Best Beauty Buys of 2017: Perfect Stocking Stuffers

I’ve tried my fair share of beauty products this year. Some were duds and some were game changers for me. So I thought I would share all my favorites because these are perfect ideas for stocking stuffers!

Rubber Facial Scrubbers– I have debated for a seriously long time on getting a clarisonic. Done a ton of research and watched a ton of reviews. But I came across some of these little silicone scrubbers at TJ MAXX one time and decided to give them a try. For starters these are much more sanitary for your skin than a brush scrubber. They are also much more affordable and much easier to clean. I love these and they are available at Wal-Mart for under $3.00! These get a really good clean on your skin and I like to think this has helped with my occasional break out.

Outer Space Flexible Hair Spray– Yes I still use hair spray. Got to keep that hair looking fresh to death all day! And this is my absolute favorite. Like I had a meltdown when I ran out and wouldn’t be able to get more for a few days. The hold and the flexibility of this hairspray is unlike any other. It just does it’s job without being crunchy or sticky. And the smell is out of this world. A+ for the packaging as well.

Gimme Brow– Okay, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never done anything to my eyebrows before this year. Just tweezed and that’s that. Why? Because no company makes a good brow product for gingers. There was nothing light enough to make it not look like I was wearing clown makeup. Sure I could go through the trouble of finding a match in an eyeshadow and making it work, but let’s be honest, that’s too much work. This year Benefit Cosmetics came out with a new color for their brow products. And it works amazing for people with the lightest shade of eyebrows. I love this product, like seriously it’s made a difference. My brows aren’t overly dramatic but at least I feel like they are more “on fleek” now.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel– I started getting gel nail manicures this year. I hadn’t had a manicure in ages and loved the long wear of the polish since I work with my hands a lot. But that got extremely pricey. Seriously mad props to all you ladies who do this on a regular basis and have the cutest designs. I would just rather spend that money on tacos or a new bag. So I started looking for at home polishes that would have a long result. So I tried a bunch. Had some real failures. Enter Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. Lots of color options, long lasting and work tested. Plus much safer and affordable.

Aveda Volumizing Tonic– I have been testing all kinds of products to get some great volume in my hair for that messy chic look. This bottle of amazingness is my ticket for fresh washed hair and getting all the oomph I need. The only downfall with this product is the smell isn’t great. But it seriously helps me achieve that blow out volume look I have been aiming for.

Dry Bar Round Brush– So I have changed my hair big time. Last year I did a huge chop and have been playing around with the actual cut ever since. After lots of practice, watching videos and talking with stylist, I have finally figured out how to blow dry my hair properly and to get the style and volume I want. So I decided to invest in a good round brush. This brush might be a little more pricey than what you would consider, but it really does make a world of difference.

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Quad– I have purchased this before, but re-purchased. You know that’s when you love something, right? The formula is just the best on these eyeshadows. So creamy and so easy to blend. If you aren’t a pro with eye makeup, this is a great brand to try. It’s pretty much fool proof. That’s how creamy and well these blend. To be honest I’m still probably blending wrong but it looks fine!

Rootfoot Rose Water– I have been taking my skin care very seriously this year. Maybe it’s because I’m getting closer to middle age but oh well. This spray is soothing, calming and even moisturizing. This saved my skin during the summer. Any time I was in the sun, afterwards I would use this. I didn’t peel the entire season. This never happens. I’m also noticing with cooler weather and dry heat from the car, work and home I have been using this more and more for a skin drink.



Tis The Season For Giving Giveaway

Tis The Season For Giving Giveaway

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I have an amazing giveaway for all of you! I have partnered up with one of my professors from school as well as local businesses from Asheville to bring you some really great goodies and there will be 3 winners for this giveaway! This isn’t just an ordinary giveaway; for every entry that is received for the giveaway, my professor and I will be donating $1.00 to local women’s cancer facilities! Half of the money will be donated to Asheville’s BCCCP which offers free or low cost breast and cervical exams and educates women on health issues; and the other half will be donated to Hope Women’s Cancer Center! The theme of the giveaway is stocking stuffers! You will have until 11:59 PM on December 9th to enter, and I will promptly get you the prize so you can gift the items or keep them for yourself! Good Luck!!

The Rules for Entering

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1. You MUST like 30 Shades of Stephanie on Facebook!

2. You MUST leave a comment below telling me what your favorite stocking stuffer to give or receive is!

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First Place

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The first place winner will be winning the following:

  • Orange Peel T-Shirt donated by The Orange Peel
  • A pint glass, koozie, sticker, $20.00 gift card and 2 movie passes donated by Asheville Brewing¬†
  • A $25.00 gift card donated by Neo Burrito along with some stickers
  • A $15.oo iTunes gift card donated by Andrew Plyler Design
  • A cosmetic bag from Target loaded with samples donated by my local Ulta, the Wal-Mart monthly box subscription and a Mary Kay lipstick.
  • Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
  • Star cookie cutter
  • A pair of Christmas socks
  • Bracelet from Charmed

Second Place

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The second place winner will be winning the following:

  • Two anniversary pint glasses, 2 leather koozies, bottle opener keychain, and stickers donated by Highland Brewing Company
  • A $20.00 gift card donated by Biscuit Head
  • Taylor Swift’s 1989 album (gift receipt from target if it’s not your style)
  • ELF holiday nail polish set
  • Chapstick
  • A pair of Christmas socks
  • Star cookie cutter
  • M&M’s
  • Clinique Lipstick

Third Place

Tis The Season For Giving Giveaway

The third place winner will be winning the following:

  • Elf Eye Shadow Palette
  • Chapstick from Mary Kay
  • A pair of Christmas socks
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Gummy worms
  • Mini gel pens


Little Luxuries: Stocking Stuffers Under $20.00

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The stocking is my favorite part of Christmas gifts! It’s a great way to add a bunch of personal things that are much tinier than regular gifts. Great things for both guys and ladies is cd’s, gift cards, cold winter accessories, moisturizers, and personal hygiene products. ¬†It’s great to get these things because it’s things the stocking receiver would generally spend money on but now they don’t have to.

Ladies- Beauty items are great for the stocking. You can find plenty of gift sets that are of quality for under $20.00! Ulta currently has a lot of great sets today for under $20.00! For a travel lover you can include cosmetic bags and jewelry rolls! And jewelry is a great stuffing stocking. Ashkal has some great rings and today you can get them for 15% off! Candy is always a plus in a stocking.

Guys- Local brews, pint glasses, koozies and bottle openers are great; and generally you can support local by buying these items. Also their favorite snack foods would be great to include, along with foods, condiments or drinks they can take along with them to work. Candy is always a plus in a stocking.

Stay tuned to the blog on Monday for the chance to be 1 of 3 winners for my stocking stuffer giveaway. Some of the things you see in this post you could win!!.