Quick Holiday Hair

The old saying “there aren’t enough hours in the day” seems to always fit in perfectly during this time of year. In between the shopping, wrapping, and cookie baking are the holiday parties that somehow vanish from your calendar. With no time for a blow out, the panic sets in that your going to show up with a frazzled mane and (of course) run into that old ex-boyfriend. Enter this super quick and easy updo that only requires a few pins and elastics.

Quickholidayhairtutorialfinal_edited-11. Sweep hair to one side of the head

2. Secure with an elastic

3-4. Take the hair in the ponytail and pull in an upward direction, holding onto the ends

5. Make sure the entire pony is now teased into a bun-like shape

6. Twist the bun away from the face, finger combing out any large knots

7. Wrap the hair around the ponytail base and secure with another elastic

8.-9. Pin any loose ends



For the Beauty Girl…


1. Tarte of Giving Limited Holiday Edition Makeup Gift Set Collector’s Kit

Filled with lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara and more, it’s the perfect present that doesn’t leave anything out.

2. Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio

My favorite kind of lip balm that moisturizes while providing a perfect pop of color.

3. Drybar Blowout In A Box

It’s literally a blowout in a box. Enough said.

4. Oribe Purse Size Collection

The best way to keep those tresses full of volume and shine all day long.

5. em Michelle Phan the great cover up ultimate concealer

Providing a highly pigmented and super creamy formula, this bad boy can cover up the darkest circles. (It was even tested to cover up the line of a sharpie.)

6. Ciaté Mini Mani Month

The best Advent calendar you could buy? One filled with 24 mini nail polishes, of course!

7. Benefit Cosmetics Little Love Potions!

The perfect starter kit for the emerging beauty girl. Get her started with a set of 10 mini Benefit bestsellers.

8. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay has outdone themselves. A Naked 3 palette filled with rose gold hues–I just can’t.

9. TOCCA Meet the Girls Fragrance Collection

Look no further for the fragrance obsessed.

For the Fashionista…


It’s that wonderful time of year again when gift guides are all abuzz online. Scrolling through pages and pages of this years most wanted items is one of my favorite ways to start my holiday shopping. Below are some of my favorite picks for the fashionista in your life.

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Smokey Eyes in 5 Minutes

In the horrific event that I only have five quick minutes to finish my eye makeup, I call upon the smokey eye to get me out the door in time while still feeling glam. When in doubt, blend, blend and blend!

Products used:
-NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Lili Marlene
-Laura Mercier Luster Eye Colour in Celestial
-MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
-benefit they’re Real! Mascara


Fall Makeup Routine

Fall is by far my favorite season, and in honor of the crisp cool air that has arrived, I wanted to share my fall makeup routine.

Products used:
-MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden
-MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed
-MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
-MAC Double Feature 4 Eyeshadow Duo
-Make-Up Designory Eye Color in Cajun Spice
-MAC Eyeshadow in Sketch
-Sumita Pencil Eyeliner via Birchbox
-MAC Extended Play Lash in Endlessly Black
-MAC Satin Lipsticks in Myth and Snob


“No Makeup” Makeup

Sometimes the best look is to go au natural. But for some (including myself) that can be a bit terrifying. Enter the “No Makeup” Makeup look.  Watch below to learn how to define and enhance your features in the most natural way.

Products used:
Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentré
Supergoop!® CC CREAM
MAKEUP FOREVER Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream Shade 1
SHISEIDO Translucent Loose Powder
MAC Sheertone Blush Pink Swoon
MAC Eyeshadow Cork
MAC Eyeshadow Rice-Paper
MAC Fluidline Blacktrack
benefit they’re Real! Mascara
KORRES Lip Butter Pomegranate/Grenade