11/18/18

Gift Guide for the Luxury Beauty Lover

My first gift guide for the season is here! I only plan on doing a select few but they will definitely feature some of my favorite picks or finds. The first one should not be a surprise to anyone - it is a gift guide for the luxury beauty lover. I selected a handful of products that are super luxurious at a variety of price points. Here are my ideas of what to get this gal (or guy!):

1. Fancy candles are always a good idea. This set from Byredo is a new discovery and I love all the scents! And the packaging is minimal and so chic.

2. Diptyque anything! Diptyque holiday packaging is like no other and the candle set is perfect for a luxury lover. It comes in two different sizes so you can determine just how much you want to splurge. Ha!

3. The ultimate advent calendar. Continuing the Diptyque love, their advent calendar is one of the biggest sellers for them but it is a major spend. However, it manages to sell out so quickly every year so clearly it's worth the splurge. If perfume is more your preference, this Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar is gorgeous with a great selection of scents. And if you want one that encompasses everything beauty, this set from Net-a-Porter is the one to buy.

4. Pampering bath products. This bath line is well priced but feels more expensive than it is, and the scents are delicious. This is my favorite rose scent and the body wash is a nice way to enjoy this luxurious line at a more manageable price point. Fancy hand soap is something we rarely buy for ourselves but it would make a great gift! And nothing says "I'm fancy and fabulous" like pulling this hand cream out of your bag. The most elegant stocking stuff ever!

5. Fancy makeup with even better packaging. This line of lipsticks has some of the best packaging as well as one of the best formulas. I've been raving about this eye shadow palette over the past few weeks and it's one that I would highly recommend giving to a fellow makeup lover (also available here)!

6. The ultimate lipstick set. If someone in your life just got a huge bonus or major promotion this year and they want to spoil you, this lipstick set is the one to ask for! This other one is a tenth of the price but would still be amazing to receive.

7. For the person that has all the makeup and skincare. They need something fabulous to carry it all in like this marble print travel case. Or maybe upgrade their at home makeup routine with this luxe mirror.

8. Skincare sets worth splurging on. I use almost every single product from this line and love them all (including the cleansing balm which is a staple for me). This microneedling set is actually what I would love to receive and have been wanting to try it for the past year! Jade rolling and facial massage is all the rage right now but this facial roller is the ultimate splurge (and here it is in a set). I have it and use it every day. It can also be used on the body because of it's larger size which helps to justify the price a bit more (a small bit but still). Sunday Riley sets are always popular and this one has a great selection of her products.

9. Limited edition skincare packaging - As a packaging fanatic, I love the holidays because all the fancy limited edition versions come out. This larger version of Vintner's Daughter has the most gorgeous bottle design, while the holiday SK-II Facial Treatment Essence bottle has become a collectors' item at this point.

10. Splurgeworthy hair products. I use this curling iron every single day and it's worth every penny. It heats up quickly and my curls last all day. And if this texturizing spray (which is one of the best) is a must have for you, this limited edition size and bottle should be on your wish list.

11. A few other random beauty products not to miss - this silk set which is the ultimate luxury. I love sleeping on a silk pillowcase and this is the gold standard. For the decor obsessed, this candle is absolutely gorgeous! I plan on ordering this for myself.

Stay tuned for my next gift guide coming next weekend!! 

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11/16/18

The Best Holiday Sets To Buy During the Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Event


Excuse me while I light the fire and make some hot chocolate after looking at these photos. GIVE ME ALL THE COZY! And give me all the beauty sets too! The Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider event is happening this weekend from 11/16-11/19 and all Sephora Beauty Insiders can get 15% off both in-store and online purchases using the code: BIBONUS, while Rouge and VIB members can get 20% off with code: ENJOY. If you aren't familiar with the Sephora Beauty Insider program, you can read all about the benefits and sign up here. From discounts and promotions, to free makeovers in store, the Sephora Beauty Insider program is a must for all beauty lovers! And the more you spend, the more benefits and perks are available to you.

Since holiday shopping is in full swing, today's post is all about gift sets! I rounded up 8 of the best sets from my favorite brands. There is something for everyone on this list from the experienced skincare lover to the beauty newbie. Now the only decision left is which sets to give away and which ones to keep for yourself. Kidding, sorta. :) 

1. Jo Malone Miniature Candle Collection - I love candle sets because you can either gift the entire set or give each individual candle as a gift. If you have never experienced Jo Malone candles, they are worth the splurge. The scents are unique yet elegant, and the aroma completely envelopes a room.

2. Fresh Mask for Miles Set - I love a ton of different products from Fresh but their masks are a must have. They target a variety of concerns, always smell amazing and work for most skin types. This set contains their Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, Sugar Face Polish and (my personal favorite) the Rose Face Mask

3. Tatcha Bestsellers Set - This is a great skincare set to give someone that is interested in skincare and wants to begin a new routine. Tatcha is one of my favorite skincare brands and their products are incredibly effective. This particular set is suitable for any skin type and contains the Cleansing Oil, Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, Water Cream and Dewy Mist. What I love about the products they included is that they work seamlessly together or can easily be added into one's current skincare routine.

4. Sephora Holiday Perfume Sampler Set - I bought this set for myself. There I said it. LOL I love trying new fragrances and this one contains 15 of Sephora's best selling scents. I have only tried a few in this set so most of the fragrances will be new to me. This is the best way for me to get an idea of which ones I love and then treat myself to a full size (or ask Santa AKA Stan!).

5. Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland Set - While the skincare lover in me says this is the BEST set to get a fellow skincare aficionado, this is also a wonderful option to give someone that is new to the skincare world. It comes with 15 samples of Sephora's top selling skincare products from cleansers and serums to moisturizers and eye creams - even body products! It's a great way to test a variety of items before committing to the full size. Another great use for this set is as a gift for the frequent traveler! One can have their entire skincare routine covered with this set.

6. Glow Recipe Limited Edition Watermelon Jelly Tote Set - I picked up this set out of pure curiosity because I have been dying to try the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. And the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer and Sheet Mask have been on my radar as well. After testing all 3 of them, I finally understand why people have fallen in love with this line! For those that need a boost of radiance, the sleeping mask gives an amazing exfoliation that left me with super glowy skin the following morning. The moisturizer is suited for those with oily skin, but it works well on my combination skin and is a great lightweight option for the day. If this line has been on your radar as well, this is a great set to treat yourself to so you can try a bit of everything!

7. Bobbi Brown Luxe Camo Face and Eye Shadow Palette - Give this palette to the neutral lover in your life and they will love you forever! It contains 6 easy to wear eye shadows and a highlighting powder. The eye shadow colors are a mix of matte and shimmer and are the perfect shades to wear every day. The highlighting powder gives a fresh glow to the skin without being too bold or glittery. And the packaging is camo print. That sold it for me. #packaginglover

8. L'Occitane Holiday Almond Home & Away Set - Did you think I would do a blog post on the best holiday sets and not include THE most decadent body line out there?! The L'Occitane Almond collection has been a staple in my collection for years. This set contains the Milk Concentrate (a body cream that melts into the skin) and the Shower Oil (incredibly nourishing and perfect for the winter). If you really want to spoil someone, add on the Supple Skin Body Oil (it's pure luxury and one of the best body oils I've ever used) and the Exfoliating Paste to give the full pampering experience.

I hope you were able to check off some people on your list with my recommendations. Happy shopping!

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This post is sponsored by Sephora. I am so thrilled to partner with them and share my recommendations for the Holiday Bonus Event. All the sets were chosen by me and all opinions are my own.

11/15/18

The Wrap Coat


Jacket - Ann Taylor (size down, runs big) | Turtleneck - Club Monaco | Jeans - Topshop | Boots - YSL (old but similar here and here) | Sunglasses - Le Specs | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Rings - Kendra Scott and Stone and Strand

Wrap coats are truly one of the most versatile coat styles. I have worn it with jeans and boots here, but I love wearing it with dressier looks as well. I also find that they are so flattering on many body types because they tie at the waist which helps to create an hourglass silhouette. I was immediately drawn to the color of this coat because it was a lighter shade that could work as a subtle winter white but can still look great with darker colors (and won't show dirt as easily!). 

Veering off fashion chat for a minute to say that we shot our family photos on Tuesday! It was a wild time but tons of fun. We woke Miles up early from his nap so he was a tad clingy and fussy at the beginning but by the end he was having a blast. I decided to do an denim/brown theme with all our outfits because it was easy to put together. I knew we would be running around with him so I wanted all of us to be comfortable. I can't wait to get the photos back and see how everything turned out! Do you do family photos every year? Let me know!

The Holiday Shop is now up and will feature all my favorite holiday fashion and accessory picks all season long! It will be updated every week with new finds! Visit it here

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11/14/18

Target Holiday Decor Haul

Sweater | Jeans | Boots (also available here and more colors here) | Bag (similar)

That's me in my natural element - the Target home decor section! I popped by a few days ago and did a small holiday haul that I thought I would share. Things sell out so quickly at the Target near my house and the shelves were packed with double this amount of merchandise just a week ago. Hopefully they restock and I can come back for a second trip. #justification Scroll down to see all the things I snagged during my shopping trip:

Mini trees (couldn't find them online but this is the brand) | All home office decor linked here

Wreath | Napkins | Reindeer

Throw

Ornaments | Throw

Pinecones | Throw

To be honest, this was such a random haul but those are the best kind! I was in a bit of a rush so I plan to go back when I have more time to look around and make sure I didn't miss anything. Below are a few more things that I saw online but couldn't find in store that I am thinking of getting:



11/12/18

The Best Leopard Flats + Boots At All Price Points






Sweater - Urban Outfitters | Jeans - Topshop | Boots - Topshop (similar here) | Backpack - Zara | Sunglasses - Amazon

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I decided to really get into the holiday spirit on Saturday and decorate my tree. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but last year we decorated early because I had Miles and wanted to get it out of the way before he arrived. We loved having the entire home decorated and getting to enjoy it for a full 2 months, so I wanted to do it early again this year! 

I laugh looking at these pictures because I am not typically a backpack kinda gal, but I recently picked this one up from Zara so I could wear it when I'm with Miles and have my hands free. Well, what started out as an option for when I go out with Miles turned into me using it everyday. Ha! I still use my other bags but I have been reaching for this most days. My only gripe is that the flap can be difficult to close because the bag's folds hide the snap, but it's not a deal breaker for me. And with a price point of $30, I was ok with the slight nuisance of it. It's so incredibly sturdy and comfortable to wear which I love. 

I want to end this post with a leopard shoe and boot round up after receiving multiple requests from readers to share which styles I am loving. I love leopard but not all prints are the same and some are definitely better than others. I chose a wide variety of price points so there is something for almost every budget. Let me know which ones are your favorite!!

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11/10/18

10 Skincare Products To Splurge On During the Sephora VIB Sale

The second part of the Sephora VIB event is currently going on (it runs from 11/9-11/12) and all VIB members can receive 20% off with code: VIBBONUS. Now is the time to grab any skincare items you have been wanting to splurge on, so I thought I would give my top 10 recommendations.

1. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence - I have been using this essence for years and it's truly worth the hype. For me, it helps even out my skin tone, refine my skin's texture, firm the skin and hydrate it. You only need the smallest amount (and I recommend pouring it into your hand rather than using a cotton pad) so it lasts quite a long time!

2. Sunday Riley Good Genes - I will never stop singing this serum's praises. I love it! It's been a staple for me for years because it works instantly. It brightens the skin, retexturizes it, helps target fine lines and overall makes my skin look brand new!

3. SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil - I call this cleanser "liquid silk" because it's so smooth. This cleansing oil removes all my makeup, cleanses my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated and plump.

4. Drunk Elephant Babyfacial - This gives me baby skin like no other exfoliating mask I currently own. I jokingly say that it will power wash your skin. In other words, IT'S STRONG. But goodness, my skin has never felt so soft!

5. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules - I love the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, but these ampoules take it up a notch. They are hydrating and instantly help to calm and repair my skin. I find that especially in the winter I really benefit from the extra nourishment that these ampoules give. 

6. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Truly one of THE best exfoliating cleansers I have ever used! Gentle enough to be used daily - this really helps smooth out rough texture without ever irritating my skin.

7. Sunday Riley CEO Serum - This is one of my top 2 favorite vitamin c serums. It makes my skin incredibly bright, targets uneven texture and wears beautifully under makeup. Plus, I love the milky, smooth texture (most vitamin c serums can feel sticky which drives me crazy).

8. Eve Lom Rescue Mask - This mask truly rescues my skin! There is nothing it doesn't tackle. It helps decongest the skin, removes impurities, gently exfoliates, calms and conditions. I've been using it for years and am never without a tube.

9. SK-II Facial Treatment Sheet Masks - These are the rolls royce of sheet masks. They intensley hydrate and I can see an immediate difference after using them. A must have for any upcoming holiday parties or events! 

10. Sunday Riley Juno Oil - With winter just around the corner, this oil will deliver every last bit of nourishment your skin needs (whether it is dry or oily). And what really wows me about this oil is how glowy my skin looks after using it regularly!

What did you buy from the Sephora sale?! Let me know!
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