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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

cargo, mother's day, gift ideas, 7 in 7 Mom needs two things: more makeup and more time!  CARGO has pulled together 7 products that will get Mom out the door looking gorgeous in 7 minutes.  Available in three different shade options, CARGO’s 7 in 7 makeup kit offers $170 of amazing CARGO cosmetics for only $59. Unlike some value sets, 7 in 7 contains some of CARGO’s best-selling products: OneBase (a hybrid foundation/concealer that I swear by), the Essential Palette (these shadows are engraved with application instructions), Eye Pencil, LashActivator, BeachBlush (this multi-toned cheek color also doubles as shadow in a pinch), Reverse Lip Liner and CARGO’s Classic Lip Gloss with Timestrip Technology. Click HERE to buy CARGO 7 in 7 Kit from Sephora.com.
gift ideas, beauty gifts, mothers day, Product Reviews, pur lisse, skin care What do you get when you combine ancient Chinese beauty rituals with modern-day French beauty technology?  Pur~Lisse!  I’ve sampled many skin care products in my day, and Pur~Lisse ranks high on my list of must-haves.  The “be moist & stay protected” gift set will introduce Mom to the line.  It includes the incredible pūr~lip comfort daily lip nourisher (that miraculously softens lips and reduces the appearance of fine lines instantly), pūr~protect essential daily moisturizer with an SPF 30 (this moisturizer wears beautifully under makeup, and makes skin look youthful and positively dewy) and pūr~moist hydra-balance moisturizer. Retail price is $125 through May. Click HERE to buy online from Pur~Lisse.
gift ideas, beauty gifts, mothers day, Product Reviews, h2o plus, ultimate spa collection H2O Plus is known for their luxe bath and body products formulated with skin-pampering ingredients from the sea.  The Ultimate Spa Collection contains five full-sized products (enclosed in a beautiful box) to keep Mom’s skin smooth, hydrated and refreshed from head to toe.  A $72.50 value, this set retails for only $50.  She’ll think you spent so much more!  This Mom gives the collection a big thumbs-up.  It’s the perfect gift for a busy Mom who would love a spa day, but simply doesn’t have the time.  The Ultimate Spa Collection includes: Sea Salt Body Wash, Sea Salt Skin Smoother, Spa Body Butter, Spa Hand & Nail Cream and Soothing Mint Foot Rub.  Click HERE to buy the Ultimate Spa Collection from H2O Plus online.
borghese, beauty gifts, mother's day, gift ideas, Product Reviews, skin care, perfect pampering, set Moms love skincare, period.  Borghese’s Perfect Pampering collection will have her positively glowing.  The set includes Borghese skin care favorites: Fango Active Mud, CuraForte Moisture Intensifier, Fluido Protettivo Spa Lift for Eyes, Cura di Vita Protettivo, Crema Saponetta, Bagno di Vita Bath & Shower Gel, Splendide Mani, Piedi Vitale and the most adorable Straw Tote.  The retail value of this collection is $188, but you can buy it for only $52.50!  Click HERE to buy the Perfect Pampering gift set from Borghese online.
budget gift ideas, beauty gifts, holiday 2008, gift ideas, Product Reviews, being true, mineral makeup Is Mom obsessed with mineral makeup?  I know I’ve been lured by the call of its siren song on many occasions, but have been generally disappointed by the finish of mineral foundation.  Being True’s mineral makeup kit includes a transforming mineral mist that makes the loose mineral makeup simply melt into the complexion– no chalky finish, and no settling into pores!  The leaf-green patent bag is ideal for travel, and has mini storage compartments for each product.  “The Kit” contains $150 of Being True makeup (two shades of mineral foundation to ensure a perfect match, a bronzer, transforming mineral mist and a high-quality retractable brush), but retails for only $75.  Click HERE to buy the kit online from Being True.
gift ideas, beauty gifts, mothers day, Product Reviews, weleda product review, almond facial care Is your budget tight?  Weleda offers trial-sized gift sets of their amazing skin care products at incredibly affordable prices.  The Almond Facial Care Kit includes hypoallergenic products ideal for pampering sensitive skin. This cleansing regimen is so gentle, and the sweet smell of Almond is yummy.  The small size makes this a great gift for Moms who love to travel.  The Weleda Almond Facial Care Kit includes: Almond Cleansing Lotion, Almond Moisture Cream, Almond Intensive Facial Cream and Almond Facial Oil. Retail price is a mere $14.99!  Click HERE to buy the Almond Facial Care Kit online from Weleda.
budget gift ideas, beauty gifts, gift ideas, holiday 2008, Product Reviews, kenzo product review, flowerbykenzo product review Kenzo’s popular Oriental/Floral fragrance FlowerbyKenzo is now available in a deluxe gift set, perfect for Mom!  Included in the set is a 100mL bottle of FlowerbyKenzo, a 100mL FlowerbyKenzo Body Milk and a mini FlowerbyKenzo bottle for toting in her purse!  Retail price for the set is $88, so it’s like you’re getting the Body Milk and travel fragrance for free!  Click HERE to buy this deluxe gift set from Kenzo USA.
Totally stumped?  Rather than pick a gift, just pick a brand you know she loves!  Prescriptives offers gift choices in all price ranges, and also has fun refillable compacts that Mom can customize to suit her complexion.  Best of all, Prescriptives will email the gift card to Mom, and she’ll receive it in hours!  Great for last-minute shoppers…  Click HERE to buy a gift card from Prescriptives.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012!

Canyon Ranch Your Transformation: Recovery Intensive Moisture Mask

At Winters end, my skin requires major damage control. Dry, flaky and utterly stressed– only the most intense moisturizers need apply for this job!

I wrote a while back about how Canyon Ranch–the ultimate spa retreat–introduced their own line of skin care.  Well, Canyon Ranch has recently expanded their collection to include the Recovery Intensive Moisture Mask.  This product is a must-have for those seeking to repair dehydrated, dry skin.

Apply to clean skin (you can even cover with a warm, wet towel to simulate the experience of a professional facial).  Rinse after only 5 minutes!  You'll notice instant moisturizing benefits, and coupled with your favorite night cream, this mask really speeds up the re-hydrating process.

But the long-term effects benefits are what will keep you coming back for more.  Recovery Intensive Moisture Mask boasts:

1)  A niacin-rich formula that strengthens skin and protects from future damage.

2)  A proprietary blend of ceramides that help boost moisture retention and improve skin's smoothness.

3)  An anti-oxidant cocktail that reduces free radical damage, evens skin tone and deters hyperpigmentation.

Introduced for a limited time (say it ain't so!), the retail price is $95. 

Read more about it at Canyon Ranch online, or buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid Foundation

I would positively LOVE to wear loose powder mineral foundation, but haven't had much success with it.  I've found that most brands accentuate my pores, and that is not something anyone wants!

That being said, mineral makeup is good for the skin, and I truly feel like I'm missing out.

Estee Lauder's recent launch addresses women like me.  They've recently introduced the Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup Collection, and the nutrient-rich formula is available in a loose powder AND liquid formula!  Both formulas are fortified with Pomegranate extract, vitamins C and E, iron, potassium and magnesium.  These ingredients improve radiance (and don't we all need a bit of radiance, after a complexion-busting cold winter).  Titanium Dioxide shields the skin from those Spring rays!

I had the opportunity to sample the Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10 Makeup, I was impressed with the semi-matte finish it delivered.  The liquid foundation dries to a powdery finish, but keeps skin moisturized at the same time.  Bonus!

Retail price is $33.50 for either the loose powder or liquid version.  Each is available in 6 shades.  Check it out at Estee Lauder, Macy's or Nordstrom.

MAC Studio Sculpt Well Defined Foundation

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My poor pale skin is a shade that is apparently difficult to match. When I decided to start wearing foundation in the 90s, I journeyed from makeup counter to makeup counter in search of a shade to call my own, only to fail.

MAC understands this dilemma, and has answered the challenge with their new Studio Sculpt foundation and concealer.  Available in 23 shades, women with light or dark skin have the opportunity to select foundation with either warm or cool undertones, ensuring a perfect match!  

My experience with these products has been extremely positive.  As a very fair-skinned person, I was relieved there were so many options that didn't look yellow on my skin.  The gel-based formula is utterly blendable, long-lasting and light on the skin. Definitely test this out if you have an important event to attend.  The medium coverage will photograph beautifully.  I also mix this foundation with moisturizer to make it sheer for more casual situations.  The foundation retails for $28 and the concealer retails for $16.50.  Both are less expensive than many other high-end department store options in similar sizes. 

Click HERE to shop for Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation at MAC online. Other online retailers include Macy's or Nordstrom.

Latest Obsession: Kenzo Belle de Jour

Kenzo, belle de jour, anti-aging, beauty blog, cortisol reductionIn perhaps the most unique approach to anti-aging I've ever heard of, Kenzo has recently released Belle de Jour, their solution to mother nature's wrath.   

Cortisol–the harmful stress hormone–is blamed for many ailments.  Scientists seem to agree that excess Cortisol secretion is a physiological response to impending danger, but often our fast-paced lives can cause our bodies to secrete the hormone for no good reason.  High cortisol levels can cause high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, lowered immunity, decreased bone density… I could go on and on!  

Belle de Jour actually improves the appearance of the skin by reducing Cortisol levels.  Apparently, 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application!  Sounds like Kenzo has managed to package a two-week vacation in a jar, doesn't it?

I'm no scientist… so all I can add to this astounding clinical study data is that this cream feels simply divine on the skin, and the use of white lotus in the formula adds a fresh scent that will be enjoyed during application. 

Belle de Jour retails for $105 for a 1.7 oz. jar. 

Click HERE to check it out on the Kenzo website.