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Kestrel Cosmetic Bags: A Luxe Look For Less

kestrel makeupbag I love Kestrel Cosmetic Bags. I discovered them last fall at my local Nordstrom Rack store. There are a bunch of different styles and fabrics, but what I love the most is that they are very high quality at a very low price point. When I first saw them in store, I was instantly drawn to the display. The bargain shopper that I am, I immediately looked at the price tag and did a double take. I expected it to say something like $30, marked down from $50+. So imagine my shock when the price tag said $10. I quickly picked up another bag and checked that price tag to see if a mistake had been made.

Nope…no mistake. Although the design, fabrication and hardware are luxe, Kestrel bags only look like you broke the bank. So I did what any expert shopper would do: I loaded up my cart with variety of styles for holiday gift-giving. Every December, I run into the same problem – I have a ton of friends, co-workers and kids’ teachers to thank, and I can only afford presents that cost about $10 each. But most gifts under $10 are utter crap and you’d rather give nothing at all than give someone a $10 piece of junk. Kestrel bags are the perfect solution to this Christmastime conundrum. (more…)

tarte Miracles from the Amazon 6 Piece Collection with Bag

be your own tarteist groupTarte is one of my all-time favorite brands, so when they launch something new and amazing, I can’t wait to do my bloggerly duty and tell the world.

A few weeks ago, Tarte gave me an exclusive sneak peek at their Miracles from the Amazon 6-Piece Collection with Bag – and even though I’m a woman with an enviable beauty arsenal, I’ve been using these products in my daily routine ever since.

That’s what I love about Tarte…so many of their products become my instant beauty besties. They’re the “how did I survive my whole life until now?” type of products. Anyway, I can finally dish on this amazing makeup set because it is now available for purchase on QVC and In fact, it’s QVC’s “Today’s Special Value” today. Ladies, turn this Friday the 13th into a lucky day by scoring this bag of beauty goodies. Here’s what’s in the collection:



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Barneys New York Love Yourself Gift Bag

Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Bag Gift With Purchase 2014Don’t you just love gifts with purchase and beauty minis? Some of my favorite product discoveries have been items I happened upon because they were a gift with purchase or some kind salesperson slipped me a sample. If you like these tiny treats as much as I do, here’s a deal you won’t want to miss.

Right now through February 15, Barneys New York is hosting its latest “Love Yourself” event. With any $250 cosmetics, treatment, fragrance or apothecary purchase (including men’s fragrance and grooming), you’ll receive a gift bag full of goodies from Barneys best beauty collections.

The darlings at Barneys sent me a press sample of the gift bag – and let me tell you, it’s fabulous. As a beauty expert, I’ve reviewed thousands of products and I’m familiar with most beauty brands. But there were quite a few goodies in this bag that I’d never heard of and never tried – and now I’m wondering how I lived life without them.

This promotion is valid on U.S. orders only, one bag per customer, while supplies last.


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Tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

tarte Beauty without Boundaries Collection

Do you travel to see family during the holidays?  I do, and between shopping for all those gifts and attending festive parties, I barely have time to pack for my trip.  Tarte takes the guesswork out of your holiday (or everyday) makeup palate with their Beauty without Boundaries Collection.  All you need for your natural or sultry look is included in one stylish Missoni-esque makeup bag.


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