A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!What makes for a good stocking stuffer?  Here are the 6 golden rules:

  1.  Make it affordable…spend the big bucks on presents under the tree. You can load up stocking stuffers and make that stocking bulge with gifts.
  2. Make it unexpected…get unique gifts that your giftee probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
  3. Make it flashy…who wants socks or tweezers?  No one, unless they are unusual and full of bling.
  4. Make it pretty….gorgeous gifts make for big squeals of delight.
  5. Make it practical.  Ok, I just told you DON’T make it practical…but I mean make it something your giftee will actually use, not something that will gather dust on a shelf.
  6. Make it relaxing.  Everyone can use some more ‘me time’. Great stocking stuffers give us all the perfect excuse to shut the door on reality and escape for a bit.

So, how about a list of awesome ideas for actual products that make the grade?  Ask and you shall receive!  We get a lot of samples around the holidays and these are my favorites for stocking stuffers.                                          pr samples

Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme SamplerJaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler
Affordable!  Four mini hand cremes that smell so you want to eat them? You can’t go wrong with the super affordable Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler ($12.67).  The Buttercream Frosting Fragrance is delicious and the hand creme has Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe to soothe dry winter hands and you only need a tiny amount so this set will last a very long time.

Funktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverUnexpected!  Funktional Fitbit Charge/ Charge HR Protective Covers ($19) Your giftee has a Fitbit Charge, you’ve got to pick this up. The protective cover is a bit of bling and a lot of protection. I have a Fitbit and I have to say it’s not attractive…this pretty cover makes it look like jewelry. It comes in two designs and ten finishes for both men and women.

These covers work with  Fitbit® Flex™, Fitbit® Force™, Garmin® Vivofit™, Garmin® Vivofit™ 2, Misfit® Shine™, Misfit® Flash™, Jawbone® UpMove™ and nearly all the other current top-selling fitness trackers.

Funktional Wearables can be purchased directly at www.FunktionalWearables.com or from Amazon, and from select boutiques nationwide.

Inglot Nail Polish in 679 and 621

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Flashy!  The Inglot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel is beauty with an awesome twist. The colors are fantastic and the nail polish can actually save your nails life! The Breathable Nail Enamel allows water and oxygen to pass through the polish – right to the nail which absolutely needs it.  INGLOT O2M Nail Enamel is available in a whopping 86 colors for $16.00. It is also available in Matte shades for $17.00. I love 621, a red with gold shimmer, and 679, a pearlescent pink. They are a fantastic way to fill a stocking with some great #ManiMondays.

Scunci Hair and Body TattoosScunci Hair and Body TattoosPretty!  The perfect size, the perfect price, and the perfect amount of pretty – Scunci Hair and Body Tattoos ($4.99 at Ulta.com and Target.com) decorate your wrists, arms and even hair. What a perfect stocking stuffer that your giftee can use on New Year’s Eve!

All Caps Hair Capall-capsAll Caps Hair CapAll Caps Hair CapPractical!  Your loved one will be thrilled when she pulls an All Caps ($52 at Amazon, select hair salons and spas) out of her stocking! This is beyond cool. It’s the  first-ever multi-function hair protection tool to preserve hair while you shower, sleep and spa! All Caps is much, much more than a traditional shower cap and it makes for an unexpected and wonderfully practical gift. It protects your blow-out, color, keratin treatment, and more.

Here’s what makes All Caps so unique:
  • Reversible hair styling preservation and treatment tool
  • Preserves and masks hair overnight
  • Protection cap during spray tansspa treatments and skincare routines
  • Deliberately crafted to be delicate on hair – a market FIRST! – leaving room for all types of hair
  • Adjustable to head circumference and hair length
  • Outside is a soft, hypoallergenic, waterproof PUL fabric
  • Inside is a static-reducing satin spandex material with an adjustable microfiber terry band
  • Comfortable on ears and will not leave an imprint on your forehead
  • Machine washable

This is a fantastic, practical gift that will quickly become a favorite for every day use.

Pearl Bath BombsPearl Bath BombsRelaxing!  Pearl Bath Bombs ($17.99) really are the bomb. Ok, so the price seems a little high for a bath bomb, even a nice big one. But these festive bath bombs have a wonderful surprise inside – a Sterling Silver, Rose Gold, or Gold plated ring between sizes 4-10. How fun is that???  The Frozen Berry bath bomb ‘swirls to create an enchanting winter wonderland right in your bath. Blackberry, pomegranate with twists of vanilla and cinnamon will warm your body and melt the iciest of moods!‘  Or, you might want to choose the Candy Cane Bath Bomb, ‘a swirling, red and white delight with an invigorating peppermint cream scent that’s meant to energize your skin and refresh your senses!’ There are tons more creative holiday bath bombs, as well as 3 and 4 packs. Everything is All Natural, Handmade in America, has Cruelty Free ingredients, Never Tested on Animals, 100% Vegan, Ethically Sourced, Free of Synthetic Dyes, Paraben Free and SLS Free.  pearlbathbombs.com

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

There you have it – six awesome stocking stuffers that follow the six golden rules.  Have fun shopping and gifting…and pick up some of these for yourself because you deserve it.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Halloween ready with 3 favorite Inglot pigments: #79, #52, and #35

I have so many pigments it’s insane. Seriously, if you saw my collection you would insist I get pigment therapy. But with all the colors and brands I have there are a few that I reach for over and over. Some of my favorites are the AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadows from Inglot. I love the size of the jars, I love the price, and I love the texture and color payoff. And pigments are fantastic for Halloween because they are so versatile!

inglot-amc-pure-pigmentInglot describes their pigment eyeshadows as, “Highly concentrated loose coloured powder that ranges from subtle to ultra-intense effects depending on application. The product contains sponge gourd oil and almost 90% pure pigment. Can be mixed with DURALINE to create liquid forms of all pigment colours.” The jar size is 2 g/0.07 US OZ and sells for $16 to $19, depending on the shade.

MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, FACE atelier Transforming Gel

MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, FACE atelier Transforming Gel

Pigments are beautiful used dry, but typically you get the most bang for your buck when you use some sort of mixing medium. I haven’t tried the Inglot Duraline yet, but my three favorites are MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, and FACE atelier Transforming Gel. I used the FACE atelier Transforming Gel for the wet swatches – it triples the color payoff and while there is room for play, when dry it gives the pigment incredible staying power.

Inglot AMC Pure Pigments in 52, 35, 79

Inglot AMC Pure Pigments in 52, 35, 79

Here are the Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadows shades I reach for the most:

#79, a gorgeous orangey/peach

AMC Pure Pigment 79

AMC Pure Pigment 79

#52, a beautiful deep brown

AMC Pure Pigment 52

AMC Pure Pigment 52

#35, a sparkling deep purple

AMC Pure Pigment 35

AMC Pure Pigment 35

Here they are swatched dry:

AMC Pure Pigments top to bottom: 79, 35, 52

AMC Pure Pigments top to bottom: 79, 35, 52

And swatched with FACE atelier Transforming Gel:

AMC Pure Pigments left to right: 79, 52, 35

AMC Pure Pigments left to right: 79, 52, 35

The darker colors also make great eyeliners mixed with a mixing medium. I love pigments in general, but always pull them out around Halloween for costumes since they can be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks, nails, even hair.

What pigments are your favorite go-to shades?  – Lisa

*purchased by me, affiliate links

Inglot introduces Exotic Lagoon Nail Enamel and I’m sharing one!

Inglot Cosmetics has released a new summer collection of O2M Breathable Nail Enamels with the great name of Exotic Lagoon. These are 6 of the most beautiful polishes that are designed to take you on an imaginary and colorful trip through an exotic lagoon. Of the 6 colors I was offered to choose one and I picked #700 as it reminds me of the crystal clear blue water in an untouched paradise.

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Imagine yourself seeing the corals and reds in clear blue coastal water near crisp sandy beaches and you have the picture of Inglot’s Exotic Lagoon Nail Collection (#695-700).

Inglot O2M Nail Enamels in 695, 696, 698

Inglot O2M Nail Enamels in 695, 696, 698

Inglot’s polishes are called O2M Nail Enamels and they have a unique formula that allows nails to “breathe”. Oxygen and water are able to pass through the enamel to the nail’s surface. It’s recommended that to make this system work best you also use their O2M Breathable Base and Top Coat. I don’t have those and the polish itself was fabulous. If I was to start collecting these polishes I’d want those though.

#700 is a lagoon blue and one I got a lot of compliments on. The color was absolutely refreshing. It’s the type of hue I’d happily wear any day of the year but it’s especially gorgeous for summer.

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

Inglot #700 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

I wore #700 for one solid week and could have gone on longer. My thumbs showed wear, nothing else did. They were perfect and I was still getting compliments on this unique color on day 7.

O2M Breathable Nail Enamel is a new formula for Inglot. Inglot Nail Enamel is free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, and DSP.They are $15 at Inglot’s site and their nail swatches are wonderful, giving you a true feeling of what the colors will look like on your own nails.inglot 700 bottle in hand

If you’ve read my nail reviews before you know that I am a frustrated nail blogger wanna be. With Inglot’s #700 I wanna be at this exotic lagoon and wear the polishes in this collection over and over.

Do you have a favorite Inglot Nail Enamel? I know my collection needs to grow! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun from Inglot and OCC

Inglot and OCC are two of our favorite companies so when we were told about their specials for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we wanted to share them with you.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS DEBUTS “LITTLE BLACK DRESS” STAINED GLOSS ON BLACK FRIDAY!

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar

OCC Little Black Dress Lip Tar

‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics newest colour innovation, imparts high-impact shine and subtly defines lips with a sheer veil of black pigment. This unexpectedly wearable shade creates the perfect neutral lip colour, that hydrates and softens lips, while maintaining a slick, glossy finish that lasts throughout the day.

Debuting right in time for Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, all orders $50.00 USD and over will receive complimentary domestic shipping within the contiguous United States. Want more? All orders over $75.00 USD and over will receive a free ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss (limit one per customer) in addition to complimentary ground shipping. ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ will also be available permanently future forward at OCCMAKEUP.COM.

OCC Little Black Dress model

OCC Little Black Dress model

Will be offering 20% off online.  Also receive a free #77 Gel Eyeliner with any purchase over $80. This is only available on Inglot.com.
Two of Marcia’s absolute favorite eyeshadows on her green eyeshadow review are Inglot and Lisa is crazy about their blush. There’s a lot to love with Inglot.

Inglot Black Friday sale

Inglot Black Friday sale

 

The Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights Marcia of Beauty Info Zone

Every other week the Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights one of our bloggers with a special post. Well this week it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more excited. You see I’ve done a total turnaround in my cosmetic color life. I used to be the PURPLE QUEEN! I had every purple eyeshadow I could get my hands on. I lived and breathed purple for eyes. Then I started adding in browns and taupes but I still would always say that purple was “my thing”. And then this came into my life:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinnian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

When it arrived from Zuneta I was excited when I saw this but didn’t realize that my life was about to change. Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird looked like a golden green on my eyes and totally captivated me. I wanted to wear it all day every day. I didn’t want to remove my eye makeup. But being the obsessive eyeshadow person that I am, I not only removed it but I started shopping. Since I purchased the RBR I’ve also purchased what is now making up my Top Ten Khaki/Green eyeshadow list (and it was hard to narrow it down to 10).

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

1. As stated above Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow – this started the obsession

2. Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – this has more green to it but it’s still a khaki on me. I adore this when wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery cream shadow as a base.

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

3. and 4.  Inglot 419 and 433 – to say I’m crazy about these would be an understatement. They are beautiful on and each give me a slightly different look. They both have green and gold in them. 419 has more of a green tone while 433 is more khaki. Satiny smooth and long lasting. These are the best Inglot textures of the many I own.

Inglot 419 and 433

Inglot 419 and 433

5. and 6.  Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke – these look really similar in my pictures but they are different. Snare is more green while Greensmoke is more smokey. Snare is also more sparkly. I’m more likely to use the Urban Decay at night and the MAC during the day.

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

7. and 8. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation – two beautiful green shadows. Poison Ivy is light while the Senna is deep and a gorgeous green with sparkle. I saw Fixation when I was shopping at IMATS and immediately scooped it up. These two work beautifully together.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

9. Whip Hand Green Beret pigment – while I’m still using my small one that I bought from Beauty Army, I want the full size one. Whip Hand did a special Camo Collection for Beauty Army. I love all of them but this one is green with gold. It’s lighter than the rest and looks great on its own or combined with other shadows or pigments.

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

10. Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery – now this has a story. I was so sorry I bought this when I did and here it is on my Top 10 list. Don’t buy it if you are looking for a great green eyeshadow because it’s not. What makes me love it is that I use it as a base with different colors – especially Bare Minerals The Scenic Route and the two Inglot khakis and it makes them look 10x better. For some reason this dull sort of green brings out the best in them. I don’t use a thick layer and I use a real eyeshadow primer first but with that combination I get color that doesn’t fade or change for the entire day.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

From top to bottom: RBR Velvet Frippery (top pic only), Senna Fixation, Makeup Geek Poison Ivy,

MAC Greensmoke, Urban Decay Snare, Whip Hand Cosmetics Green Beret,

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Bare Minerals The Scenic Route, Inglot 433 and 419

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

So there you have my Top Ten most loved and used khaki and green eyeshadows. There’s always room for more though so please tell me what you love and what I need to add to my collection. Do you see though what Rouge Bunny Rouge Absyinnian Catbird started? — Marcia

disclosure: only Makeup Geek is a PR sample, rest were purchased by me

Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

christina choi FOD2

I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

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Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

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On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

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I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.

 

FOD

My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

*some items received from PR

Black Friday deals galore! Plus Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Have you noticed that Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep getting bigger and better? It’s hard to hold back when you find deals like this. Just about every brand we love has deals so we thought we’d share a few of our Black Friday favorites.

Keranique is offering $40 off your purchase of $100 or more using the code “BLACKFRIDAY” available online at www.keranique.com beginning November 23rd and ending 12:00AM on the 24th.  Additionally, receive 30% off your order of $150 or more with the code “CYBER30” on www.keranique.com for Cyber Monday!

Miracle Skin Transformer is saving you 30% on your entire purchase with the code “BLACKFRIDAY” available online at www.miracleskintransformer.com beginning November 23rd and ending at 12:00AM on November 24thAdditionally, you can get 30% off on your order of $60 or more on www.miracleskintransformer.com with the code “CYBER” for Cyber Monday!

Indie Lee & Co. has a couple deals including, “Black Ops Black Friday” via Beauty Army, which provides 20% off of Indie Lee products purchased in their Beauty Army store.  Indie Lee will also be offering a deal with OpenSky for Cyber Monday.

 

Deborah Lippmann ROCK THIS TOWN set

Deborah Lippmann has 20% off orders of $75 with the coupon code THANKS2012. We fell in love with this collection containing 3 glimmer polishes.

INGLOT:Wow, it’s not often you can get Inglot at a discount. (click to enlarge)

SENNA:

After reading Lisa’s review on the Senna Haute Nude Sultry palette we know that the Senna sale is even more inviting.

CAMERA READY COSMETICS has amazing Black Friday deals for 50% off!! This starts Thursday at 8 p.m. PST.

  • Cinema Secrets (the entire line)
  • Ben Nye (selected products)
  • Eve Pearl (the entire line)
  • Ellis Faas (selected products)
  • Embryolisse (selected products)
  • Temptu (selected products)
  • Yaby (selected products)
  • Face Atelier (selected products)
  • Graftobian (selected products)
  • Joe Blasco (selected products)
  • Kett (selected products)
  • La Femme (selected products)
  • Maqpro (selected products)
  • Mehron (selected products)
  • Nurturing Force (selected products)
  • OCC (selected products)
  • Parian Spirit (the entire line)
  • RCMA (selected products)

Thursday 8pm until Friday 8pm (PST) every item in our Black Friday category will be 50% off!

Minimum purchase $75. FREE SHIPPING! No “rain checks.”

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:

Saturday, November 24th falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it also marks the third annual Small Business Saturday; a day to support local businesses around the country. Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more customers. American Express provides support by generating awareness and action around shopping local for the entire day. So if you need a gift, a haircut, new shoes, a new concealer… Pick it up at a small biz! You can learn where to shop, and how to support local businesses in your area by visiting http://www.shopsmall.com

Here’s a great very short video to remind you of why you should SHOP SMALL

Speaking of small, I have a new favorite nail polish shop that is considered an “indie”. I’ll be reviewing a beautiful polish this weekend from SoFlaJo. Starting now you can get free shipping on polishes with a minimum $20 order. The best thing is that she sells minis for only $5 so you can try a lot of her fabulous polishes for very little money. I have Hidden Gem from Jody’s new Party Time collection and it’s H.O.T. I’m so ordering from the Year of the Dragon collection!! This is a way to buy small and get yourself some pretties at a great price.  — Marcia