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Beauty Best-sellers lists, and Holiday Gifts!

KristaDior.com is nearing it’s 40,000th visitor to the site, which is pretty amazing considering I didn’t start really rolling this blog out until last year. Thanks to websites like StumbleUpon.com, which helps you find blogs, videos and photos of things within categories you specify, (yes, there is a beauty category!) I have had a huge boost in traffic!

I just wanted to share with you guys a bit of what is popular as far as searches and best-sellers on some of my favorite merchant’s websites:

The first site I want to share is my all-time favorite place to get drugstore makeup. Drugstore.com / Beauty.com actually rewards you for your purchases. Not only do you receive 5% in credit back on each purchase, but you also get some really cool free samples. I get back about $7.00 each month to spend on a cute lipstick, new eyeshadow or whatever I feel like!

Drugstore.com / Beauty.com Best Seller List:

SKINCARE:

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Eye Treatment .54 oz $50
A CEW beauty winner award for Best Prestige Eye Treatment, this highly-moisturizing and anti-dark circle treatment helps with melanin formation and poor circulation around the eyes, which are the two main causes of dark circles. Sounds impressive? Give it a try!

Beauty by Borghese Holiday Gift Set
Beauty by Borghese Holiday Gift Set $52

Seems like this was also a best-selling holiday gift last year, this set Includes:

Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic (4 fl oz) A lightweight, liquid, non-foaming lotion cleanser for the face that gently removes impurities while comforting skin. An herbal-infused formula with natural plant extracts that tone and clarify, improving the youthful appearance of skin. Ideal for Normal-to-Dry, Very Dry and Delicate complexions.
Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme (2.5 oz) – Deep-cleanses the pores, eliminating makeup, pollutants, clogging, cellular matter and debris. Leaves skin feeling healthy and renewed.
Fango: Active Mud for Face and Body (2.5 oz) Gives devitalized, over-tense skin a new surge of vitality with clear, youthful radiance. Moisturizes and relaxes tired lines. Helps firm and elasticize body skin. Leaving skin in a receptive state for further Borghese treatment.
Dolce Notte Night Cream (1 oz)
Dramatically smoothes, helps skin act younger and brings new vibrancy in the morning. Non pore-clogging. Especially good for sensitive skin.
Crema Straordinaria Da Giorno Day Treatment SPF 25 (1 oz)
Created to deliver high-performance skincare in a gentle, hydrating, and effective formula, Day Treatment Lotion SPF 25 is the must-have accompaniment to Crema Straordinaria Night Treatment and Crema Straordinaria Eye Treatment.
– Curaforte: Moisture Intensifier (1 oz)
The moisture booster essential for healthier looking skin. Worn beneath your moisturizer, it gently lifts away dull, compacted surface cells, allowing more of your moisturizer to penetrate. Actually increases skin’s capacity to hold moisture by 200%. In a matter of days, fine dry lines are minimized…skin looks radiant, more alive.
Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes (1 oz)
Active protection to give eyes with a past a beautiful present. Specifically formulated tot treat and protect the most vulnerable area of the face, this lightweight fluid diffuses many environmental aggressors, including free-radicals, through a tripe-action, antioxidant defense system. With daily use, eases dark circles and puffiness…visibly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.

Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil 15.2 fl. oz $75

I did try a sample of this a few months ago, and I will say that I am a big fan of cleansing oils. This cleansing oil does contain Mineral Oil, I’d like to add for those with sensitivity to it. I breakout if my makeup contains mineral oil, so I am not sure how this would work for me long-term. This oil also contains: prune extract for clarifying, Sakura Leaf extract to improve the skin’s texture, and Deep sea water, which is water found in 200 meters below the surface, which naturally provides moisture to the skin.

MAKEUP

DuWop Twilight Venom
DuWop Twilight Venom – Limited Edition for the Twilight Movie $16

Who knew a movie could boost the sales of a lip plumper?! Rather than it being a typical lipgloss, this is a shimmering crimson lip stain with avocado oils and Vitamin E. Searches for the Twilight makeup collections are high up on the list of searches on KristaDior.com.

Bare Minerals Lustworthy Lips and Lashes
bareMinerals Lustworthy Lips & Lashes $15

This kit would be a cute stocking stuffer or gift for a gal pal! The kit includes:
Mini bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black A paraben-free, bareMinerals-infused mascara that defines, separates, lengthens, and nourishes lashes with clump-free precision.
Mini Strawberry Creme 100% Natural Lipgloss
A buttery-smooth, bareMinerals-infused gloss that polishes lips with pure sparkling color. Natural oils and Cupuacu Butter deliver lasting hydration, protective antioxidants and superior shine without stickiness.

smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Eye Wish Eyeshadow Palette $44

I really like the variety of colors in this kit! There’s a vibrant purple, a sultry plum and dazzling metallics. 12 vibrant shadows with 4 liners and a mini Photo Finish Lid Primer.. all in a cool package with a mirrored travel case. The kit also includes a Look Book with 13 step-by-step perfect looks.
– Eye Shadow Shades: Matte nude pink, Champagne, Pale gold, Silver, Amethyst, Matte deep nude, True gold, Soft smoke, Cabernet, Emerald, Raspberry, Deep slate
– Liner Shades: Deep wine, Bronze, Black, Navy Blue
– Lid Primer Shade: Warm beige

FRAGRANCE

I am skipping over to Sephora to see what’s hot on their lists!

Gucci Flora Fragrance
Gucci Flora 1 oz $52 available in additional sizes.

Sephora says: Gucci Flora is a subtle, sophisticated, floral fragrance inspired by princesses from the past, present, and future. The Flora Donna is a young, classic, and refined woman with the ‘Gucci edge’ of power and sensuality. The first Flora scarf was exclusively designed for Princess Grace of Monaco in 1966 and soon became one of the most popular Gucci icons. Notes: Citrus Accord, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus Flower, Pink Pepper, Sandalwood. Style: Elegant. Natural. Spontaneous.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women Starting at $45 for .8 oz.

This is a total classic! I always see this fragrance on best-sellers lists and I do love the clean smell that this fragrance gives.. and it lasts!

Sephora says: A stunning perfume, overwhelming and irresistible like the joy of living. Surprising and colored: the liveliness of Sicilian citron, the happiness of Granny Smith apple, the spontaneity of bluebells. Feminine and resolute: the intensity of jasmine, the freshness of bamboo, the charm of white rose. Deep and true: the character of cedarwood, the fullness of amber, the embrace of musk. Notes: Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk. Style: Deep and true.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Daisy by Marc Jacobs starting at $20 for .24 oz. rollerball.

I just LOVE my Daisy Shimmer Rollerball that I got last year. This fragrance is amazing and I am not surprised that this still continues to be on best-sellers lists!

Sephora says: Enter the world of Daisy: fresh and feminine, with a playful innocence. At the heart of Daisy is a floral with vintage edge: violet. Sophisticated, with a touch of whimsy, violet captures the eclectic, vintage flavor of Marc Jacobs’ feminine, edgy designs. Always elegant, always enchanting – but not too serious – Daisy is a sparkling floral bouquet, spirited and fresh, wrapped in comfort and warmth. Notes:  Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods. Style: Bright. Alluring. Eternal.

BATH & BODY

Bliss Skincare Kit
Bliss “Best of Bliss” Holiday Kit $45

I have several Bliss products and have loved everything about the brand. I really do like the body butter and was glad to see it included in this best-selling kit for the holidays.

Drugstore/Beauty.com says: Perfect for trying or taking ‘to-go’, this sampler of our most sought-after stuff will make all of your ‘blisses’ come true. Includes deluxe try-sizes of lemon+sage body butter and soapy suds, triple oxygen instant energizing mask, fabulous foaming face wash and a packette of best of skintentions spf 15 daily moisturizer.

– lemon+sage body butter (4.2 fl oz)
– lemon+sage soapy suds (3.4 fl oz)
– triple oxygen instant energizing mask (0.34 fl oz)
– fabulous foaming face wash (2 fl oz)
– best of skintentions spf 15 (0.10 fl oz)

HAIR CARE

Rene Furterer Hair Products
Rene Furterer Hair Products starting around $23

I’ve never heard of this brand until today, unfortunately I can’t tell you how great it is, but I am reading some of these fabulous reviews on the product and I am tempted to try or gift it this year! The top selling hair product on beauty.com is the Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo ($24). Cleanse hair without water?!?! Umm.. wow. The smallest version of this product is sold out!

Drugstore / Beauty.com says:
Naturia Dry shampoo cleanses hair without water. Its highly absorbent argilla powder restores volume and lightness to hair, making styling easy. It can be used as often as needed and is adopted to everyone’s life style. Its fresh scent comes from essential oils for true sensory pleasure.

For those of us that like to use water with our shampoo, there is the Rene Furterer best-seller, Forticea Stimulating Shampoo.

STUFF FOR DUDES

Jack Black PureScience Traveler
Jack Black PureScience Traveler Kit $25

Dudes need gifts too, right? My dude really likes this kit and it’s manly enough so even the toughest guys won’t get weirded out by it. Airline Approved!!
1. Cleanse: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser (3 fl oz), morning and night.
2. Shave: Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather (3 fl oz), anytime you shave.
3. Moisturize and Protect: Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 (1.5 fl oz), morning and night.

Only three steps, fool-proof, dude-friendly.

So that’s it for now, shoppers. Happy shopping and start early, it helps! I buy gifts for one person per week and it’s really helping spread out my money so that I don’t go into a negative balance come Dec. 24th.

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kristarobyn
Makeup Artist | Beauty Blogger
I am Krista, the author of KristaRobyn.com. I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

One Response to Beauty Best-sellers lists, and Holiday Gifts!

  1. Congratulations 😀 Well, I’m one of the people who found your blog via StumbleUpon 🙂

    When my blog turned 1, I had more than 50000 visits, that was something I never expected, even because it’s a portuguese blog. I’m starting to translate all the posts though.

    Hugs!

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