Go for the red! Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Mont Bleu

One of my favorite etailer sites for beauty items with that ‘bling factor’ is Mont Bleu. They sent some amazing options that are deliciously perfect for Valentine’s Day. These red-themed items are all adorned with Swarovski crystals and each comes with a certificate of authenticity. Even better, right now Mont Bleu is having a sale but hurry up – it ends February 16th. Until then, just enter the code VALENTINE for 25% off.

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Swarovski Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File – Waterfall Color – Rose

This Glass Nail File (WC-M10, $12.98) is hand decorated with Swarovski Elements in a waterfall pattern. Glass nail files are awesome because they are easy on the nails, hygienic, and they never wear out. This beautiful file will last forever – in fact it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Breeze Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Breeze Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

close up of the Mont Bleu Hair Brush

The Breeze Hair Brush ($50.61) is absolutely stunning. It’s a wooden boar bristle brush that is studded with Swarovski crystals. The red and white combination couldn’t be better for Valentine’s Day (it also comes in blue, which I think is equally gorgeous). The brush is extremely gentle and it’s perfect for winter because it won’t cause the dreaded static hair.

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror with Certificate of Authenticity

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Corals V Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Corals V Compact Mirror

The Corals V Compact Mirror ($128.48) is certainly spendy, but it is fabulous. I really can’t adequately describe how flipping gorgeous this mirrored compact is – the pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. The Swarovski crystals are applied by hand, and it comes in a beautiful black leatherette gift box. The compact is made of metal and it has just enough heft to feel substantial without being unwieldy. It opens easily to reveal two mirrors, a standard one and magnifying one. This will make you swoon!

You need to take a few moments to peruse the Mont Bleu website. They ship super fast and the beautiful selections seem endless. Find what you want for Valentine’s Day and tell your significant other…or buy it for yourself!  - Lisa

*pr samples

Top Ten Tuesday – 2013 Stocking Stuffers

TOP TEN TUESDAY is here with stocking stuffer ideas. This was extremely fun for me since I’ve never filled a stocking nor had one filled for me. Poor Marcia. But that has never stopped me from thinking about items as stocking stuffers. I just love the idea of it and love to hear what others would be getting. Here are some items that I used this year that I’d put in stockings if given the chance.
1. PIXI BEAUTY ICY EYE PALETTE is a fabulous palette for only $12 that I’m in love with. It would be great for any woman on your list and your own stocking too. Buff Blizzard is just the right size for any stocking.
2. PIXI BEAUTY ICY LIP LUSTER is a set of 4 glosses in a decorative box for $16. You could give 1, 2 or all 4 of these to someone on your list. The lighter shades in this are sparkly and fun and would be great for young teens while the darker shades could go to your older teen.
3. BEAUTY BLENDER SPONGE is my go to. I’ve used these for years and consider it to be a holy grail item. If you have a makeup lover in your life that wouldn’t splurge on something when there’s a very inexpensive alternative, then this would be absolutely perfect. Plus it now comes in black or white!
4. MONT BLEU MIRRORS are simply stunning. Every woman wants something sparkly for a gift and these mirrors are the perfect item to put a smile on someone’s face. There are so many styles to pick from that every woman you know could get a different one.
5. EYES COLLAGEN EYE PADS (these used to be called Eyedews) are my favorite treat for party time. These help diminish the puffiness and lines that all that partying (or life) does to me. There are now 3 varieties which we’ll be reviewing very soon. You want them and so does your mother, sister, niece and best friend!
6. FURLESSE LIP-STICKS are another favorite especially for party time. You’ll be amazed at how relaxed those pesky lines will look. Furlesse also makes Crows, Rows and Elevens for your eyes. You’ll be doing someone a big favor with these in their stocking.
7. BEAUTY SPOON is a fun and unusual gift that won’t get you in trouble with your mother-in-law. These are available at Walmart in the beauty section so you could buy this as a last minute gift. The Beauty Spoon helps get out every last bit of the creams, lotions and potions from a jar.
8. SHAVE TECH RECHARGEABLE TRAVEL SHAVER absolutely wowed my husband and I know it would wow my sons. It’s a slim, portable electric razor that you charge with your USB port. It has the sleek lines of today’s technology and fits in a pocket. The men in your life will thank you for this.
9. UNCOMMON GOODS iPHONE CASES are just plain fun. The ones shown in the collage are on sale for only $9.99. There are so many styles that it would be easy to find the perfect one for anyone on your list that has an iPhone 4/4s/5. Follow my link and enter the giveaway for one (through 12/13/13).
10. LILLY BRUSH is a practical yet nice looking stocking stuffer. It does a great job on clothing that pills up and also for removing pet fur. I bet you have a long list that this would be appropriate for.

I can’t wait to read the other lists to see what I’ll be missing out on this holiday or what I should be shopping for now actually. Join me! — Marcia

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*some items received for review

Need a graduation gift? Try Mont Bleu or Prada

Ok, so these aren’t great gift ideas for a boy who is graduating – if you have one of those, get him a gift card.  If you are shopping for a girl graduate, here are some excellent ideas for gifts Mont Bleu and Prada sent to the BIZ that she will love.

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Swarovski crystal hair pins

The Swarovski Hairpins from Mont Bleu are beautiful and so inexpensive –   only $15.57!  (This is a Czech store that ships internationally, just choose your preferred currency when you visit the website.)

Wearing my Swarovsky Hair Pins

Wearing my Swarovski Hair Pins

The crystals in these hair pins are Swarovski, the Austrian manufacturer of crystals.  The crystals come in quite a few different colors, each one prettier than the next.

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close up

another look

another look

The hair pins are just tight enough to hold hair in place without being uncomfortable. I love them. Another plus – they come in a perfect black gift box.

Shamballa

Shamballa  Light Gold Pearl Bracelet

Another great choice from Mont Bleu are the Shamballa Bracelets ($24.66).  As someone who works on both a high school and a college campus, I can tell you these are all the rage and your girl graduate will be thrilled. Every single bracelet is totally unique. They are made with waxed cord that is tied using macramé techniques. The braids hold stones, pearls, or beads and you can choose from several different sizes.

Shamballa

Shamballa Rose Peach Pearl Bracelet

Different color possibilities include pastels, neon, grey, black, and white. They really are gorgeous, and again, so affordable!

Prada

Prada Candy Gift Set

Or you could go in a completely different direction and thrill your girl graduate with a little bit of Prada. Specifically, the Prada Candy Gift Set ($114). Look at how chic and fun the packaging is!

inside

inside

This set just came out in April, and it includes Candy Eau de Parfum (2.7oz.), Candy Lotion (2.5oz.) and a roll-on Eau de Parfum (.34oz.).

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Candy Eau de Parfum

The fragrance is beautiful. It’s a young scent, but not too young, like bubblegum young. This smells of musk and caramel, which adds up to delicious. It’s fresh and fun, and young women love this.

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roll-on Eau de Parfum

There’s a roll perfume perfect for a purse or backpack.

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Candy Lotion

And the lotion smells fantastic, it’s a slightly lighter scent than the perfume. It moisturizes beautifully and of course the packaging is total cuteness.

Since you are in for all those graduation ceremonies and open houses this month, you might as well get in some fun shopping too  - and maybe grab something for yourself while you are at it. This year, save the gift cards for the boys and give the girls something fun! – Lisa

*pr samples

When it’s time to give a gift, it’s time to look at Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu key ring

Mont Bleu key ring

Mont Bleu is one amazing company. Every time Beauty Info Zone receives a package from the company we are more and more in awe of the beauty of the products they create. We’ve been fortunate enough to review glass files, pens, tweezers, mirrors and earrings. The list of products that Mont Bleu manufactures goes on and on. It’s easy to get lost in their website and it’s easier to want to buy everything they make. They are known for hand setting products with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS crystals. They are the producers of their own products, they aren’t resellers. They take pride in absolutely everything they create and when you actually see and hold them you’ll be fascinated with the precision work and the gorgeous colors of the crystals.

Beauty Info Zone believes these make the best gifts ever. We’re coming up on Mother’s Day, graduation and bridal showers and we can’t think of better gifts to give. We have some products to share with you to show even more of the beauty of the line.

MARCIA’S GOODIES:

Ask anyone in my family what I love most (besides my grandson that is) and they’ll say hearts. I’m known for collecting heart items. Mont Bleu has a whole section called Gifts with Heart which I’m sure they created just for me. Beautiful glass nail files, cell phone charms and key chains are in this part making me drool. Well my drooling is over. Take a look at this fabulous key chain.

Mont Bleu Key Ring

Mont Bleu Key Ring

When I saw it on the Mont Bleu website I thought it was perfect. When I had it in my hand I knew it was perfection for a heart lover. I’m afraid to leave my car with valet since I can’t imagine anyone not drooling over this. It looks like you’ve spent a fortune on this but it’s under $16US.

Mont Bleu - two in one!

Mont Bleu – two in one!

Having the two parts is great for me since I have 3 keys just for my mom’s senior living so I have hers on one and mine on the other. If I need to I can take one with me to lessen my load. This is sturdy and looks heavy but it really isn’t. I’m in love with my hearts!

Mont Bleu has also created some of the most beautiful bag hangers I’ve ever seen. Who wants their purse on the dirty floor of a restaurant? You can instead use their bag hangers to keep your handbag clean and safe. You can position this where you want on the table so that someone can’t just come by and snatch up your purse. It folds up small and you store it in the purse, ready to take out when you need it. Genius.

Mont Bleu bag hanger

Mont Bleu bag hanger

Mont Bleu bag holder closed

Mont Bleu bag holder closed

how you attach the bag holder

how you attach the bag holder

There are 24 to choose from too, priced from $14.29 to $21 US. They are packaged in a box ready to wrap and give. But do yourself a favor and buy one for yourself too.

Mont Bleu bag hanger open

Mont Bleu bag hanger open

LISA’S GOODY:

What does everyone need these days? A business card holder. Actually, in my world everyone needs a business card holder with some BLING. Mont Bleu comes to the rescue with business card holders emblazoned with Swarovski Elements.

Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder

Mont Bleu says, “We brought a fresh look at the highly underestimated personal accessory, a business card holder. Sleek and functional design combined with high-quality hand-decorating work will add an unforgettable attitude to your image.  Get your own chic accessory right now, whether it’s a gift or you want to treat yourself.”

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inside, beautiful black velvet

The outside is so pretty with the black, pink, and white crystals in a floral pattern.  The inside is impressive too – it’s not just plain metal, it’s a comfy looking black velvet that looks luxurious and impressive when you open the card holder.

even better with cards!

even better with cards!

And check out how fantastic it looks with my cards inside! It holds probably 20 cards easily. I love how I was able to coordinate the outside of the card holder with the colors of my cards. Mont Bleu has eleven different choices from completely plain to total BLING (around $25US) so take a look – I know there is a perfect choice for you.

*samples were sent for review

 

Mont Bleu’s birthday gift for Lisa the Aquarius

Today is my birthday – happyFebruary to all of my fellow Aquarius friends!

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Mont Bleu Pen with Swarovski Crystals

Like Marcia, who had a January birthday, Mont Bleu was kind enough to send me a wonderful birthday package full of gorgeous gifts.  I adore them all and couldn’t wait to share. Mont Bleu has a fabulous array of products that are available online and the shipping is incredibly fast!  Check out my gifts and hopefully it will give you some ideas for gifting someone special in your life.

I love the Pen with Swarovski Crystals.  It’s even in one of my favorite colors, deep blue.

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the crystal is gorgeous

Just look at that beautiful crystal on the top of the pen! This slim pen writes beautifully and makes writing those thank you notes a pleasure.

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Mont Bleu Slant Tip Tweezers

Next are the Slant Tip Tweezers.  Aren’t they magnificent? The crystals are such a wonderful touch, these are tweezers you will want to keep out on your vanity.

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Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Like Marcia, I was sent a glass nail file.  There are so many to choose from on the site, but I really think this one is particularly beautiful.

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LOVE!

Just look at that waterfall of blue and white crystals! My heart skips a beat when I see it, it’s so pretty.

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Aquarius!

I adore the extremely thoughtful Aquarius glass nail file. Glass nail files are perfect for my gel nails and I love the astrological personalization. This is a wonderful birthday gift for any cosmetics aficionado!

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my beautiful Crystal Swarovski earrings

The final item in my birthday gift was a pair of these spectacular Swarovsky earrings. Every time I wear them I get comments! They turn different colors, from blue to pink to green.  They end up matching every outfit I own!

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Having a very happy birthday with my earrings and Mont Bleu birthday package

I have been super impressed with this terrific online company that offers so many gorgeous items from crystal nail files to makeup mirrors to key rings to makeup and hair brushes. Take a look at Mont Bleu, I know you will find great gifts for friends, plus a plethora of items that you need to buy for yourself!  – Lisa

Mont Bleu’s birthday gift for Marcia the Capricorn

mont bleu marcia birthday set 2

When you get to be older birthdays just aren’t that exciting. I remember the anticipation of them when I was young or when I was about to turn drinking age. I remember the dread of them turning 30 or 40 not realizing at that point in my life that it was just another day. Now I find that my birthday is just another day. I look forward to spending extra time with my family and I adored the many wishes I received especially on Facebook this year. But gifts were basically non-existent. Except for one amazing package from Mont Bleu. I was in shock that a company that I’d worked with on the blog, one that has products I totally adore, would be kind enough to send a surprise package.  I’m not showing off or bragging, but I wanted you to see these beauties and publically thank Mont Bleu for remembering this old broad.

mont bleu marcia birthday set

Let’s start with the fact that my January birthday makes me a Capricorn. This glass file is part of the Zodiac line so you can find one of these wonderful files for anyone’s birthday. I’ve raved before about Mont Bleu’s glass files and I continue to do so with this one. I love everything about this.

mont bleu marcia capricorn nail file

They also sent this beautiful glass file from their Crystal line. This particular beauty has blue and clear Swarovski Elements crystals. Picking one out could take you all day since they have 7 pages of designs, each one absolutely beautiful. You can’t go wrong with any of their glass files.

mont bleu marcia file

If I’d just opened those two in the box I’d have been jumping up and down but there was more including these beautiful Crystal Earrings. Lisa has a similar pair and they absolutely sparkle. They change color depending on the light. They are subtle yet unusual enough that they are noticeable. mont bleu marcia earrings

The next item in this surprise package is a Pen with Swarovski Crystals. I adore a beautiful pen and you can’t get prettier than this.

mont bleu marcia pen

 

mont bleu marcia pen top

Last but far from least is this fabulous Slant Tip Tweezers. I’m addicted to tweezers. Without realizing it I took 4 with me on my trip in January. I had them hidden everywhere because “what if” I ended up without one there? But I never had one before with Swarovski crystals on it so this is very special to me.

mont bleu marcia tweezer close up

I want to thank Mont Bleu for this amazing present (even my husband was a little embarrassed that they beat him to the punch). But more important is that I want my readers to see that this is a company they should look towards for gifts. There’s something for every woman in your life. Even my 93 year old mom was impressed and wants a glass file now. Beauty and quality all at low prices. It was worth having a birthday this year! — Marcia

Marcia’s top 8 list from 2012 plus 1 worst

top8I’ve wanted to do a top 10 list for the longest time but I keep finding more and more items I used for the first time in 2012 so the list has been growing exponentially. I’m forcing myself to cut it down though so that I don’t bore the heck out of you. I know I’m going to regret leaving out some things but if I keep talking about them over and over (like Youngblood Cream blush, BB creams or It Cosmetics products) you’ll most likely click this post off. I might be sorry but the Top 10 is now the Top 8 plus 1 worst for 2012.

Algenist skincare – I haven’t reviewed everything I’ve tried yet from Algenist but with the three I have reviewed and the items I will be reviewing, I can say that this skincare line is my find of the year. As a beauty blogger I try a lot of skincare but few really grab my heart and my wallet. Algenist has done that with their Eye Renewal Balm and Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 plus more that will be coming.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Anastasia – my first review for Anastasia was She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette. At the time I said that it seemed like so many of my other palettes. If that’s the case then why do I reach for it all the time? Then along came Want You to Want Me and that came with me to the Beauty Spotlight Team’s desert island. And don’t get me started on Kisses On My Lips since they are so amazing. Yes, Anastasia has won a place (or 3) on my 2012 favorites list.

Want You To Want Me

Want You To Want Me

Mont Bleu – the most beautiful items ever to own or give as gifts. I’m a huge Swarovski crystal fan so when I was sent a mirror and file from them I went a little nuts. I’d love to own one of everything they make.

Pink Flowers in the box

Pink Flowers in the box

Morning Glamour satin pillowcases – when I started this list I never had a clue that a pillow case would be part of my top items. But I like them that much. I just wish they’d come in King size too since a lot of people I recommend them too only have King size.

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

Nail polish – this is where I’m cheating because I’ve found brands in the past year that I’m crazy about. I haven’t reviewed them all yet but that will change in 2013. The ones I have reviewed and recommend are SoFlaJo, Color Me Monthly subscription box polishes, butter London, NCLA, A England, and Polish & Co to name just a few.

A-England Princess Sabra

A-England Princess Sabra

Subscription boxes – how could these not be on my 2012 list? I don’t dare add up what I spent on these. I love trying these in the hopes that I’m going to find a holy grail item. The one box I have had the most fun with is PopSugar Must Have. It’s not even cosmetic either. But there are so many items I’ve never tried before nor run across since I’m not a big shopper (outside of the cosmetic counters that is). This has been fun and of all the boxes the one I know I’m sticking with for 2013. The others may go, new ones may come, but PopSugar will remain. (Hint – I have a new exciting subscription box coming up soon that will be fun too.)

October from the popsugar.com website

October from the popsugar.com website

Sunday Riley – I’ve gone a little nuts with Sunday Riley products though not all have been reviewed. My favorite powder blush that I bought in 2012 though is Honest from Sunday Riley so I really needed to include this in my list.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Tarte – It’s exceptionally difficult not to list and list oodles of Tarte. There’s so much I love about the brand but for 2012 the best product is Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer. I’m mad about this concealer and during the last 30% off sale on tarte’s website I even bought a backup while knowing I won’t need it for a long time. But what if I misplace it?? I needed that backup!!

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Now for my worst – Venus Spa razors. I hate spending the money on razor blades but they are a necessity. When I ran out this month I bought Gillette Venus Spa at Costco which contained a razor and 12 cartridges. I used one of the cartridges on my Venus razor and hated it from the first time I used it. These contain huge gel bars on the ends. Not only did I cut myself every time I used the razor but after 1 leg shave and 3 underarm shaves one end fell off. I usually get a few weeks out of a razor. It bothers me that I spent $30 on this and I will be returning it for the Venus Divine blades that I like.

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa after 3 showers

Venus Spa after 3 showers

 

I have to give one B.I.G. shout out to Makeup Wars. This series is so much fun and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you’ve discovered a lot of new blogs and enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoy doing them. makeup wars holiday look logo

Thanks for reading my new favorites for 2012. I already have some items ready to review for 2013 that could easily be in the running for next year’s list so keep on reading!! — Marcia