Last minute gifts you can purchase today

Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

You are in luck since it’s not too late to pick up gifts in your neighborhood that will be as popular as ones you’ve had stashed away for the last several weeks. It’s a blogger’s job this holiday season to pepper you with products you can buy for others but it’s important to know that you can also buy some treasures for yourself that won’t break the bank.

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Let’s go to Walmart first shall we?

Hard Candy has many sets that are within your budget and are available on Walmart.com as well as stores. This Eye Essentials set has 6 pieces and is only $4.99. Thrill your tween and teen with two eyeshadow palettes and a set of brushes. Order it online and then pick it up in your local store.

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set, 6 pc

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set

I was sent the Hard Candy Contour and Sculpt Face Kit ($9.88) as an example of what Hard Candy has for holidays. This 9 piece collection is perfect for an older teen or young adult (and you).

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Stick on a bow and you’re good to go. There’s a great compact with every shade you need for bronzing, sculpting and highlighting. It comes with an adorable cover so you end up with a reusable tin.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

But that’s not all. In this holiday set there’s a Contour sponge, a double sided brush, and a tube of Strobing Glow which is a cream that is for both face and body. This is a perfect party palette as well as being helpful year round.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

While you are at Walmart you need to find the MASQUEOLOGY facial masks. These $2.50 masks sold out quickly online although you can ask for an alert to let you know when they’ll be back in stock. It was very hard for me to believe that these are only $2.50. These sheet masks compare to much more expensive ones.

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

The 4 types are Special Care Cream Mask with amazing benefits. This one is great for dry sensitve skin because it moisturizes and hydrates. It’s going to lift and firm skin while it helps diminish the signs of fine lines. The Vita Clarifying Mask is meant for dull tired skin. It’s loaded with vitamins which helps to clarify skin and combats free radicals. My favorite is the Moisturizing Cream Mask. This lovely contains hyaluronic acid and caviar. Ooh la la. The Moisturizing Cream Mask is an excellent hydrator. There’s also Collagen Lifting Cream Mask which is one I need to find more of. This and the Moisturizing mask need to be in the stockings of all the women you know over 40. We can definitely use this revitalization and help in building collagen in our skin.

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

You can’t go wrong with any of these and the price is perfect for a last minute filler.

I’m a big nail polish fan so I’m sending you over to Ulta to find trio of beautiful polishes from PACIFICA. They’ve come out with a set of fall/winter polishes that will make a fabulous gift.

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica is the brand for anyone you like that wants to use cruelty-free, vegan polishes and ones that are 7 Free. The three shades in the set are Luxe Interior, Wonderland, and London Tomboy.

Pacifica Winter Trio

Pacifica Winter Trio

Luxe Interior is a beautiful black cream with silver sparkles. With two coats it becomes a textured polish. I also tried it with one coat of a black cream polish and Luxe Interior over it and I lost most of the texture. Both are lovely ways to wear this shade. Wonderland is my favorite of the trio since it’s an off white, not quite cream shade. It has subtle shimmer within that I wish wasn’t quite so subtle. London Tomboy is a dark teal green, not quite a true green since it has a blue undertone. This is a beautiful cream polish. Be sure you apply a base coat since dark shades like this can stain.

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Keep your eyes open when shopping at Ulta and Walmart for some gifts you may not have thought of before. All three of these brands will bring a smile to a beautiful face.  —  Marcia

*samples, some affiliate links used

 

Evine + Fashion Flash + Beauty Info Zone = great holiday ideas and a giveaway

evine-logoEach week Fashion Flash shares our emagazine containing posts from 12 international bloggers. As we’re growing we’ve been added by Evine as a partner. In the past both Beauty Info Zone and Prime Beauty offered our readers fabulous giveaways from Evine’s Peace & Love Legacy Jewelry. After the success of those we’ve again been invited to share 4 more giveaways with the wonderful products that Evine sells. Currently Never Say Die Beauty has some beautiful Pamela McCoy Suede Faux Fur lined gloves and next week Notes from My Dressing Table will have our last Evine giveaway. Evine has all the products you’ll want in your life: beauty, electronics, fashion, jewelry, food & kitchen items. There are always sales going on there. It’s a shopping paradise.

I was sent two different categories of products for you to learn about: electronics and beauty. I’m excited about both of these so read on to learn.

UTOPIA 360 VIRTUAL REALITY 3D HEADSET + BLUETOOTH CONTROLLER

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Want to put a smile on your techie friend/relative? This is a great way to do so. The Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset comes with everything needed for hours of fun.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

For only $29.99 you can step into the world of Virtual Reality. The box contains the Headset, Remote Control, Ear Buds, and a lens cleaning cloth. It works with any smartphone and since it’s bluetooth compatible the controller will take you into many worlds. You can use free apps from Google Play and iOS stores as well as ones you might want to purchase.

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

Utopia 360 Virtual Reality 3D Headset back view

What hotter gift could you give the men in your life (women too of course)? utopia-360-back-box

BEEKMAN 1802 SIX-PIECE “BUNDLE UP WITH BEEKMAN” COLLECTION WITH THREE GIFT BOXESbeekman-1802

The Six Piece Bundle from Beekman 1802 will make a terrific gift for you or yours. This is sold out on Evine because it was such a great deal but we have one set aside for this giveaway.

The set contains Pure Goat Milk Bar Soap – 9 oz and Pure Goat Milk Hand Cream – 2 oz
Vanilla Absolute Whipped Body Cream – 8 oz
Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm – 0.15 oz, Heirloom Violet Lip Balm – 0.15 oz , and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm – 0.15 oz
One Large, One Medium and One Small Gift Box plus a Black Ribbon (for boxes)

Each of these products though are available separately and from my experience are things that anyone would love.

The smallest of the three boxes contain BEEKMAN 1802 LIP BALMS which are terrific because they contain ingredients you want on your lips. In this set you’ll get Vanilla Absolute Lip Balm and Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm which contains organic beeswax and sunflower oil to condition your lips and Vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize and nourish. The Heirloom Violet Lip Balm uses beeswax to seal in moisture, shea butter, sunflower oil and Vitamin E. The Beekman 1802 Lip Balms come in other flavors for $8 individually or $15.72 for a set of 3 different scents.

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

Beekman 1802 Lip Balm Trio

The middle size box contains BEEKMAN 1802 PURE GOAT MILK WHIPPED BODY CREAM ($32 for 8 fl oz). This particular one is Vanilla Absolute, scented with warm vanilla with rich undertones of sandalwood. There’s also a fragrance free body cream in Pure Goat Milk as well as  Honeyed Grapefruit which is scented with sweet notes of red grapefruit, guava and lemon blossom.

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

Beekman 1802 Whipped Body Cream

The benefits of the cream are many

  • Pure goat milk is rich in vitamins and gentle on your skin
  • Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids to help deeply moisturize your skin
  • Mango butter helps soften, soothe and moisturize
  • Shea butter helps lock in moisture

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

    Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream

The largest box holds two treasures: Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream both of which are unscented.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Hand Cream

Beekman 1802 has many lovely fragranced bar soaps as well, for example Honey & Orange Blossom ($15). All their soaps are Sulfate Free and Paraben Free and contain natural ingredients that moisturize and soften your skin.

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Soap

Goat Milk Hand Cream comes in many delicious sounding scents as well as this unscented one. A 3.4 fl oz tube of this is $20 and is one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency is very creamy and lightweight, it doesn’t leave your hands sticky after applying. It contains goat milk, shea butter, aloe, and Vitamin E. All help nourish.

Beekman 1802 Collection

Beekman 1802 Collection

I’m sad that this is sold out but happy that I could introduce you to this superb line carried on Evine. I’m also happy that one of you will win this set thanks to Evine.  —  Marcia

No one is a loser though with the Evine and Fashion Flash collaboration since Evine has offered our readers a one-time use discount of 15% off using the code FASHIONFLASH15. This offer is good through 12/31/16 so be sure you peruse Evine to find favorites. #evinepartner

*15% off offer valid 7:00am ET, November 14, 2016 until 11:59pm ET, December 31, 2016. May not be applied to previous purchases or combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling, sales tax. If coupon is used to initiate an AutoDelivery program it will only be applied to the first shipment, additional shipments will be at full AutoDelivery pricing. Not valid on Waterford, Electronics including tablets, computers or cell phones or items offered by Evine’s paid programming partners. Discount will be applied at checkout. No cash value or credit back. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted, or if sold or transferred. Evine reserves the right to end this promotion at any time and to substitute or cancel orders when unexpected coupon system errors occur or in the case of abuse, misuse or fraud.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATON: Our giveaway is open through 12/12/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST and open to US only. The entry options are all in the Rafflecopter. If your name is chosen as a winner all your entries will be verified before announcing the winner. Be sure you tweet daily for extra entries. You’ll love this wonderful Evine Beekman 1802 six piece collection so you want to enhance your chances to win.

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*thank you to Evine for offering our readers this delightful Beekman 1802 giveaway and providing press samples to faciliate this article

Let The Bouqs.com spoil your loved one on Mother’s Day

flowers from The Bouq.com

flowers from The Bouq.com

There are many reasons why flowers on Mother’s Day are a wonderful gift but the main one for me is the joy those flowers bring to someone, especially a mother that is living alone for a variety of reasons. A bouquet from The Bouqs will bring her a constant reminder of the love of her family.

*sent for consideration

I lost my mother in 2015 and am facing Mother’s Day without her. When I think of the things that brought her joy in the last 10 years of her life (after we lost my dad) I think of the love of her grandchildren. There wasn’t an occasion that her many grandchildren didn’t shower her with flowers for her birthday or Mother’s Day. The pleasure that was hers on those days (that spread into a week or longer) made her glow. We’d ask what she needed for those occasions and there wasn’t really anything. How many purses or sweaters or fragrances can you buy a woman in her 90’s? Her grandchildren (my kids and my nieces and nephews) live in several states but they could send Grandma a bouquet of beautiful flowers like these from The Bouqs.com.

I’d get a phone call when flowers arrived, since she always needed help opening the package, so I saw her pleasure that had started the minute the flowers were delivered, to my opening them and getting down a vase, to the loving way she arranged them in a vase. My mom had a way with plants and nurtured them; she always would get such long use out of the flowers in her bouquet by rearranging and keeping them properly fed and watered.

If I had a wish this Mother’s Day it would be to send her a bouquet from The Bouqs.com since I know how much they’d mean to her. Don’t think of flowers like these as a last minute gift. Think of them as a loving and thoughtful gesture since she’d be receiving flowers that were chosen for her, delivered fresh, and will bring a smile to her face and a lilt to her heart for days after.

One of the reasons The Bouqs.com is unusual is that you won’t find the same arrangements every time you look. They have a farm in California where they grow their flowers so the variety and types change as the weather changes and as the flowers grow. These aren’t grown in greenhouses, they are grown in nature. The Bouqs.com brings you the best of the best from Mother Nature. Some areas have Next Day Delivery but not all. Delivery is free and will arrive on the day of your choice between Tuesday and Friday. When you order they’ll ship the next day from their California coast farms to your recipients door. Almost any time you look at their website you’ll see new varieties of flowers to enjoy.

Here are some current choices:

The Bouqs.com BBQ'N

The Bouqs.com BBQ’N

BBQ’N is very special and one I know my mother would have loved. This particular bouquet was put together to help the people in Equador after the devastating earthquake. Buy this 24 rose with accents bouquet ($50) and 10% of the proceeds from these sustainable, eco-friendly roses will go towards the Ecuadorian Red Cross (http://www.cruzroja.org.ec), helping with Disaster Relief and families displaced by the earthquake.

The bouqs.com Wild About U

The bouqs.com Wild About U

Wild About U is one I’d love because it’s so unique. Surely not one their competitors would send. This contains a mixed bouquet featuring a succulent and alstroemeria, solidago, aster and more. As with all their bouquets this comes in a variety of sizes but my favorite is this $40 version. I’d have it around for weeks since the succulents will last as will the alstroemeria since they’d arrive in bud form.

Here’s my journey with The Bouqs.com:

The Bouqs.com - a box arrives

The Bouqs.com – a box arrives

The Bouqs.com - happiness

The Bouqs.com – happiness guarantee

The Bouqs.com - opening

The Bouqs.com – opening

The Bouqs.com - a sneak peak

The Bouqs.com – a sneak peak

The Bouqs.com on day 1

The Bouqs.com on day 1

The Bouqs.com on day 2

The Bouqs.com on day 2

The Bouqs.com on day 4

The Bouqs.com on day 4

flowers from The Bouq.com day 4

flowers from The Bouq.com day 4

Day 7

Day 7

As you can see I enjoyed my flowers for a week. Even after some of them were ready to be tossed there was a way to rearrange their beauty to make my kitchen look springy and fresh.

I was so pleased with The Bouqs.com and the flowers and I recently bought a voucher for one through Living Social to treat myself or my daughter-in-law. This is who I’ll turn to when flowers make the perfect gift, which they often do.

There is so much to say about their sustainability, philosophy, and freshness but I’ve kept you long enough. Their website not only is easy to order from but is rich with the information you want to know. No matter the occasion, The Bouqs.com will be ready to deliver delightful, unique, fresh flowers. —  Marcia

*sent for review, reviewed and loved with pleasure

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.

The 6 piece Heavenly Luxe holiday brush set by IT Cosmetics is stocking stuffer ready

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

If you are anything like me then holiday shopping is very much on your mind. IT Cosmetics has come to the rescue with 4 different sets that will make anyone on your list very happy. I was sent the Heavenly Luxe 6 piece Brush Set and it’s packaged and ready for beautiful gift giving.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

Pretty as a picture and ready to stick under a tree or in a stocking. IT Cosmetics brushes are ones I love. If you are a blog reader then you hear rave after rave for IT’s brushes. This set is a great beginner’s kit. The price is only $39.50 for 6 brushes and a great travel case. That’s pretty amazing. What you’ll find inside is a powder brush, flat foundation brush, eyebrow brush and 3 eye brushes in a variety of sizes. (sold only on IT Cosmetics)

Let’s start with the great case that houses these 6 brushes. It’s very sturdy and luxe. Since IT Cosmetics is a cruelty free company the case only looks and feels like leather but you’d never know it wasn’t.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

The two best brushes in the set for my needs are the face brushes. The Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush is a great flat brush for foundation. It can also be used for concealer for larger areas of concern. The Heavenly Luxe Powder/Blush brush is one of the soft and efficient brushes that IT Cosmetics is known for. You’ll love the feel of this on your face.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

I also really like the Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush since it’s perfect for concealer but also for eyeshadow. It’s a good base brush eyeshadow placement. I particularly like it to lay down color all over or just on my lid. The other brush that gets my okay is the No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly. I am now enthralled with brow brushes and find them a necessity. I love having this travel size that has everything I need in one.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

The two eyeshadow brushes are the reason I said the kit was better for beginners. The brushes are similar except for size. They are full and loose. The No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush is the larger of the two and is the one I’ve used for blending. The No Tug® Travel Crease Brush is smaller but not by that much. I think it’s a little too loose as a crease brush but it works especially if you like a softer look on your eyes.

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

While they call these brushes travel brushes, all but the eyebrow brush are really full size. They’d be good for both travel and home use.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

I think all 4 sets that Ulta has for the holidays are wonderful for yourself or as gifts. The one I’m most anxious to get is the Naturally Pretty Must Haves with a palette of 6 brand new matte shadows and a new transforming pearl shade in a signature Hello Light® shade. As if it could get any better, it contains the wonderful Hello Lashes® Mascara Deluxe Mini. This set is sold at both Ulta and IT Cosmetics.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

While you are making your list be sure to include IT Cosmetics’ Limited Edition Holiday Sets but remember the words “limited edition” because when they are gone, they’re gone. Don’t be sorry!  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Holiday Gifts to explore

Oh to have endless funds to buy all the pretties that are available this time of year. What fun we could have. Today for Makeup Wars we have chosen Holiday Gifts and I’ve picked 10 that you could buy me any time! I hope you find some to make your own dreams come true. — Marcia
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TOO FACED LA PETITE MAISON ($39) is simply adorable. I’d love almost any of the Too Faced e/s palettes but this Ulta exclusive has extras that make it a great gift item. In this cuteness is a deluxe sample of TF Better Than Sex mascara which totally rocks. The 12 shadows sound wonderful. Put this on my wishlist please.

  • Let It Snow (matte white)
  • Reindeer (light taupe)
  • Honey Pot (metallic gold)
  • Knock Out (deep matte brown)
  • Paper Roses (warm peachy pink frost)
  • Don’t Settle (medium dark brown)
  • After Hours (warm golden medium brown)
  • Secret Lovers (dark brown pearl)
  • Pussy Cat (shimmering orchid)
  • Dreams (soft mauve)
  • Jungle Love (blackened purple w/ violet sparkle)
  • Chocolate Moon (black w/ gold sparkle)

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO HYPNOTISE ($39) is the number one item on my wishlist. It comes in 4 variations, each containing a single eyeshadow and a deluxe size eyeliner pencil.  The Huntress is the one I’m dying for but any that you want to send me will get you a huge thank you note!! (Also available at Beautylish)

– On the Prowl + Supernova: an antique Byzantium aubergine flecked with pearl and partnered with a smoky plum liner.
– Midnight Seduction + Sapphire Sex: a sparkling midnight blue hue with a deep azure shimmer kohl.
– Silver Leopard + Black Magic: a glimmering gunmetal grey with an intense petrol eyeliner.
– The Huntress + Amber Moon: a smoky golden bronze partnered with a rich brown amber kohl.

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BOBBI BROWN DELUXE EYE & CHEEK PALETTE ($85) is so appealing because it’s more than just eyes. With three beautiful blushes and 8 great Bobbi eyeshadows, someone’s going to love you for getting them this. Or is it on your wishlist??

– Eyeshadow in Ivory (a creamy beige)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement (a creamy beige)
– New Eyeshadow in Lilac Haze (a bronze heather)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Mica (a bronze heather)
– Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (a pink champagne)
– New Eyeshadow in Steel Grey (a deep grey)
– Eyeshadow in Pale Rose (a pale grey-pink)
– Eyeshadow in Caviar (a rich black-brown)
– Blush in Desert Rose (a light dusty rose)
– Blush in Pale Pink (a bight pale pink)
– Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eye Liner Brush

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PETER MAX FOR KIEHL’S Since 1851 LIP BALM SET #1 Set  ($32) is the pretty way to be practical. Everyone loves Kiehl’s Lip Balms, it’s hard not to so why not in Peter Max LE packaging?? You’ll get their original lip balm, cranberry, mint and mango. What a fab stocking stuffer!!

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L’OCCITANE HAND CREAM COLLECTION ($42) is another company that is mucho loved. While it’s too fragranced for me personally, I know people who’d adore this set. It contains – Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Almond Delicious Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Shea Butter Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Rose Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Lavender Hand Cream (1 oz.). Perfect for someone’s desk, purse, pocket, night stand and more. L’Occitane all around!

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BUTTER LONDON OH DARLING LIPPY AND NAIL POLISH SET ($18) is not only adorable but a bargain too. You’ll get 2 holiday reds with Darling Nail Polish and Darling Lippy Liquid Lipstick. You’ll be shiny and bright to dazzle your personal darling.

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MONT BLEU COMPACT MIRROR is one of my favorite ever gifts. These come in so many designs and prices that you could get one for everyone on your list and never repeat them. This is the way to catch someone’s eye in a stunning way.

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LIPSTICK QUEEN GALACTIC GORGEOUS LIP GLOSS SET ($24) comes with 4 fantabulous glosses from Lipstick Queen in the cutest packaging. These are fragrance free, not sticky and the shades are amazing. Every mood and outfit is covered with these glosses.

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IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY MUST HAVES EYE SET ($28) really is a must have in my book. I love Hello Lashes mascara and this set comes with a travel size one along with 8 fabulous matte shadows: Happy, Believe, Naturally Pretty, Inspire, Brave, Empower and Transforming Hello Light. The full size palette is $42 so this is a great intro to IT’s matte shadows.

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BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($34) is the only one of these that I own and it’s fabulous! I really love the 4 pieces in the box. For more check my review and I promise you’ll want this ASAP.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

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Now what’s on your list for holiday fun? I chose glamour rather than practical because that’s what holidays are all about!
Let’s see what items the Makeup Wars bloggers can tempt us with! — Marcia

 

 


Getting Glam with Pixi Beauty for the holidays

When Top Ten Tuesday decided to use the theme of Stocking Stuffers the first products that came to my mind were Pixi Beauty’s new holiday sets. Icy Lip Luster in Snowbunny Glace and Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard are the epitome of what I’d want in a stocking or would want to put in a stocking for the girls in my life. These two sets are wrapped for the occasion in Pixi’s metallic purple and silver boxes so nothing more is needed before putting it in a stocking.

I oohed and aahed when I received these for review and I know that anyone I’d buy them for would too.

Pixi Beauty Icy Lip Luster and Icy Eye Palette

Pixi Beauty Icy Lip Luster and Icy Eye Palette

The Icy Lip Luster in Snowbunny Glace is a set of 4 short chubby glosses in beautiful colors. These are just 2.25 inches tall so are easy to put in a clutch when you are out and about. The formula is ultra moisturizing, they have a slight fragrance of coconut so it reminds me of eating a Mounds bar. Two of the shades are creamy and full bodied (the tints), the other two are whispers of color with sparkle to add some lip brightening (the shimmery glosses). Pixi Beauty includes Vitamin E in the formula to keep your lips moist and nourished.

Pixi Beauty Icy Lip Luster in Snowbunny Glace

Pixi Beauty Icy Lip Luster in Snowbunny Glace

Pink Orchid, Ice Crystal, Ice Petal, Natural Rose

Pink Orchid, Ice Crystal, Ice Petal, Natural Rose

Ice Petal, Natural Rose, Pink Orchid, Ice Crystal

Ice Petal, Natural Rose, Pink Orchid, Ice Crystal

Natural Rose Wand

Natural Rose Wand

For $15 this is a lovely set that could also be broken up to give 2 – 4 pixi faces a beautiful pout.

Pixi Beauty Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard

Pixi Beauty Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard

The Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard has my name written all over it. I love the quality, the colors, the texture and the finish of this set. It’s become a favorite that will last long after the holidays. There are 6 mineral eyeshadows in easy to wear yet striking shades. It comes with a dual sided foam applicator but I use brushes and get almost no fall out from the shadows. While some of the shadows appear to be very shimmery they aren’t that way on my lid. I’m not a matte shadow lover so the light shimmer from these are exactly the way I like my shadows. As you can see it opens from the top which makes it unique.

Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard

Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard

First 3 from left

First 3 from left

first 3 swatched

first 3 swatched

The first shade is a semi-matte in a brown with purple undertones, the second is a steel grey while the third above is a drop dead gorgeous golden brown that’s got a metallic finish.

last 3 shadows

last 3 shadows

last 3 shadows

last 3 shadows

With the last group of three there’s a semi-matte milk chocolate, a lighter golden metallic and an ice white with a drop of shimmer. The colors work together really well. At first it appears that the steel gray doesn’t fit in but it works really well with the golden brown, lighter gold and white – sort of like fire and ice. This beauty is only $12 and is one that will be worn all year long. Be sure to hurry to get this LE set.logo pixi

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