Holiday Gift Guides 2015: Last Minute Beauty Gifts

Are you still wondering what to get that awesome lady in your life?  Well, I don’t mean to be a brat, but you’re running out of time!

Below are some wonderful beauty gift ideas.  Some you can find in stores, but if you want to order online, I think deadlines are coming up!

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Foaming Bath Gel ($20 USD) — This invigorating Sandalwood bath gel will foam into an opulent lather. It is mild enough for everyday use. Splendid in the bath, equally marvelous as a body cleanser in the shower.

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Body Lotion ($22 USD) — This luxuriously nourishing Sandalwood body lotion will leave your skin velvety-smooth. Its exceptional scent makes moisturizing a gratifying experience.

When I saw these I though Sandalwood?  Too spicy!  But these smell amazing!  And they would be nice to have in a his and hers bathroom as the shower gel would work for men or ladies!

Purchase at http://www.caswellmassey.com

Japonesque Pixelated Color Kit $28) preps skin with the Radiance Primer, illuminates skin with Liquid Light, and perfects with the Pixelated Color Finishing Powder for a glowing complexion all night long.

 The Japonesque Pixelated Color Eye Defining Pencil Set ($23) in 4 new bold shades, the color pencils combine an exquisite gliding texture with saturated prismatic color to create a stunning multitude of looks.

Both of these kits are perfect for the beauty junkie that you’re not sure what to give. The first is an amazing highlighting set, perfect for holiday photos.  The second are gorgeous eyeliners in a black, gray, blue and plum.  No brown?  That’s fine with me, I have a TON of brown eyeliners!

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

XSense Deluxe Sample Pack
XSense Deluxe Sample Pack

XSense Deluxe Sample Pack ($14 USD) — A perfect way to try each scent in your own day. The deluxe sample pack has 2 doses of each scent to help you at work, play and rest. It’s a perfect introduction to the power of natural, scientifically backed ingredients. You get a sample of each of these containing ingredients which could help significantly:

WorkSense—helping learning, retention, memory, and accuracy;
PlaySense—helping speed and endurance;
RestSense—helping reduce stress and improve relaxation.

  • Made with a proprietary mix of natural and pure ingredients
  • Results may vary
  • Carefully formulated, with special versions for men and women
  • Not a drug, not habit forming
  • 100% Money back guarantee
  • FREE Ground shipping on all domestic orders

This all kinds of smell the same to me, very strong and herbal.  I am not sure how they work, but they do wake me up and are a neat idea for the lady who likes aromatherapy.

Purchase at xsenseworld.com

Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials
Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials

Key West Aloe Tropical Escapes Key Lime Essentials ($55 USD) Feel refreshed from head to toe with Key Lime hair and skin products – complete with travel bag.

Set includes:

Key Lime Shampoo, 8 oz.

Key Lime Conditioner, 8 oz.

Key Lime Bath & Shower Gel, 8 oz.

Key Lime Lotion, 6 oz.

I haven’t tried this scent, but it sounds amazing!  I have been using a lot of winter scents lately and this sounds refreshing.  I have tried Key West Aloe and really enjoy it.

Available at  www.keywestaloe.com

Too Faced Le Petite Maison
Too Faced Le Petite Maison

Too Faced Le Petite Maison ($39 USD) —  exclusive to Ulta Beauty this holiday season and gives you everything you need to embrace elegant beauty. The kit features 12 soft, blendable eye shadows, and Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara for party-perfect eyes housed in a cozy French apartment.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I love Too Faced.  Their eye shadows are amazing!  I think this would be an amazing give for your makeup obsessed friend!

Purchase at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Cool Beauty Gifts

Looking for a cool beauty tool or a fun palette to give this holiday season?  I have some great ideas below.  From a hi-tech way to apply makeup to affordable palettes to luxe collections, there is something for everyone.

Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System
Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System

Luminess Air Epic Airbrush System ($399 USD) – Reveal skins natural beauty with our dermatologist tested and recommended Luminess EPIC Airbrush Makeup System. Airbrushing helps eliminate cross contamination (no need for makeup brushes) resulting in healthier looking skin.

This system is truly an EPIC breakthrough with its game changing digital design. The Epic features a built in display, easy to use interface, and several tutorials that brings our professional makeup artist Heather Boswell directly into your home revealing the simple art of Airbrushing. Luminess Air’s specially formulated foundation allows you to spray away a verity of unwanted imperfection such as acne, discoloration, dark circles, bruising, scars, wrinkles, rosacea; even tattoos. Our makeup allows skin to breathe without sacrificing coverage – Airbrushing with Luminess Air gives sheer to ultra-coverage minus the appearance of thick or cakey makeup. This kit contains everything you need to create a flawless, camera ready look!

 Kit includes:

EPIC Airbrush Compressor and Stylus

AC Adaptor

Instructional DVD

1 Year Warranty

4 – 0.55oz bottles Ultra foundation

1 – 0.25oz Blush

1 – 0.25oz Skin Brightening Glow

1 – 0.25oz Moisturizer/Primer

Too Faced Le Petite Maison ($39 USD) — Exclusive to Ulta Beauty, the kit features 12 shadows, Deluxe Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, and Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara for party-perfect eyes.

Ulta Beauty Ulta Be Discovered Blockbuster Kit ($24.99 USD) — For those who just don’t want to share, keep curious hands out with the lock and key closure. Includes: 33 eye shadows, 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer, 4 brow powders, 1 eye shadow brush, 2 color coat cream eye shadows, 6 glitter eye top coats, 2 dual ended eye liners, 2 butter balm glosses, 1 powder brush, 1 eye liner brush, 6 gel eye liners, 1 highlighter, 2 eye shadow primers, 1 brow brush.

Makeup Revolution’s Mermaids Forever 32 Piece Eyeshadow Palette ($15 USD) in a beautiful collection of colors! Mermaids are forever, and this palette is the stuff that fantasies are made of. A breathtaking collection of jewel tones inspired by aquatic fairy tales and folklore, from sea greens to cobalt blues.

All available at Ulta.com

Tory Burch Holiday Cracker ($28 USD) is a perfect stocking stuffer! Cheerfully wrapped in a signature print which encompasses a little note from Tory and a Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball – a scent of floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli, anchored by earthy vetiver.

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com

Tory Burch Lip Color Set ($72 value of $96),  represents the ideal balance of sheer yet vivid color and rich texture with a weightless finish. Each color is designed to flatter a variety of skin tones and is subtly scented with notes from the Tory Burch fragrance – cassis, grapefruit and mandarin.

Available in the fine fragrance area at most department stores

September 2015 PopSugar Must Have Box!

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I have been subscribed to PopSugar for two years now and really love it!  You receive a box of goodies with a retail total of over $100 for $39.95.  If you’d like to subscribe, use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5 off your first box. musthave.popsugar.com

I received my September PopSugar Must Have a few days ago and have been enjoying the contents!  This box is one of the lightest I have received and seems a little sparse, but I think all of the items are really useful.  Here is a breakdown of them:

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Hudson+Bleecker Labrynth Onyx Travel Trio ($42 USD) — I couldn’t find this printed travel trio on the Hudson+Bleeker website, but the enclosed description card in the box states that one of the bags is for intimates while one is for shoes.  The material is a slick polyester and I think it will be good to keep items clean and separated while traveling.  Available at http://www.hudsonandbleecker.com.

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Kris Nations “XOXO” Bar Chain Bracelet ($35 USD) — This very delicate bracelet is Cut from recycled sheets of brass with 14k gold overlay.  It’s very pretty, but barely fits my wrist.  I am probably going to gift it for the holidays.  Purchase at krisnations.com

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Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Envy Brow Shaping and Defining Kit ($39 USD) — This is the item that I was most excited about.  This includes two brow powder colors, blonde and brown, a setting wax, a highlighter, tools and an instruction booklet with stencils.  It’s really easy to use and makes gorgeous brows!  Purchase at http://www.toofaced.com.

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20 USD) — This is an ultra-lightweight leave-in conditioning spray fortified with nourishing rosehip, argan, and coconut oils.  I like this, but I need very little or my hair gets oily.  But if I use just a little, my hair becomes very soft and shiny! Purchase at http://www.sephora.com.

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NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil ($18 USD) — A luxe vitamin E oil treatment that promotes strong and healthy nails. This is ultra-moisturizing and works well to keep cuticles soft.  I’m not a fan of the sweet scent, so I will use it just once or twice a week.  Purchase at http://www.shopncla.com.

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Nourish Snacks Almond to Cherries ($2 USD) As you can see from the photo above, I have already tried the snack.  I really like it.  The cherries aren’t too tart and the almonds are unsalted.  Very yummy!  Purchase at http://www.nourishsnacks.com.

Do you subscribe to PopSugar Must Have?  Did you get the September box?  Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

Too Faced Contest “Friends Don’t Let Friends Miss Deals!” on Facebook

Too Faced is currently running a contest on their Facebook Page. It involves you letting your Facebook friends know about fabulous Too Faced cosmetics and in return you receive Too Faced’s exclusive employee discount. Cool, huh? For more details, watch this video by Too Faced founder Jerrod Blandino: 

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=589830997360&ref=mf

The contest runs through August 31, 2010. Enjoy saving!

Give The Gift of Too Faced This Holiday Season

Too Faced is that rare type of makeup company that makes products that are a combination of coolness — colors, packaging, even the product names — and really good quality everyday (and special occasion) cosmetics.  

On of my favorite Too Faced products is the Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer ($30.00 USD). It is a makeup primer scientifically formulated to achieve the look of flawless skin without makeup. I don’t usually wear primer unless I really love how it makes my face look and feel. This primer has a nude tone that melts into the skin, so ladies with all skin shades can wear it. It includes Vitamins A & C, Mulberry extract, and a powerful dose of Retinol to make pores appear smaller and hydrate skin.

I like wearing Primed & Poreless with just a little concealer and powder, because on its own, my face looks smoother and I don’t need full makeup. But, it would work well with liquid or powder foundation.

LASHLIGHT ($25.00 USD) — is an innovative mascara formula containing millions of microscopic mirrors that bounce light off lashes for a super-glossy, jet-black finish with an exclusive light up wand to spotlight each lash for the most precise application possible. Cool huh? LASHLIGHT is “formulated to thicken, lengthen, and condition while coating lashes with the glossiest of jet-black finishes to make eyes look brighter, whiter, and camera ready. A combination of Panthenol and Vitamins C and E keep lashes healthy and Red Algae increases Keratin resistance for maximum lash flexibility.”

I like this mascara, but don’t love it. It does make my lashes longer and thicker, but it clumps a bit and I have to work at it to get the clumps out. I do love the light and the mirror on the side of the tube — great for nightclub touch-ups! 
Glamour Revolution ($39.50 USD $100 Value) is a limited-edition makeup book that includes everything a to keep you beautiful this holiday season!

This set contains:
– Milk Chocolate Single Eyeshadow
– George & Weezie Single Eyeshadow
– Boy Toy Single Eyeshadow
– Label Whore Single Eyeshadow
– London Calling Single Eyeshadow
– Glamazon Single Eyeshadow
– Dirt Bag Single Eyeshadow
– Party Girl Single Eyeshadow
– Neptune Single Eyeshadow
– 3 Lip Glosses
– Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
– Brightening Blush in La Vie En Rose
– Shadow Insurance (colorless application)

What can I say? This is a fab kit that has everything you need to look stunning! I love the blush and bronzer — pretty together, and the eyeshadows and lip glosses include enough colors to make everyone happy!

Visit www.toofaced.com to purchase. You can also find Too Faced at Sephora and Ulta. Enjoy!

Lots of Looks in a Little Package — Too Faced Glamour To Go

Too Faced Glamour to Go 2
Too Faced Glamour to Go 2

I treated myself to this wonderful little makeup kit with a gift card I received for Christmas.  It is always fun to try out new makeup colors.  I have been using this palette all week and have been creating great eyeshadow and lip gloss combinations.

The Too Faced Glamour to Go kit ($19.50 USD) includes 8 eye shadows, four lip colors and a blush. It comes in a little mirrored compact with the eye shadows on top, and the blush and glosses sliding out on the bottom.

The eye shadows contain shimmer, but aren’t too glittery which is perfect for me. Their pigments are okay, but not the most concentrated. I find if I use an eye shadow base or concealer under it, then layer the shadow, it will last me all day. The colors come in cool grays and pinks and warm golds and browns for a variety of looks.

The blush is a lovely peachy-pink with just a hint of shimmer. I only need a little of this because it is a bit bright on my pale winter skin. I really like it, though because the shade matches the cool and warm eye and lip looks.

The lip glosses are almost the consistency of a soft lipstick. They are a little sticky, but not too bad. They are very shiny and shimmery, so it might be more of an evening look if you work in a conservative office. I work in a non-profit, so a little glitz is fine!

The best part of Glamour to Go is that it is so small. I do my face in the morning, then toss it in my purse. I then have it on hand for touch ups at work. It does not come with applicators, so I just use my fingers or bring a brush or two along. Fun!

My Christmas Wish List Part 2 — Cosmetic Kits

For my second beauty wish, I would love a make-up kit. ANY make-up kit. I love the variety that a case with many colors and products bring. And of course, I love trying new things (hence this blog).

Sephora and Ulta top my list for great places to find fun holiday kits. Companies such as Too Faced, Smashbox, Nars, Urban Decay plus the Ulta and Sephora brands all have kits-a-plenty. Another great place is Target, which now has the Pixi, JK Jemma Kidd and NP Set lines as well as Sonia Kashuk and Boots No. 7.

The fabulous Too Faced World Domination All Access Backstage Beauty Collection’s price has just dropped from $42.00 to 34.00. This is a cute jewelery box that plays The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy while a very stylish little doll twirls around. It contains eight eye shadows, Duo Bronzer, Face Illuminator,  six lip glosses, brow powder, eyeliner cake, and blush.

For lovely lips, Stila’s Shine On Gift of Glaze includes six glosses. The colors are; Vanilla (pearly nude),  Brown Sugar (shimmering golden nude), Raisin (shimmering golden plum), Grapefruit (frosted pink), Apricot (melon nectarine), and Gumdrop (vibrant pink). These glosses are very conditioning and not too sticky, which is very nice!

Finally, as I really love Petra Strand’s Pixi line, I love the Pixi Must Have Kit. This comes in a deluxe wallet and carries a compact of 2 lustrous eye shadows, 2 creamy lip colors, a brightening blush and 4 mini brushes. The colors I saw were cool pinks.

So keep your eyes peeled at the stores you like to shop for cosmetics; I’m sure you will find a fun kit that you would love to give and receive!

Long Lashes That Don’t Smudge? Try Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara!

Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara
Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara

I love me some mascara! I love long, thick, eye-opening lashes and many of the modern mascaras give me just the look I want. Not natural, or sweet. I’m 40. I need WOW eyes, 24-7.

It wasn’t always like that for me. I used to hate mascara. It would clump and run. And not really make my tiny lashes look much bigger then they were. But so many new, wow formulas and brushes are afoot, and that makes my eyelashes much happier. 

One good example of a great new mascara is Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara. This is a mascara with a smaller wand that gets even the puniest lashes and lengthens them.

The cool thing about the Lash Injection Line from Too Faced is that “Lash Injection Pin Point’s exclusive 3D polymers build waterproof tubes around each lash that expand and stretch far, far beyond the natural lash while the sleek pinpoint precision brush separates and curls for the most divinely detailed, healthy lash look imaginable. Like paraffin dip treatments, moisture is locked into the lash by each tube, and lashes stay conditioned and hydrated.”

The tubes are cool, but difficult to remove. You need a good, oil based remover to get it all off. Lancome’s Bi-Facil is a good one. But this mascara WILL NOT SMUDGE, so it is worth the work to remove.

Priced at 19.50 USD this mascara is a bit of a splurge, but it is worth it if you like long lashes. Another good skinny-brushed mascara at a cheaper price is Maybelline’s Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof Mascara. This one is priced for $7.29 USD at Walgreens. It also grabs all of your lashes and is waterproof so it rarely smudges. Both of these mascaras are worth checking out if this is the look you are going for!