Getting in the holiday groove with Glossybox December 2014 Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 DecemberDecember is the holiday month and the December Glossybox has everything you need to be party ready. The Glossybox Subscription Box is $21 a month (or you can save more with a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription.) Each box has a combination of deluxe and full size beauty products and the box that Glossybox sent to us for review this month is pretty impressive.

Glossybox 2014 December packaging

It only makes sense that the December Glossybox has a holiday theme. I adore the packaging, it is just beautiful. The box is adorable as well as sturdy and will definitely find its way under my tree this year. Once that gift is opened, I am taking my box back to reuse it again next year!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Four of the five items in this month’s box are full size, with a combined value of $94…pretty awesome for a $21 box. The products in the December Box are what you need for soft hands, skin, and hair, plus fabulously festive lips and nails.

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Ritual Cosmetics Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginko Biloba (full size, retails for $17):  I am so bad about wearing gloves…my hands always need a serious intervention. This is a scrub for hands (too fragranced for your face!) that does a wonderful job of leaving them soft and lightly scented.

Toni & Guy Prep Leave-In Conditioner (full size, retails for $17):  I have loved this conditioner for years because it gets rid of frizz and still leaves my hair bouncy. Most leave-ins are too heavy for my fine hair, but this stuff is the bomb.

NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute (full size, retails for $32):  This mask has the most beautiful citrus scent, one that is light enough to work for skin care. It’s really amazing for dry, dehydrated winter skin. Great for after long holiday flights, too!

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque (full size, retails for $20):  I only recently discovered the awesomeness that is Bellapierre Cosmetics – I reviewed the 5-in-1 Mineral Foundation HERE and the Mineral Blush, Lipstick, and Nail Polish HERE. The lipstick has natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It is a creamy, smooth, highly pigmented lipstick. Burlesque is a fuchsia pink, but don’t let that scare you – this is a very wearable, festive pink that is party perfect.

Ciate Mini Nail Polish in All Aglow ($8)  I love mini nail polishes, and this one just screams ‘holiday’.  All Aglow is a golden shimmer with flecks of red – major holiday glam over a matte black polish!

The December Glossybox is a winner. Four great full size products plus a super cute mini, with a combined value that is over $70 more than what you pay for it. Gift yourself one of these before they are all sold out!! – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

*sent for editorial consideration 

Top Ten glittery polishes and top coats

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and this week we’re exploring glittery, shimmery polishes and top coats. With holidays and New Year’s this is the perfect time to show off the fun side of nail polish. Even if you don’t wear this to your workplace, these occasions are perfect to shine at all of your parties. I’ve chosen 10 in my collection and all but one are still available but I love it too much not to include it.
1418587443_img_20140309_183616-340x340KB SHIMMER PRISM BREAK – This is a shimmery though not glittery top coat. It’s wonderful for every shade of polish you own so it’s great to own. You can jazz up what you are already wearing with this subtle shimmer. I love it!!
1418587171_the_black_knight_lacquer_11142014BUTTER LONDON THE BLACK KNIGHT – I picked this up during one of Ulta’s BOGO sales and it’s gorgeous. It has a black base and then is loaded with black, pink, blue, and silver glitter. Very deluxe.
1418587012_ice_duo_lacquer_set_11172014BUTTER LONDON DOUBLE TAKE ICE DUO – This is on last call at Butter London. It contains 2 polishes. Bluecoat Nail Lacquer: an opaque, navy shimmer and Leccy Overcoat: a sheer, blue opal fleck overcoat. As striking as Bluecoat is, it’s Leccy that’s the star of the show. The opal fleck is beautiful over so many polishes year round. BL sent this and I instantly bought the red set (Fire) that they were selling last year.*

butter London Leccy top coat

butter London Leccy top coat

1418586852_vinylux-night-glimmerCND VINYLUX NIGHT GLIMMER  CND Vinylux are great polishes because you don’t need a base coat, only their top coat. They last one to two weeks. Night Glimmer is deceiving since it looks like a pretty brown in the bottle but there’s a subtle shimmer once applied.*
1418586802_vinylux-gilded-pleasureCND VINYLUX GILDED PLEASURE  There is no shimmer or glitter in this but it’s a gorgeous color for the holidays. It’s gold – it’s green – it’s brass – it’s gold again. I love the changes of this polish.*
1418586538_img_20140913_125205-180x180KB SHIMMER PINE-ING FOR YULE  Not only is this absolutely gorgeous but it’s KB Shimmer’s 2014 Toys for Tots Charity Polish ($4 of the $8.75 will be donated to Toys for Tots). This is a glitter top coat with evergreen triangle trees and red stars, there’s holographic silver and red glitters in this. It’s a stunner.*

1418586061_arsenic_black_square_4_grandeOCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) ARSENIC NAIL LACQUER is the true glitter in this group. It’s the most glittery polish I own. It’s New Year’s Eve in a bottle.*

OCC Arsenic

OCC Arsenic

1418585886_5042847609NUANCE GOLDSTONE is the polish I wore last year for New Year’s. A wonderful blogger sent this to me as a gift when I couldn’t find it. I love it because it’s gold but not garish. It’s a satin metallic. It doesn’t exactly fit today’s post but not everyone loves glitter so this is a great alternative.

Nuance Goldstone polish

Nuance Goldstone polish

1396315823_jammy_thumbBUTTER LONDON LOLLY aka JAMMY This polish had two names. When it was sent to me it had the name Lolly but online I believe it was called Jammy. Sadly this is discontinued but if you can find it, grab it. This sparkly red is wonderful. I love Butter LONDON polishes anyway but when you get a color like this it’s even better.*

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

1396315762_stroppy_thumbBUTTER LONDON STROPPY This is an OMG polish. It was in the LOLLY BRIGHT collection like Lolly aka Jammy but luckily this is still available. It’s a full coverage polish with bright purple flaring shimmers in gel-like base. This metallic shimmer polish is one of my all time favorites. *

So there I am – 10 polishes that range from metallic to shimmer to glitter. All gorgeous ones that wear well. Are any of these on your to buy list?  Move on to my fellow nail polish lovers to see what they have to share. — Marcia


*some polishes had been sent for editorial consideration

Perfectly petite stocking stuffers from Pixi Beauty

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

No trip to Target is complete without a major cosmetics aisle haul of Pixi Beauty.  I love that Target has testers, and the super cute size of the new items and kits that Pixi sent us make them absolutely perfect stocking stuffers!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

I am a huge, huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms.  I keep the Comfort Clear next to my bed, and I have one of the tinted balms in my purse at all times.  I let my mom use my Ripe Raspberry when her lips felt dry, and she wouldn’t even give it back to me!  The Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio ($16) includes three shades:  Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, and Ripe Raspberry.  Be sure to pick up one of these shea butter and vitamin E infused lip balm trios for yourself, too.

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate ($12) may look tiny, but it packs a big concealing punch!  This waterproof concealer is highly pigmented so it covers all sorts of skin sins.  The jar opening is small, but it keeps me from the temptation of using my finger.  A concealer brush easily grabs all you need – and you don’t need much – to conceal the after-effects of all that holiday partying.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Isn’t this loose powder absolutely adorable??  The Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid ($20) works for all but the darkest skin tones to finish makeup and buff away shine.  The application sponge and the mirror on the top of the lid make this a fantastic way to powder your nose on the go.

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right:  Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right: Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Marcia raves about Pixi nail polishes and for good reason.  These $8 polishes are the perfect size, not so big they go bad before you have a chance to use all the polish.  They come in fabulous shades and are chip resistant so manicures and pedicures last. The 3-free polishes even have built-in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Three great shades to put in any stocking are Almond Glow, a nude with subtle pink shimmer; Crystal Champagne, a festive multi-faceted rose gold shimmer; and Nude Dazzle, a light metallic nude.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites ($12) is a single stack of five loose powder highlighter/eyeshadows.  Each screw top lid is also the container for the color above, so it’s not something you can separate into five different gifts.  No worries, the colors are complimentary and all work great together.  They are beautiful eyeshadows that can be deepened with a mixing medium.  Fairy Dust also makes an awesome cheek highlighter.  The lighter shades give skin a beautiful glow when mixed with body lotion, and they make lips look lush when patted over lipstick.  The stack contains Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle, a glimmering white; Gold Dust, a candlelit gold-nude shimmer; Brightening Bare, a medium nude sheen; Mocha Magic, a warm tan shimmer; and Copper Sheen, a rich metallic copper.

Any one of these petite pretties will perk up a stocking…get them all for a truly sublime stocking experience!  You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

3 essential neutral nail polishes from PRITI NYC

PRITI NYC Ginger Snap Orchid, Moss Campion, and Nodding Lilac

PRITI NYC Ginger Snap Orchid, Moss Campion, and Nodding Lilac

A must-have in your beauty collection?  Some fabulous neutral nail polishes.  My partner Marcia tends to live a bit more on the ‘wild side’ of polish shades for manicures, but even she goes neutral once in a while.  Me?  I am a mostly neutral girl with the occasional venture into color.  I am always on the lookout for neutral shades that are pretty but not boring, and PRITI NYC recently sent us a few colors that are now some of my favorites.

Priti neutrals 5

I have a few rules for my neutral nail polishes.  First, they can’t be too brown or yellow.  A few days of wear and those kinds of shades just start looking dirty.  Second, they can’t be boring.  Neutral doesn’t have to be a yawn-fest.  I put a lot of time and money into manicures, so I am not interested in nail polish that makes my nails completely disappear.  PRITI NYC is a stand out nail polish line for me because every shade I have tested goes on smooth without streaks and lasts for at least two weeks without fading or chipping.

PRITI NYC Nail Polish ($15) is 5-free, vegan, non-toxic, and free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.  PRITI NYC also works with Chemwise to recycle polishes safely.

PRITI NYC Ginger Snap Orchid

PRITI NYC Ginger Snap Orchid

1.  Ginger Snap Orchid is probably my most favorite neutral nail polish ever.  It is an opaque light creamy nude with a hint of lilac.  It has very subtle shimmer that is just so delicate and pretty!

PRITI NYC Moss Campion

PRITI NYC Moss Campion

2.  Moss Campion is one of those fabulous neutrals that belongs in every collection.  It is an opaque creamy light taupe that applies like a dream and looks edgy and cool without being ‘in your face’.

PRITI NYC Nodding Lilac

PRITI NYC Nodding Lilac

3. Nodding Lilac is from the Autumn in Chile collection. This opaque soft lilac has a touch of grey, and is really beautiful.  I wore this shade for a month straight and never got tired of it!

If my picks aren’t quite your style, take a look at the PRITI NYC website and check out their 100+ shades available.  Some of you are lucky enough to have a store nearby that carries this line, but if not you can find it online at www.pritinyc.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Roasted Chestnuts leads the way for Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

I’ve been a big fan of the nail subscription box COLOR ME MONTHLY for exactly 2 years now. This unique company creates one special polish a month and keeps getting better and better. For November they produced an absolutely gorgeous shade called ROASTED CHESTNUTS. I don’t think that they could have improved on this at all.

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

ROASTED CHESTNUTS is a brown with embedded colored glitter. It absolutely shined on my nails. In bright light the colors glistened calling for people to come and take a gander. We had a week without sun yet even that couldn’t hinder how much I enjoyed wearing this polish. What could be better for November than roasted chestnuts, a glorious shade?

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly, Roasted Chestnuts

COLOR ME MONTHLY keeps up with the seasons and times of year by sending a color that’s appropriate for then. But you’ll want to wear the shades over and over. Of all the polishes I’ve received from them, there is only one that I haven’t worn a second (or even third) time. The others just call my name.

sweet, earthy flavor

a tradition almost lost

seasoned in fire

ROASTED CHESTNUTS

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly haiku for Roasted Chestnuts

I normally keep away from polishes with glitter since they are so difficult to remove. I have a wrap done on my nails to keep them strong and the removal process with glitter destroys the glue. NOT the case with Color Me Monthly’s Roasted Chestnut. This came off (after one week) as easily as any cream polish I’ve used. There was no staining and the only place that needed a little extra removal was where the wrap was old at the base of my nail. I was so happy to see that but I should have known since I’ve found the quality of these polishes to be superb.

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Roasted Chestnuts from Color Me Monthly

Here’s more reason to love this company:

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Vegan
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!
Color Me Monthly.com

Color Me Monthly.com

At $7 for one month this is a subscription service that doesn’t break the bank yet delivers quality that you won’t believe. It’s wonderful for you or for any of your nail polish lovers. You’ll look like a big shot when you roast the season with perfect colors. — Marcia

PS – Color Me Monthly is offering 20% off everything we sell (gifts, subscriptions, and Vault items) through Cyber Monday. Just use promo code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

PSS – Check out The Vault for past polishes for $9. It’s hard to find on their website but it’s a hidden treasure.

*sent for editorial consideration

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

*items sent for editorial consideration

Clinique Black Honey nail polish and a set giveaway

When I first think of the Clinique brand what comes to mind are the 3 step system that I was brought up on and the color Black Honey. Black Honey has always been synonymous with Clinique since it was first developed as a lipstick. It was unique compared to what other companies were creating and unusual for Clinique. Now Black Honey is almost a brand of its own. It’s become ubiquitous in the same way that “Naked” is for Urban Decay.

When this set became available a group of bloggers started discussing it and decided to join together to review this color and have a giveaway.

Clinique Black Honey Gift Set from clinique.com

Clinique Black Honey Gift Set from clinique.com

The set contains

  • Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, .07 oz. / 1.9 g
  • Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Black Honey, .21 oz. / 7 ml
  • A Different Nail Enamel in Black Honey, .14 fl. oz. / 4 ml
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black Honey, .01 oz. / .14 g

I decided that my review would be for the Different Enamel in Black Honey. I don’t love the look of the lipstick on me but I always love nail polish and hadn’t tried anything from Clinique.

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Black Honey is a great winter color. It is a darker version of the burgundy that you see in the lip products. On my nails it’s mostly black but it’s also obvious that it’s not all black. You can see the burgundy popping through.

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

The polish needs to be worn with a base coat since the darkness of it can make it stain. I had no trouble removing the polish after a week but I had some pooling in my cuticles that was harder to remove. The polish wore well and made me eager to seek out other polishes from Clinique. While it was a typical cream polish because there’s the duality of sometimes seeing black and sometimes seeing the blackened raisin it was an interesting shade to wear.

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

Clinique Black Honey Nail Enamel

You’ll find this in the set if you are the lucky winner. The lipstick is an Almost Lipstick so it has a sheer glossy finish to it.  The Superbalm Gloss and Quickliner in Black Honey are unique to this set, making it even more of a win.

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