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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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Product Review – Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat & Portable Washing Cup

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

Over the years I have tried many different ways of cleaning my makeup brushes. Or back in the day when I was young and foolish I just didn’t. Now that I am older and wiser that really bothers me to think I did that at any point, and how disgusting that was. But I think in general all of us makeup consumers are wiser now, we have better information about our makeup tools and how to care for them properly.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaner Fast Brush Cleaning Mat

But I was recently offered the opportunity to purchase the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Portable Silicone Washing Cup at a discount for review purposes, I said absolutely. I had already been considering trying something like this, so this was great timing.

Both pieces arrived packaged together but wrapped individually.

Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat and Silicone Cup Packaged

After I unwrapped both pieces I took them out and examined them both before using them. They are both made from odorless non-toxic silicone. The sales page claims the silicone is also eco friendly, I am not really sure in what way they mean, but that is what they claim.

The large mat is actually an apple shape which I will talk a little bit more about further in. On the front there are seven different textures or designs. They are supposed to be for cleaning in different ways and different sizes of brushes. On the back there are seven suction cups.

Front of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

 

Back of the Uarter Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat

And taking a look at the front of the small portable washing bowl it only has three types of textures or designs. The size is tiny in comparison, but I suppose it would come in handy for travel if you need something like that. On the back it is one large suction cup.

Front of the portable cleansing bowl

 

Back of the cleansing bowl

So I had a stockpile of both dirty brushes and new brushes that I am testing out for review. So I set up everything in my bathroom and got ready to try it out. The apple shape really helps it fit the contours of the sink and get in there close to the drain. Though I have seen these mats in different shapes, I am not sure if some shapes are better for different types of sinks.

Set up the cleaning mat

I tried to put it through a thorough test of cleaning different types of brushes and at different levels of dirty. I even tried cleaning some things that had dried on glitter glue.

Using the mat to clean makeup brushes

 

drying off a brush on a microfiber towel after cleaning it on the mat

 

Cleaning and laying out makeup brushes to dry

I really think it did a great job of cleaning. It is definitely a time saver over my last way of cleaning my brushes. I was using one of the silicone eggs. It’s a similar concept, but because of the way you have to hold it and how small the egg is, it can be quite time consuming. Plus I felt you really had to work hard to get the egg to really clean. This was so quick and effortless almost. The only ones I had to put any real effort in was the ones with dried glitter on them.

I decided to put the suction cups to the test as well. I hate when products have suction cups and then they stick for like 30 seconds or less and fall off the wall.

Trying out the suction cups on the portable cup

You can see I have the cup suctioned to the mirror here. I tried the mat in the sink and on the mirror. I have to say I was impressed with the suction cups too. After I cleaned everything back up I decided to put the mat and the cup up on the mirror just to see how long they would stick. The mat hung for well over 48 hours. The cup was a little over 72 hours. This didn’t even offer a guarantee on how long it would stick just that it would. So I think this is a great product.

If you would like to try one out for yourself you can find them on Amazon. The set sells for just $10.00 with free Prime shipping. So quite affordable.

 

So tell me in the comments below, what is your current method for cleaning your makeup brushes?

 

 


 

 

 

 

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