Gift Ideas for Him

I did my gift ideas for the ladies a couple weeks back, so I thought it was time for a post all about the men. Here is my gift ideas for him for Christmas 2017! In my opinion men are the toughest people to buy for. I’ve always struggled to find the perfect present for my dad and brother, and now I have the same problem with my husband. So I put together some of my top picks with different types of guys in mind. I wanted to make a good balance of interests from technology, music, grooming, and well…beer drinking Everything pictured is linked below with the price.

1. Amazon Fire Stick-We have one and I love it!! I highly recommend it! This goes for $39.99

2.Iphone Case-A nice phone case really makes a difference. This particular one comes in tan and black. It is $49.99.

3.Activity and Heart Rate Tracker-Love this idea for the man that wants to get more active. Defiantly a splurge gift.It goes for $149.95 and comes in four colors.

4. Beard Trimmer– This is for all the facial hair guys that want a nicely clean trimmed bread (aka my husband) Only $34.99 with 19 trim settings.

5. Wireless Headphones-This is a good girl or guy gift, in my opinion. These are perfect for all the music lovers out there. $63.99

6. Zip Pull Over-Love the look of this sweater. It comes in 7 colors. Goes for $85.00.

7. Dad Mug-Who doesn’t need a nice mug. I am all about hot drinks and love the beer keg look. This is $21.99.

8. Baseball Tee-Baseball Tee in my opinion are always flattering. This one comes in 7 different color combinations. They are only $14.99.

9. Multi use Tool Key Chain-This is a great idea. I don’t know a guy that wouldn’t like to have this on hand. This is $26.00.

10. Bone Socks-This if a fun gift. Great for laugh. These are $14.99.

11. Watch-Love the look of this watch. Good quality watch for $120.00.

12.Slippers– I think everyone should own a pair of Uggs in their life time. So comfortable and they last a long time. These are a splurge for $109.95.

13.6 Bottle Beer Cooler-I think my husband needs this. Great gift idea for the beer lovers that want to keep there drinks close at hand. This goes for $52.00.

14. 12.Giorgio Armani Cologne-My husband wears this and I had to mention it. It’s my favorite men’s cologne and wouldn’t be a true gift guide without this one. This is $94.00.

15. Hydro Flask 16 oz Pint Glass– Stan less steel, tempsheild protected, and only $24.99. Comes in 7 colors!

16.Celestron Telescope-This is for the star gazers. I got this for my husband a few years back and it is really cool. Great quality for a great price. $92.99

17. Essentials Kit– Kohls kit including face wash, lip balm, facial moisturizing treatment, conditioning wash and a travel pouch. Only $25.50

18.Wireless Portable Speaker-This is a great gift. Your favorite music goes with you wherever you go. It’s only $29.99!

I hope some of you find this helpful, as I know I could have done with a men’s gift guide many times in my life! If you have any other great gift ideas for the fellas, leave me a comment below. I would love to hear them.

Thanks 🙂

Gifts Ideas for Her

Happy Black Friday!! I’m sharing some of my top picks for gift ideas for all the ladies, just in case you wanna get a head start on your Christmas shopping or just wanna shop for yourself ;). All items listed are under $100 and more than half are under $50. I defiantly have a few of these on my wish list. 🙂

1.Kitty Cat Mug– also comes in black

2.Kate Spade Studs – these come in 4 different colors

3.Travel Jewelry Case– great for travel or just to keep organized

4.Knit Beanie – comes in 3 other colors

5.Aviator Sunglasses – comes in 4 different colors

6.Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf-obsessed with this scarf, comes in a 8 different colors.

7.Kate Spade Planner– comes in 3 styles and on sale for $25.20

8.Initial Necklace– Love this gift idea, the letter even spines!

9.Kate Spade Travel Cup – on sale for $12.60

10.YSL Perfume– this is one that’s defiantly on my wish list. The smell is amazing!

11.Stella & Dot Pouf– perfect for travel

12.Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette-gorgeous palette with 12 shades

13.Leopard Clutch -great quality & goes with everything!

14.Amazing Grace Set -Love this scent. Great gift idea for only $18.00

15.Voluspa Candle-only $28.00

16.Ugg Slippers– Great for around the house. They come in 4 colors & very comfortable.

17.Liquid Lip Kit-3 Stay in place colors for $20.00

18.Stella & Dot Engravable Bracelet – you can engrave anything!!

19.Flannel Pajamas -comes is 12 different patterns and colors!

I don’t know about you, but I am hoping to knock out all of my Christmas shopping pretty quick. Wish me luck! Let me know what your favorite gift ideas are and if your ready for the holidays.

Happy Shopping!

How I Cleared up my Skin

Lets talk about skin care. Today’s beauty post is all about my skin care routine that I have been doing for a little over a year now. I wanted to share what has helped clear up my skin and has truly been a life changing discovery for me. I have had serious skin issues my entire life, and finding a system that works has been such a relief. I have tried so many different things out there, from proactive, to over the counter washes, to prescription medications, to even Accutane. The list goes on and on and nothing has ever worked in the past. Even after those awkward years I still suffered from acne all the way through my 20’s. After having my daughter it become way worse. I felt like nothing I was trying was helping or making any kind of difference. So after awhile, I honestly gave up on trying to have clear skin. It wasn’t until I went and had a facial done where I asked a ton of questions and gained so much information about my own skin, that I found out what works for me.

When I had my facial done, she asked me “So what kind of skin type are you?” This is a question I have wondered for myself for my entire life. You only have three choices, oily, combination, or dry. I have never really known my type of skin because my skin is so unpredictable. I’d like to say I have the WTF skin type. Where one day I have a dry spot, or cystic acne in another, or even a random allergic reaction, I never know.  So when she took a look my skin she noticed I was combination, where I was dry in some places and oily in others. She first recommended changing my diet. She told me to try cutting out either diary, or gluten, or artificial sweeteners. I was at a point where I was willing to try anything, so first I tried cutting out dairy, nothing happened. Then I tried cutting out gluten, there were no changes. Then I finally cut out artificial  sweeteners and after 4 days, I noticed a difference. My cystic acne went away, my face was less oily, and much more manageable. So with that I started to use different washes and different moisturizers to really figure out what my skin needed. I finally figured it out and wanted to share with you guys, just in case your having similar issues and where looking for something else to try. So here is my step by step skin care routine that I do morning and night to keep my skin under control.

*Disclaimer*- Even though it’s all Clinique products these are not affiliated links or a sponsored post. These are truly what I use and what works for me. 🙂

Step 1:

Clinique Liquid Facial Wash for Oily Skin

When it comes to Clinique it’s no secret that they have great skin care products as well as makeup. But choosing the right facial wash was a challenge. I tried a couple of their acne washes they have from the foam wash to the gel cleanser but they didn’t cleanse my skin completely and ended up stripping my skin of all it’s moisture. Sometimes when you are putting too much drying ingredients into your skin, your skin then makes more oil, which then breaks you out. So I tried their facial wash for oily skin and it’s the perfect balance for fighting off oil but not completely stripping your skin. So after I remove my make up I wash my face with this facial wash soap. It lathers really well, and feels very refreshing.

Step 2:

Clinique Acne Solution Clarifying Lotion

My facialist, told me to try a clarifying lotion that is a liquid. Which my first reaction was, a lotion can be a liquid? But yes, this is what I call the “difference maker.” After washing my face, I use just a little bit of this on a cotton ball to wipe down my skin. It takes off anything that the face wash didn’t take off and has acne fighting ingredients in it.

Step 3:

Clinique Moisturizing Gel

After the clarifying lotion dries I put on moisturizer. This is the dramatically different moisturizing gel. For all the oily skin girls out there, you still need to moisturize. So many moisturizers out there are very thick and can add more oil back into the skin. When you use a gel moistuzer, it still hydrates your skin without adding any extra oil.

Step 4:

Clinique Acne Spot Treatment

I feel like there are so many great acne spot treatments out there now a days. I have tried many, but this one I go back to every time. I only use this when I need it. It’s great for combating those terrible cystic acne spots and to even those pesky smaller pimples. I don’t use a lot of this but when I do I use it after the first 3 steps either before I put on makeup or at night before I go to bed.

 

There you have it!! My full day and night skin care routine. If you are struggling with acne or skin issues, I hope you will give these a try. They have made such a difference for me, I wish I found these products sooner. Let me know if you have tried any of these or let me know what your favorite skin product is. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!!

4th of July Fashion Finds

Happy Monday!!

I wanted to pop in a do a quick shopping post for all of those who are feeling a little patriotic for this 4th of July. I can’t wait for yummy food, fun, and oh yes… fireworks. So in the patriotic spirit, I put together some of what I think are, the cutest summer pieces from Nordstrom.  These are all more casual and relaxed, and of course red, white, & blue. I like that most of these are a little more subtle and can still work for all the warmer months. I have my eye on the “fireworks” tee from Wildfox (which also comes in blue).

::Links to Shop::

AmericaFlag Scarf

Baseball Cap

Made in the US” Tank

Kendra Scott Necklace

Wildfox Fireworks T

Converse Sneakers

American Flag Jean Shorts

Blue & White Stripped Tote

 

Hope you had an awesome weekend and even better 4th of July!

Happy Independence day!!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!!
With the holiday in mind I wanted to put together what I like to call a “shop” post. Which means I find good deals and/or great buys to showcase to you guys on my blog. And today I am doing just that. I put together some of my favorite pieces from Stella & Dot that I thought would make excellent V-day gifts for a special someone or even for yourself. 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, I am a Stella & Dot stylist, which means I get to showcase this wonderful brand at party’s and on my website. In fact, I am not just a stylist but a fan as well. This brand has been around for a few years now and they have the best quality of products and a lot of one of a kind pieces. All the items mentioned range from $22 to $300.
Shop the links below or my link to my website to check out even more gorgeous stuff.
Happy shopping!
Let me know which one is your favorite!
Thanks for stopping by!
Caitlin

Best in Beauty 2016

Today’s post is all about beauty!!
I am a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skin care, hair care, etc. I put together all my most used and most loved products for all of 2016. Most of these are items that I’ve  repurchased over and over because I know they work.To start off I am going to talk about my favorite, which is makeup. I have always had a love hate relationship when it comes to makeup. Well I love it and it hasn’t always loved me. The past year I have had the worst allergies and makeup was one of them. I tried a new eye liner and eye shadow and things went wrong. My eyes swelled up for a solid month. So I ended up going back to my Maybelline eye liners and mascara because they are gentle and affordable. If you are having  similar issues I highly recommend this brand for their eye products. They’re both long lasting and easy to apply. Another makeup item for eyes is the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. It’s a palette Ive used for a while now and I love it. Its a perfect balance of shimmer and matte shades so you can switch it up. My favorite shades are booty-call, snakebite, and tease.

I also included my favorite foundation, concealer and powder which cover and conceal everything. Both foundation and concealer are from Estee Lauder the double wear stay in place line. If you have acne prone skin this will not break you out and it lasts all day. The best way of applying them is with a beauty sponge or a dense face brush. I included my two favorites, which are both from the drugstore. The pressed powder is by Rimmel London in the shade 001 transparent. It’s very affordable and you can find it in the drugstore. I have tried many high end and low end powders and this one is the one I always go back too.

For skin care I have found the brand that has really worked for me and that is Clinique. To give a little background of my skin, I have very oily, acne prone skin, and it’s been a long journey to really find what works for me.  This brand has always been gentle enough for daily use but still harsh enough combat acne. I highly recommend checking them out if you have similar issues with your skin. The other Clinique products I wanted to mention are the clarifying lotion for after you wash your face and the moisturizing gel for oily skin. These two have made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. They other Clinique items are the acne face mask, that I use as a spot treatment for blemishes and the eye cream. Both I have been using for years now.

As far as hair care, this has been the year I have really taken the best care of my hair. It’s fuller and thicker than its ever been and I truly give credit to the products that I have been using. I wash my hair every 3 days and instead of a conditioner I use a deep repair mask that I let sit in my hair for 5 to 10 minutes. It has made a huge difference in the texture of my hair. It’s the Macadamia deep repair mask. Another favorite it the Perfect 10 leave in spray. It does so many things, from conditioning, heat protection, and controling frizz, and more. Without this my hair gets very dry at the ends and hard to style. Another great tip, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, is to use a dry shampoo. I have tried many different types and I always go back to the Baptiste dry shampoo. It works well and it’s affordable.

That’s all of my favorite beauty buys for 2016. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you use any of these items or recommend something new for me to try.

Here are all the products mentioned and a few more below with links to buy 🙂

 

Makeup
 
Skin Care

Mommy Monday: 6 Easy Toddler Girl Hairstyles

One of my favorite things about having a daughter is getting to doll her up, but sometimes knowing what to do with her hair can be a challenge. Her hair is very fine, and straight, so putting it up helps keep it out of her face and keep it from getting dirty. I’ll admit I am not the greatest when it comes to doing hair, so when I am doing hers I stick to easy basic looks. These are 6 hairstyles I wanted to share because they are easy, cute, and take up very little time. If I can do them, so can you! To get these looks I used a detangler, a tiny bit of baby lotion, a brush, a comb, and clear hair ties. (I use the tiny bit of baby lotion to tame any fly a ways or baby hairs in the front )

Hope this was helpful, let me know which one is your favorite. 🙂

 

1. Top Knot
2. Classic Braid

 

3. Fun Pig tails

4. High Pony Tail with a Braid

5. Half up with a Twist
6. Pig Tails

Thanks for stopping by!!

Caitlin

Gift Ideas For Her

 1. Amazing Grace Perfume- Buy it here
2. Coffee Mug – Buy it here
3.Earrings – Buy them here
4. Scarf- Buy it here
5. Phone Case- Buy it here
6. Makeup Bag- Buy it here
7. Planner- Buy it here
8. Engraveable Necklace in Rose Gold – Buy it here
9.Candle – Buy it here
I don’t’ know about y’all but this year I am far from finishing buying gifts for everyone on my list. If your looking for an affordable gift for your mom, friend, sibling or colleague these are super cute for any girlie girl out there. Let me know which one is your favorite. I think mine has to be the earrings 🙂

Happy Shopping

Look for Less: Kim Kardashian

 

 Links to Shop
1. Rocker Tee
buy here for $ 24.00
 
2. Leather Jacket
buy here for $118.00
 
3. Black Wash Jeans
buy here for $32.99
4.  Black Suede Booties
buy here for $149.95
Kim Kardashian’s style is always very simple and very monochromatic. I put together a cheaper way to get the same look she has here, without spending thousands of dollars. What I love about these items, is that they are versatile and they go with just about everything. Let me know if you would like to see more looks for less posts and don’t forget to subscribe.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Caitlin

10 under $10.00

Here are my top 10 picks for best beauty products just under $10.00.  I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look your best. That includes the products you use daily. These are all drugstore items that I use religiously.
I highly recommend them all!
1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer 
buy it here for $8.99

Being a mommy of a one year old, I defiantly depend on a good concealer for those stubborn dark circles. This stuff is amazing for under the eyes. It comes with a foam tip that I actually remove just for sanitary reasons, but it goes on smooth and blends really well.

2. Lash Sensational Mascara
buy it here for $5.99

This is a great mascara. I talked about it in my February favorites. It coats every lash and curls them upward. It makes your eyes really pop.

3. Neutrogena Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes  
Buy it here for $6.99
These are great for getting every bit of makeup off. They are easy on the skin without stripping your skin of all the moisture. Great for travel and great for spot cleaning your makeup brushes.

4. e.l.f kabuki brush
For $6.00 buy it here
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush
This is a super dense brush that has lasted me a while. Its great for powder, blush or just for blending.
5. NYX Matte Finishing Spray
Buy it here for $7.99
This is great for after applying a full face of makeup spraying this all over to really set everything in place. It smells really refreshing and makes your make up last longer.
6. Milani Baked Blush in “Luminoso”
For $7.49 buy it here
This is such a pretty peachy color with a little shimmer. If you have a more yellow undertone to your skin this us perfect for you.

7. OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Dulce de Leche 
Buy it here for a410.00
I love OPI nail colors. They last long and they have the prettiest shades. This one in particular is perfect all year round. Its a pinky mauve color that compliments all skin tones.

8. Milani Lipstick in “Naked” 
Buy it here for $5.99

This is a beautiful rich matte color. Really fits any looks and all their lipsticks smell like watermelon.

 
9. Jergens Natural Glow Lotion
 Buy it here for $9.00
This I have used for years. I used it for my wedding any time I need that extra color to my skin. I am very fair and still blends well and looks natural (not orange) Just make sure to blend well.
10. Maybelline BB cream
 buy it here $8.99
This I love. I mentioned this also in my February favorites. It’s just a touch and even out any skin tone. Its perfect just for everyday not heavy and protects your skin.
Let me know if these are some of you drugstore favs as well.
Thanks for stopping by!