November 30, 2015

Gift Guide for the Home

      This will be my last post for the 2015 year gift guide series! All of us know that one person who loves shopping for their home and is always on the hunt for new beautiful things to add to their collection. As a home decor lover myself, I've recommended a couple items that are in my own home as well as other items I've bookmarked and been eyeing myself. As with the other gift guides, the gifts in this post are from various price points starting from $15 to $75.

November 27, 2015

Guide Guide for Him

     I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The third post in my gift guide series is for the men in your life! I have to say, this category is always the most difficult for me to write because I try to recommend more unique gifts in this category. This year, with a little help from my boyfriend, I think I've found some pretty unique gifts that should surprise the men in your life!

November 25, 2015

Gift Guide for Makeup

      The next gift guide is for makeup & beauty lovers. In this category, I chose to feature brands and products that are raved about in the beauty blogger scene. Some of them I've personally recommended here on the blog, and others have been consistently recommended by other beauty bloggers and Youtubers. The gifts here in this guide guide range from $25 to $80.

November 23, 2015

Gift Guide for Skincare & Body

      It's the week of Thanksgiving but retail land is already in full holiday swing and it seems that every brand has already come out with their holiday gift kits. Similar to last year's gift guides (see them here), I always feature gifts that I personally would love to receive and give away to friends and family. I also try to range the gift prices from affordable (around $30) to reasonably pricey (under $100). Today's gift guide will be for the skincare and body care lovers!

November 20, 2015

Beauty Haul from Sephora

      I got a few goodies from the Sephora VIB 20% off sale that just passed. I was very meticulous and picky about what I got! After editing my cart around three times, I finally trimmed down my purchase to three new to me items. Some of the items I bought are repurchases of some of my must haves, and some have been on my wishlist for quite some time. 

November 16, 2015

Product Review: Pixi Glow Tonic

      Glow Tonic by Pixi has been on my beauty wishlist for forever but this concoction has just recently made it's way stateside from our neighbors across the big pond in England. I've watched loads of videos of people just raving about Glow Tonic so I knew when it was finally available at Target I definitely was going to snatch a bottle up. I'm so glad I did and it's definitely not over-hyped!

November 13, 2015

Home Discourse: Book-Matched Stone Slabs

Image Source: Oliver Burns
      I love marble in a home, I mean who doesn't love marble? But let's talk about book-matched marble, which in my opinion is marble with a little special twist. As per wikipedia, book-matched marble is "the practice of matching two (or more) wood or stone surfaces, so that two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book." Book-matched marble (or any other stone) immediately catches your eye and makes an amazing design statement. I think it looks really modern and definitely makes the space more special.

November 11, 2015

Beauty Discourse - New Skincare Buys & Gearing Up My Skin for Winter

      Despite the abnormally warm 70 degree weather NYC had last week, I've bought some new more heavy duty products to help my skin brave the cold winter. Plus, I've already finished my summer/fall moisturizer, a serum, and a cleansing oil (consider this a preview of a future empties post!). I also have my eye on a couple things during the Sephora 20% off sale that's going to start next week, but in the meantime, check out what's new on my beauty shelf.

November 9, 2015

A Heart to Heart - A Reflection on the "Let's Be Game Changers" Movement by Essena O'Neill

      I try to keep it light, fun, and controversial free here on A Glossy Discourse, but after viewing Essena O'Neill's, a former model and frequent SMS user, heartfelt video about the dark side of social media, I really wanted to write a heart to heart here on the blog. For this Monday's post, I want to write a rather personal post on what I think has become an important discourse for discussion in an age where social media has the ability to exert tons of influence over society.

November 6, 2015

Product Review: H&M Beauty Products

      I finally got around to purchasing a couple items from H&M's new massive 700+ beauty and makeup line that just recently launched. For a brand that is as pervasive and common as Starbucks, it's actually kind of hard to find stores that carry their makeup and beauty line! Furthermore, I found out that the only store in all of New York City that carries the entire line is H&M's (new) Flagship Store in Herald Square. Unfortunately for me, I was at their prior flagship store on 5th Avenue which only carried the makeup line - and not all of it I might add. But enough ranting! Let's get on with the review!

November 4, 2015

Trend Discourse: Plaid Coats

Image Source: Ann Taylor

      It's already November which means that it's the start of chillier weather here in NYC. Good news is, that means warm but chic coats can be brought out from the closet! Since I already have (one too many) black wool coats, I'm currently on the lookout for a fun statement coat and I think a plaid coat may be just the thing I need to add to my fall/winter wardrobe. I'm highly considering a red plaid coat, but I am also a sucker for darker plaid patterns like forest green and navy!

November 2, 2015

For the Love of Makeup - Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge

      Happy November!! After several delays in shipment and issues with the book being dispatched from Amazon, I finally got my hands on Lisa Eldridge's new book Face Paint. Those of you who are frequent readers of my blog know I love Lisa Eldridge and she's probably my favorite makeup artist that is on Youtube. The wait was worth it, as the book is gorgeous, informative, and just overall an interesting read! If you love makeup and beauty, it's definitely something you should have on your bookshelf.