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2016 Gift Guide: For Him

I’m single, so I’m guessing here. But I came up with some holiday gift ideas for the men in your life, and as usual, I tried to vary the price points.

Shaving

The Art of Shaving has two great sets. Check out the Peppermint and Razor Kit and The Four Elements of the Perfect Shave Starter Kit.

Main Image - The Art of Shaving® Peppermint & Razor Kit ($137 Value)

The Art of Shaving Peppermint & Razor Kit

Main Image - The Art of Shaving® 'The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® - Unscented' Starter Kit

The Four Elements of the Perfect Shave

Skin Care

If you are sick of your guy stealing stealing your skin care stash, the Clinique Great Skin for Him Collection or Anthony Moisture on the Go may keep him out of your stuff.

Main Image - Clinique Great Skin for Him Collection ($61 Value)

Clinique Great Skin for Him

Main Image - Anthony™ Moisture on the Go

Anthony Moisture on the Go

 

Gadgets

Guys love gadgets. If it beeps or flashes on a digital screen, they’re there. Maybe he would like this Fitbit ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch.

Main Image - Fitbit 'Blaze' Smart Fitness Watch

Fitbit ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch

If your man is at a loss without his tunes, how about the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker? (FYI, it also comes in white, orange, and blue.)

Main Image - Bose® SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

He may also like these cool Bose SoundSport Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones.

Main Image - Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Bluetooth® Headphones

Bose SoundSport In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

 

These are just a few ideas. Here is the link to Nordstrom’s gift guide for men and, for the man who has been especially good this year, links to the Sharper Image gifts for him and gifts for his Man Cave guides.

Still looking for women’s gift ideas? My gift guide for her and stocking stuffer guide are here for you!

This month, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

I loved putting together my holiday gift guide and vegan beauty gift guide last year. I had a blast putting this year’s guide together, too! As always, I tried to include things in a range of price points. Who knows? You may even get some ideas about what you want from Santa…

Makeup

I love Bobbi Brown. Her colors are gorgeous and her products go on like a dream and last and last. This ‘Bobbi’s Beauty Book’ palette with six eye shadows, blush, bronzer, and lip gloss takes girls-on-the-go from day to night.

Main Image - Bobbi Brown 'Bobbi's Beauty Book' Eye, Cheek & Lip Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($165 Value)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember last year, when I got the K.I.S.S..I.N.G. mini lipstick charms from Charlotte TIlbury? This year, Charlotte came out with lipstick charms in her Matte Revolution formula. It includes Red Carpet Red, a classic Holiywood red, Amazing Grace, a pretty pink inspired by Grace Kelly, and Very Victoria, a nod to Victoria Beckham’s signature taupe nude lip.

Main Image - Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Mini Lipstick Trio (Limited Edition)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Decay dropped the mic when they came out with their Naked Ultimate Basics eye shadow palette this fall. The looks the UD’er on your list could create with this are endless.

Main Image - Urban Decay 'Naked Ultimate Basics' Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Brushes

I think makeup brushes are almost more important than the makeup itself. I mean, makeup washes off with soap and water, right? If you use a good primer and good tools, your makeup will always look amazing.

Check out this basic brush set from Bobbi Brown. Its pretty much everything the makeup maven on your list will need, and they will last her a lifetime. I love my Bobbi Brown blush and eye shadow brushes, and I’ve had them for years.

Main Image - Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection ($252 Value)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get it. Not every one wants to drop $200 on a set of makeup brushes. How about the Sephora Collection Face the Day Full Face Brush Set? Its got a powder brush, foundation brush, large shadow brush, large brow brush, and smudge brush in a trifold case. BTW, I am also loving this ‘Tools of the Trade’ brush set from Sephora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nails

I’m obsessed with the Netflix series The Crown. The girl who also binge-watched the adventures of young Queen Elizabeth 2 and her party-hearty kid sister, Margaret, may love the royalty-inspired ‘Her Majesty’s Nail Color Set’ from Deborah Lippmann.

Main Image - Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty Nail Color Set (Limited Edition) ($108 Value)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This EVENTful Nail Lacquer set from butterLODON is another cute option.

Hair

If your niece/daughter/grandaughter is a regular at her local blow out bar, she may be into the Let It Blow! Drybar to Go Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit. You get a travel hair dryer, travel hair brush, dry shampoo, dry conditioner, and hair clips, all in a cute travel pouch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another option? The Spread Cheer and Perfect Hair set from Living Proof. You know I love Living Proof . And their dry shampoo won an Allure Best of Beauty award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fragrance

You know me and scent. It’s complicated. But if you have a fragrance lover in your life, she may like this Jo Malone London cologne collection. She’ll get five of Jo Malone’s signature scents, and she can mix and match. Bonus: it comes in a pretty gift box. (I suck at gift wrapping and hate it.)

Main Image - Jo Malone™ Cologne Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if your giftee is like my grandmother who loves scented candles, how about this gorgeous votive candle set from celeb-fave brand diptyque?

If all else fails, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Ulta have tons of great ideas for the beauty buffs on your list. And if you need stocking stuffers, I’ve got you.

I am looking to get more into photography in 2017, so I have asked for a camera and photography lessons for the holidays. What are you hoping to find under the tree?

This month, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger and shutterbug extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts, using the hashtag #eyecandyholidaychallenge.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

This year I wanted to get a jump start on my holiday gift guides. I thought I’d begin with some cute stocking stuffers for the beauty buffs on your list. At under $30, they’re also perfect for all your gift exchange and Secret Santa needs.

For the mani/pedi queen…

If you have a friend or co-worker who loves to pamper herself with an at-home mani/pedi, she’ll love the Candy Cane (buy it here) and Soft Metals Collection (buy it here) polish sets from Nails, Inc., available at Sephora.

Nails, Inc. Candy Cane

Nails, Inc. Candy Cane Set

Nails, Inc. Precious Metals Set

Nails, Inc. Soft Metals Collection

 

For the skin care junkie…

If your niece/sister/daughter is always posting sheet mask selfies and #sundayskincare pics to her social media accounts, she’ll appreciate the Kiehl’s Jeremyville ‘Hydration Essentials’ Kit (available here) or the Sephora Collection Face Mask Set (available here)

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Kiehl’s Jeremyville ‘Hydration Essentials’ Set

 

 

Sephora Collection Face Mask Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the girl who is always in the bathroom fixing her hair… 

Seriously. I had a supervisor once who gave me a hairbrush for Christmas because she always saw me in the ladies’ room brushing my hair. If you have someone like me on your list, she might like this pretty Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Dual Boar Brush (get it here) or maybe the OUAI Mini Style Edit (get it here).

Sephora Sparkle & Shine Dual Boar Brush

Ouai Mini Style Edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the makeup maven…

If you are deciding on what to get someone whose makeup is always on fleek, take a look at the MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essential Brush Kit (available here) or the Smashbox Light It Up Mini Eye, Lip & Contour Palette Trio (available here).

MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essentials Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Suite Mini Essentials Brush Kit

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Smashbox Light It Up Mini Eye, Lip & Contour Palette Trio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll post gift guides for him and her soon. Tell me. What are you giving your beauty-obsessed friends this year? Let’s talk holiday gifting in the comments!

Its a new month! For December, I’m taking the 25 Days of Christmas Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram, courtesy of blogger extraordinaire LaShawn Wiltz of Everyday Eyecandy. I’ll be posting pics daily inspired by Christmas- and holiday-themed prompts.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

Cover F/X Glow Getter Set

The turkey is carved, the pies are cooling, and Great Aunt Alma is already on her third scotch-and-soda (hold the soda). In other words, Thanksgiving 2016 is almost in the books. What’s next? Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, of course! Don’t worry, I’ve found you some great beauty deals!

Cover F/X

From Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, November 28, you’ll get 25 percent off on any purchase of $20 or more on coverfx.com. The discount is taken at checkout.

I have mentioned my love of Cover F/X Custom Infusion Drops on here many times. From Thursday through Monday, you can try the Radiant Skin Duo: deluxe samples of the Illuminating Primer and the Radiance Custom Infusion Drops (my fave), for just $10!

If you are into highlighting, or just want to get your glow on for holiday parties, check out the Cover F/X Glow Getter Set. (See pic above.) You get one full-size bottle each of the brand’s six Custom Enhancer Drops in a box set. From Friday through Monday, this $252 value is available for $185! And yes, it also qualifies for the 25 percent discount.

LUMIONskin

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

LUMIONskin Skin Serum and Skin Mist

I have never heard of this brand before. But the Skin Serum and Skin Mist look like they can keep your skin feeling fresh during a long day of holiday shopping, or erase the traces of one too many at the office holiday party. (We’ve all been there.) From Thursday through Monday, get 20 percent off your purchase on lumionlife.com with the code TURKEY20.

DERM iNSTITUTE

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

DERM iNSTITUTE Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser

A cleanser that gets rid of dirt and other gunk, and also hydrates skin and improves its texture? Yes, please! Buh-bye holiday party makeup! From Thursday through Monday, get DERM iNSTITUTE’s Cellular Rejuvenating Cleanser, a $70 value, for just $39 on diskincare.com with the code HOLIDAY39.

Tell me. Are you into battling the crowds on Black Friday or surfing the Web all weekend in search of an amazing deal? If we’re being honest, I’m not. Maybe some online shopping, but otherwise, I’ll wait until Thanksgiving weekend is over. In New Jersey, our malls get so crowded over the holiday weekend, the state police have to get involved. Not pretty.

This month, I am doing National Photo Posting Month, a.k.a. #naphopomo. This challenge involves posting at least one photo daily, and my photos will celebrate something I am thankful for. Stay tuned!

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Mother’s Day 2016 Gift Guide

Uh, oh. Mother’s Day is about 10 days away. You want to buy your mom something cool and different. But what?! Don’t worry. I’ve got your back.

For the makeup maven: Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Look in a Palette was my top pick to include in my Mother’s Day gift guide. You know I love Charlotte Tilbury, and this palette is perfect. The eye shadows and cheek colors are neutral enough for most skin tones, and go great with Charlotte’s Perfect Pink Kiss set. And these Sephora Tools of the Trade makeup brushes.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Pink Kiss

Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Pink Kiss

 

For the skin care junkie: Skin Owl has put together two beautiful gift boxes any mom would appreciate. The Grande Beauty Box has a soy candle, eye cream, and a bottle of Skin Owl’s Beauty Drops. You choose the scent of the candle (High Tea, Gardenia, or Currant) and which Beauty Drops you want (Lavender, Geranium, or Clary Sage). I let my mom try my Geranium Beauty Drops, and she loves them!

The Petite Beauty Box has the same choice of candles and Beauty Drops, but no eye cream.

Skin Owl Grande Beauty Box

Skin Owl Grande Beauty Box

Skin Owl Petite Beauty Box

Skin Owl Petite Beauty Box

 

For the perfume fan: The Cocktail Kit from Commodity contains 10 unisex eau de parfum fragrances that you can mix and match to create your signature scent.

 

For the shoe addict: I love Jack Rogers sandals for summer. How about this beaded turquoise and coral look? And check out the Jack Rogers Mother’s Day Shop for other great ideas. Two words: Baby. Sandals.

Jack Rogers Oceania Sandal in Turquoise

Jack Rogers Oceania Sandal in Turquoise Photo credit: Jack Rogers USA

I was perusing different web sites looking for gift guide ideas, when I came across these embroidered smoking slippers from a company called Soludos. How fun are these? Click here to see their other designs.

Soludos Pineapple Smoking Slippers

Soludos Pineapple Smoking Slippers Photo Credit: Soludos

 

For the mom on the go: How chic is this beach bag from Rosanna? It’ll hold everything she needs. Here are a few more styles to choose from.

Rosanna Patio Party Beach Tote in Flamingo

Rosanna Patio Party Beach Tote in the Flamingo Print

 

For the dog lover: Is your mom’s dog her other baby? Whimsical canine illustrations by pop artist Marc Tetro adorn everything from iPhone cases to makeup bags to umbrellas to stationery. You’ll find just about any dog breed.

 

For the jewelry fanatic: I loved the Deepa Gurnani jewelry I saw at the Beauty, Baubles, Bevvies, and Boxes event last week. I particularly love the Indra bracelet and the the Marni earrings. Sort of a vintage feel.

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Indra Bracelet

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Indra Bracelet

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Marni Earrings

Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Marni Earrings

 

What do you want for Mother’s Day? Or do you just want to be left alone to drink wine and binge watch something on Netflix? Let me know in the comments!

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