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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Gift Guide For Him!

Have you purchased gifts for the men in your life yet?  No??! That’s okay, if they are anything like my husband, they will be shopping for you on the 24th!  So, you have plenty of time.

Below are great fragrances, a shaving kit, and lip balm.  Lots of different choices to help pick the perfect gift for him!

Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline
Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline

Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline ($24 USD) Driven by what makes his heart beat stronger, this fragrance represents Enrique’s search for more excitement, pleasure and freedom. The scent is for the strong, self-assured man seeking a rush.

Adrenaline opens with a luminous mix of sparkling mandarin and zesty cedrat touched with a green hint of violet leaves. Next, a spicy, earthy blend of black pepper and saffron is lifted by the floral-fruity aroma of pomarose. At the base, warm and leathery notes of cedarwood, roasted tonka and suede add a suave refinement.

Purchase at a drugstores near you.

Jack Black Balm Squad
Jack Black Balm Squad

Jack Black Balm Squad ($19.50, A $21 value!) — includes two brand new, limited edition mint flavors, Mint & Mandarin and Mint & Vanilla, along with the award-winning classic, Natural Mint & Shea Butter. This limited edition three-pack includes the same broad-spectrum SPF 25, protection against windburn and extreme temperatures, and moisturizing ingredients as the original balms.

Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, ULTA, Dillards, Von Maur, Macy’s, Bluemercury &

Harry's The Truman Set
Harry’s The Truman Set

Harry’s The Truman Set ($15 USD) — This set has all you need to get started with Harry’s. A great shave at a fair price.

1 Truman Razor Handle
1 Foaming Shave Gel (4.0oz)
3 German Engineered Blade Cartridges
1 Travel Blade Cover

Available at

Original Penguin Coffret Set
Original Penguin Coffret Set

Original Penguin Coffret ($38 USD) — Original Penguin may have made its mark in the 1950’s, but it continues to live on today. These fresh, aromatic mini sprays are the perfect blend of heritage, wit, and style. Original Penguin, Rocks, Reserve, & Nightcap – perfect for day or night, casual or formal. The 4-piece Gift Set contains four 0.25 oz. Eau de Toilette Sprays from the Penguin men’s fragrance collection. Captivating, sophisticated, and unique in their own right, these 4 scents complement the wardrobe and lifestyle of the Original Penguin trendsetter.

Available at Nordstroms, Dillards and Lord & Taylor

Kenneth Cole Mankind Gift Set
Kenneth Cole Mankind Gift Set

Kenneth Cole Mankind Gift Set ($76 USD) — The bold fragrance celebrates the evolution of the modern man; confident, connected and ready to take on today’s challenges. Mankind is an aromatic fragrance delivering a fresh, modern and masculine scent. It opens with a fresh blend of cardamom, tarragon leaves, zesty ginger and a splash of pineapple. It continues into a masculine blend of cedarwood, vetiver root and cinnamon then transforms into a rich, enticing drydown of sandalwood, oak moss, tonka and sexy skin musk. Kit includes Eau de Toilette, Deodorant, After Shave Balm, and the Hair & Body Wash.

Price: $76.00, Available at Macy’s and


Last Minute Gifts For Your Man This Valentine’s Day

A great Valentine for your man can be something that benefits you as well.  Think of a nice scent, products for a close shave or a nice lip balm to keep his lips soft (V-Day kisses)!

Here are some really nice products to get him.  And you can find most of these in the store — such as Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstroms or other department or beauty specialty stores:

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 - Rouge

LACOSTE’s EAU DE LACOSTE L.12.12 Rouge ($62 USD) is the scent to wear this Valentine’s Day.  Fiery and invigorating, the fragrance harvests a triple blend of spices at the heart to create this robust scent.  Spicy Mandarin liqueur, Madagascan black pepper, and Indian ginger provide a warm welcome from the cold weather.  A masculine and zesty fragrance that can only be described as energetic is ideal for the always on-the-go guy.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.


The BOSS man is primed to succeed—competitive, driven, and ambitious. His daily preparation rituals are integral to his personal quest for success and BOSS has become an established part of his daily armor. BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT ($56 1.6 oz, $70 3.3 oz) is destined to become his secret after-dark weapon, instilling him with the same compelling presence that underpins his success by day. The scent features an intensely seductive composition of purposeful, aromatic top notes combined with a rich, woody base.

The top notes combine the contrasting energies of bittersweet birch leaves with the natural aromatic freshness of lavender, finished with a touch of lemon leaves. The heart of the fragrance, blended with a new type of masculine florals, combines green and nutty cardamom with a synthesis of sweet jasmine and African violet. A new accord at the base, Louro Amarelo, replicates a rich and exotic new wood note discovered in the Amazon. It lends body to the fragrance, as well as a natural energy when finished with a traditional musk and sandalwood infusion.

Available at fine department stores and Sephora stores near you.

The Art of Shaving Full-Size Kit in Sandalwood

The Art of Shaving’s Full Size Kit in Sandalwood ($115 USD)will guarantee that your guy’s face will be soft and smooth for any up close and personal action that may ensue this Valentine’s Day.  Known for having an alluring effect on the opposite sex, the Sandalwood kit has everything men need for healthy skin and a close, comfortable shave while helping prevent ingrown hairs and irritation.  As an aphrodisiac, with its strong aroma and ability to soothe, the Sandalwood kit gives men that “extra something” on this special day.

Available at

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar ($15 USD) — The invigorating aroma of our customer favorite Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser, along with Natural Blue Lotus and Ginkgo Biloba, help combat fatigue and stimulate the senses. The rich, luxurious lather nourishes with hydrating Murumuru and Shea Butters while natural Lava Rock gently polishes, leaving skin supple, smooth and clean.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E

Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E ($7.50 USD) — Enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants, this emollient balm soothes and relieves dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, it penetrates quickly to provide instant relief. Offers broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of 25; also guards against windburn and temperature extremes. Contains shea butter and vitamin E to comfort and soothe.

Both products Available at Nordstroms and

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Introduces New Flavors!

Jack Black Lip Balm

Lip balms are awesome — but lip balms with SPF are even better. Not only are you moisturizing, but you are protecting your delicate lip area. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balms ($7.50 USD) have a whopping SPF 25 that helps protect from sun and wind!

Enriched with superior lip conditioners and antioxidants, these emollient balms calm, protect and relieve dry, chapped, irritated lips. Unlike waxy sticks, the unique formulas penetrate quickly to provide instant relief.

Flavors include:

New! Black Tea & Blackberry – Smooth and subtly sweet with powerful antioxidants

New! Grapefruit & Ginger – Fresh, subtly citrus and energizing

Lemon & Chamomile – Mellow and refreshing to calm and soothe

Natural Mint & Shea Butter – Clean and tingly to freshen breath

Vanilla & Lavender – Herbal, soothing and healing

I have tried the Lemon & Chamomile, which smells fresh and soothing. And it feels so smooth on and it is not greasy, which a lot of cream balms can be. I think this is a great buy — the product is definitely worth the price!

Availability: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm is available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue and at Enjoy!

Try A New Sunscreen This Summer

Happy 4th of July all! While you’re out enjoying the sun this weekend and the rest of the summer, don’t forget the sunscreen! I have recently tried 4 new or just new to me sunscreens. They are all great for your skin as well as keeping you safe from the harmful effects of the sun. So go ahead and try one of the following high-quality sunscreens:   

TOCCA SPF30+ Towelette Viaggio in Stella ($28.00 USD).  What a cool idea, scenting a sunscreen in a lovely perfume. TOCCA has infused their pre-mositened towelettes in their classic Stella fragrance (Italian blood orange).  They are individually wrapped so pop one in your purse or beach bag and enjoy this SPF 30+ UVA/UVB protection sunscreen that’s  enriched with Vitamins E and B5, aloe and marine silk. They are also water and sweat resistant. Includes 8 individually wrapped 8” x 8” towelettes. Not tested on animals. Visit to learn more.

Jack Black Performance Remedy Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF 45 ($20.00 USD). This is a great sunscreen for the active people out there! It is vitamin-enriched and oil-free plus it overs powerful UVA/UVB protection, forming a barrier that stays put during intense physical activity including swimming.  I like this sunscreen because it is non-greasy plus is toxin free and eco-friendly.

This is a PureScience® Formula. It is vegan, dermatologist-tested and contains certified organic ingredients. It excludes MEA, TEA, and DEA and is not tested on animals. Visit to learn more and to purchase.

Supergoop! SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for Sensitive Skin ($34.00 USD for 40 swipes). These are pre-moistened, paraben-free wipes for the face and body that are formulated to calm, soothe, and protect sensitive skin. When I wipe them on, they are cooling and non-greasy. They contain Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E and Green Tea and do not irritate the skin. Visit to learn more.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Body ($34.00 USD) – This silky sunscreen offers the breakthrough technology of Cell-Ox Shield™: described as, “a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level.”

I like how this leaves my skin soft and clean feeling, not greasy at ol. You will stay protect for up to 5 hours plus it is water and sweat resistant. Go to to purchase and to learn more.

Father’s Day Grooming Gift Guide

Looking for grooming ideas for your dad or your man this Father’s Day? I have some good ones here that will make the men in your life look and smell their best!

Liz Earle New Men’s Travel Kit ($66.50 USD) – This five piece  kit is perfect for travel and trips to the gym to keep him clean and smooth. It arrives in a hanging wash bag, which is perfect for the shower! These products are fantastic, they clean the face and body and theirs a great moisturizer for after shaving. The kit contains:

  • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 0.5 fl. oz
  • After-Shaving Moisturiser 1.6 fl. oz
  • Face & Body Wash 3.3 fl. oz
  • Face Scrub 1 fl. oz
  • 1 pure muslin cloth
  • Hanging wash bag (bag dimensions: 16cm x 23cm x 7cm)

You can purchase this kit and others at

Guys love trying new razors — getting the closest shave possible is key. The new Gillette Fusion ProGlide ($10.99 — $12.99) shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving  performance and comfort. It contains: Low Cutting Force Blades with thinner, finer blades and advanced low-resistance coating, enabling the blades to cut effortlessly through hair with less tug and pull; a Blade Stabilizer to maintain optimal blade spacing for comfort, while allowing the blades to adjust to the contours of a man’s face; a streamlined Snowplow Comfort Guard which channels excess shave, prep to help maintain optimal blade contact, stretching the skin for a close, comfortable shave; an Enhanced Lubrastrip™ larger than before, infused with mineral oil and lubricating polymers, enabling the razor to move smoothly over skin even on repeat strokes and An improved Precision Trimmer, including an enhanced blade, a comb guard to better align long hairs and new rinse-through slots. 

Gillette Fusion ProGlide is available in both Power and Manual. Learn more at

Jack Black All Over Wash for Face, Hair, and Body with Wheat Protein and Panthenol ($14.00 for 6 oz, $8.50 for 3 oz). This is one of many great Jack Black products for face, body and hair, including great travel kits. This is the ultimate guy product–one product that does the job of three. Mild cleansers are pH balanced and gentle enough for face, hair and body. They work to get the rid of dirt and sweat without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture that keeps them looking healthy. Provides loads of thick, rich lather while special botanicals give a fresh scent without being too fragranced or heavy. This wash is paraben-free, sulfate-free, vegan and contains certified organic ingredients. It contains:

  • Panthenol to condition and moisturize skin.
  • Wheat Protein to strengthen hair.
  • Certified Organic Olive Fruit Extract acts as an antioxidant
  • Certified Organic Sea Kelp Extract normalizes the skin’s moisture content.
  • Visit to learn more and to purchase.