club, Miami
Style Miami meets Marrakech
Setting Sexy South Beach

At first glance, the Shore Club appears to be quite modest – its minimalist lobby features a reserved blend of grey terrazzo floors, white sheer fabrics, and art deco-style columns. But, as fashionistas well know, it’s all in the accessories, and the Moroccan-themed furnishings, sheer white drapery and quirky one-off pieces set the style stakes high. Around the pool lie lithe, tanned hipsters, cocktails in hand, luxuriating on oversized sun loungers. And as the sun goes down, the scene hots up with more poolside posing in the hotel’s two outdoor bars, Rumbar and Sandbar. 


Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
Style Chic teak Thai pavilions
Setting Pansea Beach coconut groves

Set blessedly apart from the Phuket tourist trail, Amanpuri may be the granddaddy of Aman Resorts’ group of insanely luxurious spa hotels, but even at 21, it still looks like it was built last week. By day, laze on a wooden sun-lounger beside the midnight-blue infinity pool (and don’t miss the incredible poolside tea and cakes at 4pm every day), or on the ice-white sands of the perfect private beach. At dusk, watch the sunset from a day-bed in the Beach Club, quaffing cocktails to a chilled-out soundtrack of lounge music, before choosing between the hotel’s three gourmet restaurants (Thai, Italian and Japanese) and settling into the chic bar for a post-prandial cigar worthy of a Bond villain. 

For more glamour-draped hotel stays, visit Mr&MrsSmith.com.