2013 Beauty Wish List!

Hey Beauties!

I am so excited for this season because there are SO MANY amazing sales and gift sets coming out! This post will be a great Holiday Gift Guide, as well as a list of items you should add to your list. Even if you don’t partake in the holiday season, these are some great products to pick up while all the sales are on.

*These are actual products that I hope to pick up this sale season, so I do not have any actual reviews of these products (yet). Also, this is an extravagant list of beauty products, and I do not want anyone to think that I am “asking for” or “expect to get” all of these things; this is just more of a master wish list of things I like/think are worth the money* ūüôā

Here we go :

Under $25

Soap and Glory Good, Butter, Best –¬†a 1.69oz trial size of their 3 best selling body butters including The Righteous Body Butter, Sugar Crush Body Buttercream, and Butter Yourself Body Cream. It comes in a cute little box packaging, and would be great to give/get in a set or individually. $15 at Sephora

Origins Drink Up Lip Balm Set –¬†a set of 4 gorgeous lip glosses in the shades Nude Nectarine, Pink Guava, Plum Punch, and Cherry Pop. Again, these would be awesome to give/get as a set or individually. $22 at Macys

Bumble and Bumble Tonic Shampoo –¬†a stimulating shampoo with peppermint and tea tree oil to invigorate and balance the scalp. I know shampoo seems like kind of a strange thing to get excited over, but my hair stylist uses this on me, and let me tell you, it feels amazing. 8oz for $25 at Sephora

Fresh Soy Cleanser –¬†a facial cleanser that uses soy proteins to cleanse, tone, firm, and moisturize the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, and feels absolutely fantastic. Again, I know its strange to get excited about something a simple as a cleanser, but trust me. 1.7oz for $15 at Sephora

Beauty Blender Sponge –¬†is the number one cult favorite makeup tool for flawless foundation application. EVERY beauty lover needs one of these in their life. $19.95 (varies) Sephora

Under $50

Origins Ginger Treats Set –¬†is an adorably packaged set of 3 ginger products including the Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath, the Ginger Souffl√© Whipped Body Cream, and the Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub. 3.4fl.oz each. $39.50 at Macys

Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes –¬†a unique take on the popular “Naked” type palettes that every beauty company has taken a shot at. I like this one best because though it does have the essential neutrals that every palette of this type requires, it adds a small variety of shades that even the most seasoned beauty expert has not seen in a palette of this kind; as well as an unexpected variation of neutrals. $48 at Sephora

Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush Palette –¬†is a palette that consists of 5 coveted amazonian clay blushes. The shades include Dollface, Dazzled, Darling, Crave, and Park Ave Princess. This set also includes a black bracelet with a gold bow. $42 at Sephora

Philosophy Gourmet Popcorn Toppings Set –¬†a set of 3 delicious three-in-one(shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath) products in “flavors” that include Caramel Drizzle, English Toffee, and Praline Crunch. I always look forward to Philosophy’s seasonal selection, and am never disappointed. $26 at Sephora

Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner –¬†is an exceptionally luxurious conditioner that I have only been able thus far to experience in my salon. That will change. Soon. $25 at Sephora

Under $100

Ciate Nail Lab –¬†a kit for the true nail polish lover that contains 46 different nail polishes, top coats, glitters, tools, etc. as well as 14 instructional cards. It also comes in an adorable vanity drawer style container. Enough said. $65 at Sephora

Buxom Shimmer and Shake Lip Collection –¬†Let me just say that I am fully obsessed with the Buxom Lip Glosses, so when I found out their holiday set contained 15 polishes and creams, I about cried tears of joy. The shades include¬†Lauren, Rachel, Olivia, Victoria, Trixie, Dolly, Sandy, Katie, Sugar, Royale, Mudslide, Pink Lady, White Russian, Amanda, and Cherry Flip. $59 at Sephora.

Tocca Meet The Girls –¬†This set discovery was another tears of joy experience for me. Tocca is my all time favorite perfume brand, and this set contains 10 different .14oz sample sprays! It includes¬†Cleopatra, Stella, Florence (my signature scent), Brigitte, Giuletta, Colette, Bianca, Graciella, Violette, Liliana. Feel free to share the love amongst your friends with this set too ūüôā $62 at Sephora

 

 

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Holy Grail Face Product!

Hey Everyone! Today I thought I would share an amazing product that I discovered for all skin types, but is especially great for problematic skin. I came across this product when researching detox bath recipes and such. What I ended up discovering turned out to be one of my holy grail skin products.

Calcium Bentonite Clay has been around for years mainly used in bodywraps, foot soaks, bug bite salves, etc. Recently it has become more popular is treating skin problems such as acne. I was skeptical at first, but with some additional research I found that what makes it so powerful is the fact that the clay extracts and absorbs dirt, oil, and impurities without actually being absorbed into the skin itself. This means you can expect an extremely deep pore cleanse without any residual impurites.

The calcium bentonite clay I am currently using is the¬†Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which claims to be the¬†world’s most powerful facial.¬†It is 100% calcium bentonite clay with no additives, fragrances, or animal products. It is also sun dried, and cruelty free! The instructions for use are to mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider and/or water and stir in a non-metal bowl until it turns into a smooth paste. Then apply a 1/4 – 1/2 inch layer to the skin and let dry between 5 and 2o minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin; then rinse with warm water.

This product also warns that you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation, which is completely correct! It is not painful in any way, it just feels like your skin is getting pulled/squished forward towards the center of your face. It also will leave your skin a bit red for about an hour before turning back to normal. After a few hours, or the next day if you apply this mask before bed, your pores should have shrunken significantly and your face should look extremely smooth and matte. Usually the majority of any acne I have will have disappeared or at least reduced by a huge margin.  I like to use this mask once every one or two weeks. I purchased mine at The Vitamin Shoppe for $4.99.

In addition to using this product for facial masks, I also like to use it in detox baths.

RECIPE:

Approx 1 cup of Calcium Bentonite Clay (I have a large tub, use the appropriate amount for your size tub)

The juice from 1 lemon

1 bag of green tea

a pinch or two of dried lavender for aroma

** Make the water temperature as hot as you can stand and soak for about 20 minutes. Drink plenty of fluids after**