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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MAJOR BaubleBar Sale!!!

If you've seen just one of my videos, more than likely you've seen me wearing at least one piece from BaubleBar. I discovered this online accessory/jewelry retailer about 18 months ago and it's been a thankfully inexpensive obsession every since. They have an amazing loyalty program and for every purchase I make, I rack up points that I've used to get TONS of free jewelry. I also get advance notice of when they're having huge sales, like this one. If you haven't already signed up at BaubleBar to get their emails, do it now!

Anyway, they're having a very short sample sale, with most items anywhere from 50-75% off.  The sale ends at 11:59 pm (EST) on February 27th, so shop NOW!  Some things are already wait listed, so if you see something you want, buy it!

I took the liberty of listing everything that I already own from them that is now on sale.  So if you've been eyeing one of these pieces from one of my videos, they're WAY cheaper now!

Of course, there are a ton of other items to choose from, but I thought it would be best to feature pieces that I own and love.  Enough chatting, check out my picks!  Just click on the pictures to shop (these are affiliate links).

To give you an idea of the prices, every piece shown here, 8 out of the 9 pieces are $20 or less, while the Gothic Fang Bib, regularly $58 is marked down to $25.

To see ALL the sale items, click HERE.  If you've already shopped the sale, what did you get?  I'd love to get some suggestions from you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide for Men: Courtesy of Mr. Goldgirl

I managed to corner my darling and increasingly patient husband and got him to give me a list of suggestions for Valentine's gifts for me (or birthday gifts, Father's Day gifts, etc.).  This led to a rather long, chatty video that I managed to edit down to around 19 minutes.  If you are willing to sit through that, please watch the video here.

If, however, you have better things to do with your time OR you just want a list to refer to later on, here is a roundup of what my darling husband suggested:
Let's break it down:

If your guy is a golf fanatic (like mine) then apparently these are the golf balls of choice.  Of course, if golf is not your guy's thing (something my husband cannot comprehend), then just substitute these for any item that goes with their favorite sport or athletic endeavor (tennis balls, workout clothes, etc.).

My husband would have never dreamed of walking into a store and buying this for himself, but now that he has it, he's gone back twice to stock up on more of his favorites.  

When Michael suggested this, I thought he was nuts, but I have to admit that it helps him get dressed ridiculously quickly in the mornings.  If the man in your life is pressed for time or goes to the gym regularly, this particular model is something he's going to appreciate.

Only appropriate for legal-drinking aged guys, this is one of those classic "I'm a grown-up man" kind of gifts.  I think my husband may have watched too much Mad Men, but he loves having a bottle of good Scotch in his study. Any single malt whisky is great, but if you're new to drinking Scotch, this one is a little easier to take.  If you really want to splurge, go for some nice crystal glasses to go with it.

What guy (or girl for that matter) doesn't need or want another pair of headphones?  These are my particular favorites, and they have an option with our without a microphone if you also want to use them with your phone.

I know this may seem like an odd suggestion, but Lucchese's are like the Louboutin's of shoes for guys (with a slightly lower price point).  They go with everything-khakis, jeans, and are perfect for casual business wear days.  Buy him one pair, he'll fall in love, and he'll never again bat an eye when you get some high-end shoes for yourself!

There are always the classic gift to his favorite sporting event, a bottle of cologne, a coupon book of homemade coupons (you can be a bit naughty here), a heartfelt, handwritten note, but whatever you choose, just remember that it's not about the gift, it's about the love you feel for the recipient.  Make sure they know they're loved, on Valentine's Day and every day!!

Do you have any suggestions for gifts for guys?  Leave them in the the comments below!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Updated Skin Care Favorites-Feb. 2015

I love lists...lists of favorites, that is, so that I can save the list and use it for reference whenever I need it.  Instead of doing my usual boring list of products, I thought I'd try something different-a pictorial collage of my current skin care favorites.  It's a mix of brands, mostly Colleen Rothschild and Clinique, with a few others thrown in.  I can honestly say that when I stick to the program and don't pick at my face, it really works.

If you want an explanation of the full routine, from morning to night, watch my video here.

Otherwise, scroll down and take a look at my current favorites!  Every picture is "clickable", so if you want buying information, just "click" and you'll be able to shop directly from this post!

Monday, January 26, 2015

My January Face of the Month (FOTM)

This month is a great mix of some old stand-bys as well as quite a few new products that I've been playing with this month.  To see the products in action, click HERE to watch the video.  Otherwise, scroll down for my random comments about the products.

I've been sticking with my favorite foundation since August-Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in the shade 02.  It's a wee bit too yellow, but I don't care.  I LOVE the finish it leaves on my skin.  I added some new products to the rotation-the Clinique Airbrush Concealer and the RCMA Cream Blush in Gena Pink.  After finally trying the Clinique Concealer, I can see why Lisa Eldridge loves it.  The consistency is perfect for under the eyes, and it conceals AND highlights.  My first successful foray into cream blush was due to the ease in which the RCMA cream blush blends right into my skin.  I think it's because the consistency is a bit more firm than usual cream blushes.  I do feel more comfortable layering a powder blush over the cream blush, and for that I have been reaching for another new product (to me), Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop.  Every time I reach of one of the Cheek Pops (I now have 3) they bring a smile to my face.  They're so darn cute!

I stuck with my recent favorites here-mostly featuring one of my choices for Best of 2014-the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Eyeshadow Palette.  The colors I chose are very neutral and can go with any outfit, at any time of day.  You can always deepen the outer v with a darker color to make it more appropriate for evening.

I've been layering a lot, especially when it comes to what's on my lips.  Most long-wear lipstick leaves my lips dry, so I thought I would just pile on as many products as possible in the hopes that the color will stay on my lips longer.  I can't say that it works, but I love the color combination of Smashbox Alway Sharp Lip Liner in Nude-Fair, MAC lustre lipstick in Lovelorn topped with Christian Dior Fluid Stick in Kiss Me.  If only I could find a lipstick that combines all three shades in one tube!

What products did you find yourself reaching for over and over in January?  Any recommendations?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Picks for the MLK Jr. Weekend Sales!

Nothing says "let's celebrate the birthday of a man who changed the world into a much better place" than having a three-day weekend full of sales, right?  But really, is there anything more American than spending the weekend looking for bargains?

All kidding aside, there are a LOT of great sales going on this weekend, and in case you didn't know about them, I thought I'd list a few of the ones I'm most interested in here on my blog.  In case I get word of some more sales over the weekend, be sure to follow me on Twitter so you don't miss anything!

To shop directly from here, just click on the name of the store!  Have fun!


Loft: 40% off new arrivals, 60% off sale styles (excludes Lou & Grey)

Ann Taylor: 40% off new arrivals, 60% off sale items. Use code SHOPBIG

Nordstrom: 50% off select coats

BaubleBar: Stock up sale-buy 2 items, save 15% with code STASH15; buy 3 items, save 25% with code STASH25; buy 4+ items save 30% with code STASH30

Gap: 1 item get 20% off, 3+ items get 30 % off; 5+ items get 40% off w/code LAYER


Sephora: 2x points for all Beauty Insiders on all skin care purchases thru January 19

Ulta: BOGO 50% off: RealTechniques, NYX, CoverGirl, Revlon, Physician's Formula (and more brands)


Target: up to 20% off during Home Sale, $25 off bedding + bath with code HOME

Pottery Barn: Warehouse Clearance Sale up to 60% off, ends January 21st

PB Teen: up to 30% off desks, desk chairs, study items; Winter Clearance up to 75% off

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Eyebrow Essentials

When I first started getting into makeup as an adult, I never dreamed that "doing" my eyebrows would make all the difference in my overall look.  Now that I'm entering my 5th year of making YouTube videos, I feel like no look is complete without finishing the brows.

You can watch my step by step video here, but let's just get down to it; it's SO easy!

Here's what you need for perfect brows every time:

Here's the step by step process:
  1. Tweeze any obvious strays (this is assuming that at some point you've had your brows professionally waxed, threaded, etc.-we're on maintenance now).
  2. Comb your brows down.
  3. Pencil in the top outline of where you want your brows to be.
  4. Comb your hairs up.
  5. Pencil in the bottom outline of where you want your brows to be.
  6. Fill in any gaps with the brow pencil.
  7. Comb perfectly in place with the brow gel.
You're done!

Let me know what your brow routine consists of-is it very different from mine?  What are your must-have products?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Best of 2014!

Narrowing down 12 months of favorites is a daunting task, but I managed to do it!  I didn't choose something for every category.  I limited my choices to purely outstanding products that came into my life during 2014.  There's a little of everything-hair care, skin care, accessories, nail polish, books, and, of course, makeup!  I've kept this simple and just given you the list, but if you want to hear me talk about each product, watch the video!

Here are the winners!









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I'd love to hear what were your favorites from 2014, or what new products you'd like me to try/review in 2015!



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