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Hello Kitty Velcro Hair Bows – 3 Pack

Over my birthday weekend back in April, I went for a little shopping at Sephora and picked up these super cute Hello Kitty velcro hair bows.

If you are unfamiliar with what velcro hair tools are, they are basically a simple alternative you can use to hold your hair back instead of using bobby pins or hair bands. These are most commonly used to hold hair back while washing your face, but you can use them as you like. I personally use these to hold my hair up when I can’t find a hair band or when I wash my face. It may seem really odd to put velcro in your hair, but they are super handy and they’re surprisingly a lot gentler on hair than hair bands and pins which tend to pull and tug on hair and can cause headaches. These stay in place really well without any of the tension and pressure of other hair accessories which I really love.

Also, if you have a fringe or bangs or short layers, these are actually a lot more effective at keeping hair off your face when you’re cleansing or applying makeup.  In fact, I think that may actually be what they were initially marketed for in Asia, but don’t quote me on that!

I’ve used hair velcro tools before so I was excited to find these really adorable bow shaped velcros from HK and I’m excited that they seem to be going more mainstream since HK is offering them in Sephora now. I previously purchased my rectangle hair velcros by Japanese company Dariya from Asian beauty sites, Ebay or Amazon because they used to be the only ones who offered this sort of thing, but it is really cool to see they are more readily available to US consumers now as I find these hair velcros to be cute, fun and very useful!

If you are interested in purchasing these hair bow velcros from Hello Kitty, they are available at Sephora, but it looks like their online site is currently sold out of them. The only other places I can find them online are on Amazon or Ebay, but if you have one near you, I’d get them at Sephora as they are a lot cheaper (around $15, I think, for the pack) whereas they’re around $20 on Ebay and Amazon. If you don’t really care for the shape of the velcros, you can get rectangle shaped hair velcros or simple bow shaped ones on Amazon & Ebay for $2-$3.

What Do You Think of This Odd, But Useful Hair Tool?

Do You Use Hair Velcros? 

Would You?

Also, What Strange Beauty Tools Have You Tried? 

♥ Tianna 

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Wishing you all a Happy Easter today & oddly enough, also a Happy April Fools’ Day!

I hope you all have some yummy food today and maybe pull some pranks on your loved ones! 😉

 Tianna ♥

happy valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

I hope you all have some fun plans for today, whether you’re going out with friends or a special someone! If you have no idea what to do (single or not!), I did a post that might give you some ideas – here.

Anyway, my boyfriend and I decided to postpone V-Day plans to the weekend since we both work during the week and won’t really have time to do much, but I figured I’d at least do a Lust List for Valentine’s Day since I think it’s such a fun holiday and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a lust list so I hope you enjoy!

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RMS Un-Cover Up, SteamCream – Happiness, Scotch Naturals Polish in NeatRMS Cream Shadow in Solar, ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover, Tarte 12 Hour BB Cream, Le Feu de L’Eau – Le Feu Profound Rose Candle, Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream, Mermaid Perfume, Alice & Peter Cheery Cherry Pie Perfume, Scotch Naturals Polish in Blood & Sand, Kissing Elixirs Fresh Breath Mist in Mint Vanilla, BKR HEARTbkr Limited Edition Glass Bottle, ILIA Copper Mascara in Macao, ECOTOOLS Foam Applicator, & SteamCream – Verona.

On a more eclectic note, I really really want this heart shaped umbrella from Fab.com. Isn’t it cute?!

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Heart Shaped Umbrella – Fab.com

I’d really love to re-create these adorable Valentine’s themed nails as well!

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Valentine’s Day theme nails From shopobaz.tumblr.com

Lastly, this lovely dessert from ABeautifulMess that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day looks delicious!

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Berries in Chocolate Bowl from ABeautifulMess.com

How will you be spending Valentine’s Day?

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Fun & Girly Ideas for Valentine’s Day For Singles & Couples!

Back before I ever met my boyfriend, I often celebrated Valentine’s Day with friends since I was single and we came up with so many fun ideas which made Valentine’s Day a fun day of friendship instead of a day of moping around.

Not that you need to mope around either way, but here are some fun ideas my friends and I came up with as ways to celebrate this hallmark holiday if you’re single and a few more if you’re in a relationship.

Fab.com | Love XOX Choc Dipped Oreos

Fab.com | Love XOX Choc Dipped Oreos – via Pinterest

{ Have A Gift Swap! }

I think a big part of what makes V-Day so depressing for a lot of singles is the idea that you won’t have anyone to gift swap with so you won’t feel loved or special. When I was single, my good friend and I would always swap gifts for fun because we didn’t have anything else to do and we really wanted to avoid the whole blind dating scene (like, at all costs).

Pamper your sweetheart with these decadent Red Velvet Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup from http://whipperberry.com #valentinesday #breakfast #redvelvet

Red Velvet Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup from http://WhipperBerry.com via Pinterest

{ Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner with Friends! }

So, to continue on with the whole gift swap idea, you can also plan to have dinner together where you can swap said gifts. My friend and I would always meet up on V-Day, whether it was for lunch or dinner or whichever, to eat, swap our gifts and enjoy the day our way. I know a lot of people think you have to be in a relationship to enjoy this little hallmark holiday, but I totally disagree. I actually think it’s a bit more fun to celebrate V-Day as a single girl than it is to celebrate in a relationship (Just don’t tell my boyfriend I said that!). The fun in this is you can choose a fun place you’ll both enjoy and there’s no awkwardness that you often get on those blind dates! The only thing is I advise you to make reservations if you’re doing dinner, otherwise it’s like a cattle call waiting in line for a table. Another thing is avoid really franchise or super popular places as many restaurants add in tables on V-Day in order to make more money (more seats = more couples = more $$$), but you’ll literally be inches away from the next table. One year, my boyfriend and I made the mistake of going to dinner at a popular local restaurant and we were so close to the next table, we could hear their entire conversation and smell their cologne. Thankfully, my boyfriend and I seem to find it hilarious to eavesdrop on the conversations of others, especially if they happen to be on an awkward first date or if they get in a fight. Drama!

22 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Cards - Shelterness.com

22 Amazing DIY Valentine’s Day Cards – Shelterness.com – via Pinterest

{ DIY Gifts! }

If the idea of spending a lot of money on a gift swap stresses you out, it’s always a great idea to suggest that everyone gives DIY gifts instead of spending money on expensive ones. I really feel like there’s an adorable kind of charm when it comes to DIY Valentines and cards, especially, because they have cute character and always seem to be much more creative than store bought ones anyway.You can even trade baked goods, which I think is even more fun and personal!

OMG! Want this for no reason but that it's heart shaped! - Fab.com | Art. Lebedev Heart Umbrella

Fab.com | Art. Lebedev Heart Umbrella – via Pinterest

{ Host a Party or Go Shopping! }

I’ve never personally hosted a V-Day party, but all the pink and red and hearts seems like tons of fun, especially if you theme the food to fit the holiday! Enjoy lots of goodies and chick flicks or you can do an Anti – V – Day themed party and serve stuff in a pink, black and white theme and show horror films – Just an idea! 😉 On another thought, when my friend and I would go out to dinner, we’d always end up at Ulta or Sephora afterwards, for some reason, and that seemed to become an unintentional tradition of ours. I think if you’re a single girl out with your girl friends, it’s always a fun idea to end with retail therapy and it’s less likely you’ll deal with too much traffic if you’re avoiding the restaurant scene!

Fab.com | Organic Bouquet Roses & Lilies

Fab.com | Organic Bouquet Roses & Lilies – via Pinterest

{ Some Ideas for Couples }

  • Stay In & Make Dinner At Home. Eating out can be so expensive and read above about the possible seating arrangements! Sometimes it’s a lot easier and special to enjoy your Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner in. Whoever offers to cook will be giving a totally priceless gift otherwise you can coordinate a team effort where you both cook different dishes for the meal. 
  • Enjoy a Weekend Getaway ( somewhere nearby). Groupon and TravelZoo are always offering very affordable rates and depending on your area, there should be some local getaway spots that are an hour to a few hours away which you can enjoy without breaking the bank. I’ve seen some under $100 for a 2 night stay in my area alone so check it out! 
  • Tea Time Valentines. This is something I’d like to do this year with my boyfriend because 1. I’ve never been to a proper tea shop where they serve pastries and all that stuff and 2. I may or may not be living out my own Madame Pudifoot’s Tea Shop fantasy. Don’t judge! One bonus is you can totally avoid the dinner rush of V-Day by doing this! 
  • Go to a Theme Park. Personally, I’m always up to visit Disneyland anytime, anywhere, but depending on where you are, there may not be a local theme park and that’s fine because there’s always museums, art galleries, and other fun attractions to see which you can tailor to yours and your S.O.’s tastes. 
  • Restaurant Crawl. If you’ve never tried this before, you really ought to! Basically, what you do is enjoy each part of your meal at a different restaurant. You start out with drinks at one, appetizers at another, main courses at another and dessert at another. I recommend planning out your spots ahead of time and making reservations accordingly, but it’s a fun and less conventional way to celebrate, try new things and enjoy new food! 
  • Enjoy a Movie Night In. A few years back, my boyfriend and I made the grave mistake of thinking we could go watch a film on V-Day and were met with a literal FLOOD of couples all waiting to see Valentine’s Day (you know, that film). Thankfully we went to watch some kind of thriller instead, but the line itself made it the whole thing kind of taxing in itself. 
  • 14 Days of Valentine Gifts. I’ve been thinking on doing this one, but I think it’ll have to wait until next year because I’m short handed on cash, at the moment. For those of you who have money or who would prefer to DIY your gifts, this is a fun idea to avoid the rush of one day. It’s quite simply that you and your S.O. plan to gift each other every day from February 1st to Valentine’s Day. They can be small gifts or whichever and the last should be extra special. 

I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful and fun and I wish you a fun Valentine’s Day!

For More Fun Valentine’s Day & Romantic Ideas, Check Out My “Hearts & Romance” Pinterest Board – here.

What are your plans for V-Day this year?

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New Look Glitter Heart Box Clutch

Image 3 of Park Lane Ankle Strap Glitter Toe Flat Shoe

Park Lane Ankle Strap Glitter Toe Flat Shoe

BB Dakota Sequin Neva Dress

BB Dakota Sequin Neva Dress

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color, Big Money

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color, Big Money

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Marano dancer glitter box-clutch

Sequined Party Dress w/ Belt

Betsey Johnson Bronze Belt

PAXTON SEQUINED MINISKIRT

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow – Rockstar – deep aubergine shimmer

Image 3 of Melissa Ultragirl Glitter II Ballet Flats

Melissa Ultragirl Glitter II Ballet Flats

Butter London Holiday Lippy Glitter Trio

Image 1 of River Island Gold Glitter Platform Heels

River Island Gold Glitter Platform Heels

Betsey Johnson Glitter Box

Butter London 3 Free Lacquer Nail Polish – The Full Monty

Kate Spade New York Glitter Phone Sleeve

Hudson Nico Mid Rise Super Skinny Glitter

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Kate Spade New York Glitter Bow Belt

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Cosmetic Glitters

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Cosmetic Glitters

Red Glitter Bow Headband

Red Glitter Bow Headband

Is anyone else as obsessed with glittery stuff as I am?

What are you all wearing to parties and gatherings this holiday?

Link & Let Me Know in the Comments!

I know, I know, Christmas is literally only 6 days away, but I know quite a few people who are still getting in some last minute shopping so I thought I’d post this one just for fun because whether it’s for Christmas or some other event, these items would make really great gifts!

Also, I know none of these have anything to do with beauty, but since I did a post on that previously, I thought I’d do one that has nothing to do with beauty as not everyone on your list will be as beauty enthused as me!

Fab.com | Traveler Leather Journal Saddle

Leather Bound Journal – from Fab.Com via PInterest

This would make a great gift for someone who loves to write or sketch and they’ve got tons of different options online and in stores for stationary, journals, etc. that are really nice and affordable. Leather bound ones are my favorite though!

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Alice Time Piece Watch Necklace from FredFlare.Com via Pinterest

I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. As you may know, I’m a bit obsessed with fairy tales in general and so it’s no wonder I love Alice in Wonderland really, but anyway. Isn’t this watch necklace lovely?! I love things that are vintage or have that vintage style and this one has beautiful filigree type design and looks just like the White Rabbit pocket watch!

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Death Star Planetarium from FredFlare.Com via Pinterest

I may or may not be living out a childhood fantasy of owning one of these, but I just think the stars and constellations are really fascinating. Also, this is a great gift for a child or an adult in my opinion and very affordable. Bonus points if you give this to a Star Wars fan!

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Plush Organs from UncommonGoods.Com via PInterest

I actually purchased one of these for my boyfriend last year and they’re really cute! They are a bit pricey as far as plushes go, but I’d say they’re worth it for the sheer novelty of it. I got him a pancreas because he’s a Type 1 Diabetic. Too soon? We have kind of a morbid sense of humor I guess LOL.

DIY Gift Idea – Cupcake In a Jar from LilLuna.Com

I love how cute this idea is! Doesn’t the presentation itself look adorable? I think it’s a great way to give a gift without breaking the bank and who doesn’t love a cupcake? Seriously… they’re awesome.

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Noodle Cup + Chopsticks from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

My boyfriend and I love ramen. Actually, we love any Asian food, but we especially enjoy noodles and things that you’d eat in a bowl with chopsticks. Growing up in a community where Asians were the majority, tons of my friends are Asian and there were loads of restaurants selling all different types of Asian food from Pho to Udon to Rice Noodle and eating noodles reminds me of being a kid. This set is super cute and practical for anyone who is into noodles like me!

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What Would Audrey Do? Book from ModCloth.Com via Pinterest

I just recently discovered the amazing principles of life that Audrey Hepburn was all about and I’m enthralled because she had such a great way of viewing life and being a woman. This is one that made my own Christmas list and I think any woman would enjoy a good book of confidence, grace, beauty and rolling with the punches that come in life with all the poise of a real lady.

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Fortune Cookie Baby Booties from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

Okay so don’t freak out. I don’t have baby fever or anything, but my sister is around 5 months pregnant and I’m so excited to be an auntie that I’ve taken to Oohing and Ahhing over baby booties and all that jazz and then I found these while browsing and AREN’T THEY ADORABLE?! You know they are. I mean, I’d rock these if they had ’em in my size. Just saying.

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Waldo – We Got Him Shirt from Threadless via ThisisWhyImBroke.Com via Pinterest

I wanted to get this for my brother last year as it’s very much his style of humor, but they actually ran out of them. I just find this funny twist on one of my most memorable childhood characters really hilarious. Threadless has other amazing shirts as well that range from humorous to pop culture references, etc. They also have frequent sales so they’re definitely worth a look!

Cookies in a Chinese Take Out Box from http://www.iheartnaptime.net

Back onto Asian food, it would make sense that I’d have a weird affinity towards takeout boxes, but that’s neither here nor there. I think I might just be into boxes because I’m a bit OCD, but anyway. I think cookies make a fantastic gift and super easy to do in one go for everyone on your list if you’re strapped for cash or want to keep it simple this year. You can find these little takeout boxes in so many different colors and recycled versions, etc. so it’s very customizable.

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Grow Your Own Coffee Kit from ThinkGeek.Com via Pinterest

I love coffee and tea. I wish we had a more devoted tea time here in the USA, but alas, no one cares what I think! At least I can dedicated some weekend time to boba and tea and noodles. This is a great gift for anyone who loves coffee and wants to cultivate their own coffee plant. They’ll save money in the long run and likely enjoy a better tasting brew!

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FOXERS Lace Boxer Short from Foxers.Com via Pinterest

This might be one of those items that is best left for people to purchase for themselves, but I suppose boyfriends could pick some up for their girlfriends or whichever? Whatever. The point is that these are SO cute and everyone should own some because they combine both sex appeal and comfort and I fully endorse that.

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Coffee Concentrate from Kickstand Global via Pinterest

I actually bought some of these as gifts already! I know quite a few coffee addicts and these will make lovely gifts for anyone on your list who enjoys their caffeine. What I really like about this concentrate is that you can make hot or ice coffee in a few minutes without too much effort. The only thing is that these are a bit on the pricey side at $27 each and you must purchase at least 2 on their site for some reason, but I think it’s well worth it just for the convenience!

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Grow Your Own Micro Greens Kit from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

I discovered what micro greens are just the other day and now I’m fascinated to grow my own. This is a great kit to do just that or even grow your own herbs/ spices!

Homemade Thin Mints from http://yumsugar.com

For us Americans, girl scout cookies are something of a favorite. It’s very hard to say no to those cute little girls outside the grocery store selling their cookies, am I right? My favorite has always been the thin mint cookies – they are amazzzzing! I love this homemade recipe for them from Yum Sugar as it’s both money saving and great for gift giving!

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Molecular Mixology Kit from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

For those who are into their cocktails, this is a great gift idea to take their hobby to the next level in mixology! This kit really takes it to the next level where drinks are concerned and allows for complex and specialty drinks and flavors to come to life in a whole new way.

Thanks a Latte Gift Card Idea from http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/

I really love the play on words with this cute gift card idea! It’s a simple, cute and fun gift idea to give to those you really don’t know too well or who have everything.

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MukLuks Miranda Boots from Fab.Com via Pinterest

I’ve been wanting these damn boots for ages and they never have them in store – I don’t know if they’re online only or exclusive or whichever, but they are difficult to find and very cute for the holidays! I love that they are somewhere between a slipper and boot because that’s perfect for keeping me warm on short runs to the video store or grocery or something without sacrificing comfort or coziness!

DIY Homemade Vanilla Hot Chocolate from http://www.yumsugar.com

I’ve heard from some that this isn’t a good gift to give, but I think that’s bullocks ( I was just watching Gordon Ramsay on YouTube, can you tell?). I really wish someone would gift me some hot chocolate mix like this because 1. it looks really cute  and 2. it’s delicious when it’s freezing out like it is now so there it’s on my list!

Have You Finished Your Holiday Shopping?

What did you get everyone?

SteamCream Xmas Tins

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week & on to another fabulous weekend!

For some reason, I’ve just been exhausted this week and staying up a bit too late doing random things like attempting to make ice cream (weird for winter, I know) and creating a yogurt pie (because it needed to be done).  So I’ll be pulling the covers over my head til Sunday, getting in some much needed sleep this weekend, but on to today’s post!

Joy to The World

Joy to The World

I’ve been in love with the beautiful tins from Steamcream ever since they sent me a sample of Chagrin earlier this year (see my review on that – here) and I’ve been fawning over their Christmas themed tins along with all of their other tin designs which are all brilliant and uniquely scented! Their creams are very precisely steam-infused with a variety of essential oils, natural plant oils and a calming infusion of oatmeal which offers a very unique cream for even the most sensitive skin types. What I really love about their tins (other than their impressive ingredients) is that they have lovely designs on them that are cute, unique and fun and the tins screw closed instead of most creams which come in a tin that you have to push together and which become harder and harder to open as time goes on. Their tins shut tightly and can safely roll around in your bag without worry of them spilling everywhere.

Chagrin  and Brugge Gift Set

Chagrin and Brugge Gift Set 

Single Steamcreams would make lovely stocking stuffers and they also offer a number of adorably designed gift sets for those looking for a fully fledged gift. Aside from that, they are also eco friendly, made with sustainable ingredients, and they are vegan, cruelty free, and use recycled materials for their packaging. As if that’s not enough, they also hand craft their Steamcreams fresh in the UK and Japan with minimal preservatives for the most body friendly skin emulsion that’s instantly absorbed into the skin!

Some of their tins and gift sets seem to be on sale at the moment so definitely take advantage of that while you can!

They offer tons of uniquely designed tins in their online shop – here.

If you’re in the US, you can also get them from Beauty Habit, if you like – here.

Have you tried SteamCream?

What are you getting your friends and family for Christmas?