November 30, 2016

Gift Guide 2016: For Men


      Next up are gifts for the men in your life. My fiance is super picky about gifts, but he's mostly picky not because he has something specific he has in mind, but because he emphasizes that he "doesn't need anything." But isn't gift giving and the holiday spirit about giving someone something you think they would enjoy but doesn't need or wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves? That's something I think about when I'm picking out gifts for anyone, but especially for men because if they're anything like my fiance, they are looking for something fun and different, but functional at the same time.

November 28, 2016

Gift Guide 2016: For Her


      Did any of you do a lot of damage during Black Friday weekend? Cause I sure did! I got a little bit of everything from clothing, beauty, and home decor. I might do a little haul post once I sift through everything and see what works and what doesn't. As per tradition, after Thanksgiving I post my three gift guides for the week's posts. Today will be the 2016 Gift Guide for Her, Wednesday will be the 2016 Gift Guide for Him, and lastly Friday will be the 2016 Gifts under $30.

November 25, 2016

Three Things 11.25.2016


      For all my readers in the States, I hope you had an amazing and filling Thanksgiving! As you can see from the snapshot above, after months of waiting, my couch finally came! It is the last necessity in the living room, and it was last thing that prevented me and my fiance from having a lot of guests over. Of course when the room is ready to be revealed, I'll write more about the couch and the other pieces in the living room. But in keeping with the home decor theme, the three things I've been enjoying lately around my apartment are home related.

November 23, 2016

Product Review: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Premium A/I


      I've finally gotten around to reviewing the last of the beauty products I purchased in Paris. Upon exploring the city streets in Saint-Germain, I passed by a Shu Uemura store and being from the States where there are no more Shu Uemura stands or stores, I couldn't resist the urge to pop in. I was at first curious about their cushion foundation, but I actually didn't see it in the store and instead gravitated towards their cleansing oils. Shu Uemura has six different kinds of cleansing oils, and I picked up the premium A/I version which is geared towards dry and sensitive skin.

November 21, 2016

Sephora Fall VIB 2016 Haul


      I exercised a lot of self-control during the VIB sale this time around. There were a ton of more stuff on my wishlist, but upon testing out the products in the store and swatching some of the stuff I was thinking of getting, I didn't like any of them! In my disappointment however, I ventured onto other products and brands and ended up getting something not originally on my wishlist, and something that a friend recommended.

November 16, 2016

Product Review: Farmacy Honey Potion


      Ever since Farmacy was first available in Sephora stores, I was curious about trying out things from the brand because I was interested in their philosophy; cultivating natural ingredients but using science to ensure that its used to its highest potential. I bought the Honey Potion on a whim because I've never actually tried a warming mask before, and the description that it changes from a clear jelly to a rich cream had me super curious.

November 11, 2016

House to Home: Progress Update


      Happy Friday! My coffee table from West Elm came Tuesday, and my living room is now only missing the couch! I have been trying to focus on one one room at a time to avoid being overwhelmed, and I think I've made substantial progress on the living, dining, and my office area. It's stressing me out to think that I haven't even really tackled the bedroom yet, but my goal is to have the common areas done by the holidays so that friends and family can spend time in the space without feeling like there isn't a place to sit!

November 9, 2016

Playing Favorites - Some of my Favorite Beauty Brands


      When my friends ask me for recommendations if they're looking to buy a specific product, I tend to recommend brands that I think do a great job in a specific product range. While part of having a beauty blog means testing out new products, I do tend to rely and repurchase certain products from certain brands because I've found them to be the best out of the products that I've tested and tried. Some of my recommendations will be based around brands, and others will be oriented towards a category. Curious to see which brands made the cut?

November 7, 2016

Product Review: Caudalie Detox Night Facial Oil


      I got this oil for an incredible price in Paris. It was recommended to me by the pharmacist there after she asked a few precursory questions about my skin condition and looking at my skin in the store. She was so observant and even asked some pointed questions that were true about my skin even though I didn't say anything other than I was acne prone. I'm usually very skeptical of sales associates, but I was impressed in that she was able to pinpoint some of my skin issues without me actually telling her about them.  Due to my oily acne prone skin, she stated that it was imperative for me to detoxify my skin at night to prevent more breakouts. Suffice to say, I totally went ahead and purchased a bottle.

November 4, 2016

Sephora VIB Event Fall 2016 Wishlist


      It's that time of the year again! I look forward to Sephora's VIB fall event every year because you get a whopping 20% off of your entire purchase. I always have my wishlist on the ready so I can quickly put everything in my cart as the more popular items usually sell out as early as the first or second day. The event starts today for VIB Rouge members until November 7th while for VIB members it starts November 11th and will run until November 14th. Check out my recommendations as well as my personal wishlist for this year's VIB event!

November 2, 2016

Product Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum Foundation


      When I was in Paris last month one of the must have makeup items I knew I had to pick up was the Healthy Mix Gel Foundation by Bourjois. At one point years ago, Bourjois was sold in Sephora but then for some reason it wasn't, and of course I heard about how amazing this foundation was after it was already phased out of Sephora. Not only does Lisa Eldridge rave about it, but I've read countless other beauty blogs that say it's one of the best drugstore or "high street" foundations available. Spoiler alert - it is. I'm utterly obsessed with  it!