Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gift Sets – Part 1 & Josie Maran Giveaway

Hard to believe that there’s just over a week until Christmas! Today I’m sharing some great beauty gift sets. They’re from well-known and reputable brands – and when you buy products like this, you can get such a deal. Better yet, QVC is giving you the chance to win a Josie Maran gift set at the bottom of this gift guide, so read on!

Beauty Gift Sets
  • Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light Holiday Color CollectionQVC is a great place to find presents, especially exclusive beauty gift sets. I had never tried Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Oil Light but heard great things – you can use it on pretty much everything, from moisturizing your face, treating split ends or conditioning cuticles. The set also comes with Argan Beautiful Eyes in great neutrals, and then Argan Black Oil Mascara for your lashes. Top it all off with the Argan High Gloss Lip Quench that you can wear on its own or over your favorite lip color for a pop of shine. Scroll down to enter to win this gift set! {, $69.96}
  • bareMinerals Vision of Light: For less than $50, you get almost $150 of bareMinerals products with this set. I’ve been using bareMinerals for years and you really can’t go wrong with any of their products, and this comes with everything you need for glowing eyes, face and lips, such as the Stroke of Light Highlighter and eyeliner, eye color, mascara and more. {, $49}
  • Benefit Sweet TintationsThis set includes some of Benefit’s most popular products – benetint, lollitint, benebalm and lollibalm. The balms give you hydration and sheer color that can be worn both on its own or over your favorite lip color. And the best thing about the tints are that they can be used on both your cheeks and lips. Just layer onto either until you get the amount of color you want and then blend with your fingertip. {, $26}
  • BUXOM Lip Gloss RouletteI love the lip glosses included in this set, and the packaging is so fun that it makes it a great gift. It comes with 15 mini Full-On shimmery lip polishes and smooth lip creams – so you pretty much have one to match any outfit or beauty look you can think of. { & in-stores, $59}
  • Formula X Paint the TownIf you want nail polish for any occasion, this set is for you. It comes with 22 mini lacquers in so many colors – metallics, glitters, pinks, purples, neutrals and more. It’s a $139 value, so grab one before they run out because they’re on sale! {, now $39!}

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Giveaway! Enter to win the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light Holiday Color Collection now through January 7, 2015. There are lots of ways to enter below (open to U.S. residents only).

And in case you missed my other gift guides, you can view them using the links below. More gift guides to come now through Christmas! There’s still time to enter all of the giveaways below too.

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers – Part 2

Tonight I’m bringing you part two of my stocking stuffer gift guide (check out part one here). Lots more great gift ideas – hand cream, lip glosses, nail polish and more!

Stocking Stuffers - Part 2


  • bliss Diamonds for the RoughI know I’ve mentioned this before, but my hands have been so dry this winter, so I’m basically addicted to hand lotions, including these ones from bliss. They make your hands nice and soft without leaving them greasy like some hand lotions do. {, $12.50}
  • boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting LinensThe are great for keeping in your desk or purse for when you need to freshen up your face and remove oils without messing up your makeup. These ones have peppermint extract, so they’re refreshing too. {, $10}
  • Laura Mercier Fairy Dust Eye Shimmer & Metallic Crème Eye Colour:These eye shadows fit right in a stocking and both are super easy to apply for an easy and effortless look. Just dip the eye shimmer into the bottle and it puts the perfect amount onto the brush so that it covers your eye in one swipe but doesn’t get all over your face. The creme eye color also gives you just the right amount of shimmer and is also waterproof. I use an eye primer and then this and I’m good to go all day. {, $28 – eye shimmer, $24 – creme eye color}
  • Pier 1 Silver Reindeer Bottle StopperIt’s fun to gift holiday home-related gifts for people to use next year. This reindeer wine bottle stopper is a great stocking stuffer and adds some festiveness to a wine bottle during your yankee swap and family partiers. There are also lots of other holiday wine stoppers to pick from – Santa, elves, snowmen and more. {, $7.96}
  • Bumble and bumble City WavesThis surf spray is one of the best things around for getting beach-like waves in your hair. And the set also comes with their All you have to do is spray your wet hair with the surf spray, roughly blow-dry and then slip on the, shape it to whatever style you like. {, $26}
  • Laura Geller Sparkling Cocktail Lip Gloss TrioThese lip glosses are inspired by cocktails and can be worn anytime. Try them on their own during the day and then paired with your favorite lipstick at night for more color. The glosses give you lots of shine without the stickiness. {, $32}
  • KBShimmer Pine-ing for Yule Nail PolishThis nail polish has metallic Christmas trees and stars that look very festive when put on over white or black. Plus, for each bottle sold through December 15, $4 will be donated to Tots For Tots. {, $8.75}
  • Ciate Glitz FixThis is definitely not your average stocking stuffer or makeup set, but it’s pretty fun. It includes everything you need to make your lips bold, red and super glittery. You apply and seal the glitter in just two steps and then take it off with regular makeup remover. {, $19}
  • Hello Kitty An Apple a Day Lip Balm TrioLots of these products can be found at Sephora, but my favorite thing about Sephora around the holidays are the gift sets. This one comes with three lip balms in hot pink, natural nude and candy apple red. Each has extracts of lemon, strawberry, vanilla, apple and coconut oil – plus a tiny mirror in each of the covers. {, $20}

And in case you missed my other gift guides, you can view them using the links below. More gift guides to come now through Christmas!

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**Disclosure: While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was originally written and published by me on

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers – Part 1

Time for another gift guide! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite stocking stuffers including everything from lip gloss and hand cream to nail polish and a great water bottle.

Stocking Stuffers - Part 1


  • bareMinerals Give it a TwirlI love the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss line from bareMinerals and this gift set gives them a fun twist. It comes with two glosses in vibrant, complementary colors. The first combines Trailblazer (nude gold) with Hot Shot (flamingo pink) to give you Creamsicle (creamy pink). And the second pairs Stunner (pure magenta) and Rebel (pink mauve) to get Fuchsia Fizz (magenta mauve). I was already a big fan of Hot Shot, so I was excited to try these out. {, $18}
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand CreamMy hands have been so dry this winter, so I’ve been keeping a hand cream in my bag at all times. This one helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with Vitamin C, while also giving you hydrated, soft hands from aloe, jojoba and shea butters. {, $12}
  • SpaRitual Home CollectionThese sparkly colors are perfect for the holiday season. There’s a gold (Finding), red (Authentically) and green (Home), but they’re not your traditional holiday colors. For a holiday party tonight, I’m pairing Finding with glittery bright purple Living for a fun yet different look. {, $12 each}
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 MascaraPrecision Longwear Liquid Eyeliner and Inner Rim LinerI’m a big fan of switching up my mascaras depending on the day or occasion – and I also love layering different mascaras – so that means I have a lot of them. I had heard great things about this mascara but for some reason had never tried it until now. I have to say that I love this mascara and liners. The mascara is lengthening, curling, volumizing andconditioning, and the liquid liner is easy-to-use, which isn’t the case with many I’ve tried. And the inner rim liner does exactly what it says, instantly brightening up your eyes and making you look wide awake. {, $20 – mascara, $20 – eyeliner, $19 – inner rim liner}
  • Hydro Flask Insulated Coffee, Tea and Water Bottle – 18 ozWater bottles are one of those things that I use all the time but I don’t want to spend my own money on. I do love a good water bottle though, especially when it comes in lots of fun colors like this one does (pick from nine different ones!). Hydro Flasks come in other sizes as well, but this one is perfect for coffee and tea on your morning commute. It actually keeps your drink hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. Better yet, it’s made from environmentally friendly materials, is 100% recyclable, toxin and BPA-free, and comes with a lifetime warranty. {, $25.99}
  • Kari Gran Lip WhipI recently tried out Kari Gran’s skincare line (more to come on that after the holidays!) and also go to test out Lip Whip. It’s a tinted lip balm that comes in two flavors: Peppermint and Cinnamon-Pimenta Berry. It’s great for everyday use because you can wear it alone for moisturizer and a subtle tint or pair it with lipstick for even more color.{, $15}
  • ChapStick Holiday CollectionI swear I am constantly trying to protect my lips from getting too dry and chapped at this time of year. These festive holiday flavors include the traditional ChapStick in Peppermint and Pumpkin Pie and my personal favorite, the MixStick Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake. {, $1 – $2.69}

In case you missed my other gift guides, check them out using the links below! And there are lots more on their way between now and Christmas, so come back for more gift ideas next week.

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**Disclosure: While I received samples for review, all opinions are my own. Also, this post was original written and published by me on

Upgrade Your Daily Routine with SOBO Skin Care

Now that I’m officially nearing my late 20’s, I’m always looking for the best skin care products. I recently had the opportunity to try out SOBO Skin Care and found a new anti-aging product to add to my daily skin care routine – the Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol (more on that below!).

SOBO Skin Care offers cleansers, toners, creams and serums that are made with as many natural organic ingredients as possible, but without compromising the efficacy that women expect. The products are made with organic ingredients like orange flower extract, hops and strawberry oil, combined with others proven to provide visible results like hyaluronic acid, human growth factor and ceramide 3 to effectively and gently rejuvenate skin.


Below are some of SOBO Skin Care’s popular products, including the Ultra Age Repairing Cream that I mentioned above. Read on for details on each and check out the reader discount at the end of the post.

Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol
This anti-aging cream is an exceptionally pure multi-peptide complex with organic moisturizers. Light but intense serum formula delivers a powerful wrinkle-fighting cocktail that includes resveratrol, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soothing, all-natural jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil work together to moisturize and smooth for a healthy, youthful glow and drastically improved overall appearance.

Age Smoothing Eye Serum
Moisture is the key to the youngest-looking, most velvety skin under the sun and this innovative under-eye serum really delivers and then some. Light, comfortable silicone-based moisturizing complex protects the skin around the eyes from puffiness, dryness and harmful elements that contribute to a tired appearance. A collection of essential lipids accelerates healing, promotes the production of healthy skin cells, and provides stellar protection after procedures like microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Gentle, hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin types.

ULTRA HGF Youth Serum
This innovative youth formula leverages the power of proven acetyl tetrapeptide-2 to help restore your skin to its former glory and help prevent signs of future aging. Skin’s critical immune functions are also boosted while the production of healthy, youthful skin cells is uniquely supported and accelerated. Light but potent formula also moisturizes dry skin and smooths for a glowing, velvety appearance.

Essential Moisturizing Cream
This rich and effective cream combines everything your skin needs to look and feel its absolute best in one convenient product. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work together to fight aging and relieve the effects of stress on skin. Rich emollients work to return dehydrated skin to the peak of smoothness and glory. A suite of vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils work together with replenishing hyaluronic acid and retinol to promote a healthful, vibrant appearance.

Reader Discount! 
SOBO Skin Care is offering my readers 25% off their first purchase using discount code TRYSOBO, so head on over to to take advantage of it! Note that the code can’t be combined with other coupons.
**Thank you for SOBO Skin Care for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Manicure Tips & Giveaway from Trind Nails

I was recently introduced to hand and nail care brand Trind, which has been around for more than 25 years overseas in Europe. Their products are all made with high quality ingredients that strengthen nails and help them grow, while also conditioning both nails and cuticles – and isn’t that exactly what we’re all looking for in nail products?

Trind Nails

Trind offers lots of great nail colors, from bold reds and cool blues, to neutral nudes and grays – perfect for people like me that like to switch it up on a weekly basis. And while these nail polishes are great, Trind is really known for their nail care systems, such as the Moist & Shiny Kit shown above.

The Trind Moist & Shiny Kit will give you strong, healthy nails in just two weeks. The set comes with instructions for simple, once-a-day care that will rejuvenate your nails with a combination of strength and moisture. The Kit includes:

  • Trind Nail-Magic – gives you perfectly smooth, shiny nails
  • Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam – contains natural moisturizers that hydrate dry, brittle nails
  • Trind Nail Repair – will strengthen your nails and prevent discoloration

Trind has some great manicure tips to share – and be sure to enter to win your own Trind Nails set by entering the giveaway below!

  • Even if your nails do not have nail polish to be removed before doing your nails, use Trind’s acetone free Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to better prepare the nail plate. This will remove any grease and/or residue so your polish will adhere better and last much longer.
  • To push back the cuticles, first soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Pushing back your cuticles should never be painful.
  • While filing your nails, you can check your progress by running them down a pair of old nylons. If your nails snag on the nylons, you have some additional buffing to do.
  • Start with the Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam for moisture and then use base coat to properly prepare the nail plate as your canvas before applying your favorite shade of polish.  A base coat also helps protect and maintain the strength of your nails.
  • Apply many thin coats of your polish rather than one thick coat. It will dry quicker and last longer.
  • Apply your polish like a professional in three strokes. Take a small amount of polish on your brush and apply one stroke down the center of your nail. Then apply strokes on the left and right. Do not use more nail polish. One brush dip should equal three strokes of application.
  • Give your nail polish at least 1 to 3 minutes drying time between coats when doing your nails at home. This will give you a nice even sheen and lasting finish.
  • Apply the top coat only after your polish is completely dry to the touch. It may be a pain to wait out the drying time but you’ll thank yourself later.
  • Chips and cracks to your nail polish are just plain annoying. Part of the preventative maintenance of your manicure is re-applying or “touching up” the top coat. It won’t make your polish last forever, but it will give you some extra mileage.
  • Don’t forget to apply base coat, nail polish, and top coat across the nail edge too.  This helps seal the ends and prevent chips.
  • You manicure doesn’t like added moisture.  Avoid soaking your hands in water if you can, and use a pair of gloves when you can’t!

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Giveaway! Now through November 24, 2014, you can enter to win your own Trind Nails prize pack, valued at $90. One lucky winner will receive a Trind Moist & Shiny Kit (Nail Magic Buffer, Moisturizing Nail Balsam, and Nail Repair), three Caring Colors nail polishes (Red Shimmer, Dark Tan and Deep Blue Shimmer) and a makeup bag. Please note, this giveaway is being offered on multiple blogs and there is a limit of one prize per winner across all participating blogs. Open to US and Canadian residents.

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**While I was provided samples for this review, all opinions are my own.

October’s Beauty Box 5 {Review}

For the past few months, I’ve been reviewing the Beauty Box 5 subscription box on a monthly basis. October’s beauty box didn’t disappoint, and before I share the great products from it, below is a quick rundown of how Beauty Box 5 works, giving you the opportunity to try out hair, makeup and skincare products at a fraction of their full price.


  • Go to and sign up for a monthly subscription for $12 each month (less if you purchase for the quarter or year)
  • Receive five deluxe samples and full-sized beauty, hair and skincare products from top brands delivered right to your door each month
  • Post an Instagram pic of your Beauty Box 5 and include #bb5fave and @beautybox5 for a chance to win five full-size versions of the products
  • If you don’t win, head back over to to purchase full-size versions of the products you loved

October’s Beauty Box 5 includes items from ChapStick, Nanacoco, Extend Your Beauty, Lashem and Bellapierre Cosmetics. Read on for more on each of these beauty products!

  • ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: As a lip gloss addict, I can’t go anywhere without at least a few in my bag at a time. I love this new ChapStick because it’s 2-in-1 – a conditioning SPF ChapStick for daytime and then tamanu oil and natural butters that replenish your lips at night. ($3)
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip StainMuch like the ChapStick above, I’m a big fan of products that do double duty, and this cheek and lip stain does exactly that. For some reason I tend to stick to powder blushes, but I did like this cheek stain. It’s easy to blend and the pink color is very natural looking. It also worked well as a lip stain – layer it on and blend until you get the color you want! ($20)
  • Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic ToolIf you’ve ever had a hard time getting the last of your beauty products out of the bottle, this tool is for you. It’s even dishwasher safe! ($5.50)
  • Nanacoco Nail Polish – Mermaid LakeThis blue shimmer nail polish is very fun and playful. I tried it out on my toes when I went on vacation and it was a nice change from my usual bright pink. ($4)
  • Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle ReducerApply this serum to your face after cleansing to reduce fine lines and give you a great glow. It also works as a primer, creating a smooth surface to apply makeup to. ($40)

For more on Beauty Box 5, you can check out my first post about the subscription box or visit and be sure to follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

**This post was originally written and published by me on Also, while I was provided a sample for review, all opinions are my own.