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Beauty gift ideas for the holidays 2018

beauty gift ideas holidays 2018

beauty gift ideas holidays 2018 from top left: Molton brown advent calendar / Fresh gift set / “Offline” eye care gift set (only $25!!) / luxurious hair dryer / lipstick gift set / Tocca gift set / Chanel No. 5 special edition perfume / Milk gift set (under $50 – popular with teens and young adults!)

Who doesn’t love getting a fabulous beauty gift under the tree on Christmas? I know I do! So, if you need a few beauty gift ideas for the holidays, you have come to the right place!

There are so many fun and fabulous beauty gifts out there for the holiday season; it can be overwhelming! When shopping for a beauty gift, it’s always good to look for sets which contain items most people use such as hand cream, lip balm, shower gel, and varieties of perfume. It can be hard to buy things like foundation, setting powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, and blush. These items often need to be color tested on someone’s skin in order to know if they will look good.

If you are set on getting makeup for the beauty guru on your Christmas or holiday list, then look for makeup types or gift sets which work well with all skin colors and types. The types of makeup gifts which are usually a safe bet include lipstick sets, or eye shadow palettes with more than five colors.

I found a few fabulous beauty gift sets and beauty gifts ideas around the web, and assembled them into this post. I hope you love them! Better yet, I hope the beauty fan on your holiday gift list loves them too! So, without further ado, here are some fun beauty gift ideas for the 2018 holiday gift giving season!

Beauty gifts under $25

Beauty gifts under $50

Beauty gifts under $100

More fabulous beauty gifts

If the beauty fan on your list loves to wear the hottest nail polish colors of the season, check out my reviews of Chanel’s holiday collection and Dior’s holiday collection.

What types of beauty gifts are you hoping for this holiday season? I’m hoping Santa brings me the Chanel perfume, and some lipstick sets!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holidays!

XOXO

Cathy


Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence review

fresh black tea kombucha facial treatment essence review

pictured: Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence c/o Fresh / nail polish /

One of my favorite skin care brands is Fresh. So, when they reached out to let me know about their new Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence, I knew I needed to test it out! This fabulous facial treatment provides anti-pollution and antioxidant protection, enhances skin luminosity, reduces the look of fine lines, refines the look of pores, improves elasticity, smooths skin texture, boots skin’s healthy tone, and provides 24-hour moisture. Love!

The Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is an important step in your skin care routine. It is ideal to use after washing your face, and before applying face cream. It is a great protector against pollution which is a huge threat to aging.

My skin tends to be sensitive, and the Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is gentle on my skin. It’s a fast-absorbing liquid formula which I leave on after washing my face. It preps my skin for my face cream, and it’s gentle enough to use twice a day. Love that!

You might be wondering, what is Kombucha? It is a fermented sweet black tea which is rich in vitamins and organic acids produced through the fermentation process. The Kombucha Fresh uses in their products has an unique composition that gives it powerful properties which protect skin from pollution, and free radicals.

Did you know pollution ages you? It happens to be one of the biggest threats to our skin; especially if you live in an urban area or an area famous for poor air quality. Air polkutants such as smoke, and smog, can cause oxidative stress that accelerates signs of aging. The new Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence is formulated to protect skin from pollution and help prevent premature fine lines.

I love how the Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence by Fresh makes my skin feel after washing my face. It helps my face cream absorb into my skin, which is what we want right? I mean, think about how much we pay for our skin cream! It’s nice to know that Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence helps our skin absorb that expensive cream while protecting skin from pollutants. Love that!

I’m excited to add Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence to my twice-daily skin care routine. You can find it online here.

Shop the Fresh Black Tea collection:

Have you tried the new Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Essence yet? If so, what did you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*special thank you to fresh for partnering on this post

fresh black tea kombucha skin care collection review


Sunscreen recommendations summer 2018

pictured from left: UPF sun hat in black / rose gold and black sunglasses / Lancome sunscreen SPF 30 / Supergoop with Milly SPF 50 setting spray / Sugar Fresh lip sunscreen (LOVE this product! Avl in several colors!) / SPF 40 setting powder /

There are over 91,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed every year, according to the American Cancer Society. This is a large amount of cases. Although melanoma is treatable by a medical professional, do you really want to end up at that point? There is nothing scarier then finding melanoma on your skin, and wondering how the biopsy will come back! Yikes!

The best way to prevent melanoma, and hopefully never find yourself waiting for biopsy results, or worse; going through chemo to treat it, is to protect yourself now! There are so many ways to prevent melanoma, it makes prevention easy!

Let’s start at the top; our heads. I have owned a San Diego Hat Company hat for fifteen years now; and I love it! Their hats offer UPF protection (the fabric version of SPF) which is a great addition to wearing sunscreen on our skin. Love it! I highly recommend one of their hats! Here are my favorites for summer 2018:

In addition to hats, it is important to wear sunglasses in order to protect your eyes. Look for lenses which block UVA/UVB rays for ultimate protection. This doesn’t prevent melanoma, but it does protect your eyes; might as well protect everything you can!

The most important way to combat melanoma, and protect your precious skin, is to wear sunscreen. I love this facial sunscreen by Lancome, this lip protection by Fresh. In addition, a setting powder with SPF is a great addition to wearing facial sunscreen; I love this one by Supergoop. With three kids running around, I have found the easiest way to protect their bodies is with a spray-on sunscreen, such as this vitamin-infused one by Supergoop.

Even if you aren’t planning on being outside, it is a good practice to wear sunscreen everyday. The sun can touch your skin walking to and from the car, it goes through car windows; and even windows in your home. Always be protected and prepared!

To learn more about Melanoma, please visit the American Cancer Society’s website for further information.

Shop my favorites sun protection products for summer 2018:

Today is National Melanoma Awareness Day, so be sure to look for posts with the hashtag #MelanomaMonday on social media; and remember to protect yourself against the sun!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy