It’s down to the wire….Christmas is almost here so hopefully you don’t have a lot of running around left to do. One of my favorite retailers – CVS -is my go to stop when I need any extras to get ready this holiday season. Actually it’s my stop when I need ANYTHING. I have done food shopping at my local CVS – to pick up a few things – and you may have noticed at your local CVS all the different choices in store. What great fun it was today to take a field trip to CVS to hear from representatives about what is new in store.
For the #CVSMeetUps a group of bloggers got together to see the better bites, better selection and an even better grab and go part of one of their bigger stores. We walked some of the isles to see new products. I love the radiance platinum line of supplements now. There was a sample in the gift bag they gave us and I tried it right away. This line is certified organic and non-gmo as well. The allergy solution isle now has clearly marked signs to help you pick the best option for allergy season and in the beauty isle they have multiple organic lines to choose from including their own Organic Promise, my fav line Say Yes, Alba, Jason and more! Also new is the addition of premier brands for beauty including Jouviance and Wilma Schumann.
Back to your last minute holiday shopping…..What I love about CVS is that it is a great one-stop-shop. CVS provided me with a gift card to pick up some stocking stuffers and some items for the holiday season. They have the best selection of holiday decor (lights are on sale this week!), the best travel item section (great for stocking stuffers), your every day items like detergent, tissues and I needed a frame and batteries for holiday gifts and they have those items as well. I have frequented there many times for milk and bread and of course for birthday party needs like cards, gift bags and balloons. Their candy selection is extensive as well. Plus you can shop online too if you cannot get out to a local store. So think CVS for all your holiday shopping needs this season!
Disclosure: CVS sent me a gift card, presented us with a gift bag with goodies and treated us to lunch today. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.
New organic beauty items at @CVS_Extra
Great new signs in store @CVS_Extra #findyourhealthy
CVS carries a multitude of items from health and beauty to holiday decor and more #findyourhealthy @CVS_Extra
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 have not been to BJ’s wholesale club in a while and I was certainly missing out! They have a great optical section, coupon books with extra savings, a few samples of food for the kids to try and of course items in bulk that any family can use for back to school season. Just last week I was at BJ’s Wholesale Club to film a segment with @NECN for what products to buy or not to buy this time of year (more to come on that in the next post) and took along my older daughter. She was very happy to shop for back to school snacks but put in so many items in our cart that we went a bit overboard. You have to be strategic about this back to school snack shopping! Here are a few tips if you plan to bring your kids along with you (yes, they can help)
1. It can be very fun to shop here but it can be overwhelming so have a plan on which items you want to buy and stick with it. Because if you don’t one turn down the candy isle and the kids will go crazy. FYI…This is THE place to get your Halloween candy.
2. So if your plan is to get some back to school snacks be picky in each category. For example we chose one case of chips, one case of juice boxes, one granola bar box – as tempting as it was for my daughter to choose 7 snack options – you have to set a limit!
3. Know what your kids like – My daughter picked out a new brand of granola bars (and she is very picky) so I thought oh great – what if she does not like them, then I have 500 left over! It is best to stick with favorites here! Fyi….the bars were Cascadian Farms organic chewy granola bars and I love them!
Disclosure: BJ’s Wholesale sent me a gift card. All opinions in this blog post are my own.
BJs Wholesale for back to school
The crisp scent of apples, leaves, fall….oh wait it’s summer! But still I always like to be in the know when it comes to new products so I am glad that I was able to sample some of the new fall fragrances from @TheYankeeCandle. Yankee Candle always has great fragrances for any season and great accessories for your home. Some of the new fragrances for fall include Autumn in the Park, Sugar & Spice and Vanilla Bourbon.
Autumn in the Park is a combination of my favorite fragrances – apple and pumpkin. It combines the fragrance of apple and leaves with a hint of pumpkin so crisp!
Sugar & Spice is a new favorite. What could be better than the scents of sugar, vanilla and cinnamon? Nothing for sure. This candle smells so good, in fact I started it in the summer – could not wait for the fall!
Vanilla Bourbon is spicy! With cream scents it could be your new favorite. Check out the new line at yankeecandle.com
Disclosure: The company send me the above candles to test out. All opinions are my own.
New Fall Fragrances from Yankee Candle
Summer is the time for fun, breezy, easy hairstyles. Ever try to get the perfect beach wave without frizz? It can be tricky. I love a salt sea spray but sometimes it can make your hair sticky and frizzy. That is why I love the @The BEACHWAVER! It is my favorite new product. The Beachwaver S1 is a ceramic rotating curling iron that is super easy to use and you get nice beachy waves. Actually it helps you to create three different styles – defined curls, glam waves and the must this summer – beachy waves! The product features include a 5.5″ ceramic rod, temperature clock, temperature range, 8 ft swivel cord, a home button to reset clamp, a speed switch with fast/slow rotation and the ceramic barrel distributes even heat from top to bottom. Check it out at sarahpotempa.com.
Disclosure: the company send me a beachwaver to test out and review. All opinions are my own in this blog post.
Greatest curling iron! The Beachwaver
I test out a lot of products and like to use all natural ones. Here is one that is made in the U.S. (in Vermont) that is 100 percent natural and non-toxic called Tata Harper.
My skin must have been really dry as after using the refreshing cleanser and hydrating floral essence my skin felt amazing. The cleanser has grapefruit and bergamont and pomegranate enzymes in it too. The hydrating floral essence is like a toner but is a good refresher for your skin throughout the day. You can even use on top of make up. It does smell a bit strong for me but the benefits of this moisture mist is worth it. The replenishing nutrient complex is a lightweight facial oil serum that promotes an instant glow. After using these products I felt like I had a facial! They also have great aromatherapy treatments such as the irritability treatment which is said to promote relaxation and centeredness. The ingredients for this include roman chamomile, bergamont and patchouli and of course with this natural line there is no synthetics, no fillers and the products are gluten free. I also liked the aromatic stress treatment which helps to calm and soothe and promotes relaxation – use it when you need it!
Read more about Tata’s beginnings here:
Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to review. All opinions are my own.
@TataHarper products – 100 percent natural
My tween and teen love testing out shampoo, conditioner and body washes and they certainly voice their opinions on them all. That is why the products have to smell nice and work well. We got a chance to test out @NaturesGate Pomegranate & Sunflower hair defense shampoo and conditioner as well as the pomegranate body wash. They loved the smell and liked how they all coordinated. Seriously, how many times do you find something for both the hair and body that smells good and is the same scent? No one wants to smell like a hundred different fragrances. This is the perfect combo for summertime hair and skin care (and great for moms for color treated hair). With a blend of pomegranate and sunflower petals it smells fresh and clean.
Nature’s Gate also makes this great product – The Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion in Medium – not as dark as a self- tanner (but if you have very light skin it will be a bit tan, but still a nice color). You can also use the lotion daily to build a deeper tan. My teen wanted to try one of my self-tanner lotions so I had her test this glow lotion out as I felt better about the ingredients in this lotion -or should I say the ingredients not included: it’s Vegan, NON GMO, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Mineral Oil Free, Petrolatum Free, PEG Free, Butylene Glycol Free, Cruelty Free! How many self-tanners can say that? Plus it has vitamin E in it so it is very moisturizing.
I have to say I did not instruct her how to work a self-tan cream and she slathered it on and I thought, oh boy this is going to come out bad however it was even, there were no streaks and the next day it was a nice light tan shade. She and I were pleased at the result!
Disclosure: Natures’s Gate sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own in this blog post.
Great smelling hair care from @Nature’s Gate
My favorite line of make-up and skin care just launched a new venture with Target.
Pacifica’s partnership with Target is the part of the Made to Matter Program. Pacifica is of the 31 brands selected for Made to Matter 2015 – Handpicked by Target, the collection features leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that use simple, recognizable ingredients designed to be better for everyone and accessible to anyone.
As part of the Made to Matter Program Pacifica offers the Power of Love Collection, exclusively to Target, which is set to launch April 1st. The new products include the Power of Love lipstick. For every lipstick purchased Pacifica will give one lipstick to a women in need. I love this new creamy lipstick as it’s hydrating and the colors are fun and bright. Other new products include the power of love coconut infused mineral eye shadows, coco pure make-up removing wipes and rose gold brightening primer serum!
I do love all Pacifica products, especially the wipes. Real easy to use for moms on the go and they all smell really great. AND…now Pacifica has hand cream AND in my favorite scent – Island Vanilla! It’s my favorite scent in an easy to tote small tube. The stunning brows is a quick way to brighten up your face by making sure your eyebrows look done up. The web site calls the bb cream, “A true multitasking miracle that hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects leaving a sheer bare skin finish.” I call it the easiest make-up to apply. Be sure to add the sea foam complete face wash to your list of must haves. It smells like coconuts and really takes off your make-up in a flash.
Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the products in the photos to review. All opinions are my own.
Lip stick, Brow make-up and more from @ILovePacifica
wipes, wash and new hand cream from @ILovePacifica
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
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