Top @Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms |#MothersDay Gift Guide by SobeSavvy.com

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product from Sephora for review, however the opinions are 100% my own. 

Mother’s Day is near and you may be wondering what to get for that special Mom in your life. Whether it’s your sister, friend, or your Mom, celebrate their beauty by giving them some top beauty gifts from Sephora. 

Sephora is my favorite place to shop for myself as well as others because it offers everything from makeup to skincare, fragrance and tools to provide solutions for anyone’s beauty needs. Plus, if you can not get to a store, you can conveniently shop online. Easy beauty is what Sephora specializes in and what every Mom can appreciate.

As a mom of a 5 year old, I have selected some of my favorites and must-try products and put together this list of ‘ Top Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms’ . Check it out!

For the “Good with her Hands” MOM

Sephora Collection Hand Mask ($6) + Sephora Instant Nail & Cuticle Care

I love the instant nail & cuticle care so much that I keep it on my bedside table. This ensures that my nails get a treat before I go to sleep. No more dry cuticles. And because we moms use our hands alot, the hand masks hand gloves are essential to keeping our skin nourished and moisturized. 

For the “Gracefully Aging” MOM

Total Age Defy cream for eyes & lips and Total Age Defy cream SPF15 sunscreen

Since Ill be 44 this year, I started paying attention to products that minimize wrinkles. I am not anti-wrinkles, however I am pro radiant skin. This product works to support natural cell growth and boosts collagen. It absorbs quickly and has a nice moisturizing effect.

For the ” I See Everything” MOM

Mixology Eyeshadow Palette ($34) + Eyelash Curler ($16) + Sephora Collection Instant Eye makeup remover ($10)

Do you know a Mom with eyes in the back of her head? Well why not give her an eyeshadow palette to keep even her 3rd eye on fleek. LOL. Seriously, this is a fun gift for anyone who likes to create their own unique look. It has 18 colors: 9 matte, 9 shimmer that you can mix into endless combos. Add an eyelash curler and makeup remover and you have a eye-catching gift set! 

For the “Clean Freak” MOM

Clean Up Nice  ($15) + Color Switch Brush Cleaner ($18) + Sephora Collection makeup brushes

Sephora is known for their pro brushes and accessories. You can’t go wrong by gifting these because they are not only soft to the skin but effective in applying makeup. Pair these with proper cleaning products and your clean freak Mom will be pleased. Especially with the innovative Color Switch Brush cleaner which is a dry makeup removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes! 

For the “Love the Skin Your In” Mom

Sephora Collection Gentle Melting Body Scrub ($18)

I love bath products that are nourishing to the skin. A good body scrub paired with a scented candle can turn your Mom’s next shower into a mini spa day. This gentle Melting Body Scrub from Sephora left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s not too abrasive and has a wonderful fresh scent. 

For the ‘Variety is the Spice of Life’ MOM

Sephora Collection Ready in 5 Face Brush Set ($25) + Sephora Collection Eyebrow Editor ($19) + Brow Highlighting Gel ( $12) + Wild Bunch Sponge set ($16)

Get a pretty box and gather up a variety of products that any Mom can use. Like the Ready in 5 Face brush set, perfect for Moms on the go and compact enough to fit in her purse. Speaking of compact, the Wild Bunch sponge set comes with 4 mini sponges that are perfect for blending concealer and foundation. And lastly, don’t forget the brow essentials like an eyebrow editor kit and highlighting gel. Both can be used to define brows and allows Mom to put her best face forward!

For the “Alicia Keys No Makeup” Mom

Sephora Collection Oil in Foam cleanser ($16) + Detoxifying foam cleanser ($16)

When Alicia Keys announced her no makeup beauty routine, many decided to follow suit and give their makeup the boot. Because Sephora offers more than just makeup, you can find skincare products suitable for everyone. You don’t have to wear makeup to shop Sephora. But if you do wear makeup,  you want to buy a cleanser that will clean your skin thoroughly and not leave it feeling dry. The Sephora Collection of cleansers gently removes makeup, impurites and is enriched with vitamins to nourish skin.

There’s still time to get to Sephora ASAP for that special gift for Mom or go to http://www.Sephora.com 

Happy Shopping!

#TestimonialTuesday Makeover with @butterLondon & @_iknoGlam + #ValentinesDay Special!

It’s always fun to play in makeup and get pampered, right ladies? And with Valentine’s Day around the corner, fellas may I suggest you give the gift every girl can enjoy : makeup from butter London and a makeover or shall I say “Glam-Over” by Neely Glam Studios!
I had the pleasure of experiencing both and wanted to share my Tuesday Testimonial with you. I received samples of butter LONDON, the official makeup sponsor of Project Runway Junior® Season 2, however the following opinions are my own. 

You only have one chance to make a first impression—and let’s just say, I was impressed with these 2 butter LONDON products. Both of them were featured in an episode of Project Runway Junior® Season 2 where contestants worked with celebrity makeup artist Scott Patric to create one-of-a-kind looks to complement their designs on the runway. The winning look featured an array of butter LONDON products, including the Plush Rush Lip Gloss in Fireworks and BlushClutch in Just Darling.

I loved the colors in the blush palatte. They were very complimentary to my skin tone and blended smoothly ..like butter..into my skin! It comes with a highlighter pen and in a gorgeous compact. The lip gloss glided on with ease but after application it had a tingling sensation that was uncomfortable. I wonder if that is why it was called Fireworks?!

I knew my favorite makeup artist in the Triangle would know the answer. So I called up Tanya Neely of Neely Glam Studios to schedule a Glam Tutorial One on One along with a Signature Glam Session. And guess what ladies and gents, she is running a Valentine’s Day Special!!!! See details below !

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Ms.Neely arrived to my home promptly for my appointment with all her tools of the trade. I was very impressed that she came with her own lighting and plenty of products to choose from. She informed me that the lip gloss had a plumping agent in it which was giving the tingly effect and because I have natural , full lips that she would not be using it. 

It’s not often that I wear a full face of makeup or get to bat my eyes with false lashes. I only do a ‘full beat’ for special occasions, so I let Ms.Neely choose a look for me. She decided on doing a look called “Safari Sunset”. I loved the hues of browns and golds used as well as her choice of lipstick: a reddish orange matte color called ‘Anna Nicole by Nyxx.I loved the final look especially my brows!

Before

After

Applying blush from the butterLondon BlushClutch

See more of the behind the scenes and finished look here: https://youtu.be/YhaVYNmG0mI

So there you have it my Tuesday Testimonial. Overall, I enjoyed my Glam-Over by Neely Studios using some makeup by butter London. Don’t forget, if you are in North Carolina : Raleigh/Durham/Greesnboro/Charlotte, to book your look and take advantage of the upcoming Valentine’s Day special! If you need a MUA for any occassion be sure to contact Neely Glam Studios!

#WellnessWednesday : Gym Bag Swag Giveaway #bandeodorant #AD #totalrefresh #SobeSavvy

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am a member of a gym (shout out to LifeTime Fitness) and I love going to Zumba!  It’s a fun cardio workout and with any great cardio class comes alot of sweat. That’s why when I heard about Ban products and how they help you stay fresh, I figured I’d add some new swag to my gym bag!

I learned Ban Roll-On Deodorant ($4.99),  offers 24 hours of invisible protection against odor causing sweat! The formula that glides on easily contains Ban’s breakthrough technology, which specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) stress odor that other
antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. I usually opt to use a solid vs a roll on, but
am excited to put Ban to the test!

Did you know that Ban has a product that will help your skin feel smooth and silky, not wet and sticky after a workout? It’s called Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.29) which work to slick away excess body sweat with just one wipe ! This would be great for after a workout or a touch up throughout the day and fits perfectly in a purse.

 
Thank you Ban for sending some samples to giveaway to some of my Zumba peeps. I put together this Ban gym bag essentials duo and surprised a few ladies with some new gym bag swag of their own!

Like I always say….Friends who sweat together, stay fresh together! 

No matter where you go this season – whether it’s work, running errands or to the gym– Ban products promises to help you stay fresh and smelling clean all day long! Choose from Unscented
for sensitive skin, Regular for a light and clean floral fragrance, Powder
Fresh
for a classic powder scent, Satin Breeze for a feminine touch
with green and citrus notes, Fresh Cotton for a refreshing floral heart
with a hint of fruit, and lastly Simply Clean for fresh and powdery
amber notes with hint of peach nectar! 

For a full list of scents and additional information, visit www.feelbanfresh.com.  

#SobeSavvy Reviews @GreenGooHelps #Organic #Skincare #Beauty #HolidayGifts

​If you are wondering what to get for the person that has everything, I always offer this Savvy Tip: give a gift that is good for the person’s health and for the environment. You can never go wrong with an organic product promoting self care as a holiday gift! 



Green Goo ‘s organic skincare line, owned by women & family operated, provides pure, natural and healing ingredients to nourish skin. Green Goo believes in using only the highest-quality, natural, beneficial ingredients the earth has to offer… food for your skin! These products are being used with the Mandela Foundation for their portable hospitals, with World Vision for their Somalia team helping with wound care and even John Hopkins. Your purchase and gift will contribute to offering clean products around the globe ! These natural products come in a variety of travel packs that are perfect for anyone on your wish list. Here are a few that would be good for the Travelista, Outdoor Enthusiast, Fitness Buff , New Mom or Anyone in your life !

 Skincare Travel Pack

Traveling can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep your face clear and radiant with this travel pack.

  • Lip Balm – Comes with Citrus Zest and Sweet Honey 100% all natural lip balm to nourish, protect and hydrate cracked lips.
  • Face Wash –Cleanses and nourishes skin while preventing blackheads and pimples.
  • Skin Repair –Naturally treats puffy eyes, dark circles, minor burns, scars and wrinkles.
  • Solar Good –With 30 SPF sunblock and 40 minute water resistant, you’ll stay moisturized and protected.

 First Aid Travel Pack

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Stay prepared while traveling with this handy kit.

  • First Aid –Portable First Aid offering symptom relief replacing more than 20 of your traditional first aid products including cuts, scrapes, sunburns, bug bites, even poison ivy and cold sores!
  • Dry Skin – Soothes extremely dry skin such eczema, psoriasis and hot, itchy flaky rashes and makes for a great heat to toe moisturizer.
  • Skin Repair –Treats sunspots, wrinkles, and scars with aloe Vera and vitamin E and a nightly anti-aging facial moisturizer.
  • Pain Relief –Helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain and sprains.

 






Outdoor Travel Pack

Perfect to bring to all outdoor activities: backpacking, biking, climbing, camping, skiing, rafting, and gardening and more.

  • First Aid –For dry cracked hands and feet, insect bites, poison ivy and cuts.
  • Pain Relief –Helps with bruises, inflammation, sore muscles, joint pain and sprains.
  • Lip Balm –100% all natural lip balm that nourishes, protects and hydrates cracked lips.
  • Bugs Be Gone –An outdoor bug spray repellant that keeps mosquitoes, gnats, flies, fleas and ticks away.

 

Deodorant Travel Pack

Stay confident through all of your traveling adventures.

  • Available in 4 different scents Lemongrass & Sage, Rose & Geranium, Lavender &Thyme, and Unscented.
  • Infused with calendula flowers.
  • Provides maximum odor protection.
  • Anti-fungal, anti-yeast and anti-microbial.
  • Aluminum-free.
  • Arrow root used as antiperspirant. 
  • Pure essential oils for aromatherapy. 

 

Mama & Baby Travel Set

Moms everywhere love this travel set. It has everything they need and can be easily thrown in their purse or diaper bag.

  • Belly Balm -Great for stretch marks, dry skin, itchy skin.
  • Baby Balm -Treats baby acne, soothes diaper rash and  gently moisturizes from head to toe.
  • Nursing Cream -For breastfeeding moms who need to soothe their sore and tender nipples.
  • Sitz Bath Tea Bag -Relax with a delicious cup of tea, it’s an ideal treat for postpartum care.

Any of these products in the travel sets can be purchased individually at www.greengoohelps.com and make great stocking stuffer gifts! 

I enjoy using the Lavender & Thyme Deodorant. It has a fresh scent, fits perfectly in my yoga bag and gives natural odor protection anytime , anywhere! For all of you who plan to be in the gym as your New Year’s resolution, this high performance 100% percent all natural deodorant will have you fresh & dry all day!

Lastly, I must tell you how much I love their lip balm and suggest you buy some now to get those lips ready for those kisses underneath the misletoe! I don’t want cracked, dry lips EVER especially during the cold months. I tried the Southern Butter Do It Naturally! Lip Balm and my lips feel so nourished and moisturized from all the natural ingredients in it such as: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter. It has a slight vanilla and cinnamon smell which are known to be aphrodisiac scents.Needless to say, my husband loved it too! Like the label says, it’s intoxicating !

What kind of organic beauty products do you plan to buy for yourself or others this holiday ? 

#TransformationTuesday: How to Get Glowing #Skin, #Detox From Within !

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Change in weather, diet or stress are just 3 of the many things that can wreak havoc on one’s skin. After the new year began, I found that my skin had lost its glow and for a reason why I did not know!

I began the year with a resolution to reintroduce healthy habits into my lifestyle. I tried a detox body treatment for the first time at Exhale (read about my pamper me session  here ! )  So it was quite a surprise to me when last week, my face became red, flaky and itchy. It was just overall uncomfortable. Was it eczema ? an allergic reaction? psoriasis? seborrheic dermatitis?..I did not know! What I did know was like the picture below.. my skin was SAD 😦

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I researched the internet and decided I would do a detox for my facial skin. My breakout occurred in my Tzone area (forhead, nose,chin)  and looked at the facial map as a map on where the problem may lie.

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OK by the looks of it something I ate may be the culprit so let’s do a detox. I decided upon Dr. OZ‘S 3 DAY Detox as it was simple, took little time and prep, cost was minimal, easy to follow and had rave reviews.

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The shakes were easy to make and I looked forward to the breakfast and dinner one. Lunchtime was most challenging but I knew I was giving my body what it needs via the leafy greens to combat what was going on with my facial skin.

To understand the importance of detoxing, here are a few graphics that breaks it down as to why everyone should try a detox for the skin.

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All you need is a weekend and this past 3 day weekend made it possible along with my suppostive husband and my willpower to do what is good for me from the inside out !

So here is my before, during (where I applied this honey/nutmeg mask that I loved as well)  and after of the past 3 days.

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I hope I have inspired you to try a detox and encouraged you to love the skin you are in! Remember beauty is skin deep … it starts from within. This Transformation Tuesday treat yourself to a skin detox!

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Review: Carefree Organics

 
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My daughter has dimples. And as a result of childbirth, I now do too ..but not the cute ones.
 
   Having a child has changed me in many ways. One of them is choosing to live a more healthier lifestyle. That’s why when Carefree Organics contacted me about their 100% organic preservative-free products for baby, sun, skin and hair, I was excited to try them!Basically Carefree Organics(www.Carefreeorganics.com) is a family-run small business that creates and sells unique and truly natural products for everyone’s skin.One of the products, Radiant Repel is an oil blend that will safely keep pesky critters away. Perfect, as its rainy season in South Florida, summer everywhere and I seem to be on every mosquitoes meal plan. What I appreciate most is the oil absorbs nicely and not only does it hydrate and nourish the skin but it has no chemicals or Deet in the ingredients!Now back to my dimples. Carefree Organics has created Chic Cheeks and sent me a mini bundle package including a smoothing scrub and lotion. Here’s what they say about the Slim Scrub and Terrific Tone:Chic Cheeks Slim Scrub is a combination of coffee, smoothing oils and nourishing Shea butter. Coffee is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite, as is the act of scrubbing itself by stimulating circulation!  
 
To use:  Apply to thighs, bum, and anywhere else prone to bumps, dimples, and cellulite in the shower or bath and rub in a circular motion-the longer the better!  Rinse off.  May be used on the entire body, and works best when paired with the rest of the Chic Cheeks line!

 ingredients*: columbian coffea arabica (coffee) seed, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, shea butter, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, juniperus communis (juniper berry) oil, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, lavandula officianalis (lavender) oil

Chic Cheeks Terrific Tone is a luxurious lotion meant for the entire body to tone and smooth any dimples or bumps.  Packed with nourishing Coconut Oil as well as essential oils said to smooth and lessen the appearance of cellulite while Sage and Lavender add a fresh soft scent!  Great to use with the rest of the Chic Cheeks line or alone for that extra boost!

 To use:  Apply to entire body or where extra toning is desired.  Works best after Slim Scrub, and safe to pair with Bikini Blend!

 ingredients*:  maranta arundinacea root (arrowroot) powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,butyrospermum parkii fruit (shea butter), salvia officinalis (sage) oil, juniperus communis (juniper berry) oil, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, lavandula officianalis (lavender) oil

I have been using this every day for the last 7 days and so far I like the consistency and the fragrance compared to other products I have tried. I don’t expect results over night, but I do respect the quality of the product and can sleep at night knowing this is safe for me and my family and not harmful to the environment.

Thank you for sharing and caring Carefree Organics! 

Lovely Leslie

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