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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 

What Happens When Skincare + Foundation Have A Baby? – RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Review

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RMS Un-Cover Up – 11

{This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this item with my own money of my own free will. I am not associated or affiliated with anyone mentioned in this post, other than Beauty Habit, who I occasionally get sent samples from for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and completely my own.}

I recently picked the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Cream Foundation + Concealer in shade 11 at Beauty Habit and I am loving this!

One thing I really love about it is that, for being totally natural and organic, it has fantastic coverage, finish and it actually benefits the skin while you’re wearing it.

First off, if you’re unfamiliar with the RMS Beauty brand, it is a totally organic and natural beauty brand that offers pretty synergistic products. Some are simply skincare types while others are makeup products infused with skincare benefits. They mainly utilize the brilliance of organic coconut oil to offer tinted balms, concealer + foundation, lip and cheek tints, and cream eye shadows.

RMS Un-Cover Up Impressive Ingredients List:
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499].

The Un-Cover Up is a product I have been wanting to try for ages, but it is a little price for a small pot of it ( $36 ) so I wanted to wait for a special occasion and I finally got it for my birthday!

I was really skeptical when I first received this in the mail because #1 I had never actually tried a cream foundation before and I was worried it might break me out and #2 It was pretty expensive and while my expectations were high due to the hype surrounding this product, so were my doubts.

I am so thrilled this actually turned out to be a fantastic base product and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants natural looking, but decent coverage in a foundation that will benefit your skin over time and has minimal ingredients.

The finish of this is very smooth on the skin and surprisingly hydrating. It seems like it would be oily on the skin, but it actually only looks dewy if you apply a few layers. If you apply a thin layer, it dries down to a soft focus, almost matte finish. I think this would be awesome for any skin type and it won’t clog pores or irritate skin at all. It can be used with or without a separate concealer – I’ve used it alone and with another concealer without any trouble and both looked really nice.

Overall, I really love this product!

It’s great for days when I really don’t want to wear makeup, but still want to look put together.

I love that it is capable of full coverage, but will let my skin breathe and I love that it has minimal ingredients. Lastly, I really love that it has a base of coconut oil which hydrates and conditions the skin while I wear it. If you want a makeup base product that is organic, has minimal ingredients, and will benefit rather than harm your skin in the long run, it’s absolutely worth a try. My only major complaint for this product is that the shade options are minimal and they don’t have any options for darker skin tones so it’s not really suitable for women of color or who have dark tans. I really hope they come out with more shades so everyone can give this a go because it’s fantastic!

Here Is A #NoFilter Photo of What It Looks Like On My Skin In Natural Light: 

#Makeup look of the day - Cat eye liner, bronze shadow and my favorite @Karen_Murrell lipstick!

Makeup: RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up in shade 11, Jane Iredale Blemish Concealer in Z1, Cargo HydraBronze, Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Black Sands, Becca Cosmetics Balearic Love Palette (brows only), Clio O’Tank Volume Mascara, and Karen Murrell Lipstick in Carnation Mist.

You can learn more about and purchase this on Beauty Habit – here.

Have You Ever Tried RMS Beauty Products?

What do you think of cream foundation or makeup products that have skincare benefits?

♥ Tianna

{ Click Here for Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale! }

With the beginning of Spring comes end of season sales and beginning of season specials and all the loveliness that we look forward to – new products, sales and deals! Here are a few I’m really excited about lately that I thought you’d all want to know about – enjoy!

First off, there’s Bloomingdale’s F&F Sale which offers tons of products at a big discount { WOOT! } and then seem to be a load of end of season sales and clearances going on everywhere. Some notable ones include the sale sections at Nasty Gal, Top Shop, Look Fantastic, Skin Care by Alana,  Lulu’sB-Glowing, ASOSUnder Armour, & Naturisimo.

new season | ASOS

Spring Fling 20% Off Sale – ASOS.Com

ASOS has some lovely Spring pieces on 20% off right now for their Spring Fling promotion and there are loads of nice tops, shoes, dresses and more on offer!

20% to 70% natural and organic items

20% to 70% off natural and organic items

Skin Botanica is having a Go Green, Save Green Sale offering natural and organic products anywhere from 20-70% off. They carry tons of great beauty brands like Juice Beauty, Deep Steep, Logona, Nvey Eco, MyChelle Dermaceuticals, and Marina Cosmetics.

Beauty Habit Clearance

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Scotch Naturals Polish – Celtic Mix

Other deals include Special Offers from Beauty Habit as well as their amazing Clearance offering nearly every nail color I want from Scotch Naturals and a bunch of products from lovely brands like Acure Organics, Becca Cosmetics, Paul & Joe, Decleor, Dr. Hauschka, This Works & more.

Beauty.com is also having a year-end Clearance with massive discounts on products from brands such as Jemma Kidd, Orly, Equavie Organic, Philosophy and more.

Last but not least, Here’s a Bit of What’s New In Beauty!

USDA Bundle

Juice Beauty – Organically Gorgeous Gift Set – $75 { $105 Value }

From Dusk Till Dawn

Lush Cosmetics – From Dusk Till Dawn Massage Bar

Dr Hauschka TREND Eyeshadow Trio Palette - Dr Hauschka

Dr Hauschka TREND Eyeshadow Trio Palette – Dr Hauschka

UNE Intuitive Touch BB Cream Foundation - UNE Makeup

UNE Intuitive Touch BB Cream Foundation – UNE Makeup

RMS Beauty 'Un' Powder - RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty ‘Un’ Powder – RMS Beauty

That’s All for Now – What Are You Excited About in Beauty Sales & New Products Lately?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Brushes Hanging

Original Brush Tree by Benjabelle.com

I follow Glamour’s Beauty section “Girls in the Beauty Department” via Bloglovin’ and I was really excited to see this article this morning featuring this awesome new beauty aid which allows a simple, hassle- free way to dry your makeup brushes!

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Mini Brush Tree – Benjabelle.com

They offer 2 different sizes – an original or a mini  brush tree – which you can use to hold your makeup brushes upside down in order to let the water dry and drain out of them without damaging the brush bristles or loosening the glue on their handles, something that often happens when makeup brushes are left to dry on their sides or bristle sides up.

I think these are awesome makeup brush aids and a really fantastic idea for makeup lovers like myself! Thanks to the brilliant women at Glamour for sharing this awesome new beauty aid!

You can see purchase these makeup brush trees from Benjabelle  – here.

What Do You Think of These Makeup Brush Trees?

How Do You Dry Your Makeup Brushes After Cleaning Them?

I’d Love to Know Your Thoughts On This!

 

 

I’ve gone through a bit when it comes to the whole Beauty Box subscription service thing.

I really love the idea of it, but I feel like, most of the time, the value just isn’t there.

I realize the price is quite low, but I’m a thrifty gal who wants her money’s worth and if the product is good, I’ll buy a full size.

Also, I’ve often times found myself subscribed to services which I mostly like, but which mostly seem to offer samples of products I’m not that interested in.

Aside from that, I’ve been wanting to subscribe to a new beauty box subscription service which offers natural products that are also appealing and fun to try.

The Conscious Box seems to be a really great deal, though it is slightly more expensive than others I’ve tried ( $20 / month , and it seems to have more value to it.

That being said, I’d love your feedback on this if any of you currently subscribe or have subscribed to the Conscious Box in the past – I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences with the service!

Learn more about the Conscious Box Mission & How it Works.

Otherwise, you can Subscribe to the Box – here.

If you’ve never tried Conscious Box, I’d love to know what your favorite subscription box service is, whether beauty or otherwise, and why in the comments!

Thanks for your help!

Dynamic Duo

I was recently very lucky to be sent 4 products from the EVOLVh Hair Care line and I’m so glad because they just might be some of the most simple, yet effective products I’ve yet to try in terms of natural hair care.

First off, if you haven’t heard of EVOLVh, their hair beauty philosophy involves offering products with healthier ingredients (hence the h in EVOLVh which stands for hair and healthy) without making it complicated and while maintaining the luxury often associated with many standard salon products.

To learn more about their history and company goals and standards, check out their About Us page.

In terms of packaging and performance, I’d say they’ve done a great job. The packaging is sleek and chic as opposed to bells and whistles that other companies might employ, but I prefer the sleek design personally. The products all include a variety of beneficial ingredients including a pH balanced base to help keep your hair at the right pH level and infused with a variety of 20 herbs to nourish and repair hair along with plant oils, wheat amino acids, and various vitamins and extracts.

UltraShine Moisture Shampoo

 

Their UltraShine Moisture Shampoo is sulfate, paraben and sodium-chloride free making it non-drying, body safe, and safe for keratin smoothing treatments (if used by hair stylists in a salon). I’ve been using these products for about a little over a month now and I really like this shampoo. Most shampoos, I’ve found, simply seem to clean your hair and nothing more, even the healthy varieties. When my hair was not so damaged, it never really made a difference to me, but now that my hair is super winter storm dry and very unmanageable, my hair gets super tangled and is difficult to get a comb through, even right out of the shower. Although this shampoo is not necessarily a miracle in a bottle for me, it does seriously help to detangle and smooth my hair a LOT. I like that the scent of the shampoo is pleasant, yet non-offensive. It reminds me a bit of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, but obviously without the chemicals, and I really enjoyed that because it felt sort of nostalgic to me as most American kids grew up using that. My hair is much softer and more manageable and I experience a lot less of a battle when I go to comb my hair out after a shower so, for that, I have really loved using this and will continue to until it runs out. I may actually purchase this one when it runs out because I find it definitely gets the job done.

UltraShine Moisture Conditioner

 

The UltraShine Moisture Conditioner is sodium chloride and paraben free and also vegan. Both their shampoo and conditioner are meant for any hair type from thin and fine to course and thick hair to damaged, dry, or frizzy, whatever your needs. I really like how all the products in this brand work together because what the shampoo doesn’t do in terms of moisture for my hair, this conditioner picks up where it left off and gets the rest of the job done.This is super softening and conditioning ( really! ) and it really does help detangle my hair. I also feel like I’ve seen a huge difference in the texture and appearance of my hair in this past month of using these products because I noticed my hair is a lot less frizzy, a lot less tangled, and a lot smoother, shinier, and softer when it dries straight out of the shower.

StartSmart Leave-in Conditioner

 

The StartSmart Leave-In Conditioner Spray is one of my favorites out of the line, mostly because my hair gets so tangled and this really does help. It’s a great detangler on dry hair ( I don’t need it much after showering thanks to the shampoo + conditioner duo ) and also helps to make my hair shinier and less frizzy. Apparently this also functions as a heat protectant, though I’ve avoided heat styling tools lately to minimize damage and be able to see the most results while using these products. Another benefit I really like about this product is that it includes a variety of protective and hydrating plant oils which also help protect your hair from UV damage as well.

Ultimate Styling Lotion

Their Ultimate Styling Lotion was just alright for me, but that’s mostly because I don’t have a huge need for it. I did find it works really well to minimize frizz, amp up shine, condition and volumize hair, especially when used on damp hair and then blow dried. I got the best results straight out of the shower when I applied a bit of this from the middle of my hair to the ends and then blow dried it all. I love that this also includes natural herbs and plant waxes to style hair instead of synthetic ones and I really enjoyed using it to braid my hair because it keeps my hair in place all day without making it go all hard or crunchy like a hairspray would.

Overall, I really enjoyed this hair care line. I don’t know if I would consider them to be my holy grail of hair care, but they are a really solid brand nonetheless. I like that any hair type could use these products and that the products gave me great results. I do wish I could see more of a difference in my hair, but perhaps I need more time using them in order to see more results. I love that this line makes my hair manageable, but doesn’t weight it down or leave it too oily as my hair can easily go from one extreme to the next. These products are just the right amount of hydration and volume without being too greasy or too drying and I love their high standard of using natural ingredients. Lastly, I really love that their products are made in the USA as I love a good product which also helps support the economy. I’ll definitely keep using them until I run out and I’ll update you all if I see more results or benefits.

Check out the entire line of EVOLVh products – here.

What is Your Favorite Hair Care Line?

Do You prefer Natural or More Conventional Brands?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite moisturizer for 2012?

Please share in the comments!

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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!

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!

Love & Toast Perfume Minis; $9

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!

Too Faced – Hot Cocoa Collection; $10

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!

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Illume – Balsam & Cedar Soy Candle; $9

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!

Hello Kitty Perfume; $10

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!

Balm Balm – All Over Balm; $10

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 ;-).

Nuxe – Rêve de Miel® Lip Moisturizing Stick; $9.50

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!)!

Kat Von D Mini Lipstick Duo; $10

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.

Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio; $9

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.

Konjac Sponge; $9

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.

Weekly Steal - SMOKEY EYES SET - Mineral Eyeshadow Mineral Makeup - Set of 2  - Pure & Natural Mineral Eye Pigments - Noella Beauty Works

Noella Beauty Works – Smokey Eyes Set; $8.49

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.

Philosophy Peppermint Bark Duo; $9

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.

Sephora by O.P.I. – Tinseltown 2 Piece Set; $10

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!

Soapwalla Bath Soaking Salts; $10

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!

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Shampoo & Conditioner Travel Duo; $10

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!

The New Black – Glimmer Twins 2 Piece Nail Polish Set; $10

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!

Stila Mini Travel Palettes; $10

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.

Fresh Prime & Glow; $10

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.

Kniepp Herbal Bath Oils; $5.50

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.

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!

john masters organics

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 😉