Christmas Wishlist With Babbleboxx

by The Classic Brunette, 11:56:00 PM
This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Christmas is almost here! I know I keep saying that, but it's just because I'm so excited. I'm wrapping up all my last minute present shopping and I'm assuming most of you are too. I have a large variety of people on my list this year and some people are more difficult than others. Whoever you're shopping for, Babbleboxx's Christmas Wish List box has something that will help. One of my favorite things about the holidays is that I can match the perfect gift to the individual, even if they're a bit tricky to get right. This box has something for almost everyone, and let me prove it to you!

Easy Christmas Gift Wrapping Tutorial

by The Classic Brunette, 11:56:00 AM

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!

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

by The Classic Brunette, 12:00:00 AM
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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.

Gift Guide: Beauty Under $100

by The Classic Brunette, 10:52:00 AM
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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!

Seattle Apartment Bedroom Tour

by The Classic Brunette, 3:01:00 PM
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 ! :)

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales

by The Classic Brunette, 12:24:00 AM
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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

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!

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $25

by The Classic Brunette, 12:07:00 AM
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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!

Profusion Cosmetics Confidence Palette Review + Swatches

by The Classic Brunette, 11:00:00 PM
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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!

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!

EDIT: I can no longer find this palette online, so all links have been changed to Profusion's Mirage Palette which has many of the same shades! :)

Gift Guide: Amazon Under $50 (Including Designer Dupes!)

by The Classic Brunette, 10:27:00 PM
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Pink and White Fleece Jacket $27 | Acrylic Space Saving Hangers $13 for set of 10 | Chloe Crossbody Dupe $23 | Gold Makeup Organizer $22 | Mario Badescu Drying Lotion $17 | Felt Letter Board w/ 300 letters $32 | Rose Gold Portable Charger $18 | What Do You Meme Game $30 | Purse Organizer $20-$29 | Capri Blue Candle $28 | Louis Vuitton Dupe Wallet $16 | Yves Saint Laurent: Style Coffee Table Book $45 | Gold/Brass Decorative Tray $15 | Decorative Gold Metal Bowl $16 | Desk Standing Cell Phone Holder $8 | Rose Gold Portable Speaker $18 | Faux Fur Pet Bed (multiple sizes!) $35-$129 | Karen Walker Sunglasses Dupe $11 | Gucci Belt Dupe $20-$25 | Valentino Rockstud Flat Dupes (14 colors!) $46 | Chanel Quilted Crossbody Dupe $24 |

I think I say this practically every week, but it's CRAZY how fast time is flying by! Honestly, how am I already writing my first gift guide of the season. I wanted to start off with a guide that was super affordable and easily accessible, so of course I went with Amazon! I have to admit, I was never the biggest user of Amazon until very recently. For years I only used it for textbooks or other school supplies. I didn't even have my own account, I would have my sister place orders for me! But since living in Seattle with Amazon headquarters right around the corner from me I figured it was time to actually give the site a go. Unfortunately it's too good of a site because I find way too many things that I want on there! Luckily, they have some of the best prices around so I never feel all that bad when my cart gets a little too full 😉. For this guide I focused on gifts for her under $50, with most being under $30! There are some home items, some fashion, some beauty, and my favorite...designer dupes!

How To Add Personal Touches To Your Home

by The Classic Brunette, 12:01:00 AM
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You guys have been ALL ABOUT my home decor on Instagram (seriously, those posts are some of my most liked!) so I thought I would share my favorite way to add some personal flair to your home or apartment. Of course I have a ton of non-personalized decor, but nothing makes a house, apartment, or even a dorm room feel like home than a couple of unique touches that represent you and your personality. Here are a few of the ways I do this in my place.

Currently TCB October '18

by The Classic Brunette, 4:35:00 PM
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This is the second post on my 'Currently' series where I catch you all up on the things in my life from what I'm thinking about, where I've been traveling, and all the things I'm doing and loving. I always like reading these types of posts from other bloggers because it lets you get into the more personal side where you learn about the parts of life that don't necessarily include the blog or social media. The goal with these posts is to try to connect with all of you more! Maybe we're watching the same show or maybe we're going to be traveling to the same place soon, connecting with you all is why I'm here and I want to do that more often! If you missed the first Currently TCB post you can check that out here but for now here's what I'm currently up to...

Fall Wardrobe Basics And How To Style Them

by The Classic Brunette, 11:33:00 PM

Let me set the record straight right now. I LOVE to shop. Spending money on clothes is what I was born to do, BUT it's definitely not something I can afford to do. Grabbing trendy pieces every so often is great and often necessary to keep your wardrobe refreshed, but the smart way to make your closet work better for you is to buy some basics. By grabbing a few staple pieces for each season you can easily mix and match your wardrobe into a solid number of different outfits. I've picked out my personal fall basics and a lot the different ways I can pair them all together.

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Review

by The Classic Brunette, 10:38:00 AM
*These products were provided as PR Samples from Pixi By Petra, all opinions are my own. 

I'm sure if you've been in a Target beauty isle recently you've seen the pretty packages of Pixi by Petra. I discovered this brand a while back and was so excited for an affordable makeup brand that had such a variety of products. I've luckily been on the receiving end of some of Pixi's favorite products through PR packages, and I just had to share these MatteLast Liquid Lips because holy moly do I love them. With so many shades, there's a perfect for everyone and the best part is that they are no fuss - something that I can't stand about most other liquid lipsticks (my only exception being Tarte's!)

My Trip To Dallas: A Mini Guide + Life Update

by The Classic Brunette, 11:35:00 AM
Hello friends, hope your week has been a great one so far! I'm back from my most recent trip to Dallas and I had a blast. I got up to so many things, but also didn't get around to doing everything I wanted to do while there. This won't be an official city guide (more on the reasoning for that below!), however it will be a little guide to what I did on my visit and where I stayed. I also have a bit of a life update near the bottom of this post, so make sure to read that too if you want to see what's happening in my life!

Where I Stayed

When looking for a place to stay I wanted to be a little outside of the downtown area while still having a lot in walking distance. The Canopy by Hilton in Uptown Dallas was exactly what I was looking for! The place just opened a few months ago, and reading all the reviews made me want to stay there even more. It was centrally located in Uptown right next to shops, restaurants, and parks, and the hotel itself was so nice! Everyone who worked there was so sweet and talked with me about the neighborhood, and they even gave me some macarons from a local shop when I checked in (which I promptly ate when I got to my room since I hadn't eaten at all that day haha!). The room itself was SO BIG I was totally in shock. I just got the traditional king bed room and it was huge! I had my own closet, a large bathroom with a walk in shower, and the bedroom itself was enormous. Everything was also totally updated, and I have to admit I did spend a good amount of time in the room...more on that in a second.

They also have a full breakfast each morning which is complimentary, and they have so much stuff. I've never seen a hotel breakfast this expansive. I wish I had photos, but they had a breakfast taco station, fresh fruit, a large variety of pastries, cereals, along with local jams/jellies to go along with everything. One morning they even had avocado toast! And on the 8th floor they have a bar with a beautiful view of downtown. If you go hopefully they still have their spicy margarita on the menu, so good! Now let me be clear, this isn't sponsored, I just really loved my stay here! (And as always if something is sponsored I would let y'all know!)

What I Did

So, on my very first morning I managed to take a pretty bad tumble while walking into a Target. I literally stepped out of my uber and just absolutely ate it. Thankfully the people in Texas are super kind and a nice man helped me up, but I scraped up my elbow and knees pretty badly. Not exactly what I imagined my first day of the trip to be like. After that it made my adventures a little more limited as I was injured and walking irritated it, so I spent a good amount of time that first day in my hotel room trying to rest up for the rest of the trip!

After falling, I explored the Uptown area a bit then made my way to the Arboretum.

I went in knowing this place was big, but I didn't realize that the Arboretum is about 66 acres! I didn't exactly pack walking shoes, so my feet were killing me in the slides I was wearing. However I would have to say it was worth it for all the beautiful pumpkins and nature that I got to see while exploring here! They have really outdone themselves in the fall decor, I wanted to take all the pumpkins home with me. I walked around looking at the waterfalls, the sculptures, and listened to the birds for hours before I finally made my way back to the front gate. I highly recommend making a stop here, especially if you're here for autumn! And since my feet were in need of a little TLC I bought myself a pair of slippers at the arboretum store at the end of my trip, haha.

The following day I made my way to the Texas State Fair! I was so excited to hear that this was happening since I've heard rumors about how fun it is. Y'all when they say everything is bigger in Texas, they mean it!

Again, I knew this fair was a big deal, but I didn't realize just how much of a big deal until I was there. Walking through the area was insane, there were huge museums, auto shows, shopping expos, and more. And that was just within the first few steps of walking into the place! There isn't all that much shade in Fair Park, so whenever it got too hot I would just dip into one of the showrooms and look around at all the stuff that was on display or for sale. After taking a look at all the expos, I finally made it to all the main attractions.


Inside the actual "fair" part of the State Fair, there are theme park rides, games, a huge pond for swan paddle boats, livestock, tons of food stalls, more expos, and MORE. Honestly the list could go on and on there is just so much to see.

I bought a ton of coupons (for food and rides) as well as a game ticket for the fair games and just had the best time. This trip to Dallas was my first trip alone, so I just took my time with everything. I rode the rides I wanted to, played the games I thought were fun, and ate the fair food that looked the best. It was awesome, I basically felt like a little kid again! I even forced myself to go on the Texas Star, a big ferris wheel, so that I could get a birds eye view of the fair and the Dallas skyline. That's the photo right above, it was such a great view!

And that huge cowboy you see in that photo above? His name is Big Tex, and he is ENORMOUS. I didn't expect to see anything like that, and he even talked about things that were happening at the fair. Obviously I had to take a photo with him! Just look at that height difference! I had such a good time, and it was totally worth the sunburn and heat rash that I got for spending too much time outside. (My fault, I didn't pack for 90 degree weather!)

On my last day I had a few hours to spare before my flight home, so I decided to venture into downtown a little more. I heard about Klyde Warren Park from a number of people, so decided to check it out. This small park is located directly over a freeway! It's right in the downtown area next to a few museums, and is the perfect place to spend some time with nature in the city. I loved that you could see all the downtown buildings from within the park, and it looked like a great place to gather with friends and eat at one of the many food trucks. I was there early in the morning and there was actually a pretty large yoga class going on out on one of the main lawns, such a cool place to hang out!

Next I traveled to the Kennedy Museum. It had totally slipped my mind that JFK was assassinated here in Dallas, and when an uber driver reminded me I knew I had to go check out the museum. I got to learn a little bit more about JFK and his upbringing, his presidency, and ultimately his death and assassination. The museum is actually in the building where the shooter was, so it's pretty emotional walking past where it happened. My favorite part was hearing all the different conspiracy theories about the shooting though, and learning a bit more about the aftermath of the assassination. It actually inspired me to watch the movie Jackie on my flight home! (Great movie by the way!)

And now for a little bit of a life update and my reasoning for traveling to Dallas. Well, I'm 99% sure that I'll be moving there in March! During the times when I wasn't exploring the city I was looking at apartment buildings. I had never been to Texas, but it was my first choice in moving after college, however Seattle seemed like the best option at the time. After living here for a few months, I decided it isn't what I'm looking for in the long run. I have nothing against the city itself, but it just isn't what I was hoping it would be. So I took the trip to Dallas to see if I could see myself living there, and surprisingly enough it kind of reminded me of Orange County, just with some southern flair. After looking at a few different places, I can definitely see myself there and am excited for the next adventure it will bring me when I make the move!

If you live in Dallas, I would love to hear your thoughts on the city and get some more recommendations from you! I'll also be doing a bigger Dallas post after living there for a while and getting some more experience to share. Hope you enjoyed the post!

Favorite Fall Sweaters

by The Classic Brunette, 12:00:00 AM
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Leith Turtleneck | Free People Structured Knit Tunic | V-Neck Twist Front | Grey V-Neck SweaterCable Knit Design Sweater | Free People V-Neck | JCrew Mustard Sweater |  Leopard Print Sweater | Blush Striped Sweater | Crewneck Fringe Sweater |

Happy fall everybody! One of my favorite things about this season is the fact that I can finally pull out my sweaters. I love a good Halloween themed one, like this $10 one I shared on my Instagram the other day, but I also love more traditional sweaters. I think they're so cozy, comfortable, and you really just can't go wrong with them. Today's post is a round up of some of my favorite sweaters I've seen lately and have been loving!

Beauty Empties Vol. 1

by The Classic Brunette, 11:05:00 PM

As a blogger I try SO many products. Although I'm not complaining in the least, it does get tough to stick to a routine when I want to try everything. At all times I'm practically overflowing with beauty/skincare products. I try to test as many products as I can so I can review them, but that means in the long run I don't get to finish a good number of things. However, I decided to start this 'empties' series on the blog for the rare occasion when I do finish beauty products! If I finish something it normally means I have strong opinions about it, however it can also mean it's just what I had on hand. I hate to waste, so whenever possible I do try to finish products. (Fun fact, a lot of shelters/donation places don't take opened items, so it makes it hard to donate products that don't work for me!) So that leaves me with a few products that I've used up and want to share with you all!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo

Recently my hair has been absolutely finicky. In the past my hair took DAYS to get slightly greasy, but now it seems the day after washing it's already a greasy mess. I'm just saying I'm thankful for dry shampoo now more than ever. This shampoo started off strong, but in the end I think it was too silky/smooth for my hair. It's a very thin and runny formula which I think contributed to the grease buildup in my thin hair. If you have thicker hair with more texture (mine has no texture/grit at all!) this would probably be great for you! On the plus side, it did smell great!

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Conditioner

Unlike my shampoos, I actually don't mind a silky conditioner! With my hair being thin, it tangles easily and needs something smooth to loosen it up a bit. Used with a different shampoo than its partner, it did a good job at smoothing, de-frizzing, and made it easy to detangle after washing.

Spa Thyme Hazelnut Toffee Latte Scrub

I am obsessed with body scrubs and exfoliants. I've actually had this one from Spa Thyme for a while and made a review upon my first few uses in this post, however I finally just finished the tub! As I said I have to make it through a lot of products, and this one was just sitting in a drawer until I found it again a few months ago. Let me just say that I LOVE this stuff and am so glad I found it again. It has the best smell (think Starbucks during Christmas time) and feels great on my skin. There are essential oils and sugar in it to both soften and exfoliate your skin at the same time. I typically use it on my arms and legs, however you can use it for your whole body! My favorite part of this is
that the scent and oils are long lasting, so your skin smells and feels amazing for hours after.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Shampoo

This shampoo was a thicker formula than the Amika one, and definitely added a little more grit to my hair. The smell wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad by any means, just not something I normally go for. It gave me an extra day without grease, but the grease did come back so unfortunately it's still not going to be something I go back to. I think for me it's the coconut oil that added excess grease, I know some people swear by it, but I've never been a fan of it.

Love Beauty & Planet Hope And Repair Conditioner

Once again I think the coconut oil didn't go well with my hair. When I used this conditioner my hair looked and felt greasy from the moment my hair was dry. Again, I'm sure someone with thicker/more textured hair would benefit from this product more than I did!

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

This is actually the second tub of this face cream I've finished off because it's AMAZING. I have dry, sometimes combination skin and this moisturizer is the absolute best. I use it whenever my skin is starting to feel tight, and also after every shower (when my skin feels the driest). It smells like cucumber which makes it feel a little more relaxing when you put it on. The moisture is great and lasts the whole day/night so no need to reapply it multiple times a day, although I'm sure it wouldn't hurt. You also only need the tiniest amount so it lasts forever! I use this every day and the 1.6 oz jar lasted a little over a year.


That's it for my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them, and what products are you loving that you recommend?

Fresh Laundry With Tide Purclean

by The Classic Brunette, 12:00:00 AM
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Talking about a little something different today on the blog....laundry, and how Tide purclean has helped me gain a better way to get it done! It's a chore I've actually grown to love over the past few years, mostly because it always leads to some organization (which I love!). Since moving to Seattle my laundry experience has only been elevated, namely in a way that involves less harsh chemicals and more plant-based products. As you can imagine, Seattle is a huge environmentally based city, and people here are always looking for ways to improve on their daily lives. I had heard of plant-based detergents, but didn't really give them a second thought until moving here. I wasn't sure how well they worked, what the benefits were, and most importantly how they would compare to my old detergent. Luckily, I found the perfect one that is everything my old detergent was and more: Tide purclean.

Pink Striped Sweater

by The Classic Brunette, 3:26:00 PM
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It's finally fall! I'm so excited that the leaves are starting to change and the weather has already cooled down a significant amount here in Seattle. I've been trading dresses and shorts for long sleeves, sweaters, and denim and I couldn't be happier. Although I do love a good sundress, there's nothing I love more than a comfy sweater. It just makes me feel relaxed and ready to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of apple cider. Even though it's barely fall, my apartment is already well decorated for Halloween (Homegoods is where it's at everybody! I've already bought three decorations and a real pumpkin...) and I'll slowly be adding more until the holiday is here. Side note, I have NO IDEA what I want to be this year. Last year I was Winnie the Pooh, but can't think of anything for this year and am open to suggestion. Now, going back to my favorite article of clothing for fall...sweaters!

Travel Guide: Atlanta, Georgia

by The Classic Brunette, 12:03:00 AM

Hey everyone! I took a little hiatus last week while I was in Atlanta, but I'm so glad to be back sharing my trip with you all today. I was there for four days, and although I did do a number of fun things, I also spent a lot of time just inside my own hotel. I say that because I was actually there for a conference being held at the hotel. I'll be sharing a little guide of all the things I got up to while in Atlanta and my thoughts on the city and all the things to do, eat, and see there!
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I recently shared a little glimpse of Henry in last Monday's post, and you all were so excited to see him! I wanted to share a little more about him because he's such a huge part of my life, and I know a lot of you all have kitties of your own! I adopted Henry last June when he was 5 weeks old and now he's SO BIG. Honestly, I think he's a mix of one of the bigger breeds of cats and will end up being 15+ pounds! But he's such a friendly giant, and makes me incredibly happy. I love cuddling up with him in the mornings, watching him play with his little catnip mice, and hearing his little meowing chirps whenever he wants food, haha. In all seriousness though Henry is such a little bundle of light and keeps me entertained and feeling loved all the time. He gives me so much, so I definitely spoil him back to make sure he's living his best life! Here are a few tips that make me a crazy cat lady and Henry the happiest little cat.

Last Minute Sephora Sale Purchases

by The Classic Brunette, 12:49:00 AM
Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you were lucky enough to get a long weekend, but if you weren't I hope you got to at least enjoy some time with family and friends! I decided to take a little time off since posting my hugely personal post last Monday, but I did want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who read it, commented, and reached out to me. It was a slightly terrifying post to write and share, but I already know that it's making the impact I wanted it to which is a great feeling! So thank you again to everyone! Now onto today's post. I recognize that the labor day sales have been up and running for a few days now, but there's really only one I'm interested in this year, and that's the Sephora sale! Today is the last day to shop, but I wanted to share my last minute picks from the sale. These are items I've either tried out myself, am repurchasing, or are on my personal wishlist. All VIBRouge members get 20% off (code:YESROUGE), VIB get 15% (code:YESVIB) and everyone else gets 10% off with code YESINSIDER.

If I had to pick a few out from this list that I highly recommend it would be these three: Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer, Buxom's Big Tease Mascara, and Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder. I use all three of these almost every single day and cannot say enough good things. The Fresh moisturizer is something that rehydrates my skin without making it feel oily or overly hydrated. I've tested out a few different moisturizers and oils and this is the one that I've repurchased again and again (even though it's slightly on the expensive side.) 

The Buxom mascara is also a product that I repurchased during the sale since it's currently my favorite mascara! I tried this when I received it in a PR box and fell absolutely in love with it. It gives incredible volume, doesn't clump and makes me almost look like I'm wearing falsies. 

The translucent setting powder is also a little bit pricey, but if you've been searching for the perfect "flawless" finishing product, this stuff can't be beat. I've used a few different setting sprays (including the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray above which I love for different reasons) but this powder gives almost an airbrushed finish to your face. It keeps my makeup in place, and gives me that perfect look I crave when I do a full face of makeup. You can't go wrong with it!

Like I said above, all these products are either on my to-buy list, I've tried, or have already repurchased. Most being in the last two categories! Have you purchased from the Sephora sale this year? What are you going to buy during this last day of the sale?