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A Few of Our Favorite Things…for the Mamas

If there’s one person I love to pamper, it’s my mom. I love making her feel special and beautiful. I only hope that one day, I have children that share this same philosophy. And I’ll have hopefully trained them all to be beauty lovers, too. An army of product girls and boys is what I’m aiming for. If you’re looking for some ideas to spoil your mama this holiday season, here are our picks!

  1. Bobbi Brown Party Collection Mini Brush Set – Moms love Bobbi Brown. I mean, who doesn’t, really? Even for the non-makeup maven mama, Bobbi Brown is known as a trusted beauty advisor. This brush set, featuring one of my most-used brushes, the Mini Face Blender, also comes with a gunmetal carrying clutch. $60, BobbiBrown.com
  2. Kate Somerville Refinery29 Winter Essentials Kit – If there is one thing a mom will appreciate it, it’s quality skin care. Plus, this set contains an anti-aging powerhouse (Kate’s Clinic-to-Go pads) without the words “anti-aging” blasted over it. Perhaps desired, but not always what you want to overtly gift mom. Through December 24, purchase for $69 at Refinery29 Reserve. (Oh, and we’re giving away a kit — enter here by Friday, Dec. 16!)
  3. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette – The soft and feminine shades in this eyeshadow palette have mom written all over it. It’s sophisticated and sexy, and even comes with a double-sided brush. $48, Nordstrom
  4. Kérastase Elixir Ultime – Chances are, your mom color treats her hair. To help minimize heat and styling damage, a hair oil is a necessary luxury. Emphasis on the luxury.  What’s more pampering than Elixir Ultime, with a blend of four oils that work on all hair types? $54, Birchbox.com
  5. Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio – Why get one, when you can get three? Fresh packed its three newest Sugar Balms – Sugar Plum, Sugar Honey and Sugar Passion – into a made-for-gifting (and hoarding) set. My mom loves these (like mother, like daughter), but I know she’s not likely to splurge on lip balm on her own. I picked this set up for my mother-in-law, and am anticipating she’ll be hooked, too. $28, Sephora
  6. Decleor Nourshing Treasure Trove Set – This set is so beautifully packaged, and contains just what mom needs to feel pampered and hydrated. The trove includes Nutridivine Soft Cream, Aromessence Angelique, Aroma Solutions Lip Balm and Aroma Night Angelique Night Balm. $77, DecleorUSA.com

Kate Somerville Refinery29 Winter Essentials Kit + Giveaway

Keeping skin looking merry and bright all winter long really comes down to three simple principles: gentle cleansing, eliminating dead skin cells and constant hydration. And wouldn’t you know it; Kate Somerville has teamed with Refinery29 on a special Winter Essentials Kit that includes three of Kate’s miracle-workers:

  • Gentle Daily Wash (4 oz.): a gentle, sulfate-free gel that easily removes makeup and pore-clogging debris.
  • Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads (16 pads): a convenient peel that rejuvenates your complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and acne scars. One of Kate’s bestsellers!
  • Nourish Daily Moisturizer (.5 fluid oz. travel size): a sophisticated moisturizer with anti-aging extracts that helps increase elasticity and minimizes the look of wrinkles.

The best part? The price. If your reserve the Winter Essentials Kit on Refinery29 by December 24, you can snag it for $69 (a $100 value). And…we happen to have a Winter Essentials Kit to give away to one reader! Leave us a comment on this post and tell us what you struggle most with when it comes to winter skin care! We’ll pick one winner on Friday, December 16.  

And, if you want to get in on the deal now, check it out here on Refinery29 Reserve.

*This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Erica!

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Just when you thought you did enough damage to the wallet on Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals start rolling in! The sheer volume of sales and promotions is straight up overwhelming, but there are some fabulous buys to be made. Here are the deals that caught our eye.

Amika is offering a special Cyber Monday deal to its Facebook fans — a whopping 40% off! Amika stylers are AMAZING, as is their Oil Treatment (see our review here). This deal does not come around very often, so this is one to act on a.s.a.p. Visit Amika on Facebook and become a fan to access the promo code.

June Jacobs is offering 40% off all products through Monday, November 28. I’m totally eyeing up the new Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish, and its powerhouse list of ingredients. Another must have? The Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque – check out our review on this Beauty VIP.

This one is technically not a Cyber Monday special, but it’s too good not to include. By Elizabeth Dehn‘s The Serum is buy one get one half off through Sunday, November 27. This fits beautifully with the “one for you, one for me” mentality that I am guilty of when holiday shopping! But, seriously, The Serum is heavenly. The gift of healthy, glowing skin is something every woman wants in her stocking, no?

Josie Maran is offering 25% off through end of day Monday, November 28 with code giveback at checkout. Plus, free shipping on orders of $25. I love to give the travel sized Argan Oil as a gift, so will be stocking up!

It’s baaack! Stila‘s cyber Warehouse Sale is coming, beginning Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2. Our advice, check it out early to take advantage of the best deals. Prices will be up to 80% off.

Kate Somerville is offering 30% off with promo code HOLIDAY2011 through Monday, November 28. Obviously, you need to pick up some Exfolikate. Another Product Girl fave is Kate’s Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment, which is a crazy effective innovation!

Happy shopping!

Love the Sun, But Love SPF More

I can get pretty preachy when I’m passionate about something. Like how Boston Terriers are the cutest breed of dog and how The Bachelorette is quality television, for example. The importance of wearing SPF is also something I step on my proverbial pulpit for. It’s the single most important step in preventing skin cancer, and if that doesn’t quite resonate, hello, the anti-aging benefits should!

Here’s our picks for the best sunscreens of summer, and beyond.  Remember, SPF is a year-round necessity!

Best in Multitasking. Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen. We trust our faces with Kate completely, and SPF is no exception. We especially love that this antioxidant-rich sunscreen doubles as a serum, eliminating an extra step in our morning routine. $45 for 2oz. KateSomerville.com

Best in Natural. Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+. Sometimes natural sunscreens can be tough to blend, but not this one. This is infused with Argan Oil, and works to repair skin and improve skin tone. I love the mild, lightweight formula. I find it’s a great base for makeup in the summer, too! $32 for 2 oz. Sephora.com

Best in Texture. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50. Absolutely weightless, this is a powerhouse at fighting off the sun’s harmful rays. It contains only physical blockers, as well as a plankton extract (called artemia salina) to increase the skin’s ability to defend against UV and heat stress. As an added bonus, it comes in a universal tint that makes makeup-free days a reality. $30 for 1.7 oz. SkinCeuticals.com

Best in Powder. Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF™ Dry Sunscreen – SPF 30. Ancient clay rich in minerals is at play in this product, and this might be my favorite for the purse. It starts working upon application, and layers well over moisturizer and other products. The tanned version is great for giving arms and legs some sculpt, and the translucent seamlessly disappears while protecting. The only downside? It’s kinda pricey. $44, Jane Iredale

Best in Lips. Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15. This formula covers off on the SPF, and is the perfect summery lip. Bright colors in a sheer, juicy formula that’s packed with cocoa and shea butters and jojoba, apricot kernel and avocado oils. It really is a treatment for your lips! $23, BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

Best in Budget. Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. Aveeno does sun protection very well, and I really appreciate how they included SPF 30 in the Smart Essentials day moisturizer. Another multitasker! The star ingredient is southernwood extract, an antioxidant that helps soothe stressed skin. $15 for 2.5 oz. Ulta

Best in Ingredients. PCA Skin Perfecting Protection SPF 30. There are so many rock star ingredients in here, it’s mind-blowing. Caffeine, Silybin (a.k.a. milk thistle), bearberry, licorice root extract, lactic acid, kojic acid, among others, work to reduce skin discoloration and prevent future hyperpigmentation. Sun spots, you’ve been warned. I use this mainly on my arms, chest and neck but it is also good for the face. $24 for 1.7 oz. Dermstore.com

What are your SPF must-haves? Share with us, and tell us why!

 

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Skincare Items

Skincare, above all things, is probably our number one beauty priority. Can’t build a house without a good foundation right? There were a few items that really stood out to us in 2010 — for their innovation, hydration, simplicity and ability to make our skin feel, and look, fabulous. Here’s what we loved this past year.

Josie Maran Argan Primer Mist – I cannot get enough of all things Argan, thanks to Josie Maran – her Argan Primer Mist included. This can be used as a primer, it’s so hydrating and really helps prepare the skin for layers of makeup, but I think it’s even better used as a refresher  mid-day or on clean skin. I’ve recommended this product to pretty much every woman I know.

Boscia Black Luminizing Mask – This mask by Boscia is the ultimate de-gunker. It sucks everything out of your pores and minimizes them in the process, and really does give a luminizing effect to the skin. Carla and I were both quite impressed. I used it twice weekly in the summer, but now that it’s winter I find I use it once every 7-10 days. I’m addicted!

Clarisonic Opal - Speaking of addiction…the Clarisonic Opal. This is a fantastic innovation, and it works. Admittedly, I don’t have serious undereye wrinkles but even I notice a perk in the skin around my eyes.

Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment - Carla and her CytcoCell became best friends this year. It tamed the dry patches, helps control excess oil and helped reduce overall redness in a light weight and emollient formula… LOVE!

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes - These are a budget beauty steal! In terms of facial wipes, these may be the most soothing I’ve ever used. They are what they promise to be. I also really enjoy the cucumber scent. It’s like a spa at home.

What skincare items made your list of favorites for 2010?

Kate Somerville Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment

I have loved Kate Somerville’s products for a long time now. Her Oil Free Moisturizer is one of the few moisturizers I’ve bought repeatedly. I should not have been surprised that I would grow to love Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment just as much. In my eyes, this woman can do no wrong.

Her CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment is Kate Somerville’s next generation technology for your skin, basically Kate Somerville 2.0. It has a new peptide that Kate has worked on for years to bring to us. It stimulates stem-cell activity and collagen production so that new healthy skin cells are born in turn making skin appear more youthful. It helps improve skin tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Want This: Kate Somerville The 9 Kit

If I wasn’t on a self-imposed shopping moratorium, I’d be picking up this Kate Somerville The 9 Kit right now but this gal is saving for New York Fashion Week. The day I set foot in Bergdorf Goodman’s it will be game on. :)

But seriously, my skin loves what Kate Somerville’s products do for it and I think all oily/acne prone skin gals will too. Her Oil Free Moisturizer is among my favorite products ever. This new kit includes full sized versions of her Detox Daily Wash (another favorite of mine, it really is like detox for your skin), Clarifying Treatment Toner, Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion and Clearing Mask plus a deluxe sample of her Oil Free Moisturizer. This kit is valued at $160 but retails for $120.

A little hint to make the price a little easier to swallow… tomorrow everything on QVC is going to be available in 4 EasyPay payments. Might be a good time to give this a try. :)

Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

The beauty deals keep rolling in, so we thought we’d put together a Cyber Monday round-up to help organize all of the great sales happening!

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Armani: 20% off makeup and skincare through 11/30 with code FAMILY. Free shipping is included with any order.

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Bath and Body Works: Take 25% off sitewide now through 12/1!

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Kate Somerville: 30% off with code KATE2009 through 11/30. Carla loves ExfoliKate – check out her review!

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Korres: 20% off sitewide (no code required) through 12/2 and they have a TON of special promotions and gifts with purchase as well. Get the full details here.

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Shu Uemura: 20% any purchase and free shipping over $50 through 12/1 with code WISH09 at checkout. And if you spend $125 or more, you’ll receive 20% off and a mesh bag filled with seven deluxe samples with code WISHDELUXE09 Umm….Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine anyone?

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Smashbox: 20% off and free shipping with any order with code SBFF9 entered at checkout. This deal lasts through 12/1.

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Tarte: 40% off  and free shipping over $25! Use code CYBERMON9 checkout to grab this deal through 11/30. This is an incredible deal – and I have a feeling the Three Carats mini cheek stains and Crown Jewels gloss sets will sell out fast!

New! Kate Somerville Introduces Somer360 Tanning Towelettes

Have I told you that I love Kate Somerville? No? Well, I do. Her line is simply amazing and now there’s another new addition to it, her Somer360 Tanning Towelettes.

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I’m not really a tanning person, I embrace my paleness :), but I am now tempted to try with these new Somer360 Tanning Towelettes. They claim give a quick and streak free application producing a natural looking glow within 2 to 4 hours.

Have you tried this? What’s your take on this?

New from Kate Somerville: ExfoliKate Gentle & ExfoliKate Body

Have you seen the new products from Kate Somerville? I am dying to try them out. Her line’s skincare products have become a part of my daily routine and I was excited to see these new editions to the line, additions that I secretly hoped for!

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Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate is one of my favorite exfoliators and I’m thrilled to see the new ExfoliKate Gentle. Sometimes I have to tone down my usage of the original because it is a little harsher than I would like it to be at times so I can’t wait to try the new gentler version. For a gal who use to say the harsher the better when it came to exfoliation, this is a big change! :) There’s also the new ExfoliKate Body. If this product can leave your face glowing, I’m interested in seeing what it can do to the rest of my body.

Have you tried or will you be trying these new products? Let us know in the comments.