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!

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

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“When you feel sad, put on a fur coat, your favorite heels and drink water from a big wine glass on the couch.” –Charina, my amazing friend

What do hardship and faux fur have in common? Well, there you go.

This is my bright, clean corner of the internet, but it’s also my place of epic realness. No unicorns here, folks. ūüėȬ†Just fashion¬†+ real life intermixed with some worthwhile carbs (cough, grilled cheese).

We’ve all heard “never judge a book by it’s cover.” In my opinion, this¬†can actually apply¬†two different ways; Some books¬†pose disproportion,¬†ragged edges and age that cannot be concealed, but they¬†hold unexpected treasure. On the other hand, some books present nice and crisp, even as¬†stress +¬†struggle falls between their pages.

I’ve been both books.¬†Chances are, you have too.

I’ve gone several days between showers and real maintenance, but had Bible verses in my head, grocery shopping done, kids entertained, dinner on the table and¬†more. There was treasure at the end of¬†that ragged rainbow.

There’s also that spot where you¬†struggle to find a balance, and I could give you a list of 32035034 reasons why that may be. I¬†sometimes feel myself working harder, yet¬†accomplishing less. This is¬†my current novel.

It is possible to do it all and have it all, but I’ve heard¬†it¬†only¬†happens¬†once¬†every 922nd¬†full moon. Let’s all hang in there together.

 

Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)

Choker: Forever 21 (similar)

Ring: Stella & Dot (on sale!)

Booties: Payless (similar)

Hat: Forever 21 (on sale!)

 

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The first thing you need to know about this sale is that it ends today!! I wokeup at 8am and realized today is the last day! So jump on it while it lasts.¬†We’re going to shop¬†all things Women, but this sale also includes: ¬†Men¬†|¬†Kids¬†|¬†Home

If you’ve read anything on this blog at all, you know I really enjoy two things: grilled cheese + a good sale. In the interest of the latter, I may or may not have spent the morning browsing infinite pages of goodness and my eyes may or may not be burning as a result. So, grab your sandwich and shop along.

I cannot emphasize enough how many cute shoes there are this time around. These Nordstrom buyers really outdo themselves in the shoe department. I think retailers are transitioning primarily into winter boot season and eventually spring things, so if you need a good pair of booties, welcome to shoe heaven.¬†These booties aren’t my typical style, but I’ve been eyeing them all season! I’m also loving these¬†Nikes that look like the Free Runs, but they’re only $67.90! Oh, and these Vince Camuto’s.. take my money, Nordstrom. Just take it.

In no particular order, here are some more favorite finds:

 

 

My favorite dress!

 

If you’re on the fence with anything, here’s a secret I have learned about¬†Nord sales: Sometimes the price goes back up the next day, but sometimes it further drops. And sometimes things sell out completely! So snag what you want while it’s on sale today, then tomorrow check pricing on the items¬†you purchased. If the price has further dropped, shoot Nordstrom a friendly email and they will refund the difference.

Love this company + these steals!

 

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I had to sneak this quick post in because I just found out today… I did not win the lottery. Also, my favorite¬†moto jacket is being re-stocked (for the last time) at 9am PST tomorrow morning!

If you don’t already have a staple black jacket – this is it! Super flattering, super soft and looks way more expensive than it is. This is why it keeps selling out!¬†

This is one of those jackets that gets compliments every time you wear it. It’s great texture (see #6) and it transforms any outfit into something special. Think of an outfit like a strawberry. This moto jacket dips that strawberry in chocolate. It’s always food with me.. Anyway, grab one before they’re gone tomorrow!!¬†

I’m 5′ 9″ and wearing a size medium.

 

Shop the Moto Babe Leather Jacket HERE.

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Set an alarm. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

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Fall finally showed up and it’s been all school drop-offs, pickups, a few hair extension clients¬†and a blur of activities! And so begins the season of busyness and¬†pre-funking for the holidays. Halloween is only weeks away and then it’s all turkey and tinsel. My brain is excited and running the opposite direction all at the same time. So, let’s¬†just¬†talk¬†effortless outfits for now. ūüôā

If you haven’t already jumped on the texture-mixing bandwagon (see fall pick #6), that’s ok. With these rainy Seattle days especially, I can appreciate a little simplicity. Black + gray are your best friends right now.¬†They look good on everybody + never go¬†out of season + are versatile and can be styled limitlessly. And not to forget, your new bold lips (see fall pick #4)¬†will pop right off your calm colored canvas. Say that three times fast.

Whether shopping for basic staples¬†or accessories outside of your norm, you cannot go wrong¬†with these two colors. In my case, I’m not a hat person. Hats have never looked quite right on me, but I guess I have a will that won’t die. So, when stepping outside your comfort zone like me, 1. find a really good photographer ūüėȬ†and 2. grab that new¬†piece in black or gray.

Why not white?¬†White is also a basic neutral, but it can add pounds and, let’s face it, gets dirty quickly. I can throw on this gray dress and walk through a dust storm and you probably wouldn’t know the difference.

 

Hat: Old Navy

Dress: Forever 21

Shoes: Old Navy

Jewelry: SD Necklace + SD Bracelet

 

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Fair weather fashion is now your friend. Happy puddle jumping!

 

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