Four great stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty addict!

I love stocking stuffers…fun little items that I might not normally buy for myself but are wonderful little extravagances that often end up becoming staples, whether I am able to buy them year round or only during the holiday season. Here are four favorites that have come to my attention so far this season that are perfect for any beauty addict’s stocking – she will be your friend forever when she finds these on Christmas morning!

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Good Earth Beauty has fantastic products that are cruelty free, organic, natural and vegan, and they also offer 40 brands of indie other popular brands on their site, goodearthbeauty.com!  What I am loving as stocking stuffers are these adorable roll on fragrances in Pumpkin Chai Tea ($18) and Almond Cream ($18).

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Tea

Good Earth Beauty Almond Cream

I can’t even choose which one I like better  Pumpkin Chai Tea smells warm and delicious with creamy pumpkin, spicy cardamom and sprinkles of sugared cinnamon, and did you know that the number one scent that turns men on is PUMPKIN??  For real!!  So wear this one out on a date when you are in the mood for some action. Almond Cream is just dreamy…it has a hint of vanilla mixed with sweet almonds, sugar cane, and fresh cream.

There are lots of other scents and many other great stocking stuffers at the Good Earth Beauty website so check it out.  Here’s a coupon code for you – BEAUTY10 – and they offer free domestic ground shipping 365 days a year!

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

If your giftee is a candle lover, please consider The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votive Gift Set ($24). I can’t tell you how amazing these votives smell — just like Christmas!! The notes are Siberian fir, cilantro and citrus, so the fragrance is fresh, clean, and outdoorsy. I have been burning these candles ever since I got them and I have more on order because now I can’t imagine the season without them!! They are just adorable and a fabulous stocking stuffer.

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

I can’t have a stocking stuffer list without a primer because I think I get more excited about primer than any other kind of makeup. I know. I’m weird. Anyway, Pop Beauty has a really cool primer that makes a great stocking stuffer because it’s all about bling!  24K Face Base Radiance Blurring Primer ($16).

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

This is a spray-on primer that diffuses light with micronized gold pearls while also smoothing out skin to create a great base for makeup. It has hyaluronic acid to keep in moisture and vitamin B3 to keep skin luminous. I’m loving this primer and I know the beauty addict in your life will be thrilled to find this in her stocking!

Sassy Lips Lipsticks

Ok, how adorable are these lipsticks?? These three lovelies are from the Sassy Lips Make the Moment Color Changing Lipsticks. They all turn different shades of pink depending on your body chemistry and they all have these cute little flowers inside. They make for great conversation starters!

Sassy Lips Lipstick in When You’re Playing Hard to Get

When Your Playing Hard to Get turns pink with a slight blueish tint on me, which actually makes my teeth look really white – a great side effect!

Sassy Lips in When the Party Gets Going

When the Party Gets Going turns a medium pink on me, very pretty – no yellow tint at all. If you go to the Sassy Lips website they have photos of different people wearing the lipsticks to give you an idea of someone with your skin tone and natural lip color looks like wearing each particular shade.

Sassy Lips in When Bae Looks Your Way

When Bae Looks Your Way is the deepest pink on me. In fact, this one is the least sheer of the bunch. They are all super pretty and I wear every single one.  These are lipsticks to pull out when you want attention because you will be asked questions, I can guarantee it!  And a beauty addict who find these in her stocking will truly squeal in delight.  You can find these lovely lipsticks online at www.sassylips.us .

Happy shopping, and enjoy the wonderful holiday season! – Lisa

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

Love it or leave it? Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Normally I stay away adding oil to my face. I happen to have a bit of a paranoia about being shiny…my friends tease me because I constantly ask, “Is my nose shiny? Do I need to powder my nose??” So the thought of actually adding oil to my face does not sound appealing. However….the thought of adding a lovely, glowing radiance to my skin DOES sound appealing. In the interest of science and my curiosity-killed-the-cat personality, I actually couldn’t wait to try Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops ($48).

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops are “a makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.” Essentially, it’s a highlighting oil that you can apply directly to the skin as a primer, or you can mix with moisturizer or foundation.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

The first time I used it was a disaster. I used WAY too much. I had Moonstone Drops dripping off my face, horror show style. The second time I used one drop and it was heavenly. Just the right amount of radiance and it definitely worked as a primer, holding my foundation in place. It didn’t make my nose shiny as I had feared and yet it still gave my dry areas some much needed hydration. My skin looked beautiful – glowy, healthy, and happy.  Yes!!

I also like mixing a bit of this with my matte foundations for some depth, and on no-makeup days it’s great to mix with my moisturizer. A little bit goes a very long way, so the price isn’t bad. I give it a big thumbs up now that I know how to use it correctly!  This is a definite love, not a leave.

You can find the Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops online at sephora.com.  – Lisa

Perfectly primed with Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

I am a little weird when it comes to primers.  Ok, so that’s not my only area of weirdness…but it’s definitely one of them.  I have probably bought and tested more primers than any other cosmetic product.  My skin does not hold onto product without a good primer – blush and foundation are gone within an hour.  It’s bizarre.  A primer makes all the difference, and a great primer does even more than keep foundation and blush in place.Decorte Priming Essence

I was recently sent the Decorte Priming Essence ($65) to test, and I am going to have to go back and update my article on my top ten favorite primers to add this one (check out my top ten list HERE).  I have used this every day since I got it, and am dreading the day I run out.

Decorte is sold only at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Saks says, “Always air-light, the Priming Essence creates an endlessly even and uniform pre-surface to extend and make the most of the foundation experience. Rice emollients gently hydrate as self-optimizing color technology neutralizes redness and off-tones for a newly transparent illumination. Skin-loving infusions are embedded within. Composed from the Japanese White Birch, Shirakaba Tonic lends exceptional antioxidant activity. Its generous calming properties are known to both protect and renew. Disappears instantly.”

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

The Priming Essence is a light primer that immediately sinks in and doesn’t leave skin sticky or tacky.  It has a opalescence that gives skin an instant glow that looks natural and wonderful.  On days when I don’t want to wear makeup, I still put this on to even my skin tone and give my skin some brightness.   On days I do wear makeup, it keeps my foundation in place all day long.  My blush lasts and lasts, and looks vibrant and fresh after 7 hours of wears.  I don’t have to powder my nose every hour, probably because of the rice powder, but it doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  It’s just wonderful.

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

So far everything I have tried from Decorte has been a total home run.  You have GOT to stop by Saks to check out this fabulous import from Japan, and if you are in need of a primer put the Priming Essence on your list pronto.  – Lisa

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer is a glowy delight

PÜR No Filter Primer

PÜR No Filter Primer

The short name: PÜR No Filter Primer. The long name: PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer. The long and short of it is that this is a great primer and one of the few things I left out to use over the last few weeks. I’m packing everything away and I know it will be a while until I’ve got my large collection organized and I wanted to keep using some of my favorite products. PÜR No Filter Primer made that cut.

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PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

I have a small collection of primers but I tend to forget about them most of the time. Once I started learning about the PÜR No Filter Primer though I had a feeling that this would work well for my skin.

There are 5 reasons why I felt this way

  1. It moisturizes my face in a light, non-greasy manner.
  2. It helps with color balance since it has a slight tint.
  3. This helps prime my skin making it ready for foundation.
  4. It illuminates skin.
  5. It has a blurring aspect.
PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer

PÜR No Filter Blurring Photography Primer is completely different than any primer I’ve previously used. It contains prismatic blurring micro-pearls which help to color correct. For me I notice a slight gold tint to it. It’s not yellow, it’s gold and it brightens my face in such a lovely way.

 PÜR No Filter Primer

PÜR No Filter Primer

The primer is loaded with ingredients that are good for your skin. “age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application.” It contains Coconut, Olive and Shea essential oils.

from purcosmetics.com

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Either apply a drop directly unto your skin (you don’t need a lot) or mix it with your foundation and apply together. PÜR No Filter Primer can also be used on your body to give it a moisturizing radiance.

PÜR No Filter Primer will be a great summer pick-me-up especially on the days you are toiling inside and envying the sun.  —  Marcia
New markdowns at PUR Cosmetics! Up to 50% off select items.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Mica, Polyglyceryl-10 Mono/Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-3 Oleate, Polysilicone-11, Niacinamide, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ceramide AP, Retinol, Lactic Acid (L), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Coco-Caprylate, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propanediol, Polyacrylate-13, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA, Phosphatidylglycerol, Citric Acid, Betaine, Laureth-12, Tin Oxide, Decyl Glucoside, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocap (Mushroom) Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
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Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

pur-cosmetics-miracle-mist-hydrate-and-setFive years ago I would have never thought a moisturizing makeup setting spray would have a place on my vanity. My skin was very oily and I used the driest possible foundations to counteract my constantly shiny nose and chin. But my skin is very different now so products like Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist ($19.00) are saviors, especially with dry winter indoor heat.

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Miracle Mist is a hydrating spray that also helps set makeup. It has over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to pamper your skin. I find that I prefer it for setting mineral makeup over any other type of makeup – it’s pretty impressive for giving a polished appearance, giving mineral foundation and eyeshadow a fresh appearance and extending wear time.

Benefits:

  • Contains over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids
  • Instantly infuses the skin with vital moisture
  • Soothes and refreshes dry skin and hair with fulvic acid
  • Locks down mineral makeup for all-day perfection

I recently had the flu and one of the not-so-lovely side effects was super dry skin to the point of actually peeling. Miracle Mist was a skin saver for me. Even when I wasn’t wearing any makeup I misted this on every couple of hours which helped my skin heal more quickly.

If you have extremely dry skin this is a great product. It’s also very helpful for those times when powder makeup looks a little too powdery. I wouldn’t say that it’s the best primer and I think there are other makeup extending mists that are better suited for that task.  However, if you need lots of hydration and love mineral makeup, Miracle Mist is effective, refreshing, and convenient to use. Click here to get 10% off sitewide with code AM10OFF at Purcosmetics.com. Offer expires December 31, 2017.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Fulvic Acid, Purified Water (Aqua), Aromatic Oils (Parfum), (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil.

#ITsAtSephora and IT’s a giveaway at Beauty Info Zone!

#ITsatSephoraI couldn’t be happier that IT Cosmetics is now at Sephora!! I remember many years ago I was complaining that no concealer existed that could hide my incredibly dark undereye circles and Marcia told me about the magic of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer. I purchased my first tube and have never looked back. In fact, whenever I am asked which line I recommend for the best overall selection of both color products and skin care, IT Cosmetics is the very first one on the list.                                                                                       press sample

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

Marcia and I were both recently a box full of IT miracles, and Marcia began the love with her awesome review yesterday of the BYE BYE LINES SERUMIT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOURBYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM, and HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702. Today I have a review of the remaining items in the big box of happiness, along with even more happiness — a giveaway!!

it-cosmetics-giveawaySomehow I suggested that Marcia review all the anti-aging products, which is actually pretty funny because I have WAY more wrinkles than Marcia does. I swear that woman never ages. I get to review some of my most favorite IT Cosmetics items, along with one that is brand new to me. My tried and true loves:  Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm ($38), Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment ($24), and Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ($24). New to me: Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38).

Je Ne Sais QuoiJe Ne Sais QuoiJe Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment: I love all the incarnations of Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products, and this one is no exception. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It feels wonderful on and gives a great slip to lips. I have pale lips to begin wit, so I think the Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment could have even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is awesome – the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm: If I had to choose only two products, I would go with a cleanser and a concealer. One of my favorite cleansers is the Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm. It’s not a cream, it’s a solid that melts immediately with body temperature and is applied to dry skin like cleansing oil. Don’t be afraid to ‘dig in’ and get a chunk of cleanser – it melts makeup (including eye makeup) right off without the need for a separate makeup remover. That’s the first of the 3 in 1. Second, it is one heck of a moisturizer, leaving skin not only cleansed but also crazy soft and hydrated. The 3 in the 3-in-1?  It’s also an anti-aging skin serum. Normally, I think that any sort of treatment is wasted in a cleanser – after all, it’s getting washed off and going down the sink, right? But this one is activated as soon as it touches your skin, and it creates a sort of barrier that keeps moisture in while also giving skin a glowy radiance. I have been using this paraben- and sulfate-free cleanser for months now and I love it.

Bye Bye Pores Primer Bye Bye Pores Primer
Bye Bye Pores Primer™ Oil-Free Poreless Skin-Perfecting Serum Primer:  
I definitely need more play time with the Bye Bye Pores Primer, which has an oil-free formula that evens out skin tone and texture and gives skin a matte appearance. I do have some enlarged pores and I definitely have some fine lines and wrinkles, so I am hoping this primer will help all of those issues. Ingredients include Moroccan lava clay, purifying charcoal, papaya fruit extract, hydrolyzed collagen and the intriguing Bye Bye Pores Optical Blurring Technology™. So far it certainly makes my skin feel and look smooth, and it increases the wear time and vibrancy of my makeup. Promising!

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer:   I am a long-time fan of the original Bye Bye Under Eye™, which was my introduction to the IT Cosmetics line. The Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer is the new version of the classic formula along with IT Cosmetic’s Drops of Light Technology™.  It combines everything I love about the classic concealer – long wear, full coverage, skin-loving ingredients – along with a luminescence that helps to conceal blue and red areas.
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerSwatched above are from left to right:  Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep. The top photo shows waaay more concealer than you will need just to get a good pic of the shades, and for the bottom pic I used a bit less.  For every day coverage, I use the tiniest bit of concealer – just a dot goes an incredibly long way. I find the best way to use this is to spread some on the back of my hand as my body temperature helps to warm up the concealer so it spreads easily. Then I dot it on under my eyes and around my nose, continuing to gently pat to blend it in. Every shade is quite useful – I like to use the Light down the bridge of my nose with the Tan on the sides to straighten my nose and give it some definition. Medium is awesome under my eyes, and Deep is a terrific cream contour for my cheeks.
I am hoping today is your lucky day because you can win your choice of Light, Medium, Tan or Dark Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer!  There will be four winners, one for each shade.  Our IT Cosmetics giveaway in celebration of #ITsAtSephora ends on 10/10 at 11:59 p.m. If the rafflecopter gets crankier than a presidential nominee in a debate and won’t let you comment, just email us at [email protected] with your comment – put IT as the title.  Then continue on with the entries, and hopefully you will be able to join us in our excitement now that IT Cosmetics is finally at Sephora!!  – Lisa

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