My Favorite Things About Christmas

Head to my friend and sponsor's blog Marie Darling for a post on my favorite things about Christmas! She's doing a wonderful series of 25 Days of Christmas and I contributed a little something. Hope you enjoy!

An H&M Gift Guide For the Hostess in Your Life

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I was browsing H&M and I noticed how many cute, well-priced items would make great hostess gifts. Whether you're going to a party or know someone who loves to throw them, these cute items would make any home brighter, especially the pineapple!

Beauty Review: Red Lips, A Sugar Scrub & Ballet Flats That Moisturize!

I was reluctant to try a new red since I'm a strong believer in Ruby Woo, but I love how moisturizing this is. I definitely want to try other colors! It's not as matte as MAC (try saying that three times fast!), but it's a great color when your lips need some moisture. You can see the difference below where I am wearing Ruby Woo.

NYX Mascara: Le Chick Flick
I thought I'd throw in a review for this mascara. I don't remember where it came from, but it's currently in my bag, being used regularly. It works really well to create long lashes, as you can see in this photo. I rarely put it on my lower lashes, but when I do, I really like the effect. My only complaint is that it's kind of tough to get off. I can still feel it after washing my face at the end of the day.

Little Moon Essentials: Shine On, Sugar (*c/o)
I'm super into this body scrub. It's scrubby, but not overly so since my skin can be sensitive. After using it once, I could tell the difference in moisture. It worked so well, I rarely needed body cream after using. To be honest, the packaging distracted me from the product. It's not something I'd gravitate toward aesthetically, but I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I literally used it to the last drop. I recently tried a new scrub and was dissapointed at the roughness. This stuff is well-priced and definitely something I'll add to my regular routine.

PolyGel Geluxury Slippers (*c/o)
This product is literally ballet flats that moisturize. What a novel idea! My feet are ever in need of tender love and care so I was super excited to try this. I could definitely tell a difference after a few uses, but it was pretty subtle. The shoes are fun to use, but if you need something stronger, I might try the ole cream and socks trick. This appealed to me because of the lack of mess, unfortunately it didn't make the kind of difference I hoped. My mom did comment on the softness of my feet though!

*Some of these items were gifted, but all opinions are my own.

Yay! It's My Birthday (and Thanksgiving)!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you're having a wonderful holiday. This year my birthday falls on Thanksgiving and I'm grateful to have the day off to call family, hang with my favorite pooch and eat lots and lots of pie. I'm having a lovely day and just found out my mom is making a surprise visit from Texas! Now I'm off to make my mom's famous yams and eat Jason's delicious turkey dinner. xoxo

In honor of my birthday, I suggest you follow this instagram of adorable baked goods. Too much cuteness all in one place! Also, don't forget to enter my birthday giveaway. You could win a gift card for one of my favorite brands!