Makeup Gifts That Will Make Her Holiday Bright!

Makeup sets are such a fun gift to give (and to receive).  The great thing about them is that there’s so many choices in different price ranges — it’s easy to find a gift for a friend, babysitter or teacher. Or mother, sister…the list is endless!

So grab a few of these great gifts below and pass out the pretty this holiday season!

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio
Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio

Pür Minerals Let It Glow! Makeup Stick Trio ($24 USD) Give your skin a rosy glow with this limited-edition set that offers three twist-up makeup sticks that highlight your features for natural radiance. Define, contour and brighten while conditioning for smoother, softer skin.

Available at www.purminerals.com.

Lancome All Over Face Palette
Lancome All Over Face Palette

Lancome All Over Face Palette ($55 USD) — Take your makeup look from day to night with the ‘All Over Face’ palette that features nine new eyeshadow shades, plus two contouring essentials.

COLOR DESIGN Sensational Effects Eye Shadow  X 9 —  In Blizzard, Starlight, Onyx Eve, Warm Cocoa, Fox, Smolder, Cashmere, Fawn and Mink Me.

BLUSH SUBTIL Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Everything Nice

STAR BRONZER Long Lasting Bronzing Powder in Cinnamon and Spice

Available at http://www.lancome-usa.com.

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection
Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection

Robin McGraw Revelation Pure Joy Lip Gloss Collection ($49.95 For all for or $15.95 USD) — A collection of four high-shine lip glosses with brilliant color and subtle shimmer makes a special gift for a loved one – or for yourself. A luxurious, non-sticky formula creates the perfect look for any celebration. 

The set contains:

Frosty Glaze: A Champagne Shimmer

Rainbow Rose: A Sparkling Blush

Confetti Red: A True Ruby Red

Sprinkle Pink: A Bright Berry Pink

Available at http://www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com.

Avon Makeup Studio Palette
Avon Makeup Studio Palette

Avon Makeup Studio Palette ($24.99 USD) — Perfect for a girl on the go, this palette is a holiday hit. It’s sized to carry everywhere, for touch-ups, or transitioning makeup from day to night. The set includes 25 eye shadows, 12 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and 3 brushes.

Available at visit Avon.com to locate a Representative or shop online.

ck one has great gift sets for the holidays:

ck one eye essentials gift set ($25 USD) — For a great bargain, the ck one eye essentials gift set features everything needed to create a complete eye look, including volumizing mascara in black 800, powder eyeshadow in ambitious 710, and double-ended eyeliner in genius/radical 800.

ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set ($20 USD) — A great stocking stuffer, the ck one high-shine gloss trio holiday set features three high-shine gloss tubes in wearable shades for every occasion.  the line includes two existing shades, proper 300, tender 810, and one limited-edition shade, faithful 910, a sparkling, translucent shade.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Are you picking up a makeup kit for someone special this holiday season?  Which one?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Great Products To Show Your Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There are so many great products out for 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  I have compiled a small list of products that are fab in their own right, but coupled with this worthy cause, are better — and pinker — this month!

You can’t go wrong with any of these:

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition
Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition

Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Edition ($79, 1.7 FL OZ) — $3 from each sale up to $50,000 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The notes of this pretty fragrance are:

Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Available now at retailers nationwide.

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition
ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition

ck one shine lipstick breast cancer awareness limited edition ($16 USD) — This moisturizing lipstick is a fun, bright pink.  $1 from each sale will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment
Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment ($68) helps promote collagen synthesis around the lip area. The luxurious balm works to repair rough, chapped lips while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Lips are left feeling smooth and moisturized.

This October, Sensai by Kanebo will donate 15% of their Total Lip Treatment sales to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman.

 

Mally Best Days Kit
Mally Your Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit

As a mother, daughter, and woman, Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty has been personally touched by breast cancer. To stand with other women who hold this cause close to their hearts, Mally is offering an uplifting seven piece collection, the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit.

With each purchase, a donation will be made to the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising efforts (FFCF). FFCF leads the industry’s fundraising efforts for innovative breast cancer research and provides grants to the nation’s most distinguished breast cancer research hospitals and foundations.

Housed in a beautiful tote that reads “your best days are ahead” the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit holds:

§  NEW Perfect Skin Illuminating Refiner with a brush and sponge

§  Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener in Lighter

§  NEW Luxury Lipstick in Pilar Pink

§  Evercolor Shadow Stick in Empowering Lilac

§  Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Fearless Brown

§  Mally Inspirational Bag: To remind you, wherever you are, that “Your Best Days are Ahead”

The Mally Beauty Brightest Days Ahead Limited-Edition Kit retails for $59.98 (MSRP: $140.00) during the month of October.

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush
Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush

Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush ($14 USD) To commemorate their commitment to the fight against Breast Cancer, JDB proudly introduces the limited edition version of their best-selling detangler, The 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Wet Brush.

This brush not only combats tangles, but also helps support the battle against Breast Cancer. Take comfort in knowing that every purchase goes towards supporting lifesaving research, providing valuable services to breast cancer sufferers, and creating awareness around this surmountable obstacle.

Dedicated to supporting charities, JDB’s unwavering commitment to various Breast Cancer Awareness programs shows the company’s continued pledge to help bring hope into the lives of so many people.

25% of JDB’s total profits will go towards Breast Cancer research.

Availability: TheWetBrush.com

 

Julep BCA Judith
Julep BCA Judith

This October Julep will release “Edith” ($14 USD) created in honor of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. The nail color is a pretty cherry blossom pink crème with holographic glitter.

Available at www.julep.com

Enjoy the month and giving for a great cause!

 

The New CK One Color Cosmetics Line

I love trying brand new cosmetic brands!  This Spring was the exciting launch of ck one color cosmetics, a full line-up of over 130 products that all capture the core ck one brand DNA – authentic, confident, and cool.

This line of affordable designer cosmetics continues the recent expansion of ck one into a lifestyle brand, with jeans and underwear introduced under the name in 2011.

I have got to try a few of these products and generally LOVE them.  The packaging is unique and fun and the products themselves are really cool!

Here is the description about the packaging.  I think it is interesting:

ck one color packaging design furthers the code-breaking legacy of the ck one brand with an understated pill shape that’s iconic and edgy. the modern, minimalist packaging offers simplicity in a black and white silhouette, enhanced by a playful contrast of soft touch matte and high gloss finishes for a heightened sensory experience. designed for intuitive use, product applicators feature two-sided textures and multi-functionality to encourage individual creativity.

 Some of my favorite products are:

ck one 3in1 foundation

3-IN-1 FACE MAKEUP SPF 8 ($30 USD) — this distinctive liquid synthesizes serum, primer and face makeup into one simple, lightweight formula. treated pigment technology with triple-layer amino acid that mimics skin for an effortlessly natural, radiant finish. no compromise on skin perfecting coverage. antioxidants protect skin, lasting up to 11 hours.

What I think:  A very lightweight but full-coverage makeup, which is very cool.  There are 8 shades available from very light to very dark, so something for everyone.  I wear the light which is a perfect match for my skin.  It applies very smoothly and melts into the skin.  So nice!

ck one concealer

MOUSSE CONCEALER ($20 USD) — absolute flawlessness. air-whipped concealer delivers a natural, seamless finish that fully hides blemishes and imperfections, lasting up to 9 hours.

What I think — This blends extremely well.  It only takes a few minutes to cover my under eye circles and blemishes.  To apply, I dip a concealer brush into the pot and dot on my skin, then blend.  Really great consistency, not too thick but provides full coverage.

ck one Mascara

MASCARA ($18 USD) — customize lash looks with a unique twist brush applicator. Select definition or volume with a twist of the cap in this all-in-one mascara.

What I think — Super-cool idea for mascara application.  You can twist the top of the cap to make the wand shorter or longer.  I make it short first, to thicken lashes, then I make it longer to separate and lengthen.  It only takes 2 coats on each eye to make my lashes look extremely long and thick. The only thing that I don’t love is that it flakes towards the end of the day.

ck one eye shadow quad

POWDER EYESHADOW QUAD ($28 USD) — accentuate. illuminate. define. fun and youthful hues that can easily be applied wet or dry to create looks for day or night.

What I think — This is a gorgeous eye quad.  This comes in 6 color combinations, but I have Disco, the purple palette that you see above.  It is prettier in person, though.  It has a glitter purple, a shimmer fuchsia, a matte burgundy and a pearly off-white.  You can make lovely combos with this set.

Available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.  Enjoy!

Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide 2011 — Including One By Snooki!

Perfume is a classic holiday gift.  Below are some new fragrances that would make great gifts.  From scents that smell like the holidays from Demeter, to a fun Harajuku Lovers perfume ornament to an actual perfume by Snooki (which is very sweet, but smells pretty good), you can find something perfect for the perfume lover on your list!

Snooki by Nicole Polizzi ($45 USD) Inspired by her favorite treats (no, not pickles) comes the namesake fragrance by Nicole Polizzi, Snooki. This premiere fragrance embodies the essence of Snooki from head to toe (all 4 ft 9’inches of her). The perfume formula is playful, flirty, sweet and sexy, created with delicious notes reminiscent of sweet cotton candy from the boardwalk.  Categorized in the fragrance world as a “fruity gourmand,” to Snooki, it is simply “the kind of fragrance that makes gorilla juice heads want to cuddle up next to you.” Launching November 10th on HSN and available November 25th in Perfumania stores and on Perfumania.com

As the days get shorter and we prepare for the winter months, the smells of the holidays come to mind. Shopping for the perfect stocking stuffers that won’tbreak the bank is a must!  You can now get the aromas of the season and the perfect holiday gifts for under $20 dollars from the Demeter Fragrance Library ($20 for 1 oz)!

The sweet spicy scent of Gingerbread wafting from the oven, the fruity aroma of a warm Mulled Cider, and the crisp cold smell of the freshly fallen Snow meld together to create the warm, holiday ambiance. It’s the wonderful bouquet of holiday smells that remind us most of those cherished memories from years past, and with these fabulous stocking stuffers, you won’thave to miss them! Demeter’s Fragrance Library includes an array of holiday scents sure to satisfy, including: Apple Pie, Cranberry, Egg Nog, Christmas Tree, Fireplace, Gingerbread, Mulled Cider, Snow, and Christmas Bouquet. Watching your figure this Thanksgiving? Indulge in your favorite sweet treats completely guilt free! Visit www.demeterfragrance.com.

Harajuku Lovers Jingle G ($25 USD) Make your Holidays super kawaii with Jingle G, the newest fragrance from Harajuku Lovers. All dressed up in a supercute and sparkly “Santa” suit, Jingle G features a built-in hook making her the perfect holiday ornament and stocking stuffer! Top: tangerine, gardenia, and whitestar fruit Mid: jasmine, orange blossom, and honeysuckle Base: vanilla, cedarwood, and laosbenzion tears Availability: Sephora and www.sephora.com.

ck one on the go spray ($15 USD) Intuitive in both design and function, the 20ml ck one on-the-go bottle is slim and lightweight. the innovative format reinterprets the iconic ck one bottle into a modern,portable handheld, making the original fragrance more free-spirited than ever before. Top: bergamot, cardamom, tangerine,freesia and lavender. Mid: green tea accord, violet, rose and orange flower Base: musk combined with amber Availability: Sephora .

Chloé Signature Solid Perfume Necklace ($60 USD) This delicately engraved locket is a luxurious case holding the Chloé signature solid perfume. featuring the original, distinctive notes of rose, the necklace presents a new way to wear perfume, a new ritual. a smart and timeless gesture. Top: rose, peony Mid: lily of the valley, magnolia Base: amber, cedarwood Availability: Selected authorized Chloé retailers.

Nightfall by Susan McCray Eau de Parfum ($65 USD) is a remarkably alluring and mysterious fragrance. From the moment this hand blended, one hundred percent natural,chemical free scent touches your skin you feel transformed. Your inner beauty and confidence shine like the BELLALIQUE™ stone trimmed bottle top that adorns Nightfall’s French crystal bottle. Nightfall Eau de Parfum is a medley of the very finest ingredients, including White Jasmine, White Rose, Bergamot (a unique citrus fruit found in the coastal region of the South Italy), Blackcurrant buds (which are taken from dormant fruit buds of the blackcurrant bush) and just a drop or two of Ylang Ylang (extracted from the Cananga tree flower). The Nightfall 2 oz. spray comes beautifully cased in a stunning blue box. The packaging is hand fashioned of eco-sensitive material. Visit www.nightfallbysusanmccray.com to purchase.

Spadaro Sole Nero ($135.00, 100mL eau de parfum; $40, body lotion; and $45, candle) The Journey: Inspired by a trip to Sicily, this fragrance is rooted in the sweet and succulent citrus fruits savored each day as well as an unforgettable dinner near the heat of Mount Etna.

The Notes: Sunny Italian Grapefruit and Bergamot are imbued with a precious spice accord of White Pepper and Cumin. Enveloped by tender Musk and comforting notes of Sandalwood, Almond and Vanilla.  Available at www.spadaro.com and www.nordstrom.com.