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! 😉
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! 😉
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:
Beauty Bay January Sale:
Sephora 20% Off Sale:
FeelUnique Up to 50% Off Sale:
What did you all receive this holiday ?
Do you plan to Shop the Boxing Day or After Holiday Sales today ?
I did a cute collage for my mom’s Bella Graciela Blog – Check it out! ❤
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!
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.
SaffronRouge.Com — Beginning on Friday & ending Monday, all Suki, Dr. Hauschka & Living Nature products will be 20% Off!
VapourBeauty.Com — Get 30% Off All Vapour Beauty products from Friday to Monday when you use code “blackfriday12”.
PaiSkincare.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!
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!
BeautyArmy.Com — Get 20% Off ALL Indie Lee products at Beauty Army.
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!
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!
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 — 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!
This year seems to be a year of budgeting for me. I’m saving up to move and also trying to pay off credit balances so I’ve been making most gifts, but there are still people I’d like to get small gifts, even if they’re just cute stocking stuffer type items and that’s where this list comes in! I love buying beauty items for close girl friends and relatives and some of these are great picks, though the price won’t break the bank and that’s my kind of gift! I hope this list helps facilitate your gift list a bit and help you stress less. After all, the holidays is about enjoying your time, NOT going broke. And, if you really want to gift on the cheap, check out my list of DIY gifts – here.
Here’s My List for Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $10 – Enjoy!
I really love perfume minis and these are so cute and unique, while still looking really chic and stylish. I hate having a huge perfume bottle clunk around in my purse so I always carry minis and I think they’d make a lovely gift. These are super affordable. You could dress it up as a full gift, if you like, by putting it into a small box (I’d use an old Birchbox or something) or even a wrapped aluminum foil box would work. You can add little $1 trinkets to flesh it out and then it’d be a fully fledged gift!
When I saw this one, I immediately thought of Crystal from The Crystal Chronicles who had requested the Chocolate Bronzer from Too Faced as part of my Black Friday Beauty Giveaway ( Sign Up Here! ) so I may have to pick up this absolute steal on Black Friday for that! It has such great value for only $10!
I love aromatic type candles, especially the natural ones that smell lovely, relax me, rejuvenate me, etc. I love lighting them whilst doing my makeup or relaxing in the bath. They just really set the mood and although I know some people really hate getting soap and candles for gifts, I have to say, I really love it and this is a great price for an all natural candle!
If you follow along, you’ll know I’m a bit obsessed with all things Hello Kitty and this is such a great gift for those, like me, who can’t get enough of the adorable kitty with no mouth! (Seriously, look at her. No mouth. It’s weird, I know.) Anyway, I’d been lusting after the Noir version of this perfume that comes with an atomizer ( *sigh* – my love for atomizer perfumes goes way back!) , but that one is hard to get hold of now and this one smells lovely as well! & travel size too!
I think these are great gifts for anyone who is a fan of all natural remedies or aromatherapy! They even have one especially for moms (or mums or mams or whichever?) which I think is super cute. All moms deserve their own skincare. This one is a great all natural version for you, your babies and whoever is passing through ;-).
I’m not sure if this is the same formula as the much raved about lip balm from Nuxe, but it does seem to be quite similar if not the same. The only real difference seems to be the stick form it’s in. also, this one is super affordable and portable (yep, rhyming now so you know shizz is getting serious!)!
The holidays always make me think of red lipstick. Maybe it’s because my mom was always sporting it looking amazing around this time, but it just looks amazing on anyone and everyone and it speaks of holiday loveliness! I love this cute lip duo from Kat Von D (though I sort of find her as a person to be kind of tacky) – her line is pretty NARS wannabe, but I like the packaging and presentation nonetheless. It has that chic, polished look of NARS without the often inflated price tag.
Again, this reminded me of something to look for on Black Friday for all the Tarte lovers! I’ve never personally tried the Tarte primers, but this seems like a great way to sample them and the set itself is quite nicely sized so it actually could serve as a full-on gift, in my opinion.
I raved about my experiences with the Original Konjac Sponge in this post and I’ve been dying to try their other varieties ever since. I love that they are tailored to skin type and you can certainly personalize your gift with that in mind. Also, for those skin minimalists out there, this is perfect. It’s no hassle, no fuss, and it’s very eco and affordable for anyone trying to go natural and green.
I really love loose eye shadows. Ever since I was young, I just find them more fun, and I don’t know if it’s because I enjoy making a mess and getting powder all over the place or if it’s because I find them a lot easier to blend, but anyway. They’re really awesome and they last forever and ever since they don’t include any oils or water (pressed powders do and they go rancid after awhile – usually 1 yr or so). They are also more sanitary and less likely to hold onto bacteria like pressed powders. Anyway, I love this duo and there’s huge value with that price tag. The colors are fantastic for winter when everyone is going darker.
I love this little festive set from Philosophy! Their holiday beauty sets are really up there with the best of them, in my opinion. All of their holiday sets always look adorable and this one is super affordable, but still has the cute holiday theme to it.
I really like all the colors from the Sephora by O.P.I. Tinseltown collection – they look super festive, but really chic. Also, O.P.I. polishes are now DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free!
I normally associate bath kits and the like with being seriously over priced, especially the natural kind, but these bath soaking salts from Soapwalla are really affordable and cute. I love that they look like kind of like old milk bottles!
This is a great one for those who are hair-obsessed. I’ve been wanting to try the Alterna Caviar line and this is super affordable. It’s a great gift for those who frequently travel and they look very high end, but they won’t cost you much!
This is a great nail lacquer set for those nail art addicts! One of my really great friends is amazing with nails and, though I know she owns a lot of nail stuff already, I know she wouldn’t refuse more colors to add to her collection. These are really chic and they are the kind of colors that go well with many others as well as together. I think these are a great duo to implement on New Year’s!
I love these travel palettes from Stila! They are super affordable and versatile; perfect for keeping in your purse or traveling with. I also like that they are travel-themed and it’s a great way to theme your mini gift, if you want to do so.
I am always enamored with everything that Fresh comes out with. It always looks chic, natural and classy, but it’s usually expensive. That’s why I love buying mini sets like this – it saves me buckets of cash, but I still get to try stuff! This little primer kit is really cute and affordable – plus it’s great for transforming from day – to – night as one primer has a more bronzed pink look and the other a more ethereal silver glow.
I’m considering picking up these bath oils just because 1. they’re really cheap and cute and 2. I can customize my baths to my mood. I don’t know why I want to customize my baths to my mood, but it is finally possible! I love herbal baths and these each seem to have a function – sleep, stress relief, etc. You could actually get someone 2 of these if you’re budget is around $10 and you could wrap them in a cute box ( again, I would use a re-purposed Birchbox, but that’s only because I’ve saved them like the hoarder that I am) as a cute mini gift.
So, that’s all for now – I hope this helps ease the stress of shopping, the cost of the holidays, and helps give you some creative ideas on how to give affordable gifts that still look really cute and personalized.
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!
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!
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?
Philosophy – 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!
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!
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!
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?
I’ve been browsing online like a fiend, which I think just comes with the territory when you get near holidays. Everyone wants to shop, right? Maybe it’s just me…
Anyway, so here are some things that really caught my eye and made it on my wish list for Christmas!
What’s On Your Christmas Wish List?
I’m sooo excited for Christmas!
I know, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but I just get more jazzed about Christmas than Thanksgiving for some reason and it probably has a lot to do with all of the Christmas themed beauty sets they come out with around this time that get me into the spirit!
You know, and all the fireplace scent in cold air, candy canes, tea, and all that jazzy stuff too!
So, with that, here’s 20 of my favorite gift sets, collections, etc. that would make lovely gifts for someone this holiday season!
What’s On Your Christmas List?
Be Sure to Sign Up for My Black Friday Beauty Giveaway Before It’s Too Late – here!