Gifting Beauty Essentials: 6 Make Up Must-Haves

There’s nothing better than getting brand new makeup as a gift! It’s such a fun surprise, from the packaging, to the beautiful design of the product, to applying it and seeing what it looks like when you put it on your skin!

Whether you’re looking for something for your best friend, sister, mom or aunt, adding one or two of your favorite makeup items or brands to your gift is simply thoughtful and fun.

I’ve rounded up a few of my must-have beauty items that I use every single day to help get you started on the best gifts for your babes!

bareMinerals Foundation

I have been a HUGE bareMinerals fan since I was in middle school. It covers anything that pops up, whether it’s blackheads, pimples or dark circles all without leaving too much residue.

My skin is oily and doesn’t do well with liquid foundation. I love how the powder is made with natural minerals so I don’t feel too bad about wearing make up every day. I use one of their newer shades “soft medium”. To buy, click here.

bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush

This brush works perfectly with the bareMinerals foundation. I turn my foundation jar over, tap it lightly several times to get the powder out from the dispenser, then I turn it back around and get out my brush.

From there, I swirl the brush in the foundation and tap it on the edge to remove any excess. Then I apply to my face. I do this 2-3 times depending on how much coverage I want.

This foundation and brush is perfect for the girlfriend or sister who loves a natural, sunkissed look! To buy, click here.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lip-Gloss, Heartbreaker

I have experimented with SO many lip colors, lipsticks and lip glosses over the years. Between MAC, Kyle, Lipsense, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy and several others, my all time favorite gloss is the bareMinerals lip gloss line.

The scent is refreshing and the consistency is thick, leaving almost a stain when the gloss starts to wear off. Lip color looks good on everyone, and this lip gloss is an instant hit! To buy, click here.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer

Ya’ll – I added this primer to my make up routine a little over a year ago and it seriously changed the game on my face of flaws. But really – I can’t believe I went almost 25 years without using this primer! To buy, click here.

It covers large pores (which I, unfortunately, am genetically blessed with) and acts almost as a concealer. It also helps my powder foundation stay in place throughout the entire day. Surprising your best girlfriend or mom with this primer could be a serious lifesaver that they didn’t even know existed!!

Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper

Oh the brows – I’ll admit I’ve definitely experimented a bit much with the brows. I love make up tutorials on YouTube but my brows are naturally thick and out of control, so some of the products I used to use were a bit overkill.

I love this brow pencil because it allows you to draw very fine, hair-like (is that a word?!) lines on your brows where you need to just barely fill them in.

I also draw a little stronger arch at the top. Trish McEvoy is quickly becoming a fave make up brand for me. Your gals are sure to love this brow pencil! To buy, click here.

Benefit Roller Lash

I saved the best for last 🙂 this picture doesn’t even do it justice, but this is my ALL TIME favorite mascara. I have been dedicated the the Maybelline pink bottle $4 mascara my entire life, even after trying the more expensive brands, but this pink and black bottle of magic does everything I need it to do: curls, lifts and adds volume. The only thing I hate is that I run out typically after one month. I spend about 5-7 minutes applying it (on a good day) which is probably why I run out so fast! #mascarajunkie To buy, click here.

I hope this was a helpful guide for you all to get some ideas on what to gift the beautiful ladies in your life. What’s your favorite beauty item? What make up item can you simply not live without?

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Top 10 Black Friday Gifts You Can Buy Online 2017

Black Friday is probably my favorite holiday of the year because I don’t think I like anything more than getting a great deal. I’m always sending friends coupons or sharing the latest sales in G-chat. I mean why pay full price for anything when you can always find a way to get it on sale?!

So low and behold, I am sharing my top 10 Black Friday picks this holiday season. Please note – I will list where you can buy these items online NOW.

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3 Ways To Slow Down + This Weeks Outfits

Can ya’ll believe Thanksgiving is already here? I’m going to try and get a post up tomorrow with some last minute outfit inspiration for the big feast!

This year has been the fastest year of my life. I’m not sure if it has to do with my career change to sales or just the simple fact that time goes by faster as you get older, but I sure am wishing time would slow down just a bit!

This past weekend I visited my 95 year old grandfather in Nebraska. It’s honestly been at least 15 years since I’ve been to Oakland. It was actually nice to slow down, stop the rat race and smell the roses. Not literally, but you know 🙂
Stress, commitments and deadlines have all kept my mind super wired. Sometimes I don’t know if I can take much more, wondering if everything I have going on is going to lead me to a mental breakdown. Am I the only one who feels this way?!
Thankfully, the holidays are just around the corner and we will all get to slow it down for a minute, relax and spend time with those we love.
If you’re trying to find a way to unwind, relax and give your mind a rest, I have three of my favorite tips to do just that.
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5 Fall Outfits Under $100 + Slowing Down – Instagram Story Edition

I think it’s safe to say that fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year to shop for clothes. There’s something about booties, skinny jeans, and sweaters that make life seem so good and well put together.

Not to mention, on colder nights you can find me wrapped up in a blanket, catching up on Real Housewives and scrolling through Instagram looking for inspiration and connecting with others for hours. Please tell me I’m not alone in this…

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10 Must Do’s In Las Vegas

We just got back from an amazing trip to Las Vegas that was SO long but short. Have ya’ll ever gotten home from a trip and thought… that felt like forever but also went by in a blink of an eye? It’s like post-trip FOMO // depression // can I sleep now?

I don’t normally take early morning/late evening flights unless it’s for work, but I took the cheap route on this trip (flights are cheaper at this time since no one in their right mind would want to fly at these hours for fun).

But I have to pat myself on the back and say… it was actually cool to do SO much in only four days. While I’m still recovering from it all, I’ll sleep when I die!

Our flight arrived at 6:55AM – YES – AM – on Thursday morning and returned to Dallas at 11:30PM on Sunday evening, getting us home around 12:30AM since I checked a bag (girl probs).

We spent four FULL days in Vegas to see our sweet friends get married poolside at The Mirage. It truly was a gorgeous ceremony and fun after party. But we made sure to make a trip out of it as well.

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10 Ways Dallas Can Help Houston #TexasStrong

Happy Labor Day my loves! Sorry I’ve been MIA since June. I started a new job and 100% of my focus has shifted to learning how to succeed in sales. More to come later this year! After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey was revealed, I felt it was my duty as a blogger to get a message out about how people in Dallas can help. 

Our hearts sank last week whenever category 4 hurricane Harvey hit our beloved Houston. Images and videos of the devastation continue to pour in as our state has come together to pick up the pieces. While a natural disaster is never easy, members of communities all around didn’t hesitate in helping each other out. During a time of scary and sometimes violent disagreements, radical racism and political madness, it seems most people were able to put their opinions aside as we were forced to come together and get through this as One.

We have just begun our recovery efforts, and we have a long ways to go. If you haven’t found the right avenue to volunteer with or donate to, I hope to provide several options to suit any of your philanthropic desires. Houston needs us for months to come. I decided to donate money because right now I have barely enough time to wash my hair, so I simply encourage ya’ll to just do what you can.

Not into people? Help the dogs! Not into giving away money? Volunteer! Wish you had a full understanding of where your donation was going? Give supplies instead of money. Honestly, there’s something for everyone and it’s important that in times of need, we ALL step up to the plate and contribute. Every effort counts.

*Spread the news about how to give back by hashtagging all social media posts: #TexasStrong #TexansHelpingTexans #HoustonStrong #HarveyRelief

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Why You Should Job Hop In Your Twenties

As I watched the waves hit the shoreline of the beach go back into the ocean, I let my mind flow freely. Thoughts of “should I take this risk?” and “Am I crazy for wanting more?” and “If I don’t do it, what will my day to day be like if I decline?”

Anxiety, fear, happiness, and joy are just a few of the feelings I experience daily. One moment I’m in pure bliss – then BOOM! – an unexpected or difficult situation occurs and a cloud of anxiety starts to creep in.

One feeling I don’t believe in is regret. I know it’s cliche to say “Yeah, I have no regrets” and it is so overused, especially for millennials. But in my life, not taking an opportunity would equal a regret. And I don’t want to live my life looking back and thinking “well what if I did XYZ”?

Aside from my career, I’ve taken a risk by doing many things I was honestly terrified to do. But I felt that in my heart it was what I was supposed to do. Some examples include auditioning for The Voice, joining a women’s group where I knew no one, leaving a relationship, auditioning for a local band, learning how to practice yoga, etc…

You see, all of the things listed above are things I used to be afraid of. Now that I took a risk by trying new or scary things regularly, I have more confidence each time I push my own limits.

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How I Lost A Ton of Weight With the 24 Day Challenge

Yesterday I found the perfect message painted on the wall of one of our local favorites. Te quiero mucho! I love you! Body love, self love, and love for others is what makes this world go round 🙂

Candid Moment: Final Thoughts On The 24 Day Challenge

First, I just wanted to say I’m sorry it’s taken a few weeks to write this final post! I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts so that I could write a post that meaningfully explains my experience during those short 24 days in April.

When I start to think about how I feel now that the challenge is over, one word comes to mind. And that word is peace.

I lost a ton of weight. This weight is not the kind of weight that I carry in my hips or thighs. I carried an excess of weight in my head: negative thoughts, doubts, fears and insecurities.

Now that this challenge is over, I am finally at peace with my body for the first time. I am at peace with the fact that I have a perfectly unperfect body. And that is just okay with me.

In all reality, I did lose five physical pounds on this challenge. But after it was over, I was thankful for my body and what it is capable of.

Before diving in too deep, I wanted to share a few lessons I learned and am still learning after this challenge.

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24 Day Challenge: Week 3 Recap + Advocare Supplements + Workouts

Holy moly… I can’t believe it’s already been 24 days since I started this challenge!! Time seriously flies the older you get. I have so many good things to discuss that came from this challenge. But first, I wanted to share with you an example of the workouts I followed during the past 24 days.

I did a mixture of group classes at Lifetime Fitness, at home workouts with Tone It Up & Nike App, and running at White Rock Lake & Katy Trail. My goal was to work out at least 5 days a week, and I accomplished this goal. I prefer working out in the mornings because by the end of the day I’m exhausted. So it just works. Plus, my day starts on such a positive note whenever I do get my workout in first thing!

Here is a list of every single workout I completed (the numbers correspond with the day of the month):

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