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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tuesday Morning Edition

Anyone still trying to cram in some last-minute shopping?! If you have a Tuesday Morning by you — fear not…..this gift guide is for you! This store carries a mix of everything from baby clothing to children’s toys to rugs and furniture to coffee and food items! Being that I am putting together a holiday basket for my in-laws, what I got are all food items. Here are my picks!

I don’t think these are tastier than the ones from Walkers but these are very good and this assorted package makes a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or even as a standalone gift!

Highland Speciality Shortbread Cookies

I’ve seen this product in other specialty discount stores also. This brand carries the same product in other flavors as well but I like the original one as is. My in-laws love this so I made sure to include this in the gift basket I’m putting together. I actually bought an extra box for myself too and I’m down to a few pieces in the snack drawer!

Anastasia Coconut Patties

I’ve never tried this before but it looked like something that would fit in a nice holiday gift basket. I always thought that tasty fruity treats are more prevalent during the holiday season like fruitcakes. Crossing my fingers that it’s tasty!

Liberty Orchards Fruit Delights

Ah, cheese crispies. I always associate this with holiday gift baskets as that’s where I’ve encountered them in the past. I think they’re usually found in the savory kind of holiday gift baskets where you see smoked salmon packs and summer sausages.

Roka Cheese Crispies

I have tasted the lemon curd version this brand has so I didn’t hesitate to pick up the orange marmalade when I saw that the store has it! I think it makes a great addition to a holiday gift basket as I always see some jams or jellies in them.

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Champagne

With that said, why stop at the one with champagne when they also have the same thing but with whisky? 🙂

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Whisky

Next items are a little unconventional for a holiday gift basket I’ll admit. It would’ve fit better in a cooking themed gift basket but my holiday gift basket to my in-laws has a few cooking items as well so I picked these up. My mother-in-law likes to experiment in cooking and I’m hoping that this will be something new for her to try out.

Gia Green Pesto & Garlic Paste

Last item I picked up is a random one but I know that my mother-in-law was looking into making tiramisu at home. I don’t think she has tried yet but this would help her out by cutting out the step in making them since it is an ingredient in a tiramisu. So….I’ve included this in their holiday gift basket.

Matilde Vicenzi Vicenzovo Ladyfingers

This doesn’t even cover the beautiful decorative boxes I got that I used to hold gifts and other snack items I’ve purchased like tasty pizelles. All I can say is this store has a ton of options for holiday gifts if you’re running out of time or ideas and if one is in your neighborhood. You can browse their website here to get an idea of what they carry and have to offer.

ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

Ho, ho, ho! How are y’all doing with your holiday shopping? I hope you all find what you’re looking for with ease. I got this in a few days ago but didn’t get around to posting until now. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

I actually like the bag for this month eve though I feel overall it’s a little flimsy. It’s perfect for the holiday season and I do love shiny things. First item that caught my eye is the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. I am familiar with this brand and I’ve been running low on eye creams so this is a good one for me to try soon. Next we have the Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil. The shade I got this in is Black. Some other ipsters got Mocha. Then we have the F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E. I have to retake the quiz again as I keep getting these makeup brushes when I have no use for them since I already have enough. The good news is my niece will benefit from this predicament as she’s really into makeup now, so I tossed this into a makeup bag filled with makeup extra goodies for her. Next up is the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer. I don’t use makeup primers much but have been stashing some over the years to test with to compare quality and effectiveness. Then we have The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee. The shade everyone got is called Rhubarb Custard. I thought this has a matte velvet finish but I looked it up and saw that it actually has a shine to it. Still, it looks like more of a lip stain than a lip gloss to me. Last up is the Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream. It says it’s good for sensitive skin so I anticipate no problems when trying this out as soon as I run out of my current facial moisturizer.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer

The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee

Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

I liked most of what I got so here’s to hoping the bags in 2019 will keep up this trend!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: World Market Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! I hope you all will have a great time spending time with family and friends. And to those that are volunteering, thank you for your gift of time in help spreading the love this holiday season. I know that a good number of you use this day as a marker to the start of your holiday shopping. Well, in case you have a Cost Plus World Market store by you or along the way until Christmas and New Year’s…..this gift guide is for you. I only managed to feature things that I have purchased in the past and will gladly purchase again but feel free to pop in the store or browse online since they carry everything from coffee to soap gift sets to furniture. The possibilities are endless with this store! Here are my picks!

I remember over 15 years ago trying out a cobbler mix and ended up loving it. I tried to find it with no luck. One day I randomly got a scone mix from a local coffee shop here as I had a gift certificate. I absolutely LOVED it. It was expensive but I didn’t think about it at the time since I had a gift certificate. When I lived in the East Coast, I was about 15 minutes away from World Market store. I loved it. I missed it and decided to see if they have an online store and OHMYGOSH they do! I looked up scones and was greeted with a wide variety. My first order consisted of the Lemon Poppyseed Scones and Wild Blueberry Scones. It arrived, I made it and was hooked. I’ve tried a lot of other flavors since then but here’s the top 3 I recommend: Lemon Poppyseed, Wild Blueberry and Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel is the most requested one by those that I have made them for. When buying online, it’s a case (box) of 6 packaged scone mixes for $29.94. I even purchased the gluten free varieties of the Lemon Poppyseed and Wild Blueberry ones so that my gluten-free friends can partake and they love them!

Sticky Fingers Scone Mixes

In that same order, I purchased the World Market Smoked Salmon set on a whim. I like smoked salmon that we get in the office from gift baskets during the holiday season from various clients. I thought it’d be perfect for an upcoming cabin stay and I’m so glad I purchased it. It’s perfect with crackers! While none of us were huge fans of the Lemon Dill (it was okay), the Classic one is so tasty! When looking at their website just now they have another flavor called Cracked Pepper! Um, it’s going into my cart for the next time I make a purchase. This retails for $8.99 each. I can’t find what the set of 2 costs but I think it comes to be the same as the individual price.

World Market Smoked Salmon

The next item is something I purchased for a very good friend and neighbor of ours. I remember he was looking for marzipan snacks but had a hard time finding it. The thing with World Market is it carries things from all over the world and you never really know what you may find….like this marzipan set! This Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars set is made in Germany. It looks very nice and ready for gift-giving — I hope my friend likes it! But this is just a sample of what food items you may find there. They have all sorts of snacks and chocolates and fruit cakes. This goes for $6.99.

Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars

This next item is from the first order I made online as well. I added it to my cart on a whim as my friends who just got back from New Orleans couldn’t stop raving about shortbread cookies. Now here’s the thing, before having this I have never eaten a shortbread cookie before in my life. There are lots of other cookies that just look more appealing to me. Oh my goodness, I’ve been missing out! From the moment I had my first bite of these Walkers shortbread cookies I was hooked! I went through half of that pack of 20 in a few days. I have since repurchased this in my last 2 orders. It’s the perfect size for snacking or just handing someone a small buttery treat! This value pack of 20 individually wrapped set of 2 shortbread fingers retails for $10.99.

Walkers Shortbread Fingers Value Pack

And here’s another random purchase of mine that I loved! Mackays Lemon Curd is slightly sweet and tart. I wasn’t sure what to use it for but there’s lots of ideas online. I got this in a set of 6 jars for $23.94. My favorite way of using it is in making lemon bars. I am including this in a gift basket I’m putting together from my mother-in-law.

Mackays Lemon Curd

I know that you can get this in stores now, but I wasn’t familiar with Biscoff Cookie Butter back then — only with Biscoff Cookies itself. So it was a random purchase and I got the set of 8 jars for $39.92. While I get this in stores around me now, if you’re making a gift basket or something like that….buying from World Market might be more convenient.

Biscoff Cookie Butter

I could go on and on about World Market but I’ll stop here for now. What I can say is if you happen to be close to one, go and stop by. There’s something for everyone in your Christmas list. And if you aren’t close to one, like me, there’s always online and the variety is pretty good there as well. I’m sure there will be some Black Friday deals and you bet that it’s one of the stores on my list for Black Friday shopping. 🙂

ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’ve skipped posting on the last few ipsy Glam Bags because primarily I had a lot of things going on in my life but also there wasn’t too much that wowed me the past few months. In fact, if I had remembered in time I would’ve canceled my automatic yearly renewal. Oh well, I have another year of it and I hope that it will be fairly good since I canceled after so many years. Here’s what I got in my ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2018 Glam Bag

I like the material of the bag this month. It’s a material that will repel drops of water when it comes in contact. I tend to like bags like that the most. First item that caught my eye is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush. I love this brand and own a decent amount of products from them. The shade I got this in is called Quirky. Next item that caught my eye is the Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum. I’m running low on what I use for the delicate eye area so I’m glad to have gotten this in my bag this month. Then we have the Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint. This is a K-beauty brand that is new-to-me but surprisingly relatively accessible since apparently CVS carries it?! The shade I got is called #9 Love Sniper Red. I was about to pass on this but I looked at some ipsy reviews and (at the time I read it) it’s overwhelmingly positive so I thought I’ll give it a go. Next is another item I’m eagerly looking forward to trying it out. Another K-beauty brand? Their roots are with K-beauty though it seems. The Botanic Farm Avocado Honey Rich Water Balm Cream looks like it would be great for the winter months and we’re definitely getting winter weather here right now. Last up is the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara. I *might* actually keep this as I haven’t tried a new mascara lately and I am itching to.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush

Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum

Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint

Botanic Farm Avocado Honey Rich Water Balm Cream

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

This might be the first time I actually liked every single item I got including the makeup bag. Wow! I know this trend will probably not stay but a girl can hope, right? I’m very eager to try these out and post my reviews on them at a later point.

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Zoya Edition

Christmas is coming up fast! Still out of ideas? For the beauty lover in your life, Zoya might just have what you need! And right now you can get a lot of what they have to offer at a deep discount. Just stick around til the end of this post to find out how. Whether you want to give something a small thanks or blow them away with a range of colors, check out these gift sets they have to offer this holiday season.

For the lip color lover, Zoya has 6 Gloss & Lipstick Duo sets available: Holly Days Duo, Believe in Magic Duo, Snow Kissed Duo, All The Glitters Duo, Taste of Winter Duo, and Fun & Frosty Duo. Each set retails at $15.

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos

Zoya Gloss & Lipstick Duos (closer shot)

Don’t want the lipstick? Just want lip glosses? Zoya’s got this set for you — Kissmass Quad! This set retails for $24.

Zoya Hot Lips Gloss Quad

Their Nail Polish Quad gift sets are definitely the highlight, in my opinion. 10 colorful gift sets for any nail polish lover! Each set retails for $30. I have 4 of these sets to show you (plus a travel kit).

Zoya Nail Polish Quads

First up is All Wrapped Up.

Zoya All Wrapped Up Nail Polish Quad

Next is Happy Holo-Days.

Zoya Happy Holo-Days Nail Polish Quad

Then we have All Snuggled Up.

Zoya All Snuggled Up Nail Polish Quad

And finally, here’s Merry & Bright.

Zoya Merry & Bright Nail Polish Quad

A different kind of nail polish set is this Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit, which retails for $24.

Zoya Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit

Going big? Why not get the ultimate nail polish lover the entire Zoya Winter 2018 collection, Jubilee?

Zoya Jubilee Collection

Zoya Jubilee Collection (stunning shades)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (bottle shot)

Zoya Jubilee Collection (close-up)

Each shade retails at $10 each. You can purchase them in a preset set of 6 or pick and choose which shades from this collection you’d like to stick in someone’s stocking for Christmas!

As always, Zoya runs some great sales and promotions that you can score any of these for really good prices! Like right now, anything under their gift sets category is 70% off with code GIFT. That makes each Gloss & Lipstick Duo set $4.50, each Nail Polish Quad $9, the Kissmass Quad and Naked Manicure Women’s Travel Kit $7.20 each and each Nail Polish & Lipstick set (not featured in post) $5.40. That’s a really good deal! The smaller gift sets are perfect for stocking stuffers too or just a small token of appreciation.

You can view all their available gift sets here. You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or the last minute to get in on this deal. I’m actually going to a get a few sets with deals this good! Happy shopping!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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