10 for $10! Last minute beauty gifts that won’t break the bank



I love buying presents during the holidays and according to my credit card statement, I have a tendency to go overboard and over-budget.  So when I agreed to participate in my office “Secret Santa”, I didn’t realize until after the fact, how hard it is to find gifts with a price limit of $10. At that price point, even Ed Hardy perfume wasn’t an option.

But, with a little research, I came up with a great list of 10 beauty gifts for $10.


Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo:  Since I love Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum, this is the perfect gift for glowing skin. It contains 10 x The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths: Brightening  and  1.5 oz African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. $10


Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio:   Yep, your hair shows signs of aging too! Altering gift set contains shampoo, conditioner and leave-in CC Cream. $10


Bliss Lemony Trinkets: – I love the scent of lemon! Get a lemon scented cleansing body wash and body butter from Bliss. $10


Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty – Classic Mix: Can’t go wrong with a classic! Set includes 4 count multipack of 100% natural lip balm in 0.15 ounce tubes and bonus change purse. $9.99


NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipgloss Sugar Rush Set:  My favorite drugstore line has some great gift sets. I love their butter lipgloss and this set contains 3: featuring Cherry Pie, Cupcake, and Sugar Cookie. $10


BECCA Online Only Complexion + Perfection Sample Pack: Each collection includes a sample of Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème in two of the most popular shades allowing you to trial the formula multiple days and discover your shade. Also included is a deluxe sample of Shimmering Skin Perfector. $10


Clinique Happiness in Colour Gift Set: Love this set filled with minis for only $10! Clinique Happy Perfume Spray, A Different Nail Enamel in Juiced Up, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange. Bag included!

_9757324Lulu Lip Gloss Set (Set of 4) (Juniors): Great set of gloss from Nordstrom’s junior section for your little sis, niece, or yourself! $10


Vaseline Gift Set: I love the Vaseline line of moisturizers. This set gives you the body lotion, spray lotion, classic vaseline, and vaseline lip therapy. $9.99


Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ornament: One of Philosophy’s cult favorite products, this facial cleanser melts away all makeup and gently cleanses the skin. $10  (now on sale at Nordstrom.com for $9)


BCA Lip Balm & Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer – Pink 2 Pc: My favorite lip balm with a side of OPI? Yes, please! $9.99

Turn Back the Hands of Time (Or At Least Press Pause) with Rejuvenique




Happy December everyone! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last update, but that is because I’ve been working on some great projects and of course, testing out new beauty products!

First up, is a new multipurpose oil that I’ve been using that’s is perfect for this colder weather. It’s called Rejuvenique Oil Intensive by Monat and it’s formulated for both hair and skin. What separates it from the other beauty oils on the market? It contains Abyssinian Oil, which mimics the body’s own natural oils to replenish and repair, making it the perfect anti-aging product.

My hair has been extremely dry and difficult to manage lately due to not only the cold weather but because I’m over due for a hair trim. After warming a couple of drops of Rejuvenique in-between my hands, I apply it throughout my hair, only concentrating from the ear and down, concentrating on the ends. It does a great job moisturizing and softening my hair after blowdrying, without weighing down my hair. As a matter of fact, I was pleasantly surprised that I stretched my blowout even longer this week to 6 days.


It’s also great for your cuticles—I keep the bottle by my bed and apply it to my cuticles before I go to sleep. Love a hard working/multi-tasking beauty product!

There’s a ton of different ways to really utilize this revolutionary oil. From deep hair conditioning treatments to skin softening, get more details at #Rejuveniqe www.monatglobal.com!

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

Evening Glam Using TEMPTU Airbrush Signature Starter Kit!


Temptu, airbrush


So if you have ever been curious about how celebrities still manage to look flawless on HDTV, airbrush makeup is your answer. What is airbrush makeup? It’s basically makeup that is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun. When done correctly, it creates a flawless canvas and makeup that lasts all day.

So obviously I was excited to try the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit for their #TEMPTUDaynNight campaign!  TEMPTU  has been making faces flawless with airbrush since the 80s!  I’ve had the kit for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.


You get bang for your buck with the Starter Kit. In the Starter Kit, you get:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0
  • Your choice of of AIRpod™ Foundation, Blush, and Highlighter. I picked out the following colors:
    • AIRpod foundation in Honey 008 (perfect match!)
    • AIRpod blush in Washed Rose
    • AIRpod highlighter in Champagne
  • A convenient travel bag
  • 3 pod stand

Since it’s still wedding season, it was the perfect time to test out an evening glam look using the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit. I need my makeup to last from ceremony to cake!

Assembling the system is easy.  With a shake and a click of the AIRpod foundation, blush or highlighter into the AIRbrush, you’re ready to go!

For this night time look, I’m wearing a dress with in a bright fuchsia color  so I wanted natural, yet dramatic look. I did my eyes first, using a pretty shimmery peach in the inner corner of they eye and 3 different shades of brown, with the deepest being in outer eye. False eyelashes, of course, finished off this soft glam look.



TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, Honey 008, Washed Rose

Foundation application with TEMPTU is simple, and with a few tries, I had it down pat. You want to hold your AIRbrush like you are holding a pencil, about 6 inches away while pressing on the lever about half way. To make sure you have even coverage, work the AIRbrush in small circular motions.  You can’t even tell its going on except for air coming out of the AIRbrush. I like to apply a light application and then go over the areas I think need a little more help. Before moving on to the next step. I stop and let my foundation set for a minute.

I picked Honey 008 foundation from TEMPTU’s webpage and it matched perfectly (I’m usually always a “honey” or “golden”!). If you have any hesitation about what shade you are, their customer service can help you pick the perfect shade.

TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, blush, washed rose

Applying blush is the same as applying the foundation, just concentrated in a smaller area. I found it helpful to press the lever a little more than half way for more product. I’m using Washed Rose, a pretty flush of pink.

TEMPTU, airbrush makeup, highlighter, Champagne

Lastly, I applied my highlighter, in Champagne for that luminous glow!

A beige lipgloss to finish the look and I’m ready the night! The below photo is completely un-edited or re-touched.

TEMPTU, airbrush, #TEMPTUDaynNight

A closer look at the eye makeup:

TEMPTU, Airbrush makeup, Signature Starter Kit


Ok, so here are some helpful FAQs:

  • Does the makeup spray all over the place?

Nope. The folks over at TEMPTU nailed it the the AIRbrush. The makeup went directly on my face. Not a drop anywhere else.

  • Does it looked caked on?

NO! If you follow TEMPTU’s easy directions on how to apply  the makeup, your skin looks like skin. Just flawless. It doesn’t settle in pores or fine lines either!

  • Does it last all day?

Yes! 8 hours in my makeup still looked great.

  • Is any cleaning needed after?

No! No cleaning is necessary.


In short, this is a great investment for anyone that ever has a special event or even if they want flawless day-to-day makeup! If you like this look, vote for me or your favorite #TEMPTUDaynNight look here

Giveaway: Kerastase Discipline Collection!


Kérastase Discipline

What better way to start up the blog again after a brief sick leave  but with a giveaway?! Kérastase will be gifting 3 lucky readers with the entire at-home regimen of their new Discipline line!

Discipline is a new secret weapon to tame frizzy hair for 72 hours and make blow drying 33% faster and easier. With 8 years of research to perfect the formula, Discipline is the ideal regimen for women that want anti-frizz protection and more manageable hair. The at-home collection includes Bain Fluidealiste (for normal hair), Bain Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free (for chemically-treated hair), Fondant FluidealisteMaskeratine and Discipline’s star product Spray Fluidissime, a lightweight serum that instantly eases blow-drying.

Entering is simple. Use the form below for 3 chances to win buy liking Kérastase and A Beauty Loft on Facebook and answering the question. Contest ends October 22, 2014. Good luck!

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