Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty and Makeup

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Alright ladies, this one’s for you. If you’re like me, you are throwing various makeup brands on your wish list ;)

I wanted to share my own favorites since we all know makeup lovers like getting ideas from other makeup lovers!

Holiday Makeup Gift Guide

Okay here are some of my daily go-tos:

Urban Decay 24/7 EyelinerUrban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner – $20

I have been using this eyeliner for years now. I absolutely love it. I have tried other brands but they always seem to fade away within hours. I cannot rave about this eyeliner enough. AND now they just came out with a special waterliner for lining your waterline (duh). I love so many Urban Decay products (also try out their mascaras!). You can order Urban Decay online or go to your local Sephora.

Korres Face Cream TrioKorres Firm Believer Black Pine Collection (Sephora) – $68

Omg this is an amazing deal. The Korres day cream, night cream, and eye cream all for the price I paid JUST for the night cream. I honestly might order this myself…today. 

I bought the Korres Black Pine night cream because my boss told me I should start taking care of my skin more now that I am getting older (lol ugh). I had a Sephora giftcard so figured why not. I can’t believe this trio is now on sale for the price I paid for one! It says limited edition so hopefully that means it will be out through the holidays. I love it and it seems like the ingredients are okay. After reading about  how some St. Ives products actually AREN’T that great for your skin, I wanted to find something else and of higher quality. My face feels much softer and more moisturized now…I highly recommend this product!

Maybelline Waterproof MascaraMaybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – $6-$7 at any drugstore

I actually only started using mascara again recently. My eyelashes are totally straight…my friends call them “camel lashes.” So mascara only accentuates that. BUT then I found some video on YouTube about how to curl your lashes and have them actually stay curled. It’s a process but you 1) heat your eyelash curler, 2) curl, 3) apply waterproof mascara, 4) let it dry, 5) apply normal mascara. Apparently the waterproof mascara acts like a gel and keeps it up. My only complaint is that it is hard to get off at the end of the day but hey, my eyelashes finally curl! This one does the job well.

Mac Studio Sculpt FoundationMAC Studio Sculpt Foundation – $33

If you’re looking for a solid foundation, this is the one. I never wanted to spend on foundation and always just brought drugstore brands. I liked Revlon foundation and Maybelline FIT. Then I went to the MAC counter to pick up my usual Studio Fix powder (another thing I’ve been using for years) and asked about the foundation. My skin get super dry in the winter so I wanted to try using liquid instead of powder. This one is moisturizing and is SPF 15. I apply with a brush and it takes me less than a minute each morning AND it lasts all day! 

Curling Wand


Tourmaline Curling Wand 1″ (Sally’s) – $29.99

I can’t find the exact curling wand I have but it is very similar to this one. I use a 1″ barrel because my hair doesn’t hold a curl so I do tighter curls since it will fall out anyway and just become waves. If your hair DOES hold a curl I’d suggest 1.5-2 inches for a natural wavy look. I know you can do basically the same thing with a curling iron but I prefer using a curling wand and feel like it holds my curls longer…who knows! I spray styling product in it first, curl, then light hairspray. It actually doesn’t take long at all!

Too Faced Sun BunnyToo Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer – $30

I’ll leave you with my now all-time favorite bronzer. Perfect for winter when you want a little color. I know people rave about NARS but I find their bronzer a bit too shimmery (can’t think of the specific one right now). This one is the perfect blend and not too shimmery or matte. I have also tried MAC bronzer which I thought was too shimmery and not pigmented enough. This one is seriously amazing, and you just need a little bit on your brush for the perfect color.

So there you have it…my beauty favs. My beauty routine is rather simple, but when I find products I love (like the Urban Decay eyeliner or MAC powder), I will use them for years.

What product have you been using for years?

Do you straighten or curl your hair? Do you prefer a wand or curler?


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Fitness Gift Guide For Women (Apparel)

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Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? Because I can’t! I have a few holiday related things up my sleeve for you all, starting with 6 gift guides coming at you this week and next. I figured we will all start shopping soon, and why not get inspired OR find ideas for what YOU might want to add to your own wish list ;)

Here are my topics for the gift guides after this one:

  • Fitness gift guide (apparel) for men
  • Stocking stuffers (health/fitness/running related)
  • Health and fitness gift guide (think tech, appliances, food, etc.)
  • Gift Guide for Runners
  • My Favorite Makeup Gift Guide

Today’s gift guide will focus on fitness apparel for women. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your mom, your spouse, your sister, your BFF…you will find some ideas below.

Holida Gift Guide: Fitness Apparel For Women

Okay let’ get started…

Forever 21 Activewear - Heathered Capri Leggings

 Heathered Athletic Capri Leggings (Forever 21) – $12.90

I love that these are heathered and high-waisted. Forever 21′s activewear is actually surprisingly good, and their heathered stuff is really soft. This is perfect for winter workouts!

Forever 21 Activewear - Pullover

 Drawstring Cowl Neck Pull-Over (Forever 21) – $22.90

I love cowl neck pull-overs! So comfortable and cozy. Perfect for warming up or just day-to-day wear.

Nike Winter Running Gear

 Nike Dri-FIT Headband & Running Gloves Set – $30.00

This will probably be in my running guide as well but a headband and gloves set is perfect for anyone who plans on exercising outdoors this winter. 

Nike Pro Warm Running Gear

 Nike Pro Hyperwarm Top – $80

Nike hyperwarm tops are my favorite winter tops. They are so warm (same with their tights) and I use them for running, sitting out at football games…basically anywhere where I will be cold. They make a great base layer as well to add lighter tops over them for those bitter, cold runs.


 Burnout Racer Back Tank (Old Navy) – $10

Winter = more indoor workouts. This tank is perfect for that! PS – all Old Navy activewear is currently up to 50% off online. Check it out!

Other places I shop for activewear also include T.J. Maxx (you can find really warm fleece-lined leggings here) and Marshall’s. I’m telling you though, you can find a lot of apparel (and inexpensive at that) at Forever 21.

Where do you shop for yourself or the fitness lover in your life?

Do you prefer capris or shorts for gym workouts in the winter (or you don’t care)? I like capris so I’m not AS cold on the walk from my car to the gym lol


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Health/Fitness Links To Get You Through The Day

Time for some link love!

Here are your health links for today:

What’s the number 1 thing on your wish list?

Do you stay indoors in the winter time to workout?


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