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Monday, December 10, 2018

Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping Tutorial


Happy Monday everyone, there's only 15 more days until Christmas! I've been wrapping gifts like crazy because this year I have so many to give out. I even went to gift wrapping workshop at my local Paper Source store (not sponsored, just for fun!) to learn how to nicely wrap a Christmas present. Let's just say before this class I wasn't the best gift wrapper, haha! I polled you all on Instagram stories to see if you wanted to see a post on the tips I learned, and nearly all of you said yes. So, here we are! Now, these tips aren't for expert wrappers, mostly just beginners. If you can already wrap a nice looking gift, you may learn one or two things from this post, but don't expect to learn some crazy tutorial. These gifts are easy to wrap and make beautiful so anyone can do it! Also, a warning, this post is very photo heavy because I wanted to show each step of the process!

Monday, December 3, 2018

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

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Happy first week of December! It's officially my favorite time of the year with all the holidays including my birthday coming along in January! With all the fun though comes a lot of work in the blogging world. I've been blogging full time now for a year and a half (and blogging overall for 4 years) and by far the busiest time of the year is from the end of Halloween through New Years. I try to stay as organized as I can with all the gift guides, try-ons, Christmas decor, along with everything else. It's easy to get overwhelmed with everything going on, so it's important for me to have a system that keeps me both sane and on track with everything I have to do! Here's a little peak at my personal tips on how I stay organized.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gift Guide: Beauty Under $100

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Eterno Skincare Time Eraser Wrinkle Remover $55 | Urban Decay Naked Cherry Vault $100 | La Mer Mini Miracle Set $95 | Too Faced Under The Christmas Tree Set $49 | Spa Thyme Tea Gift Set $28 | Bobbi Brown Soft Smolder Kit $49 | Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette $45 | Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler $65 | Laura Mercier Prime Set Glow Set $45 | Invisibobble Slim Trio $18 | Lisse Luxe Hair Turban $30 | Mario Badescu 3 Pc Travel Facial Spray $15 | Origins Plantscription SPF $60 | Glow Recipe Limited Edition Watermelon Tote Set $40 | Eva NYC Mini Hairdryer $48 | Sephora Collection Luxe Face Brush Set $54 | HUDA Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $65 | Stila 3D Dazzle Mini Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow Set $25 | Skin Gym Rose Quartz Kit $49 | LAPCOS Collagen Daily Skin Masks $14 | MAC Pretty Shiny Things Nude Mini Lipstick Set $29.50 | DRYBAR Full Size Faves $49 | Whish Lavender Body Butter $13 | MAC Cool Neutral Eyeshadow Palette $65 | Deborah Lipmann Crystal Prism 8 pc Nail Color Set $22 | DRYBAR 3 Day Bender Digital Curling Iron 1' $90 | Lip Smacker Lip Balm Set of 24 $20 | Kristin Ess Frizz Reducing Satin Pillowcase + French Hair Pin $12.60 |

My third holiday gift guide of the season is all about BEAUTY! I'm a huge makeup and skincare fanatic, so this is one of my favorite guides to set up. As a blogger I'm lucky enough to try out a ton of different beauty items which means I have a lot of opinions and want to share them all with you! In this gift guide I'll be sharing a bunch of my personal favorites, some items that are on my Christmas wish list, plus some items that are staples for your beauty arsenal. Just like my other guides I'll only be sharing details about some of the items, but that doesn't mean the products I don't personally mention aren't great! As always I only include things I would be happy to use myself!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Seattle Apartment Bedroom Tour

It's been a long while since sharing my first look at my Seattle apartment living room, so I thought today would be the perfect time to share another room! My bedroom is probably my favorite spot in the apartment, mostly because it's just so 'me.' Not too much has changed decor wise since moving from Orange County, but I thought it was worth the share anyhow. I love how cozy and glam my bedroom feels, and it's the perfect place to get some natural light and brainstorm for the blog. I still think I need a little "something" for the room, but I can't quite put my finger on it yet, if you have a suggestion let me know in the comments! P.S. You'll be able to shop everything in my room at the end of the post ! :)

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales

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Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! I hosted this year but my sister still did most of the cooking that needed to happen. It was overall a pretty relaxing holiday and we spent the majority of the time watching Jeopardy on Netflix, haha. I would love to know what you all did. But the real point of this post is that....the sales are finally here! If you haven't already checked out my current gift guides you can do so here and here because there are so many items that are on extra sale! This is going to be your guide to all the sales going down on Black Friday and through Cyber Monday. I'll be updating the posts to make sure it's as accurate as possible throughout the sales so you don't miss anything. I'm also sharing a few of my favorite products from each of my most shopped at stores! Once my purchases start rolling in (I'm doing most of my shopping online this year!) I'll also be writing a post sharing what I got!

Abercrombie: 50% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping
Amazon: So many daily deals happening!
American Eagle: 40% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping
Ann Taylor: code BLACKFRIDAY
Anthropologie: 30% off EVERYTHING!

ASOS: 25% off EVERYTHING with code EPIC25
Banana Republic: 50% off regular priced items!
Banana Republic Factory: 60% off EVERYTHING!
Baublebar: 35% off EVERYTHING!
Bloomingdales: 25% off every $200, 30% off designer.
Chicwish: Up to 50% off!

DSW: 20% off EVERYTHING with code MADHOUSE  + Free Weekender with $39 purchase with code FREEBIE
Express: 50% off EVERYTHING online + Free Shipping
Francesca's: Buy one get one 70% off!
GAP: 50% off EVERYTHING with code BLCKFRIDAY + EXTRA 10% off online with code TREAT
H&M:30% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping with code 3238
J.Crew: 40% off EVERYTHING with code TOGETHER
J.Crew Factory: 40-50% off SITEWIDE with code ADD2CART
Kate Spade: 30% off EVERYTHING with code GIVECHEER
LOFT: 50% off EVERYTHING code FRIYAY

Lord & Taylor: $25 off $200 spent with code BONUS
Macy's: Daily doorbusters! Use code BLKFRI
Madewell: 25% off EVERYTHING with code DEALWITHIT
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off various items!
Nordstrom Rack: Daily deals each day + EXTRA 30% off Clearance.

Old Navy: 50% off EVERYTHING!
Overstock: Up to 70% off select items + Free Shipping!
Pink Lily Boutique: 30% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping with code PLBBLACKOUT
Pottery Barn: 25% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY
Revolve: Up to 50% off specific items.
Sam Edelman: Extra 30% off (Almost) EVERYTHING with code SAMSGIVING2018
Sephora: Various items on sale each day!
SheIn: Up to 90% off with code BLACKSALE

Shopbop: Up to 25% off regular price items, up to 75% off sale, and tiered percentages off with money spent with code MORE18
Sole Society: Up to 60% off sale styles!
Target: So many deals!
Topshop: Up to 50% off select styles.
Ulta: Various doorbusters.
Urban Outfitters: Buy One Get One 50% off EVERYTHING
Victorias Secret: Free Shipping over $50 + $50 off $250 with codes: SHIP50 and SAVE5OVS
Walmart: Has daily deals!
Wayfair: Up to 80% off select items! 

Don't forget to check in here for Cyber Monday when the deals might change a bit. As you know you all using my links makes my job possible and I am so thankful for each and every one of you (even if you don't make a purchase!). Happy shopping!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $25

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Say hello to gift guide #2 of the season: stocking stuffers! This can also just be a guide for gifts under $25, although most are WAY under that. I strive to make most of my gift guides affordable, because we never just purchase one gift during the holiday season. Budgeting is how I get through the holiday season, and I'm sure so many of you are the same way! I didn't feature many beauty items here (just a few key ones!) since I'll be doing a whole beauty gift guide in a few days, but I know that beauty items are a popular stocking stuffer. I just beg you to wait until I share all my faves before you make your final choices there. Until then, here are a few details about my favorite products from this guide!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Profusion Cosmetics Confidence Palette Review + Swatches

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The holiday makeup is finally starting to get released and you could say I'm a bit thrilled by it. With the holidays comes glitters, metallics, and all the fun shades you might not see everywhere (I'm talking reds and greens here!) One of the things that I love about this time of year is that more affordable brands also release new items, and I'm here to share one of my favorite palettes that you can pick up from Target for ONLY $10! The Profusion Confidence palette will be getting so much use this holiday season purely because of the wide range of glittery/metallic shades. Although I love a great matte shadow, I always tend to gravitate towards the more "fun" eyeshadow looks AKA lots of glitter, haha! Keep reading to see why I love this palette plus swatches of each of the shadows!
Shades Top To Bottom: Winning, Mascot, Likeable, Supple, Coin, Benefit, Legendary

Normally I'm a little weary of some cheaper eyeshadow palettes. Ones I've tried in the past had a lot of fallout (especially with those glitter shadows that I love so much), weren't very pigmented, or didn't have that long of a lasting power. I have to say I've been incredibly impressed with all the Profusion products I've tried, particularly with the pigmentation! With one swipe you get an incredible amount of color, something that you can't say about a good amount of palettes unless you spend a hefty amount of money, or at least $30 nowadays. 

This palette comes with 21 different shades with a variety of finishes including matte, glitter, and metallic. However you could combine the two last finishes as many of the metallic shades are somewhat glittery as well. The Confidence palette also comes with a dual-headed brush for application. Although I haven't used it yet it looks identical to the brushes that have come in other Profusion palettes which I have used and liked. They aren't the most high quality brushes, however they get the job done and are perfect for travel!

Each shade is noticeably different from the next, which is great with a palette that has a large variety. Sometimes I get annoyed as I buy a palette with different looking shades that turn out to all look the same. I've tried to keep the colors of the shadows as original as I could with the editing, although some have obviously been changed a bit just for brightening purposes to match the rest of the image. The shades above are from the first line of shadows and I would say these are the most 'natural' of the shades. The only two that have a similar look are 'Likeable' and 'Benefit' but in real life the latter is slightly darker and has a little more yellow tone to it. I'm obsessed with the 'Coin' shade, a beautiful gold with slight copper undertones. It would be perfect for any metallic gold look! Another shade that might be my favorite in the whole palette is 'Legendary.' It was hard to capture in the photo, but this shade is a metallic green with brown undertones. It's great if you want to go the way of a green holiday look without going full out like you might for St.Patricks day. The brown undertone keeps it more in the neutral shade category, and when you catch the light the green shines through!

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Shades Top To Bottom: Serendipity, Dynasty, Chameleon, Secure, Empire, Bite, Madly

These middle shades in the Confidence palette are all fun bright shades on the red, orange, and yellow spectrum. I LOVE how buttery all the shades in this palette are, and was so excited to see that that softness carried out to each of the finishes. These shades above are so stunning in person, and I'm glad it carried over in the photos! All of the shadows are crazy pigmented, bright, and colorful. I've found it hard to come across decent orange and yellow shades but these do not disappoint. I can think of so many ways to use these not just during the holidays, but during the summer months as well. 

'Bite' would have to be my favorite out of this group. It's the perfect metallic red with just the slightest hint of purple/maroon. I've been really into using red and pink shadows lately and I can't wait to incorporate this one into my looks!

Shades Top To Bottom: Sunny, Power Up, Backlash, Valient, Switch, Fireside, Bombshell

These shades are much more toned down than the middle shadows, however a lot of them are still in the orange color range. 'Backlash' is my favorite of these since it's a beautiful brown metallic with some gold undertones. It can be used as an everyday color but if you dress it up a little with fake lashes and some liner you can create a fantastic holiday look with it. 


I'm such a huge fan of this palette that I just had to share with you guys, and I hope if you purchase you fall in love with it too! These shades are all so soft, blendable, and create incredibly pigmented looks that last. Would y'all be interested in a makeup tutorial featuring this palette or just a holiday makeup look in general? I'm thinking about incorporating more beauty looks into the blog, however I want to gauge interest from all of you! Let me know in the comments!
 
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