No, this is not what you are thinking… I’m not going to show you a demo on how I get wrinkles out of my clothes… ha ha ha! But, I did want to share with you a product that my family and I have been loving lately and it has been such a huge helper for me each day. You see, laundry for a household of 5 people can be a daunting task and I’m thankful that my eldest son Kevin Ka’eo has that chore to do. But, clothes get wrinkled… especially when your sons like to toss them in a basket for later use. With my husband needing freshly pressed clothes and the fact that I am constantly ironing my tops, the Downy Wrinkle Release Plus has been a huge help for me and my family.
Do you ever experience those days where your child wakes you up in the morning, telling you that they forgot to inform you the day before that their band uniform needs to be ironed because they have a concert at school that day? Well, my child has – on more than one occasion. And, that is just a small tidbit of what goes on in our household when it comes to wrinkled clothes. While clothes are clean, most the time they are a wrinkled mess… due to running late in the morning and tossing clothes everywhere through out the day. There truly is no time to pull the iron and the ironing board out of the closet in time to make the morning tardy bell for school. That’s where Downy Wrinkle Release Plus comes to our rescue. This awesome product (which is available in travel size, I might add) has been our lifesaver since first discovering it a month or so ago. I don’t know how I got ahead without it… oh wait, I do – I rushed to iron clothes the traditional way… ha ha ha!
Using the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is so simple. You just spray the clothing (sheets and other items work too), tug and smooth the garment and hang to dry. It literally is ready in seconds and perfect in a pinch. I like to spray the clothing item in the wrinkled areas and toss it in our dryer for a quick, no fuss wrinkle release. Hanging to dry doesn’t take long however and most the time it’s ready within a matter of minutes – usually I have the boys put on their shoes and socks or make their snack for school and then put their shirt on. The Down Wrinkle Releaser is safe on virtually all fabrics, though they do advise that fabrics that may water-spot (silk and rayon) that you should test in a hidden area first.
My family and I are always on the go so having something that can assist at a moments notice helps to cut down my busy schedule. But, while Downy Wrinkle Release takes care of the wrinkles, it is also an odor eliminator, fabric refresher and static remover. I love that I have so many ways to utilize this product. I spray Downy onto my car seats and on the floor to help eliminate the odors from shoes and stuff and it has made a big difference. You can also use Downy Wrinkle Releaser as a fabric refresher and static remover or use it to aid in ironing (like spray starch). I love that I have so many options for this product that I literally keep one in every room. It’s perfect to spray our beds with if we are going to be out all day – because it really freshens the whole room and house.
Okay – now that I have shared with you my little secret helper, how’s about you head on over to your local store or check them out online and pick one up for you. Reasonably priced, great fragrance and it takes out wrinkles… well now, sounds like a keeper to me. Check out your local store to see if they have Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus in stock or visit: http://downywrinklereleaserplus.com for more details.
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When I was younger, my dad used to say that it was a challenge to buy a gift for the man who has everything… happy life, lots of possessions, roof over his head and it’s something that I always remember when out shopping this time of year. But, this year – I though about it and realized that while I’m thinking of things to buy for the men in my life, my man is trying to figure out what to get me. It’s no secret that I am a lover of all things beauty – it is what I talk about here on the blog several times a week, right? It can be a challenge for my husband to buy “beauty related” items for me each year, so most of the time he just gives me his credit card and says… “have fun”. But, not every one has that opportunity and sometimes shopping for a woman who loves beauty and makeup can be a daunting task. Today, I share with you some of my favorite beauty items that I think would make anyone happy to receive. If you are on the hunt for something for the lady in your life, this holiday gift guide may be for you.
Oh Colour Pop how I love thee. When it comes to makeup, one of my biggest collections of cosmetic products comes from Colour Pop Cosmetics. Whether it’s their highlighters or blushes, lipsticks or eye shadows I haven’t met a Colour Pop product I wasn’t happy to get. With Colour Pop’s release of the Hello Kitty Collection I basically got Colour Pop and Hello Kitty in one little selection and both are such loves I couldn’t contain the happy. Anything from Colour Pop would make a great gift and the quads they have available in a wide variety of shades would make any beauty lover happy. If I had to pick, I definitely suggest getting the shadows – with over 120 shadows myself, trust me when I say – I love them.
Colour Pop – $5.00 to $40.00 (depending on what you purchase) http://www.colourpop.com
Makeup, Makeup for the makeup lover. I LOVE makeup and have used a variety of different brands over the years. I love when cosmetics companies offer a wide range of products and Pixi Beauty is no exception. These four little items are perfect for the busy mom on a go that loves makeup and wants a few key items to put together a look.
Lengthy Fiber Mascara ($16.00), Endless Silky Eye Pencil ($12.00), Endless Brow Gel Pencil ($11.00) and Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8.00) would make a perfect gift combined together and wrapped in a cute makeup bag. For the woman that loves a great day look that she can wear to work or out running errands.
You can purchase these Pixi items and more at: http://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.
One of my favorite makeup brush brands has released a gorgeous Contour Palette. Beauty Junkees, a brand I’ve talked about numerous times has recently rolled out some new goodies in their line. Besides their makeup brushes and accessories, Beauty Junkees has recently released a Contour Palette that is refillable and perfect for any makeup lover. The Contour & Highlighting Palette makes enhancing your beauty and minimizing facial features a breeze. You get powder contour shades to add dimension and to define your cheekbones, jaw, forehead and nose as well as highlighting shades that will lift, brighten and give you a soft radiant glow. This palette is perfect for every day use and I love that the palette is not only refillable, it’s magnetic. With 5 silky soft pressed matte powders to compliment a beauty lovers complete look.
Contouring shades include: Fawn, Java and Truffle Highlighting shades include: Banana, Vanilla and Sand. This palette is great for most skin tones and you can either use a light hand or build up the powders to your desired intensity. Did I also mention you could use this palette as eye shadow shades or even a brow definer. The options are absolutely endless.
Retail cost: $24.97 and can be purchased at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/products/contour-and-highlighting-kit
Beauty Junkees has also won me over with their fab 5 piece Pro Contouring & Highlighting Kit. I have raved about Beauty Junkees brushes before and last year I even featured a set in a Holiday Gift Guide. This year is no exception and I’m so excited to bring you this kit of brushes for the makeup lover. This brush set includes the Pro Sculptor Brush, Pro Detailer Brush, Pro Duo Fiber Brush, Pro Highlighter Brush, Pro Contouring Makeup Brush and a great makeup brush case for storage or travel. Each brush comes with high density synthetic taklon bristles and are vegan friendly. With a solid wood handle, double crimped copper ferrule and bristles that do not shed – you or the makeup lover in your life will have brushes that work with creams, liquids, minerals and powders.
Considering the cost of one highlight or contouring brush from popular cosmetic brands, this set includes everything you or your loved one needs to literally have that highlight and contour ON FLEEK. I am absolutely in love with this brush set and haven’t stopped using these brushes since I got my hands on them. After several washes the bristles have held together nicely, the brushes pick up my liquid, cream and powder products with ease and that sponge… YAAASSSS – it’s amazing and so soft.
This 5 pc Pro Contouring & Highlighting Kit retails for $24.97 and can be purchased at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/products/5-piece-pro-contouring-highlighting-kit
Speaking of soft sponges, I’m absolutely loving the sponge set from Beauty Junkees as well. It’s hard to find a good cosmetic sponge that is similar to the expensive name brand without sacrificing quality. For less than the price of one highend brand makeup sponge, you get four awesome sponges to create your work of art. This 4 piece Pro Beauty Sponge Set from Beauty Junkees includes the Pink Teardrop (the traditional blender shape used for all over face application), the Purple Pear (similar to the Pink Teardrop with an improved ergonomic shape that allows for an optimal grip), Green Oval (for the makeup perfectionist with dual tips for precise concealing and cleaning up of makeup errors), and the Blue Sculptor (a flat head sponge best used for pressing on foundation for heavier coverage, using a stippling effect to create an airbrushed look). Each of the sponges work best when damp but can be used wet or dry. They are latex free, non-allergenic and works with all kinds of makeup from creams to liquids to minerals and powders. They are easy to wash and reusable – a simple mild soap or baby shampoo will get it clean and ready for it’s next use.
Over the years I have tried MANY different types of cosmetic sponges and as I mentioned above, while some are quite affordable, that doesn’t mean they are good quality. The Beauty Junkees cosmetic and beauty sponges feel and work like professional grade sponges. They are soft and work well to blend the product, but doesn’t soak the product up so that you are wasting your makeup. The blend well and effortlessly, no matter the sponge you decide to use at any given time. Like I said, the cost of this 4 pack is cheaper than that of a Beauty Blender – one Beauty Blender, so it’s worth checking out for yourself.
The 4 Piece Pro Beauty Sponge Set retails for $14.97 and can be purchased at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/products/flawless-beauty-makeup-blender-sponges-sample-pack
Of course, a great gift for any beauty lover is something that they can carry their beauty goods in and a Cosmetics & Jewelry Folio is a great solution for that. Instead of packing all of your beauty necessities in separate bags for travel or storage, the Cosmetics and Jewelry Folio will have you organized and ready to go. The Folio includes a built-in zipper compartment, a detachable zipper pouch and numerous elastic pockets to hold all your cosmetics, makeup and jewelry.
The Folio folds in half, making it easier to pack and giving it a sleeker more flatter profile than most cosmetic bags. I love that it’s made with 500 denure polyester with a grew mesh lined interior to help protect your products when in transit. You also get a sturdy strap for easy transport. Once at your destination or using at home, you can hang the Folio with it’s rubber-tipped metal hanger over a knob, rod or hook. It’s the perfect little vanity for on the go.
The Cosmetics & Jewelry Folio retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at: http://greatusefulstuff.com
Fragrances and Perfumes make great gifts for any beauty lover and DefineMe Fragrances are beautiful little gifts. It-Girl fragrances with personalities meant to empower, each fragrance is a wearable reminder of your confidence, strength, passion and fearlessness. I suggest picking up a DefineMe Fragrance Set available in sets of two or a fragrance oil sample kit. You can also purchase a single and give the gift of sweet scent to someone you love.
DefineMe Sets retail for $78.00, The DefineMe Fragrance Oil Sample Kit retails for $21.00 and each fragrance retails for $39.00
You can purchase DefineMe at: https://definemefragrance.com/ and they have recently launched at Ulta.com
I love getting nail polish for Christmas and Pacifica makes great little sets that are perfect for holiday gift giving. Pacifica’s 7 Free Nail Color Trio offers the nail lover in your life three different selections for dressing up their nails. Pacifica has several sets available for purchase and I love that the packaging is so pretty and festive. You literally can put a pretty bow on top and you’ve got the perfect present to give away.
Pacifica Beauty Nail Color Trios retail for $20.00 and can be purchased at http://pacificabeauty.com or at your local Target store.
Face masks and cleansers make wonderful gifts for the beauty lover. I’ve included a few that I’ve tried and enjoy in my list here but the options are endless and you can search Honeygirl’s World for different masks that I’ve reviewed over the years. Whether it is affordable or luxury – a great face mask makes for a wonderful gift.
Yes to Coconut Hydrate & Restore Paper Mask ($3.00 each), Feather & Bone Face Gems ($15.00 for 60 tablets), Valentia Detoxifying Clay Mask($25.00), Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body ($40 – $72.50), Freeman Feeling Beautiful Travel Size Face Masks ($1.99 – $3.99), Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50), Miss Spa Assorted Face Masks ($2.99 – $3.99)
Each of these face masks can be found at their respected websites, Ulta Beauty or stores like Target and Walmart. They range in price and need but make great stocking stuffers and fun gifts for any beauty lover.
Beauty is not just about makeup so I wanted to be sure that I included products that also catered to the skin care lover. I do have a Holiday Gift Guide on the site aimed specifically towards skin and body care (which you can find here), but these products are those that go hand and hand with makeup too. The Trophy Skin RejuvadermMD is a Professional Grade Home Microdermabrasion System. I’m talked about Trophy Skin products before as the RejuvaliteMD happens to be one of my FAVORITE skin care devices. I was very ecstatic to try the RejuvadermMD and have been loving it since getting my hands on it.
The RejuvadermMD offers you smoother and more radiant skin anywhere and anytime. With salon-quality microdermabrasion you can get soft, clear, glowing skin on the go. This unit is travel friendly and portable. It’s a lightweight and uses a high tech combo of diamond exfoliation and gentle suction to buff away dead skin cells, revealing the radiant, glowing skin that sits just below the surface. The RejuvadermMD safely and effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines, age spots, sun damage and mild scarring at a fraction of the cost of in-office treatments.
The RejuvadermMD retails for $170.57 and can be purchased at: https://trophyskin.com/products/rejuvadermmd
Facial cleansing tools are an important part of my skin care and beauty routine, so I knew I just had to include my favorites in this post. The Michael Todd Soniclear Elite has been a favorite device of mine over the last two years and I love that you can purchase a variety of attachments. I love pairing my Soniclear with the Luxe Cashmere brush head for my sensitive skin and I totally dig that the Soniclear has a selection of designs and colors to choose from. I have written about the Soniclear Elite on my site before so you can get a full review of this product here on the site.
Soniclear Elite retails for: $149.00 and can be purchased at: http://www.michaeltoddbeauty.com/soniclear-elite/ *Accessories can also be purchased on the site.
Another facial cleansing tool that has been a favorite of mine is my Foreo Luna. Since getting my original Luna, Foreo has made many improvements to their original device and has released the Luna 2, Luna Mini 2, Luna Go and IRIS. The brush is revolutionary and designed to help with facial cleansing and anti-aging – giving you a complete and personalized cleansing. I LOVE that the LUNA 2 is now available in four specialized brush types for tailor-made skin care and I look forward to picking up the Sensitive Skin (purple) cleansing tool when my current Luna is ready to be retired. The next-generation Luna 2 facial cleansing brush utilizes up to 2x the T-Sonic power to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores of makeup residue and remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil. This brush helps to improve the absorption of your favorite skin care products while offering you a great cleanse each and every time.
The Foreo Luna 2 retails for $199.00 and can be purchased at: https://www.foreo.com/
The Veet Infini Silk Permanent Hair Reduction device is the breakthrough in permanent hair reduction at home. It offers state of the art technology with salon-quality results in the comfort of your own home. Each Veet Infini Silk device is constructed with advanced safety features, including a skin color sensor and a recessed lamp surface with a skin surface contact sensor built in to prevent eye injury. It’s a neat device that really takes permanent hair reduction to new heights. Most people start seeing results after 4-5 treatments and can achieve permanent hair reduction after about 10 treatments with the units.
The Veet Infini’Silk Light-Based IPL Hair Removal System retails for about $130.00 and can be purchased here.
Of course – there are a lot of different gift items that you can give to the beauty lover in your life and these are just a few that I enjoy and though I would share with all of you. Remember that Christmas is about love and time together and the gifts are just icing and a cherry on top.
If you’re 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 any of these items going to be a part of your Gift Giving list this year? Do you think the beauty lover in your life would love to open any of these on Christmas day? Comment below and share your thoughts.
Disclosure: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration, while others were purchased by Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details and outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit my Disclosures page.
As we near the end of October 2016, I figured I would share with you a few products from brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. While Breast Cancer Awareness is widely publicized each year in the month of October, the fact is – this cancer and others do not discriminate and attack all times of the year so it’s important that we do our best to be aware of what is out there and support the cause in the best way possible. “Think Pink” has been a way of supporting those we love and it can be done every day of the year, not just in October. I have been touched by cancer many times in my life, after losing my uncle Allen (my dad’s brother) to Leukemia when I was just a baby, I remember how it has affected my family and Lung Cancer, ALS and Breast Cancer have all been contributions to loss in my family over the years. It is something I whole-heartily support and awareness is important for everyone. Today I’ll be sharing with you a few products and brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness cause and campaign so that the next time you’re shopping, you can “think pink” too.
Travalo is one of my favorite girly beauty items. It’s not your traditional makeup item, but I love scents and I love to smell good – so Travalo allows me to take my fragrance on the go with me. This October, Travalo – the leader in travel fragrance options, has partnered with Bright Pink. Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
In the month of October, 25% off all sales of the Travalo Excel, Class HD and Milano pink models will be donated to Bright Pink. Consumers will be supporting Bright Pink’s goal to reach 52 million young women in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45, while continuing to have the ability to refill fragrances directly from a standard bottle through the patented and unrivaled Genie-S pump fill system from Travalo.
Purchase Travalo in the US here: http://us.travalo.com/
Another product I love and have raved about here on the blog over the last couple of months is WINK by Amalie. #PinkWINK is a campaign I discussed here, and is part of their BOGO for the Cure Campaign. For every bottle of WINK that is sold during the month of October, Amalie will donate one bottle to a cancer survivor to help them regrow their lashes and brows that are lost through chemotherapy. This is one of my favorite campaigns for Breast Cancer Awareness because often times we don’t think about the challenges a survivor of breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) will endure. WINK is also one of my favorite beauty products as I have noticed huge results from using this product over the last 3-4 months.
Purchase WINK in Pink here: https://www.amaliebeauty.com/products/wink
This October, the all natural hair care brand Hair La Vie and all natural foot care brand Baby Foot will also be joining the fight. Each company will be donating 20% of their October sales to help the fight against cancer.
Hair La Vie is one of my all time favorite hair supplements and I’m proud to share with you their campaign for this year. Through their innovative, results-oriented line of nourishing hair supplements and natural hair products, Hair La Vie is in the business of making women not only feel good about their hair, but about themselves. Hair La Vie is also a brand that strives to help causes that they hold dear to their heart and they make it a top priority for them – especially women’s health issues. For the month of October, Hair Lav Vie will be donating 20% of their sales profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
HAIRLAVIE designs natural hair care products to help you grow longer, fuller hair faster than ever before. HairLaVie has been on the market for a little over two years and has been incredibly well-received by thousands of women around the country. To learn more about HairLaViesuccess stories, please click here.
HairLaVie Revitalizing Hair Blend Vitamins $39 per bottle of 30 capsules HairLaVie Revitalize Shampoo & Restore Conditioner $49 per set, 8 oz. each bottle HairLaVie Moroccan Repair Serum $30, 2 fl. oz. HairLaVie “Revive” Deep Hydration Masque Price: $35, 8 fl. oz.
Available at HairLaVie.com
Baby Foot, a new product that I will be reviewing for all of you here in the coming weeks, is an all natural foot exfoliant containing 17 natural extracts that help get your feet back to looking and feeling like baby feet. This October, 20% of Baby Foot’s proceeds from their limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Baby Foot Exfoliant is working hard this month to promote breast cancer awareness with their limited edition Pink Box.
Baby Foot, the revolutionary, all-natural, Japanese foot exfoliant that makes your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot, contains a unique formula that allows your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them highly moisturized; $25 at BabyFoot.com.
While October is coming to an end in a few short days, you still have some time to check out some of these sites and support the cause. I am a believer that support for any type of charity or campaign should happen all year long and that’s why my family and I give back to these causes several times through out the year, but I think it’s awesome that companies do this too. I have been easily discouraged over the years by other companies that have exploited the cause of these campaigns, but I’m thankful that there are some great ones out there for positive benefit of those that need it. I have included items that I think would help make any woman (or man) feel wonderful and positive no matter their struggle. Whether it be to help with strengthening and regrowing their hair or lashes/brows, pampering themselves after long hours of chemo and recovery, or bringing a little swagger with a signature scent… I think these brands offer great products with a great cause. Help support the cause and consider these items when you are online shopping.
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When it comes to fragrances, we all know that I have my favorite scents and notes but I don’t dare discriminate against any one fragrance and try to love them equally. I love sugar sweet scents, but I’m a fan of anything that smells… well, good! Whether it be a highend perfume, something sweet and sensual from the aisle of the drugstore or an essential oil, I’m always smelling like something – I love to smell good! I also love to smell good on a budget and while I tend to gravitate towards high priced fragrances, I can tell you from experience, a good budget buy is definitely worth a look, especially if you like to bathe in scents like I do. Because I’m my addition to “smell great things” I wanted to share with you the Fragrance Outlet. I’ve heard of this site before, but until recently, I haven’t had any experience with the site. Let’s chit chat about it and see if this is something you may want to check out too.
So what is Fragrance Outlet and how can it help you in your perfume purchasing needs? Fragrance Outlet was founded in 1990 (their first store at the Potomac Mills Mall, just outside of Washington D.C. The Fragrance Outlet’s concept was simple – to offer the widest selection of genuine designer fragrances, sold by knowledgeable and friendly staff, at affordable prices. Through the years, due to the success of Fragrance Outlet in the fragrance market, they expanded its presence by opening stores in the best Outlet Centers across the country and in Guam. The brand continues to grow and offers a successful foundation to provide their loyal customer base with an online venue for purchasing designer fragrances at affordable prices without ever leaving the comfort of home.
I love fragrances (we’ve established this in a paragraph or so above) and I absolutely enjoy finding a site that offers me the option to find my favorite brands all in one place. I love that all of my favorite perfume brands are there and I can afford to pick them up in full size.
I want to share with you Fragrance Outlet’s latest exclusive scent – My Pure for Women by Karen Low. I’m always eager to try new fragrances and I was absolutely wowed by the packaging and bottle of this fragrance. That gorgeous forest/emerald like green is a show stopper and would grab anyone’s attention while seeing this displayed.
The notes are interesting, unlike any in my vast collection of scents – so it definitely was something new and fun to check out and try. I’m very particular with my floral scents and still like them to have a sweet middle note to bring the fragrance together. The scent is different, quite sensual and luxurious with a slight woody aroma. It would make a great “night on the town” fragrance and has a definite seductive appeal to it. It’s bold, but in a subtle way – if that makes any sense. And, it’s definitely the type of fragrance perfect for evening.
Top Notes: Plum and Iris
Middle Notes: Bulgarian rose and Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber and Vetiver
I’m someone who loves to layer fragrances, so using this fragrance is a bit too bold for my taste, it’s a tad bit too intense. It has a floral scent to it (with the Iris and Rose) but you can certainly pick out the notes of Jasmine and Amber, leaving it with that woody flare that gives it that sensual and sexy feel. This is the perfect fragrance for Fall but I can’t use this on it’s own. Blended with one of my sugar scents and layered to perfection, this scent makes a great base to bring together a good perfume. If you are not too hype on rich floral scents like this one, I highly suggest layering it with something you do love – like an oil fragrance or sugar/vanilla that you would enjoy. A little spritz of this is more than enough and the fragrance will last for hours.
If My Pure by Karen Low is a scent you would like to check out for yourself or a loved one, you can find a fab deal on Fragrance Outlet online. Use code MYPURE55 to save 55% off the already low retail price, woohoo! Shipping is free with orders over $50 and there is a huge selection of other scents to choose from as well.
Be sure to check out Fragrance Outlet for more details:
I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental. While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose. This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts. Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy. Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts. My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of. My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.
Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we? I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood. From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging. I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more. Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD). Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.
A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life. One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option. This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase. This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity. The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage. The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin. Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.
Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second? My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom. The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools. I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift. This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go. It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial. What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00. I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.
I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy. The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date. I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish. This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours. This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be. I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too. The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone. It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee. What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.
With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote. This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities. It’s available in three different colors: Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles. Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer. As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.
The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists. The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company. It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place. Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional. This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely. If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way. Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas. This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do. I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.
You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD. The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy. Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone. Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day. Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.
Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me. So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too. I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection. I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook. Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren. I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts. You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life. These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.
Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera. The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has. It’s compact and powerful. With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.
Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful. These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately. Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one. I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round. I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?
Disclaimer: Most of the products discussed, mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review and editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Over the years, Pacifica has become one of my favorite brands in the beauty industry. With inspiration taken from the ocean and beaches of the islands I call home, Pacifica has easily stole my heart over the years and some of the products they offer consistently make it into my daily rotation for use. Their hand creams, body butters and fragrances are some of my absolute go-tos and today I’m so excited to share some of my favorites with you.
Pacifica steals my heart as a brand because of what they stand for and the products they create and sell. They create products that serve women by meeting their needs and expectations while providing products that use safe ingredients. Their goal is to market positively to women. They also consider animals by creating products that are not only 100% vegan but also cruelty-free and PETA certified. And, Pacifica also focuses on taking care of the planet by using recyclable materials, creating less waste and using sustainable ingredients.
Some of the products I’m going to be chatting with you about today are available at Target. I’m so glad I was able to find the display at my local store and so happy that my island now has a Target so I can take advantage of getting the products in my hands when ever needed. First, I share with you the Coco Pure Travel Size Makeup Removing Wipes. These makeup removing wipes are Coconut milk infused natural towelettes that gently cleanse and wipe away makeup, excess oil, dirty and daily pollutants all without water. I have discussed this particular product on my site before which you can read about here. The scent of these wipes is entrancing – I love it. I also love that these are the perfect travel size that can be packed in your carry on bag or in your purse for on the go.
The Super Hydrating Hand Cream Duo Set includes the Indian Coconut Nectar (which is one of my favorite hand creams – EVER) and the Tuscan Blood Orange. Both are made with moisturizing coconut water – yas! and they smell amazing. If you are like me and love a great pick me up scent in the morning, the Tuscan Blood Orange will be a great choice. If you love the smell of coconut – then hello, you’ll love the Indian Coconut Nectar. These natural hand creams smell wonderful and help fight the signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection. Made with nature’s best anti-oxidant rich ingredients like: shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil – this Paraben-free handcream is a favorite of mine for a reason and a definite must have for year round. I keep one in my purse at all times and these little hand creams have been travel companions many times.
Last but not least… the Daydreamer Roll-On Trio. If you have been following me a while, you know that Pacifica makes some of my favorite perfumes and scents and it’s a brand I consistently use. The Indian Coconut Nectar (do you see a coconut trend here?) is one of my all time favorites and as a Hawaiian girl – born and raised in the islands, I have a love for the smell of Tahitian Gardenia, because it reminds me of my childhood and teenage years as a hula dancer where I wore the Gardenia in my hair as I performed. These scents, which also includes the Tuscan Blood Orange are just a great little travel friend, and so easy to use at any time and anywhere. They use natural grain alcohol and the three signature blends are made with natural and essential oils. The fragrance lasts and boy does it smell great.
As I mentioned before, Pacifica is a brand that I use consistently and one you can easily find either in my purse or spread across my makeup table. The brand’s mission and goals are those true to my heart and I absolutely love the products they offer. Each of the products I mentioned here are available at Target as a part of the “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” line and you can also find these individually on Pacificabeauty.com. Reasonably priced and made with skin loving and earth loving ingredients – Pacifica is a brand I love and support.
How about you? What things have you tried from Pacifica? Do you have any favorites? Some of my favorite scents from the brand include: Island Vanilla, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Waikiki Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar. These scents/fragrances are what you can find through out my household on any given day. Though, I’ll be honest in saying that you really can’t go wrong with any scent/fragrance you choose and I love that they make their handcreams and body butters in their best-selling fragrances too.
Check out all things Pacifica at Pacificabeauty.com or via their Instagram @ilovepacifica.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature these products in a post. Affiliate links are posted through out.