Holiday Beauty Shopping Guide…and more

Do you remember I was fanatically looking for the coolest gifts to give my friends for the holidays? I was hoping to find all of my clever gift ideas by Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Well….that didn’t happen. But in my search I came across a lot of cool things that I wanted to share (and maybe suggest). My search was initially comprised of skincare and makeup, as that is what I do (that’s me branding myself). As easy as I thought that might be, I was not excited at all of the perfume gift sets and eyeshadow roll-out cases that I continuously came across. However, still in the spirit of personal care, skin care, and blissful pampering, I hope you will enjoy what I’ve pulled together below:

Gag and other fun gifts:

EB Down Scraper Mitt

EB Down Scraper Mitt

Typically, this section would be for men. Men like a lot of gag gifts or strictly masculine electronic stuff, but I tried to stay away from the typical electronic stuff and tried to pick the most unisex gag/fun gifts I could find. I didn’t go crazy in the arena of skincare, but I think you’ll like it anyway. *wink*

This Down Ice Scraper Mitt by Eddie Bauer (EB) is actually great for both male or female car owners. The mitt comes in 11 different colors to choose from and can be found with fur or fleece around the cuff. I like the plaid choice, personally because it’s something different that’s fun/outdoorsy and stands out. Currently only $10 (reg. $15) with the purchase of another item from Eddie Bauer – this is a can’t beat price for the gift giver. Added incentive: EB is offering FREE shipping from now through Thursday (Dec 9th) with no minimum purchase amount, when you use the code STNICK. Still not convinced? Well, must I add that this item was also seen on Oprah! SHEESH! Now click here FINALLY! (smile) Between EB and Brookstone, I always find the coolest gifts for my loved ones!

compartes chocolates

compartes chocolates

On to more fun stuff! First there was whipped lightening (and if you’ve been under a rock – it’s alcohol infused whipped cream – WOAH!), which has been all over the news and internet in the past few weeks. Well, now there’s the perfect box of chocolates to send to the office. Well, maybe not the office – Compartes presents chocolate covered booze! For the Guiness lover or Scotch lover, Compartes has a limited edition Black Collection which is either “10 dark and boozy chocolate trouffles” for $30 or “20 dark and boozy chocolate trouffles” for $55. You must first become a member of Urban Daddy, to get this price. Compartes Chocolatier, who has been around for more than 50 years has created a line of organic, artisanal dark chocolate truffles that have been infused with Guinness, Macallan single-malt scotch and other formal essentials. You’ll get five Guinness-infused dark chocolate truffles, plus five that have been infused with Macallan whisky. But if you go for the 20 piece collection, you’ll get those same boozy truffles, as well as five black sesame and wasabi chocolates and five black truffle chocolates.

Royal Flush Poo pourri

Royal Flush Poo pourri

The ultimate gag gift! I thought this idea was cute and hilarious! Check this out! Someone has come up with the idea to create a airfreshener that kills the problem from the start! Check out the Poo Pourri Santa Toilet Paper Set. This gift set consists of a travel size bottle of Poo~Pourri that is cleverly tucked into the core of packaged toilet tissue. The Poo-Pourri is intended to be sprayed directly into the toilet to stop the stench before it spreads! HA!

Skin and other Pampering Gifts:
Another unisex gift for those who have to brave the cold more than others….or those who know the importance of taking care of their skin, is the Burt’s Bee’s Outdoor Survival Kit. Whether they’re planning on braving the snow and going skiing or taking a trip to Belize, this kit will have your loved-one covered with all the goodies inside. From hand salve to lip balm, to poison ivy soap this survival kit is a perfect gift for those who know the outdoors. In addition, Burt’s Bees has a few gift sets for him or her: the men’s grab bag, or the men’s natural grooming kit (they’re very similar – a $5 difference – I suggest the grab bag). The holiday grab bag is half price right now. If you are on a budget, you can even split up some of these goodies and give them as gifts. Or go for the Overnight Bee-Uty Bag; with Creams, Balms and Scrubs you can’t fail, especially for the travelling type. I love these options because they go along with my skincare campaign for giving and Burt’s Bees contains no Parabens, no Sulfates, and no Pthalates.

Airplus SPA footie

Airplus SPA footie

Next, I found the ultimate moisturizing slippers, containing aloe and Vitamin E. Pamper your loved one and let them enjoy these relaxing and uber cozy, moisturizing and re-energizing slippers. These footies come in assorted colors and Airplus is so confident that you will love their plush product, that they offer a money-back guarantee. Well it seems this product is very popular because it appears to be sold out at Walmart Online, but go to your local store and see if you can find these snuggie-wuggie SPA footie slippers ($6)! Whoever you decide to give these to, just know they may never leave the house. OR they may just decide to wear these when they do go out! So with a gift that great, you may want to just grab up a pair for each special lady you know! Well that is if you find them….chall-ANGE!

MK perfume gloss duo

MK perfume gloss duo

Limited Edition Michael Kors Rollerball bottle of perfume and lipgloss is perfect and timeless. The sheer gloss and timeless MK scent is one that every woman would love to receive. This $22 duo is perfect to fit in a favorite clutch and hit the New Years party scene, so make sure you gift this to the girl in your life in time to hit the town. She’ll love you for it!

Shu_Takano lip duo

Shu_Takano lip duo

As if MK wasn’t enough to make a girl’s heart flutter, I present Shu Uemura’s Christmas Edition beauty gift suggestion! Shu Uemura and Aya Takano teamed up to not only create a Christmas countdown web page, with fun pictures and fantasy, but has come up with the ultimate gift – The Shu Uemuraya Takano Lip Duo Tint & Gloss ($45). There are a couple of other featured products, but the gloss duo was the most fun and exciting to me. It comes in three different shades, but I think i’ll be trying the passion red! Who can resist a juicy grape tinted lip or sexy rouge glossy lip to top it off?! While you’re at it, there’s also some fun lashes if you know someone with an obsession of lashes! I know plenty!

Now to the final presentation….have you heard of Wendy Brandes? Well, she’s just the ultimate jewelry designer and cleverly stylish person that’s featured in mass publications. Well, no harm if you haven’t heard of her. I’m here to inform you that you will be the holiday hero if she opens a wrapped up WB design. If you’re not quite ready to propose, but still want to get something special….this is for you, but beware, you should stop here if you don’t have a truly special woman in your life because WB is nothing to play with. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! It’s too hard to hone in on just one special item, so feel free to peruse at your own risk: http://www.wendybrandes.com/ You may even be able to find the diamond Cleopatra earrings (retailing for $7250 or $450) that Samantha wore in Sex and the City 2 or the four leaf clover necklace worn by Carrie.

Cleopatra Earrings

Cleopatra Earrings

Clover necklace

Clover necklace

Now ladies, feel free to pass this blog on to the males in your life and let them in on what’s good for them. Sorry I didn’t get too deep into the men’s things…this actually was longer than I intended.

Not too late to give the gift of stache

HOLIDAY-Stache

HOLIDAY-Stache

In tribute to last week’s Movember blog, I had to post this (although we’re officially Dealcember): http://shop.shawnimals.com/collections/moustachios

Still looking for ways to winterize your skin?

Vaseline Dry Skin Rescue Mission

Vaseline Mission

Vaseline Intensive care to the Rescue! I mean Vaseline Intensive Rescue!

As any other company that is making it’s mark, the Vaseline brand is using social media to market their new “brand of skincare”. Check out their video series on Facebook as they track ‘The Dry Skin Patrol’ which is a team of women who undergo extreme skin drying tests.

There is also a forum for dry skin sufferers, where they can ask questions, request samples or send ‘virtual gift samples’ to friends.

Check out the body care line, that claims to accelerate the skins’ healing process by “tripling the moisture reserves”. They also make claims to beat out Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Lotion (the same UK company that makes Aquaphor – both great lines for dry skin). Vaseline even has a prescription strength moisturizer and they’re boasting to “deliver one million good skin days” with these new products.

I’ll be checking this out to see if they live up to all these claims as my skin is thirsting for some moisture!

Join me and try a sample today, click here.

Also, don’t forget to LIKE them on Facebook and keep up with all of the latest news and videos.

Been needing an excuse to grow your facial hair?

Movember shave

Movember shave

Have you seen more facial hair on men lately? Well, it’s probably not laziness, he’s probably participating in the annual mustache growing month that takes place each November, known as “Movember”. Movember is an increasingly popular charity event held each year where men grow their facial hair (typically a moustache) to raise money to “change the face of men’s health”. The funds are raised for cancer’s that affect men, but has evolved to focus especially on prostate cancer awareness.

Inspired by the increasingly popular month of October and it’s association with women’s breast cancer awareness, Movember has created a simple way to do a month-long fundraising event by challenging men to begin the month off by shaving their facial hair and growing it out throughout the month to raise awareness by starting conversations of men’s health. Participants like it because it’s an easy way to raise money for charity. This year there were an estimated 400,000 participants. Even though the month of November is almost over, there’s still time. Log on to the Movember website and sign up and post pictures of your stages. With this now being the leading fundraiser for November, mark your calendars every year and inform your family and friends so that they may donate to the Movember charity.

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