The Lemon Sugar Gift Set by Mark is everything you’d want in a small but impressive and welcome little something. For starters, it’s just $12.00. The limited edition 6.7 fl. oz bottle of self sanctuary lemon sugar 3-in-1 shampoo/bubble bath/shower gel in a plastic bottle with pink flip-top cap. It smells like creamy, grapefruit sherbet. And there’s also a squeeze tube of Juice Gems Lip Gloss in “Lemon Sugar.” It gives you lips moisturizing, high shine and it contains real fruit extracts. Use it when you don’t want to look “made up,” or slick it over a lipstick for a sexy, high shine. All you need to do is add a bow and a gift card, and you’ve got a gift that looks expensive, and cost less than a sandwich and a drink! Awesome! Mark also has a nifty ” For just $10.00 you can add a nicely boxed trio of 3.4 oz. Mark Clean Up Time conditioning soaps.. These chunky little squares of natural-colored soap are wrapped in pricey-looking, green and white paper with neat labels announcing that they have “Fair Trade Certified™ ” cocoa butter, shea butter and white tea extract. They are super emollient, and the fresh and citrus-y scent will revive you. Allergy tested, good for all skin types, great for men or women, these are the perfect, one-size-fits-all “little something.” If you are truly strapped this season, break up the set and pop one soap each into three stockings or the office grab bag. And, keep a stack of these boxed sets wrapped and on hand for holiday parties– they make perfect hostess gifts, too. Visit the MARK web site or contact your favorite MARK representative.
Imagine a full face palette for less than ten dollars. There is a great one, and it comes from an unlikely source: Payless. Yes, the shoe store! I recently discovered this Classic Glamour Eye & Lip Palette for just $9.99 at a Spring 2011 preview for Payless. Alas, I can’t tell you much about the Spring line just yet (Payless has asked if I’d keep my lips seals, for now). But I don’t have to keep mum on the holiday offerings. As you can see from the photo, this palette has three matte and shimmer eye shadows in shades of grey for a trendy eye, and three trendy red centric lipsticks. The palette comes with two mini applicators (one for eyes, one for lips) and is housed in a cardboard compact with large, interior mirror, and a magnetic closure. The maroon-covered compact even has a pink, gross-grain mini-bow on the top for a cute touch. It’s a way to give a great gift or treat yourself, for less than the cost two large lattes! Another cute gift or stocking stuffer, topped with a pink, gross-grain bow, is the Unforgettable Moments Shimmer Brush Shimmer Brush for just $7.99. Inside the box with peek-a-boo window is pop-it-into-your-bag loose shimmer powder in an all-in-one jar-compact with brush tip and retracting brush protector. A swipe on your skin leaves a starry sparkle no matter where you put it. It’s a party perfect accent and a lovely little gift that every woman will love. Find these items and more for the holidays at any Payless store or visit http://www.payless.com/
There is nothing a woman (or girl) likes better than a really good appliance that is really cute, too. Zoe’s Black & White Dots and Daisy Styling Tools are just $25-$30 each, and they are seriously “squeal worthy” gift items that look like a fortune, and do a great job, but for a reasonable price. The nicely boxed hair tools are well made and substantial, and they have expensive-looking, crisp graphics in bright color either in a Black & White Dots design, or a striking, Daisy Design. The Zoe Styling Tools feature Tourmaline Ceramic Technologies to keep hair shiny, smooth, frizz-free, and to minimize heat damage. I tried the Black & White Dots Blow dryer (the Daisy dryer has the same features). The dryer feels nice and substantial in your hand, not at all chintzy. As I already mentioned, it has Tourmaline Ceramic Technology to reduce static, seal in the cuticle, and lock natural moisture in the hair. The curved handle feels good in your hand, and the unique design of the dyer help to increase airflow and temperature. There are just two speeds, but three heat settings two heat settings, plus a cool shot button, all powered by a commercial rated AC motor. A nice touch is the large diffuser and concentrator nozzles that are included. The styling irons sound equally impressive, featuring a heat that reaches 410°F quickly, 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic plates to supply natural ions and infrared heat to maintain an even temperature, Far-infrared (the deepest and safest heat for all hair types) naturally seals the cuticle, while Tourmaline creates shinier, frizz free styles. There is a 9 foot professional power cable equipped with 360° swivel connection to prevent tangling, and (this is really important for travel) the iron also comes with a thermal pouch included for convenient storage. You have to see these in person to believe that they are just under $30.00 each, but they are. Let the price be your little secret, and make someone (and yourself) happy with awesome new hair tools for a new year! Get them at Target and Target.com, Meijer and Amazon.com
Cake Beauty’s products are infused with natural, raw ingredients and have 100% paraben free formulas that are 90-95% naturally based. The Cake Beauty Treat Yourself Set $30.00 is a boxed trio of skincare treats that will work hard to banish Winter skin woesbeautifully. Inside a metallic silver and blue box are nestled: “Cake Walk™ : Triplemint Foot Crème (the perfect thing for shopping or party-weary feet & legs, featuring a blend of spearmint, peppermint and menthol extracts); “Desserted Island™ Supreme Body Mousse” ( a luxe and very hydrating body lotion, blended with aloe vera, rich mango butter, pure coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E); and “Mulberry Sorbet Cake Kiss™ Lip Butter” (shea better blend that’s onfused with pure coconut oil, aloe vera and orchid complex). You can get this set, and other great Cake products at Sephora.com, UrbanOutfitters.com and www.cakebeauty.com
Whether you’re on the road, or at home, bacteria is everywhere! The CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand by Verilux eliminates 99.9% of germs, viruses, bacteria, allergens, dust mite and flea eggs from a myriad of surfaces. Although you can’t see it working, it has been laboratory tested and proven effective by Verilux, a reliable company. It is about the size of a portable folding umbrella and is simply to operate with one o/off button. Like magic, you wave the wand over whatever it is you want to sanitize (60 seconds for a laptop, 20 seconds for a toilet bowl) and it not only kills the germs, viruses, bacteria and allergens, it deodorizes as well. While I don’t know too many people who hand-sanitize public toilet bowls, consider that CleanWave’s germicidal UV-C light penetrates micro-organism’s cell membranes and destroys the DNA, preventing the growth of germs on surfaces, and causing virtually immediate elimination of these nasty little pests. I tried the wand on my couch pillows, and my computer keyboard, but then I realized that it also eliminates allergens like dust mites and flea eggs. So I decided to sanitize my cats. Seriously — I waved the wand on my furry girls, and they liked it! I kept the light source away from their eyes (and you shouldn’t look directly at the light, either), wanded them for about 10 seconds, then I moved in for a sniff. I can’t be completely sure, but I think they smelled…fresher! I will be taking it on trains and planes, and to hotel rooms too, just to be sure. For just: $29.95 you will find a lot of applications for this little sanitizing wand, and it makes an unusual, thoughtful and useful gift for that hard-to-satisfy, adult.
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