Valentines Day Gift Guide 2022

Love is in the air! Or maybe it’s the intoxicating combination that is my night serum, a bowl of Sixlets and the Christmas cookie candle I am polishing off? Anyone else a Sixlet fan while we’re on the subject? I feel like Sixlets are to candy as Hallmark movies are to cinema. They pass as a candy and I do enjoy the crunch, but there is hardly any substance.

But today I am not here to talk about candy-oh wait, YES I AM. I am here to talk about sweets, and candles and flowers and anything else cheesy or dipped in fakey chocolate. As previously mentioned time and time again, I am a real sucker for Valentines Day. Love the color palette, love the gifts, love the vibe, love it all. And now more than ever – what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

I have rounded up some of the best gift ideas for the lad, lady or wee-lass in your life! And here they are:

Le Maxi Macaron Rouge & Moi Kit

I got this kit for Christmas a couple of years ago and I have just loved it. Le Mini Macaron polishes are a one-step gel nail polish that require an LED lamp. In this particular kit, the lamp is a macaron -yes, a MACARON.

The manicures easily last 2 weeks and soak off without too much work with acetone. The brand has a decent range of colors and a shiny top coat which I have recently tried.

Shades: Rose Antique and Rose Dahlia

I recently tried this opaque white and was really impressed with the result. The below picture is after approximately 9 days of wear.

Sol de Janiero ’40 Black Amber Plum & Vanilla Woods Body Mist

All of the fragrance mists from Sol de Janeiro are wonderful in their own right. And this warm floral scent is absolutely perfect for Valentines Day. At some point I will likely own the whole lineup, including ’71 (the carmelized vanilla and macadamia one) because who doesn’t want to smell like a SNACK?

Heart Print Puffed Shoulder Sweatshirt and Pearl Embellished Pink Sweater

YOU GUYS. These sweaters are Charter Club from Macys. Am I 400 years old or has Charter Club stepped up their game? Because I find both of these tops to be quintessentially Valentines Day adorable. I need both and will pair them with a bow in my hair.

Name Stories Print

Wouldn’t it be so sweet to do a little collage of these with all your family member’s names? The above-pictured prints come in 16 color choices and the section at the very top is customizable. Here are a couple of others for reference:

The quality is un-matched and the site has over 4,000 names to choose from. Also, the print comes expertly packed between very sturdy cardboard so it arrives in pristine condition.

Customized Pint Glass from Well Told

A perfect gift for the drink-lover, be it beer, wine, coffee, whiskey or water – these beautifully etched items are unique and can be super personalized. Each item can be customized with any U.S city (seriously! even really small towns), college town, night sky, or topography. Of course I had to make a Portland map for my David. He loves this glass and always gets it out when we have company over so everyone can ooh and aah over his cool glass. Check out some of these other ideas!

Subscription Boxes

I have been really into watching subscription box reviews lately and feel that these would make such fun gift ideas! I have heard great things about the Jilly Box, the Margot Elena box and Universal Yums.

Some of you might know that I also subscribe to get Billie razor refill blades delivered every other month.

I love Billie’s products, their packaging and basically everything else they stand for. ALSO – have you seen their dry shampoo bottle? Ridiculously cute.

I have a referral link for Billie (anyone can get one!) which gives me $5 off if you are interested in signing up.

I also recently tried the Nudge oral care subscription, which came with:

  • Fluoride-free natural toothpaste
  • 2 sustainably sourced bamboo toothbrushes
  • 100% biodegradable floss
  • Alcohol-free and fresh concentrated mouthwash

These products are all-natural, sustainably sourced, use responsible packaging and are kid-friendly. I love having products I use all the time like razors, dry shampoo and oral care ship to me automatically. It is one less thing I have to worry about replenishing and makes life just a tad bit easier. These boxes are perfect gifts for the “act of service” love language type. I mean, what says “I love you” more than lifting a burden and providing great oral hygiene?!

Cuddle and Kind Dolls

These sweet, hand-knit dolls make me want to have 5 more babies. And not only because all of the stuffies are so cute – but because for each doll sold, Cuddle and Kind donates 10 meals to a kid in need. Hannah the Bunny would make such a precious Valentines gift for any little!

Couples Split Blanket

End the nightly tug-of-war for around $100! I found this product on Uncommon Goods (it’s like a bougie Sky Mall) and instantly knew I needed to talk about it. This is a blanket and sheet set that comes pre-split down the middle, but not all the way to the end. You can tuck in the bottom and each person has their own sheet and blanket, which is 4 inches wider there is plenty of room. I LOVE this idea!

Bar Fly Fragrance

It wouldn’t be a true Valentines gift guide if there wasn’t at least 2 fragrances right? Hat tip to my sister Amy (who always has the low-down on great fragrances) for introducing me to Bar Fly. This cologne is advertised as a unisex fragrance and I could not agree more. I think it tends to lean a but more masculine but personally I have always been a fan of heavy, masculine scents on women. This scent features notes of citrus-herb, jasmine, sandalwood, musk and Madagascar vanilla. I used to love walking by the Scotch & Soda store in Pioneer Place on my lunch breaks and the smell of Bar Fly would waft under my nose. It is such an alluring and lovely fragrance.

Plush Valentines Throw Blanket

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 (sorry I had to) our 10-year-old is obsessed with blankets. Especially ones that are extra fuzzy and cozy. This $10 blanket from Target fits the bill perfectly and is adorned with pink hearts. What’s not to love?!

Yeti Rocks Rambler

I hate to include something so generically “manly”, but this little sucker is one of my husband’s favorite things. It keeps his whiskey cokes SO ice cold (as the name on the front would suggest) that the ice from his 6 o’clock cocktail is still intact the next morning. And it comes with a lid – which let’s be honest, shouldn’t all vessels meant to contain alcoholic beverages come with a lid?!

DW Home Coffee Cup Candles from TJ Maxx

Run! Don’t walk to TJ Maxx if you like these candles because I can only find them in-store. Are these not the cutest containers ever? I mean, the basic in me is just screaming. The only drawback are the scents – which sadly, are not my favorite but I am willing to overlook it for the rampant cuteness of the vessel. You could re-use as part of your decor and fill with conversation hearts! I MEAN.

And that is my list! What do YOU want for Valentines Day?

*Some of the items above were sent to me complimentary for review. All opinions are my own.

Postpartum/Current Skin Care Routine

Oh the joys of life after havin’ a kid!

I will also have to fill you all in on the horrific hair loss that has come my way! We’ talkin’ fistfuls of hair  falling out, 24 hours a day. AND NOW I get why so many women resort to the Mom bob. When the thickness of your ponytail is the circumference of a sharpie, suddenly it doesn’t sound like the worst idea.

*all this to be said – It is ALL worth it. I am so happy and grateful to have this child!

I digress. ON TO SKINCARE!

You see, some things have changed and some things have stayed the same. But everything remains equally important. Here is what I have been loving!

For the bod…

Here are my list of troubles:

  1. Keratosis Pilaris STILL on the insides of my knees. Read more about my fabulous journey with KP here. I thougt mayyybe having a baby might change my hormone levels and rid me of this stupid skin condition, BUT NO. Still got it.
  2. Slightly stretched-out skin on my tummy area. Shocking I know.
  3. Extremely dry skin.

And the lineup!

Starting with my shower: I love using the Body Conditioners from Lush and y’all know Rose Jam is, well…my jam. The scent is positively intoxicating, the ingredients are super high-quality and it leaves skin super moisturized!

In terms of shaving, I have been really enjoying my subscription with Billie razors. They are inexpensive, super cute and provide a very close shave with added hydration. Check out my blog post about them here.

For moisturizers/lotions, the routine is somewhat extensive but for good reason! You see, I use three different products on my bod after the shower.

First I cover my lower legs, feet, arms and chest with Kopari Coconut Melt which is essentially just a bougie coconut oil. I scoop out a fair amount, let it melt in my palms and go to town!

Next, I use the ONLY lotion I have found to be effective on my KP, CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion. I use this above the knee, up to my hips.

Next, I use the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream on…you guessed it – mah bum. I also use this on my tummy and muffin-top area. This stuff is known to tighten and smooth the skin so I slather it everywhere I want that to happen!

Now onto the face.

My list of troubles are:

  1. Dry skin!
  2. Very dark under eye circles…again – shocking.
  3. Lots of hyperpigmentation and sun spots for which I do not want to use retinol at this time.

Here’s the lineup!

For face wash, I am alternating the GinZing Scrub Cleanser and the Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser. Exfoliation every few days is really important people!

I loved the Cetaphil was when I was pregnant because of my annoying breakouts and I have continued to use it. It is such a great product. Cheap, effective, not drying and I am weirdly addicted to the scent of it! Read more about my pregnancy skin issues here!

Next, I have been using a combination of Alpha Arbutin 2%, Hylaraunic Acid and 100% Plant Derived Squalene by The Ordinary. Before I got pregnant, I was also used a 5% Retinoid by The Ordinary, but I am not going to start using that again until I am done breastfeeding and rubbing my face against my little girl’s 89723 times a day.

During the day, I either moisturize my face with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA  or the Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer. For night time, I use the Serendipity Serenade Repairing Night Cream. I did a whole review of products from The Ordinary…read that here!

Under the eyes I use the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream for daytime. The pearly finish is perfect for fighting the darkness under there. At night, I use the L’Oreal Revitalift.

Lastly, I liberally spritz my entire face and neck with St.Tropez Purity Self Tan Mist. I just recently incorporated this into my skincare routine and so far I am loving the subtle glow this stuff is giving me. It smells amazing (NO gross self-tanner smell), feels like nothing on the skin and the results look totally natural! This stuff might have earned holy grail status for me!

The last thing I usually remember to do is take care of the ol’ gobbler (aka my neck). I love using the Nivea Skin Firming & Smoothing Serum for this. And the results are quite nice (pictured below, on the right).

After that, it’s the Brazilian Kiss jumbo lip balm which smells and tastes delectable. Sometimes, I smear this stuff on my knuckles or under my eyes for a little added moisture boost!

And I think that about does it for me.

I realize that is about a million products. And this doesn’t include my makeup routine which also includes primers and facial mists of course. But I feel like each item is completely justified and serves it’s purpose wonderfully. If I had to choose one product, I would honestly go with the Coconut Melt because you can pretty much put it everywhere. I also use it on Clara!

What are some of YOUR favorite skincare products?

Billie Razor Review

Hullo there alley cats!

I have a pretty darn exciting product to share with you today. One that involves what has been a great frustration in my life. One that involves time, money, dedication and persistence. Of course by now you know I am talking about shaving.

*BTW this post is not sponsored. Nor did I receive anything for free from this company. They do not know who I am (sadly).

For years, I have struggled with the search for the perfect razor. And to me, the perfect razor should not cost an arm and a leg like they currently do.

I mean…really?

I just want a normal razor that works well and isn’t 34938 dollars. It does not need to be cute, or feature “7 contour blades wrapped in glistening shea butter with angel tears”. It just needs to do what a freakin’ razor is supposed to. And spare me the godforsaken PINK TAX.

So when I saw an ad for this company called Billie, I was instantly intrigued. To be fair, the ads do feature hairy-legged and armpitted women, literally brushing their body hair so it is easy to be shocked by it a little. It is also funny that a company that very clearly encourages women to let their body hair grow wild and free SELLS razors. But hey, it got my attention.

Billie also sells body care products like shave cream, lotion and “sudsy” body wash (which smells like grapefruit and is ah-mazing) but the bread and butter is definitely the razors. But what made me ultimately place an order was 100% due to the price tag – a mere $9 for the razor and a set of refills. PLUS they come in fun colors. PLUS they offer a subscription service where you can automatically be sent a set of refills depending on how often you want them. AND there is no contract (cancel anytime) AND you can easily skip a shipment.

Why isn’t this company paying me?! Oh, my life.

I placed my order for the coral shade and selected the every-other-month refill delivery option. One week later, I had my $9 starter pack in hand.

Packaging is totally amazing and hipstery and here is what was inside:

From left to right: razor holder, razor, razor cartridge.

One more time for the packaging/logo lover in me!

The razor comes with one cartridge attached and one additional.

I had to snap a photo of the packing for the tiny razor holder for the shower because well, duh.

The razor design is awesome. I love the color, the weight and design of the handle, and the size.

Now onto the performance….

I was wary of how this sucker would hold up performance-wise to it’s more expensive counterparts and was VERY surprised. The blades are super sharp and there are 5 of them so it definitely gives a very close shave. The razors are encased in aloe soap that did not bother my sensitive skin one bit. And I was able to navigate everywhere I usually do with ease.

I REALLY LOVE THIS RAZOR.

I do not have one negative thing to say about it and highly recommend getting one. That is all!