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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Gift Giving Suggestions

Still stumped on what to gift your bestie? Or yourself? Here are some more suggestions.

Votivo-Soy-Wax-Candle-in-Red-CurrantVOTIVO Boxed Glass Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant ($28/6.8oz=60 hr burn time @ – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this Red Currant scent. And a quality candle is always a great gift to yourself or someone else.


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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gift Giving!


Sometimes I use the holidays to give a beauty gift of luxury; something I just don’t see that person buying for themselves necessarily. Here are 5 that will dazzle and delight!

1. TOO FACED Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36 @ – never underestimate the power of a quality makeup brush! It just feels so nice to sweep one across the skin, right?

2. BARE MINERALS ‘Precious Gems’ Lip Oil Balm Trio ($26 @ – these are some of my favorite tinted balms and I always keep one tucked in my purse. Each has a hint of color you can actually see (hate when one promises tint and there is none!).

3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($25 @ – OMG, how great is this palette?? I’d say it falls into the Product As Art category for sure. And what a great value at $25 (they claim it’s worth $175!). I can’t put enough exclamation points in this blurb about it!

4. HOURGLASS Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Icon ($42 @ - lips are always center stage so you’ve got to keep them looking great in these cold temps. And this one has a dash of color in it.

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Cream Kit $40 @ – I know I’ve tried using bronzers, eye shadows and other dark shades to contour with. Pick her up the right products to use for it, ok?

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gift Pick: Buxom Gives One with Big Value!

The holidays are some of the best times to find beauty deals. A lot of the brands will put together amazing values like this 15-piece collection of mini Full-On Lip Polishes & Lip Cremes called Leave Your Mark from the BUXOM brand. However, I wouldn’t call 2ml of gloss mini in any way. I mean, tell me the last time you used a full sized lip gloss all the way to the end? Exactly! These will totally do.

So this set is of their best-selling shades for $59 (a $135 value!) @


Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Start the Holidays with L'Occitane

If you’re out doing some holiday shopping in the next few days, here’s one to put on your list. L’OCCITANE just put out the Holiday 2015 Advent Calendar ($49) and there’s so much interest in this that it’s only available in their stores now and not online! It contains minis of 24 of their best sellers – from body lotions to fragrances to lip balms and shower gels. So make sure call your local store before running over to pick one up! Read more about what's inside here



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Benefit Cosmetics' Early Xmas Presents

I don’t think anyone thinks more about packaging than BENEFIT COSMETICS. They just came out with the perfect stocking stuffers, yup, 4 months early!

Each of these cuter-than-cute kits contains minis (I’d say some of them are deluxe sizes) of some of their best-sellers and two of the kits contain two new products. Yeah!

Are the Eyes are Your Calling Card?

They’re Real!: Sexy on the Run Mascara & Liner Kit ($32)

  • This one contains mini sizes of:
  • They’re Real! Push-up Liner
  • They’re Real! Mascara in Beyond Brown and Jet Black
  • They’re Real! Remover
  • Tips and Trick pamphlet


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gift Pick: For the True Beauty Lover in Your Life

What It Is: URBAN DECAY Ocho Loco 2 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set - $59 @

STILA Art of the Fine Line - $39 @

Why I Like It: Because both these brands make the greatest quality eye liners on the planet (liquid and pencil) and the makeup lover in your life (even if it’s you) should be exposed to them, if they aren’t already.

This set from Urban Decay contains 8 of their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (ALL FULL SIZE!!) and 5 of the shades are new! Ok, let me contain my excitement a little and go through the shades: Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Twice Baked (rich brown satin w/gold micro-sparkle new), Crave (deepest, darkest brown-black matte new), Perversion (blackest black matte), Deep End (bright metallic peacock shimmer), Mars (bright metallic green shimmer new), Ultraviolet (bright blue-violet shimmer new) and Tornado (dark eggplant pearl new) and a neon green Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener. Woo-hoo for the bonus product!


Moving over to the Stila collection of liners, the reusable tin contains 4 of their bestselling liners: Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (full size), Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners in Midnight, Moss, and Dark Brown, all deluxe sizes. 


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gift Picks: Because Now You’re Desperate!

What It Is: Ok, it’s the weekend before Christmas and you’re not even close to being done, so here are some recommendations to help you knock it out quickly. So if you go by online, most sites have expedited shipping. If you go by store, you’ll find these sets in the major department stores or Sephora. Don’t sacrifice quality just because you are late to the game!!

Why I Like ALL  of These: Quality, Price and Usability! So here are gifts that are guaranteed to get a “WOW!” out of the recipient.


BARE ESCENTUALS Degrees of Dazzlingnow marked down to $49 @

What It Is: 20 of their bareMinerals Eyecolors in 4 different finishes.

Why I Like It: Heck, what’s not to like?? This set rocks!


MARC JACOBS Trio Rollerball Gift Set - $39 @

What It Is: 3 of his best-selling scents: Daisy Eau So Fresh, Dot and Daisy.

Why I Like It: Even though I think these scents are more reserved for the springtime, it’s good to stock up now! And I love a rollerball form for the purse.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Gift Pick: When You Need Something Quick!

What It Is: BENEFIT COSMETICS Groovy Kind-a Love! and Luv it Up! Holiday Makeup Kits - $36 and $25 @

What I Like It: Every gift set the brand makes is ready for gifting and just so much fun that you’re sure to get a smile out of the recipients. Sets like their aforementioned contain multiply deluxe sample sized shadows, blushes, lippies etc from the brand all in a keepsake tin box. I don’t know how the brand does it! I mean, I think it’s expensive to create unique packaging like they do for a lot of their products and limited-edition ones but I guess that’s how you get people’s attention, so take advantage of it!




Friday, December 06, 2013

Gift Pick: For Myself!

What It Is: MOLTON BROWN The Bathing Treasures Collection - $50 @

What I Like It: How many times are you out shopping for those on your list and you come away with half of your purchases for yourself? For me, it’s too many times to count, so this year, I thought I would just go ahead and give myself permission for something. I mean, how cute is this set of travel-sized shower gels? It’s a beautiful red box of 12 – 1.5oz bottles in the following scents: Pink Pepperpod , Gingerlily, Orange & Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Coco & Sandalwood, Japanese Orange, Samphire, Suma Ginseng, Black Peppercorn, Ylang-Ylang, Templetree, and Silver Birch. Stick with one scent all week or try a different one each day.


Sunday, December 01, 2013

Gift Pick: For Your Fashion Forward Friend

What It Is: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set - $20 @

Why I Like It: Any beauty obsessed person knows about these Lip Tars and you’ll really score points by giving this really cool set. The colors are all matte shades and include: Memento (pink plum neutral), NSFW (primary red), Anime (vibrant neon pink), Black Dahlia (blackened red). This set is also a great way to try Lip Tars out before committing to the bigger size with the bigger price tag, which is $18. 


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