Stocking Stuffers for Nail Lovers

 STOCKING STUFFERS are either the most fun items to buy or the hardest ones to buy. All ages love gift cards but that’s too impersonal (unless it’s a fussy teen who hates anything you picked). This year do something different and do a themed stocking. My theme is for my favorite females and it’s all about nails.
SOME FAVORITES ….

1.  VIOLIFE SLIM UNO PORTABLE NAIL KIT is cute and practical. It’s a battery powered manicure kit that is 4 tools in one. It comes with an emery board and replacement pad, a shaping file, buffer with a replacement pad and a cuticle pusher. It comes in a carrying case so it’s perfect for the travelers you know and it’s cute enough to make every woman smile. Also check out Violife’s great travel toothbrushes which come in a style for everyone on your list.

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

2.  NAIL BUTTER is going to change the nail life of the lucky recipient. This non-greasy butter comes in 2 fragrances, lemongrass and geranium. This is a pure, all-natural product that contains essential oils and lanolin. It can be used just about anywhere you need some softening. But the beauty of it is what it does for you nails. It not only helps strengthen nails but it’s great for encouraging growth. Your cuticles will be moisturized and look better than ever. Maybe you should put this on your list while you’re at it!

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

3.  MONT BLEU CRYSTAL NAIL FILES has a certain je nais se quois about them. These are the products you want to put in an adult’s stocking because it will blow her away. No one has the quality of Mont Bleu’s files nor the stunning designs and colors. You could easily buy a different one for every female on your list without repeating designs. Expect a “WOW” when it’s opened.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

4.  FARMHOUSE FRESH MARSHMALLOW MELT is an all purpose Shea Butter Balm that is slim enough to fit into a cosmetic bag. It combines pure shea, cocoa and mango butters to make it an all-purpose balm. You can use this on your feet, your hands, elbows and even lips. The fragrance is enticing and not too sweet. You won’t feel like a child using this or smelling it on your body since it adds a little tonka bean and sandalwood to cut the sweetness but leave it smelling good enough to eat.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Now to the nail polish! I’m a nail polish fanatic and want to wear a different one every week. That means I need at least 52 polishes a year (a hint to my family who might be reading). I chose 3 different brands at 3 different prices. All are high quality and wear beautifully.

1.  PURE ICE NAIL POLISH ($1.97 each) has a new winter collection called Fairytale Forest that is sweet and fun along with a nice change of pace from the typical greens and reds of the season. I chose Pure Ice because it contains some of the Pantone colors of 2016 that were just announced. Pinks and light blues make me smile.

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Pure Ice True Love’s Kiss

2.  KBSHIMMER always makes me ecstatic. Each season they create a new collection that makes my heart flutter plus they have their permanent collection. All are not only beauties but the wear is incredible. I have a thing for their holographs like Coal in One and Fig-Get About it. ($8.75)

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

3.  butterLONDON polishes make me so happy. It’s hard to walk out of Ulta without perusing their selection and I often walk out with one. KIP was a favorite this past summer and now it’s coming out again so I can be in tune with Pantone now! This is an oxford blue men’s shirt come to life. If you insist on red for Christmas though there’s lots to choose from, especially Knees Up which I love!($15)

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

Now you know how to make a female happy. Buy her a few fabulous polishes, a terrific hand/cuticle cream, and a perfect nail file! She’ll be your BFF forever.  — Marcia

I can’t wait to see what our other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen!

*sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links

 

 

A great giveaway with Mont Bleu!

Mont Bleu logoWith the holidays approaching, gift giving is on everyone’s mind. Beauty Info Zone turns to Mont Bleu as a great online resource for beautiful gifts, including glass nail files decorated with beautiful crystals, Swarovski decorated hair brushes, beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and hair pins, and so much more. Every piece comes with a certificate of authenticity. We have been impressed with the fantastic quality of Mont Bleu items for years now, as well as their incredibly fast shipping.

Today we have two amazing gift options to show you, and you can win one of them to gift to someone…although we recommend keeping it for yourself!

Lisa recommends:

The Crystal Art Angel Picture!

I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this crystal artwork is. While the crystal artwork takes some time to arrive – it’s made especially for you once you order it – the wait is absolutely worth it. I picked theAngel’, but there are lots of other choices available. You can choose from fairies, mermaids, angels, ballerinas – there are 33 different silhouette designs so there is something for everyone.

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

Mont Bleu Crystal Art Angel Picture

The genuine Swarovski Elements crystals are gorgeous. They shimmer and shine, and are especially dramatic against the jet black background. They arrive in a black presentation box and can be displayed in it or hung on a wall. A specially trained artist makes your artwork when you order, so every piece is unique and individual. The end result is sleek and stunning. This is an amazing gift for the holidays or a wonderful piece for your home. I have a meditation room and my gorgeous angel is right at home, bringing me some bling and some bliss.

  • Size of the picture in frame: 31x22x2 cm or 12.2×8.66×0.79 inches
  • Size of the box: 36x27x4 cm or 14.17×10.63×1.58 inches

The crystal art pictures are spendy – they run anywhere from about $280 to $850 – but they truly are showstoppers that make a huge impact. Fantastic!!

Marcia recommends:

The Waterfall Mix Compact Mirror with Swarovski Crystals!

I’m in love with the Compact Mirrors from Mont Bleu. It’s a thrill to open your cosmetic bag or evening bag and bring out one of these gorgeous compacts. You’ll certainly gather some interest from people around you. Compact mirrors decorated with Swarovski crystals are assembled in a unique design by hand and are perfect as a gift for her; they are presented in royal black leatherette gift box.

There are many different designs with the compact mirrors but all have the same wonderful craftsmanship. The compacts come with mirrors on both sides, a standard mirror and a magnifying side. They are 70mm in diameter so they are just the right size to check on your lips and eyes plus fit nicely in your bag. I often have trouble opening palettes but the compacts by Mont Bleu that are made with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS have an easy to open button.

Here’s the compact I had sent to me and what you can win in this giveaway provided by Mont Bleu.

 

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Swarovski Crystal Compact Mirror

I’m so happy with this colorful yet lightweight compact that I find excuses to touch up my makeup when I’m out. Mirrors like these are very affordable and make wonderful gifts for all occasions. You can see the beautiful designs on Mont Bleu’s website. This particular mirror would be 12 euros/$12.92 US. Prices range from $12.92 US to $38.69 US for most of these mirrors while the fabulous glass nail files range from $5.40 to $10.77. There’s something for everyone on your list!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Mont Bleu will send the Waterfall Crystal Compact to the winner of our giveaway. Two requirements before you can move forward on this giveaway. You must be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber and tell us in the Rafflecopter how you receive our blog. You must make a comment on our blog to continue further in the Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open through 11/30/15. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our email. This is open to US, Canada, and Europe unless restrictions from those countries prevent Mont Bleu from delivering. Good luck to you all.

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*products sent for consideration, giveaway will be the responsibility of Mont Bleu and not Beauty Info Zone

What is inside Lisa’s vintage purse?

I am all about purses, but not really the latest…although I definitely appreciate a Chanel or a Prada when I see one! My style is more boho or vintage, and when I find a gorgeous vintage purse I just about turn inside out. I love my stunning vintage purse that was actually a gift to me from my most beloved friend, who obviously understands my preferences because it is perfect for me.

It may not have a label, but I love it!

It may not have a label, but I love it!

Vintage purse handle

Vintage purse beadingVintage purse 2

Now, I am a realist and I know I am a major procrastinator (just ask my poor, ever-patient blogging partner Marcia), so I just keep this purse filled with the perfect products at all times. That way, when I am running late for a fancy evening or event – and I am ALWAYS running late – I can just grab this and go, knowing that I have everything I need.

Vintage purse inside

My favorite dressy purse contains a few beautiful and essential items that I was sent last year from Mont Bleu, an online site that features Swarovski jewelry and crystal nail files. This particular makeup mirror is still available – you can find it right HERE.

Vintage purse compact

I always have a nail file with me and I love this crystal file from Mont Bleu.

Vintage purse crystal nail file

My Senna Blush & Bronze Duo in Beached Peach is always perfect for touch ups…have you ever noticed that nothing perks up your look quicker than a bit of blush??  I also love my little Crown Brush C109 Mini Bronzer Brush. Exactly what is needed for a purse.

Senna and Crown

Senna and Crown

Luck favors the prepared with the Minimergency Kit. It’s from the ‘Good Luck Series’ and the little four-leaf clover never fails to make me feel lucky. This little kit holds 16 different items that are truly essentials and it’s only 3.5″ x 2″ x 2″ so it fits into the palm of your hand. I am astounded at what fits into this mini life saver: hairspray; dental floss, band aids, and Blistex; Advil; a mini sewing kit that also includes a set of earring backs and clear elastics; and double-sided tape, breath mint drops; an emery board; a tampon; and clear nail polish. Just think of how many times you wished you had one of those items and couldn’t find one anywhere. Also included are three foil packs: nail polish remover, stain remover, and a deodorant towelette.

Vintage purse Mini Emergency Kit

I use a wonderful little box that came with some Nudestix items to house my lippies. I always have a lip balm and this one is Savannah Bee Beautiful Sugar Lip Balm. My lipstick is the gorgeous Julie Hewett Oona Noir, and I love it with my Alison Raffaele Lip Gloss in Luscious, a shimmery gold, over top. I also carry my Face Stockholm Lip Brush that is the perfect size.Vintage purse lippies

Vintage purse lippies and brush

The last items I throw into my purse before heading out the door include my phone, a Samsung Galaxy. I know people love their iPhones, but I am an Android girl all the way.

Vintage purse phoneFinally, oh how I adore my retro GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses that I bought from ShopBop. They have mirrored, gradient lenses and actually came with a hard case and cleaning cloth too. They are the most expensive sunglasses I have ever owned, but worth every single penny. They are still available on ShopBop in blue and in purple.

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

That’s all that is in my purse! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the inspiring ‘What’s in my purse’ post from the other amazing ladies on the Beauty Spotlight Team.  – Lisa

Vintage purse goodies

*some items are press samples that have become staples; others gifts or purchased by me*

Giveaway alert! Win a set of three crystal nail files from Mont Bleu

Beauty Info Zone is a huge fan of the Mont Bleu online store.  They have stunning jewelry, hair brushes, nail files…all kinds of beauty items beautifully adorned with Swarovski crystals.  Mont Bleu loves BIZ readers, so they are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway for a set of three “Waterfall – Black Crystal” nail files!

Enter to win this beautiful crystal nail file set from Mont Bleu!

Enter to win this beautiful crystal nail file set from Mont Bleu!

This classy set has three glass nail files with ombre black and a “Waterfall” design of Swarovski crystals.  Each file comes with its own black velvet sleeve, and the Czech tempered glass files have a lifetime warranty.  What a perfect combination – the small file for your purse, the medium one for home manicures, and the large one for pedicures!

Entering could not be easier, so take a moment and try your luck – you could be the winner of this gorgeous Mont Bleu nail file set.

This fabulous giveaway runs through October 31st at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at marciaandlisa@gmail.com). — Lisa

*giveaway prize courtesy of Mont Bleu.

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3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

Looking for a great graduation gift? Look no further!

graduate

There are many stunning options from one of our favorite online retails stores, Mont Bleu. They have beautiful nail files, Swarovski-encrusted brushes, and jewelry, plus a whole lot more. They ship unbelievably quick, plus they have great prices and their pieces come with certificates of authenticity.

Mont Bleu sent some fantastic gift options for the girl graduate.  Take a look.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu Red Crystal Stud Earrings

The Red Crystal Stud Earrings ($10.38) are gorgeous – and would you look at that price?  These earrings are so bright and shiny they really stand out. They have a covering of hypoallergenic metal rhodium so they won’t cause an allergic reaction, and the red studs are genuine Swarovski crystals.

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

Mont Bleu Shamballa

Mont Bleu Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads

The Shamballa Bracelet with Siam Red Beads ($35.04) is a fabulous option that is right on trend. I work at a high school, and the girls just go bananas for these bracelets. The Siam Red crystal beads are embedded in a waxed cord that is woven in a macramé design. The bracelet adjusts so it will fit any size wrist and it comes in a beautiful leatherette box with a certificate of authenticity.

Mont Bleu Ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu Pink Swarovski Ring

While their inventory changes often and I don’t see this ring on their website right now, I want to tell you about the Ring with Pink Swarovski Crystals. The ring is made with brass that is covered with rhodium, so again there is no worry about allergic reactions.  Not only is the ring stunning, it’s also super practical because it adjusts to any finger. No worries about getting the wrong size!

Here is a comparable ring, the Two Crystals Swarovski Ring, it has rounded stones and this one is only $11.68! Plus it comes in a variety of colors.

Mont Bleu ring

Mont Bleu has so many other gifts that are perfect for the graduate it is incredible. I urge you to check out their website for your graduation gift shopping.  After all those years of schooling, your graduate deserves something really special!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you are like me then you are still trying to think of a gift for someone dear to you. Gifts don’t just have to be to mothers – they can be for daughter-in-laws, grandmothers, a dear friend or aunt, or even yourself. Here are 10 plus that I’d love to see wrapped up for me. Starting at 12:00 and going clockwise are….
1. SEPHORA SUMMERTIME FAVORITES – I don’t have this but it’s loaded with items I love or want to love. For $45 you’ll find a cosmetic bag filled with this amazing collection
– 0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten
– 0.08 oz Nars Travel Size Laguna Bronzing Powder
– 0.095 oz Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
– 0.27 oz Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer in Mermaid’s Dream
– 0.018 oz Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 12L
– 0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave with Lip Brush
– 0.23 oz Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer in Venus
– 0.5 oz Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
– 0.09 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lash Lifter Mascara in Blacquer
2. A GIRL’S GOTTA SPA ENERGIZING CITRUS BODY LOTION AND BODY WASH – I’d love these because as much as I splurge on cosmetics, I don’t splurge on body products. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body products are free of trendy ingredients, bogus miracle solutions and product hype. They’re cruelty-free (in fact, we’re Leaping Bunny certified.) They’re also free of sulfates, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, synthetic colors and fragrances. What our natural body wash and natural lotion do have, is something purely honest and simple, something effective and unpretentious. They are made in small batches to give you the highest quality product possible. It is an elucidation to your dry skin care woes and satiates your senses. I am partial to citrus fragrances in products so I just know these would make me (and you) happy.
3. PACK A HAT by Capelli Straworld – a great summer treat for anyone who loves to be outside. This is a hat that folds into a purse so you can carry it anywhere. I’ll be reviewing it soon but until then you should check these out since they’ll make walking, gardening, spending time near the water and just about everything you do outside much prettier.

4. STELLA & DOT JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES – this is my Mother’s Day present to myself. I bought a 30″ dainty ball chain with the initials of my two grandchildren. It’s not a statement piece (Stella & Dot carries some beauties) but it’s a piece that shows my love. I’ve linked to my wonderful representative, Darcy Sieber, in case you don’t have one. After ordering this I had it in 4 days!!

Stella & Dot

Stella & Dot

5. and 6. SUBSCRIPTION BOXES – I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes and think there’s one for everyone and every budget. For $21 a month you can order GLOSSYBOX and get someone full size and deluxe samples of skincare and cosmetics; for $7 a month you can order COLOR ME MONTHLY which delivers a surprise nail polish shade; for $36 a month you can order one of three WANTABLE boxes (cosmetics, accessories or intimates) and for $49.95 you can order FAB FIT FUN which has a little bit of everything. A subscription box gift is perfect for those far away from you or for a last minute “oops I forgot”. You pick the number of months so you can keep it in your budget.
7. LISA HOFFMAN SCENTED JEWELRY – there are a lot of items you can order from Lisa Hoffman that make very unusual gifts. My blog partner Lisa adores this line so when I asked her to pick a favorite fragrance for me to share today this is what she chose. This particular one is the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet that you fill with the scented beads but there are others that she’s crazy about too.
8. LUSH MUM’S GIFT SET – While Lush has beautiful gifts for all occasions there is something special about this Mum’s Gift Set. The Mum Gift Set has seven different floral-scented products, including two bath bombs, three bubble bars, a body lotion and a face moisturizer. It’s everything your mom needs to smell amazing after a bit of pampering. And I bet she’ll share too.
9. CLARISONIC ARIA INDULGENCE GIFT SET – I chose this since more mom’s know about the Clarisonic than the Foreo Luna plus it’s a great set that not only contains the new Aria but also 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, 0.5 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, and 0.23 oz Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. You’ll get a lot for the $199 that this normally costs by itself.
10. MONT BLEU – I could have done a post just on buying Mont Bleu products for Mother’s Day but I chose just 3 of the hundreds of beautiful items. I have the heart key chain and smile every time I pick up my keys. I can distinguish between the two cars with ease plus it’s a heart!! The business card case shown is perfect if you have a working mom and the hairbrush is just to die for! You can find every price item at Mont Bleu and you absolutely won’t be disappointed. The shipping is reasonable and quick.
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Out of all of these I think my own elderly mother would most enjoy the Lisa Hoffman bracelet since she’d have something different than the other ladies in her senior citizen apartment building. For me I’d love more Mont Bleu and A Girl’s Gotta Spa products.
Join the other bloggers to see what they chose. It’s always fun to see the differences. — Marcia

 

*some items were PR samples

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