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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

Hey all! I’m here with my last gift guide of the year (I think).  I have a few last minute gift ideas.  You can get almost everything by Christmas if you shop online in the next day or two, and you can also go in to stores to pick up lots of great gifts!

Below are skincare, body care and makeup sets that will make amazing gifts:

Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set ($39 USD) — With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Where to Buy: us.laneige.com,
Burt's Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm (4 Pack for $20) — For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Where to Buy: www.BurtsBees.com
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault ($49 USD, on sale now for less at the stores below) for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash Body Lotion Duo Gift Set - Lime & Coriander
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash/Body Lotion Duo Gift Set – Lime & Coriander

 

Bigelow Chemist Hand Wash & Body Lotion Duo Set features two of their top selling
formulas infused with the scent of Lime & Coriander.  You can purchase this in other scents as well.
Are you still shopping?  Any tips for last minute shoppers?
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Affordable Makeup in the Pantone Color of the Year 2019 — Living Coral

Hi All!  I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone has announced their  Color of the Year 2019 –Living Coral!

Coral isn’t just for spring anymore!  It’s a pretty and wearable color for lips, cheeks, eyes and more!  Here are some affordable options:

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar
Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max, Sweet Nectar ($14 USD) —  Volume-maximizing lip treatment with a cooling sensation and glossy finish.  Peptides hydrate, firm and plump.  Added aloe heals, jojoba moisturizes and chamomile soothes. Fresh mint flavor.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Raw Kiss  ($4.99 USD) — ​Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour delivers high intensity color with a velvety matte finish from the very first stroke! Apply to hydrated lips for long lasting bold matte color!

POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush, Coral Crush
POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush, Coral Crush

POP Beauty Prismatic Pop Blush in Coral Crush ($12 USD) Beam up your favourite features & make your skin POP with prismatic perfection! This ultra light reflecting illuminator seamlessly blends onto the skin for an ethereal finish; creating a multifaceted, three dimensional, luminous glow.

L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette
L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette
AVANILA Laboratories_ Vanilla + Fire for Strength
LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength

LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength ($14 USD) — Perfectly aligned with this year’s color is the newest addition of Vanilla + Fire for Strength to the LAVANILA Laboratories’ Elements Collection of healthy deodorants. Pantone credits nature as being one of the leading components behind their selection, and LAVANILA does too. Made with all natural ingredients, LAVANILA Laboratories’ Vanilla + Fire for Strength excludes aluminum and metal ions, and delivers antioxidants and essential oils to the skin instead. It’s time to enter the new year by revitalizing your beauty routine, and embracing the color of the year!

Vanilla + Fire for Strength  An energizing combination of warm and exotic essential oils: red ginger, wild orange and vanilla to ignite your inner power.

What do you think about Living Coral?  Do you have any coral makeup suggestions?

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BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — December 2018

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My first BoxyLuxe arrived yesterday!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over a year. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

Here’s what I got this month:

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I have to say that my first impression was wow! This box is so much larger than norm BoxyCharm and it was packed full. The products are basically what you need for a full face of color cosmetics, eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, mascara and a lippie. Plus, a beautiful brush set and skin care and a bath and body product!

Here’s a closer look and my thougts of each item:

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When I found out this was in the box, I was so excited!  I was still on the waitlist for BoxyLuxe, but I was so hoping I would get off in time for this box.  I’ve never tried Violet Voss.  I am going to review this on my blog later this month (after I’m done with all of my gift guides).  But I have tried it yesterday and today, and spoiler alert — it’s as gorgeous on as in the palette!

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This is a highlighter and blush palette.  I think the shades are pretty, but it’s strange that the product is in strips and not square pans.  It will be difficult to get face brushes into it.  I will probably give this away to someone for Christmas.

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I’m so happy to receive both of these variations.  My shade of lip gloss is Flaming Hot. It’s a shimmering purpley pink with glitters.  It’s so gorgeous on! It will be really nice for holiday parties and my anniversary, which is next weekend.

The LORAC mascara is so fun.  When you apply the blue primer, your lashes are blue!  Colored mascara usually doesn’t show up on my, but this did.  And with the mascara over it, my lashes had so much volume.  I will keep and use both of these products.  And I love that they are from brands I know and like.

IMG_2676 This is such a gorgeous set!  It includes 8 brushes, and they are so pretty and soft!  I’m good on brushes right now, but this will make an amazing gift for a friend (who hopefully isn’t ready this right now)!

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I was happy to see this as well.  I’ve heard such great things about this cram and am looking forward to using it.  I’m not the biggest fan of the strong scent, but I can get past that if it’s as good as I hear.

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I have tried Spongelle before years ago, I think in a PopSugar box.  They are sponges with body wash in it.  They are so foamy and smell amazing.  A really nice addition to my shower routine. This is in the shape of a star and was made for BoxyCharm.

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It’s hard to tell, but this is a small and very cute straightener. I’m not sure if I will give this away or keep it.  Hmm.  I think I might keep it.  We got to choose between a straightener and an eye shadow palette, so I decided to choose this. I think I might need a small straightener for travel!  It folds up nicely into the felt case, too.

IMG_2681  This makeup bag is very nicely made, but I don’t see myself using it.  I will give it to my 23 year old daughter. I think she will like it.  I will probably give her the charger, too.

So, my first BoxyLuxe was a hit!  Out of the 9 items received, I will keep and use 6 of the products and give away 3.  Wow!  I usually only keep one or two of the 5 BoxyCharm products each month.

I really recommend BoxyCharm and BoxyLuxe so far.  You can subscribe here.

Do you subscribe to BoxyCharm and/or BoxyLuxe?  What did you get this month and what do you think?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Gift Sets Part 2

Hi All!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I’m back with more beauty gift sets that will make amazing gifts. So if you haven’t finished your shopping, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Below are skincare, body care and lots of makeup picks:

DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers

DR. JART+ Cicapair Friends Skin Soothers ($36 USD) — Cicapair™Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is a green-to-beige color-correcting treatment that corrects redness and helps protect skin from environmental aggressors. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum is a highly concentrated, fast-acting serum that soothes skin sensitivity while calming redness and irritation. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream is a moisturizing cream to calm sensitive, irritated, inflamed skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask is an overnight mask that soothes redness and irritation to calm damaged skin. Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops is a smart hybrid product—an ultra-lightweight, revitalizing serum and color corrector that neutralizes redness and turns on skin’s glow.

This set contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
– 0.34 oz/ 10 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Cream
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Camo Drops
– 5 x 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask

Purchase at Sephora

NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio
NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio

NaturaBrasil Hand Cream Trio ($29.50 USD) — A great way to try three of our best-loved hand creams in the perfect take-anywhere size. This set contains:

– Maracuja Hand Cream Enriched with soothing Maracujá Oil, this lightweight but efective hand cream penetrates quickly to leave hands feeling soft and smooth, never greasy.

– Castanha Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Castanha Oil and Murumuru butter, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements. The rich texture absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling comfortable, not greasy.

– Cacau Hand Cream Enriched with Brazilian Cacau and Murumuru Butters butters, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin and provides a protective barrier against the elements.

Check out more sets and purchase at http://www.naturabrasil.com

Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic Holiday Edition ($15 USD) — The Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml miracle working toner helps brighten the complexion resulting in a healthier glow.

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies 2nd Edition ($22 USD) — 18 coordinated eye shades in a blendable natural mineral formula. Use with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking finish.

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com and Target

bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection
bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection

bareMinerals Supernova Space Glossary 12-Piece Full-Size Bestsellers Collection ($79 USD) — With full-sized versions of cult-classic favorites like Prime Time and Mineral Veil, this 12-piece set is sure to be a smash. Complete with a brush, mascara, a few lippies, and more, this gift covers all of your bases.

On Saturday, December 8th, all bareMinerals holiday sets will be 40% off at Ulta in store and online. They have lots of sets in different price ranges, so check it out!

Purchase at Ulta or http://www.bareminerals.com

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame
Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame

Urban Decay Holiday Hall of Fame ($39 USD) — Time to pay homage to the holy-grail favorites with some serious cult following. This year we’re welcoming these heavy hitters into the Holiday Hall of Fame, an ultimate arsenal to complete any look this season. Features a travel-size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, travel-size All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, full-size Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a full-size Perversion Mascara.

Urban Decay has lots of other great sets and beautiful palettes (Born to Run anyone?) that would make such nice gifts!

Price: $39, Available at Sephora/Sephora.com, Ulta Beauty/Ulta.com, select Macy’s stores/Macys.com, and UrbanDecay.com

Are you still shopping for beauty gifts?  Any good ideas to share?

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2018 BeautyDeals!

Hi all!  Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone’s having an amazing day! I’m back with my third round of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals!

This time I have some haircare, bath and body, and misc. beauty products that you can get for a steal:

 

The Mane Choice

 

The Mane Choice: During Black Friday weekend, The Mane Choice will be running a 50% off promo on TheManeChoice.com. The offer code will be CHOICE50.

 

Leonor Greyl

Leonor Greyl usa.com Spend 125 dollars and get the Black Friday goodie Bag Volume Kit with:

Two full sizes products:

  • Voluforme
  • Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice

Two travel sizes:

  • Bain Volumateur Aux Algues
  • Masque Fleurs de Jasmin

The 50 gold comb

All this in the black pouch nubuck.  Free Shipping. Starts on Wednesday November 21st and end on Monday November 26th at midnight.

Juara
Juara

Juaraskincare.com  promo period this year is from Wednesday November 21st to Monday November 26th

1)      The membership promo: Become a JUARA preferred customer for $5. Usually it cost $29 annual fee to become a JUARA Preferred Customer and get all those perks, including 15% off on every order all year, and free shipping on orders $90 or more.

2)      Great promo for existing Preferred Customers — Receive 20% on all JUARA PLUS Free shipping on ALL orders, PLUS a very cool branded

 JUARA cosmetic bag with purchase of $50 or more

Rebels Refinery
Rebels Refinery
Rebels Refinery
Black Friday
25% off sitewide with the code BLACKFRIDAY
11/23- 11/26
Baby Foot Exfoliant

Baby Foot Exfoliant
BabyFoot.com
Buy One, Get One FREE! $25 for two boxes
Black Friday only

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — November 2018

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Hi all!  I recently received my second Ipsy Glam Bag Plus ($25 USD), the November box. I received my first box in October.  You can see what I received for that box here.  It is a box that will always include 5 full-sized items.

I had looked in my Ipsy account and saw what I was getting again this month.  I wasn’t happy.  I had seen three spoilers — an IT Cosmetics eye shadow palette, an Ofra highlighter and a First Aid Beauty cleanser (all great spoilers). I didn’t get any of them.

Here is what I received:’

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tarte Make Every Moment Count Cheek Palette ($32 USD)                                                            SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Bum Bum Cream  ($20 USD for 2.5 oz)                                                SLMISSGLAM Eyeshadow Brush Trio – ($45 USD)                                                            Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Set List– ($12 USD)                                                          dr. brandt needles no more NO MORE BAGGAGE eye de-puffing gel – Retail Value $42

This is a pretty blush palette from tarte.  I’m good in blush right now, but this will make a nice gift.  I like that there are three shades. I was hoping to get the IT Cosmetics palette, because I have been wanting to try it.

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This is the one item I’ll use from the box. I received a smaller container of this cream in a BoxyCharm this summer. I really love it.  It’s so hydrating without being greasy and the scent is a delicious pistachio caramel.

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These brushes are great quality.  I’m a little overloaded in brushes, so I will probably give these away. It’s a good brand, thought

IMG_2507I received this in BoxyCharm this year and didn’t like it at all.  It’s so thick and dry and irritates under my eyes.  I don’t know what I am going to do with it.

IMG_2509 This is a pretty fall color, but I don’t wear metallic lip products.  I will probably give it away.

So, this month was a bust for me.  It was $25 and the only thing I’ll use is the $20 cream. I will give the rest of this away.

I have cancelled this box, but maybe I’ll try it again sometime next year.  I’m afraid if they continue with the variations, I won’t get the items I want, which is what can happen in these kind of subscriptions.

Do you get Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Gifts Sets

Hi all!  I’m back with more gorgeous holiday gift ideas! Today I am focusing on sets of items that you can try out or give to a beauty fan!

Below is a variety of holiday gift sets from fragrance, to skincare to bath and body and nails:

LAVANILA Holiday Rollerball trio
LAVANILA Holiday Rollerball trio

LAVANILA The Healthy Fragrance Rollerball Trio: Find your favorite with this trio of hand-crafted, roller-ball fragrances. Each exquisite scent infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with a beautiful blend of pure essential oils for a luxurious experience that is gentle on sensitive skin. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. Set includes 3 x 5ml roller-ball fragrances $20 ($45 value)

  • Vanilla Coconut — Paradise Found: Creamy coconut, Tahitian tiare flower and Madagascar vanilla.

  • Pure Vanilla — The Perfect Vanilla: Warm Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean.

  • Vanilla Grapefruit — Sparkling Citrus: Juicy pink grapefruit, fresh lime, cedar wood and Madagascar vanilla.

 

 

Zoella Beauty Cosmos Fragrance Collection ($16.50 USD) — Discover a scent that’s out of this world with the Zoella Cosmos Fragrance Collection. Cosmos features crisp, uplifting notes of mint blended with delicious red fruits to create a very special limited edition fragrance and body lotion. This set includes:

  • Cosmos Fragrance (1.5 oz)
  • Cosmos Lotion (4.4 oz)

Zoella Beauty Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio ($12.95 USD) — Discover these fragranced wonders in the Zoella Scents of Wonder Rollerball Trio. This trio of rollerballs are the perfect partners for your handbag. This trio includes:

  • Sweet Inspiration Rollerball (0.3 oz)
  • Gelat’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz)
  • Botanic’eau Rollerball (0.3 oz)

Purchase at Ulta.com

Morgan Taylor Lacquer has come out with the Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe” Holiday/Winter 2018 Collection.  The collection is beautiful!  You can purchase 16 new individual shades of polish inspired by Marilyn Monroe, or there are some fun bundles like the ones above.

REACT TRIO WITH BAG — Includes 15ml bottles of REACT Base Coat, REACT Top Coat,
Wish Upon A Starlet polish, and a Marilyn Monroe makup bag

CLASSIC MINI 4 PACK — Includes 5ml bottles of She’s A Natural, Hollywood’s Sweetheart,
A Kiss From Marilyn, and The Camera Loves Me.

You can find a salon to purchase at http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com and some of the sets are available at Ulta.com.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo
Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo

Colorescience Sunforgettable Holiday Duo ($45 USD) — This holiday duo features our Mini Colorescience® Sunforgettable® Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 and Mini Lip Shine SPF 35, in an exclusive scarlet shade.

ONEOSEVEN Gift Set
ONEOSEVEN Gift Set

ONEOSEVEN Gift Set ($79  USD) — A limited edition gift set containing the brand’s newly launched 107 line containing all the essentials for glowing, refreshed skin. Rose Vinegar Water can be used as a makeup setting spray or as a midday refresher that calms and hydrates. An Oil-in-Gel Cleanser with a dual action formula containing Jojoba Seed Oil in a gel base that emulsifies with water to provide a gentle yet deep clean. And finally, an illuminator with 14 different natural oils and amino acids to provide a healthy, soft luminous glow. Plus, all products come in a complimentary branded tote bag!

Purchase at GothamGrove.com

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you buy beauty gifts? I give beauty products to my friends and family, and I have a stockpile for them, but it’s fun to buy these amazing sets!