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I’m a simple woman with simple needs so here’s my shopping list!
My good friend loves elephants and wine so isn’t this Jonathan AdlerWhite Elephant Bottle Stopper just darling? This Gift Boutique“Stay Fancy” Wine Glass will be the perfect companion to the wine stopper haha. Hopefully my Secret Santa doesn’t read my blog because this Talk is Chic Tray is great for her. She loves accessories and it’s the perfect little tray to drop her trinkets and jewelry. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t pick something up for me. I’m a “one for you, one for me” kinda shopper so when I saw this GLAMluxe Full Lid Makeup Holder by GLAMboxes — it had to be mine. It’s great for sorting out the makeup that’s on my vanity.
This year I vowed not to become a Grinch for the holidays. I’ve already put up my (mini) Christmas tree, I’m decorating the apartment with bows, and I’ve already started the holiday shopping. I want to vomit tinsel by the time Christmas actually comes. Part of my holiday cheer is seeing what holiday gift sets are available. We all have our ways to cope with the holidays – mine just so happen to involve spending money.
Last night I attended the cutest holiday get together hosted by Origins and One Kings Lane, and let me tell you I was in THE spirit. Between learning how to properly wrap a gift (I typically rely on free gift wrapping services…OOPS!) and getting decor ideas, I got to peruse a few of the holiday set by Origins. Below are a few one my list:
A Pure Thing Set, $35
Admittedly it’s been a few years since I’ve used Origins skincare products. I’ve always heard great things and my experience in the past has always been pleasant so I’m actually excited to try out the products in this set. The Pure Thing Set has four Origins cleansing & exfoliating products, including the Clear Improvement™ range which I hear is fantastic!
Origins Ornament 2015, $12.50
I mean, how cute!!?!?! I actually just ordered this ornament this morning as it’s the perfect way to sample a few of the brand’s best-sellers. At $12.50 it’s such a steal and cute addition to your Christmas tree. Plus this was created to help the planet so for every one you buy, Origins will plant a tree.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Relief, $71
A gift for the one who is always stressed. This is Origins’ soothing collection so if you have that friend who is always stressed give them something that is soothing yet great for the skin. We could all use that spa feeling at home.
Let Us Glow, $34
This limited-edition skincare set has four favorites for glowing skin. I’ve heard SO many great things about the GinZing™ range from Origins so I did snap this up at the event. For myself. Don’t judge. This set also has the Original Skin™ Renewal Serum which is formulated with willowherb—which works to destress, smooth roughness, reduce dullness, and shrink the look of pores. Sold!
Mini Mask Marvels, $22
Everyone loves a good mask so, to me, they make the perfect gift. Perfect for travel these mini masks all work to give you great skin, no matter your concern. I’d recommend breaking this set apart and gift these as stocking stuffers alongside smaller gifts. Très cute and economically functional 😉
Have you used Origins skincare (or makeup)?! Talk to me, what are some of your favorite products?
Disclosure: I attended an Origins event and was gifted product. Not sponsored to write a post.
Not to sound all basic and whatnot but HOLY CRAP THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US! I know everyone talks about the months fly by and you can’t keep up but this time I have to agree. I feel like it was just yesterday I was hanging out at the beach with my friends.
I knew the sh*t got real about the holidays when I received an invite to attend the Nordstrom Beauty Holiday 2015 preview. One of the saddest (superficial) things in my life is the lack of Nordstrom retail location in the immediate NYC area because I want to experience the sales IRL, y’know?
At the preview, I saw A LOT! Nordstrom never lets me down with their beauty offerings because they truly have something for everyone. Below are a few things that caught my eye. I’ll be doing a bigger gift guide from a variety of retailer so stay tuned!
NEST Fragrances Holiday Candles ($38 each)
It isn’t officially the holidays until I light one of these bad boys up! They’re classic, literally smell like the holiday season and have such a clean burn it’s unfair. NEST Fragrances Birchwood Pine and Holiday scented candles are like the Mariah Carey of the Christmas season – nothing or no one compares.
Smashbox‘Art.Love.Color’ Studio Set (Limited Edition) ($79 Value)At $39.00 this limited-edition Art.Love.Color Studio set by Smashbox is a such a good gift for the beauty lover because it has everything you’ll need for lids, lashes and lips. All in one and no fuss. My kind of deal.
Drybar‘Sparkle & Shine’ Set ($288 Value)
For the blowout queen in your life, this is all she’ll (he’ll?) need to get perfect hair every day. Yes it’s $199.00 but considering you get one of the most talked about hair dryers AND product AND a round brush…this is a steal.
MOLTON BROWN London‘Holiday Bath Treasures’ Set (Limited Edition) ($84 Value)Okay, I’ll admit it. I included this partially because of my love of miniature beauty products but they’re so cute! Aside from the very adorable size, this is great for someone like me who has a lot of good-but-not-close friends and you simply don’t know what to get them. All of them. So pick up this set ($50) and break it apart! I say take one or two and stick them in beautifully wrapped sachets and voila! The perfect stocking stuffer. This 12-piece body wash collection is great for gifting folks in your office or gifting to a hostess.
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Disclosure: I attended a blogger preview. Not compensated for this post.
Have you heard of Scentbird? If you’re into YouTube videos (hey, subscribe to my channel!) you definitely have because vloggers have been peddling it non. stop. To be completely honest, I sort of avoided for that very reason because I hate (abhor) when a brand inundates you and seriously goes after every single vlogger. The Scentbird team had reached out to me several times and I finally caved this past summer and gave them my address. As soon as I did, however, I forgot about it and tossed the perfume in my makeup collection in my “To Be Reviewed” pile. Here we are a solid three (four?) months later and I get the hype.
What Is It?
Scentbird is a perfume subscription service where each month you receive an 8ml spray filled with the scent of your choice. According to the Scentbird team that comes out to be 120 sprays, and this is enough fragrance to apply twice daily for 30 days. In your first shipment you get a free case which will then be able to house all of your future perfume sprays. This service costs $14.95 a month (plus tax if you’re in NY like I am so it’s roughly $16).
Should I Sign Up?
Now this is where I balked at the thought of signing up for a perfume subscription service…in the beginning. I’m a HEAVY perfume lover and collector. I love seeing a full size bottle on my vanity. Packaging is usually the first thing to catch my eye and draws me to test a perfume at Sephora, Barneys, Saks, etc.
That said I took a look at my perfume buying habits recently and I almost always purchase a rollerball BEFORE committing to an actual bottle. This is typically for perfumes that I haven’t tried before, am iffy about the juice, or – to be quite frank – don’t want to drop $$ on. I was actually browsing Sephora and couldn’t decide if I wanted to commit to a certain perfume when I realized that the rollerball version was $24. Now it may not seem like a lot but I’ve also been trying to manage my finances (hard thing to do when you’re a shopaholic). I went home and took a look at the rollerball graveyard and just knew what to do…
all of these rollerballs were purchased in hopes of falling in love with one…
You Never Answered the Question…Should I Sign Up?
Yes – if you’re someone like me and like to buy perfumes, you may want to give Scentbird a shot. It’s much more cost effective than buying a $24-$30 rollerball all the time. You can build a queue of fragrances you’d like to try and they will ship it out monthly. If you don’t you’ll get their perfume of the month which you may or may not love. This is the only negative point I can see – you don’t have the option to skip a month (that I can find) so you’re pretty much stuck getting a new perfume every month and spending that $14.95. If you’re not really into perfumes and find them to be stupid, stop reading. Not sure how you ended up here. If you only buy fragrances only on special occasions or 1-2x a year, this could be a god way to get your feet wet – in total you’d be spending $180 a year which is honestly the price of two full size designer perfumes (I also blieve they have 6 and 12 month subscriptions which are slightly more discounted).
The perfume I received was Jungle Elephant by Kenzo, a warm, spicy, alluring fragrance with notes of mandarin, cardamom, clove, ylang-ylang, vanilla, patchouli, and more. If you favor warm fragrances, give this a go. It’s the perfect cold weather fragrance to wear underneath a cozy sweater. You can select your fragrances or you can take a quiz to get a recommendation. If you’re more into indy perfumes, you’re better off hunting them down since Scentbird tends to have more mainstream brands.
In all it’s a great way to discover new perfumes and fragrance options. If you’re interested in Scentbird, you can sign up here.
THESE ARE SOME MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE FRAGRANCES
Disclosure: Scentbird scent me a one month trial (one vial) for review purposes. This is not a paid post.
As much as I loved my extensions, I was itching (literally) to remove them and get back to my natural hair. I missed seeing my curls as my pixie grows out!
When Living Proof reached out to partner and help me get #yourbesthair, I jumped at the chance because I knew I’d need some serious styling help after removing my extensions. Removing a sew-in style means your hair may have some damage and as a lover of hot tools, I’m taking ALL the help I can get. New to the brand, I decided to check out their product selector tool to help decide which styling product(s) were right for me. I have kinky/coily hair but I love to blow dry every now and then so I got a mix of results from their Curl Leave-In Conditioner to their style | lab straight for when I’m using heat.
Wash Essentials / Taking Care:
Immediately after removing the extensions I washed my hair then went straight into recovery mode. I started off by applying the Restore Instant Repair which promises to make hair 15x stronger after just 1 use (WHOA, right?). Then I applied the Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment since I was looking to smooth and condition my hair without wanting to apply hoards of products. PhD styles and treats without compromising one for the other. When I read on their site that it reduces breakage by 78%, I knew it had to be mine. Plus with a name like Perfect Hair Day how can you resist! Last but not least is the Satin Hair Serum to finish off my look after blowdrying. These three products are now in regular rotation as my must use products whenever I wash my hair.
Heat Styling Musts:
Now I know heat styling gets a bad rep in the natural hair community but I’m not one to give it up just yet. Yes, I’ve reduced the amount of heat I apply to my hair (I blow dry my hair once – twice MAX- every two months) but that doesn’t mean I can go without protecting my hair. I was drawn to their style | lab range because every girl needs an arsenal of good styling products when going up against your blow dryer or flat iron.
I started with the Prime Style Extender Spray as it’s a lightweight hair primer to extend styles and it’s made for fine hair which I have a lot of. Then I went in with Straight before blow drying and again before flat ironing since it’s a heat activated spray that can be used on damp or dry hair and provides heat protection up to 450°. Lastly I finished if off with the Satin Hair Serum.
Having naturally kinky/ curly hair I have the option to flex my curls or blow it out sleek and straight. For days when I’m not applying heat (90% of the time), I’m excited to try out the Curl Detangling Rinse (smaller item in the back) as well as Curl Leave-In Conditioner. Curl Detangling Rinse is NOT a conditioner. Rather it’s a water-activated, gel-like formula that is to be applied after you use the conditioning wash and best for detangling. Every curly girl knows they need a leave-in conditioner so I can’t wait to see how this one works. Lastly I had to pick up the No Frizz Humidity Shield hairspray. Although it isn’t part of their curl collection, I love anything that will fight frizz but doesn’t leave an icky feeling afterward. Bonus it can be used on curly or straight hair.
Hair so cute you can’t help but snap a selfie before heading out the door (literally)!
I did pick up a bunch of travel size products as it’s the BEST way (in my opinion) to try out a new to you brand. I highly recommend doing so! Have you tried Living Proof?