the gorgeous gift guide.

Stumped on what to buy this holiday season for your beauty loving gal or guy? 

I'm here to save the day with a list complete with links!

Skin Care

  1. Nothing beats healthy glowing skin and simple, good for you products! Sonia Roselli skin care is a great gift for anyone of any age! These products are perfect to prepare skin for makeup application.
  2. Sheet masks are fun, easy, and a great stocking stuffer! Amazon has a ton of options!
  3. Another fun mask is the Carbonate Clay Mask. After applying, it starts to bubble... and tickle! Can you keep it on the entire time!? 
  4. If tickling is not your pleasure, Glamglow has amazing masks for all skin types! 
  5. Bring the spa home with a portable facial steamer!

Makeup

  1. Everything Charlotte Tilbury! Seriously, you won't regret it!
  2. Sephora and Ulta have put together a list of their top selling, most coveted, holiday gift items. 
  3. My all time favorite lash product combo is to first apply the Dior Lash Maximizer followed by the Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara. Make sure to allow the primer to dry clear before applying mascara. Neither product requires a lot for a huge impact! 
  4. My all time favorite blushes are from Nars. My all time favorite colors for 90% of my clients, and myself, are Deep Throat and Impassioned. 
  5. Revlon makes an amazing lip stain. It is a buildable product- the more applied the darker the product appears on your lips. It is also fabulous applied under a lip liner, lipstick, or gloss because the top product fades, you still have a stain of color on your lips! 

Tools

  1. Real Techniques are high quality for a very reasonable price. They have everything from sponges to detail brushes. 
  2. Cleaning brushes is a pain in the tushie, but there are some tools that help get a deeper clean like this or this
  3. There's nothing like a set of flirty lashes. Help them stay lifted and curled with the right set of lash curlers.

For more details or specific questions, don't hesitate to comment or contact me! And have a very merry holiday season! 

 

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"Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide."

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With an alarm pre set and phone glued to hand, I repeatedly refreshed the browser. Forty five minutes of not so patiently waiting and then, BOOM! I was in. I felt immediate pressure to pick a date and time before getting the boot. Inspiration struck and I booked our tickets for my birthday weekend. 

But then the outfit planning. Oh the outfits. 

Once we decided on black and white I started planning an outfit around my rehearsal dinner striped dress. But I must inform you of a rule in our home: if you call an outfit, then it's yours. 

And Bianca called that striped dress first. 

But I think everything ended up quite nicely. Plus, I got a new dress out of the situation that is perfect for makeup jobs too. Not to mention that it was under $40 on Amazon

The makeup choice was easy. I knew a bold pink lip was necessary and the rest just came naturally. I had gotten some Charlotte Tilbury skin prep samples, and HO-LY MO-LY this stuff is good! 

With a little bit of research, I found a nearby restaurant right up our alley. I chose Aliment for one reason only: the brussels. We are obsessed with brussel sprouts. Our favorite were some we had on our honeymoon in Portland, Oregon at a restaurant called Tasty and Alder. Caramelized fish sauce. It may not sound appetizing, but it is all that and a bag of chips!

Second item on the Aliment menu: Brussels Sprouts // caramelized fish sauce, toasted nori.

YES!!

And they brought me right back to Tasty and Alder! 

We also ordered the beet salad, which was so beautifully displayed, cauliflower saute, and a main course that neither of us can recall. Everything was delicious and we were tempted to order a second serving of the brussels. 

A short walk down hill, and we arrived at the most colorful building.

Upon entering, they give you a card to use with their cameras so your photos can be emailed directly at no additional charge. The first image above was taken upon entering the museum. 

After taking the photo, there were several small circles on the wall with writing next to them. Upon getting closer, you see a description of a smell. And wow did they get the smells just right!

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And then the tastings: Smashmallow (I got root beer and Bianca got strawberry and cream) in the rainbow room and Pressed Juicery charcoal cleanse in the black and white room.

And, let's be honest here. The black and white room was the picture I had been planning for.  

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Next we came upon the orange room. Although interesting with its eclectic array of nick nacks and do dads, we weren't very much interested in taking any photos. 

Then came the blue room and an instant rush of balloon scent. The room felt like a dream or as if I were floating in the night sky. This room was smaller, and more difficult to get a photo without others in it, especially the photo take with their camera. However, Bianca did manage to get one cute photo of me. 

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The disco room. A holographic floor! Disco balls and music. We HAD to dance!

And who remembers playing with a Lite Brite as a kid?!

But we came upon what I believe is my favorite of all the rooms: the Ribbon Room.

Holy moly! I did not even ever imagine that I could love walking through thousands of ribbons as much as I do now. Bianca and I even spoke of how and when we could make one of our own. Maybe one day our child will need a corner of ribbons in their room. 

Ok. Enough with the ribbon obsession. 

After a quick break into the completely pink bathroom full of jokes we went up some very happy stairs...

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and found ourselves down a hallway of even more color! 

This beautiful hallway led us to the most anticipated room. 

CONFETTI! 

If you have been with us through our wedding planning, you saw our series of confetti photos. So, this room felt like it was made for us. And my sweet sweet wife bought the cutest crowns for my birthday and this was the perfect room for them. 

And finally, the yellow ball pit. As a preschool teacher, I was quite excited to jump into a pee-less pit of balls! 

And finally, a sweet yellow treat to send us on our way!

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Thank you Color Factory for a fun filled evening!