F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Holiday Beauty Edition)

It's a little over a week until Christmas and Hanukkah (which happens to start on Christmas Eve this year). No matter what holiday you celebrate (or pretend to celebrate, or just want to get over with already), we all know the Pony Express (aka the post office and every single courier I've ever dealt with) does not always deliver on time. So, please consider this your warning and get yourself together right now. If you couldn’t find something on my $25 and under F-It Friday last week or the Gift Guide For Special Snowflakes, then consider any one of these fabulous beauty sets. They're all fool-proof favorites. Seriously, if someone doesn’t like any one of these gifts, you probably need to re-evaluate your relationship with them. And between us… I won’t tell anyone if you are naughty and end up buying a little something here for yourself. 

Laura Geller So Scrumptious 6 Piece Color Collection

Laura Geller’s So Scrumptious Set is worth $173 and currently on sale at Ulta for (don’t faint when you read this number) $39. It has everything you need for a party-ready look including primer (seriously, we all need more of that), foundation (fair or medium options, LG totally hooks it up), blush, an eyeshadow trio, lip gloss and a double-ended face brush. Run, don’t walk (or just click) to your nearest Ulta right now. 

Decleor Merry Oils Premium Gift Set

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I like Decleor’s Merry Oils Premium Gift Set because oils are so luxurious. Also, the winter dries your skin like no other season can (thanks a lot, Winter!). The person who receives this gift will actually be appreciative because Decleor will save their face and body from the inevitable frost. You might actually receive a thank you card in the mail for this fabulous find (or a text, at the very least). The set includes Aroma Cleanse Micellar Oil, Aroma Nutrition Satin Softening Dry Oil, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator (as opposed to 1000 grain bread, sorry I can’t help myself), Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Night Balm and Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. 

Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection

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Are you looking for an under $10 gift for a White Elephant or grab bag? Look no further than Flowerful by FLOWER Colorful Nail Collection. Flower is Drew Barrymore’s beauty line and might even contain some of her magical goddess power (Drew Barrymore is a magical goddess. End of story). With eight nail shades and two glittery nail files, it will make your hands sparkle. 

SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles

You know that friend who is more afraid of aging than getting by a train? SkinCeuticals Gold Standard Kit – Fine Lines & Wrinkles is the perfect gift for that person. This kit contains two heroes of the SkinCeuticals line. C E Ferulic is an antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals, helps build collagen and makes holiday parties more tolerable (because skin compliments). The Hydrating B5 gel is like the personal assistant of C E Ferulic, making it work better, harder and more efficiently. Containing hot ingredient du jour, hyaluronic acid, it helps moisture bind to the skin.

Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit

Do you have a dude in your life that likes fancy grooming products? Don’t make him survive without an Anthony Head To Toe Survival Kit. It has all of the essentials he needs including Rush Hair + Body Wash, Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Shave Cream, and All Purpose Facial Moisturizer. It’s perfect for traveling, especially if he tends to “borrow” your products.

Reflections from Love Goodly’s Do Good Be Green Event & An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Love Goodly’s Do Good. Be Green. Detox Your Lifestyle event. It was an intimate conference of eco-friendly #GirlBosses in a variety of industries. I connected with so many interesting women whose passion for an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle was truly inspirational. One issue that several speakers brought up is that there isn’t a perfect way to live a so-called green lifestyle. While we need to be conscious about we put into our bodies, where ingredients are sourced from, and what we’re putting out into the world,  all of us are really just trying to do the best we can. Even the experts agree that we cannot have an all or nothing approach.

One panelist who particularly moved me was supermodel Angela Lindvall, who you might remember from hosting Project Runway All Stars. Listening to her speak about becoming a mother and the effect the environment had on her boys, made me realize that trying to live a more conscious lifestyle isn’t just good for the world around me, it’s truly an extension of self-care. I felt inspired to make some changes in my life and think about things differently. 

The event was also an opportunity to learn about new eco-friendly fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Here are a few that stood out to me along with some holiday gift suggestions. 

Love Goodly

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service featuring vegan, eco-friendly and natural products worth at least $85, for just $29.99. Every box is hand selected by a different guest curator (the curator for the December/January box is Emily Deschanel) and features 4-6 mostly full size products in several categories including beauty, skincare, style, home, food and wellness. Love Goodly provides a easy way to try new products, which you can later purchase on their website. A Love Goodly subscription or even just one box is a perfect gift for anyone who lives a consciencious lifestyle or aspires to.  

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Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl is a natural, organic and vegan cosmetic line created by Darcey Diehl, a model turned chemist. When I heard her speak on a panel, I was beyond impressed with her honesty about the reality of creating natural cosmetics. Lippy Girl has so many great gift options for the holidays, but my favorite is the Lip Lover Set, which comes with four lip products packaged in an adorable bag.

Hello Mellow

Hello Mellow is a natural body care line started by #GirlBoss/healer/massage therapist/brilliant lady Tracey Feldstein. Joyfully packaged, Hello Mellow offers a variety of products including butters, oils, scrubs and energy shifting sprays (see, I told you she was a healer). There are ten mood-changing scents to choose from, all of which I can only describe as heavenly. The line has a variety of gift sets, but the one that stands out the most to me is the One of Everything Please, which is pretty much self-explanatory. In addition the main line, Hello Mellow has three others formulated for men, pregnant women and kids specifically. 

LVX

LVX is a line of vegan, toxin and cruelty-free nail polish. Designed to have a gel-like texture, it’s available in tons super stylish runway-inspired colors. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

Hipsters For Sisters

 

Hipsters For Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate. Embarrassed by their mother’s fanny pack, the trio began to design belt bags that you would actually want to show off in public. Made with sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, every bag is manufactured ethically in Los Angeles. My personal favorite is the pearl grey tweed, which easily converts to a chic clutch, so it’s kind of like getting two bags for the price of one. 

Susi Shoes

Susi Shoes is a luxury shoe line that just happens to be vegan. These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I’m completely obsessed. If you have a vegan person you have to buy a higher-priced gift for, they will beyond appreciate a pair of Susis. The Veronica Naturals and Burgundy Matilda are my personal favorites. 

How to KonMari Your Makeup Drawer & Keep It Clutter-Free

Whether you keep your makeup in a drawer, on a shelf or split between several cases, there’s a good chance you probably have way too much of it. At least I know I do…

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

I can't recall where or when I bought this eyeshadow, but shortly after taking the picture, I threw it out.

 

In the past year or so, I’ve actually pared down my cosmetics collection because there isn’t as much storage space in my bathroom as I would like. I also don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, so I just don’t need that much. I’ve been able to get rid of the clutter because I try to only buy makeup I know makes me look my best (no more shimmery purple eyeshadow experiments) and choose specific products that multitask.

Here are three steps to KonMari your makeup drawer.

Ask Yourself If It Sparks Joy

This question is the key to KonMari. There are two kinds of products that won’t spark joy. The first is old/expired makeup, unless you want to spark an infection. The other is anything you’ve bought that turned out to be a bad decision. My purple eyeshadow is a great example. If you are having trouble getting rid of makeup, ask yourself why would you wear a color that doesn’t make you look your best. We all make mistakes. If you can, return it or give it to a friend instead. When in doubt, throw it out.  

Before your stuff’s final trip to the garbage can, Marie Kondo would tell you to thank it. I don’t think that’s necessary, but bonus points if you do.

Go Container Crazy

Containers really do help you organize, but you don’t need to spend a lot or even any money on them. Re-use a box that once contained jewelry, shoes or any other small to medium sized object.

When I moved into my current apartment, I was trying to organize the makeup I wear most often in a small and narrow bathroom drawer. I was going to spend money on containers when I realized I already had boxes that fit this oddly- shaped space perfectly. The rest of my makeup is kept in a vintage train case under my bathroom sink.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

This my makeup drawer. It's not perfect, but I think it's pretty darn good.

Buy Products That Help You Cut Down on Clutter

 

I buy eyeshadow palettes whenever possible because all of the colors are designed to coordinate, taking the guesswork out creating your look. It’s also more economical than buying a bunch of individual colors.

My personal favorites are Naked 2 by Urban Decay and Natural Eyes by Too Faced

 

Do you have more tubes of mascara than pairs of socks? Cut down to just one with FLOWER Beauty’s Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara. The flexible wand twists into different shapes allowing you to completely customize your look. You can add volume, curl and lengthen your lashes with just one formula. It’s literally the only mascara you need. 

You know what does not spark joy? When you apply lip gloss or lipstick, take a sip of water and then have to reapply. That’s why I love Clinique’s new Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer. It actually stays on because the primer is built in. This also means not having to buy a separate primer, so less clutter!


 

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster has been a game changer for me because I like to use anti-aging products, but I still break out sometimes. This one combines two power ingredients, retinol and salicylic acid, so I can address both skincare concerns at once. I wear it alone or under makeup. It also looks really good under the next product.

 

If an anti-aging serum, BB cream, bronzer, highlighter and foundation had a love child, By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow would be it. It’s probably the most multi-tasking product out there. It feels light on your skin and gives you a sun-kissed glow on those days when you don’t want to apply foundation, but a BB cream isn’t quite enough. 

 

Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation is one of my favorite multitasking products. It’s a powder foundation and sunscreen rolled into one. Four professional female athletes who wanted a mineral foundation with SPF that would stay on through their games started the company and developed this product. Stay tuned for my exclusive interview with these amazing ladies next week.