Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

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La Fresh – better than baby wipes and perfect for removing Halloween makeup

la fresh logoOn a recent car trip to Florida, I found myself buying baby wipes for the first time in about 7 years. I have a new car and I didn’t want anything to get sticky or messy on the way. I ended up regretting my purchase – I didn’t get unscented and I found the wipes to be heavy and unpleasant. Icky, really. Then La Fresh sent the BIZ some different wipes to try out, and boy was that a V-8 moment.  I think these individually packages wet wipes are genius.

All of these wipes are available in individual packets, or in larger packages, and be sure to check out the excellent combo packs. Believe me, whatever your needs are, La Fresh Travel-Lite has a wipe for you!

The wet wipes that La Fresh makes are for adults, not for babies (well, except for their baby wipes, lol! And they do have some just for dogs!). The variety is mind-boggling – so are the amount of ideas I have for gifting them!

La Fresh constantly continues to do research and to develop more products – all of which are environmentally responsible – to try to meet every need you may have. Here are some of my favorites:

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La Fresh Facial Cleansing Wipes and Makeup Remover Wipes

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La Fresh Antibacterial Wipes and Nail Polish Remover Pads

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t need these four wipes! Of course they are perfect for travel and I keep some in my glove box at all times. I also keep some at work just in case. And with Halloween coming up, what could be better? If you are going to a party or hosting one, your guests will be grateful to find a basket of these goodies available in the rest room. And think of how handy these will be to get rid of sticky candy fingers…just perfect.

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La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes for Men…and for Women

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La Fresh Hygiene Wipes for Women…and for Men

Nothing smells worse than stress sweat. But you can duck into the restroom, use one of the La Fresh Antiperspirant Wipes and be back to good smelling in no time. I absolutely love that they have specific wipes for women and specific ones for men. And the Hygiene Wipes? Look, it’s not comfortable to talk about, but everyone at some time will need one of these. Better to be safe than sorry and have a few of these tucked away in your purse, gym bag, or in your desk drawer.

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La Fresh Insect Repellent Wipes

These work great! I love how the Insect Repellent Wipes are chemical-free and I tested them right after a big rain when the air was full of mosquitos. You never know when you’ll need one of these so I always have some handy.

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La Fresh Lens & Cleaning Wipe and Shoe Shine Wipe

Now here are two excellent ideas for wipes!! A tissue often can’t really clean glasses properly, and boy if you can’t see you are in trouble. It also works great for mirrors and for computer screens. And I love the Shoe Shine Wipes! These make scuffs disappear and shoes look soft and brand new again.

Every wipe I tried worked like a charm. See for yourself – here is a clip,  Zombie vs. La Fresh Makeup Remover, that shows how terrific the Makeup Wipe is.

I absolutely think you should invest in some wipes for yourself – they aren’t expensive, and having these on hand in your car, at work, and in your purse can make any super stressful situation much, much easier. They are fantastic for trips and think of all the great gifting ideas – I am putting together a collection for my son at college. My daughters are going to find some of them in their stockings at Christmas. And every time I have people over, a basket of these will be in every bathroom just in case. There are so many possibilities it’s terrific! Head on over to La Fresh to take a look for yourself.  – Lisa

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Be an Adventuress! Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes and Sunscreen Swipes

If you spend any time on the go outdoors, you definitely need to check out the Adventuress line.  Their products help bring out your inner adventuress while keeping your skin safe and healthy. 

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Little packs that help me be an Adventuress

Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes and Sunscreen Swipes are essentials for anyone who loves being out in the sun, but that’s not say they wouldn’t also be great for bar hopping.   These wipes would certainly make a morning ‘walk of shame’ look far less shameful.  They are perfect for any sort of ‘thrill seeker’ since they work for all types of skin, including very sensitive, allergy-prone skins. 

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Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes

Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes ($22 for 24 wipes) 

These wipes cleanse your face, remove makeup, and protect your skin from irritation.  They are also biodegradable.  They are fantastic for the beach, it’s so nice and refreshing to wipe off salt and sand.  I keep some of these in my car and some in my purse, because you never know when you’ll want to freshen up or when you’ll need an emergency makeup remover. 

They have no fragrance and are alcohol-free.  They are full of all kinds of great ingredients like Vitamin B3 and aloe vera.  I find many makeup remover wipes leave your skin dry, but these really are refreshing and moisturizing.  Nice!!

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High Performance Sunscreen Swipes

Sunscreen Swipes ($24 for 24 swipes)

These wipes have the perfect amount of moisturizing sunscreen to refresh after working out or being in the sun too long.  They are individually wrapped in a ‘sealed finger pocket’, very clever!  You just open the packet, put a finger in the pocket, and swipe out the sunscreen.  These are great for your purse, just think of times you are outside longer than you thought you would be – shopping at an outdoor mall, or maybe spending the day in an amusement park and finding yourself in line for hours with no sun protection.  Any time you need more sunscreen these come in so handy.  They have no fragrance or parabens, but they do have a UVB absorber and a UVA/UVA blocker.  They also have aloe vera and Vitamin E to nourish your skin.  Like the Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes, these are made so that all skin types, even the most sensitive, can use them with confidence. 

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 I think the Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes and the High Performance Sunscreen Swipes are extremely clever and useful items.  You can find them online at www.goadventuress.com.  Take a look and embrace the Adventuress in you! – Lisa

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New finds from Aveeno for summer (and always): Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo and Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

As an Aveeno® Ambassador I get to try out a lot of their amazing products and today I’m bringing you two that were instant favorites. I’ve liked almost everything I’ve gotten from Aveeno® and of course used the brand for years before I started blogging but these two stand out in the crowd: Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo and Ultra-Calming Makeup Remover Wipes. Both of these are new on the market, only being released in July of this year.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes image from drugstore.com

I’ve tried several dry shampoos over the years and even have a few stashed away for use but whenever I have a keratin straightening treatment on my hair I’m afraid to use one. There are several ingredients that aren’t compatible with straightening so I can only use the dry shampoos when my treatment has pretty much grown or washed out. But the Aveeno® Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is the FIRST sulfate free dry shampoo. When I found that out I couldn’t wait to try it. I haven’t been disappointed.

Directions tell us to shake the can well, hold it 8 – 10 inches from your head and spray lightly and evenly to dry hair concentrating on the roots. I like to turn my head over first and spray quickly, then flip upright and spray again. I then wait at least 2 minutes and brush my hair. I’ve yet to see powder in my hair and it never seems to leave a film of any kind. It smells like hairspray to me so it’s not unpleasant at all plus it doesn’t linger all day. I’ll usually use my flat iron after but sometimes I’ll just brush and go. The best thing is that the next morning my hair doesn’t feel sticky which is something I’ve noticed with other dry shampoos. The Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo is safe for my color-treated, keratin treated hair therefore it’s moved to the top shelf. The bonus?? It’s only $7.49 – $7.99!!!

The other product I’m excited about is the Aveeno® Ultra-Calming® Makeup Removing Wipes (only $6.49 – $6.99). I’m funny about makeup wipes, actually anything I use on or near my face. The first thing I do is sniff. A product has to pass the sniff test for me before I’m comfortable using it. Well these Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes pass the sniff test and they past the makeup removing test too. They are oil-free, noncomedogenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. They are safe for removing all dirt and makeup including eye makeup like mascara.

I wondered why they were called Ultra-Calming and found out that they contain the Active Naturals® Feverfew so it’s designed to alleviate redness and irritation from skin. These really do feel calming. I often use them mid-day after babysitting to refresh myself and they are a refreshing touch. I cleanse off my old sunscreen and get ready to put on an “adult” face quickly with these. I never ever go to sleep with makeup on and these wipes make it easy even on those lazy nights that I just don’t feel like washing up.

You can find both of these on drugstore.com as well as at grocery and drugstores that sell Aveeno. I’m so happy that I’ve found two more products from Aveeno® that are becoming staples in my life. – Marcia

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