HSN Holiday Gift Guide

The HSN Gift Store seems to have every product under the sun…and then some! I combed through their holiday gift guide to bring you my favorite picks for the women in your life (at every price point!). Feel free to purchase them for yourself too. Tis the season to be giving, and you’re included!
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Korres Body Butter Collection // I recently got introduced to this luscious product and can’t stop slathering my hands and feet in it every night! My favorite scent is the Guava, but with this sampler you can try all 6!

Crochet Throw // crochet & chunky knits are so popular right now and this one will add just the perfect touch to your couch or bed! Plus, it looks super snuggly for those cold winter nights.

Benefit Sweet Tintations Collection // the famous Benefit lip & cheek tints in this darling little travel size!

Lancome Mascara Mania // for those of you who like to use more than one type of mascara to layer on top of each other for every effect known to man (length, thickness, curl, yes please!), this set it for you!

Gold Bar Necklace // gold bar necklaces are all the rage right now, and I love this simple and skinny 10k gold one.

Floral Caftan // caftans are the socially acceptable way to wear a muumuu. I’ll take two, please.

Facial Cleansing Brush // this year’s answer to last year’s Clarisonic trend. This little puppy is safe to use around the eyes (!) and offers a deep, gentle cleansing experience to the whole face.

Nesting Bowls // love these colorful bowls & I can never have enough of them in my kitchen. plus they’re on sale for an insane price!

Two Faced Pink Trio // achieve the perfect pink pout for any occasion with this gorgeous trio.

While you’re shopping at HSN, don’t forget to check out FlexPay! It is a free and easy way to divide your purchases into interest free monthly payments with your credit or debit card. And also, HSN has once again partnered with St. Jude to bring a beautiful ornament collection where 100% of the profits will be donated! It’s the perfect way to give back this holiday season.


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diane - Sterling Silver Fancy 3-Initial Monogram Necklace

LaTanya - I like the TYRA 4-Minute TYover Trio for Lips, Eyes and Cheeks

Natalie - I would love to receive the HP Pavilion 17.3″ Core i5 1TB Laptop w/Office & Support!

Margaret Smith - I’d like to receive the Hoover Cyclonic WindTunnel 3 Air Sprint Maneuverable Vacuum

Margaret Smith - Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/537369619980640256
Thanks so much.

Jacquelyn Cannon - Sew Fun – Sewing Machine Kit

heather - I want to give the Victoria Wieck Crystal Baguette Bezel Cushion-Shaped Metallic Leather Strap Watch to mom.

angie - I like the Traveling Light Samantha Brown luggage.

Stassie - I would absolutely love to gift the monogrammed necklace to my sis and mom!

Kiara - I want the DG2 by Diane Gilman 100% Cashmere Neon Striped Sweater.

Anastasia Falling - So many great things to choose from! One thing I’d love to get for the holidays is the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Limited Edition 4-pack of Talking Figurines :) Super cute and fun for Christmas :)

david basile - 384-835
HP HP Pavilion 23″ Touch Full HD IPS LED, AMD Quad-Core 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD All-in-One Windows 8.1 Desktop PC

paige chandler - I’d love to get the Imperial Pearls 11-12mm Cultured Golden South Sea Pearl Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Melissa M - I like the Propel Air Combat RC Battling Helicopter with Flight Stick Controller – 2-pack.

Madeline - I’d like to buy the Ming Tsai 6pc AeroKnife Gourmet Series with Smart Stand for my parents.

eats: leftover turkey pot pie

I found this recipe last year after Thanksgiving when I had a million pounds of leftover turkey. It’s been a favorite ever since! I make it at least once a month (and usually just use chicken when I don’t have turkey).

Pot Pie


2 Tbsp butter

2 cloves of minced garlic

half of a small onion, diced

2/3 c. frozen corn

1/2 c. frozen carrots

1/2 c. frozen peas

1/3 c. flour

1 c. chicken broth

3/4 c. milk (I use skim!)

herbs (rosemary & thyme, to taste)

2 c. meat (chicken, turkey)

puff pastry

egg, beaten

Heat oven to 375. Flour and oil 5-6 ramekins (or you can do it in a big pie tin. I like the individual servings!)

melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the next 5 ingredients, stirring until onions are translucent. whisk in the flour until lightly browned (about one minute). gradually whisk in broth, milk & herbs and whisk until thickened. stir in meat and season with salt & pepper to taste. fill ramekins with mixture and use the ramekin as a guide to cut out circles of puff pastry to place on top. cut vents in the pastry & brush the egg on top. cook for 20 min or until the puff pastry is fully cooked.



ww: chambray & floral

guys, I am soooo pregnant. hoping to pop this baby out in the next week or two! in the meantime, here’s been a go-to outfit of mine. loose chambray & a skirt I can wear above the belly. plus, I recently discovered some amazing jewelry at Nordstrom Rack (& you can shop online with NR!)


pictures by Heather of Plainly Taken Photography

shop the look:

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Have you seen Shop & Apparel’s Holiday collection? DYING!!

We were so lucky to be able to collaborate with Andrea (owner of S&A) and other local talents!

The trends are on-point and the prices are hard to believe! The tulle skirts are just so good.  They would be perfect for that work holiday party you have coming up.  Time to get holiday shopping.

Some of my favorite picks (which are already in my cart) :

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Beauty Mark readers will get an exclusive Beauty Mark discount. 20% off already-amazing prices!  Enter HOORAY at checkout.  Who doesn’t love a discount code?  There is just something about seeing that number drop. <3 Hooray!


How To: choose a cleanser

Did you know that most people are probably not using the right cleanser for their face type? A cleanser is the foundation of a good skin care regime and it is so important to find one that works with your skin. Many people self diagnose their skin as one thing and treat it that way with products (i.e. “I have one zit so I have acne. I’m going to use an acne wash.”). When this happens, our skin tends to overcompensate the opposite way. For example, over-treating oily skin by stripping the oils will cause extreme dryness; not properly treating dry skin can lead to an overproduction of oil because your skin wants to moisturize itself.

First, here is a very generalized overview of skin types & basic rules for choosing a cleanser:

DRY // skin tends to be tight after cleansing and can flake or have rough patches in some areas. (avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & use a creamy cleanser. look for ingredients like essential oils & natural hydrators)

OILY // skin tends to get shiny throughout the day, has visible pores, and may break out on occasion. (a foamy cleanser works best)

SENSITIVE // skin reacts easily & tends to get irritated with new products, weather changes, etc. (avoid cleansers with avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, acids, fragrances, dyes, etc. look for ingredients like glycerin, cucumber, green tea and chamomile which are all naturally calming and anti-inflammatory)

COMBO // dry patches on the cheeks mixed with oily patches in the T-zone–forehead, nose & chin. (stick to a basic cleanser that doesn’t address any specific skin care concern but will help maintain a normal PH balance)

NORMAL // no areas of oiliness or dryness, usually no skin issues. (any basic cleanser will do)

ACNEIC // prone to breakouts, oily, blackheads & whiteheads (stick to a routine of switching out a gentle cleanser with a cleanser that has salicylic or glycolic acid in it. don’t over do it with the acids though because your skin may overreact.)

Okay now that you’ve put yourself into a category, what cleanser to choose? (there should be an algorithm for this!)

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Remember: it is better to treat occasional skin issues with spot treaters, serums, etc. than with a cleanser. If a cleanser is really just not working for you, switch it out, but be sure to give it about 30-45 days to start working before ditching it. A skin cycle is about 21-28 days so you need to wait at least that long to decide!