Blogmas 2016 Day 7: Christmas Beauty Tag

Well, we made it through the first week of Blogmas! It has been surprisingly easy to keep up with holiday-related posts and I actually like winding down each night with a festive blog post. I’m aware of how much I overuse the word festive, but this blog series is just oozing with festivity. It will be really neat to look back on all of these posts next year, because it is usually only old photos that remind me of what previous holiday seasons were like. I wanted to do a Christmas tag today, so I chose one that focuses on beauty. I found this Christmas Beauty Tag through several blog posts from last year. Here we go!


1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?
I have been nice to my skin this year, but I think I could do better. I need to invest in a good under-eye cream. Besides that, I’ve gotten better at completely removing all of my makeup every night, and moisturizing, exfoliating, using gentle cleansers, using sunscreen, never touching my face, and so on.

2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup, or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends?
My family and close friends aren’t big on beauty products, so body care trios from Bath & Body Works in either men’s or women’s scents are my go-to products. They all seem to like a good scented shower gel and loofah every now and then. My boyfriend gets colognes from me a lot, too.

3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather gift drug store products to others?
I would love to gift some of my favorite Too Faced or Tarte products to others, but none of my friends or family are very into beauty products at the moment. Many of the women I am close to are mothers to young children and babies now and when the topic comes up, they say they have no interest in wearing makeup anymore. When they are ready, I’ll be there!

4. What are the beauty products you’re hoping to get to see under your Christmas tree this year?
I mentioned to my boyfriend that I am always looking for colorful, gooey lipglosses that hydrate my lips. I also mentioned that I wouldn’t be mad if I received the new Bath & Body Works Gingerbread Latte trio. There are a couple of high-end makeup products that I already ordered for myself and will be sharing on my blog soon!

5. What is the beauty product that you’re dreading to receive for Christmas this year?
At first I thought this question was ridiculous, because I never dread any gifts. If I had to answer, though… I remember in middle school and high school, my friends and I would often gift each other scented products like candles, lotions, and sprays, and sometimes I would receive fruity scents that I hated. Fruity scents are very hit or miss for me, because I generally don’t like most fruits. I received a Sparkling Peach spray one year, and something like a mango candle another time. I dread them because I would never re-gift something I received from a friend or loved one, so I force myself to use them. I still have some of that peach spray left all these years later…

6. Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so what is the post you’re most proud of so far?
Yes, I am doing Blogmas this year. I don’t think I am proud of any particular post, I’m just happy that it is going so well. I thought it would be a challenge to keep up daily or that I would get tired of posting about Christmas.

7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a Christmas gift? What was it and did you enjoy it?
I remember when I was in kindergarten or first grade, I was in love with my mother’s red lipstick and pearls and was always caught playing with them. I was ridiculously girly. I only wanted to wear dresses, fancy jewelry, and was upset when I found out lipstick and blush wasn’t for me yet. I did finally receive my own red lipstick, on the condition that it only went on my face when my parents approved. It came in one of those cheap kid’s makeup sets that I’m sure we all remember wanting.

8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking stuffer?
Too Faced has some adorable holiday items that are packaged as ornaments and would be great gifts for any makeup lover. I personally am a sucker for mini perfumes, and I know Sephora has some great sets of those year-round.

9. Would you rather your friends and family ask you gifts you wanted to receive or have them surprise you?
I would prefer if my friends and family didn’t purchase me anything at all and spent the money on their children or themselves. I hate feeling spoiled. I spend so much time spoiling myself! The coolest gift would be to come over and hang out with me for the holidays. They could also come bake and decorate Christmas cookies with me.

10. What is your favorite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit?
I’m really into festive sweaters – not necessarily ugly Christmas sweaters, but I don’t mind those as long as they are cute! I have to have a comfy new sweater every year to wear for Christmas celebrations. As for my look, I’ll always choose whichever eyeshadow palette I’m in love with at the moment, find a matching lipgloss, and usually curl my hair.



Body Care Scent of the Day: PINK Sleigh What?
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Goose Creek Peppermint Snowflake


Fall Favorites Tag: Remixed

I am not a warm weather person. It is uncomfortably humid where I live, so my summers are sticky and suffocating. On the flip-side, my winters are frozen and eternal. The spring and fall months are my reprieves, so I get very excited once they arrive.

To help immerse myself into the first official week of fall, I thought it would be fun to try out the Fall Favorites tag that became popular among beauty gurus on YouTube last fall. Since I am a scent junkie, and not a beauty guru, I decided to tweak the questions a little to suit my interests!

Favorite Candle
Bath & Body Works – Leaves

This is just my perfect autumn fragrance. It’s the first scent that I think of in relation to the fall season, and it’s the only one I cannot go without once the season begins.


Favorite Wax Melt
Goose Creek – Campfire Marshmallow

This scent is very, very similar to a popular pick for the candle question, which is Bath & Body Works – Marshmallow Fireside. However, I prefer Goose Creeks’ version by far. It is stronger, and in my opinion, the scent throw is much better. Highly recommended!


Favorite Body Care
Bath & Body Works – Plum Cider Warmth

These products are from the 2015 fall traditions line. I regret not buying a matching shower gel, or the full-sized bottle of fragrance mist. They seemed to sell out fast.


Favorite Perfume
Victoria’s Secret – Forever Sexy

I have a whole mob of perfumes for cooler weather, but this rollerball has been my favorite transitional warmer-to-cooler weather choice for the past 2 fall seasons.


Favorite Lip Color
NYX – Devil’s Food Cake

I prefer lip glosses to lipsticks, and the Nyx Butter Glosses are pigmented enough to put deep fall shades on my lips, while providing the glossy finish that I like.


Favorite Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced – Chocolate Bon Bons

I didn’t think of this as a fall-related palette until this past month, and now I can’t stay away from it. The deep browns, the mauve/taupe and gray shades… it’s just so perfect for the season.


Favorite Clothing Item


A scarf paired with a sweater is likely how one would see me dressed between October and March, whether I’m inside or outside.


Favorite Drink
Pumpkin Spice Latte

I like both homemade and Starbucks PSLs. If it’s one of those times when I’m trying to lay off of the caffeine, then my go-to fall drink is a decaf vanilla chai tea latte… but I’ll still be craving a PSL.


Favorite Dessert
Tie-dye Cupcakes


I love making these spooky, colorful treats for Halloween gatherings. They are especially great because it’s a surprise whenever someone bites into them!


Favorite Thanksgiving Food
Pumpkin Pie

The truth is, I LOVE Thanksgiving dinner. All of it. I like to cook each dish, I like to eat each dish, I like the days of leftovers that follow. I couldn’t pick just one, so I decided to go for the dessert – pumpkin pie. The reason why is that I can have Thanksgiving dishes year-round, but I pretty much only have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. It’s a little more special.


Favorite Fall Movie
Rob Zombie Movies

This guy just does creepy really well, but what I appreciate the most are the bits of humor that sneak by in his films. The Halloween remake was festive and entertaining.


Favorite Fall TV Show
American Horror Story

I watch AHS every fall, as well as The Walking Dead, but I’m not a superfan of either show. I’m a Game of Thrones girl. However, I have enjoyed watching each season of American Horror Story so far. Season 2: Asylum was my favorite, and one I may have to re-watch.


Favorite Halloween Costume

Simple, easy, and obvious is the way I go for Halloween – or I should say, this is the stage that I’ve graduated to now. I killed it on costumes as a kid. I did cool face paint looks as a teen. I did “sexy” costumes as a young adult. Since age 24, I may have drinks with friends or take my nieces out trick or treating for Halloween, but I’ll typically stay home, eat candy, and watch horror movies with my boyfriend. (Picture: We dressed as Handsome Devils.)


I tag everyone to do the Fall Favorites tag, whether it is my remixed version, or the original by Jaclyn Hill!

Fall Fun Series: Favorite Fall Item

I’m jumping in a little late here, but am excited to participate in the Fall Fun Series; a series of fall-related posts on Mondays and Fridays, until after Thanksgiving, along with a group of other bloggers that I look forward to getting to know! I was searching for fall tags that I could post about on the first official day of fall when I came across the Fall Fun Series, and it seemed right up my alley.


There were a number of things that came to mind when I thought about my favorite fall item, but what really stood out to me were my solar dancing woodland creatures. These are placed on a window sill, or in any other bright, sunny area, and will “dance” while they are in the sun. They’re small and adorable, and are my favorite little way of bringing fall inside with me.


My sister-in-law and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner two years ago and some family friends that joined us gifted us the solar dancing turkey. We’re an easily amused bunch, so whenever the turkey started flapping its wings, one of us was sure to point it out and we’d celebrate what little sunlight we receive here in the Midwest when it gets cold. Since then, I just don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving day without this little guy present.

I was able to find this particular turkey on Amazon for about $10, should any of you be interested in purchasing one of his cousins. You can purchase the solar dancing turkey here along with all kinds of other dancing, sunlight-activated critters.


A solar dancing owl recently moved into my window sill and has been flapping in the sun since September 1st. The turkey will join him after Halloween.


To celebrate the first official day of fall this Thursday, I decided to give my Pumpkin French Toast candle from Bath & Body Works a shot. Holy cow, is this one strong. This is as far as the wax had pooled out before the entire bedroom and hallway were scented:


It is late into the evening the following day and I am still catching whiffs of maple syrup. It smells like all I’ve cooked for myself in the last 24 hours is french toast! I LOVE strong fall scented candles, but since this one packs such a punch of breakfast-y goodness, I may have to be selective about when I decide to burn this 3-wick candle (and around whom).