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

Create your own Dove Beauty Chain!

Who hasn’t used the Dove Beauty Bar?  It’s been a staple of skin care since 1957, and this classic combo of moisturizing cream and mild cleansers is still going strong.

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Dove has a new promotion right now that is all about celebrating memories, family bonds, and friendship.  Go to DoveBeautyBar.com to create your very own Dove Beauty Chain, a video that melds photos together into a seamless chain.  It’s a great idea for showing how your daughter has grown through the years, or bringing together the faces of everyone in your BFF group.

Celebrate the beauty of the bar @Dove and make your own unique Dove Beauty Chain!  – Lisa

Dove Beauty Chain

Good clean fun with Skinplicity

If you haven’t discovered Etsy.com yet, it’s time to take a look. There are tons of amazing etailers with truly fabulous products from jewelry to clothing to bath and body. Whenever I have some time, I just go and browse through all the fantastic shops. Skinplicity is one to visit – I can’t rave enough about their beautiful vegan soaps and natural bath and body goodies!

Skinplicity

Skinplicity goodies

Diana, the owner of Skinplicity, is an esthetician who creates all of the fantastic, quality soaps, scrubs, and lotions. The look and feel of these products is totally high-end, but the price point is wallet friendly. Diane sent a few items to try and good clean fun commenced. True story – I was talking to my mom and going on and on about how great these were, and she jumped in her car, drove to my house, and tried to take them from me!

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Aromatherapy Body Scrub in Hawaiian Paradise

Skinplicity

inside the jar

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub ($12) is an emulsified sugar scrub that exfoliates with sugar and moisturizes with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. It is very gentle and rinses super clean with no oily or greasy residue. The Hawaiian Paradise scent is lovely, a floral/fruit scent with plumaria, melon, coconut, and pineapple. It leaves skin lightly fragranced and ready for a sunset at the beach.

The Aromatherapy Body Scrub is also available in Chocolate Truffle, Citrus Burst, Summer Melon, Lavender Chamomile, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass Verbena, Milk & Honey, and Garden Mint.

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Lavender Lip Balm

The 100% Organic Lavender Lip Balm ($4) made with fresh local beeswax is a great way to keep lips soft and moisturized. It has all kinds of vitamins and fatty acids that lips just love. Ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and vitamin e oil. While the lavender essential oil treats lips, the lip balm doesn’t taste like anything in particular. It does, however, feel like heaven on my lips.

Just now I counted 11 different types of lip balm in the Skinplicity store, including Mango, Tea Tree, Honey Mint, Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Coffee, and even a lip balm for guys.

Skinplicity

Skinplicity Rosehip and Geranium Soap

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the top of the Rosehip and Geranium Soap

I can’t get over the beauty of the Rosehip and Geranium Vegan Soap ($5.50). This is a big, 4 ounce slice of soap encased in a delicate paper box that is so pretty I didn’t even want to remove the soap. The top of the soap has sparkles, ground rosehips, and rose geranium leaves. The scent is just an amazing combination of rose and geranium. It smells like a flower garden in bloom. Put this in a bathroom and it acts like a room freshener!

The soap is made from scratch in small batches. I am truly impressed with the big, thick lather that cleans and moisturizes at the same time. This particular soap has saponified oils of coconut and palm, which means the bar is not super soft so it lasts a long time and it also makes that thick bubbly lather. Rosehips have vitamin C and is a great antioxidant. Geranium is also a fantastic antioxidant for skin.

an even closer look

an even closer look

Oh yeah…did I also say that this bar of soap is GORGEOUS??  And it’s only one of many different varieties that Skinplicity offers. Diane makes soaps with essential oils as well as fragrance oils, so there is something for everyone.

If you love bath and body products, you will love Skinplicity. Head on over to Etsy.com and take a look…there is lots of good clean fun to be found there!  – Lisa

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Giveaway from Shannon’s Soaps

Shannon’s Soaps has been a favorite here at the BIZ for a several years. Shannon creates wonderful soaps, lotions, scrubs…you name the body product and Shannon does it right. Everything she makes is of the highest quality, smells amazing, and works!
Shannon's Soaps Mini Bar Sampler

Shannon’s Soaps Mini Bar Sampler

Shannon is giving away a wonderful Mini Bar Sampler Pack to a lucky Beauty Info Zone reader so you can try three of her handmade soaps for yourself. This sampler includes Fate, a beautiful mysterious scent; Eucalyptus-Spearmint with Sea Clay, an invigorating minty scent infused with sea clay; and Strawberries & Champagne, exotic oils and butters mixed with an erotic, exotic scent.
super cute packaging

super cute packaging

You could be the lucky winner!

You could be the lucky winner!

These Mini Bar Sampler sets make fantastic shower gifts. Shannon does custom colors, scents, and labels. She also does quantity discounts (priced by the 3-lb loaf – so, 11 or 12 “normal-sized” bars or 30 sample-sized bars) and can cut the bars to various sizes as required.

Take a look at Shannon’s Soaps website and see what fabulous bath time treats await, and don’t forget to enter to win a Mini Bar Sampler set for yourself!  – Lisa
Giveaway is open to any Beauty Info Zone subscriber through the Rafflecopter and is open through 7/21/14 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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*giveaway provided by Shannon’s Soaps
Fate Soap ingredients:  saponified oils of palm, coconut, olive, sunflower, castor, fragrance, iron oxide red
Eucalyptus-Spearmint with Sea Clay ingredients:  saponified oils of palm, tallow, coconut, olive; essential oils of eucalyptus, spearmint; sea clay
Strawberries & Champagne ingredients:  saponified oils of palm, coconut, sweet almond, shea butter, mango butter, argan; fragrance; iron oxide red pigment

Welcome spring with new Dove Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Beauty Bar – and a giveaway

Dove giveawayIt is spring and in honor of the greener season Dove® has released their Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash and Beauty Bar, their latest addition to the Purely Pampering product collection. If you haven’t tried these products yet you are going to want to right away – they are fantastic. Be sure to read on, because you will also have a chance to win a nourishing and pampering gift set from Dove®!

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream products makes for a wonderful at-home spa day

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream products makes for a wonderful at-home spa day

Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Dove Purely Pampering Beauty Bars nourish your skin and make you feel completely pampered too. Honestly, I don’t even like pistachio…the sight of green nuts kind of turns my stomach…but the scent of these products is flipping fantastic. It’s a combination of creamy pistachio with a light magnolia floral note with a bit of musk. Together these notes create a clean and comforting scent.

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Soap

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Beauty Bar

The Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash ($6.69) is a HUGE bottle of thick, rich creme that creates a beautiful lather that rinses clean. It has something called NutriumMoisture™ that makes it truly perfect for shaving legs and underarms because it replaces nutrients that are lost to your razor. This is seriously one of the best body washes I have ever tried. It leaves my skin so soft and smelling so wonderful…it is heaven in a bottle.

For those who prefer bar soap, the Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Bar (2 pack is $3.79) is for you. This has the same lush scent as the body wash, plus it has the iconic Dove® ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin wonderfully hydrated and moist.
What could be in your shower caddy?  Dove Creme Mousse and Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream

What could be in your shower caddy? Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Beauty Bar, plus a Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash

Dove® is happy to be giving a Beauty Info Zone reader one Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Body Wash, one Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia Beauty Bar, and one Crème Mousse Body Wash (you can pick which variant you would like – Senstive Skin, Deep Moisture, or Exfoliating)!  I will be posting my review of the Creme Mousse Body Washes on Saturday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enter this contest – you are going to be just as enthralled with these pampering and nourishing body products as I was! – Lisa

Giveaway: US only open through 4/25/14

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*items reviewed and giveaway prizes from Dove®.  Dove® Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia is available at food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers

Here comes the Easter Bunny! Lush Funny Bunny Gift

Spring has officially sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Instead of candy, do something different with the Lush Funny Bunny Gift ($45.95). Funny Bunny is a super cute way to keep the kids both clean and happy (and you will want to steal some things for yourself!).

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Everyone will love to find this funny bunny in their Easter basket!

Funny Bunny comes with six super fun spring treats. It all starts with the Funny Bunny himself – one of Lush’s fabulous Knot-Wraps made with organic cotton from a women’s co-operative in India. He makes for a great first look into the basket, and comes in handy later for all kinds of things from wrapping a gift to holding your hair back as a headband.

Lush Funny Bunny

Lush Funny Bunny

It doesn't get much cuter than this.

It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

Here he is again!

Here he is again!

Kids and adults will smile and giggle at all the funny bunny items found inside the Knot-Wrapped egg.

All the goodies inside the egg

All the goodies inside the egg…

...which went straight into an Easter basket!

…which went straight into an Easter basket!

As with all Lush gift sets, it comes with a handy-dandy explanation of each item, thoughtfully illustrated with a picture so it’s easy to pick out each goodie.

descriptions of everything

descriptions of everything

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

Honey I Washed the Kids Soap

One of my favorite Lush items of all time is included – Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. This heavenly soap smells like buttery caramel, and it is full of honey water and aloe to leave skin deliciously soft. I don’t care if this gift came from the Easter Bunny for the kids…Honey I Washed the Kids Soap is MINE.

How about some FUN?

How about some FUN?

Bet you didn't know that FUN was made of this.

Bet you didn’t know that FUN was made of this.

FUN is awesome, a huge favorite of my daughter, so it was great to find a mini version inside Funny Bunny. FUN is soap, shampoo, bubble bath, and modeling clay all in one. Talk about the perfect bath time treat. The cellophane wrap is actually biodegradable. Just peel back the wrapper but keep it, and it creates the perfect storage for FUN until the next play time. Funny Bunny comes with Green FUN,  which has a beautifully springy lemon/lime scent.

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

And color me happy! The Funny Bunny Gift includes the limited edition Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb, which is only found at Easter time!! I love the bright pink bubbles this makes in the tub and the scent is a rich and yummy vanilla.

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

Bunch of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars

I have been buying the Carrot Reusable Bubble Bars for years, and let me tell you these veggies are the perfect persuasion to get my kids to take a bath. Typically they aren’t thrilled with vegetables but everyone seems to want some of this carrot. This is a collection of smaller bubble bars than the normal big Carrot and it takes about half a small carrot to make a bath. You hold the carrot by the top and swish it around the tub for frothy, lemony scented bubbles.

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Two beyond cute Bunny Bubble Bars

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

Bunny Bubble Bars bottom

So sweet!

So sweet!

My favorites in the Funny Bunny Gift are the Bunny Bubble Bars. I mean, come on! These are so sweet they almost make my teeth ache. One bunny is good for about two baths. They make some serious foam that is full of coconut oil and shea butter. They smell a lot like another of my favorites, Rock Star Soap. And inside each bunny’s tummy are teeny blue cornflower petals that makes for a cute surprise as they float around in the water. These two little bunnies are simply adorable.

Skip the Easter candy this year and go with fun, sweet-smelling treats that will satisfy the sweet tooth. Get yourself a Funny Bunny Gift or two before they run out!  – Lisa

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Get your Valentine on with Lush Neon Love

Nobody does gift sets like Lush and their Neon Love Valentine’s Day set ($39.95) doesn’t disappoint. Everything is flirty, fruity, fresh, and fun…sounds like a perfect Valentine’s Day to me! This box is full of possibilities for a wild romantic night.

Lush Neon Love Set

Lush Neon Love Set

All the good stuff inside...

All the good stuff inside…

opening with excitement...

opening with excitement…

and here are the goodies!

and here are the goodies!

Lush Neon Love is a bright, festive set that you will want to share with that significant other … and trust me all of the bath, shower, and body products are meant to be shared and the collection is built for ‘getting a little’. Or maybe getting a lot!

Red Fun

Red Fun

Inside the Red Fun...

Inside the Red Fun…

Red Fun is full of possibilities. It’s bubbles for your bath, soap for your shower, shampoo for your hair … or you could just do a little interpretive clay modeling with it. Spell out flirty messages to one another or build an Eiffel Tower. Then wash one another with it. Great stuff that smells orangey and clean.

BubbleGum Lip Scrub

Bubble Gum Lip Scrub

fruity exfoliation for your lips

fruity exfoliation for your lips

Get your lips free of flakes and kissably soft with the Bubble Gum Lip Scrub. This is a super fun pink sugar scrub that tastes absolutely delicious. Rub it over lips with just a touch of water and the sugar exfoliates while the jojoba oil moisturizes. You don’t even have to rinse, you can lick off the excess for a sweet treat … then get on to some even sweeter making out.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie

a shower smoothie you will want to share

a shower smoothie you will want to share

I am not always a fan of rose scented products but I truly love the Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie. Smooth it all over your body in the shower and wonderful oils and hydrating butters cleanse and soften skin. This delightful pot of dreaminess is full of aphrodisiac jasmine and Turkish rose, smoothing almond oil, moisturizing cocoa butter and neroli. This is a really decadent product that definitely makes partnering up in the shower extremely enjoyable.

From Dusk til Dawn...get the point?

From Dusk til Dawn…get the point?

The From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Massage Bar just cracks me up. It is anything but subtle. If you are hoping to go from dusk til dawn, this pointy massage bar will keep those muscles loose and smelling great with Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil.

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

The star of the set, Neon Love Soap

And finally, the real star of the set, the Neon Love Soap. This is a new soap made just for Valentine’s Day and it is beautiful inside and out. Ingredients include passion fruit juice for cleansing and soya yogurt for softening the skin. It also has bergamot, rosewood, and cinnamon for a spicy but sweet scent that is gorgeous. Inside each love-inscribed soap are little white soaps that are beautiful and romantic. It was love at first sight (and smell) for me.

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

no one can resist the cute little hidden white hearts!

The Lush Neon Love set is perfect for bath and body product lovers. Get your Valentine on and check this out!  – Lisa

*pr samples