Four great stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty addict!

I love stocking stuffers…fun little items that I might not normally buy for myself but are wonderful little extravagances that often end up becoming staples, whether I am able to buy them year round or only during the holiday season. Here are four favorites that have come to my attention so far this season that are perfect for any beauty addict’s stocking – she will be your friend forever when she finds these on Christmas morning!

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Good Earth Beauty has fantastic products that are cruelty free, organic, natural and vegan, and they also offer 40 brands of indie other popular brands on their site, goodearthbeauty.com!  What I am loving as stocking stuffers are these adorable roll on fragrances in Pumpkin Chai Tea ($18) and Almond Cream ($18).

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Tea

Good Earth Beauty Almond Cream

I can’t even choose which one I like better  Pumpkin Chai Tea smells warm and delicious with creamy pumpkin, spicy cardamom and sprinkles of sugared cinnamon, and did you know that the number one scent that turns men on is PUMPKIN??  For real!!  So wear this one out on a date when you are in the mood for some action. Almond Cream is just dreamy…it has a hint of vanilla mixed with sweet almonds, sugar cane, and fresh cream.

There are lots of other scents and many other great stocking stuffers at the Good Earth Beauty website so check it out.  Here’s a coupon code for you – BEAUTY10 – and they offer free domestic ground shipping 365 days a year!

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

If your giftee is a candle lover, please consider The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votive Gift Set ($24). I can’t tell you how amazing these votives smell — just like Christmas!! The notes are Siberian fir, cilantro and citrus, so the fragrance is fresh, clean, and outdoorsy. I have been burning these candles ever since I got them and I have more on order because now I can’t imagine the season without them!! They are just adorable and a fabulous stocking stuffer.

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

I can’t have a stocking stuffer list without a primer because I think I get more excited about primer than any other kind of makeup. I know. I’m weird. Anyway, Pop Beauty has a really cool primer that makes a great stocking stuffer because it’s all about bling!  24K Face Base Radiance Blurring Primer ($16).

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

This is a spray-on primer that diffuses light with micronized gold pearls while also smoothing out skin to create a great base for makeup. It has hyaluronic acid to keep in moisture and vitamin B3 to keep skin luminous. I’m loving this primer and I know the beauty addict in your life will be thrilled to find this in her stocking!

Sassy Lips Lipsticks

Ok, how adorable are these lipsticks?? These three lovelies are from the Sassy Lips Make the Moment Color Changing Lipsticks. They all turn different shades of pink depending on your body chemistry and they all have these cute little flowers inside. They make for great conversation starters!

Sassy Lips Lipstick in When You’re Playing Hard to Get

When Your Playing Hard to Get turns pink with a slight blueish tint on me, which actually makes my teeth look really white – a great side effect!

Sassy Lips in When the Party Gets Going

When the Party Gets Going turns a medium pink on me, very pretty – no yellow tint at all. If you go to the Sassy Lips website they have photos of different people wearing the lipsticks to give you an idea of someone with your skin tone and natural lip color looks like wearing each particular shade.

Sassy Lips in When Bae Looks Your Way

When Bae Looks Your Way is the deepest pink on me. In fact, this one is the least sheer of the bunch. They are all super pretty and I wear every single one.  These are lipsticks to pull out when you want attention because you will be asked questions, I can guarantee it!  And a beauty addict who find these in her stocking will truly squeal in delight.  You can find these lovely lipsticks online at www.sassylips.us .

Happy shopping, and enjoy the wonderful holiday season! – Lisa

Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

Supporting BCA with Good Earth Beauty’s subscription box and a giveaway

Good Earth Beauty BCA Beauty Box

I’ve written about Good Earth Beauty many times. They’ve been kind enough to send products for review which is so appreciated. But there are more reasons why Good Earth Beauty is a favorite here. Their site is one that carries only natural and organic beauty products. They have many brands that I love plus there’s the Good Earth Beauty Brand to admire.

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This month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness they have created a one time box, a portion of the proceeds on the sale of each beauty box go to National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC. The box is loaded with products that will have you surrounded by delicious fragrances: rose, pink lemonade, cherry blossom, strawberry margarita. Now would be the perfect time to order a box (or more) to have at the ready for your holiday gifts.

Strawberry Margarita Body wash by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce sample

Scent Description: This juicy scent combines fresh lime and succulent strawberries with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery.

Japanese Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner by Good Earth Beauty – one ounce sample bottles

Scent Description: This is a seductive and mysterious floral scent inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan. The main floral theme is a mixture of lily, jasmine & freesia with an amber sandalwood character. The base note of the fragrance is vanilla musk

Good Earth Beauty Cherry Blossom shampoo & conditioner, Strawberry Margarita body wash

Perfume mini roller bottle by Good Earth Beauty/Mod Perfume – Rose Champagne

A light, effervescent blend of champagne, citrus and rich, velvety rose petals. Sophisticated, sweet and bubbly soft, this is a flirty, whimsical floral champagne fragrance.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Champagne fragrance

Shower Whip Pink Lemonade by Good Earth Beauty – 1 ounce Jar

Pink Lemonade Scent Description – Recapture your youth with this memory provoking fragrance. Includes top notes of lemon, orange and pineapple. Sweet strawberry and lime at the heart. Concludes with a creamy vanilla base

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Hand Cream rose by Good Earth Beauty – 1 oz sample jar

Our lavish, modern floral hand cream repairs dry skin and cuticles, leaving behind the perfectly elegant scent of rose.

Good Earth Beauty Rose Petals hand cream

AND a full sized Good Earth Beauty Rose Body Balm or Lavender Body Balm

Super moisturizing balm – great for extra dry, chapped skin. All natural and Pure.

Good Earth Beauty Lavender Body Balm

While you can win one what I’m really hoping is that you’ll buy one as a gift since there’s no guarantee you’ll win. We like to support Good Earth Beauty as much as possible because we believe in them and the products that they sell. All their products are cruelty free and most are vegan, organic, and gluten free while at the same time being free of parabens, sulfates and all those others that we don’t need on our bodies. All products in this Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Box have been chosen as they are natural and free of cancer causing toxic ingredients.  —  Marcia

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Giveaway information: There will be two US winners for a box (one contains the Rose Body Balm, one contains the Lavender Body Balm). The giveaway ends on 11/1/17 at 11:59 pm. eastern time. Please be sure you leave your comment and that you are currently subscribed via email to Beauty Info Zone.

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Cleaning up on Labor Day with a Good Earth Beauty soap giveaway

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We’ve talked about Good Earth Beauty many times on Beauty Info Zone. This is a natural and organic beauty site that only carries brands that meet those criteria. They also have their own brand that we’ve been proud to use and give away to our readers.

Good Earth Beauty has once again offered to spoil two of our readers and luckily me too. Today I’m featuring 3 of their soaps which I’ve found to be terrific.

HONEY OATMEAL SCRUB SOAP is my personal favorite. This can be used on both face and body and it’s basically fragrance free. It’s not only a gentle exfoliating soap but it’s a moisturizing one as well. I like to use it on my body, especially when I’m shaving my legs.

Ingredients: saponified organic olive, coconut, palm oil and shea butter, goat milk, honey, oatmeal, crushed apricot seeds

Good Earth Beauty Honey Oatmeal Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Honey Oatmeal Scrub

ARGAN JOJOBA SOAP is one of the newest in the Good Earth Beauty line and it’s especially excellent if you have sensitive skin or skin conditions like psoriasis or ezcema. But with its terrific ingredients it’s just as great for all of us.

Ingredients: saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm, shea butter, argan, jojoba, avocado, and camellia oils, honey, oatmeal and goat milk

Good Earth Beauty Argan Jojoba Soap

This contains both camellia oil and avocado oil which are very soothing to your skin. There is a fragrance to it that is light and refreshing. Nothing that lingers to interfere with whatever else you are using.

Good Earth Beauty Argan Jojoba Soap

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL SOAP + TEA TREE is another new one from Good Earth Beauty and is more specialized as it is great for people with skin problems, especially acne. It contains all natural Activated charcoal with tea tree and lavender to help wash away body and facial problems.

Ingredients: saponified organic olive, coconut, palm oil and shea butter, activated charcoal, tea tree and lavender essential oils

Good Earth Beauty Activated Charcoal Soap + Tea Tree

Good Earth Beauty Activated Charcoal Soap + Tea Tree

There are no dyes in the Good Earth Beauty Activated Charcoal Soap + Tea Tree, it’s all natural.

All the soaps made by Good Earth Beauty, 10 in all, are made in small batches with ingredients that they trust. Of course the brand is cruelty free too.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: There will be 2 winners of 2 soaps each. Pick 2 different soaps out of either Honey Oatmeal, Argan Jojoba, or Activated Charcoal as your choice. US only, the giveaway ends on 9/13 @11:59 p.m. EDT. Be sure you are a BIZ subscriber and that your comment shows in the comment box.

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What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

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This summer I have been on more mini-vacations than ever!  So I’ve become really, really good at throwing together a quick overnight bag or a one day travel tote bag, whether I’m off the beach or off for an 8 hour car ride to pick up my daughter from camp. Here are four (or five, depending on how you want to count them!) items that are always in my summer tote.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste

I have been a big fan of Marvis Toothpaste for years and years and I love the travel size ($6) tube! Lately I’ve been digging the Aquatic Mint flavor and I also love Jasmine Mint, the tube I recently finished. There are lots of cool flavors available and let’s face it…the packaging is so awesome, anyone pillaging your tote for lip balm is going to be impressed with how hip you are!

Soap and Paper Green Tea Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Jasmine Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Shea Hand Cream

Any bag I pack always has hand cream in it and Soap and Paper has the best hand cream in a perfect travel size. The Petite Shea Hand Cream ($9, 1 oz.) is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness. The Green Tea scent is natural and clean and the Jasmine scent is dreamy and intoxicating. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I just pack both.

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

I love to have a refreshing fragrance at my fingertips and Good Earth Beauty has a perfect option – the rollerball Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume ($21). This is a gorgeous scent – light, refreshing, fresh as a summer’s day. The scent is an intoxicating combination of citrusy white grapefruit, tangerine, sweet orange, and mimosa. There isn’t any alcohol or water in this perfume, it’s straight up essential oils, so you only need a tiny amount to smell spectacular all day long. Love this, and you need it in your tote ASAP. Oh, it’s also vegan, organic, cruelty free and gluten-free.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

A simple swipe of mascara can take me from looking sickly to looking fantastic in three seconds, particularly with Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($13). One tube of mascara gives four different finishes, from natural to major drama.  I might do a quick swipe of #2 for a day look, and then later on add a coat of #4 for big, thick lashes.  What I love is this mascara never smudges or smears, regardless of the temperature or humidity.  It’s a perfect mascara to have in your summer tote!

I have a few more items in my summer tote, but these four (or five, since I can’t choose between the Jasmine and Green Tea Soap and Paper Hand Cream scents!) are constants. What are some of your must haves in your summer tote? – Lisa

PS – Speaking of the super talented Eddie Funkhouser, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some of his lipsticks and lip glosses – enter HERE!

Anniversary Giveaway from Good Earth Beauty and Lee-Lai

logo-good-earth-beautyI knew that the title would get you right away. Who doesn’t love to win something? When Good Earth Beauty learned it was our anniversary they kindly sent over some deluxe samples of their products for us to use in a giveaway. There will be three US/Canada winners so read on to learn about Good Earth Beauty and Lee-Lai and what you can win.good earth beauty giveaway

Good Earth Beauty Shower Whips deluxe sample size

Good Earth Beauty Shower Whips deluxe sample size

Good Earth Beauty Shower Whip is one delightful product. It’s currently available in 5 fragrances and more may be on the way. This is one of Good Earth Beauty’s most popular products. good earth beauty shower whips

Shower Whips are exfoliating shower soaps. No need for any other cleansers since these do double duty. You can use these on your face and body! I have two of these in the giveaway – the amazing Chocolate Amour and and the incredible Pink Lemonade.

Chocolate Amour Scent Description –  A seductive and lingering chocolate fragrance – the unsweetened chocolate acts as an aphrodisiac with notes of vanilla and bitter orange. An ideal fragrance to offer for your chocoholics.

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Amour Shower Whip

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Amour Shower Whip

Pink Lemonade Scent Description – Recapture your youth with this memory provoking fragrance. Includes top notes of lemon, orange and pineapple. Sweet strawberry and lime at the heart. Concludes with a creamy vanilla base.

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Good Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Shower Whip

Good Earth Beauty Shower Whip open

Good Earth Beauty Shower Whip open

Which one would win your heart? Hard to choose with these descriptions. And the creaminess is intoxicating.
Good Earth Beauty carries a huge variety of natural and organic products (only cruelty free ones) so it should be a go-to site for all your Earth Day needs. One of their many brands is Lee-Lai Natural Skincare.lee lai

I was sent two of their bath & body deluxe samples for this giveaway. The first is Lee-Lai Camelia & Coconut All Over Body Oil. If you haven’t joined the body oil club then you don’t know what you are missing. These oils aren’t oily, they are meant to exfoliate, smooth & renew your skin. You’ll love the feel of your body with an oil on.

Lei-Lai All Over Oil

Lei-Lai All Over Oil

Lee-Lai Rose Hip + Shea Body Cream with Lavender & Jasper is a matching body cream meant to repair, hydrate, and protect. Together these make a mighty duo.  —  Marcia

Good Earth Beauty has free shipping on their products and I have a 10% off code to use on their amazing site: BEAUTY10.  Just add that at checkout and you’ll get an extra 10% off!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Today’s anniversary giveaway will have 3 winners – 1 winner for GEB Chocolate Amour Shower Whip, 1 winner for GEB Pink Lemonade Shower Whip, and 1 winner for both Lee-Lei products. But the giveaway doesn’t stop there. If you are one of the three winners you’ll receive a package of goodies that includes eye colors, lip colors, skincare samples, haircare samples. As many as I can fit in the package will be yours.

By now you should know the routine: You MUST be an email subscriber of Beauty Info Zone and you MUST comment. Without those two you are o.u.t. The 3 winners can be from the US or Canada. This giveaway ends on 5/2/17 at 11:59 pm EST. If comments close please email me at [email protected] and label it Good Earth Beauty.

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Pretty red lips with ZuZu Lip Gloss in Caliente from Good Earth Beauty

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If you are looking for excellent natural and organic beauty products, you’ve got to check out Good Earth Beauty. We have tried quite a few products from this online store, including some from their own line, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. They recently sent a lip gloss by ZuZu, which is made by Gabriel Cosmetics, and it’s a winner.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

The ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss ($18.15) is a luscious lip gloss with lots of pigment and lots of shine. The wear is pretty good – it lasts several hours and has great slip. It comes in 12 different colors and I have Caliente, which is an orange-red. I don’t typically reach for red shades because they tend to make my lips look even thinner, but this is a very pretty shade that is bright and somehow works for spring.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

Like most natural and organic products, the ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss is a little more expensive than regular lip glosses. However, when you consider the ingredient list and the fact that it’s cruelty free, I think the extra cost is justified.

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente

You can find tons of treasures like the ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss at Good Earth Beauty. It is always fun to check out the cool boutique lines that you can’t find anywhere else. Head on over to goodearthbeauty.com and take a look!  – Lisa

Ingredients:

Castor Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Caprylate, Bisabalol, Candelilla Wax, Glycerine, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Aloe Vera Extract, Chamomile Extract , Jojoba Esters, Grapeseed Extract, Bixane Herb, Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, St. John’s Wort Extract. – VEGAN