It's gonna get sappy up in here.
It's that time of year where my mother becomes increasingly less shy about asking for some of the beauty products I get at the office. While I'd never abuse my power and call something in specifically to give it to my mom (I swear, PR peeps!), the number of "If you happen to receive so-and-so product..." texts from her increases as the holidays near.
And you know what? I'm cool with that. My parents have always gotten annoyed when I spend money on gifts for them — Hanukkah, birthdays and otherwise — and if Mom wants a foundation that isn't quite the right shade for me but could work for her? Deal. (Though, let's not forget, she has written for xoVain before. And xoJane, too, about when she fell in a manhole. You should totally read that after this.)
Anyway, there's only a few things on this week's list of last week's product deliveries that she might be interested in, but I may have to call dibs on most of them because they're all kind of calling my name. In fact, one of them has my name on it.
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The Body Shop Personalized Body Butter
There's nothing new about The Body Shop's iconic Body Butters, nor is there anything new about their stance against animal testing. What is new this holiday season is the opportunity to not only personalize a body butter for yourself or someone on your gift-getting list, but to do so in the name of raising money for Bio-Bridges to help protect endangered animals in Southeast Asia.
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Avon True Color Wide Awake Mascara
Not every great mascara under $10 comes from the drugstore. This new Avon option is only $6, and they put a lot of thought into it. They made sure the formula was buildable — one coat looks natural, two or three looks intense in a good way — and it has "quick-setting polymers" to keep the color, volume and curl in place.
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And look at the twisty-ass brush! In addition to being tapered at the end for inner-lash challenges, that twisty-ness actually helps prevent clumps as it creates lift.
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Hydralyte Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets
Did y'all see I wrote a feature in the December issue of InStyle about hangover cures? Specifically, it's about a $200 IV drip, which I can't actually afford. However, these electrolyte tablets, which I discovered in a PINCHme sampling box, are totally affordable at $10. They're made to replace "fluid and electrolytes lost due to vomiting, diarrhea, fever and heavy sweating," but come on — we all know hangovers should be on that list, too.
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InstaNatural Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
I have literally no idea what "InstaNatural" is supposed to mean (it seems like it may just be the marriage of a buzzy prefix and a buzzy beauty word), but "Age-Defying & Skin Clearing" — that, I get. And want. This serum contains 20% vitamin C (the stable sodium ascorbyl phosphate kind), 3.5% niacinamide (vitamin B3), 2.5% retinol, and 2% salicylic acid, so just dump it all over me, thanks.
OK, don't actually do that.
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Patyka Huile Absolue Skin Booster Serum
This serum might actually be great for dumping all over yourself, actually — in teensy print on the label, it says "Face, Body & Hair." One of those beauty-illuminati cult favorites, it features five natural actives — St. John's wort, rose hip, olive, wheat germ, and red mandarin — to nourish, freshen, regenerate and protect. Which, yes, please do all of those things to my face, body and hair.
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KBShimmer Nail Polish in Holly Back Girl
KBShimmer has launched 16 new shades for their Winter/Holiday collection, but I wanted to share with you their most Christmassy one of all: a white polish with green and red metallic glitter called Holly Back Girl. And that's not the only pun in this collection — oh no no. There's also gems like Yeti or Not, Get to the Poinsettia, and Spruce Things Up. Every time you unscrew the cap, a rimshot plays and the cymbal is replaced with sleigh bells JUST KIDDING I WISH THAT WOULD HAPPEN THOUGH
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Lip Smacker Coca-Cola, Strawberry Fanta, Sprite, and Cherry Coca-Cola Cup Lip Balms
Remember those adorable Tsum Tsum lip balms I told you about a couple months ago? Well, Lip Smacker must be on a mission to up the cuteness factor of lip balms across the board, because LOOK AT THESE SODIE POP LIP BALMS OMG. I hate cola more than all other beverages, and even I cannot resist their charms.
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And just like the Disney Tsum Tsum balms, these unscrew to reveal a #balmnugget (help me make this a thing).
These go on sale in January, btw.
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Lip Smacker Marvel Super Hero Black Widow Lip Balm
AND IT JUST GETS CUTER. Also arriving in January are a literal handful of Marvel characters who have been turned into keychain doll things, like this angry little Black Widow. But because it's Lip Smacker, it's also a lip balm.
Where's the lip balm, you ask?
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NOOOOOO, BLACK WIDOW, NOOOOOOOO! Your fellow Avengers will... well, avenge you, I guess.
Truly, though, decapitation has never looked so cute.
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Nails Inc Matchbox by Lottie Tomlinson in Mint Gel Effect Nail Polish & Babes Lip Paint
Just because you buy one of these Matchbox sets doesn't mean you have to wear the matching nail polish and liquid lipstick at the same time, but if you do, I salute you. That's quite a commitment! Assuming you don't remove the nail polish after the first day, that's pledging to wear the same lip color every day for several days which, to me, is tantamount to purgatory.
Also, I had to look up who Lottie Tomlinson is and apparently she's a One Direction little sister with a big social media following with really great platinum hair. Anyway, I'll be over here using dial-up to sign on to Prodigy.
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EcoTools Facial Cleansing Brush
If you're a fan of EcoTools, this is probably not the kind of brush you're used to seeing from them. But the makers of mostly makeup brushes are branching out with looks-sort-of-like-a-clarisonic but is manual and palm-sized face-cleansing brush. It's a wee $6, and helps to thoroughly remove makeup and exfoliate.
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Anything jump out at you as a must-have? Done any particularly score-ful beauty shopping this week? Do your parents refuse to accept gifts that cost you anything more than postage? Get to talkin' in the comments already!