Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2016

The pre-holiday season got the best of me and admittedly I am WAY behind on my gift guide content that I had originally planned (sorry!!). The holidays are now here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite checked everyone off the gift list yet. One of my favorite things on Christmas morning when I was little was opening up my stocking – my mom wrapped every little thing in it so it took forever!

So today I’m sharing lots of last-minute stocking stuffers from either stores you probably have nearby or good old Amazon Prime. Bought all your gifts already? Pick some of these up for yourself – especially the gift sets that are only available at this time of year and are usually great value! Shop everything via the links and images below, where you’ll find even more options in each category.

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you all get to disconnect and spend time with family and friends.

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2017

Shop the Gifts:

May Designs Desk Calendar / Kate Spade Planner

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette / Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Deborah Lippman Nail Polish Set / BaubleBar Choker / Kendra Scott Earrings

Tory Burch Keychain / PopSugar Must Have Box Ring Dish

Lavanila Cozy Comforts Mini Deodorant Trio / Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Set

Maria Shireen Hair Tie Bracelet / bareMinerals BARE HAVEN Moisturizing Soft Cream

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick / Korres Greek Nights Volcanic Twist Shadow Collection

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer / Avon Skin So Soft Triple Phase Oil

Masque Bar Oxygen Bubble Sheet MaskExfoliating Foot Mask / Target Copper Bar Tools

Jonathan Adler CandleLL Bean Slipper Socks / Target Mittens

 bkr Water Bottle / J.Crew Hat / Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

 

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Friday Faves: The Best Lip Products

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’m long overdue for a beauty post. A few months ago, it was National Lipstick Day (did you know that was an actual thing?!), and it made me want to put together a post on the latest lip products. But then I decided to head straight to all of the bags I use on a regular basis and pull out the lip products I’m using – and loving – right now. Thanks to this blog and Sephora being across the street from my office, I’ve tried out lots of lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, you name it, over the last few years.

It wasn’t until my wedding three years ago that lip color became one of the two beauty products that make me feel most put together (mascara is also must for me!). I went to Sephora in search of a natural-looking lipstick that would actually stay on for our big day because I knew I was going to forget to reapply, and that’s when I discovered my go-to YSL lip stain (more on that below). Since then, I try to have some sort of lip color on, especially if I’m out at night.

Read on for my current faves and exactly what it is I love about each, along with my go-to lip treatment that I use daily. Let us know what your recommendations are in the comments below!

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Rodan + Fields Skincare & 3 Giveaways!

Today’s post is one I’ve been wanting to share for a while, as it’s all about my new skincare routine that has really made a positive impact on me. Ever since I started using skincare of any type, I’ve been all about convenience, especially at night, as I tend to get tired and lazy. I’ve tried out (and loved) many products over the years, but over time switched from one brand or product to another.

Enter Rodan + Fields, from the doctors behind Proactiv, and my redness and wrinkles are nearly gone and I don’t even feel the need to wear tinted moisturizer or foundation anymore. The line was originally sold at department stores – and was the #1 skincare line at Nordstrom – until the founders decided to shift the distribution and marketing strategy to direct selling. Read on for my experience with this skincare line and enter the giveaways at the end!

My Daily Routine for Flawless Skin, plus 3 Giveaways!

Rodan + Fields was intriguing to me for two reasons: the before/after pics of real results and the 60 day money back guarantee (even if the bottles are empty!). So I took the solution tool quiz, figured out which products were right for me (SOOTHE regiment for redness/sensitivity, along with the REDEFINE Overnight Restorative Cream and Multi-Function Eye Cream for wrinkles/anti-aging), and went ahead and placed an order. This may sound like a lengthy routine for 2x/day, but after I got used to it, the step-by-step system really didn’t bother me.

Rodan + Fields Skincare - Before + Afters, Giveaways + More!

Trying out Rodan + Fields was a bit of an experiment for me, as I had never documented how products worked with before/after pics. I also stopped using other skincare products to truly see what the R+F results were. Honestly, I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was. After 1.5 weeks, my before/after pic clearly showed reduced redness (one of my friends said it looked like “night and day”!). I also quickly noticed the lines on my forehead and around my eyes become much less noticeable.

The skincare routine that changed my skin! Plus three giveaways.

One of the things I love most about Rodan + Fields is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all product line. There are four different regimens – SOOTHE (redness/sensitivity), REDEFINE (wrinkles, firmness, anti-aging), REVERSE (brown spots, dullness, discoloration) and UNBLEMISH (acne/post-acne marks) – and you can use combinations to address more than one skin concern. All you have to do is take a quick quiz via the solution tool to reveal which regimen(s) are best for you. From there, you can add on things like the REDEFINE Macro Exfoliator, Acute Care for Expression Lines or AMP MD Roller.

Rodan + Fields Regimens

Becoming a R+F consultant was also not something I saw myself doing, but once I had such a great experience with the products myself and learned about the promotions going on for new consultants, I was sold. I saw one of my high school friends making enough income to stay home with her kids a few more days a week and I realized that even though I don’t consider myself a sales person, I could stand behind and spread the word about quality products. Plus it doesn’t hurt to get the products for myself as discounted as possible! If this is of interest to you, comment or email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com and I can give you more info. Right now, you can earn double your initial investment back. And much like blogging, there’s a great community to connect with via Facebook, events, etc.

Note: As a blogger, I want to make sure that I’m sharing the latest and greatest in the skincare world with you, so don’t worry, I won’t be posting about Rodan + Fields every week! I’m always looking forward to testing out new products and will continue to do so, adding them to my skincare routine here and there where it makes sense. Plus I know we are all looking for products for different uses, at different price points, etc.

Rodan + Fields Giveaways on DailyKaty.com

Giveaway! Like I said, I wasn’t hooked on these products until I tried them myself, so I wanted to give me readers the chance to win Rodan + Fields’ popular REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream ($60 value), which sells out on the reg. AND as one of the entries, you can fill out a quick survey and I’ll send you a FREE mini facial sample (note: if you opt into this, I’ll follow up via email for some feedback). Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until April 30, 2016 and free mini facial samples available while supplies last.

Bonus Giveaway! Here’s where it gets even better. For anyone who makes a purchase of $100+ through my Rodan + Fields site and signs up as a preferred customer will be entered to win your choice of the REDEFINE AMP MD System ($200 value) or Acute Care for Expression Lines ($210 value) on me! Being a preferred customer will also get you 10% off and free shipping from there on out. Find out which regimen is for you with the solution tool (quick survey). Note: the 60 day money back guarantee will not apply on this giveaway item. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only from now until May 31, 2016.

Bonus Offer for New Consultants! This is for those of you who want to go all in and become my business partner as a side- or even full-time gig! Sign on as a consultant here with the $395, $695 or $995 starter kit and I’ll personally give you $200 cash back after 60 days. Rodan + Fields also has a promotion going on right now where you can get double your initial investment back. Email me at katyc.rodanandfields@gmail.com for more details on this offer and to redeem the offer once you’re signed on. Happy to answer any and all questions!

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**This post is not in any way sponsored, but since you can only purchase these products through a consultant, the links will take you to my page, where I make sales commissions.**

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that some people love and others couldn’t care less about. I fall somewhere i the middle. The holiday comes four days after my birthday, so those two occasions combined always give my husband and I a great excuse to go out for a nice dinner. Over the years we’ve opted for vacations over big gifts, but because many of you out there are likely getting or receiving gifts to loved ones or even friends, I wanted to share a very pink gift guide with items I’m loving right now.

Shop the gifts using the links below – hope you all have a great long weekend and Valentine’s Day! XOXO

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Shop the Gifts:

PJ Set / Water Bottle / c/o Lauren B. Nail Polishes

Necklace / Ring / Sunglasses / Earrings / Sweatshirt

Lipstick / Watch / iPhone Case / Bag / Flats / Sneakers

Last-Minute Beauty Gift Sets & Stocking Stuffers

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I’m usually so organized about holiday gift giving, picking out and buying presents for everyone in my list way in advance. For some reason, this year that just wasn’t the case. But thanks to a few of my favorite stores with great free, expedited shipping policies (placed a big order at J.Crew Factory on Monday and it arrived today!) and stores that carry pre-packaged gifts, I’m still good to go.

Today I went into Sephora and there were lots of fun gift sets still available – and they’re even open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you can still pick some up before the holiday! And I love that most brands package up their most popular products into pretty stocking stuffers. Two of my favorites are bareMinerals’ Pop of Passion, with one of their new lip launches from this year, and Precious Pearls, with their top-selling powder eye shadows – both are actually ornaments! I also love Bliss Spa’s Citrus Stars, which comes with the body butter and soapy suds that I currently use daily, and Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo, also with fun, sparkly packaging.

If you don’t have time to head to the store on Christmas Eve, I recommend you check out my gift set picks below, because some are already on sale and available while supplies last. The Sephora Favorites are always great because they include their top products and colors in any given beauty category (lips shown below), giving you the opportunity to try sample sizes before you buy your next lip color. And speaking of lips, the past few years I’ve stocked up on Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish and Creams with their gift sets because of the value – and this year the Leave Your Mark set is perfect.

Shop my last-minute beauty gift set and stocking stuffers using the links below and Merry Christmas Eve!

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Shop the Gifts:

Maison Martin Margiela Rollerballs

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm

Buxom Look All You Want & Leave Your Mark Sets

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bliss Citrus StarsbareMinerals Pop of Passion

Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeups Bag

 

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Need more gift ideas? Below are a two more recommendations – Josie Maran’s Whimsical Wonder The Complete Argan Skincare Ritual and ARQUISTE’s Holiday Candles. And you can also check out my gift guide on Fit & Fab Living!

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**Samples provided for review; all opinions are my own.**

All that Glitters Gift Guide

I can’t be the only one with a minor obsession with all things gold, so today I’m sharing a gift guide with all things glitter and gold. My current iPhone case is glittery and everything about it makes me happy, and I need to get my hands on these glitter sneakers. Also, gold works for pretty much anything around the house since it goes with browns, blacks and other neutral colors.

In particular, right now I’m loving the Sephora Formula X Bottle Service nail polish set. I’m wearing “Ignite” in the second pic below and it’s the perfect deep red for winter and the holidays. The set comes with 10 different mini nail polishes and the festive champagne bottle packaging makes it an easy, fun gift. Just throw a ribbon around it and you’re good to go! Bonus points if you also give it with a real bottle of champagne.

All of the items below would make great gifts for a friend, coworker, yankee swap or for yourself! Shop them all using the links below.

All that Glitters Gift Guide

Shop the Gifts:

Earrings / iPhone Case / Water Bottle

Sneakers / FitBit Bracelet / Coasters

Pineapple Tumbler / Wine Bag / Blazer

Sephora Formula X Bottle Service Nail Set (c/o)

Champagne Flute / Bag / Notebook

Tray / Coffee Mug / Eyeshadow Palette

 All that Glitters Gift Guide

Beach Travel Style Essentials

Life was apparently really busy after we got back from our amazing trip to Hawaii (more to come on that in my upcoming travel guides!), and now all of a sudden a month flew by and the holidays and almost winter are here. The temps aren’t too bad yet here in New England, but I’m still dreaming of Hawaii and plotting our next warm-weather getaway.

Whether you have a trip booked or are lucky enough to live where the sun is always shining, today’s post includes some of my beach destination essentials, including cover ups, sunglasses, bikinis and my favorite sunscreen (yes, it’s possible to have a favorite).  Shop the items in the pics using the links below (minus those palm trees – you’ll have to head to Maui for those)!

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii
Views at the Grand Hyatt Kauai - shop the romper in the post on DailyKaty.com

Taking it all in at the Grand Hyatt Kauai‘s beach in Poipu… Loving that my P.J. Salvage romper is not only perfect for lounging around at home, but also makes a great beach cover up because of its super soft, lightweight material.

P.J. Salvage Wanderlust Challe Romper (c/o)

Enjoying drinks at the Grand Hyatt Kauai - shop the romper in the post on DailyKaty.com

Enjoying a post-beach/pool drink on the deck at sunset. Other than when I was in just a bikini on a beach chair or in the water, I wore this romper from morning to night! The sun sets early at this time of year in Hawaii, we we stayed in our bathing suits for it almost every night.

Bikini Essentials for Beach Travel - Shop them on DailyKaty.com

Just a few of my favorite bikinis I brought along with me (all c/o)… Each one of these is perfect in their own way: the leopard print Malai bikini has literally the best fitting bottoms I’ve ever tried (size up for this one – top and bottom run small). I love the colors and crocheting in the blue WET Swimwear bikini. And Mi-Ola bikinis are perfect if you’re active, whether you’re surfing or jumping off a boat for a swim, because the bottoms have gripper elastic to hold them on.

LeopardMalai Neon Leopard Bandeau Bikini from Cabana Chic Swimwear

Blue: WET Swimwear Faith Top & Bottoms

Pink: Mi-Ola Reversible Wrap Top & Double String Bottoms

Cruising along the Napili Coast in Kauai - shop this romper and sunglasses in today's post on DailyKaty.com

Cruising along the Napili Coast by boat in Kauai… This romper is super lightweight and comfortable over a bikini and now I’m wishing I got it in all of the patterns!

Romper (on sale!) / c/o Woodzee Sunglasses

c/o Mi-Ola Reversible Wrap Top & Double String Bottoms

Waiting for sunset at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai, Hawaii - shop this romper and sunglasses in today's post on DailyKaty.com

Waiting for sunset and toasting to an amazing trip at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai! You can see the low back of the romper here, which I love, along with the wrapped back on the Mi-Ola bikini. And this resort is a must for sunsets, views and basically everything else.

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My favorite sunscreens - which I never thought I’d say – but these smell so good and don’t leave your skin all oily and gross! The spray sunscreen is my favorite because it smells like pina colada. And the face sunscreen is lightweight, dries quickly and is refreshing with its cucumber scent.

Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30,

Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30,

Mineral Sport Sunscreen SPF 35+ and

Liplux Sport Lip Treatment SPF 30 (all c/o)

Sunset at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Hawaii - shop this romper on DailyKaty.com

Another day, another cover up worn for sunset on the beach… This time at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui. If only I could end every day like this!

Fringe Cover Up (sold out – similar here + here)

 

What are your favorite beach travel style essentials? Let us know in the comments below! And come back over to the blog – and Fit and Fab Living – to read more about my trip to Maui and Kauai, as well as lots more about hotel recommendations, sights to see, etc. Stay tuned!

Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Cyber Monday! I’ll keep this short and sweet since it is Monday morning… use the list and links below to shop lots of sales today – enjoy!

Cyber Monday Sale Roundup

  • American Eagle40% off holiday collection, no code needed
  • Ann Taylor50% off with “EVERYTHING”
  • Anthropologie25% off sale with “XTRAGOOD”
  • Athleta20% off with “WORKIT”
  • ASOS: 20% off everything with “CYBER”
  • Banana Republic40% off with “BESTCYBER”
  • BaubleBar35% off 2+ items with “GOGIFT35″ and 25% off 1+ item with “GOGIFT25″
  • Bloomingdales25% off regular and sale items
  • Frye40% off select styles
  • Gap: 40% off with “BESTCYBER”
  • GiltExtra 40% off with “GOLD40″ ($100 discount max)
  • Gilt CityExtra 20% off with “GOLD20″
  • J.Crew40% off 500+ items and 30% off everything else with
  • J.Crew Factory50% off with “TODAYONLY”
  • Kate Spade30% off with “SHINE”
  • Kendra Scott15% off with “SALE15″
  • Loft50% off with “CYBER50″
  • Lord & TaylorExtra 25% off with “CYBER”
  • Lucy40% off favorite pants, discount taken at checkout
  • Macy’sExtra 25% off with “CYBER0
  • Minted20% off holiday cards and 25% off everything else with “CM2015″
  • Neiman MarcusEarn up to $500 gift card with “GC4YOU” – spend $200, get $50 (and upward from there)
  • NordstromUp to 40% off designer brands
  • Nordstrom RackExtra 30% off clearance items, no code needed
  • Old Navy40% off with “BESTCYBER”
  • Saks Off FifthUp to 70% off
  • SephoraLimited-edition, limited-quantity gift sets
  • Snapfish70% off orders $200+ with “MERRY70″; 60% off everything else with “MERRY60″
  • Sole Society30% off, no code needed
  • Saks Fifth AvenueEarn gift card up to $700 with purchase with “NOV15,” plus lots of other deals
  • Tobi50% off with “THANKFUL50″
  • TopshopUp to 50% off

November Beauty Finds

This month’s beauty haul brought me lots of new favorite products that I’m excited to share with you all today. From powder foundation that makes your skin look flawless to under eye cream that brightens up any skin tone, there’s something for everyone. Read on for my reviews of the seven products below and shop them all using the links below this pic!

Monthly Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com

Shop the Post:

Bronzer Palette / Foundation / Lip Glosses

B.B. Eye Brightener / Mascara / Nail Set

2-in-1 Lip Color / Fragrances

 

Airbrush Foundation… in a weightless powder format. If I go to the gym in the morning, I have a 30 minute window to great ready and out the door, so in the past I’ve stuck with tinted BB cream for my weekday face makeup. But now that I’ve tried tarte’s Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation, my everyday routine has included foundation. It’s so light that it doesn’t feel like a foundation, it lasts for 12 hours and covers up my redness with just one layer. The foundation comes in 16 shades and their shade finder makes it easy to pick the right one without even going to a store (I use medium neutral). And I think my skin could actually pass off as being airbrushed!

B.B. Eye Brightener… OK so earlier in this post I said that mascara is my top priority when it comes to makeup, but right behind that is under eye concealer/brightener. I’m a great sleeper, but the older I get, the bigger those bags get. Boscia’s All-In-One B.B. Eye Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF 20 conceals, brightens and hydrates that delicate area under and around your eyes, helping to prevent dark circles, puffiness and pigmentation, all while giving your antiaging benefits. I love that it comes in one self-adjusting shade, so you don’t even have to test out shades before buying.

Lip glosses… that soften, nourish, protect and repair your lips, which is exactly what I need for the dry, winter weather that’s on it’s way. I’m loving the Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balms, which come in four different scents: Apple and Pear, Rose and Berries, Orange Blossom and Citrus. I’ve been keeping one in my bag and another in my jacket pocket so I always have them handy.

Monthly Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com

Bronzer set… that gives you just the right amount of color for any occasion, from a subtle, sunkissed glow to a deep tan effect. The bareMinerals California Bronze trio comes with two bronzers – The Ocean View (sheer matte bronze) and The High Dive (tan) – and one luminizer – The Shining Moment (golden champagne). Bronzers and luminizers from bareMinerals have been in my makeup rotation for years and I love how they’re all universally flattering. With this palette, you can wear them on their own or mix them together to get the look you want!

Nail polishes… that highlight your tan and smell good – and the Ciate London South Beach Socialite Collection does just that. It comes with four nail polishes – two rose gold shades with glitter and foil finishes, a white and a top coat. I love the look of the white with the rose gold glitter for a statement nail, finished off with the coconut top coat. The top coat has a coconut smell that brings me right to summer months, Hawaii and the beach – and I was surprised that the scent actually lasted beyond when I was applying it.

Monthly Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com


Mascara…
a.k.a. the one makeup item that I rarely leave the house without, and that’s mainly because I have very blonde eyelashes, so without it I look like I’m either eyelash-less or asleep. I use both drugstore and Sephora-worthy brands and oftentimes find myself layering different types to get the perfect eyelashes, especially if I’m going to dinner or a night out. But for my everyday work week look, I usually stick with just one, and the CoverGirl Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara is perfect for that. I got so many compliments on day one of using it! The key to getting the maximum impact of this mascara is to twirl the wand as you put it on. Then you just keep layering it on to get the level of volume you want (I used one coat for daytime and three for night).

Two-in-One Lip Color… I love products that do double duty because it means less in my makeup bag. Ciate London’s Lip Locked Tint and Balm Lip Duo is also part of the South Beach Socialite Collection and comes in two shades: In the 305 (berry) and SoBe (fuchsia). Start with the semi-matte lip tint then top it with the shea-butter-infused tinted balm. I love how smooth the balm makes my lips, and the tint can be layered on to get the level of color you want. Tip: if your lips are chapped, you can apply the balm first and last so the tint goes on evenly.

Fragrance to go with your personality… after you take a quiz on Archetypes.com to determine your top three archetypes, or “patterns of behavior that explain why you do the things you do and love the things you love.” My top archetypes were explorer, creative and visionary, which fits my personality pretty well – especially considering the quiz was only three questions. Shop the 12 fragrances here, then head over to your archetypes’ sections of the site, where you’ll find curated lifestyle content just for you, from beauty and fashion, to recipes, home decor, travel and more.

Monthly Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com

Monthly Beauty Finds on DailyKaty.com

*Samples provided for review; all opinions are my own.*

Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you’ve been following along for at least a year or so, then you may remember that I had been contributing to Fit & Fab Living from time to time. I’m so excited to be writing for them again – starting with a fun post about “pink” products that give back to various breast cancer-related nonprofits to raise funds and awareness for research, etc. Head on over to Fit & Fab Living’s “11 Ways to Give Back During Breast Cancer Awareness Month” post to learn more about the pink products below from Drybar, Cureology Beauty, Morgan Taylor Lacquer, Avon, Paula & Chlo, HydroPeptide, Handful and Pilot Pens. And be sure to follow me on Facebook, as well as Fit & Fab Living, for more posts from yours truly!

11 Ways to Give Back During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

*While samples were provided for review, all opinions are my own.*