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Hey friends! If you are like me you are still holiday shopping. Here is a good one stop shop for some last minute gifts! Brands are starting to threaten us with “must order by” dates so this is one of your last chances to buy! I included some options for her, him, littles and home! Enjoy!

For her…

For him…

For the littles…

For the home…


Anthropologie: 30% off clothes, shoes and accessories and 20% home and beauty

Express: 50% off and free shipping

Loft: 50% off everything

Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced styles

Gap: 45% off your purchase

West Elm: Free shipping week!

I might be back ONE more time with ideas for you super late shoppers AKA myself. We will see! We are finally moving into our house on Friday so talk about crazy holiday timing. We just want to be in! Have a great week everyone and happy shopping!

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One of my favorite cosmetic lines has always been MAC. I am obsessed with their lipsticks and they make my ultimate favorite eyeliner that I cannot go without on a daily basis. It is a rare occasion MAC items go on sale and right now everything is 25% off until December 4th when you sign up to be a MAC select member. It takes less than 1 minute to sign up and is so worth it.  Here are my favorites products I use and want to buy!


Nudes- I switch between Faux and Velvet Teddy for my daytime lip. I have my eye on Cream Cup, Blankety, Cherish, Half ‘n Half

Reds- Russian Red and D for Danger are my favorite glam lips. I am also loving By Special Order, Dubonnet, Red Rock, Studded Kiss.


I like to do a semi nude eye for during the day with a slight pigment to it. I use Yogurt which looks kind of pinky but on it is so pretty and soft.

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This is the eyeliner I swear by. You need to apply it with an angled brush and it stays on all day and does not smudge. It is like tar. It takes a bit of practice to get it on straight but once you get the hang of it you are golden.

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This under eye primer is something I keep in my purse if I need a quick touch up. I have really bad under eye circles and this helps to brighten them.


Who doesn’t love make up? I hope you buy something good!


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I have a confession. I really do not like putting things on my face like cleansers, soaps, face washes. Anything. When BioRepublic Skincare approached me to try out their line of face masks I really had to think about. But I thought, what do I have to lose so I said yes and I began to try out the masks. As I am getting older and am out in the sun so much with my kids I am trying to be conscious of skin care regimens. I read so much about what other people do and try a product here and there but do not have a set routine. I was pleasantly happy with the results of these masks and I am breaking down each one I tried below!

No More Years Eternal Radiance Mask


This one is my absolute favorite so I thought I would start here. The masks are pretty delicate when you unfold them but this one had a front and back layer that you peel off, first the backing then place it on your face and then the top layer so you can smooth it out on your skin. This one felt immediately cool, even cold. I wore it while I painted my nails- I was really getting into that spa treatment feel ha! I left it on for about 20 mins. It says you can leave on the serum without washing it off but I wanted to do a light rinse so that is what I did and then patted it dry. The cooling feeling was gone and a warm feeling was in its place. But to the touch my face felt cool. It was a strange but good feeling. The best part was the next morning. BUTTER SOFT SKIN. I am not kidding. I made my husband and daughter feel my cheeks because my skin felt so smooth.

Green Tea Detox

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This was my second favorite mask. The smell alone will make you want to use it everyday. It was clean and refreshing. This too had a cooling feeling but not as intense as the Cucumber Breeze. It did not have a warm feeling after but did have a slight tingle. I typically do not like a tingle like that with products but in this case it was welcomed. I feel like my skin felt tighter after this one and it was just relaxing. Must have been the green tea!

Cucumber Breeze

If I can be honest this mask was not my absolute favorite. I liked it when it was on, but it was the after I was not a fan of. This one felt SO much warmer on my skin after I removed it and the tingle was too intense. I remember when I used to go tanning back in college and use those tingle lotions and I never liked that sensation. This was not nearly as intense but the warming mixed with the tingle was just not my favorite.

Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Mask

The under eye masks. Enter my lifesaver.  I really do not like my under eye circles. They are something I struggle with daily and have been trying different concealers and creams to help decrease the pigment. These masks helped my skin feel tighter which in turn made my circles look less visible. I will take any circle treatment I can get!

Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Sheet Mask

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After a day at the beach or outside this one makes your skin feel AMAZING. When you feel sunbeaten and tired from splashing in the water all day and sweating in the sun this mask makes your face feel so refreshed. I feel like it also helped tame my red cheeks I always get from the sun!

Pomegranate Crush Illuminating Mask

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This mask is supposed to illuminate your skin and it really made my face look brighter. This one would be perfect in the dead of winter when you feel drab and want a little refresher boost to your complexion. I am not the biggest fan of fruit smells when it comes to products but this one was clean and not too strong.

I hope you give these masks a try! The best part is there is really no mess. I can see myself throwing them in my carry on for after a flight when your skin is so dry from the altitude. They come in easy individual packages and you just throw away the mask when you are done! So easy. Thanks for reading!

**This post was in collaboration with BioRepublic Skincare. All opinions are my own**

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