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Sephora’s LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler

When I saw an advertisement for Sephora’s LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler, I damn near hyperventilated. Like crack for a mascara lover, this sampler offers deluxe sample sizes of ten different mascaras from brands including Urban Decay, Benefit, Smashbox, Sephora, Tarte, Cargo, and more.

For $39, this is a great way to sample so many different brands without being stuck with a full-size bottle you are not so thrilled with.

If mascara isn’t quite your thing, Sephora also offers:

Sephora Favorites Lip Service Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites Radiant Skin Regimen Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites My First Makeup Kit Deluxe Sampler

I already know what is at the top of my Christmas wish list…

Pink Cross

A few months ago, my boyfriend Gary and I spent the day wandering antique shops, walking around together, and just taking a whole day for ourselves, leaving everything behind but him and me. While we were in one store, I noticed a silver necklace with a cross with pink and iridescent stones, and I fell in love! I convinced myself, though, that I don’t need it, and I wandered off to look at other things.

While Gary was at the register paying for something else, he noticed me admiring the cross, and he picked it up and said it was cool. He bought it for me, and I put it on before we even left the store.

The picture doesn’t do it justice, especially since it was taken with a camera phone while I was wearing the necklace! But this is definitely my favorite piece of jewelry, for so many reasons. That day together was so much fun and holds so many beautiful memories, and every time I wear this cross, I feel close to Gary. I don’t think I’ve ever worn it and not had someone, somewhere, stop me to compliment the cross and ask where I found it.

So today’s post is not about lipstick, mascara, shampoo, or any beauty product you can buy in a bottle or jar. I feel beautiful when I wear this cross because of what it means to me, and what the person who got it for me means to me. And knowing what I mean to him.

Beautiful Birthday

Happy birthday to me! I had barely arrived at work when I was paged to come to the front desk. A big gift bag was waiting for me, full of pedicure items, bath gel, and other spa items, from my supervisor. Maybe she’s caught me writing on my beauty blog one time too many, but however she knew this was a great gift, I am very grateful! I can’t wait to try everything out.

*Make-up cake photo courtesy of The London Cake Company*

Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is 10 days away, and if you inherited your make-up obsession from your mom, then a logical stop for gift shopping is Sephora! I challenge you not to purchase something for yourself while you’re at it though. For every item I think my mom might like, I see about a dozen for me.

Since my mother occasionally drifts over to this blog, I won’t reveal yet what I have in store for her, but here are some items that caught my eye:

1. Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set (above): This is one of the cleanest, lightest, gentlest fragrances I’ve ever tested. The gift set includes a fragrance spray, a perfume oil, and a shampoo, bath and shower gel for $68.

2. Urban Decay Foreshadow Eye Shadow Palette (to right): This palette includes Urban Decay’s four best-selling eye shadows: Oil Slick, Stray Dog, Midnight Cowboy, and Flipside, all for $24.

3. The Sephora book! : The new book claims to be “The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin and Hair From The Beauty Authority”, and chapters include “What is Beauty?”; “Secret Ingredients”; “Zero to Flawless”; and “The Future of Beauty”, plus more, for $27.95.

4. You can’t go wrong with a Sephora gift card! Sephora is huge, so damn near anyone can find something they will like.

I like the idea of a Mother’s Day gift that is 100% for her, absolutely and completely all about her. Mothers, and women in general, devote so much time to taking care of someone else, and I like giving a gift that reminds her to take care of herself too.