My Pretty Obsessions | Lifestyle Blog: December 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. 


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! 


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."

  • Pinklite (Original Strobe Cream) | pink pearls
  • Redlite | red pearls
  • Goldlite | gold pearls
  • Peachlite | peach pearls
  • Silverlite | silver pearls


  • 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!


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!


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!