Hoppy Easter from Lush!

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

My birthday was last February and knowing how much I love bath and body products my fabulous blogging partner Marcia gave me a gift certificate to Lush. I decided to wait a bit until the cool Easter products came out…holidays are the best at Lush!  They have wonderful items year round, but the LE holiday goodies are always worth the wait. I bought myself three treats that I have absolutely no plans to share with anyone else.

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

Lush Lovestruck

Lush Lovestruck

Lovestruck ($8.65) is so darn cute! Doesn’t this look just like Mr. Bill?  (And if you remember him, you are as old as me!!). He actually looks like an emoji and his happy face makes for some really happy baths. The Lovestruck bubble bar makes for thick, creamy suds that smell of lemon and geranium. I get three amazing bubble baths out of his super cute visage.While he is a LE bubble bar that was actually introduced for Valentine’s Day, I think the bright yellow happy face is perfect for spring. Hurry up and get this before it’s gone.

Lush Strawberry Feels Forever

Lush Strawberry Feels Forever

Strawberry Feels Forever ($10.95) is a fabulous springy massage bar that is a great excuse to ask your sweetie to give you a rub down. Ingredients include strawberries, hibiscus flower, and coconut oil. It smells incredible and leaves skin sooo soft. The shape is great for really digging into those muscle knots, too. While Strawberry Feels Forever isn’t LE, it is fantastic and you should put it in your shopping bag now!

Lush Chick N Mix

Lush Chick N Mix

Lush Chick N Mix inside

Lush Chick N Mix inside

Chick ‘N’ Mix ($10.95) is the ultimate Easter Lush item – gettin’ chicky with it, as Lush says! This big cute egg-shaped chicken comes already split in half. Inside is a little baby bunny…although mine looks like a little egg. It doesn’t get much cuter than this. I get three fizzy baths from it – two from the outer shell and one from the adorable tiny bunny. The scent is wonderful – citrusy bergamot mixed with vanilla caramel. Yum. By the way, the chick’s eyes are actually dairy-free chocolate chips!  It definitely makes for three sweet baths.

Lush Easter

Lush Easter

While you are buying chocolate bunnies and mounds of Peeps for everyone else, be sure to get yourself some of the really cute Lush Easter products. They will guarantee lots of ‘me’ time after the holiday!  – Lisa

*items purchased by me thanks to a fantastic birthday gift from my fab blogging partner Marcia!

Treat yourself right. Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body and Camille Beckman Beauty Bath

Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body set

Treating yourself to a delightful little extravagance every once in a while is the best way to escape all the stress and anxiety that comes from watching the news these days…or even just reading your Facebook feed. I was recently sent two absolute gems that make me feel pampered and relaxed, and I highly recommend them both for escaping our current rather bizarre reality.                     samples

I am obsessed about the new Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body® set ($30). First of all, the packaging is adorable. The neat little box contains two glass jars of herbal goodness:  Sweet Soy Orange & Calendula Oil and Hot Toddy Body Scrub. You mix the dry scrub with the oil to create an exfoliating therapy scrub that makes skin soft, increases circulation, and makes you feel all warm inside and out.Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setFarmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setFarmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setWhile you can use a dish, I just mix the Cinnamon, Orange & Clove Body Scrub with the Sweet Soy, Calendula & Orange Bath & Beauty Oil in my hands. Then I apply this during my shower or after getting wet in the bath – making sure skin is already wet is crucial! Then I scrub my body, especially dry areas like my elbows and knees. It smells incredible and it actually makes my body feel warmer inside, probably from the increase in circulation. Increased circulation helps combat cellulite, a battle that I think we all want to win!Farmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setFarmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setFarmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body setFarmaesthetics Hot Toddy for the Body set

You are going to absolutely love this beautiful exfoliating scrub and it is a perfect gift for a girlfriend as well. Also, Farmaesthetics says “Our products are 100% natural, contain certified organic ingredients as indicated, are hypo-allergenic, non-irritating & dermatological tested, with a certified shelf-life of 2 years from the date of opening. No animal testing.”

I like to follow a good scrub with a wonderfully relaxing bath and my current favorite is Camille Beckman’s Epsom Salt and Coconut Milk Radiant and Renewing Bath Soak (4 packets for $12).Camille Beckman Beauty Bath Coconut Milk and Epsom Salt Bath Soak

I love this bath soak because it not only softens and treats skin, it also works wonders on sore muscles. The only thing better than a hot, steamy bath of orange and cinnamon essential oils combined with organic cocoa butter and healing salts is that very same bath…but with a nice glass of wine.Camille Beckman Beauty Bath Coconut Milk and Epsom Salt Bath SoakCamille Beckman Beauty Bath Coconut Milk and Epsom Salt Bath Soak

A bath is a small but very effective way of relieving stress and giving yourself a much deserved break. Pick up some Camille Beckman Bath Soaks for:

-Handmade bath soaks made in small batches
-Healing epsom salt and soothing, powdered coconut milk
-Cocoa butter and coconut oil leave the skin feeling soft and refreshed
-Quality, A grade essential oils

Seriously, treat yourself right. You deserve it.  – Lisa

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Camille Beckman Beauty Bath Coconut Milk and Epsom Salt Bath Soak

Don’t stress out – shop The Body Shop for awesome last minute gifts!

lastminuteheroI cannot believe that Christmas is only three days away! My shopping isn’t done yet…is yours? Fun fact from The Body Shop – 43% of people globally find buying presents very stressful, and interestingly, men actually stress about it more than women. The Body Shop makes it easy to pick up some quick, fun gifts that take the stress out of last-minute shopping. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list!                                   samplesThe Body Shop

Actually, being a procrastinator pays off on the holidays because the prices just keep getting better and better!

The Body Shop is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their dedication to their campaign against animal testing with more than 120 gift sets – and every single one helps restore the rainforest and protect endangered species.

A never fail gift for those who celebrate Christmas is an ornament. The Body Shop has some super cute ornaments and some wonderfully practical ones, too.  The Body Shop Ornament

Committment Sponge Reggie Jr. ($6)  This cute little guy makes for a super fun ornament…and then an even better bath sponge! The Limited Edition Reggie Junior Commitment Sponge is a perfect gift for a niece or nephew. The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters BaubleThe Body Shop Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble

Strawberry Festive Butters Bauble ($10, on sale right now for $4!) Now here’s a perfect gift for a teacher or friend – the ornaments holds a yummy smelling Strawberry Body Butter as well as a hydrating Strawberry Lip Butter. This is a terrific buy because it’s a $14 Value!

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask DuoThe Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo

The Body Shop The Finest Facial Mask Duo ($39, on sale now for just $15!) I adore these masks, and this gift duo is a great combo of deep cleansing and deep moisturizing. At this price, you will want to put two in your basket – one for a friend and one for yourself!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of SunThe Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun ($20, on sale now for $12)  Give the gift of holiday glow with this fantastic liquid bronzer and highlighter! A few drops in foundation brighten up your look, and it’s also wonderful mixed with body lotion for softly glowing arms and decolletage. I know I would be thrilled to find this under the tree.

The Body Shop Color Crush Matte LipstickThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadThe Body Shop LE Down to Earth Eyeshadow QuadIf your giftee loves makeup, I am a big fan of The Body Shop’s new collection, which includes Colour Crush Matte Lipsticks ($12.50, on sale now for $7.50) and LE Eyeshadow Quads ($24 on sale now for $14.40).

The bottom line is, don’t stress out!  Shop online – free shipping now, yay! – or head over to the mall for some amazing gifts from The Body Shop that will make everyone on your list happy happy happy.  – Lisa

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#JingleBells #TheBodyShop


A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!What makes for a good stocking stuffer?  Here are the 6 golden rules:

  1.  Make it affordable…spend the big bucks on presents under the tree. You can load up stocking stuffers and make that stocking bulge with gifts.
  2. Make it unexpected…get unique gifts that your giftee probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
  3. Make it flashy…who wants socks or tweezers?  No one, unless they are unusual and full of bling.
  4. Make it pretty….gorgeous gifts make for big squeals of delight.
  5. Make it practical.  Ok, I just told you DON’T make it practical…but I mean make it something your giftee will actually use, not something that will gather dust on a shelf.
  6. Make it relaxing.  Everyone can use some more ‘me time’. Great stocking stuffers give us all the perfect excuse to shut the door on reality and escape for a bit.

So, how about a list of awesome ideas for actual products that make the grade?  Ask and you shall receive!  We get a lot of samples around the holidays and these are my favorites for stocking stuffers.                                          pr samples

Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme SamplerJaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler
Affordable!  Four mini hand cremes that smell so you want to eat them? You can’t go wrong with the super affordable Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler ($12.67).  The Buttercream Frosting Fragrance is delicious and the hand creme has Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe to soothe dry winter hands and you only need a tiny amount so this set will last a very long time.

Funktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverUnexpected!  Funktional Fitbit Charge/ Charge HR Protective Covers ($19) Your giftee has a Fitbit Charge, you’ve got to pick this up. The protective cover is a bit of bling and a lot of protection. I have a Fitbit and I have to say it’s not attractive…this pretty cover makes it look like jewelry. It comes in two designs and ten finishes for both men and women.

These covers work with  Fitbit® Flex™, Fitbit® Force™, Garmin® Vivofit™, Garmin® Vivofit™ 2, Misfit® Shine™, Misfit® Flash™, Jawbone® UpMove™ and nearly all the other current top-selling fitness trackers.

Funktional Wearables can be purchased directly at www.FunktionalWearables.com or from Amazon, and from select boutiques nationwide.

Inglot Nail Polish in 679 and 621

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Flashy!  The Inglot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel is beauty with an awesome twist. The colors are fantastic and the nail polish can actually save your nails life! The Breathable Nail Enamel allows water and oxygen to pass through the polish – right to the nail which absolutely needs it.  INGLOT O2M Nail Enamel is available in a whopping 86 colors for $16.00. It is also available in Matte shades for $17.00. I love 621, a red with gold shimmer, and 679, a pearlescent pink. They are a fantastic way to fill a stocking with some great #ManiMondays.

Scunci Hair and Body TattoosScunci Hair and Body TattoosPretty!  The perfect size, the perfect price, and the perfect amount of pretty – Scunci Hair and Body Tattoos ($4.99 at Ulta.com and Target.com) decorate your wrists, arms and even hair. What a perfect stocking stuffer that your giftee can use on New Year’s Eve!

All Caps Hair Capall-capsAll Caps Hair CapAll Caps Hair CapPractical!  Your loved one will be thrilled when she pulls an All Caps ($52 at Amazon, select hair salons and spas) out of her stocking! This is beyond cool. It’s the  first-ever multi-function hair protection tool to preserve hair while you shower, sleep and spa! All Caps is much, much more than a traditional shower cap and it makes for an unexpected and wonderfully practical gift. It protects your blow-out, color, keratin treatment, and more.

Here’s what makes All Caps so unique:
  • Reversible hair styling preservation and treatment tool
  • Preserves and masks hair overnight
  • Protection cap during spray tansspa treatments and skincare routines
  • Deliberately crafted to be delicate on hair – a market FIRST! – leaving room for all types of hair
  • Adjustable to head circumference and hair length
  • Outside is a soft, hypoallergenic, waterproof PUL fabric
  • Inside is a static-reducing satin spandex material with an adjustable microfiber terry band
  • Comfortable on ears and will not leave an imprint on your forehead
  • Machine washable

This is a fantastic, practical gift that will quickly become a favorite for every day use.

Pearl Bath BombsPearl Bath BombsRelaxing!  Pearl Bath Bombs ($17.99) really are the bomb. Ok, so the price seems a little high for a bath bomb, even a nice big one. But these festive bath bombs have a wonderful surprise inside – a Sterling Silver, Rose Gold, or Gold plated ring between sizes 4-10. How fun is that???  The Frozen Berry bath bomb ‘swirls to create an enchanting winter wonderland right in your bath. Blackberry, pomegranate with twists of vanilla and cinnamon will warm your body and melt the iciest of moods!‘  Or, you might want to choose the Candy Cane Bath Bomb, ‘a swirling, red and white delight with an invigorating peppermint cream scent that’s meant to energize your skin and refresh your senses!’ There are tons more creative holiday bath bombs, as well as 3 and 4 packs. Everything is All Natural, Handmade in America, has Cruelty Free ingredients, Never Tested on Animals, 100% Vegan, Ethically Sourced, Free of Synthetic Dyes, Paraben Free and SLS Free.  pearlbathbombs.com

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

There you have it – six awesome stocking stuffers that follow the six golden rules.  Have fun shopping and gifting…and pick up some of these for yourself because you deserve it.  – Lisa

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Five days of sweet and affordable Secret Santa Gifts!

Five Days of Secret Santa Gifts!
Do you have a Secret Santa exchange at your work or with your family? I LOVE them. I love plotting my gifts, tying them all together with a great theme, then putting them in a strategic place for my pal to find. Last year, my pal was the school librarian, so every gift had some sort of deer in it – think reindeer – and had a punny message with ‘deer’ instead of ‘dear’. Because I love beauty products, I also made all the gifts about pampering herself, which was perfect because she spends an incredible amount of time taking care of everyone else. Of course, with five gifting days you want to keep your treats affordable, so here are five ideas for wonderful Secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank and will definitely thrill your pal.                                                                                                *samplesClean Fragrance OrnamentClean Fragrance Ornament

You can’t go wrong with an ornament, especially one that has beautiful fragrances inside! The Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio ($10 – a $24 value!) is a super cute ornament that has three Clean fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for different unique scents. It includes Reserve Blonde Rose, a subtle and sophisticated floral; Reserve Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy oud (which is woody musky sceent); and Reserve Warm Cotton, a blend of floral and cotton accords, plush lily, amber, and musk. You can find this at Sephora and CleanReserve.com.

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It
Who doesn’t want to find a beautiful new nail polish inside a pretty gift bag? My Secret Santa pick is KB Shimmer Grin and Gerbera It ($9.25), from their Fall 2016 Collection. This cream nail polish is a deep warm pink with just a hint of red, which makes it a perfect polish gift because it will work in any season. The bit of red makes it different from the standard pink cream, perfect for that beauty loving Secret Santa pal.

Zoella Bath FizzersZoella Bath Fizzers

It doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable limited edition Zoella Gingerbread Bath Fizzers ($12). You may be familiar with the U.K. based vlogger Zoe Sugg. I am obsessed with her YouTube and Instagram, as well as her beautiful website at zoella.co.uk. Zoe launched her own line, ZoellaBeauty, in the U.K. in 2014 and now you can find it at Target in the US!

Trust me, your Secret Santa pal will squeal with delight when she finds these simply darling Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzers. The three little guys are meant to be broken in half, giving her six yummy and spicy warm baths of total ‘me time’. Snap, fizz, and relax….aaaahhhhhh.

Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal LipbalmCarmex Colloidal Oatmeal Lipbalm

Small but mighty, your secret pal with thank you every day she uses her Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm ($1.59). This is one of my most favorite lip balms, especially during brutal winter months. It hydrates lips without any stickiness. The light flavors include 100% natural blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold pressed cranberry seed oil and comes in Sugar Plum, Mixed Berry and Watermelon Blast flavors.

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Ugly Sweater

Ugly Sweater

Some people like quick and easy nails, others are more artistic and like to make their own designs. These options from KISS Salon Secrets will satisfy the instant gratification junkie as well as the do-it-yourselfer. Check out these delightful Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection imPRESS Manicures by KISS ($5.97 at Walmart). All That Glitters has shimmery light colors along with sparkling accents for a party vibe, and Ugly Sweater has awesome snow scenes, Santa heads, and Santa belts. Instant holiday!

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design KitKISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

For those who love getting creative, you can’t go wrong with the Kiss Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit ($9.99). This all in one kit comes with a peel-off nailbed protector, fur different polishes, a sponge stamp with refills, and a sticker sheet. The fun is endless with this and KISS makes it easy to create professional quality designs even if you are a total rookie like me. You can find KISS products at Walmart and K Mart.

There you go – five days of Secret Santa gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Have fun gifting your pal with treats that will give her lots of ‘me time’ moments.  – Lisa

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Senteurs D’Orient Rose of Damascus soap giveaway

Colorful Flower Bouquet from Red Roses Isolated on White Backgro

We’re sure you want a little bit of luxury in your life and we have that today for one US Beauty Info Zone subscriber. SENTEURS D’ORIENT creates beautiful soaps that are almost pieces of art. “Made in Lebanon from the finest natural ingredients, our luxurious products are lovingly handcrafted in our atelier.  Each of our fragrances captures the Orient’s most treasured flowers and senses to transport your mind and exalt your body.”

Senteurs D'Orient Rose Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Rose Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient is a woman created company that employs women in every aspect of their creation. Everyone from the chemists to the artisans are women. But they also have a mission. The founder of the company is of French Lebanese origin and she has teamed up with the United Nations Development Program to support women’s education in Lebanon. 10% of their sales go to support this initiative.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soap

The series of soaps called Hammam soaps are soaps on a rope but unlike any that you’ve heard of. The company believes that bathing is much more than just washing. They think you should luxuriate in your bathing routine. These Hammam Soaps on a Rope are available in 5 scents: Amber, Jasmine of Arabia, Orange Blossom, Rose of Damascus, and Tuberose ($38 each). We were sent one in Rose of Damascus for a giveaway to one lucky lady who enjoys the ritual of bathing.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus Soap

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus Soap

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap in its lovely packaging

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Soap in its lovely packaging

“A voluptuous bouquet embodying the essence of femininity, the Rose of Damascus is at once fresh and stimulating, graceful and elegant.” Each soap is handcrafted using only the finest ingredients.

Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus ingredients

Senteurs D’Orient Hammam Rose of Damascus ingredients

GIVEAWAY:  Today’s giveaway is open to one US winner. The giveaway ends on March 3rd but the winner won’t be picked until March 8th. As usual there are two requirements to open further options in the Rafflecopter: be a BIZ email subscriber and comment. If comments close early you can email me your comment at [email protected] and label it Rose; then you can continue with other options. Be ready to transport your mind and exalt your body if you are the winner.  — Marcia

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Two great DIY books: Stunning Braids and Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

For someone who loves playing with makeup, I am not much of a do-it-yourselfer. I can’t get into scrapbooking, I’d rather buy a jar of tomato sauce than make my own and my Pinterest boards are full of projects I know I will never undertake. But I was sent two books that inspire me every day to do something with my hands, and my little projects always turn out great.

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids:  Gorgeous Hairstyles for Any Occassion from Work to Weddings ($17.95) was written by Monae Everett, a fabulous hairstylist/blogger who has worked on lots of celebrities and has been featured in major publications like the Huffington Post and Redbook. Her book is fantastic for those just experimenting with braiding, although seasoned braiders will find lots of great styles to try as well.

Stunning Braids

Stunning Braids

The book starts with the basics, including specific product recommendations for everything from hair spray and serums to flat irons and hair dryers. Monae starts with braiding prep, and includes tips for creating styles like loose romantic waves and flat iron curls. Then she gets down to braiding business.

Each style has a large photo of the finished product, step by step photo instruction, plus additional tips and tricks. It starts with the basic three strand braid, ‘the mother of all braids’, and goes all the way through complicated knotted updos. It also has a great section for African-American hair.

This is one of the best braiding books I own. It’s amazing for working on someone else – my poor daughter is my guinea pig way more often than she would like – and it’s clear and simple enough for working on your own hair.  Stunning Braids is a great staple book to keep right on your vanity.

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Another super fun book that I don’t use daily but that makes for some awesome weekend fun is Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs ($14.95) by Kate Bello. This book has 300 recipes for luxurious soaks. While you might have some ingredients around the house like baking soda, coconut oil, and cornstarch, there are other ingredients to plan for like essential oils, Himalayan sea salt, rhassoul clay and flower petals.

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs

There aren’t pretty pictures inside, but there are tons of easy to make recipes that address ailments like fevers, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. There is a section of recipes for skin and beauty concerns like acne, oily skin, and sensitive skin; plus recipes to use for meditation, chakra cleansing, and aphrodisiac baths. There are even recipes for men and for pregnancy, plus a cool section with recipes for baths from ‘around the world’. Here is one that I have made several times that I just love:

Clary Sage Uplifting Salt Soak

2 cups Himalayan salts

1 cup of coarse sea salts

1/2 cup of baking soda

1 cup rhassoul clay

5 drops of clary sage essential oil

5 drops lemongrass essential oil

2 drops of benzoin essential oil

I get a lot of my ingredients, including essential oils, from Whole Foods. Another great online source is Mountain Rose Herbs. I tend to go for the bath salt mixtures, but there are also great recipes for bath bombs and scrubs in this book as well. All of the creations make terrific gifts and Kate has suggestions for packaging and storing your creations as well.

Both of these books are terrific fun and I highly recommend them! They are published by Ulysses Press and can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Pick them up for some DIY that you will actually enjoy!   – Lisa

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