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What We’re Into Right Now: Spring Skincare + Beauty

Skin is in!
You’ve heard us rave about Glossier (and soon we’ll review their latest product, Cloud Paint), but we have some new additions to our skincare and beauty routine to share, too:

Anti-Aging
Each March we’re reminded that our birthdays are just around the corner and that, well, we are aging whether we like it or not. Recently we’ve been introduced to some high-end wrinkle reducing, fine line minimizing, and preventative skincare products. We’ve been especially impressed by these three from Kate Somerville, Doll Face Beauty, and Fleur de Sante. Open to additional recommendations, too! For each of the following, a free sample was provided for review. Opinions are our own.

Kate Somerville
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Wrinkle Warrior gets two thumbs up! After reviewing this complimentary product, we’re excited to experience more from the Kate Somerville product line. To shop this product and others from the lineup, visit: kateso.co/Wrinkle_Warrior.

Doll Face Beauty
In this same category, we’re also super impressed with Doll Face DEFEND.

From the moment we opened the package we knew this was something special. There’s comfort in hearing that “eventually every Doll Face will see some early signs of aging,” and realizing that it happens to all of us. Thanks to Doll Face Beauty, there’s a new way to cheat nature and fight the signs of aging – it’s called DEFEND Intensive Age Defense.

Fleur de Sante
It was last March that I tried my first rose-infused beauty product – the Rose Face Mask from Fresh. I was intrigued by the ingredient originally, and have noticed it’s been popping up everywhere lately! Am I the only one who’s finding that some of the best beauty products are made with actual roses? 🌹 It’s scientifically proven to produce results, plus makes me all the more confident in doing what’s best for my skin (the alternative is, of course, chemicals).

This Intense Smooth Fine Line Minimizing Serum is from @fleurdesante and not only makes a gorgeous addition to the medicine cabinet, but appears to contain high quality ingredients and produce results. What more could you ask for?

And if you’re into the roses thing, also check out Glossier Soothing Face Mist (made with Rosewater) and/or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.

Lather Inc.
Next in the lineup, Lather. This line of holistic skincare products comes with some unique natural ingredient combos, like grapefruit + juniper and bamboo + lemongrass. We’re especially smitten with their Sea Kelp + Ginseng All-Over Mask (and yes, it can go “all over” – body, face, or even your hair). 
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If you’re into essential oils, you’ll love Lather products.

Sky Organics
If you’re into essential oils and DIY projects, you’ll really love Sky Organics. First, read up on the benefits of body care through natural nutrients. Next, decide which products are right for you and then read up on how you can make them yourself! You’ll likely pick a carrier oil and at least one essential oil (we love the freshly peeled scent of Organic Sweet Orange).

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For multi-purpose recipes and ideas for using your Carriers + Oils (and other ingredients, should you choose them), visit the Sky Organics Blog. I wrongly assumed one needed a chemistry degree to make hair masks, scalp treatments, and body butter, but I will be trying all 3 recipes out shortly. Follow along on TheJCRGirls Insta Stories!

Wander Beauty
Wander down the beauty aisle at Sephora at you’ll likely spot an up-and-coming cult fave, Wander Beauty. We gave the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator a spin, and we love the multitasking nature of this tool (not to mention the beautiful packaging!). The On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator can be worn over 10 ways on the face, lips, eyes, and body. It’s perfect for gals on the go, and we love using it to refresh blush and highlights around the eyes between work and evening plans.

Shown here: Coral Rose / Nude Glow.

ShopandBox
Have you caught on to the Korean beauty craze? We just started exploring Korean products that are not available in the U.S., and have to say, there’s quite a few interesting lines worth exploring! For starters, check out the “Trending” section on Sephora.com to see a plethora of Double-Cleansing Oils, Watery Creams (we LOVE  Belief), Pre-Saturated Sheet Masks, and more. If you’re ready to take things a step further, a service called ShopandBox can help you shop for cult faves only available abroad, and then box them up and send them to you in a matter of days. ShopandBox is a global personal shopping service and they pair you with a “Boxer” to help you purchase the items you’re seeking.

Boxer Jess helped us find a few products we were interested in, including this Pantone Color of the Year Eye Palette, and then ship them to the U.S. for us to enjoy (along with several fun samples!).

Jess also recommended we test out a few of her favorite masks, and we’re excited to share details and results in an upcoming post.

What are your favorite beauty finds lately? Please share in the comments below or on Instagram – @TheJCRGirls.

Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!

‘Tis the Season for Textures – Our Favorite Tweeds, Plaids, & Stripes.

If you know one thing about our fashion sensibilities, it’s probably that’s we’re drawn to the classics. For fall + winter, that means tweeds and plaids, cotton and wool. And then there’s our perennial favorite – stripes. Whether layered under sweaters and vests or incorporated as thicker sweaters or coats, stripes are always on standby.

Tweeds
These cold temps aren’t going away anytime soon. Tweeds provide the weight and warmth you need to combat to frigid temps in style.

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These chic dresses and jackets are perfectly suited for wearing to work. Then, just add some bling and you’re on your way to holiday parties!

I’ve been finding so many ways to style the Lady Jacket in Metallic Tweed. For one, the bracelet sleeves make it easy to show off a pop of color. And the mannequin at J.Crew SoHo posed a style challenge – wear the lady jacket like a cape. Challenge, accepted.
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For this iteration, I’d like to thank Jenna Lyons, Jackie O and Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe stylist for the inspiration. These Over-the-Knee Boots only look high-end, on major sale ($64.50) – snatch up a pair while you still can!
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Plaids
Must be the holiday season, because plaids are present throughout the home. These Pottery Barn throws come in the prettiest color combinations, and these oversized Target pillows add a splash of Christmas cheer to our brown leather sectional.

Moving on to festive attire, J.Crew does it again! We’ll take one of each of the following, please:

Stripes
Winter, spring, summer or fall – stripes are 100% appropriate for every season. For the dead of winter (hate to break it to you, it’s upon us), opt for cozy knits and use your cotton Bretons as layering pieces under sweaters, scarves and vests.

When it comes to stripes, Saint James is the gold standard. J.Crew has been collaborating with Saint James for years, and we adore the collections season after season. This season, it’s the Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy T-Shirt that is really catching our eye. Also comes in a short sleeve slouchy version, in 4 fun colors!

While a serious investment, here’s what you can feel extra good about when growing your Saint James collection: Careful attention is given to every step of the manufacturing process. For example, after each part of the shirt is cut, the pieces are then applied to a needled table, which allows for each stripe to be perfectly aligned from front of the shirt to back. Talk about a lot of love and personal attention! Read more on the Saint James website.

Saint James sells their tried-and-true pieces, such as nautical shirts and knits on their website, saintjamesboutique.com. Here’s a sampling of our faves:

Gift Guide: $25 and Under

Now that I’ve finally accepted that it is, in fact, December (didn’t it kind of sneak up on us out of nowhere?!) – I can finally officially start my gift shopping. Even if you are on a budget, you can still check everyone off your list and show all of your friends and family just how special they are to you with these gifts that are $25 and under!

Cyber Monday Sale Roundup

Okay, I don’t want to be dramatic but coming back to work after being off for a full week is the HARDEST THING EVER. Thankfully, I woke up to lots of emails about amazing sales to help me get up on the right side of the bed. I’m four cups of coffee into this day and rounding up the sales you should shop now (there’s a lot of them).

Clothing and Accessories

Shopbop: Today is the last day to Buy More, Save More! Get up to 25% off your entire order with code GOBIG16.

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items – check out everything that is included here!

J. Crew: You have about 10 hours left to take advantage of J. Crew’s best sale ever…40% off your entire purchase. Use code MONDAY.

J. Crew Factory: 60. %. Off. Everything. WHAT! Plus, (yes, there’s more) an additional 40% off clearance and free shipping! Use code HAPPYSALE!

Loft: Code CYBERMONDAY gets you 50% off everything AND $15 sweaters.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER50!

Tory Burch: Use code THANKS to receive 30% off and shop the Cyber Monday exclusive Mini Bag.

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off of your order when you use code WIRED.

Urban Outfitters: $50 off orders of $150 OR $15 off orders of $75. Discount is automatically applied at checkout!

Anthropologie: Use code STACKS for a bunch of different offers – 30% off sale items, 20% off full priced items + free shipping on orders of $150 or more with code. Phew!

Beauty

Sephora: Shop spring first! Get the most anticipated items that won’t be out until spring, today!

Ulta: $10 off qualifying purchases of $50 or more and lots and lots of other deals that can be found here!

Bumble & Bumble: This really NEVER happens. 20% off site-wide. YAS! Oh, and free shipping on orders of $40 or more. No code required.

Glossier: The best (and only) sale of the year. Use code  stock up on these amazing products while they are in stock and 20% off (discount is automatically applied at checkout)!

Home

Framebridge: 20% off all black frame styles (this is one of my new favorite companies, they make framing your pictures so easy and affordable)! Use code BLACK20.

West Elm: TONS of deals site-wide, up to 50% off!

CB2: 15% off your full-priced order + free shipping on orders of $29 or more. Use code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn: Again, TONS of deals site-wide with up to 50% off!

Crate & Barrel: 15% off full-priced purchases + free shipping (no minimum)! Use code SAVE15.

Alright, that’s all for now. If I get another surge of energy after coffee #5 I’ll be back to share more!

PS – Don’t forget to share your purchases with us in the comments below.

 

Black Friday Sale Roundup: Home

Been waiting for a good deal on that don’t NEED but really really want super soft blanket? Need to stock up on decorations to add a little more of the holiday spirit to your place? Well, you came to the right place. In addition to our other Black Friday Sale Roundups (for clothing and beauty) we’ve gathered up the best sales for home items as well:

Crate & Barrel: 15% off full-priced purchases with code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn: Lots of Black Friday deals to be found (save up to 50% off). I’ve personally got my eye on a faux fur throw (30% off)!

All of Williams Sonoma‘s Black Friday deals can be found here. Nespresso machines for 30% off, stemware sets starting at just $19.95, and up to 50% off William Sonoma cookware…I’d say there are some pretty good deals to scoop up.

CB2: Use code SAVE15 to receive 15% off of your full-priced purchase. CB2 is the perfect place to pick up unique items to add a little personality to your home – this pig bookend set is sure to start some convos next time you have guests over!

West Elm: Buy More, Save More! Receive up to 30% off of your purchase with code MOREISMORE. There are even some Black Friday Bonuses at 40% off!

And…don’t forget to check out the home sections at Nordstrom and Anthro!

Have you made any Black Friday purchases? Share them with us in the comments below!

Black Friday Sale Roundup: Beauty

Now that we’ve gotten a good number of the clothing-centric sales out of the way, it’s time to stock up on all of your favorite beauty products. These items rarely go on sale so there’s no better time to fill your cart up – AND there are so many things that could be perfect as stocking stuffers!

Sephora: Black Friday Beauty Sets – starting at just $10! Seriously guys, you can’t pass these up: Nest Perfume Trio for $12, Origins Cult Faves 4-pack for $18, and Drybar Dry Shampoo Duo for $30..just to name a few! Hurry before these all get scooped up!

Ulta: You can find all of Ulta’s Black Friday Beauty Busters here (BareMinerals and Tarte beauty kits for under $20, 20% off Clarisonic holiday sets…) but hurry they are selling out fast!

Glossier: This is their only sale of the year! 20% off everything + free shipping! Some of the products I’m a little (read: really) obsessed with include: boy brow, Generation G lip color, milk jelly cleanser, haloscope…okay let’s just say I’m obsessed with pretty much everything!

Happy shopping – stay tuned for more shopping guides throughout the day!

PS- Check out our Black Friday Sale Roundup for all things fashion that we posted earlier today!

Black Friday Sale Roundup

Black Friday is here! Wake up from that food coma and take advantage of the amazing deals retailers are offering. The best part – you can shop of all of these sales online and not even leave your couch!

J. Crew: You still have time to take advantage of the best sale EVER. Use code HOLIDAY to receive 40% off of your purchase. I spy with my little eye…lots of perfect items for gifting (be sure to check out the full gift guides for all the ladies and gents in your life for even more gifting inspo)!

Loft: 50% off everything. Yep, every. single. thing. It doesn’t get more amazing than that. Use code FRIYAY to take advantage of this awesome sale.

Loft Black Friiday

Anthropologie: Use code LETSGO to get 30% off your entire purchase. Quick side note – rounding all of these sales up for you all is really hard because they are SO AMAZING and now I want to buy EVERYTHING. Okay moving on…..if there was any store that could persuade me to wear a velvet jumpsuit, it would be Anthro.

Gap: TGIF50. Nope, I didn’t type that wrong, that is the code that will get you 50% off site wide at Gap. Personally, I’m a huge fan of their denim and lounging gear *insert thumbs up emoji here*. They’ve even developed “gift kits” – selecting a group of perfect together items so it really takes all of the work out of it for you!

Nordstrom: Through Sunday, receive an additional 20% off select sale items. Check everything out here because there is too much great stuff to just pick a few items to show you!

Nordstrom Black Friday

Shopbop: Buy More, Save More…use code GOBIG16 to save up to 25% off your purchase. This applies to ALL full-price and sale items so kind of impossible to pass up, right?

Banana Republic: 50% off five full priced items (NO exclusions!). Use code BRFIVE. Banana is really stepping up their game lately and you’re guaranteed to find some gifts for the super stylish folks in your life (check out the gift guides for her and him) and maybe a few pieces for your own holiday wardrobe, too!

The sales really are never ending today and we’re going to keep sharing them with you…after we have some coffee.

Stay tuned for posts throughout the day featuring more sales (beauty, home, tech…aka everything you’ll need to get all the names checked off that list of yours)!