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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.


Great Gifts: Clinique Happy Heart Collection.

Again this holiday season, Clinique is continuing its partnership with the Happy Hearts Fund, an international charity founded by model Petra Nemcova. This years beautiful “gifts with purpose” are adorable!
This is the second partnership for Clinique and the Happy Hearts Fund and this year is even bigger. Clinique is offering a limited edition Happy Heart fragrance ($37.00); a Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Happy ($12.50); and a chic, custom T-shirt that boasts the message “Make Someone Happy ($16.00).”  A portion of each product sale will be donated directly to the Happy Hearts Fund to rebuild schools in areas affected by natural disasters.

Clinique Happy Heart Collection

The limited edition Happy Heart fragrance is a scent that is both bright and floral with hints of sweetness from mandarin orange and cassis mingled with soft floral notes of water lily, rose and geranium. Dry notes of sandalwood, musk and blondewood create a harmonious balance meant to linger and enrich the heart.

A Different Nail Enamel in Happy is a bright red-coral hue named after Clinique's loved fragrance, Happy Heart. It is the perfect color for the holiday season too.

The limited edition Happy Heart fragrance and A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Happy are available at Clinique counters and The “Make Someone Happy” T-shirt is available exclusively at


Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

The Urban Decay NAKED3 Palette was released a few weeks ago, and I finally got my hands on one yesterday! I was so excited to share that I took some photos and have my thoughts for you already. In one word, this romantic rose-based eyeshadow palette is stunning.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

You are going to want to grab this palette when you can. The shadows are very long wearing, glide on with ease and blend very well. They are made with Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The shade line up:

STRANGE – pale neutral pink matte-satin
DUST – pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
BURNOUT – light pinky-peach satin
LIMIT – light dusty rose matte
BUZZ – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
TRICK – light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
NOONER – medium pinky-brown matte
LIAR – medium metallic mauve shimmer
FACTORY – pinky-brown satin
MUGSHOT – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
DARKSIDE – deep taupe-mauve satin
BLACKHEART – smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle

Urban Decay NAKED3 Swatches

NAKED3 also includes a NEW double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Blending Brush AND an Eyeshadow Primer Potion sampler with resealable samples of all four formulas (original, Sin, Eden and NEW anti-aging). Each sample holds about a week’s worth of primer!

Overall I am a fan of the NAKED3 palette and the rose hued shades. I can see myself using most of the shades except Blackheart because the red glitter scares me, (though I might try it as a liner) the rest of the shades are really stunning. The majority of these shades really will be flattering on most, if not all skin tones. I can see an endless amount of looks being created with these shades. The five lighter shades that I have pictured below are my definite favorite, and I will be using them the most, I am sure. The darker shades like Factory, Mugshot and Darkside are amazing in the crease and Liar is going to be my new go to lid color.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Photos & Review.

NAKED3 sells for $52.00 and is available at, Sephora, ULTA, and select Macy’s.


Get Holiday Pretty with Kardashian Beauty.

Looking for some new makeup for a holiday look that will turn heads? Well, of course you want to look your holiday best. Kardashian Beauty has a host of beautiful products -- all under $12.00 -- that will have you holiday pretty in a flash. Look at all the pretty new products to choose from to create your new holiday look.

Get Holiday Pretty with Kardashian Beauty

Kardashian Beauty Touch Tones Gradient Eyeshadow - $9.99
These stunning ombre compact eye shadow palettes create the perfect smoky eye with a selection of highly pigmented shades. Available in three distinct color schemes, their names reflect the phenomena which inspire the selection of hues in each palette:

  • Silhouette
  • Echo
  • Mirage

Kardashian Beauty Gleam Club Cream Shadow Sticks - $9.99
These metallic shadow sticks have a long-lasting, creamy formula which is highly pigmented, smudge and crease-proof, for a soft, yet brilliant glow. They can be worn as traditional shadows or applied close to the lashes as a subtle substitute for eyeliner. 

  • Emboss
  • Reflect
  • Smolder

Kardashian Beauty LionEyezer - $9.99
The Lioneyezer eye shadow has two flattering neutral shades in one chic package; Nude for a subtle hint of color and Lioness for a bolder, smoky look. The double-ended mini brush allows you to apply the shadows traditionally, or as a liner.

Kardashian Beauty Film Noir Drama Liner - $8.99
A gel-water liner that allows you to embrace the role of the femme fatale with expertly lined eyes. Its long wearing formula glides on smoothly and lasts all day without smudging. The pencil’s slim tip allows for precise application close to the lash line that even the biggest novice can apply for professional looking results.

  • Raven Jet
  • Starry Brunette

Kardashian Beauty Deeply Felt Liquid Eyeliner - $11.99
This covetable liquid liner has an acute black tip that allows for flawless application; perfect for creating an understated precise line or dramatic cat eye. This concentrated, long-wearing and quick-drying formula glides on smoothly to create a crease-free line.

Kardashian Beauty Out to There Mascara - $11.99
Out to There Mascara’s exclusive formula and specialized brush maximizes volume and the appearance of length, separates each lash and leaves a jet black pigment for show-stopping Kardashian eyes. The Out to There formula is lightweight, dries without flaking and has a brush that ensures a clump-free application.

Kardashian Beauty Light Stroke Highlighter - $9.99
The Light Stroke can be applied to various areas of the face for a touch of illumination that accentuates your best features. Apply this double-sided brush to the corners of eyes, the center of your lip, eyelids, cupids’ bow, brow bones or get creative; the possibilities are endless.

  • Illusion
  • Fantasy

Kardashian Beauty Glisten Up Shimmer Spray - $9.99
Get the Kardashian glow with this unique, honey scented shimmer spray designed for both the hair and body. Simply apply to hair, legs, décolleté, shoulders, or any other area you wish to highlight for an irresistible sun-kissed look that you can rock all year round.

Kardashian Beauty Lip Plumper Shimmering Lip Gloss - $8.99
Unleash your inner goddess with irresistibly full, glossy lips. The Lip Plumper subtly increases the fullness of your pout for a flattering bee-stung effect. In true Kardashian form, it leaves a touch of bronze iridescent color to create the sisters’ iconic sun-kissed glow.  The Lip Plumper has a hydrating, long-wearing formula that glides on easily and leaves lips feeling smooth and utterly kissable. The best part? It leaves your lips tasting like honey.

  • Boosted Beige Nude
  • Fluffed French Toast
  • Magnified Mauve
  • Revved Up Rose Gold
  • Supercharged Strawberry
  • Amplified Amber
  • Pumped Up Pink

Kardashian Beauty Sheer Joy - $9.99
This compact set is ideal if you’re looking for a gorgeous touch of lip color without the heavier feel of traditional lip glosses or lipsticks. The formula is moisturizing, with emollient ingredients that nourish lips leaving them feeling silky and smooth.

Kardashian Beauty A Week of Kisses Lip Gloss Set - $9.99
Perfect for stashing in your pocket or purse, this set of seven deliciously flavored mini glosses are available in shades ranging from the subtle to the sultry to keep you glam from day to night. Their  formula is ultra-hydrating and leaves lips smooth, never sticky. 

Kardashian Beauty See You in Sequins - $9.99
The See You in Sequins matching lip and nail sets are the perfect stocking stuffer for girls looking to spruce-up their party outfits or add a touch of sparkle to their everyday look.

  • Starlight
  • Crystal
  • Sparkler

Kardashian Beauty products are available at ULTA, CVS, Duane Reade, and Ricky’s NYC.