Friday Finds


I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite beauty products with you, and there’s no time like the present. I started using the Charlotte Tilbury line about a year ago, and I love it! My first product was recommended to me by a friend, a friend much wiser in the beauty product department, and now I’m hooked. Below I listed the products I use plus the ones I want to try.

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The Unisex Healthy Glow is the best tinted moisturizer. I love that it gives you a fresh tan year round without feeling like you’ve caked on makeup. I like to wear few products, and this is the perfect base.

Next, I add the Beach Stick (color: Las Salinas) to my cheeks and lips for a rosy look. This is summer in a stick! This product is great for travel because no brush is required. Keep one in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups too!

Lastly I use the Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette (palette: The Golden Goddess or The Uptown Girl) to get a light shimmer or a smokey eye. Once again these are great sizes to throw in your carryon bag for a week of traveling. They go day to night so well.

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There are a few Charlotte Tilbury products that I want to add to my beauty routine: the Perfecting Powder, the Light Wand, the Full Fat Lashes Mascara and the Cheek to Chic Blush. If you’ve tried them, let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas 2017 Beauty Gift Guide


I’ve teamed up with Anna Proctor for this beauty gift guide! Together we are highlighting the best products to give your friends and family this holiday season.

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Part I: Makeup

  1. Fenty Beauty Killawat Highlighter
  • $34

Give the gift of glowing, shimmery cheeks. Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s debut beauty collection, has made waves this fall with this highlighter as a clear standout. Available in 5 shades and designed for all skin tones, any beauty guru on your list would be thrilled to receive this. Rihanna herself says, “you can use this on any part of your face—your eyes, your cheeks, your nose bridge, your collarbone. I like to use it on my body as well because it’s such a high sheen.”

  1. Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner
  • $22

Give the gift of cat eyes for days. This liquid eyeliner has been a staple at Fashion Week for years. Its inky intensity, quick dry, and precision tip make it easy to apply eyeliner like a pro – from a thin line, to a bold, dramatic stroke.

  1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette
  • $65

Give the gift of smoky eye envy. This warm, Arabian inspired 18-shade palette features 8 creamy mattes, 6 shimmering pearls, 3 duo-chrome toppers, and 1 glitter shadow. The shades blend seamlessly and stay put without fall out. The beauty guru on your list can create tons of looks with this palette’s nice mix of matte and metallic finishes.


Part II: Skincare

  1. Shiseido Facial Cotton
  • $10 for 165 sheets

Give the gift of glamifying everyday activities. Who knew removing makeup could be improved? With these 100% cotton pads from Shiseido, makeup removal becomes luxurious. Shiseido’s facial cotton pads are gentle and don’t break apart or leave residue on the skin.

  1. Clinique Cleansing Balm
  • $30

Give the gift of a new step in your beauty guru’s routine. As South Korea’s sworn-by 10-step skincare routine has infiltrated our Instagram feeds, us simple girls are dying to add products to our vanities. This cleansing balm can be used as step 1, an oil cleanser, to remove makeup. It removes your makeup without leaving an oily residue, preparing you to begin your nightly skin care regimen.

  1. Drunk Elephant T.L.C.
  • $80

Give the gift of more youthful, radiant skin. As the winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty for 2017, this product has skincare and beauty gurus singing its praises. Its mix of 25 percent AHA and 2 percent BHA gently resurfaces the skin as it exfoliates, getting rid of dead skin cells and leaving behind baby-smooth skin.


Part III: Masks

  1. Lip Mask
  • $15.26

Give the gift of smoother, suppler lips overnight. This lip mask is perfect for the cold winter months that produce those irksome chapped and dry lips. After using this mask, the beauty guru on your list will on your list will say goodbye to chapped lips and hello to smooth, super soft lips.

  1. Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Moisture Mask
  • $14

Give the gift of strong, healthy locks. This hair mask, from Lauren Conrad’s hairstylist’s line for Target, packs a lot of bang in its $14 price tag. The beauty guru on your list can apply this once a week for extra shine and softness, or for a more intense treatment, apply the mask and then cover with a shower cap to lock in extra moisture. Its thin formula makes application a breeze.

  1. Tonymoly I’m Real Sheet Masks
  • $20.90 for a pack of 11

Give the gift of brighter, more radiant skin. No gift guide would be complete without a sheet mask. These three-layer 100% pulp masks have essences that absorb into your skin. Each mask has its own unique scent, from pomegranate, to red wine, to avocado. The masks come in a pack of 11, so you could even split them among several beauty gurus on your list.


Insider tip: when checking out at Sephora, don’t forget to add in 3 free samples for yourself! Also, be sure to check out Sephora’s Beauty Offers for some other free add ons here.

Must Try Products


I’ve never spent a lot of money on cosmetics. I use Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer, Maybelline eyeliner and mascara, Nars blush and BH Cosmetics eyeshadows that were given to me. I use Cetaphil face wash and Olay quench lotion, so I guess you could say I have a pretty boring beauty routine.

My friends use lots of lotions and potions, and I’m always intrigued by what they use. Among other things, my roommate uses a combination of Vitamin E oil and almond oil to hold in the moisture on her body in lieu of moisturizing creams. Another friend uses Revision anti-aging night cream which has collagen that plumps your skin to make you look young and supple.

I’ve made a list of products that I want to try in the new year. Maybe they will make me more adult-like as I transition into the real world.

Cosmetics to try:

  1. Revision eye night cream
  2. Essie gel polish
  3. Mudslide Hair mask by DryBar
  4. Lash extensions 
  5. St. Tropez mousse  with mitt

Let me know if you have any other suggestions!