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Must Have Holiday Kits from NYX

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is beauty kits. I get all of my favorites in one set and often get to try new colors without having to buy each product separately. I save money and get my beauty fix. NYX has introduced several new holiday kits that you'll absolutely love. They're affordable and you may just buy them for yourself instead of someone else.

I'm absolutely addicted to lip gloss, so I was thrilled to see NYX is offering two different lip gloss kits for just $20 each. You can choose between The “It” List Pink or The “It” List Natural. Each contains five different glosses in different formulas including mega shine, plumper, creams and butter gloss. I'm partial to the pinks, but the natural colors are perfect for adding a bit of color for any occasion.

NYX has appealed to my other beauty weakness – nail polish. I somehow find a way to use even the oddest colors. The Heat Is On nail polish set contains 18 warm tone colors for only $20. Trust me when I say these colors will make your nails pop. From neons to glitter, this set has it all.

Give your eyes a treat this season with the Jumbo Eye Pencil Collection – Center Stage. NYX has combined their six best selling shades in one irresistible kit. I love these pencils because their easy to apply and can be used as liner and shadow. Plus, you'll find a reason to use every single color. At only $20, it's a must have.

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Holiday Trend: Best Beauty Gift Sets from Sephora

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:
The holidays are quickly approaching and many are beginning that much dreaded search for the perfect gift. While we can’t advise on every personality type, for beauty lovers, there is no better one stop shop than Sephora. From makeup must have’s to perfume possibilities, we’ve got the 411 for quick gift ideas.

The Gift of Travel
If you have a frequent traveler on your list who adores beauty products, than Josie Maran’s Escape To Morocco Holiday Lights & Brights Set is the perfect pick! This four-piece set contains some of Josie Maran’s bestselling color essentials including; 100% Pure Argan Oil Light, Argan Illuminizer, Argan Color Stick in Spice, and Argan High Gloss Lip Quench in limited-edition Pink Honey. All products are .5 oz or less so they’re the perfect carry on match. The set retails for $29.00.

Build a Gingerbread House

Give the gift of decadence (without the added calories) this season by purchasing Philosphy’s Gingerbread House Set. This eight-piece collection of festive holiday products includes four .04 oz High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shines (in Sugar Sprinkles, Candy Fruit Rings, Melting Marshmallow, and Peppermint Stick), and four .4 oz Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath selections (in Spiced Gingerbread Cookie, Green Jelly Bean, Golden Butter Candy, Peppermint Bark). This set retails for $42.00.

All That Glitters is Gold
Have a high glam diva on your list? Well let that that sister shine with Sephora’s own Glitz and Glam set. This gorgeous day-to-night collection features eight of Sephora’s best sellers as well an adorable clutch purse to hold them all in. The set includes; 0.05 oz Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade, “Space Cowboy”, 0.11 oz Nars Lip Gloss in the shade, “Gold Digger”, 0.17 oz Nails Inc™ Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat, 0.18 oz Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelèe, 0.135 oz Lancôme Hypnôse Star in Noir Midnight, 0.34 oz Stila Stay All Day 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, one set of Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in the style, “Celebrity”, and 0.02 oz Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool. The set retails for $45.00

Flowers in the Air
Looking for the perfect fragrance set to add to your list? Than look no further than Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Gift Set. Scents of Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom will delight your senses in this collection making even the most hectic holiday schedule seem to fade away. This set includes; .7 oz Eau de Parfum, 0.33 oz Eau de Parfum Rollerball, 1.36 oz Voluptuous Body Cream, and 1.7 oz Perfumed Shower Gel. This set retails for $140.00.

A Few of Our Favorite Things
We must admit, there are few things sweeter than a beauty set that has it all and that’s why we are in love with the Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things set. This 28 piece collection features everything you need to give great face this holiday. The set includes; twenty 1.2 oz Eye Shadows (in the shades Snowflakes, Whiskers on Kittens, Chocolate Milk, Moon on their Wings, Dark Chocolate, Cream Colored Ponies, Honey Honey, Busch de Noel, Evergreen, Blue Satin Sashes, Coquet, Taffy, Crisp Apple Strudel, Woolen Mittens, Soirée, Tinsel, Bluff, Ooh La Orchid, Party Time, and Pure Glam), two 0.28 oz Blush shades (in Raindrops on Roses and Melt into Spring), two 0.28 oz Bronzer shades (in Sun Bunny and Chocolate Soleil), 0.1 oz Lip Injection Color Bomb! in the shade, “Bee Sting”, 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara in Carbon Black, a Chevron clutch, and a How-To Glamour Guide. Retailing at only $56.00, this set is a steal!

So hurry to your nearest Sephora location or log on to today. With so much to choose from, and prices this amazing, it’s okay to be naughty and sneak in a set for yourself!

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Ulta Holiday Wish List

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This holiday I was given the task to go and find the perfect "holiday beauty wish list" of products from Ulta. Well, it is a hard job, but I am more than happy to do it!

Every holiday season I love scouring the beauty isles for new or limited edition products.  Also, I have always adored the holiday gift sets, that give you an incredible bang for your buck! Seriously, it is a beauty junkies dream. 

One of the things I love most about Ulta is that they have a great combination of hard to find brands, along with some of your favorite staples.  I always head to Ulta to stock up on IT Cosmetics, Dermablend, and my CoverGirl. The perfect one stop shop! 

For this wish list, I decided to create a set of products that would get you through the holiday parties with ease. 

  • Mia 2 Clarisonic Skin Care Cleansing System: This is my holy grail of products. And, during the holiday season when the weather wrecks havoc on you skin, this is the perfect way to keep your skin fresh and ready for your moisturizer. 
  • Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum: I have turned many of my friends onto this little power packed moisturizer. It blends the power of a serum with the intensity of a hydrating moisturizer. It feels like silk on the skin and makes my winter dry face feel comforted. 
  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye: Let's face it, the holidays are stressful.  No sleep, late nights, and bad weather can take a toll.  So, one of the most important things for me is a good concealer to mask my tired dark circles.  This little beauty is a peach pigment that also is packed with skincare essentials that conceal and help to brighten up your dark circles as well! 
  • Tarte Cosmetics Stop and Stare Eyeliner Set: you can not go wrong with this set. My favorite SmolderEyes chunky (and waterproof!) eyeliners in two stunning limited edition bronze colors, and three Skinny SmolderEyes liners that will help you create an instant and sexy smokey eye. Love! 
  • Ulta Chi Ceramic Flat Iron:  Not only is this a phenomenal price point (under $100), but Chi is one of my favorite flat irons.  The design and shape allows you to straighten and curl, making this duo task master the perfect hair tool for your holiday parties. I adore creating romantic waves for the holidays, and this makes it easy. 
  • Marc Jacobs Honey:  I love to have a bright floral perfume for the holidays.  My only problem is that I can never find one that isn't a sweet smelling overload. I like my perfume to smell fresh, and clean but not overwhelming. Marc Jacobs Honey is just that; clean and pretty.  It reminds me of Spring, and gets me compliments all day long. 

What is on your wish list?  If you want to see more of my beauty picks, than check out my Pinterest Holiday Gift Guide. 

ULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it's an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!   
Discourse: Compensation was provided by ULTA Beauty via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ULTA Beauty.
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Glossybox for Net-A-Porter

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 Glossybox has teamed up with Net-A-Porter to give you a chance to easily try the latest beauty products available. I love trying new products, but gathering them all together is sometimes difficult. For some products, I'd prefer to try a sample first to see if I want the full size. With the Glossybox Luxury Limited Edition Beauty Box, I get the best of both worlds. A mix of full-size and sample luxury beauty essentials is conveniently packaged and sent straight to my door.

Whether you consider yourself cutting edge or a trend setter, you'll want to jump on this limited time offer. The box includes eight must try products that are guaranteed to hook you. At only $40, you can't afford not to give these products a try. Remember, you won't find this luxury box anywhere but

If you truly want to protect your skin from the sun, you'll love trying the .34 oz tube of Natura Bisse's Diamond White SPF 50+++ Oil-Free Brillant Sun Protection. Give your eyes a little shimmer with Kevyn Aucoin's The Eye Shadow Duo in nude and dark blue. Complete your eyes with Ellis Faas' Mascara in black.

This set isn't just about makeup. Philip B's Oud Royal Gravity-Defying Gel gives you excellent hold without any residue. One product I'd love to try myself is Klorane's Dry Shampoo complete with Oat Milk to take care of those in-between wash days.

Treat your nails with RGB's Cuticle Oil with jojoba and biotin. If your skin seems a bit lackluster, give Avene's Thermal Spring Water Spray a try. Finally, try an enticing fragance with Joya Ames Sceurs Roll-on Parfum.

I told you it was a mix you wouldn't want to miss out on.

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FabFitFun Fall VIP Box

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Wouldn’t it be so much easier to look and feel great if everything you needed came in one convenient box? I think the same thing. Thanks to FabFitFun, that’s now a reality. The FabFitFun Fall VIP Box is a collection of items put together by Giuliana Rancic to help you look and feel great inside and out. I’m completely sold on the fact that I get more than $175 worth of products for just $49.95.

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Black Friday Beauty Deals 2013

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Black Friday Beauty

Black Friday Beauty Deals

AHAVA – 40% off the entire site, Available exclusively from Wednesday, 11/27 through Cyber Monday, 12/2

Alterna Haircare – Purchase the 3 Steps to Flawless Hair Kit, containing Caviar Moisture Shampoo (1.35 oz), Caviar Moisture Conditioner (1.35 oz) and Caviar CC Cream (0.85 oz) for only $10.00 (a $26.00 value) at

Bath & Body Works – Exclusive limited edition VIP tote bag with your purchase of $40, over $100 value for just $20. The tote includes seven of the brand’s best-selling products including the newest must-have fragrances of the season.

be Delectable Body Products – With every purchase of $50.00 of be Delectable products at Kohl’s on Black Friday, shoppers receive $15.00 of ‘Kohl’s Cash.’

Biotherm – 35% off Orders $115 +, 25% off Orders $90+, 15% off orders under $90. Promo Code: BIOBEST. Black Friday 11/29 and Cyber Monday 12/2 until midnight.

BLISS – Black Friday & Cyber Monday: 20% off all full size bliss, Elemis and Remede products (sets not included)

blowpro – 25% off entire purchase; Promo Code: blowprothanks. Black Friday 11/29 and Cyber Monday 12/2 until midnight.

The Body Shop – Starting Wednesday, November 27th, in-store and online, with every $30 purchase you can snag a fun, reusable Community Fair Trade “I <3 The Body Shop” tote, filled with 9 customer beauty favorites—all for only $25! [Suggested Retail Value: $108.50]!

butter LONDON Nail Polish – Black Friday through Cyber Monday will be gifting customers with 20% off site wide (excluding product marked at “last-call”) and 50% off “last-call” items. Unlock these deals using the code CYBER13.

CARGO – On Black Friday, receive 50% off the Let’s Meet in Paris Mini Lip Gloss Kits; purchase for $8 (a $16 value), Available exclusively on Friday 11/29 at ULTA stores/

Chantecaille – Friday 11/29, receive a free Tiger in The Wild Palette, with any purchase of $225 or more at

C.O. Bigelow: C.O. Bigelow is offering 25% off C.O. Bigelow products online only – Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 2, 2013. CODE: Turkey1838

Dermablend — Receive a free gift with any purchase over $36. For orders $36 or more use code SHOP2 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Long Wear Makeup Remover Sample. For orders $60 or more use code SHOP3 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Setting Powder Sample. For orders $100 or more use code SHOP4 and receive Free Standard Shipping + a Kabuki brush.

Desert Essence – 25% off all orders! Get free shipping on all orders $25 and up. Promo Code: CYBER. Black Friday 11/29 and Cyber Monday 12/2 until midnight.

H2O Plus -- Black Friday – $25 off your $100 purchase all day. Early Bird Shopping: Free half size Sea Salt Skin Smoother with any purchase 6am – 10am (web) / 10am-1pm (stores).

INGLOT Cosmetics – Will be offering 20% off online. Also receive a free #77 Gel Eyeliner with any purchase over $80. – This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shop on for 40% off the Pearl Gentle White and Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening Systems for a white smile for less.

LORAC — Exclusive PRO Pewter eye shadow set at and Sephora Inside JC Penny. The chic, cult-favorite hue retails for $10 (a $39 value) and includes a complimentary 3-in-1 Waterproof EyeLiner in Ultra Black. ONLY on Black Friday (while supplies lasts). Ulta will offer The Stylist Palette on Black Friday in Platinum and Solid Gold for only $12.

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Thursday through Sunday: 30% off any order – coupon code MARK30.

Nordstrom — 200 beauty brands are offering OVER 80 GIFTS WITH PURCHASE. Choose from dozens of free gifts with purchase featuring fantastic values, including Estee Lauder, Smashbox, Jo Malone London, Clarisonic, Bobbi Brown and more! But hurry – these won’t last long! PLUS, Nordstrom Beauty’s annual SnowGlobe gift with purchase is free with ANY women’s fragrance purchase of $150 or more. Nordstrom Beauty also has a men’s gift with purchase: free whiskey glasses with ANY men’s fragrance or grooming purchase of $100 or more. Also included are several AMAZING doorbuster items. These are sure to fly out the door Friday morning as they are limited quantity and great values (i.e. Clarisonic under $100).

ROGUE by Rihanna – Bracelet Gift Set, available on Black Friday, $49, at Macy’s, Dillards, and Belk

Shu uemura – 20% off plus free shipping on all orders over $50. Promo code: WISH2012. Black Friday 11/29 and Cyber Monday 12/2 until midnight.

Spa Sonic – Visit on Black Friday to purchase the Spa Sonic system for $33 and Cyber Monday through Cyber Week for $32.

TANDA – Shop for 40% off of TANDA’s acne-clearing and anti-aging LED devices. Code: TANDA40. Starts 11/27 at 12:00am until 12/2 at 11:59am

ULTA – ULTA Starry Lights Light-Up Blockbuster, $16.99 ($200 value) plus deals on BareMinerals, Benefit, OPI, Philosophy & more.

Urban Decay – On Black Friday, get a 6-piece bundle of Revolution Lipstick for only $50 (a $132 value). Set includes the following shades: Jilted, F-Bomb, Catfight, Naked, Native and Protest. Get travel sizes of All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Supercurl Mascara and Eyeshadow Primer Potion, as well as the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, for $35 (a $72 value.) Available exclusively on Friday 11/29.

WELEDA — 25% off all products, 11/29 – 11/30 and 12/1 – 12/2 – Black Friday (11/29) – 40% off Site Wide, 24-hour sale: Cannot be combined with other offers, excludes bundle

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October Wantable Beauty Box

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I am absolutely thrilled to have joined with Wantable this month, to help curate their October beauty box.  This box is a great introduction to Fall makeup, and the richer colors that I love. My favorite thing about this box is the simplicity, and the selection of stunning colors. The kit allows you to create some easy fall looks, from the cat eye to the deep red Fall lip. One of my favorite makeup lines, Lise Watier includes a felt tip Feline HD eyeliner and mascara, which will bring out your inner Catwoman. The liner is extremely easy to use, and glides across your eyelid with ease. And the best part? It stay on. Serious longevity. 

Next up, Manna Kadar makeup shares two cheeks and lip stain blushes that will give you the perfect flush. I am personally in love with these rose-wine blushes for Fall and Winter. The staying power is amazing, and they look incredible on the lips as well for an easy and classic matte rose lip. 

Cailyn cosmetics provides a soft as silk Kabuki brush, and an amazing gel liner that includes a precision applicator brush that makes creating a smokey eye easy. Simply smooth the gel liner along the lash line, and blend with a pencil brush. Hello Sophia Loren!

Check out the October beauty box here:

Makeup Artist Tips:

  • When using a felt tip eyeliner, pull the eye toward the ear and hold taught. The gives you stability with the eye, and makes creating a clean line easy!
  • If the red lipstick is too dark for your comfort level, layer the Manna pink cream blush in the center of the lip for a softer red-rose look
  • For a daytime Fall lip, layer the copper bronze lipstick with the Manna pink cream blush.  Or, for a more intense rose lip look, layer the dark cheek & lip stain with the copper bronze lip. 
  • If you are gun shy with a dark black cat eye, than try a softer smokey eye look. Use the Cailyn gel eyeliner, and smudge near the top eyelashes.  Then go over the liner with a eye shadow pencil brush, blending in a warm brown eye shadow over the gel to soften the color. 
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