Holiday Gift Guides — Last Minute Natural Beauty Gifts

Hi all!  I’m back with one of my final gift guides this season.  This one focuses on natural skincare and bath and body products.  I love to give products that are so good for us and smell and work amazing!

Here’s a few great brands to choose from:

With a variety of safe, natural products from Garner’s Garden, everyone can live the naturally healthy lifestyle they deserve. Keep your skin healthy and glowing with a variety of body products from Garner’s Garden! I received some  products to review and these are my favorites — plus they all would make great gifts:

Body Butter in Lavender ($15.99 for 10 oz) — This is the most luxurious whipped body butter on the market that you can purchase. Not only does it provide moisture to your skin, but because it is made with beeswax, it will lock moisture into your skin all day long! The body butter is an official product in the Fall 2019 BE KIND. by ellen subscription box.

DIY Detox Face Mask ($5.99 USD) — The DIY detox face mask is made with pure detoxifying bentonite clay, mineralizing kaolin clay, and activated charcoal. It is very simple to use, add three scoops to a plastic or glass container and mix with water until it becomes smooth – then add your favorite ingredient(s) based on your skin type and situation. It is very simple to use this powerful detox mask!

Natural Body Oil in a pack of Citrus, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  ($12.99 USD) — This natural body oil has a variety of scents and aromas that will please all of your senses. Each natural body oil includes ingredients such as, rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba, and vitamin E oil that will serve as a moisturizing blend that not only softens the skin but also rejuvenates the natural glow.

Available at https://garnersgarden.com/

Cannabliss Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set
Cannabliss Organic Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set

While many CBD products on the market use cloned cannabis plants which weaken hemp oil’s consistency, Cannabliss Organic takes a “seed to face” approach. They only use certified organic plants grown from seed to harvest each year while using the entire plant to extract the oil. The end result is a highly concentrated form of CBD that provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties far more powerful than vitamins C and E. The brand takes their products one step further blending this full spectrum CBD oil with ancient Korean herbs to help the CBD absorb better. Cannabliss doesn’t use any water, chemicals or preservatives in their formulas. The brand uses an airless pump to keep liquids safe from oxidation and bacteria so your favorite skincare essential stays shelf stable. Rooted in everything natural, all products are packaged in eco-friendly PET plastic.

Moisturizing Lotion + Revitalizing Serum Gift Set ($185 USD) — Give glow! This Cannabliss Organic gift set, Beauty is Bliss, contains 50ml age-defying Moisturizing Face Lotion and 30ml Revitalizing Face Serum. Certified vegan. Gentle enough for all skin types.

Purchase at https://cannablissorganic.com/ and Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s and other boutique retailers nationwide as well as the Four Season spa in Beverly Hills and the Waldorf Astoria spa in Orlando.

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nyl Skincare

nylÂŽ skincare focuses as much on what is not in the products as what is, and have found ways to leave the bad stuff out, leaving only the natural active ingredients in. nyl products are free of man-made chemicals, toxins, parabens, animal products and petroleum products. Everything they make is vegan (we don’t use beeswax), never tested on animals, gluten-free, and contains organic ingredients.

Available at https://www.nylskincare.com/

Glitter Skincare Holiday Slay
Sunshine & Glitter Holiday Slay

Glitter just makes everything better, including sunscreen! New this year, Sunshine & Glitter is thrilled to announce an entire Reef Safe Biodegradable Glitter sunscreen line! Yaaass! Sunshine & Glitter have something for everyone this season including the already viral Mermaid SeaStar Sparkle. This gorgeous sunscreen is already flying off the shelves and has everyone bringing out their inner sparkling sea diva with mermaid iridescent turquoise glitter that’s eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Above is the Holiday Slay Moisturizing Gold Glitter Body Gel Warm Sugar Cookie Scent 9 oz bottle ($18.95 USD) — Infused with antioxidants and essential nutrients, this magical lotion will leave your skin feeling radiant. PABA & paraben-free.  Shake well, apply liberally onto skin & glitter on! For external use only. Moisturizing potion with gold glitter. Made with love in the USA.


Do you like to use natural products and/or give them as gifts?  Which brands are your favorites?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Gummies, Gadgets and Games, Oh My!

Hi all! I’m back with a short gift guide for people who may be hard to find gifts for.

I have a few products here that might be just the thing for those friends and family members who would like something different:

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IT’SUGAR Cocktail Flavored Gummi Bears Gift Set($49.99 USD) — Now Serving! Level-up your candy game with our exclusive Beary Buzzed gift set filled with cocktail flavored gummy bears! Sure to get the party started, this gift set includes 8 5oz. bags in Mudslide, Strawberry Daiquiri, Rum and Coke, Margarita, Pina Colada, Maple Bourbon, Mimosa, and Cosmopolitan flavors. Does not contain alcohol.

IT’SUGAR has a ton of great gift ideas here.

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For this one, I thought I would show the photo that shows what the item does.  This is the PSO-RITE self-massager.  Its patented design mimics the hand and elbow of a deep-tissue massage therapist and is used to release aches, pains and tightness in the neck, hips, shoulders, back, knees,  and more!   It can be used virtually anywhere from home to office, in waiting rooms or on the seat of a car.

This holiday season, the PSO-RITE also offers a perfect stocking stuffer portable version, the PSO-MINI.  Designed to replicate two fingers or the thumb, it works deep into muscles and can be used on sensitive areas including the temples and jaws, back of neck, elbows and the bottom of feet.

Off Topic Card Game - for Those Slightly Off

Off Topic Card Game – for Those Slightly Off ($29.99)

  • CREATIVITY RULES: Off Topic is a fun board game that gets the brain juices flowin’ and stirs up some hilarious conversations. Creative White Elephant / Secret Santa Gift Ideas!
  • HOW TO PLAY: Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. Flip the sand timer and you’re off! Race against time to write down answers for each topic that begin with the letter rolled.
  • DEFEND YOUR ANSWERS: Coming up with answers is only part of the game. Debating answers with your friends and family is where the real fun happens!
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX?! Each game box comes with everything you need for endless rounds of fun: a 20-sided die, 16 game cards, 8 white boards, 10 dry erase markers, and a 2 minute sand timer.
  • FAST PACED FUN: The perfect adult party game to play with 2-8 players. Those who have short attentions spans (read: everyone). The pace is quick, the rules are simple, and games can be as quick as 30 minutes, or as fun as 90 minutes!

I hope you liked this quick gift guide and got some ideas!  What fun gifts are you giving this year?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Thoughtful Gifts To Give This Year

Hi All! I hope you are having a great weekend! I’m back with another gift guide the focuses on a few items that you may not have thought about gifting — but that someone in your life may really love!

I was sent the following items for my honest review:

 

I have severe pollen and dog allergies (and we have a Great Dane), so I was excited to try these.  And they both work so well.  Our air is so much cleaner and we can tell when the quality is low and we need to use the air purifier or to open a window.

IQAir Atem 5 in 1 Personal Air Purifier ($399 USD).  It comes in white or black. It is perfect for a bedside, on a desk, in a nursery, in a car or in a hotel room.  Atem 5 in 1 is the most versatile air purifier on the market, and it has won two awards including the TWICE VIP award and the GIA Innovation award. Atem is perfect for those concerned about poor air quality because air quality affects everything from mental health to beauty.

IQAir AirVisual Pro ($269 USD) is also a great gift for anyone who is concerned about the health and well-being of themselves and their families.  The AirVisual Pro gives air quality readings and also actionable information about how to improve your air quality, whether it is a good idea to exercise outdoors, an air quality forecast, as well as temperature and humidity readings.  AirVisual Pro is accompanied by the AirVisual App, the most popular air quality App in the world, which allows the monitoring of outdoor air quality as well as indoor air quality regardless of where the user is.

These have really helped my families air quality!  They can be purchased at IQAir.com or Amazon.

A great idea for those who are into healthy skin, hair and joints are NeoCell products:

NeoCell Super Collagen ($16.95 for 7 oz) — Nourish your skin from within, with Super Collagen Powder. Benefits: Healthy Skin, Hair, Nails & Joint support. Supports healthy collagen formation.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 1 & 3. Advanced manufacturing process called hydrolysis breaks down large collagen molecules into small peptides.
How to Use: Collagen Drink. Dissolve one scoop daily in 8 oz. glass of water, orange juice or your favorite beverage. For best results, drink on an empty stomach.

NeoCell Joint Bursts ($19.95 for 30 Chews) —  Power up and boost your body on the go, with convenient Joint Bursts.
Benefits: Joint Health. Joint specific collagen that contains key components for joint cartilage support.
Ingredients: Collagen Type 2, Hyaluronic Acid, Turmeric. These three-powerhouse ingredients work together to provide joint support.
How to Use: Collagen Chews. Enjoy one chew daily for comprehensive joint support.

Purchase at https://www.neocell.com/

FACTORFIVE Eye Lash Cream
FACTORFIVE Eye Lash Cream

FACTORFIVE Eye/Lash Cream ($145 USD) — Putting on fake lashes can be a hassle at times and it’s something a lot of women will be doing for holiday parties and New Years in the next few months. Now you can put down the glue, tweezers and falsies because Stanford scientists have discovered how to stimulate thicker, longer lash growth. They’ve created FACTORFIVE, a patent-pending skincare lines that captures growth factors, polypeptide complexes and cytokines from adult stem cells harvested from fat tissues to create an eyelash cream that will generate a 15% increase in eyelash volume and a 23% increase in length in four weeks.

Growth factors help replenish a more youthful-looking eye area, where biotin and redensyl work together to quickly and safely enhance your lashes and brows. Plus, FACTORFIVE will NOT change the color of your eyes and is formulated to absorb quickly, leaving your eyes free of unnecessary irritation.

Available at factorfiveskin.com


Are you planning on gifting any of these items?  What’s on your wish list this year?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Makeup and Skincare Sets

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I’m doing some home remodeling today, anyone want to help me remove old wallpaper?  No?  I do not blame you!

I’ve included sets from Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Laneige and Farsali.  I love these products and these they would make amazing gifts for the skincare and makeup junkie in your life!

Milk Makeup MVPs

MILK MAKEUP MVPs, $45 ($109 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.com, sephora.com & 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • DELUXE KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with conditioning cannabis seed oil, heart-shaped fibers and pure pigments for clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI HYDRO GRIP PRIMER: Primer with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract to hydrate and blue agave extract to grip makeup for all-day hold.
  • MINI COOLING WATER: Cooling, under-eye-de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.
  • MINI WATERMELON BRIGHTENING SERUM: Solid serum with Swiss garden cress sprout extract to brighten and watermelon fruit extract to hydrate for more even skin tone and texture.
  • GLOW OIL LIP + CHEEK – (GLIMMER – mauve shimmer): Shimmering, sheer multi-use lip + cheek with rice bran oil to hydrate for a lit-from-within glow.
  • MINI HIGHLIGHTER – (BLITZED – rose gold): Dewy, multi-use highlighter with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for an everyday glow.
  • MINI BRONZER – (BAKED – bronze): Creamy, multi-use bronzer stick with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for a sun-kissed glow.Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set
Milk Makeup TRIPLE THE KUSH, $25 ($41 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.com, sephora.com and 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with thickening heart-shaped fibers, conditioning cannabis oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI KUSH CLEAR BROW GEL (HYDRO – clear): Clear brow gel with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to tame and set brow hair without stiffness or flaking.
  • MINI KUSH LIP BALM (GREEN DRAGON – clear): Hydrating, soothing daily balm with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to soften lips and improve texture.

Milk Makeup is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free

 

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Duo

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights Duo ($24 USD) — This limited edition kit includes two of our long wearing liquid glimmer eyeshadows. Wear solo or on top of eye shadow for an instant sparkle effect. Kit includes Liquid Fairy Lights in BareBrilliance & SunRay.

I really recommend these.  I have the BareBrilliance shade and it’s gorgeous!

Pixi Best of Tonics

Pixi Beauty Best of Tonics ($22 USD) — Discover 3 of our cult status skin tonics! Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturizer. Kit contains: Deluxe travel sizes of Rose Tonic, Glow Tonic, and Vitamin-C Tonic.

Pixi products are available at pixibeauty.com

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Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set ($25, $33 value) — Skin Goals contains four mini versions of FARSÁLI faves. Skintune Blur blurs, Unicorn Essence primes, Rose Gold Elixir hydrates, and Volcanic Elixir soothes.

This Set Contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Rose Gold Elixir – 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Volcanic Elixir Polynesian Beauty Oil

Just to let you know, these are tiny.  You only get a few uses with each little bottle.  You can buy a mini of most of these for $22 each, and it’s about twice the amount of product.  So if I like one of these, I might purchase a mini.

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Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set ($28 USD) —  A sweet midnight treat for your lips—indulge yourself in this Lip Sleeping Mask trio featuring two limited-edition flavors. Craving a berry cocktail, minty rush, or a sweet candy treat? Choose the Lip Sleeping Mask flavor that best fits your mood. A formula that’s both rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, with Moisture Wrap™ technology that coats lips in a protective film. Apply it before bed to lock in essential moisture and wake up with soft, supple lips.

I use these before bed, but also in the daytime, too.  They are really great lip balms!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my gift guides this year.  And there’s more to come!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Hair and Bath Gifts

Hi all! Here’s another amazing holiday beauty gift guide!

Today I have some cool gift sets for hair care and body care.  There’s some wonderful travel kits, but each brand has larger sets as well.  You can check out the websites listed for more sets for each brand.

Here are my suggestions for those who love trying new hair and bath products:

R+Co Big Trip Set

R+Co BIG TRIP Set ($45, Value: $64 USD) – This travel set includes your must-haves for a voluminous mane no matter the destination – DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Size, OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray Travel Size and RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam Travel Size.

Purchase at RandCo.com

 

Seen Travel Kit

SEEN Travel Kit ($29 USD) – A customizable trio of travel-sized favorites for great hair and skin on-the-go. SEEN is a dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic hair line formulated to keep your skin and hair breakout-free Choose your combination of Skin-Caring Shampoo, Skin-Caring Conditioner and Skin-Caring Blow-Out Creme, packaged in a canvas travel pouch.

Available at HelloSEEN.com

Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set

Oribe Côte d’Azur Body Travel Set ($25; Value: $35) – Upgrade bath time on-the-go. Lather and luxuriate in Oribe Bodycare collection. Infused with Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Wash gently cleanses skin while adding silky softness. The Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Creme blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam & starflower oils and shea butter smooths, softens while delivering the deepest hydration.

Purchase at oribe.com and luxury stores such as Nordstrom and Beautylish.

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Joanna Vargas The Ritual Kit ($47, Value: $52; available at JoannaVargas.com) – This kit includes two of Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas’ holy-grail and celebrity-loved products for a complete head-to-toe detox and exfoliation. Begin each morning with a Ritual Brush dry brush session then cleanse with the green tea Ritual Bar.

Available at shop.joannavargas.com


Have you started shopping yet?  I’m getting ready to. I’m hoping I find some good deals this year!

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Books for Gifting

Hi all, I’m back with another gift guide.  This time it’s books!

I have put together a list of fun books that make great gifts.  I love to give and receive books, they are so much fun! Read on to get some ideas!

Just Peachy

Just Peachy by Belinda Smith-Sullivan ($ 14.49 Hardcover, $10.99 Kindle) — Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan, granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, is the go-to resource for everything peaches. Not only does she provide perfect peach recipes, but she also has information about the variety of peaches, history, growing and growers, as well as festivals. There are approximately 70 recipes for breads, breakfasts, appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, desserts, peach pies, sauces, preserves and condiments, and drinks in this beautifully photographed cookbook.

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A Baker’s Passport: Recipes for Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics. (Original-Fourth Edition) ($39.99) — Travel the world with A Baker’s Passport, a road trip of baking classics in their homelands. With over 225 sweet and savory recipes and lively photographs, Pastry Chef Susie Norris takes you on a tour of regional baking through the world’s great culinary capitals. This technique-driven baking book for home cooks offers well-tested recipes for classics like Quiche Lorraine, Black Forest Cake, Moon Cakes, and Creme BrĂťlĂŠe. A Baker’s Passport, based on the award-winning culinary travel blog, FoodMarketGypsy.com, brings stories of the world’s great baking traditions home to you.

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The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons Three & Four by Tara Bennett ($31.49 hardback and $) — From its very first episode, the Outlander TV series transported its viewers back in time, taking us inside Diana Gabaldon’s beloved world. From the Scottish Highlands to the courts of Versailles to the shores of America, Jamie and Claire’s epic adventure is captured in gorgeous detail.

Now travel even deeper into the world of Outlander with this must-have insider guide from New York Times bestselling author and television critic Tara Bennett. Picking up where The Making of Outlander: Seasons One & Two left off, this lavishly illustrated collectors’ item covers seasons three and four, bringing readers behind the scenes and straight onto the set of the show. You’ll find exclusive interviews with cast members, including detailed conversations with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (on-screen couple and real-life friends), as well as the writers, producers, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more whose hard work and cinematic magic bring the world of Outlander to life on the screen.

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Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes by Charles Phoenix ($19.39) — You’re invited to celebrate America’s favorite seasonal traditions like never before. Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix mixes and mingles spectacular vintage Kodachrome slides of New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with his eye-popping, original recipes for epic edible centerpieces and party pleasers from his colorful Test Kitchen―including his legendary Cherpumple creation! Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your holiday spirit to soar!

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Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life by Marc Silber ($13.38 paperback and $10.49 Kindle) — Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!

Time for a new mindset. Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life―a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you.

Live a more creative life. People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap into this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life.

Find your creative purpose. Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think. Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, shows you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in Create are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression.

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It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful by Kate Allan ($13.41) — Step into a state of mindfulness: Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan (known through her remarkably popular Tumblr blog as “The Latest Kate”) urges us to be mindful of our mentality.

Work through anxiety and depression with the help of enlightening words: Allan, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In this book, she provides the personal kind of encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts, can help readers sort through and express their feelings.

Practice self-love through self-care: Kate Allan’s creative journal meets us where we are―in the midst of the feelings that say we’re not enough, we can’t handle this life, we won’t make it. Her whimsical art and simple words lift trampled spirits and combat thoughts that lead us to believe our weirdness makes us weak. Young and old, we are encouraged to love ourselves exactly as we are.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guides 2019 — Beauty Tools

Hi all!  It’s time for my Holiday Gift Guides, and this is my first one of the year!

Also, check out my Instagram in the next couple of days for pics of some of these gifts. It’s fortyflirtyfab.  If you’d like to follow me, I’d be happy to follow back!

Here are some great beauty tools in a range of prices:

Beauty Junkees Sample Set Makeup Sponges – 6pc ($20) — Say bye-bye to blotchy or rough skin and hello to your new go-to tools. Stock your makeup kit like a pro with this set of six bestselling makeup sponge blenders. Blend your foundation, your concealer, cream contour, your BB cream, or your skin care products flawlessly for a fresh and beautiful look no matter what!

Beauty Junkees Basic Eye Makeup Brush Set ($15 USD) — Your eyes have better things to do than be weighed down by heavy shadow. Let your beautiful eyes shine with a simple and refreshing pop of eye makeup that doesn’t overpower your natural beauty. This eye brush kit includes all the brushes you need for a simple, yet expertly-applied, eye look that is sure to wow.

  • Pack, Blend, Buff & Smudge
  • Perfect Brush Set to Use with Beauty Junkees Eyeshadow Quads
  • Professional Quality Affordable Makeup Tools
  • Valued at $40 if purchased separately

Purchase these sets and more at https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case ($75, $192.50 Value) — Experience how great brushes give you great-looking skin with Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case! This limited-edition set includes 5 essential full-size, ultra-plush makeup brushes for your face and eyes—plus a bonus travel case that carries them in style. Featuring award-winning Heavenly Luxe cruelty-free hair and custom-cut shapes, these skin-loving brushes are designed to do the work for you to deliver your most flawlessly airbrushed results and the experience of your most beautiful you every time!

Set Includes:

  • Effortless Powder Brush
  • Effortless Blush Brush
  • Effortless Foundation Brush
  • Effortless Precision Brush
  • Effortless Dual-Ended Shadow Brush
  • Luxe Travel Case

Available at https://www.itcosmetics.com/

Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag
Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag

Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag ($20 USD) Like a little black box, there’s a surprise waiting for you – discover which BeautyblenderÂŽ (one of two shades) is hidden inside this mystery ornament. Additionally, you’ll get a limited-edition BlendercleanserÂŽ SolidÂŽ Gemstone Cleanser to keep your blender in prime condition. This duo is irresistible for any makeup lover and so cute to open on the ‘gram.

Purchase at beautyblender.com


I hope you enjoyed my first  gift guide of the year! There’s many more to come!

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today, it’s definitely spring!

I have another Mother’s Day Gift guide for you! These are items that I love and think will make great gifts:

 

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This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps (www.southoffrancebodycare.com). They’re kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe to create a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized. And she can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.

I received some of their newest scents to try — Glazed Apricots, Violet Bouquet, and Cherry Blossom.  They are all very fresh and sweet, so nice for spring.  My favorite is Cherry Blossom, but my family loves all of them.

You can find South of France products in natural and grocery stores nationwide.  Check their website here for locations.

 

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Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance

I of course had to include some of my favorite Philisophy products as they make amazing gifts for moms!

Philosophy Pure Grace Desert Summer Spray Fragrance ($50 for 2 oz) a desert summer’s allure can only be described as original, illuminating…extraordinary. we’ve tried to capture the unexpectedly intense beauty of this uniquely wild climate to bring you pure grace desert summer perfume. freesia, ozone, star jasmine and cool cactus blossom meet in a breathtaking blend of fresh florals, anchored by pink clay, blonde woods and musk for a truly special experience. summer is fleeting, but its free spirit lives on and on.

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set
Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set

Philosophy Amazing Grace 3-Piece Eau de Toilette Set this exclusive giftable collection includes 3 ways to enjoy the beautifully crafted, universally loved franchise. the experience opens with the award-winning shampoo, bath & shower gel featuring a rich, grace-infused lather that leaves skin and hair clean, soft and delicately scented. next, a nourishing treatment of firming body lotion conditions and moisturizes as it tones, for skin that feels pampered and renewed. a finishing spritz of perfume will accompany her through the day with grace.

  • 8 oz amazing grace shampoo, bath & shower gel
  • 2 oz amazing grace eau de toilette perfume
  • 8 oz firming body lotion

Amazing Grace is one of my favorite fragrances.  This is such a pretty set! Philosophy products are available at http://www.philosophy.com

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette ($49 USD) These 12 all-new shades include of-the-moment soft mattes and sizzling metallics, ranging from creamy ivory and shimmering rose gold to the most intense black cherry. We’re addicted to Bing—a deep mauve matte that is right on trend. And we can’t get enough of Drunk Dial, a shimmery metallic burgundy that takes smoky looks to a smoldering climax. Adorned with a row of metallic cherries, the crimson compact includes a full-size mirror and double-sided brush—ready for precision application on one end and seamless blending on the other.

Shades included:

  • Hot Spot (ivory matte)
  • Caution (soft neutral beige matte)
  • Bang Bang (shimmering pink with gold shift and iridescent micro-sparkle)
  • Feelz (soft dusty rose matte)
  • Juicy (soft warm peach)
  • Turn On (pale metallic rose shimmer)
  • Ambitious (metallic rose copper)
  • Bing (deep mauve matte)
  • Devilish (reddish plum matte)
  • Young Love (metallic cranberry)
  • Drunk Dial (deep metallic burgundy)
  • Privacy (deep brownish-plum matte)

Urban Decay is 100% cruelty-free. Available at http://www.urbandecay.com, Sephora and Ulta.

 

BREVENA Basics Pack
BREVENA Basics Pack

BREVENA Basics Pack ($178 USD) — contains bestselling products to get your skin smooth, healthy, and hydrated! Enjoy a full size Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream, and a deluxe travel size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair.

Pack contains:

Daily Hydration Moisturizer    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($79 Value)

Restore & Hydrate Overnight Cream    2 FL. OZ. / 60 ML ($89 Value)

*may have blue OR white lid

Travel Size Intensive Foot & Heel Repair    0.5 FL. OZ. / 15 ML ($20 Value)

Purchase at shop.brevena.com


Have you done your Mother’s Day shopping yet?  Any beauty gifts on your shopping list?

 

Amazon Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide

Hi all! It’s May! I hope you are excited for a new month. I am.  I love the warmer weather in the spring.

And on top of that, Mother’s Day is next weekend!  It’s time to get our shopping done. Amazon has great beauty products that make wonderful gifts.  Here’s some fab gift ideas for the special mom (or mother figure) in your life:

Crepe Erase Advanced
Crepe Erase Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment

Crepe Erase Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment ($65, Amazon.com) – Be the reason your mom sleeps her way to better-looking skin. CrĂŠpe Erase’s exclusive TruFirm Complex helps to visibly smooth and firm fine lines and wrinkles, restoring elasticity, while echinacea extract works with a blend of 9 Super Hydrators to visibly plump and soothe tired-looking skin. She will be delighted to wake up to perfectly balanced, radiant-looking skin that looks and feels years younger. Don’t just take our word; in a clinical study 90% of women said their skin looked more youthful.

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow
WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow

WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow ($19, Amazon.com) —           Long-lasting creamy eyeshadow sticks that offer all the color payoff without the fuss or fallout are perfect for the mom on the move. Formulated with soothing, smoothing ingredients like Castor Oil, Silk, and Aloe Vera to ensure the result is lightweight and comfortable, the sticks are Water-poof, sweat-proof, and transfer-proof – lasting all day without smudging! Available in 8 neutral, super-wearable shades (for all skin tones) with just enough shimmer for everyday wear.

Vervan Relaxing Healing Balm
Vervan Relaxing Healing Balm

Vervan Relaxing Organic Healing Balm ($18, Amazon.com)  This multi-purpose balm can be used as a body lotion, hand moisturizer, natural chap stick and more! Enriched with a blend of Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils, this 100% natural anti-stress balm will give your mom the mind peace and relaxation she needs. Enriched with 31% Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, and Grapefruit to hydrate and soften skin. What’s best: like all Vervan products, it is cruelty free and comes in recyclable packaging.

nĂźgg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask
nĂźgg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask

nĂźgg Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask ($17.09, Amazon.com)– This charcoal face mask helps blackhead removal and promotes a clear, even skin look with less oil and shine without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry. It features a unique, gel-mud texture that will help detoxify and clarify her skin without stripping it of moisture and while soothing it at the same time. The natural tea tree scent is refreshing and promotes an authentic at home spa experience.

Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Mask
Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Mask

Ethique Boost Hair Mask  Amazon.com) — – Ideal for the mom who is looking for luxurious condition and shine, all while staying true to her eco-friendly roots. Created for all hair types (including oily), it’s a great treatment to add in to her routine. It contains baobab and jojoba protein, which both retain moisture in the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle, adding shine. Baobab also adds elasticity and strength to hair, reducing breakage. Boost has a sweet citrus scent with lime, lemongrass, mandarin and vanilla oils.


Do you have any other great Amazon-sold beauty product recommendations?  Let me know!