Favorite Beauty Gifts from the Holidays!

Hello friends and a very Happy New Year to you all!  I hope everyone had a cozy, warm holiday in the company of those you love.  I know I did!  I got to spend time with my fellow blog besties and enjoyed a lot of time with my family.  It was great!

I'm such a girly-girl, that many of the gifts I receive over the holidays are beauty related.  I love it!  Give me some new makeup or face serum and I am one happy girl.  This year I received some items that I am absolutely obsessed with, and I wanted to share them with you!

 Beauty Counter Soothing Face Oil, $68 (on sale now for $48)

Beauty Counter Soothing Face Oil, $68 (on sale now for $48)

My big sis game me this Beauty Counter Face Oil that is absolutely luxurious.  It makes my skin feel incredibly soft and moisturized.  Best of all, there are no unsafe chemicals in Beauty Counter products.  When you purchase Beauty Counter, you are making a smart decision for your health!

 Fig + Yarrow Complexion Water Orange Blossom Lavender, $19.99

Fig + Yarrow Complexion Water Orange Blossom Lavender, $19.99

Here at Across Our Table, we decided to draw names and give each other our favorite beauty gifts.  Lucky me, Alicia drew my name and gave me this amazing Complexion Water from Fig + Yarrow.  When your skin is feeling dry, you just give it a spritz and feel totally refreshed.  Fig + Yarrow uses organic ingredients, so you are again making a safe choice with their products.  Best of all, you can get it at Target ladies!

 ArtNaturals Detangling Hair Brush Set, $13.00

ArtNaturals Detangling Hair Brush Set, $13.00

My sweet Mom had all sorts of fun stocking stuffers for me, starting with a wet brush from ArtNaturals.  I keep it in the shower to comb the tangles out of my hair after conditioning.  It works like a charm!

 Clinique Lash Power Mascara, 17.50

Clinique Lash Power Mascara, 17.50

Mom knows how much I love mascara!  I never leave the house without mascara.  This Clinique Lash Power has turned out to be totally awesome.  It looks great on and the tiny, thin brush makes it really easy to apply.  I will probably never go back to mascara that comes with a thick brush.  I'm now a total believer that the thin brush makes all the difference!

 L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $25

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $25

Because she knows how much I love it, Mom gives me L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil every year for Christmas.  It has such a subtle, delicious scent and it leaves your skin feeling soft.  You will love it!

That's all for now.  Go be your beautiful self!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

 

Jojoba Oil, My New Favorite Beauty Secret

Ask any of the AOT gals and they will tell you, I have super sensitive skin.  If I'm out in the sun, I have to constantly lather on sunscreen because I burn so easily.  Bug bites leave red spots on my skin that linger for 6 weeks.  It took me about three weeks to get past the breakout that occurred the one time that I tried moisturizing my face with coconut oil.  

I'm particularly sensitive around my eyes.  When I was a senior in high school, I got a mosquito bite just below my eyebrow and I woke up the next morning with my eye swollen to the size of a golf ball.  Think Sloth from Goonies (Hey you guys!).  Luckily some meds from the doctor helped with the swelling and I looked pretty much normal by the time graduation rolled around...one week later!

Anyway, I've never been able to use liquid eye makeup removers because they are not gentle enough for my sensitive mug.  In the past couple of years, I have been using Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, which I like.  However, I recently heard that Jojoba Oil is a great eye makeup remover.  I gave it a try (I did a couple of small test spots to make sure it wouldn't irritate my skin) and what do you know, I love it!  It easily removes all of my eye makeup, makes my skin feel hydrated, and does not cause any irritation.  

I like Art Naturals Jojoba Oil:

You only need a few (3-4) drops on a cotton ball to gently wipe away your makeup.  I have a feeling that my 4 ounce bottle of Jojoba Oil is going to last a while and will prove to be well worth my $14 investment.

While I have not explored any other uses for Jojoba Oil, it is full of Vitamin E and can also be used as a face, body, or scalp moisturizer.  Let me know if you try!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

PS- Did y'all read Abby's post yesterday?  I'm so excited she is running a half marathon with me!!!