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What ‘s on your Christmas list?

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My kids love to make a Christmas list and I know some adults who like to help out dubious spouses with a few things they want or need. Do you make a Christmas list for your significant other or family? What is the one thing you really want this year?

I love gift giving the excitement of finding the perfect gift is one of my favorite feelings. Having to stay on a budget and find great deals makes that perfect gift score even more rewarding. But when it comes to what I want I never know. If my husband or mom asks I get paralyzed trying to decide between something necessary new fluffy towels, dishes or something fun a new shirt, a beautiful scarf.

 

So what do you want this year? Come join the discussion in the coffee talk community, it’s simple to sign in just use your Facebook account.

Schick Partners with Notable Hunger Charity this Thanksgiving‏

I love the Shick Quattro razor line its one of my favorites. And right now is a great time to stock up with a great $2.00 coupon that not only save you money but helps a great charity.

Schick® Quattro for Women®, the first razor brand to design a high performance, four bladed product for women, is thrilled to announce their partnership with Feeding America, the United States’ leading hunger-relief organization. In conjunction with this campaign, Schick® Quattro for Women® has created a custom coupon tab on their Facebook page, offering fans $2.00 -off any Schick Quattro for Women razor or refill. With every coupon downloaded, Schick is donating 50 cents to the notable charity, with a maximum donation of $25,000.

Campaign will run while supplies last, during which time customers can visit the Schick Quattro for Women Facebook page, download the coupon and support the mission of Feeding America. The coupon will remain valid in- stores through January 31, 2012.

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Feeding America and the launch of this limited time coupon,” says Brand Manager Christine Galotti. “Schick Quattro for Women is happy to both give back to those Americans who need help as well as give our fans a special coupon during this Thanksgiving holiday.”

With the assistance of volunteers and ongoing programs, Feeding America is able to supply fresh food and nutritious meals to Americans across the country. The organization also offers emergency assistance for disaster victims, safe places for children and provides a chance to eliminate the cycle of poverty. Join Schick Quattro for Women this Thanksgiving by visiting www.facebook.com/schickquattroforwomen for the opportunity to download the $2.00 coupon and give back to America.

Hostess gifts she will love.

The holidays are such a great time to get together with friends and family. And while its great to get a gift to thank your hostess wouldn’t it be nice to forgo another flower arrangement and give her something she will  really love? I have compiled a few of my favorite gifts that I would love to give or receive as a hostess gift. Gifts this great will soon be followed with another party invitation.

These candles smells so great! I love the mini size a perfect way to add great scents anywhere in your place.

Slatkin & Co. Mini Candles


Half of the fun of being home for the holidays is indulging in holiday treats with close friends and family. These scents in Marshmallow Fireside, Chocolate Mint and Homemade Cookies have captured the delicious aromas of the holidays but are calorie-free!

Marshmallow Fireside
Toasted marshmallows and sweet vanilla cream wrapped in the aroma of rich smoldering woods.

Chocolate Mint
A delicious blend of rich semi-sweet chocolate, dark cocoa and sweet peppermint enhanced with a touch of vanilla cream and white chocolate.

Homemade Cookies
Whipped buttercream and pure cane sugar mixed with vanilla bean and rich, sweet cream for this fresh baked treat.

Available at www.bathandbodyworks.com and Bath & Body Works stores.
3 Mini Candles for $5 or $3.50 each

 

One of my favorite new bath and body scents this season. The Pomegranate scent is so luxurious, a zesty burst of citrus and ripe pomegranate, I am head over heels. I am so in love with the Lip Butter I have been forcing all my girlfriends to try it and they are quick to understand my obsession.

Crabtree & Evelyn: NEW Pomegranate, Argan and Grapeseed Hand, Bath, Body

Crabtree & Evelyn new Pomegranate, Argan with Grapeseed Body and Hand Care Collection of Deep Cleansing Hand Wash, Age Defying Hand Remedy,Hand Therapy, Hand Recovery and Antibacterial Hand Gel, together with Body Care collection of Cleansing Bath & Shower Gel, Body Bar, Smoothing Body Scrub, Quenching Body Lotion, Indulging Body Cream and Lip Butter are created from a unique blend of powerful natural ingredients to protect, restore and soften your skin.

$6-$68

 



Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

You can’t go wrong with the yummy holiday foaming soaps from Bath and Body Works. I really loved the Fall collection I like a different scent in each bathroom I still can’t decide which is my favorite. Any hostess would love to receive a basket of these soaps.

Soft bursts of lightweight foam gently wash away dirt and germs, while leaving skin soft and lightly scented.

  • An exclusive blend of moisturizing honey, coconut milk and olive fruit extracts helps to nourish and soften skin
  • Mango fruit extract gently cleans hands and leaves them feeling conditioned and soft.

You can’t go wrong with a Molton Brown candle. One of my favorite candle scents, Imp’s Whisper, is so amazing and makes my house smell fantastic. Any of the great scents from the Molton Brown candle collection would make a great hostess gift.

Molton Brown Imp’s Whisper Medio Candela

Have you heard? A tale on the wind. Alchemy unearthed. Our imp’s whisper medio candle evokes a sense of exploration and optimism with its uplifting perfume. Lavender, tobacco, vetiver, sandalwood and musk create a scent that has both vigor and serenity. Burn time to 30-40 hours.

$49

 

Disclosure: Complimentary items from some of the above mentioned items have been sent to me for an honest review.


Bella Swan Wedding Makeup Tutorial – by Kevin James Bennett

Bella Swan Wedding Makeup Tutorial – “Breaking Dawn Part 1″ The Twilight Saga
by Kevin James Bennett

 

Makeup artist Kevin James Bennet shares how to get the Bella Swan Wedding makeup look:

 

“Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ of The Twilight Saga hits theaters on Friday. This movie is probably going to have the largest opening day in movie history (the number of pre-sold tickets is mind boggling). I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Twi-Hard. I’ve read all the books and watched all the films. I also teach Bridal and Special Event makeup, so what could be a better tribute to the franchise than a step by step guide to recreating the heroine’s signature bridal look

 

Do you want to look like Bella Swan on your wedding day (or anytime?)

Well, here ya go …

 

The first thing to do is neutralize any discoloration on the eyelid. I normally use a little foundation, concealer or a flesh-toned eye pencil (Three Custom Color Clarifier Pencil) all over the eye area up to the brow, then set with translucent powder. This eliminates the need to use a flesh-toned eyeshadow as a “base” color and creates a more stable/long-lasting canvas for the eye makeup application.

Bella’s eyelid is washed with shimmering eyeshadow that reflects light without sparkling (let’s leave that effect to Edward’s skin in the sun). Start with a shimmering Champagne color like OCC’s Loose Color in Clove. Apply to the very inner corner of the eye (by the tear-duct) and blend this color outward towards the center of the eyelid. Next, we need a honey brown color and Inglot Pearl Eyeshadow #421 has a beautiful warm tone and subtle glow. Apply the eyeshadow starting at the outside corner of the eyelid, blending inward and also up into the crease. If applied correctly, these two colors should create a soft gradient effect of light to dark on the lid (check the image above if you’re unsure of placement).

Bella’s eye is then softly defined and smudged. I suggest a powder kohl pencil for this and the MAC Eye Kohl Liner in Phone Number is the right texture and charcoal color. Holding the pencil tip parallel to the lash line (not point in), begin drawing the line from where the inner lashes start and graduate from thin to a thicker line as you reach the outer corner of the eyelid. This gives the eye a slight upward tilt and keeps it looking fresh and open. Take a small eyeshadow brush and diffuse the line by blending and smudging the liner into the lashes and blurring the hard edge. Now set the liner (using the same brush) with a matte taupe eyeshadow. Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Bali is a good choice. Use the same eyeshadow to line the lower lashes 3/4 of the way in from the outside corner. Don’t go all the way to the inside corner, we want to keep the eye open.

Brows must be groomed and filled in softly. I usually use an eyeshadow that matches the hair color and mix it with a little hard hair wax so I can color and groom eyebrows in one step. If you don’t feel like being a home chemist, try Benefit Brow Zings or Smashbox Brow Tech.

Apply two coats of black mascara to the upper lashes, combing through to remove clumps and separate lashes between coats. I don’t suggest mascara on the lower lashes unless you have light or blond lashes. If that’s the case, wipe the mascara wand off with a tissue and use what’s left on the bristles to “dye” your light lashes without adding volume.

Bella’s skin looks beautifully smooth and even toned. This begins with the correct complexion products. Always start with well moisturized and primed skin. I’m a creature of habit and won’t begin a makeup until I’ve prepped with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate (normal/dry) or Emulsion Hydra-Mat (combo/oily). I can’t stress how important moisturizer is to a finished makeup …even on oily skin. I feel the same way about primers. Foundation needs a correctly primed surface (like a painter’s canvas) to apply evenly and stay put. CoverFX Skin Prep (normal/dry) or DermaDoctor Tease Zone (combo/oily) are two of my faves, but there are many other amazing primers out there. So experiment and see which formulas work best with the foundation you use. I prefer to use silicone based foundations because they don’t sink into or clog pores. They’re also naturally water resistant …so tears, perspiration, etc. have no effect on them. I understand that foundation is a personal thing, so I’d rather show options and let you make your own decisions (these are some of the brands my fellow makeup artists use). The only thing I’m absolutely adament about is color matching. When you swatch a foundation on the jawline, it MUST match the skin on the neck directly below it. If it doesn’t – you got the wrong color and need to keep looking. I carry full coverage foundations in my kit so I can control how much coverage I use (sheer, moderate, full). Having full coverage products also eliminates the need to carry separate concealers. But if you insist on having both, these are concealers I guarantee will work brilliantly.

Cheeks MUST look naturally flushed. The only way to get this effect is with a mauve/rose toned blush. It has to look like blood (which is a deep violet colored before exposed to oxygen) has flooded the area and is seen through flesh tone. I like using a cream/gel blush and then blending it into the skin with a foundation brush that still has a slight residue of foundation on it. It tempers the color and makes it look very realistic. One of my all time bridal blush faves is Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride (the name says it all, right?).

Finally lips …which in this case are very natural looking but with a lovely innocent shimmer. One of three lip liners that are always in my makeup kit is Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip #3L. It’s the perfect rosey nude and WATERPROOF! Define and fill in the lips entirely with this pencil, let it set for few minutes and then top it off with Armour Beauty Shimmering Gloss in Gypsy (a soft peach with gold shimmer).

There it is, beautiful Bella’s perfect bridal makeup – now go enjoy the wedding!

With over 2 decades of experience in professional makeup artistry, multiple Emmy Award winner Kevin James (KJ) Bennett has secured his place as a leading industry expert. His diverse skills have garnered him accolades from boardroom to backstage and have impressed the viewers of his work across all media formats.

As a beauty expert, KJ has appeared on national entertainment shows including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, “E” Entertainment Network and HSN (Home Shopping Network). His advise has also been featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Town & Country and Self as well as trade publications WWD, Makeup Artist Magazine and American Salon.

To read more about Kevin James Bennett, click here.