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Three Valentines Day Gifts for Under $50

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I love the theory of Valentines day….being open with the people you care about and telling them how much they are appreciated and loved.  But, I have always been shocked at how much that sentiment can get blown out of proportion!  Love does not mean having to buy the most expensive gift, or go to the fanciest of dinners.  The best kind of love comes in tiny gestures.  So, with that thought I would love to share some fun gift ideas for your friends, family or your honey.  All of them under $50



Any one who knows me knows that I adore a good wine and cheese night!  I think that some of the best moments I have had with Mike or my friends are those days or nights when we pile around the dinner table with some good food and great wine.  One of my favorite activities to do with my babe is a day of wine tasting in Temecula Valley at our winery of choice Europa Village.  For as little as $15 a person you can taste some of your favorite wines (I highly recommend the La Scappatella).  We love spending a lazy Sunday listing to live music, and relaxing on their patio.  This is an absolute must for you Valentines lovers. 



I couldn’t do a Valentines day roundup without including something for you beauty lovers out there!  But, this time I want to include something unique and fun.  Think bedazzled. Think kissable, rosy lips.  What could be better than the Bejeweled Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lip Jar?!  This stunning little package deeply moisturizes the lips, and gives a soft rosy tint that will make your lips luscious. It also has a rose/vanilla/red berry scent that is delicious and smells divine.  I have to tell you that I have become quite addicted to this balm, and LOVE pulling it out of my purse.  Everyone will be asking where you got it! Vaseline created these limited edition jars with a heart on the lid, and European crystals surrounding the packaging. Available at Kitson and–  Vaseline is also available for $2.29 at food, drug, and mass retailers nationwide. 


And last but not least, jewelry.  I can’t do a post about Valentines Day and NOT include something blingy!  I love this Kate Spade key bracelet because it can be perfect for your love, your best friend, or your family.  It symbolizes the key to your heart.  So simple and classy.  I have never been a fan of anything too over the top, and I love the quiet message this gives.  It makes a huge statement in such a petite and elegant package. Love! 

Vaseline sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Walmart Holiday Fragrance Gift Center

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 During the holidays I am the go-to gal when it comes to gifting my sisters and girlfriends with beauty goodies.  I usually like to find something unique and personal.  Fragrance is always my top pic.  Yet, fragrance can be hard to choose when it comes to finding the perfect scent for your favorite gal (or guy), so I tend to keep it simple and fun with wallet friendly celebrity fragrances.

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Desiderata – Happy Holidays!

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In honor of the season, I hope to share with you my favorite poem.  

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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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