Too much stuff!

So I'm heading back to Vegas today and attempted to organize my massive mess of products.  I managed to narrow it down to two tables and a couple of shelves of crap.  The irony in all this is I hardly ever wear make-up!

And separate piles for samples and hotel products.

Thank you Vegas and Atlantic City!

I also put together most of my Christmas gifts which I'm pretty darned proud of!

But the sad truth is I still have a ridiculous amount of useless junk!  And this is only my EAST COAST stuff.  Which means I have a whole other set of products waiting for me in Vegas.  I was thinking of doing a blog sale or perhaps sell an ebay lot.  Maybe I can make little gift baskets to send to a women's shelter??  What I really want to do is a blog giveaway!  Emily and I have been sending these care packages back and forth for the past 8 years (I guess they're called "love packages" in the beauty blog world) and they're super fun to get!  I think it'll be really cool to put one together for a reader?  Hmmm well about to hop on the plane so I will think of something!

Current Skincare Routine

Being the product junkie that I am, I'm constantly changing my skincare routine -- sometimes using a different face wash or eye cream every day of the week. For me to really stick to a product and set regimen is quite difficult as I become fickle and continuously get the the urge to try new things. The following is my current routine and are products that have passed the test of novelty (aka second time purchasing!) and will remain go-tos when newer "cooler" products fail me.

Bliss Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk

So I'm always back and forth between cleansing oils and cleansing milks. I was first introduced to Shu Uemura cleansing oil (it's totally amazing but hard to get) about 10 years ago because my friend Amy was obsessed with it and would bring back multiple bottles whenever she went to Taiwan. My mom on the other hand swore by Ponds cold cream. Either way, the idea of removing make-up before washing my face appealed to me. The only problem I had with the creams were that they required you to "tissue off" and I always felt like a layer of film was left on my skin. But the Bliss Cleansing Milk is a heavenly smelling "watery" cream or milk that disintegrates my make-up and completely WASHES off. Love it!

FAB Face Cleanser

Okay I admit it -- I'm totally obsessed with this whole line of skincare. FAB Face Cleanser offers the gentleness of Cetaphil but with a foaming formula the gives a more clean feel. Awesome for using with my Clarisonic.

Borghese Crema Straordinaria Tonico Creme Extraordinaire Balancing Softening Toner

Although the perfume smell is a bit much for my taste, I do love the idea of the spray bottle -- for those days when I'm feeling lazy. You can also spray directly onto a cotton pad and apply the traditional way. This toner is awesome -- lifts away remaining make-up and tones without leaving that unpleasant tight feeling.

Perlier Risarium Black Rice Extreme Age-Defying Line Reducing Moisturizing Eye Cream

Love love love it! Although its consistency is much thinner than most eye creams, it doesn't detract from its effectiveness. I love how it glides right on and doesn't leave the oily thickness of other products.  Perfect for wearing under make-up because you don't have to wait for it to sink in. And it totally moisturizes and fills in my fine lines!

*Currently buy one get one free at
Offer expires 12/15




Dior Capture First Action Serum Age-Defense Refining Essence

I never understood the necessity of using a serum. But since I started using the FAB Ultra Repair Cream which contains no anti-aging properties, I decided to use this as a base. Has the typical Dior Skincare fragrance and a strange brown texture but I think it's doing its job. Haven't noticed any new wrinkles since using it!

FAB Ultra Repair Cream
And finally my Holy Grail Product -- my good ol' FAB Ultra Repair Cream. I know I mention it far too much but it's really just awesome. Amazing for sensitive skin and contains colloidal oatmeal, the only FDA-approved, OTC ingredient for eczema. It's sooo moisturizing and yet is not the least bit greasy and actually does a nice job of controlling my oily skin. But because it doesn't contain any anti-aging properties I first use a layer of anti-aging serum and just let this cream work on its sole purpose of moisturizing! If you don't believe me check out the near PERFECT reviews on

Holiday Gift Guide

There's nothing quite like the gift of beauty!  In honor of Black Friday (because I know so many of you prefer to shop in the comfort of your own home) I've scoured the net for the best beauty gifts for every price range.  The holiday season brings an abundance of gorgeous gift sets and holiday palettes ensuring that you find something for everyone.  I apologize in advance for this huge (and quite picture heavy) post but it was hard even cutting it down to these "few" items!

NOTE: Please refer back to my previous post, "More Deals & Steals", as many of these products are available at a huge discount.  Entry has also been updated with more sales!

Stocking Stuffers/$10 & Under

$8 @

Tokidoki Robbery Hair Pins
$9 @

$10 @

$10 @


Secret Santa/$25 & Under

$15 @




$18 @




$20 @


$25 for a beautiful $100 Value gift set -- available only on Cyber Monday at





Intro to Tarte 7 pc. Collection
$25 @










Tokidoki Pittura Brush Set
$35 @









Sephora Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Makeup Deluxe Sampler
$39 @


$42.50 @


$49 @

Smashbox Wish For the Perfect Palette
$49 @


$49 @


Tarte The Jewelry Box
$52 @

Bare Escentuals 'Beyond Gorgeous' Collection
$54 @







$69 @









Dior Deluxe Travel Palette
$75 @ 






Smashbox 'Burlesque' Beauty Collection & Train Case
$79 @







Amore Pacific Exclusive Holiday Set
$80 @





Trish McEvoy "The Irresistible" Petite Makeup Planner Collection
$95 @





Tokidoki Adios Makeup Gift Set
$98 @

Breaking the Bank/$100-$300
$145 @ 

$250 @

$299 @

NYX Makeup Artist Starter Kit B (Kit A is sold out!)
$308.10 @

Balla Status/The Ultimate Gift

Bobbi Brown Exclusive Deluxe Beauty Trunk 
$1000 @

More Deals & Steals

Okay these sales are killing me!  But who can resist the awesome deals?  All the cosmetics companies are going discount crazy.  Now is the time to stock up -- enjoy!

20% off at Burt's Bees
Enter Code "20BURT" at checkout

Buy one get one free every product at
Ends 12/15

25% off plus free shipping at Sally Beauty Supply
Enter Code "555156" at checkout
Expires 11/29

50% off at
11/25 @ 9am PST ~ 11/29 @ 12am PST

Ridiculous deals at if you sign up to be a Lorac VIP
50-80% off their best selling products!

20% off at
Enter "FFSB20" at checkout.
Ends 11/29

20% off entire stock at
Use code "TG20" at checkout

25% off and free shipping at
Plus free 10-piece deluxe tote with any $55 purchase
Enter "TOTE55" at checkout

20% off at Kiehl's stores and at

Stila Online Warehouse Sale @
Save up to 80% on tinted moisturizers, smudge sticks, eye shadow pans, lip glaze,
long wear lip color and more










20% off entire stock at
Enter code "GIFT20"
Ends 11/29


20% off Bare Escentuals Get Started Foundation Kits @
Enter code "GetStarted" at checkout.