Three Thrills by Thursday

one.
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Glossier. Over the weekend I stopped by the Glossier Showroom in NYC & picked up two of their lip colors: Jam & Crush. The store is as simply elegant as the rest of their campaign. I love these lipsticks because the color adapts to your own pigment, so each color looks different on every person. It has a creamier feel to it but appears matte after application. The lipstick itself appears more natural than a lot of other lipsticks I own, which is great when going for a less “done-up” look. I also cannot wait to try their other products!

two.

This week, for the first time, I dropped into Pink Soda, a great new blowout bar & full beauty salon in Stamford. I got their signature blowout which took only 45 minutes & lasted the whole weekend! Highly recommend.


three.

It’s no secret I love a good sweet treat. I contacted Hayleycakes and Cookies for these incredible Beyonce themed bachelorette cookies. Just following their Instagram makes me want to become a baker- though I could never even fathom having that much icing talent. Spoiler alert: the cookies taste even better than they look.

 

Cheers,

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Skincare Must-Haves That Won’t Break Your Bank

Hi dolls! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine in Clemson, SC tailgating and cheering on the tigers to victory. Have y’all ever tailgated in the south? It’s fantastic – they pull out all the stops, not to mention their team spirit is unrivaled.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite skincare must-haves. I get a lot of questions on this topic so I wanted to share a few items I always keep stocked in my bathroom drawer. This particular list includes easily accessible products that won’t break your bank. Though I thoroughly believe there are a few products one should splurge on- these are sure to give you zero buyers remorse.

*Products listed in a clockwise manner and are available at either Target or Sephora

  1. Neutrogena Make Up Wipes – I love traveling with these! Perfect for removing eye makeup remnants after you’ve washed your face. Or if you can’t wash your face at all.
  2. EOS Shaving Cream – The lavender jasmine scent is heavenly and this thicker cream won’t dry out your legs and leaves your skin silky smooth.
  3. Aveda Green Science Eye Firming Creme – you won’t have to worry about lines with this eye firming creme AND you don’t have to worry about avoiding your eye lids- contrary to most eye creams, it won’t darken your skin!
  4. Frank’s Body Scrub/ Lip Scrub – I know I’ve mentioned Frank’s before but this staple is always in my drawer. I don’t use it all the time but my skin is noticeably softer when I do. The lip scrub is perfect especially when you want to wear a statement lipstick.. you have no time for dry skin.
  5. OGX Biotin & Collagen conditioner – Okay, this isn’t skincare but I felt it was important enough to include. It’s so important to give your hair a break. When I’m not drying/ curling/ straightening, I use a good amount of this on my hair and let it breathe. Feels like silk.
  6. Clarisonic Mia – this is the most expensive item on this list but at $100, I feel it’s essential- I use it every day! The first time you use it, you’ll understand why I’m so obsessed. My skin has never felt cleaner. It’s gross to think about but there’s a lot of dirt that normal face washing doesn’t remove. Trust me on this. If you don’t already have one- stick it on your Christmas list.
  7. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub – this is my favorite cleanser/ scrub to use with my Clarisonic. This scrub is a gentle exfoliator sure to remove any dry skin without leaving your skin raw.
  8. Sugar Lip Polish from Fresh – another great lip scrub and if you’re not a coffee fan, choose this one over Frank’s
  9. Burt’s Bees – I swear by this lip balm. I always have a tube in my purse, on my nightstand, etc.
  10. Sephora Eye Masks – these masks are ideal for early mornings after a late night. When you’re feeling puffy and have dark circles, these masks will leave you looking like you’ve had a full night of beauty rest
  11. Glam Glow – move over Biore Strips, Glam Glow is the new kid in town. This mask dries to visibly show vacuumed spots and once you feel it off- say goodbye to any impurities!
  12. Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer – yes, my moisturizer is from the drug store but I love it! I have used this for years and my combination skin never feels too dry or oily.

What are some of your must-have products?

Just as a little heads up, I’m currently in the process of giving the blog a bit of makeover! I can’t wait launch- stay tuned 🙂

Cheers,

Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday, everyone! Just yesterday I looked down at my phone, saw the date and it sank in. We are a mere 14 days out from Christmas and 20 days from 2015- seems so surreal, it feels like summer was just yesterday! Anyway, I contemplated on making my own gift guide for you however over the past few weeks I’ve seen some great gift guides that will count as my first thrill this week! I may decide to put a few more gifts up early next week however, these guides are pretty good.

1. Cupcakes and Cashmere has a whole series of gift guides:
Men’s Gift Guide
Under $25
Under $100
Under $250

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide from Southern Curls & Pearls

The Everygirl’s Gift Guide (something for everyone!)

Nordstrom’s Gift Guide

Helpful hint: If you’re stumped on a gift for a particular person, check out their Pinterest board for some tips!

2. As the holidays approach, schedules fill up with holiday parties where you’ll likely to eat, drink and be merry- non of which are particular good for your skin. If you’re lacking that holiday glow, check out these concealer tips.

3. Whether you’re hosting over the holidays or not, here are 10 Make-Ahead Tips from the Kitchen Queen herself.

Cheers!

 

 

 

[Image via Taste by Williams Sonoma]