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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?

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: 

Boxing Day SaleGift Sets4020ClarinsLaura MercierFragrance

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 ?

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?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Personally, I’ve been relaxing while at the same time trying to get together the last bits for a few days of Christmas giveaways so definitely stay tuned for that! Products from lots of my favorite brands will be up for grabs as well as some little sample packs as well.

As for my actual weekend, I spent most of it hanging out at home playing the new WOW expansion – Mist of Pandaria – with my boyfriend. I am now a Panda in game haha. It’s so fun! Also, last night I went to the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside, It was insanely packed with people, but the lights were amazing!

Check Out My Week In Photos: 

 

I made coffee with a french press midweek and enjoyed some homemade vegan creamer with it. Both were super easy to do! The french press – all you do is boil some water on the stove, add your coffee grounds to the bottom of the press, put the pressing mechanism over the grounds, add water and press down. It’s supposed to help the flavor come out. For the creamer, I made a cinnamon type version since it’s very fall. To make it, use 2 cups coconut milk, 2 cups almond milk, 4-6 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice ( I used maple syrup), 1-3 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1 tsp almond extract. You can put it all together and just shake it and use it that way or you can strain it after mixing it over low heat and then it will be more smooth.

I painted my nails on Friday with a shimmery oxblood burgundy red type color and then I added gold shadow pigment to my thumbs and used a sponge to texturize it. It came out alright – meh, I’m just not that skilled at doing nails!

I meant to feature some of the things I purchased for myself on Black Friday, but I was waiting for some things to arrive so I decided to postpone. I got the OCC Lip Tar in Memento & the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at Sephora when I picked up the giveaway prizes and then I purchased the Claribel Skincare Exfoliating Body Cream and the Solia Straightener online. I’ve reviewed the Fresh cleanser before here – it’s a favorite basic to use! I’m new to the OCC Lip Tars, but loving this one so far and will review soon! I really want the True Red color one as well. They are really fun to experiment with! I’m liking the exfoliating body cream from Claribel Skincare thus far as well, but waiting on further testing to review my findings! The Solia hair straightener I got on discount from Folica.Com which has a lot of great products for both hair and skin. It works amazingly so far, but I’ll keep testing and post on it in about a month when I’ve experimented a bit more!

 

Living Nature sent me these lovely products for review and the Christmas giveaway so if you’d like your chance to win these 3, stay tuned for the giveaways opening very soon! Otherwise, I’ll be reviewing these 3 and their brand new colorful packaging (pictured above) which is out just in time for the holidays. I think they look lovely and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Living Nature or maybe as a way to introduce them to the brand. They offer lots of kits and travel sets that will last quite a long time if you’re looking to introduce someone to these products or pick them up for yourself. It’s seriously good value. Check them out here. Also, you can check out my reviews for some other Living Nature products here.and their awesome liquid foundation here.

 

Last night, I went to the Lights Festival at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. As you can see, it was really packed ( this is the front of the hotel) and the lights were crazy extravagant. They do this every year and have stands where they sell kettle corn, candied almonds and hot cocoa and other fun things. It was a blast!

 

What did you do this past week/weekend?

Do share in the comments!

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?

Black Friday - it's a bit disturbing how close to reality this is.

Black Friday DeMotivational Poster – Walking Dead – via Pinterest

so, really quick, before I take off to wait in line at the mall to get into Sephora for the Black Friday Beauty Giveaway that I’m doing (hope you all signed up!), I just wanted to share a few more black friday and cyber monday sales that I came across. I think most of these will be happening online so anyone can take advantage, whether you’re in the USA or not.

Enjoy!

SaffronRouge.Com — Beginning on Friday & ending Monday, all Suki, Dr. Hauschka & Living Nature products will be 20% Off!

Vapour Organic Beauty Holiday Collection

VapourBeauty.Com — Get 30% Off All Vapour Beauty products from Friday to Monday when you use code “blackfriday12”.

Limited Edition Rosehip 3-Step Facial SetPaiSkincare.Com — From Thanksgiving (Right Now!!) to Cyber Monday, Spend $60 & Get a FREE Sea buckthorn hand & nail collection. Spend $100 & Get a FREE Rosehip 3 Step Facial Set. Spend $140 & Get Both sets for FREE!

BeautyBay.Com — For Black Friday (Nov. 23, 2012), Get 20% Off the ENTIRE Beauty Bay website!

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BenefitCosmetics.Com — From Nov. 23 – 25th, Get a FREE Deluxe Mini BADGal Lash Mascara when you spend $30. Spend $60 & Receive a FREE a Deluxe Mini Porefessional as well. Receive a Deluxe Mini Sugarbomb when you spend $90 as well! Use coupon code “STAYCATION” to get the deals!

INDIE LEE Squalane Facial Oil

BeautyArmy.Com — Get 20% Off ALL Indie Lee products at Beauty Army.

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SaksFifthAvenue.Com — Receive a $25 Gift Card when you spend $100 on any beauty or fragrance item! Use the code “BEAUTY12” online ONLY on November 22nd (Right Now!) and In stores on November 23rd!

Holiday Travel Essentials

ElementalHerbologyUS.Com — Get FREE Shipping on All orders of $40 + and Get a FREE Gift with purchase on All orders $100+ from November 23rd – December 21st!

Glimmer Gift Box

JaneIredale.Com — Buy 2 Glimmer Gift Boxes at $40 each & Receive 1 For FREE! Use the code “GLIMMER” at checkout. Offer valid from Cyber Monday ( Nov. 26th) to December 2nd.

LovelySkin.com

LovelySkin.Com — Get 25% Off All Orders & Get a Special Gift with Purchase for orders over $200.

NaturesGate.Com — Get 40% Off in their New Facial Care collection. Use code ” CYB40 ” at checkout to get the deal.

Stay Safe, Enjoy the holiday & Happy Shopping!

Happy Monday!

So, I’m a bit off kilter today as I have to be in to work today and I normally don’t work Mondays, but due to Thanksgiving, we’ll be working now til Wednesday to compensate for missing Thursday and Friday.

Anyway, I’m super excited for Black Friday and having a ridiculously long weekend and I’ve been scouring the interwebs for more awesome black friday deals in beauty as I said I would.

Check Out All The Deals I Found!

Holiday Gift Set

NUXE – Get 20% OFF Nuxe’s entire site when you shop on November 26th! I’m kind of excited about this one as well; I may just pick up their multi-use dry oil finally!

 

Brown Butter Beauty – Get 25% OFF when you shop the super affordable natural hair & beauty products from Brown Butter Beauty. Use Coupon Code – “BlackFriday” . The offer lasts from November 23 – 25th, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar with them, I highly recommend trying their sulfate free shampoos and their incredible Babassu deep conditioner. They also sell pure Maracuja oil ( what Tarte is known for) at a really great price!

Avalon Palette

 

BECCA Cosmetics – On Nov. 25th, Get a FREE mini Shimmering Skin Perfector & Full Sized Beach Tint when you spend $75. You’ll get even more goodies ( 2 full sized Glossy Lip Tints + BECCA Cosmetics Pouch!) when you spend $125 +! They are also releasing a limited edition nail color set for $30.  < I know I’ll be shopping this one – I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of their eye palettes!

Dr. Hauschka – Get a FREE Limited Edition hand cream from Dr Hauschka when you spend $50+ on November 26, 2012.

Giorgio Armani Beauty – Get 20% Off AND Free Shipping with any purchase of $75+ when you use coupon code PREVIEW12. This one is a bit of a PRE Black Friday deal as it lasts only until November 22nd – I’ll definitely be checking this one out! I’ve been eyeing their Maestro Foundation. Anyone else as fascinated with it as I am?

think beautiful thoughtsPhilosophy – This one is a bit late to the show, but maybe some of you can still take advantage of it! Get 20% OFF RIGHT NOW  with coupon code ” beauty20 “. This offer ends November 20th (tomorrow!) so you’ll need to hurry if you want to get your purchases in!

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John Masters Organics – Get 25% OFF their entire line of all natural care products from Thanksgiving (November 22nd) to Monday November 26th! Use coupon code” HOLIDAY12 ” to get the discount! I’ve been wanting to try their hair care line for some time now so this is a great chance to pick that up!

Are there any Black Friday sales you’re really looking forward to this year, beauty or otherwise?

Do share in the comments!

I’m always down for a good deal 😉

 

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

We’re officially a week away from Black Friday!

If you haven’t yet signed up for my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway, you may want to do so SOON as time is running out!

 I know a lot of you either can’t go out for Black Friday because you’re in another country and there may not be many deals going on locally or otherwise because you’re smart and want to avoid the insanity that comes with this crazy day and that’s totally understandable, but why should you miss out on the deals?

So, for that reason, today’s post is some awesome Black Friday beauty sales that will be happening online and which you can take advantage of despite not being in physical stores. I may post more on this as the sales are released, but here are some exciting ones to put on your list for next week & even an EXCLUSIVE coupon code for Storybook Apothecary readers!

Read On for the Deals!

NARS Cosmetics – Here’s one I’m really excited for! The entire NARS website will be 20% OFF! Awesome, right? I’m currently testing out a sample of their Sheer Glow Foundation – so far so good – review soon lovelies so stay tuned!

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Alima Pure –  I believe there will be some other specials going on as well (don’t quote me on this!) , but I do know they will be doing a GWP* for all purchases of $45 or more which is fantastic! I wonder what the gift is! Unfamiliar with their lovely line? Check out my posts on them – here. 

(GWP = gift with purchase*)

Max Green Alchemy – All the lovely people at MGA are capping shipping costs at $5 for ALL orders (free for orders over $150) from Black Friday to Cyber Monday! Spend your money on all their fantastic goodies & save big on shipping! Unsure what they have to offer? Check out my reviews – here.

The Body Shop – Although some restrictions apply, for Black Friday ONLY (Nov. 23rd), their entire site will be 3 for $30!! Obviously not everything is included in the deal, but STILL!

Folica – From Nov. 21-25, use the code TURKEY to get $25 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping. From Nov. 26-28, get $25 off of $75 and free shipping with the code TURKEYDEAL.

Smashbox – From November 22-25th, they will be holding their friends and family sale so you can get 20% OFF their entire site!

Bambola Beauty – Get 30% OFF everything at Bambola Beauty when you use coupon code: Super at checkout! Valid through December 1, 2012. Check out my review on Bambola Beauty – here.

Rainwater Botanicals – Take 15% OFF your entire order this Black Friday! From Midnight to Midnight PST. Use the Coupon Code “BLACK” to redeem + Free Shipping on U.S. orders of $200 or more and $10 off shipping on International orders or $200 or more. This sale is good in our Etsy store only. Shipping charges will be refunded for orders or $200 or more. If you’re unfamiliar with Rainwater Botanicals, check out original my post on them – here.

Hip Apotheca – Get 15% OFF when you use the coupon code – “HOORAY.” They carry some awesome natural brands such as Antipodes, Figs & Rouge, Mai Couture, One Love Organics, Pai Skincare, Revolution Organics & Mbeze.

Vive Sana – Get 25% OFF when you use the EXCLUSIVE Storybook Apothecary coupon code – “storybook25”. Offer expires December 3rd, 2012. If you’re unfamiliar, check out the review I did on their amazing sunscreen – here.

I’ll keep an eye out for more online Black Friday sales & post on them as they come, but definitely take advantage of these ones! I know I will be shopping online while I wait in line haha.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

What Sales Are You Most Looking Forward To This Black Friday – If you do plan on shopping in physical stores, that is?

It seems like lately I’ve been super obsessed with any and all things DIY, especially gifts and home decor items! I think with the oncoming holidays, I’m trying to think of ways to make gifts instead of buying them to avoid giving generic gifts and also save more money this year.

Here are some of my latest pins (and likes on SU) on Pinterest that I’m currently enamored with!

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[Source: http://blog.stitchawishdesigns.com/2011/06/our-lil-deck-garden/ via Pinterest]

It seems like I’m obsessed with starting a garden and also with the idea of using wine crates…for anything. So these two together, it’s no wonder I’m into it! I just love the look of wine crates. I dunno what it is. Anyone else have a love for that wine crate look?

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[Source: http://346living.com/2011/10/12/pinterest-diy-inspiration/ via Pinterest]

Aside from wine crates, I’ve developed a newfound liking for pallets. Who knew they could be so useful and multi-purpose?

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[Source:http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Garden-Fountain-Out-of-Well-Anythi/ via Pinterest]

I love fountains! Most especially, I love garden fountains, but I would compromise on a small one for my room. I just find them very relaxing and calming. This one is so artsy and lovely, no?

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[Source: http://frenchbydesign.blogspot.com/2010/10/trend-alert-recycling-wood-crates-and.html via Pinterest]

Again with the wine crates! This is just a fantastic idea! Plus, it eliminates my need to ever buy book shelves or shelving units/storage ever again..and I’m really into that idea. Plus, if I move, I have boxes already! I’m just saying, it works.

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[Source: http://thephobia.com/post/3750781935/pride-prejudice-is-my-all-time-favorite-book via Pinterest]

OMG! I love Pride and Prejudice! So lovely and romantic. I think every girl/woman likes this sort of romanticism. It’s simple, elegant and beautiful without even trying. Plus, I love coffee and tea so this is a great idea for me.

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[Source: http://laceyinloveblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-smoothie-packs.html via Pinterest]

I’ve been trying to figure out ways to best make my fruits and veggies last longer. I know a lot of people freeze theirs and I’ve been doing a bit of that, but this really does take things to the next level. Plus, I love the way it simplifies healthy drink mixes. Super easy! All you have to do is pop one out, blend and go!

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[Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2HX3X0/blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2012/02/try-this-hanging-string-balls.html via Stumbleupon]

I’ve seen this type of decor piece on several design sites and, although theirs is usually a more refined store bought piece, I really love this one. It’s simple, it looks really lovely and chic, and it looks like it’d be really easy to do!

[Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1rfPdh/www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html via StumbleUpon]

I was so into this idea I’ve already purchased everything I need to transform a few cream colored candles into a gift for someone I know! I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

[Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1rfPdh/www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html via StumbleUpon]

I really love this idea, but I’ve no idea where to find paraffin wax nor do I think I would be particularly success in this project. It just seems like something you’d need really level hands for and that’s something I don’t have at all.

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[Source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2x5fp2/manmadediy.com/chris/posts/639-how-to-make-typographic-gift-wrap via StumbleUpon]

Ever since I was young, my mom would always make me do all her wrapping at Christmas and, though I never hated it, I really disliked the whole name tag part! It’s such a pain, my penmanship is terrible, and writing so much makes my hands cramp. I know, I sound whiney, but whatever I hated that part. Plus, it always looked horrible with my penmanship anyway so it was all for naught! I love that this eliminates that problem for me and simplifies it into something easy and practical.

So, what do you think of these?

Are there any DIY projects you’re currently loving?

Definitely share in the comments!

Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest @StorybookBeauty!