Holiday Gifts from Space NK & Giveaway!

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The holidays are fast approaching, and I think any beauty junkie knows just what that means... GIFT SETS! There are definitely some stellar ones out there this year, and after discovering quite a few on the Space NK site over the last few weeks, I thought I should share them with you. :) 

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Oribe Purse Collection (Affiliate Link)

The first that caught my eye was this cute little bag of goodies from Oribe. Four purse sprays of some of their cult favorites make for a great introduction to the brand or the perfect travel companion for an Oribe fan!

And you should have seen my face when I spotted this 'Marula Ritual' kit from African Botanics. You may have heard me go on about the wonders of their Intense Skin Repair Balm, which is included in the kit, and the other products sound quite good too!

Lastly, who can say no to mini Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks? I know I cant, and this little collection of popular shades has already come home with me. 

Now you may know that this month is bronzer bunny's 2 year anniversary, and I've decided to celebrate with some giveaways for all of you! One lucky US reader will be able to take home all kinds of goodies with the help of a $150 gift card courtesy of Space NK! (International friends, don't worry - there's more to come and something for you too!) 

Do enter the giveaway below and tell me all about your holiday wishlist! :) 

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LA Beauty Discoveries

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This past weekend, we took a road trip to LA and I had the chance to explore some fun beauty shops. I spotted some fun new-to-me things, so I thought I'd share it with you!

First up, I got to meet up with my friend Marianna at Space NK. So exciting, as I haven't seen her since earlier this year and she had never been to Space NK! The SA's were busy, but we sniffed a lot of Diptyque, stared at skincare, and covered ourselves in shimmery eyeshadow shades from Laura Mercier, Nars, and By Terry. I definitely spotted a few things that made it onto my wishlist....

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While wandering around some cute shops, I discovered Apolis candles, an LA based store with a neat selection of clothing and accessories. But more importantly, I went to Scent Bar, a cute little boutique from the guys at Lucky Scent. (I'm dying. That place is amazing. I wish I lived in that store. See the next handful of photos for proof of concept, haha!) 

I should have taken more pictures of the store, but I was really occupied by taking pictures of scents I found interesting... I love how the store was styled by scent family, and there were just so many amazing things to sniff. 

Last but not least, I somehow wandered into the beauty section at Fred Segal, and seem to have only taken photos of fragrances that were interesting. More Histoires de Parfums catching my eye, and the fragrance blending kit that looks SO intriguing... 

And OMG, Memoire Liquide = bespoke perfumes. I can't even begin to think about this. (!!!!)

Hope you enjoyed the photos! Have you tried any of these brands or products? If so, how did you like them? 

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Added to the Wishlist: Candles

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Over the weekend, I made a trip to Barney's because I was curious to see what the gift with purchase looked like for their event that starts tomorrow.  (Yes, I know, I don't need the gift or anything from Barney's, but a little bit of window shopping never hurts, right?) 

Whenever I stop by Barney's, I always take a peek around to see if there are any new brands that are typically not carried at other retailers. I was sniffing Diptyque Feu de Bois, and my eye landed on a unfamiliar-to-me brand, Astier de Villate. The Barney's in San Francisco has quite a selection and I'm quite enamored by the clean look and complex yet subtle scents.  Check out the pretty display below. I don't even know what scent I would pick if I could buy one - they all seemed so pretty! 

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Cire Trudon is another brand I gaze at whenever I see it in a store. I was pleased to find that my fiance likes their scents and thinks they could nearly be worth their $85+ price tag. Though in my opinion, how could you NOT love a candle brand that has been around for centuries and outfitted French kings and was a favorite of Marie Antoinette and Napoleon?  

Last but not least, I discovered that Noble Isle Willow Song also comes in candle form! I may be able to shell out the money for a candle, even though I love and despair over their $30 shower gel... Decisions, decisions. In any event, I sure can't be spending $250 on all these candles, even if I could get a stellar gift with purchase with it...   

What do you guys think about my new wishlist? Have you tried any of these candles? What are your favorites??

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Added to the Wishlist: Rodial Dragon's Blood

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A few weeks ago, I was browsing Space NK and found added a few things to my wishlist from the brand Sai Sei. (Check out that post here, in case you missed it!) During that same trip, this skincare range from Rodial caught my eye. 

Perhaps it was the summery packaging or the name, but I was really intrigued by the Dragon's Blood line. When the sales associate told me that the cleansing water was amazing, and also easy to use on the go or while traveling, I was sold. Then I spotted the hyaluronic mask and moisturizer, and both of those seemed perfect too.  

Sadly, I didn't take home any of the line, but I sure would like to. These goodies are definitely next on my wishlist once I've finished up more of my skincare and samples filling up my drawers.  

Have you tried Rodial or the Dragon's Blood line? If so, how did you like it?  

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Added to the Wishlist: Sai Sei

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I stopped by the new Space NK at Bloomingdale's on Michigan Avenue, and I spotted the brand Sai Sei. While I've noticed the brand before, I've never really looked at them closely. Let's just say I've added a few new things (aka EVERYTHING) to my wishlist!  

I definitely have the Mineral Invigorate Body Scrub on my list, and the candle seems quite calming. There's quite a few options for bath, and I'm thinking I want at least one, if not all of them...! 

Have you tried anything from Sai Sei? Here's a look at the top picks on my list! 

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Added to the Wishlist: Diptyque

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I've been seriously contemplating Diptyque's lineup over these last few weeks and added a few things to my neverending wishlist...

I'm super curious to sniff the new limited edition Mina Perhonen candles, but they seem to be an online only option at the moment. In collaboration with Japanese designer Akira Minagawa, these candles seem quite pretty (Oh how I love Diptyque's scent descriptions!) The woodsy Infini, delicate Ciel, and floral Joie all sound heavenly. Now the question is, which would I choose? 

The latest addition to Diptyque's scent selection is the floral Eau Moheli. I've sniffed this a few times now, and while it is pretty, I'm just not in love with it once it is on me. I'm also super curious to check out the Baies Room Spray, as I love anything that can scent a room and perhaps I can spritz it on linens too...  

I'm also adding L'Ombre dans L'eau, the Eau de Parfum version, to my wishlist, and playing around with samples of the bath & body options. (Did you know Diptyque makes TWO oils and TWO hand creams? I sure didn't!) 

Now it is definitely time for me to stalk the DIptyque boutique in San Francisco this weekend...! 

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Added To The Wishlist: Laura Mercier

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The other day, I was wandering around Sephora and fell for two Laura Mercier palettes that I now want desperately.

There's the Luxe Portfolio, with a gorgeous combination of eyeshadows, cake liners, and blushes. Then there's the pretty Bonne Mine Cheek Palette, which has 2 blushes, a bronzer, and 2 highlighters. All very pretty and wearable!

Have you tried any of these products or tried either of these palettes? I'd love to know! :)

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Diptyque Scents I Must Sniff!

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I'm suddenly a bit Diptyque obsessed. Can you tell?? Lol. I've been perusing the brand's website, and after falling for Eau Rose, I also managed to pick up the yuzu scented Oyedo from the Hautelook sale. (I've also discovered that Oyedo and Tam Dao smell quite good together!) Anyway, now I'm wondering why I didn't spend more time at the counter! All of these scents are catching my eye!

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Check out the dreamy descriptions from the Diptyque site below. Have you sniffed any of these scents? Do you have a Diptyque favorite?? L'Eau de Neroli A sensual Cologne with the opulent imprint of zests and flowers. In an ode to the sun and the dolce vita, neroli and orange blossom rise on the sparkling, clear notes of bergamote.The metal ball intensifies the fresh nature of the Colognes, leaving a delicately dosed scented veil on the skin.

L'Eau de L'Eau Spicy freshness to stir the senses. An evocation of L’Eau, the first eau de toilette by diptyque. A radiant Cologne with a sensual heart of spices and flowers. The metal ball intensifies the fresh nature of the Colognes, leaving a delicately dosed scented veil on the skin.

L'Eau de Hesperides A playful, zesty Cologne full of green freshness with a contrasting, provocative touch. The citrusy notes of this fragrance are stirred up with intense, peppery mints. The metal ball intensifies the fresh nature of the Colognes, leaving a delicately dosed scented veil on the skin.

L'Eau de Tarocco A fruity Cologne that's sweet yet vibrant and spicy. It carries the exhilarating scent of the Mediterranean in winter and the freshness of fruit just plucked from the tree, plump and ripe. The metal ball intensifies the fresh nature of the Colognes, leaving a delicately dosed scented veil on the skin.

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