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Shop Happy!

Make someone on your list a little bit happier this year when you give them the gift of Happy, from Clinique.

They have some great products and sets in their signature Happy fragrance.



Total Happiness  $35

A set with Clinique Happy, Clinique Happy Heart, and Clinique Happy To Be Perfume Sprays.





Keep Him Happy  $35

A set for "him" with a Cologne Spray and After Shave Balm in his Happy scent.



And then there are the good ole' Happy favorites - the Happy Fragrance, 1.7 oz. for $37.50 & 3.4 oz. for $49.50, the Happy Body Cream for $28.50, or the Happy Body Wash for $23.50.

It is simple to make someone Happy by stopping by your favorite Clinique counter or by visiting them online.



The Sign of the Thymes.

If you are searching for an ever so elegant gift where both presentation and quality is important, then head of to and select from a beautiful assortment of products.

This is the only line of products my mother can use on her extremely sensitive skin. She loves the scents and the non-irritating formulas. At first glance, I am loving the presentation and the scents as well.

thymes_goldleaf.jpgA look at The Thymes Goldleaf Collection will have you wishing this gift you are pondering just might be for you! The Goldleaf Collection is features a scent with a very lavish floral fragrance that is as memorable as it is luxurious. And the packaging of soft cream with embossed gold leaf accents is a sophisticated touch. The collection includes everything from a Perfumed Body Creme, that is so very moisturizing, to a Perfumed Candle which will infuse any space with a subtle scent of elegance. The Perfumed Dusting Powder with Puff is the perfect product to add a small scent to your body. Also in The Goldleaf Collection is a Perfumed Foaming Bath Powder, packaged in an envelope. The products can be purchased individually or as a set for $85.


thymes_kr_2.jpgThe other collection that caught my eye was the Kimono Rose Collection. Now, I am not particularly fond of rose scented products, so I was quite surprised to find the scent femininely floral, with no hint of a deep rose scent anywhere. This luxurious line is comprised of products that will keep you smelling sweet all throughout the day. The line includes a Liquid Foaming Bath, a Poured Aromatic Candle (which I am burning right now as I write this - it is so sweet),  Body Creme, a Body Wash, a Bar Soap Set, a Bath Salt Envelope, an Eau de Parfum, which is also available in a smaller rollerball size, and a Home Fragrance Mist. A Deluxe Gift Set is available for $85, and a Luxury Gift Set, which I have pictured, is $145. And the packaging is beautiful in layers of pink, baby blue, and soft yellow.

These sets are available online at or in over 5,000 specialty stores. Visit the website to locate a store near you.


Meet Laura Geller and Her Baked Beauties.

I was recently introduced to some great beauties from the famous New York makeup artist Laura Geller. Have you seen this feisty dynamo on QVC? Well, that is where I was first saw Laura and her products, and now she is sold at Sephora! Yeah!!

lg.jpgMy favorite items I am using from Laura have got to be the products in her Baked Beauties Set. Laura's baked products are her signature products, that offer the finest, color0infused and uniquely blended color that will work on every single skin tone and shade - believe it - it is true! These baked products are made in Italy, exclusively for Laura. You see, the products start out as liquid which is then poured into individual terra-cotta pans. These pans are then infused with color and baked for 24 hours. The result? A silky, long-lasting product that allows your skin to radiate a lively and luscious glow. 

The Baked Beauties collection features the following:
Blush-n-Brighten in Golden Apricot. I was afraid that this shade may be too orange for my pale winter skin, but it is not. Golden Apricot left me with a soft peachy, golden glow - very pretty and probably flattering on all.
Balance-n-Bronze Split Compact. This is a compact that includes two of Laura's best-selling products, Balance-n-Brighten on one side, and Bronze-n-Brighten on the other. I like to use the Bronze color lightly all over to get a bit of a bronzed glow, then use the Blush, and then highlight with the Balance. It really gives me a nice look. Not heavy or made up - just natural and glowy!
Marble Eye Shadow in Unearthed. This is a swirled eyeshadow that contains hues of deep to light golden brown with shimmery highlights. It is simple to apply all over the lid to get a multi-dimensional, natural look.
Creamy Black Mascara. A nice, deep, rich black mascara that rivals L'Oreal's Voluminous, I am telling you. My lashes become extremely full and thick using this, but never dry or cakey. I am so glad to have found this mascara!
Lipstick in Peach Melba. This is another one of those swirled shades that seems to look a bit different on everyone. The lipstick is creamy with pearly peach and brown hues.
Spackle Under Makeup Primer. This is the product I have so wanted to try from Laura for a few years now. The callers into QVC swear by it, and I am a great believer in it now too. Spackle is a silicone-based, lightweight makeup primer (think a heavier duty Smashbox Photo Finish) that fills-in and retexturizes skin for the ultimate flawless finish. If you like primers and need a little extra fill, like I do (especially first thing in the morning when I am very dry), then this is the primer you are looking for. Spackle contains natural plant extracts and it protects the skin with aloe vera and other ingredients to help it retain moisture, and helps to lock out your makeup from fading into your skin.

The cost of Baked Beauties is just $55! It would retail separately for $100, but I repeat, is just $55. It really is a great way to try Laura's best sellers, and make you a Laura Geller devotee too.

If you are a Laura fan or try this out, please do let me know what you think!