I get so excited when Valentine's Day comes around. I am a big believer in celebrating not only the romantic love in your life, but all of your loves: your kids, your Mom, your best friends. Love should be celebrated!
I am always on the hunt this time of year for cute little gifts for my family and friends. Just a "little something" to give them a lift and make them feel loved.
Kohl's has some fantastic and very reasonably priced gifts in their newest Kohl's Cares collection. Plus, the Kohl's Cares gifts give back to non-profit! So, these are gifts that you can feel good about purchasing.
Valentine’s Day gifts that give back with the new Kohl’s Cares collection:
Kohl’s is offering children’s books from renowned author/illustrator Dr. Seuss and toys priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s initiatives nationwide.
The Cat in the Hat bilingual book and Cat in the Hat toy
The Sneetches book and Sneetch toy
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose book and Thidwick toy
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now book and Marvin toy
And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street book and Giraffe toy
Color with Mom coloring book
101 Coolest Science Experiments book
Happy Little Rabbit bundle
This new Kohl's Cares Collection has some really great Valentine's and Spring gifts for the little loves in my life: my kids! They are not only huge fans of reading, but they love stuffed animals, too. So, a book and stuffed animal set is just about the perfect gift for them. I can't wait to surprise them this Valentine's Day with a new Kohl's Care book and toy set! They will be all smiles when they see these gifts!!!
This current Kohl’s Cares collection is available at all Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.com now through early April.
Valentine's Day is upon us! If you are looking for some gorgeous last-minute gifts, be sure to check out L'Occitane's amazing special Valentine’s Day gift options. There are sets available for both women and men.
Prices range from $240-$150 per set! There is likely something for everyone on your list. L'Occitane is one of my go-to luxury brands for skincare, body care, and fragrance.
In addition, L’Occitane has partnered with celebrated French illustrator Soledad Bravito to design five limited edition gift sets inspired by the season of love. Featuring her romantic, signature girlish style, these sets will warm hearts everywhere.
Collection Gift Sets:
CherryBlossomCollection($25): Tell a friend how lovely she is with the femininity of cherry blossom. Captured in a soft floral scent, this set is the perfect bathroom accessory for any woman. Includes Cherry Blossom Body Milk, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Rose Soap
Lavender Collection ($25): Offer someone you love the ultimate gift of pampering. Direct from the majestic fields of Provence, this set is filled with the calming scents and aromas of lavender to help soothe the senses and induce blissful relaxation. Includes Lavender Body Milk, Lavender Shower Gel, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap
L’OCCITANE Men’s Grooming Collection ($25): Satisfy your man’s grooming needs with this deluxe dopp kit filled with shaving and body care necessities – a great find for him. Includes L’OCCITAN ShowerGel, L’OCCITAN After Shave Balm, L’OCCITAN Shaving Gel
VerbenaCollection($25): Spice things up and keep it zesty with this lemony citrus verbena set. The combination of verbena essential oils, orange, and lemon tree will a refreshing and reviving shower experience for both men and women alike. Includes Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Body Milk , Verbena Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Verbena Soap
Almond Collection ($25): Indulge and pamper with the delicious, mouthwatering scents and luxurious textures of our Almond collection, made with sustainably-sourced almond from the South of France. Includes Almond Shower Oil, Almond Delicious Soap, and Almond Milk Concentrate.
Personalized Pure Shea Butter ($12, in-store only): Travel-size tins are perfect for a friend, sister, or special someone this Valentine’s Day, made with 100% certified organic shea butter, this formula has over 50 uses. L’OCCITANE partnered with local New York City Artist, Marion Bizet, to offer limited edition personalized covers for the tin.
These gorgeous sets are available at L’OCCITANE boutiques nationwide and online at usa.loccitane.com.
It is time for another Makeup Wars! This time the Makeup Wars bloggers are discussing their favorite facial oils. I am *so excited* about this topic. As ya'll know, I am obcessed with skincare. My interest in finding the very best skincare for my skin is the driving force behind my blog.
Before diving into my favorite facial oils, lets talk quickly about my skin type. I have combination skin. My skin does fluxuate. Right now I am leaning more combination/oily. My skin is also somewhat sensitive and slightly prone to breaking out about once a month on my chin or near my nose. Also, I somethings get clogged pores. Since I am not getting any younger, lol, I am also interested in effective anti-aging skincare.
After many years of avoiding oils in skincare products for fear of breaking out, I learned that certain oils are really beneficial for your skin. There is certainly a facial oil movement within the skincare world. Facial Oils have really gained in popularity for a reason: they work and have such great impact on your skin! Just a drop or two of oil after your usual skincare routine can give your skin a tremendous boost of nourishment and moisture! In addition, using oils as a mix in can really work wonders, too. Afraid of leaving an oil to sit on your skin, then you could try "getting your oil" by using a cleansing oil that you rinse off.
There are honestly so many oils that I love (too many to list here). So, today I am going to focus on sharing my current favorites. Adding an oil to your skincare routine is one of the best ways to get a fantastic anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin-smoothing "boosts"!
My Current Favorite Facial Oils:
Kiehl's | Midnight Recovery Concentrate:
This amazing (and 99.8% naturally derived) oil works to regenerate, replenish, and restore your skin overnight. I am currently using this oil every night as the final step in my skincare routine. I have used this oil off-and-on for a few years (in between testing out other products for this blog) and it is always something that I come back to. I use just one to two drops. I drop the oil onto my fingertips and then pat it across my skin hitting key areas where I seem to get fine lines. The herbal scent of this oil is so soothing for bedtime. There is just something "magical" about this oil! Whenever I don't use it, I can tell that my skin just dosn't look quite its best. It allows me to wake up in the mornings with skin that is a bit more hydrated and plump and smoothed. I love how this oil really sinks into your skin.
Key ingredients include: Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Oil, and Squalene. A 1 oz bottle retails for $46.00. However, I must note: this bottle will last you forever when you only use 1-2 drops a night! I just love Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and give it my highest recommendation!!!
Nude Skincare | ProGenius Treatment Oil:
Now, I got my bottle of Nude Skincare ProGenius Treament Oil a few years ago and really can now only find it online on Amazon. So, I believe this ProGenius Treatment Oil was either replaced with or renamed as Sephora's Nude Skincare ProGenius Firming Youth Oil. If anyone knows any details about this product, please be sure to let me know in the comments! Anyways, this oil has lasted me for a few years because I only use one drop in the mornings.
How I Use:
I add one drop of this oil to my dollop of sunscreen/moisturizer that I apply to my face in the mornings. This gives my sunscreen/moisturizer a boost! It allows it to apply better and leaves my skin more hydrated and smooth than when I leave the oil out. I especially do this in the Winter months when my skin is more dehydrated. You can also add a drop of this oil to your liquid foundation for the same type of effect if you would rather. I love the hydrating and skin-smoothing benefits of applying the oil this way. This oil is rich in antioxidants! So, you really are getting a protective and anti-aging boost in addition to adding essential oil and moisture to your skin. I just love this stuff!
Key Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil and meadowfoam seed oil (moisturizers); camelina (redness reducer); sea buckthorn and macadamia oil (skin smoothers). Retails for $78.00.
L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil:
When it comes to luxury skincare, L'Occitane is one of my favorite brands! I adore the whole Divine skincare collection from L'Occitane and this decadent oil is no exception. The Divine collection products all contain ingedients derived from the Immortelle flower. This flower is legendary because of it's longevity: it never fades, even after it has been picked. The L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil contains Immortelle Essential Oil which is rich in anti-aging active properties.
This oil is so nourishing! I like using it at night as a final step in my skincare routine. I either tap on 1-2 drops of oil or mix it in with a nighttime moisturizer. It really works to smooth fine lines and refine tone and overall appearance of my skin. I adore it!
Please be sure to scroll through the links below to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers are using and loving for facial oils! :)
There are so many oils that I love. These listed here are my current faves and ones that I am currently reaching for the most. I am sure that there are some that I am leaving out, but wanted to stick to a Top 3. :) I love what oils do for my skin and am always excited to try out new oils!
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Winter weather is here and it sure can zap the glow and moisture out of your skin. However, you can combat this with upping your skincare game! Pixi Beauty by Petra has some really great products with skin-loving ingredients to bring your glow back.
Pixi Beauty has long been one of my go-to brands for makeup. In the past year or so, Pixi has really broadened their Pixi Skintreats skincare range and now has a pretty comprehensive skincare lineup. I have been a fan of Pixi's Glow Tonic for ages and highly recommend it. Recently, I have begun exploring the rest of their skincare line. It is so good!!! Plus, I love that Pixi is available from Target at a great price!
This month, I am exploring a few skincare items from Pixi that are certain to bring my glow back: Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, Beauty Sleep Cream, and 24K Eye Elixir. To find out more details about each of these products and how I like them, please click "read more" below!