My Pretty Obsessions | Dallas Fort Worth Beauty Blog: 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hands & Nails Winter Skincare

The temps have finally dropped to winter-like feels in Texas and my hands are the first to tell me so! Even though I do my best to remember to wear gloves or mittens and as much as I moisturize my hands in the winter time, they manage to get dry and my cuticles become bothersome.



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Cuticle Care

First thing's first - it's important to care for your cuticles. In my opinion, when your cuticles are pretty, your manicure is nothing short of looking fabulous!

Never cut, chew, or pick at your cuticles - they are there to protect your fingers from bacteria, fungus, and all of those yucky stuff! Use a cuticle cream to soften your cuticles before you use a cuticle pusher. Use the cuticle pusher in short strokes to clear the dead skin off your nail bed and then use the same tool to gently push back the live skin at the base of your nail.

Occasionally, I'll get a pesky little hangnail and as much as I want to simply rip away the dead skin (and then deal with the horrible pain for days afterwards for doing that!) you should not do that! Instead, use a cuticle trimmer to trim away the hangnail.

Wash and dry your hands (and sanitize your tools before you store them away) before you proceed on to doing the rest of your manicure.


Hand Care

Hand lotions/creams are a bit different from your regular body lotion/moisturizer. Hand creams are a bit thicker in consistency than moisturizers for your face or body. I keep a hand cream almost everywhere in my home - vanity, nightstand, office desk, kitchen, bathroom. A travel-sized hand cream is perfect to keep in your purse!

Currently in my purse, I am using Amande Delicious Hands Cream by L'Occitane. It's enriched with almond milk and almond oil - such a soft-smooth cream! I love the subtle scent of almonds. This hand cream keeps my hands nourished and soft all day long!

On my nightstand, I've been committed to using Vaseline Intensive Care Healing Serum. It's inexpensive and you can find this at your local drugstore! The lavender scent is amazing! If you're sensitive to products with scents, this serum may not be for you. However, the benefits outweighs that - it absorbs fast and restores the softness of my hands overnight. 


Nails

I can't keep my nails long like I want to so I've been making sure to keep them short and clean. Nail polish is the very last step in my routine. First I clip, file, and buff (using my Emjoi Micro-Nail).



This winter, the 7 Free Nail Colors by Pacifica Beauty in WonderlandLondon Tomboy, and Luxe Interior are my go-to manicure colors! 

You can find Pacifica's 7 Free Nail Colors at you nearest Ulta Beauty store! 



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Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Homebody Part 2

I am seriously the ultimate homebody - which is why I had to share a part 2 gift guide for those like myself! From curated gift sets to snacks, who wouldn't want to snag these up to gift or for themselves?


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1. Thoughtfully provides thoughtful gift baskets to gift for the holidays or any time of the year. Subscribe to Thoughtfully's email list and you can get $5 off + Free Shipping on your first order!

2. Sock Fancy Subscription is a unique monthly sock subscription to gift your loved ones! With different prints and patterns, there are plenty of options to help jazz up your look! Use promo code PRETTYOBSESSIONS to give you 15% off your Sock Fancy subscription order! This promotion expires on January 1, 2017 so act fast!

3. American Made Supply Co. is made in the US to fit the way you want, feel the way you want and last the way you want. Whether it’s a T-shirt neckline that won’t twist or torque or pre-washed materials that come out of the dryer looking the same every single time. Comes in multiple sizes, colors and styles. Get Free Shopping when you spend $50+!

4. IPS Snacks are a tasty, gluten-free protein snack that comes in four flavors (sea salt & black pepper, barbecue, white cheddar and cinnamon). The protein in 1 oz of IPS Chips is equivalent to 1 egg. The chips are a guilt-free and delicious way to snack while still keeping health and fitness a priority. For fastest delivery and lowest pricing, order ips from Amazon.


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Beauty Addict Part 2

As a beauty enthusiast, it's fun to try new brands and products! If you're still seeking the perfect gift for your beloved beauty junkie, here's a few more unique picks for you to shop from!

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1. Kusco - Murphy is an Australian hair care brand using only organic and vegetarian with all of their packaging made from recyclable materials.
  • Beach Hair ($36.00 U.S.D) gives hair texture and body. ‘Beach Hair’ may be used on damp or dry hair to create messy sexy hair with the added benefit of essential oils. 
  • Dry Leave-In ($39.00 U.S.D) is a reconditioning treatment to nourish your hair daily, and for processed, dry and frizzy hair. It is oil-free which makes it excellent for all hair types.
  • Setting Lotion ($38.00 U.S.D) acts as a volumizer to add strength and shine. It is effective for keeping hair straight when blow waving.

2. JOICO or K-PAK Duo, includes a shampoo and matching conditioner (10.1 oz ea). Available in 8 regimens to make every mane on your list healthy and happy from root to tip!

3. Philosophy is the well being beauty brand that inspires women to look, live and feel their best. There's a variety of gifts and sets available for all budget ranges ($8.00 - $82.00 U.S.D). Gift and Give back this holiday season with philosophy1% of all philosophy USA net product sales supports community-based mental health efforts. 


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Achieve Radiant Skin with MAC In the Spotlight Collection



"With M∙A∙C In The Spotlight, reach radiant skin in a flash, no matter what the lighting conditions. M∙A∙C introduces extended shades of Strobe Cream — including the iconic original, now named Pinklite — destined to incite the next cult craze. Super-powered with potent botanicals, antioxidants and iridescent pearl particles, Strobe Cream de-stresses, de-snoozes, hydrates, fresher and boosts the look of dull, tired-looking skin. Add to the beaming effects with silky, weightless Extra Dimension Skinfinish. Whatever formula you choose, take your place… in the spotlight."




STROBE CREAMS ($33.00 USD)
  • Pinklite (Original Strobe Cream) | pink pearls
  • Redlite | red pearls
  • Goldlite | gold pearls
  • Peachlite | peach pearls
  • Silverlite | silver pearls

EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH ($33.00 USD)

  • Soft Frost | white that breaks violet
  • Doublegleam | beige that breaks silver
  • Beaming Blush | pink that breaks gold
  • Show Gold | peach that breaks pink

The MAC in the Spotlight collection is available online and in stores now. The best part is that these are all a part of the permenant collection!


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide & Review: Emjoi eRase e60*


As I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy, shaving has become a hard beauty task to do! Fortunately in the beauty realm, there's so many tools and techniques to achieve hair removing - in comes the Emjoi eRase e60 to help me!  


The Emjoi eRase e60 is a corded, 60 Tweezer epilator designed for women to help remove hair for the face and body. The 60 tweezer action discs ensure rapid and non-irritating hair removal from the root lasting up to 6 weeks!

I like how you have options with this model by Emjoi. The Shaver/Trimmer attachment comes along in this package that you can use if wanted! Other items included in this box are:
  • AP-14EB (eRase e60)
  • Travel pouch
  • Cleaning brush
  • Sensitive cover


The Emjoi eRase e60 would make a perfect gift to give to someone who is a skincare/beauty fanatic! You can check out this specific model and other great Emjoi products on their site!


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*Product was sent to me by PR however all opinions and thoughts are my own.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Homebody

I hope your shopping is going smoothly this year! I had such great fun sharing my gift guides with you all this year! If you still need inspiration or gift ideas, here's a list of some wonderful home goods I know would be very well received!


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If you are in need of gift wrap supplies, shop through Google Express and use promo code '5HK82C59W' to save $15 off your FIRST Google Express order! You can also get Free Shipping when you sign up for a 3 month trial of their Google Express Membership (has lots of great benefits!).


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Beauty Addict

What I love about the holiday season are the limited edition beauty sets that comes out each year. I feel that you get the most value with these holiday items versus buying a specific beauty product individually any other time. You definitely won't disappoint your beloved beauty junkie with these fun sets!


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If you are in need of gift wrap supplies, shop through Google Express and use promo code '5HK82C59W' to save $15 off your FIRST Google Express order! You can also get Free Shipping when you sign up for a 3 month trial of their Google Express Membership (has lots of great benefits!).


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

Holiday shopping is in full gear and the momentum isn't stopping just yet! If you're still shopping or need gift inspirations for your Mom, sister, best friend, etc. - here's a guide to help you out! 


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If you are in need of gift wrap supplies, shop through Google Express and use promo code '5HK82C59W' to save $15 off your FIRST Google Express order! You can also get Free Shipping when you sign up for a 3 month trial of their Google Express Membership (has lots of great benefits!).


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Luxe Gifts

It's always nice to splurge every once in a while. The holidays are a perfect time to do so! I pulled together a few items that I've personally had my eyes on for some time. Think of these pieces as investments that will last you for many years to come.


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If you are in need of gift wrap supplies, shop through Google Express and use promo code '5HK82C59W' to save $15 off your FIRST Google Express order! You can also get Free Shipping when you sign up for a 3 month trial of their Google Express Membership (has lots of great benefits!).


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Budget-Friendly Gifts

Every day this week, I'm going to be sharing a variety of different gift guides to help you out with your holiday shopping! 

When it comes to gift-giving with my friends, we would all agree on how the gift exchange is going to work that year whether it be Secret Santa or the White Elephant game, etc. The second thing we would discuss and agree on is budget! All of us have such a large family, we understand how important a budget is so we do our best to stick to one. Below, I'm sharing some really cute finds for under a certain budget! The price-points of these items are really good and you can even buy more than one item and build a gift basket if you wish to :)

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*For my awesome followers, use promo code PRETTYOBSESSIONS to give you 15% off your Sock Fancy subscription order! This promotion expires on January 1, 2017 so act fast!


If you are in need of gift wrap supplies, shop through Google Express and use promo code '5HK82C59W' to save $15 off your FIRST Google Express order! You can also get Free Shipping when you sign up for a 3 month trial of their Google Express Membership (has lots of great benefits!).


For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: L'Occitane Holiday 2016*




When I was a child, I always look forward to counting down the days to Christmas singing the 12 Days of Christmas song. My little boy was about 3 years old when he started to anticipate and get excited about Christmas and so I bought him his own Advent calendar to help him count down the days.

For my beauty junkies, there's all kinds of beauty related Advent calendars we can gift or treat ourselves to and I'm really excited to share about the Advent Calendar by L'Occitane!
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This great gift includes:
- Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel  1.18 fl. oz.
- Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo 1.18. fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Body Lotion 1 oz.
- Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream 0.33 oz.
- Almond Delicious Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Peony Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Shea Butter Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 1.18 oz.
- Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Rose et Reines Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Almond Shower Oil 1.18 fl. oz.
- The Vert & Bigarade Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Verbena Fresh Toilette
- Jasmin & Bergamote Shower Gel 1 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 1.18 fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Verbena Leaf Soap .88 oz.
- Cherry Blossom Mini EDT 0.25 fl. oz.
- Verbena Hand Cream 0.33 oz.
- Immortelle Essential Water 1 fl. oz.
- Shea Butter Cleansing Water 1 fl. oz.
- Almond Delicious Soap 1.76 oz.
- Almond Milk Concentrate 0.67 oz.
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 0.33 oz.
- Advent Calendar Box 

I'm really excited for December to get here and open each slot to count down to Christmas!

This Advent Calendar is perfect to gift your love one(s) who are a skincare fanatic or needs to be reminded to unwind and pamper themselves! It is valued at $107 (U.S.D) but you can snag one for $55 (U.S.D) from L'Occitane!

L'Occitane has a variety of beautiful gift-sets you can purchase this holiday season! From special fragrances, specialty sets, travel sets, and stocking stuffers - you're bound to find something perfect for your beloved!

For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!


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*Product was sent to me by PR however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.


Friday, November 18, 2016

PopSugar November 2016 Must Have Box*

togetherness - elegant - essentials - inviting - celebration
Kendra Scott Rose Gold Bracelet (similar here) | Pehr Table Runner (similar here) | Stowaway Cosmetics Palette (similar here) | AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl (similar here) | Meri Meri Star Party Picks (similar here) | Oogie's Snacks (similar here)


I absolutely love the holidays! It's such a warm and inviting time to get with family and friends. My Husband and I enjoy hosting at our house and with the help of this month's Must Have Box - I'm so more than ready!


Accessorize yourself with this pretty and dainty rose-gold bracelet by Kendra Scott! I love dainty accessories and this bracelet will definitely be on repeat this holiday season! The Dawn to Dusk palette by Stowaway Cosmetics reminds me very much of the Yeux Irresistible Eyeshadow Palette by NARS Cosmetics. If you have been debating on getting the Yeux Irresistible Eyeshadow Palette, definitely look into the Dawn to Dusk palette which is just half the price!


I'm really excited about the home goods in this month's box! The wine-toned table runner by Pehr is perfect for holiday entertaining along with the nest wire bowl by AJ Goods for a centerpiece. I really love the star party picks by Meri Meri! These would be perfect to top my pumpkin-spiced cupcakes I bake for Thanksgiving!

I'm not a huge fan of toffee butter - my Husband and son gladly took the gourmet popcorn by Oogie's off my hands to snack on and they love it!



The PopSugar Must Have subscription box sends you full-sized surprises each month valuing over $100+ for just $39.95 (U.S.D.) a month! If you would like to sign up, use code SHOP5 (which never expires) to redeem $5 off your FIRST Must Have Box!


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*Subscription was sent to me by PopSugar, however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.



Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nordstrom Mascara Madness Event



I always look forward to this time of the year at Nordstrom because they have their Mascara Madness Event where you can buy 2, get 1 free of your favorite luxe mascaras!

I'm sharing my Top 3 Favorite (Luxe) Mascaras and if you're looking to stock up on your favorite or want to try something new, this is the best time to do so!

I have short eyelashes so they aren't really noticeable on days when I don't wear too much makeup or no makeup at all. A mascara and lip gloss is usually what I reach for to put on before I head out of the door on those kind of days.


Volume

Giorgio Armani 'Black Ecstasy' Mascara $32.00 (U.S.D.)

Black Ecstasy Mascara by Giorgio Armani is an ultra-black, total-effect mascara with a cylindrical, multidirectional brush that captures and coats every lash with four patented multi-effect waxes for quick application, volume, length and curl. Its formula features an exclusive color-boosting polymer for the most intense black yet.

As much as I love wearing false lashes, there's just some days where I don't want to put in the work so I reach for my 'Black Ecstasy' Mascara to help give my short lashes some volume. This mascara holds up quite well during the day which I really love!


Definition

'Diorshow' Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara $29.50 (U.S.D.)

Dior Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara is a unique lifting formula with a revolutionary, incredibly soft elastomer brush that features slanted bristles to capture each lash one by one. It sculpts, stretches and curves your lashes with extreme hold and high definition.

When I'm in a hurry and volume doesn't even cross my mind, I reach for 'Diorshow' to instantly define my lashes (show people that yes I do have lashes!).

Length

YVES SAINT LAURENT 'Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara $32.00 (U.S.D.)

Luxurious mascara for a false lash effect. An intense look in a single stroke. The secret? A triple-film complex: a coating film for intensity, a conditioning film for curve and a fixing film for long-lasting effectiveness.

There are certain lengths of false lashes that are a bit too much for me and sometimes I trim them down. When I'm in a hurry getting ready for a special occasion, I'll reach for 'Volume Effet Faux Cils' Mascara to lengthen my eyelashes and it holds up really well throughout the night!


What are some of your favorite luxe mascaras?




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Friday, November 4, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide & Review: Charlotte Tilbury Holiday 2016*


This holiday party season, Charlotte is giving you all the makeup magic you need to become the CENTER OF ATTRACTION.




Dreamy Look in a Clutch $128 (U.S.D.)



Swatches: Legendary Muse Luxury Palette (L-R): Prime (champagne gold), Enhance (sunset gold), Pop (pale bronze), Smoke and Mini (copper), Legendary Eyeliner in Bedroom Black


The Legendary Muse Luxury Palette is a dreamy, pretty, flattering combination of champagne golds, Ibizan sunset golds, and pale, angelic, softer bronzes. The shadows are soft and easy to blend! This palette was created for you to easily transition from day to night with ease.

The Legendary Eyeliner in Bedroom Black stays on really good and rarely budges! It took me a few tries to completely clean the eyeliner off.




Hot Lips in Secret Salma is a luminous modern-matte lipstick described as a natural deep-rose plum. Secret Salma is complements every skin tone to wear every day!




Charlotte Tilbury's Dreamy Look in a Clutch would make the perfect Christmas gift to spoil your beloved one!


Shop the Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Collection Below!






For more gift ideas, check out my Holiday Gift Guide series here!




*Product was sent to me by PR however all thoughts and opinions are solely my own.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide & Review: Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set



If you're a huge fan like I am over the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks by Kat Von D Beauty, then you're going to love the exclusive Mini Liquid Lipstick Set!

The Mini Liquid Lipstick Set contains (8) 0.1 oz Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in:
  • New! Plath (deep russet red) 
  • Santa Sangre (poison apple) 
  • Mother (dusty mauve pink) 
  • Lovesick (mauve nude) 
  • Backstage Bambi (vivid hot pink) 
  • L.U.V. (rich violet) 
  • New! Roxy (bright grape) 
  • Echo (satin navy blue) 




What I love about the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks is how pigmented they are and it's long-lasting on the lips! You can touch-up for a fresher look as the day goes by. The wear dries down to a matte finish which may be uncomfortable at first but then you get use to it after a bit of wearing the lipstick. There's a wide range of colors you can select from in the full-size lipsticks.


The Mini Liquid Lipstick Set would make a great gift for the beauty enthusiast in your life! I highly recommend it!

If you're a VIB at Sephora, they're having a Holiday Shopping Event on November 11 - November 14 where you can get 20% off your purchase at the Sephora store or online (use code 20VIB).


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Maternity Style: Felt Hat & Grey Duster

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There are some days where I can get cozy, wearing a long-sleeve or cable knit pull-over all day long and then there's been some days where we go back to wearing tanks and shorts. I seriously have had fall-fashion envy over others who live anywhere with cooler temps and can wear a cute sweater and scarves all day long!



To balance it all out, this grey sleeveless duster and my Jack + Lucy hat from the September PopSugar Must Have Box helps me be more in a Fall season mood. 




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