Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

I hope all of your holiday dreams come true.

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Holiday Party Makeup Tutorial

Here is a beautiful sparkly look from one of my favorite youtube channels, pixiwoo.

Winter Solstice

midwinter

It’s winter solstice time. Simply put, it is the longest night and shortest day of the year. The days will gradually start to get longer now leading us to warmer weather.

Not simply put, this marks a time of year when many different cultures, modern and ancient, have celebrated at the same time. Some have called it midwinter, yule, saturnalia, and many other names.

Read about the many other traditions from around the world.

A French Christmas

More Christmas music recommendations. Here are some of my favorites this season.

Sweet-voiced singer Marie Michele Desrosier has two lovely Christmas albums. I downloaded this one from iTunes.

Marie Michele Desrosiers Chante Noel
Marie Michele Desrosiers Christmas

Another iTunes download, Bruno Pelletier has a live Christmas concert. I downloaded a few songs. The album is an import so it goes for various prices on Amazon depending on the seller.

Bruno Pelletier Concert de Noel
Bruno Pelletier Christmas Concert

A fun way to get into the French Christmas spirit, this two-volume collection features many French singers. Don’t miss Django Reinhardt’s Christmas Swing on volume 2.

The French Christmas Album Volume 1
French Christmas volume 1

The French Christmas Album Volume 2
French Christmas volume 2

Dance of the Snowflakes

From the Nutcracker, featuring the Bolshoi Ballet

Grace Magazine’s Guide to Beautiful Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that little extra something to add to your gifts or stuff into a stocking? Here are some small and inexpensive finds from Sephora.

Harajuku Lovers Solid Perfume
Harajuku Lovers Love Solid Perfume

This romantic fragrance comes in the most adorable packaging. And now, it is in solid form so you can toss it in your purse without fear of spillage.
$18

Korres Jasmine Butter Duo
Korres Jasmine Butter Duo to Go

I love all things Korres. This set includes jasmine shea body butter and lip balm in a sheer neutral pink. All natural and made out of good stuff.

$15

Too Faced Glamour To Go
Too Faced Glamour to Go III

‘Tis the season to shimmer. This Too Faced pocket-sized makeup palette contains 8 eyeshadows in lovely shimmering colors, a peachy pink blush, and 4 lip glosses. The packaging is divine.
$19.50

L'Occitane Hand Celebration
L’Occitane Hands Celebration Set

L’Occitane are my choice for the finest hand creams in the world. This set includes three 1-oz tubes of lavender, shea butter and shea vanilla hand creams. Get a set for yourself. too.
$25

Clinique Full Potential Lips
Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Set

This set includes five dual-ended mini lip glosses by Clinique. That’s 10 colors of high-quality gloss ranging from peach tones to pinks and plums. What a bargain.
$25

Sephora Color Play Palette II
Sephora Color Play Palette II

I could play with this for hours at a time. Sephora’s palette contains 36 eye colors, 12 lippies, 3 powder blushes, and a bronzer.
It’s only 6″ x 7″ so it won’t take up too much precious dressing table space.
$24

Grace Magazine’s Beautiful Gift Guide

Holiday time is quickly approaching. Start your Christmas shopping off beautifully with this handy gift guide.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II

This cool set includes 16 shadows, 8 of which are limited to this set, two travel-size eye pencils, and a mini bottle of primer potion. Behind the secret door you’ll find a look book.
$48

Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit
Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit

In this collection, you’ll find seven mini nail colors in a little zippered pouch. Colors are edgy and fun.
$26

Smashbox WISH EYe Wish Palette
Smashbox WISH Eye Wish Palette

This glamorous palette contains 12 powder eye shadows, 4 cream liners and a mini Photo Finish primer. You also get a step-by-step instruction booklet. $1 goes to charity.
$44

Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set
Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set

Sephora’s black clutch contains the tools you need to apply makeup like a pro. You get a powder brush, concealer brush, foundation brush and 3 double-ended eye brushes. So, you’re really getting 9 brushes in this six-piece collection.
$69

Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set
Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set

If you want to buy me something (tee hee), this three-piece Chanel No5 collection is just the thing. The set features eau de parfum, body cream and bath gel in the classic fragrance.
$98

All gifts available at Sephora.