Christmas Gifts for Her

Now that it’s closer to Christmas, men all around must be panicking on what to pick out for the women in their life! That’s where I come in! Here is a nice handy list of gift ideas for the lovely ladies out there!

1) Beauty Box Subscription

Yes, I may be a tad biased, but this serves to be kind of like 4-12 mini gifts if you get an annual subscription! There are so many beauty boxes out there! Ipsy, Topbox, Luxebox, etc etc!

2) Macaron

These are elegant desserts that come in various colours. They get packaged very nicely and definitely makes a better gift than chocolates!

3) Hair straightener or Curl iron

I feel like a straightener is a must in every female’s household. You can use it to straighten hair, curl hair, and even iron out small wrinkles on clothes!

4) Photo album

This is more for the close females in your life. Buy a photo album and fill it with pictures of happy moments you guys had together! This is a great gift for mothers and girlfriends. Lets them know you care! If you don’t have enough pictures, fill it with small things that had meaning, such as first movie date tickets, first parking ticket you got while she was there or some other meaningful flat items! Maybe throw in a single rose/favourite flower as well!

5) Dress

This is definitely a tricky item. My general rule of thumb is to probably never buy a female clothing unless you know their size 100%! And even then, it could come off as offensive because you didn’t choose a smaller size! But I like the idea of a dress especially if it’s coupled with a dinner that they’re able to wear the dress to. Remember, it has to be a dress that fits perfectly! Maybe a dress they tried on before but didn’t buy because they didn’t need the dress. Something along those lines! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

6) Clutch/Wristlet

These are those tiny bags women like to carry their essentials in! Just big enough to hold their phone, a few cards, and some cash!

7) Spa Package (Mani/Pedi/Massage/etc)

Lots of spas offer Holiday packages that include various treatments! You can let them know they deserve to spoil themselves once in a while!

8) Jewelry Box/Music Box

Both these boxes carry/organize jewelry.

9) Premade gift baskets/packages (Make-up, lotion, toiletries, perfume, chocolate, etc)

If it’s a female who you have absolutely no idea what to get them, premade gift packages will save you. They cover all grounds!

10) Jewelry (Necklace, bracelet, earrings, etc)

Last, but not least, jewelry! This gift is literally the default gift you can give any female of any age! Which jewelry you give could indicate more intimacy. For example, a necklace would be more likely fit for a girlfriend whereas a bracelet would do for a female cousin or sibling. If you’ve already given the girlfriend a necklace, the braclet/earring/etc would also work as a gift!

As I was writing this list up, I realized, females are just as hard to shop for as guys! Hope you enjoyed!


December 2013 – Ipsy/My Glam


Number of Samples: FIVE

$10/month ($15/month for Canadians)


Can I just say, GORGEOUS. THIS is a bag I would love to carry with me on a night out! Only, this time I kind of wished there was a wristlet portion to it! Nonetheless, I absolutely love love this bag. It has a red interior as well. My favourite combination of colours, black and red (yes, I am aware that black isn’t technically a colour!)!!

1) Be a Bombshell: The One Stick in Flustered (7.3g/0.26 oz)

Full Size:  $16 (7.3g/0.26 oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 40% off


2) pop beauty: Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare (3 colours, 4.35g/0.15oz)

Full Size: £15.50 or $25.28USD (10 colours, ~14.5g/0.5 oz)

Sample Size: $7.58 (3 colours)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 25% Off


3) NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in HERMES/LSS544 (4g/0.14 oz)

Full Size: $4 (4g/0.14 oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 35% off slim lip pencil


4) NICKA K New York in Classic Taupe (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Full Size: $4.99 (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% off


5) MIRABEllA Eye Blender (1 brush)

Full Size: $27 (1 brush)

Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 30% off


This Month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $77.27

Estimated Value of this Month’s Bag: $59.57

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

This month, ipsy has outdone themselves! It was truly a spectacular Christmas gift! As we all know, I’m not a fan of sparkles, but I will make an exception for the Be a Bombshell: The One Stick in FlusteredThis item is truly multi-purpose! I love how you can use it as a blush and control the pinkness of it! Looks great on lips as well! Only downside is that it contains parabens. Instead of giving away the pop beauty: Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Naturally Bare, I think this time round I am going to try this one on! I generally steer clear of sparkly eye shadows, but these natural colours make me want to try them on at the very least! The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in HERMES/LSS544 is a definitely love for this month’s ipsy bag! NYX has amazing prices for great quality lipstick. It applies so smoothly and creamy! I could probably use a different colour for my skin tone though! I have received once a gain, a nail polish sample! I’m beginning to think I can open my own nail salon at this rate! Joking! The NICKA K New York Nail Polish in Classic Taupe is a very down-to-earth kind of colour. It doesn’t stand out too much, perfect colour to match the winter weather! It glides on ever so smoothly! Only requires one coat as well! Fantastic product! Last, but not least, the MIRABEllA Eye Blender! This brush makes me feel like an artist! I love the weighted handle and the silver finish! The brush bristles are super soft and it definitely does what it was meant for! Blending! As you can see, I absolutely love this month’s ipsy bag! The brush itself was worth getting the ipsy bag! I’m trying to hide how happy I am with this month’s bag! =D

Christmas gift ideas for him part 2

So I realized the first list of Christmas ideas were very typical guy gifts, so I spent quite some time thinking of other possible Christmas (or birthday) gifts! Here it goes!

1) Electric Razor

These things are fun. When I was watching my boyfriend use his electric razor, I totally wanted to give it a try on my own more or less hairless chin! Though a regular razor gives a cleaner shave, electric razors are more convenient and leaves no cuts! This is a great gift for your significant other. So if you’re not a fan of stubble and your man isn’t a fan of shaving, this will solve the problem!

2) Keyboard

Gaming keyboards are fantastic. Even if the guy isn’t a gamer. Gaming keyboards are of superior quality and they feel really great! Some look amazing too!

3) Mouse

When I say mouse, I mean gaming mouse. These come in so many designs! This is a practical gift, but gaming mice are, like the gaming keyboards, very high quality. Some of these have special features built into the mouse such as mouse sensitivity!

4) Headset

I know you’re probably seeing a pattern that all these gift ideas are related to computers, but in modern times, this allows us to have a more diverse choice in guy gifts!

5) (Beginner) Bartender set

These generally come in pre-made sets. Comes with everything a new bartender would start off with! You can probably couple this gift with a bartending for dummies book or some other beginner’s book! This is definitely a fun gift for anyone!

6) Whiskey stones

Whiskey stones are essentially rocks that stay cool and don’t dilute your drink! Sweet!

7) Dashcam

I think these things are great! They should be in every car! Dashcams are cameras docked onto the rearview mirror. They record everything that happens infront of you. Super handy if a car accident takes place (-knock on wood-)

8) Ties

Ties come in so many shapes, patterns, and price tags that make this gift a possible recurring gift! A simple, but elegant gift!

9) Swiss Army Knife

Choose one that has a beer opener! Soo handy!

10) Messenger Bag

With laptops, tablets, and ipads dominating, a messenger bag is the perfect bag to carry the essentials!

Goodluck Christmas shopping!


Christmas gift ideas for him

Gift season is coming up!! So I thought it would the right time to do a gifts guide, starting with gifts for HIM. We all know it’s impossible to shop for a guy! Whether it’s your significant other, your father, your grandpa, older/younger brother, male friend, colleague, and so forth! Here’s a list (no particular order) of gift ideas that I have previously given to guys that loved their gift!

1) Belt

Most guys I know have that ONE belt that they use for absolutely every occasion. Some leave it in their pants and just wear the sameee pair of pants the next day…and the day after that, simply because the belt is already pre-looped in!! So having an extra belt wouldn’t hurt him, or even a fancier belt for fancier occasions! You know what, two belts might even have him consider wearing two pairs of different pants! Win.

2) Watch

Whether the guy you’re buying a gift for is in business, healthcare, etc. a watch will always finish an outfit. And the best part is, now he has no excuse to ever be late! No more “my phone ran out of battery” or “I forgot my phone at home”! A watch just makes a guy look so much more distinguished don’t you think?

3) Dress shirt

With the holidays coming up, there’s bound to be countless Christmas/New Years Eve parties and dinners to attend! So grabbing him a nice dress shirt for Christmas will give him something new to wear to one of the parties! And of course, people will compliment him on his amazing dress shirt that you picked out! Both of you would feel amazing! Compliments just work that way! You can never own too many dress shirts.

4) Wallet

A good 50% of my male friends don’t seem to care about their wallets! Some of their wallets are just super damaged and they’re just simply too lazy to get a new one! Some have had their wallets since they were like 10 years old…and yes, the velcro wallets. It’s time for a change! My suggestion would be a leather bi-fold wallet. This is a classic!

5) Cardholder

Of course a good chunk of guys don’t even own a wallet. They just bring the essentials in their pocket! Get him a cardholder to hold and organize his cards in! The main reason I’ve come across for guys to favour cardholders over wallets is that it’s much more compact and they don’t even have that many cards! Unlike girls, if they’re anything like me, I have about 30 billion cards and half of them are points cards! Men rarely have a bazillion points cards. They just need to carry their creditcards and IDs.

6) Money clip

Same logic as the cardholder. Men like simplistic stuff (at least the men I have come across). They just want their creditcard, drivers licence, and some cash for convenience and/or emergencies. A money clip often comes with a super thin wallet. Sometimes they come with cardholders. This just keeps their bills down in one place!

7) Tablet

There are so many different kinds of tablets out there, there is bound to be one that they would like or use! I find this is a good gift for anyone in the age range of 14-30. They always have some reason to use a tablet, whether it’s for school, games, or just browsing the net! Reading comics and skpying on a tablet is pretty amazing too!

8) Scarf

For some reason, guys just  don’t own scarves. It could be -1000 outside and they’ll somehow convince themselves they don’t need a scarf. Get him a scarf. Even if he’s truly not cold in -1000 degrees, you probably are, so you can steal his scarf instead of his coat for those days!

9) Cellphone

Phones. Guys seem to like phones. They always want to have the most updated phone, but they can’t ’cause their old phone is still perfectly functional. This would probably make him happy!

10) Videogames

This gift idea works for any guy who owns some gaming console. If you don’t know anything about games, ask the store for the most popular one. Remember to get a gift receipt so they can go exchange the game if they already have it or they don’t like it. Don’t forget to mention that when you give him the videogame! Or else the game will end up in his livingroom somewhere, still in the wrapper for many years to come!

I hope this helps with your Christmas shopping this year, especially with black friday and cybermonday rolling around the corner! =)