Gifts for everyone, naughty and nice in this Stocking Stuffer Round Up!

Stocking Stuffer Round Up!

December is such a wonderful month for shopping, not only because of the great deals but also because of the sweet little sets and special editions out for the holidays.  And I love getting new ideas for stocking stuffers, don’t you?  I like a stocking to have a combination of luxurious and practical items.  I guess it’s my nod to the naughty and the nice that’s happened all year!  Here are some ideas to consider for your stocking stuffing (or for teacher gifts, or Secret Santa) this season.

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nyl Stocking Stuffers

  •  nyl for adorable skin care mini gifts!!

nyl skin care has these fantastic Stocking Stuffers – each mini gift is $12, and the combos feature their lovely products that are so pure you could eat them if you wanted to.  Every single item is handmade, all natural, fresh, clean, organic. Nyl is one of those lines that has me smiling all day long, not just because the products are fabulous, but also because the products won’t harm me or the environment, and everything they make is vegan and cruelty free.

nyl skincare Fresh Faced Stocking Stuffer

The stocking stuffers all include two deluxe sample jars in a mesh jute bag. Fresh Faced includes a 1 ounce sample of Rosewater Face Wash and a 1/8 ounce bottle of Velvet Transformative Serum, a product that I use every night.

nyl skincare Polished Stocking Stuffer

Polished includes a 2 ounce jar of Gentle Sugar Body Polish and a 1 ounce jar of Whipped Hand & Body Lotion. Both are amazing for getting rid of dull, dry winter skin.

nyl skincare Hand Rescue Stocking Stuffer

Hand Rescue includes a 1 1/2 ounce sample of Foaming Castile Hand Soap and a 1 ounce jar of Whipped Hand & Body Lotion. Hands are clean and hydrated and ready for anything!

nyakio Cold Pressed Oils Discovery Kit

  • nyakio for a trio of amazing facial oils!

 nyakio Cold Pressed Oils Discovery Kit ($19) is an adorable cold-pressed oils trio with three skin saviors that anyone would be thrilled to find in their stocking.  It’s a $25 value and inside you’ll find three droppers and Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil (0.15 oz), Manketti & Mafura Anti-Aging Oil (0.15 oz), and Maracuja & Yangu Soothing Oil (0.15 oz).

nyakio Cold Pressed Oils Discovery Kit

nyakio Cold Pressed Oils Discovery Kit

The trio kit includes:

  • Manketti & Mafura Anti-Aging Oil – This fast-absorbing oil addresses signs of aging such as wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness and dehydration. A blend of Manketti Oil, rich in Vitamins E and C, and Mafura Oil, high in essential fatty acids, provides youthfully radiant and soft skin.
  • Maracuja & Yangu Oil – Soothe and nourish skin while calming sensitive areas with this conditioning oil. Maracuja and Yangu Oils blend together with their high content of essential fatty acids to restore and calm skin.
  • Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil – This lightweight oil targets imperfections, minimizing the appearance of discoloration and uneven skin tone. Marula and Neroli Oils, rich in antioxidant Vitamin C, help brighten and protect skin. Discover the best-kept secret to naturally ageless beauty with Nyakio’s trio of cold-pressed oils. Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil minimizes the look of discoloration, age spots and uneven skin tone in a lightweight formula comprised of South African marula oil and Moroccan neroli oil.A very fun gift that you can feel good about, because it is formulated without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, or butylene glycol, and it is 100% Vegan and cruelty-free.

    Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal

  • Colgate for practical but most certainly wanted stocking gifts!

Let’s face it, we all need a new toothbrush and some toothpaste.  Always!  So this is a favorite stocking stuffer gift of mine, and Colgate has some really cool options that are actually a great play on the ‘naughty’ since they feature charcoal – get it??

The new Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal ($4.99) comes in a box with a cool black toothbrush.  The toothbrush is awesome because it bends so you can really reach every tooth, especially if you have an odd-shaped jaw.

Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal

Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal

The toothpaste is definitely different, too – it’s the same amazing Colgate toothpaste, but with the addition of charcoal so it is even more effective at removing stains, whitening teeth, and freshening breath.  It has micropolishers to remove stains, and the flavor is a delicious mint.  You can find this set at mass food and drugstores nationwide, and it’s only $4.99 – a bargain of a stocking stuffer!

Colgate Essentials Toothpaste with Charcoal

Or if you want to go a little fancier in the toothbrush arena, get the Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Battery Powered Toothbrush ($12.99).  It’s super affordable, has a slim, lightweight design, and the rotating brush gives you five times the plaque removal than a regular toothbrush.  It has a two-minute timer so you are sure to brush those teeth for the correct amount of time, too.

Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Battery Powered Toothbrush

Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Battery Powered Toothbrush

Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Battery Powered Toothbrush

It’s gentle on your gums and you can replace the brush head.  This is a real winner of a stocking stuffer, and you can find it at Walmart and Amazon.

Whether you were naughty or nice, there is a great stocking stuffer for you in this list, and more to come soon so keep coming back for even more great ideas!  – Lisa

Winter is Coming Giveaway Blog Hop – Arise Fragrance Roller Ball

That dreary picture is really the beginning of something cheerful. We’ve again decided to be part of the Winter Is Coming Blog Hop hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island. Each blog taking part is responsible for their own prize. You can enter as many as you want and you could be a winner several times over.

Recently in blog hops we’ve given away $25 Amazon cards as well as cosmetics. This time I’ve got something different. ARISE ROLLERBALL PERFUME by A Girl’s Gotta Spa ($24) is our prize this time.

Arise Rollerball fragrance by A Girl’s Gotta Spa

Arise Perfume is perfect for the woman who loves springtime notes. Jasmine sambac, grapefruit, orange and vanilla bean make this a bright, soft, uplifting floral fragrance. This perfume is just the right size to be carried in your purse to refresh the scent on your wrists throughout the day. It makes for a wonderful and personalized gift for the woman in your life who inspires you.

  • PERFECT FRUITY FLORAL FRAGRANCE: Jasmine sambac, grapefruit, orange and vanilla bean.
  • FEMININE PERFUME OIL: Grapeseed oil, essential oil and fragrance oil create a perfume you’ll be complimented on time after time.
  • NO ANIMALS HARMED: Vegan ingredients and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free.
  • MADE IN SMALL BATCHES: For the highest quality ingredients. Paraben and Phthalate free. Alcohol free.
  • MADE IN THE USA

The fragrance is housed in a glass bottle with a silver rollerball and brushed silver cap. It’s 8ml and the perfect size to fit into your handbag.

This fragrance is available at A Girl’s Gotta Spa store and I have a 15% off code for you (BeautyInfoZone15) that’s good through Dec. 31st. There are now two fragrances available and they’d each make a fabulous gift for the holidays as would their other cruelty-free items.

ARISE by A Girl’s Gotta Spa

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Each blog in the giveaway is responsible for their own prize so you can win often if you are lucky. The Beauty Info Zone prize is open to US Beauty Info Zone subscribers only. Ending time is 11:59 pm EST on December 21st. Be sure you are a subscriber. Good luck.  —  Marcia

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A special edition of Fashion Flash

Welcome to a wonderful edition of FASHION FLASH, our emag for women, to learn about everything under the sun. We have articles about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and how to live the best life you can each week. This week is very special to me because I’ve got the newest Fashion Flash Giveaway and we’re hoping this is a big one for you. Please read and enter HERE to see what you can win. It’s perfect for the holidays and for your reading and beauty life.

Books and Beauty Giveaway

 

Jackie Silver helps you stay healthy during flu season with her tips at JackieSilverStyle.com.

Inka of http://www.glamourgrannytravels.com tells you about gingerbread museums.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of “Love Your Age; The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life” (National Geographic) recommends a new book that could just end up being the best gift you’ll ever give someone (after Barbara’s book, of course! : )).
Can you really enjoy holiday eating with no weight gain? Mirabai Holland, from http://www.mirabaiholland.com,Certified Health Coach & Exercise Physiologist, gives you the skinny.
Can acupuncture improve the look of wrinkles and sagging skin? We’re demystifying this ancient tradition over at the Ladies Roadmap Podcast this week!
Prime Beauty is sure many of us remember the cute AVON mini-lipsticks we played with as children. They’re back! AVON’s Once Upon a Time Iconic Collection has a collectible tin full of 60 mini lipsticks and many more beauty gifts all packaged in nostalgic prints!
Never Say Die Beauty says that natural, cruelty-free Farmhouse Fresh Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum is the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer for skincare lovers. It smells just like chocolate raspberry candy! Yum!

Beauty Info Zone

Beauty Info Zone has been sharing gift ideas for weeks but they are mostly for the holidays. Bouquet Bar is a gift you can send 365 days a year that will be loved and appreciated. Buy it for yourself too.

Have questions about Retin A? Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog has the answers.
Ardent Rose is a gorgeous warm rose fragrance from Roses For Autism, an organization that has job training programs for individuals with Autism. Learn more on Painted Ladies and enter here to win a bottle and rollerball.
Winter skin care can be a challenge for people with dry skin. In this article, Erika from Notes From My Dressing Table shares some of her favorite cleansers for dry and very dry and mature skin.

 

 

A Fashion Flash book & beauty giveaway

Fashion Flash has been working with a variety of publishers and beauty companies to bring you the best of both worlds. This time it’s Beauty Info Zone’s chance to share a lovely giveaway for two items you’ll absolutely love.

Books and Beauty Giveaway

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NOT OUR KIND by Kitty Zeldis

Harper Collins has published “Not Our Kind” by Kitty Zeldis, a book that is perfect for our times even though it takes place in 1947. It’s a story of a bright, compassionate, and beautiful Jewish heroine who has been hired to be the mentor of a disabled Christian girl during anti-Semitic times. The story is very compelling and tugs at heartstrings explaining the ups and downs of the situation. It reminds you that friendship is powerful but so is hatred. No matter what “our kind” is to you, this story will compel you to read and remember.

“[An] enthralling portrait of a woman daring to defy convention in the face of rigid social confines. Lively period details of the bustling city breathe life into Not Our Kind, a story capturing issues of discrimination, the marginalization of women and class disparities. Often veering in unexpected directions, the novel is filled with thought-provoking turns that explore timely subjects in a gripping light. . . . the book’s greatest strength is exploring how the building of relationships can help dissolve ignorance. . . . its themes linger long after the final page is read.”(USA Today)

Lucky Chick Masterpiece Lip Set

You’ve met the book and now you’ll meet the beauty. Lucky Chick is a cosmetic line that also has a story. This is a mother and daughter team who created Lucky Chick. “Through art, we have always have found a happy place. In fact, we see art as a thread that connects our lives. The colors and objects we live with or wear – they sway our moods and bring us joy. The impact of art continues to influence our lives and our approach to beauty, from the ingredients we use to the design of our packaging.” Free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sulfates, and gluten, all Lucky Chick products are made right in New York, and Stephanie formulates and approves each product. The line has launched with an array of cruelty free and vegan color-punched products for the face.

Lucky Chick Masterpiece Lip Set

This Masterpiece Lip Set has 5 lip products in an artistic gift box. The top opens to a mirror that is perfect for applying your lip of the day. The colors are all very striking:  Royal Lip Lacquer, Desire Lip Lacquer, Joy Lip Lacquer, Sweet Lip Lacquer and Shimmer Lip Glaze.

Lucky Chick Masterpiece Lip Set

The lip lacquers are shiny and not matte. There is a slight fragrance to them that doesn’t last long. You can mix them to create your own color. Plus the Shimmer Lip Glaze is a great top coat to bring you from daily wear to stunning lightly shimmered lips that stand up to all the lights. The happy news too is that these are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, and gluten free.

Lucky Chick Joy Lip Lacquer

GIVEAWAY: Enter today to win both the hardcover version of this timely novel, Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldes as well as the gift box of 5 Lip Lacquers. The prize will be sent to the US winner by Fashion Flash. The giveaway is open to US readers only. The only requirement is that you comment on the blog post. But the chances of winning are better with the more you do. Open through 12/17 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. If you’ve entered on any of the options make sure it’s verifiable or I’ll disqualify the entries.  —  Marcia

By entering this giveaway please be aware that your email address might be shared with an approved third party.

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Celebrate December with the giveaways on The Sunday Scoop

Another Sunday filled with giveaways for our readers. It’s exciting to see so many that you could win before the holidays start that could give a boost to the gifts you like to give (or keep). Have a great week and to all our friends that celebrate, Happy Chanukah, may the candles and your life be bright for the next 8 days.  —  Marcia

BEAUTY INFO ZONE GIVEAWAYS AND NEWS

12/5  OOPS GIVEAWAY  –  2 winners for different Boxycharm boxes, US

12/10  NANACOCO  –  2 winners for 2 Nanacoco lip products, US/Can

NEWS: Next week there’s a giveaway a day for 5 days. Be sure you come back to see what chances you’ll have to win.

Winner’s Circle:  Kim P-C has won the This & That giveaway for the Becca palette and brushes. Shirley E was the Stocking Stuffer giveaway for $25 Amazon e card. Congratulations to both

BEAUTY GIVEAWAYS

12/3  A Girl’s Gottta Spa  –  two bottles of our floral rollerball perfume, Arise – one for you and one to gift to a friend just in time for holiday gift-giving! US

12/3  All About Good Vibes  –  $800 Sephora gc, US/Can

12/3  Glamour and Gloss  –  a makeup and skincare giveaway, WW

12/3  Beauty Cooks Kisses  –  36-oz. bag of Vitabath Lavender Chamomile epsom salts, a 10-oz. bag of Lavender Chamomile bath fizzies, two Lavender Chamomile foaming bath bombs and a 10-oz. Lavender Chamomile body wash. US/Can

12 days of giveaways on Body & Soul Beauty

12/4  Mommy’s Block Party  –  Arbonne’s It’s a Long Story Mascara, US

12/5  Simply Sherryl  –  Gellen Gel Nail Kit, or $30 Amazon or paypal, WW

12/5  Finch n Wren  –  Ecotools Lash & Brow Duo bamboo brush,Tarte full-sized Cheek Stain in Blissful, Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover mini, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer mini, Ulta Brow Gel mini in Clear, Clinique Happy Perfume Spray mini, Tarte Vitamin Infused Lip Gloss mini in 40 Winks, Hello Konjac cleansing sponge in Pure White, Clinique white vegan leather zippered makeup bag with embossed square. US

12/5  Vogue Faux Real  –  Ipsy bag plus more cosmetics/skincare and a $20 Target gc, US

12/6 (6 pm est)  My Subscription Addiction  –  1 year Boxwalla Book subscription, US

12/7  Lacquer or Leave Her  –  Prize 1 is the Zoya Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit and two of the lipstick/gloss duos, Prize 2 is one nail polish quad and two of the lipstick/gloss duos. US

12/7  To The Motherhood  –  Dermelect Revitalite Eyelid and Dark Circle Corrector in Professional Strength, US

12/8  Fashionista Budget  –  Tarte Beach, Sleep, Repeat Mini Set, WW

12/8  Paper Cakes Pretty  –  her favorite beauty products giveaway, WW

12/8  Luximia Beauty  –  Rose Quartz Roller Set + a $100 Amazon Gift Card, US

12/9  Painted Ladies  –  First place prize is a 1.7 oz bottle of Ardent Rose Eau de Parfume, and the second place prize is a 0.33 oz rollerball bottle of the same fragrance. US

12/9  Shoes and Glitter  –  2 Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes of your choice! WW

12/9  Vivo Per Lei  –  Retinol Wrinkle Solution Filler. WW

PRODUCTS IN GIVEAWAYS

Daily entries through 12/19  Comphy  –  20 days of home items, US

Through 12/12  Boars Head  –  daily giveaways, US

12 days of giveaways  –  Juggling Act Mama

12/2  Organic Aromas  –  Elegance – Nebulizing Diffuser by Organic Aromas, US/Can

12/3  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Analon Risotto Pan and Spoon, US/Can

12/3  Easter Babe’s Theory  –  Samsung Galaxy Watch (Bluetooth, 46mm) in Silver! US

12/3  Sleepopolis  –  Winkbeds Mattress, US

12/3  Plessers Appliances  –  Bosch Dishwasher 800 Series, US

12/3  Paula Wiseman  –  Keurig K 200 and a Nifty Under-the-Brewer Storage Drawer AND a Box of Starbucks Holiday Blend K-Cups to get you started, US/Can

12/3  Easter Babe’s Theory  –  GuruNanda Roll-On Essential Oils Kissed Collection, US

12/3  Easter Babe’s Theory  –  Supreme Soy Candle Gift Basket from Madison Vallet Candles. US

12/3  Modern Castle  –  Roomba e5 Robot Vacuum, US

12/3  Mommy’s Weird  –  Hoover Impulse Cordless Vacuum -$299.99 value Canada Only

12/4  Posh in Progress  –  Coach Saddle Bag

12/4  Dab of Darkness  –  3-month Audible subscription, US/Can

12/4  Giveaway Promote  –  Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, WW

12/3  Steamy Kitchen  –  Heston Nanobond Wok, US/Can

12/4  Leite’s Culinaria  –  OXO Good Grips 5 piece Bakeware set, US/Can

12/4  Sleep Sherpa  –  Sleepovation Mattress, US

12/4  Sleepopolis  –  Brooklyn Bedding mattress, US

12/4  Mom Home Guide  –  4 -piece 100% Cotton Sheet Set, US

12/4  Mommy Enterprises  –  Kawaii Box, WW

12/5  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisinart Griddler, US/Can

12/5  Crunchy Beach Mama  –  gifts for the home

12/5  Sleepopolis  –  Allswell Home Mattress, US

12/5  Make Use Of  –  Fitbit Charge 3 activity tracker. US/Can

12/5  Mommies With Cents  –  California Design Den Sheets Set, US

12/5  Mommy Enterprises  –  iHealth No-Touch Infrared Thermometer, US

12/5  Rita Reviews  –  Duett Bottle in Black, US

12/5  DVD Interior Design  –  Instax Mini 9 camera, US

12/5  Kelly Lynn Sweets and Treats  –  Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, US/Can

12/5  Africa’s Blog  –  Inevifit  Digital Bathroom Scale, US

12/6  Leite’s Culinaria  –  OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer, US/Can

12/6  Emily Reviews  –  Stargazer Cast Iron 10.5? Skillet, US

12/6  Michigan Saving  –  California Design Den Luxury Sheet Set, US

12/6  Steamy Kitchen  –   The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS camera’s DIGIC 4+, US/Can

12/6  USA Lovelist  –   American made cookware from 1919 Cookware–A $150 Value, US

12/6  Weber Books  –  Amazon Paperwhite e-reader with a leather cover and a collection of e-books. US

12/7  Leite’s Culinaria  –  OXO Good Grips Mixing Bowl Set, US/Can

12/7  Inspiration for Moms  –  Kitchen Aid Mixer (6 Qt.), US

12/7  Celebrate Woman Today  –  Coach Tote Purse, US

12/7  Susie’s Reviews  –  Your Choice Of Goose Creek Candle Company Candles, US

12/7  KONO  –   SensorPEDIC Luxury Extraordinaire Gusseted Memory Foam Pillow, US

12/7  Luv Saving Money  –  Kindle 7, US

12/7  24/7 Moms  –  Brooklyn Bedding Bamboo Twill Sheets & Talalay Latex Pillow, US

12/8  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Staub Ceramic Oval Baking Dish Set, US/Can

12/9  Kudosz  –  Godiva Chocolatier Make It Merry Christmas Gift Basket, US

12/9  Mommy Enterprises  –  Lotus Trolley Bag, US

12/9  Rasa Malaysia  –  Diamotech 10 piece fry pan set, US

12/9  Copy Cat Recipes  –  Farberware Luminescence Nonstick Cookware Set, US

12/9  Best Dessert Recipes  –  Bonour Creme Brulee Making Set, US/Can

12/9  Healthy Recipes  –  CDN Nutritional Digital Scale, US/Can

12/9  Fave Southern Recipes  –  Cuisinart Griddle Panini Grill, US

MONEY AND MORE

12/2  ||  Cool Mom Picks, $100 JC Penneys gc, US  ||  La Vie En Rose, $50 movie gc, US/Can  ||

Daily through 12/14  Poppy Sweeps, $50 Amazon gc, US

12/3  ||  Lynchburg Mama, $25 Amazon gc, US  || Extra TV, 5 winners, $25 Cold Stone Creamery gc, US  ||  The Quiet Grove, $50 Oriental Trading gc, US  ||  Deliciously Savvy, 5 winners, $500 Amazon or paypal each, US  ||  To Thine Own Style Be True, $500 Amazon  ||  It’s Free At Last, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||  Mom Does Reviews, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||

12/4  ||  Mail4Rosey, $100 Target, WW  ||  Sharing Life’s Moments, $20 Amazon, US  ||

12/5  ||  A Lucky Grace, book and $100 Walmart, US  ||  Java John Z, $75 Teleflora gc, US  ||  Confessions of a Frugal Mind, $20 paypal, WW  ||  Living the Gourmet, $25 Visa, US  ||  Great Thoughts, $50 Amazon, US  ||  Stuck In Books, $50 Amazon, WW  ||

12/6  ||  Mouse Hacking, $500 Disney gift card or one of four prizes of a $50 gift card. US  ||  Mom Files, $25 winners choice gc, US  ||  Pretty Wellness, $25 Amazon, US/Can  ||  Savvy Mama Lifestyle, $25 Visa and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||

12/7  ||  Mail4Rosey, $200 Kohls gc, US  ||  The Beat, $100 Target, US/Can  ||  Visage Movie, $50 Amazon, US

12/8  ||  The Simple Parent, $50 Amazon, US  ||  NonScents, $100 Amazon plus the full NonScents Pet Product Line, US  ||  The Beat, $500 Amazon, US/Can  ||

12/9  ||  Gay NYC Dad, $75 Teleflora gc, US  ||  Love Mrs. Mommy, $50 Amazon, WW  ||  The Cubicle Chick, $100 Visa, US  ||  Scott Haren, $25 Visa and $25 Amazon, US  ||  Talenthounds, $50 Visa, US/Can

OZNaturals – which serum is right for you?

OZNaturals is a brand we can’t help but admire. Not only is this a holistic and environmentally friendly brand but all OZNaturals products are created using no potentially harmful synthetic chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and sulfates. The entire product line is proudly cruelty free.

There are 4 serums in their reasonably priced line: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Pro-Retaxinol Retinol Serum, and Vitamin C + AHA. They are only $17.95 – $19.95 which is a phenomenal price for such great quality.

OZNaturals serums image from Oznaturals.com

All their serums are packaged in glass bottles (in amber glass if they need to be protected from light) and all come with a dropper delivery system that ensures freshness, potency, and ease of use.

We received two of their serums to use and tell you about.

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MARCIA IS USING VITAMIN C FACIAL SERUM

OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum

There was a little bit of a battle between Lisa and I since we are both huge fans of Hyaluronic Acid but I gave in once I read the ingredients in the Vitamin C Facial Serum. Not only does it contain a unique stable for of sodium ascorbyl phosphate to ensure potency and effectiveness but it also contains Hyaluronic Acid along with a mix of antioxidants including green tea, rose hips and Vitamin E. I couldn’t ask for better! “Our unique Vitamin C serum contains a proprietary blend of 20% Vitamin C and the super antioxidant Astaxanthin. We use the most stable and bio-available form of Vitamin C, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ensuring our serum in always fresh and potent.”

OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum

Why Vitamin C? Because it’s a potent antioxidant that protects and brightens skin. I’ve made it a mission this year to have brighter skin and this OZNaturals serum is helping that fight. “Moisture is restored, wrinkles fade, and your face brightens as the benefits of Vitamin C take effect. This effective anti-wrinkle serum contains concentrated amounts of active ingredients to ensure efficacy.”

OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum dropper

The serum itself is very thin and has a watery consistency. One medium size dropper full is enough for my entire face. There’s no fragrance at all and it dries very quickly. I like to layer serums and this is the first serum I’ll use since it doesn’t interfere with any others. Moisturizers don’t ball up over it which makes a big difference when applying foundation.

OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum

One thing to remember when using Vitamin C is to use sunscreen during the day since your skin is more sensitive to UVA/UVB rays when using any vitamin C product. I’m a stickler about wearing SPF on my fair and easily freckled skin.

LISA IS USING HYALURONIC ACID SERUM

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Like Marcia said, we had a few tense moments trying to determine who was going to get the Hyaluronic Acid Serum since we both know very well the miracles a great hyaluronic acid product can perform on skin. Plumped skin is healthy skin – you want it to hold onto moisture, because then you have less wrinkles and don’t develop them as quickly, either. OZNaturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum has the highest quality hyaluronic acid because it’s botanically derived. Added to this are the amazing antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Rose Hips and green tea – making the Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum a terrific serum indeed.

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

As skin ages, it loses hyaluronic acid which means less elasticity and more wrinkles. So adding hyaluronic acid back with a great serum increases collagen production, plumps up skin, and increases elasticity.

Our natural Hyaluronic Acid Serum for skin deeply hydrates and plumps skin to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid is known as “nature’s moisture magnet,” an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This potent serum delivers a surge of moisture-loving nutrients deep into skin. The powerful combination of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, leaves skin soft, smooth, and rejuvenated.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum benefits:

Plumps and hydrates dry, dull skin
Assists in balancing skin moisture levels
Speeds up skin-cell turnover, keeping new and healthy skin on the surface
Helps diminish the appearance surface lines and wrinkles
Naturally lifts and firms sagging skin

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum

As with all OZNaturals products, the Hyaluronic Acid Serum has no fragrance and no parabens. I love that it isn’t sticky or tacky, which happens a lot with hyaluronic acid serums. This is actually rather lightweight, and it soaks in quickly and easily. I use it every morning and every evening after cleansing and toning, before moisturizing. I especially concentrate around my eyes and lip area. I like that this isn’t a one trick pony serum – not just hyaluronic serum, there’s more in there:

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid – Deeply moisturizes and plumps skin, while providing continuous moisture by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water.

Vitamin C – Provides protection from damaging free radicals and supports the production of collagen.

Vitamin E – Strengthens the skin’s barrier function and helps prevent dehydration and damage.

Rose Hips – This natural source of antioxidant is high in essential fatty acids which are needed for healthy, beautiful skin.

Green Tea – Contains polyphenols which can prevent damage from UV light and other environmental hazards.

All in all, a really fabulous serum that makes skin look and feel terrific. You can’t go wrong with either serum! Be sure to take a look at these serums and the rest of the excellent OZNaturals skin care line up – we are definitely impressed.

Available at both the OZNaturals website and Amazon with free shipping.

Skin care fusion makeup: Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32

I have to admit I am not great about SPF for my face. I’m conscientious about using it on my body, but when it comes to my face I am hopeful that one of my skin care products has sun protection in it…yes, it’s the lazy person’s answer to protecting my skin from the harmful rays of the sun! Kind of pathetic, really…but luckily there are some amazing products that enable my dysfunctional relationship with sun protection. Case in point:  the amazing Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 ($95).

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Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32

Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 is one of those wonder products that is so lovely I get a chill down my spine every single time I use it. It isn’t an over the top, ‘look at me’ loud product. It’s more like one of those things that push your look just over the edge into ethereal…your friends wonder why you always look so refreshed and glowy, and ask what your secret is. And you don’t tell them, because, why, then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?

Double perfection.

This gorgeous, fluid-light formula brings glowing vitality to the complexion. Weightless coverage visibly sweeps away lines, discoloration, wrinkles, pores, imperfections and other signs of fatigue to create a pure, even-toned complexion with just the right touch of luminosity.

Within that veil of perfection and beauty are the calming properties of Decorté Transilient Onsen Water to infuse skin with minerals leaving it looking revitalized and energized. Gentle lifting and firming agents help skin regain its composure. Enveloped in anti-oxidant-rich Cell-Surround 360° complemented with Algae-based X-inflam Defense™, skin is cocooned against damages caused by environmental stress. Broad spectrum protection; harbors skin from UVA/UVB rays.

A gentle, just-there tint tops it all off. A hint of color so subtle, a gentleman could wear it and not be caught.

Paraben-Free

Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 could be called a light foundation, or maybe a tinted foundation. Or a tinted SPF. It comes in four different shades: Fair, Light, Medium, and Tan. My shade is Light and it does such wonderful things my skin. It evens out my complexion. It reduces the size and look of my pores. It color corrects any redness. It adds a youthful sheen and glow.

Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 in light

Decorte Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 in light

Typically, SPF for face is thick, tacky, and has a bit of a white cast. This product has none of that. In fact, the texture is truly divine – it’s thin and a little goes a long way. You do have to shake the bottle to make sure everything is mixed properly before using. Sheer Brilliance Soft Lifting Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 32 does provide broad spectrum protection so even if you are lazy like me, you are more than covered! If you have pretty good skin to begin with and like a natural look, this is all you will need and I confess that on low maintenance weekends this will be the only cosmetic item I use. But typically during the week, after moisturizing and priming I put this on then put my foundation on over it. Then, I get my sun protection and I also get that lovely glowy lift to my skin. It really is impressive!

I have to say I find this much, much nicer than the Cle de Peau Tinted Moisturizer or the La Mer Reparative SkinTint, two similar products with the same price point. If it fits into your budget, I simply can’t recommend this lovely tinted SPF highly enough – it’s the best sun protection enabler I have found! – Lisa

INGREDIENTS:  WATER (AQUA), CYCLOMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, ALCOHOL, LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, ISOTRIDECYL ISONONANOATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE
PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, ACORUS CALAMUS ROOT EXTRACT, ALGAE OLIGOSACCHARIDES, ASTAXANTHIN, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) FLOWER EXTRACT, HAEMATOCOCCUS PLUVIALIS EXTRACT, PALMITOYL, PENTAPEPTIDE-4, RHODIOLA SACRA ROOT EXTRACT, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, TOCOPHEROL, ZIZYPHUS JUJUBA FRUIT EXTRACT, ALGIN, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE ,BHT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CARBOMER, CELLULOSE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, GLYCERIN, HYDROGEN DIMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, PHYTOSTERYL OLEATE, POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LACTATE, SQUALANE
TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947) (nano)