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It’s that time of year again, and there is nothing worse than not havng a plan of action in regards to what you want to get for those you love. If you’re like most of us, you want to get that perfect gift, but don’t want to spend too much. Let us help give you some ideas before you head out to brave the stores— be inspired by these wallet-friendly gift ideas!





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Urban Decay Book of Shadows Palette is the largest (and most unique) palette Urban Decay has ever offered. This limited-edition palette features a pull-out drawer containing sixteen eyeshadows, two premium brushes, and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion! Can you imagine the amount of different looks that could be created with this one palette? Wow. $45,




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Benefit 24k Sexy Gold Set features a sheer gold 24k lipstick and a complementing, golden loose powder that can be used as an eyeshadow or as highlighter for her cheekbones. This set will certainly make her feel like a million bucks! We love the fact that this chic gift comes in its own clutch, perfect for future use. $34,



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DuWop KissCase promises to give soft, shiny, full lips with this special collection of lip products. Housed in a zip-up pouch, this set would be perfect for the gal that loves lip products that give her lips the best look. Available in pink or nude. $35,





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Bliss The Sock-ettes are the best treat for over-worked feet! Give yourself or a loved one an excuse to take a time-out to give those tootsies a break. In just twenty minutes, your feet will be moisturized, softened and pampered with olive oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E (all found in the self-activated lining). We think our feet would love these… $48,



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M·A·C Fascinating Ruby, Smoky Eyes palette will give your makeup-loving friend or family member a glamorous gift that she can use all year! This simple, easy to use palette, from the Passions of Red Holiday Collection, features the 6 perfect shdes to create a smoky eye effect that works for many occasions. Includes eye brush 213SE. $38,  




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Smashbox Travel Brush Collection is the perfect gift to give to both the brush newbie and brush pro. This limited-edition collection features five travel-size brushes in a take-along quilted pouch. They not only will travel well, but will work brilliantly for everyday use. $49, 






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Clinique Black Honey Glow Set will not only give a low-maintenance gal the best-selling Almost Lipstick— that is sheer and beautiful on everyone— but also a Shimmering Tones Bronzer and High Impact Mascara, perfect for creating a beautiful, no-fuss look. $42.50,  

infallible lipgloss.jpgAvailable in 16 shades, L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss promises a 6-hour wear without changing, dulling or fading. So what did we think?

We were actually surprised to find its staying power was like no other gloss we have ever used. The triangle sponge wand applies a beautiful, sheer color to our lips and never left them dried out. While the color does eventually disapper from our lips, if we let it, it will still stay on for an average of 3-4 hours— that is enough to convince us this is a product we can’t live without! $9.99, 



Global Goddess Beauty South Pacific Shimmer is not only a favorite of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, but it’s one of our favorite products too! Of course we know we aren’t as well-known around the world, or even recognizable out in public by those who don’t know us, but we can appreciate the fact that we share the same great taste!

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This multi-tasking bronzer features three hues of bronze and a soft dose of shimmer to illuminate and enhance the complexion, and is packaged in a slim, mirrored compact (say yes to purse-friendliness!). The pressed powder is ideal for complimenting a natural tan or creating a warmer tone in paler complexions. Blend all three shades together for a multi-dimensional, all-over hue, or layer your favorite colors for a bronze-themed eye shadow application. $32.50,

Q. I’ve always wondered, if my foundation is 20 SPF and my moisturizer is 20 SPF, does that add up to 40 SPF? Or is it still just 20 SPF? Basically, what I mean is, if you are layering different products that contain SPF, do you increase the protection?

A. Great question. It seems everything contains a bit of sunscreen these days, whether it’s our mineral makeup or our lip balm (which is so important). With all of the layering, something has to give you protection if not double your protection, right? Unfortunately this is not the case. I consulted with Connecticut based dermatologist Dr. Loyd Godwin who indicated that you do not increase SPF by layering two different products. You should always use a sunscreen of at least 15 that provides both UVA and UVB protection.

As the weather cools down, we find ourselves facing a dilemma: dry skin. For many of us, it is a never ending battle to keep our skin hydrated and nourished, especially in the Fall and Winter seasons. Finding an adequate moisturizer can be difficult, and unless you’ve already found your must-have product, it may seem like an overwhelming task to go out in search of relief— there are so many products to choose from! Thankfully, you are in the right place, read on for our list of body lotions and creams that are sure to give you the soft comfortable skin you desire.


Neutrogena Norwegian Formula.jpgNeutrogena Norwegian Formula Daily Therapeutic Lotion is fragrance free and gives skin therapeutic moisture that last all day. This moisture-rich formula helps turn even the driest, roughest skin into soft, smooth skin. We love it because it absorbs quickly and never feel greasy. $8.49,




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L’OCCITANE Shea Butter comes from 100% plant-based origin, and has developed an amazing following because it works! This deep moisturizer nourishes skin, helping to heal any dry patches on elbows, knees, hands or feet. It works great even if you have sensitive skin or eczema, and another added plus: you can use it as a conditioning treatment for your hair! from $8,





bliss body butter.jpgBliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter is one of our favorites! It is not only antioxidant-enriched, but this body butter lifts our mood with it’s citrus scent and is able to make us forget we ever had dehydrated skin. from $12,





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Bioelements Vitalization gives the skin on our body the same treatment we give to our faces with skin-loving nutrients and botanical oils. While wrapping skin in a natural, soothing fragrance, this thick moisturizing cream replenishes lost moisture and gives skin increased elasticity and suppleness. We love that it helps give our just-shaved legs a boost of moisture without irritation. $49.50,





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Fresh SugarBath Lemon Body Lotion is one our go-to body moisturizers because of it’s lightweight feel and oh-so-yummy scent. The real brown sugar contained in this lotion makes us feel like we’re really indulging in a sweet treat, but without the calories! $28,





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Nature’s Gate Organics Ultra-Hydrating Body Lotion is rich in nutrients of certified organic fruit extracts and botanicals, and offers a unique complex of essentials for a “well-balanced diet” for your skin. this ultra-hydrating also contains a complex of vitamins E, C and A, is non-greasy, quick absorbing and helps retain moisture throughout the day. $9.99




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Sephora BODY Super Supreme Body Butter will leave you feeling smooth all over. We love the luxurious feeling it gives us—- like we spent a fortune, but really didn’t! The scent is so light, it won’t interfere with any other scent you might want to wear for the day, and you just might find the man in your life using it on his dry skin when you’re not looking. from $15,


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