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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
Gift Me Something Redefining the Gift Giving Experience
Just in time for the holidays, new app inspires users to give more meaningful, personalized gifts
Embracing the belief that it’s better to give than to receive, the new Gift Me Something app is redefining gift giving for friends, family, co-workers and everyone in between.
Gift Me Something is a social network that allows friends and family to create, share and suggest gift ideas. Whether creating wish lists for themselves, charities, friends, families or others, Gift Me Something enables users to consolidate wish lists in one place – while inspiring people to think outside the box for more meaningful, personal gifts.
“Gift Me Something redefines gifts not just as products, but also as favors, experiences, self-help, self-fulfillment, generosity, donations and more,” said John Weeden, founder and CEO of Gift Me Something. “Gifting and sharing, even to yourself, engenders gratitude and a healthier approach to our surroundings and interaction with our world.”
Gift Me Something’s app simplifies gift idea collation by allowing individuals to:
- Create gift lists, bucket lists, shopping lists and share them with friends and family
- Snap and post photos of geo-localized experiences, locations, venues, products and just about anything you can dream of to share with their network as part of their wish list creation.
Create wish lists from around the globe with a single click
Gifts can be organized into wish lists for individuals for specific categories, with the ability to add, edit, or delete as needed. Sample wish lists include:
- Special occasions such as holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or
- Cause-related lists and ideas for giving to various non-profits or charitable donations
- Ideas for party themes including decorations, food and beverage
- Hobby lists featuring supplies and experiences
The app is available to download through the App Store or through Google Play.
For more information, visit www.gift-me-something.com
Know somebody who loves their pet as much as their own child? This holiday season, give the gift of a KISH original pet portrait!
Florida-based Artist Gretchen Kish Serrano creates custom pet portraits by combining her creativity with inspirations from classic artists including Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt.
A KISH Original painting is a joyful expression of love for your pet with a familiar artistic inspiration. She paints vibrant works of art honoring the exceptional bond her clients share with their pets. Specializing in dogs and cats, Kish is also open to commissioning other pets.
" I express the love for a pet through my art," Kish believes. "I offer my clients a variety of artistic style options for their art.each with a unique inspiration from an artist I admire."
Currently, Kish is focusing on three distinct styles for her commissions; however, she is open to discussing additional options based on her client's artistic preference.
"Although I paint in a variety of artistic styles, I have been drawn to these three in particular: Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt," she explains. " I enjoy the challenge of painting in different styles and techniques. I also admire Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin and so many others."
Styles include BRUSH, inspired by the thick brush strokes and bold color palettes of Vincent van Gogh; DRIP, inspired by the expressionistic drips and splatters with their bold, overlapping colors and the thick surface texture created of Jackson Pollock; and GILD, inspired by the gilded works of Gustav Klimt. To mirror the style, Kish gilds using 23kt gold.
Prices vary depending on the style selected and size but many range from $2000 to $7000 per original commission for one pet. To add a second pet to portrait, an additional 10-20% is charged.
For the process itself, Kish loves to begin by hearing about her client's pet and discussing style options. Next the client provides photos showing their pet from a variety of angles with different expressions. Kish then emails the client one or two sketch options and asks they write a message to their pet. The artist follows up with photos as the painting takes shape. Once completed, Kish paints the message to their pet on the back of the canvas. The timing for a portrait commission can take three to six months from initial consultation through concept, painting, framing (if requested), to shipping and delivery.
Take a look at this adorable KISH portrait of my beloved dog, Banner!
It really captures the essence of Banner, don't you think? I will treasure this portrait long after Banner is gone.
ABOUT THE ARTIST KISH: An artist with a passion to express love for our pets through art—Gretchen Kish Serrano paints with inspiration from the artists she most admires. Her artwork is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt among other master artists. A Northern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kish has worked as a graphic designer and art director at a large Chicago advertising agency. Her formal art education includes coursework at Chicago's famed Art Institute. She is also the creator of Paw Palettes®—a master-inspired pet art collection available through her note cards, art prints and licensed products sold worldwide. The artist creates from her studio in Cape Coral, Florida, where she lives with her husband and two amazing children.
To learn more about KISH Original, visit: www.Kishoriginal.com
Do you have a gourmet chef on your holiday gift list who enjoys creating spicy dishes? Or somebody who appreciates quality ingredients, fresh flavors and trying out authentic global recipes? Why not give them something unique, yet personal this year?
How about gifts from Raw Spice Bar? Raw Spice Bar is a company whose mission is to give you the best possible flavor experience by sourcing the highest quality ingredients. They toast and grind each individually to draw out eye-popping aromas and deep, complex flavors. Then, they expertly blend each ingredient to create the characteristic tastes of each region's unique cuisine profile. No more pre-ground spices that have lost their flavor before even hitting store shelves! Plus, these spices are much healthier because they are salt-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan!
Get that special someone a Gift subscription where they will receive a spice subscription that gives all year. They'll receive 3 spices, shipped quarterly, with plenty of recipes for all diets. A Raw Spice Bar subscription will be a much appreciated gift! The portions are perfect and the recipes are easy and flexible.
Gift cards can be sent directly to your recipient or printed or emailed yourself. The subscription starts when they're ready to sign up - the gift cards never expire.
DON'T MISS THESE DEALS!
Raw Spice Bar is running a promo on their new regular spice subscription: 50% off the first box on SPICE SUBSCRIPTIONS by using the CODE: 50PERCENTSPICES at checkout!
Also, check out Raw Spice Bar's spice set gifts. These make a great gift for cooks, birthdays, thank you's. Take $5 off any spice set, code GIFTSPICES https://rawspicebar.com/collections/spice-sets-gifts
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!
The holidays will be upon us before we even know it! It is never too early to begin shopping for your loved ones, co-workers, friends and even your children's school teachers! I enjoy selecting unique gifts for unique individuals, and almost everyone loves something sweet!
I was excited when I discovered Bumbleberry Farms honey spreads.
Bumbleberry Farms is a woman owned business that is transforming honey cultivation. Their unique approach helps promote healthy environment while also supporting community development.
Their hand crafted, artisan honeys come in innovative flavors like their Heritage Honey Cream Spreads: Lovers Leap old world sea salt caramel, Squirrel Crazy pancakes and maple syrup, Sticky Buns cinnamon slathered in icing, and Molten Lava deep chocolate fudge spice.
I was given the chance to sample two of these delicious flavors and I think I just got an idea what heaven tastes like. The Molten Lava is a chocolate lover's paradise.
The Lovers Leap salted caramel is my favorite, and I may or may not have eaten the entire jar (by myself) as a dessert while watching a movie. I am not kidding, both the caramel and the chocolate contain everything desirable about a sweet treat that you could possibly crave!
Add to that, Bumbleberry Farms only uses only the highest quality, clean ingredients, and a respect for how nature intended it to be. You just cannot go wrong enjoying these products yourself as well as giving them as gifts!
These Bumbleberry Farms spreads are so creamy, and I can taste the delicious sweetness of honey. I love the pure cane sugar crystals that add some delightful texture. I can only imagine what these spreads would taste like as a topping on ice cream, or as a dip for fresh apple slices. Pure PERFECTION in a jar!
Another plus is the adorable packaging that makes giving these tasty spreads as gifts even better. The labels are really cute! I plan to order a few of these and put them away (if I can avoid the temptation) to have on hand as gifts for teachers, bus drivers and neighbors. It would be fun to put together a gift basket with a few jars of Bumbleberry spreads along with some candy and maybe a cute little whimsical mug. The gifting possibilities are endless!
Enter to win: One winner will receive an assortment of Bumbleberry Farms Honey Cream Spreads. (ARV: $50)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the GiveawayTools form below for your chance to win!
For more information, visit their website: https://www.bumbleberryfarms.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely adore chocolate! Not just any chocolate, mind you. If I am going to eat chocolate, it has to be worth the indulgence because I don't need wasted calories. I need my chocolate to be luxurious, rich and decadent. Well, I found it! I found the kind of heavenly chocolate that only dreams are made of in the form of tinyB Chocolates.
I was given the chance to try out tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros. tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros are a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle, with a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell.
They taste as delicious as they look! Is your mouth watering yet?
Brigadeiros have an interesting history. They were invented by Brazilian women in the mid-1940s as a product to sell to raise funds for the women’s rights-conscious presidential candidate—Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. They were the Brazilian MAGA hats or HOPE posters of their day! Brigadier Gomes didn’t win the election, but “brigadeiros” became a national tradition and are still made across Brazil to this day. Now, San Franciscan and tinyB founder Renata Stoica (a Sao Paolo native) is using her old family recipe to bring the tradition to America. Renata infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper, and Brazilian coffee.
Brazil. Bossa nova. Beaches. And now brigadeiros! That’s the essence of tinyB chocolates. They capture the excitement, romance and richness of Brazil in the magic of its favorite national chocolate treat.
Made fresh to order with two-day delivery guaranteed anywhere in the continental US, tinyB offers the hands-on care and service of a local family-owned business blended with international charm and panache.
But at its heart, tinyB is about the happy love story between Renata, a beautiful Brazilian chocolatier, and Andrei, a San Francisco tech entrepreneur. They fell in love, got married and started tinyB in their kitchen as a way to share their love for each other and for brigadeiros with San Francisco and the world.
Renata’s special recipe heightens the chocolate intensity, without the bitterness of dark chocolate or the sweetness of extra sugar. Hand-dipped coatings offer a variety of sensational taste treats.
Just as Renata fell in love with Andrei, I fell in love with tinyB after the first taste! (Of course my husband grabbed the box and we fought over them, which is not a very romantic story, but we did learn to share.) I have never tasted chocolates so fresh, as if they were just made!
Each tinyB is handcrafted and gently placed in gift boxes that are detailed with care because they want you feel that they're made just for you - which they are.
Perfect for sharing, giving and enjoying. Client gifts. Wedding favors. Holiday gifts! Enter to win a box below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a 15-piece box of brigadeiros from tinyB Chocolates(ARV: $34)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the GiveawayTools form below. Good luck!
For more information, visit tinyB at: https://www.tinybchocolate.com
How to Make Your Holiday Gift Shopping Experience More Enjoyable
As we get closer to Christmas and the end of the year, local retailers and outlets become more packed with people shopping for gifts. The same is happening online, with many online retailers pushing their delivery estimates back a few days due to the high volume.
On the other hand, there are also more deals and special offers available. This means you can save more on the holiday gifts you’re getting for loved ones and close friends. Don’t worry about facing difficulties getting those holiday gifts because I have the perfect tips and tricks for you to use in this article.
It is always best to shop in one go, but this is something that can only be done when you do proper planning first. Check out my Holiday Gift Guide pages for this year and start planning the gifts you want to buy for the holiday season. Making a complete list of things to buy is a great way to start.
Now that you have a shopping list, you can start browsing through online retailers and outlets to figure out where to buy the gifts (and how much the items would cost). I always love comparing prices between different websites and trying to get the best deals on my holiday purchases.
Having a shopping list is also a great way to keep your holiday shopping within budget. Don’t forget to add a few extra alternatives so that you can get the gifts you want on time, without spending too much money in the process.
I mentioned how fun searching for deals and discounts can be, especially during the holiday season when there are a lot of discounts to chase. Before making your purchases, spend some time to go through deals websites and other resource centers to find the right coupons to use.
If you are shopping for groceries, for instance, you can now add Weis eCoupons to your Weis Club Card. The next time you visit your local Weis outlet, the coupons are used and you instantly save a lot of money on the items you buy.
Using coupons and special discounts online is even easier. You only need to enter the right coupon code to claim the discount. Keep in mind that you may need to split your purchase into several purchases since you can only use one coupon code per checkout.
Don’t wait until the very last minute to do some holiday shopping. As tempting as it may be, giving yourself plenty of time is always the way to go. You can seek alternatives, take more time to compare deals, and even choose to return to the shop if it is too crowded or uncomfortable when you shop early.
You also don’t have to worry about shipping delays and other issues when shopping online. So, what are you waiting for? Start with that holiday gift list today and prepare for a fun and thrilling holiday shopping experience. The tips we discussed in this article will help make your holiday gift shopping experience more enjoyable.
The best gifts you can give to someone that you love is a gift from the heart. With Collage.com, you can create gifts that are made with not only the love in your heart, but with photos of cherished memories. These are the types of gifts that keep on giving.
I was having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for a few of my family members this year, and so I decided on a Collage.com Custom Photo Blanket. With a custom photo blanket, my loved ones will not only be reminded of special memories that we have shared when they look at the photos I chose, they can also feel 'hugged' by me when they wrap the warm fuzzy blanket around them.
Photo Blankets Turn Warm Memories Into Cozy Afternoons
Collage.com is America’s number-one photo blanket destination. They make it easy to print your favorite photos on a soft, cuddly blanket that we guarantee you'll love. Upload photos from your phone, Facebook, Instagram, or your computer in seconds—and wrap yourself in your favorite memories on ultra warm, super soft fleece. See why hundreds of thousands of customers have turned to Collage.com photo blankets for an amazing custom gift, or just a perfect addition to the living room. It is so easy and fun!
Printed-to-order in the USA, each Collage.com blanket is made with incredibly soft, machine-washable Arctic fleece, and created using a special dye-sublimated process to keep your images sharp and bright. These photo blankets have been hailed as a perfect gift by everyone from “Good Morning America,” to “The View,” to AARP: The Magazine, Forbes, Mashable, and Buzzfeed. Every purchase is covered by Collage.com's Just Right 100% satisfaction guarantee.
There are four delightful photo blanket styles you can choose from, which include Fleece, Sherpa, Printed Woven and Woven Image.
While I am waiting for my latest Collage.com order to arrive, I wanted to show you the photo blanket that I ordered for my son, Braxton last Christmas. It is made from the softest fleece. Braxton has slept with it every single night for a year, and it is still in perfect condition (even after several washes!) Braxton loves the sweet memory of when we went to Universal Studios and met Sponge Bob, so this blanket gift was the perfect gift for Braxton.
Get started on your custom blanket here!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a gift code to create a custom blanket of their choice from Collage.com. (up to a $300 value.)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.