Hey all! I’m here with my last gift guide of the year (I think). I have a few last minute gift ideas. You can get almost everything by Christmas if you shop online in the next day or two, and you can also go in to stores to pick up lots of great gifts!
Below are skincare, body care and makeup sets that will make amazing gifts:
Laneige Dream and Glow Set ($39 USD) — With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm (4 Pack for $20) — For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault ($49 USD, on sale now for less at the stores below) for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
My first BoxyLuxe arrived yesterday! I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over a year. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.
I have to say that my first impression was wow! This box is so much larger than norm BoxyCharm and it was packed full. The products are basically what you need for a full face of color cosmetics, eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, mascara and a lippie. Plus, a beautiful brush set and skin care and a bath and body product!
Here’s a closer look and my thougts of each item:
When I found out this was in the box, I was so excited! I was still on the waitlist for BoxyLuxe, but I was so hoping I would get off in time for this box. I’ve never tried Violet Voss. I am going to review this on my blog later this month (after I’m done with all of my gift guides). But I have tried it yesterday and today, and spoiler alert — it’s as gorgeous on as in the palette!
This is a highlighter and blush palette. I think the shades are pretty, but it’s strange that the product is in strips and not square pans. It will be difficult to get face brushes into it. I will probably give this away to someone for Christmas.
I’m so happy to receive both of these variations. My shade of lip gloss is Flaming Hot. It’s a shimmering purpley pink with glitters. It’s so gorgeous on! It will be really nice for holiday parties and my anniversary, which is next weekend.
The LORAC mascara is so fun. When you apply the blue primer, your lashes are blue! Colored mascara usually doesn’t show up on my, but this did. And with the mascara over it, my lashes had so much volume. I will keep and use both of these products. And I love that they are from brands I know and like.
This is such a gorgeous set! It includes 8 brushes, and they are so pretty and soft! I’m good on brushes right now, but this will make an amazing gift for a friend (who hopefully isn’t ready this right now)!
I was happy to see this as well. I’ve heard such great things about this cram and am looking forward to using it. I’m not the biggest fan of the strong scent, but I can get past that if it’s as good as I hear.
I have tried Spongelle before years ago, I think in a PopSugar box. They are sponges with body wash in it. They are so foamy and smell amazing. A really nice addition to my shower routine. This is in the shape of a star and was made for BoxyCharm.
It’s hard to tell, but this is a small and very cute straightener. I’m not sure if I will give this away or keep it. Hmm. I think I might keep it. We got to choose between a straightener and an eye shadow palette, so I decided to choose this. I think I might need a small straightener for travel! It folds up nicely into the felt case, too.
This makeup bag is very nicely made, but I don’t see myself using it. I will give it to my 23 year old daughter. I think she will like it. I will probably give her the charger, too.
So, my first BoxyLuxe was a hit! Out of the 9 items received, I will keep and use 6 of the products and give away 3. Wow! I usually only keep one or two of the 5 BoxyCharm products each month.
I really recommend BoxyCharm and BoxyLuxe so far. You can subscribe here.
Do you subscribe to BoxyCharm and/or BoxyLuxe? What did you get this month and what do you think?
Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m back with another gift giving guide. This time its beauty stocking stuffers. From makeup to skin care to hair accessories, there are so many great products that you can give the beauty lover!
I have a range of products and price points, in no particular order:
Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow ($10 USD) — High impact glitter pigments meets luminous opaque color for a look so fierce it can’t go unnoticed. Our boldest eye look yet, this captivating collection of long-wearing glitter packed liquid eyeshadows is not for the faint of heart. Dries down completely, no glitter fall out. Step out of the shadows with Warrior Glitter Shadow. Comes ins 6 gorgeous shades. The one above is Camo. It’s perfect for fall!
Available at flowerbeauty.com and Ulta stores.
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat ($29 USD) –This is one hot little palette. Naked Petite Heat is a compact eyeshadow palette featuring six all-new scorched neutrals inspired by our own Naked Heat. With five matte shades for lid, crease and liner, plus one demi-matte highlighting shade, it has everything you need to create looks that range from soft and sultry to flat-out fire.
The ultra-compact packaging was made for travel and fits in your smallest purse. But don’t let its petite exterior fool you—it contains full-size pans of our legendary Eyeshadow and a mirror. Emblazoned with burning roses, this hot commodity will be your go-to palette.
Use each shade alone or pair them up with your favorite shadows to create endless sizzling eye looks. Some of our new favorites are Hot Spell, our latest terra-cotta obsession, and Strike, a rich reddish brown. Feel like totally going up in flames? Try Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade, or Heist, a rich cayenne, for extra spice. Better yet, you can use these matte shades as a base to pair with your 12-shade Naked Heat palette.
Purchase at urbandecay.com, Ulta and Sephora.
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights ($48 USD) — Discover 18 dazzling shades of our bestselling GEN NUDE mineral eyeshadow in one beautiful, gift-ready palette. The rich, flattering colors in matte, radiant, shimmer and metallic finishes are suitable for creating endless day-to-night looks, and this palette features 8 new limited edition shades.
Shades included: Spotlight, 500 Thread Count, NEW Interstellar, NEW Venus, NEW Earthling, NEW Wave Length, NEW Galaxy, NEW Comet, NEW Force Field, Presto, Delightful, Catch Me If…, Romp, Louder, Santorini, NEW Meteor Shower, Dazzle, Perspective.
GEN NUDE eyeshadows are crease resistant and last up to 12 hours with clean, good-for-skin color.
Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil refines the look of fine lines and nourishes overnight as a youth-activating hydrator filled with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. In addition, 100% Pure Argan Oil Light absorbs quickly with a semi-matte satin finish.
This set contains:
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light
Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin ($4.99 USD) — Compact and loaded with 25 black hair ties for easy access – even on the go! Affordable, adorable, and useful for styling the perfect bun, ponytail, or updo.
Purchase at cvs.com
Eylure x Vegas Nay Gift Set ($14.99) This limited edition gift set includes 3 of the most popular Vegas Nay Lash styles in the Luxe Collection, all featuring a mink effect texture. The feather light lashes add dramatic enhancement for any eye shape and are made for reusable application.
Purchase at Target and Ulta
What do you give in stocking stuffers? Any fun beauty products?
Hi All! I hope you had a great weekend. I’m back with more beauty gift sets that will make amazing gifts. So if you haven’t finished your shopping, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
Below are skincare, body care and lots of makeup picks:
DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers ($36 USD) — Cicapair™Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is a green-to-beige color-correcting treatment that corrects redness and helps protect skin from environmental aggressors. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum is a highly concentrated, fast-acting serum that soothes skin sensitivity while calming redness and irritation. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream is a moisturizing cream to calm sensitive, irritated, inflamed skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask is an overnight mask that soothes redness and irritation to calm damaged skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops is a smart hybrid product—an ultra-lightweight, revitalizing serum and color corrector that neutralizes redness and turns on skin’s glow.
This set contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops
– 5 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask
Purchase at Sephora
NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio ($29.50 USD) — A great way to try three of our best-loved hand creams in the perfect take-anywhere size. This set contains:
– Maracuja Hand Cream Enriched with soothing Maracujá Oil, this lightweight but efective hand cream penetrates quickly to leave hands feeling soft and smooth, never greasy.
– Castanha Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Castanha Oil and Murumuru butter, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements. The rich texture absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling comfortable, not greasy.
– Cacau Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Cacau and Murumuru Butters butters, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements.
Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame ($39 USD) — Time to pay homage to the holy-grail favorites with some serious cult following. This year we’re welcoming these heavy hitters into the Holiday Hall of Fame, an ultimate arsenal to complete any look this season. Features a travel-size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, travel-size All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, full-size Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a full-size Perversion Mascara.
Urban Decay has lots of other great sets and beautiful palettes (Born to Run anyone?) that would make such nice gifts!
Price: $39, Available at Sephora/Sephora.com, Ulta Beauty/Ulta.com, select Macy’s stores/Macys.com, and UrbanDecay.com
Are you still shopping for beauty gifts? Any good ideas to share?
Hi all! I hope you had a great week! I’m so glad the weekend’s here.
I’ve been lucky to have received some amazing anti-aging skin care for my honest review. I’m always on the lookout for great skincare items that will help my sensitive, aging skin appear younger! These are a bit pricey, but totally worth it:
IMAGE Skincare the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift ($85 USD) — This lift reverses telltale signs of aging by targeting skin laxity, sagging, wrinkles, and creasing on the too often neglected neck and décolleté area. This mask features a unique time release delivery system that allows the active ingredients to penetrate the skin deeper, resulting in prolonged effects. Its maximum concentration of skin strengthening peptides and ground breaking plant stem cells help to uplift sagging skin, support elasticity, and define the neck and jawline.
I’ve only been using this for a couple of weeks, but I can really see a difference in my neck firmness and definition of my jaw. It’s very creamy and thick, but it isn’t greasy at all. So I use it day and night. This is a spendy cream, but it is so worth it. I can’t wait to see more results as I continue to use it.
Bratoxinsta ($59.99 USD) creates a thin veil of youth-restoring minerals to instantly eliminate the appearance of puffiness or sagging, crows feet, and fine lines.Fast-acting active ingredients create a tighter look and feel within 60 seconds of application while state-of-the-art minerals immediately lift and sculpt. Meanwhile, the powerful combination of stem-cell, antioxidants from Açai and peptides help to improve long-term appearance.
This is so perfect when you want to look younger instantly. Just use a little bit on fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags etc and it smooths skin in just a few minutes. This is really nice for the holidays, too!
Purchase at brazilianskin.com
BREVENA is a clinical grade skin care line designed to address the needs of normal to sensitive skin types with the utmost care and concern for improved skin health. Macro βComplex® is a powerful, proprietary ingredient effortlessly restores dry, rough, aging and environmentally damaged skin leaving your skin soft, healthy and luminous.
Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($79 USD): Featuring the Macro β Complex®, this formula locks in moisture while visibly plumping and softening skin, boosting luminosity and bounce. Products are dermatologist tested. Fragrance-free, dye-free, and steroid-free.
The Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream ($89 USD): This formula, with Macro βComplex®, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and potent antioxidants works to replenish and infuse the skin with moisture for a visibly softer, smoother complexion by morning.
In a clinical study, users of both creams realized:
100% showed improvement in skin texture/roughness
100% showed improvement in skin firmness/elasticity
100% showed improvement in moisturization of the skin
97% showed improvement in skin luminosity
100% showed improvement in crow’s feet wrinkle texture
Better yet try them both, packaged together as “The Perfect Pair” and value priced at $159, a $9 savings.
These creams are so luxe! They feel nice on my dry skin and I’m happy that they don’t irritate my sensitive skin. My skin looks so hydrated, smooth and glowing when I use both the day and night cream.
Hi all! I hope everyone is having an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I’m back with another holiday gift guide — this time skincare that would make wonderful stocking stuffers – or gifts for someone who loves skincare!
Below are some amazing skincare from drugstore to higher end that she (or he) will be happy to receive in their stocking:
Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips
Biore Charcoal Bar
Biore Charcoal Self Heating One Minue Mask
Enjoy a spin on the traditional lump of coal this holiday season with the beauty essentials that everyone will love – whether they’ve been naughty or nice! Bioré Charcoal Products are the perfect stocking stuffers to pick up during your holiday shopping trips. The invigorating scents of peppermint pays homage to the holiday season while having a fun twist on giving them the gift of char-“coal” that also cleans and smooths skin.
Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49)
Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99)
Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49)
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.
Erborian Glow Crème ($42 USD) — This multi-benefit crème primer combines Korean ingredients with French luxury to create the perfect all-over illuminator, highlighter, and makeup base. The lightweight crème will help skin glowing through the winter as it gives the skin a pearly radiance, and the licorice root extract in the formula helps leave the skin brighter looking.
DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel ($54 USD) — Powered by Jukyeom 9x, the result of the 1000-year-old process created by Korean monks, Lucky Bamboo’s rejuvenating electrolyte, antioxidant and mineral-rich composition helps create a cushion of smart hydration and provides the ultimate health and wellness boost for skin. Skin feels soothed, hydrated, and cool and appears luminous with absolutely no sticky residue.
Available at DERMAdoctor.com
Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 ($69 USD) — A triple threat product that addresses, corrects and protects the entire eye area and works to improve the overall appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Help restore skin health while immediately brightening and correcting imperfections to reduce dark circles and puffiness for a refreshed and rested appearance. Protect the delicate eye-area throughout the day with 100% mineral SPF 35 that defends against UVA/UVB and environmental stressors that contribute to skin aging.
Purchase at Colorescience.com and Dermstore.com
Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever
Uncle Bud_s Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Face Mask
Uncle Bud’s Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Mask ($2.99): Detoxify and moisturize your skin with this creamy, agave-scented mask, formulated with seaweed and antioxidants that leave your complexion radiant, fresh and intensely hydrated.
Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever ($15.99): This fast-acting pain reliever works faster, penetrates deeper and relieves aches and pains better than any other over-the-counter pain relief product on the market.
Hi all! Are you ready for my second Black Friday/Cyber Monday guide? This time it’s skincare deals.
I’m including deals from Arbonne, dr. brandt, The Better Skin Company, Talika and more:
Arbonne Ultra-Hot Genius Ultra Deal #1404
Arbonne Limited-Edition Green Apple Energy Fizz Sticks
Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering a hot deal on their cutting edge ultrasound tool, Intelligence Genius Ultra – proven to deliver smoother, radiant, even-toned skin in seconds. The deal also includes 2 FREE skincare products, the Arbonne Intelligence Lip Treatment and Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Hydrating Dew Cream along with a on-the-go bag. (A $388 value for only $152 for the set at arbonne.com – plus free shipping, and first 10,000 buyers receive a free Genius Ultra Cleansing Cloth!)
Arbonne: During Black Friday / Cyber Monday week (11/19-11/30), Arbonne is offering their new Limited-Edition Green Apple Energy Fizz Sticks for only $55 at arbonne.com.
The PURenergizer Nano Solutions Skin Infuser uses a waterless natural polymer system found in almost every cell of our bodies to hydrate the skin. By linking this system with Phospholipids, Ceramides and Sphingolipids, this one-of-a-kind technology enhances the absorption of key ingredients through the skin’s defense wall. Use of this device is will plump the skin to soften the look of wrinkles with cutting edge natural technology.