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Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Order Today

8 May

Well hello! It’s been a minute. My apologies. The days (ok, weeks) have gotten away from me. But, as I’m sure someone still says: Better late than never.  So just in time for you last minute shoppers, here are a few fun suggestions for Mom’s big day.

2018 MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.56.09 PMLUXE SKINCARE: Send an at-home version of Kate Somerville’s celebrated Melrose Place clinic. Advanced age-defying formulas and curated kits for every skin-type are available, but I recommend the special Every Day Warrior box for Mom. It features Kate’s coveted Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Moisturizer+Serum, Eye Gel, NEW Cold Cream Cleanser+Makeup Remover, and exclusive wash cloth—all wrapped in a beautiful blue box.

 

ACCESSORIES @ POTTERY BARN:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.13.50 AMThe McKenna collection of leather jewelry cases at Pottery Barn is wonderful. Beautiful pastels lined in ultra-suede with special compartments, so delicate pieces don’t get tangled. My personal favorite is the McKenna Jewelry Binder. Perfect for the woman who travels often.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.24.19 AMMake her mornings easier with the smart simulations of the Simplehuman wide-view sensor mirror. Any woman who knows the frustration of putting on makeup only to get outside and see a clown in the mirror, will fall in love with this ultra-luxe beauty tool. It’s a special must-have for Mom’s vanity. It mimics natural sunlight, and even has a motion sensor that turns on when she approaches.  It’s also got different magnifications—optimal for tweezing and using liquid liner.

 

NEW MAKEUP:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 12.47.42 AMAnd what goes better with a makeup mirror than a perfect new lip color? There are so many great formulas out right now, so pick out one that she might not have tried yet. I fall for every collection Pat McGrath touches. So when she finally launched her own line in Sephora, I was all over it. And it doesn’t disappoint. There are so many rich wearable shades–Modern Woman MatteTrance Lipstick is my latest go-to cool mauve.

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If Mom prefers an all-natural formula, check out the latest from Tarte Cosmetics. Their Color Splash Lipstick from the Rainforest of the Sea Collection wears really well. Griege, Salt Lyfe, Set Sail... So many moisturizing satin, full coverage options. All in beautiful sea-blue swirled tubes.

 

 

HER PERFECT PAIR:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.04.59 AMWhen your feet feel good, you feel good. Who knows this better than Mom? Send her the ultimate gift card: customized shoes. From narrow to extra-wide, sizes 2-15, Shoes of Prey will create the shoe of her fashion dreams. Sneakers, boots, strappy stilettos—she can choose her fabric, lining, color, heel, everything. Or she can opt for a pre-designed style. Whatever she creates will arrive at her door in less than two weeks.

BONUS: Designing her custom shoe is a fun project you can do together. 

 

TIME FOR HERSELF:

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 10.39.51 AMI always love a gift card to a local day spa. It might not feel that creative, but she’ll thank you after an afternoon of self-care. If she doesn’t appreciate a massage, remind her about facials, scrubs, relaxing tea, blow outs, manicures, et al. Most good day spas have a laundry list of services.

I’ll go into more detail in another post about the Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, but if Mom happens to be around the Sonoma area, I highly recommend treating her to a day here.

 

xo

 

 

 

 

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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

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

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.26.25 PMElizabeth Arden

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

 

 

 

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

Friends & Family Sales: On NOW!

18 May

imagesWho doesn’t love Kiehl’s? There’s something for everyone, especially with summer coming up. LOVE their SPF products! They don’t clog pores + hold up well during sweaty outdoor activities.

From now through May 22, enjoy a 20% discount during the Kiehl’s Friends & Family Sale when you enter the code FRIENDS at checkout. Available in stores or on Kiehls.com.

 

If you love a good facial scrub, you’re familiar with ExfoliKate. This week you can snag it, and any other Kate Somerville products you want for 30% off! Another Friends & Family Sale… and this one includes FREE samples, shipping + returns. Just use code FFBEAUTY30 at checkout. Katesomerville.com

 

Lastly, you can save 20% on one item at Ulta Beauty through June 3rd. We’ll take it! Just show this coupon on your phone when shopping in-store, or plug in code 503251 at checkout when shopping ulta.com.

Happy Saving!

xo

Mom’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

9 May

Showing up to Mother’s Day brunch without a gift is generally frowned upon. This Sunday, show Mom you’ve got her best interests in mind. From beauty to genes, here are a few gifts that won’t sit and gather dust on her shelf.

Makeup:

s1931385-main-LheroIf Mom hasn’t been introduced to BITE lip products yet, now’s the time. Each lipstick and pencil  is handcrafted from only natural and organic ingredients—like fruit butters and Manuka honey.

I love the BITE Multisticks for lips, cheeks, even dabbed onto eyelids. The limited-edition LOVE set makes a perfect gift – with 2 Multisticks (1 rosy taupe, 1 cool plum taupe), 1 sparkly Prismatic gloss, and 1 purse-sized mirror. Available now at Sephora.

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Another multitasker is Kopari’s Coconut Melt. Hair, tummy, face, heels – use it head to toe for ultimate soothing, 100% organic and unrefined coconut oil hydration. I also can’t get enough of their Coconut Body Milk. If Mom likes coconut oil, Kopari products are a must-have. Pull one of the gift sets or create one yourself at koparibeauty.com.

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I’ve never tried anything from Amore Pacific skincare that doesn’t feel absolutely nourishing and luxurious. If you aren’t familiar with these high performance products “powered by Asian botanicals” and Mom loves wonderful skincare, take a chance on this brand.

Go to a local Aritaum shop or Sephora and work with the consultant to pull products perfect for Mom’s skin type.

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Give Mom a break from styling her hair on an upcoming occasion. There are so many Dry Bar locations now, one is bound to be near her. Admittedly, I use to question the necessity of these salons. But after one experience in the chair (and a smell of the Dry Bar products!!), I’ve changed my tune. There’s just something about not having to style your own hair.

Anyone else ever experienced a perspiring head from a hot hair dryer, causing your makeup to melt and the blow dry to take twice as long? #FirstWorldProblems, yes. But you are after all reading a beauty blog.

Go to your local Dry Bar or order a gift certificate online at thedrybar.com.

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Looking for less Beauty, and more Bauble? Helen Ficalora has the sweetest pieces. The charms can be purchased separately, and Mom necklaces can be individualized to your preference. Check out the pieces online, or the shop in Beverly Hills (461 N. Canon Drive) and show her just how much she shines.

Mom Testing:

kit-mothers-day.255fdc2c125fMom genes? Yes! We’ve all seen the commercials, but have you ever thought about what a perfect gift it might be for a relative? Consider giving Mom the gift of DNA genetic testing & analysis. Literally show her what she’s made of! You can even opt to add in information about her ancestry.

Order today and get $20 off at 23andme.com.

Happy Sunday to all. May none of us f*ck it up!

xo