New Year, New Buys

So far, my 2016 is kind of great.  *Knock on wood!*  I have a new job, a new relationship, and I’ve both been shopping and saving money, if it is possible for those two things to go together!  Between the great winter sales and having a set beauty routine, my bank account isn’t causing me as much anxiety as usual.  Check out my first purchases of 2016…


  • Mom jeans: I’ve been really wanting to try this style out, so when I saw that Levi’s had them 60% off, I jumped at the chance.  And with Levi’s you know you’re getting the same classic styles that have been around forever, not some knockoff, so its worth the $$.  Let me tell you, these are the most comfortable, amazing jeans, and I can’t stop wearing them!
  • My perfect face product (FINALLY): I’ve never been too happy with any BB or CC creams, and the only product I ever really liked got discontinued.  But I kept hearing about this bareMinerals product that won Allure’s Best of Beauty, and I decided to give it a shot.  A gel-cream that gives your skin gorgeous color while also improving your complexion over time?  Sounds too good to be true, but I promise you, this is a miracle product if there ever was one.
  • The sexy/comfy bralette: My chest is on the smaller size, so I avoid wearing underwire bras when I can.  My bralette collection is out of control, but when I saw Aerie was having a sale, I couldn’t resist!  I got this bralette in Ballet Pink, and it is so feminine, romantic and sexy; I can’t wait to buy more colors!
  • My new nude nails:  I am a big fan of Aimee Song, so I had to pick up her collaboration with Formula X.  I bought Nude For You and A Girl’s Best Friend, and I’m so impressed with how perfect these shades are!
  • Another mask obsession: Kale is probably my favorite vegetable, and it is so healthy that I figured I might as well try it in topical form too!  Farmacy has been getting a lot of buzz for their natural beauty products, and so far, I think its worth it.
  • The most impressive mascara: I have a few mascaras in my rotation, but this is quickly becoming my favorite.  It is so curling that I don’t use my eyelash curler, and it adds length and volume.  I also can use it as a priming mascara of sorts and then put a more volumizing mascara over it for the most intense, doll-like lashes.
  • The best skin boost: Luminizers tend to break me out, but this gentle and gorgeous one from BECCA is a great addition to my routine.  I mix a bit of this with my new bareMinerals gel cream and my beloved belief Aqua Bomb, and my face literally glows.  The best part?  A little goes a long way, so buy the travel size first.  You only need a drop to make your face perfection.
  • My new workout motivation: I finally upgraded my sneakers this week, and Lord, it was so worth it.  These Nike’s are like walking on a cloud, and my workouts are both easier and more stylish.

I hope everyone is making the most of another year on this planet!

XX, Gabrielle

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