Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fab Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are important in my home.  My kids really look forward to them, and as they get older, it gets more difficult to think of original ideas!

Below is a list of beauty products that will make perfect stocking stuffers.  The smell great, make you look amazing and/or feel good, too!

Jack Black The Balm Squad
Jack Black The Balm Squad

Jack Black The Balm Squad ($25 USD) — includes Mango & Mandarin, Natural Mint & Vanilla, Asian Pear & White Tea and Natural Mint & Shea Butter Lip Balms and is available for $25 at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, ULTA Beauty, and www.GetJackBlack.com

Pearly Wipes ($13 for 12 Individually Wrapped Wipes) — Alleviate everyday damages from coffee and tea stains, bad breath, and other mouth maladies. Pearly Wipes have been created to protect your teeth and freshen your mouth with its peppermint flavor. Use Pearly Wipes after any offending beverage as well as a minty treat after a meal when no toothbrush is in sight.

Wine Wipes ($15 for 12 Individually Wrapped Wipes) — With just one swipe, you can wipe that wine off your smile. Wine Wipes’ orange blossom flavor ensures each wipe won’t ruin your next sip, so go ahead, Wipe that Wine off your smile.

Purchase at http://www.winewipes.com

ello Breath Spray Pink Grapefruit Mint
Hello Breath Spray Pink Grapefruit Mint

Hello Breath Spray Pink Grapefruit Mint ($3.79 USD) — Very refreshing and tasty!  available in Mojito Mint, Pink Grapefruit Mint and Supermint for $3.79.

and is available at Walgreens, Duane Reade, ULTA Beauty, select Targets and Amazon.com.

côte Traveler Gift Set
côte Traveler Gift Set

côte Traveler Gift Set ($38 USD) — this unique côte traveler gift set will allow you to give the gift of perfect nails to anyone this season. This set offers everything you need for a nail touch up or on-the-go color application: two clean and easy non-acetone remover pads (one pad can do all ten nails!), a petit côte nail file for accurate shaping, côte’s versatile strengthening base and top coat, and three luscious côte colors to choose from…nos. 10, 13 & 32. all of this is neatly wrapped up in a beautiful, custom designed, organic cotton zipper pouch. (zipper pouch color may vary.)

Available at http://coteshop.myshopify.com/

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($15 box of 4) — One of a kind spa treatment at home! This soft cotton mask drenches skin with a full bottle of anti-aging serum (0.7 fl. oz.) to boost hydration, smooth fine lines, and restore firmness and bounce to your skin. A refreshing and relaxing experience for radiant and visibly younger skin.

Purchase at http://www.target.com

Senteurs d’Orient Box of 3 Ma’amoul Soaps
Senteurs d’Orient Box of 3 Ma’amoul Soaps

Senteurs d’Orient Box of 3 Ma’amoul Soaps ($43 USD) — Senteurs d’Orient believes that soap should be beautiful and whimsical. With designs inspired by traditional Lebanese pastries of the same name, our Ma’amoul Soap is the perfect hand soap. Each pure vegetal soap is sculpted to take your senses on a luxurious voyage to the world of scents and textures. Fragrances are Orange Blossom, Amber and Rose.

Available at usa.senteursdorient.com

Smooth and Tone Skin For Summer!

I love trying new skin care.  I never know when I am going to find a new favorite.  I also think it’s good to switch things up now and then in my skincare routine.

Below are my new favorites from Intraceuticals, Hada Labo Tokyo, Luzern, Lumene and The Vitamin Shoppe.

What are your current skincare faves?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel ($29 USD) — A lightweight gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Removes impurities, restoring the skin’s natural balance. Primes the skin for optimal results from 3 step hyaluronic layering.

What I think: This is a nice, light cleanser that cleans skin without drying it out.  I think a gel cleanser is perfect for summer as it isn’t heavy on the skin.

Available at http://www.intraceuticals.com

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 Pack of 4) — Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask one of a kind spa treatment at home! 10 minute revitalizing facial. Intense yet gentle infusion of anti-aging ingredients for an immediate boost of hydration and youth restoration. Adheres perfectly to the facial contours for maximum coverage. Suitable for all skin types. Free from parabens, fragrances, dyes and mineral oil. Clinically shown to deliver significant results in 4 weeks: 79% saw improved skin texture & smoothness, 74% saw improved skin elasticity & firmness, 4 Week Clinical Study – Improvement over baseline.

What I think: These are so great!  They are easy to use — just open a pack and smooth the paper mask on your skin.  Then leave it on for 10 minutes and remove.  Leaves skin soft and glowing!

Available at http://www.ulta.com

Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Crème
Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Crème

Luzern Laboratories Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Eye Contour Crème ($90 USD) — This moisture-rich cream unites the latest eye contour-perfecting technology with the cutting-edge formula of Force De Vie Crème Luxe, the anti-aging crème moisturizer that has inspired a cult following. Force De Vie restores the “life force” to skin by optimizing three skin-vital functions: cellular energy, moisture balance, and nutrient utilization for a fresh, healthy-looking, radiant complexion…everyday. Boosts cellular oxygen uptake to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis and promote microcirculation to enhance skin luminosity.

What I think:  This is a gorgeous eye cream!  It is velvety in texture and glides right onto the eye area.  I notice that instantly, the skin around my eye looks more hydrated and smoother.

Purchase at http://www.luzernlabs.com

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21.99 USD) — Instantly brightening. Illuminating. Beautifying. Pore minimizing. Hydrating. Sheer finish. No color. All skin types. Arctic skin science. Wild arctic cloudberry and encapsulated vitamin C. The potent nectar and seed oil of the resilient arctic cloudberry protect and detoxify, while encapsulated vitamin C allows for time-released skin penetration. Additional light reflecting pigments provide instant luminosity. The bioactive combination delivers lasting radiance for bright, smooth skin, protected from the signs of aging. Formulated without parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oil, synthetic colorants. Vitamin C BB serum provides instantly silky soft, visibly more beautiful and brighter skin. Light reflecting pigments help to create flawless, radiant complexion. Gently exfoliates to help clarify the skin and smooth out a rough texture. Helps to minimize pores and keep skin matte.

What I think:  Serum is so important for all skincare regimens.  This not only delivers anti-aging powerhouses like Vitamin C, it gives skin

Available at mass market retailers. Learn more at http://www.lumene.com

The Vitamin Shoppe Moroccan Argan Replenishing Skin Care Oil ($7.99 USD), Balancing, Nurturing, Hydrating. For general skin care dispense small amount of oil into palm of hand. Rub hands together to spread evenly & pat onto face, hair other areas of need. For added benefit mix each pump o oil with 1 to 2 drops of Vitamin Shoppe Essential Oil.

The Vitamin Shoppe Peppermint Essential Oil ($8.49 USD) — The Vitamin Shoppe Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil. Add essential oils to Vitamin Shoppe Carrier oils. Do not apply undiluted oils directly to your skin.

What I think:  I haven’t used a lot of essentials oils, but the cooling property of peppermint oil is touted to improve the dullness of your skin and dry up excess oil.  I have tried Argan oil before and love how hydrating it is for skin and hair.  Both of these products are very affordable and natural!

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

My Beauty Faves Week of March 2-8, 2015

It has been so warm in Kansas City the last couple of days that it feels like Spring!  My skin is still trying to get over the cold and it is so dry!  So I am still loving products that moisturize and get me ready for the longer days ahead! My faves this week include a hydrating facial mask, a velvety eye cream, floss picks that whiten, affordable luxury makeup brushes and a cool light-up lip gloss!

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask
Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask ($14.99 USD) — This sheet mask is the perfect option for a spa treatment at home.  In 10 minutes this mask delivers an immediate boost of hydration using Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin looking smooth and restored. The box included 4 masks! What I think: This hydrating sheet mask is so easy to use.  I just apply it to clean skin and 10 minutes later, I have super soft skin!  And it doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin! Available at http://www.ulta.com

Transformative Eye Crème
Transformative Eye Crème

Volante Transformative Eye Crème ($85 USD) — Supple, lightweight and luxurious, this crème was specifically designed for the delicate eye area. The crème is infused with a new peptide that’s clinically proven to help reduce dark circles, and special light diffusers visibly reduce the appearance of crow’s feet. Independent clinical tests showed that 90% of women reported their eyes instantly felt more refreshed, with more than 80% of women reporting that their eyes looked and felt healthier with fewer lines after four weeks of use. With a blend of 7 VITAE, this crème will leave your skin smooth, refreshed and younger-looking. What I think: This is such a luxe eye cream — it instantly smoothes my skin and it helps me look wide awake, even when I’m not!  It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly. Available at www.VolanteSkincare.com

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks
DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks

DenTek Fresh & White Silky Whitening Floss Picks ($2.47 USD for 75) — The FIRST and ONLY floss picks on the market that provide advanced whitening with micro-crystals, to polish away food and plaque and promote a whiter, brighter smile! They feature Gentle Silk Floss for easy cleaning between tight teeth and have a built-in tongue cleaner to keep breath fresh.

What I think:  These are so good for cleaning in between all teeth (even my recent crown).  They also really freshen my breath. Plus, they are very affordable! DenTek has a wide range of oral hygiene products such as Floss Picks + Travel Case ($1.50 for 2ct) and DenTek Interdental Cleaners ($4.49).

Available at Walmart stores.

Makeup Academy Pro Brushes
Makeup Academy Pro Brushes

Makeup Academy’s premium brush collection, the perfect accessories to create flawless makeup looks easily and affordably! Innovatively designed with a mix of natural and synthetic fibers for use across face, eyes and lips, the 15 brushes feature precision-cut heads and sleek, gunmetal finishes and are now What I think:  I love these brushes!  They are very luxe and affordable! I have tried the Pro BB/CC Cream Brush ($18), which diffuses cream over the skin to create a feather-light,  no-makeup finish, the Pro Smudger/Detailer Brush ($8) with a dome shape ideal for blending out a dark smoky eye, and the Pro Point Liner Brush ($10) is uniquely shaped to achieve a precise cat-eye, without hands or fingers getting in the way. Available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy and http://www.cvs.com/muapro

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama
Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Sugar Mama ($24 USD) — A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. A deliciously pale pink gloss that will be an essential for all of our girly girls out there. Wear it alone or top your favorite nude lipstick to create the perfect wash of color. What I think: This color is so pretty and soft, perfect for natural day looks or at night with a dramatic eye.  And the lid of the gloss has a mirror and it lights up when opened — so fun! Available at http://www.gerardcosmetics.com What are you loving this week?

Prepare Your Skin For The Warmer Days Ahead — Plus A Hada Labo Tokyo Giveaway!

Time to place the focus on your skin.  Now that the weather is warmer, I tend to wear less makeup because a full face of creams, primers, foundations etc. feels heavy and can melt right off in the heat and humidity.  So skin has to looks great!

I have been testing great products sent to me for my honest review.  These products have been helping hydrate my skin while making my pores look smaller!

Also, get ready for a FAB giveaway from Hada Labo Tokyo!  Good Luck!

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble

Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Cleansing Bubble ($32 USD) — This mild formula contains a duo of bubble mechanisms to help tighten and unclog pores while removing dead skin cells and controlling excess oil. The result is brighter, firmer, deeply purified skin without irritation or dryness.

What I think: Such a fantastic product (and line)!  This fun cleanser bubbles the dirt and gunk right out of your pores.  After use, my skin is cleaner and my pores seem smaller, plus my skin is nicely hydrated!

Learn more at us.drjart.com/products and purchase at http://www.sephora.com.

Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum
Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum

Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21.99 USD) — This ultra-lightweight, pore minimizing, colorless serum contains light-reflecting pigments that add an instant glow to your complexion. The sheer finish Vitamin C BB Serum is completely free of harmful parabens and synthetic colorants, giving your skin only what it really needs!

What I think:  This is an affordable, but very effective serum.  It has the consistency of a light cream, but absorbs right into the skin and does not leave it greasy at all.  It also leaves a subtle glow.  I have noticed that my skin looks smoother, and used after my Dr. Jarts+ cleanser, my pores are very small indeed!

Available at CVS, CVS.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, and Dermstore.com. 

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream
Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream ($19.95 USD) — Most creams and lotions have key ingredients that create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock in moisture to maintain a healthy pH balance of 5.5. For optimum moisture, slather on Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream immediately after cleansing or a hot shower, before the skin cools and your pores begin to close.

What I think: My skin is becoming very sensitive as I age.  I love using sensitive skin products that have great anti-aging benefits.  This cream is awesome at night as it hydrates as I sleep.  I love that it doesn’t irritate my skin at all!

Available at SebamedUSA.com.

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion
Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion ($17.99 USD) —  Combines broad spectrum sunscreen with Super Hyaluronic Acid™ to replenish moisture and protect skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure. Helps strengthen skin’s resistance to signs of premature aging. Gentle formula leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth and protected.

I am giving away TWO full-sized Protecting Day Lotions.  Just leave a comment and I will enter you in the drawing.  I will choose TWO winners on Friday May 30th.  Open to United States residents only.  GOOD LUCK!

Enjoy!

Help Your Skin Glow This Fall With Products by Hada Labo Tokyo, Taut, Amarte and Intraceuticals

When the weather gets colder, it is so important to really take care of the skin before it becomes dry and dull.

There aer so many different types of products that you can use to help the skin glow. I have been sent the products below to review for my honest opinion.  These products run the gamut from cleansers, moisturizers, eye gels, masks and even a collagen drink.

Use one or combine them for perfect, glowing skin!

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser
Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser

Intraceuticals Opulence Brightening Cleanser ($49 1.69 fl. oz. USD) A gently foaming cleanser to thoroughly cleanse, lift away impurities and leave skin soft, clean and bright.

What I think:  This cleanser is very gentle on the skin.  Lots of cleansers leave my sensitive skin red, but this does not.  It also doesn’t dry my skin out after use.

Purchase at www.intraceuticals.com/us/products

Amarte Wonder Cream
Amarte Wonder Cream

Amarte Wonder Cream ($79  2.7 fl. oz) — A refined skin treatment used to restore and nourish precious, delicate skin. Retinol and nutrient-rich, the advanced Korean formula therapeutically and gently diminishes freckles and sunspots, reduces lines and wrinkles and lovingly exfoliates for a supple, translucent complexion. Formulated with unique ingredients like caviar extract, pearl powder, and mushroom emollient, Wonder Cream revitalizes the skin with minerals and protects against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.

What I think: I like to use this moisturizer at night after a serum.  It is a great overnight treatment.  It can also be used in the day time before SPF.  This is very gentle on the skin and really makes skin look bright.

Available at www.amarteskincare.com

Hada Lado Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18
Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18

Hada Labo Tokyo Protecting Day Lotion SPF 18 ($17.99 USD 1.7 fl. oz) —
Combines broad spectrum sunscreen with Super Hyaluronic Acid™ to replenish moisture and protect skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure. Helps strengthen skin’s resistance to signs of premature aging. Gentle formula leaves skin feeling comfortable, smooth and protected.

What I think:  This is an excellent day moisturizer.  It has sunscreen built in, eliminating a step in your skin care routine.  Asian skincare is hot right now, and this one is very affordable!

Learn more at and purchase at www.ulta.com

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel
Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel ($125 USD) An ultra concentrated gel hydrator with double the concentration of hyaluronic acid, specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. Ultimate hydration and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

What I think: I usually use eye creams, so this gel is a nice change of pace.  It instantly cools and hydrates my eye area. After use for a few days, I noticed that the skin under my eyes looked smoother and a lot less puffy.  I am hoping with use over time, it will help with my dark circles.

Available at www.intraceuticals.com/us/products

Taut Collagen Mask
Taut Collagen Mask

Taut Collagen Mask ($50 for 5 masks) — LAC Taut Collagen Mask is a luxurious, high-intensity facial mask that helps revitalize skin.  Achieving a smooth, moist and radiant complexion has never been easier.

Manufactured in Japan, this mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin. With a unique blend of hydrolyzed collagen, squalene, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, this intensive mask penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion.

What I think: This is a very hydrating mask.  I put it on a day that I wasn’t wearing makeup and it left my skin soft, but a little sticky at first. It took about an hour for the serum on the mask to really sink in.  I suggest use at night.

Available for purchase at www.renewalliance.com/store.

Single_bottle

Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula ($110 for 8 bottles) –Unique and powerful liquid collagen beauty formula from Japan to improve skin elasticity, firmness and hydration.  Each 1.7 fl oz contains the highest concentration – 13 grams – RDS* (Rapid Delivery System) premium Type(I) hydrolyzed marine collagen infused with anti-aging ingredients to restore your skin’s natural radiance and help reduce the signs of aging.

What I think:  I have recently taken my first bottle of this.  I took it at night and have been directed to take one a night for 8 nights.  The taste is a pleasant orange flavor.  If I do see results from this in a few weeks, I will report back.  This is also supposed to help with health and growth of hair and nails!

Available for purchase at www.renewalliance.com/store.

Enjoy!