A last minute gift for creating the perfect selfie

Ring Light for selfies $15

If you still need a last minute gift, this  Ring Light for selfies (I may get a commission off this link) is perfect for almost anyone on your list. I bought one a few months ago and love it! It has four light levels, a USB charging cord and clips onto practically any smartphone, tablet or laptop. It’s great for teens, students and adults of all ages.

The secret to taking pictures is light, light, and more light. Outside, you usually have enough but indoor lighting  can be tricky. This little light will make your face look brighter, sharper and highlight those pearly whites! It also keeps you from looking like an ogre during Skype and Facetime calls. With many companies switching their phone systems out for video conferencing systems, selfie lights will become the must have office accessory. Fits in your handbag and can be used as a flashlight in pinch. Best of all, it will only set you back $15 and ships in two days with Prime.

Dupe alert: NARS Goddess

One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.

theBalm Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in Moonshot

I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!

 

Sephora holiday haul

It’s that time of the year again. Time to redeem your beauty insider coupons! The amount of your coupon is based on your annual spend, with a minimum of $15 off a purchase of $50. I used mine to try out some new products and grab an old favorite:

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask, $12

Gold infused masks were a favorite backstage at the VS Fashion Show this year. This sheet mask’s 24K gold and hyaluronic acid plump up skin, reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of lines. Get them in singles or in a box of five for $68.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $22

Hourglass has created a collection of finishing powders that mimic different types of light, making your skin look its best in any light. I got Dim Light, a neutral peach beige powder designed to blur imperfections and highlight your radiant undertones. For a limited time get a mini versions priced at $22 instead of $46.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $12

This cult classic by NARS combines coverage with light diffusion to give skin a radiant glow. The full size ($28)  comes in 16 tones or try it out in two shades, Vanilla or Custard for just $12 each.

Rosebud Salve, $6

This made in Maryland lip balm moisturizes and gives lips that perfect rosy tint. It can also be used to soothe scratches, moisturize dry skin and even quell diaper rash. The little tin will last forever but its nice to have several around the house.

I got all this for $37 (before tax). Make sure you check your email and redeem your coupon before De. 12, 2016!

 

 

MGM Grand National Harbor is opening next week and it has a Clarins Spa

MGM National Harbor, cr: MGM Resorts International
MGM National Harbor

MGM Resorts has announced a partnership with skincare brand Clarins for it’s new casino hotel opening next week. The MGM Grand National Harbor will open on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 bringing the first world-class gaming resort to the region. 

In addition to 308 rooms, a 125,000 square-foot casino floor, entertainment venue, dining, nightlife the resort will offer guests the use of a 27,000 square-foot spa. Spa visitors can indulge in Clarins treatments including facials, massages and body treatments along with services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts and waxing. 

The Spa & Salon at National Harbor has 11 treatment rooms, a women’s and men’s salon, couples suites, vichy room, hydrotherapy room and a 45 machine fitness room and a retail shop. Men can also retreat to the barber shop for a classic shave and haircut. Ladies can get a brow clean up at the brow bar and a Essie Gel Manicure.

The new spa will open for bookings on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. For more information about the spa or to book appointments, visit MGM National Harbor on the web. 

 

 

Target Beauty Box, November 2016

Target’s November beauty box is out for delivery and you can still pick one up! 

Target Beauty Box, Nov. 2016
Target Beauty Box, Nov. 2016

It costs $10 ($30 value) and includes the following:

  • L’Oréal Advanced HairCare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo: Makes thin hair thicker, travel size. ($1.49 value)
  • Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream: Has a rosy scent and my two favorite ingredients, hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil. Great as a daytime or nighttime cream. ($5 value)
  • HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner: Single use hair mask helps repair damaged hair, $1.99.
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask: Sheet mask version of the brands’ overnight water mask. Non-slip mask comes in two pieces for easier application. ($5 value)
  • W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick: Natural screen brightener.  Very stiff and hard to apply. It probably works better in the summer/warmer temperatures. (???)
  • L’Oréal Voluminous Primer: Works as a blowout for lashes. Maybe I could use it instead of mascara? ($5.99 value)
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner: A better than average drugstore liner. I got black/brown, perfect for neutral color palettes. Also has a built-in sharpener and smudger. ($5.99)
  • You also get a $3 of $15 coupon for beauty at Target.
 
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