Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for the ladies in your life?  Here are some really fun beauty products that are fabulous and under $25!


ChapStick® Holiday Tins ($4.99 USD) in new colorful and fashionable designs are available for a limited time. Plaid and Snowflake tins containing Strawberry, Cherry and Spearmint Classic ChapStick® varieties and the Diagonal Candy Cane Stripe tin containing limited-edition Candy Cane are available exclusively at Walmart for the SRP of $4.99 each

The ChapStick® product and information have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for my honest review.  I think these are a great value and a really great gift!

bliss mistletoe must-haves
bliss mistletoe must-haves

bliss mistletoe must-haves ($12 , a $24 value) – This mega-moisturizing duo for lips and hands includes the fabulips softening lip balm and 1 oz. high intensity hand cream.

Available at, Sephora, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake
Violent Lips The Red Snowflake

Violent Lips The Red Snowflake (9.99 for a set of three) and are available in the snowflake print above as well as fun holiday glitter prints! Just apply like a temporary tattoo.

Available Online at
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set
tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set

tarte thoughtful treasures best-sellers set ($19 USD) — A limited-edition, deluxe-sized collection of tarte’s best-selling favorites. The limited-edition set features:

• deluxe maracuja oil

• deluxe Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in limited edition thankful (golden pink)

• deluxe LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint in energy

Tarte has taken the guesswork out of giving with a handpicked collection of their favorites that’s simply the best. These charming deluxe sizes of best-selling maracuja oil, Amazonian clay 12-hour blush and LipSurgence™ skintuitive lip tint deliver a radiant and rested appearance even on the fly.

Available at


The perfect stocking stuffer or 12 days of Christmas present, Goody offers ornaments, gift wrap, and bows that double as hair accessories. Dress up the tree or an adorable package with a headwrap, elastics, or clips that are also a festive accessory to wear to parties. $3.99-$5.99, Target, Walmart, Kmart, and CVS.

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes
Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes

Yes to Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes ($2.99 for 10) Our famed facial towelettes in mini! These all-natural and hypoallergenic Towelettes and made with soothing ingredients like cucumbers, green tea, and aloe. They fit right into your purse, gym bag or even your TSA size clear plastic bag! Regardless of where you are (let’s imagine Hawaii) your skin will feel gorgeous, hydrated, smooth and most of all refreshed!

Available at and mass market retailers near you.


Gifts for your girlfriends are always tough. You don’t want to overspend, but you want it to be meaningful. Bodycology offers fantastic sets at Walmart and Target under $20 including Soothing Body Scrubs and Body Butters, Travel Cases, a Sock Set, and an adorable Scrubbing Mitt with hand and body lotion.

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray
Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray

Blowpro textstyle, mini dry texture spray ($9.50 USD) — Versatile formula allows you to set textured styles in just seconds.  Quick-dry dispense provides dramatic definition that works to not only build desired texture, but controls grease and oil buildup. Our brushable blend of ingredients and Lasting-flex® technology with built in memory allows you to re-create your style the next day.

Available at

Hope these ideas help!  Have fun stuffing stockings!

Great Products To Help Keep The Summer Glow Going Through Fall!

Keep your glow up with these fun summer-enhancing products.  From a great color-customized mineral foundation, to a cheek gel to some great glosses, enjoy a new easy look that will help you sail into Fall while keeping your color!

e.l.f. Mineral Personal Blend Foundation SPF 15 ($8.00 USD) — Create customized mineral based color for a perfect match, year-round! Housed in a unique quad  chamber for the perfect mix, the weightless mineral formulation blends seamlessly into skin and contains natural skin protecting SPF 15 and is 100%  mineral based with no parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes. Infused with key Vitamin E for rich antioxidants that hydrate and replenish the skin. The inner dial allows you to control the amount of product dispensed so you can create  your customized color and keep the powder closed for clean and easy use every time.

Each quad blend contains four perfectly matched shades:

  • Light:Porcelain, Fair, Light, Beige
  • Medium:Medium Beige, Golden Honey, Tan, Bronze
  • Dark: Almond, Toffee, Dark, Deep

What I think:  This is such a great idea for a summer powder.  I have the medium, and I am in between Golden Honey and Tan so I mix them together.  I use Bronze for a bronzer and I know as my (fake) tan fades, I know I will be more Medium Beige.  So I get all different looks in one product.  Genius! The only thing that I don’t care for is that there is a little shimmer in it and I like my powder matte. This is for sale at a Target store near you.

Perfekt Beauty Cheek Perfection Gel ($28.00 USD) — gives an instant lit-from-within flush to the cheeks.   The multitasking formula glides on effortlessly to instantly per-fekt and enhance the appearance of the cheeks. Smart Color Technology™ assures a perfect color  match for every skintone. This gel leaves a hint of natural color, sculpting and  highlighting the cheekbones.

What I think:  I like to use just a little bit of this gel to get a lit-from-within glow.  It comes in two shades — Blushed and Bronzed.  I have Blushed, which is a pretty red-toned blush that looks so natural on.  But you can tell it is blush, I have had many compliments on it.  Purchase at or

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Shadow Trio & “No Tug” Shadow Brush ($29.00 USD). This eye shadow trio is all about intense pigment, in a naturally pretty look. It’s packed with skin-loving ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen; acai; green tea; and vitamins A, C, and E; and is free of ingredients that make eyes appear older. The Dual No-tug Heavenly Luxe eye shadow brush gives you airbrushed eye shadow application without tugging on your delicate eyelids.

Shades are:

  • Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe: Cashmere, a matte creme; Espresso, a matte deep brown; Earth Angel, a matte beige cashmere
  • Naturally Pretty Pearl Luxe:  Je Ne Sais Quoi, a shimmery nude pink; Espresso, a matte deep brown; Ipanema, a golden beige pearl
  • Pretty in Plum: Je Ne Sais Quoi, a shimmery nude pink; Lucky Lavender, a violet pearl; Plum Passion, a rich shimmer purple

What I think:  I have tried the Pretty in Plum palette and love the colors.  It is highly pigmented and last a long time, especially over It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines Anti-Aging Primer.  The brush is gorgeous, too.  Purchase at

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Brightening Face Disc  w/Luxe Brush ($48.50 USD).  This palette includes a matte bronzer, luminating powder, and vitality blush. They are packed with skin-loving ingredients such as hydrolyzed collagen; acai; green tea; and vitamins A, C, and E. The Jumbo Heavenly Luxe Mega-Brush gives you airbrushed application, and makes you smile upon contact.  Anyone who needs a little “brush therapy” to smile, will love this ultra-soft, luxe Mega-Brush!

What I think:  This is the perfect all-over face palette.  The matte bronzer is fabulous for contour or a healthy color on the face.  The blush is brightening and the luminizer is perfect anywhere you need a little light on the face.  Visit to learn more and purchase.

bodycology® is thrilled to introduce you to Healthy Kiss ($2.99 USD) -three delectable, lip-quenching glosses that are loaded with beneficial ingredients: Juicy Watermelon, Fresh Strawberry and Pomegranate Splash. Formulated with a healthy dose of
vitamins, extracts and oils, the product leaves lips feeling beautifully soft and moisturized. Simply squeeze and apply for subtle color, high-gloss shine and mouth-watering flavor.

What I think:  These are fun, shiny glosses that taste fantastic.  They are perfect for days that you want a hint of color and lots of shine.  You can purchase these at Walmart.

Bath and Home Fragrance Ideas For Mom!

Avon Naturals Banana & Coconut Milk Hydrating Shampoo ($4.00 — $1.99 on sale, 8.4 fl. oz) — I love this extremely moisturizing shampoo. It makes my hair so soft and smells amazing! There is also a conditioner, body lotion, body spray and other bath products that you can purchase from the Naturals line.  Place a selection together in a basket for Mom. She will love it!   To purchase visit

Antica Farmacista 100 mL Home Ambiance Diffusers ($25.00 USD). A miniature version of the signature product in the collection, these diffusers are a unique and beautiful way to fragrance and decorate your home. The delightful fragrances permeate the air through the bottles’ open neck and white birch reeds that are inserted to further diffuse the scent. Simply uncork the bottle and place the reed bundle into the neck. You can enhance the scent by inverting the reeds every few days or as desired. The fragrance will infuse the air and provide a lasting and beautiful scent without ever being overpowering! This petite size is available in thewse Antica scents: Acqua; Ala Moana; Champagne; Grapefruit; Green Fig; Lemon, Verbena & Cedar; Magnolia, Orchid & Mimosa; No. 11; Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine; Sakura; Sandalwood Amber; Santorini; and Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin.  They are available at

bodycology® Warm & Cozy Sock Set ($4.99 USD) is a delightfully thoughtful gift set for mom that includes a 2oz body cream, 2oz body mist and a pair of cozy socks. The sock set is available in a variety of soothing and uplifting fragrances that will indulge her senses, such as Sweet Petals, Cherry Blossom, White Gardenia, Cucumber Melon, Sunshine Daisy and Brown Sugar Vanilla. You can Purchase this at Walmart stores or

Smell Sweet This Valentine’s Day With Thymes, One and Bodycology

There are so many ways to try a new fragrance. And these great choices are perfect to give or treat yourself for Valentine’s Day.

Bodycology Midnight Garden Body Cream ($4.99 USD) –For Daily Rejuvenation: Smooth over skin, giving special care to dry or rough areas such as hands, elbows, knees and heels – for softening that feels like blissful indulgence
Beneficial Ingredients: Moisturizing Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Nourishing Vitamins E & C.

Violets, lavender and rose mingle to produce a fragrance that is reminiscent of a moonlit garden. You can purchase this at Walmart.

One Lotion Massage Bar ($9.99);Blended with the finest moisturizing butters and essential oils, the calming bar instantly melts into skin to release tension and help you unwind. Just massage onto skin, concentrating on tired muscles and sore areas. Housed in an eco-friendly, recyclable tin, the Lotion Massage Bar is a loving indulgence you can feel good about. You can purchase at  Target Stores, and

Thymes Offerings Love Candle ($26.00); It’s a scent evocative of a heartfelt emotion. Each time the recipient lights The Offerings Love Candle by Thymes, her home is filled with feelings of warmth. With a blend of heady tuberose, dewy jasmine, golden apricot nectar and exotic Hinoki wood, The Offerings Love Candle envelops the room with a rich, comforting aroma that burns cleanly for up to sixty hours. Housed in an opaque cream glass with subtle white starburst designs, The Offerings Love Candle makes the perfect adornment for your dresser or bedside table. And, as a unique expression of Valentine’s Day love, the inner packaging of The Offerings Love Candle can be personalized with your own inspired inscription. Simply handwrite your loving message on the inside flap of the candle’s box.

Purchase this and other great products at

Give a Little Bath and Shower Luxury This Christmas

Bath and body sets make fabulous Christmas gifts! The following are some of my favorites, but keep in mind that each company — The Body Shop, H2O Plus and Bodycology — have other fragrances and sets in various price ranges.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Shower Scrub & Soften Gift Set ($29.00 USD) — Description: Conjure up memories of Christmas past and treat someone special with this indulgent gift set with moisturizing Community Trade ingredients and fragrant vanilla extract.


  • 8.4 fl oz Spiced Vanilla Shower Gel
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Butter
  • 1.7 oz Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
  • 3.5 oz Spiced Vanilla Soap
  • Octagonal card box with PET window and red ribbon

The Body Shop also has a lovely cranberry and a zesty orange fragrances for the holiday, but my favorite is the Spiced Vanilla set. This would be an affordable and very welcome gift for anyone on your list

Available at The Body Shop stores and

Sea Salt Spa Collection ($45.00 USD) — This mineral-rich gift set features our best-selling Sea Salt spa luxuries to gently polish, purify and restore skin’s natural glow. The set features:
  • European sea salts draw out impurities and replenish essential nutrients, leaving skin healthy and luminous
  • Rich shea butter, jojoba and coconut oils rapidly absorb into the skin, leaving it luxuriously soft
  • Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including provide deep hydration for visibly smooth, radiant skin
  • Imparts an invigorating oceanside fragrance, infused with notes of green tea
  • Presented in custom designed gift box

Gift Includes: Sea Salt Body Wash (12.5 fl oz / 370mL), Sea Salt Skin Smoother (12 fl oz / 340g), Spa Hydrating Body Gloss (1.9 fl oz / 56mL), Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter (6 fl oz / 180mL), and hand-held wood bath brush with strap.

This scent is so fantastically addicting! It is soft and neutral so it would be good for men or women. H2O has a ton of other gift sets to choose from, too. Visit to purchase.

Bodycology 6-Piece Gift Set(15.00 USD) :  Available in classic scents, Sweet Petals and Brown Sugar Vanilla, this deluxe gift set boats a mixture of full-size and trail size products including Bath Gel, Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Butter, Body Mist and Hand Soap. You can purchase these at Walmart.



Clean Up With Bodycology Hand Soap

Foaming Hand Soap


Bodycology, the affordable bath and body line that can be found at mass-market stores, has reinvented the packaging of their  popular hand soaps. The labels of their Anti-Bacterial Scrubbing Hand Soap, Anti-Bacterial Foaming Soap and Moisturizing Hand Sanitizers now have sleek and more sophisticated labels. Choose from:    

Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap: an intense foaming lather for a quick, yet thorough clean that leaves hands smelling divine. Triclosan kills germs, while Vitamin E and Aloe Vera hydrate.  Suggested Retail Price is $2.50. Available in: Apple Orchard, Brown Sugar Vanilla and Cucumber Melon.
Antibacterial Scrubbing Hand Soap: a sparkling clean with scrubbing beads for a gentle lather with a heavenly scent that lingers throughout the day. Gentle scrubbing beads deeply cleanse; Triclosan kills germs; and Vitamin E and Aloe Vera hydrate. Suggested Retail Price is $2.50. Available in: Brown Sugar Vanilla, Clean Lemon, Coconut Lime, and White Gardenia.  Look for the newest fragrance, Cherry Blossom, coming in July 2010.  

Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer: This waterless cleaner instantly kills 99% of germs on hands while imparting a gentle fragrance. Aloe Vera provides extra moisture. Available in two sizes for added convenience. Suggested Retail Price is for 8 oz. bottle is $2.50; 2 oz bottle is $1.99.What I think: I tried the Foaming Hand Soap in Apple Orchard. It smells really yummy and is very foamy. I put it in the family bathroom and my kids really love it. It’s worth the price and I recommend it if you are looking for a quality hand soap that you can afford.   

For further information on bodycology® please visit .

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Part 2 — Fragrances

Kenzo Gift Set — Illusion ($72.00 USD) is a cool way to give her the fabulous gift of Kenzo for Mother’s Day. This set is available in Kenzo’s two most popular fragrances, FlowerbyKenzo and KenzoAmour. The kit includes a 1.7oz eau de parfum and 3.4oz Body Milk housed in a graphic gift box. Which one to choose? FlowerbyKenzo has notes of Bulgarian Rose, Parma Violet and White Musk while KenzoAmour has notes of Gentle Rice, Musk and Frangipani Blossom. Both are soft and pretty! Visit to purchase.

Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Sets ($15.99 USD) — These limited-edition kits include a  full-size fragrance, a $20 gift certificate for 1-800-Flowers, a decorative gift bag with tissue paper and a giftable pouch with a personable “From-To” card.  Choose from six different scents: Halle by Halle Berry, Halle Pure Orchid, Faith Hill, Celine Dion Sensational, Jovan Musk and Jovan White Musk. Purchase at

Or make your own kit with the Cherry Blossom fragrance collection from Bodycology. All Bodycology products are just $4.99 at mass market retailers nationwide.  Choose from body wash, body lotion, body sprays and other fabulous products.

So buy Mom something to perk up her spirits — fragrance always makes you feel (and smell) good!