Holiday Beauty Gift Guide - Him

19 December 2015

When it comes to making your gift lists for the season, most of us don't usually put down "beauty" products for the men in our lives.  But I think it's something that we shouldn't look passed.  Most guys have a simple routine when it comes to getting ready but I feel like once they are opened up to the world of "beauty" products made specifically for them the standard routine may change. Here some of my recommendations for "beauty" products you can put on your lists!

1. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash - $9.00 to $58.00
If you ask men what they use to wash their face, most men will probably say "whatever is in the shower". But just like our skin, men's skin can become dull and beaten by the elements.  Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash is made specifically for men and help with the signs that the elements can show on the face. This face wash also prepares the skin for shaving and helps with the irration that can occur from it.

2. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Moisturizer - $25.00
And to go with the Fuel Energizing Face Wash, I recommend Kiehl's Facial Fuel Moisturizer.  This moisturizer is in the same catergory as the face wash so its supposed to help with effects of the elements.  I definitely think all men so moisture their face, especially during the cold months.  Men's skin can get dry patches like us so having a moisturizer like this can help.

3. Jack Black Beard Oil - $24.00
Winter is beard season for a lot of men and nowadays more and more men are going for the larger, bushier but tailored beards. And with this beards can come dry and itchy skin. So if you have a man in your life who has a beard, I highly recommend beard oil.  Beard oil is essentially for conditioning the beard hair and hydrating the skin underneath. It's not a step most men take when taming their beards but a couple of times using beard oil, they will probably thank you.

I selected this beard oil by Jack Black as it is rated five stars on Sephora's website.  If you Google "beard oil" there are other brands out there and websites that offer reviews of different types.

4. The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit with Pure Shaving Brush - $120.00
I feel like most men don't dare use a razor when it comes to shaving but I really love this gift for a man and I'm tempted to buy it for my husband.  I love the vintage feel that the Art of Shaving has to their product and I love the idea of an "old time" routine.  Plus, I feel like all men need to experience a razor shave at least once in their life.

5. Bumble and Bumble Sumotech - $29.00
Hair is the one part of "beauty" that men actually take some time to do. With that, I decided to add the Bumble and Bumble Sumotech to the guide. Sumotech is described as a compound that offers the effect of wax, paste and cream.  I like the idea of it not being a complete wax mixture as hair waxes can give that spikey look which isn't always attractive.  Bumble and Bumble does hair products right so I'm sure this worth the money if a guy in your life is looking for a hair product.

Well, I hope these recommendations can help with some of your holiday shopping.  And don't be afraid to get the men in your life some "beauty" products. You may be surprised by how much they end up loving them and how their normal routine can change!

Holiday Beauty Gift Guide - Her

18 December 2015

Gift giving season is here so I thought it would be a great time to do a "Holiday Beauty Gift Guide". Whether you are looking for items to put on your wish list or you need a last minute gift idea for a women in your life, here are some of my recommendations. Some of the items I have tried and some are items that I have come across and think can make great gifts for anybody whether you love beauty items or not! \

1. Sigma Most Wanted Brush Set - $73.00
For me, Sigma brushes are a must in any beauty collection and this brush set is a great starter kit for those who are new to the brand.  The set includes fan favorites like their F80 Flat Kabuki, E40 Tapered Blending, E25 Blending, E30 Pencil, and F35 Tapered Highlighter.  Sigma brushes are well worth the money as they last through all the make-up applications and cleanings.  I have some of their brushes for a couple of years now and they really don't have signs of aging.

2. Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove - $25.00
Cleaning make-up brushes can be a pain but Sigma has made this task easier with their cleaning gloves and mats.  They have a variety to choose from but I think their Express Cleaning Glove is the best. It's small so it's not as bulky as the full glove but you still get the different textures to clean your brushes.  I feel like this would make brush cleaning easier than what it can be and I actually put this on my own Christmas list this year!

3. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette - $46.00
The Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette has to be one of the most versatile and complete palettes released this year.  With the colors being matte and neutrals, there are so many options and there's no wasted colors.  This palette has quickly become my "go-to" palette and I think it's a great palette for someone who is completely confident with make-up or someone who is just getting started. 

4. Laura Mercier La Petite Souffles Body Creme Collection - $60.00
The winter can be a brutal time for the skin so this collection can make a great gift during the holidays.  The Souffle Body Cremes (love the name!) by Laura Mercier are whipped body lotions that give you complete hydration. The La Petite collection offers six travel jars of the Souffle Body Cremes in the scents Fresh Fig, Ambre Vanilla, Creme de Pistache, Almond Coconut Milk, Creme Brulee, and Tarte au Citron.  The price of this is alittle on the high size but it's nice that you can try six 2 oz jars for the price of a 12 oz jar.

I have yet to try the Souffle Body Cremes but they are definitely on my "need to try" list for beauty. From the reviews I have read, they seem like they are worth the money which doesn't surprised me because Laura Mercier is a great brand.

5. Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London The Fashion Edit Nail Set - $30.00
Ciate and Olivia Palermo created this four piece nail set with colors inspired by the runway.  You get a bright red (Hutch), burgundy (Napa Valley), blue (Brooklyn), and a dusty pink (Sundays). I love little nail sets like this that you can get a places like Sephora and Ulta. It really gives you a chance to try different brands without committing to a full size bottle.

I hope this gift guide will help if you have any last minute gifts to buy for the women in your life.  Stay tuned my Holiday Gift Guide for Him, beauty edition, will be up tomorrow!

White Christmas

15 December 2015

This is what I think Bing Crosby had in mind when he sang "White Christmas." Well maybe not exactly!  So, ever since I painted my dining room walls Blackberry I've pictured a white Christmas tree in here. I had a very specific theme in mind for my tree: silver/mercury glass and white woodland animals.

Since Erica is a professionally trained tree trimmer, I asked her to help and with a trip to Joann's, Ikea, and Walmart, we made it happen and all under $100!  She also gifted me those beautiful mecury glass ornaments.  I think they are my favorite!

I'm so happy how it turned out, just as I pictured it. It's a little sparse with decorations, but it will be something I can add a little to each year. 

Stay tuned for a little video filmed the day we decorated the tree!