Wednesday, December 17, 2014

holiday 2014: Mally Beauty Gift sets

{singing} it's the most wonderful time of the year…

still need more gift ideas? i have some fabulous gems for you to consider from Mally Beauty!

if there was ever a beauty brand to give {or gift to yourself} that would be loved, it's the brand Mally Rancal heads up. her products are amazing, formulated to last while making its user look and feel beautiful. we follow each other on Twitter and the woman is fabulous! currently, she's boasting her festive flair and it's so contagious {check out her Instagram, too}. 

for the holidays, her gift sets are {as Mally would say} gorgois ~ from rich and colorful eyeliners to maximum-shine lipsticks packaged in trendy bags, they're sure to be the hit of the season...

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Set:
light up your eyes with this set of liners in festive shades. the budge-proof, waterproof eye liner glides on smoothly and effortlessly, while delivering rich color. accompanied with a chic metallic bag, you’ll look gorgois even on the go. 

Mally Beauty Mally Golden Rule of Beauty 5-Piece Collection with Clutch Bag: 
achieve a flawless, luminous look for lip to lashes with this coordinated five-piece kit! add a sheer layer of color on your lids with crease-proof eye shadow and add definition with a deep, waterproof eyeliner. put the perfect finish on your lashes with jet-black mascara; add a gentle blush to make you look flawlessly flushed, then finish off your look with High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom to make your lips look irresistible.

visit to order these sets {don't wait too long, time is running out to receive by december 24th}. happy shopping!

info and images courtesy of Mally Beauty representative 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holiday 2014: gift ideas for him

for all the men in your life, take a look at these fab, fun and pampering gift ideas!

graphic tees featuring his favorite shows, movies and things to do…

techie gifts, like video games and accessories are always popular {this portable speaker looks fab!}; if he's into craft beer, consider personalizing a set of pint glasses for him...

if he loves to read, a gift card to his favorite local book store is fab, and if he likes reading on a tablet or smartphone, a subscription service {like Oyster , Kindle Unlimited and Scribd} will make 2015 his best reading year yet; even if he doesn't like to read, books that feature his favorite subjects can also make great gifts…

these pampering products will make him feel good {even if he won't admit it out loud}…

pep up his daily routine with the iconic bestselling blend! he'll love this Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set with its antioxidant-rich products, blended with madagascan black peppercorn oil and vetiver.

Lavett & Chin Hair Wash, cleanses and conditions without stripping his locks thanks to a formula is blended with organic ingredients including balancing geranium leaf oil to treat and maintain a healthy scalp, and rosemary leaf oil to stimulate hair follicles. to compliment the wash, the non-greasy Lavett & Chin Hair Moisturizer is formulated to revive, moisturize and strengthen each strand from within, without weighing it down.

Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men chock-full of clean, no-fuss, no-frills natural care products he doesn't even know he wants but won’t be able to live without. items to consider include Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap to clean intensely, energize and purify; Body Wash invigorates and wakes up skin, and the Shave Cream offers aid in giving the perfect shave thanks to its natural ingredients.

Conair Professional Volare X2 by Ferrari, powered by the legend behind Ferrari, uses an ultra-efficient MaxLife® Pro motor; designed and built for BaBylissPRO in collaboration with Ferrari engineers {if he's into cars, this is sort of a big deal…}, the precision cutting blade is titanium coated for exceptional performance.

hopefully these suggestions help... happy shopping! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

giveaway alert: RoC® Skincare Gift basket + $200 VISA gift card!

on behalf of the RoC® skincare team, i'm so excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring you a fabulous, huge  giveaway! i've been a brand ambassador for the last two years and this is a way to give thanks! so, in this season of giving, RoC® would like to gift you with a $200 gift card and a holiday basket filled with {the best} RoC® products!


of course you are! :)

~ here's what's in the basket:

RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream {read my review here}
RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer {read my review here}
RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Serum {read my review here}
RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Night Cream
RETINOL CORREXION® Sensitive Eye Cream
MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream {watch my review here}
MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Eye Cream {watch my review here}
MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer {watch my review here}
MAX Resurfacing Cleanser {watch my review here}
Daily Resurfacing Disks {read my review here}

*visit for more info about the brand, their ingredients and where to buy.*

~ and here are the rules** and what you need to do to enter for your chance to win!:

1. *follow me on Twitter and tweet me {@thebeautygirl}: "i want better skin in 2015! #RoCBeautyGiveaway " {up to 3 times}
2. *follow me on Instagram, regram the giveaway photo i've posted with "i want better skin in 2015! #RoCBeautyGiveaway " and tag me @thebeautygirl {up to 3 times}

super easy so far, right? just a couple more things**:

1. this contest is open today december 15, 2014, to US residents only, 18 and over. 
2. you may enter up to 3 times each by tweeting @thebeautygirl on Twitter and Instagram
3. if you are chosen as the winner, please be prepared to respond to me via DM or email {} within 24 hours to provide me with your name, mailing info and phone number {i will send this to the people at RoC; it will be used for shipping purposes only ~ your info will not be shared or sold to any third party}

**contest ends midnight PST friday, december 19, 2014 ~ winner will be announced saturday, december 20th, 2014 here, on Twitter and Instagram!

good luck!

**read please: contest open to US residents only; entrants must be 18 or older. entering this contest means you are giving me permission to forward your name, address, phone number and email address to representatives of RoC skincare for fulfillment and mailing of contest prize. non response {within 24 hours of winner announcement} will result in disqualification and a new winner will be chosen. all personal info is kept private and will not be used for any other purpose beyond this contest. one {1} winner, chosen at random, will receive the prize mentioned. enter up to 3 times via Twitter and Instagram. more entries beyond 3 will not improve your chances of winning. giveaway sponsored by RoC Skincare. some restrictions apply. open to US residents only. entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm PST on friday, december 19, 2014. winner will be announced saturday, december 20th, 2014. thank you. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

skincare review: 4 serums i'm loving right now...

when it comes to skincare, serums are, in my opinion, a must in my routine. the highly concentrated gems contain nutrients and technologically advanced ingredients formulated to help prevent or correct skin damage. depending on your needs and budget, there are a plethora of options to choose from.

i've been using the following products individually {though there has been some overlap with a couple at a time} over the last several months, and i'm so excited to share with you now how {and why} i love each one. they all address wrinkles and hydration, but are unique and have different purposes. i've noticed fab results from them all... 

Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum by RoC is the first on my list. over the last couple of years i've been a brand ambassador and have had the opportunity to work with the company, discovering what makes them and their products so good. while the name suggests it would be a product i wouldn't reach for {i have no severe, deep wrinkles}, the ingredients are fabulous for prevention and correction of fine lines and evening out skin tone. it has a silky, lightweight texture {which was fabulous as i used it over the summer} and it gave my skin a more even-toned, smooth, glowy look. i expected a bit of a reaction from this because the packaging said i might, but also since it contains Retinol {a vitamin a derivative that makes skin more sensitive to sun exposure}, but thankfully, i had none {i do wear sunscreen everyday}.

Skin & Co Umbria Truffle Hydro-Toning Face Serum is part of an apothecary range of goodies; simple and effective, this serum is certainly worth trying if you are unfamiliar. i love the way it glides onto my skin and absorbs beautifully. it's uber hydrating and creates a smooth finish that works well with other moisturizers and under foundation. i use it twice day and my skin had no negative reaction to it.

Beverly Hills MD sent me their Venox anti-aging serum and it was love at first use. no, that doesn't mean i saw instant results, but that i really loved the way it made my skin feel. with more use, i really began to appreciate the hydration and antioxidants. i used the creamy formula twice a day and it really helped reduce the finer lines i have around my eyes and on my forehead {wrinkles be gone!}.

and finally i'd like for you to meet Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ~ it's the least expensive on this list, but it certainly doesn't make it less of a powerful product. it smells of fresh oranges and, like the other serums on my list, has improved the look of my skin with its highly concentrated formula. i've been applying it before my sunscreen/moisturizer, and thanks to the light-reflecting pigments, my skin is always left looking beautifully radiant.

 vitamins and antioxidants as well as advanced ingredients created by man, all of these serums deserve a space in your skincare arsenal. visit the website links for more info. let me know if you've used any of these gems or tell me about what you've been using these days! 

products featured were sent to me for review consideration; all opinions and thoughts are my own; pics taken by me :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

holiday 2014: give the gift of Origins

committed to the environment and all those who populate it, Origins creates fabulous, natural products so many already enjoy using {including me}. for the holiday season, they've created an assortment of fabulous gift sets! naturally {no pun intended}, i think you should consider gifting them to the gorgeous people in your life...

one standout to me is this luscious Ginger Pleasures Set featuring a Ginger fragrance, candle, bubble bath and body soufflĂ©. who wouldn't want to unwrap this lovely set?! of course, there are many sets that can be gifted to everyone on your list, from that special guy, your bff, neighbor or hostess of your annual holiday soiree.

 Origins has further decreased the use of paper and cartons in all holiday packaging and specifically designed the bath and body sets so you can create personalized home cards, hangtags or re-giftable packaging; you'll also love that for every holiday ornament sold {$12; filled with samples of skincare goodies}, Origins will plant a tree {love that!}.

visit for more info. if you're able, pay a visit to your local Origins counter in person. you'll find their special holiday helpers are prepared to guide you in discovering the perfect gifts, and while you're there, you can treat yourself with a free mini facial and complimentary wrapping!

happy shopping!