Holiday Gift Guide: Life’s Little Helpers

Just a bit of luxury, a little extra treat in your day, is a fabulous gift. It doesn’t matter whether the item is actually expensive or not…anything that makes you smile and gives that feeling of being taken care of is such a treat. I’ve put together a holiday gift guide full of my picks for this sort of little helpers in life, with a mixture of goodies that are budget-friendly and others that satisfy the urge to go all out and splurge.

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

Scala Pronto Beret

1.  Scala Pronto Beret  (SAVE! $32)  Slouchy berets are a super hot trend right now and I love the Pronto Beret from Scala. This knit hat has metallic lurex thread throughout – the perfect thing to bring a smile on dreary winter days. It protects my hair from the wet snow and the harsh wind,  and slipping on this cute beret immediately makes a bad hair day something I don’t have to deal with.

Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower HeadAroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head2.  Aroma Sense Opus Wall Mounted Vitamin C Shower Head (SPLURGE! $79.99)  Oh my is this a fabulous gift!! The box includes 1 shower head, 2 microfiber filters and 1 Vitamin C shower cartridge. The Vitamin C cartridge is excellent aromatherapy, plus it is very beneficial for hair and skin. Not only that, the shower head removes chlorine and rust while conserving water by 25%!  I was sure the water pressure would be lessened, but this shower head does the opposite – it actually increases pressure by about 1 1/2 times. It even helps breathing and blood flow by producing four times more negative ions, which results in less stress and anxiety. A great shower is always pure luxury to me and this shower head definitely helps me have a great day! My husband is a contractor who regularly installs bathrooms and he is totally impressed with this magical shower head.  https://aromasenseusa.com/

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer

3.  Soho London Love Fest Hanging Organizer (SAVE! $19.99)  Who doesn’t need a hanging cosmetics organizer? And who can resist one in animal print called the Love Fest?? This neon trimmed tiger print hanging organizer is a fabulous gift. It has a small zip pocket for jewelry, a makeup brush organizer with a protective cover, plus a removable clear zip pouch.   The Love Fest is a handy little helper that anyone on your list will be thrilled to get.

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles

4.  Farmhouse Fresh Cozy Sweater Candles (SAVE! $29) Oh Em Gee. There really isn’t a better way to light up those holidays than these ultra adorable candles with their very own knitted sweaters. Each candle comes in its own box with tiny windows…geez I’d almost buy these just for the outside packaging!! The candle with the red sweater is the Spiced Rum Candle and it smells like sweet orange, honey, clove and spice. The candle with the green sweater is Home Fir the Holidays and it smells like a fresh-cut Frazier fir tree. They are beyond fun and they smell AMAZING. These candles are made of a soy-blend wax, with phthalate-free scents that provides up to 50 hours of light, love, and delicious holiday fragrance.

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

FOREO : LUNA ™ for Women

5.  FOREO LUNA for Women (SPLURGE! $199)  The FOREO LUNA™  is my favorite facial cleansing tool of all time. A typical skin care brush is battery operated with a cleansing brush that eventually wears out and needs replacing. I have owned my FOREO LUNA™ for four years now and it not only doesn’t show any signs of wear, I’ve only had to charge it one time — and that’s with using it almost every single day.  This unique little pink machine is truly beyond impressive.  There is also a LUNA™ for Men made for men’s skin, and it comes in black, a more manly color. Here is a great FOREO Holiday Offer for you – 15% Off On LUNA & ISSA Devices + Free Shipping with the Promo Code: HolidayBeauty15.  Expiration Date: Until 12/31/15.

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser

6.  Gurunanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser (SAVE! $19.99)  Talk about all the rage…we all know the fantastic benefits of essential oils, and the best way to get all the benefits from them is through a diffuser. GuruNanda has a terrific set that includes calming lavender and uplifting peppermint essential oils, plus a really cool diffuser with a color-changing LED light that turns 7 different shades. This is a perfect gift for a teacher, co-worker, or anyone you know who needs some stress relief. I am going to bring one as a hostess gift for the New Year’s Eve party I am going to – I know she will love it. You can find this great set at Walmart.

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

C.O. Bigelow Musk Candle

7.  C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle (SAVE! $42) I always think candles are the ultimate little luxury. I love getting them as gifts and then feeling so indulgent when I burn one, luxuriating in the beautiful scent. A great choice for a minimalist friend is the C.O. Bigelow Musk Scented Candle. The candle is very chic, housed in a clear glass jar with the C.O. Bigelow signature. It has a lead-free wick and a 60 hour burn. The Musk Candle’s fragrance is a beautiful combination of bergamot, ylang ylang, muguet petals (lily of the valley), patchouli, vanilla bean, white cedar, and also of course musk. The combination creates a light musky scent that is surprisingly fresh.

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

Soho London Disney Wristlet

8.  Soho London Disney Wristlet (SAVE! $7.99)  I don’t care if you are 6 or 106, you will be completely enchanted with the adorable Soho London Disney Wristlets. I have pictured two different styles featuring Cinderella, and the other Disney princesses have their own wristlets available as well. All the girls in my house are fighting over these adorable little bags….they are exactly what is needed for a tiny bit of magic in your day.  – Lisa

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FOREO Luna Cleansing System brought to you side by side

Yes, it’s true – facial cleansing devices are everywhere now.  They range from extremely inexpensive to super spendy, and the cleansing techniques vary widely.  FOREO has a new cleansing system they sent to the BIZ to review.  We were impressed by the unique design of the Luna, and now we are excited to tell you all about it.

Foreo Luna Box

FOREO Luna

This little pink machine does all kinds of things, and each side of the device has its own miracles to work.  It’s much, much different from a facial brush.  FOREO says:

Why LUNA is not just a facial brush:

  • Transdermal sonic pulsations, rather than standard oscillation, gently stimulate blood flow beneath the skin’s surface, cleansing from the inside out and smoothing away the signs of aging in a similar way to the Botox® effect.
T-Sonic pulsations do the cleansing

T-Sonic pulsations do the cleansing

  • Nonabrasive brush surfaces made from soft, smooth silicone – the first of their kind – making it ultra-gentle and actually pleasant to use on the skin.
  • So effective, you notice a visible difference in skin tone after just 3 days, and your face will feel softer and invigorated after just one use.
  • Organic design – 100% waterproof, fully rechargeable for 450 uses at a time, and it looks beautiful as well!

The pink version is for sensitive/normal skin. There are two other colors/options available. The white version is for ultra-sensitive skin and the blue version is for combination skin. Let’s see what Marcia and Lisa think about this pink beauty.

inside the Foreo Luna box

inside the FOREO Luna box

MARCIA and the front side of the FOREO Luna:

What a fascinating cleansing machine this is. It’s totally unique compared to other products we’ve tried and reviewed. I’m going to describe the cleansing action of the machine while Lisa will describe the anti-aging action on the back side.

Foreo Luna

FOREO Luna

As you can see this silicone machine has little nubs that do the work of cleansing. The FOREO Luna vibrates, it doesn’t rotate which is what makes it different from what you are used to seeing or using. This makes it gentler and, in my opinion, safer for sensitive skin. The Luna is so soft to the touch that you instantly know you are going to experience a gentle treatment. There’s nothing harsh about it at all.

up close

up close and personal

The first step is to remove your makeup, you don’t want to be pressing dirt into your skin, you want the machine to do super cleansing and exfoliation in its gentle fashion. This can be done with something like Dermalogica PreCleanse or one of the new cleansing oils that are available. Now this is a matter of preference so if you don’t want to take that extra step then just suds up with either a gel or cream cleanser. You can adjust the pressure of the machine with the plus and minus signs seen below.

bottom up close

bottom up close

What you want is for the Luna to do the work. You don’t have to apply pressure, just hold it without pressing. I like to use this in a circular motion along my chin, cheeks, forehead. Then I use the tip around my nose, the curve gets into the crevices there and helps me get rid of my stubborn dry patch. It can also be used around  your eye with that smaller area. I always make sure that I’ve pressed the minus sign since I want to use very light pressure under my eyes. That’s it! Turn it off, rinse and you are clean and ready for the anti-aging action that will now be described.

When you first get your FOREO Luna you’ll have to charge it up but then it stays charged for months – the company says you can get 450 uses before you’d have to recharge! That makes it perfect for travel since you don’t have to bring the charger, just put it in the silky travel pouch and you’ve got a travel buddy.

There’s more to love since you don’t have to buy anything after you’ve made your initial purchase. With a machine like a Clarisonic you need to buy new brushes every few months because of the risk of bacteria but the Luna will never anything other than cleansing.

LISA and the back side of the FOREO Luna:

back of the Foreo Luna

Anti-aging surface of the FOREO Luna

I completely agree with Marcia’s review of the front side – the FOREO Luna is fantastic for cleansing the skin. So what is the deal with the back of the device? Check out the little lines up at the top.  Here’s an even closer view for you.

Foreo Luna anti-aging side up close and personal

FOREO Luna anti-aging side up close and personal

I may be a few years younger than Marcia, but that girl has NO wrinkles. Me? I have plenty so I am happy to use the FOREO Luna both for cleansing and for anti-aging. The center button activates the lower-frequency Anti-Aging Mode, which you then press on five different points for 12 seconds each – between eyebrows, right temple, right nasolabial fold, left nasolabial fold, then the left temple. This light massage relaxes those tension points and help prevent lines and wrinkles. Plus, it increases the blood circulation to those areas which increases collagen and elastin production. All that equals firmer skin with better elasticity.

Besides, it’s just a great way to relax and pamper yourself.  I use it right after cleansing, I just flip the Luna around, press the center button, and enjoy the next minute. It feels great and after my skin definitely glows.  You can also use it with your favorite skin care creams or serums.

We love the Luna and FOREO has several other options available. Here is all the latest news from FOREO.  Enjoy!!

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