~ Julep Maven Box: December Preview ~

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Welcome to The Countdown Collection – Julep’s December Maven Preview!  This collection of polishes has it all – crèmes, shimmers and glitter!  All designed to get you holiday party ready!  Julep is also offering a special holiday box – The Holiday Soiree for an additional $5, along with the typical polish upgrade options.  

Julep is also offering Mavens early access to their Black Friday sale!  In the add-on section you will find some of the top holiday gifts discounted even more!!

The big beauty news this month is Orbital Eyeshadow!  Julep has created 6 shades that sparkle, shine and have more than enough color!  Each shade is injected with three layers of pigment for a mix of metallic shimmer, pearly iridescence, and intense color that blends like a powder and pays off like a crème...

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~ Currently Craving: Weekender Bags ~

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With the holidays basically here – I’ve found myself spending more time away from home.  Even if it’s just a night at my parents’ house or a weekend at a friends – having a great bag to carry all my stuff in is key.  When you’re only going to be away from home for a night or two – there’s no reason to pack a full suitcase (no matter how tiny it may be).  

Weekender Bags are a life saver.  Just large enough to get what you need – but it’s not going to take up all the trunk space.  This is key if you are traveling with a group of friends for a weekend away!  You don’t want to be the girl (or guy) who has too much luggage!!  

I typically go for solid leather (or leather like) materials – though sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with a fun print!  Right now I’m craving a bag in the same c...

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~ Naked On The Run ~

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I’m so excited to share with you all the newest addition to the Urban Decay Naked family – Naked On The Run!  It launches tomorrow and it is the perfect palette for those of you who travel (or need to touch up your makeup throughout the day), as well as for those of us who are Naked Junkies!   This set has everything you need – eye shadow,  eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, bronzer and blush!  Seriously – it’s the perfect palette!

This kit comes with 6 all new eye shadow shades, a bronzer and blush.  Travel size mascara and new shade of eyeliner – plus a full size Naked Gloss in a brand new color!  All for the price of $54!  It goes on sale at 1am PST November 20th on the Urban Decay website!  Even better – Urban Decay offers standard free shipping on all orders over $50!  

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~ Beauty Bargains: e.l.f. Essential Holiday ~

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As much as I am willing to spend money on makeup – I love a beauty bargain as much as the next girl!  As long as it really is worth more than the discounted price!  Meaning – just because I might only spend $3 for a lip gloss, I’d like for it to feel like a more expensive one!  Obviously more expensive cosmetics are priced higher for a reason, but I definitely think we can find comparable products at a discounted price!  Which is why I love e.l.f. Cosmetics.  

And this year for the holidays they have their e.l.f. Essential Holiday collection of products!  See below for some great stocking stuffer choices!

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I’m a lip balm addict...

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~ Makeup Monday: ModelCo ~

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Birchbox has really become my place to discover new makeup.  In the October box I received ModelCo’s Party Proof Lipstick and instantly became hooked.  I had to find out more about this makeup company!

ModelCo is an Australian brand  created by a former model agent, Shelley Barrett who, after working with models, makeup artists and stylists, saw a niche in the market for innovative, quick-fix, multipurpose beauty solutions.  Their first product was the LASHWAND Heated Eyelash Curler in 2002.  The next major innovation was TAN Airbrush in a Can (the first sunless tanner in aerosol packaging).  

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“Creating something that women want before they know they want it is a philosophy we use everyday at ModelCo.  It’s the crux of our business – innovation and smart beauty.” ~ Shelley Barre...
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~ Skincare Sunday: Pore Minish Primer ~

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I’ve talked about how my pores bother me on previous Skincare Sundays.  In fact if I could have one skincare wish, it would be to have smaller pores!  Unfortunately I have yet to meet a wish granting skincare genie, so I’m really excited to share Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer today!  This was included in a Birchbox from several months ago (can’t remember exactly when) and I just finally got around to using it.

A primer is an absolute must for me when doing my makeup, so if one will make my pores look smaller – I’m all in!  The company says that it is a treatment primer that instantly diminishes the look of pores and lines, prevents oil and impurity buildup and refines skin texture.

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The active ingredients in Pore Medic Pore Minishing Primer are:

Laricyl – purifies and tighten...

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~ On My Radar: Everlane ~

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Your designer clothes sell for 8 times what they cost to make.  Not at Everlane.

That’s a pretty interesting statement.  I knew retail markup was high…but 8 times?  While I know that you have to pay for quality – shopping for classic clothing can get pretty expensive.  Which is why the concept of Everlane is so brilliant.  They make beautiful basics and offer them online only – without any of the traditional markups.  They also believe in Radical Transparency – where they tell us (the customer) exactly how much the item in question actually cost to make.  We’re talking materials, labor and transporting from factory to warehouse.  They also let you know where your clothing is coming from...

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~ Double Exposure: Twice the Eye Shadows ~

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Last year I missed the debut of Smashbox’s Full Exposure palette.  Only discovering it a few months ago!  This time – I’m not missing out on Double Exposure!!  Yes – there is a new eye shadow palette in town…and it’s pretty awesome!

Double Exposure has 14 shadows that transition into 28 shades when you add water!  Basically the shadows have special coated pigments that create new shades when wet.  The shadows will either become deeper, turn metallic, become more vibrant or create sparkles!  So now your eye shadow palette gives you 28 different shadows!  Pretty good deal!

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Shades include: Silver, Mauve, Peony, Blanc, Quartz, Flushed, Veiled, Midnight, Temper, Haze, Noir, Copper, Fig, Espresso 

Like most palettes, Double Exposure comes with a double-ended brush...

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~ Currently Craving: Plaid Scarves ~

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For someone who hates the cold, I really love scarves!  I have an extensive collection of them, everything from gauzy summer weight to thick wool ones.  They are perfect for winters here in Arizona – sometimes a scarf is all you need to stay warm!  Recently I’ve been craving a new plaid scarf after I realized I only own 1!  

See below for some of my favorites – and let me know which one you think I should get!  And let me know if you’ve found an amazing plaid scarf I should check out!

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~ Maison Martin Margiela: REPLICA ~

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I wrote about the Arquiste for J Crew fragrances a few months ago.  Now there is another company offering fragrances based off of a memory.  The REPLICA collection from Maison Martin Margiela, which is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner!  The 6 fragrances come in bottles inspired by classic apothecary jars.  They all have a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles tags used  on the clothing and accessories for the REPLICA couture collection.  The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.  

Maison Martin Margiela is a French fashion house known for their ground-breaking design and innovative technique!  They’ve done collaborations with Converse and H&M in the past...

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