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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.

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.45.46 PMFresh

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

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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!

 

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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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Gifts They Wouldn’t Buy Themselves

5 Dec

minjun bagI LOVE giving gifts around the holidays. Always have.

One of the things I love most is getting people things that they wouldn’t necessarily get themselves. Things I think they’d enjoy, but probably not think to buy for themselves out of “need.”

Here are a few from this year’s list.

For the woman who’s always running around LA, the list of options is long!

That said, I’m a teensy bit obsessed with the patent leather cuteness of this backpack by Harper Ave. It’s sleek, shiny, hands-free, and grown up enough to carry everything from your laptop to diapers. Who wouldn’t want one??

Another idea for those on the run (literally) is the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File. Sounds random, right? Wrong. It’s fantabulous – and it’s bladeless! This thing exfoliates with a roller head, leaving feet free from all signs of hiking and stiletto-wearing damage. Find it on Amazon or most national drug stores.

Stocking stuffers or fun hostess gifts?

The-Royal-3d-Liquid-Lustre-Set-Groupshot2-600x800I usually don’t opt for sparkly eye shadows but this LORAC The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set is awesome! Encased in a chic velvet box, the collection includes 4 Limited Edition Shades: Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz & Amethyst. They go on in liquid drops, so they look beautiful alone or over an opaque shadow. Plus, at under $30 they’re practically impossible to pass up. Look for it at LORACcosmetics.com.

33539198_060_b14Royal Apothic has come out with adorable Tinties Lip Butters made with sweet almond, grape seed and argan oils. Encased in a rose gold-colored jar, they make for a beautiful bedside balm. Again, who wouldn’t want that?? Pick up a few at Anthropologie in The Grove and keep them on-hand for charming hostess gifts.

Know a guy who grew up road-tripping with the fam?

original_a-licensed-vw-wash-bagSend him this sweet toiletry bag replica of a 1965 VW van from ModCloth.com! This vintage-inspired classic opens easily through a groovy retractable zip roof. Awesome. And, measuring 6 x 12.5 x 5”, it’s big enough for all his favorite hair products and travel essentials.

When it comes to kids, I generally get them the toy or gadget they want for their birthday… then opt for something their parents will appreciate for the holidays. Here are a few gifts I picked up this year for the cool kids in my life…

For the best nieces ever, I got fuzzy short-sleeved sweaters and mini skirts from GUESS Kids. They’ve got sweet ice cream colors that go great with striped tights and winter boots. The girls will love the short, foiled skirts and festive sweaters – and their mom won’t kill me for buying one more thing from American Girl! Everyone wins.

For your favorite little rugged guy, Joules’ Boys Brushed Cotton Shacket is super LA-cool. It’s lined in Sherpa fleece but looks like a plaid shirt. See above right. Half shirt, half jacket… hence shacket.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to put out a few more gift lists before the holidays are over. So stand by. ; )

xo

HGTV Takes Over Santa Monica

18 Nov

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This Saturday, HGTV is taking over Santa Monica Place with a Holiday House and Pop-Up Showroom!

There will also be a super HGTV-style light show at 6:30 pm, plus cool activities for kids – like photos with Santa in his life-size gingerbread house.

Plus, stick around for an Il Volo performance at 8:00 pm. I’m not so familiar with this group, but who doesn’t love a good outdoor performance…and apparently they were nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Grab the fam and get down there this weekend for a west coast-esque Holiday celebration.

 

HGTV’s Holiday House & Pop-Up Showroom

Santa Monica Place

Center Plaza (by Nordstrom)

395 Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

L’Occitane Hits Hollywood

4 Dec

This is such a no-brainer. If you need holiday gifts, stop by the beautiful new L’Occitane boutique at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The team there is so helpful and the products are by far the best quality I’ve seen of all the chain stores in this category.

They’ll give you a hand massage, wrap up your gifts, and have you on your way in under 15 minutes. Plus the energy in this this shopping center is incredible right now – it’s a great time to swing by, do some shopping, and welcome them to the ‘hood.

 

L’Occitane Boutique

Hollywood & Highland

6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

(They’re on the first level, by MAC, Sanrio and Kitson)

 

 

Help for Procrasti-Claus

21 Dec

It’s come down to the wire…

Whether you’re going home for the holidays or just need a few hostess gifts to keep on-hand, here are a few unique ways to say, “I had you in mind when I bought this!”

One of my all-time favorite gifts…  A rockstar chic way to show appreciation for all things Naughty and Nice.  Naughty & Nice Candle Set by DL & Co. Maxfield, Los Angeles.

 

Everyone brings a bottle of red. You arrive bearing Rosso Nobile by Dr. Vranjes on New Year’s Eve. A gorgeous room diffuser filled with fabulous fragrant essences of fine wines.  Scent Bar, Los Angeles.

Order Sweet E’s minis for the Globes’ viewing party. For every fête prior, hand-deliver some crystal frosted treats on milk white glass. Cupcake Icon Candle by Primal Elements. Lemon Tree Bungalow, West Hollywood.

 

 

Need a few more beauty baubles for stocking stuffing?

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