Monday, December 11, 2017

Sally Hansen Vanilla Buttercream Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil


 
Sally Hansen's Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil has been a staple for years. This season it gets a festive and fun upgrade- it's scented. Perfect for stocking stuffing.

There are two fragrances available , Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream.

The Vanilla Buttercream really does smell like a creamy cupcake .  With vitamin E , panthenol, apricot kernal oil, and aloe it's great for nails and smells great too.

Sally Hansen Vanilla Buttercream Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil is 6.99 and LE.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beekman 1802 Lump of Kohl & Lump of Gold Soap Sets


Beekman 1802 brings easy gifing this season with their very cute naughty and nice soap gift sets. Does your giftee get Lump of Kohl or Lump of Gold?
With the 3-Piece Goat Milk "Naughty & Nice" Gift Set for Body you can give both.  The Lump of Gold bar has flecks  of gold mica for a little shimmer  and notes of bergamot and star anise while Lump of Kohl has bamboo charcoal  to deep clean  and smells of frankincense and myrhh.  There's a Pot Of Gold lotion too, to seal in  moisture. 

 $68.00 at Evine.com

You can also grab just the soap in a set of 4  leaving you with enough to treat yourself or add them to several gift bags or stockings. 

The 4-piece Lump of Gold & Lump of Kohl Goat Milk Bar Soap Set has two each of the soaps and there are three options to choose from.  $ 55 at Evine.com 

These make great hostess gifts , Secret Santa , teachers etc. They'll get a chuckle but also something luxe they can use. 



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gucci Illuminating Powder


 

One of the hottest products this holiday season is Gucci's Illuminating Powder.

Not only does Gucci not do a lot in the way of makeup, but just look at how pretty this is.  *Almost* too pretty to use.


The butterfly catches your eye first off . Then you notice the golden pale beige shimmering powder, called Sunstone.

Sadly, the butterfly seems to be an overspray. The few light swipes of the brush I've done so far have worn it off.  But you still have the luxurious powder, which goes on lightly giving a low to medium wattage radiant glow and is buildable . It's not big glitter or over the top shimmer and is very easy to wear. I show my swatch and the official image from Gucci. 



It's the perfect Winter pick me and party glow getter and comes in a logo'd black compact  with a mirror, and small brush in the lower compartment.


Gucci Illuminating Powder in Sunstone is LE and $ 53 at Saks, Gucci.com  , Neimans and more. 






Monday, December 4, 2017

Cargo Cosmetics Travel Gel Lipcolor Set




Cargo goes to Emerald City for holiday this year,inspired by Seattle and  with packaging done up in seasonal shades of gold and green.  


The Travel Gel Lip Color Kit is one  of eight new gift sets.  You get 6 mini gel lipcolors , each in colorful paper tubes and sized at 2 g.  Colors included are Barbados, Manhattan, Bora Bora, Venice, Sicily, and Jamaica.



Travel sizes like these are great for anyone, but the jet setter on your list  might appreciate pretty but portable lippies.


Cargo Cosmetics Travel Gel Lipcolor Set  is $ 25






Sunday, December 3, 2017

Maui Moisture Thickend & Restore Bamboo Fibers Haircare



 Maui Moisture Bamboo Fibers is a  strengthening, moisturizing and thickening duo for stressed hair, brittle hair. 

While my hair doesn't quite fall into that category , it does have some  pretty dry areas mid -ends and ends , and using this for the past few weeks has made a difference.  I've noticed a definite change for the better in my drier areas, needing less leave- in after washing. I've been able to use about the half the oil I used to spray on than before and hair is better conditioned.


 The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free and have aloe juice as the first ingredient along with neem  oil and coconut water. They deliver a nice dose of moisture  but nothing heavy or over done and it does add some thickness and volume to hair. If your hair is super dry you might need a little more moisture but anybody with normal to dry hair should find this works really well, especially if they have thinner or flat hair that needs a little boost.  The Mom who has thin, fragile  hair and always needs volume  boosting  thought that it worked really well.  It's not easy to get her to try something new  but this passed her tests.

Bamboo is known to be strengthening and strong I can attest to this from the bamboo plants that came with the house and that we simply cannot get rid of no matter what . If even a portion of that strength gets applied to your hair that's a good thing

Maui Moisture is  approx. 8.99 each and available at all mass market outlets. 





Friday, December 1, 2017

Annick Goutal Holiday 2017


Annick  Goutal's Holiday fragrance is one of my all time favorites.  The combination of citrus and pine  is the scent of a bright forest walk in the sunshine and crisp air .

Each  year there is a  new design and this year they've gone very different but really beautiful with deep blue glass accented with gold holly and pine.

The  Une Forêt d’Or Holiday Candle color scheme lends itself to all Winter and not just the holiday season, and makes a perfect gift . It's the same Noël  candle fragrance we know and love with a new look with orange peel,  mandarin and Siberian pine notes.  $90.00

Also available is the Holiday 2017 Candle Trio . This gives you Une Forêt d’Or , Ambre and Eau d'Hadrien , their iconic zesty citrus fragrance.    $90.00

Annick Goutal Holiday is available at Saks, Neimans  and more. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems


Sally Hansen's Color Therapy line is a favorite here.  I have nails that peel easily when polished , they dry out and the  argan oil formula really makes a difference in helping my nails hold up better.

For Winter/Holiday  the new  Enchanting Gems collection is downright gorgeous, especially if like me, you like a little shimmer.

The one to grab is Smoky Emerald. This deep blackened green has a nice but not bold shimmering look on the nail and is darker than in the bottle. I love it.

I also have Brilliant Lapis, a rich , bright blue and Pink Sapphire, an of the season reddish pink that says Holidays and one I will be rocking  further into the season.

There are several other colors as well, pearl and amethyst among them, 6 in all.

These are LE and available now.




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Chanel Nude Mood Rouge Coco Glossimer Trio Gift Set


Who wouldn't want a little Chanel under the tree or in their stocking?  

The Nude Mood Rouge Coco Glossimer Trio has  three shades of Glossimer in Subtil, Caramel and Melted Honey,  all easy to wear nudes along with a logo cosmetic pouch. It's easy but great gifting. 


$ 92 wherever Chanel is sold  including Nordstrom and Chanel.com



Monday, November 27, 2017

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor



Liquid matte lips are a strong trend  right now and are coming in all at price points, which is nice.  Rimmel has recently launched their Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor .

Stay Matte has good , almost full pigment, applies easily and once set, stays put. This is a pretty dry matte but they have some flex and feel lightweight on lips.  The applicator is an elongated doe foot  and it works well to cover lips fully in one pass.




They do have a  plastic like scent , which may be an issue for some. Other than that they perform really well and as stated do last.  I went thru drinking and light eating with minimal wear.

There are 14 shades including some edgy ones like black and navy. I went for the nudes , shown are Rose & Shine , Be My Baby and Pink Blink

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor is approx 4.99- 5.99 depending on store/ sale.




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Commodity Black Friday/Cyber Monday- Get & Give Back



For Black Friday through Cyber Monday,  Commodity has partnered with The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund .

From midnight 11/23 to midnight 11/27, 50% of all sales from Commodity.co.uk will be donated to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey  Irma and Maria . The program is open to all US, UK and EU residents. 


The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is committed to ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to support the victims, as opposed to administrative funds to support the charity. Additionally, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund matches all donations that Commodity makes up to $5MM.

Plus there's a gift with purchase - a complimentary 10ml fragrance or bath bar with the purchase of a candle or 100ml fragrance.

I highly rec their Gift Set( reviewed here) and I am also loving the new Leather candle which is great for gifting and won't smell like  any other candle out there.  It's rich and smoky with labdanum and akigalwood in addition to leather. 



Friday, November 24, 2017

Yes To Black Friday Buy 1 Get 2 Wipes FREE




Yes To Wipes are Buy 1 Get 2 Free at Rite Aid from 11/23- 11/25.

Yes that's TWO free.  One of the best deals out there for beauty. Stock up gals.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

NARS Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Just What I Needed Powermatte Online Excl. Shade
Starting tonight  all purchases on  NARS.com will be 20% off ( excluding Man Ray, palettes, books and candles) .

This is their only sale of the year site wide and there are many online exclusive products incl. shades of Powermatte and Audacious Lipstick and the 413 BLKR collection.   413 BLKR is one of my all time  favorite NARS lippies . It's a perfect Winter color.  

Sale runs 11/23  to 11/28 on  NARScosmetics.com


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

OGX Sparkling Cider Shampoo/Conditioner



Each year at the Holidays OGX releases seasonally fun scented shampoo and conditioner.

This year they partnered with Kandee Johnson for three fragrances.


Sparkling Cider is very fragranced and packs a hit of  warm cinnamon along with a little fruity apple. It smells great and does leave a lingering scent on your hair. I'm still on the fence about how I feel having scented hair but I do love the smell of the shampoo.


OGX products work great for my hair and these are no different. You get moisture and  light conditioning for soft, but not weighed down hair without sulfates. If you  have very dry hair, you might find you need something heavier or more conditioning ( I rec their Coconut Miracle Oil), but normal to slightly dry should do well.

OGX Holiday Sparkling Cider, Candy Gumdrop  and Frosted  Sugar Cookie are  available at Wal Mart and Ulta for $ 7.99 per bottle.





Sunday, November 19, 2017

Karity Nude and Rudes Eyeshadow Palette


Have you heard of Karity Beauty yet ? It was new to me but so worth checking out .

The brand was founded by Isaac Rami as an antidote to how expensive most makeup was.  He felt it could be done as well, at a better price and Karity was born. They also, and I truly love this part,  created  Palettes For Paws and partner with local SPCA's. For every palette sold, Karity donates a meal to animal in need. Their makeup is also 100% cruelty free and vegan.


decadence, rockstar,butterscotch

So what about the makeup you ask? Well, I have the Nudes and Rudes palette and it's just about become my favorite. These shadows are so creamy they apply and look/feel like a cream. Smooth, easily blended with deep pigment that lasts well. Oh and even the shimmeriest shade has almost no fallout. 



Nudes and Rudes has so many great colors, it is not one of those palettes where most of the shades won't get used. These are all ones to wear. Some are shimmer, some are metal, some are matte, all are gorgeous. The quality here is high end all the way.

If you don't like any of the pre-done palettes, you can grab an empty magnetic one and buy individual shadows  (only $4 each) to fill as you wish.


There are also contour and lip palettes as well as very nice quality brushes incredibly priced. Some are only $4.

Karity is online based and shipping is also well priced. Free over $ 35, only $ 3.50 otherwise.  hey will ship Internationally  too.

Karity 15 Nudes and Rudes Palette is $ 25 .





Friday, November 17, 2017

Boots No 7 Forever Flawless Brush Set



Boots No 7 has some fabulous ( and well priced) gifts this holiday season. Last week I showed you the  Glamourous Nudes Eye Palette.  Also new is this cute brush set.


With the Forever Flawless Brush set you get 4 teal handled travel sized brushes in powder, foundation, eye shadow and angled liner along with a sequin mini zip top bag.  This is nicely packaged and the brushes are soft with good sized heads.

The bag measures approx. 5  1/4 x 4 inches. Just enough to hold the brushes or some lipstick and powder and tuck into a larger bag or carry on it's own.

At  $ 12 it's hard to go wrong here.




Boots No 7 Forever Flawless Brush Set is available at Walgreens in stores and online.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chanel So Close Blush


So Close is  Chanel's Winter/ Holiday blush from Collection Libre.

It's an unusual choice for a cold weather collection, it looks very Summer and I'll admit I had my doubts  even though I can wear oranges.


But it pays to try and test , because I've ended up really liking it . It gives a brightening, warm pop of color that is welcome  right now when the little tan I had is fading.  I am light , not super pale, but fair and  I use a light hand but it's also not as pigmented on first pass as it looks it would be. It has very light golden shimmer but has semi matte /satin finish that blends and sheers out easily. My swatch is a couple layers without much blending.

I can't say I'll wear this all the time, but it's a fun shade to have around and works nicely against a light/medium eye and nude lip. If you have darker skin , it will probably look even  better.  If you love the look of So Close, don't be afraid to give it a try, you may surprised as well.


Chanel So Close Blush is $ 45 and LE.