22 December 2011

Celebrate The Holidays With S By Shakira Eau Florale

So those of you who participate in the holiday festivities; I'm sure you've already got your outfits planned, your hair appointments set and your nail appointments on the way. But have you considered what will be your perfect fragrance while mingling with family and friends? Personally, I love soft scents and they tend to go well with my body chemistry. S by Shakira Eau Florale 3 Piece Gift Set is the perfect sentiment for the season. 

The newest fragrance from Shakira, S by Shakira Eau Florale, is a contemporary floral that introduces us to a new sensuality through an exploration of Shakira's more feminine and delicate side. The fragrance is a a floral explosion that lingers on the skin to create an expression of youthful joy, optimism and vitality and is the perfect scent to share this holiday. 

The 3 Piece Set includes a 1.7 oz. perfume, a 3.4 oz. body lotion and a .34 oz. travel spray. 

Glow: The fragrance is a really pleasant scent. I love that it's soft and delicate but also noticeable. I also like that the overall design is simple and clean. I've worn this out only a couple of times now and have already gotten compliments on the scent, so it's definitely a keeper in my book.

Glare: No cons, just be delicate with the travel spray because it's made out of glass and you wouldn't want a mess in your purse if you decided to take it with you ;o)

Would I Recommend It? Yes! The set is very affordable and I love having the option of being able to carry the lotion or travel spray with you.

Where To Buy: The 3 piece set currently retails for $29.99. All S by Shakira Holiday Kits are available at key specialty retailers, fine chain drug stores and mass retailers (i.e. Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Kohl’s and Sears).

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Last Minute Holiday Gift | Molton Brown Kaleidoscope Body Wash Gift Set

 Christmas is literally only days away and the holiday rush is in full effect! Still not sure what to buy that special someone? Well, how about a nice stocking stuffer? Just in time for the holidays, Molton Brown offers a limited edition bath & body set called "Kaleidoscope". The collection features six handmade body washes that are each made from exotic plants and oceanic extracts including rich coco de mer, templetree flower, Tahitian tamanu oils, Himalayan wild-indigo, pink pepper extract and Chinese yuan zhi root.

The set is made for him or her and offers a colorful, calming and skin conditioning experience. 

Relaxing Yuan Zhi, Inspiring-Wild Indigo, Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer

Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod, Blissful Templetree, Heavenly Gingerlily

Glow: I really love the packaging of the Kaleidoscope gift set. It comes prepackaged in a beautiful box which includes an attached gift tag to write on. I also love that the body washes and scents are unisex which makes it even more of an ideal gift for whoever's on your list ;o) The scents are indeed calming and very pleasant. My personal favorite is Blissful Templetree which consists of mango oils, sea silk proteins and templetree; a sacred tree found in temple gardens across Southeast Asia. Used throughout the tropics for centuries, its golden white blossoms produce deliciously fragrant milk which helps calm the sense and soothe dehydrated and sun-flushed skin.

Glare: None! I love the variety and the idea of having options with each body wash. I also like that they are travel size which makes it easy if you're a person on the go.

Would I Recommend It? Yes, definitely! The gift set is a very nice sentiment for the person who loves to smell nice and pamper themselves.

Where To Buy: This particular set retails for $48 but unfortunately since we're so close to the holidays it is currently sold out online. Molton Brown offers several other holiday gifts sets. To check out their other gift sets, to learn more or to find locations near you, please visit www.moltonbrown.com

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21 December 2011

Shopping At Sears | Splurge vs Steal

I've gotta admit that I've been shopping like crazy this season! While I'm not overly festive when it comes to the holidays; I do love to shop the amazing sales at department stores. This past weekend I headed out to the mall and dropped by my local Sears. I swear it's literally been years since I've been inside a Sears. To my surprise they have a lot of really nice and trendy collections including UK Style by French Connection and most recently the Kardashian Kollection. 

When it comes to my personal style my golden rule is to follow the three C's, Cute, Casual and Comfortable ;o) I've always been a fan of cardigans and sweater sets because they are pretty versatile when creating different looks and I love layering, especially in the winter. While going through the racks at Sears, I stumbled across the cutest pieces by Beverly Drive. 

These pieces include a black Cardigan Sweater trimmed in sequin and a black & antique white lace woven top. I thought these looked really nice paired together so I decided to get them both. They each were also 50% off. The sweater was originally $58 and was marked down to $28.99 and the top was originally priced at $30 and it was marked down to $14.99, both pieces were definitely a steal! 

I also found another top that grabbed my attention, which was a cute emerald and navy striped knit tank top from UK Style by French Connection. I initially wanted to pair this top with a navy cardigan but had no luck in finding one. Then I remembered that I had a cream knit cardigan at home that would go perfect with it and also liven up the color!

This top was originally priced at $28 but was marked down to 30 % off which brought the price down to $18.99.  

So my favorite part about my mini shopping trip to Sears was seeing the Kardashian Kollection in person! I was definitely in awe as soon as I saw the 10 foot poster of the Kardashian's beaming in the middle of their department.

They had a lot of cute things to choose from; clothes, shoes, bags, sunglasses and jewelry! Needless to say I stayed in that section for at least 30 minutes before making a decision of what I wanted to buy! I initially was going to splurge on a pair of cute shoes but I needed a half size up and unfortunately it was gone. 

Since I love accessorizing,  I finally decided that I'd buy jewelry. And just my luck all of the jewelry was on sale for 30% off! 

I got these gold drop earrings which were originally $24 but marked down to $16.80

 I couldn't leave without a little hand candy so I also got this fab bling statement ring which was $20 originally and marked down to $14. I really love statement pieces and this ring definitely stops traffic ;-)

Overall, I truly enjoyed my shopping experience at Sears and honestly I can't wait to go back! They have tons of cute items and with the holiday season going on they have incredible sales! You can visit searsStyle.com to check out more of their awesome collections! 

No monetary compensation was provided by Sears or Glam Media for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears. 

16 December 2011

Holiday Stocking Stuffers From Avon | Moon Orchid Gift Set & Draw The Line Eye Liners

I love this time of year; cool weather, spending time with the family and a legitimate reason to shop! ;o) Christmas is next week, and it's not too late to grab a few stocking stuffers! Avon has a lot of nice selections from their 2011 Holiday Collection, especially in the beauty department. Skin care, lip gloss, perfume and so much more to choose from. Two items currently on my radar are the Wonder Moon Orchid Mini Gift Set and the Draw The Line mini eye liners. 

Wonder Moon Orchid Mini Gift Set

This gift set includes three travel size version products from AVON's Wonder Collection in Moon Orchid. Escape to your own exotic paradise with the seductively hypnotic scent of moon orchid, violet iris and Tahitian vanilla. This alluring aromatic blend turns an ordinary bath routine into a sensual luxury.

[L-R: Moon Orchid Body Wash, Moon Orchid Body Cream, Moon Orchid Body Mist]

Draw The Line Mini Eye Liners

Perfect for gifting, comes complete with a to & from label on the back. 

This set includes four mini eye liners from AVON's Draw The Line Collection. Each eye liner is retractable and includes three mattes and one shimmer and are fully equipped to create bold and beautiful looks for the holidays! 


[L-R: Purple, Bronze, Sapphire, Smoky Grey]

Glow: Starting with the Wonder Moon Orchid mini gift set, the scent smells soooooooooo good! It's definitely an enchanting fragrance that's soft and very calming. The scent of the body wash really sticks with you and I love that about it. No matter which product you use, they each are extremely therapeutic especially right after my nightly shower. The Draw The Line mini eye liners go on smooth and are pretty pigmented. They are also bite size, perfect for carrying in your purse and on the go.

Glare: The only con for me was with the mini eye liners. The pencils are pretty delicate and easy to break, so just make sure that you are careful and don't apply a lot of pressure while using them.

Would I Recommend It? I'd definitely recommend trying the Moon Orchid gift set, especially if you're into soft fragrances. As far as the mini liners, I'm not sure that I'd use these on a regular basis. I really like the bronze color but I normally prefer darker shades.

Where To Buy: To purchase either of these sets please visit http://shop.avon.com or call 1-800-FOR-AVON to locate a representative.

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15 December 2011

SinfulColors | Holiday 2011 Wish Collection | Review + Swatches

Christmas is literally right around the corner and the holiday rush is in full effect! Still not exactly sure what to get the girl who has everything? Try SinfulColors Holiday Wish Collection which features 5 seasonally joyful nail lacquers and 2 shimmery nail art polishes fully equipped to create that extra umph on her nails! The perfect gift to put a little "Sin" in her Christmas stocking ;o) 

SinfulColors Holiday Wish Collection
 [ L-R : Daddy's Girl, Sugar Sugar, Last Chance, Midnight Blue, Out Of This World ]

[ L-R : Fashionista, Flower Girl ]

Sugar Sugar
a candy cane, red-hot tint

Midnight Blue
a bold, bright twist on navy

Last Chance
an emerald with depth and allure 

Daddy's Girl
a deep purple with a drizzle

Out Of This World
a perfect silver with swirls of glimmer 

Flower Girl & Fashionista 
a bronzy gold with tons of sparkle & a glitter-laden pewter 

Glow: The Wish Collection is very traditional in terms of holiday colors. All of the polishes are cremes infused with shimmer except for "Last Chance" which is a rich and sort of opaque emerald green. I really like "Daddy's Girl", not just because of the name but it's a very nice addition and livens up the collection. Both nail art polishes "Fashionista" & "Flower Girl" are also a nice touch and add a bit of extra sparkle to any of the colors.

Glare: While "Last Chance" is really pretty, it's also pretty messy! The formula in this particular shade is extremely rich for some reason and left my nail beds stained with green for a couple of days after removing it.

Would I Recommend It? Sure would! Aside from the fact that SinfulColors are really affordable, they also  have a pretty good formula. I'd definitely recommend this collection especially if you're really into the holidays!

Where To Buy: SinfulColors nail lacquers currently retail for $1.99 each. They can be purchased at your local walgreens or online at www.walgreens.com . I've actually seen SinfulColors in a few of my local beauty supply stores as well, so you may want to check yours to.

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