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!

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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 BlissWorld.com, 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 www.Violentlips.com
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 http://www.tartecosmetics.com

Goody
Goody

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 www.yestocarrots.com and mass market retailers near you.

Bodycology
Bodycology

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 www.shop.blowpro.com.

Hope these ideas help!  Have fun stuffing stockings!

Nailapalooza — Spring 2013 Colors and a Cool Nail Art Book!

I have been testing some gorgeous spring nail polishes and I thought I would share some of my favorites from Maybelline New York, Hard Candy, Butter London and L’Oreal. And…I have some swatches!  Cool, huh?  Well…they are a bit sloppy.  But for my first time, I think they turned out okay!

Maybelline Color Show Passionate PlumMaybelline Color Show Pink Shock

Maybelline New York Color Show Electric Nights ($3.99 USD) collection are super-bright colors that are great on fingers or toes! The colors are:

Alluring Rose (right) — Bright rose pink

Blast of Blue — Bright blue frost

Coral Glow — Medium coral

Electric Orange — Bright shocking orange

Flash of Purple — Deep purple

Intense Teal — Bright blue-green

Lustrous Lime — Shocking yellow-green

Mesmerizing Magenta — Deep pink

Passionate Plum (left photo) — Dark bluish purple

Shockwave — Bright turquoise

These polishes are very pretty on.  The bright colors are fun all-year long. Learn more at www.maybelline.com and they are available at mass market retailers near you!

L'OrealL’Oreal has some really pretty spring shades.  Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, I swatched L’Oreal Colour Riche ($5.99 USD) in New Money with L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie in Le Nouveau Riche over it.  I really loved the look, but the nail stickers starting coming off the next day.  But, still a cool idea and very pretty look! The other shades in the collection are:

Royalty Reinvented — Deep lavender

New Money — Lime green

Orange You Jealous? — Soft coral

Crazy For Chic — Magenta

Not A Cloud in Sight — Medium Turquoise

Members Only — Hot pink

Available at mass market retailers and you can check out the range of colors at www.lorealparisusa.com.

Hard Candy Crush On IvyHard Candy JubileeHard Candy Sparked UpHard Candy Hip Hip Hooray

Hard Candy has just launched 45 new shades of Nail Lacquer.  There are 5 new collections with 9 shades in each.  Glitter, Chrome, Rich tones – something for everyone!  The collections are:

Crushed Chrome Collection. Luxurious and timeless hues embellished with a golden textured finish. This collection boasts refinement and sophistication and is infused with a vivacious luster.
Itsy Glitzy Collection. Intense, illuminating, and incandescent hues saturated with the richest and most extreme mica and glitter. Inspired from the runway and now at your fingertips.
Crystal Confetti Collection. A unique collection based on artistic expression. Flourishing, adventurous, full coverage shades with various particle sizes and creative textures. Graffiti is revolutionary; it’s an outlet to create public art. Now take this artistic and creative expression to your nails.
Candy Sprinkles Collection. Suspended in a clear top coat, shimmery flecks sparkle brilliantly with different shapes of shiny glitter. Candy Sprinkles is a fabulous top coat over any color.
Glitteratzi Collection. The combination of confident opposites and intimate tonalities mixed with the right amount of sparkle creates enthusiasm for the vitality of life. The hues are natural and are becoming more evolved and colored. Tasteful tones with all the personality to satisfy every trend setter.
The colors I have swatched are Crush on Ivy, Jubilee (over crush on Ivy), Sparked, and Hip Hip Hooray.  They are all gorgeous and so affordable at $3.97 each!
The Hard Candy collection is exclusively available at Walmart and on walmart.com.

butter LONDON in Molly-Coddledbutter LONDON in JasperThe butter LONDON Sweetie Shop collection is a group of pretty spring pastels.  The colors are:

Molly Coddled (left swatch) – An opaque, orchid crème nail lacquer.

Jasper (right swatch) – Opaque bright pastel yellow crème nail lacquer.

Kerfuffle – Opaque pink coral crème nail lacquer.

Cuppa – This gorgeous toasted opaque tan crème is both your perfect neutral lacquer and statement maker in one!

Fiver – Opaque icy mint crème nail lacquer.

Fruit Machine – Opaque punchy carnation crème nail lacquer.

As always, the butter LONDON ($15 USD) polishes are beautiful on.  Molly Coddled is as beautiful in person as the photo.  Jasper was a bit streaky, even after 3 coats.  But, still a pretty color.  I would like to try Cuppa next, I love a good neutral!

Available at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com, Nordstrom and www.butterlondon.com.

LCN Vintage RoseLCN LilacThis Spring, indulge in a super sweet (guilt‐free!) treat with LCN’s Blossom Sorbet collection.  Inspired by cotton candy dreams and delicate sugary confections, this quad of pastel hues is an enchanting escape
from winter’s dark and mysterious shades.  Feminine and fresh, each shade is sure to charm the senses!

Each polish in the Blossom Sorbet collection features LCN’s professional‐grade, long‐lasting and chip‐
resistant formula.  What’s more, each polish is also 3‐Free (formulated without DBP, Toluene and
Formaldehyde and Cetyl Alcohol).

The LCN Blossom Sorbet collection includes:

Vintage Rose (on the left)– a rosy pink‐coral

Soft Daisy – a delicate, happy yellow

I Love Mint – an invigorating pop of blue‐green

Lilac Blossom (on the right) – a flirty lavender

With colors this irresistible, go ahead and give in to that sweet tooth!

Each polish in the LCN Blossom Sorbet Collection retails for $7.50 and will be available on
www.LCNBoutique.com starting March 15th.

DIY Nail ArtThe cure for the common mani!

Black Lace. Summer Citrus. Hot Pink Zebra. Get ready for nails that will get you noticed!

Catherine Rodgers, creator of the popular nail art YouTube Channel Totally Cool Nails, shares her secrets in DIY Nail Art. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips for recreating Catherine’s stunning looks, you can create one-of-a-kind nail art designs without ever stepping inside a nail salon.

Inside this colorful guide to all things nails, you’ll find seventy-five eye-catching designs including never-before-seen styles like Argyle, Light Burst, and Spiderweb Nails.

Complete with step-by-step photographs so you can nail your look every time, DIY Nail Art will have you saying goodbye to the nail salon–and hello to fashion-forward nails at home!

Available at www.adamsmediastore.com.

Enjoy!

March Mascara Madness!

I have been sent some fabulous mascaras for my honest review and I am so excited to share them with you!

Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara

Flower is the new beauty line by Drew Barrymore.  The brand’s philosophy is that you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, they do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows the company to put all of their resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.

The first item I have tried from Flower is the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98 USD). The claims for this mascara is it will:

  • Lengthen and nourish lashes with Red Seaweed for elasticity
  • Shiny Polymers add shine, luster and condition
  • Vegetal Polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear

What I think:  This is a great thickening mascara for a fab price! The brush has plush, closely placed bristles that impart a nice, thick coat of mascara.  If you like volumizing mascara, this is a good one to try.   Available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

L’Oreal introduces liquid extensions in a bottle, with Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara ($8.49 USD), a new generation of lash length. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an
intense make-up result.

What I think:  This plastic bristle brush really lengthens lashes, and separates as well.  If that is the look that you like, I really recommend this mascara.  It is easily available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara ($14.99 USD) This is a natural mineral mascara. Minerals apply smoothly to darken and lengthen for beautifully defined lashes.  Naturally nourishes and protects to promote maximum lash health and fullness.  Gentle, non-irritating formula applies easily, without clumping, flaking or smudging.  Free of Gluten, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Fragrances and Talc. Never-tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: If you like a natural look, this will give that to you with natural ingredients.  I know that some ladies don’t like huge lashes and this will give a softer look.  Available at www.mineralfusion.com

Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara

NEW Mally Instant Impact Mascara takes lashes to great lengths with a six-ball applicator that distributes mascara evenly to each lash–every one of them will look longer and fuller than ever before!

What I think:  This is my favorite mascara at the moment.  It gives HUGE volume and length.  The only thing is that the product tends to collect at the base of the last ball, so be careful when you take it out of the tube.  I wipe it off with a tissue and go to town on my lashes.  Great for night looks or for the ladies who like drama every day!

This is now only available in a kit at www.qvc.com called Mally 7-piece Makeup Makeover Collection for $72.50 USD.  Hopefully it will be available by itself soon!

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD)A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.  This mascara is ideal for creating customized looks. In one coat, it accentuates your lashes with subtlety; additional coats frame your eyes with lush, more dramatic effect.

What I think:  I am loving the versatility of this mascara.  One coat gives you very long and separated lashes.  A couple more coats provides volume as well.  Plus, it comes in a very cool bullet container.

Enjoy!

Adidas Personal Care for Men Collection

 

Looking for new, affordable body care for the man in your life?  Introducing the adidas Personal Care for Men Collection, a range of sleekly packaged Deodorants, Body Washes, Antiperspirants and Body Sprays, available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Is he a powerhouse on the football field? An avid marathon runner? No matter what sport delivers his adrenaline rush, adidas offers a unique lineup of men’s grooming products to help men tackle each day, on and off the field, the basketball court or the track. Working with athletes to develop each of these advanced formulas, the experts at adidas have ensured that every personal care product in the collection delivers powerful, refreshing results with each use.

The adidas Personal Care for Men Collection is guaranteed to keep up with the modern man’s active lifestyle, and is available across four product segments:

Body Wash ($3.47 USD) An energizing experience like no other, the adidas Hair & Body 3 provides triple-action results: it cleanses, refreshes and conditions. Available in 3 scents.

    • After Sport is for the active man who lives intense moments.
    • Extra Fresh is a modern fragrance that bursts with an invigoratingly clean feeling.
    • Active Start is a brisk and revitalizing scent that jump-starts your day.

Deodorant ($3.47 USD) Feel dry and confident no matter what. This long-lasting deodorant promises 24 hours of nonstop freshness. Available in 3 scents.

    • Deep Energy is a traditional masculine scent, developed for the passionate man who knows no obstacles.
    • Ice Dive is a citrusy woody fragrance for the man who lives life in the fast lane and exudes a spirit of daring and adventure.
    • Pure Game is for the confident man who is ready to take on any challenge.

Deodorant Body Spray ($3.47 USD) Stay fresh and cool all day with this stimulating body spray. Available in 3 scents.

    • Deep Energy is a dynamic, traditional masculine scent that delivers instant rejuvenation, developed for the passionate man who knows no obstacles.
    • Ice Dive is a citrusy woody fragrance for the man who loves life in the fast lane, and exudes a spirit of daring and adventure.
    • Pure Game is for the confident man who is ready to take on any challenge.

Antiperspirant ($3.47 USD) Discover your best defense against sweat. This innovative formula features a unique Dry Max System that provides 48 hour protection against perspiration. Available in 3 variants.

    • Fresh delivers that just-showered, cool sensation feeling.
    • Control strikes the ideal balance of sweat protection and nourishing skincare.
    • Intensive provides ultra-protection, offering potent levels of sweat-fighting ingredients.

My husband says that the Deodorant works very well and he (and I) are loving the Body Wash in Ice Dive.  It is a refreshing scent. Actually all of the scents are very nice and masculine. These are very good products at a great price!

Enjoy!

 

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine

Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 – $4.99. The energy, style and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!

A beauty-editor favorite is Liquid Lipshine ($2.49). It has pure pigments that created a 3-D gloss effect. Vitamin E provides shine and a moisturizing feel. The formula is non-sticky, super shiny & soft. Available in 10 on-trend shades from neutral nudes, to berries & fuchsias. Start shopping for NYC at these stores nearest you: Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Family Dollar, Duane Reade, Kmart, HEB, and others.  Visit newyorkcolor.com to check out all shades and fun products from New York Color!

I was given this gloss in Nude York City to review compliments of www.influenster.com.  This is a wonderful site that gives free products for review — you just need to sign up!

I LOVE this gloss.  It is as good as many of the prestige brands that I review.  It is not sticky — actually it is very moisturizing.  And it tastes good — just a light vanilla flavor.  I don’t usually wear nudes, but this one is very pretty.  I highly recommend this product!

Enjoy!

Glitz Up Your Nails With New Spring Polishes

I love changing my polish each week to reflect my moods and the seasons.

Julep polish has just become available for purchase.  Which I think is great — now more people can be introduced to this innovative polish line.  I love the colors and the smaller bottles since nail polish tends to dry out before it runs out at my house.

Founded by beauty expert Jane Park, Julep celebrates friendship, expression, and connection through color. Applying her professional beauty advice—often featured in leading fashion magazines—Park developed a nail polish collection with colors named after inspirational, vibrant women. Julep’s fast-drying, long-lasting, non-toxic formula is paired with a high-performance, professional brush. Additionally, the brand donates a portion of their proceeds to organizations that support and empower women.

My favorite shade right now is Heather ($14 USD), a platinum greige with a metallic glow.  It is neutral so goes with everything and the metallic color is so cool — I get lots of compliments when I wear it.  I only need 2 coats and applies smoothly.

Visit www.sephora.com or www.julep.com where you can sign up for their Maven program.  You can purchase monthly mystery boxes that contain polishes and nail care products for $19.99.  Get your first box for 1 penny with the code color2012.

Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters ($9.00 USD)collection.  Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters.  The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades including:

·         Luminous Lavender: Luscious light purple
·         Jade-d: Radiant bright green
·         Glam-More: Bold fuchsia
·         Gleam Me Up: Bright sky blue
Create glamorously different looks with just one sweep of China Glaze® Crackle Glitters.  Layer over different base colors to create bold styles.  Use a lighter coat to create a fine crackle, a thicker coat for a deep shatter effect.  Brush sideways or on an angle to create different looks.  As versatile and edgy as China Glaze®’s biggest celebrity fans (Lady Gaga, Rihanna,Nicole Ritchie and Kelly Osbourne, to name a few), China Glaze® Crackle Glitters add a spark(le) to one of the hottest nail art trends!
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde and available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.  For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze
Next is a new brand to me.  It is called Salon Perfect and it is affordable ($2.98 USD) and is available at Wal-Mart.  In fact, this collection called Blooming with Color, will be in stores May.  The 14 colors are:
  • Perfectly Peach — Delicate peach
  • Lemon Zing — Sunny Yellow
  • Kiwi Lime — Vibrant green
  • Blue Mint — Cheerful mint
  • Berry Blue — Classic periwinkle
  • Purple Sorbet — Dark lilac
  • Lavender Icing — Soft lilac
  • Spicy Tomato — Juicy red
  • Tangy Tangerine — Tart orange
  • Sour Apples — True blue-green
  • Blue Raspberry — Vivid azure
  • Plum Sorbet — Magenta with purple shimmer
  • Berry Pink — Bold flamingo pink
  • Bubblegum — Honeysuckle pink

Did the cold winter months keep your fingers and toes under wraps?  A fresh manicure with a bright, energetic polish is the perfect pick-me-up to bring your tips and toes out of hibernation.  Salon Perfect’s NEW Blooming with Color nail color collection is bursting with vibrant brights and sweet pastels.

So how fun will it be to do your nails with one (or more) of these polishes from one (or more) of these collections? Enjoy!

 

Bethany Frankel’s Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer

Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 15

I don’t watch the Real Housewives TV shows, but of course I know who the main housewives are from the media.  Before I tried the new Skinnygirl Tinted Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 ($10.99 USD), I knew that Bethenny Frankel was a reality TV star, but I didn’t know much about her brand, Skinnygirl.

Bethenny started her line with lo-cal alcoholic beverages and is branching out to a face and body line.

The claim is:

Even out your skin tone without using heavy makeup products. This formula is rich in Vitamin E and has Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to help prevent the visible signs of aging from the sun. Choose a light, medium, or dark shade to reduce redness and smooth out skin for an even-toned, gorgeous glow.

Key Ingredients:

SPF 15 – Protects skin from sun damage
Vitamin E – An antioxidant that has anti-aging properties to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
Jojoba Esters – A deep moisturizer

What I think:  I like the formula of this.  It feels like a moisturizer, but can look a little heavy if not blended correctly.  This has a built-in application brush — you unlock it, then squeeze up the amount you want and it comes out through the brush.  I don’t care for the brush because it leaves streaks on the skin when applied and you really need to blend it in.  I like squeezing the amount I need onto my hand, then applying with a good foundation brush.

The coverage is medium — not light like most tinted moisturizers, so I think it would work for a lot of women’s needs.  I also like the SPF 15.  I don’t know if I would purchase this again, but it a good price for what you get.& Body for any upcoming summer beauty stories you might have in the works.

Available at Walmart and http://skinnygirlfaceandbodystore.com/.  Enjoy!