• Art,  food,  Gift Guide,  New York,  WorldWide

    Bring MarieBelle to Someone You Love in This Christmas

    In New York’s famous Soho District is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates. This holiday season, the flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street offers patrons a sumptuous shopping experience for the eyes and appetite with lavish window displays which aim to warm the heart. The perfect gift, MarieBelle Chocolates are artfully wrapped in luxury boxes with colorful ribbons. Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

    Crafted with the finest single-origin chocolate and eclectic ingredients, using artisanal techniques are MarieBelle’s signature Ganache.

    The Holiday Ganache Collection this year is MarieBelle’s Once Upon A Time Collection. The charming boxes are available in 4, 6, 9, 16, 25, 36 and an astonishing 100-piece boxes The signature ganache collections also include the New York set, River of Diamonds set, and other special totes, party favors and a limited-edition Ganache Cake using 65% dark chocolate.

    Returning this holiday season is The Nutcracker Box. Showcasing the theme of the one of the most iconic tales, the holiday gift set is elegantly designed to include delicious sweets including: 16-piece MarieBelle Signature Ganache, six-ounce tin of Aztec Hot Chocolate, 125 grams of Pistachio Toffee, 180-gram Dark Chocolate Bar and a cylinder of Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. More book gift sets offer candy confections in the Luxury, Elegant and Classic styles.

    MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

    MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    For more information about MarieBelle Chocolates, visit www.mariebelle.com.

    Facebook: MarieBelleNewYork | Twitter: @MarieBelleNY | Instagram: MarieBelleNY

  • Asian,  Austin,  Australia,  Baltimore,  Bitty,  Chicago,  Las Vegas,  London,  Los Angeles,  Miami,  New York,  Seoul,  Toronto,  Vancouver,  WorldWide

    How To Achieve Gorgeous Holiday Looks

    ‘Tis the season to treat your loved ones, but why shouldn’t you indulge your own needs and look and feel as gorgeous as ever this holiday season?! Now you can, thanks to the latest innovation from the brand that revolutionized the cosmetics application industry/process:  BRUSHCRAFT by Artis!

    This new addition to high-end, cult-favorite, Artis Brush, BrushCraft offers modern makeup brushes to those who consider make up an artistry and are looking to achieve a fast, flawless finish. Continuing to transform the beauty industry with his unique and forward-looking perspective, Matthew Waitesmith, Artis Founder, and creative visionary, created BrushCraft to address the challenges of makeup “self-application”. He wanted to deliver superior cosmetic performance with a line that combines ergonomics with design, function, and performance.

    With a twist on the traditional makeup brush to make it more maneuverable and easy-to-use, Artis has rewritten the story. He created accessible makeup brushes that offer a fun, yet efficient makeup application process. By turning the fibers at a right angle, using trademarked, man-made and engineered NuFibre, and including many more fibers in each bundle than in conventional animal hair brushes, BrushCraft improves performance and provides better makeup results every time you use these brushes.

    The BrushCraft Makeup Brush – The Components:

    ·         BrushCraft Linear 1 – This brush is designed to help make a line of color easier. The Linear 1 has a thin row of fibers aligned perfectly so that you can pick eyeshadow or liner and by gently pulling the brush across the skin, you can create a thin line of makeup. Great for lining eyes, or filling in and perfecting brows. 

    ·         BrushCraft Circle 1R – This brush contains a fiber bundle that is a cylinder shape, but with a rounded domed top at the fiber tips. The shape and size make it great for applying eyeshadow and blending, spot concealing, focused contouring, and lip color.

    ·         BrushCraft Oval 3 – The Oval 3 is the perfect size and shape for applying eyeshadow products to the lid area. You can do an all-over application of color, or use it to emphasize the outside corners of the lid or along the upper and lower lash lines. Also good for applying concealer to areas under the eyes.

    ·         BrushCraft Oval 6 – This is the perfect size and shape brush for applying foundation, contour, and blush. Pick up a small amount of product and gently sweep it across the area of the face you want to cover. This brush has over 60,000 individual fibers in the bundle, which is the main reason it applies and blends product beautifully.

    Most makeup artists—and the same is true for most makeup wearers—only use a few brushes to achieve the majority of results. However, the industry tells consumers to have a brush for every single part of the face and every single product. BrushCraft by Artis believes it’s better to have a few great brushes, each doing many different applications. which can work with many different formulas.

    The BrushCraft Makeup Brush retails for $18.50 – $24.50.

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    How To Stuff a Beauty Lover’s Stocking

    Looking for small inexpensive gifts to give that one beauty enthusiast in your family or friend circle? I got just the things! Stocking stuffers can be something as small as candy and a few thoughtful goodies, so don’t worry about going over budget. Here are a few beauty ideas to get your thought process flowing!


    Tails & Top Hats Eyeshadow Palette

    Elevate your eye looks with this versatile eyeshadow palette. Featuring seven cool toned shades, these expertly designed eye shadows come in an array of both matte and shimmer finishes.


    • Top Row: Matte, Matte, Shimmer, Shimmer, Matte
    • Bottom Row: Shimmer, Shimmer
    • Price: $12
    • Available only at Ulta!



    BareMinerals Thank You Gorgeous 5 piece set

    This one is a little costly, but you can use this to fill 5 different stockings. Every woman loves lipgloss! Luscious, vibrant color loaded into a refreshing formula that slips on satiny smooth for sheer-to-medium coverage with glistening shine. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous.

    Collection includes:

    • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry)
    • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Spark Plug (dusty pink pearl)
    • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Show Off (baby pink)
    • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hot Shot (flamingo pink)
    • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer)

    (0.02 oz each)/ Price: $20

    Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Professional Blush Palette 

    Get some more golden sugar with Makeup Revolution’s amazing collection of blushers in Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Professional Blush Palette!

    Price: $10


    It Cosmetics Ornaments 

    This decorative ornament contains the gift of Superhero lashes! Developed with plastic surgeons, the game-changing mascara formula is infused with proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology to stretch the look of your lashes wider and longer, and wrap each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening, ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color for clinically shown results.

    Price: $12

    Great skin starts with confidence! Perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive, Confidence in a Cream deeply hydrates, restores radiance and reduces the look of pores, uneven texture, and discoloration. Proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate is activated upon contact to immerse your skin in moisture for powerful results that you’ll see instantly, and more dramatic results over time.

    Price: $16

    Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Presents Gluten-Free Lip Gloss Collection

    Available in 6 shades with an irresistible scent of grapefruit and strawberry, the Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss Collection allows you to go from natural to a high shine with transparent and rich lacquered colors. Each gloss features a creamy, rich texture and 3D pigments to help your lips appear fuller and more plumped. The line’s jojoba and sunflower oils hydrate and nourish, encouraging the healing process and turning dry, chapped areas into baby smooth and soft.

    Enhancing your natural barriers to lock moisture in, each formula will also promote firmness and elasticity. Each swipe of luminous color will even help remove free radicals and block environmental age-factors, all thanks to its antioxidant-packed ingredients.

    Price: $19 each

  • Australia

    This Christmas, look like an Aussie

    As the rest of the world is frantically trying to warm itself up this cold December, in Australia it’s party season again: it’s summer. As if it’s not enough that they have warm weather all year long, they get to party on the beach for Christmas and New Year too. Funny Christmas carols, Santa Claus in speedos, and reindeers replaced by kangaroos are just the tip of the iceberg called “Winter holidays in Australia”. Aussies are laid back and extravagant at the same time, and if you’re looking to get some of that Australian vibe, we offer a few easy style tips.

    Add a bit more print

    Monochromatic clothes are always elegant and stylish, but you have the entire year to look like that. Why not experiment a bit and choose to wear a piece that has a vivid graphic print this Christmas? And we’re not talking about reindeer-and-Christmas-tree print sweaters, everyone already wears those. A geometric design on yoga leggings, or something that yells ‘summer’ all over the place, like a palm tree button-down shirt, or a grey sweater with a bright pineapple printed on the front will bring the summer air into the room even if it’s snowing outside and you’re drinking a cup of tea by the fire. A simple bandana with bananas or a scarf with cherries are also great choices if you want to keep it simpler.

    Splatter glitter everywhere

    Don’t be afraid to add a bit more glitter to your everyday look. After all, it’s Christmas, and everywhere you look there are sparkly decorations and sequins. Glitter on the eyes is incredibly popular, and you can experiment as much as you like: put it directly underneath your eyebrows, on your upper lids or under your lower lashes. Anything is allowed, but do try to choose only one of the three, or it’ll be too much. Silver or gold glitter can be worn with pretty much anything, but you can also choose a particular color if you would like to make your eyes pop, or pair it with another part of your outfit.

    Dress the dress down

    This is the time of Christmas parties in the office or at your friends’ place, and it’s the perfect excuse to wear something elegant. If you’re trying to look up to Aussie girls, however, you can try dressing those elegant pieces down a bit, by wearing them with something casual. For example, your little black dress will look equally good paired with a plain denim shirt and a messy bun, regardless if it’s custom-made or a Gucci, and even an elegant Adrianna Papell dresses with sequins will look plainer when worn with flats and a huge bag. Play with textures and layers, wear silk with leather and denim with velvet, put on sneakers instead of high heels and keep your hair in a messy bun, and you will look like a real Aussie girl.

    Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

    Just because you’re not sweating like in the summer does not mean that you can’t dehydrate in this cold weather. Aussie girls sip water all day long because they know how important it is for their skin. The freezing weather outside and the central heating turned up to the max can dry your skin in the blink of an eye, leaving you with flaky skin and chapped lips. Drink plenty of water, but don’t forget to apply moisturizer to your face and hand cream to your hands before you leave the warmth of your home.

    It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, Australians like to keep their outfits casual, but every winter they allow themselves to be eccentric and experiment with different styles. Instead of trying to ‘steal the look’ from the Parisians, choose to be an Aussie this Christmas and rock that ‘high class and yet laid back’ look like a pro. Don’t get too carried away though, and make sure you’re warm before you leave your home.

  • WorldWide

    Holiday Season Gift Ideas: Jennie Links Jewelry

    Winter is coming so this can only mean one thing: the holiday season is near! Now is the time to start your gift search for that special woman in your life, and what a better gift than to frost up your lady with a little ice.

    Launched this September, Jennie Links is a fine jewelry brand composed of handmade-to-order pieces produced in New York City. Founder and Creative Director Jennie Jackson’s design aesthetic is based on bringing refined minimal essentials direct- to-customer through online only sales on www.jennielinks.com.

    The Jennie Links collections are meant to seamlessly fit any wardrobe with perfectly fitting customized creations. Designed with both the minimalist and maximalist in mind, Jennie Links encompasses the necessary elements needed to complete the perfect jewelry chest. With the added value of direct-to-customer pricing, these minimal accents are the ideal ‘link’ for both the simplistic architect of fashion and the layering maven.

    Jennie Links is a revolutionary approach to fine jewelry pricing and customization. As a fashion industry professor, Jackson became frustrated with the degree to which fine jewelry is marked up because of expensive ads and storefronts.

    The pricing is set to disrupt the luxury jewelry market and ranges from $200 – $6,500. Offering only 18K gold and VS G color diamonds, Jennie Links is for the discerning customer with impeccable taste.

    All rings are offered in quarter size increments, allowing the customer to have a final piece that is their size without any rigged adjustments. While shopping for her wedding ring, Jackson realized perfectly fitting rings were not a concern of the large luxury houses. In order to solve this problem, and offer customers a true fit, she founded Jennie Links as a way to finally have the pieces she desired in exactly the right size and color of gold. All pieces are offered in yellow, white and rose gold. Customers choose what color or combination of colors they want per piece.

  • London

    Why Driving Lessons Can Be a Great Christmas Present

    With Christmas now just around the corner, most people have Christmas presents on their minds. Finding the perfect gift can really make a loved one’s Christmas, but some people are trickier to buy for than others. However, one thing you may not have considered, unless you have a teen around the age of 17, is driving lessons.

    While traditionally something you give to your own kids when they are old enough to drive, driving lessons can actually be a fantastic present for anyone in your life who doesn’t know how to drive, no matter how old they are. Whether it’s your partner, sibling, best friend or even a parent, here are some reasons to consider driving lessons as their 2016 Christmas gift:

    It Can Encourage Them To Do Something They’ve Always Wanted To Do

    A lot of people put off learning to drive for all sorts of reasons, and like so many other skills, from musical instruments to languages, it can end up being something where people say ‘I wish I could do that’, but never actually get around to starting to learn. If the person you have in mind has lamented not being able to drive or expressed that they would love to be able to, then buying them lessons for Christmas could give them all the encouragement they need to actually achieve it. With support from the lessons and things like this free online driving theory test practice site, they can find learning to drive easier than they imagined and gain the confidence to go all the way and get their licence.

    It Is a Gift That Lasts

    A lot of the time, we want to give our loved ones gifts that will last rather than consumable things. While driving lessons are, of course, consumable, the result of them will be something that improves the recipient’s life for the long term, making it a present they will remember getting for the rest of their lives. This can be an even more lasting way to show someone you care than more traditional gifts like jewellery!

    The Lessons Can Make For a Fun Activity

    If the person you are thinking of buying the lessons for at Christmas wants a new hobby, something to do in the evening after work or just an activity to try, then the lessons will give them something interesting to do that they can look forward to every week until they are finished. By getting them driving lessons, you are also adding some new interest to their lives that they may well really enjoy.

    As a final point, even if you can’t afford to buy a course of lessons, even a single taster lesson could be a good gift that may give them the confidence they need to take up driving lessons for themselves, so whatever your budget, why not think about buying a loved one the gift of driving for Christmas 2016, for all of these benefits and more!