21 Nov 2017

2017 Gift Guide Series | The Best Beauty and Makeup Gift Sets To Give This Year


One of my favorite gift guides to create each and every year is the one dedicated to beauty and make up gift sets! Honestly, this is one of the best times to invest in skincare or make up brands you love as these value sets are truly phenomenal.

In case you’re just tuning in, we’re in the middle of my 2017 gift guide series! So far we’ve launched the top gifts for her, the top gifts for him as well as the top holiday plaid gifts to give this year. My fourth (and personal) favorite gift guide launching today is dedicated to skincare and make up. You can shop each and every gift guide by clicking on the black and white plus sign next to each product in the collage above. Or if that’s too hard, I’ve linked to every product featured below under “Shop The Post.”

After browsing a few of my favorite retailers for the best beauty and makeup gift sets, I’ve come to the conclusion that these below are just too good to pass up. Plus, the single products I’ve linked to (ones not included in a value set) I use in my daily skincare routine and hope you love just as much as I do. Let’s get to it, shall we?

My mom is going to go crazy for this huge lip kit from Sephora – can you believe how many lip glosses, balms and lipsticks are included in this set for $70 dollars? This would make such a good gift or stocking stuffer! I also thought this skin wonderland set that comes with Sephora’s best skincare sellers would be a great starter kit for anyone wanting to enhance their skincare routine. I will be stocking up on this L’occitane hand cream set – you cannot beat this $30 dollar price point. Last but not least, I’m dying to try the new Gucci sent, Bloom – you can shop a 3-piece gift set for $129!

Product Highlights — I’ve used Dermalogica in my skincare routine since I was 25 – this power firm eye cream is the best and this pre-cleanse is great for removing oils and unclogging pores. This Hourglass ambient palette is one of the best for highlighting your cheeks during the holiday season. This Charlotte Tilbery eye shadow palette is perfect for a smokey eye. Last but not least, a new discovery that I’m slightly obsessed with is this Henne Luxury Lip Tint ($21.95 dollars)- it’s a great, clean alternative to Dior’s Lip Glow ($33 dollars).

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Be sure to check out my gift guide series below for some more great gift ideas!

2017 Gift Guide Series

Gifts For Her

Gift Ideas For The Boys

The Top Holiday Plaid Gift Ideas


2016 Gift Guide Series





Gifts For The Jet Setter


2015 Gift Guide Series 








7 May 2017

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Colors


I’ve been using Maybelline products for as long as I can remember. My mom originally introduced me to Maybelline when I first started wearing makeup in high school. Is anyone else obsessed with their great lash mascara or unstoppable eye liner?!

I’m sure like many of you, as you get older you start to try more expensive beauty products. From lipsticks and color pencils to mascara and eye liner, I’ve tried several high end beauty products yet I still find myself coming back to Maybelline time and time again!


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16 Mar 2017

10 Skincare Products I’ve Been Using On Repeat


I have been focusing a lot of my energy on my skin care routine as of late. Mainly because it’s dead of winter and these freezing temperatures have been rough on my skin! Anmi right?!

Today I wanted to share 10 skincare products I’ve been using on repeat this winter. Some of these products I have been using for quite some time – Insert Clinique’s Moisture Surge Moisturizer and Erno Laszlo’s White Marble Mask. New-to-me products include this Vitamin C Serum and this Sisley-Paris Black Rose Mask. I decided to incorporate a Vitamin C serum after my most recent visit to the Erno Laszlo Institute. I learned from y aesthetician that a Vitamin C serum is a great add on to your current beauty routine if you need more moisture and also a great substitute if you’re not ready to try retinal. She highly recommended this for girls in their twenties! There’s nothing I love more than learning from skin care experts on how to best treat your skin!

Any who, take a peek at my current favs on repeat below and if you’ve been loving my beauty content – be sure to check 4 tips I learned from a Sisley-Paris Skincare Expert and all of my previous beauty posts right here! Happy Thursday. Xo. Lauren


Rose Water | Vitamin C Serum | Mario Bedescu Serum | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair | Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturizer | Erno Laszlo White Marble Cream | Instant Magic Facial Dry Mask Sheet | Facial Spray with Aloe | Rodin Lip Balm | Sisley-Paris Black Rose Mask

1 Mar 2017

4 Tips I learned From a Sisley-Paris Spa Skincare Expert


The other week I had a chance to visit the Sisley-Paris Spa located at the one and only iconic Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side. Not only did I love visiting the hotel during my visit, I absolutely loved my facial!! I was so excited when the Sisley-Paris team asked me to visit their location on the Upper East Side as it’s one of the most prestigious cosmetic brands in the world. Their products are extremely high quality and the brand is built on a history of phytocosmetology. Any time I have a chance to visit a world renowned spa, I always ask 100 questions to my aesthetician. There’s nothing like asking an expert for their secret skin care tips and tricks and boy, did I pick up a few this last visit!  In case you are curious, I went with their Phyto-Aromatic Replumping Youth Facial with Rose. It’s 80 minutes of pure heaven.

Below I highlighted 4 of my favorite skincare tricks I learned from a Sisley-Paris Spa Skincare Expert!

Double Cleansing Is A Must

So my mom and I talk about this all the time. Any time I wash my face once, it never completely gets rid of all of the dirt and makeup. So we have both been using Nutragena face wipes either before or after cleansing. After speaking with my aesthetician, she highly recommended double cleansing. I started to incorporating this mostly at night and have noticed a huge difference! Sometimes I will still use a face wipe after the second time and there is hardly as much makeup on the towel. So I have to admit, I’m an official convert to double cleansing. P.s. never wash your face with hot water!

Treat Your Skin To A Mini-Facial with Ice Cubes 

Ok, this was my favorite tip I learned during my visit. Do you ever wake up puffy? I hate this and mostly occurs after a few glasses of wine the night before. Any who, all you have to do is get 1-2 ice cubs and message your face until they start to melt. Not only will it give your face a healthy and dewy glow, the cubes will help to smooth out your complexion, ease wrinkles, fight acne and promote blood circulation that will help heel blemishes. For an added “ahh” to this spa-inspired treatment, try freezing your cubes with watermelon, lemon, or rose.

Winter Temperatures Call For Hydrating Face Masks

If you’re anything like me, these cold winter temperatures make your skin extra dry. As a result, us girls need hydrating face masks to combat the cold! Throughout my visit to the spa, my aesthetician applied numerous products based on my skin challenges. My favorite product that was a must-buy was the Black Rose Cream Mask. She recommended applying the mask before bed or even on flights.

Exfoliating Is Key For Clear Skin

Last but not least, exfoliating is KEY for clear skin. Not only is this true for your face but also for your body. My aesthetician recommended getting a natural scrub that you can apply before you shower and rinsing. I need to exfoliating back in to my skincare routine asap!

My Favorite Sisley-Paris Skincare Products

Sisley Black Rose Cream Masque | Black Rose Precious Face Oil Anti-Aging Nutrition | Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion | Sisley Supremya Eyes at Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum | Sisley All Day All Year Essential Anti-Aging Day Care


Do you guys have any skincare tips and tricks you’ve picked up along the way? I would love to hear them in the comment section below! Xo. Lauren