Gifts? Gifts. GIFTS!

How have we already circled back to the holidays?! We have just  2 months until presents have to be under trees, in stockings, or wherever you put gifts for your loved ones.  Have no fear, this post is here to save the day! Today (tonight/this morning/this evening/on this Christmas week), I have a blurb of ideas for 3 important people in your life; the guys, the gals, and your pals!

The Guys:

For all of the manly males in your life, gift giving can be hard. All that is advertised are tools, sports things, and cars, all of those thing are REALLY EXPENSIVE. This is great list of gifts from Uncommon Goods, that are a range of items and prices. There are doormats, home beer making kits, ticket stub books etc. If I had a special someone in my life, he would get a lot from this site. (My dad wants a new pack of reading glasses; I’ve already asked)

The Gals:

For the girls, stick to the cute. Jewelry, scarves, TEA STRAINERS, etc.. If it’s adorable she is guaranteed to LOVE it. The joyous squeals will be music to your ears. Of course, I have a nifty link to help guide your  girlfriend shopping adventures  .

The Pals:

Your good friends deserve the world. Depending on the size of your friend group, having unique gifts can be a struggle. These are the people that you can be the most problematic around . They will glare at you, yell at you, and then buy you ice cream and tell you they love you. So love them back with gifts  that will make them yell for the right reasons. Some personal favorites are the, make your own hot sauce, literary candles, the anatomy of a best friend poster, and the customized birthday books.

For this post I am working with UncommonGoods to start your holiday shopping adventures on the right foot! They are an online retailer where sustainability and social responsibility are part of their core values. Their products are from independent makers, and when you click on a product, one of the first things you see is who made it and where they are based from.  I already have multiple things bookmarked and ready for when I start my shopping. The prices aren’t the most affordable, but the quality and care that goes into every part of the transaction makes it all worth it.

5 Steps to Minimal Makeup

So minimal makeup? It’s fast and easy; perfect for the working woman. It’s actually perfect for any situation because of it’s simplicity. I’ve broken down my routine into 5 steps that take me from just-rolled-out-of-bed to effortlessly put together.

  1. Concealer/corrector: a peachy colored corrector can help with discoloration of dark circles and concealer helps make everything look like skin.


2. Powder Foundation: The coverage isn’t fantastic, but it is enough to make the skin seamless (aka you can’t tell where your concealer stops and my skin starts). With a light  dusting, it also sets all of the cream products.

3.  Bronzer: Yep, it’s extra and can be completely skipped, BUT HEAR ME OUT. Bronzer helps give dimension and color. It also doubles as eyeshadow.


4. Brows: Framing the face is essential when there is no time (or want) for full face. Defining the eyebrows, no matter how full they are, can be the difference between makeup that looks rushed, and the minimal makeup look I am trying to achieve.


5. Mascara & Liner: Again frame the face! Eyes are the window to the soul, draw attention to your windows! Mascara opens up the eyes, and a nude liner will make them look brighter.

There you have it, 5 easy steps to achieve a gorgeous minimal makeup look. What? The lips? Right so, I usually just use chapstick. Feel free to pair any lip color with this look! I guess that is 6 steps, but shhhhh consider it a bonus