Holiday Gift Guide — Fab Beauty Sets!

It’s not quite last minute, but if you are still shopping, there are so many amazing beauty gifts to give this year!  Gifts for skin, hair and body will make your fave beauty junkie ecstatic!

These are all so wonderful, and fairly affordable, so shop away!

Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi ($14.99 USD) –You don’t have to set a whole day aside for a little bit of well-deserved pampering. Treat hands and feet to soothing Peppermint Foot Lotion, hydrating Ultimate Care Hand Cream, and restorative Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Comes complete with an ecoTools footbrush and pumice.

Kissable Color ($9.99 USD) –That perfect, magical holiday kiss. It could be just around the corner! Help someone you love be ready for it with our Kissable Color gift set: a trio of lip-nourishing, 100% natural Lip Shimmer shades in warm or cool collections.

Best of Burt’s Bees ($14.99 USD) –We’re putting our best foot forward. And our best hand. And our best fingernails. It’s all in one place with this sweet little gift set: Coconut Foot Cream, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. And with that collectible box, wrapping is practically optional.

Purchase these and so many more gorgeous, affordable sets at http://www.burtsbees.com and tons of stores near you.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Collection ($45 USD) –A seven piece collection featuring NEW, limited edition, Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters perfect for the holiday season. It includes 7 Travel Size Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters, 59mL/2 fl oz, in: Gingerbread Vanilla, Sweet Buttercream, Vanilla Pine, Honeysuckle Vanilla, Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus, and Unscented.

Josie Maran Glowing Argan Oil Skincare Essentials ($36 USD) — Experience optimized, radiant skin with these glowing Argan Oil essentials. Delicately spray Nirvana Hydrating Treatment Mist on freshly cleansed skin to soften, plump, and revitalize skin. Immediately follow by pressing Josie’s bestselling 100% Pure Argan Oil into skin for a deeply nourishing hydration that replenishes, balances, and protects skin. Finish your skin care routine with Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm: the first ever antiaging skin care finisher and makeup primer in one.

Purchase at Sephora stores, Sephora.com and http://www.josiemaran.com

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Body Boom
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Body Boom

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Body Boom (55 USD) — Start your day the Brazilian way with the nourishing, rich lather of the NEW Brazilian 4 Play Nourishing Shower Cream-Gel and the fast-absorbing, all-over body cream that tightens and smoothes like no other, Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Both are infused with Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Beauty Blend of nourishing Cupuaçu Butter, antioxidant superpower AçaĂ­ and skin conditioning Coconut Oil, and with the addictive Pistachio Caramel fragrance.  You will look, feel and smell like a Brazilian Goddess with the new Brazilian Body Boom gift set from Sol de Janeiro.

Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

ARI by Ariana Grande Ornament
ARI by Ariana Grande Hair Mist Ornament

ARI by Ariana Grande Hair Mist Ornament ($12 USD) — Fragrance Notes:

  • Top: Crispy pear, pink grapefruit, juicy raspberry
  • Heart: Soft muguet, rose buds, vanilla orchid
  • Drydown: Marshmallow, creamy musk, blonde woods

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

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Care Collection
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Care Collection
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Care Collection ($35 USD) —

  • Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo 10 oz.
  • Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Conditioner 10 oz.
  • Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque 1 oz.

Retailer: MacadamiaHair.comWhat beauty gifts have you purchased this year?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Holiday Gift Guide — Sweet Smelling Bath And Body Gifts!

I love creating my holiday gift guides!  There are so many wonderful gifts to give this season–and I love sharing my favorites!

Below are amazing gifts from L’Occitane, Philosophy, Yes to and Juara:

Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar - L'OCCITANE en Provence
Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar – L’OCCITANE en Provence

L’OCCITANE en Provence Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar ($55 USD) – A captivating advent calendar with 24 exclusive gifts for a fun way to beautify the countdown to the holidays.

Discover L’OCCITANE’s homage to beauty. Treat yourself to a must-have skin care, bath and body, or hand care gift every day with this Advent calendar. Open all 24 château doors and find a surprise hidden behind each one.

Featuring a selection of best sellers, this calendar is filled with 24 days of beauty products, including lotions, soaps, body washes, etc. Indulge a loved one or treat yourself to a luxurious pre-holiday gift with the L’Occitane Holiday Beauty Advent Calendar.

Juara Candlenut Obsession Trio ($28 USD) –This trio features travel friendly sizes of JUARA’s Candlenut Body Polish, Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel and Candlenut Body Crème.

Juara Bali Escape Limited Edition Set ($35 USD) –Experience the scents of Bali with a limited edition set of their deliciously rich hand and nail balm paired with a purse ready rollerball in their signature fragrance.

Purchase at juaraskincare.com

Philosophy Loveswept Holiday Collection
Philosophy Loveswept Holiday Collection

Philosophy Loveswept Holiday Collection ($57 USD) — sweep her off her feet this season with a soft floral fragrance that sparkles with energy and romance. loveswept opens with fresh bergamot and citrus, the heart blooms with pink jasmine, then rests on creamy amber that stays close to the skin. this collection includes the scent in 3 formulas for body and bath that layer beautifully for an indulgent head-to-toe experience. includes eau de toilette 2 oz.; shampoo, bath & shower gel 8 oz. and whipped body crème 4 oz.

Purchase at http://www.philosophy.com

 

Yes To Argan Oil Fig Liquid Hand Soap:  Yes To Argan Oil Fig Liquid Hand Soap is formulated with brightening and conditioning argan oil and fig extract to get hands squeaky clean and ready for the mani-cam.

Yes To Marula Oil Mango Liquid Hand Soap: Yes To Marula Oil Mango Liquid Hand Soap is formulated with age defying and protecting marula oil and mango extract to get hands squeaky clean and insta-ready.

Yes To PrimRose Oil Coriander Liquid Hand Soap:  Yes To PrimRose Oil Coriander Liquid Hand Soap is formulated with calming and soothing primRose oil and coriander extract to get hands squeaky clean and relaxed after a long day of texting.

Purchase in Walmart stores only.

L'Occitane Delicious Almond Gift
L’Occitane Delicious Almond Gift

L’Occitane Delicious Almond Gift ($75 USD) — Indulge and pamper with the delicious, mouthwatering scents and luxurious textures of our Almond Collection, made with sustainably-sourced almond from the South of France.

This limited-edition body care gift contains:

– Almond Shower Oil 16.8 fl. oz.

– Almond Milk Concentrate 3.3 fl. oz.

– Almond Delicious Hand Cream 1 oz.

– Almond Soap 1.76 oz.

– Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl. oz.

– L’Occitane Holiday Box

Purchase at http://usa.loccitane.com

Philosophy Shimmering Snowlace Bath And Shower Gel ($18 USD) — make the most of a snow-filled night and create a cozy bathing experience with shimmering snowlace. this award-winning multi-tasking shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath conditions as it cleanses, leaving skin and hair silky soft and lightly perfumed with an ethereal floral fragrance.

Philosophy Christmas Cookie Bath And Shower Gel ($18 USD) — capture the essence of christmas morning with christmas cookie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. feel wrapped in warmth and comfort, as the moisturizing formula gently cleanses and conditions skin and hair. the buttery, sugar cookie scent is sure to bring back childhood christmas memories.

Available at http://www.philosophy.com

 

Holiday Bath and Body Gift Guide

Yay! My first gift guide of the season!  I love putting these together to give you fun holiday beauty ideas.

Below are fragrant bath and body gift ideas.  Lots of ladies love to receive bath and body gifts (men too, I will be doing a men’s holiday post soon).  These are great ideas for all of the ladies in your life!

Yves Rocher Cocoa Collection
Yves Rocher Cocoa Collection

This yummy cocoa collection comes in three scents — Cocoa & Orange, Cocoa & Raspberry and Cocoa & Pistachio.  They all smell amazing!

Each scent can be purchased in lots of different products.  It would be fun to make a gift basket for a friend as the items are affordable:

Shimmering Shower Gel ($5 USD)

Perfumed Body Lotion ($5 USD)

Hand Cream ($3.50 USD)

Nourishing Lip Balm ($3 USD)

Liquid Hand Soap ($5 USD)

Scented Candle ($9 USD)

What I think:  I love all of these scents, but especially the fruity ones.  They are rich and tangy.  And the prices are great!

Available at http://www.yvesrocherusa.com

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet - Fresh Fig
Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet – Fresh Fig

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Travel Quartet in Fresh Fig ($50 USD), inspired by the sweet, fresh, intoxicating scent of gourmande ingredients, includes the indulgent essence of fresh Celeste Figs blended with dewy fruit bouquets of Apricot Nectar and sensuous Ylang Ylang to create a rich, luxurious scent, unlike any other.

Includes:

• Crème Body Wash, 3 oz. tube

• Body Butter, 3 oz. tube

• Hand Crème, 1 oz. tube

• Eau Gourmande, 15 ml glass bottle

What I think: Fresh Fig is one of my favorite Laura Mercier scents — it’s really fresh.  This is a beautiful gift set for a special friend or family member.

Available at http://www.lauramercier.com

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Take Me There Set ($18 USD) — Pacifica Take Me There Sets are the ideal gift for anyone on your list this season.  Perfectly portable products that are easy to carry with fragrances that will carry you away!

Each Take Me There Set contains our beloved purse-ready 2.5oz Body Butter, .33oz Perfume Roll-on and delicious NEW Color Quench Natural Moisture Lip Tint.  As always, the gorgeous box defies gift-wrapping.

What I think — This is a really affordable gift for a teacher or maybe a work friend.  Also available in Island Vanilla, Hawaiian Ruby Guava and Tuscan Blood Orange.

You can learn more and purchase at www.pacificaperfume.com.

Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection
Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection

Smith and Vandiver Petite Treats Shimmer Collection ($25 USD) — The Petite Treats collections make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers! The Shimmer collection includes one Body Polish, one Bath Pearls, one Soy Candle, one Shea Butter Leaf Soap, one Solid Parfum, and one Organza gift bag. Each collection is available in Cupcake, Nectarina, and Oh La La.

What I think:  I have this set in Nectarina and it smells fresh and sweet!  The variety of products for the prices makes it a great value — I especially like the soy candle and solid perfume.

Available at www.svnaturally.com.

Burt's Bees Bee Keeper's Winter Care Kit
Burt’s Bees Bee Keeper’s Winter Care Kit

Burt’s Bees Bee Keeper’s Winter Care Kit ($14.99 USD) — For those prone to dry, winter skin, this is ideal.  Containing the Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, and Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, the kit is ideal for anyone spending any amount of time outside in the cold!

What I think:  Perfect gift for someone with dry skin this time of year (which is probably all of us)!

Available at www.burtsbees.com and mass market retailers

Are you giving bath and body sets for the holidays?  What are your favorites, leave a comment!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Makeup Gifts Guide — Sets That Can Be Split Between Friends!

The gift of beauty is so appreciated — I know, because that is what I give all of the women in my family as well as my friends for holidays.  sometimes, even just a little lip gloss or eye liner or even nail polish can make someone’s day.  In this economy, a large gift may not be feasible to give to all of your friends.  My advice?  Purchase one of these sets and split it up between a group of your co-workers, your teenage daughter’s besties, or your child’s favorite teachers at the middle school or high school.  I guarantee that they will love your thoughtfulness as well as the amazing gift they receive!

tarte Eye Candy Waterproof 6-pc Amazonian Clay Shadow Wand Set ($29.50 USD, $59 value) — Feast your eyes on this. Infused with Amazonian clay, these shadow wands put an exotic twist on your makeup routine. The versatile set offers silky-smooth application and extended waterproof wear, in shades that pop from day to night. From tarte. Includes:

  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Charcoal
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Champagne
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Moss
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Taupe
  • 0.05-oz emphasEYES Clay Shadow Stick in Plum

These go on like a dream and stay on ALL DAY! You can purchase this beautiful set at www.qvc.com.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Taster Trio ($12 USD) — These waterproof pencils give the intense effect of a liquid liner. The unique formula is super long-wear, non-transfer and ultra-pigmented. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single application create a solid colour line that stays on and on.  This limited edition trio includes our bestselling shades in a classic black, a suit-all deep brown, and an ultra-flattering deep lilac. Kit containing exclusive mini sizes of the bestselling Endless Silky Eye Pens in No.1 BlackNoir (intense black), No.3 BlackTulip (deep lilac), and No.4 BlackCocoa (deep brown). Perfect for lovers of very dark eyeliner and aer available at Target stores and www.pixibeauty.com.

Pur Minerals Liquid Metal Eye Shadow 4pc Stick Kit ($22 USD) — Turn up the heat with PĂĽr’s long-wear Liquid Metal Eye Shadow Sticks. Available in four molten metallic hues with iridescent shimmer, our smudge-proof shadow sticks capture the light from all angles to create a megawatt, multidimensional effect. Effortlessly apply as an eye crayon or liner and feel the creamy, water-resistant formula cool the skin as it colors. Shades:

  • True Cobalt
  • Iced Bronze
  • Steel Envy
  • Midnight Chrome

These metallic liners are available at www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Mini Lip Glacé  Set ($48 USD) — Laura Mercier Lip GlacĂ© is a high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. With the unique blend of moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-oxidant and plumping ingredients provided by the Laura Mercier Lip Complex, the non-sticky gloss formula applies smoothly without feathering or bleeding. Available in a variety of coverage’s and finishes. The Limited Mini Lip Glace Set includes Rose, Blush, After Hours, Sparkling and Quartz. I love these luxurious glosses and you can purchase at www.lauramercier.com

LORAC Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection ($25 USD, $132 Value)  — Live the diamond life with LORAC’s Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection! These glamorous glosses are infused with antioxidants to help nourish and protect, while the natural emollients soothe and moisturize your lips. The bejeweled diamond wand, with its sparkly finish and custom pro-brush, hugs the curves of your lips for gorgeous, ultra-rich color and super high shine. These are full-sized and the shades are:
• Rich Garnet (Dark Cherry) • Hot Pink Sapphire (Bright Pink) • Pink Diamond (Opalescent Lt. Pink) • Rose Tourmaline (Medium Pink) • Peach Moonstone (Peach) • Red Ruby (Red).  These are very sparkly and perfect for teens and pre-teens as well as women who want to be noticed!  Available at www.loraccosmetics.com.

Nails Inc. Glitterati Collection ($25 USD ,$29 Value) Bring the party to your nails with this sensational set of sparkling colors. The full coverage trio includes a sheer blue base with purple glitter, scene-stealing gold glitter, and a clear paint with silver and holographic glitter—all ideal options for fun, glistening style everywhere you play.
This set contains: – 3 x 0.33 oz Glitter Nail Polish in Hatton Garden (clear with silver microglitter and holographic glitter), London Bridge (sheer blue with purple glitter), Chelsea Embankment (gold microglitter).  Available at Sephora and www.sephora.com.  Enjoy

Pamper Her With Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift for the beauty lover on your list? Below I have listed products from Kate Somerville, Beautyblender and Macadamia Natural Oil. All of them are great items to help the recipients get smooth skin and hair. They are:
 
Kate Somerville Celebrate ExfoliKate — The Ultimate ExfoliKate Kit ($162.00 USD $240.00 Value). This holiday season, give the gift of great skin with this limited-edition kit, featuring ExfoliKate for the face and ExfoliKate Body. These treatments use fruit enzymes to eliminate dead skin cells instantly, revealing healthy, glowing skin after just one use. This set contains:
– 5 oz ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
– 5 oz ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating
Both products polish skin, revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. Highly effective in combating acne, including stubborn blackheads, these products also help fade discoloration while promoting healthy skin, a healthy glow, and a healthy you. 
 
This is my favorite exfoliator ever because it makes skin glow and pores appear smaller!  I use this twice a week and it really makes my skin clearer and smoother. I know that it is pricey, but it is so worth it. Exfoliation is so important to youthful skin, so go ahead and splurge!   Visit www.katesomerville.com to learn more and purchase.
 
The Beautyblender Holiday Set ($30.00 USD) — This ultimate make up sponge applicator has been created by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva who specializes in HD-Ready makeup for her stars. Beautyblender’s patent-pending elliptical shape makes application foolproof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup stunning and undetectable – it’s no wonder why makeup artists and celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Brandy, Kat DeLuna, Cassie, Erin Andrews, Kirsty Alley, Wanda Sykes and Tiffany Evans love it! Not to mention, the Beautyblender Holiday Set comes complete with the Blendercleanser, a lightly lavender-scented cleanser that’s free of dyes and skin irritants, to keep your new favorite makeup tool fresh and clean. Visit www.beautyblender.net to purchase this fab set in a pretty red pouch.  
 
Macadamia Natural Travel Kit ($29.95 USD) — This fantastic hair care line combines the miracle properties of Macadamia Nut Oil and Argan Seed Oil with special blends of nature’s most nourishing botanicals, providing the ultimate in hair rejuvenation and maintenance for all hair types. Benefits include improving hair strength and manageability, radiant shine, eliminating frizz while reviving hair damaged by heat, wind, oxidation and over-processing. Travel Kit consists of:
 
Rejuvenating Shampoo: Sulfate free, Paraben free and Color Safe, this coveted shampoo gently cleanses and replenishes moisture.
Moisture Rinse: Everyday conditioner for all hair types that gently nourishes, detangles, moisturizes and protects hair.
Nourishing Leave-In Crème: Tames unruly locks, improves shine and adds texture, while providing an extra dose of nourishment.
Deep Repair Masque: Provides the ideal, intense revitalization for dry, damaged hair, while improving elasticity and shine.
Healing Oil Treatment: This can’t-live-without therapeutic wonder product is ideal for all hair types, providing nourishment, smoothing and a long-lasting, tangle-free, frizz-free finish with intense shine.
Oil Infused Comb: The first-of-its-kind, this revolutionary comb is infused with Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, dispensing oil (and all of its benefits)on the hair
with each use.
 
Don’t let hair oil scare you away! Instead of making hair greasy, Macadamia Oil actually makes hair soft and manageable, and very shiny.  Available in at professional salons nationwide and Ulta Beauty Stores.  For specific salon locations, visit the Macadamia Salon Locator at www.macadamiahair.com.

Give The Gift Of Relaxation With Comfort Zone, Dr. Hauschka and AHAVA This Holiday Season

Looking to give the gift of relaxation (or to or purchase some for yourself) this holiday season? Below are three natural and spa brands that you may never have tried before, but each one includes wonderfully smelling and calming products that will help you get through the busy and stressful holiday season. 

Comfort Zone Tranquility Shower Cream ($38.00 USD). Transform your shower into your very own blissful oasis by using this Tranquility Shower Cream. Specially formulated with vanilla and rose oils, this shower cream provides a two-in-one process of cleansing and moisturizing the skin while relieving stress and muscle tension. I love the soft scent and the fact that the cream makes my skin so soft. It works well for shaving, too. Visit www.comfortzone.it to learn more. 

Dr. Hauschka The Aromatherapy Bath Kit ($19.95 USD) has everything to create the ultimate bath experience. A perfect gift for anyone your list who deserves a little indulgence and at under $20, it won’t break the bank.  It contains travel sizes of Lavender, Lemon, Sage, Spruce and Rosemary Bath products that help calm and soothe. I like to combine a few drops of Lemon and Sage in my bath. So nice! This is available at www.drhauschka.com

AHAVA Mineral Sparkles Holiday Gift Set ($20.00 USD). Put a little sparkle into your Holiday beauty routine with AHAVA’s Mineral Sparkles gift set. This exclusive set features three effective treatments to pamper and address the needs of the body and hands. These unique formulas are clinically proven to restore skin’s natural moisture balance for healthy and radiant skin. Powered by 21 essential Dead Sea minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium, these treatments will renew your skin with soothing moisture. Includes Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, Mineral Shower Gel and AHAVA’s Deluxe Chenille Bath Puff. Available at AHAVA.com

Enjoy!