Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Algenist 10 Day Tranformation Kit

I'm always on the fence about skincare gifts as they aren't as glam as makeup and fragrance  but we all need skincare and why not gift something a little special , or maybe it's you that would like a little TLC gift.

Algenist makes great skincare and great gifts.  The 10 Day Transformation Kit has some of their best products , ones I use all the time including the Splash  Hydrating Setting Mist and Complete Renewal Eye Balm. It's a great way to try the brand or have travel sizes of  favorites .

Set Includes:
1.5 oz Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser
1 oz Power Recharge Night Serum
,23 oz Complete Eye Renew Balm
1 oz Genius Ultimate Anti Aging Cream
1.3 oz Splash Hydrating Setting Mist.

Algenist 10 Day Tranformation Kit is $ 95 at Sephora ,  Algenist  and Space NK.

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.