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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
With the sun going down before dinnertime, it’s normal to feel a little down and dreary this time of year. Luckily, December 21 st is National Look on the Bright Side Day- and that doesn’t only apply to your attitude! Brighten up your skincare routine as well with this selection of brightening essentials.
Here is a current lineup of products that are sure to brighten both your day and your skincare routine:
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
If you follow my blog, then you know that I love beauty products! I am especially fond of organic, natural and cruelty-free skin care and cosmetics. The Organic Skin Co. is at the top of my list for some of the very finest beauty products I have tried. I am in love with their vibrant, richly pigmented, luxurious Lip Service Lipstick colors! They have 12 gorgeous colors to choose from.
My lips are my best feature, and so I enjoy playing them up. I admit, I have been a bit bashful when it comes to trying out new shades, but I was very impressed by The Organic Skin Co's Wisteria and Ruby Red from their Lip Service Lipstick. I absolutely love these colors on my lips! You know how sometimes lipstick looks completely different in the tube than it does on your lips? Or that the pigment isn't very rich no matter how many coats you apply? Well, the shades I have chosen from The Organic Skin Co. look just as beautiful on my lips as they do in the tube.
And, since there will be plenty of holiday events to attend it will be fun to to dress up and sport festive lip shades.
Here is a photo of me wearing Wisteria
I love this beautiful color! It stays true on my lips. I can apply it lightly for a slight pinkish hue, or wear it boldly, like I am in my photo above.
One of my biggest problems that I have with my lips is that they are very sensitive, and tend to get irritated with certain formulas. Thankfully, The Organic Skin Co's lipsticks are formulated with the benefits of calendula and rosemary supercritical extracts, as well as nourishing organic oils and carnauba wax. They feel amazing on my lips and do not irritate them in the slightest. This is a such a plus, because my lips also get chapped very easily, and they are very protected by the ingredients in The Organic Skin Co's formula.
Here is what I look like in the Ruby Red, perfect for the holidays! Finally a red shade that looks great on me!
Again, I can choose to blot it, to wear it as a slight stain or wear it as bold as I am in my picture above. Look how cute the packaging is. The lipstick tubes are very elegant.
To learn more about The Organic Skin Co. go to: https://theorganicskinco.com
So technically hemp products can’t get you high, but they can still make you feel good. As it turns out, hemp seed oil has a ton of benefits as it is high in antioxidants and the essential fatty acids. (Aka the good kind, omega 3 and omega 6)!
With National Brownie Day just around the corner on December 8th, we suggest you add Uncle Bud’s Natural Hemp Products to your daily beauty roll up. Every Uncle Bud’s product is formulated with the brands exclusive CANATREX technology, as well as with vitamin and antioxidant-rich hemp oil; a natural remedy that aids in muscle aches, joint pain, skin conditions, and much more.
Below is the current lineup of products to help you relax, de-stress, and unwind.
Uncle Bud’s Hemp 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 Hemp Topical Pain Reliever ($15.99): This fast-acting pain reliever works faster, penetrates deeper and relieves aches and pains better than any other over-the-counter pain relief product on the market.
Uncle Bud’s Hemp 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 Hemp Body Wash ($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.
Uncle Bud’s Hemp Sunburn Soother ($15.99): Relieves discomfort from sunburn, insect bites, wind burn and dry skin via a cooling, hydrating and healing blend of hemp oil and aloe vera.
Uncle Bud’s Hemp Massage & Body Oil ($19.99): Relieve aches and pains with this versatile, fast-absorbing, coconut-scented oil.
Available at Walmart and GNC nationwide, select Big 5 locations, and Amazon.com
Of course, everyone loves getting presents during the holidays, but one of the best things about the season is giving - giving gifts to loved ones, and giving to those in need.
This holiday season, with every bareMinerals purchase bareMinerals will donate $1 to the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation to bring joy and opportunity to women and families! What could be better?
If acne breakouts are still pestering you even though it's been years since you had to cram for a mid-term or final, you're not alone. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology 54% of women 25 and older experience adult acne.
One powerful natural ingredient that hasn't been widely promoted to treat this annoying issue is black cumin seed oil, which is the main ingredient in Zaman Skincare's new Sleeping Beauty Serum.
Completely different from the cumin you cook with, this cumin comes from a plant called Nigella sativa. An antibacterial beast, black cumin seed oil helps eradicate acne since it's bacteria that exacerbates pimples in the first place. It's also rich in anti-inflammatory properties and contains high amounts of thymoquinone, which helps heal acne and acne lesions.
Why else is black cumin seed oil an amazing pimple popping preventer? It's one of the richest oils on earth comprised of over 100 valuable chemicals elements, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals including the nutritional powerhouse Zinc.
Remember, the skin is the last organ in the body to receive any nutrients we take internally, so its important to supplement topically with skincare. Many practitioners suggest taking a Zinc supplement if you’re acne-prone, so black cumin seed oil is a great way to also treat your skin topically.
Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum is a blend of Cumin Seed and Organic Vitamin C. While the Black Cumin Seed acts as an anti-inflammatory to prevent and heal acne, the Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
I was given the chance to review Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum and I am completely in awe of it. (I don't tend to break out much, except around my time of the month.) Regardless, I wanted to try this beauty serum due to the fact that I love products that are designed to use while I am asleep. I first tried this product about two weeks ago, after cleansing my face at night. After I applied it, (to my face and neck) it appeared to be very greasy! I was worried for a moment, but my worries quickly subsided after about ten minutes when the serum completely absorbed into my skin. It was not the least bit oily or greasy.
I was amazed at how nicely hydrated my skin felt. I did not even feel the need to apply any additional nightly moisturizing cream. My skin rarely feels this soft with the use of only one product. I awoke to perfectly supple skin that looked very well rested and extremely healthy.
Along with Zaman Sleeping Beauty Serum, I was given the opportunity to try out Zaman Skincare's Rise & Shine Serum. I use this serum on my face and neck after cleansing in the morning, before applying my usual makeup. I was immediately in love with this amazing formula. It creates the most perfect primer for my foundation! The serum absorbs completely into my skin, and I am able to feel a very nice tightening effect. It also supplies my skin with the daily dose of moisture it needs without a hint of oil or grease.
I am not kidding, my skin looks so much younger after using this serum for a couple of weeks now. I really cannot even see any wrinkles or lines on my face.
Rise & Shine Moisturizing Serum is a highly effective formula that noticeably penetrates the deep layer of the dermis, to effectively repair damaged skin while visibly enhancing collagen and promoting elastin production. This scientific formula is geared towards helping tighten and smooth fine lines, wrinkles while delivering radiant moisturized skin.
Available for $80 on Zamanskincare.com, Amazon.com and Ahalife.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
One of the very best skin care companies I have ever experienced is Rodan+ Fields. I love every single one of their products that I have tried. I was very excited to find out that Rodan + Fields came out with a new product. Their new Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid is truly amazing!
I wear foundation every day no matter what, and when I learned that Rodan + Fields launched their Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid, I couldn't wait to get the chance to try it for myself.
"Introducing our new, groundbreaking tinted Glow Guard, Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Formulated with dermatology-inspired skincare ingredients to deliver a radiant, healthy-looking complexion in six flexible shades. Use as the last step of your skincare routine to protect and perfect the glowing skin you’ve earned.
Why do we call Radiant Defense a Glow Guard? Its unique and proprietary RD3 Complex protects your skin. It helps neutralize the harmful effects of environmental aggressors, repair skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect it from sun damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. Trust your skin to the doctors who’ve gotten it from the get glow."
I love how you have the option to select your matching shade by uploading a photo of yourself to virtually try on different shades of Radiant Defense to find your best match. From their six available shades, I discovered my perfect skin tone match, which is the Sand shade.
From the moment I first applied Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid to my skin, I could tell that it was going to become my new favorite foundation.
After cleansing in the morning, I apply my Perfecting Liquid to my entire face, neck and upper chest area, and blend it gently with my fingertips. (You can also, apply it with your foundation brush or sponge.) I love the light, non-greasy formula that is so easy to blend.
It leaves a beautiful, radiant finish that never looks shiny or oily. It enhances my skin, and gives me a youthful, healthy glow. It looks and feels like a second skin, and yet does not look like I have makeup on my face. It covers all of my imperfections and makes my complexion look flawless. I am thrilled that it contains SPF 30, because I do not need to wear a separate sunscreen product, and my skin in protected and ready to go.
Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid leaves my skin in better condition than ever. I have never before used a foundation that can make those claims!
For more information please visit: https://www.rodanandfields.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
It is such an honor to be noticed by those who I admire! I was recently given the chance to be interviewed by one of the best online beauty resources on the internet! Beauty Essential is your online corner for all things beauty related. They are definitely right up my alley!
Beauty Essential definitely has everything that beauty obsessed ladies like myself could possibly ask for, all in one place. You will find makeup tips and tricks, fashion advice, health and diet information, facts about skin care, plus- you can learn how-to achieve the perfect hairstyle!
Beauty Essential is quite the addictive website. It is so much fun to explore and learn things that I didn't even know about. In fact, I may need to brush up on a few makeup skills that I thought I had mastered! I guess I am a little behind in some areas, and could probably benefit from reading up on a few Beauty Essential beauty tutorials to get myself up-to-speed! It is never too late to learn something new!
I thought that was so nice that Tiffany from Beauty Essential took the time to contact me and ask me if I would like to be interviewed and to be featured on this amazing website. I usually shy away from interviews, because I am actually pretty shy when it comes to answering questions, but Tiffany made it easy. She emailed me the questions, so I was able to think about my answers and not stutter over my words. (Which I often do!) It was a lot of fun! Thank you Tiffany, and thank you, Beauty Essential.
You can read my interview here.
Learn more at: https://beautyessential.net