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Bath and Body Works Holiday Candles Review

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I have a serious candle problem. I. Want. Them. All. And this Black Friday My mom and I took full advantage of the buy three get three free deal at Bath and Body Works. I wanted to tell you my thoughts on my favorite holiday scents as well as new ones that I am loving! I highly suggest subscribing to Bath and Body Works' email list because they have some sort of deal almost daily or will send out a coupon! Today their Wallflowers are only $3.50 so that is a great opportunity to stock up on some refills or stocking stuffers. I just got the Teakwood Mahogany and my bathroom smells amazing. Also today, get 20% off your order with the code SLEIGHBELL. These candles make great gifts for anyone since they have so many different scents. Some of these are no longer online but can be found in stores still!

Holly Berry Balsam- I was set on getting the Fresh Balsam because it smells just like a Christmas tree and actually found Holly Berry Balsam during checkout and switched them out. The Holly Berry Balsam smells like Christmas tree but mixed with a sweet fragrance. It is so yummy, I could not stop sniffing it!

Flannel- Flannel has been out since fall but I think this is a great candle for year round. It is definitely more of a cologne type smell and I was unsure how I felt about it just by smelling the candle. Once I burned it though I really liked it!

Winter-The best way I can describe this one is if you combined Fresh Balsam and Fresh Sparkling Snow. This candle is hard to categorize but it definitely smells like winter, as the label says! And how cute is the packaging on this one?

Marshmallow Fireside- One of my classic favorites! If you love the smell of a  bonfire this is your new favorite candle. It has the perfect balance of smokey and sweet. I espeically love this candle since I am used to having a fireplace back at my parent's house.

Hot Cocoa & Cream- I honestly thought this one was overly sweet and awful when I smelled  the candle, but after burning it I love it. It literally smells like a freshly made cup of hot chocolate and I think I need to go buy some Swiss Miss and mini marshmallows now.

Champagne Toast- My friends just introduced me to Champagne Toast. They kept raving about how amazing it smells so I knew I had to get it. This candle smells exactly like a Mimosa! I don't really think it is a fall or winter scent, but it is absolutely a keeper. This is good for those who like sweet but fresh scents.

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Mahogany Teakwood- This is another new scent for me that I immediately loved. I also purchased a wallflower refill in this scent. It is a masculine, heavy smell, but soooo good.

Sparkling Woods- If you like Mahogany Teakwood but it is a little too overpowering for you, Sparkling Woods would be perfect. It is similar but on the sweeter side.

Frosted Cranberry- This candle is for sweet scent lovers. This is the perfect candle for your kitchen and is absolutely mouthwatering.

Fresh Sparkling Snow- I don't have this candle but I do have the creamy body wash. I didn't pick up the candle because it just didn't seem to be very strong to me, but now I really want to try burning it or getting it in a wallflower because the body wash smells SO good. If you are a fan of Dove's body washes I highly recommend B&BW's new creamy body wash in this scent. It is the same consistency as Dove but the pretty smell stays on my skin so much longer.

That's all for now! What are your favorite holiday candles or fragrances from Bath and Body Works? What other brand candles do you love? Don't forget to subscribe and thanks for reading!


Preteen Friendly Makeup + Skincare

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I was recently asked for some suggestion on makeup products for a preteen and I thought what a great blog post topic that would make. A lot of girls start to take interest in makeup and beauty around their junior high years. I know I personally was not allowed to wear anything until I was in seventh grade. If this is something your pre-teen or teenager has expressed interest in, I hope this post is helpful! There are several factors to keep in mind when picking out a young woman's first makeup. To me I take into consideration: budget friendly, age appropriate, easy for beginners, and trendy. No 12-year-old really needs makeup that is $50 or bright red lipstick to wear daily. But keep in mind that she also has an idea in her head of what is "cool" and in right now and what she is picturing may be very different than what mom has in her makeup bag. I'm going to cover all areas, but before I get into the makeup part I wanted to stress the importance of skincare and teaching your daughter/sister/niece/granddaughter the importance of it.

Skincare Routine


I remember my junior high years well, and I suffered from breakouts, like every other teen. Proactive was my best friend until it stopped working. If your teen suffers from acne this is completely normal, but the harsh reality is that makeup can worsen it. If your teen is going to start wearing makeup it is really important to make sure she is taking proper care of her skin. Along with makeup clogging pores, most girls participate in athletics, cheer, or some type of sport. Sweat + makeup = a bad time! Here are my tips as well as my recommended products. For a more in-depth skincare post read my post Emergency Skincare. And a little disclaimer, not everything will work for everyone. We all have different skin. If your teen already has a skincare routine then that is fantastic. Use whatever works for you personally.

1. Makeup wipes are your best friend. I prefer Target's Up brand. These are the first wipes I have  found that completely remove all my makeup in one cloth. e.l.f. is another great option. Neutrogena is great, but a little pricey for how fast I go through a pack. Another great idea is to buy in bulk at Sam's or Costco. There are other makeup removing options like oils, but wipes seem to be the most effective and convenient method. Use these before cleansing at night and throw a pack in her gym bag so she can remove her makeup before practice.

2. A gentle, daily face wash. My go-to drugstore face wash is and will forever be CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. It was recommended by my dermatologist and I have used it for years. Make sure she is using this every morning and evening, but also right after practice or a game when she sweats.

3. Keep pillowcase, phone, and makeup brushes clean. Keep hands off face/avoid picking. Make sure that her pillow case is getting washed at least once a week. Sanitize cellphones with a clorox wipe and clean those makeup brushes every two weeks. There is a simple trick to cleaning brushing on my Drugstore Dupes 2 post.

4. Spot treatment. Everyone's skin is different, and what works for some may not for others, but this is one of my favorite drugstore products for spot treating acne. Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment .

5. Moisturize. As we age and with the use of more skincare products, our face tends to dry out. Harsh products can strip our face of oils, both good and bad, so its important to hydrate skin so that it doesn't overproduce oil, causing even more breakouts. My favorite is Garnier Gel Moisturizer. 

Starting Her Basic Makeup Kit


1. BB Cream or Mineral Powder

A BB cream is a great option for someone who is just starting to wear makeup. It's not as heavy as foundation but will still give good coverage without looking cakey. This page has the best drugstore BB creams and details what each one is best for. 7 Best Drugstore BB Creams

The other direction I would suggest is using a light mineral powder. Some people are not fans of liquid makeups and foundations and powder is their preference.  I would suggest NYX, L'Oreal (this is what I use), or Neutrogena.But there are several good drugstore powders. If your teen has oily skin, she may want to use a sheer powder over a BB cream.

2. Concealer

Concealer is basically magic, just teach your teen that it is for concealing blemishes and tiny imperfections, not covering the entire face. All it takes is a dab and a little goes a LONG way. At this link there are several great drugstore options. Best Drugstore Concealers. I don't recommend the stick concealers (the kind that looks like it's in a lipstick tube) To me they go on thicker and chalkier. 

3. Mascara or Clear Mascara

This one is debatable based on personal preferences, but I suggest skipping out on eyeliner and instead teaching how to use mascara. Maybe I'm biased because eyelashes are my favorite beauty feature to enhance. I have an entire post on mascaras including drugstore options! Let's Talk Lashes Post. If you don't think your are ready to give mascara yet, clear mascara is what I started out with. (I thought I was hot s*** too!) It's a great way to learn how to apply it before diving in completely. Covergirl and Maybelline both make this and it runs about $4.

4. Lip balm or lip gloss

 By now, most girls have had their share of  Lip Smackers and Baby Lips, and maybe even a few hand-me-downs from mom. It's time to give your girl something a little more grown up and special. NYX and Maybelline both make great lip glosses that have several shades. Stick to nudes, soft pinks, and rosey colors.

5. Highlight/Contour (Fun Stuff)

Go to any Instagram makeup page or beauty blogger's YouTube channel and I guarantee the words "highlight" and "contour" are going to pop up. This is a fun beauty trend used to really shape your face and exemplify your features how you want. Contour is all about shaping your face. Making your cheek bones more prominent, or your nose to appear more narrow. Highlighting is adding shine where the sun/light would naturally hit your face. Another fun trend is color correcting. This is when you use colored makeup to balance certain flaws. Green helps to correct redness, while orange helps to cover dark circles. None of this is really needed in young pretty skin, but I can promise your teen will be interested in these makeup techniques. Here are some budget friendly products for them to play around and learn with.

Things To Avoid

1. Harsh, dark, or bright lipsticks. With the exception of dance and cheer competitions, I would stay away from brick red lipsticks or anything too bright or dark.
2. Heavy eyeliner or eyeshadow. If I had the opporunity to go back and talk to 13-year-old Lindsey I would tell her two things. Stop slicking your hair back, you look like a boy and heavy eyeliner on top and bottom is NOT cute. Skip the liner and use mascara instead for an open-eyed fresh face. If she really wants liner, only apply on the top lid in a nice thin line. When I was in high school, dark smokey eyeshadow was the big thing. Now when I look back at photos we look like a bunch of racoons. Stick to neutrals or skip eyeshadow for now.

3. Bright pink blush. Remember this is a young lady, not a little girl. Bright flushed cheeks are good for ballet and pageants, not for school or every day.

4. Over-plucking brows. One more thing I would like to discuss with my teenage self is ruining my eyebrows. My oldest sister has the most beautiful natural brows! Avoid over waxing or plucking, she will be so grateful when she's older. Of course, still do basic brow grooming, just don't go crazy. If your teen has thinner or blonde eyebrow she may want to fill them in. I suggest an eyebrow powder or brow gel rather than a pencil as it is easy to get heavy handed. Filling in brows will be a more challenging technique to learn.


What age should pre-teens be allowed to start wearing makeup? This is totally up to you as a parent. If you are reading this for your sibling, niece, or granddaughter, etc. be sure that you have mom and dad's ok first. Everyone is different and some girls don't express any interest in makeup, which is totally ok!

Share your wisdom. Teach some basic techniques as well as going over hygiene. Remind them not to share with friends to avoid nasty breakouts or styes and to clean makeup brushes and replace old stuff.

Gift a cute makeup bag. If you are starting them out, include everything in a cute little makeup bag to make it more personal and organized.

Make it fun!  This is a really exciting milestone for some girls. You may be thinking, its just makeup its not that serious, or that teens are too young to start wearing it. Everyone opinions will differ and that is perfectly ok. I would not push for anyone to wear makeup who was not interested. These are basics for a teen who is ready and excited to get her first makeup. And always remember, makeup is not for covering up, being fake, or hiding things. It is used to enhance the natural features that God blessed you with and it is supposed to be fun! I hope you found this useful, please feel free to ask any questions or share your thoughts! Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss a post and can get new posts sent directly to your inbox! OH and the best honor of this post, I bring you, Makeup Disasters of My Youth. And this is just what I found on Facebook. Thank goodness MySpace is gone! Haha!!


100 Shows & Movies To Binge This Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I don't know about you, but as soon as Thanksgiving ends it is basically Christmas 1st and all the decor comes out. Last night I cleaned house, set up my mini tree (thanks grandma Sharon!) and decorations, and blared the Apple Music Christmas Essentials playlist. I also swapped all my Bath and Body Works candles for the holiday scents and lit one in every room, including my new favorite, but we will save that for another post! One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is watch old Christmas cartoons and holiday movies. This year I don't have cable. I figure why pay for it when I watch everything on Netflix or HBO, but that means missing all the Christmas shows aired. Luckily, almost all of these can be streamed or found on YouTube! You may notice some of the cartoons listed are VERY old. When I was little I had a VHS taped with all the Christmas specials that came on TV. It had classics like Rudolph and Frosty but it also had some lesser known cartoons. Jack Frost, Christmas Comes But Once A Year, The Night Before Christmas, and Santa's Workshop. I used to re-watch all of these over and over. The quality is absolutely awful compared to today's cartoons, but the stories and songs are nostalgic. (These are the ones you can find a in full length on YouTube or on DVD on Amazon) I hope you guys enjoy and maybe find a new movie you love! I'm sure you will see some of your favorites listed as well!


  1. It's A Wonderful Life
  2. White Christmas
  3. A Christmas Carol (both versions)
  4. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (both versions!)
  5. The Ultimate Christmas Present
  6. Christmas Comes But Once A Year (1936)
  7. Santa's Workshop
  8. Beauty And The Beast The Enchanted Christmas
  9. Jack Frost (1934)
  10. The Night Before Christmas (1968)
  11. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  12. The Polar Express
  13. Frosty The Snowman
  14. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  15. Hector's Hectic Life
  16. Somewhere In Dreamland
  17. Home Alone
  18. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  19. A Christmas Story
  20. Love Actually
  21. Miracle on 34th Street
  22. The Santa Claus
  23. The Santa Claus 2
  24. The Santa Claus 3
  25. Gilmore Girls: Forgiveness & Stuff
  26. ELF
  27. Bad Santa
  28. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  29. Jingle All The Way
  30. Christmas With the Kranks
  31. The Holiday
  32. Prancer
  33. Prancer Returns 
  34. A Smoky Mountain Christmas
  35. Silent Night
  36. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  37. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  38. Mickey's Christmas Carol
  39. The Family Stone
  40. New Girl: The 23rd
  41. Jack Frost (1998)
  42. The Christmas Shoes
  43. The Nativity Story
  44. The Nutcracker
  45. Jingle All The Way
  46. Babe's In Toyland
  47. Ernest Saves Christmas
  48. Four Christmases
  49. That 70s Show: The Christmas Party
  50. Scrooge
  51. While You Were Sleeping
  52. Holiday Affair
  53. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  54. Reindeer Games
  55. Boy Meets World: A Very Topanga Christmas
  56. A Garfield Christmas Special
  57. The Shanty Where Santa Claus Lived
  58. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Deck The Halls
  59. Snow Foolin'
  60. An American Girl Holiday
  61. The Little Drummer Boy
  62. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  63. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas (1974)
  64. The Year Without A Santa Claus
  65. The Office: Christmas Party
  66. Holiday Inn
  67. Arthur Christmas
  68. Fred Claus
  69. Christmas Oranges
  70. The Christmas Card
  71. Full House: Our Very First Christmas Show
  72. Full House: A Very Tanner Christmas 
  73. Full House: Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  74. Lethal Weapon
  75. Gremlins
  76.  Frosty Returns
  77. The Dog Who Saved Christmas
  78. Santa Buddies
  79. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas 
  80. Frozen
  81. Meet Me In St. Louis
  82. One Magic Christmas
  83. The Small One
  84. Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
  85. Annabelle's Wish
  86.  Just Friends
  87. The Family Man
  88. 12 Dates of Christmas
  89. The Christmas List
  90. A Boyfriend For Christmas
  91. A Season Fro Miracles
  92. Snowglobe
  93. The Night Before
  94. Krampus
  95. The Ref
  96. Eloise at Christmastime
  97. The Snowman
  98. Black Christmas
  99. Mr. St. Nick
  100. The House Without A Christmas Tree

Thomas Rose Boutique T-Shirt

Monday, November 28, 2016

Today I wanted to share my favorite new t-shirt from Thomas Rose boutique! I wore this to an Aaron Watson concert this weekend (which was amazing! He puts on a really great show and has awesome chemistry with the crowd) and I got tons of compliments and questions about it. The shirt reads "I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little". It is so soft and comfy! I got this shirt in a medium and it fits true to size. Thomas Rose is a newer boutique, and is currently online only. You can order from their Facebook and Instagram pages! Just comment your size, email, and state on the photo of the item you want to order. I know you ladies are probably doing a ton of Cyber Monday damage today, but don't forget the importance of shopping and supporting local, small businesses! Check out Thomas Rose's pages below to see all the cute apparel! And of course I had to have my model, Buddy our Maltese, in my photos! ;) Thank you ladies of Thomas Rose!

I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who reads my blog posts! I was so surprised over the weekend to hear from people of all walks of life who said they read my blog. I had friends of my Nana, my old teachers, and even GUYS I went to high school with tell me they read it! I started this with the expectation of my friends and maybe mom reading it, but I have gotten really awesome  support, so thank you all!

Thomas Rose Facebook

Thomas Rose Instagram



Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a fantastic week!


Bath and Body Works Cream Body Wash

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Growing up I was almost always staying at my friend Brittney's house on Fridays after cheering at football games and I remember her shower being stocked with a new B&BW shower gel every time. At my house we usually had something simple like Suave so I would be so excited to try the new fragrances she had. I think I have however, gotten B&BW works gift sets every Christmas for as long as I can remember (what girl hasn't honestly) and the sets would include a lotion, body mist, and shower gel. If I had my say, I would bring back the Art's Stuff collection from the 90s. Glitter shower gel, the body mist with the little squishy circles in it, foaming body wash, ROLL ON BODY glitter. And let's not forget Cucumber Melon! Who remembers these?? I even had my membership card, which I guarantee is somewhere at my mom's house still (I have hoarding issues) Give me all the roll on glitter back! Now days I still love and use B&BW products, but their candles are by far my absolute favorite! However, I am so excited for two new releases. Whipped Shimmer Body Mousse and Creamy Body Wash.

The Whipped Body Mousse brings that nostalgic feeling from the old foam body wash. I tried a sample in the store and it feels amazing, but have not purchased it yet. I did purchase the Creamy Body wash in the fragrance Fresh Sparkling Snow. I used it last night and I love it so far! It's a creamy wash with a great lather and left my skin feeling soft and clean. And I LOVE the Fresh Sparkling Snow scent so I may have to try it in other products. Other holiday scents I found I love are Champagne Toast, Sparkling Wood (which for some reason is not online), Mahogany Teakwood, Flannel, and Marshmallow Fireside. For winter I prefer woodsy and strong scents over the super sweet vanillas. I would definitely recommend these new products if you are looking for stocking stuffers or a gift for a coworker. :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for taking the time to read.


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Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you caught my Holiday Gift Guide For Him post yesterday! Shopping for my fellow females comes much more naturally to me, so this guide will be a little more detailed! I rounded up all of my favorite products, ones I have been dying to try, and gift sets that cannot be passed up. Hopefully you find some inspiration from these gift ideas! Happy shopping!




For The Makeup Guru: 

Tart Makeup Brush Set
Tarte In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte Pro-Glow Highlight & Contour Palette
Artis Makeup Brush Set
Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit
Jaclynn Hill x Becca- Champagne Pop
And a gift card to Sephora or Ulta is always a great idea!

For The Skincare Lover: 

Glamglow Super Mud Set
TULA Holiday Hydration Kit
TULA Discovery Kit
First Aid Beauty-FAB Beautique
First Aid Beauty-Winter Skin Savers
Clinque Great Skin Everywhere Set
Clarisonic Mia
Tarte Frxxxtion Stick & Tarte Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches
Another great idea is a gift card for a mani/pedi or massage!


For The Hair Goddess:

DryBar Big Blowout Bundle
T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand Beachwaver Pro Curling Iron  
CHI City Chic Travel Size Hair Tools
Drybar Texas Tease Big Hair To Go Set
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Stocking Stuffer

For The Fashionista:

It's hard to give a specific pick on fashion. Everyone has such different style. My reccomendations would be to ask what stores they love and get them one or two gift cards! Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, Dillards, or maybe their favorite boutique! Other creative ideas would be to sign them up for a Stich Fix or Rocksbox subscription. Here are some other ideas!
Fleece Pullover  (I love the burgandy!)
Sam Edelman Boots - I have these in Whiskey and now I want the black! Go up a full size in these.
Steve Madden Edit Booties - The blush velvet is everything.
Rebecca Minkoff Tech Wristlet
Faux Fur White Vest - you can find these tons of places for a reasonable price and in multiple colors

For The Entertainer:

Marble Cheeseboard
Marble and Copper Cheese Knives
Copper Rim Barware Collection
Wine Decanter and Glasses Set
Wine Aerator

For The Travel Bug:

Barrington Gift's Captains Bag (personalized)
Barrington Gift's Diaper Bag
Barrington Gifts Zippered Tote
Jon Hart Makeup Case Organizer
Jon Hart Roll Up Organizer
Jon Hart Makeup Case
Jon Hart Overnighter

Just Because:

Fujifilm Instax Wide Polaroid 
Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid
Faux Fur Blanket
Fleece Blankets
Cute Slippers 
A Fluffy Bathrobe - I received a robe from Aegean Apparel one year for Christmas and I actually shared it in an older blog post because I love it so much! I wear it every morning when I get ready or when I just want to throw on something cozy. I wash it every week because my makeup gets on it and it has not worn out at all! This is such a useful gift.

Holiday Gift Guide For Him

Monday, November 14, 2016

I love to start Christmas shopping early, not only to get everything out of the way so that I don't stress the days before, but also to lessen the financial blow. Gifting to the women in my life has always been easy. I know their interests and I know if I would love something, they probably will too! However, gifting to the men in my life is never quite as easy! Will they think this is cool too or silly? Is this something they need or would want? What about the color? I decided to make a gift guide for him to hopefully help you brainstorm for any type of man in your life. Boyfriend, husband, dad, brother, or grandparent, I tried to find ideas for all walks of life.

For The Traveler:

I am a big fan of Jon Hart luggage. It is pricier, but so sturdy and long lasting. It makes a great gift as most people would not spend that amount on themselves. There are so many different types and size pieces for anything you could want. Everything comes in several colors and  you can personalize each piece with their name or initials. I have a duffel, backpack, and makeup case that I received as Christmas gifts and they have been the most useful gifts! Jon Hart makes great gift options for both men and women.
Jon Hart Dopp Kit 
Jon Hart Two-Suiter Garment Bag
Jon Hart Boot Bag
Jon Hart Medium Square Duffel


For The Foodie:

Another great idea: a wine club subscription! 
Stuffed Hamburger Press
Whiskey Rocks
Spiegelau Beer Tasting Set
Stainless-Steel Sliding Skewers
A Wok


For The Outdoorsman:

Yeti Hopper 20
Yeti Camo Cooler Cushion
Jon Hart Rifle Cover
Jon Hart Bird Bag

For The Sports Lover:

Tickets to a game
Gear For His Favorite Team
A Dipped Yeti of His Favorite Team
Golf course gift card
Nike Cart Bag
Personalized Golf Balls

For The Professional:

Daniel Wellington Leather Watch
Barrington Gift's Money Clip
Mini Hand Steamer
Button ups or accessories
Ties and Pocket Squares

I hope that some of these ideas help you spoil your favorite men! A Gift Guide for Her is soon to come so check back in a couple days or just subscribe in the sidebar and you will get an email of every new post!


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