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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 3

17 Dec

Now that we’re in the thick of the holidays, I present you with my third Holiday Gift Guide – and very last one for 2017. What follows is a list of gift ideas that work best for those you know well. I’ve sprinkled a few fragrance suggestions that can also serve as hostess gifts… but for the most part, these aren’t for your favorite FedEx carrier.

BEAUTY TOOLS

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 4.28.10 PMPersonal Microderm Pro

This one’s for those who are meticulous about the condition of their skin, but don’t always have time for regular facials. It’s a personal microdermabrasion device by PMD Beauty that removes dead skins cells, age spots (Yay for getting older!), and more – in the comfort of home. Her skin will look healthier immediately, plus it helps serums and creams penetrate up to 20x deeper. PMDbeauty.com

 

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This little number is beyond convenient – and totally cost effective! The Finishing Touch Flawless puts the power of hair-removal in her hands. It’s battery operated and about the size of a small tube of toothpaste, so she can keep it with her for on-the-go touchups… like those random chin hairs that can appear out of nowhere. (Again, yay!) Super simple. Super cute rose gold design. FinishingTouchFlawless.com or Ulta stores

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.37.03 PMGHD Deluxe Dry & Style Nocturne Gift Set

GHD has a variety of holiday sets this year – all sure shots for the girl who loves styling her hair. I’ve always known the brand for their straighteners, but it was their ionic tech-infused hairdryer that caught my eye this year. Get a super-fast dry, while reducing those fussy crown flyaways. The ghd Air Hairdryer is sold on its own, but there’s a Deluxe Dry & Style Nocturne Gift Set that includes it and their 1” styler with heat-resistant pad. Bonus: It’s now $50 off! GHDhair.com

 

 

PERSONAL & HOME FRAGRANCES

Fragrance.com

Most people appreciate getting perfumes and cologne for the holidays, but they aren’t always easy to give. Fragrance is such a personal thing that you almost need to know exactly which one s/he wants.

If you do (or are willing to guess), fragrance.com has some of the best prices I’ve seen on new and coveted scents. Look for coupon pricing on lush florals like Diptyque Geranium Odorata and Prada Candy Florale, or a popular unisex scent like Creed Royal Oud. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised! fragrance.com

 

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Sephora

Specialty travel-sized and rollerball perfumes make great gifts and stocking stuffers. I love that Sephora has a special section in their stores dedicated to these on-the-go fragrance options. Pick up her favorite Stella McCartney scent in a rollerball, or opt for an entire curated Perfume Wardrobe from Atelier Cologne. Sephora.com

 

Champagne Everyday! The scent of champagne is almost as satisfying as the taste of it. Here are three of my favorites to add even more warmth to her/your home this season…

LAFCO ChampagneChampagne 3-wick candle

Also known as Penthouse, this intoxicating blend of ginger, sparkling grapefruit and Tuscan lemon by LAFCO, gently introduces hints of rose, neroli, and raspberry to its surroundings.  lafco.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-17 at 8.51.33 AMChampagne Black Label Three-Wick Brass Candle

Antica Farmacista has designed this stunning champagne candle in a gift-perfect black, crocodile-embossed hinged box that matches its brass jar. I love a candle with a container that’s usable long after its final burn! This is the brand’s best-selling Champagne Black Label scent, also available in a chic black diffuser.  Nordstrom.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-17 at 8.43.00 AMMaison Blanc Crisp Champagne Home Ambiance Diffuser

The Maison Blanc Crisp Champagne diffuser makes a gorgeous hostess gift! The jar fits perfectly into any home aesthetic and its notes of sparkling brut champagne with hints of vanilla and barrel oak make every day feel celebratory. This Voluspa scent also comes in a candle if that’s your preference. Pick it up at Nordstrom.

NOTE: If you don’t have the time or finances to grab anything for anyone this season, just remember that a handwritten card, big smile & warm hug always go a long way.

Happy Holidays to all!

xo

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 1

6 Dec

Instead of one lengthy guide of gift suggestions this year, I’ll be posting a few shorter lists over the next two weeks. If you’re stuck and want specific ideas, feel free to comment below or email me.

I’ve gotten a few inquiries about buying gifts for the woman who has fun, feminine style – but doesn’t necessarily need more beauty products. I can’t totally relate to the notion of too many products… but okay, I’m game.

From a stocking stuffer to spa certificate, here are a few ideas to get the girl who basically needs nothing.

 

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Jennifer Adams HOME

For the woman who appreciates style and always seems to look effortlessly chic – pick up a Jennifer Adams throw. You might be familiar with Jennifer’s bedding collections, but check out

 her new lifestyle site! Each throw is handmade with the most gorgeous natural fabrics. Timeless linen, cotton, silk threads, accent tassels, etc. She’ll keep it forever. Shop Jenniferadams.com.

 

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The Hollywood Silk Solution

Silk pillowcases are more than just smooth and cool on your face. They can extend the life of your blowout, reduce hair breakage and those fine facial lines you can develop overnight. These come in 3 colors and are made from the highest grade (6A) pure mulberry silk. Single cases are sold in cute, small boxes – easy to pop in a stocking, or the mail. Shop thehollywoodsilksolution.com.

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 4.41.03 PMWander Wet Bags

I love throwing these bags in my travel tote or gym bag. Put anything you want to keep separate in one of these eco-friendly, water-resistant bags. Made right here in So Cal, they’re available in 4 sizes that fit a phone and some keys, all the way up to a wet suit and towel.

My favorite print is the Starfish in Whitsunday Sand, but check out all the Wander Wet Bag options at wanderwetbags.com.

 

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Honestly, what woman doesn’t love cookie dough? Personally, I prefer it to the actual cookie. Now you can have edible (no eggs) cookie dough sent anywhere. There are even vegan & gluten-free options. Best. Gift. Ever! Create a fun variety pack of your own, or go with their popular edoughble suggestions. My favorite: Milk n’ Cookies. I haven’t tried S’more Please yet but I’ve got a good feeling about it. Shop edoughble.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 11.48.47 PMBlue Medi Spa

I’ve driven by this spa in Sherman Oaks for years, and not stopped in until recently. I now get why they were voted Best Medical Spa of the Year by American Spa Magazine. A gift card to Blue Medi Spa is a fool-proof idea for anyone in LA – including men. Check out their site for facials, injectables, laser hair removal, and more. The Perfect Derma Peel is really popular… but gift with caution. No one wants to be insulted by a present. Amiright!?

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 12.00.47 AMGive Back

I can never spend enough time in a park. Walking, camping, hiking, anything! We are so lucky to have access to so many gorgeous national parks. Help support their upkeep by donating to the National Park Foundation – the official charity for the National Park Service.

There are a few ways you can buy gifts and support America’s parks at the same time…

  • Donate in honor or memory: Donate to national parks in someone’s name to celebrate their memory or mark a special occasion
  • Park gear: Pick up one of these gifts to support NPF’s important work
  • Volunteer: Invite someone to get their hands dirty with you… Help out a park or program together!

 

Stay tuned for Gift Guide No. 2!

xo

 

 

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

The Beauty Lover’s Stocking

15 Dec

Admit it, there’s nothing (gift-wise) more disappointing during the holidays than a gorgeously wrapped piece of crap. No one wants delicious icing and meh cake. That’s why I love fun (useful!) stocking stuffers. Greatness, unexpected.

 

So here are a few of my favorites this year for the beauty lover’s stocking.

 

Makeup that someone wouldn’t splurge on for herself is always appreciated – whether tucked in the stocking or next to the latkes. And don’t worry if your color selection isn’t perfect – almost every retailer will exchange it for a better fit. I know you know this, but it has to be said.

 

 

PRACTICAL GIFTS SHE’LL TREASURE

The Beauty Blender. She may not want to spend the $20+ on herself for a little foam egg… so do it for her. She will love it. In fact, she’ll start wondering how she lived without it for so long. BeautyBlender.com

 

Pursonic Set of 2 Sonic Travel Toothbrushes & 4 Brush Heads. Once you’ve gone electric toothbrush, you just can’t go back. Except that we seem to for convenience-sake whenever a suitcase is involved. That’s why I love this set of Pursonic travel toothbrushes! Compact, cute, super travel-friendly, and a great price point. QVC!

 

 

HER NEWEST PURSE STAPLES

Edward Bess Glossy Rouge Lip Color Wardrobe Gift Set. Perfect for the minimalist. These shades don’t look like much – until you put them on. There’s a nude, pink and red. All feel like you’re wearing nothing and look like your very best natural. Build the color to your desire.QVC

 

L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet. She can now have a hand cream in every purse that was created from ingredients found throughout Provence. Think Shea Butter, Lavender, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Povoine, Neroli & Orchid. At least she can smell like she spent the holidays in Provence. L’Occitane

 

 

WHAT’LL MAKE HER DO A HAPPY DANCE

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

“I have enough mascara already,” said No Woman Ever. If she’s never tried this mascara, she’ll be singing your praises well through 2017. If she has, she for sure wants another. For anyone who wants more volume in her lashes, this is the Bentley of mascaras. Also check out the Too Faced “Christmas in Paris” holiday gift sets. Aww-dorbs!

TooFaced.com or Sephora

 

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer

Give her the tint, gloss or stain she covets. I’m obsessed with this product… but not gonna lie, it isn’t easy to pick a shade with this one. I had to open each once because the packaging gives very little away. I quickly fell in love with Boudoir (502) though. I can’t imagine it not looking good on someone. Just brush on one even coat for a long-wearing stain. Let it dry. I repeat: Let. It. Dry. After a minute, you can add another coat for a gorgeous lacquered look.

Go to the Armani site, select Sephora and Nordstrom locations.

 

xx Happy Shopping!