With Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day right around the corner…I thought it might be fun to show you some of my favorite ideas for at-home pampering! You guys know I love spas…but I actually like creating one at home too! Whether you’re looking for ideas for yourself or putting together a gift- hopefully you enjoy some of my favorites! [Read more…]
Tis the season to buy gifts! Frankly many of them are for myself but we don’t need to go there, right? Estee Lauder is a brand I tend to play around in when I go to certain stores but like many other similar brands I try to wait for a great deal. When I know a brand will put out an awesome holiday set I try to hold out as long as possible for hope’s sake that something I’ve been eyeing will be included. Without further chatter- here’s what is in this month’s holiday set!
This box is pretty gigantic & so is the case which I don’t mind at all. The packaging looks like a gift- who doesn’t love gifts? I found mine at my local BX but & actually don’t see it listed online anywhere yet…more on that below. [Read more…]
– Top: bergamot, blue violet.
– Middle: lotus blossom, pink jasmine, purple passionfruit.
– Base: musk, creamy amber, white cedarwood.
If you caught my post called My Top 10 Random Gifting Guide for Holiday 2013 + Giveaway! then you probably got all excited about the Get Fresh products I’ve been prepping to review! I have two sets to show- both of them are amazing gift ideas for year round. I think these hold a special place in my heart because they donate a portion of their proceeds to Military charities that help Wounded Warriors transition successfully back into civilian life. Keep reading to see my thoughts on the Get Fresh Look Better Naked body set in Grapefruit & the Get Fresh Warrior Princess Foot Kit in Blackberry Vanilla & an awesome discount code!
About Get Fresh-
get fresh is a family run business that began proudly serving our customers from our corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California in the fall of 1997. We are a company that at our core is really in the customer service business; we just happen to sell the best smelling, spa-strength, botanical based products there are!
We work each and every day to make sure that you, our customers, are extremely happy with all of the products that we’ve created and the friendly and knowledgeable service that we provide. At get fresh there is no smoke and mirrors; our products do exactly what we say they’ll do. Your satisfaction and happiness are the most important things to us, and we depend on your trust to keep us going strong.
First let’s talk about the Get Fresh Look Better Naked body set in Grapefruit. You get three products inside an adorable (& definitely reusable!) drawstring bag. The bag itself is super cute & made of kind of a washcloth fabric on the outside & that waterproof bright blue fabric on the inside. It feels nice & durable & has the the words “look better naked” printed on the outside. So cute!
Inside you have three body products- mineral body scrub, body mask, & rich body creme. I love the grapefruit scent for a full body care kit, it is so invigorating & smells so cleanly feminine to me. This set is meant to exfoliate then detoxify then moisturize dull, dry skin. Yes, so perfect for this time of year! The scrub is wonderfully creamy & dreamy but also probably about a medium exfoliation. It isn’t too rough but definitely noticeable. I haven’t used a body mask in absolutely ages so this was a total treat! After the shower I used the body creme which is very rich & sinks into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Love this set!
Next we have the Get Fresh Warrior Princess Foot Kit in Blackberry Vanilla which comes in a super cute case! I love that both of the “packaging” on these sets are reusable, waste not! You can read about the donation information (this is a photo of the included tag) which is nice to remember. The size of this set is larger than a pencil case in case you were wondering, I know sometimes it is hard to tell! Each tub is 2 oz.
I was nervous about this scent because some vanilla scents are quite artificial but this is fantastic. I absolutely love the somehow sexy but also calming scent combination! This pedicure kit has a sugar foot scrub, intensive cream, & a moisturizing cream. Pictured above you also get a pumice stone! Ah, I am so thrilled with this scent, completely unexpected for a pedicure set!
I hope you found this post helpful, I loved these items & wanted to make sure you knew that while holiday shopping! Speaking of shopping, the great people at Get Fresh have given my readers a 20% off code! Just use code STEPHANIE upon checkout! That’s an awesome value! If you’re opting to give these as gifts don’t forget to talk to the recipient about the awesome charity work Get Fresh does. I always love hearing about that when I get gifts! Obviously this would make a great self-gift too! 😉
I love a great set of brushes…especially if they are in some shade of purple.I’ve been buying Crown Brush products for years after first seeing them at IMATS LA a few years ago. I always hit their booth since they have a crazy huge variety & very reasonable prices. Even my mom has picked up some brushes & she is a brush minimalist! I also use their brush cleaner which smells a bit like lemon cakes. When iFabbo gave me the opportunity to try & then review the Crown Brush HD Cosmetic Brush Set with Mirror & Tweezer I jumped at it & am now ready to share!
First let me tell you what this set contains: a set of tweezers, Detail Liner, Chisel Shadow, Crease Blender, Deluxe Contour, Tapered Blush, and Pro Powder & a zip around case which has a mirror.My set is purple with purple tips but there is also an orange set & a blue one both of which have coordinating colored tips. Cute.
These brushes are all vegan friendly, and can be used to apply liquids, creams, and powders. They are all also made with high grade synthetic fiber & after washing each of them at least twice I haven’t had any issues with shedding or the color on the brush tips fading or staining. The tweezers are actually pretty nice quality, perfect for applying lashes when traveling.
The Detail Liner Brush just isn’t my cup of tea. I find it small for eyeshadow but too big for gel or actual eyeliner. I’m actually trying to figure this one out still since I line thinner eyeliner personally. I’m wondering if it will make a nice lip brush? It is soft but firm & flares a bit at the end while most of my liners come to a more narrow point. The Crease Blender Brush is a nice size & softness, perfect for blending the crease shade. I’ve actually been using this almost daily, it really has a nice shape for my small eyes. The Chisel Shadow Brush has a similar story, nice softness & size. I’ve been using this more to apply & lightly fan out cream shadows.
For face brushes, the Deluxe Contour just barely made the cut. I couldn’t decide if it was more of an eye brush (which I have loads of) or meant for face. I decided face. I used it to apply a matte contour to my hollows & it worked quite nicely. Very soft & easy to add color as needed. The Tapered Blush Brush is a surprise because it is quite dense which means it can really load on the product! I think I would be able to use this for foundation in a pinch too. The Pro Powder Brush wasn’t a love match for me unfortunately. When I do wear powder I need a way bigger & fluffier (less full) brush. I did use this to apply a bit of bronzer to my outter hairline though & I think you could also swing a highlighter.
While this set isn’t a slam dunk for me personally, there are some awesome brushes here. I think this would be a really nice gift too, it even comes in a case so they’ve done most of the work! You can purchase this set from Crown Brush here.
When it comes to the holidays you should always have backups. Never run out of flour. Never run out of wrapping paper. & never be caught without a gift. Has anyone else had that happen? I did & I was mortified. Some nice person thought of me & bought me a gift & I had nothing. Obviously that stuff with me because now I have a bit of a gifting stash for just such occasions! Keep reading to see the 10 items on my list this year!
#1 A festive scarf (like this beautiful option from FRAAS) is the perfect gift for a woman in your life. Think of the pattern, shade, & make sure to wrap it in fun but protective paper. I like silver because it says “winter” & not necessarily specifically Christmas plus the print on this one is just really fun. I always make sure to have one ready in case an unexpected gift from a coworker, friend, or family member comes along. You can find FRAAS scarves available at online retailers such as Amazon & the FRAAS website as well as ASOS & Bloomingdales.
#2 Something for a child or the young at heart. I love these throwback Pac Man toys (they even make the classic sounds!) that I can gift to just about anyone. The best part about having a kid-friently toy is that children tend to show up in the office more this time of year & you’ll have something fun for them to play with. You can purchase these Pac Man toys for $12.99 each, available at Toys “R” Us and Walgreens for the holidays. Sawyer is obsessed with these, the littlest of our animal bunch just loves that they make noise & was constantly trying to steal them off my desk!
#3 I absolutely love when new moms/dads start venturing into the “real world” again but I don’t always know what to get them. They’ve already had their baby shower but they still have baby on the brain. I love giving them something pampering that is still kid friendly, like this heating/cooling pad disguised as an adorable bear & 100% natural. Even if a newborn spits up on it you can wash it, plus baby can use it too. You can purchase my favorite Thermal-Aid Heating/Cooling bear from Amazon.
#4 If you have a friend who loves to be pampered but has everything (maybe a beauty blogger or makeup artist?) consider these awesome Glove Treat options. These will be up in a full review soon but basically they are reusable paraffin wax treatments available for both hands & feet. They are super relaxing & effective at reliving dry hands. You can purchase these here.
#5 You’re going to think I’m crazy but you won’t believe how many people have loved this as a gift! This is a handheld milk frother that works off batteries. You’ll love this as a gift to teenagers (coffee is so in), college students (fancy coffee is so expensive!), & even newlyweds. You can buy my favorite model here, I picked it up at Kohls & it works great.
#6 Another item I’ll have a review on soon is this awesome set from Get Fresh! The grapefruit scent is intoxicating while still being rather neutral & the packaging is absolutely adorable. This trio includes the Get Fresh Spa Grapefruit Mineral Body Mask, Body Scrub, & Rich Body Creme. Also, close to me heart, they donate a portion of their proceeds to Military charities that help Wounded Warriors transition successfully back into civilian life. You can purchase this set & other Get Fresh products here.
#7 Woodwick Candles are currently my favorite brand of easily accessible candles. Why? Because they actually contain a piece of wood as the wick & crackle as they burn, simulating a real fire. This is the perfect gift for a romantic, candle lover, or someone who hasn’t got access to an actual fire like us. Our favorite lately is the standard Fireside…which smells like a crackling fire. Yes, we’re simple folk. You can purchase Woodwick candles here from Kohls, JC Pennys, & even ULTA.
#8 Name A Star. Yeah it might sound a little hokey but it really is an awesome gift. This is what I got my husband for our first anniversary (paper!) but it makes a really unique gift for grandparents, young kids just getting into astrology, & even educators. You can pick your star then name it whatever you like. We have both the gorgeous certificate (which has a lovely galaxy print!) & the location map hung up in frames. You can name & purchase your own star here.
#9 One of my favorite gifts to give or receive- the Pinch Provisions Minimergency kit. I reviewed this not just for myself but also the adorable men’s version. Currently Sephora has a silver version with 17 essentials for any emergency ranging from double-sided tape to hairspray to clear nail polish. Seriously, this thing is the best gift ever & you can give it to pretty much anyone 13 & up. You can check out the newest version on the Sephora website here.
#10 Last but certainly not least is creating your own coupon book for someone you honestly can’t come up with a gift for. My husband is extremely hard to buy for so this is for him but it could be for anyone because they have a ton of options ranging from parents to children or spouses like mine. I chose to put our faces on ours because they’re HILARIOUS & I love them. My husband actually cracked up, it is just an overall awesome gift. I chose the cover, inside message, our photos (including the stylish hairstyles!), & all of the coupons myself…which was hard because the options are nearly endless with over 500 date ideas!
You can create your own coupon book on the Datevitation site here! Books normally start at just $25 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift. But as a special treat for my followers, you can use the code ‘BEAUTIFUL10’ for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50) That means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for Christmas starting at just $15! The order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is December 13 so make sure to get your order in before then!
I love rose scented just about everything. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I find myself even more intoxicated with the scent. Finally…more rose things to add to my stash! If you’re not wanting a bouquet this year, check out these beautiful options for the perfect rose gift! The links below lead to prior reviews or blog posts.
– Reviva Labs Rosewater Facial Spray: I’ve mentioned this in numerous favorites videos & posts because…I love it. This smells divine & works like a charm. A refreshing mist that isn’t too heavily scented but still makes your face look a bit lighter & wears longer as well.
– Conair Rose Impressions Hair Brush: I reviewed & gave away one of these brushes awhile back & I still think it has just the coolest rose print. With swirls of pink & red this looks really artsy while still being functional.
– Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen: I love this, have repurchased it, & still adore it. It is so rare I repurchase a moisturizer so this is a big deal. The scent is incredible & I love it. This might be my favorite of the entire post.
– Mark Lipclick Luxe Lipstick in M.Powerment Petal: I received this oh-so-cool looking lipstick in my December Glossybox & I’m still loving it! With the pink metal packaging, magnetic opening, & holo writing I can’t get over the appearance…so cool! The color is a pretty universal rose shade.
– Prestiche Mineral Treat Bath Salts in Rose: I freaking adore these. I got quite a few Prestiche products to try awhile back & this is one of my favorites. This has made it into favorites for its pure rose scent & lingering scent when tossed into a hot bath.
– Maybelline Line Stylist Lip Liner in Rose 120: An opaque pink toned rose, this lip liner is lovely. The Maybelline Line Stylist pencils are super tiny at the tip making it effortless to apply color where you want it.
– L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Body Milk: If you love complex rose scents, this is one to take a whiff of. L’Occitane has lots of creative scents that I normally go for but this lotion contains Grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan, & Turkish roses. Fabulously feminine.
– Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Rose: I don’t know why Revlon did away with this line because, well, they were some of the very best. Beautiful, pigmented, & nicely packaged. Soft Rose in particular is a favorite because it goes with pretty much any makeup look. If you can still get your hands on it, do it!
– 525PR Makeup City La Vie en Rose Blush in Rachel: I absolutely LOVE this shade & it is super soft. The pigmentation is really wearable & when swatched it has kind of a light bronzer look with a nearly ethereal pink sheen. So lovely. This is pretty on the cheeks & chest as well. Plus, what a lovely rose!
Do you love roses? Anything here strike your fancy? What is your favorite floral scent?
** Some items sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to shopping for a man, life is hard. When my husband wants something, he buys it. Same with my dad & about every other male in my life. What do you get the guy who has everything? Well, if you write in the beauty field, you get them something you would like them to have.
Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani Cologne: If you haven’t found the scent for your significant male other yet, seriously give this one a sniff. Maybe this is a cheater option because this brings back lots of memories of meeting my husband & getting married & such…but it is absolutely wonderful. With notes of both woody & marine notes all tied up in a masculine bottle, this is a favorite. Even my “non-foofoo” husband likes this & has worn it for years.
Pinch Provisions Minimercency Kit for Him: Want something useful? This mini kit for men is perfection. It is small enough to contain the necessities & contains items you can replace after you use them as well. From a breath freshner to stain remover to floss this little kit has your guy covered. At only $13, this is the perfect gift for any occasion. Plus, look at how cute that packaging it! A sturdy metal tin with a mustache? Yes please.
Trigger Massage Candle for Him: One of my personal favorite gifts for newlyweds are massage candles & they’re always a great idea for Valentine’s Day as well. With notes of cedar, vanilla, & masculine musks this is a great masculine scent that will fill up the room when burned then you use the warmed, melted wax as a massage oil. For every man who thought he didn’t like candles, this should change his mind. You can find this one from Perfumeland. They also have loads of other types of scents & this candle in a spray form.
Jack Black Turbo Body Bar: I love this bar of soap. I don’t think I’ve ever stated that on this blog. I’m not a bar soap fan. This one holds together incredibly well, exfoliates, & leaves a great natural scent. It smells a bit like shea butter & tea tree oil? The lava rock is the exfoliant & it kicks other bars out of the water without being too rough. Exfoliating, moisturizing, & it lasts a nice long time? Get in my shower.
Ghirardelli Chocolates: If nothing seems to quite fit, go with a winner. Ghirardelli is some of the best & my house takes chocolate pretty seriously. Dark chocolate is usually my flavor of choice. Dark Chocolate with Strawberry Filling? Yeah that doesn’t last long with my husband. Not into dark chocolate or even milk chocolate? Try the Ghirardelli Sublime White Vanilla Dream All Natural Chocolate which is made with real vanilla beans. It is ridiculously good.
So there you have it, some awesome options for Valentine’s Day gifts for your guy! What are you getting the guys in your life?
**Some items provided for consideration while others were bought with my own funds.