2013 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $20

Beauty Gifts

Sephora Collection Event Entry Palette $11 / Organix 3 Piece Starter Kit – Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil $10.99 / Bath and Body Works Santa’s Helping Hand Gift Set $16.50 / Sweet & Shimmer Gem Mirror $4.99 / essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish $8.50 each / Smashbox Try it Kit $19 / e.l.f. Lip Cylinder with Lip component $10 / philosophy purity made simple facial cleanser ornament $10 / The Body Shop® Coconut Shower Scrub & Moisture Set $10.50 / Olay Ooh-La-La Luscious Moisturizing Skin Care Gift Set $9.99 

We’re coming down the holiday home stretch and if you still have more shopping to do a) don’t fee bad and b) don’t panic!  You still have a little time and I have some more gift ideas for you that won’t break the bank.  I find that stocking stuffers aren’t only great little bonuses for close family but the perfect last minute gifts for friends and extended family that you haven’t shopped for yet.  From a cute eye shadow clutch to a bath and body set, there are plenty of affordable options that you can easily pick up at your favorite stores!

Click here for more stocking stuffers ideas on my Yahoo! Shine blog. Your welcome! ;)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the Curly Girl

Natural Hair Gift Guide


Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Kit /  DEVACURL Trial and Travel kit / Better Than Good Hair by Nikki Walton / Ouidad’s Curls are Coming To Town / Mixed Chicks Spring Bands / Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Starter Kit / Satin Luxury Pillowcases 

This year has proven that natural hair is no longer a trend with more and more girls getting back to their curly hair roots.  Giving them the latest hair products would be an awesome holiday gift, especially if their early in their hair journey.  Hair kits are definitely the way to go, especially if the curly girl in your life doesn’t have a set regimen yet.  It allows her to try out a full set of products to see if it works out for her and her hair.  By some chance they don’t, there’s no pressure (who wants to throw out full size bottles of anything!)  Shea Moisture and Carol’s Daughter are my personal favorites while DevaCurl and Ouidad get a lot of positive play in the natural hair world.

If you’re still iffy on getting her hair products, hair accessories like the Spring Bands and the Satin Pillows are excellent options no matter what her hair type.  The bands are great for keeping the curls out of her face while the satin pillows will keep them looking gorgeous while she sleeps.  The latest book from the founder of Curly Nikki herself is an extra bonus, a how-to guide to fabulous curls right at her fingertips!


Photos courtesy of:  Drugstore.com, Sephora, Beauty Bar, Curly Nikki, Bed Bath and Beyond, Mixed Chicks


2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the Makeup Maven

Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Serial Kisser™ Collection of 5 Mini Full-Bodied™ Lipsticks Buxom
  2. Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette
  3. DEBORAH LIPPMANN Best of Both Worlds Pop Rock Mini Duet
  4. Sephora Eyes the Limit Set
  5. Sephora Collection Holiday Light Show Brush Set
  6. Black White Dots 10 inch Case Caboodles
  7. Naked3 Urban Decay

When it comes to the holidays, my family can pretty much expect beauty gifts from me. They rarely get any beauty things for themselves aside from the essentials and I have the pleasure of exposing them to the hottest products.  But what if you’re shopping for a avid makeup junkie, someone who lives and breathes makeup like I do?

Brand New Product  launches, Holiday Sets and Limited Edition Collections are your friends!

You see, these are the makeup gifts that you’ll only get this time of year and your favorite product junkie will be so busy shopping for others she won’t get a chance to buy them herself (double score!).  The Naked 3 pallette is a no-brainer ( I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want this set!) and the Smashbox Wondervision Mega Pallette launched this month with holiday’s in mind. The Holiday brush set,the Deborah Lipman nail polish duo, and the Sephora eye lash set  are super fun and will come in handy for New Year’s Eve (and even Valentine’s Day). The Buxom Serial Kisser set also made my guide because these mini lippies are perfect to travel with as well as give you the biggest bang for your buck (you’ll get to give her 5 lipsticks for the price 2 full size ones). And if she has way to much stuff already,she will love you for the makeup case from Caboodles.

Except for the makeup case (which you can get at Ulta), you can find all of these gifts at your local Sephora store or on their website.

Happy Shopping!


Fierce Holiday Gift Guide: The Accessory Addict

For today’s gift guide, we are shopping for the accessory addict.  You know the girl that with the biggest earrings, the ten link necklace, or a million scarves – okay maybe I’m just talking about me but I know I’m not alone!  It’s fun shopping for girls like me and there’s only one rule to remember – there is no such thing as too many accessories!

Holiday Gift Guide

1.  Mirrotek White Framed Wall or Door Jewelry Armoire Mirror

2,  Chain Fringe Necklace from Forever 21

3.  TUDISCO earrings from Aldo

4.  Micheal Micheal Kors Infinity Lepoard Scarf: 

5.  BRINCAT earrings from Aldo

8.  Savanna Beaded Clutch

9.  Amethyst Crystal Ring from Brooklyn Thread

Is there an accessory addict on your gift list?  What are you planning to get her?

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Fierce Holiday Guides: The Busy Woman

You can no longer live in denial – the holidays are here!  Getting great gifts for our loved can be a challenge but no worries!  I’m here to help you out this week with my first ever Fierce Holiday Guides.

Today we’re shopping for the busy woman in your life, the one that makes you wonder when she sleeps!  A busy woman needs those things that makes her life a little easier, keeps her looking good on the go, and helps her squeeze in that elusive “me” time.   I happen to be one of those women who has her hands in so many things it’s crazy sometimes and what I included in today’s guide are things I use regularly as well as I few on my wishlist!  (are we paying attention Santa??)

Holiday Gift Guide


1.  Book a Spa Visit:  We busy ladies always say we are going to have a spa day and rarely ever do it!  I’ve booked spa services as a gift for my busy mom and she loved it! You can read my spa reviews for some ideas!

2. Rosette Pin from Forever 21 : Hair accessories like these are perfect for a great hair do on the go.

3.  Earth Therapeutics Dream Zone Sleep Mask:  Sleep masks are a great help in getting a good night’s sleep (or taking a power nap)

4. Fashionable  notebook :   Whether it’s a great idea or creating another To-Do list, having a cute notebook handy to write them down is essential.  You can even to sites like  Vistaprint to get them personalized.

5.  Apple® – iPad® 2 with Wi-Fi  16GB :  I don’t even have to say how awesome this gift would be!

6.  bliss triple oxygen™ instant energizing mask:  You get the results of a 60 minute facial in five minutes with this!  I use it all the time, especially when I don’t want my skin to reflect my hectic schedule.

7.  Slatkin & Co. 14.5 oz. Filled Candle in Frosted Cranberry:  There is nothing better than getting home after a long day and have a relaxing fragrance floating in the air around you.  I own three of these candles and it makes my room (and my office) a more comfy place to be!

8.  Micheal Kors Skorpios Large Shoulder Bag:  We need a bag that fits everything and looks gorgeous at the same time.  This beauty from Michael Kors looks like it can do the job quite nicely.  (Right Santa??)

9.  Be Blushed Cheek Color from Avon:  Because this blush applies so easily, it can fit into a hectic morning.  Plus the color is very natural you’ll look like you’re glowing (even if you only had a few hours of sleep!)


Are you shopping for any busy women in your life?  What do you plan on getting her?


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