Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Beautiful Little Somethings for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and while regular shipping deadlines have passed, you can still ask for a gift card or an IOU. And...if you don't get what you want this year, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a little something! Perhaps I know why my husband worries about my spending...

Regardless-here are some gorgeous little pieces that won't break the bank.

One of my favorite new looks is a wood watch. The look is trendy and rich, but not over the top. I came across Jord Watches a few months ago, and I am so impressed with them. 

Jord Wood Watches is a company that is focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They "value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don't just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go."

My watch (pictured above) is Jord's Cora watch in Zebrawood and Turquoise. It has sapphire crystal glass, Swarovski crystal markers, it is self-winding and splash-proof. Cora comes in several different woods and several different face colors. Jord Watches also still delivers with a discounted expedited shipping fee in time for Christmas!

If you're looking for a beautiful timepiece, look into Jord. They have watches for men and women, and they have so many different styles. I'm in love with mine!

I have never been very adventurous when earrings are concerned. I only wear studs or tiny huggies. Yes, I'm a little set in my ways. Kris Nations really understands me! They make the cutest little studs that are perfect for the minimalist, or for a second piercing.

I love these little turquoise studs. They are bezel set, and are 3mm. They are set in 18K gold vermeil. Kris Nations has so many cute earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and they are very reasonably priced. I'm so happy with these little studs, I will definitely be purchasing additional pairs.

The holiday shipping deadline from Kris Nations has already passed, but they do have online gift cards. You may not be looking for the holidays, but these are seriously a fantastic find!

Maybe it won't come as a surprise that as a lover of all things preppy, I went crazy for these hot pink pearls from Hazel & Marie. I came across the boutique on Instagram, and finally just HAD to order them!

I love that Hazel & Marie's love of pearls story began much like mine. They recall getting their ears pierced, their first pearl studs, and how pearls marked milestones in their lives. They say that they "learned how important style and quality are to following in the footsteps of the Iconic American Women depicted in High Fashion Magazines." How lovely is that thought? 

For me, my parents bought me my first strand of pearls for my 16th birthday. My brother and I were on a long weekend vacation from boarding school, and we met my sister and parents for a trip to Disney World. My father died unexpectedly about 6 weeks later. I don't associate the two with sadness, but they are extremely precious to me. I think this is for many reasons. My 16th birthday, my first major piece of jewelry, a gift from my parents, and except for my first two days home for spring break weeks later, the last time I would see my dad. So, there begins my personal pearl story. 

Over the years, I've collected different sizes and colors of pearls, but when I came across the hot pink Betty Necklace and studs from Hazel & Marie, I absolutely fell in love! They are from a Limited Edition collection for SHOKAY classic pearl single strand necklace with oversized natural freshwater pearls. The necklace is an 18" single strand of hand knotted, round ringed cultured pearls. There is a sterling silver clasp and a signature Hazel & Marie tag. The SHOKAY collection comes in a variety of colors, and also includes bracelets.

Hazel & Marie doesn't just make pearls in vibrant colors! They carry a full line of classic pearl jewelry. Their entire line is absolutely to die for.

If you're looking for a special little something for someone else, or for yourself (come on, the holidays can be stressful!), please check out these three companies. They are definitely lines that are becoming huge. How about being a major trendsetter to start 2017?!

You can follow any of the links in this post to shop. They are not affiliate links, but an easy way to find them. Otherwise...

Jord Watches
Instagram/Twitter: @woodwatches_com
Facebook: @jordwoodwatches

Kris Nations Jewelry
Instagram/Twitter: @krisnations
Facebook: @krisnationsjewelry

Hazel & Marie Pearls
Instagram/Facebook: @hazelandmariepearls

Mens Wooden Watches

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pink Dust Cosmetics

There's just something about a new lipstick that brightens up a gloomy day...

I love looking at different cosmetics companies on Instagram, and I'm currently LOVING Pink Dust Cosmetics! Pink Dust Cosmetics is intended to be the most enjoyable part of your day. How great is that?? 

I recently had the opportunity to try a few products from Pink Dust Cosmetics, and I was not disappointed.

BB Cream
Pink Dust's BB Cream is really perfect for my dry, sensitive skin. Regardless of what foundation I use, I always need a moisturizer underneath. This BB Cream is a rich, nourishing tinted cream that hydrates, protects, and evens skin tone all in one. It is an "extremely hydrating, buildable formula that  is great for normal to dry skin." It is possible that in the summer, I wouldn't need an additional moisturizer, but for me, it is still a must-have. Their formula is hypoallergenic, oil-free and paraben-free. I found the buildable formula to be long wearing and natural looking, and absolutely a great option for everyday wear.

Dual Action Concealer
If I had to choose one area where I see signs of aging, it would definitely be my eyes. I don't have crow's feet, but I do have some pretty deep lines under my eyes from dehydration, and being the mother of two boys! I have shadows underneath-where the heck did those come from?? Pink Dust Cosmetics' Dual Action Anti-Aging Concealer "helps to gradually improve skin's texture while neutralizing dark circles. Eyes look beautifully refreshed and radiant. Its medium coverage formula provides continuous hydration and a natural longwearing finish." It's also paraben-free. Honestly, they put it perfectly. I've found that it blends easily with a brush, sponge or my finger. It doesn't settle into my lines or make me look tired. This is a great concealer!

Blonde Precision Brow Pencil
Brows make the look. Seriously. Pink Dust Cosmetics' Micro Precision Brow Pencil is so easy to use, and it makes my brows looks fantastic! This pencil has a built in grooming brush, it offers controlled brow filling and lining, to quickly and easily give me more natural looking brows. It has a super easy to blend formula that lasts for up to 10 hours. It helps give me more polished, better defined brows. I haven't exactly embraced the full brow look, but I don't wear mine overly thin, either. This pencil is amazing, and honestly, I love how easy it is to use.

Pink Diamond Luxury Lipstick
Pink Dust Cosmetics knows how to do a nude lip! Pink Diamond Luxury Lipstick is a gorgeous light pink nude frost lipstick. Don't worry though-it will not give you flashbacks to the 1980s. It's super modern, not too frosty or too fussy. It may seriously be my favorite nude at the moment. Even though winter is very much here, Pink Diamond looks just as fantastic with a "no makeup" look as it does with a smoky eye. It's moisturizing, too!

Daydream Liquid Lipstick
I've really become a fan of liquid lipsticks. Pink Dust Cosmetics formulates their Daydream Liquid Lipstick (also a beautiful nude/pink) into a concoction that is thick and creamy like a lipstick, with the shine of a gloss. It has a silky texture without feeling greasy. Highly pigmented colors that stay on all day with out bleeding or smudging. A great option for when I know I won't be able to reapply lipstick or gloss during the day when I'm out and about.

Lip Juice Gloss
Lip Juice Lip Gloss is a best-seller from Pink Dust Cosmetics for a reason. It is absolutely my go-to color that I keep in my pocketbook all the time. It is a luxury formula that combines the look of a sheer lipstick with the shine of a gloss. Lip Juice gives a perfect pinky-golden shine that enhances any color lipstick, or just makes natural lips look even more beautiful. I've tried it on top of most lipsticks and liners, and it is amazing!

Pink Dust Cosmetics is affordable, and versatile. With foundations, lipsticks, eye shadows and more, their products are known for their long lasting capability and vibrant colors. All Pink Dust products are cruelty free and hypo-allergenic (SO important). Pink Dust believes that it's not about pulling it off, it's about showing it off. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Hint hint...Santa!!

If you'd like to learn more about Pink Dust Cosmetics, you can follow any of the links in this post. They are for your convenience only.  Also----
Facebook/Instagram: @pinkdustcosmetics
Twitter: @CosmeticsDust

*I was sent product for review purposes, but I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are 100% my own.*