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Splurge Worthy Beauty Items Of The 2017 Holiday Season

Splurge worthy beauty products and tools

Splurge worthy beauty products and tools

Whether you are looking to buy a more extravagant gift for someone else or just splurge on yourself, you want to know that your money is going towards something that is a quality product. To help you I have put together a brief list of items that in my opinion are totally splurge worthy.

Everything included in this list will be over $30, and I believe any beauty lover would be ecstatic to receive these items. If you are looking for something a little more budget friendly, you can check out my list of Beauty Gift Under $30.

For the sake of this post, I am going to divide this into two categories, Makeup & Skin Care and Beauty Tools. Some of these items are available at multiple locations. I will be providing links to either the place I purchased from, or alternatively somewhere you can purchase cheaper. Prices listed are full retail prices and do not reflect any sale prices or possible discounts or additional shipping. So let’s get started.

Makeup & Skin Care

Splurge worthy beauty sets and palettes of holidy 2017

1. Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette –  Sells for $49.00. One of two new palettes released in the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Collection. This particular palette is filled with soft pastels and a couple of bold pops of color. Like the previous palettes released it has a nice mix of mattes and shimmers. And as always, every chocolate bar palette is infused with real cocoa powder and the smell of chocolate fills the air each time you use it. If you are looking for something bolder or flashier for the holidays, or are just into really cool packaging, you should check out the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette.

2. LORAC Mega PRO Palette 4 – Sells for $59.00. This large palette is filled with 32 highly pigmented shades. It contains a mix of mattes and shimmers. I think this is the most unique Pro Palette LORAC has released. It has a wide range of colors that include both warm and cool tones.

3. Dr. Jart The Original BB Set – Sells for $34.00 (But I found several sellers on Amazon selling for $28.00, so that is where the link leads). This set includes each of the four types of BB Cream from Dr. Jart all in deluxe travel sizes. Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+ Shade #01 is filled with peptides and antioxidants that smooth skin and even out tone for youthful-looking skin. Radiance Beauty Balm SPF 30 corrects uneven skin tone while brightening and hydrating. Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm smooths skin’s texture, covers blemishes and large pores, and tightens the look of pores. Black Label Detox Beauty Balm contains purifying botanical actives that soothe and smooth blemishes and camouflage uneven skin tone. This set delivers four subtly distinct finishes, from glowing and sheer to matte and fuller-coverage. If you haven’t tried a Dr. Jart BB Cream before, be prepared to fall in love.

4. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Smooth & Flawless: Peel + Moisturize – Sells for $48.00. This set includes 14 of the Dr. Dennis Gross’ iconic daily peels and a trial size of the Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. The Alpha Beta Peels from Dr. Dennis Gross will leave your skin looking great and feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. And if you are a makeup wearer it will leave your skin in the condition to be the perfect palette. This is the original formula, but you can also get two other formulas. If you have sensitive skin go for the Smooth & Silky Peel + Nourish Ultra Gentle 14-Day Challenge Set or if you need something a little stronger try the Smooth & Radiant: Peel + Brighten Set.

5. Clinique Moisture Overload Set – Sells for $42.00. This is a three-piece set from Clinique’s Moisture Surge line. You get a 1.7 oz size of the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, a 1 oz size of the Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, and a .17 oz size of the All About Eyes. I would recommend the Moisture Surge line to anyone for their skin care no matter their skin type. But if you are looking for a set with a little more variety in it, then check out the Holiday Swag Box.

6. Kevyn Aucoin Electropop Pro Eyeshadow Palette – $57.00. Sells for This palette contains 12 intensely pigmented metallic chrome shades. Designed to create three-dimensional looks. Shade vary from light and sheer to high impact opaque color.

7. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some More Lip – Sells for $68.00. Unfortunately this set is sold out online at Sephora, they are highly popular and for good reason. There is a decent chance your local Sephora will have them in store. If you do not live close to a Sephora then I highly recommend checking out the smaller versions like the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip or if you aren’t a lipstick fanatic you might like the Sephora Favorites Glow For It Kit.

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Beauty Tools

1.  str8glam Wet/Dry Hair Straightening Brush – Sells for $54.75.

I have very course thick hair. It is very hard to do anything with it. In the past I have tried a lot of tools including flat irons, but never had any success with them working on my hair. But in recent years I have tried a lot of new tools trying to find something to do with my hair. This has been one of the few success stories. It not only straightens my hair it does it quickly and easily. Plus its way less damaging to your hair and no worries about burning yourself either.

2. Valuetom Professional Ceramic Hair Curler with Temperature Control – Sells for $42.99  
Another one of my success stories for my hair is this unique hair curler. You may have even seen videos on YouTube of people trying them out and freaking out, or saying they were too afraid to use them. But this is the one and only thing that has worked to curl my hair. I have even had problems with getting perms to hold in the past. Curling by any other means falls out fast. In fact many of you commented on my hair in the BOHO styled post I did with Simply Be a couple of months ago. And this is what I used to get that curl. When I use this on my hair the curl lasts until I wash my hair. It is amazing. It even lets you decide what type of curl you want.

3. Akean Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer Machine – Sells for $49.99

Another product that I highly recommend and that a lot of you expressed interest in after I posted the video on Social Media of me using it is this makeup cleaner and dryer. It works fantastic and is a huge time saver. It literally cleans and dries your brushes in just seconds.

Tell me in the comments what your big beauty splurge is.


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Must Have Beauty Tools And Accessories

top ten beauty tools and accessories

top ten beauty tools and accessories

As many of you know, over the last few months I have been more focused on beauty and health related issues both here on the blog and on my social media. Since my health has been taxed lately I have had to conserve my energy, and the fashion posts in general just take far more time and energy to work on. Since I have been trying so many things, I have some great products to share with you. So I thought it was time to do a top ten post for you. These are things I have tried and fell in love with.

1. Professional Make up Storage Case With straps for Travel

This makeup case is perfect for anyone who is either a professional makeup artist or someone who finds themselves traveling with large amounts of makeup on any type of regular basis. The main area of the case is customizable to fit your needs. It has slotted moveable dividers. This was perfect for taking with me to the Steampunk Symposium. It made it so much easier to keep up with all my makeup. And its a great deal at only $34.89, half the price of anything similar I could find in local stores.


2. Acrylic Eyeshadow Organizer

I have been doing so much organizing with my makeup. When it comes to eyeshadow singles, especially the ones from ColourPop, they can be a pain to figure out what to do with them. These Eyeshadow Organizers have been a lifesaver for that. And they do fit most ColourPop Eyeshadows Perfectly. Each organizer holds 16 shadows.


3. The Vintage Cosmetic Company Smokey Eye Brush Set

This smokey eye brush set from The Vintage Cosmetic Company has quickly become some of my favorite brushes to use for eye makeup. They are intended for smokey eye looks, but they can be used a lot of ways including cut creases. Not only are these brushes a favorite, but a lot of products from this company are a favorite as you will see.


4. Beauty Blending Sponge Infused With Vitamin E from The Vintage Cosmetic Company

vitamin E infused blending sponge

This has become my favorite blending sponges. I have tried lots of different brands of from the top brand Beauty Blender all the way down to some of the cheapest sponges I could find at the Dollar Store. This blending sponge from The Vintage Cosmetic Company is really the best of both worlds when it comes to quality versus price. The quality is very similar to the coveted Beauty Blender, but with the price coming in between $4.00 to $8.00 depending on where you buy them from it is a relief on the wallet. I highly recommend checking out all the products from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. I have tried a lot of their products, and love them. The two shared are just my favorites. But if you love the vintage look and style you will definitely love this company.


5. 15 Hole Square Makeup Brush Drying Rack

I personally got tires of wasting paper towels just for laying out makeup brushes to dry on after cleaning them. This drying rack will save so much money and trees over time. You have to put it together yourself, but it is super easy to do.


6. Eyebrow Scissors from Litfly

Eyebrow Scissors from Litfly

I have only recently started even attempting to do anything with my eye brows. This is mainly because I have always had thick brows that I liked the shape of. But now that I am getting older, my brows have started to thin as well as getting some grays in the mix. In my journey of trying various brow grooming products, I have discover most of them that are designed for trimming your brows are kind of difficult to use and they require a steady hand. However, this particular pair of scissors from Litfly makes things so much easier. The comb guard on one side almost guarantees that you can’t cut your brow hairs down too far and that they will all look even. And because the comb and scissors are built into one, its one less tool to deal with.


7. Reusable Silicone Mask Cover

I have actually reviewed this mask cover for you guys before, and if you would like you can check that review out here. I highly recommend these for anyone who does sheet masking a lot.

8. Silicone Face Mask Brush

silicone brush from litfly

Maybe you are more into doing face masks. If you do masks a lot, this may be the tool you want in your life. As great as doing a face mask can make your skin feel, there is always such a mess and constantly having to clean up after application and then again after taking it off. Using one of these silicone brushes for applications not only cuts down on the mess but makes the application itself easier.


9. EasyPAG Round Floral Pencil Holders

So yes, these are technically pencil holders, not a beauty accessory. But they do make for a perfect makeup brush holder. They come in several color options, they are nicely weighted so they don’t tip over easy, and they are about half the price of anything marked to be for beauty products. This is one of those times thinking outside the box pays off.

10. Tony Moly – 5-Layer Cotton Sheet (400pcs)

Tony Moly five layer facial cottons

If you are all about that skin care life, you have to try some of the five layer cotton sheets from a Korean brand. The ones I have so far that I like the best are these from Tony Moly and one from another brand called Huxley. Huxley is a little harder to find though, and pricier. If you have only been exposed to the facial cotton wipes in American drug stores you probably are a little confuses as to why anyone would recommend these as a must have. Its one of those things that honestly till you try it you probably won’t believe it. And just about any Korean bran facial cotton is a step up from the ones you get in America, but if you were comparing the American one to these five layer cottons, its like going to a fast food restaurant versus a five-star fine dining restaurant. No comparison really. The quality is better. No lint at all on these five layer cottons. And each cotton can be pulled apart and used as two separate cottons. So it’s really like getting 80 in this box. No way can you do that with any American facial cotton I have ever tried. Once you have tried these, you will never want to go back.


So tell me in the comments, did I list your favorite beauty tool or accessory? What did I miss? Share with us all your must have items.
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Product Review – AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pad

AOMUU scrubbing and massage facial pads

I am always looking to try new way to exfoliate my skin. Exfoliation is an essential part of my skin care routine. It should be for everyone, but it is even more so important for me due to my skin condition cause by my allergic dermatitis. Exfoliation is one of the main components that helps keep it under control. I have talked a lot about how my Balsam Of Peru Allergy affects my skin and skin care routine and if you want to know more about it you can look back at any of the many post I have written referencing it.

Currently I use approximately four different types of exfoliation methods that I switch back and forth from. Typically I only use one type a day. Each type I use is good for different things. But like I said I am always looking to try new products. So when I heard about the AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pad I was eager to give it a try.

AOMUU scrubbing and massage facial pads

I had seen a few people trying it out on YouTube and talking about how great they were and that they were switching to using these instead of their sonic cleansing brushes. I think this is a big part of what had me so curious. So I will make sure to touch on pros and cons of these facial scrub pads so you will know whether its something you would actually want to make that kind of switch for.

So they come in a two pack. I am not sure if they all come the exact same color or not, but I have two packs of them and they both came in this pink and green combo. Not that the color really matters to me, but I know some people do care.

When you flip the pack over and on the back you instructions and tips.

Instructions and tips on the back of the box of the AOMUU facial scrub pads

Even before you open the package you can see that the pads each seem to have a little handle. So I took mine out and took a closer up picture of both sides for you. This way you can really get a good look at both the bristles as well as what the handle looks like.

Front and bacl of the actual AOMUU facial scrub and massage pads

Now if you look at the bristles on the front you can clearly see the three different sections and how they differ. They start at the top being more fine. The box says this is meant for more sensitive parts of the face like around the eyes and nose. Then as you graduate down they become more coarse. The medium ones in the middle are meant to be for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells. And the coarsest on the bottom, it says it’s for massaging the face and enhancing blood flow.

And that hole in you see in the handle, it goes all the way inside from what I can tell. I find this a bit disconcerting at times. I am probably worrying about nothing. I know that silicone is less likely to develop mold and mildew, but I find myself wondering if its developing in there since water can get inside of it. But the handle is supposed to work like a suction cup, and you are supposed to be able to hang it up like this. I tried that out and while it stayed up for a bit, about thirty minutes later I heard a crash in my bathroom. Lesson learned, never trust a suction cup.

Now they recommend that you apply your cleanser to your face first and then start using the scrubbing pads. But I had to be rebel and try it both ways just to see if it really made a difference.

Trying out the AOMUU with cleanser on the scrubber first to see if it makes a difference

Basically I did see a small difference in using the cleanser on my face first. But the difference was so small I honestly would not worry about it that much.

I have now tried this out for about twelve days now. I have tried to use it at least once a day, sometimes twice a day.

Me using the AOMUU facial scrubbing pad

This also claims that you can use it as a makeup brush cleaner. While I did not try this out I do believe that would work as it looks very similar to one of the makeup brush cleaners I already own. I don’t think I would use the same one I used for my face though if I were going to do that.

So I know the big question is “what did I think?”.

Well I have very mixed feelings about this product. For me I like strong exfoliation, and this just is not that. But if you are someone who finds the sonic cleansers or physical scrubs a bit too much for your skin, then this might be a good option. However on the flip side when you look at it as a facial massage, then I really loved it. I have had salon facials before, and this felt almost as nice as some of those. Now if only it came with someone to run it across your face for you……Well I can dream can’t I?

Would I replace my sonic face brush with this? No. Will I continue to use this? Yes, but just not for the exfoliation. I really did like the facial massage aspect. I can see this being something I incorporate into my routine maybe once a week or once every other week. I do have some myofascial pain and I could see this potentially helping with that.

If you are interested in trying the AOMUU Facial Scrub And Massage Pads you can find them on Amazon.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried these already and if so what did you think?

Now for those of you that have stuck with me this far, I have a bit of surprise. As with a lot of my review products I got this at a discounted price for review purposes, however all opinions are all my own. But this time I wanted to do something nice for my followers, so I went back and got another pack of these with my own money so one of you will also get to try these out. You will also get a few sheet masks. The giveaway will happen on Instagram, so you will want to make sure you are following me there if you want to win. You will need to keep an eye out over the next couple of day on my Instagram post for the one with the instructions to enter.




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