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Today’s post is on my favorite beauty picks for 2012 for nail beauty!

I received these some time last Summer from Karma Organic Spa and I’ve been loving them ever since! While these 2 colors aren’t necessarily winter theme colors, they still look great and the clear base and top coat and soy polish remover have been great on both non-toxic type nail lacquers and the regular kind!

The polishes last a really long time when used with the base/top clear coat and they look really vibrant! I also love their awesome soy polish remover that I received in a lavender scent because it doesn’t have the typical toxic scent of acetone based polish removers – it just smells like calming lavender. Also, it’s non-drying to nails and includes soybean oil in the formula to help hydrate nails and keep them healthy.

You can see my original post on these here.

What are your favorite nail products for 2012?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Hi Loves – Today’s Best Of 2012 post will focus on the top body care products I’ve discovered this past year. They are the cream of the crop amid all the massive amounts of product testing that I’ve done all year long so I hope it’s helpful for new product ideas and even some DIY beauty fun!

First in the list is the Aromatic Seaweed Body Wash by Astara Skincare. This body wash is fantastic for hydration and it’s very gentle so it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin types. It’s formulation includes a sulfate free base of aloe vera, sea kelp and essential oils for a completely calming shower experience. I feel like the scent is super subtle and non-offensive while the wash itself is cleansing, but not drying and it actually helped calm irritation down while replenishing moisture, yet not being greasy. I definitely think that’s a hard medium to find in a body wash as I’ve had them be either too oily and difficult to rinse off or to stripping of the skin. This one is just right and will work well for just about anyone, in my opinion.

You can see my original review of this body wash – here.

The second in the list might surprise you because it’s not a particular brand’s product, but a DIY sugar scrub recipe I came up with last Spring. I’ve tried loads of body scrubs and polishes and nothing comes close to the awesome effects of this recipe for my skin. I find it’s both hydrating and gently exfoliating while also cleansing and brightening to my skin and I’ve done it all for like under $10 or something. It includes a formula of brown sugar, olive oil, and vodka or sake. You can also add in natural extracts and fruit powders for added benefits, if you have the or want to, and that’s all the better. You can check out my full post on how to make this scrub here.

The next product on this list is one of my absolute favorite body moisturizers ( if not my #1 favorite) because it is SO hydrating, calming and non oily. It absorbs into the skin pretty instantly, you need very little and it goes a long way, it smells fantastic but not overwhelming, and it can treat even the most sensitive skins such as those suffering from rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s formulation is unique in that it includes both wild crafted and organic ingredients of 100% plant oils, it’s steroid free (for those looking for a treatment for a skin concern), cruelty free, and totally effective without any of the nasties included in most treatment type creams. If you have flakiness, extreme dryness or any skin concern, this is THE cream for you. IT WORKS. Check out my original review on this cream here.

The last product in this list is a bit of a cosmetic one, but nonetheless awesome. It is the Tan Organic Sunless Tanning Spray and not only does this tanner give my skin the most natural looking tan I’ve ever had (as far as tanners go obviously), but it does so with natural and organic ingredients. It’s won several awards in Ireland (where it’s made) for it’s effectiveness and formula and it is lovely for those of you are seeking a natural looking tan for your skin without the harm. Definitely recommend this to you if you’re into tanning. You can see my original review on this here.

That’s all for my Best of Body Care Products of 2012 – Stay tuned for a few more posts on my beauty favorites for 2012 coming very soon!

What are your favorite body products for 2012?

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Today’s post is centering on my top hair care products of 2012 and this one is a serious no brainer!

I’ve had such issues this year with my hair being too dry, breakage, fall out, you name it, it’s been an issue for me. The only time I found I truly loved my hair’s look, feel and health was when I used this shampoo and conditioner from Max Green Alchemy (sadly, I’m out of it and too broke to replenish my stock just yet!). This shampoo and conditioner duo is AMAZING. Not only does it hydrate, detangle and bring lots of volume to my hair, it does so without the use of harmful, artificial ingredients!

I will definitely be replenishing my stock of this set ASAP ( you know, when I’m no longer broke) because it softens locks, encourages hair growth, hydrates really well and gives tons of body to my hair where other products have left it flat and lifeless.

I love that their formula is SO clean and green, steroid free, cruelty free, made with 100% plant ingredients AND it’s both sulfate and paraben FREE.

This is worth a look if you have frequent hair troubles like I did and the price is great for the value.

You can see my original review for this set – here.

What was your favorite hair care product(s) for 2012?

Let me know in the comments!

Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream

I have had a really difficult time find the right eye cream for my sensitive under eyes. For some reason, a lot of them end up being too heavy for my under eyes and break me out, but the inner corners of my eyes are often dry and do still need some hydration. Because of the fickleness of my eye area, I’ve actually avoided eye creams for the most part altogether and it wasn’t until I read about Pai Skincare on a blog that I decided to try their Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream and it has been a godsend! Not only does it hydrate the entire eye area and help smooth fine lines, but it also helps broken capillaries (the little dots you get on the eye area from putting too much pressure or rubbing on them) which is something I haven’t seen from any other eye cream out there. Pai is certified organic by the UK Soil Association, Vegan, Cruelty Free and made especially for those with sensitive skin in mind. This is definitely a must-have for me in my skincare routine and I highly recommend it to anyone with eye care concerns such as dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and broken capillaries. You will see improvement with this!

You can check out my original post on this eye cream here.

What’s your favorite eye cream or eye products for 2012?

Let me know in the comments below!

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 Happy New Year Lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely New Years celebration and are gearing up for a fantastic 2013! I wish you all the best this year with your goals and dreams and adventures in beauty and life!

I’m back again with another post in my top favorite beauty picks for 2012 mini series of posts ( I have a few more coming your way for skincare & body care so be sure to check back if you’re interested in those product recommendations!).

Primer: For primer, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the KORRES silicone fre primers and I’ve still been using those frequently as well, but I recently discovered this facial primer and brightener by Jane Iredale and it is AMAZING! I have been using it for special occasions when I’d like an extra soft airbrush type finish because it is a silicone primer so it definitely fills in pores and creates an incredibly even base to work with. The big difference for me with this silicone primer is that it does NOT break me out. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may know about my horrible luck with silicone primers and how they’ve broken my skin out a million and one times. This primer is NOT one of them! It works brilliantly and includes loads of botanical extracts in the formula to brighten and correct the skin while you wear it. Check out my full review on it here.

Liquid Foundation: I love the look of liquid foundations, but many of them do seem to break me out, make me look too oily or too dry, and just generally don’t work out for me. This foundation by Living Nature is absolutely lovely! It gives a decent amount of light to medium coverage (medium to full if used with the aforementioned primer!) and a very nice, soft velvet finish. It is super breathable, natural looking, and the formula includes manuka oil and other exotic botanical ingredients from New Zealand which work to heal, hydrate and protect the skin. You can see my full review on this (with swatches!) here.

Powder Foundation: I love all manner of loose powders, but I could never seem to find one that was both natural, non-cakey AND that gave my skin the coverage I wanted. This satin matte powder foundation by Alima Pure is all that and more! It has such a great finish which looks very natural, but covers redness and spots incredibly well while also letting the skin breathe. The major selling point for this one, in my opinion, is that not only is this natural mineral powder free of pore clogging elements like talc and bismuth oxychloride, but it gives the much-coveted medium to very full coverage similar to that of MAC’s Studio Finish powder, but without all the heavy ingredients. Check out my original review on this powder here.

Spot Concealer: This spot concealer is a dual ended concealer made to treat and cover blemishes, but I’ve personally found that there are a TON more uses for it on top of that. First, yes, one end has a treatment balm which you can use to treat blemishes and small spots before applying the concealer end and it works very gently over time to heal your skin. The other fantastic use I’ve found which is excellent for traveling is that I can apply this concealer in lines or dots to conceal bits of my entire face if I want to completely forgo using foundation or powder that day and it still looks great! My skin looks fresh, dewy (note – NOT oily!) and clear when I apply it like this and it does NOT break me out. That alone makes this a must-have. Check out my original review on this concealer here.

Under Eye Concealer / Brightener: I have been trying my damnedest to find a natural concealer which gives me the brightening effects and light, hydrating coverage of this under eye concealer for my dark circles, but I have yet to find one that doesn’t look entirely too heavy, cakey, orange tinted (yuck!), or that does not break out my under eye area. the RMS Un-Cover Up does hold some real potential (will have to try that this year!), but until then, this is my absolute favorite. It has salicylic acid in the formula so maybe that’s why it doesn’t break me out, but it also has a fantastic light-diffusing effect on my under eyes which brightens without looking white cast and it includes a hydrating eye cream formula AND sunscreen in the formula! This certainly makes a morning routine easier and quicker. Although I am not a big fan of drugstore products, this one is a keeper until I find a more natural option that gets the job done as well as this! Check out my original post on this here.

Eye Shadows: I LOVE eye shadows, but I have a difficult time finding loose mineral eye shadows that are both pigmented and soft, yet without being too heavy or cakey and without that ugly chalk look that some of them have. This Black Tie Gala for Eyes holiday collection by Alima Pure is absolutely lovely; I’ve been using the Minaudiere and Bijou quite a lot lately for light contouring of my eyes and highlighting the brow and inner corners of my eyes. It looks super natural, beautiful and not over done. They have some lovely eye shadows aside from this and they are definitely worth a try. You can check out my swatches for this collection here.

Eye Liner: Although I have not officially reviewed this liner, I did feature it in my favorites last summer and I’ve kept up using it all through winter as well. It’s not the most natural formula unfortunately, but it certainly works really well and looks beautiful on! It’s quite long lasting as well and creates a fantastic smooth line or cat eye with very little effort. I’m not too accomplished at eye liner application, but even I can do it with this so that’s saying something. Also, this liner doesn’t peel off like many of the liquid liners often do; instead it gradually fades after a few hours (around 6) which works for me! Check out more on this liner here.

Mascara: I have near constantly raved about this mascara I discovered in a Birchbox shipment last summer and which has really changed the look of my lashes entirely! Although I’d prefer a more natural formula, this one is out of this world in terms of lengthening, curling, and separating lashes to the point of near falsies. My boyfriend’s sister actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes once when I had this on and nope! Just this fantastic mascara at work! I do hope I can find a more natural one that’s comparable, but until then, this is definitely worth a go if you want a mascara that’s actually worth the steep price tag! Check out my original post on this mascara here.

 How was your New Years celebration?

Have you thought of any New Years Resolutions yet?

What Are Your Top Picks for Makeup for 2012?

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Hello! I’m back again with the second in a mini series of posts I’ll be doing on my top beauty picks for 2012 in all things skincare, makeup, nails, body care and personal products. Today’s post was really difficult to do as I’m quite obsessed with using serums and moisturizers and I have tons of favorites for different purposes so this was REALLY hard to choose. Even though it seems like I’ve chosen a lot, it took me ages to cut it down to this so I hope you’ll find this helpful when choosing the best serum or moisturizer for your skincare needs!

First in the list is the Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. I’ve written again and again about Alpha-H as a brand because I love their products. They are so effective and though they aren’t as natural as I’d like, they are a brand that will give you the results you want, especially if you have spots, scarring, pigmentation or acne. They use a high concentration of ingredients so these products don’t just sit on your skin and waste time – they do what they’re supposed to do and you will see results with continued use. This moisturizer is my favorite for keeping breakouts at bay, keeping my skin smooth and bright, and even helping diminish some minor scarring I have on my cheeks. When first using this moisturizer, you WILL feel the tingle, but your skin will adjust over time and you will see results, especially if you have frequent breakouts or pigmentation issues. I definitely recommend gradually transitioning into using this and maybe using it once a day every other day to help your skin adjust a bit, but it does work really well. It uses a high concentration of glycolic acid (similar to their Liquid Gold exfoliator) around like 12% or something in order to slough off dead skin cells, unclog pores and encourage cell turnover. I can’t recommend this one enough, but it’s not for those with sensitive skin so if you have sensitive skin, I would advise you to use something gentler. For my full review on this moisturizer and other Alpha-H products, check here.

Second in the list is the Rainwater Botanicals Sea Buckthorn and Pomegranate Intensive Treatment Serum. This serum is incredible for dry skin and for giving you a bit of a faux glow due to the tint it has from the pomegranate seed oil. I don’t recommend this to those with oilier skin types, but if you have combination skin, dry skin, or maturing skin, you will definitely benefit. It works to heal your skin, encourage cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines. I don’t have many wrinkles at the moment, but it certainly helps soften lines and hydrate the skin to it’s optimal level. I especially love this one in the winter as it keeps my skin from becoming dull or flaky. Another reason to stand behind this brand is the fact that their products are organic, wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable (think around $10 for this one!)  You can learn more about the specifics on this serum and other Rainwater Botanicals products here.

Third in the list is the Living Nature Extra Hydrating Toning Gel. This is absolutely amazing for those who suffer from dry skin or oily skin AND acne because it hydrates without feeling oily or leaving a greasy residue behind. It’s so easily absorbed into the skin and it smells amazing. It keeps skin hydrated, soft and helps calm redness. This one is also great for those of you who hate the oily, greasy feeling and enjoy the gel type moisturizers because this is a super light formula, but unlike those cheap, oil-free drugstore moisturizers that hardly hydrate and have questionable ingredients, this one includes tons of beneficial ingredients for your skin and will hydrate very well without feeling heavy. You can check out my original post on Living Nature here.

Next on my list is the Suti Organic Purity Moisturizing Balm. This balm is very similar to their Cleanse Balm only the scent is a bit different and it’s a bit less moist (if that makes sense) and soaks into the skin more easily than the Cleanse Balm. Although a bit pricey, it’s well worth the cost and will last you a good few months because you need a dime size for your entire face each time. Your skin will feel softer, more hydrated, and heal broken capillaries and other lesions (if you have them). This would be especially beneficial for those who have dry skin, combination skin, and overly congested, oily or irritated skin. I also think someone with sensitive skin or eczema or rosacea could benefit as there are many healing benefits in this super simple, but effective balm. Check out my full review on this balm here.

Moving down the list, we have the Rainwater Botanicals Skin Repair Serum for Acne, Scars & Wrinkles. I love this serum because it’s such a cure-all serum/moisturizer. It hydrates the skin, has ingredients such as wild crafted frankincense to combat breakouts and valuable plant oils which heal sun damage and soften the appearance of fine lines. Another reason I love this one so much is the scent. It smells absolutely incredible and reminds me of something, but I can never figure out what it is. Plus, I can get a 1/2 oz. of this (which lasts around 3 months) for around $10. All of these products are organic and wild crafted, made in the USA, and super affordable so I feel great purchasing them. Check out my full post on Rainwater Botanicals products here.

Last in the list is the Pure Marula Oil from the Leakey Collection. This is a fairly new discovery, but I really wanted to include it in the list because it’s a fantastic basic moisturizer that hydrates skin, heals damage, calms redness, and soaks right into the skin without leaving a residue. Although it’s quite pricey, it’s profits go toward supporting fair trade, employing women in Africa and developing their local economies in order to help their community and lives thrive. I really love what this oil stands for and I feel a lot better about paying the high price because of how it actually benefits women in Africa. I’ve used this as a moisturizer and even mixed a bit of it with my Vive Sana sunscreen (see how I apply my sunscreen here) because it helps thin the sunscreen formula a bit so it’s more easily blendable (white cast anyone?) plus marula oil includes many antioxidants and a low level of spf which adds to your sun protection. Although I don’t recommend using this alone to protect you from the sun as the levels would be too low to be sufficient ( around SPF 5 or lower, depending), it may help protect you along with your sunscreen. Check out my original review on this marula oil here.

So those are my top picks for the best face moisturizers of 2012 – stay tuned for more posts on my favorite beauty products of 2012 coming soon!

What is your favorite moisturizer for 2012?

Please share in the comments!

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I’ve seen tons of blogger tags and I love doing them personally, but I thought it’d be fun if I made my own up this time because there are a number of questions that I want answered by bloggers which I think are interesting to read, fun to answer and you know, I’m a nosy person who enjoys poking into others’ personal business so, you know.

The theme for this tag is romance and it may not be what you imagine, but I think it’s appropriate for bloggers because, let’s face it, we’re all romantics here otherwise we would not be writers. So, don’t go thinking this post will delve into your personal life (too deeply ;-)) because it’s more about romantic things, likes, dislikes, and all that jazz than it is about people, though feel free to mention those, too, if you like!

There are really no rules or anything other than please link back to this original post in your post if you do this tag on your blog, just answer the questions and pass it on by tagging others at the end of your post! Oh! And please, for God’s sake, enjoy yourself!

  1. What is your favorite romance film and why? My favorite romance film is Pride and Prejudice. Actually my favorite romance novel is also Pride & Prejudice. I absolutely LOVE Elizabeth Bennett’s character.
  2. Which character from a film or book is your ideal and why? Definitely Mr. Darcy. He’s just so perfectly imperfect. I hate when a man looks too perfect or clean cut. I love that he has flaws because it makes him more human. 
  3. Your idea love life in a song – go! Regretting creating this question because now I’m stumped. Uhmm. Honestly, I love film scores so it’s likely that it’s some instrumental on piano or something. Or maybe “The Only Exception” by Paramore or “Shh” by Imogen Heap. 
  4. Song that makes you cry your eyes out for seemingly no reason at all… Not cry my eyes out, but it’s sad is “Someone Like You” or “Take It All” by Adele. Every time she starts talking about not looking back on “this crumbling fool” – oh dear, I’m getting teary eyed just thinking of it! Also, “Breathe” or “My Love” by Sia. Man, all of Sia’s songs are sad (ok so pre 2010 they are all sad).
  5. Film guaranteed to make you cry every time… I cry in a LOT of films because I’m a total sap, but I always cry in Titanic (yes I’m lame AND proud of it). Although it’s not a romance film really, I also cry EVERY SINGLE TIME in the beginning of Deathly Hallows part 1 when Hermione has to erase her parents’ memories. That’s the only scene in the films that wasn’t in the books that was incredible and depressing to see. 
  6. What is your favorite color for romantic makeup looks? Any kind of rose pinks like satiny matte pink rose colors that make you look flushed.
  7. Favorite hair style for a soft, romantic look? I really love 1920’s finger waves and simple low buns with curls hanging out. Or french braids. Hmm…
  8. Which female heroine do you most identify with, either from a book or movie? Elizabeth Bennett. I love that she’s so intelligent, witty and not afraid to fight for what she wants despite being from a period in time where women had little to no rights at all. She has guts. 
  9. Your ideal romance life exists in which time period? Hmm Victorian times probably. I love corsets which makes me sound like I enjoy torture, but whatever. 
  10. What are you wearing in this hypothetical romance? I love this dress, but I hate the hair LOL. So that dress with different hair! 

So, yes, I know they are silly questions, but I find them highly entertaining and for some reason, I spend a great deal thinking about which heroine I most identify with in films and books that I love and which time period I should’ve been born in.

I tag all of you to either answer the questions on your blog (if you have one!) or in the comments below as I’d love to read your answers!

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I’m so thrilled to begin a new series of posts today for the next week or so on all my top picks in beauty – skincare, makeup, hair, nails, tools, and body care products for the year 2012!

I’ve done a ton of reviews this year and sorted through the crap to bring you all the best products with the most effective, natural ingredients in their formulations so I hope you enjoy this series and leave your thoughts in the comments along the way!

Today’s post is focusing on the best facial cleansers of 2012 and if you’ve been following along for any measure of time, you won’t be surprised at my picks which I’ve spoke about again and again and again because they are my go-to cleansers.

First in the list is Antonia Burrell’s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil which is fantastic for any skin type, but will do especially well for those suffering from congestion, dullness, acne breakouts, skin that feels both oily and dry, and just generally imbalanced skin. That is not to say that other skin types won’t benefit, though, because this cleansing oil is really lovely and includes lots of potent plant extracts and oils which work to heal the skin from the inside out. It truly works and you will see incredible improvements in your skin in very little time, especially if you’re battling skin issues. To see my original review on this cleansing oil, check here.

Second in the list is Suti Skincare’s CLEANSE Organic Balm which I have raved and raved about. This has certainly been another of my go to cleansers for when my skin is out of balance, especially when it just feels drier than usual or tighter than usual or if it’s feeling red and inflamed. This is the best thing to calm skin down! I really love it as a massage balm to cleanse skin, especially as an all-in-one cleanser + makeup remover because not only does it get the job done, but it leaves my skin super soft, clear and hydrated without a moisturizer. Also, since they include a natural muslin cloth with the cleanse balm, you get a bit of gentle exfoliation if you use the cloth to remove the balm and there’s no oily residue (for those who dislike that!). I’ve enjoyed this one both in Summer and Winter months with great success. I think those with sensitive, dry, and mature skin will really enjoy this one a lot, but I also think there can be some benefit to those with other skin types as well, especially if you’ve had issues with skin that just seems to be out of sorts. The ingredients in this are amazing, natural AND effective all at once. You can see my original review on this cleanse balm here.

Third on the list is another cleanser that I’ve just talked and talked about over and over again and that is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which is brilliant for oily, acne prone skin types! I think it will work for other skin types as well, though very sensitive and dry skin types may want to tread carefully as this includes a strong amount of acne fighting essential oils which may irritate or dry your skin depending on your skin type. For those who have oily, combination or acne prone skin, though, this one is absolutely amazing! It works a lot like my childhood favorite Noxzema (and smells like it too!) though with a host of natural ingredients instead of harmful ones to clear pores out, balance oil production, calm breakouts and redness, and mildly exfoliate all at the same time. It works much like an old fashioned cleansing creme because you use 1-2 pumps which you massage all over your face including on eyes and lips to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. Then, you rinse the cloth in warm to hand hot water and use it to buff the cream off of your face. It really softens the skin, clears out dead skin cells and pores, and helps to combat breakouts. I love this one as a staple, especially in the Summertime. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

Lastly, there is Living Nature’s Vitalising Cleanser which I really love for all skin types as it is gentle enough for even the most sensitive, but will also benefits those with oily, combination or dry skin as well. I think that someone with breakouts may also benefit, but depending on your skin, you may need something more cleansing. This is a great one for if your skin is irritated or just feels dry or dull as it’s very hydrating to use. It feels a bit like using a very moisturizing lotion on your skin and it smells wonderful all while gently cleansing and nourishing the skin. I think those with dry and sensitive skin will really see a lot of benefit with this one because of the botanical ingredients and hydrating oils in the formulation. Also, if you have any kind of damage on your skin, this one is lovely for healing gently without causing any irritation or being too abrasive. It’s just a lovely, calming, gentle cleanser and it works very well in the Winter especially when your skin needs more hydration and nourishment. Check out my original review on this cleanser here.

So, those are my picks for the best face cleansers of 2012 – What Are Yours?

Stay tuned all week for more of my top beauty picks for 2012!

Thanks so much to Sweet Jelly Bean, CrystalChronicles, and AuNaturelEssence for nominating me for the Blog of the Year Award – it means a lot to me to be recognized by my fellow bloggers for something so lovely!

The ‘rules’ for this award are :

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –    and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Happy Boxing Day Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, enjoyed some time off from work and school and things  with your family and friends and that you received some great gifts this year!

I know some people hate haul posts or whichever, but personally I love them a I’m nosy and I love to see what others own or buy for some reason so today’s post is a bit of what I received this year from friends and family (scroll down if you’d like to see the Boxing Day sales only!)

Here Are Gifts Received this Christmas!

I received this custom made ornate jewelry box from my boyfriend. Isn’t it beautiful? It looks like an old vintage trunk and the outside is leather material with embossed rose design. I really love this old fashioned style!

He also bought me my very own French press which can be used to make both tea and coffee. I’m super psyched about this one as I love both and I enjoying serving drinks in pitchers like this one. I’ve been using a friend’s french press up until now so I’m happy I finally have my own!

My mom got these amazing wedge boots for me! I really love the colors on them and they fit like a glove so they’re very comfortable and chic.

She also got me this amazing Ninja Blender + Food Processor! She has one herself (we both enjoy cooking) and I had the pleasure of using hers yesterday while we cooked Christmas dinner. It is AMAZING. This thing sounds like a jet engine blender, only not so loud, of course. It just sounds very strong and efficient and it blends things very quickly. I’m beyond thrilled to make my own smoothies and soups and things! I previously had to use this mini food processor which was quite horrible as it could only processor around 1.5 cups of anything at one time. Plus, it was one of those which you have to hold the button down on so it had recently begun to smell like burning plastic. Ew. Thank goodness for moms who know exactly what you need!

My step mom and Dad actually got me this lovely purse and it is SO adorable! It is by Bettie Paige ( the brand) and so the inside fabric is all black and white photo print of her modeling which looks really beautiful! Loving this handbag!

Lastly, I received a Coach clutch from one of my very best friends ( Thanks girl, if you’re reading this!) and I absolutely love it! It’s a really sleek design which I love for clutches and the burgundy wine color is amazing – it’s just my taste exactly.

I had such a wonderful Christmas and I’m so thrilled I was able to give and receive some amazing gifts this year and enjoy some lovely food and quality time with my friends and family.

Anyway, onto Boxing Day!

If you’re unfamiliar with Boxing Day, don’t feel bad. I only found out what it was last year. Basically, it’s the equivalent of Black Friday shopping only it’s mostly done in the UK, Canada, Australia and possibly Europe (anyone can confirm or deny this? not sure?). Many shops offer great bargains and discounts and there’s a chance to get some amazing deals and free GWP’s. I am a bit bummed come this time, but there seem to be a few Boxing Day sales going on online and a few after holiday or end of the year sales which you can take advantage of if you are in the USA or someplace else which doesn’t have Boxing Day.

Here’s What I’ve Found!

Hip Apotheca Boxing Day Sales:

Adore Beauty Boxing Day Sales: 

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Beauty Bay January Sale:

Sephora 20% Off Sale:

Sale On Sale Extra 20% off sale items. Enter code EXTRA20 at checkout. Shop Sale > Online only. Limited-time offer. Ends January 2

 

FeelUnique Up to 50% Off Sale: 

Winter Sale

 

SpaceNK Sale: 

 

What did you all receive this holiday ?

Do you plan to Shop the Boxing Day or After Holiday Sales today ?