GALentine's Gift Guide for Your Bestie | Part 1: Bling, Fashion and Beauty + Giveaway!

Merry belated Christmas. Happy New Year. And now … happy Valentine’s Day! Sorry I haven’t posted since before Christmas – I’ve started a zillion posts but life has been non-stop lately. So I apologize in advance for my back-logged posts that will soon be flooding your inbox and news feeds. They’re still coming. But for now, let’s celebrate the holiday that is sneaking up this weekend: GALentine’s Day!
I’ve partnered with my girl Sasha, @TheBlondeConfetti, to bring you an exciting gift guide for the gal pals in your life. Because, let’s be honest, cute pink and red accessories for/from your girl are more exciting than boxes of cheap chocolate, cheesy cards and gifts, or over-priced red roses. (Peonies on the other hand, that’s a different story.)
*Keep reading. We have a giveaway for you at the end!*

So without further ado, I’m turning it over to my guest blogger to share some of her favorites for your bestie.

Hi there! I’m Sasha, a fashion-loving, accessory-hoarding, and holiday-obsessed blonde who loves to share good finds with other babes. My blog is in the making, so Blakeley has offered to let me share a few thoughts here as a guest blogger. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram at @TheBlondeConfetti.

Today, we’ve decided to share a Valentine’s-themed guide to the perfect gifts for all of your besties, and at price ranges for everyone! We put our heads together to come up with something for every type of bestie – some you can buy in store and some are exclusively online. Hope it helps. Enjoy 🙂

bestie gift guide part 1

Valentine’s Gift Guide for your:

BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
We love supporting our besties & small businesses, which is why we are featuring two of our favorite Bling Besties who are following their dreams & making some fabulous jewels in our BESTIES gift guide! Check out @Ellie’sSparkles & @ShopAlexaKelley on Insta for more glam gifts & Valentines Day prezzies!
* Use code BLAKELEY20 for 20% off your Ellie’s Sparkles purchase
* Use code LOVE20 for 20% off your Alexa Kelley purchase
1. Red Rose Bangle | Ellie’s Sparkles | $24 (Perfect for your Bachelor-loving bestie! #TeamLaurenB)
2. Coordinates Necklace | Ellie’s Sparkles | $28 *Confetti fave*
3. The Sweetheart Bracelet | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $32

I’m a BADASS ($$):
4. The Juliet Necklace | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $62
5. The Love Necklace | Alexa Kelley Jewelry | $75 *Confetti fave*
6. These Lip earrings are perfect for your fun and flirty bling-loving bestie!
Kate Spade Lip Stud Earrings | Bloomingdales | $48

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
7. These Kate Spade bangles are perfect for your bracelet-loving bestie. With a set of three 12 Karat gold-plated bracelets with fun sayings like “Good as gold”, “Toast of the town”, and “Birds of a feather,” she will love adding these beautiful bangles to her #OOTDs!
Idiom Bangles (set of 3) | Kate Spade | $98
8.  This Heart edition Kate Spade watch is sure to turn heads with all your besties. Bestie envy will be sure to follow – we’re certain of it!
Heart Gramercy Watch | Kate Spade | $225
9. The Giving Keys is one of my absolute favorite jewelry companies, for the vision that they have and for being passionate about paying it forward! If your bling bestie loves giving back, she will appreciate the message and inspiration behind The Giving Keys. The keys exist to inspire others to spread love & encouragement across the world. If that doesn’t spread Love on Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what does! #GivingKeysGiveLove
Dainty XL Lock | The Giving Keys | $85 | *Confetti fave*

fashionistaBALLIN’ on a Budget ($):

1. Plunging V-Neck Sheath Dress | Forever 21 | $22.90
2. Sequin Lip Graphic Tee | SheIn | $11.50
3. “Lover” Graphic Bodysuit | Forever 21 | $17.90
4. Faux Suede Lace-Up Sandals | Forever 21 | $34.90
5. Heart-Shaped Sunglasses | Forever 21| $5.90

I’m a BADASS ($$):
6. Precision is Key Black Bow Heels | Lulu’s | $38
7. Midnight Hour Maxi Dress | Nasty Gal | $82
8. Valentino ‘Donna’ Perfume | Nordstrom | $95-$130
9. Blah Blah Blah Sunny Morning Tee | Wildfox | $77
10. Kate Spade ‘Cedar Street” Leather Wristlet | Nordstrom | $118

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
11. Red Lip Service Sunglasses | Dolls Kill | $185
12. Pastel It To My Heart Coat | Nasty Gal | $118
13. Luna Midi Dress | Revolve Clothing | $246
14. Temecula Maxi Dress | Revolve Clothing | $250
15. Patti Maxi Dress | Revolve  Clothing| $130

BALLIN’ on a Budget ($):
1.  This is the best fab find for your beauty-loving bestie. My sister-in-law introduced me to this 3-in-1 shimmer stick (in shade Persimmon) and it became an INSTANT favorite of mine. The best part is it’s ONE dollar! Yes, $1.
All Over Color Stick (Persimmon) | e.l.f | $1 * Confetti fave*
2. If your girl is into long-lasting lipstick and bold colors, this will be a game-changer. It’s almost too good to be true!
Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Succulent | ColourPop | $6
3. This soft pink and gold ColourPop shadow is more than just the perfect shade. If your beauty-loving bestie is a puppy lover,  she’ll be crazy about this. All proceeds from the sale of “Puppy Love” will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society ®. We definitely LOVE that!
Puppy Love Eye Shadow | ColourPop | $5
4. If your bestie is always on the go, she will thank you for this every time she travels! The cutest part: its faux leather case has a lip print lining and a lip graphic on the front that reads “Too Sassy I Know It”.
Lip Print The Essential Brush Set | Forever 21 | $9.90
5. Another precious piece for your beauty-loving go-girl. She can keep it for on-the-go travel to access all her cosmetics with ease, or use it as a cute piece of storage on her vanity mirror.
Lip Print Makeup Case | Forever 21 | $5.90

I’m a BADASS ($$):
6. Not only is it heart-shaped, it’s also a really amazing product that’s sure to be a staple in your beauty-loving bestie’s makeup collection. (Hint: Pick it up at your nearest Ulta or Sephora store, or sign up for the Too Faced e-club for a 20% off coupon!)
Sweethearts Blush | Too Faced | $30
7. This product is almost too good to give away, but your bestie will most definitely love you forever for it! The QUEEN Jaclyn Hill teamed up with BECCA Cosmetics to create the most perfect highlighter in the history of highlighters, and it’s something every girl should own.
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | BECCA | $38 *Confetti fave*
8. This matte fire-engine red is a cult favorite and something every beauty-lover wants in her lipstick collection. Trust us, you’ll score major BFF brownie points with this one.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red | Sephora| $21
9. The perfect polish in the perfect pink. Plus, it’s a fan fave!
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Teddy Girl | $15
10. Who doesn’t want Chanel? These glosses are the perfect amount of pigment, perfect amount of shimmer, and perfect amount of badass-ness.
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Pinctada or Rose Paradis | Nordstrom | $30

Just SLAYING This Friendship Thing ($$$):
11. Every fashionista wants a pair of Louboutin heels, but, let’s face it, that’s not really something most of us can treat our friends to. So, instead, we suggest this lipstick to hold her over until she gets the real thing. It’s still pretty BA if you as us!
Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in Rouge Louboutin | Sephora | $90
12. Gwen Stefani is queen when it comes to beauty and fashion, and every girl wants to be her BFF. While that might not happen, you can totally rock Gwen-status by gifting your bestie with this beautiful and on-trend collab eye shadow palette.
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow Palette | Sephora | $58
13. Another gorgeous eye shadow palette and perfect for the holiday, you can’t go wrong with this set. Bonus: It even smells like chocolate!
Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection | Ulta | $49
14. Treat your bestie to the Holy Grail of makeup brush collections and she’ll be praising your fabulous-ness for years to come.
That Bling Set – Limited Edition 7-Piece Makeup Brush Collection | Morphe Brushes | $99 *Confetti fave*
15. Diamonds may be most girls’ best friend, but lips that sparkle like diamonds will definitely be your beauty-lover’s fave. This lipstick collection is fun, colorful, shiny, and so much more!
Bae Lipstick Bouquet | Lime Crime | on sale for $40


And there you have it! But that’s only have of the fun. Check back tomorrow  for Part Two, where’s we’ll share ideas for your Coffee-Loving Bestie, Boss Babe Bestie, and Champagne-Loving Bestie!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Sasha and I have decided to treat one lucky babe to some Valentine’s goodies of her own!
What can you win? Win one item from each category! Head over to our Instagram pages to see some of the items. (Entries will be verified and triple-checked!)
How do you enter? Earn one entry for each action below.
+1 Entry: Subscribe to Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers blog.
+1 Entry: ‘Like’ Sweet Tea and Skyscrapers on Facebook.
+4 Entries: Follow @TheBlondeConfetti and @BlakeleyVinicky on Instagram, like our giveaway photos, and tag two besties who would love to win, too!
+2 Entries: Follow ConfettiDiaries and BlakeleyA on Snapchat and send us a Snap letting us know you entered!
+1 Entry: Comment below with your email address and Instagram name and let us know which tasks you’ve completed.
How will you know if you win? Winner will be announced here and on our Instagram pages, and will be contacted privately for a mailing address.
Contest dates: Contest starts on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 and ends Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. EST.
Who is eligible? Only US residents are eligible for this contest.

Good luck, babes!

*Disclaimer: We were not sponsored by any of the brands above and are not receiving any compensation for this post. All prizes are being provided by Blakeley and Sasha – because we love you!

Blakeley & Sasha



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