Last-Minute Holiday Gifts with Sephora inside JCPenney

Christmas is just two days away, people! With all of my wedding planning going on, I’ve completely lost focus and have fallen behind on Christmas shopping. The other day I was in JCPenney grabbing a few last-minute things and wandered right into Sephora inside JCPenney … talk about convenient. While stocking up on some of my favorite beauty items, I noticed they had super affordable last minute gifts that came in handy for some of the beauty lovers on my shopping list!

Triece, my sister, is a huge fan of fragrance and she never buys it for herself. This means that she waits ‘til Christmas and expects for someone to gift her a new perfume every year. Sephora inside JCPenney happen to have the new Dior “Miss Dior The New Eau de Parfum” … and I can’t wait to surprise her with it. The scent is so fresh and airy, perfect for every day wear! 

Next on my list was MYSELF. Haha, yes, it’s okay to gift yourself for Christmas. Call me selfish but, with my wedding being a few days away, my skin needed an emergency treatment. Which is why I scooped First Aid Beauty’s Mask Diaries. This gift set includes the hydrator Ultra Repair Cream, a redness reducing Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, brightening Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, and the 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask. Realistically … this gift could have easily gone to someone else but, I couldn’t resist treating myself this holiday season!

If you’re anything like me, then you understand I’m probably an over achiever. This means anytime I holiday shop I like to buy a gift that anyone can use. Ole Henriksen’s Glow Away With Me is one of those perfect “extra” gifts that anyone can be gifted and can use. So, it’s perfect for that house guest who pops up when you were least expecting company. The cleaning cloths really come in handy for the beauty maven on the go. Plus it’s rich moisturizer is compact and cute making rich skin possible even on the go! So, honey this is a must on your last-minute shopping list, and it’s only $12!


This post was written in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney. #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt

J.deyawn Reveals Top 5 Summer Essentials

J.DEYAWNI’m so glad it’s finally summer –well we’re just a few days away. Of course, there are plenty of items a girl always has stuffed in her purse, but for me, there are a few items you will never catch me without. If I don’t have it on me, you can be your last dollar that it’s in my car…

Jelly Flip Flops  Believe it or not jellies are making a comeback! I can remember begging for a pair of the clear sparkle jelly sandals as a kid. Although the jelly style from the late 90’s aren’t the exact concept for 2014’s spin on jellies …it’s definitely still making it’s rounds. They are great for summer maxi’s or white jeans and a tee kind of day, in addition to comfort, jelly sandals are cute, fun and can be inexpensive! Check out Express‘ budget friendly version ($25.00) in comparison to Givenchy ($350.)

imageimage-1Moisturized lips are an important factor during winter, but summer is not a season to let this slip. Your lips may not suffer from being chapped, but they still need to maintain moisture and protection from the sun harsh summer rays. When searching for lip chap, the first thing I look for is scent. Weird, right? Well I hate a stinky lip balm, it’s something that you HAVE to smell so why not choose a nice fragrance? The next thing I look for is a lip balm with a good SPF. Usually SPF of at least 20 is suitable for your lips.  Burt’s Bee’s -Spf 25, Nourishing Mango Butter: $3.30image-2 Mac Sun Tints SPF 20: $15image-3Tinted Moisturizers (Triena did a great post covering tinted moisturizers recently): Tinted moisturizers are this summer’s must have. If you’re like me and have oily skin, it usually gets worse in the summer and I hate to have a heavy weighted foundation on my skin, especially for every day work wear. Tinted moisturizers are light and gives you just the right amount of coverage and tends to have some sun protection also. Although MAC is a little pricey ($31), that brand works best for me. I’m looking forward to trying other brands when counting my coins.

Summer Signature Color Every girl has their signature summer color. The go-to color that look great, works well with skin-tones and outfits. There’s always one color that you swear by and can NEVER go wrong. You have a little nail color in the car or in your purse, just for that little touch up. The color I’ve been rocking nonstop for the past two summers is WHITE! I live for a white pedi! It’s fresh and looks great against my complexion. So of course, I keep a bottle on me for minor touch ups and mishaps. OPI Alpine Snow $8.00image-4And lastly, I need my journal. I try and keep one journal for all of my writing, but that never works. I usually end up with 3 or 4 throughout one summer. I’m an avid reader and writer. I look forward to finding quotes or capturing my feelings the moment I see something. People usually complain about “old fashion journals” but I find them more personable that something digital just can’t fulfill. I like the feeling of pen and paper, the smell of ink and ink stains on my fingers from hours of writing. A summer journal is perfect for vacations, downtime and enjoying good weather. You can purchase any type of notebook to write in, but if you’re like me, you’re in love with details. I’m obsessed with Kate Spade’s Stationery Products right now. image-5I truly believe every woman has special things they can’t live without. What’s on your list? Feel free to share your list of things you can’t live without with us, we just may have something in common! Don’t forget to comment and share this post –let’s keep the conversation going!Oh and guys, just a friendly reminder. It may be a good thing to figure out what’s on your girl’s “must-have list”, these items are always a great gifting idea.
Until Next Time,


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 3.26.55 PMShow your favorite mom how much she means to you with fun gifts that best describes her character.

For The Fashionista Adorn her with accessory candy in Spring’s pantone colors. Clutch – Aldo


For The Music Collector Recreate old memories with some of her best years by finding an old vinyl of her favorite artists.41Pr+InyCxL

For The Naturalista Shower her all of her favorite natural body butters and essential oils. gift_set_of_all_natural_handcrafted_soap_and_shea_body_butter_a1f63ac5

For The Mommy-On-The-Go A smartphone wallet is a must to store credit cards, loose change and even earbuds. Wallet – Mochithings extra_large_zip_up_smartphone_wallet

For The Wine-Down Mom Of course mommy needs a sippy cup of her own for her special mommy juice. Flask – 


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