Mother’s Day is right around the corner. On this day, we celebrate the woman who gave us life and provided us love and care all the while judiciously managing everything in the day- to- day affairs of being a mother–caretaker, confidant, cheerleader, cook, the list goes on. Today I wanted to share a beauty related gift guide for every budget and gifts that are worthy to bestow to the woman we call Mom. 

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I always look forward to the holiday lip sets released from Kat Von D Beauty each year. Not only are the products perfect for holiday gifts, they are wonderfully clutch size, and perfect for your makeup bag. I was really impressed with last year’s set, the Mi Vida Loca Lipsick set, reviewed here, and when I found out that this year’s Kat Von D Mini Liquid Lipstick Set would feature a mini set of her popular liquid lipsticks, I promptly picked one up when I spotted it at Sephora.

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Too Faced never ceases to amaze me with their oh-so adorable, swoon worthy releases and their latest limited edition exclusive shade, Candy Cane in their Melted Matte formula is perfect for the upcoming season of festivities that will be upon us. It’s an incredibly beautiful holiday red that smells like peppermint mocha! If you are looking for a bold red lip for the holiday season, this stunning shade of red will not disappoint. 

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Benefit Cosmetics introduces two new kits as an extension of their popular They’re Real range of products. The first is the the They’re Real Big Sexy Lips Kit and the second is the They’re Real Big Sexy Eye Kit, which I’ll be sharing with you today. The palette is now available online and in stores and features three beautifully paired duos of neutral shades. 

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Benefit Cosmetics recently got a huge makeover of their brow collection, boasting a total of 9 new or relaunched brow products. Today on the blog I’m sharing images and details of Benefit Cosmetics’ latest offering–two brow kits that are at an incredible price and value. Each kit retails for $34 USD and there are two offerings available, a buildable color kit for more dramatic brows and a kit for more precisely, defined brows.

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All Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! Today I wanted to do a quick run down of my beauty picks and recommendations. There were many Beauty Exclusives that caught my attention priced at a great value with immense savings. These Beauty Exclusives will go fast, so I would recommend that you pay a visit to your local Nordstrom or make your purchases online promptly before they run out.  

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! Early Access for Nordstrom Cardholders started July 15th and will run until July 21st. The sale will be open to the public starting July 22nd and will end August 7th.  For a limited time, you can score some really good deals on  major markdowns from many popular brands and enjoy the savings in turn. There were many beauty exclusives that caught my attention while browsing the catalog online, so I paid a visit to my local store for Early Access. 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty recently launched 5 new Air Blush Soft Duos which feature two complimentary shades that merge together to help you achieve a customized finish. The blush duos are created through a process called soufflage, French for “air whipped” and features a unique striped band which was inspired by a Marc Jacobs dress on the runway.

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Currently trending in Spring Beauty for 2016 is the launch of many color correcting products and palettes to address various complexion concerns. This concept is not something new and has been around for quite some time, however, it seems to have hit the beauty mainstream this year as nearly every major makeup brand has offerings available at this moment. 

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Lorac’s new Spring collection includes the release of their Color Source Buildable Blushes, a range of 10 new gorgeous shades in matte and satin finishes. These blushes caught my attention as I was making my rounds to the booths at IMATS and I picked up two beautiful shades to share with you today.  My first introduction to their line started when I purchased their Couture Shine lipgloss in the color Trendsetter and blush in Soul, which were among my favorite items from their range of products.  One thing that stands out about this line which was created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, is Lorac’s commitment to infuse their products with a host of beneficial ingredients that are good for the skin. Kindly scroll below for my color picks, swatches, and my overall review. 

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Gwen Stefani knows how to rock a bold lip and a line up of eight, yes, eight new shades from the UDx Gwen collaboration recently released online and will hit stores very soon. The shades come in varying finishes, from sheer, to cream to matte. Continuing with my picks from the UDx Gwen collection, today’s post will feature my picks and and review of the lip colors I selected, complete with lip swatches. 

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IMATS LA wrapped up this weekend in Pasadena, CA.  I attended on the final day which was Sunday, January 17th. My best friend purchased tickets for me as a birthday gift last fall and needless to say, I was thrilled! There were so many different vendors that the booths were split into two different halls. The venue was packed as beauty enthusiasts from all over convened upon the Pasadena Convention Center to happily haul their hearts out. Amidst the long lines and crowd, I managed to haul home some exciting new releases that I will follow up with blog posts later. It was exciting to see all the major makeup brands in one spot. This is open for anyone attend, and is not limited to just makeup artists or beauty professionals, so if you have an opportunity to attend an IMATS event in a city nearby in the future, I would highly recommend it.

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