Want to soften up your lips this season? Check out my new product obsession
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Treat your lips to this product -- you won't be disappointed.

Sephora Gift Cards on Facebook for a Last Minute Gift

Sephora Allows Facebook Users to Send and Receive Select Sephora Gifts and Gift Cards Instantly on Facebook!

Don’t have your friend’s current address? Waited until the last minute? Just got a gift from a friend who wasn’t on your list? Sephora has made it easier than ever to give the perfect gift this holiday season with the launch of the First Data℠ eGift Social℠ solution Social, a new Facebook√§ application that allows clients to send and receive real Sephora merchandise and gift cards in an instant.

“The launch of the eGift Social program allows our more than 1 million Sephora fans to give real gifts or gift cards even if they can’t get to one of our stores,” said Bridget Dolan, Sephora's Vice President of Interactive Media. “With eGift Social, Sephora is leveraging the real-time social media experience to bring its signature, sophisticated and fun shopping experience to the client wherever, whenever.”

To access eGift Social, log on to www.facebook.com/Sephora and select the Instant Gifts tab (http://www.facebook.com/Sephora?v=app_10339498918 ). There you will be able to choose from a variety of fun, fabulous products or select a Sephora Gift Card, all without ever leaving your Facebook page. Sephora has selected gifts that are fan favorites and are sure to get your friends talking, including Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, Benefit’s A Little Bit of Bad Gal, or even NARS Blush in Super Orgasm.

Once you have selected and purchased your gift, it will show up instantly on your friend’s Facebook wall and can be redeemed for the actual item online at www.sephora.com or in store*. Transactions are completed safely and securely online through a partnership with Bank of America Merchant Services, for a seamless online shopping experience. And best of all, Sephora’s gifts are covered under the Sephora Return Policy, so products can easily be exchanged or returned, and the gift cards never expire or lose their value. Fun, instantaneous, and worry-free gifting this holiday season - courtesy of Sephora.

*Valid in the U.S. only

Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Knock Knock

I just found the cutest gift and stationary store out of Venice, California.  It is called Knock Knock and the website is http://www.knockknockstuff.com/ 

Check out this adorable Christmas stamper that can be used to make custom gift tags.  This is so up my alley as I love crafting, stationary, and unique gift wrapping.  They have great stuff - check it out today!

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base Review

Vitamin Enriched Face Base

I got this as a sample at the Bobbi Brown counter.  It is one of their best sellers and I know why!  This lotion goes on like butter.  It has that consistency but doesn't feel greasy.  It goes great under makeup or before bed.  I do not wake up greasy and this has not made me break out even though it contains shea butter.  You can even apply a small amount after you apply your makeup to give it a more natural, dewy look.

This formula is actually considered oil-free and contains carrot extract and Vitamin A Complex to help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E help protect against environmental damage. Grapefruit and Geranium fragrances leave a light, uplifting scent on skin. I love it.  Stop by any Bobbi Brown counter and ask for a small sample to take home.  It's one of my new favorites as winter is upon us. 

Well, actually it's 80 degrees here so when it actually does get cold I might need something stronger.  Time will tell!
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Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo Review

Has the winter styling left your hair feeling dull?  Is your scalp itchy or breaking out?  Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo might be just the thing your hair needs.

I recently tried this shampoo for the first time.  I have seen it in the stores for years, as it is a classic.  Now I know why it has lasted so long on the shelves, it actually works. 

My hair has been through a lot lately - coloring, recoloring, using lots of conditioners, mousse, deep conditioners, serums, and heavy duty hairspray.  After Halloween, 4 birthday parties, Thanksgiving plays, work functions, and now holiday parties, my hair is in need of repair.  I need to start fresh, so to speak.

I washed my hair with this shampoo and purposely did not use any conditioner afterwards.  I wanted to feel the real results.  I then towel dried my hair and sprayed on a light mist of heat protectant.  As I was blow drying my hair, I could feel how soft and clean my hair felt.  The next morning, I styled my hair as usual with a flat iron and used my normal amount of hairspray.  I actually got 3 compliments on my hair!  It was full and had a different texture.  It was definitely the shampoo!  It cleaned up my hair and refreshed it.  I will continue to use it once a week as recommended.  Too much of a good thing can be bad so I am going to follow the directions this time. 

Here are some interesting benefits:
-Clinically proven to instantly remove OVER 90% of dulling residue left by shampoos, conditioners, and styling products
-Rich lather leaves hair clean, shiny, and soft
-Clear formula uses no artificial dyes or colorants
-For all hair types

Try it - you might be surprised at how well a drugstore shampoo can refresh your hair and bring it back to life.  With a name like Neutrogena, you know it's going to be good and reliable.

*I received a sample from Total Beauty for review.

St. Tropez in the Winter?

That's right!  Just because it's winter doesn't mean you need to look pale and depressed.  Grab some St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse and get that glow in time for your holiday party!  The mousse is great to use daily too to add a little glow and even out your skin tone.  It is so much easier to use than a self-tanner too and safer than a tanning salon.
Right now, you can get free shipping from St. Tropez and 30% off all items if you refer 3 Facebook Friends. 

Check it out today:  http://www.sttropeztan.com/

Mini Massager for Holiday Shopping Relief

Holiday shopping, isn't it fun?  Aching feet, rude people, and unhelpful staff.  Your feet are aching and your significant other is nowhere to be found.  What is a girl to do?  Enter, the Mini Massager from Oregon Scientific.

Relief to the rescue!  You need this Mini Massager.  This massager is perfect for massaging tired feet, your back, or neck.  I love this massager too because it comes with a stand so you don't lose it in a drawer.  The stand gets even better - it has a clock and it holds a second massage head so you can change out the head.  One head is for soft massage and one is for more vigorous massages.

It is compact enough to use for travel, bedside, or on a desk at home.  Ask for one for Christmas or in your stocking.  It would also be perfect for a gift exchange! 

You can get one too for $24.99 at amazon.com.  It also qualifies for FREE Super Saver Shipping!  I recently ordered from Amazon.com and received my items in record time.  I think they are hitting high gear on shipping so it's the best time of year to order from Amazon.


Product Features:

Pressure activates the massager to switch on
Changeable massage nodes (1-head and 4-head) allow for flexible massage on any part of your body
Digital clock with LCD display
Bring relaxation home - or anywhere you go

*I received a sample for review.
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Eucerin Winners!

Congratulations to weeziestoy - you won Eucrein Plus Smoothing Essentials Lotion and Mrs. Shukra won the Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Creme.  Thank you for entering and enjoy!  Please email me your address to moodymaria@live.com

Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Lotion and Intensive Repair Hand Creme Review and Giveaway

****Update: Entry deadline is Now Monday 11/29/10 at midnight due to Cyber Monday********

With winter being here, it is time to increase your use of lotion and hand creme.  To do that, Eucerin now has a Fast Absorbing formula of their Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Lotion and Hand Creme.  I recently tried them both and I have to say it really does make a difference!  I live in the desert and not only is it dry outside, but using a heater inside the house can dry my skin. 

I love using Eucerin right out of the shower but also reapplying the hand creme after each hand washing and after doing dishes.  Even sifting through papers at work can be drying to my hands so I keep some of my desk at work.  It's amazing how many men at work use hand creme too -or at least they should! 

Have you been asking yourself these questions and making excuses?  Here are some answers from Eucerin.
"I have enough going on during the winter - why should I add my skin to my to-do list?"

With the upcoming holidays, planning of winter activities and visiting family and friends, you don't want to add one more thing to your day. But dry skin can occur when your skin is exposed to temperature changes like dry, cold or windy weather - and don't be fooled into thinking it's just the outdoor weather that can harm you, indoor heat can cause skin to dry out as well.

Dry skin affects up to 20 percent of the population and can put skin at risk for bacterial, viral and fungal infections, making moisturizing extra necessary. Moisturizers like Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials bind water to the skin for long lasting moisturization. The result: a softer and more elastic stratum corneum with strengthened protective properties.

"I use moisturizers and cleansers on my body when I shower, is that good enough?"
When you're cleaning and moisturizing, don't forget about your hands. Some people tend to forget how important they are to overall skin health and focus on their face and neck. Your hands get into everything, from scalding hot water in the kitchen sink to the freezing cold outdoor temperatures. You can protect your hands by choosing washes and moisturizers designed to replace lost lipids, maintain the physiological pH of your hands' stratum corneum and promote skin's natural renewal process. Also, when going outside in the cold weather, always wear gloves!

If you want to learn more about Eucerin and their Skin FIRST movement, head on over to their Facebook page here.  Take the pledge today! Click here: http://www.eucerinus.com/skinfirst/pledge.php You will receive updates and special offers right to your email.
Giveaway: Would you like to try either the Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials lotion or hand creme?  Leave a comment below with your name.  I will pick two names randomly to win one of these products.  One entry per person and US residents only.  You can also enter by leaving a comment on my Facebook page here.  Entry deadline is Monday, November 29, 2010 at 11:59 MST.  Good luck!

Spotlight on Skincare from Total Beauty

Head on over to Total Beauty to read some of the best anti-aging tips from beauty bloggers.  They give their best advice on how to keep skin smooth, vibrant, and youthful.  You may also notice that the article mentions L'Oreal's latest skincare line called Youth Code.  Youth Code is a new youth regenerating skincare line from L'Oreal Paris.  It hasn't been launched in the United States yet, but will be in 45 days.  Check it out at Total Beauty and click on the link that says, "Shop the Pre-Sale."  Personally, I am looking forward to it!

Here is the article:

The countdown to the launch is listed here.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lash Mascara Contest

Oh how I love getting emails in the morning from My Beautyberry.  Great reviews and great contests!  You could too if you sign up for the mailing list. 

Head on over to My Beautyberry at http://mybeautyberry.com/index.php?/mybeautyberry/beautyflash-archive/  to read Susan's review and enter the contest.  You could be one of three winners to win this mascara:

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BrushLab Black Label Brush Winner

Congrats to Andrea D!  You won the Black Label Brush!  Please send me your address to moodymaria@live.com and I will get it right out to you. 

Thank you to everyone who enterered and stay tuned for more contests coming this month!  "Like" me on Facebook to enter contests there. 

Thank you to http://www.brushlove.com/ for sponsoring this contest. 

BrushLab Black Label Review and Giveaway

Recently I had the opportunity to try another BrushLab brush.  This one was from the Black Label premium collection.  It is pure boar and nylon bristles and works great for blowing my hair dry straight or for getting tangles out at night.  I just love how the bristles grasp my thick hair and really smooth it out.  I am also going to get the travel size for my purse. 

Here is how you can win this brush:

Visit http://www.brushlove.com/ and tell me which product you would love to try by leaving a comment.  I will pick a random winner to win a Black Label pure boar and nylon paddle brush in size Medium. 

Entry deadline is 11/8/10 at 11:59 PST.  US Residents only.  Good Luck!

*I received a sample product for review.

Vavoom Iron in Control Review Take 2

I just wanted you to know I am on my third bottle.
  I have tried a few others but really keep going back to this one!

Here is the original post: http://moodymaria.blogspot.com/2009/08/vavoom-iron-in-control-review.html

A Miracle Hair Supplement?

I am an avid reader of Beauty Blogging Junkie and just had to share this latest article:


Maybe if I try it, I can look like this again! Halloween a few years ago with my cutie pie Connor.

2.5 days left until Halloween!

Don Draper's wife-to-be, Megan
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Porcelana Winner

Congrats to The Beauty Bug for winning!  My husband picked the winner and indeed, the first entry sometimes does win!  Congrats and please email me your address so I can get you your prize.

Thanks for everyone to entered here and on my facebook fan page.  Please "like" Moody Maria as I have two more giveaways to announce this month!  If you are a facebook fan you only have to enter on that page and not on the blog.

Skin MD Natural Soft Skin Fall Into Cooking Giveaway

Skin MD Natural is holding a Fall into Cooking Giveaway valued at over $400.  Prizes include a set of ceramic cook ware, an eco friendly roasting pan with rack, and a year supply of Skin MD Natural shielding lotion.  What a great contest!  Enter today at:


Also they are offering 20% off until November 30th if you enter the discount code FALL10 during check out at www.skinmdnatural.com.

Everything Lashes on Amazon.com

Long, lengthy, lustrous. Get lashes to die for with these bestsellers from Amazon.com/beauty.

Lauren Crist, Amazon.com Beauty Store expert recommends using Revitalash, Japonesque Lash Kit, and Panasonic Eyelash Curler to help make an impact ensuring that first impression will be a lasting one. See below for a highlight of top selling products from the Amazon Beauty Store with tips from Lauren on how to get the look just right.

Visit www.Amazon.com/beauty for tens of thousands of the best beauty products from the industry's hottest brands.

The Eyes Have It
Top of the list from Amazon's beauty bestsellers are Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel and the Panasonic Eyelash Curler. One repairs thinning lashes and brows, while the other gives them just the right amount of eye-opening curl.

Revitalize Your Lashes
A customer favorite for its ability to give users "lovely longer lashes" that are "LUSH and THICK," Revitalash Conditioner and Mascara and its companion Revitabrow are best-sellers because they "last a long time" and "really work!" Says Lauren, "Whether one has thin, short lashes or just wants to amp up the length, these products deliver. We can hardly keep them in stock!"

Lusher Lashes
Long, luscious lashes have never been so easy. "These tools will condition, lengthen and assist in the perfect flicker of the lash," says Lauren. "In addition to the popularity of Revitalash products, our customers love the CoverGirl LashBlast. It's one of our top-rated and top-reviewed mascaras, and the price can't be beat!"

Fake It 'Til You Make It
Whether it's long, luscious lashes for a special occasion or a big evening out, customers can't go wrong with one of Amazon's fab fakes. Whether its Shany's "awesome" lashes made from sterilized human hair or the JAPONESQUE® Complete Lash Kit (a favorite of professional make-up artists), these easy-on accents will make your eyes the center of attention.


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