It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Cozy

Sunday. The perfect day for reviewing my 3rd instalment of the Holiday Gift Guide. I’ve never understood people who would rather freeze their t*ts off standing in a line up to get into a bar than throw on a pair of luxuriously comfy pyjamas and snuggle up with Netflix. For those who are with me on the cozy evening shenanigans – I salute you. Fuel their wise choices with these…

*Click on the photos to shop

Faux Fur Trapper Hat

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For Love & Lemons Knitz Braided Cable Hoodie Cardigan 

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Snow Dusting Throw

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Plum & Bow Cozy Critter Plates

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Smoko Toast USB Hand Warmers

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Wildfox Hibernating Eye Mask 

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For Love & Lemons Knitz Natalie Silk Sweater

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COZY ZOE Holiday Print Leggings

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Babaton Humphrey Collar

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Urban Outfitters Animal Ears Beanie

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Uncommon Goods Soup & Sandwich Tray

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Velvet Robe

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Wildfox Pink Plaid Pajama Romper

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Free People Tea Strainer

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kensie Arctic Chill Pajamas

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Fair Isle Reading Socks

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Anthropologie Color Block Faux Fur Stole

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Free People Heartwarmers Gift Bundle

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PJ Salvage Flannel Pajamas

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Kate Spade Scarlett Mocassin Slipper

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UGG Australia Margie Cable Knit Shawl Collar Cardigan

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West Elm Faux Fur BeanBag

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Anthropologie Solstice Scarf

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Classy Tea Cup

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Acacia Wood Tray 

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Hanro Grand Central Boyfriend Sleepshirt

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UO Oversized Blanket Scarf

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Free People Pine Lodge Slipper

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Victoria’s Secret Dreamer Flannel Sleepshirt

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Expressions Decorative Pillow

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Wildfox Let’s Stay Home Sweater

 

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Buffalo Check Throw

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LINE Sparrow Fringe Cardigan

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Wildfox Caffeine Machine Sweater

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Plush Cable Knit Fleece Lined Arm Warmers

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UO Lightweight Button Thigh High Thermal Sock 

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

Makeup is one of the easiest, fool proof presents you can gift – as long as you have some semblance as to what the giftee is into. Giving someone porcelain coloured foundation when they have an olive skin tone is just plain and utter stupidity. That’s where this guide comes in. Stay away from the every day, “I need to run into Sephora to replace my concealer” type products and steer towards one of a kind, treat yourself, pampering type goods. You’ll be her next favourite beauty supplier, next to Sephora.

*Each image will take you to a clickable, shop-able link. 

Happy Shopping

Sephora Collection Precious Metals Anti-Bacterial Brush Set

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Sephora Favorites Lash Stash

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Temptu Starter Airbrush Kit

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Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device 

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Slip for beauty sleep Slipsilk Pillowcase

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

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Wildfox Eau de Parfum Set

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Sigma Beauty Travel Brush Set

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Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set

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Sigma Spa 2X Brush Cleaning Glove

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Kiehl’s Night Time Essentials

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Laura Mercier In the Glow Highlighting Trio

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Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Love Edition Touche’ Eclat

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Jo Malone Christmas Cracker

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Laura Mercier Limited Edition Le Petit Souffle Body Cremes

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Oribe’ Gold Lust Collection

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Fig & Yarrow Facial Care Kit 

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Glamglow Youth Luxe Set

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Cle’ de Peau Collection Bal Masque Nail Lacquer Trio

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Estee’ Lauder Diamond Nights Powder Compact

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Diptyque Colored Glass Candle Trio

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L’Occitane Advent Calendar

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CosmoCube Posh Makeup Organizer

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 Fred Segal The Blend Custom Fragrance Blending Kit

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Serge Normant The Glamour Girl’s Hair Set

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Voluspa Brance Vermeil Home Ambience Diffuser

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Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection

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Guerlain Meterorites Perles de Neiges 

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm

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Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Fashionista

This is my first installment for the Holiday Gift Guide series. Who doesn’t like a guide to help them out with the pickiest receivers? I’m the type of person who will accept pretty much anything and then write a 10 page thank you letter expressing my utmost gratitude – but that’s just me. I’ve included a wide price range so whether you’re buying on a budget, or rollin in hundos, my picks are with you in mind. I’m starting out with the toughest of them all – gifts for the fashion maven. It’s hard to please a self proclaimed shopaholic but these gif tables will do it for just about anybody (unless she already has like, 2 of each thing, which in that case, b*tch better be giving to charity this season). Anyways, fashionista, stay at home hermit, techie and Secret Santa – check out the first of them all.

Tis the season of giving, among other much more important tenets, so if you’re stumped – you’re welcome.

*Each photo is clickable and will send you directly to the item you’re drooling over gifting.

Happy Shopping

Burberry Giant Check Scarf

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Soludos Jason Polan x Soludos Wink Smoking Slipper Espadrilles

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Elizabeth & James Croc Embossed Cynnie Wallet on a Chain

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Wildfox Sleep Mask

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Smythson Busy Bee Notebook

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Kolloquial I Wanna Shoop Tote

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White & Warren Cashmere Rib Trim Gloves

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Anine Bing Charlie Boots

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Markus Lupfet Gnome Sequin Natalie Jumper

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Adidas Superstar Sneaker

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Saint Laurent Monogram Credit Card Case

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Chloe Marcie Cross Body Bag

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Nasty Gal Rockefeller Collar Necklace

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Tory Burch Aberdeen Fur Lined Slipper

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The Reformation Brixton Coat

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Hermes Silk Scarf

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Fendi Fur Handbag Charm

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Burberry Tech Leather Globes

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Anthropologie Felted Zafira Turtleneck

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Wilfred Montpellier Sweater

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Wilfred Free Gail Dress

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Wildfox Classic PJ Set

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Elizabeth & James Vago Ring

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Color Me Good by Kate Moss Coloring Book

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The LDRS Fuzzy Coat

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Marc Jacobs Heart Notebook

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Veda Calf Hair Bootie

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Superga Wool Sneaker

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Where’s Karl Book

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Catbird Threadbare Rings

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Vince Melange Basic Sweatpants

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Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony So Catty Crossbody Bag

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Rebecca Minkoff Little Lottie Coin Purse

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Jonathan Adler Muse d’or Candle

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Bag-All Weekend Getaway Set

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MinkPink Head In The Stars Legging

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Markus Lupfer Sequin Fox Face Beanie

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Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

Favorite Purchase

Along with the rest of the fashion obsessed world – I’m in love with the mini bag. The nano. The tiny tote. Whatever. I want to pinch it’s leathery cheeks and kiss it’s little handles. I recently added to this collection of little midget bags with a Balenciaga Giant 12 Red Mini City bag. Or Lil Red, as I like to call it. Hand stitched handles, a removable strap, top zip closure with gold metal hardware. This is my favorite style Balenciaga handbag – the leather is durable and insanely soft but it still retains its shape because of the firm outer frame. And it’s red. I didn’t match it to the season whatsoever.

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Favorite Product

I recently went browsing for a good leave – in conditioner type styling product. Sideways rain, misty rain, fat droplets of rain…neither are welcome but they invite themselves up anyway. The girls @ Obadiah Salon in Bellevue have instilled in me, a love for Oribe’. This leave-in conditioner is luxe (for the price and the brand – I’d expect nothing less). It’s light and moisturizing yet dissolves quickly – almost like a serum. I find that creams feel a little heavier but this stuff is airy and smooth. It really tamed my dry curls and although I’m a little stingy on the application, a little is all you need to make it happen. The added heat protection, and glossy shine is awesome so I can now justify the price. I went with the smaller tube as a trial but will definitely upgrade to a larger size now that I know the benefits are legit.

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Favorite Scent

Jo Malone’s Mimosa & Cardamom is a little cloud of mimosa, spicy, warm cardamom, sandalwood, and Damask rose. Really, there’s not one Jo Malone fragrance that I have turned away from, so I’m not surprised at my love affair with this new scent. It actually reminds me of talcum powder, it’s a soft scent – perfect for the winter months.

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Favorite Read

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson – this book actually left me perplexed but it didn’t keep me from putting it down. It follows the parallel life of a young Denver woman in 1960’s who co-owns a bookshop with her girlfriend. While she’s a simple, single, independent girl in one life, she’s a glam housewife in the other – caring for her husband and triplets. It goes back and forth between each world until she comes to a realization as to which world she actually inhabits. It infiltrated my sleep so it will yours.

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Favorite Photo

Anyone who has a relationship with their bed linens can appreciate this photo by Alyssa Monks. Paintings to be exact. The perfect rumple, the creases in fresh linen, silly sheets and a light, fluffy down duvet. zzzzz.

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Favorite Look

My style muse Maja Wyh is yet to fail me. Even the most ridiculous looking pieces look perfectly paired on this little sprite. Full fauxs, layers, and a Kate Moss/Jagger edge.

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Here are the links to the products/purchases:

Balenciaga

Oribe

Jo Malone

Happy Weekend

xo

Purchased: VIB Rouge Pre Access Sale

Somebody call the po-lice because I have been victimized by this here mega retailer. They’re a repeat offender with a track record to rival Bill Cosby’s. I went there. They’re that twisted. The fact that I allow myself time and time again to experience such lascivious turmoil doesn’t say a whole lot about my character either so. No relationship is perfect right?

Anyways, the VIB Rouge and VIB annual holiday shopping event has arrived in a flurry of overly made up artiste faces and a cloud of Bobbi Brown’s beach scent. Both of which I am highly titillated by. The VIB Rouge sale was from the 5th to the 9th and VIB members have access from the 13th to the 16th. Here’s hoping there are some remnants left over for y’all.

Here are the items I scored but didn’t need. HAHAHAHA. Just kidding. I need everything.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette

Ugh. Why. So much unnecessary goodness Jaclyn Hill? You already had us like crack addicts with your Becca highlighter – now there’s 3?! You bitch. You beautiful talented money making bitch. Take all my pennies. Take them all. This little palette contains three highlighters – Pearl (a pale shimmering white), Champagne Pop (soft white gold with pink undertones) and Blushed Copper (warm copper with rose gold shimmer). I love the colour range here – a bright highlight, a shimmery natural highlight and a darker tone to really add some depth to your usual blush application. Each shade is limited edition and exclusive to Sephora – more importantly they’re inspired by the holiday season so unless you’re one of those types offended by snowflakes and christmas trees, and the christmas season or just the word season or just every letter in the word season – how can you not?

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Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer 

This is my new favorite concealer. I’m a fan and avid user of NARS creamy concealer, Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full coverage concealer, and the tried and true MAC Studio Fix – but this? This is Lindsay Lohan in mean girls. She comes in awkward, runs shit, and then emerges as an accepted, respected leader. The lightweight gel base is what really has me sprung. It’s easy to blend, doesn’t cake (even after an 8 hour day) and is easy to build on. I use it mainly underneath my eyes because that’s the only area I feel needs brightening – and it’s truly effective. No lines, no build up, no heavy feeling. It’s infused with pineapple ceramide which brightens and helps improve the skin texture. Pineapple ceramide – you bad. Also – biggest shade range in a concealer – there’s no way you won’t find something to match your skin color.

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Make Up Forever Mist & Fix 

I wish I had started using this product this past summer when my makeup was melting into my collarbone and not have waiting until the crisp autumn months – but clearly I felt I needed more highlighters and nude lipsticks to diffuse into a liquid rather than stay put on my face. Oh well. I spritz my masterpiece once after everything is applied and really – I’m not sure if it does the job because my makeup tends not to budge (professional artiste here) but I do feel like my skin is more refreshed and not screaming for fresh air. It does create a sweat proof, rub proof shield – which I have noticed, as well as keeping your makeup fresh looking for 12 plus hours, all the while increasing hydration, keeping it looking phresh, and silky, and not dry AF. Definitely good to have around if you don’t want to melt into a puddle of $2379489 worth of makeup.

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Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Velvet

This is my third go with Bite Beauty’s lip products and I am not disappointed. The Matte Creme lip crayon and the Luminous Creme lipstick are flawless – so I decided to try this one here. I like to get myself acquainted with all products – unless they’re from a drugstore. (Kidding, kidding, so rude). I totally use Sally Hansen‘s Hard as nails and cotton pads hair products. I digress. This pencil is described as a matte but it has more of a creme’/glossy look to it. I’m not complaining – I’m simply correcting Sephora’s description. Not matte. Has matte qualities, but more a glossier application. Micronized pigments, shit ton of antioxidants, and apparently it contains the amount of resveratrol found in 5 glasses of wine. My advice – try the lipstick, but don’t forgo the wine. That’s just preposterous.  *resveratrol -member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols. These compounds are thought to have antioxidant properties – AKA Drink lots of wine  – it’s good for fending off heart disease and cancer, it also makes you feel happy.

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Diptyque Tam Dao

I haven’t tried this scent until now. One of my recent trips to Nordstrom – my favorite connoisseur of fragrance @ the Bellevue location gifted me with a little eau du toilette. Sandalwood is the most poignant note (I love warm, musky scents) and it’s unisex so you can share. Diptyque is my absolute favorite family of fragrance – so you can’t go wrong with any one of their exotic scents.

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Shop the products:

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Glow Palette

Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer 

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix

Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil 

Diptyque Tam Dao 

xo