Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holidays. Show all posts

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fenty Beauty introduces Holiday 2019 The Tinsel $how Collection

I have always been a fan of Rihanna's music. She's one of those artists who is very unique. When you hear her music, you know it is her and not another artist. And as much as I love Please Don't Stop The Music, the song Love On The Brain is truly one of my favorite tunes by her. With that being said, I am extremely proud of what she is doing in the beauty industry. What started as an idea became a reality for the world-class superstar when she started Fenty Beauty. 

As a world-renowned beauty brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has officially came out with their newest, latest and greatest holiday collection The Tinsel $how Collection, which features an array of covetable new shades that are destined to bring more love this holiday season. 

For this particular collection, Fenty Beauty will offer the Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Collection which consists of five unique Gloss Bomb shades. These shades include: Fu$$y (a stunning dusty pink shimmer), Pretty Please (a fabulous fuchsia shimmer), Hot Chocolit (a beautiful brown shimmer), Confetti (an outstanding iridescent opal shimmer), and Cheeki (a ravishing red/orange shimmer) which make the perfect gift for virtually every lip gloss lover in your life. And for $42, this is a real steal this holiday season. 

And if the holidays couldn't get any better, they are about to with the new Fenty Beauty Mini Body Lava Body Luminizer in the shade Who Needs Clothes?! which is a gorgeous rose gold shimmer in Travel Size. Not only will this make the best stocking stuffer for every beauty enthusiast on earth, but it is the perfect pick-me-up when traveling this holiday season. And for $25, this looks amazing on every skin tone it touches. 

Additionally as part of The Tinsel $how Collection this holiday season, Fenty Beauty is also offering the Lil Stunna Mini Longwear Fluid Lip Color in the shade Underdawg. As a beautiful burgundy (which is perfect for both Fall and Winter) this little side gift is just $15. The collection also features the Bomb Baby 2 Mini Lip and Face Set for $24 which includes a limited-edition Travel Size version of your favorite highlighter, the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter in the shade Sandcastle and a new shade of the famous lip gloss, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. 

As you may or may know, Fenty Beauty is 100% Cruelty-Free and does not test on animals. 

The Tinsel $how Collection will be available Friday, October 11 at your nearest Sephora, including Sephora in JCPenney. And will be available on the official website FentyBeauty.com also. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day 2019

It is officially Mother's Day here in the United States. As the second Sunday in May, today we recognize, acknowledge and honor our mothers for all of the wonderful things they have done for us. From past to present, Mother's Day is a tried and true reverse of respecting our elders and what they have done for us to be who we are today.

My mother has always been an amazing person. As she can be a little rough around the edges, never have I ever discovered someone with such conviction as her. As free spirited as she is, my mother has been through a lot in the last several years, including a major health scare last year. However, she has managed to break free and live life to the fullest without worry. 

I admire my mother because she is a kind and kindred soul who does so much for her family and still continues to do so. And although I am not a mother yet, eventually I want to be one. As I aspire to be as good as my mother, I definitely have big shoes to fill. 

Today is one of the most underrated days on earth. As today is a tradition that dates back to over a century, it is a day that I find cognate to creation and transformation. Which leads me to the question-without our mother, where exactly would we be today? Without our mother, how would life exist?

Happy Mother's Day mom. I love you. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers around the world. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter 2019

Adorable homemade chick buns made by
myself and my mother.
Easter is a holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Following his crucifixion, this world-renowned Christian holiday commemorates the Passion of Christ. Eastertide embraces a tradition that has become quite the custom in Christian households around the world. 

Primarily family, friends and over loved ones get together to decorate eggs, which symbolize an empty tomb. And in case you are wondering what the empty tomb is, it is the tomb of Jesus Christ. After his body was placed inside the tomb, days later the body was not found. It was reported that several women witnessed his resurrection shortly after.

In addition to coloring eggs, family and friends have a wonderful dinner to celebrate Easter. They also enjoy candy, primarily chocolate Easter bunnies and Cadbury eggs to celebrate the day. Although I must admit, I am a huge fan of any candy from the Kinder brand including Ferrero Roche, as in my opinion, they are some of the best.

Today, I had a wonderful meal with family and friends. As a vegetarian, I was able to enjoy a homemade vegan roast (which I made myself with the help of my mother), as well as, the basic dishes you can enjoy during any Easter meal including mashed potatoes and corn. 

I haven't had the chance to eat any chocolate yet, but managed to enjoy some flavorful fruit salad and some lemon cream pie. 

Well, I better get offline. I keep looking at my phone relentlessly, contemplating whether or not I want to play PUBG. I think I may just wait though and eat more food. What do you think? 

From my home to your home-Happy Easter! 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019: Happy National Beer Day

Today is officially National Beer Day. As you may or may not already be aware, beer day is held annually every year on April 7th. Primarily made up of hops, barley, yeast and water, beer is clearly the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. They hold events all over the world including tap takeovers and beer tasting. 

I have to admit, though, I don't drink much, so when I drink a beer it is very rare. Although a nice cold brewsky can be good to enjoy sporadically. Especially with a double veggie burger, triple cheese pizza and vegan nachos. Can we say yum?

Surprisingly though, beer has an array of benefits. Can you believe it? At first, I couldn't, as anything with alcohol is never really good; however, beer in low amounts can actually work to help a variety of health issues including insomnia, stress, depression, dementia, gallstones, kidney stones, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even hair loss. 

But, what does beer actually help? 

Beer works to protect, prevent and restore heart disease. It does this by creating "homocysteine" an amino acid present in the blood stream which helps regulate blood flow. Additionally, beer also helps with blood clots, poor circulation and even Anemia. 

It is also said that beer is known to help lower blood pressure. Because it is infused with the amino acid homocysteine and Vitamin B6, beer also works not only protect your heart, but helps aid in restoration. 

Who knew?

Additionally beer has a tremendous impact on your mental well being, as beer helps to eliminate stress, depression and even dementia. It also helps with insomnia and allows you to get a good nights rest. 

This does not mean consume a whole case of beer a day or even drink a full keg. These benefits are only found when consuming beer in moderation. So, the time is now to switch out that case of beer for just one a day, at the most. 

And before you stop reading, shockingly enough, beer has the same antioxidant level as wine with more protein and vitamin B than wine. Beer is actually healthier than wine. So you may consider switching your favorite glass of burgundy for a Budweiser. 

Happy National Beer Day! 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Cheti Chand 2019

Chetri Chandra is one of the most popular holidays in Rajasthan, India. Based on the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar, this two-day celebration marks the arrival of Spring and harvest. It also marks the birth of Uderolal, in the year 1007. Although Uderolal was known as a freedom fighter, he believed everyone of every faith deserved the same treatment. 

For Cheti Chand, Hindus celebrate by cooking huge dinners, attending parties, listening to music and visiting temples where their favorite ishta devta is located. Some Hindus (mainly Sindhi Hindus) traditionally go to nearest body of water (lake or river usually) and take gifts with them. 

These gifts include: 

Misiri - granulated or crystal sugar
Fota - cardamom
Fal - fruits
Jyot - oil lamp

Other gifts include a water jar (commonly known as a kalash) and some nariyal (or coconut) wrapped in a cloth and covered with flowers and leaves. 

Additionally, Cheti Chand promotes Chaliho Saheb, Baharana Sahib and Chet Chand wishes. And like most holidays including restricted holidays such as this one, most businesses are closed. 

I am just discovering the holidays of Hinduism, including this one. Although this holiday isn't one I follow presently, I can admit that I appreciate it. To all of you who celebrate today, happy Cheti Chand day.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Happy Shivaratri 2019

Lord Shiva temple
near Haridwar, India.
Today is officially Shivaratri. As some of you may or may not already be aware, this is a Hindu holiday which falls on the 4th night of a new moon. Krishna Paksha, which means the period of a waning moon or the dark fortnight, Shivaratri is celebrated on what is often referred to as a moonless night. Today is March 4, 2019.

Shivaratri is a holiday that celebrates the love between Lord Shiva and Goddress Parvati, primarily the anniversary of their marriage. Hindu believers (not all, but most) also believe the anniversary of their wedding day was the first time Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya, a dance which holds major significance in the creation of life, as well as, preservation.

It is tradition for devotees of Lord Shiva to attend the nearest Hindu temple (primarily one of Lord Shiva) and give a ritual bath to the Lingam. The ritual bath consists of several things such as milk and ghee, which is part of the actual panchagavya.

Although I have always identified as Christian, what you may or may not know about me is that I have been a Hindu also for almost a year now hence why I am mentioning this celebration on my blog. As a woman who is in a relationship with a Hindu man, this festival holds significant value to me, as I will spend my day embracing Parvati and praying for a long and prosperous love life.

If you do not believe in Hinduism, at least consider this religion as a form of sub-faith. If you are an enthusiast of spiritualism, you will enjoy Hinduism for its richness and seniority in the theological world of tradition, as I know I do.

With that said, Happy Shivaratri.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day 2019

Valentine's Day, the only holiday in the world that celebrates romantic love. As the only holiday to honor romance, today is a day that is loved by some, hated by many, but wanted by everyone. Yes, those of you who hate Valentine's Day, you know you are hoping and praying to celebrate it with the man or woman you love. Without question, it is a fact that everyone in life wants love, as everyone wants to celebrate this day with their significant others.

Truth be told, I use to hate Valentine's Day. I felt like it was a glorified "Hallmark holiday" to rub into the face of the unfortunate who didn't have a significant other to celebrate it with. I also felt like the influence of the holiday came from disrupted imperialism to cash in on overpriced flowers and chocolate and make money for those who sell them. Needless to say, I was wrong. The holiday exists for a reason, a purpose and when you realize what it means, you will understand why it is vital in the 365 days we live in a year.

Today, I think it is a great day and I have learned to not only love it, but appreciate it much more so. Is it my favorite holiday? No, but I am happy to have someone to celebrate it with. In fact, when I first met my current boyfriend it was last year, several months after Valentine's Day in April. Before I met Sumit, I was single since late 2016, so I didn't celebrate this day at all in 2017 or 2018. I am very happy to celebrate it this year in 2019 with my incredible boyfriend. He is truly a force of happiness in my life, as he is the love and the light in my life.

And speaking of love, I believe everyone deserves love in their life, no matter who they are. Yes, I do. And even those of you who hate me, you deserve love also.

And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you. Thank you for everything. I am truly blessed and grateful you came into my life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

I know I haven't been writing a lot lately, as I have been extremely busy with my life, so I just wanted to write a quick blog post wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. My original goal was to be more active with this blog, but I have been so busy with my life that I have kind of neglected that. And to my readers, I wholeheartedly apologize.
 
My Christmas is ok. I got quite a few things from my family and friends. We had the chance to enjoy a great breakfast. Red Velvet Pancakes, Banana Bread French Toast, Lemon Curd Muffins and a bunch of other great things including homemade orange juice and sweet tomato smoothie. And in a few hours, we (my family and I) will have a delicious dinner. I am very anxious to enjoy a Gardein Roast for the 2nd holiday dinner this year followed by an array of sides including Persian Tahdig rice, Caprese kabobs, Sweet Corn Casserole, Pineapple Salad, Pretzel Salad and more. For dessert this year, I decided to make mini lemon bunt cakes with homemade cream cheese frosting, a red velvet cake with the same frosting, masala chai gelato and chocolate chip cookies.
 
So, to everyone who reads my blog, I hope you are having an amazing holiday with your family, friends and other loved ones. I hope you are surrounded by flavorful food, holiday hymns and laughter. I hope that this special day brings you happiness, peace, love and joy. Remember to never stop until the goal is reached and to always think positive.
 
From my home to your home-Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2018

It is officially four days until Christmas 2018

It is officially four days until Christmas. Maybe even a little less now. I haven't checked the countdown nor bothered to do so. As I sit here and type this blog post, I am seriously thinking about what I want to do for the biggest holiday of the year. After all, Christmas is just around the corner. I just finished work, which I am quite happy about considering I am both physically and mentally exhausted. 

A friend of mine called me and asked if I wanted to go with her to The Village at Meridian. I told her that I do have to buy one gift; however, I feel like a magnet clinging to my bed. It is already 5 pm and I don't know if I want to devour an energy drink and stay up to go with her shopping. Considering I had a lot of tea today, I feel like my home needs me. 

For work, I decided to utilize one of my favorite red lipsticks in a full holiday glam look. I went with the Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro in A510 (or 407) Drama Red. It is one of the most beautiful red lip colors I have ever used. Additionally, I felt it was only fair to also use the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 3.75 which is a fair/rosy shade. To set, I used the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Face Powder in the shade 2 Fair. 

Other products I used today include: the Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in the shade Sea of Tranquility, NARS Blush in Exhibit A, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar palette in the shades Blood Sugar, Cherry Soda, Coma, Sugarcane, and Glucose, the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner, the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black, and the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5. 

Right now, I am loving the LALICIOUS Sugar Peppermint Sugar Scrub and the Philosophy 3-in-1 (or Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel) in Egg Nog. I am a major sucker for gourmand holiday scents. There is something so riveting about smelling like amazing sweets. Especially holiday sweets. 

Anyways, as I contemplate and debate what my actual plans are for tonight, all I can think about is taking an amazing shower and finding my way to my bed after. With that said, have a wonderful evening.   

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Only 10 days until Christmas

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day. You know, it dawned on me that it is December 15th today. I have to admit, it is so hard to believe it is December. It seems like only yesterday we walked into Winter, although it is technically not Winter yet as Winter is only four days before Christmas. But to think it is already December. Christmas is only in 10 days. That is only one week and three days away. And if you do the math, you will realize that the New Year is two weeks and two days away.  

On a much different note, a lot has been going on in my life and needless to say, I am very happy. As you are aware, I am dating a man from India. His name is Sumit. He is the same guy that I mentioned previously here on the blog in Spring, earlier this year. We have a strong connection that is a bit complex to explain in context, but easier to say in words. Does that make sense? Although I must admit, I could probably write quite a few epic love stories inspired by him. With that said, as our love continues to grow so does our connection, our chemistry, our compatibility and our communication. 

It is a very cold yet gloomy day here in Idaho today. As I have been working from 9 am until 5 pm everyday, I feel extremely tired on the weekends. As much as I contemplated going to the gym today, I decided to stay home and veg out. Right now I think I may export a few articles I've written in the past for now defunct publications (e.g. Yahoo! Voices, Examiner, etc.) and move them here to the blog. I know this would be a big project and I couldn't do it all today, as I have flushed out thousands of articles throughout the years. 

I'm also thinking for dinner I want to make homemade pizza. I've ordered pizza and I find that no pizza places around here compare to my homemade Margherita. I make everything from the sauce to the actual dough completely from scratch. I've made homemade cheese in the past, but that is probably the only thing that isn't homemade I would put on it tonight. At least at the moment. Buffalo Mozzarella is everything. 

When I was in Italy I remember how the older Italian ladies would make their sauce. They would crush up tomatoes straight from the vine, add herbs and place them on picnic tables in the hot sun for a day just to create their own paste. Utilizing this paste as a foundation, they would place multiple things (including more tomatoes) into a pot and cook the sauce all day long for that classic authentic flavor. I think I will save this for a separate blog post.

Ok, so today I took the selfie I am sharing. I took it about an hour ago, as I attended my company Christmas party. Shortly before, I had to do some shopping, as I didn't have the chance to. I never know what to get during gift exchanges so I went with a practical gift anyone can use - a portable charger. I like the one from Mophie because it's convenient and lasts a long time. I have one in black and one in white and love taking them everywhere, especially when I travel. 

And speaking of practical, I decided that since it is still technically Fall, I wanted to do an orange glam look that was both practical and wearable. The dress (although you cannot see) it is from Hot Miami Styles

For my makeup today, I used the following products: Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 4.5, Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Compact in the shade 4.5, OFRA Cosmetics Pro Contouring Cream PaletteBenefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5, Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner, Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 309, Shu Uemura Eyeshadow in M Orange 250, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara in the shade Black, and Ellis Faas Hot Lips in the shade L409. 

I think I want to eat now. I am hungry. Time to cook. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers

The Tangle Teezer is one of the best
beauty stocking stuffers
of the year.
Stocking stuffers are the perfect addition to every Christmas present. These tiny treats offer so much during the holiday and really complement every stand-alone gift. After all, a bunch of candy canes manifesting a stocking can be quite banal. Don't you want something unique and different this year? Stocking stuffers create more than just reactions, they create memories. So, what are the best beauty stocking stuffers?

Too Faced Love Light - This outstanding stocking stuffer is one of the best highlighters you will ever use. Featuring the patented Prisma Shine, this terrific Too Faced addition utilizes only the best of powder, liquid, and even baked formulas to create only the ultimate luminous glow. Pigmented to perfection, little goes a very long way. For only $30, this is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too. And not only is this an incredible stocking stuffer, but an incredible deal too. Joyeux Noel!


Voluspa 3 Petite Tin Candle Holiday Gift Set - With Vision of Sugar Plums, Cinnamon Ceylon and Copal, as well as, Spruce, this lavishly lux candle gift really epitomizes what the holidays are all about. For under $30, you can throw one of each or all of them in your loved ones' stocking this holiday season.

FOREO LUNA play - Fun and affordable, this skin care device is great for anyone looking for beautiful skin. Using T-Sonic cleansing technology, good, great and even amazing things come in small packages as this stocking stuffer is one of them. Available in a variety of colors, the time is now to love the skin you are in. Especially for the holiday season. Only $39 at FOREO.

Poopourri Secret Santa Toilet Spray Tube Gift Set - It's only natural to drop coal into potty; however, so when you check your list twice, you can give this gift to someone who has been nice. This amazing stocking stuffer features a 1.4 oz. Secret Santa which consists of vanilla, cinnamon and citrus notes. Available at Poopourri for under $10, this is one of the most creative yet festive gifts you can give this holiday season.

Benefit Sweeten Up, Buttercup! - This limited-edition Benefit gift features the famous Benefit BADgal Bang mascara in full-size, a full-size of the Gimme Brow+ in shade 03, the full-size POREfessional Face Primer, and the Hoola Bronzer in a mini size. Included with these products is a creatively cute makeup bag. Amazing right? And for only $39 at Benefit Cosmetics, this is a great stocking stuffer for the beauty lover in your life. Perfect in every beauty enthusiast's stocking, this sweet gift set is fully dressed for the holidays.

Q-tips Beauty Rounds - When it comes to producing quality products at amazing prices, Q-tips knows all about it. In fact, for under $5 at Walmart, this amazing Q-tips stocking stuffer features 75 dual-sized cotton rounds that are perfect for removing your makeup. As they work to assist with toning, these fabulous flat rounds are also amazing for removing nail polish too. As the perfect present for every stocking, anyone who receives these will love them.


LuMee Duo Mobile Case - This case provides strong protection while utilizing duo lighting including a selective dimmer that changes the lights brightness. Also includes a rechargeable battery, which extends its use and longevity. With everything from marble to even glitter to choose from, this case epitomizes the word "selfie".  Available for virtually every single phone device including Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, this is the ultimate cell phone case for the ultimate selfie lover.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps - Whether you are searching for seasonal nail wraps, this Los Angeles based beauty brand has them. They also offer an array of collections which give you such an extensive selection to choose from. Are you looking for glitter? What about glam? Perhaps yu are searching for something a little more opaque or even something somewhat transparent? All you do is apply them and you are good to go. Plus removing them is quite a breeze too. For $16 each, these nail wraps make an incredible stocking stuffer. Sign up today to receive emails from NCLA directly and receive an additional 15% off your entire purchase.

Boscia 'Dig Deep' The Charcoal Skin Kit - This wonderful Boscia addition has everything you need for a perfectly pore-less complexion. For under $40, you will receive the award-winning luminizing black mask along with deluxe sizes of the detoxifying black cleanser and charcoal pore pudding. You will also receive one pore purifying black strip. Although most would consider this a mini stand-alone gift rather than a stocking stuffer, because of the size this would be fabulous in every stocking.

Style Edit Root Touch-Up - Do you know anyone with gray hair? What about someone who colors their hair? If so, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as well as, side gift for them. The color binding complex works great for every hair type and hair color. Free of peroxide, parabens, amonia and other synthetic chemicals, you can find this gem for only $24.50 at the Depasquale Spa.

First Aid Beauty FAB Cleanse and Exfoliate Kit - This dynamic duo features everything you need to create a clean yet luminous complexion. In fact, this set includes the face cleanser and the facial radiance pads. Recommended by dermatologists world-wide, this is safe for every skin type including sensitive skin. As a $15 value, this stocking stuffer can be your's right now for only $10. Tis the season to great skin and an even greater new you. Sign up for emails and receive 15% off today. 

VitaBath Body Cream Trio - With the essence of gourmand, floral and sugar it just doesn't get anymore delicious. For only $4.95, you will receive three mini body creams in VitaBath's number one selling scents - Heavenly Coconut Cream, Lavender Chamomile and Pomegranate Bellini Blush. Perfect for traveling, this triple threat has turned into the ultimate gift set and one of the best stocking stuffers you can give and get this holiday season.

Tarte Maracuja Gold Oil - As an essential oil, rich in fatty acids this little gem works to correct, prevent and even repair various forms of DNA damage as well as, environmental stressors. It also works to deliver instantaneous and long-lasting hydration. For the holidays this year, Tarte decided to create a dazzling yet decorative maracuja oil that is dressed for your face. If you or someone you know loves gold or anything that embraces skin health, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. For $50, this limited-edition maracuja oil can be your's today.

PHYTO Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil - As one of the hautest (and hottest) hair care brands to come from France, PHYTO uses an array of natural ingredients that know how to treat the tresses. Available in Soyeuse, which is the lightweight hydrating oil and great for those of you with dry and fine hair and available in Supreme, which is the rich smoothing oil and wonderful for those with dry and thick hair, these phenomenal PHYTO additions really embody luxury hair care at it's finest. For only $40 (or $80 for the two), they both fit perfectly into every stocking?

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes - One of the greatest ways to cleanse your face. Using only skin-loving ingredients that are vital to your skin's natural moisture barrier and acid mantle, your skin will feel not only hydrated, but clean too. Do you know someone who works many hours at a thankful job? This is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone. Available at Walmart and Amazon for $5.97, if you are searching for an amazing stocking stuffer try this one. #TestTheWater

Luminess Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks - Brought to you by the makers of Luminess Air, the Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks allow you to experience a dynamic duo your lips and lashes are destined to appreciate. For only $29.99 (a $44 value), you can experience both an intense yet long-lasting lip color that will last you through the entire night along with an voluminizing mascara your lashes are destined to love. As one of the most innovative concepts of 2018, when it comes to stocking stuffers and beauty, this is truly a winner.

Pacifica Wake Up To Roses Set - This Pacifica gift features three hand creams inflused with coconut water and a plethora of healthy ingredients and antioxidants. As a $20 value, this set includes the Rose Komucha Flower Powdered Face Wash, the Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream and the Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask as well as, the Rose Water lip balm. For only $15 at Pacifica Beauty, you can stuff one large stocking or place them into three individual stockings and whoever receives them will love you more for it.

NEOCELL Beauty Bursts Soft Chews - With 0 fat grams, over 2,000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen and 20 mg of hyaluronic acid, this is one of the healthiest beauty treats in the world. Whether you are looking for beautiful skin, beautiful hair or beautiful nails, this beauty chew is the perfect alternative to any candy out there. For under $20, these beauty bursts are available in both chocolate mint and fruit punch. You can stuff every stocking under the sun with these and everyone who receives them will love you that much more for it.

Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Soap Collection - With 7 choices to choose from, the selection is supremely extensive. Although this set retails for $60, it is currently available at EVINE for $44 and if you order it today, it can be your's for only $39.26. Also, you can make 6 payments using their Value Pay system so you would only have to pay $6.54 for 6 months. Amazing right? To top it off, Beekman embraces the natural concept and every soap is free of sulfates, parabens, petroleum and phosphates. Great for both men and women, this botanical-based soap will leave your skin looking, feeling and even smelling amazing.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler - Who knew that one of the greatest hair brushes ever would fit into every stocking under the sun. If you are searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday, this amazingly innovative brush is the one. Available in an array of shades and designs, you can brush your hair in seconds. Available at your nearest Tangle Teezer retailer, including the official site and Sephora for $20 and under, this is one of the greatest stocking stuffers of the year. And right now, 25% off is yours today.


Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Mini 8 Piece Lip Set - This set includes two velvet liquid lipsticks, four matte liquid lipsticks and two metal liquid lipsticks. Perfect for travel, you can give one to your wife, your mother, your fiancé, your girlfriend, your sister, your sister-in-law and any woman in your life and they will love you much more for it. For just $42, tis the season to hot lips and many cocoa sips. 

EOS Holiday Lip Balm with Tin - Every night is a Winter night with these three incredible EOS lip balms. Certified organic, you will receive an evolution of smooth lip balm in First Snow, Fireside Chai and in Pomegranate Raspberry. For under $10, this isn't just one of the best stocking stuffers of 2018, but one of the best steals (and deals) too.

Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio - This tremendous trio of skin treats features the Korres wild rose advanced brightening sleeping facial, the Greek yoghurt advanced nourishing sleeping facial, and the black pine firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle night cream. For under $50, this is not only one of the best beauty gifts you can give this holiday, but you can stuff these little gems in a stocking and whoever receives them will love them.

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette - This palette is available in nine unique palettes including four new shades, each palette features six shades. Do you know someone who loves blue? Perhaps they would find the Aquamarine Dream palette appealing. What about purple? If so, they are going to love the Amethyst Aura. For just $12 each, you can create so many different looks and everyone who receives this will be happy.

LEADERS 7 Wonders Masks - Everyone needs a little pampering. You know, that "me" time? The great news is, you can really indulge in all things good this holiday season by treating yourself and your loved ones to an affordable yet effective sheet mask. Available in an array of formulas for every skin type under the sun, you can find these amazing little gems at your nearest ULTA for only $6 each. Sign up for LEADER's emails and receive 10% off your first order.

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Mini Cosmetic Bag Gift Set - When it comes to gift giving, the ideas are endless, but only a few manage to stand out this holiday and this is one of them. In fact, this Bath and Body Works gift features four travel-size essentials which include the ultra shea body cream, fine fragrance mist, hand cream and the award-winning PocketBac Hand Sanimagnificent makeup bag that you can use all year round. Available in one of the best fragrances Bath and Body Works offers, this fantastic foursome is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too.


Kate Spade NYC Truly Collection Coffret - The holidays are officially here. This set includes: TRULYdazzling Eau de Toilette, TRULYgracious Eau de Toilette, TRULYdaring Eau de Toilette, and the TRULYtimeless Eau de Toilette in .25 oz. size. Available only at ULTA beauty, this $30 perfume set proves that good things come in fours. RIP Kate Spade.

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes - Trusted by dermatologists world-wide, these hypoallergenic cloths are the ultimate add-on. Available in Original Fresh, Luminous Clean, Evening Soothe and Exfoliating Renewal these towelettes make the best stocking stuffer this holiday season. For under $5 for 30 towelettes or under $10 for 75, this will complement more than just a stocking, but the skin of whoever receives and uses these too.

Lavanila Stocking Stuffer Duo - This dashingly fab duo features both the award-winning Lavanila deodorant and a roller ball of fragrance. Using beta glucan technology, this deodorant works to deliver long-lasting odor protection without the use of lab created chemicals and ingredients. Available in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Grapefruit. You can stuff one stocking or you can stuff three individual stockings. For only $20 at Lavanila, this limited-edition gift is part of this year's holiday collection. Are the best things in life really free or are they just natural?


Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy - Attention all facial mask enthusiasts, this is the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones. Especially to those who love a fantastic facial mask. This set includes six of your favorites in one gift. The masks included in this set are: Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Dermal Resurfacer and my favorite, the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask. Stuff one in a stocking or stuff them all, whoever receives them will not only love them but appreciate them much more so. As a $254 value, this can be yours now for only $75.

BROO Bar Shampoo - Do you know a beer lover? What about a hair lover who appreciates beer? Either way you put it, the BROO Bar Shampoo is for you. Perfect for both men and women, this novel yet effective beauty gift is the ultimate stocking stuffer. Are you looking for moisture? Great for multiple uses, this bar is available in two unique formulas - Hydrating (infused with coconut oil and smells like bergamot) and Energizing (infused with caffeine and green tea extract and smells like lime and ginger) so if you can't decide on one, get both.


Avon Fragrance Gift Set - Avon is one of the most popular beauty brands in the world and some of the most popular fragrances are Avon exclusives. Available at Avon, prices started at $20 and go up from there. Every gift set is unique and offers something special, making them great stocking stuffers. You can take the gift and spread it into separate stocking stuffers which is fantastic. Not only are the fragrances fantastic for the value, but you are getting a set that can fill an entire stocking.

Jamberry Nail Wraps - Not only does Jamberry offer a plethora of colors and designs, but they allow you to shop by collection. For only $15, you can wear everything from 'Champagne Frost' to 'Christmas Socks' to even 'Apple Cider' and much more. Are you looking for something from the runway? What about something simple yet chic? Tis the season to beautiful nails and one of the best beauty essentials you can place into a stocking.

Caudalie Organic Grape Water - When it comes to embracing natural beauty, this French brand knows all about it. In fact, they only use the finest natural ingredients. One thing I love about this product is that it is 100% organic grape water. It is great for hydrating the skin and contains natural polysaccharides which give your skin immediate moisture without clogging your pores. Only $10 for a travel size and $18 for a full-size, this wonderful skin care essential is not only perfect for every skin type, but every stocking of every beauty lover out there.

Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Keratin Replenisher - Whether you are searching for immediate hydration or looking to smoothe your hair, this product is one to not only love, but appreciate. It also works to protect your hair, as it repairs it. For just $40, this hair treatment can be placed into the stocking of every hair lover in your life. For a limited-time if you purchase $20 or more of Keratin Complex from ULTA you can receive the smaller 1 oz. of this free. How is that for a beauty deal?

Q-tips Travel Pack - Some of the best stocking stuffers are those essentials that you can take virtually everywhere. Especially if you are traveling and need the perfect purse sized essential. Available with pink or blue casing, this wonderful Q-tips addition provides you with 30 Q-tips cottom swabs. For under $3 at Walmart, this purse pack of goodness is not only something one would love let alone want, but it's something one would need too.

The next time you reach for the stocking, you may want to consider adding some of these amazing beauty essentials into it. Say goodbye to candy canes and hello to beauty. The clock is ticking and December 25th is approaching. Happy Holidays!


FTC: Holiday gift guide. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Cyber Monday 2018: Target

Target in Nampa, Idaho.
As Christmas is near, the holidays are officially here. As we enjoyed Thanksgiving with our family, friends and other loved ones, we had the opportunity to discover great deals and sales just a day after for Black Friday.

Cyber Monday (November 26th) is the biggest online shopping day of the year. With only a few days away, one of my personal favorite places to shop is Target. Target has many great items and offers a mixed balance of low-end, drugstore, mid-end and even high-end and luxury. With many exclusives and limited-edition products, it is the best place to shop for everything from your favorite beauty products to groceries and much more.

For Cyber Monday 2018 this year, Target is offering the following deals you don't want to miss:

BEAUTY

- Get 50% off select BOGO Beauty Gift Sets
- Buy one, get one 50% off on select Beauty gifts
- Beauty gift sets starting at $4.99
- Hair Dryers starting at only $10
- Flat irons starting at only $16
- Get $30 off the CHI Air Classic styler
- Kid's electric toothbrushes starting at just $4.99
- Men's trimmers starting at only $11
- Get over $40 off the 23andMe Personal Ancestry Kit plus a $10 Target gift card (lab fees are also included)

and more...

CLOTHING, SHOES AND ACCESSORIES

- Exclusive, limited-edition holiday Target pajamas starting at just $5
- Kid's t-shirts starting at just $3, Women's starting at $4, Men's starting at $4
- Get a pair of boots for only $10
- Select sweaters (women's, men's and children) starting at just $10
- Women's and men's jeans starting at $15, Kid's starting at $8
- Select fleeces for women, children and men starting at $5
- Only $10 for select handbags and purses

and more...

KITCHEN AND HOME

- Select kitchen appliances for only $10
- Select kitchen appliances for only $20
- Get 40% off select home items. Take an extra 15% off when you purchase any furniture or rug. Use code: TURKEY at checkout.
- Get a free $25 Target gift card when you buy a Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven ($199.99 each)
- Get a $30 off original price plus a free $10 Target gift card when you purchase a Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooker.
- Get 40% off select bedding
- Get a 5 Quart KitchenAid Mixer for only $219.99
- Get $100 off the iRobot Roomba 360 Robot Vacuum  
- Get the Power AirFryer XL for 50% off at just $49.99

and more...

TECHNOLOGY

- Get $80 off an Apple iPad (6th Generation, 2018)
- Get a free $250 Target gift card when you buy any Apple iPhone XS or XS Max
- LED Smart televisions starting at only $99.99
- Get $100 off Xbox One X. In addition to this deal, Target is offering video games starting at just $15. Amazing right?
- Get the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for Xbox One for only $45
- Get over $149 off the FitBit Versas SmartWatch
- Get $10 off plus a free $15 Target gift card when you buy any Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera
- Get up to $90 off the Powerbeats Wireless Neighborhood collection
- Get $24 off the Google Home Mini

and more...

TOYS

- Get 50% off hundreds of select toys
- Get up to 50% off on puzzles and games
- Save 50% off on select BOGO toy brands
- Get up to 30% off select LEGO sets
- Get $49.99 off select Black Jetson Rogue hoverboards (only $100)
- Get up to 50% off select Pokémon tins, toys and other collectibles
- Get 50% off the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Learning Home
- Get 20% off select Fisher-Price toys

and more...

GROCERY

- Get 20% off select pre-made gift baskets
- Get the K Cup (16-18 count quantities only) for only $7 when you buy 2 or more

and more...

HOLIDAYS 

- Spend $75 and save $25 on all things holiday (only on Saturday, 11/24 and Sunday, 11/25)
- Get up to 40% off select artificial Christmas Trees
- Get 30% off select outdoor lit decor
- Get 30% off select outdoor projectors
- Phillips LED lights only $9.99

and more...

OTHER

- Get 50% off select Graco car seats

and more...

- Free shipping. There is no minimum amount to purchase. This is an ongoing incentive Target offers on hundreds of thousands of items. As a result of this special deal, the internationally known store also offers free returns. You can also send most items site-to-store which means, you can pick it up.

Some other great offers include:

- Get 30% off from Cratejoy on participating boxes at Target. They offer over a thousand different subscription boxes from some of your favorite products and brands. Use code: CYBER18.

- Get 25% off on all orders $250 or more when you purchase Ninja or any Ninja kitchen brand products. Some of their blenders are fantastic. Use code: CMONDAY25AF. If you spend $150 or more, you can use code: CMONDAY20AF to get 20% off your entire purchase.

- Kerastase Paris is offering a great deal this Cyber Monday through Target. When you spend $100, you will get $15 off your entire purchase, as when you spend $150, you will receive a special savings of $25. Kerastase Paris makes some of the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever used. Use code: VIP18.

- Lenovo is offering many great deals this Cyber Monday. Up to 54% off select computers, laptops and tablets. Starting at $99.99 (and imagine paying less than half price for this). While supplies last.

- And speaking of Lenovo, you can also get up to $1,100 (yes, you are reading this correctly) off Think Pads from Lenovo. Starting as low as $367.50 + free shipping (who doesn't want free shipping?) use code: THINKBLCKFRI (valid until 11/26)

- Get 25% off plus free shipping when you spend $40 or more on KIND brand products. As one of the world's healthiest snacks, this is definitely a deal. Use code: SNACKSEASON (valid until 11/26)

- Get 20% off your purchase of $150 or more when you purchase anything through the Shark or Shark clean brand. Use code: CMONDAY20AF. Only at Target.

- Buy one pair of frames. Get the second one free when you purchase anything from the EyeBuyDirect brand. Use code: BOGO (valid until 11/30)


- For Cyber Monday this year, Mark's brand is offering up to 70% off regularly priced items. This special deal also includes free shipping.

- Nixon is offering quite a few deals including 20% off plus free shipping. No code is necessary. (Valid from 11/22 until 11/26)

And...

- If you have shopped on Black Friday this year and spent $50 or more, Target should have emailed you a coupon to use which gives you 20% off your entire purchase (in addition to the exclusive sales, deals and other incentives) which you can use between 11/27-12/8 this year. If you make a purchase right now, you will receive this incentive to redeem later. Great for last minute holiday shopping.

- If you open a REDcard (Target's official credit or charge card) you will receive 5% off your entire purchase every time you use it. This incentive is also in addition to the exclusive sales and deals offered from the world-renowned department store. To open a card, just click here right now.

- Don't forget to check Target's ongoing sale racks and specials. They also have great clearance sections which are added to both their site and in-store daily. And also offer areas where everything is $1 or less.

Some of these offers are also extended beyond Cyber Monday, giving you more time to shop. I will do my best to update this blog post to save you time from searching various sites looking for deals that have expired or simply do not exist. I don't know about you, but I think I know where I will be shopping this Monday. To see these great deals for yourself and to get started shopping now just click here or click the banner below...









FTC: Cyber Monday 2018 at Target. All opinions are my own. Not sponsored. Some affiliate links used.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Holidays 2018: 5 beauty gifts under $5

J.Cat Beauty Sparkling Palette in Jibiri.
It is official, the holidays are here. With only a little over a month until Christmas, there is a lot to do until the bells ring into the most anticipated day of the year. When you glance at the list of people you have to buy for this year, you notice a lot of people are unchecked. After routine examination, you realize most of them are beauty lovers.

The only problem is, you have a budget of $5. What do you buy? But the question remains; however, is it possible to spend less than $5 on a beauty gift? The answer is: absolutely. So, what are 5 beauty gifts under $5?

ULTA 'What We Love' Skincare Favorites - This incredible gift set features your favorite beauty essentials from all of your favorite skin care brands. You will receive the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (0.15 oz.), the ULTA Beauty Collection Strawberries & Champagne Hydrating Glitter Peel Off Mask (0.25 oz.), the SheaMoisture Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer (0.21 oz.), the Yes To Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask (0.33 oz.), the Biore Charcoal Self Heating One Minute Mask (0.25 oz.), the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (1.05 oz.), the Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 count) and the Pacifica Beauty Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask (0.67 oz.). ($4.99 at ULTA Beauty)

Sephora Collection 'In The Blink and Eye' Eyeshadow Palette - This palette includes not one, not two, but three eyeshadows which are neutral and easy-to-wear. Plus, they are in a practical size which means you get a lot of product for the price point. The next time you are at Sephora or happen to go over to the official site, you may want to check out this budget friendly gem. ($5.00 at Sephora)

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Palette - Are diamonds really a girl's best friend or is it just the sparkle that is? If that is the case, this palette is every girl's best friend. This palette features five gorgeous glitter cream shades that really make a statement. With 12 choices to choose from, this is the perfect present for under $5. ($4.99 at J. Cat Beauty)

HASK Coconut Oil Nourishing Gift Set - What does everyone really want for Christmas? Gorgeous hair. This set is one of the best beauty gifts you can give this holiday and it is under $5. This set includes two Coconut Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioners (1.75 oz.) and one Shine Oil Vial (5/8 oz.) ($4.49 at ULTA Beauty)

Scunci Hair Gems - Whether you are looking to glam up your style for the holidays or simply searching for that special gem that accessorizes your entire hair look, this is definitely the one. The holidays are a time to put your best head forward and you will do just that with this spectacular Scunci addition. Available in both gold and silver, tis the season to great glam and even greater hair! ($4.99 at ULTA)


You don't have to spend a fortune let alone break your budget this holiday, as there are many gifts under $5 including these five beauty gifts. Happy Holidays!


FTC: Holiday Gift Guide 2018. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving is one of the most underrated holidays of the year. At least, in my opinion. And in case you are unaware, Thanksgiving is a holiday held every fourth Thursday of every November. Originally celebrated by the pilgrims in the early 1620s, this holiday really exudes so much to be grateful for. Since 1789, what started as an idea was denied by Thomas Jefferson to make Thanksgiving an official holiday here in the United States. It wasn't until 1863, then president Abraham Lincoln made the day an official holiday. Thanksgiving was celebrated as the last week of Thursday before president Franklin D. Roosevelt took it upon himself to make it the fourth Thursday of the month.

When I was a little girl, my mother use to make a dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. It would consist of gourmet sandwiches, hors d'eouvres, and pie. The family would reminisce about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness over hot chocolate and Christmas music. Most of the time, my mom would get very little sleep because she would be in the kitchen by early am cooking the Thanksgiving meal. Every year she made homemade stuffing (some people refer to it as "dressing" and even "breading") which she would make alone and stuff in the turkey. Then, she would make many sides including classic dishes which are a favorite to this day. The evening would end with an endless amount of cookies and pies, which were always apple or pumpkin themed.

My mom has always been a wonderful woman and I always admired the fact she could take a lot on in spite of working a full time job. Especially when it comes to cooking and baking. Perhaps this is where I got it from. She's in her early 60s now and still manages to do great things in which I respect her immensely. And mom, if you are reading this - I love you.

But the question remains: what am I truly thankful for? 


- First and foremost, I am really thankful to have food to eat. When you look at the world fully, rather than one-dimensionally it is crystal clear that most are unfortunate and do not have food to eat, let alone have the privilege of enjoying a big meal like Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones. I am grateful to be able to sit and enjoy good food today with good people.

- As a vegetarian of many years, I can admit that I am in good health. Amazing health actually. Aside from suffering from mild depression (which I really believe is only sporadic) I am both disease-free and drug-free. I do no suffer from any health problem at all. As a 38 year old woman, I am thankful to be in amazing health.

- As an Iranian American woman, I have discovered I am very lucky to be able to use my voice. To me, liberty is something to be truly thankful for. When it comes to the voice, I am very thankful to be able to use mine to and for a higher purpose. And I will continue to express my liberties accordingly, as I have that right. I am so thankful for freedom of speech. "Silence is golden, duct tape is silver, but the voice is platinum," - Sarah Afshar

- A lot of people assume you can live without clothing, but to me, I find it virtually impossible. In fact, the vast majority of status quo society would also share the same mindset in terms of clothing. Especially when we live on a planet that suffers from several problematic climate issues which include global warming. Some people can't afford a warm coat to wear during the winter. This is why I am thankful to have clothes to wear.

- I must say that I am very thankful to have a roof over my head. If you can imagine how many people don't have shelter nor even a place to go, if you have a warm place in which you can call "home" to go to everyday, you should be thankful. I know, I am. That goes without saying, if you have food to eat, clothes to wear and a roof over your head, you are still richer than 80% of the world.

- Life is one thing I am grateful and thankful for. I know this is probably a banal response to the question "What are your thankful for?" however, if you really look at this question, it is only natural to be thankful for life. Right? I am very blessed to live today to write this blog post. There are many who are no longer with us, as there are many who have died young. RIP Morgan. RIP Angela. I am so thankful to be waking up today.

- And with life comes love. I am thankful to have met Sumit. To have found love in my life. Not only is he the love of my life, but he has changed my life for the better. I feel like life, my life has more meaning because of him and with him in my life, I am more motivated and driven than ever. Sumit has changed my perception about quite a few things in which I am both genuinely and wholeheartedly grateful. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

- When it comes to working, a lot of people are unable to find employment. I am very lucky to have a job. A job that I enjoy. Academic credentials and a strong work ethic can only go so far in this life, as even a Harvard grad may be unable to find employment in this age. I am thankful to have a job.


 Other things that I am thankful for:

- Family and Friends (and people who matter)
- Pets (all animals to be honest, as I love them all)
- The Sun, the Moon and the Stars
- Sleep (and my bed, of course)
- Time
- Steamy Showers (baths too)
- Success and Achievement (and those who encourage it daily)
- Music Music Music
- Electricity
- Safety and Security
- Money in the Bank
- Weekends (Friday nights included)
- Hinduism (as of 2018, I am both Christian and Hindu) 
- Breathing fresh air
- Drinking clean water
- Learning
- Class and Elegance
- Honesty and Respect (the truth will always outweigh a lie and you will get respect if you always tell the truth)
- Vegetarianism
- Plants
- Fresh Fruit
- Bees
- Sunshine, Sunrises and Sunsets
- Rain
- Mountains and Trees
- Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
- The Environment
- Laughter
- Inspiration (because we could use more of it daily)
- The smell of Cardamom
- Gourmet Cheese
- Bandage Dresses
- Mobile Phones
- Anything Beauty (Makeup, Skincare, Hair, etc.)
- The World Wide Web (or an internet connection)
- Independence
- Joy and Happiness (it's all around us)
- Modern Medicine
- Peace of Mind
- Entrepreneurs, Inventors and Visionaries
- Dreams and Imagination
- Writers and Content Producers (and those of you who read us)
- Opinions (because we all have one)
- Memories (and those memory-breeding experiences which create them)
- Vita Coco Coconut Water
- Grocery Stores
- Online Shopping
- The Holidays
- Home Cooked Meals
- Masala Chai Tea (preferably with vanilla almond milk)
- Good News
- Donald Trump as president of the United States
- Anyone who is reading this blog post. Yes - you. Thank you.

On the 22nd of November, I can sit and remember this day forever. As I sip on my moscato writing this blog post, I am can admit that I am so thankful for happiness and very happy today. From my home, to your home - Happy Thanksgiving!