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Gifts for Mom on Her Special Day - Red Carpet Mother's Day Gift Guide 04/05/2018

By Mary Thompson - 

Shouldn't the most important day be finding something special for that special woman in all our lives?
There's no longer a need to get stuck in the Mother's Day rush forcing so many of us to resort to greeting cards and boxes of candy. Why not give mum something she really wants? Now because of the world's leader in beauty, Sephora you can.

Some of these presents may be more economical in price, after all, it's the thought that counts. Others are going to cost a bit more since let's face it she's worth it. For shoppers who can afford to spend a bit more why not?

Gifts under $$ they may not cost that much, but they're sure to put a smile on mum's face:

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Could Ulta Soon run Sephora out of Business? 28/11/2017

By Mary Thompson - 

The international leader in cosmetics “Sephora” could soon find pretty strong competition in another up and coming leader in beauty Ulta.

For decades shoppers have flocked to Sephora in search of cosmetics which simply can't be found anywhere else. However, the only drawbacks which inevitably result from these excursions into beauty wonderland are that there is the strong possibility that a bag or two may end up costing a small fortune.

As a result, the chances of most locations developing regular customers are slim to none. Though, it would be unfair to say that Sephora is not without their deals.  Nevertheless, coming across those require strategic planning and tend to change as different promos get circulated.

Everyone loves a one-stop shop
It's no secret that the root of Sephora's slump in sales is due to the present state of the economy. The biggest challenge during these times when stretching a dollar is that certain items which used to be the norm would now be considered a luxury. All of a sudden, drugstore products don't seem at all that bad.

Suddenly, certain cosmetics which would normally blend into the background take on the appearance of what could best be described as an “ugly duckling analogue.” Nevertheless, one can't help but wish these drugstore products were sold in the same place as Sephora's high-end products.

This need for a one-stop shop is hardly unique to cosmetics. On the contrary, our fast-paced lifestyles have driven the need to get everything in one place. That's where the treasure trove which is Ulta comes in.
It's style more of us can afford.

To most people who chose to invest in the latest cosmetics and toiletries a day devoted to shopping isn't just about picking up much-needed products and leaving. These shopping trips are usually composed of much more than just that, aka rest, relaxation, and enjoying the day with an ounce of style.

Affordable side by side with style what more could anyone ask for?
That question pretty much sums up the appeal of Ulta to those shoppers who are searching for a way to live in style on a budget. After all these hard times are much easier to take when one high-end product can still be purchased after saving a lot of money on products which tend to take a more economical viewpoint.

Sad to say the experience could best be described as disappointing.
After hearing so many great things about Ulta and viewing their promos and ads. It was impossible to deny that they do in fact that they carry a lot of the products which Sephora is famous for. Which is probably why I had such great hopes as I prepared to take a look around in one of their actual stores.

Being a regular Sephora customer, I was on the hunt for speciality products such as HUM nutritional supplements. Keeping an open mind and trying not to approach the situation too critically, I was half expecting a wide selection of HUM products to be available at Ulta as well, or at the very a couple of their more popular products.  

Nevertheless, after searching up and down Ulta's shelves the sense of defeat started to sink heavily into my stomach. It was quite obvious that HUM was nowhere in sight. My suspicions were further confirmed after inquiring with one of the sales representatives who were not that easy to come by.

If sub-par is good enough then I suppose Ulta may be alright
Aside from carrying high quality hard to find products one of the main things that set Sephora apart is their personalized customer service. This is another area of expertise Ulta needs some serious work on. After hearing about all the hype surrounding Ulta I was under the impression that I would be greeted right away and offered assistance. Whether I needed it or not it's the thought that counts.

However, they wouldn't be the case since it took 20min to actually speak to an associate. Even then the quality of service seemed to closely resemble what one would expect to receive from Walmart or Target. In short, it was nothing to rave about.

Times are changing perhaps Sephora will too.
After weighing all the factors perhaps coming to the conclusion that Ulta would leave Sephora in its dust may be a bit overreaching. Since it's no secret that as times change finances tend to shrink as well. Perhaps as customer bases tend to shift, we could indeed see an increase in Sephora's sales and promotions.

I can only hope that this need to stay afloat when so many businesses are forced to go under will not cause Sephora to sacrifice quality in order to save money. Since that dedication to selling hard to find high-quality products is what has continued to set them apart from the rest.

Tags : ulta - sephore - shopping - gifts - beauty - products

Philosophy Rocks it with Holiday Scented Bath Products this Season 15/11/2017

By Mary Thompson -

Nothing says happy holidays better than cosmetics whose scents echo the most joyful time of the year
It seems impossible to go to any shopping mall these days without being bombarded by the endless Christmas carols. Nevertheless, nothing puts anyone in the spirit of the season faster than the scent of the holidays. After all, the music may stop, but scents carry on through the air.
What better way to show the ones you love you care than cosmetics that leave a trace of the holidays in their wake.
Stocking stuffers from Philosophy a brand well renowned for products that showcase fun scents made from gentle ingredients to suit even the most sensitive of skin.
These little tidbits of holiday joy are sure to put a spring in anyone's step and warmth in their heart.  
ALL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE AT: https://kit.com/anandbhatt/scented-beauty-products
PHILOSOPHY Candy Cane Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath When it comes to fun scents with a sweet undertone this product is an absolute must-have. Not only does it have the light, refreshing undertone of real candy canes. But, most importantly it's safe to use for any skin or hair type. It's extra gentle ingredients of Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice just to name a few, as well as an absence of parabens, sulphates and phthalates, make it suitable for the most relaxing of bubble baths.
AVAILABLE AT: https://kit.com/anandbhatt/scented-beauty-products
PHILOSOPHY Snow Angel Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Nothing exemplifies the joy of the winter season better than images of snow angels. After all despite the chill in the air shouldn't we bask in the simplicity and relaxation this time of year can bring?
What if the magic of snow angels could be enjoyed away from the cold at home while soaking in a relaxing bath? The great thing about this product is just a cap full can create the silkiest of foamy bubble baths. For those days when soaking in a tub isn't an option no need to worry since it's gentle enough to use as a bath gel and shampoo for any skin or hair type.
AVAILABLE AT: https://kit.com/anandbhatt/scented-beauty-products
PHILOSOPHY Christmas Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath  One of the best things about the holiday season is the food. Wouldn't it be great to bask in the welcoming scent of holiday treats without the after-effects of the inevitable weight gain? Now you can with this luxurious bubble bath that will fill you with the smell of Christmas cookies. As always all Philosophy products are entirely free of the harmful effects of parabens, sulphates and phthalates.
If anything negative does come out of this product, it could be the overwhelming temptation to indulge in a Christmas cookie or a dozen. Honestly, is there any harm in that?
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PHILOSOPHY Mint Chocolate Treat On those long winter nights when it's far too cold to venture out nothing soothes the soul like steaming cup of hot chocolate. The only thing better than hot chocolate is mint chocolate chip. This cocoa, cream and vanilla infused products are sure to fulfil any indulgence without the weight gain that comes along with cream and chocolate.
As always these multipurpose products of shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath are void of harsh ingredients which makes them suitable for even the most sensitive skin and texture of hair.
AVAILABLE AT: https://kit.com/anandbhatt/scented-beauty-products
PHILOSOPHY Snow Angel Set  Hills and idyllic villages blanketed in freshly fallen snow completely sums up the best part of this icy season. The travel sized products contained in this adorable gift set are the closest thing to enjoying the freshness of newly fallen snow from the warmth and comfort of your own home.
AVAILABLE AT: https://kit.com/anandbhatt/scented-beauty-products
What comes in this package of holiday goodness?
Snow Angel Shower Gel, Snow Angel Body Lotion, Snow Angel Body Polishing Scrub & Snow Angel Body Spritz
As usual, these products are utterly void of harsh ingredients, but because of the fragranced laced lotion, this product is only suitable for normal skin.
What better way to enjoy the holidays than to carry their essence along with you?
These products are sure to put a smile on the face of people who are dear to your heart.  Or why not treat yourself to a bit of indulgence? It is the holidays after all.

Tags : beauty - fashion - holiday - shopping - bath - stocking - stuffers

How to Save a Bundle at Sephora this Holiday Season 14/11/2017

By Mary Thompson - 

Saving a Bundle at Sephora? Yes it's Possible
Beauty doesn't have to lead to bankruptcy

The world's leading beauty authority Sephora is well known for carrying top-notch cosmetics whose brands you just can't find anywhere else. Good luck trying to find these products at the regular run of the mill drugstores such as Target or  CVS or even cosmetic counters at leading high-end department stores such as Macys and Bloomingdales because they just aren't there.

Nevertheless, at first glance, some shoppers may be deterred from even setting foot in Sephora on a regular basis due to most of their products attached to staggering prices. But, what if these shopping excursions didn't have to be reserved for special occasions which would warrant treating one's self?

The Internet's ability to rapidly communicate could be the key to saving money
It's no secret that most companies have resorted to social media as a way of marketing their latest promotions for new products and sales. So, what's the most effortless way to get a heads up on the best deals at Sephora? Just, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Most posts, tweets and status updates which are ignored due to their high frequency could very well contain incredible deals and prices. Those of which are otherwise unnoticed unless shoppers know exactly where to look.
Not taking this tip to heart to very well be akin to throwing money away. After all doesn't it seem silly to ignore sales that are gradually being marketed to thousands of shoppers in a matter of seconds?

Become a Beauty Insider
Much like the savings clubs created by other retailers to save shoppers money the Beauty Insider club is pretty much the same concept. But, given the high-end products sold at Sephora, these savings could quickly add up.
Are the perks that also go the little black and white card really worth it?

ABSOLUTELY! The points that could quickly be racked up by frequent shoppers aren't mere a couple of dollars and a few cents. On the contrary, if these points are saved over time give and take a few days or weeks depending on the shopper's frequency. The savings they could result in are numbers totalling in the hundreds.
What will shoppers get out of it?

Free gifts in the form of brand new products that are currently on a promotional status, special treats on birthdays as well as beauty classes. After all wouldn't it be great to know how to give makeovers just like a pro?
Best of all a Beauty Insider membership is absolutely free.

Don't discard samples!
One of the greatest things about shopping at Sephora is the SAMPLES! Instead of discarding these tiny packets and chucking them in the trash why not give these freebies a bit of a look? Hidden surprises just may be hidden inside.

After all, it's no secret that companies use samples to showcase new items that customers may not otherwise give a second look. That being said they are far from frivolous products that just need to be discarded.
On the contrary, they may indeed deliver amazing results which would otherwise cost a fortune. So, why not take advantage of these tiny treasures? They may end up surprising you.

Don't fall into the trap of travel size items at the checkout line
Not all small packages may have price tags that resemble their minuscule size. Sephora, as do many retailers tend to throw temptations at shoppers who are checking out. But, don't even think for a second that these small items that adorned Sephora's checkout lanes are as harmless as the impulse buy of a pack of gum.

Grabbing these travel sized items advertised as safe for aeroplane use could mean adding an extra 100 dollars to your bill since most of these little purchases are most likely going to come in the form of $30 a pop or more. So, stay clear and don't fall for their adorable packages which are more than likely to be deceiving.
What have we learned from this crash course in getting through Sephora without a drained bank account?

Anyone can be beautiful with the help of high-end cosmetics. But, being frugal while doing it well that's a sign of a smart cookie.

Tags : shopping - gifts - christmas - holidays - gifts for her - women - men - beauty

Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas RIGHT NOW - No Need for Black Friday Craziness 28/10/2017

By Mary Thompson - 

Don't get caught in the Christmas Eve rush
With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays not far behind the planning and preparation, it takes to get ready for it all can at times be overwhelming. Wouldn't it be nice if getting a jump start on those ever-expanding lists of people to buy presents for was as easy as a few clicks of a mouse from a one-stop beauty shop? Who wouldn't love to unwrap a package of carefully selected cosmetics to suit any personality and lifestyle?
The world's one-stop beauty shop Sephora now has little packages of gorgeousness to make gift giving easier than ever.

For Her
TARTE Limited-Edition Artful Accessories Brush Set
 Every fashionista knows that the key to a great polished look is a set of high-quality brushes. None the less it's no secret that they are far from being economically priced. On most occasions, cosmetic tools that'll apply foundation, concealer, and blush or eye makeup in even strokes thereby achieving airbrushed success are not so easy to come by since they usually cost more than the most sought out high-end products.
This product will not only put a smile on your loved one's face but at a $144.00 value. Well, does it get better than that?

SEPHORA FAVORITES Superstars Everyday Must Haves
There's entirely no harm in treating yourself or perhaps someone dear to your heart. That's the first thought that would come to anyone's mind when seeing this treasure trove of goodies. At a glance, its price may be far from a bargain, but at a $224.00 value it turns out to be a fantastic deal.
High styling products for such an excellent price. This beauty kit truly belongs at the top of anyone's Christmas list.

TARTE No Shower Happy Hour
For those women always on the go whether for business or pleasure. Living out of suitcases means that having the luxury of the shower may not entirely be in the cards.  But, that doesn't mean feeling fresh and clean is a complete impossibility, on the contrary, its right within reach.
What does this kit include?
Travel Size Queen Clean Deodorant* Travel Size Hair Goals Dry Shampoo* Travel Size Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (Medium)* Deluxe Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Goals (rosy nude) * Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Insightful (peachy pink)Nothing can take the place of a shower, but for the time being surely these bits and pieces would be a suitable substitute.

For Him
DIOR Dior Homme Eau for Men Gift Set
One of the most memorable qualities of anyone is the aftermath their scent leaves behind. Nothing does this better than Dior. Why not treat that special man in your life to the ultimate fragrance gift set? Not only will he radiate suaveness and style while at home but on the road as well. After all, who says being away from home has to be an excuse to let go.
What's in this travel size box of style and sophistication?
Full size Eau de Toilette Spray, Travel Size Eau de Toilette Spray and a Deodorant Stick

PRORASO Vintage Collection Gino Tin – Refreshing and Toning Formula 
 Certain styles may come and go, but vintage has stayed for the simple reason that it never gets old. Nothing makes the man in your life feel more loved than the luxury of a close shave which used to be an experience reserved for getting professionally groomed at the barbershop.

What's in the kit?
Pre-Shave Cream – Refreshing and Toning Formula
Shaving Cream – Refreshing and Toning Formula
After Shave Balm – Refreshing and Toning Formula

Is it safe for all skin types?
Absolutely! Breakouts due to adverse reactions will be virtually non-existent. On the contrary, the active ingredients may do skin some good.

What's not in it?
Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates as well as being completely alcohol-free.

What's in it?
Menthol to refresh and revitalise skin giving an extra zing to wake skin up in the morning. Eucalyptus which purifies the skin by drawing out any impurities. Allantoin which helps soften and moisturise skin. Used together will leave skin refreshed and ready to take on the day. After all, everyone deserved to be pampered now and then.
There aren't any more excuses to keep putting it off any longer
They say the best presents come from the heart. So, show the ones dear to your heart a little love by taking a peek at these pieces there's bound to be one to suit any lifestyle.

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