Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Skincare Stocking Stuffers

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:



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

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.

Purchase at Sephora and

DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel
DERMAdoctor Lucky Bamboo Jukyeom 9x Water Gel

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.

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Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

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.

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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.


New (To Me) Anti-Aging Skincare

I have been testing new skin care products I was sent for my honest review.  I love trying skincare to add to my daily routine.  I think anti-aging skincare really helps my skin looks smoother and younger.

There are the current products I’m using:



I received anti-aging skincare from Robin McGraw’s new line, Robin McGraw Revelation.  Robin is Dr. Phil’s wife, and she has worked closely with chemists for years and each product has been custom-crafted to utilize the highest-quality, most potent active ingredients, along with cutting-edge technology. Products are void of harmful sulfates, mineral oil, parabens and chemicals. As with all Robin McGraw Revelation products, there is no animal testing. Many of the products are powered by their patent pending Dynamic Infusion Technology. The products I received are:

OMG! Is This Really Me?  Instant Face Shaper  ($34 USD) — Fast-acting formula of high performance ingredients. It claims to to visibly smooth, tighten, and lift the eyes, face, and neck. Packed with 5 unique peptides, each designed to target multiple skin concerns. When I use this, my skin does feel smoother and tighter instantly. I like using it under makeup for a smooth and youthful look during the day.

Dot Your Eyes ($40 USD) — This tightening eye cream takes a multi-action approach to refreshing tired eyes, combining cutting-edge skincare science with potent botanical ingredients to improve skin at the cellular level. Reduces the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles and fine lines while assisting in natural collagen production to tighten puffy and sagging skin. I use this cream in the morning to ensure that my eye area is smooth before makeup.  It really helps my concealer and powder look flawless!

Live Life LIFTED ($42 USD) — This formula delivers a potent blend of five skin-smoothing, anti-wrinkle peptides and hyaluronic acid deep into to hydrate as well as visibly lift, firm and smooth skin’s appearance for a more sculpted silhouette.This lightweight cream also features jojoba esters with moisturizing vitamins A, D, and C, plus free radical blocking, anti-aging vitamin E-rich sunflower seed oil to provide intense healing and hydration without the sticky after feel.  I have been using this twice a day and have noticed a bit of a lift and tighter skin.  I will continue using it to sculpt my chin and neck!

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DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm
DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm ($50 USD) — Super hydrating eye balm enriched with peptides, caffeine, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, approved for use on delicate upper eyelids, under eye area and crow’s feet region.

Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps the eye area feel refreshed, alert and youthful. I apply this on my eyes at night as a hydrating sleeping treatment. Its moisturizing, but not greasy. I’ve noticed that my eyes have been looking smoother since I have been using this.

Available at, Ulta and other great stores.

NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews
NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews

Neocell, Hair, Skin, & Nails Beauty Chews, Berry Medley, 30 Soft Chews — Feeling beautiful and healthy has never been so easy as it is now with NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews. These potent chews deliver beauty nutrients in a delicious soft chew bursting with natural berry flavors and are perfect for those who have trouble swallowing pills. I like the taste of these, they are a bit tarte.  My nails and skin have been looking nice lately, so I will continue using these!

Research suggests that the right nutrients can have a major impact on hair, skin and nail health:

BioActive NeoCell Collagen – Lab tested for potency & purity

Hyaluronic Acid – Essential component for skin rehydration

Biotin – Supports healthy, luxurious hair & promotes natural energy

Vitamin C – Supports collagen formation in the skin, Antioxidant support against free radicals

What skincare products have you recently discovered?





DERMAdoctor Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel

DERMAdoctor Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Facial Cleansing Gel

Looking for a great anti-aging cleanser? DERMAdoctor’s Litmus Test Glycolic Acid Cleansing Gel ($25.00 USD) cleanses away impurities, removes environmental debris, dirt, excess skin oils and makeup. Leaves skin refreshed and radiant.


  • Buffered Glycolic Acid – Medically recognized as the superior AHA option for removing skin impurities and restoring a glowing complexion.


  • Restores essential healthy skin chemistry with a unique pH balanced foaming formulation
  • Exfoliates cellular build-up and clears impurities, make-up, excess skin oil
  • Can be incorporated into all skincare regimens
  • Ideal for all skin types

Dermatologist Tested, Non Irritating, Non Drying, Non Comedogenic, pH Balanced, Paraben Free, Soap Free, Oil Free, Fragrance Free, Dye Free, No Animal Testing.

What I think: This is a really nice foaming cleanser that doesn’t irritate the skin. I like that it is fragrance-free and that it foams and rinses clean. I have been using it every other day, because I have extremely sensitive skin and it irritates it a little. But once the redness abates, my skin glows and looks clearer! For non-sensitive skin this can be used every day.

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New Breakthroughs from DERMAdoctor

Physical Chemistry ($75.00 USD) — Are you looking for smooth, radiant skin? Look no further. DERMAdoctor has created a ground breaking cosmeceutical technology: the first single-step, high-potency multiacid chemical peel and microdermabrasion treatment in one.

Information and the claim: Skin cells are held together two ways: a “glue” that cements cells together and microscopic fibers that further anchor them together. Chemical peels simply dissolve the glue. Microdermabrasion treatments merely break the fibers. Physical Chemistry does both, providing a complete, thorough, medically effective exfoliation.

DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry facial microdermabrasion + multiacid chemical peel contains the following potent ingredients:

  • pH Balanced, buffered Multiacid Resurfacing Complex including Glycolic, Lactic, Azelaic and Beta Hydroxy Acids – work synergistically to provide unparalleled at-home peel potential.
  • Synthetic Polymer Microdermabrading Beads are free of rough, abrasive edges making it the ideal physical exfoliator. Another first this microdermabrasion is self-limited as beads break down when applied to the skin allowing them to remove debris without irritation.
  • Anti-irritant Complex features Green Tea (EGCG), Dimethicone and Algae Extract which diminishes the potential for facial redness, irritation and inflammation.

DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry helps to reduce the appearance of numerous skin conditions including:

  • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
  • Uneven Complexion
  • Post-Acne Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Facial Keratosis Pilaris

Ideal for those using any anti-aging regimen; allows active ingredients to penetrate the skin at a deeper level. Can also be used to evenly exfoliate the face prior to applying a facial self-tanning agent. Not recommended for those with ultra-sensitive skin. Dermatologist Tested and Approved : Allergy Tested : Non-Irritating : Non-Comedogenic : pH Balanced : Soap Free : Oil Free : Fragrance Free : Dye Free : No Animal Testing.

What I think: I have been using this once a week for a few weeks now, and I really like what it does for my skin. It really seems to get the dead skin off and my face is so smooth afterwards. The only irritation I get is from applying sunscreen afterwards, so I try to use this at night and put a mild cream on afterwards.

Create a canvas of flawless skin with Picture Porefect pore minimizing solution. ($40.00 USD) — While a pore’s physical diameter cannot be changed, Picture Porefect is proven to give superior results in helping pores appear smaller – removes excess skin oils, crops out blackheads and smoothes out edges.

Information and the claim: Pore dilatation begins with faulty exfoliation of cells lining the interior sebaceous gland – cells are too “sticky” leading to microscopic plugs. Once formed, sebum accumulates. Protracted pooling of skin oils serves to both nourish bacteria (like P. acnes and S. dis) and ultimately leads to inflammation, and acne formation.

Blackheads medically referred to as “open comedones” – are an all too common outcome. Plugs within the pores composed of sebum, cellular debris and bacteria congest the gland and expand the pore. Contact with air allows oxygenation to take place, turning the plugs black, further heightening visibility.

Sebum Sequestering Micro-Particles “soak up” excess sebum produced by sebaceous oil glands. Reduced sebum discreetly helps create an environment hostile to bacterial growth, thus deterring acne formation.

Retinol, Hydroxys and Azelaic Acid refine pores. Edges are easily smoothed and blackheads loosened and exfoliated.

Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. Azelaic acid has been shown in lab studies to possess antibacterial activity against common skin bacteria Proprionobacterium acnes (P. acnes) and Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis). It may also play a role in normalizing the keratinization process within the gland, bestowing it with anti-acne/anti-comedogenic talent.

Willow Bark Extract and Green Tea help reduce inflammation commonly associated with early forming acne. Aluminum Zirconium Tetra Chlorohydrex Glycine is an astringent agent that temporarily draws pores closed. Dermatologist Tested & Approved : Non Comedogenic : Allergy Tested : Non Irritating : Fragrance Free : Dye Free : No Animal Testing.

What I think:  I like this serum, but I haven’t seen much of a reduction in pores in the few weeks I have been using it. I will keep using it and let you all know if I see a difference in a month or two.

DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare hair minimizing antiperspirant ($29.00 USD) — A gentle antiperspirant that at the same time minimizes hair growth.

Information and the claim: Feeling like Tarzan instead of Jane? No need to go ape over jungle-like hair growth and rain forest-level wetness. Stop monkeying around with the ordinary and make peace with two decidedly indelicate concerns with a solution uniquely camouflaged as a daily antiperspirant. Paraben free. Fragrance Free. Dye Free. Dermatologist Tested. Allergy Tested. Non Irritating. Non Comedogenic. No Animal Testing

Gorilla Warfare contains fourteen highly evolved botanicals that help turn underarm hair into an endangered species. Features the “tropical” foliage of:

  • MYRICA CERIFERA (BAYBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT – a natural source rich in dihydromyrectin
  • DIHYDROMYRECETIN – anticipated to cause selective inhibition of tyrosine kinase activity of the IGF-1 receptor & prevents follicular growth during anagen phase.
  • GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE LEAF EXTRACT – thought to reduce proliferation of keratinocytes and mitotic activity of hair folicle.
  • SERENOA SERRULATA FRUIT EXTRACT – (aka saw palmetto) considered to limit testerone production.
  • EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM EXTRACT – (aka fireweed) thought to minimize hair regrowth by denaturing the hair shaft helix.
  • CUCURBITA PEPO (PUMPKIN) SEED EXTRACT – considered an anti-androgenic anti-DHT effect.
  • SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT – thought to help dissolve and denature keratin.
  • LARREA DIVARICATA EXTRACT – (aka chapparal) rich in NDGA which is thought to moderate regrowth and slows down cell growth rate.
  • PALMATINE – moderates mitotic activity of hair bulb keratinocytes.
  • SUBTILISIN – hydrolyzes keratin into small peptides and decreases synthesis of hair proteins.
  • UREA – denatures the cellular proteins and expedites hair exfoliation.
  • HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN – anti-androgenic effects.
  • NORDIHYDROGUAIARETIC ACID – considered to reduce DHT levels.
  • OLEANOLIC ACID – luekotriene inhibitor thought to help reduce DHT levels

What I think: I love that this antiperspirant keeps me dry in the humid Kansas City weather! It also doesn’t have a strong scent, which I love. My armpits don’t need to smell like fruit and flowers! I have noticed that my hair is softer and a bit lighter. I am going to continue using it because it is really effective and I hope my hair growth diminishes over time.

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Treat Dry Skin with DERMAdoctor KP Duty

Dr. Audrey Kunin is the dermatologist behind the great skin care brand DERMAdoctor.  I was lucky enough to check out the DERMAdoctor flagship retail store that has recently opened in Kansas City, where doctor Kunin comes from and where I live. It is a very nice store and stocks all of DERMAdoctor’s amazing products!
I have recently tried a couple of items from the KP Duty line that was created to treat Keratosis Pilaris (KP). This is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.. The products I tried are:
KP Duty dermatologist body scrub with chemical + physical medi-exfoliation ($44.00) This scrub claims to help dry skin, flaky patches and chicken skin bumps. KP Duty Body Scrub acts as a chemical peel and microdermabrasion session in one, delivering serious medi-exfoliation. Some of the jobs it does is to allow dermatologist-recommended skin therapies to provide deeper, more thorough results and helps prepare skin for self tanning and post-bathing treatments (including body acne, keratosis pilaris, dry skin concerns, shaving bumps, ingrown hairs and bleaching).

Contains active ingredients including 15% Buffered Glycolic Acid – Smoothes the appearance and improves the overall texture of the skin. Superior alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) chemically exfoliates the skin by breaking down the substance that binds epidermal cells together, Lactic Acid – Potent AHA that retexturizes the surface of the skin by diminishing the cohesion of surface skin cells and stimulating cell renewal, Azelaic Acid – Offers antibacterial, keratolytic and comedolytic properties: inhibits the growth of bacteria in the hair follicle while normalizing the disordered growth of skin cells and reducing pigment abnormalities in the skin, Green Tea, Willow Bark & Algae Extracts – Reduces inflammation, redness and irritation while providing antioxidant protection, and Polyethylene Buffing Beads – Delivers non-abrasive physical exfoliation by lifting away dead skin cells.

KP Duty dermatologist moisturizing therapy for dry skin ($36.00) – KP Duty is a concentrated moisturizingtreatment with: Glycolic Acid – Powerful skin smoothing AHA, Sodium Glycolate – Glycolic Acid salt, buffered to prevent irritation, Green Tea – Botanical antioxidant powerhouse contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) to soothe and calm the skin, Urea – Dermatologist recommended humectant, Sodium Hyaluronic – Potent hydrating agent Dimethicone – Barrier/occlusive agent – reduces moisture evaporation.
I don’t have KP, but these products really helped my skin which becomes dry and flaky when the weather turns cold.   There is no scent to the products, which is nice. Some lotions have such strong fragrances that they irritate and compete with perfumes. The scrub is so luxurious plus I saw a difference in my skin’s texture after a few uses. The lotion is very thick and moisturizing, but non-greasy, too.
Both products are dermatologist tested & approved, non comedogenic, non irritating, allergy tested, fragrance free, dye free, and pH balanced with  no animal testing.
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