Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Gifts For All!

Some people are so hard to buy for!  So what I love to give are fun gifts, like food, novelty items and toys!

Below are some fun gifts to give, plus some festive stationery to give or use this holiday season:

Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket ($59.99 USD) – Send holiday cheer with this delightful gift! Inside a beautiful bright blue basket, your recipient will discover an enticing arrangement of favorite wintry treats and delicious holiday snacks. Complete with delicate wafer cookies, a decadent dark chocolate bar filled with sea salt caramel, and handcrafted gourmet popcorn, this festive gift is the perfect way to spread merriment this holiday season! Contains:

  • Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Filled Bar by Ghirardelli – 3.5 oz. – This decadent dark chocolate bar is filled with creamy caramel that has been lightly salted.
  • Sugar Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery – 4 oz. – Deliciously crisp and delightfully sweet cookies that are baked according to a family recipe.
  • Almond Nougat by Golden BonBon – 1 oz. – Following a time-honored family tradition, this nougat is handmade from only the finest almonds and the freshest ingredients.
  • Chocolate Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet – .9 oz. – Delicate wafers that are gently rolled into crisp cylinders and filled with creamy chocolate.
  • Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion – 3 oz. – These crunchy peanut squares are made with butter and a deliciously sweet hint of brown sugar.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn – 4 oz. – Gourmet popcorn that’s expertly handcrafted and generously tossed with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  • Vanilla Wafer Rolls by Dolcetto – 4.4 oz. – Crisp, European style wafers that are rolled and filled with a delicate vanilla cream.

Purchase at http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com

Bigmouth Inc. Color Changing Santa Mystery Mug ($9.99 USD) — Just add hot liquid to our Santa mug to watch it’s artwork change before your eyes. When hot, Santa’s clothes disappear, forcing him to deliver the goods in his “unmentionables”. It’s a perfect for gift swaps, stocking stuffers, and holiday parties. Check out the Snowman and Gingerbread Man heat-sensitive mugs, too!

BigMouth Inc Holiday Cheer USB Phone Charger for Android ($11.99 USD) — You could charge your phone with the cable that came with your phone—just like you could watch paint dry. But where’s the fun in that? The new LED Phone Charger series is glowing with a better way to charge your phone’s battery. One side is a USB-A plug—you know, the one that goes into your computer or wall-charging adapter. The other end is a USB Micro-B connector (for use with most Android™ devices).

BigMouth Inc Original Wine Bottle Glass – “I only have time for ONE glass of wine”($17.99 USD) — This hilarious wine glass holds an entire 750mL bottle of wine—or just one glass. Even the busiest people carve out some time for a sip or 47. A viral sensation, our patented Wine Bottle Glass design has been featured on the Today Show, The Tonight Show, and more.

Learn more at http://www.bigmouthinc.com

 

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Resistance A-wing Fighter ($19.99 USD) —Battle the forces of the first order with the resistance A-wing fighter! This detailed authentic movie 85-1639 kit includes 25 easy snap together pieces. Features a battle ready pilot, light up engines and battle-action sounds.You are now ready to recreate your own great movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! First Order Heavy Assault At-M6 Walker ($19.99 USD) —Drive the Assault on the resistance troops with the first order heavy Assault at-m6 Walker. This impressive, highly detailed 85-1649 kit includes 46 easy snap together pieces and features a light up cannon blaster.Battle action sounds and full-motion Positionable head, legs and feet.Buy more than one to recreate your favorite movie battle scene from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter($19.99 USD) —Track down the resistance with Kylo Ren’s personal tie fighter! Highly detailed 85-1647 kit includes 20 easy snap together pieces and is loaded with features. Including Kylo Ren, light up engine, battle action sound and opening cockpit hatch. You are not ready to hunt down the enemy and play out movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Purchase on Amazon

Papyrus Santa’s On His Way Boxed Holiday Cards ($18.95 USD) — The moon shines down on a snowy landscape while Santa waves as he flies by on this delightful holiday card that really captures the anticipation of Christmas Eve.

Herbie & Friends Letters to Santa (Set of 10, $7.95 on sale for $3.98) —  Send your wish list to Santa or a letter to loved ones on these lined sheets. The festive Christmas themed border is sure to put anyone in a holiday mood.

Penguins in Card Sound & Light Christmas Card ($9.95 USD) — Send your loved one this adorable Christmas card that lights up and plays a commercial on the radio.

Available at http://www.papyrusonline.com and great stores everywhere!

What fun finds have you discovered for the holidays?

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Fab Book Gifts!

Books are such amazing gifts to receive.  From fun fiction reads to books that teach you something new, I love to give the people in my life the gift of adventure and learning!

Here are a bunch of great books that the readers in your life would love to receive.  Starting with baking books, to inspirational books to amazing fiction and fun stocking stuffers; there’s a little bit of everything on my list!  This is a long list, so curl up with a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for some great gift ideas:

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Do-able Recipes By Jill O’Connor ($24.95 USD, on sale at Amazon for $15.09!) — What better way to celebrate life’s big and small achievements than with cake? There is something inherently festive and special about a homemade cake. Master baker, Jill O’Connor walks home cooks through the cake-making process with crowd-pleasing recipes, perfect for the holidays.  It offers more than 50 divinely decadent recipes home bakers will want to make right away.

Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook presents a wide range of sweet choices, from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers layered with frosting and ganache. With photos that will make readers want to reach out and swipe their fingers through the frosting, Cake, I Love You offers foolproof cake-making advice for beginning bakers and master mixers alike.
Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies

Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies ($24.99, on sale for $19.99) —  When it comes to smile-fetching sweets you can’t go wrong with cookies! From soft and chewy to crisp and crunchy, the buttery sensations always get thumb-up approval. This new book features hundreds of full-color photos, this must-see edition offers after-school snacks, coffee-break bites, classroom treats, bake-sale favorites and holiday delights that are perfect throughout the year. You’ll even find cookies that celebrate days such as National Potato Chip Day (March 14), Jelly Bean Day (April 22) and National French Toast Day (November 28). Best of all, a Christmas- Cookies Bonus Section makes this cookbook a home baker’s dream come true!

Crystal Bliss

Crystal Bliss by Devi Brown — ($18.99 USD) —  If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibrations of crystals. This guide walks you through the process of selecting crystals, cleansing and preparing them for use, and incorporating them into your meditation and energy healing process. 

With the help of Crystal Bliss, you can learn how to boost your own energy, beat back negative vibes, open your heart to love, manifest wealth, and promote good health.

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine

To Hear The Forest Sing some musings on the divine by Margaret Dulaney ($14.98 Paperback and $4.49 Kindle) — To Hear the Forest Sing is a collection of essays by the founder of the spoken word website Listen Well. Margaret Dulaney has been accumulating a life’s worth of spiritual musings for the past two decades. In 2010 she founded the spoken word website Listen Well, which offers one recorded essay a month to a growing number of followers. Listeners tune in for ten quiet minutes as she explores sacred and secular themes through story and metaphor.

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success by Esther K. Choy – ($24.95 Amazon price $21.17) — It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there’s nothing easy about it.

Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

Real Life Super Heroes

Real Life Super Heroes by Nadia Fezzani ($22.99, $15.63 on Amazon) —  t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Stuart, the CPA from down the street! Dressed like heroes from comic books and action movies, Real Life Super Heroes dress up at night, fight crime, save people, and some of them even have secret identities. Are they ordinary, mild-mannered citizens, or are they larger-than-life characters, determined to fight crime, risking life and limb to defend victims of violence and injustice? In her revealing new book author and investigative journalist Nadia Fezzani shines a spotlight on the people who come home from work, change into their uniforms (or costumes), and patrol the streets looking for crime to fight and victims in distress.

The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World: A Visual Adventure to the Most Extraordinary Places on Earth ($26, on Amazon for $15.16) — With a foreword by world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin and an introduction by Outside magazine’s editor Christopher Keyes, The Edge of the World is a stunning collection of the best photography ever published by the leader in outdoor adventure photography and journalism. Created in partnership with Outside magazine for its 40th anniversary, this includes Outside’s most compelling stories from throughout the years and offers readers an inside and dramatic look through the lens of the world’s top adventure photographers.

Christmas in London

Christmas in London by Anita Hughes ($15.99, on Amazongfor $9.99) — It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren’t hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want Louisa to step in for their annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special at Claridge’s. It’s a great opportunity, and Digby Bunting, Louisa’s famous baking idol, will be there. Even if he does seem more interested in her than her food.

And then there’s Kate, the show’s beautiful producer. On their first day in London she runs into the skinny boy she jilted at St. Andrew’s in Scotland ten years ago. Now he’s a handsome, brilliant mathematician, and newly divorced. Their familiar spark is still there, but so is the scar of how they left things. Kate and Louisa are busy preparing for the show, but old and new flames are complicating their work.

Set during London’s most festive time of year and filled with delicious food, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON is about love and friendship, and the season’s most important lesson: learning how to ask for and give forgiveness.

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever:A Riveting Psychological Thriller about the Perfect Marriage by Kaira Rouda ($26.99, $16.27 at Amazon) — Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.

Help! Oh I was talking to myself!

Help! Oh I was talking to myself! by Offshoot ($10.89 USD) — This activity book plays a vital role in reducing stress by helping the readers stand above an issue. They acknowledge it, and treat it lightly in the awareness that they are touched by the issue but not contained by it. The activities take the readers’ minds off the banality of everyday life. There is an affirmation for the readers on every leaf of this book. It reminds them that they are much more than the problems life throws at them.

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock!

Shocked!: When office doesn’t rock! by Offshoot — ($9.95, $1.79 at Amazon) — Pressure, deadlines, workload and race against time.Banging heads and lost in files, oh my god, I have lost all smiles―an alarming microscope of the oddities of life in the workplace fishbowl, the book works as a buffer for your daily rants and curses. Caustically funny illustrations make it the book your boss would never want you to lay your hands on. So, here is the chance to cope with office drama and fine tuneyour worries and frustrations with this awesome book of activities.

 

Do you like to give books as gifts?  What are some of your current favorites?

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Gorgeous Beauty Gifts

Still looking for that perfect beauty gift or stocking stuffer?  I have some great choices for all price ranges today.

I usually do a favorites post on Sundays, but instead I am featuring gorgeous makeup, body care and an amazing skincare set that will makeup perfect gifts for any beauty junkie you love:

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit ($50 USD) — Keep your skin merry and bright this holiday season with Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. Infused with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging technology, The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit includes a 4 step regimen that will keep you glowing all winter long while revealing a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. The kit includes:

Youth Activating Melon Serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty while leaving the skin looking and feeling younger with twice daily use.

Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment works hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal more visibly smooth and supple skin.

Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multi-tasking moisturizer designed to visibly firm, plump and hydrate the skin and to reduce environmentally induced damage that can lead to the visible signs of premature aging.

Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème is an intensely hydrating overnight that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the look of visible firmness and impart a smooth overall texture.

Purchase at Ulta and Ulta.com

 

Merle Norman Holiday 2017

Merle Norman Lush Lips Gift Set ($36 USD) Prep lips for a kiss with Merle Norman’s nourishing Lip Revive and an assortment of lip color treats. Top-selling Lip Pencil Plus in Mocha and Tender Kiss are paired with Creamy Lipcolor in Gold Illusion. This new, innovative limited edition shade adds a shimmer to any lip color or can be worn alone for a light blush of shimmering color.

Merle Norman It’s In The Eyes Gift Set ($66 USD) — Make an entrance with Irresistible Eyes. This set features limited-edition Soft Touch Eye Pencil Duos in
Meteor/Bordeaux and Pacific/Lilac, a full retail-size Mascara Primer and the Fat Lash Mascara Black.

Merle Norman Blissful Body Butters Gift Set ($25 USD) — Soften and smooth skin all over with this ultra-rich set of body butters in 3 delectable flavors that smell like your favorite holiday desserts! Cocoa & Vanilla, Apple & Cinnamon, and Sugar Cookie make the perfect.

Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios beginning November 1st

 

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($36, on sale now for $25 USD) — This palette of 30 shades in not-quite nudes with matte and metallic finishes creates flattering looks that are anything but ordinary. Shades are grouped by tone and depth, making it easy to find a custom color just for you. Large matte pans are used as a base, while smaller pans offer subtle pops of color in matte and metallic finishes. Whether your look is natural or bold, fair or deep, you’ll be sure to find color combinations that must have been made just for you.

Purchase at Sephora

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eye Shadow ($22 USD)  — A swish of these shadows illuminates eyes while adding depth & dimension. These 18 soft silky eye shades come in a natural mineral formula. Blend with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking effect.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio ($14 USD) — This limited edition kit includes some of our classic bestselling shades. Included is a limited edition colour exclusive to this kit in our bestselling award winning formula. Replace cap after use. Paraben Free

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection ($28.80 USD) — A glorious girlfriend such as yourself deserves lips that can last while you’re taking names and conquering your dream! From all of us at ybf, we declare that all girlfriends near and far shall love their lips in our new majestic matte lip. Let your lips do the talking, girlfriend; they’ll love the all-day stay! This new formula bonds to your lovely lippies the way girlfriends bond to each other. This lip is going to stay put through your morning (and afternoon!) coffee. That’s a matte-er of fact!

Colours:
peachy keen
proud pink
magnificent magenta
awe-inspiring apple

Available at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

Buxom Lips Off Leash

Buxom Lips Off Leash ($59 USD) — This 15-piece mix of lip plumpers includes shimmer-shine lip polishes and glassy-smooth lip creams for two different finishes. With lip-loving vitamins and richly pigmented color, this collection is formulated with a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to help stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump look of lips without irritation.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Polish in Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, Kayla
– 8 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Cream in Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder ($13 USD) — This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

Purchase at sephora.com and Sephora stores

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 USD) — Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, ($6.99 each USD) — For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
What fabulous beauty gifts are you giving – or wanting – this year?

Holiday Gift Guide — Makeup Stocking Stuffers

I stuff a lot of stockings each year — my husband, three daughters, my oldest daughter’s boyfriend and one for the dog and one for the cats.  Whew, that’s a lot of stuff to buy!

So, I love great ideas for stocking stuffers.  I do give my daughters lots of fun little beauty gifts like the ones below.  There are different price ranges included, so I’m sure you’ll find something affordable and that will make someone smile:

Sephora Collection Lip Balm

Sephora Collection Lip Balm ($5 USD) –This lip balm is made with a nourishing, comfortable formula that gives lips a light tint. This product comes in pink or nude (shown above) shades in a Sephora customized emoji tin.

Purchase at Sephora

ybf beauty up all night mascara ($16 USD) .. curling & volumizing mascara is a water-resistant all-in-one mascara formula that builds & fortifies lashes – just what every girlfriend needs! Your starry eyes are the perfect frame!
ybf beauty smooth blending sticks ($17 USD each) –Tired of pinching your cheeks for a little coulour? Tired of blushes that give you clown cheeks? Don’t fret, angel – our new, multi-purpose blending sticks solve that problem. We all need some rouge in our lives – so pamper yourself & look lively, vibrant & glowing! Be fabYOUlous!  You will receive (1) 0.21 oz/ 6 g blending stick in choice of: playful peach, perfect pink, chic champagne (highlighter) or radiant rose.

No7 Glamourous Nudes Eye Light Palette Holiday 2017
No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Light Palette ($14 USD) — Features 8 nude eyeshadow shades in a gold packaged compact, perfect to bring on-the-go and apply touch-ups during holiday parties.
Available at Walgreens and Walgreens.com.

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base ($16 USD) — This light diffusing primer blurs imperfections while hydrating and restoring the skin. Micronized gold pearls boost the skin’s radiance while creating a smooth, even toned, illuminated base for your makeup application. Prepare your skin for an all day glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Pop Beauty Pout On Point Lip Liner ($6 USD each) — Keep your pout on point with this tri-tipped liner that nourishes and prevents feathering in a few easy strokes. Define your line and withstand time.

Pop Beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder ($12 USD each) — Beam up your favourite features & make your skin POP with prismatic perfection! This ultra light reflecting illuminator seamlessly blends onto the skin for an ethereal finish; creating a multifacete d, three dimensional, luminous glow. Paraben free. Not tested on animals

Available at http://www.popbeauty.com

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set

GrandeLIPS Fast Lip Fix Set ($29 on sale now for $14.50) — This four-piece set features mini sizes of Original Clear, Barely There, Pale Rose, and Hot Fuschia shades—perfect for any time of the year. Infused with Volulip™ and hyaluronic acid, GrandeLIPS Hydrating Instant Lip Plumper instantly improves lip volume in three to five minutes—adding a pop of lip-boosting color while hydrating dry areas. It offers an array of shades, including its original clear color, and its clinically proven formula increases overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in just 30 days of usage when applied twice daily. It layers effortlessly with other lip products and soothes the lips without any burning or irritation.

Purchase atwww.grandecosmetics.com

VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair
VMV Hypoallergenics Vanity Pair ($54 on sale now for $35) — This VMVanity Pair consists of our bestselling, beauty editor-fave LIP GLOSS and Glitz Lipstick. Two Glam. Two Fab. Two Perfect. Each box contains 1 lip gloss and 1 lipstick, in one of two combinations, Cherry Fudge + Tango and Big Red + Smack.
Do you have any great beauty stocking stuffer ideas?  Let me know!

NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
Happy Cyber Monday!  Looking for an amazing new eye shadow palette?  NARS is introducing the new NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette ($59 USD) today only on Sephora.com.
Wanted: more pigment, rich color, instant gratification. Enter the NARSissist
Wanted Eyeshadow Palette featuring an all-new formula that brings the richest
color payoff. This innovative powder suspends in a liquid binding system creating
intense, high-impact color. Introduced in 12 high-impact eyeshadows, the formula
ranges from buttery mattes, lustrous satins, coveted shimmers, and glittering metallic finishes. There’s more than one way to get more views. #NARSissist
Shades Include:
BIARRITZ, matte neutral cream
SATISFACTION, shimmering golden pink
DELIRIUM, metallic rose
TEMPTRESS, satin paprika
SEVEN HEAVEN, matte sand
SHADOW HILL, matte saddle
MENDOZA, shimmering pink copper
WICKED GAME, satin cranberry
SHOOTING STAR, sparkling champagne
LA LA, shimmering deep bronze
FALLEN STAR, shimmering antique bronze
COCONUT GROVE, matte deep brown
Available on November 27, 2017 for Cyber Monday (one day only) on Sephora.com
Available on November 29, 2017 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com

Are you going to pick this up?  It’s spending, but it sure looks like it’s worth it!

My Beauty Favorites — November 20-26, 2017

I hope everyone’s holiday weekend is going well!  The days just flew by! It was in the 60’s in Kansas City and sunny, just a really nice weekend!

This weeks I have been loving potent skincare.  Do you know that November is National Healthy Skin Month?  I know that it’s almost over, but I wanted to share some of my luxe favorites:

 

Dear by Renee Youth Soothing Crème

Dear by Renée® Youth Soothing Crème ($74.95) Infused with the skin healing, Arnica Extract, which is known to soothe and calm skin disorders like eczema this soothing crème contains several active components that target chronic itchy, red or problematic skin leaving a radiant and hydrated complexion.

What I think: This is perfect for my red, sensitive skin.  It has a creamy texture that makes my skin look instantly smooth.  I love it under makeup in the morning and under my heavier creams at night.  My skin is soft, plus the redness is lessened. I also love how clear and youthful my skin is looking in the few weeks I have been using this.  Worth the price tag!

Available at http://www.dearbyrenee.com

CHUDA Hydrating Healing Cream

CHUDA Hydrating Healing Cream ($150, on sale right now for $75!) is a ground-breaking hydrating healing cream formulated with the purest, most potent and scientifically advanced, medical grade active ingredients. Chuda’s unique formula creates the perfect environment for the skin to heal: Upon application, the cream blankets and protects the skin as it directly delivers its highly concentrated combination of vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and peptides to achieve and maintain healthy skin. Chuda was created by Dr. Elena Ocher, a brilliant diagnostician who has helped thousands of patients successfully find relief with her healing cream.

What I think:  This very luxe cream helps heal sensitive, dry skin.  It’s an amazing night cream, because it instantly hydrates but keeps working as I sleep. I do find when it gets colder, I do need more hydration.  So this will be amazing for winter!

Purchase at shop.chudaskincare.com

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel

G.M. Collin Native Collagen Gel ($88 USD) is a visibly re-energizing, dermo-dynamic gel, formulated to protect, moisturize, restore the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and fight wrinkles. With its unique combination of active ingredients, such as Soluble Native Collagen, Honey Extract, Grapefruit Peel, Hydrolyzed Elastin and Oligopeptide-5, the revolutionary gel is perfect for dehydrated, devitalized and mature skin.

What I think:  This gorgeous gel is perfect for using at night to boost hydration and fight wrinkles.  I love it under night creams, but it’s great on it’s own, too.  It sinks in, but leaves my skin so soft.

Purchase at http://www.skin1.com

NGLOT Hydrating Day Serum

INGLOT Hydrating Day Serum ($55 on sale now for $44 USD): Enriched with first-rate ingredients including a microalgae complex and black pearl extract, this serum provides long lasting skin hydration. Bioactive peptides and hyaluronic acid reinstate elasticity and flexibility of the skin and improve its density. Buddleja davidii, also called butterfly bush, cares for the natural protection against external factors. The unique and natural exopolysaccharide perfectly tightens the skin and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. On top of that, vitamins C, E and F soothe the skin, reduce its unpleasant tension and ease the feeling of irritation.

What I think: I knew that INGLOT made cool cosmetics, but I didn’t know abut their skincare. This is a light serum that is perfect under SPF and makeup for day use. It absorbs really quickly and leaves skin smooth for makeup application.

Purchase at inglotusa.com

NeoCell’s Ceramides Skin Hydrator

NeoCell’s Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($17.99 for 60 capsules at Walgreens) is clinically proven to improve the appearance of your skin and help maintain suppleness, hydration, & elasticity. Additionally, each capsule includes powerful ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water, which add an intense boost of hydration to your skin making you look all the more radiant! With just three capsules of this miracle pill daily, you will begin to notice a difference in just 15 days!

What I think: This isn’t something I have used yet, but I think it’s a great idea for those who want to improve skin internally.   I love that this helps radiance and is so affordable!

Available at Walgreens, CVS, Sam’s Club and other great retailers!

 

What skincare products are you using this month?

Sephora Black Friday Mini Haul

I went to Sephora yesterday to check out the Black Friday sales!  I have to say that I am so lucky to receive lots of beauty products for review, but that means I don’t buy myself a lot of makeup.  So I decided to do a little bit of shopping!

I purchased:

Sephora Collection Colorful Cleanse and Treat, tarte Precious Picks Color Set and an item I’ve had my eye on, Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions eye shadow palette.

This set was only $10 and it includes the Avocado Face Mask, Lavender Foot Mask and Coconut Micellar Milk.  I chose this set because I was out of micellar cleansing water and I love trying new masks!  I’m kind of really excited about the foot mask, I  didn’t even know Sephora made them!

The tarte Precious Picks set includes Color Splash Lipstick in Surf’s Up (mauve), Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Ornate (rosy coral) and Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara. This was only $10!

I love this mascara, that’s why I bought the set, to try it again.  It sort of holds up, but I think my Benefit Roller Lash and IT Cosmetics Superhero work better to lengthen my lashes.

I haven’t tried the lipstick before.  It’s pretty, but a bit dark for me.  When I blotted it though, it turned matte and stayed for hours!  And tarte’s blushes are always amazing and this is a gorgeous shade.  Here are swatches:

The blush is soft on, but can be built up to a pretty flush.  The lipstick is a nice fall color.

I’ve been wanting this since it came out.  I’ve been interested in Huda Beauty’s eye shadow palettes, but I can’t afford the Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette which is what I really want.  I thought this would be a nice way to try the brand!

I purchased the Mauve Obessions, and now want the Warm Brown and the Smokey, I like this that much!  My favorites shades are the glitters, because I love a little sparkle!  The mattes are really pretty too and even though it’s such a little palette, it has enough shades for may complete eye looks.  I think for $27, this is a really great deal!  Here are swatches (sorry it’s blurry):

This is just one swipe each swatch.  You can see that the glitters are so gorgeous and can be used any day.  And I do think that this will be one of my go to daytime palettes, especially in the fall and winter.

Did you pick up any great makeup this weekend?