The Holiday BLISS List

Happy Holidays BLISS readers!  There is nothing more than the holiday season, Christmas, glitter, lights, love it all!  December is such a magical month and there are so many amazing things to celebrate and share hence my long BLISS list this month!  Holiday shows and movies, Christmas books and gift ideas for the chicest compile this months list- there may be a second part ;)- but really these are just some of the things that I am loving and are currently bringing ME bliss.  To you and yours, I wish you the most blissful holiday season ❤

 

Dirty John

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White Christmas Margaritas

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Golden Girls ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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The Grinch Soundtrack

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Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel

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‘Tis the Season: The One Tree Hill Reunion

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Urban Tee Farm Drinkware

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bliss The Reel Peel Skincare Trio

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Totally Good Time

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Fuller House Season 4

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Christmas Novels:

One Day in December, Seven Days of Us and Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe

 

Flower Beauty Ruby Rouge Lip Color, Freepeople Kate Leopard Coat, Cupcakes and Cashmere Earrings- The Ally

 

 

Dirty Dancing Funko POP!

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Debut of The BLISS List

 

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I love a change of season as it is a fresh start to so many things anew.  I especially love fall and am excited for many new books, television shows and of course beauty products!  Every few months I am going to be curating a list of a few my favorite things and wanted to share them with YOU alas The Bliss List.  Kind of like Oprah Favorite things, if you will 🙂  We all know I am a book, beauty and pop culture enthusiast and I love being able to share my faves with you!   I would love to hear from you too!  Let me know what you are crushing on or binging watching or reading, I want to know so comment below ❤

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Honey Company Magic Organic Face Oil

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This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

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ban.do Starbucks FALL collaboration

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I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller

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This is Us

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Modern Monarchy by Chris Jackson

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Beautycounter Girls’ Night Lipstick

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Busy Tonight 

 

 

Funko POP! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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Honest Company Creme’ Cheek Blush

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Coming soon a special Holiday Bliss List!  Thanks for reading and make sure to FOLLOW ME over at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, xx!

Beauty and the Small Screen- Fall 2017 ed.

I’ve decided, because Fall TV is such a big event, to list a few of my favorite past and present TV shows that have had some epic beauty moments.  I am a huge TV fan, although I do not have so much time to sit, watch and relax with two little ones- Hello- Netflix, binge watch 🙂  From some oldies to current binge-worthy, I am sharing some of my favorite shows with a favorite fall beauty products that are reminiscent of that show .  Chime in,  in the comments section, for any shows or beauty products that you love or recommend!

Beverly Hills 90210

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From 90’s hair to bold make-up 90210 was a dream for any teen in the 90’s.  I even had a 90210 club ❤

My pick to join the gang at West Bev: a bold red lip- perfect for fall.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

 

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Let’s face it Mary Richards was everything.  The friend you wanted and the girl you wanted to be.  Hello, “She could turn the world on with her smile!”.

My pick to get your news desk beauty: a smooth black gel eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

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Pretty Little Liars

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Not only do I love this show but I loved the book series as well.  Not only were the Liars fashion forward but took on some fabulous beauty looks as well.

My pick to be a liar until the end: a nude shimmer highlighter.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

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Sex and the City

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Hands down one of the best television shows of all time.  Friendship, love, girl power and fashion are just a few of my favorite things about this show.  You could relate to everyone and can re-watch the episodes time and time again.

My pick to accompany your favorite pair of Manolos: a rich navy hue for the perfect mani/pedi.

Essie Dressed to the Nineties

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Friends

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Til’ this day I stop every time I see a repeat.  They never get old and seem to get funnier the second and third time around.  Need I say more?

My pick for Central Perk beauty: Drybar Charcoal Shampoo and Conditioner.

Drybar Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner

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Saved by the Bell

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I mean how could you not love the gang from Bayside.  One of my first TV memories and still will find myself watching on Hulu or TBS.  What can I say, Zack and Kelly forever!

My pick to be part of Hot Sundae: a cream pink blush.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge- Pale Pink

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Gossip Girl

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Again not only a fab show but a ridiculously good book series as well.  Team Serena or Team Blair?  Loved them both.

My pick for the Upper East Side crew: the perfect face mask.

Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Facial Mask

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Dynasty

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Dynasty had it all.  Look at this picture.  What more could you want?  Diamonds, fathers, cat fights and big hair- Dynasty set the bar high for glam and scandal on the small screen.

My pick worth of the Carrington’s- the perfect top coat lip gloss.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Actually binge watching this now and obsessed.  I now know why it hits all the “Best Shows of all Time” lists.  SMG is everything and her beauty never suffered when she was slaying.

My pick to slay all day: BB cream.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

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Charlie’s Angels

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Beauty, brains and kick a$$.  Love it all.  Wish we had the girls here now, taking down our current state of affairs.  Charlie for president?

My pick to fight forces: Dry Shampoo

Kristen Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

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BLISS and BEAUTY giveaway! featuring Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney

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I am a HUGE Pretty Little Liars fan so of course I was thrilled to see one of the stars, Shay Mitchell, write a book.  Not only that but it was titled Bliss, I am a little partial to that word 😉  Shay co-wrote the book with her bestie Michaela Blaney,which when writing with a friend always makes for a dishy read.  I am so thrilled to be able to giveaway two copies of the book, now out in paperback, one for you and one for YOUR bestie as well as a beauty treat for you both!  Just comment below on this post- tell me what you love about your bestie 🙂 AND follow me on Facebook or Instagram!  Winner will be picked next week and is open to US residents only. Happy, bliss-filled reading and good luck! xo

About the book via Goodreads ~

Sophia Marcus, 21, has already mapped out every aspect of her glamorous life as a Hollywood actor on her vision board. But her life right now in Toronto is anything but exciting. Attending fruitless auditions during the day and working at a douche-y club at night, Sophia is starting to feel like she’s going nowhere…slowly.

Demi Michaels, Sophia’s best friend, didn’t go to college after high school. Short of ideas for her own future, she puts her energy into building the perfect relationship with an older man. And when that relationship crashes and burns, Demi is left to pick up the pieces.

Sophia’s friend (and Demi’s frenemy) Leandra Hunting doesn’t give a crap about hard work or a loving relationship. She has other plans for her future. After college graduation, Leandra sets out to travel the world in the yachts, planes and limos of ridiculously wealthy men. Will any of them be able to show her what love really means–if she can take off her Chanel sunglasses long enough to see it?

Set in the exotic, intoxicating worlds of Hollywood, Thailand, and London, Bliss paints a relatable portrait of life in your early twenties with equal parts optimism and fear, hope and disappointment, expectation and reality. It’s the Age of Uncertainty when you can count on nothing, but, if you’re lucky enough to have one truly great friend, you can survive just about anything.

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Shay Mitchell (right):

SHAY MITCHELL, 28, is a Canadian actress and star of the ABC family drama Pretty Little Liars. In addition to acting and running her lifestyle blog amoreandvita.com, Shay works with the Free the Children Foundation, an organization that fights exploitation of children around the world; The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization, and the NOH8 Campaign for marriage and gender equality.

Michaela Blaney (left):

MICHAELA BLANEY, 28, is an American and Canadian marketing professional. She is the co-founder of amoreandvita.com, a lifestyle blog with 75,000+ subscribers.

Shay and Michaela both live in LA. Bliss is their first novel.

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*Thanks to St.Martin’s Press for providing copies for the giveaway!

2016 Bliss, Beauty and Books “Poolside Picks”

Last year I ran my list of “Blissful Beach Bag” picks and this year I will be  sharing my weekly “Poolside Picks”.  Each week I will be featuring a new book that I think is a must have for the sand and sun!  Some will be feature as a giveaway with a fun beauty product as well so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Summer reading is my favorite time of year because the sun is shining, the plots are juicy and the books are just so glossy and colorful.  Today I am starting with a beach read expert author Mary Kay Andrews.  She always takes us to fabulous getaway locations and her covers are amazing.  I have a set of these books to giveaway as well as a Beautycounter SPF lip balm, another beach bag essential.  So let’s dive in 🙂 (pun intended)

The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

One of the queens of summer beach reading this book from the cover alone is sure to be the perfect necessity to keep you company poolside.  (A full review will come later from me.)

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Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.

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And as a bonus a #FBF from her bestseller, Beach Town, from last summer, now in paperback!

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via Goodreads

Greer Hennessy needs palm trees.

As a movie location scout, picture-perfect is the name of the game. But her last project literally went up in flames, and her career is on the verge of flaming out. Greer has been given one more chance, if she can find the perfect undiscovered beach hideaway for a big-budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town called Cypress Key. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino-which will be perfect for the film’s explosive climax.

There’s just one problem. Eben Thibadeaux, the town mayor, completely objects to Greer’s plan. A lifelong resident of Cypress Key, Eben wants the town to be revitalized, not commercialized. After a toxic paper plant closed, the bay has only recently been reborn, and Eb has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. But Greer has a way of making things happen, regardless of obstacles. And Greer and Eb are way too attracted to each other for either of them to see reason.

Between an ambitious director and his entourage-including a spoiled “It Boy” lead actor-who parachute into town, a conniving local ex-socialite, and a cast of local fangirls and opportunists who catch the movie bug, nothing is going to be the same in Cypress Key. Now Greer is forced to make some hard choices: about the people and the town she’s come to care about, and about her own life. True love is only for the movies, right? Can Greer find a way to be the heroine in her own life story? Told with inimitable heart and humor, Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town is the perfect summer destination.

 

Beautycounter Protect Lip Balm

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Protect Lip Balm SPF 15 is packed with natural moisturizing ingredients, providing powerful hydration and protection from the sun’s dangerous UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, our Lip Balm with sunscreen glides on easily. A combination of natural and organic ingredients—including cocoa and shea butter, coconut oil, and acai fruit oil—works to soothe lips, leaving them smooth, hydrated, and protected.

 

To enter this beach giveaway either comment below or follow me on Instagram and comment on the post there.  Winners will be picked at the end of the weekend!  Open to US residents only.  Happy Memorial Day weekend readers!  We get one extra day to read 🙂

 

*Thanks to St.Martin’s Press for providing copies for giveaway.

Fabulous Book and Beauty Giveaway with The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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In celebration of one of my MOST favorite 2015 releases, The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, I am giving away a  brand new copy of the book and the new Lengthening Mascara by Beautycounter.  Both released this past week!  Almost one year ago I posted my love for the book and its hard cover release.  I am reposting that post for you to see how much I adored Imogen and the world of The Knockoff.  Basically the perfect beach read if there ever was one.  I also am so excited about this new, amazing mascara from Beautycounter that was years in the making!  It truly works and provides lush, long lashes.  Both up for grabs for all my blissful readers.  To see how to enter please head over to my Facebook page here and you can find all the rules!

 

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Originally Posted June 5, 2015

I just finished The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza and I DID. NOT. WANT. IT. TO. END! 😦  It was the exact thing I needed since The Devil Wears Prada!  Please oh please let there be a sequel!  This was another debut novel for me and I was so, completely in love with this book!  The plot, the characters and the fashion will have you flipping the pages at lightening speed.  This book also marks the first in my “Blissful Beach Bag” picks!

The story centers around Imogen who is the head of Glossy magazine, a fabulous high fashion magazine in New york City.  Imogen is returning back to work after leaving on medical leave due to cancer.  Upon her return her former assistant Eve is at the forefront, ready to take Glossy into the digital and tech age.  Imogen, open to the possibility and change for the magazine, is taken aback by Eve and the woman she has become.  Eve who was her perky, fun assistant is now a snarky, condescending, “B-School” grad who is heading up the digital change for the magazine.  A seasoned fashion and magazine professional, Imogen is thrown into the world of Tweets and Facebook posts, something she doesn’t really know much about.  This is exactly the achilles heel Eve is looking for.  Imogen looks like the novice as Eve takes the lead and turns Glossy into a fashion and magazine nightmare.  Luckily for Imogen, her years of the fashion world come to her rescue when she needs them most.

Sykes and Piazza take you into a world of tech and fashion- two things that are always on the rise.  I loved Imogen from the start and was #teamImogen the whole way through.  I love books that have a heroine at the center who you are cheering for at every word.  I also loved the theme of career and family and creating balance, something most woman deal with.  It is not easy but at the end of the day you do what is best for you and your family and right there you are successful.  I am hoping either for a sequel to this book or promise that Sykes and Piazza will team up again.  They are the perfect duo to kick off beach season and my “Blissful Beach Bag” picks!  Happy BEACH reading!

 

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From Beautycounter:

Years in the making, our breakthrough mascara delivers dramatic length and definition, plus the confidence of safer beauty provided by our unparalleled Ingredient Selection Process. Conditions lashes while you wear it, with organic oils and shea butter. The easy-control precision brush ensures clean application without smudging, clumping, or flaking. Color: soft black.

Women aged 26-59 experienced the following:

  • 94% reported defined and lengthened lashes
  • 97% reported mascara was easily buildable
  • 94% reported mascara did not clump on lashes
  • 94% reported mascara gave lashes ultimate definition
  • 91% reported would refer mascara to a friend

*Results based on a self-assessment consumer perception study of 32 women, immediately after first application.

 

*Thanks to Anchor books for providing a copy for giveaway.

Keep it GLOWING

There is nothing more frustrating to me during these cold, winter days then dry skin.  It’s like you can’t apply enough lotion onto your body!  Our face can be one of the most noticeable places of dry skin.  One product that I have been loving lately is a facial mist.  Not only are they fantastic for hydrating your skin but they also help to keep skin tight, refreshed and glowing.  BONUS: they help to set make-up too giving you that dewy glow!  There are all sorts of facial mists with different oils and ingredients but the mist that I have been loving is Beautycounter Rosewater Uplifiting Spray. beautycounter-rosewater-uplifting_spray-495x650

Made with organic rose essence and purified water it is the perfect pick me up during the day or even after a long flight (airplanes are notorious of sucking the moisture out of our skin).  I love to give a quick spritz in the morning after I do my make-up- it sets my foundation and gives me a little extra wake up!  Not to worry if you can’t get your hands on this mist I have a few DIY recipes for at-home mists for all skin types!

Vitamin E Rose Mist: calm and hydrate

1/3 Cup Organic Rose Water

4 drops of Vitamin E oil

1/4 cup distilled water

Place into 8 oz spray bottle, shake vigorously and SPRITZ!

Acne Free Mist: fight off bacteria, prevent outbreaks and shrink pores

1/2 cup cooled Green Tea

5 drops Tea Tree Oil

1 drop Lemon Juice

** Replace Tea Tree/Lemon with Vitamin E for a Green Tea Hydrating Mask.

Firm and Glow Mist: hydrate, firm and soothe dull, aging skin

1/2 cup distilled water

3 drops Essential Lavender oil

1 drop of Aloe Vera

There are so many types of oils and ingredients that can combat all different issues with our skin.  Do your research and get creative, these are just my recipes above, you can always tailor to your specific skin type/issue. All ingredients can be found at a grocery store such as Whole Foods and a spray bottle can be found at CVS or Target.