FACE MASK SATURDAY- Derma e Purifying 2-1 Charcoal Mask

Happy Face Mask Friday everyone (due to some issues, our post went live today, Saturday). As we all know from my posts my skin leans more towards the oily side. Most of the masks you’ll see me use will be geared towards that skin type.

Purifying Charcoal Mask

 

Today I pulled out the derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. This mask was created for normal to oily skin types and is meant to purge pores of deeply rooted toxins by using marine algae and activated charcoal. Following the directions, I washed my face with the Purity face wash, and then applied the mask. You wait 5 minutes while the mask dries and then use water to exfoliate as you remove the mask.

 

 

 

This is one of the quickest drying charcoal masks I’ve ever used, it gives your skin that tight stiff feeling when it’s dry. The Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal mask is a dual-action formula that decongestant pores from sebum, dirt, and toxins, then exfoliates away harmful micropollutants. Recommended use is 1-2 times a week for the best-balanced effect. This mask is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free, and can be found at Target and Amazon.com.

This mask almost feels like a less extreme glam glow if you’ve ever tried that. It had just the right amount of exfoliating particles in it as well. It definitely left my face feeling fresh and clean. This is the first time I’ve ever tried this mask and I’d say overall it’s a great affordable mask option!

Con:

One detractor, when I peeled off the foil seal it was dried/clogged at the opening.  I had to take a toothpick and clear out the dry product. When I did that it kind of shot out of the opening all over me, but I’m chalking it up to user error. I really enjoyed the product itself as I do most derma e products I’ve tried. I also highly suggest their Microdermabrasion scrub as well!

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Tips & Tricks for Attending Generation Beauty

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Happy  Thursday!  With Generation Beauty LA 2017 around the corner.  Tia and I wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience.  We have attended it since the beginning, so we have figured out ways to make the most our of our trip.  We thought that they might work for you as well.

Travel

If you do not live close to the venue and will be making travel plans, I suggest going with friends to split the cost and keep expenses at a minimum.  You can easily split the cost of the hotel and transportation.  Once you get into the city where they are holding the event, you need to think about transportation from the airport.  Depending on where you stay, some hotels might provide a free shuttle, but most won’t.  With that being said, I would suggest using Super Shuttle.

Super Shuttle provides versatile rides for a solo traveler or a big group.  They have many different options to choose from, like shared shuttle, non-stop shuttle, black car, or black SUV.  They offer services in most major cities and some international.  The experience I had using Super Shuttle was great because they are very easy to locate at the airport and get you to your destination in a timely manner.

There’s usually a few of us who get together for Generation Beauty, so make sure everyone’s flights arrive the same time to take a Super Shuttle to the hotel together.  It’s a very affordable option and split between you and your friends- win, win!  This also provides lots of extra room for luggage!  It really is travel made easy.

Attire

You’re going to an almost all day event, but let’s be real..we’re girls!  But, there is no rule that says you can’t look cute, glam, and comfortable.  One of our favorite places to shop is AMI Clubwear.  AMI clubwear has everything from clubwear to cute and casual.  This site is really affordable with pretty great quality items.  Tia and I decided that we wanted to dress up on the first day of Generation Beauty.  We scored some pretty amazing dresses from AMI Clubwear for cheap.

We both ordered some beautiful dresses from AMI Clubwear.  The dresses were made really well, flattering to our body shapes, and they were $12.00!  Crazy, right?

You can also find swimwear, shoes, costumes, and lingerie.  Another great thing about AMI is that they always have some kind of promotion running.  Right now, they are running a 50% off sale and free shipping over $50.  Check out the deals here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you will be on your feet a majority of the time due to lines and be running from booth to booth.  You will want to wear comfortable shoes.  Believe me, your feet will be hurting.

Now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s get into our tips for the actual event.

Gen Beauty Tips

Here are tips that have helped Tia and I survive and get the best experience we possibly could at Generation Beauty.

  1. Take a look at brands attending the venue and follow them on all social media to save time at the booths.
  2. Come up with a course of action!  Make a list of all the booths/brands you want to check out first.
  3. Bring a portable phone charger, selfie light, and if you’re a vlogger/blogger bring you vlogging camera and business cards.
  4. I wouldn’t suggest bringing a huge purse, because of how much stuff you’ll be carrying.  A crossbody or wristlet will suffice.
  5. Bring a snack and water bottle
  6. Eat something before heading out.
  7. Don’t drive!  The venues are in busy areas with expensive parking.  Save yourself the trouble and Lyft it!  Click here to get the app.  Lyft was also partnered with Ipsy and Gen Beauty SF.
  8. Arrive a couple hours early.  For Gen beauty SF, I arrived at 8:30.  Keep in mind doors usually, do not open till 11.  The sooner you arrive, the better.
  9. If you didn’t get a chance to eat before heading out to the event, then have a friend or yourself run to get coffee and some food.  There are food carts at the venue.
  10. Hit the more known brands first, because their lines will fill up fast.
  11. When you’re in a long line, have one person in your group hold your place in line, while they go check out the smaller brands groups.  Switch off!  This is the best way to work the lines.
  12. Go both days because usually, you’ll get different things.
  13. Sundays are more relaxed and not as crowded. Don’t worry about going all glam on Sunday, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of all the makeovers.

I hope these tips and tricks help make the most out of the next Generation Beauty.  If you see us at any of the events, please do not hesitate to stop and say hi.  We’d love to meet you!

 

 

 

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New Year, New Goals!

Happy New Year!  We are a bit late to the game, but that’s okay.  We have a new look for the blog- what do you think?  We are loving the simple look of the theme and logo.  As the first goal of the year, I would say we did pretty well.  So far Tia and I are feeling accomplished with one goal down and we’re only 10 days into the new year.

Content:

We are also bringing two new series to the blog this year, Sample Sunday and Face Mask Friday’s.  Tia and I are sub box addicts, giving us lots of samples to test out.  To be honest, we have never really done anything with our samples, but we felt this would be a good way to test out new products and provide some content.  Win- win, right?

We are also going to be doing a monthly “What’s new?” This could be a drugstore or high end but be on the lookout for some new products coming your way.

Schedule:

Since we have decided to add in more regular content, we have decided to come up with a more consistent schedule that will alternate posts for Tia and I.  We will also have a guest blogger from time to time.  So we can change things up a bit.

Now, what do all these changes mean for our readers?  It allows us to provide you with more consistent content.  We are hoping for a lot more engagement, comments, views, and feedback.  We also want to be able to provide more giveaways for our subscribers, because we would not be anything without you guys!

Do you do resolutions? Goals? or maybe a word for the year?

 

 

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How to Maximize Your Shopping at Sephora

Hi, loves!  How many are attending Christmas parties up until New Years? I know I will be attending them all week.  I wasn’t in a rush to purchase gifts because some of the best holiday shopping happens after Christmas day itself. A lot of my shopping is done at Sephora, whether it’s online or in store. I’m going to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to maximize your shopping at Sephora to include some freebies to keep for yourself and some of the holiday sets that are well worth the money.

SEPHORA BEAUTY INSIDER

If you haven’t heard of Sephora’s rewards program called Beauty Insider- you are missing out.  With the Beauty Insider rewards, you earn points for deluxe size samples and special discounts throughout the year, a birthday gift, and free beauty classes.  It’s totally free to join.  You can sign up here.  The more you spend the better the discounts get because you get to move into a VIB or VIB Rouge.

VIB:

Sephora VIB is the coveted status of knowing you spent over $350 in a calendar year. When I hit this a status, I don’t know if I feel a sense of accomplishment or a sense of worry knowing I spent that much money, lol.  With VIB, perks get a bit better, because you get, higher discount amounts, handpicked gifts, and one free custom makeover.

VIB ROUGE:

What can I say?  You have to spend a $1000 in a calendar year to reach Rouge status, but it is worth it.  You get a special VIB Rouge gift, higher discounts, invitations to special events, and free flash 2-day shipping.

I am definitely not saying spend a $1000 to get those great discounts, you can definitely maximize your shopping trip no matter what status you are.

  • Check out Sephora’s Beauty Steals (online)
  • Take advantage of samples.

-Retail locations allow you to get different samples, so you can curate them to what you want.

-Online- you are allowed 3 free samples.

  • If you’re not VIB ROUGE, I highly recommend signing up for Sephora FLASH Subscription Free 2-Day Shipping For One Year.  For $10 you get 2-day shipping for the entire year.  Check it out here.
  • Cash in points for deluxe size samples or save them up for special sets here.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of your free makeover (VIB & VIB Rouge).

You can find all your gift giving needs at Sephora.  Here are some of my favorites this holiday season:

Glitter Happy Brush Set- $85.00

This set contains:
– Blush brush
– Powder brush
– Crease brush
– Precision concealer brush
– Allover shadow brush
– Lip brush
– Acrylic stand

Every makeup lover or beauty enthusiast would love this brush set.  It comes with everything you would need to do a full face or just display it on your vanity.

Color Wonderland Eyeshadow Palette$59.00

This set contains:
– 64 x 0.02 oz/ 0.68 g Eye Shadows
– 12 x 0.05 oz/ 1.47 g Eye Shadows
– 0.13 oz/ 3.76 g Base Powder
– 0.13 oz/ 3.76 g Highlighter
– 2 x 0.038 oz/ 1.1 g Eye Pencils

This multi-use palette is perfect for someone starting out in makeup because it has everything they need to create so many different looks.

The Mini Team: Rouge Cream & Shine Lipstick Set-$22.00

This set contains:
– 6 x 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g Mini Rouge Cream and Rouge Shine Lip Colors

Perfect for a lippy lover at an affordable price or you can give this to someone who would love to try different finishes and an array of colors.  I received one of these in my Sephora Play box and absolutely love the formula.  It will not disappoint.  They are also perfect for carrying in your purse.

Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set- $49.00

This set contains:
– 8 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Mini Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Plath (deep russet red), Santa Sangre (poison apple), Mother (dusty mauve pink), Lovesick (mauve nude), Backstage Bambi (vivid hot pink), L.U.V. (rich violet), New! Roxy (bright grape), Echo (satin navy blue)

I can’t even say enough about the Kat Von D liquid lippies.  There’s great color selection, amazing value, and the formula is great.  This limited edition lipstick set is made for the lipstick lover in your life.

Travel Beauty

As a girl who travels quite a bit, there are some must-have items that would make amazing gifts.

Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette- $35.00

This palette contains:
– 12 x 0.02 oz/ 0.7 g in Disturbed (deep brick red), 714 (bright red), Carnal (medium warm nude), Safe Word (neutral nude-pink), Studded (metallic gray-brown), Whip (soft pink with gold iridescent shimmer), Wrath (metallic red), Big Bang (bright pink sparkle), Firebird (deep fuchsia), Vanity Kills (lavender), Speedball (deep vibrant purple), Junkie (metallic teal shimmer with gold micro-sparkle)
– Lip brush

This palette is perfect for the female traveler.  It’s compact, provides numerous color choices, and a lip brush.  You can also mix the colors together for customized colors.  This palette is also perfect for a makeup artist to add to their kit.

Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette- $69.00

What it does:
Formulated with superfine, light-catching pearl pigments, each shade in the Brown Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette imparts gorgeous, natural-looking radiance and different effects. The Gold shade brightens and highlights and the Bronze hue creates warmth, while the Wild Rose creates a flushed glow.

Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are amazing and for this price, you can’t pass it up.  Instead of bringing numerous highlighters on vacation, you get this one palette with three choices!  It’s perfect for that glow!

Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Sponge Set- $10.00

This set contains:
– 2 x uniquely shaped makeup sponges

The Sephora sponges are great for everyday use and to take with you for travel.  They are cheap enough that if it was to get left behind it wouldn’t be too bad because you could just pick up another one.  It’s not a Beauty Blender by any means, but they do what you need it to do.

Hope you enjoyed our tips and tricks on maximizing your shopping at Sephora.  These tips will help online or in-store shopping.  We also hope that you enjoyed some of our gift suggestions or your upcoming shopping at Sephora.

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Shu Uemura Murakami Collection

During the holidays we all love to give and exchange gifts. What kind of gift giver are you? Some love to find that functional gift that will improve daily life for the recipient, some love to give fun gifts that light up their face, and some just like to give whatever catches their eye that they believe you just have to have. The Shu Uemura Murakami collection fulfills your entire gift giving needs for that wonderful woman in your life, this holiday.

Shu Uemura x Murakami Cosmic Blossom Eye & Cheek Palette

This 2016 winter line is so packed with color and eye-catching design I really suggest checking it out on Sephora.com, but here are some of my favorite picks.

 

Shu Uemura x Murakami Cosmic Blossom Eye & Cheek Palette: This palette is the real All-Star of the 2016 Shu Uemura x Murakami winter collection, it fills all my color pop sensation needs. For $65 you get a limited edition eye and cheek palette with 7 metallic and glitter shadow shades and a blush in the beautifully executed Murakami packaging. It contains: 1.4 g pressed eye shadows in P Cosmic Blue, P Purple Gray, and M Midnight Navy, 1 g pressed eye shadow in G Lavender, G Deep Gold, and G Silver, and a 4.25 g Glow on Blush in G Pink, with 2 double-sided applicators.

The Cosmic Blossom Eye and Cheek Palette was designed around the blooming stars in the universe. With the bold pops of color creating otherworldly holiday looks will be a breeze. This is a must have on my holiday palette list, I can easily see myself using every color in this palette. I’m actually hoping this one will be under my tree for me!

Shu x Murakami Anti/Oxi Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil

One of the easiest things to put under your tree for that hard to buy for the gal in your life is a functional gift. Anyone, I can’t quite figure out where to shop for ends up getting something I at least know they’ll use. The Shu x Murakami Anti/Oxi pollutant and dullness clarifying cleansing oil are infused with the innovative anti-pollution power of moringa extract as well as the anti-oxidative green tea extract. These both work together to fight pollutants that speed up aging stress on your skin.

It’s designed to add a natural luster decreasing dullness, while the combined extract formula adds glowing clarity and a smooth touch to the vital organ that is your skin.

Skincare can be expensive, so receiving it as a gift is a wonderful surprise. I love that not only do you get 150 ml of the well-known formula that is the magic in a bottle we all already know, but the added beautiful Murakami designs give it that extra gift worthy boost.

Shu x Murakami Bloom Your Way Custom Case

This is one of my favorite ideas to give. Giving a custom case allows personalization as a gift. Know someone who is a fan of Murakami’s designs, but not sure what colors they would wear? Why not pick up this custom case and a gift card to accompany it. That way, the recipient gets the most function out of their gift as well as a fun look. They can pick which two shades from the Shu Uemura line would best serve them. Murakami’s signature flower drawings make this case a winner for any lover of Japanese style.

About the Brand

Last but not least let’s talk about the most obvious reason to give from the Shu Uemura Murakami collection for Christmas. Takashi Murakami absolutely hit it out of the park with these beautiful color punched designs. Not only is he a widely renowned Japanese contemporary artist. He is known internationally for the creation of Superflat which is inspired by Japanese heritage, anime-style, and pop culture.

Murakami is well known for high profile exhibitions displayed worldwide achieving a cult-like following from celebrities such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Pharrell Williams. The gorgeous fun loving designs he has created for the Shu Uemura 2016 winter collection are something any girl who craves that color pop will love to add to her beauty wardrobe. Too pretty to wrap!

 

 

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Merle Norman Holiday Collection

If you’re a beauty junkie like me you have a real appreciation for those products where the company goes the extra mile to extend the quality of the product into the packaging. Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios is certainly no exception to this as proved by the sleek design and beautiful color scale of their Merle Norman holiday collection 2016.

EYECOLOR COUTURE QUADS

Their Eyecolor Couture quads step it up a notch when you reveal the glitz that awaits you inside. The beautifully raised pyramid texture makes it almost too pretty to use! Merle Norman really captures allure with function with these two limited edition quads using a combination of luminous and semi-matte shades.

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios Eyecolor Couture in Cozy nudes: Whirl (luminous light cream), Praline (semi-matte mid toned brown), Golden Girl (luminous champagne gold), Simply Sable (semi-matte rich brown).

Eyecolor Couture in Modern Exposure: Bubble Bath (semi-matte opal), Prima (semi-matte lavender), Dream On (luminous soft pink), Hypnotic (semi-matte rich eggplant).

For only $38 you get four perfectly blendable shades created to start with a sheer wash of color which you can quickly build into a deeper more intense look. What’s great about the colors selected for these quads is that there’s something for everyone. The Cozy Nudes quad would be a great gift for my fellow Makeupateer Jacki. When it comes to her she loves a great nude eye. I, on the other hand, would love the Modern exposure quad, purples are my favorite and I love a more bold look with pops of color!

Merle’s Kisses

Another thing I love is when a company makes giving their product as a gift a breeze! Imagine getting a gift ready to put on the tree when it arrives, no wrapping needed. If every gift came that way at no extra cost we would all be even a little more cheerful this season. Merle Norman is your dream come true with Merle’s Kisses.

 

This set comes pre-packaged in a lovely ornament to hang right on your tree no work required! For $25 you can create the perfect pout with two exclusive Pure Color Core Lipsticks in Moi and XOXO. These lipsticks are made with a unique core to create a dimensional effect on the lips. If you are hosting a holiday party picture this: a tree decorated with a bunch of these ornaments, then when it was time to pass out gifts just tell each of the women to grab an ornament! How easy and fun would that be? Plus with all the cooking and cleaning that comes with a party one stop shopping already wrapped is the way to go!

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The Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios winter 2016 collection really has a perfect gift for everyone. Check online for a Merle Norman Studio near you for these products and many other great choices.

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Gift Giving With Hair Products

If you’re really not sure what to get someone the best thing to do is think practical. A gift I absolutely love to receive and give as well are hair products. Let’s face it, hair products can get expensive, I always love to receive hair stuff because then I’m stocked up and don’t have to get it myself. My hair is so long I’m constantly looking for those holy grail products to keep it healthy and happy. Also, I love to try new hair products as well as share my favorites with those I love. Sometimes it’s as simple as collecting samples throughout the year and making gift baskets, other than the wrapping it’s one of the most budget-friendly ways to give during the holidays. There are tons of new hair taming products out right now that would light up any gift recipient to find under their tree.

Here are some of my favorites:

With the Moroccan Oil Great Hair Day Set, you can get your hair ALL the way together for those holiday pics! For $49 this set includes the Moisture Repair Shampoo (8.5 FL OZ./250 ml), the Moisture Repair Conditioner(8.5 FL. OZ/250 ml), and the Smoothing Lotion.

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Product Details:

Moisture Repair Shampoo: – gently cleanses while infusing each strand with reparative nutrients, leaving hair strong and manageable.
Moisture Repair Conditioner– gently detangles and softens hair while restoring elasticity and manageability with reconstructive keratin and fatty acids.
Smoothing Lotion– all-in-one blow-dry lotion for effortless styling. Leaves hair touchably soft, smooth and manageable. Its lightweight formula provides a medium hold and definition while taming frizz and resisting humidity.

This set is especially great during the winter season. For most of the year, my roots stay pretty oily, but my scalp and hair get so dry and frizzy during the holiday season and Moroccan Oil is well known for their Moisture enriching products. Even the packaging speaks to the snowy season and spells “put me under your tree.” These products work so well it even keeps my hair looking healthy and well maintained in the cold December air. As long as it is (down to my bottom) it’s hard to keep frizz at bay with the occasional split ends. Moroccan oil products make it look like a breeze! Not only are the products great the price is a steal too, the cost of the shampoo and conditioner together would the same price, you’re practically getting the Smoothing Lotion for free!

Something For Him

Now I know some men aren’t all about primping or beauty products. Often I believe this is mainly because they’ve never been introduced to the right ones. What if you could create a one stop luxury experience for your man? If it could be so simple and easy would you do it? I present to you the Limited Edition Grand Gent Deluxe Grooming Kit from Paul Mitchell. Wow, what a name! This product even looks high end while being so simple any man will love it, as well as so luxurious even the vetted hair tamer will want this gift!

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Double Hitter 2-IN-1 Shampoo and Conditioner- Washes and conditions in one step, and leaves hair full and healthy-looking. This product provides for improved detangling, with a soft, light finish. Sulfate free, paraben free, vegan, UV protection, gluten free.
Steady Grip Firm Hold/Natural Shine Gel- Shapes any style with lasting hold and makes hair look and feel thicker. Long-lasting styling fixatives deliver all-day hold, while shine enhancers give hair a natural-looking polish. The alcohol-free formula helps fight flaking.
Clean Cut Medium Hold/Semi-Matte Styling Cream- Forms clean, no-fuss looks because the pliable hold lets you shape and reshape with lasting control while conditioning ingredients to leave hair soft and manageable. The subtle texture works well on all hair types.

Paul Mitchell has been a long time well deserving prestigious brand. They only maintain the reputation by continuing to put out great products, and these certainly live up to that standard. My boyfriend Dwayne has recently been getting more adventurous with his hair lately. This kit is perfect for his new mohawk style. It doesn’t bother his sensitive skin, and as manly as he is he actually loves having higher end products that make him look like he puts in a lot of effort and time without having to do much.
And ladies I definitely couldn’t forget about you when it came to Paul Mitchell.

Hairtools

Okay, by now all of us ladies know about the great line of products for our hair from Paul Mitchell, but how many of you know much about their AMAZING hair tools? If you haven’t been keeping an eye on this brand and the amazing things they’re doing you’re completely missing out. When I saw this hairdryer girl it was meant to be! Love at first sight, there’s absolutely no debate about that, ask Jacki <3 she was like “you need this!”

The Limited Edition Express Ion Dry+

Ladies this is a ROSE GOLD hair dryer to the core. Okay, not really but it can’t get any more rose gold than this. This hairdryer is life! Okay sorry ill calm down but no really if you have someone with hair in your life who loves rose gold they are gonna need this, run, go get it now, like right now. It may just be the most favorite gift they receive this year.

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The Limited Edition Express Ion Dry+ “Our classic Express Ion Dry®

Updated with high-tech digital features, an ultra-lightweight ergonomic design, and a powerful motor for an advanced drying experience.” This comes with a digital LCD display (showing temperature, airflow, and cool shot settings), 5 temperature and speed settings, 1875-watt professional DC motor, Easy-snap removable filter, Express Ion Complex ensures healthy, shiny results, a complimentary diffuser with vented fingertips to help life and define curls.

This tool has absolutely all the bells and whistles you could ask for and you don’t even have to sacrifice beauty for function. It’s everything I could ever want in a hairdryer, Merry Christmas to me! Paul Mitchell even has their own school to teach aspiring hair gurus and prepare them for licensing. This allows their brand to become quite innovative and multidimensional when it comes to battling the beast that is our hair. Give this tool as a gift and watch the metallic like glowing look it puts on the face of the recipient. They’ll love this gift for years to come.

 A gift that will leave you feeling Ultra Rich

Everyone wants to look great for the holidays. We make sure to don our gay apparel and why just stop there? I say take it all the way to the top with a little help from Macadamia Professional. My hair is a never ending roller coaster, I have horribly oily hair all summer, but with the cold Cincinnati air, winter time is always more of a struggle for me in the moisture department. Even though white flakes are floating down from above it doesn’t exactly have me feeling the holiday spirit. I have finally found products that keep the flakes at bay, keeping my hair looking luscious and healthy in all the pics snapped at Christmas dinner. What’s even better than finally finding the right products for your hair, finding a great deal on those products.

Macadamia Professional’s Ultra Rich Moisture Care Collection

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For $35 Macadamia Professional’s Ultra Rich Moisture Care Collection With Travel Bag includes 1 Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo (10oz. / 300 ml), 1 Ultra Rich Moisture Conditioner (10oz. / 300 ml), and 1 Ultra Rich Moisture Masque (1oz. / 30 ml), as well as the handy travel bag.

I really can’t rave enough about the quality of this brand as a whole. Everything they put out is on target (you can also purchase it at Target). My favorite product in the whole line is the Nourishing Moisture Mask. As long as my hair is I try to make a greater effort to put moisture back into the length of my hair, thus preventing breakage and leaving a healthier shine. This isn’t just my favorite product from the line it’s probably my favorite hair mask of all I’ve ever tried.

Nourishing Moisture Care Collection

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Even if your hair hasn’t been whipped dry by the winter wind the drop in temperature affects us all to some degree. For those more fortunate than me Macadamia Professional also offers the Nourishing Moisture Care Collection (also with a travel bag which comes with 1 Nourishing Moisture Shampoo (10oz. / 300 ml), 1 Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (10oz. / 300 ml), and 1 Nourishing Moisture Masque (1oz. / 30 ml). Lucky for us girls on a budget who need that moisture in our lives both collections are a $70 retail value(50% savings)!

Travel Set

The travel bag makes these sets such a nice gift. They’re such a great deal I suggest grabbing a few of these for those just in case gifts. You know, that awkward moment when everyone is showing up to your house for Christmas when suddenly it dawns on you, you forgot a gift! You can’t believe it, after all, the planning and shopping you still forgot something. No biggie, it happens to everyone. Just make sure you have one of these hidden away to pull out and slap a name on. If you manage to be the holiday queen and don’t forget anyone then you have an amazing little gift for yourself you’ll certainly use!

I hope this hair headed holiday guide gave you some insight into affordable options everyone will love. So, many great deals I’m going to have to stock up for myself!

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Practicality for the Littles

  I’ve never had another hair product make me feel So Cozy!

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Product Details:

The So Cozy 3-piece Holiday Hair Care Gift Set is one of the best deals out there right now! You get 1 Cinch 3-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash in mango go (8 Fl. oz.), 1 Cinch Detangler + Leave-in Conditioner in fruity-tutti (8 Fl. oz.), and 1 Behave Styling Cream (4 fl. oz.). The So Cozy line is made free of parabens, sulfates phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat, and nuts.

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Why It’s So Great?

One of the best things about So Cozy’s products is so many of them are multi-taskers. How many of you parents out there have children that absolutely HATE washing their hair? I know when my nieces were younger they both struggled with this, they would cry every time. Bath time would have been so much easier if there had been all in one product to make that process as quick, simple and smooth as possible. So Cozy designed their Cinch line of products to work in a Snap! With the fruity scents and a fun look, who wouldn’t want to use these products?!
Don’t just take my advice for it, this kit is SOLD OUT on HSN.com. You can still find similar sets on Amazon or the SoCozy website. Never fear you can customize a gift set to go under your baby’s tree this Christmas check your local Target or Walmart– they have individual items in stock. These are flying off the shelves, and how could you pass it up?

Not only is So Cozy designed specifically with kids in mind, but they don’t forget about you parents either! They wanted to make a line of hair products that is safe for kids, easy to use, fun friendly, and not hard on the wallet either. This set starts at $26.95, online I found it on sale for only $8, that’s a steal! I know affordable gifts are a rare thing, so jump at this opportunity. You will replace so many products in your bathroom, gaining extra space and extra bucks in your purse. It will almost be like getting yourself a gift once you realize how easy So Cozy will turn your bath time routines into a Cinch!

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Holiday Teen/Kid Gift Guide

Do any of you have a kid or teen in the family whose interests have changed so much, that you don’t know what to get them for Christmas? Or for any occasion for that matter.  Well, I have come up with some great options in my holiday teen/kid gift guide, specifically for tween/teen girls.

The reason why I decided to do this post is because of my 12-year-old niece.  She is currently in 6th grade, and she has gotten permission to wear makeup.  If you knew my brother, you would know that this is a big step for her and of course the person she comes to for makeup advice, her favorite auntie.

Skincare

Since she is 12, she is obviously going through all those teenage hormones- meaning her skin is not the best right now.  I decided that skincare would be a great gift for her. Skin care is vital and it’s something I’m determined to teach her the importance of.  With tons of amazing companies out there, what brand do you choose?  I reached out to a company called BioClarity.

Image result for bioclarity imageBioClarity is an acne treatment geared towards teens and young adults.  They say it’s “created by nature and powered by science”. It’s made with extracts from green tea, chamomile, oat kernel, and floralux.

They take extracts from green tea, chamomile, oat kernel, and floralux. By adding the natural ingredients to one of the most powerful acne treatments that actually work.

 

How to use:

Step 1: CleanseAM | PM

How much to use: Size of a quarter

Directions

After wetting your face, gently massage the cleanser onto your skin to wash away dirt and oil. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Clear Skin Tip-Use lukewarm water rather than hot water, which can lead to dry and irritated skin.

Step 1: CleanseAM | PM

How much to use: Size of a dime

Directions

Apply a thin layer of gel to the affected area on your face. Let the gel dry before moving on to Step 3.

Clear Skin Tip- This stuff is powerful so don’t overdo it. We recommend decreasing from using twice a day to once a day if you are experiencing any dryness or irritation.

Step 1: CleanseAM | PM

How much to use: 1-2 pumps

Directions

Gently apply to your entire face and feel the cool, refreshing power of Floralux!

Clear Skin Tip- Two pumps spread evenly to your face is all you need to leave your skin feeling soothed and refreshed.

Makeup

The formula is perfect for all skin types, but you can always contact BioClarity here for personalized tips and get answers to any questions.  They also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Try it and don’t like, no problem.  Just return the item within 30 days for a refund in full.    You can try it today here for only $29.95 or set yourself on an automatic renewal.

With skincare out of the way let’s move onto makeup.  Obviously, we don’t want anything crazy.  E.l.f is a great start brand.  Right now they have some amazing holiday sets that would make great gifts for a tween/teen starting out in makeup.  You can check out my top picks here.

Image result for e.l.f. All About Eyes Kite.l.f. All About Eyes Kit– $10.00

Set Includes: 1 Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Necessary Nudes, 1 Eyelid Primer in Sheer and 1 Expert Liquid Liner in Jet Black

Clay Eyeshadow Palette: 5 color, richly pigmented palette is perfect for a natural or bold look. Complementary shades help brighten, sculpt and define lids.
Eyelid Primer: Preps your eyelid for smoother, long lasting and crease-resistant eyeshadow.
Expert Liquid Liner: Smudge-proof liner is rich in color, creating a long lasting defined look.

This kit is perfect because it has five neutral shadows, eyeshadow primer, and a liquid liner.  Shadows are pretty great quality for the price and so is the primer.  The items are also pretty affordable on their own for your teen/tween needs to stock back up!

Organization

Now that we have skincare and makeup covered, we need something to hold all these beauty products.  I started thinking back to my childhood.  I remember when I was 6th grade receiving my caboodles filled with some starter makeup.  That was my favorite gift that year.  My caboodles stayed with me till I was about 21.  Eventually, I had to give it up, because my collection grew too large for it.

If you remember a few months back, Tia did a post on one of Caboodles newer designs. If not you can check the link here to see her thoughts on Caboodles.  I thought the classic case would be a perfect gift for my niece.

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DETAILS

  • One auto open tray
  • Flip lid with mirror
  • Removable accessory tray
  • Spacious interior storage
  • Secure latch

On-the-Go-Girl case can be located on Caboodles.com, Target, Walmart, and Walmart. Caboodles can also be used as a craft holder or small toys case for smaller kids.  It’s really a universal present.

Little Princesses

I can’t suggest items for teens girl without including a little something for the little princesses in our lives.  I recently discovered Kitty Club.  They remind me of Shopkins and Littlest Pet Shops toys in a way.  I love that Kitty Club is easily accessible, affordable, and collectible. You can find a location near you here.

Kitty Club comes with 24 different collectible kittens that come with hats and batting eyelashes.  After collecting all the kitties, you can expand your collection to their accessories sets, kitty car, and even a kitty clubhouse.

Right now, Kitty Club has come out with collectible purses.  If you’re lucky, you might be able to get your hands on one of the Kitty Club Purses. The purses can only be found at selected Whatnottoys retailers like Learning Express stores, so you may need to call around.  They come in three different colors:  yellow, blue, and pink.

I know my daughter or nieces will love receiving these items under the tree.  Their reactions will be priceless.  I also hope this has left you with some wonderful gift ideas for the teen or tween girl on your shopping list as well!

Have a Happy Holidays!

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Home for the Holidays

Holidays are the busiest time of the year for just about everyone.  We all work extremely hard to make sure our houses are beautifully decorated this holiday season.  With that being said, I love to give gifts for the home or find ways to make my home sparkle.  Why wouldn’t you want to contribute to someone’s home? Especially if it’s something that will be displayed for years to come.  We’re home for the holidays.

Personalized Gift Idea

Lately, I have had a thing for canvas photos.  I love being able to put my family photos on canvas prints so that I can create my own little gallery wall.  This year I have decided to create a gallery wall for each one of my daughters and start my mom on her gallery wall.  In order to do this, I needed to find an affordable company to assist in creating my canvases.  I came across

In order to do this, I needed to find an affordable company to assist in creating my canvases.  I came across Canvas factory.  Canvases range from $19.50 to $88.50 depending on single prints, collages, split canvases, and wall displays. You can also choose between canvas, acrylic glass, or aluminum.  Canvas factory is the cheapest retailer that I have been able to find, but you are definitely getting high quality.

My daughter does taekwondo and for one of her gifts, she wanted a belt display.  I decided to create a gallery wall to document her time in taekwondo.  The beautiful photo to the left was taken by my daughter’s instructor.  It’s also the photo I chose to have turned into a canvas.  It makes the perfect addition to her “taekwondo wall”.

The Deets:

-Receive prints within 5-7 days

-$9.95 Flat rate shipping or spend $100 and get free shipping.

 

Now that we have gifts covered, how about an item that will help get the house clean in a short amount of time?  It would also make a great gift for someone who has a home with minimal carpet.  I am talking about the Shark Genius Steam Mop.

Shark Genius Steam Mop

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome this gadget is.  It’s two mops in one and the best part is you don’t have to touch the mop heads.  It also gives a 99% bacteria clean- whoa!  I couldn’t believe it either.  Prior to using the steam mop, I was having to mop every other day to keep the shine, but with the steam mop- I clean my floors every few days.

Shark steam mops range in pricing, depending on the model.  It will generally range between $59.99-$120+.  You can locate it online, Target, Walmart, and JcPenny.

 

Another simple gift for the home or a hostess would be candles.  You can’t really go wrong with them.  You can also find them in different scents and price points, making them very budget friendly.  What are some home gifts that you like to give?

**I received Product for free  in exchange for writing a review on the blog.**
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