HOLIDAY: Aveda 100% Comfort

Looking for a gift for a ‘stressed coworker’? Yep, that’s exactly a category on the Aveda Gift giving website. You don’t believe me? Go look!

See? Left sidebar, under lifestyle…..

How about a stressed anyone?

Browsing through, I would pick this one:

100% Comfort
Include:

ShampureTM Shampoo
1.7 fl oz/50 ml
ShampureTM Conditioner
1.7 fl oz/50 ml
Hand ReliefTM
1.4 fl oz/40 ml
Replenishing Body Moisturizer
1.4 fl oz/40 ml
Lip Saver


Gift sets come prewrapped—ready for giving.

First of all, you just can’t go wrong with the Aveda Shampure scent.. to die for… plus they are all travel sizes, and so it’s a great way to have someone try it out… without an overdose of a size on something that just may not be it for them.
Elke’s tip? Put a bit of Shampure Shampoo in your bath… lather and the scent will woo you over..
yep. I can see why they called it 100% Comfort…

PRODUCT FIND: L’Oreal Skin Genesis Towelettes

Okay, this is certainly not a gift giving thing.. or maybe it will be once I explain it, but this is just the PERFECT thing to stash in your bathroom, for those late nights when you get home from all those parties you plan to go to and realize, you would just rather get in bed, than wash your face. I hear you… I do it way more than I care to admit. So to save your face (it has to look amazing for the next party, right?) you gotta grab one of these…

Quick, fast, convenient and your face will thank you. Also from the Skin Genesis line which i absolutely adore… great results, no side effects, and your skin feels amazing from pretty much anything in the line, I kid you not. The cleanser, the serum, the moisturizer.. lov lov lov.

L’Oreal Skin Genesis Wet Cleansing Towelettes

HOLIDAY: Khiehl’s Custom Gifts

Did you know that Khieh’s can custom make any gift you’d like? How’s that for personalization? At any of their stores, or Kiehls.com, you can create a custom gift tailored to any budget, recipient, or fragrance preference. The only limit to a gift of Kiehl’s is your imagination! Now I like that idea….. but if you’re stumped as to what to get a Khiehl’s fan.. how about one of these?

Gently Exfoliating Body Scrubs

This assortment of four skin-polishing, lightly scented body scrubs is the ideal addition to Kiehl’s classic collection of scented favorites. Available in Lavender, Coriander and Grapefruit – as well as “Pear Tree Corner”

  • Exfoliates skin for an even texture, leaving it smoothed, softened and lightly scented
  • Helps to prevent dryness
  • Helps relieve minor irritation and itching due to dry skin

Suggested Retail Price: 6.8 fl. oz – 200 ml / $25.00


Scented Liquid Hand Soaps

You may choose from three favorite Kiehl’s scents –Grapefruit, Coriander and “Pear Tree Corner” – in an entirely new formulation. Ideal for kitchen or bathroom, these hand cleansers are gentle enough for daily use, yet efficacious – assuring that active hands are properly cared for.

  • Biodegradable and paraben-free formula uses a gentle cleansing agent with coconut-derived cleansers


Suggested Retail Price:
6.8 fl. oz – 200 ml / $15.50

All gift collections, including custom gift service, are available through kiehls.com, Kiehl’s mail order service (1-800-KIEHLS-1) as well as at Kiehl’s own freestanding stores worldwide and select specialty retailers.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Purely Cosmetic Mineral Makeup

When Purely Cosmetics sent me a vast array of their samples to review for the blog, it took me awhile to get to it. Why? I was busy using my Bare Escentuals mineral makeup like pretty much every else on this planet. And now I”m kicking myself for not using this sooner. Why? it makes Bare Escentuals look like it does n o t h i n g.

To me, mineral makeup was something to throw on when I had nothing important to do. Run erands, the market, the post office, you know, stuff where you want to just throw on your face and be done with it. Swirl, tap, buff. Done. But I would never use it on important days. Like interviews, meetings, clients… why? It just never covers anything like they say it does.

Looking for a mineral makeup that covers like you wouldn’t believe? You gotta try Purely Cosmetics.

it’s the same process really. Swirl, tap, buff and viola. Your skin looks amazing and actually evens out skin tones, darkness under eyes, to the point that I really don’t need concealer.. (well, maybe a touch on those dark spots I have on my cheeks..) And the best part? Compliments galore. For days, whenever I wear it, I would get compliments on my skin. The stare down, and the ‘your skin looks really good!” comment. You gotta love that! I finally get the convenience of mineral makeup (swirl, tap, buff!) and the coverage of finally, a foundation. I gotta love that!

Another wonderful surprise? Her Cappuccino loose eye shadow. I wear this thing literally every day… lov lov lov.

I was lucky that I was able to get Robyn, the creator to answer a few questions for me in the midst of making and formulating her colors on mineral makeup tricks that even I didn’t know!

Do you have an amazing mineral makeup trick you can share?

If you want heavier coverage, lightly spritz your brush with Evian facial spray, then swirl it in the foundation and buff. Add any additional layers dry. Or to really set the makeup and let it meld together, heat your brush with a blow dryer after applying your last layer, then buff the warm hairs against your face. This will meld it all together.

But the best trick isn’t a trick. Forget the tapping out foundation into the lid of the jar. If you’re a klutz like me, you need more room to work. If you don’t want beige colored grout, go buy a stack of hamburger patty sheets from a restaurant supply store like Smart N Final. 1000 sheets are under $5. Put a sheet on your bathroom counter, tap your powder onto it, swirl – when you’re finished, just pitch the sheet. Not only does it save your counter, but it’s more sanitary as well. You never want to dip a wet brush into loose powder (or dump any damp powder back into the jar), as the water is a conduit for harboring bacteria growth.

What’s your fav product in your line?

I have a couple of favorites. I absolutely love my Silk & Pearl Powder primer. It makes your skin feel so soft, and is actually very beneficial to your skin. It will hydrate your skin while simultaneously absorbing excess oils. The ingredients contain essential amino acids, calcium, and pearl powder is an “ancient Chinese secret” for healing skin. I even use it at night before going to bed!

My other favorite product is my latest addition: the Cream to Powder Eye Shadows. A Cream to Powder product is one that is firm in it’s container, and is a semi-solid until it comes in contact with your skin – it immediately becomes a powder. That stuff stays on until you decide to take it off! I purposely designed it to be very buildable, as are all of my eye shadows. By being buildable instead of highly pigmented color right off the bat, you can control how much intensity you want.

What makes you mineral makeup so amazing?

I try to meet the needs of most any skin types. My standard line contains only the most basic ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxides, suitable for even the most sensitive skin. My skin smoothing line has silk powder and allantoin, among other things, to minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores, stimulate cell regeneration, and reflects light the most naturally to skin, making it ideal for photography as well. Each formulation contains no parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer), no preservatives, no cheap fillers to bulk up the product, and gives great, long lasting coverage.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Product Body Bubble Rubble

I got the chance to try and play with the super chic Product Body line’s Bubble Rubble. No, it’s not for kids even I though I KNOW you are thinking of Barnie Rubble from The Flintstones right now aren’t ya. Well, me too.

Well, I’m sure kids would love this too, but after I got this after a day of packing, moving and putting together a room full of furniture, well, let’s just say this was a gift from the gods.

Okay, now, it’s nothing to look at. It’s crumbles of well, I’m not sure what, but it looks like squishy soap. (that didn’t sound right…) but that’s what it looks like. Just take a chunk and you break it in two.. or however small or big you want… and toss it into the bath. Truly a little goes a long way.
Now get in!

Bubbles emerged immediately and voila. I was in bubble heaven. I mean super bubbles. Who knew this little thing could be such a giant in the bathtub body products world? The scent reminded me a bit of bubble gum, but the scent is listed as ‘SEXY LAUNDRY DAY’…. and it just bubbled away and stayed for what seemed forever. Pet peeve? When bubbles are gone in like 5 minutes. What was that all about? No, a bath time ritual needs at least 30 minutes right? Okay, 20.
These do not disappoint.
More Bubble Rubble please!

Bubble Rubble