Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas Part 1

Almost done with your holiday shopping? I’m just about finished, but there are always last-minute gifts or stocking stuffers to get!  My youngest daughter’s birthday is on the 23rd, so this time of year is so busy!

For great beauty gift ideas, take a look at my list below — you just might find something online or in the stores that will be the perfect gift!

Ouidad Joy to the Curl
Ouidad Joy to the Curl

Ouidad Joy to the Curl ($30 USD) — This combination of two best sellers is guaranteed to provide ultimate nourishment to curls over the winter season. The set has a retail value of $46 and contains 8.5 oz sizes of Moisture Lock Define & Shine Gel Cream and Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner.

Available at


MIYU DE-STRESS MI PAIRING ($42 USD) — This revolutionary beauty essence fuses the freshness of a facial mist with the rich nutrients of a serum, while instantly soothing the skin.  Our fresh and earthy tea blend is made from peppermint, licorice and chamomile blossoms.  When used together, this powerful pair offer potent anti-inflammatory properties perfect for calming stressed complexions.  Includes a nifty little drawstring bag for makeup, skincare essentials, jewelry or anything in between.

Bioelements Up All Night
Bioelements Up All Night

Bioelements Up All Night ($39 USD) —

  • Three intense anti-agers that work the night shift
  • Wake up to skin that’s superbly smooth, freshly firm and remarkably radiant
  • Travel sizes of Sleepwear, Sleepwear for Eyes and Quick Refiner
  • FREE INSIDE: a runway-inspired, lush red envelope clutch – a $20 retail value!

Available at

China Glaze Get Carried Away
China Glaze Get Carried Away

China Glaze Get Carried Away ($19.95 on sale for $9.95 at Ulta) Get Carried Away with China Glaze’s 3pc Set which includes: a change purse, Santa Red My List, Your Present Required and So Blue Without You Nail Lacquers. China Glaze is professional quality nail enamel that is resistant to chipping and color fading.

Available at or Ulta stores.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments
Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat 5 Mini Ornaments ($41 USD) — Pink Gel Coat creates thick, protein-rich coatings that add temporary, instant
strength to natural nails. This collection includes five mini Pink Gel Coat

Available at

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish ($7.99, $5.59 through December with promo code STOCKUP) — The perfect stocking stuffer:

  • Long-lasting chip resistant formula
  • Formaldehyde, toulene, camphor and dibutyl pthalate free
  • Custom, extra-thick brush for flawless application
  • Choose from 61 gorgeous shades

Available at


Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions
Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions

Dr. Scholl’s new For Her© Cozy Cushions ($9 at  Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Cozy Cushions help keep feet warm and dry while providing all-day comfort. Their multi-layer design helps insulate the foot while two plush layers provide extra cushioning. Cozy Cushions help keep feet dry by absorbing perspiration and offer superior comfort.

Available at mass market retailers around the country.

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron
John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron

John Frieda Spiral Curls Curling Iron ($39.99 USD) — For healthy heat styling, the Spiral Curls styler features exclusive ionic frizz-fighting technology and true ceramic heat with LCD temperature control for accurate temperature output, the key to shiny, healthy hair.

Available exclusively at Walgreens

Part 2 of this gift guide will be coming soon today!



Treat Your Nails To Holiday Cheer With a New Polish

The easiest way to try a new beauty trend is by changing up your nail look.  This holiday season, try a rich, glittery, magnetic polish or maybe even a printed nail decal.  Try one of the below and get ready for compliments, party girl!

Perfect Formula Perfect Color nail polish ($15.00 USD)  is formulated with “Instant Strength Technology” to give instant strength and thickness to the nail. The custom designed brush along with the perfectly pigmented polish ensures a smooth even application on the nails every time.  2011 Holiday colors include Black Tie (gunmetal), Caviar (deep red), Invite Only (dark plum), and Tulle (soft nude).  Perfect Color is Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate free.  Available at

Layla Nails Magneffect ($15.50 USD) —  This extremely cool and fun to use polish give a decorative look by the use of magnets.  This is available in 12 rich colors.

Apply one coat of magneffect on a single nail. Put the nail immediately near the magnet on the cap or an alternate magnet for 5 seconds. Enjoy magnetic nail art and continue with the rest of the nails. Purchase at or

Forget diamonds!  This winter China Glaze introduces a nail industry first: utilizing 3-D glitters in its new “Eye Candy” collection.  Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her timeless allure, this innovative new glitter technology provides a knock-your-eyes-out, super sparkly effect to your manicure.  Multi-sized and differently shaped glitter particles are cleverly combined to create a sexy, super decadent, 3-D finish in six bright, eye-popping shades.  Whether you prefer gleaming gold or glamorous smoky grey, China Glaze’s “Eye Candy” collection adds a dazzling finish to your holiday look with a glimmer that is sure to catch everyone’s eye! Colors in this collection include:

·       Love Marilyn: Vivacious Red with Shimmering Silver Particles

·       Blonde Bombshell: Glistening Multidimensional Gold Flecks

·       Lorelei’s Tiara: Sterling Silver Infused with Blue Sprinkles

·       Material Girl: Posh pink with Holographic Bubblegum Glitter

·       Some Like It Haute: Graphite Gray with Holographic Glitter

·       Marry A Millionaire: Alluring Amethyst with Multi-tonal Fibers

Celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Emmy Rossum regularly rock China Glaze and now you can get your bling on with “Eye Candy.”   China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, or follow China Glaze on Twitter:

A fun idea is the limited-edition holiday prints of Sally Hansen’s hit, Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (9.99 USD). When Sally Hansen first introduced its peel-and-apply nail polish strips, the manicure breakthrough took the world by storm. Now Sally Hansen introduces trendsetting prints exclusively for the holidays, putting the spirit of the season at your fingertips. Like all the prints in the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips collection, the five festive prints let you peel, apply, file, and go, delivering a real-polish manicure without mess or stress. Whether you’re playing Santa and stuffing a stocking or heading to the party of the moment, these seasonal strips are the ultimate accessory.

The new prints include Plaid About You (red and black plaid), Peppermint Twist (red and white candy stripe), Snow Bunny (white with red snowflakes), Prep’s Cool (black and silver argyle), and Winter Funderland (black, silver and blue glitter).  Each Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file/ buffer and instructions for easy at-home application. When you’re ready to change your nail strips, simply swipe nails with your favorite Sally Hansen polish remover for an instantly clean slate.  Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Dry Skin Driving You Crazy This Winter? Soothe It With New Products for Hands and Body

When the weather gets cold and dry (and blizzards like it did in Kansas City this week), skin and nails really need to be nourished.  My hands and feet especially have been cracked and my cuticles are peeling. I have taken this opportunity to try new products (or ones that are new to me) to get my skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Cures by Avance Hydrating Body Silk ($26.00 USD) is a weightless body milk which claims to transform the skin. I like to use this after a shower to lock in the moisture. My skin feels silky and soft afer use. To purchase, visit

It’s a known fact that winter air completely zaps the essential natural oils found in  skin and hair but unfortunately, attention to the nails has long been neglected. Due to the sub-zero effects outside and the bone-dry heat that is pumped indoors, the nails take a real beating – quickly becoming dry and brittle which results in cracks, painful splits and very short-lived manicures (the shame!)
In order to prevent and combat these harsh effects, protect nails with Perfect Formula’s Daily Moisture ($29.00 USD)– a tried and true treatment that keeps nails long, strong and healthy. Formulated with Keratin, the main protein that makes up nails, Jojoba Oil, an excellent moisturizer that is similar to the natural lubricant of skin, and Vitamin E, this product instantly nourishes and strengthens dry, thirsty nails even in the most treacherous conditions. 
To use, simply brush Daily Moisture on top of nails, under nails and on cuticles daily. Can be used on polished or natural nails. purchase at or

Caudalie Vine Body Butter ($36.00 USD) is deeply hydrating, with a delicious light scent and velvety texture melts into skin and provides all the therapeutic benefits and efficiency of Vinothérapie Spas. This lotion is perfect for anyone with very dry to damaged skin wanting an ultra nourishing, repairing and luxurious treatment. Apply morning and evening, massage gently into skin in upward motions.

I love the scent of this lotion, it is a bit fruity and is very refreshing. I like to apply it to my hands, feet and legs after shaving. Visit to purchase.

Enjoy your hydrated skin!

Perfect Formula Perfect Color Nail Lacquer Fall 2010 Collection

The new Fall 2010 Perfect Color Nail Lacquer collection ($15.00 USD each) from Perfect Formula has beautiful colors that are perfect for the season.“The fall color palette is all about rich hues that add instant sophistication, yet a pop of pizzazz. There is no need for sparkles when you have these dazzlers adorning your manicure,” says Shari Gottesman, founder of Perfect Formula. “And the best part about these colors is that they are universally flattering to all skin-tones – not something you can say about metallic blues and glittery golds.”
The art-inspired collection, which ranges from light to dark greiges, a rainbow of plums and a show-stopping emerald, are the perfect accessory to any fall ensemble.

CUBIST: A divinely deep gray-brown, which reveals a surprise purple-ish tint when hit by natural sunlight!
DECO: A perfect marriage of pink and plum results in this to-good-to-be true berry hue.
FUTURIST:  This slightly gray, yet slightly lavender lacquer is nothing short of 100% drop dead gorgeous.
POP ART: A stunning emerald-green that’s almost as good as the real thing!
AVANT GRAY: This true-to gray color is the no fail choice when it comes to the ultimate fashion-forward color.
POST MODERN: A deep plum that a little bit rock star, a little bit uptown girl and a whole lot of awesome.

What I think: This is quality nail polish that lasts a few days without chipping (a week with a great top coat) and the colors are beautiful. I try a lot of different types of polish, but I find that although these shades are a bit trendy, they are also very wearable. I love the Cubist, because it seems to change colors when I step outside. And Pop Art is very fun with this season’s grays, blacks and browns.

Visit to learn more and to purchase these fab polishes!