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!

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?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Makeup Deals!

It’s almost her, Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)!  There are so many great deals going on now, and even better deals coming!

Here are some of my makeup picks for Black Friday/Cyber Monday:

Buxom Cosmetics

Black Friday/Cyber Monday —  Shown are some of the great sets they have available.

Date: November 24th – November 27th

Deal: Use code BFCM25 for 25% off + free shipping on www.BuxomCosmetics.com

 

Milk Makeup

Back Friday 11/24 — Liquid Strobe 3 for $30 (each is MSRP $24)

Cyber Monday 11/27 — $10 OFF ALL KITS

In addition, they will be running stellar deals every single day until midnight starting Tuesday, 11/21 through Tuesday, 11/28. Customers can check back at MilkMakeup.com or sign up for our emails to be the first to know about each awesome deal. And the deals are juicy – one day is $50 off their hairdryer!

JINsoon

Black Friday – 30% off entire order with code: FR130

Cyber Monday – Receive free bottle of JINsoon Soiree with any $32 purchase

PLUS free shipping on all online orders for the first week of December. Use your free shipping on the discounted box sets.

Antonym Cosmetics

ANTONYM: Starting Friday November 24th to Monday November 27th midnight you will receive 30% off any Antonym products and FREE shipping

https://www.antonymcosmetics.com

Sassy Lips Make The Moment Collection

SASSY LIPS: Starting Friday November 24th to Tuesday November 28th when you buy 2 Make the Moment Flower Lipsticks you will receive 2 FREE matte Keep em Guessing Lipsticks and FREE shipping.

http://www.sassylips.us

NARS Give & Take Event on narscosmetics.com beings next week! Please see below for all details:

  • Event info: All online purchases site-wide on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off*
  • Exclusivity: Narscosmetics.com features several items that are unavailable at any other retailer, including exclusive shades of Powermatte Lip Pigment, Audacious Lipstick, and cult favorite 413 BLKR collection. You can find images of  narscosmetics.com exclusives here.
  • Fun fact: This is the only time of year narscosmetics.com offers any discounts site-wide!
  • Event start date: November 23rd at 12:00AM EST
  • Event end date: November 28th at 11:59 PM EST

Lipstick Queen Cyber Monday deal.  As you binge on all the holiday deals and leftover turkey, make sure to check out Ulta.com for some great discounts on your fave beauty brands like Lipstick Queen! Receive this adorable makeup pouch and mini nude lip liner when you spend $30 or more on Lipstick Queen product.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Luxe Beauty Products

I love receiving beauty gifts.  I usually don’t get them, since I receive lots of fun stuff to review on my blog, so I am the beauty giver!

These are fantastic ideas that maybe the beauty lover hasn’t thought about before:

Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold
Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold ($33 for 3 pack) — Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask formulated with opulent 24K Gold to deflect light for exceptional radiance. Roloxin Lift GOLD acts immediately to reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, giving skin a smoother look and texture. For beauty gifters that love to wow, your search is over!
Purchase at shop.dermarche.com
ISDIN Skin Drops
ISDIN Skin Drops ($52 each)  TotalBeauty.com 2017 Editors’ Pick Award Winner! Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Isdinceutics Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. Give the gift of luxury this season.

NEOCUTIS MPC Line ( MicroDay $166, MicroFirm $135, MicroNight $130)

To combat wrinkles and enhance elasticity NEOCUTIS created the MPC™ line which is a patented anti-aging technology that offers Matrikine-like benefits, using a proprietary blend of synthetic peptides. Key players in the MPC line include MicroDay and MicroNight for the face, and MicroFirm for the neck and décolleté. Plus, NEOCUTIS is including a stylish cosmetic bag as a holiday gift with purchase from October 2- December 29 (or while supplies last)! Science driven beauty gifters who like to spend look no further.

Purchase at LovelySkin.com
Foreo Berry Best Friends Set

Foreo Berry Best Friends Set ($39 USD) — A burst of beauty in a super sweet set. The tiny but mighty LUNA play offers big results from its 100 uses to gently remove 99.5% of dirt and oil*, as well as makeup residue and dead skin cells while this Tony Moly lip balm duo offers fruity flavors to freshen up your look!

Berry Best Friends Set includes:

  • LUNA play
  • Tony Moly Mini Peach Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
  • Tony Moly Mini Cherry Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
Purchase at Ulta and other fine stores
Milk Makeup The A Team

Milk Makeup the A Team ($39 USD) — The minis are here! Try out all of the best-selling, illuminating, and skin-perfecting sticks in mini size — then, take ‘em with you — in this super giftable, easily portable limited edition box.

SET INCLUDES

Blur Stick to blur pores, prime skin, and leave a smooth, matte finish.

Highlighter in Lit for that dewy, everyday glow.

Matte Bronzer in Baked for summer skin all year long.

Holographic Stick in Mars to highlight lips, cheeks, and eyes in a golden peach holographic hue.

Cooling Water to de-puff eyes + energize skin in an instant.

Speical Edition Glitter Stick for glitter, everywhere.

VEGAN, CRUELTY FREE, GLUTEN FREE

Available at milkmakeup.com.

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – November 2017

I recently received my November BoxyCharm! I have been subscribing for a few months now and have generally enjoyed it.

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

The products I received this month are:

KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks (Set of 3) – $15

Laqa & Co Cloud Lips Airy Matte Lipstick in Storm-  $17, colors may vary

BoxyCharm x Luxie Quad Eye Travel Set Brushes – $32

CoverFX illuminating setting spray – $31

Winky Luxe Kitten Palette – $25

I think these lip mask are kinda strange.  I also have just got a Rodial one.  I guess I will be testing out lip mask this weekend!

This color is really dark in the tube, but is more like a berry shade– see swatch below.  I don’t really wear darker lip colors, but I may wear this during the holidays.

These brushes are gorgeous.  I love the look of them and they are so soft.  This includes from left to right:

221T: Flat Definer Brush – Use this to define and smudge out your lower lash line.

227T: Blending Brush – Use this for precise blending in the crease.

213T: Shading Brush – Use this to apply eyeshadow

207T: Angled shading eye brush – Use this for blending out any lines or for smoking out the outer corners of your eyes.

This is one of the items I was really looking forward to! It’s supposed to give the face a glow and help makeup last all day.  I tried it today, and it did leave a soft glow on my skin.  I’m going to use it in the morning before I go to work tomorrow, and then go out with my friends.  We’ll see how my makeup looks at the end of the day.

I am so excited for this!  I haven’t tried anything by Winky Lux before, and I have heard good things.  First of all the packaging is so cute!  I love the kitties on the cover.  I wish the palette had a mirror, but the size of the pans are good.

The shades are so pretty! (Swatches below) My favorite shade is the first in the middle row called Holographic.  It is a gorgeous pinky-lavender.  I wore this today.  I used Holographic on my lid and the dark gold glitter called Cateye in my crease.  As much as I loved it, mid day I had a lot of glitter on my cheeks.  I think and hope it was from Cateye, because I love Holographic so much.  Next time I will wear Chesire (the red color on the bottom row) in the crease.

On the left is the lip color. All of the shadows swatched well, except for the last two, dark mattes. I’ll be playing with the palette the rest of the week, for sure!

I am impressed with this box!  I didn’t care for October’s (see review here), but November was a hit.  I will use the shadow, brushes, and setting spray a lot.  I will try the lip masks and probably won’t use the lip color.

So far the spoilers for the December box are Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara  and Real Her Blush Kit. 

I’m not too thrilled yet, I hope there’s something amazing coming.  But, we’ll see.

Do you subscribe to BoxyCharm? What did you get this month?