The craziness of the holidays is comin’ in hot.. Before you’re busier than elves on Christmas Eve, let’s get your beauty routine in check!

I love a good product that’s easy to use and/or low maintenance to wear. I’ve pooled together all of my must-haves for your shopping pleasure. Once you get your life together, you can even customize a beauty basket to gift to the next hot mess in your life. ūüėČ

Call me Oprah, because here are some of my favorite things:


In no particular order..

Physician’s Formula Organic Mascara | Look for the green tube! Since mascara spends a lot of time on my eyes, I like knowing that it’s natural. Usually the natural stuff sucks, but this stuff will give you some good length with an eyelash curler + about 3 coats. Use tweezers to perfect your lash sections + close your eyes and use the cool setting on your blowdryer, while directed up your face, to blow your lashes up and away. Perfection! Linked above.

Younique Precision Pencil Eyeliner | More good stuff that’s not full of junk, especially as it sits on my eyes almost 24/7. Am I sounding like a granola yet? ūüėČ I use this one in the color “Perfect,” which is a jet black, but it comes in lots of funky options too! You can support a small business + shop for it here. While there, check out the pretty + sparkly anniversary eyeshadow palette they just released. Love.

Chanel CC Cream | Nobody told me my 30’s would show on my face. I’m kinda oily + kinda showing wrinkles + kinda blotchy with some zits. Fun, right? This one covers it all + adds a glow. It’s thick, but not “caked.” I wear color “30 Beige” in the winter and “40 Beige” in the summer + for pictures. Grab some!! You won’t regret it. Linked above.

MAC Blot Powder | I follow-up my CC Cream with this matte powder to kill the shine. I wear the color “Medium” in the winter and the color “Medium Dark” in the summer + for pictures. If you like a dewy look, you can skip this one! Linked above.

Foundation Brush | If you’re not already using a brush to apply your foundation, you’re missing out on a must have. Application is smoother and your foundation looks 3048x better on. Wash with brush cleaner or your facial cleanser weekly to keep it in good shape. Grab my favorite through the link above!

Lipsense | I love this stuff because it doesn’t come off!! You can eat + drink + kiss your kids + nap + shower and your lip color won’t budge. Perfect for holiday parties or, let’s be honest, just plain ol’ #momlife. This comes in tons of colors + it’s a 3 coat process; Opt for a lighter shade if you’re new to applying lipstick. “Bombshell” is a lighter favorite, it makes me want to put on a LBD and Jennifer Aniston wears it, so there’s that. ūüėČ If you’re a pro, I love brights like “Blu-Red” + “Dark Pink” for the holidays. Some people have an adjustment period to this (mine peeled for several days), so get going on it before a big night out. Make sure you grab a gloss + color, because they won’t work without one another. You can support a small business + shop for it here or here. If it’s your first rodeo, here’s my cute friend Chelsea showing you how to apply it.

Rodan+Fields Lash Boost | Longer lashes are on my Christmas list. Everyone I know who is using this stuff has insanely long lashes! Start now for some dramatic lengths by Christmas + New Years. New foundation + a little mascara + some bright lips will brighten your whole look. Support a small business + shop it here.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | Somewhere between 9am-noon, my eyeshadow all rolls into my creases and my eyeliner ends up somewhere above that. This primer actually keeps your shadow + liner exactly where you put it! I’ve linked the newest “anti-aging” version above (because that sounds like what I need), but I’m currently using the regular version. Liquid magic.

La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream | The first thing I have to say on this one is don’t freak out! The second thing I have to say is this. stuff. is. GOLD. That’s why it’s not cheap. I said don’t freak out. The first ingredient is seaweed and something about dry skin loves that. With 2 uses, my complexion has balanced out + my skin feels a lot like my 4 year olds. You can grab the .5 ounce version for under $100, so I’ve linked that above. This moisturizer is a must, especially through a harsh winter.

Gel Polish | I can’t talk beauty without mentioning nails! Mine are finally growing out, thanks to professionally applied gel polish. If hitting your nail place isn’t doable every 2-3 weeks, you can do this long lasting polish yourself. I’ve linked a DIY kit above. 30 minutes spent + you’re chip-free for weeks! Super low maintenance.

Fake Bake Self Tanner | Get bronzed skin, but skip the damage. This set comes with a spray + mit and it’s super easy to use with the perfect color result. Make sure you exfoliate in the shower prior to applying, wear gloves when applying + quickly spray/rub in a circular motion to spread the color. Linked above.

MAC Lips | I’ve linked two glosses in my perfect pinks for winter: one bright Lipglass + one pale Cremesheen Lipglass. You probably already know if you can pull of a pale lip, but this bright pink is an every girl shade. It comes with guaranteed complements. ūüôā I’ve also included my favorite lip product – Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. This one is called “Personal Statement,” but if popping pink isn’t your thing, it comes in tons of other colors too. I love it because it lasts all day with minimal smudging + it feels like there’s nothing on your lips! All linked above.

MAC Blush | Light, bright cheeks are the way to go! This stuff holds its hue all day long + you can also apply it with your new brush. Wash to avoid turning your foundation pink. I’ve linked my favorite color above.

doTerra Lip Balm Trio | While we’re on the subject of lips, let me introduce you to your perfect lip conditioner. During winter especially, I find myself reaching for this stuff. These smell delish because they’re infused with essential oils + they contain zero junk! Support a small business + shop here. Feel free to grab some essential oils while you’re at it!



This is my list of goods that I keep coming back to + I hope you love them! The holidays are looking good. ūüėČ



Happy first day of FALL!

School is in session, we all survived the summer, and now (maybe just maybe) there’s a little time to catch up on you. Fall weather is some of my favorite and the fashion that follows the season is a little bit fun too. Let’s jump in¬†and chat¬†favorite things..

1. Primer + Foundation: First thing’s first!¬†We all need¬†a good “power couple.” A fresh looking face really does go a long way¬†+ you can do it quickly and on a budget.¬†My 30 year old face isn’t near as low-maintenance as my 20 year old face was.¬†This is where the primer comes in.¬†I love Younique’s primer, it’s free of chemicals,¬†and you can order yours¬†here.

My favorite foundation keeps coming back to Urban Decay’s “Naked Skin.” Drop by any Sephora to be color matched. Fall weather brings pale skin, but at least we can¬†sport that casper glow.


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2. Knee High Boots: Invest in some of these¬†so you can stop working out your legs all together! Your legs can look like Armageddon and these boots beautify the entire mess. Boots are so cold-weather appropriate, and knee highs¬†can take you through fall, winter and spring. That’s why they’re worth the spend. I picked up these Lucky wedges during the Nordstrom sale and they’re easily one of my favorite purchases. Shorter girls, make sure you get a heel with some height so they don’t chop you off at the knees.


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3. Mix + Match Jewelry:¬†It has always worked out that my favorite necklaces/earrings/you name it¬†are silver and my favorite rings/bracelets/whatever else are gold. Shh, let the angels sing for¬†a minute..¬†No more! Silver, gold and other neutral¬†jewelry can finally play¬†together. These pretty pieces all came from Stella & Dot. Gold and silver are peanut butter and jelly this season and you can mix it up to your heart’s content.


PC: Kia Hanson

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4. Bold Lips: I’ve tried¬†many¬†brands and many shades and I just keep coming back to MAC.¬†Next time you’re near the cosmetics at Nordstrom¬†or strolling past the MAC Store, wander in and have them match you to a bold shade that works well on specifically your skin tone, hair color and eye color. I walked out with this color, tailored to me, and my favorite thing about it is that’s it not for everyone. That’s the fun. And it’s called, “Have Your Cake,” so there’s that..


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5. Dry Shampoo +¬†Effortless Curls: My new favorite dry shampoo find is from Costco! It’s inexpensive¬†+ comes in an extra¬†tall can, because mom life means going many days between shampoos. We need the extra product for the extra¬†grease.

Once you’re¬†squeaky clean again, a curl wand is a must.¬†It takes about 5 minutes to wrap large sections of hair around and gets hot enough to curl and then recurl/reshape as often as you need. My favorite has always been Sultra. Smaller sections of hair¬†yield tighter curls and larger sections give loose curls.


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6. Mixing Texture: Think¬†beyond just¬†patterns this season; Think texture.¬†I never thought of myself as a leather-pant-wearing girl (and I’m still not sure how I feel about it now), but I’m illustrating a point, so stay with me.. Combining textures like lace, suede, leather, fringe, etc, adds visual interest to an outfit. Try it!

Side note: Shortly after this picture was taken I had to go pickup my son from preschool. In leather pants.


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Big shout out to Shawn for the majority of these images. &


Ok, now that we all know what’s up for FALL, you muuuuust go enter the giveaway for a shot at winning some of the things you just read about + even more cool swag.


Head here now to enter the giveaway!!