little wishes

merry christmas eve, beauties!

i think this is my most favorite day of the year. it’s all about family and festive cocktails and anticipation for the excitement of the following morning. we’re spending it at my in laws this year where my mother in law makes a full feast of the seven fishes and the portuguese tradition is to wait up until midnight (passing time playing board games, watching movies) and then open gifts!

the husband and i treated ourselves to a christmas kitten last week (a seven week old british shorthair named ivy – we’re pretty obsessed!) so that only leaves me wishing for a few little surprises underneath the tree:

christmas wishes 2012

cozy slippers for working from home

a blush to brighten dreary winter days

a punchy champagne duo to ring in 2013

a soft bristle facial brush to gently exfoliate

a sparkly topcoat to refresh chipped manicures

the new fragrance i can’t get enough of!
(discovered by my mom via birchbox)

a sweetly simple pouch for staying organized

hope you get everything you wish for – have a very merry christmas eve!

giveaway winners + stephanie johnson

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first things first: i have some winners to announce! check your in boxes and make some room on the vanity, ladies – i will send your beauty booty off to you asap.

stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal – trishelle
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint – amy
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble – meg
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black – laurie / the flossy life
physicians formula hydrating eye cream – steph
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum – tessa
topshop lips in rio rio – tierney / ruby woo loves you
cargo eyebronzer – katie
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige – collifornia
revlon photoready concealer in medium – jj
sheswai nail lacquer in babe – melissa

thanks so much for all of your entries – i think we should do more giveaways around here, what do you say?

the stephanie johnson mini pouches received by far the most entries, so i want to be sure that you are all aware of her friends + family sale going on right now! you can score 40% off (!!) her entire website with the code SJFRIENDS until 6/12.

and in keeping with the stephanie johnson theme, my most recent guest post for birchbox highlighted all of the little survival items that i tote around with me 24-7. i keep everything tucked inside my own mini pouch – take a peek!

bloggin’ for birchbox (again!): what’s on my desk

it’s no secret that i love birchbox. for gifting, new product discovery, or just a little monthly self indulgence, no beauty box subscription program holds a candle to their brands, service, and style. i’m thrilled to be guest blogging over on the birchbox blog all week. it’s one of my daily reads and today i’m taking a stab at one of my favorite series, “what’s on the birchbox staffers’ desks.” click on over to see the four products currently in the glossarie test kitchen and what i think of them so far!

what’s on my desk, from lara of the glossarie

pretty gifty: birchbox subscription

by now the world knows that you can get a handful of deluxe beauty samples delivered to your door for ten bucks a month through birchbox, but did you also know that you can GIFT subscriptions? what a fabulous freakin’ idea!

gift subscriptions can be purchased for as short as three months for $30 or as long as a year for $110 (one month free!). just imagine the delight in knowing that you’ve given the gift that keeps on giving – and keeps on giving high-end skincare, makeup, fragrances, and hair products, at that.

fun fact: beauty brand jouer created a custom color gloss for december’s birchbox and it looks good on everyone. just one of the unique and incredible benefits of being a birchbox subscriber.