I like to start my shopping a bit early…and at home…in my pjs! And dads out there (and anyone else who is trying to avoid the malls this season) QVC has the items for you! The folks at QVC have the best selection of gift ideas this holiday season and they sent me a few gift sets to test out. If your wife, mom, tween, niece or sister loves to receive a beauty kit or make-up kit as a gift (and who doesn’t?) QVC has the most coveted selection of make-up, beauty, perfume sets and more. In fact they have my two favorite brands – Tarte and Josie Maran. Both make-up and skin care lines are on the natural side and have no yucky chemicals in them. I feel good about giving my teen and tween girls lip sticks and moisturizers from each of these lines. They love the argan oil especially and this I would say is a must have for dry, itchy, winter skin.
The Decadent Bliss Radiant Beauty Argan Head to Toe Luxury Set from Josie Maran has the 100% Pure argan Oil, a creamy oil in a tube and the whipped argan oil as well, all to to moisturize face, treat split ends, or condition cuticles – Multiple uses all in one kit.
The Josie Maran Argan 3-in-1 Core Color Hydrating Lipstick Duo is perfect for stocking stuffers and is $30. This is a 3-in-1 lipstick formula with the moisture of a balm, the pigment of a lipstick, and the shine of a gloss – love the formulation as it goes on easy and with nice light color. It comes with two so you can have one in your make-up kit and one in the car. The colors are really nice and very moisturizing.
My other favorite from QVC is tarte. The tarte LipSurgence 5 piece set is perfect for teens. I like the LipSurgence as it’s not too sticky and the colors in this kit are wonderful. QVC also has tarte eyeliner and eyeshadow kits so check them out here
What is best about QVC is you can shop online too. Happy early shopping!
Disclosure: QVC sent me several holiday kits to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
@tartecosmetics kits from @QVC make the best gifts
@QVC holiday gift ideas
I am always on the lookout for make-up that works and a line that is natural. Especially as the holiday season is here you may want to know about Jane Iredale Cosmetics as they have a great selection of holiday kits and a great selection of lip sticks that are perfect as stocking stuffers this holiday season.
Here are my favorites:
Lip Fixation – This is a lip stain and gloss in one easy to use tube. With avocado oil and jojoba oil it is one of those rare finds in a stain that actually moisturizes. This line is great for tween/teen girls if you are a mom looking for a healthy alternative to chemical based lip sticks.
Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream – This mineral-based formula not only nourishes but helps protect skin from UV and free radical damage. It smells nice (a bit like orange) and is non-comedogencic, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. It is also wheat-free and vegan!
The best of all are these little compact eye shadow kits called Eye Steppes – Each compact opens up like a staircase to reveal all five shades and a mirror. Perfect for the mom on the go it has coordinated colors in each kit. They are long wearing, crease-proof, hypoallergenic and and dermatologist tested.
Check out the line and let me know what you think!
Make-up oh my from @Janeiredale
Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.
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
Memorial Day weekend was great and I even had the pool bag packed and ready to go. All the essentials were ready: sunscreen, reading materials, towels. But I was missing a few items. But thanks to Pacifica I have these must have items for the beach/pool bag. One of my favorite lines is Pacifica. An eco-friendly line of fragrances, cosmetics and even candles their products are just great. They now have nail polish in really fun colors. Actually they have 25 shades to choose from on the Pacifica site. The nail line does not contain any harsh chemicals or parabens so it’s perfect for my tween girls. They love the nail colors, especially the Amethyst Castle and Nirvana ones we tested out. Also great to toss in your beach/pool bag, especially if you are headed out for the evening after a day on the sand or in the pool are the coconut water cleansing wipes. The pre-moistened towelettes smell so nice and are really refreshing. The solid perfume is great to throw in the bag too as you won’t have to worry about a bottle breaking and their enlightened gloss and creamy lip butters come in really nice colors for the summer. Both the lip shine and the butter are really hydrating. Check them out.
Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out and review. All opinions are my own.
Fun must have items for the beach and pool bag from @ILovePacifica
I was very excited to be invited to see the new Spring 2014 Color Collection from Clarins as well as test out some of their new products. Clarins beauty expert Christopher Truffa explained the products, tips and techniques for beautiful skin. Clairins has unique beauty products that offer great skin benefits. Here are my favorites!
Golden Glow Booster – This is the newest in self-tanning innovation. You add three drops to any moisturizer and your skin will transform beautifully into a nice sun-kissed glow. No self-tanner smell, an even glow and a more natural looking, healthy tan – for the face only. Haven’t we been asking for this for years??
Double Serum – This anti-aging treatment is used before your moisturizer and has 20 plant extract to stimulate your skin’s vital functions and prolong it’s youthful appearance. Yes! Have been asking for this too! Your skin will feel so smooth after just using this for a day.
Opalescence collection – As I get older I noticed my skin is dryer and less radiant. I have tried a few BB, CC creams but didn’t like the texture or the look. The Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is not a foundation but a light cover that adds radiance, illuminates skin and corrects imperfections while it soothes and hydrates. The cream blush, face and blush powder and mineral palette are so beautiful and easy to use. I am feeling very good today about my skin after testing out all these great products!
New products from Clarins
Disclosure: We received a wonderful gift bag with all the products to test out. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
What are you doing to take care of mother earth? There are so many things we can do such as recycle, support eco-friendly companies and buy earth friendly products. I had a chance to test out a few eco-friendly items. Each of the companies sent me the products to test out. I love all of them. Here are my thoughts on Pacifica’s new natural mineral make-up and skin care collection, blow pro hair products and Desert Essence products (which is offering free shipping on their web site for all orders today for Earth Day!)
Desert Essence – from their bath and body line is the wonderful smelling coconut body wash and moisturizer. For only $8.99 the body wash is so soothing and the hand and body lotion is just as decadent. Ingredients include Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter and Organic Jojoba Oil. Of course the products are formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth, Sulfates, Phthalates and Artificial Colors and no Animal Testing. We *heart* this company!
Blow Pro – Blow Pro products are a dream come true. Back in 2005, blow® opened the world’s very first blow dry bar in Manhattan. They then created & launched blowpro® products in 2008 to give better blow dry results at home. The products are free of harsh sulfates, parabens & sodium chloride. We loved the conditioner and the straight to the point styling cream. It made morning blow outs much easier. I have been looking for a dry shampoo that had less chemicals in it and found it in the faux dry shampoo. Ladies, you really should not be washing your hair every day and this product will hold you over until you wash your hair! The blow out spray is light and refreshing.
Pacifica’s new natural mineral make-up and skin care – The good karma skin care set is the one to get if you like to test out products and don’t want the commitment. But believe me you will want to order all of these essentials in full size! The kit comes with face wash, day and night cream, a BB cream(hard to find in a natural, chemical free version) and their color quench lip tint (smells so good in guava berry) I loved this company from day one. I was looking for a more natural perfume for my two tween girls and bought the Island Vanilla in the roller ball. Then I went on to buy for myself the body wash, lotion, spray perfume, soap and I especially love the solid perfume for travel. I just noticed they have the reed diffuser for the home and candles which are USA made. Oh my, a must get for me! Another one of my favorites is the Indian Coconut Nectar as it is a perfect scent for the summer! The value collection set is great and you can layer the products. All the skin care and color is formulated without phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil and triclosan!
Disclosure: The above companies sent me each of the products to test out. All opinions are my own.
Desert Essence Products
- Pacifica Products
I love the springtime with the bright make-up colors. This spring it is very bright and if you are looking to add a few items to your make-up bag , here are my top three suggestions:
1. Orange lip color – This is the new red. It flatters almost anyone too. M.A.C. has always been a favorite of mine but this new line from Hourglass is all natural so I love it.
2. Blue and green eye make-up – think sea foam and turquoise colors. If you can’t imagine putting on a blue/green shadow, start off slowly with a thin eye liner.
3. Neutral nails – Try to find a shade that is closest to your skin tone. I love the OPI shades and the names crack me up as well like, My Vampire is Buff. As for the shape of nails – no more square! A rounded shape is always in!
It’s February school vacation week! My kids love to pack and have several bags packed days ahead of time. (I guess you could say one for each day) It looks like we are going away for a week! But just a couple days. I am a sucker for any travel bag and whenever I see a small case, zippered compartment tote or make-up bag that works I have to get it. But over the years some just don’t work quite right. I found this small train case cosmetics bag at Target by Sonia Kashuk and it functions brilliantly. One side is for brushes, eyeliner and lipliners and the other deeper side is perfect for the rest. Plus there is no digging as you can see everything. I like when I find a deal that works well and this “snakeskin” small cosmetics bag just works.
All packed days in advance
- My newest make-up case
This week on the trendymommies.com 980 WCAP-AM segment we talked turkey day and Black Friday! Plus each week for the holiday season I am going to talk about some great finds for holidays gifts and must have items for moms during this busy holiday season.
First up is my all time favorite cosmetics line tarte cosmetics and their cute holiday kits. I love the lip surgence trio and their baby it’s bold outside lip glosses kit. These kits are a must have for any busy mom as you can put a few in the car, a few in your make-up bag so you are never without lip gloss! Check out their site as they have 30 gifts under $30. Tarte cosmetics is a cruelty-free cosmetics line and their products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or sodium lauryl sulfate.
I wash my hair every other day, but I of course take a shower every day! For the longest time I have been using a towel to cover my hair (especially after a good blow out) and usually wind up with a soaked towel. I just discovered the Dry Divas Designer Shower Cap! (the company is sending me one to try out so I will have a review soon). They have so many fun, bright patterns to chose from it makes covering up your hair a snap! Many celebrities are fans and the ribbon clip makes wearing these caps a fun touch.
Look out for these products and more on my upcoming TV segments as well.
Disclosure: The companies listed above sent me products to review. All opinions are my own.
Looking for a new make-up bag or storage for your kids Legos? Try the Lay-n-Go! Lay-n-go is a 5 foot diameter activity mat that coverts to a satchel allowing for quick and easy clean up of toys. There is a smaller Lay-n-Go Lite which is a smaller, personal activity mat and a Lay-n-Go “cosmo” cosmetics bag. It is great for storing small items and for on the go activities where you need a mat too. They call it their activity mat, cleanup, carryall and storage solution in one (yeah, finally!) This was a great solution for me as most days I am dumping the contents of my make-up case on the bed, counter or wherever I am to do my make-up. It wipes clean and is a much more functional cosmetics bag. Plus, perfect for those annoying little toys like polly pockets!
New and improved make-up bag!
Disclosure: the company sent me the Lay-n-Go cosmo for review. All opinions are my own.