Last year, I started adulting. I had my first full time job which made money not as tight for Christmas, but it also made me a lot more busy than my student and part-time schedules. To make up for the lost time, I had to be more efficient. Google spreadsheets with lists of who to mail holiday cards to and gift-giving ideas by person. I loved being on top of it and even had a bit of a wrapping theme going on, thanks to the Target dollar section. Last year, my wrapping paper featured graphic text, accented with gold and pink tags and tape. This year, I am going with a more traditional theme. Think cozy winter day. Plaids, wood, and fabric. Preston & I also kept the same theme with our 2015 Christmas cards. I am looking forward to giving the perfect presents and having the wrapping be just as special.
Dyker Heights is a quiet little neighborhood in Brooklyn. It resembles a suburb more than the city with single family houses and large yards. It is probably best known for its insane Christmas light displays. We had never been before and were quite blown away. As suburb kids, we remember driving around in the car to look at neighbors' decor. This walking tour was like that-times a million, all in four blocks.
We probably had a little too much fun playing with camera settings to bring out that bokeh.
Growing up I was a huge No Doubt fan. I even saw them in concert right after the Rock Steady album was released. Oh man, did I love Gwen Stefani. So when I heard about the Urban Decay collaboration, I was super excited. My favourite shadows with my preteen style icon.
This palette definitely fits Gwen's pin-up inspired vibe. Lots of light neutrals to pair with winged liner and red lips. There are a couple of brights thrown in and some smokey shades, perfect for deepening that outer-v. My favourite combos so far are Steady & Punk and Baby & Serious. Skimp or Blonde for the inner corner, and the many matte shade options, loving Anaheim, for a transitional/blending out shade. Though lately, I've been into more middle-toned shades which this palette really doesn't have any options. It's either light or dark, but it's been fun to go back to that look. If you are a fan of champagne shades, this is definitely the palette for you. You have all different variations of champagne-copper (Pop), taupe (Baby), golden (Bathwater), rose (Steady). But again, they are all light champagnes. I have been using this palette all week and haven't needed any other shadows. It's all here. Though, I know I will end up missing my mid-toned taupes. For that, I am adding UD Naked Smoky to the Christmas wish list.
The last Birchbox of 2015! I am loving the cozy, yet glam, silver knit print, as well as the contents of this box.
theBalm FratBoy Blush
Coastal Scents styleEYES formalEYES
(Malin + Goetz) clarifying clay mask
gorge I'll Make You Look Amazing Daily Spray
amika The Shield Style Extending Spray
Another happy mix of hair, skin, and make-up products. I love Malin + Goetz, so I am excited to test out the clarifying clay mask. I have been needing a good detoxifying mask-hope this one fits the bill. I have developed quite the collection of mini dry shampoos and have even tried one from amika previously. This is a little different as a 'style extending spray', but it seems to be the same deal. I love the packaging-print & size. Another beauty product running rampant in my cabinet is conditioning sprays. Love them. I am looking forward to trying this one from gorge with lime oil and green tea. Finally, I got too super cute mini make-up samples. FratBoy is a cult favourite blush I can't wait to try, and the shades in the Coastal Scents duo are right up my alley. This box also included a $10 code for the Birchbox shop-perfect for holiday gifts (yourself included).
The older I get the more difficult it is to make a Christmas list. When your sole income is based on birthday money, it's easy to have a laundry list of things you want. This year, I am really after little luxuries and upgrading some everyday items (putting some Christmas money towards the higher ticket items).
Love the scent and texture of this duo. It feels like I'm at Drybar getting a profesh blow-out everytime I used it. The packaging is gorgeous too, and I am happy with the longevity of the product. I wasn't one to splurge on shampoo and conditioner as I seem to run through it so fast, but it hasn't been the case.
In trying to maintain the (now not-so) new hair, I picked up this brightening creme. The blonde looks just as bright as it did when I first got it. Now, if only I could manage to find the time to style it as nice...
Love, love, love Liz Earle. And this peppery scented, moisturizing little pot is perfect for this time of year.
Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
This has been such a useful product with my allergies driving me crazy. It's so soothing and light. I would say it's more of a toner than a lotion. It also removes any stubborn bits of makeup.
Pixi Glow Tonic
After longing for it to hit the US and then stalking the aisles of Target, I finally found it! I am all for super toners, and this one is just that. It smells great-natural florals and keeps skin bright with gently exfoliation.
Since I have been using it daily since I bought it, I thought I'd re-mention it as a favourite. Sometimes it's those daily items that manage to be so integral to the routine that they get forgotten. This might be the only liquid liner I'll ever buy again. I love the dark shade, long-wearing formula, and the fine brush bristles in a pen format that gives the perfect flick.
The perfect everyday mascara, it gives your lashes a pretty effect. Not too crazy, but longer and darker. The formula is quite long wearing too. It feels almost gel like.
Freeman Daisy Oxygen Revival Mask
My most fun discovery of the month. This mask starts as a gel in your hands then when you apply it to your face it turns into a foam comprised of thousands of little oxygenated bubbles. It feels so cool! Literally-and neat too.
What were some of your beauty favourites this month?
Last night, we picked up our Christmas tree and spent the evening decorating while watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. It's crazy how fast the last quarter of the year goes. Our wild Thanksgiving weekend journey from Jersey to upstate New York has come and gone, and now I am counting down the days 'til Christmas. Every year, we make the trip down to Florida. Though there is no chance of it being a white Christmas, being with family is what really makes it feel like the holidays.