10 Genius Gift Ideas All Under $40

In a major rush to get a gift but want it to impress? I got you covered, girl. The genius gift ideas in this holiday gift guide are just that–genius. From top notch products we would use everyday but would rarely buy for ourselves to the sample sets that allow us to try the products everyone raged about this year, there’s something here for every woman in your life. And, the best part? Nothing is over $40.

10 Genius Gift Ideas:

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S’well bottles combine fashion and function. They keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. And, the bottles come in some jazzy designs. Would you expect anything less than fabulous from a woman-owned company? I use mine EVERY DAY.

2.  ($25)

Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. This set provides the perfect opportunity to try 3 of her top selling lipstick colors.

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Been thinking about getting a smart speaker? This is the one. It’s compact but powerful. With a simple, “Hey Google,” you can have hands-free help in any room.

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Don’t know her favorite scent? No problem. This Sephora sample set includes 7 of its most popular fragrances.

5. ($29)

Do her a favor and gift her these 5 travel-sized eye pencils. They’re the softest, smoothest eye pencils ever. They glide on and blend like a dream. Don’t ask me how many I own.

6. ($14.99)

2019 plans have to be made! And, Day Designer makes the most user-friendly, practical, stylish daily planner I’ve ever used. This particular style, Day Designer for Blue Sky, makes the Day Designer system available for under $15 at Target. I already got mine. What are you waiting for?

7. ($19.95)

Know a notebook/journal snob, someone who desires great paper quality and little ink bleed-through on their pages? Impress her with one of these.

8.  ($12 plus 30% off right now)

If you haven’t smelled the Mini Capri Blue Volcano candle yet, do yourself a favor and get it for yourself. It’ll have your room smelling like a tropical paradise.

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For that spirited friend who enjoys sipping on an aged rum or cognac from time to time, give her a glass with her initial on it.

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Want to know what it feels like to walk on clouds? Slip your feet into these. I finally replaced my 4-year old pair from J.Crew with this J.Crew Factory version of the popular style. They’re perfect. P.S.: I get them one size larger (i.e. I wear a size 8 but wear a 9 in these).



These Top Beauty Products Make The Best Stocking Stuffers

Good things come in small packages! Am I right? Who doesn’t love opening up lots of tiny gifts? I especially like when those tiny gifts are practical and useful. And, what’s stocking-sized and more useful than beauty products? The beauty stocking stuffers in this gift guide are not only some of the top-rated beauty products of the year, they’re also staples in my personal beauty routine. I use them, I love them, and she will too.

Beauty Stocking Stuffers

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Bonus: Talking about top beauty products, enter to win the Entire NAKED CHERRY COLLECTION. For rules and to enter, click . Read my review of the collection here.

Urban Decay Launches Naked Cherry Collection, And It’s Sweet!

Given it’s popularity over the years, it’s very likely you’ve owned an Urban Decay Naked palette or two at some point. That palette achieved cult-favorite status. I really enjoyed getting creative and mastering my own makeup skills with Urban Decay palettes. So, it was shocking when news broke earlier this fall that the original Naked palette would be discontinued. What the what?

Good news is, though, Urban Decay was working on something new, and it’s good. Really good. Last month, Urban Decay dropped the Naked Cherry Collection, which includes a Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette. Will it be permanent and replace the original Naked palette? That’s left to be seen. What I do know is the collection is bomb. I got my hands on the entire thing, so I’m sharing a quick look and early favorites.

The entire Naked Cherry Collection includes the , , , , a , and 3 satin finish Vice Lipsticks in , , and .

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The 12 shadow palette is fantastic if you love warm berry hues. I do! I’ve already been experimenting with most of the colors. I’ve been enjoying the perfect spread of shimmers and mattes. As with all Urban Decay shadows, I love how easily they apply and wear.

I prefer matte lippies, so these lipsticks really surprised me because I love ’em. I’ve worn Juicy, a shimmering peachy beige, every day since getting it. The deep cherry red is my second favorite. All in all, these lip colors complement the eye looks you’d create with the palette well.

When I first opened the , I knew immediately I’d love the reddish-coral blush and the shimmering highlighter on the left. I was hesitant, though, about that iridescent complexion topper on the right. It’s the kind of color that can easily look ashy on brown skin. It looks fabulous though!

Here’s an easy look I created using the Naked Cherry Collection. My foundation is . The lipstick is Juicy. I’m also wearing that iridescent highlighter. Quite nice, right? As always, I set my makeup with the All Nighter Spray. It’s my go-to setting spray. I will be sticking to the original formula, but the cherry-scented one has a soft cherry scent that’s pleasant.

See how well the collection accents fall’s favorite brown hues here.

Disclosure: Urban Decay provided the entire collection.

The Best Beauty and Fashion Collaborations to Know About this Year

Collaborations in fashion and beauty, whether they be luxury brands partnering with department stores or celebrities partnering with mainstream brands, have been quite successful. We’ve seen demand for these collaborations crash websites (a la Target) or so far exceed supply that products sell out within minutes of launch. So, these collaborations are not going anywhere. Listen, the partnerships slated for this year need to be on your radar.

What I love about these partnerships is they offer superb products at price points that are affordable for many. Let’s get into the best beauty and fashion collaborations currently available or launching soon.

Beauty and Fashion Collaborations to Know About this Year

Mac Aaliyah

Where are my Aaliyah fans? Mac Aaliyah is finally here! It launched online and hits stores today, June 21. I simply can’t pass on owning a lipstick from this collection. Browse online now.

Keds X Kate Spade New York

The launched earlier this year with a wedding a collection. It is available right now. If glitter isn’t your thing, there are some gorgeous gingham Keds too.

Trina Turk for Macy’s

Trina Turk, a brand loved for its colorful, modern styles, partnered with Macy’s INC International Concepts. The capsule collection launched last month and is available. Browse the . There are styles as low as $29.50.

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Victoria Beckham x Reebok

Victoria Beckham is partnering with sportswear brand Reebok. The collaboration is expected to launch later this year. I’m excited to see how she translates her classic, polished, sophisticated style in sportswear. Follow news on .

Lilly Pulitzer X S’well

When two of your favorite brands come together, magic happens. The ooze with summer vibes in classic Lilly prints. My S’well bottle goes everywhere with me…I swear by them.

H&M x Moschino

Back in April, H&M announced that its upcoming haute couture collaboration is with Jeremy Scott and Moschino. I have had zero luck snagging anything from H&M collaborations in the past. I’m definitely keeping my eyes on this one though. It is expected to launch this fall. Here’s everything we know about this collaboration: .

9 of the Prettiest Spring Nail Colors

For the past year, I’ve been rocking the same creamy white polish. That color stands out in its own way and goes with everything. For spring, though, I’m mixing it up a little. Does spring make you reach for all the pretty colors too? These spring nail colors are the perfect complements to spring’s must-have styles. By the way, I’m wearing two of these nail colors in my Lilac and Navy post (see it here)

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At-home Manicure/Pedicure Essentials: