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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2021

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Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday season as we wrap up the year. Andrew and I spent Christmas Eve at home with just the two of us along with our pup Lucy and cat Calvin.

Calvin turned 9 this year and Lucy is 17! We are grateful for every day we still have with our Lucy girl as she is very old and has lost most of her sight and hearing. She’s still happy, healthy, living for the snacks and belly rubs, just slowing down more and more each day.

Wishing you all the best from the bottom of my heart! Sending you all lots of love! Grateful for the kindness many of you have shown me each as you follow along on my beauty journey. Hopeful and looking forward to the next year!

Merry Christmas!

Calvin and Lucy

I’ll be wrapping up the year with some favorites roundups! Also stay tuned a mini home decor haul refresh (you can see a peek at one thing I hauled here) and a look at Chanel Spring first week the new year!

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

December 12, 2021

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas


1 Violet Grey Set / 2 Victoria Beckham Set / 3 T Bar Stand Large / 4 T Bar Stand Small / 5 Belt Bag / 6 Water Bottle / 7 Pave Diamond Hoop Earrings / 8 14k Gold Huggies / 9 Gucci Duo / 10 Hand Cream / 11 Candle / 12 Small Tote / 13 Mini Bag / 14 Aesop Set / 15 Hand Trio / 16 Faux Shearling Slides / 17 Tarte Bow and Go / 18 Jo Malone Cracker / 19 Skincare Set / 20 Nuxe Trio

If you’re still doing some last minute shopping for gifts I have one last Holiday Gift Guide with some ideas for you!

A few of these I own myself and love. The Aesop Protector Trio ($82) has all of my Aesop favorites for the home. I think this makes for the perfect hostess gift! Their Adventurer Roll Up Hand Trio ($56) is another one I love with their hand sanitizers and hand cream.

I’m a minimalist when it comes to jewelry but if you’re looking for some nice classic pieces I love the Mejuri Bold Hoops Earrings ($160) that come in 14k Yellow Gold and White Gold. These are solid gold pieces and I wear these almost every day. I splurged on the Pave Diamond Bold Hoops version ($495) earlier this year and love them. Also love this dainty diamond necklace (worn here).

Lululemon is a favorite at our home. Both Andrew and I use or wear something from Lululemon nearly everyday. I love their Everywhere Belt Bag ($38). It’s the perfect size to carry just the essentials. I bought a bunch of these to give as stocking stuffers this year. I also really love the Everywhere Fleece Belt Bag ($48) which sold out super fast but I have seen it restock a couple times.

The Jewelry T Bar Stands I have that many of you ask about from stories are from Kendra Scott. I have both the Large ($85) and Small ($80) and think they’re really well made. I think these would make super cute gifts, also shown in this Reel here.

The Tarte Bow and Go Set ($35) restocked online at Tarte! And they’re having 30% off sitewide with code 30OFF at checkout! Sephora’s Beauty For All Event ends today with 20% off with code GIFTEASY (one-time use). I’m ordering this Gucci Perfume + Mascara Duo along with a few other things.

Last one I want to highlight is Skinstore! They have lots of great gifts at all price points, great sales and sets. I shared four sets on Instagram in this post here including the Holiday Edit Box ($75), 111Skin Jetsetter Pouch with my favorite Eye Masks ($30, available in Rose and Black), and the NuFace Fix Set ($139). US readers might be really excited to know they carry Nuxe which is so hard to find these days. I’m really happy to have been able to buy their Huile Prodigieuse Trio Set ($66.75) so I can have their body oil in my life again.




Sending you all lots of love and good vibes during this holiday season. I know it can be extremely stressful this time of year! I’m hosting another giveaway! ONE reader will be selected to win a selection of my favorites! Open to US and Canada readers, 18 years or older. To enter:

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas For the Girls Who Have Everything

November 23, 2021

Gift Ideas for the Hard to Shop For

I have another gift guide sharing some ideas for the hard to shop for. If you’re in search of some gift ideas for the girl who has everything I hope this gives you some good ideas! When in doubt you can’t go wrong with a good hand cream, face mask, lip balms, or their favorite hair styling products in a set!

Gift Ideas For the Girls Who Have Everything

Gift Ideas for the Girls Who Have Everything

1 Eye Mask Trio / 2 Gucci Duo / 3 Olive & June Set / 4 Biscuit Candle / 5 Light Up Mirror / 6 La Mer Set / 7 Chanel Eye Mask / 8 Chanel Hand Cream / 9 Belt Bag (love these) / 10 Westman Atelier Mini Trio / 11 simplehuman Mirror / 12 Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Duo / 13 Clear Train Case / 14 Oribe Dry Styling Set / 15 By Terry Palette / 16 Byredo La Grande Selection / 17 La Mer Lip Volumizer / 18 Evening Mist / 19 Hand Cream

I love 111Skin Sheet Masks and Eye Masks! This holiday they have a cute Jetsetter Kit ($30). It comes with 1 Rosegold Illuminating Eye Mask, 1 Sub-Zero Depuffing Eye Mask and 1 Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask and a zip pouch.

A good purse mirror that lights up makes a huge difference for those on-the-go! I love both the Riki Cutie Portable Lighted Mirror ($60) and the simplehuman Compact Makeup Mirror ($80, mirror is 3x magnified).

The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag ($38) is one of my best buys this year. They launch seasonal colors and I think the Mulled Wine and Pink Savannah are really cute!

A DIY mani set is always fun and Olive and June has a lot of great sets to pick from. I love that you can customize some of them too! The Mani Weekender has all of the essentials for an at-home manicure. They also just launched The Press-On System which I’m excited to try!

If you have someone on your list who loves Byredo I just noticed a beautiful set online. They launched La Grande Selection ($310 on pre-order) which contains 24 x 2 ml vials of their iconic scents. This is the ultimate fragrance sampler!



Chic Gift Ideas

Practical Gift Ideas

1 Creed Candle / 2 Creed Room Spray / 3 Match Cloche / 4 Sherpa Jacket / 5 Venus Et Fleur Roses / 6 Truffle Jumbo Travel Case / 7 Scarf / 8 Sherpa Belt Bag / 9 Customizable Perfume Trio / 10 Marble + Acrylic Storage Tower / 11 Wristlet / 12 APL Slides / 13 Instant Print Camera / 14 Vanity Mirror / 15 Beauty Organizer / 16 Scarf / 17 Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

The Sugarfina Holiday Sets are always fun and I’m completely obsessed with the Advent Calendar (ordered these for my niece and nephew).

Good fitting Sherpa Jackets are hard for me to find. Since I’m on the shorter/petite side most overwhelm my entire frame but I still love the Alo Yoga Foxy Sherpa Jacket ($188, use code VIP2021 for 20% off). Wearing it here.




Luxury Splurges

Luxury Splurge Gift Ideas

1 Dior Advent Calendar / 2 Bobbi Brown Holiday Highlights Deluxe Set / 3 Molton Brown Advent Calendar / 4 T3 Aire Brush Duo / 5 Gucci Lip Set / 6 Fresh Mask Set / 7 Fresh Sake Bath / 8 By Terry Advent Calendar / 9 Hair Set / 10 NuFace Fix Set / 11 Oribe Signature Experience Set / 12 Aesop Advocate Set

For the ultimate splurge you can’t go wrong with one of the Beauty Advent Calendars this year. I shared a look at the By Terry Advent Calendar on Instagram Reels here. It’s currently on sale on the By Terry website (marked down to $164)! The Molton Brown Advent Calendar ($270) is always a win for anyone as it’s filled with things that will actually get used up!

The Bobbi Brown Holiday Highlights Deluxe Set is stocked with staples I think anyone would love to have. Perfect for travel or to try out new skincare in mini form.

The T3 Aire Brush Duo is currently on sale at T3 and Ulta marked down to $134.99. Sale at T3 is 25% off sitewide (ends 11/28).

Last item I want to highlight the Fresh Sake Bath. I’m a bath person and think it’s the best way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Fresh finally brought back their Sake Bath ($82) and I think it’s 100% worth the splurge.





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Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide Home / Interiors

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

November 19, 2021


Holiday Gift Guide for the Home

Sharing three gift guides today with Holiday Gift Ideas for the home! I have three roundups including cute Hostess Gift Ideas, Work From Home Gifts for the home office, and also gifts for the Kitchen.

Gifts for the Home and Hostess


Holiday Gift Guide for the Home

1 Diffuser / 2 Match Cloche / 3 Room Spray / 4 Lighter / 5 Glass Boxes / 6 Marble + Brass Tray / 7 USB Lighter / 8 Wick Trimmer / 9 Tray / 10 Barefoot Dreams / 11 Candle / 12 Slippers / 13 Speakers / 14 Mini Candle Set / 15 Candle / 16 Aesop Set / 17 Cozy Blankets / 18 Shearling Slides / 19 Wine Bottle Jacket

I love Aesop for the home and the Protector Set has all of my favorites for the home. I ordered some USB lighters and really like them! I think pairing this with a cute candle would make a great gift. You girls know I love APL Slides and I still love their seasonal Shearling Slides (I plan on buying this year’s colors for myself too). You can’t go wrong with a cozy throw or blanket and I 100% love Barefoot Dreams! Also love Marshall Speakers and I have the Uxbridge Speaker in my home office. Has a lot of power, great sound, but compact so it doesn’t take up a lot of shelf or desk space.

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Gift Ideas for the Kitchen

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kitchen

1 Mini Coquette / 2 Dutch Oven / 3 Nespresso Machine / 4 Cheese Plate / 5 Cheese Knife Set / 6 Marble Wine Cooler / 7 Hand Soap Dispenser / 8 Mini Copper Mugs / 9 Mini Cocotte / 10 Ice Bucket / 11 French Press / 12 Non-stick Pan / 13 Serving Boards / 14 Water Kettle / 15 Olive Oil + Balsamic Vinegar Duo / 16 Mini Bowls / 17 Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Rounded up some cute ideas for the kitchen and home! I swear by my Nespresso Vertuo Next Machine since it makes both coffee and espresso. I used to work at Williams-Sonoma for years and put a lot of tools to the test in their cooking class demos and love both Staub and Le Creuset for dutch ovens or mini coquettes. I own both brands and use them weekly. A cute cheese board + knife set is a no-fail gift! And I also love the Williams-Sonoma Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. Olio Santo is another favorite. I’ve used them for over a decade!

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Work From Home Gift Ideas

Work from Home Holiday Gift Ideas

1 Acrylic Desk Organizer / 2 Pink Clock / 3 Desk Tray / 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 Acrylic Wall System / 8 Alarm Clock / 9 Felt Basket / 10 Basket / 11 Acrylic Desk Set / 12 Earbuds / 13 Charging Tray / 14 Paperclip Paperweight / 15 Two Tiered Tray / 16 Agate Tray / 17 Water Bottle / 18 Tumbler / 19 Portable Speakers / 20 Scissors / 21 Oval Tray / 22 Letter Tray Drawers / 23 Acrylic Memo Board / 24 Acrylic Memo Tablet

I pulled some gift ideas for the home office especially since many of us work from home these days. I found a lot of things I actually want for myself! Two things I use on a regular basis are water bottles and tumblers. I own and love both the Lululemon Water Bottle and Yeti Tumblers. I think either make for great practical gifts people will actually use. Andrew bought me these Jaybird Vista2 Headphones recently which I really love. I have small ears that are sensitive and I really like that these have interchangeable ear gels that fit my ear shape/size without hurting them. They come with a charging case and the battery life is very good!

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If you’re looking for home gift ideas I hope you found some inspiration here!

Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide Nordstrom

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess + Home

November 17, 2021

Nordstrom Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess + Home

I’m excited to share a Holiday Gift Guide today with some cute finds from Nordstrom for the Hostess and Home. There are so many fun seasonal scents this time of year for candles, shower gels, hand soaps and diffusers! For the new home owner or for the hostess you can’t go wrong bringing a chic candle (or set), fancy hand washes, room sprays or diffusers.

Nordstrom Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess + Home


NEST Holiday Sets Mini Candles and Diffuser

Nest has some beautiful options I think have excellent throw and festive notes. I love their Festive Votive Candle Set ($48) with 3 votives in Holiday, Birchwood Pine and Blue Cypress & Snow. The Festive Petite Diffuser Set ($54) is super cute! There are a few variations and I ordered the one with Birchwood Pine, Holiday and Spiced Orange and Clove. I got this as a gift but will probably order one for myself too.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess + Home Nest, Diptyque, Jo Malone


Jo Malone White Moss and Snowdrop Candle

Jo Malone always has beautiful holiday options. I literally want them all but opted to try the White Moss and Snowdrop Candle ($74) which is a beautiful soft delicate scent. It’s hard to describe but it’s fresh, moss-like with a white floral vibe. This is the perfect holiday scent for those who don’t like pine or gourmand scents in their home. I think their Pine and Eucalyptus is a classic for holiday. They have it in a Scent Surround Diffuser ($105) and Room Spray ($74) too.


Molton Brown Holiday Cracker Bath and Shower Gel Set

Molton Brown has the best hand soap sets and mini shower gel sets! I think these are versatile for any age and style. Their Holiday Cracker Bath and Shower Gel Set ($25) makes for the perfect stocking stuffer. They also have a Men’s Cracker Set ($25) and if you want to splurge the Stocking Filler Collection ($50) has 10 minis.

I love their hand soap sets. The Citrus & Fruity Hand Trio ($75) is a beautiful gift set option. I also love their Orange and Bergamot Hand Duo ($55).


Aesop Adventurer Roll Up Set

Another great brand for hand care is Aesop. I love their sets especially during the holiday. Anyone can use some extra love and care for their hands these days and I love their Adventurer Roll Up Set ($67) which comes with their Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash, Hand Mist and Aromatique Hand Balm in a canvas rolled pouch.

You can’t go wrong with their hand soap. I swear by their Resurrection Hand Wash ($39), also available in their Advocate Set ($105).


Diptyque Sapin Candle Holiday 2021

I’ve saved my favorite for last with Diptyque! I look forward to their holiday scents every year and I think the design this year is one of the most stunning! I love the festive design and the full-size candles come with a gold lid this year. Sapin ($42- 78) is their classic smoky pine I think everyone should try. There are two other scents which are lovely in Biscuit (smells like a gingerbread cookie!) and Flocon (floral). Love their Candle Set ($126) which is a trio of the small holiday candles.

Diptyque Holiday Candle Set Trio Small 2021

Last but not least if you’re looking for a splurge gift to impress, the large Baies Candle ($195 for 21 oz) comes in a beautiful matte vessel with 3 wicks. Their Hourglass Diffusers ($195) make for a beautiful accent piece with great throw that you can control when you turn the hourglass around. Their latest addition for holiday is their Glass Reed Diffuser ($190) which comes in a few different scent options. The strength of this one is pretty potent and you can buy the refills separately.

Diptyque Baies Large Candle, Reed Diffuser and Hourglass Diffuser

I still love the Best of Baies Set ($135) which has a small candle, mini room spray (love) and a scented oval.

Diptyque Best of Baies Set Nordstrom

Nordstrom Home Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Set Ideas for the Home

Outfit and makeup details in this post:

Top: Free People / Denim: Paige / Sneakers: Golden Goose (similar style here) / Foundation: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5 / Powder: Chantecaille Blur Powder in Light-Medium / Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Universe / Lips: Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink + Gloss in Sunrise Pink / Eyeshadow: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in First Frost / Mascara: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

That wraps up my favorites for Holiday Gifts for the home! Would love to hear what your favorites are!

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Gift Guide Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas $25 and Under

November 10, 2021

Holiday Gift Ideas $25 and Under

1 Molton Brown Shower Gel Bauble / 2 Molton Brown Cracker / 3 Lip Gloss Duo / 4 Hand Duo / 5 Scrunchie Bauble / 6 NARS Palette / 7 Tarte Palette / 8 Lip Duo / 9 MAC Gloss Trio / 10 Mini Hair Duo / 11 Lip Treatment Set / 12 Candy Duo / 13 Peach Lip + Cheek / 14 Tinted Lip Balm / 15 Budget Brush Set / 16 Lip Plumping Minis / 17 Cheek Minis / 18 Collagen Lip Bath Trio / 19 Mini Palette

I have my first Holiday Gift Guide of the year with some Budget Picks $25 and Under! Rounding up some cute ideas for stocking stuffers or White Elephant options.

Sephora Sets

Lots of cute lip sets, mini palettes and some good skincare options from Sephora. If you’re shopping the Holiday Savings Event don’t forget to use code YAYHOLIDAY at checkout!


For the Desk/Home

Cute ideas for those who work from home, yourself or co-workers!


Nordstrom Sets

Love the hand cream and mini skincare sets from Nordstrom. Also love their good return policy which makes it easy for the recipient to exchange items without any fuss.


Ulta Sets


Tarte Sets

Cute ideas that are budget-friendly. Nice for teens, those who are just getting into makeup, or those who want no-fuss easy to apply formulas.



Cute Nail Sets


Stay tuned for more gift guides!

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas $25 and Under

November 19, 2020

Holiday Beauty Gifts $25 and Under | The Beauty Look Book

1 Kosas Lipstick Trio // 2 Shower Gel Bauble // 3 Mini Hand Creams // 4 Mini Lipglass // 5 Bumble and Bumble Duo // 6 Laura Mercier Eye Duo // 7 Lawless Eye Palette // 8 Living Proof Set // 9 Elf Bite Sized Palette // 10 Elf Bite Sized Palette // 11 Fresh Sugar Lip Set (just marked down) // 12 Bite Agave Set // 13 Olaplex Sampler // 14 Kopari Sugar Cookie Melt // 15 L’Occitane Hand Cream // 16 Mini Essie Set // 17 NARS Lip Balm Duo // 18 Clear Drawers // 19 Sephora Trio // 20 Ouai Duo

Happy Thursday! Rounding up some of the cutest beauty gift sets $25 and under! There are lots of great hand and nail care options which I think are perfect for any age. L’Occitane makes some of the best hand creams and their Intensive Hand Balm is available in a mini size now! There are also lots of cute boxed sets which make for easy effortless stocking stuffers. A cute Silk Mittens Hand Trio popped up online for MAC and I am ordering this today!

There are lots of cute mini makeup palettes available at Sephora, Ulta and Walmart. I’ve heard great things about the Lawless Eyeshadow Minis so I plan on ordering a couple to try. You can find affordable minis from Tarte, Too Faced, Elf and more (linked below in the carousel).

Molton Brown has some of the most exquisite scents and gift sets. I love their Holiday Shower Gel Baubles ($15 each, available in a few scents) and Holiday Crackers ($25 each with 4 shower gels). This Mini Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Set is also a good one!

Another great brand to look for skincare sets is Fresh. I am 100% obsessed with their lip balms and love that they have different variations at different price points. I linked the ones Under $25 in this post but they have a wide range of sets to choose from.

The BEST shower creams are from Sol de Janeiro. The Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel is available in a mini in their Carnival Flight Set. There is also another variation in their Coco Cabana Jet Set which I also love. I think these are a good deal ($33 value for $25 each) and an easy win for anyone!

Last I wanted to mention that Kosas has some nice sets on their website (also a few available at Sephora and Nordstrom). I think their – swatches of their makeup in my Kosas Cosmetics Roundup post in case you missed it and want swatches!

Skincare & Body Sets


Makeup Sets




Hair Care




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