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7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Beauty Lovers

Confession: when I’m shopping for beauty gifts for Christmas, I’ve been known to pick up a little something (or two or three) for myself. It’s hard to resist the holiday glitz and glam of festive packaging! To help you in your quest for the perfect present for your loved ones, I’ve narrowed down my top beauty gift suggestions – so spoil them with a gift you know they’ll enjoy.

Affordable Stocking Stuffers

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament and Flutterby Mascara Shields

The limited-edition Moroccanoil® Treatment Ornament is a beauty bauble that will add a sparkle to your tree and shine to your hair. You can even hang the little box on your Christmas tree, since it actually is an ornament! The special 25 ml bottle of treatment nourishes and conditions hair for silky, smooth tresses for just $15.

Does mascara get all over your eyelids after you curl your lashes? Use Flutterby Mascara Shields between your lids and lashes to prevent smudging. I even use mine to apply a cut-crease eyeshadow. At only $14.99, this gift is practical, and it won’t break the bank.

Love your Lips

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Kissy Missy Lip Set and Tiny Temptations

Looking to pucker up this holiday season? Two value-priced gift sets, both packaged in attractive metal tins, will see you through any mistletoe-induced challenges. Benefit Cosmetics’ Kissy Missy Lip Set includes the new they’re real double the lip products, plus the company’s famous tints. All of them promise you a fuller-looking pout and lip color that will last eight hours, and the entire set is $26.

Clinique’s Tiny Temptations is a pretty pink smorgasbord of super-nourishing minis of the popular Chubby Stick for lips. The $49.50 set features 20 shades, and the lip balms are beautifully sheer.

Treat Yo’ Self

Since this is the time of year to splurge on luxury items, you won’t feel any guilt over the price tags. Normally I’m an advocate for affordable beauty… but these products are so high quality, I just had to share them as gift ideas.

For runway-worthy hair, just look at the Victoria Secret models who showed off their tresses in the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – their hair was styled with The Beachwaver Co. Limited Edition BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25, which is a limited edition that is adorned with Swarovski crystals.

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

BEACHWAVER Pro 1.25 with Swavorski Crystals (limited edition)

I love shiny things! This professional curling iron does the work for you, with a heat range of 290° – 490°, a lighter 5.5” ceramic barrel length, 1.25 barrel width, arrow button for rotation control, 8 foot swivel cord, ergonomic handle, beveled no-kink clamp, fast/slow speed switch and a home button.

If you ask me what is my top makeup tip, I would tell you without hesitation that you need to invest in good quality makeup brushes. Sure, I’ve been known to do videos on affordable makeup brushes, but if I had to pick, I would tell you not to go cheap. Artis is a company that’s been called the “Rolls Royce of makeup brushes,” and after trying their products, I’m inclined to agree.


Gold Palm brush

The revolutionary CosmeFibers were engineered to glide over your skin, and they blend like a dream. Try the limited edition $75 Gold Palm brush, which is a powerful multi-tasker that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand (and it looks holiday-worthy, too).

For the ultimate indulgence, ask for the Digit Collection 10 Set brushes, which are ergonomically shaped like fingers so you can be your own makeup artist when you’re applying cosmetics on yourself. Brilliant! This ultra-luxury set will run Santa $375 – just make sure you’re on the NICE list!

10 Digit Collection brush set

10 Digit Collection brush set


10 Digit Collection brush set

What’s on your beauty wish list this year? Comment below with what you’re hoping to get—or what you plan to purchase for your loved ones.

XO ~Angela~

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Crocheting versus knitting – new obsession!

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was just a wee little lass. The skill stayed with me for life, although I’ve never been ambitious and was just satisfied making scarves (that’s still all I can do with knitting). But I started flirting with the idea of crocheting, and I was inspired by The Crafty Reporter. She messaged me one day that it’s fun to crochet, and I was intrigued by her crafty-ness.

So I bit the bullet and purchased some cool yarn and a few crochet hooks from Michael’s. Now I can’t stop!
Mogwai approves of the baby blanket in progress

I’m working on my second baby blanket (see blue yarn blanket above) for my friend Carli, who had her baby boy a couple of weeks ago. I just finished my first ever baby blanket (see multi-colored blanket below) for my bestie Tambre, who had a lovely little girl, also a couple of weeks ago.

I also can whip up a quick scarf like nobody’s business. I have made so many scarves for my mom and friends and family! Below is a scarf I knit for my friend Alanna while we had an hour-long phone conversation. The scarf was finished when we hung up! 

The beginning of the Tambre’s baby blanket below, plus two other scarves I finished. All this in just one night! There’s no way I would ever have been able to do that knitting. Knitting is so much slower…
Infinity scarf for my bestie Leslie since purple is her favorite color.
Same purple yarn but for another bestie, Kelly Aline, who works for the Alzheimer’s Association.

My precious mom sporting the scarf I crocheted for her, wearing it this past weekend on her San Francisco trip.

It’s so much faster to crochet than knit– there’s no way I’m going back to knitting! It used to take me a week to make a scarf. Now I can make THREE SCARVES IN ONE NIGHT!

Also, my step-grandmother pointed out that crocheting products look prettier and more pleasing to the eye than knitted looks. Maybe that’s a personal preference, but I am definitely not going back to knitting now that I’m “hooked!” 🙂

Update: I had a comment on Facebook from my friend, Christina, who mentioned how you have to pay more attention when crocheting than knitting. She said, “Knitting is mindless.” I am actually going to agree with that– I don’t have to look at my hands when I’m knitting, so knitting is better if I’m watching a movie. I have to at least glance at my hands when I crochet, although I have a system for when the TV is on — I can prop my hands on my knees, so they’re about eye-level with the screen, and I can make it work!

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Ulta and Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish Reviews — Mani/Pedi photos, thanks for Christmas gifts from friends!

I’m obsessed with the book How to Look Expensive by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, a former beauty editor at Glamour magazine… this book has been my go-to manual lately for elevating my look with sophistication (or, at least, attempting to).

The book was a Christmas gift from my friend Rikki, who kept hearing me talk about how I wanted to check it out at the local library, LOL! 🙂 Thanks, Rikki. <3
(Pretty Rikki is a TV reporter!)

Because I’ve been reading this book and wanting to “look expensive,” that means my hands will sport only “classy”-type nail polish shades– more natural colors than the hot pinks and tangerines I love. Those bright shades are relegated to only my toes for now!

Here are two shades I just did my mani/pedi with: Ulta’s “Baby Doll” and Revlon Colorstay “Seashell” (025).
I’ve been wanting pale shades for my hands, and more peach-y shades for my toes… hence these two colors.
The Ulta “Baby Doll” was a Christmas gift from my friend Michelle, who does mani/pedi’s with me on Sunday evenings when we’re visiting at her place. 
Michelle is pretty, trust her style judgment 😉
This is what Ulta’s “Baby Doll” polish looks like with two coats, on top of a base coat and under a top coat:
I like the final result, although it’s a little lighter than I was visualizing. The first coat was pretty and sheer, but showed the lines (wish I had snapped a pic to show you) and didn’t look even. It took two color coats before it was one uniform shade on each nail. I don’t know about you, but I feel a pale pink is super-classy! Love it! Thanks, Michelle!! 🙂
Here is the Revlon Colorstay “Seashell” with two coats, on top of a base coat and under a top coat (which incidentally were both the Revlon Colorstay base and top coat polishes which promise to make your nail colors last longer– and they really do!)… this polish was uniform even with just one coat, I did two coats because I felt one coat was too sheer for my toes:
I love how it’s the “your nails, but better” type of color. This color is super-summery, and I think it would flatter any skin tone.
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