Holiday Preview Sale 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, more than just Christmas. It’s the week after Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now a distant memory. What that means for all of us is that we’re scrambling to lock down the best gifts possible for all of the special people on our collective lists. We’ve rounded up everything that your VIPs could possibly want—and they’re all especially appealing for their great values. Here’s what we’re loving this holiday season.

For Her 

Proof that she doesn’t have to spend an entire day at the spa to reap the benefits of a luxurious skin treatment: the bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection. It’s filled with four try-me sizes of the brand’s best treatments: Be Pure to draw out dirt and debris; Be Dewy to enhance hydration; Be Bright to leave skin radiant; and Be Firm to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s a classic for a great reason. The Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic Cleansing System  packs a punch despite its demure size. The handheld cleansing brush is designed to do it all—remove makeup, minimize impurities, deep clean pores, and leave skin looking and feeling smoother and more supple. The package includes a USB charger, which means she can charge it anytime, anywhere!

For Him

If you’re already planning for your annual spring getaway, you can count on one thing: he probably won’t pack until the last minute. Get a head start on his behalf by surprising him with the Anthony Logistics Tool Kit . It’s a magnificent example of practical organization, with all of the essentials that he needs tucked into a sleek zippered case. Inside, he’ll find a pair of tweezers, nail clippers, grooming scissors, and a nail file.

No doubt he takes great pride in his facial hair. There’s something about that groomed work of art that he really loves—but without a little moisture, things can get a little rough. That’s where the Tigi Bed Head for Men Fuel Around Beard Oil comes in handy. Tuck this petite bottle into his stocking so that he can fuel his prized creation with nourishing vitamin E and protective antioxidants. 

For Teens

Makeup enthusiasm starts at a young age—really young, if you’re like most of us. But if your teen is just getting her feet wet and wants to experiment with a touch of pretty color, the bareMinerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye & Cheek Palette  is a gorgeous starting point. Inside are two shadows and a blush, designed to give her eyes and complexion a natural, healthy glow.

It’s also never too early to experiment with quality skin care products. The PÜR Cosmetics Sweet 16 Get This Party Started Prep Collection contains every thing your teen needs to achieve smooth, fresh skin: a trendy gilded mask, a primer to wear alone or beneath makeup, a light oil that keeps dry winter skin at bay, and an airy mist to set her makeup or cool down.

For Mom

Could mom’s beauty routine use an upgrade? Surprise her with a big-ticket item that she’s unlikely to splurge on herself, like the Jade Roller Beauty Rose Quartz . This stunning tool is as beautiful as it is effective—something she’ll quickly learn the first time she uses it. Simply gliding it over the complexion is a relaxing experience (what mom doesn’t want more R&R?), but popping it into the fridge to cool it down makes for an even more spa-like, therapeutic indulgence.

Beautiful candles nestled in a gorgeous box are not only impressive for their presentation, but also their desirable scents. That’s the case with the delightful NEST Fragrances 10th Anniversary Discovery Votive Set, which is packed with 10 mini votives in a variety of indulgent scents. Perfect for illuminating the bathroom on spa night or adding a warm glow to the living room, the set contains something for every mom, no matter what type of fragrance she favors.

For Dad

Dad may not quite be the type to indulge in high-end shampoo and conditioner. In fact, he may routinely wonder why you have 10 different bottles going at a time. No doubt it’s a mystery to all, but this Tigi B for Men Clean Up Shampoo and Conditioner Set  may help set matters straight just a little bit. The formulas are nourishing and elegant, with a healthy blend of lemongrass and menthol that lends his mane a fresh scent, plus a dash of peppermint to stimulate hair growth.

Hair loss can trigger feelings of dismay no matter a person’s age. Help dad face the challenge with a Bosley Defense Starter Pack. Inside this innovative set are full-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and defense treatment. When used regularly and in tandem, they may contribute to halting hair loss and minimizing the appearance of thinness.

Skin Care Ingredients to Add to Your Winter Routine

It’s that time of the year again—and there’s no better way to protect your skin from winter’s wrath than by filling up your beauty arsenal with key protective ingredients. The season’s usual side effects, ranging from ultra-dry skin to chapped lips to red skin, are annoying, sure, but they aren’t set in stone. There are several steps that you can take to ensure your skin doesn’t freak out just because the weather is having a tantrum. Here’s what you should add if you haven’t already included it in your regimen.

Squalane

You’ve probably heard of squalene, which comes from shark liver oil. But squalene is the plant-based alternative that your skin will love during winter. It’s designed to soothe irritated, reddened skin when you’ve just come in from the cold, and it can prevent your skin from the effects of potentially damaging free radicals. It’s a powerful antioxidant that nourishes on contact and works over time to protect your skin. Try Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane , which is a non-comedogenic formula that enhances your complexion and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the key to the baby-soft skin we all crave. Although we’re all born with it, it fades away as we grow older. It’s especially important to use during winter because it locks in moisture and leaves skin more supple and healthy looking. We’re loving Karin Herzog E&R Hyaluronic Acid Serum —not only does it deeply hydrate, but it also fills your fine lines to leave skin looking its smoothest.

Moringa Oil

Non-comedogenic, gentle, and suitable for all skin types, moringa oil has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most beneficial ingredients available. More than just a potent hydrator, it’s also known for its anti-aging properties and ability to enhance your complexion’s glow. If your skin is prone to rashes and burns when it’s cold outside, you’ll love the way moringa oil soothes on contact. Try Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil  for quick results.

Ceramides

If you suffer from especially dry skin, you may already be familiar with this hyper-moisturizing ingredient that empowers your skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps lock in more water. That’s essential when temperatures drop, because your skin is far more susceptible to moisture loss when the air is so dry. Using a ceramide-rich product can leave even the driest skins healthier and softer. We love SkinMedia TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream . It can be used on even the most sensitive skin types.

Evening Primrose Oil

You may hear all about all types of oils year round, but few are as effective during winter as evening primrose oil. It’s enriched with essential fatty acids that help lock in the moisture you’re more inclined to lose as temperatures fall. This not only keeps your skin softer for longer periods, but also helps reduce the discomfort you might feel due to rough patches and inflamed areas. bareMinerals Eternalixir Skin-Volumizing Oil Serum is a skin-loving addition that softens on contact and helps make your skin more resilient with regular use.

The Definitive Guide to Face Masks

If you’ve even set foot inside a drugstore in the past year, you’ve probably come across a face mask. The world of skincare is forever dynamic, but this is one useful, effective trend that is here to stay. What may confuse even the savviest beauty enthusiasts, however, are the endless formulas. Are you a cream or a gel gal? Should you try a sheet or maybe some clay? Maybe all? We’re proponents of experimenting until you find the product that works best for your skin, especially since they all promise to do everything from deeply hydrate dry spots to treat acne to combat aging. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

Using Them Properly

Face masks are an amazing addition to any skincare routine—provided you’re using them the right way so that they have time to actually work their magic. Keep these handy tips in mind:

  • Cleanse Skin First: Masks should only be applied to clean faces. If you’re using a rinse-off formula, apply it right after cleansing. If it’s an overnight mask, put it on as the final step of your routine.
  • Know the Product: Take into account the purpose of your face mask. If it’s a deeply hydrating nighttime product, you can probably skip your usual evening moisturizer so that the mask’s ingredients have a chance to penetrate. Have super dry skin? Use both for efficacy.
  • Understand Sheet Masks: The beauty of a sheet mask is that it imparts intensive ingredients that sink into your skin on contact. When you lift it up, don’t rinse! Massage the remainder into your skin for lasting effects.

While You Were Sleeping

You may wind down at the end of a long day, but your skin is just getting started. It’s during the overnight hours that your skin works its hardest—your cells repair and regenerate, which means it’s an excellent time to use a potent product that won’t be disturbed by environmental aggravators and everyday stress. Your skin is simply more receptive at night, and more inclined to reap the benefits of effective ingredients like anti-aging vitamin C. The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask  is formulated to moisturize while you sleep while combating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll wake up to a fresher, brighter complexion, and with regular use you may notice a difference in visible signs of aging.

 

Play With the Clay

You haven’t touched clay in years—but you finally have a good excuse to toy with the stuff thanks to the hundreds of products crowding the shelves today. The beauty of clay is that it’s versatile enough to suit all skin types. I
t’s ideal for oily types who want to soak up the excess sebum, but even dry and sensitive skins can benefit. That’s because clay is formulated to draw out the many impurities that build up, from dirt to oil. This is a baseline for all types of clay masks, but you can narrow down your selection to one designed specifically for your skin type. The bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection  is packed with four tubs of clay designed to deep clean, hydrate, exfoliate, and firm. Take your pick!

 

The Next-Level Sheet

You’ve probably heard all about sheet masks, and even if you haven’t tried one it’s probably turned up on your Instagram feed more than once by now. Besides making for a great social media photo opp, though, sheet masks are some of the most effective skin products available. They were everywhere on Korean drugstore shelves before they made the transition abroad, and today they’re a global phenomenon for very good reason. The beauty of this fabric mask is that it douses the skin with beneficial ingredients, like hydrators and nutrients. That’s key if your goal is to see visible results. The Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Recovery Mask  contains 10 essential vitamins and GABA, a topical relaxing agent.

Images courtesy Vogue

Get the Look: Keira Knightley

Whether she’s portraying a pirate, a soccer player, a handmaiden, or an aristocrat, Keira Knightley has the innate ability to pull each role off with grace. Her unique combination of undeniable elegance and dramatic talent brings a certain regality to her on-screen roles—and it’s a quality that translates into her real life, too. When she took to the red carpet on September 15 for the Los Angeles premiere of Colette, she wowed us with her showstopping beauty look.

Was it the delicate smoky eye, or the warmly flushed cheekbones, or the beautifully feathered brows, or the perfect cherry pout? It’s safe to say that all of these striking elements play a strong role in making this one of the year’s best celebrity looks. We’re inspired—and we hope you will be, too. Here’s how you can make the look your own using just a few of our favorite key products


Face

Begin with a clean canvas topped with the moisturizer of your choice. Knightley’s skin is noteworthy because it somehow just glows—and that’s a look that’s easy to achieve by smoothing on Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation . Add a drop of bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to your face and use a foundation brush to buff it into your skin. You’ll enjoy a lit-from-within look that’s perfect for the holiday season. Don’t forget your cheeks! Emulate Knightley’s flushed look by dusting a shade from the PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book  onto your face

Eyes

It might seem a little tricky to pull off such a light, airy, and almost innocent smoky eye, but you can make it work with the right colors in your arsenal. Begin with bareMinerals Aurora Lights Eye Shadow Palette . It contains a broad combination of hues that range from ethereal to dramatic. For this look, you’ll stay on the paler end of the spectrum by using Interstellar, Venus, and Romp to mimic Knightley’s lilac-fresh look. You’ll play up the drama with coat upon coat of PÜR Cosmetics Triple Threat Mascara , which features an innovative brush that makes it easy to apply color to even the innermost corners. Use Youngblood Brow Artiste Wax  to bring your brows to life.

Lips

How addictive is an amazing red lip? It’s hard to resist the beauty of something that looks so fierce, fearless, and surprisingly natural all at once. Knightley pulls it off easily—in large part because the lip is the star of the show. Start boldly by slicking Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick onto your lips. Finish the look by smoothing on PÜR Cosmetics Chrome Glaze Lip Gloss  for an intense kiss of brilliant shine.

Image courtesy Frederick M. Brown/Stringer

Revamp His Routine with These Key Personal Care Products

It’s no secret that most women have their beauty routines down pat. But if you’ve ever wondered why your husband, boyfriend, father, brother, uncle, or just about any other guy in your life has never been too gung-ho on the whole personal care thing, it could be that they just haven’t found the right products.d32e5e434d32c762192d0f2bfbc94c94The key is to select personal care products that are quick, efficient, and easy to use—come to think of it, that’s what we all want. Here are four key personal care products for him that make it easy to revamp his routine, all courtesy of TheBeautyPlace.com.

Talk about genius. The Agadir Men Hair & Body Wash 17 oz  does it all and makes showers even quicker than usual—and chances are he takes a pretty quick shower already. This heady blend contains notes of Oud Wood Extract and all vibrant ingredients that will wake him up on those bleary-eyed mornings and get him ready for a long day at work. it reenergizes and stimulates skin hydration. What better way to start the day than with this skin- and hair-smoothing product?

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Shaving is a necessary evil, but any man will tell you that the ouch factor is the realevil here. Enter Johnny B Shave Cream 3oz, softens and conditions skin and facial hair. Depiline, a body hair growth moderator, helps slow down hair growth while Witch Hazel soothes and refreshes irritated skin

If he’s not the type to run out and buy fragrances for himself, do him a favor and slip a bottle of Johnny B Noon After Shave Spray  into his stocking. This vibrant scent contains invigorating notes of bergamot, cedar wood, and sage, all guaranteed to lift his spirits in the middle of a long, tiring day. It also smoothes skin and leaves it baby soft—and also has anti-bacterial properties to keep skin healthy.

If he’s a stickler for a perfect mustache, if he could use a little help with his tools. If he says yes, you must introduce him to Tweezerman Mustache Scissors . They’re designed with comfort and precision in mind, from the large yet practically sized finger loops (which provide a more firm, controlled grip) to the long-lasting stainless steel. It’s easy to keep them clean, too, and they won’t rust or damage with time.

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