Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

LA FRESH – Eco Beauty Wipes at your fingertips

la fresh logoLa Fresh is a company for those of us who are on the go and don’t want to stop. Or for those of us who need convenience in their everyday life.  Or for those of us who travel often. Or for those of us who are homebodies but want some pampering.  Or for those of us who want to use a smaller water footprint. Actually there’s a reason for all of us to find things we need and like with La Fresh.

For me when I think of La Fresh I think of individually wrapped products that I can carry with me in my purse. I also like this kind of product when I’m traveling since they’ll take up so little room (and I can bring back more goodies in my suitcase). They also have home packs for a more economical price. La Fresh sent a variety of packets to try out and share what I learned with you.la fresh home instant bodyLet me talk about the water footprint since I find that to be so interesting. Because water is a more scarce commodity than you think it is, La Fresh packets use as little water as possible in them. They are conscious of creating products too that need very little water after use. Plus they are proud to be introducing new products made of biodegradable materials so they give back to the earth responsibly.

LA FRESH individual packets

La Fresh individual packets

I’ve tried 6 of the items that would be considered in their beauty line. I’m giving you individual prices but they have some great sets with a variety of products too. All of the products I’ve got are 100% biodegradable and paraban free.

Oil Free Face Cleanser – I’ve used these as my nighttime cleanser on those lazy nights and right now I have 2 in my beach bag. These come in both fragrance free and what they call refreshing scent. They are great for getting off all my face makeup but weren’t strong enough to remove eye makeup. The Oil-Free Face Cleanser is a gentle product that does its job. (pack of 10 is $4.99)

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

LA FRESH Oil-Free Face Cleansers

La Fresh Oil-Free Face Cleansers

Waterproof Makeup Remover is the answer for eye makeup and also for long lasting lip products. These help dissolve my mascara and gel liners. I hold it over my eye for about 10 seconds without rubbing and then start wiping away my makeup. These are perfect for travel since they take up no room. Plus (shh) you can cut them in half and seal the unused half in the packet for the next time. These contain a 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Lavender.  Since they are not oil free I do rinse my eyes after using them. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover

LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover

La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remove

Anti-Aging Face Cleanser has a maqui berry fragrance to it so I’ve just used this during the morning or daytime.  In spite of the fragrance it has so many great ingredients that I’m willing to “sacrifice”: Maqui Berry Antioxidants, Mineral Polypeptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Ginkgo Biloba and Licorice. The Anti-Aging Face Cleanser is one of the newest products and what it doesn’t contain is just as important: no parabens, sulfates, triclosa, dyes, PEGS, artificial fragrance or animal by products. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser

LA FRESH Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

La Fresh Anti-Aging Face Cleanser Wipe

Instant Body Smoother also has a fragrance but this is one I always enjoy – a natural peppermint. This is a great product to stick in your gym bag especially since it’s very refreshing after you’ve done any sort of exercise. It feels cool and refreshing. It contains a natural 6-oil blend of Olive, Jojoba, Sesame, Grapeseed, Vitamin E and Peppermint. (8 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

LA FRESH Instant Body Smoother

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

Nail Polish Remover, Acetone Free –  this is the first product I’d heard of from La Fresh. It’s the perfect item to bring with you on your travels. Even if you go with a nice fresh manicure, accidents happen. You don’t want to be searching for a drugstore to buy cotton balls and polish remover and you sure don’t want to take a chance that those could spill. These pads do the job easily. At the same time they are adding in healthy ingredients to make your nails stronger and not dry. Even if you aren’t a nail polish person these help to strengthen nails since they aren’t harsh at all. They contain Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E; they strengthen nails with Rosemary and Horsetail Extract. And they smell like oranges!! (10 for $4.99)

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

LA FRESH Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free

You always see La Fresh mentioned in magazines because they do the job in such a compact way. They make some other interesting products like Antiperspirant Wipes ($1.99 for 3), baby wipes, feminine hygiene wipes in their Travel-Lite section. I’d love to give this as a gift or put it in my guest bathroom.

la fresh womens set Travel Lite™ Carry-on Friendlies for Women Set
Travel Lite™ Antiperspirant Wipes for Women x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Feminine Hygiene Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Makeup Remover Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Facial Cleansing Wipes x 1 Pouch
Travel Lite™ Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipe x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ Nail Polish Pad x 3 Packets
Travel Lite™ zippered case x 1

So many interesting items, so small, so fresh! It makes me want to travel. Where should we go?– Marcia

*packets sent for review