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For the Lip Balm Fanatic
For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Price: 4 Pack for $20
Where to Buy: www.BurtsBees.com
For the Skin Care Junkie:
With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Where to Buy: us.laneige.com
For the Beauty Queen:
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has just launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
Where to Buy: www.BuxomCosmetics.com
For Your Man Candy:
Can’t think or something for the special man in your life? The Proraso Beard Tin is the perfect go-to gift for any man in your life! The set includes, Beard Wash, Beard Oil and Beard Balm. The set also comes in three different scents, Wood & Spice, Cypress & Vetiver and Azur Lime.
Where to Buy: wwww.BigelowChemists.com
This holiday season, chemical-laden cosmetics are on the naughty list.
Instead, these holiday exclusives are formulated with clean, non-toxic ingredients. Plus, these festive, prepackaged gift sets are easy and convenient, making them a perfect option for a last-minute gift for any beauty fanatic.
From long-lasting liquid lipsticks to nourishing skincare duos, these gifts from bareMinerals and Josie Maran include something for everyone.
bareMinerals Solar Spectrum Beauty Essentials
For those who wants a little bit of everything, look no further than this holiday exclusive. This gift is filled with full-sized picks from eyes, face, and lips. Matte, sparkling, and shimmering finishes can be used to create infinite makeup looks throughout the season.
Where To Buy: bareminerals.com
GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights
The palette of 18 stunning eyeshadows to rock around every holiday hot spot is equipped with 8 new and exclusive hues. These sophisticated neutral shades, in soft matte to rich metallic finishes provide seamless bendability and pigment-packed color that lasts up to 12 hours.
Firm and Nourish Power Duo
Say goodbye to dull and dehydrated skin with this bestselling skincare duo. This gift set nourishes and hydrates your skin with two full-sized favorites, 100% Pure Argan Oil and Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter - packed in a beautiful responsibly sourced makeup bag.
Where To Buy: Sephora, sephora.com, and josiemaran.com
Josie Maran Pure Argan Hydration Duo
If one of your beauty goals for the upcoming year is to hydrate and attain a radiant,vibrant complexion, then this duo has you covered! This nourishing, travel-friendly duo includes Josie's classic, cold-pressed, 100% Pure Argan Oil and 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.
Where To Buy: Sephora, sephora.com, and josiemaran.com
Beauty gifts are so much fun for beauty addicts like me! It’s always exciting to get a clean palette of eye shadows as a gift…but excitement is short lived for those of us who struggle to apply it with ease. Enter Kiss My Lash mirror, the perfect addition to a beauty lover’s collection of beauty MUST -HAVES!
Whether you’re a makeup newbie or guru, the Kiss My Lash mirror and stand is ideal for any level of beauty skills. The patented triangulated mirror lets you see your upper and lower lashes from all angles for the most accurate placement when applying lashes, liner, and mascara.
Take it to the next level with the Kiss My Lash stand to help you work hands-free.
I love my Kiss My Lash mirror and stand! It makes putting on my eye makeup such a breeze! I never realized how much this mirror helps to make my makeup application easier!
I love the fact that the mirror is magnetic and attaches to the stand so that I can put on my makeup without having to hold it. But, since the mirror is removable from the stand, I can bring it with me wherever I go.
The Kiss My Lash Mirror is my new best friend! I bring it along on long car trips (when my husband is driving, of course) and it helps me to see my face from every angle. I am able to spot flaws that I may not have otherwise seen, and stray hairs that need plucking!
Holiday Special Pricing!
From now through January 1, 2019, Kiss My Lash will be $19.99, and can be bundled with this hands-free magnetic stand for $29.99.
For more information, go to: https://goodjanes.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Honestly Margo Instilling Confidence in Women of All Ages This Holiday Season
All-Natural Bath and Beauty Products Developed by a Young Woman for Women
Let's face it, the pre-teen and teenage years are a hard age for young women! And as a mom, I believe this is the hardest age to buy holiday gifts for. They are just outgrowing Barbie dolls, and are beginning to use makeup and learn about beauty products.
With self-esteem beginning to plummet in the tween years for girls and then often never returning to baseline, there is no greater holiday gift than one that builds confidence in teenage girls. Built on the platform of embracing individual uniqueness, the Honestly Margo line of bath and beauty products helps females feel good about themselves no matter their stage of life. And because all items falling under the brand’s umbrella are inspired by nature with nothing but goodness in them, gift givers can feel good about their Honestly Margo purchase as well.
Margo, the inspiration and titular founder behind Honestly Margo, personifies all these confidence-boosting actions. In 2013, when she was just 12 years old, Margo took a risk. Thinking less about what the world might think of her and instead focusing her full attention on her passion for beauty (i.e., being herself), she came up with an all-natural lip balm with only four ingredients. And thus, Honestly Margo was born.
Since then, the company has expanded into a full-spectrum bath and body brand, yet the focus has remained the same since day one. The company always uses the finest, safest ingredients in each and every one of its products. The Unicorn line from Honestly Margo was designed with younger girls, tweens and teens in mind. Playful and colorful, it includes bath dust, body lotion and hand/body scrub. The body lotions also come in more mature, woman-friendly scents. Each one is labeled with its own female name to highlight its individuality. Joining the body lotion in matching scents is a line of bubble fizz bath powders. When sprinkled into the tub, they fizz, bubble and shimmer.
“Honestly Margo stands for a strong women sisterhood,” explains Margo’s mom and brand co-developer, Irene. “We believe that the most effective way to instill female confidence is for women to build other women up. Honestly Margo is all about celebrating women’s ability to be empowered, to have confidence in themselves, to dream big, to take chances and to know that anything is possible.” No price tag can be placed on a holiday gift that encourages so much of today’s and tomorrow’s women.
I was given the chance to review a few products from Honestly Margo to review, and I have listed them below. I love these products! I plan to order several more to add to my daughters' stockings. My daughters are both married women now, but I have no doubt that they will love these products. (I am crazy about the roll-on lip gloss myself!)
Jazmin Grape Roller Girls Roll-On Lip Gloss- this delicious grape flavored lip gloss brings back many happy memories of my childhood, when I collected every flavor of lip gloss I could get my hands on. It is clear, and tastes great!
Helena Tinted Lip Balm-a delicious plum hue. Honestly Margo Tinted Lip Balms are perfect for when you want a hint of color, want your lips to get moisturized, and don’t want to be overdone. It is made with all-natural ingredients and has a peppermint-vanilla flavor.
Serenity Vapor Balm- is a convenient soothing balm in a large stick to use for relief of colds, congestion, headaches, and stress. I apply it under my nose and on my neck when my nose is stuffy, and it works like a charm to relieve my stuffy nose. No more chemical nasal sprays for me!
Clementine Grapefruit Citrus Energy Balm- CLEMENTINE Grapefruit Citrus Energy Balm is a convenient soothing balm in a large stick to energize you with the refreshing blend of grapefruit and citrus. I apply a bit of this amazing balm to my wrists, my temples and behind my ears for a little burst of energy and good vibes.
Aurora Lavender Sleep Balm- Aurora Lavender Sleep Balm is a convenient soothing balm in a large stick to use to help calm you to a restful sleep. TI apply this soothing balm across my forehead and under my nose at night. It really relaxes me!
Holiday gift givers who want to instill greater self-esteem in the women on their shopping list can learn more about the Honestly Margo female empowerment philosophy and discover all the bath and body products in the line at https://honestlymargo.com.
About Honestly Margo
Honestly Margo is a bath and beauty brand with the tagline “Inspired by Nature & You” underpinning its core beliefs and principles. Helmed by a mother-daughter team, the brand began from a young girl’s dream to create a business based upon inspiration, belief and persistence. Honestly Margo represents today’s women, creating products that are not only fun and fresh but also unique and relevant to what teens, tweens, Millennials and women are seeking. Pure goodness with good-for-you ingredients and products that feel amazing when used are the hallmarks behind Honestly Margo.
For more information, please visit https://honestlymargo.com
GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GIRL WHO IS:
Chic, classy, and would much rather be in Paris
Erborian Glow Crème ($42, Sephora.com)
This multi-benefit crème primer combines Korean ingredients with French luxury to create the perfect all-over illuminator, highlighter, and makeup base. The lightweight crème will help skin glowing through the winter as it gives the skin a pearly radiance, and the licorice root extract in the formula helps leave the skin brighter looking.
Goutal Paris Alcohol-Free Waters ($100, us.goutalparis.com and Goutal Paris NYC boutiques)
For over three decades, the house of Goutal Paris has created luxurious long-lasting fragrances packaged in elegant, chic glass bottles. This year, the house created a delicate alternative to its best-selling scents called Goutal Alcohol-Free Waters – and the white glass bottle that distinguishes the line is a French girl’s vanity dream. The Waters contain natural ingredient, incredibly gentle when used on the body, hair and clothing, and are safe for sensitive skin. Scents include: Eau d’Hadrien, Rose Pompon, L’Ile au Thé and Songes.
Goutal Paris Crème Universelle ($90, us.goutalparis.com and Goutal Paris NYC boutiques)
Treat yourself with this delectably smooth cream, enriched with shea butter and oil, as it effortlessly seeps into the skin to protect, repair and deeply nourish it. The crème was uniquely created to flatter fragrance – thus intensifying and helping extend their scent.
Lauren B Beauty - Summer in Provence ($18, Laurenbbeauty.com)
This serene blue/purple nail polish gives nails a certain je ne sais quoi and was inspired by the French countryside’s blooming hydrangeas, lilacs, pungent rosemary, and iconic lavender.
Don't panic! There are still several weeks left to find the perfect holiday gifts. And stocking stuffers? Yes! Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for beauty lovers like myself! (And a sneak peek at what my daughters will be receiving in their stockings!)
Enjoy a spin on the traditional lump of coal this holiday season with the beauty essentials that everyone will love - whether they've been naughty or nice! Bioré Charcoal Products are the perfect stocking stuffers to pick up during your holiday shopping trips. The invigorating scents of peppermint pays homage to the holiday season while having a fun twist on giving them the gift of char-“coal” that also cleans and smooths skin.
- Bioré Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water ($6.99)
- Bioré Charcoal Whipped Purifying Detox Mask ($6.49)
- Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar ($6.49)
- Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99)
- Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($6.49)
I love all of Bioré's Charcoal Products! My favorite new one is the Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water. I absolutely love it, because there are times when I am camping, or that I don't have time for a shower. I simply soak a cotton ball or washcloth with this amazing cleanser, and wash my entire face with it. It safely and effectively removes every trace of makeup. My skin is left feeling refreshed and deeply cleansed!
Available at select food, drug and mass merchant stores
Give a practical present with winter-fighting products from Uncle Bud’s Natural Hemp:
Uncle Bud’s is a new hemp-healthy brand that specializes in skin care, personal care and pain relief products.
- Uncle Bud's Belize Seaweed Detoxifying Mask ($2.99): Detoxify and moisturize your skin with this creamy, agave-scented mask, formulated with seaweed and antioxidants that leave your complexion radiant, fresh and intensely hydrated.
- Uncle Bud's Hand & Foot Cream ($15.99): This powerful, fast-absorbing cream is specially formulated with moisturizing ingredients to help soothe and restore dry, flaky skin on hands and feet.
- Uncle Bud's Bodywash ($15.99): This coconut-scented formula is made with a blend of powerful antioxidant ingredients, cleansing, refreshing, and restoring skin to leave you with a hydrated and radiant complexion.
I recently had the chance to try out Uncle Bud's products, and I am IN LOVE! The detox mask is such a luxury! These colder temperatures have made my skin look so dry and unappealing! After one use of this highly moisturizing mask, my skin looks supple and radiant!
The hand and foot cream is wonderful, too, because my hands and feet were extremely dry as well, and now they feel soft and nicely hydrated.
Uncle Bud's Bodywash is one of the best bodywashes I have ever used because it turns into a rich, sudsy lather that is perfect for shaving my legs. And it smells like coconut! It is so luxurious!
Available at Walmart and GNC nationwide, select Big 5 locations, and Amazon.com.
Find your favorite scent with this LAVANILA trio of hand-crafted, roller-ball fragrances. Each exquisite scent infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with a beautiful blend of pure essential oils for a luxurious experience that is gentle on sensitive skin. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. Set includes 3 x 5ml roller-ball fragrances $20 ($45 value)
- vanilla coconut Paradise Found: Creamy coconut, Tahitian tiare flower and Madagascar vanilla.
- pure vanilla The Perfect Vanilla: Warm Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean.
- vanilla grapefruit Sparkling Citrus: Juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, cedar wood and Madagascar vanilla.
I am a huge fan of Lavanila fragrances. They all smell so uplifting and delightful! I keep one of each fragrance on my car, purse and in my bathroom to freshen up whenever I feel the need to smell beautiful.
KORRES Hydrating Luxury Hand Cream Trio ($27.50; Value: $48.00, HSN and KorresUSA.com): Relieve dry hands with rich yet non-oily botanical extracts in a mix of floral and fruity scents to leave skin soft and supple.
- Bergamot Pear Hand Cream : There’s nothing quite like biting into a perfectly ripened, juicy pear. Carry that refreshing experience with you every day by lathering your skin with this beautifully scented, luxuriously hydrating cream.
- Guava Hand Cream : Invigorating blend of tropical fruits rich in a luxurious hand cream to deeply soften, smooth, and nourish the skin.
- Water Lily Hand Cream : A hand cream that deeply moisturizes and nourishes skin. Formulated with shea butter and natural vegetable oils, this luxurious cream is the perfect remedy for dry skin.
These lovely hand creams are the best! I keep one in each of my purses and in my care. The fragrances are intoxicating, and my skin is protected from the elements. My hands have never been so soft!
KORRES Greek Beauty Sleep ($24; Value: $51, Sephora and KorresUSA.com): Get glowing, bright skin by morning with this vitamin-rich Wild Rose duo.
- Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil : Filled with real rose petals and rich in fatty acids and vitamins A and C, this ultra-concentrated oil rejuvenates your skin, repairing the look of fine lines while improving the skin’s overall tone and texture.
- Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial : Wake up to a bright, revitalized complexion with this overnight facial that targets dull skin with Wild Rose Oil, vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, rosewater and hydrating Imperata Cylindrica Extract.
For youthful, radiant and flawless skin, Korres Greek Beauty Sleep products are the best! I use it all the time, and my skin looks forever young. This year, my daughter (who is 20 years old) asked me for a night cream for Christmas, and guess what she is getting in her stocking?) I know she will love this gift set!
If you weren't able to get Mom the perfect Mother's Day gift, don't fret! Clarins has gifts that can give Mom a glow that can make her look as if she just returned from a tropical place! Unless you can afford to buy your mom a trip to an island paradise, the NEW Clarins Sunkissed Color Collection is the next best thing!
This sun-kissed collection of glow-enhancing cosmetics makes me look and feel like a bronzed-goddess. Bring on the sunshine, I am ready to show some skin!
Clarins’ iconic Bronzing & Blush Compact is back with a limited edition design, featuring pink flamingos and palm trees. Three gradients of warm matte shades and the ultra-fine texture create a flawless and glowing complexion. Skin is hydrated and protected all day long, thanks to a vegetal Micropatch and Anti-Pollution complex.
I love the way this bronzer looks on my skin. It gives me that beautiful, radiant touch that just adds that 'extra' glow to warm up my complexion.
This product has four retractable shades: black, purple and turquoise to perfectly line and define the eyes, and a fuchsia lip liner adds a pop of color to your skin. All four shades are enriched with Black Acacia and Sunflower Wax Complex to comfort eyelids and lips.
I am thrilled with this perfect invention of four products in one! It is so much fun to switch things up and add an unexpected pop of color when I am in the mood.
These new limited edition shades are oil-free and offer a creamy texture that instantly blends into the skin to contour, define and illuminate the complexion. Infused with plant extracts, its multitasking formula delivers hydration and protection against pollution and free radicals.
I love the way this primer makes me skin look and feel! It gives me a hint of color, and it looks completely natural.
Clarins’ best-selling Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil comes in a new shade – Blackberry. Leaves lips with a glossy plum finish. A soothing blend of Hazelnut and Organic Jojoba oils help protect against dehydration to visibly restore beautiful, nourished lips.
My lips feel luscious and sexy with this heavenly formula, and the shade is gorgeous!
Clarins Sunkissed Summer Color Collection will be available on www.clarins.com and at all Clarins counters nationwide starting May 2018.
I cannot believe that the holidays are already upon us! This holiday season, Tony Odisho brushes, shampoos and conditioners are the perfect stocking stuffers for your loved ones. With an affordable price point and high-quality product developed by the man behind the chair, Tony Odisho, these products below make the ideal gifts for this holiday season.
Small/ Medium/Large Round Copper Brush
Get your style on with this Round Copper Brush line. Inspired by the timeless beauty and elegance of French copper cookware, we are proud to introduce the newest addition to the Ostia Collection, our Round Copper Brush this brush is the ideal styling tool! Available in three sizes, the pPure copper core retains and distributes heat evenly for a smoother and healthier finish to your style. The extra-long bristles and boar strip work together to create the perfect tension for styling, while the seamless handle guarantees a snag-free blowout every time! Tourmaline bristles withstand heat and prolong the life expectancy of the brush. You will love the results when you use the Ostia Collection Round Copper Brush line line! Available in 3 sizes. to get your style on!
- Looks chic and elegant
- Inspired by French Copper Cookware
- Copper core distributes heat evenly- leaving hair healthy and smooth
- Extra-long bristles and boar strip work together to create the perfect tension
- Tourmaline bristles withstand heat and prolong the life expectancy of the brush
- Seamless, snag-free handle
Small/ Medium/Large Paddle Brush
- High quality mixed bristle brush
- Creates a silky, smooth style
- Bristles are strong enough to detangle extensions and natural hair, but gentle enough to smooth through keratin protein bonds
The perfect blend of boar and nylon bristles makes this brush strong enough to detangle extensions and natural hair, but gentle enough to smooth through keratin protein bonds. Great for all hair types. I love this brush! It is perfect for brushing through after I apply my leave-in conditioner. It helps to evenly distribute it so that my hair can achieve a uniform application.
Gentle Moisture Shampoo 8oz
- Ideal for natural hair and hair extensions
- Sulfate, paraben, and sodium chloride free
- Color- safe formula
- Cleanses and stimulates hair and scalp
- Improves hair elasticity and shine
- Improves hair and adds shine, cleanses and stimulates hair/scalp
Eleven distinct botanical extracts impart vital moisture while delicately restructuring hair for a clean, manageable finish. The rich, color-safe formula is sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. Ideal for both hair extensions and natural hair.
Intense Conditioner 8oz
- Smooths and hydrates
- Increases hair strength and elasticity
- Anti-inflammatory for scalp health
- Restores hair’s natural texture, glow and luster
- Strengthens hair shaft
The Ostia Intense Conditioner is a nourishing daily conditioner that deeply moisturizes, strengthens and improves the elasticity of the hair. This naturally gentle formulation adds softness, manageability, and shine to all hair types- especially color treated, keratin treated, and human hair extensions. This alcohol-free formula is infused with vanilla bean for a fresh, natural fragrance.
Ostia Collection 3-in-1 Mist
The power of three. Detangle, shine, protect. This vitamin-packed mist leaves hair soft, healthy and manageable without adding weight or buildup. Created with Titanium Dioxide to block damaging UV rays, jojoba oil to moisturize, and Dimenthicone for heat protection, the 3-in-1 Mist provides intense protection for your natural hair or extensions. I am IN LOVE with this amazing hair mist! I spray it all over my damp hair after I wash and towel dry it. I then brush it throughout my hair with my paddle brush. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, healthy and divine! This 3-in-1 Mist is my newest hair care obsession!
For more information, please check out tonyodisho.com
More about Tony Odisho:
Tony Odisho, President and Founder of Tony Odisho, began his career in Rome, Italy, where he studied cosmetology at the prestigious Marelena Academy. Young and ambitious, Odisho immigrated to the United States determined to bring the best beauty practices from Europe. He was promptly hired by L’Oreal Professionnel to work as an educator and color expert. Tony then opened his acclaimed salon and spa, Exsalonce, in Roscoe Village, Chicago. Tony’s reputation as a master extensionist and businessman landed him an executive position for a major hair extensions brand. In 2009, Tony saw the need for his own line of high end hair extensions. He created Tony Odisho , offering the best quality extensions and everything needed to apply and care for them. Tony Odisho, Beauty for Life. Tony Odisho is still a master stylist and a member of the prestigious Intercoiffure America-Canada.
STRESSING OVER LAST MINUTE GIFT GIVING? LET AVON, JOHN FRIEDA, PUR, AND RITUALS PROVIDE
THE PERFECT GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST!
AVON TRUE COLOR LIP BALMS
Hydrate your lips in 5 of these luscious shades that provide moisture and a pop of color!
Shades include Cherry Kiss, Pink Pucker, Coral Crush, Plum Passion, Peach Pout
PRICE: $4.00 each
AVAILABILITY: Avon.com or through your Avon Representative
JOHN FRIEDA PERFECTLY FULL MOUSSE
Transform limp winter locks with this light and airy foam that plump up strands and builds natural body.
AVAILABILITY: Food, drug and mass retailers nationwide
PUR ELEVATION HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE
Take your winter complexion to the next level with these three soft illuminating shades that are sure to brighten your daily makeup routine.
RITUALS GREEN CARDAMOM CANDLE
Gift your loved ones this holiday season with this light, fresh, and unique scented candle.
*Product en route. Any opinions are my own.
Haven't finished all of your holiday shopping yet? Neither have I! That is why I am headed out Monday to pick up a few of these gift sets. Hard Candy has many great options and best of all, they are all under $20!
Seize the Sparkle Nail Color Bag
This nail set includes four sparkly shades, perfect for holiday parties!
Hard Candy Contour and Sculpt
This gift set is perfect for the girl who knows a thing or two about contouring. This kit has everything she needs for that radiant look.
You can find all Hard Candy gift sets at Walmart!
*Product en route. All opinions are my own.