Beauty Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Soap and Paper Factory, Softlips, Skindinavia and Mary Kay

I have three daughters — so Santa has lots of stockings to stuff!  Beauty gifts are always a great idea for women of all ages!

My youngest daughter (10) loves the Softlips cube, my middle daughter (15) loves how the fragrance wand smells, my eldest (19) has fun with nail polish, the soaps and candle is perfect for my mother-in-law (not saying age!), and I would love the Skindinavia!!!

Which of these fab products would you love to give – or love for yourself?

The Soap and Paper Factory — This company has lots of fragrant, lovely packaged products that are perfect for stocking stuffing!  From soaps, hand creams, candles, plus lip butters and solid fragrances, there is something for everyone on your list!

Purchase at http://www.soapandpaperfactory.com

Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry
Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry

Softlips Cube Pomegranate Blueberry ($3.49 USD) — This glass-like, cube-shaped lip balm in a light, fresh Pomegranate Blueberry flavor provides unprecedented, 5 in 1 lip care to  hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect with SPF 15 and add a subtle sheen.

Conveniently available at mass retailers, the cheerful-looking Seasonal Edition will make spirits bright for a limited time!

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ($35 for 4 oz, $49 for 8 oz) Get perfect makeup now and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion later. Our lightweight, silicone-free primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits you’ll love as well!

Stuff this in her stocking and she will thank you!  One of the best makeup primers I have tried!

Available at http://www.skindinavia.com/products

Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio
Mary Kay At Play® Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio

Mary Kay At Play Hail to the Nails Mini Nail Lacquer Trio ($15 USD) — For the perfect party shades to gift or keep, this triumphant trio nailed it! Mini Nail Lacquer Trio shades include Pink Hottie, Silver Sparkle and Inky Blue. Packaged in a ribboned box that’s ideal for gift-giving.

Purchase at http://www.marykay.com

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand
Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand

Mary Kay Winter Wishes Eau de Toilette Wand ($20 USD .25 fl. oz.) — Wishes come true with a wave of this wand – a clean, fresh fragrance that’s adorable as a stocking stuffer. Plus, it smells fantastic, just like the holidays!

  • Features cheerful, fruity notes like snow apple and citrus sparkle.
  • Warms the heart with floral notes of jasmine petals and cozy musk.
  • Easy on-the-go application and touch-ups.
  • Ideal for gift-giving – packaged in a decorative tube container.
  • Perfect for purses and travel bags.

Available at www.marykay.com

Product Round-Up — My Fave Beauty Things Week of November 10 — 16, 2014

It’s so cold outside in Kansas City…brrr!  I try not to go outside in the cold air, but when I do, I can feel my face and lips cracking from the freezing air!  So dry!

So, this week I’m loving products that will help my dry and chapped skin. I have been testing great skin care, lip balms and body products to help me for what I hope is not too cold a winter.

My faves are:

PĂĽr Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex
PĂĽr Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex

PĂĽr Minerals M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex ($38 USD) — Feed your skin with anti-oxidants and protect it from free radicals. This anti-aging, hydrating cream has been shown to improve skin texture and tone in as little as 10 days.  The M.M.C. Anti-Aging Moisture Complex is free of chemical dyes and contains key ingredients that detoxify, condition and renew the skin.

What I think: This is perfect for my recently dry skin from the cold air.  I love using this as my night cream.  I have noticed my skin is smoother and really soft in the morning.

Available at http://www.purminerals.com

Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter
Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter

Soap and Paper Factory Shea Lip Butter ($9 USD) — These Lip Butters are packed with Shea Butter, and totally emollient!  They offer three fragrances, each made with PURE essential oils — Blood Orange (above), Limoncello, and Mint Julep.  These butters are long lasting, and will keep your kisser soft and supple.   A sweet, vintage inspired design comes with a mirror.

What I think:  Love these.  They each smell amazing and are so moisturizing on the lips.  Perfect for throwing in a purse or pocket for continued moisturization throughout the day.

Available at http://www.soapandpaperfactory.com

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic
Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic

Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic ($55 USD) — Steeped with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, this formula purifies and invigorates the complexion, while acting as a natural toner to restore the pH balance of the skin.

What I think:  Such an amazing natural toner. I love the fresh scent of this and the fact that it doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  My skin is softer after using, which is rare from a toner.  I highly recommend this product!

Purchase at http://www.TammyFender.com

Mad Hippie Face Cream
Mad Hippie Face Cream

Mad Hippie Face Cream ($25.99 USD) — Formulated with 12 actives including peptides, acai, argan oil and resveratrol, the Mad Hippie Face Cream reduces the appearance of wrinkles and creates smooth, healthy skin. The peptides and actives kick-start collagen production while Mother Nature’s best antioxidants neutralize aging free radicals.

What I think: If you are looking for an effective natural moisturizer, this one may be perfect for you! It has so many good-for-you ingredients that leave skin so soft!  I have noticed that my skin does appear younger (my laugh lines less noticeable) since I have been using this cream!

Available at www.madhippie.com

Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub
Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub

Rituals Laughing Buddha Good Luck Scrub ($29 USD) — Luxury combination of organic sugar and wonderful softening oils. Specially developed to nourish and revitalize even the driest of skins. The natural ingredients Sweet Orange & Cedar produce a wonderfully warm aroma. Use the body scrub once or twice a week for a soft and glowing skin.

What I think:  This scrub smells wonderful, like the holidays!  And it really softens my skin and removes any dry skin.  A little goes a long way to super smooth skin!

Available at http://www.us.rituals.com

Korres Guava Body Butter ($29 USD) — Soothe dry skin instantly with this creamy body butter enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin.

Korres Guava Lip Butter ($12 USD) — This beautifully scented, creamy body butter are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness.

What I think: Both of these products are highly moisturizing.  The lip butter is  not tinted which is perfect for everyday and every night use.  It really softens my dry lips.  The lotion is also really softening.  I use it after showers and at night to keep my skin (I love using it on my legs) hydrated.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

What have you been loving this week?  Any new skincare? Leave a comment and let me know!

Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is in a week!  Time to grab something fun and different for mom.  Below are some great beauty, home and treat ideas just for mom.  Hopefully you’ll find the perfect gift for her!

Soap and Paper Factory Solid Perfume
Soap and Paper Factory Solid Perfume

Soap and Paper Factory Solid Perfume ($18 USD): Soap & Paper Factory’s beautiful, solid perfumes are a perfect way to keep your favorite scent smelling fresh all day.  Apply to your pulse points, as often as desired, or dig deep and use as a pomade.  Created with pure jojoba, beeswax, Soap & Paper Factory’s Solid Perfumes are available in 12 of their signature fragrances.  This Mother’s Day, I recommend keeping it fresh with choosing a Solid Perfume in Lavender or Jasmine.

Available at www.soapandpaperfactory.com.

Dana's Bakery Adult Juice Box
Dana’s Bakery Adult Juice Box

Searching for the perfect gift to give your mom this Mother’s Day? With May 11th quickly approaching, it’s time to get moving! Luckily, Dana’s Bakery has made it easy with her unique and delicious cocktail inspired Mother’s Day “Adult Juice” box, consisting of Margarita, Cosmopolitan and Peach Bellini (yum!). They are now available for pre-order at http://www.danasbakery.com to ensure they arrive on time for Mother’s Day.

Hen House Linens
Hen House Linens

Hen House Linens — Give Mom the gift of a beautiful table with these spring patterns for table linens.  Add a little fancy to your daily routine. Hen House cloth napkins and placemats always feel elegant even when take-out Thai and a box of wine do not. Keep six napkins of ALL your favorite coordinating colors on hand for daily use. There is nothing easier than adding a beautiful cloth napkin to your table to make your family or guests feel at once fussed over and comfortable. Paperless living never felt so good!

Visit http://www.henhouselinens.com to learn more.

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier
Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier

Mally Beauty Lip Magnifier ($20 USD) — Give mom the chance to plump her pout with Mally’s high-shine, ultra-smooth lip color.  Mally Beauty’s Lip Magnifier combines luminous color with a refreshing, multitasking formula which combines the creamy color of a lipstick, with an ultra-fierce shine of a gloss. Available in 15 gorgois shades, but for this Mother’s Day I recommend gifting mom Mally’s Lip Magnifier in Nude Rose!

Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Baby Sebamed
Baby Sebamed

Save busy moms a trip to the store and give them the gift of a relaxing bath with new, gentle bubble baths and creams that are designed for babies’ delicate skin, but use stress reliving natural ingredients like lavender and chamomile, perfect for moms to relax with after a long day. Baby Sebamed is a top dermatologist-developed skin care brand formulated at pH 5.5, the ideal pH for babies’ skin. Made especially for sensitive, delicate and even problematic skin, Sebamed formulas are hypoallergenic and tear, soap, gluten and alkali free. They are tested and approved by moms and dermatologists, and can be used on newborns through to toddlers. For a complete package, pair these gifts with a soft towel or bathtub toys.

Available at http://www.sebamedusa.com

Whatever you decide to get for that lucky lady in your life — I’m sure she will love it!  Enjoy!

 

 

Candle Gift Ideas For The Holidays

A beautifully scented candle makes a perfect gift for the holidays. A pretty votive can be a great stocking stuffer and a larger luxury candle is a perfect hostess gift or a gift for a favorite neighbor. Here are some of my favorites: 

Nest Holiday Votive Candle ($14.00 USD) combines holiday traditional scents such as mandarin orange, pine, cinnamon and eucalyptus. It is boxed is in a pretty red velvet box. Approximate burn time: 15+ hours. Other details are:

  • Net weight: 2.3 oz.
  • Soy blend wax.
  • encased in a shiny decorative gold votive glass

Check out www.neimanmarcus.com to purchase

TOCCA Brigitte Candle ($34.00 USD) — The Sephora website describes this new scent as, “Brigitte channels the essence of screen siren Brigitte Bardot—an icon of glamorous, free-spirited class. Tocca’s newest fine fragrance invites you into Brigitte’s bike ride in the south of France. The intoxicating scent of the Marseilles spice market mingles with ginger, then folds in the essence of Moroccan Rose petals, blending chic, old-world European style with whimsical and exotic intrigue. Brigitte’s loveliness is deliciously textured—sweet top notes of Rhubarb and Papaya bloom into middle notes of Iris and Saffron. Her depth shines through bottom notes of Sandalwood and Musk.”

Notes: Ginger, Rhubarb, Papaya, Moroccan Rose, Iris, Saffron, Sandalwood, Musk, Pannetone Accord. Visit www.tocca.com to purchase

Soap and Paper Factory Patch NYC Stag Candle ($32.00 USD) — This vintage inspired collection of artisan scented candles are crafted by hand. They are 100% pure soy and have a 75 hour burn time. The notes ar {siberian fir, cilantro, citrus, raspberry  and scent is described as, “fresh as a brisk morning walk in the woods, cozy as an evening by a roaring fire, a festive scent for celebrating the season”.

This is a perfect scent for the holidays, especially for those of us who have a fake tree! It will make us feel like we have brought a little bit of the indoors inside. Visit www.soapandpaperfactory.com to learn more and to purchase.

Soap and Paper Factory Creates Beautiful Bath Products

The Soap and Paper Company combines natural, handmade products with earth-friendly, beautifully designed packaging. What’s cool is that each pattern and fragrance are created together. The website states that, “each fragrance is designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Each pattern starts as a hand drawing often inspired by nature and finished with a modern flare.”

I sampled the fragrances and they are very natural and fresh smelling. Some of my favorites are Fig, it is deep and sexy, Orange Blossom, because it is so fresh and bright, the Green Tea, which is clean and citrusy and the spicy and sultry Geranium. 

I also tried the following products:

Solid Perfume ($18.00 USD) — Solid perfumes are so great because they contain soft scent in a great, travel-sized container. You can take it anywhere. This solid perfume contains pure jojoba and beeswax blended with fragrance and does not contain parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals. Available in Rosewood, Verbena, Orange Blossom, Green Tea, Jasmine, Gardenia and Geranium 

Shea Butter Soaps ($9.00 USD) —  This bar soap contains shea butter to soften the skin. This is great for the bath or the sink. It is available in Roland Pine, Geranium, Jasmine and Gardenia.

Check out and purchase these product and more at www.soapandpaperfactory.com. Enjoy!