A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!What makes for a good stocking stuffer?  Here are the 6 golden rules:

  1.  Make it affordable…spend the big bucks on presents under the tree. You can load up stocking stuffers and make that stocking bulge with gifts.
  2. Make it unexpected…get unique gifts that your giftee probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
  3. Make it flashy…who wants socks or tweezers?  No one, unless they are unusual and full of bling.
  4. Make it pretty….gorgeous gifts make for big squeals of delight.
  5. Make it practical.  Ok, I just told you DON’T make it practical…but I mean make it something your giftee will actually use, not something that will gather dust on a shelf.
  6. Make it relaxing.  Everyone can use some more ‘me time’. Great stocking stuffers give us all the perfect excuse to shut the door on reality and escape for a bit.

So, how about a list of awesome ideas for actual products that make the grade?  Ask and you shall receive!  We get a lot of samples around the holidays and these are my favorites for stocking stuffers.                                          pr samples

Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme SamplerJaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler
Affordable!  Four mini hand cremes that smell so you want to eat them? You can’t go wrong with the super affordable Jaqua Sweet Mini Hand Creme Sampler ($12.67).  The Buttercream Frosting Fragrance is delicious and the hand creme has Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe to soothe dry winter hands and you only need a tiny amount so this set will last a very long time.

Funktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverFunktional Wearable Fitness Tracker CoverUnexpected!  Funktional Fitbit Charge/ Charge HR Protective Covers ($19) Your giftee has a Fitbit Charge, you’ve got to pick this up. The protective cover is a bit of bling and a lot of protection. I have a Fitbit and I have to say it’s not attractive…this pretty cover makes it look like jewelry. It comes in two designs and ten finishes for both men and women.

These covers work with  Fitbit® Flex™, Fitbit® Force™, Garmin® Vivofit™, Garmin® Vivofit™ 2, Misfit® Shine™, Misfit® Flash™, Jawbone® UpMove™ and nearly all the other current top-selling fitness trackers.

Funktional Wearables can be purchased directly at www.FunktionalWearables.com or from Amazon, and from select boutiques nationwide.

Inglot Nail Polish in 679 and 621

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Inglot Nail Polish in 621 and 679

Flashy!  The Inglot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel is beauty with an awesome twist. The colors are fantastic and the nail polish can actually save your nails life! The Breathable Nail Enamel allows water and oxygen to pass through the polish – right to the nail which absolutely needs it.  INGLOT O2M Nail Enamel is available in a whopping 86 colors for $16.00. It is also available in Matte shades for $17.00. I love 621, a red with gold shimmer, and 679, a pearlescent pink. They are a fantastic way to fill a stocking with some great #ManiMondays.

Scunci Hair and Body TattoosScunci Hair and Body TattoosPretty!  The perfect size, the perfect price, and the perfect amount of pretty – Scunci Hair and Body Tattoos ($4.99 at Ulta.com and Target.com) decorate your wrists, arms and even hair. What a perfect stocking stuffer that your giftee can use on New Year’s Eve!

All Caps Hair Capall-capsAll Caps Hair CapAll Caps Hair CapPractical!  Your loved one will be thrilled when she pulls an All Caps ($52 at Amazon, select hair salons and spas) out of her stocking! This is beyond cool. It’s the  first-ever multi-function hair protection tool to preserve hair while you shower, sleep and spa! All Caps is much, much more than a traditional shower cap and it makes for an unexpected and wonderfully practical gift. It protects your blow-out, color, keratin treatment, and more.

Here’s what makes All Caps so unique:
  • Reversible hair styling preservation and treatment tool
  • Preserves and masks hair overnight
  • Protection cap during spray tansspa treatments and skincare routines
  • Deliberately crafted to be delicate on hair – a market FIRST! – leaving room for all types of hair
  • Adjustable to head circumference and hair length
  • Outside is a soft, hypoallergenic, waterproof PUL fabric
  • Inside is a static-reducing satin spandex material with an adjustable microfiber terry band
  • Comfortable on ears and will not leave an imprint on your forehead
  • Machine washable

This is a fantastic, practical gift that will quickly become a favorite for every day use.

Pearl Bath BombsPearl Bath BombsRelaxing!  Pearl Bath Bombs ($17.99) really are the bomb. Ok, so the price seems a little high for a bath bomb, even a nice big one. But these festive bath bombs have a wonderful surprise inside – a Sterling Silver, Rose Gold, or Gold plated ring between sizes 4-10. How fun is that???  The Frozen Berry bath bomb ‘swirls to create an enchanting winter wonderland right in your bath. Blackberry, pomegranate with twists of vanilla and cinnamon will warm your body and melt the iciest of moods!‘  Or, you might want to choose the Candy Cane Bath Bomb, ‘a swirling, red and white delight with an invigorating peppermint cream scent that’s meant to energize your skin and refresh your senses!’ There are tons more creative holiday bath bombs, as well as 3 and 4 packs. Everything is All Natural, Handmade in America, has Cruelty Free ingredients, Never Tested on Animals, 100% Vegan, Ethically Sourced, Free of Synthetic Dyes, Paraben Free and SLS Free.  pearlbathbombs.com

A Quick Guide to Stocking Stuffers!

There you have it – six awesome stocking stuffers that follow the six golden rules.  Have fun shopping and gifting…and pick up some of these for yourself because you deserve it.  – Lisa

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Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

Two drugstore hair saviors you need now: The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush and the Scunci

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Got a hair emergency?  There are two awesome drugstore products that will never let you down!    PR samples

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

1.  The Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7) has saved me many times over.  The cute little zippered gray bag holds so much it’s almost like a magic trick.  The kit includes bobby pins, elastics, headwraps, a jaw clip and polybands.  Pretty much everything you need for any hair emergency you might encounter, including oversleeping, a sudden rainstorm, and that horrible moment when you discover the back of your hair (which you forgot to check before you left that morning) is an embarrassing disaster.

Conair Dry Hair Brush

Conair Dry Hair Brush

2.  Let’s put this one into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file – the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7).

I use dry shampoo all the time.  I have long, color-treated hair that can’t take being washed every day…but second and third day hair is not kind to my bangs.  They go all limp and look greasy.  So I use dry shampoo to spruce them up – I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part.  Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume.  And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.

Conair Dry Shampoo Brush

Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly.  Most dry shampoos have a white cast, which is not good for someone with dark hair who is always trying to hide those tell-tale grey roots as it is.  That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play.

This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles.  The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush, and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil.  The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume.  So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.

The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a nifty invention that is absolutely worth the extremely affordable price tag.  Pick up one of these babies for the best dry shampoo results possible.

Hair emergencies are going to happen, so you might as well remember the Girl Scout motto and be prepared – and these two drugstore finds are just what you need. – Lisa

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Top ten beauty essentials for summer!

Ten Summer Beauty EssentialsI don’t know about you, but for me Memorial Day Weekend is the official start to summer.  I have ten products that I’ve tested throughout the years that I won’t be without in the summer – either they get me beach ready, travel with me to the beach, or save me afterwards at home.  (By the way, they are pictured on my beachTuff Lazee Move Chair, the best beach chair EVER.  Read my review HERE).

Ten summer beauty essentials in beach chair

1.  Clearista Retexturizing Gel:  This is the perfect way to prep for the beach.  It’s a fabulous exfoliator for face and body, getting rid of rough, dry patches and tiny bumps.

Clearista Retexturizing Gel

2.  Dancing with the Stars Precision Disposable Self Tanning Mitt:  This season of Dancing with the Stars might be over, but it’s still possible to get a TV-worthy tan!  This one use disposable mitt has bronzers for an instant tan, and the lotion develops into a faux tan for the next four hours after application.  You can look great and get a tan while sitting under that beach umbrella!

DWTS Self Tanner Mitt

3.  Kiss My Face Sunscreen:  I particularly love the Cool Sport Air Powered Spray Lotion and the Cool Sport for Face and Neck.  They both have a broad spectrum SPF of 30.  The Spray Lotion is fantastic for body protection and has a yummy coconut fragrance, soothing aloe and cucumber, and it’s mineral protection!!  The Face and Neck has the same great protection and it has no fragrance.  Both are water-resistant for about an hour.  Update your sunscreen for this summer with these two for sure.

Kiss My Face Cool Sport

4.  Scunci Effortless Beauty Head Bands:  a 5-pack of these colorful, super comfy headbands keeps your hair in place no matter what the weather.  I always have two of them in my beach bag.

Scunci Headbands

5. Clean Cool Cotton Roller Ball Fragrance:  All of the Clean fragrances are available in rollerballs, which are just so perfect for your beach bag.  Clean Cotton smells like the outdoors, only better.  It’s a great way to beat the lake water smell!

Clean Cool Cotton

6.  Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths:  Speaking of smelling better, I never go on a picnic or to the beach without these babies.  They are instant freshness, and they have a silky, powdery finish that help keep you from sweating.

Ban Total Refresh Body Cloths

7.  Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss:  This is an awesome lip gloss for the beach bag.  It has a tiny amount of tint, lots of shine, and it plumps lips for an even sexier look.  I have the shade Cake Walk.

Hard Candy Lip Gloss

8.  Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo:  Salt water makes for some great hair, and this dry shampoo gives it even more texture.  The Natural Tint matches hair color and covers up any burgeoning gray spots.  Plus it gets rid of dirt, so hair is ready for a night out on the town.

Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo

9.  Molton Brown travel size body products:  Get the travel sizes of Ylang-Ylang and Pink Pepperpod Body Wash.  They both have fabulous, energizing scents, are the perfect size for weekend getaways, and leave skin feeling great after washing off that sand and dirt.  I also love the Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion, and the Orange and Bergamot Replenishing Hand Cream is to die for.

Molton Brown body products

10.  Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask:  There is nothing better after a day in the sun than relaxing at home with this beautiful eye mask.  Keep it in the freezer, and when you get home it is just perfect for soothing and cooling.

Bausch and Lomb Therapearl Eye Mask

That’s my list of ten summer beauty essentials that I am never without!  What’s on your list?  – Lisa

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Three fabulous summer finds for hair, skin, and lips

When I am out and about on a summer day, I need three things:  something cute to keep my hair up and out of my face, a sheer foundation with SPF protection to keep my skin looking great, and a kick-butt lip gloss to brighten my look.  Here’s my trio of fun, fashionable, and fantastic summer must-haves we were sent that I love for this season.

Three summer must haves:  Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in Azalea

Three summer must haves: Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lip gloss in Azalea

Since I have long hair, I am always searching for something cute when it gets hot and I need to get my hair up off my neck.  A hair accessory as tiny as the Scunci Bun Wrap suddenly becomes essential.

Scunci Bun Wrap

Scunci Bun Wrap

Wrap your style!

Wrap your style!

being a bun head with my Scunci

being a bun head with my Scunci

Could that blue with white polka dot print be any more adorable?  It looks totally picnic ready.  The Scunci Bun Wrap is actually a wire encased in a pretty, gauzy fabric.  It easily wraps around any ponytail or bun and looks fabulous, even if you are as klutsy as me with hair.  These cute little wraps are found in drugstores like Walgreens or Walmart.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

As you can see, the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in Light is actually more of a medium shade…unfortunately I don’t think those of you with very pale skin will be able to use this.  (It only comes in two shades, Light and Medium.)  But for the rest of us — hooray!  It luminizes, evens skin tone, and protects from UV rays.  I also find it to be incredibly forgiving.  I slap this on using my fingers and it looks great every time.  It is awesome.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

swatch of Azalea

swatch of Azalea

The new Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($20) lives up to its name – this really is some legendary lip gloss.  If you are a lip gloss girl, get yourself several of these STAT.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.  I think the shade Azalea is the quintessential summer color.  Azalea is a bright melon pink that is very flattering and so wearable.  It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever.  Be Legendary Lip Gloss comes in 16 different shades, but my recommendation is to make Azalea your first one!

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

My Scunci Bun Wrap, Lumene BB Cream, and Smashbox Azalea Lip Gloss make up my summer superhero trio.  What products make your list?  – Lisa

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