Add Hard Candy Metallic Mousse to your holiday shopping list

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

It’s never fun shopping for groceries so you need to add in a special treat for yourself for the holidays. Why go to Walmart without stopping at the Hard Candy display? They are the sole distributor of this fun, inexpensive line. You need something special to get you through the cleaning and cooking of Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Matte Metallic Lip Color is just the thing.                                                       press sample

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

I have to first talk about the packaging because it’s so darned cute. These Metallic Mousse liquid lipcolors come in the cutest metallic tin to match the color within. The insert that holds the lipstick can be removed to give you a case that holds all sorts of small items so it will come in handy.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Smoke & Mirrors

The shape of the tube is unlike any I have. It’s flattened out and expensive looking.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Smoke & Mirrors

The wand too is flattened and fits lips nicely. It’s comfortable to use.

Best of all is the trendiness you’ll get for just $6. Lips these days are all about matte liquid lipsticks and the hottest shades are metallic. These are available in 6 shades: Sandstorm Nude, Guilded Cocoa, Penny Talk, Queen of Hearts, Smoke & Mirrors, Sweet as Honey, and Truffle.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Smoke & Mirrors

Penny Talk is a bright copper penny shade while Smoke & Mirrors is a tad deceiving since it’s a purple with a chocolate undertone. For my cool toned skin Smoke & Mirrors is a better choice but both are very unique and beautiful.  I apply Smoke & Mirrors on my bottom lip and then smack my lips together to end up with a great comfortable lip color. They aren’t drying on my lips and last a good amount of time.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Smoke & Mirrors

Not only will these be a treat for you but they will make an absolutely terrific stocking stuffer. The price is right, the lip color is on trend, and the packaging is going to make the recipient squeal. Have fun at Walmart and don’t forget that the best candy is Hard Candy.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

In just one sweep, wrap lips in a divine velvety texture with Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Lip Color. This full coverage matte liquid lip color hydrates lips, offers comfortable wear and delivers bold long-lasting wear.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Lip Color:

  • Velvet matte finish
  • Wears all day
  • Hydrates lips
  • Full coverage
  • Smudge proof

 

 

The perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life – Cross Pens new collection

We’re on a countdown right now –  8 days until STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS begins and 14 days until Christmas Eve. That means finding the best gifts for those in your life right now. If someone you know is a Star Wars fan I have the perfect gift for them from CROSS PENS.

Cross Pens Star Wars collection - Stormtrooper

Cross Pens Star Wars collection – Stormtrooper

Darth Vader, 3PO, and a Stormtrooper can be your friends constant companion with one of CROSS’ new Gel Ink Pens. I wish my husband hadn’t been around when I opened my Stormtrooper Cross Pen package that was sent. It won’t be a surprise but he was so excited when he saw this that he claimed it and is loving using it.

Cross Pens Star Wars collection - Stormtrooper

Cross Pens Star Wars collection – Stormtrooper

You surely know what a wonderful brand and great gift a Cross Pen makes so why not be a little trendy with your gift giving. This pen not only glides along nicely without smudging, skipping or smearing but it’s using the ‘force’ for a one of a kind collectible writing instrument.

Cross Pens Star Wars collection - Stormtrooper

Cross Pens Star Wars collection – Stormtrooper

Cross Pens Star Wars collection - Stormtrooper

Cross Pens Star Wars collection – Stormtrooper

With three pens to choose from you can give the black Darth Vader, the white Stormtrooper or the great gold C3PO to three different people in your home and they wouldn’t fight over who owns what. The teens I know would really love the Darth Vader pen as would my 4 year old. An individual pen in a gift box is $45 and has a lifetime guarantee. If you want even more though check out this $75 gift set that comes with the pen and a companion Cross Pen journal.

Cross Pen Star Wars gift set, 3CPO

Cross Pen Star Wars gift set, 3CPO

In my opinion CROSS PENS are the go-to gift for graduation, holiday time and birthdays. This pen is so unique and will elicit a big thanks from the recipient. It’s a timeless gift with a twist and your Star Wars fan is going to remember you every time they use this gem.

Who is your favorite of these three characters? — Marciacross pen star wars 2

*received for consideration

If you are on online shopper visit the online store locator for more details.

Deck the Eyes with Pur Minerals

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

 PUR MINERALS has a limited edition DECK THE HALLS set right now that you absolutely don’t want to miss. This was sent for testing and I’m in love with it and will most likely pick up another one. The price is ab fab at $12 and the products are just as fabulous.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes

Inside the DECK THE EYES SET you’ll find a deluxe size Big Look Mascara. A full size is .17 oz (and $20) while this one is only slightly smaller at .12 oz. You’ll also get a liquid eyeliner that is exclusive to the set and is full size.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

BIG LOOK MASCARA is fabulous on if you love to lengthen and define. It is totally non-clumping. I just get long, lush looking eyelashes with this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Big Look Mascara

To make this mascara even better, it’s formulated with Argan Oil. So while you are looking great you are conditioning your lashes at the same time. It’s a beautiful dewy look and it does NOT smudge. The last thing you need is smudging, only a raccoon looks good like that. This is the type of mascara that looks good on a daily basis yet you can build it up for some extra oomph. I’m so happy to have discovered this.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner

The surprise in Deck the Eyes for me is this Liquid Precision Eyeliner in Black. Pur Minerals doesn’t have a liquid eyeliner in their regular line-up so this is the only place you can get it for now.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

This Precision Liquid Eyeliner is water resistant. I need an eye makeup remover to cleanse. I love the point since I can get it as thin as I want or I can use it for a more pronounced eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

Pur Minerals Precision Eyeliner

I mostly use liquid eyeliner these days and this one is finding its way into the daily rotation. It’s a true winner.

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Pur Minerals Deck the Eyes Precision Eyeliner and Big Look Mascara

Deck the Halls makes a wonderful stocking stuffer or gift of any size. The price is totally amazing at $12. It’s available at on Pur Minerals website and possibly at Ulta stores (not online though). Pur Minerals currently has a nice gwp going on with a purchase of $35. Lisa recently reviewed the Pur Minerals 3-pc. Let It Glow Bronzer, Blush, and Brighten Cheek Trio which is $24 and gorgeous.

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Pur Minerals Let It Glow

Then there’s the great Pur Minerals You Better Not Pout Lip Gift Set ($32).

You Better Not Pout

You Better Not Pout

You can’t go wrong with any of these sets but buy two of the LE Deck the Halls or you’ll regret it. — Marcia

*Deck the Halls sent for editorial consideration

Pür Minerals does NOT test its products on animals.

Liquid Precision Eyeliner: Aqua, Glycerin, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Carbon Black (CI 77266)

Big Look Mascara: Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, PVP, Cetyl Palmitate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Nylon-12, Stearic Acid, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Steareth-20, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-2, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Let Mineral Fusion help fill your gift list with Sheer Moisture Lip Tints

 

 Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

 

MINERAL FUSION has a great gift set whether it’s for a stocking stuffer, a gift exchange, a treat for yourself, or a cutie under the tree (or menorah). This cute set can be found at Whole Foods  for only $19.95. The great news is that it contains 3 full size Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tints so it’s like buying two ($9.99 each) and getting one free.  Since I absolutely love lip crayons and I love a sheer color on my lips I was thrilled when Mineral Fusion sent this my way for review.

The three full size lip sheers  in the  Mineral Fusion’s Holiday Lip Tints Kit

FLICKER: a pretty, easy to wear Berry Shade. All the Sheer Moisture Lip Tints contain lip firming peptides in a hydrating formula.

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

Mineral Fusion Flicker

GLISTEN:  a caramel shimmer

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Mineral Fusion Glisten

Glisten is actually lighter than my picture shows and since it’s sheer it looks lighter on my lips.

SMOLDER:  a cherry red that’s my favorite. It’s my AHA moment because I’m normally not comfortable in red but this sheer shade makes it wearable and not as bold as I’d find a red. Plus the cherry makes it more on the cool pink side.

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Mineral Fusion Smolder

Let me tell you more about why you want this set! Mineral Fusion is a company that is 100% vegetarian with most products 100% Vegan. All products are free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. The cruelty free blogs that I follow all love Mineral Fusion products and they are PETA and Leaping Bunny certified.

The lip crayons are made of 100% pure minerals in an ultra-hydrating formula that’s infused with cocoa butter and a lip-firming peptide. You can swipe them on without looking or you can take the time and build up the color with several layers. It’s a gluten free formula that has an easy to wear vanilla-mint flavor. I notice the scent and flavor when I first apply these but this doesn’t linger and that’s another reason I’m enjoying them so much. The colors are vibrant even though sheer. It’s hypo-allergenic and is free of any artificial colors.

Mineral Fusion swatches from top: Smolder, Glisten, Flicker

Mineral Fusion swatches from top: Smolder, Glisten, Flicker

Although I haven’t tried Mineral Fusion nail polish I saw these sets on Prime Beauty and want to go check to see if my Whole Foods carries them. $9.99 for three mini polishes is a great gift. Prime Beauty’s pictures and descriptions will convince you that you need these too.

Mineral Fusion nail sets from Prime Beauty's blog

Mineral Fusion nail sets from Prime Beauty’s blog

These Mineral Fusion gift sets will make all beauty lovers happy and they are reasonably enough priced to slip in one or two for yourself. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Jojoba (Simmondsia  Chinensis) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,  Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid  (Vitamin C), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopheryl  Acetate (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,  Eupatorium Rebaudianum Bertoni Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf  Extract, Thymus Vulgarus (Thyme) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, and Natural  Vanilla Mint.    May Contain: Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Black Iron  Oxide (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019).

Top Ten Stocking Stuffers – fun and femme versions

You’ll have to put up with two Top Ten Tuesdays lists today. I just couldn’t resist the FUN one since that’s what I’d love to put into stockings (all of these items are from the amusing website Archie McPhee). Then I went with FEMME since those are the things I’d love. Enjoy — Marcia

1417380495_macho_tissuesMACHO TISSUES – Perfect for the guy that you makes you carry the tissues even though he’d need them.
1417380447_cleansing_kisses_soap_leavesCLEANSING KISSES SOAP LEAVES – so pretty for a powder room or even to carry this cute tin with you for those restrooms you aren’t so sure about using. These will bring a smile to her face.
1417380371_bacon_soapBACON SOAP – You know who needs this. All your bacon crazed friends will get a kick out of this.
1417380296_anime_eyes_sleep_maskANIME SLEEP EYES MASK – For the friend who complains they never get enough sleep or for the traveler who wants to be fashionable while ignoring everyone.
1417380247_rainbow_monkey_bandagesRAINBOW MONKEY BANDAGESArchie McPhee has the cutest bandages. They were so many I fell for but I know this will bring a laugh to almost everyone on your stocking stuffer list. But check out their other ones too.
1417380195_uh_oh_emergency_underwearUH OH EMERGENCY UNDERPANTS – What else to get the girl who has everything or the girl who never makes it home at night!!
1417380148_sigmund_freud_toothpasteSIGMUND FREUD TOOTHPASTE – Take care of the psyche while taking care of your teeth. I’m sure some smarty pants could enjoy this.
1417380038_sugar_skull_air_freshenerSUGAR SKULL AIR FRESHENER – Why not be fashionable? Who needs another pine tree hanging?
1417379988_shakespearean_lip_balm_setSHAKESPEAREAN LIP BALM SET – What’s more typical than putting lip balm in a stocking? But who else will give them Shakespeare at the same time?
1417379917_grump-notebooks_1_1GRUMPY GUY NOTEBOOKS – I can see your mind going over someone who needs these since they describe his life perfectly. Maybe he’ll even smile.
1417383520_fw1406_mediumLOVE ME KNOT HAIR TIES – This site has hair ties and headbands in a lot of styles and colors. Hair ties are sold in a lot of places and always need replacing since they do stretch out. I have them all over my house.
1417383386_2014-11-19-04.32.47-360x480MINERAL FUSION SHEER MOISTURE LIP TINTS – This 3 piece set for $19.99 is a great buy and will be something any woman would enjoy. (Full review to come)*
1417382917_1-pack-op-408x408EYES by TO GO SPA MASKS – Lisa and I love these. They have a new one in this set ($12.50) so now there’s Coconut, Ice Water and Green Tea. You could split up the packages to give 3 people treats. You can get these on Amazon or the EYES by ToGoSpa site. *
1417382362_51qb2znxt6l._sl190_cr0_0_190_246_ANDRE LORENT BRUSH SET – 5 great vegan brushes in a great case. This would especially be a teen’s dream but anyone you know who appreciates beauty’s finest at a great price ($19.95 at Amazon) would be smiling when they see this. *
1417382282_51m2gaktddl._sl246_sx190_cr0_0_190_246_BRUSH EGG – This is a fabulous gift but one you’ll have to explain. For $8 (Amazon) you can give this brush egg that cleans brushes with or without cleanser. I love this tool and may even buy a second since now they have purple!! I’ve barely touched my brush cleanser since I bought mine.
1417382028_celebrationpalette_over_pair_0001IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY CELEBRATION MATTE LUXE EYESHADOW PALETTE – This is my most coveted of all the items on this list. I don’t know why I haven’t bought it. I really need to. All these pretty matte shadows plus a transforming one that gives them more brightness and sheen.
1417381958_the_it_girl_box_group_straigntIT COSMETICS, THE IT GIRL CC+ LIP SERUM COLLECTION – As a die hard IT Cosmetics fan I’d love to own this LE set.

  • Snowbunny (a pale sheer pink shade)
  • Joy to the World (a rich red berry shade)
  • Under the Mistletoe (a sheer red flush shade)

1417381884_s1636216-main-hero-300BEAUTY BLENDER AND BENEFIT KIT – I adore my Beauty Blender sponges. I can’t be without. Now there’s this cute set at Sephora that also includes

– Mini beautyblender blendercleanser solid sponge applicator cleaner
– 0.25 oz Benefit “that gal” brightening face primer
– 0.25 oz Benefit “girl meets pearl” liquid highlighter
– The air.port pro bag
1417381826_s1640481-main-hero-300JOSIE MARAN WINTER DREAMS -A six-piece collection of Josie’s argan skincare beautifiers to hydrate and nourish skin with powerful antioxidants and essential fatty acids. A great intro to this cruelty free line. ($39 at Sephora)
– 1.9 oz Argan Cleansing Oil
– Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment
– 0.5 100% Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
– 0.5 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
– 1 oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream
1417381772_s1643204-main-hero-300SMASHBOX LEGENDARY LIP KIT – A set of nine deluxe lip colors in reds, nudes, and pinks for getting any lip look for the season. A lot of bang for the buck ($39 at Sephora)
– 3 x 0.13 oz Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Legendary, Cognac, Promise
– 3 x 0.04 oz Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary, Cognac, Pout
– 3 x 0.10 Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Firecracker, Off-Duty, Flamingo

I hope I didn’t bore you with two lists but once I got the Archie McPhee catalog I had so much fun going through their site that I thought you might enjoy something different. And I’ll always love cosmetics and I’d happily gift any of the ones from that list.  Visit my fellow bloggers to get more ideas. –Marcia

*some items received for consideration, most are just wishlist


Stocking Stuffer alert: Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush

image from beautyriot.com

image from beautyriot.com

I love to give practical gifts.  I know that whenever I use something that was gifted to me, I always have warm thoughts about the gift giver – except for maybe towards my aunt who gave me that horrible sweater.

Cenoire Eluo Sonic ToothbrushSo practical gifts that are unique but extremely useful are very attractive to me.  The BIZ was sent the Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush ($24.99) to test, and this immediately went to the top of my ‘practical gifts for stocking stuffers’ list (yup, I keep lists like that!).

Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 2

I absolutely love sonic toothbrushes, but it isn’t easy to travel with the whole thing – especially since the unit I have is a double one, one for me and one for my husband.  But sonic brushes are so much more effective than regular toothbrushes.  The Cenoire Eluo Ultra Sonic Toothbrush uses a AAA battery for the sonic power, and it comes in a very cute, stylish package.  It really is perfect for traveling or for keeping in your desk at work.

Cenoire Eluo Sonic Toothbrush 3

The toothbrush has two different speeds, 18,000 brushstrokes per minute or a more aggressive 30,000 brushes per minute.  It also has a removable washable brush head with a tongue massager, plus a ventilated cap to prevent germs.  Just look at all the features:

  • Battery powered sonic toothbrush
  • 2 Speed Variation Selection
    1. Approximately 18,000 brush strokes/min providing low frequency tongue cleansing
    2. Approximately 30,000 brush strokes/min providing high frequency deep teeth cleansing
  • Brush head with tongue cleaner
  • Soft Nylon Brush
  • Washable and replaceable brushhead (included free replacement brushhead)
  • Protective cap preventing germs
  • On/Off Push Activation
  • Duration: 90 days (Usage 2 times/day)
  • Weight: .90oz
  • Size: 16.2x 1.85cm (6.38 x 0.7in)
  • 1 AAA Battery required (included)
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty

This is a fantastic idea for a practical, useful holiday gift, and just the right size for a stocking stuffer.  I am getting one of these for everyone in my family.  They come in several colors to suit every preference, and my whole family will have beautifully clean teeth for those happy smiles!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Don’t forget to “be Delectable” with these holiday specials

If you are a Kohl’s shopper then be Delectable has some fabulous treats for you especially this weekend. Both of us have reviewed some of our favorites from be delectable and we’re excited about these stocking stuffers that they are offering. For this weekend most of the be Delectable products are buy one, get one half off. More for your giftees or for you.

be Delectable Holiday Get Together set

be Delectable Holiday Get Together set

The Big Holiday Get-Together Set / MSRP: $18.00

Give your beautiful bod the luxury treatment with this triple moisture body lotion sampler gift set sweetened with a special bonus – a limited edition shimmering Sweet Mint & Cream Triple Moisture Body Lotion. This beautiful body lotion is blended with nourishing shea butter, rejuvenating coconut oil and soothing aloe vera, and comes in four delicious flavors: coconut & cream, strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, and vanilla and cream. They’re formulated with up to 95% natural ingredients and free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petrolatum, gluten and triclosan – and is not tested on animals. I bet the bonus of Sweet Mint & Cream is amazing!

be Delectable Mini Set Trio (strawberry & cream)

be Delectable Mini Set Trio (strawberry & cream)

 

be Delectable Mini-Set Trios / MSRP: $12.00

Delightful travel sized body wash, body mist and body lotion, they are perfect for those on the go.  Available in one of four delicious be Delectable flavors: strawberry & cream, lemon & cream, coconut & cream, and vanilla & cream. Perfect for your travel needs or just to try these out. I use the body wash and lotion every time I shower. (My favorite is Lemon & Cream.)

be Delectable Hand Cream Set

be Delectable Hand Cream Set

be Delectable Hand Cream Set / MSRP: $14.00

These beautifully ultra nourishing Hand Creams are made with the highest quality ingredients, including the purest Shea butter and coconut oil.  They help nourish and soften the skin and cuticles to keep hands looking beautiful.  Never greasy, be Delectable hand cream absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling light and smooth.  You’ll get one of each of the 4 delectable scents in this box. You can give it as a whole or divide them up for gifts. This is BOGO 1/2 this holiday weekend.

There are more sets available and most of the individual products are BOGO 1/2. It’s a perfect time to add in some delectable smelling products to your Kohl’s shopping cart, in person or online, and get some wonderful and affordable products. — Marcia

Kohl’s has a promotion through 11/30 that for every $50 spent you’ll get a $15 Kohl’s cash reward (redeemable 1/1-12/8). Perfect timing for these BOGO 1/2 deals.

*photos from Kohl.com