Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kiehl's Lip Balm Giftables- Holiday 2016

A gift of Kiehl's is always a good one and this year they've teamed with Brooklyn based artist Jeremyville to decorate their packaging.

Another good thing at Kiehl's? The lip balm.  If you haven't tried it, this is a thick,  hydrating balm where a little is all you need. There's some nice flavors too .

This year's gift set features 4 balms individually boxed with art by Jeremyville  so you can gift as is or break the set up. With the art here being not very traditional Christmas , this can also be gifted for other holiday/occasions.  You get original non- flavored, mint, cranberry and mango .  Each balm is full size at .5 oz

Kiehl's Lip Balm Giftables is $ 32 at  and wherever Kiehl's is sold.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Blush Color & Highlight Kit

We're getting a look at what's new next year from Maybelline.  There's a lot of new that includes more Baby Lips ( in a crayon) , lip and eye palettes and this new face color quad.

 Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Blush Color & Highlight Kit is the brand's first all in one palette for highlight/blush and has four shades to mix , layer and blend . There are three blush colors and one highlight shade.

It looks really pretty, right ?

Available for $ 12.99 sugg. retail on January 2017.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bluemercury Holiday Shopping Party Days & Discounts

Discounts on beauty are rare, making Bluemercury's annual Holiday Shopping Party a must shop.

 Shoppers can receive 10% off  over $100 purchase , 15% off $ 175 and 20%  off $ 250.  Brands rarely seen discounted  are on sale including  La Mer, Revive, Oribe, Chanel, and Jo Malone.

Shoppers can  nibble on snacks and have a cocktail while shopping and if you spend $ 175 you'll receive a free deluxe gift bag.

The Holiday Parties are for One Day Only in each store and run from today through mid December.  You can find  your stores party day here -

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ombres Lamees De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Just in time for Holiday Chanel is releasing the Ombres Lamees De Chanel  eyeshadow palette inspired by braids, tweeds , lame and more. 

Per Chanel    "The Ombres Lamees De Chanel palette unveils a harmony of four eyeshadow shades requiring a goldsmith’s touch. Embossed and then covered with golden pearly particles, the patterns recreate a fabric from the Ready-to-Wear collection and form a precious textured surface slipped into an exclusive case, accompanied by two brushes "

Availble exclusively at and Chanel boutiques on Nov. 28th for  $105.00.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Biolage R.A.W Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner

I've gone back to Matrix products in a big way after a few years absence. Their Moisture Me Rich duo and leave in is that good and all I've been using for awhile.

Of course since I love to try anything new , I took a look at the new R.A.W line as well.  There are three formulas and Nourish is for dry , dull hair. My hair is slightly dry although not dull but it does need plenty of moisture.  R.A.W is silicon, paraben and sulfate free and they list the % ( 71-90) natural origin each is on the bottles.

The formula for Nourish shampoo  has quinoa husk and honey while the conditioner has coconut oil  and kaolin clay. It's a low lather shampoo that gets hair very clean without making it feel stripped.The conditioner is medium hydrating, it does a nice job but is not quite as moisturizing as I usually use/need.

After use my hair was  very soft , light ( I still used my usual Matrix leave in), with plenty of movement and shine. It didn't add any volume or extra body but was more smoothing and kept away any frizz.  My hair (heat) styled well too.

I have to say too, that I think the packaging on these is cute, like a smoothie bottle .

Biolage R.A.W Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner is available at Ulta and wherever Biolage/Matrix is sold.

Monday, November 21, 2016

MAC Black Plum Friday

 This year's Black Friday one day only from MAC is a good one.

They are doing a deep purple Vamplify lip shade, Black Plum . Vamplify is one of  my favorite MAC lip formulas and this shade is gorg.

It will be sold in a kit with a matching Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Bespoken For and Rebeleyes Gel Liner in Top/Bottom,  deep black.

The MAC Black Plum Friday set is $ 35 and online at MAC only on November 24th.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Burt's Bees Holiday 2016 Gift Sets

Every year I feature some of the gifts sets from Burt's Bees.  They are  nicely packaged and filled with products ( usually full size) many giftees would love and can use , they are a great price/value and they can be picked up easily at  drugstores, Target etc.

There are larger sets and smaller ones , all can be gifted as is, but some , especially the lip sets, lend themselves to being broke up and tucked in a stocking or gift bag.

I love the Classic Bee Tin. In a reusable bee shaped tin you get a lip balm, their fab Lemon Balm Cuticle Cream and a lip balm.   $ 8.99

Kissable Color has three shades of Lip Shimmers. Shown is the Warm set with Rhubarb, Peony and Fig.   $ 9.99

Go bigger with Burt's Bees Honey Pot with full size body lotion , hand cream and honey flavored lip balm. This is the set that gets you the winter.  $ 14.99

Face Essentials is packed with face wipes, coconut and pear lip balm, Deep Cleansing Cream and Deep Pore Scrub. Great for the college students to take back to the dorm. $ 14.99

There are many more sets available. Check and  in  discount and drugstores.

Chamilia Paw Print Charm For Humane Society International

This new charm from Chamilia is not only perfect for animal lovers but also gives back.

"As part of its “Give With All Your Heart” program, Chamilia  (a Swarovski company) is partnering with  Humane Society International (HSI), one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife. "  $ 4 from the purchase of each charm will be donated to support the charity's mission.

The charm is sterling, the paw print enamel  and it comes with a  keepsake charm card.

 The dog lover in me loves anything with a paw print and I've long been a supporter of several Humane Societies including lead volunteer for my local one. Of course it also helps me to keep my beloved Shasta outwardly, visibly close to my heart since I lost her this Summer.

Retail is $ 40. Find this and all the brand's charms at

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish

My nails are dry and peel easily. This despite not polishing them all the time and using hand cream.  I love polished nails but it wreaks havoc on them.
Sally Hansen's newest formula adds oil to the mix for nail color that is supposed to nourish nails.

I am all for moisturizing my nails while polished. Seems like it might be hard to pull off so I put this to the test and came away pretty pleased with the formula.

The polish takes 3 coats for really total coverage , but 2 can work. I went one day without top coat and got some quick tip wear, not unusual for me, but once I added top coat ( the brand's Miracle Gel) the color and wear lasted 4 days without any dings, at day 5 it started looking more wore at the tips . For me that's good wear time.

My nails definitely felt less dry once it was removed and I've had no peeling after removal. My nails look in good shape, shiny and better than usual after polish removal.

The brand says" Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail."

Color Therapy comes in a wide range of shades,  along with  top coat, base coat and a nail and cuticle oil that I am loving. The oil leaves a sheen on nails while also adding plenty of moisture. My nails seemed smoother after just a few uses.

Drier nails just got a boost .

Shades shown are : Indiglow, Slicks and Stones and Therapewter.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

L'Occitane Holiday Crackers Trio

We talked earlier about L'Occitane's fab Advent Calendar.  The brand also has a sleigh full of other great gifts. I firmly believe a gift of L'Occitane is one of the best to give. I  have yet to meet someone who doesn't love  their hand creams,  especially.

The Holiday Crackers Trio gift set has three holiday crackers filled with three mini products each all boxed  up in red.

This is the kind of gift you can give as is, or break the set into three separate smaller gifts making each $ 9.33.

Each cracker has a bath cube, a shower gel and a hand cream . The scents are Cherry Blossom hand cream, shower gel and Peach bath cube in the Pleasures and Fragrance cracker. Shower oil , Almond hand cream ,  and Olive bath melt in Sweet Time and Relaxing shower gel, Lavender hand cream and Rosemary bath cube in Revitalizing Moment.

L'Occitane Holiday Crackers Trio is $ 28

Sephora has a similar , exclusive to them set- Three Gifts Of Provence for $ 39

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Holiday Ornament

 Cute little gifts are always fun to give and get and this little ornament from IT Cosmetics is no exception.

Containing a mini Superhero mascara you can hang it from a gift bag, attach to a gift card or tuck in a stocking. Also nice for the Secret Santa gifts .  And at $ 12 it won't break the budget.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MAC Strobe Cream- Peachlite &Goldlite

MAC Strobe Cream has always been a makeup artist staple and a makeup fan favorite too. I've had a tube forever. Now with the popularity of highlighting growin ,they've released some shade extenstions.

Two of those new shades are Peachlite and Goldlite. MAC's Strobe Creams are not in your face glitter charged highlighters. These create a soft glow with light iridescence.  The cream has a light feel on skin and is easily blended. It can be used alone, under/over makeup  or mixed into foundation or moisturizer.

Peachlite goes on with a touch of warm peach tint , again very light in pigment, just enough to warm your skin up a bit. Goldlite gives skin a light golden touch. Both do a  great job of brightening  and highlighting. This can be used on body too of course. Decollete , legs .

MAC Strobe Cream also comes in the original now called Pinklite, Silverlite and Redlite.

MAC Strobe Cream is $33 and online now. In stores Nov.10 in the permanent line.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

L'Occitane Advent Calendar 2016

I loved last year's Advent Calendar and am so happy L'Occitane has brought it back again. I'm pretty sure this is easily one of the best gifts you could get or give.

This year's set does away with the little novelties that made up some of the days last year- a bow, gift tags, glitter . And that's for the better. It means more products.

You get a mini item in each window and they're all good. There is the brand's hand cream (best around) , soaps in verbena and almond , Cherry Blossom EDT , Gentle Toner  , shower gels and more.

Last year I gave many of the minis from my set to a cousin who is a traveling nurse and  takes jobs in other states for weeks at a time. She is on the road a lot, and having ( luxe) little travel beauty essentials makes quick, light packing much easier.

So for those who travel a lot, those who might want to sample some new items or who just love fun gifts, this fits the bill. Good for December birthdays too. A gift a day.

L'Occitane Advent Calendar is $55 at , brand boutiques

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chanel Give It Shine Glossimer Gift Set

Gifts of Chanel are always a great pick and this little beauty recently turned up on

Give It Shine is a trio of the brand's Glossimers along with a round pink pouch with a snowflake zipper pull. So very Hiver and Joyeux Noel.  The shades of lipgloss are Amour, Sweet Beige and Wild Rose. 

It's $92 and LE for Holiday. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick Holiday Edition

Everything comes up red for holiday including new special edition NARS packaging.

Rita , one of their fabulous formula Audacious Lipsticks now comes in a matching red case. Same magnetic closure, same square shape but in a festive new color . Yes it's perfect for stocking stuffing , gift card accompanying or adding to your own basket.

NARS Special Edition Rita Audacious Lipstick is LE and exclusive to Sephora for $ 32.