Well, the winter weather is here in New England and for many that means dry skin and chapped lips. My favorite line of cosmetics has a great, must-have lip soother. It’s like a balm, gloss and stick in one. LipSurgence Lip Tint By Tarte Cosmetics is perfect for this time of year. It is a three in one lip tint that glides on with the benefits of a lipstick, lip gloss and a balm and keeps your lips hydrated all day. It is very nourishing as it has vitamin C & E. There are so many colors to choose from.  I also like that they are compact. In fact there is a kit for the holidays with several mini ones so you can share with friends. The LipSurgence lip tint makes the perfect stocking stuffer for mom or the teens!

Disclosure: The company sent me a few LipSurgence products to test out. All opinions are my own.

Lip Surgence for hydrated lips

Lip Surgence for hydrated lips

 

It is not too early to start your holiday shopping. For teachers I love to send in a small gift card, a candle or something homemade from your child. When you are having a hard time trying to figure out what to get as a nice gift for someone on your list, think about purchasing a Yankee Candle. I just love their fragrances and there really is something for everyone (you know they have man candles too). Prices range from $1.99 to $27.99, so there really is something for everyone on your list.

My two new favorites are Luscious Plum which is an exquisitely rich and festive scent of sugar-coated plums is a Christmas fantasy come true and Christmas Candy™ a sentimental holiday favorite, bright and festive with sweet and spicy notes! I love during the holiday season when the house is filled with wonderfully warm fragrances. I also really like the car jars and their candle accessories including their candle trays!

Check it out online at Yankee Candle.com.

Disclosure: The company sent me the above items to review and test out. All opinions are my own.

New fragrances for holiday 2014 from Yankee Candle

New fragrances for holiday 2014 from Yankee Candle

 

Yes, I know it’s early but I have started my Christmas shopping. Everywhere I went I heard holiday music in the stores this weekend. While some believe we need to celebrate one holiday at a time I am all for getting a head start.  Even Santa is at the mall already!

However, this year as my kids get older they are more about celebrating experiences. Of course gifts are nice too they say, but my older daughter requested a trip to Florida instead of presents! During the busy time of year we do have our favorite things to do – a trip to NYC, Festival of Trees (in my town I grew up in) and I would like to add a few things on my to do list for the kids. They would like to go back to Great Wolf Lodge and I would like to go back to a fun hotel we stayed at a year ago Cranwell Resort I would also like to venture to New Hampshire as well. Some things like spending time with family on a fun adventure cannot be wrapped up in a gift box or bag but the memories will last and that is on my list of holiday gifts to give this year.

Some gifts cannot be wrapped

Some gifts cannot be wrapped

No idea what to wear to the office when you have an evening gathering after work? What about what to wear for a fun shopping trip with the girls? QVC to the rescue. I don’t normally shop via the television but every once in a while I will be channel surfing and have noticed lately, they have some really nice items (plus you can go online to shop too)

Every year right before the holidays I head out with my two grade school friends for a shopping trip. I need something fun, fashionable and comfy to wear and here it is! These pieces from @QVC are really nice. I have worn the leather leggings on a number of occasions and get complements every time I wear them. Plus there are the most comfortable (not sticky) faux leather ones I have seen!

I am petite so I usually wear a heal anywhere I go and that is why the Sole Society Keyla Leather Hidden Wedge Ankle Boots is perfect. They are comfortable but the wedge gives me a bit of height! Top off the outfit with the Nicole Richie Collection Chiffon Top w Neckline Embellishment and it is an outfit for a day of shopping or an evening out. What I like about the top is the neckline detail as it is essentially a built in necklace. Simply add a pair of gold hoops and that is all you need to head out the door. Check QVC out online or the next time you are channel surfing! Prices on the items are below! Ignore all items in my messy closet… Maybe I need a closet organizer to help me out? lol!

Disclosure: QVC sent me the items to wear and test out. All opinions are my own.

 

Nicole Richie Collection Chiffon Top w Neckline Embellishment
QVC Item #A257594
Approximately $89.75
SA by Seth Aaron Faux Leather Slim Legging with Seaming Detail
QVC Item #A258748
Approximately $56.00
Sole Society Keyla Leather Hidden Wedge Ankle Boots
QVC Item #A258083
Approximately $100.00

 

Clothing items from @QVC

Clothing items from @QVC

 

 

 

 

Ok, I realize that Halloween has not happened yet, but I know from experience that any good, fun make-up kit that is made especially for the holiday season goes in a flash, so when you see them in October you better scoop them up. That is why I was so excited to test out these fun, new products from Pacifica. Their stellar eye trio is a great gift for the holiday season for the gal in your life that likes a little sparkle. The kit includes an eye liner, mascara and eye shadow duo. It’s only $20!

They also have a great new cc cream which is good for those who want a foundation and a bit of moisturizing skincare all in one.  The company says their Ultra Natural CC Cream has won “Best CC Cream of the Year” in the 2014 Natural Health Beauty Awards.  That is why I love Pacifica as they are one of the more natural lines out there. Check out their product line and scoop up any kits you see now!

Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the above products to review. All opinions are my own

 

Make-up kit must haves for the holiday season

Make-up kit must haves for the holiday season

It’s that time of year for all the fun of Halloween shopping. There are ways to save on costumes and candy and we have some tips for you.  We shared them with Peter Howe @NECN for a segment on Money Saving Monday. Costumes are everywhere but the site we love best is buycostumes.com. If you give them your email you can get in on all the savings!

 

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What a fun night and event at Canon’s PIXMA PRO City Senses interactive gallery at EpiCenter: Artists for Humanity in Boston. The event was hosted by Donnie Wahlberg and yes his wife Jenny McCarthy was there. Wow – it was amazing to see the power of the print!

Starting today, the gallery is open for the public to enjoy. Here are more details:
• Open 4-8 pm at the EpiCenter: Artists for Humanity. Free admission.
• Donnie’s photos will be displayed along with the two local photographers’ Scott Nobles and Josh Andrus

Disclosure: I was invited to the special gathering and received a few photos to take home. All opinions are my own!

 

A fun event with Donnie and Jenny!

A fun event with Donnie and Jenny!

 

We see a lot of products come across our desk at trendymommies and this one is a must if you like to use self-tanner. The bronze buffer is a cushiony sponge that helps wipe away streaks after your self tanner develops. It instantly wipes away the unwanted color with just a touch of water. It has no added ingredients or chemicals. With a bit of water the buffer’s exfoliation instantly removes the unwanted self-tanner on the upper layer of skin with only a few light swipes. It is perfect for elbows and knees, so no more worrying on those areas when you use self-tanner!  Also, this little sponge also removes deodorant from your clothes when it’s dry.   It is the must have item you will need in your closet – we love it! Two sponges costs $10.00.

Disclosure: The company sent me the bronze buffer to test out. All opinions are my own.

@BronzeBuffer a must have if you self-tan

@BronzeBuffer a must have if you self-tan

No this is not my Brady but an adorable replica of his likeness!

Cuddle Clones is a very special company specializing in creating a one of a kind, adorable plush replica that looks just like your pet! Imagine having a custom stuffed animal of your dog, cat or pet with you always? This is the perfect gift for pet lovers. We all know we have an emotional connection to our pets and these customized products are a great way for us to remember our pets if they have passed on or if you just want a stuffed animal that looks like your pet to snuggle with. Cuddle Clones can be the perfect way to honor a pet that has passed away.

The actual creation of the stuffed animal takes a while (that’s the customization part) but the process is easy. All you have to do is submit at least one picture (although several are preferred) and choose a few customization options (eye color, ear position, tail position) and then you will receive your Cuddle Clone. A portion of each Cuddle Clone purchased goes to pet-related causes so know that you will help out in the process as well.

Plush Cuddle Clones is the company’s flagship product, but they also sell pet replica figurines as well as customized collars, clothing, beds and gift cards. The Cuddle Clones prices range from $129 to $199 depending on the animal. They make all animals (Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc.) Cuddle Clones makes the perfect gift for high school seniors and/or college freshman too. Embarking on a new adventure and without their pet can be a challenge at this time for young adults, but brining a small reminder of their pet with them can bring some comfort!   If you’re wanting to order a Cuddle Clone as a Christmas present, order no later than October 15th!

Disclosure: The company sent me the cuddle clone to review. All opinions are my own.

A side view of the Cuddle Clone of Brady.

A side view of the Cuddle Clone of Brady

Spot on!  Cuddle Clone up close!

Spot on! Cuddle Clone up close!

A close up of my Brady. He looks just like his Cuddle Clone

A close up of my Brady. He looks just like his Cuddle Clone

Brady is curious meeting his Cuddle Clone

Brady is curious meeting his Cuddle Clone

We had a wonderful last week of vacation to round out the end of summer. 10 days on the beach! EVERY single day was sunny. Can’t beat that.  So it was back to school for us this week and I loved seeing all the first day of school photos on social media! It also started the carpool to sports and not even all sports have started yet for my two! Deep breaths….we will be in a routine in no time. I hope we get to get a breather this weekend and enjoy the summer weather, as remember summer technically is not over yet, so enjoy!

Summer 2014

Summer 2014

 

 

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