Today, we’re gifting you beautiful skin. Who doesn’t want to look like like their youngest self with little effort other than introducing some new go-to skincare products?! Over the past few years the fine lines and wrinkles have started appearing on my face more than ever. Boo! I’ve started focusing on improving my skincare regimen and recently discovered two must-have products. CHIA DERM+, a new skin and hair care line featuring chia seeds and a unique blend of other natural ingredients just launched two products – the CHIA DERM+ Serum and the CHIA DERM+ Balm. Both products feel great on the skin and are super hydrating, which is essential this time of year. And the balm is also great on sunburns. Super food meets super skincare. Now you really are what you eat.
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Happy Monday! So how’s the Christmas shopping coming along? I’m doing most of mine online this year with the exception of the Santa gifts for the kids. To make our gift quest a little more exiting, the hubs and I started an annual Christmas shopping date tradition last year and it’s one of my favorite dates of the year. I’m sure he would rank a shopping date right below a couples dentist appointment, but he was a good sport. We started with breakfast (how rare are breakfast dates once you have kids?!) and then knocked out some gifts on our list. The Frozen soundtrack blaring in the Disney Store is so much more tolerable when you have a shopping buddy. In case you’re avoiding lines, crowds, and all that craziness, here are 18 great gifts under $50 to jump start your week….
So, I realize there aren’t a lot of guys who read this blog (aside from the hubs and my Dad, ha). But this post happens to be geared toward hubbies and boyfriends out there who are racking their brain trying to figure out what’s going to put the biggest smile on your best girl’s face this Christmas. In case Santa didn’t get the memo, I’ve spent hours figuring out what’s at the top of my lady readers’ list this year and compiled a pretty fool-proof gift guide. My plan is to have my male readers (aka the hubs) email this guide around to his friends…you know, friends helping friends make women happy during the holidays. In case your guy doesn’t read my blog (hehe) and YOU like what you see in this gift guide, my advice is to have a girlfriend email it to your guy OR leave me an email address in the blog comments and I’ll email him. Or accidentally leave your iPad in front of him while raving about how you want 1 of everything from this post. Although, I’m not convinced it would really work if I tried that obvious hinting technique with my hubby. So let’s lead the horse to water, shall we?!
Gifts for Gals
1 Valentino pumps ($1075)These shoes are a total splurge, perfect for any fashion/shoe-lover on your list
8 Madewell Tote Bag ($168) This bag is classic and perfect for the lady on the go. Also makes a great travel bar or diaper bag or both. Be sure to order now so you can have it monogrammed in time. Now that’s going the extra mile for your gal!
13 Warby Parker sunglasses ($95) While sunglasses may be hard to pick out for someone, Warby Parker lets you pick out 5 pair and your girl can try on and choose her favorite. No awkward gift returns necessary here.
About a month ago I was hanging out on a random Monday afternoon with my best friend and her kids and I couldn’t help but notice how pretty she looked. Was it a new haircut? Recent facial maybe? She’s one of the prettiest girls I know but something was different and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Lucky for me, she let me in on her beauty secret. New mascara! She then gave me a quick 5 minute tutorial on her new mascara regimen. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. It’s three steps?! I mean, I barely have time to brush my teeth most days and mascara is a luxury I save for red lights and the car pool line. After my first attempt at the application, I loved how my eyes looked but wasn’t completely sold. It was slightly messier than my typical mascara and the time factor was still stressing me out. After more compliments on my eyes in one day than I’d received in months, I’m suddenly whistling a different tune, but planned to save my new mascara for special occasions/nights out only. I wore it to my birthday party and after a really fun night, was too lazy to remove make-up (don’t judge, 33 is a big one, haha). But the greatest thing of all was it didn’t feel like I slept in my mascara. Maybe because it’s all natural? This mascara includes beeswax and collagen that actually build up and strengthen lashes and green tea fibers too. I mean, they might as well sell this stuff at Whole Foods. But seriously, I didn’t wake up with my eye lids stuck together and my eyes looked really good the entire next day. Win, win! I now find it hard to go back to my old mascara most days. Now the three steps (gel + fiber + gel) are so routine I don’t even bat a long eyelash at them. Ha! And an added bonus, this mascara requires no need for eyeliner. It opens my eyes like no eyeliner ever has. I’m a huge fan and highly recommend this new favorite to y’all! Get your fab new lashes here just in time for holiday parties!
p.s. I’m well aware that I didn’t post a “before” photo, but it’s just too scary. I’m a huge fan of all of the Hollywood celebs going sans make-up on a public platform though!
What’s on tap for the weekend?! I just realized that it’s a holiday weekend, which means lots of sales to be seized. So if you’re shopping for some new fall clothes or starting Christmas shopping (yikes!!) don’t miss deals from these guys:
Piperlime: 20% off everything you need for fall with code fall20. I have my eye on these leopard beauties and this plaid top.
Williams Somona: An additional 20% off clearance with code save20 and 20% off much more full price items. I would love to have this for all of my upcoming holiday baking. (ha!)
J. Crew: 30% off full price styles with code weekend plans. I’m loving the fall line and pretty much want one of everything. This pinstripe zip sweater and these ankle boots are to die for.
Old Navy: Fall-tastic sale with up to 50% off everything online. These joggers are all the rage right now. I’m obsessed with the new arrivals for my little ladies too.
Every hump day you can expect to see my most wanted clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty products, etc. on the blog. This week, we’re going back to school. Ok, so I’m not in school but my daughter LE just started preschool so that’s reason enough to partake in some school shopping, right?! Backpacks are a big trend for fall and I couldn’t be happier. I splurged on a backpack last spring to help free up my hands for travel, but didn’t realize how practical it would be to carry this bag on the reg. With two babies I need as many free hands as possible. There are so many delicious options right now (obsessed with this one). And I can’t thank J. Crew enough for taking one for the team and making baseball caps cute enough to wear off the field. My hair is happier too with caps and dry shampoo in the daily rotation. Sporty is chic this fall and these red Supergas fit the fashion bill. You’re probably going to get tired of seeing outfits anchored by these red wonders. Wearing them makes me feel like a kid again–cartwheels have happened in these gems. And I know nude lips are so in but I can’t stop wearing red lips. Sorry, not sorry guys.