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Last-Minute Luxury Gifts for Her

We are getting down to the wire here, with just a little over a week before Christmas. It can be hard to find the perfect gift, but it doesn't have to be. With online shopping, you can find some really great items she'll love, and ones that  don't cost a fortune either.

Etsy can be a great place to find something beautiful and unique. Some items on Etsy have a longer processing time, but some, particularly the jewelry and candle shops, tend to have things ready-made. Thus you're bound to find some very beautiful and unique gifts. You just have to check the deadline for Christmas in each shop's announcements. Some will even work with you on rush orders, so it never hurts to ask! Pictured above: Chevron Kite Dangle EarringsModern Chevron Kite Laser Cut Earrings



First up on today's gift guide for women is a jewelry shop on Etsy calledLucky Tree Studio. At Lucky Tree, you can find gorgeous, one of a kind bamboo jewelry. With intricate laser-cut designs, this isn&#…

Beauty Trend: Multi-Masking


This budding skincare trend seems like a no-brainer. Multi-masking is all about using multiple masks at one time, to address different needs on different parts of the face. It makes perfect sense considering most people have a few different skin types, often combination oily or dry and sensitive, each with more trouble spots often in the T-zone area. Pictured: WEI Multitask Multi-Mask Collection via Anthropologie.


Several different skincare brands are taking advantage of the trend, offering multi-mask sets, like the WEI Multitask Multi-Mask Collection pictured above, and the Mario Badescu mask set.


Which Type of Mask to Use for Your Skin Type

An intense hydrating mask is of course great for moisture. If you have a lot of flaky or dull skin, and antioxidant-rich mask can help return your skin to proper condition.

For gentle yet effective exfoliation that won't dry your skin, go with an enzyme mask as opposed to a scrubbing mask that could further dry and irritate the skin. For an all-natural DIY exfoliating mask, simply use yogurt. The lactic acid acts a natural peel to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin.

For deep cleansing and treating large pores, the best thing you could use is a clay or mud mask to draw out all of the dirt and oil. Charcoal is amazing too. Unless you have sensitive skin, try using a charcoal sugar scrub before your clay mask. I really love the Freeman Black Sugar and Charcoal Mask.

For deep wrinkles, you can temporarily plump and smooth the skin with hyaluronic acid and help to treat fine lines and deep wrinkles with retinol (my favorite anti-wrinkle ingredient). This does come in the form of anti-aging facial masks. Though it also comes in serums and creams. I would just let my hyaluronic face cream do double duty as a mask by leaving it on for five to ten minutes. Of course if any of these things cause redness or irritation, you should discontinue use. For a budget option, I really love the L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Serum and Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer.

The biggest bit of advice I'd give is to not over dry the skin. Even if you have very oily skin, drying it out can actually cause your skin to produce more oil, thus causing oily skin all over again. It's all about balance. For example, after using a great deep cleansing mask, always follow up with a good moisturizer.

Pictured:  WEI Multitask Multi-Mask Collection  /   Mario Badescu mask set  /  bliss Multi-'Face'-eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask  /  KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr Hydrating Mask  /  Karuna Age-Defying + Face Mask  Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask  / Also Pictured: ELLE Brazil February 2016 Bella Hadid by Max Abadian

If you fast forward to a little more than halfway through this new video by Amazon Style Code Live, you can get more info on multi-masking and tips on how to determine your own skin type. Have you tried the multi-masking trend yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.



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  1. Charcoal masks are my go-to for my acne, but some of these multi-taskers sound amazing (especially if they eliminate some steps in my daily routine).

    Beauty V. Brains | fashion and beauty for smart girls who like stuff

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  2. oohh i wanna try that mario badescu line!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

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  3. Great photos! Amazing post! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day!
    much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com

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  4. I'm a fan of masks too. Once a week I try to put on a hydration mask. Love how my skin feels afterwards! Thanks for sharing this beauty post with us! It was very informative and very well written!
    Happy Wednesday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  5. oh i love masks!! these sound amazing!
    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

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