Five days of sweet and affordable Secret Santa Gifts!

Five Days of Secret Santa Gifts!
Do you have a Secret Santa exchange at your work or with your family? I LOVE them. I love plotting my gifts, tying them all together with a great theme, then putting them in a strategic place for my pal to find. Last year, my pal was the school librarian, so every gift had some sort of deer in it – think reindeer – and had a punny message with ‘deer’ instead of ‘dear’. Because I love beauty products, I also made all the gifts about pampering herself, which was perfect because she spends an incredible amount of time taking care of everyone else. Of course, with five gifting days you want to keep your treats affordable, so here are five ideas for wonderful Secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank and will definitely thrill your pal.                                                                                                *samplesClean Fragrance OrnamentClean Fragrance Ornament

You can’t go wrong with an ornament, especially one that has beautiful fragrances inside! The Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio ($10 – a $24 value!) is a super cute ornament that has three Clean fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for different unique scents. It includes Reserve Blonde Rose, a subtle and sophisticated floral; Reserve Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy oud (which is woody musky sceent); and Reserve Warm Cotton, a blend of floral and cotton accords, plush lily, amber, and musk. You can find this at Sephora and CleanReserve.com.

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

grinandgerberaitWho doesn’t want to find a beautiful new nail polish inside a pretty gift bag? My Secret Santa pick is KB Shimmer Grin and Gerbera It ($9.25), from their Fall 2016 Collection. This cream nail polish is a deep warm pink with just a hint of red, which makes it a perfect polish gift because it will work in any season. The bit of red makes it different from the standard pink cream, perfect for that beauty loving Secret Santa pal.

Zoella Bath FizzersZoella Bath Fizzers

It doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable limited edition Zoella Gingerbread Bath Fizzers ($12). You may be familiar with the U.K. based vlogger Zoe Sugg. I am obsessed with her YouTube and Instagram, as well as her beautiful website at zoella.co.uk. Zoe launched her own line, ZoellaBeauty, in the U.K. in 2014 and now you can find it at Target in the US!

Trust me, your Secret Santa pal will squeal with delight when she finds these simply darling Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzers. The three little guys are meant to be broken in half, giving her six yummy and spicy warm baths of total ‘me time’. Snap, fizz, and relax….aaaahhhhhh.

Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal LipbalmCarmex Colloidal Oatmeal Lipbalm

Small but mighty, your secret pal with thank you every day she uses her Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm ($1.59). This is one of my most favorite lip balms, especially during brutal winter months. It hydrates lips without any stickiness. The light flavors include 100% natural blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold pressed cranberry seed oil and comes in Sugar Plum, Mixed Berry and Watermelon Blast flavors.

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Ugly Sweater

Ugly Sweater

Some people like quick and easy nails, others are more artistic and like to make their own designs. These options from KISS Salon Secrets will satisfy the instant gratification junkie as well as the do-it-yourselfer. Check out these delightful Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection imPRESS Manicures by KISS ($5.97 at Walmart). All That Glitters has shimmery light colors along with sparkling accents for a party vibe, and Ugly Sweater has awesome snow scenes, Santa heads, and Santa belts. Instant holiday!

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design KitKISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

For those who love getting creative, you can’t go wrong with the Kiss Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit ($9.99). This all in one kit comes with a peel-off nailbed protector, fur different polishes, a sponge stamp with refills, and a sticker sheet. The fun is endless with this and KISS makes it easy to create professional quality designs even if you are a total rookie like me. You can find KISS products at Walmart and K Mart.

There you go – five days of Secret Santa gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Have fun gifting your pal with treats that will give her lots of ‘me time’ moments.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

KBShimmer introduces the Fall 2015 collection, part 1

kb shimmer fall

KBShimmer Fall 2015

KBShimmer Fall 2015

Excitement is in the air! KBShimmer, our favorite indie nail polish company, has created a new collection for Fall 2015 (available beginning September 15th) and we were sent the polishes to show you just how beautiful these are. There are 12 polishes for this collection in different finishes: cream, holographic, and glitter. On September 2nd Lisa will be sharing her 6 gorgeous polishes while today I’ve got the 6 that I’m in love with.

KBShimmer Fall 2015

KBShimmer Fall 2015

Let me introduce you to Fall!

KBShimmer Fall 2015

KBShimmer Fall 2015

KBShimmer Fall Teal It To My Heart, Talk Qwerty to Me, I've Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer Fall Teal It To My Heart, Talk Qwerty to Me, I’ve Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty to Me, Teal It Like It Is, Talk Qwerty with I've Seen Sweater Days over it, I've Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty to Me, Teal It Like It Is, Talk Qwerty with I’ve Seen Sweater Days over it, I’ve Seen Sweater Days

There are three polishes that fall into the teal family that you’ll only plotz over! Teal It To My Heart is the cream polish of the group. This isn’t a summer teal, it’s much richer and darker. It could be a one coater but I always do two coats to bring out the fullness of a polish like this.

KBShimmer Teal It To My Heart

KBShimmer Teal It To My Heart

Talk Qwerty to Me is my favorite of the teals but that’s because I’m a nut about holographic polishes. The teal base is a scattered holograph and stunning can’t describe it enough. This will look great this coming fall and will make you crave KBShimmer polishes.

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty To Me

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty To Me

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty To Me

KBShimmer Talk Qwerty To Me

 I’ve Seen Sweater Days is described as a muted teal crelly with pops of cobalt blue glitter, lime green holo glitters and silver glitters. To get opacity you’d need three coats but on my longer nails I’d layer it over one of these other two teals.

KBShimmer I've Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer I’ve Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer I've Seen Sweater Days

KBShimmer I’ve Seen Sweater Days

There are 3 shades I call the darks and these are even more amazing in my opinion.

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Soul Deep with Dark & Twisty over it, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Soul Deep, Soul Deep with Dark & Twisty over it, Dark & Twisty, Fig-Get About It

Soul Deep is a very deep and cool toned purple cream. This could easily be a one coater. It’s definitely a purple but it’s very dark and will look like a deep navy in certain lights. It makes a fabulous base coat for more shimmery polishes like Dark & Twisty.

KBShimmer Soul Deep

KBShimmer Soul Deep

Dark & Twisty is a gorgeous black polish with small size glitter in just about every shade known. Dark & Twisty could be worn alone but it would need about 3-4 coats to get it dark enough for me. Instead I plan to wear it over Soul Deep which brings out the glitter particles in a spectacular way.

KBShimmer Dark & Twisty

KBShimmer Dark & Twisty

KBShimmer Dark & Twisty 4 coats

KBShimmer Dark & Twisty 4 coats

KB Shimmer Soul Deep and Dark & Twisty

KB Shimmer Soul Deep and Dark & Twisty

Fig-Get About It is the polish I’ve chosen to wear first. I am totally in love with this shade that is especially perfect for fall. The fig tone doesn’t start off purple but when you look in certain lights you’ll see a dark purple with red, purple, blue and gold tiny shimmer. This is the epitome of fall to me.

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

This fall collection is available starting today, September 15, 2015 at KBShimmer’s website. Prices will range from $7.50 to $10.75 according to the finish of the polish. This is a collection that you don’t want to miss. The wear of KBShimmer is one of the best I’ve ever tried and the uniqueness of the shades are top notch.

Are you a fan of KBShimmer? Will you pick up any of these? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration, reviewed with love

 

Five date night must-haves!

Five date night must-haves

Five date night must-haves

The best night of the week? Date night. Whether you are going out with your significant other or with a gang of friends, nothing beats getting a little dressed up and cutting loose. Tonight my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and I am prepared for a memorable night out with my five must-haves!

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress front and back from @StitchFix

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress

Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress from the side @StitchFix

1.  A kick-ass dress.  Wearing a dress makes everything a little more special, as long as the dress is also as comfy as a pair of pj’s. My favorite this summer is the Market and Spruce Nic Striped Dress. It’s as soft as a favorite t-shirt and it doesn’t wrinkle. This dress looks good on almost every body shape.

I never would have picked it out at the store, though – all those stripes would have scared me away. I got mine through Stitch Fix, which is a fashion service that you really have to try. You can schedule a ‘fix’ anytime you want, and through a detailed questionnaire a stylist picks four to five items for you. Try them on, and if you don’t like them, send them back. If you keep all five, you get a killer discount. You can even create a Pinterest board of clothes you love and your stylist will look at it to help guide your picks. (If you want to check out my personal Stitch Fix board, it’s right HERE).

I am not an affiliate, but if you decide to try Stitch Fix and go through this link I’ll get credit for future boxes…and I’ll be forever grateful! Trust me on this one though…you WILL become addicted and your closet will become absolutely fabulous.

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

Whish Orange Cream Body Butter

2.  A sweet smelling travel-size tube of hand/body lotion. I can’t stand dry hands or arms, so I always carry a small tube of hand/body cream. It’s a great way to ward of crepey skin and to also freshen up after an intense Wobble or Electric Slide session. I like Whish Body Butter in Orange Cream. It reminds me of the orange creamsicles of my youth and makes me happy every time I slather some on.

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?

3.  An awesome manicure. I am all about holographic polishes these days. They look demure indoors, but get these babies under some lights and they are funkadelic. A favorite this season is KBShimmer What Are You Wading For?, the best blue polish I have ever had. It’s LE so get it before it’s gone!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse – right leg after one hour of Cocoa Brown.

4.  A great faux-tan.  As soon as I apply a natural looking faux-tan I immediately feel more confident. A little color brightens me up, makes me look thinner, and people no longer shield their eyes at my glaringly white skin when I wear shorts. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Tan Mousse is the bomb. Easy to apply, doesn’t transfer to clothes, and they now have a Dark shade for when I want to really get crazy.

Kiss Safe

KissSafe

5.  A discreet breath spray.  Despite our best intentions, all kinds of chemical warfare can unknowingly explode in your mouth, leaving you with dragon breath. I always carry a small spray bottle of oral antiseptic and KissSafe is the perfect choice. I like how it assumes I am going to be kissing someone, not just blathering on whilst unknowingly invading someone’s personal space. KissSafe isn’t sharply minty, it’s gentle yet extremely effective. This little baby hides right in my purse. A quick discreet spray and no one will have to subtly offer me a breath mint.

With a great dress, soft skin, heart stopping nails, healthy tanned skin and oral antiseptic, my date night is bound to be a major success. Tonight our celebration is at an old-school Italian restaurant in downtown Detroit and I’ve got my action plan all in place. I am ready for some romance, some silliness, and some lighthearted reminiscing. What are some of your date night must-haves?  – Lisa

*except for Stitch Fix, all items received for editorial consideration

#StitchFix #KBShimmer #WhishBeauty #CocoaBrownTan  #KissSafe

I’ve got a Whole Lava Lovin’ for KBShimmer Nail Polish

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

When KBShimmer sent over some polishes I went a little crazy over Whole Lava Lovin’. Once I wore it (for a solid week) I went more than a little crazy, I went full on crazy over this gorgeous polish. Everything about Whole Lava Lovin’ is what polish is all about to me. Take a cherry red, add some fine glitter embedded within, make it a linear holo and you’ve got perfection. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this!

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

Is this not stunning? It’s a perfect color all year round but now that there’s actually sun that comes to visit, it’s even more wonderful. You can see a rainbow within the holographic design. I haven’t a clue how a company makes this kind of polish but I want more of KBShimmer’s holos. I need two coats although they say that 3 brings out even more of the color so maybe that’s the secret to wearing it in colder weather. Polishes are $8.75 plus for each polish you buy you earn reward points. OH how I LAVA you KBShimmer. — Marcia

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin’

*sent for editorial consideration and the world’s best manicures

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KBShimmer Nail Polish spring 15 collection is in it for the win

kb shimmer logo

KBShimmer knows nails and knows how to put together beautiful nail polish collections. I was lucky enough to receive 3 of the spring polishes and I’m aching for more. Spring 2015 is loaded with 12 new colors that will satisfy every nail lover. If you are a glitter fan you’ll fall in love with Meow or Never, Sweet Egg-scape, To Peach His Own, Cool Hand Cuke, Funky Cold Patina, Wind Swarm and I’m so Sweet Pea. Just the names are enough to make you want to go shopping!

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KB Shimmer Sweet Egg-Scape

KB Shimmer Sweet Egg-Scape

These fun shades will make you smile and have everyone grabbing to hold your hand (they actually just want to see the polish though).

WIND SWARM starts with an aquamarine base and mixes in glitters in purple, pink, gold and white. Then there’s a hint of micro glitter so that you can sparkle. It’s a crelly finish with different size glitter within.

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

KBShimmer Wind Swarm

SWEET EGG-SCAPE is Easter having a party on your hands. It’s starts off with a pale pink base and adds in shaped glitter. You can find stars, triangles, dots, squares and hexes playing together. It too is a crelly and has different sizes of these glitters within.

KBShimmer Sweet Escape

KBShimmer Sweet Escape

If you aren’t into glitters, KBShimmer has the answer with the rest of the collection: Eyes White Open, Blush Money, Ins and Spouts, Blued Lines and Thistle Be The Day. All but Eyes White Open are holographic polishes that are ahhhmazing!

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

THISTLE BE THE DAY is a polish that makes me stop in my tracks. It has everything I love to see on my hands. So many holographic polishes only look good in bright light but Thistle Be The Day is an ultra-holo and shines indoor or out. It’s named after the thistle plant which is a pale pinkish purple. It’s a linear holo with embedded micro glitter that you can’t feel but you can see. It made my day for 7 days straight.

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day

I’m personally enchanted with KBShimmer polishes. I love supporting indie companies and KBShimmer gives back to their customers with their Reward Program. KBShimmer does not test any of our products on animals.

Which of these is your favorite? Are you a glitter girl or a holographic honey? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Seasons Greetings with KB Shimmer nail polish

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Polishes

KB Shimmer has put Beauty Info Zone into the holiday zone with their festive nail polishes! We discovered this cool indie line last year and we have so much fun with the unusual nail polishes. KB Shimmer specializes in creative color combos including holographics, hex glitters, circle glitters…you name it, these polishes have it. The Winter Polishes are so beautiful we had to do a Side by Side to showcase them for you.

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let's Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

first two: Pine-ing for Yule, second two: Let’s Sleigh Together, Mauve on Over, Merry Pinkmas

Lisa’s Side:  Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let's Sleigh Together

KB Shimmer Let’s Sleigh Together

Let’s Sleigh Together is a really interesting color – pale gray with hex glitters in green, navy, and mint, plus circle glitter in blueberry and micro holographic glitter. I can easily say I have nothing else like it in my collection! I think the light gray is perfect for winter, and the glitters make it look like a snowstorm on my nails. I had no problems getting a fabulous array of glitters without having to go ‘fishing’ for more. Two coats is all you need for the full effect.

Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

KB Shimmer Pine-ing for Yule

Talk about festive! Pine-ing for Yule is an homage to the Christmas Tree with tiny holographic green trees and red stars. KB Shimmer will donate $4 from every bottle sold as their 2014 Toys For Tots ® charity polish. Get one now and with rush delivery it will arrive in time for Christmas. Or, buy one to save for next year! I love this polish over red polish (pictured above on the nail wheel) or over white polish as pictured on the website. I decided to try it over gold polish and it turned out beautifully. In fact, just today at the grocery store the check out lady told me it was the neatest holiday manicure she had seen yet. The glitter is very thick, so you will need at least two (maybe even three) coats of clear topcoat to get a smooth surface.

Marcia’s Side:  Mauve on Over and Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas and Mauve on Over

Look at these two fun polishes. These are wonderful shades all year long but especially now. The polishes we’re showing you today are from KB Shimmer’s Winter 2014 Polish Collection. They aren’t just holiday shades as you’ll see with my polishes.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

kb shimmer merry pinkmas

Merry Pinkmas has a variety of glitter shapes. All the particles in it though are small and easy to move if they end up in the wrong place. I found this polish to be thicker than my Mauve on Over and when I first used it, I overdid it. I tend to be heavy handed but I learned that a thin coat makes for a better application. The glitter in this is mostly green, red and white with a touch of yellow thrown in.

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

KB Shimmer Merry Pinkmas on accent nail, my bad first attempt

With MAUVE ON OVER I used the lesson I learned when applying Merry Pinkmas. I used two thin coats and the results are beautiful. The polish wore well but be forewarned that since it’s a glitter polish, it’s harder to remove.

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

KB Shimmer Mauve on Over

The glitter in Mauve On Over is mostly metallic blue and red with some neons thrown in. They go from micro to medium in size. This is a polish that will be great most of the year so get it while it’s still available.

KB Shimmer has a wonderful website loaded with gorgeous polishes. Each collection they bring out makes us want more and more.

 *sent for editorial consideration (we’ve both bought from KB Shimmer though!!)

Top Ten glittery polishes and top coats

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and this week we’re exploring glittery, shimmery polishes and top coats. With holidays and New Year’s this is the perfect time to show off the fun side of nail polish. Even if you don’t wear this to your workplace, these occasions are perfect to shine at all of your parties. I’ve chosen 10 in my collection and all but one are still available but I love it too much not to include it.
1418587443_img_20140309_183616-340x340KB SHIMMER PRISM BREAK – This is a shimmery though not glittery top coat. It’s wonderful for every shade of polish you own so it’s great to own. You can jazz up what you are already wearing with this subtle shimmer. I love it!!
1418587171_the_black_knight_lacquer_11142014BUTTER LONDON THE BLACK KNIGHT – I picked this up during one of Ulta’s BOGO sales and it’s gorgeous. It has a black base and then is loaded with black, pink, blue, and silver glitter. Very deluxe.
1418587012_ice_duo_lacquer_set_11172014BUTTER LONDON DOUBLE TAKE ICE DUO – This is on last call at Butter London. It contains 2 polishes. Bluecoat Nail Lacquer: an opaque, navy shimmer and Leccy Overcoat: a sheer, blue opal fleck overcoat. As striking as Bluecoat is, it’s Leccy that’s the star of the show. The opal fleck is beautiful over so many polishes year round. BL sent this and I instantly bought the red set (Fire) that they were selling last year.*

butter London Leccy top coat

butter London Leccy top coat

1418586852_vinylux-night-glimmerCND VINYLUX NIGHT GLIMMER  CND Vinylux are great polishes because you don’t need a base coat, only their top coat. They last one to two weeks. Night Glimmer is deceiving since it looks like a pretty brown in the bottle but there’s a subtle shimmer once applied.*
1418586802_vinylux-gilded-pleasureCND VINYLUX GILDED PLEASURE  There is no shimmer or glitter in this but it’s a gorgeous color for the holidays. It’s gold – it’s green – it’s brass – it’s gold again. I love the changes of this polish.*
1418586538_img_20140913_125205-180x180KB SHIMMER PINE-ING FOR YULE  Not only is this absolutely gorgeous but it’s KB Shimmer’s 2014 Toys for Tots Charity Polish ($4 of the $8.75 will be donated to Toys for Tots). This is a glitter top coat with evergreen triangle trees and red stars, there’s holographic silver and red glitters in this. It’s a stunner.*

1418586061_arsenic_black_square_4_grandeOCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) ARSENIC NAIL LACQUER is the true glitter in this group. It’s the most glittery polish I own. It’s New Year’s Eve in a bottle.*

OCC Arsenic

OCC Arsenic

1418585886_5042847609NUANCE GOLDSTONE is the polish I wore last year for New Year’s. A wonderful blogger sent this to me as a gift when I couldn’t find it. I love it because it’s gold but not garish. It’s a satin metallic. It doesn’t exactly fit today’s post but not everyone loves glitter so this is a great alternative.

Nuance Goldstone polish

Nuance Goldstone polish

1396315823_jammy_thumbBUTTER LONDON LOLLY aka JAMMY This polish had two names. When it was sent to me it had the name Lolly but online I believe it was called Jammy. Sadly this is discontinued but if you can find it, grab it. This sparkly red is wonderful. I love Butter LONDON polishes anyway but when you get a color like this it’s even better.*

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

butter LONDON Stroppy bottle with Lolly nails

1396315762_stroppy_thumbBUTTER LONDON STROPPY This is an OMG polish. It was in the LOLLY BRIGHT collection like Lolly aka Jammy but luckily this is still available. It’s a full coverage polish with bright purple flaring shimmers in gel-like base. This metallic shimmer polish is one of my all time favorites. *

So there I am – 10 polishes that range from metallic to shimmer to glitter. All gorgeous ones that wear well. Are any of these on your to buy list?  Move on to my fellow nail polish lovers to see what they have to share. — Marcia


*some polishes had been sent for editorial consideration