Sunday, December 21, 2014

holiday 2014: beauty gifts under $25

whether you're on a budget or just have a long list of recipients, it's always a good option to consider gifts that won't break the bank! and in case you're wondering, these gifts are just as fabulous as their luxe counterparts and will be appreciated by the lucky ones who receive them...
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip is a sampler set with coveted glosses, sticks, tints, and lacquers ~ Urban Decay Mini Naked Revolution Lipstick, Nars Deluxe Orgasm Lip Gloss, Buxom Mini Full On Lip Cream in White Russian, Marc Jacobs Mini Lust for Lacquer in Kissability, Deluxe Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Meritage, Full-size Smashbox Be Legendary Gloss in Pout

Beauty To Go Mini Gel Effect Collection is fabulous for the gal who is always put together, but in a no-fuss way. the set includes 2 classic shades and a fun glitter: Kensington High Street Gel Effect Nail Polish in Deep Berry, Camden Road Gel Effect Polish in Multicoloured Glitter, Colville Mews Gel Effect Polish in Delicate Nude

Essie Spa Holiday Gift Set includes two pampering products for hands and feet that can be used all year long! leg & foot crème offers extreme hydration with ingredients like royal jelly extract and shea butter, to leave skin feeling soft and supple. intensive hand lotion is formulated with a nourishing blend of coriander and glycerin to help replenish moisture and promises to leave hands soft, smooth and supple.

Maybelline The Nudes Palette is the must-have drugstore palette on every beauty girl's wish list {if they don't already have it, that is…}. every shade is highly pigmented and long-wearing, and can be used to create an endless amount of looks that are wearable on everyone for every occasion.

Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit : for pampering curls and training them to spiral into long-lasting perfection, this kit features products formulated with super-softening, rich marula oil. includes Marula Gentle Cream Cleanser, Diffusing & Styling Lotion and Softening Hair Mask. 

Molton Brown Festive Body Wash Bauble ~ these festive baubles make gift-giving easy. featuring fan favorite Molton Brown scents, these body washes are perfectly sized for travel and of course, any holiday stocking!

tell me: do you stick to a budget when shopping for holiday gifts? 

info and images courtesy of featured brands

Saturday, December 20, 2014

RoC® Skincare Gift basket + $200 VISA gift card winner!

and the #RoCBeautyGiveaway winner is…

Megan McGown {@Pinkess1}!!

you're the winner of the fab basket filled with RoC Skincare and $200 VISA gift card! please email me {} within the next 24 hours with your contact info {address + phone} to claim your prize and it will be sent ASAP!

thank you to all who entered! stay tuned for the next giveaway…

Thursday, December 18, 2014

holiday 2014: last minute gift ideas

there are so many options for gifts and it can become quite overwhelming. with time for holiday gift buying becoming less and less, getting down to basics are great ways to reduce the stress, but still know you're giving a fabulous gift. these simple products can be spruced up creatively, and if your recipient loves to be pampered, they'll be thrilled when they're unwrapped!

use pretty bows and notecards to gift highly effective {not to mention pampering} Lumene skincare products {i recommend the Bright Now line and Time Freeze looks great too}!

use candy canes to match her mani and the Salon Clip Bow from Scunci!

you can always let the glosses do the talking! the Smashbox amazing Be Legendary Lip Glosses in holiday colors {with or without sparkle} should do the trick.

if she's not a gloss gal, these Sun Bum lip balms are a beautiful option!

for the one on your list who loves to smell good...Soap & Paper Factory Solid Perfume in Bella would be a great choice. it makes the perfect gift since it travels well and can be tossed into any handbag. this hand-poured scent is created with jojoba oil and pure beeswax with notes of bergamot, grapefruit and black pepper, it's described as uplifting and citrusy, but you can find it in other formulations on their website. {}

last but not least…gift a not-so-basic Conair hair brush, but glam it up to make her daily mane-keeping ritual a bit more special.

you can find all of these products online and in stores now. happy shopping!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

holiday 2014: Mally Beauty Gift sets

{singing} it's the most wonderful time of the year…

still need more gift ideas? i have some fabulous gems for you to consider from Mally Beauty!

if there was ever a beauty brand to give {or gift to yourself} that would be loved, it's the brand Mally Rancal heads up. her products are amazing, formulated to last while making its user look and feel beautiful. we follow each other on Twitter and the woman is fabulous! currently, she's boasting her festive flair and it's so contagious {check out her Instagram, too}. 

for the holidays, her gift sets are {as Mally would say} gorgois ~ from rich and colorful eyeliners to maximum-shine lipsticks packaged in trendy bags, they're sure to be the hit of the season...

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Set:
light up your eyes with this set of liners in festive shades. the budge-proof, waterproof eye liner glides on smoothly and effortlessly, while delivering rich color. accompanied with a chic metallic bag, you’ll look gorgois even on the go. 

Mally Beauty Mally Golden Rule of Beauty 5-Piece Collection with Clutch Bag: 
achieve a flawless, luminous look for lip to lashes with this coordinated five-piece kit! add a sheer layer of color on your lids with crease-proof eye shadow and add definition with a deep, waterproof eyeliner. put the perfect finish on your lashes with jet-black mascara; add a gentle blush to make you look flawlessly flushed, then finish off your look with High-Shine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom to make your lips look irresistible.

visit to order these sets {don't wait too long, time is running out to receive by december 24th}. happy shopping!

info and images courtesy of Mally Beauty representative 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holiday 2014: gift ideas for him

for all the men in your life, take a look at these fab, fun and pampering gift ideas!

graphic tees featuring his favorite shows, movies and things to do…

techie gifts, like video games and accessories are always popular {this portable speaker looks fab!}; if he's into craft beer, consider personalizing a set of pint glasses for him...

if he loves to read, a gift card to his favorite local book store is fab, and if he likes reading on a tablet or smartphone, a subscription service {like Oyster , Kindle Unlimited and Scribd} will make 2015 his best reading year yet; even if he doesn't like to read, books that feature his favorite subjects can also make great gifts…

these pampering products will make him feel good {even if he won't admit it out loud}…

pep up his daily routine with the iconic bestselling blend! he'll love this Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Bestsellers Gift Set with its antioxidant-rich products, blended with madagascan black peppercorn oil and vetiver.

Lavett & Chin Hair Wash, cleanses and conditions without stripping his locks thanks to a formula is blended with organic ingredients including balancing geranium leaf oil to treat and maintain a healthy scalp, and rosemary leaf oil to stimulate hair follicles. to compliment the wash, the non-greasy Lavett & Chin Hair Moisturizer is formulated to revive, moisturize and strengthen each strand from within, without weighing it down.

Burt’s Bees Natural Skincare for Men chock-full of clean, no-fuss, no-frills natural care products he doesn't even know he wants but won’t be able to live without. items to consider include Natural Skin Care for Men Bar Soap to clean intensely, energize and purify; Body Wash invigorates and wakes up skin, and the Shave Cream offers aid in giving the perfect shave thanks to its natural ingredients.

Conair Professional Volare X2 by Ferrari, powered by the legend behind Ferrari, uses an ultra-efficient MaxLife® Pro motor; designed and built for BaBylissPRO in collaboration with Ferrari engineers {if he's into cars, this is sort of a big deal…}, the precision cutting blade is titanium coated for exceptional performance.

hopefully these suggestions help... happy shopping! :)