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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Guide Beauty Edition

I decided this year that I would put together a Holiday Gift Giving Guide for you. This is the beauty edition. I will have the home and health edition out later this week.

These are not expensive, over the top gift ideas. Instead I decided to put together a list of some of my favorites. Some of these beauties I have loved for years and some I have just discovered. 

Putting a few of these together in a basket or as stocking stuffers is a nice way to create something that is personal. When I was living at home my mom always put together a super cute bag/basket filled with all sorts of beauty goodies. That was always my favorite gift to open. 

I picked out a few items that I love. Hopefully you will find a few things on my list that somebody you know would just love to have as well this Holiday Season!!!

I am going to start with my most expensive items, my Princess Gifts. These are items that every girl would love to own.

Kiss InstaWave $60
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This is the Kiss InstaWave. I recently received this curling iron to try out. My review will be up next week. It is safe to assume that overall I liked it, since I included it in my gift guide.  If you are awful with a curling iron, burn yourself, can't figure out how to curl your hair so it looks okay to go out of the house, then you need to try this. With one touch it magically curls your hair without tangles or burning your fingers. 

CHANEL Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow Quad $61
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From the moment I set eyes on this beautiful quad I was in love. This is my go to shadow for not only myself but many of my clients. The picture does not do the colors justice. With a rich plum, golden bronze, silvery taupe and a light pinkish white, this quad has a color for everyone and every event. 

NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Cream Lip Cream Entire Set $60
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NYX cosmetics has an absolute winner with their soft matte lip creams. With a smooth, creamy texture, matte look and a color for everybody these are a must have. You can  purchase them individually for around $6 to $7 depending on where you shop.  On Amazon you get 11 for $60. That is $5.45 each. Give the whole set as a to a makeup lover or split them up for smaller gift exchanges. Oh but be sure to keep one for yourself. I won't tell.

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer $25
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I received it Cosmetics concealer in my November Ipsy bag.  You can read my first impressions on all my Ipsy items from November here. I believe that this concealer has changed my life. It is waterproof, crease proof and filled with vitamins.  I am now starting to think I need to try everything that it Cosmetics has to offer.

Physicians Formula Translucent Pearls O1 $16
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This is my go to, every single day, no matter what my makeup look is, highlighter for over a year now. I found out about this baby from miss Kandee Johnson. She is AHHHHMAZING!!! Thank you Miss Kandee this is TILL I DIE item!!! I have been using the same compact for a year.  The 01 Translucent is perfect on every skin tone.  

Real Techniques Brushes $15
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Five quality made brushes for less than the price of one big name brand brush. I was skeptical, at first. Then I felt them, used them and fell in love with them. I recommend Real Techniques brushes to everyone. No shedding even during the first wash. The eye basics set is the perfect way to start your Real Techniques collection.  The price is perfect for new makeup lovers all the way to full on makeup gurus. Buy more than one set and give then to every women you love.

Slouchy Beanie Hat $10

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I love this hat. It is soft, warm, cozy and over sized just enough that I can wear my hair up or down and still look cute and warm. I will be purchasing a couple different colors since I love them so much. 

Brazilian Good Luck Bracelets $8
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Tie each bracelet in three knots around your wrist. When the beads  naturally fall off you will begin to see miracles start to happen. 
m are the two I have. I love to purchase these for the ones I love like my mom, sister and my best friend.  Super cute alternative to a BFF bracelet.

I hope you enjoyed my beauty editon of my Holiday Gift Giving Guide.
On Friday I will have a BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!!!! Woo Hoo! Get excited, I will be featuring lots of amazing makeup, skincare, fashion, home and kids goodies.  All name brands you already shop.  

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Friday, November 21, 2014

My First Ipsy Bag, Girl Meets Glitter!!!

I did it, I finally did it. Do you know what this blurry picture is of? 

Yep, I subscribed to the Ipsy bag. I was so excited that this was the only picture I took before I ripped that sucker open. 

A few of my friends including my sister have recently subscribed.  The bag they sent out last month was all over my Facebook feed. 

That sparked my interest and I had to look into it.

After my friends testimonials and reading through the website, I seriously could not resist. It is $10 a month and you get a makeup bag plus 5 specially picked for you goodies. Each bag contains a mix of deluxe size goodies and full size products.

I was skeptical at first, since I had worked behind a counter for many years and handed deluxe samples and cute cosmetics bags to my customers I did not want to pay $10 for samples. However the full size product easy cover your cost. The deluxe samples and the bag are just a bonus.

My first Ipsy bag came, the November bag. Each month has a theme and this month was Girl Meets Glitter.  I was more than impressed when I opened the HOT PINK bubble wrap envelope. A silver sparkly, like crushed diamonds bag with a hot pink zipper was hidden inside. Then I opened the cosmetics bag.

Here is what was inside.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Old Factory Candle Winner!!!!!

I am so excited to announce the winner of my very fist giveaway. 

First I want to say thank you to everyone who participated.  Thank you for liking My Facebook page. I look forward to interacting with each of you. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have.  

Also, I want to let all my fellow bloggers know that I will be hosting a Gift Giving Link Exchange. If you have a blog and are doing a gift giving list this year and want to participate then please send me your post link with a picture you would like used for your link on my page. In exchange you can either post my gift guide on your blog or tell your followers that yours is on my page.  I will be featuring one gift guide to shout out on all my social networks. Email me at hopesbeautybar@gmail.com I can not wait to see all of your awesome ideas.  

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