May Blog Hop: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

So it’s time once again for another Blog Hop! I’m part of a fabulous facebook group of beauty bloggers and each month (on the 1st) we all post about the same theme. This month features Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

Since subscription boxes are my specialty I’m going to feature some boxes along with some gifts you can wrap up in a pretty bow.

CLASSIC BEAUTY
For the Mom who enjoys makeup, beauty products, pampering and all things feminine.

 Box Pick:
Glossybox
Cost: $21 per month; $60 of 3 months; $115.00 for 6 months/$220 for 12 months
This box features 5 full size luxury beauty products each month in a pretty box. I think the fact that this box includes full sizes makes it perfect for gift giving. There’s a wide variety of brands featured and they are high end.

Lipstick Set
Wrapable:
Besame Cosmetics: Kenley Collins Scarf and Lipstick Set
Cost: $30.00 (Picture from the Besame webpage)
A classic red lipstick in a gorgeous tube with an adorable rose print scarf just screams out “ladies who lunch to me.” If your Mom wears Chanel No. 5 and loves the classics, this might be the perfect thing for


JET-SETTER/TRAVEL
For the Mom who loves travel and enjoys everything from an RV trip to a fancy cruise.

Box Pick:
Quarterly: Hitha On the Go
Cost: $50.00/4 times a year
This is a brand new travel box on Quarterly from the blogger at Hitha On The Go. Quarterly describes her as “Hitha is on a mission to teach women how to travel in style with only a carry-on (yes, no matter how long the trip). A road warrior with an addiction to shoes, she went from checking her massive, overstuffed suitcase to breezing through the airport, with only her 22” suitcase in hand.” Sounds like the perfect sub for those Moms who are always packing for their next trip.

Luggage
Wrapable:
Samantha Brown First Class Collection 2-piece Set
Cost:
$159.95 (Picture from the HSN webpage)
There is nothing that makes travel smoother than nice luggage. I love the Samantha Brown line that is available on HSN. They have lots of wonderful colors and configurations and there are sets for everything from a weekend away to a month long cruise. This set is classy and durable and the perfect size for a small getaway or to use as your carryon and purse.

FOODIE/HOME COOK
For the Mom who believes that love = food and insists on hosting all the holiday parties.

Box Picks:

For the more Traditional Cook, who loves the classics:
Tyler Florence Fancy Box
Cost: $35.00 per month plus shipping
As someone who’s spent a lot of time studying the contents of Fancy boxes, I can assert that this is one of the best and most consistent they send out. It has great food, kitchen and home items. For anyone who enjoys cooking and entertaining this would be a great choice.

For the Super Foodie, who loves experimenting and world cuisine:
Andrew Zimmern Quarterly Box
Cost: $50.00 four times a year
This is the box from that crazy food and travel guy who eats things like dried scorpions. His box features food items from all over the world and each box typically revolves around a certain region. They are the perfect option for a cook with a penchant for global cuisine. For a detailed review of the last Andrew Zimmern box, head over here.

 

Temptations
Wrapable:
Temp-tations Gingham Gardens 9 Piece Oven to Table Set

Cost: $37.20 plus shipping (Photo from the QVC website)

I highly recommend that if someone enjoys cooking they invest in ceramic bakeware. It’s non-stick, and can go from the oven to the freezer, fridge or dishwasher, plus it’s microwave safe and when you pick up a pretty pattern like the one above, you can even serve in it. QVC has a fabulous line of ceramic bakeware called Temp-tations and it comes in all kinds of awesome patterns and configurations. If your mom loves cooking and collecting stuff, she’ll probably have a fun time getting all the different baking pieces and dinnerware.

So what are you getting your Mother this Mother’s day?

And if you’re a mom, what would you love to be surprised with?

If you enjoyed this post, please stop by and visit some of my other blog-hoppers and read their take on Mother’s Day gifts.


BLOG LINK LIST:

1. Michelle from Beautiful Goodies

2. Brittany from The Beauty Deputy

3. Anna from The Anna Belle Blog

4. Jen from Jen Likes Polish (And Some Other Things)

5. Jeni from Gracious Luck

6. Ashly from Reviews / Ramblings & Randomness!

7. Toria from Toria’s Treasure Chest –

8. Megan from Polished Portland

9. Angela From Your Beauty Whisperer

 

April Blog Hop: Spring Picks!

I’m part of a fabulous Beauty & Fashion bloggers group on Facebook and each month they host a blog hop where we all post about the same topic on the 1st of the month.   April’s topic is our Spring Product Picks.

I’ve decided to feature items that I’ve purchased for myself for Spring or that I intend to purchase soon.  I’ve come up with a bunch of fun categories and chosen one item for each one.

Box Pick:
The Homegrown Collective
(Retail: $39 per month/$9.00 shipping)
So you know I had to start this list with a subscription box pick.  Is it me or does the phrase “homegrown collective” make you picture a Bearded Hipster in skinny jeans saying “resistance is futile, you will be assimilated”?  So this subscription has been called “pinterest in a box” and features home items that help you be more self-sufficient and ecologically mindful.   The boxes are seasonal and feature various themes.  A few past boxes include: “DIY Detox in a Box”, “Superfoods and Antioxidants”, and “Eco Laundry”.  Now springtime puts me in spring cleaning mode.  I’ve got plans to overhaul my whole house including my kitchen.  This subscription seems like a great way to make my home a little more healthy and finally complete some of those DIY pinterest pins I keep accumulating and promising to do “someday”.  I haven’t ordered this yet, as it’s going to be my reward once I have finished spring cleaning my apartment.  (Thus forcing me to actually finish spring cleaning my apartment).

Beauty:BalmRosebud Smith’s Lip Balm, Rose and Mandarin, 0.8 Ounce
(Retail: $6.00)
I’m a lip balm junkie and I try tons of brands and always come back to the Rosebud salve.  They are super moisturizing, smell great and the retro packaging is adorable.  I discovered they came out with a Mandarin orange flavor and I adore it.  I keep it by my beside at night and apply it right before I got sleep.

Makeup:
Stila Closed Stila Open Swatch
Stila “In the Know” Eyeshadow Palette
(Retail: $39.00)
I have a difficult time finding neutral eyeshadows that I love.  I have pink undertones and browns and golds can go too warm and turn orange.  Because I’m pale, purple tones can look like big old bruises.  I saw swatches of this online and thought I’d take a gamble and see if they’d work for me.  I think they work really well with my skin tone and I adore the eyeliner included.  I can’t wait to use them for some new spring looks.

Hair:
Hair Powder
Lulu Organics® Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder
(Retail: $30.00)
I have a dry scalp, which means I tend to get oily roots.  The problem is when you wash too frequently you exacerbate the dry scalp issue, so I try to wash my hair every other day.  I’ve been searching for a dry shampoo to help keep the oil away on my off days.  This powder smells amazing and of all the dry shampoos I’ve tried I feel it blends in the best.  I also adore the art nouevau style packaging.

Nails:
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His Favorite Sundress by Pahlish
(Retail: $9.00)
Melon is on trend for nails this spring and I really wanted an interesting coral-ly shade and fell in love with this color from Pahlish.  It’s completely different from any of my other polishes and I can’t wait to wear it with my spring dresses. There are so many fabulous indie polish brands creating really unique shades.  Llarowe.com has a wonderful assortment of indie polishes to get you started on your newest addiction.  I’d like to thank “Ida Nails It” for graciously allowing me to use her swatch photo.  I had a slight kerfluffle with my order and didn’t get my polish in time for this blog post.

Clothing:
Jacket
Striped Terry Jacket from Anthropologie
(Retail: $78.00)
At first I was so sure I was going to include a cute dress, but then I stumbled across this jacket at my local Anthropologie.  I love things with a nautical feel and the stripe drew me to it.  It didn’t seem like much on the hanger but I figured I’d try it on anyway.  It was really flattering and incredibly comfortable.  It’s warm and quite soft for a jacket.  I was concerned that without buttons it would lay oddly, but it doesn’t.  And the nice part about not having buttons is that you can lose or gain a little weight and have no issue.  Also a plus for the pregnant ladies who can wear it pre and post baby.   You can dress it up or down, so for more casual days I plan to wear this with a red tee shirt and my favorite pair of dark wash, flared Modcloth jeans.  For work I’ll wear it over my knee length yellow, navy or red dresses. It’s warm but not too heavy and I think I can wear it all the way through summer.

Shoes:
Shoes
Defined the Scenes Flat in Blush
(Retail: $29.99)
Modcloth is one of my go to places to shop and I love all their unique offerings.  Because I commute to work in NYC, flats become by go to pick for spring and summer.  I loved this blush color because I think it will soften a lot of the black and grey in my wardrobe allowing them a nice transition into spring by giving a sort of Paris in Springtime vibe.  They are also super comfy on my wide feet and the price is really affordable.  If you dig them, I suggest you snap them up asap; they are more than worth the pricetag.

Jewelry:
Flower Post Earrings
Rosebud Flowers Post Earrings from the Fresh Jewelry Company
(Retail: $22.00)
I love jewelry that’s nature inspired, whimsical and unique.  Spring time makes me long for flowers and greenery and I adore jewelry that manages to capture that feeling.  These little sterling silver earrings feature real flowers inside resin.  This way you can take a bit of springtime with you, wherever you go.  (I ordered these but they didn’t arrive yet so this photo is from the Scoutmob site.)


Bookshelf:
When Venus Fell by Deborah Smith
(Retail: $5.98 for Ebook)
When it comes to reading, springtime makes me long for romance novels.  Now, there are so many super cheesy, boring and poorly written romances that they’ve given the whole industry a bad name.  But I promise there are still wonderful romance writers that give you interesting stories, compelling characters and gorgeous prose.  “When Venus Fell” by Deborah Smith is one of my favorite books.  The characters are not your stereotypical romance novel folks (no bodice ripping Fabios) and her prose effortlessly engages you with her characters, so you’re invested in the story.  If you want to give a good romance novel a try, pick this one up.  It’s one that I reread year after year.

Organization/Spring Cleaning:
Beauty Cases Case Open  Velcro         

Joy Mangano Biggest and Best Beauty Case Set Ever with 3 Bonuses!
(Retail: $59.95)
I managed to pick this up when it was a today special so I snagged it with free shipping and $20 off the pricetag.  If you read this blog regularly you know that I get a ton of products in my boxes.  I grabbed  this set so that I could do some spring cleaning and organize all the products I receive.  You can fit a ton in these and they fold up quite neatly.  The sections are velcroed and pull out easily.  The kit included three beauty cases and three additional storage bags. Thanks to living in a Victorian house, I’ve got the world’s most narrow storage cabin for my products.  These cases will nestle perfectly inside and make it easy for me to see what products I have and what’s running out and needs to be replaced.  These bags are super versatile and you can use them for all kinds of things, like crafts and office supplies.  If you want to get more organized, I highly recommend these.


Crafting:
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 Par escargot Stamp by Wit & Whistle
(Retail: $20.75)
I discovered Wit & Whistle through my Fair Ivy subscription and I fell in love with this stamp.  Rubber stamping is one of the easiest ways to craft.  You buy some blank cards or postcards, an inkpad and a stamp and get to it.  I like to make notecards and gift tags using rubber stamps and this one is perfect for using on envelopes.  I plan to pick this up so I can jazz up all my outgoing mail.  I haven’t ordered it yet, so this photo is from the Wit & Whistle site.

So those are just a few of my favorite things this season.  There are only about a billion more, but you have other things to do besides listen to me talk about shopping.

So what did you pick up for Spring?

To read some other fabulous blogs and check out their Spring hit lists, take a look at my fellow blog hop participants.   Happy Reading!

Road Trip Beauty Essentials: Blog Hop Post

I’m part of a fabulous Beauty & Fashion bloggers group on Facebook and each month they host a blog hop.  This month’s topic was 5 beauty essentials you’d grab for a last minute road trip.  With winter being so brutal this year, the wanderlust beats strong in my heart so I couldn’t resist joining in.
Background

My Destination:  I live in northern NJ, just outside NYC so I’d head out to Connecticut.  I’d spend a night at Foxwoods casino playing some slots, seeing a comedy show and grabbing a fancy pants dinner at David Burke’s Prime.  The next day we’d head out to pick up some Sheer Chardonnay from Stonington Vineyards then go antiquing in Putnam at the Antiques Marketplace with lunch at the Courthouse Bar & Grille.

If you’re a subscription box junkie like me, you always want to grab the cool beauty finds from your latest boxes and run with them.  I figured we’d start off with a few fun things from recent boxes and then add on my 5 beauty essentials to create an effortless and versatile look.

Let’s start with something compact to hold our beauty products.  The Gorgana clutch from the February Popsugar box is billed as a “jewelry roll” but it will be perfect to hold our makeup and can double as a great clutch for that nice steakhouse dinner.  In that same Popsugar box, we received a Modelco lipgloss/lipstick duo.  Two in one products are great when you don’t want to pack a ton of stuff and this shade is a lovely neutral.  Let’s grab one more goodie from our boxes…an eye sheen from the Julep February Maven Boxes.  I received the Dusty Taupe and it’s a pinkish shimmery neutral that is fabulous for day or night.
Box Items

Now that we’ve grabbed some fun new things, let’s dive into our five beauty standbys.

It Cosmetics
Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

(Retail: $38.00)
Description:
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is your Full Coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti-Aging Serum, plus Broad Spectrum Physical Only SPF 50+ all in one! Paraben-free and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, Physical Only, Non-Chemical Sunscreen. The anti-aging hydrating formula is infused with peptides, niacin, algae, vitamins A, C, B, E, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen along with anti-oxidants and exotic natural botanicals for long-term brightening and color-correcting benefits.”

This guy is a multi-tasker if ever there was one and I use it every day in the “Fair” shade.  It’s like a cross between a tinted moisturizer and foundation.  It gives you a ton of coverage, but isn’t super heavy and doesn’t look like you’re wearing a mask.  It’s also got a high SPF so you don’t have to worry about constantly reapplying sunscreen to your face and the serum aspect gives your complexion that dewy youthful look.  It’s easy to apply with your fingers so no need to pack any brushes or sponges for this.

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara
(Retail: $24.00)
Description:
Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara revolutionizes and takes the place of 5 products: 1) Your natural volumizing mascara, 2) Your conditioning, hydrating lash primer, 3) Your lash enhancing serum, 4) Your lash tint and 5) your lash comb/curler! Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1. The triple brush lengthens, curls and separates lashes while the innovative Magic Wand Lash Ball Detailer tip is designed to reach every last inner and outer corner lash.”

So I’m one of those folks with oily lashes.  Mascaras will often end up giving me those giant raccoon eye smudges after five minutes of wearing.  This one not only stays put, but it gives me volume and curl, so no need to pack an eyelash curler.   It also has a unique brush design that has a spiky little tip which allows you to go in and get all those little lashes that the regular brush can miss.

Benefit
Benefit Fine-One-One
(Retail: $30.00)
Description:
This creamy stick features lovely coral, watermelon, and champagne pigments that blend together for a sheer wash of color. The swipe-on stick is supereasy to apply—great for times when you’re on the go.  This goofproof tint features a cream-to-powder formula that goes on sheer and imparts a lasting pink hue that blends coral, watermelon, and champagne colors. The multidimensional shade brightens dull cheeks and works as both a blush and highlighter. You can also wear it as a pretty lip tint.

This product is so easy to apply and gives the perfect mix of color.  It is a really natural shade that compliments nearly every skin tone.  The stick includes a highlight and contour shade as well, so it’s an everything in one.  Just swipe on and then blend with your fingertips.  You get a fresh, youthful and natural look. It’s that easy.

Laura Mercier
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Khaki
(Retail: $26.00)
Description:
This no-fuss, creamy eye shadow stick delivers easy application and high-definition color. The long-lasting formula glides on smoothly, blends easily, and is resistant to unwanted creases. The possibilities are many. Wear as a liner, shadow, or both, for a flawless finish.”

Laura Mercier caviar eye sticks are amazing.  You can use them as a fabulous eye shadow or line your eyes for the easiest smoky look you’ve ever tried.  The Khaki shade is perfect.  It looks great on everyone and it can transition from day to night with no problem.  I’m extremely pale but have brown eyes.  A smoky eye with black or gray can look severe, and brown or bronze doesn’t really bring out my eye color.  But Khaki is the perfect compromise.  Dark enough for that edgy look, but with enough color to keep me from looking too goth.  Apply that Julep eye sheen over you lid and crease and then line your eyes with this for a perfect day to night eye.  If you want a full smoky eye for the evening you can apply to your entire lid.

Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control
(Retail: $34.00)
Description:
Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control is a lightweight, oil-free powder that visibly eliminates shine and produces a fresh, matte complexion. The naturally derived Shine Control Complex controls oil breakthrough and the ultra-sheer, mint green shade works to correct redness and visibly even out the skintone. It’s ideal for touch-ups throughout the day as it keeps your complexion flawless and shine-free.”

An easy to apply powder that controls shine is a must have in your bag.  I keep one of these in my purse at all times.  It’s perfect for keeping shine away and evens out skintone.  The mirrored compact design is perfect for a quick touchup.

Full Bag
The best part about these beauty must haves is they are all multi-taskers that don’t require you to pack any brushes.   I also managed to fit everything into that cute little clutch.  Ultimate cosmic (beauty) power!  Itty bitty living space.

Have you tried any of my must haves?  If so, what did you think?

Are you planning a road trip?  If so, where are you heading?

To read some other fabulous blogs on the subject, take a look at my fellow blog hop participants.   Happy Reading!

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