I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post you’re a member of the VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) program at Sephora. If not, hit pause and go sign up.
As easily as I’m enabled in my beauty purchases I’m not so inclined to throw my VIB points around all willy nilly. I guess you could call me a VIB Points Hoarder, and I’m okay with that. Why? Because good things come to those who wait.
Sephora has fabulous 500 point gifts, but they’re not all created equal. Over the years I’ve noticed that the best ones come at the end of the year, and sometimes there’s even a sweet 1000 point gift. 2013 was no exception.
Reason 1: Dior - mini Dior Addict EDT, mini Dior Addict Lipstick in 578 and a charm necklace. 500 points.
Reason 2: NARS – mini Orgasm Blush, mini Copacabana Illuminator, mini Gold Digger Larger Than Life Lip Gloss and a mini Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base. 500 points.
Reason 3: Yves Saint Laurent - mini eye makeup remover, mini eye pencil, mini babydoll mascara and a charm bracelet. 500 points.
They also had amazing ones from Balenciaga and Dolce & Gabbana!
What was your favorite Sephora VIB score?
Okay, I rarely post on anything for men, but I know you’re out there and I’m about to throw you a little love with today’s Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Men!
This post is also for the ladies. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat down and had no idea what to get a guy for Christmas. Sometimes the cutest idea is to go to the store, grab a stocking, and stuff it full of wrapped goodies. These goodies don’t have to be expensive (I personally like to put the one “bigger” item at the bottom and have smaller and less expensive things above).
Obviously, this has to be personalized towards the guy in your life that you’re shopping for (whether it be a husband, boyfriend, father, uncle, brother.. etc), but this will at least give you a few ideas!
A Cologne Gift Set. This may or may not be too big for a stocking, depending on how large you go when it comes to footwear that hangs on your mantle. If you’re unsure what he’d like go with the Fragrance Sampler for Him from Sephora. It has 14 of the most sought-after men’s fragrances in a travel bag as well as a voucher for a free full size fragrance at any US Sephora store.
I asked a few dudes what they like to get and quite a few said a shaving set/dop kit. Anthony Logistics has The Perfect Shave Kit and I know for a fact men love the products. The shave cream by itself makes a perfect addition to your mans stocking.
Food. That’s honestly a no-brainer. Beef Jerky… sunflower or pumpkin seeds… nuts… man things. Whatever your guy likes to snack on.
Sports Stuff. This being Pittsburgh we’re Steelers/Pirates/Penguins people, and it’s likely your guy has a hometown or college favorite as well. Roll up a t-shirt or even a pair of socks. Guys appreciate it if they think we love that they love sports.
Tech Gear. Maybe he needs a decent phone case or a car charger. Some sort of accessory he’s always whining he needs to pick up but never does. If he’s pretty good about grabbing what he needs an iTunes gift card will work as well. No guy says no to jams.
Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak. He works hard, he plays hard… he’s probably crying grumbling about how he’s sore… he can go soak in the tub and scrub up. This helps him and you because then he’s all yummy when he comes out.
Please get that man a good pair of toe nail clippers. He’ll never do it for himself and if he’s big into flip flops in the Summer you’ll do the world a favor. Tweezerman has a combo set and it’s only 9 bucks.
Car Things. Air freshener (which saves you having to sniff whatever groady man scent he thinks is amazing), small ice scraper, de-icer (you wouldn’t believe how often I’ve needed that crap in the winter).
IOU Book. The least expensive of them all…. Keep the certificates as G-rated as doing his laundry or go as raunchy as whatever. Everyone in the world appreciates these.
You can also theme it! Not too far from where I live is an awesome ski resort.. if you have one within driving distance you can always get a weekend ski package for at the bottom of the stocking and fill up the rest with things like chapstick, a winter hat, scarf, kleenex, travel shampoo… he’ll clearly think you’ve lost it until he hits the trip at the bottom, but how fun!
Tell me how you surprised that special someone in your life during the holidays in the comments! And be sure to check out the other bloggers Top 10 Stocking Stuffer ideas below!
Top 10 Palettes can be such a broad subject. After all, there are so many! For this post, I want to take you back. We’re talking old school-ish. To the palettes you may have forgotten about, but that still hold a special place in your heart.
In no particular order:
Midnight Hour Eye Shadow Palette. This was from the Disney Reigning Beauties Collection from Sephora, the Cinderella Edition. While all of the princess collections were to die for, this particular palette was probably my fave. I reach for it quite a bit when I want something understated but not too boring. Word is these collections are over… but I really hope minds change and we see more.
Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. Penelope was my first eye kit from LMdB and remains one of my go-to fave palettes to this day. Every time I go somewhere, it travels with me. Every time I’m at a loss for what to do with my look, I reach for Penelope. She’s from 2011 but she’s like a best friend that I’ll never let leave my side!
Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. Well, if this isn’t a blast from the past I don’t know what is. This one takes us back to 2010. Back to which was, IMO, the very best thing Urban Decay ever released. It doesn’t even matter that the shades weren’t “new” shades. They had new, theme appropriate names and the artwork was incredible.
Tarte for True Blood Eyeshadow Palette. Of course True Blood fans lost their damn minds when this collection came out in 2011. You could transform yourself via looks into your favorite True Blood characters and perhaps attract your own Eric Northman. Or Bill Compton, but not the Bill Compton from last season… you’re better than that.
MAC Festive Frost Face Kit. I wish I reached for this more, because the shades are to die for, especially for the holiday season. This palette released with MAC Holiday 2011 and was a Nordstrom exclusive.
MAC 5 Neutral Eyes Holiday Eye Kit. This one is only about a year old, releasing with Holiday 2012, but it creates the best smokey eye you’ve ever laid eyes on. You’re insane if you don’t love this.
Illamasqua Complement Eye Shadow Palette. Complement is also only around a year old, but I adore the shades and the eye look they create together. It’s not a palette you’d think would be wearable for multiple occasions, but in these colder months it totally is.
Okay, so maybe some of these aren’t too old school. I feel like in the life of a beauty blogger we see so much that a year or two can feel old school. Also, the Urban Decay and Tarte palettes are from several years ago. Boom. Justified.
What is your favorite old school beauty palette? I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with! Click the icons below to check them out!