Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016

The pre-holiday season got the best of me and admittedly I am WAY behind on my gift guide content that I had originally planned (sorry!!). The holidays are now here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite checked everyone off the gift list yet. One of my favorite things on Christmas morning when I was little was opening up my stocking – my mom wrapped every little thing in it so it took forever!

So today I’m sharing lots of last-minute stocking stuffers from either stores you probably have nearby or good old Amazon Prime. Bought all your gifts already? Pick some of these up for yourself – especially the gift sets that are only available at this time of year and are usually great value! Shop everything via the links and images below, where you’ll find even more options in each category.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you all get to disconnect and spend time with family and friends.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2017

Shop the Gifts:

May Designs Desk Calendar / Kate Spade Planner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette / Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set / BaubleBar Choker / Kendra Scott Earrings

Tory Burch Keychain / PopSugar Must Have Box Ring Dish

Lavanila Cozy Comforts Mini Deodorant Trio / Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Set

Maria Shireen Hair Tie Bracelet / bareMinerals BARE HAVEN Moisturizing Soft Cream

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick / Korres Greek Nights Volcanic Twist Shadow Collection

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer / Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil

Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet MaskExfoliating Foot Mask / Target Copper Bar Tools

Jonathan Adler CandleLL Bean Slipper Socks / Target Mittens

 bkr Water Bottle / J.Crew Hat / Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

 

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Rodan + Fields Skincare & 3 Giveaways!

Today’s post is one I’ve been wanting to share for a while, as it’s all about my new skincare routine that has really made a positive impact on me. Ever since I started using skincare of any type, I’ve been all about convenience, especially at night, as I tend to get tired and lazy. I’ve tried out (and loved) many products over the years, but over time switched from one brand or product to another.

Enter Rodan + Fields, from the doctors behind Proactiv, and my redness and wrinkles are nearly gone and I don’t even feel the need to wear tinted moisturizer or foundation anymore. The line was originally sold at department stores – and was the #1 skincare line at Nordstrom – until the founders decided to shift the distribution and marketing strategy to direct selling. Read on for my experience with this skincare line and enter the giveaways at the end!

My Daily Routine for Flawless Skin, plus 3 Giveaways!

Rodan + Fields was intriguing to me for two reasons: the before/after pics of real results and the 60 day money back guarantee (even if the bottles are empty!). So I took the solution tool quiz, figured out which products were right for me (SOOTHE regiment for redness/sensitivity, along with the REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream and Multi-Function Eye Cream for wrinkles/anti-aging), and went ahead and placed an order. This may sound like a lengthy routine for 2x/day, but after I got used to it, the step-by-step system really didn’t bother me.

Rodan + Fields Skincare - Before + Afters, Giveaways + More!

Trying out Rodan + Fields was a bit of an experiment for me, as I had never documented how products worked with before/after pics. I also stopped using other skincare products to truly see what the R+F results were. Honestly, I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was. After 1.5 weeks, my before/after pic clearly showed reduced redness (one of my friends said it looked like “night and day”!). I also quickly noticed the lines on my forehead and around my eyes become much less noticeable.

The skincare routine that changed my skin! Plus three giveaways.

One of the things I love most about Rodan + Fields is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all product line. There are four different regimens – SOOTHE (redness/sensitivity), REDEFINE (wrinkles, firmness, anti-aging), REVERSE (brown spots, dullness, discoloration) and UNBLEMISH (acne/post-acne marks) – and you can use combinations to address more than one skin concern. All you have to do is take a quick quiz via the solution tool to reveal which regimen(s) are best for you. From there, you can add on things like the REDEFINE Macro Exfoliator, Acute Care for Expression Lines or AMP MD Roller.

Rodan + Fields Regimens

Becoming a R+F consultant was also not something I saw myself doing, but once I had such a great experience with the products myself and learned about the promotions going on for new consultants, I was sold. I saw one of my high school friends making enough income to stay home with her kids a few more days a week and I realized that even though I don’t consider myself a sales person, I could stand behind and spread the word about quality products. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get the products for myself as discounted as possible! If this is of interest to you, comment or email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com and I can give you more info. Right now, you can earn double your initial investment back. And much like blogging, there’s a great community to connect with via Facebook, events, etc.

Note: As a blogger, I want to make sure that I’m sharing the latest and greatest in the skincare world with you, so don’t worry, I won’t be posting about Rodan + Fields every week! I’m always looking forward to testing out new products and will continue to do so, adding them to my skincare routine here and there where it makes sense. Plus I know we are all looking for products for different uses, at different price points, etc.

Rodan + Fields Giveaways on DailyKaty.com

Giveaway! Like I said, I wasn’t hooked on these products until I tried them myself, so I wanted to give me readers the chance to win Rodan + Fields’ popular REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream ($60 value), which sells out on the reg. AND as one of the entries, you can fill out a quick survey and I’ll send you a FREE mini facial sample (note: if you opt into this, I’ll follow up via email for some feedback). Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until April 30, 2016 and free mini facial samples available while supplies last.

Bonus Giveaway! Here’s where it gets even better. For anyone who makes a purchase of $100+ through my Rodan + Fields site and signs up as a preferred customer will be entered to win your choice of the REDEFINE AMP MD System ($200 value) or Acute Care for Expression Lines ($210 value) on me! Being a preferred customer will also get you 10% off and free shipping from there on out. Find out which regimen is for you with the solution tool (quick survey). Note: the 60 day money back guarantee will not apply on this giveaway item. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until May 31, 2016.

Bonus Offer for New Consultants! This is for those of you who want to go all in and become my business partner as a side- or even full-time gig! Sign on as a consultant here with the $395, $695 or $995 starter kit and I’ll personally give you $200 cash back after 60 days. Rodan + Fields also has a promotion going on right now where you can get double your initial investment back. Email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com for more details on this offer and to redeem the offer once you’re signed on. Happy to answer any and all questions!

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**This post is not in any way sponsored, but since you can only purchase these products through a consultant, the links will take you to my page, where I make sales commissions.**

March Beauty Finds

While I usually stick to a few go-to beauty routines that are rotated based on the occasion (work, daytime, nights out, etc.), I also love trying out new beauty products. I’ve been trying out lots of new makeup lately, and as a result, I’ve been finding new products here and there to add to the mix on a regular basis.

Because of this, I’m excited to start up a new monthly series of beauty finds, which will include everything from makeup and skincare to hair, bath and body products. Read on for my March favorites and shop each one using the links I’ve included.

March Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com

  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick: I tried this out for the first time this weekend and I already need more (or all 18) of the colors it comes in. My biggest complaint about regular lipstick is that most just don’t last, and when I’m out at night or at work, I tend to forget to reapply. That’s why I love lip stains – and this lipstick stays put like a stain does, and also has the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss. I loved the Strawberry color I tried and gave it some extra shine with a clear gloss over it. {toofaced.com, $21}
  • bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 The Sexy Neutrals: I love makeup palettes, especially when I’m traveling, which I’ve been doing very often these past couple of months. BareMinerals has some great options right now that have great neutral color schemes, all of which can be used to dress up or down. I’m a big fan of the Sexy Neutrals right now, and the Power Neutrals and Posh Neutrals are great too. The eyeshadows even have benefits that reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. {bareescentuals.com, $40 each}
  • tarte tartelette limited-edition Amazonian butter lipstick: I used to stick with clear lip gloss at work or on days where I’m dressed pretty casual, but lately I’ve decided that I feel so much more put together when I wear lip color. One of my new favorites for everyday wear is this one from tarte, which is a fun 15th anniversary version of one of the brand’s most popular lipsticks. This lipstick is infused with murumuru and capuacu butters that come straight from the Amazon. The new “ethereal pink” shade is a soft neutral pink that gives you just enough color and keeps your lips hydrated and smooth. {tartecosmetics.com, $16}
  •  Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara: Mascara is my daily go-to, especially because I have very blonde eyelashes that need some color to make me look awake. This one is great for volume – it has a big mascara applicator that you apply from root to tip and immediately gives you full looking lashes. It’s also water-resistant, so it stays put. {avon.com, $9}
  • Freeman Beautiful Body Cucumber, Melon & Ginseng Body Wash: Just hearing the words “cucumber” and “melon” together brings me back to a scent that was one of my favorites back in my middle school days. This body wash, which came in one of my recent Beauty Box 5 boxes, is both cleansing and refreshing. For more on the subscription box Beauty Box 5, visit this post{beautyencounter.com, $.99}

 **While I was provided samples to try out, all opinions are my own.**

Give the gift of fabulous with dr. brandt needles no more

Now through March 22, you can give the gift of skincare with a new at-home treatment, dr. brandt needles no more, through their “Give the Gift of Fabulous Giveaway.” The product is the newest generation of wrinkle relaxing cream from the brand’s founder, Dr. Fredric Brandt, which has the power of in-office injections. Why spend all that time and money when you can get results right from your home.

dr. brandt skincare's new needles no more

To give this revolutionary skincare treatment to someone you think deserves it – a friend, family or colleague – visit LookFabulousNotFrozen.com. From there, you enter the recipient’s email address and they’ll receive an email to redeem their gift of a mini sized sample of needles no more, which will arrive in the mail in less than two weeks. And by giving someone else this special offer from dr. brandt, you’ll automatically be entered to win a full sized bottle of needles no more instant wrinkle relaxing cream for yourself. One will be given away each week.

The needles no more instant wrinkle relaxing cream features an exclusive tri-blend of winkle relaxers, and these peptides and minerals work to help prevent muscle contraction that leads to expression lines. Needles no more provides instant and cumulative smoothing results at home – and the feedback below speaks to its great results.

After 15 minutes…

  • 80% Reported that crow’s feet area looks smoother
  • 100% Reported that skin around the eyes has a more lifted experience

After an hour…

  • 96% Reported that crow’s feet area looks smoother
  • 88% Reported that lines on forehead look smoother
  • 90% Reported that lines between brows look smoother

After a month…

  • 100% Reported that product visibly improves the look of expression lines

To give someone a mini sample of dr. brandt skincare’s needles no more and enter to win your own full-sized bottle, visit LookFabulousNotFrozen.com. And to purchase needles no more ($89), visit drbrandtskincare.com.

Holiday Gift Guide: Bath, Body & Spa & Giveaway

To continue the holiday gift guide fun, today I’m sharing some great bath, body and spa finds. Some of these gifts are so great that you might even be tempted to buy them for yourself too! And scroll down to the bottom for today’s holiday giveaway from Gilchrist & Soames.

Bath, Body & Spa Gifts
  • Gilchrist & Soames Box SetsThese bath and body gift sets are beautifully packaged and include products that make for great gifts. I love the BeeKind and London Collection Box Sets, but there are also nine other collections to choose from, each with their own scents and themes, including the Essential Elements Spa, Spa Therapy, English Spa, Oxford, Reserve, Verde, Zero %, Aqua Lime and Essential Elements. They include body lotion, shower gel, skincare bars, lip balm and a bath puff – nearly everything you need for a spa-like shower experience. Scroll down to enter to win the BeeKind Collection Box Set! {gilchristsoames.com, $26-$39}
  • philosophy The Holiday Handbook: I love hand creams from philosophy, and these scents – peppermint, fresh cream and cranberry medley – are perfect for the holiday season. These hand creams will keep your hands hydrated during the cold winter months, as they’re made with shea, mango and cocoa butters that soften dry hands without making them greasy. {philosophy.com, $20}
  • L’Occitane Voyage en Provence: If you’ve ever walked into a Sephora around the holiday season, you know that they have endless gift options of all varieties. I love L’Occitane’s hand creams and was excited to try out even more of their products with this gift set. It has 10 of their best-selling products – Shea Butter Milk Soap, Ultra Rich Shower Cream, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Foot Cream and so much more – plus a cute travel pouch. {sephora.com, $39}
  • Soap & Glory Full Clean AheadThat’s not all Sephora has to offer. This Full Clean Ahead set comes with three great products – the super creamy, clarifying Clean On Me Shower Gel with built-in body lotion, the popular Righteous Butter Body Butter with shea butter and aloe vera, and the non-greasy Hand Food Hand Cream. Better yet, it comes in a carry case that can be used to store any products you want. {sephora.com, $25}
  • Bliss Bathing BrillianceThis set saves you $14 off of two full-size versions of my favorite bliss products: the Lemon + Sage Body Butter and Soapy Suds. The body butter is perfect for post-shower and the suds can be used both as body wash and as bubbles in a bath. {blissworld.com, $33}
  • Juice Beauty Beautiful Body Gift SetI love gift sets that include full size products, and this one does exactly that. It comes in a pretty gifting box bag – so no need for wrapping – and includes a Green Apple Cleansing Bar, Mousse Hand & Body Cleanser, Firming Body Moisturizer and Age Defy Hand Cream. These products smell great and have lots of benefits, such as Vitamin C and firming peptides in the new Green Apple Cleansing Bar. {juicebeauty.com, $48}
  • Temple Spa’s Spa Escape DiffuserWe always have a scented candle lit around our house, but I recently tried out this diffuser instead and love it! I put it in our bathroom and it smells like you’re at the spa. Plus, you don’t have to worry about having a candle lit in a room where you can’t constantly watch it. I love how the scent is subtle enough but it also extends beyond the room it’s in. {templespa-usa.com, $39}
  • Massage Envy Gift CardWho wouldn’t love receiving a gift card to get a relaxing massage, facial or other spa service? I recently had a massage there and it was exactly what I needed after a busy month. With more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S., a Massage Envy gift card is perfect for anyone on your list. It also makes for a great stocking stuffer – plus, you can order one right up until Christmas and gift it as an eGift Card. {massageenvy.com, any amount}
  • Mary Kay Winter WishesThis set includes Shimmeriffic Body Lotion and Shower Gel in a decorative tin that makes it easy to wrap up and gift. The body lotion gives your skin a subtle shimmer and both smell great with scents like snow apple, citrus sparkle, jasmine petals and cozy musk. {marykay.com, $25}

Holiday Gift Guide: Bath, Body & Spa {more on dailykaty.com}

In case you missed it, check out my skincare gift guide, which includes a special giveaway from bliss! Lots more gift guides are coming your way in the next two weeks, so come back for more ideas.

GIVEAWAY! Now through December 23, 2014, you can enter to win a Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Collection Box Set, valued at $35. There are lots of ways to enter below and it’s open to U.S. residents. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare Gift Sets & Bliss Giveaway

The holiday gift ideas continue today with some of my favorite skincare gift sets. They feature popular products and offer good deals compared to the regular prices of the items sold on their own. Plus, you can enter to win the gift set from bliss at the bottom of the post! Check back now through Christmas for more of my gift guides and happy shopping!

Skincare Gifts
  • Bliss Crown JewelsI love a good body lotion – one that smells good but not too strong and gives your skin lots of hydration without being too thick. The body butter is what got me hooked on bliss, and a full-size version is included in this gift set, along with their popular fabulous foaming face wash (another favorite of mine), triple oxygen instant energizing mask and lovehandler. The best part is that you save $20 off the regular price of these products, which offer cleansing, revitalizing, toning and smoothing benefits when used together. Scroll down to enter to win this gift set! {blissworld.com, $45}
  • bareMinerals Spectacular SkinThis is another brand that I’ve been using for what seems like forever. I was excited to try out their skincare products, which are perfect for everyday use and leave your skin feeling softer, smoother and younger-looking. Start the day with the Purifying Facial Cleaner, hydrate your skin in both the morning and at night with the Purely Nourishing Moisturizer Combination Skin, then revitalize your skin overnight with the Active cell Renewal Night Serum. {bareescentuals.com, $58}
  • Tarte Brazilliance skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner & self tanning face towelettes It’s no secret that sun tanning is bad for our skin, but I can’t help but love the look of being tan. So during the winter months especially, I rely on great sunless tanning products like these from Tarte. The key is finding tanners that don’t have a fake tan smell or leave you streaky and orange. With Tarte’s application glove, it’s easy to apply the self tanner streak-free. And I love the towelettes for your face because they’re so easy-to-use, convenient and refreshing. With Tarte’s self tanning products, you get the benefits of maracuja oil, which is known to replenish, rebuild and brighten your skin. {tartecosmetics.com, face & body – $39, towelettes – $21}
  • Dr. Brandt Glow KitI’ve been using these products for only a couple of weeks and already notice a difference. The Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracreme is inspired by their in-office ruby laser procedure, as it lightens up your skin with illuminators, optical diffusers and micronized ruby crystals, minimizing the look of lines and wrinkles and giving you radiance, glow and hydration. Then at night, you apply the Overnight Resurfacing Serum with time-release retinol and other benefits for your skin that works while you sleep. {macys.com, $65}
  • Mary Kay Pomegranate Satin Hands Pampering SetMy hands have been so dry this winter already! Treat a friend or family member with this limited-edition pampering gift set and they’ll have everything they need to keep their hands soft and hydrated – Fragrance-Free Satin Hands Hand Sanitizer, Pomegranate Satin Hands Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub and Pomegranate Satin Hands Hand Cream. {marykay.com, $38}
  • Ingrid Nilsen x YES TO Cucumbers/Blueberres Cleansing Facial WipesI try to do my full skincare routine every day and night, but let’s face it, I get lazy more than I’d like to admit. For those occasions, or when I’m traveling or just need a quick face wash, I look to cleansing wipes like these ones from YES TO. For the holidays, they’ve teamed up with Youtube beauty guru Ingrid Nilsen (aka Miss Glamorazzi) and design students from FIDM to create limited-editions of their popular cucumber and blueberry wipes. They’re packed with superfoods and are all-natural, biodegradable. {yestocarrots, $6}
  • boscia Tsubaki SecretsGive the gift of softer, brighter-looking skin with this set that includes boscia’s top-selling Konjac Cleansing Spongue with Deep Hydrating Clay, Tsubaki Beauty Oil and a deluxe Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. Tsubaki oil has been part of Japanese beauty rituals for decades and is known for its anti-aging benefits. {boscia.com, $48}
  • Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Magic KitSephora literally has gift sets for anyone and everyone on your list. These next three sets are great examples – and plus, this Peter Thomas Roth set is so pretty (and of course practical)! It comes with six products – Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, FIRMx Peeling Gel, Instant FIRMx Eye, Camu Camu Power C x 30 Brightening Serum, Un-Wrinkle Turbo Line Smoothing Toner Lotion and 24K Gold Mask Pure – all in a pretty gold box, making it a great gift – just add a bow. Together this set will leave your skin feeling smooth, hydrated, radiant and youthful-looking. {sephora.com, $85}
  • Ole Henriksen 3 Little WondersThis three-step daily skincare routine is both effective and easy, keeping your skin healthy with exfoliation, hydration and protection. Ole focuses on vitamin C, essential fatty acids and alpha hydroxy acides to do the job. The set includes the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Invigorating Night Gel and Sheer Transformation Brightening Moisturizer. {sephora.com, $70}
  • Caudalie Instant RadiancePrevent dark spots, even skin tone and get brighter, more radiance skin with the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which is a lightweight milky serum. This limited-edition value set also comes with the popular Beauty Elixir, which refreshes your skin, tightens pores and gives your complexion a boost of radiance (love this product!). {sephora.com, $79}

Holiday Gift Guide: Skincare & Bliss Giveaway

Giveaway! Enter to win your own bliss crown jewels gift set, valued at $45, now through December 22, 2014. Open to U.S. residents. Lots of ways to enter below – good luck!

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**Disclosure: While I was provided samples for review, each brand and product were hand-picked by me and all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com.

Upgrade Your Daily Routine with SOBO Skin Care

Now that I’m officially nearing my late 20’s, I’m always looking for the best skin care products. I recently had the opportunity to try out SOBO Skin Care and found a new anti-aging product to add to my daily skin care routine – the Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol (more on that below!).

SOBO Skin Care offers cleansers, toners, creams and serums that are made with as many natural organic ingredients as possible, but without compromising the efficacy that women expect. The products are made with organic ingredients like orange flower extract, hops and strawberry oil, combined with others proven to provide visible results like hyaluronic acid, human growth factor and ceramide 3 to effectively and gently rejuvenate skin.

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Below are some of SOBO Skin Care’s popular products, including the Ultra Age Repairing Cream that I mentioned above. Read on for details on each and check out the reader discount at the end of the post.

Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol
This anti-aging cream is an exceptionally pure multi-peptide complex with organic moisturizers. Light but intense serum formula delivers a powerful wrinkle-fighting cocktail that includes resveratrol, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soothing, all-natural jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil work together to moisturize and smooth for a healthy, youthful glow and drastically improved overall appearance.

Age Smoothing Eye Serum
Moisture is the key to the youngest-looking, most velvety skin under the sun and this innovative under-eye serum really delivers and then some. Light, comfortable silicone-based moisturizing complex protects the skin around the eyes from puffiness, dryness and harmful elements that contribute to a tired appearance. A collection of essential lipids accelerates healing, promotes the production of healthy skin cells, and provides stellar protection after procedures like microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Gentle, hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin types.

ULTRA HGF Youth Serum
This innovative youth formula leverages the power of proven acetyl tetrapeptide-2 to help restore your skin to its former glory and help prevent signs of future aging. Skin’s critical immune functions are also boosted while the production of healthy, youthful skin cells is uniquely supported and accelerated. Light but potent formula also moisturizes dry skin and smooths for a glowing, velvety appearance.

Essential Moisturizing Cream
This rich and effective cream combines everything your skin needs to look and feel its absolute best in one convenient product. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work together to fight aging and relieve the effects of stress on skin. Rich emollients work to return dehydrated skin to the peak of smoothness and glory. A suite of vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils work together with replenishing hyaluronic acid and retinol to promote a healthful, vibrant appearance.

Reader Discount! 
SOBO Skin Care is offering my readers 25% off their first purchase using discount code TRYSOBO, so head on over to SOBOSkinCare.com to take advantage of it! Note that the code can’t be combined with other coupons.
**Thank you for SOBO Skin Care for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Manicure Tips & Giveaway from Trind Nails

I was recently introduced to hand and nail care brand Trind, which has been around for more than 25 years overseas in Europe. Their products are all made with high quality ingredients that strengthen nails and help them grow, while also conditioning both nails and cuticles – and isn’t that exactly what we’re all looking for in nail products?

Trind Nails

Trind offers lots of great nail colors, from bold reds and cool blues, to neutral nudes and grays – perfect for people like me that like to switch it up on a weekly basis. And while these nail polishes are great, Trind is really known for their nail care systems, such as the Moist & Shiny Kit shown above.

The Trind Moist & Shiny Kit will give you strong, healthy nails in just two weeks. The set comes with instructions for simple, once-a-day care that will rejuvenate your nails with a combination of strength and moisture. The Kit includes:

  • Trind Nail-Magic – gives you perfectly smooth, shiny nails
  • Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam – contains natural moisturizers that hydrate dry, brittle nails
  • Trind Nail Repair – will strengthen your nails and prevent discoloration

Trind has some great manicure tips to share – and be sure to enter to win your own Trind Nails set by entering the giveaway below!

  • Even if your nails do not have nail polish to be removed before doing your nails, use Trind’s acetone free Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to better prepare the nail plate. This will remove any grease and/or residue so your polish will adhere better and last much longer.
  • To push back the cuticles, first soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Pushing back your cuticles should never be painful.
  • While filing your nails, you can check your progress by running them down a pair of old nylons. If your nails snag on the nylons, you have some additional buffing to do.
  • Start with the Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam for moisture and then use base coat to properly prepare the nail plate as your canvas before applying your favorite shade of polish.  A base coat also helps protect and maintain the strength of your nails.
  • Apply many thin coats of your polish rather than one thick coat. It will dry quicker and last longer.
  • Apply your polish like a professional in three strokes. Take a small amount of polish on your brush and apply one stroke down the center of your nail. Then apply strokes on the left and right. Do not use more nail polish. One brush dip should equal three strokes of application.
  • Give your nail polish at least 1 to 3 minutes drying time between coats when doing your nails at home. This will give you a nice even sheen and lasting finish.
  • Apply the top coat only after your polish is completely dry to the touch. It may be a pain to wait out the drying time but you’ll thank yourself later.
  • Chips and cracks to your nail polish are just plain annoying. Part of the preventative maintenance of your manicure is re-applying or “touching up” the top coat. It won’t make your polish last forever, but it will give you some extra mileage.
  • Don’t forget to apply base coat, nail polish, and top coat across the nail edge too.  This helps seal the ends and prevent chips.
  • You manicure doesn’t like added moisture.  Avoid soaking your hands in water if you can, and use a pair of gloves when you can’t!

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Giveaway! Now through November 24, 2014, you can enter to win your own Trind Nails prize pack, valued at $90. One lucky winner will receive a Trind Moist & Shiny Kit (Nail Magic Buffer, Moisturizing Nail Balsam, and Nail Repair), three Caring Colors nail polishes (Red Shimmer, Dark Tan and Deep Blue Shimmer) and a makeup bag. Please note, this giveaway is being offered on multiple blogs and there is a limit of one prize per winner across all participating blogs. Open to US and Canadian residents.

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To learn more about Trind, visit trindusa.com or follow the brand on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

**While I was provided samples for this review, all opinions are my own.

October’s Beauty Box 5 {Review}

For the past few months, I’ve been reviewing the Beauty Box 5 subscription box on a monthly basis. October’s beauty box didn’t disappoint, and before I share the great products from it, below is a quick rundown of how Beauty Box 5 works, giving you the opportunity to try out hair, makeup and skincare products at a fraction of their full price.

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  • Go to BeautyBox5.com and sign up for a monthly subscription for $12 each month (less if you purchase for the quarter or year)
  • Receive five deluxe samples and full-sized beauty, hair and skincare products from top brands delivered right to your door each month
  • Post an Instagram pic of your Beauty Box 5 and include #bb5fave and @beautybox5 for a chance to win five full-size versions of the products
  • If you don’t win, head back over to BeautyBox5Shop.com to purchase full-size versions of the products you loved

October’s Beauty Box 5 includes items from ChapStick, Nanacoco, Extend Your Beauty, Lashem and Bellapierre Cosmetics. Read on for more on each of these beauty products!

  • ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: As a lip gloss addict, I can’t go anywhere without at least a few in my bag at a time. I love this new ChapStick because it’s 2-in-1 – a conditioning SPF ChapStick for daytime and then tamanu oil and natural butters that replenish your lips at night. ($3)
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip StainMuch like the ChapStick above, I’m a big fan of products that do double duty, and this cheek and lip stain does exactly that. For some reason I tend to stick to powder blushes, but I did like this cheek stain. It’s easy to blend and the pink color is very natural looking. It also worked well as a lip stain – layer it on and blend until you get the color you want! ($20)
  • Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic ToolIf you’ve ever had a hard time getting the last of your beauty products out of the bottle, this tool is for you. It’s even dishwasher safe! ($5.50)
  • Nanacoco Nail Polish – Mermaid LakeThis blue shimmer nail polish is very fun and playful. I tried it out on my toes when I went on vacation and it was a nice change from my usual bright pink. ($4)
  • Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle ReducerApply this serum to your face after cleansing to reduce fine lines and give you a great glow. It also works as a primer, creating a smooth surface to apply makeup to. ($40)

For more on Beauty Box 5, you can check out my first post about the subscription box or visit BeautyBox5.com and be sure to follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com. Also, while I was provided a sample for review, all opinions are my own.