Christmas Decor

I know, I know, it’s January 3rd, but I never shared my Christmas decor! This was my first year decorating for Christmas and I found lots of inspo on Instagram. I bought amazing red faux florals from hobby lobby and glittery berry stems. I also tried ribbon for the first time and I will never not use ribbon again on my Christmas tree. Here was the finished product of my Christmas Tree

I loved the way the red looked and I never thought I’d like it. I honestly only ended up with red because the white florals I wanted were sold out and I had no other option but red. I used silver, and white glass ball ornaments of different sizes, lots of Rae Dunn Christmas ornaments and then topped it off with my faux florals, the stems, and ribbon to cover anything that looked bare. I decorated my bench area for Christmas too with a cute throw pillow and that small winter pinecone wreath.

I also got engaged on December 9th… so that made for a lot of new ornaments! Who knew getting engaged during the Christmas season would get me so many new ornaments?!

Here is just one of the 5 ornaments we got ♥️

And… How could I not decorate my tv stand. Had to turn the Yule log on to make it feel like I had a warm cozy fire place! I’ve been obsessed with hand lettering these days and want to start changing this chalkboard up for every season/holiday. I found the best new chalk markers. And thank goodness for Instagram “fake snow”.

I had so much fun decorating for Christmas this year and can’t wait to do it all again next year! But for now, ALL of this decor is packed away in bins and all the glitter(for the most part) is thankfully in my vacuum cleaner!

How did you guys decorate for Christmas? I’d love to see and get new ideas for next Christmas. Talk to you all soon!

New Year, New Skincare Routine

Happy New Year! What better way to start off the new year than with a new skincare routine? I so badly want to be one of those girls who has a nightly ritual with their skincare. So many times people ask me what I do for my skin/face and I literally always had no answer other than wash it every day in the shower with a drug store face wash, and throw on some drug store moisturizer. I don’t have terrible skin, so skin care was never something I thought much about.

Over the years I’ve tried and tried to follow skincare regimens before bed, and for a week or so I’d actually do it. Then I start getting lazy and it just stops. Can anyone else relate or am I the only weirdo. Let’s face it, at the end of the day the last thing I’m thinking about is, well, my face. Using 467 different serums and creams takes too long, right? But guys, I’m getting older and I think it’s about time that I started using some good skincare products and try my hardest to use them every single night and day to keep my skin looking fresh.

What better time than Christmas to tell your mom you want skincare products? Especially when they’re so expensive… and you have the best mom who gets you them all. My skin is usually dry and I’m starting to get some dark spots, or age spots. Whatever they’re called, they aren’t pretty. So… I went wherever I go when I need new products —-> the internet, duh. I researched some good products and here is what I ended up with and how they are working for me so far…Let’s start with one of the products I use every single day. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial CleanserI’ve been using this face wash morning and night and I truly love it. My skin feels so much softer. If you’re going to buy any of these, this is the one I’d choose!

After the face wash I use one of these two moisturizers. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream or It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream.

I honestly love them both and usually use whichever is closer to me at the time, I’m lazy, remember! They both really help my dry skin stay moisturized. The confidence in a Cream is also anti-aging so that’s a plus! Try either of them and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Before my makeup I’ve been using Kiehl’s Glow Formula skin hydratorSo, I actually bought this on a whim because I needed to fill my cart with something else to use the coupon code and get money off and free shipping. They always seem to get me, but man am I glad they did this time. I wasn’t even sure what this was at first but I saw the word “glow” and who doesn’t like when their skin glows? It is actually an orangey color and almost like a CC cream but very sheer with a slight shimmer. It gives your skin just the perfect amount of glow. I wear it alone or under my makeup and I can honestly say that my makeup has been looking better since I started using this product. Only con is the smell… it’s a little weird but it goes away after a few minutes and is worth it!

Before bedtime I’ve been using the Midnight Recovery Oil. Just a couple of drops of this goes a long way so this will last you a long time. I don’t feel ready for bed until I put this on my face. I am lovin’ the way it smells – it’s calming and it feels silky and smooth on my skin. The oil also absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a oily residue. Try it out! Once a week I use this Masque. I am a sucker for a good face masque and as I said, my face is very dry, so my face can use all the moisturizing skin care products it can get! I’ve only used this once but so far so good! Lastly- the dreaded dark spot Solution. I’m too young to be using this already, right?! So I’ve been trying to use this as much as I can, however, you’re supposed to put it on before other creams and sometimes I forget (I know, shocker). I want to try to use it religiously and see what happens. Does anyone have any success using this product? I have a couple of age spots I want to fade so bad! I’ll keep you guys updated! So here you go, my new skin care routine. Maybe I’ll continue with this routine for once? I know these products can be expensive but as of now I think they’re worth it. I am loving the way my skin feels and looks! I will update you guys again once I’ve been using these products for awhile but so far so good.

Let me know if you try them out or have any other recommendations for me. I love trying out new products, and especially ones that work.

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year! Talk to you soon!

 

P.S. I even bought my fiancé a couple of Kiehl’s Men’s Products!

He has used them once but let’s see if he continues…

Target Holiday Finds

This is what my floor looks like as we speak. I can’t stop buying! I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but I am ready to decorate for winter and Christmas! Every store I walk in has their Christmas decor out and it just makes me want to buy all things glittery and snowy! I swear I have bought enough bottle brush glittery trees in the last week for the rest of my life.

My sister-in-law and I went to target this week and found the absolute cutest Christmas decor! I couldn’t resist. Here are just a few of the things I found… and guys, most of this was in the dollar spot!

So let’s start with what was in the dollar spot…

These cute little stocking bags! I bought all of them! I give so many gift cards/little things for Christmas and I thought this was the perfect gift bag to put those items in. Only $1.00!

All of these bottle brush trees. The green ones are very tiny but I thought they’d be fun to style throughout the house. The silver, gold, and white ones are super glittery, super cute, and only $1.00 as well. They also came in a rose pink. I bought too many of these, and then we saw these trees. They came in 3 sizes, this one was the medium sized one. It was only $5.00 and just like everything else, I needed it! Okay, okay, I wanted it.. but look how cute…

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These houses were also in Target’s dollar spot. They were $3.00 each and so worth it. I’ve been looking for little houses I can make a “snow globe” with using a dome I just got from Home Goods. I’ll show you that when I’m done making it… after Thanksgiving.

This glittery garland and also these branches with pine cones were in the dollar spot and I can’t wait to decorate some vases and my buffet with these. THE GLITTER IS GOING TO BE EVERYWHERE. Oh well!

Okay, after I left the dollar spot I was able to make it back to the actual Christmas section. My sister-in-law and I had to control ourselves because we wanted everything. Here are some things I did buy…

I’ve been wanting gray knit stockings for awhile. These were $12.99 each.

These tiny galvanized houses that I thought went perfect with the other ones I bought.

I love pine cones and can’t wait to decorate some vases with these.

Speaking of pine cones, we saw the most amazing pine cone wreath ever! Let me see if I snapped a pic……. oh yes I did. But it was $45 and I wasn’t ready to drop that on a wreath.

So… we decided we want to try to make our own wreath like this! This will require a trip to Michael’s but Target has these boxes of tiny pine cones so we bought some and are going to TRY to make them ourselves soon! I will also share pictures/ blog about it when (and if) that happens! But here are the pine cones. They were $6.00 a box.

If it doesn’t work out, they will look great in a clear glass vase to decorate!

Speaking of wreaths, I never have anything to hang them. I found this wreath hook for my window and also these light clips to hang lights outside/in the house. $2.99 each.

Last but not least…. how cute are these little guys?!

I don’t know what I’ll do with them but I knew I needed them!

That’s all for now! I can’t wait to see how everyone decorates for Christmas and can’t wait to start decorating myself!