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Beauty Splurge vs. Steal of the Week: Illuminating Hand Cream

Beauty Splurge vs. Steal of the Week: Illuminating Hand Cream

In this weekly column, I’m bringing you my favorite budget-friendly beauty products that are available online and in-store. Also make sure to check out my blog, for even more beauty product reviews, advice and tips.

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is what they call pure elegance. Here’s a fun fact for you ladies: The hands are the first body part to show signs of aging, which is why using a good hand cream with SPF is super important, especially as you get older. This version from La Prairie (swoon) brightens, refines and moisturizes your hands while also preventing future aging with its broad-spectrum (that’s protection from UVA and UVB rays) sun protection. It also contains brightening ingredients that actually help with EXISTING age spots, making it kind of the perfect hand cream in one bottle. The downside is that costs a WHOPPING $155. Yikes. As much as I do love a luxury splurge, I just can NOT justify spending that much on hand cream.

Even though Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect Hand Cream doesn’t have the glam factor the La Prairie version has, it’s still really, really good. Just like the $155 version, the Boots hand cream has broad-spectrum SPF and also boasts ingredients to help fade age spots and fine lines…and all for only $15! If there’s ever a good splurge and steal, this is IT.

For even more beauty talk, check out my blog

BB's Weekly Link Round Up: Pre-Black Friday Sales, Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas and More

Fashion links worth reading

SheFinds has the scoop on dozens of pre-Black Friday sales.

Fab Fatale bakes up some delicious apple pie croissants.

Style by Joules is python print pretty.

Tracy's Notebook of Style finds adorable Kate Spade lookalikes at Old Navy.

A Vintage Splendor introduces us to photographer Amanda Charchian.

RD's Obsessions puts together a classy gift guide for her.

Thanksgiving Decor Under $50

Thanksgiving decor

In this weekly post, I'm sharing chic decor tips and finds on a budget. This week, we're gearing up for the Thanksgiving holiday. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more inspiration!

Seasonal decor can be a little on cheesy side if you’re not careful. Some even reminds me of the seasonal, felted sweaters my high school history teacher wore. Since then, I’m always on the lookout for decor that is holiday appropriate, but doesn’t venture into ugly holiday sweater territory.

Win It Wednesday: Orico London Organic Skincare

Win Orico London Organic Skincare from!

It's been far too long since our last giveaway which is why I'm so excited to be teaming up today with Orico London organic skincare to host a giveaway of their new Streetwise collection! It's formulated specifically to rid your skin of city grime due to pollution, UV rays and air conditioning. If your skin could use some TLC, this is the skincare line - and giveaway! - for you.

Here's what one lucky BB reader will be winning:

Orico London STREETWISE City Face Scrub: Scrub away a city day with a facial polish that purifies, restores and replenishes skin. ($34)

Orico STREETWISE Coco Spritz: Detoxify and awaken your skin with ultra-hydrating coconut water and cocoa seed. ($37)

Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream: Oxygenating skin cream that increases collagen production for plumper, smoother skin. (75ml- $45)

Streetwise Gentle Antioxidant Face Wash: Gentle yet powerful deep cleansing wash to revive city skin. (125ml- $22)

Streetwise Hydrating Make-Up Remover for Face and Eyes: Organic all in one wonder to remove dirt, makeup, and impurities. 75ml- $27

That's a $165 value! To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! Open to US residents only per the brand's request, thanks for understanding.

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BB's Weekly Link Round Up: What to Buy on Black Friday, '60s Chic and More

What to buy on Black Friday, 60s Chic and More

On Westfield Style, I'm sharing super affordable '60s chic finds for fall.

SheFinds tells us what to buy on Black Friday (and every other sale day of the season).

Vote for your favorite look styled by the bloggers Girls Off Fifth and enter to win a pair of Vince Camuto boots!

CBS News reports on why shoppers are taking issue with Old Navy's plus-sized pricing.

C.Wonder's Friends & Family sale is going on - take 30% off everything!