The Sephora Haul in Stop Motion Video

When I say “Sephora Haul” I really mean it! Here is a one-minute video of my largest haul during the Spring Bonus Event. It took me a while to finish this video. Enjoy!

 

Products in the video:

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit– still testing them because I used both of them the same time on sensitive skin – and you can guess it wasn’t a good idea.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Blaquer – my favorite eye pencil! so smooth and stays really good. The color is true black without any greenish undertones that I hate. By the way, Highliners are also available now in glitter finish, and I can’t wait to test them!

Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct in 200 Apricot  – perfect for days when you had enough sleep and just adds a wash of peach color to cancel the blue undertones of your undereye area.

Tom Ford Lumière Lip – full review here.

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color in Nina – lipstick in mini with shiny semi-transparent finish.

Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in 020 Light –  this one is just so good, makes your skin look so perfect and glowing! But the major drawback is the Octinoxate 7.00%.  – Here is why I’m so stressed about it.

Kiehl’s SINCE 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado– full review here.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – a really nice lip mask that preps your lips for morning. Now available in different flavors.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – natural shades that will work for any complexion and any occasion.

SHEET MASKS

Laneige Water Pocket Sheet mask – good moisturizing mask

Dr. Jart + Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal– this one is literally black sheet mask! felt refreshed after use.

Dr. Jart + Water Replenishment Cotton still sitting in my cabinet.

Dr. Jart + Brightening Infusion Hydrogel– still untouched.

Dr. Jart + Shake & Shot™ Rubber Hydro Mask –  this is a really interesting mask as you need to prepare it first by mixing two ingredients. it Makes my skin so soft and supple after!

Dr. Jart + Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution™ – still in my cabinet.

Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask–  leaves the skin so glowing. Unbelievably glowing!

Saturday Skin Quench Intense Hydration Mask  – will be trying today!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – a 10-minutes mask that preps your skin for a whole week ahead! Love it.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System – This mask comes in a pack of 4 ( Sorry, I used two by the time I was filming this!). They come with hair caps so you can extend the time you keep your mask on from 20 min to 1 hour for even better results!

 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

 


 


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If any of the products cause irritation, discontinue use immediately.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip vs Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

This season we are seeing sharp contoured full-coverage matte lipsticks being slowly replaced by lip balms and sheer lipsticks. Moreover, lip glosses are having a huge comeback, as we find new products from different brands on the market.

The glow all-over-the-place is finally touching our lips too. With the overwhelmed number of new products, we decided to review and compare two recently launched and trending lip balms –  Tom Ford Lumière Lip and Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm to see which one is  really worth the hype.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip

Tom Ford Lumière Lip is a new lip balm from their recent Soleil 2018 collection. The lip balm is only available in one shade: Lumière 01. Even though it looks orangish (or how it is described – a shade of papaya) in a bullet, it is almost translucent with a satin finish. What makes this lip balm exceptional, it reacts to your pH, creating a customized “naturally-enhanced” lip color. The lip balm is infused with hyaluronic acid for the voluminous look, different antioxidants and natural plant extracts to condition and soften your lips. The lip balm comes in full-size, in classic Tom Ford white and gold packaging. The retail price is $54 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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NARS ORGASM AFTERGLOW BALM

NARS’s Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm was also recently launched within NARS’s Orgasm Collection. Similar to the one from Tom Ford, it is available only in one color, that NARS calls Orgasm – peachy pink shade with golden shimmer. The balm also has a nice satin finish. Because of its translucency, it gives a pretty sheer wash of color to your lips, adding a natural flushed touch to them. However, when compared to Tom Ford’s latest lip balm, Afterglow has definitely more pigment and tiny sparkles. It is also formulated with antioxidants for lip protection and features NARS’s Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth and supple comfort. The lip balm comes in a beautiful mirrored rose gold packaging and is also a full-size product. The retail price is $28 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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COMPARISON

When compared to each other on my lips, I can say that both of the balms feel the same on my lips. Tom Ford has a strong vanilla fragrance, while NARS’s lip balm has a less noticeable coconut flavor.

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Lumière Lip added more peachy undertones to my lips, while NARS kept them more pinkish and slightly more radiant. Nevertheless, the difference is almost unnoticeable on the lips and it will differ from one complexion to another.  As you can see on the pictures below, both of the balms add just a wash of color to bare lips, so don’t expect tons of pigment from either of the lip balms.

From Left to Right: TF Lumière Lip, my bare lips and NARS Afterglow Orgasm

If you take a look at the swatches below, you can see how they compare to each other as well as to other similar sheer lipsticks that I have in my collection.

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From left to right:

Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in PK304 Skyglow – ($25, Buy Now)

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm ($28, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Lumière Lip in Lumière Lip 01 ($54, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in 15 Nina ($36, Buy Now)

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I’m pretty sure that both of the lip balms will work with all complexions: Lumière Lip will pop natural undertones creating a custom lip color, while Afterglow Orgasm shade was created with an idea to be worn by everyone.

Both of the lip balms are instantly hydrating and add an amazing natural glow to my lips. Because of the dramatic difference in the price point, you may say that NARS is a better choice since you get pretty much the same result for a far better value. However, since Tom Ford creates a custom lip color, for me, this whole idea adds exceptional value to luxurious Lumière Lip. Moreover, Lumière Lip has a less-comedogenic ingredient – jojoba oil, compared to Afterglow’s coconut oil. At the same time, I can’t say that Afterglow is worse since it definitely adds more radiance and I really love this refreshing peachy pink shade. By the way, the difference in shade is more noticeable in real life though, and this is another reason why it is so hard to pick one.

As you already understood, I couldn’t pick just one lip balm so there is no better or worse product in this post. Moreover, they both are really worth the hype in each and every aspects and will perfectly complement your healthy glowing skin.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know in the comments down below.


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Beauty Destination: What to Pack to Miami

With fluctuating airline ticket prices and extra-fees for the luggage, my main problem with packing for travel is usually answering the following question: What from my vanity cabinet will make it to the destination?

After paying $100 for over-weight baggage, obviously because of the heavy makeup bag, I’m trying to be realistic on skincare and makeup products that I would definitely need and use during the trip.

The decision-making process can be hard. As a frequent flyer, I can definitely tell that the content of your makeup bag can dramatically change depending on the type of travel, days of travel and the destination.

To save you some time and bucks, I decided to share top picks based on my experience on each and every destination that I’ve travelled. I’ll start with one of my favorite places on earth: Miami.

Miami is one of our favorite vacation destinations, my husband even considers this place as “our second home”. This sunny relaxing city is so inviting, that it’s almost our first choice when we are planning our next vacation. Because you can sunbathe, relax and party  – and do it all in one place, your makeup bag should definitely represent all these activities.

SKIN

Body Sunscreen

Since now I’m so much smarter about the sunscreens – and hope, you are too after my extensive research on this type of sun protection – I’d recommend using COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. You won’t have problems with TSA to take it onboard because it’s a stick. You can also opt for a tinted one since it won’t leave white residue on your skin, which means you can use it away from the beach.

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 COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, (26$, Buy Now)

Don’t forget to reapply it every 80 minutes and follow the instructions of the package. Make sure you apply enough product  – 1 shot glass for the body, as we know now is the right amount, since under-application substantially decreases the SPF factor.

And remember, that the best sun protection is still seeking shade and covering your body with clothing during the peak hours!

Face Sunscreen

You face is what represents you, so make sure you don’t forget about it as well. To make your life easier, take the Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30  from Drunk Elephant. Because it is tinted, You can use it while you’re at the beach and afterwards if you wish to wander in the streets during the day. It won’t make you look white and the glow that it adds to your skin will look perfect on pictures!

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 from  ($36, Buy Now)

As well as with the body sunscreen, you need to reapply this sunscreen every 2 hours and use a dollop amount of the product for the optimal protection.

Skip on mists, sprays, powders especially for your face, even if you’re being told in the store that they are mineral and safe for your skin, which they are. However, they are not safe for inhalation as they can damage the lungs.

Lip Balm with Sunscreen

Don’t forget about your lips! Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm with SPF15 is ranked by EWG as the safest options available for lips sun protection on the market today.

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather SPF15 Moisturizing Lip Balm, 2 Count ($6.99, Buy Now)

Sunscreens for Kids

For kids, I’d recommend All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion. Check with your airline company if this size of the cream is acceptable on board.

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NEW All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, Water Resistant, 3 oz, ($15.19, Buy Now)

For babies, FDA recommends to stay away from any type of sunscreens so make sure your babies are in the shade or you use clothing as the protection from sun exposure.

Aftersun gel

Whether you love tanning, or you try to avoid the sun, the aftersun lotion is a must in your body care routine. My favorite one is from Korres because it is made with natural greek yogurt – a milk product used for centuries to cool the skin after the sun exposure.

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KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for Face and Body, ($26.00, Buy Now)

By the way, you can also apply it to your face! For a more cooling effect, put it in a fridge or an ice bucket!

If you’re travelling only with the hand luggage, you would probably need to put this cream into the travel container. Check with your airline for allowed sizes for liquid on board.

Facial Moisturizers

Your skin will be dehydrated by the sun and the ocean, so you need to replenish it with the most effective moisturizers. I’ve tried lots of different products and here is my short list:

Moisturizing Serum

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CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SÉRUM INTENSE REPLENISHING HYDRATION (1 oz, $110, Buy Now)

In my highlights on Instagram, I’ve already shared my results after using this serum. In one word, it is amazing, one of the best products I’ve ever tried so far.

Face Moisturizer, Lotion and Essence

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SK-II Pitera Welcome Set ($110, Buy Now)

These are another products that I’ve also tried and shared in my highlights. The best part of this kit is that you get three amazing products  – an essence, a lotion and a facial cream – for quite a decent price ( compared to full-size prices and the kit’s value of $155) and they are in a perfect size for travel. Check with your airlines though, if they let you take 2.5 oz of the essence onboard before you leave the house!

Moisturizing Eye Cream

Since your relaxation and time that you spend outdoors during the vacation will probably contribute to a good sleep and less visible dark circles, skip on heavy eye creams and use the moisturizing one instead. My personal favorite is Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s. You can find the detailed review of this cream is in this blog post.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29.00, Buy Now)

HAIR

Hair mask

I’ve always used to be less caring about hair when I travel, however things changed. Still, if I can skip on my favorite Living Proof shampoo that I’ve written about earlier in this blog, there is nothing else found in the hotel room that can help me with the dry split ends. Moreover, since they are getting worse because of the environmental exposure, I no longer can be that neglecting. Luckily, I’ve discovered L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Sheet Mask that I’ve written about in my previous post. It is easy to pack and you’ll get the result instantaneously.

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L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, 1 sheet mask, ($3.97, Buy Now)

Invisibobble

Tying your hair in the braids is a good idea to get effortless beachy waves. I’m always taking my Invisibobble hair ties with me. It is so much easier to wash them and bring them back in shape after using – just scroll on my highlights on my instagram!

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Invisibobble Original Hair Tie – Crystal Clear, pack of 3, ($8.00, Buy Now)

Hair Brush

Taking my Mason Pearson bore bristle brush may be a good idea, but jamming it into overpacked makeup bag may be not. Instead, I’d take the travel-friendly Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush.

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Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush ($22, Buy Now)

MAKEUP

The best makeup for Miami is in a creamy texture that will literally melt on your skin for the most natural, sun-kissed effortless look.

Eyes

For me, Miami is associated with smudged “effortless” liner or creamy eyeshadows.

Eyeliner

My new obsession is Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner from Marc Jacobs. You can choose from a variety of shades, but the black one is a must-have. They are waterproof and soo creamy and pigmented.

 

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25.00, Buy Now)

Eyeshadows

For creamy eyeshadows, I’d go for Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil. It is technically a thick pencil with extremely creamy texture and pigmented formula very similar to cream eyeshadows and yet more comfortable to use. I especially like the shades Golden Quartz.

Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil, ($27, Buy Now)

If you don’t like eyeshadows in cream, you can use this small travel pallet from Smashbox. Use your fingers to get more pigment out of the product and soften the edges of your eyeshadows with a fluffy clean brush.

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SMASHBOX Double Exposure Travel Palette, ($24.00, Buy Now)

Mascara

I was very skeptical about Benefit’s latest BADgal BANG! mascara and I didn’t like it at all when I tried it for the first time. Believe me or not, I like it a lot right now. I don’t know what has changed, but now it’s among my favorite products! And it is quite resistant to humidity so you definitely want to take it with you to Miami!

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BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara travel size mini, ($12.00,Buy Now)

Face

I suggest to skip on foundation and let your skin shine! For more confidence, you can use a concealer to hide small imperfections.

Concealer

If you are looking for the concealer that will give you enough confidence with your “bare” skin, try the Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush concealer. It will give enough coverage and will look natural on your skin. My shade is 02.

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Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, ($20.00,Buy Now)

Bronzer + Blush

There is no sun-kissed blush look without a bronzer or a blush! To save more space I’d recommend Terracotta Light Powder from Guerlain. It has some blush pigment alongside to the natural bronzer shades, resulting in the most subtle refreshing luminous bronzer you can get.

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder, ($53.00, Buy Now)

 

Alternatively, or in addition to this, you can also consider Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick in Sunstruck with a rose-gold highlighter on one end and a coral blush on the other.

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Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick ($55.00, Buy Now)

Highlighter

While it is so hard to pick just one highlighter, I’ve just discovered one from Hourglass in shade Champagne Flash and I’m absolutely in love with it! It gives such a natural subtle glow, that you can wear during the day and night. You can use it on high points of your cheekbones, nose, corner of your eyes and on your cupid’s bow – wherever you feel the necessity to add more luminosity to your beautiful skin.

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Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick ($42.00, Buy Now)

Lips

Miami is a hot place, so if you want to keep your favorite Tom Ford lipstick in shape, my best advice is to skip on it. Instead, try liquid lipsticks or lip glosses. My favorite liquid lipstick is Powermatte Lip Pigment from Nars. I’ve already got one in American Woman, and I’m planning to get a red and coral-pinkish one.

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Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00, Buy Now)

Lip glosses are trending this season, and the new collection from Pat McGrath is so tempting.

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PAT MCGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss ($28.00, Buy Now)

Alternatively, you can also get Tinted Balm from Lanolips. Your smooth conditioned lips with thank you for this care.

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Lanolips Tinted Balm ($13.40, Buy Now)

Makeup Removal

Can we get a little lazy here?

Micellar water is one of the best inventions in beauty. If you like Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, you’ll appreciate these wipes for sensitive skin. There are no TSA restrictions on wipes, so feel free to take it onboard.

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Makeup Brushes

Since most of the mentioned products can be applied with fingers, you would need only a brush for bronzer and a couple for eyeshadows.

Perfume

Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc is the perfect perfume for Miami. If you want something more affordable and less bulky, 10 ml eau de toilette of MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk is the best option for you. it has a similar to Soleil Blanc notes, in particular Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Coconut and Benzoin. This size is also acceptable by TSA.

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MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk, 10 mL Eau de Toilette Rollerball, ($28, Buy Now)

Makeup Bag

There shouldn’t be any questions about why I decided to feature Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag in this blog post.

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Stephanie Johnson Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag ($38, Buy Now)

By the way, TSA prefers seeing your liquids in a transparent makeup case or plastic bag – so this case is the absolute winner.

 

Did you find any of your favorite products on the list that you’d definitely take on your vacation at the beach? Would you add something else to this list? Let me know in the comments down below!


This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer is here.

If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

Let’s chat! Follow me on instagram @sunkissedblush_blog

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Empties April 2018

I really like the idea of sharing empties and all these basket/pan projects where you actually use the whole product to understand if it really works for you and is worth repurchasing or not, as in some cases, some products don’t give an instant result and you have to be patient. So here is my first time sharing my empties.

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SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. I got a sample for points at Sephora and plan to purchase the full size. As an option, there is also SK-II Pitera Welcome Set that has an Essence and a Toner for less.

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm is the product I have been using for years and haven’t really found anything better so far! I also have devoted a detailed blog post about this product and its active ingredient.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40 is a nice sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores or give a strange bitter taste in your mouth after applying it on your face (some sunscreens do that and I don’t know why yet). However, I couldn’t use the tube completely as the cream gone bad – it smells like a bad fish now. There is also a new Ultra Repair® Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 that I plan to try this year. I believe the best shade for me is Light.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Travel Duo seemed like a nice idea as a face mist, since it’s only clean water in a bottle, but after finishing the first bottle ( it comes in a pack of 2), I can’t say I’m really excited about the purchase. I’m still longing to Caudalie Facial Mist as it smells like an expensive spa treatment.

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Living Proof Full Shampoo is my another staple! it actually replaced the Morrocanoil Extra Volume Shampoo that I’ve been using for a couple of years. Here is a separate post about the Living Proof Shampoo and why I really love it so much.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash is indeed a nice body wash for dry skin, but I prefer more natural ingredients (and aromatherapy!) so that I’m not sure if I repurchase it.

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment is a must-have hair care mask. I’ve already mentioned it in my reviews, and it is so good that I’ll keep repurchasing it.

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It Cosmetics Brush Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner is exclusively sold at Ulta. It’s a nice solution for cleaning between washing the brushes and has a natural ingredient list. For some reason, it works better with synthetic brushes. I’m exploring other products at the moment so that I don’t plan to repurchase it in the nearest future.

CURAPROX Black Is White Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste Set is another amazing product that is in my vanity for at least couple of years. So far, it’s the best whitening toothpaste I’ve tried so far! It has activated charcoal as the active ingredient. Plus, Curaprox toothpastes keep my teeth cavity free and my dentist appointments to check-ups – before, I had to pop into dentist’s office at least every 2 months.

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Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum is my all-time favorite perfume, it reminds me of sunny lazy days on a beach. It works for me throughout the year, it makes me feel so “sun-kissed” all the time. The Soleil Blanc collection now also has a 30ML version as well as new Eau De Soleil.

Honestly, these “empties” and “pan/basket” projects give such a satisfaction and enjoyment of using any of the particular product you like since you are actually using it instead of letting it sit on a shelf “for a special occasion”.

What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments down below!

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Trending Sunglasses: Luxurious Picks and Their Affordable Matches

Every year, there is at least one trending eyewear shape that you can see all over the internet. This year, cat-eye is dominating the market in a variety of sizes, color and styles. This makes it so hard to pick just one trending pair and each of the shades is so expensive! Luckily, there are different brands that make similar trending eyewear for less. Here are our top 7 picks.

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SAINT LAURENT LouLou 55mm Heart Shaped Sunglasses ($490, Buy Now)

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This playful heart-shaped silhouette is a must-have pair for those, who want to make a statement this season. Luckily, you can find a similar one at Amazon.

Clout Goggle Heart Sunglasses Vintage Cat Eye Mod Style Retro Kurt Cobain Glasses ($9.99, Buy Now)

 

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SAINT LAURENT Lily 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

 ($350, Buy Now)

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A pair of red pointy cat-eye sunglasses is a MUST have accessory for this season.

ASOS Small Pointy Cat Eye Sunglasses

($23, Buy Now)

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TOM FORD Anoushka 57mm Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses ($445, Buy Now)

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 These classic oversized cat-eyes give us a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibes

ASOS Basic Cat Eye Sunglasses ($19, Buy Now)

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JIMMY CHOO ‘Vivy’ 51mm Sunglasses

 ($605, Buy Now)

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The rose-gold shade with crystal embellishment will add a romantic touch to your look

LEITH 52mm Crystal Embellished Round Sunglasses

 ($24, Buy Now)

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FENDI 53mm Sunglasses ($520, Buy Now)

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If you prefer a more minimalist style, this pick is for you!

ASOS DESIGN Almond Multi Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses ($23, Buy Now)

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Adam Selman x Le Specs Luxe The Last Lolita Pink Sunglasses ($119, Buy Now)

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Colored cat-eye in the transparent frame is another Cult-Fav of this season. And the pink color is just for those who like to see “la vie en rose“.

55mm Transparent Pastel Cat Eye Sunglasses

GLANCE EYEWEAR ($14.00, Buy Now)

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 7.

Illesteva Marianne 48MM Cat Eye Sunglasses

($190, Buy Now)

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And finally, the small cat-eye sunglasses you probably came across all over the instagram. We are totally obsessed with the white-frames!

ASOS Small Cat Eye Fashion Glasses($23, Buy Now)

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This post gives an opportunity to stay in the trend without really breaking the bank and having more than one pairs for the season. I already got myself the heart-shaped and the pink translucent shades!

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What is your favorite type of cat-eye sunglasses? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Best 20 Products to Get at Sephora Spring Bonus Event

Hello, my dears!

Let’s be honest: good makeup and skin care are usually pricey and from my personal experience, this statement work in 98% of the time.

And I’m very excited to know and share with you that Sephora Spring Bonus Event is starting right now, which means it’s discount time!

While there is a lot you can consider buying during this event, I’d try to narrow down the list of things I’m getting for myself OR have already tried and they are indeed worth any penny.

For me, it’s a perfect time to stock up, before the next bonus event (read real discounts) is expected in late November.

What should you know about this event

The event starts on April 20th through April 23rd. You can visit a store or shop online at sephora.com – as long as you are a Sephora Beauty Insider member you qualify for discounts! If you are not a member it is easy and free to sign up by visiting sephora.com.

How much off can you get during the event?

10% off for Sephora Beauty Insiders members. Use code YAYINSIDER at the checkout.

15% off for Sephora VIB members. Use code YAYVIB at the checkout

15% off for Sephora Rouge members.Use code YAYROUGE at the checkout

Can I get everything on discount?

Well, it is almost everything, there are some restrictions though. *copy-pasted*

*Offer valid for Beauty Insider members on merchandise purchases made on 4/20/18
through 11:59 PM PT on 4/23/18 in Sephora U.S. stores, Sephora Canada stores, Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online. Offer not valid on jcp.com.
Not valid on purchases of customizable sets online or through Sephora’s Customer Service. Not valid The Ordinary, on previous purchases, purchases of gift cards or eGift cards, FLASH, PLAY! by Sephora, gift wrap, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Clients are limited to the purchase of one Dyson-branded item and three Drunk Elephant-branded items per SKU per transaction. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Sephora is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen promotion cards. Promotion card has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, or transferred.

Relevant Beauty Insider status must be attained prior to redemption. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion.Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Sephora and JCPenney employees are not eligible for this offer. Offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time. If you recently qualified for a new tier, please check your email for an updated offer.

For more details check Terms and Conditions.

What should you buy during this event?

If you think strategically, as I do, think of products of high/daily usage or those that have short shelf life. I’ll feature the products that I’ve tried and loved! – one item per a type of product. I shared my thoughts on this products in my stories on Instagram – now in my Highlights! Feel free to check it out for more details!

Under this category, I would mention several products:

  1. Sheet Masks
  2. Beautyblenders
  3. Brushes for Clarisonic
  4. Blotting Papers
  5. Exfoliating Pads
  6. Tools Cleaners

Featured Products:

ESTEE LAUDER

Advance Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask, pack of 4, $80 (Buy Now)

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This foil mask is a 10-minute step in getting instantly glowing and youthful skin that lasts for several days! *tested on myself* Buying a pack of 4 is the best investment advice I would give to you since it’s $25 per a separate mask! Plus, discounts are just in time!

BEAUTYBLENDER

Two.BB.Clean, $45  (Buy Now)

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With the total value of $58, this is another value set I would recommend for you. Taking into consideration that you need to change your beauty blender every 3 to 6 months, this kit will last you for a year! PLUS it comes with cleansing solutions that will put another “tick” on our list.

CLARISONIC

The Essentials Set, $79 (Buy Now)

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If you use Clarisonic for cleansing, this is another amazing value kit with the total value of $108 will last you at least for a year! You can mix and match different heads for different need. I got a similar one during winter event, and still enjoy them!

TATCHA

Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, $12 (Buy Now)

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The top-rated blotting papers made of 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flakes absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere. *puts into the cart*

NEOGEN DERMOTOLOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling – Lemon, $27 (Buy Now)
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K-beauty Innovative way to exfoliate your skin both manually and chemically with these 30 gauze pads that gently remove dead skin.  The formula includes AHA chemical exfoliant that deeply penetrates to dissolve dirt and oil in the skin and the vitamin C (lemon extract) for skin brightening benefits.

SEPHORA COLLECTION

The Cleanse: Daily Brush Cleaner, $15 (Buy Now)

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To maintain the life of your tools (brushes and sponges) and prevent bacteria from spreading you need to clean your brushes after each use. While it sounds troublesome to wash them after each time( and which is not good for the brushes as well) I recommend using sprays. At Sephora, you can find several types of sprays. I especially like the quick-dry formula of this alcohol-free cleaner as it reduces the downtime and I can use my brushes in a matter of minutes! Plus, the formula is very mild and natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

 SKIN CARE

In this section, I’d like to share some products that yield WOW results – tested on myself. Again, speaking of strategical shopping, you would definitely need new skin care products until the next big event and discounts are the real pay off for that. Plus, we all deserve it some at-home spa time.

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Pitera Welcome Kit, $110 (Buy Now)

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Do not get scared of this price tag! I tried face cream and the essence and it literally transformed my skin! You get instant glow, hydration, softness and overall my skin looked so refreshed I even had a youthful blush like I spent a good amount of time outdoors. I believe that the toner will only enhance the effect of these two products. By the way, when you layer them, they absorb so fast that it can easily be used under makeup! And, did I mentioned that the total value is $156?

SUNDAY RILEY

Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit, $85 (Buy Now)

SUNDAY_RILEY_Power_Couple_Duo_Total_Transformation_KitAnother value set (total value $105) that you want to have! I got this set last week during the Rouge Early Access and this is another power couple that works wonders overnight! The Good Genes contain lactic acid and the Luna Sleeping Oil has retinol inside. Together, they contribute to even, glowing, hydrated and smooth complexion. While you can feel changes overnight, give these two guys another 3-4 weeks – rumors say the effect builds up! I have special feelings for Sunday Riley, I tried 5 of their products and they are all amazing!

Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, $45 (Buy Now)

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Speaking of Sunday Riley, I also need to mention this cleanser. I can’t remember any other product that would make me feel this clean and soft at the same time. Plus, my pores are instantly visibly smaller.

LA MER

The Eye Concentrate, $205 (Buy Now)

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Another skin care product that worth every penny – the eye concentrate from La Mer. Again, I bought it during winter sales and still have some in the jar! Little goes a long way while it is indeed one of those eye creams that erase dark circles like you had a good sleep yesterday and a day before, and every single day. It works even better when used with the small roller that comes in a pack.

LANEIGE

Lip Sleeping Mask, $20 (Buy Now)

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KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, $45 (Buy Now)

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Whenever something goes south, this is the mask that restores my skin. It soothes and provides hydration. Also, I love how it smells, it is so relaxing!

MAKEUP

And for sure, there will be luxury makeup products that you would want to treat yourself with.

I stumbled on selecting the one and only eye shadow pallet so that I’m going to share two here.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $42 (Buy Now)

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The recent and already very popular and highly rated eyeshadow pallet from ABH. It is perfect for day and night, it has matte and shimmer eye shadows and the color selection is just fantastic for the spring season. The pallet comes with a two-end brush and a mirror.

PAT MCGRATH LABS 

MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette, $55 (Buy Now)pat_mcgrath_labs_MTHRSHP_Sublime_Bronze_Ambition_Eyeshadow_Palette

I have to admit, I had a crush on Mothership Eyeshadow Pallets when they just got released, but it was a way too expensive for me – $125 per pallet. Hopefully,  smaller versions of those pallets have been released for a more of “affordable” pricing – $55 per pallet. If you have ever swatched those pigmented eyeshadows at Sephora, you will never be able to skip on them.

MatteTrance™ Lipstick, $38 (Buy Now)

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This is the most moisturizing matte lipstick I’ve ever tried in my life. I have also been talking about this lipstick in my Youtube video – the pigment and the formula are just fantastic. These lipsticks flew so fast it was hard to get the shades that I wanted, hopefully, all shades are available for sale right now, but I think, not for so long.

TOM FORD 

Boys & Girls Lip Color, $36 (Buy Now)

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If you prefer sheerer lipstick, think of Tom Ford Boys&Girls Collection. While it gets so complicated to chose only 1 shade out of 100 ( because you want all of it) you can narrow your search with “Girls” only – the white body lipsticks are definitely sheerer compared to “Boys”. The best part about this line is the price: $36 for a smaller TF lipstick versus $54 for the regular collection.

DIOR

Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $82 (Buy Now)

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This product is on my wishlist ( read “cart” now) for several reasons:

  1. Dior has amazing skin care products. I tried one serum on my hand at the store, and I swear, later that day I noticed that the patch of skin looked so much better that the same spot on my other hand.
  2. It has SPF 50 in it. As the warmer season is approaching, sunscreen is very important to consider in your daily routine
  3. and finally, it comes with one refill, and you can always get another one later for half price.

Hair Care

Supersonic Mother’s Day Gift Red Edition, $399 (Buy Now)

If you ever dreamed to get this amazing hair dryer from Dyson (still in my wishlist) it is time to get it with the discount provided! Plus, now it comes with beautiful in red with matching case!

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Fragrances

I can’t decide between these two, so that I highlight two fragrances in this post.

VIKTOR & ROLF

Flowerbomb, 1 oz, $85, (Buy Now)

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The Flowerbomb from V&R is perfect for spring. It’s hard for me to describe the scent, but it feels like it’s no longer winter, but still, summer is yet to come.

TOM FORD 

Soleil Blanc, 1 oz, $145 (Buy Now)

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This fragrance is “forever summer” for me. It just makes my day brighter whenever I use it and reminds of my sunny vacation days by the sea. The best part of it is that now it comes in a smaller size and therefore is for a more “affordable” price. Plus, don’t forget about discounts!

 

This is quite an extensive list! I know that most of the products are from the “luxury line”, but let’s all agree that we are worth it. PLUS, each of these products qualifies for discounts, so if you ever doubted about expensive miracle products, now is the perfect timing!

Once again, I put all my thoughts and knowledge in this post. Everything here comes from my honest opinion and personal experience. I hope you will find this blog post helpful.

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If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Inspired Make Up For Everyday Look

Hello, my beauties!

Since Pantone, the Global Color Authority, announced Ultra Violet as a Color of 2018, this color is gaining more popularity in fashion and beauty.

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Violet is one of my favorite colors and I’m really excited that this is the color of 2018!

If you go through pretty much every beauty brand today, you can find lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and etc all in this shade. However, you may feel uncomfortable wearing such a bold experimental color to work or to school, but still want to catch up to the trend. If so, then this post is definitely for you.

Here are some tips of how to add twists of violet to you everyday look, and yet, keep up with your personal style.

Although there might be a little deviation from exact Ulta Violet color, all shades of purple and violet are still considered trending.

P.S. You can scroll down to the video where I do my makeup and then get back to the text to  read all the steps in details!

Eyes

For me, eyes are the most comfortable area to experiment with color. Violet is a shade that goes well together with all eye colors.

If you don’t feel comfortable covering your full eyelid with this bold color, consider pairing it with the trending mauve shades. Create a transition of shades from a light mauve color adding a tiny amount of violet to the edges and to your crease.

I like violet shades from Too Faced Chocolates and Peaches pallets, they blend in very naturally to the skin. I use Livin Lavish shade from Gold Chocolate pallet.

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Add violet color to your lower lash line. My favorite shade for this is Osiris from Prism Pallet  by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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Here are single eyeshadows for more matching color:

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As an option,  you can also apply an eye pencil to the lower lash line and blend it.

My top favorite is from Sephora in shade 32 Tango Night.

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If you are a big fan of cat eyes and can’t live without lined eyes, consider using violet liner instead of black.

Interesting fact: Butter London has partnered with Pantone this year and released a collection in Ultra Violet once the color has been announced.

Today, the only place where you can find the complete collection is only butterlondon.com. Interestingly, Ulta.com also has their products displayed on their website, but almost all of them remain “sold out”. But don’t despare: Ulta as well as Nordstrom has same shades of same product in stock. They just don’t have a Pantone sticker on the packaging.

Butter London features the Glazen Lustrous eyeliner in Ultra Violet.

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If this color is too bright for you, consider its sister Magnetic. It’s a deeper shade and still looks more violet than blue on the skin.

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To complete your eye makeup and open up the look, add Gumdrop from Anastasia Sugar Glow kit to outer corners of your eyes. It’s a dual chrome pink/lilac shade. For a bolder look, you can use Spectra Shade from Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit.

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I suggest to finish with black mascara to keep the look more wearable for everyday.

Nails

Nails are another place where you can safely use violet color to be in trend.

Here are the nail polish shades from Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Collection by Butter London.

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Misty Lilac  – Purple Rain – Marvelous – Ice Lavander – Hydrangea – Ultaviolet

You can keep it simple and substitute your signature nude/white color with Hydrangea.

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As you can see, mauve shades also count.

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For a bolder look, use a deeper shades with some sparkles like the Purple Rain.

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How it all looks together? Watch my first makeup video on my instagram account!

 

My first make up video is inspired by @pantone color of the Year 2018! 💜 How to add a violet twist to everyday look (and not over do it !) details in my new post! Link in bio✨ Wearing today: @hudabeauty Mauve Obsession eye shadow pallet @toofaced Chocolate Gold @toofaced Better Than Sex mascara @sephora Contour Eye pencil in 32 Tango Night @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism Eye Shadow Pallet @anastasiabeverlyhills Sugar Glow Kit @maccosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Pallet in Medium @maccosmetics Studio Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20 @chanelofficial Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ébène @chanelofficial Powder Blush in 99 Rose Pétale @butterlondon Glazen Lustrous Liner in Magnetic @shophudabeauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic 💜💜💜 #beautyblogger #pantone #pantone2018 #makeup #makeupvideos #trending #ultraviolet @ultabeauty #tfchocolate #ultabeauty #sephora

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Luxury Picks for Christmas

In my previous post, I shared top $25 cute gifts for her for Christmas. Today, we are getting to another extreme, sharing my top wishlist luxury picks.

  1. Mason Pearson Extra Large Pure Boar Bristle Hair
    $209.44

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    The “Rolls Royce” in hair brushes ©. This hair brush combs the hair so gently and manages to detangle my “Rapunzel” hair. It has been frequently featured in Allure Magazine for years.
    I use the Pure Bore Bristle, and this brush is one of my favorite luxury beauty investments I ever made.

  2. Slip Sleep Mask, Pink

    $45

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    This is an ideal gift for frequent flyers and those who likes comfort everywhere. The silk in these sleep masks is so gentle (tested on myself), and it won’t leave marks on the face.  You can also consider silk pillowcases, which are good for preventions of wrinkles from fabrics that one can get during the night.

  3. TOM FORD Private Blend Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum

    $230.00–$312.00

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    Coconut scents in this perfume remind me of lazy sun-kissed summer days. Why not to enjoy these memories in cold weather?

  4. DYSONSupersonic™ Hair Dryer Special Holiday Edition

    $399.99 
    ($449 Value)

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    This luxurious tool promises to get your hair done faster with less damage and, as a result,  having more shiny smooth hair.

  5. NUFACEMini Facial Toning Device

    $199.00

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    You can’t have a great skin without working on yourself and taking a proper care. The more you age, the more serious your skin care routine should be. For those with tight schedules, it’s better to have some tools at home. Nuface will tone your skin for few minutes per day. I’ve already got one for my mom.

  6. DIPTYQUE Cosmic Seasonal Candle Trio

    $105.00–$210.00

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    These candles will fill the house with real festive vibes. Just look at their design! I think it will fit perfectly to any design style, from traditional to contemporary.

  7. TIFFANY VICTORIA® Earrings

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    These earrings have been in my wishlist for a long time. What i like about them is that they be worn with anything, from casual sweatshirts to sophisticated evening gown.

  8. KATE SPADE NEW YORK baby it’s cold outside iPhone 7/8/X case

    $55.00

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    iPhone case with floating sparkling snowflakes inside is just a MUST have for this season.

  9. ARTIS Elite Smoke 10-Piece Brush Collection

    $360.00

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    A girl can’t have too much make up brushes. This set has all the types of brushes needed for flawless makeup.

  10. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera

    $649.99

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    I won’t be able to write this post without putting a photography related stuff in the list. This camera is perfect for traveling, vlogging and will perfectly fit into a clutch.

    This is it! You still have time to get these goodies for Christmas eve. You would need to check the shipping details, but I tried to pick from those places from where you can get them in time!

    Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!


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    If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.

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