Happy Holidays & Off to Florida

Sunday, December 21, 2014




I wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays and happy new year! I'm headed down to Florida on Wednesday to spend time with my bf's family and enjoy the warm weather. Looking forward to the time off from work, lots of big meals and seeing the Sooners play at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando! Go OU!




-Lauren

One Direction Limited Edition Makeup Kits





Another One Direction makeup set giveaway for you! This time it's an all-in-one kit that comes with six eyeshadows (silver, gold, green, brown, midnight blue and black), four lip glosses (hot pink, pale pink, berry and nude), two nail polishes (red and sparkle), an eye pencil, a sparkly lip top coat and an eyeshadow brush and lip brush. The eyeshadows are very smooth and have a lot of pigmentation. The lip glosses are creamy and have a nice color payoff. The nail polishes are great for the holiday season. You can't go wrong with all the options in these kits -- for New Year's, a holiday party or just a night out.

There is a limited edition tin for each member of One Direction, but each kit contains the same makeup and colors. This would make a great gift for someone just starting out with makeup or a fan of One Direction. The sets are available at Sears, Kmart, Target and Walmart Canada. 


Happy holidays!


-Lauren

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Last Minute Affordable Gifts Under $50

Thursday, December 18, 2014








Need last minute gifts? Well there are tons of options under $50 that you can get from anyone to family, friends and colleagues to hostesses, the mailman or a relative your hardly know. A gift for the home, a little trinket or a timeless beauty item will always please the recipient. Happy shopping!




-Lauren










Holiday Makeup Gifts Under $25

Monday, December 8, 2014



Makeup sets are some of my favorite things to give and get during the holidays. It's a great chance to try out some new products and a pretty good deal since full-size products are usually around the same prices as the gift sets. Here are some of my favorites that are under $25.








Which makeup sets do you have your eyes on?




-Lauren




Holiday Candles

Thursday, December 4, 2014










One of my favorite things about the winter and the holidays is burning festive candles. I look forward to buying the holiday scents all year and I always ask for a candle for Chrismukkah or my birthday. A lot of times I find great ones at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Target, but lots of stores carry candles during the holiday season so there are tons of options of where to find them. 




What are your favorite holiday candle scents?



-Lauren



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Recent Favorites

Wednesday, December 3, 2014




1. Clinique rinse off foaming cleanser: A lot of facial cleansers say they are foaming...this one actually really is! It's super foamy and you only need to use a tiny bit. Definitely worth the $20 price tag. 

2. Clarins instant lip perfector: I learned about this lip gloss/balm hybrid from Essie Button on YouTube. This is such a great everyday product, it's super easy to put on and feels really smooth and not sticky. (Available for less on Amazon.)

3. Double sided pearl earrings: I wanted the look that tons of bloggers are rocking but didn't want to overpay for something that could be trendy. I found these on sale at Leopard and Latte

4. Gap cable knit sweater: I've been wearing this non-stop since it's been cold out. I love wearing it with a blouse layered underneath for that 2-in-1 look.




Happy hump day!




-Lauren











Holiday Entertaining: The Ultimate Cheese Plate

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


A cheese plate is probably one of the easiest appetizers to make and is always a crowd pleaser. My friends and I had a wine and cheese party before Thanksgiving and decided to go beyond just the wine and cheese. We put together (see picture above) a complete cheese and charcuterie appetizer spread. So it wasn't on one of those fancy chalkboard or wooden cutting boards...but we had all the fixings and it was so delicious. 


Suggestions for the ultimate cheese plate:

-- Cheeses of different textures: soft, crumbly, dense, warm, creamy

I picked up a variety from Wegmans (see below): gouda, gruyere and goat cheese. We also had warm brie with jam, regular brie, blue cheese, cheddar and camembert. 


-- The vehicles: crusty bread, crackers, etc. 

-- Salty snacks: nuts, salami, prosciutto, olives, etc.

-- Sweet stuff: raspberries, dried apricots, pomegranate seeds, honey, jam, grapes, etc.


Here are some other ideas for what to include and how to lay out your cheese board:












What are your favorite things to include on a cheese board?





-Lauren