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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: To the Successful Woman in Your Life

Suppose you haven’t found something suitable yet, something your significant other would love, something that would make her entire face light up when she unwraps the box you spent hours putting together with sticky tape. Fret not.

 

In my previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband, I picked out some items from Shopbop’s sale rack, which are bound to make most women squeal in delight upon receiving them. If you haven’t made a decision, here’s another one for the woman of your dreams, who has strived – or is still working fervently towards it – for success in the corporate world.

 

This is the woman who not only inspires you, but also shares part of life’s journey with you. She could be your girlfriend, your fiancée, your wife or the mother of your children. Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day is but just another occasion to show your support for her efforts. Check out these items I’ve picked out for you that could make great gifts.

 


 

1. Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette

2. Rebecca Minkoff Semiprecious Stud Earrings

3. Bambeco Moss Terrarium Bottle

4. Kate Spade New York Metro Classic Watch – Vachetta

5. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street – Maise’ Satchel – Rosy Dawn

6. Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ Pearls – 03 Medium

7. Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl

8. Alterna ‘Caviar Anti-Aging’ Dry Shampoo

9. Jo Malone ‘English Pear & Freesia’ Scent Surround Room Spray

10. Rebecca Minkoff Avery Cross Body Bag – White

11. Kate Spade New York ‘Le Pavillion’ Bluetooth Speaker

12. Saint Laurent Paris Classic Frame Sunglasses

 

Some of these items may not arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re located outside of the United States. However, here’s a trick that could save you:

 

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Birthday Giveaway: Win Full-Sized Beauty Products from Maku Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, Laneige and more

 

Laced Ivory Birthday Giveaway

 

I remember the days when I was in pre-school and when it was somebody’s birthday, their parents would celebrate it with cake and little goodie bags for everyone in the class. This year, of course I’m way beyond that age. But that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate by giving something away!

 

Yep, I’ve got quite a bit of beauty products and I think these will find a better owner than me. Not because they are lousy products or they don’t suit me, but because I haven’t really had the chance to give them a try as I’m using other products at the moment (and I really only have one face).  If you’ll like to win some full-sized products, do read on to find out what the winner will be getting and how you can win them all!

 

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20 Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

 

Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

If there’s one thing I currently cannot keep my eyes – and fingers – away from, it’s my phone. To be exact, it’s Instagram that I access through my screen. Now that I’m getting some break from work, I have my life back! And yes, who wouldn’t spend some time sifting through artfully curated and envy-inducing pictures? The answer is nobody.

 

Here are my picks for the 20 Instagram accounts to follow right now, especially if you’re bored with your current timeline and want something different. They’re arranged in alphabetical order below. Enjoy!

(Follow me on Instagram HERE to get the latest news on style and beauty.)

 
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Laced Ivory’s Top 40 Beauty Products

 

Top 40 Beauty Products - Skincare, Beauty and Tools

 

Beauty blogging on Laced Ivory stemmed from my passion towards beauty products, writing and helping others (as well as myself) find their better selves. I’ve only got one face, body and a headful of hair, but over the years, I’ve tried so many different products and have come to really love some of them. Here are the top 40 beauty products that have made the cut this year (with links to purchase).

 

Makeup:

  1. Compact Foundation: Dior Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25
  2. Liquid Foundation: Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15
  3. Blush: Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink 9
  4. Lipstick: MAC Betty Bright
  5. Lipgloss: Chanel Lipgloss in 161
  6. All-Over Setting/Highlighting Powder: Guerlain Meteorites 3 Medium
  7. Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette
  8. Festive Eyeshadow duo: Laneige Sparkling Party eyeshadow duo
  9. Eyeliner: Agnès B Liner Metallic in Brun Métal 1519
  10. Nail Polish Brand: Deborah Lippmann
  11. Base Coat: Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965
  12. Top Coat: Revlon Multi Care Base + Top Coat 965
  13. Eyebrow Shade: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Saddle 61
  14. Mascara: Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  15. Fragrance: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

 
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How to Pack for a Staycation – Beauty Edit

 

How to Pack for a Staycation

 

Hello beauties! As you’re reading this, I’m probably updating Instagram with my staycation pictures. That’s right, Mr. Ratatouille and I are making up for future lost time, as our work is going to separate us for a while in the coming months. Of course we’re dreading it but we refuse to sit around and mope, so we’re celebrating being together whenever we can. And what better way than some alone time, away from prying eyes?

 

As with all staycations, I always pack a bunch of things, such as skincare and makeup. Over time, the number of things I carry have reduced and today, I’m going to show you how you can pack for a staycation using a cooler bag.

 
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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals & Steals

 

Black Friday Deals

 

It’s THE time of the year – Black Friday! I know things can get pretty scary in stores out there and it’s not super fun to brave the cold for some discounts, so I’ve gathered up the major stores (and some of your favourites) so you can shop their Black Friday deals this weekend in the comfort of your own home! Keyboard warriors, brace yourselves for some major damage!

 

(For any brand that does not have a code, no code is needed to get the discount.)

 

FASHION

 

Adidas 

// Black Friday 20% off select product

DATE: 12.28

CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

// Cyber Monday Save up to $40 site-wide + free shipping

DATE: 11.30-12.01

CODE:  CYBER valid: 11/30

 

ASOS (US) 

// Black Friday 30% off

DATE: 11.27 (8pm EST) – 11.30 (8pm EST)

CODE: TGIBF

// Cyber Monday  30% off

DATE: 11.30 (8pm EST) – 12.02 (3am EST)

CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

 

ASOS (UK) 

// 20% off

DATE: 11.28 (8pm GMT) – 12.02 (8am GMT)

CODE: CYBERWKND20

 

BB Dakota

// Black Friday 30% off full-price styles

DATE: 11.27-11.29

CODE: THANKS30

// Cyber Monday 30% off any purchase + free shipping

DATE: 11.30-12.01

CODE: CYBER30

 

Bloomingales 

// Black Friday 50% off on a selection sitewide

DATE: 11.25-11.29

// Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items

DATE: 11.30-12.01

 

Bluefly // up to 80% off

DATE: 11.28

 

Calvin Klein 

// Black Friday  50% off sitewide

DATE: 11.28

 

Charlotte Russe 

//  up to 60% off + free shipping

DATE: 11.27-11.29

// Cyber Monday  30% off sitewide

DATE: 11.30-12.01

 

Chicwish 

// Tiered promotion: 30% off $50, 35% off $100, 40% off $150

DATE: 11.28-12.01

CODE: SPEND50, SPEND100, SPEND150

 

Club Monaco 

// Black Friday 30% off cashmere styles

DATE: 11.28

 

Collective Habit 

// 40% off sitewide

DATE: 11.28-11.30

 

DVF 

// 40% off  select styles

DATE: 11.25-12.01

// Black Friday 15% off sitewide

DATE: 11.28

CODE: FRIDAY15

// Cyber Monday 15% off sitewide

DATE: 12.01

CODE: CYBER15

 

Forever 21 

// Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20

DATE: 11.27-11.30

// Extra 30% off clearance

DATE: 11.27-11.30

// Cyber Monday 20% off $60+

DATE: 12.01

CODE: CYBER 20

//  30% off $120+

DATE: 12.01

CODE: CYBER30
 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection (My Picks)

 

Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection

 

The holiday season is the perfect time to travel, especially since nobody’s really going to be at work anymore. But if you, like me, are going to be spending December at home, there’s no better time and place to indulge in the festive mood. This year, the Crabtree and Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection is heavily inspired by the wanderlust bug that lives in us all. Take note, for you too, can travel to London right in your own home.

 
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Chamomile Scrub Recipe with Rose, Himalayan Pink Salt and more!

 

Pink Himalayan Salt Chamomile Scrub Recipe

 

Himalayan salt has been one of my current favourite ingredients, especially for making scrubs. Not only does it have all 84 natural minerals found in Mother Earth (it’s got a long history of being around for 250 million years), it’s also got a lovely pink colour. When I made this scrub and used it on my legs, I found it promoted healing of the wounds at the back of my heels.

 

Today’s scrub is best used when you need to relax, as it features rose and chamomile. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

 

Pink Himalayan Salt Chamomile Scrub Recipe

 

  1. measuring cups
  2. jar to keep your scrub in
  3. 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
  4. 1 tbsp crushed rose petals
  5. 7 tbsp organic coconut oil (Get yours on Amazon with international shipping HERE.)
  6. 1 tbsp 100% natural argan oil (Get yours on Amazon HERE.)
  7. 7 drops 100% pure chamomile oil (essential oil)
  8. 1 tablespoon honey (secret ingredient)

 
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My Skinspiration: My Story and Yours

 


My Skinspiration: My Story and Yours

 

Do you have skin problems? Do you wish your skin was as flawless as anyone’s on the cover of Vogue? Or is your skin perfect (like some people I know)?

 

I never had good skin until a few years ago. When I was growing up, in my teen years, I was plagued with horrible acne – some cystic, even – that wouldn’t stop breaking out every single week. It didn’t even take the current breakout to start healing, before the second one would occur. My face was a constant mess and it affected my self esteem greatly.

 

I visited doctors and my parents spent a fortune on my face. The condition of my skin improved, but it never did completely recover. I won’t go into details on how I transitioned into my current skin, which has never been better, but I can say that my never-ending quest for good skin – which ultimately led to the start of Laced Ivory – did help a lot.

 
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Coffee Scrub Recipe

 

Coffee Scrub Recipe

 

If only all weekends were that good! With work left far away in the office, time to spare with loved ones comes a-knocking. And when your loved ones need some time to themselves, what is one to do? Well, here’s one thing you can try at home: make your own coffee body scrub!

 

I found this recipe and decided to give it a go, especially since all the ingredients are natural, very affordable and so easy to find. To round it up for you, I used:

  • 1 cup raw sugar (a mix of white and brown)
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 4 tbsp 100% extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 tbsp 100% natural coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp sea salt

 

This would give you four 5oz. (150ml) bottles of scrub, each about 3/4 filled (as shown in the picture above). I added a little more coconut oil than what the original recipe gave, because I wanted the scrub to be a little more moisturising. All the ingredients were specially sourced by me, especially the olive oil and coconut oil. Be careful though, of adding too much oil – you don’t want your scrub to end up being overly greasy.

 
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