This is my first holiday season as a real semi-adult. Despite being in grad school, all my friends are all young professionals with real jobs and beautiful apartments. They have been loving hosting dinner parties and game nights. Again as a grad student with grad student debt, I want to take them something to adorable to everyone’s home without going even further into debt. Here are some great options under $20 for that hostess that will pair perfectly with any bottle of wine or cheese you take.
This might as well be a things I want right now post. Oops. Grad school is weird because it’s only a year for me. I already have a job lined up and I feel like I’m waiting for my life start a bit. After graduation, I’ll be moving back home because it’s too convenient to pass up. I’m hesitant to buy cute home stuff as I don’t know when I’ll have a place of my own. Anyway, there’s my existential crisis over. Here’s some other stuff I want.
First off, this metal cake stand is beautiful and even comes in silver. This makes a perfect centerpiece for a table or island, regardless of baking abilities. Going with the centerpiece vibe, I love this cool geometric candlestick. Although I don’t fully believe in not finishing the bottle of wine, this wine stopper is gorgeous. Also, the candle is not just a candle but also a holder. You can easily repurpose the candle holder around the house.
The mug is beautiful and a fun amount of festive. Something about it seems wintery and beautiful in a very Scandinavian way. I love small details and embossing on these two gifts. The mitt says “great things will be served,” and the leather tray says “simple things.” Both are beautiful and decorative in a simple Scandinavian way. This metal frame has a similar minimalist vibe and super on trend
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What is your go-to gift for a hostess? What are your recent homeware favs?
This time of the year people feel grateful for eveyrthing they have. Everyone wants to give back, but we just wanted to make it easier by compling a list of charities to donate your time and money. We wanted to highlight meaningful causes to us and their impact.
Long time no see! We are back with with Blogmas. I’m planning on posting every other day so we have at least 12 days of Christmas. My birthday is November 30th and kicks off the holiday season. I love being able to spend time with my friends and family before the stress and business of the holidays kicks in. This year, I’ve been extra blessed to be surrounded by so much love from friends. I had a birthday dinner on my actual birthday followed by a fun potluck, which y’all will hear all about soon. I feel particularly “adult” this year as all my friends are working and brought amazing thoughtful gifts and food.
- I was helping my friend find some boots two weeks ago and saw a friend in one of my classes wearing these gorgeous boots. They luckily have been on sale at Nordstrom. My friends ending up getting me similar (but cooler) boots. I love Chelsea boots, and these are fun and heeled upgrade.
- This necklace from Mejuri is gorgeous. It is the matching necklace to these earrings that Oliver gave me for our anniversary. He ended up getting me this equally as gorgeous necklace that I love. Honestly, he’s not helping with my Mejuri obsession that is 100% Allana’s fault.
- Admittedly, I’m not a big perfume person, but recently, I’ve been dabbling in perfume. This perfume set is small and not too scent specific making it a great gift.
- As a perpetually dehydrated person, I always want a new fun water bottle to help me drink more water. I definitely don’t need new water bottles, but this Hydroflask comes with a straw!!
- This dry shampoo set is great because I’m a disgusting person and definitely don’t wash my hair enough. Enough said lol.
- I recently got a new phone and am trying to go away from my phone wallet. This key pouch from Madewell is adorable, monogrammable, and will hopefully stop me from leaving my house with the required items. I ended up buying myself a similar key pouch from Target in black.
- I’m obsessed with the Great British Bake Off (Baking Show in the US). If you’ve ever watched an episode, you know exactly why it’s so great. This bread book is amazing, and my amazing friends bought me two different books by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the judges.
- So, I’ve had a phone wallet for four years and I’m trying to transition away from the phone wallet. Now that I have an iPhone 8 Plus, a large phone wallet would be too bulky. This is a slimmer option that one with a flap. I ended up getting a similar case from Amazon.
What’s your favorite part of your birthday? Do you have any fun birthday traditions? What are you excited for this Christmas?
Hey guys! We’re back with a new start to the new year. Today is the start of a new series. Every month, around the 15th, I get my Ipsy bags, and I want to share with you the things I get. So, the following month, I’ll share my opinions on the products after a month of use. If you don’t know, Ipsy is a subscription service that is $10 a month and they send you a mix of makeup, skincare, and haircare products. I’ve found some of my favorite things in the world through Ipsy and realized that some fan-favs are not made for me. Every month, you get five products in a small bag that comes packaged in the cutest pink bubble wrap envelope. It makes every month like Christmas all over again.
Besides foundation, I feel like I never need to buy new products again. Mostly, you get sample-sized items, but many eyeliners are full-sized. Also, I’m not sure how they do this, but they deliver exactly what I need when I need it. For example, for the month of July, I needed a new face wash and BAM. I consider myself a “conscious consumer.” Before I buy any skincare or makeup products, I usually conduct extensive research, so this really saves me some time. Also, I’m not really a hair care gal, and their small samples have allowed me to branch out. Also, you can buy your Ipsy products and other high and low-end beauty products at a discount on the website.
This month’s bag was Gudetama themed. Gudetama is this adorable depressed egg. He’s just adorable, I promise. My five products are
Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush is weirdly what my brush collection was missing. I usually wear either no makeup or a full face of makeup. Due to a recent stress induced breakout, I have some acne scars that I want to cover up on a daily basis. To not look weird with just one cheek concealed, I usually pop on some concealer under my eye and some mascara as well. This brush is perfect for any concealing. Before using it as a concealing brush, I used it for highlighter and an all-over-the-lid brush. It worked pretty well for both.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet was the disappointing to the say the least. As a moisturizer, it was insufficient. As an oily skin girl, I use pretty stripping face washes to get my face feeling clean. Afterwards, I like to rehydrate my skin in the mornings with moisturizer and in the evening with night cream. This product goes on my skin and feels just kinda eh. It feels like I put a bad serum on. Also, this must be personally preference, but I hate how this smells. It smells like raw calabash, or bottle gourd.
When I first received the Ciate London Wondewarnd Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black, I fully intended on giving it to my mom. I haven’t worn eyeliner in about four years when I realized that heavy eyeliner all around my eyes wasn’t the look for me. However, this eyeliner is double ended with eyeliner on one side and a smudging brush on another. The eyeliner is dark if you build it up and perfectly smudge-y if you want a smokey look.
Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun is the next level highlighter. I have two other highlighters I use. One is more subtle and every day but can be considered more glam if I apply it with a wet or dense brush. The other highlighter I use is one I discovered from Ipsy, and it’s a natural gel based highlighter. Both are gorgeous and serve a purpose, but this one is really my more glam highlighter. I feel like taking approximately 15 billion selfies while wearing this highlighter. To be fair, for me, this is not the best highlighter. I have this thing called a natural glow, oily skin and sweaty face, but I’m excited to use this when it won’t melt off of my face. Together, the highlighter on my lids and the smudgy liner give me my best Delia Banai from Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleaning Gel is a really interesting product. It was perfecting timing because I wanted a new cleanser. My face was clean but not tight after washing. The gel is a liquid-y consistency and does a decent job cleansing my face. It doesn’t work too well for removing any eye makeup, and I don’t wearing anything waterproof. I don’t think I would repurchase this, but it did a decent job.
Overall, I liked 4/5 products, and I loved the physical bag. I think this is the usual split for most of Ipsy bags. I just got this month’s bag today, and I can’t wait to chat with y’all about it.
Do y’all get Ipsy? Do y’all use Birchbox? Have you used both? Which one do you prefer?