holiday gift idea
Ah, Hair Care is probably one of those holiday gifts that you don’t expect under the tree. Let’s face it – hair care really has to do with an individual personal taste, hair texture and overall likes. But, it’s always a fun thing to receive – especially if you’re not born with luscious locks and love trying new products. I’m always thankful to get new hair care under my Christmas tree because I go through hair products like I drink water. This holiday gift guide of hair care goodies is the perfect solution for that holiday stocking stuffer or something fun for your loved one that’s a complete hair addict. Good hair day, anyone?
Styling, Nourishment and Overall Hair Care – Macadamia Professional Hair Care has long been one of my favorite hair care lines. I remember using the brand years ago because I was taking the steps to enhance my natural curls and embrace them. You can find Macadamia Professional Hair products at many retailers now a day – vs only at the Salon which makes it such a convenience. Some of my favorite hair products come from the Nourishing Moisture and Natural Oil lines. If you are looking for a great masque, I highly suggest checking out one from either of those selections.
Price: $20 +
Available at: http://macadamiahair.com or at select retailers that carry the brand. If you are purchasing for the Macadamia Hair Website on Cyber Monday – take advantage of CODE: GIFT25 to get 25% off all Macadamia Professional Products.
Hair Treatment For Daily Use – Marula Light Hair Treatment & Styling Oil is one of my favorite hair care products and brands. It’s no secret that I’m a lover of oil for everything – face, skin and nails and body. But, since my hair can drink up moisture consistently, I’m always looking for a product that I can use daily without worrying that it will cause my hair to be greasy. Marula’s hair products are favorites of mine and while they cost a pretty penny – they are luxe treatment for my long locks. The Light Hair Treatment and Styling Oil is a favorite because it offers my hair gorgeous shine, helps fight frizz and leaves my hair feeling soft and looking great.
Price: $46.00 (90mL/3 fl.oz.)
Available at: http://marula.com
** If purchasing on Cyber Monday, get 30% off all products site wide.
Moisturizing Hair Care – Alba Botanica Drink It Up Coconut Milk Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioning Mist: Get your hair over the summer hump and help rinse out the chlorine, salt water and help with sun exposure. Alba Botanica Drink It Up Coconut Milk line is perfect to hydrate and nourish those locks back to life and get rid of brittle and dry hair. The Coconut Milk Collection transforms your hair leaving it soft and silky while still maintaining its lightness and bounce. All products are pH balanced and contain 100% vegetarian ingredients, are made without animal testing, artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium myreth sulfate.
Price: Shampoo / Conditioner – $10.50, Leave-In Conditioning Mist – $8.99
Available at: Target.com or Target Stores
Repair and Moisture for Dry Hair – Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask and Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment: When my hair needs love, especially during the colder and winter months, Arvazallia is the brand I turn to. I have been using Arvazallia products now for over 3 years and have raved about it here on Honeygirlsworld.com on more than one occasion. The Hydrating Argan Oil Mask is by far one of my favorites to help restore my hair, adding shine and hydrating my hair after the summer months. These products literally help repair and strengthen my hair and they smell great. The mask is especially perfect for anyone with thin hair like I have, it doesn’t weigh your hair down.
Price: $16.99 (mask) and $18.99 (hair oil treatment)
Available at: http://arvazallia.com
Nourishing Hair Care – HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Oil and Mask. It’s no secret that HASK is one of my favorite hair care lines found at the drugstore. The line is affordable and I have tried almost all of the products they have for sale, but the Monoi Coconut Oil line is quite possibly my favorite. The Nourishing Conditioner works wonders for me with co-washing my locks and when I need a good clean, the shampoo is definitely the one I enjoy because it cleans my hair well without stripping all of its natural moisture.
Price: $4.00 – $8.00 (depending on the location) for Shampoo & Conditioner, $2.00 – $4.00 (depending on location) for the Hair Oil and Mask
Available at: http://haskbeauty.com/ or select retailers like: Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS.
Affordable Hair Care for All Budgets – OGX Hair Care Lines: Oh, I’m a huge fan of OGX and consider them a brand worth checking out at the Drugstore. With product lines to suit every single hair concern, you can easily find something you’ll enjoy. My favorite line from OGX is the Quenching Coconut Curls line because it truly helps to quench my hair, leaving it soft and hydrated, while enhancing my natural curls. But, I have tried over 15 products from OGX, many of them of which are favorites. OGX is a line that offers a variety to choose from: Bamboo Fiber for Full Hair, O2 to boost your hairs vitamins and minerals, Niacin & Caffeine, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, B5, Coconut Curls, Tsubaki Blossom, Cherry Blossom, Eucalyptus Mint, Brazilian Keratin, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Sea Mineral Moisture, Kukui Oil, Lemon Highlights, Biotin & Collagen, Keratin Oil, Macadamia Oil, Awapuhi Ginger and Teatree Mint. There is a HUGe selection of different products available for your hair and hair type.
Price: $5.00 – 8.00 depending on location.
Available at: http://ogxbeauty.com, Ulta Beauty, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and select retailers.
Easy Hair Styling – Charlie Curls: I’m all about simplicity when it comes to hair, especially since my natural hair is curly. Recently I came across a cool product that I thought anyone could enjoy – long hair, medium length hair, you name it. Developed by Kris and her daughter Ciera – CharlieCurls is a one-piece hair curler that takes 30 seconds to put in. Simply bend over, roll it up and forget it. Leave it in for a few hours to see beautiful waves or all night for impressive curls. There is no heat or tedious hair rollers required that take forever and these are so easy to sleep on too.
Available at: https://charliecurls.com/
Hair Care for your Fur Baby – Isle of the Dogs CocoClean Natural Xtra Clean Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner: I know this may not be a traditional product to list in a gift guide. But, I didn’t say this guide was specifically just for humans. If you put presents under the tree for your fur baby like we do, I think these products would be a great hit. Ikaika is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and he is part of our family. He is not a fan of taking a bath, but absolutely loves CocoClean products. First of all – these products smell great so we as a family enjoy them and second, these products leave Ikaika’s coat feeling so soft and manageable. Since Ikaika has long hair, it’s important that we keep his tangles at bay and these products not only keep him smelling great, but leave his hair so soft which makes brushing a breeze. If you are looking for something new to gift your furry friend this holiday – I definitely suggest checking out this line, it’s awesome.
Price: $8.99 – $10.99
Available at: https://iodogs.com/collections/cococlean
Looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping? Be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)
So, what about you? Are you hoping to get some hair care products under your Christmas tree this year? Have you tried anything from my list of Holiday treats? Comment below and let me know what you think.
Happy Holidays! xo
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Fall is here! Hawaii doesn’t get much change in weather – well, it’s colder, but not by much… but it’s still my favorite season… woohoo! With Fall and colder weather come a change in clothing and accessories and today I’m going to be sharing with you an unconventional one. Who says a water bottle can’t be the newest fall accessory trend? I think it’s a great idea. So, today I’m going to share with you some Fall goods that I think would be a great accessory and make fun and festive holiday gifts too. While we are all changing out our closets and prepping for the newest beauty and fashion trends, I want you to complete your outfit with the latest and greatest accessory from Contigo.
Purses, shoes and jewelry are all fabulous things any time of year – but especially during Fall when dressing up is fun for colder weather. But, Contigo has added a new addition to their line of hydration products and I want to share it with you because I think it’s important to stay hydrated during colder months. The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle is a glass bottle that is plastic free and adorned with a flower petal silicone sleeve in bright, vibrant colors.
Retailing for $14.99 this reusable glass water bottle offers style with your hydration. The BPA-free Purity Glass Water Bottle has a stylish silicone sleeve which really makes this glass bottle so chic and perfect for on the go. It comes with an attached silicone lid to make this convenient along with a carry loop to ensure that Purity will be ready for you and on your side for on the go. I love the wide mouth which also makes it easy to add ice to keep your water cold when you’re ready to hydrate.
The Purity Petal Glass Water Bottle by Contigo features:
- Made completely of glass, steel and food grade silicone; no plastic parts
- Contoured wide-mouth design
- Attached silicone tethered lid
- Comfortable, stylish non-slip silicone sleeve to help with durability
- 100% BPA-free
- Top-rack dishwasher safe
- 20 oz. capacity
- SRP $14.99
- Available in: Very Berry, Scuba, and Grapevine
If you are someone who loves to drink tea or coffee (that’s me), then the Contigo AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug may be one for you too. Available in Stainless, Polar White and Matte Black – the AUTOSEAL knows when to close. It is the ultimate commuter companion and so sleek and chic that it will go with any outfit. It’s basically the Holy Grail of travel mugs and I love it. It’s Spill Proof, easy to clean and stays hot for hours on end. It was thoughtfully engineered with a CleanGuard lid to keep out dirt and germs and is perfect for transit and for a ride.
The AUTOSEAL Transit Stainless Steel Travel Mug retails for $24.99.
So, are you on the lookout for a fun Holiday Gift Idea or just want to add to your list of fashion and stylish accessories this Fall? If so – I highly suggest checking out these finds from Contigo. My plan is to pick up a purple one to have on hand of the Purity Bottles because I just love how simple but stylish they are.
You can check out all the info and more on Contigo and their complete line of products here: http://www.gocontigo.com/ And, if you have a coffee or tea drinker or water lover on your holiday gift list, I definitely suggest you get them one of these – it will be a great gift.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
The boys and I have reviewed toys here in the past and today is no exception. With the holidays just a few short weeks away, I wanted to make sure to share a fun toy concept with all of our readers. Today – we introduce you to Max and Landry, the Buddy Balls.
Buddy Balls was created by a little guy named Max. One day, he came home with a school project and had to create the “best toy ever”. He decided to combine two of his favorite toys – his love for sports and his beloved plush sleep buddy. With a little help from his parents, Buddy Balls were born. MaxLand Toys was inspired by Max’s creation with a goal of producing a high-quality plush toy that would become a childhood favorite. And, in our household – it certainly has.
The original collection of Buddy Balls includes four stuffed friends – Max, Landry, Sam and Eva and MaxLand Toys has since added four more additional buddies in the Sports Collection. With a few twists and flips and a push and pull – Max and Landry transform into a bright colored plush ball.
The twins absolutely love their new furry friends. Each of the buddies are so plush and soft and they use their friends’ zipper area as storage for their favorite toys – cars, legos, etc. The bears come in four different colors and the pattern on their paws show what color the ball is.
“Zip it, Flip it, Love it!”
The twins have found a new cuddly buddy and love sleeping with Max and Landry because their fur is so soft and smooth. Each bear we received is very plush and would make the perfect gift for any child or child at heart. And, did I mention that Buddy Balls offers accessories for their buddies? Sports uniforms & jerseys are available for purchase to give your buddies clothes and extra love and care.
Buddy Balls are Award Winning and have been honored with a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award. Buddy Balls also helps to support Child Life Services Hospitals and chronically ill children. Do you have someone in your life that would love a Buddy Ball? This would make a great gift for anyone.
You can learn more about Max, Landry and MaxLand Toys as well as purchase your own Buddy Ball as a gift or for yourself here: http://www.buddyballs.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s no secret that I am a skin care junkie and love products that will help with anti-aging and to protect my skin. While it may not be an ideal for most – I love getting new skin care to try and products as gifts so I figured it would be fun to share something with you that I have been enjoying lately. TelomErase Triple Telomere Targeting Serum is the next generation of anti-aging, age-defying technology and I think it would make a great gift for the skin care lover in your life. Today I’m going to share a little about the product with you.
TelomErase Triple Telomere Targeting Serum is a 6-in-1 Multi-corrective that erases, tightens, brightens, blurs and moisturizes as well as regenerates. The product contains the most powerful combination of new ingredients available to help visibly reduce the appearance of sags & bags, dark circles, fine lines, sun spots, redness, pore size and laxity. I received sample sizes of this serum to try from Reviv Serums. The full sized product is currently on sale for $143.00 (retail $299.00) and includes 60 mL / 2 fl. oz. worth of product. When I first seen the price of this product, I literally almost fell off my chair. This product is expensive and I’ll be the first person to admit it. Is it worth the cost? Let’s learn a little more about it, shall we?
The TelomErase Serum is the first product of its kind with three proven telomere targeters: Cycloastragenol + Renovage + Telosomyl (all of which I have no idea about – just saying). These ingredients are the latest in cosmetic chemistry spotlighting telomere stabilization. You can check out the video to get a little more information here.
A conference by Nobel laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn at the recent American Academy of Dermatology conclave in San Francisco underlined the clear correlation between telomere length and integrity with overall health and skin condition. Protecting telomeres is a valid strategy to maintain healthy skin, Dr. Blackburn noted. A study from Harvard Medical School showed that telomere shortening is a root cause of cellular aging. An enzyme, telomerase, has been shown to slow or even reverse telomere shortening that occurs as we age, but the amount of telomerase declines as we get older. The development of a sensitive and efficient telomerase activity detection method has only recently made it possible to quantitate telomerase activity.
Research states that in a 30 day, 22 person consumer study of TelomErase, over 90% of consumers tested and noted a reduction in the appearance of skin laxity and skin roughness. 88% agreed that the area around the eye appeared improved and 74% of testers also saw a reduction in the appearance of redness and large pores. 90% agreed that it made their skin more soft and smooth.
So what about me, did I get any results after using these for about 2 1/2 weeks?? Well… first, let me start by saying that I felt and seen visible results instantly. I love a product that can provide instant results, it’s gratifying to say the least. I noticed my pores and fine lines kind of plumped up (if that makes any sense) and my pores were less visible after applying the product. A little of the product goes a long way – literally, a little drop or pump of the product smoothed onto the skin is all I needed. I also love that after just a few days, I noticed that the areas on my face where I tend to get the most dry – did not get many dry patches as it normally would, especially during the colder months like it is now. My skin feels smooth and soft and when I apply blush on my cheeks, it smooths on nicely – without primer. When this serum is applied to my under eyes – I noticed my puffiness diminished a lot – which is a huge deal. The last few days I have been without sleep and even my dark circles were reduced.
This product has a liquid like texture and squeezes easily out of the pump. It reminds me of a vitamin c serum, very similar in texture and applies easily and smoothly. I love that it doesn’t leave my skin sticky after application and dries / soaks into my skin quickly. It’s kind of orange or butter yellow in color.
I totally think this product works well and I would continue to use it. However, the price point for the full size bottle is out of my reach and not something I would be able to afford. This seurm does have key ingredients that I use daily in my skin care like Hyaluronic Acid, which means I am getting some of the benefits of my favorite serums with use of this product and I didn’t notice any adverse effects to my skin – which is a great thing since my skin is so darn sensitive. At initial application I did notice a little tingling sensation, but not so much that it burned or made my face irritated.
Ingredients: Sea Kelp (Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate) Bioferment, Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol (Alpha), Coconut Endosperm, Algae Extract (and) Pullulan, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Teprenone, Lecithin (and) Ubiquinone (and) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (and) Tocopherol (and) Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale (and) Glycerin (and) Benzoic Acid, Porphyridium Extract, Sodium Acrylate (and) Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Isohexadecane (and) Polysorbate 80, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Guaizulene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (and) Superoxide Dismutase, Cycloastragenol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Pentylene Glycol (and) 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, sh-Polypeptide-11 (aFGF Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Would I buy this product myself? Well, it’s completely out of my price range at the moment, but if I had an expendable income – YES, I would. I love how my face feels after testing this product myself and I think it’s a great serum. I just can’t afford it and don’t think I will any time soon. I think it’s a great product and I would continue to use it if it wasn’t so costly. Considering the ingredients and what makes this serum so unique, I can understand that the chemistry makeup of this serum is what makes it so expensive, but unfortunately it is out of my financial reach. I totally suggest it however, and would recommend to anyone that can afford it.
What about you? Have you heard of this product before or anything with similar chemistry? Would you spend a hefty cost on a product that offered the chance for results to that of the fountain of youth?
To check out this product, get more information and to purchase your own, visit: http://revivserums.com/collections/facial-serums/products/telomerase-triple-telomere-targeting-serum
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A few weeks ago my sons and I went out to a dinner date with a family member visiting from afar. As we sat at the table, my Aunt asked… “Hmm… do your children not have those iApple things?” I giggled, but explained to her that while they each have their own tablets they are limited on time of use, where they use them and how often. As much as we love technology in our household, family time and hands on things are much more important and I’m glad my husband and I are able to instill that in our children. After dinner, I thought back to some memories from years ago. As a child my parents always made science things so interesting and I remember going on little adventures at the local park with my dad with a magnifying glass and clear dishes to hold our specimens in after finding them. As we got older and my parents could afford it, my siblings and I would get really cool kits that allowed us to dig up dinosaur-like bones, bugs and mineral rocks and we enjoyed those as well.
Because of these memories it always excites me to be able to offer these similar things to my children. My sons and I spend a lot of time together and because of this, much of what we do is explore and learn about History, Science and all the wonders our beautiful Earth has to offer. But, with the rainy season upon us – our explorations have been dwindled quite a bit. That’s why I am so excited that there are cool Kits like the one I’m about to talk to you about. Discover With Dr. Cool Real Insect Excavation Kit has been a fun choice for rainy days and I am excited to place another order for other kits also available.
The Discover With Dr. Cool’s Kit retails for about $12 on their website and comes with everything you need to dig up some really cool bugs. Included in the kit is your Digging Block (which is disguised as a bright green beetle), Excavation Tools, and Adventure Guide, an Activity Booklet and 3 Real Specimens. Please note that some of the items in the kit are considered choking hazards and not recommended for children under 3.
The kit is completely hands-on and my three boys each took turns scraping away at the beetle till they revealed what was encased inside. Just like archaeologists, they took their time to clean away the dust and debris till they found what they were on the search for. I was a bit worried that with their little excavation they may mutilate the specimens while looking but each one is secure in a glass shell.
The boys took about an hour to get through the entire beetle to reveal their finds. Though I know they thoroughly enjoyed it and they took their time because this was truly an adventure to discover. My ten year old (Kevin) loved taking part in this with his little bros (Luke & Isaiah) who are just five years old and together they made this an afternoon of fun and discovery.
After making their way to through the exterior of the beetle, they slowly started to find the glass encased bugs through out the body of the beetle. What I enjoyed about this kit is there were no sharp edges to any of the digging tools. It was as simple as laying down some newspaper and clean up was just as easy as throwing it all away.
The boys didn’t have to dig too deep as most of the bug specimens were found through out the top part of the beetle. I do suggest that if you have asthma or if you have sensitivity to dust to use a mask as it seemed like this was a clay like brick and there was quite a bit of dust. We made sure to open our windows so the boys air and breathing was not compromised.
What I think is probably the coolest part is the end result. Each bug is encased in a cool glass marble and they are REAL Genuine bugs. The kit includes a guide with information on each bug included in the kit and it was so cool to see the different colors these bugs had on their bodies. The activity booklets also include challenge puzzles and games that the boys enjoyed taking part in.
At such an affordable price tag – this Discover Dr. Cool Real Bug Dig Kit includes all the makings for hours of fun and education for any little person (or even adult, since I truly enjoyed myself as well) and offers such great hands on experience for children. The box does state that the products itself are non-toxic, but I do suggest like I said before to take caution with the dust from excavation.
The boys and I are excited to try out other kits available all for about the same price range. With technology taking our World by storm, sometimes we forget all about the wonders that our Earth offers. While the internet opens up our eyes to things we can’t see or touch immediately, I’m so glad that there are still great things like this to keep our children wondering about science and more.
Have you heard of Discover Dr. Cool before? What are some interesting things you may remember about exploring from your childhood? Do you have children and is this something you think they’ll be interested in. Thanks for reading 😉
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.