Hey all! I’m here with my last gift guide of the year (I think). I have a few last minute gift ideas. You can get almost everything by Christmas if you shop online in the next day or two, and you can also go in to stores to pick up lots of great gifts!
Below are skincare, body care and makeup sets that will make amazing gifts:
Laneige Dream and Glow Set ($39 USD) — With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm (4 Pack for $20) — For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault ($49 USD, on sale now for less at the stores below) for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
Hi all! Still shopping? Me too! What are you getting those people in your life who are so hard to buy for???
Below are fun games for all ages, a cool scooter, clothing that gives back and high vibration wooden jewelry:
Happy Salmon ($14.29 USD) is a simple, fast-paced card game that gets everyone moving and laughing in under two minutes. Everyone simultaneously calls out the action shown on their top card – “High 5”, “Pound It”, “Switcheroo”, or “Happy Salmon”. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing that action together. Then both players discard their top card and call out the action on their next card. The first player to discard all their cards wins!
Happy Salmon has won several Family Game of the Year awards. The game includes 72 cards, rules, and the Happy Salmon fish pouch. And it’s NOT just for kids either! Adults love this game for parties and team building! Its also great for long road trips and travel!
Magical beasts have broken loose at HOGWARTS! It’s up to your favorite wizards to capture them in the Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game. Play as Harry Potter™, Hermione Granger™, Ron Weasley™ or Ginny Weasley™ as you collect clues and track down creatures. The dynamic swinging game board adds excitement as you travel in and out of HOGWARTS. The first player to collect a magical beast wins. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.
Muggles and wizards alike will be enchanted by the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament! It features fast-action Pop ‘n’ Race play as you race around the Tri-Wizard Maze competing to capture the Tri-Wizard Cup! Beware – there are traps along the way that may hurt or help your journey throughout the maze. For 2 to 4 players, ages 5 and up.
Purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Go! Calendar & Games
Razor Spark Ultra Kick Scooter with Super Bright LED Wheels ($44 USD) — Lightning on wheels, the Spark Ultra is a blur of brilliant light that’s ready to take riders to a new dimension of fun. Featuring the brightest LED wheels of any scooter in the Razor lineup, the Spark Ultra doubles down on flash with every blast from its Spark Bar for a glowing ride that will light it up all day long. The full-length grip tape sets the tone with its spark-inspired design, while the patented folding system makes it easy to take your light show on the go. Designed for responsible riders ages 8 and up, the Spark Ultra’s aluminum t-tube and deck provide hand-me-down durability, with easy-adjust handlebars that let you find the perfect height.
Max Rider Weight: 143 lb (65 kg)
No assembly required
Product Dimensions: 24.5” x 11.5” x 33” (648 mm x 292 mm x 832 mm)
Weight: 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
Purchase at jet.com
Peace Frogs Good Karma Full Zip French Terry Hood Adult Sweatshirt ($49.99 – $57.99 depending on size) — These sweatshirts are 55% cotton for softness and 45% polyester for wrinkle free durability using a ringspun pre-shrunk French terry material. This sweatshirt is a popular classic for good reason. Print is on the back with a smaller front print.
Purchase this and other great items at peacefrogs.com
Antique Bronze Finish
Chain Length: 24″
Statement Peace is a HIGH vibration wooden jewelry line that is made from peace and love. From the seed that first lays its roots in the ground and sprouts to see the sun for the first time, each tree has a journey that begins. Each tree has a past, a present, and a future.
“We at Statement Peace believe when you operate out of peace and love it is felt by all. We also believe that energy is transferrable. With every piece of peace we create we transfer our passion, high vibrations and good juju with the intention that you feel our vibes. Gravitate. Vibe. Repeat.”
Hi All! Still going strong with my gift guides! I know I’m still shopping, and being an Amazon Prime member means I can get almost anything in two days! All of these books are on Amazon and most can be purchased on Kindle.
The books in this guide are all about health and fitness. I did lose a few pounds in 2018 and are hoping to do even better in 2019!
Active by Holly Davidson — We all want to feel fit, healthy and strong, but with today’s fast paced lifestyles it can be hard to find the time or motivation to exercise. What if there was a way to find the fitness that’s right for you — workouts that will fit into the time and space you have available? Holly Davidson is a top personal trainer who works according to the fundamental belief that fitness is within each one of us, and we can find it wherever we are. She has used her years of experience to devise an exercise program that is varied, flexible, and fun in her new fitness book
ACTIVE: Workouts that Work for You (Kyle Books; January 2019; Paperback; $16.99)
Totally Buf by Libby Babet ($19.99 USD) — The BUF Girls are Australia’s revolutionary new team of fitness and nutrition gurus for a new generation of healthy-minded, empowered women. Being a BUF Girl isn’t about competition, body image or comparison, it’s about friendship and community, healthy bodies and healthy minds, and inspiring, supporting and celebrating all women.
THE BUF GIRLS ARE:
LIBBY BABET #ATHLETEMAKER
CASSEY MAYNARD #CURVECREATOR
ALICIA BEVERIDGE #BUTTKICKER
SIAN JOHNSON #BOOTYSHAKER
Together, the BUF (BEAUTIFUL, UNSTOPPABLE, FEARLESS) Girls are on a mission to show women everywhere how to get healthy and fit – and stay healthy and fit – through easy and simple steps.
This 6-week plan (one focus habit each week) will completely transform your health and wellbeing, with core fitness, nutrition and mindset tips that every woman can implement in their day-to-day lives.
With over 100 recipes (including vegan and vegetarian options), easy exercise and nutrition tips, TOTALLY BUF will give you all you need to be a BUF Girl.
Low Carb Express by Annie Bell — Adopting a low carb diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of delicious food. Author of Low-Carb Revolution, award – winning food writer Annie Bell offers a speedy update to this diet, revolving around fresh, seasonal ingredients with her latest cookbook
LOW CARB EXPRESS: Cut the Carbs with 130 Deliciously Healthy Recipes (Kyle Books; January 2018; Trade Paperback; $19.99) . Every recipe lists the carbohydrate and
protein values and can be made in 30 minutes or less. Chapters include: Bread, including a low-carb Rosemary Focaccia and Sesame Parmesan Crackers; Eggs and Frittatas, which features three Omelet Pizza recipes; Protein Pots such as a Chicken, and Chile Pot with Miso Dressing; Very Veggie, including a zucchini noodle salad; the Sweet Satisfaction of Papaya Creams and Chocolate, Date, and Orange Mousse; and more.
Beat Your Bloat by Maeve Madden — Being honest about bloating is something Irish-born blogger, model, and fitness guru Maeve Madden has never shied away from. In fact, her social media channels depict her real-life battle with IBS and PCOS, as well as adult acne. Her transparent, “no filter” approach is a proven hit and she has gained her more than 140k Instagram followers as a result. Our increasingly stressful lifestyles and poor diet choices means people are crying out for relatable, informative, and inspirational advice.
BEAT YOUR BLOAT: Recipes and Exercise to Promote Digestive Health (Kyle Books; January 2019; Trade Paperback; $16.99) covers Maeve’s personal journey to achieving a healthy lifestyle and shows how you too can transform your digestive health and fitness. Chapters cover Getting Started, Beating the Binge, Cut the Cravings, Rescue Remedies, and Consistency Not Perfection, and provides guidance not only on how to beat bloating but also on achieving body positivity.
Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m back with another gift giving guide. This time its beauty stocking stuffers. From makeup to skin care to hair accessories, there are so many great products that you can give the beauty lover!
I have a range of products and price points, in no particular order:
Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow ($10 USD) — High impact glitter pigments meets luminous opaque color for a look so fierce it can’t go unnoticed. Our boldest eye look yet, this captivating collection of long-wearing glitter packed liquid eyeshadows is not for the faint of heart. Dries down completely, no glitter fall out. Step out of the shadows with Warrior Glitter Shadow. Comes ins 6 gorgeous shades. The one above is Camo. It’s perfect for fall!
Available at flowerbeauty.com and Ulta stores.
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat ($29 USD) –This is one hot little palette. Naked Petite Heat is a compact eyeshadow palette featuring six all-new scorched neutrals inspired by our own Naked Heat. With five matte shades for lid, crease and liner, plus one demi-matte highlighting shade, it has everything you need to create looks that range from soft and sultry to flat-out fire.
The ultra-compact packaging was made for travel and fits in your smallest purse. But don’t let its petite exterior fool you—it contains full-size pans of our legendary Eyeshadow and a mirror. Emblazoned with burning roses, this hot commodity will be your go-to palette.
Use each shade alone or pair them up with your favorite shadows to create endless sizzling eye looks. Some of our new favorites are Hot Spell, our latest terra-cotta obsession, and Strike, a rich reddish brown. Feel like totally going up in flames? Try Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade, or Heist, a rich cayenne, for extra spice. Better yet, you can use these matte shades as a base to pair with your 12-shade Naked Heat palette.
Purchase at urbandecay.com, Ulta and Sephora.
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights ($48 USD) — Discover 18 dazzling shades of our bestselling GEN NUDE mineral eyeshadow in one beautiful, gift-ready palette. The rich, flattering colors in matte, radiant, shimmer and metallic finishes are suitable for creating endless day-to-night looks, and this palette features 8 new limited edition shades.
Shades included: Spotlight, 500 Thread Count, NEW Interstellar, NEW Venus, NEW Earthling, NEW Wave Length, NEW Galaxy, NEW Comet, NEW Force Field, Presto, Delightful, Catch Me If…, Romp, Louder, Santorini, NEW Meteor Shower, Dazzle, Perspective.
GEN NUDE eyeshadows are crease resistant and last up to 12 hours with clean, good-for-skin color.
Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil refines the look of fine lines and nourishes overnight as a youth-activating hydrator filled with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. In addition, 100% Pure Argan Oil Light absorbs quickly with a semi-matte satin finish.
This set contains:
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light
Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin ($4.99 USD) — Compact and loaded with 25 black hair ties for easy access – even on the go! Affordable, adorable, and useful for styling the perfect bun, ponytail, or updo.
Purchase at cvs.com
Eylure x Vegas Nay Gift Set ($14.99) This limited edition gift set includes 3 of the most popular Vegas Nay Lash styles in the Luxe Collection, all featuring a mink effect texture. The feather light lashes add dramatic enhancement for any eye shape and are made for reusable application.
Purchase at Target and Ulta
What do you give in stocking stuffers? Any fun beauty products?
Hi all! Happy Friday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! I’ll be decorating and Christmas shopping this weekend (and working on more gift guides).
If you’re not done shopping yet, think about giving a fun book as a gift! I’m going to be featuring a bunch of books this season. All of the books below will make thoughtful gifts and they are available on Amazon and most on Kindle for quick and easy giving!
An Old-Fashioned Christmas ($12.95 USD) — An Old-Fashioned Christmas presents a carefully curated collection of inspirational, meaningful and fun quotes celebrating the spirit of the holidays.
Deck the halls with boughs of jolly and the An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Chock full of holiday sentiments and joyous words, this Christmas quote book is the perfect stocking stuffer book for the season.
The Enchanted Sonata is a fresh, whimsical retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet with a dash of The Pied Piper, which will captivate readers of all ages. The Enchanted Sonata was written by Heather Dixon Wallwork, who has worked as a storyboard lead for Disney and is the author of two novels published by HarperCollins.
In The Enchanted Sonata, 15-year-old Clara Stahlbaum has her future perfectly planned: marry the handsome pianist, Johann Kahler (ah!), and settle down to a life full of music. But all that changes when Clara receives a mysterious and magical nutcracker. Whisked away to his world—an enchanted empire of beautiful palaces, fickle fairies, enormous rats, and a prince—Clara must face a magician who uses music as magic…and the future she thought she wanted.
Dixon Wallwork is a musician, animator and author. Working under Disney Interactive, she has illustrated for many popular franchises including Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, and was the story lead for the Moana playset. She is the author of two novels published by Greenwillow Books – HarperCollins: Entwined and Illusionarium.
Ciao Italia Lifelong Adventures ($25.12 Legions of loyal fans of Mary Ann Esposito’s groundbreaking PBS cooking show CIAO ITALIA have enjoyed cooking with and learning from this beloved television personality, a trailblazer who helped spark a billion dollar food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs. Fans have three words to describe her cooking style: traditional, authentic and passionate. From creating and launching CIAO ITALIA in 1989 to authoring 12 cookbooks, Esposito has inspired a worldwide audience who want to know more about Italian food and culture.
Musing Mediterranean — ($15.56 USD) When Beth Daigle’s husband, Tony, announced that he was planning a two-week Mediterranean cruise, she wasn’t exactly excited. Plagued by anxieties about leaving home and air travel, as well as the fact that this was to be a multi-generational family vacation including her parents, daughters, sister and her family, there was some definite potential for disaster. Despite that phobia and reluctance, though, the Mediterranean called her in a way that she couldn’t deny—she’s half Greek and half Italian, and seeing her ancestral countries had always been a dream. MusingMediterranean is the full account of that dream coming true—from the planning phase to the return home, Daigle takes us along on her family’s journey through Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, the Greek Islands, and Naples.
In her warm and approachable prose, Daigle communicates the beauty, history, architecture and culture of each location that her family visits, and a sense of awe that the trip has given her for what is truly a life altering experience. Whether or not you’ve experienced the beauty of the places Daigle visits in this book firsthand, you’ll feel like you have after going on this journey with her. Most importantly though, in a time when we could all use a bit of an escape now and then, Musing Mediterraneanis an unequivocally happy book that injects humor wherever possible. One that will make readers glad they’ve read it.
Do you like to give books for gifts? What kinds do you like to give (or get)?
Hi All! I hope you had a great weekend. I’m back with more beauty gift sets that will make amazing gifts. So if you haven’t finished your shopping, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
Below are skincare, body care and lots of makeup picks:
DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers ($36 USD) — Cicapair™Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is a green-to-beige color-correcting treatment that corrects redness and helps protect skin from environmental aggressors. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum is a highly concentrated, fast-acting serum that soothes skin sensitivity while calming redness and irritation. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream is a moisturizing cream to calm sensitive, irritated, inflamed skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask is an overnight mask that soothes redness and irritation to calm damaged skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops is a smart hybrid product—an ultra-lightweight, revitalizing serum and color corrector that neutralizes redness and turns on skin’s glow.
This set contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops
– 5 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask
Purchase at Sephora
NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio ($29.50 USD) — A great way to try three of our best-loved hand creams in the perfect take-anywhere size. This set contains:
– Maracuja Hand Cream Enriched with soothing Maracujá Oil, this lightweight but efective hand cream penetrates quickly to leave hands feeling soft and smooth, never greasy.
– Castanha Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Castanha Oil and Murumuru butter, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements. The rich texture absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling comfortable, not greasy.
– Cacau Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Cacau and Murumuru Butters butters, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements.
Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame ($39 USD) — Time to pay homage to the holy-grail favorites with some serious cult following. This year we’re welcoming these heavy hitters into the Holiday Hall of Fame, an ultimate arsenal to complete any look this season. Features a travel-size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, travel-size All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, full-size Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a full-size Perversion Mascara.
Urban Decay has lots of other great sets and beautiful palettes (Born to Run anyone?) that would make such nice gifts!
Price: $39, Available at Sephora/Sephora.com, Ulta Beauty/Ulta.com, select Macy’s stores/Macys.com, and UrbanDecay.com
Are you still shopping for beauty gifts? Any good ideas to share?
Hi all! How’s your holiday shopping going? I’ve barely started! It’s a weird year. I don’t know what anyone wants and I’m on a strict budget. But I’ll get there!
And speaking of shopping, I have another installment of my Holiday Gift Guide series for 2018. This one has innovative and fun gifts for the guys and gals who are hard to buy for. It includes a luxe blanket, a silk pillowcase, an innovative notebook and more:
The Footsac blanket ($150-$175) makes the perfect holiday gift! Along the bottom of the blanket is an 18″ pocket to tuck your feet in, which means that you will never again struggle to keep your whole body warm, cozy and covered.
Footsacs are small and lightweight enough to toss in your carry-on, but also big enough to cover two snuggling love bugs! They’re currently available in Eskimo, Mousse, Wolf, Owl and Snow Owl phur.
The Hollywood Silk Solution Pillowcase ($45 USD) — Made with the highest grade of long fiber mulberry silk and high grade cotton, the Hollywood Silk Solution is made to reduce bedhead, decrease tugging on delicate facial skin and extend your blowout. Now, you can truly get your beauty sleep this year.
Available at TheHollywoodSilkSolution.com
The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. And with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows you to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App. If you’re interested in testing one out I’d be happy to send you a sample.
When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few. Rocketbook allows everyone on your list to stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.
Purchase at getrocketbook.com
The Perfect Park Gifts for Everyone on Your List includes ideas for everyone from your partner to your colleague, ensuring you’ll find something for every type of person in your life. Best of all? These gifts bring joy in more than one way as they also support treasured national parks!
Whether you’re shopping for kids, entertainers, an outdoorsperson, a fashionista, or a homebody, this list is the one-stop shop for all of your gifting needs this year! Let me know if you’re interested in sharing with your readers or if you have any questions.
The Northwest Company makes high-quality, sports and entertainment-themed backpacks, blankets, and more! For the sports fan in your life, look no further than The Northwest – they will even offer customization and monogramming, just in time for the holiday season.
This is the Los Angeles Rams NFL Draft Day Backpack (my husband has been a Rams fan for years). It’s $30 and it’s the perfect accessory to show off your favorite football team! With a large front zippered pocket and side mesh pockets in addition to the large main compartment, there’s enough storage to hold all of your belongings! Always stay organized with the pocket organizer, along with the padded backstraps and back panel that add additional comfort when on the go!