Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Hi Friends! If you can't tell, I'm super excited about this post. It's always my favorite Gift Guide to make. May I introduce you to this year's Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru 2019! Eeeeek! I have been looking forward to this guide all week because, not gonna lie, these are all things I either love or really really reallllllly want.

These products are gifts that I would recommend to any friend and family member. Some are high end, some are budget friendly. A good chunk of them are cruelty-free and/or vegan too. I try to find a variety of gifts for different types of people.

This is a longer post because I'm sending a shout out to 9 beauty gifts but it'll be worth the read, I promise.

One // EOS lip balm in Pomegranate Raspberry. I love getting lip balm from the holidays because I can always find another bag for it to live in. This brand is an inexpensive and a great gift for secret Santa or a co-worker. I love to add one of these printables by simplymadepretty to make them into more unique gifts.

Two // Youth To The People's Superfood Skin Reset Mask. This microalgae superfood mask is packed with the good stuff. From Vitamin B12 to age-defying antioxidants. It's not only vegan but it's also made in the US of A and it's not tested on animals. One of the best gifts I received this year and I can't recommend enough.

Three // Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen. Won't lie, this eyeliner took me a long time to get used to. Probably too long for someone who grew up learning the arts over science. Once this eyeliner is on though, it's on for 24 hours. It's light weight, comfortable and also vegan! Clinique products are allergy tested over 7,200 times so if you're concerned about sensitivity, give this one a try. I've recommend this to both my mom and sister due to their allergy issues.

Four // Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo. This product is my savor on day 4 hair. Girl, you know what I'm talking about. This is my dreammmm gift from anyone. It's under $5 and you will be thanked by everyone who receives it. It smells like the North Shore and easily blends once you brush your hair. They also do not test on animals.

Five // Anastasia Beverly Hills' Matte Lipstick in Ruby. I love these lipsticks. Every single one. That's it. The end. ... j/k but really though, these lip sticks glide on like butter and are non-drying. They're also cruelty-free and you can see me wearing my favorite color, spice, in this post.

Six // Odacite's Gt + L Green Tea-Lemongrass Radiance Effect Serum Concentrate. This product is on my Christmas list, y'all! I've been super careful with what goes on my face over 2017. This magic serum/essential oil is supposed to restore radiance and skin luminescence while adding antioxidants from green tea. Plus, I loveeee the smell of lemongrass. This is a great gift for someone who doesn't like a lot of ingredients.

Seven // Butter London Nail Lacquer's Better in Bed Red. This nail polish brand is one of few that ensures 8 of the more toxic ingredients stay out of their products. They are cruely-free and guaranteed to  last up to 10 days effortlessly. Check out their about me page here. I recommend gifting this product to those who are cautious of what they put in and on their bodies.

Eight // Slip For Beauty Sleep - Pure Silk Pillowcase, Size Queen. I've been wanting one of these pillow cases since over the summer. I've been droppin' hints like it's my jobbbb. This pillow is crucial for the bed head queens of the world. It's also suppose to help reduce facial tugging and stretching through out the night, which can aid in anti-aging. Fingers crossed this one is under the tree this year!

Nine // 15 piece Marble Makeup Brush Set. Fun fact: I always buy my brushes from amazon. They have many different types and an array of designs. I love how clean this set looks with the white marbles design and the gold around it. It has terrific reviews and is perfect for someone still learning about makeup but would really like a brush set. This specific set is vegan.

Please keep in mind that I do use affiliate links so if you end up purchasing something from my post, thank you for your support!  I hope you guys enjoy these products. Best of luck on your search for the perfect gift this Holiday season!

You might also be interested in:
Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru 2017
Fall Beauty Favorites 2018
Favorite Cruelty-Free Facial Products
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies

Plate of Cookies

For the record, this is my first time making these cookies and I am using a cookbook to guide me along the way but I must say... they sure are tasty looking!

As you'll remember, one of my blog goals for the year is to incorporate a recipe once a month into my post schedules.  I'm determined to broaden my mind and grow as a baker! My sister also has a blog and her primary focus is on baking. As we know, I'm an a life and style blogger so my content fluctuates here and there but I hope you enjoy these kitchen adventures with me!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Seattle Holiday Events

Santa and Me

This has been one of the most festive Holiday seasons I've ever had. Maybe it's because I started working on our holiday marketing for work in October. Maybe it's because we had an endless summer. Maybe it's because my heart grew three sizes this year. Who truly knows but I am in it to win it, folks.

Here's are my Christmas recommendations to finish the Holiday season strong!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Champagne Tasting at Fat Cork

OOTD Fat Cork

What a super fun little event I was able to help host! This past weekend I had the privilege of working with Fat Cork and putting together a little Champagne Tasting for the non-profit I'm apart of. Wow-oh-wow was I blown away by how little I know about champagne! There are so many questions I got answered and a lot of general knowledge I received by simply attending.

Fat Cork is a darling little Champagne importer in our own little city. It's located right off of John St in lower queen anne/uptown area. It's not hard to find parking around it and it's super easy to get to if you know where it is. It's also, what I believe to be, one of Seattle's hidden gems!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

5 Holiday Gifts for the Hostess
I know my hostesses well enough to know that I shouldn't buy them anything for their home unless you know them on a deep deep deep level. I have a few general rules I follow when it comes to my friends and one of those rules is never buying them anything their their walls or to set out. Rule number two, I always get a gift receipt no matter what.

I'm not saying that hostesses are picky. On the contrary, I actually find them to be the most adaptable because they don't like to make people feel uncomfortable. Which is why I purposely get them something that won't make them uncomfortable or obligated.  Shall we chat gifts?