December Beauty Favorites

BEAUTY FAVORITES: URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER LONG-LASTING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY | 
GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDE PRIMER | FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION® 
FIRMING HYDROGEL EYE MASK | YSL BEAUTY BLACK OPIUM BODY LOTION | 
DR BRANDT OXYGEN FACIAL | RIMMEL LONDON MAGNIF'EYES 
SMOKE EDITION PALETTE 003 | ERBORIAN DOUBLE MOUSSE GENTLE CLEANSING FOAM |
LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR SERUM | COLORESCIENCE® SUNFORGETTABLE LOOSE MINERAL POWDER 
BRUSH SPF 30 IN MEDIUM | REVISION® SKINCARE FIRMING NIGHT TREATMENT | CUTEX STRENGTH 
SHIELD NAIL POLISH REMOVER | MADAM GLAM "LIAR" MATTE LIPSTICK 

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY URBAN DECAY, GRANDE COSMETICS AND MADAM GLAM.

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Time for my monthly beauty roundup of favorites! And I discovered a ton of new beauty products/brands that I've never tried before, thanks to the busy month of December. In today's post, I've got a special 30% discount code for one of my new favorite lipstick lines, an amazing recovery mask that provides instant results in 3 minutes (completely obsessed), the only nail polish remover I have been using since I was a kid, an acne-fighting serum, and a firming hydrogel eye mask that's not even out in stores yet. Continue reading to learn more about my December beauty favorites and also where you can shop the products.   

1. URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER LONG-LASTING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. The All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay keeps makeup looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 16 hours - without melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Smoother-looking skin and vibrant makeup that lasts all day (or all night). I particularly use this spray with a more heavy-duty look such as vampy lips, smoky eyes and/or full coverage foundation. 

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2. GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDE PRIMER

A white pre-mascara primer that helps thicken and lengthen lashes. Grande Primer is a white pre-mascara lengthener and thickener that's infused with a lash-loving combination of no-flake microfibers, nutrients, and peptides that works to condition while you coat instantly increasing lash volume while improving lash appearance over time. It preps the lashes for mascara application and boosts its effects by instantly adding dramatic length, volume, and it curls while maintaining naturally soft, supple lashes. The unique molded brush is designed specifically for lash priming to ensure proper separation of the lashes, resulting in a flawless application.

3. FREEMAN BEAUTY INFUSION® FIRMING HYDROGEL EYE MASK

This next-generation serum-infused hydrogel eye mask instantly helps firm, hydrate, and diminish dark circles. The refreshing marine-scented hydrogel patches adhere to undereye contours to infuse skin with nutrient-rich Blue Marine Algae and youth-boosting Peptides. This fatigue-fighting, luxurious formula illuminates, de-puffs, and reawakens the bounce of delicate undereye skin. Perfect for all skin types!

4. YSL BEAUTY BLACK OPIUM BODY LOTION

My most recent favorite body lotion obsession. Awaken your skin with a jolt of Black Opium's signature notes of coffee and vanilla bean. The luxurious texture of the lotion instantly moisturizes the skin, leaving a subtle veil of sparkles that make the skin shimmer. Highly addictive. Seductively intoxicating.

5. DR BRANDT OXYGEN FACIAL

One of my most recent favorite recovery masks as of late, this luminizing mask helps lessen the look of fatigued skin. It works to provide tired, dull, lackluster skin with a revitalized, illuminated, and re-energized appearance. It also helps smooth the signs of fine lines. The potent formula was inspired by the most popular facial in Dr. Brandt’s practice and takes just three minutes for full effect. 

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6. RIMMEL LONDON MAGNIF'EYES SMOKE EDITION PALETTE 003

Find Cosmetics at Target.com! Contour your eyes with just one kit! This palette contains 12 different shades to customize your look from bare nude to ultra sultry. Contour your eyes with just one palette, love using it to get that perfect smoky eye! They also have a nude and blush palette which are also great for everyday, natural makeup.

7. ERBORIAN DOUBLE MOUSSE GENTLE CLEANSING FOAM

Part Korean, part French skincare, I've completely fallen madly in love with this brand. My favorite cleanser at the moment is their double mousse gentle cleansing foam. This foaming mousse cleanser is a two-in-one formula, helping to eliminate impurities and visibly refine the skin's texture for a flawlessly smooth and radiant look. Enriched with seven Korean herbs which help to soothe the skin, this rich formula is gentle enough for daily use. Travel-size friendly too.

8. LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR SERUM

The Effaclar Serum, a pore minimizer, provides a powerful combination of highly concentrated ingredients to exfoliate skin and visibly smooth skin texture. LHA provides micro-exfoliation to help tighten enlarged large pores while refining skin's texture. AHA-Glycolic Complex helps smooth texture, even tone and boost skin radiance.

9. COLORESCIENCE® SUNFORGETTABLE LOOSE MINERAL POWDER BRUSH SPF 30 IN MEDIUM

Stay radiant every day without damaging your skin. Colorescience® Brush-On Sunscreen offers powerful SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection, alone or over makeup. Sheer, natural-looking coverage and SPF in one simple, on-the-go application.

10. REVISION® SKINCARE FIRMING NIGHT TREATMENT

This peptide-rich, age-defying cream provides intense short-- and long-term moisturization while you sleep. Contains two peptides that are clinically proven to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Includes Sodium Hyaluronate, which binds moisture to the skin. The cream also alleviates dryness with Shea Butter and a blend of botanical extracts. It completely rehydrates, replenishes and brightens dull, dry skin. Amazing night cream!

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11. CUTEX STRENGTH SHIELD NAIL POLISH REMOVER

Promotes stronger nails. With hydrolyzed silk protein and vitamins E and B5, this nail polish remover is also infused with a lavender fragrance. Ingredients are known to strengthen, nourish and condition the health of your nails. This is the only nail polish remover I stand by since I've been painting my nails. Fun random fact: I DON'T do mani's or pedi's. EVER. People touching my hands or feet give me the tickles, but not in a good way... more like twitching rather than tickles. HA HA HA.

12. MADAM GLAM "LIAR" MATTE LIPSTICK

Cruelty-free and vegan, this long-wearing lipstick has a velvety, smooth finish with gorgeous texture. They have an assortment of colors, from matte to glossy finishes too. I particularly love this pink-hued one, called, "Liar". It's the perfect subtle pop of color for an everyday lipstick. Here is a special 30% off coupon code for you guys to use if you're curious about those lipsticks shades too. The coupon has no special conditions (no minimum order or anything else): Suzanne30. It can also be used in our Gels and Nail Art category. Go here and shop now!

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White Christmas Margaritas

This post is brought to you by Código 1530 Rosa but all opinions are my own.


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Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day was filled with much love & joy a person can hold in their heart. I'm not big on the holiday in particular, but I did enjoy some major quality time with the pup and even squeezed in an old tradition - going to the movies on Christmas Day. I saw The Shape of Water and let me tell you, one of the best films I have seen in years. I balled my eyes out because I'm a hopeless, die-hard romantic, but everything from the cinematography to the story was absolutely phenomenal. Truly inspiring - if you haven't seen it yet, you HAVE to check it out! Lots of Oscar buzz going around on this particular film, you'll be hearing a lot more about it! And even though it's the day after Christmas, I wanted to create a fun, festive cocktail drink in light of National Candy Cane Day! Get hooked on this coconutty- peppermint refreshment with an amazing new tequila I'm trying from Código 1530. Continue reading to get the recipe and to see more photos of this holiday cocktail. 

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White Christmas Margarita Recipe

photos + recipe by © Suzanne Spiegoski

photos + recipe by ©Suzanne Spiegoski

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

14oz coconut milk

12 oz Código 1530 Rosa Tequila

1/2 c lime juice

8oz peppermint schnapps

2c ice

Directions:

  1. Crush hard peppermint candy or candy canes to rim to glasses.

  2. In a blender, mix all ingredients until left with a smooth frozen brew. Garnish with candy canes.

There's not much to this quick and easy recipe. First, crush hard peppermint candy or candy canes to rim to glasses. I did it with a Ziploc bag and the side of a hammer. Very simple. Then in a blender, combine all ingredients blending until left with a smooth frozen brew. Garnish with candy canes and sprinkle a little bit of the crushed ones on top of the drinks. I think it gives it an extra dose of fun and playfulness. As for the Código 1530 Rosa, this particular tequila begins with the purity of their Blanco, then is rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels. The result is a refined spirit with a natural color as beautiful as its taste. Their Rosa has rested just long enough in their fine Cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave juice, without overpowering its delicate floral notes. I think it goes very well with the balances of the freshness of the peppermint along with the slight sweetness of the coconut milk. What do you guys think of this cocktail? Are you a fan of candy canes and what are your plans for #NationalCandyCaneDay?

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How to Create the Best Holiday Gift Basket for your Dog

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.


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I've had MaQ for five years and it was the month of December when we first met. That day still feels like it was yesterday. Every holiday season I can't help but go overboard on getting him gifts. My reasons are, there's always an occasion to spoil my dog and I'm just really grateful for him and love him to bits! We have been through a lot together and he has taught me so much along the way. He's not just a pet, or a friend - he's family. Which is why I couldn't resist buying these treats during a recent trip to Walmart. And I wanted to share some other fun gift ideas along with the treats to make the perfect stocking/gift basket for your dog! I'll even be showing you how to wrap it up into one gift! And believe me when I say this, it is completely painless and easy! (The way present wrapping should be intended! Ha ha!)

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1. Milk-Bone Flavor Snacks

Milk-Bone Flavor Snacks feature the same teeth cleaning and vitamin-enriched goodness of Milk-Bone Original biscuits in five delicious flavors your dog will love. Your dog always does so much to show you their unconditional love. Return that expression of love by treating them with a yummy Milk-Bone biscuit. For dogs of all sizes. 

2. Pup-Peroni

Sharing these tasty treats is a great way to provide contagious joy for both dogs & dog parents. With more real beef* and a mouthwatering aroma it's no wonder dogs simply can't resist Pup-Peroni Original Beef Flavor dog snacks. Don't forget to take a package along so you can treat your pup wherever you pal around! *Than the leading soft and chewy dog snack competitor 

3. Any Christmas-Themed Stuffed Animal

One of MaQ's favorite toys are stuffed animals, so much so, we created a game called the "Identification Game" where he can literally I.D. over twenty stuffed animals he owns. That's how smart my boy is! I went with a Christmas tree and a reindeer to build upon his vocabulary. Though I somehow believe he already knows what these words mean after five years together, ha ha! 

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4. A Fresh New Dish

It's always a good idea to replace your dog's dish/bowl after a while, right? What better time than now to get a fresh new one? I like this one because it's not made out of metal, and the color is super cute! I also can appreciate that it is a larger size as MaQ is a pretty big guy and does eat a lot! 

5. It's the Little Things

On top of stuffed animals, MaQ is also obsessed with balls, like most German Shepherds. Of course, I had to add a couple of (red & green color-coordinated with the holiday season, naturally) them into the gift basket. Lastly, a super cute Naughty/Nice red bone toy and red & green play rope for the finishing touches. 

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I assembled these gifts in one basket! I used the same plastic wrap that is used for flower bouquets and such, starting with the bowl and adding the treats and toys after. Once everything was inside, I tied a red satin ribbon around the top to close it and also make it look festive and adorable. What do you guys think of my gift basket idea? What kind of items would you put in your gift basket for your pooch? You can find Pup-Peroni Original Beef Flavor Dog Treats (25 oz.) and the Milk-Bone Flavor Snacks at your local Walmart in the pet treat aisle. For more info go here

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New Year Vibe

WEARING: NEW VIBE JERSEY DRESS | VENDULA LONDON ROUND FILM BOX CROSSBODY BAG | EGO METALLIC BOOTS


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Happy Monday, everyone! Are you ready for the Holidays yet? I can't believe Christmas is in a week! This year has completely flown by... I'm still not done with my holiday shopping yet! But I must confess, I've always been a last minute shopper. I'm also not the biggest fan of this season for a number of reasons, so in today's post, I'm sharing a holiday look that's not your usual glittery gold, silver, red or green colors, but a color more outside the box: Navy Blue! I've been completely obsessed with this color all year, and I just can't get enough of it! I even have some gorgeous navy blue satin sock boots coming in and I'm so geeked up on styling them. Last week's fashion post featured sustainable wear by NEW ViBE, you can check that outfit here, where there are hints of reds to inspire you for a more 'passionate' look for the holidays. The jersey dress in today's post is also made by the same brand. Come take a look at how I styled this dress for a more holiday-inspired look!

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You can wear the navy blue jersey dress in a number of ways just like the dress with the red lace, I think it would look adorable with some sparkly tights, should you want to layer it up a little more for those colder temps. Since we chose to shoot indoors, I opted out with the pantyhose and went bare :) I brought in accents of gold from the Gucci belt, rose gold metallic boots, and hoop earrings. The final touch is this amazing yet unusual bag from Vendula London. They make some really unique bag, like this round film box crossbody bag with gold chain. The love the subtle added detail of the negative strip on the strap as well. Very cute and super chic. Go check out more of their bags here!

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I'd definitely say this look is not suitable for a black-tie event, but you could definitely wing this for many different kinds of holiday parties, from a friends' get-together to an office party, it's a really great dress to wear for these occasions as well as after. I'd totally layer this with a good pair of jeans and boots with a touch of street style flair with a Vetements belt or a chunky statement earring, well into the winter months. To see more by NEW ViBE, be sure to follow them on Instagram to get on the waitlist for their newest collection. Have a wonderful week! I'll be back soon. xoxo

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Disco Naps with MaQ

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY 41 WINKS, MICHAEL TODD BEAUTY & PARTAKE FOODS.


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The weekend is near and I can't wait to just unwind, relax and stay warm with my pup! We sure do love to play in the great outdoors but sometimes it's too freaking cold and we'd rather stay in, snuggle and eat to our heart's content. And at the end of each week, I like to take some time out of a Saturday or a Sunday to do a little 'spa session' at home, with face masks, serums, massages; the whole nine yards. Because sometimes you need to be pampered and it's never a negative thing to be taking care of yourself (or the pooch). So in today's post, I'll be sharing some of our recent favorite essentials for a great 'spa day' at home. We've got some cookies that are perfect for anyone (even if you're allergy-filled), an anti-aging electronic device that helps skincare products get where they need to go, and the grooviest, cutest eye masks you ever did see! Did I mention they're made of velvety goodness too?! Continue reading to hear more!

41 Winks crafts & curates fun & colorful bed accessories. The brand is inspired by women who stand for independence & self-expression. Something I definitely can relate to. :) They also donate 4.1% of profits from each product purchased from their GIRL POWER Eye Mask Collection to the amazing non-profit, I AM THAT GIRL. I AM THAT GIRL is dedicated to fostering self-love, purpose and a sense of community for young girls. This collection screams girl power from its core, which is why I was so happy to partner with 41 Winks and their supporters. We met last month, and like many of my encounters/chance meetings here in New York City, we just instantly connected. I was immediately drawn to their positive energy and adorable bed accessories, especially their eye masks, let alone what their brand stands for. They put such a smile on my face and anything that does that for me lately is such a good thing, you don't even know! I've never been one to sleep with an eye mask but after using theirs I'm completely hooked. And for anyone like myself who sometimes has trouble sleeping, put one of these bad boys on and you'll conk out in no time. Even MaQ is super into his! Block out the haters. :)

Now before you make any kind of remark to this device in today's post (because great minds think alike right hahaha) you have to hear the wonders of The Michael Todd Sonic Eraser Pro. It's my new favorite daily beauty essential! Apply anti-aging creams and serums to get maximum benefits for your skin. With the Innovative Triplex Infusion Technology™ 3-in-1 delivery system, the device utilizes Sonic, Ionic, and Thermal infusion to your skin. Sonic oscillations at more than 30,000 times per minute for more evenly distributed product and really provides anti-aging massage to revive the look of tired skin for a more youthful complexion. You can definitely see and feel skincare products get deep into your skin, and the results are amazing! I've been using it for a little over a week and my skin has never looked brighter and smoother in years! A really great gift idea, maybe just for you or one of your girls, either way it's a definite keeper!

 

Partake Foods makes super delicious, real and healthy, allergy-friendly foods. The story behind this brand and family is their daughter is allergic to several common ingredients in many foods and they wanted to create recipes where she and others could benefit and enjoy from. Their products are all free of the top 8 allergens (Wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, corn & sesame) so your family can eat safely, healthfully, and deliciously — even on-the-go. We love their mini cookies, I especially am hooked on their chocolate chip and MaQ loves to share the carrot oat cookies with me. You can find Partake Foods at a number of NJ/NY grocery stores here. Got any questions about any of these products from today's post? Drop a line in the comments below! Always happy to hear from our readers! Stay tuned before the holidays arrive because we've got a couple of giveaways coming your way soon too! Enjoy the rest of your week and have an even greater weekend! 

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BLOCK OUT THE HATERS and take a DISCO NAP this holiday season ;) The GIRL POWER Eye Mask Collection is the perfect holiday gift! Each eye mask you purchase gives back to girls via the amazing non-profit I AM THAT GIRL. Learn more and shop at www.41winks.com #THEEXTRAWINK

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