Beauty sweets and treats for Valentine’s Day



V-Day is just around the corner. Here are my picks for gifts or if you just want to treat yourself!

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1: Here is one unicorn that isn’t elusive. Lush has created this cool bath melt that turns your bath into a silvery, pink enchanted pool with floating candy sprinkles, $7.95. Out of stock online so check your local store.

2. Immerse yourself in childhood with the Cotton Candy fragrance from Demeter. Get it in a lotion, cologne, shower gel or massage oil, (only $9 through Feb.17) at

3. Brooklyn company Appliq has a host of Valentine themed nail stickers or they allow you to upload and design your own. A set (custom or stock) will only cost you $15.

4. Rapture is a classic 90’s fragrance from Victoria’s Secret. They brought the warm, musky scent back last year and it appears that it is here to stay. $39 or $22 for the purse spray.

5. This little organic pot of gloss from Kari Gran just got picked up by Sephora. It is available in five colors and two different flavors $15. Now through Valentine’s Day, get a free mini Jcoco couture chocolate bar with any purchase.

6. The Sweet Heart Strawberry Deluxe gift set from The Body Shop. This sweet set has a strawberry hand cream, body butter, spray cologne and a heart-shaped soap all in a gift box for $30. Now through 2/14 get free shipping on this gift with coupon code SWEETEST!

ULTA L’Oréal Paris beauty haul


I was in need of some L’Oréal Paris products so I decided to hit ULTA . They were having a buy one get one 50% off and I also had a special coupon from the back of a Wal-Mart coupon for $5 off a L’Oréal Paris purchase of $20.


I got a small Elnett Hair Spray, a L’Oréal Paris Infalliable the blackbuster felt tip eyeliner, a L’Oréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo, a L’Oréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner. The retail price for all this would have been about $26 and got it all for $14.96!

I just got new L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumpers and L’Oréal Paris Infalliable Eye Crayons. Follow this blog or follow me on Twitter for the review and a giveaway.


Cool beauty stuff you can get at Costco

Costco is the place to go for all the household stuff you need. Cases of Red Bull, super-size toilet paper and giant bags of salad are great, but there are some cool beauty buys there too!

New Beauty Box, $28.
New Beauty Box, $28.

From the company that brought you the Test Tube, New Beauty has collaborated with Costco on this exclusive beauty box. It includes a copy of New Beauty magazine (usually around $10) and six almost full size products. The fall/winter box has a Strivectin Anti-Aging lotion, Jenna Hipp Nail Polish, SuperSmile teeth whitening kit, Stila Smudgeproof Waterproof Eyeliner, Mally Undereye Perfector Duo, Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil and Tan Towels, all for $28.

Crest 3D Whitestrips, $29 with in-store rebate.
Crest 3D Whitestrips, $29 with in-store rebate.

These WhiteStrips can run you up to $50 for just one pack. This Costco exclusive set comes with 3D White Luxe Strips and a pack of One Hour Express strips, $29 after in-store $10 rebate.

Sarah McNamara Miracle Body Transformer. $14.99
Sarah McNamara Miracle Body Transformer. $14.99

This popular body creme tones skin and adds color with a color enhancer, perfect for jazzing up winter skin. Only $14.99 after in-store rebate.

SeroVital, $99.99 for a 40 day supply.
SeroVital, $99.99 for a 40 day supply.

The popular hgh booster and anti-aging supplement SeroVital  is now available at Costco. You’ll get an extra 10 days worth for the same retail price of a 30 day supply.

SkinnyStix is that little nudge to get you on the right path

January is the biggest month of year for joining gyms, buying athletic gear and trying out new supplements. Mostly it’s because people spent Thanksgiving through New Year’s drinking, eating and not working out. But it can be hard to get back on the horse…so to speak.

SkinnyStix in Tangy Tangerine
SkinnyStix in Tangy Tangerine

A new supplement called SkinnyStix is here to help you get back out there. SkinnyStix is a five calorie powder that you mix with water or another liquid (celebrity endorser Jenny McCarthy mixes it with her morning smoothie). The mix includes yerba mate, guarana, damiana and a xanthine complex that gives you energy, elevates your mood and improves focus and stamina. I got a chance to try it out and here is my review!

You are supposed to mix it with 16 ounces of water – you might want to add even more (nothing wrong with drinking more water) because it is really strong.  My sample pack came with a branded water bottle (which comes with some varieties) and is bigger than 16 ounces. I drank it in the afternoon when I needed a boost. It didn’t make me feel wired, but it gave me more energy and curbed my desire to snack. The other major thing I noticed is that I felt really tired around bedtime, This might be good or bad, depending on who you are. I am sensitive to caffeine and sometimes just having a coffee in the afternoon will keep me up at night.  This would also be good to drink about 30 minutes before your workout for an extra boost. I would definitely consider buying/ using this again.

You can buy SkinnyStix in a 21 serving version ($29.99) or an eight pack ($14.99), It comes in tangerine, berry and lime and can be purchased online and in stores like Walgreens and Kohls.

*Press Sample

It’s a new year and time for a new birthday gift from Sephora

All Beauty Insiders are eligible for a free gift during their birthday month at Sephora and the beauty store has just unveiled it’s new birthday gift for 2015.  Last year the gift was a mascara and mini lipstick from Make Up For Ever and the year before that it was a mini duo of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. The gift for 2015 is two NARS lip pencils plus a NARS eyeliner for VIB Rouge (members who spend over $1,000).

Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS
Sephora 2015 Birthday Gifts from NARS

So, how do you get your gift? Sign up to become a Beauty Insider and visit the store during your birthday month to pick up your gift (no purchase is necessary). You’ll also earn points on your purchases that you can redeem for super-sized samples and get special offers in your email.