December 12, 2014

friday five: gift guide edition

Since it's prime Christmas shopping-time, I wanted to share with your some great gift ideas for my friday five...

Here we go....

I know these are a pretty penny but TRUST ME...worth every one. If you have someone you really, really like and want to spoil them to bits...this is a winner!

I know it seems too easy but really...who doesn't LOVE an awesome cup of cocoa. This is the brand I grew up on and love it. All kinds of flavors too. Perfect for neighbors, teachers, friends....

3. Snuggly blanket

I got a blanket a while back from my sister in law and its my go-to blanket for movie watching, snuggle fests, etc. :) A gift outta the box but a good one!

4. Jamberry Nails

I tried these out a month or so ago because I thought why not? And I fell very much in love! Easy to apply, last weeks and have the cutest, cutest styles! Great for stockings or for a girlfriend. Love these!

I know this one is kinda outta the "box" as well (he he), but considering how awesome these subscription boxes are I think it makes a GREAT gift. And POPSUGAR is offering 10% to my readers for a 3-month subscription. (link HERE, enter code DEC14SELECT). 
I'm a huge fan of these and everything I get in them is wearable, fun and super fancy. Plus, its the gift that keeps on giving for the whole year! 

**POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.**

December 10, 2014

beautiful holiday look

This is one of my favorite holiday looks. Its super pretty, perfect for the night-life and of course....very simple! 

And The Beauty Department made it easy for me because I don't have to write too much out! ;) 

A stunning alternative to the smoky eye!

But! Here are a couple tips...

1. Make sure your black eye liner is not cheap and it waterproof, this will help it not transfer or smudge. ( I love Urban Decay's 24 hour liners)
2. Apply a primer before you start! It will help the black color and the glitter stay.
3. You can use any sparkly color you want! A green, copper or silver would be pretty too.
4. Switch out the thick liner for a black shadow (I love MAC's Carbon)

Let me know if you try this look and how you like it! 

December 7, 2014

november favorites

I realized that I haven't done one of these in months! I gotta get back at it...sheesh. So here ya go, November favorites.

1. Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I've raved about it before and I'll keep doing it! Perfect for your everyday simple looks to your night time pretty looks! LOVE!

2. Deep Blue Rub by doTerra because it saved my aching neck and smells awesome, works great.

3. The Body Shop's body butter in Mango. Smells great. Helps my superly horrible winter dry skin. Smells great. 'Nuff said.

4. Real Techniques Buffing brush. My go-to blush brush. I love this brand.

5. Tarte lipgloss in Visionary. Perfect pink-nude-peach color, goes with everything!

There we have it! I'm hoping to compile my 2014 list of favorites for ya here soon. 
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! 

December 4, 2014

Starfish Project 12 Days of Christmas Sale

The more I've come to know the Starfist Project, the more I am in love with this company. They are doing a 12 Days of Christmas Sale on their site ($25 off your purchase...see side bar for link) and here are the details...

12 Days of Christmas:
1. A Starfish being set free. For the next 12 days we are going to highlight different aspects of Starfish Project while we also offer you $25 back on an order of over $100 and free shipping on orders over $75. Merry Christmas from the Starfish Team.
2. Two manly men. At Starfish Project we value the men who work for, volunteer with and support seeing women restored to hope. Women in exploitation is not just a women's issue and these men affirm that with all they invest into Starfish Project.
3. Three branches growing. Three branches have developed in three different cities in Asia, with the jewelry business providing women with meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment.
4. Four babies burping. This year in Starfish we have seen 4 new babies added to our family. We are so happy that these babies are going to grow up in supportive families that value each of them and that they have a future full of love.
5. Five pots of coffee! Yes sometimes the 10 to 18 hour days we get caught up in results in lots of cups of coffee.
6. Six cultures mixing. This past year, Starfish has taken in, assisted and been able to offer employment to 6 women from other countries.
7. Seven lines of jewelry. Since we have started, we have produced seven catalogs.
8. Eight years in service. Eight years ago a group of friends, compelled by deep desire to love and serve women trapped in sexual exploitation, decided to do something about it and Starfish Project was born.
9. Nine nations helping. We have people from all over the world working to see hope restored to this global problem. This year we have had people from US, Australia, UK, China, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Canada, Brazil.
10. Ten women promoted. We are so happy to see that the vocational training and mentoring helps these women take on new tasks they never thought they could do. They put so much effort and love into what they do it really reaps its benefits.
11. Eleven students computing. We love to see how the women are so confident at the end of these courses. Some of them have never used a computer before in their lives.
12. Twelve Months Celebrating. We celebrate every time a woman starts a new life in Starfish Project. We celebrate each woman's birthday and milestone. We celebrate because hope is being restored and women are finding true freedom in their lives. Merry Christmas.

November 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm going to be taking the week off from the blog to prepare for and have a fun Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you all do too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2014

friday five

I thought I would dedicate this friday five to my favorite things that help combat my DRY DRY DRY skin this winter. We got hit with some serious cold-ness this past week and my skin is feeling it. BAD!

1. This stuff. Saves my cuticles....

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
2. This night creme because its like a drink of water to your face...I swear by it.
FC5 Moisturizing Night Crème  from Arbonne
3. This scrub because it takes all the dead stuff away and leaves my skin feeling baby soft.
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4. This lip stuff because its the bomb. End of story. (I love sweet mint...)
Sweet Mint Lip Balm from Evolution of Smooth
5. This stuff...because its important to work on the inside out, baby! ;)

PS. Wanted to bring your attention the ad in my sidebar. The Starfish Project helps women in need around the globe and you get $25 a $75 purchase until the 27th! And starting Black Friday to the following Tuesday they will be having a 2 for 1 Sale. Check em out, cute stuff! :)

November 20, 2014

{guest post} 5 Healthy Beauty Gifts for Your BFF This Holiday Season

This holiday season; give your BFF the gift of beauty -- healthy beauty, that is. Beauty products are coveted item for many fashionista and beauty lovers, but do you know what toxins and unhealthy ingredients may be lurking in your beauty products? Because you love your BFF so much, give her a gift that will make her feel beautiful while also being healthy. With so many different products to choose from, it can seem daunting when it comes to finding the perfect gift you know she will adore. 

Here are 5 ideas that any beauty lover will enjoy that also contain healthy ingredients for the skin. They are free of a lot of nasty ingredients that are unhealthy for us.

1) Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - These gorgeous blushes are free of many harmful chemicals and are made from Amazonian clay. They look beautiful on the skin and come in array of colours bound to suit any skin tone.

2) Bourjois Healthy Mix CC Cream - This CC cream targets an array of skin imperfections such as redness and discoloration. It contains a mix of fruits that are healthy for your skin, as they contain antioxidants.

3) Fresh Sugar Scrub - The brown sugar scrub from Fresh contains real brown sugar and will help to slough away dead skin, revealing smoother and brighter skin. It also smells divine! During cold winter months when skin gets dry, this makes a wonderful addition to anyone's shower routine and will help send wintery dry skin packing.

4) Organic Rosehip Oil - This luscious oil is rich in vitamins A and C, which are potent antioxidants for the skin. It is a beautiful oil that is a great night-time treatment before hitting the pillow. Many brands make rosehip oil. One brand to try is Triology, as it is organic and cold-pressed.

5) Rose Day Cream by Dr Haushka - Organic and lovely, this cream is sure to make your BFF's day a bit rosier. It contains plant extracts such as rose that will help to nourish the skin and make it more radiant. It also has a lovely, yet natural smell that isn't overpowering. It treats your skin while you have the peace of mind of knowing that you're treating your skin to natural and healthy ingredients. Looking the part this holiday season has never been easier than with the help of