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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I'm a huge Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 freak (go check out my friend Jamie's blog, The Beauty of Life if you don't believe me). While the classic unflavored version is still my favorite, even I need to switch it up every now and then. This pack of flavored Lip Balm #1 is perfect for stocking stuffers! You can keep it together or break it up, put one in your sister's stocking or add a few to a gift for a close friend. If they haven't tried it yet, I guarantee that they will love it!
Included in the set:
$29 ($36 value) at Kiehls.com and Kiehls.com
I've bought a huge amount of Kiehl's #1 lip balm, though I admit my first Cranberry Lip Balm #1 was a gift from Kiehl's. I've repurchased that flavor since, but in the interest of full disclosure, I once got a free Cranberry Lip Balm #1.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
How cute is this little set from Fresh? It looks like it is the perfect way to add a little bit of pampering to anyone's day. Perfect for keeping in your gym bag or desk at work!
• Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
• Brown Sugar Body Cream
• Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum (features sheer caramel notes sprinkled with sparkling citruses)
Fresh Sugar Rush Set
If you're still on the look out for a holiday gift, or need a stocking stuffer for a loved one, you might want to run to your nearest Kohl's. Yes, really. Kohl's. I really think that Flirt is an under appreciated line, likely because it is only available at the discount giant. This makeup line is owned by Estée Lauder, and I have to say that the quality of everything I've tried has been consistent with that. The mascaras bring great volume and length without flaking or smudging off halfway through the day. The lip glosses are shiny without being too sticky. The eye shadows (featured here) are all well pigmented, easily blended and last all day.
Read on to check out 2 of Flirt's Holiday Eye Shadow Quads. You can click on the images below to enlarge if you want a closer look!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Those aren't little lippies, they are in fact creamy eye shadows. They apply very easily. The consistency is pretty much identical to an eye shadow primer, so they are easiest to apply with your finger tips. The shadows are well pigmented but the coverage builds easily with layering, which I love. They work alone or under powder shadows equally well. I had no creasing or pigment loss issues.
I've been mostly using the Taupe shadow (it's a quick smokey look without the effort), though I'm looking for an excuse to break into the Silver!
This set contains:
• Butter Cream
Sephora Glitter Cream Eyeshadow Set
Friday, December 17, 2010
Make Up For Ever (affectionately called MUFE by the cult brand's followers) is somewhat new to me. Somehow for a long time I managed to hear amazing things about the brand, but was so busy with other things that I managed to avoid them. Well, no longer. In the next few months you're going to see a lot more MUFE, because I've started using their products and I'm in love! Seriously. Amazing.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
While the Ultimate Men's Collection is better for the guy who needs an upgrade in his products, the Refueling Kit is for the guy that travels often. TSA approved sizes of great men's products are always welcome upgrades over the 99 cent options from the local big box store!
• Ultimate Man Scrub Soap
• Facial Fuel Moisturizer, 2.5 oz
• Eye Alert Packet (perfect for a single strip)
• White Eagle Shave Cream- a deluxe sample in a mini tube that fits in the 3-1-1 bag without an issue
$29.50 ($44 value) at Kiehls.com and Kiehl's Stores.
I've bought similar sets in the past for my hubby!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Crabtree & Evelyn's hand products are consistently among their best sellers for good reason. The tubes are compact (hence- easily portable), the creams are highly moisturizing and I swear that they can make even the roughest hands feel like butter (say that last bit to yourself in Barbra Streisand's voice).
This great sampler kit has a wide array of these popular products for you to try out. Each scent comes in the Hand Therapy and Hand Recovery variations. Hand Therapy is great for regular use, while Hand Recovery is for after intense exposure or other issues.
• Citron: Vibrant lemon & fresh coriander with a touch of sweet honey
• Gardners: Fresh green clover, lavender, sage rosemary and thyme.
• La Source: Relaxing sea air fragrance
$20 at Crabtree & Evelyn
Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Sampler Set
Monday, December 13, 2010
I'm a nail polish fanatic, so I definitely have my eye on this set! Purple Rain is a color I picked up earlier this year and love. It is dark and vampy but definitely still purple- worth checking out!
• Purple Rain – Gothic Purple
• Versailles – Champagne Gold
• Jungle Red – Bright Red
• Orgasm – Peachy Pink With Shimmer
$30 at NarsCosmetics.com
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This set is perfect for the traveler. It has TSA appropriate sizes of staple products that should be in your carry on for each trip!
• Ultra Facial Cream, 1.7 oz
• Creme de Corps, 2.5 oz
• Amino Acid Shampoo
• Amino Acid Conditioner
• Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (a deluxe sample but this little tube is perfect for that little 3-1-1 bag)
• Delux samples of Powerful Strength and Midnight Repair Complex
$49 ($63 value) at Kiehls.com and Kiehl's Stores.
I've bought all of these products for travel over and over again.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Philosophy's 3 in 1 gels are fun treats to wake up to in the shower every morning. While they can be used as shampoo, body wash or bubble bath, I prefer to use them as body wash. The foam is great when used with my shower poof, I get clean easily and the body wash rinses off easily. The main reason to use these gels is the smell- Philosophy does a great job of making sure that each one really does smell like what it should. My favorites are usually the fruit scents or the Red Hot Cinnamon that was out a year or so ago, but the Gingerbread variations in this box are amazing! I'll be stocking my guest bathrooms with these for the holidays.
$20 only at Sephora
Philosophy The Gingerbread House
Friday, December 10, 2010
Lip glasses are one of my favorite types of lip gloss. The shine is amazing, the colors are flattering, and they have minimal flavor (which keeps me from licking them off!). Perhaps best of all, they do all of this with very little stickiness.
The lip glasses included in these sets are smaller than a regular lip glass, but they will still last for quite a while. I've found that their smaller size makes them fit more easily in my pocket- perfect for carrying one (or two) with me everywhere!
Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglasses
• Sassy Lassy
• Fab Fun
• The Wee Coquette
• Frozen Dream
• Electro Lush Lipglass
Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglasses
• Tad Saucy
• Pretty Quick
• Jest for Fun
Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglasses
• Scottish Lilt
• Spirits a' Flying
• Girls at Play
• Stealing Kisses
• Bright & Perky
MAC Holiday Lipglass Sets
Thursday, December 09, 2010
This is the ultimate beauty gift. Make Up For Ever is a true beauty junkie's dream brand. It often flies under the radar of those less obsessed, but they're frequently quoted as the favorite foundation, concealer, powder, blush or eye shadow brand of many beauty bloggers, editors and the girls over on the Makeup Alley forums for good reason.
Included in this case is a huge array of products, really the 29 products that are Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz’s favorite products. These selections should work for pretty much anyone's skin tone.
• Complexion – HD Elixir; HD Microperfecting Primer; HD Microfinish Powder; HD Kabuki Brush; Mist & Fix
• Eyes – Smoky Lash, Aqua Smoky Lash; Aqua Eyes #0L, #2L, #3L, #11L; Aqua Black; Aqua Cream #13, #15; Eye Shadow #126, #139; Diamond Shadow #309; Star Powder #922, #940; Faux Lash #21, #115; Travel Sens’Eyes, Double Pencil Sharpener
• Lips – Rouge Artist #1, #36, #43; Aqua Cream #5; Aqua Lip #1C, #8C
$269 ($599 Value) exclusively on Sephora.com
Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Dany's Essentials
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Korres' body butter and shower gels are well known for being amazing. This is the perfect way to share them with loved ones!
The shower gel is nicely foaming (I know it has nothing to do with how well a soap cleans, but I love a good lather), moisturizing and it rinses off easily. The body butters are more like a thick and rich body lotion. The body butter is nicely moisturizing, sinks into skin very quickly and the hydration easily lasts all day.
The best part of these products is definitely the scent, I love the scents! Included in this set is a shower gel and body butter of each scent: Basil Lemon, Jasmine, Rose, Guava, and Fig.
Each product is 1.69 ounces and due to their elongated shape they'll not only be ok with the TSA, but they'll be easy to pack into a 3-1-1 bag, making them a great gift option for the frequent traveller in your life.
$35 only at Sephora
Korres Never Enough Set
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Tattoos aren't typically what you think of when you think "holiday gift", but these really could be a great, unexpected gift. The designs in this Temptu set are white and then can be "set" in gold or silver powder. They would be great fun for Christmas parties, New Year's Eve or similar events. The tattoos last for 2-5 days.
In the set:
• 9 ADORN white temporary tattoos (3 sheets of 3 unique designs including snowflake, bow and diamond themes)
• 2 ADORN shimmer setting powders (1 Gold, 1 Silver)
• 20 ADORN application pads
• Temporary tattoos last for 2-5 days and are custom-designed by Temptu Pro Body Artists
$30 at Sephora: Temptu Adorn Temporary Tattoo Kit - Glitz & Glam
Monday, December 06, 2010
I love the size, color and detailing on this ring by YSL. They've come out with similar rings over the last year or so, and it seems they do sell out fairly quickly. I think this is going on my Christmas list this year.
Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ring available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I admit that I've been using my Orgasm multiple nearly every day since I became pregnant. Why? It is essential in faking the fabled "pregnancy glow." This peachy-pink color is perfect for my pale skin, a light swipe across my cheeks, down my nose and on my chin and brow bone, then blend well with fingers. I apply it over my foundation but before my powder, and I still follow up with blush afterwards. The very faint wash of color and shimmer left by the multiple definitely make me look more well rested!
• Luxor – Iridescent Pink
• Malibu – Pinkish Brown
• Orgasm – Peachy Pink With Shimmer
$40 at NarsCosmetics.com