Beauty Steals and Splurges: 12 Products You Need this Christmas

I love gifting beauty products as Christmas presents! Ulta has the best deals during the holiday season (sorry if you’re a Sephora gal), and I usually go crazy buying stocking stuffers and splurge items. I’ve included many items I own already in this list, because they are just that great, along with a few others that are currently in my cart. If you’re stuck on what to buy your girlfriend for Christmas, makeup is always a great choice.

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  1. Tula Insta Bright Mask $26: Would make a great stocking stuffer!
  2. ABH Glow Kit $24 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL) or $40: This is such a steal! ABH products are amazing quality and these highlighters are so pigmented. $24 for 4??? Grab one while you can!
  3. OPI Nail Polish $5 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL): Love OPI colors. Grab “OPI Funny Bunny” for a great neutral or “Lincoln Park After Dark” if you’re into darker colors.
  4. CHANEL Mademoiselle Perfume $90+ (is in select Ulta stores): I bought this as a gift for myself after finishing grad school and I’m obsessed! It’s a splurge for sure, but the scent is amazing and definitely makes me feel more of an adult. Goodbye middle school Juicy Couture perfume!!!
  5. First Aid Beauty Ulta Repair Cream $30: My sister recently recommended this to me, so I’m super excited to try it!
  6. Morphe 9pc Brush Set $19.50 (BLACK FRIDAY DEAL) or $39: If your girlfriend, sister, best friend, mom, etc. looks like they might need a new set of makeup brushes, this is a great set at a great price point!
  7. LovingTan 2 Hour Express Self-Tanner $40: Love this stuff! I use it quite regularly and the color is great. It doesn’t leave streaks and, unlike other self-tanners, doesn’t have an overwhelming smell.
  8. Jade Roller $12: I’ve been wanting to start using jade rollers to decrease puffiness in my face for a while now! Grabbing this one on Amazon for myself and maybe my sisters! It would make a great stocking stuffer.
  9. Buxom 6pc Lip Kit $40: Buxom lip products are some of my favorite. They make your lips look so plump!
  10. Petite Heat Naked Palette $15: I need this! This would be the perfect palette for spicing up your everyday makeup routine.
  11. Lorac PRO Palette $44: My go-to eyeshadow palette!
  12. No7 Early Defense Skincare System $56.99: Mom bought me this last Christmas and I love it! It’s never too early to start preventive skin care regimens!

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XOXO,

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Gift Guide for Her

Shopping for your any woman in your life can be tricky, so I’ve put together a list of 14 gifts that would be great for your sister, mom, aunt, best friend, girlfriend, etc. Most items can be found on Amazon, but I’ve included some items from small businesses that I think you would love.  From makeup to books, from under $15 to over $100, I hope this helps you find the perfect gift for the women in your life!

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  1. Quay Australia Sunglasses $60+: This sunglasses are so cute! The ombre lenses and classic round pair are my favorite. They’re currently BOGO free with code “BOGO.”
  2. Fossil Virginia Quartz Rose Gold & Opal Watch $130: I personally own this watch and LOVE IT! It’s not too large, is the cutest color, and is perfect for work. This is the perfect “dressy” watch if you’re in the market for one.
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette $42: I’ve been eyeing this palette for months! ABH products are such high quality/pigment, and I couldn’t recommend this palette more. The neutral tones would be great for everyday makeup!
  4. Gucci Belt Replica $15: Typically I’m not a fan of dupes, but this is too good to pass up. I’ve heard they won’t be around for much longer, so if you’ve been wanting a Gucci belt but can’t afford the real deal, this would be a good option.
  5. Local Eclectic’s Beyond Basic Opal & Diamond Stacking Ring Set $85: I’m obsessed with dainty rings and this set from Local Eclectic is to die for!!! They have some of the prettiest, unique jewelry. If the girl in your life is into gemstones or unique pieces, check out their entire site!
  6. Adidas Originals Women’s Swift Run W $90 (Amazon): Blush-colored sneakers are so cute! I love the look and comfort of adidas, and think that these shoes would make the perfect gift for your friend. Great for casual wear or working out!
  7. Birkenstock Arizona Birko-FLOR Sandal $100: I got a similar pair of Birkenstocks last year and have worn them almost every single day. If I were to get another pair, it would for sure be these! I’m loving the matte black look.
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody $98 (50% off!): UGH I need this bag!!! It’s 50% off at Nordstrom right now and the blush color would be great for spring! Similar bags are running $300+, so grab this one while you can!
  9. O-Venture Key Ring $25: If you’re looking for a cute key ring this is a great option. I’m constantly having issues with holding my keys, Fitz’s leash, and purse, so I love that this can be worn as a bracelet. They come in so many colors/styles, so check out their entire site!
  10. & 12. Girl, Wash Your Face $12: I’ve heard so many great things about this book and want to read it so bad!
  11. Fujifilm Instax Mini $69: I love this gift idea for any girl that’s obsessed with taking pictures! They’re so cute for hanging on walls, gifting to friends, etc.’
  12. Woman Code: I’ve seen Lee From America talk about this book frequently, and I’m constantly trying to learn more about how I can understand (and work with) my body. I’m definitely ordering this one!
  13. 13.BaubleBar MTWTF Resin Hoop Set $84 (53% off!): I know I keep saying this, but I’m seriously obsessed with these. Tortoise is so in this season, and this entire set would be so great for any girl in your life who is fashion-obsessed! This set is also a complete STEAL. 5 earrings for under $100?! Count me in!
  14. Urban Outfitters Record Player $99: LOVE LOVE LOVE this! This is a great option for your music-obsessed gal pals! UO is also having a sale on vinyl, so grab a few records to go along with it. There’s nothing better than gifting your friend their favorite music imo. 🙂

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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Gift Guide For Him

I’ve found that shopping for my boyfriend has easily been the hardest person to shop for every holiday season, and I know that I’m not alone. I’ve tried to compile a list of gifts that meet every price point, but would still be great gifts for your man (or any man in your life). Many of these gifts can be found on Amazon or Dick’s Sporting Goods. 🙂

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  1. North Face Quarter Zip Fleece Pullover $60 (25% off): Josh currently owns this, and I wear it all the time LOL. It’s so warm and comfy!!
  2. Ralph Lauren Polo Red $85 + free gift w/ purchase: Love the smell of this cologne! Josh wears “Very Sexy” men’s cologne from Victoria’s Secret, but if I could get him to switch, it would be to this one! I’ve linked it to Ulta in the event that you want to earn reward points, but you can get this cologne at various major retailers too.
  3. Nike Swift Running Shoe $60+ on Amazon: Josh picked these ones out haha. They kind of look like dad shoes to me, but they’re definitely comfortable!
  4. Beats Pill + Portable Speaker $129: We own this and love it! It works so great and is really durable (we’ve dropped it so many times haha).
  5. Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses $100: I’ve purchased these for Josh in the past and he loves them! You can get them customized on the Oakley website, but I think at this price point, it’s hard to pass up on Amazon.
  6. Van Der Hagen’s Men’s Luxury Shave Kit $28: Shave kits are a great gift for any guy in your life! I think this option would be good for anyone that’s new to shaving or new to using shaving kits. Josh is obsessed with growing out his beard, so if I’m gonna put up with a beard, I can at least make sure it’s well kept. 😉
  7. Fossil Watch $108: Love this option for a nice leather watch! It’s great for work or dressier occasions and the bands can be switched out too.
  8. Tool Box $23: Another great option for your twenty-something+ guy in your life!
  9. Whiskey Glass Set $30: Pair this set with a great bottle of whiskey and it would be the best gift for any guy in your life!
  10. Beats PowerBeats3 Wireless $99: Love these for the gym, running, etc. They’re a great price too!
  11. Duke Sweatshirt/NCAA Gear: Found this awesome sweatshirt at Dick’s! I typically always get Josh something sports relating (his faves are Duke and the Carolina Panthers!).
  12. Apple Watch Series 3 $300: This is the most expensive item on all of my gift guides, but if you’re looking for a splurge item, this is it!

What are you buying the men in your life for the holidays?!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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Gift Guide for Dog Moms

Y’all know how obsessed I am with my dogs, so this gift guide was a must! I recently discovered a really cute small business on Instagram, Treat Dreams, that has the most adorable fur-baby gifts! I’ve included many options from their site, a mug from another Instagram find + creator, J. Isabel Designs, and a few additional options from Amazon. I’m making it a goal of mine to shop small this holiday season, so if you’re in the market for gifts for all your dog mom friends, please check out their websites!!! I love all of these affordable gift ideas and will be purchasing most of them for all of my best friends turned dog moms! 🙂

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  1. Dog Mom Clear Mug $15: Love a clear mug and this lettering is just so adorable!
  2. All The Dogs Roam Kitchen Towel $13 each: How cute are these quotes?!
  3. Fur Mama PopSocket $15: I’m always looking for ways to flaunt that I’m a dog mom LOL, so this PopSocket would be a wonderful option.
  4. Custom Socks with Your Dog’s Picture $14: Who doesn’t want clothes with their dog’s picture on it?! UM, I DO!!! These are hilariously adorable.
  5. Nama’stay at Home with my Dog Hat $25: Love this quote + love a good ball cap.
  6. Dog Seat Cover $35: I bought a car with black interior almost a year ago and have regretted it ever since… SO. MUCH. DOG. HAIR!!! I desperately need this seat cover, and if you have a friend with a dog who sheds like crazy, I’m sure they would be so grateful for this gift. You might want to add a membership to a car wash as well. 😉
  7. Alex and Ani Paw Charm $25: Josh bought me this for my birthday and wow…I CRIED. Again, I’ll flaunt my dog motherhood at any chance, so I love love LOVE this charm bracelet.
  8. DIY Ornament $7: How sentimental is this? What better way to remember your Christmases with your sweet pups than a imprint of their paw?! I love a DIY ornament.
  9. Blessed & Dog Obsessed Dog Decal $5: I’m getting this because it’s so fitting. I am blessed and dog obsessed…haha!
  10. Time to Wine Down with my Dog $38.99: Treat Dreams has tons of cute graphic sweatshirts, but this one takes the cake IMO.

Hope you love these gift ideas!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

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