Birthday Wish List 2016!

Hi everyone!

With my birthday coming up next week, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of a few items I’ve had my eye on, and serve as inspiration for possible birthday gifts. Enjoy!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush

I’ve heard great things about Estee Lauder blushes and while I was at Macy’s, I checked out the color selection and it didn’t disappoint.  Peach Passion is of special interest.

EL Blush

Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

I spritzed this on in the store and fell in love with the scent.  With notes of Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood and Benzoin, it screams summer.

Beach Walk

Chanel Makeup 

No beauty arsenal is complete without at least one proper, Chanel makeup item weather it be a lipstick or blush.

chanel makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I received a sample from Nordstrom of this foundation and I love it.  It’s light-weight, gives a nice sheen and makes skin look like skin.


CT Light Wonder

Aesthetics Exposed Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond by Terri Wojak

The always skin care nerd, I love reading and keeping myself educated on skincare.  This book would complement by collection perfectly.

Aesthetics Exposed


It would be nice to purchase a basic camera for my blog. 🙂


Gift Cards

Gift cards are always appreciated.  Anything from Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom or Macy’s would be highly appreciated.

Gift Cards

Of course, whatever I receive, I know I’ll love. 🙂

Have any recommendations you think I’ll love? Share them in the comments below! 






Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

mother's day

Hello readers!  Mother’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still fretting around for ideas, here are some options! 🙂

Nars Monoi Body Glow II, $59

If you want a decadent body oil that smells divine, look no further than Nars Monoi Body Glow!  “Native to the South Pacific and France, Monoi de Tahiti oil is the result of macerating the native tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) in refined coconut extract for at least ten days, slowly infusing the oil with nutrients as well as a delicate, natural fragrance.”




Molton Brown Women’s Carry On- The Flight Collection, $55

For mother’s who are constantly on the go, this travel friendly set comes with hand cream, body wash, body lotion, shampoo, a deep conditioning mask, and body wash and scrub.  Complete with a clear security bag means no hassle at the airport.




Maison Francis Kurkdjian Incense Paper, $25

Created by Francis Kurkdjian, one of the world’s most talented perfumers whom has produced fragrances for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier, these incense papers provide scents that last all day long in your household.  Choose from Lumière Noire (dark rose), Apom (fresh orange), or our favorite, Aqua Universalis (orange blossom and lily).


 Charlotte Tilbury Detox Cheat, $224

Give the gift of a glowing complexion with this Charlotte Tilbury set!  Set includes the hydrating Magic Cream, illuminating Wonderglow primer, Light Wonder foundation and The Retoucher concealer that will give her a picture perfect, youthful look that will make her feel Red Carpet ready.

Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewing System, $149.99

Sure to brighten the morning or night for those who want to enjoy coffee, tea or hot cocoa at the touch of a button! “The Keurig 2.0 brewing system features smart technology that brews over 400 different K-Cup pod varieties, from 60 brands including Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, Lipton and more.”


Hope you enjoyed this post!  What are you gifting for Mother’s Day?



Christmas Guide List!

Hi readers!  I hope your weekend was great!  Mine was a bit busy and I am still trying to catch up on all your great posts. 🙂

I’ve seen a lot of great posts on Christmas ideas and wishlists and that prompted me to create a list of my own so if you’re still looking for his and her gifts, check out my list below!

Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler

This set has 12 (small) samples of some of popular men’s fragrances and included in the set is a ‘scent certificate’ that can be presented at any US Sephora store to redeem a full-sized bottle of the preferred featured fragrance!

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

The six-piece lip sampler is a nice brand selection of lip products that feature Marc Jacobs, Bite Beauty, Urban Decay, Nars, Buxom and Smashbox.  Their is a nice array of colors that is sure to complement any beauty look this season an beyond.

Flavor Infuser Water Bottle

Maybe not the most glamorous gift, but I love the concept of infusing water with your favorite fruits or herbs.  Perfect for anyone looking to stay healthy and hydrated all year long and environmentally friendly as the bottle is made from glass.

*Note: Although the product pictured below is from Uncommon Goods, similar products can be found at Target or Walmart. 


Cube HD Digital Video Action Camera Camcorder

A unique product for the adventurer, this weatherproof, shockproof and mountable camcorder features a base with a “strong built-in magnet, letting you snap it onto your skateboard, car roof or any other metal surface, and a line of accessories lets you mount it on a helmet, bike or strap. Splash-proof construction means you can take it wakeboarding or waterskiing, and the waterproof case lets you shoot under the waves.”


Minted Chalkboard Dreams Day Planner or Notebook

I saw a blog post that Katie from Plus Beauty shared about Minted (thank you Katie!)and I thought this would make a great personalized gift!  In a nutshell, this website let’s you customize and personalize anything from journals to business cards to thank you cards and beyond!  I especially love the idea of having a personalized day planner with inspiring quotes!

minted day planner; $16-$26


Renee Rouleau Merry Berry Smoothing Peel

A holiday 1 oz exclusive of the popular Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, this great exfoliating treatment consists of enzymes and several fruit acids such as mandelic, lactic, salicylic, tartaric and malic for a sweet skin treat that will leave skin soft and glowing. A personal fave of mine!

merry berry; $40.50

Jack Black ‘Dream Team’ Facial Care Set

Another great (and simple!) set from men’s skincare brand Jack Black.  Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser is ideal for oily skin types and Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 provides a lightweight hydration and protection.

Nest Moroccan Amber Classic Candle

Candles are always great to have and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Scented with Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot and accented with a hint of eucalyptus, this candle provides a subtle yet luxurious scent that is sure to infuse your home with a long-lasting and relaxing fragrance that may just make you or your guests never want to leave home.

Hopefully this guide is helpful in giving you ideas for possible Christmas gifts.  What’s on your list?  

Thanks for reading,


Father’s Day Skincare Gift Ideas!

Men’s skincare is too often overlooked but can make a world of a difference-and a great Father’s Day present!  So weather you’re still looking for gift options or you’re a guy who wants to step up his skin health, take a glance at some of the options below!




Jack Black Core Collection

I’ve purchased and gifted this set several times and it always seems to be a crowd-pleaser.  This trio includes a facial cleanser, shaving lotion and face moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 20.  It’s fragrance and alcohol free and perfect for men who want a simplified routine.



Dermalogica Shave System

This shaving kit includes two shaving creams (Pre-Shave Guard and Soothing Shave Cream) which can be used alone or together to help soften the beard. Other items included in this kit are Daily Clean Scrub, an exfoliating cleanser which helps minimize ingrown hairs;  Post-Shave Balm, which helps control oil and reduces redness that can occur after shaving; and Daily Defense Block SPF 15 is a matte sunscreen.

PCA Skin

$22, PCA Skin Representative

PCA Skin Total Face Wash Face & Body Cleanser

A 2-in-1 product for men on the go!  This gentle foaming cleanser is formulated with lactic acid to exfoliate, moisturize, and help prevent ingrown hairs and also doubles as a body wash in one easy step.  Antioxidant vitamin E improves the barrier function of the skin; soothing aloe, allantoin, and  bisabolol help to calm skin; and tea tree oil provides antiseptic properties.


$48,; $56

Anthony Logistics For Men The Essential Traveler Kit

This kit features an array of products that are perfect for those who travel or for those who want to get a feel for the products.  The Glycolic Facial Cleanser exfoliates and loosens dead skin cells to achieve a closer shave; the Shave Cream calms the skin and includes anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects; All Purpose Facial Moisturizer contains antioxidants vitamin C to brighten skin and vitamin E to help nourish skin; Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash incorporates Pro Vitamin B5 which promotes tissue healing in skin and helps to retain moisture ; Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint and White Tea soothes, protects and conditions lips.


AOS Block


The Art Of Shaving Alum Block- Unscented

If you’re prone to nicks and cuts, this may be a product to check out.  The alum block helps stop bleeding from minor cuts and delivers antiseptic properties.

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think of them? 

I am always looking for and researching new lines so if you have a skincare line you use and love, do share!