Girlfriend Gift Guide: 10 Fab Gifts For Your Best Friend

I’ve been told I’m hard to shop for because I seem to have everything–which of course is totally NOT true!  So I’ve compiled a list of ten simple but fab gifts that I would be happy to receive and I’m sure any of your girlfriends would too.

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Pop Phone for iPhone $48

Classic meets current with this oh so cute handheld receiver for your iPhone.  Comes in several different styles and colors.

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2. Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Case $40.00

I love this iPhone case because it makes me think of candy.  Pair it with your bestie’s favorite sweet treat for a gift that she is sure to love!

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3. Kim Seybert Best in Show Cocktail Napkin $47.00

Colorful pups are illustrated on these beautiful linen napkins.  A must have for the dog lover in your life.

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4. “Mine” Luggage Tag & Passport Set $70.00

For the friend that stays on the go, these sturdy leather accessories will make sure she and her luggage get there in style.

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5. OXO Salad Chopper with Bowl $24.99

Save time by slicing and dicing the ingredients for a salad in this salad chopper and bowl.  The chopper has double stainless steel blades to efficiently slice greens, veggies and more!

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6. Vogue Covers Coffee Table Book $91.00

Your fashionista friend will go gaga over this coffee table book featuring nearly a century’s worth of covers from the holy grail of fashion.  Both illustrated and photographic, this stunning book celebrates the long, rich history of still cutting-edge Vogue magazine.

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7. Kate Spade New York Taxi Mittens $68.00

Best friend in a big city?  These super cute Taxi mittens may be just what she needs to hail a cab in cold.

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8. Ms. & Mrs. ‘Good Luck’ Mini Emergency Kit $15

This is a MUST have item for every woman!  This cute compact case has everything, I mean EVERYTHING you need to take care of any possible emergency including a mending kit, earring backs, double-sided tape, hair spray and even a stain-removing towelette.  It’s all neatly stored in a cute patent case small enough to fit in your purse!

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9. MAC Holiday Collection: Primped Out Lip Look Bag in Luxurious Pink $39.50

For your friend that likes to stand out in a crowd, this hot lip color  from MAC’s holiday collection is sure to garner some attention!  This style-packed, leopard print M∙A∙C Holiday bag includes Lipstick in Lickable, Cremesheen Glass in Call Me Gorgeous and Lip Pencil in Great Catch.

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10. Time

Spending quality time with your friends is priceless.  Sign up to take a fun class together like belly dancing, pottery or wine tasting.  Arrange to spend some girl time together to go catch a movie, have dinner or enjoy a spa day.  If your friends live out of town, plan a girls getaway for some much needed relaxation on a beach or wild weekend in Vegas.  Your weekend, your choice:)

Happy Holidays!!

 

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BB Beauty…Creating the Illusion of Flawless Skin

I admit it…my daily look leaves much to be desired.  Since I work at home, most days my outfit consists of jeans, sweats and t-shirts.  And very little…ok, no makeup.  So on the occasions that I do go out (which is hardly ever since I moved to Ohio), I try to look my best.

As I was preparing for my recent trip to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, I realized I was in need of some new products.  Before I buy ANYTHING new, I always get samples—sometimes two!  I like tinted moisturizer because it provides decent coverage but is not as heavy as a liquid foundation.  I have tried and absolutely love Laura Mercier’s oil free tinted moisturizer.  It’s perfect for those that don’t like to wear a lot of makeup.  But before I could actually buy it, I started to hear all of these great things about BB cream.  BB stands for blemish balm or beauty balm.  This miracle cream is basically a tinted moisturizer, primer, concealer, moisturizer and sunblock all in one.  It also controls oil.  Apparently, it’s been around for years but has recently made its way to the United States.

I did some research and decided to try Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.  I stopped in Nordstrom’s to get a sample and was wooed over to the bareMinerals counter by a salesgirl with flawless skin to try bareMinerals Foundation.  On one side of my face, she applied the bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer, followed by bareMinerals Foundation and finished with translucent powder.  On the other side, she applied the Smashbox BB Cream.  It looked great alone, but she applied the bareMinerals over it for additional coverage. Both sides looked amazing, so I decided to try it all.  I got samples of the Smashbox, but bought the bareMinerals because it came with the foundation, translucent powder, bronzer and 3 brushes and brush shampoo for $62!  It also comes with a DVD so you can learn the “swirl, tap, buff” technique to apply it. Besides, Nordstrom’s has a great return policy, so I figured I would just take it back if I changed my mind or didn’t like it.  The other thing I like about bareMinerals is that is does not carry bacteria like other foundations, so it does not expire.  That’s a big plus for me since I don’t throw it out as often as I am supposed to.

A few day’s later, I was headed to New Orleans.  For my daytime look, I used the bareMinerals primer, foundation and pressed powder.  The primer is AMAZING!  It really smoothed out my fine lines so my concealer went on really nicely I didn’t have to use as much.  It has a bit of shimmer and really brightens the skin as well.  (My friend tried it and ended up using it the whole trip!)  At night, I used the Smashbox with the bareMinerals.

By the end of the trip, I only had only complaint—everything was a shade too dark (this is why I love samples).  It worked out okay because it just made me look like I had a tan, so I skipped the bronzer.  When I got back, I exchanged the bareMinerals with no problem and got new samples of the Smashbox in the right shade.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any good close up pictures of my face, but trust me if you try any of the products, you won’t be disappointed.  Just remember to get samples BEFORE you buy:)

*Note—If you think that the Smashbox is too pricey, try Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.  It’s featured in the August issue of Essence Magazine and is only $8.