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Friday
Dec202013

Last Minute Gifts for the Beauty Girl!

There are just a few days left to get your Christmas shopping done. Stop scratching your head for ideas, I have done the work for you. If you need any last minute gift ideas for the beauty girl, I have them for you. I have seen all the sets, kits, palettes and have a very discerning eye.

Last Minute Gifts for the Beauty Girl

These are great gifts and you will not go wrong with any of these beauties.

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette - $59.00
This luxe palette is loaded with 20 all new totally gorgeous eyeshadow shades in insanely cool brights and sexy smokes, that any makeup girl will love. It's a limited edition sell out every year. *Look for this in store at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy's.

bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection

bareMinerals Crystalized Full Face Collection - $38.00
This kit contains 7 products plus a double ended brush to create shimmering smoky eyes, radiant cheeks, and glitzy lips guaranteed to create a lasting impression. *Look for this in store at Sephora.

butter LONDON Double Take Nail Lacquer Duo

butter LONDON Double Take Nail Lacquer Duo - $24.00
This lacquer duos quickly adds a spark to any fashion wardrobe with a new, innovative overcoat designed to transform lacquer for a festive look. *Look for this in store at Nordstrom.

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection - $52.00
This three-piece set provides everything a gal needs to combat advanced signs of aging. The set includes a full size Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a deluxe size Complete Eye Renewal Balm and a half size Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer. *Look for this in store at Sephora.

Pro-X by Olay Cleansing System

Limited-Edition Pro-X by Olay Red Advanced Cleansing System - $29.99
Everyone wants beautiful skin and this set will get the job done. The set includes Pro-X by Olay Facial Cleansing Brush in Red, Pro-X by Olay Exfoliating Renewal Cleanse and one replacement head. *Look for this at drugstores and mass retailers.

philosophy Fruitcake Mix Bath & Body Set

philosophy Fruitcake Mix Bath & Body Set - $26.00
The holidays wouldn't be complete with a traditional fruitcake. Layer this trio of body treats to experience a yummy fruitcake scent from head to toe. *Look for this in store at Sephora, Nordstrom and Macy's.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 - $59.00

A rainbow of eyeliner shades in the best formula possible is sure to make any girl swoon. This liner set has eight beautiful shades and is one of the most sought after sets of the season. *Look for this in store at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy's.

Finally, gift cards always make a great gift and they are so easy, especially as last minute gifts. Some people think they are impersonal, but teens and twenty-somethings love to receive gift cards as gifts. You never know if they have the new Urban Decay Naked3 Palette on their wish list or use something special on their skin; a gift card will allow them to pick up what they want. I love that fact that you can find most major gift cards right in the grocery store or drugstores like CVS or Walgreens making it super convenient.

Just in case you you haven't seen my gift guide, here that is again for even more great last minute gift ideas:

Friday
Dec132013

What's in My Handbag: Winter Essentials.

Although winter does not officially begin until next week, the cold temperatures are here. I have already changed up my skin care products, but just switched out my handbag and stocked it with winter essentials to get me through the season. Here is what I am toting around with me this winter:

Winter Essentials in My Handbag

Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss - I love this tin of lip butter. It soothes and moistens my lips. I apply a layer of this prior to applying lipstick or gloss to keep my lips hydrated. I love the way this one tastes and smells.

Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion - I use this on my hands when out and about when needed. This hand cream is an emollient rich formula that seals in moisture to heal and protect skin.

ChapStick - This is more for my kids and husband than it is for me. Yes, they share; they are boys and don't care. They love the new candy cane scent and I carry it with me everywhere.

Ricola Cough Drops - I hate having a dry mouth and throat that I get in the dry heat of winter and like to have a soothed throat. I keep Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops in my bag to soothe my throat when dry. I am using the new Ricola Extra Strength Cough Drops in Glacier Mint for when I want even more relief. These combine a unique blend of ten #swissherbs and natural menthol for powerful cough relief. They totally soothe my throat and even seem to clear my often stuffy nose with the menthol. The soft soothing syrup center is unexpected, yet gives the relief that works. They taste good too.

Winter Essentials in My Handbag

Sunglasses - I wear sunglasses outside year round. I feel the sun is even stronger in the winter when it is reflecting off the snow, so they are definitely important. We have already had some snow here in Massachusetts and it is extra bright out.

Gloves - Obviously these are a must because I don't like to be cold. I wear gloves as soon as the temperatures go below 50.

PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel - This is essential to keep hands fresh and clean on the go.

COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara - I always carry this with me. I've been using this mascara since this summer, and though I keep trying others, I keep going back to this one. I can honestly say that I really never have the need to touch up my mascara, but I am always afraid that I am going to have to at some point, so keep it in my handbag "just in case".

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo - I use this in Nude Nº 1 for the perfect nude lip. I keep it in my purse becasue no matter what makeup look I'm wearing, a nude lip will obviously go.

CHANEL Glossimer Lipgloss - I keep 347 Allegorie in my handbag as it looks beautiful over the Hourglass Nude Lip Stylo above for the ultimate nude lip.

Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo - This is an odd one, but my hair goes flat in the winter due to the cold and dry heat mix. I spray dry shampoo at my roots to get more volume when needed; I swear it gives me more volume than hairspray. This one smells so fresh and it leaves no powdery residue.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - This is my go to for touching up discolorations and undereye circles on the go.

Emi-Jay® Hair Ties - These come with me everywhere, just in case my daughter or I decide to put our hair up while out and about.

Boscia Fresh Blotting Linens - I don't need touch up powder in the winter because my skin is drier than normal, but I do keep these in my handbag just in case I need to blot away any excess shine.

To help get you stocked with your winter essentials, my friends at Ricola are offering up a special #swissherbs prize pack to one lucky reader. The prize pack includes:

  • Ricola Soothing Relief Kit
  • $100 Gift Card (VISA or MasterCard)

Enter in the widget below. You must be 18 years old and live in the US to enter and win! Sweepstakes ends on December 27, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. EST.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. While I was compensated to write a post about Ricola, all opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclaimer page.

Tuesday
Nov052013

Top 10 Moisturizers.

Best Skin Creams

Moisturizing the skin is an important step in maintaining healthy skin. It is that vital final step in your skincare routine both day and night. It needs to be applied daily (both day and night) to keep skin hydrated and basically working properly. Moisturizers do so much more than hydrate; they protect sensitive skin and improve skin tone and texture.

I have a number of moisturizers that I use and depend on. Here are my top ten most recommended moisturizers. Click on each moisturizer to learn more about it.

1. La Mer Crème de La Mer

2. Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15

3. bliss The Youth As We Know It Moisture Lotion

4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

5. Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream

6. Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer

7. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer

8. L’Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Day/Night Cream

9. Philosophy Hope In a Jar

10. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

      See also: How to Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Steps.