YesTo Stocking Stuffers

I don’t know about you guys but the holiday season can be quite stressful sometimes. One of my absolute favorite ways to do a little self-maintenance and help myself relax is to use a face mask. You can’t claim you don’t have time for them even though we’re all super busy; you can wear them while doing most anything at home.

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Some of my favorite go to’s this season are the Yes To Cucumbers soothing calming sheet mask; for when my skin needs to refresh, and the Yes To Tomatoes clear skin acne fighting sheet mask; for when the stress causes dreaded pimples.

YES TO MASK DEETS

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The single-use Yes To Cucumbers Paper Mask soothes and calms sensitive skin, leaving it hydrated and refreshed.  It’s 96% natural, formulated without parabens, SLS and silicone, and Leaping Bunny Certified. 

Results: This mask left my face feeling relaxed and refreshed. I enjoy using this mask before bedtime it feels like the perfect simple bedtime pamper.

Formulated with tomato extracts and salicylic acid, the single-use Yes To Tomatoes Paper Mask works to fight acne and prevent pesky new pimples from forming. 

Results: This mask leaves my skin feeling clean and on its way to flawless recovery. I love to use this mask after I get out of the shower. The steam opens up all my pores and gives the mask the most fighting effect to banish all the pimple precursors.

The Yes To Paper Masks are new and come in Coconut Ultra-Hydrating, Grapefruit Pore Perfecting, and Detoxifying Charcoal. One of the best things about them is their only $2.99! At that price you can buy one of each to stock each stocking in your home(and maybe some for you self too!)

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Lancome Holiday 2016 Collection

Let’s talk about packaging. We all know we have our favorite palettes for different reasons, and then there are those palettes that you carry in your bag just to use as a mirror because it’s so freaking pretty it’s just too much of a shame for no one to see it. Lancome holiday 2016 collection does just that.

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LANCÔME-La Palette Des Rêves $50.00

Bam this palette right here ladies, we are talking about the Ulta exclusive Lancome La Palette Des Rêves. You really can’t get a bad picture of this palette, and the colors! The colors are gorgeous, I could put together so many different neutral looks with just these colors described as sparkling white and beige, intense brown, a subtle pink and gold.

This palette is inspired by Parisian lights and snowflakes at Christmas time. It makes me want to go to Paris during winter, if it’s anything like this palette it must be stunning.
The mirror in this palette spans the whole frame of the lid which makes it a perfect travel mirror for your bag. Lancome has a beautifully executed holiday line for 2016.

LE DUO KHÔL– $27.00

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One of the other things that really caught my eye is the Lancome Paris en Rose Le Duo Khôl. I always love multi-functional products, makes getting ready fast and easy! Most days I use the Brun Glance which is a brown with a highlighter on the other end. The pencil also comes in Paris La Nuit a black with a highlighter and Hotel Particular a purple with a highlighter.

The colors all go very well paired with La Palette Des Rêves. These pencils make it super easy to smoke out the shadows into the perfect nighttime look, great for Perisian streets or the average American woman ready to take on the night!
The highlight side of the pencil makes for the perfect base to go under the highlight shades in the palette. This product duo is a promise for long lasting shine all into the evening!

If you want to get your glitter on this 2016 winter season this palette is all about the keeping your sparkle bright.

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Macy’s Believe Day

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The one store that always gets me in the holiday spirit is Macy’s. They really kick it off with the Thanksgiving day parade, every year it’s an event we always look forward to watching. Macy’s has some amazing deals, and is my go to store for gift shopping over the holidays! When I step into their store the sweet holiday music fills my ears and seeing all of the dazzling decorations really makes it an enjoyable place to shop. I especially love seeing all the new displays with what’s out for Christmas thinking about who it would make the perfect gift for.

Macy’s Believe Day

What’s more exciting than getting ready for the holidays?! The magic of the holiday season is palpable at Macy’s this year! Stores across the nation will be hosting different events to help you get into the holiday spirit with your family! Whether it’s celebrating Believe Day, the tree lighting, or window unveiling, they have something in store for you!

Event Details

The Columbus Easton Macy’s will be a hosting a Believe Day event on December 9th (12/09/16). The family friendly event is free of charge and begins at 12pm. All kinds of fun activities are planned to keep the kiddos entertained like crafts, face painting and more! Be sure to drop off your letters to Santa at the Believe mailbox while you’re there!

On Friday, December 9, for every stamped letter to Santa dropped in the big red letterbox, (or sent online at macys.com/believe) Macy’s will give a DOUBLE donation, providing an additional $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million!
We will be having a lot of fun at the Columbus Easton Macy’s, so come on out Friday December 9th and join us!

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.“
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100 Things To Do In Portland, Oregon Before You Die- Review & Interview with Author Ann Smith

Hi, Friends! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend. I had a fun-filled weekend with family, playing tourists in our city. Recently, we had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a wonderful book called “100 Things To Do In Portland, Oregon Before You Die.”

 AUTHORS

100 Things To Do In Portland, Oregon Before You Die” was written by Ann Smith and Allison Symonds, who wanted to give readers a glimpse of what Portland has to offer.

Ann is an Oregon native who has lived in Portland since the early 2000’s. She also owns a local PR company called A.wordsmith PR in downtown Portland. Being centrally located, Ann knows all the wonders this city has to offer.

Allison only moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2014, but it didn’t take long for our wonderful state to win her over.

100 Things To Do In Portland, Oregon Before You Die

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I, myself, have lived in Portland since 2000, but have yet to experience everything the city has to offer. Honestly, I was not even aware of many of the experiences highlighted in this book. Fortunately, I do now.

 

 

This book is perfect for anyone, whether you live here or are just visiting the area. It has a suggestion for just about anything one could need, from food and entertainment to culture and shopping. The authors also provide tips for some of the attractions, such as when to visit (in order to skip lines) and what to order from certain eateries. Fortunately, many of the activities contained within the book can be done year-round. 

 

MY EXPERIENCES

My family and I have decided to try and make it a point, each month, of picking at least one activity from the book to gain a new experience or revisit a previous one.  Keep in mind, though, that not all of the activities are appropriate for children – so use those as opportunities for a date night with your partner, or just a night out with friends.

GO WILD:

 

The Oregon Zoo is a must-see for any visitor, no matter what time of the year. My kids and I had not visited the zoo in a while, but took the opportunity to do so last month. The zoo offered free admission to everyone on that day, and it was pretty packed – but very much worth the visit.

**On the second Tuesday of every month is a discount day**

EAT ON THE STREET:

One thing Portland is known for is the abundance of food carts. It’s no wonder then, that they are also the first activity in the book. With over 600 food carts to choose from, you are guaranteed to find something you like.  My fiancé and I are avid foodies, yet we have barely scratched the surface. We have some go-to favorites, of course, but with so many options available we began making it a rule to try a new one each time we have a food cart date. Anything’s PASTAble and The Grilled Cheese Grill are just a couple of our favorites.

**Anything’s PASTAble closed down this month, with the hopes of coming back in the spring of 2017**

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Visiting Tom McCall Waterfront park is probably one of my favorite things to do. Many things happen at the waterfront – getting great pictures, riding KERR bikes, visiting the Saturday market, or even taking a jog.  No matter the time of year, though, there’s always a beautiful view.

TASTE PORTLAND’S BEST DONUTS

This is a controversial topic depending on who you are talking to. Many will say Voodoo Doughnuts have the best. Others will say Blue Star Donuts. Voodoo Doughnuts are nostalgic and creative, but I also love heading to the little mom & pop donut shops – like Sesame Donuts or Donut Land. Donut Land is a newly discovered favorite, recommended by Ann herself. Her favorite donut is the cinnamon crunch donut; and speaking from personal experience, it does not disappoint! The doughnut itself was fresh and soft on the inside and had just the right amount of crunch on the outside.

These are just a handful of the attractions and experiences the book has to offer. The book even offers “activities by season,” and I can’t wait to take part in some of these seasonal recommendations.

Interview with Ann Smith

I also had the honor of interviewing Ann herself on the book research, writing process, and some of her Portland favorites!

– What was the inspiration behind creating the book?

I was fortunate to have been contacted directly the publisher, Reedy Press, which is based in St. Louis.  They were looking for someone to write a Portland-focused book and a former colleague of mine (from my time in St. Louis) sent them my way.  How could I say no?!

–  Did you find the writing process to be long? Or was it quick once all the research was complete?

For me coming up with the list of 100 items was the easy part.  In reality, we could have filled many more pages! The writing process was supported heavily by my co-author Allison Wofsey Symonds who made sure that we stayed on course and within the deadlines.

-The book is full of amazing activities with a wide range of options.  How did you narrow down your list?

The narrowing down part was hard!  Like I said we could have easily come up with hundreds of more great suggestions for things to do in Portland. To come up with the list I started by brainstorming my favorite things in Portland and then had a larger meeting of the minds with everyone on my team at work.  It was important to me that the book didn’t just include my favorite things as that wouldn’t be a very well-rounded list!

– Is there an activity or place that did not make the cut, but deserves an honorable mention?

Most definitely.  I keep thinking of additional experiences that would have been great in the book.  Darcelle XV as one of the city’s most iconic performances; What’s the Scoop for great (and fun!) ice cream; and Wildfang for girl-power clothing.

– How long did the research process take?

Not long, really. We already knew something about every place on the list and for those needing a little more research, we dug in as we went along.

– When it comes to Portland and donuts, people automatically think Voodoo Donuts.  What donut shop is your favorite?  If any. 

I actually live out in Tualatin and my absolute favorite donut shop is Donut Land, located in a non-descript strip mall out there.  If you go, you must try the cinnamon crunch donut!

–  Portland is also known for food carts.  Is there one food cart that is an absolute must try?

It’s impossible to pick just one!  I work downtown so my go-to carts are in that area.  Chez Dodo on the corner of 4th and SW Stark; I highly recommend the chicken curry over Chef Shyam’s world-famous pan-friend noodles.  I’m also a big fan of Tito’s Burritos on the corner of 3rd and SW Washington; three asada tacos for less than $5! And while you’re in the neighborhood, visit El Pilon on SW 2nd and Oak.  Their handcrafted Colombian arepas, empanadas and patacones are unbelievably good.

– Using the activities in the book, what would a day in Portland look like for you?

Get a jump on the day by taking in an early-morning ride at Burncycle. After a quick shower, head out for breakfast at Waffle Window on Hawthorne Blvd.  After breakfast stroll down Hawthorne and check out some of the vintage shops for something uniquely Portland.  From there we can head out to the Columbia Gorge for a day hike at Multnomah Falls. Stop at McMenamins Edgefield for some tots and a pint of Ruby ale.

After a mid-day bite, head back toward town. Swing by the Adidas employee store in North Portland and pick up some new swag for half price before heading to the Pearl District to meet up with friends for a swanky cocktail at Teardrop (look for the extra-large ice cubes) before a fun evening of tapas-style Peruvian fare and the infamous Sacsayhuaman (aka Sexy Woman) drink at Andina.  If you still have energy after all of that, catch some live jazz at the nearby Jimmy Mak’s before calling it a day.

-Do you think there is a “thing to do” that Portland is missing, but should consider having?

I lived in St. Louis for three years so would advocate for major league baseball and frozen custard!

-Do you see a second book in the making?  If so, would you consider expanding to activities in Oregon as a whole?

Whew, I don’t think so, but you never know! I’m from southern Oregon originally so would love feature activities across the state if there’s ever a book number two.

 

If you intend on visiting Portland or are currently living in the area, I highly recommend picking up “100 Things To Do in Portland, Oregon Before You Die.” As a Portlander myself, it has opened my eyes to so many great things the city has to offer, just waiting for me to find and experience. I would like to thank Ann and Allison for giving me the opportunity to work with them, and for providing all of us with so many ideas of how to experience Portland. My family and I will continue to enjoy many new adventures with the help of their book.

 

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Ulta Beauty Holiday Sets

Hi, beauties!  Black Friday is upon us.  I am one the crazies who likes to go out right after Thanksgiving dinner to get my shop on.  One of my favorites places to check out first is Ulta.  They always have some great black Friday deals and beauty holiday sets- some that are Ulta exclusives.  I wanted to share my top picks for Ulta beauty Holiday Sets.  Also, let’s not forget their awesome rewards program.

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My first pick can work as a stocking stuffer, secret Santa, or white elephant gift.  Actually, a lot of these options will work as a secret Santa or white elephant gift, depending on who it is for or price range.

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Ulta has a really cute and inexpensive 12-day advent calendar called the 12 Days of Beauty.  With a price tag of $18.00, it’s very affordable and fits into any budget.  I think this would be a great gift for a makeup loving co-worker or someone who is just starting out in makeup.  The advent provides everything you would need for a full face and who doesn’t love opening a gift every day?

Need some cheaper items?  Ulta has you covered with some Burt’s Bees holiday kits.

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Something a little mid-range would be the Burt’s Bee Honey Pot.  I chose this kit because it provides a variety of products.  You get to try their hand cream, lip balm, and nourishing body lotion.  I’d love to add that the scents are amazing!  My favorite is the milk and honey body lotion.

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The Burt’s Bees Kissable Color Kit is priced at $9.99 for a three-piece lippy set.  Perfect for the lippy lover or someone who wants to try color, but is scared of it.  You can get the cool tone or warm tone depending on your receivers skin tone.

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How about some beauty tools to apply all this makeup with?  Some of my favorite “drugstore” brushes come from Real Techniques.   Real Technique is great quality brushes at really affordable prices.  This year they came out with a few holiday gift sets that are perfect for any beauty enthusiast.  This kit is priced at $19.99, crazy right?

 

 

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Ulta also carries pretty amazing palettes from some outstanding brands, many of which are exclusive to Ulta.  One of my favorites is the Too Faced Merry Macarons holiday gift set.  For $39.00 you get twelve beautifully pigmented shadows and a deluxe better than sex mascara.  All of which is packaged so beautifully, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from Too Faced Cosmetics.  Because of how beautifully packaged this item is, I don’t see a point in wrapping- you can totally give as is.

Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available online, but you can still find it in-stores.

Another amazing kit that can be found at Ulta is the Smashbox: Light It Up: 3 Mini Palettes: Eyes, Contour, Lips.  This kit has everything you need to create a full face, how cool is that?  It comes with a 6 pan lip palette, which contains a nice variety of shades; 6 pan neutral eyeshadow palette, and a 3 pan contour palette.  This kit is perfect for travel and at a decent price of $39.00.

PRO & CON

The shadows are nice and neutral, but it gives enough color to do something a little different each time.  I would also love to add that I appreciate that Smashbox took the time to separate these products.  I hate it when powder and creams mix, because of fallout.  The only gripe I have is how small the contour palette pans are, but I get why they did it.  I find it difficult to get a decent sized brush in there, but it’s workable.

Please note that this palette is not an Ulta exclusive, but that point system is too good to pass up.

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Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Trio Shimmering Powder for Face and Body $36.00

Urban Decay has some of the best makeup out there.  I absolutely love their shadows, but this illuminating kit is just as amazing.  You can use them on your face or body, but I keep it to the face.  This palette will make a perfect gift for a makeup pro to add to their kit or makeup enthusiast for their collection.  The colors are pigmented and absolutely beautiful.  The brush that comes with works great as well.  For $36.00 you are getting a deal!

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DERMALOGICA-Best-Selling Brightening Duo $65.00

Skincare is something that should absolutely be invested in.  This Dermalogica kit contains two of their best sellers- The Prelease and Daily Microfoliant.

Precleanse is perfect for removing oils and preps your skin for your regular cleanser.  The best part is, it doesn’t clog pores. Also perfect for makeup removal.

The Microfoliant is one of my favorite skincare products of all time. It starts as a powder, but when mixed with water turns into an exfoliating paste.  It removes dull skin cells for a more even and brighter skin tone.

A perfect unisex gift at a great price!

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Reveal your skin’s healthiest glow with this best-selling duo! PreCleanse melts away even the most stubborn buildup while Daily Microfoliant sloughs off dead cells for instantly smoother, brighter skin!

A $95 value!

Best-Selling Brightening Duo includes:

  • Prelease (5.1 oz.)
  • Daily Microfoliant (2.6 oz.)

**Ulta is currently running a free gift with purchase for this item**

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Stila 3-pc Holiday Lip set- $20.00

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now and one of the better ones I have tried. I would say this is one of the original liquid lipsticks, would be Stila Stay All Day lipsticks.  This holiday season Stila came out with a 3 piece lipstick in Holiday Brights or Holiday Lights, meaning bold or neutral.  I am a firm believer that neutrals look good on everyone, so this is what I would purchase. Not every girl likes bold colors, but if you know your receiver loves bolds, go for the Holiday Brights set- they are absolutely beautiful as well.  No need to wrap, just throw it in stocking and you are good to go.

 

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Glov- On the go makeup remover- $12.00

Perfect for the modern women on the go who doesn’t have a lot of time in her day.   The GLOV  provides a quick clean, because all you need is water and the glove.  Awesome, right?  It’s also great for travel as it’s pretty small and compact- another great quality.  I have been testing mine out for about a week, and love it.  Sometimes I am just too tired to do a full skincare routine, but I like to make sure I at least have my makeup off.

 

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L’ORÉAL Voluminous Feline Mascara- $8.99

Mascara’s make wonderful stocking stuffers for teens or any makeup user, even the makeup minimalist.  Mascara is used on an almost daily basis in any makeup routine and something that is gone through quickly. This gives your gift receiver a couple of worry free months of restocking.  L’oreal makes some of my favorite mascaras of all time.  I have been currently loving these two.  The Voluminous Feline Mascara line is relatively new to 2016.  I particularly love the winged effect it gives my eyes without having to apply liquid liner.

DETAILS:

L’Oreal presents Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara for instant volume and ferocious full lash density. Now with more intense black pigments for the most ferocious black! The new cat eye look: so powerful, so captivating, so feline.

Benefits:

  • Quick-charge brush captures each lash to deliver instant volume and fullness
  • Quick-charge, ultra-glossy black formula provides the feline volume and shiny smooth lashes in one coat
  • Ophthalmologist and allergy tested
  • Suitable for sensitive eyes
  • Tested under dermatological control

**ULTA is currently running a buy 2 get one free**

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BIC-Soleil Shine Shaver For Women $6.99

I love being practical when it comes to gift giving.  It is something I try to incorporate each year when it comes to gifts.  With that being said, razors!  For men or women, razors are usually must.  I know not everyone shaves, but most people do.  All the women and young ladies in my circle do shave, so why not?  They make awesome stocking stuffers.  Why not go with a trusted brand that we all know and love like the BIC Soleil shavers get a close shave without nicks in the skin and usually within one stroke.

The Bic Soleil Shine

  • Experience the closeness of 5 flexible blades
  • Soothing moisture strip, enriched with aloe and cocoa butter
  • Pivoting head and rubber grip for ultimate comfort.

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  OLIVIA GARDEN- White or Red Holiday Gems Brush $2.99

Olivia Garden brushes make perfect stocking stuffers.  These brushes are really basic looking but work amazing.  Perfect for all hair types, as are all her brushes. They are very similar to the wet brush in shape and usage.  It fits perfectly in a purse for on the go or great for a teen to keep in their locker at school.  It comes in two different colors: white or red, perfect for the holidays right?  Candy cane colors!  I would also suggest checking out the Olivia Garden Mixed folding teasing brush.

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Olivia Garden Holiday Gem white Brush compact size brush, the perfect gift, great for all hair types, swirly color design makes each brush unique. Makes a great stocking stuffer.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Holiday Trio Pack- $9.99

Dry shampoo makes another awesome stocking stuffer.  A favorite of many, including myself is Batiste.  You can use dry shampoo for a number of things like freshening up hair in between washes, emergency deodorant, or as a volumizer for your hair. I love batiste because it comes in different scents and hair colors.  That’s right, no need to worry about the white overcast- you can purchase it for blonde or brunette hair.   Batiste came out with a Holiday Trio pack that can be given as one gift or broken up to be given individually.  You could also buy one of the regular sizes as a stocking stuffer as well.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo revitalizes hair, leaving it feeling clean and smelling fresh, so your style lasts longer between washes. Quick and easy to use wherever you are — just spray, massage in and style!

  • Limited edition trio pack of Batiste 1.6 oz Blush, Tropical, and Original Minis
  • Packaged in a beautiful trio carton perfect for gifting and trial during holiday season
  • Offers an instant fix by removing excess oil and grease

Well, I hope you enjoyed my ULTA holiday picks for this upcoming holiday season.  Do not forget to take advantage of the rewards system.  It’s totally free to sign up!  You get a point for every dollar spent-sometimes you can earn double or triple points.  You can learn more here.  I hope you a safe and happy holidays!

 

**THIS IS A SPONSORED POST BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN**
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Gifts For Him

Being a female blogger, I always include gift guides for her with a few suggestions for the men in our lives. Today I wanted to do just that. Here are some items that I think would be great gifts for him.

Think Universal Gifts for him:

What I mean by think universally is, every man shaves and washes his body….or one would hope they do!  I personally love Dollar Shave Club as a gift for him.  It has something for every man and it’s practical! Dollar Shave Club has everything from shaving items, styling, hygiene, protection, and travel.  Didn’t I tell you?  Something for every guy.  Last year I opted for shaving kits, this year I decided to go a little different and gift some hygiene products.

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Wanderer Line

Dollar Shave Club has a “clean” line called the Wanderer.  The line has a few different scents to choose from like  Mint Cedarwood, Save Black Pepper, Amber Lavender, and Citrus Hawaiian Ginger- all of which, smell amazing!  They come in a number of products as well:  shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body cleansers, soap bars, and lathering shower cloth. You can buy everything separately or in bundles.  I love bundles=more savings.  Did I mention that the products are sulfate free?  Well, they are.

Shower time is you time. Get more than just clean with products that nourish your body and stimulate your mind. Wanderer’s sulfate-free formulas gently cleanse while protecting your skin’s natural moisture. Vitamins and naturally-derived extracts add hydration as sophisticated scents replenish your spirit. Any shower can clean you. Only Wanderer can transport you.

The men in your life not a fan of hygiene products?  That’s okay.  You can also opt for some of the other great products.  I would suggest the Dollar Shave subscription box.

  • 3 months for $55
  • 6 months for $85
  • 12 months for $140

No matter what you choose, you can add gift wrapping at checkout- a huge plus for me!  I hate wrapping!

The Traveler:

Main Image - Anthony™ Head to Toe Survival Kit ($55 Value)I’ve purchased this brand for my brother before and he absolutely loved it.  I think the Anthony Head to Toe Survival kit is perfect for the traveler in your life or to take on the go, like the gym.  My brother, father, and fiance all travel a lot, so why not hit three birds with one stone?  I even purchased one for my cousin’s boyfriend, because they do a lot of weekend trips to the city.

Details & Care

What it is: Cleanse your skin from head to toe with this collection of skin care products by Anthony, presented in a gift-able box.

Kit includes:

– Glycolic Facial Cleanser (1 oz.): a cleanser that contains just the right amount of glycolic acid to the deep clean delicate facial skin without stripping while gently exfoliating to prevent breakouts.

– Shave Cream (1 oz.): a rich, dense, whipped formula that spreads easily over your skin, doing the hard work for you and softening your beard.

– All Purpose Facial Moisturizer (1 oz.): a moisturizer that nourishes skin while minimizing the appearance of fine lines.

– Facial Scrub (2 oz.): a scrub that contains perfectly rounded white sand micro beads that gently exfoliate, removing any dead skin cells, dirt, and grime.

– Invigorating Rush Hair & Body Wash (3.4 oz.): an allover wash that cleanses while invigorating your senses.

 

Another plus is that comes in a gift-able box, no wrapping!  I actually just stuck gift tags with bows on these to make it a little more festive. You can find this line at Nordstrom or Sephora.

Action Pack:

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Not everyone person is the same, so how about something for the adventurer in your life?  I would go with the Polaroid Cube.  Cheaper than a GoPro and sleeker, in my opinion.  The Polaroid Cube is a lifestyle action camera that is weatherproof, shockproof, and mountable to basically anything.  Its wide-angle lens provides 124° of coverage so you can get the big shot. 35mm big, built-in battery (90 min of playtime), and SD card compatible.  This item really is a great gift for just about any occasion, with lots of extras to go along with it- if needed!  You can find those accessories here.

Geeky Gamer:

nes-classic-editionI am not going to lie!  I was pretty excited for this launch as well.  On November 11th, Nintendo launched the NES Classic edition Miniature.

The Deets-$59.99

  • NES Classic Edition system
  • One NES Classic Controller
  • HDMI cable
  • AC adapter
  • 30 pre-installed game

You can find this item at Target, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop- if you’re lucky enough to find.  You can also buy another controller for $9.95.  I think this would be a great gift for anyone, honestly.  It’s a bit of nostalgia.  I remember going to family parties and playing duck hunt for hours.  I plan on picking up a couple of these for the men in my life- brother, father, and fiancé.  You also can’t beat the price tag.

I hope you all enjoyed my suggestions on gifts for him.  If you have some other suggestions that I missed, I’d love to hear them!

 

**This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own**
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Gift Ideas Ft Jane Iredale

I have never tried Jane Iredale products until now, but have heard some great things about the brand. In 1994, Jane Iredale started her cosmetics line with skin care in mind. She wanted to create multi-functional products, which is why her makeup line includes foundation, powder, concealer, and sunscreen in one. Through the years, Jane Iredale’s inventory has expanded with some great products. What I look forward to, are the holiday sets. With that being said, we are back with some gift ideas from Jane Iredale. The options I have for you can easily be made into a gift basket or stocking stuffer.

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First off, let’s talk about the beautiful packaging.  It came beautifully packaged in lavender tissue paper and a sprig of real lavender.  This packaging gives me some wrapping ideas for the holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

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jane airedale Champagne On Ice Lip Gloss Kit features 3 of the brand’s most flattering shades of lip gloss in a luscious formula packed with organic oils and extracts.The lip glosses are highly hydrating and deliver a high-shine finish without being sticky, while potent antioxidants protect the lips against free radical damage.

 

 

jane airedale Champagne On Ice Lip Gloss Kit includes:

  • You Go to My Head Lip Gloss (0.12 fl oz): a shimmer sheer gold shade
  • Lips on Crystal (0.12 fl oz): fuchsia red with gold shimmer
  • Lovely Bubbles (0.12 fl oz): shimmery clear iridescent to wear alone or over another lipstick

The glosses feel great on the lips.  It isn’t tacky or sticky feeling, which are my favorite kind of glosses!  The great thing about holidays sets are that you can choose to give them as a set or break them up to make three different gifts/stocking stuffers.

jane2HYDRATION SPRAY MINI $10.00

Three limited-edition purse-sized hydration sprays refresh and protect skin—perfect for on-the-go touch-ups and pick-me-ups, as well as setting minerals for a long last finish and misting brushes to turn powder shadow into liner.

PRODUCT DEETS:

D2O Hydration Spray Mini
  • Purse-sized & perfect for on-the-go touchups
  • Based on Ylang Ylang
  • Works to hydrate and plump skin cells
  • Refreshingly clean-scented
  • Use to set mineral makeup for a long-last finish
  • Try misting makeup brushes to turn powder shadows into liner.
  • Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups
  • Limited-edition
  • Net Weight: .4 fl oz.
 POMMISST™ Hydration Spray Mini
  • Purse-sized & perfect for on-the-go touchups
  • With pomegranate extract, a natural UV fighter and powerful antioxidant
  • Hydrates, conditions and protects all skin types
  • A quick spritz helps set the bases
  • Helps conceal pores and fine lines
  • Soothing, uplifting and refreshingly clean scent
  • Boosts SPF performance
  • Limited-edition
  • Net Weight: .4 fl oz.
Balance Hydration Spray Mini
  • Purse-sized & perfect for on-the-go touchups
  • Balance your senses and your skin
  • Helps equalize both pH and oil production
  • Made with Orange Essential Oil, Orange & Grapefruit Peel Extracts, and Algae Extract to calm and feed the skin
  • Features 3% Green Tea Extract to set acne-prone skin straight.
  • Limited-edition
  • Net Weight: .4 fl oz.

I think hydration mists are must for this time of year.  Everyone’s skin gets really dry, so I think this will make a great stocking stuffer.  You could also combine the gloss and make it a duo!

jane1BEAUTYPREP MINIS-Prices range from $8.50-$18.00

the look fresh, clean, pure
the feel soft, supple, soothed

To get you going in the morning, treat your skin with travel-ready minis from the BeautyPrep™ collection: Face Cleanser, Toner & Moisturizer work together to set the stage for beautiful, glowing skin.

 

 

Product Deets:

Morning or night, treat your skin with travel-ready minis from the BeautyPrep™ collection.

BeautyPrep™ Face Cleanser Mini

  • Travel-friendly, holiday ready
  • Infused with our own micellar water and dual cucumber extracts
  • Gently, but thoroughly, rids skin of dirt, environmental pollutants and makeup, while hydrating and protecting it
  • Vitamin rich, it even helps reduce free radical damage
  • You can rinse it off if you’d like, but you don’t have to. Without a doubt, it’s an essential step before toning and moisturizing
  • Net Weight: .68 fl oz.

BeautyPrep™ Face Toner Mini

  • Travel-friendly, holiday ready
  • Refreshing and pore-refining.
  • With multi fruit water, it hydrates deeply while balancing pH and restoring the skin’s surface
  • Delightfully scented with organic Lemongrass Extract!
  • Net Weight: .68 fl oz.

BeautyPrep™ Face Moisturizer Mini

  • Travel-friendly, holiday ready
  • Brightens and revitalizes appearance
  • Four organic Rose Stem Cell Extracts: support natural cell regeneration, restore suppleness, smooth, purify
  • Protects skin from airborne pollutants
  • Helps skin hold onto moisture
  • Preps surface so makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer
  • Net Weight: .34 fl oz.

These mini’s are perfect for the traveler in your circle or for someone looking to try out new skincare.  I like to try out products before fully committing, so these mini’s are great.  What I would suggest, is take all the products and make a gift basket.  You can personalize the basket to the receiver- which is an extra added perk!

Have you used Jane Iredale before?  What are you favorite products?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

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Aloft SFO

Hi loves! It’s been awhile since I have had some travel posts or traveling for that matter, but a few weeks ago I was able to attend the first Generation Beauty San Francisco.  For those of you who have never been to the bay area, let me tell ya- it’s busy!  When deciding on where to stay, I thought I needed somewhere centralized and a somewhat different than where I usually stay.  I did a lot of research on areas to stay, amenities, etc.  I found Aloft SFO.  Aloft is close to the airport with shuttle services to take you to areas in the vicinity.  If you have never heard of Aloft hotels, they’re part of Starwood Hotel and Resorts.  Starwood Hotel and Resorts offer a great rewards program.  To find out more about it, you can go here.

16-11-04-12-48-12-200_photoAloft hotels are very modern, trendy, and chic.  I found Aloft SFO to be a rather large property with lots of communal areas.  Upon arrival, the staff were very friendly and accommodating.  They provided information on Filipino restaurants and must try desserts shops in the area.  What can I spoke say, they spoke my language! An extra bonus to staying at Aloft was the security this hotel offered.  My room was located on the 4th floor, and to gain access, you needed to have a key card.  A little relief knowing that you have to be a guest of the hotel to get to the upper floors.  The rest of the grounds looked up-kept.  You can chill in the lobby, play a board game, have a drink at the bar, or if you are lucky- catch one of the live shows offered at Aloft SFO.

There is also an indoor pool, a couple of lounging areas outside, and a pretty amazing gym.  I would have gotten a picture, but there was always someone using the facility when I was there.

Let’s Talk Rooms:

I stayed in a non-smoking: king bed room.  I love how the incorporated the city in with the decor.  It really works with the room.  The rooms are larger than others I have stayed in, which was great!  What I enjoyed the most, was the bathroom!  

You get a large step in shower with a rain faucet.  Aloft showers did have something I have never seen before- shower and 2-1 shampoo & conditioner dispenser.  There are pros and cons to this, because it saves product and helps with cost.  However, it does take away from taking home the little mini’s most hotels provide.  Normally, I wouldn’t care, but they use Bliss products 😍.  The view was pretty good, but to be honest- I never really got to see it much.

Overall, I really enjoyed my stay with Aloft SFO and definitely plan on staying there again.  It’s a great place for single travelers, couples, and families- on the atmosphere alone.  It’s also pet friendly!  Have you stayed at an Aloft before?  I would love to know if the comments below!

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OGX Holiday Collection

It’s Hump day! We’re half way through the week and I hope you are all having an amazing week so far! Today we are introducing you the first ever OGX holiday collection, featuring some amazing holiday scents.  The collection is limited edition and only exclusive to Walmart.untitled-design

OGX beauty came out with three new scents for this holiday collection.  They are sulfate-free and SLS-free shampoos and conditioners.  OGX uses exotic ingredients to create their different scents.  OGX products do not test on animals and the packaging is eco-friendly- manufactured using materials containing recycled post consumer resin. Another great thing about the holiday collections is that each collection is made for different types of hair, so you should be able to find a holiday scent to match your type of hair.

ogx-dreamy-hydration-sugar-plum-shampooDreamy Hydration+Pink Sugar Plum Shampoo & Conditioner $5.74

Believe in the magic of the season and escape to a whimsical wonderland where your healthy-looking hair wishes come true.  Let this dreamy collection help moisturize and fill your strands with succulent dewy plums frosted with sprinkles of sweet coconut sugar and sparkling floral pink peony.

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Personally, pink sugar plum is my favorite.  If you have ever used Philosophy’s sugar plum fairy, you will definitely love this scent.  I actually think OGX is better and at a more affordable price.  Can’t beat that right?  I would highly suggest stocking up on these because, they are only available through December.

ogx-decadent-hydration-vanilla-chai-spice-shampooDecadent Hydration+ Vanilla & Chai Spice Shampoo & Conditioner $5.74

Indulge your strands and warm up your senses with this lightly hydrating duo.  With notes of warm vanilla bean laced with hints of ginger and invigorating chai spice, it’s a delicious treat with just enough spice to make everything nice and leave your hair wanting more.

My second favorite out of the three, but I am huge chai tea lover.  If you are not big on chai, I would skip this scent.

ogx-oppulent-hydration-champagne-fizz-shampooOpulen Hydration+Champagne Fizz Shampoo & Conditioner $5.74

Ring in the New Year with healthy-looking and hydrated strands when you pop open this bubbly and invigorating formula!  Quench your thirsty strands and tickle your senses with fizzy grapefruit, soft elder-flower and crisp white grape to mark new hair beginnings.

Champagne fizz is really a light and nice smell, it reminds me of Bath & Body works Champagne candle from last season- just a lot lighter.

I am planning on picking up a few more of these to add them into a beauty gift basket.  I love being able to customize gift baskets for my friends and co-workers.  Shampoo and conditioner is something everyone uses on a daily basis, why not gift them a set to get them through another month!

I hope you enjoyed this preview and mini review of my favorite scent from OGX beauty.  To learn more about the brand, you can check out their webpage here.

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**This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own**
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Holiday Collection- Boscia

Happy taco Tuesday! Back today with some holiday sets from Boscia, pronounced BO-SHA; which also stands for botanical science.  Boscia is the leading brand in botanical science, using Japanese technology to create amazing skincare without preservatives.  Boscia products are Artificial fragrance and color-free, gluten-free, ethanol alcohol-free and dermatologist tested.

If you buy from the Boscia website, I would suggest signing up for Boscia Rewards. For every $1 you spend, you earn 1 point, once you hit 300 points, you will get $30 in Boscia rewards to spend on a future purchase- that’s a free product or two, depending on how you spend it.

If you haven’t tried Boscia, I would suggest trying one of their kits.  Especially, during this time of year.  They have some pretty amazing holiday sets out now.  You can find them on Boscia.com or Sephora.

Holiday Skincare  Sets

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Put your best face forward this holiday season with our Holiday Masking set! A healthy, radiant complexion is just minutes away with this collection.

 

Set includes: 80 g Luminizing Black Mask, 25 mL Charcoal Pore Pudding, 30 g Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask and 35.5 mL Tsubaki Splash Mask.

The second set Boscia offers is the Japanese Favorites.  I have this set and love the mixture of products received.  This kit has some of my favorite products, so I am really glad they decided to launch this kit.

bosciaJapanese Favorites (Holiday) $35.00

Introducing four of our best sellers in one travel-friendly set! A uniquely curated collection of skincare must-haves, inspired by boscia’s Japanese heritage.

Set includes: 50mL Exfoliating Peel Gel, 30g Tsubaki Glotion, 50g Detoxifying Black Cleanser and 30g  Sake Bright White Mask.

I’ve used the exfoliating peel gel and the detoxifying black cleanser.  These two items are staples in my skincare routine at the moment. I actually just gifted the detoxifying black cleanser to my co-worker.  I know she will love it!  Skincare is something that should be invested in, but if you are one of those people who is scared of the hefty price tags, then these holiday gift sets are the way to go.  As suggested above, take advantage of the rewards program Boscia offers- another perk is 3 free samples with every order!  Providing more opportunity to try different products.

Have you tried Boscia before?  If so, what are your favorite products?

 

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