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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 2

11 Dec

 

I’m back with my second list of Gift Guide suggestions! If you aren’t shopping for any Beauty lovers, feel free to stop reading now. What follows are some of my favorite seasonal offerings from lesser-known to popular beauty brands.

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Fresh has delightful packaging all year-round, but during the holidays they outdo themselves. This year, the brand even included some colored pencils for gift customization. The Fresh Sugar lip balms are always a safe bet. For someone who appreciates non-irritating skincare, pick up the Holiday Glow Skincare or Skincare Solutions Set for age-delay essentials. Fresh.com

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Buxom has some of my very favorite go-to lipglosses. For the holidays, they always come out with great collections and this year is no different. If you’re shopping for a gloss fanatic, don’t give it another thought. Head straight for the Buxom Lips Off Leash collection at Sephora. It features 7 shimmering Full-On Lip Polishes and 8 Full-On Lip Creams for a glassy-smooth finish. 15 totally wearable, lip plumping, deliciously scented mini glosses. Sephora.com

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trios let you pick two pans of crease-resistant shimmer/matte/metallic shades. All can be used with a wet or dry brush, and fit easily into a reusable black compact (sold separately). Shop with her unique eye color in mind at elizabetharden.com.

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The Farsáli Unicorn Essence is a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists. It’s a water-based, dual purpose serum that preps the skin perfectly for makeup.

The brand recently launched Rose Gold Elixir – another oil that also reduces the look of facial creases. It’s made with pure 24k gold flakes that leave skin radiant. Personal tip: I love using this on my lips under matte lipstick! Both products are finally available at Sephora in full and mini sizes. Grab a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift!

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

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This little Winky lux Balm Baby Trio is adorable! 3 full-sized lip balms. Pill shapes. Flower-filled. Total fun. Nordstrom.com

 

 

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BeautyBlender

The Midas Touch is designed as a festive holiday ornament. It includes one original beautyblender and a mini blendercleanser solid in limited-edition packaging. The perfect starter kit for flawless makeup application. Sephora.com

 

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Love this trio of Drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves. Travel-sized Detox Dry Shampoo, Detox Dry Conditioner, and Triple Sec 3-in-1 make the essential stocking stuffer. thedrybar.com

 

 

That’s it for now! Expect some fragrance and beauty tool ideas in Gift Guide No. 3

xo

 

 

 

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Serious About Skincare

20 Dec
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Éminence Age Corrective Ultra Collection

To me, skincare should always be the priority when it comes to our beauty routines, with makeup and color products coming secondary. Meaning if we only have the funds for one, put ‘em towards good skincare. Which makes sense if you think about it. The better your complexion, the less foundation you’ll need.

As a beauty writer, skincare can be difficult to review because you really need to use the same products consistently in order to see results – or lack there of. Color products are much easier, which is why you see so many more makeup reviews & tutorials vs. skincare.

Having said all that, there are a few brands I want to mention that I’ve been impressed by over and over again. Their names all oddly sound alike, and all three generally fly below the trend radar.

 

Equitance

equitanceI don’t even remember where I received my first sample of Equitance cleanser, but somehow it ended up coming with me on a 3-day mountain getaway. By the time I got home from that trip, I had to find out what else this brand had to offer.

The best I can recommend for first-timers is their Brightening Set. It’s got the basic essentials for anyone wanting a less dull and more vibrant complexion. The set comes with a Toning Lotion, Cleanser, Serum & Spot Corrector, and Hydrating cream. You get that fresh-from-a-facial feel after each use. A fabulous set for holiday gifting, too!

You can also opt for a Trial Kit if you just want to get a sense of the brand. Look for them both at equitance-us.com.

 

Éminence Organic Skin Care

mhm_holiday_2015_bagproductÉminence is probably my favorite organic line. I started using it after an esthetician in Ojai used their Stone Crop masque for my facial. Last year, they created a Must Have Minis Starter Set that I still love to give as a gift. It’s a “Customer Faves” collection of naturally fragrant, truly effective, travel sized products that come in an adorable faux suede zip pouch.

 

This fall, the brand launched an Age Corrective Ultra collection of targeted hibiscus products: a lifting eye cream, an instant line filler, and a lifting neck cream. Yes, please! These “ultra” additions formulated to improve our puffy, tired eyes, lazy jowls, and expression lines, take the already popular Éminence Age Corrective Collection up a beautiful notch. Find it at buynaturalskinare.com.

 

Exuviance

exuvianceYou might be familiar with NeoStrata. Exuviance is by the same company. Lots of science behind the brand. Lots of targeted products for specific skin concerns. Go surf Exuviance.com and see if your issues are addressed. Odds are they will be.

I was excited to find a cream that would help me battle an aging neck and décolleté area. If you’re someone like me, who wishes she used more SPF in the ’90s and is now waging war on resulting little brown spots, this one’s for you!

The Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is great. Right after application, your skin texture looks more toned and smooth. High five for immediate gratification! After consistent usage, you’ll notice skin looking healthier, firmer, and more even in pigmentation. Look for it online and in ULTA stores.

 

For yourself or someone you care about, all three of these skincare brands have wonderful holiday gifts avail now.

xo

Trish McEvoy: Makeup Elegance

19 Dec

Once we’ve got our skincare routine rolling, it only makes sense to apply color products that will support our beauty goals. Think about it. Are you going for full coverage? Barely there? Holographic-ish eyes? Fuller lips? Dewier cheeks? Lashes for days?

I’d never limit myself to using just one brand. But after the age of 35, you start noticing which products tend to disappear on your face, settle into expression lines, or just look silly. For example, as much as I love sparkle (love!), I now opt for a more flattering sheen or pearlized luminizer instead.

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Trish McEvoy Voyager 7

 

I’ve been using Trish McEvoy lip glosses for years. I lived in her pretty shimmery rose until it was sadly discontinued. It wasn’t until recently that I explored the brand further. And I’m so beyond glad I did!

For winter, I love dabbing on her Beauty Booster Oil instead of foundation primer. If you like eye primers, run to get her Eye Base Essentials. And her mascara – amazing! It forms those “tubes” around your lashes so you won’t experience flaking or smudging. Looks like you’re wearing very natural lash extensions.

The Trish McEvoy Makeup Planners are also perfect for travel. They’re like notebooks filled with the makeup you need for every day. Even brushes! I love that everything she includes is actually usable. Gorgeous basics plus accent colors to help ensure we look like the best version of ourselves. Thanks Trish!

Need a quick gift? Pick up a Voyager 7 planner for any busy woman who deserves to look her best on-the-go. Great for a holiday boss gift!

Also available at Blue Mercury and HSN.

xo

#MCM Marc Jacobs… Beauty!

7 Nov

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Marc Jacobs beauty is hosting their first-ever Friends & Family sale event! So take a break from the CNN and HuffPo election reads, and head over to marcjacobsbeauty.com for a stress-free, non-accusatory, plain ol’ fun shopping experience.

Shop now through November 10th at marcjacobsbeauty.com and get 20% off of all your favorites, like liquid eyeliner, airblush soft glow duo, and even online exclusives. Shop soon, as it’s a limited-time event and use code mjbfam. You’rrrre welcome. #marcjacobsbeauty

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Event Disclaimers: To receive 20% off any order in the U.S., add any merchandise to your shopping bag, enter code mjbfam at checkout and the prices will be adjusted on qualifying orders. offer valid through 11:59 p.m. pt on thursday, november 10, 2016 or when supplies run out. this offer may not be combined with any other offers except the site wide free standard shipping offer at $50, after all discounts. this offer is not redeemable for cash, credit, nor are they valid toward previous purchases. we reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered or ineligible use of this offer and to modify or cancel this offer due to system error or unforeseen problems. subject to change without notice.

FREE L’Occitane Kit!

15 Apr

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No joke! I love that there are no strings or BS with this promo. Just follow the directions below and you’ll score an adorable FREE Shea Starter Kit from L’Occitane – during April only. It includes: mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Light Comforting Cream, and exclusive collector’s tin.

Writer’s note: If you’ve never tried this hand cream, you’re in for a treat… It actually has a cult following!

To get your free gift, use THIS LINK and follow the prompts:

1)      Enter your email address

2)      Check your inbox for an exclusive email

3)      Present email at any L’Occitane boutique nationwide and redeem your FREE Shea Starter Kit

…Turns out some things in life really are free!

xo