Sunday, December 14, 2014

How to Create Cone Christmas Trees for Under $5

Recently I was cleaning out my shopping bag section in the kitchen and while I only keep the really nice thick-papered shopping bags I get, it was time to purge. But purging is really hard when you really like the bag. Take this Lime Crime bag I actually tweeted about here a few months back. I love it but what do I do with it? It’s paper so it’s not really practical for grocery shopping but I didn’t want to get rid of it either. So I stuff it back where it was with some others I couldn’t seem to purge, between the wall and stove.

Enter Pinterest… 

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Ms. Darla loves the new Christmas Tree Cone!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Scrub-aholic In Your Life

What It Is: LATHER 'Glow on the Go' Body Scrubs Travel Set - $35/4-2oz @ lather.com.

Why I Like It: Lather makes one of my favorite scrubs of all time and this sampler is a nice way to try a few of their others out. This one includes: Almond Crème Body Buff, Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub, Cranberry Sugar Rub and Yuzu Sugar Cane Body Buff.

If your body needs a light buff or a super scrub down, one of these will take care of it all.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Let’s Talk Holiday Hair

You’ll be attending a lot of holiday parties to hit this month and you want your hair looking its best, right? You got it cut and colored before the start of the month and now, you just want to maintain it through the month. Here are a few products that will help.

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I’d heard about this product before and bookmarked it as a reminder and I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed when I finally tried it out. L’OREAL PROFESSIONNEL Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque ($36/6.7oz @ LPSalons.com for locations) is a deep conditioning treatment that nourishes strands using Argan Oil, vitamin E and Omega 3 oils. A three minute treatment with this one will help keep strands looking their best.  

And they just put out two new products in the collection: Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Sparkling Shampoo and Mythic Oil Souffle d'Or Sparkling Conditioner.

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Since your evening bag will probably be pretty small, tuck a few of KÉRASTASE Carré Lissant Smoothing Touch-Up Sheets ($28.50/50 sheets @ kerastase.com) into the inside pocket for when you’re doing your touch ups in the ladies room at the party. Each sheet is lines with a light wax complex that will eliminate frizzy hair  and control static cling and they are lightly scented with rose and grapefruit.

So the product is very sexy, but the packaging? Not so much. I mean, come VV, you could have let the inside and outside have a conversation and come up with a better container than a plain ol’ plastic bottle.

A sexy scent is a must-have to wrap up any look.

It-Haircare-Glitter-Spray-for-Hair-&-BodyAnd since it’s the holidays, adding a special touch like a flower in your hair, a fascinator (one of my favorite things) or some shimmer in your hair like IT HAIRCARE Glitter Spray for Hair and Body ($13.97/4.25oz @ amazon.com). I love that this can be used on both the hair and skin and it adds just a touch of shimmery glitter that successfully catches the light with their patented Optical Brighteners inside the liquid.  

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Lippie Obsessed on Your List

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What It Is
: LIPSTICK QUEEN Red Carpet Edit - $55 @ lipstickqueen.com

Why I Like It: A classic red shade is always in fashion. Pick this set up for someone on your list and they’ll think you really know your makeup! The set includes three shades of red with a different texture to complement a mood.

  • Saint Red – sheer red
  • Red Metal – metallic red
  • Red Sinner – the classic true red
Sunday, December 07, 2014

Should You Put the InstaWave On Your Holiday Wish List?

I don’t think there’s a female out there that doesn’t love trying out new gadgets, at least the ones I know! And for me, I especially like ones for the hair. The latest to cross my desk is the KISS InstaWave and anything that’s going to make curling my hair easier, I’m in.

What It Is: The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease.

Sounds pretty easy! But is it? Click after the jump to find out!

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Gift Pick: Because Every Beauty Buff Loves Liners!

What It Is: BARE ESCENTUALS ‘Afternoon Delights’ Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliners and ‘I <3 the Nightlife’ Lasting Line Long Wearing Eyeliners – each contain 5 full-size eye liners - $29 @ bareescentuals.com.

Why I Like It: Eyeliners are the staple to every beauty lovers arsenal and these two sets contain all the full size colors you could need to use.

Afternoon Delights shades: Eternal Bronze, Perpetual Plum, Immortal Emerald, Stay Golden and Timeless Taupe.

I <3 the Nightlife shades: Absolute Black, Certainly Sterling, True Blue, Steadfast Slate, Constant Copper. 

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Is IT My Hall of Fame Brow Product?

It seems like every makeup photo I see on Instagram tags Anastasia’s DipBrow in the list of products used. It’s definitely reach cult status in the short time it’s been out, I wasn’t completely blown away by it in the handful of times I’ve used it. So in my quest to find my Hall of Fame brow liner, I bring you IT COSMETICS’s new Build-A-Brow 24hr Waterproof 5-in-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Gel Stain ($26.36 @ qvc.com).

Did it end my quest? Click after the jump to find out!

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Give Yourself Holiday Hair with 2 from Conair

Of course you want to kick your look up a notch since it's now officially holiday season, so why not check out some new hair tools to help get you there?

Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret CurlWhen it comes to the curl category, I've tried so many different kinds at this point that I've amassed quite the collection. I sometimes feel like I'm looking at a curler graveyard when I look inside my beauty closet! Anyway, the latest ones to fly into my hands is Infiniti Pro by Conair Secret Curl. Upon first laying eyes on this, I have to say that the curlers and container they come in/heat up in look kind of space-age, don't you think? There are 12 curlers in the case and you get two sizes, ¾" and 1".

 

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Beauty Lover Who Has It All

SnowmanWhat It Is: BECCA COSMETICS The One Perfecting Brush - $49 @ ulta.com.

Why I Like It: I was recently introduced to this brush even though it’s been out for a while, I know, I know, gimme a break on this one, and I’m flummoxed at just how diverse it is; I haven’t met one like it … ever! You ready? It can be used with your cream makeup, powders, self-tanner, and liquids like lotions and you can go from each one of those without cleaning this brush in-between applications. Pretty unheard of.

The secret, or not so secret, to it is the non-porous goat hair bristles. Any product you use with it sits on top of the bristles instead of absorbing into the hairs or deep in the brush near the base.

It measure 3.5” wide, fits snug in the hand and I have to say that the bristles are just perfects spaced out so whatever product you use with this one will get a nice application.

And just for the holidays, they made it in a limited-edition chic gold. 

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Gift Pick: For the Musicophile in Your Life

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What It Is
: SOL REPUBLIC Relays (3-Button) In-Ear 3-Button Headphones - $79.99 @ solrepublic.com and macys.com.

Why I Like It: I seem to go through in-ear headphones like water. These ones from Sol Republic are holding up quite well and are really comfortable! I’ve come to expect that I will probably have some discomfort inside my ears when I use in-ear headphones but not with these. They patented a technology call FreeFlex that makes them adaptable to the size of your ear so they won’t fall out. Oh and most, importantly, the sound. It uses i5 sound engine to give you the most full-flavored sound. Overall, great quality for under $100.  

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

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