Distinctive Assets, the LA-based entertainment marketing company credited with beginning the marketing craze of celebrity swag nearly two decades ago, will once again be producing and distributing its annual “Mother’s Day in Hollywood” Gift Bags. Distinctive Assets will be pampering twenty-five of Tinseltown’s most
famous maternal stars with innovative, unique, useful and fabulous products and services!
The list of this year’s famous mommies and mommies-to- be includes Kerry Washington, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Anna Chlumsky, Ellie Kemper, Blake Lively, Vanessa Lachey, Blac Chyna, Amber Tamblyn, Tori Spelling, Amy
Smart, Beyoncé, Lily Rabe, Amanda Seyfried, Ciara, Lauren Conrad, Audra McDonald, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morissette, Chrissy Teigen, Tyra Banks, Hoda Kotb, P!nk, Lake Bell and Janet Jackson.
These celeb mom’s sure are lucky! Here are some of the wonderful goodies which are going to be included in the bag:
1. RUMI X , eco-friendly active-wear made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, is gifting Hollywood moms with their hottest designs! The line includes a wide variety of different styles and even maternity sets!
Hi all! I usually do my favorites post on Sunday, but I am a little late this week. The weather has been so nice in Kansas City, it’s hard to sit down and write!
I have still been testing fantastic products, including ones to help transition into spring. Below are fast working sheet masks for all types of skin issues, cute and slimming capri pants and a rose elixir:
Alba Fast Fix Sheet Masks ($3.49 USD) Individually wrapped, serum-soaked fiber masks contour to your face to deliver concentrated doses of active botanical ingredients. In as little as 5 minutes, skin experiences a powerful beauty-enhancing treatment! 100% vegetarian ingredients, no animal testing, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors or parabens.
Coconut Water Hydrate Sheet Mask: an infusion of coconut water, cucumber and chamomile provide a mega-moisture oasis to return skin to healthy, hydrated happiness
Camu Camu Anti-Wrinkle Sheet Mask: camu camu, cocoa and caffeine fight the good fight to help firm, tone and tackle those pesky lines and wrinkles
Papaya Anti-Acne Sheet Mask: the zit-zapping trio of papaya, lemon balm and salicylic acid penetrate pores to give pimples their proper punishment
Grapefruit Even Tone Sheet Mask: grapefruit, charcoal and turmericvanish visible pores, soothe redness and help lighten shadows, to give skin a soft, even glow
What I think: What I love about sheet masks are that they are so easy to apply and are finished in minutes. I tried the Grapefruit mask first and it soothed my sensitive skin and gave it a glow. My daughter liked the Papaya mask for her occasional acne. The Coconut Water mask is perfect for when my skin is very dry and the Camu Camu mask is great for ladies (like me) who need to firm skin.
Purchase at Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods & natural food stores
SlimSation Floral Print Capri ($64 USD) –Ultra-comfortable, wrinkle-resistant SlimSation stretch fabric feels beautiful on every body. Slim-fitting and flat front for a smooth look along with side decorative faux pockets and 2 flat pockets in the back.
Contoured waistband on capri cut.
SlimSation stretch moves with you while retaining its shape.
KYPRIS Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses ($90 for 14ml or $225 or 47ml) — A 100% active, moisturizing Beauty oil formulated with holistic principles in mind. Scientifically established nutrients, a plethora of botanical extracts, and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses combine to repair signs of environmental challenge to deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. (SRP: $90 or £70/14ml or $225 or £175/47ml). Actives have been selected based on their recognition by both western and natural medicine as beneficial to skin. Each Beauty Elixir features 18 or more active natural ingredients, including:
CoQ10 certified by Kaneka, shown to diminish the appearance of sun damage both acute and over time
Vitamin C Ester and Vitamin E Protects and inspires collagen production, the vitamin c ester has several clinical studies behind it establishing its benefit to collagen in skin
Prickly Pear Seed Oil Wild-crafted from the high deserts of Arizona, KYPRIS is currently the only company using US grown and procured Prickly Pear which is a distinct genus species to North America and boasts 150% the vitamin E of argan oil, minerals, and amino acids – anti-inflammatory and healing to restore irritated, dry skin
Baobab A wealth of phytosterols that nourish and soften
Rosehip Phytonutrient, Vitamin, Antioxidant, and essential fatty acid rich
Pomegranate 60% punicic acid, diminishes inflammatory effects of UV over exposure
Delivers luminous, lusciously soft skin. Diminishes the appearance of UV overexposure. Mega dose of nourishment to skin.
Use 2-5 drops per application
What I think: This oil smells like fresh roses and is so luxe! It is very hydrating and softens skin immediately. I love this as a night treatment. In the morning my skin is soft and smooth.
Have you started your shopping yet? I have definitely been making lists and have started thinking about what I am going to give this year.
Fashion and Accessories are great gifts for the fashionable ladies on your list. Below are some amazing picks:
SlimSation Slimming Jean ($74 USD) –Black Denim, but in other colors, too! Now even your jeans can feel fabulous all day long! Try this style in light indigo for Spring! These are so comfy and look really nice. I wore them with short black boots and a nice top and they were great for work! They can also be dressed down.
14.5″ average leg opening (varies slightly by size)
Luca + Danni x Dana-Farber Butterfly and Teddy Bear Bangles; ($28 USD) Luca + Danni, a handcrafted America-made jewelry company, is donating 100% of proceeds of two exclusive bracelets to benefit Cancer Research through Dana-Farber. As a bit of background the founder of Luca + Danni lost his younger brother to Leukemia. His brother always dreamed of evolving their family jewelry business by starting their own brand. The older brother left his career on Wall Street and created Luca + Danni in his memory. This partnership with Dana-Farber (where his younger brother was treated) is a way for him to give back – and he hopes others will as well.
I love fall, the changing leaves, pumpkin everything and the fact that Halloween and other holidays are just around the corner! I wish it would get a little bit cooler in Kansas City so I can wear sweaters and boots, but I know it will come.
This week, I am loving an odd assortment of items, including a cream sheet mask (what?), cute jeggings and a fabric in-wash odor killer:
Masqueology by Beauty Architects— is reinventing skincare with a unique mask-based treatment line that is convenient, portable and designed to meet your individual skincare concerns. There is one full ounce of concentrated advanced ingredients infused into each deeply relaxing facial sheet mask. These multi-tasking masks are designed specifically to contour to your face shape. In only 20-minutes the treatment results are fast and effective rivaling those of any luxury spa.
This month Masqueology launched a new line of affordable masks into over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide, and this Winter they will be launching more new products including hair masks and Emoji masks. The four masks currently available are the Collagen Lifting Cream Mask, Moisturizing Cream Mask, Vita Clarifying Cream Mask, and Special Care Cream Mask.
What I think: This mask is so interesting! When I opened the package, the paper mask had a LOT of cream on it. I’m used to gel masks or paper masks with serum, but the cream was surprising, and a little messy. But, once unfolded, it is easy to apply and there is enough mask to wrap under the chin, which I like.
I tried the Collagen Lifting Cream Mask, which left my skin firm and glowing and the Special Care Cream Mask, that helps with redness.
No Nonsense Classic Denim Leggings ($16.99 USD) — No nonsense New Classic Denim Leggings are made with a new fabric that is more like a “woven” denim jeans! These leggings have functional back pockets, faux front pockets and fly plus a variety of washes. They are super soft with stretch fabric, designed to hug your body while retaining their shape. Inseam measures 29″
What I think: I have these in dark denim and they are so comfy! But, they are also really cute and look amazing under boots, or with a little flat. I will be wearing these all fall and winter. They aren’t thin and fit really well. They are affordable, too.
Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator is a laundry aid that works in the washer with detergents to eliminate odors such as perspiration, cooking oil, grease, motor oil, pets, garden soil and mildew from virtually any washable fabric. While detergents clean the soils Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator cleans away odors that get trapped in fabrics.
Use Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator in any of your laundry loads with odors that can be hard to remove with detergent alone. These loads often include items such as work uniforms or clothes, sports or fitness clothing, cooking towels, or restaurant uniforms.
What I think: This is added to the wash, separate from the detergent. It smells really refreshing and leaves clothes so fresh! A great additive when your kids do sports or with gym clothes!
We had milder, rainy days last week, but this week is going to be a scorcher! I have been trying tons of amazing summer products and collections lately and want to review a few of my new favorites!
This week, I have been loving a fresh nail polish collection, sports socks for summer workouts, a luxe soap-on-a-rope, and a natural deodorant:
Sally Hansen The Miracle Gel Royal Splendor Collection ($9.99 USD) — Give your nails the royal treatment! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel will keep your manicure looking majestic with up to 14 days of color and shine. The revolutionary, #1 zero light gel manicure system boasts seven new splendid hues in its “Royal Splendor” collection. The Miracle Gel 2X Volume Top Coat must be used in tandem with the Miracle Gel shades to experience the long-lasting benefits of its no-light curing technology.
The “Royal Splendor” collection features seven new regal shades:
Plush Blush This powder pink features a Hall Of Mirrors-esque iridescence
Frill Seeker Stop searching, you’ve arrived at the perfect resplendent, creamy-peach shade
Regal Rosé Wine and dine — or let them eat cake — in a sparkling pale peony
Mauve-olous Take the throne in this beige-tinged medium-pink tone
Off with her Red! Hold court with this vibrant, true red
Can’t Beet Royalty Bring it to the boudoir in this rich maroon
Prince Char-mint A refreshingly Versailles-worthy pale verdant hue
What I think: These colors are so interesting. You either have soft pastels or bright reds. They are so pretty on fingers and toes. Top the polish with The Miracle Gel 2X Volume Top Coat and your polish will last much longer!
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
Soft & Breathable Cushioned No Show Socks
X-Sport Women’s Cushioned Tab Back Sock
Ahh, said the foot Sport Microfiber No Show Socks
No Nonsense athletic socks:
Soft & Breathable™ Cushioned No Show Socks – 3 Pair Pack ($5.79 USD) — Try our No nonsense Soft and Breathable mesh no show sock. They are made with cotton for comfort and they wick moisture to keep feet cool, dry and comfortable. Ventilated panels made with nylon and spandex for ultimate breathability. Made in the USA!
X-Sport Women’s Cushioned Tab Back Sock-3 Pair Pack ($6.49 USD) — No nonsense X-Sport Women’s Cushioned Tab Back Sock is designed to keep up with any athletic activity. This 3 pair pack of socks features two solid pair and one pair with fresh color accents. Back tab on sock makes helps to prevent chafing while wearing your favorite athletic shoe. Made from cotton/nylon blend.
Ahh, said the foot® Sport Microfiber No Show Socks – 3 Pair Pack ($5.49 USD) — These soft, uncushioned, microfiber no show socks are made with lightweight nylon and spandex for comfort and offer a great fit. 3-pair pack assortments include: Asst#1: 1pr each under the sea/paradise pink/mermaid, Asst#2:1pr each neon-blue/paradise pink /sunshine, Asst#3: 1 pr black with 2 pr white socks. Colors may vary. Made in the USA in eco-conscious facilities.
What I think: These socks are very comfy! The Soft & Breathable socks keep socks dry and cool, which is needed when working out in hotter weather. The X-Sport socks work well with workout shoes and the Ahh, said the foot are so soft on my feet. All of these socks are really affordable, too.
Senteurs d’Orient’s Hammam Soap on a Rope ($38 USD) — Created to mimic the Hammam bath, or “Turkish Bath,” the soaps are made to allow you to enjoy a sensual, relaxing experience – but in a simplistic way. Handcrafted from the finest natural ingredients, each luxurious soap is sculpted with an elegant filigree inspired by the intricate designs of the Middle East and features a unique aromatherapy scent, specially created by master perfumers in Grasse, France.
The oversized, exquisite soaps offer unmatched elegance and charm and are available in 5 scents: Orange Blossom, Jasmine of Arabia, Amber, Rose of Damascus and Tuberose.
What I think: I have tried this in Tuberose and it smells amazing! I love how gorgeous it is and the large size. It will last a long time in the shower and keep you super clean!
Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes($13.50 USD) — Inspired by the tradition of “Miracle Waters”, beneficial recipes that were once distilled in convents, the Botanical Cologne of the Minimes Everyday Deodorant works to neutralize body odors while allowing skin to breathe. Thanks to its Original Recipe combining astringent Alum Stone with refreshing and purifying Essential Oils, its alcohol-free and aluminum chlorohydrate-free formula helps to combat the development of unpleasant smells and gently purify the skin.
Featuring Alum Stone to help combat unpleasant odor, essential oils of Blood Orange, Lemon and Mandarin to help refresh and to limit perspiration odors and essential oil of Rosemary to purify.
What I think: This smells amazing — fresh and citrusy. I usually need strong deodorant/antiperspirant, so I used this on a weekend day when I was at home. It really helped the smell for most of the day, but it isn’t and antiperspirant, and I really need one, especially in the summer! This would be perfect for a pre-teen or someone who isn’t very sweaty. I love that it’s natural!
DDF Protective Eye Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15 ($55 USD) — A lustrous, lightweight daytime eye treatment fortified with essential fatty acids and humectants to moisturize and help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Broad spectrum SPF helps protect the fragile eye area from future UV damage.
DDF Pro Retinol Complex 3 Moisturizer ($65 USD) — A moisturizer that mimics an in-office laser procedure by harnessing the power of Retinol, Vitamin C and Niacinamide (B3) for a smooth, even skin tone with a healthy youthful glow.
What I think: I have been using the Daily Protective Moisturizer and the Protective Eye Cream each morning, and I really love how quickly they sink in before I apply my makeup. I always wear SPF, so it is so important that my day cream have it. I love the Pro Retinol Moisturizer at night. In the morning my skin is glowing and it looks fresh and smooth!
No Nonsense Relaxed Legging ($15.99 USD) — Style meets comfort with these Relaxed Leggings. Easy to wear, casual style that translates beautifully into today’s athleisure trend. Features relaxed legs with banded ankles.
No Nonsense Great Shapes Cotton Shaping Leggings ($15.99 USD) — Our No nonsense Great Shapes Cotton Shaping Leggings offer trend-right style with added shaping benefits. They feature a poly-spandex power-net panel to provide shaping support around tummy and hips.
What I think: No Nonsense has lots of great, affordable leggings. These are all so comfortable, and cute, too! The Great Shapes Leggings really helped shape my tummy and look great under a tunic. The Relaxed Leggings are awesome for on-trend athleisure looks, or just lazing at home (me). And the Denim Capri’s are cute with summer tops. So many choices!
This may be my last gift guide this year, so I better make it count! There are still some great ideas to give that hard to buy for friend!
I have gift ideas in fashion, beauty and oh…lets start with WINE!
Leer Vineyards Heroic Red
Leer Vineyards Valiant White Moscato
Leer Vineyards Heroic Red ($16 on sale, reg $24 a bottle) — This wine shows aromas of boysenberry with hints of leather, cedar and cigar tobacco. Flavors are of raspberry jam, chocolate and black pepper, with a faint echo of black tea on the long finish. This blend contains 58% Syrah, 29% Merlot, and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. A Portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold benefits the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes4WoundedHeroes & Homes4GoldStars programs, which provide mortgage-free homes to combat wounded heroes and spouses of fallen heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Leer Vineyards Valiant White Moscato ($14 on sale, reg $22 a bottle) With aromas of peach and orange blossoms, the citrus flavors are intense, peaches, and tropical fruits dominate. A soft and luscious mouthful with a hint of effervescence for a beautiful liveliness and a balance to the sweetness. While crisp and sweet this Moscato is a perfect pairing with spicy seafood or chicken, and is amazing while paired with bleu cheese, and desserts that include pears or peaches.
I just received samples of these and have tried the red. It is delicious! I’m not a connoisseur, but I like that I can taste some of the rich and smoky flavors, but it is not too dry. It’s a little sweet at the end, yum! I plan to try the Moscato over the holidays and am looking forward to that!
Purchase at leervineyards.com.
Q&Q Watches — The watch on the left is Q&Q Solar Smile Series RP00J013Y ($36 on sale now, reg. $40) and the watch on the right is Q&Q Solar Smile Mini Series RP01J003Y ($36 on sale now, reg. $40). The one on the left is a larger watch and the one on the right is smaller, but both are great for fashion forward friends!
I love that these are solar. To charge the watches, you expose the dial to sunlight. I think it’s great that you don’t have to worry about batteries! And there are many cute choices!
Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother (Average price, $39.99) — quickly gives you smoother, more beautiful feet in the comfort of your home keeping youpedi-ready all through the winter months! This is the perfect gift for any beauty or pedicure lover! Here are more details:
Creates salon smooth feet in the convenience of your home
Light, contoured, handheld personal Electronic Foot Smoother device is easy to use
Buffs away rough, dry skin and transforms it into smooth, softer
No sharp blades or soaking required
Replacement Roller Heads allow for extended product usage
I love this. It is very easy to use. You don’t have to press down hard, it quickly removes dead skin from feet. Don’t forget to put down a towel underneath you when you use it, as dry flakes come off of your feet. Sounds gross, but feet are soft and smooth afterwards!
I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving weekend! We’ve had freezing rain for days now, but that hasn’t stopped my shopping (online)!
This week I’m loving a variety of products from No Nonsense, wet n wild and Vita Liberata. They include fun tights and leggings, cool new makeup and products that will give me a glow through winter!
No Nonsense — I received a variety of No Nonsense leggings and tights for my honest review. I haven’t tried No Nonsense in a while and was happy with the quality and variety of products that they have:
Zippered cotton leggings in Black ($14.99 USD) — These were really cute and comfortable.
Animal Print Cotton Leggings in Steel ($13.99 USD) — I wear these as PJ’s since I usually don’t wear animal prints and they are perfect! Soft and comfy, not tight at all!
Great Shapes Blackout Shaping Tights ($8.50 USD) — These are very opaque and hold everything in! Great with dresses and boots for fall.
wet n wild’s new line of brushes (17 tools in total) are made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex, which is designed to mimic the small breaks and imperfections in natural hair, making these brushes as effective as brushes made of animal hair, yet PETA certified and vegan ($0.99 and $2.99 USD).
The wet n wild Proline Graphic Marker ($3.99 USD) features a soft, angled marker tip that delivers bold and sharp lines, extreme edges and modern contour for the perfect cat eye.
Amplify your lashes to the max with the wet n wild Max Fanatic Cat Eye ($4.99 USD) Mascara, which instantly adds 8x the volume and 8x the curl for 35% longer lashes without clumping or smudging.
Get the results of a salon-quality gel manicure with the wet n wild 1-Step Wonder Gel ($4.99 USD) — no top coat or UV light required! wet n wild’s 1-Step Wonder Gel is chip resistant and 3-Free with no Formaldehyde, Toluene or Phthalates.
What I think: wet n wild’s makeup is fun to use and so affordable. The brushes are soft and pick up pigment well. It’s hard to believe that they are so inexpensive, plus they are PETA certified! The Proline marker and Cat Eye mascara help create a bold eye! The marker is so easy to use and can make a thick or thin line. And, I love that the mascara curls as well as adds volume!
I am wearing the nail polish in a gold color, All That Jazzy. It is a pretty color that is perfect for the holiday season. It went on extremely smoothly and has lasted for a few days without chips!
Vita Liberata Fabulous Tinted Self Tanning Mousse
Vita Liberta Tanning Mitt
Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals – Bronze
Vita Liberata Fabulous Tinted Self Tanning Mousse ($30 USD) — A super fast-drying tan mousse that gives a gorgeous instant color and then develops to a beautiful natural-looking tan that lasts for up to seven days.
Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt ($6.50 USD) — A tanning mitt with extra soft flock surface for flawless tan application.
Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Bronze ($55 USD) — A loose mineral bronzing powder that creates a tan lasting up to five days plus a luxury kabuki brush.
What I think: Vita Liberata makes some of my favorite tanning products. The Trystal Minerals are especially nice in the fall and winter to help keep a glow. The mousse dries quickly for easy all over color. The scent is nice, and you can barely smell the tanning chemicals.
This fall, Hanes has released fun new hosiery textures and patterns, plus great shaping hose. There is something for every one and for every occasion!
I was sent the following samples for my honest review:
Hanes Animal Tights
Hanes Floral Tights
Hanes Chevron Tights
The three pattern above are some of the cool new tights offered. My daughters tried some of the patterned tights and really love them. They have original prints and textures and are fun to wear! The patterns above are $12 MSRP.
My daughters also loved the Convertible Tights ($18 MSRP). These are perfect for a variety of looks. They are designed to adapt to your body temperature for all day comfort. Comfort stretch panty shapes and smoothes for optimum comfort. The blackout leg delivers maximum opacity and can be worn as tights or leggings. My daughters have been wearing them with skirts and with large shirts and love them! They are very easy to convert from leggings to tights.
No Hose Shaper ($16 MSRP) –Smooth and shape from waist to mid thigh. It creates a sleek silhouette you need for the look you want. I received a sample of this in my size and love it! It is perfect under dresses and skirts when I don’t want to wear hose.
Hanes High Waist Blackout XTemp ($18 MSRP) — The blackout leg delivers maximum opacity for a sleek, slim look. The high waist control top panty gives a smooth look from below the bra to the hips. These are thick and perfect for fall. They will work well with boots and skirts.
There are many more shaping tights and fun patterns available. Visit http://www.hanes.com to learn more and you can find them at a mass market retailer near you!
I was so excited to receive my PopSugar Must Have Box this Saturday! It always includes a cool combo of fashion, beauty, home goods, fitness and food!
Popsugar must have costs $39.95 a month, but you can usually find a coupon for your first month’s box. I had a coupon for $10.00 that I used. But if you can’t find another one REFER5 will get you 5 dollars off.
Here is what was in my box:
Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds ($20 USD)– It’s hard to see in the photo, but they are a dark cobalt blue. The two ends of the ear buds snap together for easy storage and there is a button on the cord that will pause the music and allow you to answer your phone. They are pretty cool, but didn’t work when I plugged them into my computer. They did work on my phone, though. Available at http://www.iWaveaudio.com
Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis (5.95 USD) — This was a special extra (along with a $20 nike.com gift card). These yummy little morsels are individually wrapped — and mine are almost gone. Chocolate + sea salt + almonds = YUM!
Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Note Cards ($18 USD) — These are made of very high quality paper and the illustrations (there are 4 different prints, two of each) are gorgeous! These are perfect for sending notes to my friends! You can purchase at http://www.riflepaperco.com.
Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray ($21.50 USD for purse size) –This smells so good! Plus it holds my hair in place without making my hair stiff. Available at http://www.orible.com.
Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils ($5 USD) — This pack of 5 pencils are super cute, but not the most exciting thing. I will use them, though. Available at http://www.shoplettercdesign.com.
Urban Remedy Almond Brownie ($6 USD) — This is made with 100 percent organic ingredients and is vegan. It looks kind of gross. And, I wasn’t really a fan of the taste. You can purchase at http://www.urbanremedy.com.
Tilo Scarves Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin ($125 USD) — This is a hand-dyed scarf that is an ombre of gray and a brownish-purple color. It is so light and pretty. Available at http://www.tiloscarves.com.
Also, today PopSugar Must Have is on sale at RueLaLa. You can get an Introductory box for only $24.95 (normally $39.95). (FYI – this will start a POPSUGAR subscription at the regular rate after the first box). Visit http://www.ruelala.com to grab this great deal!
Do you subscribe to PopSugar Must Have? Did you get the September box?