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Gorgeous Little Gifts Valentines Day

Gorgeous Little Gifts Valentines Day Edition

Gorgeous Little Gifts, Valentine's Edition #valentine #giftguide #giftideas

Gorgeous Little Gifts, Valentine’s Edition

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksI LOVE LOVE LOVE to help you shop readers. This you already know! So I’m having a little fun, and pulled together a fun collection of great Valentine’s Day Gifts you can buy for a friend or family member.  Or perhaps even **cough cough** drop hints that you would love something from this list yourself!

Starting on top row:

1)  Estee Lauder Shimmering Confetti Powder Compact ($125).  This gorgeous little gift is filled with translucent (and refillable) pressed powder.  The deep pink color makes it a wonderful Valentine’s Gift, and the confetti design is cheerful and festive. Click HERE to grab one at Nordstrom.

2)  Hot off the presses, the Laura Mercier Watercolor Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58) is filled with romantic colors that will carry any makeup lover through the summer.  Laura Mercier is also hosting a SALE today, and the more you spend the more you’ll save!  Click HERE to shop LauraMercier.com.

3)  The Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Icona Heart Coin Purse ($280) will remind her all year long that you love her (and store her pesky coins in style).  The Saffiano Leather this coin purse is made of can gracefully take a beating.  It’s available in other colors, but I love the feminine Fleur Bleu shown here.   Click HERE to buy it at Shopbop.

4)  NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32).  What better gift for your bestie?  Buy a lavish red or a deep pink to treat her to a glamourous color she might not pick for herself.  Click HERE to shop NARS.

5)  Ann Taylor ($39) is offering this adorable little top that substitutes hearts for polka dots.  The overall look isn’t too cutesy.  Somehow, Ann Taylor has given hearts a modern, geometric look!  Click HERE to shop AnnTaylor.com.

6)  Ever since I first spotted the Tory Burch Monogram Flat Thong ($125, $10 per charm) it has been on my must-have list.  What a practical (and fun) Valentine’s Day gift!  Pick Masai Red, and then add charms to  say “I HEART U” in the most adorable way.  Click HERE to shop ToryBurch.com.

Click HERE for even more Valentines Day Gift Ideas!

The author has received press samples of some products featured in this post. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

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Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Press SampleI buy and rebuy these fabulous knotted ponlytailers by Scunci. They are such a simple, sleek way to create a ponytail, and this little bitty set from Scunci offers 6 hair ties in varying colors and prints to complement your style.

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

The 80s girl in me can’t help but smile at the fact that Scunci is still big when it comes to hair accessories.  I owned a million “Scuncis” back in my teens, when the brand was synonymous with a large, colorful, scrunched up elastic fabric to tie back a ponytail.  My favorite color Scunci, circa 1988?  Red (rouge), or course!

Scunci products can be found in Walmart, Duane Reade, and CVS stores.  Price varies.

The product featured in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

NEW! Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Onyx swatches, Chrome swatches, Pink Gold Swatches

Onyx, Chrome, Pink Gold Swatches

Press SampleWhen a brand announces they’ll be reformulating a favorite product of mine, I generally panic. Not where Estee Lauder is concerned, however! When I heard Estee planned to update their line of Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencils, I was so excited! They rank high on my list of the Best Estee Lauder Products, and I knew the brand would only make them better.

The color? Rich and intense. The staying power is what makes these a must-own. After applying these pencils I smudge them with a smudge brush, and give the color time to set. Once in place, these pencils deliver incredible, smudge-proof, long lasting wear.  Yes, they are literally “stay in place” eye pencils!

So what has changed with the New Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil?  The color is even more intense than the Double Wear Eye Pencils of yesteryear.  To me the color looks more glossy than the finish of the previous pencils.  Comparing the new Onyx vs. the old Onyx, the look now has a more “wet” appearance vs. the smokier Onyx the old formula delivered.  The smudge-tip is now an angled foam that’s more dense than the sponge tip used previously.

Retail price is $23 per pencil. If you’re looking for more product recommendations, be sure to visit my Best Estee Lauder Products guide.

Keep scrolling for more photos and swatches!

Click HERE to buy it from EsteeLauder.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure. [Read more…]

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

Light and airy, but as comfortable as your coziest cashmere sweater. That’s the kind of cozy comfort the MAC Lightness Of Being color collection offers, but in makeup form! The fine details, like knit patterns engraved atop the mineralize product, only serve to reel me in further.

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, Lightness of Being

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Closeup!  MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Closeup! MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Press SampleThis Mineralize Shadow Duo is my absolute favorite. Just Breathe pairs a soft silvery gray with a deeper sooty grey to work into the crease of your lid.  MAC actually describes this duo as light blue, but… nah.  No way.  Together they create a cool-hued look that’s insanely portable.  Other colors include Spiritual Life (yellows), Natural Vigor (peach), Uninhibited (grays), Leap (purples), and Force of Nature (brown).  Retail price is $22.  Keep reading after the jump for more beauties from this collection. [Read more…]

MAC 16 New Studio Nail Lacquer Colors

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

Press SampleHot off the presses from MAC, 16 New Studio Nail Lacquer Colors have been added to the permanent collection as of January 8, and their goal is to make sure you dazzle!  Here it is, Winter 2015, and these colors only make me think of Spring and Summer!  Click through the jump to see swatches of MAC Diva Fierce, MAC Rich Kid Blues, and–my new favorite–MAC Fabulous Fete.

If you’ve already seen enough, Click HERE to find these shades at MACCosmetics.com.

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

NEW MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Colors For 2015

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick

Press SampleHave you seen this video? The impossibly chic Carolyn Murphy decked out in designer duds emerges from her high-end sports car after publicly applying her Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick and causing quite a ruckus in the process. Her entire life is beautiful and perfect, right down to her choice of lip color!  BTW, what sunglasses is she wearing?  I have GOT to have them!

But I digress.  Here’s the deal.  My photos do this incredible new Estee Lauder product no justice, and these lipsticks are by far one of the Best Estee Lauder Products (and handily make it into my “must buy” list for 2015).

The color delivered is semi-sheer, but this formula is buildable, so the opacity ranges from sheer to medium, depending on your needs. The finish is glossy, very elegant and timeless. The tube itself is incredible. A deep navy case gleaming with golden accents and a magnetic closure to ensure the cap snaps into place. It’s utterly perfection. I greedily want to hoard every color of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Lipstick! Click through for more images, and swatches of Budoir Baby, Surreal Sun, and Charmed. [Read more…]

STEAL ALERT! Glamour Dolls Makeup

Glamour Dolls Makeup From Gloss48!

Glamour Dolls Makeup From Gloss48!

Glamour Dolls Makeup

Press SampleGloss48 has introduced me to so many fun brands to share with you readers! The latest fave to hit my vanity is Glamour Dolls. Gloss48 slid The Peachy Essentials collection my way, and spiced it up with an extra Lip Cream from the line.  Let me remind you right here that shopping at Gloss48 is for members onlyClick HERE for your invitation from RagingRouge (you’ll score a $10 discount off of your first order of $30 or more and I’ll get a $10 GC too).  We’ll shop together, we’ll look gorgeous… and we can laugh and point at the poor saps who aren’t members like us.

Glamour Dolls Lip Cream

Hands down, Glamour Dolls Lip Cream was my favorite product from the bunch.  I don’t mention my review techniques often to you readers, so I’ll remind you here.  When I receive product samples from a new brand, I do my best to avoid reading too much marketing material or pricing information.  I don’t want to be “led” in any way!  I can ensure my opinions are mine and mine alone.  Lip Cream has a smooth, luxurious feel to it, and delivers fun, vivid color.  My first guess was that Glamour Dolls makeup was solidly mid-range, a step up from drugstores but not quite prestige.  My estimate was each lip cream likely retailed for around $15, a price certainly justified.  Keep reading to find out the retail price.  You will be floored!

Glamour Dolls Lip Creams

Glamour Dolls Lip Creams

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MAC Heirloom Mix Redux

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

Press SampleDid you know that items from the MAC Heirloom Mix holiday makeup color collection are still available? I know, it’s CRAZY, but it’s true! This is the time of year where you get the opportunity to gift yourself with some of the fun holiday collection items you didn’t receive as gifts. If you had your eye on MAC Heirloom Mix and didn’t get any in your stocking, check these out! [Read more…]

Modern Neutral Manicure 2015

These #modern #neutral nail colors are a must-have in any lacquer collection!  via @ragingrouge

Sephora Formula X Modern Neutrals

The modern neutral manicure 2015 palette contains cool hues that go with anything, and Sephora Formula X has a broad selection of shades that work if you’re in the mood for a trendy neutral nail color! [Read more…]

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Press SampleAnti-Humidity. Yes, that is what I’ve been needing… um… forever! These days, more and more anti-humidity product has been crossing my desk. One of my favorites? Kerastase Laque Noire hairspray. [Read more…]