Burt’s Bees makes holiday merry and bright

There’s one brand that you can count on year round but especially now with gifts on your mind. Just about everyone on your list will love and benefit from Burt’s Bees products. Right now there are some terrific gift sets that will save you money and take care of your holiday list. I’ve been sent three of the sets so you can see all the goodness but there’s a lot more.


For the man or woman in your life that needs to take better care of their hands and feet may I present BURT’S BEES MANI PEDI.

Burt's Bees Mani Pedi

Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi

Inside this terrific set you’ll find 3 Burt’s Bees products and an Ecotools foot brush and pumice. It’s exactly what you need. Your feet will love this Peppermint Foot Lotion that is is made with peppermint, menthol, vegetable based glycerin and coconut oil to help soften calluses and revive and rejuvenate dry feet. The Ecotools foot brush is a cruelty free double sided tool with a pumice on one side and the brush on the other. I have this hanging in my shower right now to help me with the start of my winter feet.

Burt's Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion

Eco Tools Foot Brush (in the Burt's Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Foot Brush (in the Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Pumice (in the Burt's Bees Mani Pedi set)

Eco Tools Pumice (in the Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi set)

The Ultimate Care Hand Cream with Baobab Oil is wonderful for both men and women because of its natural fragrance. It’s wonderful, really wonderful, for very dry skin.

Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

For the final perfect touch there’s Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This is probably the best selling cuticle cream available. Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream nourishes and hydrates nails and cuticles with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E and sunflower oi

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Two more sets, these for the women in your life, from teen on up.

Burt's Bees Classic Bee Tin and Endless Shine Trio

Burt’s Bees Classic Bee Tin and Endless Shine Trio

The Classic Bee Tin ($8.99) would make a fab gift year round. Inside the bee shaped reusable tin are three classic Burt’s Bees products. It contains three of Burt’s Bees favorites, all made from natural ingredients. Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream moisturizes cuticles with sweet almond oil and cocoa butter and nourishes brittle nails with vitamin E and sunflower oil. Honey Lip Balm helps nourish dry lips with a touch of golden honey and vitamin E, leaving them soft and supple. Last, the Hand Salve, brimming with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, deeply nourishes rough, dry hands. burts-bees-classic-bee-tin-open

Burt's Bees Classic Bee Tin

Burt’s Bees Classic Bee Tin

My favorite of the sets I have is the Endless Shine Trio. I love the 3 Lip Shines that come in this set. They are just the right size, just the right cool colors and just the right texture. While they are a tad sticky upon application, once they are on you won’t notice anything but great color and moisture for your lips.

Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio

Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio

The trio contains Blush, Wink, and Flutter each having a different color and flavor.

Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio Flutter, Wink, and Blush

Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio Flutter, Wink, and Blush

Burt's Bees Lip Shines Wink, Flutter, and Blush

Burt’s Bees Lip Shines Wink, Flutter, and Blush

This mini set is $9.99 while a full size (0.3 oz vs 0.5 oz) is $6.99 which makes this set even better. Three shades small enough for your pocket or makeup bag and three great shades.

You can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees ever but with all the gift sets they have for this holiday season you really can’t go wrong. Having one or two tucked away for that surprise guest that you need a gift for is perfect with a Burt’s Bees set. Right now at Target if you buy 2 Burt’s Bees items you’ll also get a free $5 reward card and who doesn’t love shopping at Target? And don’t forget the rule: one for you and one for me!  —  Marcia

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Top Ten Tuesday – nails and manicures

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday this week is all about nails, manicures and hands. It will be fun to see how the group of Beauty Bloggers decides to interpret this. Will we see a lot of nail polishes? Will we see treatments? Will we see puppies and kittens? (Just checking to make sure you are paying attention. Are you?) Since I’m not a nail blogger I’m concentrating on the items that I need to take care of my hands and feet along with a little about nails. Here are 10+ favorites of mine. — Marcia

1. HAND PERFECTION FROM ELLEN SIROT *- shown is the complete set of products that Hand Perfection carries. I especially love the Cuticle Pen since it’s so portable and easy to use and her daytime hand cream. In the kit is also a night time hand cream that’s wonderful too but lately I’ve been forgetting to use it and my hands notice the difference.
2. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING HAND TREATMENT – this is a new favorite. I love that it’s not greasy. I went on a little shopping spree for Atopalm products and this one attracted me instantly. (I like variety in everything but men!)
3. ECO-ARMOUR ADVANCED BALANCED SERUM *- I know this doesn’t sound like a hand product but the description says it’s for face, neck and nails. I find the scent a little too “eco” for my face but it’s great for my hands during the day. I never thought of a serum for nails but the skin around my nails is always looking for moisture.
4. TWEEZERMAN FINGERNAIL CLIPPER – This is the tool that helps me get back to sleep at night when I’m tossing and turning. I’ve never used it on my fingernails but I do use it on my toenails all the time. If you aren’t plagued with insomnia then you don’t know the feeling of every little thing interrupting sleep. For me it’s often toenails that are too long or catch on the sheets. So there I am at 3 a.m. with my handy Tweezerman nail clipper.
5. BADGER BALM CUTICLE CARE – I haven’t written about Badger Balm in a long time but that doesn’t mean it’s not in my arsenal of tools. The Cuticle Care really helps moisturize your cuticles on both hands and feet. It’s only $5.99 and lasts for ages.
6. AMLACTIN FOOT CREAM – This was in one of the Blush Mystery Beauty Boxes that I subscribed to for a while. It’s probably the best item that I got in all the boxes I bought. I use this often at night and it’s really helped my feet from cracking and aching. It’s creamy so it takes time to sink in but I honestly sleep better when I use it.
7. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING FOOT AND HEAL BALM – Again, part of my Atopalm spree. I wanted to see if it was better than the AmLactin. I like them both but they are different. Atopalm has a more gel like texture and dries more quickly. It’s recommended to use it after your morning bath/shower which is what I do (if I remember). I want softer feet obviously.
8. DURI REJUVACOTE – When my nails aren’t in good condition, this is what I turn to. It’s meant to heal and cure cracked nails. It can be used over polish or as a base coat. My previous nail tech used to use this on my nails all the time to keep them healthy. Now I have my own bottle to use over polish.
9. and 10. CULT NAILS GET IT ON PERFECTING BASE COAT and WICKED FAST SPEED DRY TOP COAT – I’m so happy I bought these when I was buying some Cult Nail polishes. Both are excellent products that I use when I’m working on my nails myself. I often put on a top coat to prolong my manicure and Wicked Fast is so shiny and faster to dry than any other top coat I own. It doesn’t get goopy quickly either like Seche Vite.
Now that you know my “secret” weapons go visit my fellow bloggers to see what they’ve chosen. I can’t wait personally since I know that I’m going to find things that will help me keep my hands looking younger than they do now. – Marcia

*items were samples, the rest are purchases

Mother’s Day gift ideas part three: lavish her with Lush!

 Moms work hard, there’s no doubt about that.  A gift shows appreciation, but a truly unique and thoughtful gift says even more.  Lush is a great place for unique and thoughtful – I was at a wedding shower last weekend and the gift that got all the attention was the basket full of Lush items!

Lush has some great ideas for Mother’s Day, including the Mama Mia ($39.95) wrapped gift set.  I am completely enamored of this option from Lush, it’s perfect for moms who love bath time and a little pampering.

How about a box of total pampering for mom?

To decorate the bigger gift, put a few limited edition reusable ‘bubble bars on a stick’ on the top of the package.

Everything is better on a stick

My picks are Madame Butterfly ($8.95) and The Dish Fairy ($6.95).  They totally complement the Mama Mia packaging, and are cute beyond belief.  Madame Butterfly smells of roses and lemon, you swirl this around in the bath and the water is magically full of bubbles.  Wrap it up and save it for future baths – one of these bubble bars lasts through about 6 baths.

because your mom is such an angel...

 And how cute is the Dish Fairy??  What I love about this is it’s a bubble bar…for your dirty dishes!!  Mom can keep this cute little angel in a cup next to the sink, and anytime dishes need to be washed, just swirl this in the water and  your dishes get squeaky clean.

The stick says, "Relax! I'll do the dishes, Mum!!"

Even better, when the Dish Fairy is gone, the stick is a free pass out of doing dishes!!  The Dish Fairy smells of lemon and it leaves your dishes clean and your hands beautifully soft.
When you open the Mama Mia gift, here’s what you see first:

The first peek - even the packaging is colorful and happy!

And then after digging through the colorful packing:

And then a second look...

Isn’t is pretty?  Plus there’s more:
Voucher for more pampering

Inside the Mama Mia package is a voucher for an in-store face treatment and a custom sample set, so your gift can keep on giving.

So much good stuff inside!

And there’s a list of products with ingredients, as well as an explanation on how to use each item.  Mama Mia is full of pampering shower and bath products, plus moisturizers that take care of softening you from head to toe.  Here’s what’s inside:

Lush The Olive Branch shower gel

The Olive Branch Shower Gel:  This is a pretty orange shower gel that smells of mandarin oranges and lemons.  You have to shake it up, it definitely separates in the bottle.  But once shaken, the gel is a soft liquid that creates a nice rich foam.  The olive oil really softens your skin.

Lush Sultana of Soap

Sultana of Soap:  Yummm, this soap actually looks like a big old slice of cake to me.  It smells fruity and spicy at the same time, and it gives the most creamy lather.  It’s very moisturizing and great for dry skin.

Lush Buffy!

Buffy:  I have LONG been a huge fan of Buffy!  This soap has ground almonds, rice, and beans, so it exfoliates rough patches.  It’s also super moisturizing, with tons of cocoa and shea butter.  Best place to use this?  Your rear end!!  It makes your backside so unbelievably smooth and soft you will be completely amazed.

Ro's Argan

 Ro’s Argan:  This is a body conditioner made with cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils.  It’s meant to do for your body what conditioner does for your hair.  At the end of your shower, slather this on, then rinse.  Towel dry and your body is ultra smooth and baby soft.

inside Ro's Argan

 Ro’s Argan smells lightly of rose – it’s not heavy or old-fashioned.  You don’t need a moisturizer after using this.  It’s great for days you shave your legs, or any time you are feeling dry.  After toweling off there is no tacky feel, it’s just soft, soft, soft.

Inside Lemony Flutter

Lemony Flutter:  This is a cuticle cream that can also be used on any part of the body that needs softening, like heels, knees, and elbows.  It has beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil in it, so it’s super moisturizing.  Like the name suggests, it smells of lemons.  I find this to be an extremely rich and effective moisturizer, you need a very small amount to get maximum results.  If you use too much, it could feel greasy – use the right amount and it soaks right in.

If your mom is a bath and shower junkie, the Mama Mia set is perfect for her.  And do think about throwing in a few bubble bars for fun, too!!  – Lisa
*pr samples