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Our Bougie Babes Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the holidays and sometimes you gotta splurge. Whether it’s for yourself, a coworker or dear friend, here’s a round up of some of my favorite luxe gifts that make me feel like a million bucks! Also head to glamour.com to see some of my other holiday beauty picks!

Venus et Fleur 

Venus et fleur rosesThese flower arrangements are magic. Beautifully packaged roses in every color that are real and they last a year! I told you they were magic. I have the four rose style from Saks  but they have loads of different arrangements on their site. And they smell like a fresh cut bouquet! I’ve had mine for two months and they still smell as beautiful as the day I got them. No watering or maintenance needed. So good!

Thompson Ferrier Candle

I’m big on candles (you should see my collection), Thompson Ferrier candles go a step beyond! They are works of art and so edgy, I love them all!!!!! But if I had to choose the elephant, skulls, pineapple, and buddha heads are my favorites! That’s actually not true, every time I’m on their site I have new ones I’m lusting over. You can check them out at Bloomingdale’s, Barneys and Shopbop, but I also saw certain styles discounted on gilt.

Holiday lips with Clarins

Clarins red lipstick and lip oilRed lips or shimmer? The usual debate of my holiday lips. Why not both? Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in shade Joli Rouge might as well be called Jolly Rouge, because it’s the happiest red. My lips are always so dry and chapped in the winter and this formula is so creamy and moisturizing and goes on so smooth. It features Mango Oil and organic Marsh Samphire to condition and nourish lips for 6 hours.

Top it off with their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in shade Honey Glam to create the perfect lip look for all your festive gatherings. Their lip oils are infused with 100% pure plant oils to nourish, sooth and plump lips. Honey Glam adds just the right amount of shimmer and shine making it the perfect top coat for your holiday parties.

The Holiday Set You Need This Season

kleenex facial cleansing wipesThe holidays are all about being merry and bright – and that includes your skin! I want you all to glow this season, and Kleenex® Facial Cleansing has made it easier and more affordable than ever! They launched the cutest Very Merry Cleansing Collection, which features five super convenient cleansing fabrics to wash, scrub, and remove your skin’s Grinches away. The Very Merry Cleansing Collection (a $45 value for $25 + free shipping!) includes:kleened daily cleansing cushions and exfoliating cushions set

  • Daily Cleansing Cushions Dispenser (15 count), a daily cleansing cushion you activate with water and then massage onto your The tiny purifying blue dots gently scrub to loosen dirt, while the soft, massaging pillow lifts it away, leaving skin super smooth.
  • Exfoliating Cushions Dispenser (12 count), their award-winning, double-sided exfoliating cushions feature a textured blue side that deep cleans dull and dead skin and a white side that instantly smooths and polishes.
  • Facial Cleansing Wipes Dispenser (25 count), alcohol free, pre-moistened face wipes featuring their unique layered textured fabric that remove 3x more dirt, oil, and makeup than regular liquid cleansers alone.
  • Eye Makeup Removers Dispenser (60 count), dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, these moisture-infused eye makeup removers gently lift even the toughest waterproof formulas effortlessly.
  • Cotton Soft Pads (85 count), hypoallergenic cotton soft pads featuring a textured microfiber fabric that’s so soft and durable they can be used wet or dry. The multi-tasking pads are great for everything from applying toners and makeup to removing nail polish.

All of these products are dermatologist tested and ideal for all skin types. And again, the whole collection is only $25! I also love that they sell refills for all of the product’s dispensers which makes re-stocking that much more affordable. Kleenex makeup wipeskleenex eye makeup remover pads

Kleenex® is the OG trusted brand of 150 years helping with bringing comfort and care.Whether it’s blotting our lipstick, drying our eyes, or helping us with a cold, their tissues are what revolutionized the industry. And their line of facial cleansing products feature the same level of durability. The fabrics are next level, textured, and multi-layered with a pro-vitamin complex that gently cleanses.

One of my cardinal rules of skincare is never go to bed with your makeup on. What I love about this collection is you can keep the cushions in your bathroom for a deep clean and the facial cleansing wipes by your bed if you’re feeling lazy to ensure you’re not waking up with raccoon eyes and sad looking skin. When you sleep, your skin does some pretty vital maintenance work, so you don’t want dirt and makeup interfering with that. It can trap dead skin cells, which you want off to make way for new skin cells to come up to the surface. The exfoliating cushion are also great for removing that extra layer of dead skin!

Check them out at KleenexFacialCleansing.com and see what cool things they are up to on their Instagram account @KleenexFacialCleansing.

First Look: Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca

Come March Oscar del la Renta will introduce a new floral fragrance, Bella Blanca. Packaged in an exquisite white bottle featuring three dimensional white flowers on it, and housing a scent that smells like spring. Floral and feminine, the scent is inspired by Oscar’s love of gardening and love of strong women and features his favorite notes.

1 Day Only! NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette

nars wanted palette excluse to sephora.comThere’s limited edition, and then there’s available for 1 day only! Enter NARS Wanted Eyeshadow Palette, available on Cyber Monday, November 27th, exclusively on Sephora.com. Featuring 12 all new formula shades it’s a great mix of nude staples in satin and mattes to a range of fun glittering metallics and shimmers perfect for holiday.

Watch it work below!

Malin + Goetz Cannabis.

malin+goetz cannabis fragrance and candleCannabis, has been a hot topic for pain relief and beyond with 20 states having legalized it for medical purposes. And now it seems like everyday I’m reading about a new eye cream or body oils reaping the benefits from this once controversial and now ever so trendy plant. Don’t worry all the beauty products are legal in all states as they are THC-free — expect no euphoric high as a side effect, but on the up side it also doesn’t come with munchies either.

Segue to one of the most creative and hilarious mailer that arrived from Malin+Goetz promoting their new Cannabis fragrance. I had tried the candle version out last week at a SpaceNK event (how cute is this Malin+Goetz Vice Candle Set?) and was obsessed! Originally I had no real interest in trying this collection. Of all the benefits that intrigue me about cannabis, the smell has never been one for me. However when I finally spritzed it (and inhaled the candle), I didn’t smell like a stoner! Far from it.

The Sephora Holiday Sets You Should Have on your Radar

For me Sephora is the ultimate destination for beauty gifts. They have so many major value beauty and skincare sets from my favorite brands that NEVER discount past the occasional seasonal set. They also have a ton of exclusive gifts you can’t get at any other retailer. If you’re a beauty lover/hoarder there are 3 reasons you should pay attention to the holiday gifts that come out, 1) the values are insane, 2) they’re limited edition, and 3) Sephora Favorites sets are magic. Breaking down the best of all three below!

First off, if you don’t know about the “Sephora Favorites” sets, you’re missing out. They feature a range of top sellers across different brands in categories. They are a major deal and a great way to discover new products and brands you may not have tried before, mixed in with your favorites. Top of my list from their sets is the “Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip” set which is currently on my wishlist ($68, $254 value) and features a range of 15 full and deluxe size lipsticks, glosses to lip creams, from brands including Marc Jacobs Beauty, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Laura Mercier, YSL and more.

The other Sephora Favorites set I’m eyeing is their “Skin Wonderland” ($64, $214 value).  I love to travel and this has 13 minis of so many of my favorite skincare products from Kate Somerville, SUNDAY RILEY, fresh, Dr Dennis Gross, Drunk Elephant and more. Also it comes with a mini Foreo LUNA Play! This Sephora Glow For It set also looks amazing!

Sephora holiday sets from Buxom, Kat Von D and Too FacedFor values, two sets I’m loving is the “Buxom Lips Off Leash” 15 piece mini lip collection ($59, $150 value) and “Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda” eyes, face and lip set ($58, $336 value). Buxom also has a few other really cute lip sets worth checking out. I don’t know what the value of the Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette ($62) is but for eyeshadow lovers, this does not disappoint, the pigments are intense, it’s so good!!!!!!!!

Beauty Updates: YSL’s Must See POP Up, the Kardashians Continue to Make Beauty News and more!

gigi hadid x maybelline collection
I’ve been a little on the down low the past week but had a few beauty headlines I wanted to share that got me excited. And some big news, Glamour asked me to judge their beauty awards for the 3rd year! It’s the start to a great month with a few more exciting things I have in the works. Happy November everyone, lets make it a productive one!

Ulta is coming to NYC this week! Mark your calendars for 11/10, the premiere location featuring a hair salon, Benefit Brow Bar, MAC Makeup applications and lessons, Dermalogica Skin Bar, Skin Laundry and more is coming to 188 East 86th Street.

ILIA launches at Spacenk

Gigi Hadid x Maybelline collection is HERE (and we’re drooling!).

Kylie Cosmetics continues its takeover – 7 pop-ups at Topshop coming soon!

Dr. Haushka launches makeup and celebrates their 50th anniversary! This is literally the first natural skincare brand I fell in love with (my mom and I swear by the Revitalizing Day Cream). The new color line is plant and mineral based, I played with them briefly at the launch event and the lipstick pigments were amazing!

Mark your calendars the limited-edition Pat McGrath LABS LiquiLUST 007 launches 11.16.17 12pm EST on PATMCGRATH.COM

Speaking of pop-ups… anyone else drooling over YSL’s first pop up shop that just opened in NYC? PS: EVERYTHING is customizable!!

Thanks to Kim K, we will all soon be smelling like Gardenia (and not complaining). She’s launching 3 new fragrances this month!

Maybe the one downfall of being royalty. An amazing read on what beauty product is not royal etiquette approved.

Adwoa Adoah is the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty

Colourpop is at Sephora (okay this is slightly older news but needed to make sure you knew!!!).

REVIEW: BECCA Apres Ski Glow Collection Face Palette Collection

I have a not so secret long time obsession with BECCA Cosmetics. So much so that whenever I’m at the Plaza and hit the food court downstairs (which PS opened 7 years ago), I think of them, since back in the day before the space served food it had a beauty vendor which was one of the few places you could shop the brand. They’ve come so far and are absolutely killing it, especially in the highlight/bronze face category, their latest palettes are no exception!

Cate Blanchett launches Change Destiny Series with SK-II

OMG I met Cate Blanchett! And I somehow managed to not have a heart attack. As many of you know Cate Blanchett is a long time ambassador for SK-II and started using the brand 15 years when her makeup artist introduced her to their legendary Facial Treatment Essence. Considering she doesn’t look like he aged in the past decade+ you can see why many consider this product the fountain of youth.

This week, Cate Blanchett hosted the launch of the new Change Destiny Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence series in NYC. Same iconic formula available, now available in three limited edition packaging featuring the brands Change Destiny mantras – “Be the Person You DECIDE to be”, “CHANGE is in All of Us” and “DESTINY is a Matter of Choice” – individually emblazoned across all white bottles.

As a huge advocate of change, Cate talked about the campaign as well as her experience with the brand and the importance of sun protection and sleep when it comes to taking care of your skin and body.