2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Find - SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is the perfect gift for the shimmer loving person in your life.  This lightweight shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for highlighting arms, shoulders, collarbones -- and even hair, as well as the face.  It has a cute, super-soft puff, and a mesh container opening to allow you to easily apply.


SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is perfect for holiday parties when you're wearing sleeveless tops or dresses.  It's a very large container, so you will have this powder for holidays and parties to come.


The glitter in SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is very fine with a warm golden/champagne colored finish.  It shows up nicely but it's not over the top showgirl style sparkle.  When using it on the face it's best to use with your usual highlighting brush, dipped into the top mesh opening for more accurate application on the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and brow bones.  


For the hair, you can lightly press the puff into hair directly, or your brush (but you will have to wash the brush because there will be excess glitter that will cling to it!).


SEPHORA COLLECTION Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is also gift-giving ready in its soft pink container with golden stars.

This also makes a great secret Santa or stocking stuffer gift for beauty lovers in your life! - RLB




2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set



NARS NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set 4 x 0.08 

NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set is the makeup gift that will make the beauty lover in your life VERY happy this year.



This limited-edition, Sephora-exclusive set includes four NARS award-winning, cult-classic Velvet Matte Lip Pencils along with a golden kiss of a cosmetic case. 



The unique golden cosmetic case is inspired by the art of the modern master Man Ray.  The four full sized shades go from soft and shimmery to matte and bold.  Two of the shades are new limited-edition and two existing shades.    The four shades are: Wild Ways, a limited-edition sheer mahogany; Spellbound, a limited-edition, sheer shimmering pink-beige; Endangered Red, a rich Bordeaux; a standout, bold shade, and Toundra, a rust shade, which is my personal favorite







If your gift recipient is already a fan of the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils then this is a no-brainier gift.  If they've never used the pencils before, you should know these pencils are smooth, intensely pigmented and are basically a creamy lipstick in a convenient pencil format.  

Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are non drying and remain creamy with fantastic staying power throughout the day.thanks to enriched with vitamin E and emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless matte color for hours.


Purchase Here: NARS NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set 4 x 0.08 



Endangered Red and Toundra are the most pigmented and glide on the lips like silk with saturated color.  The Spellbound and Wild Ways shades are more sheer with shimmer and are perfect to layer over each other or to add dimension to a nude lip shade.  .

The Wild Ways is a pencil I also loved using a a base under my nude lip colors.  The four shades are perfect to change your beauty looks over the holiday (from a shimmery lighter lip to a darker matte lip), and can be combined for unique looks. 




The other star of the set, of course, is the bag.  It's a bright chic gold with lip imprints and is so beautiful in person you'll want to carry it at night as a small clutch to holiday parties. This is a holiday set you may never see again, so you might want to treat yourself to NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set too! - RLB


Purchase Here: NARS NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set 4 x 0.08  -$49.00 - (A $98.00 value)


Included in this NARS x Man Ray: The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set :

- 0.086 oz/ 2.4 g full-size Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Endangered Red (Bordeaux) matte finish 
- 0.086 oz/ 2.4 g full-size Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Toundra (rust) matte finish 
- 0.086 oz/ 2.4 g full-size Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Wild Ways (mahogany) sheer finish 
- 0.086 oz/ 2.4 g full-size Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Spell Bound (shimmering pink beige) sheer finish 
- Man Ray-inspired gold pouch 

Health + Wellness Find - MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask


MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask, 7 Count

MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask are from the Japanese Kao brand, and a very clever self-care product you'll want to always have on hand.


The disposable MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask uses advanced self-heating technology to soothe and relax eyes in ten minutes.  You can use it at the end of a long day to relieve tired eyes, relax, ease headaches or prepare for sleeping.  Note: This is not like a traditional "skincare sheet mask" in which a gel/liquid formula is deposited on to the skin or eye area.

The MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask are packaged individually and are portable, so you can toss them in your travel bag or keep next to your nightstand.

I found that some days after having my eyes glued to various screens and digital devices, the MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask was perfect way to decompress and relax.

The MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask is easy to use.  You open the pack, unfold and break the perforation for the ear straps and then put over your eyes.  Almost immediately I felt the cushions covering my eyes begin to warm up to a very warm (but not burning!) temperature.  

I used the MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask Citrus scent version (it's the scent of the Japanese yuzu fruit), which was also slowly released and continued permeate through the mask 10 minute session. The effect made it feel like a mini-steam sauna for my eyes.

After the 10 minutes were up, I could feel the mask begin to level off with the heat and then got cool.  Once I took it off, I felt so much more relaxed.  My eye area looked more relaxed and in cases when I used it before bed, I drifted off to sleep like a baby!  Once I removed it, I just tossed it in the trash - no fuss and no mess.


Other great uses for the MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask - while on a long haul flight, after a gym session in a locker room rest area, for a quick power nap.  

The MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask instructions do say that because of the heat, it may disturb makeup, so I always used this on a clean, bare face for the best results.

There are 7 MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Masks in a box and they also come in unscented and Lavender versions as well.  

Stock up on these!  - RLB



Purchase Here: MegRhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask, 7 Count

*This product was provided courtesy of MegRythm PR for reviewing purposes.

2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Clarisonic MIA 2 Confidence Boost Holiday Gift Set

Clarisonic MIA2 Confidence Boost Holiday Gift Set


If you knows someone who LOVES Clarisonic Mia or loves IT Cosmetics Skincare, I've got the perfect Holiday Gift Set for them.


The Clarisonic Mia 2 Confidence Boost Holiday Gift Set includes their best selling 2 speed MIA 2 face brush in pink along with a USB AC Power Wall Adapter, Confidence in a Cleanser, Confidence in a Cream and Confidence in an Eye Cream.


Not only are all these IT Cosmetics Skincare products some of the best on the market right now (read my reviews here), but used with the Clarisonic, your skin will consistently be fresh, smooth, moisturized and glowing. It's also a great deal at $165 (A $207 value). - RLB



Gift Set Includes: 
• Pink Mia 2  Face Brush
• Radiance Brush Head
• Confidence in a Cleanser 20 ml
• Confidence in a Cream 15ml
• Confidence in an Eye Cream 5ml
• Universal USB Charger
• USB AC Power Wall Adapter

Purchase Here: Clarisonic MIA2 Confidence Boost Holiday Gift Set 

2017 Holiday Beauty Gift Pick - Clarins Advent Calendar




Clarins has long been one of my favorite skin care brands, and I've shared with you many of my favorites over the years.


This holiday season, Clarins has outdone themselves with their first Beauty Advent Calendar filled with TWENTY FOUR of their best and most famous skincare and makeup products (in full, sample, travel and deluxe travel sizes).  Clarins Advent Calendar is gifting-ready with it's beautiful white box decorated with a floral and jewel holiday-themed print, and a matching outer sleeve.


Clarins has even thought about creating the perfect gift experience by including in the Advent Calendar 3 Gift Tags to write a note to accompany your gift and 3 Pretty Charms to clip onto your key ring or add to the top of the gift for special gift wrapping.


You can treat yourself or the beauty lover in your life either for the holidays - or before the actual December holidays to experience a Clarins beauty treat every day leading up to the New Year!

Some of the highlights of the advent calendar are:  

Beauty Flash Balm
Full-Size

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara, 01 intense black Full-Size

Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, 01 rose shimmer Travel-Size





Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, 07 honey glam

Full-Size

Joli Rouge, 742 joli rouge

Travel-Size

Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Travel-Size

Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact, 02 medium

Travel-Size



Each product is hidden behind a dotted shape within the Advent Calendar box. To open,  press the perforation to open it up and the beauty treat is revealed behind it.


Not only is this a great stand alone gift or treat for yourself, but you can also purchase the Advent Calendar and then pop out all the beauty treats to split up into individual secret Santa or stocking stuffer gifts. 

Either way, the beauty lover in your life will LOVE you for the Clarins Advent Calendar!  RLB

Purchase Here: Clarins Advent Calendar

Inside your Clarins Advent Calendar:

Beauty Flash Balm
Full-Size, 1.7 Oz. Net. Wt.

Mascara Supra Volume, 01 intense black
Full-Size, 0.2 Oz. Net Wt.

Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, 07 honey glam
Full-Size, 0.1 Oz. Net Wt.

Instant Eye Make-Up Remover
Travel-Size, 1 Fl. Oz.

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Travel-Size, 1 Oz. Net Wt.

Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin
Travel-Size, 1 Oz. Net Wt.

Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
Deluxe Travel-Size, 3.2 Oz. Net Wt.

Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Travel-Size, 1 Oz. Net Wt.

Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Travel-Size, 0.13 Oz. Net Wt.

Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact, 02 medium
Travel-Size, 0.1 Oz. Net Wt.

Joli Rouge, 742 joli rouge
Travel-Size, 0.05 Oz. Net Wt.

Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, 01 rose shimmer
Travel-Size, 0.15 Oz. Net Wt.

Cleansing Milk - Normal or Dry Skin
Sample-Size, 0.3 Oz. Net Wt.

Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream
Sample-Size, 0.17 Oz. Net Wt.

Toning Lotion - Normal or Dry Skin
Sample-Size, 0.33 Fl. Oz.

Eye Contour Gel
Sample-Size, 0.1 Oz. Net Wt.

Extra-Firming Mask
Sample-Size, 0.2 Oz. Net Wt.

Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream - Normal to Dry Skin
Sample-Size, 0.1 Oz. Net Wt.

3 Gift Tags - Write a little note to accompany your gift

3 Pretty Charms to clip onto your key ring


*This product was provided courtesy of Clarins PR for reviewing purposes.

Budget Beauty Buy - L'Oreal Holiday Beauty Kit


L'Oreal Holiday Beauty Kit

This holiday season you can pick up a whole beauty look to take you through parties, photos and get-togethers for less than $30.

L'Oreal Holiday Beauty Kit gives you everything you need for a sparkly, yet classic holiday look.  The kit includes Infallible Paints Metallic Shadows, Infallible Eyeliner in black, Colour Riche Matte Lipstick (Blake Lively's edition!) and black Voluminous mascara.


I loved the chance to try the Infallible Paints Metallic Shadow in Brass Knuckles and Rose Chrome, which have the creamiest, most buttery, super bendable textures.  These gold and rose gold shades look great combined or individually, and will work with all skin tones.  The finish is the perfect blend of metallic and hi-shine shimmer.



Another stand out it the red Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, a true medium-toned red which also happens to be celebrity and L'Oreal spokesperson Blake Lively's Red.  The lipstick is lightweight and has a soft, velvet matte finish.  The wear, even through drinking and eating was great.  I still had a stain on my lips even after 8 plus hours with no reapplication.  The formula is non-drying and the color can be dotted on for a lighter red, or layered for a bold red holiday lip.



Their Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black and Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black are two of my all time favorite L'Oreal products, and once these are on - they stay on all day and night.  Perfect for those holiday parties that go on and on! 

Treat yourself and the beauty lover in your life with this perfect beauty gift/stocking stuffer. - RLB

Purchase Here: L'Oreal Holiday Beauty Kit $29.99 (A $43.95 value)

Set Includes:

  • Infallible Paints Metallic Shadow in Brass Knuckles and Rose Chrome (0.09 oz each)
  • Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black (0.008 oz)
  • Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black (0.28 oz)
  • Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Devil's Matte-Vocate Red (Aka Blake Lively's Red) (0.13 oz)