Gift Ideas For The Beauty Freak In Your Life

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to get shopping! I’m starting off the oh-so-cliche gift guides on here by featuring hair and makeup products. Maybe you’re a beauty freak yourself; perhaps your best friend or sister is beauty obsessed. Either way, the holidays are the perfect time to introduce them to some new goodies to add to their beauty routine!

I have picked out some of my absolute favorite beauty products at the moment, as well as products that I have my eye on myself. From hair straighteners to brow definers, I’ve rounded up beauty faves that will keep your beauty game #onfleek well into the new year.

Some of my most used beauty products as of lately have been made by NYX Cosmetics. Their line of affordable makeup was really appealing to me as a timid makeup-lover. (I’ve only started wearing makeup recently, so I still hesitate at purchasing big ticket items unless I know it’s a product that’s worth it.) What I love most besides the great price point though is that the quality exceeds the price. That’s a bonus with anything you’re purchasing, regardless of price, so I’m all about their makeup for things like lipsticks and mascara. I purchase more upscale foundation and concealer, because those are crucial in the quality department, but when it comes to lipsticks in particular I don’t mind shopping drug store products.

I’m sure there are great beauty finds that I’m totally missing this holiday season, so don’t hesitate to let me know if there is something I absolutely need to add to my wishlist or buy for fellow makeup junkies. In the meantime, check out my beauty-centric holiday gift guide and stock up on stocking stuffers in the blink of an eye!

Are you a beauty freak? If so, what products are on your wishlist this year?


Drug Store Liquid Lipsticks I Love

I was a little late to the punch when it comes to wearing makeup, so I by no means claim to be any sort of a beauty guru. However, I now dabble in makeup enough to know my way around Sephora, and I’m constantly trying to learn more. I keep a relatively low-key makeup routine on a day-to-day basis, but I love adding a pop of color via a great lipstick.

Liquid lipsticks have become my favorite lately. I love that they apply like a gloss, but set like a lipstick. I especially love matte colors; I think they’re young, fun, and I just love that they’re not shiny. I’ve been picking up liquid matte lipsticks like it’s my job, so today I’m recapping five colors that have been in heavy rotation. They are all available at drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, Target) as well as online; I’ll review each one and share my thoughts.

best drug store lippies

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Cannes

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Cannes

Okay, so I’ll start with the positive. I love that NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes is so easy to apply. It sets in about 5 minutes, and it has a true matte look. I like the color, but its doesn’t apply evenly. I find that often have to go through 2 or 3 coats of application before I am pleased with the evenness and coloring. All in all, I’d recommend this color — just not when you’re in a rush. 😉

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Monte Carlo

.NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Monte Carlo

NYX’s Soft Lip Cream in Monte Carlo is a bit less appealing for me. Once again, it applies unevenly, and I’m just not in love with the color. I wear this lipstick occasionally, but overall this one is a pass. FYI: My favorite classic red lip a la Taylor Swift is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Liner in Cruella.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid – Berry Boost

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid - Berry Boost

Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid lipsticks come in awesome colors, but I’ve noticed they’re not truly matte. After trying this color on for the first time and giving it over a half hour to set, I realized it just wasn’t gonna happen. Since then, I’ve begun gently patting my lips once I apply it, that way some of the sheen disappears. The Berry Boost color isn’t my favorite, but I take it out on the town every once in a while.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid – Possessed Plum

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid - Possessed Plum

I love love LOVE this color. I never thought I would’ve enjoyed a vampy look on myself as much as I do, but Possessed Plum is probably my favorite lip color at the moment. I have to pat this one a bit as well, since it doesn’t truly set into a matte finish either, but I love the hue so much that I deal with it. My only other complaint would be that it makes my lips feel really tingly when I apply it (so does the Berry Boost), so that must have to do with something in their formula. Because I love this color so much, I highly recommend — especially as we head into fall and winter!

Wet n’ Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color – Looking For Truffle

Wet n' Wild Velvet Matte Lip Color - Looking For Truffle

Wet n’ Wild’s Velvet Matte Lip Colors are so darn affordable, I can’t help but grab a handful whenever I’m feeling like expanding my collection of drug store lipsticks. I love that Looking For Truffle is a light, natural color. It is really easy to apply and goes on smooth. My only complaint is that the lipsticks constantly break after a use or two. Even at such a low price point, that’s extremely frustrating. But alas, I keep buying them anyways…I just can’t stop Looking For Truffle. 😉

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Must Have Monday: Cozy Home Goods

I’ve accepted the fact that no matter how much I moan and groan about the cooler weather, winter is around the corner. So I have whipped out my North Faces and UGGs, and I even bought a pair of gloves today.

Team USA Just Do It Shirt

Team USA “Just Do It” Shirt // Fitbit Blaze

On top of the cold weather gear I stock up on (thanks to our brutal winters), I also feel the need to make my home extra cozy as well! Shag rugs, soft blankets, and cozy decor all make a home feel extra warm. When you’re stuck inside because of below-zero temperatures or a blizzard, trust me: you’ll want your home to feel as comfy as possible!

While I don’t talk about home decor here much (…I’d much rather style clothing than furniture haha), I can’t help but share some of my Must Haves to add coziness to a living space when the temps get bitter. Here are some odds and ends that I’ve been eyeing in order to add some more warmth to my space as the days grow shorter and colder.


Do you have any tricks for making your living space more cozy? Let me know!


Flannels Under Fifty

It’s flannel season, for better or worse. (In my case, it’s for worse because I have no desire for winter to be right around the corner.) While I definitely love fall style, I am already missing my summer wardrobe filled with bright colors, classic shift dresses, skater skirts, scalloped shorts, and cropped tops. Not to mention, dressing for fall seems to take so much more effort than summer. Layers, layers, and more layers. (I’m always cold so yes, multiple layers are necessary.)

Complaining aside, I do mean it when I say I love fall style. So as I’m preparing to transition my wardrobe to apparel fit for cooler temps, I’m eyeing pieces that I need to pick up before the temperatures get consistently lower. A great fall staple that everyone should have a few of in their closet are cute flannels! Flannels are comfortable, versatile, and can be layered for fall and winter, then pared down for spring and summer. The one thing I always keep in mind when deciding whether to purchase a flannel is how comfortable it is; some flannels are thin, rigid, or just downright uncomfortable. My favorite flannels are soft, warm, and cozy. But beyond that, your options are endless. From full-sleeves to 3/4 sleeves and from traditional plaid to Buffalo check, there are so many ways you can embrace flannel this season.

My three favorite flannels so far are here, here, and here. But I’ve linked up a ton of solid options — from classic to trendy — below. And the best part is they are all under $50!


What’s your favorite fall wardrobe staple?


Target Tuesday: Fast Forward To Fall

I don’t want it to be fall. While I definitely enjoy fall style, the impending season change signifies that winter will be soon to follow. So although some people are rejoicing that we’ve had some rainy days and cooler temperatures over the last few days, I am not nearly as excited. I am not ready to prepare for snow yet!

At any rate, I slowly have been transitioning my wardrobe to fall styles. Flannels, denim, cropped slacks, and riding boots are some of my favorite pieces of fall style. Not to mention, as much as I love vibrant colors, I do look forward to mixing it up with earthy tones once September rolls around.

For this week’s Target Tuesday, I’ve put together a comfortable outfit that is perfect to wear on cooler summer days and then all the way through fall. I’m still on the fence about the small rip that these jeans have at the knee, but they are really comfy so I think I’ll keep them around for now.
Louis Vuitton Eva Louis Vuitton Eva

Louis Vuitton Eva

Flannel // Jeans // Booties (old) // Louis Vuitton Eva

P.S. I’ve recently discovered this online service called HauteTrader, which allows you to swap designer items in your closet for other designer goodies. I think I have some shoes that could use liquidation. 😉



Summer Style Under $75

It may be August, but the summer sun is still blazing down upon us — and that’s just how I like it. One thing that is crucial for warm weather is remaining comfortable, and wearing clothing that doesn’t make you sweat buckets. When I saw this dress at Target, I was hesitant to even try it on. I typically don’t wear billowing dresses like these, because I feel like they make you look bigger than you are and lack the structure that I appreciate in dresses. However, this dress actually has become one of my favorite items in my wardrobe, and paired with a belt around the waist it’s possible to have a nice shape!


Since the dog days of summer are still underway, I have not hesitated keeping an eye out for great summer staples — especially pieces that can be styled for the fall as well. It’s easy to add a leather jacket and some moto booties to a maxi dress for a city chic look, while you can pair a t-shirt dress with riding boots and leg warmers for a bohemian vibe. But one step at a time! First let’s make the most of the warm weather. 🙂

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite options that pair comfort with versatility; the perfect pieces to take us through August and beyond!



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Tips To Get Exactly What You Want

I’m sure that by now literally every blogger you follow has mentioned the huge Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so excuse me for being repetitive. However, instead of just talking about my favorite picks from the sale, I’m going to share with you some of my tips for scoring big.

Prepare Now:

Make a list of the types of items you’re on the hunt for. Are you looking for a nice fall jacket? Perhaps a bulky winter coat? Cute riding boots for autumn? Know exactly what you want and start eyeing new releases in advance. The great thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that brand new items for the upcoming season are heavily discounted! So this isn’t a huge clearance push of last season’s wears; these are current styles at deep discounts.

Get Everything On File:

If you don’t have a customer profile with Nordstrom or haven’t shopped there in a while, this is a step you won’t want to miss. Go and create (or update) your account with your debit or credit card information, shipping and billing addresses, and anything else that may need to be changed. You don’t want anything to get in your way when you’re trying to nab a great deal on that handbag you’ve been wanting all month.

Don’t Hesitate:

If you like it — buy it. Simple as that. Which leads me to my next point…

Be Prepared To Make Returns:

Oftentimes if I am unfamiliar with a brand or know their sizing runs wacky, I’ll order two sizes in the clothing or footwear so I can ensure that one of them is the perfect fit. It’s better to return something than to be bummed that you ordered the wrong size and now it’s sold out! Nordstrom’s return process is super easy and accommodating, so even if you don’t typically like to return things you order online (I don’t either), you can rest assured that Nordstrom doesn’t make it a hassle.

Stay Within Your Means:

Set a budget and don’t stray from it. If you’re willing to spend $800 to stock up for fall, that’s great. If that limit is $200, that’s great as well. Don’t be pressured to purchase a bunch of stuff in the name of good deals and then regret it when you check your bank statement. (Staying within your means is a good lesson to adhere to in all circumstances, but that’s a conversation for a different day.)

I’m very excited to get my hands on some amazing deals that are featured in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I plan to not only beef up my fall and winter wardrobe, but also get a head start on some holiday shopping! In the meantime, here are some current picks from Nordstrom that I have my eye on:

Mark your calendar! The Anniversary Sale starts on July 22!


Barbecues For Days

What’s more perfect for summer than a barbecue? Nothing, that’s what.
You’ve got to be prepared for those great summer barbecues.

Check out this 19 piece set of everything you need to barbecue conveniently placed in a briefcase so that you’ll never lose a single piece. This is great for a first timer or a seasoned veteran of the barbecue game.


Barbecue Set

Who doesn’t’ like kabobs??? These are possibly my favorite barbecue item and they always taste too good to be true. These kabob baskets are perfect for making sure that every piece will be perfectly grilled and will soak up all that flavor.
Kabob cooker

Kabob Grilling Basket

Okay, so meat is not your thing? This grilled cheese maker is perfect for you! Make the absolute best grilled cheese of your life by cooking it up on the grill. Trust me: it will be incredible.

grilled cheese

Grilled Cheese Maker

Alright, so now you need a beer since you’ve been busy on the grill for far too long. And wait — the beer is warm since it has been sitting out in sun for many hours. If you would’ve had a six pack cooler then you would be gulping down a smooth and chilly IPA. This cool cooler is well worth the price to keep your six pack nice and chilly on those warm summer days.


Six Pack Cooler

Looking for something a bit more unique than a six pack cooler? Check out this killer fruit keg! This guy can turn any kind of fruit into your own personal keg and you can make some creative drinks with some of the juice from the fruit! This will be a hit at any cookout.


Fruit Keg Tapping Kit

What are you waiting for? Get out there and barbecue!


Current Favorites From J. Crew Factory + Extra 50% Off!

We’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: Bobby and I both love a good sale. Right now J. Crew Factory is having an impressive sale, where their clearance items are an extra 50% off! It brings a lot of pieces to around 75% off, so that’s really incredible if you’re looking to add to your wardrobe right now. Below you’ll find some of our favorite picks from the sale.

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Use the code “CLEARIT” to receive the extra 50% off clearance items!



USA USA USA!!! Come on you yanks!
We’ve got you covered for this year’s 4th of July last minute shopping.

Check out this beauty of a wicker hat. This screams patriotism without being in your face about it. It’s a nice subtle way to pay respect to the founding fathers of this country and protect yourself from those harmful sun rays.

USA Wicker

USA Wicker Hat

Support your Olympic team this summer! Get a killer Ralph Lauren Polo hat that shows how much you care about America and our superiority in sports!!!! We can run faster, jump further, ball better, and golf better than any other country in the world and this hat makes sure that everyone knows.

USA hat

USA Ralph Lauren Hat

OR if hats aren’t your thing then make sure to pick up this great t-shirt that is perfect for a family outing accompanied with some burgers and dogs

USA shirt

USA Ralph Lauren T-Shirt

But wait there’s still more! My personal favorite is the hoodie, I will be wearing this bad boy until the fibers fall off of my body. It’s perfect for the fireworks at the end of the night on the 4th of July or for any random bonfire night that you have with you and your friends.

USA Hoodie

USA Ralph Lauren SweatShirt

How will you be celebrating your 4th?