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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Create dreamy brows with Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow 7I am always on the hunt for great brow products, and the Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Dream Brow with Brush ($26) is a fabulous option for creating groomed yet natural looking brows.

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

Mally Beauty sent us this set that can found on QVC.  Included is a dual-ended brow brush and a gel brow filler.  What makes this special is the gel brow filler.  Instead of the typical flat color that can make brows look unnatural, this has some illumination to it which creates depth.  The result?  A more natural looking brow that beautifully frames the eyes and balances out features.

Spoolie end of brush

Spoolie end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

swatch of Brow Gel

swatch of Medium Brown Brow Gel

The gel also makes brow hair slightly thicker and provides hold so brows stay in place all day.  I find that the best technique is to first brush brows upward using the spoolie end of the brush.  Next, I dip the angled brush in the brow gel around the edges of the pot – that gives the gel a longer shelf life and keeps it from drying out.  Then, I just brush the gel onto my brows using upward strokes.  I finish with a final upward swipe of the spoolie, and my brows are set for the day.

I use shade Medium Brown, but other shades available include Taupe, Sable, blonde, auburn, and gray.

If you are in the market for a great brow set that creates natural looking brows that stay in place all day, this is the set for you!  – Lisa

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Three Mally Beauty favorites: Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet, Volumizing Mascara, and Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Watching QVC is definitely addicting, especially when Mally Beauty is featured.  Mally sends the BIZ quite a few products to try, and here are three of my favorites that I love to use together for a polished, pretty look.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

1.  Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Violet ($15)

Deep Violet is a fabulous color.  It’s not as harsh as black, and a little more exciting than brown.  The eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that glides on and smudges out for a smoky look.  Then it sets and stays in place all day.  It doesn’t last the whole day on the waterline, but it lasts as long as any other pencil eyeliner I have.  Deep Violet goes with so many colors I reach for it more than any other pencil eyeliner I have…in fact I will need to replace this soon!

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

2.  Volumizing Mascara in Black ($20)

Volumizing Mascara is a terrific mascara that definitely gives my lashes tons of volume and drama.  I use two coats for day, three coats for even more drama.  This is a wet mascara so I have to be careful until it dries, otherwise I end up dots on my upper lids because it makes my lashes so long and full.  Once it’s dry, it is perfect – no clumps, flakes, or smudging.

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

3.  High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Party Girl Pink ($20)

The High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen is a wonderfully creamy, emollient lipstick/lip gloss hybrid that is exceptionally glossy.  The texture is velvet smooth, and Party Girl Pink is a stunning peachy/pink shimmer.  Party Girl Pink is one of my most favorite lip colors, and I love it paired with Deep Violet Eyeliner and the Volumizing Mascara.

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products:  Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products: Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Mally Beauty has a huge amount of winning products and gorgeous colors on both QVC and the Mally Beauty website.  I’ve shared my three favorites, now tell me, what are yours?  – Lisa

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Perfect Soft Pink and Sweet Pink lip sets from Mally Beauty

I have a friend whose nickname is “Pink”.  She always wears at least one clothing item that is pink.  She owns a handbag store and the walls are pink.  I would even bet that her aura is pink.  One day, my daughter asked her – in that, ‘I am a young child so I can ask anyone anything’ sort of way – why do you love the color pink so much?  Her answer was, because of all the colors in the spectrum, the only one that goes with every single other color is PINK.  I thought about that…and she is absolutely right.  Maybe that’s why I always gravitate toward pink shades.  Mally Beauty sent me some of their best pink lip sets, and both Perfois Soft Pink ($30) and Sweet Pink ($25.00) have become staples for me.

Perfect Pink

Mally Beauty Perfois Pink

The Perfois Soft Pink Lip set comes with a lip pencil, lipstick, and liquid lipstick.  The set comes in three different pink color combinations – Classic Pink, Bright Pink and Soft Pink.  I have the Soft Pink set which is a combination of neutral light pink shades that create a sophisticated matte pink lip.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip. Lip Liner, and Lipstick

The Soft Pink lip liner is an automatic pencil in light cool pink with just a hint of luminescence.  Using this doesn’t really change the color of the other lip products, instead it enhances the lasting power.  It isn’t a necessity, so I find that I often skip this step.  The Soft Pink lipstick is truly lovely.  It is a cool-toned matte nude pink with a gorgeous, velvety texture.  The Soft Pink Liquid Lipstick is a milky soft pink that adds lots of gloss and volume.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip Gloss, Lip Liner, and Lipstick

Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink lips

The Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink Lip set has two products, a lip liner and a lip gloss.

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner and gloss

Sweet Pink creates a bright, shimmery pink look that is young and fun.  This lip liner not only helps the lip gloss last, it also gives lips a pop of pink and looks great on its own.  The Ultimate Performance lip gloss is one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. It’s actually a hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm that leaves lips soft and moist, and the color lasts much longer than a typical lip gloss. Sweet Pink is a beautiful, complex shimmery medium pink with wonderful slip.  Gorgeous!

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink lip gloss

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink – top is lip liner, middle is lip gloss, bottom is lip gloss over liner

Sweet Pink lips!

Sweet Pink lips!

Whether you are looking for a classic, sophisticated pink lip or a bright, shimmery one, Mally Beauty is definitely a great line to consider.  QVC always has some great Mally Beauty sets on sale, so head on ever there for a perfect pink pucker.  – Lisa

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Mally kiss

Shine, Plump and Beautify with Mally Lip Magnifiers

mally lip magnifier

Let me entice you in the same way that Mally Beauty enticed me. We were sent 3 of the mally-nificent Evercolor Lip Magnifiers to test out and they are right up my alley. For the month of August Mally has these on sale from $20 to $15 so you don’t want to miss out.

Mally Lip Magnifier

Mally Lip Magnifier

I’m a huge fan of lip crayons. I like the one step use of these. I like something easy, I like something that lasts better than a gloss, yet I like a luminous finish. I like flavorless lip color and a wide range of shades. Mally put all of those into one handy crayon form and she created this in 12 great colors (13 on ulta.com but the sale isn’t there). These are lip plumpers that are a combination of lipstick and gloss.

While Mally Beauty says that the color will last all day, you know that your mileage may vary. It lasts on me for about 2 hours without eating but I’m the type that bites my lips.

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

At first when I looked at Princess Pink and Pink Petal I thought they’d be very much alike on my lips but they are each distinct. Princess Pink is my favorite, it’s a beautiful light pink that isn’t a nude. It’s cool toned and lively without being too dark. I think it’s the glossiest of the 3 I have. I L.O.V.E. this lip magnifier!

Princess Pink

Princess Pink

Pink Petal is appropriately named since it’s a light warm pink. It’s the easiest shade for me to wear since I don’t like to emphasize my small lips.

Pink Petal

Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Frisky Fuchsia is also appropriately named. It is frisky. It shows up! There’s nothing shy about this baby. When I first apply it, it’s too bright but it calms down so that I won’t scare the people that know I like light lips. It’s not a shade I wear often. When Frisky Fuchsia wears away it leaves a stain behind that the other two don’t.

Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

If you are a fan of lip crayons then this is your opportunity to get these non-fragranced, lightly plumping colors for yourself. Your lips won’t plump like a Kardashian’s but they will bring out a better you. — Marcia

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Ingredients: Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer, Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Isocetyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Synthetic Beeswax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7(CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) 

 

3 pretty pink lips from Mally Beauty

I am definitely into pink lips these days and Mally Beauty has some great options. I’ve bought several kits from Mally Beauty on QVC over the years and am a big fan of the line. When Mally Beauty sent the BIZ some products to test I went right for the pinks and here are three of my favorites.

1.  The Ultimate Performance Endless Color Liquid Lipstick in Petal Pink ($27.50) is a great hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm. It leaves my lips soft and moist, and the color lasts and lasts. It goes on slick and glossy, and after about an hour the shine lessens and lips are left with a beautiful stain. What I really like is that even when the color fades, it does so evenly, so I’m not left with the dreaded ‘ring around the lips’ look. I adore the Petal Pink shade, which is a grown up, deep pink with tons of shine.

Petal Pink

Mally Petal Pink

Petal Pink

Mally Petal Pink applicator

Petal Pink

Mally Petal Pink swatched

Petal Pink

Mally Petal Pink on

2.  High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Pouty Pink ($20)  I love the feel of this lip gloss. It is very emollient without any stickiness whatsoever. This doesn’t have the lasting power of the Ultimate Performance Liquid Lipstick, but it still lasts longer than the usual lip gloss. It has a twist up tube with a brush applicator, and the colors are complex. These pinks make lips look full and lush.

Pouty Pink

Mally Pouty Pink

Pouty Pink

Mally Pouty Pink swatched

Pouty Pink

Mally Pouty Pink on

Pouty Pink is a gorgeous warm pink with golden shimmer. This is pretty on its own and wonderful layered over  lip liner or matte lipstick. Since it’s warm, I pair it with a cool-toned pink lipstick for even more depth.

Tender Rose

Mally Tender Rose

Tender Rose

Mally Tender Rose applicator

Tender Rose

Tender Rose swatched

Tender Rose

Mally Tender Rose on

3.  Tender Rose High Shine Liquid Lipstick is a shimmering pink with brown undertones. I think it is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t always wear browns, but this one has easily become a favorite. I think of this as my ‘transition’ shade from summer into fall.

There are so many more shades available on QVC and at Mally’s website, be sure to check them out – I know you will find a perfect pop of pink for you!  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

This week Makeup Wars has decided to focus on Skin Savers. This could be products for anything from wrinkles, blemishes, dark circles to my choice pore helpers. Even though skincare isn’t always exciting, it will be so interesting to see what the other bloggers have focused on. I can’t wait to read their posts and find ways to save my skin!

Makeup Wars - Pore Relief

Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

One of my problems is the size of my pores. Luckily no one walks around with magnifying glasses or I’d be shunned in society. As a teen I had way too many blackheads. Besides being shy as could be, I felt like this was the bane of my existence. As an adult I realize I’m lucky I had skin that oily back then because it’s kept me younger looking. But the end result is pores galore. My solution is to use products that make them look smaller and to exfoliate my skin a few times a week to keep my pores cleaner. I’ve chosen 5 of the products that I’m using to blur away this imperfection. I forgot about exfoliators so that will just have to be another time.

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

KIEHL’S MICRO-BLUR SKIN PERFECTOR* – This is my newest product and I’m not ready to write a full review of it. At first I thought it was only a topical skin smoother but once I started reading about it I realized that this actually a treatment too. I haven’t used it long enough to see how it works over time but I’m enjoying this as my last step before applying foundation. It’s doing a good job in blurring my pores.

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

MALLY EVERCOLOR PORELESS FACE DEFENDER – I’ve mentioned this many times since it’s one of my most used products ever. I’m on my third one and that’s almost gone. I first received it in a QVC kit I bought and before it was gone, I purchased another. I use this over all my face makeup to help look as poreless as possible. The sponge it comes with is wonderful, just be careful not to use too much.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH * – I use either the Mally Face Defender or Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish powder every day without fail. Not only does this very finely milled powder set my makeup for an entire day, it also helps blur imperfections. I’m in love with this powder as well as the Pre-Fixx Face Primer I talked about in my indie company review.

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER VANISH* – MST makes many great products and I love discovering them all but I think my favorite is VANISH. I didn’t realize how great this was when I first reviewed it over a year ago, but the more I use it the more I realize just how much I like it. It combines a serum with a primer to produce a gel that helps vanish fine lines and pores. In my original review I mention all the long term benefits. I’m ready for the illusion of porcelain skin with Vanish.

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

YOUNGBLOOD ANTI-SHINE MATTIFIER – I bought this at IMATS just before it became available to the public because I was so excited to find that one of my favorite companies had come out with a product to not only keep me shine free but also to make those pesky pores look smaller. I apply this before foundation so even though it seems similar to the Mally, it’s placement is better for me during makeup application rather than after. The packaging is great since the sponge is housed under the mattifier so it’s better for travel or taking with.

Rather than my going on for miles of more products tell me which of these you’ve used and any others that you’d recommend. Then join the other bloggers to see what Skin Savers they recommend. — Marcia