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  1. Krups Espresso Machine { from West Elm via Pinterest } $299.95
  2. “I Bloody Love Tea” Mug { from AliceMaplesdenPots on Etsy via Pinterest } $24.79
  3. BECCA Sandalwood Gift Set { from BeautyHabit.com via Pinterest } $70
  4. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit { from Back To the Roots via Pinterest } $19.95
  5. Multicolored 10 Piece Knife Set { from Fab.com via Pinterest } $28
  6. Roques Oneil Pamper Me Xmas Gift Set { from Roques Oneil via Pinterest } £48
  7. Rachel Bow Day Bag { from Forever New via Pinterest } $69.99
  8. “I Would Cuddle You So Hard” T-Shirt { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $19.50
  9. “Amber” Eau de Parfum by Prada { from Nordstrom via Pinterest } $118
  10. Vitamix Professional Blender { from Wayfair.Com via Pinterest } $498.95
  11. “Freak Out” Pajama Set { from TopShop.com via Pinterest }
  12. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set { from Sephora.Com via Pinterest } $49
  13. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle with Dual Layer Protection { from WaterFi.Com via Pinterest } $144.95
  14. Aquaovo Therm-O Terra ECO Friendly Thermos { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $20
  15. RMS Beauty Essentials Gift Set { from SpiritBeautyLounge.Com via Pinterest } $150
  16. Samsung Galaxy Note II { from Samsung via Pinterest } $299.99 (with contract) or $649.99 (without)
  17. Trilogy Xmas Everything Balm Gift Set { from LoveLula.Com via Pinterest } £12.50
  18. “Bonne Nuit” ERMINE French Slippers { from TopShop.Com via Pinterest } $28
  19. Nanda Home Clocky Rolling Clock { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $45

For more gift inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “Gift Ideas” for more gift inspiration!

What’s on your gift list this year?

I’m so excited to see all the trick-or-treaters come by tonight! I think I’m really turning into an old person LOL. Anyway, so today’s post is a few of my favorite Halloween pins that I discovered and that really didn’t seem to fit into any topic, but that I thought were still really cool.

Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!

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5 Party Ready Halloween Treats From theglitterguide.com via Pinterest

I’m not really sure what this is (I’m thinking it’s food-colored vanilla pudding and oreo?), but it’s looks delicious and perfect for Halloween! Especially if you plan on staying in or if you are hosting a party, these treats look awesome

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Halloween Nails from BakingBeauty.Net via Pinterest

I love these nails! They are seriously adorable and I’ve been so impressed with the Halloween themed nails people have come up with. If you’re interested in more Halloween nail designs, RaRa Reid has done some really cool ones!

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Hogwarts Coat of Arms Pumpkin by 9Gag.Com via Pinterest

OMG! Combining Harry Potter and Halloween is like the ultimate for me! Doesn’t this pumpkin look amazing ?? Personally, I have trouble doing a normal pumpkin carving (you know, triangle eyes, nose and a scary mouth), but this is really incredible!

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DIY Washable Hair Color From petgroomingthegoodthebadthefurry.blogspot.com

I never thought of this, but with the whole hair-chalking trend, someone was bound to connect the two. It’s such a brilliant and cheap idea if you have kids and don’t want to pay the $5-$10 cans of hair paint or whichever. This is a nice, affordable alternative.

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Awesome Halloween Decorations From plateandpattern.com

This is so creative and spooky – I love it! It reminds me of a more chic Haunted Mansion look. It seems this look isn’t that difficult to achieve either. All you need are some free online printable labels (some look old already or you can dip them in coffee and tea for an aged look), old empty liquor or other glass bottles, scent diffuser / candle wicks, skull from Halloween store, some dried or fake moss (craft store!) and a glass vase of some sort.

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Halloween Party Treats From hostessblog.com

I don’t know why, but everything looks cooler in a shot glass. It looks so decorative and you’ll feel less guilty indulging because it’s such a small portion. This is a great one for adult Halloween parties!

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Bloody Cocktails From bhg.com

Here’s another one for over 21 Halloween gatherings – Bloody Cocktails! No idea what’s in it, but it looks seriously cool! You could easily adapt this into a non-alcoholic drink for kids too – Just use plastic styled glasses instead of real, diet / regular 7Up and red food coloring on the outside for the blood. You could also serve Hawaiian Punch and do the blood for a super red bloody cocktail.

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Lawn Ghosts From inspiringpretty.com

This is such an ingenious idea for your lawn that’s not only cheap, but also fairly simple to do! One trip to the craft store and you’ll have a lawn full of ghosts!

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Vampire Cupcakes From cupcakeactivist.com

Okay so, on principle, I was going to leave this out just because the photo reminds me of Twilight, but I really think it’s a cool idea for cupcakes and it’s not too intricate an idea that average bakers can’t do it too. Plus, the effect is rather nice with very little effort and I’m all about that!

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Polyjuice Potion Jello From jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com

Anything I can find that’s Harry Potter themed, I’ll be putting it up, whether on Halloween or, you know, any odd day. These look fun and delicious for kids parties, but you could make them into adult rather easily – just add alcohol. (Please only drinking age appropriate adults!)

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Halloween Party Drink Table From bhg.com

I love this drinking table from Bhg.com! Not only does it look easy, but it’s so stylish! The picture frame chalkboard is a nice touch and really cheap to do. I seem to be obsessed with chalkboards lately…

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Dracula’s Kiss Cocktail From cocktails.about.com

Doesn’t this cocktail look amazing??? It’s really simple to make, though you’ll need specialty black cherry vodka to do it. It also includes yummy grenadine and coke. I didn’t even know they made black cherry vodka, but it sounds brilliant! (Again, Please only drinking age appropriate adults!)

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Bloody Zombie Nails From i283.photobucket.com

Halloween nails have really seemed to evolved this year onto an entirely new level. They’re like how Halloween pumpkin carvings used to be so simple and then now they’ve gone on to become so intricate and creative. I really love the creativity of it all. That’s what makes Halloween such a blast, no?

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Leave On the Porch If You Won’t Be Home on Halloween! From marthastewart.com

This is a seriously simple, but unique idea for those who will be out on Halloween. Simply pick up a pumpkin and poke small holes into it in rows. Then, insert the lollipops of choice. You could use tootsie pops as shown here or there’s also blow pops, old fashioned lollipops, or if you wanted to make custom holes, you could actually even do ring pops.

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DIY Apothecary Jars From davelowe.blogspot.com

Earlier in the month, I discovered this awesome blog which includes a lot of Halloween DIY projects on the cheap. This guy has brilliant ideas on how to save money, but make decorations look really authentic at the same time. This project is really cool and surprisingly easy to do. You probably have most of what you need already on hand.

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Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage From bloging.lifeplusfitness.com

So, of course, I had to include something fairy tale themed in this post because I love everything magical and all that jazz. This goes back to what I was saying about pumpkin carvings becoming something really intricate and detailed. Some of these people have such incredible talent and imagination. It’s really impressive!

So, that’s all for now; enjoy your Halloween and Be safe!

What are your plans for Halloween?

Will you be staying in or heading out to trick or treat or attend parties?

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It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

Welcome to my first ever book review!

This book was originally loaned to me by a friend who had been raving about it for a month or so before she finally convinced me to give it a read and I am so glad that I did!

First off, picture a society similar to Hunger Games (only not), but better.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is Hunger Games if it was more thought out, better written, just a realistic, and deadlier, if that is possible, which is pretty incredible when you consider it’s her debut novel!

First off, the book takes place in what we assume is post world war type Chicago. In this society, there are 5 main factions each dedicated to a specific virtue – Abnegation (selfless seekers), Amity (peace-seeking), Erudite (knowledge-seekers), Candor (truth seekers), and Dauntless (thrill seekers). At age 16, everyone takes an aptitude test which determines what faction they are best suited towards and then they must choose which faction they want to join. Some stay in the faction they were born into while others transfer to a new one, often leaving their families behind forever. Beatrice, our main protagonist, is born into the life of Abnegation, but she has doubts about belonging in a faction dedicated to selflessness when she never feels good enough. When she takes her aptitude test and results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and may never tell anyone or she faces certain death. Then, she is faced with a challenge that may change her life forever – stay with Abnegation or transfer to another faction?

I am really enjoying this series at the moment, currently re-reading the second book Insurgent, and I think anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Uglies series, Infernal Devices or any kind of science fiction types will like this series. I definitely recommend it!

Buy it on Amazon – here! 

Have you read Divergent?

If so, what did you think?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this book with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

I am an HP Nerd with Madness and A Need to Experiment.

Read on for a rambling, ranting, unrelated to beauty post!

So, I’ve officially gone off the deep end and decided to write this post, not because I am completely mad, but because I feel it should definitely be written in order to be honest with all of my readers, lurkers, and all you lingering shyly in the corner! ;-P

I just wanted to say, “Hello, My name is Tianna, and I am a Harry Potter fan.”

PHEW!

Okay!

It feels so good to get that off my chest!

Now if I make odd book and film references, you all won’t be surprised, right?

Right!

Anyhow, yes I am a HUGE fan.

Still.

At 23 years old.

And no chance of abating so you may as well get used to this kookiness.

Anyone who knows me knows this about me and now you do too.

Harry Potter was such an enormous part of my childhood and I really feel that it’s something that only people from my generation who were there when the books first came out and read them throughout their adolescence will understand.

Understand that it was a series that inspired an entire generation of children and adults alike to read again.

Understand the wisdom of Albus Dumbledore and the bravery of Harry Potter and his friends.

Understand the ideals behind the series that true fans strive to bring into their lives daily – courage in adversity, overcoming obstacles, fighting “for the greater good”, feeling compassion and remorse, defying the odds, taking that one big leap into uncharted territory and off on a big adventure, integrity, intelligence, kindness, humor, and loyalty to friends.

If you’ve never read a Harry Potter book and had the magic touch you, you are missing some major magic in your life!

See what I mean about kookiness?

It’s like how going to Disneyland turns anyone into an optimistic child for a day, so too does the magical world of Harry Potter fill you with adventure, magic, hope, and bravery.

At this point, you may all be wondering how the hell I even got into beauty if I am such an apparent geek.

Hmm, well I’m a girl and we have multiple likes and dislikes and there you have it!

I feel I am getting nowhere with this post so instead of trying to explain my love for Harry Potter, my admiration for J.K. Rowling and how Harry Potter has affected and shaped my life in many ways which really and truly cannot ever be put into enough words, I’ll let these quote images do the talking and leave you with…

“Turn to page 394!” (Snape in PoA)

and

“Mischief Managed!” (Fred + George in PoA)

It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the death and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew – and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents – that there was all the difference in the world.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

 Now back to beauty posts !

Are you a HP fan?

Are you from the HP generation or just now finding the wonderful world of Hogwarts?

Please share your thoughts in the comments!

 Talk to you all again soon : ]

Travel Fantasies…

Lately, I’m a little spa obsessed.

While I hate the idea of paying so much money (buyer’s remorse, anyone?), I LOVE the way it makes me feel so rejuvenated, relaxed and revitalized.

It even makes me more optimistic about life.

I don’t know, I just love the spa experience.

My ultimate spa fantasy is to visit a natural exotic hot spring like the one below (Geothermal hot springs in Iceland!!) as it’s all natural and filled with skin beneficial minerals.

Plus, it’s freaking ICELAND!

So yeah, anyway, another place I’d like to visit is here :

Yeah, I’m a nerd, and WHAT?! 😉 HP 4 LYFE (yeah, I know it’s lIfe, but I’m being gangsta! But I digress…)

Hope you’re all enjoying your day!

Stay Beautiful

&

I’ll Talk To You Soon : ]