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Best Times For Holiday Shopping

       
Friday, November 14th, 2014

Best Times For Holiday ShoppingWith Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the holiday shopping season is drawing near. When it comes to purchasing gifts for those in your life that mean the most, finding the perfect gift can be tricky and time consuming. While some items on your list will be better bought closer to the actual holiday, others might be bargain deals you want to rush out to get on Black Friday, and still others will be best purchased somewhere between those two time periods.

Black Friday: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Good Shelf Life Items

If you’re purchasing bulky or more expensive items such as electronics or designer fashion products you might want to consider getting them early so you can get the best prices on these items. While there are the obvious Black Friday purchases such as television sets and MP3 players, even items such as cosmetic sets or designer jeans can be good Black Friday bargains for the savvy saving shopper.

Early to Mid December: Stock Up On Stocking Stuffers

Smaller gifts and stocking stuffers are often something that can be put off until the last minute, but in order to avoid sold-out shelves and the scramble to replace the perfect gift with a not-so-perfect substitute, you’ll want to buy some of these items earlier. Soap and shower sets, a bottle of wine, or even decadent chocolates can be a great gift to stick in somebody’s stocking for the occasion, and can even make a great gift for an office friend or colleague. But since it does make such common gifts they’re likely to sell out early. That’s why shopping ahead of time is in your best interest.

Last Minute Gifts: Filler Items and Gifts With Expiration Dates

While you don’t want to wait until the last minute to do all your shopping, there are certain gifts for which it is acceptable, if not encouraged. For instance, a wine and cheese basket, floral arrangements, and baked goods are all items that are going to have very limited lifespans. These are things you’ll definitely want to get or order for delivery within just a day or two of the Holiday. And, despite our best efforts, we all have also been in the situation of swinging by the store for a few last-minute filler gifts such as lotion sets or gift cards.

No matter when you’re planning to do your shopping, making a game plan ahead of time is always in your best interest. With a plan and these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to a successful, stress free shopping season!

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

       
Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

Choosing the right gift for someone you care about can be a daunting task. Still, the idea behind a present is ultimately to let them know you care and to give them something that will make life more enjoyable.

For all of those instances when you have no idea what to get, Borghese Gift Sets are a perfect solution. With a variety of options ranging from aromatherapy to skincare, you can choose one that’s tailored to the recipient’s needs, tastes and preferences.

Leisure
Have a friend who could use some relaxation in their lives? The Tuscan Home Candle Collection is an ideal gift. Each of the three Italian-inspired aromatic blends is formulated to give off a subtle scent to promote tranquility in the home.

The Bagno Beautiful Gift Set is another fitting option for a stressed-out friend. While lounging in the tub, the Borghese Bagno di Vita Body Soak with Italian minerals and botanical oils will alleviate tension and soothe sore muscles. After a bath, the Borghese Tono Body Crème will seal in moisture so skin feels buttery soft.

Lure
If you have a lady in your life that’s always on-the-go, go for the Tuscan Beauty Set, which comes with a bright rose-printed travel cosmetics bag and a multitude of skin products for a flawless complexion. The Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme will gently wash away impurities, while the ultra-luxurious Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body has a transformative effect. Meanwhile, the Curaforte Moisture Intensifier boosts the skin’s ability to hold on to hydration.

An aging friend will delight in the ReaFIRMing Beauty Gift Set. Every product, from the Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer to the Crema Intensiva Intensive Firming Creme, is formulated to smooth out fine lines, enhance the skin’s elasticity and promote a youthful glow.

If you know someone who’s especially romantic – or could use a little love in their lives – send them the Lucky in Love Gift Set. The Satin Shadow Milani Trio and best-selling State-of-the-Art Mascara will make her eyes wink-ready, and the B Gloss Lip Gloss in Red Lustro is perfect for a kissable pout. One spritz and she’ll instantly fall for the feminine floral Il Bacio Eau De Parfum Spray.

Luxury
Instead of sending them to the spa, give loved ones the gift of a comparable experience in their own home with the Tuscan Secret Gift Set. The Botanico Eye Compresses rejuvenate the eye area, and the Sali Esfoliante Salt Scrub will buff off dead skin, revealing a brighter, smoother layer beneath.

For your beauty-savvy friend, nothing compares to the Effortlessly Extraordinary Gift Set. A powerful cleanser, toner and moisturizer formulated with a combination of technologically-optimized ingredients fuel the skin’s cell regeneration and help reverse the signs of aging.

Five Popular Fragrance for this Fall

       
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Popular Fall Fragrances

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5 Scents that make the jump from summer nights to fall mornings.

  • Juicy Couture Peace Love and Juicy Couture: A fun, citrus, scent to carry summer with you all year.
  • Vera Wang Princess: Girly and feminine, this floral scent is excellent for early fall
  • Burberry Brit for Women: The heart of fall is right here
  • Bvlgari Jasmin Noir: A sexy scent for cooler weather and waning sunshine
  • Calvin Klein Secret Obsession: Just warm enough for late fall’s biting wind.

Mother’s Day gift ideas to wow your mom

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Could your mom use a bit of pampering this Mother's Day?Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you might be looking for something a little different than the usual flowers or gift certificate. If your mom loves a good pampering every now and then, it might be a great idea to get her all stocked up with her favorite beauty products. Here are a few that are worth gifting, as well as several other not-your-average gift ideas.

1. An anti-aging spa set like Murad – The Power of Pomegranate Body Spa Set. This kit harnesses the antioxidant power of pomegranates in an energizing body wash, body polish and body cream. It’ll transform your mother’s everyday shower into an invigorating experience that will restore her skin’s moisture, wash away impurities and reveal glowing, youthful skin. What mom wouldn’t want that?

2. A spa candle. There’s nothing like turning your home into a tranquil retreat, and chances are your mom would jump at the opportunity. If you think she could use a bit of help in the spa decor department, a candle like BABOR – Baborganic Wellness Candle might be just the thing. This fragrant piece of decor not only smells delicious, but the melted wax can be used as a luxurious massage balm. Bonus!

3. A natural skincare oil. Oils are all the rage these days, as they can help skin in a variety of ways, whether it’s anti-aging benefits, cleansing or hydration. Pick your mom up a bottle of something like grapeseed oil, marula oil or argan oil so she can quench her skin. Kneipp – Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Oil is a great choice with relaxing aromatherapy.

4. A new fragrance. If your mom doesn’t already have a signature scent, it might be time to help her find one. Whether you buy her a set of a few different scents, like Sula – Beach Beauty Playering Set (Sun-Kissed Citrus & Vanilla Blossom), or one with multiple products in the same scent, like ISSEY MIYAKE – A Scent by Issey Miyake For Women Gift Set, you can rest assured knowing that she’ll love it.

5. A makeup palette. If your mom likes makeup but never seems to know the best ways to combine shades, a makeup kit like Youngblood – Mineral Basics Collection might be a great idea. She’ll be able to find the exact shades for her skintone for a look that’s pure perfection. If she already has a great foundation, something like GloMinerals – gloSpring Essentials Kit will give her all of the eyeshadow and blush shades of the season.

6. A travel skincare kit. If your mom is constantly traveling and often spends a weekend away, a travel kit will ensure that she’s not sacrificing her skincare routine. BABOR – PERFECT COMBINATION Travel Set comes with a cleansing oil, a day cream, a night cream, an eye serum and a face serum to give her a flawless complexion on-the-go.

7. A manicure kit. If your mom loves to get her nails done, she’ll definitely appreciate having all of the tools necessary to make it happen. Buy her a chic set of polishes like Nailtini – Mini Bar – Year-Round Party Circuit Nail Cocktail Collection, then stock up on an assortment of nail files, cotton balls, removers and anything else that would make for a great mani or pedi.

8. A hair care kit. If your mother is all about having great hair, chances are she’ll go wild for a kit like Hamadi – ECO Pac To Go. With ginger soymilk hair wash, shea rice milk conditioner and a healing serum, she’ll have everything she needs to achieve healthy tresses.

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list

       
Friday, December 24th, 2010

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list Christmas is only a few days away, and some people are still scrambling for last minute gift ideas for family and friends. If you have yet to cross off every name on your shopping list, don’t fret. There are a plethora of beauty products that will be the perfect items to place under the tree.

If you are looking for stocking stuffers or smaller gifts for a lovely lady in your life, cosmetics are a great option. However, consider her personality before selecting the products. According to Allure magazine, gals who have a classic style will enjoy smoky eye makeup kits. The Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit includes nine different shadows and three instruction cards to help any woman create a great look.

Trendier ladies, however, may enjoy a more colorful collection of cosmetics, the news source reports. A few Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo pans, which each include two different pigments, will enable women to play with a wide range of the hottest colors, from Fantasy Island (teal blue and lime green) to Beauty Mark (black foil and gilded rose).

If you aren’t sure which beauty camp the recipient falls into, play it safe and pick up lip gloss gift sets. These products are easily adaptable to a multitude of styles and looks, easily appeasing even the most fickle fashionista. GloMinerals gloMini Liquid Lips Collection contains four different tubes of colors, while the brand’s gloLip Gloss Kit is a palette with four pans of color and a brush, allowing women to mix their own shades.

Those searching for bigger presents may want to consider L’Occitane gift sets. These impressive collections feature a wide range of products formulated to condition skin and leave it smelling great. The L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set include shower gel, lotion, hand cream, lip balm and soap that boast a light, orange blossom scent, perfect for spreading warmth in the winter.

However, you don’t have to select items based on fragrance alone – you can also choose L’Occitane collections depending on the recipient’s skin type. The Almond Enchantment Gift Set is wonderful for firming and smoothing skin, and the Olive Deluxe Kit contains formulas that deliver excellent hydration.

Of course, ladies are not the only ones who may want to receive beauty products for the holidays. In fact, these gifts can be especially perfect for a guy in your life, as he may not buy such items himself but will certainly enjoy them. It’s best to select a collection that contains a variety of products that don’t boast a strong scent, so he can play around with the formulas

Even the most low-maintenance man will benefit from a travel kit such as the Jack Black First Class Five set. This collection contains all-over wash for hair, face and body, conditioning shave cream, facial moisturizer, eye gel and lip balm. The Jack Black Performance Ready Set is ideal for more active guys who spend most their time in the outdoors, as it features pain-relieving cream, energizing hair and body wash, sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF 25.

Finally, if you are traveling for the holidays or going to a relative’s for dinner, remember not to show up empty-handed. Bring a gift for the home that will benefit all who live there, such as scented candles. To stay on the safe side, select a few candles that boast different scents, as some homeowners may prefer a fruity fragrance, like the L’Occitane Peach Blossom Scented Candle, while others may prefer a fresher aroma, such as a Paddywax Eco Cucumber & Mint candle.

The best products for a perfect holiday look

       
Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The best products for a perfect holiday lookWhether you’re getting ready for an office holiday gathering or a New Year’s Eve bash, perfecting party makeup for an end-of-the-year fiesta can be tough. You want to be festive without appearing over-the-top, elegant but not too formal.

While walking the line between holiday cheer and evening chic may seem tricky, it can be easy to master, as long as you’re armed with the right products and a bit of expert insight.

Glitter is perhaps the biggest component of great holiday makeup – it adds instant flash, while upping your look’s glam factor. Cover your lids with a shadow that is chock full of sparkle, like Too Faced Shimmer Veils, but remember to keep brightly colored pigment below your crease. A bold hue that contains a lot of shimmer can be too much for your entire eye. To create a gorgeous look that sparkles all over, use a glittery nude shadow above your crease and on your brow bone to add flash without overdosing on color.

You can also coat your lips with a shiny lip gloss that boasts a healthy helping of glitter. While some products contain pigment and shimmer, we suggest using a lip stain to add color to your pout and then finishing your smile with a sparkling formula, like Liptini Topper Lip Gloss in On the Rocks (silver glitter) or Spritzer (gold glitter). This way, you can replenish the shimmer throughout the night without worrying about adding too much color.

If you want to wear glittery makeup, remember to choose to emphasize one feature or the other – if you opt for sparkly eyes, a matte mouth or lips that boast a subtle sheen will be the perfect complement, and you won’t look like you are heading to Studio 54.

Glitter can be subtle as well. Too Faced Starry Eyed Liquid Eye Liner will add a small stripe of sparkle and the brand’s Electric Lash Ultra Thickening Mascara and Shimmering Topcoat will cover your lashes with a subtle sprinkling of glitter. If you are interested in a more refined sparkle, add a bit of shine by applying a shimmering highlighter like GloMinerals gloDust 24K, on your cheekbones and brow bones, and a touch in the center of your lower lip.

However, glitter isn’t for everybody – especially if your ensemble is sequined (then your outfit will already boast enough flash without sparkling makeup). Instead of showering your face in shimmer, opt for a pop of color instead. A bold red lip or a smoky cobalt eye will make any evening look come alive for the holiday season.

If you’re wearing a little black dress, you can get away with makeup of almost any hue (as long as it flatters your complexion as well, of course). But if the getup is a bright color, you have two options- select cosmetics that match your outfit or shades that contrast with it. While a bright pink pout will look fantastic with a magenta dress, plum eye shadow is a perfect pairing with a gold number – the choice is yours.

Remember – don’t forget your nails! No look is complete without a perfect manicure, and nail polish is easiest way to add sparkle or color (or both!) to your ensemble. Lippmann Collection offers a range of lacquers that contain a lot of glitter, like Across the Universe (navy polish with blue and green glitter) and Ruby Red Slippers (deep red polish with matching sparkles), as well as metallic formulas that provide a simple sheen, such as Stardust (platinum frost). Pop Beauty Nail Glam is available in a wide range of hues, from Nude (a basic neutral) to Tomato (a classic red) to Turquoise.

What a Teenage Girl Wants?

       
Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Teenagers can be hard to shop for—especially teenage girls. There’s no telling what’s “hot” nowadays so, until you’re given a specific list, it can be near impossible to grab something “cool”.

Don’t even ponder the thought of picking out clothes, trends change in a sec these days and it’s more likely that your gift will be found under the bed than on the girl.

Want some safe gift selections? Here are some great ideas: You can never go wrong with gift certificates. Take note of “hot” stores and buy a gift card. If you’re unsure about which stores she likes, buy a mall gift certificate that she can use in any shop. Movie and restaurant gift certificates always make great gifts.

Bath and body products are always wanted. Try some good-smelling body washes or scrubs, or even some light and delicate facial products.

How about a makeover? Ask a professional makeup artist at any cosmetic counter to show her how to get just the right look! She’ll also learn how to apply makeup and how imperative skin care is.

Astonishing Gift Spa Sampler

       
Monday, August 21st, 2006

Are you unsure about what to get that wonderful woman who already has everything? How about giving her some choices? A great present would be a Spa Sampler. A Spa Sampler (one you can find already made in a gift basket) contains a taste of elegance in the form of therapeutic and relaxing applications, sweet-smelling products to pamper the skin, and wonderful hair care products that smell good enough to eat.