January Favorites

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January has been a month of reflection, goal-setting, and healthy habit forming.  I have had the opportunity to trial some new products throughout December and January and I am SO excited to share my favorites with you guys!  This month’s lineup happens to be a little heavy on the beauty products- likely because the Winter “uglies” are in full force.  My skin is dry and pale, and I need all the help I can get in terms of skin care and makeup.  Anyone else?!  

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 1 | Laura Geller Cover Lock Cream Foundation

This is the best foundation I have ever tried.  The beauty tech at Ulta recommended it and I am so thankful she did.  It provides full coverage, but doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I put it on over my moisturizer and blend it with this applicator sponge.  It goes on so smoothly, lasts all day, and doesn’t clog my pores.   I use the shade fair which has warmer undertones and isn’t too ivory.  This stuff is good guys.

 2 | Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal has allowed me to identify more reasons to be grateful, challenges me to set daily intentions, and reflect on the ways in which I can take action to facilitate positive change in my own life.  How it works: Each morning when you wake up and each night before bed, you take 5 minutes or less to fill in the journal prompts.  I have been journaling for almost two weeks and I can clearly see the positive impact this daily habit has been having on my life.  Bad days are made better with a shift in perspective, and I feel genuinely happier as I am consistently prompted to identify reasons for which to be grateful.  I HIGHLY recommend this product!

3 | Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

This concealer is full-coverage, comes in a variety of shades, and is a good value as a little goes a long way.  The applicator wand makes for easy application.  I usually apply a few strokes under each eye and over any blemishes.  For an extra highlight I will add some between my eyebrows and on my chin.  I use that same blender sponge to apply it over my foundation- make sure the sponge is damp for a flawless application.  This is truly the best concealer I have ever tried.  The creasing throughout the day is very minimal (I have yet to find one that doesn’t crease at all), and it lasts all. day. long.

4 | Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

I LOVE this hair tie.  It doesn’t leave a crease in your hair, causes less breakage, and comes in a variety of colors.  Because I no longer have that dreaded crease when I take my pony tail out, this hair tie has contributed to a significant decrease in the frequency that I use a straightener on my hair- I’m all for less heating tools.  Perfect for you ladies who sneak in your morning workout before work but only have the time to body shower and dry shampoo. No crease= less heat and less time getting ready.

 5 | Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

I have chronic under eye circles, regardless of the number of hours slept or cups of coffee consumed.  I use this product as a primer under my regular concealer and notice a significant difference in the appearance of my under eye circles.  I also notice that it contributes to less creasing throughout the day and overall gives me a bright, awake complexion.  On lighter makeup days or if I am pressed for time, this works perfect alone as an under eye concealer.

 6 | Socialite Off the Shoulder Sweater Dress

This dress is affordable, classy, flattering, and INSANELY comfortable.  I was initially drawn to it because of the classic mid length, long-sleeve, off the shoulder style but as soon as I felt the material, I couldn’t leave Nordstrom without it.  I wore it to a NYE party and paired it with a pair of black patent pointed-toe pumps for a classic look.  Not only did I feel fabulous, but I was so cozy all night.  At $49 with free shipping, this dress is a no brainer!  Although this dress runs true to size, I chose to size up to a medium from my usual size small because I wanted it to be a tad less fitted.

7 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

This is an acne spot treatment that dries up pesky blemishes.  You put it on at night before bed then wash it off in the morning.  Every time I use it, I notice a significant decrease in the size and redness of the blemish when I wake up the next morning.  The secret is in the application of this- DO NOT shake the bottle.  Dip a Q-tip until it reaches the bottom, where the pink sediment is settled.  You want a clay-like texture, and by shaking the bottle, you are diluting the product’s active ingredients.   I love how fast acting this product is- its a life saver on the night before a big presentation or hot date 😉

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I hope you enjoy these products as much as I truly do.  Cheers to the start of February and the slowly approaching Spring weather! xx

 

 

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December Favorites

|| HAPPY MONDAY ||

 How is Christmas only one week from today?!  The months are flying by.  Since I will be celebrating the holiday with my family next Monday, I will not be posting until later in the week  but I wanted to make sure I posted my monthly favorites!  A few of these items will be familiar to you as I posted them in my gift guides, but I had to share a few items that I absolutely love and think you will too 🙂

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1 | Hearth & Hand Teakwood Currant Candle

I posted this in my Gift Guide For The Host/Hostess after picking it up myself at Target.  The smell is so festive, yet not overpowering.  It burns beautifully and love the way the red jar adds a touch of red for the holidays.  Another plus- it has a lid.  Am I the only one who doesn’t like the look of melted candle wax and a charred wick when it’s not burning?

2 | J. Crew Ribbed Beanie

When I posted my Gift Guide For Her Under $50, I bought a few goodies from the list for myself and this was one of them.  I am in love with this hat.  Its super soft and warm, it doesn’t ruin your hair when you take it off, and it looks cute with everything I own.  The only color that isn’t backordered until January is the black, but I say buy the color you want and wait it out.  You will get use out of it for the rest of the winter and future winters to come!

3 | LipSense Moisturizing Lip Balm

This is a must have for cold weather.  It has completely prevented my lips from transforming into the painful, dry, cracked lips that usually emerge come December.  I put it on throughout the day and most importantly, before I go to sleep at night.  It is colorless and tasteless- perfect for your kids, your husbands, or yourself!  Give this a try one time and I promise you will be hooked.  The best part is- its entirely natural.  The ingredients are right on the tube- no harmful chemicals to hide.

4 | Pottery Barn Faux Fur Throw

This is the best blanket.  I picked it up two winters ago and it has been a staple for the colder months ever since.  There are multiple sizes and colors so you can choose what works best for your home.  I have the color “Caramel Ombre,” which is a bit darker but works great with the warmer neutral tones- ivory, tan, beige, or white.

5 | Tarte Cosmetics Eye Shadow Palette 

This was another one from the Gift Guide For Her Under $50 that I had to purchase for myself.  This palette comes with 12 beautiful neutral colors that are highly pigmented and blendable.  Some are matte and some have a touch of sparkle.  If you had to choose only one palette, I would highly recommend it- so many options and the price is fair, considering the use you will get out of it.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.  I hope you all have a chance to spend time with the people you love! xx

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November Favorites

Good morning everyone!  I can’t believe it’s almost December- I am fully embracing all of the holiday feels and I hope you are too!  It’s such a cheerful and cozy time of year.  This week I am sharing my favorite products for the month of November- hope you enjoy! xoxo

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1 | J. Crew Puffer Jacket

I have owned this jacket for two seasons now and every year during the colder months, I am so thankful I purchased it.  It’s a classic style and has a super flattering fit- hits mid thigh or right above the knee for shorter girls like me (I’m 5’3″), and a tie belt that cinches your waist in the midst of all if its puffy glory.  The gold buttons and zipper are super chic against the black- which hides a multitude of sins.  I used to buy white down coats and I would get so fed up with how dirty they got by the end of the season that I would buy a new one every year- crazy I know.

2 | It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

I can’t take the credit for the discovery of this amazing mascara.  One of my favorite bloggers, Courtney Shields, of Bring Your Own Beauty, has been raving about this mascara on her blog posts and Instagram stories.  Like me, she used to layer two mascaras to get the look she wanted but she said this mascara is so good, she uses it alone.  Naturally, I had to try it.  I am so glad I did- it’s super lengthening and gives volume without the clumps.  The brush helps you comb the perfect amount of product onto your lashes, making them look long and gorgeous.

3 | Beauty Counter Charcoal Face Mask 

I know I’m not the only one who loves a good face mask.  This one is definitely the best I have ever tried.  First and foremost, it’s from Beauty Counter, which is a brand that banned a long list of harmful chemicals commonly found in many household beauty products.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m putting a safe product on my skin and inspires me to continue making more mindful and healthy choices.  This charcoal-based mask makes my skin feel smooth and exfoliated.  Charcoal is known to help draw out impurities, and when you put this mask on, you can actually see the process in real time.  I was hooked after one try so I ordered my own!

4 | Lexi and Abbie Over the Knee Boots

I picked up these boots at Lord and Taylor’s Veteran’s Day Sale and I’m so happy with my purchase. I wanted to try the over-the-knee boot trend without committing to a high end pair and these were perfect for what I needed.  They are more casual than a heeled version but dressy enough to wear to a more formal gathering.  I love that they have a tie in the back to make them more customizable to any shape leg, and they have a low profile black zipper on the inner ankle area of each boot.  They are super comfortable too!

5 | Naturalizer Dallas Bootie 

I can’t say enough about these boots.  I purchased them in black and brown during the same sale I got the over-the-knee boots because I knew they were keepers.  They are such a classic style and are  insanely comfortable-  They have a memory foam padding in the arch of the boot- making them my new favorite shoes to wear.  They elongate the legs and hit right above the ankle- perfect to tuck jeans or leggings into without having to roll them.

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I would love to hear what you guys use and love to get you through the colder months in style!  Take advantage of some of the holiday sales and treat yourself or get a head start on Christmas shopping for the ones you love.  Hope your week is filled with kindness, festive lattes, and Christmas music. xx

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October Favorites

Happy Monday friends!  It’s Halloween eve- where in the world did October go because I feel like I blinked and it was over?  In other news, I want to try a monthly post covering my favorite products for that month- anything from beauty to clothing to household items.  I love your feedback so let me know if this interests you/ thoughts on my first post like this!  In no particular order, here are my October favorites:

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 | Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish |

You guys this stuff is good.  One of the things I gave up when I started fieldwork (no income for more than six months) was my twice-a-month gel manicures.  I hate the look of chipped polish so regular nail polish is out of the question- I would have to paint my nails 2x/week- who has time for that?  The Essie Gel Couture polishes give you a durable gel-like shine without a UV light- all you need is the top coat.  It usually lasts me about 10 days, it dries quickly, and there are a ton of pretty shades to choose from. My current favorite color is “Fairy Tailor” which is a beautiful pale pinkish nude (think OPI’s Bubble Bath).  I will keep you posted when I find the right burgundy shade!

| Mercanti Fiorenti Loafers |

Best DSW find ever.  Nubuck suede loafers with a bow tie detail.  They look like TOD’s, but for a fifth of the price.  I have the color red and will likely be purchasing a second pair in brown leather.  They are super comfortable and run true to size.  Not to mention they are a family-run business in Tuscany, Italy- love that!

| Pumpkin Spice RXBAR |

I love RXBARs- very few simple, clean ingredients that you can pronounce with no added sugar and enough protein to get you through to the next meal.  If you haven’t tried them- you must!  Pumpkin Spice is definitely one of my favorite flavors, and it seems fitting to enjoy in the fall.  My other favorites are maple sea salt and coconut chocolate.

| Batiste Dry Shampoo |

I recently picked this up at Marshalls and fell. in. love.  I wash my hair every other day so I like to keep it fresh and clean on the off-days.  I have tried so many dry shampoos- from high end brands like Living Proof to wallet-friendly drugstore options.  This one takes the cake by a long shot and it’s super affordable at $7.99 from Ulta. Word of advice- look out for it at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx when you go. I was able to snag it for just under $5! I have the original scent which doesn’t smell like much but boy does it work!  So excited to share this one with you guys- I promise you will love it!

| Grey Joggers |

Guys- I can’t say enough about these pants.  They are only $16.99 from Target and they are by far the comfiest pants I have ever owned.  They are advertised as pajama pants but can definitely work as joggers and be dressed up with sneakers and a sweater to wear in public.  I literally live in them and would consider purchasing a second pair because I like them so much.

| Lipsense Starter Kit |

Lipsense comes in a variety of beautiful colors and lasts for a long time- I usually get a full work day out of it when I reapply the glossy gloss 2-3 times. A starter kit comes with one lip color of your choice, the glossy gloss (which is necessary to lock in the lip color), and an oops remover (helps you take it off at EOD and erase any goof-ups). I own the colors Pink Champagne and Bella.  They look great layered or alone and are the perfect shades for fall.  Pink champagne is my everyday go-to and I add Bella for a night out look.  I hyperlinked the Facebook group of the Lipsense distributor I use if you guys are interested in purchasing!  Kate is amazing and posts frequent how-to videos, runs promotions, ships purchased products directly to you, and has a customer satisfaction guarantee- if you are not happy with the product or color you choose, she will give you a full refund or replace it with a different color.  This is a must try for those of you who are tired of spending good money on lip products that wear off after your morning cup of coffee or your first cocktail out!

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Just so you guys are aware, these recommendations are in no way sponsored- I just like to share good quality products that I have tried and loved.  Cheers to a productive week and a happy and safe Halloween!  xx

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