5 Days Til Christmas! 5 Gifts over $150

PrintYeah, it’s coming up quite quickly right? Did you finish your shopping yet, ’cause I haven’t. I’m going to try to completely finish everything today so that I can spend all Sunday wrapping gifts and baking cookies. But I thought I’d help you find some really nice gift over $150. Well, they are at least ones I would love to receive a boyfriend. If I had one….

1) The one thing every beauty girl needs: Makeup Brush set. I know I showed a set previously in my wish list, but the Sephora Collection: Alexis Bitter Liquid Gold Beauty Brush Set & Stand ($175.00) is just luxury!

2) For the Book Nerd – The Lumio Book Lamp by Max Gunawan ($190.00) looks like a hardcover book, but when open, transforms into a lighted open book.

3) Jewelry – These Diamond Stud Earring from Macy’s are a classic gift that can be worn all year around. And what girl doesn’t like diamond earrings. Even better, it is already set in a little red bow and topped with a bow!

4) Coco Mademoiselle Twist & Spray Travel Set – This is probably a must have for any Chanel obsessed girl. A limited edition set in the classic Chanel packaging.

5) Rebecca Minkoff Bag – My first luxury bag is the Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. ($195.00, but currently $145!) in Soft Grey. I saved for months for this bag after seeing it on some celebrity two years ago. I still have it and I typically only use it when I am traveling or heading out to a party. It’s one of those fashion items that will never go out of style and when I get older I can pass it on to my own child.

Happy Shopping!

My Wish List

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With everything that’s going on in my life: little sister giving birth, thanksgiving, books going to press, BFF giving birth, etc. I’ve completely forgot to make my Christmas Wish List that I usually do every year. I always give it to my mom in hopes that she doesn’t buy me some horrible gifts that I have no use for and usually end up being sent off to GoodWill. Love her, but she is a horrible gift giver. This year might be a little late to send it to her. Oh, well.

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I love books. I have the Kindle White that my sister brought me last Christmas, but I love having some physically books to hold and add to my growing book collection. These two (1) are some that I am looking forward to reading: Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up and Zoella’s Girl Online. I’ve heard lots of good reviews of both books and I am a total fan of both their vlogs, so I kind of feel that it’s a must to read and have.

I have a couple of small makeup bags in my closet, but since my makeup collection seems to be growing, I need to have larger traveling makeup bag. I really like the one/two-teir cases that Sonia Kashuk (2) has at Target. And since her designs are my taste, I really don’t care which pattern it comes in. Along with makeup accessories, I really need more (do I really?) makeup brushes. I saw Zoeva Rose Gold Lux Set (4) and totally fell for them. They are so pretty!! I’ve read great rave reviews of them, so I would love to have the set.

Any sort of running/workout wear is always on my list. Nike long running leggings are the best and the ones I saw on their website are so colorful! The ones I have pictures here (3) are the Epic Luxe Printed Leggings in Dusty Cactus. But I’m not too picky about my workout clothes as I am about my workout shoes. Reason #1 why new running shoes are not on my list. I much rather spend my own money buying the running shoes I love and work for me than have someone else. I also need new running headphones. Hilarious story, when I was downloading the picture for these (8) Yurbud Inspire 200 for Women from my Amazon.com wish list, a pop up showed up asking if I want to continue to link since someone might have already brought this as a gift for me. I’m pretty sure my sister brought them for me since it was the one item I requested from her.

Starting on my tech-y wants with iPhone cases (5). I am on another gold kick, so I really into the gold decorated cases. Headphones are another tech item I want, but I don’t really need. I have a pair of blue ones that I brought from Target for $5, but I think these Sony ZX Series Stereo Headphones (6) are super sleek. They are also noise-canceling.

One of the major tech items every blogger with an laptop needs: an external hard drive. I got a a couple of years ago and when I tried plugging it in recently only to find that it has completely died. Yeah. Not. Very. Happy. So I put the WD Passport for Mac 1TB Portable Hard Drive on my list. I’m pretty sure I can take the old one to a computer repair store and they might be able to repair it, but one, it’s over 4 years old and two, it was only like 500GB.

What’s on everyone wish list this Christmas season?

Anybody else still make a wish list for parents or is it just me? I’m pretty sure it’s just me…

Winter Sephora Haul

SephoraDec02I finally used my Sephora gift card that my sister had brought me for my birthday earlier this year. Why was it so late to be use, well, my sister didn’t mail it to me before she moved and it ended up sitting in storage for most of the year before my sister and brother-in-law brought their house. Hilariously, it was packed in one of the boxes sitting in front.

While I love visiting the actual store and trying out all their goodies, you get far better samples to try at home if you order online. The only time now that I actually buy thing physically is when I’m in town and it’s an emergency. This time around I ordered my usual acne moisturizer, the SEPHORA COLLECTION Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer. I started using this earlier this year and I’m quite fond of it. I hit the gym six days a week and while I do wash my face right after I finish, I find that using this moisturizer helps control any breakouts cause from that. I’ve also notice that it helps tone down my pores on my cheeks. I have really deep pores that very noticeable (something I inherit from my mother). If you are looking for a cheap alternative: Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer is also good. I have this one for when I completely space and didn’t order the Sephora one.

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I also order myself some face masks by Karuna: Brightening+ Face Mask and Anti-Oxidant+ Face Mask. I haven’t tried these guys yet, but I hope they stand up to par to my Korean face masks that I buy at H-Mart. I love how face masks have become a major skin/face care trend. I really hope it never ends! I love to pamper myself with a face mask!

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I also order Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner. This is one of my favorite eyeliners. It’s thick and easy to apply with a steady hand. I like using this pot-like liner to put on a “Kat”-eye look. It has taken me a couple of month to finally get the right look and a lot of watching how-to vlogs.

Now the really fun parts: Excess amount of samples!!

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So the first picture are the one I choose since I ordered over $25 (is that correct?) of products: Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye CreamAlgenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer, and LANCÔME Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur. I haven’t tried Benefit’s eye cream yet, but I have used the Algenist and LANCOME. I like the feel of Algenist when I put it on, but it has a musky perfume scent that annoyed me. I keep smelling it all day and that’s really important to me. I can’t wear something I have to smell all day if I don’t like it. Which is also why I don’t wear a lot of perfume. I haven’t really found a scent I absolutely love.

I also tried the LANCOME Visionnaire, but I didn’t see much of a difference in my skin. I’ve used a photo finished cream before; Smashbox, which was also in my sample bag. I was really expecting that matte finish once applied, but I didn’t notice any change. It just felt like I was putting on another layer of moisturizer on.

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I’ve stared on the massive little sample packets that came in the Sephora Makeup Bag. Clinque’s Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup and Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief I’ve used before and already know I love both and usually set aside some cash for them since they are pretty pricey. I mean just for small container (1.7oz) of the moisturizer, it’s like 38 bucks. Definitely good stuff, but pricey. I use the matte foundation in color 25 Spice and it blends quite well with my skin tone. Usually during the summer I have to go darker, so then I switch to Amber or Clove. Depending on how much sun I’ve been getting.

Most of the rest I haven’t tried yet so I’m pretty excited to see if I find something that I’m going to get in the full size. I’ll let you know soon what I think about the rest. I’ve started keeping a sharpie in the bathroom to mark the used packets with notes. Though I might end up also keeping a notebook in there.

What does everybody else think? Have any of you tried these products?  Any suggestions about which one I should try next? I’m kind of excited to use the body buttercream, but that might require me to shave my legs…

 

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