Parlor Holiday Gift Guide

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Is everyone ready to get their Black Friday on? Or are you more the Cyber Monday type? Yes, it can be hectic and stressful but I love this time of year. I love giving gifts; it forces me to take the time to think about what each of my family members and friends would really love.

I love giving beauty gifts because they are both indulgent and practical. Most people hate to spend money on themselves, especially for items that can seem unnecessary. An amazing makeup palette or a rich, beautifully scented body cream, for example, are splurges for most people. The guilt leads us to think, “I’ll just use my old makeup and pick up some lotion from the drugstore…” But, deep down, we want the splurge. Am I right?

Though these types of gifts feel decadent, they are not wasteful. They will be used, probably frequently. Some have additional benefits like healthier skin or hair, others may just be fun to play with. You don’t have to worry if they will fit and because most of these items eventually need to be replaced, you don’t have to fret over whether the recipient already has one. For all these reasons, beauty gifts are a joy to give or receive.

My 2014 picks for beauty gifts and stocking stuffers for the women and girls in your life along with a few shopping tips are after the jump. Continue reading

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Water Slide Decals Nail Art Tutorial

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Succulents are really the ultimate plant. They are beautiful and unique while being easy to care for because they can survive long periods without water. There’s a variety of ways to display these ornamental plants as well, which adds to their charm. A mix of them potted in a simple planter, hung in a group of glass terrariums, or arranged into a living wreath are all gorgeous presentations.

In this post, I’ll show you how to wear a succulent design on your nails using water slide decals. These nail art stickers are really easy to apply and I think it’s pretty fun to do, too. Born Pretty Store offers lots of cute designs at great prices. Get an additional 10% off with coupon code PA10K31.

Learn how it’s done after the jump. Continue reading

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REVIEW: GreyFree by Guiliano

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If you follow my posts, you know I’ve been on quest to find the best temporary root concealers. These smart products cover grays and new growth along your part and hairline between haircolor touch ups. They are brilliant for hiding noticeable roots for important meetings or events and helping stretch the time a bit between salon appointments. (Just don’t wait too long. New growth over 1/2 inch can process unevenly due to heat at your scalp.)

These convenient cover ups come in a wide variety of textures and application methods including powders, markers, and sprays. In this post, I’m reviewing GreyFree by Guiliano, which looks and feels a lot like mascara. You simply unscrew the cap and use the attached wand to lightly paint over new growth. Wait for the product to dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process, and then lightly brush through.

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As I learned while playing with GreyFree, a little goes a long way. It’s designed to cover effectively with a light coat and too much can feel heavy. Once dry, I didn’t have a problem with the product transferring on to my clothing or bedding and it shampoos out easily. Additionally, the forgetful klutz in me appreciates the all-in-one design. It’s easy to through around in your bag without the fear of the product breaking or loosing the applicator.

GreyFree offers 9 shades – the most of any root cover up I’ve found. The Ash Brown color works really well for men and can even be used to color beard or mustache hair. Hey, it is Movember, after all.

Pros:
Covers well
Convenient, travel-friendly packaging
Available in a lot of shades
Safe to use on eyebrows, eyelashes, mustaches, and beards
Doesn’t transfer onto clothing once dry

Cons:
Heavy feeling if you use too much
Takes a few minutes to dry and set
For use on hair only; doesn’t fill in thinning areas the way powders and spray do

GreyFree Hair Color Touch Up is available at Folica $10

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