My Christmas Wishlist

I’ve never done any kind of gift guides or wishlist posts, so I thought it would be fun to share some ideas with you today! Here is what I am asking for from my family for Christmas.

So, yeah, books. Any time anyone asks me what I want, I usually tell them book titles. These are the top ones on my list – all thrillers.

I Am Watching You – Teresa Driscoll

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

The Housekeeper – Natalie Barelli

All of these are on Goodreads best thriller lists, so I know I’ll like them!

Next up, some fashion items.

I always like to get some new jammies for Christmas and these from Target are so cute and I love the thermal material.

These are some faux leather leggings on Amazon with amazing reviews! I love how they aren’t shiny, but different from regular leggings. You can dress them up or down.

I asked my sister for this; the Bedhead Waver. I’ve been wanting this for awhile, I love wavy hair, and this promises pretty beach waves and looks so easy to use.

A couple of beauty things; this Michael Kors Eau de Parfum smells so good, I love floral scents so I really like this. I love the bottle too.

Lastly, Revitalash. I have been using this for the past couple of months, and it has DRAMATICALLY changed my lashes. They are huge and full and thick. I’m asking for the big tube. It’s very pricey, but worth it!

That’s my wishlist! What are you asking for?!

Thanks for reading! xx

November Beauty Faves

It’s the end of November, and I have some new beauty faves to share with you all! I haven’t been wearing a full face of makeup everyday, but I do like to use a couple of things so I can look put together.

Here they are!

For nails, I’ve been using Essie Sheer Fantasy on repeat! I did a whole post on this a few weeks ago, and I love that it is so natural but chic looking! It is the perfect sheer neutral!

Next up is the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo. This comes with two colors, a pewter gold shimmer, and then a sort of chocolate brown color with a hint of sheen.

This is the perfect natural, every day duo. These colors are gorgeous and pigmented, and apply so smoothly. Here’s a swatch:

For lips, I’ve been doing a sort of tinted lip balm. This one by Clinique in Whole Lotta Honey is the best my-lips-but-better rosy brown color! It is shiny and moisturizing and just feels so good. Love the twist up crayon shape, too. Here’s a swatch:

This Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub is really nice. It is a gel that has little beads and scrubbers that aren’t too harsh. It leaves a cooling tingle on my skin and makes my face feel really clean. I like to use this in the shower, and you only need a teeny bit.

Lastly for hair, is this Verb Ghost Hair Oil. Hair oils are a must for me and my dry ends. This oil really nourishes my hair and makes it feel so soft. I apply two pumps to it from my ears down and comb it through. It really smooths and adds shine. It also has a really light scent and doesn’t weigh down my hair. Love it!

That’s it for the faves!

Thanks for reading xx

Sephora HAUL

It’s FRIDAY!!! I never looked forward to Friday as much as I do now that I am in charge of homeschooling my girls!

Let’s celebrate with a haul. I picked up a few things from Sephora and thought it would be fun to share! There is a sale coming up, so maybe this will give you some ideas!

I picked up a few haircare items, this Hair Primer from Sephora Collection called to me, it says it protects against heat, detangles, and nourishes hair. It’s in a pretty big bottle, and was only $12. I will try this on my girls’ hair and also my hair!

Next is the Ouai Leave in Conditioner. I just talked about this in my empties, I used up the mini bottle so I purchased the big size. I LOVE the smell of Ouai products. A lot of people (I mean a lot) say that they don’t like the smell in the reviews, but I think it smells so good. It is very perfume-y. This product makes my hair so soft and helps detangle.

Next up are two glosses. I love the Marc Jacobs glosses, this color is Sugar High and is a rosy color with some sheen. I love the formula of these because they aren’t sticky and actually last.

I had never tried the Sephora Glossed glosses before, but I saw this metallic cranberry color in Witty, and thought it would be so perfect for the holidays!

This Laneige Lip Mask has been on my list for a long time, and I finally pulled the trigger. It is expensive, but it comes with a ton of product and has amazing reviews! I get really dry lips, so hopefully it helps with that. It smells like gummy bears!

Lastly this liquid NARS blush in Torrid. This is a peachy pink with a metallic gold sheen that I thought would be so pretty. I love liquid and cream blushes because I feel like they last longer than powder.

So, that’s what I picked up! Have you tried any of these?

Thanks for reading!

xx

Products I’ve Used Up | Quarterly Empties

Hello! I have taken a short break, but I am ready to get back to posting regularly.

Both of my girls are currently participating in remote schooling, so I have been very busy with that and also all of their extra curricular activities! It has been a lot!

Today I have some empties to share that I have been accumulating, along with little mini-reviews!

For hair, I used up one of my favorite dry shampoos, the Batiste Dry Shampoo. I like this one because it doesn’t have a strong scent, and it makes my hair feel clean! I have already repurchased a new can.

Next is the Its A Ten Miracle Leave In Product. This is a leave in conditioner, detangler, etc (it does 10 things!). I use this product on my girls because they both have long hair. They love the scent and it makes their hair so soft! I will definitely repurchase this!

Lastly, a new product I discovered- the Ouai Leave in Conditioner. I LOVE the smell of Ouai products, it reminds me of getting my hair done and smells like a hair salon. This product leaves my hair so soft and is really nice to use before blowdrying. I have purchased the full size.

This Clarisonic cleanser is what I use every day with my Clarisonic. Sadly, Clarisonic has gone out of business, so I guess I will need to find a new cleanser! Let me know of some good ones if you have any! Anyway, I used up two of these.

Next for body care is the Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I got this solely for the smell. It is tropical, coconutty, and just like a beach vacation! It does moisturize very well, too. I would repurchase for the summertime.

Next up are a few makeup items!

The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is a tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 that I love to use on my no-makeup-makeup days. This is a very light coverage cream that I am able to rub in with my fingers quickly. It evens out my skin tone and makes me look more put together. I would repurchase!

Next up is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. This powder is really nice and very very soft. It takes away any shine without making your skin look dry. I’m not very big on setting powders, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase. It is pretty expensive, and a drugstore powder does the same thing in my opinion!

For mascara, I used up the Benefit Roller Lash. This is my favorite high end mascara! It lengthens, holds a curl, and it is super black. I will definitely repurchase as soon as I use up all of my others!

For lips, I have two empties. First is the Glossier Birthday Balm Dot Com. This is a lip balm that smells JUST LIKE CAKE and has a slight shimmer. It is really pretty, I love the packaging, and it keeps my lips moisturized. I will repurchase!

Another product that is so moisturizing is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. My favorite color is the Rose, and it smells like lemon cake. It leaves a sheer red tint to the lips that is very subtle. I would definitely repurchase.

That’s it for the empties. It feels so good to use up products! Let me know if you want an in-depth review on anything shown!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Brand Focus | Bare Minerals

Hello! If you have been following my blog for awhile, you might know of my love for Bare Minerals products. More specifically, their face products. I haven’t tried many of their eye and lip products, but their face products are my favorite. I hardly ever use anything else!

Here are my top 5 products from the brand!

I have to first start off with the Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15. This stuff right here is my favorite foundation of all time, and I have been using it for almost 12 years!!! I wear the shade Fairly Light. It is a loose powder, which is kind of messy, but it’s worth it to me. You tap a little bit of powder in the cap, swirl your brush into it (I recommend THIS BRUSH), and buff it into the skin. You can layer it, and it is buildable. The result is so SKINLIKE and natural.

If you don’t like liquid foundation (most of it feels greasy and like a mask to me), you need to try this! It’s like your not even wearing makeup! It’s like your skin, but just evened out and pretty. I even wore this on my wedding day! Just check out the reviews on this foundation.

Ok, so the runner up to this is the Bare Minerals BarePro Pressed Powder Foundation. This came out years after the original, and it is a lot nicer due to the fact that it is pressed. It is way less messy, BUT, it doesn’t have SPF, and doesn’t quite provide the coverage that the original foundation does. That being said, I still love it. I wear the shade Aspen (the shades are different), and I use this on an everyday basis where I don’t really need a lot of coverage, just something light to even out my skin tone. This is also a really nice touch up powder and purse friendly.

Lastly for the powder products, is this blush. This is the Bare Minerals Gen Nude matte blush in Call My Blush. I love this blush line because the blushes actually last on the skin, and this color in particular is so nice. It is the perfect rosy pink, and I love that it is matte. It looks so natural and is buildable.

Here’s a swatch!

Next, some liquid products.

This Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer is my favorite because it works under any foundation! It is a clear thicker type gel consistency, and has the silicone feel to it. It smooths the skin, fills in pores and gives the perfect base for foundation.

Lastly, this Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is like a tinted moisturizer and has SPF 30. I wear the shade Vanilla, and it doesn’t provide much coverage, but I like how it just evens out my skin tone and provides sunscreen. This is a great product for the summer. You don’t even need a brush to apply, just use your fingers and you’re good to go!

That is it for my favorite Bare Minerals products!

Have you tried any products from the brand?

More BRAND FOCUS posts :

Urban Decay

Too Faced

Essie

Sephora Collection

Clinique

NARS

Come see me on INSTA for more!!!

xx