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’!
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 and check out the limited edition sets before they are all gone!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration


The best kind of Valentine chocolate with the Made With Love Gift Set from MIYU

MIYU Valentines Day set

Chocolate is a given on Valentine’s Day…and the beautiful limited edition Made with Love set from MIYU Beauty is a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of beauty, and a whole lotta love.

MIYU Beauty is a fabulously elegant niche line from Canada. It is all about beauty from the inside out, pairing artisanal teas with skin care products. The Made with Love set ($50.00, retail value $65) is a great way to get acquainted with the line if you haven’t already.

The LE set includes:

• 1 – hydrate mi beauty essence, 2.7 f. oz. • 1 – hydrate mi beauty tea, 16 sachets • 1 – love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea, 25 g pouch • 1 – heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser • 1 – mini wooden spoon

MIYU Beauty Made with Love

I was lucky enough to be sent the love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea, mini wooden spoon, and heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser to try.

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MIYU Beauty Made with Love 3

The love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea has a great mix of ingredients, including zingy ginger, warming green cardamom, and actual chocolate chips. The best way to make this tea is to scoop some out with the adorable mini wooden spoon into the super cute heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser.

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MIYU Beauty Made with Love 6The tea infuser has a little latch so the heart doesn’t sink to bottom of your cup as the tea steeps. Drinking this tea is like getting a big hug from the inside out.

While I didn’t get the entire Made with Love set, I actually reviewed the other items in the set last December.

The Hydrate Mi Essence is a spray mist serum. It is a primer for moisturizer, as well as a primer for makeup, too. It hydrates and smooths skin, creating an optimal canvas for makeup application.

The Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea is the matching tea blend for the Hydrate Mi Essence. This is an elegant, citrusy tea that smells as delicious as it tastes. After I drink the tea, I put the bags in the fridge and use them later as a de-puffing eye treatment!

MIYU Beauty Made with Love is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. This is limited edition and once sold out it is gone, gone, gone – so be sure to order yourself one today!  – Lisa

*PR sample for editorial consideration

Top Ten Tuesday – Limited Edition 2014 wishlist

Beautysets - Top Ten Limited Edition 2014
TOP TEN TUESDAY is talking Limited Edition items for 2014. I’ve chosen 6 LE items that are within my reach monetarily but I’ve also chosen 4 that are in the stratosphere. But it’s called a WISHLIST for a reason – I can wish, I can dream, I don’t expect to own those 4 items though. Here we go with Marcia’s current LE wishlist. More will come soon in another article.
1414955675_2279336__detail_?1414955675BAREMINERALS THE MAGIC ACT is the most reasonably priced of all the items I’m sharing. It’s not LE in the same sense as some of these since it will be found for the next few months I’m sure. It contains 6 eyeshadows: Celebrate (yellow cream)  + Fortune (pink champagne) + Shazam (shimmering pink) + A-ha (brown sugar) + Pumped (cocoa sparkle) + Foreshadow (brown truffle) and 3 blushes: The Close Call, The Natural High & The Indecent Proposal (bronze taupe/golden petal peach/dusty plum) plus one luminizer The Premiere. What a great set for $39!!
1414955273__9456755CHANTECAILLE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EYESHADOW PALETTE is one I’d love to own but knowing me I’d probably just stare at it and never use it. This palette donates money towards 3 wildlife charities to help product these creatures. Elephant is a deep aubergine, Butterfly is a warm vanilla and Sea Turtle is copper with rose-gold glimmer. At $68 it’s expensive but not outrageous.
1414954872_nmc1p32_mkTOM FORD LIMITED EDITION LIP AND NAIL BOX pricewise is out of my comfort zone and I know not everything would be used. But if someone has $500 that they wish to shell out for fabulous lipsticks and nail polishes, call me! Lip Colors are Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Bruised Plum, Nude Vanilla, Casablanca, Indian Rose, True Coral and Cherry Lush. Nail colors are Toasted Sugar, Mink Brule, Bordeaux Lust, Smoke Red, Carnal Red, Pink Crush, Viper and Fever Pink.

1414954614_s1644905-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY NAKED VAULT has everything that a woman could want if naked/nude shades are your thing. It’s $280 and is sold out at Sephora but it’s still something that is droolworthy. It contains all 3 of the Naked eyeshadow palettes, 3 NakedFlush (blush) palettes, 3 lip glosses and 3 double ended eye pencils.
1414954211_s1642388-main-hero-300LAURA MERCIER BLUSH AND EYE PALETTE is great if you don’t have these classic Laura Mercier eyeshadows. Some of her top shades are in here along with a Rose Gold Shimmer blush. Eyeshadow are Vanilla Nuts, Stone Taupe, Pewter, Deep Night, Topaz, Morning Dew, Cashmere, and Crystal Beige. At $58 it’s a great Laura Mercier wardrobe staple.
1414954073_guerlain-petrouchka-palette-for-eyes-and-cheeks-2GUERLAIN PETROUCHKA PALETTE ($90) is two layers of gorgeousness. My picture shows the eyeshadows because I’m an eyeshadow fanatic. The other layer is blush and highlighters. I found this on Makeup and Beauty Blog and her swatches make me want to run out shopping.
1414953846_0607845038566NARS always captivates me so I have two items to share. This is the reasonably priced ROMAN HOLIDAY SET which contains Roman Holiday Lipstick, a mini Roman Holiday Blush (limited edition) and a Limited Edition Roman Holiday Nail Polish all in this adorable box. This is $49 on Nars’ website and would make a pink lover very happy.1414953738_0607845038399NARS VAULT on the other hand is $500 and would make someone swoon upon opening it. 10 of their new Audacious lipsticks and 10 Nail Polishes = OMG! Lipsticks are Raquel, Anita, Jane, Claudia, Michiyo, Grace, Lana, Carmen, Vivien, Sandra and Nail Polishes are Ecume, Ithaque, Orgasm, Trouville, Schiap, Hunger, Dovima, Jungle Red, Purple Rain, Back Room. YUM.
                                MAKE UP FOR EVER also has me drooling with their $300 MAKEUP STATION. This baby is loaded! Housed in a reusable, professional backstage Makeup Artist’s Case, this set includes primers, powders, eye, cheek and lip favorites, and Artisan Brushes.  It contains:- 0.5 oz Travel HD Primer
– 0.07 oz Travel HD Pressed Powder
– 0.09 oz HD Blush in #210 Cool Pink
– 1.01 oz Travel Mist & Fix setting spray
– 12 x 0.07 oz Artist Shadows eye shadows in M-500, I-544; ME-108, I-414, D-320, M-100, D-236, ME-216, I-922, S-748, ME728, M-630
– 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Eyes eyeliner in #21L, 25L
– 0.23 oz Smoky Extravagant mascara
– 0.40 oz Aqua Seal makeup sealer
– 0.09 oz Star Powder highlighter #926
– 0.14 oz Glitter #3
– Faux Lashes
– 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Lip lipliner in 8C, 14C
– 2 x 0.08 oz Aqua Rouge lip color #14
– 0.12 oz Rouge Artist lipstick in Intense 43
1414954367_s1630664-main-hero-300Last but not least is MARC JACOBS BEAUTY and their new eyeshadow palette. I always seem to have Marc Jacobs Beauty on my wishlists. This new LE palette is named Parisienne ($59) and has 7 eyeshadows in deep blue-gray pearl, metallic royal blue, pale blue pearl with silver shimmer, cool matte beige, matte vanilla crème, bronzed espresso sheen, matte burgundy with iridescent glitter. If you love a cool eye then this is going to be a winner.I’m sure my other Top Ten friends will include items I never knew about and will soon want so why don’t you check them out too. In the meantime, which of these would make your own wishlist?? — Marcia

Kiehl’s motto: “Make Earth Day Every Day”

Every day is EARTH DAY with Kiehls

Make EARTH DAY every day

The brand Kiehl’s needs no introduction. Everyone knows Kiehl’s and if they don’t, they should. Not only is it one of the best brands that takes care of you from head to foot but they are environmentally friendly.

Here’s some information directly from Kiehl’s regarding their involvement with Earth Day and Earth Month:

Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette for Kiehl's

Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette for Kiehl’s

Wilmer Valderrama for Kiehl's

Wilmer Valderrama and Amy Smart for Kiehl’s

“For our fifth Limited Edition Label Art Series for Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851 partnered with Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette with a Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream to benefit Recycle Across America.  We celebrated this collaboration last week at the Kiehl’s store in Santa Monica with our partners, as well as guests such as Gilles Marini, AnnaSophia Robb, Amy Smart, Anthony Mackie and Wilmer Valderrama.

New packaging for Recycle for America

New packaging for Recycle for America design by Alanis Morissette

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream in limited edition packaging

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream in limited edition packaging designed by Zachary Quinto

Our partners have each designed a Limited Edition label, depicting their vision of social responsibility for our 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, which is now available in Kiehl’s stores and on  100% of the net proceeds of this series will benefit Recycle Across America™ (RAA), and through this program, Kiehl’s will be donating $50,000 to the organization.  RAA is not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress, and the funds raised from these labels will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels, which will be donated to K-12 schools nationwide.



Earth Month for us is also the time to reinforce Recycle and Be Rewarded! in-store recycling program.  This ongoing program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows our customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product.  We have just passed the 1 Million mark, of the number of Kiehl’s empties that we’ve recycled in our stores!” 

Beauty Info Zone is happy to be sharing what we’ve learned about Kiehl’s newest (and past) efforts with our readers. All information and pictures are courtesy of There is nothing to disclose except how great we think this is.

It’s the bomb!! Lush LE Bathtime Favourites Tin

My theory is there are three kinds of people:  those who love baths, those who love showers, and those who love both.  Ok, maybe four:  those who don’t love either one.  I happen to love both baths and showers, which is the main reason I love Lush so much.  Lush understands that bath and shower time can be fun, relaxing, pampering ‘me’ time that is an escape from the stress and anxiety of the real world.

In celebration of the luxury of bath time, Lush commissioned artist Jon Burgerman to create a super fun, reusable bath tin that they filled with bestselling bath bombs and entitled Bathtime Favourites Tin ($39.95).  Just check out this fabulous art work:

I literally – and I mean LITERALLY – had to wrestle my daughters and pry this from their hands once it arrived.  Some great advice:  if you have a daughter who needs a birthday gift or just something to say ‘I love you’, pick up one of these limited edition tins.  You will forever be known as the BEST PERSON ALIVE.

Inside the awesome tin are nine classic Lush bath bombs.  Bath bombs don’t give bubbles, they disintegrate into your warm bath water in an effervescent fizz, and leave the water, the air, and your body smelling pretty darn amazing.  Individual Lush bath bombs retail for anywhere from $5 to $7, so for the price this collection of nine bath bombs plus the tin is an amazing deal.  The bombs included are:

Blackberry:  This big bath bomb turns bath water a gorgeous lilac color.  There’s a surprise inside, but I won’t spoil the fun and tell you what it is!

Avobath:  This bath bomb turns bath water a lemon-lime color, and it has teensy tiny shimmer in it.  It leaves the skin glowing and super soft.

Geo Phizz:  Pictured below, this gorgeous bath bomb is full of sea salt.  Use it when your muscles are sore from working out or you are feeling achy.  It smells fabulous, like pine and cedar and the outdoors.

Honey Bee:  To me his bath bomb smells of caramel and toffee, which I absolutely adore.  It is a very  summery/beachy scent.  It turns the bath water honey yellow, which absolutely tickles kids (and the kid in you too!)

Big Blue:  Can’t be any more like the ocean – it’s big, it’s blue, it’s got sea salt and seaweed in it.  Drop this is in your tub and have a total spa experience.

Pink:  Just look at how gorgeous this is (pictured below).  Love how it turns the bath water super girly pink, and I love how it makes my skin smell amazing with the perfect mix of tonka bean and vanilla.  Be sure to clean those little flowers confetti hearts out of the tub after, though!

Butterball:  This bath bomb has pieces of cocoa butter in it that melt into the bath water.  The result is gloriously soft skin.  The scent is rich vanilla.

Keep It Fluffy: Oooh, a bath bomb that turns into foam!!  That’s the fluffy part, a soft floating foam that smells of vanilla and jasmine.  Fabulous.

Sex Bomb:  Check out the gorgeous rose petals in this bath bomb.  It has a beautiful jasmine scent, and thanks to the soya milk in it your bath water becomes a soft, milky purpley-pink. 

Bath bombs are just ridiculously huge, I usually break mine up into three pieces and I get great results.  I also like to combine a piece of bath bomb with a piece of bubble bar for an extra special soak.

If you belong to the group that loves baths, this is a terrific bargain with fantastic products.  Again, it’s limited edition, so be sure to pick one up ASAP…I am betting they sell out quick.  – Lisa