The Best Holiday Gifts Under $25

Best Gifts Under $25

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. The holiday season really is flying by this year. Many people this year are trying to find great gifts for their family and friends, but are on a tight budget. As someone who loves finding great deals, I’ve put together some amazing holiday gifts that are all under $25. You don’t have to break the bank doing your holiday shopping.

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Save Money Using eBates

eBatesDuring the holidays many people decide to shop online. As someone who does Black Friday shopping, I can understand why. The malls this year has been insane… and that doesn’t include the time it takes to not only find parking, but also to leave. I tend to do a lot of online shopping since many places offer free shipping and returns. But one thing not a lot of people know about is eBates.

If you’re unfamiliar, eBates is a site where you can earn a percentage back by shopping through the site. It’s pretty easy. You sign up, and go to the site anytime you want to shop. Search for the store and click the link. It’ll automatically send you to the store’s website where you’d do your online shopping like normal. Each day you will see what percentage you will earn back on your purchase. Doing this does require a PayPal account since that’s how they pay you. You’ll receive your earnings every couple of months.

When Cyber Monday rolled around many stores were offering 10% cash back on all orders. So if you spent $100, you earned 10% of that back. If you’re a big online shopper, the amount you can make will add up… and quickly!

It’s free to sign up so you don’t have anything to lose. It did take me a while to get used to eBates. For the longest time I wouldn’t log into to eBates and go to Sephora or Nordstrom’s website from there. But now, I always visit eBates first… even if I’m just browsing and not really shopping.

Holiday 2014 Shopping – Beauty Sets

Holiday 2014 My Picks

There are many things I love about the holidays, but as a beauty blogger and makeup enthusiasts, nothing gets me giddier than shopping Sephora and ULTA for beauty sets at amazing prices. I haven’t done much shopping so I can save and prepare for the gloriousness that is holiday sets… and this year there is a ton! I decided to put together my must-have beauty sets for the 2014 holiday season.
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MAKE Launches at Barneys New York in Chicago

MAKE Products

It’s always fun to have option when browsing the beauty department in department stores. If you’re a frequent visit to Barneys New York in downtown Chicago you may have noticed their newest addition: MAKE.
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A Life Update

Office Photo

I hate that I’ve been lagging with my blog. It’s one of the few things I truly enjoy doing and helps take my mind off of things. Unfortunately for the past month or so I haven’t been updating my blog as much. Normally I do one blog post a day, sometimes more if there’s a new collection that I’m dying to talk about or there’s major beauty news. It’s hard to decide where to begin.
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Limited-Edition Make Up By One Direction Sets + GIVEAWAY

Make Up By One Direction

It’s no secret that I love the new products from Make Up By One Direction that I got to test out recently. I’ve never been a huge fan of celebrity-released makeup, but so far I’m really impressed with these products. For being a BrandBacker I got to test out one of the new tins, but I’m also giving two of them away! I didn’t release the makeup inside were the same, just in different collectable tins.
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Stay Warm This Winter With a Stylish Callanan Trooper Hat

Callanan Trooper Hat
Well, winter is officially here. It’s a time I hoped wouldn’t get here, but it has. I’ve been on the hunt for winter accessories since my previous ones are completely worn out. I haven’t had much luck finding anything that catches my eyes or that I know will keep me nice and warm. I was sent this stylish Trooper Hat from Callanan and I have to say, I think I finally found something that’s going to work.
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KISS InstaWave Curling Iron

KISS InstaWave

When it comes to doing my hair, I’m nowhere near being a professional. To be completely honest, I haven’t curled my hair since I was in middle school. When I saw on BrandBacker the opportunity to test out and review a product from KISS that’s supposed to make curling your hair quick and easy, I jumped at the chance.
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New Products From Make Up By One Direction

Makeup By One Direction

I’ve tested out a few products from the new Make Up by One Direction line a few months ago and I was genuinely impressed and enjoyed what I’ve tried so far. When I found out that I was going to test out their newest products, I was super excited. This time around I’m reviewing their new Liquid-Lights Glow Gloss and Electroglam Mascara. I also received their new Rock Me Nail Varnish, which will get it’s own blog post with a demo and video.
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SkinCeuticals Samples Review

I love being able to not only test out new skincare products, but I love getting sample sizes. They’re fun to test out, easy to travel with, and contain just enough product to test out the products. Chicago Breast and Body Aesthetics on behalf of SkinCeuticals was nice enough to send over three sample products to try.

It’s a little bad timing since it’s winter in Chicago, but I got to try their Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF50 ($34). Even though it’s winter, it’s still important to make sure you’re skin is always protected from the sun… even if it’s only out for five minutes every couple of weeks. I’ve been applying this to my face before adding my foundation. It feels nice on my skin, and doesn’t have a strong and horrible scent. If you use something like this just on your face, a little bit goes a long way. So you know this will last you a good amount of time.

The Eye Balm ($81) works great for my under eye area that’s annoyingly dry. It also helps correct any age-related damage and can relieve any under-eye puffiness. There isn’t any kind of scent and didn’t irritate my skin in any way. It worked great at hydrating my eye, probably better than any other eye cream that I’ve used.

The Neck, Chest and Hand Repair ($70) works great when your skin is really dry… pretty much how my skin is during this time. I haven’t used this on my neck or chest, but this has been amazing at repairing my dry hands. My hands have never felt this soft after using a hand cream before. The price is a bit steep, but a little goes a long way and it really does wonders for your skin. If you have annoyingly dry hands and don’t mind spending $70, I highly recommend checking this product out!

Overall I’m super impressed with these products. I do wish they were more affordable, but when it comes to skincare, I’m okay with spending a little bit more. It’s important that you use the best possible products for your skin.

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