Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: Skin Care

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

As you guys know, skin care is my favorite. I would say I am sorry for the overload of skincare sets I’m sharing with you, but I’m really not. So check out the skincare below, but if you want some makeup, lips, nails or fragrance sets for the Holiday 2014 season…check those out as well!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland- $56.00

There are many, many awesome products in this set! The ones that seem noteworthy to me are the ExfoliKate, the L’Occitane Almond Oil, and the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil. Such goodies in this one.


Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Caudalie Favorites Set

Caudalie Favorites Set- $32.00

Caudalie is so expensive, but sooooo good. These little babies are hella cute and once you use the products, you won’t want to use anything else. (Especially the Beauty Elixir…it’s a part toner, part serum.)


Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Laura Mercier Bath & Body Luxe Quartet- Almond Coconut Milk

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet- Almond Coconut Milk- $68.00

I’ve never tried any of the Laura Mercier bath products before, but from what I hear they are very luxurious and smell amazing! Can you imagine the at home spa time you could have with this set? I would post up in my guest bathroom, soak in a warm bath, watch some YoutTube videos, and just get my spa on.


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Fresh Skincare Idols

Fresh Skincare Idols- $58.00

Fresh is one of those brands that everything from the packaging to the scent smells luxurious. I’m especially fond of the Black Tea mask! It includes an oil, face cleanser and one of the awesome lip treatments that everyone raves about.


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Nordstrom Ren Sensitive Set

Ren Sensitive Set- $55.00

I’ve never tried Ren products, but I always hear beauty bloggers talking about the brand. I would want the sensitive line, but they have many others to choose from. This one is an $86 value!


Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Origins Mini Mask Marvels

Origins Mini Mask Marvels Set- $25.00

You guys know from my many mask reviews that I dig them. This little guy lets you try out 3 Origins masks, so you can make a decision on which one you would want to buy in full size. Also, this would make an adorable little stocking stuffer as well.


Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Dr. Brandt Glow Kit

Dr. Brandt Glow Kit- $65.00

Oh my glow, this stuff looks awesome. I tried this at Sephora one day, so I know it feels awesome. It’s pretty expensive, but this kit makes it more affordable! I say try it out of you are looking for a nice serum to make your skin brighter and more youthful!

9 Essential Makeup Brushes for Beginners & Sigma FLASH SALE

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

If you didn’t catch my Sigma Affiliate Welcome Gift, you should check it out for an update on my new partnership with Sigma Beauty. This morning, I got an email from them letting me know that ALL their individual brushes are 20% off starting today and until 11:59am CST on Friday (10/24.) Click the link above or any of the brush names below & use code: BRUSHCRUSH

This would be the PERFECT time to upgrade your makeup brushes. You can have the best makeup in the world, but if you don’t have a great applicator, the makeup will still look just “eh.” On the flip side, you can make a $1 eyeshadow look amazing just by using the right tools!

Below, you will find my 9 essential makeup brushes for beginners. If you’re not used to the “makeup brush” type of application yet, I hope you try out some of my suggestions below. You won’t be disappointed!


Sigma Round Kabuki F82foundation brush info


Sigma 3DHD PrecisionConcealer Brush Info

POWDER BRUSH: Large Powder #F20

 Sigma Large Powder F20Powder Brush Info

BLUSH/BRONZER BRUSH: Large Angled Contour Brush #F40

Sigma Large Angled Contour Brush F40Contour Brush Info

HIGHLIGHT BRUSH: Tapered Highlighter #F35

Sigma Tapered Highlighter F35Highlight Brush Info


Sigma Eye Shading E55Eyeshadow Brush Info


Sigma Blending E25Blending Brush Info


Sigma Eyeliner E05Eyeliner Brush Info

EYEBROW BRUSH: Angled Brow #E75

Sigma Angled Brow E75Eyebrow Brush Info

Lip Product Tag (Video)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Essiebutton and Liana Beauty are a few of my favorite YouTubers and bloggers. I have been meaning to do this tag for a while and am just getting around to doing it. I am excited to share my lip product picks with you. Don’t forget to let me know how you would answer the questions as well.

Products Mentioned:

1. Favorite lip balm/treatment?
Caudalie Lip Conditioner
Dior Creme De Rose Plumping Lip Balm

2. Best red?
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate

3. Best high end/drugstore lip products?
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 54 Boy
Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipsticks in Belle, Beehive, Bolshie & LA

4. Best MAC lipsticks?
MAC Lipsticks in Syrup & Patisserie

5. Best lip gloss?
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in #4

6. Something extra.
Bobbi Brown Pink Violet Lip Gloss

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Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: Fragrance

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Holiday times are the best time to buy fragrances because of the sets they come out with! Basically for about the same price, you get a few extra products with your perfume selection. I love smaller bottles of perfume, so I love the mini sets. Either way, this list shouldn’t disappoint. If you are looking for some more sets for Holiday 2014, check out my lips, makeup, and nails posts. More to come as well, so be sure to check back on Friday for my pick of skincare. (My favorite!)

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Burberry My Burberry Holiday Gift Set

My Burberry Holiday Gift Set- $135.00

Burberry is timeless and they have a new scent! This one smells GREAT, and it’s got some really cute packaging too. So if you’re looking for something classic, but new…this is a great one to go for. This set comes with a body spray as well. If you want something a bit more classic Burberry, you should consider my all-time favorite Burberry scent, Burberry Body.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Aerin Beauty Coffret Limited Edition

Aerin Beauty Fragrance Coffret- $117.00

Aerin is a pretty new brand that is held under the Estee Lauder umbrella. Aerin Lauder is actually the granddaughter of Estee, so you know it’s in her blood to make a good product. The Aerin line is all natural and just really pretty. This set has a scent for every day of the week, or you can layer until your heart’s content.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb Holiday Set

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Holiday Set- $145.00

Am I the only one who SINGS the word “Flowerbomb” every time I see it, a la Wale? Probably. This scent is floral but still quite spicy. It’s classic, so of course it’s great as a gift. It’s a bit spendy, but it has great lasting power. When I wear this one, it lingers all day long.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Travel Fragrance Set

Tocca Eau de Parfum Viaggio Travel Fragrance Set- $45.00

This one is the most inexpensive of the bunch, but I love Tocca scents. Cleopatra, which is included, has that really fresh, cucumber-ish scent that is so refreshing and lovely. If you are on a budget, you will NOT be disappointed with this set.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Lancome La Vie est Belle Inspirations Set

Lancome La Vie est Belle Inspirations Set- $94.50

How beautiful is this packaging, first of all?! Lancome is just such a classy brand with some iconic fragrances as well. This is my favorite of them all. It’s the grown up fruity scent that every woman could get away with wearing. The best part of this set is that it comes with a LOT of bang for the buck. You get the big perfume, the body lotion, and then the cutesy little guy for under $100. Nice!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Jo Malone Cologne Collection

Jo Malone Cologne Collection- $110.00

I saved the best for last. I am a sucker for Jo Malone scents. The Peony and Blush Suede scent is my favorite. I wore it for my wedding! The thing about Jo Malone scents is that you can layer them all. The Wood Sage & Sea Salt is to die for. If you want a luxe, fancy-feeling set…this one should be on your list to hand over to Santa. If you need something a little more intense, they happen to have Jo Malone Cologne Collection Intense available as well.

Mani Monday: Punk Rock by Rimmel London

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Rimmel London Salon Pro in Punk Rock

Sometimes my indecisiveness can get the best of me. Ask my husband! Whenever we are trying to decide anything, I just can’t and would rather do nothing than make a decision about what to do next.

Today, I had two gorgeous nail polishes in the Rimmel London Salon Pro line in my bag and just could NOT decide which one I wanted to wear. I tweeted out a picture to my Twitter followers, and they let me know (in an overwhelming manner!) that I should choose the pretty, purple color called Punk Rock.

The last time I used a Salon Pro polish by Rimmel, I didn’t like the brush much but hoped it was a fluke. I really think it was, because this time the brush was PERFECT. The handle is still a bit short and stubby for my liking, but it went on beautifully. It’s such a pretty, pretty deep purple color. I topped it with Seche Vite, as per the usual, and am now happily typing back this report.

Happy Monday!!

Beauty Candy: Ipsy October 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014


It’s been a month since my last Ipsy?! This is nuts, guys. I feel like my life is moving too quickly. I don’t want to get old! Okay, a bit dramatic, but really, it’s crazy how quickly the months fly by!

This month’s Ipsy is themed “Beauty Candy.” I’m not really sure how that relates to the contents of the bag in any way whatsoever. The products are all pretty autumn appropriate, but nothing candy-related at all. The stand out product in this bag is probably the body butter. It’s not the BEST scent, but it smells really organic-y, like if you are walking through a Whole Foods. BUT it makes your skin really smooth and it sinks into your skin pretty quickly!

If you want to know what I got in the bag and the how much it was worth, check out the list below.

Ipsy October 2014- Beauty Candy

Ayres Patagonia Body Butter- $4.48
ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair- $12.00
Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in Esmeralda- $3.99
Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths- $2.34
Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure- ~$2.00

Total Value: $24.81

Extra: I got the Bare Minerals BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Elegant Taupe with my Ipsy Points. It’s the full size and I am pretty excited about it. I love the sample I got of this last month and I love a good cream eyeshadow, so this should be pretty great. (It’s worth $18.)

If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!

Sigma Beauty Affiliate Welcome Gift

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Sigma Affiliates Welcome Gift

Happy Friday, friends! I’m excited to share these goodies with you from Sigma. If you didn’t know, I have recently begun to join a few companies as an affiliate. Many of my links will help to generate a tiny bit of money for me- in which I will use to maintain my blog. I’m not a full-time blogger by any means, so this just helps offset some pricing of maintaining my website and getting new products in. You will ALWAYS be notified if I got something for free or if a post was sponsored. (See Disclosure Policy for any questions.)

Sigma Affiliates Welcome Gift Open

With that piece of business out of the way, I wanted to share my welcome gift from Sigma Beauty! I am excited to be a part of this awesome company as I believe they have some really great brushes! I live by their kabuki brushes and their eyeliner brush is the only one I can use to flick my gel liner like no other.

Sigma Affiliates Welcome Gift Eyeshadow

Since I had never tried their makeup before, I was excited to get some makeup in this package! When I opened the package, I was immediately attracted to the warm, burgundy color of eye shadow. The other color I received was NOT one I would have picked out on my own as it was a blue-ish teal color, but when I swatched it, it gave a more taupe/brown color with a sheen that was blue. It looks awesome on my blue eyes as just a hint of some smoky color.

Sigma Affiliates Welcome Gift Swatches

They included a lip gloss that is lavender. It’s a really great formula, but the color isn’t really a “fall” type of shade. The glitter isn’t my favorite either, but I know a little lady who will LOVE it like crazy.

They also included an eyeliner in Vintage, which is brown…and I really needed a new brown one. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I will check back in with you and let you know. Also, a travel E55 eye shadow brush. Like, it’s GOOD. It’s large so it covers a lot of area, but packs on the color really well.

I’m excited to show you my picks and will be doing a little shopping on the site as well, so I’m sure I will have a lot to show you soon. When you are looking for some good, quality brushes- Sigma Beauty is a great choice.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: Makeup Sets- Face

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Continuing on this lovely Holiday Gift Set Guide…I can’t express how much I love these things. If you want to see more, please be sure to check out the ones I have already compiled for Hourglass Ambient Powders, Lip Sets, and Nails/Hand Creams. This one is for the face in general, and I have many coming up such as Fragrance, Spotlight on Tarte, Skin Care, Under $30, and many more!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette Limited Edition

Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette- $85.00
Gasp!!! This is seriously gorgeous. The first person to buy me this wins! It’s an awesome gift for someone because it’s high end and luxurious, but it’s an all-in-one so it would be so nice for travel. Of course, it’s expensive, but I feel that it’s a very good value vs. the normal cost of Dior products. It includes 6 eye shadows, 2 lip colors, blush and a shimmer powder. I want it. I want it. I want it.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Nordstrom Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set Limited Edition

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Eye Stick Color Set- $55.00
These mini caviar sticks are so awesome. I have wanted one of the regular sized ones for quite some time, but couldn’t commit to WHICH one I wanted. This set has 6 of the 23 colors, including: Rose gold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki, and Cocoa. I love a good cream eye shadow, so I am sure these will be just lovely as they are pretty hyped up in the beauty community.

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Sephora Glitz & Glam Party Essentials

Sephora Glitz & Glam Party Essentials Sampler- $45.00
This one is described as a 9 piece day to night makeup collection. It’s super glam and includes products from Smashbox, Deborah Lippmann, Makeup Forever, Benefit and more. It’s another one that would be a great gift idea for a college student especially- as they strike me as the kind who tend to get glammed up to go out in the evening the most. Then again, the most parties I ever get glammed up for are around the holidays, so it really could suit a purpose for most ladies!

Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014 Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe

Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe- $22.00
This set is just one of those little, cutesy sets with deluxe sized bronzers. They would be perfect if you travel a lot or don’t want to commit to just one of the gorgeous bronzers by Too Faced. The bright side of this set is the cost. At $22, it’s perfect as a gift for a friend or family member.


Products I’ve Used Up- Empties #1 (Video)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


These are my “empties” or the products I’ve used up within the last few months. I love this kind of video, mainly because I’m nosey, but also because it’s a great time to get an honest opinion on something! Check out the products mentioned in the video below.

Products Mentioned:

LA Fresh Travelite Makeup Wipes
L’Oreal Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towels
Blum Naturals Organic Cucumber & Aloe Vera
Coppertone Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 (Spray on)
L’Occitane Lavande Gel Sanitizer
L’Oreal Everpure Volume Shampoo
L’Oreal Everpure Moisture Conditioner
Eufora Pure Cleanse Shampoo (Only $17 on Amazon- AMAZING)
Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel
Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Soap & Glory Flake Away
L’Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser
Zoya Remove Plus (Nail Polish Remover)
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Novex Extra Deep Hair Care Cream
L’Occitane Travel Size Shea Butter Hand Cream
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Harvey Prince’s Hello Perfume
Mary Kay Timewise Night Solution
Josie Maran Argan Oil

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Canadian Road Trip | Plus Size OOTD

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Let me be completely honest with you. The outfit I wore on the way to Canada was the exact same as what I wore home from Canada. I did put on my favorite dress for the wedding. (Go figure, it’s like, all I wear these days.) And when Brett and I went to the mall after the wedding and before the reception, I finally wore something that took a little effort. (I’m serious when I say a little.)

Canada Road Trip OOTD Canada Road Trip OOTD 2

Acid Wash “Jeans”- Forever 21
Black V Neck- Target (Similar)
Flannel- Freebie from a Friend, CJ Banks (Similar)
Glasses- Prada
Purse- Primark
Right Hang Ring- Pandora Sincerity Ring
Watch- Michael Kors Jet Set
Shoes- Lower East Side from Payless

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