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Aveeno National Oatmeal Day Facebook Giveaway

Happy National Oatmeal Day! Oats are the lead ingredient in many of Aveeno's ultra moisturizing products. To celebrate AVEENO's love for oats {and our readers}, they are giving away two AVEENO Oat Bundles which include four of their best-selling products ~

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

As the cold weather approaches and we turn on the indoor heaters, our skin's need for moisture increases. Say good-bye to dry, itchy, flaky skin this winter and hello to smooth, supple, touchable softness from head to toe. Available at local groceries, drug and mass retailers. Find all of Aveeno's fabulous products at and connect with them on Facebook for tips, product announcements and fun contests.

To Enter: Simply invite friends to like the Chic Luxuries Facebook page and ask them to post a fun message on our wall letting us know you sent them. Sample post: "I love @Aveeno {your name} sent me". We will choose one entry from the new facebook "likes" and both the entrant and the person referring them will win! 

Giveaway ends November 21, 2012.
Winners will be announced on our Facebook and Winner's pages and will have 48 hours to claim prizes.
Open to US Residents only. 
Aveeno is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson.

Many thanks to our friends at AVEENO for sponsoring this fun giveaway. 

PharmaSkincare Review and Giveaway

It's been awhile since we featured PharmaSkincare so it was a pleasant surprise when we heard from them. PharmaSkincare Nutrient Makeup features nature's most enriching botanicals, vitamins, alpha hydroxy acids and essential oils. 

They sent us a beautiful gift box filled with their Anti-Aging Nutrient Make-up to try! First up was the Foundation ~

Creme Beige which was a true color match to the web image. This is a thick liquid foundation which comes in a tube. I mixed it with a bit of moisturizer because my skin is dry and it was difficult to blend on my skin, although it did provide good coverage. Available in 13 shades, it retails for $30.

Eye Brightener ~

PharmaSkincare Nutrient Makeup is designed to nourish, refine, balance and energize the skin to ensure improvement of skin condition, feel and appearance. This product was easy to blend and seemed to have little light-diffusing particles so my dark circles didn't look as prominent. A .33-oz tube retails for $40.

Mascara ~

Formulated to darken, thicken and lengthen lashes. Every now and then I have an urge to wear blue mascara, but at my age I have to be careful as some are too bright. The Indigo shade is perfect for me as it is a deep midnight blue, even darker than appears in the photo. I love how it separated my lashes. Also available in Sabel, Mahogany, and Henna. For just a touch of blue, apply Sabel and then Indigo just on the tips of lashes. $22.50.

Blush ~

This arrived in a pretty brushed silver compact with mirror, but the Carnation Pink color looked much lighter than it appears in the picture. I thought it would be way too light for my complexion and not a good match for my coloring. Funny thing, when I applied it, it was almost identical to the image and the color was perfect for me. It went on smooth, provided long-lasting color and was my favorite product of those we tried. $30

Lip Gloss ~
I often wear two shades of lip gloss. A trick I learned years ago is to apply a bit of the lighter shade to the center of the lower lip to create a fuller, pouty look. We tried 0200LG {upper right} 0501LG {lower right} which were beautiful together. The lighter shade can also be applied over lipstick. Available in ten shades in a sleek container with brush applicator. $22.50 each.

Chic Giveaway! Pharma Skincare is gifting one lucky reader a $50 gift code for the winner to select her/his fav products.

Please read carefully ~ To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~

  • Like PharmaSkincare on Facebook {include your user name in comments below}
  • Follow @Spa_de_Soleil on Twitter {include your twitter id in the comments below}

Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter and tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ #Win a $50 gift code from @Spa_de_Soleil on #Contest #Giveaway #sweeps cc: @ChicLuxuries
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET November 23, 2012. For Complete Rules, additional Gifting Events and Winners' list, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Many thanks to the PharmaSkincare team for sponsoring this event and gifting us these products.

Photos courtesy of Pharma Skincare

November Finds

You probably already know I am fanatical about lip gloss. It has to taste great, be super shiny and long-wearing. We give high marks to High Diamond Lip Gloss by Inspiration Cosmetics for providing sparkly shine and true-to-life taste. We love the bubble gum flavor which is a sheer pink giving lips just a hint of color. Also available in Blueberry, Grape, Melon, and Tangerine. Makes a great stocking stuffer for girls of all ages. $12.95 at

Michele's Sweet Shoppe Pretzel Stix ~

Known for their popcorn, Michele's Sweet Shoppe, also pops up some delicious chocolate treats. The addition of creamy caramel make these Pretzel Stix the most decadent chocolate-covered pretzels we've ever tried. A box of 6 individually-wrapped pretzels with assorted toppings are packaged in a red box ready for gift-giving, $14. Equally fantastic is the Peanut Butter Gourmet Popcorn which is more of a dessert than a snack. Both make wonderful gifts.

Soft linens are so important for a good night's sleep. Anna Linens Egyptian cotton sheets are luxurious to the touch. An extra-deep fitted sheet ensures it won't roll up off the mattress. The flat sheet is also oversized. Available in an array of neutral colors in Queen, King and California King. The sheets wash well with little or no shrinkage. Each set includes one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two standard-size pillow cases. We tried the Queen Set in Ivory which retails for $79.99 at

These perfumed candles from Yves Rocher are great to have on hand for holiday gifts and to keep in the guest bath. Delicate feminine scents in pretty brushed silver containers. Matching bath salts make great stocking stuffers. Candles retail for $10 and Bath Salts for $2.00, both available at

This Monogram Necklace is from Trend Snag Jewelry Auctions, a Facebook-based auctioneer of affordable, contemporary jewelry influenced by the latest celebrity trends. Beginning November 15 Trend Snag will host live auctions of runway-inspired jewelry and fashion accessories on their Facebook page. Tune in every Monday and Thursday at 8:00 PM ET for this fun new way to shop and be one of the first to snag some jewels.

These socks are soft as silk and the non-binding top is perfect for traveling long distances or for those who suffer from diabetes or edema. Available in Navy, White or Black with the signature gold toe. They retail for $8 at

Evo Mane Prescription Protein Treatment
I'm so impressed by Evo and thrilled their fab PR Rep found us {and so is my hair!}. Every product I have tried has been a winner and Mane Prescription leads the pack providing the cure for split ends. It will breed new life into your hair leaving it bouncy and shiny and looking as though you just stepped out of the salon. A must-have for dry, color-treated or chemically-processed hair. A 150ml tube retails for $25.95 at

Many thanks to Inspiration Cosmetics, Michele's Sweet Shoppe, Trend Snag, Gold Toe, Yves Rocher, Anna's Linens, and Evo for providing the products and images for this feature. 

Vie Collection Luxury Skincare Gifting Event

We are so excited to be once again featuring one of our favorite luxury skincare brands, Vie Collection. Vie has just launched two new products that work in tandem with each other. I was so impressed with this company from our last feature, that I couldn't wait for these products to arrive. 

First, the scent of the Instant Cleansing Milk is delightful, it's a delicate floral scent. It has a creamy consistency, thicker than what you might imagine from a cleansing milk and foamed well which I prefer in a cleanser. The ingredient I was most interested in was Hyaluronic Acid which stimulates collagen and retains water inside the skin to fill in wrinkles. This was the first cleanser I've used that claims to fill in and plump wrinkles and this intrigued me, see below for my results. The cleansing milk was not at all abrasive, gritty or greasy. It did a great job of cleansing my skin and left it very soft. An 8.4 fl. oz retails for $53.50. Available at fine salons and 

I haven't used a toner in years. I use an oscillating cleanser which I thought removed every trace of dirt and makeup. After using the Smoothing Toning Lotion, I see I was wrong as there was still a trace of makeup on the cotton puff. This product is a clear liquid, and like the cleansing milk, has a lovely fresh feminine scent. It is made with the same key ingredient for stimulating collagen. Is it possible a cleanser and toner can provide anti-aging benefits? I used these two products together for several weeks morning and evening. Together, I found they did an exceptional job of temporarily filling in wrinkles. I say temporarily because there were a couple of evenings I didn't take my makeup off {gasp} and my skin was no where near as smooth the next morning as it was after having used these products. I'm hooked on both products and you will be too! An 8.4 fl. oz. bottle retails for $53.50. Available at fine salons and

Chic Giveaway! Vie Collection is gifting one lucky reader both the Instant Cleansing Milk and Smoothing Toning Lotion! YAY!!

Please read carefully ~ To enter complete one or all of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID. ~

  • Visit and let us know, in addition to the products featured here, which item you would most like to try.
  • Follow @VieCollectionUS on Twitter {include your user ID in the comments below}

Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter
  • Tweet about this contest, sample tweet ~ #Win Vie Collection's newest luxury skin care products ARV: $110 on #Free #Contest #Giveaway cc: @ChicLuxuries
  • Share our Facebook post about this event on your wall.
Contest ends 11:59 PM ET November 25, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Huge thanks to the Vie team for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us these terrific products. We ♥ You!

Photos courtesy of Vie Collection.

Colonial Candle Gifting Event

One of our favorite and most popular brands, Colonial Candle, is back for a third feature! We love our repeat clients, it's like having an old friend over for a visit. And there is nothing more warm and cozy than candles when the air is crisp, the leaves are turning and the days are shorter. We received a selection of Autumn scents. I love how I always think I know which Colonial Candle I will love most and then they surprise me with a scent that I've never experienced before and it becomes a new favorite. Let me tell you about Colonial Candle's new Fall scents which just arrived ~

Maple Butterscotch ~

Close your eyes and you'll think you are in you are baking in your Grandma's kitchen with this addicting blend of soft maple, caramelized brandy, and English toffee. YUMMY goodness. 

Scarlet Amaryllis

Iced Raspberry, citron zest, and bergamot flower. I love the vibrant burgundy color of this candle but wasn't sure the scent would be one of my picks. It is fabulous and smells like sweet juicy raspberries. 

Pumpkin Coconut Torte

This is THE candle for Thanksgiving get-togethers. Think pumpkin pie meets creamy coconut custard pie...and no calories! I'm in HEAVEN! How ingenious to combine these two scents. I ♥ Colonial Candle! 

Autumn Spice Tea ~

Spicy saffron, coriander and sweet orange make up this quintessential Fall fragrance. So warm and inviting, you won't want to leave home!

Turbinado & Cream ~

This was the tightest race yet, but my pick for my newest fav is the intoxicating turbinado & cream. OMGosh!!! I tend to prefer bakery scents and this is the icing on the cake! Creamy buttermilk, cinnamon and caramel are combined to create this sugary scentsation. I think this candle is going to help sell my house! 

The 8-oz oval jar candles retail for $15 each. The jars are heavy glass and display the candles beautifully. The candles are also available in a 3.5-oz and 16-oz oval jar as well as in votive, tealight, pillar and simmer snaps {flameless wax melts}. Free shipping with a $75 purchase! Any of these candles would make a wonderful gift for a hostess, co-worker, friend or relative...and don't forget to order up a few for yourself!

Chic Giveaway! ~ Colonial Candle is generously gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader the 5 candles we received

Please read carfefully: To enter, complete one, or all, of the following and leave a comment below for each entry completed including bonus entries {each comment = 1 entry}. Please be sure to include your name and/or twitter ID.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, sample tweet ~ #Win 5 Fall candles from @ColonialCandle on RV: $75 #Contest #Giveaway cc: @ChicLuxuries
  • Visit and leave a comment below letting us know which scent, other than the ones featured here, would you most like to try.
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
Giveaway ends 11:59 PM ET November 19, 2012. For Complete Rules and additional Gifting Events, please visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Many thanks to Colonial Candle for sponsoring this giveaway and sending us these glorious candles. 

Photos courtesy of Colonial Candle.

Pin It To Win It with Gallery Direct

I'm already thinking about colors and decorating ideas for my future home. I'll be moving to a coastal community and thinking of cooler colors to reflect the surroundings. This print caught my attention and I've had my eye on it for awhile. Gallery Direct printed it on a wrapped canvas for me. It is just what I had envisioned ~

It's called Vintage Cupcakes and is ideal for a shabby chic, English country or coastal home ~

I chose the smallest 14x20" size. Can't you picture this in a cupcake shoppe or French cafe? ~ 

For now, I hung it on the wall leading into my kitchen from the foyer and can't wait to hang it in my new seaside kitchen!  ~

And now for some reader fun...our first Pinterest contest! Our friends at Gallery Direct are gifting one Chic Luxuries' reader a $200 credit to in our "Pin It To Win It" giveaway. We know many of our readers are not yet on Pinterest so we are giving ya'll additional time to get acquainted with the site.

Enter to win by completing the required entry below. Bonus entries are available, leave a comment below for each completed entry. 
  • Follow Gallery Direct on Pinterest {required entry}
Bonus Entries {optional} ~
  • Pin your favorite item from to one of your boards using hashtag #GalleryDirect
  • Follow @ChicLuxuries on Twitter and tweet about this event, sample tweet ~ Pin To Win a $200 credit to @GalleryDirect on cc: @ChicLuxuries #pinterest #contest #giveaway #Win
  • Like Chic Luxuries on Facebook and share one of our posts about this giveaway on your wall.
  • Follow Chic Luxuries on Pinterest and repin our pin about this giveaway.
Contest Ends 11:59 PM ET November 27, 2012. For complete rules and additional gifting events, visit our Chic Giveaways page.

Huge thanks to the wonderful team at Gallery Direct for sponsoring another fabulous giveaway with us and sending us the charming Vintage Cupcakes canvas.

Win a Trip to Italy with Michael Angelo's!

Our friends at Michael Angelo's must have heard my cooking skills have not improved since the last time we featured them. ☺ They are so sweet to once again send over coupons for us to enjoy their scrumptious dinners. From their signature Lasagna to their Chicken Piccata, Michael Angelo's has a simple rule about their ingredients ~ if you can't find it in Michael's Mom's kitchen, you won't find it in their entrees.

Michael Angelo's cooks their entrees in small batches using authentic family recipes and only the freshest, high quality ingredients which is evident in the taste. As cooking challenged as I am, I wouldn't even attempt to make Eggplant Parmigiana on my own. Thankfully, Michael Angelo's taste so much like homemade, there's no reason to ~

My newest fav from Michael Angelo's is their Shrimp Scampi ~

It's hard to believe these are frozen entrees, they are so fresh-tasting and delizioso! I love the convenience of popping them in the microwave, tossing up a salad and serving with warm breadsticks. And you can't beat the price, I found the Shrimp Scampi for just $3.00 for a single-serving 10-oz. size at Lowes Foods.

Join Michael Angelo's Family Table and be the first to try new products, get sneak previews of contests, and receive invitations to local cooking demonstrations and other exciting events. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter too!

Now for the AMAZING sweepstakes! Michael Angelo's is offering an Eight-day Trip for Two to Italy! I  this company!

Winners will stay at a private villa with the Michael Angelo family, tour Tuscany, and attend an event at Castello Banfi Vineyard Estate. HOLY MACARONI! What a dream vacation! Take me with you if you win PLEASE! Click HERE to enter the Michael Angelo's Trip to Italy Sweepstakes. The contest is super easy to enter, but HURRY it ends November 4, 2012. 

Grazie to the Michael Angelo's team for sharing their delicious dinners with us. Arrivederci!

Photos courtesy of Michael Angelo's

Chic Steals & Deals

Just in time for holiday shopping, our treasure hunters have rounded up an array of gift ideas with exclusive discounts of up to 50% off  for our readers. Hurry before they're all gone ~ 

Turquoise Carry-All  ~
This bright and beautiful nylon designer look-a-like bag is perfect to add a pop of color to any outfit. Ideal for school, work, travel, and shopping any time of the year. Readers can score it for 50% Off the list price. Regularly $52, get it for $26 through 11/5/12 with code CL50 at

Finders Key Purse ~

No more searching for lost keys thanks to Finders Key Purse! Simply attached your keys to this keyring and slip the heart over the edge of your bag, with keys dangling inside. Many pretty designs to choose from, our fav is this Filigree Heart. Regularly $6.95, Chic Luxuries' readers Save 50% thru November 26 {use discount code chic50 at checkout}. A wonderful stocking stuffer for just $ on over to

Enfusia Luxe Bath Bomb Sampler ~

These are the largest, most fragrant and colorful bath bombs we have found. This luxe sampler box includes all 10 of Enfusia's bath bomb scents including Lavender Lemon, Rose Ylang-Ylang, and Black Cherry. Made with moisturizing massage oils and skin-softening baking soda, each bath bomb is individually wrapped and weighs 9.5-oz...huge! Sulfate, phthalate, and gluten-free. Gift boxed {wire tub not included}. Regularly $62.99 for an assortment of 10 Bath Bombs, it's $31.50 for our readers with code Chiclux50 ~ a 50% Savings from              

One of our Holiday Gift Guide picks, this Sound+Sleep Nomad Sleep Therapy System is small enough to pack in a suitcase. The sounds of real life waterfalls, ocean waves, babbling brooks, and falling rain will lull you to sleep even when away from home. Regularly 179.95, our readers can order it for $99.95 with free shipping ~ Savings of 45%! Use code MYCHIC50 thru 1/15/13 at

Classic Pearl Necklace ~

Another of our Holiday Gift Guide picks, this classic pearl necklace is as pretty as it is timeless. Regularly $125, it's 48% off for Chic Luxuries' readers ~ $65 with free shipping and code Chic.

Many thanks to Sound of Sleep, Enfusia, Lauren St. Julian, Shops4Sparkles and Finders Key Purse for providing the discounts, products and/or images for this feature. 


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