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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?

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!

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!

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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?