Holiday Gift Guide 2015

It is December 1st, which means there are only 24 days until Christmas!

Lately I have had a difficult time thinking of presents to get the lovely people in my life. Luckily, I know of one place where I can get everything I need at once. A one stop shop if you will. That place is Sephora.

Yes yes yes, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Sephora? Isn’t that just a makeup store?” You are not wrong; Sephora does have a lovely array of makeup. However, they also have a variety of fragrance (both for men and women), skincare, haircare, and tools!

During this week, I will be going through the Sephora website and picking out my favorite gifts for every type of person.

Today’s gifts are all $20.00 and under! What a deal!

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1. Alterna Haircare

Caviar Anti-Aging Transformation Trio

Price: $10.00 / Value: $26.00

 The perfect gift for those who love taking care of their hair!

2. First Aide Beauty Freshen up Duo

Price: $15.00 / Value: $20.00

Includes: Lip therapy treatment and Hydrating Mist

This duo is ideal for those winter months.

3. Clean Rollerball Trio

Includes three scents: Cashmere, Warm Cotton, and Skin

Price: $10.00 / Value: $24.00

This is the perfect gift for those people who you’re not sure of their scent preference. They are clean, fresh, and very comforting!

4. Formula X – 5 piece customizable nail polish collection

Price: $10.00 / Value: $20.00

This is a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for those friends of yours who love nail polish – 5 polishes for $10 dollars?! What a deal!

5. Bite Beauty Bite – Mix and Mingle

Comes in 6 color combinations

Price: $14.00 / Value: $24.00

This is one of my favorites – this duo fits perfectly into your purse and gives you two different colors. Which means, if you really wanted too, you could change your look seamlessly from day to night!

6. Jack Black Comfort & Joy Duo

Includes: Lip balm and moisturizer

Price: $10.00 / Value: $25.oo

This is a great duo for fathers, grandpas, uncles, boyfriends, friends, basically anyone!

As an added bonus, all of these gifts are perfect for traveling too!

Let me know if you have any other fun and inexpensive present ideas!


Signature Autumn Scent

It’s that time of year when Summer transitions to Fall and as the seasons change, so does clothing, make-up, and for me, fragrance.

To me, every season has a scent. The Spring and Summer scent is rose and the Fall and Winter scent is Japanese Cherry Blossom. There is nothing better than enveloping myself in the warm aroma of America’s #1 fragrance collection.

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With notes of Asian pear, Japanese cherry blossom, and creamy sandlewood, this collection invokes warmth and comfort. As if you were cuddling with a warm blanket in front of a fire.

If I have a scent I like, I typically will purchase all of the matching accoutrements in the collection. From the Japanese Cherry Blossom collection, I purchased the body wash, body cream, and perfume.

By layering all three, the scent will last twice as long. This is a technique you can use with any fragrance you like!

Don’t Stress

Ever have one of those weeks where everyday feels like Monday and no amount of coffee or wine could fix it? That was definitely my past week.

Sometimes you will have challenging weeks, months, even years. However, it is how you deal with them that matters. For me? I like to take a little “me” time and relax. Decompressing really helps me clear my mind and think about things in a different way.

I relax in many different ways, but my favorite way is to create a little spa night. I love doing my nails, taking baths, lighting candles to create the most stress-free atmosphere, and watch all the chick flick movies I have. I also love facials.

Here are just a few of my favorite face masks and treatments for those days when you just need a little “me” time.


1 Peter Thomas Roth | Clinical Peel and Reveal

Fantastic mechanical exfoliant and smells amazing!

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2 Origins | Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

Seriously helps acne prone skin.

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3 Skyn Iceland | Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

These are fantastic for long haul flights, too!

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4 Baking Soda and Water | microdermabrasion treatment

Create a paste and massage onto the face to exfoliate. Let it sit for a couple minutes and then wipe off with a washcloth.

Wonderful DIY option and saves a ton of money!

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Leave some of your favorite de-stressing tips below! I love trying new ways to unwind.

The Perfect Nude

Over the years I have collected a vast number of lipsticks, 90% of them being some version of “nude”. I am constantly looking for the perfect “my lips but better” combo. I recently rummaged through my collection and came up with a combination that is definitely my lips, but way better.

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1 Milani lip pencil | #3 nude

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2 Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick | Musk

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3 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss | Super Natural

These three products help me transition my look through all of the seasons. During the Fall, I like to use the lip pencil and Bite lipstick.

And whenever I need a little shine? The gloss glides beautifully right on top.


Rosé in the Fall

To me, there is nothing better than a smooth glass of champagne. This cocktail; however, comes pretty close.

I learned about this concoction from the Tone It Up girls. They know how to create a delicious cocktail while also making it “healthy”.

By just using these three ingredients, you can create Fall in a glass.

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1 Martinelli’s unfiltered apple juice | 1 part

2 Sparkling rosé of choice | 1 part

3 Cinnamon | sprinkling

4 Cinnamon stick | optional


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Fall Fashion Wish list

Pumpkin spice lattes are now being sold at Starbucks, which means it’s obviously Fall.

Fall to me, means: leaves, scented candles, fires, cozy sweaters, and layered clothing. Below, I have put together my favorite layered look for this Fall. I will definitely be wearing some variation of this until it is appropriate to play holiday music.

Fall fashion wish list

1 Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses | Black

2 Gap Infinity Scarf | Wine

3 Givenchy Antigona Medium Leather Tote | Black

4 Louboutin Pumps | Leopard Print

5 JCrew Field Mechanic Jacket | Hillside Green

6 American Eagle Outfitters Denim | X Hi-Rise Jeggings

7 JCrew Deck-Striped T-Shirt | Ivory and Navy

Summer Favorites

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As Fall steadily approaches, I thought it would be a good time for me to compile my top 5 beauty products that I have been obsessed with this summer!


Being a naturally pale girl means the sun likes to add a nice lobster color to my skin instead of a beautiful bronze glow. One product that has provided that glow without the harsh UV rays is the Tarte Brazilliance tanner. It is a gel consistency and provides a very natural (non-oompa loompa) tan.


My skin is a combination of normal to oily. However, in the summer my skin seams to be more oily to oily. The ONE product that has worked wonders to protect my skin is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 sunscreen. I have searched for years to find the perfect face sunscreen; one that does not burn my eyes or break me out and this one checks those boxes.


I have found a new foundation and it is slowly taking the holy grail spot! It is the Make-Up Forever HD foundation. Unfortunately they changed the formulation after I purchased the product, but the original is still amazing. I did the makeup for my sister’s wedding (in Portland, Oregon…in 100 degrees) and it stayed all day and night! It also photographs beautifully too!


To go along with the foundation, I now have a holy grail setting powder. The Laura Mercier translucent setting powder is amazing. It melts into the skin and photographs like a dream! Highly recommend it for all my oily girls out there. ​​