Build your own stocking with these great beauty items

Why not make the holidays fun for yourself? You could pick up all the things that you want and think no one will get for you and build your own stocking. Or divide these up into a gift a night for Hanukah and be happy as you are lighting the candles. Whatever the occasion you’ll want these for yourself. But we won’t forget your giftees since they’ll want them too.

TREE HUT Coconut Lime Essential Travel Kit

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TREE HUT Coconut Lime Essential Travel Kit is fabulous and contains everything you need for travel or home and it’s TSA friendly. You’ll find 4 delightful products so it’s a great way to try Tree Hut too. There’s a Shea Butter Sugar Scrub that is made with organic shea butter, contains coconut extract for skin conditioning and lime extract for skin polishing. Yummy and your skin will thank you.The Shea Body Butter contains the same coconut and lime extracts and is perfect for after your shower or bath. You might want to taste it but I wouldn’t do that. Just sniff.

TREE HUT Coconut Lime Essential Travel Kit , scrub and body butter

There’s also a Shea Moisturing Body Lotion in a squeeze tube that you’ll love on your hands as well as body. It’s a great size too for your gym bag. The Body Lotion also contains Safflower Seed Oil for deep moisturizing. It’s light and not greasy at all even though it’s loaded with rich shea butter. One more item in the kit is the sulfate-free Shea Moisturizing Body Wash which will moisturize as you cleanse.

TREE HUT Coconut Lime Essential Travel Kit , body wash and body lotion

Great set that’s only $14.29 at Ulta and will win the bodies and noses of all who receive this – including yourself.

Sally Hansen Holiday Collection in purple

SALLY HANSEN has some beautiful holiday collections that you want to get your hands on. 4 stunning mini polishes in a gift box. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets, $9.99 are the Complete Salon Manicure formula which is all in one. You don’t need base coat or top coat so this would make a fab gift for you and yours. The purple set (Pantone Color for 2018 is Ultra Violet so this is one to get for sure) contains Gleame Supreme, A Perfect Tin, Devil Wears Nada, and Rags to Riches. All the best shades! There’s also a red set for gold and red lovers.

Sally Hansen Peppermint Cuticle Oil and Holiday Collection

A great adjunct to this Mini Set is Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil ($6.99) in two limited edition fragrances for the holidays. All dressed up in a gift box you can buy the Peppermint (my choice!!) or Vanilla Buttercream. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails. My nails need this since the temperatures are hovering around the teens and they are looking ragged. Why do you need this? It helps strengthen and nourish your nails and cuticles, It helps to prevent ridges while also increasing nail flexibility. This is sold year round without the fragrance too and it contains a natural essential oil complex with vitamin e, wheat germ, apricot kernel, aloe and panthenol. You’ll be moisturized and conditioned.

Sally Hansen Peppermint Cuticle Oil

Sally Hansen Peppermint Cuticle Oil and Holiday Collection

A cute gift for the makeup lover is Vanity Planet Blend Baby. This is a set of 2 makeup sponges that have both the sponge and the silicone applicator that everyone is talking about. The Unicorn Set has a pink and violet sponge in it. It’s two, two, two gifts in one. (Remember the old Doublemint gum ad?? Or am I too old for words?)

Vanity Planet Blend Baby

Ordinary makeup sponges soak up liquid products, leaving you with less to go around and wasting serious dollars, while silicone pads do nothing to blend and buff. So, Vanity Planet went back to square one and created the perfect mix of both. The all-new “Blend Baby” is an entirely unique, dual-sided, multi-purpose sponge that can do it all. This baby is a double-duty heavy hitter, combining the familiar blending benefits of a soft sponge with a silicone applicator pad that delivers liquid and cream products directly to the skin without wasting a single drop.

The Blend Baby is as versatile as it gets. Use the sponge wet or dry and go from drab to dewy in just minutes. Simply apply liquid makeup to the silicone pad, then use the perfectly rounded sponge edges to blend with streak-free precision. Rescue your makeup from a sad, sponge-soaked fate. Apply, conceal, buff, and blend with this one tiny tool that packs a major punch, and ditch your old-school sponges forever.

Vanity Planet Blend Baby

Vanity Planet Blend Baby

The set is normally $19.99 but it’s on sale now for $14.99 and would be great as a gift as well as your own self made stocking.

Last is something I really appreciate and I know no one would buy for me. Clio makes different types of shavers for women. There’s the Beautytrim personal hair trimmer and the Palmperfect cordless electric shaver.

Clio BeautyTime and Palmperfect shaver

BeautyTrim is a small thin trimmer that comes in a variety of colors. It’s totally painless to use and is especially helpful for areas that would be hard to get a razor in. It’s recommended for everywhere on your face but works especially good for above your brows and on your upper lip. It can be used wet or dry. There’s even an attachment to help with your eyebrows. What’s nice about it is that it’s so slim that you can put it in a makeup bag. Have you ever gone for a pedicure only to realize that you have hair on your toes? Slip this out and remove the hair before the tech notices!!

Clio Beautytrim

Clio Beautytrim

Palmperfect is a cordless electric shaver that is so cute and so handy plus the price is amazing ($8.57). Use it for your legs, underarms, bikini line, neck or feet. It has dual clipper blades to make it easier for shaving any length hair. Because it uses batteries you can take it wherever you need it. This is for a woman, it’s not as heavy duty as most men use but it’s great for us. And it comes in cute designs. Mine has Ultra Violet so it’s Pantone approved. Besides Amazon look for it at Target and Walmart.

Clio Palmperfect shaver

Clio Palmperfect shaver

Clio Palmperfect shaver

Now what’s going in your personal stocking? I obviously recommend them all and I might even be nice enough to gift some!  —  Marcia

 

 

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection is perfect for giving or getting

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

Let’s first bow down to the price of the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection! At $14.88 you are getting an amazing amount of cosmetics that you can break up into three gifts, give as one gift, or keep for yourself. Hard Candy is only available at Walmart and since this is a big time to be at Walmart I wanted you to see what you should be searching out.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

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All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection contains a contour & sculpt kit, a blush & luminizer kit, a smoky eye kit, along with an eyeshadow primer, a perfecting primer, and a setting spray. This fabulous set has just about everything you need. If I were gifting it I’d add in a mascara and a fabulous lip shade. What a perfect gift or gifts.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

This is, of course, the first thing I opened when I received this set. Smoky Eye Kit is terrific with a mix of neutrals and even a drop of purple added. These 9 shades were coordinated to give you a variety of smoked looks. 7 of the 9 are lightly shimmered while two are more satiny.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

The pigmentation in Hard Candy eyeshadows is amazingly good. I have two sets from past years that I pick over my more expensive palettes often. The colors are true to what you see in the pan. They don’t change so you know what you’re getting. The All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection also includes an eyeshadow primer so you are set for beauty.

Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit has what you need to take your face to new places. There are 6 pans in there so you can Prep, Brighten, Contour, Blend, and Illuminate all with one palette.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

There are 4 cream products and 2 powders. It’s made to help you emphasize eyes, cheekbones, and your jawline. There’s even a tutorial guide on the back that teaches you the best placement.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

The creams are for prepping, blending, contouring, and illuminating while the two lightly shimmered powders are for brightening and contouring. Some of the shades look too dark for me but the way they blend is perfect so that it’s not obvious at all.

Hard Candy Primer Perfecting

By adding in the Sheer Envy Primer Perfecting you’ve got all you need prior to applying foundation. This primer helps to minimize lines and pores so you have a smoother finish. If you are breaking this kit apart then this is gift two.

The Blush & Luminizer Kit is a true beauty. Housed in metallic red it’s one terrific set.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

All the products are powders: Shimmer Blush in a glorious mauve/pink, Matte blush is a flattering neutral, Matte bronzer is a light bronzer without orange. The Luminizing Bronzer sits beautifully on top of the matte bronzer for a sweep of specialness and can also be used alone. The two Luminizers top off the set with their beauty in a light cream and gold.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

For gift 3 just add in the the Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray to make these products last throughout the day and evening.

Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray

I’m convinced this is the best buy on the market today. You can keep it in its original box and gift it to one person who’ll squeal with delight. Or you can break it apart into 3 gifts that cost you $5 apiece and thrill the recipients.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

I’m so impressed with the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection that I think gifting it as one is the way to go but then again I didn’t do well in economics in school. Which way do you want to go? Whatever you choose, go to Walmart to find this limited edition cruelty free collection before it’s gone.  —  Marcia

SPARITUAL GOLD for all your holiday nail needs

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

There are so many days to celebrate between Christmas and New Year’s and there’s nothing like a new polish to change up your look. SPARITUAL has a new long wear collection, Rise, that has quickly become a favorite. There are 4 holiday polishes that were sent to me for review. There’s not a one that you won’t want to wear on your nails. I see Christmas, I see Chanukkah, I see New Year’s Eve, and I see Bowl Games when I look at these polishes.

SPARITUAL GOLD ($18) has 3 finishes in their line and all are true winners. There are cremes like Take a Stand and Come Together, shimmers like Rising Spirit and Soulful, and glitters like Beyond Love. What makes these more unique is that they are quick drying polishes. But what reallllly makes them unique is that these are truly a self leveling polish when you use their Flexible Topcoat. They bounce back if you smear them when wet. I always mess up my nails putting on my jacket or seat belt and it happened again when I had my nails done with Rising Spirit. But where is that mistake? It’s gone, totally gone. I did nothing to it and it came back to its original finish. I’m amazed and grateful.

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

The brush on these polishes is one of the best I’ve used. I had my nails done with Rising Spirit as my first choice and one brushload was able to cover 3 nails. My nail tech was as amazed as I was. The name of the brush is the Mindful Brush and Sparitual created it with over 600 bristles that fan out for a precise application.

SPARITUAL GOLD RISING SPIRIT – when you look at the bottle you might not be attracted to it. I know I wasn’t and even my nail tech wasn’t impressed. Until, that is, we opened it and saw the beautiful yet subtle gold shimmer and outstanding shade. The bottles have a cover over them which I think is a shame because you can’t see the beauty within.

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Rising Spirit is a work friendly gold which I didn’t think was possible. It’s not garish as some golds can be and that’s because the shimmer is within. It’s a stand out without being a turn off. I am crazy about it!

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

The shade I’m going to be wearing for Christmas is Soulful. It’s not labeled as a metallic but it definitely is plus it has that subtle shimmer that I’m loving. It’s the type of red that I crave on my nails any day of the year but especially around the winter holidays. When you add the Sparitual Gold Flexible Topcoat you are guaranteeing long wear on their polishes. I never did well with the original Sparitual polishes but these are out of this world with wear time.

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

 

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Take A Stand is the holiday green polish that you need on your hands. This is just the perfect green to match the holiday colors. This green creme is practically a one coater. It’s thick and rich. It applies like a dream.

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Come Together is harder for me to describe. It’s also a creme though it was a thinner cream. It’s not a red, it’s not a purple, but it has some of each of those colors in it.

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual has a whole new take on glitter polishes ($12). Not only did they create some beauties but knowing of the complaints of glitter removal they also created a Peel Off Basecoat, Unveil. This is a wonderful basecoat for any polish you use with glitter but especially with Sparitual polishes. Apply a coat of Unveil and then a polish like the beautiful Beyond Love that I was sent, apply as many coats of the polish as you’d like. When you are ready for a new shade all you have to do is peel it off. No soaking, no acetate all over your hands that dry them out. Just peel. You’ll love it.

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Beyond Love

Beyond Love

These shades are just a small picture of all the beautiful polishes that Sparitual Gold has created. I’m so much happier with this formula than the original and I love that it’s a vegan, cruelty-free brand. It’s dramatic to say these are a Christmas Miracle but they come close to one that you can buy. Have a happy holiday with Sparitual Gold.  — Marcia

*sent for review and worn with delight

some photos are from sparitual.com

 

Limited Edition Holiday Treats from Kaplan MD!

Kaplan MD Limited Edition Holiday Gift SetsPersonally, I think the very best part of the holidays are Limited Edition gift sets. LOVE this — great collections at amazing prices. When I’m shopping I often don’t even do the ‘one for you, one for me’ thing…it ends up just being ‘one for me’!
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While doing your holiday shopping, you’ve got to check out the Kaplan MD Holiday Gift Sets. I was sent a few samples from their fantastic Perfect Pout Gift Set and the Nude Series Gift Set (the Nude LIP 20 Treatment ($30) and Liner ($28)).
 Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask The Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo ($24.00, Lip Mask 0.35 oz, Lip Balm 0.17 oz) is a wonderful deluxe size set of Kaplan MD’s best-selling lip plumper treatment. The lip mask is a thick cream that you put on clean, dry lips for 3 minutes. It doesn’t taste like anything, although it has a slightly menthol scent. This mask contains “Papaya Enzymes, Two Forms of Hyaluronic Acid Acid and Adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour.
The Lip 20 Mask hydrates dry, cracked lips and plumps up your kisser – just in time for some mistletoe!

Follow the Lip 20 Mask with the Lip 20 Balm for super nourished, luscious lips. After exfoliation, it’s essential to hydrate. “LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes and protects with SPF 20 – all in one.  Using a soothing blend of Beeswax and Sunflower Seed Wax, LIP 20 Balm gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 Organic Extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, Maxi-Lip, along with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness.

I love this set.  I am rather lip-challenged myself so any boost in volume is a good thing!

kaplan-md-the-nude-seriesAnother outstanding set from Kaplan MD is The Nude Series ($45, a $208 value!!).  There are 7 items in this set, including 3 anti-aging lipsticks, 3 lip glosses, and a lip liner.

3 x Sheer LIP 20 Treatments in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

3 x LIP 20 Treatment Glosses in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

1 x Matte LIP 20 Liner in:

  • NudeKaplan MD The Nude Series

Kaplan MD The Nude SeriesKaplan MD Nude LipstickKaplan MD Nude Lip Sheer and Lipliner swatchesThis set is final sale and I can see why – what an amazing value! I tried the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment and the Nude Matte Lip 20 Liner. The lip liner is creamy and strikes a good balance between brown and peach. I adore the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment. The lipstick case is a gorgeous silver and is wonderfully dramatic, which contrasts with the super hydrating lipstick that is a sheer light peach.

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

“Beeswax and Shea Butter to gently glide on the skin, without leaving a sticky or tacky residue.  Products contain our exclusive complex of 22 Organic Extracts to smooth and soften skin, along with Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, clinically proven to be 20x more moisturizing than Vitamin E, to provides intense moisture.  Maxi-Lip ®, a powerful patented tri-peptide, combined with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, work to instantly smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles for a visibly smoother, more youthful appearance.  LIP 20 Treatment & LIP 20 Treatment Gloss include SPF 20 to help prevent premature skin aging caused by sun damage.”

This is a fabulous set and you really can’t beat that price. These two gift sets are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Kaplan MD online at kaplanmd.com and check out the limited edition sets before they are all gone!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Holiday Blogger Giveaway

holiday-giveawayIn order to celebrate this holiday season, we teamed up with some amazing bloggers to give back to a special reader!  With all of the adorable holiday gift sets available, we thought what better way to ring in the season than with some awesome sets!
To be included in the giveaway:
Too Faced Christmas in New York Merry Macarons
Too Faced Merry Kissmas
Tony Moly Sheet Mask Box Set
Essie Winter Collection Mini Set
The Body Shop Caring Hand Trio
Below are all the ways you can enter, so the more you complete, the better chance of winning! The giveaway will run from 12/11/2016 to 11:59 PM EST 12/16/2016.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Pixi Beauty has wallet friendly, beautiful LE holiday gift sets

This is the season that our wallets really start hurting. Everyone is bringing out gift sets that are too fabulous to ignore. Some of the ones we’ve shown already (or will be showing) are for those times when we can splurge. Most of our needs, wants, and gifts need to be more affordable so we don’t go into debt.

Pixi Beauty (Pixi by Petra) is in the latter category. Fabulous sets for yourself or for gifts. Holiday sets that you can put on a wishlist without feeling guilty. Perfect stocking stuffers and grab bag items can be bought for $12 to $24 from Pixi.

The hottest thing this year is contouring, highlighting and strobing as you no doubt know from reading magazines and blogs. Pixi’s Natural Contour Kit is all that and more! 4 facial shades and 8 eyeshadows can be mixed or matched for affordable beauty ($24).

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

The other trend this year is matte lipsticks. As beautiful as they are, they aren’t that easy to wear. I’ve reviewed two of Pixi’s Mattelustre Lipsticks and found them very comfortable and not drying. I can’t wear a true matte for more than an hour before I feel uncomfortable. That isn’t my reaction with Mattelustre since they feel creamy on my lips and don’t accentuate fine lines. The good news is that you can try them, or gift them, in a limited edition set called Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette and it’s only $12. The shades are from their regular collection: Honey Bare, Petal Pink, Rose Naturelle and Bitten Rose.

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Then there are the very popular and incredible Silky Eye Pencils. These were the first items I ever bought from Pixi since the raves were amazing and rightly so. Now for only $18 there’s the Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette for this holiday.

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

I was sent this set to test out and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. I never, ever go without eyeliner when I’m going somewhere. I just don’t look like myself if I leave it off. It’s a need, not a want. But you will want this set because it gives you the opportunity to try out their phenomenal pencils in 4 great colors.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

This giftable box holds 4 liners that will work with whatever you wear. Three of the shades are from their collection and one shade is a new one created just for this LE gift set: BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey (the limited edition shade).

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray
bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

These are the silkiest pencils, you can smudge them if you want without a problem but once they set, they SET. You won’t find the colors migrating under your eyes during the day but you will find your eyeliner on after the work day is over.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Even though I’ve only tried this eyeliner kit out of the three kits, I have no problem recommending any and all of these three holiday sets. I’ve worked with Pixi Beauty often enough and wear so many of their products that I’m confident in these. They are ready to go for gift giving and for your merry self too. Don’t be late to the party!

Which set would you most like to see in your holiday haul? — Marcia

*sent for consideration