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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 2

11 Dec

 

I’m back with my second list of Gift Guide suggestions! If you aren’t shopping for any Beauty lovers, feel free to stop reading now. What follows are some of my favorite seasonal offerings from lesser-known to popular beauty brands.

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Fresh has delightful packaging all year-round, but during the holidays they outdo themselves. This year, the brand even included some colored pencils for gift customization. The Fresh Sugar lip balms are always a safe bet. For someone who appreciates non-irritating skincare, pick up the Holiday Glow Skincare or Skincare Solutions Set for age-delay essentials. Fresh.com

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.49.33 PMBuxom

Buxom has some of my very favorite go-to lipglosses. For the holidays, they always come out with great collections and this year is no different. If you’re shopping for a gloss fanatic, don’t give it another thought. Head straight for the Buxom Lips Off Leash collection at Sephora. It features 7 shimmering Full-On Lip Polishes and 8 Full-On Lip Creams for a glassy-smooth finish. 15 totally wearable, lip plumping, deliciously scented mini glosses. Sephora.com

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trios let you pick two pans of crease-resistant shimmer/matte/metallic shades. All can be used with a wet or dry brush, and fit easily into a reusable black compact (sold separately). Shop with her unique eye color in mind at elizabetharden.com.

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.55.38 PMFarsáli

The Farsáli Unicorn Essence is a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists. It’s a water-based, dual purpose serum that preps the skin perfectly for makeup.

The brand recently launched Rose Gold Elixir – another oil that also reduces the look of facial creases. It’s made with pure 24k gold flakes that leave skin radiant. Personal tip: I love using this on my lips under matte lipstick! Both products are finally available at Sephora in full and mini sizes. Grab a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift!

 

STOCKING STUFFERS

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 7.00.54 PMWinky lux 

This little Winky lux Balm Baby Trio is adorable! 3 full-sized lip balms. Pill shapes. Flower-filled. Total fun. Nordstrom.com

 

 

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BeautyBlender

The Midas Touch is designed as a festive holiday ornament. It includes one original beautyblender and a mini blendercleanser solid in limited-edition packaging. The perfect starter kit for flawless makeup application. Sephora.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 9.37.03 PMDrybar

Love this trio of Drybar Merry Mini Must-Haves. Travel-sized Detox Dry Shampoo, Detox Dry Conditioner, and Triple Sec 3-in-1 make the essential stocking stuffer. thedrybar.com

 

 

That’s it for now! Expect some fragrance and beauty tool ideas in Gift Guide No. 3

xo

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide | No. 1

6 Dec

Instead of one lengthy guide of gift suggestions this year, I’ll be posting a few shorter lists over the next two weeks. If you’re stuck and want specific ideas, feel free to comment below or email me.

I’ve gotten a few inquiries about buying gifts for the woman who has fun, feminine style – but doesn’t necessarily need more beauty products. I can’t totally relate to the notion of too many products… but okay, I’m game.

From a stocking stuffer to spa certificate, here are a few ideas to get the girl who basically needs nothing.

 

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Jennifer Adams HOME

For the woman who appreciates style and always seems to look effortlessly chic – pick up a Jennifer Adams throw. You might be familiar with Jennifer’s bedding collections, but check out

 her new lifestyle site! Each throw is handmade with the most gorgeous natural fabrics. Timeless linen, cotton, silk threads, accent tassels, etc. She’ll keep it forever. Shop Jenniferadams.com.

 

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The Hollywood Silk Solution

Silk pillowcases are more than just smooth and cool on your face. They can extend the life of your blowout, reduce hair breakage and those fine facial lines you can develop overnight. These come in 3 colors and are made from the highest grade (6A) pure mulberry silk. Single cases are sold in cute, small boxes – easy to pop in a stocking, or the mail. Shop thehollywoodsilksolution.com.

 

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 4.41.03 PMWander Wet Bags

I love throwing these bags in my travel tote or gym bag. Put anything you want to keep separate in one of these eco-friendly, water-resistant bags. Made right here in So Cal, they’re available in 4 sizes that fit a phone and some keys, all the way up to a wet suit and towel.

My favorite print is the Starfish in Whitsunday Sand, but check out all the Wander Wet Bag options at wanderwetbags.com.

 

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Honestly, what woman doesn’t love cookie dough? Personally, I prefer it to the actual cookie. Now you can have edible (no eggs) cookie dough sent anywhere. There are even vegan & gluten-free options. Best. Gift. Ever! Create a fun variety pack of your own, or go with their popular edoughble suggestions. My favorite: Milk n’ Cookies. I haven’t tried S’more Please yet but I’ve got a good feeling about it. Shop edoughble.com

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 11.48.47 PMBlue Medi Spa

I’ve driven by this spa in Sherman Oaks for years, and not stopped in until recently. I now get why they were voted Best Medical Spa of the Year by American Spa Magazine. A gift card to Blue Medi Spa is a fool-proof idea for anyone in LA – including men. Check out their site for facials, injectables, laser hair removal, and more. The Perfect Derma Peel is really popular… but gift with caution. No one wants to be insulted by a present. Amiright!?

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 12.00.47 AMGive Back

I can never spend enough time in a park. Walking, camping, hiking, anything! We are so lucky to have access to so many gorgeous national parks. Help support their upkeep by donating to the National Park Foundation – the official charity for the National Park Service.

There are a few ways you can buy gifts and support America’s parks at the same time…

  • Donate in honor or memory: Donate to national parks in someone’s name to celebrate their memory or mark a special occasion
  • Park gear: Pick up one of these gifts to support NPF’s important work
  • Volunteer: Invite someone to get their hands dirty with you… Help out a park or program together!

 

Stay tuned for Gift Guide No. 2!

xo

 

 

More Beauty Sales

22 Nov

Just got the 411 on a few more Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales being hosted by some of our favorite beauty brands. Spread the good word!

BUXOM | BuxomCosmetics.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY: Get 25% off on all orders + FREE Shipping!
  • Code: BFCM25 

KAT VON D | KatVonDBeauty.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY, 11/23-25: For every $75 purchase, get a FREE vegan leather makeup bag filled with 4 minis: Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black, Ink Liner in Trooper Black, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo, and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism. FREE Shipping on all US orders. Code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • CYBER MONDAY, 11/26-27: For every $50 purchase, get a FREE mini compact mirror. FREE Shipping on all US orders. Code: CYBERMONDAY
  • GIVING TUESDAY, 11/28: Buy any Farm Sanctuary Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and receive a FREE Kat Von D Beauty tote bag! Code: GIVINGTUES

VOLAIRE | volaire.com

Specials go LIVE today! Get exclusive discounts through Cyber Monday + great deals on holiday bundles. One-stop shopping for anyone who needs a little help getting (and keeping!) some volume in their hair.

OUAI | theouai.com

Grab the special Every Which Ouai Set for $85 + FREE shipping this weekend. Set includes: Wave Spray, Smooth Spray, Finishing Crème, Rose Hair & Body Oil, and clear envelope clutch.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

20 Nov

By the end of this week, your email will be flooded with tons of discount offers. And a week from today, even more will pop up. What follows is a small compilation of beauty deals that you can look forward to for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Enjoy!

ULTA | Ulta.com

Get great discounts on brands like Lipstick Queen! Get a signature makeup pouch & mini nude lip liner when you spend $30 or more on Lipstick Queen product.

KORRES | korresusa.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Up to 60% off bundles for the entire weekend (11/24 – 11/26)
  • CYBER MONDAY: 30% off any purchase for 1 day only with code CYBER
  • Free shipping on any purchase from 11/24 – 11/27

Lip bundle: Natural Lip Essentials $45 ($110 value)

  • 2 mango butter lip sticks (cinnamon, natural pink)
  • 2 raspberry twists lip sticks (grace, allure)
  • 2 guava lip sticks (wine red, natural pink)

Greek yoghurt bundle: Greek Yoghurt Makeup Prep $55 ($93 value)

  • Smoothie priming moisturiser
  • Under Eye Priming moisturiser
  • Makeup wipes 

Body bundle: Head to Toe Hydration $68 ($137 value)

  • 2 Shower gels (vanilla guava, white grape)
  • 2 Body butters (Japanese rose, jasmine)
  • 2 Mandarin Lip Butters (Rose, Peach)

MACADAMIA PROFESSIONAL | macadamiahair.com

Get 50% off + free shipping on all orders placed November 22-27

NARS | narscosmetics.com

Give & Take Event! All online purchases will be 20% off. This is the only site-wide sale all year! Enjoy discounts from November 23-28.

OLE HENRIKSEN | olehenriksen.com

November 22-28, use code “FRIYAY” at check-out to get a FREE 9-piece skincare set ($63 value) loaded with skincare favorites (deluxe minis) with every $50 purchase + free shipping.

  1. Truth Serum
  2. Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer
  3. The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser
  4. Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
  5. Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
  6. Truth On the Glow Cleansing Cloths (10-pack)
  7. Power Peel Transforming Facial System (1 use)
  8. Power Bright 3-Step Professional Brightening System (1 use)
  9. OLEHENRIKSEN Travel Bag

 

NORDSTROM | Nordstrom.com

Cyber 5: For 5 days, November 23-27 get an array of online discounts and promotions on brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Smith & Cult, Bobbi Brown, Dermaflash, Anastasia & more!

SHU UEMURA |ShuUemura-USA.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND (November 22-25): 20% off any order over $50; 25% off any order over $100 with code SHUBF
  • CYBER MONDAY (November 27- 28): Expect a new flash sale every 24 hours!

SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR |ShuUemuraArtOfHair-USA.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Get 25% off any $125 order + get Limited-Edition Super Mario Brothers Paddle Brush, Gift Bag & Free Shipping. *Not applicable to limited edition collections, gift sets or travel sizes.

MILK MAKEUP | MilkMakeup.com

Milk will be running specials from midnight 11/21 thru Tuesday, 11/28. Also look forward to:

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Get 3 Liquid Strobe liquid highlighters for $30 ($72 value)
  • CYBER MONDAY: $10 off ALL kits

 

CATRICE COSMETICS | CATRICECosmetics.com

  • BLACK FRIDAY: Black Bag Deal (November 24th & 25th): Pick any 5 products for only $20 + get free shipping & black gift bag
  • CYBER MONDAY: Spin to Win (November 27th): Spin digital wheel to receive random deal

 

Happy Shopping!

xo

Special Stylist Shoutout

8 Nov

IMG_6668We live in a service city, it’s true. Angelenos are used to having specialists for everything from fashion to fireplaces on speed dial. Is speed dial still a thing? If you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, there isn’t much you can’t book an appointment for, or get delivered in LA.

And we’re known for customer service. Especially when it comes to beauty. As a local beauty blogger, I visit a lot of offices, salons, and spas – where professionals are passionate about their crafts and eager to share their expertise. This city believes in the customer experience.

So when a hair stylist stands out among so many other gifted local artists, I have to give her a special shoutout.

Cheers to Desi at the Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills! Not because she did my highlights exactly as I wanted (No caramel!), and not because she works at one of the longest standing salons in the city. But because of her commitment and energy.

My satisfaction was her priority from the time I walked in, until the moment I exited. She kept it real, too. My kinda girl. Desi showed me all the products my hair definitely didn’t need, and how to use the ones that would make a big difference.

Last note: It was great to see a stylist so proud of her team. She wasn’t new to the Umberto Salon but spoke with all the excitement of a new hire. It’s not uncommon for salons to take on a familial culture, but it’s still awesome to hear firsthand accounts of owners taking good care of their employees. Props to Umberto Savone, too!

Book an appointment with Desi at:

Umberto Salon | 416 N. Canon Dr., BH 90210 | 310.274.6395

xo