Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers for 2014

With 4 days left of holiday shopping here are a few things you need to buy as stocking stuffers! This is a gift giving guide of beauty from the inside out!

  1. My new book, “#ImBeautyInspired A Keepsake Journal of Original Beauty Quotes & Affirmations!” 🙂 Yes, it’s a shameless plug but I think it will make an awesome gift. It’s filled with inspiration to empower young girls and women to embrace their inner beauty. Available on amazon.com for $12.99 paperback and $3.99 Kindle edition.#ImBeautyInspired abeauyscarlet_3d copy
  1. Beauty Blender Sponge: I have been using this product for over 2 years and this sponge is better than any makeup brush I have ever tried. It gives a fabulously flawless finish. It’s a great gift to give for the makeup savvy girl in your life. Available at Sephora for $19.95 for the original sponge.IMG_6749
  1. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Makeup Remover: I have fallen head over heels over the past year for Bobbi Brown makeup and Soothing Cleanser Oil! The entire makeup line is just gorg and natural looking. If you want a makeup that will give you a non-makeup look…this is it. Available at Macy’s prices range from $20 and up. If you’re in Chicago, go to the State Street location and ask for Viola. IMG_6748
  1. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Secret Brightening Powder: These two products have saved me from looking a hot tired mess. It covers and gives life to my dark circles. I can’t live without these two. Available at Sephora for $24 each.
  1. IMG_6751Origins Skincare: Too many products for me to name but here are a list of my faves… GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – brightens the eye area, $30 at Sephora. GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – feels great and offers the perfect amount of moisture, $26.50 at Sephora. High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – calms and relaxes my skin before bed, $41 at Sephora. Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – Offers the perfect amount of balance on my skin, $21.50 at Sephora.IMG_6752
  1. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator: It removes all the dead skin and leaves my skin extra soft and smooth feeling like silk. Available at Sephora for $35.IMG_6756
  1. LVX Nail Polish: This product will be on my list every year, as I have not found a better brand than this. The polish last up to 6 or 7 days without chipping or peeling. Available on shoplvx.com for $16.
  1. IMG_6755Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Opaque Liquid Lipstick: The brow genius and the long lasting lippie are a match made in beauty heaven! Without the brow genius…my brows would not exist and without the liquid lipstick…I would spend all day reapplying my lipstick (and that’s no bueno)! Available at Sephora for $32 (brow) and $28 (lips).
  1. IMG_6753Eden Body Works Hair Care: This brand of products keep my tresses looking healthy and just fly! A few of my faves: Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo to remove the buildup and detox my hair. Coconut Shea Styling Elixir offers heat protection from heat styling. Coconut Shea Oil strengthens and adds shine without buildup. Available at endenbodyworks.com for $8.99 each.
  1. IMG_6759Green Smoothies: These are healthy treats full of fruits, veggies, vitamins and all sorts of goodness. They help to nourish the body, give great energy and boost beauty from the inside out! I love the book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by JJ Smith available on amazon.com for $9.59 paperback and $2.99 kindle edition.IMG_6760

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Enjoy your beauty purchases from the inside out!

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Is the Hourglass Cosmetics Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil the Next Brow Genius???

Report Card Review for Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics
During one of my many trips to Sephora, I came across the brand Hourglass Cosmetics. I never really thought to engage myself in the brand because I was unfamiliar and to be honest, it was a little too expensive and I could not justify paying those prices for products that I could find in Dior for just a tad bit cheaper…IJS!!! But, the more I went to Sephora, the more I became intrigued with the brand and I tried a sample of Veil Mineral Primer and I was impressed!!! So, there I was purchasing a brow pencil on my last visit to see if this luxury brand is worth the price.
Hourglass Cosmetics is a brand where you decide to indulge and treat yourself or have your BF/Husband/Significant Other/ It’s Complicated Partner treat you to a few beauty gems (don’t act like I am the only one who has seen that relationship status…no worries, I am not judging you) LOL!!! It is an exquisite brand formulated with the latest and greatest technology while the packaging is stylish as well as chic!!! It offers performance, beauty and luxury all in one (and there is certainly a price for that)!!!
I have been using the Dior pencil since last year and I absolutely love it, in fact, I did not think I would ever want to try anything new. The day that I ran out of my Dior pencil, I was planning a trip to Sephora and I thought what the heck…I might as well pamper myself and give it a try. So there I was purchasing the Hourglass Cosmetics brow pencil for $32 and I thought to myself…this better be worth it and then some or else…LOL.
Here is what I liked: The pencil is slanted and easy the fill in the brows on an angle; it allows me to get a more precise look. I can get a very soft look or more dramatic look if I choose to follow the spring 2013 trend. The formula is a combination of a powder, pencil and wax so it gives the best of everything!!! It last a long time and it does not look waxy. The brush on the end can soften the look if you have gone too bold. The pencil is automatic so no sharpener needed here…YAY, there will not be any pencil shavings hiding all over the place!!! It is a vegan friendly product that is free of fragrance and synthetic dyes as well as sulfates. Safe and effective…check, easy to use and precise…check and no waxy look…double check!!! Sounds like a winner to me!!!
As you can read, I have conformed to a new brow genius!!! I loved everything that this pencil offers, I have no cons to add and I will be happy to pay $32 for next one!!! My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics, you can purchase at Sephora or hourglasscosmetics.com for $32 (and yes…it is worth it)!!! They say, you get what you pay for and I can most certainly say with confidence…I got that and so much more 🙂 Happy Shopping!!!

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