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in Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts For Her: Skin Care Options

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Hello, beauties! Are you looking for some good skin care options for the women in your life?  I have a few brands to go through that would be great options for different skin types and at different price points.  Like fragrances, purchasing skincare can be a bit intimate.  I recommend only purchasing skincare items for people you absolutely know or if you know the giftees skincare concerns.  Keep reading for some gifts for her: skin care options.

Schique

Schique is a brand that was created in 2014 by Board-Certified Medical Doctor Jacqueline Schaffer.  Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer was inspired to create a cosmetic that was as good for you in on the inside and outside.  This was brought about after watching her mother battle skin cancer twice.  Her main focus was to create a line that is naturally based, clinically backed, and scientifically proven.

With the holidays, Schique has some great gift sets available.  One, in particular, would be the Best of Schique.  This gift set has the best the brand has to offer and great set for someone starting a skincare regime or perfect for someone who already has a detailed routine, but would love to try different products.  I, for one, am a huge skincare junkie and love testing out new items and new brands.  Schique is a brand that I have never heard of before, but I love the story behind the brand and the fact that the products actually work.

There are so many ways to gift this product, I would suggest getting a cute Christmas themed basket, throw in some stuffing, set up the products with a hand band to keep the products out of the way, and a cute candle and wrap it in a cellophane bag.  It will make a beautiful addition for under the tree.  The best part is this kit is originally $108, but is on sale for $49.00.  That is more than half off, making this gift a great value and affordable.

Intuitive Restoration Renewing Mask

Radiant Glow Daily Face Scrub

Brilliantly Firm Firming Serum

Lumistone Hydration Face Moisturizer

 

Queen Helene

Queen Helene is a brand that has been around since 1930 curating products for professional and personal use.  This is a brand that has been committed to creating a full beauty line ranging from skin, hair, foot, and bath and at an affordable price.  Fun fact:  they still create items that have been apart of their original products.  I think it’s safe to say with 80 years of experience under their belt, Queen Helene is a leading brand in the beauty industry.

Some favorites of the brand are their masques and scrubs.  Their newest product is the Volcanic Ash Masque.  This product is great at pulling out impurities from deep within our skin to allow for refreshed skin.  It’s perfect for all skin types- but as a recommendation, if you have super dry skin, I would suggest using it about twice a week at most.

Another great option from this brand will be the Mint Julep Mask or scrub. Mint Julep is great for someone with oily skin and/or acne prone skin.  The masque, in particular, is an original to the brand that will help absorb oil and minimize pores.

Items like this are perfect as stocking stuffers, co-worker gifts, and are an affordable gift to bring to “A few of my favorite things parties”.  If you have never been to one of these parties, I would highly suggest attending or throwing one.  What you do is get a bunch of girlfriends together for a party.  Everyone will bring a enough of their favorite items to share at the party.   These masques and scrubs are around $3.50 a pop.  Super affordable and great quality!

 

YES TO

This brand is really innovative with another great story.  This brand started out as a dream for two soccer players to create a super food natural brand.  YesTo’s products are at least 95% all natural and can be found at over 27,000 stores.  YesTo has over ten different collections for all skin types, but I am happy to announce that I have used products from all the lines and have had no issues with any of the products.   I say this because I have super sensitive skin with lots of allergies.  I’ve been extremely lucky these past few years to not have any episodes.  A constant in my skincare routine are YesTo’s face wipes and face masks.

Speaking of face masks, YesTo has some great holiday sets out right now that can be found exclusively at Target and Walmart.  They have smaller gift sets that would make great stocking stuffers or bigger kits that would make great gifts for under the tree.

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The two I picked out are the Ultimate Masking kit and the Super Detox Skin Care Kit.  The Ultimate Masking kit comes with:  Single Use Charcoal Paper Mask, Tomatoes Paper Mask, Cucumbers Mud Mask, Coconut Mud Mask and Charcoal Mud Mask.  The mask gift set can be located at any Target location for $9.99.

*Target currently has a special.  Purchase one holiday beauty gift set and get another for 50% off.  Also, don’t forget to sign up for a Target debit to get an extra 5% off.  I, personally, would recommend purchasing the items online for free in-store pick-up and use Ebates for extra cashback*

The Super Detox Skin Care kit can be located at Walmart for $9.99 as well. Unfortunately, I was not able to locate via the Walmart website.  If you are able to locate it, you are able to order online for free in-store pick-up as well.

Any of these kits would make great gifts under the tree.  I would suggest purchasing the mask kit and breaking it up into smaller gift sets for co-workers or girl friends.  You an separate the masks, add in a bath bomb, candle, and a favorite drink- Perfect Spa night gift!  We all know that me time is super important.

Well, loves I hope you enjoyed my top skincare gift guide items.  Be on the lookout for some great skincare stocking stuffer ideas next and some gift guide ideas for him.

 

 

 

 

in Beauty

Measurable Difference Review

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Let’s talk affordable makeup- after all, we are budgetnistas.  Tia and I love finding quality items at a really affordable price because we believe it doesn’t need to be a luxury brand to be good.  We have partnered up with Measurable Difference for this blog post to show you some of the products they offer and a way to get some additional savings.

The Brand

The story behind this brand is pretty amazing.  Measurable Difference, founded by Helma Arminak, a former refugee from Beirut, Lebanon.  Created about five years ago with a dream in mind. Helma aimed to offer great products for face and body but wanted to keep everything affordable.  I would say that dream is being accomplished.

What I Picked Up

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The Diamond Collection Well Stacked Makeup Collection- $12.00

This small compact palette comes with a blush, bronzer, eyeshadows, and brow product.  It is perfect for on the go and works well for creating a full face.  If you have been a subscriber for awhile, you know that I work very early in the morning- 5 A.M. to be exact!  I need easy to use, multifunctional products.  The shadows work great to create a nice neutral look for every day.  If you need to transition the look into a night time look, no problem!   I would suggest using some of the eyebrow powder as a shadow to create a smokey eye.  The blush is a beautiful mauve that works well with all skin tones.  The only iffy product in this palette would be the bronzer-  it is a bit dark.  If you are lighter skin toned, I would steer clear or use a very light hand.

 

Baked Face Blush Mini- $2.00

The blushes are beautiful and affordable at two bucks a pop.  You could easily purchase all 4 colors. All very wearable colors, but two of the colors are better suited for spring/summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posh Matte Liquid Lipstick – Opera-$6.00

Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage for the past few years and these affordable options definitely do not disappoint.  The formula is very comfortable on the lips and lasts a decent amount of time.  The color is different depending on your skin tone and lighting, which I think is pretty cool.  The color comes off on me as a brownish purple- great for the fall season.

 

Scented Bath Bombs – Green Goddess (Get well quick) Eucalyptus-$4.00

What can I say, it’s a bath bomb.  All bath bombs are pretty amazing.  These smell great and have a great price point.  I loved them so much that I have already bought a couple more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve found Measurable Difference at stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls- but they can also be found online Measurabledifference.com.  You can get 25% off and free shipping using code 25JACK.  No need to rush!  The code is good until March, so pick up a little something each month.

Interested in picking up an item I purchased?  Check out the board below!

in Fashion

Rosegal Wishlust

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Hi, loves!  We are testing out a new series on our website called Fashion Fridays, inspired by the lovely BeautybyGaby.  This week we are going to discuss Rosegal.  I came across this site a few weeks ago and started checking out their long dresses because why not?  My daughter’s homecoming dance is coming up and we are also looking for some into fall transitional pieces.

My Current Wishlust
Long Sleeve Backless Maxi Pleated Flowy Dress

Style: Bohemian
Material: Cotton Blend
Silhouette: A-Line
Dresses Length: Floor-Length
Neckline: Round Collar
Sleeve Length: Long Sleeves
Pattern Type: Patchwork
With Belt: No
Season: Fall,Spring,Summer

$18.12

 

 


Plus Size Cold Shoulder Bohemian Blouse

 

Material: Polyester
Shirt Length: Regular
Sleeve Length: Three Quarter
Collar: Spaghetti Strap
Style: Fashion
Season: Fall,Spring,Summer
Pattern Type: Floral

$13.47


Plus Size Button Up Drop Shoulder Blouse

Material: Rayon
Shirt Length: Long
Sleeve Length: Full
Collar: V-Neck
Style: Casual
Season: Fall,Spring,Summer

$15.39

 

 

 

 


Plus Size Floral Raglan Full Sleeve T-Shirt

Material: Cotton Blends,Polyester
Shirt Length: Long
Sleeve Length: Full
Collar: Round Neck
Style: Casual
Season: Fall,Spring

$13.47


V Neck Cut Out Plus Size Tunic Tee

Material: Polyester
Shirt Length: Long
Sleeve Length: Half
Collar: V-Neck
Style: Casual
Season: Summer

$13.37

 

 

 

They have so many items, pages and pages.  These were my picks from just going through the first 20 pages, so imagine the damage that could be done!  Right now Rosegal has an end of summer sale going on for 33% off.  You can get additional 10% off using code RGEN.  I would also suggest signing up for an account to get 15% off your order.  Now, you can’t stack the discounts, but save it for another time. What are your favorite shopping sites right now?

in Beauty

#Onebrandmotd- ColourPop

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Hi, loves!

We are back with another #Onebrandmotd. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know what this is all about. If not, I am talking about a beauty challenge that Gaby, from Beauty by Gaby, and myself came up with called #Onebrandmotd.   This past week one brand motd was Colour pop.

Brand Challenge

For those that do not know what the brand challenge is, let me explain!   Each week Gaby and I will be doing a full face using one makeup brand. We try and cover our faces with as much of the branded makeup as we can.  This calls for creativity when creating the looks.  We have also decided to alternate between high end and drugstore to provide some more affordable options.  I am happy to announce that we have some new collab additions.  We have added two lovely ladies to the group.  You will now be able to see four different one brand looks, so be sure to check out hashtag #onebrandmotd to see the final looks on social media.

Colour Pop

Colour Pop is big in the makeup industry.  Known for the amazing quality and affordability and they also have the same manufacturer as Kylie Cosmetics- Dupes!  When ColourPop first came out, I went on a binge and purchased a ton of their products.  Since purchasing the items, I have maybe only used them a handful of times, so I am glad I was able to utilize them for this challenge.

Pictured above, I have the super shock shadows, blush, highlight, lippie stick, and eyeliner.  I found the shadows really hard to work with if using a brush.  I had to use my fingers to finish applying my look because I could not get them to apply the way I wanted.  The highlight was pretty easy to blend with a brush, but it was a whole other story for the blush.  I found it applied best with a stippling brush.  No issues with the lippie stick or liner.  Pretty basic.

Anndd..here is the completed look!  Overall, happy with it, but was not happy with how long it took to create the look.  I am going to give their pressed eyeshadows a shot and see if they apply better.  I hope you enjoyed this #Onebrandmotd.  Keep an eye out for our Urban Decay  #onebrandmotd post.

 

 

in Lifestyle

Canvas Factory Review & Giveaway

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Hi, loves!  We have partnered with Canvas Factory to bring you affordable home decor- wall art to be exact.

I have always wanted to purchase canvas art, but I could never find quality at an affordable price.  We are budgetnistas after all.  Last Christmas, I came across canvas factory and received my first canvas wall art.  I picked out a 16×20 canvas picture to start my gallery wall project.  The quality of the canvas was amazing and I received it within a week.  Take into account that this was during the holidays.  Obviously, since the product is amazing, I  jumped at the chance to work with Canvas factory and give you the opportunity to win one of their amazing canvas prints.

 Canvas Factory:

Canvas Factory offers different types of customizable wall art that are affordable.  They offer fast service within 5-10 business days. They use high-quality materials, but also back their products with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed- this is something you usually do not get with customizable items.  The reason they are able to offer these products at an affordable price is that you are buying direct, leaving out the middle man.  You also get a flat rate shipping cost of $9.95 or free if you spend over $100.  There are so many great positives to this brand. I really enjoy creating my gallery

I really enjoy creating my gallery.  My newest piece is a picture of both my daughters.  I definitely wanted a canvas size of this picture because of the obvious, my daughters, but also because they were taken by my best friend Yanna of Sweet & Simple Life Photography.  She is one of the people who know me best and has watched my kids grow through the years.  If you are in the Portland area, check her out!  Her prices are affordable and her work is amazing!

Pictured above is the original photo.

Now onto the good stuff!  Follow the rules in the widget below to be entered into the giveaway for a free canvas picture!

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Good luck!