Beauty, Travel & Health Stocking Stuffers

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general holiday shopping looming, I figured it’s a good time to talk travel gear around here. If you have some travel enthusiasts on your shopping list, check out our Travel Gear category of posts that includes a bunch of items we’ve reviewed over the years. Of late, I’ve sampled some health and beauty stocking stuffers for you and your kids. Here’s a round-up report:

Rebootizer Detox Shaker: This dietary supplement made of natural detoxifying fruit and plant extracts — such as dandelion, licorice and lemon — is designed to be drunk daily for 6 days for general detoxifying wellness, before exercise to help counter toxins or before bed after “indulging” (i.e. drinking or eating too much). I sampled it as a jet-lag, energy boosting supplement after a my plane trip to Australia this June.

To be honest, I’m not sure if it helped put a perk in my step or not — it’s not often I take long-haul flights halfway around the world. Still, it couldn’t have hurt. The ingredients are all natural, and I like the idea that the formula helps to “process the excess toxins and free radicals caused by the added stress of hectic traveling and harried security lines.”

The pouch is TSA friendly, with 2 oz of liquid, and easy to use: squeeze the pouch together to mix the dry ingredients with the wet, then shake it up, cut off a corner and drink. It tastes like sweetened tea. I’m packing a couple of these for my flights later this week. Like I said, it can’t hurt!

alternaVites Kids Vitamins: Pixie sticks that are good for you! That’s what these vitamins for kids are all about — delivered to children via a crystal powder on the tongue. But it’s not candy; it’s a multi-vitamin, portioned in individual daily-dose packets for children ages 4 and up. The product does not contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives.

My tween-age children sampled the alternaVites in both the Strawberry Bubble Gum and Raspberry Cotton Candy flavor and gave them a thumb’s up. The crystal powder can also be mixed into yogurt or smoothies for ease of delivery.

If your kids don’t like swallowing pills or chewing on gummies, I think this product is a great alternative. The little packets are also convenient for travel.

What’s Your Virtue Lip Gloss: As soon as the samples of these shimmery lip glosses arrived in my mailbox, my 12-year-old daughter snagged them for herself. We both love the packaging: the clear, sleek tubes show the lip gloss color, and each color has a nifty “virtue” name — like Simplicity (clear), Curiosity (deep pink) and Kindness (orangey peach). In fact, the entire line was started by a mom of a teen girl who didn’t love the explicit and suggestive names of some famous-maker lip colors. What’s Your Virtue lip gloss sends a positive message to tweens and teens — and all women.

I’m partial to the Wisdom color – a cinnamon red. In fact, it smells a bit like cinnamon! Ingredients in the lip glosses are natural: fortifying castor, cranberry, and safflower seed oils along with nourishing peppermint oil in order to smooth and nurture. Each also features anti-oxidants, green tea extracts and vitamin E.

You can wear alone or layer over a favorite lip color for extra shine and shimmer. They definitely add a touch of glamor while nourishing and moisturizing lips. Each tube is just .4 oz and definitely TSA friendly.

I received complimentary products of the above for review.

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