Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fun & Fab Stocking-Stuffers on a Budget!

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If you are are still trying to find some stocking-stuffers, I have rounded up a few fun finds that are budget friendly, and are sure to please a lot of people on your holiday list.
Click Star Wars® C-3PO Gel Ink Pen is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans!

The series features some of the most iconic Star Wars characters, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.

Our popular Click pen now comes in a special collection honoring the original Star Wars film trilogy. Created with an appreciation for quality craftsmanship and writing finesse, these themed pens feature the color palettes of three major characters, as well as an emblem and design overlays to bring the spirit of each to life. And Click’s smooth gel-ink technology lets Star Wars write effortlessly, even at light speed.
  • Finishes were inspired by signature colors of Darth Vader, C-3PO, and the Stormtroopers
  • Highly polished lacquer adds imperial elegance
  • Each pen features a themed character emblem and design details
  • Easy-to-use “click” mechanism
  • Smooth-flowing gel ink technology for a superior writing experience
  • Each pen is showcased in a coordinating character-themed gift box 
$45.00 from Cross Pens,, Amazon and John Lewis (£30.00).
Once again, LONDON SOHO NEW YORK teamed up with Walgreens and Disney to create a charming collection of cosmetic bags – this time featuring Cinderella. Available exclusively at Walgreens, the Cinderella Collection consists of five new cosmetic bags that is sure to please princesses of all ages!

This collection includes a train case, organizer, two wristlets and a 2 piece clutch set, and it is inspired by Cinderella’s magical night at the ball.

Known for versatile, long-lasting and on-trend cosmetic bags, LONDON SOHO NEW YORK® blends this classic fairy tale and functional design in this latest collection to keep you styled like an elegant princess.

The Cinderalla Weekender features a double zip that opens to reveal a large, open main compartment that’s roomy enough for your favorite cosmetics and tools. Interior also has 1 slip pocket and 8 elastic loops for cosmetics, jars and small bottles. Comfortable handle makes it easy to grab-and-go when the clock strikes twelve. Made with smooth satin with metallic floral details and an easy-wipe lining featuring Cinderella's signature glass slipper and carriage. 

The Cinderalla 2-piece clutch set is perfect for all of your pre-ball primping. The larger, clear clutch is perfectly sized for your toiletries and products, while the smaller clutch is great for cosmetics and tools. Outer bag is made of PVC. Inner bag is made of smooth satin with metallic floral details and an easy-wipe lining featuring Cinderella's signature glass slipper and carriage. 

The Cinderalla Wristlet can be used as a beauty bag or a fashion clutch.  The metallic wrist strap ensures that your essentials are close as you're dashing to your carriage. Made of smooth satin with metallic floral details and an easy-to-wipe lining featuring Cinderella's signature glass slipper and carriage. 

The Cinderalla Wristlet can be used as a beauty bag or a fashion clutch.  The metallic wrist strap ensures that your essentials are close as you're dashing to your carriage. Made of smooth satin with metallic floral details and an easy-to-wipe lining featuring Cinderella's signature glass slipper and carriage. 
If you are looking for a travel-friendly kit with everything that you need to groom your brows, then Earth Therapeutics Eyebrow Grooming Set is the perfect and affordable kit to consider.

If you want to start 2016 off with a new look, start small – with your brows! Earth Therapeutics Eyebrow Grooming Set is the perfect kit to help you groom, tweeze and trim to excellence. With four professional quality tools arranged in an Earth-friendly designed, reusable portfolio case, the set will help you get immaculate brows to frame your beautiful face.
EYEBROW SHAVER - Equipped with a safety cover, the precision Shaver expertly trims the fine hairs for quick touch-ups at home or on-the-go. Bonus features: Lightweight and non-slip grip for easy control.

TWEEZER - Rigorously tested for exacting accuracy, the Tweezer is precision-crafted for flawless, expert hair removal. Bonus features: Professional quality, stainless steel construction with a hand-filed tip.

EYEBROW SCISSORS - The ergonomically-crafted Eyebrow Scissors function both as a brow trimmer and cutting shears. With the comb in place, the brows hairs can be combed upward for easy visibility and trimmed with an opposing scissor edge. Alternately, slide off and detach the comb and use the exposed blade and scissor as a precision cutting tool.

LASH/BROW GROOMER - Conveniently sized for portability, the tight bristles of the Brow/Lash Groomer help shape the brows while the comb's fine teeth evenly separate lashes, removing any clumps or flakes after mascara application.

$14.99 from
Eau de Gaga is built around a beautiful heart of white violet, an intoxicating flower that fuses female and male attractions.  The scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime to counterbalance the woody-floral intensity, and evolves into a sensual trail based on leather ($34.00 from Amazon, Target, Mass Retailers).
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow: This retractable chubby has a unique, pigment-packed formula for 24-hour waterproof wear. Color glides on smoothly and stays crease-proof all day and all night. Try using it as a liner, or smudge with your finger for a smoky effect.

Available shades: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, 5th Ave Gold Rush,  Murray Hill Champagne,  Rockefeller Center Snowflakes,  Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips,  East River Romance and Madison Square Park

 ($2.99-$3.49 from Amazon, Walmart and Target)
 Left to Right: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha and Madison Square Park
NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Lacquer is a richly pigmented lip lacquer available in swoon-worthy shades. From beautiful reds, to bright pinks, to subtle neutrals, there is a shade for every mood.

The intense color of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. Color this bold should be outlawed. The glamorous look of NYC New York Color’s fan-favorite Expert Last Lip Color now has all the ease of a gloss in new Expert Last Lip Lacquer. Infused with intense color, the precision applicator hugs lips tight while the rich formula glides on smooth and never feathers or bleeds. Lips stay hydrated, soft, and supple, and the never-sticky lacquer offers all-day comfort. With a lightweight texture and ultimate creamy color, this lacquer defies the laws of lipstick. Lipstick-worthy color with a luscious glossy feel.

Available Shades: Bare Brooklyn, Riverside Romance, Chelsea Cherry Blossoms, Lincoln Square Love Affair, Coney Island Candy, Fidi Fuchsia, Central Park Passion, Madison Square Mauve, Big City Berry, Rockaway Ruby, Turtle Bay Toffee, Tribeca Mocha

$3.99 from Amazon and Walmart.
 Top to Bottom: Bare Brooklyn, Riverside Romance, Central Park Passion and Tribeca Mocha
 Left to Right: Bare Brooklyn, Riverside Romance, Central Park Passion and Tribeca Mocha
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (Shown left to right in Midnight Affair, Rose Glass and Arm Candy. $7.99 from Ulta, TargetWalmart and Walgreens):

Sally Hansen makes fantastic polishes at affordable prices, and I find them long-lasting, chip-resistant, and they are available in s wide range of infinitely wearable colors.

Skip the salon, get the results. Don't settle for just color when you can get a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon-inspired color, top coat, chip-resistance and a gel finish all in 1 bottle. Featuring the unique precision brush for a flawless finish and patented Vita Care technology for advanced 10 day wear, more shine and nourishing care.

Sally Hansen Miracle Twin Packs (Shown in Up the Ante. $15.99 from UltaWalmart and Target (singles $7.19-$9.99) and Walgreens):

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Twin Packs includes 2 steps: color and top coat with up to 14 days of color and shine. This polish removes like regular nail polish and is the only true 2-step gel manicure with no light needed!


No UV/LED light needed
2 simple steps: color + top coat
Up to 14 days of color and shine
Removes like regular nail polish
Natural-light-curing technology
Chop Saver Lip Care is a super moisturizing lip balm that offers chapped lips immediate relief, and renders them soft, supple and hydrated. These are among the most effective lip balms that I have tested in a while!

ChopSaver Lip Care was originally designed and created by professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling. While being placed in CVS stores around the nation, individuals are finding that ChopSaver keeps their lips from swelling, inflaming, chapping, and other general problems. Since the winter is approaching, this product is perfect to keep your lips "kissable."

ChopSaver has two different products: one that is all natural and one with SPF in it. Both have Arnica oil, which helps with puffiness around the eyes. Previous viewers have been known to apply on their skin before bed. In reality -  you are receiving both smooth lips and healthy skin from the oils.

Ingredients: Castor Oil*, Candelilla Wax, Beeswax*, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Aloe Vera, Carnauba Wax*, Avocado Oil*, Apricot Kernel Oil*, Grape Seed Oil*, Arnica, Calendula*, Comfrey, Raspberry Leaf*, White Willow, Vitamin E, Citrus Essential Oils, Ginger Essential Oil* and Pea Isolate.

$3.85 from CVS and Amazon.
Le Couvent des Minimes Exfoliating Shower Pulp ($12.00 for 6.7 oz. from Le Couvent des Minimes, Ulta, b-glowing and

If you love the delectable scent of Orange Blossoms, then Le Couvent des Minimes Exfoliating Shower Pulp and Moisturizing Body Butter are absolute must-haves. Skin is left silky soft, supple and very hydrated!

Inspired by the delicious scent of Orange Blossom, reminding the sweet childhood memories, the the Botanical Cologne of Love Exfoliating Shower Pulp gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin.

Thanks to its Original Recipe combining Orange Blossom, a source of softness, with natural exfoliating particles in a plant-based cleansing formula, it gently leaves the skin soft and delicately scented with exquisite notes of the Botanical Cologne of Love. The skin is supple and smooth, the body is enveloped in softness.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Parfum/Fragrance, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Ci 77491/Iron Oxides, Ci 77492/Iron Oxides, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides.

Le Couvent des Minimes Moisturizing Body Butter ($18.00 for 7 oz. from Le Couvent des Minimes, Ulta, b-glowing and

Inspired by the delicious scent of Orange Blossom, reminding the sweet childhood memories,  the Botanical Cologne of Love Moisturizing  Body Butter helps to moisturize and soften the skin.

Thanks to its Original Recipe combining Orange Blossom, a source of softness, with nourishing Shea Butter, its rich formula leaves the skin supple and delicately scented. The skin is soft and moisturized, the body is enveloped in softness.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water-Helianthus Annuus(Sun Flower) Seed Oil-Glycerin-Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter- Cetearyl Alcohol - Glyceryl Stearate - Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil- Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract-Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil-Ceteareth-33-Cetyl Alcohol-Polysorbate 60-Cera Alba/Beeswax - Xanthan Gum- Caprylyl Glycol-Sorbitan Isostearate-Dimethicone-Peg-100 Stearate-Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer - Chilorphenesin-Tocopherol-Parfum/Fragrance-Linalool-Limonene-Geraniol-Benzyl Alcohol-Citral.
BLOW PRO On-The-Go Travel Survival Kit ($20.00 from Ulta): This is the perfect seer for travel, or to test out BLOW PRO styling products, and it makes a great stocking stuffer!

Blow Back Time Anti-Aging Density Spray: Shake well before using. Holding can 6-8 inches away, spray on blown out hair where fullness and density are desired. Finish for youthful all day hold.

Textstyle Dry Texture Spray: Shake before using. Holding can 6-8 inches away spray on previously blown out hair at desired sections. To finish, scrunch to activate texture and volume. Use next day to revive and hold style.

After Blow Strong Hold Finishing Spray: Spray After Blow Strong Hold Finishing Spray 6-8 inches away keeping the can in constant motion all over styled look. Avoid running hands through right after applications to allow style to set for all day hold.

Blow Out Spray Serious Non-Stick Hairspray: Shake before using. Holding can 6 inches away, spray all over blown out hair for long lasting, natural looking hold. For maximum volume and fullness, flip hair upside down or to the side and spray throughout sections. Work through with your fingers and then flip hair back.
Blow Pro On-The-Go Travel Survival Kit includes:

Travel size Blow Back Time Anti-Aging Density Spray
Travel size Textstyle Dry Texture Spray
Travel size After Blow Strong Hold Finishing Spray
Travel size Blow Out Spray Serious Non-Stick Hairspray


Blow Back Time Anti-Aging Density Spray: Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, SD Alcohol (Alcohol Denat.), Dimethyl Ether, VP/VA Copolymer, PVP, Zeolite, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Extract, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Rice Amino Acids.

Textstyle Dry Texture Spray: Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, SD 40 B Alcohol (Alcohol Denat.), Dimethyl Ether, PVP/VA Copolymer, Glycerin, Silica, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Isohexadecane, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Tuber Melanosporum Extract, Water (Aqua).

After Blow Strong Hold Finishing Spray: SD Alcohol 40-B, Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Water, Triethyl Citrate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Quaternium-52, Glycoproteins, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Fragrance.

Blow Out Spray Serious Non-Stick Hairspray: SD Alcohol 40-B, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Polyurethane-14, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Colpolymer, Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolized Silk, Hydrolized Soy Protein, Glycerin, PEG-75 Lanolin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Triethyl Citrate, Water (Aqua), Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum).
If you are a frequent flyer tethered to TSA Compliant sizes for your toiletries, or you love to carry your favorite perfume in your purse Travalo offers chic refillable perfume atomizers that are attractive and easy to use. They are also a perfect gift for the perfume enthusiast in your life!

Travalo refills in seconds directly from a standard perfume bottle. The innovative Genie-S 'pump to fill' refill system perfectly transfers your fragrance without spills or damaging exposure to air.

Travalo Milano is a very heavy gauge high quality perfume atomizer that is made to last a lifetime. It has a heft and weight that one expects from a luxury atomizer, and the shiny polished metal coupled with the leatherette housing is absolutely stunning. It is TSA Complaint and small enough to easily stow away in your purse. Available in 8 elegant colors.

Travalo Excel is a more affordable atomizer than the ultra elegant Milano, and it's available in 9 different colors, EXCEL holds 65 sprays so that you can travel with your favorite fragrance anywhere you go.

Travalo Milano Atomizer $49.00 from TravaloDillards and Unbeatable Sale.

Travalo Excel Atomizer $15.00-$19.99 from TravaloDillardsUltaMacy'sPerfumaniaThe Perfume SpotAmazon and Unbeatable Sale (Affiliate Links).
Left to Right: Travalo Excel in Hot Pink, Travalo Milano in Aqua and Travalo Excel in Black
Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrushes are my favorite toothbrushes for traveling because you have all of the benefits of a sonic toothbrush, but in a compact travel size. Their Hawaii toothbrush, from the Destinations Collection, will have you dreaming of the warm weather while shoveling snow this winter!

Our SLIM Sonic toothbrush is the first battery operated, portable toothbrush with a built-in vented cap that cleans 22,000 brush strokes per minute! Smile in style wherever you are: work, after lunch, or before a night out! Includes compact case and one extra brush head. The SLIM design is compatible with all Violife toothbrush sanitizers.

Slim Sonic Destination toothbrushes from Violife are like being front row center in NYC, Paris and London. With 22,000 brushstrokes per minute, your teeth will look and feel just as fabulous as a model straight off the catwalk. If you’re actually jet-setting to one of these fashion capitols, make sure to pack your Slim Sonic – its mascara-style vented cap means you can tote it during your travels!

Slim Sonic Destinations retail for $12.95-$15.95 from Violife, Ulta and Amazon.
· Mascara-style vented cap keeps it portable
· Vented cap allows bristles to dry completely
· Sonic-optimizing precision bristles
· Comes with a free replacement head and AAA battery
Teami makes an nice assortment of loose teas from Teami Relax to help you fall asleep at night to Teami Skinny that is the tea you drink prior to their detox tea. I don't tend to do detox cleanses, but I do love drinking loose tea, an their tea infuser is pitch perfect for all loose teas.

The strainer ball is made from stainless steel and the handle is silicone rubber. Use to brew a cleaner, smoother cup of your favorite blends.

· Fits any size tea cup.
· Food safe premium silicone rubber paired with a stainless steel infuser ball, giving a stylish and functional tea infuser.
· Smaller holes ensure that nearly all of your tea leaves stay inside the infuser ball. This means less floating herbs in your tea cup, brewing a cleaner, nicer cup of tea.
· Heat resistant and completely food safe.
· Drip tray included, with a matching green color. Prevent a dripping mess by using the drip tray to rest your new infuser.

Teas start at $19.99 and Teami Tea Infuser $8.45 from
If you are interested in experiencing in upgrading your lighting where you apply your makeup, then you really need to invest in Finally Acandescent light bulbs. They offer very pleasant natural lighting that is very helpful when applying makeup.

While making sure we have the perfect hue of blush to complement our skin tone is necessary for the perfect look – we should also consider the importance of having the right light.  Whether it’s in our bathroom, vanity or bedroom, we need to surround ourselves with a warm glow, which can make all the difference when getting ready in the morning for work or for a night out.

Introducing the Finally Light Bulb.  The Finally Light Bulb Company has created bulbs that feature Acandescence™ technology, an innovative lighting technology with one goal in mind: to reliably recreate the same light as an incandescent bulb without the energy waste or excessive cost.  The quality of light it produces is both eco and consumer-friendly, as well as comfortable and safe on our eyes.

$9.99-$14.99 from and The bulbs will be sold in national retail stores by the end of this year.
What are your favorite stocking stuffers?

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  1. Fabulous choices. I have/had the Cross Pen (my husband confiscated it) and it's one of the most fun gifts to give. Feel free to stuff my stocking!!

    1. Thanks, Marcia! The Cross Star Wars pens are definitely fantastic! My husband tried to snatch mine before I had photographed it! Somehow it found its way into my purse though! LOL!

  2. Wow, Helen, your suggestions are fabulous! I would love just about all of them! I've been eyeing that cool travel toothbrush, but I'm afraid my Sonicare would be jealous. I think the ChopSaver lip balm really works well & I love that it has sunscreen. I'd love an upmarket Travalo and the Skinny Tea is just too adorable. I'd love the entire list!

    1. Thanks, Allison! The Slim Sonic toothbrushes are absolute perfection for travel! I love the ChopSaver lip balm, too!

  3. So many great goodies, I love the Cinderella stuff!

    1. Thanks, Heather! The Cinderella stuff is such a holiday hit!

  4. Great ideas! I saw that Blow Pro kit online at ULTA, and really wanted it. I feel like that's a brand not enough people talk about!

    1. Thanks, Julie! Blow Pro is such a great line. I use their shampoo and conditioner, and they are fantastic!

  5. I want everything on this list! That toothbrush is adorable, and the eyebrow grooming kit has everything!

    1. The toothbrush is really great, and I never travel without one of their toothbrushes. The eyebrow grooming kit is really handy!

  6. I love your picks! I'm a major fan of my Travalos, the mint shade is so pretty.

    1. Thanks, Bailey! The Travalo atomizers are so great! The Mint Milano (sounds like the cookie, lol!) is really gorgeous!


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