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.

Smashbox:  Light It Up 3 Palette Set: Eyes Contour Lips $29.00 22.50

This palette contains:
– 6 x 0.10 oz/ 2.95 g Photo Op Eye Shadow in Vanilla, Flamingo, Russet, Totally Nude, Amethyst, Dark Cocoa
– 3 x 0.14 oz/ 4.14 g Step-By-Step Contour Palette in Contour, Bronze, Highlight
– 6 x 0.08 oz/ 2.4 g Be Legendary Lipstick in Cognac, Pretty Social, Inspiration, First Time Matte, Jam On It Matte, Bing Matte

Smashbox is one of my all-time favorite brands.  There was actually a period where I Smashbox and I were exclusive.  This kit has an $89 dollar value with great quality product.  It comes with a lip palette, eye shadow palette, and contour palette.  This is something that can be given as a big gift or broken up into three small gifts.  I personally gifted this as a big gift.  Perfect for the girl traveler or girl on the go.

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 it, 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.

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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

An 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.

Fashionista

Since I have two daughters who love apparel and shoes, I usually have to find cheap and affordable options.  Last year, I came across 599Fashion and picked up a few items from clothing to accessories.  Nothing was more than 5.99.  The platform has changed, but not by much.  Everything is still pretty cheap and affordable.  I would say everything is under $10, but a majority of what I have found and purchased myself was still $5.99.

My oldest daughter is a freshman in high school, this means school dances, parties, FBLA conferences, and whatever occassion they may need.  Being a single mom, I have a budget that I need to stay in without compromising their style.

I was able to get my oldest affordable items that met my budget but also allowed her to find things she actually liked and would wear.

Image result for melanie martinez jacketOne item she really wants is the Melanie Martinez jackets. These particular jackets went out of stock pretty quick and then doubled in price on Ebay.

I am not about to pay $90 for something I know I could get at a better price.  Granted, it would not be the exact same product- but similar style.

 

 

 

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Through 599Fashion, I was able to locate the perfect replacement for $9.99.  It comes in black, blue, hunter green, and blush pink.  The jacket is made very well, not cheap looking at all.  For the price, this jacket was a steal.

For more information please click here.

599Fashion is also a great place to find semi-formal to formal dresses.  I was able to purchase my daughter’s homecoming dress and winter formal dress for literally $5.99.

 Here is my daughter pictured in her homecoming dress on the left and winter formal on the right.  Unfortunately, they no longer have either of these dresses, but I was able to find a similar style to the winter formal dress on the website.

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FLORAL DESIGN FULLY LINED BODYCON DRESS– $9.99

You can get this pretty little item in blue, blush pink, and white.  Not too keen on bodycon dresses, not a problem.  They actually offer a variety of options.  The stock also changes daily, so check back often.

 

 

 

 

 

Details:

  • First-time buyers can get 10% off their order by signing up for emails.
  • You can join their rewards program here.
    1.        Earn 1 point for every dollar spent
    2.        Once you hit 50 points you get to add a free item to your cart.
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  • Made in the US and shipped from the US.
  • Shipping is based on the amount ordered.

So if you are looking for high quality, affordable, fashion- check out 599Fashion.com!

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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My Picks- E.L.F Holiday Sets

Are you looking for an affordable item to purchase for the beauty lovers in your circle?  I would suggest checking out E.L.F’s holiday sets.  E.L.F holiday kits make gift giving easy whether it’s a teen getting started in beauty or adding to someone’s collection.

Where to buy?

The E.L.F holiday kits can be found at Target, Walmart, and Elf.com.  Target.com and Walmart.com have limited stock online, I would suggest checking out retail locations for a better selection.

Holiday Sets Picks


My first pick is the e.l.f Get Glowing Kit.  The kit includes their four pan illuminating palette, highlighting brush, and shimmer facial whip.  For $10 you are getting great quality products at an affordable price.

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The illuminating palette is a staple in my beauty collection and is a close dupe for the hourglass illuminating palette.  The highlighting brush is also a staple in my beauty collection and routine.  Let’s be real, it’s a $3 brush that works amazingly!  To be honest, I have never used the facial whip- but have heard some great things about it.  It’s really dependent on the person!

I would give this gift to the makeup enthusiast in my circle.  It’s a great palette to have in your collection or for a kit.

All About Eyes

Another great kit that E.L.F has put out this holiday season is the All About Eyes Kit.  This kit provides basically everything you need to create a nice neutral eye or a smokey eye for an evening look for just $10.

 

 

 

Image result for elf all about eyes kitThis set includes a 5 pan palette that includes their new clay eyeshadows.  The great thing about E.L.F eyeshadows is that a lot of their shadows are very pigmented for the cost.  You also get their $1 eyeshadow primer and $1 liquid liner.  The primer is nothing special- don’t get me wrong, it does the job!  As far as the liquid liner, I actually really enjoy this product, especially if I am in a pinch.

This gift set is perfect for a teen or tween who is just starting out in makeup.  For one affordability and second, it’s a great learning brand.

Stocking Stuffers

e.l.f Prep & Play- $5.00&

This kit comes with my all time favorite lip exfoliator and a velvet matte lip color that is perfect for the holidays.  Dark lips are all the rage right now, so why not get them a twofer?

 

 

e.l.f Lip Parade- $5.00

Do you have a makeup minimalist in your circle?  This kit is absolutely perfect  It contains three lip kiss balms.  Now, the colors may look a little scary, but they provide the perfect wash of color.

 

e.l.f 5pc Eyeliner set- $5.00

Another great stocking stuffer is the 5pc eyeliner set.  Any makeup lover would benefit from this kit because it has a basic black and white, then some pops of color to change up those eye looks.

 

I would also suggest picking up a brush set or sponge set- both are very affordable and useful. I hope you enjoyed these affordable beauty kits.  If you have some holiday kit suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

 

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Accessorizing for the Holidays- Origami Owl

We had the opportunity to partner with a great accessories brand- Origami Owl.  We wanted to provide some great holiday gift ideas and accessorizing for the holidays.

Who Is Origami Owl?

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Origami Owl was started by a 14 year with the dream of her first car.  Her parents refused to purchase the car for her, but instead, her parents wanted to instill the value of working for what you want.  Bella researched business ideas and created the customizable living lockets. Bella started selling her products at little pop shops, then expanded to boutiques and a mall kiosk.  With business started to pick-up and interest peaked with others asking about how they could be apart of such a great brand- so they decided that the social selling model was the best option for the brand and for everyone involved.

Living Locket

I saw this gift and immediately thought of 5 people who would LOVE to have it. I don’t know about you but I have some owl fanatics in my life and the Livia Medium Classic Living Locket with Swarovski Crystals is right up their alley. This locket is so pretty without looking over the top. Perfect for the girl who isn’t crazy about glam or you could throw a little extra glitz inside for that sparkly fashionista you love.

Even the packaging is amazing! If you hate to wrap, it’s already done!

Gifts For Him and Gifts For Her

By now I think a lot of people have heard of Origami Owl and if you haven’t, girrrrl where have you been? They have the perfect gift for any woman (or man) in your life. I definitely wouldn’t be upset to see one of these under my tree and the owl locket is especially beautiful.
For those of you who have already gifted an Origami Owl pendant with all the chain and charm options, the answer to this year’s gift could still easily come from this beautiful brand. Origami owl has something for everyone, and even then you can constantly change and adapt your pieces to the season, occasion, or your mood for the day. They can even be made into keychains for the man in your life!

They are always coming out with new styles of charms and wonderful pieces to add to your glittering collection. I really love the concept of their pieces and how personal you can make such a gorgeous gift. They have charms for terms of endearment no matter who your gift is for. This would be a great gift too for a husband/partner to give to the mother of their children with their birthstones tucked inside. Or if you don’t know what someone would want inside you could always gift them a locket and let them pick their charms. So many endless personalized ideas, the recipient is sure to be touched by the love intended through the gift.

Other Options

 

If you have heard of Origami Owl you may have been under the impression they only sold the locket necklaces; since they’re some of their biggest sellers, NOPE! I am amazed at the selection of great gift options.

Leather Wrap

One of my favorite pieces is the Gold Metallic Genuine Leather Wrap looks so simply pretty even on its own. Wrap bracelets are versatile but Origami Owl has figured out a way to make them even more individualistic. Each wrap has snaps at both ends. You can connect them with a buckle, living locket, or watch face. You can have a message or word engraved into a plaque to add personalized details; slip on your favorite word or shape with a slider.  The combinations are endless!

I would really have to take up a tremendous amount of your time to list all the amazing options that Origami Owl has for your gift needs, but they definitely have a great gift for any woman you know. I suggest you take a peek at their site yourself. You might even fall in love with a piece for you!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi, loves!  I hope you are all enjoying your day so far.  I am back today with some holiday gift ideas featuring a few of my favorite things of the moment.  Since it’s that time of year, a lot of brands have holiday sets available. Obviously, they make amazing gifts for yourself or for someone else!

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If you remember my travel skincare post, you know that I have absolutely been loving H20 skincare.  H20 skincare has been a lifesaver these past few months for my skin, especially the hydrating treatment. Right now, they have some pretty amazing holiday gift sets at every price point.

My first recommendation would be the Ready, Set, Hydrate kit.  Priced at $25.00, the set includes Oasis Hydrating Treatment, Hydrating Eye Balm, and Elements Keep it Fresh Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin.   This kit comes with two deluxe products and a full-size eye cream, great for the price point.

The Oasis Hydrating treatment is my holy grail moisturizer of the moment, so I would definitely recommend getting your hands on this kit while you can.

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Another kit I would suggest checking out is the Oasis DEWY DUO OASIS FACE AND LIP FAVORITES for $38.00. It’s an another great way to try my holy grail moisturizer and H2o’s Smooth Lip Conditioner.

Includes:
1 Full-Size Oasis Hydrating Treatment-1.7 fl oz
1 Oasis Smooth Lip Conditioner 0.5 fl oz

 

 

 

Bath Care

If skincare isn’t your forte, no problem!  Mayfair and H2O beauty also have some amazing bath sets available this holiday season.

A set that you should check out is the Luxe It Up Body Care Favorites.  The smell is absolutely amazing- very light and fresh.

Each Box includes:
Milk Body Butter-8 fl oz.
1 Milk Body Wash-12.2 fl oz.
1 Specialty Care Hand & Nail Cream-6 fl oz.

The body butter and body wash are amazing!  Consider this a perfect gift for a co-worker, secret Santa, or family gift exchange.

 

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, I would suggest checking out Mayfair Soap Foundry.  This brand is located at Target or Mayfairsoapfoundry.com.  They have bath products ranging from lotion to body scrubs, with some pretty amazing smells.

Image result for Mayfair Soap Foundry™ Sea Lily Jasmine Gift SetMayfair is a luxury bath & body care brand that is also a give-back brand. With every purchase, a charitable donation is made to improve the quality of life for families all over the US.

• Paraben and phthalate free
• Not tested on animals
• Made in the USA

 

 

My current favorite from the line is the Sea Lily Jasmine.  At 9.99, it is a very affordable gift option for just about anyone.  I picked up a couple to give my daughter’s teacher and taekwondo instructor.

**Target is currently running a buy 1 get one 50%.  if you have a target red card, you also get an extra 5% off**

Well, I hope you enjoyed some holiday gift ideas featuring some of my favorite items.  Do you have some favorite holiday kits that I should check out?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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