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Holiday Gift Guide

Calling all procrastinators! If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to crack down and get serious about gift buying. I know it can be a bit of a daunting task to come up with gift ideas for so many different people, but I’m hoping this gift guide will inspire you to get the job done!

Hubby/BF: This year's hot gift is the tablet notebook, and there are so many choices! While the iPad is always a top choice, the iPad mini is quickly jumping to the forefront. Not quite ready for the Apple jump? Check out my personal fave: the Kindle Fire HD! Love how easy it is to use, not to mention how easy it is on the budget. Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Check out the E-Tip Gloves by North Face. Cozy fleece gloves ingeniously designed with X-Static material at the thumbs and index fingers, allowing you to easily use touch-screen cell phones, laptops and MP3 players without removing your gloves.

If he wants a Blu-ray player, there are some awesome deals out there right now! You really cannot go wrong with that one. My techno-geek brother swears by it (but not at it; it’s so easy to use!). Need something to play in that blu-ray? Top picks for guys are The DarkShopbop Free Express Delivery And Easy Returns Knight Rises (love it!), The Bourne Legacy (awesome!) and Ted (haven't seen it but it stars Mark Wahlburg!).

Sister/Best Friend: Every woman has a soft spot for jewelry, and whether your sister/besty is a necklace, bracelet or earring girl Twisted-Silver has gorgeous handmade pieces every girl will love! Makeup is another way to go—some of my favorite shadows and glosses have come to me as gifts. Tarte is topping our lists here at She She Me. We’ve recently had the opportunity to review The Stand-Outs, a limited-edition mix of best-selling products in shades hand-picked by tarte founder Maureen Kelly and the tarte team, and baby—it’s hot!

Mother/Mother-in-Law: If she lives in another state/country, consider a webcam. She’ll love the idea of beingable to have a face-to-face chat, especially if you have little ones who don’t get to see their grandma much! Handbags are another great option for Mom (especially if it's a designer she would never indulge in for herself!) and how about an exquisite velvet scarf to keep her warm and sassy? Want to know what my mom is getting? Seasons One and Two of Downton Abbey, and the Pre-Order of Season Three!!! (And I am hoping someone will return the favor for me!)

Father/Father-in-Law: If he doesn’t already have one, get that father a digital frame! And make it even better by preloading it with family photos. Another cool electronic gift is a weather forecaster. He can keep it on his desk or dresser and always know whether it’s a good day for golf! For the fashion conscious father/father-in-law, a fabulous retro-dress shirt from Jack Robie (your dad will get the reference to Cary Grant, thus boosting your street cred several levels). Word of advice: you'd better snap one up for your hubby or boyfriend as well!

Coworker: Treats are a favorite gift at the workplace. It’s like I always says, “Everything tastes better at work!” (Which is a great excuse for helping me get rid of leftovers.) Yummy gift baskets/boxes go a long way at the office, as do gift cards. For those who are keeping an eye on their health (or their figure) a spa gift basket is an excellent choice. Tie a healthy goodie to the bag and you will be the office hero!

Gifts for the Kidlets: For younger kids, Babylegs make a fabulous gift! So cute and practical. Wii games are a great idea for kids 4-6 and up; the Rayman Raving Rabbids games are silly and fun for the whole family, and pre-teens and teens alike love to Just Dance! Teens also love gift cards, and frankly—so do I. Win-win.

Gifts for My—I mean Yourself: Oh, let’s see; what do we want, ladies? A fab new handbag? Great pair of riding boots (gotta love me a great pair in sleek black leather)? Some super comfy slippers for those evenings when the temps drop down low? Probably all of the above. Plus a gorgeous cashmere scarf to keep the upper regions toasty as well. And you know Santa's going to come up with a few excellent stocking stuffers, right? Lovely scented hand creams and perhaps something with a bit of bling are my preferences this year! I could keep going and going…

But I've got to get shopping! And so should you — happy holiday shopping darlings!

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A Few of our Favorite Things!

Phorce - the ultimate bag for
the Techie in your Life!

Phorce is the world’s first smart bag. We live in the mobile age. You can wake up in San Francisco, spend the afternoon in New York, and be back in the West Coast right on time for dinner. Whether you walk or ride around your hometown, drive to another city, or fly to another continent – your trusty bag is always with you. We designed Phorce to be the ultimate bag for the mobile age. This bag  powers all of your gadgets, transforms into three separate types of bags for any occasion, and even reminds you in case you forget it somewhere, so that you never lose your bag again. It is a sleek and attractive Android and iOS-supported triple threat of a bag that can go with you wherever your busy day takes you.

While our tech devices have advanced at lightning speed through the years, the standard bag has failed to keep up - until now.  Phorce is the perfect combination of design and high tech life, having been featured in Tech Crunch, Mashable, Yahoo! and VentureBeat.

POWER
Phorce charges smartphones, tablets, iPods, cameras, speakers, headphones, and anything that is powered using a USB connection. The bag includes 3 USB connections, 2 high speed ports and 1 super high-speed port. Additionally, the Phorce for Mac can power a MacBook for up to 7 extra hours.

CONNECT
The bag comes with an Android and iOS based application that can connect a smart phone to the Phorce bag via Bluetooth. This app gauges the bag's remaining power through an intuitive on-screen graphics display. Additionally, this feature sends a notification to the phone if the bag is left behind.

TRANSFORM
Phorce can transform from a messenger bag, to a backpack, to a briefcase in a matter of seconds, with no additional equipment needed. The Phorce bag has a special opening that allows it to slide over the (telescopic) handles of a trolley bag. The bag is compact and light-weight at just 3.7lbs, but can transform into a bigger bag, with an expansion zipper that gives the user 240 cubic inches of extra space.

To see how the bag works digitally, please see our video: www.vimeo.com/53441058


Gift Giving Ideas from Nautica: Under $65!

Nautica striped puffer vest: $64.99
Nautica Fair Isle Gift Set: $44.99
Nautica colorblock sweater $44.99
Nautica Striped Wrap Sweater: $59.50
Nautica Faux Fur Gift Set: $44.99
Nautica pea skirt (available in navy too!) $52.99
Nautica colorblock vest: $64.99
Nautica snowflake pj pants: $33.99


Gifts for the Natural Beauty Lover
from Jurlique

Give the gift of natural beauty this season with these gorgeous sets from Jurlique! With 4 options to choose from you are sure to find the perfect set to delight the natural beauties in your life. Complete with all the skin-loving benefits of Jurlique’s botanicals, these sets are sure to be the perfect addition under the tree.
 

 

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Essentials ($140) comes complete with the Herbal Recovery Gel, Herbal Recovery Night Cream and Herbal Recovery Eye Cream at a value of $222! These essentials allow you to put your best face forward with healthy revitalized skin with the best-selling Herbal Recovery range. A potent blend of antioxidants boost cellular recovery and prevent environmental damage that accelerates skin ageing.
  

 

 

Jurlique Purely Bright Essentials ($96) is the best set for radiant skin this holiday season! The Purely Bright regimen is clinically proven to even skin tone in just 30 days with Kakadu plum, the world’s richest source of essential Vitamin C.

 

 

 

Jurlique Hand Care Essentials ($62) features the Rose Hand Cream, Lavender Hand Cream, Citrus Hand Cream and Jasmine Hand Cream for ultra soft hands this season. These luxurious creams instantly moisturize skin with Safflower and Macadamia Oils and is the perfect gift for your favorite hand cream addict!

 

 

Hand Picked Jasmine Collection ($36) With hands and lips this divine, it’s bound to be a happy festive season. Indulge with precious plant oils and antioxidants for a boost of moisture to instantly refresh and revive your skin.

 

 

 


Keeping Your Skin Bright and Dewy Through the Winter With DECLÉOR

While you turn over your wardrobe — dust off the puffer-jackets and pull out the snow boots – you should also turn over your bathroom cabinet, or at least, your skincare regimen!  When the winter-chill comes you need products that are designed to soothe, calm and reduce the redness and dryness that our skin suffers, i.e. the “winter itch.” DECLÉOR’s Soothing Serums and Essential Night Balm is the perfect combo for keeping a radiant complexion until spring. 

And if your holidays include travel (you’re not only super lucky!) but you’re prone to a dull, dry complexion that will need a serious revival upon landing.  Whether you’re headed to the slopes or to the beach, travel can irritate the skin, leaving it dehydrating, dull and tired.  The DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Brightening Mask and Moisturizing Emulsion are two travel-size products that’ll have you glowing before you even get to your destination! 

Aromessence Angelique:  Nourishes dry skin with essential oils of angelica, chamomile and geranium essential oils to repair and soften the skin. It is 100% pure and natural, rich in aromatic essences and leaves skin supple, comfortable and smooth. This serum penetrates upon application to purify and relax the skin and provides a powerful revitalizing effect on the complexion. $68.00

Essential Night Balm: The multi-purpose balm to brighten dull complexions. It works to soften the skin while dissolving and eliminating impurities to add glow to even the most lackluster complexions.  The epidermis is left purified and decongested.  With its lush, melt-in texture, Aromessence Essential Balm offers all the benefits of a made-to-measure aromatic night-care treatment. $73

Aroma White C+ Intense Brightening MaskIntensive, 10-minute facial mask that slips on to bring concentrated brightening and hydrating benefits to skin. Use on all skin types particularly complexions with noticeable dullness. After cleansing and toning, apply mask to face. If eye area treatment is desired, close eyes and lift contoured eye sections upward over eyelids. Leave on for 10 minutes. Remove mask gently and massage remaining essence into skin. $50.00, 5 Masks

Aroma White C+ Protective Brightening Day Emulsion SPF 15– Brightening day emulsion with a silky smooth texture protects skin against UV rays and fights against visible spots for impeccable radiance. $62.00


Nieves Lavi debuts Resort 2012

Nieves Lavi is making its return back to Resort with their 2012 collection, marking the brand’s exciting return to the colorful season — available on Amazon.com this December! Inspired by the tropical, sundrenched beaches of Saint Barthélemy, the dresses and tunics evoke the sensual, relaxed aesthetic of a lush paradise that’s Parisian chic meets casual Caribbean.

Celeb fans of the brand include Kourtney Kardashian, Kelly Ripa, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katharine McPhee and more!


A bathroom full of cheer with LUSH!

It’s the time of year for pretty parties and punches that pack a wallop to put you in the holiday spirit! What better way to spice up this festive season than with bubbles and soaps that will keep you smelling and feeling good as the night wears on?  LUSH has a number of products loaded with cheer that will help keep that holiday feeling alive long into the New Year!

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED:
Here are a few items that are sure to get the celebration off on the right foot (or hand, or arm, or leg…)!  

 

Popcorn Lip Scrub ($8.95) A tasty treat to prep your pout! Take a small amount of this lip scrub and apply to lips in a circular motion - the castor sugar will gently scrub away any dry flaky skin while the organic jojoba oil will soothe any redness and soreness.  Follow with your favourite LUSH lip product to keep your kisses mistletoe ready! Vegan

 

Emotional Brilliance Liquid Lipstick ($18.95)Grab some Glamorous or prepare for a Passionate smooch with LUSH’s patent pending liquid lip formula. Super softening Ultrabalm is the base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax.  Lips will be brilliantly coloured and left soft, smooth and deeply moisturized. Vegan

 

 

Midnight Massage Bar ($9.95) Enjoy a cheeky massage before the clock strikes midnight and see where the evening takes you! A deeply moisturizing base of cocoa and shea butters are blended with vanilla absolute and sensual jasmine. After a long day, get ready to dance the night away with this stunning bar…you just have to find a willing masseuse!  Vegan

TIP UP YOUR CUP!
Pick up some of these boozy bubblers and pop the top off your pre-game party! 

Mr. Punch Soap ($6.95 for 100g)When you turn it upside-down, this soap looks like a delicious bowl of punch with fruit floating in it. LUSH was inspired to make a fruity, tropical, boozy punch scent for this soap, and we did so with juniper berry oil, blackcurrant absolute, lime oil and a splash of gin. Vegan

Ponche Shower Gel ($9.95 - $27.95)Spanish for punch, this shower gel is inspired by the Mexican fruit punch made from seasonal fruits such as plums, oranges as well as cinnamon and vanilla, which can help warm and stimulate the senses.  Wash your hair and body with this fruity, softening shower gel and lift your spirits on dark, gloomy days.  There’s even a dash of tequila to give it a little kick! Vegan

 

Had A Very Shiny Nose ($23.95) Perfect for the person who had too much to drink, these little treats are scent-sational to wash your body with. Sandy Santa will polish skin while the olive oil and mandarin juice in Olive Branch softens and uplifts. The splash of gin in Mr. Punch will give a kick!

Contents: Sandy Santa sugar scrub, Olive Branch shower gel, Mr. Punch soap


NEW P&G Beauty Haircare Line: Vidal Sassoon Pro Series

Fifty years after Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the fashion and beauty industry with his iconic haircuts and unique approach to styling, P&G Beauty is launching Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. This brand new hair color, care and styling line is inspired by Sassoon’s desire for “everybody to have good hair,” bringing salon-inspired haircare to all at an affordable, “vintage” price ($2.49-8.99).  

 

Perfected by experts, Vidal Sassoon Pro Series upholds Sassoon’s philosophy with five care and styling collections and at-home color kits that help women easily care for and maintain their beautiful hair at home. While the full line does not hit stores until January, an exclusive online pre-sale began on December 1st.  We would love for your readers to be some of the first to try the new line! 

CARE & STYLING COLLECTIONS

Simple and personalized were two of Vidal Sassoon’s key principles when it came to hair care and style, and the same applies to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Based on hair care needs, the line offers five care and styling sub-collections, plus one styling and finishing collection to provide women with everything that they need to personalize and create effortlessly beautiful looks at home:    

Color Collection: Features advanced P&G technology to help seal, protect and hydrate color-treated hair while providing shine.

  • Collection includes: Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Color Protect Spray, Color Gloss Crème
         

Moisture Collection: Fights humidity and delivers a correct moisture and hydration balance.

  • Collection includes: Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner, One Minute Mask

Repair Collection: Helps repair signs of damage and protect against future damage.

  • Collection includes: Restoring Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Protect & Shine Spray, Repair & Finish Spray, One Minute Mask

Volume Collection: Adds volume to hair, while protecting hair from premature breakage.

  • Collection includes: Boost & Lift Shampoo and Conditioner, Boost & Lift Hairspray, Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse

Smooth Collection: Hydrates hair while minimizing frizz.

  • Collection includes: Extreme Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, Extreme Smooth Combing Crème

Styling & Finishing Collection: Provides up to 24 hours of hold for personalized styles that last.

  • Collection includes: Flexible and Extra Firm Hold Hairspray; Extra Firm Hold Mousse; Mega Firm Hold

 


Unjunk the Holidays with UNREAL Candy

This holiday season indulge guilt free, thanks to UNREAL, the better-for-you candy.  This innovative candy brand is on a mission to unjunk the world, offering tasty treats that can serve to decorate a holiday office or school party, be a tasty addition to a stocking, or make a delicious accent to a gingerbread house.  So, turn to UNREAL, a chocolate coated American treat to make your holiday extra sweet.

UNREAL is unjunking America's classic candies with new products and real ingredients that taste great.  They have less sugar, no artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, GMO’s or synthetic colors and have more protein and fiber per serving than leading competing brands.

Unlike typical candy bars, UNREAL candies can proudly claim:

  • No corn syrup
  • No hydrogenated oil
  • No artificial flavors
  • No GMO’s
  • No synthetic colors
  • Responsibly sourced ingredients, including:
    • Traceable cacao beans from Ghana and Ecuador
    • 100% sustainable and organic Palm Kernel Oil sourced from a sustainable and organic plantation in Brazil
    • Dairy from free range cows pasture raised without antibiotics or added hormones
    • All natural origin colors, coming from plants like beets, red cabbage, etc.
    • 30% less sugar, 60% more protein and 250% more fiber

UNREAL is on a candy coated mission to unjunk the world™, introducing five NEW better-for-you candies:

·         UNREAL 41: Candy Coated Chocolates

·         UNREAL 54: Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts

·         UNREAL 5: Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar

·         UNREAL 8: Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar

·         UNREAL 77: Peanut Butter Cups

UNREAL candies taste great and are offered at the same price as typical candy bars.  Available at major retailers, nationwide, including CVS, Target, Michaels, Kroger, Staples, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs and many others.


Facial Fitness Exercises from Mama Mio

Yoga for the face is on the rise! As an effective alternative to invasive fillers and Botox, exercise for the face tones and lifts
facial muscles and promotes collagen production. This morning on Good Morning America, Dr. Neil Sadick says, "By stimulating any component of your face, like your muscles, you're going to have a beneficial effect in terms of your overall facial appearance."

To try this non-invasive, DIY anti-aging technique look to Mama Mio Skincare. The Mama Mio High Protein Face Care collection feature various skincare products - each
accompanied by targeted Face Fitness exercises for maximized results:

Mighty Moisture: A day and night moisturizer ($48) Clean Slate: An Aloe-rich cleanser that is oh-so-gentle ($32) Nexercise: A neck and jawline concentrate ($45) Eye Know: An all-in-one eye serum ($39) Love Your Life Lines: A deep line reducer ($48)
     

 


Gift Guide Ideas: Murad Holiday
Gifts Under $50

Give the gift of healthy, glowing skin this holiday season with great deals on Murad favorites! Whether you're buying a gift for the skin care lover or something for yourself, Murad has something for everyone... and they're all under $50!

Acne Fighting Favorites Duo


This combination of products delivers clear, flawless skin. Murad Clarifying Cleanser uses Salicylic Acid to exfoliate away
pore-clogging impurities while fighting bacteria long after you've finished washing your face. Next hydrate your skin with oil-free Skin Perfecting Lotion for a healthy glow.  Clear skin is the gift that keeps on giving with this gift set! $47.00

Plus, FREE limited-edition silver cosmetic bag for a little holiday cheer!


Great gift for anyone who is a fan or wants to try out Murad's Environmental Shield http://www.murad.com/sun-spots.  Vitamin C skin care! Cleanser, treatment and moisturizer provide everything you'll need for radiant skin. Learn more about anti-aging skin care tips with these resources. Features: Essential-C Cleanser, Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, Active Radiance Serum, and Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 PA +++. $45.00

Products in this kit are travel-friendly.

Youthful Skin Renewal


Also a great choice if you're traveling during the holidays or if you or your loved one wants to sample Murad Resurgence
http://www.murad.com/menopause-treatments. Cleanser, treatment, moisturizer and eye cream provide everything you'll need for firmer, glowing skin. Features: Renewing Cleanser, Age-Diffusing Serum, Age-Balancing Night Cream, and Renewing Eye Cream. $45.00

Complete Skin Renewal

 

Perfect for travel or anybody who wants to sample Murad Age Reform with a smaller-sized collection. Cleanser, day moisturizer, intensive night moisturizer and a skin repair treatment. Full 30-day supply of Age Reform(r) http://www.murad.com/anti-aging-products products helps improve skin's appearance by increasing firmness and hydration while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Features: Refreshing Cleanser, Complete Reform with Glyco Firming, Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, and Hydro-Dynamic(tm) Ultimate Moisture. $42.50

Products in this kit are travel-friendly.

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