Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for the ladies in your life?  Here are some really fun beauty products that are fabulous and under $25!

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ChapStick® Holiday Tins ($4.99 USD) in new colorful and fashionable designs are available for a limited time. Plaid and Snowflake tins containing Strawberry, Cherry and Spearmint Classic ChapStick® varieties and the Diagonal Candy Cane Stripe tin containing limited-edition Candy Cane are available exclusively at Walmart for the SRP of $4.99 each

The ChapStick® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for my honest review.  I think these are a great value and a really great gift!

bliss mistletoe must-haves
bliss mistletoe must-haves

bliss mistletoe must-haves ($12 , a $24 value) – This mega-moisturizing duo for lips and hands includes the fabulips softening lip balm and 1 oz. high intensity hand cream.

Available at BlissWorld.com, Sephora, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake
Violent Lips The Red Snowflake

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake (9.99 for a set of three) and are available in the snowflake print above as well as fun holiday glitter prints! Just apply like a temporary tattoo.

Available Online at www.Violentlips.com
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set

tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set ($19 USD) — A limited-edition, deluxe-sized collection of tarte’s best-selling favorites. The limited-edition set features:

• deluxe maracuja oil

• deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in limited edition thankful (golden pink)

• deluxe LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint in energy

Tarte has taken the guesswork out of giving with a handpicked collection of their favorites that’s simply the best. These charming deluxe sizes of best-selling maracuja oil, Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint deliver a radiant and rested appearance even on the fly.

Available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Goody
Goody

The perfect stocking stuffer or 12 days of Christmas present, Goody offers ornaments, gift wrap, and bows that double as hair accessories. Dress up the tree or an adorable package with a headwrap, elastics, or clips that are also a festive accessory to wear to parties. $3.99-$5.99, Target, Walmart, Kmart, and CVS.

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes
Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes ($2.99 for 10) Our famed facial towelettes in mini! These all-natural and hypoallergenic Towelettes and made with soothing ingredients like cucumbers, green tea, and aloe. They fit right into your purse, gym bag or even your TSA size clear plastic bag! Regardless of where you are (let’s imagine Hawaii) your skin will feel gorgeous, hydrated, smooth and most of all refreshed!

Available at www.yestocarrots.com and mass market retailers near you.

Bodycology
Bodycology

Gifts for your girlfriends are always tough. You don’t want to overspend, but you want it to be meaningful. Bodycology offers fantastic sets at Walmart and Target under $20 including Soothing Body Scrubs and Body Butters, Travel Cases, a Sock Set, and an adorable Scrubbing Mitt with hand and body lotion.

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray
Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray ($9.50 USD) — Versatile formula allows you to set textured styles in just seconds.  Quick-dry dispense provides dramatic definition that works to not only build desired texture, but controls grease and oil buildup. Our brushable blend of ingredients and Lasting-flex® technology with built in memory allows you to re-create your style the next day.

Available at www.shop.blowpro.com.

Hope these ideas help!  Have fun stuffing stockings!

Give The Colorful Gift of Makeup Sets This Holiday

Makeup Sets are my very favorite beauty gift to give (and receive).  Giving the gift of color and variety can really brighten up a friend or family member’s holiday!

em michelle phan holiday life new year's countdown edition
em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition

em michelle phan holiday life new year’s countdown edition ($29 USD) — Paint the town beautiful at every holiday soiree with this mini life palette filled with rich, luxurious colors. Inspired by the reminiscence of the past year and the celebration of the new year to come, new yearÂąs countdown boasts sophisticated and sensual rich berries and golden and smoky browns with touches of holiday reds and raisins.

Products and accompanying video tutorial will be available on emcosmetics.com.

e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette ($10 USD) — This 96-Piece eyeshadow palette features a fun geometric pattern for a totally unique design. Become your own makeup artist wherever, whenever! The beautiful soft textures melt into your skin for vibrant color that lasts. Convenient and easy to apply, just layer the colors to achieve your desired look. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades.

Available at www.eyeslipsface.com

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set
tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set

tarte stop and stare smolderEYES™ 6-piece liner and lash set ($39 USD) –The limited-edition set includes:

• 3 full size skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners: best-selling onyx, new purple garnet & azurite green.

• 2 full size smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners in new taupe & rose gold

• Deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara

Product Performance: Put a twinkle on your eyes this holiday season with this Amazonian clay-infused collection of smolderEYES™ & skinny smolderEYES™ waterproof liners in limited-edition and best-selling shades. These versatile liners deliver rich color for a crisp or smokey look that won’t fade, run or budge. To take your look to the extreme, finish with lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara, which features a dual-molded brush for a 752% increase in lash volume instantly!

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

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit
CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit

CARGO Let’s Meet in Paris Holiday Kit ($36 USD) — Inspired by a luxurious trip to the French city, this kit evokes a sophisticated, fashion-forward feel with rich red and black tones with hints of sparkle.  The look is 100% luxe – a bold red lip, soft eye with shimmery black liner and seductive full and defined lashes. Housed in a baroque patterned clutch-shaped carton, it makes for a festive gift or splurge for yourself.  Kit contains: NEW Red Essential Lip Color, NEW Travel Size  HD Lip Primer, NEW Swimmables Eye Pencil in Black Sea Travel Size Reverse Lip liner, and TexasLash Mascara.

Available exclusively at Ulta/Ulta.com (while supplies last)

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown
Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit, Brown

Hard Candy Smokey Eye Kit ($4.88 at Walmart) It’s like having a makeup artist at your fingertips. Mascara, pigmented eye shadow and eye liner are expertly matched to give you a glamorous smokey eye look.

  • 1 eye shadow palette (0.14 oz)
  • 1 volumizing mascara (0.04 oz)
  • 1 liquid eyeliner (0.14 fl oz)
  • 2 eyeliner pencils (0.02 oz each)

Available at www.walmart.com or Walmart stores.

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection
Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection

Laura Geller Holiday Baked Stackable Macaroons Collection ($59.50 USD) –A delightful assortment of Baked confections awaits. Three shades each of blush, highlighter, and eye shadow begin as swirls of liquid pigment that are baked on terra-cotta tiles for 24 hours and finished by hand in Italy. The result is a silky wash of long-wearing color that illuminates the skin. Inspired by luxurious, light-as-air sweets, these gorgeous goodies are perfect for creating unlimited looks for the face and eyes.

Includes:

  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Gingerbread
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Lychee Rose
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Blush in Cassis Violet
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Honey Lavender
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Toasted Coconut
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Highlighter in Dulce de Leche
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Orange Blossom
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Mocha Latte
  • 0.06-oz Baked Brulee Eyeshadow in Chestnut
  • Made in Italy

Purchase at www.qvc.com

 

H2O Plus Merry Raspberry Bath Basics Duo The perfect stocking stuffer, this bath duo doubles as a tree ornament and comes with a moisture-rich shower gel and body balm in an exotic Raspberry Guava scent for a sensory-awakening bath experience. The formula blends luscious berry and tropical guava essences with highly emollient shea butter to help heal and protect winter-ravaged skin.  Price: $10, Available at Ulta, Ulta.com & H2OPlus.com Celebrity Brand Fans: Michelle Trachtenberg, Nikki Reed
Urban Decay Vice 2

Urban Decay Vice 2 (59 USD) — Now here’s a vice we’ll gladly take a spot on the naughty list for. Introducing Vice 2, the limited-edition sequel to last year’s holiday hit. Each palette features 20 gorgeous brand-new, exclusive, never-before-seen shades. As if that wasn’t enough, each is also one-of-a-kind – the luxe ethereal design is applied by water transfer to make each palette unique, and each comes with a double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush. With a mix of brights and neutrals in every texture imaginable, it’s got a little bit of something for everyone on your list.

Available at Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s and online at Sephora.com, Ulta.com, Macys.com, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com

Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set
Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set

Don’t forget the gift of flawless application!  Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set ($39 USD) — Feather your way to happiness with this 6-pc Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set made from 100 percent Ultra Plush, Cruelty Free Bristles.  The chic and innovative set is sure to give you that airbrushed finish, while keeping you organized, even on the go! Includes the following:

  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Multi-Powder Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brus
  • No-Tug Travel Crease Brush
  • No-Tug Travel Allover Eye Shadow Brush
  • No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly
  • Sleek Snap Shut Case

Available at QVC.com

Are you giving any makeup sets this holiday season.

 

 

 

Cool New Nail Polish Colors and Textures

Lately, I have been really into trying new colors, finishes and textures of nail polish.  I have been trying some really cool polishes, here are some of my favorites:

butter LONDON

Break away from the ordinary this fall and rock bold, unexpected colours with butter LONDON’s latest nail lacquer collection, Colour Clash.

Launching today on butterLONDON.com, the Colour Clash Collection is a chic, surprising new collection of brights and whites that are perfectly on-trend to take your look from summer to fall. The collection includes vibrant bright nail lacquers in Wellies, Pimms, Cake Hole, Silly Billy and Giddy Kipper that can add a much-needed pop of colour to any look. Ready to rock out in white? Sport a trendy white-nail with Cotton Buds, which can also be used underneath nail art to punch up any colour.

butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes notes that the Colour Clash Collection is “one of my favourite collections yet, Colour Clash is so fun and bold.”

What I think:  Butter LONDON’s new color clash collection is so different for fall.  Colors for the season are usually rich and dark, these are so bright and fun.  It’s feels like the fun of summer blending itself into the fall season.  In Kansas City where I live, it will be hot until about Halloween, so these colors seem so appropriate!

Available at www.butterlondon.com

Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh
Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh

Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish ($9.50 USD) This ultratrendy, long-wearing formulation features tiny feather-like particles in complimentary colors to create a quill effect on the nails. Perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring or summer ensemble, the unique feather bottle and feather print cap make these must-have shades for all. Wear two to three coats to build full coverage or apply directly over a base color for a smooth look.

What I think:  I love these feather polishes.  I have them in Edinburgh, a pastel orange and blue and Brighton, a teal and yellow textured polish.  I have used one coat over a cream polish and I have layered just the feathers alone.  Both looks fantastic and lasts a long time!

You can purchase at http://www.sephora.com

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discover perfect nail art looks for your summer getaway with the latest collection of essie sleek sticks in beach-ready brights. Inspired by the season’s hottest runway trends, the collection boasts six luxe, three-dimensional patterns in sunny shades from ocean blue to juicy fuchsia. These pre-cured appliqués make salon designs a snap – just apply and go! Lasts up to 10 days.

The shades left to right are: stick with style, croc madame, shoot for the moon, small pleasures, sea me shine, and show me your stuff.

What I think: These stickers are so beautiful in person!  They are a bit tricky to use, but when done right, really fun!

Purchase at www.essie.com or fine beauty stores near you.

Enjoy!

Perfect The Look of Your Skin With New Skincare and Foundation

Flawless skin can be achieved with great skincare to treat it and healthy makeup that also treats as it conceals blemishes.

The following are new products that I have been testing (sent to me for my honest opinion).

Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50
Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50

Looking for that effortless everyday protection? Zensation NEW Super Nourishing Cream SPF 50 ($85.00) shields, hydrates, and nourishes your complexion with intensely moisturizing botanicals and marine extracts. Scentless Camomile Extract infuses skin with moisture, and Sea Fennel Concentrate from coastal plants provides a natural skin guard. Dry skin is quenched and refreshed instantly and protected for hours. Multifunctional Salicylic Acid Ester gently exfoliates to give your skin a refined, smooth texture.

What I think:  This is a luxurious cream! I have noticed that it is very hydrating, but not greasy.  It is really light.  I think this is a good cream for all year long.

Available at http://zensationbeaute.com/.

Algenist’s NEW Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
Algenist’s NEW Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

The new Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum ($98 USD) is scientifically formulated to restore skin’s firmness while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin summer-ready and radiant. Alguronic Acid – Algenist’s patented ingredient extracted from Microalgae – is joined together for the first time with a superior retinol to deliver accelerated results by gently exfoliating and stimulating the skin surface to smooth texture and imperfections while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

The results?

·         Measured and visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkle length and depth

·         Visible improvement in the appearance of skin firmness, tightness, tone and suppleness

·         Dramatic improvements in skin smoothness and softness creating a porcelain-like complexion

·         The radiance and glow of healthy looking skin

Results are noticeable in just 10 days with long term results visible in a mere 28 days.

What I think:  I really like this serum.  I haven’t used a lot of retinol because my skin is sensitive.  I use this once a day or every other day depending on how my skin reacts to it.  But, I really like the results. My skin is smoother and my fine lines are less noticeable.  I am a big fan of the Algenist brand and they are always introducing innovative products like this one!

Available at: Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

PĂĽr Minerals CC Cream with SPF 40
PĂĽr Minerals CC Cream with SPF 40

Pür Minerals introduces their new CC Cream with SPF 40 ($38.00 USD). Pür’s CC protects, corrects and perfects skin’s appearance with clinically advanced, plant based ingredients. This silicone-free formula works to erase brown spots, blemishes, redness and fine lines while balancing uneven skin tone.

Pür’s CC Cream is formulated with two unique ingredients:

DERMAPUR® HP – a special complex extracted from meadowsweet that’s rich in clarifying phenolic acids.

CLARISKIN II® – a unique agent made from wheat germ that targets the look of discoloration with key antioxidants.

Available in four shades: Light, Medium, Tan, and Dark

What I think:  I am always curious about BB and CC creams.  I love skincare and makeup combined.  But I find that the colors are off a lot of the time and they are very thick.

I like this one.  I received it in light.  It is too light for me now, but will be perfect for the winter time.  It is not too thick.  It applies nicely and covers really well.  And, it is not orange-hued, which a lot of the creams are.

PĂĽr Minerals is available at ULTA Stores nationwide, professional spas and physician offices and online via www.purminerals.com.

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot ($34 USD) – This travel-friendly pot combines steps three and four of the Flawless Face into one convenient package for touch-ups. The compact product, available in four shades, features Secret Camouflage in the left pan, Secret Concealer in the right pan and Translucent Loose Setting Powder in the bottom compartment. It’s the perfect size to pack in a travel makeup case or keep in your bag for touchups.

What I think:  I really like this concealer pot.  With two shades of cream and the powder, you can really customize the level of concealing that you need to do.  I keep it in my purse for touch ups.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20 ($45.00 USD) – This innovative update to the classic Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer features a lightweight crème formula that gives skin a dewy, natural-looking flawless finish, ideal for all skin types. With SPF 20 and a hint of color, this portable compact is perfect for travel and touch ups at home, or on the go.

What I think:  This is the foundation that I am using now (in the shade Bisque).  It is perfect over primer and concealer.  Also, you can decide how much to used for what kind of coverage you need.

Available at www.lauramercier.com and fine department stores.

Enjoy!

         

Skincare Innovations — Try Something New to Improve Your Skin

Skincare is constantly evolving and improving.  I LOVE trying new products, including these breakthrough ones below that were sent to me for my honest opinion.

PCA Skin Pigment Bar - pHaze 13
PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13

PCA Skin Pigment Bar – pHaze 13 ($28 USD) — A cleansing, anti-hyperpigmentation bar for skin suffering from discoloration.

Pigment Bar is the cleansing companion in PCA’s pigment control program, designed to enhance and maintain the complexion-refining results produced by its sister products. pHaze 13 Pigment Bar helps control blemish outbreaks and discolorations as it cleanses the skin of dirt and debris. For pigment control maintenance, use two to three times weekly.

This is such an easy way to clean skin.  It comes with three flat sponges that expand once wet.  The jar contains a black solid (the bar).  To use I wet the sponge and rub it on the bar for lather.  I then wash my face with the sponge.  It cleans without drying out my skin.  I haven’t noticed any lightening of sun spots yet, but for a daily fash soap it works great!

Purchast at www.dermstore.com.

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer
Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42 USD) — With an advanced formulation that combines Alguronic Acid with 7 additional active ingredients, the Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer creates a satin-soft finish for long-lasting makeup application. Delivering more than your average primer, this formula also visibly refines pores, blurs fine lines and improves skin’s texture and tone, just in time to highlight that summer glow.

Currently this is my favorite primer.  It instantly evens out my skin and blurs the appearance of my pores. It also smooths my skin and prepares it for foundation or bb cream.

Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Algenist.com

MitoQ
MitoQ

MitoQ ($185 USD) is considered to be the most potent antioxidant on the market to date and is proven to be 1000 times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in many anti-aging products. MitoQ is the only topical cream that can deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels shown to have an immense effect inrejuvenating the cells, encouraging the natural production of collagen and elastin and leaving skin looking radiant with a lit-from-within glow.

I have been using MitoQ for a few weeks now and noticed improvements in my skin almost instantly.  My skin looks so much better.  It is less blotchy, more even and I don’t see any fines lines or wrinkles around my eyes.  And my skin does glow!

Available at www.mitoq.com.

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream ($42 USD) –Breathe new life into the skin. Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream contains a clinical bioactive proven to help optimize cell respiration whilst smoothing, rejuvenating and protecting skin against daily urban pollution. This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia and Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness and skin radiance. Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin.

As I get older, my skin becomes more sensitive.  I love advanced anti-aging skincare like this that is also for sensitive skin.  This is very moisturizing and gentle without being greasy or oily.

Available at www.oricolondon.com.

 

 

Summer Makeup Ideas — Part 1

Summer makeup is usually bronze and shimmering and/or bright and fun.  This years offerings are no different!

I love using self tanner (post to come), so in the summer I don’t cake on the makeup.  So bronzer, great waterproof eye makeup and bright lips and eyes are the perfect products for an easy look.

I am so lucky to have been sent lots of fabulous makeup products for my honest opinion.  I have a lot to review, and here are some great ones:

ck one summer limited edition color capsule
ck one summer limited edition color capsule

ck one summer limited edition explores the colorful world under the sea and transforms its
tropical hues into a vivid palette of summer shades.

the lineup includes:

ck one summer limited edition powder bronzer compact in shade 400 sandbar ($25 USD)

ck one summer limited edition long wear + shine nail color ($14 each) scented with ck one summer fragrance
in shades 500 riptide (shimmery aqua) and 610 current (bright green creme).  Once dry, they smell fantastic!

ck one summer limited edition long wear cream eyeshadow tubes in shades 400 surge (bright turquoise), 500
reef (vivid green), and 720 dune (sandy beige) ($18 each).

I have been testing the nail polish in riptide and the cream eyeshadow in reef and dune.  The polish is crazy-pretty and smells great after it dries.  The eyeshadow in reef is a bit to bright for me, but I LOVE dune.  It is bronzy summer in a tube and lasts a long time on.

You can purchase these at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com.

tarte Aqualillies

Summer 2013 Aqualillies for tarte limited-edition collection is so cool!  Inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, the Aqualillies, this limited-edition collection includes seven splashproof products.

For additional information, check out the Aqualillies for tarte collaboration on tarte’s YouTube channel.

I have been testing the finishing powder, the lipstick and the eyeliners.  The finishing powder is so good!  Use a fluffy powder brush to buff it over foundation or bb cream.  It sets your makeup and blurs the look of fine lines and pores.

The lipstick is gorgeous, but way to bright for me.  I gave it to my teenage daughter and it is so pretty on her.

The eyeliners last FOREVER on.  But the brush takes me a bit to get the hang of, and you only have a few minutes play until it is set and totally waterproof.  Perfect for the pool!

Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com, Ulta and Sephora stores

Laura Mercier Folklore Collection

Laura Mercier Folklore Collection — Laura Mercier’s inspiration for this collection stems from Aztec influences and fantastical rituals, colours in this collection are reminiscent of ancient symbols and artifacts, textiles and jewelry. When conceptualizing the collection, Laura envisioned the spirit of earth and fire infused into an illuminating new mosaic of colour. The products create a naturally bronzed look, with fiery shades that are perfect for day and night.

Products in the photo above are:

Crème Eye Liner ($22 USD) — An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.  New colors are Canard (teal) and Cobalt (Vibrant Mid-Tone Blue).

Lip Crayon ($22 USD) A smooth lip colour that provides pure, long-wearing colour to lips in three on-trend shades for summer. With a convenient purse-friendly package, Lip Crayon never needs sharpening, making it perfect for travel and touch-ups on the go. The colors are Folklore (fuchsia), Mayan Sun (orange pink), and Burnt Clay (deep brown).

Baked Blush Bronze ($36 USD) — Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze is a baked powder with five complimentary shades that together provide the perfect, natural colour for cheeks and face. Each tile is hand-mixed with a unique design. The color is called Ritual and it is a warm bronze.

Illuminating Eye Colour (24 USD) — Eye colour with a multi-dimensional, luminous pearl finish with a soft, bouncy texture for excellent colour pay-off and a smooth, even application. The shades are Fire Glow (copper shimmer), Sun Glow (gold with shimmer) and Earth Glow (deep brown).

Faux Lash Mascara ($24 USD) — Give real lashes extreme volume and length for intense exaggeration and drama. The formula is extra-smooth, glossy and good-for-lashes, created with a blend of waxes and absolutely no fibers. Build rich, exaggerated lashes that are extraordinarily thick, super-shiny and conditioned.  The new color is Sierra Brown.

I have been trying the eye shadows.  I LOVE them.  So pretty.  I like to wear Sun Glow for an everyday light color and then add the Fire Glow in the crease and Earth Glow as a liner at night.  So glam!

These can be purchased at http://www.lauramercier.com.

I will be featuring more summer makeup products soon. (And may even have a fun giveaway in a few weeks!)

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Guide — Part 1, Bath And Body

I have been putting a Mother’s Day basket for my mom who lives in Oregon.  I love gathering beauty items that I think she will enjoy!

Since all mothers are different, I have a bunch of wonderfully scented bath and body products — I’m sure one will be perfect for your mother, grandmother, wife, girlfriend or girl friend.

Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection
Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine Collection

Indulge in a fragrance that embodies ethereal beauty with the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes. The latest offering from their fragrance studio, Floral wisps layer the air with heady Temple Tree Blossoms and jamsine sambac, entwined with honeysuckle, ylang ylang and damask rose and steeped in silky coconut milk.

The following products are available, ranging in price from $5 – $33: Bar Soap, Bath Salt Envelope, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Candle, Cologne, Hand Cream, Hand Lotion, Hand Wash, Home Fragrance Mist and Sink Set.

Available at www.thymes.com

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Beautiful Day
The exclusive Beautiful Day fragrance makes you feel like you’re having the perfect spring day, full of carefree, delicious moments. The scent starts with a sparkle of sun-kissed apple and finishes with a dash of wild daisies & fresh pink peonies, for a truly bright fragrance that lasts all day!
  • Top Notes: Sun-kissed Apple, Dewy Pear, Sparkling Cassis
  • Mid Notes: Wild Daisies, Lily of the Valley, Fresh Pink Peony
  • Dry Notes: White Peach, Blonde Woods, Creamy

Signature Collection Beautiful Day just launched this April. The collection includes: Eau de Toilette ($29.50), Fine Fragrance Mist ($14), Body Lotion ($11), Shower Gel ($11), Triple Moisture Body Cream ($12.50), Shimmer Mist ($14), Swirl Gel Lotion ($14), 2-in-1 Superfruit Body Scrub +Wash ($14), Travel-Size Body Lotion ($5) and Travel- Size Fine Fragrance Mist ($6)

These are available at Bath & Body Workds Stores across the nation and at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Fresh Vanilla Lemon The Healthy Deodorant

Looking for a new spring scent? Search no further thanLavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Make an airy impression with this modern citrus blend of crisp lemon, fresh bamboo, lush watery fruits and pure Madagascar vanilla – sure to be the brand’s cleanest take on vanilla yet!

The Fresh Vanilla Lemon Collection Includes:

  • The Healthy Fragrance ($58): Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance in Fresh Vanilla Lemon is beautifully made using pampering, natural ingredients.
  • The Healthy Deodorant ($18):A breakthrough in natural deodorants that delivers mighty protection against odor. For invigorating confidence, The Healthy Deodorant leaves behind a delicate trail of light citrus and powdery vanilla.
  • The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19):Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able fragrance lets you dab on lemon goodness whenever you need a quick refresher. The perfect perfume pick-me-up!

Available at www.lavanila.com and at Sephora stores.

Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra
Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra

TOCCA has opened up the golden gates to deliver their heavenly hand scent. Introducing the new Crema da Mano Luxe, a naturally rich, perfectly scented hand cream housed in a timeless metal tube.

Capture the world in the palm of your hands with one of TOCCA’s signature fragrances and uncover your piece of heaven on earth with each of their coveted scents.

§ Be inspired by the Mediterranean withCleopatra’s grapefruit and cucumber

§ Enjoy “la dolce vita” with Stella’s Italian blood orange

§ Escape on a Corsican honeymoon withGiulietta’s pink tulip and green apple

§ Travel back in time to old-world Paris withFlorence’s bergamot and gardenia

§ Enjoy tea time in Italy with Bianca’s green tea and lemon

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe (4 fl oz.) retail for $20 at Bluemercury and Sephora stores nationwide and online atwww.tocca.com and www.birchbox.com.

Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets
Kneipp’s Zen10 Gift Sets

Kneipp “Zen10” Bath Collection ($44 USD). Each travel size bottle is sufficient for 2 bathing experiences. This set contains the complete Herbal Assortment!

Lavender, Eucalyptus, Pure Bliss, Rosemary, Melissa, Warm Embrace, Valerian & Hops, Arnica Joint & Muscle Rescue, Juniper,Sensual Seduction.
Usage:
Fill  Tub, add Herbal Bath and mix gently. For 1-2 Baths. Water Temperature: 97-100 F/ 36-38 C. Bathing time: 15-20 minutes

Purchase at http://kneippus.com/zen-with-10.html

Laura Mercier  La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio
Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio

Laura Mercier La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio ($65.00 USD) — A limited edition candle sampler that features three best-selling gourmande scents (Fresh Fig, Almond Coconut Milk and Crème de Pistache) in 2.5 glass votives, plus a convenient Portable Candle Carrier that’s great for travel. Indulge in the delicious luxury of your favorite scented candles while at home or on-the-go!

You can find these at www.lauramercier.com or in fine department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence
Tocca Candelina Collection in Florence

As much as we love the sweet-smelling scent of freshly cut flowers, the blossoms aromatic effect doesn’t last long enough. Keep mom’s home feeling fragrant with a TOCCA Candelina.

The beautifully housed, travel sized candles are the perfect small indulgence that go a long way! TOCCA Candelina retail for $20 each at Barneys, Blue Mercury, Candle Delirium and online at www.tocca.com.

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated
AHAVA Color Me Hydrated

AHAVA Color Me Hydrated set ($27 USD) — Soothe cracked, dry hands, renew soles, and provide skin with all day comfort and hydration with this limited edition body care set.  It includes Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream and Mineral Foot Cream.

Available Available at AHAVAUS.com

Enjoy!

Have Fun With Your Hair With Rita Hazan POP Color

POP Color Temporary Color Spray

Be bold this spring with your hair — add a splash of color!Celebrity hair colorist and creator of the latest hair color trend, Rita Hazan has just launched this season’s must-have hair product. Rita’s new POP Color Temporary Color Spray ($18 USD) is a collection of Pink, Purple and Blue spray-on hair color inspired by a nationwide trend that Rita originally debuted on her client, Katy Perry.

POP Color allows you to temporarily customize and experiment with color by adding vibrant highlights, streaks, tips, and all-over color without using tints, bleaches or peroxide. Combining Rita’s signature color formulas with her proprietary aerosol spray technology, POP Color is as fun to apply as it is to wear.

What I think:  This is fun, vibrant color that is so easy to use.  Plus it works on all hair colors, from my daughter’s strawberry blonde locks to my dark brown ones.  If you want all over hair color, you will probably need two cans to saturate medium length hair.  We used them for tips and streaks and used about a can per head.   This would be great for everyday if you want a fun, creative look, or for holidays and parties!

Available for at the Rita Hazan Salon, www.RitaHazan.com, www.sephora.com and in Sephora stores nationwide

Have fun!

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.

BOSS BOTTLED NIGHT

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 www.theartofshaving.com

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 www.getjackblack.com

Fab Beauty Gift Sets For Holiday Gifts

I love giving gifts of products that my friends or family would not purchase for themselves.  An eyeliner wardrobe, high-quality brushes, great skincare, fragrance and hair care — these are fun to get as gifts because they introduce you to something new and fabulous!

Here are some of my faves for the season:

 

tarte Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES™ And Skinny SmolderEYES™ Collector’s Set ($39 USD) — A six-piece collection of full-size eyeliner favorites in universally flattering, must-have shades.

What it does:
These pure, powerful, and always-pretty smolderEYES™ liners glide on like butter and impart a precise line for a sleek look. Use the built-in smudger to go sultry and smoldering and enjoy the completely waterproof finish. Amazonian clay ensures longer wear, while nourishing lids, reducing surface oil, and improving overall texture. No matter how you wear these versatile shades, the rich pigments boast true, bold color.

This set contains:
– 5 x 0.056 oz SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Champagne, Gunmetal, Rainforest Black, Gold, Ash Violet
– 0.04 oz Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Onyx

Visit www.tartecosmetics.com to learn more and purchase.

 

Deluxe Travel Brush Collection ($95 USD)

Everything you need for flawless makeup application with 9 travel-friendly professional tools in a chic carrier case.

Brush up on beauty this holiday season with Laura Mercier’s must-have Deluxe Travel Brush Collection for flawless makeup application.  Perfect for on-the-go, this sleek, chic brush case features a rigid, hard shell design with two pockets and a removable mesh pouch housing a combination of nine professional Brushes for face, cheeks, eyes and brows.

A $252.00 value. http://www.lauramercier.com

Josie Maran Argan 6-pc Moroccan Holiday Collection

Pampering to go. Whether you’re heading across the country or just to the gym, this Moroccan Holiday collection brings you perfectly portable, pure Argan oil-infused products. The six travel-sized formulas help you achieve healthy-looking, glowing hair and skin. From Josie Maran.
Includes:

  • 0.5-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Cleansing Oil
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Oil Hair Serum
  • 0.5-fl oz Argan Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Lotion
  • 2-fl oz Argan Oil  Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
  • 1.9-fl oz Argan Cleansing Body Oil
  • Made in Morocco/USA

Purchase at www.qvc.com.

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio

Always a big hit for the holidays, TOCCA has introduced its newest Coffret Set in a festive green & gold with three new scents: Graciella, Violette and Giuletta. The fragrances are:

Giulietta: Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Vanilla Orchid, Amber

Graciella: Asian Pear, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang, Cashmere Musk

Violette: Italian Bergamot, African Violet, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood

Tocca Coffret Set retails for $45 at Sephora & Space NK stores nationwide and online at www.tocca.com.

TIGI

TIGI ELASTICATE DUO ($19.99) & RECHARGE DUO ($19.99) — Excite the adrenaline-junkie of the family with the latest from Bed Head. The NEW Elasticate Duo offers a supercharged formula for break-resistant hair while the NEW Recharge Duo eliminates the build-up of 2012 while adding high-octane shine Both NEW gift sets are available at a special holiday price.
Please visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a salon near you.  Feel free to reach out should you need hi-res images or product samples.