Christmas Gift Guide

I can not believe that Christmas is this weekend! I finally feel like I’m slightly ready, the house is looking pretty holiday ready. This year my family decided to do Christmas out here in Vegas, it’ll be the first holiday I’m hosting so I wanted everything to be perfect! The last couple of months have been crazy busy with lots of traveling around, so of course I’ve been running around last minute trying to get everything together.

I always feel like I’m throwing things together last minute, especially when it comes to gift buying. It’s definitely something that I need to work on so I don’t stress myself out so much! For those of you who are still searching for some last minute gift ideas, I rounded up some of my favorite items.

1. Angel by Thierry Mugler

This is one of my favorite perfumes! I’ve been wearing it for a while now, and I always get a ton of compliments.

 

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2. Pottery Barn Faux Fur Robe

This robe is seriously my favorite! It’s so soft and warm, I love it especially for the winter months. (It’s on sale right now too!)

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3. Street Level Reversible Tote

I ordered this at the beginning of the year and it has been my go to all year long. It’s perfect for traveling and for the girl that loves to carry just about everything in her bag! It’s reversible and you can’t beat the price.

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4. Living Proof Dry Shampoo

You guys have heard me talk about this dry shampoo in the past, but it really is such a great product. It was definitely on my Christmas list this year!

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5. Mac Cosmetics Holiday Set

Every year I fall in love with Mac’s holiday gift sets! I’m obsessed with their products and they have the cutest makeup bags that come along with the set. (Right now this gift set is an additional 25% off!)

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6. Restoration Hardware Faux Fur Blanket

My parents bought us this blanket a few Christmas’s ago and it is amazing! I use it all the time and it looks so chic sitting on our couch.

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7. Fresh Skincare Gift Set

Fresh skincare has been one of my favorite skincare lines and this value set has a great variety of their different products, the perfect way to try everything.

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8. Sonix Phone Case

Sonix has some of the cutest phone cases, this Rose all day case is my fave!

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9. Michael Kors Watch

My Michael Kors watch is one I wear all of the time, this one is currently on sale!

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10. Kate Spade Portable Charger

I’m always on my phone causing the battery to die so quickly. Having an external battery has really saved me, especially while I’m traveling.

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I hope this guide helped give you a little gift inspiration! I’m off to finish my Christmas shopping, anbody else still have shopping to do??

Xoxo,

Danielle

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Hair Products/Tools I’m Loving!

Happy Monday! I hope everybody had a great weekend. I’ve been trying to get all of my Christmas decorations in order to see what I have and what I still need to get. This year I’m hosting Christmas at our house, which I’m really excited about! It’ll be the first time I’ve had Christmas at my house, so I really need to amp up my Christmas decor!

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a few new hair products/tools that I have been loving and wanted to share with you guys; along with some of my long time faves!

1. The Wet Brush

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My hair has always been the type to get really tangled. Whether it’s right after I wash and towel dry it or many hours of having my hair curled, I feel like I’m always struggling to get it brushed out. I had heard many people say the Wet Brush was good, so I figured it was time to try it out. After having used it a couple of weeks now, I can honestly say I love it! It works great and doesn’t pull on the hair causing breakage.

2. Clairol Shimmer Lights

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This one’s for all you blondies out there!  When I moved out to Vegas, we had been warned that the water was hard and got a water softner, but I also think it gave my hair more of a yellowy tint. I remembered having used blue/purple shampoos in the past and had paid a decent amount for them. A month ago I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Skinny Confidential (if you haven’t read her blog, you absolutely have to check it out!), and she recommended Clairol’s Shimmer Lights to keep your blonde hair vibrant. So I ordered it and used it in between every couple of washes and noticed a huge difference right away! The price point is great and it really does help keep your blonde.

3. It’s a 10 ‘Miracle Leave in Product’

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You guys have heard me talk about this product before, but it’s still one of my top products I use. As I said before my hair gets super tangled right after it’s been washed. So when I take the towel off my head I immediately spray it with this It’s a 10 leave in spray and then use my wet brush to brush out my hair. This is one of the first times I feel like I’m not struggling to get my hair untangled and ripping it out at the same time. These two products have been life savers!

4. Hot Tools Marcel Curling Iron

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I have been using this curling iron for years and it is still my go to for loose beachy waves. I have had a lot of people ask how I get my curls and this curling iron is my secret. When I use it I flip it upside down, the top end facing the ground, I keep the loose handle open, and wrap my hair around the barrel; leaving the end out to get that messier less perfect curl. If you guys want to see a hair tutorial on how I curl my hair, let me know and I can definitely do a post on that.

5. Living Proof Flex Shaping Hair Spray

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Another product you have heard me talk about is this hairspray by Living Proof; it’s still on my favorites list. The reason I love this hairspray so much is that it has a nice hold without creating a stiff feeling to your hair. When it comes to styling my hair, I have it curled about 90% of the time, this hairspray is also what helps me to achieve the loose beachy waves.

 

I’m always looking for new hair products/tools to try, what are some of your favorites of the moment?

Xoxo,

Danielle

Hair Tutorial: Voluminous Ponytail

Happy Friday ladies!! Today I’m bringing you another amazing hairstyle from my sister Alicia. This fun ponytail hairstyle was featured on my blog post that I posted on Monday. I love throwing my hair in a ponytail when I don’t feel like washing it or going through the whole process of curling my hair. I love this ponytail style because there’s a little extra flare and style by wrapping hair around the base of the pony. I also just chopped a few inches off and this style helps to create a longer more voluminous look. So let’s get the tutorial started!

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Step 1 

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First you’ll want to start by teasing the crown of your hair. Then smooth it over with a teasing comb and pull back into a pony tail at the top section of your head. Pull the rest of the hair below into another lower pony tail, leaving the front section of hair on both sides down. When using two ponytails like this, it helps to create length and volume to your hair.

Step 2

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Next take a portion of the hair from the front on both sides and twist around the elastic camouflaging the hair tie, and secure with a bobby pin.

Step 3 

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The same goes for the top pony tail. Take a section of hair from the loose hair in front on both sides, leaving what you would like to frame the face down, and twist around the hair tie and then secure with a bobby pin. For more height, at the end you can take the tail of your teasing comb and use it to lift from underneath where you teased your hair in the first step. Finish the look by spraying Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray.

Final Look

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I hope you all enjoyed this hair tutorial! Feel free to comment below on any other hairstyles that you would like to see. I hope everybody has a great weekend!

Xoxo,

Danielle

Half Up With A Knot

This past weekend my sister and I were shooting some blog posts and we decided to try some different hair styles. She has always been amazing at styling hair, so when she asked me if she could try some different styles on me, I definitely took her up on the offer! This style, is one of my favorites, I love having a little hair pulled back with some loose pieces around the face. It’s a pretty simple style and you don’t need many products to achieve this look. We started by curling my hair with the Paul Mitchell curling wand, but this can also be done with straight hair as well.

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Step 1 

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Tease the crown of your hair and section the top part of your hair back, securing with two criss crossed bobby pins.

 

Step 2

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Then from each side take a small section of hair, from below the part that is pulled back, and tie both pieces in a loose knot, secure with bobby pins. Place the knot over the pinned hair from the previous step.

 

Step 3

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Final Look

Voila! There you have yourself a beautiful loose half up style.

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Who else loves a slightly mess half back hair style?

Xoxo,

Danielle

 

Pink Pout Favorites

Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here! I’m currently posting this from San Francisco, I’m spending the weekend here with Mo, my Sister, Brother in law and Cousin (follow our adventures on Snap and Instagram!). I always love coming to Northern California and enjoying the cooler temps and beautiful scenery. Finally I can bring out my fall wardrobe!

When it comes to my favorite lipsticks, I always seem to choose pink tones, what can I say I’m a sucker for the pink pout! MAC cosmetics has always, always been my favorite for lipsticks. They have such a wide variety of beautiful colors, I could pretty much spend hours standing there swatching all the different lipsticks. Another really great thing about MAC is that when you bring in six empty MAC makeup containers, you can get a lipstick for free, pretty awesome! Having tried a lot of their lipsticks I thought I’d share my top five pink lipsticks of the moment.

 

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Candy Yum Yum 
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Chatterbox
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Angel
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Creme Cup 

 

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Dressed to Thrill 

 

What are some of your favorite lipsticks of the moment?

 

Xoxo,

Danielle

My Fave Contour and Highlight Products

When contour and highlighting came about, everyone and their mother was rushing to the nearest makeup stores to grab these magical products that could create such an illusion. Who wouldn’t want a slimmer nose and more sculpted cheek bones without going under the knife?! It is really such an amazing concept and can be done with so many different products. I have tried both the powder and cream products and really like both. Of course if you have more oily skin I’d recommend powders, and if you’re drier more of a cream base; I have mixed and used a cream and a powder too. Below are my favorite products to contour and highlight with at the moment!

Contour

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Mac Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Give Me Sun’

 

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Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer 

 

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Mac Cosmetics Cream Colour Base ‘Dusk’ 

 

Highlight

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I’m always looking to try new products, what are some that you guys love for contour and highlight? I hope everybody has a great weekend! I’m headed to one of my favorite spots next week!! Stay tuned!

Xoxo,

Danielle

My Makeup Routine: Face Products

Happy Friday, we made it to the weekend!! Today I’m going to share with you guys what products I like to use for my current face makeup routine. I have tried a ton of different products, right now these are what I’m currently loving and using to get my go to look.

  1. So first I like to start out by spritzing my whole face with Mac Prep and Prime Fix +. It gives my face a nice refreshing feel and helps hydrate my skin before I get started.
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  2. Once that has dried I apply Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance primer with my Sigma F80 Kabuki brush. This will help keep my foundation looking fresh and last throughout the day.
  3. After the primer is on I take my two foundations, Mac Face and Body Foundation and Makeup Forever HD Foundation  and mix a little bit of each together. The Mac Face and Body has a more sheer coverage and Makeup Forever HD is more full coverage, so I like to mix the two to get an in between. I then apply it with the Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush again. I like to start in the middle of my face working my way outwards in circular motions.

     

  4. I use two different kinds of concealer, both from Mac. I take Mac Prolongwear in NW 20 and NW 25 and mix them together. I then apply it as my under eye concealer and my highlight. I apply it between my eyebrows, down the middle of my nose, my cupids bow and chin, and then the shape of an upside down triangle under my eyes. I blend all of this out with my damp Beauty Blender. I like using my beauty blender for this because it gives it a seamless look and after trying different tools to apply my concealer I have found that a sponge works the best for what I’m trying to achieve.
  5. Then, if I need to, I use the Mac Studio Finish Concealer, which is more my skin tone. I use this to cover up any blemishes that are in random spots around my face . studio-finish-concealer
  6. Now that I have all of the liquid makeup on my face I go in with my Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Powder and Sigma F10 & F30 powder brushes and lightly tap the powder to set my under eye area and any other places I tend to get shiny (For me that’s my T zone).
  7. Next up is my contour. I use this Hoola Bronzer and this Mac 168 Angled Contour Brush to apply my contour to my hairline on the top of my forehead, under my cheekbones, and under my jaw line. Then I change to my Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush and apply the bronzer down each side of my nose to achieve that non surgical nose job!
  8. For my blush I really like the color MAC Desert Rose for a nice daytime look. I apply it with the Mac 168 Angled Contour Brush again.

     

  9. To finish it off sometimes I will spray Mac Fix + again to help set my makeup.

 

That concludes my most current routine and products that I use to apply my face makeup! If you guys would like to see a step by step of me applying the makeup let me know and I can get a post up on that. I hope everybody has an amazing weekend!

Xoxo,

Danielle

At Home Spa Day

I love a good spa day, who doesn’t?! But sometimes there isn’t enough time or money to get there as often as we like. So why not create your own little spa day at home. I linked everything I like to use to recreate my own spa day.

 

  1. Aveda Comforting Tea Bags
  2. Pottery Barn Fur Robe
  3. Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Mint 3 Wick Candle
  4. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Honey Bath
  5. Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment
  6. Sephora Collection Face Mask
  7. Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme
  8. Aveda Foot Relief Moisturizing Creme
  9. Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion
  10. Aveda Beautifying Composition 
  11. Aveda Blue Oil Balancing Concentrate 

 

Who else loves a good at home spay day? What are some other great products you guys like to use?

Xoxo,

Danielle

My Makeup Must Haves: Products

Good morning ladies! Today I’m going to share the makeup products that I have been loving lately. I always enjoy trying new makeup and these products are definitely some of my favorites that I have been using consistently.

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Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix +

Mac cosmetics Fix + Prep and Prime is something I have been using for a very long time and love it! I spritz a few sprays on my face before I apply my  makeup to refresh my skin, and then again after all of my makeup is on to set it. Sometimes I will even use it after I have washed my face before bed just because it feels so refreshing! It has green tea, chamomile and cucumber in it and is so hydrating on my skin.

 

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Mac Studio Face and Body Foundation

This face and body foundation from Mac has quickly become a favorite of mine. I love getting that even complexion that foundation gives you, but I hate when it’s thick and cakey and feels like my face can’t breathe. This foundation is more of a light coverage, but can be built up and gives you a dewy finish. You can add powder over it to give it a matte look.

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Mac Prolongwear Concealer 

Another favorite of mine is this Mac prolongwear concealer. I like to mix NW 20 AND NW 25 together and then apply it as my highlight under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow and chin. It has a lightweight feel and lasts all day or night. I like to use my damp beauty blender to help blend this concealer out.

 

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Mac Cosmetics ‘Hue’ Lipstick 
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Mac Cosmetics ‘Angel’ Lipstick
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Mac Cosmetics ‘Whirl’ Lip Pencil 
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Mac Cosmetics ‘Saint Germain’ Lip Glass 

When it comes to lipsticks, I’m a total Mac lipstick addict; I love the colors they have to offer! I have some really great bright lipsticks from them, but they also have really great natural colors as well. Two lipsticks I have been using a lot lately are Angel and Hue. When I use Hue, I like to start with this lip pencil  Whirl. I apply it as a lip liner and then fill in my whole lip. I then use Hue and top it off with Saint Germain lipglass. I love mixing the pencils, lipsticks and glosses because you can create so many great colors.

 

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Morphe 35O Palette

I ordered this palette from Morphe last fall, and I had quite a hard time getting my hands on it! Every time they restocked it, it would sell out. When I got it I was very anxious to try it out and see what all the hype was about, and I instantly fell in love! The colors are so rich and are great quality, and the best part, it was only $22.99 for 35 shadows! If you haven’t tried Morphe’s shadows I highly recommend giving them a shot.

 

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Makeup Forever Shine On Powder 

This next product I discovered while taking a week long makeup class at Makeup Forever Academy in NYC. Let me tell you, this little jar of powder is amazing!! This powder is used as a highlighter and can be used on your face or your body. It gives off a  shimmer when the light hits it and looks gorgeous on the cheekbone. It contains fine mother of pearl particles, which helps give it that beautiful glow.

 

What are some other products that you guys love? I’m always looking to try new things!

Xoxo,

Danielle

My Makeup Must Haves: Brushes

I have always been a lover of all things beauty. You take me into a Sephora or Mac and I could be there all day! I have tried all kinds of different makeup products and brushes and there are always those few that I keep coming back to. I’m going to break it into two different posts, one for makeup and one for brushes. Today’s post I’m going to talk about  my favorite go to makeup brushes.

 

 

 

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Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush 

This flat kabuki brush is from Sigma and I love it to put my foundation on. It’s flat top and dense fibers work really well at blending the foundation into the skin. It doesn’t leave any of those dreadful foundation lines.

 

 

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Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush

Another one of my favorites from Sigma is their large powder brush. It’s big, it’s fluffy and is perfect for applying powder or to help blend makeup out. I use this when applying my powder to set my makeup or help to blend out my contouring. Who doesn’t love a big fluffy makeup brush!?

 

 

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Mac 263 Small Angle Brush

This brush is from Mac Cosmetics and is my go to for applying my gel liner. A lot of times I like the winged liner look, but we all know how hard it can be to get both wings even!  With this brush the slanted edge makes it easy to glide the liner perfectly across the lash line and give you that perfect winged look.

 

 

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Mac 224 Tapered Blending Brush

This is the Mac 224 brush, it is the holy grail brush for blending out your shadows. I tend to use it when I’m applying my shadows in the crease of my eye. I also use it to blend out any other shadows I apply.

 

 

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Mac 219 Pencil Brush 

This is the Mac pencil brush that I love to use along my lash line. I often use this brush to smoke out my eyeliner above and below my lash lines. It gives a great smokey look for a more dramatic eye.

 

 

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Sephora Beauty Blender 

 

This is the beauty blender that I’m sure you have all heard so much about. I got mine from Sephora, and I have to say, it really is worth all of the hype. I dampen mine and then squeeze out the excess water and use it to apply my foundation. It gives your foundation a nice dewy finish.

 

What are some other makeup brushes or tools that you guys love?

 

Xoxo,

Danielle