Friday, October 31, 2014

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads & #NoMakeupWakeup

Did you know that Simple  makes eye makeup remover wipes? They're not new but I didn't until a  fellow blogger tweeted them recently. They come in a cute little packet  of 30 pads.  The round discs do a great job of removing eye makeup and as with all things Simple are super gentle . That's especially important in the eye area.

Simple wants everyone to have a #NoMakeupWakeup, stressing the importance of getting all the makeup off before you hit the bed . Wipes are an easy way to do that , even when you're ready to fall into bed. Keep these  and their also top notch Cleansing Wipes right on the beside table, you can grab for them even in the dark .   Great of course for travel and gym too.  For everyday  non wipe cleansing their  Moisturizing  Face Wash is a nice choice too.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads are approx.  $5.99

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes

Ready to make a wish ? It is almost the Holiday season after all . How about a A Thousand Wishes ? That's the name of the lovely new seasonal scent from Bath and Body Works coming next month.

A Thousand Wishes scent really does seem to have a bit of effervescence , with quince and pear along with a dash of  champagne .  Peony and freesia add a touch of floral and creamy almond, musk and amber ground the sweetness .

It's a nice cool weather scent  and I love the sparkling label with the burgundy bow. It's festive as can be and will make  great gift sets .

A Thousand Wishes comes in the full line of Bath and Body Works products including  a brand new item- Crystal Confetti Hair & Body Spray . The scent will launch on Nov. 3 but is available online now and is LE.

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel is $ 12.50

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Perfekt Lip Perfekt Crayon

Ready for a new lip crayon ? Meet Lip Perfekt by Perfekt Beauty.

This new crayon, exclusive to Ulta , is a single color that works with your lip chemistry to create a personal shade.  On me it's a nude rose pink, pretty close to what it looks like in the crayon  with just a little more beige in it. 

Lip Perfekt is very moisturizing with hyaluronic microspheres and jojoba oil and  has a shine on the lips with  medium coverage.   There is  peppermint flavor and scent, both pretty light.  

I like this a lot. It's very balm like  and the color is one step up from a "your lips but better" type look.  Great for a more natural lip look or touch ups.

Lip Perfekt is available now at Ulta for $ 22.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Target Holiday Food 2014

$ 8.99 each

We're taking a short detour today, to the food aisle. Not just any aisle , but the holiday food one.  Target's lookbook landed last week  & it's where I went first.

Keepsake Truffle Tin $24.99, Star Ornament w/ Truffles $ 8.99

I can spend a half hour ( or more)  in those aisles in Target when they first get stocked, checking  out all the new candy, cookies, special editions  and gift sets. No buying yet, because I would so eat them but making  mental notes for what I want later.
Large Gummy Bear $ 9.99 , Hersheys Big Bar $ 9.99
Hammond's Peppermints $ 1.99- $ 3.49

This is only a bit of what will be on those shelves but it gets the appetite whetted.  Archer Farms Jingle Blend, you will be mine.

Hammond's Lollipops $ 1.99, Cotton Candy $ 1.99

Everything will be in store beginning Nov. 2-9th

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar $ 4.99, Marshmallows $ 1.99

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dove & Shop Rite Self Esteem Scholarship

Dove & Shop Rite have  a wonderful way to potentially help out a special girl you  know.  If you live in  NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, or MD , you can nominate one to win a Self Esteem scholarship . 

Dove wants  you to nominate any girl between 13 and 19 , who is a legal US resident.  She could win up to a $  4,000 scholarship.  Those who nominate are also entered to win a Shop Rite gift card. 

They are giving away in each state listed :
  • 1st Place: $4,000 Scholarship
  • 1st Place nominator prize: $400 gift card
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 Scholarship
  • 2nd Place nominator prize: $100 gift card

We all know how expensive college can be, this could help a teen get a great head start on achieving that degree .  

Hit up this link for more info and to nominate -

Full rules and regulations here :

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pixi Holiday 2014 - Target

Pixi Holiday is here  and looking good.  There's a new  Ultimate Beauty Kit, lip butters and more. All hit Target stores Nov. 9th.

Ultimate Beauty Kit 2 in Cool & Warm $ 34

Fairy Dust Favorites in Light Catchers $ 12

Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio in Balmy Winter $ 16

butter LONDON Holiday 2014 Gift Sets

butter London holiday debuts next month and there are gifts sets galore to choose from.  I've highlighted three easy gifting /getting that come in a great price points.  Want to reall thrill the nail lover on your list ? Add a salon gift card to the box. 

One set, Heavy Metal includes two NEW shades. 

butter LONDON Lips & Tips
These sets include a full size nail lacquer coupled with a coordinating LIPPY Liquid Lipstick. Available in:

· Gears &  Cheers: Nail lacquer in Dodgy Barnett, LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in La Moss

· Lockets &Lace: Nail lacquer The Full Monty, LIPPY Liquid          Lipstick in Tea with the Queen

PRICE: $18
butter LONDON Heavy Metal Collection – Gilded Gears
These fashion-size lacquer sets include crème and glitter lacquers for a touch of sparkle. Includes:

·    Nail Lacquer in West End Wonderland, Earl Grey (NEW), Goss, Clockwork Heart (NEW)
PRICE: $28

Crème & Glitter Lacquer Duo
A full size nail lacquer duo – wear alone or layer for an edgy look. Available in:

·     Golden Yard: Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red, West End Wonderland, Nail File

·   Silver Expectations: Nail Lacquer in La Moss, Stardust, Nail File
PRICE: $15

Thursday, October 23, 2014

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine- Holiday 2014

 Winter means we try to coordinate color with moisture on our lips.  Tinted balms are always a favorite but YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine takes it up a notch with  lipstick like color and plenty of moisture.

Four new Rouge Volupte Shine  colors  make their debut in YSL's Holiday collection., Wildly Gold.    Each provides a boost of color  in the pink-red family for pretty holiday lips.  All winter they'll keep lips happy with their melt on  balm like feel , fruity scent and shiny finish.

Pink In Jungle, Red Indocile, Coral Intrepid, Violet Insurgent
I think I'll keep one of these in my purse at all times for a quick moisture and color on the go touch up.  Chic, luxe and useful- check.

Shades shown are Pink In Jungle, Red Indocile, Coral Intrepid, Violet Insurgent.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine are $ 35 and the Wildly Gold Holiday collection is available now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo & Conditioner

Looking for a new , natural shampoo to treat your color treated locks gently ? Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense might be the answer.

I  used Nature's Gate  shampoo years back and loved how my hair looked and felt with it.  I loved the natural ingredient list too. It's been awhile but I got reminded when I tried this new duo.

Pomegranate Sunflower was created specifically for color treated hair  but you can you use it even if yours isn't color treated ( mine isn't). It is of course sulfate free  and protects against environmental stresses . Sunflower and grapeseed extracts help against color fading and add shine.

After using , my hair felt lighter than usual while still having plenty of volume, seemed brighter  and with  more shine.  The  clean , light feeling lasted over a couple days  as well.

Note that the shampoo lathers really well. Often sulfate free ones don't but this gives you that lather up . The conditioner is a medium weight. If you have dry hair you might need something heavier. For slightly oily to normal, it should be just right .

Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo is $ 7.79
Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Conditioner is $ 7.79

You can find them at Whole Foods and other natural food/health stores and

Monday, October 20, 2014

Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Sets 2014

Burt's Bees have unveiled  their holiday gifting sets.  I always look forward to seeing these as they are all so well priced  and filled with products just about everyone loves and  can use . All the sets come in at $ 15 and under with some only $ 4.99. This year there 12 sets to choose from this year and I have three to preview .

Honey Pot :    Features full sized  Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream , Naturally Nourishing Body Cream & Honey Lip Balm in a standing box with a ribbon top. $ 14.99

Mani /Pedi -  Treats for hand and feet  , this set gives you a full size Peppermint Foot Lotion , Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream   and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ( possibly my all time favorite Burt's item ) along with a small  printed cosmetic bag.  $ 14.99

 Hive Favorites -  A Beeswax Lip Balm & a mini Naturally Nourishing Hand cream make up this giftable duo.  $ 4.99

You can find some of  the  gifts sets already online at  , and they should be showing up in stores soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014

YSL Paris Rebel Collector

YSL Paris goes in  a new direction  with Rebel Collector .

Rebel takes the  rose of the original and builds on that with the addition of tomato leaf accord. It changes the fragrance a lot as you would imagine.  Gone is the powdery violet rose  of Paris.

Rebel Collector  begins with a blast of pink  pepper and bergamot , with some rose in there right off as well. It's a sharp beginning but quickly  softens and gives way to more rose  with  a whiff  of powder. Then the tomato comes in , although not strongly , and there is a dryness from the iris. Rose is still weaving along in there as well.

The drydown is very musk and amber  with the iris  still noticeable along with a little rose  to soften it.

Just as the fragrance is a different take on Paris, so is the bottle, Same shape but in a reflective silver with a hot pink top. The box opens from the top  and  like a flower,  for a fun presentation

Paris Rebel Collector  is  $ 105 for 2.5 oz EDP and is LE  . Available now at Nordstrom.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Harujuku Lovers Fragrances Return - Pop Electric

Did you love those cute Harujuku Lovers fragrances of some years back ?  It was hard not to like those cute little dolls and I don't do "cute"  much.  I didn't even care what they smelled like.

After a few additions to the line, the Holiday Jingle G being my fav, the line disappeared.

But.... they're back. Baby,  G, Lil' Angel , Love & Music .  The Pop Electric line brings new bottles , with what I believe are the same fragrances. The notes certainly sound the same.

On Oct. 16th Gwen Stefani herself will be on HSN primetime for a 2 hour special  .  They are available now to buy. You can buy the  set of all five , individual bottles or a three piece set that includes a fragrance , body lotion and keychain.

Harujuku Lovers Pop Electric 5 Piece Set is $124.90
Harujuku Lovers 1 oz EDP is $ 40
Harujuku Lovers 3 piece set ( 1 oz EDP, 3.5oz Body Lotion, Key Chain) is $ 60

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MAC Sweet Sentiments Blush - Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

Want  rosy blooming cheeks that say I just schussed down a mountain or helped cut down this year's Christmas  tree?   MAC's newest blush can help .

Sweet Sentiments is a rosy pink Mineralize Blush shade . It's got a good bit of  pigment  but blends down really well to a soft rose . One blended  you have that rosy  pink cheeked look . It brightens  and amps up a Winter pallor.

 Naturally the blush pairs well with the Cremesheen Lipglasses also from Heirloom Mix I featured here.  A swipe of gloss and a flush of blush and you're ready to bundle up  and go.

MAC Sweet Sentiments Mineralize Blush is $ 30 .

MAC Holiday is on counter Oct. 26.

MAC Seeking Adoration & Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass - Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

A pink and plummy quintet of Cremesheen Lipglasses are part of MAC Holiday's  Heirloom Mix collection.

 Seeking Adoration and Romantic Overture are two  of them, ready not just for holiday lips, but all Winter as well.

Seeking Adoration is described by MAC as plummy pink and that sums it up well. It's not too pink nor is it deep plum but somewhere in the middle. It's got slight shimmer which doesn't show up too much on lips. This has a more creme look to it. It's a pretty color,  and one I am already wearing. Pigment is good, not bold but not too light or sheer.  If you love plum lips as I do, then this is one to check out.

Romantic Overture is a sheer gloss with a lot of glimmer and sparkles. While it's called clear, there is a small hint of pink to it  .  Great as a topcoat, or for a quick swipe of twinkly shine without color.

MAC Heirloom Mix is available Oct. 26th.

Seeking Adoration and Romantic Overture Cremesheen Lipglosses are $ 22