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Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set

If you’ve ever been a recipient of a gift from me then you know that I’ve got two left hands when it comes to wrapping packages. I’m the person that gift bags were invented for since I’m a total klutz when it comes to wrapping. Sometimes though a gift needs to be wrapped beautifully and that’s one of the reasons I’m now a fan of Molton Brown‘s holiday gift sets. They come in beautiful packaging, all ready to attach a card and give to someone you care about. Molton Brown carries these items in all price ranges so you really could have a “one stop” shopping day and be pleased about everything you purchased.

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker

Molton Brown Pink Pepper Cracker ($25) includes

1.4fl oz Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream (Full-size)
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
1.7fl oz Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion

Molton Brown Hand Cream Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Set

Molton Brown Hand Creams Gift Set ($38) contains an indulgent, replenishing hand cream gift set trio blended with white truffle oil.

Includes
1.4fl oz Orange & Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream
1.4fl oz Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Hand Cream
Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection

Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Collection ($50) could be 12 stocking stuffers or one great box that contains the following scents of travel size body washes.

Includes 12 x 1.7fl oz
Orange & Bergamot, Japanese Orange, Bushukan, Gingerlily, Pink Pepperpod, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea, Coco & Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Samphire, Templetree, Ylang-Ylang, Black Peppercorn
Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Body Wash Set for Her

I could go on and on but instead I’ll show you how great the Molton Brown Holiday Body Wash Set for Her ($75) that I was sent is.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Inside the perfectly wrapped box you’ll find 3 full size Body Washes (300 ml/10 fl oz) that Molton Brown is known for. There are many products in the Molton Brown line but from my experience the body washes/shower gels are the most enjoyed. This great gift set contains Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Bath & Body Wash, and Ylang-Ylang Body Wash.

Molton Vrown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash

Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash: is a spicy and moisturizing body wash that’s blended with pink pepperpods for antioxidant protection. The notes in this are  Top note: fiery pink pepper. Middle note: ginger. Base note: rich patchouli.

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea is a floral that blends honeysuckle, antioxidant rich white tea leaf and warm heliotrope. The notes in this one are Top notes: bergamot and mandarin, Heart notes: honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine, Base notes: sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla.

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is blended with yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help your skin and body re-balance. The notes in this one are: Top note: ylang-ylang, Middle note: sweet cardamom, Base note: musk.

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

Molton Brown Blissful Bathing Gift Set for her

This set can be broken up into 3 separate gifts if you prefer. If you know that someone you are gifting is passionate then gift the Pink Pepperpod Body Wash. If they are tranquil or need some serenity in their lives then the Honeysuckle and White Tea Bath & Shower Gel will be welcomed into their lives. For that certain someone who likes a spicier fragrance then Ylang-Ylang Body Wash is perfect for their life. For me, gifting this as a whole would save me from wrapping so that I can get on with other important parts of the holiday – like eating!

There are so many impressive gift items from Molton Brown that you won’t have trouble finding items that are perfect no matter your budget. Which Molton Brown fragrance is the one you’re most attracted to? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So Nordstrom.com and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

– 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
– 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
– 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

Click on the icons for all the Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their finds.



Some holiday ideas that aren’t quite run of the mill

We’ve reviewed a few brands on Beauty Info Zone that don’t come to mind instantly when you are thinking of products to buy as gifts. They aren’t owned by the big cosmetic companies and don’t have big advertising budgets but their products are fabulous. We thought we’d share a few items with you that might be nice to see under a Christmas tree/Chanukah bush.

VMV Hypoallergenics is a brand we’ve shared before. They have gifts for the people that have sensitive skin. My favorite is the MistleGlow gift but that’s currently out of stock.

VMV Hypoallergenics Mistleglow

What is in stock at Dermstore though are three different sets of skincare: Very Merry VMV Happy HoliDew kits for combination skin, dry skin or oily skin at $25.00.

Very Merry VMV Happy Holiday kit

One of the products most sensitive women moan about is mascara since most won’t work on their eyes. That’s where VMV Ooh La Lash shines. Finally a product that won’t burn or turn their eyes red. ($23 at VMV Hypoallergenics) This will help the person who normally can’t wear mascara have a special holiday look. This would be a great stocking stuffer.

VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash

“Each application adds a new sleeve, coating each lash, building an ever-thicker cocoon of rich, beautiful color, and creating s-tube-pendous, non-smearing volume. Non-clumping, smear-free (and therefore skin-friendlier). Why? Because instead of applying layers of looser pigments across a swath of lashes, it creates a clean, “sealed” tube around each lash.” 

SKEEM is a brand that makes beautiful candle sets that your candle loving friends won’t find in every store in town. Here’s one of our favorites:

Pillar Pack 2

This is the Pillar Pack 2 that includes Night Jasmine and Fig & Black Pepper Pillars, and a Night Jasmine Half Pint. This set may be our favorite but there’s also 5 other sets ranging from $25 to $48. Read Lisa’s reviews on Skeem and you’ll see why it’s a favorite.

For your friend that would never wear Estee Lauder, Lancome or even Dior; the one that wants to be noticed; check out these amazing OCC Metallic Lip Tars.

OCC Metallurgy Lip Tars (photo borrowed from http://gouldyloxreviews.blogspot.com/)

These lip tars have a metallic sheen and give you the amazing long lasting color of the original Lip Tars. “Apply even less product than usual in this newest iteration of our groundbreaking Lip Tar™ formula for a fully metallized lip look.” These are available at OCC’s website and at Sephora.com for $16.00. ICED: OPAQUE SNOW WHITE FROST
TRIPTYCH: TRUE 24K METALLIC GOLD
AUTHENTIC: FULL STRENGTH COPPER METALLIC
ELECTRIC GRANDMA: ELECTRIFIED TRUE, CLASSIC CORAL
SUPER NSFW: TRUE RED WITH A GOLDEN METALLIC FLOURISH
YAOI: PERFECTLY PINK PEARLESCENCE

Last but not least, we love everything from Mont Bleu. We’ve recently reviewed some great files and gorgeous mirrors but they also have amazing jewelry, tweezers, hair brushes and cosmetic brushes. Plus they have a Black Friday sale at Design Glassware. You can’t go wrong with Mont Bleu.

Two Hearts Key Ring by Mont Bleu

Have fun shopping – only 36 days left!! — Marcia