Friday, November 28, 2008

Attention Shoppers: Black Friday Beauty Recommendations

Black Friday is here, shoppers! So if you've decided to brave the malls today and get your shop on, here are a few Daily Dandy's to fill you or your honey's stockings with a beauty bounty.
Marc Jacobs Body Splash- Shown here in Fig, these sumptuous body splash sprays are a wonderful, light way to enjoy the essence of your favorite scent. It comes in a fabulous 10 oz. bottle, displays simply, and more than a few little birds have told me that they double as a great room spray. At $68.00, me thinks that's one pricey room spray. I have Grapefruit and love it! There are over 10 different varieties in one of a kind scents that never over power. With choices like Cucumber, Orange, Basil, Rain, Grass and Cotton and Ivy, these make for a truly unique gift! These products are available on line or at Sephora, Nordstroms and Bloomingdales.

MAC Cosmetics Brushes- Make-up brushes are a great way to stuff that special someones stocking, and MAC make-up brushes are of the finest quality. This is the kind of gift that most women want and need, but rarely buy for themselves. The three displayed here are my most basic recommendations. The Flat Definer is a super, essential brush for lining eyes perfectly and retails at $24.oo. The beauty of this brush is that it turns any dark eye shadow into an eye liner.

The Powder/Blush brush serves a dual purpose. Great for blending face powders, bronzers, mineral powder make-up AND blushes. At $34.00, this brush gives the user the most for the money. The Medium Angled Shading Brush is essential for blending and contouring eye shadows. It gives you the option of applying both lid color and blending crease color and sells for $24.50. If you want to add a little more to make the gift complete, the Make-Up Brush Cleanser is a wonderful way to top off the gift. These products are available on-line and at most major department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks and Macy's.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder- Bronzing powder is one of my beauty staples and Guerlain has the BEST in the business. (believe me-I have tried them all) A great bronzer can be used in place of a setting powder (365 days a year) to leave the skin with a beautiful, warm, luminous glow. It's long lasting formula controls oils, moisturizes and-get this-protects against free radicals-ie: an anti-aging product! What more could you ask for? No need to worry about matching a color here-it comes in a few different shades, but one really can't go wrong, all shades are for all skin tones. At $44.00 retail, stick with a basic light, dark formula. If your recipient has light skin-go with any light formulation and for darker complected beauties-go with the darker shades.
Best of Bliss Gift Set- Bliss Spa's famous products are most certainly heaven in a tube! A gift from Bliss is a gift to be cherished. During the holiday season, Bliss has some great gift sets at equally great prices. I highly recommend all of them for gift giving-but the Best of Bliss set is my holiday choice. At $55.00, the set contains the top selling Bliss items. Included in the set, The Lemon and Sage Body Butter, which is wonderful and makes a great gift on it's own, the High Intensity Hand Cream (I sold a ton of this to BOTH women and men), a small size of The Youth As We Know It, Bliss' newest anti-aging skin moisturizer, the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, a great mask to re-oxygenate and energize over tired, dull skin, and Hot Salt Scrub, a great body scrub that "heats-up" in the shower and supremely exfoliates dead skin. These products are available on line and at Sephora and most fine department stores.

Kiehls Ultimate Brushless Shaving Creams- This is a great stocking stuffer for that hard to buy for guy on your list. The three formulas, Blue Eagle contains aloe for sensitive or oily skin types. The White Eagle, contains menthol and camphor and is their most popluar formula and Green Eagle, which contains a hint of mint for a cool shave without the feel of menthol. The guy on your list will love this product. It retails for $15.50 and can be found on-line or at Nieman Marcus, Nordstom and other fine department stores.

Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Products- These are my go-to-gifts and always on any of my list of recommendations because of the rave reviews I have gotten about these products time and time again. Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion paired with the Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel make a great gift giving tandem that leave the body with the fresh, clean scent of lemon. Each of the products retail for $28.00. Throw in a bar of Lemon Soap for $13.00 or choose the Sugar Lemon Bath Cubes for $34.00, these fizzy cubes drop into the tub and release a lemony scent to please the senses.
Good luck shoppers! Let me know if you have any questions or any of your own suggestions!


That damn expat said...

oh I wish it was Black Friday here too:(
I love cucumber scent, I'll have to look for it the next time I'm at Sephora!
And I use the terracotta powder too, it freshens up my face in an instant.

I like your blog. You got yourself a new follower.

Slyde said...

the LEAST you could go is recommend something for people with penises!

Gwen said...

If I shop on Black Friday I do so in antique stores or boutiques. These places are empty on Black Friday. Further proof that most people are dummies.

But more often that not, I spend a quiet day at home decorating for Christmas on Black Friday.

Vodka Mom said...

I went to Kohls, got in, got out, and went home. done. :-)

Vodka Mom said...

wait, did I see the word penis???

~E said...

*psst* Candy?


I love you! I worship at the temple of Sephora and solely because of this post would like to officially propose to you here and now!

LYDIA said...

Hey friend.

So many great recommendations on this post.... Loving the MAC Brushes, the bronzing powder, Kiehl's, Fresh Sugar Lemon, and basically anything from Bliss. Did you know that the founder of Bliss is also the founder of the Soap & Glory line they sell at Target? I have heard great things about Soap & Glory, especially the Slimwear puff-draining peptide balm that reduces the appearance of cellulite. Another great one I have read about in quite a few magazines is Great Shakes Hand Cream. I am actually looking at both at my house right now, still haven't tried either....but I am excited to! Hope you had a very happy holiday and I really appreciate your comment on my blog today, it made me feel special :) You are such a sweetheart. Oh, and sorry for the novel....

Ms. Florida Transplant said...

I LOVE MAC brushes!

BeckEye said...

Doo doo doo I was just cruising around the Interblogs and I thought I'd pop in and see how you're doing. I really didn't have anything to say and I didn't have a comment about this post, so I'm not really sure why I am writing a comment. But, you know, while I'm here I guess I'll ask you if you watched the Steelers-Patriots game today, assume that you've just made a "disgusted" face and then start laughing uproariously. Sounds like a plan. So, here goes.

Did you watch the Steelers-Patriots game today?

(waiting for it)

MWAAAH hahahahahahahahahahahah!!!